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How the £1,400 indy tax bombshell bombed

Sunday 1 June 2014 Scottish voters can no longer say that they’ve been deprived of the facts. We’re knee-deep in them now. However, it’s not the size of your fact base, but how you use it that counts. And the parties have reduced the argument to one deceptively simple counter-position: UK Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander … Continue reading

“Nobama”, fish suppers and the Tories discover fiscal autonomy.

  Suddenly, everyone seems to be talking about politics – in a way I can’t recall happening in a very long time. Certainly, the 1997 referendum campaign was nothing like this. Yes Scotland has been successful in generating real engagement, especially among young people, and there has been a revival in that lost political art: … Continue reading

Is there a unionist alternative to independence?

READ IAIN IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD. 30/6/14 On February 16th 2012 David Cameron effectively launched the longest campaign in Scottish electoral history with the promise that Scots could look forward to “new powers” for the Scottish Parliament, provided that they rejected independence in the September 2014 referendum. For the next 18 months, the … Continue reading

Cybernats and Unitrolls

FROM SUNDAY HERALD 30/6/14 One of the most depressing episodes in the entire referendum campaign was June’s cybernat scare. Normally sensible people took to trawling the sewers of the internet for vile abuse, reposting it and then claiming it was an “SNP-co-ordinated cybernat” attack on women in public life, including JK Rowling. One of the … Continue reading

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