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Forget the oil, it’s Scotland’s pound.

THE really objectionable thing about the argument over Scotland’s currency is the scolding, high-handed manner in which it is conducted. There is a serious debate to be had about what currency Scotland should use if it becomes independent. There are arguments on both sides. But the way Unionists such as George Osborne and Ed Balls … Continue reading

Why Scots have turned away from Labour’s Gradgrind Union.

READ IAIN IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD.  Over the last six months or so, though they would never admit it, many supporters of independence had settled into a defeatist rut, consoling themselves that they had run the best campaign but in the end could not break through the default unionism of the “mainstream media” … Continue reading

Back Pages: Whatever happened to the Tartan Monster?

It seems a light year ago, but there was a time when many Unionists seriously believed that Alex Salmond had set the referendum for September 2014 in order to exploit a surge of nationalist emotion that would follow the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Well if he did, it was a … Continue reading

Prime Minister who will debate with leader of Ukip but not First Minister of Scotland.

Sunday Herald May 2014 It was back to the good cop/bad cop routine last week in the referendum campaign First, Chancellor George Osborne put the boot in, saying he’d starve an independent Scotland of currency by making any Scottish pound illegal tender in England. Then smiling David Cameron arrived in Scotland to be photographed with … Continue reading

Federalism: it win’t gonna happen. Not without a Yes.

READ IAIN IN HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD 19/6/14 I HAVE a confession to make. I agree with Gordon. Gordon Brown the former Labour Prime Minister, that is. I agree with his solution to the Scottish question: federalism. The old centralist, sovereign UK is past its sell-by date. In his latest book and recent speeches the … Continue reading

Osborne to kill Scottish bank notes. Shock.

READ IAIN IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD.   t was back to the good cop/bad cop routine last week in the referendum campaign First, Chancellor George Osborne put the boot in, saying he’d starve an independent Scotland of currency by making any Scottish pound illegal tender in England. Then smiling David Cameron arrived in … Continue reading

Road to Referendum – Poundland. Extract from new edition.

READ IAIN IN THE HERALD AND SUNDAY HERALD.   On February 13, 2014, many Scots were wondering whether they could be bothered buying Valentine cards again this year, when news broke that Chancellor George Osborne had arrived in Edinburgh on a flying visit.What he said had a profound and enduring impact on the complex relationship … Continue reading

The Sunday Herald says Yes to independence. The May Manifesto

EDITORIAL FROM SUNDAY HERALD 4/5/14   ON September 18, Scotland must decide whether to remain within the United Kingdom or become an independent country. No-one should find the decision easy. There is nothing simple, clean, or clinical about ending a union that has endured for better than three centuries. Nevertheless, having considered the arguments, the … Continue reading

All nationalisms are not the same.

There has been a subtext to much of the coverage of the independence debate over the last three months as the London media has started to take a closer interest in what is going on in Scotland.  It has brought to the fore a latent tendency in much metropolitan commentary on Scotland to see the … Continue reading

Was Cameron a fascist for supporting the Maidan?

  Last week, YouGov recorded its highest Yes vote yet, at 42% after don’t knows were excluded. No has a comfortable lead at 58%. But more worrying for Better Together, YouGov confirmed that many Scots still don’t believe the Chancellor’s claim that” if Scotland walks away from the UK it walks away from the pound”. … Continue reading

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