Scotland Archive

  • Europe gives Scotland another chance

    Interesting that the EU referendum on 23 June gives a new lease of life to the case for Scottish independence. It was Europe that was the cause of its failure two years ago. As the argument for Scottish independence developed in recent decades, it slowly […]

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  • Our Broken Kingdom (4 November 2014)

    John Campbell Lecture, jointly organised by Republic and Federal Union Tuesday 4 November 2014 18.00 for 18:30, until 21:00 Mary Sumner House 24 Tufton Street London SW1P 3RB   In the wake of the Scottish referendum, Professor Stephen Haseler argues for a federal constitutional settlement. […]

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  • The United Kingdom: All Change after the Scottish Referendum? (21 October 2014)

    17.00 for 17.30  until 19.00, followed by a reception Room MG1-02 London Metropolitan University 84 Moorgate London EC2M 6SQ Map “The Vow” to devolve more powers to Scotland, made by the leaders of the three main political parties in Westminster at the end of the […]

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  • The Daily Telegraph should make its mind up

    There is a marvellous article by Allister Heath in the Daily Telegraph today, outlining an alternative to Scottish independence.  For Scotland to vote to leave the United Kingdom would cause a great deal of uncertainty for business and be very bad for the economy and […]

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  • Federal Union review of 2013

    The overwhelming sensation from 2013 was that of waiting.  Important processes have started and not yet concluded.  There is a certain amount to be done in the meantime to shape them.  But above all, we are waiting. David Cameron promised, in the summer of 2012, […]

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  • Would an independent Scotland keep the pound?

    Alex Salmond used to be a strong advocate of joining the euro.  Back in the days when many people thought it was a good idea, Mr Salmond was one of the foremost proponents of the idea.  It was an economically advantageous move that would cement […]

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  • The fate of the BBC in Scotland

    A previous blogpost reported on the Scottish government’s plans for independence, set out in its White Paper, Scotland’s Future.  The fate of the BBC, noted briefly in the previous post, is worth discussing in a bit more detail. It shows the peculiarities of the current governance […]

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  • What is Scottish nationalism for?

    The publication last week of the Scottish government’s White Paper on independence, Scotland’s Future, an important question was settled.  What are the aims of an independent Scotland?  (Assuming, that is, that it gets that far). Scottish nationalism started life as a republican, anti-militarist project: no to […]

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  • A guide to successful negotiation

    John Kay writes a primer on successful negotiation – read it here http://www.johnkay.com/2013/10/02/the-oft-forgotten-basics-of-negotiation – to which the Democrats and Republicans in the US might like to refer when trying to reopen the American government. A crucial insight is that success in reaching agreement depends very […]

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  • The worst day in history

    Today is the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, when the invading army led by James IV of Scotland into England met with disaster on the Northumbrian fells.  A better armed and better led English force triumphed on the day, the last major battle […]

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