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Brexit and #indyref2: now what?

If there is one thing Scotland does not need today, it is another hot take on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s #indyref2 announcement. As such, I will keep this post short. The speech by Sturgeon today, in both tone and content, … Continue reading

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Some reflections on the #indyref

That referendum on Scottish independence from the rest of the UK, eh? I hear Scotland voted to stay in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Plenty has been written about that result. For my part, I pitched … Continue reading

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A note on the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013

The referendum on Scottish independence from the rest of the United Kingdom took place last week amidst much media coverage. Mercifully, it also passed without much incident, despite some attempts to portray the largely respectful debate as somehow sinister (which … Continue reading

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Some final thoughts on the #indyref

There is a referendum in Scotland on 18 September 2014. You might have noticed. Here are some thoughts on that topic, just in case you did not have enough to read. As is pretty obvious, I am voting Yes. I … Continue reading

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Why I am voting Yes in the Scottish independence referendum

Congratulations, you have read past the headline. I hope you will stay with me for the rest of this post, but I appreciate many people – of either Yes Scotland or Better Together persuasion – have already read quite enough. … Continue reading

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Local Government, Competence and Scottish Independence

Aberdeen City Council recently sent out correspondence to council tax payers in the city, which included the usual information about rates and what the council spends council tax receipts on. The Council also sent out letters in the same envelope … Continue reading

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Orkney, Shetland, uti possidetis and the #indyref

A mini-blog, adding coverage to an issue that perhaps does not merit the coverage it has obtained already (see this robust Wings Over Scotland blog for an articulation of that view). The idea of home-rule for Shetland and/or Orkney has … Continue reading

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Human rights: an #indyref angle

Human rights are a big deal. You should not need me to tell you that, nor should you need a showcase event like The Gathering 2013 to publicise that. Imagine having to choose your favourite right, as per my recent … Continue reading

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Legal advice, or the lack thereof, about an independent Scotland in the EU

It has been an interesting day for the SNP. Two MSPs have resigned the party whip over a change to the traditional opposition to NATO. The responses to the referendum consultation (regarding the question(s) and the franchise for the referendum … Continue reading

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Self-Determination at the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum

Mini-blog time. You may recall I had a previous post on self-determination and its role in any referendum on Scottish independence. I have updated this post and it is now hosted at the rather more salubrious internet address of the … Continue reading

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