Region Archives: Scotland

Federalism – Wherefore The Union?

I have long been of the view that a federal UK would be the eventual outworking of devolution.  Welsh First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has been calling for a constitutional convention for the last few years. Scottish Conservative Murdo Fraser outlined his thoughts on Slugger earlier this year. Why Murdo Fraser is right to promote UK more…

#Indyref – According to Ashcroft poll, Protestants saved the Union #updated

Interesting post independence referendum poll from Lord Ashcroft (results mirrored actual referendum result). calculated from Ashcroft’s data, makes clear, there does appear to have been a simplistic correlation between religious affiliation and referendum voting patterns. Essentially, the majority of Catholics, non-Christians, and those professing no religion all favoured independence. It was only the votes of more…

#IndyRef: “A similar, but more demanding, act of political dexterity will be required from Labour now”

This is one of the sanest pieces of writing I’ve seen on #IndyRef (h/t Tom Griffin) from Associate Professor Ben Jackson. First this… It is extremely difficult, absent a deep economic or social crisis, to break up an existing democratic state. The fact that Scottish independence got so close to winning a majority tells us more…

#IndyRef agus Tuaisceart Éireann: Níl an cluiche ach ina thús.

Achoimre deas ar an áit ina aimsiú muid féin i ndiaidh an IndyRef, le Póilín Ní Chiaráin: Drochsheans go dteastaíonn ó Shinn Féin go sásófaí a n-iarratas ar a thuilleadh cumhachta do Stormont. Ar éigean a mheallfadh sé sin daoine atá ina choinne chun tacú le hÉirinn aontaithe. Tá Cameron agus an DUP ag suirí more…

Has anything been happening while I’ve been away?

For the past few of months I’ve been buried in other projects, not least the Scottish referendum. So Northern Irish affairs are as inward looking and deadlocked as ever. Well I never! Paisley’s death passed off with little fuss amid the  customary respect the Irish reserve with fingers crossed  for the recently dead in contrast to more…

Alex Salmond: “For me as a leader my time is nearly over…”

Following defeat in the Scottish Independence referendum, Scotland’s First Minister, and SNP leader, Alex Salmond has announced he will stand down as First Minister in November when a new SNP leader will be chosen.  More at the Guardian’s Scotland Independence live- blog Adds Here is the official resignation statement, via the SNP, from Alex Salmond I am more…

IndyRef: A new dispensation

The returning officer for Fife declared at 06.09am and he stated that 114,148 votes had been cast for YES, but 139,788 for NO. That put NO over the winning line. The Better Together campaign had triumphed by a margin of 55% to 45%. On a turnout of 86% that means that 1.6million people in Scotland more…

#IndyRef: Two old ladies in Perth tell it like it really is…

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I love these two… There’s a lot of setting up at the beginning so you might want to start about 1.18 in. “I’m voting with my gut, I’m an emotional person and politics is an emotional thing…” says Irene, and “don’t tell me about Norway, the tax is about 50%, would you like to do more…

The Slugger has landed

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I finally arrived at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston. This is the National Count Collation Centre for the Scottish Independence Referendum. Media from around the planet are gathering in this hangar type building. Some places are reserved and the man from Slugger almost nicked a seat ‘belonging’ to the Chinese National News Agency. However more…

Lessons from #Indyref?

Ok, before the inevitable predictions poll, results debate and recriminations, what lessons can be taken from the totality of the Scottish independence referendum? Here’s a couple of suggestions. 1. The neverendum? A long campaign, or certainly what feels like a long campaign, has pros and cons. The emergence of what seemed to be widespread public more…