Category Archives: Independence Referendum

Bluff, bluster and bullying says Salmond. Pot, kettle and black come to mind.

This post originally appeared on Liberal Democrat Voice That the SNP would dismiss yesterday’s announcement on currency by George Osborne should not come as a surprise to any of us. Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon have taken to the airwaves … Continue reading

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Ruling out a currency union. Locking the horse inside the stable?

This post first appeared on Liberal Democrat Voice The currency in an independent Scotland has been the subject of much frenetic debate in recent months. The Scottish Government’s White Paper on independence is clear that their preferred option is to continue to … Continue reading

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In Full: Alistair Carmichael’s New Year Speech – A positive vision of UK’s achievements to contrast with the incoherent nationalist position

This is very long, but I thought it was worth posting in full. My analysis is here on Liberal Democrat Voice. You can never really get the full flavour of a 14 page speech into a blog post. It’s not always … Continue reading

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A polite request to all Scottish male politicians and political commentators

Scotland may be involved in a long and often bad-tempered referendum campaign, but there are still some issues that unite people across the political divide. You can guarantee that at least once a fortnight, I’ll complain on Twitter about yet … Continue reading

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In full: Willie Rennie’s speech in Holyrood independence referendum debate – Scotland is unique and the stakes are high

Willie Rennie and the recently ennobled Jeremy Purvis wer ein fine form today.  Jeremy whipped Pete Wishart’s backside on Politics Scotland this afternoon, pointing out that it isn’t that long since the SNP were talking about banishing all vestiges of … Continue reading

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First reactions to #whitepaper on independence and three initial questions from me

For months, years, even, whenever we’ve asked questions about independence, after we’ve been accused of scaremongering, we’ve been told to wait for the White Paper. Well, that wait is over as the White Paper has now been published – or is … Continue reading

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Carmichael: 3 questions the SNP must answer on currency, pensions and costs after independence

In the beautiful surroundings of Bishop’s House in Inverness, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael gave his first keynote speech. The whole thing is published below the cut, but here are the highlights: The Highlands and Islands … Continue reading

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SNP Councillor calls Alistair Carmichael a "supposed Scot" as furious debate over shipyards continues for too long

It’s been a fairly depressing couple of days for anyone watching the independence referendum campaign north of the border. Both sides would do well to remember that people are losing their jobs in Portsmouth, Glasgow and Rosyth after the BAE … Continue reading

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In full: Willie Rennie: We need a new Claim of Right to deliver a powerful Scotland in the UK

The full text of Willie Rennie’s speech in Glasgow today in which he called on the party leaders to develop a joint declaration on future constitutional change after a no vote for independence.  One of the reasons that people have … Continue reading

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In Full: Michael Moore’s speech to the Chamber of Commerce in Dunfermline: Scotland, better, safer and stronger in UK

Like it says on the tin, the whole speech delivered this morning, which neatly summarises what he’s been doing in terms of the Independence debate over the past few months. And reminds us all, that, actually, independence would be a … Continue reading

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