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BBC News – Scottish independence: 1997 devolution campaigner says ‘weak’ vote is key

BBC News – Scottish independence: 1997 devolution campaigner says ‘weak’ vote is key. No tags for this post.

Solving the Jura Question would be considered ‘referendumitis’ in Britain.

In the UK having more than one referendum on a subject is considered ‘referendumitis’ – a sickness to be avoided at all costs. However Bruno Kaufmann’s article cross posted here shows why a more holistic view is needed and why the UK should be prepared to embrace a series of referendums if that is the […]

The Scottish Constitution After Independence

This article suggests at least one referendum to approve the new Constitution should Scotland vote for independence. Given the prior constitutional use  in 1975 when Scotland voted to join the EU against expectations. Then the 1979 failed referendum for a Scottish Assembly plus a double referendum in Orkney and Shetland preserving their place in the […]

Can Independence negotiations be completed by March 2016?

The next UK General election is on the 7th May 2015 Two referendums and Negotiations No tags for this post.

Independence: ‘Scots could see second referendum’ – and a third

This Scotsman report that Gordon Wilson is proposing a second referendum on the euro and other matters, reminds me there is yet another issue requiring a referendum. The Scottish Government recently proposed that after a YES vote, a Scottish Constitutional Convention would draft a new constitution for Scotland. At some point this would have to […]

Latvia becomes fifth country saying Scotland will need a full EU accession process

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has told the BBC that an independent Scotland would be considered a “new country” and would have to go through the full EU accession process. The BBC reports that Latvia has now become the fifth country, including the UK, to suggest Scotland would need to apply for membership of the […]

2013 February – SG timetable to Independence and new Constitution

The timetable seems impossibly short given there is a UK General Election in the middle of it. Nor is there any mention of a referendum ratifying the new constitution even though this practice has become almost obligatory in the last fifty years.  SG Timetable for Transition to Independence Tags: TS Chrono

2013 February – HMG Scotland Analysis on legal implications of leaving UK

This is the first volume in a series on Scotland’s contribution to and benefits from the Union. It argues strongly that Britain is the successor state and Scotland the new state with many important consequences. It contains much interesting other detail including the small fact that 140 UK bodies costing little public money would have […]

2013 January – Electoral Commission revise the Independence Question

The Electoral Commission reject the original question and recommends an alternative format as well as revised spending limits. The advice is accepted by all parties and governments soon after publication on January 30th. Electoral Commission on Independence Question 47 pp Tags: TS Chrono

2012 December – Sturgeon shifts referendum focus from identity to social justice

Nicola Sturgeon invokes Sir Neil MacCormack’s ‘utility’ of Independence with social justice top of the usefulness list in a speech at Barony Hall Glasgow on 3rd December. Making the referendum sound more like a General Election manifesto with a more limited appeal seems a high risk strategy. Nicola Sturgeon’s Barony Hall speech Tags: TS Chrono

2012 October- PM & FM sign Edinburgh Agreement giving legal basis for referendum

Besides the legal basis, Cameron gets a single question but surrenders referendum rule making to Salmond. The Edinburgh Agreement- October 15  – 5 pp Tags: TS Chrono

Edinburgh Agreement: PM gets a single question but surrenders referendum rule-making to Salmond

The SNP plan in their own words to “tailor” the rules to Scotland. Sounds fine but it is a return to the days before PPERA (UK generic referendum law) when each referendum had its own rules set to advantage the side promoting the referendum.That lack of generic referendum law invites governments – all governments not […]

With rules agreed, voters want to know what happens if they say NO

The research by the Electoral Commission shows voters are well aware of the more powers debate and want more information from London as to what happens if they say NO in the independence referendum. This is a clear challenge for the NO side and the Prime Minister and one which will not go away Tags: […]

Polling Independence over 35 years

Support for Independence over 35 years No tags for this post.

Rest of UK may campaign in Independence referendum

  Independence referendum will bring novel feature to Britain. While voting will be restricted to residents in Scotland, interested parties from all over the UK will be legitimate campaigners for either side. These RoB campaigns are what the Americans, who have a word for everything, call “out of State” campaigns. There may be resistance at […]

Electoral Commission’s Independence recommendations should be accepted

Generic rules beat bespoke rules for referendums. The Electoral Commission having considered the bespoke tailoring proposed by the Scottish Government for the independence referendum, has made recommendations on the question and spending that should be accepted. They turn out to be not too bespoke! As readers know, I recommended against the question and would have […]

Lord Hurd not in favour of referendums

On the radio at the weekend, I heard Lord Douglas Hurd dissing referendums in favour of the wisdom of Parliament. I would have reminded him that the ‘wisdom’ would have had us in the euro if it hadn’t be barred by a referendum. The elites got it wrong again in Sweden in 2003 when the […]

Independence Question fails to capture the issue

The question proposed by the Scottish Government should be rejected. Here are the reasons I gave to the Electoral Commission in November 2012 as part of its consultation on the issue. The Commission can only advise the Scottish Government who need not accept the advice. Response to Electoral Commission on the Independence Question + No […]

SNP rethink over Scottish referendum plans

For a long time I have held the view that the Independence referendum would not be held in this Scottish Parliament. Now its official. The decision was always going to come late because Alex Salmond is an experienced a leader. He was bound to wait till the majority of supporters  have also come round to […]

Never underestimate generational change in politics

I overhead a conversation in our local petrol station the other day. Three visiting Welsh girls, in their early thirties, revealed they had never heard of Neil or Glenys Kinnock – one nearly PM of Britain and still an MP and his wife an MEP. This struck a bell because only a month previously a […]

Alex Salmond and Mike Russell made a formidable referendum team

I know. I worked closely with them during the 1997 referendum. Apart from Alex who is an energetic campaigner who goes down well with voters on all sides, Mike ran a tight office behind him. They were at least as good as the Labour Party who were on a high after their General Election landslide […]

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