Salmond convinced of second referendum vote


Scotland's former First Minister Alex Salmond

Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond

 By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews – Via: http://www.itv.com/news/2014-12-20/salmond-convinced-of-second-referendum-vote/

The article I did below this one https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/alex-salmond-hints-at-westminster-snpred-tory-vote-deal/ leads me to believe what I have all along. Alex has something on the Tory Party. Be it the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ or the ‘Vow’ or something more sinister? 😉 Watch this space people. Another Referendum is coming sooner rather than later. I think this is breaking news, only ITV are showing so far

Alex Salmond has admitted today that he has not given up on his ambition for an independent Scotland and said he believes there will be another referendum vote in his lifetime. Scotland’s former first minister told The Times (£) if England votes in future to remove the UK from the European Union then that will be the “tipping point” at which Scotland will push for another independence vote. He said: “If you believe there are four equal nations, partners in this United Kingdom, then it seems reasonable that no one country should be dragged out of the European firmament against its will.”

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond with Yes supporters in Inverurie, Scotland during the Scottish referendum vote

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond with Yes supporters in Inverurie, Scotland during the Scottish referendum vote

Salmond, who stepped down following the yes campaign’s referendum loss also remained positive that should there be another independence vote this time the outcome would be different and told The Times (£) “I think we would win if there was another referendum.” He added: “Luckily in life, as in politics, people sometimes get a second chance.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/politics/article4302614.ece

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Sturgeon: Scottish independence is a matter of ‘when, not if’


Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence is a matter of 'when, not if'.

Nicola Sturgeon: Scottish independence is a matter of ‘when, not if’

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Scottish independence is a matter of “when, not if” – particularly if unionist parties deliver on their vow of substantial new powers for Holyrood, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Devolution of the financial, economic and welfare powers implicit in unionist pledges of “home rule” will render future “scaremongering” over Scotland’s capacity for self-government “risible”, according to Ms Sturgeon, who is almost certain to be Scotland’s next first minister. But she recognised that Westminster faces a difficult task in delivering powers which it claimed “would cause the sky to fall in” before the referendum. Ms Sturgeon will today face calls to rule out a rapid second referendum by Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael, who has already warned nationalists against arguing for “independence by the back door” in the forthcoming Smith Commission negotiations on more powers. Writing in left-wing periodical Scottish Left Review, Ms Sturgeon said: “There is no going back – and much as they might have wanted to, Whitehall politicians and mandarins cannot put us back in a devolved box. “The word ‘devolution’ is no longer adequate, for that describes a process of handing down carefully circumscribed powers from on high to a relatively passive people. “Scotland is now more politically engaged and assertive than at any stage of the democratic era.”

Better Together’s “project fear” tactics “undoubtedly played a role in determining the outcome” of the referendum, but if unionists deliver on their devolution pledges in full it would diminish future dire warnings about the implications of self-government, she said. “Threats of higher supermarket prices and business relocation – empty and orchestrated from Downing Street though they were – diverted attention and undermined confidence,” she said. “In the circumstances, achieving 45% and 1.6 million votes for an independent Scotland was remarkable, and in my opinion will be judged in days to come as the moment which determined that independence was a question of ‘when, not if’.” She added: “Put simply, the more responsibilities we can demonstrate Scotland is capable of successfully discharging – and the more these are used to build a fairer country and more economic opportunity for all – the less people will heed the siren voices claiming that to go further would cause the sky to fall in.”

Ms Sturgeon confirmed that former Labour prime minister Gordon Brown’s aspiration for “a modern form of Scottish home rule” in a federal UK within two years will be the SNP’s benchmark for the Smith Commission. “Additional powers which answer to the description of either home rule or federalism require both a quantitative and qualitative enhancement of Scottish self-government, especially in the core areas of finance, the economy and welfare,” she said. “These were, of course, the very areas where the No campaign depicted doom and gloom if decisions were taken at Holyrood rather than Westminster. “However, squaring that circle is Westminster’s difficulty – Scotland’s opportunity lies in gaining the powers we were promised in return for a No vote, and ensuring that we use them wisely for the benefit of the commonwealth. “If that is what transpires – and unless it is then the vow to the 55% who voted No, as well as the 45% who voted Yes, will have been broken – then Scotland will be self-governing to an extent which would render a future Project Fear attack on the implications of independence risible. “So while the referendum result did not go our way, these are still good times for Scotland.”

http://www.news-cloud.co.uk/StvNews/2014/10/05/SturgeonScottishIndependenceIsAMatterOfWhenNotIf.html

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Independent Scotland could be AAA rated – Standard & Poors – Another MYTH BUSTED!


The highly credible Standard & Poors

The highly credible Standard & Poors

The very same group who monitor countries credit ratings and downgraded the USA to AA from AAA have came out and said Scotland would be an AAA Rated country, the highest rating a country can have. This is a massive blow to the No camp on the eve of the vote and a story we MUST get viral over night. The polls close around 27 hours from now, lets get this amazing information out there. For people not in the know or who do not understand, you can see America is High Grade and not prime, Scotland would be prime. So another Myth shot to pieces Scotland

In a massive blow to the credibility of the No Campaign’s scaremongering, the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s released a report yesterday, clearly stating that an independent Scotland would be an investment grade economy.

The report states emphatically that S&P would expect Scotland to ‘benefit from all the attributes of an investment-grade sovereign credit’  due to its ‘wealthy’ economy, and that it sees ‘no fundamental reason’ in terms of Scotland’s balance sheet why Scotland could not float its own currency (even though we do not intend to).

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Standard_poors_ratings_mar302009Interestingly, given that it comes on the heels of yesterday’s exaggerated media coverage of the statement by Standard Life, S&P actually reported that  ‘a shrinking of Scotland’s ‘unusually large’ financial services sector could boost the country’s sovereign credit rating by reducing the size of the economy’s external balance sheet and reducing its liabilities’.

In other words, the perception of Scotland’s credit-worthiness could be even stronger if one or two banks left. They won’t of course, which is why we only mention this for academic interest, but it reminds that we should be careful about presuming that if certain institutions did leave, it would be a disaster. RBS comes to mind in particular. Of course, RBS is deleveraging so quickly that the size of its asset base in Scotland is likely to have reduced even more significantly by independence day in March 2016. And the financial sector in Scotland contributes to a smaller share of GDP than the UK as a whole anyway.

Far from worrying about the volatility of oil prices, credit ratings agencies seem to be more concerned about the highly volatile financial sector that dominates the UK’s economy, and of course contributed to the recession and credit crisis. Business for Scotland has long argued that this is where the real threat to Scotland’s economy lies.

The report gives Scotland a positive rating even under the scenario that:

  • Scotland would not have a currency union and would have its own currency (which BFS does not believe will happen)
  • Scotland would inherit a population share of UK debt (which BFS expects to happen because Scotland will gain a fair share of assets including currency)
  • A major financial institution or two were to leave (which they won’t in our view)

There are seven major rebuttals to the No Campaign’s position in the report:

1) Oil revenues are bonus to Scotland, not something we are dependent on.

S&P state that Scotland could manage independently even without the contribution of the North Sea. Our GDP without oil is roughly similar to other credit-worthy nations.

2) Scotland is not excessively reliant on oil.
S&P says it only considers an economy to be over-reliant on a particular industry if it accounts for more than 20% of GDP. Oil in Scotland is between 12-16% of GDP.

3) The people of Scotland and the business community can be confident in the strength of an independent Scotland’s economy.

S&P cites  ‘high-quality human capital, flexible product and labour markets and transparent institutions’ as further reasons for confidence in the Scottish economy.

4) Scotland has a strong balance of payments.
The report states: ‘Overall, then, from a balance of payments perspective, there is
little evidence that Scotland depends on the rest of the world to finance a large share of its annual GDP. In other words, net external financing on an annual basis appears to be relatively low’.

5) Scotland is a wealthy nation.

The report compares the GDP (wealth in the economy) on a per head basis with other countries, stating:

  • Scotland GDP p/capita = $47,369
  • Germany GDP p/capita = $43,855
  • UK GDP p/capita = $41,066
  • New Zealand GDP p/capita =$39,840

All of those nations have an AAA credit rating from at least one of the three big credit rating agencies and Moody’s rates New Zealand higher than it does the UK.

6) Scotland has a varied tax base (and by extension a diverse economy).
S&P states ‘even excluding North Sea output and calculating per capita GDP only by looking at onshore income, Scotland would qualify for our highest economic assessment. Higher GDP per capita, in our view, gives a country a broader potential tax and funding base to draw from, which supports creditworthiness’.

7) Danny Alexander’s credibility is in tatters

 

Danny Alexander credibility in tatters

Danny Alexander credibility in tatters

Was his evidence incompetent or knowingly misleading?  As another element to the self-styled Project Fear bites the dust how, can anyone believe a word that the No Campaign say?Treasury Minister Danny Alexander is one of the gang of three who have schemed with Alistair Darling to convince Scots we have no rights to our own currency. In February, he gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s economy committee where he said interest rate rises in an independent Scotland would suffer from an “independence premium” on borrowing from the markets, leading to “an extra £1,700 a year for the average mortgage-payer”.
Now one of the credit ratings agencies has suggested Scotland would be investment grade and compared it to peers who are all AAA rated.

 Is it all milk and honey then?

No, clearly not. The world is recovering after a major recession and financial crisis caused in part by the lack of regulation and foresight of previous Chancellors such as the No Campaign’s Alastair Darling or Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. Scotland faces significant issues after a No vote, not least the generations of Westminster austerity budgets to come and the associated deep cuts in Scotland’s budget.

The S&P reports clearly states there would be a transition period and that: ‘If Scotland were not to join a monetary union then Scottish financial institutions would not have access to lending facilities from a major central bank such as the European Central Bank (ECB) or the Bank of England’.  This is true and is one of the reasons why the Scottish Government is willing to accept a fair share of the UK national debt in return for a long term agreement on continuing the currency union that will benefit both Scotland and rUK, not least by both minimising small business transaction costs on business both sides of the border and, as it happens, helping to protect the rUK’s credit rating.
The report concludes: ‘In short, the challenge for Scotland to go it alone would be significant, but not unsurpassable’.

Conclusion
Several of the No Campaign’s scare stories about Scotland’s financial position as an independent nation have been completely blown out of the water by this report. It states, emphatically, that an independent Scotland would be an investment worthy nation. It also highlights that Scotland’s economic peers are all AAA rated by at least one major credit agency.

We have a choice, with a NO vote we have the significant and possibly unsurpassable challenges of staying in the union or vote YES and face the challenges and opportunities of the world in control of our own destiny. We can deal with the “not unsurpassable”, challenges with the freedom to be the country we want to be and to head in the direction we choose to go.

With a YES vote we can, create a successful and sustainably growing economy whilst sharing wealth more fairly in the interests of the economy, business and Scotland people as a whole.

http://newsnetscotland.com/index.php/referendum/8806-credit-agency-confirms-indy-scotland-set-for-triple-a-credit-rating

http://www.standardandpoors.com/products-services/RatingsDirect-Global-Credit-Portal/en/us

Pound Falls Over Scotland Referendum Fears – Says Sky News


The Saltire, the flag of the European Union and Union Flag fly together in a street before a debate in the Scottish Parliament on ‘Scotland’s future,’ in Edinburgh

I just posted this here https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/scottish-independence-gets-boost-from-hong-kongs-money/ from Hong Kong. Can we say Sky is telling lies? I am no financial expert, so, to financial experts, what you say?

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As polling shows voters may choose independence, markets see a sell-off on the pound and companies with major Scottish interests

Sterling has fallen to a 10-month low against the dollar amid a sell-off of Scotland-linked companies, after a weekend poll showed a potential surge for independence. The markets reacted with widespread negative sentiment over rising uncertainty about the United Kingdom’s economic stability. The pound was trading down more than 1% against the US dollar in midday trades. At 3pm it was still 0.99% down. A broad range of companies with major interests in Scotland also saw their share prices fall on Monday. Weir Group saw its shares drop more than 2.45%, SSE fell 2.44% and defence contractors Babcock and BAE Systems slid 4.87% and 2.37%, respectively. The Royal Bank of Scotland dropped 2.88%, Lloyds Banking Group was down 3.36% and Standard Life fell 4.2%.

The drops eased slightly in afternoon trades.

Many leading pension funds have significant exposure to the banks and big companies affected by the sell-off. Forex.com research director Kathleen Brooks told Sky News: “An independent Scotland would potentially have to start a currency from scratch, which is a hard thing to do. “Obviously a new currency was formed with the euro, but that was decades in the making – and Scotland doesn’t have the time so it would be a real uphill struggle.” The sell-off follows a YouGov poll in the Sunday Times which indicated that 51% of Scots supported independence while 49% backed the current Union. It was the first time polls suggested there could be a ‘Yes’ vote for independence in the referendum on September 18.

On Sunday, Chancellor George Osborne sought to head off the surge of support for an independent Scotland by promising more powers north of the border, including control over taxation, job creation and welfare spending. “The markets took for granted for so long that it was going to be a ‘No’ vote and as the polls narrow there has been a huge change in sentiment,” Ms Brooks added. “If there is a ‘Yes’ vote in 10 days’ time things are going to get very ugly in the markets, not just for the pound, but for stocks and potentially raise our borrowing costs in the UK without Scotland.” And on Monday, party leaders began a final push to sway undecided voters as Alistair Darling, leader of the Better Together campaign, warned a Yes vote “would be forever”.

The Scottish Government, based on expert advice it has received, has said that Scotland should continue to use the pound as part of a currency union with the rest of the UK. As a fully tradeable curre

Scottish independence gets boost from Hong Kong’s money…


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Scottish independence gets boost from Hong Kong’s money markets

In a week that has seen Britain discuss the very future of the pound sterling and the possible break-up of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong’s money changers have provided an unwitting boost to the Scottish independence movement by offering a separate – and more favourable – rate for Scottish pound notes. Last week, British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne warned that an independent Scotland would have to give up control over key elements of its economy if it wanted to continue using the pound. Osborne said a “Yes” vote in next year’s referendum would leave Scotland with three options – unilaterally keeping the pound, creating a Scottish currency or joining the euro. But the Scottish nationalists got an unlikely boost when currency exchange company Mega Foreign Exchange listed the Scottish pound in its exchange rates, valuing it higher than the English pound. Yesterday it was offering HK$11.50 for a Scottish pound but HK$11.30 for an English one.

The company has three outlets locally – two in Causeway Bay and one in Tsim Sha Tsui. A spokesman for the company confirmed they offered a separate rate for the Scottish pound and would continue to. “It’s legal tender,” he said. “We have had transactions in the past, but … it’s actually only been once in a blue moon, but we will continue to provide the service. The rate is based on whatever the English pound is at that time.” The Sheraton Hotel at Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, also has an exchange rate for the Scottish pound, the same as it offers for the English pound. However, five Western Union money exchange outlets the Sunday Morning Post visited in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay would not accept a Scottish £20 note for Hong Kong dollars.

Although the currency is not exactly flooding Hong Kong, those fighting for Scottish independence welcomed the news. “Perhaps Mega Forum Exchange’s difference in exchange rate is a recognition that the latest figures showed that Scotland’s economy is outperforming the UK as a whole,” a Scottish National Party spokesman said. “The strength of Scotland’s economy and our export performance underlines the significant contribution that Scotland makes to the strength of Sterling, and why continuing a Sterling area after a ‘Yes’ vote in September 2014, and Scotland becoming independent, would be in the interests of both Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

The currency in Scotland is not different from the rest of the country in that it is also consists of British pounds, but most Scottish banks print their own versions. Most “Scottish” banknotes circulating in Scotland are issued by Scottish banks and are widely accepted throughout Britain.

 This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as Scots find support in HK cash markets. The currency in Scotland is not different from the rest of the country in that it is also consists of British pounds, but most Scottish banks print their own versions. Most “Scottish” banknotes circulating in Scotland are issued by Scottish banks and are widely accepted throughout Britain.
A currency rate board displays an exchange rate for the Scottish pound (SCP) at the Sheraton Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

A currency rate board displays an exchange rate for the Scottish pound (SCP) at the Sheraton Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

No campaign in meltdown as Labour tries to disown latest border guard threat


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I SAID BEFORE TO EXPECT THIS. LABOUR HAVE SAID SORRY FOR THIS COMMENT BY THEIR ‘LEADER’

Labour said “Ed Miliband” was misquoted. Now I have been saying this for a while now, expect the Media to tell Stories and then for the Political parties to blame the Media for basically getting what was said wrong. I said below in “Scotland the Brave” That we here in Scotland MUST not get frightened by this rubbish. LABOUR HAVE ASSURED US SINCE, THAT THIS BORDER CONTROL WON’T HAPPEN! But does that push me, a Labour voter back to Labour? No chance. It’s been said, it’s how “They” feel in England. The media will tell more stories then the “Oh, em, no, wasn’t what he meant” will come into play, like below. Scotland. SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has said today “Scotland WILL be the wealthiest NATION ON EARTH” Now how do we take that? We take that to the BANK SCOTLAND! Read below how the NO Campaign were their own enemy, they lost it, because they lost thier togetherness, Scotland, we won’t lose this. We are so close now. Lets get through the last 10 days of fear and crap thrown at us ..Article below

Signs of disarray within the ranks of the No campaign have emerged after the Labour party sought to distance itself from comments allegedly made by its own leader in a newspaper interview.

Shot the no campaign in the foot!

Today the No campaign has been accused of going ‘into complete meltdown’ after an Ed Miliband threat to build border posts with an independent Scotland provoked a spectacular backlash – prompting the Labour press office to try and disown the interview. After Mr Miliband’s comments were reported by the Mail on Sunday, the Labour press office immediately disowned the story and tried to blame the newspaper, tweeting: “Ridiculous splash in Mail on Sunday. There is no Labour ‘plan’ for border guards in independent Scotland and nor does Ed say that. Rather than establishing borders, Ed is focused on keeping the UK together” However, according to the newspaper, Mr Miliband was quite clear on the issue, telling a reporter: “If you don’t want borders, vote to stay in the United Kingdom”.  Asked to clarify if this meant border guards and passport checks, he said “it would have to be looked at”.

Compounding Labour denials, a spokesman for Mr Miliband also said: “The last time I looked there were two sides to the Border – and we would be in charge of one of them.  It would be up to us, not Mr Salmond, to secure our northern border.” The border threat was widely reported in many newspapers and also featured in a BBC article which said a newly elected Labour Government at Westminster would “consider building border posts if Scotland voted for independence.”

“The No campaign has gone into meltdown as Ed Miliband’s latest attempt to scare people into voting No has spectacularly backfired. “Ed Miliband is putting forward the ridiculous proposition that he would share an open border with Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands – but he would erect border posts with an independent Scotland. No wonder the Labour party is running for cover.

“All of these territories have been part of the Common Travel Area since the 1920s, and that sensible arrangement will continue after Scotland becomes independent – because it is in everyone’s interests for it to do so.” Claims by Labour officials that the Labour leader has made no such claims, contradict comments Mr Miliband himself made in June when he raised the prospect of border patrols in the event of independence.

On a visit to Scotland, Mr Miliband said: “It’s certainly the case that we would have to have a look at the issue of a border if we’ve got different immigration policies. It totally stands to reason.” Ms McAlpine added: “The No campaign’s credibility has completely collapsed – the more they try and frighten people into voting No, the more they are moving toward support for Yes. “As the referendum approaches, more and more people are realising that Scotland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world – and a Yes vote next week is the golden opportunity to make that wealth work for the people of Scotland – building a fairer society, creating job opportunities and protecting Scotland’s NHS.”

The apparent contradiction at the top level within the Labour party is being seen by Yes opponents as a sign of panic within the No campaign as a newly published poll has revealed Yes may in fact have overtaken its rival in the referendum race. The poll, from Yougov, puts support for Yes on 51%, with support for No at 49%.  However another survey carried out by Panelbase has shown the reverse, with No on 52% and Yes on 48%. The two polls are being interpreted by both sides as evidence that the result of the independence referendum is now too close to call.  However few are now challenging the fact that all recent polls confirm that momentum is now very definitely with the Yes campaign.

http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2014/sep/no-camp-meltdown-border-scares-disowned

http://www.veooz.com/news/jHTep12.html

Street Singers Gather a Huge ‘Yes Crowd’ In Glasgow – Video


Huge Crowd Gathered in Edinburgh Also

Huge Crowd Gathered in Edinburgh Also, this was below Edinburgh Castle

Woke up to this video in my in-box, I don’t know who to thank, so whoever took it, thanks. I sometimes find my own video’s in other places, way I see it, it matters not who tells the story, as long as it is told. Today the Yes campaign is ahead in the Official polls for the first time ever. We have 11 days Scotland to see this through. Westminster will use dirty tricks and false flag rubbish to sway us. Don’t fall for it. I thought I would share this video, apparently it just ‘Happened’ I love it when a mass crowd just happens. I don’t do the hate part of the referendum, but I am yet to see a flash No voter gathering. BRING IT HOME SCOTLAND! Video below is from Glasgow Yesterday

 

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Happened in Aberdeen at some point also

Happened in Aberdeen at some point also

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FEAR TACTICS START – We’ll put guards on Scottish border: Ed Miliband


DO NOT BELIEVE THE FEAR! PLEASE !

DO NOT BELIEVE THE FEAR! PLEASE !

PASSPORTS WOULD HAVE TO BE SHOWN AT THE ENGLISH BORDER NO MATTER WHAT!! THIS IS A SCARE TACTIC, DON’T FALL FOR IT SCOTLAND! 

Ed Miliband today issues the stark threat that manned border posts could be introduced if Scotland backs independence in next week’s historic vote. With just 11 days to go until the referendum – and polls showing growing momentum for Alex Salmond’s nationalists – the Labour leader has urged voters to face up to the consequences of severing the 300-year-old Union. ‘If you don’t want borders, vote to stay in the United Kingdom,’ Mr Miliband said in an interview with today’s Scottish Mail on Sunday.  Asked whether that would mean him introducing border guards and passport checks if he was Prime Minister, Mr Miliband warned: ‘It would have to be looked at.’ And Mr Miliband’s spokesman added last night: ‘The last time I looked there were two sides to the border – and we would be in charge of one of them. It would be up to us, not Mr Salmond, to secure our northern border.’

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The prospect was raised as a shock poll showed that 51 per cent of Scots would vote ‘Yes’ to going it alone with just 49 per cent saying ‘No’. The results of the YouGov survey means that the ‘Yes’ campaign has overturned a 22-point lead within a month. Until now, Mr Salmond’s SNP has insisted that a separate Scotland would be part of a common, free movement area with the rest of the UK and Ireland.  But a Downing Street source backed Mr Miliband, saying: ‘All the research shows that if there is a material difference between the immigration policy adopted by an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK, then border controls would have to be introduced.’ It raises the extraordinary prospect of drivers having to stop at manned barriers on the borders to show their passports.

With the latest opinion polls showing Mr Miliband on course to win May’s General Election, a Labour Government could be in charge of negotiating Scotland’s passage to independence by March 2016 if the referendum returns a ‘Yes’ vote. The SNP dismissed the idea of border controls as a ‘scare story’, but Mr Miliband’s advisers say it is not an idle threat: a secret memo drawn up by the Foreign Office in 2009 warned that a secure border would have to be established to protect the ‘remaining UK’ if an independent Scotland applied to join the EU. All new EU members are obliged to accept the Schengen open borders scheme, meaning travellers from the continent would be free to fly into Scotland without immigration checks. But Britain has opted out of the scheme, and erects border controls to vet travellers from Schengen countries, raising the prospect of a new Hadrian’s Wall between the two nations. New border posts would cause chaos for travellers and prove to be hugely damaging to business. The 95-mile border, which runs from Lamberton on the east coast to the Solway Firth in the west, cuts through 21 roads, including two major trunk routes, the A1 and M74.

No idle threat by Mr Miliband: A memo drawn up by the Foreign Office in 2009 warned that a secure border would have to be established to protect the ‘remaining UK’ if an independent Scotland applied to join the EU

No idle threat by Mr Miliband: A memo drawn up by the Foreign Office in 2009 warned that a secure border would have to be established to protect the ‘remaining UK’ if an independent Scotland applied to join the EU

A total of 23 million vehicle crossings a year are made on the roads, in addition to seven million passenger journeys on the West Coast and East Coast railway lines. If controls were set up, immigration staff could man barriers on the roads while the train terminals would have to install checks similar to those adopted by Eurostar. Last night former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett echoed Mr Miliband’s warning by referring to last week’s riots in Calais when immigrants attempted to storm a ferry. ‘Were the Scots to vote “Yes” to separation, the issue of border controls and the threat of entry through Scottish ports and airports would take on serious proportions,’ Mr Blunkett told The Mail on Sunday.

‘This is one issue that has not yet emerged as a key part of the debate over Scotland’s future. There is much at stake and little sign of Government action in response.’ Panic spread through the ‘No’ campaign last week after an opinion poll showed that its lead over the nationalists had shrunk to just six points, with support for Mr Salmond’s position up by eight points in a month. Mr Cameron is happy to let Mr Miliband make the running for the pro-Union campaign as Labour supporters make up a large proportion of the ‘undecided’ voters. The Prime Minister paid his annual visit to the Queen at Balmoral yesterday, but accepted the advice of Palace aides not to join her at the Braemar Games in case it was seen as ‘politicising’ the Monarch. It is also in Mr Miliband’s interest to defeat the nationalists: if Scottish voters had been excluded from the last Election, Mr Cameron would have won a clear Westminster majority without the need for a Coalition. The scale of Labour fears over a possible ‘Yes’ vote was laid bare yesterday when the party’s English and Welsh MPs were told to get up to Scotland to save the Union. In an email to all Labour MPs, Chief Whip Rosie Winterton revealed that Labour had booked scores of train tickets to get them to go north of the border before the referendum. In his interview, Mr Miliband also mentioned his ‘personal connection’ with Scotland – his father, Ralph, was stationed at Inverkeithing, Fife, during the Second World War. ‘The rest of the UK would be much weaker without Scotland. It matters for reasons of heart and for head,’ he said.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy urged fellow ‘No’ campaigners to hold their nerve, saying: ‘There is a flavour of detail and substance being swept aside in a tide of emotion and exclusive patriotism. It is a dangerous time for the No campaign.’ Asked about Mr Miliband’s remarks, a spokesman for Yes Scotland said: ‘There will be no border posts between an independent Scotland and the rest of the UK. ‘The No campaign will say anything to try to scare people into throwing away this unique opportunity to put our future into our own hands. They’ll always put what’s right for Westminster above what’s best for Scotland. Border posts manned by guards take the prize for one of the sillier scare stories.’

Scottish independence: Tesco plays down ‘Yes’ cost increase claim by #BT


Tesco supermarket said the referendum vote was a matter for the Scottish people

Tesco supermarket said the referendum vote was a matter for the Scottish people

Supermarket giant Tesco has played down claims its prices would rise in an independent Scotland. It described the suggestion in a pro-Union Better Together campaign leaflet as “entirely speculative”. A spokesman for Tesco said the company was “neutral on the referendum” which was “a matter for the Scottish people.” But Labour’s Jackie Ballie, speaking on behalf of Better Together, said a “Yes” vote would “cost families in Scotland dear”. The statement from the UK supermarket was made after pro-Union literature used Tesco prices in Ireland to suggest that shopping in Scotland could cost 16% more after a “Yes” vote.

In a letter to a customer who had inquired about the claim in the leaflet, Tesco said “I can confirm that this is not true”, adding that it had “a great business in Scotland” and would “continue to offer the best prices whatever the outcome of the referendum”. Tesco said that higher labour and energy costs, along with government levies on certain products such as wine, pushed up some prices in Irish supermarkets. But the company insisted that “some items of fresh produce, meats and other household items” were actually cheaper in Tesco’s stores in Ireland than in its stores in the UK.

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The people of Scotland go to the polls on Thursday, 18 September, when they will be asked the “Yes/No” question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Ms Baillie said experts had made it clear that leaving the UK would increase prices in Scotland. She pointed to the work of Alan McKinnon, who is professor of Logistics at the Kuehne Logistics University in Hamburg. He is reported to have said that if Scotland left the UK, the “the distribution of supplies from warehouses in England to shops and businesses in Scotland, many of which are currently internal inventory transfers, would become international trade”. The academic went on to say that would “be a very costly option and result in higher prices in the shops”.

‘Clarification welcome’

Ms Baillie said: “Times are tough enough already for families here without putting more pressures on the household budget. We know from the supermarket bosses and the experts that the cost of doing business in Scotland is more expensive than elsewhere in the UK. “Being part of the UK means we can spread this extra cost amongst customers across the whole of the UK, rather than the burden falling on Scottish families alone.” However, the Yes Scotland campaign said that the intervention of Tesco to clarify its position had left the Better together campaign embarrassed. The SNP’s Derek Mackay said: “Tesco’s clarification is welcome – the No campaign must withdraw their misleading leaflet as a matter of urgency. “People across Scotland have already started casting their votes in the referendum – for them to be able to make the right choice they must be given the facts. “That the decision was taken to include these ridiculous claims in their official referendum communication says it all – their complete lack of vision for Scotland means all they can do is scaremonger in a desperate attempt to convince people to vote No.”

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♫ ♪ Stanley Odd – Son I Voted Yes ♪ ♫


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WELL WOW! My son just sent me a song done by a Lecturer from Edinburgh and Student , it is just WOW! I will let the Music and Lyrics speak for the blog, please listen and read! Thank you! 

Lyrics:
Son I just wrote this
I thought you might like to know
That I chose to vote Yes
‘Cause a Yes vote provided hope
What the future’s holdin’
No-one can rightly know
Was tired of the same old script
And what’s next only time will show

I knew you’d ask at some stage
I look forward to us talking about it one day
So here’s the story of a hopeful guess
Cause you’re part of the reason that I voted yes
When I was your age, we had some discontent winters
Like in the fairy tales there was a Witch of Westminster
With the power and the contrast of a comic book villain
She’s passed away now but we didn’t say good riddance
‘Cause by the time she passed she was a feeble old lady
Who forgot what she was doing when she was going places
You should always treat people how you’d like to be treated
‘Cause the hurt and anger she left is deep seated
In school they stopped our free milk
It could be said in a wider context they stopped our free will
You can’t always separate feelings from cold facts
From the school bus I read graffiti saying ‘No Poll Tax’
See in 1979 people voted to control their own reality
But it didn’t happen on a technicality
Then in 1997 they said it wouldn’t work
But they supposed letting us try couldn’t hurt
Now in 2014 they asked the question
‘Do you want to be independent?’
I remember thinking, if we didn’t answer Yes
You could be 18 before they’d ask us again

Son I just wrote this

This isn’t about the colour of skin
Or where you were born, or who you call kin
It’s about pure and simple geography
And caring for everyone responsibly
It’s about people facing poverty with immunity
And building and supporting our communities
Too many people want off the path we’re following
It’s time to change how we ‘do’ politics
Responsibility and independence
Leading by example of the messages we’re sendin’
Character traits we hope for our kids one day
So why wouldn’t we want it for our country?
See the older you get the less you see things in black and white
And I’m just trying to do what I think is right
Just simply voting by Yes, the problem isn’t solved
But you can’t change the world taking no risks at all
Spin Doctors twisted strands of stories to control the plots
Like Rumpelstiltskin spinning gold from straw
Weaving threads like Charlotte’s spider web
And the trolls under the bridge became Cybermen
In a time of recession, food banks and destitution
Worldwide turmoil with very little resolution
Violence and terror as press wizards cast their best illusions
We were part of a peaceful revolution

Son I just wrote this

Some said we had our heads controlled by our hearts
But you make decisions with both by and large
As for those felt their hearts were controlled by their heads
They told the story of the goose that laid the golden egg
Meaning that sticking as we are was the safest bet
Which is basically succumbing to playground threats
And to me that just wasn’t making sense
‘Cause there’s the possibility for real change instead
They say yir home’s where yir heart is
From Oor Wullie’s shed to Doctor Who’s Tardis
But it’s also true that yir hearts where yir home is
And it won’t be that long ‘til you’re grown with yir own kids
Of course I had reservations, who didn’t?
Despite the white paper, Scotland’s future isn’t written
It’s wrong that a politician can only be the shepherd or the wolf
Cause that way they either want you for your flesh or for your wool
The biggest triumph of the 21st century state
Was to convince us that having a dream is a cliché
1% of the world has 90% of the wealth
And this system says to step on folks while helping yirself
I hope you’re hearing these thoughts with amazement
And inequity is consigned to history pages
I don’t want to see another lost generation
Rioting, frustrated and cross with their parents

Son I just wrote this
I thought you might like to know
That I chose to vote Yes
‘Cause a Yes vote provided hope
What the future’s holdin’
No-one can rightly know
Was tired of the same old script

And what’s next only time will show