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Turn Negative on the Union and Sharpen Attack, says former SNP Leader

OPTIONS FOR SCOTLAND REFERENDUM PRE-EXAMINATION REPORT Turn Negative on the Union and Sharpen Attack, says former SNP Leader In his third critique of the Referendum Campaign, Gordon Wilson, Director of Options for Scotland and former SNP Leader  and campaign strategist concentrates on what the Yes campaign should do to win the referendum on independence. There [...]

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SCOTTISH TOURISM HAMPERED BY LACK OF DIRECT FLIGHTS ~ REFERENDUM EXPANSION OFFERS HOPE

The news of the new direct flights from Scotland to Qatar which start later this month is very welcome and brings the number of new direct services starting this month to six, adding to the new services to Chicago, Philadelphia, Zurich, Verona and the Dominican Republic that have already been announced. This growth, which is [...]

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Report highlights emigration fears.

Scotland’s education system is “subsidising” the English economy by £30 billion a year through Scots moving south, according to a pro-independence group. Options for Scotland, led by former SNP leader Gordon Wilson, has called for control over tax and immigration to encourage families to stay and have children and foreigners to settle in Scotland. Tax [...]

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EMIGRATION IS SCOTLAND’S PROBLEM, NOT IMMIGRATION – FORMER SNP LEADER GORDON WILSON ON POPULATION POLICY AFTER THE REFERENDUM

Here is the link to the full PDF document EmigrationAndImmigrationOptions An independent Scotland will need a coherent ‘population policy’ to provide  financial incentives to discourage young Scots from emigrating and taking their children abroad. Tax breaks, family support grants and much more help with pre and post school child care are essential to keep families from quitting the [...]

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The location of New Ministries in an Independent Scotland

Read the full paper here “The Scottish Government needs to prepare a detailed plan for the negotiations with the UK Government over the timescale of transfer of civil service and agency functions. It should also start now with plans for the establishment of new ministries such as External Affairs, Economic Management, Defence and Energy including [...]

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Referendum Update: IT’S STILL THE ECONOMY

Referendum Update by Gordon Wilson – November 2013   IT’S STILL THE ECONOMY My previous assessment of the Referendum Campaign in early August was downbeat although less bleak than in June. The polls have yet to move YES-wards to any great extent but intuitively, I sense the beginnings of movement. In the street, people are [...]

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Aviation Policy Options for Scotland, October 2013

DOWNLOAD PDF DOCUMENT: Options for Scotland Aviation Aviation Policy Options for Scotland, October 2013 Iain Lawson   INTRODUCTION Scotland possesses five major airports – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Prestwick and Inverness – and many other smaller centres. The principal problem is that of limited European connections and very few long haul flights to international destinations. Compared to [...]

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WHAT HAPPENS ON 19 SEPTEMBER 2014 AFTER A YES VOTE?

What happens after there is a Yes vote?  The answer is important. Before the referendum, the Westminster Government will have no truck with discussions or pre-negotiations in the event of a Yes vote.  To do so would give the Yes side the very credence its refusal is designed to avoid. After a Yes vote, it [...]

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Economic Policy Options for an Independent Scotland

Download paper: independent-scotland-policy-options This paper has been produced as a joint exercise between Options for Scotland, and the Jimmy Reid Foundation. It is designed to take a radical look at the type of economic policy options which would be open to an independent Scottish government. It does not make any assumptions about what the political stance [...]

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Economists’ Vision for Development of a New Scottish Economy

OPTIONS FOR SCOTLAND and THE JIMMY REID FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE All News Editors and Political Correspondents For Release 1.30pm, 9 September 2013 at Media Conference in Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh ECONOMIC POLICY OPTIONS FOR AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND Economists’ Vision for Development of a New Scottish Economy Options for Scotland and The Jimmy Reid Foundation today [...]

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