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Forward Guidance on the Referendum Campaign

THE SCOTTISH REFERENDUM 2014 A HALF TIME ASSESSMENT BY GORDON WILSON The independence referendum campaign is unusual.  Amongst the modern countries seeking their independence, the arguments were simple and effective – independent self-government is the form of government that is the essence of national freedom – the democratic expression of the will of the nation. [...]

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Nay or Yay to NATO

Whether an independent Scotland should be a member of NATO has been the subject of vigorous debate over many years. Until recently the policy of the SNP, the party of government in Scotland since 2007, was that it would withdraw from NATO upon independence. This policy seems to have been based almost entirely on the [...]

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A National Plan for Scotland’s Oil and Gas Industry

Paper is available in PDF format oil-and-gas-national-plan

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YesScotland needs an Independence Bible

What is to be done?   Hundreds more days of the same?  Of Westminster pouring damaging questions and accusations upon independence,  none of which seem to have been anticipated either in SNP Government inner circles or Yes Scotland? Is there no understanding within the SNP Government or Yes Scotland,  of the reality  being shaped by the anti-independence forces, of non-movement of [...]

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Dundee East Rivals United for Independence

Dundee East Rivals United for Independence John McAllion MP, MSP for Dundee East (1987 – 2003) and Gordon Wilson MP for Dundee East (1974 -1987) have united to launch an article commissioned by Options for Scotland from John setting out his vision for an independent Scotland from the left: Sae come aa ye at hame [...]

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Sae come aa ye at hame wi freedom – Never heed whit the houdies croak for Doom

“Sae come aa ye at hame wi freedom – Never heed whit the houdies croak for Doom” These lines from Hamish Henderson’s anthem “Freedom Come Aa Ye” were originally penned more than half a century ago.  Sadly, Hamish left us long before the 21st century’s “houdies” – “Better Together” and the massed ranks of the [...]

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Why Scotland Should have its Own Currency

In a forceful article by Jim Fairlie, former deputy leader of the SNP released today by Options for Scotland, Mr. Fairlie criticises the implicit decision of the YES Campaign to accept the option of a formal currency union with rUK when Scotland becomes independent. He points out that the strident tone of the opposition of [...]

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Why Scotland should have its own currency

It took a long time for people in the UK to realise that the euro was a political issue and not simply about economics but as the single currency began to unravel, it became perfectly obvious that politics would determine if the currency even survived beyond last year. If economics had been the determining factor [...]

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Meeting with Scientific Alliance

Following upon publication of the paper on Electricity Generating Options for an Independent Scotland, Options for Scotland Director, Gordon Wilson had a meeting today in Edinburgh with representatives of the Scientific Alliance. Attending the meeting were Prof. Jack Ponton, FREng, FI ChemE (former vice president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers), Chartered Engineer, Keith Burns [...]

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