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Category Archives: Gordon Wilson

Long Term Strategy for Independence

Fifty years ago, SNP strategists hoped to see left/right class politics in Scotland replaced by identity politics in which the issue of Scotland’s independence would become paramount. Two years after the Scottish Referendum, the dust has settled and in its aftermath, it is clear, there has been a radical transformation in political opinion. If the [...]

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SCOTLAND’S ROLE IN THE EUROPEAN REFERENDUM

SCOTLAND’S ROLE IN THE EUROPEAN REFERENDUM By Gordon Wilson Director of Options for Scotland and a former Leader of the Scottish National Party. 20th February 2016   Britexit for the UK? In, out and shake it all about for Scotland? Shortly after the uncertainties of thee independence referendum, the UK and Scottish electorates have to [...]

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WHY SCOTLAND IS FACING AN ELECTRICITY CRISIS!

Download PDF Version here:  Electricity Crisis 06/12/15 THE POSITION NOW With the security margin between generating capacity and peak demand down to a dangerous 2% in England & Wales forcing the National Grid by expensive emergency arrangements to an increased reserve margin of 5.1%, it is time to examine how Scotland will be placed. Given [...]

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Response to BBC Trust Nations’ Consultation

Dear Secretary In response to your publicised request for comment, the following is restricted to three salient points. 1. UK Coverage Despite the close run in the Scottish Independence Referendum, the response of the BBC is largely to assume the issue has been put to bed and may be ignored. This would be a mistake [...]

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FEDERALISE POLICE SCOTLAND IN A ROOT AND BRANCH REFORM

Rarely in the history of any police force, including London’s Metropolitan Police at its worst, has any force performed so badly as has Police Scotland. Scandal after scandal from excessive illegal stop and search to armed forces on the street, from excessive centralisation to plain disorganisation has exposed Police Scotland to justified parliamentary and press [...]

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Strategic Review 1: The Referendum Six Months On

STRATEGIC REVIEW 1: THE REFERENDUM SIX MONTHS ON Background On 18 September 2014, the Scottish people in an historic referendum decided by a margin of 55% to 45% not to become an independent country. Despite all the argumentation, the result was a decisive No. That should have been the end of the matter for a generation. [...]

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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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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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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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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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