What Future for Labour after the Collapse?

BIG DECISIONS NEEDED FOR SURVIVAL, SAYS JIM SILLARS

Entering the debate about the future of the Labour Party in Scotland, Jim Sillars forcefully addresses the Labour dilemma. As former Labour MP for South Ayrshire, founder of the Scottish Labour Party (SLP) in the seventies and then SNP MP for Govan and deputy leader of the SNP, he has unmatched experience of the political journey upon which Scottish Labour has now to embark if it is to survive.

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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 is no point in analysing the respective campaigns at this stage. That will come after September 19, when in any event attention will be focused on the aftermath, whatever the outcome.

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Emigration is Scotland’s Problem, Not Immigration – Former SNP Leader Gordon Wilson on Population Policy After The Referendum

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 country.

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The Location of New Ministries in an Independent Scotland

“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 service agencies such as a Scottish Central Bank. The priorities should be to fill any gaps left by departing UK agencies in determining locations, spreading the employment benefits and decentralising functions to local government.“

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Referendum Update: 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 now raising the issue of voting YES, asking questions rather than avoiding the topic. All quite unscientific, yet perhaps straws in the wind.

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