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.
Continue reading “What Future for Labour after the Collapse?”
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.
Continue reading “Strategic Review 1: The Referendum Six Months On”
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.
Continue reading “Turn Negative on the Union and Sharpen Attack, says Former SNP Leader”
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.
Continue reading “Emigration is Scotland’s Problem, Not Immigration – Former SNP Leader Gordon Wilson on Population Policy After The Referendum”
“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.“
Continue reading “The Location of New Ministries in an Independent Scotland”
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.
Continue reading “Referendum Update: IT’S STILL THE ECONOMY”
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.
Continue reading “What Happens on 19 September After a Yes Vote?”
THE SCOTTISH REFERENDUM 2014
A HALF TIME ASSESSMENT BY GORDON WILSON
Continue reading “Forward Guidance on the Referendum Campaign”
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?
Continue reading “YesScotland needs an Independence Bible”