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Category Archives: Jim Sillars

A New Paradigm

The Brexit vote created a paradigm shift in European economic, constitutional and political life. We are in a new place, caused by a profound change in the geopolitical model existing in Europe for past generations. What was, is no more, and what now is, becomes a new evolving economic, constitutional and political structure shaped by [...]

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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 [...]

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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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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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Britain is Bust

Do you remember, not so long ago, the joy with which the No side sneered at the prospect of an independent Scotland being given the thumbs down by the credit agencies? No AAA status for this small nation state, no Sir, better to shelter under the brilliant economic management of the Brown/Balls/Darling Labour era and [...]

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See EU, Jimmy

I wonder what my mother’s brother, my uncle Jimmy, would think of things now.  He went into a POW camp after the 51st. Highland Division was forced to surrender at St. Valery in June 1940.  He never came back.  Lots of Scottish uncle Jimmys never came back.  Their graves are to be found all over [...]

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Wilson and Sillars Intervention in the Scotland-EU Issue

Statement by Gordon Wilson, past leader of the SNP, and Jim Sillars, former deputy leader of the SNP. This statement is issued because of our concern that the Scottish Government, and through it, the Yes side, has had  difficulties over the question of Scotland and Europe –something that must be resolved quickly given its importance [...]

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