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 premise that NATO is a “nuclear led alliance”, and more specifically on the fact that the Alliance has not eschewed the principle of first strike.

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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 British establishment – stirred in opposition to next year’s referendum on Scottish independence.  Yet, his lines could well have been written specifically with those unionist rogues in mind.

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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 the No Campaign and the Treasury is such that one has to wonder why Scots would find anything attractive in an continuing union with rUK.

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