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Does the Scottish Government have the power to put the country on lockdown?

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Boris Johnson was quoted last week on ITV's This Morning toying with the idea that we should perhaps just allow the Coronavirus to pass through the population.  He told Philip Schofield, "perhaps you could take it on the chin, take it all in one go and allow the disease, as it were, to move through the population, without taking as many draconian measures." While countries around the world close their borders, cancel flights, shut down schools and ban mass gatherings, Johnson and the UK's Tory Government decided to do nothing. Only last night, Johnson decided to follow Scotland's lead by banning mass gatherings.  Even the state broadcaster, the BBC used the phrase "will follow Scotland's lead."  Surprising?  Not really.  It was inevitable that Johnson's ageing core support would react badly to Johnson's inaction.  He only changed course because he has realised that it would damage him politically. Telling people just to keep calm and

Coronavirus strengthens the case for an independent Scotland

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It goes without saying that many of Scotland's powers are reserved to Westminster.  The Scottish Government has limited powers over matters of national security and issues that effect the well being of the nation in general. Whilst it is true, that the Scottish Government does have power to implement strategies to improve the outcome for the citizens of our nation, and we have the best NHS in the UK to prevent fatalities, it cannot be denied that our abilities to protect against the spread of the virus are hindered by the union. This is one of those situations where you really have to weigh up what's more important to you.  Is the threat of economic doom so worrying that you'd rather risk the lives of your elderly relatives and loved ones?  Or would it be worth considering that we should take the well informed decision to take matters into our own hands, like every other normal independent country in the world? The UK Government regularly threaten people in Scotlan

Using the list vote wisely at the 2021 Holyrood elections

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It is has been suggested by many commentators that if the Holyrood elections in 2021 were to produce a pro independence majority, that the mandate for an independence referendum would be beyond all doubt.  Some SNP politicians, such as Angus MacNeil MP and Councillor Chris McEleny have even suggested using the Holyrood elections as a proxy indyref - that simply delivering a pro independence majority would become a mandate to declare independence if the UK Government continue to refuse consent for a referendum. Either way, it is vital that the yes movement delivers a convincing pro independence majority in 2021.  If we were to have a repeat of the result in 2016 - it may be interpreted by some that support for independence has stalled.  Rather than simply maintaining one, we must increase the yes majority. Turning 751,770 wasted votes into 10 more pro independence seats would be useful right? in the 2016 Holyrood elections, that's how many votes were used in list areas where

Could an independent Scotland peg the Scots Pound to the Euro?

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The currency debate rages on, as ever, and probably will continue to do so even after Scotland becomes an independent country.  It goes without saying that in the immediate aftermath of independence, Scotland will continue to use the Scottish pound. The Scottish pound, is already treated by many, as a unique and separate currency.  Many English stores refuse to take it, and look baffled and confused when they see a Scottish note.  It is pegged at parity with Pound Sterling.  The Bank of Scotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and the Clydesdale Bank are the only three Scottish banks authorised to print Scottish bank notes. Pound Sterling is still translated as Punnd Sasannach (English pound) in Scottish Gaelic. Scottish bank notes are not issued by the Central Bank in England, and are only issued by retail banks in Scotland.  They are not even classed as legal tender in the UK, therefore the Scottish Pound is indeed already treated like a separate currency in that regard. The

The subsidy myth BUSTED

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Does Scotland really have a £12.6 billion deficit?  Here's why Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures would have very little to do with the finances of an independent Scotland. If anything, Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) figures are actually an argument for independence, and not against.  Because they only cover the current situation, and they expose exactly how badly Scottish tax payers cash is wasted by London.  When you compare the amount that Westminster spends on Scotland's behalf in a variety of areas to the budget of other countries with a similar population, it really doesn't make any sense. First of all, take a look at the video above, of a Tory MP called David Mowat, actually admits in the House of Commons that Scotland is not in fact subsidised, and that any extra spending allocated to Scotland is merely based on oil revenues previously generated in Scotland. Mowat explains, that rather than being subs

The Scotland to Ireland bridge is a slap in the face to the people of Scotland

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The idea of having a bridge between Scotland and the north of Ireland, in itself, is not necessarily a bad one.  It's not the bridge in itself that upsets people.  In a perfect utopia, perhaps it would be a wonderful idea. But if Johnson wants to build a bridge of trust between his UK Government, and the people of Scotland - the Scotland to Ireland bridge is not the answer. Making such decisions about Scotland, for Scotland, on our behalf, without consulting our government, actually undermines devolution.  Public opinion is quite glaringly against the idea, with most people questioning how the UK Government would fund such a project. Scotland sent £62.7 billion in taxes to London last year, and yet the Scottish Government will only have access to £34 billion for this year's budget.  The Scottish Government will, as always, be forced to balance the books to the penny, and will of course, have surplus funds left over as we did last year, and the year before. However

A Force For Good's '57 Benefits of the UK Union' debunked!

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Pro-union group 'A Force For Good' have published a very long list entitled '57 Benefits of the UK Union.' I thought it would be interesting to analyse each one of the 57 supposed benefits of the union and to challenge them all individually. The purpose of this exercise, is not to ridicule the unionist position.  Far from it.  I'm simply analysing concerns that many unionists will very legitimately have, and attempting to alleviate those concerns, by challenging them with rational arguments. Economic 1. "We can pool and share British-wide resources. This means Scotland can help pay for the rest of the UK's needs, and the rest of the UK can help Scotland, when and where necessary to the tune of millions and billions." This one actually highlights the biggest reason for voting yes for independence. It is double speak, and actually sadly means that the UK Government are in control of Scotland's tax revenues, meaning that the Scottish Go