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Scots Irish and the divided Scottish mind by John Fitzpatrick       I was recently reading Charles Frazier´s novel “Cold Mountain”, a fine piece of writing that has become a classic of modern American literature since it was published in 1997. It is about a wounded Southern soldier during the Civil War – or War of the States if you prefer* – who turns his back on the battlefield and heads back acr... »

A question no

A question no

    Opinion by Alex Robertson   A question nobody is asking Something has been bothering me for some time. Given an independent Scotland within the British Isles, what model would be best for a confederation of independent nations within the British Isles? It cannot be beyond the wit of men and women to come up with some options whereby an independent Scotland, or Northern Ireland or Wales come to... »

Let´s Remember All the Scots Who Died in Battle

Let´s Remember All the Scots Who Died in Battle

Comment by John Fitzpatrick Scottish News: Let´s Remember All the Scots Who Died in Battle Remembrance Sunday has just passed and we have seen the traditional ceremonies as people showed their respect for those who fell in the many conflicts that the UK has been involved over the last century. The event is marked strongly in Scotland since so many Scots were among the dead. While some fell in dist... »

SNP’s miserable little compromise

SNP’s miserable little compromise

  by Milena Popova       Scottish news and opinion: SNP’s “miserable little compromise” The latest YouGov poll [PDF] shows the pro-independence vote trailing significantly: on a straight yes/no question, 32% of Scots would vote for independence, 53% would currently vote against it, with another 15% either undecided or intending not to vote. Polling is an inexact science at best, ... »

MI5 More dangerous than the Hindu Kush Gungha Djinn

MI5 More dangerous than the Hindu Kush Gungha Djinn

by Graham Ennis MI5 –  More dangerous than the Hindu Kush Gungha Djinn    Scottish independence: MI5 –  More dangerous than the Hindu Kush Gungha Djinn There has been much recent comment, from the Unionist Political camp in Scotland, once again using the tactics of fear and smear, to imply that an independent Scotland would somehow be in serious danger of terrorist threats and violence... »

A new Scottish Bond

A new Scottish Bond

Scots have built an international reputation in one Bond market. With new borrowing powers, Scotland will hope to crack another Scottish news:  A new Scottish Bond by Dick Gagel A consultation has been launched into whether the Scottish Government should be allowed to issue its own bonds. The recently enacted Scotland Bill will allow Holyrood to set income tax rates in Scotland and enable it to bo... »

Scots in South America: the Forgotten Diaspora

Scots in South America: the Forgotten Diaspora

Poet Carlos Drummond’s memorial at Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Scots in South America: the Forgotten Diaspora by John Fitzpatrick South America is not as associated with the Scottish diaspora as traditional places like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa but there is a strong link that goes right back to the “discovery” of Latin America by the Spaniards and Portugu... »

English identity crisis

English identity crisis

   Comment by Milena Popova       Scottish news: English identity crisis I was born a Bulgarian, am legally Austrian, have spent most of my life in the UK and I self-identify as European. So let me tell you about Englishness. It strikes me as highly amusing that the English – and, frankly, from Newcastle it looks more like just those south of Watford – are having an identity crisis pro... »

Time for Scotland to stand out on the international front

Time for Scotland to stand out on the international front

Lib Dems’ Scottish leader dismissed the creation of the director of external affairs post by the Scottish government as ‘farcical’ Scottish news: Time for Scotland to stand out on the international front Comment by John Fitzpatrick One of the most annoying moments of my life occurred when I was entering the US andan immigration official crossed out “Scotland” which I had written ... »

Westminster diktat not welcome in Scotland

Westminster diktat not welcome in Scotland

  by Alex Porter Make no mistake, the Scottish Government has the right to hold a referendum on Scottish independence. Some might dubiously assert that it is only a ‘consultative’ referendum but even David Cameron accepts the SNP administration has the mandate to hold it.   The result, whether for or against, would be ‘binding’ especially given the moral and political force... »

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