Perhaps Scotland's greatest living writer, Alasdair gray, has branded the
practise of appointing non-Scots to top arts jobs as 'Scotophobic'
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Arts in Scotland branded anti-independence by top Scots writer
One of Scotland's top writers has warned that the appointment of non-Scots to prominent posts in the arts world is "Scotophobic". Alasdair Gray, author of the semenal work 'Lanark' has lashed out at the arts establishment accusing both Creative Scotland and the National Theatre of Scotland of "ignoring their own" due to anti-independence sentiment at board level. Recently, Mr Gray described non-Scots who assume top posts in the arts establishment as a stepping stone to promotion outwith Scotland as 'colonists'. Gray, regarded by many as the most important Scots author in the last century, argues that arts organisations recruit from beyond Scotland as they believe Scots would not be so 'manageable' at a time when the nation is considering political independence. Fellow author James Kelman recently claimed that there was an Anglo-Saxon supremacism in Britain. Both authors support a 'yes' vote in next September's referendum.
Scottish independence: Almost half still undecided on referendum vote
A new opinion poll has shown that as many as 44 percent of voters in Scotland remain undecided over how they will vote in next September's independence referendum. The poll by Ipsos MORI shows that 56 percent of Scots intend to vote and of that number 67 percent will vote to endorse the Union whereas 33 percent will vote for Scotland to regain independence. Consequently, the pollsters argue, the 'yes' camp must convince 75 percent of those currently undecided to vote 'yes'. The pollsters also found that 'yes' voters were more likely to change their mind. However with so many still undecided, polling analysts suggest there is still all to play for.
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Scottish government in talks with NATO
Talks between the Scottish government and NATO over an independent Scotland's non-nuclear membership of the defence alliance. Discussions took place between Scottish government officials and NATO in Brussels. Westminster SNP Leader and defence spokesman Angus Robertson MP said: "Scotland can play a more constructive conventional role in the region, just like our non-nuclear neighbours, which is one of the many defence and security advantages of Scottish independence."
UK crisis: Carney not convincing markets
The new governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has failed to convince markets that interest rates will remain static until 2016 when the central bank forecasts unemployment to fall below 7 percent. Lending between banks continues to be at higher rates of interest and this is usually a strong indication of an increase in fixed-rate mortgage rates. In a radical departure from the historic core mission of Britain's central bank, Mr Carney set a target for reducing unemployment rather than controlling inflation. However the tactic appears to be convincing markets that interest rates will not rise and banks are already pricing in the expected increase. At Mr Carney's first Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting he claimed that market forecasts of an interest rate rise in the near future was "unwarranted". It has since transpired that his 'forward guidance' on interest rates appears precarious since the MPC is split on the interest rate policy. Increasingly, economists have warned that low interest rates worsen rather than improve employment prospects.
UK crisis: Latest claims of UK recovery 'Alice in Wongaland'
Leading international economist Ann Pettifor has warned that the UK has an 'Alice in Wongaland economy', dependent on shopping binges driven by payday loans and other forms of debt. With various forms of quantitative easing (money printing) and stimulus in the UK, GDP figures are increasingly unreliable as an indicator of economic growth. Of the latest claims of economic recovery, Ms Pettifor said: "I think it's artificial and can't be sustained...At a fundamental level it's quite dangerous because household debt is still 153% of GDP. There's nothing seriously underpinning this recovery, and that's why it's Alice in Wongaland, the confidence fairy is out there."
Egypt: Crackdown on demonstrators draws international attention
Some reports suggest as many as 421 people have died in violent clashes between Egypt's military and supporters of the deposed President Morsi. While many are calling for the US to suspend 'military aid' to Egypt, Turkey is calling on the UN to prevent a "massacre" and claiming that there is an anti-Islamist agenda going on in relation to Turkey. Iran has warned that the situation could descend into civil war.
Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks
After the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, the first peace talks between both sides commenced after a five-year deadlock. The talks, inspired by US diplomacy, take place against a backdrop of the increased construction of settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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