A Scottish Currency - Plan A Plus

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Currency expert and former UK regulator, Chris Cook, argues that the
debate over Scotland's post-independence currency is 'ill-founded'

Scottish News: A Scottish Currency – Plan A Plus

 

by Chris Cook

The rejection by all the Westminster parties collectively of the SNP's Plan A for a post independence UK currency union has elicited a string of possible Plan B solutions, several of them already considered and rejected as inferior to Plan A by the SNP's expert group of 'wise men'.

But the current debate is ill-founded, since the UK can have no more control over who uses the £ symbol as a unit of account, than they can have control over the use of metres and kilogrammes. As for currency, which is not necessarily the same thing as a unit of account, any number of countries 'peg' their currencies to a stronger currency as a unit of account.

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Stop insulting our intelligence on Scotland’s EU membership

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Why would Scotland be asked to leave the "ever closer union" of Europe?

 

Scottish independence: Stop insulting our intelligence on Scotland’s EU membership

 

by Murray Ritchie

One of the saddest sights in politics is a passionate believer proved wrong. When the argument is lost, when the facts decide, when logic and truth prevail, the believer must face defeat. But some simply cannot bear to be wrong and they are the saddest of all. They enter denial.

The politics of denial is in full swing now in the independence debate. The latest example is the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, who says if Scotland votes for independence it will be kicked out of the EU. “This is a fact. It’s neither a value judgment nor an opinion,” he insists while looking over his shoulder at those contrary Catalans and bolshy Basques.

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UK hunger epidemic becoming a 'Public Health Emergency', warn experts

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Food poverty is a "Public Health Emergency" driven by falling pound and
austerity policies in London

 

Scottish News: UK hunger epidemic becoming a 'Public Health Emergency'

Britain's currency crisis is leading to a food emergency across Scotland and the rest of Britain with a number of high profile academics warning that the epidemic "has all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action,"

Food poverty is now an "emergency" in the UK according to a letter co-signed by six leading public health experts in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The lead author of the document, David Taylor-Robinson, warns that the "rising cost of living" coupled with "austere welfare reforms" by the Westminster government were responsible.

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A different type of Independence Day

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Papua New Guinea is independent but West Papua is a 'region' of
Indonesia

 

A different type of Independence Day

A good reason why Scots should value the right to decide on the political future of their nation

 

by Alex Porter

A land with dramatic wilderness and rich in natural resources and which was once an independent state but then coerced into constitutional arrangement its people did not want. That is where you might think the link between Scotland and West Papua ends. But you'd be wrong, because although most Scots do not know it, West Papuans have a special place in their hearts for Scotland.

Yesterday, West Papuans held their Independence Day celebrations. However this was no ordinary party. Why? West Papua is no longer independent and their campaign to reclaim independence through a referendum has been met, human rights organisations and other commentators warn, with brutality by the ruling Indonesian authorities.

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Did economists turn a blind eye to the crisis?

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IMAGE: NORRIE STEWART

 

Did economists turn a blind eye to the crisis?

Political bias among economists may have prevented them from foreseeing the 2008 financial crash

 

by Alex Porter

Since the 2008 crash tens of millions of people around the world have lost their jobs while families, businesses, governments and international bodies have been in crisis management mode. Five years later, and with economic storm clouds still hanging over the planet, the burning question that citizens are still patiently awaiting an answer to is: Why did our leaders not see it coming? A new study could finally have the answer – economists may simply have ignored the evidence.

People often disregard statistical information if it compromises their beliefs; however, new and astonishing research led by Dan Kahan – the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law & Professor of Psychology at Yale University Law School – shows that this phenomenon actually accelerates the better at maths the person is.

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Scotland must be braver!

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Scotland should aspire to having an independent currency argues
Professor Yanis Varoufakis IMAGE: yanisvaroufakis.eu

 

Scotland must be braver!

Why an independent Scotland needs its own currency, against the edicts of Edinburgh’s White Paper

by Yanis Varoufakis

Australian Republicans scored a famous own-goal in the 1990s when, in their eagerness to win a referendum on the proclamation of a republic, they put to the electorate a proposal for a ‘minimalist’ republic.

Determined to placate the median voter’s aversion to ‘too large’ a constitutional change, they proposed that nothing should change except that the English Queen be replaced as Head of State by an Australian. Alas, they had not thought things through.

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Scottish independence: No Man is an Island

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European advocate Scott Crosby argues that Scotland must not follow
Westminster down the path to isolationism IMAGE: Scott Crosby

No Man is an Island: Scots should reject isolationism

Opinion by Scott Crosby 

In the Financial Times of 24 October 2013, Philip Stephens writes that if England “cut itself off from its own continent the intelligent response of Scots would be to swap union with a diminished England for independent membership of the EU. There lies an irony. Eurosceptics say they are marching in defence of a sovereign UK. Nothing could be more calculated to shatter the union of England with Scotland than Britain’s withdrawal from Europe”.

Withdrawal from “Europe” has to be an issue in the Scottish referendum. So too is tactical voting. Even those opposed to ending the British Union, but interested in constitutional reform, should consider voting yes in the Scottish referendum.

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Darkness at Noon - The Threat to withdraw the UK from the European Human Rights Convention

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The global "spider's web" of secret detentions and unlawful inter-state
transfers which includes Glasgow and Guantanamo. The map is based
on a special report for the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human
Rights of the Council of Europe.

 

Darkness at Noon

The Threat to withdraw the UK from the European Human Rights Convention

 

by Scott Crosby

Leading politicians in the United Kingdom are talking publicly of withdrawing the UK from the European Convention of Human Rights.

This is fools’ talk.

Have such people been to Auschwitz, Treblinka, Dachau or any other death camp?

Have such people been to the KGB Museum in Vilnius?

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Scottish independence: Human rights threat and the Edinburgh Agreement

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The UK could soon join Belarus which is the only state not to recognise the
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Scottish independence: Human rights threat and the Edinburgh Agreement

ANALYSIS

Today's intervention into the independence referendum debate by leading European advocate Scott Crosby, raises a number of questions of a profound democratic nature for Scots as they decide how to vote next September.

Should the UK government continue to threaten withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), then, when it comes to voting in the referendum, it will be viewed by many as more of a referendum on whether or not Scots want to have their basic human rights guaranteed or risk their removal.

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Scottish Independence: “England has no superior under God”

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Leading European advocate Scott Crosby has warned Scots that they
could be set to lose their human rights by voting 'no' in next year's
independence referendum Photo: Scott Crosby

 

“England has no superior under God”

The Threat to withdraw the UK from the European Human Rights Convention

by Scott Crosby

Unlimited state power puts the state before the individual and denies fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. It is a great evil. In this respect the two most important legal acts since the Second World War are the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention of Human Rights which gives effect to the Declaration in Europe. The Convention protects everyone in Europe against abuses of state power. Only Belorussia refuses to be bound by it.

Government ministers are saying that the UK should withdraw from the Convention. If it did there would be no external protection against abuses of power by the British State and the Scottish electorate would have to consider very carefully whether or not it wanted to live in a country where state power could be abused with impunity from external constraint. If it wanted to live in a full function democracy which respected the international human rights standard it would have to elect to leave the British Union in the Scottish referendum.

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