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    31 Down 1 To Go - No More Referendums Tour

    Scotland in Union has now reached 31 campaign stops as our tour of Scotland’s 32 council areas draws to a close, with only the Western Isles still to be visited by our Campaigns Manager Andrew Skinner.

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    Video - Scotland in Union

    Here is video clip of the latest Scotland in Union activities: 

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    The Land of the Neverendum

    The Land of the Neverendum - How Quebec lost its way, by Peter Scowen

    The neverendum

    In 1960, Montreal was Canada’s most vibrant city. Once the seat of the Canadian Parliament, it was the country’s first metropolis and its economic engine during the fur-trade boom of the 18th and 19th centuries. The wealthy industrial barons who built the railway that would connect the east coast to the west lived and worked there. Most of the country’s oldest and most storied companies were headquartered in the downtown neighbourhood that sits elegantly between Mount Royaland the St. Lawrence River.

    The 1950s in particular had been a period of rapid growth and new development, and the good years just kept coming. In the summer of1967, Montreal hosted a world’s fair that drew more than 50-millionvisitors. Nine years later, the city would host the Summer Olympics - the only Canadian city to ever do so.

    Fifty years later, Montreal is a shadow of its former self. Its economic growth stalled in the late 1970s and has never recovered. Today it ranks a distant second to Toronto in population and economic power.

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    The Global Economy, Business and The Union: A Conversation with Jack Perry CBE

    Scotland in Union is delighted to invite you to a lunchtime lecture and networking event with Jack Perry CBE

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    From 12.30-3pm on Friday 11th November 2016 at The Marquee, 29 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow.

    Tickets cost £50 per person and include drinks, a delicious two-course meal and the opportunity to network and build relationships in a stunning roof-top setting.

     

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    Scotland in Union - No More Referendums Leaflet

    Here is the latest campaign literature relating to our No More Referendums campaign:

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    Lessons from Canada

    ,DSC_0976.JPGScotland faces years of economic stagnation, job losses and capital flight if the nationalists impose a 'neverendum' on the country.

    That was the message from the inaugural Scotland in Union anniversary lecture this week.

    More than 100 people attended The Scotsman Hotel to hear our guest Peter Scowen, a Montreal-born journalist, give his experiences of the two referendums in his home province and the economic damage it caused.

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    Alastair Cameron: Far too much at risk by ditching the Union Dividend

    By Alastair Cameron, director of Scotland in Union (Published in the Herald Scotland - 03/09/2016)

    A friend posed a reasonable question the other day: if it was shown one day in the future that Scotland would be economically better off as an independent country, would I support it?

    With oil prices low, the Barnett Formula secure and the economy seemingly down the Holyrood priority list, this prospect seems pretty far off, if not impossible.

    I couldn’t see myself supporting independence even in those circumstances. For me, the UK is about something deeper; it is about neighbouring nations working together in a common interest, solidarity with people beyond borders and a respect for the different layers of identity.

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    Scotland's Union Dividend - Briefing Note

    As part of the UK, Scotland enjoys a ‘Union Dividend’ of greater resources being made available to government in Scotland than the rest of the UK. The latest figures show that the Union Dividend was worth £7.9 billion last year – roughly equivalent to Scotland’s entire budget for education and training. The Union Dividend was used to keep both capital investment and spending on public services higher than in the rest of the UK, and also to keep taxes down.

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    Scotland in Union's response to the consultation on British Transport Police in Scotland

    Scotland in Union has responded to the Scottish Government's ‘Consultation on the integration of the British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland’.

    See below some of the points we made in our response.

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    Scotland in Union - Notes from the Tour

    Scotland in Union volunteers have been active across Scotland over the last few weeks.

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    Our activists have held events in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Elgin, Inverness, Peterhead, Aberdeen, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Falkirk and Alloa over the last three to four weeks. These events have included Scotland in Union street stalls, sign up events and door to door leafleting.

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