Scotland in Union Updates

Welcome to our updates page where we publish our latest news, research and opinion pieces.

Burns Celebration

“O let us not, like snarling curs, In wrangling be divided”

Wise words from The Bard but sadly not everyone got the memo ahead of Scotland in Union’s inaugural Burns Supper.

A welcoming committee from the Scottish Resistance – at one point it was 10-strong- was there to greet our guests on Friday night. The irony of a group which purports to protect all things Scottish picketing a celebration of our nation’s greatest poet was obviously lost on them.

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First Student Society Burns Night

The St Andrews Students SIU Society held an informal Burns Night in a pub in St Andrews on 5th February, shortly after the students returned for the new term. The evening was a great success, featuring speeches and poetry, and some interesting discussion about how to promote the positives of the UK.

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Happy Burns Day!

In a Scotland still harbouring an obsession with the constitution as part of its political discourse, the views of even the dead are up for debate and none more so than our national bard, Robert Burns.

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Scotland in Union Burns Supper - Friday 2nd Feb

Come and join us for a celebration of the life and works of Robert Burns on Friday 2nd February 2018.

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Scottish Government Export Statistics

Our trade with the rest of the UK is worth £45.8bn - nearly 4 times as much as with the EU. #UKsingleMarket

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Trade and Flags

Children’s wards shutting down, commuter chaos and a slump in Scottish exports were all areas ripe for comment when taking in the Scottish headlines this morning.

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Aberdeen Public Meeting

We had a public meeting on Wednesday 17th January in Northfield, one of the large residential areas of Aberdeen, in the Constituency of MSP Mark McDonald (who is currently suspended from the SNP) and the last remaining SNP MP in North East Scotland, Kirsty Blackman

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Ellen Hamilton: From Yes to No.

Thoughts of the Majority - Your Voice, Your Story. 

This is a contribution from supporter Ellen Hamilton: From Yes to No. 

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Aberdeen Public Meeting - 17 January 2018

Our Chief Executive Pamela Nash, and our North-East organiser Allan Sutherland, speaking at our public meeting in Aberdeen’s Middlefield Hub Community Centre (17 January 2018).

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New Polling

Responding to a poll showing only a third of people want another Scottish referendum in the next five years, Pamela Nash, Chief Executive of Scotland in Union, said:

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Burns Supper - Speakers Confirmed

We are excited that MP Alistair Carmichael (Scottish Liberal Democrats) and MSPs Johann Lamont (Scottish Labour) and Murdo Fraser (Scottish Conservatives) will all be speaking at our Burns Supper on Friday 2nd February.

Click here for tickets.

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Scotland in Union Students, by Elen Young

Politics has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, with both my parents and older brother having a keen interest. As such, I have always been aware of what is going on locally and nationally, but it was not until the independence referendum of 2014 that I developed such strong feelings on the matter, which I would be privileged enough to vote in.

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Our 2017 Year in Review

The past 12 months have been nothing short of a rollercoaster, particularly for those of us concerned with protecting Scotland’s place in the UK.

Before we start thinking about what’s to come in 2018, it's worth remembering all that has happened in 2017.

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Scotland in Union Burns Supper

Come and join us for a celebration of the life and works of Robert Burns on Friday 2nd February 2018.

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SNP Government Fail to Explain Economic Stagnation

The Scottish taxpayer will fund the modest increases in spending outlined by Derek Mackay in today’s Budget, but he notably chose not to acknowledge the funding we continue to receive from the UK Exchequer, without which our public services funding would be drastically slashed.

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British Transport Police

There was a time when it seemed every institution, organisation or utility had the word British in its title.

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Unlucky Paisley

Congratulations to Coventry, who are worthy winners of UK City Culture 2021. 

We are very disappointed for Paisley that it has not been successful in its bid. 

The energy, pride and optimism this community has shown in rallying behind the excellent Paisley 2021 team demonstrates the bright future the town has and it has proved itself to be a great host of local and national culture. 

“This has been a fantastic campaign which has brought people from different cities and towns all over the country together and celebrated all that is great about British culture.

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New Chapter For Paisley

I used to hate Paisley. As a child, it was the scene of never-ending Saturday afternoons being dragged round the shops by my mum.

I warmed to it over the years though. As I got a bit older, I was allowed to get the bus to the town centre with my friends, unaccompanied by adults, and we felt very mature even though we just went to McDonalds and looked at the football boots in the sports shops in the Piazza and the Paisley Centre.

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Manic Monday!

In recent weeks, it would have been easy to believe that Scotland was starting to move past the divisive debates of the past.

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St Andrew's Day Blog from our Chief Executive

Scotland’s history, culture and symbols belong to all Scots, and all of those with an affinity for Scotland.  Yet, they have been hijacked by pro-independence campaigners, most prominently shown by the use of the Saltire.

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