Scotland in Union Updates

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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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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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George Kerevan and Project Fear

When those of us on the pro-UK side warned of the profound consequences to Scottish independence in the run up to the 2014 referendum, we were dismissed as being part of ‘Project Fear’.

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Where Next for the 'Beautiful Dream' of Scottish Independence?

Scotland in Union supporter Martin Redfern asks the question: where next?

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The SNP manifesto and Shakespeare

By Professor Hugh Pennington

The first President of Eire, Douglas Hyde, summarised it nicely when commenting on the exaggerated anglophobia of the Irish, that there is a hibernian habit of denouncing England while imitating everything English. The SNP is the same.

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NHS Deserves Better

Scotland’s NHS deserves better than being used as another excuse for nationalism, argues a Scotland in Union contributor

A new survey by Swedish think tank Health Consumer Powerhouse shows that the NHS in Scotland – like its counterpart in England – is lagging behind most other western European health services.

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If 'Yes' Had Won, by Professor Hugh Pennington.

Alex Salmond’s preface to the Scottish Government’s White Paper ‘Scotland’s Future’ nominated March 24th as Independence Day.

The 649 page document attempted to predict the changes that independence would bring. There would be full fiscal autonomy. The Barnett formula – from which Scotland has benefitted enormously for almost 40 years– would be history. 

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A Question of Identity

In this article, a version of which was first published in Highland Perthshire Comment in 2013, Aberfeldy resident and Gaelic historian Richard Devéria argues that Scottish attributes have contributed significantly to the emergence of British values, and he calls for Scotland to uphold her identity within the Union.

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We Were Right to Vote No, by Alastair Cameron

If Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney had got their way, Scotland would be preparing to become an independent country on March 24th.

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"21 out of 100" The Many Ways the SNP have misled us, by Keith Howell

Information or misinformation? Some thoughts from Scotland in Union supporter Keith Howell.

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I'm No Fan of Nationalism, by David Bone

SIU supporter David Bone is no fan of nationalism. Here are his reasons why.

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Scottish Separatists

What makes a separatist? Here's a thoughtful article from historian Jill Stephenson.

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Why I Voted 'No', by Alastair Cameron

Founder of Scotland in Union, Alastair Cameron explains what drove him to vote against independence in 2014.

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The Curriculum for Excellence, by Alastair Smith

After a long summer holiday, is it time for the Curriculum for Excellence to come under scrutiny?

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Scotland's Huge Role in Science and Engineering, by Patrick Harkness

Scientific and engineering research in Scotland plays a huge role because of links with the UK's global infrastructure, says Patrick Harkness

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What is the SNP doing to Scottish Education? By Carole Ford

Scotland's education system is, historically, envied by much of the world. No longer. Carole Ford looks at what's happened.

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A Better Way Forward, by Victor Clements

Campaigner Victor Clements considers a new approach to Scottish electoral - and referendum - politics.

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Rational patriotic Scots know that staying in the UK is best for Scotland" - the full text of Alastair Cameron's speech on Sunday 5 July

Speech by Alastair Cameron, Director of Scotland In Union, at a Supporters’ Event on Sunday 5th July 2015

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Who Will Really Stand Up for Scotland

What does 'standing up for Scotland' really mean in the aftermath of September's referendum? Keith Howell asks the question.

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Scottish Liberalism is Dead

"Populist, egalitarian, anti- elitist and glorifying the moral superiority of one's own nation" - Scottish-based German journalist Reiner Luyken on the European view of modern Scotland- and it isn't pretty.

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