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What does Alex Salmond think he’s playing at?

 

When he saw the writing on the wall and was desperate to get people to vote Yes, Alex Salmond made a last ditch appeal on the Andrew Marr Show the Sunday before the independence referendum. He said that people had a once in a generation or even a lifetime chance to vote for independence and they should take it.

Now, it was fairly clear to me and I expect most other people that he absolutely didn’t mean what he was saying. There was no way that the entire nationalist movement was just going to give up and take up crochet if they lost. Of course they were not. They sincerely believe that independence is the best option for Scotland in the same way that I believe that a liberal approach to our problems is the best way to run a society. I’ll never give up my quest to see a truly liberal world.

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A letter from……Catalonia

As the UK plans a referendum on Scottish independence, those of us watching from Spain can only look on in envy at the orderly and civilised process led by the Secretary of State for Scotland. Here in Catalonia, Northern Spain, similar demand exists for an independent state, but the two sides have chosen indignation and confrontation instead of a serious debate.

The last two years have been tough for all EU governing parties and Spain has unique problems, with its sky-high unemployment levels, corruption and a rickety banking system. But this month Catalans will go to the polls in a general

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  • User AvatarSimon Foster 27th Aug - 8:17pm
    Spot on Jo, as Neil and others have said :)
  • User AvatarRichard Stallard 27th Aug - 8:11pm
    ” And who appoints the Lord Lieutenants and to whom are they democratically accountable to ?" Yes, they are recommended by the PM, but most...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 27th Aug - 8:10pm
    On Duncan Greenland, people should be aware that he's not some remote donor, he's somebody who has served this party for a very long time....
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 27th Aug - 7:55pm
    @ Silvio : "Joe is not afraid to explain to voters how utterly wrong they were about the Coalition and the party needs his passion...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 27th Aug - 7:47pm
    david thorpe Only the Lib Dems could repsond to a an overall majority election victory by a centre right party with the response that there...
  • User AvatarPhil Rimmer 27th Aug - 7:39pm
    Very well said Jo.