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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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    @Stuart "Have you already forgotten about this morning’s Yogov poll showing two thirds of the public back Labour’s plans?" When was that poll taken as...
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    Michael Taylor Can you never stop being an apologist?
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    @Simon I just thought it was a really strange question. It seems clear to me that Scheme B is better for low paid graduates /...
  • User AvatarNick Barlow 1st Mar - 6:24pm
    Oh, and some interesting reaction from a Labour MP here, suggesting that they're not comfortable with the current process either http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/real-devolution-has-come-public-consent-not-whitehall-diktat
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