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For the Union, Eagle Eye

For the Union

David Cameron has just made his biggest intervention yet in the fight over Scottish independence. This may or may not prove to be a good idea.
The PM is a skilled public speaker, but his party’s image in Scotland remains pestilential*, not helped by Cameron’s own background. Unfair though it is, he’s a gift to nationalists [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 4:22 pm

Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014, Notebook

Catalonia is following Scotland towards independence referendum in 2014

Catalonia took a step towards independence last month, announcing plans for a referendum on the region’s status within Spain. The Declaration of Sovereignty of the Catalan People, passed by the Catalan parliament, marks the start of a “National Transition” for reconsidering Catalonia’s constitutional arrangement.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 20 February 2013 at 2:12 pm

Everything you need to know: The third option for Scottish independence, Eagle Eye

Everything you need to know: The third option for Scottish independence

As of the Edinburgh Agreement signed last October, Scotland is holding a vote on independence in 2014. Regardless of the result, the polarized referendum campaigns (split between pro-union and nationalist camps) are leaving a gaping middle ground untouched—increased autonomy—which a majority of Scots believe is the next logical step for Scotland’s evolving union with Westminster.

By | Eagle Eye, Notebook | Monday, 28 January 2013 at 5:38 pm

Tough Catalonia and tough Scotland in search of independence?, Notebook

Tough Catalonia and tough Scotland in search of independence?

Following a record-breaking vote —the highest election turnout in 24 years, the Catalan News Agency reports— Catalonia has joined Scotland in taking the first steps towards becoming an independent country.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 4 December 2012 at 6:00 am

How Salmond Could Win, Eagle Eye

How Salmond Could Win

I must apologise to my thoughtful and courteous respondent in the Scottish National Party, Kevin Pringle, for the delay in correcting my error in my post last week, which he pointed out.
I said that the last time an opinion poll in Scotland showed support for independence greater than opposition to it was in April 2008. He drew [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 13 November 2012 at 7:02 pm

Don’t kid yourself Scotland, you still need the BBC, Arts

Don’t kid yourself Scotland, you still need the BBC

This week the Scottish Labour Party suggested that if Scotland gains independence it will lose the BBC. Despite the popular belief that politicians don’t know what voters really care about, it appears that for once they might actually be onto something.

By | Arts | Friday, 19 October 2012 at 4:44 pm

You’ve Been Trumped! Director Anthony Baxter speaks about his new documentary, Notebook

You’ve Been Trumped! Director Anthony Baxter speaks about his new documentary

‘We’ve saved the dunes, and from an environmental stand point it’s a much better situation than it was before we bought the site,’ claimed Donald Trump, hair blowing in the stiff northerly breeze at a news conference in 2010, on the sand dunes of the Menie Estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 18 October 2012 at 9:54 am

“There are good arguments for joining the euro”, Eagle Eye

“There are good arguments for joining the euro”

There was some interest on Twitter when I posted a line from Alex Salmond’s interview on BBC1’s Politics Show today.
So I thought I should put up a longer extract, so that readers can make a fairer assessment of the context of the First Minister’s words. He did go on to say “But”, after all, and as [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 6 November 2011 at 8:07 pm

ComRes poll: Alex Salmond’s week, Eagle Eye

ComRes poll: Alex Salmond’s week

Labour maintain a narrow lead in the first ComRes poll after the main party conferences, for tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror:
Conservative       37% (-1)
Labour                   39% (+1)
Lib Dem                 10% (-1)
Others           [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 October 2011 at 7:29 pm

Silencing sectarianism: football’s free speech wars, Battle of Ideas

Silencing sectarianism: football’s free speech wars

According to the Scottish Parliament, the new Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Bill, ‘aims to tackle the recent issues affecting Scottish football’.

By | Battle of Ideas, Sport | Thursday, 6 October 2011 at 6:00 am

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