Debating Scotland. Issues of independence and union in the by Michael Keating

By Michael Keating

On 18 September 2014, Scotland held a referendum at the query: should still Scotland be an self sustaining kingdom? it is a most unique occasion in glossy democracies and engaged the political type, civil society, and most of the people to an unparalleled measure, resulting in an eighty five in line with cent turnout within the ultimate vote. This used to be an party to discuss not only the slender constitutional factor however the way forward for the nation, Read more...


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The Scottish Independence Debate creating any significant tension or division. Many of these groups have continued since the referendum and are a sign of one of its consequences—the creation of a civil society movement in favour of Scottish independence. The Scottish Labour Party made what would become a fateful decision to join forces with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, then partners in the UK Government, under the banner of Better Together. Labour provided Better Together with many of its key staff members, among them Alistair Darling, a well-respected Labour MP and a minister in the Labour governments throughout the party’s three consecutive terms, latterly as Chancellor of the Exchequer for three years.

The papers did not have the status of impartial scientific analysis, given the brief the civil servants had, but nor were they digestible by the general public. The Scottish Government’s (2013f ) White Paper, by contrast, was intended for public consumption, in spite of its 887 pages, much to the frustration of those looking for the technical and detailed analysis. The Issues A striking feature of the long referendum campaign is that it did not, by and large, pitch radically different visions of Scotland’s future against each other.

It is also the case that some of the uncertainty depended on the degree and nature of cooperation that could be expected between an independent Scotland and the remainder of the UK. At its most charitable, one could say that each side was adopting a negotiating position. In the end, the amount of information, and the diversity of perspectives, seem to have overwhelmed any attempt at a public debate carried on along standard cost-benefit lines. Advocacy A full cost-benefit approach would therefore be a challenging process in a highly political environment, so it was perhaps to be expected that the public debate was structured in a different way.

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