Author Archives: John P M Cooke

IndyRef2: Extend The Franchise And Restrict Postal Voting

The Scottish Government’s recent consultation on administrative arrangements for #Indyref2 says that ‘decisions on the future of Scotland should be for those who live and work here, including all those who have chosen to make Scotland their home’. I agree. … Continue reading

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THE YES CAMPAIGN CANNOT TAKE FOR GRANTED THOSE WHO VOTED ‘YES’ AND ‘LEAVE’

There’s been much talk – rightly – of the need to reach out to former ‘No’ voters who might change their minds after the Brexit result. But in the event of a second independence referendum, the ‘Yes’ campaign cannot take … Continue reading

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REPLACING TRIDENT: WHITEHALL ‘LACKS EXPERTISE’

A report from an influential House of Commons Committee, published today, further undermines the case for spending £167 billion on a replacement for Trident. I’m not a fan of nuclear weapons, especially when they are parked 30 miles from Scotland’s … Continue reading

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A Dodgy Dossier From a Partisan Professor

A widely-reported recent paper from Glasgow University claims to show that the ‘Vow’ had no impact on the outcome of the Independence Referendum. In fact, there’s little or nothing in the paper, the methodology of which is deeply flawed, to … Continue reading

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A Lapdog, not a Watchdog

Ofcom is the broadcasting regulator. It’s just consulted on its list of ‘major parties’ for the 2015 General Election. If that sounds esoteric, it’s important, because it has a bearing on how many election broadcasts the SNP will get in … Continue reading

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I’m A Proud Scot, But…

I’m a proud Scot, but…that’s not the only – or maybe even the main – reason I’ll be voting ‘Yes’ on 18th September.  That’s because I’ll be voting for independence with my head, as well as with my heart. I … Continue reading

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FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPENSATION SCHEMES: A PRIMER

 In an independent Scotland, depositors in banks would enjoy exactly the same sort of protection in the event of a bank collapse as they do now in the UK. That is a statement of the obvious. I’m only bothering to … Continue reading

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