Two years ago I founded the Scotland Institute, a new think tank for Scotland. Since then we have brought some of Scotland's finest minds to bear on t...
Whatever the result of the referendum, it is likely to lead to a country that is deeply fractured, perhaps indefinitely. By and large this is a direct result of the campaigning tactics that Salmond has fostered, if not encouraged. He and the rest of the Yes campaign might not have destroyed Scotland in order to save it, but they might very well have irreversibly divided it.
Labour, and in particular its leader Ed Miliband have an enormous problem. It has played a large role in Scotland's Referendum and if left unaddressed will continue to have massive implications in next spring's general election. The fundamental problem is this; they have become skin crawlingly creepy.
Data suggests young Scots see themselves as British and claims the digitised world may influence their vote to stay a part of the Union...
I feel in my bones that perhaps, yes quite maybe, that the time is now right to say The Time is Now, the time for Scotland to take charge of ourselves. A once in a lifetime opportunity for peaceful independence for Scotland should not be missed.
So, a simple plea. Can we not let go of the past and just share our island? Sure, there are a few unfairness issues that need ironing out. You have poverty in Scotland just the same as we have it in the other corners of the UK. And I know that 'Yes' voters will scream that this blog is too simple and that, as an 'Englander', I don't understand how it feels to be a 'Scot'.
Either way the vote goes it won't mean disaster, but there is so much to lose rather than gain from independence. Please stay Scotland. We have so much to offer each other. We've always been there for each other. Let's hope it stays this way.
Whichever way the referendum goes, it's clear that brand Britain has become little more than a logo and a few slogans: good for selling clothing, perhaps, but hardly the basis for a successful political union.
The SNP have done a brilliant job of presenting a utopian future but the fact is that we would have to compete in the nasty, corrupt world that we all live in - where multinationals and offshore investment funds rule. We can't create the green socialist paradise that Alex Salmond suggests as we'll be struggling to pay the bills and get investors from day one. Perhaps he will ask the Russians, Chinese and North Koreans to come and save us.
As the date of the Scotland's Independence Referendum approaches, the question that should be on every Scot's mind is, What is the Intelligent Choice? To spur on such thinking, I interviewed intelligence expert Chris Thomson...
There is no getting away from the fact that Britain has a history of rather questionable foreign policy decisions. From invading the Suez to the Dodgy...
Rather than being an aberration, Scotland may prove to be a trailblazer. In the same way that it has transformed media and communication, the Internet has the potential to radically alter government. We have the tools at our disposal to hold instant national votes on important political issues.
If Scotland goes independent they'll wonder, what went wrong in Westminster? In other words how, within weeks of the referendum did 300 years of union and 3 years of political confidence become a sudden and desperate battleground between Team Scotland and Team Westminster?
There are clearly strong views on both sides of the debate and I don't intend to express opinions either way although the outcome could have a bearing on the housing market in general. What might the impact be?
Scottish residents are about to vote on whether the country should become independent. The rest of the UK won't get a vote (even if they're Scottish!) but the outcome matters to all of us for practical not just emotional reasons.
Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, and creating a new independent country of Scotland cannot be good for anybody as far as I can see. To me it's not just an economic argument, but one based on history; not squabbles over currency, interest rates and EU membership. It's far more fundamental than that.