Scottishness

A BBC news story reports that the majority of Scots feel Scottish, as opposed to British. I think that this is a really important piece of information when trying to predict the outcome of the referendum. Scottish independence is as much an emotional issue as it is an intellectual issue. I feel that the tug…

More Pension Promises

The Scottish government has made an annoucement about pensions. Some of the points it makes seem most concerned with promising business as usual, probably to assuage the fears of undecided voters. The full document on the SNP’s pension plan is available here.

Retirement

At last, something of actual substance. The SNP have said that they will lower the age for pensions in the event of Scotland becoming independent. Now, this doesn’t affect me personally, since I imagine the retirement age could change a dozen times before I’m ready to claim my pension, and it also doesn’t affect anyone…

Yes Rally

In case you haven’t been paying attention, there was a big ol’ rally up on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill today for the Yes campaign. Alex Salmond was in attendance, getting all the people who already plan on voting yes to vote yes. BBC article here. I went along for the tail end. Since I have never…

Institute for Fiscal Studies Report

There are two news articles looking at the report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies. One from the BBC. And one from the Scotsman. The institute will be having a presentation on the 19th of November, for anyone interested. Does it cost money or require you to be a far more important person than I…

Roundup 1

Hey, a few things worth having a look at. One, the usual scrounging Scots rhetoric from the Simon Heffer in the London Daily Mail. Read it here. And then the usual “ah, actually, we’re the poor put upon Scots who contribute more to the UK economy than we get back from our colonial oppressors”. Read…