Universal Credit

I want to talk about Westminster’s new benefits mechanism, called universal credit. It involves condensing six of the claimant’s benefits into one lump sum, paid directly into their account. This includes housing benefits, which was previously paid to the claimant’s landlord. It has been rolled out in Inverness recently, acting as Scotland’s test subject. The…

EU Talk

So, the Spanish Prime Minister has said that an independent Scotland would have to apply from outside the EU. I suppose I’d say the same thing if I had as many independence movements as Spain to discourage. And of course, it doesn’t mean Spain would black Scotland joining the EU. I suppose they’d be hoping…

The White Paper

So, the day is finally here. Alas, server issues stopped me from getting a copy earlier, but now we can all download a copy of that heft bad boy right here. Also, enjoy a Q&A page here. Of course, I won’t be able to provide any coverage of it, since it will take me a…

White Paper on the Horizon and Others

Well, the story so big it’s worth talking before it happens is tomorrow. Keep your eyes here for when it breaks. Its immense length (670 pages) has led to claims (from yes campaign favourables) that it is the most comprehensive case for a country’s independence ever. Wish me lack trying to read through the entire…

Economic Policy Report

Edit: I forgot to publish this post when I wrote it. As such, the information is a little out of date. Still, for completion’s sake, and to have the information readily accessible, here it is.   The SNP has published a report on the economic policy of an independent Scotland. Weighing in (if that’s the…

Barnett Formula

Right, let’s get this out of the way quickly. Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael has made comments about the Barnett Formula and Europe. It’s perhaps a little late to really get a good read of it. The yes campaign seems to be taking a leaf out of “the fear campaign’s” book and talking a lot of…

Radical Independence

There will be a radical independence conference held in Glasgow tomorrow, on Sunday the 24th. This will set out the radical case for an independent Scotland. It’s probably best to reserve judgement about the said radical case. Whilst I like the idea of different voices and political opinions, which are generally marginalised by the first…