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  • Why Salmond Couldn’t Lose

    I’m no political analyst but even I could read the runes from day one of the independence campaign. Alex Salmond was always going to win more powers it was just a question of degree. Why? Team Cameron and Osborne at the very start made three fundamental errors. Firstly the wording of the question – try…

  • People decide, not politicians

    Scotland’s fate is in your hands, thankfully not the politicians. When Alex Salmond said this was Team Scotland versus Team Westminster he was wrong, very wrong. Oh no the decision is way bigger than that – this is about you, your family and their offspring for generations to come. This is about ordinary Scots taking…

  • Google can’t predict Scotland’s future – it’s in our hands

    By Tom Hunter Last week I visited Google’s headquarters in London – and it blew my mind. It’s their job to predict the future. I saw driverless cars, drones delivering parcels and contact lenses monitoring insulin levels in people with diabetes – all amazing. But when I asked them to predict the outcome of our…

  • Why I’m looking for the facts

    When the referendum was announced I was excited and a little daunted. How was I going to work out the pros and cons of this monumental decision? I felt this was far too important a decision to leave to the politicians alone to inform me. Boy was I right. When one side says ‘black’ at…

  • Referendum facts we need to find out for ourselves

    My postal vote has arrived. Decision time is getting near, but making up my mind on how to vote in the referendum isn’t getting any easier. Like most Scots I want to make the right choice for my family and for the country. To do that I need facts, so I can weigh up the…

  • Stop The Brinkmanship And Focus On The Real Issues

    Last night I spent the evening in my old home town of New Cumnock at a ‘tattiefest’ – a music and tattie combo; they are still pretty inventive there! The town, and ultimately my dad Campbell’s grocery store there, was decimated by the pit closures when the notion of a job for life finally ended…

  • Should we stay or should we go now?

    Watching Monday night’s debate and the resulting media coverage I was struck by one crucial question – is there more that binds us together than separates us; Scotland on its own or part of the United Kingdom? As a proud Scottish voter it was clear from the debate that there are no clean cut answers…

  • Two Fundamental Questions

    Two fundamental questions, both evaded respectively by Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling, now need answering for those of us undecided over which way to vote. World renowned economics Professor Leslie Young analysed the currency issue concluding for business the best solution was to stay as we are, but if the will of the Scottish people…

  • SALMOND V DARLING DEBATE

    SALMOND V DARLING DEBATE   Last night’s opening statements in the debate could not be truer – Alex Salmond noted that he had to “win the hearts and minds of the people”; Alistair Darling that for Scotland “the stakes could not be higher”. Both true but did either of them win our minds? Sadly both…

  • Section Summaries of the 16 Questions book

    The Economy Our experts look at three questions on the economy: David Bell – What would the outlook for Scotland’s economy be if the vote is Yes/if the vote is No? Angus Armstrong and Monique Ebell – Which currency arrangement would an independent Scotland use? David Phillips – What would the picture for the Scottish…

  • Exclusive Poll on Scottish Independence

    POLITICIANS ON MUTE AS VOTERS TURN OFF…LACK OF TRUST AND KNOWLEDGE FUNDAMENTAL CONCERNS SAYS SIR TOM HUNTER  An exclusive poll conducted by TNS for scotlandseptember18.com has revealed fundamental issues over the forthcoming referendum in Scotland. Commenting Sir Tom Hunter stated; “As we step one day closer to taking an irreversible decision over Scotland’s future 73%…

  • As published in the Sunday Times referendum supplement

    With less than a 100 days to go before we take arguably the biggest decision in Scotland’s history this guide to independence hopefully offers voters a welcome insight into the pro’s and con’s of a yes or no vote. Through scotlandseptember18.com my Foundation has attempted to shine unbiased, non-partisan light on the issues at hand…

  • The following opinion piece appeared in the Sunday Times, 15th June

    “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  So said Albus Dumbledore. The question is, do we view independence through the same lense – if it offers us great riches is that where we lean towards or is the treasure firmly with the Union? In a week where one of Alex Salmond’s advisers…

  • A well respected independent think tank today published its estimates of the financial impact on Scotland’s finances were independence voted for

    A well respected independent think tank today published its estimates of the financial impact on Scotland’s finances were independence voted for. A summary of their estimates are noted here and links to the full reports appended…: New calculations – based on forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) – suggest that an independent Scotland…

  • What’s on offer to stay with the UK?

    Crucial to anyone’s decision in voting for or against independence will surely be what the alternates are. Today marked the last in a series of “devolution plus” offers by the parties campaigning for Scotland to remain part of the Union. The Strathclyde Commission on the Future for Scotland by the Scottish Conservatives – which will…

  • Black and White

    OH YES WE CAN, OH NO YOU CAN’T… Statistics and Lies – who can tell the difference? Harold Wilson once said ‘a week is a long time in politics’ with the Scottish independence debate he could have been describing a day… This week has been busy and we should probably heed his other words “I’m…

  • Currency Options for an Independent Scotland

    Currency Options for an Independent Scotland Scotlandseptember18.com today issued Part B of Professor Leslie Young of CKGSB’s analysis on currency options entitled “Economic Implications of Scotland’s Currency Options”. Commenting on the analysis, Sir Tom Hunter who established Scotlandseptember18.com to provide definitive analysis on the key issues in relation to the vote in order to inform…

  • Cataclysms and polls another weeks referendum

    This week certainly kicked off with a bang as former Secretary General of NATO, Lord George Robertson entered the fray; The loudest cheers for the break-up of Britain would be from our adversaries and from our enemies…For the second military power in the west to shatter this year would be cataclysmic in geo-political terms. The…

  • Referendum update

    Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. So said Benjamin Franklin in 1789 but his words seem apt for the continuing debate over our forthcoming referendum on independence with campaigners from both sides throwing…

  • Eminent professor questions HM Treasury advice on currency union

    Enclosed is an analysis of the advice offered to the UK Government by the Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury on currency union… It appears, from Professor Young, an eminent economist who has no side in the independence debate that there are significant issues around that advice. We have written to all parties concerned to seek…

  • Big beasts and further speculation

    This week saw the passing of one of the UK’s legendary politicians, one of the finest orators of his day and, regardless of whether you agreed with his politics, a man of utter integrity and honesty, Tony Benn. To open our week on independence here are a couple of pertinent quotations from him; If I…

  • Certainty is death and taxes

    Another week on the Scottish independence debate, another series of comments from business and others on what next for Scotland and the UK… Much of those comments focused upon the conundrum that is ‘uncertainty’. It’s worth reminding ourselves then what Benjamin Franklin wrote as the American Constitution was passed into law; Our new Constitution is…

  • A week of independence…

    That was the week that was… For the independence debate This past week started off with the UK and Scottish cabinets emulating a Mexican stand-off thus, at least in part, avoiding what we Scots term a ‘stooshie’ or in other words ‘uproar, commotion or brawl’. Both cabinets met but a few miles apart around the…

  • What Standard Life actually said…

    As Standard Life’s Annual Report is reviewed in respect to comments around Scottish independence its important to read precisely what their Chairman and Chief Executive actually say (a link is embedded for their full report at the end of these statements) in order to consider their position and its potential impact…This is as written in…

  • Sir Tom Hunter Opinion Piece Sunday Times Scotland

    This morning I woke up from a dream featuring Kate Moss alongside David Bowie singing ‘ground control to major Tom…Scotland please stay with us’; really? In his song, Bring Me The Disco King, Bowie’s lyrics include ‘you promised me the ending would be clear’ and ‘feed me no lies’ – we can assume he wasn’t…

  • Sir Tom Hunter Opinion Piece in Sunday Mail

    David Bowie shouted out this week “Scotland stay with us!” Osborne, Balls and Alexander are trying their best to see that wish through but it was the independent and objective views of Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England and Sir Nick Macpherson, Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury that for me shone clarity on…

  • HUNTER ANNOUNCES SECOND PHASE POLL RESULTS INDEPENDENCE

    CURRENCY AND EU MEMBERSHIP LOW PRIORITIES FOR VOTERS – ECONOMY AND JOB PROSPECTS KEY Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter has published the results from the second phase in his referendum poll, conducted by TNS, through scotlandseptember18.com in his attempt inject momentum, data and evidence into the Scottish Independence debate. Announcing phase 2 of the…

  • POLL ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE Phase 2

    POLL ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE Phase 2 Published 10th February 2014 As the leading supplier of opinion polls within Scotland for over 30 years, TNS was commissioned to conduct a poll on behalf of ScotlandSeptember18.com into the issues facing voters ahead of the independence referendum. The first results of this poll were published on 2nd February…

  • HUNTER ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE POLL RESULTS ON INDEPENDENCE

    SCOTS NEED ANSWERS, NOT RHETORIC MAJORITY BELIEVE PM CAMERON SHOULD DEBATE Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Sir Tom Hunter has established a new entity, scotlandseptember18.com to try to inject momentum, data and evidence into the Scottish Independence debate. Announcing phase 1 of the results of scotlandseptember18.com first exclusive poll, conducted by TNS, into voter concerns over the…

  • POLL ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

    POLL ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE Published 2nd February 2014 As the leading supplier of opinion polls within Scotland for over 30 years, TNS was commissioned to conduct a poll on behalf of Scotland September 18 into the issues facing voters ahead of the independence referendum. The first results of this poll were published on 2nd February…

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