Referendum Resources – Alex Salmond on C4 News




Has Alex Salmond lost weight? He’s looking pretty alluring in this video, especially his sparkly little eyes at about 3:10-3:20, and those tiny eyebrows I’ve never really noticed before. In the view of Channel 4’s Matt Frei, it’s probably because he’s gearing up to become megalomaniacal prime minister of an independent Scotland.


Joking aside, this interview could easily have been a disaster, Salmond holds his own well against a pretty terrible interviewer. Some interesting points are raised however. We are urged to compare the fiscal union of Scotland and the rest of the UK to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands’ Benelux union rather than the vastly larger and less stable Eurozone. The Yes Campaign’s ideas about British identity are also well represented by Salmond, whilst the interviewer displays the assumptions and prejudices of the more ill informed of those in the No camp rather luridly.


Of course what everyone genuinely interested in Scotland’s future wants is more serious debate on topics like financial and social union, certainly not what we’re getting here. Cameron’s refusal to engage is looking increasingly rude and priggish, especially in light of his slightly odd request that everyone south of the border call someone Scottish and tell them to vote no. Why doesn’t he come up here and tell them himself?


Video – Channel 4 News

Words – Lotte Mitchell Reford

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Useful Links


On 18th September 2014, all British and EU citizens resident in Scotland aged 16 or over will have a chance to vote on whether or not Scotland should become an independent country. Most of Glasgow’s students will be eligible for a vote, so whether you’re already staunchly Yes, convinced that we’re Better Together, or totally clueless about the whole thing, we’ve collected links to some useful resources to help you research the arguments for and against an independent Scotland.


Basic Information


UK National Statistics – Scotland

The White Paper on Independence

Scottish Government Site for Independence


The Yes Campaign


Yes Scotland

Wings Over Scotland – Pro indy blog

National Collective – Organisation of artists and creatives for Scottish independence

Bella Caledonia – Perhaps more zine than blog, interesting articles on Scotland and Indy

Wealthy Nation – Pro indy from the right


Better Together


Better Together

Open Unionism – Unionist blog with several regular contributors

Ian S Smart –Blog of lawyer, Labour Party member, and controversial unionist Ian S Smart

Notes From North Britain – A pro-union blog written by Adam Tomkins, prof of Public Law at Glasgow


Interesting Articles and Interviews


Alex Salmond interviewed on social and fiscal union on Channel 4 News


The need for a positive case for no, from Henry McLeish


The Question of Currency


Alex Salmond speaking on currency union and independence, from STV


Informative and reasonably balanced article in Notes From Northern Britain on the currency question


A view on Labour’s stance, and the potential of ‘bullying and bluffing’: Ian Bell in the Herald


The Guardian: Alex Salmond under pressure to produce alternative currency plans



We hope to add to this list regularly. If there’s anything else you would like to see here, including links to interesting articles or videos, please get in touch by leaving a comment, or by emailing [email protected]


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