The Reference section comprises several categories: links to selected Wings features containing key facts, figures and arguments; a repository of documentation relevant to the independence referendum (from all sides); archive copies of important articles in other publications, and a few interesting video clips.
(The full archive of “reference”-tagged posts is here.)
An Idiot’s Guide To Tactical Voting In Scottish Elections
And why, basically, it can’t work. (See also Parts Two, Three, Four and Five).
The Limitations Of GERS
Why anyone who says they can prove what an independent Scotland’s financial condition would be based on the GERS figures is at best seriously misguided and at worst lying to you on purpose.
The Great Division
How the ideology of Margaret Thatcher still dominates British politics from beyond the grave, and how she did it by splitting the population into haves and have-nots.
What You Could Have Won
According to calculations by pro-Union economist Prof. Brian Ashcroft, had Scotland been independent since 1981 it would now have a reserve fund worth between £68bn and £200bn, rather than being liable for a share of the UK’s trillion-pound debt.
The Subsidy Myth
Not unrelated to the above, the only known recorded instance of a serving government minister admitting in the House Of Commons that Scotland has subsidised the rest of the UK by tens of billions of pounds since the 1970s.
The Historical Debt
UK Government figures showing that Scotland was a huge net contributor to the Treasury even decades before the discovery of North Sea oil.
Scottish Labour’s Biggest Lie
Does the largest party in a hung parliament have any special rights when it comes to forming the government? No. Next question.
Why Labour Doesn’t Need Scotland
The fallacy that Scottish independence would condemn the rest of the UK to perpetual Conservative governments comprehensively debunked with the facts.
The Faithful Lie
Not unrelated to the above – if you vote SNP, do you let the Tories in?
The Stab In The Back
Did the Nats usher in Mrs Thatcher? The true story of the 1979 devolution referendum, the subsequent vote of no confidence and the 34 Labour MPs blamed by their own leader for handing the Tories victory – as told by someone who should know.
The Angels’ Share
How Scotland gets hammered twice for more than its fair share of UK finances, and then told that that leaves it too poor to run its own affairs.
Why We Won’t Lose The BBC In An Independent Scotland
How Scotland would in fact have vastly MORE money to spend on broadcasting.
Reasons To Be Fearful
The very best of the Unionist scare stories…
…a selection solely from April-July 2014…
40 Reasons To Vote Yes
…and then some true ones.
The Nuclear Deterrence FAQ
Why Trident makes no sense on any level.
The Oil Debate For Busy People
Who to believe?
The Wrong Lizards
Why it doesn’t matter which UK party you vote for.
Referenda For Dummies
It’s really not that complicated. So why do so few people seem to understand what the purpose of a referendum is?
Alex Salmond Dictator-Comparison Bingo
Which despotic, genocidal murderers have or haven’t Unionists compared the democratically-elected First Minister of Scotland to?
What Happens If We Vote No
There might indeed be “more powers”, sort of. But you won’t like them.
The Barnett Future
One of the likely outcomes of “more powers” is a massive cut to the Scottish block grant, via the abolition of the Barnett Formula. But don’t just take our word for that, listen to what everyone else says.
Independence Falls Behind, Surges Ahead
What cross-party voting intentions tell us about the likely referendum result.
Scottish Labour Policy Update
What, if anything, do Scottish Labour stand for this week?
A collection of various documents from Yes/No and others, mainly in PDF format.
A’ The Blue Bonnets – Defending An Independent Scotland
(Stuart Crawford and Richard Marsh, October 2012)
A Model Constitution For Scotland
(The Constitutional Commission, 2011)
(The All-Party Parliamentary Taxation Group, November 2013)
Assessment Of Key Currency Options – Technical Annex
(Fiscal Commission Working Group, February 2013)
“Better Together” – 500 Questions
Campbell II report
(Scottish Liberal Democrats, 9 March 2014)
Currency Choices For An Independent Scotland
(Scottish Government/Fiscal Commission Working Group, April 2013)
Devolution: A Decade On
(House Of Commons Justice Select Committee, 2009)
Disaggregation of HMRC tax receipts in England, Wales, Scotland & N. Ireland
(HMRC, October 2013)
Fairness In The First Year
(University of the West of Scotland, 2013)
Federalism: The Best Future For Scotland
(Scottish Liberal Democrats, 2012)
Federalism: The Best Future For Scotland (summary of recommendations)
(Scottish Liberal Democrats, 2012)
Fiscal Sustainability Of An Independent Scotland
(Institute for Fiscal Studies, November 2013)
Foreign policy implications of and for a separate Scotland
(Graham Avery, Honorary Director-General of the European Commission, 2013)
Funding Devo More
(Institute for Public Policy Research, January 2013)
Funding Devolved Government In Wales: Barnett And Beyond
(The Holtham Commission, July 2009)
Key Considerations For Rating An Independent Scotland
(Standard And Poor’s, 27 February 2014)
Labour’s Lost Grassroots: The Rise And Fall Of Party Membership
(Bristol University, 2013)
Make Sure You’re In The Know
(UK government, 20 January 2014)
Official Statistics in the context of the referendum on Scottish independence
(UK Statistics Authority, October 2013)
Power To The People
(Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, 2014)
Powers For A Purpose – Strengthening Devolution (Interim Report)
(Scottish Labour Devolution Commission, April 2013)
Powers For A Purpose – Strengthening Devolution (Executive Summary)
(Scottish Labour Devolution Commission, March 2014)
Powers For A Purpose – Strengthening Devolution (Full Final Report)
(Scottish Labour Devolution Commission, March 2014)
Referendum On The Independence Of Scotland – International Law Aspects
(Profs James Crawford SC and Alan Boyle, 2013)
Reflections on Defending an Independent Scotland: A View from Ireland
(Institute of International and European Affairs, August 2013)
Securing The Nation – Defending An Independent Scotland
(Scottish Global Forum, 12 November 2013)
Serving Scotland Better: Scotland And The UK In The 21st Century
(aka The Calman Commission Final Report, June 2009)
Scotland Act 1998
(HM Government, 19 November 1998)
Scotland Act 2012
(HM Government, 1 May 2012)
Scotland’s Economic Future
(Reform Scotland, October 2011)
Scotland’s Future (“The White Paper”)
(Scottish Government, November 2013)
Scotland’s Population 2011
(National Statistics, August 2012)
Scotland as an Independent Small State: Where would it seek shelter?
(Icelandic Review Of Politics And Administration, June 2013)
(The Herald, 18 December 2013)
Scottish Labour: new directions
(Wendy Alexander MSP, 2008)
Strathclyde Commission on the Future Governance of Scotland
(Scottish Conservatives, 2 June 2014)
The Claim Of Scotland
(HJ Paton, 1968)
The Common Weal
(Jimmy Reid Foundation, 2013)
The Economics Of Currency Union
(Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank Of England, 29 Jan 2014)
The Option Not On The Table – Attitudes To More Devolution
(ScotCen Social Research, 2013)
The Quebec Referendums
(House Of Commons Library, July 2013)
The UK’s Public Finances In The Long Run: The IFS Model
(Institute for Fiscal Studies, December 2013)
Together We Can (The “Red Paper”)
(Scottish Labour, March 2014)
Transitioning To A New Scottish State
(Prof. Patrick Dunleavy, London School of Economics, 22 June 2014)
Trident – Nowhere To Go
(CND/Scottish CND, January 2012)
UK Continental Shelf – Maximising Recovery Review
(Sir Ian Wood, 24 February 2014)
UK debt and the Scotland independence referendum
(UK government statement, January 2014)
UK government ‘Scotland Analysis’ papers (website)
UK National Asset Register 2007 (most recent edition)
UK Oilfields And Boundaries
(Mahdi Zahraa, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2001)
UK public spending by region
(House Of Commons Library, 24 January 2014)
Views Of Scottish Labour Leadership Candidates On Nuclear Weapons
(Scottish CND, 2011)
We Belong Together: The Case For A United Kingdom
(Alistair Darling, July 2013)
Figures explode subsidy myth: Scotland gave £27bn more than was received
(The Herald, March 1997)
How black gold was hijacked: North sea oil and the betrayal of Scotland
(The Independent, December 2005) (archive link)
North Sea oil gave Scotland ‘massive’ budget surplus, say Government records
(The Telegraph, September 2009) (archive link)
Scotland and the banking bailout – time for the truth
(The Scotsman, July 2011) (alternative version with links) (archive link)
State Papers on Scotland: Economic Advantages to Scotland of the Union
(UK government, 1975) (archive link)
“The story of how successive Labour and Conservative governments up until the 1970s worked behind the scenes to discredit the Home Rule movement and the SNP – as revealed through once secret papers now available from official archives.”
“The history of economic change in the Scottish Highlands, from the Clearances in the early 19th century through to the contemporary oil boom.”
Scottish independence opinion polling (pre-2014 referendum)
Scottish independence opinion polling (post-2014 referendum)