Scottish independence could threaten thousands of banking jobs

Finance and banking jobs in Scotland would be at risk if major firms opt to pursue larger markets in England, warns TreasuryThe Treasury has claimed that thousands of Scottish banking and finance jobs could shift to England after independence because major Scottish finance firms would want to chase much larger markets in England.The warning from […]
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Scottish bank customers warned over deposit protection scheme

After independence Scottish banks may have trouble matching the Financial Services Compensation Scheme’s guaranteeBank customers and pensioners in Scotland would be less well protected if the country voted to leave the UK, a report warned on Monday.The analysis, part of the Treasury’s look at devolution’s impact, says an independent Scotland could have significant difficulties providing […]
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Nigel Farage flees barrage of abuse from Edinburgh protesters

Party leader takes shelter in police riot van as demonstrators chant: ‘Ukip scum off our streets’Perhaps for the first time ever in his political career, Nigel Farage, the scourge of British politics, found himself in retreat on Thursday evening, his bravado and ebullience punctured by dozens of protesters who hounded him out of central Edinburgh.He […]
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Union with Ukip’s England? Spare us | Kevin McKenna

Nationalists should be making an equitable immigration policy a central policy plankOne by one, the few remaining ties that bind us with England are being loosened. For those of us who have cherished our shared heritage with our southern neighbours, the first two weeks in May have been dismal ones. The success of Ukip in […]
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Buying your own island tends to be a rich person’s hobby. Which is a shame | Ian Jack

The Scottish island of Tanera Mor could be yours for £2.5m. Better it continues as a tourist business than as a rich person’s hobby though, surely?If selling an island, always advertise it for sale on a bank holiday weekend. Newsrooms are at their quietest then, and what might on a different day have been the lead […]
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Minimum pricing for alcohol: the red-faced ranters have won | Katherine Brown

Intense lobbying from alcohol producers would appear to have killed-off this ground-breaking policyThe absence of minimum pricing for alcohol in today’s Queen’s Speech is a chilling reminder of the influence big business still has on public health in the UK. In March 2012, David Cameron committed to tackle head-on the problems caused by cheap drink. […]
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Susan Calman finds that Scottish independence is no joke

Deaths threats to comedian prompt calls for nationalists to raise the tone. Plus, Fringe gets new venue and Trump takes revengeThis week’s comedy newsAnd this week – a comedian influences the future survival of the British state. Standup Susan Calman has been drawn into a row surrounding the conduct of the campaign for Scottish independence, […]
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Scottish island of Tanera Mor on sale for £2.5m

800-acre island off north-west coast is on market after local community turned down buyoutA small Scottish island has been put up for sale for £2.5m. Tanera Mor is the largest and only inhabited island in the Summer Isles archipelago, 1.5 miles off the north-west coast of Scotland.The 800-acre island is currently managed by Lizzie and […]
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The scandal at the heart of Scottish housing | Kevin McKenna

The behaviour of the Scottish Borders Housing Association continues to be a national disgraceThere were, of course, many myths propagated by the right after the death of Margaret Thatcher last month. One of the most pernicious was that, by allowing council tenants to buy their own homes, she had somehow provided a gateway for working-class […]
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Scottish ministers win court battle over minimum alcohol pricing

Whisky industry loses first round of legal fight against minimum pricing law in landmark case watched closely by other EU statesScottish ministers have won the first round in a lengthy court battle against the whisky industry after a judge ruled their plans to fix a minimum price for alcohol were legal and justified.In a major […]
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