Electoral Commission: we’ll look into any claims of ‘dark money’ funding Unionist ads

Source:: Business for Scotland Electoral Commission: we’ll look into any claims of ‘dark money’ funding Unionist ads The Electoral Commission has promised to look at any allegations it receives that ‘dark money’ funded Facebook ads urging Unionists to vote tactically in the Scottish elections. The ads were posted by a number of pro-Union groups opposed to independence without bearing an imprint stating who paid for them required by new election advertising rules. […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Electoral Commission: we’ll look into any claims of ‘dark money’ funding Unionist ads

Gove: ‘We won’t go to court to seek a block on indyref2’

Source:: Business for Scotland Gove: ‘We won’t go to court to seek a block on indyref2’ As the dust settles over the remarkable Scottish elections the UK government’s opposition to a second independence referendum descended into farce. Before the election Boris Johnson vowed to stop indyref2 even if a majority of MSPs supported it. After the election the message changed, even if it was not exactly clear what it had changed […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Gove: ‘We won’t go to court to seek a block on indyref2’

Iran ”meddling” in Scottish elections story blown out of all proportion

Source:: Business for Scotland Iran ”meddling” in Scottish elections story blown out of all proportion It was certainly an intriguing headline. The Times published a story on Monday reporting that Iran was ‘’peddling disinformation’’ to influence the Scottish election to boost support for independence and undermine the UK. The mainstream media thought it was intriguing too. The story was picked up by the Telegraph, the Daily Record, the Scotsman, the […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Iran ”meddling” in Scottish elections story blown out of all proportion

UK Government owned bank that already left Scotland threatens to leave again!

Source:: Business for Scotland UK Government owned bank that already left Scotland threatens to leave again! The media is reporting that RBS will leave Scotland if the country votes for independence.  There is one slight problem with the story – the bank has already left Scotland.  It is now owned by the UK government and says what the UK government tells it to say. Here is our 12-point response to the […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland UK Government owned bank that already left Scotland threatens to leave again!

STUC backs indyref2 as Tory urges legal crackdown on referendums

Source:: Business for Scotland STUC backs indyref2 as Tory urges legal crackdown on referendums Opposition to Westminster’s bid to block indyref2 is growing as a former Tory MSP doubles down by insisting Scotland should be legally forced to stay in the Union. The Scottish Trades Union Congress yesterday voted to add its support to moves to hold a second independence referendum if a majority of pro-independence MSPs are elected […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland STUC backs indyref2 as Tory urges legal crackdown on referendums

Car crash interview proves the Union has abandoned democracy

Source:: Business for Scotland Car crash interview proves the Union has abandoned democracy It was a car crash interview which laid bare the Tories’ total disregard for the basic rules of democracy and showed why a second referendum on Scottish independence is inevitable. Five times Channel 4’s Ciaran Jenkins asked the Conservative Scottish leader Douglas Ross if he recognised any democratic path to Scotland holding indyref2 if it […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Car crash interview proves the Union has abandoned democracy

Most Labour members back indyref2 despite leaders’ opposition

Source:: Business for Scotland Most Labour members back indyref2 despite leaders’ opposition Westminster opposition to a second independence referendum is facing sustained attack, even from outside the Yes movement. A YouGov poll published this morning found that 60% of Labour Party members in the UK support the vote being held. And 56% believe the party should support holding such a referendum. Only 30% of Labour party members […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Most Labour members back indyref2 despite leaders’ opposition

Game on: SNP and Greens manifestos confirm pledge to hold indyref2 within five years

Source:: Business for Scotland Game on: SNP and Greens manifestos confirm pledge to hold indyref2 within five years The SNP and the Greens have both confirmed their commitment to holding a second independence referendum during the first term of a new parliament in their election manifestos. The SNP launched its election manifesto this morning with an unambiguous commitment to holding the referendum when the pandemic is over. It says the vote will go […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Game on: SNP and Greens manifestos confirm pledge to hold indyref2 within five years

Game on: SNP and Green Party manifestos confirm pledge to hold indyref2 within

Source:: Business for Scotland Game on: SNP and Green Party manifestos confirm pledge to hold indyref2 within The SNP and the Greens have both confirmed their commitment to holding a second independence referendum during the first term of a new parliament in their election manifestos. The SNP launched its election manifesto this morning with an unambiguous commitment to holding the referendum when the pandemic is over. It says the vote will go […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Game on: SNP and Green Party manifestos confirm pledge to hold indyref2 within

Five things we learned from the second TV leaders’ debate

Source:: Business for Scotland Five things we learned from the second TV leaders’ debate The leaders of Scotland’s five mainstream political parties squared up to each other in the second television election debate on Tuesday night. This time Nicola Sturgeon (SNP), Douglas Ross (Conservatives), Anas Sarwar (Labour), Willie Rennie (LibDems) and Patrick Harvie (Scottish Greens co-leader) were debating on Scottish Television. It follows a BBC party leaders debate two […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Five things we learned from the second TV leaders’ debate

Unionist fake news gets ever more hysterical

Source:: Business for Scotland Unionist fake news gets ever more hysterical As the momentum for Scottish independence increases in the run-up to the May Scottish elections Unionist hysteria and fake news are looking increasingly desperate as they face the prospect of defeat in the second indyref. Two recent articles have taken scaremongering to new heights. John Lloyd, a Financial Times contributing editor, has written in that […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Unionist fake news gets ever more hysterical

Four polls united on showing pro-independence majority

Source:: Business for Scotland Four polls united on showing pro-independence majority I’m not sure what the collective noun for opinion polls is but this week it felt like an onslaught. There have been no fewer than four polls published since Sunday, three of them within little more than 24 hours. That number allows us to get some idea of trends and draw some conclusions about how […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Four polls united on showing pro-independence majority

Third poll in a week shows stronger pro-independence majority at Holyrood

Source:: Business for Scotland Third poll in a week shows stronger pro-independence majority at Holyrood A new poll published this morning is the third in a week to show the May election returning a majority of pro-independence MSPs to Holyrood. The poll, by Savanta ComRes for The Scotsman, shows the SNP on 64 MSPs, one short of a majority. It predicts a pro-independence majority with the addition of 10 Green […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Third poll in a week shows stronger pro-independence majority at Holyrood

Tom Hunter’s economic report serves as an argument for independence

Source:: Business for Scotland Tom Hunter’s economic report serves as an argument for independence There’s a lot to agree with in a new study into the Scottish economy by Oxford Economics commissioned by Sir Tom Hunter’s foundation. Far from being an argument against independence, as Unionists are claiming, much of it underlines why independence is essential. Its focus on wellbeing chimes with the approach adopted by Business for Scotland. […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Tom Hunter’s economic report serves as an argument for independence

Exclusive: Fishing industry rejects Tory leader Ross’ false claims of Brexit benefit

Source:: Business for Scotland Exclusive: Fishing industry rejects Tory leader Ross’ false claims of Brexit benefit A claim by Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross that Brexit will give the fishing industry ”complete control” over what, where and when it can fish has been rebuffed by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation. Mr Ross made the astonishing claim after being challenged on a radio phone-in on the effect of his party’s hard Brexit on […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Exclusive: Fishing industry rejects Tory leader Ross’ false claims of Brexit benefit