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This is of course based solely on one person employed at the banks opinion, it did not come from the EU.

However, lets play the game. So, if the EU were to insist on both the HQ and registered address being the same member state, what would you do as Chairman of RBS with a responsibility enshrined in law towards your shareholders. Would you 1) amend paper work at Companies House - cost less than £1,000 or would you 2) move your HQ from Scotland to somewhere in rUK - cost >£50 million.

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They're piling it on from the No camp. Now Shell are advising against Independence. It's a wonder all these people didn't speak up prior to any discussion of a referendum.

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Iain McWhirter getting tore into Danny Alexander and a message for big business to butt out:

A long piece with some hard hitting pertinent points, including:"

Eventually people are going to ask themselves: who exactly is running this country? Who are these people to make these threats? Who elected all these financiers and captains of industry? Bob Dudley, the boss of BP who earned $8.7 million last year, heads a firm that isn't even British any more. Since when did we allow banks to make our political choices for us? The degree of direct political involvement by big business in this referendum campaign is unprecedented, and deeply disturbing. It is reminiscent of Latin America in the bad old days, of US dirty tricks and Yankee colonialism.

Normally, companies avoid taking political sides in Western democracies, because, well, they are supposed to be democratic countries. And it can damage business. As I noted last week, a lot of Scots - Yes and No voters - will be taking their money out of ­Standard Life and RBS and shifting to Barclays, whose chief executive recently said he would at least try to make any arrangement work. And Ryanair has become the airline of choice for thousands of Scots, after their canny boss said: yeah, sure, whatever.

I can't speak for the Labour Party in Scotland, but I can tell you how it looks to many of their voters: an unpopular front with the discredited Liberal Democrats, the loathed UK Tories and the City of London. It's these daily hectorings about the irresponsibility of independence from the finance houses, Alliance, Standard Life, RBS, Lloyds - the very people who nearly destroyed the UK economy out of unrestrained greed - that sticks in my personal craw. Being lectured on public responsibility by banks is like being lectured on childcare by paedophiles.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/memo-to-danny-alexander-the-very-things-that-make-london-rich-make-us-poor.23633041

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Tariq Ali has some interesting things to say on the topic:

Speaking in his home in north London, he said: “I’ve always felt that Scotland would be better off without the incubus of so-called ‘Great’ Britain.

“The combination of the end of the British Empire and the utter degeneration of the Labour Party means Scotland has absolutely nothing to gain from staying within the Union.

“My hope is that independence will create spaces of critical thought in England as well as in Scotland because people down here are very depressed and demoralised too.”

Ali is scathing of the main Westminster parties, which he says are now basically indistinguishable from one another.

He added: “Look at Ed Balls and George Osborne. They are very happy to stand together to denounce Scottish independence.

“They’d be happy to serve together in the same Cabinet. The bulk of the parliamentary Labour Party could easily support the Coalition Government.

“I hope the Tory and New Labour attacks on the SNP become more and more outrageous. Every time Osborne opens his mouth, support for independence goes up a few percentage points.”

Soon to speak in support of Independence in Glasgow and Edinburgh: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/veteran-left-winger-tariq-ali-announces-3223014

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George Galloway insisting that there's no such thing as a Scottish Culture. Hilarious:

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I laughed my head off but learned a few new words. Particularly comical that a lot of hooses in Scotland would have folks glued to River City followed by the new drama, Shetland. George would have it that there's no such thing as Scottish Culture. A really interesting head to head would be Mr Galloway and Lesley Riddoch. She'd soon inform him.

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Well, he thinks Adele is a black singer from South London for starters. He needs to get informed. :)

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Ronald MacDonald, the Adam Smith professor of political economy at Glasgow University, is among five academics due to give their views to MSPs on Holyrood's Economy Committee today.

In a letter to the committee, he wrote: "The inescapable logic of a study of the appropriate currency for an independent Scotland is that it would have to have its own currency.'

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/iscotland-would-need-its-own-currency-adam-smith-professor-tells-msps.1394607853?utm_source=headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email%2Balert

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Ronald MacDonald, the Adam Smith professor of political economy at Glasgow University, is among five academics due to give their views to MSPs on Holyrood's Economy Committee today.

In a letter to the committee, he wrote: "The inescapable logic of a study of the appropriate currency for an independent Scotland is that it would have to have its own currency.'

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/iscotland-would-need-its-own-currency-adam-smith-professor-tells-msps.1394607853?utm_source=headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email%2Balert

There is a great deal of smoke and mirrors getting played with regard to the currency question. There is the immediate currency post independence and then the long term decision regarding currency.

Immediately post independence, the sensible thing is to continue using the GB Pound, whether that is formally or informally. And if informally, the debt can stay 100% with rUK.

Within a few years of Independence Day (go get them Will Smith) people in Scotland can have a reasoned discussion about which currency will suit us in the long term. Will that be a switch to the Euro (2020 at best), a launch of the Scottish Pound, maybe a Scotland/Scandinavian Kroner, bring back the Groat - who knows. That's the joy of being independent, we can decide for ourselves.

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The big debate yesterday was about the oil returns diminishing and how this effected Scotland's economy. Again two opposing views on what this means. It's a cat fight.

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And absolutely nothing said about the chancellors tax grab in 2012 which halted investment for almost 6 months leading to reduced output?

Of course not, we have voters to scare!!!

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near total a media black out on the new laws that will allow them to close hospitals without reason or consultation.

so if the hospital in the next shire is having financial worries they can close your nearest busiest good performing one to pay for it.

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That was the very scenario proposed for Lewisham Hospital but they fought and won.

They did well but it is shocking that hospitals that are performing well can be targeted for closure and goes completely against a previous promise. It's one bad move after another. Part of what is now starting to look like the culling of the most vulnerable as lets face it the very feeble may not make it to the next hospital.

Should we not be talking about this on the NHS thread?

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