Posted by Euan Bennet on 26/08/2014
Since I’ve started using Twitter properly, a lot more traffic has been coming to the blog. So now seems like a good time to post a summary of my articles so far. There are two reasons for this: 1) so that people can easily see what I’ve written about in case they want to read more (i.e. they haven’t been chased off by the first thousand words they encounter in any given article), and 2) so that I can quickly and easily find what I’ve written when I need to send the link to someone. Greg’s system has worked pretty well for me finding specific posts of his, so I’m going to shamelessly copy him.
Some of these posts are a year old so there may be better sources to link to now. However, everything was correct at the time of writing.
- The affordability of independence – getting the obligatory “can we afford it?” out of the way.
- The affordability of staying in the Union part 1 – for people who have previously not thought about the situation our society is in.
- The affordability of staying in the Union part 2 – an introduction to what would become my running theme of democracy, and how the UK is one in name only. This article is definitely out of date since with the recent expansion of the House of Lords, Scotland’s influence is now 3.6%.
- Pensions – a short post pointing towards the relevant information that was established last year about pensions. The scare stories that are still brought out occasionally are just wrong.
- Comparisons of democracy – my most-read piece for a while (read by over seven people!!), seeing democracy in the UK and Scotland compared to comparable nations is equally surprising and shocking.
- The economic facts spelled out – a 36-minute video from Business for Scotland: essential viewing.
- From love-bombing to carpet-bombing – two more essential videos to watch.
- Poverty and inequality: the past, present, and future of the Union – poverty and inequality in society are a choice made by those in power. Let’s examine the evidence to see if a Yes or a No vote will be better at tackling these problems. Spoiler alert: a No wouldn’t be better.
- Devolved and reserved powers – A handy infographic showing which powers are held where. Devolved powers are what the Scottish Parliament has at the moment. Reserved powers are retained by Westminster. Vote Yes to transfer all powers to the Scottish Parliament.
- It is likely that the referendum turnout will be 80%-plus, and differential turnout will favour the Yes vote – The ‘missing million’ of voters who will decide the result, and evidence-based speculation about which way they will fall on the day.
- It is likely that the first independent parliament will be governed by a Left/Green coalition – my evidence-based predictions about the first independent Government. No crystal balls in sight!
- It is likely that independence will bring a bigger dividend than even the Yes campaign predict – collecting established data and making a few estimates to find over £6 billion of savings and £2 billion extra investment a year, on day one. Oil and gas not included!
- Mythbusting with evidence 2: Why the Scottish Parliament can literally never become as corrupt as Westminster – by all means distrust all politicians, but at least read this before you tar the Scottish Parliament with the same brush as Westminster.
Now my most-read piece with more than ten views!
- Mythbusting with evidence 1: “After independence it won’t be any easier to change governments we don’t like” – or how proportional representation means independence will improve our democracy overnight.
- A few thoughts on TV debates – An opinion piece on why the TV debates do not reflect the reality of the debate in communities.
- The high concept of democracy – why I am voting Yes in one word, and how everything else follows from that one word.
- #PatronisingBTLady: It’s time to get angry – why the explicit message of the Better Together campaign video is insulting to everyone, not just the 51% who will be most insulted.
- Health – the Glasgow Effect – the historic divergence of health and mortality rates between Scotland and the rest of Europe. Is a Yes or a No vote more likely to let us properly address this?
- What’s the worst that can happen? What’s the best that can happen? – Trying to predict realistic best and worst case scenarios.
All I ask is that people make a properly informed decision after impassively examining the evidence. My mission statement for the blog was to provide sources for people to decide for themselves, and inhabit the niche of evidence-based decisions. We need to get away from politicians lecturing us from pedestals and use the available information to decide for ourselves.