Blog Round-up: 19 February 2014

 In this week's blog round-up, bloggers discuss outstanding issues surrounding the referendum debate, particularly shared currency, religious issues, conservative voting motivations and the Olympic prospects of an independent Scotland.
At the LSE British Politics and Policy blog, Jim McCormick weighs in on how the Scottish Government can reduce child poverty by extending childcare provisions, no matter the outcome of the referendum. Also at the LSE, Norman Bonney reflects on the implications of a yes vote for Scotland's religious institutions. He points to the maintenance of the monarchy, the position of the Kirk, sectarianism, and the status of the country's Roman Catholics as matters in need of further deliberation.
Paul Gillen at the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies examines the role of devolved taxation within the independence debate, noting 'If the Scottish Government can oversee a smooth transition process and successfully convey the benefits of the devolved taxes to businesses and individuals, then business people in particular may decide that the Scottish Government could be trusted in designing a completely independent and robust tax system'.
At the PSA Insight Blog, Iain McClean outlines some of the outstanding issues surrounding the independence debate, noting that challenges might occur in navigating Scotland's relationship with the EU and Nato as well as the maintenance of shared services and a common travel area. At Devolution Matters, Alan Trench responds to the Chancellor's speech, asking whether this is a game-changer for independence debate. He describes the speech as a 'serious blow' to the SNP's vision of independence lite.
Alan Convery reflects on why Scottish Conservatives might find themselves voting yes in September, noting potential for gains at Holyrood, a shift in the party system, and prospects for fiscal accountability. 
Matt Ford at The Atlantic examines the prospects for an independent Scotland at the Olympics, bringing up concerns about the resources required to train and support Olympic athletes as well as whether a British team without Scottish athletes would be able to maintain its current level of success. 


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University of Edinburgh
19th February 2014
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