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6th November 2013
post by Mark Shephard

Mark Shephard looks at how the campaigns are engaging with their supporters using social media.

6th November 2013
Guest post by Jo Shaw

If Scotland votes yes next year, then the Scots will have to decide who they are - who gets to be a Scottish citizen? And can they still be a British citizen too? And if so, does that mean London gets a say? Jo Shaw explains...

4th November 2013
post by Coree Brown Swan

Coree Brown rounds up the latest blogs on the independence referendum. Blogs this week feature questions over Scottish citizenship, determining the electorate, and two views from Spain.

29th October 2013
post by James Mitchell

In a piece originally published in the Guardian, James Mitchell reflects on the challenges ahead for the SNP and the party's need to underline welfare and social issues.

29th October 2013
Guest post by David Phillips

Based on research conducted by the IFS, David Phillips examines the kinds of tax and spending decisions that may face a newly independent Scotland in its first few years.

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