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The Scottish Independence Podcast - David Comerford

David Comerford is the guest for the 45th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast.

David is an economist at The University of Stirling, who is working on the ESRC's Future of the UK & Scotland project.

Listening to this is your chance to get over some of the spin from both sides in this debate. Some of the questions I put to him were...

What are the benefits of staying or leaving the EU?

What's the truth surrounding currency choices?

Is the white paper realistic?

The Scottish government recently committed itself to a more liberal approach to immigration, in the event of Scottish independence. For demographic and economic reasons, Scotland faces distinct needs in the areas of immigration. The government is also keen to adopt a more humane approach to asylum and family migration. But the big question remains: would a future independent Scottish government be able to persuade its electorate of the wisdom of a liberalised approach?

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Action needed to engage voters as new poll shows referendum disconnect

Campaigners on both sides of the independence debate need to do more in 2014 to engage and inform voters, the Law Society of Scotland said today, as it published new independent polling on public attitudes towards the campaign so far.

Brad McKay reflects on the implications of Scottish independence for three major industries, the energy, oil, and gas industries, financial services, and defence. In the second of four part series, Brad explores what impact independence might have on the financial service industry. The series will resume after the new year.

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Treasury analysis shows £1.6 billion funding gap in Scottish independence White Paper

The Scottish taxpayer faces a bill of £1.6 billion per year – the combined annual budget of the Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – to meet the costs of just three of the unfunded policy commitments in the Scottish government’s White Paper for independence, new Treasury analysis shows.

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