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Scotia Discussion Forum

Scotia was originally a Scottish politics mailing list on Yahoo aimed primarily at providing a place where people in and from Scotland could discuss the future direction of Scottish politics in a reasonably polite and intelligent manner free from direct personal abuse. The only problem was it didn't work for a variety of reasons and there is no point getting into the blame game. Since messageboards appear to be taking over on the WWW now that broadband access is more widely available and since there still appears to be almost nowhere on the internet where Scottish politics can be discussed in an intelligent and rational manner a messageboard is now being tried instead. If you want any more details or have any feedback you can always contact the moderator by email.


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Scotia Moderator's Guide to Scottish Politics on the WWW


Overview of Modern Scottish Constitutional Politics

Take a tour of a wide variety of political and historical websites put together by the Scotia Moderator to give non-Scots a comprehensive picture of modern Scottish politics in the broader British and European context.

Scottish Political and Media Weblinks

All the links to the major political parties and Scottish media outlets.

Recent Scottish Election Results


The raw electoral data is provided by the Scottish Liberal Democrats without any comment or biased interpretation so that you can make your own mind up.


Archive of political mailing list postings by the Scotia Moderator


Will Scotland become independent in Europe during the Third Millennium? - from Scotia 31/12/00
What lies ahead for Scotland? Link to a BBC News website story on the SNP's 2001 New Year message.

SNP and the Act of Settlement I - from Scotia 11/12/00
The SNP has kicked up a fuss about this anachronstic piece of pre-Union English legislation. Link to a Sunday Herald article by Muriel Grey.

SNP and the Act of Settlement II - from Scotia 12/12/00

A posting in the thread initiated by the first one on this subject the day before.

SNP, Social Democratic Politics in the Anniesland Aftermath - from Scotia 28/11/00
Should the SNP be more social-democratic to win more working class support? Link to a Jimmy Reid column in the Herald.

SNP, Social Democratic Politics in the Anniesland Aftermath II - from Scotia 29/11/00
A posting in the thread initiated by the first one on this subject the day before.

SNP, Social Democratic Politics in the Anniesland Aftermath III - from Scotia 05/12/00
A posting in the thread initiated by the first one on this subject on November 28th.

Should the SNP shift slightly to the right away from traditional social-democratic politics? - from Scotia 22/11/00
Is Scotland really radically more to the left of centre when compared to England?

William Hague the future father of Scottish independence and England as part of NAFTA? - from Scotia 21/11/00
What happens next when New labour finally loses power at Westminster?

SNP, careerism and future Holyrood coalition with the Tories? - from Scotia 20/11/00
How can the SNP ever hope to form a government in Scotland under Holyrood's d'Hondt PR system? Links to articles in the Herald by John MacLeod and Michael Fry.

A Federal Britain or a Federal Europe? - Scotia list 17/11/00
Is federalism possible within the British Isles?

Differences in the "Britishness" of Scotland and England - from Scotia 03/11/00
An overview of how Britishness has differed north and south of the border ever since 1707.

Is the shared "Britishness" of Scotland and England really dead? - from Scotia 01/11/00
George Kerevan appeared to say that it is in his Scotsman column.

Does the SSP drain support primarily from Labour or the SNP? - from Scotia 31/10/00
This may effect the outcome of future Scottish elections.

The Formula for Success in Scottish Politics is to Appeal to the Pragmatists - from Scotia 27/10/00
Elections are won amongst the pragmatic moderates not by appealing to another party's traditional core constituency.

Some thoughts on Brittany - from Scotia 22/10/00
Brittany is often referred to as being one of six so called "Celtic" nations. Is there more to Brittany's native culture than this label would suggest?

Is the RoI's so called "Celtic Tiger" economy model possible in Scotland? - from Scotia 07/09/00
The SNP have argued that it is.

Arguments in favour of the Euro and a Federal Europe I - from Scotia 27/08/00


Arguments in favour of the Euro and a Federal Europe II - from Scotia 27/08/00


Arguments in favour of the Euro and a Federal Europe III - from Scotia 28/08/00


Arguments in favour of the Euro and a Federal Europe IV - from Scotia 30/08/00


The Windsor Monarchy within an independent Scotland - from Scotia 20/08/00
Does the monarchy have any future? With a link to an Ian Bell article in the Sunday Herald.

The Windsor Monarchy within an independent Scotland II - from Scotia 20/08/00
A second posting on this subject mentioned in the link above.

Devolution in Corsica and Brittany - from Scotia 15/08/00
Is the situation in France in any way comparable to that in the UK?

F3 or Full Fiscal Freedom, the way ahead? - from Scotia 01/08/00
If independence in Europe is unattainable is there a possible plan B available for the SNP?

Scotland, Euro region or full EU member state? - from Scotia 26/07/00
The defining issue in Scottish politics over the next generation or so?

Scotland as a Celtic Nation? - from Scotia 12/07/00
Is there really a marked boundary between Celtic and Anglo-Saxon cultural worlds at the Solway and the Tweed? Link to a Sunday Times article by Colin Bell.

SNP, Alex Salmond and Stalinism - from Scotia 19/06/00
A posting on Alex Salmond's leadership methods sent shortly before his resignation as the SNP's national convener.

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