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The Tories want to deny and to block that mandate, but they haven't the got the guts or the gumption to say how. That lack of clarity betrays the weakness of their position – they know that their behaviour is antidemocratic and that it will not hold.feedback
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May 19 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Alex Salmond is associated, including Scotland, European Union, and consequence. Most recently, Alex Salmond has been quoted saying: “The Scottish Tories are mired in complete and utter confusion on the constitution. There is already a cast-iron democratic mandate for Scotland to have a choice, based on last year's Holyrood election and the subsequent vote of the Scottish Parliament.” in the article Theresa May moves to postpone second independence referendum indefinitely.
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The phrase was not once in a lifetime, it was the opportunity of a lifetime. I said it on the Andrew Marr show - it's just one of these collective myths that evolve.feedback

It's not something that has anything like the difficulties of securing full European Union membership.feedback

The idea is to have continuous membership of the European Economic Area. That's the logic behind Nicola Sturgeon's 18 months to two years for the referendum. By definition, that is a lot easier to achieve very, very quickly because EFTA is an organisation of four countries. The European Commission in a number of examples has negotiated arrangements like this before for accession countries.feedback

What I believe will happen is that the UK government will have no choice but to agree to an independence referendum and [that] that referendum will deliver a yes vote.feedback

For the wider U.K., a referendum would inject more political uncertainty which could further undermine sterling, raise inflation, and thereby cause slower growth in consumer and business investment spending.feedback

Given that demands for the referendum have been brought about by Brexit, currency issues are likely to play an important role in any future debate on independence in the event a referendum is called. Oil prices could also be an important factor in deciding the vote given their sizable effect on Scotland's finances.feedback

I think events are moving on. The time is close. The time is coming. My view is that until the last two weeks May did not rate the idea of there being a Scottish referendum. Like all foolish people, you begin to believe your own propaganda: that no one wants a referendum, that it will not happen. That is what they believed.feedback

I think the potential independence vote is 60%-ish. It could be higher.feedback

It's difficult to know whether to be appalled at the morality of this invitation, or just astonished at the stupidity of the invitation.feedback

The Prime Minister and her hard Brexit brigade must treat devolved administrations as equal partners - as indeed she promised to do.feedback

And I think in that context, within that two year period, then I think the Yes side this time would win it.feedback

You cannot have a situation where this country blunders into an illegal war with the appalling consequences and at the end of the day there isn't a reckoning.feedback

The sensible thing for Scotland to do would never be to leave the European Union.feedback

It would be outrageous, disgraceful, undemocratic and unacceptable to drag Scotland out of the European Union against the wishes and the will of the Scottish people.feedback

That was a clear promise laid out by Gordon Brown during the campaign. The prime minister says such a vote would be meaningless, I suspect that he can not guarantee the support of his party.feedback

For me as leader, my time is nearly over, but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.feedback

I spoke to the prime minister today, and although he reiterated his intentions to proceed as he has now outlined, he would not commit to a second reading vote by March 27 on a new Scotland bill.feedback

Scotland has, by majority, decided not at this stage to become an independent country. I accept that verdict of the people and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland.feedback

We want to see Her Majesty the Queen as Queen of the Scots, a fantastic title.feedback

Independence is not a magic wand. Are there things that go wrong for any nation? Yes, of course there are. Are there challenges to overcome? Undoubtedly. But my question is this: who better to meet these challenges for this nation than the people who live and work in this nation?feedback

Vote for the future of this country, vote for economic prosperity, certainly we can build over a period of time. Let's also have a compassionate and just society. Let's make Scotland a country worth having.feedback

We will succeed, not because we have a wealth of national resources, important though they are, we will succeed as we maintain and build on the energy and the participation and the involvement of the people we have seen this campaign.feedback

Scotland is on the cusp of making history. As a country we are re-discovering self-confidence. As a nation, we are finding our voice. We have the contrast of Mr.Cameron yesterday, telling us how much he respected and admired Scotland and the Scottish people, while behind the scenes both the Treasury and indeed his own business advisor were busy trying to galvanise leading business people to say anything they could negative about Scotland.feedback

I think the people of Scotland have moved beyond these warnings and these scaremongerings.feedback

Alistair, we'll take the pound because it belongs to Scotland as much as it belongs to England. It's our pound as well as your pound.feedback

America, through the administration, has quite rightly adopted a platform of studied neutrality.feedback

This is a black day for Glasgow and for Scotland. It is also Saint Andrew's Day and it's a day we can take pride and courage in how we respond to adversity and tragedy. And that response from our emergency services and from ordinary citizens has been exemplary.feedback

We must all prepare ourselves for the likelihood of fatalities.feedback

With full economic levers and access to our huge natural resources, we can not only defend the progress made with devolution but we can become a fairer, more prosperous society. And one where a new, 21st century relationship is forged between the nations of these islands and with the wider community of nations.feedback

Scotland now faces two futures – continuing with an outdated political entity that ill-serves the ­interests of the people of Scotland, a system that will continue to give us governments we didn't vote for. Or independence, where Scotland will get a parliament that is both fully empowered and fully accountable to those whose lives are affected by its actions.feedback

The reason why part of Scotland's resources, I mean Scotland has, well water, incredibly ample supplies of clean, fresh water and a highly successful company which both produces and markets these supplies. That's in contrast, not just to other countries but friends south of the border.feedback

It's quite interesting actually, the UK debt by the time of independence will be around, well be certainly over a trillion pounds. The oil and gas reserves are worth about a trillion pounds.feedback

If the parliament can run education, then why can't it run the economy? If it can be trusted to run the health service, then why can't it represent Scotland internationally? If it can be trusted to protect our old people, then why can't we protect the country, and do so without the obscenity of nuclear weapons?feedback

This is a referendum that must be built in Scotland and run for the people of Scotland. I think the prime minister had better understand that Scottish politics is about a positive vision for the future, it's about people not prestige.feedback

This is a huge decision, the most important for 300 years. And after a careful analysis we recognise that the first date that allows to conduct it properly, with all preparations properly made, with all the questions answered for the people of Scotland is the autumn of 2014.feedback

The right reason was to release a dying man on compassionate grounds and not on any other factor: international politics, trade, whatever oil deals may or may not have been – not allow any of these to affect the decision.feedback

Scottish whisky depends on integrity for its success, on provenance and reputation. And I think it is right to say to Diageo 'you are going to damage that reputation and damage the future success if you turn your back on communities like Kilmarnock.feedback

I'm sure Downing Street spin doctors are saying it's all just a cosy chat for the Prime Minister, but I think we should all stand back and just realise how unprecedented this is. This is the Prime Minister of this country interviewed in the course of a criminal investigation, helping the police with their enquiries in a situation where the only person with the ability to award peerages or knighthoods is the Prime Minister himself.feedback

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