Robin Mcalpine: Sterlingisation is dead; everyone needs to move on
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine says it’s time for everyone in the independence movement to listen to SNP members and embrace the positive case for a Scottish currency
I HAD been looking forward to writing a happy, conciliatory column this week saying 'the currency debate was tough but we've ended up with a position that can keep everyone together so let's move forward'. But for me to do that, those who lost on Saturday have to demonstrate the good grace to accept they lost.
WATCH: Tim Rideout on currency and independence at #SNP19
Key speech at the SNP’s spring conference on 27 April
TIM RIDEOUT addresses the SNP conference in the run up to a vote on Scottish currency, moving Amendment D, which was passed by members and read:
“Delete 33) and replace with:
“conference considers that an SNP Government should take the steps necessary to enable the Scottish Parliament to authorise the preparation of a Scottish Currency as soon as practicable after a vote for Independence with the aim that the currency be ready for introduction as soon as practicable after Independence Day.”
Analysis: A stunning victory for the grassroots of the SNP and Scottish currency advocates
CommonSpace editor analyses the debate and outcome of the SNP Growth Commission vote
ON 27 APRIL 2019, the grassroots of the SNP showed its mettle, and proved that the independence movement is a thinking, critical and truly independent force, willing to defeat their own leaders when necessary.
The Growth Commission motion passed, but only after a revolt from below which saw an enormous 781 delegates vote in favour of amendment D, with 729 against.
WATCH: George Kerevan speaks ahead of crunch currency vote at #SNP19
Activists have proposed amendments to SNP leadership motion which would seek to remove the controversial six tests on establishing a Scottish currency
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray caught up with George Kerevan, former SNP MP, ahead of the debate on the SNP's position on an independent Scottish currency at the SNP Spring Conference 2019.
Business for Scotland oppose Growth Commission six tests for establishing a Scottish currency
Gordon Macintyre-Kemp of Business for Scotland: “The Scottish Parliament should have the power to make the change when the time is right and that means that the SNP’s six tests are not flexible enough”
Bill Austin: Why the Growth Commission indy plan would be a missed opportunity to close the tax gap and raise billions
Bill Austin, Customs expert with 25 years experience and delegate to this weekend’s SNP spring conference, argues that closing the UK’s huge tax gap is a huge opportunity of independence – one that is totally absent from the Growth Commission report