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There is now a vow to bring more extensive powers to Scotland. The media has a key role to play in ensuring pledges made by the three Unionist parties prior to the referendum are honoured. The BBC has a key role in informing the people of Scotland and holding the London based politicians to account. Whatever your views of the BBC, one thing is clear - Scotland has changed forever.
That change has been demonstrated in crowded halls throughout Scotland as ordinary people engage in the democratic process. The two year campaign, initially described by some as too long, has allowed a nation to mature politically - it has been electrifying. As Scotland moves on to her next phase, we require our institutions to mirror our evolution. We need our broadcasters to be of us, to reflect us, to answer to us. Currently the BBC exists in Scotland as an appendage to the UK BBC. Despite its name, there is no offical body called BBC Scotland. The organisation we know as BBC Scotland is not answerable to the Scottish Parliament. It is not subject to Scottish Freedom of Information laws and cannot be summoned to answer questions in front of Holyrood MSPs.
The BBC in Scotland is, in effect, controlled by London and is ultimately answerable to the Westminster government. The BBC in Scotland must come under the jurisdiction of the Scottish Parliament, Scots Law and ultimately the Scottish people. The proposals for further devolution of power to Scotland must include broadcasting.
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The rally, which is still going on, will feature singers and speakers addressing a crowd angry at the BBC's refusal to provide balanced coverage of the independence referendum.
The event is being broadcast live by media newcomers Independence Live. The short clip below shows the scenes from earlier on.
• To date 42 billion barrels of oil and gas have been produced from the North Sea using conventional production techniques and there is a consensus that there are remaining conventional reserves of around 24 billion barrels.
• Oil and gas recovered from the Upper Jurassic Kimmeridge Clay formation through new techniques could add an estimated 21 billion barrels, almost equivalent to the estimated 24 billion barrels of oil and gas reserves remaining.
• Up to an additional £300 billion in tax revenues though this 21 billion barrels to either the UK Treasury or a Scottish Government either independent or with full control of oil and gas revenues.
• On top of the up to £365 billion estimated to be currently obtainable in tax revenues through conventional means between now and 2040, combined with this up to £300 billion from these new sources of oil and gas production would see North Sea oil and gas revenues of up to a staggering £665 billion, more than double the total taxation from oil and gas received to date (£313 billion).
• The UK’s economic watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), has put this tax revenue figure at £57 billion between 2014 and 2040.
• Senior official within DECC (UK Department of Energy and Climate Change) backs this “enormous” potential.
• Danish state-owned oil company, Nordsofonden, have described the Danish offshore unconventional shale oil and gas resource as “a potential game…Continue