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GMB union opts to campaign against independence

ONE of Scotland's biggest trade unions is to oppose independence and campaign for greater devolution within the UK instead.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, November 3, 2013 6:41 AM

That 'the "overwhelming" opinion was for a No vote and greater devolution' and the concern about jobs in defence, shipbuilding and manufacturing suggests that GMB members have fallen prey to the propaganda of Project Fear and the jam tomorrow promises of the British parties. Which is sad.


Presumably, they have no concerns about those jobs if Scotland remains in the UK. Which suggests an inexplicable blindness to the lessons of history. And the quaint notion that the British parties can be trusted to deliver meaningful devolution in the event of a No vote is surely the triumph of hope over experience.


Assuming that GMB members are not as gullible and naive as their union bosses suggest, we have to wonder if this decision doesn't have more to do with British Labour's bitter hatred of the SNP than with any rational assessment of what is best for Scotland.

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UK gov must reveal hidden files | Scottish National Party

UK gov must reveal hidden files | Scottish National Party | Devolution | Scoop.it

The SNP has challenged the UK government to “play fair” following the revelation that1997 files on devolution weren't released because the Scotland Office pleaded for them not to be.


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Devolution needs a UK-wide strategy to avoid English resentment, say MPs

Devolution needs a UK-wide strategy to avoid English resentment, say MPs | Devolution | Scoop.it
Piecemeal devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland risks leaving union fragmented, MPs' committee warns A cross-party committee of MPs has warned ministers that resentment amongst English voters will worsen unless they set up a convention...

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Questions Raised Over UK Tax Devolution

A major new report has recommended the devolution of tax and borrowing powers to Wales, but research into the future operation of the devolved Scottish tax system has shown that administering devolved powers will be no easy task.

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Devolution: A Beginner's Guide

Devolution: A Beginner's Guide | Devolution | Scoop.it
What is devolution and how has it changed how Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are governed?

 

This article with videos, charts and images was designed as a primer for UK voters for the 2010 election to understand who devolution in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland were reshaping the political landscape in the United Kingdom.  It is general enough that even though it is outdated as a news story, it serves as a concrete example from geography students to understand the processes and reasons for a decentralization of political power.


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 11:44 AM

The parliament in London is shifting more power to Scotland and other areas in what is called devolution.  This reflects a push for more independence of countries in the UK that are not England. In order to keep the UK together concessions must be made, this devolution is the British Parliament's efforts to keep the UK intact.

Miles Gibson's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:30 AM

Unit 4 political geography 

This picture explains how devolution works and provides a specific example with the breaking down of power of the imperialist England and it's control into an equally represented United Kingdom. This is an example of devolution at it's best.

This picture relates to unit 4 because it shows how devolution, which is a major part of unit 4, works. It explains it's parts and gives specific geographic examples as in the U.K. this overall relates to unit 4.

Matthew Connealy's curator insight, March 22, 2015 4:04 PM

Devolution is the transfer of powers from a central government to more regional power, in this case, the UK. The UK devolved its powers to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These countries have had independent parliaments since 1997. Some "reserved powers" have not been devolved from the UK such as foreign affairs, military defense, international and  economic policies. This change of power has stirred questions on public spending and tax policies, and is still a debate and event to keep your eye on.

 

I feel that devolution has many benefits that outweigh the negative consequences such as money spending. Countries can function in a more independent manner and govern themselves within their defined boundaries in a more efficient way. This topic and article gives greater insight to our political unit and provides great insight for each country's respective parliament.

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Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution

Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution | Devolution | Scoop.it
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have visited Wales to unveil plans for new tax and spending powers for the Welsh assembly, raising the stakes on devolution across the UK and next September's Scottish independence vote...

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:47 AM

Despite the pant-wetting excitement of unionist politicians, this latest piece of (merely proposed) constitutional tinkering has no bearing whatever on Scotland's independence referendum. The referendum ballot offers no option for further devolution. The British parties have no proposals for further devolution. And there is absolutely no rational reason to suppose that further devolution will be delivered if the people of Scotland vote for the status quo.

Why would the British government hand over powers that it has fiercely resisted handing over when the people of Scotland have forfeited the only leverage they have to secure more powers? It makes no sense.

The other fallacy in all of this is that any further devolution which the British state might grant could ever be a substitute for independence. The whole point of popular sovereignty is that it is for the people of Scotland to decide what powers their parliament should have and what powers might be delegated to some other assembly. Having powers grudgingly and gracelessly doled out by Westminster is not a solution to the problem. It is the problem!

Jim Arnott's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:19 AM

If Westminster thinks Scots will fall for this they are very much mistaken. Even Scottish politicians are stating that if Scotland votes against independence it is more than likely that Westminster will give Scotland less "pocket money" is will cut the amount of money Scotland gets back from Westminster. Margaret Curran has even suggested the Barnet Formula will suffer. There is only one way to avoid this:

 

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland. 

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A long time in politics

A long time in politics | Devolution | Scoop.it

This was Glasgow South West MP Ian Davidson speaking (around 5:40) on Scotland Tonight just over a week ago, in a debate about independence and left-wing values sparked by the findings of a poll commissioned by this very website.


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Scotland's 'reluctant Cameroons' | Left Foot Forward

Scotland's 'reluctant Cameroons' | Left Foot Forward | Devolution | Scoop.it
In a report published today entitled 'Cameron's Caledonian Conundrum', 18 per cent of respondents in Scotland were more favourable to David Cameron than the Conservatives as a whole.
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GMB union opts to campaign against independence | Herald Scotland

Brilliant news as @GMB_union become latest union to back devolution instead of division http://t.co/PQwbX5LfJJ #indyref
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Twitter / blairmcdougall: When you watch devolution ...

Twitter / blairmcdougall: When you watch devolution ... | Devolution | Scoop.it
When you watch devolution announcement in Wales today spare a thought for these folks. #indyref #shotfox http://t.co/8h4Nr5cCct
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Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution

Welsh tax powers ups the pace for Scotland and greater devolution | Devolution | Scoop.it
David Cameron and Nick Clegg have visited Wales to unveil plans for new tax and spending powers for the Welsh assembly, raising the stakes on devolution across the UK and next September's Scottish independence vote...

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, November 1, 2013 9:47 AM

Despite the pant-wetting excitement of unionist politicians, this latest piece of (merely proposed) constitutional tinkering has no bearing whatever on Scotland's independence referendum. The referendum ballot offers no option for further devolution. The British parties have no proposals for further devolution. And there is absolutely no rational reason to suppose that further devolution will be delivered if the people of Scotland vote for the status quo.

Why would the British government hand over powers that it has fiercely resisted handing over when the people of Scotland have forfeited the only leverage they have to secure more powers? It makes no sense.

The other fallacy in all of this is that any further devolution which the British state might grant could ever be a substitute for independence. The whole point of popular sovereignty is that it is for the people of Scotland to decide what powers their parliament should have and what powers might be delegated to some other assembly. Having powers grudgingly and gracelessly doled out by Westminster is not a solution to the problem. It is the problem!

Jim Arnott's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:19 AM

If Westminster thinks Scots will fall for this they are very much mistaken. Even Scottish politicians are stating that if Scotland votes against independence it is more than likely that Westminster will give Scotland less "pocket money" is will cut the amount of money Scotland gets back from Westminster. Margaret Curran has even suggested the Barnet Formula will suffer. There is only one way to avoid this:

 

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland. 

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Tories back more powers for Scottish Parliament

Tories back more powers for Scottish Parliament | Devolution | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has backed an American style devolution system for the UK as she said that her party had to look at a “new spread” of powers for Holyrood.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 26, 2013 4:53 AM

Vague, bereft of detail, lacking anything resembling commitment and offering the meanest of grudging nods in the general direction of Scotland's new political realities, Ruth Davidson's speech probably better defines the anti-independence campaign's position on "more powers" than anything we've heard from the lying lips of British Labour.

Even more belatedly than her pal, Johann Lamont, Ruth Davidson (or more likely one of her minders) has come to the realisation that the British parties have painted themselves into a corner by dogmatically backing the constitutional status quo and absolutely nothing else. Like Lamont, Davidson now wants to TALK about "more powers" in the hope that we'll all be fooled into thinking this is what a NO vote in the referendum means.

It doesn't!

Nothing has changed. The Bitter Together mob still stands for nothing. At best, a NO vote is a vote to keep things as they are. More probably, it is a vote to see devolution rolled back and the Scottish Parliament stripped of powers while its budget is slashed in an effort to force Scotland to get into line with the policies of the austerity-fetishists at Westminster.

Brian B Ritchie's comment, January 26, 2013 5:10 AM
Absolutely.
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UK devolution double standards over APD | Scottish National Party

UK devolution double standards over APD | Scottish National Party | Devolution | Scoop.it

The SNP has called for equality of treatment for Scotland as the Treasury announced that powers over Air Passenger Duty (APD) will be devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly in the Finance Bill 2012. The announcement comes just three months after the Treasury cut to the rate of Air Passenger Duty (APD) for passengers departing from airports in Northern Ireland.


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Lords debates alternatives to UK devolution

Lords debates alternatives to UK devolution | Devolution | Scoop.it
On Thursday 11 October, peers including a former Scotland Secretary and the former Chair of the Commons Scottish Affairs Select Committee will debate what alternative constitutional settlement could be proposed instead of devolution and the...

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GMB union opts to campaign against independence

ONE of Scotland's biggest trade unions is to oppose independence and campaign for greater devolution within the UK instead.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, November 3, 2013 6:41 AM

That 'the "overwhelming" opinion was for a No vote and greater devolution' and the concern about jobs in defence, shipbuilding and manufacturing suggests that GMB members have fallen prey to the propaganda of Project Fear and the jam tomorrow promises of the British parties. Which is sad.


Presumably, they have no concerns about those jobs if Scotland remains in the UK. Which suggests an inexplicable blindness to the lessons of history. And the quaint notion that the British parties can be trusted to deliver meaningful devolution in the event of a No vote is surely the triumph of hope over experience.


Assuming that GMB members are not as gullible and naive as their union bosses suggest, we have to wonder if this decision doesn't have more to do with British Labour's bitter hatred of the SNP than with any rational assessment of what is best for Scotland.

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Devolution is the fly in ointment for Yes camp - Herald Scotland

Devolution is the fly in ointment for Yes camp - Herald Scotland | Devolution | Scoop.it
Devolution is the fly in ointment for Yes camp
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The biggest single problem for the Yes camp in the referendum campaign is that the Scottish people have fallen in love with devolution.
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Scottish councils go to war in bitter power struggle

Scottish councils go to war in bitter power struggle | Devolution | Scoop.it

THE body which represents Scotland's 32 councils is facing a "crisis" and potential break-up as a result of a bitter power struggle between Labour and other parties, it was claimed yesterday.

 


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'No tax vote before funding reform'

'No tax vote before funding reform' | Devolution | Scoop.it
A referendum on devolving income tax must not happen until the Treasury changes the way it funds the UK's nations and regions, First Minister Carwyn Jones says.
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New powers for 'a strong Wales'

New powers for 'a strong Wales' | Devolution | Scoop.it
Prime Minister David Cameron and the Deputy PM Nick Clegg announce greater financial powers for the Welsh government.
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