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Scottish independence: 'Rump' UK would cease to be one of Europe's 'big three' - Scotsman

Scottish independence: 'Rump' UK would cease to be one of Europe's 'big three' - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
ScotsmanScottish independence: 'Rump' UK would cease to be one of Europe's 'big three'ScotsmanThey are part of a joint University of Kent/Federal Trust project investigating EU foreign policy and say the UK would have a “significantly diminished...
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Davidson urged to consider Scots Tories' split from UK party

Davidson urged to consider Scots Tories' split from UK party | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A Tory backbencher has suggested that the Scottish Conservatives should, in light of Holyrood gaining more powers, seriously consider separating from the UK Tories completely and become a fully autonomous party, fighting a "separate fight for the...

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It's not complicated. There will be a need for a centre right party in Scotland post-independence. The smarter Tories have twigged that now is a good time to stake out that ground. The difficulty will lie in convincing people that the autonomy of the new Scottish Conservative Party is genuine after so many decades of Scottish Tories loudly proclaiming their devotion to London rule.


The situation is rather more problematic for British Labour in Scotland. Not only do they have the same difficulty as their unionist allies, the task of persuading voters that the new Scottish Labour Party is really what it purports to be is made all the more onerous by the fact that British Labour in Scotland has basically been lying about this for decades. Arguably, nobody was more guilty in this regard than Jim Murphy.


Before British Labour in Scotland can become a Scottish Labour Party, it will first have to admit that it has been perpetrating a deception by posing in the guise of "Scottish Labour".


Rebranding British Labour in Scotland is a bigger ask for another reason. An autonomous Scottish Conservative Party will pretty much be occupying the same political ground that the Scottish Tories hold now. They will have to deal with developing a policy agenda that differentiates them from their counterparts in England. But the territory is there to be taken.


A new Scottish Labour Party would find itself in political limbo. The SNP has already laid claim to what should be its natural ground. Emulating British Labour's strategy of creating a policy overlap with the Tories in order to appeal to Middle England is obviously a non-starter. The Greens have the environmentalist left all sewn up. All that remains is to challenge the Scottish Socialist Party for the electorally infertile ground to the left of the SNP.


It doesn't look promising for the fledgling Scottish Labour Party. But then, neither does remaining bound to British Labour. Especially in circumstances where a Scottish Tory breakaway has served to further emphasise the distinctiveness of Scotland's political culture.


However, the biggest problem confronting both Labour and Conservatives is identical for both. It is the matter of personalities and personnel. Too many of the former too closely identified with the old British parties, and too few of the latter to provide a solid base on which to build the new Scottish parties.


Maybe it is complicated after all.

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Calls for SNP to make anti-foxhunting stance clear as hunts caught on video

Calls for SNP to make anti-foxhunting stance clear as hunts caught on video | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish MPs under pressure to block any repeal of foxhunting ban as League Against Cruel Sports alleges half of Scotland’s hunts break the law The SNP has been challenged to underline its opposition to foxhunting across the UK as fresh video...
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Westminster tricks Scotland out of £127.00 per second

Westminster tricks Scotland out of £127.00 per second | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland has not created the UK's debt, but we have to pay for it. Every year the Westminster Treasury deducts a sum from Scotland’s block funding grant to pay for a share of the UK’s rising debt, none of which Scotland ran up.
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Westminster cuts could fuel demand for new independence vote – SNP

Westminster cuts could fuel demand for new independence vote – SNP | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Stewart Hosie indicates Scottish party’s attitude towards calling for another referendum will depend on next UK government’s policies Nicola Sturgeon and Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s leader and deputy leader.
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The support for Scottish independence is getting stronger

The support for Scottish independence is getting stronger | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Support for Scottish independence has increased since last autumn's independence referendum, with all ages groups except pensioners now in favour of secession, a new poll shows.
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Sturgeon demands veto over UK energy decisions

Sturgeon demands veto over UK energy decisions | My Scotland | Scoop.it
NICOLA Sturgeon has opened a new front in her rapidly escalating fight with the UK Government after she demanded a veto over Britain's energy policy.
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SNP secures Westminster debate on Trident safety

SNP secures Westminster debate on Trident safety | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond set to lead debate in Commons following allegations that UK’s nuclear deterrent is a ‘disaster waiting to happen’ The Scottish National party has secured an adjournment debate in the first week of the new parliament to ensure that...
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Urgent action needed to preserve United Kingdom, thinktank says

Urgent action needed to preserve United Kingdom, thinktank says | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Study by Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law says UK has reached constitutional crossroads and needs major changes to work effectively The roles of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland secretaries should be combined into a single ”Department for...
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Highland MSP whose intervention delivered first SNP government to stand down

Highland MSP whose intervention delivered first SNP government to stand down | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A Highland MSP whose role was crucial to the formation of the first SNP Scottish Government, is standing down at next year's Holyrood election.

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SNP attempt to take Dennis Skinner's seat in Commons - video

SNP attempt to take Dennis Skinner's seat in Commons - video | My Scotland | Scoop.it
On Monday, SNP MPs attempt to move Dennis Skinner from his preferred seat in the House of Commons. Skinner has retained the same position for 45 years by reserving it at 8am every day.
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Row over Commons seats intensifies - BBC News

Row over Commons seats intensifies - BBC News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A row over who sits where in the House of Commons intensifies, with Alex Salmond saying Labour needs to accept it did not win the election.
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Experts call for no new independence referendum for 15 years

Experts call for no new independence referendum for 15 years | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A second independence referendum should not be held for at least 15 years, according to a group of devolution experts.
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Greens looking to play SNP at their own game to win seats at Holyrood

Greens looking to play SNP at their own game to win seats at Holyrood | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE Scottish Greens will pledge to make a future SNP government "bolder and greener" in a copycat campaign that could deny Nicola Sturgeon a Holyrood majority but also decimate Labour.

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The only ones who will be upset at the thought of a wee Green surge are the British parties. And what upsets them is generally a good thing for Scotland.

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Trident whistleblower was 'thinking of country's safety', brother claims - ITV News

Trident whistleblower was 'thinking of country's safety', brother claims - ITV News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The brother of a Royal Navy whistleblower has told ITV News he is "proud" that his brother went public with his concerns about the Trident missile programme.
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Do our MPs lie? Yes, copiously and consistently | David McKie

Do our MPs lie? Yes, copiously and consistently | David McKie | My Scotland | Scoop.it
In defending his Lib Dem colleague, MP Malcolm Bruce admitted what we all know.
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Scots benefited last year by almost £1600 a head more public spending than in England, Commons research shows

Scots benefited last year by almost £1600 a head more public spending than in England, Commons research shows | My Scotland | Scoop.it
PUBLIC spending per head was £1597 higher in Scotland than in England in 2013/14, according to research from the House of Commons Library.
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And the band played "I believe."
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Alex Salmond challenges Tories' plan for English votes for English laws

Alex Salmond challenges Tories' plan for English votes for English laws | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Former Scottish first minister asks the Speaker, John Bercow, to look into claims that proposals would breach principle of MPs’ equality Alex Salmond, the former Scottish first minister, has challenged David Cameron’s attempt to bring in English...
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Teachers urge MSPs not to make them scapegoat for education woes

Teachers urge MSPs not to make them scapegoat for education woes | My Scotland | Scoop.it
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has acknowledged that Scottish education is not good enough.
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Michelle Mone: I'm not turning my back on Scotland, I'm leaving because my ... - Herald Scotland

Michelle Mone: I'm not turning my back on Scotland, I'm leaving because my ... - Herald Scotland | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Michelle Mone has said that she is not turning her back on Scotland after announcing she will leave the country.
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This is the woman who threatened to leave scotland if she got independence. Clearly no commitment to scotland at all. Still one less no voter for next time round.
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Secret files reveal police feared that Trekkies could turn on society

Secret files reveal police feared that Trekkies could turn on society | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on Star Trek and the X-Files in the run up to the millennium amid security concerns
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Police Scotland investigating 110 child abuse suspects

Police Scotland investigating 110 child abuse suspects | My Scotland | Scoop.it
POLICE Scotland are looking into 37 suspects with a “public prominence” including four from the world of TV, radio and film as part of their investigations into historic child abuse.
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Labour's problems in Scotland go well beyond Jim Murphy - New Statesman

Labour's problems in Scotland go well beyond Jim Murphy - New Statesman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Labour's troubles in Scotland go beyond left and right, and there's blame to be shared on both sides of the border. 
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John Perrygrove :A Cautious Start for the SNP in Westminster After Their ... - Huffington Post UK

John Perrygrove :A Cautious Start for the SNP in Westminster After Their ... - Huffington Post UK | My Scotland | Scoop.it
It has been said that Scottish politics is a generational thing. After the 1950s Tory domination in Scotland gave way to the Labour party. Now, it seems, it is the nationalist's time.
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Mundell under pressure to beef up Scotland Bill before it is published next week

Mundell under pressure to beef up Scotland Bill before it is published next week | My Scotland | Scoop.it
DAVID Mundell, the new Scottish Secretary, is facing intense pressure to strengthen the UK Government's new Scotland Bill before it is published next week.
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Take us with you, Scotland! For too long, London has garnered the lion's share ... - The Independent

Take us with you, Scotland! For too long, London has garnered the lion's share ... - The Independent | My Scotland | Scoop.it
I sometimes find it fun to imagine that we could cut London out and push it away from the rest of Britain with a big stick.
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