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TUC welfare poll exposes how Tory ministers cynically smear working Scots as benefit cheats

TUC welfare poll exposes how Tory ministers cynically smear working Scots as benefit cheats | My Scotland | Scoop.it
VOTERS are being hoodwinked by the Government into believing welfare benefits are much higher than they actually are and are claimed mainly by the unemployed, a survey shows.
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No safety issues on Trident, says Michael Fallon

No safety issues on Trident, says Michael Fallon | My Scotland | Scoop.it
CONCERNS raised by a whistleblowing Royal Navy submariner over the safety of the Clyde-based Trident nuclear weapons system are unfounded, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said.

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Imagine my relief.

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'Guardians of Scotland' honoured at Stirling Bridge - BBC News

'Guardians of Scotland' honoured at Stirling Bridge - BBC News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A memorial honouring the "Guardians of Scotland", William Wallace and Andrew de Moray, is unveiled at the site of the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
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John Swinney: Another broken promise to the people of Scotland

John Swinney: Another broken promise to the people of Scotland | My Scotland | Scoop.it
IN the aftermath of Scotland’s astonishing General Election result, delivering the recommendations of the Smith Commission was the bare minimum the Tory Government could have done – and in the publication of this weak, watered-down Bill they have...

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Shock over death of young SNP activist

Shock over death of young SNP activist | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Kirkintilloch SNP members, led by East Dunbartonshire MP John Nicolson, have expressed their shock and sadness over the sudden death of a young party activist.
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Scotland bill may give Holyrood veto over Human Rights Act repeal

Scotland bill may give Holyrood veto over Human Rights Act repeal | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Provision in bill will establish in law a convention that Westminster seeks consent for legislation relating to Scottish matters David Cameron has strengthened the ability of the Scottish government to block Tory plans to repeal the Human Rights...
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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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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 26, 4:14 AM

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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Legal bid to oust Carmichael as MP - BBC News

Legal bid to oust Carmichael as MP - BBC News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Campaigners hoping to overturn the election of Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael launch a legal challenge at the Court of Session.

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Even the kids are better off in Scotland as their pocket money soars - Daily Mail

Even the kids are better off in Scotland as their pocket money soars - Daily Mail | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Just as the people of Scotland benefit from extra public spending courtesy of the UK taxpayer compared to the English, so the children of Scotland are also getting a bit extra in their weekly pocket money.
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The Tory Veto: Scotland Bill falls short in every way

The Tory Veto: Scotland Bill falls short in every way | My Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S only Tory MP will be able to veto decisions made by the Scottish Parliament.
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Nicola Sturgeon critical of newly published more powers Scotland Bill - BBC News

Nicola Sturgeon critical of newly published more powers Scotland Bill - BBC News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The first minister criticises the Scotland Bill but the UK government believes it fulfils promises made after the independence referendum.
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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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