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Labour is 'unlikely' to win back votes lost to the SNP, surveys reveal

Labour is 'unlikely' to win back votes lost to the SNP, surveys reveal | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish Labour is very unlikely to win back the voters it lost to the SNP during the independence referendum in time for the general election, two new surveys suggest.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, Today, 8:50 AM

What makes anybody think a Labour majority is good thing? Some will respond that it is better than another Tory government. But there is no good reason to suppose that a Labour majority government will produce better outcomes for those impacted by Tory policies that British Labour is committed to continuing.


And it is totally misleading to suggest that it is a choice between a Labour majority government and a Tory government. There is a third way that should be eagerly embraced by every Labour voter, even if it is reviled by their party's leadership. A minority Labour government supported by the SNP is the ideal arrangement for those who are genuinely concerned about securing progressive change rather than partisan advantage.

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In Scotland The General Election Is Another Referendum on Independence

In Scotland The General Election Is Another Referendum on Independence | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Voters in Scotland should make no mistake about what is at stake in the upcoming general election. A vote for the SNP is not a vote to give Scotland a reasoned voice in Westminster.
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Nicola Sturgeon offers 'friendship message' to UK

Nicola Sturgeon offers 'friendship message' to UK | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to send a message of "friendship and solidarity" to the rest of the UK during her speech to the SNP conference.
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SNP in line for multi-million pound windfall if it becomes third force

SNP in line for multi-million pound windfall if it becomes third force | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE SNP will enjoy a multi-million pound taxpayer windfall and cause a "profound" culture shock at Westminster if it succeeds in winning a landslide victory in Scotland at the General Election, according to senior Commons sources.
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General election TV debate dates announced

General election TV debate dates announced | My Scotland | Scoop.it
DAVID Cameron and Ed Miliband will be pitched in a head-to-head live televised debate exactly a week before the May 7 general election, if the TV showdowns go ahead, it has been announced.
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Scots 'more likely to vote' than rest of UK - Scotsman

Scots 'more likely to vote' than rest of UK - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTS are more interested in politics and more likely to vote in the general election than those elsewhere in Britain, a survey has suggested.
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Scotland to ban smoking in cars with children

Scotland to ban smoking in cars with children | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The move follows similar bans in England and Wales, which take effect in October Scotland is to ban smoking in cars with children, bringing it into line with England and Wales, where legislation has been introduced to protect young people from...
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Jim Murphy: I'll use City of London tax to help Scottish students

Jim Murphy: I'll use City of London tax to help Scottish students | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scottish Labour leader says he would use £1 billion of the proceeds from his party's bankers' bonus tax to increase bursaries and fund free university education for Scots.
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He's pulled the handle on his puggy machine again !

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Conservatives slam Salmond's 'sinister' threat to install Miliband in Downing St

Conservatives slam Salmond's 'sinister' threat to install Miliband in Downing St | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Bob Neill, the Tory party deputy chairman, condemns comments made in New Statesman by SNP candidate Alex Salmond has been accused of making a “deeply sinister” threat to try to force out the Conservatives and lead to the installation of a Labour...
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Labour faces civil war in heartlands as veteran councillor sues party

Labour faces civil war in heartlands as veteran councillor sues party | My Scotland | Scoop.it
LABOUR has been thrown in to pre-election chaos in its Scottish heartlands after being sued by one of its own stalwarts.
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'UK may offer Scots second independence referendum' - Scotsman

'UK may offer Scots second independence referendum' - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
FORMER first minister Alex Salmond has said that Scots “deserve a second chance” with an independence referendum.
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Salmond says SNP will 'hold the power' in hung parliament

Salmond says SNP will 'hold the power' in hung parliament | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish National party would probably have a ‘vote-by-vote arrangement’ with a minority Labour government, says former first minister Alex Salmond has piled pressure on Ed Miliband by pledging to force the hand of a minority Labour government by...
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SNP says support for Labour dependent on advance policy talks

SNP says support for Labour dependent on advance policy talks | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Stewart Hosie, SNP deputy leader, says it would be ‘high-handed’ not to hold talks before the Queen’s speech if nationalists win majority of seats in Scotland Senior figures in the Scottish National party have said Ed Miliband would have to clear...
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General election is on a knife edge, David Cameron tells party activists

General election is on a knife edge, David Cameron tells party activists | My Scotland | Scoop.it
PM paints stark choice between himself and leader of ‘sneering socialists’, while SNP demands Labour join in pledge to lock Tories out of No 10David Cameron has admitted that the result of the general election is on a knife edge as he delivered one...
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Ed Miliband punched and shoved by protesters as he walks to car

Ed Miliband punched and shoved by protesters as he walks to car | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Witnesses said around six protesters - some wearing masks bearing the face of ex-SNP leader Alex Salmond - surrounded Mr Miliband, with at least one of them punching him
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Labour MP claims spy uncovered evidence of SNP youth wing infiltrating schools

Labour MP claims spy uncovered evidence of SNP youth wing infiltrating schools | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A VICIOUS war of words between a Labour MP and the SNP has deepened, after the politician publicly claimed that a nationalist 'youth wing' was infiltrating schools to 'brainwash pupils'.
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Cameron has edge over Miliband in TV battle, Guardian/ICM poll shows - live

Cameron has edge over Miliband in TV battle, Guardian/ICM poll shows - live | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Instant poll shows 54% of viewers thought David Cameron ‘won’ contestEd Miliband forced to defend his character as Paxman brings up brother David PM under pressure over VAT pledges and zero-hours contractsNigel Farage gatecrashes the Sky studios –...
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The SNP are having the last laugh – why shouldn’t they?

The SNP are having the last laugh – why shouldn’t they? | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond can be excused a spring in his step.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, March 25, 10:18 AM

There is much to enjoy in this article. Not least, the frisson of schadenfreude. But I was particularly enamoured of the paragraph which quite succinctly catalogues some of the main fallacies beloved of denizens of the "London bubble".


The fallacy that the SNP wanted a "third question" on the ballot. (Although it was actually only a second question.)


The fallacy that it was SNP policy that an independence referendum could only be a "once-in-a-generation" thing.


The fallacy that devolution has been delivered as promised.


The fallacy that the SNP has not accepted the referendum result.


The SNP never wanted anything other than a straightforward yes/no question on independence. But, knowing that there was sizeable public demand for a question on "more powers", Salmond neatly maneuvered the British parties into being the ones to reject the idea. The SNP got what it wanted. The British parties were seen to be the ones limiting democratic choice.


And they also found themselves duped into supporting the status quo, which was by far the least popular option among Scottish voters. Which is why they quickly had to do some very humiliating slithering to pretend that a No vote was a vote for the very thing they had just said must not be allowed on the ballot. Something they only got away with to the extent that they did because, as with so much else, the British parties were never challenged by the media on any of the contradictions, inconsistencies and illogicalities in their propaganda.

Score several points for Salmond and the SNP.


The "once-in-a-generation" thing was never SNP policy. It came out in an interview in which Salmond made it abundantly clear that he was expressing a personal opinion. He also clarified his remark by stressing that he was talking about a "political generation". None of which was reported, of course.


Devolution has most certainly not been delivered as promised. In fact, absolutely nothing implied by the infamous "Vow" has actually been delivered. The Smith Commission has cobbled together some recommendations that bear no relation to what the people of Scotland were led to believe would be their if they voted No. But not even this watery gruel has been served up. And the general feeling in Scotland is that it never will be without a strong SNP presence at Westminster. Even then, it is anticipated that the British establishment will seek to renege on the undertaking - most likely by flatly denying that there ever was an undertaking.


Which brings us to the fallacy du jour. Namely, that the SNP is refusing to accept the result of the referendum. Usually accompanied by hypocritically angry and bitter pish about independence supporters being angry and bitter.


Let go of the fallacy for long enough to look at what is actually happening and you will has not only voiced its acceptance of the result on countless occasions, but has quite evidently moved on to the business of securing a strong voice for Scotland at Westminster. Which, in itself, denotes the very acceptance of the result that British nationalist commentators feverishly strive to deny.


And, while you are visiting reality, take a look at the grinning faces of the people attending any SNP or pro-independence event. I am not ashamed to admit that, prompted by some words of consolation and encouragement from a dear English friend, I shed a tear in the immediate aftermath of the referendum result becoming known. But I have hardly stopped smiling since as I've watched the supposed victors forced to stand, transfixed by baffled, impotent rage, as all the prizes went to the supposed losers.


It is those losers who have yet to come to terms with the consequences of their lying, scaremongering behaviour during the referendum. Just as British Labour in Scotland has yet to come to terms with its rejection by the voters in 2007 and, more emphatically, in 2011. Project Fear, as the anti-independence campaign labelled itself, has not been wound up. It has simply moved to Jim Murphy's back-office where it continues to churn out the distinctive blend of inanity and insanity which oozes from the minds of such as John McTernan and Blair MacDougall.


But none of this is even visible from within the London bubble, far less comprehensible to those trapped within its reality-repelling walls. They yet cling to their fallacies. While those of us outside that bubble care less and less what those within it think or say.

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Scotland's smiles friendlier than rest of UK - Scotsman

Scotland's smiles friendlier than rest of UK - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTS have been labelled the UK’s friendliest people by a major new study.
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Why are Scots still more likely to vote than the rest of the country?

Why are Scots still more likely to vote than the rest of the country? | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Voters north of the border are more interested in politics and more likely to vote in general election in the wake of the independence referendum
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Ed Miliband attacks 'unholy alliance' between Tories and SNP

Ed Miliband attacks 'unholy alliance' between Tories and SNP | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Miliband’s comments come as senior party source claims Tories and SNP want to damage Labour regardless of wider consequences Ed Miliband went on the offensive against the Tories and the SNP as he warned that the two supposed enemies have formed an...
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What We've Learned About Alex Salmond - Sky News

What We've Learned About Alex Salmond - Sky News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Former first minister Alex Salmond has released his memoirs of the Scottish referendum this week. Here's what we have learned.
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