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Daily Record poll shows independence ranks low on Scottish voters' priority list

Daily Record poll shows independence ranks low on Scottish voters' priority list | My Scotland | Scoop.it
OUR exclusive poll shows Scots rate independence eighth in the most important issues facing their families - behind rising living costs, health, jobs, education and taxes.
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Jim Murphy warned he needs a

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New Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy has been warned he needs a

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 23, 5:53 AM

Jim Murphy: "I want Scotland to not only be the fairest part of the UK but the fairest country in the world."*

 

Even if we accept the sincerity of this aspiration we cannot possibly be persuaded of its feasibility. But how are we to suppose that Murph The Meretricious means what he says when he has thrown himself so wholeheartedly into the campaign to ensure that the Scottish Parliament never has the kind of transformational powers that would be required in order to make Scotland the "fairest part of the UK", never mind "the fairest place in the world".

 

Such a transformation would require independence, nothing less. And that is something that a British nationalist such as Murphy refuses to even contemplate. The entire point of the anti-independence campaign is that the British state must be preserved at any cost to the people of Scotland - and, for that matter, the rest of the people of these islands. British nationalism has nothing whatever to do with making Scotland a better, fairer place. It is entirely about keeping intact the structures of power and privilege which define the British state.

 

But let us, for a moment, leave aside the question of Jim Murphy's sincerity. (And a very big question it is. This is not an individual who has ever exhibited any tendency to let ordinary human empathy be an impediment to self-aggrandisement and the pursuit of personal ambition.) Let's just look at the practicalities.

 

In order to make Scotland the distinctively fair place of Murphy's speechifying, he would need real, effective political power. But he is not even the leader of a real political party. He has no means to make good on his stated aim. And, more to the point, he knows damned well that there is no way he can deliver fairness or anything else.

 

Murphy is no more than the manager of a British Labour branch office. In the parlance of the Electoral Commission, the entity falsely represented as the "Scottish Labour Party" is no more than an accounting unit within a party that, despite all Murphy's pathetic posturing, continues to be commanded from London. Fairness is no part of British Labour's policy agenda. And the party bosses in London are as committed to austerity and neo-liberal economics as the Tories with whom they formed such a comfortable alliance during the referendum campaign.

 

At the moment, it suits those party bosses to let Murphy shoot his mouth off about a "new constitution" for "Scottish Labour". He is, after all, the British establishment's man in Scotland. The "Hammer of the Scots" who is going to bash the hated "Nats" and put those uppity Jocks back in their place. But they still have Murphy on a choke-chain. Even if he was genuine about asserting the "autonomy" of British Labour in Scotland, he will never be allowed to do more than make a few cosmetic changes which, with the collusion of a woefully compliant media, will be deceptively portrayed as meaningful reform.

 

Make no mistake, everything that Murphy says and does over the coming months will be about advancing his own political career. It will not be about rectifying the problems with British Labour in Scotland that were so dramatically highlighted by his predecessor as branch manager. It will most certainly have nothing whatever to do with making Scotland a fairer place. Murphy has his eye on Miliband's job and, eventually, the keys to No. 10. That is what he is positioning himself for.

 

For Jim Murphy, Scotland is just a stepping-stone. When you hear him talk of what he wants for Scotland you would do well to imagine his foot in your face as he hoists himself higher up the ladder of his own personal ambition.

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Scotland more divided than ever at the end of referendum year

Scotland more divided than ever at the end of referendum year | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THREE months after Scotland's historic referendum vote, our Survation poll shows a majority want a referendum re-run within two decades.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 23, 8:34 AM

This is a Daily Record article by Torcuil Crichton, so I won't be cataloguing all the lies, distortions and fallacies. That would take way too long. I will content my self with highlighting one of the more obvious untruths that has become something of a mainstay of British nationalist propaganda.


The article refers to Alex Salmond's "policy" that an independence referendum would be a "once in a lifetime" event. As those less intellectually and morally crippled by British nationalist fervour than Torcuil Crichton will know, there was never any such "policy". It was merely a personal opinion.


But Torcuil Crichton's dishonesty doesn't end there. Alex Salmond actually used the word "generation", and not the word "lifetime". A lifetime is at least 70 years. A generation, is no more than 25. And Salmond further clarified his remarks by pointing out that he was referring to a "political generation", which he illustrated with the example of the 18-year gap between the 1979 and 1997 constitutional referendums.


So, Torcuil Crichton has lied about there being an SNP policy on the necessary interval between referendums; and he has exacerbated this lie by exaggerating Salmond's personal opinion of the proper interval - more than quadrupling the length of time that was actually suggested.


These are rather ordinary lies by the standards of the campaign to deny the sovereignty of Scotland's people. But it is as well that people are made aware of just how casually, habitually dishonest British nationalist propagandists such as Torcuil Crichton are.

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Lockerbie: Top Scots prosecutor meets FBI chief - Scotsman

Lockerbie: Top Scots prosecutor meets FBI chief - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S Lord Advocate has met the director of the FBI to discuss progress in the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.
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Highland artist designs Alex Salmond's Christmas card - Aberdeen Press and Journal

Aberdeen Press and Journal Highland artist designs Alex Salmond's Christmas card Aberdeen Press and Journal A Highland artist's painting of a north-east landmark has been chosen as the official Christmas card sent by Alex Salmond and his wife.
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Salmond: I expect 'second chance' on independence, and it may come as early as 2017

Salmond: I expect 'second chance' on independence, and it may come as early as 2017 | My Scotland | Scoop.it
ALEX SALMOND has said he believes he will get a
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Gerry Hassan: Scotland is changing before our very eyes - and it will never be ... - Scottish Daily Record

Gerry Hassan: Scotland is changing before our very eyes - and it will never be ... - Scottish Daily Record | My Scotland | Scoop.it
AFTER a momentous year, Scots have a new confidence to grasp authority and power to do things for themselves says GERRY.
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1000-year old Viking treasure hoard found in Scotland

1000-year old Viking treasure hoard found in Scotland | My Scotland | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - A hoard of Viking gold and silver artifacts dating back over 1,000 years has been discovered by a treasure hunter with a metal detector in Scotland, in a find hailed by experts as one of the country's most significant.
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Iain Macwhirter: Plummeting oil price stirs troubled waters

Iain Macwhirter: Plummeting oil price stirs troubled waters | My Scotland | Scoop.it
There has been much Unionist glee at the recent collapse in the price of North Sea oil.
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Resounding support Salmond's Westminster return | Scottish National Party

Resounding support Salmond's Westminster return | Scottish National Party | My Scotland | Scoop.it
"A substantial majority of all Scots support former First Minister's Alex Salmond's bid to return to the... http://t.co/x6E5dwE0XY
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Alex Salmond is not a "backseat driver", says Nicola Sturgeon

Alex Salmond is not a "backseat driver", says Nicola Sturgeon | My Scotland | Scoop.it
SALMOND has come under fire from Scottish Lib Dem Leader Willie Rennie after the former first minister called for Westminster to hand Scotland all powers short of foreign affairs and defence.
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Indyref claims: top civil servant and private secretary asked Queen to intervene

Indyref claims: top civil servant and private secretary asked Queen to intervene | My Scotland | Scoop.it
BRITAIN'S most senior civil servant and the Queen's private secretary intervened to ensure the monarch would appeal to the people of Scotland in the final days of the referendum campaign, it has been reported.
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England won't put up with Scotland's behaviour for long

England won't put up with Scotland's behaviour for long | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Do the people and politicians of Scotland honestly think they can continue demanding a series of referendums in perpetuity, asks Dan Hodges
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Support for the SNP surges to record high

Support for the SNP surges to record high | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A record 48 per cent of Scottish voters are now planning to back the SNP in May - with Labour trailing on just 24 per cent. The result would leave Labour with just four MPs.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 23, 6:36 AM

"The SNP could end up in a position of power over the entire UK – an unthinkable outcome months after its referendum defeat."


Let's reflect on this comment for a moment. For almost three years, the British parties and their collaborators in the British media have been telling the people of Scotland that the union offers "the best of both worlds". They have sought desperately to persuade us that the British state is the epitome of democracy and that no nation could possibly aspire to better than being part of the UK.


Now we are being told that the fundamental democratic processes within the British state are flawed to the extent that the normal functioning of those processes is likely to produce an electoral outcome which is "unthinkable".


Assuming the SNP do indeed hold the balance of power after the 2015 election they will do so because they have won that right under the rules of the British electoral system. Suck it up, Britnats.

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The best Android apps for kids of 2014

The best Android apps for kids of 2014 | My Scotland | Scoop.it
If your children are getting to grips with a new Android tablet for Christmas, here’s our pick of the most educational and entertaining kids’ apps this year • The best iPad apps for kids of 2014 Endless Reader is full of character: an app where a...
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SNP on course to hold balance of power in Westminster, according to new poll showing depth of Labour's collapse - Telegraph

SNP on course to hold balance of power in Westminster, according to new poll showing depth of Labour's collapse - Telegraph | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Nationalists expected to take 54 of Scotland's 59 constituencies next May in poll predictions that could see Alex Salmond become minister in next UK Government
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Perth coffee shop users ‘violating’ Cuba trade law

Perth coffee shop users ‘violating’ Cuba trade law | My Scotland | Scoop.it
ONLINE payments service PayPal has reported hundreds of Scottish customers to the US authorities for allegedly violating US embargoes on trade with Cuba after they bought small amounts of Cuban coffee from a Perth-based bean roaster.
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Euan McColm: Sturgeon's threat might backfire - Scotsman

Euan McColm: Sturgeon's threat might backfire - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
TERRIBLE ideas are not always easy to recognise. Sometimes they come dressed up as good ones. What might seem a smashing wheeze at its birth won’t necessarily grow up to be one.
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Alex Salmond calls for English referendum - BBC News

Alex Salmond calls for English referendum - BBC News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond calls for England to hold a "peasants' revolt type referendum" on its own constitutional future.
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Alex Salmond is trying to wind-up the English so that they tell the Scots to leave

Alex Salmond is trying to wind-up the English so that they tell the Scots to leave | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Anyone would think that Mr Salmond is addicted to the limelight, says Iain Martin
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28 quotes from the Alan Cochrane diaries we genuinely did not make up

28 quotes from the Alan Cochrane diaries we genuinely did not make up | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Stephen Daisley picks out the best (or worst) quotes from Salmond: My Part in His Downfall by Alan Cochrane.
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Independence campaigners' fury at claim that Queen's intervention in ... - Scottish Daily Record

Independence campaigners' fury at claim that Queen's intervention in ... - Scottish Daily Record | My Scotland | Scoop.it
PRO-INDEPENDENCE campaigners were furious over claims yesterday that the Queen's intervention in the referendum was influenced by Whitehall officials.
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42pc Yes voters think independence referendum had fraud - Telegraph.co.uk

42pc Yes voters think independence referendum had fraud - Telegraph.co.uk | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The Electoral Commission finds twice as many Yes votes as No supporters think the September 18 vote was marred by electoral fraud and warns governments should be barred from issuing leaflets during a future EU referendum.
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Referendum vote is deemed a success

Referendum vote is deemed a success | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scottish independence referendum was "well run" with high levels of voter satisfaction and is an example to be followed, according to the election watchdog.
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