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UK would not bail out a fiscally autonomous Scotland

UK would not bail out a fiscally autonomous Scotland | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE UK Government has dismissed claims it would have to plug a multi-billion pound shortfall in Scotland's finances if all tax and spending decisions were devolved to Holyrood.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, April 14, 12:05 PM

Did anybody suggest that the UK might be asked to "bail out" fiscally autonomous Scotland? Does the very suggestion not imply a contradiction in terms?


Why would such a "bail out" be required anyway? There is always some dispute about precise figures, but there can be no doubt that Scotland's fiscal position is at least as strong as that of the rest of the UK (rUK). If this were not so, wouldn't we be seeing some signs of this "bail out" now?


Which is not to say that Scotland's fiscal health is flawless. After 300 years of political union and decades of economic mismanagement by successive UK Governments, there are undoubtedly issue that need to be addressed. All full fiscal autonomy (FFA) means is that we get to address those issues in our own way.


And what Alex Salmond was pointing out is quite correct. Regardless of whether it is the mockery of the Smith recommendations or genuine FFA, neither side is going to sign up to a deal which is seriously detrimental. That's just not how deals work. What is being hinted at here is that a settlement would be imposed on Scotland that was specifically designed to harm Scotland's economy. It is the same threat of economic warfare that we heard all through the referendum campaign.


The problem with any devolution settlement that the British state is likely to offer is that it will be contrived to ensure that Scotland cannot take significant measures to grow its economy. Because economic divergence would massively strengthen the case for independence. To keep the union together and pander to London and the SE, Westminster must ensure that a tight rein is kept on Scotland's economy.


For all the pious talk and thinly veiled threats and florid scare stories from British politicians, what they really fear is that Scotland will successfully follow a different path on economic and social policy and so expose the lie that there is "no other way" but austerity.

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20 Largely Baffling Pieces Of Alex Salmond Fan Art From Instagram

20 Largely Baffling Pieces Of Alex Salmond Fan Art From Instagram | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The former first minister of Scotland has inspired all of these great works.
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Once more I reiterate, I don't understand the need to decorate ones walls with pictures of Alicsamin or Nickla. I do a wee bit better than the the commentator in understand why some of the was created. The paper mâché piece was an effigy to be burnt and many other pieces were cartoons which appeared in unionist newspaper.
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Alex Salmond faces cross-party fight for Gordon

Alex Salmond faces cross-party fight for Gordon | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A CROSS-PARTY alliance to stop Alex Salmond’s campaign to become an MP in Gordon has been unveiled by the Lib Dems as SNP activists warn that the former first minister faces a “close” fight to win the Aberdeenshire seat.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, April 12, 9:58 AM

So, British Labour and the Tories confirm their readiness to stand together as they fight to prevent Scotland having a strong voice at Westminster. No surprise, of course. But it does rather make a mockery of the leaderships' insistence that they are fighting to win rather than simply to preserve the old order and the old ways.


Regardless of the outcome in Gordon, this alliance of the British parties against the main Scottish party will surely provoke even more people to question the entire British political system.


But I had to laugh at the pathetic attempt to conjure some credibility for this reincarnation of Better Together by wheeling on an alleged Yes voter. A Yes voter who isn't even aware that health is devolved. Aye, right!

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Anyone but Salmond: campaign to stop former SNP leader gathers pace

Anyone but Salmond: campaign to stop former SNP leader gathers pace | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine says ‘silent majority’ is weary of nationalism and electorate in Gordon may deny Salmond a seat in WestminsterThere was a heckle, and some booing.
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SNP Bounces Back From Scottish Independence Defeat - Wall Street Journal

SNP Bounces Back From Scottish Independence Defeat - Wall Street Journal | My Scotland | Scoop.it
As the U.K. heads toward the most unpredictable national election in a generation, one thing seems sure: The Scottish National Party is headed for a landslide in the north that could upend politics for the whole country.
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Battleground Britain: Labour wins back voters in South Thanet but not Glasgow

Battleground Britain: Labour wins back voters in South Thanet but not Glasgow | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Ed Miliband’s performance in the debate, and targeting non-doms, has helped Labour in Kent but not in Scotland, where the SNP continues to make gains A vague nod of approval for Labour’s plans to scrap non-dom tax status, relaxed contentment among...
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If Labour fight the SNP too hard, they risk harming themselves

If Labour fight the SNP too hard, they risk harming themselves | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Is Labour's election campaign building itself a springboard, or a cage?
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Ed Miliband: I will block a future Scottish independence referendum

Ed Miliband: I will block a future Scottish independence referendum | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A fresh rolling Scottish news and politics service. We're part of the Common Weal, and our full launch is coming soon.
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Murphy’s fair pay stance is ‘hypocritical’ says SNP candidate

Murphy’s fair pay stance is ‘hypocritical’ says SNP candidate | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A KEY SNP Westminster candidate is calling on a Labour-run council to reveal how much it spent on le...
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David Cameron ‘rules out second referendum’

David Cameron ‘rules out second referendum’ | My Scotland | Scoop.it
PRIME Minister David Cameron has ruled out agreeing to a second independence referendum for Scotland claiming the issue is now “settled”.
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SNP supporters use stickers to hit back at Telegraph

SNP supporters use stickers to hit back at Telegraph | My Scotland | Scoop.it
SNP supporters have hit back at The Telegraph's story claiming Nicola Sturgeon would prefer a Tory victory to Labour by placing stickers on our print edition
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ScotRail steam train operator has permit suspended - Scotsman

ScotRail steam train operator has permit suspended - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
STEAM train plans by new ScotRail firm Abellio were thrown into disarray today after the intended operator was banned from the tracks.
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Election TV debate fallout dominates Scottish campaign

Election TV debate fallout dominates Scottish campaign | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The fallout from Thursday nights ITV general election debate dominates the Scottish campaign trail.
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CIA torture flights in Scotland: Detectives claim there is 'no proof' terror ... - Scottish Daily Record

CIA torture flights in Scotland: Detectives claim there is 'no proof' terror ... - Scottish Daily Record | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A TWO-YEAR police probe into the so-called rendition flights has failed to unearth evidence that terror suspects were travelling on planes which used Scots airports.
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'The voters of Scotland seem to have fallen in love with Nicola Sturgeon; she is adored'

'The voters of Scotland seem to have fallen in love with Nicola Sturgeon; she is adored' | My Scotland | Scoop.it

rship LIKE most of the journalists glued to their Twitter feeds last week, I thought Labour's Jim Murphy did pretty well in the Scottish leaders TV debates.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, April 12, 8:12 AM

Iain Macwhirter is rather arrogantly dismissive of the view, expressed on Twitter and elsewhere, of Jim Murphy as "Creepy Jim". It doesn't seem to have occurred to Mr Macwhirter that this epithet may have been earned. His attitude seems to be that, because this is a view expressed on Twitter, it has no value. But the fact is that Jim Murphy really does come across as exceedingly creepy.


Shrill, swivel-eyed and angry is not a good look for any politician. And talking in slogans, sound-bites and cliches may have the advantage of making his material easy to memorise, but it creates the impression of a man with no ideas and a political philosophy that is no more than a rag-bag of tabloid headlines, ingrained bigotry and unabashed expediency.


Sometimes Twitter simply tells it like it is.

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Jim Murphy gets Labour’s problem, albeit too late in the day | Kevin McKenna

Jim Murphy gets Labour’s problem, albeit too late in the day | Kevin McKenna | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A slight change in the wind direction, almost imperceptible, may have occurred
In these days of Scottish Labour’s harrowing, it’s not difficult to imagine their strategists crouching in their ark looking for signs that the storm has passed.
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Scottish town lists toilets as top tourist attraction

Scottish town lists toilets as top tourist attraction | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A sign for tourists in the Scottish Highlands promises a museum, doctor, abbatoir and toilets as the town's attractions
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Project fear relaunched to justify backtracking on vow

Project fear relaunched to justify backtracking on vow | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Westminster never wanted to give Scotland any more powers - they fought tooth and nail to keep devo max off the ballot paper because they knew it would either win or split the No vote, allowing Yes to win out right.� They only promised more powers...
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The SNP would get more votes than Lib Dems if they fielded candidates throughout the UK

The SNP would get more votes than Lib Dems if they fielded candidates throughout the UK | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Polls show that if people throughout Britain could vote for the Scottish National party, it would win at least 9% support, one point above the Lib Dems The Scottish National party would get more votes than the Liberal Democrats if they fielded...
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SCOT goes POP!: 61% of voters in Scotland want the SNP to demand full Devo Max in post-election negotiations - so what on earth are Labour wittering about?

SCOT goes POP!: 61% of voters in Scotland want the SNP to demand full Devo Max in post-election negotiations - so what on earth are Labour wittering about? | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Yet more results from the YouGov poll have now been released - the reason for the time-lag is that there was more than one client. The finding that leaps out at me the most is this one... If there is a hung Parliament and the SNP hold the balance of power, do you think they should or should not request each of the following in exchange for supporting a Westminster government? Greatly expanded devolution to Scotland, including all powers except defence and foreign policy? Should ask for this : 61% Should not ask for this : 29%
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Police in Scotland are using Lego to stop crime

Police in Scotland are using Lego to stop crime | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish police have been posting Lego scenes to Twitter, featuring figures dressed as police officers and robbers.
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Half of Scots voters ‘would back SNP’ - poll

Half of Scots voters ‘would back SNP’ - poll | My Scotland | Scoop.it
ALMOST half of voters north of the border would back the SNP, according to a new poll.
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Sunday Herald election interview: Patrick Harvie - Herald Scotland

Sunday Herald election interview: Patrick Harvie - Herald Scotland | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Patrick Harvie hasn't a hope in hell of winning a seat on May 7 and he knows it.
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Carmichael admits memo came from Scotland Office ... but says 'these things ... - The National

Carmichael admits memo came from Scotland Office ... but says 'these things ... - The National | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE leaked memo that inaccurately detailed a conversation between the First Minister and the French ...
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Nicola Sturgeon's TV success exposes fallacy of so-called 'national' press

Nicola Sturgeon's TV success exposes fallacy of so-called 'national' press | My Scotland | Scoop.it
ELECTION MEDIA WATCH: She gets different coverage on each side of the border
I regularly refer to “the national press”, meaning “the British press”.
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