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Red flag or white? Murphy’s latest pledge hurts Labour and the Union | Conservative Home

Red flag or white? Murphy’s latest pledge hurts Labour and the Union | Conservative Home | My Scotland | Scoop.it
In bleeding England to fuel traditional spending giveaways, has the Scottish Labour leader signalled his surrender to Scotland's unsustainable status quo?

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 6, 9:27 AM

Health is devolved. While Henry Hill touches on the fact that MSPs at Holyrood cannot possibly ring-fence any part of the so-called Mansion Tax for spending in Scotland, he fails to acknowledge that a British Labour government would also have no power to dictate health spending in Scotland - other than indirectly through Westminster's stranglehold on Scotland's budget.


I do not chastise Mr Hill for this omission. Murphy's "pledge" is moronic on so many levels and in so many ways that it is well nigh impossible to keep track of every individual gobbet of idiocy.


But Mr Hill misses another point, and is certainly culpable in this instance. Murphy may have reduced the banal game of election promise trumps to a new level of inanity. But it is still the game which characterises all of British politics. British Labour's Tory allies have no right to be smug.

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Johnson: Labour's vindictive plan to pay for nurses with mansion tax funds will set one part of UK against another

Johnson: Labour's  vindictive plan to pay for nurses with mansion tax funds will set one part of UK against another | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Labour's "vindictive" plan to tax London millionaires to pay for nurses in Scotland will set one part of the country against another and create resentment, Boris Johnson has claimed.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 6, 12:57 PM

It is difficult to tell who are the biggest idiots here. British Labour in Scotland for coming up with such a totally incoherent "policy". Or rabid British nationalists whose eagerness to vent their excess of righteous indignation precludes rational thought to the extent that they utterly fail to realise just how incoherent Jim Murphy's "Big Idea" actually is.


Listen up, Boris and assorted Little Englander dullards! This is a UK election. Health is fully devolved. Stop those knees jerking long enough to consider the implications. There is no way that British Labour MPs could implement their "plan" to spend Mansion Tax revenues on hiring an unlimited number of nurses.


And, of course, that is what they have committed to. In an act of quite staggering political stupidity, they have handed their political opponents the power to decide the crucial element of this "policy". This in addition to the arguably greater stupidity of undertaking to hire nurses regardless of whether they are needed or not.


The question we must ask is whether Jim Murphy's idiocy is matched by those who have been so witless as to imagine that this was a serious policy announcement and not a moment of comically panicked bluster in the face of pending electoral humiliation.

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Poor face council tax increases, town hall bosses warn

Poor face council tax increases, town hall bosses warn | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Government spending cuts mean councils are being forced to send tax bills to low-income households to make up a funding shortfall, town hall bosses have claimed.

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Labour mugging Londoners to win votes in Scotland – Boris Johnson

Labour mugging Londoners to win votes in Scotland – Boris Johnson | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Mayor accuses party of divisive politics after Labour’s Jim Murphy vows mansion tax will pay for 1,000 Scottish nursesLabour is stoking tensions between Scotland and England after it announced a “fiscally vindictive” plan to pay for an extra 1,000...
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EXCLUSIVE: Top secret files reveal pleas for US to intervene in Scottish referendum

EXCLUSIVE: Top secret files reveal pleas for US to intervene in Scottish referendum | My Scotland | Scoop.it
TOP secret US cables today reveal the Scotland Office attempted to pressure the White House to intervene in the independence referendum.
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No campaigners back ‘stop Salmond’ candidate

No campaigners back ‘stop Salmond’ candidate | My Scotland | Scoop.it
GRASSROOTS No campaigners are planning to defy the leadership of UK parties by getting together behind a “stop Alex Salmond” candidate in Gordon.
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Record View: Decade old report could hold the key to better council tax system - Scottish Daily Record

Record View: Decade old report could hold the key to better council tax system - Scottish Daily Record | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The current council tax system is no longer fit for purpose. A decade old report proposing tax based on percentage of property values should be given careful consideration, says Record View.
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Would-be SNP candidate under fire for saying being a mum 'looks good to voters'

Would-be SNP candidate under fire for saying being a mum 'looks good to voters' | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A SENIOR Yes activist who wants to be an SNP MP has been criticised after she said she would use her children as part of her campaign strategy.
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Don't panic! How a rehearsal for a nuclear disaster descended into farce - Telegraph

Don't panic! How a rehearsal for a nuclear disaster descended into farce - Telegraph | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A dry-run for a "catastrophic" accident on a nuclear submarine did not quite go to plan, a report discloses
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We'll keep our seats - and keep out Salmond, says Lib Dems' Alistair Carmichael

We'll keep our seats - and keep out Salmond, says Lib Dems' Alistair Carmichael | My Scotland | Scoop.it
ALISTAIR Carmichael has said the Lib Dems will hold onto their 11 seats in Scotland at the general election - including Gordon where former First Minister Alex Salmond aims to return to Westminster.
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Glasgow 'riots': Footage shows Yes and No voters in running street battles in disorder after pro-Union rally

Glasgow 'riots': Footage shows Yes and No voters in running street battles in disorder after pro-Union rally | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Footage has emerged of violent scenes in Glasgow as police struggled to contain a pro-Union rally that broke down into disorder in the city centre on Friday night.
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Scottish independence: Alex Salmond 'tried to influence St Andrews principal' who raised funding concerns

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond 'tried to influence St Andrews principal' who raised funding concerns | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond phoned the principal of St Andrews University after she claimed independence could be “catastrophic” for Scottish universities to talk her round, it has been claimed.
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Leader issues message for 2015 - Glasgow Evening Times

Leader issues message for 2015 - Glasgow Evening Times | My Scotland | Scoop.it
NICOLA Sturgeon has called for the enthusiasm and engagement of the independence referendum to be harnessed to build a better Scotland in 2015.
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Step by step, devolution is wrecking the United Kingdom

Step by step, devolution is wrecking the United Kingdom | My Scotland | Scoop.it
What an appalling mess the devolution industry has created from a successful Union that worked well, says Iain Martin
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Jim Murphy’s mansion-tax boast is a cynical attempt to buy Scottish votes | Diane Abbott

Jim Murphy’s mansion-tax boast is a cynical attempt to buy Scottish votes | Diane Abbott | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Instead of electioneering from Scotland’s Labour leader, we need a proper debate on devolution of powers to our great cities Scottish Labour vows to use mansion tax to pay for nursesWe have now embarked on the longest general election campaign in...
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Labour will tax middle-class homeowners in England to fund NHS in Scotland

Labour will tax middle-class homeowners in England to fund NHS in Scotland | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Jim Murphy, the Scottish Labour leader, accused of making 'outrageous bribe' to Scottish voters after pledging to use mansion tax on English home to fund 1,000 extra nurses north of the border
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How MP Pamela Nash escaped Labour selection battle

How MP Pamela Nash escaped Labour selection battle | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE youngest MP to be voted in at the last general election has narrowly escaped a challenge that would have forced her into a potentially damaging contest to remain as the representative of one of Labour’s safest Westminster seats in Scotland.
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Hamilton MSP Christina McKelvie column: Westminster isn't working for Scotland - Scottish Daily Record

Hamilton MSP Christina McKelvie column: Westminster isn't working for Scotland - Scottish Daily Record | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Those folk of all ages and backgrounds, are telling me over and over again: “Westminster isn’t working for Scotland.
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No campaigners back ‘stop Salmond’ candidate

No campaigners back ‘stop Salmond’ candidate | My Scotland | Scoop.it
GRASSROOTS No campaigners are planning to defy the leadership of UK parties by getting together behind a “stop Alex Salmond” candidate in Gordon.
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Scotland’s festival fixation shows no signs of ending | Kevin McKenna

Scotland’s festival fixation shows no signs of ending | Kevin McKenna | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Edinburgh is festival central, but the entire country is becoming the jamboree capital of the world Very soon now it will be announced that, somewhere in Scotland there is to be an annual festival celebrating our national expertise in hosting...
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Airport jumps the gun on referendum by offering a 'Scottish pound'

Airport jumps the gun on referendum by offering a 'Scottish pound' | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A British traveller was shocked to be offered the 'Scottish pound' at a bureau de change in Dubai yesterday, apparently in anticipation of Scotland setting up its own currency.
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Failed SNP bid to stand in Berwick was about publicity not devolution, says ... - The Journal

Failed SNP bid to stand in Berwick was about publicity not devolution, says ... - The Journal | My Scotland | Scoop.it
SNP's Christine Grahame had hoped to stand in Berwick at May's General Election but the move was vetoed by her party
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We have yet to find an answer to the Scottish question - Financial Times

We have yet to find an answer to the Scottish question - Financial Times | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The latest opinion polls in Scotland show the nationalists leading Labour by about 20 points, with other parties trailing way behind.
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SNP call for Scotland to get EU representation

SNP call for Scotland to get EU representation | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland should be allowed to represent itself in the European Union and other international bodies to reflect the growing influence of small nations on the world stage, according to the SNP.
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Lloyds to set up English entities as Scottish independence contingency

Lloyds to set up English entities as Scottish independence contingency | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Sept 10 (Reuters) - Britain's Lloyds Banking Group Plc , which is based in Scotland, said on Wednesday it would set up legal entities in England as part of its contingency planning for next week's....
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