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Quarter of youngest Scottish voters have joined a party since referendum

Quarter of youngest Scottish voters have joined a party since referendum | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Online survey also found two-thirds of 16- and 17-year-olds were inspired by the campaign to find out more about politics
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Councillor axing leads to split in Labour's ranks

Councillor axing leads to split in Labour's ranks | My Scotland | Scoop.it
LABOUR is waging a civil war in its heartlands after sacking a councillor who investigated a multi-million-pound public contract.
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Nearly half Scots 'think SNP should rethink prescription charges'

Nearly half Scots 'think SNP should rethink prescription charges' | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft finds 46 per cent of Scots think SNP ministers should consider reintroducing prescription charges to fund improvements to the country's struggling NHS.
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Like 45 o/o think we should be independent
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BBC prepares to boost Ukip coverage as it ranks it a larger party in election

BBC prepares to boost Ukip coverage as it ranks it a larger party in election | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Nigel Farage’s party grouped with Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems, while corporation indicates Greens will still be covered as a smaller party The BBC is gearing up to increase its coverage of Ukip in the general election, after concluding that...
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Alex Salmond Will Donate Pay If Elected As MP

Alex Salmond Will Donate Pay If Elected As MP | My Scotland | Scoop.it
As the ex-Scottish first minister announces his Westminster bid, he says he will give away one salary if elected as MP for Gordon.
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Scotland’s secret nuclear disaster plan revealed

Scotland’s secret nuclear disaster plan revealed | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A SECRET plan to deal with a Chernobyl-style nuclear emergency in central Scotland has finally been revealed in a dossier which has been kept under wraps for decades.
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SNP to be offered alternative TV debate - The Sunday Times

SNP to be offered alternative TV debate - The Sunday Times | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The Sunday Times SNP to be offered alternative TV debate The Sunday Times The nationalists have complained about being excluded from an ITV debate giving a platform to the Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and Ukip leaders but not to Nicola Sturgeon,...
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A Shocking Way To Treat A Dog • The Kennel Club

A Shocking Way To Treat A Dog • The Kennel Club | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Two of the UK’s largest dog welfare organisations, the Kennel Club and Dogs Trust, joined forces with Christine Grahame MSP in the Scottish Parliament today (8January) at an event calling for a ban on the use and sale of electric shock collars in...
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Man sentenced for shouting at PM

Man sentenced for shouting at PM | My Scotland | Scoop.it
A man who shouted "no public sector cuts" at David Cameron during a speech in Glasgow is ordered to carry out community service.
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How Jim Murphy can make Glasgow Man love Labour again | Kevin McKenna

How Jim Murphy can make Glasgow Man love Labour again | Kevin McKenna | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The party’s new leader should stop listening to the fluffers and the panderersDear Jim,
It’s now almost a month since you were elected leader of Labour in Scotland. I trust that by now you have been made aware of the task that confronts you.
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'Day tripper Tory' jets to Scotland to attack Murphy's mansion tax plan

'Day tripper Tory' jets to Scotland to attack Murphy's mansion tax plan | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE row over Labour's plan to fund Scots NHS nurses from its proposed mansion tax has intensified after a bizarre stunt which saw a Tory candidate for London mayor jet north and ask homeowners whether they would be happy to pay the charge to boost the health service in the English capital.
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Salmond: I won't use general election to win second indyref

Salmond: I won't use general election to win second indyref | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond has ruled out using the forthcoming general election to win a second independence referendum, insisting instead the vote in May will be about forcing the pro-UK parties to deliver "real home rule" for Scotland.
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Analysis: the ghost of Monklands past haunts Labour in North Lanarkshire

Analysis: the ghost of Monklands past haunts Labour in North Lanarkshire | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Old Labour's last UK outpost of any standing, North Lanarkshire Council hasn't moved on much politically since its creation in the mid-1990s.
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Joan McAlpine: Local councils do have the power.. they just don't use it

Joan McAlpine: Local councils do have the power.. they just don't use it | My Scotland | Scoop.it
JOAN accuses "anti-SNP parties" of wanting to devolve power from the Scottish parliament to local councils because they want to "bring down our parliament".

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SNP: case for party being included in general election TV debates is unanswerable

SNP: case for party being included in general election TV debates is unanswerable | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The case for the SNP being included in televised general election leaders' debates is
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Schoolboy has to walk home in storm after bus drivers reject Scottish banknotes

Schoolboy has to walk home in storm after bus drivers reject Scottish banknotes | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Sixth form pupil Jack Banfield has received an apology from First Cymru bus company after he had to walk the hour-long journey home in Swansea, South Wales
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Lib Dems: SNP could gain independence by back door

Lib Dems: SNP could gain independence by back door | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The SNP could still gain “independence by the back door” through an “ultra extreme” form of devolution in a post-election deal, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie will say tonight.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 13, 2015 11:35 AM

Willie Rennie is known as someone who is a considerable way short of being the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. But, continuing the light-bulb metaphor, he now seems to be indulging in an "ultra extreme" form of energy saving. What I'm trying to avoid saying is that this latest outburst from Willie Rennie is quite stunningly stupid.* I'm also trying hard not to mention yet again the fact that British nationalists appear to have a compulsion to make utter fools of themselves in the name of defending the old order and the old ways.

 

But what else is there to say about Rennie other than that, if he actually believes the drivel that he spouts, he is stupid beyond measure. And if he doesn't believe it and is only mouthing inanities to order, then he is every bit the fool that he has chosen to appear.

 

Where to begin? How about some simple arithmetic? Just one of the areas where Rennie completely fails to shine. He claims that the anti-independence cabal of vested political and economic interests won the referendum by "almost half a million votes". The actual figure was 383,937. This represents "rounding up" by some 30%. To put that in perspective, if we applied the same "ultra extreme" rounding to the Yes vote then the campaign to restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status would have won by 293,427. Or, according to Willie Rennie's "special" arithmetic, 381,456.

 

If you're thinking that all of that sounds a bit silly, I would only ask that you remember who started the silliness.

 

For a further example of Rennie's vaunting silliness, how about his artlessly feigned righteous indignation on realising that the SNP aims to contest every seat in Scotland as if they intended to win. Or his spluttering outrage at the SNP's determined adherence to the party's core aim of independence.

 

Here's yet another example of Rennie's idiocy. He has been involved in Scottish politics since the 1990s and has been an elected politician since 2006. And yet he can't figure out that the election of 59 MPs who explicitly support independence would be a clear and indisputable mandate to sue for independence and not, as he calls it, an attempt to win "independence by the back door".


Think about that for a moment. Rennie is explicitly denying the legitimacy of the very political/electoral system which he and his fellow British nationalists insist that we accept. The system which decides who will govern the UK. He is saying that the British political system is only legitimate so long as it produces results favourable to the British parties and, by extension, the British establishment.

 

For the sake of brevity we'll skim over Rennie's dumbly dishonest misrepresentation of what Alex Salmond said about a second referendum. Suffice it to say that, however much British nationalists lie about this, the SNP at no time ruled out another vote on independence. And even if they had attempted to do so, it would have been meaningless as it's not their decision. We will have another referendum when the people of Scotland say so. Nobody voted to relinquish our right of self-determination. That was not on the ballot.

 

Which brings us to Rennie's fine blend of hypocrisy and idiocy on the subject of "redefining" what a vote is about. Hypocrisy in that the British parties unabashedly redefined the meaning of a No vote in the referendum. And not just once. They started off insisting that the referendum was a straight choice between independence and nothing. Then, when they belatedly realised they were backing the least popular option, they started to claim that a No vote was actually a vote for the "more powers" option that they had refused to countenance having on the ballot - and still refused to define in any way. Finally, as soon as the result was in, they went back to saying that a No vote was an unequivocal endorsement of the union and petulantly demand that independence campaigners abandon what in many cases is a lifelong aspiration.

 

The idiocy of Rennie's drivel about the SNP "redefining" what the coming UK election is about lies in the fact that every party gets to define what the election is about. That is arguably as good a definition as you'll get of a party's election manifesto. Just how cretinous do you have to be to miss this glaringly obvious fact?

 

But perhaps Willie Rennie's greatest stupidity is his own personal take on the inherently daft Bain Principle - simply stated as the dogma which dictates that the British parties in Scotland are compelled by mindless hatred to oppose any policy which is espoused by the SNP, even if it is an obviously good policy, and even if it is a policy which one or more of the British parties has itself promoted. The Bain Principle - named after another woeful Willie - may even apply to policies which continue to be supported by the party or parties which, nonetheless, rail against it as the work of Satan when it is enunciated by the SNP. Think double-think.

 

The Liberal Democrats have been "Home Rulers" since Noah threw Ming Campbell off the ark for boring the shit out of the sloths. But it only needs Alex Salmond to hint that Home Rule might be acceptable to the SNP at this juncture and, instantly, this long-cherished objective of the LibDems is transformed from the reasonable and viable constitutional settlement that they have pretty much always insisted it was into an unthinkable form of "ultra extreme" devolution - whatever that means.

 

Can we take anything from this, other than the fact that Willie Rennie is really, really stupid - or stupid enough to be happy to appear really, really stupid? We can surely assume that the LibDems were never actually serious about Home Rule. It was just a bauble to dangle before voters in Scotland secure in the knowledge that they were never going to be in a position to deliver, and had no intention of doping so even if, by some miracle, they had found themselves in power.

 

We can be even more certain than previously that, for the British parties, devolution is all about withholding powers from the Scottish Parliament. Even those powers which some of them had pretended to be willing to hand over.

 

Perhaps most importantly, it confirms what the coming election is really about for voters in Scotland. It confirms that the battle lines are clearly drawn, not along the increasingly blurred divide between Tory/Labour/LibDem, but between British parties representing the interests of the ruling elites of the British state, and Scottish parties representing the interests of the people of Scotland - principally the SNP.

 

Willie Rennie is a headline-hungry buffoon. But we may yet have cause to be grateful to him for his role in helping us see the true face of British nationalism.

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BBC hired ‘indyref bodyguard’ for Nick Robinson

BBC hired ‘indyref bodyguard’ for Nick Robinson | My Scotland | Scoop.it
NICK Robinson has revealed that BBC bosses hired a bodyguard to protect him as they feared their political editors’s safety was at risk during the independence referendum campaign.
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Smith report 'firestarters' on SNP election list - Scotsman (blog)

Smith report 'firestarters' on SNP election list - Scotsman (blog) | My Scotland | Scoop.it
TWO of the councillors suspended from the SNP for setting fire to a copy of the Smith Commission report on new powers for Holyrood have been kept on the party’s list of approved candidates for future elections, Scotland on Sunday has learned.
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Nimrod scrapping 'has left UK rescue capacity badly neglected'

Nimrod scrapping 'has left UK rescue capacity badly neglected' | My Scotland | Scoop.it
WESTMINSTER has been warned about the
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SNP starts campaign to scrap 'absurd' House of Lords

SNP starts campaign to scrap 'absurd' House of Lords | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE SNP will this week demand that abolition of the
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Tories vow to toughen strike laws if they win election - ITV News

Tories vow to toughen strike laws if they win election - ITV News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Conservatives will legislate to make it more difficult for unions to call strikes in key public services if they win this year's election.
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Construction of a pagan temple to begin in Reykjavík next month

Construction of a pagan temple to begin in Reykjavík next month | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Plans to begin construction of a pagan temple in Öskjuhlíð hill, Reykjavík, have been set in motion. This will be the first pagan temple to be built in the Nordic countries in nearly a thousand years, said the alsherjargoði Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, head priest of the Icelandic Ásatrúarfélag, in an interview with RÚV. 
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Senior Blair aide to head Jim Murphy's backroom team

Senior Blair aide to head Jim Murphy's backroom team | My Scotland | Scoop.it
JIM Murphy has handed a key role to one of Tony Blair's most senior former aides as he seeks to strengthen his backroom team ahead of crucial elections this year and next.
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