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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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24 Reasons You Must Visit Scotland in 2015

24 Reasons You Must Visit Scotland in 2015 | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Insider guide to Twenty-Four Reasons why you must visit Scotland in 2015 on InsiderScotland.com
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FM & DFM most trusted to stand up for Scotland | Scottish National Party

FM & DFM most trusted to stand up for Scotland | Scottish National Party | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The SNP is today welcoming polling showing voters trust First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney to stand up for Scotland.

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Scottish independence: SNP demands access to devolution secrets

THE SNP is calling for British government files on preparations for devolution to be released before the referendum on independence.
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SNP 'right to talk' about influencing future UK government - BBC News

SNP 'right to talk' about influencing future UK government - BBC News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The SNP rejects claims that it would be difficult for it to keep a future UK government in power if it did not include the largest party in England.
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New driving licences to carry Union flag - ITV News

New driving licences to carry Union flag - ITV News | My Scotland | Scoop.it
The Union flag will appear on new driving licences issued to drivers in Great Britain, the Government has announced.

It will appear alongside the European Union flag on licences issued in England, Scotland and Wales.
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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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HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY ALEX SALMOND! - A TRUE INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND

HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY ALEX SALMOND! - A TRUE INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND | My Scotland | Scoop.it
Alex Salmond is 60 years young today and still has the fight of a 21 year old.. Here he is at his best …
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SNP leadership talking of coalition with Labour for the first time

SNP leadership talking of coalition with Labour for the first time | My Scotland | Scoop.it
THE SNP leadership has for the first time acknowledged that it could form a new UK Coalition with Labour in a bid to keep the Tories out of power, should the electoral arithmetic present the opportunity after next May's General Election.

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Another misleading headline in the British media. Quite intentionally misleading, no doubt. Read the actual comments from Stewart Hosie and there is no suggestion of a formal coalition with British Labour.

Michael Settle has latched onto the phrase "through whatever mechanism" and applied a large dose of his own imagination to make it mean far more than was actually said.


Other than that, Settle relies on a distorted interpretation of Hosie's comments on the duplicity and hypocrisy of British nationalists. The whole article is no more than a bit of rather clumsy political mischief-making.


Thus far, the British nationalist/anti-SNP propaganda is taking two lines - one idiotic and dull, the other idiotic and mildly interesting. It will come as no surprise to anybody that the dull idiocy comes to us courtesy of British Labour in Scotland with the tragically inane Maggie Curran and others trying desperately trying to convince people that the SNP is going to prop up a Tory UK Government. As anybody with the slightest awareness of Scotland's politics will know, there is more chance of Alex Salmond being offered, and accepting, a seat in the House of Lords. In other words, no chance whatever.


The other propaganda line is almost as idiotic. And only interesting for the complexity of the duplicity and hypocrisy involved. Basically, it involves whipping up anti-Scottish resentment by peddling the notion of Scottish MP's "dictating" what government people in England get.


We note, in passing, that British nationalists have never regarded it as in the slightest bit problematic that the government Scotland gets is invariably "dictated" by voters in England. But that may be the least of the hypocrisy involved.


The "reasoning" involved here is convoluted and contorted, so please bear with me as we venture into the mind of the British nationalist. This is kind of how it goes...


Scotland must remain part of the UK and accept the political system and electoral processes that this implies even where these are held by the people of Scotland to be wholly unsatisfactory. This holds right up to the point where Scottish MPs (as opposed to British MPs from constituencies in Scotland) gain significant power by virtue of the political system and electoral process we are told they must accept.


At this point, we are told that, while the political system and electoral processes are still the absolute epitome of democracy in action (because they're "British"), the outcome that this "ideal" arrangement has produced is totally unacceptable. Measures must be taken to rectify this "anomaly".

In "One Nation Britain" there must be two classes of MP. All MPs are equal so long as they are British/English. Scottish MPs must always be subordinate. Scotland must continue to send its elected representatives to Westminster. But if they are "the wrong sort", they must be subject to limitations and constraints that would be unthinkable if imposed on British/English MPs.


Apparently, this is a "price worth paying" for the privilege of remaining part of a political union in which the people of Scotland are considered unworthy of representation on the same basis as people in England.


What is truly interesting about all of this is that the British parties appear to have resigned themselves to the fact that Scottish MPs (not tame British Labour ones) will hold the balance of power at Westminster after May 2015. They have pretty much given up on winning against the SNP within the rules that they demand Scotland complies with. They have resigned themselves to the fact that they are going to have to resort to "extra-democratic" means to prevent democracy taking a course that they dislike.

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Nicola Sturgeon is 'most trusted Scots politician' - Scotsman

Nicola Sturgeon is 'most trusted Scots politician' - Scotsman | My Scotland | Scoop.it
NICOLA Sturgeon is the politician most trusted to stand up for Scotland’s interests, according to a poll.
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A Psychological Post-mortem of the Scottish Independence Debate

A Psychological Post-mortem of the Scottish Independence Debate | My Scotland | Scoop.it
By Dr Liza Morton, Dr Thomas Bacon & Dr Oonagh Williamson Should Scotland be an independent country; YES or NO? This was the question posed to us on the 18th of September 2014. It was, arguably...
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