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50:50

50:50 | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
SNP MSP Marco Biagi talks about how he has come to support the Women 50:50 campaign and sketches out a simple reform to elections that he thinks could make it happen. In secondary school we were al...
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Gordon Brown and David Cameron accused of 'smashing' the Union - Telegraph

Gordon Brown and David Cameron accused of 'smashing' the Union - Telegraph | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Labour peer Lord Glasman tells a Tory conference fringe meeting that both parties have acted in their short-term political interests during the Scottish independence debate without thought to the consequences.
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Am I the only one to notice that, now the referendum is over we find all manner of political commentators and analysts have suddenly discovered the deep-seated problems with the union that they were happy to deny during the campaign?

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Bella Futures

Bella Futures | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Reading this in the Observer, in of these generic “How was it for you?” pieces:

“As a historian I’m now not going to have to write about Britain and Scotland constantly – instead we can stick to the original formula and not need to differentiate between the two countries, which makes life an awful lot easier.” – Andrew Roberts, historian
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Divide and Rule

Divide and Rule | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Our 18th century European ancestors were talented at remorselessly colonising the globe. Among many successful methods, one tactic prevailed in the destruction they waged: that old chestnut, Divide and Rule.
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By Another Road

This is ridiculous. There’s even more going on now the referendum’s decided. And I wanted a rest… In no particular order, my thoughts are that whatever action now follows, it can’t suggest the refe...
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David Cameron: Tories offer balanced devolution

David Cameron: Tories offer balanced devolution | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
ONLY the Conservatives will offer voters a balanced devolution settlement to Scotland and England, David Cameron predicted today.
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I wonder how many more mealy-mouthed euphemisms we will hear as the British parties' pledge of "more powers" is redefined out of existence.

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The Scotsman pays out to Wings Over Scotland over accusations against founder Rev. Stuart Campbell

The Scotsman pays out to Wings Over Scotland over accusations against founder Rev. Stuart Campbell | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scotsman has paid out more than £6,000 in damages to Scottish news website Wings Over Scotland owner the Rev. Stuart Campbell in a settlement over an article published earlier this year.
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George Kerevan: UK economy is a ticking time bomb

George Kerevan: UK economy is a ticking time bomb | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

The financial panic generated by the referendum shows the perilous state of the City of London, writes George Kerevan

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US banks to relocate to Dublin if Britain quits European Union

US banks to relocate to Dublin if Britain quits European Union | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Conservative government decision could spark move.
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No Government Has a Mandate to Allow the Irreversible Sale of Our NHS

No Government Has a Mandate to Allow the Irreversible Sale of Our NHS | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
"The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it," so said Nye Bevan, who founded the National Health Service 66 years ago. Two years after the government launched the biggest attack on our health service in ...
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Tory MP Douglas Carswell Defects To Ukip, Triggers By-Election

Tory MP Douglas Carswell Defects To Ukip, Triggers By-Election | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Conservative Douglas Carswell has sensationally defected to Ukip. The Clacton MP made the surprise announcement alongside Nigel Farage at a press conference in Westminster on Thursday morning.

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ScottishGovernment - News - Advice against trade with illegal settlements

Trade with companies active in illegal settlements is ‘strongly discouraged’.
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Iraq, Oil and the Blair Ego

Iraq, Oil and the Blair Ego | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Are we going back to Iraq? For how long this time? What for? To clear up the mess created by Tony Blair's regime? It's time to reclaim our discredited foreign policy shambles. The low...

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Ukip, the SNP and the risks of parliamentary paralysis

Ukip, the SNP and the risks of parliamentary paralysis | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Why the days of decisive, first-past-the-post election outcomes in Britain might be over. For a moment, forget the ‘English question’. Even if it were answered tomorrow to everyone’s complete satisfaction, governing Britain could soon become a whole lot harder.
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We told you so #2

We told you so #2 | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Even we're surprised how fast these are coming true. Stay tuned for more. They're on the way. (Here are some of the times we told you so.) Nick Clegg Signs Another Pledge Diluting the poisoned chal...
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Roberto Piacentini's curator insight, October 1, 4:20 AM

No surprises here!!!!!!

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Organise

Organise | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
In the gut-wrenching weekend that has followed the referendum result, social media is awash with people calling for action. A march, a 45 twibbon, another petition, getting back on the horse, wiping away our tears with our feet, marching into the next battle. No rest, folks, we still need to organise, so stop blubbing and think about what you’re going to do, the calls go. Get your groups together and get back to campaigning. Just as many of us who were too ill or unable to campaign in the last week of the campaign felt guilty for being unable to do so, now we are told we must get over this swiftly or interpret it as a victory. So here is my own call for action:
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This is Going to Be Good

This is Going to Be Good | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Might it just be that a narrow No vote last Thursday was the best possible result in the long term?
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Row as Labour fear English votes plan will halt new Scottish powers

Row as Labour fear English votes plan will halt new Scottish powers | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
THE first major row between the pro-Union parties over extra powers for Holyrood has erupted amid accusations that David Cameron's surprise bid to restrict Scottish MPs' voting rights has made it harder to strike a deal.
Peter A Bell's insight:

British Labour will doubtless be duly grateful to their Tory allies for providing them with such a ready excuse to renege on their supposed pledge of "more powers" for the Scottish Parliament.


Aside from that, the question exercising the minds of all but the most mindless unionists must be, how many intractable anomalies must there be in an arrangement before rational people are obliged to acknowledge that the arrangement is broken beyond the reach of any amount of grudging constitutional tinkering.


The union survived so long as nobody asked why it should. Now that the question has been asked, there is no going back. We cannot "unknow" the British state's pathetic response to that question during Scotland's independence referendum campaign. We cannot be unaware that the British establishment continues to flail around desperately seeking some formulation that looks sufficiently like meaningful constitutional reform to fend off for a few more months or years the inevitable collapse of the old order.

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Ken Feltman's curator insight, September 30, 9:13 AM

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British Labour will doubtless be duly grateful to their Tory allies for providing them with such a ready excuse to renege on their supposed pledge of "more powers" for the Scottish Parliament.

 

Aside from that, the question exercising the minds of all but the most mindless unionists must be, how many intractable anomalies must there be in an arrangement before rational people are obliged to acknowledge that the arrangement is broken beyond the reach of any amount of grudging constitutional tinkering.

 

The union survived so long as nobody asked why it should. Now that the question has been asked, there is no going back. We cannot "unknow" the British state's pathetic response to that question during Scotland's independence referendum campaign. We cannot be unaware that the British establishment continues to flail around desperately seeking some formulation that looks sufficiently like meaningful constitutional reform to fend off for a few more months or years the inevitable collapse of the old order.

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Sturgeon trump card is not in any doubt

HISTORY is written by the winners, according to the old truism.
Peter A Bell's insight:

Magnus Gardham neatly sums up the two different stories of the referendum depending on which side of the argument you are on. What he fails to note is that the Yes story is based on facts and reasonable supposition while the No story is entirely founded on delusion and lies.


The "intimidating" Yes campaign is entirely a product of the British state's propaganda machine aided and abetted by that other pillar of the British establishment, the mainstream media. The reality is that in almost all verifiable incidents of harassment or actual violence the perpetrators were part of the British nationalist mob whipped up by the ugly hatemongering of certain elements of the British press.

The threat to the NHS, on the other hand, is all too real. And reports of new finds and technological advances extending the life of Scotland's oil industry are perfectly credible.


The idea that the referendum result constitutes a resounding endorsement of the union is highly dubious. Desperately as British nationalists might strive to air-brush them out of the picture, the 45% who voted Yes constitutes a massive rejection of the union. And even the 55% who voted No looks rather less impressive when one considers that most of them did so because they had been duped into believing that they too were voting against the union as it is presently constituted.


The anti-independence campaign was always riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions. Nothing has changed since Thursday 18 September. Now we have unionists whining about demands for another referendum and demanding that politicians get back to the business of running country. They do so evidently oblivious to the fact that there is nothing more fundamental in politics than the constitution.


And unionists bleat about a so-called "neverendum" apparently dumbly unaware that they themselves are commending a course of interminable constitutional tinkering. The ink was hardly dry on the original legislation setting up the Scottish Parliament when the inadequacies of the settlement forced the British parties to set up the Calman Commission. Before the Calman proposals were even fully implemented the British parties were once again obliged to admit that they'd got it wrong and we had another spate of talking-shops cobbling together an incomprehensible, incoherent and largely unworkable mish-mash of constitutional sticking plasters and wire coat-hangers.

And now we have yet another talking-shop tasked with trying to come up with a set of proposals that at least make some sort of constitutional sense and have the appearance of offering meaningful reform.

This latest talking-shop will fail just as its predecessors did. It will fail because, like those went before, its overarching imperative is, not the formulation of a constitutional settlement that addresses the needs, aspirations and priorities of the people of Scotland, but the preservation of the structures of power and privilege which define the British state.

Whichever story of the referendum you choose to accept, one thing is perfectly clear. That story is still being written. This is not over. It will not be over until Scotland's rightful constitutional status is restored.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, September 27, 10:43 AM

Magnus Gardham neatly sums up the two different stories of the referendum depending on which side of the argument you are on. What he fails to note is that the Yes story is based on facts and reasonable supposition while the No story is entirely founded on delusion and lies.


The "intimidating" Yes campaign is entirely a product of the British state's propaganda machine aided and abetted by that other pillar of the British establishment, the mainstream media. The reality is that in almost all verifiable incidents of harassment or actual violence the perpetrators were part of the British nationalist mob whipped up by the ugly hatemongering of certain elements of the British press.


The threat to the NHS, on the other hand, is all too real. And reports of new finds and technological advances extending the life of Scotland's oil industry are perfectly credible.


The idea that the referendum result constitutes a resounding endorsement of the union is highly dubious. Desperately as British nationalists might strive to air-brush them out of the picture, the 45% who voted Yes constitutes a massive rejection of the union. And even the 55% who voted No looks rather less impressive when one considers that most of them did so because they had been duped into believing that they too were voting against the union as it is presently constituted.


The anti-independence campaign was always riddled with inconsistencies and contradictions. Nothing has changed since Thursday 18 September. Now we have unionists whining about demands for another referendum and demanding that politicians get back to the business of running country. They do so evidently oblivious to the fact that there is nothing more fundamental in politics than the constitution.


And unionists bleat about a so-called "neverendum" apparently dumbly unaware that they themselves are commending a course of interminable constitutional tinkering. The ink was hardly dry on the original legislation setting up the Scottish Parliament when the inadequacies of the settlement forced the British parties to set up the Calman Commission. Before the Calman proposals were even fully implemented the British parties were once again obliged to admit that they'd got it wrong and we had another spate of talking-shops cobbling together an incomprehensible, incoherent and largely unworkable mish-mash of constitutional sticking plasters and wire coat-hangers.


And now we have yet another talking-shop tasked with trying to come up with a set of proposals that at least make some sort of constitutional sense and have the appearance of offering meaningful reform.


This latest talking-shop will fail just as its predecessors did. It will fail because, like those went before, its overarching imperative is, not the formulation of a constitutional settlement that addresses the needs, aspirations and priorities of the people of Scotland, but the preservation of the structures of power and privilege which define the British state.


Whichever story of the referendum you choose to accept, one thing is perfectly clear. That story is still being written. This is not over. It will not be over until Scotland's rightful constitutional status is restored.

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One second Cameron cries for the Union, the next he’s joined the Poor Little Englanders

One second Cameron cries for the Union, the next he’s joined the Poor Little Englanders | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
A new sub-species of Little Englander was born this week. I will use the masculine pronoun not because there is anything manly about their babyish mewlings, but because the loudest of the breed, so far at least, are exclusively male.
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On TTIP and the NHS, they are trying to bamboozle us

On TTIP and the NHS, they are trying to bamboozle us | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

The TTIP trade treaty talks re-open in Brussels this week. We should not be reassured by the convenient 'leak' of a private letter between key TTIP advocates claiming the treaty poses no threat to the NHS.

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Tories want to sell NHS to American firms under trade deal

Tories want to sell NHS to American firms under trade deal | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
American health giants could end up running crucial parts of the service in a move which could prove to be irreversible
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Bobonline.org

Bobonline.org | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Direct internet democracy that can help raise funds for organizations fighting for political education across the globe. 

www.bobonline.org/faq.php

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From the Indian Ocean to the Clyde: a Trail of Criminal Abuse of Power

From the Indian Ocean to the Clyde: a Trail of Criminal Abuse of Power | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

‘Tis no great mischief if they fall’  General Wolfe famously remarked as he sent the Black Watch off to scale the Heights of Abraham during the Siege of Quebec in 1759 . These d...

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Stewart Stevenson's news updates: Stevenson Emphasises Dignity for Disabled People Through New Bill

Stewart Stevenson's news updates: Stevenson Emphasises Dignity for Disabled People Through New Bill | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast spoke yesterday (Tuesday) in support of new legislation that aims to tackle the misuse of the Blue Badge scheme.

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