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Greater control for islands if Scotland votes Yes in 2014

Greater control for islands if Scotland votes Yes in 2014 | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

THE Scottish Government has signalled its willingness to hand greater autonomy to the country's three island councils if Scotland becomes independent.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, July 26, 2013 4:20 AM

The demand from the British parties that the Scottish government act immediately to devolve powers to the islands councils is characteristically small-minded and petulant. But caution is needed here. Given the obstructionist and pointlessly antagonistic conduct of the British parties in the Scottish Parliament as well as the smears, lies, scaremongering and incessant talking down of Scotland that those same parties engage in under the guise of Project Fear, it is perfectly reasonable to suppose that they would seek to use any significant powers at local level for the purposes of their petty political point-scoring games rather than to serve the interests of local people.


Meaningful devolution to local level can only take place under the auspices of the government of an independent Scotland.

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Ruth Davidson prevents 'extra powers' debate at Scottish Tory conference

Ruth Davidson prevents 'extra powers' debate at Scottish Tory conference | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Ruth Davidson has barred the Scottish Conservative conference from publicly debating her about-turn on devolving more powers to Holyrood despite promising to consult members on policy.

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Scottish islands say ‘we want to control destiny’

Scottish islands say ‘we want to control destiny’ | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S largest island groups have written to the UK and Scottish governments demanding more powers for their communities to protect their culture and make the most of renewable resources.

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Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:20 AM

Scotland may well be "facing major constitutional change regardless of the referendum outcome", but that change might not be what many seem to suppose. There is absolutely no rational reason to suppose that, in the event of a No vote, the British state will opt to willingly hand over some of the power which it guards so jealously. Such power as it has conceded was wrested from its clutches only by the threatened use of democratic means to take even more. Why would anyone imagine the British state might relent once the threat is gone?

If a UK government ever sought to make the island authorities more powerful it would be for one reason only - to use those authorities as a means of undermining the Scottish Parliament.

Genuine devolution within Scotland will not happen until our rightful constitutional status is restored.

James McLaren's comment, July 20, 2013 5:11 AM
First Independence and them devolution of democracy within. Vote No and get nothing except royally shafted by London , subjugated and incorporated into Greater England.