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The unhappy few

The unhappy few | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Seasoned readers will recall that on occasion we've pondered the mystery that is the membership of the itself-enigmatic entity sometimes called "Scottish Labour". Establishing how many members the ...

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WingsoverScotland has guesstimated the number of members that Scottish Labour has as 4,605. No wonder Scottish Labour are afraid to publish the number of members they have. Guess the figure of 4,605 is an estimate but if correct it debunks Scottish Labour's claim to be the largest political party in Scotland. For comparison, SNP membership is well in excess of 20,000 and growing.

 

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John Swinney buoyant as study suggests employment continuing to ...

John Swinney buoyant as study suggests employment continuing to ... | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
A new study has provided a picture of recent trends in the labour market, including rising self-employment, an increase in temporary workers, and falling wages. The joint analysis was carried out by the Scottish Government ...
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SNP call for clarity on latest defence cuts | Scottish National Party

SNP call for clarity on latest defence cuts | Scottish National Party | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

The Scottish National Party is calling for the Ministry of Defence to confirm how many defence jobs it is cutting in Scotland as up to 5,000 UK military personnel are due to receive redundancy letters in the third and biggest round of Army job cuts following the 2010 defence review.


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The Voices of Tomorrow’s Scotland: A Challenge to All Our Politicians

For once young people have become central to the Scottish political debate due to the Scottish Government’ giving 16-17 year olds the vote in the September 2014 independence poll.


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Scottish independence: Bid to give prisoners voting rights thrown out ...

A bid by two MSPs to give prisoners the chance to vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum has been thrown out by a committee of MSPs. The Lib Dems' Alison McInnes and Green Party MSP Patrick Harvie ...
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Delayed transmission

Delayed transmission | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

This morning’s Daily Record carries a story about Ed Balls’ speech on welfare yesterday. Commendably, the Labour-supporting paper isn’t shy of pointing out the implications of Balls’ comments:

“Scots could get welfare benefits at lower rates than people in wealthy parts of England under plans being worked on by Labour. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls yesterday raised the idea of a regional cap on welfare, opening the door to variations in a range of social security benefits.

Balls said the welfare cap of £25,000 a year per household should be higher in London but could be lower in parts of the UK where housing is cheaper.”

 


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Joan McAlpine: The million pound question is.. where's our money going?

Joan McAlpine: The million pound question is.. where's our money going? | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
JOAN argues that Scotland is losing out as the number of millionaires concentrated in the south of England grows.

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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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DONS LEGEND BACKING MARK McDONALD FOR DONSIDE | Scottish National Party

DONS LEGEND BACKING MARK McDONALD FOR DONSIDE | Scottish National Party | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
DONS LEGEND BACKING MARK McDONALD FOR DONSIDE http://t.co/i9Km8GhSBA @thesnp #scotland
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Hundreds of millions to be cut from Scots block grant

Hundreds of millions to be cut from Scots block grant | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

SCOTLAND'S annual block grant is set to be cut by hundreds of millions of pounds in a knock-on effect from George Osborne's attempt to find £11.5 billion of extra savings across Whitehall budgets.


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David Briggs's comment, May 29, 2013 5:21 AM
Yet another building block added to the pyramid of reasons for the Scots to vote for Independence. They continue to stick the boot into Scotland and yet folk remain to be convinced that we would be better sticking with a right wing English Nation that is tearing itself apart with each passing day. The Union is a decaying limb. For the sake of reason sever us from it before we die.
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Economy plan chained by convention

RT @The_SSP_: Excellent piece by the Reid Foundation on why a post-Yes Scotland's economy requires transformative change. http://t.co/HcMPj0WyLC
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Another good piece of work from the Reid Foundation.

 

The problem is we must get a Yes vote in 2014 so that future Scottish Governments can follow the policies that will grow our industrial base. Scots need to understand that without a Yes vote there will be no change in the direction of travel. Left thinking Scots must campaign actively for a Yes vote if they are to get the change they so obviously desire.

 

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SNP plea over Glasgow rents row

SNP plea over Glasgow rents row | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
GLASGOW's council leader was today put under pressure to scrap crippling rent rises for charities based in city-owned premises.

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Joan McApline: We all speak with one voice

Joan McApline: We all speak with one voice | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

JOAN says she hates the word "foreign" and insists we all belong to the same human family, regardless of where we stay in the world.


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Scottish Parliament extends vote in independence referendum to 16-year-olds - Fox News

Scottish Parliament extends vote in independence referendum to 16-year-olds - Fox News | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
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Scottish Parliament extends vote in independence referendum to 16-year-olds
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LONDON – Scotland's Parliament has voted to allow 16 and 17 year olds to cast ballots in next year's independence referendum.
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on on Independence debate - Scottish Daily Record

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There were certainly no cunning plans being unveiled on BBC1. An interesting point would have been a treat.
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The devolution journey - Former First Minister, Henry McLeish, reflects on Donald Dewar’s legacy

The devolution journey - Former First Minister, Henry McLeish, reflects on Donald Dewar’s legacy | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Scotland’s date with destiny will be 18 September 2014. The first referendum on independence will take place and we will have a real poll as to where Scots see their country and their own future in the years ahead.

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Scotland should be 'must visit' for cycle tourism says report - BBC News

Scotland should be 'must visit' for cycle tourism says report - BBC News | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
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Scotland should be 'must visit' for cycle tourism says report
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Cycle tourism is worth up to £239m per year to the Scottish economy, according to a new report.
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SNmr: We're No Better Together

SNmr: We're No Better Together | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Over the past few days we've seen growing evidence of the unsustainable and shocking inequality that is flowing from the Westminster system. The Sunday Herald reports findings by economist Margaret Cuthbert which it describes in these stark terms: "The UK economy has become so 'dysfunctional' through mismanagement, free market excess and policies skewed towards London that Scotland needs independence to avoid being harmed any more by it".


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SNP welcome record high numbers of police officers | Scottish National Party

SNP welcome record high numbers of police officers | Scottish National Party | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Figures showing a record high in the number of police officers in Scotland have been described by the SNP as an example of the “good governance independence brings”.


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Salmond adviser's doubts over tax cut bid to boost business

ALEX Salmond has defended his plan to slash corporation tax in an independent Scotland after it emerged one of his key economic advisers cast doubt on its ability to boost the economy.


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Peter Bell's insight/comment is as usual highly analytical and accurate. Lamont shows herself up every weel at FMQ's as someone who could not sustain an economic argument no matter how hard she tried. I would love to see her head to head with any first year economics student. I know who would win hands down and it wouldn't be Lamont.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 31, 2013 5:55 AM

Johann Lamont epitomises the very worst kind of politics. The mindless tribalism that reduces complex issues to puerile dichotomies for the sake of a petty point-scoring sound-bite. The reality, of course, is that Salmond's ideas on corporation tax are neither right nor wrong. His is simply one perspective among many. And no less valid than others.

The issue is painfully distorted by the grossly oversimplified terms in which it is portrayed by politicians and the media. I do not for one moment suppose that either Alex Salmond or Joseph Stiglitz is actually so stupid as to suppose that it is realistic or meaningful to consider the rate of corporation tax in isolation. They would have to be as appallingly shallow as Johann Lamont to imagine than this one item can be abstracted from the matrix of factors affecting corporate investment policy and considered as some sort of uncomplicated causal mechanism.

The rate of corporation tax is just one of many fiscal levers that should rightfully be in the hands of Scotland's democratically elected government. It is also only one of a range of factors that businesses will take into account when making decisions about where to invest. Supposing they are not as simple-minded as Lamont, the managers of these businesses will look, not only at levels of taxation, but at other things that might affect the viability of their operations in any given location. Things like the availability of suitable labour; the communications infrastructure; access to markets; and much more besides.

The utility of tax rates lies in the fact that they can be used to offset deficiencies in other areas until such time as those deficiencies are rectified. Imagine a country where there is cheap energy; an efficient, reliable transport infrastructure; world-class education and research facilities; and easy access to a huge market. Companies will be prepared to pay a tax premium in order to locate in such an environment. Absent such benefits, companies may seek a tax discount instead.

This is merely intended to illustrate how utterly daft it is to talk of a particular policy on corporation tax rates being absolutely right or wrong. It can only be assessed in the context of the conditions that prevail. And if Salmond has calculated that those conditions warrant a lower tax rate then his opinion has to carry more weight than that of someone who can't even see that there are considerations other than the conveniently easy to understand headline number.

It may also be argued that Salmond's view carries more weight than that of even such a renowned figure as Stiglitz given that the former is referring specifically to Scotland at the present time while latter may be talking in more general terms.

For the avoidance of doubt, I am not wholly persuaded that cutting corporation tax is necessary or likely to be effective. But I do not dismiss the idea in some kind of knee-jerk reaction. The vital point is that decisions on such matters should be taken in Scotland. Perhaps equally important is that we should recognise the hypocritical inanity of the likes of Johann Lamont who will unthinkingly reject the idea that a decision to adjust corporation tax should be made by the government that the people of Scotland elected while insisting that is perfectly proper that such decisions be left to a government that the people of Scotland did not vote for.

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Labour stance on Trident replacement non-existent | Scottish National Party

Labour stance on Trident replacement non-existent | Scottish National Party | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

The SNP has called on Labour to make clear once and for all its position on the future of Trident as they continue to bury their head in the sand.


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Independence 'no risk' to uni fees

Independence 'no risk' to uni fees | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Students from the rest of Britain could still be charged university fees in Scotland after independence, according to legal advice seen by BBC Scotland.
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SNP delivering for Donside with health facilities | Scottish National Party

SNP delivering for Donside with health facilities | Scottish National Party | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

The progress towards new health facilities in Woodside has been hailed as another demonstration of the SNP delivering for Donside as the turf cutting ceremony for the new facility took place today.


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Scottish Tories split on devolution | Left Foot Forward

Scottish Tories split on devolution | Left Foot Forward | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
A former Conservative Scottish secretary has called (£) moves by the party north of the border to increase the powers afforded to the Scottish Parliament a “suicide mission”. Lord Forsyth In 2011, whilst running for the post, the ...
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Talk about ferrets in a sack. The Unionists are in total disarray.

 

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What's behind Scottish Labour's latest cancer concern?

What's behind Scottish Labour's latest cancer concern? | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

The last two sessions of First Minister’s Questions has witnessed Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont focus on cancer treatment, specifically the availability of drugs in Scotland.


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Labours duplicity is getting worse by the week. Their hatret of the Scottish Government knows no bounds.

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, May 27, 2013 8:21 AM

Beware the duplicity of British Labour in Scotland!

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Labours duplicity is getting worse by the week. Their hatret of the Scottish Government knows no bounds.

 

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