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SNP ‘asleep on job’ over horsemeat scandal

SNP ‘asleep on job’ over horsemeat scandal | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND’S food standards minister, Richard Lochhead, was last night accused of falling “asleep on the job” and failing to show leadership during the horsemeat scandal.
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The incredible thing is that contriving this ludicrous "SNP accused!" tale required the efforts of TWO Britnat hacks!

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Up to 500,000 million No voters would switch to Yes in event of indy ref 2

Up to 500,000 million No voters would switch to Yes in event of indy ref 2 | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
OUR exclusive poll says Yes would win 54 per cent of the vote in a second independence referendum as up to half a million voters swap sides.

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A screw up of truly pig penis proportions

Well that turned out to be one hell of a way of sorting out the Tory party leadership, didn’t it. Rarely in history have schoolboy spats had such serious consequences, but that’s what happens when you pick your Prime Ministers from a muddy puddle of Etonian entitlement. Now Davie has had to resign and the story of his leaving office didn’t even manage to make it as the lead story on the main evening news. That’s what you call a screw up of truly pig penis proportions.

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Nicola Sturgeon says Holyrood could try to block Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon says Holyrood could try to block Brexit | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Nicola Sturgeon has said the Scottish Parliament could try to block the UK's exit from the European Union.

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"Scottish Labour grandee George Foulkes took to Twitter to say his party should support any legislative move from the First Minister to block a Brexit."

The word 'agog' is about to become very fashionable.

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There are liars and then there’s Boris Johnson and Michael Gove | Nick Cohen

There are liars and then there’s Boris Johnson and Michael Gove | Nick Cohen | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Where was the champagne at the Vote Leave headquarters? The happy tears and whoops of joy? If you believed Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, the Brexit vote was a moment of national liberation, a day that Nigel Farage said our grateful children would celebrate with an annual bank holiday.
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As both the main political parties of the British establishment disintegrate under the weight of their own casual corruption and complacent ineptitude, Nick Cohen's wish for a "halfway competent opposition" sounds rather more than mere journalistic rhetoric. It has the ring of a heartfelt plea. The almost desperate cry of someone who has recognised that there is a tragic lack in the British political system. Or, more precisely, in England's politics. A gaping hole where a vital part of the nation's politics should be.

 

The fear in the eyes of Johnson and Gove is the sphincter-slackening panic of people who have successfully applied for a job with requirements that exceed their capacities by an astronomical measure. If Nigel Farage shows no such trepidation it is only because he is protected by dumb arrogance and distance from the sharp end. He enjoys the luxury of having no actual responsibility for delivering the things promised by the Leave campaign. The entire burden of expectation lies on other shoulders.

 

Those others, Johnson, Gove, Iain Duncan Smith (Where is he lurking?), are expected to fill the gaping hole in England's politics. The realisation is only now dawning on them that they can only disappoint. That they are simply not big enough, nor the appropriate shape, to fill that space. The same realisation will shortly hit those who succumbed to the siren spiel of the Brexit snake-oil sellers. Looking at England's political seascape now we see the unnaturally vast and empty beach that precedes a tsunami.

 

Politics abhors a vacuum. Something must fill that gaping hole in England's politics. The Brexiteers are the vanguard of an assortment of extreme factions which always stand ready to exploit any disruption of the established political system. When established power falters countervailing power advances. Political extremists are ever poised to propose themselves as that countervailing power where the democratic process offers no other alternative.

 

It's England's problem!

 

In Scotland, we have the alternative that England lacks. We have the Scottish National Party. A left-of-centre, social democratic political party that stands apart from the British political establishment while occupying a dominant place in the mainstream of Scottish politics with a democratically valid mandate from Scotland's people. Scotland does not succumb to the blandishments of the likes of Johnson and Gove because we have a better countervailing power.

 

This is not mere gloating. I am genuinely persuaded that the people of England need to look to Scotland for guidance at at this time. England needs its own version of the SNP. Quite how this might come about is not immediately clear. But we have to hope that it is not too late.

 

England's politics is broken. Nick Cohen appears to recognise this. Only the people of England can fix it. Brexit has been sold to them as an easy fix. As the folly of this becomes clear, the temptation will be to seize upon some other easy fix offered by slickly plausible political chancers even more false that Boris Johnson. And even more dangerous. We must hope a mighty hope that the people of England don't go down that route.

 

Your new politics will not come to you in convenient flat-pack form delivered and assembled without cost or effort. Your new politics has to be built by you from scratch. It has to be grown from seed. I refuse to accept that this seed does not exist. Let it germinate! Help it flourish. Grow your own progressive civic nationalist movement. Do it now!

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Sturgeon takes the Battle for Europe to Brussels

Sturgeon takes the Battle for Europe to Brussels | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
NICOLA Sturgeon is to hold urgent talks with power-brokers from across the European Union in the coming days as part of a growing fight to keep Scotland in the EU.

The First Minister is due in Brussels the week after next to meet senior members of the European Commission and European Parliament to discuss options for continued EU membership.
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Getting ourselves together

Getting ourselves together | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
So it’s all over for the United Kingdom.

Scotland (overwhelmingly) and Northern Ireland (less so) have voted to stay in Europe while England (decisively) and Wales (narrowly) have voted to leave. Northern Ireland has its own choices to make, but Scotland must now hold a second referendum.
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Thank You, England

I began to feel European in the early nineties when the arguments about the single currency were raging through Westminster and I was flying to Brussels and Strasbourg with other youngish types from Ireland, Denmark or Greece. We got it, were part of it and sat in Kitty O’Shea’s within sight of the Berlaymont with a glass scoffing at live broadcasts from the Commons of plummy MPs demanding freedom from Europe.

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Sturgeon pledges to 'protect' Scottish EU interests - BBC News

Sturgeon pledges to 'protect' Scottish EU interests - BBC News | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she will seek "immediate discussions" with Brussels to "protect Scotland's place in the EU" after UK's vote to leave.
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Pat Kane: The heartlands that flew the flag for ‘independence’ have had their way

Pat Kane: The heartlands that flew the flag for  ‘independence’ have had their way | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

WHEN the world turns or cracks, it can be important to notice who you are, where you are, and the company you’re keeping. There will be enough big-picture views around the Brexit vote to keep the zippiest anorak happy (or at least hooked) for years. But I found myself in two significant locations over the last 10 days – one in northern Yorkshire, 30 miles away from Jo Cox’s murder spot in Batley; and the other in the gleaming atrium of the ITN news building in London.

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Kezia Dugale: Labour will not support another Independence Referendum | LabourList

Kezia Dugale: Labour will not support another Independence Referendum | LabourList | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Kezia Dugdale has said Scottish Labour would not support another independence referendum in the face of the referendum result, saying Scotland does not need “more turmoil, more upheaval and more economic chaos”.

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I suppose we should not be surprised any more when British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) does things like this. But their grim determination to embrace irrelevance is, nonetheless, deeply perplexing.

 

The outcome of the EU referendum afforded Kezia Dugdale the ideal opportunity to bring BLiS back to mainstream politics in Scotland. But there is a distinct impression that she isn't even aware of this opportunity. It seems very much as if she is oblivious to events going on around her. She is certainly unable to comprehend the implications of those. It's like nothing happened on Thursday. She writes the words recounting what happened. But there is no sign at all that she grasps the meaning.

 

She mechanically relates how the democratic will of Scotland's people is being denied; and her only response is rote repetition of lines from the original Project Fear propaganda campaign. Presented with a situation which Nicola Sturgeon had no difficulty in recognising and acknowledging as "democratically unacceptable", Dugdale simply accepts. It's as if she cannot even contemplate the possibility of doing otherwise. As if she's unaware that there is an option to protest.

 

Inertia is one thing. But this is paralysis. The contrast with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP could hardly be more stark. While they give the impression of knowing in advance what was going to happen, or at least of having planned and prepared for every eventuality; Dugdale and BLiS don't even seem to know what's happened after it's happened. And there is absolutely no hint of a plan or a strategy.

 

Significantly, the Daily Record has now come out in favour of another independence referendum. That is an indication of how significant are the recent events to which Dugdale is so abysmally failing to respond. The likelihood is that this will lead to a U-turn by BLiS. Which will leave them looking even more weak and vacillating. Scotland deserves better.

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I suppose we should not be surprised any more when British Labour in Scotland (BLiS) does things like this. But their grim determination to embrace irrelevance is, nonetheless, deeply perplexing.

 

The outcome of the EU referendum afforded Kezia Dugdale the ideal opportunity to bring BLiS back to mainstream politics in Scotland. But there is a distinct impression that she isn't even aware of this opportunity. It seems very much as if she is oblivious to events going on around her. She is certainly unable to comprehend the implications of those events. It's like nothing happened on Thursday. She writes the words recounting what happened. But there is no sign at all that she grasps the meaning.

 

She mechanically relates how the democratic will of Scotland's people is being denied; and her only response is rote repetition of lines from the original Project Fear propaganda campaign. Presented with a situation which Nicola Sturgeon had no difficulty in recognising and acknowledging as "democratically unacceptable", Dugdale simply accepts. It's as if she cannot even contemplate the possibility of doing otherwise. As if she's unaware that there is an option to protest.

 

Inertia is one thing. But this is paralysis. The contrast with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP could hardly be more stark. While they give the impression of knowing in advance what was going to happen, or at least of having planned and prepared for every eventuality; Dugdale and BLiS don't even seem to know what's happened after it's happened. And there is absolutely no hint of a plan or a strategy.

 

Significantly, the Daily Record has now come out in favour of another independence referendum. That is an indication of how significant are the recent events to which Dugdale is so abysmally failing to respond. The likelihood is that this will lead to a U-turn by BLiS. Which will leave them looking even more weak and vacillating. Scotland deserves better.

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Two blue flags

Two blue flags | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Woke up after 4 hours sleep. Hesitated to switch on phone, dreading the worst. Tears rolling down my cheeks. Sadness? Yes. Anger? Certainly.

The people who told lies to keep Scotland in the UK have told lies to get the UK out of EU. Every week since the IndyRef vote, another decision has proved Yes right and No wrong. This is the biggest proof – but it’s impossible to take any pleasure from that.
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World Press highlights prospect of Scotland staying in EU as independent state

World Press highlights prospect of Scotland staying in EU as independent state | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Europe's press had feared a "Black Friday" and a "Black Friday" is what they got.

But as the pound plunged, global markets collapsed and a prime minister resigned, the continent's media could not ignore Britain's striking electoral map. Scotland, all 32 regions of Scotland, had voted to stay in Europe.

But Scotland was not staying in Europe.
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MPs submit Corbyn no confidence motion - BBC News

MPs submit Corbyn no confidence motion - BBC News | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Two Labour MPs have submitted a motion of no confidence in Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
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Fine dining with Donner party Britain

Like most of the rest of the country, I’ve been struggling to keep up with developments as Britain discovers that Boris Johnson, that famous scholar of the Classics, failed to explain before the referendum that Brexit was actually Ancient Greek for “ohmygod, I don’t have a clue what to do now”. To put it briefly, the entire political establishment in in meltdown, except for viewers in Scotland who have their own programme. Once which for once doesn’t involve Dougie Donnelly and indoor bowling from Coatbridge. Scotland is now the proud owner of the only part of the British state whose political leadership haven’t descended into gibbering madness, are in hiding, or are too busy knifing one another in the back in order to do the job they were actually elected to do.

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Brexit May Be Scotland’s Chance to Steal London Finance Crown

Brexit May Be Scotland’s Chance to Steal London Finance Crown | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
For all the uncertainty Scotland faces with the cloud of Britain’s exit from the European Union, there could yet be a silver lining, according to U.K. lawmaker Mark Garnier.
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Notes from the madhouse

Notes from the madhouse | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
The people (of England) have spoken, and their elected representatives are freaking out all over the shop.

Several senior Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have openly called for the result of a democratic referendum to be overturned by Parliament against the wishes of voters. The Prime Minister has quit, the Chancellor is expected to follow on Monday, and half of the Labour shadow cabinet is apparently doing it as we speak, after Jeremy Corbyn fired Hilary Benn for planning a coup.
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Shadow Scottish Secretary quits Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench

Shadow Scottish Secretary quits Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray has resigned from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.

As Scotland’s only Labour MP his resignation is a significant blow to Mr Corbyn – who faces replacing him with an MP sitting for an English seat or a member of the House of Lords.
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The entire British political establishment is disintegrating.

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Scottish Lib Dems back Sturgeon in EU negotiations

Scottish Lib Dems back Sturgeon in EU negotiations | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
The Scottish Liberal Democrats have thrown their weight behind plans by Nicola Sturgeon to open "immediate" discussions with Brussels following the UK's decision to leave the EU.
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It's not what it seems. Willie Rennie's "support" is limited to photo opportunities in which he might feature.

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No voters changing their minds to support independence after UK votes to leave EU

No voters changing their minds to support independence after UK votes to leave EU | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
VOTERS WHO OPPOSED Scottish independence less than two years ago have reversed their opinion in shock following the vote of the UK to leave the European Union.

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Wee Ginger Dug: This result must be our cue to break free and become independent

Wee Ginger Dug: This result must be our cue to break free and become independent | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
THE independence referendum was won on a fantasy, a vision of a fictional UK that existed purely in the imaginations of the Unionist parties.

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Fintan O’Toole: Brexit fantasy is about to come crashing down

Fintan O’Toole: Brexit fantasy is about to come crashing down | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Did you ever see a slightly drunk man trying that trick with the tablecloth? He thinks he can whip the cloth off the table with a fast, clean snap, but leave all the crockery perfectly intact. He gives a sharp tug and stands back with a triumphant flourish as the plates and glasses come flying to the ground and shatter all around him.
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Andrew Tickell: Nicola Sturgeon's warm words to our friends from the EU provided a chink of light in the darkness

Andrew Tickell: Nicola Sturgeon's warm words to our friends from the EU provided a chink of light in the darkness | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
AT the pompous Leave ghoulfest, the boys – the amateurs – were trembling. Shifty and flat, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson tried to sound grave, to sound like statesmen. Labour MP Gisela Stuart did her best impersonation of a railway announcer on a rain-soaked night, confirming that the last train home has been cancelled. The three Ghosts of Brexit Yet to Come didn’t look or sound like a winning team. By any reckoning, like it or loathe it, the Leave campaign secured a remarkable achievement on Thursday night. But their airless victory conference boasted all the warmth and humanity of a suburban morgue.

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Statement on #EUref result and its implications for Scotland

Statement on #EUref result and its implications for Scotland | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Thank you for joining me this morning after a long night - and a long few months - for all of us.

Yesterday, Scotland - like London and Northern Ireland - voted overwhelmingly to remain in the European Union.

We voted to protect our place in the world's biggest single market - and the jobs and investment that depend on it.
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If you’re young and angry about the EU referendum, you’re right to be | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

If you’re young and angry about the EU referendum, you’re right to be | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Well, it’s happened. The UK is off. It’s sailing towards the horizon and we all know who to thank. A couple of days ago I found myself pleading with my demographic of younger voters to choose remain, for the sakes of our futures, for it is we who will live the longest with the consequences of this referendum.
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