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Scottish Government denies windfarm U-turn

Scottish Government denies windfarm U-turn | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

The Scottish Government has denied First Minister Alex Salmond has U-turned over apparent plans to halt the spread of windfarms across Scotland’s scenery.

 

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Liz Smith should put less effort into trying to score political points and more effort into listening. It has always been perfectly clear that wind farms would eventually move offshore. We don't need Alex Salmond to tell us this. It is a glaringly obvious trend in the technology of wind power.

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New convener promises review of petitions committee

New convener promises review of petitions committee | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
THE new convener of Holyrood's petitions committee is to review its working practices following claims it has been ignoring hundreds of issues…
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I see the brain-dead "SNP BAD!" mob jumping all over this story. Having totally failed to read and understand it, of course. These dullards haven't the wits to realise that, if petitions are not reaching the committee that can only be because they have been blocked by the clerks for failing to meet the criteria. This has nothing whatever to do with the SNP. But you'll never get these morons to admit that.

There is, too, a rather obvious possible explanation as to why more petitions are being rejected or referred back to the petitioner. As the Scottish Parliament has replaced Westminster as the focus of politics in Scotland so people's expectations have grown. It is not hard to see how these expectations could outstrip the actual powers of the parliament.

I would be prepared to venture a small wager that most of the problematic petitions were about the constitution or matters such as media regulation.

The solution is simple. The Scottish Parliament must have the powers to address anything that comes before the petitions committee. It must have the powers that the people of Scotland expect it to have.

The Scottish Parliament must have all the powers of a national legislature.

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Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland to take in 1000 refugees

Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland to take in 1000 refugees | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
The First Minister told MSPs that Scotland stood ready to offer a home to those fleeing war and persecution and she urged David Cameron to increase the number of refugees allowed into the UK to 10,000.
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Independence referendum costs went over estimate of £13.7m to £15.8m

Independence referendum costs went over estimate of £13.7m to £15.8m | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
The total costs of running the 2014 independence referendum was £15.8m, £2.1m higher than estimated.

Deputy first minister John Swinney confirmed that the final cost was £15.8m in a written answer to the Scottish Parliament.

This is higher than the indicative cost of running the referendum set out in the financial memorandum which accompanied the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill.

This additional expenditure was due to the very high turnout at the referendum, which was 85%
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Euan McColm: Minefield of wanting political truth

Euan McColm: Minefield of wanting political truth | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Many Nationalists hope MP Alistair Carmichael loses a historic court case. But they should be careful what they wish for, writes Euan McColm
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The most perplexing thing about this article is that Euan McColm actually got paid for scribbling it. One can only assume that those who write the cheques are just as ignorant as McColm is. Otherwise they would surely realise that they are being sold a load of ill0informed drivel barely pretending to be meaningful political commentary.

We'll skim over McColm's evident bitterness at the fact one of his fellow British nationalists is being held to account for his lies. Let's just take a look ar what the dullard gets wrong.

For a start, it was never the SNP position that Scotland would "automatically become a member of the European Union". True, Nicola Sturgeon did once use the word "automatic" in a radio interview. But only a complete idiot would suppose that this outweighs every official statement of policy ever made on the subject. It seems that McColm is just such a fool.

The sane and sober people know that there is no such thing as "automatic" entry to the EU. It simply can't happen. It is no more possible than the automatic expulsion that British nationalists claimed would be Scotland's fate should she dare to reject the ruling elites of the British state.

McColm is also on shaky ground with his attempt to imply that the EU had stated that Scotland would have to take its place in the queue for EU membership. The reality is that the EU  - or, more specifically, the European Commission (EC) - never gave an opinion on the matter. The EC never offered an opinion because the UK Government studiously avoided asking for an opinion lest it contradict their scaremongering propaganda.

But McColm is at his most embarrassingly buffoonish when he dredges up the tired old nonsense about that TV interview in which Alex Salmond supposedly told a lie about legal advice. Only someone as incorrigibly doltish as McColm could be so dumbly unaware that this particular British nationalist canard was repeatedly and comprehensively debunked months ago.

I fully realise that McColm is too arrogant to let facts and reasoned argument impinge on his inane prejudices. It is unimaginable that such a bladder would ever read anything that challenges his woefully distorted perspective on Scotland's politics. Less bigoted souls may wish to read an example of the aforementioned debunking of the clumsy lies that McColm hasn't even the wits to question - http://peterabell.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/poisoned-politics.html


McColm fantasises about Alex Salmond being dragged before a court to suffer the ignominy that Alistair Carmichael so richly deserves. That is the mentality of British nationalist fanatics intellectually crippled by their hatred of the SNP and anybody who presumes to challenge the divinely ordained supremacy of the British state. It matters not at all that one of their own has brazenly lied, just so long as some balancing smear against the SNP can be contrived.

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Subjects to Citizens: Fracking and the Struggle for Renewal in Europe

Subjects to Citizens: Fracking and the Struggle for Renewal in Europe | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
scotlands-rorschachThis is the text from a speech by John Ashton, the former UK Government climate change diplomat, at the Europe is not for Shale! Conference, Brussels, 4 June 2015.
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SCOT goes POP!: Game-changing Ipsos-Mori poll suggests Scotland would vote for independence in second referendum

This is truly historic - the first time that Ipsos-Mori have ever shown a majority in favour of independence.

Should Scotland be an independent country?

Yes 53%
No 44%
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Podcast: The Westminster experience, and Scotland's overseas links - Newsnet.scot

Podcast: The Westminster experience, and Scotland's overseas links - Newsnet.scot | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Alison Thewliss was a Glasgow SNP councillor before being swept to Westminster on a wave of SNP support in last May’s UK general election – and she admits she’s still finding the Commons a strange place.
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Fears Scottish Government lawyers are holding back land reform proposals

Fears Scottish Government lawyers are holding back land reform proposals | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish news and politics, analysis and opinion. Scotland's political social media hub. Campaigners fear that government lawyers are preventing action on land reform due to possible threats over private property rights.
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Bella Interview with Paul Mason

Bella Interview with Paul Mason | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
We interviewed Paul Mason the day he came to the Edinburgh Book Festival about his book Post Capitalism: a Guide to Your Future and his observations about European politics, Greggs, technology, the indyref and meltdown and opportunities…
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Police Scotland and the politicising of human tragedy - Newsnet.scot

Police Scotland and the politicising of human tragedy - Newsnet.scot | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
A major news story hit the headlines last July 8, when a couple were found in a car which had come off the M9. The driver, John Yuill, was dead but his passenger Lamara Bell was still alive. She lost her life in hospital days later.
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Unity in Diversity

Unity in Diversity | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

On Saturday the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow played host to the launch of RISE, a new electoral alliance aiming to deliver socialist representation in the Scottish Parliament from 2016. The event brou...

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Why? That's the big question. Why RISE? What purpose does it serve? What might a vote for RISE achieve?


Let us be perfectly clear about this, the constitutional issue is absolutely critical. Everything else in Scottish politics is subsidiary to the question of who governs Scotland. Nothing is more important than affirming the sovereignty of the people of Scotland and bringing our government home in order that this popular sovereignty may be exercised in such a way as to bring about the change tp which we aspire. Nothing of any great significance will be achieved without independence. And we have a very clear path to the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status. We have, in the SNP, the political agency by which the power of the people can be politically effective.


What does RISE add to this? Why would we need another political agent when we already have one?


The comparison with the diversity of the Yes campaign is spurious. For all its diversity, the entire Yes campaign was agreed, however reluctantly in some cases, that the SNP would take the lead role in dealing with the process of becoming independent. For all the anti-independence mob's determination to portray the whole independence issue as a mass of confusion and unanswered questions, not even they were able to cast doubt on who would be managing things in the event of a Yes vote. On that, there was absolute clarity. Others might be involved in the negotiations but it was not seriously disputed that the SNP held the mandate from the people of Scotland.


What does the independence movement gain from the SNP being challenged for this lead role? What advantage is there in giving unionists the opportunity to create doubt where previously there was none? And if RISE isn't challenging for this lead role, what is it doing?

I'm fully in agreement with the contention that we need an effective opposition at Holyrood. A strong opposition is vital to the democratic process. But, as already noted, the principal divide in Scottish politics is not between different points on the left/right spectrum, but between the two sides in the constitutional debate. There is no third side to this debate. You are either pro-independence or pro-Westminster rule. There is nothing in between. RISE claims to be pro-independence. So how can they oppose the pro-independence SNP?


It would certainly be good to have scrutiny and debate in the Scottish Parliament that rises above the mindless "SNP BAD!" offered by the British parties. But surely not at the cost of weakening the independence cause.


There is a deal of confusion between becoming independent and being independent. For obvious reasons, becoming independent takes priority. When it comes to being independent, there is undoubtedly a role for RISE. But RISE adds nothing to the process of becoming independent - and may well detract from it.

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Media academic Robertson launches book that publisher 'ignored' - Newsnet.scot

Media academic Robertson launches book that publisher 'ignored' - Newsnet.scot | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Newsnet’s armchair reviewer of TV News, Professor John Robertson of University of the West of Scotland, has self-published a book about the role of the Scottish and UK media in the Scottish Referendum Campaign.
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Minimum pricing for alcohol considered by EU court

Minimum pricing for alcohol considered by EU court | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
PLANS for a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland yesterday came before the highest court in matters of European Union law, in the latest stage of a lengthy legal battle over the controversial policy.
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The usual blatant dishonesty from British Labour in Scotland. Richard Simpson, who famously disgraced himself over the Megrahi affair, knows damned well that the social responsibility levy that he refers to is linked to minimum unit pricing (MUP). He is also perfectly well aware that MUP will have no impact whatever on anybody other than so-called "problem drinkers" - those who consume the high-alcohol beverages sold at silly prices by traders who care for nothing other than their own profits.

It is the same wanton avarice which drives the Scotch Whisky Association. And they are every bit as dishonest as Richard Price. The claim that "minimum unit pricing will not effectively tackle alcohol misuse" is contradicted by vast amounts of highly credible evidence. And the attempt to pose as the champions of "responsible drinkers" is as ridiculous as it is deceitful given that responsible drinkers will be totally unaffected by MUP.

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Former government advisor: Holyrood and Westminster on collision over minimum pricing

Former government advisor: Holyrood and Westminster on collision over minimum pricing | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
HOLYROOD faces a collision course with Westminster over minimum alcohol pricing after European court claimed the policy needs to be better than other measures aimed at improving public health, according to a leading expert.
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Creating a Fairer Scotland

Creating a Fairer Scotland | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
With the Fairer Scotland conversation well and truly underway we’ve already been taken aback at the feedback from you – the people and communities of Scotland.

Your ideas and suggestions have been varied, and thought provoking.

There are already various ways to have your say on the kind of country you want Scotland to be.

Many of you have taken to our Twitter and Facebook accounts to let us know what you think. Some of you have also been sending in ideas and reports through the contact form on our blog and via email.

We’ve even had a few ideas delivered by the postman!

We’d now like to introduce a further, exciting social channel to the mix – Instagram.
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Nothing but repeats

Nothing but repeats | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Summer is, as we’ve said before, the “silly season” for politics. Wings readers will have noticed that like everywhere else, we’ve been rather lighter on content than usual for the last three months as politicians celebrated their general election victories by giving themselves long holidays – sorry, “time for constituency work” – and in the absence of a referendum campaign to fill the gap there wasn’t much going on.
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Refugees are welcome here

Aylan Kurdi never knew peace, in his short and tragic life, he never knew safety. He met his death on a Turkish beach as his family tried to escape the death that stalks Syria. His undeserved fate is to become a symbol of a tragedy that he was too young to comprehend.
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UK Brings 'Peace' #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik

UK Brings 'Peace' #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Boat Migrants Risk Everything for a New Life in Europe: African asylum seekers rescued off boats and taken aboard an Italy navy ship, June 8, 2014.I just watched David Cameron on the BBC news (02-09-15) telling us all that we did not need to take in more ‘migrants’; rather that we had to bring peace and stability to the countries the ‘migrants’ were coming from.
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ScotIndyPod 111 - Prof John Robertson

ScotIndyPod 111 - Prof John Robertson | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
It has rightly been mentioned in some quarters that before we proceed to indyref 2, the Yes side are going to have to seriously look at what could have been different in indyref 1, and look at how to improve or counteract. In that spirit then I spoke to Professor John Robertson about the book he has written focusing on the media coverage of the referendum and the report on this year's general election.
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Tongue Lashing With Friends

Tongue Lashing With Friends | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Wings Over Scotland published a really stupid article today, and a really good article. Well, technically it was the same article, but both halves of the article were very interesting for different reasons. So, while I’ll only discuss the disagreements briefly, I’ve been percolating a post about Scottish Gaelic for a while, and this provides an excellent prompt.
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Weapon of mind destruction

Ever since the independence referendum, the UK government, its agencies, agents, and its cheerleaders, have gone out of their way to rub the noses of Scotland’s independence supporters in the brown stain on the underpants of the narrow victory for No. Although they saved their Union, at least for the time being, the victory was not the crushing one they’d hoped for. The desire for independence was unleashed and remains unleashed, stalking the land and spreading the virus of hope, preaching the possibility of change. A year on, and the independence movement is still here, still loud, still proud, still organising ourselves, still putting the fear of Gord into the Unionist establishment. We came out of the kailyaird and into the streets and the cities, and there’s no going back. The independence referendum wasn’t the end of Scotland’s road to self determination, it was the beginning.
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The lesser of two stupids

The lesser of two stupids | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Let’s start off by losing some more friends. This site has no time for the Gaelic lobby. The obsolete language spoken by just 0.9% of Scotland’s population might be part of the nation’s “cultural heritage”, but so were burning witches and replacing Highlanders with sheep and we don’t do those any more either.
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Jeremy Corbyn mythbusting: What he really said vs what the papers say

Jeremy Corbyn mythbusting: What he really said vs what the papers say | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Scottish news and politics, analysis and opinion. Scotland's political social media hub. As the latest wave of accusations against Labour leader frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn surface, CommonSpace picks apart what lies behind the headlines.
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Hurtling Backwards

Hurtling Backwards | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

As Jackson Carlaw and his Dept of Cultural Self Hatred descend into a cacophony of anti-gaelic bile here’s that vile separatist, er, Deputy Transport Minister Lewis Macdonald announcing gaelic road signs back in 2003. The initiative was celebrated by that well-known Cultural Cybernat, Mike Watson, then Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport who said:
“I believe that this will make a positive contribution to the Scottish Executive’s strengthening of Gaelic language and will supplement the efforts already being made by local authorities. Gaelic signage will provide visible evidence of public support for Gaelic in Scotland and we hope it will strengthen the confidence of speakers and learners in their use of the language.”

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