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£25 to see your GP: Majority of doctors want to charge patients for routine appointments

£25 to see your GP: Majority of doctors want to charge patients for routine appointments | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
The ideal of an NHS free at the point of need was dealt a serious blow today, as a survey of family doctors revealed unprecedented levels of support for charging patients for routine appointments.
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BEWARE! This is what it means to be part of the British state.

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This is what lies ahead if you vote No.

Vote Yes in the 2014 Referendum on independence for Scotland.

Charles Patrick O'Brien's comment, July 27, 2013 12:59 PM
What should be remembered is the Tories will destroy the NHS and anything to do with the fabric of our society,unemployment will be phased to a maximum of 3 months,there-after food stamps,and if you fall sick tough luck and become too old so what,pensions will vanish also.The Tories have wanted rid of all of the social society.
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Mister Twenty-Four Seven

Mister Twenty-Four Seven | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
We had a little fun last night at the expense of Ian Murray, the sole surviving Scottish Labour MP, who’d sent his constituents a list of his achievements in office that was actually a blank sheet of paper. And in fairness, he was extremely quick off the mark in response, producing a video tweet within four hours.
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Antidisestablishmentarianism and Scottish independence….(!)

Well, it’s taken a while, but I’ve finally found an excuse to get antidisestablishmentarianism into a blogpost.
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Scotland in Europe: The full story of a dramatic year for Scotland’s foreign policy

Scotland in Europe: The full story of a dramatic year for Scotland’s foreign policy | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
“WE DID HAVE A PLAN,” Fiona Hyslop tells me in her ministerial office in the Scottish Parliament. In her role as cabinet secretary for external affairs, a plan was certainly needed last June as the Brexit vote demanded a ramped up programme for making Scotland’s case to the rest of the world.
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Love is a stranger in an open car

Love is a stranger in an open car | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
We’re still struggling a bit with this one, to be honest.
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The inconsistencies, contradictions and logical contortions of British nationalist doublethink.

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Ruth Davidson’s star is beginning to fade | Holyrood Magazine

Ruth Davidson’s star is beginning to fade | Holyrood Magazine | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it

Not for the first time, the Prime Minister may have misjudged the mood north of the Border and thrown her supposed Scottish star Ruth Davidson a curve ball in the form of her snap general election.

Sure, just under a year ago, Davidson was the Girl with the Golden Touch.

After winning Edinburgh Central in the Holyrood elections and more than doubling the number of Conservative MSPs, she was hailed as the answer to her party’s travails.

National newspapers went gaga for the jolly pint-puller who had supposedly ‘detoxified’ the Tories north of the border, and there was even talk of her moving south to take a place in the Cabinet.

Today, that sense of invincibility has evaporated. As the council elections approach, Davidson is on a downward trajectory.

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Kevin McKenna: The Tories' barbaric two-child support policy is a form of social cleansing

Kevin McKenna: The Tories' barbaric two-child support policy is a form of social cleansing | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
THE favourite pastime of England’s media establishment – stitching up Jeremy Corbyn – is now, it seems, an intrinsic part of its General Election coverage. Often it is invisible to the naked eye or initially inaudible. On BBC’s Breakfast Time yesterday I had to deploy the rewind function to reassure myself my imagination wasn’t playing tricks. But no, there it was: subtle, semi-subliminal and insidious. In an item about Labour unveiling its plans for Brexit, the introduction included this little missile: “So far, Labour’s struggled to present its own clear message for Brexit.” It was followed a few seconds later by: “Now the party’s shadow Brexit secretary will attempt to clarify their position.”
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Sturgeon explains why Holyrood can't always be sticking plaster for Tory cuts - Autonomy Scotland

Sturgeon explains why Holyrood can't always be sticking plaster for Tory cuts - Autonomy Scotland | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
This two minute video of Nicola Sturgeon details the problem with the idea that the Scottish Parliament can be permanently used to fill the holes left by Tory cuts. Sturgeon details why the Scottish Parliament can only be used as a sticking plaster for Tory cuts for so long.
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  • The Scottish Government does not have the power to abolish policies like the Rape Clause.
  • Trying to mitigate the damage is very difficult due to how complex the benefit system is.
  • Also, when cuts are made by the UK government these savings are not passed onto the Scottish government.
  • So to mitigate the cuts, resources need to be moved from other struggling budgets such as schools and hospitals.
  • Since 2015 the Scottish government has spent £350 million mitigating the bedroom tax so budgets are already creaking.
  • The argument that the Scottish government should plug the gaps left by Tory cuts is therefore ridiculous.
  • Drawn to its conclusion it would mean the Tories could cut all benefit and leave the Scottish government to deal with the consequences without any changes to the budget.
  • If the Tories really want Scotland to deal with these issues then they should devolve full powers over these benefits as well as the budgets that go with them.
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DWP tell stroke victim to use food banks after Atos error leaves him with no DLA payments

DWP tell stroke victim to use food banks after Atos error leaves him with no DLA payments | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
BEDRIDDEN multiple-stroke victim Alan Buchanan and his wife Heather feared they were going to be made homeless after an overeager Atos assessor and a bureaucratic cock-up left them facing extreme poverty.

And when the couple asked the government for advice they were told to go the local food bank.
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WATCH: 'Suspicious Package' Delivered To SNP MP's Office

WATCH: 'Suspicious Package' Delivered To SNP MP's Office | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Police are investigating after a suspicious package was delivered to the constituency office of an SNP MP.
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SNP runs public services while Tories run them down in a tale of two governments

SNP runs public services while Tories run them down in a tale of two governments | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
It’s time to revisit the tale of two governments – the Government in London led by Theresa May’s Tories and the Government in Edinburgh led by Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.
By any comparison in the tale of two governments, the SNP administration are head and shoulders ahead – despite the Tories cutting Scotland’s budget by almost £3billion over a decade.
Remember that when the Tories come knocking on your door, attacking the SNP record on health and education.
Their own is much worse.
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EU funding for Seafood Scotland - gov.scot

Support to promote Scotland’s fishing industry globally.

Seafood Scotland has been awarded just under £1 million of EU funding to showcase Scottish produce at international trade shows.

Support in the latest round of the European and Maritime Fisheries Fund will enable industry body Seafood Scotland to exhibit in seven trade shows around the globe over the next 12 months.
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Self belief

Self belief | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
The polls are indicating a possible increase in support in Scotland for the Tories on the back of two factors, the deathbed choking rattle of Labour, and the single policy of a pledge to stop independence.

It staggers me, after all the Tories, and latterly New Labour, have done to Scotland to hear statements like “I can’t stand that Sturgeon, Labour and the Tories have destroyed the country but I couldn’t vote for her. We are too wee, the industry is all away, and it’s not coming back”.

I don’t see it myself but what is it about Nicola Sturgeon that perfectly rational, decent working folk would find to dislike?
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Wee Ginger Dug: Why this General Election will be Scotland’s last …

Wee Ginger Dug: Why this General Election will be Scotland’s last … | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
IT’S week two of the General Election campaign that no-one wanted except the woman who says no to an independence referendum on the grounds that she doesn’t want it. The party whose clothes Theresa May has stolen has revealed its big election pledge. Having seen the Conservatives steal all their policies, Ukip has had no choice but to go full on frother, which wasn’t easy since they were already doing a very good impression of Old Faithful to begin with.
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I'm currently reading 'A decent ride' by Irvine Welsh. Those familiar with the book will know what I mean when I say that the reference to "Old Faithful" conjured a particular image. For the benefit of those who haven't read it, I should explain that the 'hero' of Irvine's tale uses the term 'Auld Faithful' to refer to his male appendage.

 

I'm prepared to accept that the juxtaposition with a picture of David Coburn is mere happenstance.

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A disarming frankness

A disarming frankness | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
An alert reader received a letter today about the forthcoming general election, from Scottish Labour’s only current MP, Ian Murray. (Although you’d have to know that in advance, as he doesn’t mention the Labour Party in it once.)
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Frigging around the rigging

Frigging around the rigging | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
There’s no particular reason to post this today, other than that it’s only come to light this week and today happens to be the 20th anniversary of the article below.

While it’s often said (mainly by nationalist types) that the Scottish Parliament and its electoral system were specifically designed to prevent the SNP from coming to power and holding an independence referendum, there’s been very little in the way of explicit evidence to back that statement up.

The 27 April 1997 issue of the Scottish Sun, though, had it in spades.
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LET’S MAKE THE TORIES REGRET CALLING THIS CYNICAL ELECTION

LET’S MAKE THE TORIES REGRET CALLING THIS CYNICAL ELECTION | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Like the first cuckoo of spring the start to general election season in Scotland is never quite complete without the call of the Tories that they’re going to take Perth and North Perthshire. Where the call of the Tories is oft-repeated and grating it is at least predictable. In fact I’d almost feel disappointed if the discordant song of the Tories in full voice wasn’t forthcoming as it is the perfect noise to ensure that the opposition to the Tories is galvanised once again in Perthshire. It, probably more than anything else, helped me treble, then double my majority in the last two elections.
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Stand By For Mayhem

Stand By For Mayhem | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Good Morning Scotland claims another victim.  I can’t blame my wife for banishing me to the spare room after I rudely awakened her by smashing the radio alarm to smithereens with a wooden coat hanger.  To be fair, I probably just dreamed the bit about the morning papers being reviewed by Margaret Curran, Darth Vader and the Duke of Cumberland, but it had the acid tang of plausibility.  After that, the real-life introduction of charisma bypass Miles Briggs was simply the final gamma-ray blast that stripped away my veneer of self-control.
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Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow slams the BBC for letting the government get away with murder | The Canary

Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow slams the BBC for letting the government get away with murder | The Canary | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow has called out the BBC for “aggressively avoiding” the Conservative electoral fraud scandal:
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Scottish Business Buzz (26.04.17) - Business for Scotland

Scottish Business Buzz (26.04.17) - Business for Scotland | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
Seafood Expo Global meets in Brussels this week. 

46 Scottish seafood companies will be heading to Brussels this week to do business at Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest seafood show.
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'You cannot trust the Tories on your pension' - Autonomy Scotland

'You cannot trust the Tories on your pension' - Autonomy Scotland | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
“You cannot trust the Tories on your pension”


As we have been saying since the election was called, this election is about serious issues. The most obvious one being Brexit.

The Scottish Tories are trying to distract from that by only talking about independence on their flyers. Meanwhile, yesterday in the Scottish parliament, they were forced to justify making rape victims relive their trauma in order to get a benefit they are entitled to. While today in Westminster they as good as admitted they are going to cut pensions.

Don’t be a mug and vote based on the issues that matter as this election has no bearing on the independence question. There are serious issues at play.

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Pensions aren't safe under the Tories – Theresa May refuses to back triple lock after being put on the spot at PMQs

Pensions aren't safe under the Tories – Theresa May refuses to back triple lock after being put on the spot at PMQs | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
THERESA May has refused to guarantee that the “triple lock” on pensions will continue after being pressed on the matter by Angus Robertson in the final session of Prime Minister’s Questions before the snap General Election.
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UPDATE: Forfar lockdown was due to politically-motivated anthrax threat - The Courier

UPDATE: Forfar lockdown was due to politically-motivated anthrax threat - The Courier | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
A total of four fire appliances, a heavy rescue unit and a specialist chemical unit were among those dispatched to the scene when the alarm was raised around 1.35pm.
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"The Courier understands the package contained a message stating: “SNP out – Tories in” and its contents are being examined."

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Robertson vs May at PMQs: "You can't trust the Tories on pensions"

Robertson vs May at PMQs: "You can't trust the Tories on pensions" | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
VOTERS ACROSS THE UK will soon realise that they “can’t trust the Tories on pensions” according to Angus Robertson, the SNP’s Westminister leader in Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) today (Wednesday 26 April).
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Building for the future - gov.scot

£6.4 billion of infrastructure projects underway.

Infrastructure projects worth almost £6.4 billion will be under construction throughout Scotland in 2017.

Projects such as the Forth Valley College Falkirk Campus, NHS Orkney’s New Hospital and Healthcare Facilities and the A737 Dalry Bypass will all commence construction this year.
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‘Worrying’ report shows 24% increase in social sector evictions across Scotland - Scottish Housing News

‘Worrying’ report shows 24% increase in social sector evictions across Scotland - Scottish Housing News | Politics Scotland | Scoop.it
The good progress made on social evictions between 2010 to 2014 has gone into reverse according to new analysis which shows there has been a 24% increase in evictions across Scotland’s social rented sector in the last two years.
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"Releasing the publication, the charity said the figures are “extremely disappointing” and “should ring alarm bells” about local authorities and registered social landlords (RSLs) failing to adhere to Scottish Government guidance to act in the best interests of children facing homelessness."

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