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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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PM announces £500m cash boost for Glasgow, challenges SNP to match it

PM announces £500m cash boost for Glasgow, challenges SNP to match it | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
David Cameron has announced a £500m cash boost for Glasgow which will result in the creation of thousands of new jobs.
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What we have here is a partnership between a Tory Government in London and a British Labour administration in Glasgow for the sole purpose of undermining the Scottish Government. If it was otherwise then why did the UK Government refuse to liaise with Edinburgh?

Will anybody stop to think where this supposedly "new" money will come from? Rather obviously, it will come from cuts to the block grant. As well as seeking to drive a wedge between Holyrood and local authorities, the intention is to oblige the Scottish Government to make cuts elsewhere in order to "match" funding which it is effectively also providing.

This whole "deal" stinks. And it only serves to illustrate the fact that devolved powers are ultimately meaningless so long as London holds the purse strings. It offers a glimpse of what will happen in a post-No vote Scotland as the British state uses its powers over Scotland's budget to force us to come into line with what the UK Government is doing in England.

The first target will be our NHS. Every effort will be bent to forcing the Scottish Government to start privatising health services in Scotland. The British state simply cannot allow the embarrassing example of a fully functioning public health service just across the border that opponents of "reform" in the rest of the UK can point to as an example of a different way.

Beware British politicians bearing gifts!


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G3 CREATIVE's curator insight, July 4, 2014 5:23 AM

It's about time that the Greater Glasgow area got a cash boost.

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Steven Purcell breaks three-year silence to say: Glasgow must plan for indyref Yes

STEVEN Purcell, the former leader of Glasgow City Council, has broken his three-year silence since leaving office after a breakdown fuelled by drink and drugs in order to make his first contribution to the independence debate.

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Is Stephen Purcell now on kite-flying duty for British Labour in Scotland?

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A revolution on Clydeside? | Michael Crick on Politics

A revolution on Clydeside? | Michael Crick on Politics | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
Michael Crick argues the significance of council elections in Glasgow could be greater than the mayoral race in London.
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Why Glasgow is the Scottish independence game-breaker

Why Glasgow is the Scottish independence game-breaker | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Nurturing and regenerating the city has never been more important for the country as a whole

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Wings Over Scotland | We need to talk about Glasgow

Wings Over Scotland | We need to talk about Glasgow | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

Today’s press is full of reports on the Glasgow University independence referendum, in which the vote went 62-38 against on a turnout variously reported as 11%, 12% and 13%. (To our considerable surprise, this dismal level of interest was in fact regarded as a triumph, and vastly above the usual amount of engagement with student politics.)

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Labour condemned for 'hysterical' scaremongering on Glasgow rail

Labour condemned for 'hysterical' scaremongering on Glasgow rail | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
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Peter A Bell's comment, February 24, 2012 5:06 AM
The British Labour & Unionist Party's hysterical lying about imagined rail station closures recalls Iain Gray's equally hysterical and equally dishonest accusations just a few months ago about a supposed "hit list" for university closures.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-15022124