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Tories attacked over plan to recruit Scotland's poorest schoolchildren as 'cannon fodder' for British Army

Tories attacked over plan to recruit Scotland's poorest schoolchildren as 'cannon fodder' for British Army | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
TORY plans to create military cadet units in state schools in Scotland's most deprived areas have been attacked as an attempt to recruit vulnerable children as British Army 'cannon fodder'.

Leaked correspondence obtained by the Sunday Herald shows defence minister Julian Brazier urged the Scottish Government to embrace in-school cadet units. A senior SNP source branded the plan a "cannon fodder scheme" and said it would not go ahead.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 17, 3:57 AM

Once again we see in this drive to create military units in our schools the British establishment's failure to recognise Scotland's distinctive political culture - or their antipathy to such distinctiveness. That British defence minister Julian Brazier urged the Scottish Government to embrace "in-school cadet units" suggests ignorance of, or disdain for, the fact that Scotland goes its own way in this, as in so many other matters.

It is all too easy to imagine Brazier being seriously taken aback by Aileen Campbell's cold response to what he doubtless assumed would be treated as an instruction. And yet, he represents a UK Government which, despite this lack of awareness of the realities of Scottish politics and society, presumes to know what is best for Scotland.

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Low oil price causes "collapse" of SNP policy, says David Cameron

Low oil price causes "collapse" of SNP policy, says David Cameron | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it

The low oil price has led to a "complete and utter collapse" of the SNP's policy, the Prime Minister has claimed.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 13, 4:01 PM

What does Cameron know about SNP policy? What does Cameron know about Scotland's economy? Less than nothing, apparently.

SNP policy has never been critically dependent on oil revenues. For the simple reason that the party has always known something which has apparently come as something of a shock to British nationalists. Oils is a very volatile commodity.

The Fraser of Allander Institute knows a bit about Scotland's economy. And they report that Scotland is enjoying moderate, sustainable growth despite the collapse in the price of oil. That, as any fool knows, is because a low oil price has positive as well as negative implications.

Cameron is, therefore, something less than a fool.

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Bungling Baillie tried to set up taskforce twice as minister

Bungling Baillie tried to set up taskforce twice as minister | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it

SCOTTISH Labour’s public services spokeswoman tried to set up the same task force twice in a fortnight when she was a minister, prompting civil servants to intervene.

Newly released files from the National Records of Scotland show officials blocked a Cabinet presentation by Jackie Baillie, now a key member of Kezia Dugdale's Shadow Cabinet. Baillie’s blunder occurred shortly after she was made Minister for Social Justice in late 2000.


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Mundell accused of turning Scotland Office into "marketing campaign for the Union"

Mundell accused of turning Scotland Office into "marketing campaign for the Union" | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it

A ROW has broken out over the cost of the Scotland Office's press operation.

The Scotland Office plans to increase its complement of communications officers to nine in the current financial year, at a cost of £474,000.

The SNP launched a fierce attack on the spending - a fourfold increase compared with five year ago - claiming Secretary of State of Scotland David Mundell was running a "marketing campaign for the Union".


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 28, 2015 3:13 AM

It's not clear why we are told that the Scottish Government has a budget of £4.9million for "public information and engagement" in an article that is supposed to be about the Scotland Office. If it is an attempt to provide context then it is a singularly poor one since there is nothing with which this figure might sensibly be compared.

The £474,000 spent on "communications officers" is but the tip of the iceberg. We should be told exactly how much Scottish taxpayers' money the Scotland Office is spending on unionist propaganda.

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Scotland’s new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a “use it or lose it”, Lords to hear

Scotland’s new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a “use it or lose it”, Lords to hear | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it

Scotland’s new tax and welfare powers should be devolved on a “use it or lose it” basis, the House of Lords will hear today.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 8, 2015 7:59 AM

Devolution is dead. Their Lordships are just kicking the corpse.

One of the reasons that devolution is dead is that, as we have seen, powers can be ripped away from the Scottish Parliament at any time. How might it be possible to develop a long-term strategy and programme of legislation when there can never be any certainty that the power to legislate will still be there in a year, or two, or three?

Another reason devolution is dead is that, while it has always been informed by the imperative to retain power at Westminster rather than to empower Holyrood, it has now become no more than a political weapon - a device by which to undermine the Scottish National Party. Lord Maxton comes close to admitting this with his ludicrous "use it or lose" suggestion. The latest round of constitutional tinkering is a malicious contrivance of political and fiscal traps set for the Scottish Government. Some in the British establishment are evidently concerned that the SNP administration will not oblige by walking into those traps, and so they propose to force them.

Meanwhile, we have Lord Foulkes pushing a second chamber for the Scottish Parliament. Let nobody imagine that he does so for any noble reasons. His sole purpose is to find a way of circumventing the Scottish electorate's rejection of British Labour. If people won't vote for them, they'll find some other way to bring their malign influence to bear on Scotland's governance.

As with the sudden enthusiasm among many in the British parties for "localism", the prime objective is to undermine the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament.

Devolution is dead. It could not survive the ministrations of a self-serving British establishment determined to preserve the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state and serve its ruling elites.

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Tory Minister Criminal Theft of Public Funds Exposé

Tory Minister Criminal Theft of Public Funds Exposé | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Robert Halfon, who had six-month affair this year, claimed more than £30,000 to stay at the East India Club in 2010-2014

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Scotland Bill row deepens as Holyrood prepares to ask for even more powers

Scotland Bill row deepens as Holyrood prepares to ask for even more powers | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
The constitutional struggle between Holyrood and Westminster is set to intensify after SNP sources revealed ministers are considering campaigning for new powers in a second Scotland Bill even before the current one has reached the Statute Book.

The move raises the prospect of fresh political battles over the extent of devolution in the run up to the next General Election in 2020.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, November 23, 2015 7:11 AM

Why does Mike Settle insist on referring to another Scotland Bill as a "second" one. The latest round of inept constitutional tinkering by the UK government is already the third in a sorry parade of abject failure. a further Scotland Bill would be the fourth, not the second.

Given that the trend has been for these slapdash stookies on a broken political union to crumble earlier and earlier in the process I confidently declare today that Scotland Bill IV to be incoherent, incomprehensible, inadequate, unacceptable and entirely unworkable.

Time to put an end to this fiasco. Independence! Nothing less!

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Labour scraps second Holyrood selection contest in Glasgow

Labour scraps second Holyrood selection contest in Glasgow | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
LABOUR’s Holyrood campaign in Glasgow has suffered another blow after they scrapped a second selection contest in the city.

The party has re-opened the applications process for the Shettleston seat amid fears unfancied councillor Yvonne Kucuk would win.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, November 8, 2015 9:35 AM

Hands up anybody who will be surprised if the candidates selected in these re-opened processes turn out to be former British Labour MPs ousted in May.

Anyone?

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These are the 184 Labour MPs who didn’t vote against the Tories' welfare bill

These are the 184 Labour MPs who didn’t vote against the Tories' welfare bill | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Below are the 184 Labour MPs who didn’t vote against the second reading of the Conservatives’ Welfare Reform and Work Bill.

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Best enlighten @blairmcdougall ..He thinks we are all as daft as he is .#FoolingNoOne #RedTories

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The Ponsonby Post - Scottish Labour's Cruel Hoax on the Poor

The Ponsonby Post - Scottish Labour's Cruel Hoax on the Poor | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it

I gave up on the Scottish media a long time ago. I can't imagine any other democratic nation on earth having to put up with the mediocrity we in Scotland do. The entity behaves like a long time heroin addict who requires a regular fix from its dealer - Labour. When it gets one it feels good for a brief spell before continuing its downward spiral.


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Type 26 frigate project could be holed by Trident

Type 26 frigate project could be holed by Trident | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Concerns have been raised that Conservative ministers are planning to slash the programme for the new Type 26 frigates, which would be a major blow for shipbuilding jobs on the Clyde.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, November 8, 2015 8:18 AM

It is worth noting that Jim Moohan of GMB Scotland was one of those who urged a No vote last September on the grounds that it was necessary in order to safeguard shipbuilding jobs on the Clyde.

You got your No vote, Jim. Where are the bloody safeguards?

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Kezia Dugdale demands power from London Labour

Kezia Dugdale demands power from London Labour | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Kezia Dugdale has set out plans for more autonomy for the Scottish Labour Party that would see control over policy and candidate selection transferred north of the Border.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, October 26, 2015 7:59 AM

Big fat lie in the first paragraph. There is no such thing as the "Scottish Labour Party". When will British journalists learn that we are not fooled by their dishonesty?

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Anger at SNP call to ‘control broadcasting’

Anger at SNP call to ‘control broadcasting’ | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
A SENIOR SNP figure sparked anger yesterday when she said gaining control over broadcasting could be “crucial” in helping Scotland become independent.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, October 19, 2015 2:36 AM

Who is angry, other than those who regard the BBC as rightfully a tool of the British establishment rather than a resource for all of society?

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Peter MacMahon's Politics Blog: Kezia Dugdale says "I'm in it to win …

Once all powerful in Scotland, her party is languishing in the polls. It was nearly wiped out north of the Border in the UK general election. It's deeply divided at Westminster.
That's the background against which Kezia Dugdale has to lead Labour in Scotland into this year's Holyrood elections.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 15, 2:01 PM

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to penetrate this article in an attempt to determine just what the f***k Kezia Dugdale's great policy ideas are.


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Dugdale is embarrassingly delusional. You'd feel sorry for her, but it's clearly willful, so no pity is due.
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Taxpayers' bill for damage to police cars tops £2M

Taxpayers' bill for damage to police cars tops £2M | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
More than £2million has been spend on repairs to police cars in the two and a half years since Police Scotland was established.

Figures obtained by the Conservatives revealed that since April 2013 there had been 3500 collisions involving police vehicles.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 4, 4:52 AM

Will the British parties and the British media never stop treating us like idiots? Do they really think we are too stupid to see the massive flaws in this latest piece of anti-Scottish propaganda?

Unless you are one of those hard-line unionists who never question any of the incessant stream of often grotesquely contrived stories denigrating Scottish institutions then you would immediately ask what the hell this has to do with the creation of Police Scotland. You would want to know in what way accidents involving police vehicles is a function of the amalgamation of the old services.

Only the British nationalist fanatics this story is intended to appeal to would fail to wonder why we are not given any figures for the period prior to the creation of Police Scotland in order that we might make a sensible comparison.

No journalist worthy of the name would have omitted such a vital component of a story which is utterly worthless without such information. At the very least you might have thought somebody in the British establishment would have recognised by now that this kind of woefully clumsy propaganda is having an effect entirely opposite to that which is intended.

The more the British parties and their friends in the media seek to damage the SNP administration by denigrating our public services and insulting the people who work in them, the more people people turn to the SNP as a party that can be relied upon to put the interests of Scotland's people first.

And let us be under no illusions, this IS anti-Scottish propaganda. Attacking the SNP is one thing. But seeking to undermine public confidence in Police Scotland, NHS Scotland etc. with ludicrously distorted material that has no other purpose is another matter altogether. It is all too clear that the British parties and the British media couldn't care less about the damage done to the nation by this malicious propaganda. They would happily see Scotland's institutions brought into totally unjustified disrepute in the name of preserving the structures of power and privilege which define the British state.

The British establishment's motto is, "The Union At Any Cost!".


EDIT: To better make my point, I did a quick web search and came up with a report from 2010 which puts the cost of damage to police vehicles in Scotland at almost £1m FOR ONE YEAR! This would seem to suggest that Police Scotland has actually succeeded in reducing the cost. Why isn't that the story?

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The Labour Holyrood hopefuls who voted Yes in the referendum

The Labour Holyrood hopefuls who voted Yes in the referendum | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it

They YES voters have been shortlisted to become Scottish Labour candidates for Holyrood, as the party relaxes its attitude towards members who backed independence.

At least three potential party candidates, two of whom are trying to stand in Glasgow, voted to take Scotland out of the Union.


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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 3, 11:53 AM

British Labour in Scotland repeatedly insisting that the referendum is in the past as if they are trying to convince themselves. They certainly don't behave as if it's over. Project Fear never closed down and continues to blight Scottish politics with its grinding negativity.

And, of course, the vote may be in the past but the independence movement is very much alive and kicking unionist butt at every opportunity. In Scotland, the old left/right political divide is now secondary, at best, to the divide between those who want restore Scotland's rightful constitutional status and those who are bent upon preserving the union at any cost.

Voters would be advised to exercise caution. The British Labour candidates who voted Yes in the first independence referendum will almost certainly make use of this fact in their campaigning. Don't be fooled! They are standing as candidates for a party which is explicitly and irredeemably unionist. A party which is as much part of the British political establishment as their Tory allies in the anti-independence campaign.

A party that was prepared to lie and smear and terrorise pensioners in the name of preserving the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state.

If these people were serious about bringing Scotland's government home they would not be representing a party which is determined to keep Scotland under the thumb of the ruling elites of the British state.

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Councillors who postponed Forth Road Bridge repairs until 2016 are blamed for closure crisis

Councillors who postponed Forth Road Bridge repairs until 2016 are blamed for closure crisis | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
A DEFUNCT public body consisting of ten councillors has effectively been blamed for the Forth Road Bridge crisis.

The Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) ceased to exist on June 1, when private contractor Amey took over the operations of the road bridge as part of its contract to run the new Queensferry Crossing.

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Tories are real alternative to SNP, Ruth Davidson claims

Tories are real alternative to SNP, Ruth Davidson claims | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
The Scottish Tories will be the "real alternative" to the SNP in next year's Holyrood elections, Conservative leader Ruth Davidson…

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 9, 2015 3:11 AM

It is to be expected that Ruth Davidson would try to take advantage of the disarray in which British Labour in Scotland finds itself. But she is on dangerous ground when she criticises them on their record in opposition. After all, the two main British parties at Holyrood have been working hand in glove for as long as anybody can remember. Davidson and Dugdale are a double-act every bit as much as their predecessors were. So much so that, watching their antics at First Minister's Questions (FMQ), it is easy to believe they share a scriptwriter.

Few can doubt that, behind all the faux rivalry, British Labour in Scotland and the North British Tories are continuing the alliance that they forged during the referendum campaign.

Davidson is undoubtedly correct to say that British Labour in Scotland has "comprehensively failed" as the official opposition. What she hopes we'll forget is that her own party was right there with them as they failed. If British Labour in Scotland is guilty, so are their Tory accomplices.

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Scottish Government sets 50,000 affordable homes target - CITB

Scottish Government sets 50,000 affordable homes target - CITB | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it

The Scottish Government is aiming to build 50,000 affordable homes by 2020, in a £3 billion investment programme that will support tens of thousands of jobs and provide a boost to the wider economy.


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Brown: Sturgeon must top up tax credits - or back Tory cuts

Brown: Sturgeon must top up tax credits - or back Tory cuts | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Nicola Sturgeon’s government would be backing Conservative cuts if it does not top up tax credits, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, November 12, 2015 8:20 AM

I still don't understand why Gordon Brown commands the media attention that he does. Presumably it's because the British establishment sees him as a "big hitter" in the war (for who can doubt that it is such) against the SNP, Scotland's independence movement, and progressive politics in general. By rights, they should be doubting his efficacy as a bastion of the old order and the old ways after this latest semi-coherent, barely rational outburst. But that would require that the media were actually attending to Brown's outpourings rather than simply trumpeting on the assumption that anything he says must be grist to the "SNP BAD!" mill.

Brown can spout the most obvious drivel safe in the knowledge that his fellow British nationalists are wilfully blind and deaf to the idiocy and hypocrisy of his remarks.

There is the idiocy of Brown's personal take of the false dilemma fallacy. If the SNP administration does not fully fund all UK Government cuts them they must be in favour of those cuts. Presumably, if the SNP fails to find a cure for cancer then they are great fans of the disease.

What Brown has actually done here is to explicitly acknowledge that the Scotland Bill is intended solely as a weapon against the SNP. A weapon to be wielded regardless of any harm done to Scotland's economy, public services, or democratic institutions.

This is hardly a startling revelation to those of us who have been paying attention. But one would think the Westminster elite that Gordon Brown speaks for would be less than pleased about him so brazenly exposing what they doubtless still imagine to be David Mundell's very cunning plan to put Holyrood back in the hands of those whose loyalty is to the British state rather than the people of Scotland.

If the evident idiocy of Brown's false dilemma was not enough to embarrass his British establishment clients, then surely the logic-grinding inconsistency and stomach-churning hypocrisy of his remarks about a "different social model" in Scotland in the light of British Labour's similarly illogical and two-faced opposition to independence on the grounds of "solidarity". The claim that for Scotland leaving the UK would be to abandon our "brothers and sisters" down south never made any sense. Not least because it relied on the plainly false notion that socialist solidarity cannot work across borders.

Perhaps crazier still, it amounted to saying that, in the name of this spurious socialist solidarity, the people of Scotland must accept Tory governments that we didn't vote for in order to - maybe, sometimes - save voters in the rest of the UK from the Tory government that they DID vote for.

Now we have Brown, the consummate prevaricator, telling us that his rock solid, unwavering commitment to solidarity remains rock solid and unwavering only until it encounters a potential opportunity to inflict some political damage on the SNP. At which point, it wavers itself completely out of existence. There is no principle which may not be crudely compromised in the name of defending the British state and its structures of power, privilege, and patronage.

The rocks of Gordon Brown's commitment to "One Nation" socialism melt in the dank chill of craven political expediency.

That Brown remains one of British nationalism's great figures defies all sense just as surely as he does. But if he uses the media platform which he is so inexplicably afforded to expose the insidious purpose of the Scotland Bill then perhaps we should be glad that British nationalists are so pathetically desperate for heroes.

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Hinkley Point C and Trident – the link between the Tories' two mad nuclear policies

Hinkley Point C and Trident – the link between the Tories' two mad nuclear policies | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Scottish news and politics, analysis and opinion. Scotland's political social media hub. Gordon Morgan explores the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant deal between the UK and China, and finds on almost every score - cost, safety, consumer price, design, legality - the deal is an irrational one, which leaves just one possible rational kernel - that it is connected to the Tories other mad nuclear policy; Trident renewal.

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Corbyn's frontbenchers are considering mass resignations to force him out

Corbyn's frontbenchers are considering mass resignations to force him out | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Jeremy Corbyn could be hit by a wave of resignations by moderate frontbenchers in an attempt to destabilise his leadership and pave the way for a coup aimed at ousting him.

Some Labour frontbenchers who agreed to serve under left-wing party leader are determined to topple him well before the 2020 general election and have begun private talks about their tactics. One option is an orchestrated series of resignations if Labour does badly in Mr Corbyn’s first major electoral test – the contests next May for London Mayor; the Scottish Parliament; Welsh Assembly and local authorities.

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Glasgow City Council spends more than £100,000 a year on back-slapping awards ceremonies

Glasgow City Council spends more than £100,000 a year on back-slapping awards ceremonies | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it

Back-slapping awards ceremonies are costing Glasgow City Council and its arm’s-length organisations more than £100,000 a year.

Many of the self-congratulatory events are aimed at “celebrating best practice”.

Staff are often handed gongs at lavish ceremonies for simply remaining an employee for a set length of time.


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2017  #GLCC . #Lab  waste of #TaxPayers money when that £100.000pa could be spent on PublicServices 

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Kezia Dugdale: Scottish Labour will have more autonomy

Kezia Dugdale: Scottish Labour will have more autonomy | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Kezia Dugdale has set out her plan for more party autonomy for the Scottish Labour Party.

Ms Dugdale has said that under her plan Scottish Labour should be responsible for decisions about the selection of candidates for all elections, including for UK General Elections and European Parliament elections, in addition to Scottish Parliament and local authority elections, the management of local Constituency Labour Parties, party membership, policy making.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, October 25, 2015 2:04 PM

The concept of "more autonomy" is utterly meaningless. Either "Scottish Labour is a real political party with the authority to determine policy, or it isn't. There is nothing in between. No one party may stand for election with a variety of different manifestos. It is simply not permitted. For reasons which really shouldn't require any explanation.

There is no "Scottish Labour Party", despite the fact that British journalists persist in referring to this entirely mythical entity. There is only the British Labour Party. Unless one is naive enough to suppose that the British Labour Party will accept policy positions decided entirely by the branch in Scotland, then it follows that policy will continue to be the province of the party elite in London.

When Dugdale refers to "autonomy" she can mean only a token slackening of the choke chain which might allow a handful of trusted British Labour lackeys in Scotland to TALK as if they were in charge of policy on certain issues.

This is not "autonomy". This is a further attempt to deceive the people of Scotland. The truly sad and pathetic thing is that Kezia Dugdale imagines this attempted deceit to be artful. She is deceiving only herself.

Velvet Rose's curator insight, October 26, 2015 4:08 AM

OoO #Kezia ..wants control of #CandidateSelections .. Forget #PolicyMaking you'll never be able to undermine your #WMMasters . Your #Party let #Scotland down on a daily basis  will take more than Autonomy 

 

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Kezia Dugdale: Scottish Labour will have more autonomy

Kezia Dugdale: Scottish Labour will have more autonomy | Scottish Politics | Scoop.it
Kezia Dugdale has set out her plan for more party autonomy for the Scottish Labour Party.

Ms Dugdale has said that under her plan Scottish Labour should be responsible for decisions about the selection of candidates for all elections, including for UK General Elections and European Parliament elections, in addition to Scottish Parliament and local authority elections, the management of local Constituency Labour Parties, party membership, policy making.

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OoO #Kezia ..wants control of #CandidateSelections .. Forget #PolicyMaking you'll never be able to undermine your #WMMasters . Your #Party let #Scotland down on a daily basis  will take more than Autonomy 

 

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, October 25, 2015 2:04 PM

The concept of "more autonomy" is utterly meaningless. Either "Scottish Labour is a real political party with the authority to determine policy, or it isn't. There is nothing in between. No one party may stand for election with a variety of different manifestos. It is simply not permitted. For reasons which really shouldn't require any explanation.

There is no "Scottish Labour Party", despite the fact that British journalists persist in referring to this entirely mythical entity. There is only the British Labour Party. Unless one is naive enough to suppose that the British Labour Party will accept policy positions decided entirely by the branch in Scotland, then it follows that policy will continue to be the province of the party elite in London.

When Dugdale refers to "autonomy" she can mean only a token slackening of the choke chain which might allow a handful of trusted British Labour lackeys in Scotland to TALK as if they were in charge of policy on certain issues.

This is not "autonomy". This is a further attempt to deceive the people of Scotland. The truly sad and pathetic thing is that Kezia Dugdale imagines this attempted deceit to be artful. She is deceiving only herself.

Velvet Rose's curator insight, October 26, 2015 6:12 PM

Not going on too well ...#Kezia .. you'll always have your #StrinG Pulled .#WMControll  #SLab is #UKLab in disguise