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Bank refuses to sell insurance to customers in Scotland

Bank refuses to sell insurance to customers in Scotland | European Convention on Human Rights | Scoop.it
TSB has refused to sell insurance to Scottish landlords, The National can reveal – over a Holyrood law change introduced last month.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 30, 6:20 AM

It may well be that there is a genuine issue here for the insurers. It is entirely possible that the policies they offer to landlords require to be amended in the light of new legislation. What is both incomprehensible and unacceptable is that, despite having been "consulted throughout the development and implementation of the new tenancy rules", it seems they are totally unprepared.


This smacks of complacency and incompetence more than discrimination. But we might well wonder if the insurance companies exhibit a similar disregard for Westminster legislation. Or if it is just the Scottish Parliament for which they have such scant respect.

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May told indyref2 is up to Scotland to decide

May told indyref2 is up to Scotland to decide | European Convention on Human Rights | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH voters overwhelmingly believe it should be the government in Edinburgh rather than Downing Street who decide if there is to be a second referendum on Scottish independence.

In the latest Panelbase poll for Wings Over Scotland, 51 per cent of Scottish voters say the decision about a new referendum on independence should be made north of the border.

And even 24 per cent of No voters want the choice made by the Scottish government.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 3, 5:34 AM

In fact, it is the people of Scotland who decide if there is to be a new independence referendum. The right of self-determination is vested wholly in the people of Scotland, to be exercised entirely at their discretion. The people of Scotland alone have the rightful authority to choose the form of government which best serves their needs, priorities and aspirations. Just as the people of Scotland alone have the rightful authority to determine and constrain the powers of their democratically elected Parliament.

 

And they have already made their decision known. Scotland's electorate has given the Scottish Government a clear mandate to hold a new independence referendum. That mandate has been confirmed by the Scottish Parliament. The Parliament which is actually elected by the people of Scotland. The only Parliament which can claim democratic legitimacy in Scotland. The only Parliament which truly represents the will of Scotland's people.

 

The role of the Scottish Government is to honour its mandate from the Scottish people and implement the will of the Scottish Parliament. The people are sovereign. Parliament and Government are the instruments by which the people make their sovereignty effective.

 

What the Wings Over Scotland/Panelbase poll indicates is that the people of Scotland do not trust Westminster to respect their democratic will. And why would they? Even if the British state had not proved itself to be corrupt and unprincipled and utterly contemptuous of Scotland and democracy in myriad ways over many decades, Westminster is not Scotland's Parliament. Its ways are not Scotland's ways. Its priorities and imperatives and ethos and worldview are not Scotland's. The very basis of its claim to political authority is alien to Scotland.

 

Even if we could ignore the corruption of the grotesque British honours system; even if we didn't see the powerful landed, titled, moneyed, gilded elites of the British establishment conspiring to secure their own privilege at any cost to the people of Scotland;

 

Even if we could erase the memory of Project Fear and the lies and the scares and the threats and the Vow and EVEL;

 

Even if we could disregard the democratic deficit and turn a blind eye to the disgraceful manner in which Scotland's democratically elected representatives are treated in the British parliament;

 

Even if we could somehow remain unaware of the way the Scottish Government is being excluded and sidelined in Brexit talks; even if we could be relaxed about Scotland's Remain vote being disdainfully ignored;

 

Even if we were naive enough to remain untroubled by the British political elite awarding itself the power to unilaterally rewrite the devolution settlement;

 

Even if we were oblivious to the British state's pursuit of a 'One Nation' British Nationalist agenda;

 

Even supposing all of this, we would still be left with the fact that being in this anachronistic, asymmetric, anomalous and patently dysfunctional Union requires acceptance of the medieval notion that ultimate political authority derives from a divinely ordained monarch and denial of the principle that ultimate political authority derives solely from the people.

 

Of course the people of Scotland want the constitutional issue to be handled by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government! The alternative is unthinkable!

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Sturgeon’s expert EU panel agrees Scotland’s “red lines” for Brexit

Sturgeon’s expert EU panel agrees Scotland’s “red lines” for Brexit | European Convention on Human Rights | Scoop.it

RETAINING access to the single market and rights of free movement have been pinpointed as Scotland’s "red lines" in efforts to maintain ties with the EU.

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May told indyref2 is up to Scotland to decide

May told indyref2 is up to Scotland to decide | European Convention on Human Rights | Scoop.it
SCOTTISH voters overwhelmingly believe it should be the government in Edinburgh rather than Downing Street who decide if there is to be a second referendum on Scottish independence.

In the latest Panelbase poll for Wings Over Scotland, 51 per cent of Scottish voters say the decision about a new referendum on independence should be made north of the border.

And even 24 per cent of No voters want the choice made by the Scottish government.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, January 3, 5:34 AM

In fact, it is the people of Scotland who decide if there is to be a new independence referendum. The right of self-determination is vested wholly in the people of Scotland, to be exercised entirely at their discretion. The people of Scotland alone have the rightful authority to choose the form of government which best serves their needs, priorities and aspirations. Just as the people of Scotland alone have the rightful authority to determine and constrain the powers of their democratically elected Parliament.

 

And they have already made their decision known. Scotland's electorate has given the Scottish Government a clear mandate to hold a new independence referendum. That mandate has been confirmed by the Scottish Parliament. The Parliament which is actually elected by the people of Scotland. The only Parliament which can claim democratic legitimacy in Scotland. The only Parliament which truly represents the will of Scotland's people.

 

The role of the Scottish Government is to honour its mandate from the Scottish people and implement the will of the Scottish Parliament. The people are sovereign. Parliament and Government are the instruments by which the people make their sovereignty effective.

 

What the Wings Over Scotland/Panelbase poll indicates is that the people of Scotland do not trust Westminster to respect their democratic will. And why would they? Even if the British state had not proved itself to be corrupt and unprincipled and utterly contemptuous of Scotland and democracy in myriad ways over many decades, Westminster is not Scotland's Parliament. Its ways are not Scotland's ways. Its priorities and imperatives and ethos and worldview are not Scotland's. The very basis of its claim to political authority is alien to Scotland.

 

Even if we could ignore the corruption of the grotesque British honours system; even if we didn't see the powerful landed, titled, moneyed, gilded elites of the British establishment conspiring to secure their own privilege at any cost to the people of Scotland;

 

Even if we could erase the memory of Project Fear and the lies and the scares and the threats and the Vow and EVEL;

 

Even if we could disregard the democratic deficit and turn a blind eye to the disgraceful manner in which Scotland's democratically elected representatives are treated in the British parliament;

 

Even if we could somehow remain unaware of the way the Scottish Government is being excluded and sidelined in Brexit talks; even if we could be relaxed about Scotland's Remain vote being disdainfully ignored;

 

Even if we were naive enough to remain untroubled by the British political elite awarding itself the power to unilaterally rewrite the devolution settlement;

 

Even if we were oblivious to the British state's pursuit of a 'One Nation' British Nationalist agenda;

 

Even supposing all of this, we would still be left with the fact that being in this anachronistic, asymmetric, anomalous and patently dysfunctional Union requires acceptance of the medieval notion that ultimate political authority derives from a divinely ordained monarch and denial of the principle that ultimate political authority derives solely from the people.

 

Of course the people of Scotland want the constitutional issue to be handled by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government! The alternative is unthinkable!

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'Independence might start to be regarded as almost a lifebelt'

'Independence might start to be regarded as almost a lifebelt' | European Convention on Human Rights | Scoop.it
BREXIT will take Scotland towards a “potential economic precipice”, according to leading historian, Professor Sir Tom Devine.

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 1, 2017 6:32 AM

I wasn't aware that the question of Scottish independence had ever been off the table. I'm know that British politicians and the British media variously, and often simultaneously, assert that the SNP is obsessed with the constitutional issue to the exclusion of all else, and has abandoned independence project altogether. But that's just the contradictions and inconsistencies of increasingly shrill and irrational British Nationalist propaganda. Here in the real world, the SNP remains the only political party which is unequivocally and unconditionally committed to the restoration of Scotland's rightful constitutional status. A reality which, to be fair, one could not reasonably expect might be addressed by the demented dogma of 'One Nation' British Nationalism.

 

Some may find it curious that an academic of Tom Devine's standing has, apparently, fallen for the nonsense about Nicola Sturgeon having 'put independence on the back burner'. I prefer to see this as a warning of just how pernicious the British state's propaganda is.

 

I'm more intrigued by the good professor's notion that Brexit isn't going to happen. Not that I wouldn't like to see it stopped. It would be good to have the democratic will of Scotland's people implemented by the British government, despite there being no hope or possibility of it ever being respected by the British state. But it is extremely difficult to see how the Brexit fiasco might now be stopped. I've seen this suggested elsewhere. what I've never seen is any credible account of the process involved. We certainly cannot proceed on the assumption that Brexit isn't going to happen. Not even with assurances from the estimable Tom Devine. We have to assume that it will go ahead exactly as planned - if you''l pardon my foray into the realms of wry humour.

 

Which means we must consider what implications Brexit might have for the independence campaign which, let us recall, remains very much on the table - as opposed to the shelf - and well away from that back burner.

 

The first thing to make absolutely clear is that a new independence referendum is not critically dependent on Brexit in any way. The issues are, obviously, linked. Brexit looms large as part of the context in which the independence campaign is proceeding. But it is important to recognise that there was always going to be another independence referendum, regardless of the whole Brexit thing.

 

It is also crucial that we avoid getting totally hung up on the economic implications of Brexit. The only thing that matters here is that the people of Scotland voted Remain - and did so decisively. There is no 'deal' which can outweigh that vote. It is the constitutional implications which should concern us most. The idea that consideration of the constitutional aspects of Brexit should await 'clarity' about the economic impact is dangerously wrong-headed. It necessarily implies that democratic principles are subordinate to an economic imperative. It says that, if the price is right, our democratic rights are up for grabs.

 

It's not the economy, stupid! You can't answer a constitutional question with a calculator! You really can't!

 

The UK quitting the EU and Scotland restoring its independence are both first and foremost constitutional issues. Economic and trading relationships follow from the constitutional arrangements and not vice versa. As the Irish border situation clearly illustrates, in the absence of a satisfactory constitutional settlement, trade issues become totally intractable. There is no solution to the Irish border situation which is not a constitutional solution. Economic solutions derive from and depend on the constitutional situation being resolved. There is no trade agreement which will resolve the constitutional issue.

 

What is true of Ireland is just as true of Scotland. We have to sort out the constitutional question first. We cannot simply wait to see whether a trade deal can be struck which will resolve the constitutional issue for us. It just doesn't work that way round. The properly constituted entities must first exist before there can even be any meaningful discussion of trade deals.

 

The constitutional issues will be resolved. The problem is that the 'solution' is going to be imposed on Scotland by the British state without negotiation or consultation. The British political elite will unilaterally determine Scotland's new constitutional status as part of the process of defining the UK's new constitutional status outwith the EU. There is no intention that the people of Scotland will be permitted a say in the matter. There is no intention that our elected representatives will be party to the process. Already, our Parliament and our Government are being undermined and delegitimised by British state propaganda lest they present an impediment to 'One Nation' British Nationalism.

 

The idea that there might be some economic reward which would justify this denial of democracy is utterly repugnant. Unfortunately, in 2014 the people of Scotland chose to hand political power to an elite which is entirely driven by economic and ideological imperatives and totally contemptuous of democratic principles. We have a chance to retrieve the situation. We must hold another independence referendum no later than September 2018. And we must vote to take back the power that was so recklessly squandered in 2014.

 

I would expect Tom Devine to understand and support this proposition.