Scottish independence: Thousands at Holyrood rally, Edinburgh


Pro-independence supporters gather outside the Scottish Parliament.

Pro-independence supporters gather outside the Scottish Parliament.

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

No chance of trouble in Edinburgh today or tonight as we don’t have any unionists in or around our City, half the people I know were there today, been getting sent pictures and videos all afternoon when I was doing the live football. THIS IS HOW A PEOPLE CONTROL A GOVERNMENT! Take note World, when Government doesn’t work for Scotland, and the English to be fair, we take to the streets. Today passed with no trouble at all in Edinburgh, it was in good spirit. I heard there were a few warned by police to not talk about the ongoing police report with Electoral Commission over vote fraud and there were a few angry voices. Similar to today happened all over Scotland with Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Glasgow amongst others not giving into what we all know to be a rigged Election/Referendum. As the police and Electoral Commission gather findings for possible evidence for the procurator fiscal in the highest court in the land on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, we just won’t accept blatant cheating that has been more than proven, still we wait for DevoMax powers, we were told on Thursday by David Cameron he will 100% hand them to us, but with the SNP (Scottish National Party) a party for Scotland ONLY being the 3rd largest in the UK and looking to overtake  the Conservative party in joined members, I think we all know in Scotland freedom is not too far away, David Cameron and his Westminster buddies made a HUGE error by signing a legally binding document, twice for powers the people of England and Wales now want, it may be that our freedom will come quicker than expected as Cameron tries to save his English vote. We have more pandas in Edinburgh Zoo than we do serving Tory/Conservative politicians in our parliament building above

THOUSANDS of people have gathered outside the Scottish Parliament for a rally in support of independence. A sea of saltires waved as the crowds listened to musical performances and speeches from campaigners. The rally, organised under the Voice Of The People banner, comes just over a week after Scotland rejected independence in the referendum. Many of those in attendance were still sporting badges, signs and banners in support of the Yes campaign, which won 45% of the vote on September 18. They joined in with renditions of Flower Of Scotland and Caledonia, while speakers urged them to carry on with the campaign. Those addressing the crowd included SNP MSP Marco Biagi and Kate Higgins of the Women For Independence group.

Ms Higgins urged people to reach out to the older female generation who may have voted No, and to take the campaign into deprived communities across Scotland. “It’s not over,” she told the crowd. “The dream will never die as long as we have gatherings like this.” Mr Biagi rallied supporters, stating: “True power has not been given back to Westminster, it has been lent to them and one day we will take it back.” Those attending were encouraged to give their backing to the SNP, with the party continuing its recruitment drive by making membership forms available at the event. The SNP – alongside other pro-independence parties – has seen its membership dramatically increase in the wake of the referendum. Meanwhile, another campaigner called on people to sign a petition calling for a “revote of the Scottish Referendum, counted by impartial international parties”. The petition on change.org has been signed by more than 93,000 people. A second rally, focusing on the demand for a revote, will be held outside Holyrood tomorrow. More than 9,000 people have stated they plan to attend on the event’s Facebook page. A third rally, dubbed The 45 Plus Rally, will be held outside the Parliament on November 29, with 32,000 people stating they are going on Facebook. Other rallies have been organised via social media in various parts of Scotland, including Glasgow and Aberdeen.

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A strong message not just to our outgoing 1st Minister Alex Salmond, but to Westminster also, we will NOT take this - Simple

A strong message not just to our outgoing 1st Minister Alex Salmond, but to Westminster also, we will NOT take this – Simple

You kinda need to be Scottish to get this one, but again, take note London

You kinda need to be Scottish to get this one, but again, take note London

These are all bags of food donated by the people of Glasgow today for food banks, something we WILL rid our soil of

This isn’t charity it’s humanity, George Sq Glasgow #the45

Near my last house, the Scottish people sung as the climbed the 'Crags'

Near my last house, the Scottish people sung as the climbed the ‘Crags’

Westminster don't have money to feed the poor, yet they found £3 Billion ($5B) For a War! NOT IN OUR NAME!

Westminster don’t have money to feed the poor, yet they found £3 Billion ($5B) For a War! NOT IN OUR NAME!

Westminsyer thought it was the end of us.Think again thats all I can say.

Westminsyer thought it was the end of us.Think again thats all I can say.

Some Kin

Some Kin

My good man Tommy Sheridan, can't wait!

My good man Tommy Sheridan, can’t wait!

Ugly Win In Paisley As Celtic Beat Saints 2-1


Ronny gives his captain instructions

Ronny gives his captain instructions

By Shaun Gibson

By Shaun Gibson

By Shaun Gibson @TCNLiveblog and @ShaunyNews

http://thecelticnetwork.co.uk/2014/09/27/ugly-win-in-paisley-as-celtic-beat-saints-2-1-goals-video/

http://www.celticnewsnow.com/news/ugly-win-in-paisley-as-celtic-beat-saints-2-1-goals-video/101190?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=TwitterFeed

Not a game we will remember at the end of the season but 3 points and an ugly 3 points at that. When you are not playing at your full potential but can grind a win out that is a good sign. We all know there is much work still needing done by Ronny, he has two Right backs due to be fit this week in Matthews and Lustig, Forrest we don’t know, Denayer not fit today as well as Commons. With Griffiths not in the final match squad we know we have players coming back

The first half was scrappy and very little came our way in chances, St Mirren hit the bar early on but apart from that they never really threatened much in the 1st half. Celtic had a lot of the ball but St Mirren doubled up at full back and we struggled to get width. We had a long shot from Stokes a cross to the back post Van Dijk couldn’t get to quick enough, the possession in the 1st half was 65% Celtic but it was hard to see it that way as we created very little.

We were all looking at the time and getting ready for our half time pie when a superb move gave Celtic a 1-0 lead right on half time, Scott Brown was played in wide stand side he hammered a cross 2 yards from goal, Guidetti threw himself at the ball, Sky TV said it looked like a Goodwin own goal, at half time they showed it a few times, I paused it and watched a few times, the ball hit Guidetti’s knee on the way past the keeper, it was confirmed as a Guidetti goal after the game, either  way, half time and 1-0 Celtic

Clear as mud at the time, but confirmed Guidetti goal and 1-0

Clear as mud at the time, but confirmed Guidetti goal and 1-0

The second half was  50/50 possession and 5 minutes in St Mirren made it 1-1. A cross in by the Saints and Gordon came and caught it, he then threw the ball to a breaking Wakaso the ball held up on the grass, played wide, cross in and shot brilliant save by Gordon but there was McLean the only player alive to hammer it home, a self inflicted goal but with it being early in the half we had time to make up for it.

20 minutes into the second half Celtic got our 2nd goal, and a bit of praise for Ronny here, he moved Stokes up beside Guidetti and within 5 minutes it worked. Brown played the ball to Stokes 22 yards out near the edge of the box, he took a touch and a disguised pass almost behind him landed right at the feet of Guidetti who stayed calm to hammer home for his 3rd goal in two games.

No argument over this one, brilliant move, pass and finish

No argument over this one, brilliant move, pass and finish

Van Dijk had a free kick inches past the post, Berget came on for Stokes with around 10 minutes to go. Wakaso had a decent game but I look at him running and think he would be better played behind a striker. Nir Bitton for Mubarak Wakaso was the last change for Celtic on 88 minutes to eat up time and it worked, final whistle and we headed back home with 3 points

We all want to see great play and expansive football every game but the sign of a decent side is one  that wins while not playing at peak game. Today was an ugly win, we take the 3 points and look forward to Thursday and Dinamo Zagreb at a 20:05 kick off

The 2 goals thanks to @CelticGoals 

1 NIL

1-0

2-0 (1)

2-0

Till then, enjoy your weekend, the win and 3 points

TCNLiveblog Man of the Match : Guidetti for his goal and commitment to always chase nothing balls and never give in, just heard he has been credited with the 1st goal, so 2 goals today

Shaun

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Sturgeon trump card is not in any doubt


A year that will define a countries future

A year that will define a countries future

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

HISTORY is written by the winners, according to the old truism.

Not the history of the independence referendum. Not so far, at least. The SNP has enjoyed considerable success in implanting its story of the campaign in the public consciousness while the winners have struggled to be heard. The Nationalist narrative is clear. The referendum has given life to a new age of democratic and political engagement in Scotland. Despite being pitted against the formidable apparatus of the British state, the Yes campaign came within a whisker of victory by giving voice to a clamour for radical change. It failed only because people were “tricked,” as First Minister Alex Salmond put it, by promises of more powers for Holyrood and frightened, the older generation especially, by Westminster’s scaremongering. A referendum process characterised by mature democratic debate, the argument goes, has empowered and enriched Scotland. The result was a bitter disappointment but the country has been transformed.

The No side sees it quite differently. In their narrative, a decisive majority of Scots rejected the SNP’s sketchy and implausible economic prospectus. Faced with a noisy and often intimidating Yes campaign, people across the country stoically endorsed the advantages of remaining in the UK. They saw through the Nationalists’ cynical and dishonest claims about threats to the NHS and fantastical claims about Scotland’s untapped oil wealth. They now want politicians on all sides to put the referendum behind them and get on with the business of running the country.

There are lots of reasons why the first version is taking root in people’s minds. Mr Salmond’s well-timed resignation announcement the afternoon after the night before has ensured the SNP has remained the story this week. Mr Salmond himself, his sure-fire successor Nicola Sturgeon and the candidates fighting to replace her as deputy leader have all used platforms to tell their story of the referendum.

No campaigners, meanwhile, vacated that particular field. David Cameron moved instantly from the referendum to fighting the looming General Election. His focus has been putting Labour on the spot by talking about English votes for English laws. Labour decamped to Manchester to indulge in its favourite conference-time activity: infighting. The party’s failure to secure a No vote in the heartlands of Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire has sparked a bout of briefing against Johann Lamont’s leadership. It has also put Labour on the defensive. The main message from Margaret Curran MP, shadow secretary of state for Scotland, and others has been the need to reconnect with the large minority of Labour supporters who voted Yes.

The SNP’s success has put it on the front foot in the new debate about devolving more powers to Holyrood. Although Lord Smith of Kelvin’s commission was established to reconcile competing proposals from Labour, the Conservatives and the LibDems, it is the SNP’s demands which have grabbed the headlines. The details of a new Scotland Bill will not be known until the end of the year but Ms Sturgeon is already positioning herself to argue, as surely she will, that whatever emerges is wholly inadequate and a betrayal of voters who put their faith in the No parties’ home rule vows.

Astonishingly, then, the week after the referendum was lost and its leader resigned has proved a good one for the SNP. And that’s without mentioning the party’s membership has more than doubled.

It cannot last, the downcast winners are muttering with a shake of the head. Unionist MSPs believe the hangover will finally hit the Nats when they see there is no realistic possibility of a fresh referendum, when people embrace the new devolution package, and when those new SNP members turn out to be vanguards of the so-called “45” movement hellbent on dragging the party towards the electoral wastelands of the hard left. It sounds like wishful thinking. In a perfectly-pitched speech announcing her candidacy for the top job on Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon revealed an acute understanding of all those pressures. And her trump card was this: she left no-one in any doubt she actually wants to run the country, not just petition for independence. That should worry her opponents more than anything.”””

www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/sturgeon-trump-card-is-not-in-any-doubt.25366890

http://www.trading-house.net/news/international-sturgeon-trump-card-is-not-in-any-doubt-39156039

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Current+Affairs/Scotland/Scottish+Independence/’Yes+Scotland’+Independence+Campaign

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Salmond lost battle for Scotland but England risks losing the war


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Disenfranchising Scottish MPs in the Commons amounts to English secession

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By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

A week ago Scotland’s nationalists were trying to break up Britain. Now, it is the turn of England’s Tories. In the wake of Alex Salmond’s referendum defeat, David Cameron’s Conservatives have set about handing the leader of the Scottish National party the victory denied him by Scotland’s voters.
Now there is a rum thought: Mr Salmond lost the battle but the English may yet concede the war.
In a state of some excitement, perhaps because it is the autumn party conference season, the Tories are clamouring for “English votes for English laws”. The price for Scots of more devolution, they say, must be a diminished role for their MPs at Westminster.
his is partly, of course, about electioneering. The Tories have only one MP in Scotland; Labour has 40. Flying the English flag could paint the opposition into a corner at next year’s general election. Mr Cameron also wants to guard his flank against rightwing English nationalists.
On the face of it, the prime minister has a case. The closer Scotland gets to home rule, the odder it seems for its MPs to vote on English affairs. The snag, however, with deceptively simple solutions to complex problems, is that they are, well, deceptive.
The exclusion of Scottish MPs from most of the business of the House of Commons would amount to English secession by another name. It would also substitute a shuffling of power between politicians – English MPs get more, the Scots less – for the urgent task of dispersing authority within England. Creating a group of second-class legislators does nothing to loosen Whitehall’s deadening grip over the great cities and shires of England.
The neat answer would be a federal system. Goodness knows, Britain needs to decentralise power by returning to city mayors and councils authority to make choices about local taxes and ser­vices. The facts of the union, unfortunately, do not match the political theory textbooks. England’s overwhelming economic and political dominance among the four nations of the UK rules out a classic federation. For the union to work, its constitutional arrangements must serve as a counterweight to English hegemony.
This means England has to be generous about the voice afforded to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Generations of English politicians have wrestled with this question and concluded, rightly, that a division of power perfectly calibrated to reflect respective populations or economic weights would be unworkable.
Nor, anyway, is it possible to draw a neat line between legislation that is uniquely English and laws that affect Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The deep integration of public policy and finances across the nations means there are precious few decisions taken at Westminster that do not have an impact throughout the UK.
When MPs voted for university tuition fees in England, it changed fundamentally the structure of education funding in the other nations. William Gladstone grappled with this during the 19th-century debates about Irish home rule. Even in a much less complex world, he decided the circle could not be squared.
Follow the logic of English votes for English laws and it leads to an English parliament and government. Such would be the dominance of these English institutions that the Commons would be reduced to a foreign policy talking shop. Even then, an English parliament might want to choose a different relationship with, say, the EU than the other nations. And once Westminster loses the power to raise UK-wide taxes, the union will be by any measure dead. The noise about “unfairness” is in inverse proportion to a more prosaic reality. There have been only a handful of occasions in recent decades when Scottish MPs have been “swing” voters. On at least two of them, during Tony Blair’s premiership, these MPs were voting with a government that had a majority in England. As for the myth that Labour invariably relies on Scotland for a majority at Westminster, the electoral facts show it is just that – a myth.
Home rule in Scotland does raise important questions about the governance of the rest of the UK. There is a legitimate debate to be had about if and when Scottish MPs should step back from voting at Westminster. There will also be room for scrutiny of the Barnett funding formula for public spending in Scotland once Edinburgh gains more fiscal autonomy.
But the prior question is whether England wants a parliament that represents all four nations of the union? If the answer is yes, then it cannot expect a formulaic English votes for English laws.
The strength of Britain’s unwritten constitution has lain in its capacity to accommodate anomalies and contradictions. If tidy English minds now redefine “fairness” as perfect symmetry between Scotland and England, the unavoidable consequence will be the break-up of the union. Mr Salmond, of course, is rubbing his hands at the prospect.
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#The45 – Imagine 70,000 Of The 1.6M People Who Votes Yes Paid £1 a Months to the SNP!


70,000 votes behind the Tory Party!

70,000 votes behind the Tory Party! – Can we overtake them?

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

I know this won’t happen, but imagine for a second 70,000 of the 1.6 million people who  voted yes went onto this site here https://my.snp.org/join and paid as little as £1 a month! Scotland if we become the UK’s second biggest party I think we can walk out of the Union. Now I am no expert but if a Scottish ONLY party were the 2nd in Britain ahead of UKIP (THEY ARE DANGEROUS) Liberal Democrats and Conservative parties, I am sure we could leave the Union or at least call for another Referendum, a fairer one this time. Media keeps saying that “HUGE 10% LEAD THE NO CAMP GOT” In reality it’s only 5%. Take that 5% and move it to yes, we are a free country perhaps, so don’t be fooled by the media playing this like an overwhelming win for Yes. 80% No to 20% Yes would have been a HUGE LEAD!

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HOW EASY IT IS… CAN WE DO IT?

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CAN WE DO THIS? LOOK HOW EASY IT IS

CAN WE DO THIS? LOOK HOW EASY IT IS

I ask is it at all possible for Scotland to try and take over the Conservative party? I mean £1 a month out your bank account. I know many can’t afford that. But out of the 1.6 Million people who voted Yes, I am sure there are 70,000 people that can afford £1

Lets go try Scotland – https://my.snp.org/join

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The Scottish National Party is now the third largest party in the UK


Huge party now, can we get 2nd and get out this Union?

Huge party now, can we get 2nd and get out this Union?

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Last week the Scottish National Party lost the Scottish referendum vote, and they lost Alex Salmond. But the referendum has galvanised thousands of people to spend their hard-earned cash on membership to the party, according to Chief Executive Peter Murrell. The rise is dramatic; figures have increased by 154% in the last eight days alone, overtaking UKIP and the Lib Dems. 

These new members now make the party the THIRD largest political party in the UK.

These new members now make the party the THIRD largest political party in the UK.

Becoming a member takes 5 minutes and couldn’t be easier, you can donate from £1 to whatever you want a Month https://my.snp.org/join

Amazing Figures And a Huge Message To Westminster

Amazing Figures And a Huge Message To Westminster

The SNP released the figures ahead of the opening of the Scottish parliament, at which Salmond is expected to call for the voting age to be lowered to 16 before May’s general election. The younger age group, enfranchised for the first time in UK history, voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence last week. “With this influx of new members joining the SNP since the referendum – many of them from Labour’s heartlands – the Westminster establishment now face serious pressure to deliver on the substantial new powers for Scotland which the No camp promised during the campaign,” an SNP spokesperson said.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/22/snp-poised-become-largest-political-parties

http://rt.com/uk/189948-snp-membership-surge-referendum/

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/scottish-national-party-now-third-4328443

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