Sturgeon says she will work ‘in good faith’ with Lord Smith


Ms Sturgeon said "language of substantial radical change" was used by UK parties in the days before the vote

Ms Sturgeon said “language of substantial radical change” was used by UK parties in the days before the vote

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Few days old this now, but with the Clegg ‘Promise below this’ I though it fitting to remind ourselves, Nicola means business! 

The SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to work in good faith with the commission set up to boost Holyrood’s powers in the wake of the referendum. Ms Sturgeon, who is bidding to lead the SNP after Alex Salmond’s resignation, said the Smith Commission had to go a long way to deliver on promises made. The main UK parties have said they were committed to devolving new powers, expected to include welfare and tax. Ms Sturgeon said the parties would face a backlash if they were not delivered. She told the Sunday Times: “I’ve said it directly to Lord Smith – we go into this in good faith. We won’t get everything we want from it. “It is not going to deliver independence but it has to go a very long way to deliver what people out there think was promised to them. It has to be a comprehensive package. “Between the 45% who voted ‘Yes’ and a sizeable number who voted ‘No’ because they thought that was the route to more powers, there is a powerful public majority out there for change. “In the few days before the referendum the language being used was the language of substantial radical change – devo max, something close to federalism, home rule. That is the expectation that has been generated. “Unless we end up with a package that is substantial the backlash against the Westminster parties is going to be severe.”

‘Draft legislation’

Earlier this week Lord Smith – whose appointment was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the referendum – warned it will “not be easy” to get agreement from political parties. He said those involved in the talks would require “courage” and “compromise” – but he was confident they would rise to the challenge. The Smith Commission aims to get agreement between the SNP, Scottish Labour, the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Greens on the way forward by 30 November. A “command paper”, setting out the issues, is also due to be published by 31 October, with draft legislation unveiled by 25 January.

Independence rally

Meanwhile, on Saturday, thousands of supporters of Scottish independence took part in a rally outside the Scottish parliament. The rally, organised under the Voice Of The People banner, heard from speakers urging people to carry on with the campaign. Speaking at the event, SNP MSP Marco Biagi said: “True power has not been given back to Westminster, it has been lent to them and one day we will take it back.” At an event in Perth on Saturday for Liberal Democrat activists, Scottish Lib Dem leader, Willie Rennie, has warned independence supporters not to seek an “ultra-extreme” form of devolution. He said: “An attempt from nationalists to redefine home rule and federalism in an ultra-extreme form is perhaps understandable but it is not something that will create a sustainable settlement that will stand the test of time.”

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Scottish independence: Salmond to mark devolution anniversary


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Alex Salmond and deputy Nicola Sturgeon will mark the anniversary of devolution

First Minister Alex Salmond is to hold a press conference for international media on the anniversary of the 1997 devolution referendum. Mr Salmond will mark the date on which Scots voted to re-establish a Scottish Parliament and continue his campaign for independence. The press conference will take place on the day after the main UK party leaders called on Scots to reject independence. It also follows a poll suggesting a narrow lead for the “No” campaign.

On 11 September 1997 Scotland voted overwhelmingly for devolution, leading to the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament after nearly 300 years. SNP leader Mr Salmond is expected to use the anniversary to argue that a “Yes” vote for independence in the referendum next week would be a continuation of “Scotland’s constitutional journey to date”. ‘Constant interference’ Appearing alongside Mr Salmond will be Canon Kenyon Wright, who chaired the Scottish Constitutional Convention that paved the way for the creation of the devolved parliament, and who now backs independence.

He is expected to say: “Again and again a Westminster government we did not elect claimed the right to impose policies we rejected and an ideology we do not accept. Devolution has no answer for that. “The tactics used by ‘No’ simply prove that they fail to understand how deeply that principle of Scotland’s right is rooted in our history. “First there was the stick to threaten us. Now the carrot to tempt us. “First the blackmail – be naughty and vote ‘Yes’ and we’ll punish you. Now the bribe – be good, vote ‘No’ and we’ll reward you.” He added: “Scotland needs something devolution can never give – the secure power to make her own decisions; to follow her own vision of a just fair society, to take her positive place among the nations of Europe and the world, to be free from the constant interference from Westminster.” ‘Stronger together’

Canon Wright’s comments come after David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg made separate calls for Scots to vote “No” in the 18 September referendum. The three leaders have backed a plan of action spearheaded by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, which they have said would see work begin on the handover of new powers on 19 September, the day after the referendum.

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband came to Scotland to argue that the UK was "better together"

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband came to Scotland to argue that the UK was “better together”

Mr Miliband, who will be campaigning in Scotland later alongside Mr Brown, said: “I want to make the case to you from the head, which is that we are stronger staying together because we can better create a more equal, a more just, society. “I want to make the case to you from the heart, because of the ties that bind us together and which would be broken apart by separatism. “And I want to make the case to you from the soul, because it was in halls like this that our movement was formed on the basis of solidarity – solidarity that has built, not just our movement’s greatest moments, but our country’s greatest institutions, like our national health service.” Poll reaction Meanwhile, a new Survation poll for the Daily Record suggested 47.6% of voters surveyed would back “No” and 42.4% would vote “Yes”, with 10% undecided.

The figures suggested a referendum result of 53% “No” to 47% “Yes”, if undecided voters were removed. It follows other recent polls suggesting the referendum vote was too close to call, including a You-Gov poll on 5 September that put the “Yes” campaign narrowly ahead. Both the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign and the pro-Union Better Together campaign claimed the poll showed victory was within reach for them. Better Together campaign director Blair McDougall said: “This fight for Scotland’s future will go right down to the wire, but it’s one we will win.” Yes Scotland chief executive Blair Jenkins said the poll “confirms we are in touching distance of success next Thursday, and will galvanise all those who are wanting and working for a ‘Yes’ to redouble their efforts”.

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Scottish Referendum Is ‘Too Close To Call’


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Too close to call? I don’t see it that way, Yes is way in-front

The Scottish referendum outcome is “too close to call” as both sides enter the final days of the vote campaign, a research agency has said. The TNS poll which puts the Yes and No campaigns equal on 41% came as the leaders of the three main pro-union parties put on a united front to pledge new powers for the Scottish parliament if it votes to stay in the UK on September 18. The measures, which will be contained in a new “home rule bill”, have yet to be detailed in full but the leaders of Scotland’s Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem parties said they had agreed there would be more tax-raising powers for Holyrood. It follows Gordon Brown’s attempt to wrest back the initiative for the No campaign on Monday saying he was firing the “starting gun” for the introduction of far-reaching devolutionary changes.  The former prime minister said work on the transfer of power would begin on the day after the vote, should Scotland vote to remain in the union. The Scottish political leaders on Tuesday endorsed his timetable but would not be drawn on precisely what new powers had been agreed by the three parties. Johann Lamont, the leader of the Scottish Labour party, said: “It is possible to vote no on September 18, the patriotic choice, but also to say that you are voting for change – more powers for the Scottish parliament.” Mr Brown is well aware that Labour supporters are increasingly anxious as the polls suggest significant numbers are being persuaded by the Yes campaign.

His proposal was welcomed by the Prime Minister but David Cameron was effectively bounced into endorsing Mr Brown’s initiative, knowing that he has the ability to energise an electorate that has been resistant to his overtures.

The Better Together campaign has denied the move amounts to panic measures. Labour leader Ed Miliband raised a Saltire over Liverpool on Tuesday and is encouraging other councils to do the same to send the message that England wants Scotland to stay in the union. TNS said the Yes and No campaigns were neck and neck with 41% ahead of the vote on September 18. Tom Costley, head of TNS Scotland, said: “This poll reveals a remarkable shift in voting intentions but the signs were evident in our last couple of polls which indicated a narrowing of the No lead, especially amongst those who told us that they were certain to vote. “It is too close to call and both sides will now be energised to make the most of the last few days of the campaign and try and persuade the undecided voters of the merits of their respective campaigns.” Some 600,000 people could still have to make up their minds in the referendum, with leaders attempting to win over undecided voters.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said pro-independence campaigners have “10 days of hard work” to win the referendum. The TNS poll shows backing for the Yes campaign is up from 38% last month, while support for maintaining the union has dropped from 46%. The momentum is for now with Yes, but were that to change the pressure would suddenly become just as strong on the other side.

Gordon Brown revealed a timetable for devolutionary changes on Monday

Gordon Brown revealed a timetable for devolutionary changes on Monday

Scotland, I speak to you all, in any walk of life on why we must vote yes


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We go to the polls

A month from now we all head to the polls with our reasons of ‘why’ we want to remain in this lopsided Union or we want to free ourselves from Westminster rule. My opinion is, if you are voting in a selfish way for today, you are doing the wrong thing. I ask anyone voting no for their selfish reasons to rethink hard. I vote for now, but I also vote for my children and their children, a Scotland 100 years from now and beyond

War Britain

I ask you Scotland, do you put your name to Westminster selling bombs to Israel that kill children?  I say not in my name. As I sit here on this peaceful Sunday morning my mind rolls back to ancient times and what our ancestor, our kin had to go through, the murder, rape and torture our history shows we as a people had to go through. I ask if you want to put your name to these bombs doing this here below. We are the only country to vote to rid our soil of Nuclear weapons, we will save 100’s of Millions of pounds without trident on our shores, Britain is a War country, let us free Scotland from that banner because our name goes on these bombs that kill these kids, like the one below.

Not in my name, how about you?

Not in my name, how about you?

Undecided

I talk directly to you who may be undecided, 50/50 or leaning a certain way. I ask you to look deep into your soul, close your eyes and really question the reasoning behind a no vote. With most of England protesting to rid their land of Austerity, Scottish people, selfish people, people who maybe have money, are voting NO  to keep Austerity. Austerity is you and I paying for the crimes of the rich. If you don’t believe me just look back to 2008 and the banking crisis where the Government bailed out the banks and banks still threw people in the street, how can you defend this?

The Young

I speak to my two sons who are 22 and 20 and all you young people, I know you are smart enough to understand this vote, I know you understand what we vote for, but I simply ask you, vote with your future in mind. Things in life me be good now but as the question, can you depend on Westminster to help you through life? The answer of course is no.

To the Rich

I speak to a people who don’t see food banks opening all over the country and don’t see it or care, I speak to people who are comfortable in life and don’t want to change. I simply ask, what if you lose your job, your house, can you depend on Westminster to support you? The hard answer is no. I ask you please to put your feet in the shoes of others less fortunate, open your heart and mind to a different life

The Disabled

Many disabled people depend totally on the state to help them. People did not ask to be disabled, I didn’t. I know there are many Scottish people using and abusing the welfare system, a welfare system so broke it can’t check who is cheating and who isn’t. In a free Scotland we can point a finger to these people who abuse a system where money is there to help people who can’t live like a normal person. I have seen  ATOS stop welfare and seen people commit suicide due to ATOS. Have you seen these stories? if not, please go research. On appeal many got their money back, sadly we lost many to ATOS and the Government, the very same Government to give themselves a 33% wage rise in Westminster don’t care. They don’t care! https://welfaretales.wordpress.com/category/death-after-fit-to-work-decision/ < That link there is people who have committed suicide due to losing benefits. R.I.P to them all. I ask you do your own research Scotland

The People of Scotland

I ask simply to have hope over fear. To be brave in the face of untrue pressures from the no camp. I ask you to cast aside fear and vote yes to free you and your kin from a Government we know is corrupt and tells lies. I ask you to believe in your own people. Many I have said this to or spoken to about a free Scotland Government say “Ahh but our Government may be corrupt” I think we are speaking ill of our own people when we should not. I believe we Scots are better than that. Many STILL think 2014, September 18th is a vote for Alex Salmond, it is not, it is a simple yes or no. In a free Scotland we vote for Parties and manifestos in 2016

We must be brave Scotland, blood has spilled throughout our history to try and free us and here we are a month away from a chance to free ourselves and the only thing standing between Scotland and a prosperous future alone, IS A PEN! The pen you will use to tick the Yes box. I urge you to look round RIGHT NOW and look at your partner, I ask you to look now at your kids, I ask you now to think of Scotland. I plead with you to vote yes. We CAN go it alone, there is no need for Plan-A or Plan-B, all that will be sorted out in the 18 months between freedom and the vote to see who leads Scotland forward. I ask people who dislike Alex Salmond to understand Nicola Sturgeon may go for power one day. The point I am making is, we all die, Scotland never dies. At the front door to Edinburgh Castle we see William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Sometimes I stand and look at them here in Edinburgh and I can close my eyes and see the bloodshed against an army out to kill us.

Please be brave, be bold, be free, free yourself, free your family, free me, free us all. Scotland I think we can do this, but we need people to vote, we can’t have people thinking “Safe vote I need not” We must get up, rise up and say with the stroke of a pen, NO MORE CUTS TO SCOTTISH SECTORS

We can do this Scotland, so let’s go do this, smile and vote yes. We become rich, we can look after our own. We must cast aside fear of the unknown, UKIP are strong and unknown, I finish by asking, what would you rather gamble on? More Thatcherism and UKIP or a prosperous Scotland

DON’T BE THE DUMBEST NATION ON EARTH AND VOTE NO, BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WE WILL BECOME 

Kindest Regards

Shaun

Saorsa don Alba

11,000 jobs at Faslane Naval Base at risk in Independent Scotland


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With Independence looking more likely than unlikely the question must be asked, what will happen at Faslane Naval Base, is this more fear over hope, the issue on “Scottish people losing jobs” Propaganda so to speak? I don’t want Nuclear bombs 60 miles from my house, but them on the Themes in London, yeah, never happen! 

An internal briefing by defence giant Babcock, distributed by the Better Together campaign, said “it is unlikely that Clyde as a conventional naval base would require the same numbers of support personnel particularly when the number of naval personnel will reduce significantly”. But the Scottish Government said it anticipates Faslane will require the same number of military personnel that it has at present, as well as a large number of civilian jobs, as it makes the transition to become Scotland’s main naval base and joint force headquarters. Speaking on behalf of Better Together, Labour MSP Jackie Baillie, whose Dumbarton constituency includes Faslane and Coulport, said: “It is clear that if Scotland leaves the UK then the jobs of 11,000 workers on the Clyde would be at risk. The nationalists’ plans don’t come anywhere close to providing that level of employment in the future. “This would not only devastate the families of the workers involved but also the local economy in my constituency too.”

A spokesman for Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Transitional arrangements will support both the day to day operations and the workforce levels at the base. “We anticipate the same number of military personnel as now as well as a large number of civilian jobs – both during the transition phase and thereafter. “Of course defence contractors such as Babcock and other companies in the sector will be very well placed to secure defence contracts both during and after the transition. “Work to reconfigure Faslane is expected to involve major construction activity, and thus will also help create and protect jobs in the area.

“The Scottish Government expects that, at the end of the transition, the number of military personnel at Faslane will approximately match numbers there currently, and be supported by a significant number of civilian personnel. Given this continuing commitment to jobs on the Clyde it’s no wonder that veterans of the UCS (Upper Clyde Shipbuilders) work-in are backing a Yes vote in September” Derek Torrie, Unite convenor at Faslane and Coulport, said: “Those of us working at Faslane and Coulport are in no doubt that the security of our jobs is best served by remaining in the United Kingdom. Any other outcome is a threat to our future employment.”