SNP: Murphy discounted after fewer than 50 days in post – Liar Gordon Brown to the rescue again


He can't carry the Scottish branch office, he knows it

He can’t carry the Scottish branch office, he knows it

By @ShaunyNews Via: http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/jan/murphy-discounted-after-fewer-50-days-post

PLEASE REMEMBER: Gordon Brown was wheeled out, sold a lie then retired. He can’t be trusted, please spread this from the SNP far and wide. We can’t make the same mistake 3 times, Labour are dying, Jim is disliked in Scotland, so all off a sudden the man the UK voters blamed for the financial collapse is now touted as a Saviour. Desperate or desperate? Red Tory’s are gone, WE here in Scotland changed UK politics forever, we won’t be fooled again, in-case, we drive this message home with no hatred, just a love to be free from it all.

Reports today that Scottish Labour are turning to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown in an attempt to turn around their fortunes at May’s General Election have been described as “disastrous” for Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy by the SNP.

In today’s Herald, Labour sources say Mr Brown will be Labour’s “secret weapon” in Scotland and will be “deployed” in an attempt to win back support.

Gordon Brown was also described as Scottish Labour’s “secret weapon” in the run up to the Scottish elections in 2011 – which resulted in a landslide victory for the SNP with an unprecedented majority at Holyrood.

SNP General Election campaign coordinator Angus Robertson MP said:

“This is a disastrous story for Jim Murphy – he was supposed to be the person who would turn Labour’s fortunes around, but is obviously being discounted by his own colleagues after fewer than 50 days in the job.

“Just last week, the SNP had a tremendous council by-election victory in Gordon Brown’s constituency, which will no doubt have chilled Scottish Labour to the core.

“Labour have clearly run out of options – and in their desperation to try to hold on to votes they are turning to Gordon Brown as a last resort. Mr Brown of course isn’t a candidate in the General Election, and described himself as an ex-politician.

“Labour are paying a heavy price for their toxic alliance with the Tories – and in recent weeks they have made clear the alliance lives on as they voted with the Tories to support £30 billion more austerity cuts and waste £100 billion on Trident renewal.”

STILL too much red

STILL too much red in 2015

Would be world news in ANY other country with way over 50%

Would be world news in ANY other country with way over 50%

We can remove them ALL

We can remove them ALL

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Smith Commission: ‘More powers’ vow delivered – Claims David Cameron


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shakes hands with Prime Minister David Cameron at the Scottish Parliament

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shakes hands with Prime Minister David Cameron at the Scottish Parliament

By @ShaunyNews Via: http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/smith-commission-more-powers-vow-delivered-pm-1-3669009

Watered down ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ via the Smith Commission hailed by David Cameron as ‘Fair’ smacks of a liar and a cheat. For a second lets look to the ‘no voters’ in last years Referendum vote for Scottish Independence. People who voted no did so in the belief that a no vote would bring ‘Home Rule’ and a 99% free Scotland. Looking back as we now do we see that it was panic stations by David Cameron but for me the worst culprit in all of this was Ex Prime Minister and Labour Leader Gordon Brown. He stood there on live TV and promised the Scottish populous the Earth then he retired for a nice job working in the European parliament with his Wife. Mr Brown’s house is almost visible from my front door, just over the forth road bridge, he lied, he panicked the over 65’s into voting no, it was this age group in the end that made it a no vote, the irony in all this was in 1979 there was a referendum that Scotland actually won to be free but it never happened on some technicality. In the 1979 devolution referendum 52% of voters said YES as did 43 to 19 Scottish MP’s, The Labour Party said NO, by imposing an unheard of and made up on the spot ‘undemocratic 40% rule’. so back in 1979 Scotland Voted yes with promises as was in 2014 said, nothing was given in 1979, the age group that let us down in 1979 or the people who voted yes or no and seen the lies and betrayal are NOW the over 65’s in Scotland, ironic the generation of people who had lived the lie before, fell for the lies twice. Thankfully in a few years there 100% WILL be another Referendum or Scotland via the SNP with Plaid Cymru and the Green party could join Labour in Westminster for a 4 party coalition. If you don’t know the UK has a 2 party coalition Government at present with the Tory party and Liberal party. The Conservatives won 36% of the vote, Labour 29% and the Lib Dems 23%, They have 306 MPs – they needed 326 for a majority so it was a decision in the end by the Liberal Democrats to use their 23% to add to the Tory 36% and together get a 2 party Government over the line with over 326 seats at Westminster in the 2006 federal election as a minority government, so could we see an SNP/Plaid Cymru/Green Party holding up a minority Labour Westminster Government that will deliver the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ and the ‘Vow’ AND MORE!! I say why not!

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DAVID Cameron pledged to press ahead with his plans to strip ­powers from Scottish MPs when he came to Scotland to say his pre-­referendum vow on more powers for Holyrood had been delivered.

The Prime Minister said the pro-UK parties’ promise to strengthen the Scottish Parliament had been kept when the UK government yesterday published draft legislation to transfer new powers north of the Border. On a visit to Edinburgh, Mr Cameron said the new powers were “the right resting place” for devolution but added there would be no let-up on his plans to prevent Scottish MPs from voting on English matters at Westminster. The UK government Command Paper, containing 44 draft clauses, was published ahead of its Burns Night deadline and is a key milestone in the fulfilment of the “more powers” vow made by the leaders of all the pro-Union parties in the dying days of last year’s referendum ­campaign.

However, First Minister Nicola ­Sturgeon claimed the draft clauses had been “significantly watered down” from the proposals originally agreed by the Smith Commission, set up to consider new powers for Holyrood after last year’s ­independence referendum. Ms Sturgeon said: “Too much of what the Prime Minister has set out imposes restrictions on the recommended ­devolved powers and would hand a veto to UK ministers in key areas.”

The document, entitled Scotland in the United Kingdom – An enduring settlement, set out the “more powers” package arrived at by the Smith Commission last year. The package, signed off by all Scotland’s main parties, included the ability for Scotland to vary income tax bands and rates, further borrowing powers, control of air passenger duty and control over £2.5 billion worth of welfare. The prospect of a more powerful Scottish Parliament has seen Mr Cameron promise to resolve the “West Lothian Question” – the anomaly whereby Scottish MPs vote on areas reserved to Westminster such as health and education even though they do not affect their constituents.

Mr Cameron underlined his commitment to “English Votes for English Laws” (Evel) yesterday after Ms Sturgeon said this week that SNP MPs would begin to vote on English matters.

Ms Sturgeon said SNP MPs would abandon their policy of not voting on English health ­because NHS funding south of the Border had an impact on Scotland’s budget.

The Prime Minister said Ms Sturgeon was “wrong” to argue that MPs from Scotland should be able to vote on English health and education.

Mr Cameron said: “If I win the election, the government I lead will put in place the measures necessary to make sure that key element of English Votes for English Laws is delivered. “On [that] issue, I have been very clear. I think it is only fair as a Westminster Member of Parliament, I don’t have the ability to vote on Scottish health or education or Scottish housing. “I don’t see why in the future that SNP members, or indeed Labour, Liberal or Conservative members or Alex Salmond himself, should be able to come to Westminster and have a decisive say in English or Welsh education, health service or other ­issues. “So if I am your Prime Minister after 7 May, you will get in full these measures set out in this document, in a bill in the first Queen’s Speech of a government I lead. But there will also be very clearly set-out rules put in place so that English MPs have the decisive say on issues that only affect England. I think that is fair and right.”

As soon as the draft legislation was published, the SNP went on the offensive, claiming that the proposals were watered down and gave UK ministers a veto over welfare powers that were supposed to be devolved.

The UK government denied Ms Sturgeon’s claims, while Mr Cameron called on the SNP to start talking about how Scotland’s new powers can be used to improve schools and ­hospitals.

Mr Cameron said: “From my point of view this is the right resting place, we have now got a very strong Scottish Parliament raising the majority of its ­revenue. “There are more powers than most other devolved parliaments in the developed world. I certainly don’t want to spend the next five years debating, is that the right balance of powers. “Of course, some people will argue that there needs to be more changes. The SNP are already doing that. Of course they were never going to accept Smith as an outcome, because they want to break up the United Kingdom. “That is their prerogative, but we have demonstrated through a referendum that is not the will of the Scottish people.”

Ms Sturgeon claimed a clause dealing with the Universal Credit payment, the UK welfare reform that has seen the merger of several benefits into a single payment, amounted to a UK government veto. Although Universal Credit remains reserved to Westminster, under Smith’s package Scottish ministers are to be given the power to vary some of benefits within it. The clause said Scottish ministers should consult the Scottish secretary about making changes to Universal Credit and that the secretary of state should also give agreement about when a change should start.

Ms Sturgeon claimed that the welfare provisions did not enable the Scottish Parliament to create new benefit entitlements across devolved areas and required the approval of UK ministers for any changes to Universal Credit – including action needed to end the so-called ‘bedroom tax’. Ms Sturgeon said: “The proposals on welfare do not allow us to vary Universal Credit without the permission of the UK government. That means we will not have the independence to take action to abolish the bedroom tax. “At the same time, the power to create new benefit entitlements in any devolved area has simply not been delivered, while the Command Paper makes clear that, pending devolution of disability support, the roll-out of personal independence payments and the cut to spending on disability benefits will ­continue.”

Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael denied Ms Sturgeon’s claims. He claimed the clause in question had been inserted to ensure that there would be “consultation” between the two governments and added that “consent would not be unreasonably withheld”. He said: “It is going to be more important than ever that Scotland’s two governments are able to work together in a mature, co-operative and collaborative way. “It would be refreshing if instead of trying to kick up dust, the Nationalists would tell us what they want to do with the ­powers.”

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Project fear: Queen’s ‘foreboding’ Scottish independence plea strategically crafted by Whitehall


Britain's Queen Elizabeth

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via: http://rt.com/uk/215307-queen-intervened-scottish-independence/

Surprised? I ain’t. We seen Gordon Brown fool us then retire, we seen Johann Lamont the then Labour leader fool us only to retreat and stand down, she knew she did bad for Scotland. We had so many people telling is it wouldn’t work. David Cameron said “I will not debate with Alex Salmond” but came up to Scotland with a ton of Tory English people to fill a room and beg Scotland to vote ‘NO’ Knowing his and many of his friends jobs would go. So I am not surprised at this. Alex Salmond had no chance looking back but today we have Nicola Sturgeon who actually just refused to pay Scotland’s share to keep the Queen! It is my 2nd link below.  For the record here is all I wrote about the 2014 Scottish Referendum vote:

It REALLY was this crazy!

It REALLY was this crazy!

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=Scottish+Referendum

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=Nicola+Sturgeon

Downing Street and senior civil servants were so fearful that Scotland’s independence referendum could have sparked the breakup of the UK that they requested the Queen to publicly intervene in the closing days of the campaign, a Whitehall source says. The intervention by Queen Elizabeth II, 88, was scrupulously crafted by her private secretary and Britain’s chief civil servant, a Guardian report revealed Wednesday. The delicately worded plea was constructed in the final phase of the Scottish independence campaign, as Downing Street faced what a senior Whitehall source told the paper was a “meltdown.” Fears ran high in Westminster as polls revealed amplifying support for the pro-independence camp, the source said.

Behind-the-scenes discussions between Britain’s Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood and the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt led to the Queen’s rare public plea, the Guardian reports. Four days prior to the September 18 referendum, the influential Monarch pleaded with Scots to “think very carefully” on their way to the ballot box.

Britain’s cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood (R), and the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt (L)

Britain’s cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood (R), and the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt (L)

A high-level Whitehall source who spoke exclusively to the paper said the government hoped the tense negotiations that preceded the Queen’s cautionary words would serve as a warning to Scots they faced a decision “filled with foreboding.” The Whitehall official’s disclosure echoed criticism directed at the British establishment regarding“Project Fear,” as it was dubbed by advocates of Scottish independence. The strategic project was characterized by a ferocious media campaign, and relentless fearmongering stemming from the City of London and Westminster’s political elite. But few expected its tendrils to infiltrate Buckingham Palace.

As the Scottish independence campaign drew to a close, the Queen’s unusual disclosure came as a surprise to many who noted her mostly impartial 62-year reign. Referencing the prospect of Scottish independence while addressing a well-wisher after Sunday service near her historic Balmoral estate in northwest Scotland, the Queen said: “Well, I hope people will think very carefully about the future.”

A seamless design

The strategic intervention was concocted by senior civil servants following Prime Minister David Cameron’s growing concerns the pro-independence Yes camp were gaining an ominous degree of ground in the final stretch of the campaign. As the countdown to the referendum progressed, Whitehall figures allegedly told Buckingham Palace that a few careful words offered by the Queen would help matters.

Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron

Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron

As part of this plan, Geidt and Heywood are thought to have devised the phrase she later uttered. While shrouded in a veil of neutrality, the words ultimately indicate the Queen’s support for the union. The Guardian’s Whitehall source told the paper the intervention was meticulously calibrated.

“She knew exactly what she was doing, which is, there are two possible responses on the referendum. Either one, you buy into this is a fantastic festival of democracy, or two, you suggest this is a decision filled with foreboding.” “So by saying I hope people will think carefully you imply the second … Without her taking a side, it cast just the right element of doubt over the nature of the decision.”

Advocates of Scottish independence claim “Project Fear” was a scrupulously designed establishment scheme created to ensure the union remained intact. Whether the Queen’s intervention was an explicit extension of this pro-union strategy is a matter of conjecture. But the possibility has not been ruled out. The No campaign’s relentless forecasts of economic peril, dwindling national security, an EU membership in jeopardy, and ruptured NATO relations ultimately overpowered the pro-independence movement’s messages of positivity, hope and empowerment. Many argue “Project Fear” was central to this.

In the wake of a referendum that almost terminated a 307-year-old political union, Westminster still faces many challenges. The Yes campaign’s vision of Scotland as a Scandinavian-style state characterized by inclusivity, egalitarianism, nuclear disarmament and clean energy has been denounced by critics as utopian. However, an appetite for independence remains rife across many parts of Scotland and is unlikely to wane. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Geidt and Heywood’s alleged discussions concerning the Queen’s intervention.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman also declined to comment, emphasizing the body does not publicly discuss correspondence “between the Queen’s private secretary and civil servants.”

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Looking back on Scotland’s ‘No Vote’ – Why?


English people pretending to be Scottish

English people pretending to be Scottish

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Looking back on the whole year we all wrote, read and tried to free Scotland from a Union we still could and can leave within a few years, it makes me sad. I done so many articles, Audio blogs and said “VOTE FOR SELFISH REASONS WE WILL LOSE” This is EXACTLY what happened peeps https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/why-we-cant-be-selfish-in-this-vote-scotland/ Some of us fell for the BBC Lies, the lies about Banks, banks who never actually said these things same as the Oil industry, the BBC tricked us, yet people STILL watch the BBC and pay a TV Licence. Some fell for Gordon Brown’s promises, yeah the same Gordon Brown who has retired a Multi-millionaire not a million miles from me to live his life in utter riches, same as Johann Lamont who after the no vote ran for the hills KNOWING she did wrong and to be fair her conscience got the best of her. Some believed DAVID CAMERON AND ED MILIBAND!  And most of the %’s of people who votes no were lied to in 1979 when we actually freed ourselves but were not allowed to leave. I still shake my head at the selfish people who voted no. Tommy Sheridan is a man I still have TONS of respect for, he did a talk almost every night for 130 days, in the end his voice gave way. I feel for everyone who pushed the Yes vote hard. But listen, we vote SNP next year! We can be free. SCOTLAND, DO NOT FALL FOR THE LIES AGAIN, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are nearing an election, so I thought I would start the ball rolling

A modern day Nobleman who went with English kings

A modern day Nobleman who went with English kings

I did this article here 

ALEX SALMOND – 21ST CENTURY WILLIAM WALLACE

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/07/alex-salmond-21st-century-william-wallace/

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And one last thing, you who voted no, WE ARE YET TO HEAR 1 REASON WHY YOU VOTED NO! 

This is what happened for real

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/scotland-vote-no-in-referendum-selfish-scared-people-well-done/

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♫ Stanley Odd Son I Voted Yes ♪

Scotland, listen and be at one with our future!

Alex Salmond – This is our time

Why Scotland must vote yes

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/scotland-we-cant-be-scared-nor-selfish-dont-be-the-worlds-joke/

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/the-sad-reality-of-food-bank-tory-2014-make-this-go-viral-vote-yes-for-the-love-of-god/

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Scottish Referendum Debate Rages On As Alex Salmond Threatens ‘Revenge’


Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

Stepped down as 1st Minister so he could do more for Scotland

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Alex Salmond has hinted at another referendum on Scottish independence taking place as he threatened to exact “revenge” if pledges promised by the government are not fulfilled.

As MPs in the House of Commons debated the promise of more powers for Scotland, the SNP leader accused David Cameron of “reneging” on pledges promised in the run up to the historic vote and warned there would be consequences if the No parties fail to deliver more powers for Scotland. The debate erupted into a heated clash between William Hague and Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the latter of whom argued that “crude” Tory plans risked undermining the UK in the wake of the referendum. Salmond’s comments also came as a senior Labour MP warned that the refusal of some supporters of independence to accept the result of the 55% to 45% ‘No’ vote will “poison” politics in Scotland. Glasgow South West MP Iain Davidson, the chairman of the Commons Scotland committee, told MPs today that politicians and voters should “accept that there was a clear and decisive result”. “It appears that no form of devolution will satisfy those who are in favour of separation,” he said. “We ares starting to see not just an unhappiness about the result but an actual rejection of the result. A myth of betrayal is being put forward.” Davidson said there was now a “grievance a day mentality” on the part of the SNP and supporters of the unsuccessful ‘Yes’ campaign. “That is going to poison, potentially, Scottish politics,” he said.

But Salmond has insisted that Cameron is set on letting down Scottish nationalists.

So far, not good on his word

So far, not good on his word

“The Prime Minister started the process of reneging on the commitment when he came out of Downing Street hours after the referendum and said that progress in Scotland should be in tandem with … constitutional change in England. Even Gordon Brown is finding it difficult to stomach,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Indicating that he did not view another referendum as completely off the agenda, he added: “What I said was that the referendum was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said. “My view is that constitutional referendums came along once every political generation – about every 20 years or so. “Circumstances obviously can change. Clearly, if you had a situation where three leaders made such a public vow – not even a political promise but a vow – in the last few desperate hours when they thought they were losing the referendum campaign and then reneged upon it, then that would obviously be a very, very substantial change of circumstances. “These matters ultimately are for the people of Scotland to decide. It is for the people of Scotland to decide whether it is satisfactory to be conned and tricked by Westminster leaders, or they will exact a revenge at the ballot box.”

But Leader of the House of Commons William Hague said Salmond was “almost looking for and hoping for some sense of betrayal”. The Tory minister told Today: “Let it be very clear that every commitment made by not only the Conservative but Labour and Liberal Democrat parties about what would happen if the result of the Scottish referendum was No, every commitment has so far been kept and will be.  “We have said, the Prime Minister and I have said, that those things should go in tandem. But they are not tied in the sense that one is dependent on the other. “The commitments to Scotland are unconditional and will go ahead – this is an absolute 100% clear commitment that will go ahead whatever we decide or don’t decide about England.

“But it is our view that fairness to the whole of the UK means the party should also agree on the same timetable the consequences for Scottish MPs voting on English matters. “If they can’t, then of course it will be a matter we all debate in the general election campaign. This is a democratic country. The people will decide.” Earlier, Hague clashed with Brown, who warned “nations can collapse by accident”. Brown said excluding MPs from non-English constituencies from some votes would erode the “stability and harmony of the British constitution”. “You cannot have one UK if you have two separate classes of MP,” he said. “You cannot have representatives elected by the people who are half in and half out of the law making process.” Brown has already warned that Cameron’s plans to ban Scottish MPs from voting on English laws risk breaking the “fragile” Union.

HAD NO MANDATE TO MAKE PROMISES!

HAD NO MANDATE TO MAKE PROMISES!

The former Labour leader said combined with plans to devolve total control over income tax to Holyrood, Cameron’s proposals were a “lethal cocktail” that could end the United Kingdom. Brown accused the PM of playing “fast and loose” with the constitution, prompting mockery from the SNP who said his input to the debate since the vote had become “increasingly surreal”. Cameron today accused Labour of “not being interested in fairness” for the UK after it decided to boycott talks on English votes for English laws. Ed Miliband’s party denounced the talks being led by Hague as “a closed-shop stitch-up” when “proper reform” is needed. But the Prime Minister rejected the suggestion that he was playing politics with the Union following the vow made to the people of Scotland during the referendum campaign. He said: “What we need is obviously more devolution for Scotland but a settlement that’s fair for the whole of the United Kingdom. “I think it’s a matter of great regret if Labour are going to walk out of this Cabinet committee which they could join in and make their suggestions. “But obviously they are not interested in fairness across the United Kingdom so we will have to work hard with other partners to make sure we deliver.”

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

http://www.theindependenceconversation.com/2014/10/15/news-scottish-referendum-debate-rages-on-as-alex-salmond-threatens-revenge-huffington-post-uk/

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Scotland – Podcast/Audio – Gordon Brown, Man With Bag Of Yes Votes +


Shauny Podcast Image

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

5am in the morning, bit sore, bit tired, rolling roll up’s by the way for curious people (Hi Mum) Talking about the guy with the bag of yes votes, Gordon Brown and more 

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Podcast/AudioBlog

VIDEO ABOVE

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The Guy in the Van with supposed ballot papers Video 1

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/26/the-ultimate-proof-vote-fraud-happened/

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The Guy in the Van with supposed ballot papers Video 2

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/guy-with-bag-of-yes-ballot-papers-video-2/

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From Electoral Commission

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/received-an-email-from-electoral-commission-re-vote-fraud/

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Scottish independence: The blame game begins in No camp even before the first vote is cast


LETS BLAME THIS GUY SHALL WE - SAYS WESTMINSTER

LETS BLAME THIS GUY SHALL WE – SAYS WESTMINSTER

WELL, WELL, WELL! They are arguing between themselves already in Westminster. And most of the blame is on David Cameron for not allowing a “DevoMax” on the vote we all in Scotland will vote yes on tomorrow. The anger and finger pointing has started down South, this leads me to believe they know they have lost. I think anyone with a brain knows they know. Scotland, I think we have done it. But please, VOTE, AND VOTE PROPERLY, DON’T MAKE YOUR VOTING PAPER A SPOILT PAPER! JUST PUT AN X IN THE “YES” BOX. They are promising Scotland the Earth, but many in Westminster are not up for giving Scotland what English people will argue for in the coming months after the yes vote.

The blame game has begun, even before we know the result of Thursday’s referendum. Even if the Scottish people vote against independence, the way the UK is run is going to change. So politicians of all hues are scrambling to get their excuses in first.  Some Labour figures summon the ghost of Margaret Thatcher, claiming she created fertile territory for the Scottish National Party by allowing Scotland’s industries to die; imposing the poll tax a year earlier than in England and Wales and opposing devolution. But other parties claim it is Labour which has allowed the UK to reach the cliff edge of a break-up. Sir John Major, the former Conservative Prime Minister, last week pointed the finger of blame at Tony Blair, saying his Government left “a deadly legacy” by creating the Scottish Parliament in 1999. If Labour, which won 41 of the 59 Scottish seats in 2010, loses its Scottish MPs on independence day in 2016, “no one should weep for it” Sir John declared.

Mr Blair was no fan of devolution. But he inherited a firm pledge to set up the Edinburgh parliament from John Smith, his predecessor as Labour leader, who died in 1994. Mr Blair sometimes raised doubts.  “Do we really have to open this can of worms again?” he asked. But a powerful Scottish Labour lobby – including Donald Dewar, Gordon Brown and Lord Irvine – told him he must honour Mr Smith’s memory by completing his mission. So did Mr Smith’s widow Elizabeth, now a Labour peer. “We have to do it,” Mr Blair told close colleagues. But Labour made a series of miscalculations, epitomised in 1995 by George Robertson, the shadow Scottish Secretary, who predicted: “Devolution will kill nationalism stone dead.”

To prevent one party – either the SNP or what he saw as (Old) Scottish Labour – winning an overall majority in the Edinburgh parliament, Mr Blair opted for a system of proportional representation. Labour duly governed in coalition with the Liberal Democrats from 1999 to 2007. Then, crucially, Mr Blair delayed his departure as Prime Minister until after the Scottish Parliament elections, even though he was unloved north of the border. In 2010, he admitted in his memoirs: “With a new leader we could have done better, and in particular it is possible with Gordon [Brown as PM] we would have won in Scotland.” Instead, the SNP beat Labour by one seat in 2007 and formed a minority administration at Holyrood, a vital stepping stone to winning an overall majority in 2011 – and a mandate for tomorrow’s referendum. Belatedly, Mr Blair saw it coming. Prophetically, he remarked in his memoirs: “I knew once Alex Salmond got his feet under the table he could play off against the Westminster Government and embed himself. It would be far harder to remove him than to stop him in the first place.”

Is David Cameron to blame for allowing Alex Salmond a referendum? The question is now asked – like many, with glorious hindsight. The Prime Minister knew Mr Salmond could call his own advisory public vote if he were denied a real one, which could fuel anti-English sentiment and give the independence bandwagon another push. With opinion polls suggesting that only about a third of Scots favoured independence, Mr Cameron judged that a straight choice between Yes and No would settle Scotland’s future for a generation.

IT IS SIGNED AND LEGAL, THEY CAN'T CHANGE IT NOW. THEY HAVE LOST AND BLAMING EVERYONE

IT IS SIGNED AND LEGAL, THEY CAN’T CHANGE IT NOW. THEY HAVE LOST AND BLAMING EVERYONE

He resisted the SNP’s call for the ballot paper to include a third option of “devo max” – more powers for Holyrood with Scotland remaining in the UK –which, he feared, could have been a bridge to independence in another referendum within years. On Monday, Mr Cameron tried to spread the blame to Labour and the Liberal Democrats, telling the BBC’s Newsnight programme that the refusal to include a “devo max” question “wasn’t just my view”.

Cameron aides were jubilant when Mr Salmond backed down and accepted a straight Yes/No. Some SNP politicians now suggest the wily Mr Salmond lured the UK Government into taking its eye off the wording of the question and was less bothered about “devo max”. The agreed question – “Should Scotland be an independent country?” – suited the SNP. If the question had been “should Scotland should remain in the UK?”, the Yes/No roles would have been reversed. The Better Together campaign, led by Alistair Darling, has been dogged by SNP and media criticism that it is too negative. Mr Darling makes no apology for asking searching questions about an independent Scotland. But one ally admitted: “Inevitably, being on the No side makes you look negative.” Mr Salmond has been adept at turning legitimate questions – about the pound, jobs, prices — back into “threats, bullying and bluffs” by “the Westminster parties” in their “Project Fear”.  Some Tory MPs blame George Osborne, the Chancellor, for this negative approach, saying his trump card of ruling out a currency union with an independent Scotland turned out to be nothing of the sort. Better Together has been hampered by infighting and personal feuds between the Labour figures who dominate it. Its own internal blame game is now under way. For now it is mainly behind the scenes, but it is likely to become public after the result is known. Until late in the day, Mr Brown, Labour’s most respected figure in Scotland, did his own thing rather than work with Better Together, which he judged badly run, lacking campaigning nous and too close to the Conservatives. “He loathes many of its leading lights – Alistair Darling, Douglas Alexander, Jim Murphy, John Reid,” one Labour source admitted. “In the last two weeks, Gordon has come to the rescue. If Scotland votes No, he will get the credit.”

In a separate blame game, Liberal Democrats blame Labour for failing to deliver its voters, claiming that Labour’s normal election machine is underpowered because key trade unions such as Unite and Unison are sitting on their hands. Labour figures reply that the Lib Dems have nothing to crow about: by joining the Tories in coalition in 2010, they made it easier for Mr Salmond to tar all three main parties with the same “political establishment” brush.

However, Lib Dem and Tory figures claim that Ed Miliband has failed to get over his message in a country where his left of centre pitch and belief in radical economic reforms should enjoy wide appeal. “He is seen as ineffectual,” one Tory claimed. “People don’t believe he could deliver what he says.” Labour figures insist the buck stops with Mr Cameron. There is mounting evidence that Downing Street underestimated the prospect of a Yes vote until a poll put it ahead just 10 days ago, forcing the three main parties to rush out their devo max plan and take the status quo off the ballot paper. Whitehall is determined to avoid the blame. Sources suggest that senior civil servants did their duty by sounding the alarm that the referendum could result in the break-up of the Union. Officials claim they ran into a brick wall: anything that raised the prospect of a Yes vote was blocked by their political masters, who decreed that all efforts must be put into securing a No vote. That is why – officially, at least – the Government claims it is not making any contingency plans for a Yes verdict. “The PM called the shots,” said one senior civil servant. The Cabinet Office dismissed as “simply not true” reports that Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, pressed ministers to win over putative Yes voters rather than merely shore up No voters. Yet it is also claimed that in recent weeks, Mr Cameron and his male-dominated inner circle brushed aside warnings from female advisers that the negative No campaign was a turn-off for women voters. Allies insist Mr Cameron, dubbed the “essay crisis PM”, is good when his back is to the wall. Despite two powerful, emotional speeches in the past week, his power to influence votes is limited because the Tories are seen as “toxic” by many Scottish people. “Scotland is Labour’s heartland,” said one Tory aide. “If it can’t win over people in its own back yard, that’s not our fault.” If Scotland votes Yes, things can only get bitter.

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

MORE FEAR TACTICS FROM WESTMINSTER – Scotland will be more at risk of a terrorist attack – Cameron warns


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Doing his party no favours and pushing undecided to yes..

First this! FEAR TACTICS START – We’ll put guards on Scottish border: Ed Miliband http://shaunynews.com/2014/09/06/fear-tactics-start-well-put-guards-on-scottish-border-ed-miliband/ now this! NOW WE KNOW WHY WE NEED OUT THIS UNION! The Queen will be head of state, we will be part of NATO. This is utter lunacy by Tories and especially Labour, Labour can forget their Scottish voters with Miliband’s “Boarder Guards” remarks!

David Cameron today warned that Scotland would be more at risk from terrorism if it votes for independence. The Prime Minister said the United Kingdom had the best security and intelligence services in the world to keep people safe. He said the safety of staying together in a ‘very dangerous and insecure world’ was one of the ‘strongest arguments’ against separation.  Mr Cameron, speaking at the end of the two-day Nato conference in Wales, said: ‘I don’t think anyone can be in any doubt we live in a very dangerous and insecure world. ‘I would have thought one of the strongest arguments that those of us who want to see the United Kingdom stay together can make is in that dangerous world and insecure world of terrorist threats and other threats isn’t it better to be part of the United Kingdom?’ He said the UK ‘has a top five defence budget, that has some of the best security and intelligence services anywhere in the world, that is part of every single alliance that really matters in the world in terms of Nato, the G8, the G20 European Union, a permanent member of the Security Council of the UN’. Mr Cameron added: ‘To have all those networks and abilities to work with allies to keep us safe, isn’t it better to have those things than to separate yourselves from them. ‘Those are some of the arguments we will be making in the weeks to come before this vital vote.’

Gordon Brown (left) spoke in London today ahead of the forthcoming Scottish vote for independence on September 18

Gordon Brown spoke in London today ahead of the forthcoming Scottish vote for independence on September 18

First this! FEAR TACTICS START – We’ll put guards on Scottish border: Ed Miliband https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/fear-tactics-start-well-put-guards-on-scottish-border-ed-miliband/ now this! NOW WE KNOW WHY WE NEED OUT THIS UNION! The Queen will be head of state, we will be part of NATO. This is utter lunacy by Tories and especially Labour, Labour can forget their Scottish voters with Miliband’s “Boarder Guards” remarks!

Mr Cameron’s remarks came after the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown vowed to lead a campaign for more powers for Scotland if it rejects independence in this month’s referendum. The former prime minister, signalling his return to front line politics, said he would push for further devolution within weeks of the September 18 vote. Mr Brown is among senior Labour figures being deployed in a final push by the party to prevent its supporters being won over by the Scottish National Party. With polls suggesting a late swing towards the Yes camp, Mr Brown urged voters not to ‘abandon’ the huge value to Scotland of pooling resources with the rest of the UK in areas such as pensions and healthcare. He told an audience of activists and politicians at Westminster that he had asked Speaker John Bercow to allow him to lead a debate when the Commons resumes business in October to galvanise cross-party support for reforms. A pledge of extra tax and legal powers for Holyrood in the event of a rejection of independence in the popular vote has been signed by the leaders of all three main Westminster parties.

SNP leader Alex Salmond was canvassing in Peterhead fish market today

SNP leader Alex Salmond was canvassing in Peterhead fish market today

Mr Brown said the aim should be the ‘maximum local decision-making powers that is possible’ while maintaining the union. ‘The status quo is not now an option. A no vote does not mean no change.’ He said: ‘A no vote will usher in the further constitutional reforms in social, economic and fiscal affairs and a no vote will mean the choice you have made is against separation but for further devolution to the Scottish Parliament. ‘Over the next few months after the referendum, we can take the lead in ensuring that these powers – that the Conservatives and Liberals say they would support – can be implemented as quickly as possible. ‘I have asked the Speaker that when Parliament returns after the referendum in October, that in the first week he allows me to lead a debate about how we can secure the timetable and the delivery of the further devolution proposals.

‘This is not like 1979 when the then-Conservative government promised change and then denied us it. This is like 1997 when the Labour government came in and, within a year, had delivered its promise of a Scottish parliament. ‘When we are talking about the future of the constitution, London must and will change, Westminster must and will change, and, of course, the United Kingdom must and will change.’ He told the meeting – hosted by Blairite pressure group Progress – that the No camp ‘will accept whatever result comes our way’. ‘But the Scottish National Party have got to recognise that if they lose this … we have got to get back to the issues of improving public services. ‘I think the Conservatives will have to accept these proposals … the strong weight of opinion for them. ‘We stand ready to talk to other parties about how we could reach a consensus on these proposals for the future.’ Mr Brown said the UK was a uniquely successful arrangement anywhere in the world. It offered pooled resources across four nations ‘to guarantee to anyone no matter where they are in any part of the United Kingdom that they have the same right to healthcare, to help when unemployed, to dignity in retirement and, of course, to dignity and support when they are sick, disabled or vulnerable. ‘That is a principle that we should never abandon.’ He dismissed SNP plans for a corporation tax cut as ‘the Scots Nats backing the fat cats and obviously cheered on by the cybernats’. He also dismissed the level of demand for an English parliament. ‘The English do not want a parliament of their own. If they wanted it, that would be an issue, but there is no evidence that there is a desire for an English parliament,’ he said. ‘We have got to recognise the assymetric nature of the British constitution, find a way of accommodating the ambitions of all the different nations – and indeed the regions.

YouGov – SCOTLAND AHEAD IN POLLS! 51%-49% – WE ARE DOING IT! KEEP IT GOING!


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Scottish Referendum: Yes Campaign Takes Lead

The Yes campaign has taken the lead ahead of the Scottish Referendum, according to the results of a new poll published tonight. The YouGov poll commissioned by the Sunday Times suggests the Yes campaign now leads by 51% to 49%. The poll means the Yes campaign has overturned a 22-point lead for the Better Together campaign within the past month. The lead is the first for the independence camp registered by YouGov – or by any polling company – since regular polling began in the run-up to the vote.  The Yes campaign has taken the lead ahead of the Scottish Referendum, according to the results of a new poll published tonight. The YouGov poll commissioned by the Sunday Times suggests the Yes campaign now leads by 51% to 49%. The poll means the Yes campaign has overturned a 22-point lead for the Better Together campaign within the past month. The lead is the first for the independence camp registered by YouGov – or by any polling company – since regular polling began in the run-up to the vote.

“If you want Scotland to remain part of the UK family you have to vote for it on 18 September. Separation is forever. These polls can and must now serve as a wake-up call to anyone who thought the referendum result was a foregone conclusion. “It never was. It will go down to the wire. Now is the time to speak up and speak out.” The results came as Gordon Brown made another appeal for a successful No vote on September 18. In an article for the Sunday Mirror, the former Prime Minister described the union as a “living partnership”.  “Our union is not out of date or an anachronism or a museum piece but a unique, unparalleled, multinational living partnership that Europe and America cannot match or mirror,” he wrote. “And what our ancestors built up, no nationalist should be allowed to split asunder.” Mr Brown said the referendum battle had been tougher than many people expected, adding that he believed Conservative policies were to blame. “Why has it been difficult to win Scottish votes in support of this principle of sharing that most Scots hold dear?” he wrote. “Many are angry that the Bedroom Tax was imposed upon Scots against their will while at the same time the very wealthy received tax cuts.

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“The SNP also claim that the ramifications of any Tory privatisation of the NHS in England will cut budgets in Scotland. “But English and Welsh people have already given an answer to the SNP claims. “The answer is that 90% of English people want to keep the NHS public and retain it free at the point of need. “And the vast majority across the whole UK dislike the Bedroom Tax and would even consider more taxes to make our NHS better.” Mr Brown will appear on Sky’s Murnaghan programme from 10am on Sunday.

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COME ON SCOTLAND!! 

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