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A Reminder of what we lost, who lied – STAND UP SCOTLAND – #IndyRef2

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A Reminder of what we lost, who lied – STAND UP SCOTLAND – #IndyRef2

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By @ShaunyNews – 1979 seen Scotland vote ‘Yes’ but we were lird to, 2014 we voted no, we were lied to, LETS NOT FALL FOR LABOUR, RED TORY LIES, TIME TO GET REAL, WAKE UP SCOTLAND!! THE FIGHT TO THE PROMISED LAND STARTS ‘NOW’

Stanley Odd – Son I Voted Yes

Via Stanley Odd on You Tube

IT'S STILL IN OUR HANDS!

IT’S STILL IN OUR HANDS!

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PROMISED HOME RULE IN 2015 IF LABOUR WIN GENERAL ELECTION – DON’T BUY THIS RUBBISH AGAIN

MODERN DAY ENGLISH LOVING SCOTTISH NOBLEMAN

MODERN DAY LONDON LOVING SCOTTISH NOBLEMAN

WE CAN'T TRUST THEM!!

WE CAN’T TRUST THEM!!

TOLD LIES, PROMISES TO FIGHT FOR SCOTLAND - THEN RESIGNED!

TOLD LIES, PROMISES TO FIGHT FOR SCOTLAND – THEN RESIGNED!

SCOTLAND WE CAN BE FREE IN 3 OR 4 YEARS, WE MUST VOTE SNP. OR ELSE

SCOTLAND WE CAN BE FREE IN 3 OR 4 YEARS, WE MUST VOTE SNP. OR ELSE

WE LET HIM DOWN, YET HE 'STILL' WORKS FOR SCOTLAND'S PEOPLE

WE LET HIM DOWN, YET HE ‘STILL’ WORKS FOR SCOTLAND’S PEOPLE

LWTS HELP HER, SHE IS HELPING US, 'BIG TIME'

LETS HELP HER, SHE IS HELPING US, ‘BIG TIME’

The Proclaimers – Cap In Hand(Yes Scotland)

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Scotland announces it will block ‘ALL’ fracking

http://shaunynews.com/2015/01/29/scotland-announces-it-will-block-all-fracking/

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Secret MOD plan to move Trident from Scotland to Wales #TridentFreeScotland

http://shaunynews.com/2015/01/28/breaking-secret-mod-plan-to-move-trident-from-scotland-to-wales-tridentfreescotland/

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

http://shaunynews.com/2015/01/27/smith-commission-more-powers-vow-delivered-claims-david-cameron/

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SNP: voter registration raised – 800,000 could drop off – Not allowed to vote!! (Phone Details here to check)

http://shaunynews.com/2015/01/25/snp-voter-registration-raised-800000-could-drop-off-not-allowed-to-vote-phone-details-here-to-check/

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BREAKING: Secret MOD plan to move Trident from Scotland to Wales #TridentFreeScotland

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BREAKING: Secret MOD plan to move Trident from Scotland to Wales #TridentFreeScotland

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Faslane Naval Base, West of Scotland

By @ShaunyNews Via sources, Web, You Tube and my own remarks 

Unreal breaking news for Wednesday, MOD/Westmister have held, till now, secret talks with Hollyrood/SNP and Plaid Cymru, Nicola Sturgeon vowed to remove ‘Trident’ from Scottish soil and it seems Wales are happy to take the financial incentive offered by London to have Nuclear weapons ANYWHERE in the UK apart from England. This is BRILLIANT news for Scotland. I have a family member and a few friends who I know or know off that work at Faslane in whatever job description, I am hearing Faslane will still operate, keep the community running with work, the only change will be utterly huge, A NUCLEAR FREE SCOTLAND!!

This is (If it happens) a HUGE win for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. If they can pull this off I suspect, as I have been told in idle gossiping circles that Alex Salmond, who vowed to ‘Not stand down after the Referendum’ has a ‘Something’ he is using as some kind of, as Alex said himself that will make him a modern day Guy Fawkes in Westminster.

Main Stream Media will pick this up during the night and it will be big news Wednesday

Main Stream Media will pick this up during the night and it will be big news Wednesday

The video below is from Monday at FMQs, around the 5 minute 50 seconds mark Nicola talks about Trident

THE UK’s nuclear deterrent would be “more than welcome” in Wales if the Scottish Government wanted rid of it, Carwyn Jones said yesterday.

The First Minister told the Senedd that if the SNP wanted to remove the fleet of nuclear submarines from Faslane on the west coast of Scotland it – and the jobs which went with it – would be welcomed in Milford Haven. Mr Jones had been asked during First Minister’s Questions about the potential to invest in Welsh ports.

He responded: “I did notice the Scottish Government no longer wishes to have the nuclear submarine base at Faslane, it no longer wishes to house the UK naval nuclear fleet. There will be more than a welcome for that fleet and those jobs in Milford Haven.” Britain has four Vanguard submarines based at Faslane naval base on the River Clyde, which can deploy Trident ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads. The comments were met with immediate condemnation from Plaid Cymru, who said the First Minister had “no grasp on reality if he believes that the people of Wales want nuclear weapons stored in Wales”.

The Ministry of Defence said that it was not making plans to move the UK’s nuclear deterrent from HM Naval Base Clyde. The Scottish Government has made no secret of its desire to move the fleet from Scotland.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has long voiced concerns about the dangers of nuclear energy, either to generate power or as part of Britain’s military defence, and has said the weapons would leave Scotland were it to vote to leave the UK in 2014, even though it has been warned that removing the deterrent from the Clyde would be the biggest bill in the post-independence negotiations. Following Mr Jones’ comments, a spokesman for the Welsh Government sought to clarify them, saying they were nothing to do with Scottish independence.

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He said: “As a staunch supporter of the union, the First Minister has made it clear on many occasions that he wants to see Scotland remain part of the United Kingdom. “However, the Scottish Government has made it clear that they wish to see the fleet leave Scotland at the earliest opportunity.

“The First Minister recognises the substantial economic benefits of relocating Britain’s nuclear submarine to West Wales. There would be more than a welcome in Wales for this kind of economic boost, which would bring thousands of high-quality and well paid jobs to the area. “The First Minister is of the view that he would be neglecting his duty to do what he can to boost the Welsh economy if he were to dismiss the possibility of bringing these jobs to Wales.”

But Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, Simon Thomas, said the First Minister’s statement illustrated the Labour Government’s “lazy approach to policy development” and said its focus should be on plausible job creation schemes to boost the Welsh economy. He said: “Having failed to protect Wales during the economic crisis, the First Minister is now reduced to making ridiculous pronouncements which do nothing for his own credibility, and do even less for Wales’ image in the world. “He clearly has no grasp on reality if he believes that the people of Wales want nuclear weapons stored in Wales. “It would be far better for Wales for the UK government to do what Plaid Cymru has long called for – scrap the Trident project completely and spend the massive cost on plausible job creation schemes to boost our economy.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “The Government is clear that Scotland benefits from being part of the UK and the UK benefits from having Scotland within it. “No plans for independence are being made, as the Government is confident that people in Scotland will continue to support the UK in any referendum. “We are therefore not making plans to move the nuclear deterrent from HM Naval Base Clyde.”

The prominent defence journal Defence Analysis argued earlier this year that Wales and not England could be a leading location for the nuclear submarine fleet.

Via: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/uk-nuclear-deterrent-welcome-wales-2053261

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

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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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Extra £100m to help cut numbers waiting to be discharged from hospital

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Extra £100m to help cut numbers waiting to be discharged from hospital

Hospital: The money will be used to help patients get home sooner.

Hospital: The money will be used to help patients get home sooner.

By @ShaunyNews Viahttp://news.stv.tv/politics/307144-extra-100m-to-help-cut-numbers-waiting-to-be-discharged-from-hospital/

Good news for Scottish people as the SNP pump more money into the Scottish National Health Service. With First Minister Nicola Sturgeon flat our refusing to allow the Scottish NHS to be privatised, this is two fingers to London who want to privatise the NHS with UKIPS and Nigel Farage saying a few days ago “Health Insurance is something we must come back to” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/nigel-farage-admits-still-wants-5007340 The UK General Elections are crucial for Scotland. We must vote in Yes minded politicians and the one’s who support getting the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ in full. Well done Westminster, they are squeezing every penny to help Scotland here. Links at the bottom as usual

A further £100m will be invested in the NHS over the next three years to help cut the numbers of people waiting to be discharged from hospital.

Ministers have said tackling the problem of delayed discharges is a top priority. The money will be used to help health boards and local authorities deliver care and support for people at home or in a similar setting. The move is aimed at preventing delays in discharge, as well as preventing admissions to hospital and attendances at A&E. It is hoped that, together, the measures will reduce pressure across the system.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport – Shona Robison MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport – Shona Robison MSP

Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “Tackling delayed discharge is an absolute key priority for this government and today’s announcement of £100m over the next three years is crucial to this effort. “Reducing delayed discharge not only helps individual patients, who benefit from getting home or to a homely setting as quickly as possible, but also helps ease pressure across the system.” Of the £100m funding package, £30m will be invested in 2015/16, while £35m will be allocated in 2016/17 and again in 2017/18.

The 2015/16 funding will come from Barnett consequentials, with the remaining £70m coming from subsequent health budgets.

Ms Robison added: “This is about far more than just investment, it forms part of the Government’s overarching commitment to implementing the integration of health and social care services across Scotland. “This will involve health boards working closer than ever with local government in a new relationship to deliver the right care to people in the right place at the right time. “It will also include a shared commitment to deliver on key issues, such as discharging patients within 72 hours of clinical readiness, and reducing the number of hospital admissions that are avoidable. “Today’s announcement builds on the significant progress made to devise new and innovative ways to improve the flow of patients through health and care services. “We will continue to support this work, together with our partners in the NHS and local government, to reshape the health and social care system as we work towards integration coming into force in April.”

A taskforce has been set up with council body Cosla to roll out the plans to tackle delayed discharge. Cosla’s health and well-being spokesman, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “This is a timely investment from the Scottish Government – amidst a challenging operating environment for councils and health boards.” The funding announcement comes in a month when hospital accident and emergency departments came under considerable pressure due to high levels of demand, leading to extended waiting times in some places and the postponement of some planned medical procedures.

And on Monday, a council and health board were told to make urgent improvements in a bid to tackle the problem of bed-blocking. A joint inspection of services for older people said the performance of Fife Partnership – which includes Fife Council and NHS Fife – to ensure elderly patients are discharged when they are well enough to leave was “mixed”.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/health-secretary-shona-robison-set-4690328

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New fracking rules will not apply in Scotland: Smith Commission

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New fracking rules will not apply in Scotland: Smith Commission

Nicola Sturgeon said "Not on my watch" Go her!

Nicola Sturgeon said “Not on my watch” Go her!

By @ShaunyNews Via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30803788 Other links below 

Well done all who made this happen. Scotland now own’s her ‘Fracking rights’ The Smith Commission is being updated and slowly all we were offered is coming to us. I know we need 2015 general election to push Tory and Red Tory (Labour) out of Hollyrood and get Yes people or people in who demand the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ in full. It is coming. We just need wait. As I say a lot, Alex Salmond is in Westminster for a GOOD reason. He said before the referendum vote “I won’t stand down be it Yes or No” then stands down. I am assured Home Rule is less than a year away. We shall see guys and gall’s

The UK government has agreed to exclude Scotland from laws making it easier for fracking firms to drill for shale gas. The Infrastructure Bill currently going through Westminster is set to allow underground access in England, Wales and Northern Ireland but not Scotland. The Scottish government, the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Green Party had opposed the bill which would apply to residential areas.

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the move made sense. Labour MP Tom Greatrex had lodged amendments to the bill requesting that full powers over shale gas exploration be given to the Scottish Parliament ahead of the general election in five months’ time. The coalition government did not back the suggestions but instead pledged to exclude Scotland from the impending legislation. Based on that offer the Scotland Office said “the opposition was content to withdraw its amendments”.

Not in Scotland

Not in Scotland

It explained: “That is not the same as devolving the power to the Scottish Parliament. “Its effect is to leave the current arrangement in Scotland as it stands at present, so the new system for underground access will not apply.” Those opposed to fracking say it is not safe and claim it causes environmental damage and mini earthquakes. Mr Greatrex said he had brought forward his amendments because of a “high degree of public concern”. He added that it was wrong to believe that shale gas was “some sort of energy silver bullet” which would have a “massive impact” on energy prices. The member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West said the regulatory regime should be “robust and consistent”.

What is fracking and why is it controversial?

Fracking process in US
  • Fracking is shorthand for hydraulic fracturing and refers to how the rock is broken apart by high a pressure mixture.
  • Fracking allows drilling firms to access difficult-to-reach resources of oil and gas.
  • In the US it has significantly boosted domestic oil production and driven down gas prices.
  • Opponents say the process releases potentially carcinogenic chemicals into nearby groundwater.
  • The industry suggests pollution incidents are the results of bad practice, rather than an inherently risky technique.

Holyrood currently has power over planning issues but the Smith Commission had recommended devolution of onshore licensing and mineral access rights. However, those new devolution powers would not come to Scotland before May’s election. Reacting to the coalition government’s offer, SNP minister Mr Ewing said: “This decision is a victory for common sense and shows how devolution of energy policy leads to different policy outcomes in Scotland. “It is a vindication of the Scottish government’s continued objections to UK government plans to remove the right of Scottish householders to object to unconventional oil and gas drilling under their home. “We’re glad the UK government has finally taken this on board – especially as 99 per cent of respondents to their own consultation also opposed the move.”

SNP must take stand against fracking

They didn’t half! http://www.scotsman.com/news/comment-snp-must-take-stand-against-fracking-1-3657475

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UK support for Nicola Sturgeon to be in TV debates

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UK support for Nicola Sturgeon to be in TV debates

This but on a national scale

This but on a national scale

By @ShaunyNews Via: http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/jan/uk-support-nicola-sturgeon-be-tv-debates

About time. SNP are on the biggest parties in the UK. Only right Nicola gets a soap box.

The SNP has today welcomed polling showing support for Nicola Sturgeon being included on the televised leaders debates from the rest of the UK voters.

53 per cent of voters across the UK say Ms Sturgeon should be involved compared to only 30% who say she should not be involved. With the ‘Don’t Knows’ removed 64 % say Scotland’s First Minister should be included.

The polling by YouGov also shows the vast majority of non-SNP voters in Scotland back Ms Sturgeon being included in the debates.

Commenting, SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson MP said:

“This polling is very welcome and shows that south of the border and across the nations and regions of the UK people rightly recognise the need to have Nicola Sturgeon included in the televised debates.

“The YouGov poll also shows Labour, Tory, Lib Dem and major party voters in Scotland agree with Ms Sturgeon’s inclusion to the debates – by a margin of nearly 3:1 when ‘Don’t Knows’ are removed – which  speaks volumes about the SNP’s strong position ahead of May’s General Election.

“With a larger membership than the Lib Dems and UKIP combined and more elected MPs than UKIP, the case for including the SNP is unanswerable.

“I have already written to Ofcom to query their undemocratic and illogical decision. Broadcasters – along with our broadcast regulator – have a duty to be impartial in their election coverage. To try and exclude the SNP would be a failure to deliver these democratic duties.

“It would be ludicrous for the SNP to be shut out of these proposed debates – a position backed by voters north and south of the border – and that is something that should be accepted by all involved.”

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-29847239

http://news.stv.tv/scotland-decides/297944-nicola-sturgeon-attacks-unacceptable-tv-election-debate-proposals/

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/general-election-tv-debate-plans-8031399

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Video: Devo Max Promise By Tories

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Video: Devo Max Promise By Tories

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By @ShaunyNews

We have all seen these video’s over and over, every time I see one I download it so I have as many Tory 0r Red Tory promises to get one big article one day. This time a senior Tory member again on camera telling a lie. Keep saving these peeps, one day we can make a feature length movie of lies from Tory and Red Tory….

Senior Tory MP promising that Devo Max will be delivered without any conditions

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How Will The UK Stop Ebola From Spreading?

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How Will The UK Stop Ebola From Spreading?

The woman is being treated in isolation at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow

The woman is being treated in isolation at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via Sky News And my Previous breaking news Article via Sky News also. https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/breaking-news-glasgow-healthcare-worker-diagnosed-with-ebola/ I did this article back on the 18th December https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/sierra-leone-braced-for-increase-in-ebola-cases/ In the article I told how Ebola was killing Sierra Leone, as Ebola had died out in the Developed World the Main Steam Media dropped the story but 10’s of thousands have died in Sierra Leone.

Nicola Sturgeon reassures Ebola won’t spread and is under control

The Ebola case in Glasgow will create considerable concerns among people about its potential spread, but effective containment could make the health worker who recently returned from Sierra Leone an isolated case. Sky’s Health Correspondent Thomas Moore said close monitoring of anyone who came into contact with the patient after they became infected, as well as good practices during treatment, were key to preventing further cases.

“The key incubation period is considered to be 21 days and we have seen in other countries events where partners of people who have come down with Ebola are kept at home or monitored very closely to make sure they are not developing symptoms and there is no onward transmission,” he said. “The key point in an outbreak is to contain it, to prevent it spreading. The further it spreads the more difficult it is to contact trace people and bring the virus back under control.”

The woman travelled from Sierra Leone to Casablanca on Royal Air Maroc flight AT596 yesterday morning at 2.30am, landing at 6.10am. She then boarded another Royal Air Maroc flight - AT0800 - to Heathrow, taking off at 12:20pm and landing at 3:50pm at Terminal 4.

The woman travelled from Sierra Leone to Casablanca on Royal Air Maroc flight AT596 yesterday morning at 2.30am, landing at 6.10am.
She then boarded another Royal Air Maroc flight – AT0800 – to Heathrow, taking off at 12:20pm and landing at 3:50pm at Terminal 4.

Health officials have said the patient in Scotland only came into contact with one person since displaying symptoms, however the passengers who travelled on a flight from Casablanca to Heathrow and a subsequent flight from Heathrow to Glasgow with the infected person on Sunday are being traced. The Ebola virus is not spread through ordinary social contact such as shaking hands or travelling on public transport. Only people who have come into contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person are at risk.

Anyone who was on the flight – or has recently return from the affected arreas of West Africa – and is worried about symptoms such as fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, sore throat or rash is advised to stay at home and call 111 or 999. “Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared.” Anyone who was on the Heathrow to Glasgow flight last night is asked to call 08000 858531

The unnamed patient is currently being treated at a specialist infectious diseases unit at Gartnaval Hospital in Glasgow But she will be moved to The Royal Free Hospital in London, one of fiveUntitled3 High Level Isolation units in Britain – the others are in Liverpool, Newcastle, Sheffield and Belfast.

The unit is run by a dedicated team of doctors and laboratory staff and access is restricted to specially trained medical staff. A specially designed tent is set up around the patient’s bed so the infection can be contained while they are treated. Sky’s Thomas Moore said staff at The Royal Free would follow strict protocols to prevent any further infection. “We know for example, from Texas where they were treating a health worker and a member of the public who came back, there were lapses,” he said. “Every precaution will be taken. The Royal Free has an extremely good track record on this and will have been looking at what went wrong in Texas, and indeed in Spain, to ensure no one else infected when treating this health worker.”

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A government COBR meeting, chaired by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, was held to discuss the case. Speaking before the case was identified, Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said “a handful of cases” were expected in the coming months. She added that Britain was “very well prepared” for Ebola. Public Health England has tested 113 people for Ebola up to 4 December, only one of which was found to have the disease. Wales has had no positive cases from its five tests, while Northern Irelands has also had no cases.

No details have been released for Scotland.

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Bin lorry deaths: Names of Glasgow crash victims released

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Bin lorry deaths: Names of Glasgow crash victims released

Jack Sweeney and his wife Lorraine with their granddaughter Erin McQuade - SO SAD..R.I.P

Jack Sweeney and his wife Lorraine with their granddaughter Erin McQuade – SO SAD..R.I.P

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30583678

Police have released the names of the six people who were killed by an out-of-control bin lorry in Glasgow. Jack Sweeney, 68, his wife Lorraine, 69, and their 18-year-old granddaughter Erin McQuade, all from Dumbarton, were among the dead. Gillian Ewing, 52, from  my city Edinburgh, Stephenie Tait, 29, and Jacqueline Morton, 51, both of Glasgow, also died. The council bin lorry crashed in George Square after careering from Queen Street at 14:30 on Monday. Ten other people, including the lorry driver, were injured in the crash. I am sitting here in tears…..My country mourns at a time where there should be joy, fun, family and more. Christmas won’t be the same in Scotland, especially Glasgow. These are my people and me theirs, we are one today, Scotland has came together as one and we will do whatever it takes to help the people who have lost, many families will be in hell today. My heart and soul goes out to them. I know your’s does also. Being Scottish is a proud thing and today I am broken hearted for my Country. We shall pull through, we will be strong, it’s who we are

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Leads Tributes To Glasgow Bin Lorry Tragedy Victims

‘Tragic incident’

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Police said four casualties were being treated at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. One is in a critical condition, one is serious but stable, one is stable and the other is expected to be discharged later. A further casualty is in a stable condition at the city’s Western Infirmary. A sixth casualty is expected to be discharged later from the Southern General Hospital. Ch Supt Andy Bates, of Police Scotland, said: “This is a tragic incident which occurred in the heart of Glasgow city centre at a time when people were preparing for the festive season. My thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved. “My officers will continue to work with partner agencies to investigate the cause of the incident. If anyone has any information that may assist our inquiries please contact Police Scotland.

“I’m also aware that some members of the public may have video or images of the incident and it would be helpful if they could send them to georgesquareincident@scotland.pnn.police.uk A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.” It is believed Mr Sweeney had previously lived in Ontario, in the east of Canada, where he was president of Bramalea Celtic supporters club.

Minute’s silence

A statement posted on the Bramalea Celtic supporters club Facebook page said: “It is with great shock and sadness we share with you our friend and past president Jack Sweeney, his wife Lorraine and granddaughter Erin were victims of today’s tragedy in Glasgow. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the family and friends of the Sweeney family.” Celtic FC said it would hold a minute’s silence in memory of the dead before Saturday’s home game against Ross County. And many other clubs I am sure will follow.

Our first minister Nicola Sturgeon at the scene. I have a video of her crying, holding a loved one of one who passed, I can't and won't share

Our first minister Nicola Sturgeon at the scene. I have a video of her crying, holding a loved one of one who passed, I can’t and won’t share

Mr and Mrs Sweeney’s granddaughter Erin was a student at Glasgow University and worked at Cameron House. The hotel said in a statement: “Cameron House Hotel and Resort are saddened to hear we have lost one of our brightest and dedicated members of housekeeping staff, Erin McQuade. “We want to offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Erin and to all those who have been affected by the tragic events at George Square yesterday.”

‘Sadly missed’

Tributes were also paid to Stephenie Tait, a Glasgow University graduate, who worked as a teacher at St Philomena’s Primary in the Provanmill area of Glasgow.

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Headteacher Catherine Gallagher said: “The entire school community is deeply saddened by this tragic news. “Stephenie was an excellent young teacher, dedicated to the children. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time. “We will be supporting colleagues in every way possible. Stephenie made a wonderful contribution to the life of St Philomena’s. She will be sadly missed by both pupils and staff.” Professor Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice chancellor of the University of Glasgow said, “The university is deeply saddened to hear that one of our current students and one of our graduates were killed in yesterday’s George Square tragedy.

Appeal fund

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Stephenie Tait who graduated in 2006 and Erin McQuade a first year student of English literature. This is an awful time for those concerned and for the wider university family.” Meanwhile, Glasgow City Council is opening an appeal fund for those who were affected by the crash. The Lord Provost’s Queen Street fund will begin taking donations from Wednesday. Debit and credit card donations can be made by calling 0141 287 7878. Lines will be open Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 20:00 except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 1 and 2 January. Donations can also be made at any bank using Sort Code 834400 and Account Number 10809775. The council is donating £20,000 and the Lord Provost’s Goodwill Fund is also donating £20,000.

A member of the public signs a book of condolence at St Georges Tron Church in Glasgow

A member of the public signs a book of condolence at St Georges Tron Church in Glasgow

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: “We have had tremendous offers of support already. Glaswegians started calling us to offer donations almost as soon as this tragic incident happened. “That’s heart-warming but not surprising in a city which responds so well to tragedy.” Anyone in need of support can call a dedicated helpline on 0141 287 0999. The bodies of the victims were removed from the scene overnight in a fleet of private ambulances. An investigation is continuing to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the crash. Police have now re-opened George Square to pedestrians and traffic.

The Christmas lights will remain off until Wednesday and the Glasgow Loves Christmas attractions, including the ice rink and big wheel, will remain closed until noon on Boxing Day as a mark of respect to the victims. The council has also opened a book of condolence at the City Chambers, near where the crash happened.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson, Lord Provost Sadie Docherty and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon all spoke near the scene on Tuesday morning where hundreds of floral tributes have been placed. Ms Sturgeon said: “Glasgow this morning is a broken-hearted city. 2014 has been such an incredible year for this wonderful city, the Commonwealth Games were such an outstanding success, but it is a year that has been bookended by two unimaginable tragedies, the Clutha at the end of last year and now this awful tragedy that unfolded here yesterday.

‘Resilient city’

Stephenie Tait was also killed when the lorry crashed into crowds of shoppers

Stephenie Tait was also killed when the lorry crashed into crowds of shoppers

“But Glasgow is a resilient city, we saw last year and we have seen again in the last 24 hours the incredible spirit of the people of Glasgow and this city will pull together to support those who have been affected, not just in the days ahead but in the weeks and months to come.  “We are reminded today of that spirit of Glasgow, this is a city I am so deeply proud to call my home and I know I will be one of many whose thoughts and prayers particularly over the Christmas period are with all those who have been so tragically affected by what happened yesterday.”

The first minister said that “like everyone else” she wanted to know what had caused “this dreadful incident” and stressed that police were “absolutely focused on completing that investigation as quickly as possible and giving people the answers they seek”.

Church service

Earlier, Ms Sturgeon said flags would fly at half-mast on government buildings out of respect. On Tuesday morning, a service of remembrance for victims of the crash was held at the Church of Scotland’s St George’s Tron Church, located yards from the crash scene. Presbytery Clerk and former Moderator Very Rev Bill Hewitt told the service: “We feel for the pain of others in this city.” He added: “We understand something of the burden carried the hearts by those who have lost loved ones, who are concerned for those in hospital, for emergency workers who have been on the frontline in meeting human need and offering themselves.”

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Roman Catholic Archbishop Philip Tartaglia will say mass for the victims at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Royal condolences

The Queen has sent a message of condolence. She said: “Prince Philip and I were saddened by the news of the tragic accident in Glasgow yesterday. “Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured.”This sad event is made even more difficult as it comes at Christmas time. I send my condolences to all the people of Glasgow.”

Police Scotland said there appeared to be nothing “sinister” about the crash and said it was still carrying out investigations at the scene. It is known that the lorry struck a pedestrian outside the Gallery of Modern Art (Goma), then mounted the pavement and travelled hundreds of metres, hitting several others. The lorry, operated by the city council, flattened street signs as it travelled along Queen Street and the side of George Square. It finally crashed into the Millennium Hotel, beside the entrance to Queen Street station in George Square at 14:30 on Monday. Eyewitnesses said the lorry driver had been “slumped over his wheel”.

Unintended acceleration

Glasgow City Council confirmed that three employees were in the lorry before the crash. George Ieronymdis, owner of the Elia Greek Restaurant on George Square, said he had been told that some of the bin lorry’s crew were seen jumping from the vehicle and holding their heads in their hands, looking devastated. A spokesman for the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators said that vehicles, even large ones, can carry on for a considerable distance if there is an “unintended acceleration”, which could be caused by a driver falling ill. “Without speculating on this incident, there might be a number of causes for a vehicle to travel a considerable distance,” he said.

 

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

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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!

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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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