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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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Alex Salmond Will Donate ALL Pay If Elected As MP – A TRUE STATESMAN

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 Salmond To Run For Westminster Seat

Alex To Run For Westminster Seat

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/breaking-salmond-im-standing-for-westminster/ < The news we ALL wanted 

Then there was Nicola Sturgeon refusing to pay for Royalty https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/nicola-sturgeon-refuses-to-pay-the-queen-go-on-nicola/

I did an article yesterday called 

ALEX SALMOND – 21ST CENTURY WILLIAM WALLACE

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

What can be said about Alex. I called him the 21st Century William Wallace. I told you Alex would run in Westminster as I had been told. Alex said MANY TIMES he would NOT RESIGN regardless of the Referendum result. Well we all know what happened that day. Back on the early 1990’s, and you can You Tube search this, Alex was on Question Time in London, a 40 year old guy saying “The 1979 election was fraudulent”

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Now I know deep inside the SNP they think the same. Only today we seen Nicola Sturgeon fire the first of many incoming political bombs to Westminster by refusing to subsidize the Royal Family in ANY WAY. https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/12/08/nicola-sturgeon-refuses-to-pay-the-queen-go-on-nicola/ I will say again, the SNP WILL FREE SCOTLAND WITHIN A FEW YEARS. They have the ammo, they have the will, they have the people behind them. I hope Alex is safe down in Westminster where he will be mocked, but he proved today where many/most politicians use the expenses in Whitehall and abuse them that he will give his money away, right away Alex has the moral high ground. I truly wish I could say more, we will be free, you will see.

Does this make anyone else sad or is it just me? I have grown to love Alex Salmond.

Does this make anyone else sad or is it just me? I have grown to love Alex Salmond.

I will give you a hint, THIS is how stupid it got

I will give you a hint, THIS is how stupid it got

Legal Documents allow Scotland to insert the 'Edinburgh Agreement' on time.

Legal Documents allow Scotland to insert the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ on time.

7th of May 2015. Scotland can insert and act on a legally binding contract

7th of May 2015. Scotland can insert and act on a legally binding contract

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has said he will donate one of his salaries to charity if he is elected as an MP next May. The ex-SNP leader has formally announced that he will join the contest for the seat in the UK parliamentary constituency of Gordon. It is currently held by Sir Malcolm Bruce, the long-serving Liberal Democrat MP who is retiring in May 2015. Mr Salmond resigned as SNP leader and First Minister last month, having signalled his intention to do so just hours after the Yes campaign lost the independence referendum, and speculation over his political future has continued ever since. He is currently the MSP for the Aberdeenshire East constituency, which covers some of the same areas as the Gordon seat. If elected in May, he will also continue to serve at Holyrood

Mr Salmond set out his plans in a speech in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

Alex set out his plans in a speech in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

“If elected with a dual mandate for Holyrood and Westminster I will do as I have done previously and donate one of the salaries to support youth causes in the North East of Scotland.”  Mr Salmond told those gathered that he does not expect there to be an overall majority at the next election and that as a result, Scotland could emerge in a “commanding position”. He said that there is the “prospect of real power for Scotland” if the SNP wins a significant number of seats at Westminster. He added that if “real power” cannot be exerted, Scotland faces the “bleak prospect” of further austerity.

You just can't fault this man.

You just can’t fault this man.

“What has struck me more than anything else, is that in the weeks since the referendum the people of Scotland have refused to give up on the hope,” Mr Salmond said. “For those who voted Yes the referendum offered the possibility of real change. For many who voted No they insist on the vow being properly redeemed. “Therefore it is incumbent on all of us to step up to the plate – to match the spirit being shown by the people. Therefore I can tell the constituency today that I am a candidate for the SNP nomination for Gordon.”

The SNP, as laid out by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, would not deal with the Conservative party in “any shape or form”, he said. “There are other possibilities, and in these possibilities a strong group of SNP MPs will have the capacity to rumble up Westminster.” Mr Salmond said he had no intention of leading the SNP at Westminster and would continue to support Angus Robertson.
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Labour Face Catastrophe as new poll suggests Labour on track to lose all of their Scottish seats to the SNP

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Leaving Scottish Labour in ruin

Leaving Scottish Labour in ruin

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ShaunyNews

An older blog I had to add to AceNews for reference.

Westminster/Hollyrood bombshell for Miliband and Labour. Been reading this all night, it seems Labour could lose at least 37 out of it’s 41 SMP’s seats at Hollyrood. This would turn Scotland yellow, like the image below. I believe in Karma, Labour sold their souls in the Scottish Referendum. With 2nd in charge Anas Sarwar resigning days after the Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont, with Lamont leaving and letting UK Labour leader Ed Milliband know in no uncertain terms why, she said “Labour’s leadership in Westminster had undermined me, thwarted my attempts to reform the party and treated the Scottish Labour Party like a “branch office” all this has had a huge effect on Scottish Labour members. There is a loophole where the SNP could force another Referendum in 2015 elections for as early as 2016/2017, or just walking from the Union. Others will be better placed than I to call that one. Jim Murphy is making noises about becoming new Scottish Labour leader when it’s likely he will lose his seat in 2015. The shadow international development minister said: “I’m standing not just to be the Scottish Labour leader, which would be a privilege in itself, but I am standing to be our candidate to be first minister.” Personally I don’t trust politics/Labour just now, this could all be staged to fool the easily fooled, SCOTLAND ‘KEEP THE HEID, DON’T BE STUPID AGAIN!

Via STV News You Tube

A remarkable Ipsos Mori poll out onFriday (30th) putting Scottish Labour on just 23%, a massive fall from the 42% they won in 2010 and miles behind the SNP, who rocket to 52%.

STV reports:

“Those who would lose their seat include Jim Murphy, who is standing to be the next leader of Scottish Labour, Douglas Alexander and Margaret Curran… The only Scottish Labour MPs who would survive would be Willie Bain in Glasgow North East, Tom Clarke in Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill, Gordon Brown in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and Ian Davidson in Glasgow South West.”

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SCOTLAND, WE, MUST KEEP PRESSURE ON, DO NOT STOP PUSHING FOR SNP

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-29830363

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/11188206/Johann-Lamont-quits-Ed-Miliband-warned-of-catastrophic-damage-to-Labour.html

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Scotland’s main parties to discuss further devolution at Smith commission

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Scottish Parliament

Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

SCOTLAND’S politicians will put aside party differences today to work on more devolved powers to the Scottish parliament. Representatives from five Scottish parties – two each from the SNP, Labour, the Conservatives, the Lib Dems and the Greens – will be told by Lord Smith of Kelvin to find consensus on bringing new powers to Scotland when they meet in Edinburgh Lord Smith and the politicians are on a tight timetable to deliver the vow made by the pro-Union parties to deliver more powers for Scotland in the event of a No vote. With a Command paper already issued, the parties have to agree a way forward by the end of November . Then the UK Government will put forward draft legislative proposals based on what is agreed in a bill in January.

Lord Smith has the responsibility of getting parties to agree

Lord Smith has the responsibility of getting parties to agree

The bill will be brought forward after the general election by whatever government come in. Reaching consensus on the points that can be agreed will be the easy part in the first formal session of the Smith Commission. The five Scottish parties have already submitted their proposals so everyone is aware of each other’s demands. The focus will be on finding common ground, something Lord Smith is optimistic about. He said: “Having spoken to all of the parties individually, I believe the will is there to reach 
agreement. “Today’s talks give them the chance to sit down together, find common ground and begin the process of delivering what the people of Scotland expect – a package of new powers which will strengthen the Scottish Parliament within the UK.”

Easily-dealt with issues include devolving the powers of the Crown Estate Commission, who own 
the seabeds around the UK and receive rents from Scotland’s fish farm and offshore wind turbine operators. Moving beyond that, there may be agreement on devolving powers such as funds for housing benefit and aspects of welfare including attendance allowance and job training. Nicola Sturgeon has already said that the process must deliver “something substantial.” The First Minister-elect knows independence won’t come out of the talks but wants something very close to it. She said. “The language that was used during the referendum campaign was very clear. The other parties, in seeking to persuade people to vote No, said that more powers would amount to near federalism, a modern form of home rule, devo max.”

Nicola and Alex have all the balls in their side of the court

Nicola and Alex have all the balls in their side of the court  😉

Parties

All 5 must agree

The SNP submission makes great play of the campaign pledges of other party leaders, laying plenty of ground to cry foul if, in their eyes, the powers package falls short of what was solomnly pledged. Alex Salmond, now cast in the role of pointman for the SNP as his formal leadership role fades, has already talked of “betrayal”. The Scottish Government have called for maximum devolution within the UK, including full control over tax and fiscal policy, in a wide-ranging set of proposals stopping just short of full 
independence.But the demands of the SNP and the Greens for devo max powers will sail right over the bar of one of the Commission’s key remits, to maintain the integrity of the UK. The great faultine may not be if the Commission deliver devo-max demands, they will not, but on how much and how far they will go up to that limit.

There are major disagreements between Labour and the Conservatives on the issue of tax devolution . In the run-up to the talks the trickery of David Cameorn on linking whether or not Scottish MPs should continue to be allowed to vote on English-only issues in the House of Commons has fouled the atmosphere . The Tories want to go further on the handover of tax levying powers than Labour do. Complete devolution of tax raising powers would be independence by the back door, Gordon Brown has argued. But the Lib Dems, who want Holyrood to have complete control of the rates and bands of personal income tax, seem unfazed.

The Conservatives and Lib Dems want Edinburgh to be in charge of setting rates and bands of personal income tax while Labour would impose limits, lower than even Brown wants. Brown wants Holyrood to be responsible for raising 54 per cent of its own revenue, quadrupling the figure from the £4billion it currently raises to £18billion in 2016. Scottish Labour want powers that would allow the Scottish Government to raise 40 per cent of their budget. There is plenty of room for the parties to fall out, as they will, but also pressure on them to find 
agreement too.

Meanwhile, former first minister Jack McConnell fired a shot across the bows of the Commission and his own party yesterday saying that the quick fix must stand the test of time. He said: “If you are designing a new tax system for Scotland, the system has to work and be sustainable for at least a number of years. “I hope Lord Smith will note the proposals from the different parties but then start a discussion on the basic principles that should then determine what is delivered.” He added: “Deals reached behind closed doors are not going to reach a semi-permanent solution. This has to be seen as based on principle and stand the test of time.”

The representatives on the commission:

SNP – Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney and Linda Fabiani MSP.
Scottish Labour – Finance spokesman Iain Gray MSP and shadow work and pensions minister Gregg McClymont MP.
Former Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie will represent her party with Glasgow University law professor Adam Tomkins.
The Scottish Liberal Democrats – Former Scottish Secretary Michael Moore MP and former party leader Tavish Scott MSP.
The Scottish Green Party – Co-leaders Patrick Harvie MSP and Edinburgh councillor Maggie Chapman.

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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/22/scotland-main-political-parties-devolution-smith-commission

http://article.wn.com/view/2014/10/22/Scotland_s_main_parties_to_discuss_further_devolution_at_Smi/

http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/1022/653981-scotland-devolution/

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Scottish Parliament: Scotland ‘prepared’ for Ebola case

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Scottish Parliament have done drills and stopped flights months ago from West Africa

Scottish Parliament have done drills and stopped flights months ago from West Africa

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

SCOTLAND’S NHS is “fully prepared” to respond should a case of Ebola be confirmed in the country, the Health Secretary has said. Alex Neil said the Scottish Government was closely monitoring the outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa but insisted that it poses a very low risk to Scotland. The country has the expertise and facilities in place to contain any case that might be diagnosed, he added.

First Minister Alex Salmond will convene a meeting of the Government’s resilience committee today.

The committee will ensure that the health service is prepared for the possibility of an Ebola case as well as consider further measures to support countries affected by the outbreak. The Government has already provided £500,000 to the World Health Organisation to help combat the spread of the disease in west Africa. Mr Neil said: “Ebola currently poses a very low risk to Scotland and we have been working closely with Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to monitor this situation since the outbreak in west Africa began. “It should be emphasised that, even if a case was diagnosed, we have the expertise and facilities to ensure that this would be contained and isolated effectively. “But it is right to ensure that we are both doing all we can to help in the countries affected and that Scotland’s NHS stands ready should a case of Ebola be confirmed in Scotland. “The Scottish Government is working with other UK departments to ensure that appropriate border controls are in place and we have a co-ordinated response to this, continually evolving, situation. This is in line with advice and actions being introduced globally. “Scotland has a robust health protection surveillance system which monitors global disease outbreaks and ensures that we are fully prepared to respond to such situations.”

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Cameron sparks row, he will snub Westminster debate on delivering more powers for Scotland

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Cameron won't be back in Scotland any day soon

Cameron won’t be back in Scotland any day soon

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

THE Prime Minister was accused of a “dereliction of duty” after it emerged William Hague will open the session on delivering the pro-Union parties’ vow of more devolved powers for Scotland.

A FURIOUS row broke out last night after it emerged David Cameron will snub today’s House of Commons debate on delivering more powers to Scotland. The Prime Minister was accused of a “dereliction of duty” after ducking out of the first Westminster debate on Scotland since the referendum.  Instead former foreign secretary William Hague will open the all-day Commons session on delivering the pro-Union parties’ vow to deliver more devolved powers to Scotland. The SNP’s Pete Wishart accused Cameron of being scared “to look Scots in the eye”.

But Labour, the Lib Dems and Downing Street sources insisted it was correct for Hague to kick off the debate in his role as Leader of the House – the cabinet minister responsible for arranging Government business in the Commons. Perthshire MP Wishart said of Cameron and the vow: “It is appalling that he is not going to be there to look Scottish people in the eye and say that he will deliver it without caveat or condition or connection to any other issue.” Cameron will be holding a Cabinet meeting just a few hundred yards from Parliament this morning and will be in London this afternoon. Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael said the vow made by Cameron, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour’s Ed Miliband on the front page of the Daily Record is already being put into practice.

Three party leader's promise to Scotland

Three party leader’s promise to Scotland

He said the cross-party Smith Commission, charged with agreeing more powers, were up and running on September 19. He added: “The timetable is demanding but that is because the demand is there in Scotland, it is a demand we shall meet.” Carmichael said he welcomed the participation of the SNP in the Smith Commission process and hoped it was being done in good faith. But he warned Wishart: “He should take heed of the 61.9 per cent of his own area who voted to remain part of the UK.  “If he tries to subvert the Smith process by getting independence through the back door, as others have said, then he will pay a heavy price for that.” Margaret Curran, Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary, said: “In unprecedented numbers, the people of Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. “This was an historic decision and it was emphatically clear. “Scottish people voted for pooling and sharing resources across the UK, they voted to continue with devolution and they voted for a stronger Scottish Parliament.”

Today’s Commons debate is part of a week-long devolution agenda at Westminster which began with a formal command paper on more powers that was published yesterday. As well as today’s six-hour debate, tomorrow will see the first Scottish Questions session on the floor of the Commons. The issue is also bound to come up at Prime Minister’s Questions tomorrow. On Thursday, former PM Gordon Brown’s adjournment debate on devolution will be heard in Parliament. But the SNP last night accused Westminster of falling short of the promises made in the vow – and hit out at English MPs using yesterday’s proceedings to talk about devolution for England. The first Tory MP to intervene was Scots-born Liam Fox, who called for English votes for English issues. Then Labour MP John Denham demanded that if “Scotland will get what Scotland wants and so England must get what England wants”. But Scottish Lib Dem MP Menzies Campbell said: “Change in Scotland should not be held up to allow England to catch up.

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I Think A Large Majority of Scotland Have Walked Away From Politics

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The statistics read well for the SNP

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/nicola-sturgeon-tops-politician-trust-rating-poll-way-ahead-of-the-pack/

The blog above I did a few days ago now and I am seeing a very disturbing trend through AceNews and ShaunyNews where I write and also many are saying the same. Scottish people seem to have walked away from Politics. Could you blame them? I don’t know, maybe. And now the 45%+ are being told to ‘Shut up and get on with it’ by the very people who said ‘Vote no’ I find that very interesting.

WE HAVE TO DECIDED SCOTLAND

WE HAVE TO DECIDED SCOTLAND

In a referendum fraught with lies and social media plants Scotland is now more than aware we were tricked at the last second or cheated, take your pick. My blog for example was getting 80,000 views a day on the days leading up the vote and 40,000+ in the weeks leading to the vote, today I am averaging 15,000, this tells me and others who are writing about the referendum that indeed, many Scottish people have walked away.

I ask Scottish people to stay engaged as they were in the lead up to the vote. Should we turn our backs away and leave it be and say ‘Time to get on with life’ We lose. We can do both, we can stay involved and we can get on with life

I urge Scottish people to stay with Politics, Nicola Sturgeon needs our help. We can’t be fooled 3 times now Scotland. 1979, 2014 and we have the 2015 elections coming fast, in these elections Scotland WE MUST say how we feel, we must get Labour out of our Scottish parliament, they lied to us. Ex Labour and UK leader Gordon Brown was the so called ‘Last Second Saviour’ for the no campaign, now he has a petition to make sure London keep its promise

How Stupid must Labour feel. Do not listen to the lies again Scotland, Labour lied, we were lied to, Labour illegally opened 1/4 of the vote, the postal vote to see a trend, they seen a trend showing the over 65’s were voting no, so in the run up, we all know this now, Labour called all the over 65 voters and scared them to death

Scotland already the World are looking at with eyes of “How stupid could you be” We can change this in the 2015 Elections, we must Scotland or all is lost

Lets help Nicola become our history by freeing Scotland

Lets help Nicola become our history by freeing Scotland

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Scottish independence: Thousands at Holyrood rally, Edinburgh

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Pro-independence supporters gather outside the Scottish Parliament.

Pro-independence supporters gather outside the Scottish Parliament.

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some Kin

Some Kin

My good man Tommy Sheridan, can't wait!

My good man Tommy Sheridan, can’t wait!

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

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

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

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

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

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

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

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

Amazing Figures And a Huge Message To Westminster

Amazing Figures And a Huge Message To Westminster

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

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

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

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

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

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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.