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Warning over division of Smith Commission powers

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Warning over division of Smith Commission powers

The cross-party Smith Commission meets in Edinburgh.

The cross-party Smith Commission meets in Edinburgh.

By @ShaunyNews Via: http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/warning-over-division-of-smith-commission-powers-1-3681227

We knew there would be issues due to the watered down ‘Smith Commission’ Labour and Tory’s alike had a chance to make this easier for everyone but now, sadly we DO and WILL have tax issues. On one hand Scottish Politicians can’t vote on English laws for anything yet we here in Scotland, say if a tax break was given will make what we bring in less. This is an utter mess, the SNP should demand a ‘Back to the drawing board’ here. We MUST vote SNP People, otherwise we could find ourselves in no man’s land (Figure of speech) This is a shambles in the making. Hollyrood need to know yearly what income the have to work with, this will make it difficult for John Swinney to work his magic, the man can only do what he can do. Thankfully we have another bite at this Scotland, we can’t mess this up, we must inform, be informed and make sure people know EXACTLY what a Labour vote means.

THE `pick’n’mix’ deal on new post-referendum powers for Scotland could turn “messy” and leave Holyrood unable to make any “radical shift” in policy, economic and tax experts have warned.

MSPs were today warned that flagship proposals to hand some taxes to the Scottish Parliament – and leave others at Westminster – is a recipe for conflict between the Scottish and UK Governments. And Scots will be left in the dark over which taxes are Scottish, according to tax chiefs who warned it is “very difficult to pull apart” UK taxes.

The UK Government last month published legislation to enact the recent Smith agreement on more powers over tax and welfare for Scotland. It followed `the vow’ made the main pro-union party leaders in the final days of the referendum campaign to devolve sweeping new powers to Scotland after a No vote.

Economist Professor Anton Muscatelli, the principal of Glasgow University, told Holyrood’s devolution committee that he had concerns about the deal. “It reserves, for example, the personal allowance, it reserves national insurance contributions and one of the big issues is around in work benefits. “And by reserving universal credit, it does mean the whole interaction between welfare payments and low pay and income taxation is therefore not brought into play.“I do think that will create and potentially lead to tensions going forward – so how that is managed within future legislation will be hugely important.”

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Prof Muscatelli said national insurance is part of the “overall tax structure” and Scotland’s budget would effectively be cut if this is lowered UK-wide. “By not devolving national insurance, I think it creates the potential for conflict and it will impact on the Scottish tax base.”

Similarly, if the UK Government cuts the personal allowance – a tax hike – Scotland could respond by introducing a zero tax rate to cover such a change and effectively wipe this out. But Prof Muscatelli said: “It would force Scotland’s hand – and this where it gets a bit messy by not devolving the personal allowance.” He said it would have been better to devolve “all income tax and employment income to Scotland.”

Charlotte Barbour, Head of Taxation, at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS) said the package offers a “variety of different taxes” to Holyrood.

Under the deal Scotland will get control over income tax bands – but not the personal allowance or national insurance. Air passenger duty and the Aggregates Levy will be devolved, while Holyrood will be “assigned” half of VAT revenues raised in Scotland. But there will be significant “joint responsibilities” with Westminster still in control of HMRC – the UK taxman.

“Scottish powers will have to interact with that and mesh together as well as going into the welfare side of it,” she said. “One of the issues that come out of that is that I’m not sure that a lot of people amongst the public have a full understanding of what Scottish taxes are.”

Ms Barbour said: “I think it’s very difficult to pull any one part of the UK taxes apart – it leads to these kind of set ups as to whether national insurance and income tax goes together.” The tax expert said this meant limits on Holyrood’s ability to push any through meaningful change in policy because income tax is “shared and over and above that interacts with other taxes.” She said; “I don’t think there’s a lot of scope to radically change what you’ve got here.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-30900095

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/eebc2ed0-74c3-11e4-b30b-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3QsJJwZf7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SNP General Election campaign coordinator Angus Robertson MP said:

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

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

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

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

STILL too much red

STILL too much red in 2015

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

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

We can remove them ALL

We can remove them ALL

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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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Scotland announces it will block ‘ALL’ fracking

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Scotland announces it will block ‘ALL’ fracking

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Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing announced a moratorium on granting planning consents for fracking developments to allow a full public consultation on the issue.

By @ShaunyNews Via http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/scotlands-energy-minister-announces-block-all-fracking-operations-1485642 SNP are not messing around just now. The question we must ask is ‘Why are they doing it’ Watch this space – #IndyRef2

All fracking operations in Scotland are to be suspended pending further enquiries, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has announced.  There will be a moratorium on all unconventional oil and gas extraction – which includes fracking – until more information is obtained on both the environmental and health implications of the controversial technique.

Following the general election on 7 May the Scottish government will have full control over fracking. Until then all fracking applications are to be turned down on planning grounds. Scottish Government introduces #fracking moratorium | Friends of the Earth Scotland http://t.co/VU9BjgIedj

— Richard Dixon (@Richard_Dixon) January 28, 2015 Given the importance of this work it would be inappropriate to allow any planning consents in the meantime,” Ewing told Holyrood. “I am therefore announcing a moratorium for the granting of planning consents on all unconventional oil and gas extraction including fracking.”

Ewing’s announcement was hailed by environmentalists including Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, who said: “Fergus Ewing’s announcement today is huge victory for the communities, individuals and groups who have been campaigning to stop this dirty industry in Scotland.

“This moratorium is a very big nail in the coffin for the unconventional gas and fracking industry in Scotland. Any serious examination of the mounting evidence will inevitably lead to a ban.

“The Scottish Government has acted decisively today to protect communities across the country and the environment from this unnecessary industry.”

However the reaction from energy companies looks likely to be less enthusiastic. Tom Crotty, director of Ineos, which operates Grangemouth refinery, said on Monday: “We need shale gas to meet those climate change targets. We’ve learnt from the US this is now a safe process. We’re heading for a cliff edge in energy supply. If we keep postponing these decisions we’ll fall off.”

We have a moratorium on unconventional oil & gas and #fracking in Scotland!!!! Well done EVERYBODY!!! Now lets turn this into a ban!!!!

— Mary Church (@mmachch) January 28, 2015
Earlier this week the UK government survived an attempt in Westminster to impose a national moratorium, but caved in to demands not to allow fracking in national parks, areas of outstanding national beauty and areas of drinking water collection.

Environmentalists claim fracking increases carbon emissions and is potentially dangerous, with many claiming it can lead to earthquakes and that the carcinogenic chemicals used in the process can contaminate groundwater.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-31016537

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/scottish-politics/ewing-announces-fracking-ban-in-scotland.1422459054

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11038051/Scottish-ministers-attack-UK-fracking-rules.html

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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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SNP: voter registration raised – 800,000 could drop off – Not allowed to vote!!

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SNP: voter registration raised – 800,000 could drop off – Not allowed to vote!!

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 Via @ShaunyNews @  http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2015/jan/voter-registration-raised-800000-could-drop

This has been raised and timely as well. Many may be unable to vote in this years General Elections for reasons below. This is another attempt by the London ‘Elite’ to make sure Scotland is silenced again. We can’t let this happen. If you are unsure if you can or can’t vote – DO SOMETHING ‘NOW’ TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN VOTE! Don’t wait till the last week and you can’t vote. Act now!

SNP MSP Rob Gibson has written to the Electoral Commission to raise concerns over voter registration. Mr Gibson’s letter comes following news that hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland face being removed from the voters roll due to new regulations based on moving from household to individual voter registration.

Earlier this week it was reported in The Herald newspaper that as many as 800,000 people who signed up to vote in last year’s referendum may not be eligible to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2016. Mr Gibson, SNP MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross has now written to Andy O’Neill, head of the Electoral Commission Office in Scotland, seeking clarity on this and expressing concern at the manner in which people are being contacted.

Mr Gibson said:

“One of the great successes of last year’s referendum was the level of engagement and voter participation that swept across every community in the weeks and months before September 18. “Never before have so many people signed up to have their say in the democratic process in Scotland – it is vitally important that we aim to retain this level of voter participation. “The Electoral Commission’s transition from a household canvass of voters to individual registration in Glasgow alone has seen 100,000 fewer voters registered so far – and this could mount to 800,000 across Scotland if new means are not found to encourage voter registration in good time for the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary election.

“The letter I received from my local Electoral Registration Office did not make clear what elections this reregistration would impact on. It only informed me that I could not be re-registered because my date of birth and National Insurance Number were not sufficient identifiers. This letter was worded in an unnecessarily unhelpful way – I would urge a more open and engaging approach.

“I look forward to hearing back form the Electoral Commission; I hope they too share these concerns and can detail me with plans which will alleviate fears that the great expansion of our democracy in Scotland faces being reversed by current procedures.”

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STV poll: SNP at 52% as Labour faces general election annihilation

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STV poll: SNP at 52% as Labour faces general election annihilation

B74McJGCYAAu1IRBy @ShaunyNews Via http://news.stv.tv/scotland-decides/news/307347-stv-poll-snp-at-52-as-murphy-fails-to-make-general-election-impact/

The chances of the SNP having a deal in a coalition UK government are not as far fetched as many believe. Labour I think, as do many will get more voted in this years General Election, both the SNP and Labour have not ruled out using SNP Westminster seats to get Labour into power. Should this happen Home Rule and a LOT more will come to Scotland very quickly. We must vote SNP or Yes minded people into Hollyrood this coming Election. Trust me, Alex is going to Westminster for this very reason. Watch this space, also the SNP has over 50% in the polls, in any other country that would be BIG news, odd it isn’t in Scotland, but we expect this now

Scottish Labour still face political annihilation in the general election as Jim Murphy fails to make an impact on voters, according to a poll commissioned by STV.

The Ipsos Mori survey shows the party would poll 24% of the Scottish vote, just 1% better than in a previous STV poll in October. It would leave them with just four seats in Scotland; Glasgow North East, Glasgow South West, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, and Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill. Support for the SNP remains at 52% since October’s survey, giving them a projected 55 seats at Westminster.

The poll shows both the Liberal Democrats and Conservative party would be left without any Scottish MPs. The full breakdown of STV’s Ipsos Mori poll is SNP 52%, Scottish Labour 24%, Scottish Conservative 12%, Liberal Democrats 4%, Scottish Green Party 4%, Ukip 1% and 2% for others. These figures see support for both the Lib Dems and Green party drop 2% since STV’s October poll. The Conservative support has risen 2%. Ukip see their share of the vote drop by 1%

via STV

via STV

The 1001 participants were surveyed between January 12 and 19 and asked how they would vote if there was a general election tomorrow.

At the 2010 general election, Labour received 42% of the Scottish vote and the SNP 19.9%.

SNP depute leader Stewart Hosie MP said: “This is another very encouraging poll – with a 28-point SNP lead for May’s Westminster election, this shows remarkable levels of support for the only party that will always put the interests of the people of Scotland front and centre.”

He added: “It’s clear that there is widespread support for the greatest possible devolution of powers to Holyrood. But the Westminster Government simply isn’t willing to give Scotland the powers we need to build a more equal society and more competitive economy – and that is why we need a strong team of SNP MPs elected next May to hold them to account, and ensure that they finally deliver on their vow to Scotland.” Wednesday’s figures, which exclude those who do not know how they would vote, would dramatically reduce Labour’s 40 Scottish MPs, according to seat predictor http://electoralcalculus.co.uk/homepage.html

Those who would lose their seat include Jim Murphy, who took over as the leader of Scottish Labour since STV’s last poll. All of the current Liberal Democrat seats would be lost, including Scottish secretary Alistair Carmichael, Danny Alexander and Charles Kennedy. A Scottish Liberal Democrat spokeswoman said: “These national polls do not reflect the performance of each of our excellent MPs in their seats. People were writing us off in 1999 and then in 2007. Each time we grew stronger.

“We have been gaining a good response when we have been campaigning for our local MPs. The SNP put local services at risk when they took their eye off the ball on day-to-day issues in order to concentrate on their campaign for independence. People know that our record of action in Government shows that only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted with both a strong economy and a fair society.” A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “Polls will show a range of outcomes between now and May – the important thing is we continue to point out that the only way to ensure the future or the union and stability of the economy is to vote for the Scottish Conservatives.” STV political editor Bernard Ponsonby said: “This poll could be laughed away by Scottish Labour if it was not part of an unmistakable pattern suggesting that the party has big problems. These figures translated into seats would see Labour win only four constituencies with the SNP winning a landslide 55 seats.

“Wise heads in both parties will know that a lot can change in politics and quickly. When a general election is called there is a sense in which the Scottish dimension in politics tends to get lost by the focus on who will govern the UK as a whole. “Worryingly for Labour, there is no evidence at the moment that voters are looking beyond the domestic agenda. That gives the SNP a real window of opportunity. Jim Murphy will be concerned but not panic stricken by these findings. It underlines for him the scale of the challenge he faces. “Senior SNP figures will be buoyed but I suspect that they don’t actually believe they will win 55 seats in May. That said, the prospect of the SNP holding the balance of power in a UK context cannot be dismissed as the stuff of fun and fantasy.”

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SNP will renew calls to scrap Trident nuclear weapons system

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SNP will renew calls to scrap Trident nuclear weapons system

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Trident: SNP will call for nuclear weapons system to be scapped.

By @ShaunyNews Via http://news.stv.tv/scotland/306900-snp-will-renew-calls-to-scrap-trident-nuclear-weapons-system/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Questions like “Would Labour scrap Trident in a UK Coalition Government with the SNP” and more are being asked just now. I am unsure if or when Trident will leave my shores. I do hope one day my kids can live in a Nuclear free Scotland. Not all Scottish People want these WMD’s, the people of the West of Edinburgh who live in the shadow of Faslane Nuclear base must wonder ‘Why did I buy a home here’ But many do work for the Royal Navy. I think one day these weapons will leave our shores, but all us Scot’s must pull together to make it happen. The SNP can say they will do this and that, we the people must back them in these matters or the SNP will fail. Time to stand up against Tory and Blue Tory alike Scotland and take our land back, be it in a Union or not, home rule, whatever.  I asked this question about an SNP/Labour coalition Government to get Scotland 100% and more of the ‘Edinburgh Agreement’ Link: http://shaunynews.com/2014/12/20/alex-salmond-hints-at-westminster-snpred-tory-vote-deal/

The SNP is to join with Plaid Cymru and the Greens to renew calls for the “morally repugnant” Trident nuclear weapons system to be scrapped.

The party will put the issue at the heart of their one annual opposition debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Angus Robertson MP, the party’s Westminster leader and defence spokesman, said the general election was a “massive opportunity” to stop the renewal of the Trident weapons programme.

He said: “A strong group of SNP MPs at Westminster will oppose a new generation of nuclear weapons being dumped on the Clyde, and will use any clout we have in a hung parliament to get Trident’s renewal scrapped. “This is in stark contrast to Scottish Labour, who have shown time and again that there is utter confusion between the Scottish branch office and their Westminster bosses.

“On this issue they are not prepared to take a stand against UK Labour’s pro-nuclear position. One thing we do know is that the Westminster parties just voted for #30 billion more austerity cuts – as 28 Scottish Labour MPs voted to support the Tories’ austerity programme. “Nuclear weapons are financially stupid and morally repugnant. “We have to stop wasting tens of billions of pounds on nuclear weapons – particularly at a time when Tory cuts mean that many families can’t afford to put food on the table – and this debate is a step in the process of getting rid of Trident for good.”

http://scraptrident.org/

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/snp-to-renew-calls-for-trident-axe-30916301.html

http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2014/dec/poll-shows-murphy-out-step-trident – Poll shows Murphy “out of step” on Trident

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/01/would-labour-consider-scrapping-trident-make-way-deal-snp

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Jim Murphy, Unionism, Loyalism and Hatred! Has he lied?

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Jim Murphy, Unionism, Loyalism and Hatred! Has he lied?

Looking back he did get a little angry yeah?

Looking back he did get a little angry yeah?

By @ShaunyNews Via a few sources and words of my own

Below is an Audio I had been looking to find for a few days and thanks to http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/ I managed to find the Audio file. Now listen to Jim Murphy then and now. Jim stated “I am not a Loyalist” here it is here: http://shaunynews.com/2015/01/14/scottish-labour-leader-jim-murphy-insists-he-is-not-a-unionist/ Now I am not saying for one second he is but if you listen to the Audio he certain doesn’t come across as Nationalistic, that is for sure. He did an interview with (Surprise Surprise) the BBC and was asked “Are you Nationalistic or Unionist” He said at the time “I am somewhere in the middle” So the article above is Jim telling lies right? Telling us all he is a nice Catholic boy and would never dare turn to loyalist or Unionism. Below the STV ask the same question I am asking. I will get to the bottom of it, I will find the “I am somewhere in the middle” comment, for now this is all I can offer. And a video of what “Loyalism and Unionism” actually does and is 

Analysis: Is Jim Murphy trolling or is he really not a Unionist?

http://news.stv.tv/scotland-decides/analysis/306543-analysis-stephen-daisley-on-jim-murphy-unionism-and-political-trolling/

Jim Murphy vs Andrew Neil, BBC Newsnight, 2 Sep 2014

When it comes to hatred, rest assured the Loyalist and Unionist will come forth and hate.

Orange Order playing the Famine Song at St Patricks Church, New Lodge, 12/07/2012
Via thenewlodge on You Tube

Jim Murphy challenges a National Yes voter

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