Mixed bag

Increased membership means changed behaviour for SNP.

August 2, 2015
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The referendum, for whatever reason was lost.  We should bear in mind falling foul of Einstein’s definition of idiocy, that being a person who repeats the same action but expects different results. Something was wrong with the substance or presentation of the case for Independence. (Granted, something was probably sorely amiss with the procedures as…

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NATO or No to NATO

October 5, 2012
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NATO is exercising the hearts and minds of the SNP and will soon be front and centre of the party’s debate.  It is almost certain to be a very high profile issue at conference and one which will stir the leadership to apply their powers of persuasion Angus Robertson proposes that the SNP long standing…

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Who is insulted?

July 26, 2012
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So some of the Scottish ladies and Welsh men footballers have upset many of the “Team GB” fans if the Daily Mail is to be believed- and who would ever suggest that we could do other than hang on every word of the Daily Mail? The insult we are told was given by their refusal…

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Maximising the tax take

July 7, 2012
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So there is to be more tinkering with the tax laws to prevent the rich avoiding paying their way. No doubt the following day the accountants will be prodding at new loopholes to ensure that the mass of wealth remains in the pockets of those who are stashing huge amounts of it away. Perhaps it…

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Really.. a second question?

May 12, 2012
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Salmond has watched the argument being framed in the way he wants it without moving a muscle. The press has decided that the SNP want a third option, and Alex is doing his shoulder shrugging “if the people want it” justification. Cameron sensing something is afoot but unable to put his finger on it bombastically…

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Valid non-vote

May 3, 2012
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There are a lot of comments doing the rounds about lack of democratic mandate that results from low turnout (It appears that the recent council elections will come in somewhere around 30%). This analysis is however flawed. UK wide electors have the right to vote or not. Why they choose not to is a whole…

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Depressing- ” collateral damage”

February 29, 2012
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I saw an image today in the middle of a you tube video accompaniment to a war protest song that will stay with me for a long time. It was a picture, from one of our nation’s recent forays, of two little boys, both shattered by shrapnel. One was about the same age as my…

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A chance for Johann to Lead

February 26, 2012
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So for now Eric Joyce continues to draw his handsome salary and oh so very handsome expenses. The unprincipled shower that form the Labour leadership would rather have a “Nutter than a Nat” (somebody else’s words), so although removing the whip they will not force a by election. The people of Falkirk deserve a by…

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Benefits payments to the multinats.

February 12, 2012
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Benefits payments of one type and another are crippling the country. Part of that huge drain is the subsidies we give to corporations in the way of payments to their workers who are living below the benefits thresholds. The problem is so far reaching that it does not affect only low skilled workers. It is…

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