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The most powerful devolved parliament in the world. So that’s OK then.

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Scotland has the most powerful devolved parliament in the world, is the proud boast of the Unionist parties as they try to persuade Scotland that they fulfilled their promises to give the Scottish parliament meaningful extra powers. And it’s true that with a couple of minor caveats and quibbles, Scotland is indeed the proud owner of the most powerful devolved parliament in the world.

Of course one of the quibbles is in the word devolved. There are self-governing territories quite close to home which have considerably more powerful parliaments than Scotland does. The British crown dependencies of the Isle of Man, Jersey, and Guernsey are independent in most respects. In fact they have what many in Scotland defined as devo max, control over everything except foreign affairs and defence. The British crown territories of Bermuda, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands, St Helena, Montserrat, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos…

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A Protest.

good points well made

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When I graduated from my Master’s course last November, I was under no illusions about the job market. After my undergraduate course ended in 2012 I worked on what I liked to call a semi-freelance basis, which was basically a made up, fancy way of saying I signed on in between paid jobs. I took on a Master’s course after two years of voluntary work and short term contracts, finally figuring out what I wanted to do and swearing that I wouldn’t fall in to the same trap next time.

As it turns out, that’s only well and good when the situation is within your control.

A couple of weeks ago, I lost my job. Well, I say ‘lost’, as if there was something I’d done for it to disappear. What I should say is, it was taken from me. I’d been working in a bar since my dissertation term at university, and…

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Nukes are too dangerous for England, but Scots are expendable!

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Much is said about the fact that Trident is based 25 miles from Glasgow and most worst case scenarios use this distance to determine the blast zone and how many people would instantly die. What this analysis always fails to think about is geography. Let’s look at this map of the Gare Loch, Greenock and Glasgow. These WMD must sail down the Gare Loch towards Greenock and Glasgow. At its shortest point, this puts these WMD’s that the MOD say are too dangerous for England because 11’000 English people may die in the event of a worst case scenario, just under 20 miles from Glasgow city centre (population 598.8K) and right on top of Greenock (1.8 miles, population 45.5K).

distances nukesThen there is also the small fact that the MOD are quite happy to take live Nuclear Warheads through the centre of Glasgow, whilst being quite happy to ignore high wind warnings and travel across the Erskine…

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Just a Few Words on the Ongoing Crisis in the Mediterranean.

The Common Green

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On the 15th April, 1912 a ship sank in the Atlantic. Of the 2224 crew and passengers, many of them migrants searching for a better life, over 1500 died when the Titanic went down.

As of the 20th of April, 2015 an estimated 1500 migrants searching for a better life have drowned in the Mediterranean this year.

The former humanitarian disaster etched itself onto our collective psyche. Inspired books, folk songs, films, exhibits, and memorials and resulted in changes in international law to ensure that it never happened again.

History will judge us most harshly if we turn our backs on this one.

For a few more words, here’s Frankie Boyle’s take on things: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/20/britain-criminally-stupid-race-immigration

 
“We have streets named after slave owners. We profited from a vile crime and feel no shame. We fear the arrival of immigrants that we have drawn here with the wealth we stole from them. For…

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An open letter to Michael McCann

East Kilbride SNP

From: Duncan McLean, Secretary, East Kilbride SNP

Dear Mr McCann

I understand from the East Kilbride News of of 26 March that you hold what you assert to be a transcript of a ‘Meet the Candidate’ event held by East Kilbride SNP in the Murray Lounge on Thursday 12 March. This recording was made without my knowledge as organiser of the event and, if such a recording exists, I have been recorded without my approval.

Please note that I assert ownership of any of my personal data contained within that unauthorised recording, and in any transcript or re-recording of that event. I am issuing you with notice under Section 10 of the Data Protection Act that you should cease processing my personal data and should not pass to others any further personal data of mine, or data that you assert to be my personal data obtained without my consent.

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The Westminster right-wing and democracy – written and unwritten rules

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In The Public Sphere

One of the most notable things about the recent diatribes against the SNP and Scots in general that we are witnessing in the mainstream UK press as a result of polls showing increased support for the SNP, is the complete absence of any respect for the democratic implications. Of course, many right-wing politicians and media representatives pretend to stand up for democracy, but their current discourse simply highlights the disdain they actually have for it. What is astonishing to me is that they don’t seem to notice or care that this is so apparent.

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For example, here is Conservative MP Anna Soubry speaking of how ‘terrifying’ it would be if Scots vote for lots of SNP MPs on 7.5. and Alex Salmond ends up ‘controlling’ the country (never mind that Nicola Sturgeon would be leading any post-election negotiations as she is, you know, the leader…

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