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(1397) Theresa May in Election Jitters Caught Lying About Tory Plans to Cut The National Health Service - YouTube
selling of buildings and land and leasing it back = privatisation 2.0 after PFI. // proceeds are used to run NHS! LOL // book Oliver Letwin a- artificially distress NHS and Co to privatise it to make it more palatable. // Naylor Report - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/what-naylor-report-everything-you-10543351 /// Simon Stevens is Tories henchman and privatisation agenda!
NHS  Privatisation  GE2017  PFI  UK  STP  health  care  demand  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  England  Wales  Conservative  Party  nastyparty  nasty  Manchester  Devolution  ageing  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  adult  elderly  social  Prevention  Austerity  Naylor  Report  Oliver  Letwin  book  Living  Standard 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Tory candidate defends spending up to £1m on West Midlands mayor campaign | Politics | The Guardian
; a new start in democracy for this region. << it's not devolution and mayors is a scam, just shifting blame. tokenism. bread crumbs. [political communication: framing the argument/policy/change/change management/positioning] tokenism for neoliberal capitalism austerity accelerated times of globalisation and the weak suffer what they must.
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may 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May lays down independence vote challenge to Sturgeon | Politics | The Guardian
PM escalates attacks on SNP demand for greater autonomy after Brexit, throwing down referendum gauntlet [...] The prime minister told the Scottish Conservative party she would fight against any further decentralisation of power which meant the UK became “a looser and weaker union”. “We cannot allow our United Kingdom to drift apart,” she said. In a marked escalation of her attacks on the first minister’s demand for greater autonomy for the Scottish parliament after Brexit, May said there would be a strict limit to any extra powers and spending.

“We must avoid any unintended consequences for the coherence and integrity of a devolved United Kingdom as a result of our leaving the EU,” May told the Scottish Tory conference in Glasgow on Friday. [...] Despite the SNP’s grip on power in Scotland, Downing Street believes Sturgeon is in a weak position on independence. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39151250
SNP  Scotland  Devolution  Nicola  Sturgeon  Alex  Salmond  Theresa  May  Barnett  formula  Austerity  indyref2  Manchester  Wales  EVEL  Brexit  EU  Funding  redistribution  income  inequality  Holyrood 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Growing calls for federal UK in wake of Brexit vote
[ out of a constitutional crisis the day after euref w pm quitting - should seek a new UK in a new world, different world ] According to Mr Fraser, the answer is federalism. An entrenched Scottish Parliament, an English Parliament sharing time at Westminster, English city regions with administrative but not legislative power, the replacement of the House of Lords with a senate representing "each federated part of the UK."
I do not intend in these musings to examine this particular set of ideas too closely. My attention is more aimed at the other advocate of federalism this week, Labour's Kezia Dugdale.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Think-tank warns of Brexit damage to Scottish economy
Scotland is now relying solely on the service sector for growth, the report found, while conditions in the labour market have “deteriorated significantly”, as the job shedding associated with the consequences of the oil price fall and deteriorating export performance begin to take effect. // Scots city leaders unite to call for more economic powers - http://www.scotsman.com/business/scots-city-leaders-unite-to-call-for-more-economic-powers-1-4154727
Brexit  Scotland  Scotland  Bill  Fiscal  Framework  Devolution  devo-max  Scottish  Independence  Westminster  Holyrood 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
BRITAIN deserves better than the EU Daniel Hannan
Mr Hannan himself was born into privilege. See his Wikipedia page. His refugee crisis proposals (a no-fly zone in syria so that syrians don't put their feed in boats to cross to europe) youtu.be/rqnCg3Wt8d0 //&! Dan Hannan: what we need from Europe is free trade, not a common government - youtu.be/eMwvWHLRrpE - there is no high tide for Federalism in UK, UK is in Devolution mood. //&! Iain Duncan Smith on Brexit case - youtu.be/qOLjsfElH-Y - &! David Cameron speech at bloomberg mentioned - gov.uk/government/speeches/eu-speech-at-bloomberg //&! youtu.be/YL6D8E9EbS4 &! youtu.be/VrwIfXsXbic &! youtu.be/hPo1i_B7wBM &! youtu.be/RCXDHYpINdc //&! David Cameron grilled by uni students (07Apr16) - youtu.be/yXkJ1Y1i4JQ //&! Debate at Oxford Union - youtu.be/eohm9t4-F9g &! other debate here - youtu.be/XgQbEpQGRBA //&! Nigel Farage on MarrShow - youtu.be/J-ywMne-7lk //&! The best of Daniel Hannan - youtu.be/R0rj2DWwFBU
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS spending devolved in Greater Manchester
Dr Zahid Chauhan, a GP in Failsworth, Oldham, raised questions about how that money will be saved.
He said: "My concerns with all this funding deficit and loss of £2bn is that we might struggle to achieve it and who will be responsible for that?
"Will it mean less doctors, appointments and operations? I don't know, but those are the questions that need to be answered." //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Aberdeen doctors criticise trauma care plans
from 4 to two post Holyrood election, due to austerity. all the flown via helicopter. // Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said that meetings were held with staff last week in which it was clear that only sites in Glasgow and Edinburgh were being considered, despite the fact Aberdeen Royal Infirmary had more facilities on a single site than Edinburgh.
Lib Dem MSP Alison McInnes said the SNP must "come clean" on its plans as the electorate deserved to know what they were voting for ahead of the May election.
The Scottish Conservatives have not yet responded.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon's council tax changes do not go far enough, say critics | Politics | The Guardian
[ don't make a ruckus, sail through the election easier, thus not announce even a reform for next parliament ... ] Councils complain they are wrestling with £350m in cuts and laying off up to 15,000 staff after their overall budgets were cut by 3.5% last month. Investigations by the Guardian have established that councils have amassed record levels of debt and extra liabilities, with borrowing equal to £6,200 for each household – twice the level held by English councils. Debt and private finance liabilities cost councils £1.5bn a year. [...] [ not reforming a 25 year old system, based in prices from 1991! ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Boris Johnson says UK is better off outside the EU - BBC News
[ symptom ] EU referendum: Cameron urges Boris Johnson to back Remain campaign - bbc.in/1KBKS6y &! 7 minute speech outside - bbc.in/1KBM6yX - "no democracy in the EU" LOL LOL LOL LOL //&! bbc.in/1QTtxTn - the last thing I wanted was to go against david cameron //&! Iain Duncan Smith: 'The lack of any control on our borders is a critical issue' - bbc.in/1RVKC3P //&! Chris Grayling: 'The EU is holding this country back' - bbc.in/1QTtRBt - immigration, trade agreements with ASIA ... //&! George Osborne on Justice Secretary Michael Gove's desire for UK to leave the EU - bbc.in/1oCBLJd //&! Sturgeon: Leave vote could trigger independence referendum "almost certainly [...] demand of the people" - bbc.in/1Q90KOo //&! "we want to make this debate a high quality one [...] informed choice" - Theresa Villiers: Cabinet meeting had sense of history - bbc.in/1QsxuOo //&! Where Conservative MPs stand - bbc.in/1XGAzA1
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Cameron: 'Britain will never be part of European superstate' - BBC News
[something for nothing ] Cameron: 'Britain will never be part of European superstate' //&! EU referendum: How could June vote affect Scotland? - in Case UK votes yes, triggering a 2nd indy ref - http://bbc.in/1Wz4VU2 //&! EU Referendum: What is in David Cameron's EU deal? The BBC's James Landale reports on the deal UK Prime Minister David Cameron has struck on the EU. - http://bbc.in/1oBpZPl - MANIFESTO PROMISES DELIVERED IN HALF, ESPECIALLY ON BENEFITS. A COMPROMISE! //&! EU referendum: 'The choice is in your hands' - bbc.in/1oBqvwF
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Here’s how to argue with a Brexiter – and win | Timothy Garton Ash | Opinion | The Guardian
Brexit would be disastrous for Ireland. The former Irish prime minister John Bruton says it would “undo much of the work of the peace process and create huge questions over borders and labour market access”. There are more than 380,000 Irish citizens living in Britain, who do have a vote in this referendum, and millions of Brits (including me) with Irish ancestry. If you care about Ireland, vote to remain. & Scotland would leave ...
Brexit  Devolution  Scotland 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Greg Hands urged to return from break for fiscal framework talks - BBC News
A Treasury spokeswoman earlier insisted Mr Hands would return "at any time" if the Scottish government was "willing to make a substantial move". [...] Despite months of talks, the UK and Scottish governments have been unable to reach a deal on the fiscal framework for the bill. The parties disagree on their interpretation of the "no detriment" principle laid out by the Smith Commission on new powers for Scotland, which stipulates that neither the UK or the Scottish budgets should be left worse off by a deal.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC News on the North South Divide with Tom Hunt - YouTube
multiplier effect of service sector job = 1 or lower. meaning need to access tax credits. //&! Northern Powerhouse dept to close Sheffield office and move 247 jobs to London. - Government business department shuts largest non-London office George Osborne’s ‘northern powerhouse’ policy questioned as branch closure in Sheffield casts doubt on chancellor’s pledge to revitalise English cities - bit.ly/1PDlgSA // also northern councils have to cut deeper than souther because of lower tax base!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon: 'Distance to travel' on devolution finance deal - BBC News
[ Negotiations of the Fiscal Framework don't go well. Tories will play for time and trying to put Holyrood into a tight spot to agree to a compromise. ] Nicola Sturgeon has warned there is "some distance left to travel" before the financial deal underpinning the Scotland Bill is agreed. //&! redd.it/41nadt - Scottish Secretary David Mundell calls for 'reboot' of politics &! bbc.in/20nljtF
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Why is the pound falling so sharply? - BBC News
Weak economic data is casting doubt on the future performance of the UK economy, with inflation persistently well below the Bank of England's 2% target and earnings growth slowing down from a six-year high. Earlier this month, figures for November showed that UK industrial output had suffered its sharpest decline since 2013. Looking further ahead, investors are worried about the outcome of a referendum on the UK's continued membership of the EU. As Andy Scott of foreign exchange services firm HiFX put it: "Concerns over the UK economy and the risk of a Brexit look likely to continue to haunt sterling." Traders are also generally more risk-averse in the light of the global turmoil caused by Chinese market problems and falling oil prices, which makes them reluctant to buck sterling's downward trend.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Scottish Secretary David Mundell calls for 'reboot' of politics - BBC News
[ at the time the finance formula is negotiated - Sounds like the negotiations of the Fiscal Framework don't go well. ] Scottish Secretary David Mundell has called for a "reboot" of the relationship between Holyrood and Westminster. Mr Mundell said there should be an end to the "petty politicking and sniping" between Scottish and UK governments after the Scottish elections in May. Improving relations between Edinburgh and London was a key theme in the Smith Commission on further devolution. //&! The House of Lords is to resume its detailed scrutiny of the Scotland Bill on new powers for the Scottish Parliament. The bill is currently at the committee stage, with peers due to subject it to further line by line examination. - http://bbc.in/1Zy6VfE
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Health board says £60m cuts and closure paper 'not final' - BBC News
Scotland's largest health board has said a leaked paper outlining £60m of possible cuts is a "discussion paper" rather than an "approved plan". The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) document outlined options for jobs and service cuts, including the closure of Lightburn Hospital, near Carntyne. The health board said the leak had "caused unnecessary concern" to staff, unions and patients. It said service delivery plans would not be ready until the end of February. [...] The paper said some nursing posts and specialist positions such as radiographers were under threat. It reported that the plan also covered the closure of Lightburn Hospital in Glasgow, a paediatric ward at the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley and a transfer of emergency care from the Vale of Leven Hospital to the RAH. [...] "None of the contents have been approved by the board or referred to the Scottish government for consideration.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Wealthy areas 'getting cash aimed at poorer communities' - BBC News
[ when councils can not raise $ because there is no money $ then there needs to be redistribution. thus devolution praised to regenerate areas like the north, is a con trick. positioning. for votes. normal people don't read and think farther than headlines. ] Most of the money aimed at regenerating Scotland's most disadvantaged communities is going to wealthier areas, a report has said. The independent regeneration network, Surf, said current policies were increasing rather than reducing inequality. [...] The report said there was evidence that, following the financial crash of 2008, there was a trend of public and private sector capital being invested in Scotland's affluent areas and commercial centres with poorer areas missing out. It said that was damaging town centres and "secondary locations" such as Falkirk and Paisley. [...] fairer, wealthier and more successful place for everyone."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
SNP ‘could block Scotland Bill’ over cost, warns Swinney : Scotland
A day after another round of negotiations around the Fiscal Framework. [...] JOHN Swinney has warned that the SNP government could block the Scotland bill over fears that the package on extra devolution would cost Scots £7 billion. The finance secretary issued the ultimatum as he held talks in London with UK ministers about how fresh devolution will affect Scotland’s £30 billion annual grant from Westminster.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
HMRC to contact Scottish taxpayers over new income tax - BBC News
The Scottish Rate of Income Tax comes into effect on 6 April next year. It will be paid by UK taxpayers who live in Scotland, regardless of where they work, with the rate to be announced by the Scottish government in its draft budget on 16 December. Those paying the new rate will see their tax code prefixed by an 'S' and their income tax will continue to be collected from pay and pensions in the same way as it is now. The new system was a recommendation of the Calman Commission and has been devolved under the Scotland Act 2012 along with powers over stamp duty and landfill tax
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Scotland Bill: Peers want to halt legislation until fiscal rules are agreed - BBC News
maneuvering at Westminster to put time as pressure tool to get to a compromised (on Scotland side) agreemend & if barnett formula is scrapped in talks, scotland will get less money. // bbc.in/217CdxI & Fiscal Framework issues/unclear. Fiscal framework: What is Scotland's new funding deal? - bbc.in/1Ocon83 - "[fairness] near impossible task. [...] "Neither side will be entirely happy - one will probably be more unhappy than the other." [ which means Westminster has upper hand and will play for time so Holyrood has to compromise ] //&! David Phillips, a senior economist with the Institute for Fiscal Studies, issued the warning as UK and Scottish ministers struggled to agree how Scotland’s £30bn block grant from London should be cut to take account of income tax revenue which will in future go directly to Holyrood. - thetim.es/1QEy3JQ
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credits: SNP and Conservative MPs clash over government cuts - YouTube
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's shadow disabilities spokesperson, and Conservative MP Chris Philp, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, debate the government's tax credit cuts.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Former devolution body head Sir Kenneth Calman backs 'Union Charter' - BBC News
I don't think [the case for the Union] has been well enough articulated - it is still a case of 'them at Westminster' Sir Kenneth Calman, former head of the Scottish Commission on Devolution [...] Crossbench peer, Lord Judge, asked if there was merit in creating a Charter of the Union. Sir Kenneth replied: "The answer is yes. I think it would make the discussion easier about who does what, and how we benefit, how you benefit and how we all benefit. I think that would be very helpful. "Without that communication, the average citizen is left wondering who does what for me now - and it is Westminster's fault anyway - so, it is easier to put it the wrong way."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP conference: John Swinney to give Scottish councils business rate powers - BBC News
[ so who is actually going to pay tax? to repair roads, winder service, replace street lights, clean the city, police, NHS, ... to fund councils budgets that are already deep in the red and are cut further over the next 5 years. Public libraries, pools, social care, etc etc. dismantling britian. framing it as job creator. as if tax cuts create demand! lol. its a race to the bottom. ] Colin Borland, the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) head of external affairs in Scotland, said it was good news that cutting the cost of doing business was "at the heart of the deputy first minister's message". He said: "If used appropriately, these powers could give local economies a welcome boost and it will be interesting to see how many hard-pressed councils will be able to take advantage of them." UK Chancellor George Osborne has promised local authorities in England more flexibility over business rates by 2020.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
David Cameron risks ‘double betrayal’ of Scotland, says Gordon Brown | UK news | The Guardian
David Cameron is risking a “double betrayal” of Scotland if his government fails to make urgent changes to the Scotland bill, Gordon Brown has warned. The former Labour prime minister said the package of new powers for Holyrood must be amended to give MSPs unconditional authority to top up welfare payments, without any risk of such decisions being vetoed by the UK government. He said such changes were necessary to fulfil the pledge of more powers made by Westminster before last year’s independence referendum and to deliver in full on the recommendations of the Smith commission, which the prime minister set up to carry out a review of devolution. [...] Brown saying: “In other words, if a decision was made by the UK government on tax credits, about child benefit or benefits for the unemployed, and the Scottish parliament did not like that decision, it would have the power if it so wished, and if it was prepared to pay for it, to top up these benefits.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
So you hate the Tories – but what comes next? | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian
Tory conference: Cameron's 'assault on poverty' pledge belied by new figures. [...] planned welfare cuts would lead to 200,000 more working households in poverty by 2020. bit.ly/1Nop8vl - The thinktank’s analysis also indicates that the number of all households – both in and out of work – that will be in poverty at the end of the parliament is projected to rise by 700,000 to nearly 4 million. The report will pile further pressure on ministers to rethink how they protect the working poor, following the introduction of controversial plans to cut tax credits in the first budget immediately after the election. //&! bit.ly/1VIjIQ0 - Podcast &! Tories hollowness in their tax credit cut & talking abt social mobility @ their conference (audacity [spin&PR& repeating the message over & over they want to get across] to speak abt poverty @ their conference) - bit.ly/1WQaheJ - masking their rightwing neoliberal policy pitching it as centre - bit.ly/1jeVqfG &! bit.ly/1LsHNPO redefine center
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
David Mundell: New tax powers should be devolved in 2017 - BBC News
The Scotland Bill, which is currently before the UK Parliament, is the legislation drawn up as a response to the recommendations made by the Smith Commission following the "No" vote in last year's independence referendum. The commission recommended devolving the power to set rates and bands of income tax for Scottish taxpayers to Holyrood. [...] Such a move could make taxation a major issue in next year's Holyrood election campaign. [...] "That will allow for next year's Scottish Parliament elections, for there actually to be a debate about tax and spending in Scotland. Mr Mundell said the new timetable would allow whoever was in power in 2017 to use the new powers when deciding Scotland's tax and spending plans.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
”Lobbyismen hotar demokratin” - EFN - Ekonomi- och FinansNyheterna
Owen Jones --- shared economic interest. politicians have to be servant to their people. seen as the greatest honor one can receive. and job. legacy. not money/riches (in future). should always aim to put yourself out of business so to speak, for means of progress and healing. // Brexit defense for London // TTIP // open and democratic = less angles for corruption and bribery
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon asks opponents to back second independence referendum - BBC News
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has challenged Scotland's Labour and Lib Dem leaders to consider backing a second vote on Scottish independence. The plea came after Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie said their members could campaign for independence. Ms Sturgeon said she welcomed what her opponents had said but she found it a "curious tactic". Both Labour and the Lib Dems said the first minister should concentrate on her party's record in government. SNP leader Ms Sturgeon believes there should be a further referendum on Scottish independence if there is growing support for leaving the UK or there is a "material change" in UK politics. [...] She spoke out after Ms Dugdale said there was "no denying that 30% of Labour voters voted 'Yes' in the referendum" and that she wanted to lead a party "that is comfortable with people who voted 'Yes' and 'No' backing our values of creating a fair and more equal society for everyone".
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon gets advice from all sides - BBC News
She does not want to hold a referendum. She wants to win one. To repeat, I believe that the issue of EU membership has a different status in the FM's thinking from other supposed triggers. Brexit without Scottish consent would be seen as a genuine change to the constitutional governance of Scotland.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Scottish independence debate far from over - BBC News
James Cook, the BBC's Scotland correspondent from 2008 to 2015, argues that the Scottish independence debate is far from over, 12 months after the country voted to stay in the UK. //&! Sturgeon: scrap cuts and Trident or face another vote on independence. Ignore our voice and people will conclude that Westminster can’t deliver for Scotland, first minister warns Cameron on anniversary of referendum - bit.ly/1Jeaoa5 //&! A year on from the referendum, a bold, generous and mature offer to the Scots, enshrined in a new treaty of union, can forestall a second independence vote. - bit.ly/1gvNfZS //&! The Vow //&! bit.ly/1KpA8kI //&! bbc.in/1NAQ5tJ
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
5 Reasons Catalonia’s Elections Will Be the Next Flashpoint in Europe | Novara Wire
5. Catalan independence has consequences far beyond Spain. The reason the crisis in Catalonia isn’t just a concern for the Spanish state is the profound economic and political contagion it presents. Spain is the fourth largest country in the Eurozone and Catalonia forms 16% of Spain’s population and 19% of its GDP. Catalan independence is an existential crisis for the Spanish state, and thereby an existential crisis for Europe.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Government defeat highlights the limits of NHS devolution plans | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian
Last week an amendment was moved successfully by Labour peer Norman Warner to the cities and local government devolution bill which stops the transfer of NHS regulatory functions held by national bodies. Crucially, if the amendment is not reversed in the Commons, it will ensure any devolved services adhere to national service standards and are still nationally accountable. The bill, part of the “northern powerhouse” drive to devolve responsibilities to major cities, has become the vehicle for devolving £6bn of health and care spending to Greater Manchester. [...] While the precise legal implications of the amendment would need to be tested, philosophically it goes to the heart of the moves towards devolving control of the NHS. Those who see themselves as the guardians of the NHS see any erosion of its national character as inimical to the idea of universal health provision; national oversight and accountability are bulwarks against those who are indifferent to the NHS [...] ...
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon: SNP will keep foxhunting ban in revenge against Cameron | UK news | The Guardian
Party leader says it will vote against relaxing ban partly because prime minister has shown so little respect for its MPs since election [...] Sturgeon told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Since the election, David Cameron’s government has shown very little respect to the mandate that Scottish MPs have. On the Scotland bill, reasonable amendments backed by the overwhelming majority of Scottish MPs have been voted down. The English votes for English laws proposals brought forward go beyond any reasonable proposition and look to make Scottish MPs effectively second-class citizens in the House of Commons. So, I think if there’s an opportunity – as there appears to be here – and on an issue where David Cameron appears to be out of touch with majority English opinion as well, to actually remind the government how slender their majority is.”
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Evel proposals risk turning Commons into quasi-English parliament, MPs told | Politics | The Guardian
[Evel - English vote for english laws] [ Cameron's quick, not thought through, fix to get MPs along with The Vow and further Devolution to Hollyrood ] Denouncing the proposals as a “constitutional outrage”, the shadow leader of the Commons, Angela Eagle, argued that the government was “more interested in pursuing a partisan procedural fix rather than working to keep the union together”. She went on to accuse the Tories of putting narrow party interests first. “It is the case that the government’s changes will turn their slim majority of 12 into something over three figures if Scottish and Welsh MPs are to be prevented from voting. &! thenational.scot/politics/speaker-agrees-to-scrap-house-of-commons-business-and-hold-urgent-evel-debate.4891 &! http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2015/jul/07/consumers-paying-12bn-a-year-too-much-for-energy-competition-watchdog-says-politics-live#block-559be8bce4b032a39a3bb021 // &! bbc.in/1KObVJ3
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Holyrood powers bill 'falls short' of Smith proposals - BBC News
The Devolution (Further Powers) Committee said the UK government's draft legislation did not meet the "spirit or substance" of Smith. It added that parts of the plan required "extensive redrafting". A Scotland Office spokesman responded by saying there would be a full parliamentary discussion to follow.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Election 2015: Sturgeon says Cameron must go further on devolution - BBC News
Responding to former SNP leader Alex Salmond's comments on Saturday that following the party's landslide victory he thought Scotland was now closer to independence, Ms Sturgeon said there was "no disagreement" between them. She said: "I think Scotland will become an independent country one day. He said he thinks it will be in his lifetime, I hope that's the case." // An anti-austerity protests took place outside Downing Street and in Cardiff // &! http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/disability-audit-eight-coalition-policies-have-hit-disabled-people // &! Protests against Tories and Cameron - http://www.spiegel.de/video/proteste-gegen-wiederwahl-camerons-in-london-video-video-1576209.html
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
SNP conference: Minority Labour government 'would have to talk to SNP' - BBC News
Ed Miliband not even agreeing on a policy by policy coalition, is an affront to Scottish voters, democracy & representation. Westminsters handling of the scottish referendum & the last minute vow without consulting english mps & the consequences, is a symptom of how westminster sees scotland & its people, democracy, representation & their attitude towards them. ed miliband could have said 'everything is up in the air' & conservatives putting him&salmon on their election poster, was to concede the probable election outcome. vs saying what he said - a vague no, preserving what is to preserve & paddle back after the election results come in & hope his party will not lose 1 vote bc of this incident, bc the english constituency is on no good terms with the Scottish // its not the english constituency, its westminster. stupid // vs. bbc.in/1G2piCT - Sturgeon offers 'friendship message' to UK, 'vote SNP & Labour &we will move Labour further to the left in a coalition.' & bbc.in/1EgCXqY
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Budget 2015: George Osborne sets out 'northern powerhouse' vision
[ Manchester X-times more affordable than London ] Also announced as part of the budget were plans to invest £11m in creating technology hubs in Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. The sites will offer co-working space, meeting spaces and educational resources to entrepreneurs working in the digital sector. [...] Speaking about the announcement today, he said: "The deal is disappointing and doesn't match the scale of our ambition. It undermines the government's claim to want a strong northern powerhouse. "If we are to turn that into a reality we need real devolution, including fiscal devolution, to enable us to bring about a step change in the city region's economy." Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City's Council's conservative party, said he wanted to to see an elected mayor in Leeds. "[It] will give proper public scrutiny and accountability to what will then be a Manchester style package of devolution, which has to be a good thing," he said.
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Chancellor says new Scots powers could result in UK tax competition
The Tory minister was giving evidence to the Treasury select committee which is examining the Smith Commission plan. Mr Osborne said it would be up to Scotland to decide whether to vary future tax rates and therefore spark "competition". He added that Holyrood would bear the consequences of using its new powers. On Thursday the draft Scotland Bill is due to be published. That represents the next stage in a process to send more powers across the border. During the Scottish independence referendum campaign, the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats vowed to give greater responsibility to Holyrood if voters said "No". On 18 September, the electorate decided 55% to 45% against change.
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Alex Salmond accuses UK party leaders of tricking Scotland into No vote | Politics | theguardian.com
"They're at loggerheads," Salmond told BBC1's Sunday Politics programme. "I think that their vow was cooked up in desperation from the last days of the campaign. I think everyone in Scotland now realises that. "Incidentally, [the] Yes campaign isn't surprised by this development. It's the people who were persuaded to vote no who were misled, who were gulled, who were tricked, effectively. They are the ones who are really angry." [...] Downing Street has dismissed Salmond's accusations, insisting the Scottish devolution timetable would be honoured. "Lord Smith of Kelvin has agreed to oversee the process to take forward the devolution commitments with powers over tax, spending and welfare all agreed by November and draft legislation published by January," a No 10 spokesman said. "This government has delivered on devolution and we will do so again." +!+!+!+ Salmond - bbc.in/1sU03so +!+!+!+ Ed Miliband - bbc.in/1AYZqCb +!+!+!+ Salmon on unelected House of Lords - bit.ly/1p9g8t3
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Cameron and Miliband ditch devo timetable vow
via bit.ly/1rbwEvV || "Salmond revealed that in his telephone call to Mr Cameron after the referendum result was announced, he asked the Prime Minister if the UK Government would honour the pledge made to the Scottish people by Gordon Brown prior to the vote.  Something Mr Salmond said, was not confirmed by the PM. He said: "I spoke to the Prime Minister today and, although he reiterated his intention to proceed as he has outlined, he would not commit to a second reading vote by 27th March on a Scotland Bill. That was a clear promise laid out by Gordon Brown during the campaign. "The Prime Minister says such a vote would be meaningless. I suspect he cannot guarantee the support of his party." [...] The refusal to commit to new powers for Scotland prior to the next UK general election is in breach of the 'vow' made to the Scottish people days before the independence referendum. [...] Gordon Brown was said to have 'brokered a deal' with all three London parties."
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
What is the Barnett formula and how does it work? | Politics | theguardian.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnett_formula +!+!+ Pre-Vote - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-28020174 +!+!+ meh >> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scotland/11108848/Scottish-Referendum-My-Barnett-Formula-needs-to-be-tackled-now-but-no-politician-will.html +!+!+ bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29276504 +!+!+ parliament.uk/business/publications/research/briefing-papers/RP07-91/the-barnett-formula +!+!+ yesscotland.net/tags/barnett-formula +!+!+ bbc.co.uk/programmes/p026stmc << meh The Vow was very very vague! Act of desperation without committing to something. As Politicians like to do. << telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scottish-independence/11098809/Alex-Salmond-attacks-Cameron-Miliband-and-Clegg-powers-vow.html !+!+! Scottish Devolution & English Devilution ( & Wales & NI Devolution ) has now to be figured out/agree/compromise on in less than a year; .bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-29289035 !+!+! youtu.be/DsMvyqU8PV8 !+!+! bbc.in/1qjNFQt
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Scotland votes 'No': What happens now?
Scotland – a Pandora’s box for Europe - youtu.be/kTXwtz9KtHA + bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-29270441 + bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-29277527 "Scottish referendum: Salmond to go after Scotland No vote" + bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29219165 "The Alex Salmond story. He is the man who took a rag-tag bunch of political misfits to the brink of achieving their dream of an independent Scotland." !+!+! The West Lothian question... Tam Dalyell explains - Newsnight - youtu.be/_YO8ZEJ5Kh0 !+!+! William Hague on Scottish independence referendum result (19Sept14) [Scottish Devolusion / NEW > English Devolution / NEW > NI & Wales Devolution - Compromise to be happening - Barnett Formula - timetable may not be met] youtu.be/9eXBIXLp3is !+!+! Alex Salmond statement on 'Yes' losing independence referendum (19Sept14) youtu.be/aq9nv0C9vzw !+!+! David Cameron statement on Scottish independence referendum result (19Sept14) youtu.be/ana1J6t0ZlI
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september 2014 by asterisk2a

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