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Snacks, fags and booze: Scotland's triple health challenge | Holyrood Magazine
Obesity is linked to 13 types of cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes, with obesity-related illnesses costing Scotland approximately £4.6bn. The annual cost of type 2 diabetes alone to NHS Scotland is £800m.

Obesity is now the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking and Cancer Research UK has warned that Scotland is in the grip of an obesity epidemic, with Scots consuming 110 tonnes of sugar a day, fuelled by promotions on unhealthy foods. [...] experts have concluded that only a change in diet can tackle Scotland’s weight problems. [...] “obesogenic environment” &! advocacy for nanny state - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/15/cookery-courses-obese-people-smoking-nanny-state-eating &! https://www.holyrood.com/articles/inside-politics/health-health-workforce-conversation-stopper
NHS  Scotland  obesity  CVD  overweight  Cancer  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  population  medical  advances  rationing  Austerity  STP  demographic  bubble  self-medication  coping  mechanism  abuse  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  Alcohol  Tobacco  stroke  heart  attack  fast  junk  Shona  Robison  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  waiting  times  diabetes  Disabled  Productivity  economic  damage  mental  public  nanny  state 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Surge in demand for diagnostic tests leads to delays | Holyrood Magazine
gov holyrood returns to session from summer break and first item on agenda? NHS // waiting longer for cancer tests - http://www.scotsman.com/news/shona-robison-under-pressure-over-missed-nhs-targets-1-4545371 &! new expert group to get pushed out of range elective surgeries and outpatient appointments back into line as cancer and urgent care have been given priority -https://stv.tv/news/politics/1396624-nhs-patients-are-suffering-due-to-missed-targets/ & http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-41082908
NHS  Scotland  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  health  care  demand  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  chronic  sick  population  Grampian  STP  Austerity  waiting  times  rationing  obesity  overweight  Shona  Robison  Nicola  Sturgeon 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
SNP NHS bed-blocking crisis: Over 200,000 beds lost a DAY as patients wait to leave | UK | News | Express.co.uk
bed blocking the size of scotlands super hospital // Scottish Labour said 1,377 beds had been filled every day since the start of the year, the equivalent of adult capacity at Glasgow’s £842 million Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. [...] Information Services Division Scotland figures show a total of 206,537 bed days were lost between January and May this year. In February it emerged some patients were languishing more than a year to be discharged.
NHS  Scotland  SNP  Shona  Robison  Nicola  Sturgeon  social  care  adult  Disabled  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Austerity  Council  Privatisation 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Fears over possible health board mergers | Press and Journal
[ Scottisch version of STP?! super mergers do not equate to super hospitals nor super patient focused care nor super quality ] A statement on behalf of NHS Boards in the North of Scotland Planning Group confirmed that all the different organisations were currently working in partnership to prepare “regional delivery plans” which will include service and workforce planning across the region.

It added: “These ongoing collaborations include cancer networks, cardiac services, child and adolescent mental health services and neonatal services.

“All six boards work together to connect across boundaries to deliver sustainable, high-quality services as close to home as possible for all patients in the North.” A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Our focus is on promoting greater collaboration between NHS boards, and with partners, to deliver modern, sustainable health and social care services. “Regional and national delivery plans will also be delivered to improve services.”
NHS  Scotland  Grampian  STP  Austerity  rationing  health  care  demand  CVD  cancer  diabetes  chronic  sick  population  SNP  Shona  Robison  Nicola  Sturgeon  demographic  bubble  ageing  premature 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Clear majority of Scots say the UK is going in wrong direction (From The National)
BARELY more than a quarter of Scots believe the UK is headed in the right direction, with a clear majority confident it is going the wrong way, according to a new poll.

Just 27 per cent of the Scottish sample of respondents to the latest survey by former Tory donor Lord Ashcroft said they believed the UK was on the "right track", compared to 55 who said it was going in the "wrong direction".

The same poll found Nicola Sturgeon was the only politician in Scotland with a positive approval rating.
Scotland  indyref2  SNP  Brexit  Nicola  Sturgeon  England  UK 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Scotland ‘should become province of Canada’, says author - The Scotsman
lol, leave England, and join Canada as a Province // The inevitable comparisons with Quebec are made, with McGoogan referencing the motion passed by the Canadian government in 2006 that recognised the province as being ‘a nation within a united Canada’. McGoogan also points out that Quebec has refused to sign the country’s Constitution Act of 1982, but adds that ‘constitutionally, Canada has muddled on without that signature for 35 years - and looks good to go for another 35.’
Scotland  England  Brexit  indyref2  far-right  right-wing  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Westminster  Whitehall  Holyrood 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon sets out global vision for Scotland - BBC News
Independence would offer Scotland the best way of making a positive contribution to the world, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed.
The first minister was speaking at Stanford University in California as she continued her five-day US trip.
Ms Sturgeon also urged the UK government to recognise the "right" of Scots to decide their own future.
Opposition parties said she was trying to build support for a referendum which the majority of Scots did not want.
Scotland  SNP  indyref2  Nicola  Sturgeon 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Effort to bring in 800 mental health workers to North-east revealed by ministers - Evening Express
[SNP's mental health strategy - http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/03/1750 - http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0051/00516047.pdf ] Announcing the new 10-year strategy to improve provisions, the MSP said the 800-strong staffing boost was key to improving access to services. [...] “We’ll increase the workforce to give access to dedicated mental health professionals to all A&Es, all GP practices, every police station custody suite, and to our prisons. “Over the next five years increasing additional investment of £35 million for our 800 workers in those key settings. [...] “We want to see a nation where mental health is person-centred and recognises the life-changing benefits of fast effective treatment. “Failing to recognise mental health costs not only our economy but individuals and communities.”
NHS  Grampian  Scotland  Shona  Robison  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  mental  health  CAMHS  Transgender  LGBT  well  being  GP  A&E 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS Grampian's chief executive had largest pension increase in Scotland | Press and Journal
[ suspending "trouble makers" potential whistleblowers. standard practice in NHS! especially when said doctors think patients at risk and or culture and management put patients at risk ] But last September, at the end of an extensive investigation by the General Medical Council, he was among eight consultants who were cleared of any wrongdoing. In January, he spoke for the first time since his suspension, where he criticised senior management at the board for failing to act on a damning report from Health Improvement Scotland more than two years before. // MORE FROM THE PRESS AND JOURNAL -
Scottish Government underfunds north health authories by more than £20million & Six million cost of suspended NHS staff & ARI surgeons under investigation cleared by watchdog
NHS  Grampian  Austerity  Scotland  Shona  Robison  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Aberdeen 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Sturgeon says May’s Brexit timescale matches referendum plan | Politics | The Guardian
Nicola Sturgeon has said there is no longer any rational case against a second Scottish independence referendum after Theresa May told her that the full Brexit deal would be known within 18 months.

The first minister said May’s disclosure, during a meeting in Glasgow, closely matched the Scottish government’s timescale for calling a fresh referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019. [...] She said she had reminded the prime minister that later this week she would be writing formally to ask the UK government to hand over the powers to stage a referendum in about two years’ time, but May had retorted that her position was clear: the UK government would not grant those powers until after Brexit was completed and the UK had left the EU. [ May banking hoping that SNP will lose majority in Holyrood ]
Brexit  indyref2  Nicola  Sturgeon  Theresa  May  SNP  Tories  Conservative  Party  Holyrood  Westminster  Whitehall  Career  Politicians  Politics 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Aberdeen wrestles with hard choices as independence looms again | Business | The Guardian
“Compare the urgency with which ministers dealt with the steel crisis, or the haste with which Greg Clark went to France to discuss the future of Vauxhall, and compare that with the utter complacency in supporting our oil and gas industry,” he says. [...] That’s a blow to Holyrood, which is struggling with a budget deficit nearing 10% before Nicola Sturgeon even thinks about the implications of leaving the UK. Such is the decline in oil revenues that whisky is now the country’s biggest export, pushing professional services – much of them linked to Edinburgh’s finance industry – into second place; oil is third and mining and quarrying fourth. [...] There is the prospect of European Union membership after Brexit, but that will be blocked for as long as Scotland’s budget deficit is above 3%. So even if the Spanish, concerned about a good deal for Scotland encouraging Catalonia to split, agree to swap the UK for Scotland, it could be years before the EU27 becomes 28 again.
Aberdeen  UK  Scotland  Holyrood  Westminster  Whitehall  Brexit  Theresa  May  indyref2  Philip  Hammond  Nicola  Sturgeon 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she will ask for... - BBC Scotland News
very different to May's Global Britain speech, she tried to sell people,
indyref2  Scotland  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Speech  Theresa  May 
march 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
Spiralling prescription drug bill threatening care services | Press and Journal
[ aging chronically sick patients (demographic overhang) w 3 4 5 10 medications ] The crisis sparked a public row after Aberdeen’s health and social care partnership said in a report that the bill was “uncontrollable”. It is expected to top £100million next year – £40million in the Granite City, £45 million in Aberdeenshire and more than £17million in Moray. //&! https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/8-million-hole-in-budget-sees-care-group-seek-to-cut-training-and-overtime/
NHS  Grampian  adult  social  care  elderly  Aberdeen  Austerity  health  demand  sick  population  Demographic  bubble  chronic  ageing  prevention  Scotland  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Shona  Robison  GP 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Nationalist Gerry Hassan on the timidity of Scotland's SNP Government. - YouTube
SNP lacks progressive policy ideas and policy turnaround. no urgency internally ... not addressing the real issues. budget deficit w progressive policy. //&! Not for the squeamish: Andrew Neil v the SNP's Angus Robertson on #IndyRef2 at #SNP16. - https://youtu.be/KY7r0clBHhU
SNP  indyref2  Austerity  inequality  education  policy  Nicola  Sturgeon 
october 2016 by asterisk2a
SNP government defeated after Holyrood health debate - BBC News
[ ~closing xyz that exists twice within vicinity/within one health trust~ ] bit.ly/2duMVyE - Labour's motion for the NHS debate highlighted proposed changes to services at the Vale of Leven Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Inverclyde Hospital, Monklands Hospital, Lightburn Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Centre for Integrative Care.
The party argued that the proposals "constitute major changes in service provision" and therefore should be decided on by ministers rather than local health boards. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37471597
NHS  Crisis  Scotland  Austerity  SNP  Shona  Robinson  Nicola  Sturgeon  Holyrood  ageing  population  sick  demographic  bubble  public  health  care  demand  budget 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Public health is in crisis – and Theresa May is failing to act | Sarah Wollaston | Opinion | The Guardian
The new PM promised to tackle health inequalities, but her childhood obesity strategy shows a reluctance to take tough action against vested interests
Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  NHS  Crisis  obesity  sick  population  public  health  demand  budget  diet-related  lifestyle  Shona  Robinson  Nicola  Sturgeon  England  Scotland  Austerity  prevention 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS boards face cuts totalling £407m (From Herald Scotland)
Scottish health boards are facing up to budget cuts on a scale never achieved before, and some are proposing savings deemed "high risk".
Figures on cuts planned by Scotland's 14 regional health boards and seven specialist boards showed total savin of £407m to be achieved this year. Critics said this would wipe out in a single year the bulk of the SNP's manifesto pledge to invest an extra £500 million in the NHS over the course of the next parliament. //^&! NHS Grampian saving 18.5m after ~40m injection of extra cash. - bit.ly/2btLpfc
NHS  Scotland  Transgender  Shona  Robinson  Austerity  health  care  demand  Nicola  Sturgeon  SNP  Theresa  May  England  ageing  population  GP  prevention  sick  Grampian  Crisis  obesity  heart  disease  attack  diabetes  mental  stroke  alcohol  abuse  demographic  bubble  baby  boomers  babyboomers  premature  chronic  Diseases  diet-related  lifestyle  waiting  times  cancer 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Andrea Leadsom’s pitch for the Tory leadership: our writers’ verdict | The panel | Opinion | The Guardian
But Leadsom staked out more terrain on the left. Workers’ rights previously guaranteed by the EU would be safe and even “enhanced”. Top boardroom pay was often undeserved and needed to be reined in. If there was money to give away, it would go on tax cuts for the lowest paid: “The richest people in Britain will not be my priority.” //&! blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/07/want-guide-britain-sunlit-uplands-full-text-andrea-leadsoms-leadership-speech/ &! youtu.be/ezy1WUTUYE8 //&! I will do everything in my power to keep the United Kingdom United. [ may replace/upgrade the block grant to make up for lost EU funding and extra. to avoid indyref 2 ] [...] But my real passion in politics is my desire for social justice – for a transformation of our society. [...] and my absolute commitments it to the emotional health of our nation. [ she really takes centre ground! ] //&! Liam Fox - amfox.co.uk/news/new-priorities-new-vision &! theguardian.com/politics/conservative-leadership
Brexit  Tories  Conservative  Party  Andrea  Leadsom  Theresa  May  Nicola  Sturgeon  Indyref  2  block  grant  Barnett  Formula  Holyrood  Scotland  Centrist  Stephen  Crabb  Liam  Fox  Conservative  Leadership  Election 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
MSPs give Nicola Sturgeon mandate to hold direct EU talks - The Scotsman
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Greens backed her motion asking for a mandate for talks with the UK government, other devolved administrations, EU institutions and member states, which was passed by 92 votes to zero.

The Conservatives abstained after their attempt to amend it failed.
Scotland  Indyref  2  Brexit  Nicola  Sturgeon  Holyrood 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Dear Nicola, I voted Yes, I think you're great, but I'm #NoVotesSNP
Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities. [...] Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities.This was no home at all. This was an open-plan torture chamber where deprivation, in the truest sense of the word, was the absolute default position. A home where poverty had not only corrupted people, but left them grotesquely deformed. [...] There is no pragmatism where inequality is concerned. There is only action and inaction. If you can't make an argument for slightly higher taxes to a class of educated people who are fortunate enough to be doing well in a terminally unequal society then I already know what is required of me as a citizen. [...] She died because she happened to be born into poverty. And we grieved for her death while growing up poor. Now her ghost follows all of us wherever we go.
deprivation  poverty  poverty  trap  child  poverty  working  poor  structural  unemployment  health  inequality  post  code  lottery  austerity  skills  gap  sick  population  health  crisis  self-medication  coping  mechanism  well  being  mental  health  alcohol  abuse  alcoholism  drug  abuse  Beschaffungskriminalität  Gini  coefficient  social  mobility  income  mobility  education  policy  Public  Services  Services  welfare  state  welfare  reform  Iain  Duncan  Smith  DWP  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Establishment  Toff  Privileged  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Questions raised over £10bn Chinese deal
The investment and infrastructure company said the deal paved the way for "significant investment" in areas such as clean energy, transport and affordable housing in Scotland.
Ppposition politicians questioned why MSPs were not told about the agreement before the Scottish Parliament was dissolved ahead of the election on 5 May, and called for full details to be published.
'Open for business'
Speaking publicly about the agreement for the first time on Sunday, Ms Sturgeon said: "What we have done is sign a memorandum of understanding that commits us to explore possible investment.
UK  David  Cameron  FDI  foreign  direct  investment  George  Osborne  austerity  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  Scotland  Fiscal  Framework  Scotland  Bill  Westminster  Nicola  Sturgeon  Holyrood  China  underinvestment  public  asset  HS2  Richard  Koo  recovery  economic  history  foreign  affairs  Hegemony  geopolitics 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
'Graph of Doom' warning to Highland councillors
deprived areas have low tax base to fund welfare and social care, and w demographic bubble, less income tax receipts. this is a double whammy to fund demand of babyboomers. // In a paper to councillors, officers quote research such as a London borough council's "Graph of Doom" showing the effect of spending cuts on services.
The Highland officials also make reference to political commentators describing a period of "perma-austerity" for local government.
They recommend that the council reviews its priorities.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Higher rate tax cut is 'wrong choice', says Nicola Sturgeon
[we are all in this together ] [ tax cut for one, and cut away +1bn in PIP ] the starting point for paying 40p income tax in the rest of the UK will be raised from £43,000 to £45,000. [...] Scotland's 40p tax payers: 372,000 - Approximate total number. 10% - Working population. £190m Value of 40p tax cut plan. 14,000 Workers removed from rate by cut [...] Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell backed the threshold change.
budget2016  tax  code  austerity  secular  stagnation  PIP  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  vulnerable  Disabled  disability  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  George  Osborne  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Toff  Establishment  Privileged  social  safety  net  welfare  state  welfare  reform  tax  credit 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cameron attacks SNP’s Holyrood record in ‘one-party state’ - The Scotsman
The Scotsman devotes its front page to what it calls a "blistering attack on the SNP's record in government" by David Cameron, who is pledging to hold the party to account for its "litany of ­failure". //&! David Cameron warns of SNP 'one party state' in conference speech - bbc.in/21M42Lm
SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Westminster  Holyrood  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Career  Politicians  David  Cameron 
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! ]
Holyrood  council  tax  taxation  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  austerity  Fiscal  Framework  Scotland  Bill  The  Smith  Comission  Devolution  policy  folly  policy  error  short-termism  Career  Politicians 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Boris Johnson calls Cameron's Project Fact 'baloney' | Politics | The Guardian
"stay campaign is project fear" leave campaigners go without facts. [...] Chris Grayling, one of the six cabinet members who favour Brexit, had earlier dismissed a 28-page Cabinet Office report warning of what Cameron called a “decade of uncertainty” if Britain votes to leave, as “completely ludicrous”. Grayling accused his boss of running a “relentless campaign of fear”. Separately, employment minister Priti Patel, another prominent advocate for Brexit, ramped up the criticism of cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood’s decision to limit the support civil servants can provide to pro-Brexit ministers, describing it as “unconstitutional”. [...] Iain Duncan Smith “I have the highest opinion of the British people; [ //&! If it were a pure economic argument, where are the economists?! but it's about ideology, dogma and demagogy ... populism, propaganda, polarisation, manufactured consent, supported by right-wing media's manufactured consent ] &! bit.ly/1oKclJ1 &! Sturgeon - bbc.in/1TM6YGm
Brexit  campaign  Career  Politicians  David  Cameron  Boris  Johnson  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  democracy  UKIP  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  neoliberalism  neoliberal  trickle-down  economics  free  market  self-regulation  City  of  London  George  Osborne  Iain  Duncan  Smith  DWP  Westminster  Whitehall  No  Representation  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  dogma  ideology  demagogy  demagogue  manufactured  consent  far-right  Rechtsextremismus  Rechtsruck  right-wing  Polarisation  populism  propaganda  fearmongering  Fear  Nicola  Sturgeon  SNP  Labour  Party 
february 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
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.
Westminster  nasty  party  Fiscal  Framework  Scotland  Bill  The  Vow  Devolution  Whitehall  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  spin  doctor  PR  Positioning  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  transparency  accountability  Holyrood  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  The  Smith  Comission 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Scotland funding deal must be 'fair', says Cameron
positioning, spin and putting the ball in SNP's / Sturgeons court. Knowing arguing in public about complex things like this which can be spun myriad ways won't help Sturgeon in the matter to get a good deal for her constituency. Knowing it will always be painted that they want more ... // this because of the secrecy of the meetings. //&! bbc.in/1PHiv3t
Fiscal  Framework  Scotland  Bill  Westminster  Career  Politicians  David  Cameron  Nicola  Sturgeon  spin  doctor  Positioning  PR  No  Representation  The  Smith  Comission  The  Vow 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Tories and SNP 'miles apart' over future of UK grant for Scotland | Politics | The Guardian
[ gouging Holyrood for a not so great deal because they can put them in the corner to agree, because of the deadline if it even takes till next year. they can always positioning themselves in a way and spin it that scots want more than they deserve. more than england. ] A rift has emerged between Conservative and Scottish National party ministers in their secretive talks over the future of the Treasury grant that funds the Scottish parliament. As the 12 February deadline set by Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, approaches, the UK Treasury minister Greg Hands confirmed the two governments still did not agree on which formula to use once Holyrood’s new tax and borrowing powers come into force next year.
Westminster  Holyrood  nasty  party  PR  spin  doctor  Positioning  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Career  Politicians  Scotland  Bill  The  Smith  Comission  Fiscal  Framework  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Tories  Conservative 
february 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
Fiscal  Framework  Scotland  Bill  The  Smith  Comission  Devolution  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  The  Vow  Brexit  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Westminster  nasty  party  Tories  George  Osborne  austerity  David  Cameron  Conservative  Toff  Establishment  No  Representation  social  democracy  Holyrood  Career  Politicians 
january 2016 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
Holyrood  Scotland  Bill  House  of  Lords  Devolution  devo-max  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  Barnett  Formula  The  Smith  Comission  Westminster  David  Cameron  The  Vow  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  George  Osborne  austerity  Nicola  Sturgeon  nasty  party  spin  doctor  reframing  framing  Positioning  Tories  Conservative 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Ex-SNP MSP to draw up Rise manifesto - BBC News
"The strength of Rise is the grassroots involvement in every area, and I welcome the interest that it is generating already." Rise - which stands for respect, independence, socialism and environmentalism - was born from the wider "Yes" movement in the wake of the independence referendum campaign. It includes the Scottish Socialist Party, the International Socialist Group, and other campaign groups. Ms Urquhart was one of three SNP MSPs who left the party in the wake of it voting to end its opposition to an independent Scotland joining Nato. The other two - John Wilson and John Finnie - have since joined the Scottish Greens.
SNP  Politics  UK  Scotland  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  symptom  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  Westminster  Holyrood  socialism  austerity  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Labour  Party  Jeremy  Corbyn  Nicola  Sturgeon  democracy  pluralism  plurality 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle - YouTube
Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. Capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution! // Revolutions are internal affairs w different dynamic. All succesful revolutions are fundamentally non-violent. No revolution is successful until sizable internal protection/security defects (Whistleblower et al) and refuses to fight for the discredited regime/plutocracy/oligarchy/Elite/Super Rich/1%/Corporation/crony capitalism/tax evasion/tax avoidance and joins the revolution. // Living in truth & speaking the truth to power. Pulling people into the streets & discrediting the status quo. Dont pit people against each other. Essay. The power of the powerless // If we do not break it. We & our children have no future!
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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
How a slick SNP conference ended with 'a trust me' call - BBC News
bbc.in/1GbLVrM &! bbc.in/1Lrx3lH - Scottish Labour are "arrogant, lazy and complacent", The SNP are the "only effective opposition to the Tories at Westminster", The time to propose another referendum will be when there is clear evidence independence has become the choice of a majority of people in Scotland //&! bbc.in/1GbLVrM &! bbc.in/1OLZMGl //&! 200m for 5 new elective treatment centres: bit.ly/1Lt9by7 - NICOLA STURGEON will today unveil an eye-catching £200million plan to improve medical care for the elderly in Scotland. The First Minister will use her keynote speech at the SNP conference to reveal five new centres will be built across the country to specialise in operations such as hip or knee replacements and cataract removal. [...] Sturgeon will acknowledge that Scotland’s rapidly ageing population is likely to cause problems for the NHS in the years ahead. [...] [ Giving people a new lease of life. ] making our NHS fit for the future.”
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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
Sturgeon warns against plans to scrap Human Rights Act - BBC News
--- in the background of the idea or the need to scrap human rights act and replace it with a watered down British Bill of Rights ... NSA/GCHQ - surveillance and military. war on terror and drugs, extremism, cyber crime ... and dissenters. ... as usual: PR, spin doctors at work and reframing, framing, distracting away from the real issue. // // "Nobody believes that the UK government will strengthen existing human rights protections." - Nicola Sturgeon, First minister
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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
New Statesman cover on childless female politicians provokes heated online debate | Politics | The National
The article won praise too though for highlighting the discrepancy between the proportions of male and female MPs who are parents, [...] 45 per cent of female MPs were childless, compared with 28 per cent of men. Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman, who wrote the piece, urged people to read it before criticising, while pointing out that it analysed why both motherhood and childlessness caused problems for women in politics. [...] The analysis was published the week after a row erupted when the Labour MP Helen Goodman wrote in a blog that she was backing Yvette Cooper for leader because she was a mother. // [ Cheap shots. As if a woman cant make common sense family policy. As if only male politicians can make common sense family policy or policy to increase gender quality and help with child care. Or to tell an obese politician to eff off about ... ] // &! 1 day later - bbc.in/1KetZh0 &! bit.ly/1I3fSEz // &! bit.ly/1IcEhMc
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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
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
Election 2015: Scottish National Party manifesto at-a-glance - BBC News
Election 2015: SNP will represent UK interests, leader Nicola Sturgeon says - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-scotland-32372084 &! Election 2015: The power of the woman who isn't even running - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32382329 &! Why SNP matters to whole of UK - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32379482 &! Election 2015: Sturgeon's evangelical message to people of UK - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32383500
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Election 2015: Can Nicola Sturgeon win over the UK? - BBC News
A "progressive alliance" involving Leanne Wood's Plaid Cymru and Natalie Bennett's Green Party has been suggested [...] David Torrance, who has written a biography of Ms Sturgeon, thinks her comments aimed at the rest of the UK will help her appeal. "What she did brilliantly was dual pitch... a message to both Scotland and the rest of the UK," he said. The SNP leader adopted a "different tone" from former SNP leader Alex Salmond, Mr Torrance added, showing she wants to "detoxify" her party's image in the rest of the UK.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a

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