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Reality Check: Has the UK's devolution settlement been ripped up? | BBC News
TLDR: Yes. But it's hardly surprising. The powers were always Westminster's to take back whenever they felt like it. Otherwise, devo-max would have been an acceptable alternative to indy. The problem is not that Brexit has provided an excuse for WM to do what WM was always going to do---the problem is the naked contempt with which they've done it. The fact that the whole thing went almost completely unreported until the SNP pulled their little walkout stunt today only serves to underline that.
indyref  independence  scotland  uk  politics  news  analysis  Brexit 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
Kate Bush, Theresa May and the trouble with political partisanship | The Conversation
c.f. also Orson Scott Card, Tom Cruise, Peter F Hamilton, Eddie Izzard, OH JOHN RINGO NO, Spike Milligan, Russell Brand, Roman Polanski
psephology  politics  society  homophobia  scifi  indyref  acting  movies  art 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
Born Honest Born Clever « Bella Caledonia
"Scotland is not the part of the UK that has suffered most from London rule. Perhaps we should act to redress that issue. Perhaps we should pay a proportion of our annual ‘direct debit’ payment not to the Treasury but to local authorities in the North of England, Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, the Midlands…" I like the way Robin McAlpine thinks.
scotland  indyref  economics  politics  news  bloodytories 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
The Scottish Pound and the Illusion of English Money : Business for Scotland
Of course this was written /before/ Gideon announced that yes, he actually is just that stupid.
economics  indyref  politics  news 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
George Kerevan: Cameron takes medal for hypocrisy - The Scotsman
Good stuff from Kerevan. "[Cameron] waved the emotional flag, like a good imperialist, but signally failed to use the moment to offer any concrete new partnership of equals for the nations of Britain. Genuine reform will only come when Scotland recovers sovereignty". Although I must take issue with this: "[Dishface's] emotional call to defend the flag was redolent of 1914 and the jingoism of the Boer War[...] just imagine the outcry if Alex Salmond used the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in similar vein"---I guarantee that in a couple of months you won't have to imagine---"or if the Yes campaign ventured away from economics towards the politics of identity"---what's so bad about the politics of identity?
news  politics  journalism  indyref  bloodytories 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
Sketch: Och aye the No! - Telegraph
[archive.is link] It comes to something when even the Torygraph thought that Dishface's impassioned speech was pathetic.
news  politics  bloodytories  indyref 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
WEEKLY WANKER #017: Wings Over Scotland | A Thousand Flowers
Interesting. This is basically @EyeEdinburgh's argument, except expressed with a modicum of sanity and a refreshing lack of frothing hysteria. FWIW my opinions on the Rev Stu are well known: I do not agree with him about everything, but he is a remarkable source of information on #indyref-related topics. Unlike Jane Carnall, who used to have a good blog but sadly went /completely fucking loopy/ a year or so ago, I do not believe that the fact he once said something bad about women five years ago automatically means that we should all vote No.
indyref  politics  feminism 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
Wings Over Scotland | The bully pulpit
Several of these are personal friends of mine. Hey, now I can wear that "Hated By The Daily Mail" pinbadge I own with some actual justification. I remember seeing it in the bookshop window display in first year: I burst in, "I MUST HAVE IT". As Stephen Fry once said: "How can one not be fond of something the Daily Mail despises?" It's a rhetorical question.
journalism  fuckwits  bloodytories  indyref 
january 2014 by gominokouhai
The Armando Iannucci Shows - Except for viewers in Scotland | Youtube
This (perfectly delivered) gag, the initial premise of which is that technology has already led to the obsolescence of regional television, was first broadcast before the Twin Towers fell. Take that, Better Together.
video  comedy  scotland  tv  politics  indyref 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
If I had the vote I'd grab the chance of Scottish independence | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian
"something very exciting is afoot": the first reasonable article about indy in the mainstream UK media, you're not kidding.
handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  news  politics  scotland  indyref  independence 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
Wings Over Scotland | The Great Gingerbread Robbery
In which I suspect that gingerbread is a metaphor for something. Good points here about taxation and the like, as ever, from the Rev: but the bit about gingerbread, and Christmas, and not being able to have a say in what goes on the shelves, strikes a chord.
scotland  politics  indyref  news  independence  economics 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
North from here | Wings Over Scotland
How refereshing it is to see an accurate, unbiased, non-hysterical analysis of the possibilities of independence. Apparently the Europeans aren't fashed at all, and they should know a thing or two about being small countries that are doing Quite Nicely Thank You Very Much without being part of the UK.
scotland  politics  europe  indyref  news  independence 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
‘Dirty Money?’ The Tory Millionaire Bankrolling Better Together
Yes folks, it's back! Having been chilling-effected and following the intervention of none other than Aamer Anwar. Now includes a right-of-reply by creepy scumbag Ian Taylor, which, frankly, doesn't help.
scotland  politics  indyref  news  bloodytories 
april 2013 by gominokouhai
Top 10 Unionist Myths - DEBUNKED | Youtube
This video has been posted and DMCA'ed by the No Campaign about a quintijillion times. This version appears to be live at the moment. Watch. Take notes.
politics  scotland  indyref  news  independence  bloodytories 
march 2013 by gominokouhai
Ten Questions For The No Campaign | National Collective
"The question asked in Scotland’s referendum is not about stability – unfolding history is never stable. It is about which future gives us more hope."
scotland  news  indyref  independence 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
UK says no to talks on independence | Scotsman
"In the event of a Yes vote, Moore said the UK government would have to `prioritise' the interests of the English, Welsh and Northern Irish and would be unable to give the Scottish Government everything that it wanted"---so, no change there, then.
scotland  independence  indyref  politics  news 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
Pretending to see the future | Wings Over Scotland
A pound. It'll cost a pound to be rid of the Tories forever. One bloody pound. And somebody thought this presented a convincing case for the No campaign?
politics  news  independence  indyref  scotland 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
Whatever Barroso says, voting for independence might be the only way for Scotland to stay IN Europe | Herald
ARGH. I collapsed the waveform some time ago and I may no longer be Schroedinger's Nationalist, but now it seems I'm Schroedinger's EU Citizen.
europe  scotland  independence  indyref  politics  news 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Better Together negativity could backfire, Alistair Darling warned
"Scotland sucks at everything it's ever done or ever will do, and needs England to prop it up. But you shouldn't say so or it will look bad." I particularly like the bit where our southern partners have had 300 years to fix all of these alleged problems but only propose to start doing anything about them /now/.
scotland  independence  indyref  politics  news 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Separate Scotland must apply to join EU, warns Brussels | The Scotsman
GODDAMMIT WILL YOU MAKE UP YOUR MINDS. Am I an existing EU citizen with all the rights and protections thus implied, or am I not?
scotland  indyref  independence  news 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Face reality: We could be as prosperous as Norway | Herald
Sounds nice. Except for the bit about the price of beer obviously.
scotland  indyref  independence 
november 2012 by gominokouhai
You can’t fool us with your fiddled figures | The Sun
This from the Sun, a paper not renowned for its incisive analytical content nor for the intellectual prowess of its readership.
indyref  independence  bloodytories  politics  news  scotland 
november 2012 by gominokouhai
Independent Scotland ‘could not be asked to leave EU’
Because the population of Scotland are already EU citizens. At least /someone/ is thinking practically.
independence  indyref  scotland  politics  news 
november 2012 by gominokouhai
While the cause bruns brightly is the party over for the SNP?
Again, I don't give a damn about the SNP, and I frequently have huge problems with their policies. I do give a damn about Yes Scotland. Frankly, two MSPs throwing their toys out of the pram about one fairly minor policy issue which won't even see any resolution for over two years just suggests to me that the SNP is full of fuckin' morons just like all the other parties.
indyref  scotland  independence  politics  news 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Would Tories "Rule Forever" After Independence?
RUK is apparently not as badly off after independence as was thought. Good to know that I wouldn't necessarily be abandoning my friends down south to the wolves. My next concern is who would be likely to rule after independence /up here/.
politics  scotland  independence  indyref 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
The graph that shows how far David Cameron wants to shrink the state | The Guardian
"If George Osborne gets his way, within the next five years, Britain will have a smaller public sector than any other major developed nation."


"Forget all that ministerial guff about the necessity of cutting the public sector to spur economic growth. Had that argument been true, British businesses would be in leonine form by now, instead of their current chronic enfeeblement. It was notable at last week's Tory party conference how Osborne and David Cameron didn't even try to argue for the economic benefits of austerity – how could they? – but grimly asserted that there was no alternative."
indyref  independence  NHS  hardesthit  welfare  bloodytories  news  politics  economy 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
We pay our way..now we need to go our own way - Joan McAlpine - Daily Record
Surprising stuff from the Daily Record. Well researched, well argued, and unashamedly partisan in a way the broadsheets can't match.
indyref  independence  politics  news 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Our constitution, July 2012: independence and devolution
I have a blog post brewing on this. Much like Edinburgh Eye, I need to work out what I think.
independence  scotland  indyref 
july 2012 by gominokouhai
Scottish Independence: The Dark Side
Interesting analysis of the consequences of independence for rUK, to be taken with a big heaping dose of [
politics  news  indyref  independence 
may 2012 by gominokouhai
Edinburgh takes pride in a cultural renaissance | UK news | The Observer
At least partially, #indyref is at work here. People's attitudes are changing and the result, so far, is productive. It's when nationalism crosses over into jingoism that we need to worry, but apparently we're not there yet.
indyref  news  local  edinburgh  ngs  eiff  tourism  culture 
march 2012 by gominokouhai

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