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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. &!
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march 2017 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.
SNP  general  election  2015  UK  democracy  Alex  Salmond  Nicola  Sturgeon 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Alex Salmond accuses UK party leaders of tricking Scotland into No vote | Politics |
"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 - +!+!+!+ Ed Miliband - +!+!+!+ Salmon on unelected House of Lords -
The  Vow  Scottish  independence  referendum  Scottish  Scotland  UK  Westminster  David  Cameron  Nick  Clegg  Ed  Miliband  Better  Together  Toff  Career  Politicians  Politics  Establishment  Elite  Privileged  Alex  Salmond  election  campaign  promises  London  GordonBrown  Gordon  Brown  AlistairDarling  Alistair  Darling  interest  groups  devo-max  Devolution  trust  trustagent  confidence  compromise  Democratic  Process  democracy  No  Representation  House  of  Lords 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Cameron and Miliband ditch devo timetable vow
via || "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
BBC News - Scotland votes 'No': What happens now?
Scotland – a Pandora’s box for Europe - + + "Scottish referendum: Salmond to go after Scotland No vote" + "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 - !+!+! 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] !+!+! Alex Salmond statement on 'Yes' losing independence referendum (19Sept14) !+!+! David Cameron statement on Scottish independence referendum result (19Sept14)
Scottish  independence  referendum  Scottish  Scotland  devo-max  devolution  UK  Politics  Career  Politicians  Westminster  Toff  Establishment  Elite  Privileged  No  Representation  Alex  Salmond  compromise  Barnett  Formula  The  West  Lothian  question 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Butterfly rebellion | openDemocracy
The inky wing of the British Empire does not know what to do. Historians will psychoanalyse the columns of Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, monitoring their descent from pompous, self-certain swagger to incoherent, panicked meltdown. The Times, the Scotsman, the Mail, the Express, all peer out at Scotland from behind their barbed wire. “We’ve threatened the price of beans, we’ve threatened the cost of mortgages, we’ve told them they won’t have Strictly, we’ve told them they can’t have an NHS. That’s the sum total of their dreams and aspirations. So why won’t these fucking Scots STAY DOWN?” [...] Everything they touch falls apart. And then there is a desperate rescue attempt of some sort or another. Send up Ed. Get David to emote. Ask the supermarkets to issue threats. Beg the banks to relocate. [...] The scope and scale of the collapse of the No campaign is obscured only by the refusal of the print media wing of their campaign to report it.
Scottish  independence  referendum  Scottish  #indyref  UK  Toff  Career  Politicians  Scotland  Westminster  private  education  class  warfare  elite  Privileged  Alex  Salmond  BBC  journalism  journalismus 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - What UKIP victory means
Only Nigel Farage can be totally satisfied today although he knows all too well that winning a national election which he described as a "free hit" on the political establishment is much easier than winning a single seat in Westminster. A year ago few took that prospect seriously. They do now. +++
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may 2014 by asterisk2a

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