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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
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
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
UK Government sources question 'fairness' of another independence poll before Brexit (From HeraldScotland)
UK Government sources have cast doubt on the legitimacy of another independence referendum before Brexit - as the battle for Scottish public opinion hots up.

Before the last referendum both the Scottish and UK Governments agreed that it had to be “fair, legal and decisive”.

But Conservative Government sources have questioned whether a vote before the outcome is known would clear that first hurdle and pass the the 'fairness' test -
Scotland  Holyrood  indyref2  SNP  Theresa  May  Brexit 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS inspection reports: Bosses admit SNP had access to secret results | UK | News | Express.co.uk
[ NHS is political football ] Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) was launched in 2011 to improve care standards, although it has few statutory enforcement powers.

As it is part of the NHS, campaigners, politicians and even the OECD world forum have said the health service is effectively “marking its own homework”. HIS has inspected dozens of hospitals and health boards over the past six years, exposing many care, staffing and cleanliness problems. [...] She said: “There is a classic example from NHS Grampian, when there were major issues… We triangulated information with the General Medical Council and the consultants, and we also met patient groups in Grampian. During that time and before the report was published, the report was shared with Government, not so that changes could be made but so that action could be taken on some of the serious problems in Grampian.”
NHS  Scotland  SNP  CQC  HIS  Shona  Robison  Holyrood  public  health  Jeremy  Hunt  Austerity  STP  Simon  Stevens  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Grampian 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Report finds 1 in 5 Scottish children living in poverty - The Scotsman
An official Scottish Government report showing that around one in five Scottish children is living in poverty was described as a “scandal” last night. //&! http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/leader-comment-creating-opportunity-is-the-way-to-tackle-poverty-1-4323425
UK  poverty  child  working  tax  credit  poor  Scotland  SNP  Holyrood 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Derek Mackay's first budget is 'safety first', say tax experts (From The National)
TAX experts last night agreed Finance Secretary Derek Mackay had set out a “safety first” draft Budget in Holyrood yesterday.

Moira Kelly of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in Scotland said the plans he unveiled highlighted “the tricky challenge of investing in public services while maintaining a competitive tax base”.
UK  budget  NHS  SNP  Scotland  Holyrood  Austerity  Council 
december 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
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.
federalism  Devolution  devo-max  Holyrood  Mayor  City  of  London  Scotland  Northern  Ireland  Northern  Powerhouse  Manchester  Indyref  2  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  Brexit  House  of  Lords  Whitehall  Westminster  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  politician  democracy 
july 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
Police Scotland cancels unified IT project plagued by problems | UK news | The Guardian
large projects reigning in legacy systems ... it's not just big build like airports (BER).
SNP  Scotland  Universal  Credit  Holyrood 
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
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
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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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
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.
austerity  NHS  NHS  England  A&E  NHS  Scotland  Holyrood  Westminster  Fiscal  Framework  Devolution  Scotland  Bill  Smith  Commission 
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
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
Cash from Swinney slammed as Aberdeenshire Council agrees new budget - Evening Express
The ruling SNP-led administration laid out budget plans to plug a £28m funding shortfall during a debate before the full council. The 2016/17 budget, which was approved 34 members to 23, includes a £3.2m cut in education and an estimated saving of £1.2m on early learning and childcare staffing. [...] The budget outlined slashing the road maintenance funds by £973,000, a reduction of nearly 6%. While £1.4m less will be spent on waste management – including the emptying of waste and recycling bins – than in 2015. A reduction in travel costs, investing in technology and making better use of council properties has been outlined to save £11.5m.
Council  austerity  UK  education  policy  Scotland  Holyrood  Scotland  Bill  Fiscal  Framework  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  productive  investment  public  transportation  Westminster  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Tories  dogma  ideology  nasty  party  child  care  Conservative  Gini  coefficient  social  mobility  Generationengerechtigkeit  bank  bailout  fairness  income  mobility 
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
Holyrood and Westminster 'some distance' from finance deal - BBC News
The Scottish and UK governments are "some distance" from a deal on new financial arrangements for Holyrood, according to Scotland's finance secretary. // Osborn trying to get best deal in his interest to show in 2020 he reduced budget deficit by X as proclaimed in 2015.
Fiscal  Framework  Scotland  Bill  The  Smith  Comission  Westminster  Career  Politicians  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  Holyrood  Positioning  PR  spin  doctor  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  budget2015  budget  deficit  policy  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  austerity  Council  NHS  Scotland  NHS  Police  No  Representation 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
The penny rise is a taxing problem - BBC News
scottish labour doesn't get it. proposing 1% income tax increase on all earners. which is not progressive.
Labour  Party  progressive  tax  code  tax  free  income  austerity  Public  Services  Social  Services  Council  Kezia  Dugdale  policy  error  policy  folly  Fiscal  Framework  The  Smith  Comission  Scotland  Bill  Westminster  policy  Holyrood 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scottish cabinet calls on UK Chancellor to cut oil and gas 'tax burden' - BBC News
- how about putting money in renewable schemes? duh? // selecting an industry, that is clearly on the down, in the long run. duh! and is clearly not contributing a carbon free economy!
corporate  welfare  subsidies  subsidizing  Principle  SNP  Oil  price  Career  Politicians  constituency  corporate  tax  rate  fossil  fuel  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  carbon  tax  UK  Westminster  Holyrood 
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
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
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
Holyrood  Westminster  Career  Politicians  Devolution  The  Smith  Comission  Toff  Privileged  Establishment  Scotland  Bill  Fiscal  Framework  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  SNP  negotiation  No  Representation 
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.
NHS  Scotland  austerity  budget2015  Devolution  Westminster  Holyrood  SNP  Council  Public  Services  Social  Services 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Labour expecting £6m loss in funding through trade union bill | Politics | The Guardian
Trade Union bill move to cut the water off from Labour. // Tory assault on Labour funding ignores its own corruption. Labour has debatable donors, too, but a lot of Conservative cash comes from people whose economic activities harm us. - bit.ly/1PSdbfC - Let’s look at all that money the Tories get from the City and the hedge fund operators in Mayfair and elsewhere? Here’s some LSE research and here’s confirmation. Still not persuaded? Try this from the bankers’ pink paper. If you can’t get behind the FT paywall, the piece is dated 4 February 2015 and called Number of big City backers for Tories doubles. You get my drift. //&! - Holyrood wants to be exempt - bbc.in/1QhXPmG
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
New year, old grievances: why Britain’s bugbears in 2016 look very familiar | Martin Boon | Opinion | The Guardian
A new survey of what’s on our minds reveals a nation still obsessed with the same things as in the 1960s - inequality and immigration [...] Seven out of 10 suggest that inequality and immigration create the biggest societal divides of today [ but tories take on what is easiest, immigration. but not inequality ] So nothing’s changed, and it’s likely not much will – at least, not if you’re a member of our world-weary public, exasperated with the collective failure of political solutions to modern-day grievances.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
John Swinney warns of 'tough choices' ahead for Scotland - BBC News
Finance Secretary John Swinney has warned of "tough choices" facing Scotland as he prepares to set out his budget. Mr Swinney said the UK government's recent spending review placed "unprecedented pressure" on public expenditure north of the border. The UK government said Scottish ministers would have £390m more in spending available to them next year. Mr Swinney is due to present his 2016-17 spending plans on Wednesday. The Scottish government argues that cuts imposed by the UK government since 2010 - along with last month's spending review - mean that its discretionary budget will be 12.5% lower in real terms by 2019-20 than it was in 2010-11. Mr Swinney said 4.2% of that reduction would come between now and 2019-20.
Holyrood  SNP  Scotland  Scotland  Bill  Fiscal  Framework  The  Smith  Comission  Westminster  budget2015  austerity  Public  Services  Social  Services  Council  adult  care  NHS  Scotland  NHS  elderly  care  education  policy  post  code  lottery  George  Osborne  vulnerable  Disabled  Barnett  Formula  Police 
december 2015 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.
Scotland  Bill  Devolution  Scottish  Independence  The  Smith  Comission  Barnett  Formula  UK  Westminster  Holyrood  SNP  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  The  Vow 
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
Scotland  Bill  Devolution  Scotland  UK  Holyrood  Westminster  budget2015  tax  code  The  Vow  The  Smith  Comission  Scottish  Independence  Scottish  referendum  devo-max  SNP  austerity 
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
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
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
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
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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