It’s the General Election, stupid.

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The good old Scottish accounting unit of UK Labour seems to be in quite a bit of confusion lately.  Maybe Ed hasn’t told them that it’s the General Election they’re meant to be fighting in order to keep their seats, or maybe Jim was too busy having a wee game of kick about out the back to have read the memo. Either way, I have no idea why Scottish Labour are campaigning to cling on to as many seats as they possibly can in May by focusing on Scotland’s devolved issues which are pretty much only relevant to the Scottish Elections in 2016.

The NHS is their main focal point right now, with Scot Lab sending out thousands of leaflets over this past week warning us all that our wonderful NHS is in crisis and at breaking point.  Jim Murphy has pledged 1000 more nurses for Scotland – but Murphy has no right to promise that to the electorate going into the General Election, because the NHS and its staff budget allocation is devolved to the Scottish Government. Continue reading

A Brief Encounter of the NO kind

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*UPDATE 19/08/14 13:45: I have reason to believe that the man called Sam I speak about in this blog is Sam Harty, and is apparently MP Tom Clarke’s election agent, although that remains yet unconfirmed*

On Saturday morning I attended the Alistair Darling meeting in Coatbridge with a few friends. We were lucky enough that a friend had managed to get past their vetting process and receive tickets.

Better Together meetings, unlike those from Yes, are shrouded in secrecy. In order to gain entry you first have to apply for tickets and give them your name, address, and email address. If you’re lucky enough to pass their process, you are allocated tickets – although that still doesn’t secure you entry as many people have found out, Including a dear Yes supporter called Ronnie, who I have a bit of a soft spot for. Despite Ronnie having been allocated two tickets, he turned up to be told he couldn’t get in because they were full. One does have to wonder how a ticketed event could possibly be full…

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A Letter From No…

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The above letter was sent to me via Twitter earlier today, by a ‘No’ voter I first encountered, and enjoyed chatting with, yesterday.

Due to the chronic character limits on Twitter, I’ve decided to use this blog as a means of putting my two pence worth in.

It’s no secret that I am planning to vote yes for independence, but for me the vote isn’t just a political one. I’m not voting ‘Yes’ just to rid myself or Scotland of David Cameron or the Tories, because no one can say with 100% certainty that in the future the people of Scotland won’t vote for a Tory government themselves at some point.

For me, It’s not all about the Tories or David Cameron, and it certainly isn’t all about the SNP or Alex Salmond – it’s about the fact that I believe Scotland, with its 5.4million people, should be a sovereign country in its own right and not an appendage of the United Kingdom.

I have to laugh here! My brain is having an off day and the word appendage suddenly looked very strange, so I highlighted the word in order to get its definition for clarity and this is what I was faced with.

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What have the SNP ever done for us?

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I’m voting no because I really hate that Alex Salmond and the SNP, what have they ever done for us anyway?

Here’s a few “wee things”…

Re-introduced free higher education by scrapping fees and the £2,300 graduate endowment.

Increased funding for college bursaries to support more than 42,000 students.

358 new schools have been built or refurbished, meaning that over 130,000 pupils have been taken out of dilapidated and substandard school buildings.

They’ve put 1,105 more police on Scotland’s streets, helping drive recorded crime down to its lowest level for 37 years.

Used £46 million seized from criminals to invest in community projects for 600,000 Scottish kids.

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