Labour has changed its mind on the policy that was central to its plan for maintaining the Union with Scotland. Now the policy of replacing the House of Lords with a Senate of the Nations and Regions is in the dustbin and with it any coherent strategy for reforming the UK and answering Scotland’s legitimate concerns about lack of democracy.
Believe in Scotland announces plans for first-ever march and rally.
The march and rally for an independent Scotland in the EU is a partnership event with Yes for EU and will take place on Saturday, 2nd September in Edinburgh.
Recent scaremongering headlines in newspapers claim - misleadingly - that Scotland has an issue with “raw sewage being dumped in rivers”. There is only one problem - it is not ‘raw sewage’ and it is not being ‘dumped’ - it is almost entirely rainwater that is deliberately led back into the rivers to avoid flooding.
The last few years have seen a sustained attack on the powers of the Scottish Parliament from Westminster. In a paper called “Devolution Since the Brexit Referendum”, Constitution Secretary Angus Robertson looks in detail at what has taken place. Here are three key takeaways from the paper.
Today the Scottish Government released its fourth paper in the ‘Building a New Scotland’ series. This paper covered the constitutional future of an independent Scotland. Following independence, Scotland would move away from the UK constitutional system by adopting a written, codified constitution, enshrining the rights of all citizens and describing the powers and limitations of the branches of government (such as parliament, government and the courts of law).
Here are five things you need to know from the announcement of today’s independence policy paper:
Mediawatch – Media ignores new report that proves Scotland’s A&E wait times are MUCH better than England’s
Scotland and England were releasing different figures until now
Scotland and England have been measuring wait times in A&E differently – Scotland’s figures are from “time of arrival” but England’s NHS only started the clock from the time of “decision to admit” – that is not what most people mean when they talk about their A&E wait time and it made England’s figures look better than Scotland’s.
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack is just one of around 50 people who are expected to receive the sham title of ‘Lord’ in Boris Johnson’s so-called resignation ‘honours’ list.
The House of Lords is already an undemocratic sham but this new list which includes lacklustre MPs like Nadine Dorries, rewarded for her fawning loyalty and Paul Dacre, the former Daily Mail editor whose paper notoriously branded judges “enemies of the people” when they prevented Johnson from illegally shutting down Parliament, will make the title “Lord” into a badge of shame.
Local elections in England last week were marred by voters getting turned away from the polls – or deciding to stay at home because of the new voter ID requirements. This has suppressed voter turnout – as Believe in Scotland predicted.
“We have not delivered on Brexit… the Tories have let us down very, very badly”. Arch Brexiteer Nigel Farage’s words on Newsnight this week have caused tremors across the UK’s political landscape.
Farage and his party UKIP were hugely prominent and influential in selling Brexit to voters. Scotland didn’t fall for it – but it was forced to leave the EU and now Brexit’s failures are forcing particular hardship on families and businesses north of the Border. If the country was independent, men like Farage would have no role in shaping policy for Scotland.
Who do you want to represent Scotland internationally - so-called "lords" or democratic representatives?
Who do you want to represent Scotland internationally - unelected peers or democratic representatives? Who has the right to represent Scotland’s interests abroad? Is it elected representatives such as Angus Robertson - or unelected Conservative donors such as ‘lord’ Malcolm Offord? Many will ask - what possible right does Malcolm Offord have to represent Scotland internationally? And yet he does. ...