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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Battle looms as Brown to stand down



GORDON Brown is expected to stand down as an MP at the next General Election after 32 years in politics.




Peter A Bell's insight:


One minute this clown is posing as the guarantor of the notorious “Vow” and the man who will personally ensure that Scotland gets “more powers” - although he has neither the authority nor the influence to do so - and the next minute he’s quitting as an MP, so that he will have even less power and influence than the bugger-all that he has now.




The great mystery which remains is why the media take Gordon Brown so seriously. It’s for damned sure nobody else does.






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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Carmichael warns SNP: don't aim for Indyref 2 because voters were 'too stupid' in September



The SNP must stop manoeuvring for a second independence referendum “that implies people were too stupid to get the answer right the first time,” according to Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael.




Peter A Bell's insight:


I guess we all recognise that Alistair Carmichael is not the shiniest bauble on the Christmas tree. But would anybody have expected him to be such a fool as to suggest that the Scottish electorate are stupid. Because he is the one casting this aspersion. Nobody from the SNP or the wider independence campaign has ever suggested such a thing.



To the extent that the SNP is “manoeuvring for a second independence referendum” they are doing so for one very simple reason - people are demanding another referendum.




The SNP is responding to the public mood. The Secretary of State for Portsmouth seems totally unfamiliar with the concept.






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Lib Dems back welfare devolution



The Scottish Liberal Democrats have given their backing to the transfer of powers over welfare to the Scottish Parliament.




Peter A Bell's insight:


Frantic back-pedalling.






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SIMON HEFFER: Now there's only one way to stop Ed being PM



The truth is that unless David Cameron agrees a deal with Ukip, so as to stop splitting the centre-right vote across the country, Ed Miliband will be prime minister in six months’ time.




Peter A Bell's insight:


Simon Heffer near-total lack of awareness is to extreme to be anything other than comical. His article is close to being a masterpiece of British nationalist self-parody. Even the hypocrisy is so brazen as to be almost humorous.




He bleats pathetically about the possibility of people in England being subjected to a government which only a minority voted for. He does so dumbly oblivious to the fact that this is precisely the situation which he and his fellow British nationalist fanatics insist that the people of Scotland should meekly accept.




He whines about the likelihood of of the SNP holding the balance of power at Westminster calling it an “insult to democracy”. He doesn’t appear to realise that, if the SNP does hold the balance of power at Westminster, it will be because of the very political/electoral system which he holds to be the very epitome of democracy.




Simon Heffer may be “sleepwalking into a constitutional nightmare”, but not all of us are so stupid. Many of us recognised long ago that the British state was facing an impending constitutional crisis. Many of us long since came to the conclusion that the British state, as currently constituted, was rapidly becoming untenable.




More and more of us are coming to the realisation that, whatever else may be required to resolve this situation, Scotland’s independence is crucial.






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SNP should top up benefits, says Gordon Brown



THE Scottish Parliament should be allowed to use its funds to top up some benefits payments to tackle poverty and injustice, former prime minister Gordon Brown has suggested.




Peter A Bell's insight:


It’s probably good that Gordon Brown has some objective other than self-promotion. It is unfortunate, however, that this objective is to undermine the SNP administration and Scottish Parliament at whatever cost to the people of Scotland.




What he is suggesting is reminiscent of the demands from British Labour in Scotland that the Scottish Government should fully fund the iniquitous bedroom tax devised by a Labour UK Government and subsequently expanded by their Conservative allies. Effectively, this represents a further transfer of funds from Scotland to the British exchequer while making it easier for the austerity-obsessed British parties to impose even more stringent cuts.




Gordon Brown’s “big idea” is that Tory/Labour austerity be subsidised from Scotland’s already strained budget. It’s not difficult to see why this dullard was such a colossal failure as Chancellor.




But, of course, it is no part of Brown’s purpose to seek ways of improving the governance of Scotland or the management of our economy. His sole purpose is to put the Scottish Government under pressure and force it to take measures which will make it unpopular.




What some may find curious is Brown’s underlying assumption that the SNP will continue to be in power. It seems that British Labour in Scotland has already conceded the 2016 Holyrood elections. Either that or Gordon Brown doesn’t care which party is in power. He just wants to weaken the Scottish Government.






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Friday, 21 November 2014

Record View: The Vow is doing it's job



David Cameron is sticking by his pledge to Scots on the Barnett Formula despite being under pressure from his own MPs, proof the The Vow is doing it’s job.




Peter A Bell's insight:


The Daily Record lies!




David Cameron wasn’t even in the chamber. So how could he have contributed to the debate, as this appalling rag says?




Ed Miliband wasn’t there either. Nor was Nick Clegg. So we can easily see how much importance they attach to what is, supposedly, their “Vow”.




Other absentees were Gordon Brown, self-appointed plenipotentiary and spokesperson for the nation and people of Scotland, and Alistair Darling - remember him?




Why is the Daily Record trying so desperately to play up the significance of the “Vow” which pretty much everybody else long since dismissed as a dreadful joke? Perhaps because the newspaper’s already tattered reputation depends on the “Vow” not being exposed as the confidence trick that it undoubtedly was.






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Video: a triumphant Sturgeon is named our Scottish Politician of the Year



Nicola Sturgeon has won the top accolade in The Herald Scottish Politician of the Year Awards, in recognition of a remarkable period which saw her become the first female First Minister.




Peter A Bell's insight:


I despair of British journalists such as Robbie Dinwoodie ever getting their heads around the fact that the referendum wasn’t about the SNP. There is evidently no more chance of them comprehending that the constitutional issue goes beyond mere party politics than their friends in the British political parties.




The question remains however, as to how one can be so unaware and uncomprehending and yet still boast the title of “Chief Scottish Political Correspondent” - apparently without embarrassment.






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