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And that ignorant, offensive, rant sums up exactly why the YES campaign failed  

Good god. What a load of boarish spiteful bile from bad losers has been posted during the night. I actually dread to think how Scotland would be run if this is representative of how the yes vote behav

I'm disappointed in the lack of grace shown by some across the net in accepting this No vote. A complete lack of any empathy and understanding as to why fellow Scots didn't vote Yes.   I personally

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I caught part of the news while on my break at work, some "expert" trying to say there is going to be voter apathy in Scotland. Time will tell but I think he's wrong, turnout isn't just steady here it's up and up at every election. 

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19 minutes ago, CatchMyDrift said:

I caught part of the news while on my break at work, some "expert" trying to say there is going to be voter apathy in Scotland. Time will tell but I think he's wrong, turnout isn't just steady here it's up and up at every election. 

Polls for Scotland have certain to vote questions showing turnouts 10% or more higher than the rUK.

That does not mean it will happen, but suggests Scotland the least apathetic of the home nations.

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On a practical note, the SNP are likely to go into a GE with the same candidates as last time, with one or two exceptions (are there still 2 currently suspended from the party pending investigations?). All of the other parties are going to have to quite quickly get candidates in place. June 8th is just over 6 weeks away, not a lot of time to nominate and register candidates and get election leaflets etc printed.

I'm not sure if the SNP will need to go through the normal internal nominations procedure given the circumstances? To just quickly re-nominate existing MPs might give them a time advantage.

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To be honest, taking a long hard think about this, I can't help but feel May is looking for a way out of brexit.

This is a really, really weird decision and one that is likely to backfire in all sorts of spectacular ways, Scotland included.

Wings makes a good case for this and I concur on many points.

It's win-win for the SNP generally though. 

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Unsubstantiated rumour locally that council election might be delayed till 8th June.

I guess there must be some way to postpone in case of exceptionally severe weather or major security issue? Good or bad? Good for turnout and with electronic counting the parliamentary vote could be done in record time (since Labour can't fart about with the ballot papers like in 2007)!!

Any chance of local issues being considered widely in council elections now completely shot anyway!

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Holy guacamole. Just like magic.

Yes, this Jamie McGrigor.

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Sir James Angus Rhoderick "Jamie" Neil McGrigor, 6th Baronet (born 19 October 1949, London) is a Conservative politician, and was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Highlands and Islands Region between 1999 and 2016.

 

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24 minutes ago, scottish skier said:

Yes, this Jamie McGrigor.

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Sir James Angus Rhoderick "Jamie" Neil McGrigor, 6th Baronet (born 19 October 1949, London) is a Conservative politician, and was a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Highlands and Islands Region between 1999 and 2016.

 

Aye, "Tartan Tories" after all. :rofl:

It's certainly strange times we live in, politically at least.

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25 minutes ago, scottish skier said:

Holy guacamole. Just like magic.

Yes, this Jamie McGrigor.

 

I'm sure most of the serfs who work on his vast estates will vote for him. Nice to see you are so accommodating to an aging ex-Etonian aristocrat  :D

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19 minutes ago, cobbett said:

I'm sure most of the serfs who work on his vast estates will vote for him. Nice to see you are so accommodating to an aging ex-Etonian aristocrat  :D

Next you'll be saying the SNP should refuse him membership of the party because he was born in England. Or is it just wealth# and what school he went to* that are fair game for discrimination?

# Not that I have any idea exactly how wealthy he is or how vast his estates are.

* We've had more than enough of that nonsense in Scotland in the past.

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4 minutes ago, Ravelin said:

Aye, "Tartan Tories" after all. :rofl:

It's certainly strange times we live in, politically at least.

Tartan Tories, Tartan Socialists, Tartan Greens, Tartan Liberals...

It's what makes the SNP what they are; a movement that represents the people of Scotland.

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3 minutes ago, scottish skier said:

Tartan Tories, Tartan Socialists, Tartan Greens, Tartan Liberals...

It's what makes the SNP what they are; a movement that represents the people of Scotland.

Aye, SS. And that is precisely why I joined the party, back in 1992; 'the people of Scotland' means what it says, and is a totally different animal from the likes of UKIP-BNP-NF-EDL-BF that're obsessed with keeping England for the English...whatever the fook they are!

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Just seen May's announcement on GE.

She looks scared, like a rabbit caught in the centre lane headlights of a continental juggernaut. Weak and direction less.

Scotland must grasp the nettle now. Go for it Nicola, we have your back! 30 + SNP MPs on a specific Indy ticket and the UK will be no more.

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1 minute ago, Ed Stone said:

Aye, SS. And that is precisely why I joined the party, back in 1992; 'the people of Scotland' means what it says, and is a totally different animal from the likes of UKIP-BNP-NF-EDL-BF that're obsessed with keeping England for the English...whatever the fook they are!

It is precisely that reasoning and actuality that I always try to refer to the peoples (plural) of Scotland.

Many peoples, one common cause of social and economic decency.

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2 minutes ago, frogesque said:

It is precisely that reasoning and actuality that I always try to refer to the peoples (plural) of Scotland.

Many peoples, one common cause of social and economic decency.

I won't argue with a single word of that, frog; on the contrary (especially given the way things are headed down here) I might end-up back in the Highlands (cap in hand, as the Proclaimers have said). And back in the EU!:D

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I like a lot of Green philosophy, less reliance on fossil fuel, reduce food miles, better quality housing, local democracy, properly funded schooling, neuk free, etc, etc.

Could have a lot of time for them in a post Indy Scotland. Standing aside in Fluffy's constituency would help bring about the key to Indy and the reality of their best policies. The future is bright, the future is SNP and Green.

 

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