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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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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Good to see progress here.

    Much better than Labour's plan to tax the poorest disproportionately.

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    Highest council tax bands 'to pay more' says Nicola Sturgeon

    People in Scotland's four highest council tax bands are to pay more under new Scottish government proposals.

    Under the proposals the average band E household would pay about £2 per week more, and the average household in the highest band about £10 a week more.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the move would raise £100m a year for education.

    The council tax freeze will also end in 2017, with councils then able to increase the tax by up to 3% a year...

    ...A further 54,000 households living in bands E to H on low incomes - more than one third of which are pensioner households - would be entitled to an exemption from the changes through the council tax reduction scheme.

    The reforms would also provide additional support to families on low incomes across all council tax bands.

    Still a 'BetterTogether Tax' though as money raised is just mitigating Tory austerity.

    And good old BBC.

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    There was a time when the SNP argued that council tax was not reformable. In 2007, they were elected to government promising to abolish it and replace it with a local income tax.

    They went off that idea and opted instead for a nine year council tax freeze.

    Unionist parties blocking / voting against council tax reform is 'SNP going off the idea'.

    I don't want a Scottish Six; I'd happily see the BBC just shut down. Hopefully the Tories privatise it.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Interesting. According to senior UK government ministers we should ignore documents from the UK government concerning important constitutional referendum / independence. Apparently the latter produce 'dodgy dossiers' on the subject, and that's coming from people inside the cabinet.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35702832

    I'll take that on board for future reference.

    Meanwhile, the festering divisions in the Tory party leave them unfit to govern my opinion. I mean if they can't agree what is the best long term economic plan for the UK in terms of free trade areas, then they clearly haven't a clue nor plan for the economy.  A divided government is never good for a country and normally spells uncertainty and economic damage.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
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    Disgraceful. SNP are doing this deliberately.

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    Queensferry Crossing on course to open by end of year 'almost £1bn under budget'

    The cost of building the new Forth crossing has fallen, MSPs have been told.

    David Climbie of Transport Scotland said the bill is now expected to be between £1.325 billion and £1.35 billion, and he added that workers are "absolutely focused" on completing the new structure in time for it to open by the end of this year.

     

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  • Location: Carryduff, County Down 420ft ASL
  • Location: Carryduff, County Down 420ft ASL

    Great election news for the SNP. 

    Call me Dave is paying us a visit to tell we're are one Party Communist State.

    The Torys will never learn.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
    1 hour ago, mountain shadow said:

    Great election news for the SNP. 

    Call me Dave is paying us a visit to tell we're are one Party Communist State.

    The Torys will never learn.

    Good to see Dave admitting the UK is a one party state dictatorship, although he's deluded if he thinks its communist.

    I mean the Tories have a majority on 36.9% of the vote across the UK and rule Scotland - including voting it's MPs down time and again - on just 14.9% of the vote. It would be hard to get more one party state than that.

    Anyway, Dave could well have screwed Ruth's chances of any gains this May with his attempt to screw Scotland out of 7 billion in the fiscal framework. All parties and economic experts backed the SNP's position leaving Ruth looking rather pathetic. This anti-Scottish attack by the English Tories was given decent coverage* by the press too. Post fiscal framework polls so far show a drop in Tory VI; might be the start of a trend.

    That and the Tories are now a weak, divided, in-fighting party with no consensus economic plan for the UK. Don't even know if we should be in the major EU trade bloc or not; just spend their time calling each other liars.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-35720065

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    *Talking of coverage, it continues:

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    Calls to publish 'confidential' fiscal framework papers

    Image captionChief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands said it would be an "unwelcome development" if confidential papers were published

    The Treasury is resisting demands by MSPs to publish background documents which led to the fiscal framework deal over Holyrood's future funding.

    Chief Secretary Greg Hands was quizzed on the details of the deal by MSPs on the devolution and finance committees.

    He said publishing details of the early negotiations could compromise the "integrity of inter-governmental negotiations" and affect future talks.

    So, Treasury doesn't want to release the 'let's screw those jocks as much as we can' papers. Quelle surprise.

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    You do wonder if Cameron and the Tories would be quite so vocal about a "one party state" if they were getting votes of 50%+ in England.

    Anyway, as usual, he's talking pish.....

    A one-party state, single-party state, one-party system, or single-party system is a type of state in which one political party has the right to form the government, usually based on the existing constitution. All other parties are either outlawed or allowed to take only a limited and controlled participation in elections.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-party_state

    The fact that the SNP are getting vote percentages so high is that the electorate are voting from them. There's no element of compulsion, they have the choice to vote for several other major or minor parties but they don't. The fault does not lie with the SNP for that, it lies with the other parties not providing credible or attractive opposition.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    The Ruth Davidson & Unionist Party. LOL. Was the same for the flyer through my door (delivered by mail of course as no activists really).

    I think this approach is based on the perceptions voters quite like Davidson as she doesn't do terribly in party leader satisfaction polls.

    This isn't true though. Thinking someone is a decent leader of a party doesn't mean you like them either personally or as a politician. I don't like Nigel Farage at all, but I think he's a good leader for UKIP.

    If you look at what actually 'like' data we have, then there's this from TNS in November (ex DK/don't know who they are):

    Ruth Davidson

    17% Like
    28% Neutral
    55% Dislike
    =-38% NET

    Nicola Surgeon
    48% Like
    25% Neutral
    27% Dislike
    =+21% NET

    Basically, Ruth may have a degree of respect from the electorate, but they don't like her very much.

    And no wonder. She comes across well enough until you question her, then she gets really aggressive and thatcherite, like she was on BBC Radio Scotland this morning when probed by Gary Robertson.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Bloody nationalists; always about flag waving.

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    David Cameron urges Scots to drape themselves in 'red, white and Saltire blue'

    David Cameron called on Scots to drape themselves in "red, white and Saltire blue" as he set out the Conservative goal of overtaking Labour to become the official party of opposition at Holyrood.

    And anyway, there isn't any saltire blue in the union flag. The union flag blue is navy blue, the Saltire is a sky blue (Pantone 300).

    Well, the message of the day was:

     

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  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W
  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W

    Aye, when your ambition is to be the opposition you really do have the party of aspiration. Know your place, not your flag and be grateful you are second class.

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  • Location: Calgary, Canada (1230m asl)
    On 4 March 2016 at 0:28 PM, scottish skier said:

    I think Mel Gibson's was better.

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    Nationalists! Always droning on about Braveheart...

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    What's wrong with England Ruth?

    Why so insular and parochial? :)

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
    4 hours ago, CatchMyDrift said:

    Nationalists! Always droning on about Braveheart...

    LOL. Aye; walked into that one.

    Other option was Russ Abbott, which was probably Dave's reference material.

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    3 minutes ago, scottish skier said:

    LOL. Aye; walked into that one.

    Other option was Russ Abbott, which was probably Dave's reference material.

    It was a bizarre thing to do when he wants to win votes for the Conseruthtives north of the border, start doing really bad impressions of a Scotsman. 

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Think tank states obvious.

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    Think-tank: 'Meaningful reform' unlikely with new tax powers

    The powers devolved to Holyrood by Smith Commission will not allow Scotland to make any meaningful reform, according to an independent think-tank.

    Reform Scotland said the new income tax powers due to be transferred to Holyrood from next year under the Scotland Bill were not sufficient to allow for coherent tax reform.

    Their report highlighted that after the latest Smith Commission round of devolution, 71% of all tax revenue raised by the Scottish Parliament will be from the single source of income tax.

    In terms of fiscal levers, Holyrood will control less than 30% of the total tax income raised in Scotland, while the benefits to be devolved amount to less than 15% of the total welfare expenditure north of the border.

    Consequently, the report concludes that there is little, if any, point in Holyrood setting the rate of income tax at a different rate to that in the UK as a whole until the Scottish Parliament receives further tax powers.

    #DevoNanoMinus

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    We should have another iref in the not too distant. Really puts you on the map and gives a great boost to the economy.

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    Scottish attractions visitor numbers up 5.5% in 2015

    Scotland's attractions enjoyed a 5.5% rise in visitor numbers last year, with Edinburgh Castle the most popular.

    VisitScotland hailed the "spectacular" figures, which exceeded the UK average increase of 3.2%.

     

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    1 hour ago, scottish skier said:

    We should have another iref in the not too distant. Really puts you on the map and gives a great boost to the economy.

     

    Or was it the Commonwealth Games? Whatever it was this type of stat is warmly welcomed, although I am sure we could do better. 

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    Warning from IPPR think tank over Osborne's cuts

    government will face a £2billion dilemma over planned cuts to its budget, newly devolved benefits and income tax bills for the better off, a leading think tank has warned.

    In a new report, IPPR Scotland set out the scale of tax changes that would required to offset policies being pursued by the Conservatives.

    It concluded that it was unrealistic to expect tax rises to cancel out such deep cuts to public spending, which is equivalent to the Scottish Government's total annual spending on higher education.

    #BetterTogether

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    Shona Robison announces 1% pay rise for NHS workers in Scotland

    Scotland will receive a 1% pay rise, with lower-paid workers to receive an additional boost to their salaries, Health Secretary Shona Robison has announced.

    It is the third year in a row wages for health service workers north of the border have been increased, giving NHS workers in Scotland the highest pay rates in the UK, according to the Scottish Government.

    The rise will come in from April 1, with workers earning less than £22,000 a year to receive an additional sum which will increase their annual pay by at least £400.

    #SNPBad

     

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    1 hour ago, scottish skier said:

     

    #SNPBad

     

    SNP v baadd!!!

    How very dare we have a better health service in Scotland (compared to England) with better paid medical staff as well. I have no option but to vote twice for these SNP scoundrels in May

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    Televised 'leaders debates' announced for the run up to the Holyrood elections...

    BBC Scotland will host two televised party leader debates as part of its Holyrood election coverage.

    The first will take place on 24 March and the second will be broadcast on 1 May, days before the 5 May election.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35753798

    UKIP's Coburn gets a rare outing in the first of the 2 debates, which should be good for a laugh if he's true to his usual form.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Is this really a surprise?

    I mean this is Jeremy 'Independence for everywhere (Palestine, Ireland/N. Ireland, Tibet...) except Scotland, which instead should get English Tory governments'it didn't vote for' Corbyn.

    The man who's party's proposals for more devolution were less radical than the Tories I'm not happy, in fact I'm quite sad.

    Not only that, but people in Scotland can't even vote for his party, as Scottish Labour is an 'autonomous party that makes its own policy'. Unless Kezia is lying that is.

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    Scotland’s “Corbyn 4 Prime Minister” Concert Hit By Poor Ticket Sales

    The organiser of the Edinburgh event said he’s struggling to fill the ground floor of a 2,000-seater theatre because of the political dominance of the SNP.

     

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