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  1. Really have given up caring. Back in 2 years, once of course the SNP have smashed easily through the 50% barrier at the GE.
  2. Is it a 'normal' nation which seeks to alleviate the cost of living crisis for its people? Could the SNP establish a Cost of Living Fund to provide additional support payments to the most vulnerable households? (do they have the 'powers' to do that?) Could they provide additional funding to local councils to target and support families who are most struggling with day to day bills-(do they have the 'powers' to do that?) Could they increase the single person Council Tax discount to around 35%, saving around £135 a year on an average property. (do they have the 'powers' to do that?) Or could they drop an opposition to nuclear energy (driven by their coalition partners, the Greens) to be able to set up and fund lower cost energy prices-(do they have the 'power's to do that?) Would any/all of these ideas help people in Scotland with the current crisis? I think so, and the parliament has the powers to achieve it.
  3. The "criticism" was a nonsense in that instance but you chose to totally ignore that part. Populism (definitions): In political science, populism is the idea that society is separated into two groups at odds with one another- the 'pure people' and the 'corrupt elite' 'The true populist leader claims to represent the unified 'will of the people' He (or she) stands in opposition to an 'enemy', often embodied by the current system. So, a de facto Ref called at the GE, in order to express the unified will of the people, in opposition to the enemy of the Westminster system, which is denying Scottish democracy. Society separated into two groups, the pure people (who support Independence) and the corrupt elite (the Westminster governments) Dividing different trade unions, and public sector workers into those who are 'popular' with the public (the 'pure' people, if you like), against the more 'corrupt' (those who are unpopular with the public, and during a Cost of Living crisis, 'already' have enough money, so they don't get a pay rise.
  4. 'sound public finances' and 'fiscal rules informed by best financial practice' as well as placing a limit on borrowing for day to day spending, and debt. From the Economics of Independence paper. So, where does the funding come from? Is it cuts to public services or tax rises?
  5. Any criticism of the SNP=must be a Tory automatically. Critical thinking as ever.
  6. Starmer and Labour are regularly called worse on here as an attempt to paint them as generally to the right of the Tories on most things.
  7. Can you explain Andrew Wilson's Growth Commission proposal to significantly cut back on public spending and the funding of public services (a proposal which has been repeated in the more recent Building a New Scotland, and which part of these documents-all there for anyone to read is a misrepresentation of the SNP's plans for the first 10 years of Independence? Also, what is the current currency plan? We have heard about using Sterling for an undefined period, and then moving to options including the Euro 'or' a Scottish currency. So which is it?
  8. Ah, immigration again....the perennial stick to beat Labour over the head with. Hardly a straw man to cite the SNP's own claim that they are very limited in how they can govern Scotland, especially in the midst of many public sectors currently being in dispute with the government. Devolution is always intended to be a process. The only devolved system in the world which has slightly more autonomy and powers than Holyrood is the Canadian one, and there the central government still provides transfer payments akin to Barnett. Given that it is Labour policy to abolish the H of L, that will be replaced with a Council of the Islands. How that eventually effects the number of MP's from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland sitting at Westminster (or if indeed they will even need to), has yet to be worked out. Independence, if administered properly, is still a better overall option. Left in the hands of the SNP alone, less so.
  9. ......Apart from the power to set and collect all income taxes, the permanency of the Scottish parliament, full control over oil and gas extraction, full control over most social security benefits, management of the Crown Estate (worth around £400 million), substantially increased borrowing powers,. Leaving essentially defence, foreign affairs, currency, energy, immigration retained. Still, we know that the Scottish Parliament and government are 'powerless' to do anything in Scotland.
  10. As said earlier no-one is suggesting 'reversing' Brexit anymore (despite Remain sentiment now polling 'consistently higher than support for Independence). The SNP's we will rejoin the EU 'sometime' isn't the same things as clamouring for a 2nd Ref on the issue..(and the currency plan to do so is still a mess keep Sterling, 'maybe' for up to 10 years, then 'maybe' issue a Scottish currency 'or' join the Euro. So, for the Labour Party to enter the GE promising to 'reverse' Brexit in one go doesn't make sense. Further down the line maybe. On the point of Lab being closer to the Tories (economically)...they aren't...it is rather the SNP's plans to wield the axe on public services post-Independence which is 'Tory-like' and is an inconvenient truth. No, 2007-11 wasn't a 'coalition' with the Tories, but it was most certainly a working with them to pass budgets etc.
  11. Could it be 'realpolitik? In the same way Alex Salmond regularly worked with the Tories between 2007-11 to 'get things done'..same idea..either have a roadblock or get some policies passed.
  12. I know..The SNP don't ever suggest 'there is nothing we can do' in government..you are right.
  13. In the 2019 GE 47% of people voted for parties which either outright opposed Brexit, or were calling for a 2nd Referendum. That outpolled the Tories 43% overall. Any calls for a 2nd Referendum on Brexit have now gone however. Even the Liberals have changed course from 'reverse it completely' at the GE, to 'possibly re-joining the single market'. The SNP, as far as I am aware are not calling for a 2nd Ref on Europe now. (rather a policy of re-joining 'at some point, 'if' Independent'. The point is that all sides have moved on from trying to re-run the 2016 vote,...despite more people voting for 2nd Ref/reverse etc even in 2019 than the hard Tory Brexit we ended up with. Why then, is every upcoming election in Scotland, a re-run of 2014? Whether the GE de-facto Ref, the attempt to get the Supreme Court to pass a Ref being held, or presumably if the 2024 de-facto Ref fails, it simply rolls onto the next Holyrood election. More people in polling now (54%) think that it was 'wrong' to Leave the EU. That is a comfortably higher figure than support for Independence which continues to hover at between 43-48%. Yet, no calls for a second EU poll. Is it simply because for the SNP to retain power at Holyrood, or hold the most Scottish seats at Westminster, that they need to keep Independence as a 'live' issue, and will no doubt do so for the next few years? They do have other options, such as calling for FFA for Scotland, and trying to put that to a vote (which may well win), or indeed push for further powers to be devolved. Rather, 'government' of Scotland will be effectively suspended for the next couple of years until the GE when we get the result of the de-facto Ref.
  14. It certainly ain't the record of the SNP in government they want to 'protest about'. That's for sure. Oh, you mean the SNP's current 'mandate' based on the most seats but certainly not over 50% of the vote. Speaking of democracy..why is it okay for the Greens to be part of the government of Scotland when around 6% of the electorate voted for them? Or is it that you 'only get the government you vote for' as long as it's an SNP/Green (with the latter's tiny vote share) one?
  15. I'll say this for the SNP, they aren't daft. In order to deflect from their record in government, a strategy of 'vote for us (at any election now, be it Westminster or Holyrood), and we will negotiate Independence' is a sound one. It keeps them appearing to be a 'protest' movement, rather than a party of government. It gets them out of having to answer about the NHS, Education, Social Services, the Environment, the Economy, workers pay and conditions, inequality, defence, or any number of issues, as none of it can be sorted 'without' Independence. By doing this, they guarantee themselves 40%+ of the vote and get to keep their snouts in the trough of ministerial and MP's salaries as that is a shoe in for a majority of seats at Westminster and Holyrood. At the same time they don't really have to 'govern' Scotland, as it's all a 'waiting game'....like I said, not daft.
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