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Comment posted on Canary goes belly-up in Yes Scotland campaign by Scots Renewables

On the Greens website Patrick Harvie is quoted as saying:

“If we are to formally sign up as a party we need to know on what terms. We don’t want to end up simply cheerleading for the SNP. It’s entirely possible the membership takes the view that Greens help shape another pro-independence referendum campaign.”

So no decision until October . . . and as I said before, there is a lot to be said for the other parties each having a pro-independence campaign, or even just one other YES campaign between them. It will take more than committed SNP voters – not all of whom necessarily support independence – so it is essential that the other parties are seen to be involved, not just ‘cheerleading for the SNP’ as Patrick puts it.

I see Patrick’s comments as very positive.

Scots Renewables also commented

  • Where on earth do you get your funny figures from?

    The SNP got 45.4% of the constituency vote and 44% of the list vote.

  • Which bunkum are you referring to?

    As an SNP member myself I am a little concerned to see a party official slagging off another pro-independence organisation on a public forum, whether justififed or not.. I don’t see that as the way forward.

    A fortnight is not a long time in the (Autumn 2014) scheme of things.

  • Are you the pot or the kettle today Malcolm?
  • Patrick Harvie has made it quite clear that no decision has been made and will not be made until the party conference in October.

    In fact, he recently tweeted:

    “Not leaving – quite the opposite. Actively seeking involvement. Frustrated that it remains an SNP vehicle”

    Even if the Greens formally leave the Yes Scotland campaign in October they will still be voting YES. And . . . in one way multiple YES campaigns from different parties rather than one monolithic one that is seen as an SNP bandwagon could be a good thing.

    It is a pity Newsroom does not bother to check her facts before hastily rehashing any old article she finds in the mainstream press that fits her current predjudice set. I suspect that it is more her new-found enthusiasm for shooting the SNP fox rather than her concern for the welfare of the canary that motivated this rather poor piece.

Recent comments by Scots Renewables

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    A threnody is a song, hymn or poem of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person.

    Quite appropriate. The promise that was the original ForArgyll is indeed quite dead.

    I think I will stick to the Cowal Courier from now on. That’s a proper news site that seems to have your measure.

    Toodle pip!

  • Russell admits vehicle element of former Dunoon ferry was indeed publicly funded
    Oh do cheer up Newsroom! The hybrid ferries are non-military ships being built on the Clyde. Surely something to cheer about?

    Re. your concerns about staff training – I think you will find that staff require retraining whenever a new vessel is brought into service . . . each boat is different.

    And please do stop all this ‘we hear rumours’ rubbish. No-one believes you. Come up with facts and their sources like a real journalist or stop smearing doom and gloom. Less fuel is less fuel. And the new ferries are also designed to have lower maintenance costs.

    Now, here’s some more potential good news on the ship technology front for Scotland . . . CMAL has been commissioned to carry out a feasibility study for Scottish Enterprise to evaluate the technical and commercial possibilities of using hydrogen fuel cells to power zero emission ferries. If this goes ahead it could put Scotland at the forefront of another new technology, with the consequent design, development and manufacturing of hybrid engines being located here. Great news – though I expect ForArgyll will want to talk it down.

  • New Mobile Theme for
    The mobile version isn’t triggered by my iPad, which is a good thing – but it does come up in an iPhone emulator I tried.

    Strangely enough specific mobile versions of websites (as opposed to apps – which are here to stay) may be a relatively short-lived phenomenon. As bandwidth on phones increases dramatically and most displays become HD 1024 pixels wide or more so standard websites become more and more useable. I don’t come across many that don’t display well on the iPad.

    A mobile version was far more essential on older 320 pixel devices like Nokias, but these will die out. The non-mobile version of this site (for example) is quite useable on a new smartphone once it is rotated horizontally.

    Apps that do specific things on mobile devices are another matter – they are definitly here to stay. And for blog sites like this the mobile version definitley increases useability (but see below).

    Some feedback – I couldn’t view the comments on the mobile version, but I was using an emulator rather than an actual smartphone. Can other people view and post comments OK on the new mobile site using an iPhone or Andriod phone?

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    Just testing the comments function on the mobile version of the site.

    (Using an online iPhone emulator)

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    It is Scottish Labour that really needs to up its game dramatically if it wants to keep a credible presense in Holyrood in the 2016 election. What Ruthie and the Scottish Conservative Party do is of little relevance.

    According to Newsnet Scotland a recent poll shows Westminster voting intentions in Scotland as:

    SNP 39%
    Labour 33%
    Conservative 16%
    LibDem 6%
    Others 7%

    If this doesn’t ring alarm bells for Labour nothing will.

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