Comment posted Tarbet and Luss en fete as Olympic Flame brushes Argyll by Alex Tickell.
Spot on, during the Jubilee the Republicans joined hand in hand with in happiness & unity. Don’t know where you were in this country (Scotland) but here in Dunoon you were very lucky or unlucky depending on your viewpoint if you clocked a small red white and blue streamer fluttering from someone’s door handle or the odd elipse of bunting. Apologies if you are posting this from England or Northern Ireland as they appear to favour this abhorent circus and obviously brought people together in happiness and unity.
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- Regrettably we do have a mindless anti-English element who give the rest of us here in Scotland a bad name. Thankfully they are well and trully in the minority and hopefully will remain so. It’s all very well having a bit of sporting rivalry and friendly banter however, when it descends into nasty insults or verbal abuse simply because of your country of birth then this is very disappointing. This said, waving the National flag of your country be it England, Scotland, Wales or N.Ireland I don’t think should ever be deemed inapropriate or merit disdain.
- Intolerence? Not at all, simply a point of view shared, I’m sure, by many many more in Scotland. The Olympic flame, yes probably bring sections of communities together, sport tends to do this. When the comparison to the Golden Jubilee was made by Islay for ever I am sure I was not alone in noticing the lack of enthusiasm north of the border, wonder why?
Recent comments by Alex Tickell
- The dash from full fiscal autonomy and the biteback of the ‘no detriment’ principle
Membership stands at over 125000.
UK Tories approx. 150000 I believe.
- Sturgeon’s selectivity of perspective
“I don’t believe the main reason people voted SNP was the issue of EU membership, in fact polls show a higher % in Scotland wishing to leave than the rUK”
Richard, I didn’t claim EU was main issue for SNP’s landslide, few will have voted for this reason but if it was a make or break, a red line, then the Scottish electorate had the choice to vote differently as I said.
I’ve seen several polls (Scottish only) indicating between 60 & 65% wishing to remain within the European union and don’t make go back and find them.
I have yet to see England or any of the other UK nations with a higher pro EU %age, where did you?
“What do you suggest should happen if it’s a case of Scots voting to leave the EU and rUK voting to stay”
It won’t happen because your claim above is simply inaccurate, much more likely the other way around. That said, I’d take absolutely any excuse, any clear difference any Tory slip-up, in fact any reason if it firstly helps NO voters see the error of their ways in finally recognising the futility of Scotland remaining in an ill-serving, unbalanced, undemocratic not fit for purpose outdated backward union and secondly is the catalyst for another independence referendum, in that order.
I haven’t decided yet but have toyed with the idea to vote for UK to remain within the EU in hope England takes us (Scotland) out. We can tactically vote too, safe in the knowledge should we get another indyref and vote YES that Scotland will then get to decide whether we as a then member state benefit from EU membership further down the line.
The momentum lies with us, the SNP & pro independent types. We are only too aware that growing popularity, the momentum won’t last forever so must strike while the iron is hot.
Another referendum by 2021 is my prediction.
- Sturgeon’s selectivity of perspective
She speaks for her party and those who voted for it. Had Scotland wanted out of the EU our voice would have been heard much louder by voting UKIP who to the best of my knowledge had a candidate in almost every constituency during the GE campaign. People had a choice, voting for the Tories would also have contributed to ensuring the in/out EU referendum would take place. The people of Scotland chose neither UKIP nor Tory.
Fact of the matter is that over 50% of voters (i.e. those who gave a toss about this country’s future as opposed to those who didn’t vote) chose to vote for a party who is pro EU. Nicola will of course quite correctly see them as an endorsement for SNP policies.
I remain undecided as to the merits & pitfalls of leaving or staying
Pro EU NO voting unionists in Scotland have a bit of a decision to make though. If a resounding vote for the UK to remain an EU member clashes with a majority to leave we would justifiably face another independence referendum, so do unionists, against their better judgement on the EU issue predict the South will vote to leave and then vote the same here in Scotland so as to deny those who wish Scotland to take responsibility through our independence?
- Shock death of former Liberal Democrat Leader, Charles Kennedy
The editor’s note after Ian Blackford’s tribute is a decent and spot on observation. Already today I have encountered some looking to apportion blame for Charles Kennedy’s passing misguided and insensitively enough to point the finger at SNP’s doorstep.
Absolutely gutted to wake up to this news this morning. Long before Charles Kennedy’s campaigning against Scotland’s independence he was always a firm favourite and even during our referendum his words more than any of his colleagues in Better Together were always respectful and insightful and we’ll worth absorbing.
Politics in the UK is a poorer place without him.
- The Carmichael lie: another grubby pot condemns the leaking kettle
“I assume you apply this to Salmond as well as Carmichael?”
Skallywags the pair o them, but ma skallywags better than yours
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