Comment posted Argyll First celebrate unanimous decision to return power to full council by Jnr Tick.
“When they finish the champagne , Argyll First might like to reflect on the fact , that thanks to them ,power in Argyll & Bute rests with a tightly whipped SNP group controlled by Michael Russell and SNP high command hellbent on destroying the United Kingdom as their number one priority”
Islay for ever, you say the SNP are hellbent on destroying the UK? It is not and never has been the SNP’s aims to have the UK’s best interests at heart. The clue to the SNP’s intentions or motives is in the the S and the N, the interests of Scotland the Nation. It is not to destroy the UK, why should they have any interest in the UK? The SNP, for their sins, a real Scottish political party who’s interets are solely for the people who reside in Scotland. If you are looking to apportion blame for the demise in the UK and its, in my opinion, eventual disintegration, take a long hard look at where we are today, the embarrassing and ever widening gap between rich and poor, depravation in our towns and cities, lack of opportunity for graduates/school leavers, retention and maintenance of the abhorent wmd’s at Faslane, lack of respect for authority, drug addiction, I could go on and on. All these ails whilst being governed by Westminster Tory, Labour, Tory, Labour,Tory when will we break this cycle, come on the level headed people of Scotland, time to put this wonderful country right, to lead the way. If a party looking after the interests of its county’s residents has the knock on effect of ‘destroying the UK’ then so be it, but the SNP cannot be blamed for the intentions it came into existence for in 1934.
Jnr Tick also commented
- Just wondering where in my reply to ‘Islay for ever’s’ post did I mention the word instantly? Independence might however go some way to solving people’s inability to quote from posts accurately by getting Scotland’s education system back to the way it used to be, revered throughout the world. Sadly, like many other things here in Scotland, eroding, gradually becomming mediocre. Given time, in an Independent Scotland whichever government, be it Labour, Conservative, SNP or other, can implement real change, change that can revolutionise the way we all live, get back a sense of pride in where we live and who we are instead of a future of generations who are disassociated, disillusioned apathetic to anything that really matters in life. Jim B, what do people like yourself expect to see in a future Scotland as part of this wonderful UK? more of the same?, except even more of a decline I think. Why? Because the Unionists of this country, Scotland, expect radical change for the better will surely happen some time, some year, some decade, just keep putting the same old Westminster Labour then Tory governments in down south and they’ll see us all right, time to be brave and believe in your fellow countrymen and women that together here in Scotland we have both the resources and the intellect to make it work. I’m quite young, but admittedly and ashamedly have been naive to think Scotland lacked the attributes I have just mentioned for long enough, read to many rags, believed too many ill-informed anti-Independence people, but since the invention of platforms such as this, many of the myths of ‘paradise Union’ and ‘poor skint havnae got the intelligence Scotland’ can be quickly and easily dispelled. Incidently, the contempt shown to us by both the media and Westminster’s misinforming leaves a nasty taste in the mouth creating individualls like myself who will follow the Independence goal until my dying breath, if neccessary.
Recent comments by Jnr Tick
- 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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