Living in Scotland and not registered to vote yet? If you want to vote in the Scottish independence referendum on the 18th of THIS month, you have around 24 hours to go at the time of me writing this entry – the deadline is September 2nd! You will have to register in person – it is too late to post in a registration form – it won’t get there on time!
As reported in several sources yesterday, Alistair Carmichael, the Lib Dem MP for Orkney and Shetland, has graciously offered to resign his parliamentary seat to join Team Scotland in the event of a Yes vote…if he is asked to.
Well, I am personally amazed and not a little taken aback at this kind offer. Obviously, he has taken the offer extended by big Eck to Alistair Darling in last Monday’s debate as a prompt to offer his services.
When asked if he would join Scotland’s negotiating team for independence talks, he responded: “Yes, if I was asked to. I mean if Scotland votes for independence then I will still want to be part of the Scottish public political life.
“If that is something that happens then yes, I would want to get the best possible deal for Scotland. That’s what I do at the moment and that’s what I will always do in the future for as long as I hold the job I do.”
The BBC report is here…
Okay, Mr Carmichael, if you really, really want the best for Scotland, it’s time to cross the floor now and declare your support for Yes. In reality, that’s not going to happen and some would view it as cynical.
I have deep reservations about appointing openly anti-independence MPs into jobs within an independent Scotland, particularly Team Scotland as it is being called, because they have fought long and hard against our hopes and aspirations for a fairer and more progressive Scotland. There is plenty of talent and experience amongst loyal Yes campaigners to draw upon.
In reality, Carmichael is cynically looking for a life boat in the event of a Yes vote. He is looking for a job after he looses his Westminster seat. He’s hedging his bets in the wake of one of the worst weeks for the Better Together campaign since the campaign started. The polls are neck and neck. The Yes movement is going from strength to stregth. I think he sees the writing on the wall.
When thinking of his suitability, I cannot help remembering this quote from Carmichael: “The UK Government’s priority after a no vote would be to strengthen its presence in Scotland. Scots need to be reminded that they are governed by Westminster and not just Holyrood.”
I think the very last thing we need is to allow these Westminster establishment heavyweights to gain a foothold in Scotland after independence. What have they done to deserve such a chance? It would be a smack in the mouth to each and everyone who has worked so hard for independence in the Yes movement, RIC and other pro-independence campaign groups. To follow on Carmichael’s principles – if the vote is Yes, then both he and his unionist colleagues need to be reminded that they backed the loosing side. Carmichael has no honourable course left to him other than to resign from politics altogether along with Brown, Murphy, Darling and the rest of them. If Yes wins, it must be clear to them that they lost and there are consequences of being on the loosing side. We are voting Yes for change, not to let the discredited old guard return through the back door.
Reblogged on nairnyes.wordpress.com. This is a subject I have been banging on about for a while, both online and when out campaigning. My real concern is the risk to Scotland of remaining in the union. No one in Westminster will be checking who voted no. No one will give a damn about ‘loyal Brits’ or will be creating a special list of no voters to be protected from the inevitable cuts that will follow a no vote. We are all in this together and the only way to remove the huge political and economic risk of remaining part of the union is a Yes vote.
Scotland will be punished by the UK establishment if we vote No in the independence referendum, independence campaigners have argued at a press conference today.
The Scottish Independence Convention unveiled a new leaflet (pictured) with quotes from David Cameron, Priti Patel MP, Boris Johnson, The Taxpayer’s Alliance, Ruth Davidson, Nigel Farage, a recent YouGov poll of English voters and Piers Morgan, all showing evidence of the direction of travel of the UK’s political establishment and institutions to weaken Scotland’s budget in the event of a No vote.
Lord Jack McConnell, former First Minister, has also said the Barnett Formula will “wither on the vine” in the event of a No vote.
Mike Small, from the Scottish Independence Convention, said:
“The point of this leaflet is to show that a No vote is not a vote for the status quo. There will be uncertainty…
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Just be absolutely sure I heard that right, here’s the clip…
So, will the Better Together/Project Fear/No Thanks/UK-OK/Team UK or whatever they call themselves today along with the mainstream media stop this silly scaremongering over the Pound? We need REAL and quality debate for the referendum, not distractions. Real debate such as the massive economic and social risks to Scotland should we vote to remain in the Union, for example. And as one member of the audience asked, “If we are better together, why are we not better together already?”
Jim Murphy MP never answered that question on his visit to Nairn a few weeks ago. It’s a pattern with unionist MPs – Alistair Darling refused to answer direct questions from Alex Salmond in last night’s TV debate.
We hear all about the risks of being an independent country from the unionist side. Most of us in the Yes movement know what those risks are and do not hide from them when we are discussing the referendum. It is clear that independence won’t be utopia either – there will be bumps along the road and mistakes will be made.
However, it is not all risk and no gain as Alistair Darling and his troops try to frighten you into believing. Life is full of risk and full of opportunity too. Independence is a once in a life time opportunity and is not one that should be thrown away just because you are afraid of a little uncertainty.
But, what are the risks if we stay in the Union? We need to know what they are to balance the debate, something Better Together really does not want you to do. Let me offer a little help to Jim Murphy and his friends…here’s a few pointers…
Not always getting the government we need and want, no matter how we vote. It’s down to simple mathematics. There are more people in the south east corner of England than there are in Scotland.
Which takes me onto the 2015 General Election…what government will we see after that? UKIP/Tory coalition? A New Labour government with its commitment to continue and extend austerity? A Tory government with the likelihood of Boris Johnson becoming party leader and eventually Prime Minister? Boris has no love for Scotland…as we all know. Well, do you feel lucky?
Uncertainty…when I am out campaigning, I am asked why Alex Salmond has not offered any guarantees. Well, in life, there are none. We do not know what will happen in 24 hours’ time, never mind in three or five years time. The same goes for remaining in the Union. The 2015 General Election is a real lottery with the odds tilted against Scotland. One thing is for sure, the main political parties will be playing to middle England to be sure to get into power. The Scottish voter will not really count – not even those who choose to vote no this September.
An ‘In-Out’ referendum on Europe in 2017 or even as early as 2016 is a real risk to Scotland. This is a policy being driven within the main stream political parties by UKIP’s agenda. A party with no seats in Westminster. No matter if every voter in Scotland voted to stay in Europe, the old statistical monster appears once again. We do not have enough voters in Scotland to make any difference to the outcome of that referendum…middle England is likely to vote us out of the EU.
In a recent poll, it seems that there is a majority in England who support cutting Scotland’s block grant to the UK average – a difference of about £1400 per person. It does not recognise the considerably greater contribution to the UK finances that Scotland contributes, nor its geographic challenges. A cut of 5.2 million by £1400 does not bear thinking about…
£1.3 (or so) TRILLION pounds of debt…can this really be serviced? How will this impact on Scotland if the debt has to be rescheduled?
Cuts to the NHS south of the border will put enormous financial pressure on the Scottish NHS. It matters not where the policy is made; it will come down to hard cash and that is controlled by – yes, you have guessed ti – Westminster. There has been a 6+% cut in Scotland’s budget over the last few years…how will the much discussed future cut of £4 billion impact on the ability of Scotland to meet the future funding needs of the Scottish NHS?
There is an appetite amongst English voters to see Scotland punished for having the independence referendum. Power could be stripped from Holyrood and the UK government will be keen to imprint itself in Scottish politics once again. You can be sure that good old ‘British values’ will be the order of the day if the outcome is not a Yes. there will be no additional powers for Holyrood.
Want any more? Well, there’s Trident, not being properly represented in the EU and the UN, the loss of the chance to join the Nordic Council…I could go on. I think that’s enough to be getting on with for now. So, over to you Mr Murphy! In the meantime, how much better to eliminate the risks of remaining in the union and vote for an independent country where we can make our own decisions, decide our own policy and vote for the government we want every time?
We will pay for a no vote – no doubt. A no vote is not just a vote to stay in the union, it is a mandate for Westminster to do whatever it likes and we will be powerless to counter it…
By Peter Arnott
Punishment – “SCOTS BEWARE – THE ENGLISH BACKLASH IS COMING.”
You don’t have to take my word for it. That’s not even my headline. This wee nugget of smug mischief-making comes from a chap called Tim Montgomerie and it was in the Times of London last week. Read it here.
Tim runs the Tory website “Conservative Home” – he’s a leading figure in the Tory Party, if you feel like checking – and his mission for the last couple of years seems to have been to use the electoral threat of UKIP on Europe and Immigration to push the Tories even further to the right.
Guess what? Tim thinks it’s our turn. Hate the poor? Hate the Disabled? Hate the Foreign? Hate the Scots!
He expects that we’ll vote No. Then he expects us to be punished for being so annoying as to have had…
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