STV Voting made Simple

The Council elections use STV, Single Transferable vote. Which means that you get to select your preferences in order of preference…From the most preferred at No.1 to your Least preferred as last preference.

You don’t need to use up all your preferences…you can choose not to go past your top preferences and just leave the rest blank… But that may play into the hands of those you don’t want later.. So USE ALL Your preferences…even if it means giving last preferences to those you don’t want. It doesn’t work in their favour, but works against them.

SNP 123…Green 4, SSP 5,  Libdem 6, Lab 7, Tory/UKIP 8

In places where Independents are running…. place them in front of Unionist parties and behind Indy supporting ones..

MAKE YOUR VOTE REALLY COUNT

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No to YES

It is not my profession, but regularly to keep fit I do some store merchandising and shop fitting.
Why do I mention this? Simply to relate a little antidote from my travels.
Pre the 2014 #Indyref I had been away with a bunch of scots blokes to do a refit somewhere in England. The subject of the referendum barely raised its head, the guys were far more interested in talking about the footie than any referendum.
On the one occasion that I did hear them discuss it, they to a man said that they would be voting NO, and I assume that is exactly what they did.

Over the past 10 days I have been in the English midlands with 10 of these blokes, fitting out a brand new store. On this occasion, there was the usual footie talk, but intermingled with it was lots of talk about a new referendum, and they had certainly been doing their homework on it. But what is more, to a man they were All going to vote YES this time, and they were extremely determined in that opinion.
What changed their minds? I really couldn’t say to be exact, there wasn’t one thing that particularly stood out, but more a whole variety of reasons.
Individually they had been having discussions with their friends, and they had been doing their homework.

Now these guys range in age from 26 to 60, and all come from different backgrounds.
If there was one feeling these mostly former labour voters had in common, it was utter disillusionment with Labour, Westminster, and outrage over what was being done to the working man, the poor, the unemployed, the disabled, by successive Westminster governments which did not at all reflect their values.
The other being that they no longer believed the lies being spun by unionist British nationalists.
They felt that Scotland had not only been ripped off by the Vow and such like, but had been ripped off for the duration that Scotland had been in the Union.

They had more than their fill of the Tories, Labour, UKIP, and the LibDems, who they considered to be utter shysters. It was time that Scotland grew a pair, and stood up to be counted.
The language often used was somewhat more robust than that, and I really couldn’t repeat much of what they said and keep this article within the bounds of polite language.

They were Angry, they are determined, and this time… they will vote differently.

!0 NO’s have turned into 10 determined YES’s , and they are taking no Bullshit from the Media or the Unionist Press or the Unionist politicians..

No to YES…. requires engagement, discussion, comparisons and bloody determination..

The rabidly fixated Unionists will never budge, but the working man and woman with no axe to grind on that score…are all there for the persuading… Talk to them wherever you meet them…

NO WILL BECOME YES come the time and day.
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Mandates for Dummies

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Well what a week it has been…
May comes to Glasgow and meets with  Nicola Sturgeon in a wee hotel room, says nothing of any significance and sods off to do photo opportunities with the polis and then off to some place her government said in its press release is called East Kilbridge.
Nobody in Scotland knows where such a place exists, and Mays government knowledge of Scotland is such that they couldn’t care less what we Scots think, and will rename the Country to be called Maidenheid, after Thersa May in announcing in the Commons today as she actioned Article 50, announced that the views of the people of Scotland was of no more significance than her Maidenhead constituency.

On Tuesday we had the resumption of the #Scotref bill and debates in Holyrood..
Ruth the Mooth told wee Nicola, hey ya wee gobshite shut it and sit down! Heel!!
Ruth and all her Tory chums said Nicola has no Mandate!
Kezia..never to miss a trick, and always say what her bestie Roof says.. said Nicola has no Mandate.
Wee Willie Winkie… said Nicola has no Mandate
And The man who has never won an election ever.. despite hogging a well paid seat in Holyrood since its inception.. Murder Fraser…said……  Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah Nah…. Nicola cannae get a date on the Man date dating site!!

OOh they had such fun comparing mandates they did..

The Lib Dumbs, The Slavering Slabs, and the LavaTory parties got the band back together again and sang/barked discordantly “You don’t get referendums cos your part of the Union”   ” Oh Mandate, we miss you today oh Mandate”  ” Oh Weeds of Scotand”
” Sweet 16″ or 17…you don’t get a vote”  ” God Save our gracious May”  and various parodies of Foreigner songs..

But No…contrary to reports they are only unofficially getting the Band back Together, so the rumour that they were officially reforming and changing their name from “Better Together” to “New Direction” is entirely untrue… the Only New Direction that they are going together is down the cludgie, out of Scotland and out of Europe.

Anyway…enough of that….back to business..

They all collectively came out with the same old guff…
Scotland voted in 2014 and said No…. and Alex Fishface had PROMISED that there would not be another referendum for a generation! SO… the people of Scotland had voted and that was that!
Only problem being as we all well know… Is that Alex Salmond said … “In my opinion, and it is just my opinion, this is a once in a generation opportunity for Scotland.”
And for those that doubt…. I have directly quoted from an article in the Torygraph ( and we all know how they are massive fans of Independence) on 14th September 2014.
So this bullshit that they keep shouting from the rooftops…. is par for their course…utter bollox! It was no promise, It was not set in stone… it was an OPINION!

But Yes… they are right… the people of Scotland voted NO in 2014, because sufficient people wanted to believe their rubbish.. Sufficient people were bullied into thinking they would lose their jobs, sufficient people believed HMRC jobs would be safe in Theresa Mays East Kilbridge, sufficient pensioners were terrified by raving Labour supporters bussed in from down South, that they were going to lose their pensions, sufficient dockers believed the 13 frigates story, sufficient people believed that only by voting NO could they be assured of Scotland staying in the EU, and sufficient people believed the VOW on the front page of the Record. Yes the majority voted NO, but under a false contract!

Imagine for one moment if you will….

You are buying a used car….the salesman miss sells you it…promising it has been completely customised to your expectations, has numerous great new added benefits and runs like a dream … It even comes to you with comprehensive 5 year insurance and free road tax and a years supply of petrol..
Great says you… I will buy it… you sign the contract and the car is yours..
You don’t even get to drive it out of the forecourt before it terminally breaks down and is a write off..
whats more you discover that all the supposed add ons do not exist, The Insurance is worthless because in the small print the word “normally” has been included. It has road tax, but it only covers tractors, and the years supply of petrol is not free, but comes at the price of twice its market value.
Hey says You….. You sold me a pile of junk and totally misrepresented it… I demand my consumer rights and want my money back!
Sorry says the salesman… you bought it sight unseen… and signed on the dotted line a waver which says… you have no recourse for any faults and if you have been daft enough to believe the salesmans patter..hell mend you!
The contract stands…. now jog on!!!

That is the attitude that bunch of free loading lickspittles are taking to you and the democratically elected by you…Scottish Government.. In effect..they are ALL telling you… Sod Off…. We don’t care if you were sold a heap of rubbish… We don’t care that we were the ones that sold you it. We don’t care that you have elected this government to speak on your behalf and do your bidding.. We DO NOT RECOGNISE ITS AUTHORITY! As one Tory MSP actually had the temerity to admit on Scottish Television..

To sum up on Mandates..

The SNP may have lost their overall majority in seats.. it was a miracle they ever had such, given the parliament is designed so no party is supposed to be able to have that.
They did however increase their percentage of overall votes to a record number in the parliament. So they are the majority party.

The Torys, the Lib Dems and Labour….have NO such mandate for anything.
Neither for that matter have the Scottish Greens.
A mandate is only supposed to be enforceable if you have the governing party.
Whatever the other parties have put in their manifestos, they are not bound by. They are free to respond to whatever proposed legislation the governing party put forward in whatever way they like. So the attack by them on the Greens is nonsense!

The SNP had a very definite Mandate as they are the party of Government and in their Manifesto which they asked the Scottish populace to vote on,… the following words were absolutely clear in black and white… ‘The Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum…if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will.’

All of them…. All the SNP and the Scottish Greens… spoke in a very clear, concise manner, laying out why they were voting to have another Scottish referendum so soon.
Not even the SNP would have been relishing it this early on, they and all of us could really do with a wee break before plunging back in again.. But they were left with the choice because of the intransigence and downright refusal of the Westminster government to engage in any meaningful way whatsoever to attempt to reach compromise that would allow the wishes of the 62% majority of Scottish people to remain in Europe… if not in the EU at least in the Single market… But No Dice!
They All said….. we want this opportunity in a referendum, not for the sake of our names, not for party policy, but so that ALL the people of Scotland can have a voice and it will be their choice, not ours… The People Must Be Allowed to have their Say!
We are being brought out against the Democratic wish of the majority of the people of Scotland and that is just simply not acceptable.

What did Theresa May say….. “Now is Not the Time”
In fact her puppet Scottish Secretary immediately went further and suggested that it could be shoved back until past 2021

Even on the Day when the Article 50 was handed over, the Scottish Torys, Labour and Lib Dems were still Refusing to accept that the Scottish Government has a Mandate..
That is utterly repugnant that they should have such scant regard for democracy, and they should all resign their seats in the Scottish parliament for they are there under false pretenses if they do not adhere to its Sovereignty on behalf of the people of Scotland.

Not Now… This is not the time, says Maggie May and her bunch of self serving megalomaniacs ….  YES NOW….. YES WE WILL….. Now maybe not the time quite yet…but in the time scale set out by our parliament!

In Scotland……The People are Sovereign! Never forget that!

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Referendum Safeguarding

As seems a distinct possibility, Scotland will sometime in the not too distant future be faced with another Independence referendum. This time as a matter of resolving Scotlands status with the rest of the UK and the EU.
Given that to all intents and purposes the UK government will be heading for a hard Brexit which not only is in opposition to the express will of the majority of Scots who voted to remain in the EU at the time of the UK European exit referendum, and also given that the subsequent stance of the UK government seems hell bent on taking us out of the Single Market too. Scotland is left with no choice but to have a referendum on Independence in order for our Countries express will to be known.

The circumstances of the time of the 2014 referendum have markedly changed, and promises made to the Scots people at that time have assuredly not been met.
Primarily the promise made that voting NO would be the only way that Scots could guarantee remaining in the EU, and the threat that voting YES would remove us from it.

Our elected representatives in the Scottish government since the time of the Brexit vote have made every effort to find some way which would allow the Brexit part of the UK in England and Wales to do so, but allowing Scotland at a minimum to be represented in the Brexit negotiations with a view to coming to a compromise which would allow Scotland to remain in the EEA. ALL such efforts have met with intransigence and rebuff from the Tory westminster government.

Given that the majority opinion of Scotlands views in this matter and every other matter can be so routinely ignored, it gives an out and out lie to the vow made that Scotland is an equal and valued partner in the UK made by the British states representatives and supporters at that time. It makes the Brexiteers 350million pound for the NHS lie at the time of the Brexit referendum seem like chicken feed.

It is to be expected that having come so close to losing last time round that westminster will do all it can to resist such a referendum, but they cannot deny us, they can and will attempt to stall it. It will happen, and we will see the beginning of the process this week.

The question therefore moves on from whether there will be a referendum to that of who will have control and oversight of it?
What can be assured however that Westminster will again insist on the Electoral Commission to have oversight, and we can probably be assured that will indeed be the case.
However, given the issues in some quarters of the dubiety involved in the last referendum we should be pressing the Scottish Government to make representation to the EU for EU monitors to oversee the whole process. Particularly given that the question of Scotland remaining or leaving the EU hangs in the balance.
Given also that the negotiations between the UK government and the EU will have come to near their end by the time a Scots referendum takes place, the EU can rightly ask as part of the negotiations to observe the referendum. With both Electoral Commission and EU monitors we can be assured somewhat more about the whole conduct of the campaign and the referendum itself.

Below is an example of EU monitoring of elections

Helping countries to run free and fair elections is an important component of the European Union’s external relations policy. Support includes the provision of technical assistance to electoral authorities and domestic non-partisan observers, as well as the deployment of EU election observation missions (EU EOM). These are organised by the European Commission with funding from the Union’s budget, and made up of experts and observers from Member States.

EU election observation missions do not just serve to assess election days but also observe the whole electoral process as a way of gauging the state of democratic development in a given country at a particular time. The EOMs can recommend measures for improvements to a country’s electoral processes. In addition to observing and reporting on the elections, the presence of EU observers can also enhance transparency and confidence in the process. They can also prevent conflict by deterring violence and help to keep a lid on fraud.

EU election observation is based on the principles of independence, impartiality, transparency, long-term observation and professionalism.

The EU has been active in election observation since 1993, although it also provided technical assistance to electoral processes as part of its general aid programmes prior to this date. In 2000, the Commission developed a standard methodology for election observation. This covers all phases of the election cycle: pre-election, election day, and immediate post-election.

EU election observation missions do not interfere in the organisation of the election itself, but collect and analyse factual information concerning the election process, and provide an independent public assessment. Since 2000, the EU has deployed 67 missions involving the participation of over 4 000 experts and observers.

How does the EU EOM proceed?

All EOMs are required to respect the following stages:

Selection of priority countries
The Commission identifies a number of countries where an EU EOM could be deployed, in consultation with the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament.
Exploratory mission
A mission is sent to the country to assess whether deploying an EU EOM is advisable, feasible and useful. The exploratory mission should also advise what conditions must be fulfilled by the host government in order for the EOM to be able to operate fully and credibly. The exploratory mission also proposes implementation arrangements.
Selection of the mission chief, core team experts and observers
After deciding to deploy a mission, the Commissioner appoints a chief observer, normally a member of the European Parliament. The experts of the EU EOM Core team are chosen on the basis of their experience from a pool of experts that the Commission has compiled based on a call for interest posted on its website.
Observers are picked by the Commission from a selection of candidates proposed by Member States. The European Parliament may also decide to send a separate delegation to observe the elections. This parliamentary delegation works closely with the chief observer and does not issue a separate assessment.
Mission deployment
After the exploratory mission has made its recommendations, the EOM is deployed. The number of long and short-term observers in each mission largely depends on the size of the country and the number of polling stations that should or can be covered.
Observation period
The elections are assessed against international standards, regional commitments undertaken by the host country and national laws.

The methodology developed in 2000 considers that when assessing the validity of an election, EU observers must consider all the relevant factors that affect the electoral process, including:

  • The degree of impartiality shown by the election management body.
  • The degree of freedom of political parties, alliances and candidates to organise, move, assemble and express their views publicly.
  • The fairness of access to state resources made available for the election.
  • The fairness of access for political parties, alliances and candidates to the media, in particular the state media.
  • The registration of voters without discrimination on the basis of gender and racial or ethnic origin.
  • Any other issue that concerns the essential freedom and fairness of the election.
  • The conduct of polling and counting of votes as described in the electoral law.

A preliminary statement is then presented by the chief observer at a press conference shortly after election day (usually one or two days hence).

A final report contains the EOM’s conclusions and recommendations regarding the whole electoral process. It is delivered within a month of the EOM ending its activities on the ground. This report gives guidance for electoral reform and possible future assistance.

Let us all prevail upon the Scottish Government to ask for such assistance!

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Not Much Longer for this World

In July last year after having taken a stroke the hospital consultant told me in no uncertain manner that I would die in the next 5 years. That is a pretty brutal thing to say to anyone. He was in no doubt that I would be gone from either a massive stroke or a heart attack. No Ifs, no Buts, No doubts about it.
Given my family history..he may be right. My mother died at the age of 62 from pancreatic cancer. My grandmother died of cancer in a similarly early age. My  father lasted a bit longer into his early 70’s before dying of heart failure. My brother died a couple of years back at the age of 67.
The prognosis is not good.

I may or may not make it much longer, only time will tell.

So given all that dire possible consequence, there would not be really much point in me worrying myself what will happen politically as far as Scotland is concerned. Indeed why should I care at all what happens when I very possibly may not be around to see it?

Quite simply, even if I somehow manage to last a wee bit longer, and even make it beyond what that consultant says… I will very probably be gone from this earth in the next 20 years at best. I am nearly 60 now, so not much longer to go.

I have seen my Uncle and Brother gone and never seen the Independent Scotland they desired to see. I have seen great friends go, who fervently wished for the same, and I miss them all dearly.

I so wish they had seen the day Scotland chose to be free again, but they never did see the day. Very possibly I will join them in the great there yonder and never see my wish either.

So, why Care?

Seemingly according to some polls, the vast majority of 60 plusses in Scotland are against Independence. I really don’t know how true that is? But If these are accurate statistics, I have to ask why?

Some seem to care about what happens to their pension. Some seem to be tied to the British State through Britishness and World Wars. Some for reasons to do with religion from a bye gone age. Some simply because they are adverse to change.

Whatever their reasons, they are wrong!
None of these things matter anymore.

They and I will be gone soon enough….

What really should matter to them, is not even politics, or tribes, or religion.. None of these things should count.

As the old order passes, as it is sure to do. What do we wish for those who come after us?
Peace, Hope, Prosperity and the freedom to choose their own path without the baggage of the likes I and those of their forebears chose to have bequeathed them.

I may not see the day

But I fervently hope my children live to have a good life in an Independent Scotland and choose their own paths wherever these roads may lead.

But till the day I go….. I will fight on…..and maybe still yet see the day that Scotland chooses its own fortunes in the world once more.

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Spitting Yoonatics

 

Oh to see Spitting Image back on our screens again today and see them depict the Yoonionist Yoonatics for what they are.

The madness and MAYhem of 2016 has no signs of abating in 2017. In fact by all intents and purposes the MadYoons disease seems to be getting worse rather than Better. But at least they can say that they are Better Together, or Together Stronger, or Better Stronger Together, or any combination they choose of their Yoonified Madness.

We have had May and her cabinet spending 90% of their time discussing how to stop Scotland from demanding another independence referendum rather than focus on the pigs ear of Brexit negotiations which they are hell bent on. No doubt when Theresa May comes up to Scotland this week to the Conservative and Yoonionist bash she will be spouting out how bad the SNP are and how Scotland should not ask for another Independence referendum but are better jumping off a Brexit Cliff.
Meanwhile Ruth the Mooth will be bombastically using her war metaphors and grinning like a Cheshire Cat while indicating that she is a good fluffy Tory with Scotlands best Interests at heart.
Fluffy Mundell will be his usual fluffy useless self and will be left counting the staples in the office and coming up with new tourist brochure ideas.

Millions of pounds of investment in HMNB Clyde will bring jobs, transport, leisure & business growth to Helensburgh,

Pack up your picnic baskets and go for a swim with the Cuddly Nukes and get yourself a radiation sun tan.

Meanwhile Corbyn dropped everything, including Labours safe seat in Cumbria to hot foot it North along with Londons Mayor to support motor mouth Kez in her wee get together in Perth to tell us….SNP Bad…. but not before leaving instructions for the Labour Lords debating the Brexit Exit Bill to not oppose the Conservatives as usual, otherwise they would get whipped in that Kinky Westminster style they have.

Mayor Khan did his Suzie Quatro act of Khan the Khan ….OOOO racist!!!!
To tell all Independence minded Scots that we were ALL racist by demanding Independence. How very dare we!
Funny how this card was never used when India and all the other former British Commonwealth colonies were accused of divisive racism when they sought their Independence.

Strange how it seems that a Better Together campaigner then immediately got print space in the Guardian to tell us how racist we Scots have always been and how dare we complain about Khans charge….She after all was a Black Stirling Uni PHD student studying racism and knew Better how Bitter and Racist we Scots are.
Then she disappeared off twitter once she was found out to be a long standing Better Together campaigner. No doubt claiming us of hounding her by our outrage at her outrageous comments

Bad Bad Bad Divisive Scots!

Kezia meanwhile comes up with her totally Autonomous Party wheeze of resurrecting Gordon Browns You can’t believe its not Federalism Vow!
Labour will have a Convention she says… Labour will introduce a Federal Scotland which is far better than stupid Independence..
Only a couple of things that she forgot, other than we aint about to be taken in by that nonsense again. Jeremy her Boss doesn’t support federalism. Labour would actually need to be in power to stand a chance of making it happen. And crucially….England needs to vote for it!!

Here is oor motor mouth kez getting asked nicely about her wheeze on Sunday Politics.. I am sure you will agree she makes perfect sense….If you can work out what on earth she is actually saying in her carefully crafted argument.

On second thoughts…who needs Spitting Image when we have Real Life Spitting Yoonatics.

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When Polls don’t work

I am always sceptical about polls, and for very good reasons.
They can be fun, they can be informative to an extent, but are open to manipulation depending on what questions are asked, who they are asked of, and how questions are asked.
There are companies who make a pretty good living out of asking peoples opinions on all sorts of things from what foods people like to buy, to political polls on how people intend to vote.
The political pollsters such as YouGov, PanelBase, Ipsos Mori etc will use different methods of polling. Some use face to face polling, some telephone and some online polling. Preferably 1000 people are asked, and the responses weighted according to age,sex, previous political voting, and status.
Some people who have registered as willing to respond to polling will be asked on numerous occasions for their opinion. Some people may never have their opinion sought at all, namely those who are not on the internet or on the phone.

While such polling has proved to be relatively reliable in the past, there have been occasions particularly in recent times that they have got it disastrously wrong!
A week before the Scottish Independence referendum it was reported that YES had taken the lead..a few days later the opposite happened.
The Leave campaign was thought to be losing the Brexit vote, and yet it won.
Trump was never supposed to win the presidency, and was behind Clinton all the way.

So when I continually see polls telling us that Scots are not any more, or not much more likely to support Independence than they were back in 2014, I regard such polling with extreme skepticism. Particularly so when SNP sent nearly every Scottish MP to Westminster, and still with the Greens are in the majority  in favour of Independence in Holyrood.
Nor can i see how support for Independence should not have grown significantly in the face of a Draconian Isolationist Tory government and Brexit where 62% of Scots voted against leaving the EU.

Yet these pollsters all tell us that little to no movement has been made in support of Independence? I just do not buy it!

Couple this with the council voting intention polling done by Panel Base for Wings over Scotland.
It says that in favour  SNP: 47%
Conservatives: 26%
Labour: 14%
Lib Dems: 5%
Greens: 4%
UKIP 3%

If that lot was accurate and transferable according to Independence supporting partys then those in favour of Independence would amount to 51% and those opposed to 48%

The rub is though that not all who support SNP at elections do so because of Independence, but rather more trusted governance, and not all who are Torys, Labour and Libdems are opposed to Independence.

What we can tell from this though, is that support is being polarised. The massive downturn in Labour support coincides with ultra unionists switching to the Torys and a tiny minority moving to UKIP who have gone from 0% to 3% .

Increasingly as Labour flounders around like a dying fish deprived of water, we are coming down to a polarised head to head in the battle for Scottish opinion and Independence.
It is a straight fight between YES and the Torys.

The other kind of poll is a biased poll.. Now there can be many reasons for bias, and generally those that are supportive of one outcome over another will make their views known in order to sway how their poll turns out. These types of polls are also limited to the reach and constituency the poll has.. Typical of this type are newspaper polls for their readership.
A perfect example of this type is the Daily Records recent poll which was included in a page which gave in no uncertain terms the editors preference on how that poll should turn out in the Record View..

SNP can’t answer crucial questions as they beat drum for second independence referendum

There are two big problems behind the SNP’s proposal for a referendum in 2018, says Record View.

The SNP drumbeat for a second referendum is getting louder with each passing day.

Many voters across the UK see indyref2 and a move to independence as inevitable.

The SNP  want to present a referendum in 2018 as a choice between two uncertain, risky futures – one in a UK outside the European Union and one in an independent Scotland facing the world on its own and knocking at the door to get back into the EU.

NOTE THAT THE EDITORIAL PRESENTS AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND AS BEING RISKY AND ISOLATED FROM THE WORLD…TOTALLY CONTRARY TO THE VIEWS BEING EXPRESSED BY THE EUs CHIEF NEGOTIATOR.

But there are problems with this – the first being the delusional proposition, put forward by Alex Salmond that it is the terms of trade with Europe, rather than the currency we would trade in, that is important.

Delusional?? Surely the fact that we can trade takes priority over what currency we use for trade? If we can’t trade then it doesn’t matter what currency we use, it may as well be jelly beans..or the pound considering how that is going!

The currency question still looms large for the Nationalists. Pretending the problem doesn’t exist won’t make it go away.

Then there is the hard economic question of which is more important – trade with the UK, which is worth several times more than that with the rest of the EU, or the hope, and it is no better than that, that better terms can be struck with Brussels on behalf of Scotland.

That raises the question of what the SNP would be willing to concede to the EU, because European politics is transactional more than political, although, of course, loaded with political consequences.

Again utter nonsense from the editor..
Whilst the figures show that 4x as much of Scotlands goods go to the UK, these figures do not show how much of that is in transit ongoing to the EU and the Rest of the World from English ports rather than going direct.
Nor does making trade an either/ or matter make any relevance.
Nor does it take into account that the rUK trades more to Scotland than Scotland to the rUK…and are they seriously trying to suggest that Scotland in the EU or on in EEA would not be done business with? Total Bunkum.
They also paint negotiations between Scotland and the EU as being only one way, all Scotland conceding with nothing in return. Again ignoring completely that the EU would very much want Scotlands contribution and access to our substantial resources.

Only then after all that negativity do they introduce their poll:
HOW WOULD YOU VOTE IN A SECOND REFERENDUM?

The last time I looked today… 71% voted for YES
and …..29% voted for NO

OH DEAR..OH MY….WHAT A SHAME!

But does that mean anything to me? Not really
It just shows that over the 1000 who have voted in their poll so far the vast majority were Independence supporters.
The only really worthwhile polls are the ones in which we actually go to the ballot box in.

And so with that in mind…. If you want Independence, If you want your party representatives to be likewise….Get off your bahookies and make dam sure you go ans vote! Vote for only parties who are in support of independence, and n0t even 4th 5th 6th choices in favour of anyone else! Just don’t enter these!

Lets make bloomin sure that Labour and Torys cant pauchle things so that they run our councils!

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