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The EU, the Scottish referendum and the EU referendum

A speech I gave yesterday, 15 October 2014, to Forum 2000 in Horsforth, West Yorkshire Introduction In January last year, the Prime Minister announced there would be an in/out referendum in 2017 after a renegotiation of the terms of the … Continue reading

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DEBUNKING AN UNDEBUNKED SNP MYTH: SCOTLAND ALWAYS HAS TO ENDURE WESTMINSTER GOVERNMENTS IT DOESN’T ELECT

Not true. The SNP, as with so much, the SNP and the Yes campaign is wrong. As I understand the complaint in the myth, it is that in general elections, the majority of MPs elected in Scottish are always of … Continue reading

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HOW TO TELL THE SNP?

How do we point out to SNP supporters that they should vote No next Thursday to save their party, without alarming No voters? The survival of the SNP depends on a No vote. The party exists to campaign, lobby and … Continue reading

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I’VE CHANGED MY MIND ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

I’ve changed my mind over Scottish independence and so on which way I would vote in the referendum on 18 September. Although a Liberal and Liberal Democrat, I welcomed the SNP’s election progress from the 1967 Hamilton by-election to their … Continue reading

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WHY DESTROY THE UNITED KINGDOM?

Why does the United Kingdom have to be destroyed? Or, to put it another way: Why, Yes voter, are you voting to destroy the United Kingdom? Or, put it this way: Why are you trying to destroy this political Union, … Continue reading

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VOTING YES IS NO ROAD TO UTOPIA

Contrary to what the Yes campaign wants us to believe, there is not a political party called Independent Scotland fighting a general election on 18 September, whose victory will answer every problem with a utopia to suit every taste. It’s … Continue reading

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Time for something different

It is surely time for something other than austerity to solve the United Kingdom’s economic woes and the Budget in a few days’ time should not impose any more cuts on the circumstances of ordinary people. Whatever politicians say when … Continue reading

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Pay-day loans

It is good news today (6 March 2013) that the Office of Fair Trading has told the top fifty pay-day loan companies to change their practices or risk losing their licences – see http://www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2013/20-13. But, it is bad news today … Continue reading

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Congratulations Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton MP

Congratulations to Eastleigh by-election victor Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton MP. Prime Minister David Cameron is struggling to find a positive spin on his Conservative Party’s relegation to third place, but he could follow the example of Bob Servant, Independent, after … Continue reading

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Veto!

Prime minister David Cameron’s veto at the EU summit in Brussels leaves the UK isolated in a way that has no precedent. His “veto” is a refusal not to take part in discussions which are going to go ahead without the … Continue reading

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