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Brexit will lead to Scexit

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Nicola Sturgeon has insisted Brexit means the only question is how Scotland becomes independent and not when.

The SNP First Minister said her party had to answer the questions behind its 2014 referendum defeat.

But in her keynote address to the party conference in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon insisted independence remained the answer to Scotland’s problems and that she was now more confident than ever before it would happen. Read more »

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Theresa May should tell the porridge wogs to piss off

They are a pack of broken arsed useless bastards who can?t afford their own country without pommy subsidies and are now trying to relitigate their failed referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon warned that she was prepared to stage a second Scottish independence referendum before the UK quits the European Union as she attacked the Tories for their ?xenophobic? rhetoric on the EU.

In a clear challenge to Theresa May?s government in London, the first minister told the Scottish National party conference in Glasgow she would unveil draft legislation next week to prepare for a rerun of the 2014 referendum within the next two years.

Sturgeon said the UK government?s recent rhetoric on capping immigration and on quitting the EU single market made it clear that the Tory party had been taken over by its ?rampant and xenophobic? right wing. To applause from delegates, Sturgeon singled out the prime minister and declared: ?Hear this: if you think for one single second that I?m not serious about doing what it takes to protect Scotland?s interests, then think again.?

Her official spokesman cautioned that this was designed to give the Scottish government the full range of options. Sturgeon had a dual-track strategy and her immediate goal was to get the strongest powers possible for Holyrood in the Brexit deal.

Sturgeon said a decision on triggering a second referendum was dependent on the strength of the new powers that would pass to Holyrood after Brexit, including powers that the Tories are unlikely to offer, on allowing separate policies on immigration and foreign affairs. ? Read more »

Scotland talks about independence but are really just a bunch of bludgers

Ian Wishart writes:

Scotland?s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is a skilled politician.

I know this, because of all the hand-wringing and angst that?s emerged in the wake of the Brexit vote, hers takes the cake.

Given the quality of the competition, that takes some doing.

Oh I don’t know. Rachel Smalley’s effort was spectacular.

You?ve got the young people bleating their futures were robbed ? an empty claim when we find out only 38% of them even bothered to vote.

Then you?ve got three million people ? including 77,000 from the ?Vatican? with a population of a thousand ? demanding the right to another referendum. Even if they got 18 million signatures, constitutionally it is tough luck: a vote is a vote. On the day, the winner takes all.

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How about that Digital Campaigning eh?

Andrew Little visited the UK before their election and when he came back he sat down with Q+A and told us all about the lessons he learned from Ed Miliband.

This aired the weekend before last, and his lessons don’t look so flash now that David Cameron has smashed Labour. Little’s predictions were woeful.

I love his comments about the “very strong digital campaign”…just like Labour here. How’d that work out for both parties? ? Read more »

Chris Trotter kicks the liberal elite tossers in the goolies

Chris Trotter talks about the UK elections, but you could easily mistake his swipe at the liberal elite wankers running Labour over there for a swipe against the liberal elite wankers running Labour here.

WHETHER THE UNITED KINGDOM has a Labour Prime Minister by the end of this week remains to be seen. What cannot be disputed, however, is that among Labour?s traditional working-class constituency, much of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government?s programme remains surprisingly popular.

Four out of five trade union members, for example, told pollsters that they thought the ?26,000 cap on benefits was a good idea. Indeed, Matt Ridley, Member of the House of Lords and author of the bestselling book, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, reports that ?Tory candidates out canvassing tell me they are finding that welfare reform, while horrifying the metropolitan elite, is most popular in the meanest streets ? where people are well aware of neighbours who play the system.?

If this wasn?t true, it is hard to explain how, after five years of swingeing austerity, the Conservative Party is polling neck-and-neck with Ed Miliband?s Labour Party.

To hear the British Left tell it, the last five years have been an unmitigated social disaster. It?s a claim which, if true, would be propelling Labour towards a landslide electoral victory. But, if the experts are agreed on anything about the 7 May election, it?s that, outside of Scotland (where the Scottish National Party are poised to win every one of Scotland?s Westminster seats) it?s not going to be anyone?s sort of landslide.

When even unions are sick of welfare you know you are in trouble pushing it. Unions of course represent working people, which is what Grant Robertson was mentioning the other day….that Labour has been ignoring the working people while pander to bludgers and criminals.

What horrifies ?metropolitan elites? has, however, come to dominate the policies of both the British and New Zealand Labour Parties. Highly educated and socially liberal, the party activists of both countries would rather see their parties split in two than endorse the ?reactionary? views of their working-class supporters. That these views might be shared by sufficient voters to materially boost Labour?s chances of winning general elections deters them not one bit.

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Noel Gallagher says Ed Miliband is a “****ing communist”, very hard to argue with that

Noel Gallagher has entered the UK election debate in a rather forceful manner.

Noel Gallagher has branded Ed Miliband a “****ing communist” and descibed Nicola Sturgeon as an “unpleasant little woman” with “cheap shoes”.

Appearing on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man, which will air tonight, the musician said “the nineties were great and that first period of New Labour, as they called it, was great.”

But in a significant turnaround from his days as a fan of the New Labour movement, the former Oasis guitarist said he was not interested in politics “this time around”.

High Flying Birds frontman Gallagher famously visited Tony Blair in Downing Street in 1997 after Labour’s landslide election. He was among the numerous stars at the former Prime Minister’s “Cool Britannia” party in July of that year.

How Tony Blair’s ‘Cool Britannia’ ruined it for David Cameron

Asked by host Alan Carr if he has “fallen out of love” with Blair, he replied, “Not really. Happy days. Happy days for us all.”

He added: “The nineties were great and that first period of New Labour, as they called it, was great. They kind of lucked out a bit because when they got in the internet exploded, so the economy exploded.

“When politicians get in nothing really changes. If no one voted, and I?m not saying that no one should vote, but if nobody voted and you wake up the next day and no one gets voted in, we?re still going to go to work in the morning. Life?s not going to end.”

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An honest politician

Honesty in politicians is to be admired.

It is not often they are forthright about their prospects.

The SNP in Scotland appears?to be on a roll as they seek to undo the referendum result which rejected Scottish independence. It is Labour most under threat in Scotland and at least one MP knows it.

[T]he sparks lit by the referendum campaign in Scotland continue to burn.?There has been no return to politics as usual. Parliamentary hustings are attracting twice the audiences they managed five years ago and, across the country, there are far more such meetings than was the case in 2010.

The referendum tapped a yearning for a bigger, better, grander kind of politics and, once unleashed, that kind of sentiment cannot disappear overnight. Far from depressing Yes voters, defeat in the referendum has redoubled their enthusiasm for change. ?? Read more »

Pommy Election – Hung Parliament Predictions

The pommy election is harder to pick than a broken nose.

It is interesting to watch because no one seems to have any real idea of what is going to happen after the election which could mean a period without a government. That may actually be better than a period with a government as the government can usually be relied on to bugger things up.

Here are some useful prediction sites to follow so you don?t end up making an idiot of yourself by tribally supporting whatever party you favour. ?? Read more »