Take Heart

Despite the title of this article, I find it hard to listen to someone telling me to take heart myself at the moment but I’ve just been sent something beautiful by an Irish friend.

Take heart.

“No man has the right to fix a boundary to the march of a nation. No man can say ‘thus far shalt thou go, and no further’. We have never sought to set the ne plus ultra of our nationhood, nor shall we ever”

- Charles Stewart Parnell

A generation later we were a republic.

From The First To The Last

In the last couple of days the No people have been bringing up “shared history” and so on.

It’s a strange thing because if you’re talking just about states and governments then there is more UNshared history than shared, and “shared” is a strange word to use because I don’t think any sane person could call the Union, either in the past or now, a partnership of equals.

But in a historical AND present day context, when you get right down to it, one of the most important reasons for independence now in 2014, is exactly the same one that the leading opponent of the act of union gave in 1707…

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 94 – Philippa Whitford

PhillipaWhiteford720For the 94th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke to Philippa Whitford.

Philippa is an NHS doctor and has been making some of the best speeches of the entire Independence Campaign.

Specifically she has been outlining why the Scottish NHS is more than just under threat if there is a No vote, it is in fact in serious trouble.

In the podcast we talked about why that is the case but we also talked about the broader independence campaign and what we thought Yes activists can do to push us over the line.

Finally, as ever, I asked my guest their personal reasons for supporting Scottish Independence.

Hope you enjoy…

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You can listen to the show online at its web page

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We are also now to be found on youtube

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The Vow Means NOTHING

BxqM1NNIAAAHY8PApart from it being a grey area whether they are even allowed to announce new policies at this point.

Apart from the fact that those policy promises were a burden and not a liberation.

Apart from the fact that you cannot trust those three or their parties to do anything.

There is the further fact that even if the leaders do want it (I’m not convinced) the parties in Westminster are not going to let it happen.

 

From the London Evening Standard

Mark Field, the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, said: “My constituents will be aghast if the unbalanced devolution from 1979 is made even worse.”

Tory MP Peter Bone added: “I don’t see why people in the East Midlands should be worse off to the tune of thousands of pounds than the people of Scotland.”

From The ToryGraph in an article called

David Cameron faces Tory ‘bloodbath’ over ‘unfair’ cash for Scotland

Mr Cameron’s campaign speech yesterday in which he reassured Scots that he would not be Prime Minister for ever has been met with scorn in some quarters.

“Cameron said ‘I won’t be here for ever.’ It just smacks of desperation to me – a man who is trying to get his wife to stay. It’s just desperate.”

Bernard Jenkin, the chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee and one of the Prime Minister’s most vocal backbench critics, today said the plans to grant Scotland fiscal autonomy would mean no Scottish MP could become Chancellor.

“We could never have a Scottish UK chancellor setting English taxes in England at the annual budget but not in his or her own constituency. So Parliament will have to consider how to establish an English executive, with an English first minister and finance minister,” he said in a letter to The Times.

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