EU Fallacy and the SNP

This is for those among you who seem to think we are better off outside the EU. I find that most of the misgiving regarding the E U and the UK both as unions, for some strange reason seems to come from the far left, even among yes voters. I wish I had a pound for every time I have heard the simply daft statement of “I am not coming out of one Union just to be shackled to another union in the EU”.

The fact is that no one is shackled to the EU, and the very fact that the UK is leaving proves this conclusively. The other quite bazar statement I have heard is “I do not want to be ruled over by unelected officials” well that is good because no one in the EU is ruled over by any unelected officials, in fact it is the UK who are partially ruled over by un elected people and that is the people who buy their places in the house of Lords.

In the EU there are commissioners who are like heads of committees, they are given a remit, for instance to look into a perceived injustice and to offer suggestions as to how this can be righted. They then report back to the EU parliament who then pass it on to the parliaments of the 28 members. If there is not a majority for this motion, it goes nowhere. If there is a majority in favor, it then goes in front of the EU parliament and it is only at that stage, after going in front of 29 parliaments that is becomes law. Now where in heavens name do some people get the idea that the EU is not democratic?
Now the SNP seem to be making noises about Scotland having a say in the negotiations for exit from the EU on the basis that there should be an attachment to the single market. Well not a single person in Scotland voted to be part of the single market, in fact they voted by a very large majority to remain as a full member of the EU, in the full knowledge that if we were dragged out against our will , there could be a referendum on independence. It’s that democracy thing again. The SNP chose to put a twisted interpretation to the vote and try to convince the people that they voted only for inclusion in the single market and not the social and economic advantages of full membership.

It is time the SNP started to act like the party of independence instead of the establishment party they have morphed into, a morphing that actually started during the independence campaign and has now been firmly established.

I feel personally that it is time for another leader, quite possibly Alex Salmond again, as Nicola Sturgeon has presided over the SNP’s slide towards mediocracy and irrelevance as far as the independence question is concerned. I think also that as the SNP failed miserably to take advantage of the very large majority to remain in the EU and to a point the impetus has been lost, any future referendum campaign must now be on the basis that once independence has been settled there will be another referendum on membership of the EU. This would take away the threat of the, mainly left wing of the yes movement with their “I don’t want to come out of one union just to be tied to another union” misapprehension.

So have a look at the advantages of being in the EU below and please think about it.
There is a major difference between Brussels and Westminster.
Apart from the FACT the EU doesn’t drag Scotland into illegal wars, the EU doesn’t impose deep austerity on Scotland, the EU doesn’t sanction the most vulnerable in our society, the EU doesn’t pay our pensioners the second-lowest social security amount in the developed world, the EU doesn’t use Scotland as a lab-rat for new taxes, the EU doesn’t dump nuclear waste in Scotland’s waters, the EU didn’t annex Scottish waters to undermine the strength of the Scottish economy, the EU didn’t negotiate Scotland to the very bottom of the fisheries and farming table, the EU doesn’t control the pocket money earmarked for Scotland? (CAP), the EU doesn’t regulate our broadcasters leaving Scotland the only Country in the world without a broadcasting service, the EU doesn’t say “you are not allowed a referendum” Westminster causes those problems.
Apart from the FACT the EU doesn’t control “Income tax”, VAT, National Insurance Contributions, North Sea oil and gas revenue (geographical share), Corporation tax, Fuel duties, Capital gains tax, Inheritance tax, Tobacco duties, Interest and dividends, Alcohol duties, Other taxes and royalties, Vehicle excise duty, Rent and other current transfers, Export Duties, Other taxes on income and wealth, Insurance premium tax, Betting and gaming duties, Climate change levy, Aggregates levy and “Air passenger duty”. Westminster controls them.
Apart from the FACT that the EU only costs Scotland £275 million a year membership fee, however, EU membership benefit to GDP is 4.5 per cent of GDP. This means the EU contribution to Scotland’s GDP could be approximately £7bn once filtered down for Scotland that makes approx £2.2 billion that helps our economy. Try getting that shortfall from Westminster..
THE EU CAN’T CLOSE OUR SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT BUT WESTMINSTER CAN!!!!!!!!!!
It wasn’t the EU that privatized British Gas, British Telecom, British Rail, Royal Mail, Water Industry, England’s NHS or Police Force.
It wasn’t the EU that sold off the Power Stations, British Steel or the Gold Reserves.
It wasn’t the EU that shut down the Coal Industry or smashed the Trade Unions.
It wasn’t the EU that depleted Social Housing Stocks or introduced Tuition Fees for England.
Here’s the BIGGIE if it wasn’t for the European Council Scotland wouldn’t have a Parliament. Westminster was dead against and the government (Tony Blair) was forced to offer us a vote, even though they fiddled the first vote eventually we got our wish and because we have a Parliament we get Free NHS, the best in the UK, Free Elderly Health Care, Free Further Education, Free Concessionary Bus Travel, Free Bridge Tolls, Frozen Council Tax for a considerable time. Historic Poll Tax debts written off, Free Prescriptions, Free children’s school meals until they are eight, and Free Child Care. Business rates rebate for small businesses  Don’t forget no BEDROOM TAX either.

As I say, please think about it

Time to face reality

 

Here is a Facebook memory from the 1st September 2014. 17 days before the independence referendum. We had fought hard and well throughout the campaign. We had put up with the onslaught from the unionist press and the BBC. We had put up with people like Allister Darling on his way to the House of Lords but we kept our heads high and we plowed on never loosing hope.

 

The result was not what we hoped for but the people of Scotland did not give up, we had come from 27% in the polls at the start of the campaign to 45% and we were not about to give up.
In their tens of thousands they joined the SNP as at that time they saw them as still being the best chance of moving towards another referendum. Unfortunately the SNP did not understand the true feelings of the Scottish people and instead of laying out a roadmap to independence, starting with addressing the mistakes of the referendum campaign, they put independence to one side. They convinced themselves that their interests would be best served by leaving the new army they had to wilt and rot through inaction.

 

The SNP are guilty of the worst strategic thinking in the history of politics. They convinced themselves that people joined them because they were doing well in government and not because they wished another chance at independence. They were wrong in that assumption.
Since the referendum they have missed so many chances that looking back I am at a loss as to their basic logic and as for doing well in government, well that is what we pay them for and we pay them well for it too. I have a coach company and I employ coach drivers, I don’t thing they are doing exceptionally well if they can actually drive a coach, for goodness sake because that is what I pay them for.

Well they have paid for this mismanagement of the remit handed to them by the Scottish people, as shown in the three elections since the 2015 General Election.
Have they learned anything? no ,I doubt it and I have a feeling they are about to push the party further to the left in order to counter the Jeremy Corbin factor. That will be another in the long line of mistakes they have made.

 

In general ,the people of Scotland could not care less what the party of independence is, regarding left ,right or center because they are politically mature enough to realize that after we achieve independence then that is when we will chose the political party that will govern us.
The SNP have let the people of Scotland down and they should be ashamed of that, it is as simple as that.

 

No doubt this will be met with the usual tirade of abuse and statements like “Nicola has a plan but she is not telling us what it is “and “the SNP are keeping their cards close to their chest” Well, I for one am heartily sick of all this sycophantic mind numbing nonsense. As far as I am concerned, the SNP are in the last chance saloon and the bar is running dry. There urgently needs to be a change at the top and I mean Nicola Sturgeon and Peter Murrel, they are responsible for the mess both the SNP and the independence movement are in at the moment, I am sorry if this does not sit well with some folk but I personally have put too much into the fight for independence to see it wasted by sheer and utter incompetence.

 

It is way past time for a change, and a new road to independence.

 

Bob Costello
1 September 2014 at 22:49 ·

 

Well only 17 days to go before the most important date ever in the history of Scotland , yes it is by far the most important date because the last time Scotland decided to cease being an independent country in 1707 , it was not the people of Scotland who decided this ,it was the nobility and they made this decision for selfish reasons. So what has changed? well I will tell you what has changed . This time the ordinary people of Scotland have a voice and they intend to use it but we are still battling against the vested interests of the Westminster government who are battling to keep the vast wealth which Scotland possesses, and why are they doing this? they are doing this because they are waging a fight for survival. Throughout the years Westminster have exploited and wasted the wealth of Scotland for their own selfish ends and now they see the gravy train grinding to a halt because the people of Scotland are standing on the line in front of it and it has reached the end of the line.
Since the 15 October 2012 when Alex Salmond dragged David Cameron, screaming and shouting to the table and signed the Edinburgh agreement, Scotland has changed there is a new engagement, people are now more politically aware than they have ever been. Pandora’s box has been opened and the spirits of independence can never more be put back in that box. We are on the march and we have 17 days till we reach our objective.
Every destination starts with a dream and then there is the journey my Journey has been fascinating. I have met such wonderful and committed people, all on their particular Journey but we all have one thing in common and that is the destination, an independent Scotland where we will be able to hold our heads up high in the community of nations, where we will hold out our hand in friendship to anyone who wishes to take it , where we will look after our poor ,our elderly and the less fortunate in society, just the same as any close family. As we approach that destination , please take some time to consider the journey because regardless, and in the unlikely event of the vote not going our way we, all of us will always have the journey and that is something to be proud of and something they can never take away. So everyone of you out there who have manned the stalls ,have trudged around doors dropping leaflets ,who have had to put up with abuse and unpleasantness ,who have debated with and convinced no voters to vote yes, you do not have long to go so keep your humour and that smile on your face because the other side are becoming more desperate by the day . So walk lightly, talk softly and take time to look over your shoulder, there you will see a small footprint in the sands of history be proud, be very proud that you put it there.

Not Too Far Left,Nicola

I share this piece below from August 2015. It was a reasonable scenario and given what has transpired since I feel this would have been a very viable option for independence .
Instead ,the SNP have frittered away any advantageous situations that have presented themselves since, on the basis that in the run up to each election, they have made the case that these elections were not about independence . This begs the question , what are the SNP there for?.
The decline in the fortunes of the SNP is directly attributable to their blinkered approach to their main propose in life which is independence. It does not say anything in their constitution about governing Scotland.
Now ,I fear they are about to get themselves further into the morass by once again misinterpreting the reasons for their continued demise.
I feel they have wrongly convinced themselves that the reason they did so badly in the General Election was because there was so much talk about another referendum and they have once again fallen into the unionist trap by giving this theory credence as the only people speaking about another referendum was the unionists and their press.
No, the reason why they did so badly was exactly the opposite of this . It was because they were seen as neglecting independence. Now I feel they are about to make another very big mistake and change policies to give a more left wing leaning, and the reason for this is to emulate the success that Jeremy Corbin had at the general election.
There are a couple of reasons why this is wrong., Jeremy Corbin did well because he nailed his colours to the mast and people related to this perceived honesty ( he was not quite so honest about his position on the EU) Now ,in Scotland people had the choice of either reverting back to their natural loyalties or continuing to support the SNP as the party of independence on the basis that once independence is attained they could then go to whatever party they wished but within an independent Scotland . Now the SNP have since the independence referendum constantly shot themselves in the foot by sweeping the independence question under the carpet and making it plain that each election was not about independence. Therefore the people, faced by the choice of their natural choice of party or no movement towards independence they took the logical choice and went with their hearts.
The SNP have constantly made the mistake of attempting to “govern for all” which is impossible. You can “consider all ” but never govern for all. You govern according to the constitution of the party and the manifesto you ran the election on.
I honestly believe that the way in which the SNP govern the country is very much secondary to the fact they are the party of independence and it is about time they realised this. They have been lent peoples votes on that basis and not because of their ability to govern. People are becoming disillusioned because the SNP constantly tell people that elections are not about independence.
One last thing , the SNP will make a very big mistake if they think moving to the left will increase their popularity. It wont and it will if anything disrupt the balance that was present during the independence campaign when we all came together , both left and right to campaign , march and parade in a common cause.
The SNP really need to think about their propose in life or they will all but disappear altogether and with them the cause of independence.

 

Bob Costello via The Scottish Independent August 1st  2015
13 hrs
I think the SNP should seriously consider this scenario for independence, by a simple democratic vote. I see the opportunity we have next May as the perfect storm and cannot see such an advantages set of circumstances presenting themselves for a long, long time.
This is our Journey.
GRASP THE NETTLE
Last weekend, Alex Salmond made a very profound statement when he said that
another referendum on Scottish independence was inevitable. I think you
would be pushed to find anyone in Scotland who would not agree with that
statement in its purest sense. What he did not say was when he thought that
this second referendum would come about and he was equally reticent as to
how, it would come about. Now there has been much discussion regarding the
exact set of circumstances that would lead to a second referendum.
Now Nicola Sturgeon, has in the past referred to an exceptional
circumstance, such as the UK being taken out of the EU although Scotland
actually votes to remain a member. There have been other scenarios such as
the Vow not being adhered to in its entirety, or EVEL (English Votes for
English Laws) being implemented without any reference to the will of the
Scottish people. In fact the Tort Party seem to be intent on pushing this
change in the law through parliament by way of a standing order, which in
itself could bring on a set of unintended circumstances to the unwritten
constitution of the United Kingdom.
OK let’s take these situations one at a time. First, the famous Vow and if
we are painfully truthful with ourselves, there was never an official Vow.
What there was, was a blind panic one week before the referendum when the
opinion polls went into positive territory in favour of independence and the
leaders and their cohorts rushed up to Scotland to promise us a land of Milk
and Honey. So blind was their panic that Prime Minister’s questions was
suspended in Westminster.
All three leaders and their chancellors and shadow numbers gave their own
views on how much they loved Scotland and how better off we would be if we
just voted no and remained their very best pals on the surface of this
planet. At which point the Daily Record in a desperate attempt to stem the
ebbing tide of yes campaigners from the readership of their paper cobbled
together the front page spread of the famous Vow, made up of snippets of
speeches that the three leaders made in the week before the referendum. Yes
they all said these things but there was never an official piece of paper
containing the Vow and there was never any signatures on this fictitious
piece of paper.
So the non-keeping of the vow is not really an exceptional circumstance
because it never in all honesty existed. There were however a lot of
promises which have not a hope in hell of being kept and as far as the
platitudes made in the heat of abject panic are concerned, well it is plain
to see now that not only were these leaders stretching the truth but it has
been made abundantly clear that we are not in any way welcome as equal
partners in this “united Kingdom”
The exit from the EU could I suppose be held as an exceptional circumstance
and I equally suppose that the barring of Scotland’s MP’s from participating
in parliamentary procedures , not only could be held as an exceptional
circumstance but could actually contravene and in effect nullify the 1707 Act
Of Union.
I would however put the case that it is all far less complicated than that and
here is why.
The SNP has as its reason for existing, independence, that is its function in
life and I cannot think that there is any one in Scotland who does not know
that. I do not believe that there is any one in any of the UK political
parties who do not know that.
In the run up to the general Election the SNP produced a manifesto which
under the heading of Delivering Home rule for Scotland, the SNP manifesto
stated “The SNP will always support independence”. It went on to state that
independence was not what this election was about. However the point was
very clearly made and on that basis the Scottish people by a gigantic
majority elected 56 out of a possible 59 MP’s to represent Scottish
interests in Westminster.
OK so that brings me to the nub of my reasoning. We have an independence
party with a gigantic majority of Scottish MP; s in the UK parliament. We
have a Scottish devolved government in a majority position in Holyrood. We
have in the SNP by far the largest party membership in Scotland and in fact
the third largest in the UK. This party membership has increased by
something like 80,000 since the 19th September last year and you can bet
that every single one of them is there because they see it as being the
quickest way to independence.
The Tory Government is extremely unpopular with ever increasing welfare
reforms and austerity, backed by a labour party that is completely and
utterly out of touch with the people who once would have voted for them and
the branch party in Scotland has all but completely collapsed and is
basically insignificant and derisory in the eyes of the majority of Scottish
people.
This is the perfect storm. We go for the Scottish elections in 2016 on a
platform of independence. There could never again be a Tory, Labour, Lib Dem
alliance to deprive the Scottish people of independence and the Scottish
people would have a clear choice independence or being governed by a labour
party who are seen as a bad joke and utterly dis-jointed and untrustworthy.
This has to be the best set of circumstances to attain our independence, we
must grasp the nettle. The SNP must not let this chance go, they must not
let us down. The campaign should start now, the people are ready for it. I
believe the Yes city is ready. Alex Salmond said, the day after the
referendum “You have not seen the last of my bonnets and me” and from the
same song, I would say “come saddle my horses and call out my men, come doon
the West Port and let us gang free, for its up wi the bonnets of Bonnie
Dundee.

 

 

 

 

Decline and Decay

I have been on the P&O cruise ship Azura all week and got to thinking about where we are in the struggle for independence and I realised that this ship and indeed the corporate culture of P&O epitomises the last vestige of the British Empire.

P&O, although owned by Carnival , an American company, promote themselves as a “very British “ company and they show this in several ways, none of which are Scottish ,Irish or Welch, so really they are English . Their attempt to promote this “Britishness starts in their publicity material, where they explain that the ships in the fleet are crewed by British nationals. Not quite true as in general the officers and senior admin staff are British, the servers, the cleaning staff the “Gaungadins” are in general Asian.

First impression of the ship is the butchers apron wrapped around the bow of the ship and this continues as you board with all the decks named after a one time British colony. Dress code is strictly adhered to with two formal nights and all other evenings requiring a shirt and jacket in most bars and restaurants.

One thing missing is a group of strange people, wearing bowler hats and Orange sashes, parading along the Prominade deck, but given recent government mascinations ,I am sure they will think of that before long as they continue their policy of shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic.

So I am sitting here in the ships coffee shop having my usual morning capachino and thinking of where we in Scotland are in relation to the decaying British empire, I am served by a pleasant young Indian gentleman who looks at the t shirt I am wearing which depicts the heading of my blog “ Society grows great when old men plant trees they know they will never sit in the shade of, create a better country for our children” He gives a big smile and the thumbs up sign. They did exactly this in India and many other countries when they broke away from the shackles of the British empire and removed the butchers apron from their flag poles for good, except in some token ways as members of the commonwealth.

I am reminded of the state of the last vestiges of that once enormous empire , as I sit here aware of the mild but prevalent exotic scent of leaking colostomy bags percolating in the air conditioned breeze. Yes this ship truly represents the decaying British empire and we in Scotland need to continue on our road to independence for our children’s sake.

It has been an interesting trip and I enjoyed Norway very much, a country of much the same size, population wise as Scotland but a much wealthier country because of the fact that they have complete control of their assets and more importantly control of their future.

I probably won’t travel again on P&O , not because of the quality of the ship , the service or attention to detail but because of their culture.

I told you so

I wrote this blog below on the 3rd July 2015 and I defy anyone to say it was wrong .

I re-post this because it came up on my memories on Facebook and it has relevance to what is happening at the moment.

Belatedly the SNP seem to have come to the conclusion that all is not well in the struggle for independence and there does seem to be moves afoot to address the situation, in as much as Nicola Sturgeon seems to be offering cooperation with the wider independence movement as a way to consolidating ideas and initiatives.

Any thing which gets us away from the stagnation that has marked the SNP’s strategy for independence since the referendum ,is to be welcomed and I and others await further confirmation of good intent regarding this.

However, there are things that also have to be considered in connection with a resumption of the road to independence which came up against a no entry sign immediately after the independence referendum. The main consideration is who has been advising Nicola Sturgeon and the first entity that comes to mind is the fiscal commission who have been bumbling about with various currency questions for an inordinate amount of time now, which means that they either do not now what they are doing or there are other interests at play. They should be sacked immediately because they have done no good whatsoever. Nicola appointed “advisers and members of both the standing council of  Europe and the fiscal commission who were incredibly, pro  Union. Now that is the equivalent of a General who has just lost a battle asking the opposing General if he could help him out with a strategy to defeat him. That is simply stupid , there is no other word I can think of to describe that strategy.
So combined with an engagement with the wider independence movement there must be a clear out of these so called advisers or all this new found spirit of conciliation will mean nothing more than the paper it is printed on, if indeed it is printed at all.

The SNP must also stop bowing to media and unionist pressure to stop speaking about independence and instead make independence the main thrust of any future strategy, Their reluctance  to keep independence to the fore is the very reason for their decline in popularity and they are in complete denial of this very obvious fact. There has also just commenced a media campaign to wrongly try to portray dissatisfaction within the business community of the discussion on independence related matters.

Their present position was always entirely predictable and that is the reason I re post the blog I did  on the 3rd July 2015 , 9 months after the referendum. I suggested calling the campaign the “I told you so ” campaign and that suggestion is even more relevant today with brexit to add to the other disasters which predictably have befallen us like the Smith commission .
As I say , it is good and very welcome that the SNP have finally decided to listen to other voices. Putting the suggestions into practice might be another matter.

Bob Costello

UNION! WHAT UNION

Yes what Union? Oh how the Westminster English MP’s must be kicking themselves . Why on earth did they even consider giving Scotland a devolved parliament. What was the point , both they and the Scottish people were kidding themselves , weren’t they ? There was no real Union in 1707 , it was simply a take over given a silly name of a Union , a Union between equals? Well we know just how equal it was now don’t we. It was never equal and in its present form ,never will be
This week proved that with all 56 Scottish members of Westminster voting for solely scottish issues and being massively voted down and laughed at by the Westminster establishment.
Within the next few weeks we will see the introduction of new English Votes For English laws EVEL for short and evil in content. Now when I say introduction I mean just that because this is not to be debated in parliament but merely put through on a standing order basis , which means that it will not even go through proper parliamentary procedure.
So this means that although Scotland Subsidises England, our democratically elected representatives will not even have the opportunity to scrutinise how this Scottish money is to be spent. This is nothing short of disgraceful.

This of course was a situation which should have been foreseen , actually it was,but unfortunately the only people who did not see it coming was our politicians . It only needs a simple grasp of arithmetic and a knowledge of the Tory party and the Labour Party to have foreseen this happening . Wait and see they kept saying , wait for the vow to be implemented , wait for them to keep their word , wait for the outcome of the Smith commission
After September 19 th I wanted to continue the campaign to highlight the broken promises as they happened . Yes by all means I said explore every avenue but keep the campaign going , keep it fresh in people’s minds as the Vow , the promises and the Smith commission unravel before their eyes. Change the Yes campaign to the ” I Told You So” campaign. Because we did actually tell them so every day on the streets of Dundee with the Yes Bus Dragon for independence team ,we told them they were being lied to about pensions ,about monetary union about the balance of payments situation, about entry to Europe and many other things.
When I posted my concerns immediately after the 19th I was vilified by several so called activists , activists who were at that point in time about to go to sleep and become in- activists . I was accused of splitting the support for the SNP and was called a few creative names To these people I would say simply ” I told you so” and by the way how do you feel now.
Now it is the politicians that I am saying to ” I told you so ” and we have lost 8 months of useful time getting to where many of us knew we were heading all the time and that is the one way street we found ourselves in this week. Many people hold on to the hope that the politicians have something up their sleeves . Well we thought that during the campaign and discovered that the only things they had up their sleeves were their arms.

So what now ? I feel that very shortly the democratic deficit will show the real black hole in UK politics and it is very important that our people down there realise this.
At that point we must bring them back home and call a Scottish parliamentary election with a mandate for independence. If there is a majority for independence parties then it must be either negotiated or taken I cannot see any other way.
In the mean time we must start to inform the people who were terrorised by Jim Murphy and his likes , by Osbourne , Balls , Alexander and their likes that all this was just an illusion , just like the vow . We must take the initiative it is a true saying that if you want peace then prepare for war ( and I do not mean that literally) .

the time of ” wait and see” is over and we must now grasp the Thistle

We are on the road to independence
This is our journey.
Bob

LAST CHANCE SALOON

It is refreshing to note that after almost three years (since the independence referendum) and a succession of reverses for the SNP , that they  now seem willing to engage with the wider movement. Although I will wait to see just how this manifests’ itself in solid action.

There has of course been a flurry of excitement with people and groups going off on all sorts of tangents with their own ideas of how this new found spirit of cooperation should be fostered with ideas of committees and elections of leaders etc ,etc.

If indeed the SNP are serious about cooperating with the wider independence movement then I feel the easiest way to do this, is what I suggested to them two days after the independence referendum and that is this.

 

Foster and encourage the grass roots groups which spontaneously sprung up all around the country and carried the independence cause from a starting point of around 27% to the 45% we achieved in the vote. In order for this to be successful there must be a serious attempt to answer the issues we actually lost the referendum on such as pensions and the monitory situation in an independent Scotland. Only then can the grass roots go out and campaign with centrally produced materials on a common and thought out theme to win over the no voters and the undecided. It is absolutely pointless in doing anything by way of campaigning without that information as you would be subject (rightfully so ) to ridicule. A slow but targeted campaign could then be put into action to build an unanswerable case for independence with people following a proper road map to independence. There must also be a commitment to treat the independence question on its own without the diluting factor of EU membership and that would mean attaining independence and then shortly afterwards having a referendum on EU membership which could in the interm period be pre- negotiated with the EU in order to facilitate a speedy transition to full membership should the people decide that it was acceptable.

The SNP are still the best conduit to facilitate this but there must be a corporate commitment to cooperate in pushing this forward, and very importantly, they must stop running away from the word independence and nail their colours to the mast in the same manner that Jeremy Corbin did during his General election campaign.

 

Business for Scotland should be brought on board to produce a virtual profit and loss sheet for an independent Scotland. This is something quite different from the discredited GERS figures, annually pumped out by the Westminster government to show that an independent Scotland could not manage to look after its own affairs. A supposition which is absolute nonsense but one that the SNP have given credence to in the past and I can only suppose that they themselves could not understand the figures.

Before any projected profit and loss together with a balance sheet can be produced of course, there would have to be a proper assessment of the tax take generated in Scotland as at present the GERS figures are made up using estimates ( guesses) of 24 of the 25 tax bases used in the GERS figures. This is not good enough and the Scottish Government should be pressing the treasury for a set of definitive figures.
There are groups like Common Weil who have also been doing good work on things like Central Bank and currency etc and this should be looked at. I do not totally agree with some of their suggestions but all suggestions should be treated seriously , the most important item should be what currency we would use and I have ,for some considerable time held the view that it should be our own currency which would be based on the strengths ( or weakness) of our economy and industry.

So there we have it, what seems to be an offer of belated cooperation from the SNP to the wider independence movement and all we need now is a plan . I asked the SNP what the plan was two days after the referendum and was met with a blank look and “what plan” Let’s hope the blank look has lifted and we have a new era of cooperation and hope.

The SNP are broken at the moment and self-denial will not better their cause but with a will, I feel they can dust themselves down get up and get on with their main purpose in life and that is to attain independence for our country. They need to change and adapt and the grass roots army stands ready to carry the fight forward and support them, as the independence movement is much bigger than just the SNP. Let’s hope that finally we can find that illusive “road Map To Independence”

This is still our road, ALL OF US.

A Lesson Too Late In The learning ?

Read this attachment from Kevin McKenna this actually sums up the present situation very well. Well to be honest it sums up what has happened, or more to the point what has not happened since the independence referendum in 2014.
It is strange though that only now, commentators are lining up to give opinions from on high ,like this article from Kevin McKenna, Gerry Hassan, Bella Caledonia and even Stuart Campbell from Wings over Scotland has been offering a few criticisms.
Many of these commentators, although correct in what they are saying now are the very ones who were sucked into the vortex that was the popularity of the SNP immediately after the independence referendum. So in part, they were instrumental in creating the pigmy race that Kevin accuses the SNP of being.
I have resisted blogging since the SNP’s creeping disaster that was the General election, because I am becoming fed up saying the same things, over and over again.
The difference between what I have been saying all along and these commentators who have suddenly found their voices is that I have been consistent.
Because of this consistency I have been vilified by some of the unthinking masses of SNP acolytes and accused of some rather distasteful motives.
To save going over everything that has come to pass and if by chance anyone is interested in correcting the mistakes that the SNP have constantly made then have a read of my blogs on bobsblog.scot because almost every single thing I have predicted has now come to pass.
The strategic abilities of the SNP are simply awful and it is time for a change at the top and I mean Nicola Sturgeon and her Husband Peter Murrel.

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