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@RockinCherry_ @EricIdle Ever had a junkie neighbour who was constantly robbing you? And leaving his guns on your property? And running around the 'hood causing wars which you got dragged into?

Welcome to the 1707 Union.
@RockinCherry_ @EricIdle A junkie who told you that you could not survive on your own, that you needed him to protect you. A junkie who sent friends into your home to tell you how to run it and co-opted and coerced other members of your family to act against you, to the detriment of all your household.
@RockinCherry_ @EricIdle A junkie who lies to you and to those in the neighbourhood. A junkie who then sets a cordon around his home and yours, and who then makes plans to finally enter your home and take full control of it and your family.

Welcome to the 1707 Union.
#DissolveTheUnion
#SaorAlba
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@fhirinn @GourlaySusan @Effiedeans Where to start?

An inclusive, highly educated society of social equals, welcoming inward migration to address Scotland’s demographic issues in areas of social care, health and education and driving a thriving, knowledge-based and export-led economy. 1/30
@fhirinn @GourlaySusan @Effiedeans This environment, coupled with the the resumption of EU membership, could indeed attract a boost in foreign investment. Leaving the UK would bring freedom from ‘big-state spending’ on issues like defence, or on a large, national infrastructure and a global presence. 2/30
@fhirinn @GourlaySusan @Effiedeans Instead of the London centric and recent often corrupt spending of public finances in a non-transparent manner, where public tender for contracts for spending of public monies is built on cronyism, an Independent Scotland can lead the way in a more transparent way 3/30
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It is a great ill that befalls the Left when it frames the UK as some progressive institution. This is pure dogma. It is clear that so many of the British Left are content to merely occupy the structures of power rather than dismatle the cause of inequality.

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The Tories represent two clear strands; Capital and Social Conservativism. They also represent a political tradition that stretches back through the centuries when the UK was forged on the basis of class hegemony of capital and imperial expansion.

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While the empire may be gone and we be no colony there exists a structure which has clear parallels. That is the core-periphery econo-political model that describes the centralized British State. I believe this👇can be scaled to the British State

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1. For those wondering about this whole "England subsidises Wales" rubbish doing the rounds recently ... a thread👇
2. There is a deficit attributed between government spending and revenues in Wales.

It's not Wales' deficit. It's an estimate for the internal accounting of the UK state. It's the deficit of UK state spending and revenue attributed to Wales.

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3. I repeat, it is not our deficit. How can it be? We don't have significant borrowing powers. We don't have significant powers over taxation. The Welsh Government budget is decided via the Barnett formula according to England's spending plans.
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Well, urged on by the PM on Channel 4 news, I took a quick look at 'their websites'. And they're scary places, let me tell you. First tho, there's a lovely video that tells you how exciting leaving the EU is going to be, with smiley people going over their residency applications
while exporters are told of the new 'approach to trade'. Oh, ok then, 'approach' doesn't sound so bad. But then you click the Start button in the Take Action section and you enter the Brexit horrorshow. Here's a summary of my own little Brexit nightmare to come >>
Check if you need to change your contract to keep accessing personal data from the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein: You may not be able to access personal data from the EU without the right arrangements in place. >>
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THREAD: Ok, let’s see if I got this right. In 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 the sqa system downgrades exam results. Teachers and pupils are distraught and protest. Although there was already in existence a FREE appeal process the @scotgov take seriously the concerns and look more closely 1/5
They decide that it probably wasn’t the best system and the @ScotGovFM stands up and publicly acknowledges this, speaking directly to the young people affected. The education minister @JohnSwinney acknowledges, apologises and rectifies it in a way that seems to work for most 2/5
As far as I know most teachers and pupils accept this and appreciate it (obviously anecdotal). Then labour Tories and lib dems (the unionist parties) say how terrible and instigate a vote of no confidence in @JohnSwinney. Then English and Welsh results come out. 3/5
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People of North Britain!

The Colonial Office for Scotlandshire monitors social media to ensure England feels positively about the Scotch.

We regret to inform you that your betters, in England, are not happy just now.

Please try harder.

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#DissolveTheUnion #indyref2
England isn't happy with the Scotch just now.

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#DissolveTheUnion #indyref2
England isn't happy with the Scotch just now.

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#DissolveTheUnion #indyref2
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Let me get this right.

- Theresa May spent 9 months telling everyone she wouldn't have a GE. She didn't need one and she didn't want one. She was strong and stable and she was the saviour who would use a "strong hand" to navigate the UK through Brexit.

(...)
- In May 2016 the SNP had a manifesto committment in the Scottish Parliament elections which said that #IndyRef2 should take place "if there was a material change of circumstances, such as the UK leaving the EU". SNP won 63 seats out of 129. Pro-Indy Greens = 6 seats.

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Putting total #IndyRef2 supporting MSPs in Holyrood at 69 out of 129 (or 53%). Labour came third place in Scotland for the first time in 98 years.

- On 23rd June 16 Scotland voted 62% to remain in EU with every single one of Scotland's 32 council areas voting remain.

(...)
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Why 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿's law don't gel with 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿's, hence the #TreatyOfUnion demanding our laws remain separate. This letter was written in as a huge debate on English Courts taking jurisdiction over Scottish one's was in progress due to Orr Vs Ewing inheritance case.

#ScotRef #JustifyTheUnion
From the Xmas edition of the 'Scotsman', 1883. Our lawyer and correspondent extraordinaire, Thistledown, makes the implications of an #EnglishUsurpation of #ScottishLaw clear.

#ScotRef #JustifyTheUnion #DissolveTheUnion #SameOld
From the same Xmas edition of the 'Scotsman' we have a fan of Thistledown's, I believe he probably had many at this point (he can count me in), making the distinction between 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 & 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 clear.

#ScotRef #JustifyTheUnion #DissolveTheUnion #CountryNotCounty #SameOld
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@BCCletts I know this one 😉

Articles from the 1850-1875 group & as cited below each quote and passage from James Grant's 'Old and New Edinburgh' (1880), vol. 1, Chapter 17.

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@BCCletts So technically Scotland was paid £100,000 to take on a share of England's £20m debt - & that's not what the debt would translate as now - literally £20m worth of debt as of 1707.

#ScotRef #DissolveTheUnion #JustifyTheUnion #UseTheMandate #AboutTime #SameOld #EnglishDebt
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#indyref2
Scottish independence : letter on the necessity of dissolving the union between England and Scotland, and on restoring Scotland to her ancient supremacy as an entire and distinct nation.

Published 1845. Written 1844 by John Steill, who paid for this statue of Wallace.
#indyref2
"The union between Scotland and England one of the blackest transactions in history....."

"...when England had a purpose of her own to serve, however prejudicial it might be to her weaker neighbour, no obstacle would be allowed to stand in the way of its attainment."
#dissolvetheunion
"the voice of our Scottish members, in the misnamed British Senate, is drowned amidst the tumultuous clamours of iron-hearted tories, bloated corruptionists, and hordes of other venal creatures, who have been sent by the..... constituencies of England...."
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British Nationalists never explain why the people of Scotland should put their faith in a British regime which has exhibited such woeful incompetence, mindless recklessness, brazen dishonesty and blatant contempt for our democratic institutions. #DissolveTheUnion
They never explain why Scotland should not seek solutions tailored to our circumstances and informed by the needs, priorities and aspirations of Scotland’s people. #DissolveTheUnion
They never explain why Scotland’s economic, social and political welfare must always be sacrificed for the sake of preserving the structures of power, privilege and patronage which define the British state. #DissolveTheUnion
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🇮🇪 Ireland GDP: £270 billion
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland GDP: £187 billion

🇮🇪 Ireland average salary: £33K
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland average salary: £21K

🇮🇪 Ireland projected GDP Growth: 4.8%
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland projected GDP Growth: 1%

🇮🇪 Ireland: high streets booming
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland: high streets dying
🇮🇪 Ireland: business thriving
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland: businesses closing

🇮🇪 Ireland: population doubled since independence
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland: population hardly grown in 100 years

🇮🇪 Ireland: full membership of EU
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland: forced to leave EU despite massively voting to remain
🇮🇪 Ireland: keeps 100% of tax revenues
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland: sends all tax revenues to London

🇮🇪 Ireland: decides their own government
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland: England decides government

🇮🇪 Ireland: makes own constitutional decisions
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland: UK Gov makes constitutional decisions
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"I am content to simply be Scottish - as in a person whose personal identity includes a component informed by the fact that I regard Scotland as the country to which I belong."
"I will not have notions of Britishness imposed upon me. And I am certainly not about to assert Britishness in order to pander to the political sensitivities of others."
"I'm Scottish, not British. As far as my personal identity is concerned, Britishness is an entirely redundant concept."
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"The issue is not one of what powers the Scottish Parliament should have but of who gets to decide what powers the Scottish Parliament should have.

Only the people of Scotland..."
"Only the people of Scotland have the legitimate authority to make that decision. On Thursday 18 September 2014, for the first time in history, the people of Scotland will have the opportunity to exercise that authority through the democratic process. We will hold..."
"We will hold in our hands all the powers that the parliament of a nation should have. All the powers that we know we want for our parliament.

We can choose..."
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Interesting sample of #DissolveTheUnion over the past week, as highlighted by @jennifermjones.

10k tweets, from just over 2k users. Average: 4.9 tweets / user.

In spontaneous traffic, the average is usually below 2.2. Higher usually shows bots or coordinated action.
Here's why. The ten most active accounts contributed 2,247 tweets. Almost a quarter of the total sample.

Oh, and 11,534 hashtags.
Almost 75% of the posts were retweets.

That's close to the upper edge of the normal range you'd see for spontaneous traffic, but not wildly off the scale.
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One of the great fallacies of the independence movement is the notion that people may be persuaded by 'factual' economic arguments, even supposing such a thing could be contrived. #DissolveTheUnion
The truth is that, long before a person arrives at any discussion of economic factors, their position has been firmly established on the basis of ideology, identity, partisan loyalty etc. #DissolveTheUnion
People who have already made up their minds about a social or constitutional issue turn to economists for algebraic affirmation and the confidence that comes from having assumptions, preconceptions and prejudices papered over with graphs and charts. #DissolveTheUnion
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Let's take a look at the hashtag #DissolveTheUnion, one of several associated with a proposed Scottish independence vote. There have been 25316 tweets from 3476 accounts containing the hashtag in the last 10 days.
Only 31 of the 3476 accounts with #DissolveTheUnion tweets appear to be automated (based on 24/7 tweeting and/or use of automation services). However, they are responsible for 3925 of 25316 tweets (15.5%). The majority of the volume is coming from the top three accounts.
The three most prolific automated accounts with #DissolveTheUnion tweets: @IsThisAB0t, @StillYesScot, and @FAO_Scotbot are all round-the-clock retweet bots.
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Remember the four elements of the independence movement. The SNP is the lever by which Scotland will be extricated from the Union.
The fulcrum on which the lever if the SNP turns is the First Minister and the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Parliament is the solid base on which the fulcrum rests.
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It is not reasonable for the Yes movement to suppose the the 'right time' for a new referendum is something which might simply emerge from conditions determined almost entirely by those most bitterly opposed to the very idea. #Referendum2018 #DissolveTheUnion
The 'right time'for a new referendum is something which must be created by the Yes movement. The practicalities of this task remain the same regardless of when the referendum is declared or held. #Referendum2018 #DissolveTheUnion
Only the circumstances in which the referendum is declared and held change over time. It is reasonable to suppose that, while those circumstances are determined by the British state, they will only become less favourable. #Referendum2018 #DissolveTheUnion
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