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I’ve slept on it, and I really don’t want to leave Scottish Twitter. I feel a strong connection to the Scottish people, and independence is a just cause—one of the few today.

I have believed and still do that indy will benefit the Scottish people and the rest of the world.
Scottish independence is not an end in itself, it is an enabling act, the creation of a space in which the Scottish people have the opportunity to build a just and compassionate polity.

What I have seen of the moral consensus leads me to believe that’s just what they’ll do.
Scots aren’t a conclave of Saints, they’re precisely a nation of people of all sorts unusually in touch with their humanity.

The “earthiness” of the Scottish approach to life stems from less abstraction from being human, on the whole. This means cutting though bullshit, usually.
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Tories within spitting distance of their 2017 total (28%). SNP seven points up on theirs and Labour *eleven* points down. Labour are even eight points down on their 2015 performance, where they lost every seat but one.
After the 2017 election, Labour were second in so many seats to the SNP, there was lots of speculation that nationalists had peaked, Labour were coming back which would make it so much easier for the party to score a majority nationally.

What happened?
In the meantime, IPSOS shows independence dead heat.

NO-48%
YES-48%

Don’t know-4%

Unlike the general election, that is not a lot of undecideds...
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The Conservative soundbite to unionists of "voting for the tories will stop indyref2" is FALSE. The tories don't have the power to block a referendum. Indeed under the UN covenant on civil and political rights, they are required to enable it.
A covenant is an international agreement or promises to do or provide something, or to refrain from doing or providing something, which is BINDING on the states party (the UK Government and its agents i.e. MP's, MSP's et al). Which means IT CAN BE ENFORCED!
The choice of whether #indyref2 will happen is not up to the tories, a refusal would simply be a demonstration of another reason why independence is necessary (undemocratic behaviour) followed swiftly by a court overriding them.
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So there we some good things in #LabourManifesto19 today. Good stuff on flexible working. Good stuff for private renters. Good stuff on animal welfare. Some good things on public spending. Why, then, am I so worried? Well. /THREAD
I think my own concern would focus on governance. Yes, you can concentrate on cost. A lot of these figures look like a blurry Polaroid shot of the Yeti. But more important is the capacity side.
Let's consider what the state will be asked to do, aside from #Brexit and post-Brexit/ manage Remain, and potentially #indyref2 and its aftermath. Will be asked to completely revolutionise economic and social life in Britain in a way it took Thatcher and Major more than a decade.
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Now, I've known @murdo_fraser since forever. He's the sort of person who you can disagree with, have a good ol' discussion & part on good terms. He's no snowflake. Not that we have disagreed that often - maybe more now. But, I can't deny, I like him.

So, imagine my surprise...
...when a comment I added to his Facebook page was deleted.

I'm genuinely amazed.

So, I hear you cry, what vile thing did you say?

Sadly, I didn't take a screenshot (on account of how he's not a snowflake & I assumed he'd not censor it but engage instead).

But I can remember!
Ok, so let's start with his post.

@murdo_fraser was trying to make a point about @NicolaSturgeon and #IndyRef2.

Here it is...
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Meet Alister Jack. When Alister isn’t manning the thin blue line stopping illegal soft toys entering fortress Britain, he’s the tory candidate for Dumfries & Galloway. I’ve been holding his record as MP up to the light trying to make something out. This won’t take long: /1 Alister Jack standing with a miniature stop sign next to a pile of soft cuddly toy dogs in front of a van with the back door open and caged dogs inside.
I’ll confess, when I started looking at this, I found myself upgrading my opinion of Mundell a fraction of a millimetre. You'll see what I mean. Join me as I wander through Jack’s Hansard record. /2 Alister Jack and Mundell striking absurd thumbs up poses wearing blue tory rosettes
Quick disclaimer: speaking in the Commons is but 1 aspect, albeit an important one, of the job. But looking at how often they speak & what they say is instructive. An MP could make 500 pointless interventions or 50 powerful speeches so you need to look at the whole picture. /3
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Do you want to know the truth about Scotland and why WM is SO set on stopping it from leaving the Union?

Here are 10, for starters.

And these completely quash the silly claims that Scotland’s too wee or too poor!
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FM: "I want the people of Scotland to be able to escape a Tory Brexit that will damage our economy, damage our society, damage the prospects of future generations. I want Scotland to be able to escape years and years of further Tory wrangling on Brexit..." #FMQs
FM: "..and, yes, I want the people of Scotland to have the opportunity to choose their own future. I'll seek to persuade the people of Scotland to choose independence, so we can build the more prosperous, fairer, more equal Scotland I believe we are capable of being." #FMQs
FM: "My priority is to give the people of Scotland the opportunity to choose independence next year." #FMQs
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"Stop the SNP"

I'm seeing this quite a lot now.

Why?

Do you want to pay for prescriptions?

How about £9,000/year tuition fees?

How about the 'Bedroom Tax'?

Road & Bridge tolls?

Do you like nuclear weapons on your doorstep?

Illegal wars?

Tax avoiding politicians?
There are many benefits that the SNP give the Scottish people, a lot of which are taken for granted.

Westminster wants Scotland tied to the union to milk the natural resources and cover the shortfall from tax avoiding millionaires and billionaires.
"Stopping the SNP" is a delusional rhetoric used by those who have an interest other than that of the prosperity of our country, and all of those who reside here.

Sure, the SNP are not perfect - no party is, or will ever be, but the alternative is a lifetime of abuse from WM!
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🚨 Statt dem täglichen Brexit-Update gibt’s jetzt bis 12. Dezember also ein Wahlkampf-Update. 🚨 (auch nicht fad!)

Hier ein Thread zur Ausgangslage für die einzelnen Parteien, los geht’s mit den Tories.
Die Tories werden mit einem Manifesto (Wahlprogramm) antreten, wo Johnsons Deal als Lösung des Brexit-Chaos angepriesen wird. Für alle Tory-MPs, egal wie pro-Remain sie sind, wird es dann schwer, gegen den Deal zu stimmen – weil sie (auch) dafür gewählt werden.
Im Süden werden sie sicher Sitze an die LibDems verlieren. Da ist das Ziel Schadensbegrenzung. Große Gewinne will man in den Industrieregionen im Norden einfahren: traditionelle Labour-Hochburgen, aber ziemliche Leave-Gebiete.
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1/ Seems to me that no-one who voted against May’s deal on basis it lacked strong enough assurances about closeness of future relationship could possibly vote for this - much harder Brexit beckons if this deal passes.
2/ For Scotland, this deal would take us out of EU, single market and customs union - all against our will. It would leave us as only part of UK being taken out without consent and with no say on future relationship. @theSNP will not vote for that.
3/ MPs should not fall for a deal/no deal framing. No Brexit/revoke is always an alternative to no deal.
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8 months on, and it’s clearer than ever that a “No Plan” No Deal Brexit will lead to Scotland’s division and Ireland’s union. It will be hard to keep Ireland divided when customs and regulations will be kept aligned north and south, with GB diverging....
... meanwhile the Scots will say that they have had enough of London’s lunacy, and see #indyref2 as the path back to the EU membership that they never wanted to lose. Ironically a Scotland-England border would be easier than a border in Ireland.
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1) THREAD... Firstly, what I’m about to say it not a reflection on the vast majority of #indyref2 folk on Twitter, but it does reflect on a small number of people. Most of you have and are extremely welcoming, but I felt like I had to a tweet in regards to ‘following back’...
2) When a new person joins Twitter to get involved, people need to stop being so obsessed with following back. Don’t berate a new person for not following back, they may not know how to. Or they may be slower in doing it, because they are getting used to this. Life is not all
3) about following back... How do you really think it looks for a new person to be excited to get involved in Twitter, just to be made feel like shit and basically given into trouble by grown adults for not following back quick enough? You were all new to Twitter before, you all
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📺 @NicolaSturgeon: “The proposals on the table from Boris Johnson would not be acceptable to the SNP. They would take Scotland out of the EU, out of the single market, out of the customs union, with all the damage that would do - and against our will.” #SNP19 #Marr
NS: "I am not prepared, as the First Minister of Scotland, to accept the inevitability of Brexit." #SNP19 #Marr
NS: "Over the past few weeks I have been of the view that the best sequence of events would be for the opposition to try and get rid of Boris Johnson in a vote of confidence, then have the extension secured, and then have a general election as quickly as possible." #SNP19 #Marr
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THREAD: Division has been the main word of 2019. It’s everywhere we look.

The UK is divided with the EU, England is divided with Scotland, and both countries are divided internally.

Whilst everyone is fighting, the rich and the elite are getting richer. This is what they want.
The 2014 referendum was divisive. The Brexit referendum was divisive. The UK Union was already fragile but has now been shattered beyond any hope of repair. We cannot allow #IndyRef2 to be divisive.
It is clear to many that Scotland and England need to take separate paths in order to best heal their internal divisions. It’s important that we’re united in becoming independent of each other.
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MY FACEBOOK STATUS FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY.
The day before the vote...
‘A message to every No voter.
I am extremely confident that tomorrow we will get a Yes vote, but if Scotland votes No, then know this....
The next time Westminster delivers legislation that attacks the...
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...poor and dismantles the welfare state. I will blame YOU.
When they introduce policy that ensures the poor pay for the mistakes of the greedy and the rich. I will blame YOU.
When we have to start paying to visit our GPs, and adults and children in poverty suffer...
2/8
...needlessly because their parents can't AFFORD to visit their Doctor or pay for prescriptions. I will blame YOU.
When they cut our budget for health, and we will have no choice but to privatise our NHS. I will blame YOU.
Every act of social and economic vandalism...
3/8
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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.

1/27

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

2/27

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

3/27

#DissolveTheUnion #indyref2
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The union seems to be breaking in some places, bending in others. New Welsh poll shows 40% (of those who chose to give a response) would choose independence if Wales were part of the EU. Never mind Global Britain, there might not be a Britain at all if this keeps up.
However you slice the figures, the support for Welsh independence has seen a sustained increase in support in recent years, from somewhere around 10% to the mid 30s now. It is clearly part of the Westminster system discrediting itself in the minds of much of the public.
I suspect the figure also represents another plus of the Brexit process for the EU: it has seemed to vindicate the old nationalist argument that small states can be protected and have outsized importance as EU members. After the Greek crisis, that’s no mean achievement.
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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.

(...)
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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Skin-crawling causing, profiteering, supercilious, entitled, arrogant, full to the brim of disdain, for those he regards as beneath him, ridiculous individual.
Vile creature, his soul polluted beyond help.

BBC News - Jacob Rees-Mogg told to 'sit up man!' bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-pol…
He's a great aid to Scotland's Independence though, so thank you for that🤡🤡🤡
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s father, Sir William Rees-Mogg wrote a book called ‘Blood in the Streets’, named from a Baron Nathan Rothschild quote.
In this book, he imparts the knowledge he has gained and implemented, without conscience - 1
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Who wants to pick apart the anti-Welsh independence arguments one by one?

Read on! (1/x)

southwalesargus.co.uk/news/17859759.…
"Trying to isolate Wales from the rest of the UK doesn't work when it comes to best economic, social, health and educational outcomes."

As part of the union Wales has:
- GVA per capita of ~73% of UK average (economic)
- 30%+ child poverty (social) (2/x)
- Falling life expectancy - same as the rest of the UK (health)
- Decent A-level results, actually, but @ThatsDevolved (education) (3/x)
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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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OFGEM - the UK Government's energy regulator - are the biggest obstacle to making full use of #Scotland's #renewable #energy resources.

Energy policy is reserved to the UK Government, so there's absolutely nothing the Scottish Government can do about #Ofgem.

Thread: 1/x
Here's a BBC article where Ofgem have supposedly given the "green light" for the first ever grid connection to Shetland.

(Believe it or not, we're in 2019 and the UK has never bothered to connect #Shetland to the National Grid.)

2/x

archive.fo/61Z0s
Unfortunately, approval for the grid connection to Shetland is conditional on the UK Government funding a wind farm project there, which will in turn be conditional on being able to transmit power to the National Grid.

Catch-22.

3/x
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Have to say this every time @scottishlabour bods start mumbling about federalism (2019: This time it's RADICAL). 1/? #indyref2
Firstly, Labour only seem to bang on about federalism in Scotland, because it's aimed at an audience of independence supporters, or the iCurious. But it isn't Scotland they need to convince. Voters in Scotland would presumably lap it up, given the high level of support for indy.
@LabourParty need to convince the English electorate to support federalism. That electorate is about ten times bigger than the other three combined, so if they aren't on board then it's not happening 3/whatever
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