A primer on the SNP for all the new members and especially those ex-labour members.

Originally posted on The man of independent mind.:

The SNP is not a socialist party but it was founded by a socalist and we have many socialist members, you will feel right at home.

The best why to get to grips with the SNP is to review the history of SNP. In 1886 Robert Cunninghame-Graham a socialist stood in the general election as liberal candidate for Lanarkshire advocating:

the abolition of the House of Lords
universal suffrage
the nationalisation of land, mines and other industries
free school meals
disestablishment of the Church of England
Scottish Home Rule
the establishment of an eight-hour-day

Basically this is what the SNP stands for today and can be summed up in this image, except the temperance. But the fear of it is no doubt why Charles Kennedy isn’t a member.


Cunninghame-Graham won the election and became the UK’s first Socialist MP. Two years later he and Keir Hardie founded the Scottish Labour…

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The Sabotage of Scotland’s Democracy

Originally posted on Butterfly Rebellion:

At the beginning of the two year referendum campaign on the question of Scottish independence the Department of the Taoiseach in the Republic of Ireland circulated a memo to all of the departments of the Irish civil service to the effect that the Irish government would remain silent throughout the campaign. It was to be understood that the question of Scotland’s future would be a matter for the Scottish people. Dublin is a small European capital where news gets around. Media and government in Ireland adhered to this principle of neutrality. As the campaign in Scotland progressed it became widely known in Dublin that the British government and the British Embassy were applying pressure on the Irish state and the press to speak out against Scottish independence. One source within Oireachtas Éireann, the Irish parliament, has let it be known that the agenda of the British government was to…

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Sammy Turner: Summer By Numbers…

Originally posted on A snapper's life!:

It has been 1 very intense Summer!  And with that you have the first number of my blog.  Now we’ve started!

The last 9 weeks have been some of the busiest to date, for both SNS Group as a company and for me personally.  Almost 50% of my time during that period has been spent working with Celtic FC during their pre-season camps and European qualifiers as the club attempted to reach the Champions League Group Stages.  Throw in the small matter of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on our doorstep, some corporate work here and there and of course the usual manic start to the SPFL season and you have, by all accounts, that very intense Summer I mentioned above.

Since June I’ve been the main man at SNS Group in terms of following our client, Celtic FC, around Europe.  I’ve covered more than half of all of their fixtures, both competitive ones and friendlies, as they began their journey under new Norwegian manager Ronny Deila.

Some of the numbers involved here are…

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Welcome to North Britain

Originally posted on :


By Mike Small

For my friends, the ‘Proud Scots’, congratulations on your victory. Now there’s good news and some bad news for you No voters.

The good news: your vague ‘sense of Britishness’ is secure. Hurrah, no need to worry yourself any more.

The bad news: you have opened the door to £25 billion of austerity measures that will redefine the fabric of our society. On the plus side, you’ll still be able to get The Archers, so while people living in destitution sounds harsh, you won’t be inconvenienced.

The good news: the media is busy telling everyone that ‘home rule’ is coming to Scotland.

Bx7BGk7IMAADXXM.png-largeThe bad news: Gordon Brown just made that up. He’s not in government, it’s not yet 24 hours after the polls closed and the ‘Vow’ is unravelling before our eyes. Already the timetable has disintegrated. Couldn’t they have waited until the weekend before pulling…

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An appeal to all Celtic FC undecided indy ref voters and no voters


scotsoccer1-master675There has been a massive swing to yes over the last couple of weeks due to the balanced and well presented grass roots campaign of the yes camp it has been amazing to watch and see a nation wake politically .
Our smsm as we all know are crap with oldco coming out of liquidation lets just say the political side of the smsm is just as as bad , due to the sport desk failure to deliver the truth we are a nation of web users via alternative media and know not to trust them from Aberdeen to Gretna we know and see the media as liars due to this the whole nation has seen right throw the corporate no camp a wont pin point the lies as u have already seen and heard it , the west monster is evil do t let it fool u Scotland will be crushed after this if a no gos throw u know it and a know it enough of me going on a would ask you to watch and share this video and then decide don’t think of urself in vote think of the children around us in future

Thanks and good luck Mick !

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A personal plea to the undecideds

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:

A guest post by Sinclair of Indie Authors for Scotland

This is an unashamedly emotional post. On Tuesday 9th October 2007 our son, Calum, went to bed, tired but happy. He awoke at around three o’clock on the Wednesday morning with a severe headache, and by half past six he was on a ventilator in Yorkhill Hospital diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Over the next day and a half the doctors and nurses worked tirelessly to save his life but on the Thursday afternoon we were told there was nothing they could do for him.

My wife and I were then asked to think about his organs being used to help save others and after thinking long and hard, we decided that was what Calum would have wanted, and gave our permission. He was kept alive for one more day while the arrangements for the transplants were made. His organs saved…

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POLL: Should Scotland Be an Independent Country?

Originally posted on TIME:

The Scottish people will vote Thursday on whether or not to declare independence from the United Kingdom.

If the “No” vote is successful, England’s northern cousin will remain a part of the family; should the “Yes” vote prevail, Scotland will strike out on its own and leave Great Britain significantly less Great.

Polling forecasts a close race, with the nationalist movement gaining steam over the past few weeks. But while Thursday’s referendum is open only to residents of Scotland, many other people around the world feel invested in the future of the Highlands. Not just those for whom the keening whine of the bagpipe represents a cry for freedom, but also devotees of the sovereign state who would rather the Union remain intact.

So we’d like to give readers a chance to register their own opinions on Scottish independence, answering the same question the voters themselves will face. We’ll publish…

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Soccer Fans Supply Strong Voice in Scottish Independence Debate


Come on the Celtic a big yes now !

Originally posted on Scissors Kick:

“In this city defined by the rivalry between its two biggest soccer clubs — Celtic and Rangers — there were no team colors on display Sunday night as fans filtered into a gloomy pub to watch Scotland play Germany in its first qualifying game for the 2016 European Championship. There is, however, more than soccer to talk about at the moment. Scotland is wound tight, waiting to uncoil next week, when the country will vote on whether it should be independent from Britain. The debate has generated the kind of tension and engagement usually reserved for soccer rivalries in Scotland, and in fact the country’s stadiums have become key battlegrounds for the yes and no campaigns.” NY Times

Scotland – when politics and football clash
“The Scotland independence referendum centers mainly on political and social issues, but as is often the case, the implications run far below the surface…

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Aye, Go On Then

Originally posted on Let's All Hold Hands And Talk About:

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Streets transformed, crowds of smiling upbeat people beaming with hospitality and generosity. Full of excitement, music, laughter and dancing.

I’m not talking about a vision for a new Scotland – that’s the Scotland I saw yesterday on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street. This was the Yes takeover of Glasgow. It was wonderful to get a tangible vision of how cheerful, welcoming and inclusive we can be. However Scotland votes next week we have unleashed great potential and passion.

On a personal note I was chuffed to get to the opportunity to shake the hand of Patrick Harvey (the co-convener of the Scottish Green Party) and congratulate him on running such a positive and imaginative campaign. And *swoon* he has the same bike pannier as me! The very literal accessibility of our representatives has been a major theme in the build up. I hope that our representatives get increasingly grounded and present as…

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