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September 05, 2010

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I think the Government should have forced a vote on the referendum, if only to force the Unionists to vote down the right of the people to decide. And I think the Government should have made it a confidence motion i.e. they should have resigned as a Government if the Unionists blocked a referendum and left it to the Unionist Bloc to implement Unionist cuts. It would have made for a much better election strategy if nothing else.

You know, I remember being at a wild horse auction in Idaho some years ago. On one particular horse a family was bidding against a horse dealer from out of state; they bid each other up a few times and then the wiley horse dealer, well practiced in these sorts of things, said to the family "Look, I've got a budget of $x, so if you can't bid over that then there is no point in you bidding". The family, who were trying to buy the horse for their daughter looked glum and backed off. The dealer won. Of course the dealer had simply named a price in excess of what he actually had to spend and had managed to psych-out the family in order to get a cheap deal on the beast. So... SNP, don't let the unionist horse-traders play mind-games with you; put the bill to the Scottish Parliament and force them to show their hand. Don't sell this chance of a referendum off cheaply. They are threatening to block the bill; make them do it.

Dear Rolf

You state:

“George Laird may boast of how red the west of Scotland's political map may be, but what good has that done for the people living there?”

Firstly, I wasn’t ‘boasting’ about Labour success, I was stating facts.

Where you at the David Turner by-election, David Cassidy by-election, did you do the European election, did you turn up at the Denis Johnston by-election, David Kerr by-election or did you turn out for the Westminster election?

I am wondering just how SNP committed you actually are.

“Keeping Scotland on its knees for your own party political aims is shameful”.

If you had taken the time to read my post, then you have seen that I am an SNP member.

I am sure that Stewart Hosie, Nicola Sturgeon, David Kerr, James Dornan, John Mason et al would be able to tell you who George Laird is.

I also wrote:

“Some of this I proposed during yesterday's SNP meeting in Perth during group discussions”.

If you don’t know who I am in the SNP then it is probably because you don’t work enough for the party.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Very disappointing news but understandable given the position of the Unionist parties, they seem determined to deny people the right to choose.

The most annoying part of this story is the spin being applied by the likes of BBC Scotland. Never let the facts get in the way of some Nat bashing...

The SNP have met the majority of their headline manifesto commitments, and done so as a minority administration. Imagine what could be achieved in Scotland's interests (not the interests of the Westminster Labour party) if the SNP had a majority, if the Scottish parliament had real control over is own its finances etc. It is that very imagining that scares the Labour party into their current undemocratic stance. How would they win a majority at Westminster without their 40 to 50 Scottish MPs? That is all that concerns them. George Laird may boast of how red the west of Scotland's political map may be, but what good has that done for the people living there? Highest rates of unemployment, shocking health statistics etc. Keeping Scotland on its knees for your own party political aims is shameful.

Dear Joan

Should we have a referendum?

No, why flog a dead horse, it is now irrelevant and time wasting at this point to try and get a bill through Parliament.

We need to show a record of achievement over more than one term in office before this is viable again with the people.

The campaign for the next Holyrood election should be firmly grounded in reality.

It should be an action plan.

The manifesto should be filled with an agenda for changes to services, tackling quangos and freezing obscene public sector pay and phasing out bonuses.

Some of this I proposed during yesterday's SNP meeting in Perth during group discussions.

I hope my suggestion for a national police force will be given serious consideration by the party.

Our agenda should be bold and radical.

Labour is climbing in the polls and action is needed to change the way the party campaigns in Glasgow.

We can't sit back and hope that the Labour Party becomes unpopular again, we need to get out and meet the public, face to face.

I ask people in Glasgow to name a Glasgow SNP MSP, so far other than Nicola, the result is zero.

Try it yourself, see what 3 years in Parliament has done to the profile of those currently list MSPs.

And then there are the SNP candidates who don't do work days for branches they are a member of.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

The phoney war is over, time for all who have Scotland's best interests at heart to come together and make the case for full self government.
Time to do ....

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