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John Drake

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In Topic: Scottish Independence Referendum

Today, 11:40 AM

The Tory backbencher proposals are just a power grab for Westminster.

 

Labour needs to position itself in a way that genuinely offers devolution to England. If they do that then the Lib Dems, UKIP, Greens will join them. Tie it in with changes to Scotland, Wales and NI and they'll have the numbers to get it all through.

 

Spot on.

 

I'm absolutely delighted that Scotland has voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. But no politician of any party should take that as an endorsement of the way the British political system currently works. If they do, are missing the point by several miles and will simply stoke up further resentment on both sides of the border.

 

We need a cross-party consensus for change, not a self-interested power grab by any party.

 

The idea that England is made more democratic simply by stripping voting rights from Scottish MPs at Westminster is crude, stupid and counter-productive. The notion that England should be allowed to become some kind of permanent Tory fiefdom in this way is a recipe for division and disaster. Mr Cameron and his party need to recognise that in many parts of England they are just as hated as this referendum has shown them to be in Scotland. England does not and should not belong to the Tories any more than Scotland should belong to Labour or the SNP.

 

If we can learn anything from Scotland and the way they do politics, it is that Holyrood is more representative and effective as a Parliament because it is not elected in the same way as Westminster. Consensus is not anathema; parties with minority support that struggle to win any seats at Westminster (ie, the Tories) can still win seats at Holyrood and gain fair representation to ensure a more pluralistic approach to politics prevails.

 

At the very least, the whole of the UK deserves the same kind of approach at Westminster, and no party can argue that it won't work, because we already know it does, within the UK itself in Scotland.

 

Westminster cannot serve as an English Parliament in its present form simply by removing the votes of Scottish MPs, because it is not fairly representative of England in the first place.

 

It is time for our leaders to show some statesmanship, and step away from seeking to exploit or manipulate this referendum result for their own party political gain, or the contempt they and the political class are held in will only grow and we will all suffer for that in the long run.


In Topic: Scottish Independence Referendum

Yesterday, 04:44 PM

As an Yorkshireman living in G Town, it's as simple as this;

 

Sincerely, i believe that an opportunity to run your own country is too good to pass up.

 

Whilst it wont easy for Scotland, it really wont, i see signs of a true social conscious up here and the opportunity to extend that is worth the economic risk*.

 

Furthermore, if you're not disillusioned by Westminster and at how broken the current methodology is then fair enough, but if we're better together, then why is it so ###### now?

 

My reply is a bit disjointed as i'm currently at work; in a UK owned investment bank. *risks - pah, can we really believe the messenger here? 

 

What is so dreadful about life in Scotland today that independence alone will fix?

 

If Westminster is broken, and I don't dispute that it is, Scots can't absolve themselves completely of blame for that, having been part of the union for the past 300+ years. As recently as 1997 to 2010, Westminster had a government with a substantial majority that Scots significantly contributed to, and probably could have the same again by May next year, if the union is not broken today.

 

Why not use that influence to fix our common problems, instead of walking away into an uncertain future on the back of promises that are no less disingenuous than those made by any other politician or political party in the UK?


In Topic: Scottish Independence Referendum

Yesterday, 02:01 PM

No.

The basis is so that Scotland can govern Scotland themselves.

 

Why are you so against them being independant?

 

Hmmm, all I've heard is Alex Salmond and the SNP blaming all the bad stuff on Westminster. Even stuff which is already under the jurisdiction of the Scottish Parliament, such as the NHS. Oh, and Westminster never delivers for Scotland, apparently. With the glaring exception of Westminster delivering devolution and the Scottish Parliament in the first place.

 

And they are also inviting Scots to vote for independence without being able to offer any guarantee on what will happen to the currency or EU membership, to name but two huge and complex issues. On that basis, in my view, the nationalists haven't made a sufficiently convincing case that they can deliver much of what they are promising, and thus they resort to a bit of flag waving, Braveheart infused twaddle and complaining about bias when anyone asks them a question they can't answer.

 

Whatever the outcome of this referendum, the SNP have split Scotland pretty much down the middle. Some achievement, that.

 

I might ask in turn, why are you so against Scotland remaining a self-governing part of the United Kingdom?


In Topic: Scottish Independence Referendum

Yesterday, 01:47 PM

Aaaand, that's me out of this thread (although I did appreciate the humour in Larry's post).

 

I don't need to justify my reasons for voting to a load of people who have no clue about my beliefs, passions, plans, requirements, etc. 

 

Heaven forbid, living in a democratic society where we are allowed to vote for things that are important to us.

 

Later folks.

 

You don't need to justify your vote, and it is a secret ballot, but if you choose to make your vote public on a forum like this, you can't then take umbrage at others who might wonder why you made your choice or disagree with it. It's your choice to respond or not to any of that, but it was inevitable you'd get some kind of reaction by revealing your vote on here on such a clearly divisive issue which most of us have not been able to participate in (despite the outcome having an impact on us all).

 

I've said I'd have voted no. I'm happy to continue to argue my reasons why with those who agree and disagree.


In Topic: Koukash: Bulls would still be in Super League if my wife owned them

Yesterday, 01:29 PM

 

Salford owner Marwan Koukash has said that if his wife, Mandy, had been allowed to purchase the club earlier this season, then he has no doubts that the club would have remained in Super League.

Mrs Koukash was in the running to buy the club when it was up for sale earlier this year, before current chairman Marc Green assumed control of the club. Since then the Bulls have been relegated from Super League, and have changed coaches after Francis Cummins was replaced by James Lowes.

And Koukash told BBC North West Tonight that if his wife would have taken control at Odsal, there would have been a seven-figure sum available for the coaching staff to go out and spend on players, as well as saying he’s adamant the club would have beaten the drop.

“Unfortunately for some reason or another, my wife wasn’t given the go-ahead to buy Bradford, despite the fact that – in my opinion – she had the best possible bid for Bradford,” he said.

“I know for sure that at that time, there would have been a million pounds available for (former Bradford coach) Francis Cummins to go out and spend on strengthening the team by purchasing players – if she had been able to purchase the club.

“Had she been given the chance at the time, then I’ve no doubt that Bradford would still be in Super League today.”

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It's easy for him to say that now because we'll never, ever know, and in many ways, it is quite disrespectful to the current owners of the Bulls. Couldn't they turn round and argue that if they had spent the amount of money he has at Salford, the Red Devils would have finished in the top 8 instead of only managing to win 3 more games than the Bulls did this season and ending up 10th?

 

People in glasshouses...