Holyrood Should Be In Control Of Key Issues

A majority of people in Scotland want Holyrood to be in control of key policy areas including Trident and immigration, according to a new poll.  The finding was among the results of a survey of more than 1000 people north of the Border, which also found most voters supported the Scottish Government having control over the number of foreign workers coming to the country.

An Open Letter To Oliver Mundell MSP

From Chick McKenna - An open letter to Oliver Mundell MSP

Dear Mr Mundell
I note that you consider the March for Independence held here in Dumfries to be both a waste of time and an affront to the people of Dumfries. You also indicated that the large numbers were due to people being bussed in to the town.
I would ask you to note that yesterday`s march, by the way, was not a protest, it was a very public display of support for an independent Scotland, something which neither you nor your Westminster colleague the Secretary of State for Scotland wish to see happen. Those attending did so voluntarily and were not coerced into attending.

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The Vow - Broken

We like to think that devolution has allowed Scotland to carve its own path alongside that of Westminster.  We like to think that there is a mutual respect between our nations.  We like to create all kinds of compromises regarding devolution in order to ensure its survival.  For example, the Sewel Convention says that the UK Government cannot legislate without the consent of the Scottish Parliament on devolved matters – yet this week it happened before our eyes.  The reality of what it means to be ruled by Westminster is set out clearly in Section 28, subsection 7 of the Scotland Act which states: “(7) This section does not affect the power of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to make laws for Scotland.”