Auld_Reekie

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  1. Firstly, referring to anyone as "Gauleiter" is hugely damaging to the Yes campaign IMO. Secondly, it's probably best if SNP/Yes works on assumption that Scotland will be forced out for a while for exact reason you outlined. While I'd rather remain in if we can, the EU is run by politicians and it's reasonable to assume they will do a backroom deal against Scotland if it suits their wider interests. If we factor that into #indyref2 planning, there will be less surprises during the campaign.
  2. Really, really hope we manage a decent campaign this year. Cotter has brought a breath of fresh air to the national team but it hasn't been rewarded in Six Nations so far. With it being his last campaign, hoping the players put everything in to it tomorrow and get the campaign off to a great start. Have to put everything in to tomorrow's game and set the bar and momentum for the rest of the games - lose and it'll be another average-to-pish Six Nations.
  3. Yep. If I don't see independence in my lifetime, I'd like to think my sons will have a chance of seeing it. And for them to have a better opportunity than me, the Scottish Parliament needs to be enhanced and protected.
  4. Things will change once campaign starts. Even in first referendum, it took a while for people to give a $hit. Another White Paper and Westminster shooting itself in the foot saying we can't do this and we can't do that, and people will start to get involved. Massive gamble going again especially without any new newspapers on board or Scottish Labour, but I don't really see how SNP have an option. If you can't call a referendum in this $hitfest, when can you? Still going to be mighty close though.
  5. It's not a u-turn though if that remains the long-term goal. From what I read, EFTA/EEA is a necessary compromise in the short-term because currently, we're heading straight out of the EU and there's doubts (probably unreasonable doubts) that we'd get straight back in. It's a intermediate step to reflect current reality of brexit and simplify the #indyref2 prospectus. It's perfectly reasonable (to me anyway), for SNP to continue to support the "Independence in Europe" stance but accept that it's dead currently because of brexit. More so if as a party they explicitly state they will seek to move back to full membership as soon as possible after a Yes vote, possibly offering a referendum after independence. Even though Im not a member of the party anymore, I still support staying in the EU but accept that given the severity of the brexit nonsense, would have no problems supporting EFTA/EEA membership in the short-to-medium term. I don't think that's a huge U-turn but rather a sane and sensible reaction to a massive constitutional crisis. The SNP would be absolutely mental to just accept brexit or stick their heads in the sand and fight #indyref2 on an EU membership gamble. We'd have the same arguments as last time with more intensity and would have failed to answer any of the major questions relating to the EU. I'd be asking serious questions of SNP if they didn't consider EFTA/EEA in short-term. It looks bold on surface but it's an easy decision IMO.
  6. I don't think that's Salmond saying the Times are talking keech - he's clarifying that all things being fine, EU membership is still preferred stance but if that is not going to happen (which now seems likely), the SNP are preparing support for an acceptable middle ground. If anything, I think he's confirming the original story - that thanks to Brexit, the SNP are doing the groundwork for an independence referendum that offers Scotland a compromise.
  7. I'm not sure it's just exaggeration - it's the job of governments to produce coherent policy that isn't easily confused or misinterpreted. The Trump administration (on advice possibly of CIA, etc) have identified 7 countries and claimed the list was compiled with anti-terrorism and safety in mind. But a very quick look at the facts show it to be a massively flawed policy with a pathetic justification. While there's no doubt about the hyperbole, the confusion and doubt about the motives mean everyone is left to guess at what is going on - and in the wider context of the last 11 days, Islamophobia seems just as likely a reason for the ban as anti-terrorism. It's the job of the US Government to sort out their message if they want the hyperbole and guesswork to stop.
  8. Because we're the US' bitch? Americanisation of our country been going on for decades now and we're long overdue a recoil. One of many reasons I support independence and a realignment of Scotland with Nordic region rather than Atlantic.
  9. I like it as well even though normally I would say it's far too bold a proposal. But when you work from a baseline where, at the very least, Scotland is coming out of the EU despite wanting to stay, maintaining access to the single market as a platform for coming back in (if that's what we want) is a pretty attractive position for all concerned. Kills stone dead any arguments about whether or not we'd be in the EU and leaves open possibility of negotiating access to UK market (and therefore implies rUK would have to campaign against such a thing in #indyref2 if they wanted to make it a problem). As you say Rossy, it's all about the currency. Would be the last thing rUK and No campaign could torch so expect them to go huge on it.
  10. Clearly looking ahead to how the Brexit bill has moved through parliament and eye-balling SNP conference in March for a possible launch of a new campaign. Also looks like they are proposing what the Scottish Government went to UK Government with (outside EU, but inside single market), so it's going to maximise contrast with rUK approach and attempt to appease both Leave and Remain voters. No doubt now we're on for another vote in the next 2 years, it's just a question of the SNP sorting out what they want it to look like. And from weekend reports, it's a Scottish Pound, out of the EU but in EFTA (or similar). That's going to be a pretty bold sell IMO, but in the current climate, actually looks sane and reasonable.
  11. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-regulations-idUSKBN15E1QU?feedType=RSS&feedName=businessNews
  12. I feel like we're in some weird alternate universe.
  13. If it's not a spoof, he's in need of care. Starting off being funny, but quickly turned into something quite sad or unsettling. Whether it's because they saw him as a genuine threat or looked for ways to intervene and help, not surprised polis acted.
  14. Yep. Which is why #indyref2 will be put off as long as possible. Currency is still no clearer and you can see the No campaign lines already becoming very obvious - yesterday's emphasis by opposition and the media on the amount of exports to rUK and Europe makes it clear the campaign is already underway.
  15. A fair point but I assumed (probably wrongly) that that would be a given. My comment is based on the assumption that he's not going to succeed. My comment stands regardless of whether you think he's going to succeed or fail - the hysteria needs to die down and Trump left to get on with it. If he's going to succeed, he should be given every chance to do so; if he's going to fail, his opponents need to be diligent and determined, and make sure there is no ambiguity if he crosses a line. As always, we're better off when a government is held to account by a harsh but fair media and public. Screaming that he's a monster every other day isn't going to cut it.