Scotland in Europe

NordicThe Scottish Democratic Alliance (SDA) has revised its policy proposals regarding "Scotland in Europe".  The revision takes into account the fluidity of the ongoing UK Brexit developments, and lays out a vision of an independent Scotland within Europe, but outside the European Union.  This to counter the nonsensical stance of the SNP in relation to the EU, and that party's view that a so called 'independent' Scotland can benefit from remaining part of that failing union, while the rest of the UK sets out on a different path.

The full range of SDA policy proposals can be found by clicking on the following link which points to the 'Policies' section of this web site, specifically the "Scotland in Europe" part:

Interested readers of this web site should download the PDF file "Scotland in Europe", which can be found in the attachments section of the "Scotland in Europe" page, underneath a short condensed compilation of some of the content of that document.  Alternatively, skip the actual policies page, mentioned, and just download the "Scotland in Europe" PDF file, shown, attached, below:

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Social Entrepreneur asks if Scotland has The Bottle

Central Bank Note


RAISING his hand in a hall full of attendees, financial services expert and pro-independence activist Mike Fenwick placed a pound into a four litre bottle and challenged "all those who want to see change" to also place a pound of their money inside.

Making the case for the creation of a Scottish central bank during a recent currency debate organised by Yes Rutherglen, Fenwick sought to simplify the concept by inviting audience members to take part in a symbolic action which he plans to take all the way to Holyrood.

Up to 60 individuals signed promissory pledges to fund a people's central bank, however the organiser told CommonSpace that £72 in coins had been submitted.

The voluntary bottle collection will last from the present day to Hogmanay and Fenwick hopes to present the final proceeds to the first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, for safekeeping. Fenwick hopes the stunt will highlight hopes from the pro-independence camp for the creation of a central bank for the Scottish people free from control by private capital, and solely a publicly funded institution.

Speaking to CommonSpace, Fenwick, said: "One of the questions last night was how do you explain what we are doing to the man/woman in the street - it is a crucial question.

"Much of what we use as currency and think of as money is a piece of paper with a promise printed on it by a Bank, it is not legal tender, and often the printed promise is being given by bank boards and chief executives who left in disgrace."

"What we are attempting is to change that with a promise signed by individuals in their own name, in their own hand, and which is backed in full by legal tender, and to allow everyone in Scotland to get used to another form of currency, in the form of a "medium of exchange", bearing a name which can be trusted - the Scottish ‘Hand’.

"It may also begin to allow everyone to better understand what having a Scottish Central Bank means in practice, one based on assets, not debt."

The idea for the Scottish ‘Hand’ was inspired from the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne, which say:"Around the world on Hogmanay, people will join hands and sing or say these words, “And here's a hand my trusty fiere! And gies a hand o' thine!"

Another advocate of the idea, Jim Stamper of Yes Rutherglen, said it was the perfect symbolism to launch a new Scottish currency and central bankwhich "can embodyfriendship, unity, and above all trust".

Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP Criticised by eminent Law Professor

SNP: ‘Obedient adulation’ led to legislation (Aberdeen Press & Journal, Saturday 23 July 2016)

Nicola Sturgeon’s former law lecturer has said the ‘obedient adulation’ of her MSPs has contributed to Scottish Legislation being among the worst in Europe.  Alistair Bonnington, a former honorary law professor at Glasgow, launched a stinging attack on the SNP hierarchy’s grip on their members, as well as their failure to grasp the basics of constitutional law.  He said SNP MSPs “slavishly” followed orders, meaning government bills were “afforded obedient adulation, no matter how flawed”.  And he added: “This results in Scotland producing the lowest quality legislation in Europe”.  Mr Bonnington, who taught Ms Surgeon in Glasgow, also argued that the Government had encroached on the independence of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.  He added: “I seem to have failed to install in her (Sturgeon) the most basic rules of how institutions of government work in the free world”

The statement by Ms Sturgeon’s former law lecturer, surely explains why the SNP Government blindly pressed ahead with the introduction of the “Named Person Legislation”, widely condemn by all sectors of Scottish society as having the real potential to undermine parents, and allow the state unlimited access to pry into the privacy of families in their homes.  Also, the SNP hierarchy’s grip on their members, explains the slavish obedience, by the majority of those members and supporters, to the SNP's decision to support the REMAIN campaign in the recent EU referendum, which is undoubtedly the main reason why 62% of the Scottish electorate voted to remain in the EU, while the UK as a whole voted to leave.

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