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    Quote Originally Posted by JeMeSouviens View Post
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    Most people I know that I've spoken to on the subject (both Yes and No on Indy) would gladly see Brexit fail. I'd personally be delighted to see the UK continue as an EU member even though I think it would put Indy off for a few years at least.
    I imagine it depends on how interested in politics those you speak with are when it comes to something as mind-numbing as Brexit. I'm probably generalising, but I'd suggest a large majority of the Scottish population and that of the UK at large have long become bored to the back teeth with it and have simply lost interest. That's certainly where I'm at with it, despite having voted to remain in the EU and feeling genuinely shocked at the time that the Yes vote held sway two years ago.

    It's undoubtedly a source of major frustration to the SNP that the post-Brexit uprising they anticipated in Scotland never materialised to any significant degree, hence this ongoing attempt to whip up some semblance of Scottish rage about the supposed 'power grab' (a phrase now almost as tiresome as 'hard Brexit cliff edge'). Unlike the more mature approach of the Welsh government, it's little more than a childish refusal to grant consent under any circumstance to the Brexit bill in the hope it will spark some sort of shift in those stubborn polling figures which show no change in the Scottish electorate's desire for independence. As far as I can see, the powers supposedly being 'taken away' were never under Scottish parliamentary control in the first place so this faux outrage is based on a manufactured grievance designed only to keep the independence fires flickering.

    Like it or not, a majority of the UK electorate (including a not insignificant minority of just under 40% of the Scottish electorate which included a number of SNP supporters) exercised their democratic right to vote for a departure from the EU, but as with the 2014 independence referendum the SNP seem incapable of comprehending that their view of the world isn't shared by everyone.


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    Losing a battle dosent mean youíve lost the war.

    If that were the case there would be one election. Then we would all shut up shop for the rest of eternity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bristolhibby View Post
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    Losing a battle dosent mean youíve lost the war.

    If that were the case there would be one election. Then we would all shut up shop for the rest of eternity.

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    This is true, though there are probably a significant number of people right now who would happily settle for a moratorium on elections and referendums for the next five years or so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Day Soon View Post
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    This is true, though there are probably a significant number of people right now who would happily settle for a moratorium on elections and referendums for the next five years or so...
    Thatís possibly because they donít realise the impact Brexit will have on their lives.


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    Quote Originally Posted by grunt View Post
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    Thatís possibly because they donít realise the impact Brexit will have on their lives.


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    Or maybe they do but they're also pretty sick of ***** politics and ***** politicians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    I think myself and at least one other prominent supporter of independence on here kinda contradict that particular generalisation. In fact I'm toiling to think of another Scottish ex military mate who confirms your cliche.
    I realised it was a generalisation and I know some on both sides. Pity the yes supporters now live in Spain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golden Fleece View Post
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    I realised it was a generalisation and I know some on both sides. Pity the yes supporters now live in Spain.

    As a No voter you won't find me on too many of the 12th July marches you alluded to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Day Soon View Post
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    As a No voter you won't find me on too many of the 12th July marches you alluded to...
    I daresay there aren't many in these parts..😂

    Bit no doubt it is a factor in some of the less enlightended parts of Scotland...And god, can you imagine the level of political discussion between those bowler hat wearing noel-hunts across west Lothian and Ayrshire? It will make us look like a Mensa convention!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthsideHarp_Bhoy View Post
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    I daresay there aren't many in these parts..😂

    Bit no doubt it is a factor in some of the less enlightended parts of Scotland...And god, can you imagine the level of political discussion between those bowler hat wearing noel-hunts across west Lothian and Ayrshire? It will make us look like a Mensa convention!

    I was brought up a Catholic in a mixed marriage where the immediate background of the two families was Roman Catholic and Free Church of Scotland (both sides regular attenders). Doctrinally allergic to one another but in everyday terms never a harsh word spoken or a significant difference seen.

    The bowler hatters of Ayrshire and West Lothian are vestigial fossils running on folk memory autopilot. They could no more explain meaningful religious differences than they could explain structural deficit, currency dependency or EU membership requirements. They're 'No' for a reason, but not necessarily a good one. Big mistake to assume that they are in any way representative of our No majority.

    Are you suggesting we're less than the apogee of refined and informed debate?

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    I was brought up a Catholic in a mixed marriage where the immediate background of the two families was Roman Catholic and Free Church of Scotland (both sides regular attenders). Doctrinally allergic to one another but in everyday terms never a harsh word spoken or a significant difference seen.

    The bowler hatters of Ayrshire and West Lothian are vestigial fossils running on folk memory autopilot. They could no more explain meaningful religious differences than they could explain structural deficit, currency dependency or EU membership requirements. They're 'No' for a reason, but not necessarily a good one. Big mistake to assume that they are in any way representative of our No majority.

    Are you suggesting we're less than the apogee of refined and informed debate?
    Wouldn't it be brilliant if we could get the Huns to break into a chorus of "sing while you're transubstantiating!"

    And it's also a mistake to discount any of the various factions in either Yes or No camp. There might not be that many left in the hardline Orange faction but then again, there probably wouldn't have been a majority against independence without them.

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    Am I picking you up right - you're saying Labour supporteres and SNP supporters dislike each other in equal measures? I'm sure that's true in a lot of cases but the point I'm making is one value base is derived from differentiation and accusations of oppression and the other value base is more rooted in internationalism. Having said that, clearly a lot of Labour voters voted for Brexit and not every SNP supporter wants to blame the English for everything.
    Ok, I picked you up wrong. I don't want to blame the English for anything. I blame the people of Scotland for outsourcing governing we should be doing ourselves and for becoming reliant on a public funding formula that's patently unfair to the detriment of others.

    That's not the point I was making to RyeSloan. It was highlighting that if SNP is keen on self-determination, why does it want to continue being part of a union that would insist it followed its directives and legislation?
    It seems fairly straightforward to me. Some things are best agreed at a supranational level. The EU is (to me) a much better compromise for Scotland than the UK.

    Other theoretical compromise scenarios that might make as much or even more sense: a subsidiarity style Europe of powerful regions, a federal UK in the EU etc will never happen in my lifetime. We now only have a practical choice of devolved Scotland in Brexit UK or Indy Scotland in EU.

    EU admissions criteria state that candidate demonstrate adherence to the aims of monetary and economic union, and everyone in the EU but not the Eurozone is obliged to join the Eurozone when they meet the criteria, bar Denmark and the UK IIRC. To be honest, if Scotland joined the EU as a member state I would probably want us using the Euro if possible.
    Technically you're correct, but for EU accession, it's couched in woolly terms of aspiration and practically there's no way to make a country join the Euro if it doesn't want to (Sweden has been theoretically committed to join the Euro for over 20 years). If it does want to, then strict convergence criteria apply (although lots of them were waived for the original founding members which stored up trouble).

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    Quite a nat-friendly front page from the Vowmeisters ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by snooky View Post
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    https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2...pt-looks-like/

    Even wee dugs ken what's goin' on.

    Wee dugs are the antithesis of kennin' what's goin' on - especially ginger wans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Day Soon View Post
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    Wee dugs are the antithesis of kennin' what's goin' on - especially ginger wans.
    We all get accused of barking up the wrong tree, I suppose.
    Each to his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeMeSouviens View Post
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    Quite a nat-friendly front page from the Vowmeisters ...

    That worries me, TBH. Just the fact that it can be interpreted as nat-friendly.
    Keeping friends close & enemies closer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mibbes Aye View Post
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    Am I picking you up right - you're saying Labour supporteres and SNP supporters dislike each other in equal measures? I'm sure that's true in a lot of cases but the point I'm making is one value base is derived from differentiation and accusations of oppression and the other value base is more rooted in internationalism. Having said that, clearly a lot of Labour voters voted for Brexit and not every SNP supporter wants to blame the English for everything
    Actually, there was only 1% of difference between the share of Brexit vote within Labour and the SNP. 37% to 36%.


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