Do you know what an independent think tank is?
It is a group of people with an opinion; you and your mates down the pub could set up an independent think tank.
Independent think tanks have no power, they use their networking connections to be relevant to people in politics by interaction and publishing papers.
Neither of its activities may alter the course of a Government.
Theresa May has been told that imposing Brexit settlement on Scotland could break up Britain.
This sounds bad, but the reality isn’t, the devolved parts of the United Kingdom are completely safe as part of the United Kingdom.
If we assume that Theresa May and the Conservative Party aren’t stupid, they will realise that engaging with Nicola Sturgeon is a waste of time, and also this risks the gains made by Scottish Conservatives in Scotland.
What goes up for the Scottish Conservatives can also come crashing down!
The Scottish Conservatives benefited from votes by former Labour voters who loaned the Conservatives their votes as Scottish Labour presented itself as weak on the Union. The statement by Pauline MacNeill MSP at the weekend of Scotland getting control of immigration just reinforced that concept. If Labour list MSP Pauline MacNeill thought she was reaching out to former Scottish Labour voters who voted yes, she made a huge dreadful error of judgment.
What did she do?
Labour list MSP Pauline MacNeill effectively justified why it is okay for Labour voters to back the SNP by signing up to the SNP grievance max agenda.
Anyway the independent think tank uses highly excited language like a ”full blown constitutional crisis” and a “reckless” strategy of trying to impose a Brexit settlement on Scotland.
There is no constitutional crisis full blown or otherwise, and as Brexit is a reserved issue, any outcome can hardly be deemed reckless as the wishes of Nicola Sturgeon and her feral mob are irrelevant.
Nicola Sturgeon travelling to Downing Street today for a meeting with Theresa May about Britain’s withdrawal plans from Europe isn’t crucial but if it is part of a series of events like this where she plays the SNP’s game, the Scottish Conservatives will slip back.
The Institute for Government says imposing a Brexit deal on the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland without their consent would risk breaking up Britain. This is nonsense, why is it nonsense, because the power to hold referendums rests with Westminster, and only with Westminster.
Wales and Northern Ireland wouldn’t leave the United Kingdom.
If Sturgeon goes through with her threat, resigns as First Minster and there is a Scottish election so be it, who cares, she will win it, the Labour Party is in no fit state to win the Scottish Parliament not even as part of a coalition, the Scottish Conservatives benefited by Labour’s mistakes, this isn’t progressive for them, it is being a vessel of discontent.
As I said at the time of the Holyrood election, the Scottish Conservatives played a blinder, they nipped it said they were the party of the Union and scooped up Labour’s Unionist votes.
That is why there are two Glasgow list MSPs.
If you think back to my appearance on the Gordon Brewer Radio Show, The Big Debate of 10 June 2016, you might have heard me say that the devolved parliament should be included in the Brexit talks, to which Gordon Brewer said that my idea was ‘very noble’.
Now, we have the creation of a “new official forum,” a sub-committee of the JMC to be chaired by David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, with attendees nominated by the devolved governments.
George Laird right again and ahead of the curve, politics isn’t that hard which is why I say that ordinary people should go stand for public office.
So, let’s cut through the crap and get to the meat of the issue, can unpopular Nicola Sturgeon win a second independence referendum where a ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond could not?
You see it doesn’t matter how the SNP try to present Nicola Sturgeon who is an entirely vacuous, inept, shallow, hollow, fake, insincere and untrustworthy individual, the majority of Scots aren’t buying what she is selling.
Sturgeon like her policies stink to high heaven, at least with Salmond, he could do the ‘jolly fat man’ routine, Sturgeon can’t even master that, no matter how many selfies she does, and have you noticed that she back hugging the weans again!
When in a crisis erupts like the ghetto at Govanhill, she is back out there hugging little children, it is so pathetic.
Former chancellor Lord Darling hits the nail on the head when he says that did not believe Ms Sturgeon would hold another poll “any time soon”.
One thing is clear, the people of Scotland require new political parties to emerge, they need someone or party to vote for who isn’t a vessel for a protest vote, and the clock is ticking.
As to the Institute for Government report on the possibility of a ”full blown constitutional crisis” caused by Nicola Sturgeon and her feral mob, it is chip paper wrapper, Theresa May needs to start ignoring and not commenting on this nonsense.
Nicola Sturgeon like dust will soon blow away when she doesn’t get the attention and kudos.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University