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Scottish Independence and Scotland's Future
Ed Means Column
A current example of how the UK government continues to mishandle Scotland’s finances


My initial column ‘How the UK government has been mishandling Scotland’s finances gave some historical examples of how the UK government mishandles Scotland’s finances. My second column, ‘More mishandling of Scotland’s finances by the UK government’  gave a current example of how the UK government redistributed European Union money intended for certain Scottish farmers to farmers across the UK. 

My third column ‘Newsnet Scotland – A mixed message in the Scottish news discussed the anti-independence bias of BBC Scotland and the leading Scottish newspapers. I also mentioned that a pro-independence internet ‘press’ is growing in Scotland with the current leader by far being http://newsnetscotland.com/.

This column addresses a 4 December Newsnet article:  http://newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-politics/8428-fury-after-unelected-peers-strip-power-from-scotland. Here is the issue: Mike Weir, a Scottish MP (Member of the UK parliament) reacted with fury after the Scottish Parliament was stripped of a key energy power through a House of Lords amendment backed by Unionist MPs. Mr Weir slammed the vote, which saw powers over renewable obligation brought back under the control of Westminster. "This is an outrageous example of the unionist parties ganging up to remove powers from the Scottish Parliament. Worse still they did so by introducing last-minute amendments in the unelected House of Lords, rather than having the courage to debate it on the floor of the House of Commons."

Following is a quote from the article; the No and Yes votes refer to the independence referendum on 18 September 2014:

Mr Weir revealed that there had been no consultation with the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliament prior to the introduction of the amendment.

The SNP MP added: "…nor when challenged in the Commons did the minister or his Labour front bench counterpart have any reasonable explanation as to why this happened in such an underhand manner.

"This is yet another example of Tories and Labour ganging up at Westminster against Scotland’s interests and removing powers from Scotland. Whilst the No campaign talk about vague promises of more powers if people vote No, the reality is they are removing Scotland’s existing powers by stealth.

"The only way it can be stopped is with a Yes vote next September."

I hope you will read the entire article; it will give you an idea of the magnitude of the issue and the ignorance and vindictiveness of the Lords involved.

The UK government’s removal of Scotland’s existing powers by stealth is not a new phenomenon. For a 1999 example see http://www.electricscotland.com/Independence/scotland_borders.htm starting at mid-page  7.


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