People in the UK are not happy with the government’s refusal to release an unredacted report.
They are wondering what’s being hidden from them.
If you are interested here’s the redacted report which was released in 2014.
However things are looking up for Scotland
The UK government has agreed to exclude Scotland from laws making it easier for fracking firms to drill for shale gas.
The Infrastructure Bill currently going through Westminster is set to allow underground access
in England, Wales and Northern Ireland???????? but not Scotland.
The Scottish government, the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Green Party had opposed the bill which would apply to residential areas.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing SNP said the move made sense.
“This decision is a victory for common sense and shows how devolution of energy policy leads to different policy outcomes in Scotland.
“It is a vindication of the Scottish government’s continued objections to UK government plans to remove the right of Scottish householders to object to unconventional oil and gas drilling under their home.
“We’re glad the UK government has finally taken this on board – especially as 99 per cent of respondents to their own consultation also opposed the move.”
Labour MP Tom Greatrex had lodged amendments to the bill requesting that full powers over shale gas exploration be given to the Scottish Parliament ahead of the general election in five months’ time.
“Scotland and the rest of the UK mutually benefit from the sharing of energy resources, risks and rewards. There is no sense in changing that“
The UK government did not back the suggestions.
It pledged to exclude Scotland from the impending legislation.
Based on that offer the Scotland Office said “the opposition was content to withdraw its amendments”.
Just to cheer the people of Fermanagh up here’s the latest Yew Choob video
Labour 34% (-2) Conservatives 31% (-1) UKIP 14% (-2) Greens 8% (+3) Liberal Democrats 7% (+1) SNP/Plaid Cymru 4% (n/c)
Comment: over 33% voters spurn Conservatives and Labour. Lib-Dem support is low.
We’ll also have a look at potential outcomes and their pros and cons!
There are a lot more questions than answers at the moment.
England: Lib-Dems risk losing most of their 56 seats in the House of Commons. They’ve lost their deposits in any by-election they’ve stood for since they entered the current coalition government with the conservatives. Conservatives are divided over Europe and UKIP. Seat loss very likely. Majority very unlikely. Labour is beset by doubts about Ed Miliband as leader. Risks losing many of its seats in Scotland to the SNP. Seat gain in England probable. Majority very unlikely
Comment: Lab and the Cons are both running two campaigns
Lab needs to save their seats in Scotland and appeal to ‘Middle England’.
The Cons need to save their seats in England from UKIP and appeal to the working class English UKIPcourts working class English Labour and Conservative voters. Could gain up to 10 seats
The Celtic Fringe Scotland – Voting Intentions
Liberal Democrats 3%,
SNP has close to 100,000 members and aims at as many Scottish seats as possible. Major seat gains appear certain
Wales: Plaid Cymru is holding on. Could gain or lose a couple of seats. Labour will hold on to its seats
N.Ireland: Sinn Fein could gain North Belfast.
Alliance could hold East Belfast, leaving the Unionist /Loyalist parties with no Belfast seats
Comment: A Lab or Con coalition with the Lib Dems is viable only if the number of Lib Dem MPs exceeds the combined total of Green, Nationalist and Northern Ireland parties (DUP, UUP, UKIP and SDLP).
The Conservative’s Road for Britain leads to a rainbow coalition!!
*A multi-party government of Cons+UKIP+ (heaven forbid)DUP or Lab+SNP+ Greens
*Some other confidence-and-supply arrangement with a minority government
BUT . . . .
*If Labour works with the SNP they destroy their chances in England,
If they don’t, they show England they are willing to let the Tories remain in power for another five years, rather than work with the SNP.
* The English would never accept a DUP minister of anything
Comment: Labour between a rock and a hard place. No kingmaker role for NI Unionist parties
*Will Cameron need to buy off UKIP?
*Will Miliband need a deal with the SNP, despite Labour having massively campaigned for No in the referendum?
*Will England accept a hung parliament with the SNP as kingmakers?
* Will England let Scotland call the shots and tell England what to do?
Expected Result: instability and another General Election within a short space of time
A National Government
Labour and the Cons (who would have a very clear majority over everybody else) form a national government
*You will do whatever is best for the country at this difficult time
*You will bury a non existent hatchet to ‘save Britain’ in time of crisis.
*You will defend the UK from breakup.
The governments of Ramsay MacDonald, Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain (1931- 1940). If financial worries continue, the media will make the same case as they did in the 1930s and the people will believe them.
*If the First Class passengers of the UK Establishment are to be saved, then a ‘National Coalition’ is the logical choice.
*They will close ranks to defend the established order.
*Their priority is London and themselves because it makes them think they still have some relevance in world affairs
*They want to further corporate capitalism.
*Westminster parties and MPs are opportunists. If it’s the only way to retain power, they’ll do it
*Lab and Cons have more in common with each other than with Celtic Fringe insurgents
*They most certainly agree on keeping Irish, Welsh and Scottish nationalists in their place
*They fear the rise of the Green, & UKIP parties and will do anything to keep them out.
*They will not allow the SNP to call the shots
*They will do everything to prevent it because if the SNP hold balance of power the Union is over
*There would be no English anger as Scottish separatists/insurgents would have no influence on policy.
*A constitutional crisis would be prevented
*There would be a functioning coalition
*It will have five years to ‘stabilise’ the UK.
*The National Government won’t have an EU referendum and it won’t fullfil ‘The Vow’
Comment:Desperate times call for desperate measures. On the other hand . . . . .
*The UK would become a one-party state
*Mr Cameron stated the Tories won’t have a pact or coalition with any other parties *
BUT . . . .
*Tories and UKIP have refused to rule out a Tory-UKIP coalition:
MPs from each party might leave.. . . .
*Party grassroots, core support and campaigning teams would not accept it and would be demoralised,
*Many Tory backbenchers would regard it as demeaning and humiliating for Scotland to be the issue that forced them into a coalition government with Labour.
*The Trade Union – Labour alliance, cornerstone of Labour’s existence, would end
*Many Labour MP’s might split from the NuLab to form a new left of centre party with Trade Union backing
*Labour would go the same way as the Lib Dems unless there is an external threat (cue another war?)
*Could the minority parties (nationalists, greens, Lib-dems and UKIP) make up a credible opposition?
They are not likely to agree with each other over anything for long.
*Alex Salmond would never be accepted as Leader of the Opposition in Westminster because his life’s mission has been, and is, Independence for Scotland
The Celtic Fringe
*A National Government will deny Scotland its voice in the union.
*It would strip democracy from Scotland.
*It would break-up Labour’s stranglehold over the Welsh electorate by exposing them for the fraudsters they are.
*NI Unionist and SDLP MPs would be ignored
Comment: With a National Government Westminster
1) thwarts Welsh, Irish and Scottish nationalism
2) proves that independence will never be tolerated
3) shows that England and Westminster come first
4) shows Scots, Welsh and Irish that Westminster wants to keep the land areas but not the actual people
5) ends Westminster’s con trick regarding democracy
Queries: Will The national Government be the last domino to fall as the Empire and the Union take their final breaths? Will it be the final nail in the coffin of Westminster?