Six months in Politics Land

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I don’t know how significant this year is to everyone of you lovely folks who’ve taken the time to read my wee blog, but to me and my compatriots this year is extremely significant. This year, for the first time ever, Scottish people are being consulted on whether we wish to be part of the Union that created the UK or if we’d prefer to be independent.
I believe passionately in Scottish Independence and have done for most if my life. I believe because I know that Scottish folk are the folk who should be deciding Scotland’s future. Not because I am “anti-english” or harbour resentments and prejudices, but because Scotland is largely rural, social democratic, egalitarian and differently motivated from the rUk. That is a fact that has been played out in every election, Scottish, British and European, that I have witnessed in my life. The majority of our MPs are not members of either Co-alition party and it has been demonstrated that every UK general election result since WW2 would have been unaffected by the  removal of the Scottish vote.
So, as a consequence, over the next six months I will be posting a great deal about the Referendum. Consider this your advance warning!!

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Shame on you Scottish Labour

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This list is arranged by child poverty levels.  Any MP’s name that appears voted for the benefits cap and is a Labour MP.

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Glasgow North East

43%

Willie Bain

Glasgow Central

37%

Anas Sarwar

Glasgow East

35%

Margaret Curran

Glasgow North West

32%

John Robertson

Glasgow South West

31%

Ian Davidson

Glasgow North

29%

Anne McKechin

Glenrothes

27%

Lindsay Roy

Dundee West

26%

Glasgow South

26%

Tom Harris

West Dunbartonshire

25%

Gemma Doyle

Airdrie and Shotts

24%

Pamela Nash

Edinburgh East

24%

Sheila Gilmore

Inverclyde

24%

Iain McKenzie

Motherwell and Wishaw

24%

Frank Roy

North Ayrshire and Arran

24%

Aberdeen North

23%

Frank Doran

Ayr Carrick and Cumnock

22%

Sandra Osborne

Edinburgh North and Leith

22%

Mark Lazarowicz

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

22%

Cathy Jamieson

Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

22%

Central Ayrshire

21%

Paisley and Renfrewshire South

21%

Douglas Alexander

Rutherglen and Hamilton West

21%

Tom Greatrex

Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill

20%

Tom Clarke

Dundee East

20%

Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross

19%

Edinburgh South West

19%

Alistair Darling

Lanark and Hamilton East

19%

Jimmy Hood

Cumbernauld Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

18%

Gregg McClymont

Linlithgow and East Falkirk

18%

Livingston

18%

Grahame Morris

Midlothian

18%

David Hamilton

Angus

17%

Dumfries and Galloway

17%

Russell Brown

Falkirk

17%

Paisley and Renfrewshire North

17%

Dunfermline and West Fife

16%

Thomas Docherty

Ochil and South Perthshire

16%

Gordon Banks

Edinburgh South

15%

Ian Murray

Edinburgh West

15%

Argyll and Bute

14%

Berwickshire Roxburgh and Selkirk

14%

Dumfriesshire Clydesdale and Tweeddale

14%

East Kilbride Strathaven and Lesmahagow

14%

East Lothian

14%

Stirling

14%

Anne McGuire

Banff and Buchan

13%

Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey

13%

Perth and North Perthshire

13%

Moray

12%

North East Fife

12%

Ross Skye and Lochaber

12%

Aberdeen South

11%

Dame Anne Begg

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

11%

East Renfrewshire

10%

Jim Murphy

East Dunbartonshire

8%

Orkney and Shetland

8%

Gordon

7%

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

6%

 

Figures from End Child Poverty, taken February 2013

Edit. Extremely disappointed to find Russell Brown also voted for.