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Originally posted on Pride's Purge:

(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

Several UKIP MEPs have close links to extremist right-wing groups in the US, including one particularly disquieting lobbying group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

ALEC is already known for its strong campaigning in favour of oil producers and against climate change:

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – Greenpeace.

But ALEC is also responsible for introducing legislation in the US which bans the teaching of evolution in schools and forces science teachers to teach creationism to children:

Tennessee Skewers Teaching of Evolution in Schools — Is Your State Next?

And shockingly, at least three UKIP MEPs – Janice Atkinson, Bill Etheridge and Roger Helmer – have VERY close links to ALEC.

Here you can see an official letter from ALEC which includes the three MEPs’ signatures at the bottom.

And UKIP MEP Roger Helmer once received an award from ALEC (from ALEC’s…

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The Scots tung

The Scots tung.

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:

The Scots tung: how to support it without tying up the Yes movement. A guest post by a Clear Contrair Spirit

One of the insinuations heard (admittedly, mostly from English-based media) during the referendum campaign was that the SNP was all about compulsory Gaelic. As any Scot knows, Gaelic is marginal to the Scottish independence movement, and this is probably a good thing. In Wales, the nationalist movement has been largely tied up with the Welsh language movement. On the one hand, this has given them a cause to rally round, but on the other, it has limited the appeal of Welsh nationalism in a country where only around a fifth of the population speaks it.

That’s actually less than the proportion of Scots claiming to speak Scots according to the 2011 census, some 30% of Scots indicated some level of competency in the language, rising to 49% in Shetland…

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Portillo moments on steroids

Portillo moments on steroids.

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:

So that’s it then, the end of an era. Alicsammin has bowed out as leader of the SNP. But it’s not the last we’ll be seeing of him, he’s going to be a thorn in the flesh of the Westminster parties for quite some time to come. Alicsammin is the marmite of Scottish politics, loved and loathed in equal measure, but no one can deny that he’s changed Scotland forever. This is not the same country that it was back in 2007 when the SNP narrowly pipped Labour at the post and became the minority government, putting an end to what was supposed to be the permanent Labour-Lib Dem duopoly set up in a back room meeting between Donald Dewer and Ming Campbell.

Back then Labour thought it was just a wee blip and normal service would be resumed just as soon as the rest of Scotland realised what a…

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It’s No Game

It’s No Game.

Originally posted on :

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“I want to speak to those beyond our party ranks, to no voters as well as to yes voters” - Nicola Sturgeon 

By Peter Arnott

I  have seen two kinds of expert reaction to Nicola Sturgeon’s own “vow” on Saturday that the SNP will under no circumstances “put the Tories in power” in the event of a hung parliament after the general Election next year.  One, of straightforward puzzlement from the Westminster games players, who cannot see why anyone would nail their colours to the mast like that.  After all, the rules of the Coalition game have been set for years by the Liberal Democrats…that the party will await the “will of the electorate” before sticking their opportunistic colours to whichever ship seems to be heading for governmental waters.  By the rules of that game of tease, it makes no sense to declare in advance what you will or will not do.

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