So the Scottish Parliament election has come to an end and the results are in. The SNP increased their vote share and did really well but didn’t manage a majority despite an increase in votes. This is because the current voting system in Scotland is designed to prevent a single party from being able to get an outright majority forcing parties to have to work with others. The 2011 SNP majority was a pure fluke that was never meant to happen and is unlikely to be repeated easily. Why is this? It’s because of the D’Hont system. There seems to be much confusion amongst voters in Scotland over how the D’Hont voting system works, some confuse it with STV while others have little understanding of the formula behind it or simply misinterpret it.
Radical plans to hold back tens of millions of pounds from Holyrood to then be used by UK ministers instead have been set out by environment secretary Michael Gove.
On Saturday 23rd YES Nairn will be showing a series of “Journey to Yes” Films in the little theatre.
A United Nations Special Rapporteur visited the UK to investigate human rights violations against people with disabilities. They concluded that the current Conservative Government and the preceding Lib-Dem/Conservative coalition have been responsible for a welfare system which violated human rights of disabled citizens.
The full report can be found here – OHCHR document.
A very successful event in Edinburgh today, the media reported tens of thousands of attendees, AUOB reported 100K+ and there has been claims that Police Scotland have reported around 120K.
The line of marchers was so long that the front of the line reached Hallyrood park before the end of the line even set off…
An aerial shot of part of the march shows the scale of the amount of attendees…
We are not long out of the meeting with the authorities Re #AUOBEdinburgh, where we sat round a table with Edinburgh council, Police Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland (HES).AUOB – Facebook
We are proud to announce that Police Scotland have made an executive decision in the interests of health & safety and public order to facilitate our stance that we are Rallying at Holyrood park and are implementing emergency powers to make this happen.
HES maintained their political stance that we were still refused permission but after a long meeting where we held to our principles we are delighted to announce Holyrood park is ours Tomorrow.
Many are speculating that the event this Saturday will attract the largest turn out yet in the series of marches across Scotland for Scottish Independence. The organisers however appear to be facing opposition from the public body HES.
Historic Environment Scotland have denied the use of Hollyrood park by All Under One Banner to hold their after march rally based on the claim that they have to remain politically neutral.
The news of this set back has sparked a number of pop up Facebook events that just so happen to be taking place at the venue around the same time such as…
- Jeely Piece Making Workshop
- Sovereign Scots Flag Display
- Highland Fling in the Park
- Let’s Claim Back Oor Lands
- The Great Scottish Thistle Hunt
- NATIONAL UNICORN DAY
- Croquet on the Lawn
- Rab C Appreciation Society BBQ
And many others.
AUOB are meeting with HES again in a last ditch effort to get permission to hold the organised rally in the interest of public safety. If AUOB prove to be unsuccessful in their negotiations at least there may be some Jeely Pieces or a spot of Croquet available on the day.
The AUOB Inverness march was well attended and everyone was in good spirits. Yes Nairn were in attendance carrying the banner for the local group. Photos can be viewed here on Flickr.
The Inverness Rally is going to be held on the 28th of July.
Over 1500 folk attended the event at Bannockburn…