Monday, July 30, 2012

Scottish independence: Labour dismisses rebellion

LABOUR chiefs say a rebellion among its grassroots members in favour of independence lacks “any real support” within party ranks.

A website has been launched called Labour for Independence, which is urging Scottish party leader Johann Lamont to allow members a vote on the constitutional question, with a view to shifting the party’s stance in favour of leaving the UK in the 2014 referendum.

Senior Labour figures say the website, launched by party member Allan Grogan, has attracted plentiful backing from SNP supporters. But the party
insists that members are free to bring policy suggestions before Labour conference.

A posting by Mr Grogan on the website states: “I’m pleased that we have given the pro-indy Labour voters a home to voice their opinions. 

“In the last month, we have gained 24,000 Facebook viewers, created our own website, which after one week has more than 2,000 hits.”

He also urges pro-independence Labour supports to turn out at a major rally planned for 22 September.
“We need to show the Labour Party, the rest of the political parties and the media watching, that there is a genuine demand from Labour voters for independence,” he adds.

“In the coming months, we will look to appeal to Ms Lamont and the heads of the Scottish Labour Party for a membership vote on Labour’s stance.” 

Nationalists were quick to seize on the move, with Christine McKelvie, who chairs Holyrood’s external relations committee, urging the party
hierarchy to listen to its grassroots. membership.

“People of all parties and none are warming to the idea of an independent Scotland,” Ms McKelvie said.
“It is only fair and democratic that grassroots Labour members should be given the opportunity to discuss the merits of voting Yes to an independent Scotland in 2014.

“Johann Lamont and the Labour Party in Scotland leadership’s sponsored silence on Trident, abandonment of free higher education and anti-­independence pact with Tories is leaving them looking very lost indeed. It is little wonder the people of Scotland are looking elsewhere for politicians to
reflect their views and values.”
Former Labour chancellor Alistair Darling is the man leading Better Together, the official campaign for Scotland to stay in the United Kingdom. Ms
Lamont joined Tory leader Ruth Davidson and Liberal Democrat chief Willie Rennie at the official launch earlier this year.

Labour North East MSP Richard Baker, who is a member on the Better Together board, yesterday played down the pro-independence move within the party.

“Labour members have the right to bring policy suggestions to conference where they can be debated,” he said. “However, as we are focused on social justice in the widest sense, we believe that we all achieve more together than apart. 

“I also note that the website has lots of support from SNP backers, but lacks any real support from within our own ranks. Scottish Labour will fight to keep Britain together, because we believe that we are stronger together.” 

A recent opinion poll on behalf of think-tank Reform Scotland, which is behind the devo-plus campaign, found that almost three-quarters of Labour voters wanted unionists to campaign for more powers for the Scottish Parliament during the referendum campaign.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mississippi Tea Party Chairman Calls For Open Rebellion Against Federal Government After Obamacare Ruling

Of all the right-wing meltdowns following yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, this statement put out by the chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party may take the cake:
When a gang of criminals subvert legitimate government offices and seize all power to themselves without the real consent of the governed their every act and edict is of itself illegal and is outside the bounds of the Rule of Law. In such cases submission is treason. Treason against the Constitution and the valid legitimate government of the nation to which we have pledged our allegiance for years. To resist by all means that are right in the eyes of God is not rebellion or insurrection, it is patriotic resistance to invasion.
May all of us fall on our faces before the Heavenly Judge, repent of our sins, and humbly cry out to Him for mercy on our country. And, may godly courageous leaders rise up in His wisdom and power to lead us in displacing the criminal invaders from their seats and restore our constitutional republic.
Despite Nicholson’s repeated charge that the Obama administration is guilty of high crimes, the only treason in play here is the suggestion of an open revolt against the federal government. Nicholson’s hardly the first Tea Partier to demand that people rise up in opposition to President Obama, in fact he’s not even the first to do so this week.

Matthew Davis, an attorney and former Michigan Republican Party spokesman, wrote yesterday that citizens might be justified taking up armed rebellion. In an email moments after the ruling with the subject line “Is Armed Rebellion Now Justified?” Davis wrote “There are times government has to do things to get what it wants and holds a gun to your head. I’m saying at some point, we have to ask the question when do we turn that gun around and say no and resist.”

While few comments go as far as either Nicholson or Davis’, Slate compiled several other funny and over-the-top reactions from prominent conservatives, like Sarah Palin who thanked God for firing up “the troops,” or’s Ben Shapiro, who tweeted that the decision “is the end of America as we know it. No exaggeration.”