Tuesday 21 July saw saw the House of Commons giving a second reading to the Tory Finance Bill. Here are Tommy Sheppard and George Kerevan’s speeches on why it should be voted down…. It wasn’t. Well the House of Commons Party arithmetic saw to that, so no surprise. But the contributions from Sheppard and Kerevan should hopefully get some English voters rethinking their voting strategies. Caroline Lucas, Green Party, was also exemplary.
Tommy Sheppard: (or if you’re using iOS and can’t see the video below, this link will let you view the extract on ParliamentLive website)
George Kerevan: (or use this link to view video extract on ParliamentLive)
After Nicola Sturgeon’s refusal to rule out a second referendum on Scottish independence, voters north and south of the border have been suggesting a few other things which her party has not ruled out.
On Sunday, the SNP leader said that she had no plans for another referendum “at this stage”. However, she insisted that it would not be “democratic” to rule a vote on the issue out, according to the Guardian.
…And #NotRuledOutByTheSNP was born soon afterwards. Here is a sample…
Slideshow of photos taken in George Square and on the the march around city centre. Or use the < > buttons to skip through them.
On the 4 April, 2015 3,000-4,000 people gathered in George Square in Glasgow to march through the city centre and then gather for a rally in support of Scotland CND's "Bairns Not Bombs" campaign. The campaign's aim is to scrap Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent, which is made up of 4 nuclear submarines and 220 nuclear warheads stationed Faslane about 30 miles down the River Clyde from Glasgow. The gathering was the largest of its kind in the city. The speakers included some famous ones: Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of the Scottish Government:
…One of the biggest decisions that MPs will take in the next Parliament is whether to waste £100 billion on renewing these morally obscene weapons. Broken down, that’ll be around £3 billion a year, peaking at an eye-watering £4 billion in the 2020s,.
Just think what could be achieved with this money for the NHS, education or other public services – not just in Scotland but across the UK.
and Partick Harvie, leader of the Scottish Green Party;
…our job over the coming weeks is to make sure people hear the alternative voice. You need to take the message out day after day, to friends, family, your colleagues, your neighbors, make sure they bring the issue of Trident to the top of the political agenda when they decide how they will cast their vote. Let’s convince everybody in this country to vote no to Trident.
And some not so famous but bloody good speakers, in particular Nuala Watt from the Quaker group Human Beings on Benefits, and Cat Boyd of Radical Independence Collective. Here is Cat:
You can find the full video with all the speeches on Live Stream here