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  1. Donating 26684000 to FItzgerald.
  2. Hey folks, just need a bit of time/energy refocusing, but that really means I don’t have the stuff for this place at the moment. I wish you all a good reset, but signing out.
  3. G. G. Battle Mid-SessionFundraiser 1: New YorkFundraiser 2: Texas
  4. (OOC: Thank god, I believe this is the end of the bills I posted pre-my PES failure) PES: This bill would establish new standards preventing the consolidation - and allowing for easier separation - of hospitals in certain communities where such mergers have allowed for near-monopolistic control of healthcare and healthcare prices.
  5. Alistair Root: Mr. Speaker, Will the Prime Minister encourage President Biden to formally condemn efforts by members of the Democratic Party in the United States to encourage disunion within the UK?
  6. @AlistairRoot: The dissolution of the United Kingdom - might I remind you, your country's most stalwart ally - is not what is 'right.' It is wrong, it is dangerous, and you are supporting an effort to undermine the authority of our government by supporting an illegal referendum. (1/2) @AlistairRoot: As to the Conservative Party, nothing they have done warrants the dissolution of the United Kingdom and certainly nothing they have done warrants the punishment of our citizens through the end of our existence. You are not a friend to the British people and you should stop pretending like you are. (2/3) @AlistairRoot: I strongly ask that President Joe Biden - and every sensible member of the American government, such as they exist - condemn the efforts of American politicians to support the dissolution of the United Kingdom and restate their commitments to our long-standing friendship (3/3).
  7. @SenAllenVT: The existence of my country is not an agree to disagree issue, and it certainly is not an issue for some non-UK party to casually use as a show prop.
  8. @AlistairRoot: I have many significant, meaningful, and impassioned differences with Prime Minister MacMillan - however, the idea of Senators in the American government walking out of his appearance in support of the destruction of the United Kingdom is a grave insult to the dignity of the UK. In my role as Labour leader, Opposition leader, and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, I condemn the comments and actions proposed today in the strongest possible terms.
  9. Mr. Speaker, Apologies to the Secretary of State, as might be obvious I feel quite passionate about this subject and there was a slip of the tongue. This is not a debate about the qualities of the Scottish National Party as a governing entity – if we were to take the temperature of this room, I believe most of us would be in agreement that there is much to be desired out of Edinburgh. There is much to be desired out of all of our centers of power at the moment. This is, to me, a debate about how to keep Scotland as a vital part of the United Kingdom, and that means that we must take the concerns of the Scottish people and the people that they have chosen – however much that might be in error - to represent them seriously. These concerns can not be merely dismissed as spin and propaganda when it reflects a genuine feeling of the people that these discussions most affect and when, frankly, it reflects a problem in the relationship. When a pandemic ravages our country and prevents the transfer of powers, yes, I put that blame on the government. I blame a worsening economic situation, I blame the lack of efficacy, I blame not the inability but the unwillingness of this government to keep good to its word, for growing independence sympathies in Scotland, yes. These are all situations that are within the power of the government to improve, but instead we have seen bases cut from Scotland, we have seen the failure to deliver on promised construction contracts, we have seen an increase in redundancies, and we have seen cuts to the furlough program. Yes, I blame the government for these issues. I will grant the Secretary of State that the money provided to Scotland beats previous amounts, after all there is no contesting base facts, but I strongly question the argument that this money is sufficient. If the amount given is insufficient and then record money is given that remains insufficient, it is still insufficient. If I owe a neighbor a hundred quid, pay him fifty, and then he complains and I give him twenty more, my payment is still insufficient. The support this government has given not just to Scotland but to every part of our nation has been insufficient. The most constructive thing that we can do is to show Scotland the benefit of being in this union, to show them that we are listening and we take their concerns seriously. If you are in a collapsing friendship, you do not yell at your friend that they are unjustified in their concerns. If your spouse wants to end the marriage, you do not tell them that they are being delusional. You listen, you come together, you come to a meaningful resolution about what needs to be done to make things work. That is the spirit of what I am telling you today, and that is the spirit of what the Scottish people are conveying to this government when they support the SNP.
  10. Mr. Speaker, The referendum in 2011 was not a question of keeping our current system intact - it was a choice between alternative vote and first past the post, and of those two options the voters chose the less bad option. Do not for one second believe that it was a call to end any attempt to reform our system to make it more democratic and more responsive. If the Prime Minister is so confident that the voters would not prefer an STV, then let us leave this debate and leave it up to them in a referendum - if First Past the Post were to be victorious, it would be the last you would hear from me on this issue. As to the comments about the state of my party, the Prime Minister should be less concerned about Labour - which is in fine condition, I assure you - and more concerned about the state of the government. As to how Labour would perform in a STV situation, this is a rich comment considering that two of our last four elections resulted in the government relying on the support of external parties. First past the post does not guarantee a majority government - and I do not for one second believe that making our body more responsive to the will of voters will somehow condemn majority governments to the ash heap of history. As to how coalition governments would be held accountable, in the same way that we always have - the vote.
  11. Alistair Root, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland: Mr. Speaker, It is in the dismissive rhetoric of the government secretary that we see the heart of this problem. If something has gone poorly or been poorly executed, there is no willingness to take accountability – if the Scots have problems then they should only blame Edinburgh, they shouldn’t even be considering blaming the poor execution of government duties in London that we have all come to know and abhor during a pandemic that has ravaged our country and delayed the rollout of services. Could the SNP do better than they have? Of course, everyone still sitting in this chamber knows the flaws of the SNP, but it is the weakness of this government that owns all responsibility for the looming possibility of a second referendum. The secretary stands before us today and call assistance provided during this pandemic ‘record funding’ – I call it what every working-class Briton from Shetland to Cornwall calls it: Insufficient. Weak. Slow. The concern of the Scot has been called mere SNP propaganda, but I call it what it is: walking down the streets of Edinburgh and seeing my neighbors and constituents regret that they chose to remain a part of their own country. That is shameful and it points to mismanagement and callousness at the very top. As to my desire to keep the United Kingdom together, do not be mistaken for one second: I support the United Kingdom, I support our union – I do not support disunion, I do not support dissolution, I do not support Scottish independence. Unlike the governing party, however, I do not believe that simply dismissing the concerns of the Scottish people is the way to go about it. Full partnership. Full participation. Giving the Scot a feeling that he has a say not only in this government but a say in his own life and that he is not merely a pawn in political games between London and Edinburgh. It has been called histrionics. It has been called baseless. But these feelings did not come from nowhere – they were not summoned into reality by the SNP. These are deep, lingering concerns that have been allowed to fester. If we are to keep our kingdom united, and we must, it can only be done through acknowledging where he have made mistakes and by working in all earnestness and with all of our power to correct them as soon as possible. Stopping a second referendum will not convince the Scots that they belong in the United Kingdom – providing them with all the benefits of union will.
  12. @AlistairRoot: Normally I don't make a habit of addressing foreign politicians on twitter, but I will ask that the Democratic Party in the US not encourage the dissolution of their most reliable ally on the world stage.
  13. Mr. Speaker, While the Prime Minister might have done so in a clumsy and aggressive fashion, I am glad that he has retreated from making false claims about the 2011 referendum and its relevance to this act. The Prime Minister claims now that his opposition is about majority government - well then, let us build governments that have the support of a majority of the voters which this act would guarantee. This would put an end to governments without the support of the majority of the voters - We all know full well why such a premise scares the government, and it is not because it undermines majority government but strengthens it. Bluntly stated, they fear the day that elections truly reflect the political preferences of the citizenry. As to accountability, nothing in this act would for one second remove accountability - it would just guarantee that the citizenry's preferences were taken into account. There is no greater tool for accountability than listening to the voters, than taking their desires into account when forming a government. This proposal does a better job of that than the current system by leaps and bounds.
  14. Alistair Root, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address this body as three things. The first is as the Leader of the Opposition, the second as the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, and third and, I feel, most importantly, as a Scotsman and the only Labour MP representing a Scottish constituency. Much like the Secretary, I am opposed to Scottish independence. I believe firmly that the United Kingdom must remain United – that, together, Scotland and the other constituent parts of our nation are in their proper composition. I opposed independence in 2014 and I remain opposed to independence today. However, I must also express that I have some sympathy for the complaints of the Scottish about their present condition. The simple fact of the matter is that the Scottish have not been treated properly in the aftermath of the independence referendum. During that campaign, the Scottish were made a number of promises by this government that have not been manifested. The Scotland Act of 2016 has not been taken seriously. It must be fully enacted. The Scottish government has been promised social security and employability powers – this is still underway and must be sped up and it must be sped up now. The government proposed to construct thirteen Type-26 frigates in Scotland. This initiative would have been a significant boost for the Scottish economy, and that is why it was promised. These have not been fully authorized, and certainly not in the numbers promised. The Scottish government has been promised that they will be safer under the umbrella of the United Kingdom, and they were met with a threatened reduction in military installations. Seven military bases in Scotland will close over the next sixteen years, at great negative impact to the Scottish economy and to their feeling of security – the government must roll back these closures. The simple fact is that just telling the people of Scotland that they will not receive a second referendum will do nothing to mitigate the feeling that they need independence – they have been misled. They have been lied to. They have been made promises that are not being kept or not being kept in a timely manner. That is before we even get into the fact that when Scots voted to remain they had no reasonable assumption of facing Brexit or the lackluster support that the Conservative government has provided in terms of Covid-19 aid and assistance. I ask this. If the government is committed to keeping Scotland a part of our nation – and I hope to God that they are – will they commit now to improving the condition of the Scots and fulfilling the promises that they have made to them?
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