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17/05/2008

Scotland: one year closer to breaking away as SNP momentum continues

The Independent

 

By Andrew Grice, Political Editor
Saturday, 17 May 2008

  

Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister, called for a referendum in 2010

When Gordon Brown addresses the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh today, no doubt some in the audience will privately reflect on the widely differing fortunes of the Prime Minister and Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister.

The two rivals both enjoyed a honeymoon when they came to power last year. Mr Brown's came to a sudden halt in October when he dithered over whether to call an election. Mr Salmond's honeymoon is still going strong, one year into his Scottish National Party administration. Mr Brown hoped devolution would neuter demands for independence and keep Labour in power in the new Scottish Parliament for ever. After two four-year terms, Labour is in the uncomfortable position of being in opposition in its own heartland.

While the Prime Minister is fighting for his political life, even critics of the First Minister would admit he has had a very good year. Some commentators believed there would be blood on the carpet, either in the Holyrood parliament or after a battle between the SNP administration and the Labour Government.

It hasn't happened. The wily Mr Salmond has chosen his battles carefully. He has governed responsibly, believing that a "softly softly" approach, rather than an immediate firework display, was the best way to build support for the SNP's holy grail of independence. Although he heads a minority administration, he cleared the hurdle of seeing the SNP budget approved with the help of the Tories, after ensuring more money for policing. When he has been unable to implement promises immediately, such as free prescriptions, he blames Westminster for the lack of money. It has been a win-win year.

It was Mr Salmond's assured start that pressured Labour into scoring a spectacular own goal. Wendy Alexander, Labour's leader in Scotland, was itching to fight back by challenging the SNP to call an immediate referendum on independence. "Bring it on" seemed a confident move to make. But Ms Alexander's timing was awful, in the aftermath of Labour's routing in local elections in England and Wales. Moreover, she had not cleared her move with Mr Brown. They had discussed it, and he saw the merit of trying to put the SNP on the back foot. But he did not want to back an early referendum while he was being accused of denying one on the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, still going through the Westminster parliament.

He was taken aback by Ms Alexander's move, especially when she claimed he had sanctioned it. He tried to cover their differences, but it did not work. The referendum challenge became another headache for a Prime Minister in trouble.

Mr Salmond cannily declared that the SNP would stick to its pledge for a referendum in 2010. Privately, the SNP thinks holding it under a Tory government would boost prospects for a "yes" vote. The game has not been won yet. A poll published yesterday showed that 31 per cent of Scottish voters would support Scotland becoming an independent state, with 43 per cent against. But there is no doubt that the momentum is with Mr Salmond.

What the SNP's year in power has achieved

*HEALTH

Prescription charges reduced from £6.85 to £5, saving £1.85 per item, as first step towards full abolition by 2011. Pre-payment certificates for people regularly needing prescriptions have been cut by 50 per cent. Free personal care and nursing payments to older people in care rise in line with inflation, helping more than 9,000 people.

*COUNCIL TAX

Council tax frozen for 2008-09 financial year, saving the average Scot more than £13.

*BUSINESS

Cut business rates in order to boost jobs. Introduced a £73m Small Business Bonus Scheme to help more than 150,000 small companies grow.

*TRANSPORT

Abolished unpopular road tolls.

*EDUCATION

Scrapped the graduate endowment, which has saved students who graduated last year and those still in the system a total of £2,289 each.

*INDEPENDENCE

Launched "national conversation" about Scotland's future as a prelude to referendum on independence in 2010.

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07/05/2008

Kadarn représente la jeunesse bretonne en Flandre

Kadarn est un groupe de jeunes indépendantistes bretons. Kadarn est la structure jeune d'Adsav, le parti du peuple Breton.

Kadarn a pour vocation d'assurer la formation politique, et la formation nationaliste bretonne des jeunes bretons. Kadarn assurera des activités de cohésion entre jeunes, et des activités militantes.

Rejoins nous...

Tu es un jeune breton de plus de 16 ans (mineurs avec autorisation parentale), tu places le combat pour le réveil national du peuple Breton avant le reste, tu souhaites agir aux côtés de jeunes bretons sincères pour l'indépendance de la Bretagne; alors rejoins nous, rejoins Kadarn et viens défendre l'identité bretonne, réapproprie toi ton histoire et ta culture !

Adsav porte les couleurs de la Bretagne aux journées européennes du Vlaams Belang Jongeren.

Kadarn, jeunesse indépendantiste bretonneLe mouvement de jeunesse flamand, Vlaams Belang Jongeren a convié Kadarn, l’organisation de jeunesse du parti du peuple breton, à représenter la Bretagne à ses journées européennes qui se sont tenues à Anvers le 4 mai 2008. Un grand nombre d’organisations venues de toute l’Europe et des Etats-Unis étaient également présentes. Une dizaine de jeunes bretons avaient pu faire le déplacement, et cette présence affirmée ne passa pas inaperçue : vidéos, chants et cornemuses permirent à Adsav d’être en point de mire de la réunion et de renforcer ses liens avec des organisations aux sensibilités proches.

A l’occasion d’une soirée conviviale qui s’est tenue la veille de l’évènement, les jeunes bretons de Kadarn ont pu developper des liens de camaraderie avec les jeunes flamands et padaniens. Le lendemain, au travers de leur stand et des discussions avec les visiteurs et autres invités, les jeunes de Kadarn ont présenté le combat indépendantiste Breton aux nombreux jeunes européens désireux de mieux connaître la Bretagne et les positions d’Adsav pour notre pays.

La délégation bretonne était conduite par Frederig ar Bouder en personne, président d’Adsav. Il participa aux travaux de la commission « Identité et migrations » où il développa la position mesurée du parti du peuple breton dans ce domaine : la Bretagne est touchée de plein fouet par l’idéologie du déracinement que l’Etat-français diffuse activement en Europe. Notre pays doit faire face à un double défi, celui de l’émigration des plus qualifiés et d’une immigration massive en provenance du Bassin Parisien et du Tiers-Monde. Seule l’indépendance et une politique qui remette au premier plan le respect des peuples et le droit pour chacun à un avenir sur sa propre terre permettront de sortir de ce cercle vicieux. Frederig ar Bouder accorda également plusieurs entretiens sur la question de la présence Française en Bretagne, dont un entretien retransmis en direct sur une radio flamande et un entretien qui sera publié dans la presse hongroise.

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5 Réponses à “Kadarn représente la jeunesse bretonne en Flandre.”

  1. Debrer-Frañs Dit:

    N’ oa ket evit mont ganeoc’h, siwazh.
    Spi am eus e c’hallin mont da Ziksmuide e miz Eost. Meur a gamaladed hon eus e Bro-Flandres… hag e Padania ivez!

    Bevet Kadarn! Bevet Adsav! Bevet Europa ar pobloù gwasket!

  2. Kadarn représente la jeunesse bretonne en Flandre Dit:

    […] Kadarn représente la jeunesse bretonne en Flandrekadarn.org/13/kadarn-jeunesse-bretonne-flandre/ par Kadarn il y a quelques secondes […]

  3. Kadarn Dit:

    Ya, pec’hed eo evidout ;)

    Ur devezh mat e oa…

    Bevet Kadarn !

  4. Eric Launay Dit:

    N’oubliez pas l’AVV - Fest le 27 septembre

    http://www.myspace.com/avvfest

  5. Yaouank Paotr Dit:

    Pur week end, on s’est bien imposés avec nos chants, notre musique, et nos vidéos.

    Bizarement, aucun des français présents n’est venu nous faire le moindre reproche sur nos positions indépendantistes défendues dans nos vidéos et par nos chants…

    Encore et toujours,

    Bevet Breizh, hag ar c’hallaoued er maez !

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21/03/2008

Homme, Culture, Guerre

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Plaque commémorative des Fusilliers Marins Bretons tombés à Diksmuide (Flandre)