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SNP "not against" shale

The Herald (£) is reporting that Ineos boss Jim Ratcliffe has had private assurances from the SNP that they are not against shale gas development, confirming the view I had formed that the Scottish moratorium was simply a way to kick the issue into the long grass until after the election.

In some ways though the SNP have painted themselves into a bit of a corner. "More evidence is needed" they said before the election. This means that some kind of a fig leaf is going to have to be formulated to allow them to argue that the aforementioned evidence has been obtained. I wonder what it will be?

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The SNP cannot be relied on for anything - except their anti-Englishness- after yesterday's hypocrisy and double-dealing on fox hunting. They are without principle, without shame.

Jul 15, 2015 at 9:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterCull the Badgers

Won't the Scots need something to sell to the English & Welsh, when the wind doesn't blow?

Jul 15, 2015 at 9:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

Frankly, I, also wouldn't trust Ms Sturgeon or anyone of the SNP to do anything that does not reflect a base hatred of anything English. Watching their behaviour in The Commons is painful.

Jul 15, 2015 at 9:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

The SNP are financial whores. They will do anything for money. They are indeed shameless.

The creation of Police Scotland and the appointment nasty (English) thug, Stephen House and their unwillingness to sack him gives them away as control freaks and scum.

Jul 15, 2015 at 10:04 AM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff


The apparent fatwah on Gregor Fisher's participation in politics (as a well known 'sleb / prominent north of the border person) struck me as rather thin skinned ....

The SNP's antics must be pure gold for a satirical sit com writer.....

Jul 15, 2015 at 10:19 AM | Registered Commentertomo


You can always tell when ANY politician is lying - it's when their lips are moving.

Jul 15, 2015 at 10:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS


The SNP are a tool of Rupert Murdoch and his British political shenanigans. He got the result he wanted. The SNP would have won the election for Cameron if the result had been closer. That is the real key to understanding them.

Jul 15, 2015 at 10:43 AM | Unregistered Commenteresmiff

SNP cant bargain with North Sea Oil in an oil glut that is worth naff all.

Jul 15, 2015 at 10:48 AM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

If the people of Scotland can be the first in Europe to stick 2 fingers up to the Green Blob, I wish them well.

'Climate Change Negotiators' will have to evolve rapidly into 'Fig Leaf Carriers', to avoid extinction.

Jul 15, 2015 at 11:06 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

From down here it looks like the SNP's energy policy is the same as all the other parties.

But they still have an environment policy.

Jul 15, 2015 at 11:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterMCourtney



errr... thanks for that ;-)

satire redundant then.

Jul 15, 2015 at 11:14 AM | Registered Commentertomo

It can get a bit boring being proved right all the time.

Jul 15, 2015 at 11:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamesG

"More evidence is needed"

And the only evidence that will ever silence opponents of fracking will be from successfully drilling with no disastrous consequences. But we can't have that without drilling in the first place which is being prevented by red tape. Government needs to get on with this and stop prevaricating.

Jul 15, 2015 at 12:12 PM | Unregistered Commentercheshirered

Trump also reported a private understanding he had with We Eek about no windmills near his golf course, nothing came of that.

And still moaning bout the on shore windmill grants being stopped when there are enough already in the pipeline to meet the commitments anyway.

Jul 15, 2015 at 12:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

This seems to be very good news and hopefully reveals a degree of pragmatism on the part of the SNP. A lot of jobs would be under threat at Ineos if fracking doesn't proceed and with the probable closure of Longannet an energy crisis is looming. Perhaps lack of real evidence against fracking is in itself the evidence for.

Jul 15, 2015 at 12:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlex.Sinclair

Even the BBC managed to report this morning that National Grid is having to spend £360m (of, presumably, our money) on infrastructure improvements to avoid blackouts this winter - including getting the owners of old generating plant to put it on standby, and persuading big power users to shut down when necessary...

Nah - the windy mills will cope, won't they..?

Jul 15, 2015 at 1:29 PM | Unregistered Commentersherlock1

For the SNP to have changed their stance from the SNP FRACKING MORATORIUM of Jan 2015, is it that they never had any evidence to back up their previous position, and political winds of change don't turn turbine blades?

Jul 15, 2015 at 6:22 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

It was a moratorium on new licenses and nothing more. Ineos were always ok.

Jul 16, 2015 at 10:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterJamesG

JamesG if you are satisfied that ideology has not changed, and that the wealth of Ineos has no consequences, who am I to argue.

Jul 16, 2015 at 1:20 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

The most recent Survation Poll for Scottish Daily Mail: Holyrood 2016 voting intentions:

Constituency: Con 14%; Lab 20%; L Dem 7%; SNP 56%; Others 4%

Regional: Con 12%; Lab 19%; L Dem 8%; SNP 45%; Grn 11%; UKIP 5%.

Looks as if the next Holyrood government is going to be SNP. And there is more good news for the party - 65% of the Scottish electorate would consider voting SNP.

Guess what the SNP is engaged in with this moratorium -politics. Get a life, boys, and stop obsessing.Mind your tongues and don't start slagging the Scots voters.

Jul 16, 2015 at 10:11 PM | Unregistered Commentersam


You can always tell when ANY politician is lying - it's when their lips are moving.

Jul 15, 2015 at 10:29 AM | Unregistered CommenterSandyS"

That was before botox, Sandy. Now it's if they're making noises, writing or typing, they're lying.

Jul 16, 2015 at 11:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterATheoK

Well its still a secret to Nicola

Scotland is among the first countries to adopt the UN Sustainable Development Goals which aim to promote sustainable development across the world.

The goals include ending poverty and hunger, ensuring access to education, achieving gender equality and tackling climate change by 2030, and they will be formally confirmed at the 70th regular session of the UN’s General Assembly in New York in September.

Jul 20, 2015 at 1:56 PM | Registered CommenterBreath of Fresh Air

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