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  1. As I understand there are two separate issues : 1) Can Holyrood (a devolved parliament) hold consultative referendum ? Because the referendum only gathering opinion then it could be legal. Supreme Court can't rule on how government might subsequently act. Simply asking the question may not be illegal. 2) Could the people of Scotland assert sovereignty and revoke Act of Union to which we are signatory ? For now Nicola Sturgeon has asked Supreme Court to test #1. Therefore any talk of sovereignty is premature. Re : Claim of Right. If we get to issue #2 then the Claim of Right may eventually be important. It is a long / out dated document that needs to be viewed in context of it times. Basically during the Glorious Revolution the English made the Crown (Royal family) sovereign. In Scotland however the Claim of Right was passed into law to enshrine the sovereignty of parliament and the people. This could yet be significant - not least because the Act of Union specifically preserves the Claim of Right 1689 and the separate Scottish legal system. One thing to remember is that the original Scottish parliament was never abolished. Rather it was prorogued Sine-Die. The obvious question is how Scots might reconvene it to abolish the union. This is the big question of the unwritten UK constitution. Scots have always believed the union requires continued consent for its continuation. So even if Supreme Court finds that Sturgeons cant hold a referendum is that really the victory unionists are looking for ? Or is just more fuel on the fire ?
  2. Ha : not massive! True story : Malloney was also a good tennis player and beat Andy Murray in junior tournament (who was few years younger) before opting for football
  3. This.... Sacking him would be a huge mistake (much like dumping Strachan was). Though no doubt the honeymoon is over. Absolute minimum Scotland should be finishing 2nd in this group. Clarke good enough good will in bank for me : however I am concerned by tonight's performance. Players need to take blame (and, to be fair, look knackered after long season). Losing Tierney has been huge. He makes 3-5-2 work. Basically keeps back 3 tight while also being extra man going forward at opportune moments.
  4. One of my favourite Scotland goals every was Malloney Vs Ireland at Parkhead. Surrounded by Irish in home end behind the goal - huge bounce when ball hit the net. Followed by Paddy's asking us why we didnt vote for independence in 2014 😂 Disclamer : Malloney went to my school and used to date my pals sister. Clearly talented player : but good example of a Scottish player who could have done more at this level. (but for what ever reason didn't). Clearly a league above Shane Duffy or any Irish player on park tonight.
  5. So much better: Christie and Armstrong linking up with striker. No long balls to Dykes. Extra man in midfield made big difference. Back 3 solid Ralston superb
  6. ^ This : Tierneys super power is stepping up out of defense into midfield / wing to be the "extra man". Opposition don't know how to mark him, and as result he is often our main attacking threat. As well as a very good defender. There is a reason Real Madrid and sniffing about KT : he is world class. Against Ukraine we badly needed an extra midfielder. This needs to come from sacrificing either the 5 man back line or one of the attackers.
  7. Aye - good post... Wales taught Scotland two simple lessons. Keep it tight at the back and get stuck in! I am a Clarke fan, but he got tactics wrong on Wednesday night. Ultimately we needed an extra man in midfield (McGregor and Gilmour got the run about all evening). Extra midfielder could have come from sacrificing someone from the 5 man back line or a striker. The reason we missed Tierney is that he is so good at stepping up into midfield / overlap on the wing at the right moment in the game. Often Tierney ends up being one of our main attacking threats - finding space at the right time with opposition unsure how to mark him.
  8. Interesting : Maybe west & north worse than main stand ?
  9. ^ this exactly... a steward scanning tickets would make all the difference to keep the queues moving. once one person gets stuck in the turnstile it holds everyone up. last nights chaos was all too predictable.
  10. That might be case. However stewards could stop them getting to front of queue (blocking everyone else getting in) before that happens.
  11. ^ yip ... Its not just pished folk running out nearest pub 10mins before kick off either. Hampden not the easiest ground to get to far many people. Anyone leaving work at 5pm in Edinburgh would have got to Hampden about 7.15-7.30pm by time they parked car and walked to ground (etc). Trains being off didnt help traffic either. The turnstiles are an issue, and the QR codes have made it worse
  12. Been like that every match since they brought in self scanning qr codes.... Either: a) need more turnstiles b) bring back old mannies on the gate
  13. Its not the best way e-ticket system I have seen... If you order 10x tickets (via friends & family) there is no easy way to send them to your friends. Basically need to download all the pdfs / work out the individual membership numbers / send them an email with their pdf.
  14. Last few games at Hampden have been chaos due to the electronic turnstiles. Basically loads of pished folk getting to front of the queue then being unable to find QR code on their phone. Some fans not getting into ground until the match is well under way. Lets try to be organised and make sure we are all in the ground to build atmosphere for the kick off! Cmon Scotland!
  15. As I see it this story (a Lord using Tory party connections to defraud tax payer to tune of £200 mil) is arguably bigger than party-gate ? I would love to know why the BBC / C4 / Sky / ITV aren't shining a light on what is being investigated... Tory peer Michelle Mone secretly involved in PPE firm she referred to government https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/06/tory-peer-michelle-mone-involved-ppe-medpro-government-contracts
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