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June 2021

Self government

La Linea de la Concepcion takes another step towards autonomy

La Linea de la Concepcion.

LA LINEA de la Concepcion takes a new step in its autonomy project

The municipal government team of La Línea de la Concepción, in the province of Cádiz, has taken another step in its aspiration for the municipality to become an autonomous community as Ceuta and Melilla, and will present to the ordinary plenary session of July 8 an agreement to launch the procedure allowing the holding of a popular consultation.

The report of this proposal, which will certainly go ahead, since the party that governs the town hall of this municipality of Cádiz, La Línea 100×100, has an absolute majority, and bases its argument on a supporting report prepared by the town hall of La Linea itself, on the advisability of holding this consultation and of addressing the Cortes Generales and the Spanish Government the application of the constitutional mechanism – which is provided for in article 144/9 – to obtain the statute of autonomy.

The question to be asked in said consultation is the following: “Do you think it is appropriate for the town hall of La Línea de la Concepción to present a petition to the Spanish government and to the general courts, to request the conversion of the municipality into an autonomous community , in accordance with Article 144 a) of the Spanish Constitution? “.

The achievement of this objective would allow this municipality to benefit from an organic-functional government regime, of competence and policy similar to that established in the autonomous regions of Ceuta and Melilla.

In any case, as the town hall indicated in its press release, it would be up to the Cortes Generales to grant the possibility of providing La Línea de la Concepción, through an organic law, with the condition of becoming a autonomous community, as indicated by sevilla.abc.es.

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Self government

La Linea de la Concepcion takes a new step towards self-government

La Linea de la Concepción.

LA LINEA de la Concepcion takes a new step in its autonomy project

The team of the municipal government of La Línea de la Concepción, in the province of Cádiz, has taken a new step in its aspiration for the municipality to become an autonomous community like Ceuta and Melilla, and will present the ordinary plenary session of July 8 , an agreement to initiate the procedure allowing the holding of a popular consultation.

The report of this proposal, which will certainly go ahead, since the party that governs the Town Hall of this municipality of Cadiz, La Línea 100 × 100, has the absolute majority, and bases its argument on a justifying report prepared by the Municipality of La Linea itself, on the advisability of holding this consultation and directing to the Cortes Generales and the Spanish government the application of the constitutional mechanism – which is provided for in article 144/9 – to obtain the statute of autonomy .

The question to be asked in the said consultation is the following: “Do you think that it is appropriate for the town hall of La Línea de la Concepción to address a request to the Spanish government, and to the general courts, to request the conversion of the municipality? as an autonomous community, in accordance with article 144 a) of the Spanish Constitution? “.

The achievement of this objective would allow this municipality to benefit from an organic-functional regime, of competence and of political government similar to that established in the autonomous regions of Ceuta and Melilla.

In any case, as indicated by the town hall in its press release, it would be up to the Cortes Generales to grant the possibility of providing La Línea de la Concepción, by an organic law, with the condition of becoming an autonomous community, as indicated through sevilla.abc.es.

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Sovereignty

Westmoreland County restaurants rely on a combination of personal and government support

After eight years of co-owning and operating J&M Export Deli, Michelle Gilson feels like it’s her first year again.

Gilson, along with co-owner Jennifer Minnick, has been forced to make several economic changes to export-based deli over the past year – such as cutting staff to three employees and shortening hours of operation – after the pandemic of covid-19 caused state leaders to issue mitigation orders that nearly ravaged the restaurant industry.

“We just made ends meet,” Gilson said. “Don’t pay us, just pay our bills.”

They got federal funds to help the restaurant weather the pandemic, but Gilson said what they were given was only useful for about a month. Now women are squeezing over 50-hour workweeks to keep the grocery store running while they get back on their feet.

Sharon Detar, owner of Connections Café in Ligonier, said she too was more focused on paying her bills than bringing back a paycheck. To help save money, Detar said she closed the restaurant for six weeks at the start of the pandemic after realizing people were largely staying at home.

When it reopened, it reduced the hours of operation and the hours of its only employee. Still, Detar has gone to great lengths to make the restaurant appealing to those ordering take-out meals by tempering a building porch to include a rug and fireplace so it can be used during the winter months.

“Ligonier is a tourist town so the tourists weren’t there so it was, but the locals really supported me so it was great,” said Detar.

Scenes similar to those in Export and Ligonier unfolded in restaurants in the area after a year in which they were the subject of mitigation orders that began last March, when restaurants failed. could be opened to take away. Since then, owners have been at the mercy of ever-changing orders that determined capacity limits and when alcohol can be served.

To help businesses, federal lifelines such as stimulus funds and initiatives such as the Paycheck Protection Program were implemented throughout the year. Detar noted that she had received money from Westmoreland CARES Scholarship, as part of a federal stimulus plan.

Greg and Christina Cammerata, owners of IronRock Tap House, used the funds extensively to pay members of their management team who covered takeout orders after the owners of the Hempfield restaurant were forced to lay off nearly 60 hourly employees while throughout the year.

“Having to fire them just because there is no work, you just hate doing it because you know they have bills, and even if unemployment is available it’s a pain in the neck of go through all the paperwork and do it, ”Greg told Cammerata. “We’re just thankful that the staff stayed with us and kind of came out on the other side.”

In addition to federal funds, the Cammerata – who opened the Hempfield restaurant in December 2019, three months before Governor Tom Wolf made the first covid-19 related stop – also attributed their success throughout the pandemic to fact that they don’t rely on a paycheck from the restaurant.

Likewise, Sam Murray, owner of Salsa Sam’s, said he did not have loans on his restaurant Irwin, a factor that helped him get through the pandemic. Murray, who was extensively involved in the community when the pandemic hit, also attributed his success to take-out sales and his participation in breweries and community events.

“We can honestly say it went well because we kind of adjusted to the situation,” said Murray. “I haven’t, per se, moaned about it, whined about it. … I think what we did well with all of that was that we kind of got involved in the community, and that was so important.

Murray noted that he hadn’t laid off any employees or used federal funding because “I wanted to keep those funds for other restaurants that really, really need it.”

As restaurateurs scramble to get back on their feet, the long-term effects are starting to be felt in the form of a staff shortage being felt in most lines of business.

The shortage is forcing local restaurants to continue cutting hours to give employees a break despite being able to open at full capacity. However, restaurant chains are responding to the shortage by increasing the minimum wage for $ 15 an hour at places like Chipotle, while others, like McDonald’s, offer a signing bonus.

“You can’t take a break. … It’s just going to get busier and busier, and we have all these seats outside and it needs extra servers and what not to cover that up, so it’s a tough time right now trying to have it. people, but we’re working hard on it, ”said Greg Cammerata, noting that as of mid-May, the restaurant had between 12 and 15 positions open.

However, other restaurants like J&M Export Deli are not yet in the hiring phase. While Gilson said there was light at the end of the tunnel as restaurant sales began to increase, it’s not enough to extend hours or bring staff back to what they were before the pandemic.

“It’s like rebuilding it so that we can pay ourselves and then pay other people,” Gilson said.

Megan Tomasic is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Megan at 724-850-1203, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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Sovereignty

Government – Métis Nation of Ontario%

Self-government is a right that Métis citizens hold together, as members of the rights-holder Métis communities of which they are a part. The new Métis government will be formed by Métis citizens of all ages, who will work together to build and further strengthen our Métis government.

The MNO has learned much from past commitments to key governance principles and values ​​of MNO citizens through the MNO Commission on Métis Rights and Self-Government and its engagement sessions held in 2017. Now the MNO is planning a province-wide mobilization process. in order to consult the citizens of the MNO on the Self-Government Agreement and to develop the Constitution of the future Métis government.

All MNO citizens can participate in the Métis Government’s Constitution consultations, and all voters, including those living in southern Ontario, will be able to vote in the process of ratifying the Constitution and Accord. on self-government. What the future Métis government looks like is up to all of us. We want to hear from you!

Over the next few months there will be plenty of opportunities for all MNO citizens to get involved, offer ideas, listen to others, learn and reflect together. Stay tuned for information on how you can participate in town halls, workshops and MNO meetings and sign up to receive updates on the MNO’s journey to self-government.

You can also provide comments, submit questions, videos or other information by writing to ORM at [email protected].

Together, we will move forward with Métis self-government in Ontario!

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Self government

Local self-government in Armenia: positive developments but still room for improvement

Despite the positive developments of local self-government in Armenia, the powers of the municipalities have not been extended, their role in the provision of public services remains limited and local authorities do not have sufficient funds, says the monitoring report adopted today by the Council of Europe Congress local and regional authorities, which also provides recommendations to the Armenian government on improving the situation.

The report based on a country visit in May 2019 welcomes the fact that Armenia has ratified all the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It also welcomes the consolidation of communities and the government’s legislative initiatives in the area of ​​local referendums, public hearings and financial aid to municipalities.

Despite these good developments, the powers and duties of the municipalities have not been extended to enable them to manage a substantial part of public affairs under their own responsibility. Municipalities have a limited role in the provision of public services, which goes against the principle of subsidiarity.

In addition, there is no legally guaranteed consultation procedure between the State and the municipalities, the local authorities are not adequately involved in the decision-making process concerning their finances and the local authorities are not consulted on the modifications of their territorial limits.


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Home rule

Home Rule, and the Protestants who took up arms against it

‘MY husband Peter is English; he thought he had come to Queens University, Belfast, to go fishing; instead, he grabbed me. Northern Irish writer Ruth Kirby-Smith watches me through a zoom lens from her home in Leeds. We are talking about his recent publication ‘The Settlement’, a book that at that time I had not fully read. Little did I know that two days later I would swallow the final chapters, with the book’s heroine Sarah remaining indelibly etched in my mind.

Flipping through the velvety pages (the author tells me she didn’t personally choose the lavish paper), the reader finds himself immersed in a turbulent period in Ulster’s history, albeit less so. mentioned. The year is 1914 and Ulster Unionists are reeling from a 1912 Home Rule Bill proposing to grant self-government to Ireland. Fiercely opposed to measures that would place them under the authority of a Dublin Parliament, they formed a paramilitary force – the Ulster Volunteers – to resist the movement by force of arms. A world of political turmoil unfolds, with Nationalists installing the Irish Volunteers in direct response.

With a focus on the Protestant community and the “big house” of Lindara, the characters in “The Settlements” are all wrapped up in the Protestant political movement of the time. Ruth says that although she used names, people and places from her childhood home in the countryside south of Belfast, it’s not all based on family experiences.

‘Protestant but not Orange is the best way to describe my family. We loved the South, going to the ‘Free State’ – Rathmines in Dublin – on vacation; I knew more about the Easter Rising than what happened in the North. (The book contains a superb account of the Shelbourne Hotel in the aftermath of the rising.) “It was only after my father’s death that I began to research this period of history by North Ireland.”

Now 72, Ruth is no stranger to the most recent ‘Troubles’ stating that she nearly blew herself up twice on Belfast’s Bloody Friday in 1973.

Ruth admits that “Chapters 3 and 4 are the real story of my father; I grew up with stories of him being kidnapped and his parents coming to take him back; the letters in the book are real – I actually have them in my possession The book is peppered with a lot of characters from my past, including my grandmother who was quite stern and proper I remember the big house and afternoon tea on the horsehair dining room seats , the colonel leaning on his gardener.

Previously working as an urban planner and entrepreneur running a successful baby bag business, Ruth wanted to be a writer. “I’ve always told stories; I knew I had to learn to write with that voice, but I could never find a story that grabbed me. I went to a creative writing course in Leeds. It wasn’t until Dad’s death that I started looking into his time. The whole anti-home rule movement got me; I knew then that I had a story to tell.

The story grew out of a process of asking and answering questions about his ancestry. ‘My father was placed in foster care when he was 3 days old; the obvious question was why? A wealthy family, I began to ask what was going on in their lives. Dad was born in 1919, so I watched that period ten years beforehand. It was while reading about this particular period in Ulster history by Jonathan Bardon that I thought – what an incredible story! I didn’t know half of this stuff. People I knew who had studied history hadn’t even found out.

Originally Ruth Brown, to her knowledge, her family was not present at Carson’s mass meetings or directly involved in the Larne gun-running incident so clearly described in the book, but that was the times in which they lived. Importing arms from Germany, central Ulster The Volunteers were averted by the outbreak of the First World War she so poignantly describes, the Southern Irish Volunteers fighting the same war under Redmond (and incidentally, importing weapons from similar sources into Germany).

The 1916 Battle of the Somme, disastrous for the Ulster Volunteers, took place on July 1, at the start of the marching season. The tragedy, born in the battlefields “was mourned in the fields of Ulster during this long and sad summer. Through it all, the harvest had to be brought in and the animals fed and cared for. There was no respite for sorrow in the round of daily toil.

As an author from a Protestant background, was it difficult to be objective? ‘No, I loved it. That’s what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to write with one voice so I chose a heroine who didn’t take sides; a free-thinking anti-homeruler. To some extent, there’s a bit of me in there. I question things and I’m very open to Ireland. I was in politics in Queens during the civil rights era; almost everyone I knew in the student body was for civil rights. I didn’t want good guys and bad guys; I wanted the main character to question everything. I did not want to promote the Protestant cause. I had to balance it.

When Sarah’s character becomes involved in the arms trade in Larne, she only felt drawn in because everyone she loved was involved. “When they needed me, my loyalty to them was greater than my own managers. In doing so, I had betrayed myself a little. The writer uses overtly simple language, somewhat unusual for a novel; no one “shivers” or “shivers” or any of that nonsense; instead there are descriptions of a “face as long as a Lurgan spade” or, during an unwanted pregnancy, of “finding yourself in a real pucker”.

The author credits his simple writing style to years of compiling reports, however, he realizes in this writer that perhaps his simple writing skills boil down to his “no frills” Presbyterian background. Alliteration pledge is fine to describe something like outfits at a Venetian masquerade ball, but certainly not for hard-working Protestants in Northern Ireland.

Stating that Belfast was the industrial center of Ireland at this time with both shipbuilding and an extensive flax trade, Ruth reiterates that the main concerns of the anti-House rulers were trade; the focus of his book, Samuels’ Flax Mills, supplies the British war machine with everything from tents to bags of kit. “Now with Brexit 100 years later, it just resonates; the ‘settlement’ referred to throughout the book is about money, not religion or politics.

“My vision for the book is that readers will learn more about Northern Ireland. An English friend who read it recently said he was intrigued, researching the story, previously unknown to them, as he read’ adding ‘Having grown up in Northern Ireland, although I kept some basics, I don’t have time for religion.’ In terms of personal exploration, the author says two major themes emerged, the first being a realization that it was probably the Protestants who armed themselves first.

“The arms trade happened on April 24, 1914 when the UVF raised money to drop arms at Larne, the moment of real violence in the South came later during the Rising of Easter 1916; I found that surprising. My next surprise was the resonance today with all the trade issues. These were also at the forefront of the minds of most Protestants at the turn of the last century, apart from their fears of being subsumed by a dominant Catholic culture.

The settlement is a good torn thread woven around family, love and hardship, with business, madness, murder and debt thrown into the political quagmire. “I want people to like the book; not only because of the good characters and the story, but also because of the fun of learning about a time or place they knew nothing about. I want the reader to write it down and say “it was a great story, but I also learned something”.

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Home rule

Ocean City is in real danger of losing its rights of autonomy to the state.

City Council Speaker Bob Barr, right, and Council Deputy Speaker Michael DeVlieger said the legislation would rob Ocean City and other communities of the centuries-old tradition of self-governance.

In 1917, the New Jersey Legislature saw the wisdom in passing the Home Rule Act, which allowed local governments to control their own future by granting them broad powers to enact laws and regulations that protected and promoted local interests. . The Home Rule Act is still the foundation of local self-government in New Jersey today. However, Senate Bill #S3926 and Assembly Bill #A5894 (these bills) threaten the very essence of Home Rule and place the future of our local coastal communities in the hands of a foreign entity, namely the Danish company called Orsted.

As written, these bills take away the ability of local governments to make decisions that they believe reflect the best interests of the community and replace them with a process that favors foreign investment. It eliminates good faith negotiations as a basis for local officials to negotiate effectively with Orsted. Instead, Orsted can refuse any reasonable resolution and simply take his case to the State Utilities Board. These bills clearly put Orsted in an advantageous negotiating position at the expense of municipalities.

The majority of Ocean City Council strongly opposes these bills because they seriously erode local government’s ability to make choices that represent what is best for their community and do not allow for good faith negotiations. with Orsted.

In addition, these bills will force local elected officials to make decisions before disclosure of all the facts. Federally mandated environmental impact statements or assessments for the pending offshore wind project won’t be completed until the first quarter of 2023, but those bills require local governments to make decisions about the project well ahead of the publication of these important documents. This is unfair, lacks transparency and goes against good public policy.

While the City of Ocean City Council understands the state’s desire to develop alternative energy sources to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, rushing to achieve this goal without due process, without full disclosure of the facts , without extensive public debate on the environmental impacts and circumvention of the autonomy law do not reflect a truly democratic process. All these bills accomplish is to short-circuit the ability of local officials, who know their community best, the ability to have meaningful input on issues that will significantly affect their communities for at least the next 25 coming years.

Coastal communities, like Ocean City, have tourism-based economies that make a major contribution to state coffers. However, maintaining the prosperity of Ocean City requires protecting the natural beauty of the coast and these bills do nothing to advance this important cause and, in fact, ignore the value of the coastal environment.

Attempts to micromanage Ocean City from Trenton in favor of foreign entities will not be tolerated. The majority of City Council strongly oppose these bills and will use every method at their disposal to defeat pending legislation, as we believe our fundamental principle of self-determination is at stake.

Ocean City Council Chairman Bob Barr and Vice Chairman Michael DeVlieger are asking you to make your voice heard. Join us to defend our local community. Tell your legislators in Trenton to protect our wildlife, our environment and our right to self-reliance.

Don’t let Big Government tell us what’s good for the health, safety and well-being of our community!

Please support our regional representatives who support us. Reach out to them and tell them how you feel.

Truly,

Bob Barr

Chair, Ocean City City Council

Mike DeVlieger

Vice President, Ocean City City Council

State of New Jersey – First District Legislators

Senator Michael Testa – Phone: 609-778-2012

MP Antwan McClellan – Phone: 609-778-2012

Assemblyman Erik Simonsen – Phone: 609-778-2012

Cape May County Board of Commissioners
Phone: 609-465-1065
Director Jerry Thornton – Email: [email protected]

Vice Director Leonard Desiderio – Email: [email protected]

Commissioner E. Marie Hayes – Email: [email protected]

Commissioner Will Morey – Email: [email protected]

Commissioner Jeffrey Pierson – Email: [email protected]

City of Ocean City, New Jersey – City Council

President Robert Barr: [email protected] / 609-703-0750

Vice President Michael DeVlieger: [email protected] / 609-231-8987

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Sovereignty

Local self-government in Azerbaijan: little improvement observed, limited powers and weak financial situation of municipalities need urgent attention

Despite some improvements in the work of the municipalities, major concerns remain about a number of factors hampering the development of self-government in Azerbaijan, such as the lack of real powers of municipalities, a statute of institutions of state and own financial resources, says the monitoring report of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, which also provides a number of urgent recommendations to the authorities.

The report prepared on the basis of a remote visit carried out in February this year, welcomes some improvements in Azerbaijan such as the ratification of Article 10.3 of the Charter which provides for the right to cooperate between municipalities and their counterparts. in other states (such cooperation, however, would require authorization from the Azerbaijani state authorities); improving the quality and transparency of the work of the municipalities; the use of delegation of functions to municipalities for the first time in 2020, and the increased representation of women and young people in municipal councils after the last municipal elections in 2019.

However, municipalities in Azerbaijan are not considered state institutions and are part of the overall public administration, but rather an expression of civil society, and their powers are not comprehensive and exclusive, the report says.


Local self-government in Azerbaijan: little improvement observed, limited powers and weak financial situation of municipalities need urgent attention

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Self government

Congress monitors the implementation of the European Charter of Local Self-Government in the UK

A delegation from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe followed the application of the Charter in the United Kingdom from 21 to 23 June 2021.

The delegation was composed of the co-rapporteurs Vladimir Prebilič (Slovenia, SOC / G / PD) and Magnus Berntsson (Sweden, EPP / CCE). They held meetings with local and national authorities in the UK to assess the implementation of the Charter. The previous monitoring report and recommendation on local and regional democracy in the UK were adopted in 2014. All meetings were held remotely due to the current health crisis.

The rapporteurs had an exchange of views on the latest developments in the field of local government in the UK with officials from the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government as well as with the Chairman of the Housing Committee, communities and local governments of the British Parliament. Remote meetings were also scheduled with the Statutory Deputy Mayor of London and representatives of the Greater London Authority.

The delegation had also scheduled remote meetings with officials from the Scottish Department of Social Security and Local Government, the Welsh Parliament, the Assembly of Northern Ireland and the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales.

The Congress delegation met with members of the UK National Delegation to Congress, the Local Government Association (LGA), the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA), the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), as well as members of Edinburgh. Belfast City Council and Mayor.

The resulting report will be examined by the Monitoring Committee at one of its forthcoming meetings.

The UK ratified the European Charter of Local Self-Government in 1998. Countries that have ratified the Charter are bound by its provisions. The Charter requires the implementation of a minimum set of rights which constitute the fundamental basis of local self-government in Europe. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe ensures that these principles are respected in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe.

Contact:

Stephanie POIREL, Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Secretary of the monitoring committee
Telephone: +33 (0) 3 90 21 5184
e-mail: [email protected]

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Sovereignty

Autonomy in Bulgaria: considerable progress in decentralization, but a persistent lack of local financial autonomy

In the monitoring report presented today, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe welcomes the significant progress made by Bulgaria in the application of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. However, it highlights several problems that persist in the area of ​​local financial resources and makes recommendations to improve the situation.

The report is based on remote meetings held in December 2020; the first remote Congress monitoring visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have seen considerable progress made in Bulgaria through the implementation of a decentralization strategy and the devolution of powers and responsibilities to local authorities, particularly in the areas of education, public health and social services,” said one of the rapporteurs, Bryony Rudkin (UK, SOC/G/PD) introducing the report.

Other welcome developments include the institutionalization of several consultation procedures, the active participation of the National Association of Municipalities of the Republic of Bulgaria in the consultation and the ratification of the previously unratified provision of the Charter and the Additional Protocol. Thus, Bulgaria is now bound by all the articles of the Charter.

“We were also delighted to learn that during the state of emergency declared due to the pandemic, the powers of the municipalities were neither limited nor recentralised; the crisis headquarters was created and chaired by mayors,” Rudkin said.

However, as in many countries, the pandemic has also posed challenges for Bulgarian local authorities in terms of finances.

The second rapporteur, Randi Mondorf (Denmark, ILDG-ILDG) also noted that financial matters, in general, continue to pose problems in terms of compliance with the Charter, in particular its provisions on the local financial situation. While over the last decade municipal resources in Bulgaria have increased considerably, thanks to the improvement of the general economic situation, “the municipalities continue to take on a heavy load of tasks without sufficient funds; they lack commensurate financial resources to implement the delegated responsibilities”.

“The share of municipal resources coming from local taxes and fees remains extremely low,” Mondorf pointed out, with state transfers accounting for 64% of municipal revenues. “Fiscal and fiscal rules seem too restrictive for the budgetary autonomy of local authorities” and, overall, the system of municipal finances limits, in most cases, the freedom of local authorities to implement their own tasks, not to mention delegated functions.

The Congress invites the Bulgarian authorities to clarify the responsibilities attributed to the different levels of government, to widen the margin of appreciation of local authorities to adapt the exercise of delegated powers to local conditions, to reduce the dependence of local self-government on vis-à-vis financial transfers from the State by increasing the share of local taxes and charges in local revenues, and strengthening the taxing powers of local authorities, in general while simplifying local budgeting rules. The Congress also recommends that local authorities have a direct right of appeal to the Constitutional Court whenever a law violates their constitutional status, the Charter or both.

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Home rule

Autonomous cities and sales tax

Since the Supreme Court decision Wayfair v. In South Dakota in 2018, states gradually established rules to take advantage of new sales tax revenue streams from out-of-state retailers. States and self-governing cities now have the power to impose their own sales tax regulations once certain thresholds are reached (“economic nexus”). These thresholds are generally based on turnover or the number of transactions during a calendar year or a 12-month period.

How Autonomous Cities Affect Sales Tax and Remote Sellers

Autonomous cities or localities have their own sales tax regulations separate from their states. As the name suggests, self-collection house rule jurisdictions go further and independently collect their own sales tax. In addition, these administrations may apply their own economic link rules.

Although only a few states have self-governing cities, it can be difficult for distance sellers to comply with the sales tax rules of hundreds of individual cities and towns, in addition to economic nexus implications in 46 states.

States with self-collected self-governing cities

States with self-collecting localities like Louisiana, Alabama and Arizona attempted to make the process easier for sellers by offering a unified online reporting system and/or a simplified sales tax rate for remote sellers. On the other hand, some states are still looking for adequate solutions to alleviate the burden.

Colorado Autonomous Cities

Colorado is arguably the most complex state when it comes to self-governing cities. Compliance is a challenge due to the number of localities with their own sales tax requirements, the lack of simplified tax rates and, until recently, the lack of a unified online filing platform . However, Colorado has addressed this shortcoming in the past year by introducing a new tax rebate system that allows self-governing cities to collect sales tax from state-connected retailers. This sales and use tax system, called SUTS, is an online portal for businesses to file and remit sales tax on a unified platform. With this new system in place, distance sellers should begin complying in Colorado self-pickup cities if they have a state connection.

Alaska

In Alaska, there is no state sales tax. However, autonomous cities have their own requirements. Similar to Colorado, the state introduced the Alaska Remote Seller Sales Tax Commission (“ARSSTC”) to unify self-governing cities imposing an economic nexus on remote sellers to collect sales tax on a single system. Businesses whose sales in Alaska exceed the economic nexus threshold set by the cities are required to register on the system and begin collecting sales tax for home cities participating in ARSSTC.

Illinois

Illinois is another state with self-governing cities but, unlike Colorado, most cities and towns are state-administered. This means that businesses remit the sales tax collected for all localities directly to the state. However, Chicago’s Personal Property Rental Transaction Tax (“PPLTT”) operates similarly to sales tax and is administered directly by the city. Fortunately, it only applies to specific types of transactions related to the rental of personal property used in Chicago. The city also issued economic tie rules for remote sellers, requiring them to comply with their tax orders, including the PPLTT and amusement tax for digital media (video streaming, audio streaming and online games). ).

Best Practices for Remote Sellers in Autonomous Cities

First, understand your exposure to the link and your obligations. Conduct regular economic nexus analyzes to determine where you need to register and file returns.

State and local sales tax rules are constantly changing and complex. Keeping up with jurisdiction-specific updates, in addition to regular monthly filing requirements, can be difficult. It’s always best to discuss your specific situation with a sales tax advisor for guidance and to create a compliance strategy that meets your business needs.

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Sovereignty

Local self-government in Armenia: positive developments but still room for improvement concerning the skills, consultation and financial resources of local authorities

Despite the positive development of local self-government in Armenia, the powers of municipalities have not been extended, their role in the provision of public services remains limited and local authorities do not have sufficient funds, according to the report. the follow-up report adopted today by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, which also provides recommendations to the Armenian government to improve the situation.

The report based on a country visit in May 2019 welcomes the fact that Armenia has ratified all the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government. It also welcomes the consolidation of communities and the government’s legislative initiatives in the area of ​​local referendums, public hearings and financial aid to municipalities.

Despite these good developments, the powers and duties of the municipalities have not been extended to enable them to manage a substantial part of public affairs under their own responsibility. Municipalities have a limited role in the provision of public services, which goes against the principle of subsidiarity.

In addition, there is no legally guaranteed consultation procedure between the State and the municipalities, the local authorities are not adequately involved in the decision-making process concerning their finances and the local authorities are not consulted on the modifications of their territorial limits.

“We have been informed that during the recent merger process some local authorities and residents learned from the press about the mergers of their communities,” said Gunn Marit Helgesen (Norway, EPP / CCE), one of the rapporteurs who presented the report, noting that efficiency and broad communication on territorial reform “was still lacking in Armenia”.

“For the reform to be successful, it is important to give incentives to the merged communities. They need more power and therefore money to execute them, ”stressed Helgesen.

Bryony Rudkin (UK, SOC / G / PD), the co-rapporteur, echoed this concern. “Local authorities continue to lack the financial resources to carry out their own tasks,” she said. “In addition, the State does not make the corresponding resources available to communities when it delegates powers. As a result, many small communities simply cannot cope with the delegated tasks or cannot provide good quality services ”.

Rudkin highlighted other issues, such as the poor working conditions of municipal workers in local government offices and unwarranted state interference in local tasks: administrative oversight of local government decisions goes beyond control of legality and various state authorities have overlapping supervisory powers.

The Congress recommended that the Armenian government accompany the delegation of tasks by providing corresponding financial resources and ensure that local communities have access to adequate financial resources on their own; further decentralize powers to increase the share of public affairs that are regulated and managed by local authorities and to guarantee in law the right of local authorities to be consulted on matters which concern them directly, recommends the Congress. In addition, the “own” competences of municipalities should be revised and clarified, state supervision limited to legality control and the working conditions of municipal employees improved.

The rapporteurs described as “welcome steps” the information on some new legislative initiatives prepared by the government in the field of local referendums, public hearings and financial assistance to municipalities. “We are convinced that all political changes and reform efforts have opened up new perspectives and opportunities for democratic transformation in Armenia to have a positive impact on local democracy and we look forward to continuing the already long-standing cooperation we have with them. Armenian authorities, ”concluded Bryony Rudkin. .

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Nursing home rule requiring residents to self-isolate after discharge will be relaxed

Care home residents will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days after meeting people outside their homes despite the June 21 freedoms delay

Care home isolation rules to be eased despite delayed Covid lockdown

Rules for care home residents who must self-isolate after being visited outside their homes will be relaxed in England from June 21 as planned, the government has announced.

The change comes despite delays in lifting other Covid restrictions on June 21.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tonight that the easing of coronavirus restrictions will be postponed for a month.

However, the delay will not affect care home residents who meet people outside their homes.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: ‘The requirement for residents to self-isolate for 14 days after out-of-care home visits will also be removed in most cases.







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It is not yet confirmed which cases will still require 14 days of isolation.

However, officials have advised that nursing home residents will not need to self-isolate at all after visits outside their homes, but may need to after hospital visits.







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More detailed guidelines are expected to be issued by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Boris Johnson extended the lockdown beyond June 21 during a Downing Street press this evening amid spiraling coronavirus infections and hospitalizations.

Infections rose 49% in a week, with the Delta Covid variant – first identified in India – making up the vast majority of new cases.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations also increased by 15% in one week.

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RECOGNIZED VILLAGE LAWYER TO PROTECT HOUSE RULE

The legislative session in Tallahassee prompted various attempts to anticipate local decision-making on several fronts. With the help of the Florida League of Cities and local officials and attorneys, including Roget Bryan, those attempts were thwarted.

Prior to a June 2 meeting at Founders Park Community Center, Scott Dudley of the Florida League of Cities presented Islamorada attorney Bryan with the “Home Rule Hero” accolade for providing analysis and contributions throughout the 2021 session on bills with ramifications for local municipalities. The Florida League of Cities formed in 1922 to shape legislation and share ideas and experiences, and more than 400 cities and towns are members today.

Local autonomy allows a city to solve its community problems with local solutions and minimal or no interference from the state. Recipients of the Home Rule Hero award are local, elected and unelected officials.

With constant attempts to preempt domestic rule, Dudley said the Florida League of Cities is a resource in Tallahassee for championing the ability of local governments to make decisions that reflect the opinions and needs of citizens. Contributions from lawyers, like Bryan, help the League of Cities understand the impacts of legislation on a city.

“We can usually read the legislation and say, ‘We think that’s bad enough for cities,’ (but) we’ll appeal to city attorneys and managers,” Dudley said. “Roget is one during the legislative session when we had questions about the impact of a bill in a municipality; he intervened and let us know what the impacts would be in Islamorada.

Bryan has assisted the Florida League of Cities with several complicated bills, including the Bert Harris Act which provides procedures and remedies for property owners whose property is excessively burdened by local government legislation. The League of Cities has opposed changes that disregard individual property rights or create one-sided lawsuits that shift financial burdens to local taxpayers.

Dudley said Bryan was also helpful with vacation rental and home-based business issues, as well as other legislation being considered this year that “doesn’t help municipalities or citizens at all.”

“Roget helped us break it down and helped us understand what the impacts of certain particular legislation would be where the rubber meets the road,” Dudley said. “I am honored to be here to present Roget with a Home Rule Hero certificate.”

This is the third year in a row that Bryan has received the title of Home Rule Hero. Selected unanimously in 2013 by the Village Council to be the first in-house attorney, Bryan provides legal advice regarding the interpretation of the Village Code and Florida Statutes. He also represents the village in litigation, prepares and reviews contracts and agreements, and assists in drafting ordinances and resolutions.

After receiving this honor, Bryan said it was a privilege to champion not only Islamorada by Florida municipalities.

“I’m a big defender of home rule. I think it’s the most effective layer of government, it’s where the things that have the most impact on citizens matter the most and it’s where they are felt the most,” said he declared. “To be able to help protect our ability to make those decisions for ourselves is truly a privilege and an honor.”

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Andrew Tickell: Home Rule in this reactionary UK would not answer our problems

WHEN a DUP politician says “with my cold, dead hands,” you don’t expect him to wave a handful of sausages. But he stood there, Cro-Magnon, recreational naturist and East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson under a poster with the caption “Ulster is British.” Sammy doesn’t want to save Ulster from salami, but to deliver the Six Counties from the evils of Northern Ireland Protocol.

While Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal provided for the prospect of a physical infrastructure of border posts, it instead drew an effective regulatory border along the Irish Sea. This allowed Northern Ireland to remain in the single market and exclude the rest of the UK from it. The deal included rules on importing chilled meats – including Sammy’s handful of nods – from Britain to Northern Ireland. These rules were due to come into force in the spring, but the British government has decided to give itself a little more time to meet its obligations without discussing them with its European counterparts.

After unilaterally extending the grace period, Boris Johnson and his ministers have now decided that the “brilliant” deal they struck with the EU27 is now “excessively cumbersome”. Just as the burdensome commitments of fidelity in your wedding vows can be resolved by taking a ‘flexible and pragmatic approach’ to fidelity, Captain Impunity believes the harshness and reprimands of the EU should ease and view the protocol as guidelines rather than rules. After all, what is a little bit of a friend offense?

And now the UK government and its struggling former Democratic Unionist Party allies are staging, seemingly without irony, the storyline of a famous episode of Yes, Minister in real time.

According to Edwin Poots – the new DUP chief after Arlene Foster was ousted in April – the EU is trying to starve the ordinary population of Northern Ireland. “Processed meat is typical of foods that would be sold in Iceland and other stores,” he said. “It is very often the lower paid people who use these pizzas, lasagnas and various basic products. ”

I guess that’s not quite what Gordon Brown had in mind when he talks about the Union as an instrument of social justice. The people’s banger is a deep red, despite its modest meat content, chilled or not.

Not to be outdone, Boris Johnson’s Environment Secretary took to the airwaves to give the nation a touching speech about the condescension and culinary bigotry of our European friends and allies, protesting that he did not ” no idea “why the EU was imposing” idiosyncratic “rules on the mystery. meats crossing market borders. But the member for Camborne and Redruth had his suspicions.

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“I suspect it has to do with some sort of perception that they can’t really trust a country other than an EU country to make sausages,” George Eustice told Nick Ferrari. “I think this is nonsense. I think we have a very good sausage industry in this country, we have the highest food hygiene standards in the world ”, closing this noble address to LBC listeners with the moving finale:“ There is no problem with our sausages or even our chicken nuggets.

Now there is a slogan to put on your tanks. The scandalized meat factories of Lincoln and Cumbria unite.

They say that the laws are like sausages: it is better not to see them being made. This British government succeeded in combining the two unsightly exercises. But the concocted “sausage wars” are very much in keeping with the political absurdity that propelled Boris Johnson to and helps keep Boris Johnson there.

When he was starting out as a European correspondent for the Telegraph, a young Boris Johnson specialized in serving this kind of charcuterie to the indignant gammon of the newspaper, which swallowed up any history of Eurocrat diktats worthy of employment. , published by editors cynical enough to give their readers what they wanted no matter how economical their featured correspondent’s copy was.

EU-mandated banana smoothing, bans on the sale of cocktail shrimp crisps – these kinds of Brussels tales were not only the preserve of our future Prime Minister.

They have been a staple of right-wing Eurosceptic media in Britain for decades, reliably generating screaming headlines stoking imaginary grievances against the bloc, skillfully repackaging deregulation, lower welfare standards and less environmental protections like worker preference, and all the rest like unofficial, foreign namby-pambyism, “elf ‘n safety”.

READ MORE: Brexit caused UK services sector to contract by over £ 110bn

This kind of reactionary simplicity is absolutely at the heart of this government’s emotional tone and emotional appeal. It seems appropriate that the Conservatives are now representing Hartlepool. Legend has it that locals hanged a monkey that ran aground on a wreck off the coast because they believed it was one of Napoleon’s spies.

I’m not sure if this was one of the episodes Jacob Rees-Mogg had in mind when he spoke lyrical lyrics in the Commons last week about how we should all be proud of “our wonderful story”, but by the 18th century, the conflict between the UK and France was at least real.

Now we just have a UK government that intermittently talks as if it wants to, and tabloids poised to sink into feverish dreams of war, gunboats and Dunkirk on the drop of a cocked hat.

I guess this is an emotional distraction from any meaningful self-reflection on Britain’s true place in the world – the fact that Britain is now a solidly intermediate power, in decline, is consoled with nostalgia as ‘it considers the risk of a new internal fragmentation and the consequent loss of international prestige. Great Britain is not.

When he signed the Brexit deal, Johnson said it was an opportunity to “put an end to too many years of argument and division”, “to build a strong new relationship with the EU as friends and sovereign equals “and“ to move forward as one country. ”Good luck.

The figure of the indiscreet Brussels official – and the pantomime resistance to their decrees – is intrinsic to the Tory Eurosceptic worldview. The idea that leaving the European Union would remove such antipathies and suspicions from British politics is powerfully naive – especially when it is so clearly in the political interest of the Conservative Party to allow friction to continue.

It is in this context that we must understand the remarkable attempts to rehabilitate the idea that the ‘house rules’ are some kind of response to Scotland’s problems, by delegating more power to Holyrood, while leaving the government British as a sort of night watch state, responsible for defense and foreign affairs.

READ MORE: Alba MP Kenny MacAskill suggests Home Rule could heal ‘divided’ Scotland

First, this argument comes from a place of political unreality. This British government has no interest in this kind of reform program. On the contrary, this conservative administration has shown all the desire to reduce – rather than expand – the sphere of delegated authority. But more fundamentally still, why would anyone want the UK to retain these responsibilities?

If the sight of Boris Johnson dragging his pocket across the sands of Carbis Bay doesn’t convince you of the benefits of an independent foreign and defense policy, look at it. If the state of health services is important enough that you can delegate them, if education, justice and the environment are issues you would like to see addressed in Edinburgh rather than London, why would you want to questions about who and in what quantity do we sell bombs, against whom do we wage an aggressive war – to be determined by Her Majesty’s Government in London?

“Sticking with Britain for the ships, the bombs and the opportunity to kill and be killed in the country’s future wars” seems to me to be one of the craziest cases for the Union yet conceived . If you are prepared to reduce the role of the British state so far, why insist on leaving these critical issues in the hands of Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and their successors?

Does your political experience really suggest that this is a smart plan?

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Bougainville envisages self-government in 2022

Bougainville President Ishmael Toroama has called for his autonomous region of Papua New Guinea to have a self-government in place by next year.

PNG Prime Minister James Marape (right) shakes hands with Ismaël Toroama, president of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, on February 5, 2021.
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Toroama said this was part of the message he conveyed to PNG Prime Minister James Marape during the talks last month.

The talks were the last step in consultations between the two sides on how to proceed with the outcome of the Bougainville independence referendum, held in 2019.

In the non-binding referendum, 97.7% of Bougainvilleas voted for PNG independence. However, the PNG parliament must ratify the result for it to enter into force.

During the talks, Toroama told Marape and his delegation that Bougainville is expected to gain independence by 2025.

While PNG is reluctant to commit to a timeline for independence, the Bougainville Autonomous Government is working to give momentum to preparations to prepare for independence in the region.

In the meantime, Toroama is pushing for self-government as a practical step towards full independence.

Toroama spent the past week in southern Bougainville to launch what the government calls the “Independence Ready Mission” for three constituencies.

At events in Lato, Ramu and Kopi constituencies, the president presented his government’s schedule.

President Toroama said the road would be difficult, but the results of the referendum clearly showed the desire of the people to be an independent sovereign nation.

He called for the unity, hard work and perseverance of the people to accomplish the political destiny of Bougainville.

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An independence activist will be tried for having organized Yes marches

INDEPENDENCE campaigner Gary Kelly is due to stand trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court later this year on two counts.

The case stems from the All Under One Banner (AUOB) march in the city in August 2019, of which he was the designated organizer.

Kelly, who has since left AUOB to co-found Yes2indee, is the second person to face charges of independence marches and rallies. Manny Singh was jailed for 72 days for his role in organizing the march in Glasgow in May 2019.

READ MORE: AUOB’s Manny Singh fears losing livelihood after sentencing

In Aberdeen, where thousands of people took part in the march, Kelly faces two charges under section 651C of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 which relate to “a person who organizes a procession in public otherwise than in accordance with a condition imposed by an order”.

It is alleged that Kelly did not obtain a Temporary Traffic Control Order (TTRO) and requested that a road closure fully approved by a traffic management company be in place during the procession.

The second charge is that he did not have proper liability insurance in place, which would have been a condition of the approval of the march being granted by Aberdeen City Council on August 19, 2019.

The council also forced a last-minute route change, but independence supporters were still able to walk down Union Street in the city center. The march was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Since this march, Kelly, 46, has become the father of a child.

A crowdfunder has been launched to help pay for his legal costs, but with the lawsuit unfolding more than two years after the march, Kelly is reportedly running out of money.

Kelly told The National he would continue to plead not guilty and invoke the right to protest as guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Alba MP Kenny MacAskill suggests Home Rule could heal ‘divided’ Scotland

FORMER SNP MP Kenny MacAskill has suggested Home Rule for Scotland could create a ‘constitutional stalemate’ in a ‘divided’ country.

Alba’s representative said while he remained committed to Scottish sovereignty, “something must be done to break the impasse” of constitutional politics.

Writing in the Scotsman, the former SNP justice secretary acknowledged the concept is not without ‘challenges’, citing his desire for the country to have power over defense and foreign policy, the removal of nuclear weapons and membership of EFTA or the EU.

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However, he added: “Having said that, we are in a constitutional stalemate in Scotland where not only is the nation deeply divided, as the polls continually show, but Scottish politics is the result.

“Indyref2 remains the main debate but has been rejected by Westminster and postponed indefinitely by Holyrood.”

The SNP and Greens manifestos both pledged to hold a referendum in the next parliament, although some pro-independence campaigners want the vote to take priority.

READ MORE: Scottish election came ‘too soon for Alba’, says Kenny MacAskill

MacAskill’s party, Alba, had called for negotiations with Westminster to begin immediately after the May election in their manifesto.

“Something must be done to break the impasse and move the country forward because the weekly cycle of ‘we demand it’ and ‘you don’t get it’ does no one any good,” the MP wrote. . He called on people to ‘think outside the box’ in times of coronavirus.

“It is clear that there is dissatisfaction in Scotland with the status quo and disinterest in the UK with the issues facing Scotland,” added MacAskill. “Let Scotland tackle these social and economic issues, as Jimmy Maxton passionately demanded a century ago. This would show Westminster’s willingness to take notice of Scottish democracy.

The MP’s comments sparked a row on social media, with some independence supporters criticizing the position. MacAskill has long suggested that his former party was not pushing self-determination hard enough.

“People who left the SNP for a party that *supposedly* would offer a bigger push for independence are now turning away from independence themselves,” WG Saraband wrote. “You just can’t make this stuff up.”

“So much for the #Alba party which supports independence. Gordon Brown would even be proud of this position,” wrote SNP MP Chris Law.

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Others felt that it was reasonable to discuss this possibility. “He makes a good point though, and Home Rule is probably more realistic in the medium term,” one supporter wrote.

“Read the article please, this is a guy who gives an opinion on what happens when, we ask that they refuse,” added another. “No ‘We’ve got high morals’ against a government that couldn’t spell Moral or High Ground. Just a compromise suggestion, of how it should have been two equals.

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Scottish Independence: Why Trade Unionists and Nationalists Should Consider ‘Home Rule’ – Kenny MacAskill MP

Calls for self-reliance for Scotland have a long tradition, as these 1951 posters show. Some ‘Red Clydesiders’ also supported the idea around a century ago (Photo: Chris Ware / Getty Images)

Many on both sides of the constitutional divide don’t care or laugh at it and it is not without difficulties, either in the delivery or even in the definition.

These two pillars aside, however, it has a long tradition. The Independent Labor Party’s “Red Clydesiders” laid it out a century ago with George Buchanan and Reverend James Barr tabling bills in Westminster to make it happen.

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Then, as now, a lot was left unspoken or unspecified, with defense and foreign affairs remaining in the hands of the UK, but everything else literally vested in a Scottish parliament. Even these powers were to evolve at some point as the institution deepened and the world developed.

This is not my first preference as I remain committed to the sovereignty of Scotland, including the right to choose on critical defense and foreign policy issues. The withdrawal of nuclear weapons and even membership of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or the EU are restricted or even prohibited.

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Scottish independence supporters could take to the streets of London in a referendum

Having said that, we are at a constitutional stalemate in Scotland where not only is the nation deeply divided, as polls continually show, but Scottish politics are mind-numbing because of it. Indyref2 remains the main debate but was rejected by Westminster and postponed indefinitely by Holyrood.

Something needs to be done to break the deadlock and move the country forward because the weekly cycle of “we demand it” and “you don’t get it” is not doing anyone any good. There is work to be done and if there is a time to think outside the box, it’s now. If recovery from the coronavirus is the problem, the powers to address it are needed and the status quo is inadequate.

Building a coalition to extend the powers of the Scottish Parliament without breaking the Union must surely be possible. It also has the advantage of allowing supporters of the two absolute positions to see it as a basis for moving forward gradually or for anchoring the foundations more firmly.

It is clear that there is dissatisfaction in Scotland with the status quo and a disinterest in the UK for the issues Scotland faces. Let Scotland tackle these social and economic issues, as Jimmy Maxton passionately asked a century ago. This would show Westminster’s willingness to learn about Scottish democracy.

However you interpret the results of the recent elections, Scotland is not happy with its current rules. On the other side, work on currency, borders and other issues has yet to be done, let alone a deal.

It is certainly the moment to build a coalition for such a proposal, not undermining neither independence nor the Union, but facilitating the necessary progress for our country.

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