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The UK government is complaining…

The UK government is complaining that petrol prices are not going down fast enough to customers. Isn’t that nice of them. Well it would be if they were being honest.

It’s great that the prices are going down albeit for the wrong reasons. We should see more price drops for items which are delivered by road with the full backing of the government in theory.

However, how low will petrol prices go? We all know that the government take the biggest share of the cost of a gallon of petrol by a considerable margin. So whilst it’ll go down the government will keep their share and may well increase fuel duty when petrol is at its lowest price. That’ll be really great for us all when the price rises. I think not.

Will the oil companies suffer? Unlikely. They have so much money they can easily get over the low price period. They’ll still have the same assets when the price goes back up. They might screw a bit of money out of their workforce by way of wage cuts etc. because they can and money is money after all and better in their pockets than their workforce, who would just spend on food and the like.

The shrill MSM are busy telling of the doom the low oil price will cause people Scotland. It’s really early electioneering from those stalwarts of Scottish industry formerly known as the Labour Party in Scotland. Just listen to “we told you so”. Actually they lied as is their want.

It’s a result for the anti-frackers though. They seem to gain their knowledge of how dodgy fracking is carried out from a movie and a documentary, both of which contained huge inaccuracies and downright lies.

Hey ho…

It’s just such a pity that we couldn’t stock pile petrol. Not a good idea at all. I’m sure the people with oil heating systems will be watching carefully to pick the sweet spot on the price and then fill up to the gunnels.

It’s an ill wind.

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Gordy Broon is gone…

My wife used to work beside a woman who knew Gordy Broon. She said he was a very, very clever man. He may well have been or still is for that matter. He managed to hoodwink quite a lot of people during his intervention in the final stages of the Scottish Referendum.

But that is history. He’s going to work with the UN on education with a salary that reflects his experience and stuff. Lets hope he keeps his political thoughts to himself though from now on. Not because he has anything meaningful to say of course since the Smith Commission reported with the Tories and Lab sticking together just like the ending of 1984. Talking about which, the Tories and Labour stopped the living wage proposals in the Smith Report.

There are things that could be done without recourse to Smith and of course Dave and his purring Queen. How about Nippy Sturgeon making a start on developing a Scottish Declaration of Rights. I chose this as a starting point because such a document would determine how our representatives would behave towards us.

Given, that the Better Together people or the NO side as they were, told enormous amounts of lies, exaggerated issues and generally misled to win. There was no VOW. It was a construct by Gordy and the Daily Record, which vowed nothing tangible and the three Stooges, Messrs’ Cameron, Miliband and Clegg went along with it. Various other “stars” such as Jim Murphy were complicit in it also.

A short aside. The question, which has still not been answered, is of course “Why would England want to keep Scotland if the Scots were a millstone?” We all know the answer. 95% of the oil within current UK waters is in Scottish waters, Scotland can be used for storing nuclear bombs and waste and Scotland can be used as a guinea pig for new legislation. There’s also the growing awareness that Scotland does not need Labour but Labour desperately needs Scotland.

The development of a Scottish Declaration of Rights, probably based on Scots Law and the USA version to a degree could work well for us all. It would have to be voted on and it would have to be legally adopted. If it was worded strongly enough we could cut out the lies and smoke and mirrors of politicians, and dare I say, bring some honesty into the debate and our own going governance.

Come on Nippy. Give it a go. It will keep the momentum going if nothing else for short term.

 

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Has the world gone mad?

Either I’ve lost the plot or I’ve been deposited in a different far away universe.

I’m still not over the shock of agreeing, if only in part, with the Scottish Greens. That sounds like something your Scottish Granny would say. Scottish Greens are good for you she’d say… better leave it that perhaps.

Now I find myself agreeing with a columnist in the Guardian. Good grief! What next? Will Santa be joining me for Christmas lunch along with the three wise men and Queenie herself? My, how the conversation would just whistle along, then again perhaps not.

It would appear that some people who work at the Guardian think it’s a great idea for Scotland to be independent. Scotland could become a sparkling world-class example of social justice, wind and wave power and everything green.

That’s not my view I have to say. However, winning independence is the goal and if it means that we have to… what’s the words for it? Get into bed with people that have the same aims but perhaps seek different longer-term goals? That’ll have to do.

They also said that keeping the pound was good because if we do our own currency the English will “get gubbed.” Okay fair enough. Perhaps the new Scottish currency should be based on Jimmies. Jimmies would be worth twenty Grannies. The overall currency name would the Scottish Stoater or words to that effect. However I digress.

Now what about that nice Mr Monbiot? He’s works for the Guardian. He may have to do another of those columns where he says – “You know how I said that X was a very bad thing, a very bad thing indeed?” He’ll then go on to say that “he now thinks it’s a spanking thing and he won’t even blush when he says it”. He’s well practiced at it. I wonder if he’s let out any of his four spare bedrooms yet to people who need a roof over their heads?

Another suggestion from the tome that is the Guardian was that the landed gentry should start packing and following the next YES vote they can leave the keys at the front door. Estates will be put back into the hands of the people or the people that the Guardianistas like anyway. I can see the appeal of that.

Queenie won’t be needing to travel to Scotland and may desist from taking her summer hols at Balmoral which I’m sure will make a really nice hotel. Nice thought. Lets reclaim the rampant lion and make that our flag. We’re hard you see. Even our flag is aggressive!!!!!! Snarl!

Time will tell.

I’m a bit apprehensive about what is going to happen next. Who else is going to stand up and support Scottish independence from a group which I do not associate with or generally share their views? Not to worry. You know I’ll keep you informed. Jim Murphy? I can’t ever see that happening.

The cost of the Guardian in Scotland will be 2 jimmies 8 grannies. It just rolls of the tongue doesn’t it? Hold that thought.

 

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Jo-La V Nippy

The twittersphere and blogosphere have been very, very busy following the debate, which took place on Tuesday night between Johan Lamont and Nicola Sturgeon on STV.

I’m not sure if it was a complete setup or not. It was certainly a catfight, undignified and in keeping with a “stairheid rammy”. The feeble attempts to request that the two “ladies” should debate properly didn’t really help at all. If it achieved anything, it showed how much the decorum of such debates and more wider debating in both the Scottish and Westminster Parliaments have been allowed to reach the level of bun fights. Where has the respect for the institutions, which the parliaments are?

It has to stop I tell you!

The debate wasn’t really a debate. Too much talking over each other. Way too aggressive. It was just a “rammy” or fight as the less Scottish might have described it.

I’m sure that Jo-La is a nice and caring person but she highlights the problems, which the Labour party in Scotland are struggling with. They have joined forces with the Tories, who are paying for it all and the LibDems who can’t even manage into the top three in elections in Scotland now.

They are also very restricted in what they can say and do. If Jo-La made a speech which criticised Scotland the Labour Party would be damaged. They can’t actually say what benefits the “Bitter the gither” Yes side would provide for Scotland to remain in the Union. They have managed to create a vacuum, which renders any message they may have as useless to their cause.

All they can do is parrot what their bosses and their foes in Westminster say. Where is the clarity of thought? Where is the loyalty to the Scottish people? It’s all lost because they are Westminster centric and Scotland is just a part of the rest of the UK. If the Labour Party in Scotland cared they would have fought for much greater benefits for the Scottish people when they were in power.

In truth they did very little. Those people who voted Labour for generations ended up voting for a party which sat to the right of the Tories. They didn’t make a stand on illegal and costly wars and worst of all they turned their backs on the principles on which the Labour party was based.

Not that the SNP are much better since they are statist and centrist which will cost them dear following the first general election in an Independent Scotland.

There are factions within the Labour Party who are pro-Independence. They don’t seem to say much or what they say isn’t reported.

Independence will require the current parties to reshape or more likely to re-invent themselves. We will no longer tolerate Westminster political parties operating in Scotland. Politicians who are Labour members and supporters will need to form a new party which has no ties with or influence from Westminster.

I suggest that a new Labour movement in Scotland move a bit more to the left but recognise the value of a thriving economy, which ensures all the nice stuff can be afforded. The basic principle should be that each generation has a better standard of living from the previous generation.

Too simplistic?

Possibly.

Worthwhile?

Certainly.

 

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Justice according to whom?

In Scotland we have a lawyer, Kenny MacAskill, who became a politician who is now the Justice Secretary. This sort of background would make you think that he’d know his stuff and he’d be careful when dealing with legal issues. Hmmmm…

We have a verdict in court, which was, as far as I know unique. You were innocent, guilty or the case was “not proven”. Not proven was one of those things which had been around for a along time and cases were judged to be not proven. It was a sort of but not quite result. It meant that someone may have been innocent or guilty but the evidence wasn’t clear enough although it was clear enough not to be innocent or guilty.

I always thought it was a good idea.

Along came Kenny and he tries to get rid of it. It’s an old law and is no longer fit for purpose. What? Like thousands of old laws you mean? None of which are fit to be thrown in the bin?

Not content with that, the bold Kenny then decides that corroboration should also be scrapped.  The requirement for corroborating evidence means at least two different and independent sources of evidence are required in support of each crucial fact before a defendant can be convicted of a crime. Again seems like a pretty reasonable and important piece of law.

Police persons in Scotland go about in pairs for that very reason. Although there may well be occasions when the two police persons perhaps record stuff in a Hillsborough fashion, but that’s a different story.

Why would a justice secretary want to do away with two Scots Law tools? Is there likely to be a good reason for this?

Lets say two people are in a room and something happens. One of them calls the police and makes an allegation about the other one. The police come along and take a statement and look for evidence to support the allegation. which might be serious enough for a forensic investigation to take place.

In court the evidence found and/or the forensic evidence supports the claim made by the accuser and the other person is dealt with accordingly.

Or…

In court the evidence found and/or the forensic evidence supports the claim made by the accuser and the other person is dealt with accordingly.

Or…

In court the evidence and/or the forensic evidence does nor fully support the claim made by the accuser and the other person receives a not proven verdict or is acquitted.

Fine so far?

Now what may happen when both of these tools of justice are no longer in place?

In court the evidence found and/or forensic evidence does not support the claim made by the accuser? The lawyer for the accuser makes a strong case as does the accuser. The judge or the jury may decide that the accuser makes a better case of it and the accused is sentenced accordingly.

Two things in wrapping up.

Firstly both of these tools have been heavily criticised in cases of assault and sexual assault and rape. This has lead to claims that victims are being let down by the justice system. It’s even been said that these tools have led to guilty people being let off. .

If there is no real evidence how can anyone be tried on the basis of what someone said and to which no one else had heard apart from the accused?

Secondly, the Judges are not in favour of removing these tools. The police were also not in favour but then they changed their minds. Bear in mind that Kenny appoints senior police officers and that we have a Scotland wide police force.

Is this justice? No one wants to see anyone leaving court not having been found guilty when they have in fact been guilty. But neither does anyone  want to see someone who is innocent sentenced.

The aim to bring more people to justice should not be based on anything other than real and corroborated facts. Anything else may be the result of aims which are not in the best interests of our society.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Justice, Politics, Scotland, SNP

 

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The three stooges

The three stooges were out yesterday. They all were saying the same thing. It should be against the law for three main political parties in Westminster to agree. Not only agree but be saying the same things. How could that be?

The Tory Chancellor, the Labour Shadow Chancellor and the LibDems Finance spokesperson all said that Scotland won’t be allowed to form a currency alliance with the rest of the UK. The Bank of England and the government has spoken. End off. Just like that.

That they all agree and are happy to do so tells you something. Either they think they have got one over on someone or they are desperate. The No campaign, who prefer to be called the “Better together” campaign, have shot themselves in the foot yet again.  There isn’t a lot of the “foot” left to shoot. Soon it will be shot themselves in the ankles, then the lower legs followed by the knees and then the upper legs. They’ll stop there because they won’t want to risk shooting themselves in the gentlemen’s parts although, given their inability to say or do anything meaningful at all, it’s odds on that that they’ll keep on shooting until they are shooting blanks!

Do they think that we, in Scotland, are all stupid? Probably they do. They must know that the last thing we’d want to do is to stay with the pound. We want independence and having the pound wouldn’t be independence. I should qualify that by saying that we may well keep using the pound for a wee while or we may end up with a Scottish pound.

It is important and we’ll come up with the best solution,n after all the words have been spoken, votes counted, independence achieved and the rest of the UK going on their merry way. Until Northern Ireland decide they want to do their own thing or want to join the rest of Ireland or maybe Ireland will want to join the UK. No matter.

We won’t be doing the Euro or the EU either. We won’t be having the Queen which will save us from having Prince Charles. We won’t be having any nonsense from Spanish fishing boats or any other nationalities either. We won’t be having huge areas of our country used for military target practice. We won’t be doing large areas of our country in the hands of very few people. We’ll have lower taxes of all kinds, we’ll have a complete railway system which meets our needs, ditto roads and airline routes.

We may well have problems, due to large numbers, with Scottish people returning to Scotland to work and settle. We may trade with lots of countries around the world. We will also get shot of the nuclear subs. We will be building ships again.

All pie in the sky? Over time, not at all.

I like England and the English. Great people, great country. It’s just a pity about their politicians and their establishment.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Scottish Independence, SNP

 

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Quality programming on the BBC…

The BBC are proud of the quality of their programmes. Over the years they’ve had loads of successes and more recently they’ve been able to exploit their most successful shows, selling them overseas and also selling them on DVDs, etc. etc.. The BBC is a huge player on the world broadcasting stage.

In the UK we get to pay for the BBC. It’s called the License Fee although extortion is more apt. The BBC gets billions and makes billions more and has turned into a vast, out of control, political, arrogant bully of an organisation. At least in year’s gone bye there were some great programmes and there is still the odd one that comes along.

So where are these incredible quality programmes? Apart from Top Gear? Few and far between and I can’t even think of anymore at all.

There is so much environmental, cuddly animals and such like on the BBC. It’s just dull although I’m sure there are people out there who like that sort of thing. Countryfile has become one long rant about “saving the environment” with the only saving grace being Adam Henson the farmer.

So what are the best quality programmes on the BBC –

Not too bad.

Dr Who – If you like Sci-fi it’s okay but patchy and at time just plain confusing.

Top Gear – large audiences and sold worldwide. It’s not on often enough.

Later with Jools – The only music TV show left. The last series was pretty dire.

Over rated.

Strictly Come Dancing – lots of people like it but it’s hardly a great programme.

The Great British Bake Off – lots of baking, tears and genuinely nice Mary.

Sherlock – Doctor Who without the Daleks etc.

Tedious public service broadcasting –

Eastenders

River City

The One Show

Blue Peter

Biased news coverage

All BBC News programmes

All documentaries.

All political shows

Question Time

So why no more good shows like –

Little Britain

The Young Ones

Blackadder

Fawlty Towers

The Office

Monty Python

The BBC is bloated, spends money like an organisation, which gets money given to it by the skip load.

The BBC is biased politically. Consider the support it gives to Labour, the negativity it displays for the Tories, the elevation of the Greens, ignoring UKIP, being biased particularly against the SNP and the whole Scottish Independence thing.

The BBC is far too big. It is far too London centric although it has regional branches but they are satellites far too far away and starved of everything needed to create their own output.

The SNPs plans for broadcasting in Scotland following a YES vote don’t make any sense. They model is like the current BBC but with a Scottish Broadcasting Service partnering it with licenses need by everyone with a TV.

The license fee should be abolished in Scotland and people can then decide on what shows they want to watch and pay for the privilege. Simple.

The BBC has to go. It won’t though. It’s far too an important part of the London establishment.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in BBC, Politics, SNP

 

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