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The National…

I went along to the newsagents sharpish this morning to make sure I got my copy of “The National”, which is being published by the Glasgow Herald for five days to find out if there is an appetite for a non Liebore/Tory morning newspaper. Okay, newspapers are shedding readers at a dramatic rate so, in a sense it will be trying to swim against the current although they have an on-line version available too.

It’s not every day that a new newspaper comes along and, editorially, it must feel that things need to be reported which are not currently. This is of course the reason the paper is appearing, as it was proved time after time after time again that the BBC and the other papers were all backing Liebore and the Tories to make sure that the “YES” campaign had no real voice what so ever.

For many people the BBC is the font of all wisdom, well it may have been at some time but not for anytime over the past 40-50 years probably. I noticed this a good few years ago when the great global warming scam heated up. I was reading scientific documents, which were saying there was no such thing as global warming or climate change as they still say now. It kind of shocked me how biased the BBC was and how it would not allow any deviation from it’s version of what was happening rather than what was actually happening.

It’s good to bear in mind that the satellite data record started in 1979 which is only 35 years from thousands of year of climate. It’s also a fact that the BBC themselves aided and abetted by the MET Office decided that 30 years was a long time in climate monitoring which is patently ridiculous.

BBC Scotland are based in Glasgow which just happens to be where the Liebore heartlands are. It’s a nice and cosy arrangement and when mixed with the London/Westminster establishment means that Liebore are the chosen ones. It’s a disgrace, it’s third world propaganda techniques and it means that we are all being forced to pay to be lied to via the TV licence fee.

So with an election just over the horizon along with a growing and vociferous anti-liebore electorate the SNP, Greens, Scottish Socialists, RIC/Common Weal, Women for Independence etc, etc, etc, there is a lot of truths which need to be got out there.

The National looks promising. It’s in a good position to report the alternative news, the stuff the BBC and all the other newspapers bar one (The Sunday Herald who are publishing The National) won’t cover and currently ignore.

I look forward to the next few days and weeks to see the circulation figures grow for both print and on-line versions.

It’s also going to be interesting to see all the lies told by the “Better Together” campaign and all their supporters being exposed.

Roll on the election.

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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in BBC, The National, YES Scotland

 

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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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A new shiny Scotland – Part 4

As the title would suggest this is a utopian view of how a new Scotland following a successful YES vote in the independence referendum “could” develop. If you haven’t read Part 1 it’s here, Part 2 is here and part 3 is here.

So carrying on our tale.

An odd things also happened with the Scottish economy. Before independence we were told that 40% of our exports went to EU countries. The actual truth was a bit lower but since independence it’s increased to the equivalent of 45%. But trading with the rest of the world has been incredible. The number of trading agreements and the opening up of new partnerships with countries overseas has been significant. Lots of foreign countries have been opening up bases and building manufacturing plants. The port at Greenock is beginning to strain significantly and Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Grangemouth are booming. It’s so good to see the rivers back in use.

There have also been lots of ferries and hovercraft services introduced on the Clyde, the Tay and the Forth. Glasgow airport now has a proper train station and both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are having additional runways built. Tourism is booming as never before.

Scottish football hasn’t done so well. There is plenty of investment happening and promising youngsters have been spotted and are going to special schools, which allows them to learn football and hone their skills. Similar things are happening in other sports and the arts.

The huge reduction of laws and regulations has made a lot easier for everyone. Loads of laws were scrapped and people’s rights have really escalated again. For example people can sing what they want at football matches and they can have a drink while they are there. SFA stewards now provide security at matches although there is always a small police presence for those who either can’t behave or have a “moment”.

Localism has been a great benefit and it’s sorted out a lot of issues. Very few towns and just a few areas in cities have parking regulations. People try to shop locally which has supported a huge leap in small individual specialty shops opening. High streets are becoming different again, not the same old no matter wherever you go.

The move towards local democracy continues and will do so until each local area council has reduced to a size, which supports the area in a very efficient manner. The same is happening with the police, fire services, NHS, etc. and the costs of councils is dropping also. In times gone by the mantra was to get bigger to achieve economies of scale but this was never realised. Small is better and the costs have fallen. There are some larger procurement groups that buy in bulk but in the main costs are kept down by the local councils themselves.

 
 

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A new shiny Scotland – Part 3

As the title would suggest this is a utopian view of how a new Scotland following a successful YES vote in the independence referendum “could” develop. If you haven’t read Part 1 it’s here and Part 2 is here.

So carrying on our tale.

The A9 was made dual carriage way in record time also and potholes were attacked and dealt with all over the country. Road Tax no longer carried any sort of VAT or “environmental tax” and the duty on petrol was slashed by 60% with no VAT. There was a general drive to adopt a taxation system, which only taxed people once and at source of their salary or drawing etc. Again this was a great benefit to localism since most of the tax collected stayed in the area with a small amount sent on to the central government departments.

Obviously , Scotland needed a Navy/Army and Air Force albeit based on the stuff, which was deemed necessary by Westminster at the time of independence. Since then Scottish Governmenr has worked with other smaller countries to put together the ships, planes and equipment needed whilst also ensuring shipbuilding capability to sell and refit both naval and merchant ships etc.

Honesty was also brought to the tobacco and health debates. We now have a lot more pubs and hotels than we did during the attempt on smoking prohibition. Pubs, clubs, hotels etc. can now decide if they want to be smoking establishments. People are so more tolerant of others since they took more responsibility for themselves and are far more aware of the phoney science which was being pushed in the past.

The lies, which had been used by the stop smoking campaigners, were shown for what they were very soon after independence. The fact that there was not one single scientific study or paper, which could conclusively prove a link between lung cancer and smoking, surprised many.

The health system also jettisoned all the preaching, nannying and hectoring when it came to nutrition and alcohol.  Whilst there are still a ways to go things have also greatly improved and the much hyped obesity issue is being researched with a hope that gene therapy should be a significant positive solution. The fact that people have better jobs and have more money in their pockets automatically helps their health and again gene therapy is being considered for heart and cancer issues also. There is hope too that housing all over Scotland will be brought up to a much higher standard than ever before.

It all seems to good to be true does it not?

Well some things didn’t go quite as well. The nuclear base at Faslane is still there and negotiations have been stalled for a number of months now. There has been a change however, since there are so many good quality jobs on offer the base is beginning to suffer from manpower loss. The USA and England have been bringing in workers but they don’t have Scottish work permits and the base itself sits on Scottish soil and of course sea. The UN have been looking at the issue and it’s likely that the base will be closed although perhaps not as quickly as we would like.

The fishing fleet is growing rapidly because surprise, surprise the fishing grounds now belong to Scotland once again. A pretty good treaty has been sorted out with the Norwegians, Icelanders and Faroese so that fish stocks are preserved for the longer term.

 
 

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A new shiny Scotland – Part 2

As the title would suggest this is a utopian view of how a new Scotland following a successful YES vote in the independence referendum “could” develop. If you haven’t read Part 1 it’s here.

Localism had been one the most stunning successes. In a Doctor Who like manner the clock had been re-set to before 1975, before councils were re-organised. Now people could once again have a vested interest in their community and things were done which suited the townspeople rather than some distant regional council government. At the same time and also stemming from leaving the EU the amount of regulations was cut to the bone and then some. The cost savings helped enormously and reduced the burden on families and made it once again possible to have light touch governance.

Okay there were a fair amount of problems when people woke up to the fact that they would have to take more responsibility for themselves and their families but they got the hang of it pretty quickly. The setting up of a common good fund for every town/community was done and was used to support local organisations and people who may have had a problem or several and also ensured that there was always a pot of money to fritter a wee bit just for the local populations benefit.

The NHS in Scotland had to be completely re-structured also. Local GPs were required to go back to providing medical care 24/7. No more waiting weeks for an appointment to see a Doctor, no more having to carry stuff out that a distant government thought was a good idea, no more prescribing drugs because they could although they addressed symptoms rather than providing a cure. No more drug company reps trying to sell drugs to practices, no more lecturing to patients and no more spouting stuff with little or no scientific basis.

What a difference. The GPs lived in the towns and communities they served so they knew their patients. The potential patient group dramatically reduced the number of visits they made to the surgeries; they just got on with it unless it was something concerning.

The supermarkets that had hinted that they might have to increase prices if Scotland won independence were made subject to one of the earliest bills that was voted using direct democracy. The bill required all retailers, suppliers, providers etc. who operated within Scottish borders had to use the same price for goods and services for all of Scotland. The main mechanism to achieve this was for the supermarkets to use an open book system, which allowed anyone to see how much the supermarkets etc. paid for their goods and services. Lead balloon time for a wee while but all for the best.

A group of smaller Scottish supermarkets then formed a larger chain and bought the Wm Low name.  Suddenly, they started to get lots more customers through their doors since they had an open book policy in place they also bought food locally and employed lots of local people on good rates of pay. Someone buying any sort of goods in Orkney paid the same price as someone living in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

This system might have been a wee bit more expensive for people in the central belt but it wasn’t that much and made things much fairer al round.

 

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A new shiny Scotland – Part 1

This blog post will be run and expanded over the next few Sundays. It may well run to six different posts. I hope you may well want to comment. I warn you firstly though it is utopian. Part 2 is

A couple of years ago at this time of year I did a wee blog about an old guy who liked a drink, a fag and to be able to heat his home. He couldn’t though because the alarmists had made energy far too expensive and the Food and Tobacco Nazis were stopping him from doing what he enjoyed. I’d actually added a bit about him wanting to smoke in bed but he wasn’t allowed because the smoke was supposed to be able to permeate through the party wall. Some science guy put that in a science paper recently. Loony.

Anyway 24 months in the climate change, food and tobacco sphere is a long time, especially since the tide is turning on them all. It’s quite refreshing to see the amount of rolling back that has gone on but of course the zealots are still there. Nonetheless it might be fun to fast-forward a couple of more years.  So here we go…

It had been a good party. It was just after 6:00 AM and the last of the, by now, weary band of New Year revellers had left. Old Tom thought he’d maybe leave the tidying up until later so he set the thermostat to 20 and headed upstairs. 20 degrees centigrade! Who would have thunk it he thought to himself. A few years ago he couldn’t afford to keep the whole house heated meaning he was cold a lot of the time. Now the price of energy had dropped by so much he could easily pay the bills and all thinks to fracking and the copious and still growing amounts of oil and gas coming out of the Scottish sector of the North Sea.

Cheap energy and reasonable taxation on it’s retrieval had helped to make Scotland one of the most affluent countries in the world. Real quality jobs had been created in engineering, shipbuilding, technology, bio-engineering, banking and finance, the list just went on and on. Only two years since independence and no more Westminster, no more EU and no more Mrs Queen. The turnaround was incredible. From being supposedly feeble and being supported by Westminster to being held up as a model for the future and helping Catalonia and Quebec get their independence.

The EU had fragmented quiet quickly following Scotland’s decision not to join. The euro died a spectacular death and now the economies of Spain Greece and Ireland were well on the mend. Germany and France had a few residual problems but the movement towards the same type of direct democracy used in Scotland was slowly being adopted in many countries. Good news. Good news all around.

Of course having direct democracy meant that MSPs were no longer needed. Political parties had gone by the board. Anyone could register a policy, which they considered to be of value and then people voted on them. There were a few silly ones to start with but things soon settled down and the “sillies” were dropped and people settled down to make the most of the new system.

Part 2 next Sunday.

 
 

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Out of the mouths of politicians…

The BBC Scotland News has featured a couple of interviews with the firstly Nicola Sturgeon (Wee Nippy) the SNP spokesperson for the SNP YES campaign and then our old, and very good friend Alistair Darling the spokesperson for the Better Together (bitter the gither) NO campaign.

Brian Taylor the political editor was asking the questions and he seemed to manage to carry it out fairly evenly.

At one point Alistair was waffling on about how much better it was to be part of something big rather than something small. He then went on to cite the fact that the population of Scotland was aging more quickly therefore there would be a large bill coming Scotland’s way soon and it was unlikely that Scotland would be able to afford it.

He then actually claimed that it would be better for Scotland that this bill would be shared over the 60 million population of the whole of the UK rather than the paltry 5 million population of Scotland.

Was he really seriously suggesting that his argument might encourage voters to take the YES route based on his pensions point? Surely not?

Apart from anything else here was a previous Chancellor of the Exchequer suggesting a pension gap was there for all to see. Not only that but he had been complicit with almost all previous and more recent Chancellors in failing to make adequate pension provisions for our elderly whilst spending the money which should have gone down that route on other stuff. Shame on him.

At no time did he offer any meaningful reasons for anyone to vote NO. When he was pressed on this he immediately swerved it by pointing out that he did not represent any political party, which would have policies relating to Scotland so he could not offer any insight as to what would happen in Scotland following a NO vote.

Nippy was all positive and smiling. It’s such a pity that the SNP are positioning themselves as the formers of policy for an Independent Scotland without actually asking the voters what they would prefer or want.

There’s a long way to go.

Westminster and the English and Scottish establishments will be doing everything in their power and then some to ensure the status quo is retained. Scotland will suffer badly following a NO vote.

How can we expect anything else?

 
 

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