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Freedom of the press in Scotland

I’ve always had a leaning towards Scottish Independence. History suggests that it would be good for us and we’d get the space to get on with our lives. That said we’d need to keep the “nobles” in check and of course maintain a government being subservient to the people.

The reality may be somewhat different however. The “nobles” have been slowly and carefully trying to undermine the economy and achieve a position which introduces the concept of our children achieving less in their lifetimes than we did in ours. This slippery slope would be disastrous.

Doom and gloom you say.

Well maybe, maybe so. The electoral success of the SNP gained them a majority in the Scottish parliament. I felt this was step towards Scottish Independence and it still may represent a significant step.

But then we have had a load of silly policies to contend wind and water power, minimum pricing for alcohol, a smoking ban in public places and just over the past few days the muting of regulated controls over the press backed up with legislation. We are supposed to believe that the politicians would keep out of it and what about the great and the good who would form the regulators?

I joined the SNP Party. The utterance of the words about removing a free press from our country means I’ll be resigning soon and saving myself a few quid each month. Fascists, be they from the right or the left, remove free speech.

I’ll still support the Yes campaign in Scotland. I’d thought that the SNP would die at the point of independence being achieved anyway and that’s even more likely now.

Free speech is a corner stone of democracy and our democracy becomes more of a figment each passing day. This is something that an Independent Scotland should address; return the people to being sovereign. Is Eck big enough to state that as a main aim of independence?

It’s even more important than ever to remember that a vote for Independence is not a vote for the SNP. A vote for independence is a vote for you as one of the Scottish people, for you as participant of a dynamic Scotland with the potential to punch above it’s weight and a country, which you know, other countries would want to trade, invest and share with.

It all sounds so simple and cosy and of course the reality will be much less so. But we ALL have to be optimistic. Our children and their children in turn need as good a future as we can possible leave for them.

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Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Politics, Scottish Independence

 

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Bloomin’ Eck!!!!

I’ve always had a leaning towards Scottish Independence. History suggests that it would be good for us and we’d get the space to get on with our lives. That said we’d need to keep the “nobles” in check and of course maintain a government being subservient to the people.

The reality may be somewhat different however. The “nobles” have been slowly and carefully trying to undermine the economy and achieve a position which introduces the concept of our children achieving less in their lifetimes than we did in ours. This slippery slope would be disastrous.

Doom and gloom you say.

Well maybe, maybe so. The electoral success of the SNP gained them a majority in the Scottish parliament. I felt this was step towards Scottish Independence and it still may represent a significant step.

But then we have had a load of silly policies to contend wind and water power, minimum pricing for alcohol, a smoking ban in public places and just over the past few days the muting of regulated controls over the press backed up with legislation. We are supposed to believe that the politicians would keep out of it and what about the great and the good who would form the regulators?

I joined the SNP Party. The utterance of the words about removing a free press from our country means I’ll be resigning soon and saving myself a few quid each month. Fascists, be they from the right or the left, remove free speech.

I’ll still support the Yes campaign in Scotland. I’d thought that the SNP would die at the point of independence being achieved anyway and that’s even more likely now.

Free speech is a corner stone of democracy and our democracy becomes more of a figment each passing day. This is something that an Independent Scotland should address; return the people would to being sovereign. Is Eck big enough to state that as a main aim of independence?

It’s even more important than ever to remember that a vote for Independence is not a vote for the SNP. A vote for independence is a vote for you as one of the Scottish people, for you as participant of a dynamic Scotland with the potential to punch above it’s weight and a country, which you know, other countries would want to trade, invest and share with.

It all sounds so simple and cosy and of course the reality will be much less so. But we ALL have to be optimistic. Our children and their children in turn need as good a future as we can possible leave for them.

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Scottish Independence, SNP

 

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Cue the offended.

Another day, another group of offended get their views on TV and radio.

What’s wrong this time. Why, it’s only Call me Dave that has them riled and offended.

Because he’s a Tory? Not especially but probably part of it. No it’s because he hasn’t immediately implemented the Leveson Report.

Chief offended on this occasion is Mr McCann. Gerry. He was slighted by the press. His life was messed around. His wife was also traumatised and her life messed around with. They got compensation, which is fast becoming more useful than breathing. Compensation. Better than a bank loan or a mortgage. You don’t have to pay it back unless of course it subsequently turns out that the compensation wasn’t justified.

Why would any rational, sensible, caring person want any sort of regulation introduced by parliament? In the case of the press are we really going to regulate them? Which model will we use then? No need to re-invent the wheel.

How about Stalins approach?

Or the Chinese governments?

Or Mr Mugabe’s?

Whilst the press need to clean up their act so do the police and the politicians and those sad slebs that tried to make hay when the Leveson sun was shining.

There are adequate laws in place for press misdemeanours, it’s just they don’t get used. The press mess up. The courts already have plenty of powers to sort them out.

But what happens if the press are investigating a problem with politicians if regulatory powers to curb the press were in place? Would we have ever heard about the expenses affair? Not on your nelly. Okay I know they’re at it again just as badly as last time.

The press has to stay independent. At times they will mess up but when they get it right they do us a great service.

Lets get all the offended rounded up and help them back into their box. They can have a rest, take it easy have wee nap or several. They shouldn’t worry. There will be another event, as they see it, which will let them get back out of the box and get seriously offended along very soon.

Just a thought but… could taking offence be regulated?

 

Now there’s a thought!

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2012 in Justice, Politics

 

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What a to do…

Call me Dave has read through the Leveson Report and agreed that something should be done. The BBC agreed with this. They have been reporting it as if it’s nothing to do with them. They don’t do journalism at the lowest scale.

I think you’ll find they do. Not only “they do” but they stoop just as low as any other member of the gutter press. And we pay for the privilege of letting the BBC do it’s own thing, which includes forming views, which are very left leaning and are biased

The report in general mentioned journalists, police persons and MPs/Ministers (stop hiding away Call me Dave we know all about those text conversations with the lady of the press.). Any chance we could hear about all the police persons who were tipping the press off (and continue to do so), accepting money for providing information of a personal nature which shouldn’t be in the public domain (and continue to do so) and also providing information about who is going to be where and when (and continue to do so).

All of the press have been doing stuff. That’s supposed to be what the press does is it not? Journalists have sources, the police have sources and the politicians are arrogantly clueless. What a jolly nice combination. I haven’t mentioned slebs because they whine at the press and then use them to promote their woeful and pathetic offerings.

The BBC stopped the Murdochs get their hands on BskyB. I don’t think that is over yet. It may well come back and seriously bite the bottoms of the BBC and that fabled giant typo shedding readers by the thousands The Guardian.

Let’s hope anyway.

The BBC cover an event and they send droves of presenters for TV and Radio and all the support people and equipment necessary. They do this because they can. At six o’clock every evening lots of presenters and “experts” tell us the news, or at least the BBC version of the news, which may well, not be the actual news. They also provide a weather forecast. Who knows weather they will be right or not of course!

They then do the regional news. More presenters cover the same stuff and experts provide their expert opinion. Then they give us the weather. Not the same person as before though, we get a regional presenter to tell us the same thing we last heard a maximum of 30 minutes ago.

Have the BBC ever heard of “value for money”? What about “efficiency”? No? Or even “effectiveness”? No I don’t think they do. That’s because they don’t need to. Their pot runneth over with licence payers money.

Next we’re off to that pillar of TV delight the One Show. It’s always about animals, the environment, animals, celebs of mainly dubious status selling a new book, film, album or tour, before returning to more animals, the environment and health scares and then ending with some animals and the environment.

We pay the licence fee and we get what the BBC thinks we should get. If we were asked if we would pay for the biggest majority of their stuff we wouldn’t. We wouldn’t because we recognise bias and hyped views, which serve the BBC’s agenda, not the actual stuff for the customer who buys their output after all.

There are great things on the BBC at times but there is far, far too much stuff, which isn’t. A case in point is Question Time or Question Whine as it has become. The majority of the audience and the panel are always of a left wing persuasion.

Lastly. Jeremy Vine or Jeremy Vile if you must insist. Scotrail tweeted a tweet which said that a line was out of commission due to a body on the track. If you do use Twitter you might like to join Scotrail. Their tweets are entertaining, fun, irreverent and HUMAN!

Jeremy Vile asked if Scotrail had done the right thing in sending a tweet, which mentioned a body. Up steps an expert. No. They were wrong. Very wrong. People would have been shocked! People would have felt bad! People would have been traumatised (in Edinburgh we are all Tramatised, it’s pretty much the same thing but hugely more expensive).

A chap was then asked if Scotrail should have gone and done it. Yes he said they should have. It was honest. We aren’t children. The women lost the plot a number of times. The guy had a plumy accent which I also feel may have added to her appal.

Can I just venture that on one morning when my wife and I were using the tube we were stopped three times because bodies were on the tracks, not the same tracks obviously. I have also been on a train when a person jumped out in front of it. For a couple of seconds it felt like the train was going to come off the rails, it did and unfortunately the woman had.

Everyone in the train was held in there for four hours. No one complained. Everyone thought about how terrible it would be to lose your bearings to the extent that you’d throw yourself in front of a train. Everyone thought how hard that would have been for her relatives. Everyone also thought that they wished they’d got an earlier train and not lost four hours of their day.

That’s the BBC for you. On the ball , off the wall and down the drain soon, hopefully!

 

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