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Friday, 31 January 2014

WHO ARE 'BETTER TOGETHER' , THE 'NO' CAMPAIGN, AND WHY ARE THEY SO KEEN TO KEEP SCOTLAND IN THE UK?



The question of who, or what, the 'NO' campaign REALLY represents - and why  they think that we're   'BETTER TOGETHER' -  might best be answered by considering   how  the  remainder of the UK  would be  affected by  Scottish independence.


1]   The removal of Scotland would reduce the UK's land area by one third but the population would fall by only  8.34 %  -  to approximately   58, 500,00  [ similar to the whole  UK population in the mid  nineteen nineties and  down to  fourth largest in the EU - marginally behind Italy, which would rise to third place.]. This  change would  also  have the effect of raising the UK  from 51st place to 37th in the world population density  rankings - higher than Japan and in 3rd  place behind The Netherlands and Belgium in  mainland Europe.

Friday, 17 January 2014

SCOTLAND THE SLAVE - A STORY OF 'THRALDOM' , 'FIEFDOM' , 'OVERLORDSHIP' AND 'COLONIALISM' IN 21ST CENTURY EUROPE...

January, 2014, and it feels as if the  Scottish  Independence Debate has lost momentum. Is it the 'lull before the storm' -  or that shuffling, whispering interval you get half way through a pantomime, that  brief  interlude of  surreal  peace and calm before the frenzy of   'Oh yes we can ......' 'Oh no you can't.....'  starts up again?

Thursday, 7 November 2013

ARE THE SNP THE WEAKEST LINK IN THE ARGUMENT FOR SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE........?

Looking on from a distance, it seems to me that, fundamentally, the Scottish independence debate is about one thing, namely: does Scotland want to govern itself. All else - 'the kind of Scotland.....', the 'Nordic model...' etc. etc. -  at best belongs to the realm  of  mere speculation and at worst, downright fantasy. Now, why anyone would NOT want self government for their country is beyond me [even the crazy old UK is an independent state....] and if the 'YES' / 'NO'  debate could be focussed purely on this one essential point  who could possibly vote to stay in the union?

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

SCOTTISH DEVOLUTION - A SNAKE WITH MANY HEADS.........

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On the face of it,  devolution is a great idea -  handing down powers and extending democracy - but is it really anything more than a costly and divisive waste of time?


Look at it this way: Who does it REALLY benefit - if anybody.............?




 1] If the Blair government introduced it in order to head off the nationalist threat in Scotland and thus protect their 'safe'  Westminster seats, then clearly devolution has failed to deliver. Devolution has given Scotland the chance to vote in an independence referendum  and now the UK itself is no longer 'safe'.

Friday, 11 October 2013

'YES' OR 'NO', IT COULDN'T BE SIMPLER: THE PROS AND CONS............

 



THE SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM -


REASONS TO VOTE  'YES'....





1]  I often listen to 'Call Kaye' and ' Brian's Big Debate' on Radio Scotland and it's obvious to me, from the opinions expressed, that a great many people in Scotland are unhappy with the Union - and, in a way, it's no wonder.

The Union puts Scotland in a position of perpetual inferiority,

Monday, 30 September 2013

HAVE THE 'YES' CAMPAIGN GOT ANY CHANCE AT ALL........


SOME STATISTICS..........

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You might not think it  - given all the shouting that's been going on -  but the voting patterns in Scotland over the last  decade and a half  are  hardly those of a people  likely to back the 'YES'  campaign in the forthcoming independence referendum.




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In 1979,  51.6% of a 63.6%  turnout said 'yes' to devolution.