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Depressing- ” collateral damage”

February 29, 2012
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I saw an image today in the middle of a you tube video accompaniment to a war protest song that will stay with me for a long time. It was a picture, from one of our nation’s recent forays, of two little boys, both shattered by shrapnel. One was about the same age as my…

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A chance for Johann to Lead

February 26, 2012
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So for now Eric Joyce continues to draw his handsome salary and oh so very handsome expenses. The unprincipled shower that form the Labour leadership would rather have a “Nutter than a Nat” (somebody else’s words), so although removing the whip they will not force a by election. The people of Falkirk deserve a by…

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Ownership of the means of information

February 26, 2012
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I have long held extreme antipathy towards the Sun and the power of the Murdoch Empire, not because I necessarily have anything against Mr Murdoch but rather that I consider that any corporation or individual wielding the amount of influence that Murdoch does is open to using it in a way that unbalances democracy. Even…

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Settled Will of the people

February 20, 2012
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Salmond has watched the argument being framed in the way he wants it without moving a muscle. The press has decided that the SNP want a third option, and Alex is doing his shoulder shrugging “if the people want it” justification. Cameron sensing something is afoot but unable to put his finger on it, bombastically…

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New start

February 19, 2012
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Desire for Scottish independence stems from many incentives. It is not solely driven by the Mel Gibson stimulated patriotism and desire for release from oppression, or the pragmatic need to balance Scottish finances. There is of course no oppression per se, although there is undoubtedly bias and decision making that is not always in the…

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Value of youth

February 12, 2012
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On what legitimate grounds do we deny those under 18 a vote to decide who will govern a country that belongs to them for the future? The standard arguments are well rehearsed- but just because they are well known does not make them any less valid. A person can consent to sexual activity, and marry…

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Benefits payments to the multinats.

February 12, 2012
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Benefits payments of one type and another are crippling the country. Part of that huge drain is the subsidies we give to corporations in the way of payments to their workers who are living below the benefits thresholds. The problem is so far reaching that it does not affect only low skilled workers. It is…

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Many views

February 11, 2012
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The SNP has proposed that following Independence Scotland will continue to use the pound sterling as currency. Just because the SNP has proposed this as its opening position does not mean that it will come to pass, even assuming Independence wins the day and Scotland awakes after the referendum on the road to Independence. That…

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McCrone- a justification in itself

February 6, 2012
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I know that over the years the analogy of divorce between Scotland and England has been well worn. I find it a little lacking sometimes in that there are more than two parties to the Union and to consider Wales and N.Ireland as children would be disrespectful- even if it is the way that Westminster…

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An entertaining idea…

February 3, 2012
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Written a few weeks back but lost so here again my plan for a couple of years entertainment: Perhaps Lord Caithness, supported in principle by the Chief Defender of the Union, Lord Foulkes is right about some aspects of how and by whom the referendum on Scottish independence should be run. Foulkes believes (or believed…

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What I thought before