Posts Tagged ‘ Referendum ’

NATO. Did SNP swap morality for pragmatism?

October 20, 2012
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In common with everyone else with even a passing interest I have an opinion on NATO and on the SNP reversal of policy. I accept that the policy has been changed democratically within the party, but it is obvious to the dogs on the street that it would not have been so without the leadership…

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Stop the theatrical and get down to the facts!

August 4, 2012
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I was listening today to a program about climate change and it struck me that the doom merchants and naysayers of climate change have each done themselves and their arguments a disservice. The argument has become a black and white “Oh No it isn’t!” “Oh Yes it is” pantomime. The problem being that each group…

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Game changer- really?

July 29, 2012
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I never bothered watching the opening ceremony live – and confess to having as much interest in the Olympic Games as I have in Outer Mongolian horse nutrition. What has captured my interest enough to fast forward through the various aspects of the opening ceremony is the absolute drivel dripping from various mouth-pieces about political…

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Alex- the Splitter?

May 24, 2012
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Alex- the Splitter?

Patrick Harvie hits the nail spot on when he talks of Independence being an opportunity for radical reform. It seems that the pre match kick about has been used by the SNP leadership to dilute the possibilities that are on offer. The aim being, presumably, to lower expectations of the left and calm the fears…

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Really.. a second question?

May 12, 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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Flipping positions

March 12, 2012
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As it stands just now the Nationalists control many of the key issues – primarily the timing of a vote. We can see the groundwork being prepared by the UK government to establish their negotiating tokens in case the process goes beyond a referendum and approval is given by the electorate to negotiate terms for…

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Willie the Guarantor- Ha!

March 4, 2012
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Willie Rennie says that Liberal Democrats would advance their own arguments for substantial devolution to make Scotland “a powerful force within the United Kingdom”. And maybe he actually believes that they are in a position to do that. If he does, he really is not to be congratulated on his foresight. The fact is that…

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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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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