Posts Tagged ‘ Scotland ’

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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New Politics

April 20, 2012
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There was an article in Friday’s Telegraph in which Peter Osborne asked is Politics on the verge of a breakdown? He goes on to say that one of the main reasons for voters turning away from the main parties is, to use George Galloway’s vernacular, that the big 3 mainstream parties are three cheeks of…

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Trimble off course

March 24, 2012
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While David Trimble came out of the cessation of violence in Northern Ireland fairly well, his foray into the question of Scottish independence is misguided. Scottish nationalists do a “violence” to their identity in seeking independence claims Trimble – although obviously he never used the “I” word – The unionists, (a company by the way…

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Cross border

March 20, 2012
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Amongst the Scare stories, the impenetrable border and the prospect of Jack-booted border patrols make an appearance every couple of weeks. A vast army beating back the Scottish hordes clamouring to leave the newly established third world nation. They will be implementing tartan controls and seizing contraband whisky by the tanker load. On the stroke…

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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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Yes it is abuse!

March 10, 2012
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I am a few days behind in the news and still picking the bones out of the incredible hurt caused by Joan McAlpine to the seemingly hyper-sensitive Unionist family. Apparently abusive relationship metaphors are out. I have to find myself agreeing that Joan’s analogy is somewhat stretched and slightly misdirected. This is not a Scotland…

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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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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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