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WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION THE SNP IS BOTTOM OF THE CLASS
THIS FASCIST STATE OF OURS – PART 1
HOLYROOD, SHIP OF FOOLS, PART 1
THERE'S ALWAYS AN ELEVENTH HOUR...
RIGHT TO ROAM, BUT RIGHT TO OWN ...

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WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION THE SNP IS BOTTOM OF THE CLASS


How times change. The SNP is now officially the raving loony party. When the Nats took over from old corrupt Labour there was a general sigh of relief coupled with the optimistic thought that they couldn’t be worse. Well, sadly, they could and they are.

They have failed the country in their handling of the economy, failed the children with their handling of education and failed the population as a whole with their handling of the National Health Service.

It was driven home to me that they deserved the epithet 'stupid' when I read about a minor Nat MSP called John Mason who claimed that “youngsters coming out of school today are more rounded than in the past”.

THIS FASCIST STATE OF OURS – PART 1


We may fool ourselves in Scotland that we are living in a democracy but we need only observe the world around us to understand that there is a great danger that soon this will no longer be true.

It was just about alright under Alex Salmond who was reasonably benign in his immediate actions, if less so in his longer-term nationalistic ambitions. However his dictatorial side manifested itself particularly in his foolish and uninformed pursuit of alternative energy, covering our countryside in windmills regardless of the cost or the consequences.

HOLYROOD, SHIP OF FOOLS, PART 1

I really don’t want to denigrate our tribunes of the people, but I do despair that half the time they don’t understand what they do…

In my opinion, one of the ways of connecting the population with those who would govern them is to go back to the principle of a smaller society, not the big society that Cameron so naively proposed. We need a geographic connection between the governors and the governed; those in charge must be directly answerable to the electorate. You want those who provide services to do so locally.

THERE'S ALWAYS AN ELEVENTH HOUR...

Looking back over the past weeks and gathering my thoughts about the referendum campaign, I try to marshal some of the feelings, reactions and thoughts that have created in me such a profound depression.

I guess the second “debate” was the principal catalyst for depression.

Oh, what a fifth rate war we had - two shouty men - and an audience with a cumulative IQ of 90. That really summed up everything for me. 

Who won? Who cares?

On second thoughts, perhaps those of us who still are capable of impartial thought could salvage something from the aftermath of this public train wreck.

RIGHT TO ROAM, BUT RIGHT TO OWN ...


Land Reform: the briefing paper produced for the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee


It is possible to read thebriefing paper on Land Reform* produced for the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee and think at first glance that they may have a point…

Had the reader recently landed from Mars he might consider it reflects a kind of optimistic naivety whose authors believe their own prejudices to be sacrosanct and that numbers can be used to prove almost anything.

However should the same visitor meet up with a rational human neither politician, left wing, or exclusively urban, he might start to question the rationale of the committee’s approach to land reform.

How to become a snake oil salesman...

As the debate over Scottish Separation grows ever more disconnected from the truth, there is one injustice which continues to make a mockery of the referendum - the disenfranchisement of Scots born North of the Border who now work and live, however temporarily, elsewhere and who Salmond is clearly frightened are more likely to vote for the Union.

Is it fair to give the vote in this important debate to foreigners who have only been here a few years, while denying one to natural born Scots?

For me, it merely confirms the change in Alex Salmond’s position from competent First Minister of Scotland to snake oil salesman who has no interest in an honest outcome.