Category Archives: United Kingdom

‘Your nationalism is terrifying’

Better Together folk are a weird bunch. Engaging with them at times can invoke utterly surreal experiences. The vast majority of YES supporters are open to foreigners, are extremely positive over the benefits of an independent Scotland to people at … Continue reading

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Leave EU to stop immigration but you also lose emigration

In all this debate about Britain staying in or leaving the EU, much focuses on preventing immigration.  You know all those eastern Europeans coming to take those jobs that the existing British population don’t want or are useless at, and trying to … Continue reading

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Does Zero Hours and No Minimum Wage Actually Make Business Sense?

I once worked in the now demolished Tayside House in Dundee.  This multi-storey block was situated at the end of the Tay Bridge and housed the HQ of Tayside Regional Council in those days.  My 9 to 5 used to … Continue reading

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The I Don’t Want High Taxes Idiocy

I’ve heard it far too often, the old, “Yeah Holland and Norway are all very well, but you pay such high taxes and I don’t want that.”  This argument is so dumb it hardly is worth countering.  But since it’s … Continue reading

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When did the means become more important than the end?

Somehow everything has got into a big bloody mess.  Somehow the means became far more important than the end.  What is the end?  To ask is to meddle with such cliched questions as what is the meaning of life.  But … Continue reading

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Independent Scotland Will Set the UK Free

Beyond the humour and relatively friendly, openness of the people, the overriding, defining trait of the UK is the class system. It has always been so. Living in the Netherlands, relatively free of class differences, and looking back at Blighty … Continue reading

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BetterTogether Campaign will drive Independence

Do you ever get the feeling that the very bunch tasked with preventing Scottish independence are the very ones who will make it come to fruition? After George Robertson’s embarrassing spoutings yesterday comparing a Yes vote with the end of … Continue reading

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Let’s Play Westminster Spot the Difference – Impossible

I’ve been struggling with this puzzle for the last few years.  Four pictures, all apparently different from each other but I’m damned if I can see any difference between the first three clowns. In the UK with our backward first … Continue reading

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Independence and Business: Coca-Cola, IBM and Nazi Germany

There appears to be a steady stream of business people being wheeled out by the Better Togethers.  Their message is that if Scotland were to go it alone they’d seriously consider packing up their Scottish based business and marching south … Continue reading

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