Firstly, there’s been a few changes around here. It’s time to say goodbye to some of the links on the right that appear now to be obsolete or that haven’t been updated in so long that I presume the owners must’ve given up. As always I’m happy to trade blog links with anyone not featured to help rebuild the list. You can never have too many pro-indy blogs! I’ll also willingly help anyone set their own blog up or let them use this one if they don’t think they can produce enough regular material of their own. Contact details are on the right.
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As I said, the more pro-indy blogs the better as we need as many as possible to counteract the tsunami of bilge that’s been heading our way recently. This week’s title is in fact inspired by the Northbriton’s daily offering which plumbed new depths recently with their re-re-re-re-re-resurrection of the fable about an independent Scotland having to re-apply to join the EU. They were all there – “separate”, “a significant blow to the Nationalists”, “a further setback to the SNP”. You could almost make a bingo game out of it. The whole fairy story was taken apart by Newsnet Scotland of course.
I’ve got a few other offerings from them and some other “we cannaes” in my IE Favourites which I’ve been collecting and waiting for the chance to use. Not long after they gleefully jumped aboard the howl derisively bandwagon over the cost of the Ryder Cup trip, glossing over the benefits to Scotland that will result and of course failing to put forward any credible alternatives to how the trip should’ve been financed, they were on about what an outrage it is that the Scottish Government have struck a deal with easyJet that’ll cover all Scottish public sector staff. Although they’re a budget airline this won’t help meet greenhouse gas emission targets which leaves you wondering just what would satisfy that lot. Until there’s a way of efficiently harnessing the hot air emanating from the opposition benches at Holyrood then I guess we’re stuck with conventional fuels.
Talking about fuel, some 17 billion barrels are to be recovered from Scottish waters over the next 30 years. Incredibly this is a bad thing according to the Better Together mob as we’d face serious challenges through our “reliance on a single revenue stream”! Aye, I bet the Norwegians are gutted – “Oh no, Olaf! They’ve found more oil in our sector. We can’t even spend the £600 billion we’ve already got…” These folk must think we are absolutely stark raving mad.
What else did they have for us? Oh yes… the head of Aggreko was given space to spout some garbage about how independence would be bad for business and give rise to “serious disadvantages”. You might recognise the company name. They’re the same Aggreko that operate out of over 30 countries, and independent ones at that, around the globe. He also said that ”business leaders fear speaking out as it may attract rains of bile and ire from angry Nationalists.” Poor souls. If only they had a platform for their views eh? To be fair he’s not the only one living in fear from these pesky cybernats. According to Lord West, ex-first sea lord, a number of defence firms will be upping and offing in the event of a Yes vote. Did he name them? Of course not, but he assured us that there’s currently a “climate of fear” in Scotland! I don’t know about you but I’m not sure I want a bunch of wussies like that being responsible for defending me. I’m partly to blame for this though. I told Selex Galileo of Crewe Toll, Edinburgh that if they even thought about moving then I’d bought my last radar system from them. I actually worked there back in the good old days when it was Ferranti Defence Systems. One of the projects involved collaboration with people in Germany, Spain and Italy, i.e. foreigners. In other countries. I wonder how we ever managed it?
The Northbriton hasn’t been working alone of course. They’ve been aided and abetted by their counterparts in the Herald who ran with a quite incredible story about Better Together being smeared by having their organisation linked to far-right groups such as the National Front and the BNP, and even further-right ones such as the Tories and Labour. Seemingly a letter containing the various logos was sent to known unionists, causing one to venture, ”Someone’s obviously put a significant amount of time and effort into producing the letter, and I wonder what else they might be capable of. I’m sufficiently alarmed that I’ve discussed it with the police and will be making a formal complaint with them.” That’s just the spirit that seen us through two world wars. If he or anyone else needs advice on how to cope with smears or coordinated attacks then I’m sure one A. Salmond Esq. could help them out.
My favourite article over the past few days though was the Herald’s opinion piece on Nicola Sturgeon’s speech. Plenty of subtle digs in there – Braveheart, polls showing declining support and the Scottish economy forecast to grow at a slower rate than the rest of the UK, this last one of course being an utterly convincing argument for the union. Although they conceded that the speech was “forward-looking”, they’re also of the opinion that “she will have to provide a more detailed route map before voters have the confidence to take what is at present a leap into the unknown”. Here we go again – we need to know the price of bread right up until the day the sun becomes a red giant and sucks planet earth to its doom. How about we just sum it up like this:
When you find you’re on the Titanic the best thing you can do is take your chances on the lifeboat.
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