• Alex Salmond Short Sharp Direct Answers  Classic Interview

    Alex Salmond Short Sharp Direct Answers Classic Interview

    Politicians, certainly in my life time, have always been prone to answering questions without answering them. Going round the houses and saying what they want to say again without answering the questions. Some deflect the question totally. A new type of politician is arising in my country of Scotland.

  • scottish independence nocola sturgeon snp

    Dear First Minister How to build Scotland from within

    Dear First Minister

    I have been thinking for a long time, mostly as an ex-pat, of how to restart or reboot communities, if you like, about taking Scotland forward and away from its political ties, and building Scotland from within.

    Why not start a building Scotland from within and take the lead with regard to being self-sufficient and not wait for the internal change to happen? Politically it is going to change that’s for sure but the internal will take longer. I look at how the Irish did it as an example, they started pulling themselves in to be very outgoing but also very secular at the same time before they had broken away.

    My idea is very simple - encourage the local farmers market to start supplying local vegetable, fruits etc to food banks in the area free of charge. With funding from the SG, local or national businesses and co-operation from local farmers and councils too to set up a SUPPLY fund – for example, 1 million pounds is raised.

    This shows a unity of the Scottish people and business that they do not want to wait and will start building Scotland from within irrespective of whats happening politically, almost in defiance in a flag waving type of way!

    The SUPPLY fund is used to encourage unemployed or small businesses or whoever to start local farming businesses.

    • SUPPLY fund payment paid direct to local farmers/people for supplying the local food banks
    • It may encourage farmers of land owners to rent land to local people to encourage them to grow their own supply for selling locally
    • The produce grown locally is supplied direct to the food banks.
    • So, the fund pays the farmers costs to supply fresh and clean and local fruit and veg etc to the food banks and local people.
    • Local growers could grow to provide other businesses
    • Local people start eating healthily again, local people start earning an income and having an interest locally.

    There is obviously huge scope for expansion for local areas as it is rolled out nationally.

    Scotland has huge resources as you know, nothing more so than the people. When Independence comes it will hurt for some and there will be division in some parts of the country and society. That is 100%. Perhaps if communities are starting to build from within in this type of manner, it might soften the blow for a lot of people when it happens.

    Reading this again it sounds like the middle ages!! but I think in an Independent Scotland there will be huge opportunity that some will grab, this gives the opportunity to those with less to grab onto the new Scotland with everyone else helping and pulling them along.

    I have been an ex-pat for around 15 years and I always said I would move back on Independence, maybe sooner. Maybe it sounds too Utopian but its just my thoughts thinking about my country and how it is changing from the outside looking in. It is such an exciting time and I guess this is just my contribution instead of doing nothing.

    Thank you very much for your time, Good Luck and it’s a great time to be Scottish and I have to thank your party for that. Seeing the door was opened and taking everyone through it.

  • ruth davidson conservative party policies scottish independence

    Dear Ruth Davidson why on earth cant you just talk about Tory policies

    Dear Ruth Davidson,

    What are you? Why are you relevant? You seem to be a kind of sweeper. Sweeping up the kind of left over voters.

    Why do you never, ever, talk about your Conservative parties Social and Economic policies? Why are you afraid to push them to the people of Scotland? Why don't you tell the people of Scotland why the Tories are the party they should be voting for?

    Why are you so angry and afraid? Why do you demean the people of Scotland and the overwhelming trust they have put for the Scottish government. It's not just victories the SNP have won, it has been an overwhelming landslides on numerous occassions. Larger than anything in UK political history.

    Why do you constantly go on about Independence? Why is it you are so afraid of that?

    So many questions.

    I believe the reason you go on about Independence and saying No to Indy REf 2 is that neither you nor your Tory party have anything to offer than the status quo. That is the fact.

    If you beleived in your social and economical policies you would be flag waving them for all of Scotland to see. You would be waving them at the Scottish Government and parliament - but you dont. and that is to the detrement to the Scottish people - the people who put you in your position.

    If you really believed you were First Minister material, you would be acting as a leader, but you dont. You act like an angry gorilla. An angry gorilla that is frustrated. Frustrated not at the SNP or Scottish Government, but angry at Scotland. Angry at the Scottish people. Angry at being Scottish. That is no way for a supposed leader to be.

    Leaders dont make smokescreens. You are doing a huge disservice to the Scottish people.

    Now, I appreciate that there are people, and a significant number at that, who want to remain part of the UK. If you were a leader of any sorts, you would also acknowledge that a similar large proportion do want independence. Perhaps even a lot of these people want independence as they see through the lies and deceit of what Westminster stands for.

    What lies and deceit you may ask. The lies from the last independence referendum. The vow. The lies and manipulation from the media and business. You see, the YES vote know that the BBC, Media and ruling class all work together to keep the Union. Why would they do that? We all know that Scotland contributes a hell of a lot more than you tell.

    It would be interesting to see all the Scottish exports being credited to Scotland rather than through the books in Westminster. This is because you and your ruling party get a slice of the pie in one way or another. You really think otherwise they would be clinging onto Scotland with their fingernails?

    You will never have the trust of enough of the Scottish people to ever be a leader in Scotland or a First Minister. Your brand is toxic in Scotland as are your party policies that you never mention.

    I can appreciate parties having different opinions and policies. That is what makes community strong. but not at the expense of the truth. And the truth for you has had a bypass.  

    Oppose Indy Ref 2 until your hearts content but do it in a manner that is befitting a Scot and Scottish person or indeed do it in the manner of someone in public office who has a moral compass.

  • Hope over fear - a Scottish victory

    Hope over fear - a Scottish victory

    The last 12 months in the UK and indeed in Scotland have seen plenty of action - certainly on the political sense. In September 2014 there was a referendum in Scotland asking if Scotland still wanted to effectively be ruled by Westminster and be part of the union - the United Kingdom. The result was 55%-45% in favour of staying part of the United Kingdom.

  • Scottish Independence is much a much higher playing field than the political system should ever be

    Scottish Independence is much a much higher playing field than the political system should ever be

    Ive been in one of those sod it moods and thought if I don’t do something or try something then surey nothing will happen.

    I was thinking about Scotland and Independence. Ive been thinking a lot about it. There is something really missing from the whole debate. I couldn’t put my finger on it and I am thinking that we should back the SNP as they are the vehicle to which independence will come. This has grown into my thoughts and has now carried me through to where I am now and how I see things from where I stand.

    I left the UK in 2003 for a challenge and adventure in Europe, had a wonderful free, relaxing time working very hard but also playing very hard in the sun. I completely detached myself from the UK and its political scene.

    I returned in August 2014 to my hometown to attend a family bereavement. I travelled with my family. Mum, Dad. my uncles wife to be and my Uncle – whos son had just passed away and who also had just been told he wouldn’t see the next two months. Sounds traumatic and it was but there was something special I saw.

    After a week touring around the west of Scotland in two cars, staying at nice hotels, walking laughing drinking crying. Saying goodbye to his son, surrounded by family who were saying goodbye to him and he knew it. The goodbye hug and warmth we had an infinite warms and glow. A knowing that as we looked at each other that would be the last.

    As we drove back from the north west of Scotland the sights around Scotland changed. Blue and white saltires flew in places. Windows had the Saltire with the words YES. In the back ground of my life living it up there as a rattling of Scottish Independence Beardy type. Tartan Army soldiers type thing.

    Man, I was ignorant. My week long stay in Dundee had me convinced out of nowhere that we would be independent – whatever that meant. Freedom from England, freedom from London rule.

    I never really understood what it was we were breaking away from and into what.

    My heart pounded more and more about how any decision we made – even if it was wrong, it was our decision to make.

    The General Election 2107 was a reflection I felt of our independence referendum, we saw for ourselves how the media manipulated or tried to manipulate the English voters to vote for PM May. I feel us rational Scots just shake our collective heads totally not understanding what is happening.

    We see the state media before our eyes and this is a battle we will not win for a long time, if at all. The thing is the Independence bloggers are independent of the political sphere. OK, politically we support the SNP for their power on political change, but the independence movement is outwith the political stage.

    The political system will not allow for Independence. Already we see it. They put a shield around the SNP from all angles. All willing to commit to the status quo, putting their force behind the political system in Scotland and its eroding at best in Scotland. In my opinion its just like mass political suicide.

    The media are obviously part of the state as is very clear or at best influential connections between news and who sees what. To the point. There is a huge gap growing for a centralised point for Independence bloggers and publishers to have a focal point outwith politics. At the moment the internet is like a huge echo chamber with those making the most noise are unfortunately??? preaching to the converted.

    There needs to be focal point that is outwith their own echo chamber. If the bloggers are ever mentioned in the media they are ridiculed in the main. After all why would the mainstream news favour a rival news outlet? This is where we are in a nice way those in power keep us going round in circles in internet Newspaper forums which isn’t really constructive.

    Imagine the influence if the Indy bloggers took one outlet – Social Media to create a new media Scotland. But – there needs to be a bringing in of Unionists to debate in a way outwith the normal name calling, swearing, belittling. Debating directly with the opposition, answering direct questions opposite from the politicians.

    Bringing the two middle ground together to debate – away from the main media and political. Independence is a totally different, bigger playground to the Unionists debate. It’s a media playground the gathering of the Independence movement can bring about.

    We need to move and shape the playing field for the next battle for Independence. The Unionists want a political debate and it’s a debate we will never win.

    The Unionists politicians are scared of things like Wings over Scotland, but they are playing to their own audience in the pub. A nice pub by the way.

    The Wee Ginger Dug is much the same but more extreme in its views and as much as I love reading stuff from the WGD, it is extreme in that its views and wont attract the middle ground.

    They are scared as they don’t understand it fully as they are detached from the actual social media accounts.

    The Owen Jones type figure for Scotland and for Scottish Independence is perhaps needed - outwith the political debate. As much as the SNP is very much needed, Independence is much bigger . We need a bringing together of an Independence v a Non-Independence gathering and debate.

    The new generation have all sorts of ways to access news. It’s the Independence movements chance to grasp this new generation on a new playing field away from the narrow

    The Unionists will never change. The Independence movement will never change. But there is a middle ground that the main media are harvesting for their own political gain.

    So can we have a bringing together and a reaching out. If we play them on our own playing field the advantage is ours.

    I feel the time is now is a Scottish focussed online media channel outlets to take the lead and have those in the same position on the other side to discuss directly with each other. This would be through the new media and new political system in Scotland that both sides can have a respect for. Instead, as I keep pointing back to is they are chasing their tales and preaching.

    So, can we have a bringing together of the Independence blogger to have a calm, no finger jabbing online debate/meeting/gathering with the Unionists version. I guess its riding wave and guiding our direction in history. We need to break the divide and conquer mentality of the current political and media set up.

    This is my start to see if I can bring about change.

  • Those nice marauding invading savages from Scotland have arrived at Westminster

    Those well mannered nice marauding invading savages from Scotland have arrived at Westminster

    The winning of a colossal 56 seats in Scotland at the 2015 UK General Election has been an amazing feat by the SNP. They relegated the major UK political parties to minor parties in Scotland with a paltry 1 seat each - albeit they are fairly (or unfairly as hindsight is showing us) big players in UK political circles certainly the the time being anyway, but the envious, jealous and biting media is having non of it.