Tuesday, 17 April 2018

bridge parting troubled waters

The absurd declaring unsound and closing of 2 modern road bridges on the Forth-Clyde Canal, breaking the through navigability of the canal, and even trapping some boats in the middle section unless they can be removed overland, and no word on timely repairing of modern built bridges that must be repairable! Whwt a shambles of running a country that is not yet the state they want it to become! To break up one of its travel networks, the one associated with the engineering star of the Falkirj Wheel!

It shows they can't be planning to need canal boat owners' votes in a ref any time soon.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

in bed with the Tories !

Since the indyref, nats of all their parties have repeated and repeated unto infinity their wrong accusation that Labour damaged itself by being allied to, or "in bed with", the Tories in the No campaign. Keep repeating something to generate a left wing doctrinal peer pressure to accept and believe it.

Today the now annual demo of Scottish feeling against Brexit was held at Holyrood. The speakers included Joanna Cherry, SNP, Patrick Harvie, Green, and - Struan Stevenson, Tory. The organisers the European Movement in Scotland praised cross party working for the objective of trying somehow to stop Brexit. Cherry thanked Stevenson for his participation and celebrated that she had shared a banner with him in this demo.They celebrated their working together on a single issue.

They were right to do that. But by it, they proved Labour also was right to do it in the No campaign. TO ANYONE WHO HEARD OR RECORDED WHAT THE NATS SAID AT TODAY'S DEMO, THEY HAVE EXPLODED AND FINISHED, UTTERLY REFUTED, THEIR MALICIOUS JIBE ABOUT LABOUR JOINING WITH THE TORIES IN THE INDYREF. THE SAME AS WHAT LABOUR DID, THEY ARE NOW DOING THEMSELVES BY THEIR PUBLIC ADMISSION.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

spurious leap

What is this assertion by the National, that the Brexit crisis over the Irish border proves there would be no hard border with a Scottish state? They never argue out any substance behind this, because they have none. The deduction does not follow. They just want it to stick from getting repeated. We don't even have the certainty yet of no hard Irish border. DUP stepped in against the apparent deal. We always knew that most sides wanted to avoid an Irish hard border, it was no big news at all that the British govt reached a point favourable to making such a deal. It establishes nothing about Scotland's situation at all. There are (1) no peacekeeping rationale and (2) no economic relations with an EU member neighbour, to drive what would happen to the Scottish border. We are not the same situation as Ireland. It remains as possible as ever it was argued in the indyref, for disagreed policies to cause a hard border. Not indy but exactly from within the Union! is where we should be able to copy any EU-friendly alignment of regulations that NI opts to have, without a hard border for us if without one for them.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

back of the queue ?

Today's news on disastrous long queues at airport borders in Europe, between us and the Schengen area: because in the same miserable world trend as Brexit, oppositely to rationality, Schengen borders have recently been made tighter and even non-Schengen EU cou tries' citizens now have go be checked against a database on terrorism alarms. Scottish Yes always said it would stay with the British Isles Common Travel Area and not Schengen. Does this now undermine its whole case to be the way to keep our familiar comfortable place in the EU at all?

Thursday, 29 June 2017

indyref2 consultation responses published

THIS blog was created because in the bill consultation indyref1 they refused to publish my submission, and gave no good reason for it.< br />< br />At least this time they have published it. consult.scotland.gov.uk/elections-and-constitutional-development-division/draft-referendum-bill/consultation/view_respondent?show_all_questions=0&_q__text=maurice&uuId=590419023 They have made a mess of its readability by the way they have published it, their formatting has failed to have any paragraphs. So you have to struggle with that; but I had divided up my main points with asterisks and ~ signs, and that now helps a bit to overcome the mess. They show you where at least the more important paragraph breaks should be.< br />< br />Important points about the inclusiveness of future citizenship rules are made and exist in the record. These points were of course made before Sturgeon tried to call indyref2, let alone before the election, but only after those events have they published the responses.

Monday, 1 May 2017

May not get hard

LABOUR HAS CLOSED THE POLL GAP ON THE TORIES BY 10 POINTS IN A WEEK.

So it can win. If it keeps up that rate it will win. Thaf is s very rare rate of election campaign gain. It is standing up to scrutiny that its policies are not hard left, or hard Brexit. But they are hard no to deals with the SNP.

They can ge, because SNO can't vote to put a Tory government in, so Labour does not have to make any deals tk prevent that. They have to be, because the last election was stolen from Miliband by the SNP making their arrogant mud stick to Labour with English voters. Tragically, had that not happened, nsirher would Brexit and the whole situation behind this election.

Clearly now, the reality of all the ,oss of sensible European facilities in a pigheadedly nationalist Tory hard Brexit is daunting voters. Accelerate that process, go Labour.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Gibraltar point

Spain has always been diplomatically changeable. During indyref1 it gave different indications at different times, of its vetoing intentions in the EU, so that both sides were able to quote as suited them, The Yessers always made a religion of the quote they selected, waa look a foreign minister expressed disinterest, so Spain won't veto us, ignore all other signs. But anyone who acy followed the news got to see that Spain's politicians were divided in their intentions, and we would never know, still will bevef jnow, who will be the Spanish government at the time of a Scottish application to the EU.

You can tell from the timing, that Spain's present move of saying no veto is part of its new game over Gibraltar. An unfavourable leverage upon Britain over that territorial unit which alsi has had a ref (2002) and voted British.

We have got used to always saying Spain, when discussing the veto issue, because of Catalonia's prominence, But Spain was never the only vetoing country. Belgium, Italy, Romania all remain possible vetos.