Unlucky For Some: 13 Westminster Failures [wide] [/wide] The Independence referendum is a vote on Scotland’s potential and the benefits of controlling our own affairs. It is also a vote on Westminster’s record.
The Positive Case for the Union « It’s Back! By popular demand! In a Bella exclusive we can unveil the POSITIVE CASE FOR THE UNION! Having waited years for Darling, Lamont or Gordon Brown to step forward, for Cameron or Baron Foulkes to outline the reason why we are, truly Better Together’ or for Brian Wilson or Gideon Osbourne to articulate it in words, we can reveal, finally, the truth … Sausage rolls?
The Thin Red Line (Battle of Balaclava) The Russian cavalry force of 2,500 was on the road to Balaklava. About 400 of them were involved in the incident. It was early morning, and the sole force that lay between the oncoming cavalry and the disorganised and vulnerable British camp was the 93rd Regiment. Campbell is said to have told his men, "There is no retreat from here, men. You must die where you stand
Commenting after the Scottish Parliament debate on Scotland's Future, in which MSPs voted for Scotland becoming an independent country, SNP MSP Humza Yousaf said: "This is a genuinely historic moment for the Scottish Parliament. With this vote it shows that, thirteen years after it was reconvened, it is ready, willing and able to take on the full responsibilities of any normal legislature. "The United Nations comprised just 51 countries when it was formed in 1945 – that number has now grown to more than 190 member states of the UN, many of whom have become independent in the last 70 years. Scotland is now ready to take the next step and join the ranks of independent countries. "In contrast to the relentless negative scaremongering from the Labour-Tory anti-independence alliance, the simple truth is that it is better for the decisions affecting Scotland to be taken by the people who care about Scotland most, that is, the people of Scotland. History made as Parliament votes for independence
Just over a century ago, neither Oxford nor Cambridge offered degrees in English literature, but Scotland has been studying the subject since the 18th century, largely thanks to one man, Hugh Blair When I was growing up we had that kitsch patriotic tea-towel, “The average Englishman in the home he calls his castle…” that detailed the entrepreneurial innovation of the Scots from breech-loading rifles and chloroform to Mackintoshes and the television. I didn’t realise it at the time but the subject which I would go on to study at university – English literature – could well have been added to the list. Ironic though it might seem, the idea of English literature was a valid field of academic enquiry was a Scottish invention. English literature, a Scot’s invention
Chancellor George Osborne to 'scrap public sector national pay rates' 17 March 2012Last updated at 19:49 ET Mr Osborne is set to outline his Budget plans Unions have reacted angrily to plans to scrap national pay rates for some public sector workers in the UK. Chancellor George Osborne is expected to say civil servants, such as Jobcentre and DVLA staff, should have pay brought into line with private sector salaries in their regions. The Public and Commercial Services union says it would cut regional wages.
A record-breaking 172,475 people have signed Dr Kailash Chand’s e-petition to drop the NHS Reforms bill. David Cameron promised once upon a time that any e-petition that got more than 100,000 signatures would get a debate in the House of Commons, but he evidently meant “any e-petition that Tories can support without going against the interests of our donors“. At the Liberal Democrat conference today: 2.21pm: Nick Clegg has won his first battle of the conference. According to Channel 4′s Michael Crick on Twitter, Lib Dem activists have chosen to debate the Shirley Williams health motion tomorrow – the pro-leadership one – instead of the rebel motion calling for it to be withdrawn or defeated. 2.27pm: The Shirley Williams health motion got 309 votes. Did the LibDems just vote me towards independence? | Edinburgh Eye
English 'would bomb our airports' Lord Fraser of Carmyllie also warned that SNP policies removing nuclear forces from Scottish bases and reducing Scotland's navy "essentially" to fishery protection vessels could make Scotland a war zone. He said a country with a few fishery protection vessels was "asking to be invaded". The former Lord Advocate and Solicitor General said he did not see who might have "evil intentions" against England but he had missed "the import of the Balkan crisis and the ramifications of 9/11" and would hesitate "to predict the crises even in the rest of the century". He foresaw the possibility of an enemy commander ordering the runways at Scottish airports to be cleared because his planes would be landing and "if that were to happen what alternative would England have but to come and bomb the hell out of Glasgow airport and Edinburgh airport". He suggested one solution would be to base the nuclear fleet, currently based on the Clyde, to Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands.
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Everything Is Connected – to London. Everything’s connected, especially when it comes to the Crown Estates, Westminster and Ofgem. These entities recently announced that they view the feasibility of a new subsea “around Britain” interconnector to be used for the transmission of electrical energy, as self evident. The Crown Estates report, “East Coast Transmission Network: Technical Feasibility Study” confirmed the practicality of an offshore transmission system to move energy from as far north as Shetland to London, from where it could be sold on to European states.
Salmond calls for independence referendum in 2014 10 January 2012Last updated at 16:14 ET Alex Salmond: "Let the view of the Scottish people prevail" Alex Salmond has said he wants to hold an independence referendum in Scotland in the autumn of 2014. The Scottish first minister said this date would allow people to make a "considered" decision on the country's future within the United Kingdom.
My contribution to the debate on Scottish independence « Alan Bissett Vote Britain Alan Bissett People of Scotland, vote with your heart. Vote with your love for the Queen who nurtured you, cradle to grave, Who protects you and cares, her most darling subjects, to whom you gave the glens she adores to roam freely through, the stags her children so dearly enjoy killing. First into battle, loyal and true.