Comment posted Launch of ‘Scotland Yes’ campaign contradictory, lacking information and out of touch by Robert Wakeham.
In the context of Holyrood, Ife, ‘all party’ can mean either all political parties, or the very pleasant (and subsidised) lunch ceremony, or both.
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- All this talk of mongooses – shouldn’t it be mongeese? Consider your answer carefully; if it blames English parlance, isn’t this a chance to establish Scottish independence of language?
- WS – for the sake of an innocent bystander, could you please explain the above anagram – and while you’re at it, how about an apology to Dr McKenzie for unwarranted snide innuendo?
- David: I don’t see independence being Labour, LibDem or Conservative led, and would expect our present semi-independent SNP government to be ‘leading from the front’ with the powers that they’ve already got, rather than apparently thinking that the main job on their hands is to convince us that we need all the rest of the powers that remain with Westminster. The Rosneath ferry affair might seem to be small beer to many people, but when you consider the degree of disruption to the folk who depend on this link the silence from Holyrood is surely incomprehensible. Maybe the government is sitting back waiting for SPT to dig its own grave – there already seems to be less than total confidence in them, hence this government’s transfer of supervision of Strathclyde area passenger trains from SPT to Transport Scotland. Maybe party politics is playing its part, with SPT perceived – perhaps correctly – as tainted with corruption from its ‘old Labour’ Glasgow origins, and the government falling into the trap of thinking the population of the Rosneath peninsula is insignificant. The politicians are perfectly capable of taking action to reduce alcohol related problems, so why no action to quite literally rescue the Kilcreggan ferry users from this extremely damaging shambles? They surely don’t expect Westminster, or Brussels/Strasbourg, to come riding over the horizon to resolve a Scottish problem.
- Graeme: The sheer scale of what Norway’s ‘can do’ attitude has achieved in reinforcing their infrastructure is difficult to comprehend unless people go there to see for themselves. That said, there have been some mistakes – collapsing road tunnels are not unknown – but considering the far greater distances, more difficult terrain, and more severe climate, what they’ve achieved is breathtaking.
- Good points but the ongoing abject failure of government at several levels to rescue the unfortunate inhabitants of the Rosneath peninsula from the SPT ferry scandal suggests to me that – given we’ve got an SNP government already – independence could be very, very disappointng.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- First Minister’s choice not to condemn mob behaviour proves Farage point
Farage was in Edinburgh to raise the profile of UKIP – don’t underestimate wee Nige.
- Walsh to lead all but Lib Dems, Conservatives and George Freeman
This reads uncannily like a description of Tommy Sheridan’s erstwhile political buddies – although they, thank goodness, have never managed to grab the reins of power.
- Finally, SNP Government delivers a passenger ferry capable of seeing off Western Ferries
There’s a quite accurate measure of economic activity if you look around at where tower cranes signify construction in progress, and there are more in London than in the whole of the rest of Britain. Last autumn at a do in London I suggested to a senior Canary Wharf construction executive that London was increasingly behaving like a separate ‘city state’, with an economy that operated independently to that of the rest of Britain.
He was dismissive of this idea, but I’m not so sure.
- Amazon given government grants
It’s worse than that – Amazon has been instrumental in destroying many small bookshops, which being ‘captive’ local businesses paid national and local taxes and employed local people. I doubt that they qualified for much in the way of government financial help at all, but I do know that they became browsing places for Amazon customers who – once they’d decided what they wanted – went on line to buy from good old Amazon.
The really grotesque icing on the cake is that – while multinational sharks like Amazon, Google and Starbucks are free to claim, quite legally, that technically they make little or no profit in Britain – Britain has at the same time, by reason of the culture of business deregulation, become the country of choice for the world’s most corrupt, least transparent companies.
No exaggeration – just read the 6-page feature ‘Where there’s muck there’s brass plates’ in today’s ‘Private Eye’.
- Home Secretary’s whole life sentences for police killers pressures Scottish Government to respond
The Furnace death was a domestic incident, and that’s clearly not what Theresa May was talking about; the issue is how to deal with criminals who kill police officers in the process of doing their job.
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