Comment posted The eurozone crisis and the Independence referendum: time for proactive postponement? by Bob Chicken.
Keith – “If our money was not being redirected to foreign lands then perhaps we could make use of our abundance for the good of Scotland”.
Perhaps our First Minister should have thought of that when he was given nearly £800 million for the Forth Road Bridge. He scuttled off to China and Poland on a spending spree and came back with a bagful of Polish and Chinese contracts and, oh yes…. a couple of Pandas!
This incident saw Scottish Workers writing to a Tory Prime Minister asking him to persuade the “progressive” Scottish Government to use Scottish Steel.
I believe that the end result is that around £20 million of work will go to Scottish Companies and we are now inundated with front page headlines about the sex-life of bloody pandas!
Recent comments by Bob Chicken
- SNP MP calls for UK Conservative-Lib Dem coalition to continue for a further year
I am still reading my way through the white paper
One of the first impressions that I got was that the timetable is unworkably tight and badly thought through.
In the unlikely event of a Yes victory there would be 18 months to complete the most complex negotiations to untangle the legal, financial, military and political relationships that currently bind us together. Then, there would have to be the horse trading over the costs and financing of it all. Finally there would have to be the drawing up of new treaties, arrangements & agreements with the UK, EU, NATO, UN and many others.
In the middle of all of this falls a general election and a probable change of government & at the end of it a further election to the Scottish Parliament.
All of this was known when the timetable was drawn up.
- Labour take 2013 Dunfermline by-election for Scottish Parliament
Congratulations to Cara Hilton and the magnificent Scottish Labour team whose hard work made this victory possible.
Graeme. I spent a couple of days canvassing in Dunfermline. It was very clear that the fear of separation was a major issue for voters there. It was also a substantial factor in the 9% swing to Labour in Donside.
Also worth bearing in mind that the SNP conference only finished a few days ago & their promises to turn Scotland into a land of milk & honey didn’t deflect the voters of Dunfermline from rejecting them.
- Restoration funding for Campbeltown’s glorious town hall
Well done eveyone involved in putting the bid together – great job.
- Audit Scotland report: work in progress an oasis of reason
At risk of sounding thoroughly boring here is a quote from Argyll and Bute Labour’s manifesto for the 2012 council elections:-
“Argyll and Bute Labour want to create just, fair, open and effective local government for the people of Argyll and Bute by fighting for:
A full member review to design 5 year strategy by September 2012.
Each Department to have carried out a 5 year strategy review and make recommendations by December 2012
All meetings involving Council Members to be fully minuted and available on line, jargon-free within 5 working days
All papers for Council meetings to be available on line at least one week beforehand
All full council meetings to be fully recorded by December 2012
To involve community groups much more closely in council strategy and decision making
The setting up of a Strategy Group of council members and appropriate community groups, to oversee strategic reviews, monitor the progress of the resultant strategies and publicly hold the responsible Council Members and officers to account for their success or failure.”
Perhaps that would have been a proper way to start to deliver more effective democratic governance to the people of Argyll and Bute?
The full version can be found here http://forargyll.com/2012/04/labour/
- Transport Minister asked to reconvene A83 Task Force
Short & Sweet – So the fact that it goes to Campbeltown is of no importance at all then?
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