It is with deep regret that I have to report that my friend and loch researcher Ivor Newby has died. He was just about the most genial and friendly of all of the loch researchers it has been my pleasure to know.
Time after time, while watching James Martin’s Saturday Kitchen, we see celebrity after celebrity with lobster as their food heaven. Why is this? Where is that invisible dividing line between ordinary people and celebrities so that if you fall on one side you will never desire the delights of lobster dishes and if you fall on the other side it is a dish you have always craved?
We have just returned from a vacation in Bude, Cornwall, where we both went to school. In fact it was a school reunion we’d been organising. I was looking forward to the trip because, of course, Bude is on the north Cornwall coast where seafood abounds and many small boats ensure a plentiful supply of crabs and lobsters for the restaurants in the town … or so I thought.
The first question you need to ask yourself if you planning not to vote or to vote NO is what sort of country in which you wish to live?
You can live in a country that gets governed by a government it votes for about a third of the time or a country which always gets the government for which it votes. Quite simple that one.
In my memory (I’m 66) Scotland has always been a country with a social conscience, wanting to look after the sick, the disabled, the underprivileged and protect the old and infirm. People in need have always been a priority among the majority of Scottish politicians of all parties. It seems to be in the Scottish nature. We all know that these principles are currently being undermined by a Westminster government which prefers to spend money on English high speed rail lines and Trident while it sends Scottish citizens to the food banks and imposes a bedroom tax on disabled people whose needs mean that they cannot sleep in the same room as their married partners. The Scottish Government has mitigated this by stealing money from other parts of their Westminster hand-out to compensate those people so that they don’t have to have all the anxiety of moving away from their friends to a smaller property. In fact there are no smaller properties and so they just get the financial penalty.
If there are still NO supporters who don’t believe the lies and deceit Westminster is pumping out about Scottish independence then I hope they will read this item. I appeal to them to do so before they cast their vote in the wrong direction on Thursday.
Scotland has been cheated for the last forty years and a vote for NO means we will continue to be cheated for the next fifty years.
Think about it. Beware of rhetoric. Read, read, read all you can on the subject. Not the threats of what Independence will destroy, but the awful risks we are taking by continuing to trust the union. Don’t be fooled by Cameron’s crocodile tears. He is in fear of his job as the prime minister who lost the Scottish cash cow! A black gold Aberdeen Angus!
Let’s take them one at a time.
Darling said, on national television today that all of the banks have said that they will move business south.
The truth is that NONE of them are moving jobs to England. They are considering the possibility of having to be registered in England instead of Scotland, but a registered office is nothing more than that, “A place where the business is registered.” RBOS actually said there would be no jobs moving south in an official letter. So was Darling lying? Yes he was and it is very scary and some people will believe the scare stories.
I have had the feeling all day that the BBC news has been showing more positive news for the No campaign than for the Yes campaign so at 8pm tonight (Tuesday 9th September) I decided to time the amount of time given to each.
First there was 14 seconds of Yes items at 8.01pm
The subject then came up at 8.05pm and ran through to 8.14pm This was the split with Y being yes, N being no and = being neutral. The figures are in seconds.
The latest poll shows YES ahead by a couple of points and what happens?
Immediately we see panic among the NO campaigners and the chancellor, this morning, says they will now be publishing a package of new devolved powers. If this was a serious offer it should have been made before postal votes, like mine, were sent in. It is obviously a panic measure because it hasn’t been published until sometime next week.
This shows exactly how serious the government is to seriously consi…der extra devolved powers. Now we await their concocted new measures. More fool anyone who believes them.
Of course it is only one poll, but it certainly seems to have put real fear into the Tories. They can see all the resources Westminster has previously exploited slipping away from them and their greedy business partners. Here’s the poll report.