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Caledonian Universitygate Inquiry

The Guardian, (Friday 7 February 2014) Flipper Darling Accused SNP government of Intimidating Universities in Scotland

Darling said, “You’ll find it very difficult to find any Scottish university principals to speak out and when you ask them, they say, “We’ve been told not to say anything.” They [the SNP government] are very clear. If you can’t support us, you shut up.”

(8 February, London). Professor Pamela Gillies, Vice Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University wades into controversy by declaring her university’s support for the Union. The Prime Minister David Cameron was accompanied by, (on his Olympic Village sortie, broadcast UK wide on prime-time Television and widespread press coverage when he appealed to the rest of Britain to save the Union), Professor Pamela Gillies, the Vice Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University.

The overt campaigning by the vice chancellor will raise alarm bells in the Scottish government as so far academics have expressed views on individual policies and expressed concerns about uncertainties over research funding and fee charging for English students. But no senior university leader has until now declared that they are joining the campaign on either side. The university is funded by the Scottish government so relations may cool. It is also a charity so there may also be concern at the, “Charity Regulator” about political campaigning.

Campus Trade Unions expressed their extreme concern at the University’s decision to co-host an event in the London Velodrome together with the British government, where David Cameron used his office as Prime minister to set out his case against independence. Widely trailed on the BBC and other broadcasters the day before as a major intervention by the Prime Minister into the independence debate, Court members were only informed the night before the event, that the speech – promoted as a ‘business development’ opportunity – would even take place. A full inquiry has been asked for by students attending the University.
Co-hosting a divisive speech by the Prime Minister – a misreading of our role in society say GCU Unions Read the responses.

Pamela Gillies is a member of, “Common Purpose” (a sinister, “leadership” infiltration of society organisation). These people are an unelected cancer on society, who select leaders for the future and are a huge threat to democracy. Professor Pamela Gillies met delegates from across the Commonwealth to advise them on building networks around the world.

Common Purpose’s Scotland Director Connie Young said, “In a globalised world, migration is commonplace and ever increasing. People move between countries and communities taking their skills, knowledge and networks with them. They are a source of huge potential, able to add great value to the countries they go to and also the countries they’ve left through building bridges and connections between the two communities.

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Welfare to Work – Use of External Contractors

Welfare to Work – Use of External Contractors

In order to deliver our commissioning future welfare to work policy objectives as efficiently and effectively as possible we need to broaden our thinking and look to develop new ways of commissioning. Large scale prime contracting enables us to meet the challenge of delivering efficient services at large scale and still has a place within the DWP commissioning landscape.

However, to get full value from our specialist providers and realise the potential of social investment, we recognise the need to commission using a range of different approaches, in particular when delivering support to those furthest from the labour market. We will embrace the range of approaches available to us including the continued testing of innovative approaches, using the findings to inform future commissioning.

Seems to me we are addressing the demise of the Job Centres. I expect amy thousands of civil service jobs will be shed throughout the UK and Scotland. The, “new Way” will be commissioning of private companies to taking over the task of assessing, training and managing the unemployed back to work. The bulk of the work will be completed on-line with little face to face contact, perhaps other than an initial interview. Payment and suspension of benefits will be the responsibility of the contractor, (within rules provided by the DWP). Interesting time ahead. Bit of a rollercoaster this one. I am just glad I’m well out of it. But I do worry about the fate of the unemployed. These new providers are not in it to do good. They will make a profit off the backs of the unemployed. I expect if it will be a case of 3 strikes and out.

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Commercial Secret Revealed By the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry – Oil and Gas will be Extracted from Scottish Waters for 100 Years





North Sea oil Will Last For 100 Years’

Scottish waters will continue to provide oil for another 100 years, twice as long as previous estimates, according to industry analysts.

Dr Richard Pike, a former oil industry consultant and now the chief executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: “Rather than only getting 20 to 30 billion barrels we are probably looking at more than twice that amount.”

His analysis is supported by petroleum experts who believe there are some 300 fields off the coast of Britain still to be explored and tapped properly.

Dr Pike claims that the industry knows the true figures but refuses to release them because of commercial secrecy.

A spokesman for UK Oil and Gas, the offshore industry’s trade association, said: “The current estimates are that there are around 25 billion barrels left.” He’s lying.




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Don’t Be Persuaded by the Anti Independence Unionist Political Hype – One Of Britains Best Ever Chancellor’ Reveals the Truth – Scotland Would Thrive Without England Dragging It Down





Denis Healey



Can Scotland Go It Alone

The views of one of the best economists in the UK in the last 100 years, the late Denis Healey, former Chancellor of the Exchequer in Labour governments 1970-1979 are as relevant today as they were in the past.

He was asked if he supported the cause of those who wished Scotland to become an independent nation once again given that the Scot’s were overly financially subsidized by England and the oil & gas resources were the property of the UK.



His answer was surprisingly blunt and not widely reported. He said:

“I think England would suffer enormously if the income from Scottish oil and gas stopped but if the Scots want independence they should have it and England would just need to adjust.


Asked if he expected an independent Scotland would survive, economically. he said:

“Yes, I would think so… and they have the oil, gas and renewable energy”.


Asked about his thoughts about claims that Scotland being subsidized by England he reminded the questioner that Joel Barnett, (he of the Barnett formula), was his deputy at the Treasury at the time the share of the national income pot Scotland should receive was decided.

He added:

” Scotland pays more than its fair share and these myths are simply perpetuated to cloud the issue by those that are opposed to independence.”


On Scotland keeping the pound, he said:

“I don’t see why Westminster could say the Scot’s couldn’t share it. Scotland would gain from the arrangement but so would the rest of the UK”.


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Credit Suisse Report Indicates That An Independent Scotland Would Flourish and Rate Higher Than rUK – Retain it Near To Hand For Use In the Next Referendum





Strategic Vision – Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse is one of the world’s leading banks, with more than 45,000 employees, offices in 50 countries and expertise in nearly every facet of banking, investing and finance.



The Human Development Index

The Human Development Index is a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and income indices used to rank countries into four tiers of human development.



An Independent Scotland

A newly independent Scotland would have a better Human Development Index (HDI) than the rest of the UK, even without oil, a leading international finance company has said.

A report by Credit Suisse:”

has concluded that on key areas of life expectancy, education, and income a newly independent Scotland would be ranked higher than the rest of the United Kingdom.

According to the report’s authors, an independent Scotland would be ranked four places higher than the rUK.

The report said:

Scotland would rank 23rd if we include a geographical allocation to Scotland’s GNI [Gross National Income] related to the North Sea oil output, versus the current 27th place for the UK and the hypothetical 30th for rUK.

Note: Even excluding any allocation of oil output, Scotland would still rank ahead of the UK.”



Comparing the success of small countries with that of larger nations the report said:

Small countries are more homogeneous and homogeneity plays an important role in determining the success of a country.  Cultural, ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity creates a ceiling to the potential size of a country.  Small countries are more open to international trade and have embraced globalization to a higher extent than larger countries.  Small countries are successful and in general much better off than bigger countries.



Public services in smaller countries benefit more from ‘pooling resources’ and the ‘economies of scale’ than larger countries.

Research shows that large countries tend to have higher tax rates for individuals (by 5%).  So the cost of funding public services for the individual is higher in larger countries than in small countries.  The Credit Suisse Research Institute also explained that small countries are one of the “leading geopolitical trends of the last fifty years“.




The report and comments were welcomed by an SNP Treasury spokesperson who said:

“These comments are very welcome. Using academic data, the report sets out Scotland’s potential and how our development rating would outperform the UK- even without oil- following a Yes vote.  The report also found that smaller countries are better able to ‘effectively’ and ‘cheaply’ deliver public services, and most of the small countries mentioned do not have nearly as many of the resources we have here in Scotland.  This highlights once again that Scotland is perfectly positioned to flourish as an independent nation. We would be able to concentrate on our talents, grow our economy and build a better and fairer society following a Yes vote.”


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UK Debt Out of Control

Interest bill on UK’s £1.27 trillion debt to hit £1bn a week

The Uk taxpayer is forking out £1billion every week !!!! yes £1billion a week!!! just to pay off interest on the largest debt of any country in the world, (£1.3 trillion and rising). I hope Scotland goes for plan B but tying the currency to the $US

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NHS England Privatisation

NHS England Privatisation, (The Latest Wheeze)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to introduce a, new class of doctor called, “Physician Associate”. Their training will be complete after 2 years as opposed to the present 7 years and they will attract salaries around £40,000.

The, “Physician Associate” will be allowed to perform a wide range of jobs currently the remit of fully qualified doctors, including diagnosis and treatment.

My previous posts 11311 & 11385 provided information giving warning of the rolling privatisation of the NHS in England. “Bringing the doctors to heel” is crucial to a successful introduction of Private Healthcare Corporations who need to make a, “profit” from their contracts. Both objectives are achieved by the measures indicated. New medics will be flying in from all over the world.

The British Medical Association, (BMA) have expressed concern that mis-diagnosis will become rife leading to more work on the part of more qualified doctors. User body, “Patient Consern” see that the measure is a fantastic way to save money at increased risk to patients.

The process has started. Private Healthcare providers are already moving forward with their recruitment plans, both in the UK and worldwide.

A, “Yes” vote in the referendum will alllow Scot’s to decide the future direction and organisation of healthcare service provision in Scotland. A, “No” vote will place the sick and elderly at the mercy of the prvatisation measures so well advanced in England.

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North Sea – Oil and Gas – Ungrateful Scots Should Be On Their Knees Thanking Westminster for Taking Control





Oil and Gas the millstone round the neck of Scotland

Unionist political parties ably assisted by the BBC and Unionist press are fermenting despair  in Scotland through a campaign of disinformation seeking to manipulate the minds of Scots to accept that the days of Scottish self sufficiency in oil, gas, and renewable ‘s are numbered in a few years.

Scots will by result remain to be a heavy financial burden on Westminster. They are simply incapable of governing their country since they are not bred to do so.

Westminster Unionist politicians, skilled in the dark arts are lying, much as they have for 300 years so that they will be able to control Scotland dictating all aspects of life within its borders.

Acceptance of the “porkie pies” by Westminster should mean that England has no further need of Scottish waters stolen by subterfuge by Tony Blair and the Labour Government in 1999.

Nicola Sturgeon should at the earliest opportunity require the illegal removal of Scottish Waters by Westminster to be reversed as part of the 2016 Scotland Act.




Scottish Waters 1987



Scottish Waters after the 1999 Theft by the Labour Party




Oil & Gas The Rip Off That is Westminster

A 2014 UK government commissioned report, compiled by an Aberdonian member of the unelected House of Lords stated there were around 24 billion barrels of oil yet to be recovered from the North Sea.

The figure quoted considered recoverable oil in the North Sea block only. It did not include the North Atlantic, West Coast of Scotland or Rockall areas since these are largely unexplored.

Enter the spoiler, “The Clair Field”. First discovered and located in the, “Atlantic Sector” of the, “Continental Shelf” in 1977 it was declared, “off limits for discussion” by the UK government.

Unionist media manipulators then broadcast widely and often, (making full use of the Unionist media and press) that the oil would run down in the 1990’s. Job done. Scotland, “back to sleep” it was thought by the Westminster con-men.

Many years later, in 2003 a license to explore the Clair field was finally granted to BP.  Surprise, surprise, “sweet oil, in excellent quantities flowed freely, and this was only phase 1.

In a recent conference in Houston Texas, not widely reported in the UK press. BP announced a major further major expansion of the, “Clair Field”.  Field development, to date;

Phase 1. Has produced 90 million barrels of oil since operations began in 2005.

Phase 2. is expected to produce reach peak production capacity of 120,000 barrels of oil per day, after operations begin in 2016. And we are addressing only one field.

But here we are again. “Blether Together” politico’s, (largely comprised of discredited time spent old men of Westminster) are now spreading the lie that oil will run-out in 15-20 year’s.



BP, Partners to Develop 3rd Phase of Giant Clair Field (UK)
The Clair Field
 28 March 2013: BP and Partners to Develop 3rd Phase of Giant Clair Field
BP and its co-venturers Shell, Conoco-Phillips and Chevron announced today their decision to proceed with a two-year appraisal programme to look at the possibility of developing a third phase of the giant Clair field (first discovered in 1977),  West of the Shetland Isles
The initial commitment involves a two year programme to drill five appraisal wells. This could increase to between eight and twelve wells, depending on results from these first wells. Drilling of the first well commenced recently.
The objectives of the programme are to provide greater certainty on overall reservoir volumes, including their distribution and fluid characteristics; to evaluate technologies to improve recovery from Greater Clair; and to test the possibility of new stand-alone developments and linkages to Clair Ridge.
Trevor Garlick, Regional President for BP North Sea, said: “This is a major milestone and a further big commitment to the west of Shetland by BP and its co-venturers. If successful, the appraisal programme could pave the way for a third phase of development at Clair – this is now a real possibility.”
Edward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said: “This announcement by BP of a two year appraisal programme for the Greater Clair area West of Shetland is excellent news. It shows the industry’s commitment to maximise the potential in this area, which could hold up to 17% of our oil and gas reserves.
 “Greater Clair proves there is still a long future for oil and gas production in the North Sea and will give confidence to new recruits that the industry offers a career for life.”
John Hayes, Energy Minister, said: “Greater Clair is extremely significant as it reinforces West of Shetland as an important area of future oil and gas development. 

“The Government is working extremely hard to ensure the oil and gas industry has the confidence and certainty it needs to invest, providing the UK with a source of energy security and jobs for years to come.”


Jasmine Field

The Jasmine field lies in blocks 30/6 and 30/7a of the central North Sea


Jade Field

The Jasmine field is located near Conoco-Phillips’ Jade and Judy fields.




20 November 2013: First Oil production from the Jasmine field in the UK North Sea

Once on plateau, Jasmine is expected to contribute around 30 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Group Chief Executive Officer Chris Finlayson said “The start-up of production from Jasmine marks the delivery of yet another key 2013 milestone.

“Jasmine is the largest discovery to come on-stream in the North Sea since the giant Buzzard field began production in 2007.  It demonstrates both our world-class exploration performance and our long-term commitment to the North Sea where we believe significant potential remains.”


Shetland Gas Fields



8 February 2016: Total turns on gas from West of Shetland Laggan and Tormore fields

Production has begun at a new gas plant that will bring the vast reserves west of Shetland to the mainland.  The Shetland Gas Plant is expected to provide about 8% of the UK’s (100% of Scotland’s) gas needs.

A flare was lit at the moment gas started flowing to the plant, which will serve the Laggan and Tormore fields.  The two gas fields lie about 125km (77 miles) to the north west of the Shetland Islands. The plant is said to have been the biggest construction project in the UK since the London Olympics.

Total said the Laggan and Tormore fields will produce 90,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The gas will be piped to the plant, which lies just to the east of the existing Sullom Voe Terminal, before a pipeline takes it to the UK mainland and into the national gas grid.  Almost 20% of the UK’s remaining oil and gas reserves are thought to lie in the area to the west of Shetland.

The project is part of a massive £3.5bn investment by French company Total. Challenging weather conditions delayed the project by more than a year and added millions to its cost.

Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said: “It is the success of large investment projects such as this which will see the Shetland Islands remain a key hub for oil and gas production in the North Sea

“Production from the North Sea as a whole is now increasing and cost efficiencies are being achieved. The Laggan and Tormore fields, which have a lifespan of 20 years, will provide a further boost North Sea production.”

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said Total’s announcement showed that the prospects for west of Shetland looked positive despite the “doom and gloom from some about the future of oil and gas”.


Gas plant construction site

The Shetland Gas Plant


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Scottish Pound Gathers Strength

Hong Kong Money Market Boosts Scottish Independence.

At the time Scotland re-enters the world stage as an independent country, use of sterling will become the subject of debate within the worlds money markets. Retention of Sterling, without a, “lender of last resort” is gaining ground as a preferred option,(mirroring that adopted by a thriving Panama which adopted the $US as it’s currency) given that the Westminster treasury is very heavily over committed, in any event, carrying the heaviest financial deficit in the world.

It is likely the Scottish pound will gain in value against the rUK pound in the financial markets of the world. Anyone possessing Scottish notes, in any volume, would be well placed to make a fair bit of profit. The Chinese plan long term and are apparently ahead of the game.

In a week that has seen Britain discuss the future of sterling and the possible break-up of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong’s money changers have provided an unwitting boost to the Scottish independence movement by offering a separate – and more favourable – rate for Scottish pound notes. Currency exchange company Mega Foreign Exchange listed the Scottish pound in its exchange rates, valuing it higher than the English pound. Yesterday it was offering HK$11.50 for a Scottish pound but HK$11.30 for an English one.

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Afghanistan – Policy In The Field Of War Decided By Labour Politicians – British Army Suffered Horrendous Casualties Four Times Greater Than The Americans – Why?

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John Reid, “now Baron”, (Labour Party bulldog) recently resurfaced and, declaring himself, “a man to be trusted” attacked any persons who indicated they would vote, “Yes” to independence. I am of the view he should hang his head in shame and take himself away from politics forever. A has-been who blatantly failed the nations forces.





April 29 2006 Afghanistan:
UK deployed over 3,000 military personnel, tasked to create a safe base and to provide leadership of a Nato-led peacekeeping force. In direct support a large US-led force was deployed throughout the country aggressively eliminating militants.

John Reid, Secretary of State for Defence, addressing the world’s press in Kabul, spoke of how Britain would remain in the Nato offensive, emphasising the importance of preventing the Taliban returning to power. He further stated, “We’re in Helmand and the South to assist and protect the Afghan people reconstructing their economy and democracy” and, “we would be perfectly happy to leave in three years time without firing one shot.”

Enjoying a deal of advance knowledge, through secret briefing, (of the mission to which the soldiers had been tasked) he belatedly first advised the leader of the soldiers that the area to which they had been deployed was heavily infested with nests of vipers and whilst they should exercise care, nests should be removed and vipers eliminated if the mission required it.

The leader of the soldiers expressed surprise and disappointment, warning Reid that the soldiers were neither equipped nor trained to deal with problems such as indicated. Reid off-handedly blustered that they would have to muddle through and learn quickly. He left the troops to their fate and returned to Westminster, well removed from the area.

He returned to Westminster, to yet another government scandal, (1,200+) illegal immigrants, previously imprisoned for very serious crimes against UK citizens had not been deported on release and could not be traced. The Home Secretary had been sacked for incompetence. Reid replaced him.






Casualties, in Afghanistan, very quickly mounted up, as the UK soldiers were heavily attacked by the vipers. It was noted that a USA unit located alongside the UK force was suffering markedly fewer similarly killed or wounded. This was attributed to the issue, (before deployment) of appropriate weapons, suitable equipment, protective clothing, special viper kill training and back-up support.



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Requests that similar measures be introduced, by Westminster were rebuffed, on the basis that finance for the mission had been previously fixed. Casualties continued increasing. The UK media, appalled at the attrition level publicly voiced their concerns. This resulted in pressure being applied by the UK public who insisted UK forces should be properly trained and equipped. Westminster reluctantly agreed to rectify matters and borrowed £ billions on the open market.



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Britain Sent Troops Into Helmand Province With, “Eyes Shut and Fingers Crossed”

Major General Mackay, Greatly respected, Force Commander in Helmand, (in an interview in the Times), not long after he left the Army said;

“Labour’s “complacent” approach to the Afghan mission had proved “very costly”.  The genesis of their approach is born of complacency, the thought that, ‘we can deal with it as and when it happens”.  It resulted, I believe, in the upper echelons of the Labour government going into Helmand with their eyes shut and their fingers crossed.

“For those who fought and died or suffered injuries in that period, this proved a very costly means of conducting counter-insurgency. The issue is whether or not our politicians, diplomats, intelligence services, civil servants and senior military have done enough, adapted enough, been innovative enough or courageous enough to make tough, and more often than not, unpalatable choices.”

“My answer to that question is that they have not or have failed to do so too often. Muddling through seemed to be the default setting, along with the protection of individual and collective interests”.




Follow up – The disastrous legacy John Reid left the Army and the nation

446 British soldiers met their deaths – a higher figure than in Iraq, or the Falklands – most commonly from improvised explosive devices buried along the dusty roads of Helmand province. They have been killed at four times the rate of US troops, a statistical disparity which nobody at Westminster seems anxious to have explained.

The maximum acceptable level of Major Combat casualties is 6 deaths per 1000.  USA forces suffered 3 deaths per 1000 in the same period.

UK forces suffered 13 deaths per 1000. (twice the normal rate).

3560 soldiers were wounded. A snapshot of non-lethal casualties showed that in one year alone, (between April 2012 and March 2013)  29 British soldiers had limbs amputated. Twelve of these were classified as “significant multiple amputees”. The average age of those who died was 22. Thirty-one were teenagers, 200 in their 20s.

Of the Afghan veterans who had made it home more or less in one piece, the most common cause of death in 2012 was suicide.

One reason for the very high British casualty rate – in the absence of written evidence – could be the ignorance and stupidity of British politicians and their carelessness about the lives of the young people they were sending into battle, the resultant failure to provide basic equipment and the deployment of personnel in ways which made no military (or any other sort of) sense.