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Tony Blair Money & Religion

Tony Blair & Religion

Tony Blair’s religion first became a political issue because of his role in the Northern Ireland peace process. His critics said the denial of his Roman Catholism beliefs was for political reasons, rather than constitutional ones, that he delayed his conversion until after he had left office. Blair had of course been attending Mass (and on some occasions receiving communion) for years before he converted. It isn’t a case of simply Protestant v non-Protestant. In England there are a very different set of historical influences associated with being a Jew and a Catholic, and they would be viewed quite differently. The long antipathy towards Roman Catholicism in England needs to be understood. England is a nation that rejected the power of Rome, destroyed Catholic monasteries and churches, and still has an annual celebration, (Guy Fawkes) built around the execution of a bunch of Catholics who tried to destroy Parliament. He would not have been allowed to undertake the role of Prime Minister of the UK as a Roman Catholic.

Blair’s Son Director of City Job Firm

28 year’s old company director!!!! Owner of a listed house, (valued around £1,500,000) in a smart area of Central London touted by Tony & Cheri for a safe seat in Coventry.

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/BLAIR%27S+SON+IS+DIRECTOR+OF+CITY+JOB+FIRM%3b+Euan+works+for+agency+amid…-a0309777353

Tony Blair – Conflict of Interest

Expanding knowledge of the many affairs of Tony. So now we know just a, “wee” bit more about the wheeling & dealing of ex-politicians. Perhaps 75% of such earnings should be returned to the Exchequer given they are provided with opportunity to attract large amounts of money through extensive use of information gained whilst they are in office.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/tony-blair/10518355/Tony-Blair-and-the-Africa-mine-deal.html

Tony Blair worth over $123 million

Wake up Scotland!! At a time many Scot’s are being denied, (through newly introduced tough social security systems), even basic financial assistance of £60 weekly, Tony Blair and, (his sons) are raking it in. Our country needs to be released from ambitious rampant capitalism and opportunism clearly evident in the article included below.

A, “Yes” vote in the September referendum will ensure Scotland is able to ensure avoidance of systems allowing political, “rags to riches” events.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ex-british-pm-tony-blair-worth-123-million-article-1.1543102

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The House of Lords-An Irrelevant Joke

The House of Lords-An Irrelevant Joke

In decline for many a year, the, “House of Lords” finally fell into disrepute losing any trace of grace which it yet retained the the day former left winger of the Labour Party, John Prescott became Lord Prescott of Kingston-Upon-Hull. It is said the peerage award was in recognition of his many year’s in politics where he spent loads of time and taxpayer’s money achieving absolutely nothing whilst, giving the impression he held answers to everything, remember the £billions he spent creating the, “Regional Development Agency”. Did any of the schemes he funded ever get off the ground? Is it any wonder the rich settings of the well upholstered, “House of Lords” is known as, “never never” land.

Scotland, free from Westminster will be able to walk away from the, “House of Lords” anachronism, finally getting rid of a political set-up that should have been killed off many year’s ago. Vote, “Yes” to independence in the referendum

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Pros and Cons of Independence

Pros and Cons of Independence

“Thatcher was despised by both unionist and nationalists alike,,,much like slavery! yet are you suggesting that the call for independence should be based on a hatred of a woman who was after all heaved out of office by her own party?”

Scottish unhappiness with Westminster, (the entity not just Thatcher) reflects the immorality of a long line of Westminster Governments which encouraged by the lack of a written constitution has abused power without limit.

“Let us turn our backs on fishing communities like Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Arbroath.” “Your link to the well being of our fishing community is from a yes site,,,lol”

Edward Heath and the Conservative Government betrayed Scotland in 1973, at the time they sacrificed, without representation Scotland’s booming fishing industry in order to gain UK membership of the EEC. The cavalier action destroyed Scotland’s fishing communities, who were subjected to the rules of the 1970 Common Fisheries Policy which, by statute provided equal access to Scottish waters of all fishing vessels of EEC member states.

“We as the uk share an essential plethora of information on cyber threats within our respective borders, how weakened will we be as a separate commodity? and at what cost?”

Security is the prime responsibility of Government and politics coupled with governing facts mean that Scotland and the UKr, through common interest will remain close security partners. There is the added assurance that Scotland will continue to partner the other Nations of the Five Eyes intelligence group enhancing security through intelligence gathering and information sharing.

“regarding your perception of foreign policy I would rather be in a position to offer a strong voice in the aid of a country in need,,c,mon jocky what could an independent Scotland offer apart from condescending words of sympathy.”

It is ever more evident that a free internet, (we need to ensure it is never subject to government control) is an extremely effective alternative to Westminster and other Government’s oppressive complexities that seek to establish and maintain control of, “the news” and associated political propaganda. This is why it’s essential that the internet remains free of government regulation.

“Save the union or destroy and tear apart a proud nation,,,,whats your goal?”

The guiding principle of, “Habeas Corpus”, introduced into English law when King John added his signature and seal in 1215 to the, “Magna Carta” has been lost. Consequent with the loss the nations pride has been sacrificed. This has resulted in a succession of increasingly authoritarian governments obsessed with war and political aggrandizement. I believe the Referendum, providing an opportunity for change, will allow Scotland to establish once more a society based on individual freedom. One bold step forward is what Scot’s need to take, not a hesitant step backward, as the Unionist wish. The UKr will benefit since it’s citizens will be able to command politicians to introduce a written constitution, re-establishing, “Habeas Corpus”, limiting, government powers and eliminating all forms of abuse of citizens.

“Thatcher, Blair, Salmond,,,,I cant decide who is worst but i wont turn my back or use anyone of them as an excuse to destroy the UK”

I note you are intent upon sticking with the UK as it is. Accepting the right of the UK government to enforce polices devoid of compassion, driven by class warfare and intolerance of others . Conceived in an environment of government belief that, “might is right”, allowing it to dictate to citizens, denying their rights to liberty, peace and prosperity.

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The Miners Strike of 1982-84

The Miners Strike of 1982-84

“As painful as it was at the time , the closing of the mines was probably the best policy. If it hadn’t happened would Scotland still be producing expensive coal that no one could afford , all at tax-payers expense? It was a bitter pill at the time but in hindsight it was probably the correct decision.”

The coal industry was in decline from around 1960. Harold Wilson’s government closed many collieries in Scotland and Wales and some in England. The closures were handled well, many miners and their families transferred to collieries in England and new smaller industries were introduced into, newly built, “campus towns” mitigating damage to communities.

At the beginning of the eighties the Thatcher government, (spoiling for a fight with the coal miners) driven by dogma, issued spoiler information to miners advising the intention was to close 20 colleries. Secret government papers were passed to Arthur Scargill indicating the scale of closures was to be in excess of 75 colleries. Government denied this. Scargill consulted the miners who, realizing all would be lost if the massive closure list was actioned voted for, “Strike action”.

The Strike, which lasted over a year brought terrible hardship to miners and their families, (wives were denied social assistance, after the personal intervention of Mrs Thatcher). Communities were destroyed. Father was set against son. Police, “flying squads”, unheard of in peacetime, smothered mining communities denying freedom of movement of men, women and children, reminiscent of Germany in the 1930’s. Thatcher, describing the miners as, “the enemy within”, released the full might of secret services on mining communities the damaging effects of which still exist today.

After the, “strike collapsed” Thatcher executed her revenge. The bulk of the UK’s collieries were closed. Many thousands of miners were thrown onto the dole never to work again. Mining communities were dismantled by denial to them of any new industry. Younger families emigrated to Australia, Canada and New Zealand joining relations that had suffered similar fates in the past.

Thatcher funded her war on the miners using revenue from Scottish oil. Her preference being that miners should live and die, “on the dole” punishment for the crime of daring to resist her and the Tory party.

Tory spin on coal masks fact that 80 per cent of coal jobs were lost under Thatcher


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25549596

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Grangemouth Refinery Workforce Saved From the Dole by Alex Salmond then kicked in the Teeth by Unite Union in the Independence Referendum

 

 

Ratcliffe Millionaire owner of INEOS

 

 

Remember The Grangemouth Refinery Crisis

The crisis first came to the attention of the Scottish public through a series of press releases exposing gerrymandering by UNITE, who had packed the local election committee, ensuring election of a UNITE member to the status of official parliamentary candidate, (2015 election) for Falkirk West Labour Party.

Extensive inquiry by Labour Party investigators, (sent from England) concluded there was, “no doubt” that United had attempted to manipulate the selection process.

All sorts of shenanigans came to light, involving UNITE and Labour Party members of distinction.

Johan Lamont, leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, preferring to keep her counsel, provided scarce comment, (throughout the scandal), disappointing Labour Party supporters.

 

 

 

Just about the same time it came to light that UNITE had decided upon strike action at the Grangemouth refinery claiming workers were fed up with oppressive management and poor financial rewards.

A period of charge and counter-charge followed, at the end of which management advised the plant would be closed down throwing the entire workforce onto the dole.

 

 

 

Pressure, from a range of interested parties, (excluding Labour) was applied requesting that Alex Salmond, (First Minister) nationalize Grangemouth thereby protecting the workers, saving an important industry.

His response was that whilst he was sympathetic to the cause of the workers, he had no authority to direct the final outcome of the dispute since issues pertaining to energy were reserved to Westminster and there had been no indication of interest, from that place.

But he went on to advise that the Scottish Government had reported the matter to the Scottish Secretary, (Alistair Carmichael) gaining his support, permitting the Scottish government to enter into discussions with management and staff with the purpose of finding a way out of the difficulty.

 

 

 

Alex Salmond, (First Minister) and a team drawn from the Scottish Government worked long hours and many days, with the purpose of achieving a solution to the difficulties, against an movable deadline imposed by management.

And, at the eleventh hour a breakthrough was achieved providing opportunity for change acceptable to management, staff and a reluctant union.

The agreement committed staff to a 3 year, “no strike” period coupled with a reduction in working terms and conditions reflecting the reality of a downturn in the business of the Company.

 

 

 

Johan Lamont and the Labour Party remained strangely silent throughout the confrontation giving credence to views that the Party had, “washed it’s hands of the workers” and the UNITE union at Grangemouth. How sad.

The September referendum provided opportunity for reflection by  Scots employed with companies supporting union representation that, “when the chips were down” the Labour Party in Scotland turned it’s back on the workers leaving them in the lurch, to be rescued by Alec Salmon..

In a final act of betrayal the Unite Union instructed its membership to vote “No” in the referendum.

A kick in the teeth for Scotland and the man who had rescued them from the dole.

 

 

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Care Data Scheme – Be Afraid Private Healthcare

Care Data Scheme – Be Afraid Private Healthcare

The, much vilified “Care Data” scheme, in place in England from the start of the year, has attracted minimal publicity in Scotland, since it can only be introduced in Scotland with the support of the Scottish Parliament.

In the event of a, “no” vote in the September referendum it is intended that there will be a scheme, “roll-out” in 2015. Scotland must be able, (through consultation with the electorate) to decide upon any need and benefits of collection of excessive amounts of personal health data and just who might be afforded access. Only a, “yes” vote in the referendum will ensure this.

Those who care about their privacy should be greatly concerned since the measures will ensure provision of all aspects of an individuals medical records to anyone that has £1 to spare and can prove need of the information. eg. Insurance companies, (for £1) will be able to access information which might affect the performance of an insurance policy in the event a person forgot to advise they had been treated for an ingrowing toenail!!!

The entire population of England has been data entered on a central database. It is for the individual to go to their Doctor and register a wish to, “opt-out).

First off view the video; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNJl9EEcsoE

Then view the websites and read.

Click to access cd-stakeholder-lett.pdf


http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/it/private-companies-set-for-access-to-patient-data-for-just-1/20003879.article
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16026827

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The UK Common Travel Area

The UK Common Travel Area

A leading member of the, “no” campaign, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael today launched a UK government analysis paper, “Borders and Citizenship.” To say the content was unadulterated drivel would be giving it undeserved credence. Scotland is and will, (after independence) remain to be a member of the, “Common Travel Area” CTA.

Heaping ridicule onto the unfortunate Mr Carmichael, a Republic of Ireland, (fellow members of the CTA) spokesman stated, “The CTA in no way alters our control over immigration or visa matters and who can and cannot enter or reside in Ireland.”

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/scottish-independence-border-passport-check-claim-1-3280801

Mr Carmichael compounded his error by adding an unnecessary racist aside, warning that the Scottish Government’s plans to allow expat applicants with Scottish Grandparents, Scottish Citizenship could result in five million people living abroad becoming entitled to becoming a Scottish citizen. And the point is!!!

Mr Carmichael might have been better advised to take a, “wee peek” at the attached chart which provides a detailed picture of population changes, world wide in the five year’s 2005-2010. Noteworthy is the flow of over one million immigrants to the UK, (mainly England) from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. By any reckoning that expansion will provide a headache for Westminster many times greater than the few immigrants likely to take up the offer of Scottish citizenship.

http://qz.com/192440/where-everyone-in-the-world-is-migrating-in-one-gorgeous-chart/

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At Last Honest Tories Speak the Truth

At Last Honest Tories Speak the Truth

View the videos then decide. If you support a spend of £200Billion on, “A Much Bigger and More Destructive Nuclear Submarine Launched Nuclear Deterrent” to be Based at Faslane then vote, “no” in the referendum. If you agree with the views of the much experienced politicians and the bulk of Scottish voters then vote, “Yes” in the referendum.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/15/tory-james-arbuthnot-trident-doubts?commentpage=2
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20179604

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Oil Off The West Coast of Scotland

Oil Off The West Coast of Scotland

Waters off the the West Coast of Scotland and deep harbour ports of the Clyde were, (many year’s ago) declared by Westminster to be of immense strategic importance to the MOD and the USA. Following up the MOD announced that the area would provide a permanent base for Trident and nuclear submarines and extensive sheltered training areas for conventional submarines and other naval vessels.

Not long after oil and gas was discovered then developed, in the North Sea providing tremendous financial benefits to the UK, (but not to Scotland).

At around that time, it was projected, by a number of exploratory searches that there were even larger oil and gas deposits, (in place and undeveloped) in abundance off the West coast of Scotland, (confirmed by recent discovery of a substantial oilfield off the coast of Antrim, extending into Scottish waters.

Enter the spoiler, (the MOD) who ensured, (through Westminster intervention) implementation of a permanent bann preventing any exploration and development of oil and/or gas fields off or on-shore in the waters off the entire West coast of Scotland.

The entire matter was subsequently deemed to be, “Top Secret” and, (under the 30 year rule) all information was with-held from the Scottish public. Many supporting documents were subsequently lost or destroyed but information gained by volunteers, through time consuming research of, “Scottish Archives” confirms all of the foregoing to be fact.

It became necessary to address the subject of shipping traffic and ship building on the Clyde, which was noisy and did not provide a best fit for the increasing military presence in the area. It was decided that, Clyde ship building would be primarily confined to MOD contracts drastically reducing the need for a large skilled shipbuilding workforce. Mainline passenger shipping would be reduced, transferring activity to Liverpool.

Westminster, (Thatcher) further decided Scotland should be stripped of all industrial activity, transferring this to England. To facilitate the measure she used Scotland’s oil revenues providing finance sufficient to fund a massive expansion of long term unemployment. In a matter of months Thatcher destroyed Scotland’s industry and sentenced millions to a lifetime on the dole.

Adding insult to agony, (retention and projected further expansion) of defence arrangements by successive UK governments has been the cause of increasing stress within the Scottish population concerned about unreported or understated recurring radiation leaks and scares. This together with the threat of a, “First Strike” which would destroy Glasgow and the entire West Coast of Scotland, and two thirds of the population of Scotland is too horrendous to contemplate, but the possibility needs to be factored into future arrangements for decommissioning of the entire unwanted set-up. The under noted articles are worth reading;

https://www.facebook.com/notes/scotlands-big-yesno-debate/fact-oil-boom-blocked-on-the-firth-of-clyde-by-the-mod-in-the-80s/531769406913923

http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/scotland/did-mod-block-oil-boom-in-the-firth-of-clyde-1.138569

http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/scotland/west-coast-oil-boom-was-blocked-by-mod-1.151449

http://www.virtualhunterston.eu.org/proposedrefinery6.htm

In my view the way is clear. Vote, “Yes” in the referendum. Provide support to the first truly independent Scottish Government negotiating removal of nuclear warheads from Scotland. The USA is scheduled to make other arrangements by 2017, following introduction of new nuclear delivery systems and there is no reason nuclear submarines could not continue to use the existing facilities until that time. England would need to decide upon retention of their 2 nuclear submarines.

Without delay the Scottish Government should dismantle the past awarding contracts to companies, allowing exploration and development of previously identified substantial oil and gas reserves off the West coast of Scotland. Very soon after Glasgow will become the base for major oil companies mirroring Aberdeen, which has the lowest unemployment figures in Scotland and where poverty, on the scale brutally imposed on Glasgow and other towns in the West of Scotland has never been the case.

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The Independence Of Scottish Charities

The Independence Of Scottish Charities

Devolution affords Scottish charities the opportunity to forge their own relationships with MSPs providing them with access to parliament in a way they have never had before. This freedom of access does not have the support of many UK, (London) controlled charities who are unwilling to cede power to their Scottish branches.

In 200* The Scottish ******** ******** charity management team, submitted a proposal, (to the UK umbrella organization) that the charity should be autonomous of England, including control of financial contributions made in Scotland. This was rejected leaving the Scottish management team and staff well and truly deflated. A significant number of people, (who had been volunteers actively supporting the charity) resigned and the Scottish management team were suspended. A number of key managers then left the charity.

An important patron of the charity in Scotland, who, in addition to provision of moral and physical support, had provided significant financial donations resigned her position, citing distracting and demoralizing seemingly endless internal rows with the charity’s London office. Paraphrasing the statement of resignation the Patron said;

“I have not taken the decision to quit my position as patron lightly. In the last year the Scottish team and myself initiated and attended a mediation session, in the hope of sorting out long-standing and escalating conflicts between the Scottish management team and officers in London, driven by the imposition of changes from England. Unfortunately little was achieved. With mounting frustration and disappointment, I have been witness to the resignations of immensely dedicated people within the Scottish ******** ******** and the increasing demoralization of staff whom I have come to know and admire over the ten years of our association.”

The suspended, (shortly after ex-Chairman) of the charity in Scotland briefed staff that the patron might be persuaded to reconsider standing down if the charity cut its ties with London.

London based controllers then instructed members of the charity in Scotland that a breakaway would result in a loss of £550,000 research grant finance. A postal ballot was then conducted, 25% of the membership voted, a majority favoured retaining the status quo, (Pity a 40% overall majority wasn’t written into the ballot since around 85% of the membership either abstained or voted for independence from England.)

There is much to admire about the leadership of the Scottish charity and the strongly worded statement of the patron, who clearly fully supports independence from London as the best way forward for the charity.

The patron!! JK Rowling
The Charity!! The Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland
The Source!! (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/rowling-quits-multiple-sclerosis-charity-over-angloscottish-feud-1666842.html)