Fracking Mad

Fracking Mad

Westminster will introduce new laws removing Scottish governments control over major planning applications in the event of a,”no” vote in the referendum. Energy policy is reserved to Westminster but at this time the Scottish Government has control over major planning applications. Conservatives last night urged SNP ministers to, “get a move on” and explore the potential for drilling now rather than waiting until after the independence referendum. Murdo Fraser, the Scottish Tory energy spokesman, said, “Fracking has revolutionised the US market, and Scotland cannot afford to be left behind on this matter.”

Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Energy Minister, said the Scottish Government will set up a working group to consider the panel’s findings and ensure regulation of the industry is robust. He said: “The views of the local communities are of prime importance to us and they will have an opportunity to feed their views and concerns into this group.” More info

1. Film, “Gasland” A view from the fracking states of America. http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/gasland_2010/
2. Map showing area’s ear marked for fracking http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/fracking-map-of-scotland-revealed-by-uk-ministers-1-3236349
3. Briefing note from the SNP government http://www.snp.org/media-centre/news/2014/jul/tale-two-governments-fracking
4. Greenpeace view, http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/newsdesk/energy/data/cabinet-marginals-licensed-fracking-exploration
5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10997120/Fracking-possible-in-Scotlands-most-populated-areas.html

This is a bombshell for Scotland. We do not need to establish a fracking industry, with all of the associated environmental problems that it brings with it.
Vote, “Yes” in the referendum so that the people of Scotland will be able to decide the future note a government based in London, Westminster.

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The September Referendum

The September Referendum

Just a reminder that the Scottish Parliament of 1707 was dissolved by proclamation on 22 April 1707. The last official meeting of it was on 25 March 1707 when it was adjourned. The referendum in September is therefore to vote for the restoration of Scottish national sovereignty. It has nothing to do with separation since Scotland and England were never joined.

Performance NHS in Scotland

Alex Salmond – Defending the Governments NHS Record Dr Keighley

Mr Salmond defended his Government’s record on the NHS, saying satisfaction levels with the service were rising. He cited the social attitudes survey for Scotland had shown “that satisfaction with the National Health Service has risen to 61%”.

The First Minister added: ” By way of comparison, when Johann Lamont was a minister it was 45% in 2006.” He said that Dr Keighley had made “the entirely reasonable point that despite the fact that the National Health Service has been protected in its budget in real terms, it is under sustained pressure because of the rising demand for health services”.

Mr Salmond also said the BMA Scotland chairman had ” accepted we are doing everything we can within the resources that are available to us”. He added: ” We’re acting to improve performance in accident and emergency, acting to improve meeting our cancer targets.

“We are particularly concerned we’ve moved below the 62-day target, but the Labour Party never once achieved that, not once in office did the Labour Party achieve the 62-day cancer target.”Yes, we believe 93% of people being seen within four hours at accident and emergency isn’t good enough, but the Labour Party in power when Johann Lamont was a minister proclaimed 87% was an excellent performance.

“Our performance, under pressure though the NHS undoubtedly, is better than when the Labour Party were in power.” He questioned what ” possible credibility” Ms Lamont had as a “minister from the last government, complaining about situation when they couldn’t run Scotland when public finances were plentiful”.
Press Association. http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/scotland/salmond-rejects-labour-nhs-claims-1.442519

Dr Willie Wilson, (NHS for Yes)) – Strongly countered Dr Keighley stating;

“Independence offers us a unique chance to secure Scotland’s health service – to protect it from future Westminster funding cuts, and the damaging impact of privatisation south of the border.”

Sir Harry Burns, (Chief Medical Officer Scotland) said;

“Independence could be, “very positive” for Scotland’s health.

http://www.yesscotland.net/news/only-yes-vote-will-give-scotlands-nhs-protection-it-needs

The UK’s new Aircraft carrier

The UK’s new Aircraft carrier

The, “pride and joy” of the UK Royal Navy the “super duper” £7 billion aircraft carrier of the future, (ensuring retention of the UK’s position in the world as a superpower) is being kit assembled in Rosyth. The Queen formally named the ship in July 2014. The article, (attached) provides up to date news about the build together with interactive videos. http://www.queenelizabethcruises.net/hms-queen-elizabeth-aircraft-carrier/

One of the new Lockheed Martin F35b stealth jump jets, (the carrier will have a compliment of 40) was scheduled to complete a fly-past and landing, demonstrating the power and flexibility of the new super fighter. But the plane was grounded due to design faults. It appears it’s introduction may be delayed by up to 2 more years. The plane might have been jinxed from the start. The design & build budget is hopelessly out of control and there is a growing unease in the Pentagon and Westminster. See attached videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5u1WSag0A0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27qdB1D0s9M

It appears HMS Queen Elizabeth, (the new aircraft carrier without the aircraft) widely reported as being built in Rosyth Dockyard are a bit wide of the mark. It is simply being assembled in Rosyth. In excess of 80% of fitting & manufacturing work is contracted out to business located in England and other places well removed from Rosyth. The local economy is gaining very little. Another, “Bitter Together” lie methinks.

The Clair Field Sweet Oil Discovery

Major Oilfield Development

It is expected that the third phase of the Clair Oilfield, (to the West of Shetland) will be approved very soon, (but an announcement has been deferred by the government in Westminster until after the referendum) The new investment, extracting upwards of 900 million barrels of oil will run into billions of pounds and will sustain activity and jobs in the region for decades to come. http://www.thecourier.co.uk/business/news/bp-leads-330m-clair-field-oil-exploration-project-1.80533

Casino Banking RBS London

Casino Banking-London

The vast bulk of RBS losses are attributable to the, “Investment Banking Division”. A division registered, managed and staffed entirely in London. The, “bank of last resort” for the, “Casino Banking” losses of RBS is therefore the, “Bank of England.

The RBS division of the bank the headquarters of which is based in Scotland is, in effect a medium sized high street bank which is and always has been has been always profitable. In consequence it is a bit of a misnomer since just about all of the, “movers & shakers” are based at the London Headquarters of the Bank. Only the business licence plate is registered and posted in Edinburgh, nothing else of note. It follows therefore that any threat to transfer the headquarters of the bank to England is simply an exercise in bluster, transferring a 6″ metal plate from a door in Scotland to something similar in London.
Staff employed in Edinburgh supporting the profitable high street branch division would be unaffected by any change.

Influence Of The Lobbyists

Influence of the Lobbyists – Bell Pottinger

Lord Bell of Bell Pottinger. Bell, Wikipedia In December 2006, Lord Bell successfully lobbied on behalf of the Saudi government to discontinue the UK Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged bribes in the Al Yamamah arms deal. Lord Bell has also performed public relations work for the authoritarian government of Belarus and for the Pinochet Foundation (Fundación Pinochet).

Bell Pottinger connection to UK oil and gas here. November 2011 Oil & Gas UK, the industry representative for offshore oil and gas, has appointed Bell Pottinger Public Affairs to provide public affairs counsel.

The team will be led by Claire Jakobsson, Director of the Energy Unit at Bell Pottinger Public Affairs. Claire Jakobsson said: “We are delighted to be working with Oil & Gas UK. There is a huge amount going on in this sector. The debate on the future role of oil and gas in the energy mix and the industry’s contribution to the UK economy continues to be prevalent. We want to help ensure that the voice of the offshore oil and gas industry is heard.” Trisha O’Reilly, Director of Communications at Oil & Gas UK, commented: “Oil & Gas UK works closely with its members and the Con/Dem government on a range of issues that have an impact on the activities of the industry and its future success, and we look forward to working with Bell Pottinger to help us deepen and extend the political debate”. http://bell-pottinger.co.uk/news-articles/oilandgas .Prospective Anglo Scottish Maritime Boundary Revisited http://www.ejil.org/pdfs/12/1/505.pdf. written in 2001 by a law lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, Mahdi Zahraa.