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Arrogance and Complacency!

As detailed in the following article, It appears that Arrogance and Complacency are rife within the Coalition.  Kate Devlin and Michael Settles article in the herald detail what I’m on about. Have a read first, then continue on.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/coalition-claims-it-has-won-battle-for-no-vote-in-referendum.21607716

 

So, Cameron and Co believe that Scotland are sheep who will blindly do their bidding. Has “Project Fear” really won? I don’t think so! It’s a long time between now and the referendum. Complacency on either sides part is wrong, and not giving the people of Scotland the benefit of intelligent debate.

So far, all I have seen from the No campaign and Westminster Govt. Is lies and scaremongering on all the relevant points, whereas the Yes camp and Indy Parties have been answering those questions that they can with positivity and backed up facts.

If you vote no, at least educate yourself as to WHY you will vote no, NOT just because “That’s what we’ve always had!” or because “I don’t want Salmond to run Scotland!”.

Remember that the referendum in 2014 is JUST to decide if we should run our own affairs instead of a Londoncentric Govt so far removed that they consider Scotland with contempt and disdain.

We vote for WHO we want to run us in 2016, NOT 2014!
Your choice is open after the referendum, and as with ANY general election, it is the combined will of the people WHO runs Scottish affairs in 2016. Be it Labour, the Greens, Lib Dems SNP or (God Forbid!) The Conservatives!

I hope that we do vote Yes in 2014, We see a big change in party policies in the transitional period until the 2016 vote, and that we have a strong, truly democratic Govt, For the people and By the people in a newly independent Scotland.

Our choice is, Vote No and get a Westminster Govt who we, as a nation, do not vote for running our affairs, Or vote Yes and get a Govt Voted for by the people of Scotland running Scottish affairs.

True Democracy can only be achieved by a Yes vote. Lets do it for our future! Let’s do it for our Kids future! Let’s just do it!

No need to choose. You are Scottish AND British. (And always will be)

One of the things that exasperates me time and time again in the independence debate, is the ” I don’t want to choose wether to be Scottish or British, Why can’t I be both?” question.

Let me set the record straight.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO!

Ok, a bit shouty, but it’s something that grates on my nerves. It shows a basic lack of understanding of what Britain is.

Britain is NOT the Union, it IS the Landmass we all live on. Unless Westminster was to suddenly detach Scotland in the event of a Yes vote, and send it adrift in the Atlantic, You can be rest assured that we will STILL be British as well as Scottish.

The argument is similar to saying that France CANNOT be European if they decided to leave the EC, Europe is the land area or region of which we all the countries reside.

Lets put some pics up to show that I’m not talking mush.

First a map of Britain from 1595, Just prior to the Union of the crowns, and well before the Treaty of Union.

Map 1595

Next a map from 1621, A little while after the Union of the Crowns, and again before the Treaty of Union.

map 1621

Next we have a map from 1680, Long after the Union of crowns, and a little way from the Treaty of Union.

Map 1680

Finally, we have a map from 1720, After both the Union of the Crowns and the Union of Treaty.

map 1720

The one thing you will notice in ALL of the maps, is that that the entire areas are referred to as Britannia, or Britain.

Don’t let the naysayers tell you that you will have to  choose, as that is false, You are and always will be Both Scottish AND British!

Addendum: The Union of the Crowns occurred in 1606 when King James VI of Scotland Became King James I of England.
The Treaty of Union was signed in 1707 suspending the Scottish parliament and joining Westminster and Holyrood together into one political system.

Need for Food Banks Rise

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Foodbanks a reporting a massive increase in usage since last year. Iain Duncan Smith seems to think that the rise in food bank Usage is down to people “Wanting free handouts”. How utterly ridiculous! The reason people use food banks is because they have no other choice. It is because they cannot afford to either feed themselves or their families. In a country, supposedly one of the wealthiest nations on the planet, this situation is both wrong and morally corrupt!

George Osbourne during his Spending review last week also cut more from the poorest hit in our society, whilst at the same time INCREASING foreign aid. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that we should help those nations who require help, but when you are one of those nations, shouldn’t we be concentrating on helping OUR poorest?

It appears that Cameron, Osborne and cronies have no idea what it is really like for those at the sharp end of the stick. They have never had to live off measly earnings, they have multimillion pound bank accounts, and to top it off, they are able to claim expenses that would feed the average family for YEARS.

Now I personally don’t claim to be poor, but even I have to resort to selling items just so I can make ends meet at the end of the month. It’s about time these idiots came down from their ivory towers and lived like us mere mortals for a while, and then see if they think their cuts are fair!

(By the way, would anyone like to buy an electric drum kit? 😉 )

Data for graph taken from the following article.
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/04/food-bank-users-triple-year-cuts-bite

lack of blogs

Just a quick one to say that I’m sorry for the lack of posts. I’m at the final stages of college and have a few things to finish off. Once they are done though, I’ll be back and blogging more. 

 

Till then, thank you for your patience. 

 

Max

What’s it all about anyway?

Welcome to the first post of my new blog. 

Let me start by telling you a little about myself. I am a thirty something year old with two lovely daughters and a fab wife. Up until my first daughter came along, I was pretty much politically naive. My leanings were conciliatory to say the least, often swinging between whichever party would keep the big boys off the top, (which never really worked). In my heart, this was a way of making sure I didn’t waste my vote, but at the same time telling the big parties that i disagreed with them.

Now, to be completely honest, I didn’t really know much about the parties at the time. All I knew was what the mainstream media drip fed me with their headlines and how things were at home with my mum.

I grew up in Aberdeen, often heralded as an extremely prosperous city, where the streets are paved with gold! I can safely assure you, that the streets are not paved with gold, and that the wealth in Aberdeen is shared primarily with a select few who sit at the top of the oil chain. Life in Aberdeen, although not as bad as some growing up in the Gorbals in Glasgow, or Claverhouse in Edinburgh during the 70’s and 80’s, was not a bunch of roses.

My mum had to bring up three rather opinionated kids, mainly whilst looking for work. Work which was hard to find due to having three kids to look after! A vicious circle which didn’t really end until I was half way through secondary school.  

Now things were tough, but we learned to get by and make the best of it. I vowed that when I grew up, I would do the best for my kids, unlike my own deadbeat dad, who I thankfully never knew. (By all accounts, he was an abusive, controlling, misogynistic, self absorbed piece of pond scum that can float back to the feeding grounds he was vomited out of!) 

In the Thatcher era I grew up in, you learned that the conservative party was very much about the rich, and woe betide anyone who got in their way. The miners strikes and the poll tax were two very bad examples of how she crapped all over those beneath her class. The only good thing I will say for her, is that she stood up to defend the Falklands when they needed it. She made a very bold decision, and stuck by it. One of only a few that I could actually see being on the side of right. 

So whilst Thatcher ruled the land with her Iron fist and domineering personality, I looked at our local council. Aberdeen South has predominantly been a Labour stronghold, with the occasional Lib Dem councillor thrown in for good measure. 
What that meant to an impressionable child of the time, was that at least there was a party there for workers and those worse off. The SNP at the time, (At least to my eyes), were a non entity with extreme political views on a par with nazi Germany prior to the second world war. (Young, dumb and not politically savvy).

This generally meant that whilst growing up, I identified with Labour more than any other Party, Indeed, My voting showed that, when I first started on my political journey through life.

But as time went by, and Kinnock was replaced by Blair, and Labour was reinvented to become New Labour, The disparity between the two parties, (Lib Dems at the time were a non entity party who you could vote into local council, but not into Westminster), became less and less. Indeed the similarities between Labour and The Conservatives are now so close, that you can only really tell them apart from the colour of their ties!

The only good thing New labour gave us in Scotland was our devolved parliament. Something of which they crow about till this day, but I have heard mooted about that, had they not, the European parliament were to step in and force away! (I would really love to see the unredacted contents of the devolution documents!)

This gave us a bigger voice in Scotland, and politicians who were accountable to the peoples they represented. Did this peak my interest in politics? No, not really! I was more interested in my Saturday night out with friends, hitting the pubs and clubs till I woke up in Union Terrace Gardens, with rain wetting half my body, lying on a park bench wondering how the hell I got in there in the first place! (Ah, fun times!)

Times move on, and things change. I now live in Fife, and have decided to retrain myself into engineering. Renewables and environmental sustainability, for me, are two key aspects which we need to focus on to enhance the future for our kids. 

And there we are again, KIDS! They are the reason that I started taking an interest in politics. I believe that it’s my DUTY to do the very best I can for them, and that by having no engagement in politics, I would be failing them. Many times, the wife has had to suffer my diatribes on various political policies, (or the general lack of cohesive ones!), and the effects that it will or has had on the general public and students. 

Well, the bad news is, that those diatribes, (much to the relief of my wife), will now be put on to this blog. And you, lucky reader, can be part of that. You can comment on my posts, and we can debate quite openly on my views, and yours. (But please, no swearing, threats or general unruliness!). I look forward to hearing your views, whilst expressing my own. (Hell, If I can get more folks willing to blog on here, it would be great!) 

Well, If you’ve made it this far, thank you. You now have an idea of who I am, and what I’m about. Here’s to the Future. 

Max