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  1. Certainly the more local the issue, the better the quality of information and debate that can be had. Its the stuff where you have little knowledge of the issue, locality or who are or aren't the more reliable sources of info that thing get rapidly more murky. Classic example, the BLM 'riots' the other side of the pond a bit back, mainstream media was describing them as 'largely peaceful protests' at the same time as numerous photos of 'rioters' silhouetted against blazing vehicles and whole streets of smashed shop windows and looted shops were being posted on other sites. Ummmmm......... Either there were an awful lot of fake photos, or if that was mainstream media definition of 'largely peaceful', I'd not be keen to meet their definition of 'largely violent'.
  2. Losing them, don't think so, or not quite yet anyway. Being too 'lazy' to bother with processing it, for many, it would appear so. After all, we've long been conditioned to 'want' instant gratification. Why bake a cake when you can buy one something similar ready to go off a supermarket shelf for probably less than the actual raw ingredient and baking costs of a DIY one. If Google can present you with an opinion you are able to live with for free, no point in wasting the time and energy yourself when someone else has already done it. Its a little insane for sure, but I think most people who do it, do so without really realising its happening. In a way its no surprise though, given that for at least half a century traditional media has spent up to five times longer telling its audience what their opinion should be of the news than they have on telling the news itself. There are still those who prefer to think for themselves yet though, but the problem there is definitely a form of information overload. When you're faced with the whole plethora of differing and often contradictory 'facts' and opinions on any one given subject that are readily accessible almost at a moments notice, but with a dearth of verification for any of it, anyone who wants to think for themselves is left with little option but remain highly sceptical of the damn lot of it. Which is a pity, as although there's far more 'information' available to everyone than ever has been before, its of less use than when there was much less of it about, and we know considerably less as a result.
  3. Nope. Brexit was the act of leaving EU in and of itself, not a consequence of leaving. Had we not left Brexit wasn't something that could happen, and if Brexit happened we had to have left. The consequences of Brexit are confined to the manner in which we left the EU, and how things got/get set up for our future outwith the EU. Saying leaving the EU is a consequence of Brexit is a bit like saying being hit in the face by someone's fist is a consequence of being punched in the face.
  4. Folk can only vote for what's on the ballot. You either vote for whom you feel is the lesser evil, or you don't vote at all and risk other's votes will put in whom you judge to be the worst evil. Not having a Parliament/Government isn't an option, even if nobody voted a Parliament/Government would be appointed for us, one way pr another, even if it only was everything being dumped on the House of Lords instead. Them, we apparently can't get rid of (yet anyway) however bad they are or may become. At least with the drunk, you can choose to refuse them their keys and leave them to stumble around until they find a ditch to sleep it off in.
  5. ^ What does Brexit have to do with fuel or food? The UK has gas, oil, coal and if worst comes to worst, still some trees, we produce most commonly consumed meats and a whole plethora of vegetables, and fish And we managed to be self-sufficient in the the last time we had a little spat with Continentals..... Any shortage of any of it is mismanagement by the fools in charge. Of course, if you wanna eat nothing but unidentifiable, unpronouncable, inedible weird foreign dishes, that probably is a different matter. Boris only got the job because he was the only fool stupid enough to take it on, the rest didn't even have the balls to try. Miracles were not expected, and we have not been disappointed..... As the saying goes, 'You can lead a horse to water.......'Or in the case of Brexit, you can lead politicians to opportunities, but when you only have a very sorry looking bunch available to work with, what they do with them is unlikely to rank above 'poorly'. If Brexit doesn't work, its the fault of the politicians who made it that way, Brexit in and of itself has no pre-determined course or consequences, it needs someone else to drive its every move. So if the French snails are turning up sour, or the Spanish pears are all mouldly, shout at the politicians, hang them from the yard arm, feed them to the lions along with a few christians, whatever. Its their doing, their's and nobody or nothing else's.
  6. Don't consider a career in politics then. Its a game in outlying your opponent's most recent lie ad infinitum, even after it has degenerated in to total absurdity, that the participants can't see, but many in their audience do. Just like the Brexit "debate" (in its loosest possible definition) went. Every one of them who played any part of note portrayed themself as a retarded sphincter.
  7. ^ Price hikes occur all the time for any old excuse, in or out of the EU, always have. The NHS depletion began in the 70's while in the EU and has proceed apace until there's so little of the original left people have begun to notice more if even one little bit alters. With Little Lord Fauntleroy's ventriliquist dummy running the White House, American involvement won't be much for the next three years, the dummy don't like us much, nor the fact we have a pseudo capitalist mob in charge. Regardless the U.S. dummy and his supporting bunch of socialist freaks sticking their nose in is better than having Stalag Merkel and her lap dog One Micron's version of Socialism rolling over us.
  8. Brexit by its nature needs to be considered on a 'big picture' basis. Will, or won't the country overall be 'better' off for it. If you start going through every aspect of life, and to do Brexit justice that's what would need to be, as what the EU had become it impacted every aspect of life in some way, you're going to find probably as many 'losers' as 'winners'. Each individual 'loss' or 'win' proves nothing in and of itself. I don't think anyone who understood what Brexit was all about every thought it would be positive for everybody and everything, or even the majority, sacrifices were inevitable. It was about whether or not it was a net gain for the nation as a whole, either immediately, or in the opportunities it opened up heading in to the future.
  9. Dats no exactly whit yun article says as I read it..... Dir makkin maen aboot da want o' hospitality an retail staff (unskilled/boddam end) an some trained/skilled posts (upper middle ta tap end). While dir may ur may no be a want tu aawye, hits no mentioned specifically yunder, so you hae ta conclude dat hits no acute, an probably no dat muckle idder is still athin cry raek o' 'normal' parameters.
  10. ^ While the Scalloway proposal is different, for Sandwick I would say that is a question for Sandwick residents only. I can't see many folk from elsewhere in the South Mainland considering it attractive unless for one or two items 'to keep you going for now' that their local shop doesn't have. By the time you've driven to Sandwick, then either festered in/out through bendy, slow single track roads, or had to double back on yourself some distance if using the only half decent access, for the same time/money investment you could have been out the north end of Cunningsburgh. So you may as well just do the whole hog and go to LK anyway where both supermarkets will have a wider selection and the Coop's rival at least, has some of it a bit cheaper. I can't see any reason why I would want to drive 10 miles north to use it. Any saving in price over my local shops would be cancelled out and then some in petrol, and for anything my local shops don't stock, Tesco will deliver to my doorstep as many times as I like for a flat rate monthly fee of less than a gallon of petrol, and some of it cheaper than the Coop.
  11. The situation should never have arisen in the first place that businesses have relied on foreigners who were willing to work for peanuts to survive. Brexit has simply brought to a head an exploitation issue that's been quietly swept under the carpet for years. The EU 'open borders' policy contained a 'loophole' that created the situation, Brexit has closed it and shown the situation for what it was. It shouldn't have ever been allowed to have been created in the first place, but it was, through Westminster's implementation of Brussels' edicts, and now the mess is going to have to be swept up.
  12. They have friends......who knew. There can't be many of those left by now, I thought they'd just about managed to seriously piss off everybody in some way at some time or other and it was an exclusive mutual back stabbing slapping club these days. Kinda like the Masons, but much worse, and in public.
  13. ^ The impossible has happened, the SIC have finally done something that I can be positive about. Its good, for this once to see at least somebody within that organisation taking the time and doing the work to publicise 'the other side of the story' to the Coop's professional PR baloney and attempt to level the playing field. Personally the bit that concerns me is that if in the longer term the Coop's operations in Sandwick contributes to the current shop and bakery deciding to close down, my bread supply ends with that. Given that the Walls Bakery has been on sale for an extended period without finding a buyer, its future remains very questionable, and it would be no surprise if it closed sooner rather than later. If we lose both Walls and Sandwick, we're going to be significantly if not entirely reliant on the tasteless/disgusting tasted imported factory mass produced lumps of stodge that try and masquerade as 'bread' but fail to do so almost entirely. I don't wanna think about having no bread to eat unless that stuff....... In an ideal world I'd say whether the Coop comes or not should be a decision for Sandwick residents, and for Scalloway/Burra/Trondra/Tingwall residents, as they're the ones who will experience the vast majority of 'benefits' or 'negative impact', and the rest of us will just have to live with their preference insofar as it may have a knock on effect on the rest of us. However, as things aren't ideal, and the Holyrood puppet regime that is the SIC are going to stick their oar in, then I hope they at least refuse the Sandwick one
  14. ....and? That's a bit like pointing out someone thinks 60 mph on the main road is fine and dandy, but not okay on a single track side road full of blind spots. There's no comparison, and more than there's any comparison between the finer points of international sovereign nation borders and a sizeable national company dumping itself in the heart of a rural community and competing against small local independent shops for a very limited customer base.
  15. ^ I fail to see even the remotest connection. Although I suppose much depends on individual political POV, *if* you support the fundamental concept of 'bigger is better' and that to achieve it you must have one central control mechanism dictating everything, as practiced by the EU, then I guess viewing Brexit as un-necessary pot stirring could well follow. I wouldn't know though, as I'm a supporter of minimal government and decisions being taken on as local a level as possible.
  16. If the Coop wanted to offer an enhanced services to out of town customers, they'd had done well to offer home delivery via a website ordering service in direct competition to Tesco's one. Taking over an existing shop when it came up for sale might have been a somewhat reasonable alternative, but doing what they're doing, creating brand new outlets on green field sites is always going to end up in a small number of winners, and a large number losing something in return for not much. Its stirring a pot which didn't need stirring, and when it settles, while some may well find themselves in a 'better' position, some equally will be in worse ones. Its change for change's sake, there is no overall gain in it for any body of population, only for the Coop's bottom line if it works out as they hope. No doubt the Coop has the support from some locally to do this, but when Tesco was talking about coming here, they had a significant body of local support too, and look at how that's worked out..... Maybe ask those who very the most ardent Tesco supporters before the fact, if the reality lived up to their dreams. Personally I'm seeing the same gaps in shelves from poor stock control, questionable quality control, and the same gambit of dubious looking deals that always were throughout all their predecessors. Same crap, different branding.
  17. There's a huge difference between a business remaining viable, and a business remaining viable in its current state. I can't comment on Scalloway, as I don't know the current state of play for retail there very well, but Sandwick is a different story. The current shop is a bakery goods/convenience store/Post Office combo, with each complimenting the other. Considering the proposed Coop site is barely a couple of hundred yards from the current shop its virtually inevitable that the convenience store aspect will either have to significantly downsize or cease, the Coop are going to be stocking identical goods next door, very likely at reduced cost. It only expanded to where it is nowing the closure of its previous competition at the Central, so is very likely at best to fall back to at least what it was previously in the face of more aggressive competition. Reduce or remove the convenience store income from the equation and is the Post Office and bakery goods outlet still viable as a retail venture. The Coop will be selling bread, some of it at least much cheaper, so some reduction in bakery product sales is almost inevitable. The P.O. is the only part of that retail venture that the Coop won't potentially negatively impact upon, and it can't survive as a stand alone these days. So if the negative impact on the convenience store and bakery product aspects downsizes their retail side beyond the point that either or neither can be viable and support the three way 'package' that currently exists then the P.O. is going to go too. Given the size of the wholesale bakery operation at Sandwick and that the Coop's plans should only have relatively minimal impact upon it, it would be very surprising if it didn't remain a viable business, but for the entire operation remaining unchanged 'as is', maybe not so much. Worst case scenario, Sandwick loses its P.O. as the chances of it being incorporated in to another local business are moderate to low, and someone taking it on solo, even lower, Sandwick folk having to buy their bakery and 'convenience store' products from the Coop, whether they would choose to, or not, and all the customers of retail outlets all over Shetland who take wholesale Sandwick bakery goods left a little more nervous than they currently as, as if the supplier has had to downsize to wholesale operations only, the viability and therefor security currently enjoyed by that business is diminished to whatever degree. Maybe it'll all work out and everybody be happy, but I'm not holding my breath on that one. Or maybe the only winners are the folk in Sandwick who seldom if ever use the P.O. and would choose to buy everything from the Coop regardless, ans the Coop itself makes a few more quid, but everyone else loses to one degree or another in some way Only a roll of the dice will decide, and once they've been rolled folk will just have to put up with whatever that outcome is, as they can't be unrolled.
  18. The paraffin a 146 would have burned so that a superfluous Londoner could waffle bruck nobody was listening to, to an invited audience at Mair's Yard is a drop in the ocean compared to this: https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2021/07/31/local-greens-organise-cambo-oil-protest/ The local Greens making a public spectacle of themselves on a public beach lecturing folk about further developments of fossil fuel, while they refuse to condemn the diesel thats being burnt and the carbon that's being released north, west and east fae Kergord daily day all day, and likely by all appearances to continue apace for years to come. Just so a folly can be built that at best will only profit a national corporate in subsidies from everyone's tax dollars, and a few crumbs to a handful of locals by the by to oil the wheels and make it happen.
  19. Ghostrider

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    Any country that requires you to 'show your papers' to go about your business is on a very steep and even slippery slope...... Just take a quick look at the US today for a preview of the future, they've had ID on demand to various degrees for years, and now their leaders are either crackpots or crackheads if not both, regardless their political persuasion, forcing the country to live out a reality too freaky and scary for even a Stephen King tome.
  20. ^ Generally its to get a reaction, stirring the pot, poking 'society' with a sharp and pointy stick etc. The implied 'cause' being supported/condemned in such 'messages' rarely has any relevance other than it being one the author is of the opinion is as controversial that it will trigger the most people. Its certainly worked given the way the media and social media have reacted, although perhaps not entirely in the way intended. As the 'cause' (which if there is one, would appear to be the alleged 'sexism' of the LK UHA, but its a bit cryptic.....) has mostly been ignored and the greatest 'outrage' has been that somebody has had the audacity to spray paint of a couple of walls and pavements in the first place, regardless whether it says anything or not. The only 'victims' here are the SIC and the BBC, both of whom are big enough, ugly enough and omnipresent enough to take care of themselves. yet the outpouring of outrage and criticism over this far exceeds that for a similar incident at the War Memorial next door not all that long ago. That two of the main supporting pillars of 'the establishment' can elicit an outpouring from the public that the dead, whose lives were taken in exceptional circumstances, for the good of future generations, cannot, is what I find most concerning.
  21. Round up a flock? herd? swarm? or them and have them as an alternative to your Sunday roast da morn. https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/22445822/insect-farming-crickets-mealworm-ethics?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB
  22. Its all very simple this, its the fault of all the fly tipping thats been going on since the Council took away skips, you can't just tip them where you like and expect them not to come back, so its all the Councils fault. ..........I'm getting my coat.
  23. Flees, whit flees, dis is da time o' year we ey deludedly, bit optimistically caa simmer......Dir ey flees ony antrin time da sun does glinder furt, den dey dee o' hypothermia.
  24. Never mind. Welcome to Fentanyl and meth tweaker futures.
  25. I hear a rumour dat da Bressa fokk ir makkin maen aboot da styeuch o' putrid smog oozin across fae da nort end o' Lerook, so I'll mebbe no budder takkin me holidays dere dis year.
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