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  1. I see our Tory government is having a complete meltdown today, loads of ministers resigning, lying, corruption, the country is going down the toilet. Rampant inflation, food banks, people having to decide whether to eat or heat and the guy that's meant to fix it all ( the Chancellor of the Exchequer) has just quit along with the Health Secretary, and loads of others, complete shambles..... Surely we could make a better fist of things than this, couldn't we?????
  2. Not how parliamentary democracy works. The obvious flaw is we can't expect babies to vote. Mandatory voting isn't required in this country either but even when we exclude children and change it to voting aged population the Tories formed a government with an 80 seat majority and they had a smaller percentage of the vote, nobody says they have no mandate to govern.
  3. That's the beauty of democracy, it's never static, it's one of the vital sparks that makes it all work. Yes, we voted to remain in the UK in 2014 and that's exactly what happened. Things have moved on though, the electorate has decided they want another referendum. The mandate to deliver a second referendum is ironclad. The parties who put it forward in their manifesto's have been democratically elected and have achieved a majority in the Scottish parliament to deliver it. Even if you're dead set against independence, or if you were a bit confused or didn't know what you were voting for when you put that X in the box, don't worry, democracy comes to the rescue again!! The second democratic failsafe is the referendum itself where we, the electorate, get to decide how we proceed with a yes or no to a simple question.
  4. I respect Spinners views as I respect the views of those against Scottish independence, the chances of everybody agreeing on anything is zero. Thankfully because we are fortunate enough to not live in Putin's Russia or North Korea we have the best solution to these instances where we can't find universal agreement... Democracy! Put it to the electorate and they'll decide.
  5. ^^Neil Oliver? The scruffy long haired history guy? Handy for identifying Roman pottery or digging holes I suppose but as for medical knowledge… meh.
  6. The strangest phenomenon is people ignoring their own eyes and ears, I’m not talking about reading it online or hearing it on the news, I mean first hand experience. The “Covid’s fake” and “Brexit’s great” people are the most baffling to me. They must live in bubbles listening to conspiracy theorists on youtube.
  7. If the return of the blue passport isn’t enough to persuade us they’re even talking about bringing back imperial measurements. Pity we won’t be able to afford to go anywhere and if your looking for a quarter pound of sherbet lemons I’m afraid they’re all out, not enough lorry drivers and the cost of a container load of Spanish sherbet lemons has tripled
  8. Empty supermarket shelves and soaring gas and electricity prices. Never saw that printed on the side of the big red Brexit bus. Even if we end up having to eat cabbage soup in our freezing cold houses under candlelight I’m sure there will still be Brexit voters telling us it was all a brilliant idea.
  9. ^^ If local producers are pushed out of business with cheap imports and an end to subsidies the choice will be taken away from me. That’ll be the UK government’s fault.
  10. Capeesh

    Photo ID

    They’re up to no good with this one. The link states electoral fraud is negligible, so to me the motivation seems to be an attempt to disenfranchise the people who don’t hold a driving licence or passport and are unlikely to go to the bother or expense of getting other forms of acceptable photo ID. Under 20’s, the poor etc.
  11. This might work, might need to scale it up a bit for flies though.
  12. I find it very telling that these stuck in the past ministers still believe they can strut over to Australia like imperial overlords. Looking down their noses and insulting their Australian counterparts is seriously counter-productive as we have just found out to our great cost. To the disbelief and amusement of the Australians, the highly experienced Australian trade envoy has dug his heels in, tied Liz Truss in knots and managed to get everything they were looking for in the trade negotiations. If you read this link, you’ll see the British exceptionalism dripping from these pompous morons. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/liz-truss-australia-trade-talks-b1835072.html?amp From the link... “She plans to sit him down in the Locarno Room [in the Foreign Office] in an uncomfortable chair, so he has to deal with her directly for nine hours,” said the source. The source reportedly described Mr Tehan as “inexperienced” compared to Ms Truss, adding: “He needs to show that he can play at this level.” Australia’s ABC News said the comments were greeted “with a mixture of disbelief and laughter” in Canberra. The inexperience jibe was regarded as all the more peculiar as before entering parliament, Mr Tehan worked from 1995 at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and later as senior adviser to the trade minister, before serving as director of trade policy and international affairs with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  13. What has the NFU really worried is if they throw farming under the bus in the Australian trade agreement it means any future trade agreement has that as a benchmark. When they approach USA, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand etc the first thing they’re going to say is “we want what you gave Australia and we’re not budging until we get it”. Economies of scale will lead to even the largest UK farmers struggling to compete.
  14. Good point. I’ll give it some thought while I’m tucking into my rubbery, chemically filled Australian lamb roast, quietly wondering why the dogs are turning their noses up at the scraps. Maybe you’re right, I really do struggle to find any positives from Brexit Britain. There’s probably loads of other plus points to take from Shetland’s crofters getting bludgeoned by the Brexit sledgehammer. Let me try and think positively... No noisy baaaaing, especially at this time of year. mmm..... OH! No sheep on the roads, that’s a good one... mmm... struggling here.... No more itchy gansey’s? Not sure about this one, wool can be bought. That’s all I can think of for me personally but I’m not a crofter. I can’t see it giving much comfort to those friends and family who either make a living from crofting or supplement their income from it.
  15. Australia free trade deal seems to be the beginning of the end for crofters in Shetland. Cheap meat imports galore! Another industry and way of life on the brink of destruction thanks to Brexit.
  16. This is completely on Boris and his useless ‘Red List’ (countries who are required to quarantine when arriving in the UK). All the hard work and sacrifices people are making wasted by an incompetent at the helm. In direct comparison, Scotland decided to make all international arrivals quarantine, this itself might have helped a bit but when we have no control over people taking a flight to England and crossing the border it looks like it has been a waste of time and effort.
  17. The NHS is very last thing of any value left, the final bastion of the post war consensus. The greedy Tories of today are a different breed from those from that period, of course they’ll sell it. The depressing thing for me is when people eventually realise they’ve been conned, it’ll be too late to save it.
  18. ^^Why not make it 100%? That would mean your 2 votes would be enough to save the Union. That would settle it wouldn’t it? I’m sure all those independence supporters would just shrug their shoulders, congratulate you both and forget about the whole thing.
  19. The sums don’t add up to form alliances with other parties at Westminster and make any kind of difference. The Tories have a working majority of 85 seats, that means if every single opposition MP miraculously agreed on something it would still get outvoted by 85 votes. You’re saying the best thing to do then is hope you get elected to government by coming up with ideas that are appealing to voters, the SNP did that, they won almost every seat they stood in but they’ll never become the government in Westminster simply because they don’t stand candidates in England, Wales or Northern Ireland for obvious reasons. Even when that’s not the case the same problem exists. I’m old enough to remember when Scotland was almost exclusively Labour red, what happened? Thatcher and Tory governments from 1979-1997, again just basic maths, Scotland only has 59 out of 650 seats. The only way Scotland can get the government it votes for is if England and Wales agree. (Northern Ireland have their own parties).
  20. There’s a small country who found oil at the same time and have extracted around the same amount of oil as us a few hundred miles away. Norway now has a trillion dollar sovereign wealth fund, the UK spent the lot.
  21. I agree, our representatives are wasting their breath there, instead of being ignored, ridiculed and treated with contempt they should come home and help Scotland run its own affairs as an independent country. Brexit Britain’s going backwards.
  22. We voted for Alistair Carmichael MP who was a cabinet minister of the LibDem/Tory coalition UK government. The only things I remember him achieving for Shetland was austerity, foodbanks and flogging the Post Office for buttons. If a member of the government in power can’t do better than this how do you think opposition MP’s who are facing a government with an 80 seat majority are going to manage?
  23. An independent Scotland could learn a lot from the Scandinavians. Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland all seem to have the balance between free market capitalism, a comprehensive welfare state and a unionised workforce spot on. Taxes are higher but quality of life from cradle to grave is streets ahead of what we have as part of the UK. All prosperous small to medium sized independent countries. Some of them even have massively populated countries on their southern border, just like Scotland. I bet if you asked a Dane or Finn if they would prefer to be a Northern region of Germany or Russia they would laugh in your face and think you were on drugs.
  24. Have you seen the renovation? It looks like someone on mind-bending drugs had a bad trip and plastered the place with tunnock tea cake wrappers, I wouldn’t pull that couch out of a skip! https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ten-ways-to-recreate-carries-10-downing-street-decor-fjqd5vvk0 Edit...It was the wrong Urabug quote, it was meant to be the one about him taking the furniture with him when another PM comes in...I found it funny after seeing the furniture in question.
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