RANDOM THOUGHTS

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Well, I’m not entirely sure where they are going to recruit the *lower-paid hospital workers or care workers in future.

Great opportunities for British workers, I hear to say.

From what I gather, the UK unemployment rate is under 4%, a figure usually taken to mean full employment, given that at any time a certain number of people will be simply between jobs.

(Of course, in fairness, we cannot ignore the fact that the government cheats on that figure. People on zero-hour contracts are classed as in employment; those working a few hours a week are classed as in employment. So although they claim benefits, they aren’t counted in the unemployment figures.)

But even at that, the bulk of the people who are unemployed now, will probably be relatively unattractive to employers for a variety of different reasons, many of which are not their fault.

There are a large number of people in their late 50s and 60s. Those who were born in the middle to late 1950s and who do not enjoy the best of health or who are simply not sufficiently fleet of foot (and/or typing fingers) to satisfy today’s target-driven-culture bosses… more, more,  more.

There are also in the four countries of the UK, a fair number of people who have drink and drugs issues and there are a not insubstantial number who have prison sentences (remember Michael Howard’s “Prison Works” mantra?) which render them unsuitable for jobs in many different sectors but particularly those working with vulnerable people.

Some time ago, I worked on a project designed to get people into work, so I know a little about these problems. Employers are not interested unless you are quick, flexible, fit, unlikely to be off work, well presented, and frequently, although they wouldn’t admit it, of attractive appearance (catering businesses).

Of course, it isn’t unreasonable to expect someone to be able to speak the language reasonably well (although some native-born Brits fail at that), but we need to remember that, as my granny would say, “whit’s guid tae gie’s no ill tae tak”.

I know a guy who worked as a welder in the Netherlands. He didn’t speak a word of Dutch, but he was fine there because his supervisor and most of his colleagues spoke passable English, he could get cable tv from England or USA. The job was great, conditions marvellous, transport first rate. There was only one problem. His girlfriend was back in Scotland. They wanted to be together. But she was an office worker and office workers have to be able to speak Dutch, so he came home.

But I bet there are a lot of other Brits in various places in Europe who can’t speak more than a few words of the language, but who, for example, work in the tourist trade… I’m thinking of bars in the Costas. I wonder what their futures look like tonight.

* NHS England starting salaries: Nurse £24.2k; Paramedic £24.2k; Midwife £24.2k; Radiographer £24.2k; Care assistant £17.6k; Physiotherapist £24.2k ; Therapist £24.2k

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It appears that Air Miles Fatboy is spending a quiet evening with his ex-wife and their two “blood princesses” to celebrate his 60th birthday tonight. I was much amused by the fact that people were complaining on Twitter about government buildings in England not flying the UK flag to celebrate his big day. It was, they said, an insult to the queen.

 Prince Andrew pictured with his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie

But the Queen, who was due to attend his birthday celebrations, has found that she is otherwise engaged, as have, strangely enough, the rest of his family.

So it seems that she may not have felt that snubbed after all.

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53 thoughts on “RANDOM THOUGHTS”

  1. Heard on the radio, classic FM i think.
    We are going to lose OUR Elgin Marbles.
    Just got an email from Virgin media.
    What to watch with the kids during Half Term.
    Eh, Scotland had half term last week, but then an englandland media company just ignores the colony.
    The bells of westmonster abbey were rung to celebrate the start of the war with the EU and trump.
    Led by donkeys right enough.

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    1. …LOL, and sitting next to a bloke that started sweating recently, and is making up for 30 years on not sweating a drop…

      Ewww.

      Right Liz, yer better off a hole with old Phil.

      I see he’s getting his marbles back.

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  2. I look forward to the day when we can take down the Union Flag all over Scotland and put the saltire up in its place, flying alongside the EU one.

    We’d need to demand that They take the St Andrew’s cross out of their Union Flag, because then it really, really doesn’t belong to Them.

    As for the “royal” flags, when we become a republic we wouldn’t have to bother nearly as much about that either, put it up once in a while when the English monarch is visiting, like for every other Head of State or Government, but not for their family members.

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    1. Flag

      What’s that fluttering in a breeze?
      Its just a piece of cloth
      that brings a nation to its knees.

      What’s that unfurling from a pole?
      It’s just a piece of cloth
      that makes the guts of men grow bold.

      What’s that rising over a tent?
      It’s just a piece of cloth
      that dares the coward to relent.

      What’s that flying across a field?
      It’s just a piece of cloth
      that will outlive the blood you bleed.

      How can I possess such a cloth?
      Just ask for a flag my friend.
      Then blind your conscience to the end.

      © John Agard

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      1. As the good Dr. Johnson said in 1775, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”, but that’s not the kind of patriotism we want – a symbol of our nation, which I hope will be humane, compassionate, peaceful and inclusive, and not its battle standard or naval ensign – unlike our militaristic southern neighbour.

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        1. Yes, I know, Conan, which gives it a slightly different relationship with England, but that was a long time ago. Time they made a space in their flag for a dragon.

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  3. Not sure 🤔 how that works
    The people that pay the Torys
    To do their bidding ie slave labour laws .

    Will they continue to bribe the Torys if through Tory racism
    Their greed / profits are reduced
    Or made difficult to grasp .

    If the pool of labour is small
    Wages go up fact look what
    Happened during the plague .

    On a more serious note
    Labour shortages have generally caused wages to increase er hence windrush
    Etc

    Still yesterday I thought was
    A sad 😔 day Racism won
    Out

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    1. Well, it always will with this Tory government.

      Your points are solid. A reduced pool of labour is bound to increase wages. That will be a good thing for workers.

      It will be a bad thing for business owners and for the public in general as prices will increase.

      I’m sure that Patel has a plan for that. And I’m sure it will be horrible.

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  4. The Tories encouraged immigration as a means of lowering wages for working people.
    It was part of their ongoing ‘race to the bottom’ ‘unleashing our competitiveness’ philosophy.
    Having succeeded in that aspect,their next target is public services but as has been pointed out,labour shortages in the private care sector will inevitably lead to greater reliance on public provision.
    If there is little or no public services,what is going to happen to the sick and elderly?
    Each generation of Tories seems to be more right wing and selfish than it’s previous incarnation.
    Perhaps they simply reflect changes in society south of the border or is that because of manipulation of perceptions by the owners of England’s media ?
    Whatever the reason,Scotland is not England and I can’t see even the unionists in our midst going along with this complete insanity.

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    1. Sorry bringiton but I can’t agree with the last sentence in your final paragraph. That group are so brainwashed by the Westminster, Saxe Coburg and Gotha propaganda that they, at least the present generation, will never change, no matter what evidence is put before them. I say this because of years of experience chapping on doors, and getting told how much they hate Sturgeon, Salmond, the S.N.P, and of course an independent Scotland.
      And I live in an Yes/S.N.P voting area so I sympathise with other canvassers who don’t have such a easy time. The group you describe will of course decrease through in the future, but I’m afraid that will be after my time.
      And just a P.S, when are we going to get a move on and set a date for the next Scottish Independence Referendum? To hell with Johnson’s “permission”. Stop kicking the can down the road. Have some courage and we will win.

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    2. I agree with that, except the las bit. I think that, at least Jackson is owned, lock stock and barrel by Johnson’s people. I doubt very much he will put up the least fight against whatever Johnson wants to do.

      Look how he caved over Brexit.

      He urged his constituents to vote against it; he campaigned against it. When the result came out, and his constituents had voted against it, he did what all the unionist parties did and accepted that it was a UK vote, and as such it was the will of the people.

      But then, he said that, due to changes in circumstances, he now believed in Brexit. Brexit was right.

      It was like a “Four legs good; two legs better” situation.

      However, apart from the people who would happily do without medicine, and then die, in order to get Brexit, I doubt the public will be as forgiving.

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    3. It is so generally accepted that the labour market and wages obey the law of supply and that it hasn’t actually been looked at very much. However, recent research shows that a lot of our assumptions are untrue.

      First, immigration driving down wages: there is no proof of that. Companies are breaking the law if they discriminate on pay. Wage rates are generally subject to existing contracts. If there were a problem of immigrants driving down wages, the answer would be more collective bargaining, not less immigration. But we know just how much right-wing governments like unions.

      A good example is the United States, where working people’s wages have not budged much in the last 40 years. That is related to the shift in the balance of power to the rich, company owners, stockholders, chief executives, board members, senior company officers. As pay at the top has skyrocketed, wages at the bottom have stagnated, or even declined. There is such a thing as hidden inflation (in my opinion).

      Another factor is State-imposed minimum wages, which are a relative novelty here in the UK but have been around at the federal level in the States for a good while now (Danny will know). However, those have not kept pace with inflation at all: they are worth less than a third – I believe – than they were back in the ’60s. To put it another way, as Elizabeth Warren has described, back then a single mother could go out to work a minimum-wage job and support herself, three children and a mortgage on it. This is not at all possible now.

      One of the consequences of low wages in the current circumstance has been the counterintuitive result that unemployment goes down. The cause of this is that people need two and three jobs to make ends meet – so of course unemployment goes down.

      Another myth is that generous social security benefits reduce the incentive to go out to work. This is not true because most people want to work – and there is no law on earth that people have to be good at paid employment which in many ways is an invention of our current social and economic structure. What generous social security benefits do is help people live decent lives, keep children out of poverty, decrease death rates, reduce mental illness, and add to the sum total of human happiness – and put a floor under wages, because regular, taxpaying, national-insurance-paying, legal employers are not going to get workers if going out to work is going to disadvantage you. Such poverty traps, on the other hand, are a common feature of governments which believe that anyone who benefits from social security is a layabout, a scrounder, a parasite on the body-politic, a burden on the more and less mythical hard-working family, and requires the economically successful (but often personally deplorable) to pay – whisper it – taxes!

      Such governments are generally in favour of corporate welfare, however, handing businesses huge financial breaks which allow them to pay ridiculously high rates to chief executives at the same time as they pay their workers so little that they are eligible for tax credits and other social security payments.

      The theory goes that chief executive officers must be paid huge amounts of money to incentivise them to perform. This is another falsehood: in any situation which involves personal competition – such as sports – a cap on wages is not reflected in goal difference. Chief executives are generally chief executives because they like to win, a personality trait disconnected from their financial status. It is a very bad idea for chief executives to be allowed to set their own pay rates, because then they get into competition with each other to see how many more millions they can get than their fellow directors…

      The poor, on the other hand, must be punished to get them to enter the labour market. This is the flip side of the false and simplistic conceit that more pay necessarily equals more and better work. Governments which operate on that basis fail to consider the role of governments in the overall economy; witness their behaviour during and after the 2008/2009 financial crash. Only Iceland got it right…

      If you need to boost an economy which is facing huge unemployment and the prospect of disinflation rather than inflation, the best way to do “Quantitative Easing”, i.e., pumping electronic fiat money into the economy, and if you actually believed in competition and free markets, you would give the money to poor people who, with their greater propensity to spend, would immediately inject it into the real economy, and any savings / debt reduction / SME profits would be banked in banks chosen by customers, not government.

      Back that up with deposit protection and let the banks which caused the crash go bust by the normal rules, and help out the ones not to blame if they need it using your Lender of Last Resort, the Central Reserve Bank of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, known, misleadingly, and as a symptom of the nationalistic English mindset, the Bank of England. (It is ours too. We own our share of it. Scotland already has a Central Bank; all we need to do is take over our share and run it ourselves.)

      Do it that way and the vulnerable are protected, the criminals who gambled with our money and lost it, and appropriated huge chunks of it for themselves while paying their front-line staff who actually deal with customers peanuts, are out of a job and facing criminal prosecution, and people have access to banks with better records of caution and probity.

      But that would upset the balance of power in society between rich and poor, but in a society where the decision has been made that people who are paid more are worth more, absolutely out of the question. So only Iceland got it right, even though Gordon Brown stiffed them to the best of his ability.

      To go back to my initial point: if your boss sacks you because he can find an “immigrant” (so called) who will work for less, to whom you can pay less money for his same labour to be equally exploited, you who have been sacked have a case for unfair dismissal, and the person sacking you is not your innocent, unsuspecting immigrant – I use the word with reluctance – who has no idea that he is being given your job, is your boss, who is therefore the one to blame. Proper collective bargaining can stop that sort of thing happen.

      Even if your boss keeps you on and hires the immigrant as well, if he pays the immigrant less, the immigrant has a case for discrimination in employment, and the boss is guilty of it. If the immigrant is in your country “illegally”, then it your boss who first commits an offence by hiring you. In an era of corporate welfare, however, it is the “illegal” who is deported, and the boss gets off scot free.

      Oh well. I am sure all Munguinites can see exactly what my thoughts are on the matter, so I will end here.

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      1. Yes, precisely.

        It will be interesting to see if, in the next few years, there is a noticeable increase in wage levels.

        I suspect that there will not be.

        There may well be (according to what I read) a substantial increase in the cost of living as everything that is imported has to reflect the import duties.

        This eventually may precipitate an increase in wages (although I’m sure that the figures will be fiddled), however, the standard of living will not increase.

        It’s yet another thing that they have lied to us about.

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      2. eddjasfreeman,

        I took this from the middle of your post:

        “but in a society where the decision has been made that people who are paid more are worth more..”

        The old and decrepit ‘the more powerful you are, the better you are.”

        And realised that I have thought that that was wrong all my life.

        It flies in the face of any concept of democracy and is a throwback, with new actors, in a typical top-down power grab.

        We should all consider whether everyone that is paid more is actually worth more.

        Thanks for that.

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        1. Well, Douglas… Let’s ask, who is worth more: a doctor who saves lives every day, or Gary Lineker, who commentates on the BBC for over a million a year?

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          1. I’d answer the obvious. But, can I ask you a question in return? Who is worth more? You or Wings?

            Despite my hopes, this is still a small site, where quality exceeds quantity, both on the atl (above the line) choices of subject matter and the genuine humanity that percolates through the btl (below the line) comments.

            There are no battles here. Folk respect each other. Consequently I’d argue an idea.

            There appears to be no moral standard about wealth. (viz a viz Gary Lineker and a doctor). There does appear to me, at least to me, that a doctor is worth a lot of Linekers. Perhaps we could use a Lineker as a new measure of currency? However, my judgement is perhaps skewed by needing doctors and not Linekers. As of now, no-one knows what is wrong with me.

            Hold off on the sympathy!

            As far as we know, right now, there is not a lot to worry about.

            But I do worry.

            This interregnum, this moment is frigging annoying.

            I find solace in this place.

            Que sera sera.

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            1. Well, I’m glad you do.

              Clearly, it seems to me, that a doctor is worth any number of tv personalities or celebrities, if you will.

              Lineker may be amusing, interesting, informative, knowledgeable … and you could argue if you are totally fit, that that is pretty important, especially if you are a football fan.

              On the other hand, I think I’d rather have a medic around.

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  5. Title for the book.
    The incremental christians and the fall of the empire.
    The Roman empire was thought to have fallen around 400CE by the use of imported slave labour, the wars with the German tribes and the decline in the birth rate of true romans., lead piping used in the luxury housing to bring in running water is said to be a factor.
    Strange how the tories in Scotland use one statement from the SNP leadership as a cudgel but ignore all the other staatements.
    Much like the famed 10 commandments, you only use the ones that are useful at the time.
    Much has been stolen from around the world and used to show how wonderful the empire was, the marbles are but a small sample.

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    1. Yes, that is certainly true.

      It’s interesting though that Greece has wanted these marbles back forever and the UK has refused.

      Now Greece is in a position of power. And the UK is not.

      Bye bye fishing…

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    2. Typical colonialist, exceptionalist mentality, in this case boiling down to “What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine too”.

      It is behaviour we do not accept in responsible adults, and we should not accept it in supposedly responsible civilisations either. If the English – meaning the shits in power in the place, not the ordinary people who are even more subject to them than we Scots are – mentality had changed since the days of the Empire on Which the Sun Never Sets, the Elgin Marbles would have been given back already, possibly with the gift of a museum specially designed to keep and protect them in in perpetuity – after all, if you drive away in someone else’s car without asking first, it’s a crime regardless of whether you bring it back or not, and you deserve a sanction of some kind, while the owner deserves compensation of some kind.

      And if, meantime, the owner actually knows where his car is and you still refuse to give it back, why, you’re just heaping insult and injury atop further insult and injury.

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    3. Fall of the Roman Empire, Dave – around 400 AD / CE? I don’t think so, really. It did not end in 410 CE when they say the legions were finally withdrawn from the Roman province Britannia, because Rome under Emperor Honorius was engaged in fighting off Alaric (googles frantically) and his Visigoths. My own instinct tells me that the Western Empire staggered on until the Plague of Justinian in 541-542 (see below). I know that it is received wisdom – I paraphrase – that the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century CE marked the transition between Late Antiquity and the Early Mediæval period, but A hae ma douts. There’s also a school of thought that our whole calendar is out by 232 years, but A hae ma douts about that too.

      The Eastern Roman Empire – aka the Byzantine Empire, ruled from Constantinople / Byzantium – was still going relatively strong when the Western Empire fell. It was definitely still there, for example, when the Plague of Justinian hit – because Justinian was the name of the Emperor at the time (he got the plague too, but recovered. It helps to be well fed). That plague was 99% certainly the bubonic plague but may have been coupled with anthrax, and people were already weak after a little ice age caused by volcanic eruptions resulted in a series of failed harvests, famines and widespread death. That little ice age didn’t end for another five years or so as I recall. Here’s a short article I found on the web just now – https://is.gd/2pcTwh – entitled “Plagues, comets and volcanoes”, and this – https://is.gd/eprXx6 – is the paper I read on it recently. It has the great title “Mysterious and Mortiferous Clouds: The Climate Cooling and Disease Burden of Late Antiquity”, and comes from a journal called “Late Antique Archaeology”.

      The Plague of Justinian was possibly the worst pandemic suffered by humankind so far. It goes a long way to explaining the Dark Ages (in my unschooled opinion) … how was it that Romano-British civilisation was reduced to just a few people huddling in half-ruined buildings in the midst of general destruction? Now, it’s not my field of study, as I implied, so it is well possible that someone reading this has a better answer. I would like to know more about the aforesaid Dark Ages, but they ain’t called the Dark Ages [in Britain] for nuthin.

      One of the reasons the Eastern Empire is sometimes forgotten, I think, is that they adopted Greek as their lingua franca, and of course Romance-language-speaking Westerners – the direct heirs of the Roman Empire – can’t read Greek nearly as easily as they can read Latin. People may not be aware that cultured, Latin-speaking Romans learned Greek as sign of culture and for training in rhetoric.

      Glossing over lots of intervening history, Constantinople was sacked in 1204 by the Fourth Crusade. In the run-up to that, here had been a lot of sectarian violence – to the point of massacres – against the Catholics /Latins in Constantinople by the Orthodox majority, instigated right at the top, I believe, in an example of scapegoating a minority as a simplistic and immoral “solution” to complex problems that had nothing to do with them. It’s also quite likely that the troops were getting restive because they weren’t getting paid or getting any loot in, so their commanders thought they could use a spot of rapine and pillaging, with added arson and wanton destruction for, as they say today, shits and giggles.

      The Eastern Empire was broken by the sack of 1204, but nevertheless persisted; poorer and smaller, and less able to defend itself, but it persisted. It finally died in 1453 with the seizure of Constantinople by Sultan Mehmed II, who transferred the capital of the Ottoman Empire there from the city now know as Edirne. A look at the map – https://is.gd/hL5DF9 – shows us that Edirne is nowadays in European Turkey, and on the other side of Istanbul from Asia Minor. In other words, Constantinople was already surrounded, and had been for a long time, but eventually it fell, in 1453. This is generally agreed by historians, as far as I can tell, as the moment when the Roman Empire in the East finally ended.

      In history, Edirne was known (among other things) as Adrianopolis – with the Adrian in question actually being the Hadrian who ruled as Emperor from 117 CE to 138 CE. The Romans used to drop their aitches on occasion too… Hadrian didn’t found the city, though, he just renamed a pre-existing settlement. There’s a town called İskender just east of it, though; I can’t find anything about it so I haven’t been able to check, but I’d be willing to bet it was either founded by or named after Alexander the Great, İskender being Alexander in Turkish.

      We should remember too that the Crusades were ordered by Popes / Bishops of Rome. In other words, there was a spot of civilisation going on there too.

      Enough already. I’m tired, and I’m sure you are bored.

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  6. Oh dear those Brits who went out to Spain to retire will lose their automatic right to reciprocal medical assistance on 31st December under the present EU Health scheme. if they now want to apply for Spanish citizenship they better start learning Spanish.

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    1. They need to write that on the side of a bus.

      They COULD also find that their retirement pensions, although they will continue to be paid, will not increase in line with inflation (like they ever did).

      I wonder how many of them will be able to afford the private health care in Spain.

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    2. The Spanish have said any British living permanently in Spain and legally, so have “residencia” – (you don’t need to speak Spanish to get this) for 5+ years will be covered health wise even after the end of this year/end of transition period.
      I imagine it’ll be Brits with holiday homes, so no residencia and only allowed to stay in Spain 90 days at a time, that’ll have to find some way to pay for health care as there will be no more EHIC? And holiday makers will need travel insurance too I think.

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  7. Tris
    I saw a comment yesterday on social media that basically said the unemployed should be forced to take these jobs, the ignorance of some people amazes me but it’s way things are now. These jobs are low paid, zero hour contract, no protection, no help with child care in a country with a high cost of living and low stagnant wages so who can afford to take these jobs unless you are a travelling worker living 10 to a caravan saving as much as you can to take back home. However, I await the return of the manpower Services Commission that my late Dad was forced onto in the early 80’s, like a lot of men and women in Dundee, you got a bus pass (if you were lucky), my Dad had to walk as he was within 5 miles, and a tenner etc on your giro to do jobs that the local council used to do, it was slave labour and it’s on the way back. I hate the Tories and this Union.

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    1. The thing is, Bruce, in so many cases employers don;t want long term unemployed people.

      I know perfectly well that there are folk who are swinging the lead. working on the side… but the bulk of the people who are unemployed are pretty much unemployable. Very often for health reasons.

      In short, it won’t work.

      Not that that will stop the Tories. I foresee trouble.

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  8. A bit tongue in cheek, sorry to the englanders.
    I’ve just got my copy of Scotland the Brief.
    It says Scotland has 90% of the RuK’s freshwater.
    The latest news from englandland seems to refute that statistic.
    Maybe it should read 90% of the drinkable fresh water.
    We’ve had, Cameron & Clegg, cameron, maybot and now johnston, all have been more concerned with their place in history than getting on with ‘The Day Job’.
    Years of not seeing the problems to come in the Severn Valley, the York flatlands, The Fens,Cumbria or the Peak district, more housing built in flood plains.
    Oh London is okay with it’s Thames Barrier and out by the wash they’re building another to control the flooding in the Fens but delayed due to lack of funds.
    The polar icecaps are melting in their summer months at a greater rate than ever before known to us.
    The barriers will not keep the water out of London, it will simply either go around it or under it.
    Heard a poor soul saying his basement was filled with water although the river hadn’t burst it’s banks yet, the house was on the banks of the river so the basement must be below the river level.
    And they voted for a known lazy git with previous on failed projects, see the takedown by the ardent onionist who didn’t get to interview him.
    They voted in the tory party in englandland which had just ejected the one nation sect from their party.
    There will be trouble ahead, where’s doris and the welly boots?

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    1. My sentiments exactly.

      Mature people and civilisations learn not just from their own mistakes but from other people’s. What we have in the Boris Cummings-Johnson regime which seems incapable of learning anything: can’t be ars*ed in the first place, willfully pig-ignorant in the second. And of course it cares nothing at all for the electorate, even if they’re Tory – because they have a thumping majority in Englandland, where their majority are just as deluded by our own poor deluded Onionist fules.

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    2. I can only assume that in England the “get Brexit done” thing was more important than anything else. The hatred of foreigners having any say in their governance, ironically, meant more to them than any other matter.

      And they handed a lazy puppet controlled by a fascist who likes weirdos to work for him, carte blanche with a majority of 80.

      There’s now virtually nothing Johnson can’t do.

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      1. Well, he can’t tell us!

        Unless there is one elected Tory who will stand against the tide of independence!

        Then we’re telt.

        😦

        Allegedly.

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        1. Oh please, please, please let Boris Cummings-Johnson come up here to Scotland and address the Party Faithful – let every one of them who has a Union Jack suit, skirt, jacket, top hat or underwear put them on and sit right at the front of some vast, cavernous and otherwise empty auditorium and clap like trained seals, addressed by a carefully dishevelled Boris making crass jokes about picaninnies and how his Government is preventing Scotland being swamped by a tide of them, a few ever-so-amusing bits of gay banter about Scottish bum boys in tartan tank tops, give us a riff on the subject of compulsory sterilisation for single mothers to prevent the creation of a permanent underclass all living on the munificent welfare payments provided by Long-Suffering, Hard-Working Families (i.e., rich people), how some single mothers go out and have children just so they can get a council flat and then claim they’ve been raped so that they can get more benefits. He could then mention forcing deadbeat dads to support their children so the State doesn’t have to, regardless of whether said dads are alive or dead, in or out of prison, employed at any wage that ensures more than minimum levels of survival for one person, or simply unemployed, disabled, or otherwise unemployable…

          If he goes walkabout, let him meet with “ordinary Scottish people” with cut-glass accents and Faragiste views, EU- and Johnny-Foreigner-haters all. Maybe a few owners of Highland estates just up for the shooting or to expel a few tenant farmers, or maybe CEOs of agribusinesses which own broad acres of prime farmland in Aberdeenshire. Perhaps some kind of “Town Hall” thing supposedly broadcast from Dundee…

          Let him come and dispense his words of wisdom to the Party Faithful, and let them know just how appalling those silly wee non-Tory pro-independence downright verminous Jockanese are to wish to escape his beneficent reign even though of course they could not possibly go it alone without England’s broad shoulders… how the Scottish Government is so awful and incompetent that Westminster will have to shut Holyrood down to save the Jockanese from themselves, and imprison Nicola Sturgeon in the Tower because reasons. Let him tell the Party Faithful that he thinks of them almost as honorary Englishpersons … lambast Nicola Sturgeon again for her and her Government’s many failures in areas reserved to Westminster … a bit of misogyny wouldn’t go amiss here either – and then what? Oh, let him mangle a few place names and mouth as much crap as possible about us and our country, either deliberately or out of sheer bloody laziness, arrogance and ignorance, and let us know that the Bedroom Tax is a vital necessity to stop people exploiting the LSHWFs (i.e., rich people) by not renting out their “spare” rooms to strangers…

          Yes, please, let him do that, I’d much rather that than have him try to love-bomb me. Which would make me call the polis and accuse him of sexual harassment if he tried it in person.

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            1. trispw,

              A mere suggestion. You could ask eddjasfreeman to turn his post as per February 20, 2020 at 23:34 into an article for publication on here?

              Above the line, even?

              Apologies, it is your web site. But it would be remiss of me to fail to suggest that just sometimes you should be promoting the talented commentariat that you have nurtured around here.

              🙂

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              1. Well, I doubt if I have nurtured him. He was a talented writer long before that.

                But I’d be happy (and Ed knows this) to publish anything he wrote.

                He does have his own blog though.

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          1. Well said Ed.
            Hope he brings his green wellingtons.
            Last night on the radio there was a programme on the fishing.
            Seems that the Fishing englanders sold their EU quota to the Spanish, French, Dutch, Danish and Norwegians. They have a very small part left of the 60% they were allocated, not interested in fishing now.
            The ones left complain that the furreigners are fishing our waters.
            In Scotland over 80% of the Scottish fleet quota is OWNED by 5 family businesses.
            How will the fishing quota be carved up next year?
            I find it strange that you can buy up fish stocks like you can buy up a TAXI operator license.
            I suspect that doris will be love bombing his supporters in Aberdeenshire.

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            1. Yes, I remember that they sold off their quotas, and boats, presumably becasue their sons/daughters did not wish to go into fishing.

              They made a huge amount of money and, ironically, some of them retired to the costas.

              I wonder how that will work out…

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          2. Well, Ed, he won;t do all these things at one… but you can rest assured that he WILL do them over time. He is an asset to the independence movement. Him and his mate Cummings.

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  9. On the queen.
    A person so rich that she lives in a couple of rooms in a huge house with hundreds of room and heats them with an old 3 bar fire bought from the charity shop for a couple of quid with a funny safety certificate. The other rooms have very expensive furniture covered in old bedding.
    So rich she dresses up in old Harris Tweed clothes that her mother wore.
    Still uses the odd triara that her great grandmother used to do washing the dishes.
    Latest I heard was she was getting the wallpaper refurbished that was put up when george the Turd was on the throne.
    Is there any truth in the rumour that carloss jackass has a new pet monkey for Thursday’s question time.
    Oh hell, I’ve put my glasses on, it was annie wells that was walking beside him.
    In the meantime doris has offered the flooded a grant of £500 to dry out their properties, that will hardly pay for the hire of and running of the dehumidifiers for a week.

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    1. The royals have always had a history of parsimony mixed with extravagance. The Queen Mother was apparently permanently in debt, and the Queen had to step in an pay off the overdrafts. Who knows. People write a lot of stuff about them. No one really knows how true it is.

      My mother told me that they used to cut old sheets down the middle and sew the outhesides together. Imagine doing that with £80 billion in the bank.

      I look forward to Annie Wells being grilled. (Yeah, right!)

      Mr Cummings isn’t generous where the poor are concerned, is he?

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    2. It’s a “class” thing, Dave. The higher up the social ladder, the less new furniture you buy.
      Pretty much everything is inherited. It’s an infallible metric.

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