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Everything posted by decomm18

  1. With you completely, Joe. Contrary to what many 'yes' supporters believe, not all of the negative BT stuff on things like pension-security and share of debt is untrue. I applaud those high-minded individuals who're prepared to sacrifice their own financial and physical security for the - supposed - benefit of future generations in iScotland. But I know very many people, mostly older, who are really concerned about the security of their pensions and their small savings which are tied to stock-market performance. Try telling them that their own degraded standard of living, over the next five
  2. Sorry BUS, but at least some of what you've posted recently is bull. The supposed oil in the Clyde is a case in point - read this http://noscotland2014.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/west-coast-oil-a-view-from-de-bunker/ I know it's a 'no' supporting site, and therefore not to be believed at all, because everything the 'no' side says is just spin or lies. But I have a view which regards a lot of the stuff on the 'yes' sites as spin and lies as well. Go figure.
  3. November, I fear that the only benefit we are to the UK after 'yes', is in the hosting of Trident warheads at Coulport. Not even the hosting of the submarines, which could be moved to Devonport relatively quickly. I think Frogesque is correct and that Westminster will drive an exceedingly hard bargain after a 'yes' vote. iScotland will face start-up costs which will eat up a lot of the transfer of a share of UK assets which Alex Salmond just today conceded would mean that iScotland would accept a share of debt. The loss of oil revenues to UK will be balanced out by no longer needing to pay un
  4. Yes, that's interesting, and something I've pondered myself. Unfortunately (for yes) everyone is living longer - witness my 93 -yo mother who actively debates the issue with me every time I visit her. If the next referendum (assuming 'no' pulls it off this time) is as little as five years from now, which I think is quite likely, I don't think enough will have moved on to the 'polling station in the sky' for that to work significantly in 'yes's' favour. More than that, and the 'die back' might work more effectively. But I don't think it will be longer than that. Is it just me that feels a b
  5. Don't take it personally J10, I think November is just very passionate about what he believes, and that's what comes over in what he writes and his style. There is undoubtedly bias in the media up here, and I don't think the BBC has been quite so impartial as it might have been. What an individual believes about the essential question - i.e. is independence as it is on offer now, right for Scotland? will shape that person's view on whether BBC reporting is neutral / factual or biassed. If yes loses on Thursday (and I hope they do, for reasons I've already articulated) it will be because t
  6. Earlier this afternoon I was up the High Street in Falkirk, and passed the 'Yes' and BT stalls, very close to one another. It was a bit of a chicane, dodging the prowling canvassers. I was struck by the marked age-differential - lots of younger people manning the Yes stall, and engaging passers-by in conversation - some only in their late teens, I'd say. All very pleasant and enthusiastic. By contrast, on the BT stall, most of the activists were much older, all of them the far side of fifty. If 'yes' loses, it's likely that they'll have failed to engage the over fifties - and the poll data
  7. November, I don't doubt your credentials at all, and you're entitled to your opinion and your beliefs. I also feel your pain - in my industry too all of the senior jobs and decision-making has gone south, leaving us up here just to do the actual work. But you take your choice in this - and for me the penalty of not wearing the 'big boots' is outweighed by the far better quality of life I experience in Scotland. It's not perfect, but like I said before, nowhere is. No, I don't think social injustice and deprivation is the UK's fault, because I don't think it's anyone's fault - it just 'is'. W
  8. November, you clearly have strong views, but I don't share them - and I don't lack debate because it's all over the media, and because the few 'yes' supporters I know, including members of my own family, are evangelical in their beliefs, and rarely miss a chance to try to convert me to their way of thinking ;-). I understand very well why 'yes' supporters think as they do - but I don't share their views. I can disagree with every single one of your points, but you wouldn't accept anything I said because I'm from the 'other' side, and where you see black and white, I see only shades of grey
  9. November, you're too black and white on this. What offends me about the way that many of the yes supporters portray those who disagree with them - the no voters - is the oft-stated view that they've been taken in by the MSM and are (by implication) incapable of independent analysis of the situation. Do you not accept that there are very many legitimate reasons for favouring the status quo? It appears that at least 40% of the Scottish electorate agree with me in my firm intention to vote no (although we'll not know that for sure until Friday coming). I think that there are very many things
  10. Yes, those ratings look bizarre to me, as well. Perhaps it's not the obvious - maybe it's the importance in campaigning terms, although that doesn't make much sense either. I mean, Clackmannan?! A ten? I don't know what the original source is however.
  11. Timing of declarations - and some other interesting data: https://twitter.com/toby_n/status/510350401364041728 Hope it's OK to link to twitter
  12. These are dangerous assumptions to make for the 'Yes' campaign. I think - and the polls indicate - that there are many don't knows, and which way they split will determine the final result. I don't believe - barring something completely unforeseen - that the final yes/no percentage split will be anywhere further than 3 - 4 % away from 50/50, a week from today. You may well be correct in what you say about 'yes' voters, but those who are undecided now may not see it in the black-and-white way that you think - and they could be the ones who swing the poll. It's still all to play for, and you pa
  13. Low-level waste is disposed rather than stored - there's far too much of it to store long-term, particularly when you factor in all of the waste coming from decommissioning power stations. So it needs to be properly encapsulated in cement then buried in engineered vaults, guaranteed safe for hundreds of years. Coulport was designed and built for completely other purposes. If Scotland becomes independent, we will need a large store, somewhere,for the nasty stuff (and SG is already looking at that) and a larger disposal site somewhere too.
  14. No, completely unsuitable. More likely somewhere in the southwestern region, or central belt. Needs a giant vault, massively expensive engineered stores, hundreds of expensive specialist staff and good transport links, and a welcoming local population. On the positive side, it'll be a great job creation scheme, and generate loads of business for highly-paid consultants and foreign construction companies (a lot of them likely English, since that's where all the expertise is currently).
  15. No. Not allowed to send across international boundaries for disposal unless there's an exchange of approximately equal amounts of 'other' radioactive stuff. It's genuinely an issue, and one that's been raised repeatedly by the west Cumbria MP without any satisfactory reply. It's been dumped in the 'lets not talk about that' bin along with lots of other things. No pun intended. http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2014/07/22/future-management-scottish-radioactive-waste/
  16. Yes I do, and so would you if they proposed putting a burial site up beside Slamannan. I know how much it costs to look after that stuff safely, and it isn't cheap.
  17. BUS it depends what you mean by 'homeless'. If you mean sleeping on the streets, in Falkirk at least, there's no need unless you want to. Maybe some people do want to. You're being very rude about Falkirk council. I find their services very good indeed, and they're taking great care of my elderly mother with dementia, and I've had really good support all through my kids education - one had special needs - and also with financial problems in my family. Most of these services are devolved powers anyway. It's a nice thought, but I honestly don't think that becoming independent will magically cure
  18. While I'm here, can anyone come up with a best guess as to where iScotland will be putting its radioactive waste? It certainly won't be sending it across the new border to England any more. And I don't mean just 'evil' waste from defence or nuclear power generation - I mean hospital and industrial wastes, including a significant and problematic amount generated by the oil and gas industry. At the moment, everything except Dounreay waste goes to Sellafield or Drigg in Cumbria. Even if international law allowed it, the residents of west Cumbria will certainly not be happy with continuing to rece
  19. BFT, sorry to spoil your anecdote, but I live in Falkirk too, and nobody needs to be homeless around here - Falkirk council has a fantastic homelessness policy and loads of support for anyone who needs it. I see the people begging in the town, week in week out, and they're always the same ones. They may be 'penniless' but I'm not sure that it's for reasons that could be effectively addressed even in iScotland! Also, I know people active in the BT campaign locally - and most are not 'posh' - and how can you tell from looking at someone what their financial circumstances are anyway? I would resp
  20. Interested in this statement - and I'm not disagreeing with you necessarily. But why should this be so? There is, I believe, a free press in the UK, and surely by now, in Scotland at least, there might have been some chance of swaying an existing title, or even starting up a new, pro-Indy Scottish daily or weekly? If there's the solid 30% Yes support and has been over the past decade or so, surely such a publication might have attracted enough support to flourish? Surely there might have been a benefactor / enough pro-Indy journalists out there to get something up and running? Or, perhaps
  21. I meant a little bit of rUK, of course, complete with weird green/red/white new flags flying along the 'border', and very many Welsh protesters getting ahead with opposing plans to move everything to Milford Haven....
  22. This is the really interesting unknowable for me. A replacement sub-base / weapons store anywhere down south could easily take fifteen years to design and build, given the safety implications, never mind the opposition from any possible community being asked to accept this. So your suggestion that the current classes of vessel be allowed to continue to operate out of the Clyde is perhaps the likeliest, with the new classes to be based elsewhere, which would give about the right lead-in time. In the meantime - Clyde / Coulport become a little piece of England up here? I can see the tensions on
  23. None of the Scandi countries are quite so perfect as we sometimes are led to believe - lots of social problems in some, lots of debt in others, intolerance of unconventionality almost universal...This is a good primer 'The Almost Nearly Perfect People', a lot of which surprised me as I'd been taken in by the same IKEA vision of perfection as everyone else: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/feb/10/perfect-people-nordic-miracle-michael-booth-review At one point I'd thought I might move to Norway, but this put me off completely. In truth, no country or society is perfect in every resp
  24. Mock if you like - generations of women have had their entirely valid concerns dismissed by their male companions - and they, by which I mean the women, are always right in the end . Also, don't presume to know what my political affiliation might be. I have none, and i regard all politicians as megalomaniac idiots. Sadly, a necessary evil until the first contact from another civilisation emerging from SETI, after which scientists will rightfully rule the world. I was admittedly a keen supporter of Labour in my youth, and campaigned hard for Tony Benn around my unappreciative neighbours. I
  25. I'm mentioning them purely as examples of bad things that could happen to derail our happy current state. Of course they're nothing to do with independence. My point, which I already stated, is that (a) modern society is fragile (b) there's lots of ways it might degrade / collapse © a small country has much less ability to withstand disaster than a larger country (d) we reduce that overall risk by remaining in a close and constitutional mutually supportive relationship with our large nearest neighbour. I'm quite risk-averse. Many (most) women are more risk-averse than men. Life has taught
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