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  • Location: Highland Scotland
  • Location: Highland Scotland

    While the grid has been upgraded significantly for transporting renewable electricity South, doesn't that make Dounreay unsuitable for a base load plant like nuclear as you want to be able to send as much renewable energy down the wires as possible when it's being produced? 

    However there might be a case for a (relatively) quick start power plant at the site that could use spare grid capacity when it's available and power is needed, and use surplus renewable energy to generate an energy storage medium - hydrogen production and storage and a hydrogen burning combined cycle gas turbine power plant? Don't know how feasible any of it is, but ways to better match demand to supply (smart metering) and effectively store surplus renewable energy are going to be key in the future to a sustainable, low carbon and secure energy supply. On that score, it's seriously bad news that the the grid licensing regime appears to have stalled if not actually killed off the large scale pump hydro that was planned for the Great Glen. 

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    And that ignorant, offensive, rant sums up exactly why the YES campaign failed  

    Good god. What a load of boarish spiteful bile from bad losers has been posted during the night. I actually dread to think how Scotland would be run if this is representative of how the yes vote behav

    I'm disappointed in the lack of grace shown by some across the net in accepting this No vote. A complete lack of any empathy and understanding as to why fellow Scots didn't vote Yes.   I personally

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    As per the infamous Thatcher 'Sermon on the Mound', Scottish Churches don't seem to think highly of the Tory idea of Christianity.

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    Scottish churchman condemns 'wicked' UK government on welfare and asylum

    One of Scotland's most senior churchmen has branded the UK Government "wicked" in a blistering Christmas sermon.


    The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, the Provost of St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow, slated Tory policies on welfare and asylum, stressing that Jesus Christ was a "refugee".


    The episcopalian later added that he believed "Compassionate Conservativism" had been replaced by "Cruel Conservativism" under Prime Minister David Cameron.

     

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
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    The Year in Review 2015: Austerity, food banks, benefits cuts, and the UK's draconian welfare regime in the spotlight of the UN over human rights abuses

    ...In September, a coroner ruled a disabled man killed himself as a result of being found fit to work – the first time welfare reforms had been officially linked to a death. The London coroner investigating the case, involving 60-year-old Michael O’Sullivan, who had long-term depression and agoraphobia, also demanded action be taken by the DWP to prevent further deaths.

    One month later, United Nations officials arrived in the UK to investigate allegations that the welfare reforms had led to “grave or systematic violations” of disabled people’s human rights. The Sunday Herald revealed how the Special Rapporteur and members of the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) were to visit the UK to take evidence from individuals and campaign groups, including in Scotland. It was the first time a country had been investigated by the UN committee over breaches of disabled people's human rights.

     

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  • Location: Lochgelly - Highest town in Fife at 150m ASL.
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and cold. Enjoy all extremes though.
  • Location: Lochgelly - Highest town in Fife at 150m ASL.
    2 hours ago, scottish skier said:

    See above

    Makes your blood boil doesn't it?   So does this part:  

     
    The findings of the UN investigation are due to be published in 2017. While the UK government will have to accept them, there is no legal obligation for it to act on the report. Prime Minister David Cameron appeared to attempt to downplay its significance in October.
    So what was the point of the investigation if the UK Government cannot be forced to act on its findings?   If they are relying on this Government's good will to carry out their recommendations, they can forget it!  
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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    So now SNP = bad = bad.

    Tomorrow, SNP = bad = bad = bad presumably?

    Sure people are taking the pee, but it's an obvious response to stuff like this:

    88% hailed a success under labour. And that's with Labour sending billions of unspent block grant back to London.

    SNP hitting 95% (with long term goal of 98%) - the best in the UK - under crushing Tory austerity is 'NHS in crisis' if the MSM are to be believed.

    People are not stupid. 

     

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  • Location: Carryduff, County Down 420ft ASL
  • Location: Carryduff, County Down 420ft ASL
    5 hours ago, scottish skier said:

    So now SNP = bad = bad.

    Tomorrow, SNP = bad = bad = bad presumably?

    Sure people are taking the pee, but it's an obvious response to stuff like this:

    88% hailed a success under labour. And that's with Labour sending billions of unspent block grant back to London.

    SNP hitting 95% (with long term goal of 98%) - the best in the UK - under crushing Tory austerity is 'NHS in crisis' if the MSM are to be believed.

    People are not stupid. 

     

    Well, 45 percent of them anyway.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Surprised to see this in the Unionist Labour Record:

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    Corrupt Manchester police conducted hate campaign against Scots 'vermin' in 1960s, admits former detective

    STEPHEN HAYES tells how corrupt officers battered and framed innocent Glaswegians in bid to rid his city of the incomers.

    On a similar theme to this. We'll have your oil boom revenues; you get massive cuts and unemployment as thanks jocks.

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    David Willetts argued Scots were 'juicy target' for 1980s spending cuts

    An advisor to Margaret Thatcher argued that the "pampered Scots" were a "juicy target" for spending cuts, according to newly-released records.

    Oh, and are Labour finally waking up to the Tory attack in what remains of UK 'democracy'?

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    Labour could stop cooperating with Tories in protest at party funding cuts
    Party officials consider withholding assistance on parliamentary business unless government scraps plan to slash Short money for opposition parties

     

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Concept of Britain continues to slowly unravel.

    EVEL, then an English referendum on independence (from the EU and potentially the UK) on the cards... now an English national anthem.

    I think Jerusalem would be a fine choice.

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    Call for England to have its own national anthem

    God Save the Queen, sung here by Welsh star Katherine Jenkins prior to an NFL International Series match at Wembley, is currently used by England at some sporting events
    MPs are to debate and vote on whether England should adopt an official national anthem. 


    The UK anthem, God Save the Queen, is currently used during some sporting events but Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins believes England should have its own.
    He intends to bring his English National Anthem Bill to Parliament on 13 January.

    Always thought it weird Scots members of GB teams were supposed to sing the English (GSTW) anthem when competing internationally. 

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  • Location: Upper Tweeddale, Scottish Borders 240m ASL
  • Location: Upper Tweeddale, Scottish Borders 240m ASL

    Uh-oh, another bridge damaged...  I wonder if the MSP for Dumbarton can spuriously pin this one on SG...

    https://twitter.com/NetworkRailSCOT/status/683290610871173120/photo/1

    CXuJMK9WsAEdarO.jpg:large

    And here https://twitter.com/NetworkRailSCOT/status/683337306225438722

    Rumours the West Coast Mainline might be shut between Carstairs and Lockerbie for a month...  You can see the bend where the deck has shifted right above the digger's arm.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
    1 hour ago, shuggee said:

    Uh-oh, another bridge damaged...  I wonder if the MSP for Dumbarton can spuriously pin this one on SG...

    https://twitter.com/NetworkRailSCOT/status/683290610871173120/photo/1

    CXuJMK9WsAEdarO.jpg:large

    And here https://twitter.com/NetworkRailSCOT/status/683337306225438722

    Rumours the West Coast Mainline might be shut between Carstairs and Lockerbie for a month...  You can see the bend where the deck has shifted right above the digger's arm.

    Jeez, looks bad. Seems to be located where the old masonry (Victorian I guess) is connected to newer (decades old now I'd imagine) concrete piers; or at least where the newer bridge is partly resting on old piers.

    I blame Salmond and Sturgeon. They should have built a new bridge back in the 1980's.

     

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  • Location: Upper Tweeddale, Scottish Borders 240m ASL
  • Location: Upper Tweeddale, Scottish Borders 240m ASL

    Good find.  Does indeed look like stuff has shifted and there's reportedly scouring too.  Concrete deck from the west coast upgrade c.2003/4 ish when Virgin introduced the Pendolinos and the speed over the bridge was suitably raised (115mph for tilting pendos I think from memory).

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Some better news in tough times for the industry.

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    Oil and gas production rises for first time in 15 years

    The chief executive of Oil & Gas UK has welcomed the first increase in production on the UK continental shelf for over 15 years...

    ...Oil & Gas UK predicts oil and gas production increased by 7% in the past twelve months...

    ...Ms Michie predicts that there will be job losses in the industry in 2016, but the UK continental shelf still holds great importance.
    She added: "The upturn underlines the industry's commitment to the UKCS - which still holds great promise for the future and is vital for the country's security of supply.
    "For example, only last week, oil company Taqa announced first production from the Cladhan field north-east of Shetland, estimated to produce 10,000 barrels of oil a day from the UK's waters."

     

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    I see when the Greens got 7% of the PR list vote and 7 seats in 2003, that wasn't enough to make them a 'main party' in the eyes of the BBC for coverage when it came to the 2007 elections.

    However, when the Libs got 5% of the list vote and 5 seats in 2011, they still count as a main party for the BBC in terms of air time for 2016. SGP discusses...

    http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/the-bbcs-guidelines-for-holyrood.html

    How are a party with 5 MSPs and a solitary MP a 'main party' anyway. If polls turn out near true, the Greens may well have more representation than the Libs in May.

    Anyway, unlike the GE where we had the English UKIP pushed on us against electoral law by the BBC, helping them hit a record 1.7%, they'll get little to nothing for May, having been beaten by the Scottish Senior Citizens Unity Party last time.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    I see the BBC's own favourite Prof is saying that they really could strip the lib dems of 'main party' status in Scotland. 

    BBC is just going to make a complete propaganda parody of itself if it gives main party coverage to the Libs ahead of May.

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    BBC could justify downgrading LibDems to minor party status in election coverage, says John Curtice

    THE BBC could justify the reclassification of the Liberal Democrats as a “minor party” for May’s election, the UK’s leading polling expert has claimed.

     

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  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W
  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W
    12 hours ago, skifreak said:

    Yep, read that.  A graduate engineer (what discipline?) from Napier no less. can't get a job in his trade so writes a puff piece o' garbage as a freelance journalist (the equivalent of singing  for his supper) for a Labour Hame ''opinion' 

    As the late, great PTerry would have said - deary dear!

     

    2 hours ago, scottish skier said:

    I see the BBC's own favourite Prof is saying that they really could strip the lib dems of 'main party' status in Scotland. 

    BBC is just going to make a complete propaganda parody of itself if it gives main party coverage to the Libs ahead of May.

     

    BBC will always put UK politics ahead of Scottish. In their eyes, SNP (very bad) only relate to their scotchland region of the UK therefore Libdems and UKIP are much more important as they are UK wide parties.

     

    I also noticed on the EBBC news last night that while reporting on the weather, a picture of Ballater was overwritten with UK FLOODS.  Just par for the (somewhat submerged) course.

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  • Location: Tullynessle/Inverurie
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  • Location: Tullynessle/Inverurie

    Happy New Year, and just in case you'd forgotten...SNP BAD!

     

    A Scottish MP is to be investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

    Phil Boswell represents the Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill constituency for the SNP.

    The investigation is into claims he breached parliamentary rules over the declaration of company directorships.

    The SNP said he had done nothing wrong, but the commissioner - Kathryn Hudson - has deemed that there is suitable evidence for an inquiry.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-35230380

     

    That was the lead story on the BBC Scotland news bulletins this morning, TV & Radio.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Aye, I'm sure we can all trust the Tory English parliament to be fair and impartial when it comes to an SNP MP.

    They've been really hard on Carmichael - a proven in court disreputable liar - after all. 

    Anyway, surely police investigating rape is more serious than month old news about how someone didn't break the law in a previous job?

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Is today unionist madness day or something?

    Leask / The Herald has completely lost the plot. It's literally screaming defamatory comments at members of the public while changing headlines at a rate of knots trying to cover itself from ending up in court.

    The Scotsman can shrivel and die for all I care, but I used to like the Herald and still like a couple of real journalists it has left. It's surreal watching it kick out and scream at people who are buying it. "You f**king stupid nasty vile electorate. F**k you. Go live in your F**king Scotland then. F**king idiot Scottish people wanting normal governance for your country AAAARRRGGGG...."

    It's become worse and worse since the GE. I see the five stages of grief. First we had 'denial'. Literally "Nothing has happened. The SNP have not taken 56 out of 59 Scottish seats. Everything is normal in the UK. Lalalalala..."

    Now it seems we've moved on to 'Anger'. Not just the Herald of course...all the papers are at it. Just the Herald was crazy today. All it's doing by defaming Wings in particular is giving Wings more readers!

    Meanwhile, Labour are losing the plot too. 

    Are offering people 6k in cash to vote for them in May, paid for by the magic money pot which you generate by not reducing a tax. This is also paying for increases in the education budget and welfare cuts mitigation. Presumably can be used to pay of the deficit too! If you decide to cut a tax, then decide not to, money is magically generated in Labour's World.

    Or, more close to the truth, poor people who can't afford a house but can afford the odd cheap flight pay (APD tax) for the better off (who can save for a deposit) to get 6k fee to inflate the property bubble more.

    Where have I seen this before? Ah yes, its a Tory policy:

    https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/a-guide-to-help-to-buy-isas

    Then we have BBC Scotland devoting it's headline radio news to a Tory English parliament witch hunt against a Scottish Nationalist MP because he once was an employee of a big international company that avoided tax when paying staff. By contrast, a Labour party MP being investigated by police for rape isn't really news though. Nor is one in court for violently attacking Yes supporters for example.

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    Also, on the subject of the BBC...

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    Scottish viewers hit by BBC rip-off

    THE head of the BBC is to be hauled before MSPs to explain a shocking allegation of how the Corporation is ripping off Scottish licence fee payers...

    ...For the past seven years, the Corporation has voluntarily agreed to commission 17 per cent of its network programmes from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
    However, according to Glasgow-based production company Matchlight, BBC bosses have devised a way to get around their own rules - at a cost of up to £50million a year to the Scottish economy.

     

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  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W
  • Location: Kingdom of Fife: 56.2º N, 3.2º W

    I think a Magic Roundabout graphic would be far more appropriate - and dear knows what Dylan was on.

    For our younger readers:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magic_Roundabout

    "Time for bed!"

     

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Was listening to BBC Radio Shortbread the morn on the way to Edinburgh.

    Talking about more bad news for the Scottish MSM; papers really struggling with more job cuts coming. Even talk of the Scotsman going under in the not too distant; Daily Herald too.

    Oddly, no mention of why this was the case / why Scottish papers are in the s**t and across the border there's not the same problem. Amusingly, there was concerns about a democratic deficit being created if the newspapers went under.

    Hmm. The reason they are going under is that there's a democratic deficit. Jeez, half the electorate back full independence tomorrow yet just one daily and one Sunday hold that political position. Up to 7 in 10 back devo max yet again no mainstream title is championing that cause either. Likewise not a single paper backs the SNP - a party polling up to 60% - and instead like 95% attack them day in and day out, often just making stuff up. Even the pro-indy papers are pro-indy rather than pro-SNP specifically.

    Why would supporters of indy waste their money on papers calling them economically illiterate anti-English nazis etc day after day? There's why your sales are going down the pan. You are British and British is dying in Scotland. Its really that simple. You don't represent modern Scotland's political thinking; you are relic of a British Scotland that's on its last legs.

    Of course no mention either of where people are getting their news from instead; the internet and the rapidly growing pro-indy new media.

    Funny thing is it made me realise how I've even come to just ignore the Scottish MSM. Been posting less of late on here because what's the point in questioning some of the crap the papers make up? Nobody's listening to it so why bother analysing it.

    It's not that people don't want the SNP held to account or the consequences of indy looked at critically. It's that they want the other parties also held to account and the UK looked at critically too. If it's all one-sided and increasingly made up cringeworthy propaganda, people just turn off and the MSM loses its power. Of course its a vicious circle because the more they see themselves going down the drain, the more they lash out at the people they see as responsible for that; those dastardly vile cybernats. The more they lash out, the more nice old Mrs McPhee has had enough of her country being slated by the British and decides she supports indy + will stop buying the Scotsman...

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl

    Wise words from Liam Fox here.

    Never took him for a supporter of Scottish independence, but there you go.

     

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