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    Found this while checking up about EU borders.

    Useful site and info quite relevant here.

    https://fullfact.org/europe/eu-referendum-and-irish-border/

     

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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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    36 minutes ago, scottish skier said:

    The committee remains concerned that despite the recent increase in the reporting of hate crimes, the problem of underreporting persists and the gap between reported cases and successful prosecution remains significant. As a result, a large number of racist hate crimes seem to go unpunished."

    It's difficult to know how to read the increase in reports of race hate crimes (I'm not suggesting that there hasn't been some increase) but the system for reporting it doesn't need any proof, for it to be registered as such.

    They may be going un-prosecuted/unpunished because there is insufficient proof.

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

    This is very reassuring to read from Police Scotland. They seem to have the right ideas about how to deal with these issues.

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    UK police ask Scots officers for advice after hate crime stalled north of the border after Brexit vote

    1 day ago

    UK police have sought advice from Scottish officers after hate crime stalled north of the border but rocketed everywhere else following the Brexit vote.

    More than 6,000 hate crimes were reported in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the wake of the EU referendum - up 20% on the same period in July 2015.

    But Police Scotland has seen "no evidence of any increase in level of overall hate crime incidents", Deputy Chief Constable Ruaraidh Nicolson told the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).

    Mr Nicolson also criticised police engagement with ethnic minorities elsewhere in the world, insisting Scotland does not have the same counter-terrorism problems as France and Belgium.

    He said the static hate crime figures indicate a greater level of "community cohesion" and also keeps Scotland "safe from terrorism".

    He said: "In terms of hate crime, we are engaged with every community and we feel that's really important.

    "That was commented on yesterday when we had a meeting with police south of the border, and they saw our engagement model as one to emulate."

    We must not let communities start to eye each other with suspicion...turn against each other. Once tit for tat begins it readily becomes a destructive, self fulfilling prophecy as the bigots thrive.

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    11 hours ago, scottish skier said:

    This is very reassuring to read from Police Scotland. They seem to have the right ideas about how to deal with these issues.

    We must not let communities start to eye each other with suspicion...turn against each other. Once tit for tat begins it readily becomes a destructive, self fulfilling prophecy as the bigots thrive.

    Good to see. Police forces in all parts of the UK seem to be finally realising that engaging with communities is the way to go.

    I strongly suspect the spike in hate crimes south of the border was due to a tiny minority of bigoted cretins who felt the need to celebrate 'getting their country back' by shouting abuse at EU migrants in their local supermarket. 

    Bear in mind we have ten times your population so unfortunately we have ten times as many Richardheads as you do. 

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

    Always worth a wee reminder of who is in charge of Scotland while it remains in the UK.

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    Government ‘has stripped Paralympians of their Motability vehicles’

    Paralympians heading to Rio next week have lost their Motability vehicles after being reassessed as part of the government’s programme of benefit cuts and reforms, a member of the ParalympicsGB team has revealed.

    Some Paralympians have spoken previously of the importance of the support they receive from the benefits system, particularly through disability living allowance (DLA), but this is the first confirmation that any of them have lost that support as a result of the government’s austerity programme.

    It's not just how sick they are, but how petty they are with it.

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    One highly ironic outcome of a post brexit and post Indy scenario is that rUK could well decide to remain on BST all year. I know road safety groups have campaigned for it in the past to make lighter early evenings and safer rush hours but I think the problem has been that some parts of Scotland wouldn't get light until late morning.

    I guess they wouldn't have to worry about that if Scotland goes its own way so we could end up on European time having left the EU while you're an hour behind but still in it!

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  • Location: Calgary, Canada (1230m asl)
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  • Location: Calgary, Canada (1230m asl)

    https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/aug/22/uk-bill-of-rights-will-not-be-scrapped-says-liz-truss

    Sorry if this has been posted previously and I've missed it, but it's really bugged me. Bad enough that there are plans to scrap the human rights act, but it's the attitude that properly annoys me. The new bill of rights will be "decided by parliament". No mention of us the people getting a say. Parliament decides. Democracy in action. Something as important as this should not be decided by parliament. Road building scheme? Let parliament decide with a decent consultation process. Our basic rights? Shouldn't be anywhere near parliament until it's needing passed into law, and even then only for a rubber stamp!! 

    One of the reasons I want independence is to avoid this type of nonsense. Bottom up politics all the way. 

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    On 26/08/2016 at 19:55, interested & confused said:

    It's difficult to know how to read the increase in reports of race hate crimes (I'm not suggesting that there hasn't been some increase) but the system for reporting it doesn't need any proof, for it to be registered as such.

    They may be going un-prosecuted/unpunished because there is insufficient proof.

    They could be, however insufficient proof, and the incident didn't happen at all are two different things. 

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    2 hours ago, CatchMyDrift said:

    https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/aug/22/uk-bill-of-rights-will-not-be-scrapped-says-liz-truss

    Sorry if this has been posted previously and I've missed it, but it's really bugged me. Bad enough that there are plans to scrap the human rights act, but it's the attitude that properly annoys me. The new bill of rights will be "decided by parliament". No mention of us the people getting a say. Parliament decides. Democracy in action. Something as important as this should not be decided by parliament. Road building scheme? Let parliament decide with a decent consultation process. Our basic rights? Shouldn't be anywhere near parliament until it's needing passed into law, and even then only for a rubber stamp!! 

    One of the reasons I want independence is to avoid this type of nonsense. Bottom up politics all the way. 

    I'm waiting to see exactly what laws were forced upon us by the EU to be honest. Will be interesting. As for parliament deciding things for us, that's the way it's always been. We vote in who we want to represent us by what is in there personal mandate, and then they put that into action or try to, often there's a different party in office though. 

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    1 hour ago, alexisj9 said:

    I'm waiting to see exactly what laws were forced upon us by the EU to be honest. Will be interesting. As for parliament deciding things for us, that's the way it's always been. We vote in who we want to represent us by what is in there personal mandate, and then they put that into action or try to, often there's a different party in office though. 

    And I think we've had quite enough of 'the people' deciding our future for a while anyway.

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

    It's been failing for a long time. The two entities are just too politically and socially at odds.

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    TTIP has failed – but no one is admitting it, says German Vice-Chancellor

    Germany’s Vice-Chancellor said in 14 rounds of talks neither side had agreed on a single common chapter out of the 27 being deliberated..

    ...The UK was seen as one of the strongest supporters of TTIP in the EU, so its departure following the Brexit vote would remove one of the US's closest allies in the talks. 

    Westminster has done much to make the UK the 51st state.

    No thanks.

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    4 hours ago, scottish skier said:

    It's been failing for a long time. The two entities are just too politically and socially at odds.

    Westminster has done much to make the UK the 51st state.

    No thanks.

    That was already known to be failing before the EU ref date was set. I agree with you about us getting to close to the US as well.

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

     

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    Germany warns UK ‘you can’t keep the nice things’ after Brexit

    "Brexit is bad but it won't hurt us as much economically as some fear.... we need to make sure that we don't allow Britain to keep the nice things, so to speak, related to Europe while taking no responsibility," he added.

    Mr Gabriel said negotiations would be "very difficult" and that Britain would not be able to have both full access to the single market and limits on the freedom of movement of workers.

    Yep, Europe must be firm lest others think they can be a petulant, spoiled child too, demanding they have their cake and eat it, instead of being an equal partner like everyone else.

    Incidentally, it's interesting the way the UK media is spinning this. 'Brexit may end EU' when the reality is 'EU will be really tough on Britain to ensure bloc stability + brexit isn't really an issue to it economically'.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37210138

    Just like the madness of the BritScot papers. Real 'last days of Rome' stuff. The propaganda machine invariably reaches fever pitch as the end draws close. The Olympics was classic in this respect.

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    Turbines installed off the coast of Shetland could herald a "new era" in tidal energy, according to the company running the project.

    Tidal energy specialist Nova Innovation said they were the first offshore tidal turbines in the world to deliver electricity to the grid.

    Two 100kW turbines have been installed so far in the Shetland Tidal Array at Bluemull Sound.

    The blades for the turbines were made by Shetland Composites.

    Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation said tidal energy was a "long-term source" of predictable renewable power, with the turbines generating to full power across all tidal conditions.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-37212373

    Scotland leads the world, again. :closedeyes:

    Too wee, too poor, too stupid my ****. 

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    1 hour ago, Ravelin said:

    Turbines installed off the coast of Shetland could herald a "new era" in tidal energy, according to the company running the project.

    Tidal energy specialist Nova Innovation said they were the first offshore tidal turbines in the world to deliver electricity to the grid.

    Two 100kW turbines have been installed so far in the Shetland Tidal Array at Bluemull Sound.

    The blades for the turbines were made by Shetland Composites.

    Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation said tidal energy was a "long-term source" of predictable renewable power, with the turbines generating to full power across all tidal conditions.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-37212373

    Scotland leads the world, again. :closedeyes:

    Too wee, too poor, too stupid my ****. 

    Stupid man, the tides are going to run out too.

    Or #snpbad the oil industry will be destroyed and thousands set to lose their jobs due to #snpbad limitless electricity. 

    I'm sure the YooniPress will come up with some way of twisting it. 

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  • Location: Carryduff, County Down 420ft ASL
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    7 minutes ago, scottish skier said:

    I suspect Corbyn didn't make this appointment.

     

    Further evidence that Red Tory and Blue Tory are the same thing.

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  • Location: Near Lauder, SE Scotland, 175 m asl
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    3 minutes ago, mountain shadow said:

    Further evidence that Red Tory and Blue Tory are the same thing.

    I'm wondering what Alex Rowley thinks of this. He's already increasingly at odds with kezia as he backs Corbyn but she supports Smith. Alan roden is not known for being kind to Corbyn / the left. Would be funny if Scottish labour split before English labour. Or maybe not a surprise really given the more advanced stage of the great British political/constitutional collapse in Scotland compared to England.

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

    NHS Scotland in crisis etc.

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    Patient satisfaction continues to rise

    Patient satisfaction with Scotland’s health service continues to rise, according to this year’s inpatient experience survey, published today.

    The Quality of Healthcare Experience National indicator has risen to 82.8 - its highest level since the survey began and a significant increase of 1.1 from the previous survey in 2014.

    The 2016 survey found that 90% of patients rated their care and treatment as good or excellent, the highest rating since the survey began in 2010...

     

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  • Location: Carryduff, County Down 420ft ASL
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    I see Brown has come out pushing for "home rule" again which was what I thought "The Vow" was supposed to deliver. Does anyone listen to this "Uncle Tam" anymore?..

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14710785.Brown_backs_effective_Scottish_Home_Rule__saying_Brexit_vote_calls_for_new_constitutional_settlement/

    Before the Scottish Iref I would have been more than happy with Full Devo Max with a closure of the House of Lords to be replaced by a 4 country Senate of equal number to cover foreign affairs and defence policy. For me, that ship has now long sailed.

     

     

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  • Location: Tullynessle/Inverurie
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    Ach, soon we'll no need any o' that oil stuff....

    A device which is said to be the world's most powerful tidal turbine is due to begin testing in Orkney.

    The SR2000, developed by Scotrenewables Tidal Power, is undergoing final checks before being connected to its mooring system at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) test site.

    At 63m in length, it is longer than Edinburgh's Scott Monument.

    Its developers say it is capable of generating 2MW of power - enough for about 1,000 homes over a year.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-37222175

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

    When you let someone else collect the cash for your oil and tell you how much profit they made from it for 'you'.

     

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  • Location: Carryduff, County Down 420ft ASL
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    1 hour ago, scottish skier said:

    When you let someone else collect the cash for your oil and tell you how much profit they made from it for 'you'.

     

    Some Scots are right mugs, they really are.

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