The Polling Station 4 – Trident

The Polling Station is a podcast of around 5 minutes with short informative little pieces on the election matters that are being missed, evaded, obfuscated or terminalogically inexactituded in the normal election coverage. It’ll be every day between now and the election, with Ivan McKee, myself and others.

This is the 4th episode, you can find the others here.

507-nuclear-weaponsIn this episode we look at the plans to replace Trident. Is it worth the money? Is it good military strategy? And what about the Red Menace. What about the SNP red line?

Oh, and a bonus point for anyone who can tell me why I stuck that little bit of music on at the end. It wasn’t because there will be another episode tomorrow.

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“It is such a supreme folly to believe that nuclear weapons are deadly only if they’re used. The fact that they exist at all, their presence in our lives, will wreak more havoc than we can begin to fathom. Nuclear weapons pervade our thinking. Control our behavior. Administer our societies. Inform our dreams. They bury themselves like meat hooks deep in the base of our brains. They are purveyors of madness. They are the ultimate colonizer.”

– Arundhati Roy

The Scottish Independence Podcast 52 – John Finnie MSP

JohnFinnie261012For the 3rd time in recent episodes The Scottish Independence Podcast is going back to the parliament, this time to talk to John Finnie MSP.

John is an Independent MSP for the Highlands and Islands region and one of the topics of our discussion was why he made the decision to become an independent, rather than stay with the SNP.

We also talked about the disgraceful immigration policies of the UK government and how, whilst Scotland has already sought to curb some of the worst excesses of those policies, it could do so much more given a Yes vote.

Then we got on to what might be some good foreign policy options for an Independent Scotland.

There is all this and much more in there.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 39 – Anne Donohoe

c3f17f631363def949a50e4450d8da88For the 39th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke to Anne Donohoe, who, amongst other things is a Yes Scotland activist.

The interesting thing though, is that she didn’t start as an independence supporter but rather came to the conclusion that indy would be best after a long number of years working in various political campaigns around the country, and coming to some pretty damning conclusions about the nature of the British state.

She has also been a member of CND for a long time, and we talked about the decision of that organisation to join the Yes Scotland group.

More recently she’s been working as a tour guide and I asked her what visitors to Scotland know and are thinking about the referendum.

Finally, we talked about how the Glorious Revolution probably wasn’t so glorious after all.

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There’s Your £500 And More

BL6JNflCIAAd6Z_Remember this?

Almost two-thirds of Scots would vote for independence if they were guaranteed to be just £500 better off a year, a survey has claimed.

Well, as written, that suggests having £500 MORE.

What if we reverse it and talk about staying in the Union guaranteeing a significant amount LESS for every Scottish family.

Two days ago Wings Over Scotland published a story showing how funds will be diverted FROM Scotland,  TO England which,  although it has often been the case, has never been the mainstream narrative. They covered it from another angle here as well.

Not only this diversion of funds, but another story popped up on the same day in which the Institute of Fiscal Studies predicted that the average family in Britain is likely to be £1,800 a year worse off by 2015.

I quote…

The average middle-income family in Britain is likely to be nearly £1,800 a year worse-off by 2015, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Families with two children will see a fall of £34 in their weekly incomes, after adjusting for inflation.

A childless couple is likely to lose £1,248 a year, or £24 a week.

The IFS also said that over the next three years, less well-off families will be hit harder than those with higher incomes.

The cuts in spending power are because incomes are failing to keep pace with inflation, and because of changes to the benefits system.

So this is to happen before Scotland, following a yes vote, becomes Independent. What guarantees do we have that things will get better after that if we don’t vote yes?

Well none actually, in fact, we have only suggestions the crisis is going to get worse and continue through the next parliament.

Are Labour going to win the next Westminster election and sort it out?

Dont+Be+Glum+copyNo, Labour aren’t going to win that election, and in fact it seems like they are trying harder and harder not to. Even if they do win it, they have promised they will continue the cuts and austerity.

How can Independent Scotland solve this? Well, too many ways to go into them all but for starters you could increase spending power with a higher minimum wage, you could do the same by not destroying the benefit system, you could save a good part of the money to do that by not wasting it Trident and useless, bloody and illegal foreign wars, finally having control of oil revenues would provide money for an oil fund and a huge hike in tax revenue, we could save money on Westminster itself (I’ve seen 50 million as the cost of that place to Scotland). These are just a few and there are many others that have been discussed at length.

As much as they try to make it look like it is, it isn’t actually rocket science or some mad unseen hand of the market that makes things as they are.

The point is that we don’t have to be forced down this path. Unless of course, we stay in the UK.

Fear not however, Boris Johson believes that spending a pound in Croydon is far more valuable for everyone than spending it in Strathclyde, let’s go back to see what that Institute of Fiscal studies report says about that…

The study shows that 28% of adults aged 45 to 64 living in south-east England live in households with wealth greater than £1m. The figure includes the value of property.

By contrast, in north-west England, the proportion of people with such wealth is only 14%.

The differing fortunes of pensioners are also highlighted in the ONS report.

In the North East, 24% of pensioners live in households with wealth of less than £50,000. In the South West it is 9% of pensioners.

For A’ That 10 – Scandinous

For our first episode of the 2013 Andrew and I spoke with Dominic Hinde who is part of and spends his time between Scotland and Sweden. He was able to give us a good idea about the Scandinavian model that is so often put forward as a future for Scotland.

We also discussed the stories regarding where Trident could be moving to and the strange hypocrisies that surround the issue at the moment.

518431493Andrew was very interested in a major legal reform that is coming up this year.

Finally, we put forth our views on how convinced we are that Cameron can win hearts and minds to the cause of the union as he has promised.


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