That is the national question or “conversation”, if you like, in a nutshell. The answer, you would think, is as plain as the nose on you’re face. But to have a look at the other side of the argument, I went hunting for alternative views on the matter. Let’s get one thing clear that I think all sides agree on, and that is, come the morning of the 18th of Sept. this year, every one of us, from the age 16 and up on that date, has a date with destiny. If we do not grasp the opportunity to take control of our own destiny, a right that we allowed to have bought from us, sold by that “parcel of rogues”, as Robert Burns put it, then history will judge us and our generation very harshly indeed.

I’ve had a wee gander at the better together website and it’s front page is full of lies. The lies stay on for about 5.5  seconds to allow you to read and take in their lies.

Help us ensure that Scotland says No Thanks to separation, become a Better Together activist today. SIGN UP

Of course that’s not a lie, it’s simply just a cry for help. But 5.5 seconds later they hit us with

Right now, as part of the UK we all pay into the same pension “pot” and are guaranteed the same state pension FIND OUT MORE.

The FIND OUT MORE link leads you to this crap. So what they are saying is that because we live longer, we will lose out in the pension “pot”. Are they talking of the pot of gold that the UK treasury, under Gordon Brown’s chancellorship, pilfered? On the one hand they tell us we have one of the worst, if not the worst, mortality rate in europe because we don’t eat right and lead unhealthy lifestyles. Now they are telling us that we are living longer than the rest of the UK. What complete and utter nonsense and we wont swallow it, deep-fried with batter of not. Yes it’s true that we now pay into the same pension fund, though I wouldn’t call it a pot. I’d rather pay into our own pension fund and be guaranteed the same state pension as my fellow Scots on top of the already guaranteed UK state pension. You can be sure it won’t be a penny lass than our siblings south of the border. The arithmetic is simple, like 1+1=2, 2+2=4 and our (UK pension we’ve already paid into) + (the pension we will continue to pay into post Indy) = our new improved pension which will be guaranteed to pay out more per person than our siblings south of the border. It most certainly can not be less. That simply would not add up. And let’s just be honest with ourselves. This is ours and our neighbour’s parents and Grandparents we are talking about, the same ones that we in Scotland can afford free care for when they don’t seem to be able to manage down there.

The only way to guarantee that we keep the UK pound as our currency is for Scotland to stay in the UK. FIND OUT MORE. The FIND OUT MORE link leads you to this crap.

The Isle of Man manages to use the pound and the Manx and if truth be told Scotland could use any currency it wishes. The US dollar is accepted all over the world as is the Euro. We can use the pound Sterling and there is not one thing the UK treasury could do about it. Or we could use whatever currency we like. The world is our oyster. The Isle of Man manned up and use their dual currency as did the Republic of Ireland done and many countries throughout the world do, to no detriment to their economy. More scaremongering from the negative campaign. They don’t have facts because they can’t have facts. So they make what they want up and ignore all the rest because their scaremongering is all based on hypothetical situations.  When cornered into giving any facts, they’re stuck. Because the facts don’t suit their scaremongering.

Whenever people look at and consider the issues, it becomes clear to them that Scotland can, should and must become an independent country. Consider this… If Scotland were an independent country, would you vote to join the UK. The irony is that those on the better together side mostly consist of those who want to vote to leave the EU. For Scotland, we now have no voice at the table in Europe when we would have if we were a sovereign nation, as should be the case.

One of  the most important things you can do in your life if you’re aged 16 or over on the 18th of Sept is to get out and vote. If you are giving any thought to voting NO then have yourself sectioned under the mental health act before you can do you’re country a disservice an actually vote. There was no franchise and free  referenda when our sovereignty was sold from under us at the Act of Union in 1707.

This is not about Nationalism nor is it about even patriotism. It is about self-determination. It is about governing ourselves and standing or falling by our own mistakes. We would then no longer have Mother England to blame for our problems and to the cowards among us that may seem appealing.  I’m begging our nation to show a little courage and take some responsibility for our own destiny rather than leave it to does with no wherewithal and instead leave to us who are willing.

(to be continued)

Don’t use them, Paddy is the only one you can trust. The wee fat Cowan wouldn’t even take me and my mum. who had mobility problems. down the road. When I asked him why, He said “If you don’t know then that’s all the more reason why I’m not letting you in this cab”. He’s from the same area where I was reared up from 6 to 18. I was 44 years old at this time. Maybe I threw snowballs at him 20 odd years ago and he has received counseling since. But that’s just petty and by the by. I continued to use Redline faithfully and loyally for over 25 years. I was responsible through my guests, myself and family for nearly £3000 annually. But in the week ending 30th of May 3 cabs allegedly did not receive their fare money. You would think that they would simply warn drivers to take payment up front. If a passenger doesn’t have enough cash on him and has to go into his house to retrieve money to pay the fare, surely the driver need only need some collateral until the passenger returns with the money. (What taxi driver doesn’t do that as standard practice?) Anyway to lift the “blacklist” on my number, I went to the office and paid £12 to cover the three fares. one of which has since been repaid to me. The chap maintains that the taxi didn’t wait for him to come back with the fare. I asked the girl in the office to take my personal details and a password and we agreed that I would be removed from the “blacklist”. We agreed that no taxi was order was to be accepted from my number without my full name and password being used. This was all acceptable but I was having problems ordering a taxi from them. Some of the bovine group in their office didn’t get that I was now removed from the blacklist despite holding a receipt for the fares that they claimed had not been paid. After a few days everything seemed back to normal except it was only I that was getting a taxi so revenue drops from nearly 3 grand a year to under £600 a year. Yesterday — 5th June — the lying cows tried to say that a hire had not been paid the day after I had paid the £12 on the Thursday of last week. They also said that a password could not be set up except for a contract. For all intents and purposes I had a contract with them. It was only them I phoned. Besides they breached their verbal contract with me when I paid their fares — even though I was not legally obliged to — on the condition that the blacklist be lifted and the password protocol put in place. The first liar told that I was back on the blacklist because a Taxi had been “bumped” on the 5th. She told me it wasn’t from my phone number but from another phone,,evidently a mobile. The second fat cow who was there,,she said, when I paid the £12 tried to change the story to that the was ordered from my number. She denied any knowledge of the password agreement I had made with them when I paid the money. So they have simply used me as a debt collector for their unpaid bills. They don’t know that I charge £20 an hour for that kind of service and it took me 2.5 hours to do it. So they owe me the £12 as I only undertook the fare payment under the circumstances described. They failed in that regard so I will be seeking that money back. Then of course the collection fee which I would have waived had I not been lied to, brings the total they owe me to £32
People stick with United and Maxicabs, For a £3:00 journey in a Redline cab, it will cost you only £2:60 – £2:70. So it’s not 266633 but 266333. That one digit makes a lot difference to your purse. And you receive a better service. Apart from Paddy of course. The other United numbers are 357070 if you’re in Wishaw or you can phone Maxi cabs as they together on the same radio and their number is 842525 and of course if you’re in Motherwell phone — TWO DOUBLE SIX TREBLE THREE — 266333.
Good luck and always remember to put you’re seatbelt on when you get in a cab. .it should become automatic.
 

A Play dedicated to all the men and woman who took part in the Hunger Strikes, the Blanket and No wash protests.
Starring – Brian Milligan
Directed by – Alison McCrudden
Music by Joe Kelly, Noël Barr and Tomas Taylor.
Technicians – Pat Gregory, Francis McCarton and Peter Hughes.
Producers – Paddy A and Gerard Fleming.

 

 

As I’m sure most Celtic Fans will be aware the OBFCT Bill 2011 has been used and abused by Scotland‘s Police forces up and down the country to attack Celtic supporters. Fans who are left wondering why this is the case should read a fine letter Jeanette Findlay of the Celtic Trust wrote to Christine Grahame MSP. If you read the full document, you will get an idea of our concerns about this bill not only as football supporters but as Democrats, of whatever hue. We are concerned that the act will and has been used to stop fans from airing legitimate political views at or going to and from football matches. The arguments about whether or not there is a place at a socio-politico minded football club for expressions of political opinion by supporters is not up for debate here. Nor should it be. It is not the job of parliamentarians to legislate against expressions of political opinion in any arena, sporting or otherwise. That is a matter for us and we alone as Celtic supporters. I say socio-politico minded football club because of the Club’s roots. It was founded to put food on the tables of the poor of this City, and as such it’s very founding is a political act. I know some believe that the poor of this City are not worthy of such support from anyone and should be left to rot. However, that is only a political opinion, and we wouldn’t want to stop MSPs or anyone else from expressing that view. In fact, we would welcome the refreshing honesty.

You can find all the documents to download here… http://www.celtictrust.net/index.php?func=d_home_documents …at the bottom of the page. Pay particular attention to the OBFCT Data collection form. Use this form if you have become a victim of this bill so fans groups can collect data to bin this bill in 2014.

I’m going to quote the letter in full here anyway…

14 Sept 2012

Dear Ms Grahame,
I am writing to you regarding comments you made during the evidence session at the Justice Committee yesterday (13/9/11) and to seek clarification of those remarks.
During an exchange between you and Professor Tom Devine (which can be found at between 2hrs and 1minute and 2hrs and 6 minutes in the video recording) you question statistics provided by Professor Devine to the effect that Catholics are twice as likely to be the victims of sectarian aggravated assault. I think you are also arguing against his point that the existing legislation is sufficient.
You say that Professor Devine cannot use the statistics to uphold his assertion re the disproportionate number of Catholic victims of religious aggravated offences under the 2003 legislation because the existing legislation is more likely to lead to convictions of ‘Rangers fans’ and that it is not ‘even’ because ‘Celtic fans’ won’t be convicted of any offence because they are singing political songs. Professor Devine is clear that he is talking about Catholics and Protestants but you appear to interpret this as proxies for Celtic and Rangers supporters respectively.
Notwithstanding this point, there is a clear implication in this statement that there is something missing in the 2003 legislation because it does not appear to result in the same
number of convictions of Celtic supporters. Indeed you say at one point with reference to the 2003 legislation that it is ‘not even’. You appear not to consider the possibility that the reason more Rangers fans have been convicted under the 2003 Act (which is not what Professor Devine said but is nonetheless true) is because they, in large number, have sung bigoted and racist songs and Celtic fans (en masse) haven’t and don’t. To be blunt, you appear to suggest that there is something wrong with legislation that does not result in parity of numbers of arrests between Celtic supporter and Rangers supporters, ignoring, for the moment, any discussion of offensive behaviour by supporters of other teams. A number of our members as well as other Celtic supporters have concerns about the motivation for this Bill and the lack of clarity surrounding the definitions of offensive behaviour. Your comments have added to these concerns. I write to you today to ask you to reassure the public that this Bill is not, in whole or in part, motivated by a desire to see Celtic fans convicted in equal number to Rangers fans for offences specified precisely with that aim in mind.
I repeat my evidence to the Committee last week, Celtic fans do not, en masse, sing songs of hate against anyone. The only alleged ‘offensiveness’ that critics of the Celtic support are able to bring up is the singing of Republican songs. These songs, in and of themselves, are not aimed at Protestants or of adherents of any other religion, they are political in nature and, as such, the outlawing of them is potentially a breach of the right to freedom of expression. Such an unwarranted restriction of freedom of speech would, I am sure, be resisted not only by Celtic fans but by all democrats. I would add that the appropriateness of such songs being sung at a football match is an entirely separate question for Celtic supporters alone and one which does not involve any question of legality, nor does it require the scrutiny of the Parliament.
It would be unfortunate indeed if the public were left with the impression that the intention of the drafters of this Bill is to ensure that Scotland can ignore its anti-Catholic and anti-Irish problem by engineering parity of convictions between Celtic supporters and others and thereby rely on the dishonest ‘plague on both your houses’ approach which we have seen all to often.
I look forward to your reply.
Yours sincerely
Jeanette Findlay
Chair

I think that gives a fair enough although brief background to the issue. So far, I’m not aware of any reply from Ms Grahame. I will endeavour to find out and add it on to this post…

There’s nothing wrong with constructive criticism. Nothing at all. And Managers should be able to take it and they should be able to answer it. Lennon’s quoted in BBC Sport like this,

Lennon was barracked by some Celtic supporters near the dug-out during the match.
“I understand supporters’ frustrations,” he said. “If they’re not happy with me and want me to go, I’ll go, simple as that.”
The Celtic manager described his side’s recent home form as “unacceptable” but said he was vexed by some of the criticism.
“The lack of patience shown by some people baffles me at times,” he added.

Obviously, in the heat of the moment, both fans and Lennon can say things that can seem beyond robust, but given a few hours to cool down, I think we can all appreciate the the magnitude of Lennon’s job at the moment. He’s a victim of his and the team’s own success. Ironically, if Celtic were out on our arse, by now, in Europe, there wouldn’t be as much passion and expectation from us fans and we would probably have taken defeat by Inverness CT on the chin. Let’s not forget, we are still top of the League and if anyone thought that results like this would go away with Rangers, they are deluding themselves. Other teams are going to step up to the plate and give everything they have against Celtic. They only have to raise their games 3 or 4 times a year now instead of 6 or 8. Every game Celtic play, we are going to have to just live with that fact and simply overcome it. That’s what we are doing. What we must not do is spit the dummy out and shout abuse at Lennon when he is clearly feeling it too. I should also add that I believe he does understand that fans are frustrated at these times — it’s what sport’s all about after all — but he shouldn’t take it personal when, in the heat of the moment, fans give him verbal. He should leave the ultimatums out. He knows fans don’t want him to go. It’s bad for the team and supporters’ morale if people take things personally and ultimatums like the one quoted are given.

It’s in all our interests to continue to back the whole team, Lennon and all, and drive on for unprecedented success. Some fans might argue that the backing the fans have given him in the past is proof enough that they back him but it was hardly difficult to do, given the circumstances. Let’s just put it behind us and move on. Like adults.

With the match against Hearts now about to kick off in under an hour, I’m feeling confident we will take this opportunity to quickly put our recent SPL form to bed and get back to winning ways…

Yes, Newsnight screwed up, but let’s remember who the real victims are – and listen to them – Comment – Voices – The Independent.

I couldn’t agree more with this article and strongly recommend reading it. It articulates my thoughts  exactly so there’s no point in me writing another one.

 

Tipping is not optional:Family locked in restaurant by staff after refusing to pay gratuity after bad service | Mail Online.

Fucking bollox it’s not optional. You don’t tip the bus driver but we tip a taxi driver. When I done charity work voluntarily, I was rarely tipped when doing house clearances. You don’t tip the gas man or any other workers that do work in your home. The restaurant at Wishaw Golf Club keep the tips and use them to help pay the staff wages. In other words, the staff don’t see the tip anyway. That restaurant is not alone. Restaurants should pay a decent wage and tipping is for when staff have provided service over and beyond the usual. You should also ask if the tips are shared among the staff equally or whether the staff keep their own tips. For example, if the food is crap but the service is good you wouldn’t want to tip the chefs for the waiting staff‘s service. And vice versa.

On top of that, if the food is sub standard, you can refuse it and pay only for the replacement, assuming the replacement isn’t sub standard. You can demand a refund for dishes that were sub standard. Most decent restaurants will not charge for dishes that are sub standard as goodwill gesture even if you ate it.