Monday, January 22, 2007


Greenock, year 2017


"Witness the "velvet divorce" between the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1999. Its astounding success has left citizens in both countries satisfied and still friends."
Why breaking up could be the making of us

Sack Ming
Sir Ming rules out LibDem agreement with SNP

"Independence would revitalise the country as a dynamic small economy in the mould of Ireland or some Baltic states... The SNP says Scotland has been in surplus for 25 years... The SNP promises an enterprise-friendly economic policy. It would reduce corporation tax to 20 per cent, lower business rates, cut red tape and have a 'proactive' immigration policy. It argues that it could aspire to a 4 per cent growth rate like other small European economies, rather than the 1.7 per cent seen today." Break-up of Union will sell both sides short

Scotland ponders going its own way - Washington Times

"Mr Cameron's Scottish leader, the genial Annabel Goldie, may find herself backing a Labour minority government." Lost for words north of the border

Perfectly reasonable position on currency

Scotland's true oil wealth was hidden to stop independence.

List of some Scottish Enlightenment thinkers
Robert Adam (1728-1792) architect
James Anderson (1739-1808) agronomist, lawyer, amateur scientist
Joseph Black (1728-1799) physicist and chemist, first to isolate carbon dioxide
Hugh Blair (1718-1800) minister, author
James Boswell (1740-1795) lawyer, author of Life of Johnson
Thomas Brown (1778–1820), Scottish moral philosopher and philosopher of mind; jointly held the Chair of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University with
Dugald StewartJames Burnett, Lord Monboddo (1714-1799) philosopher, judge, founder of modern comparative historical linguistics
Robert Burns (1759-1796) poet
Alexander Campbell (1788-1866) founder of the Restoration Movement
George Campbell (1719-1796) philosopher of language, theology, and rhetoric
Sir John Clerk of Eldin (1728-1812) prolific artist, author of An Essay on Naval Tactics; great-uncle of James Clerk MaxwellWilliam Cullen (1710-1790) early medical researcher and chemist
Adam Ferguson (1723-1816) considered the founder of sociology
James Hall, 4th Baronet (1761-1832) geologist, geophysicist
Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696-1782) philosopher, judge, historian
David Hume (1711-1776) philosopher
Francis Hutcheson (1694-1746) philosopher of metaphysics, logic, and ethics
James Hutton (1726–1797) founder of modern geology
Sir John Leslie (1766-1832) mathematician, physicist, investigator of heat (thermodynamics)James Mill (1773-1836) late in the period
John Millar (1735-1801) philosopher, historian, historiographer
John Playfair (1748-1819) mathematician, author of Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth
Thomas Reid (1710-1796) philosopher, founder of the Scottish School of Common Sense
William Robertson (1721-1793) one of the founders of modern historical research
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
William Smellie (1740-1795) editor of the first edition of Encyclopædia Britannica
Adam Smith (1723-1790) whose The Wealth of Nations was the first modern treatise on economicsDugald Stewart (1753-1828) moral philosopher
John Walker (naturalist) (17310-1803) Natural History Professor
James Watt (1736-1819) student of James Black; engineer, inventor (Watt steam engine)


Friday, January 12, 2007

End of the Union

The Boy Who Lived Before

"A majority of English and Scottish voters support splitting the two countries, a poll has shown.
The ICM survey published in Friday's Daily Mail (12 Jan 2007) showed 48 per cent of people in England, and 51 per cent in Scotland, back Scottish independence."
Poll backs end of the Union

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission is currently looking at the Lockerbie trial and its decision is expected before March 2007. The Scottish High Court is also due to hear Megrahi's appeal very shortly. How might the UK government avoid the court case, or the review, revealing the truth about alleged CIA involvement in Lockerbie? Will the UK government swap Megrahi for the Bulgarian nurses accused of spreading AIDS?
Free Bomber to Save Bulgaria's Nurses Bulgaria

Stats Bill Should Mark End of Labour’s Scottish Dodgy Dossier

Scotland - luring ex-pats with promise of better jobs

Labour MP poised for defection to SNP

SNP plan to criminalise pro-Trident politicians