Monday, May 26, 2008

David Cameron versus Scotland


Alex Salmond, and most of Scotland, will oppose the Conservative Party's plans to:

1. cut welfare benefits in Scotland

2. have new Trident nuclear missiles in Scotland

3. cut the amount of money the London government gives to Scotland.

Salmond expects the Conservatives to have only three or four seats in Scotland after the next election.

Salmond promises to fight a future Tory government

aangirfan: Scotland is sitting on a gold mine.

aangirfan: Scotland pays its own way

Conservative Party leader David Cameron on the right

Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish National Party


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Towns and Cities

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Scotland is sitting on a gold mine.

The Scottish National Party wants Scottish oil to help the Scottish people.

In The Herald letters column, 20 May 2008, Scotland’s missing oil revenues ) Alex Orr writes:

"The call by the SNP government for control over North Sea oil and gas revenues, investing these for the future wealth and success of our nation, ties in nicely with the independent report recently published by Grant Thornton (May 19).

"This indicates that an independent Scotland would have a £4.4bn budget surplus (at a conservative estimate), making it the third richest nation in the European Union in terms of wealth per head.

"Scotland is sitting on a gold mine and this situation can only improve, with the price of oil more than doubling since 2005 to $120 a barrel and many oil analysts believing the cost will rise soon to $150 a barrel and could reach $200 a barrel by 2010.

"It is economic lunacy for us to continue a situation which binds us to a UK economy that is effectively bust, and where Westminster's financial black hole is being filled with Scotland's oil.

"After generations of sending North Sea revenues to Westminster, it is vital that Scotland has access to, and benefits from, our own resources.

"It cannot be right that we have fuel poverty and soaring road fuel prices amid this energy plenty, and the transfer of oil and gas resources to the Scottish Parliament, so that we can invest in Scotland's long-term economic interests, is simple common sense."

Nigel Dewar Gibb writes:

"No Scottish politician (meaning Labour, Conservative, Liberal) has ever seen fit to apologise for the shocking misuse of North Sea oil revenue when seeking re-election.

"Instead of helping Scotland's population, as was their responsibility and, indeed, our right, it was used initially to pay off the UK's debts, then unemployment costs during the Thatcher era and now to fund an illegal war.

"Perhaps more disgracefully, many senior Scottish Cabinet Ministers (Labour, Conservative) actually colluded in the deception of their own people by pretending that the oil "boom" would be short-lived and not worth much at all.

"All strength to John Swinney (Scottish National Party) in his attempt to have a meeting with the Chancellor, Alistair Darling (Labour), to discuss this matter now in the light of the ever-increasing oil price and its benefits to Westminster.

"Should he be unsuccessful in the outcome, I trust his Edinburgh constituents will take note of this situation come the next Westminster election."

According to :

"In 1999, after an absence of 292 years, Scotland regained her Parliament. It has very limited powers and responsibilities, with major policy (taxation, economy, transport, defence, foreign policy, broadcasting) still decided by Westminster - but it is a Parliament nonetheless."

Scotland now needs independence.


Countries with oil often get cheated of their wealth.

On 30 march 1977, London government minister Edmund Dell wrote a briefing document for the UK Cabinet about North Sea oil. (Salmond claims ‘proof of oil cash deceit’)

This document has now been made public under the 30-year rule.

Dell stated:

"The great majority of the profit (from North sea oil) would accrue to Scotland, and would represent almost a doubling of the Scottish GDP."

Jim Callaghan's Labour Cabinet in London decided to create a specific region called the UK Continental Shelf to hide the fact that most of the oil revenues should go to Scotland.

Scotland's First minister Alex Salmond says this is "proof positive of Westminster deceit" over Scotland's oil wealth."

Salmond continued: "As recent official figures show, an independent Scotland would move up the EU league table from 10th to 3rd in wealth per head, with our North Sea oil and gas resources included in Scotland's accounts.

"This is the reality that the London-based parties have been desperate to suppress for decades, but the truth is now out."

Salmond said that with oil prices at a record high, and huge reserves remaining, we must "make sure that Scottish control and opportunity replace the Westminster chicanery of yesteryear".

Salmond pointed to Norway's Oil Fund which is now worth £177bn, securing the benefits of their oil wealth "virtually for ever".

Salmond added: "If we are to enjoy the same benefits from our oil as Norway, then we must make our own future as an independent nation, and learn the lessons of Westminster's deceit."

The top three nations in terms of Gross Domestic Product per capita could be Luxembourg, Ireland and Scotland.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Andrew Roberts, MI6 and Scotland's Oil

Photo of Andrew Roberts from

Andrew Roberts attended Cranleigh School from where he was expelled for such pranks as statue painting, chapel roof climbing and rearranging the furniture in the quad.[1] Andrew Roberts (historian)

George W. Bush invited Roberts to lunch at the White House on 28 February 2007. After spending time in the Oval Office, Roberts and his wife dined with Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, the National Security Advisor Steve Hadley, White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and other White House officials.[2]

Richard Tomlinson has referred to MI6 agents in the media "such as Mr. Andrew Roberts." (Tomlinson Postscripts to The Big Breach / Cached)

Andrew Roberts appears regularly on the BBC and in certain newspapers, attacking conspiracy theories (Diana: the truth, the whole truth and conspiracy theories - Telegraph) and supporting wars like Iraq.

In the Christian Science Monitor, Roberts has defended the Iraq War. "Are the English-speaking peoples really about to quit before Islamic totalitarianism has been defeated in Iraq?" - At stake in the Iraq war: survival of a way of life

Roberts wrote a book on Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler's leadership techniques entitled Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership, in which he delivered a rebuttal to many of the assertions made by David Irving, Clive Ponting and Christopher Hitchens concerning Churchill. (Wikipedia - Andrew Roberts (historian))

In an April 2007 article in The New Republic Johann Hari accused Roberts of supporting massacres against civilians, and British concentration camps built during the Boer War. Hari pointed out Roberts had addressed and praised the Springbok Club, a white supremacist organisation that flies the old South African flag.

It's Scotland's oil

There is a growing amount of propaganda from the UK media about Scotland being too poor and too stupid to become independent.

The Daily Mail had an article by Andrew Roberts attacking the idea of Scottish independence : What if Scotland DID become independent? A historian, ANDREW ROBERTS, looks forward .

The truth is that Scotland pays its own way, has lots of oil (at least half of it is still left) and has a long history of producing clever people. (aangirfan: Scotland pays its own way / Category:Scottish inventors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia/ Scotland's Oil-True oil wealth hidden to stop Independence)

What do people think about Roberts?

"Roberts is as sloppy as he is snobbish. I am seldom bothered by minor errors from a good writer, but Roberts’ mistakes are so extensive, foolish, and revealing of his basic ignorance about the United States in particular...." George Bush's favorite historian. - By Jacob Weisberg - Slate Magazine