Thursday, October 22, 2009

Edinburgh and Enlightenment

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Fascist militias are sometimes used by governments to do their dirty work.

According to Chris Ford (British Nationalism and the rise of Fascism):

"The first movement of 20th century fascism emerged in 1910 to enforce the unity of the United Kingdom...

"Sir Edward Carson, raised the 80,000 strong UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) in defence of empire and against unpatriotic socialists and papist nationalists...

"Field Marshall Wilson set up the Specials, a force of 48,000 drawn from the old UVF and Cromwell Clubs.

"Lloyd George described them as analogous to the fascisti in Italy.

"In the years 1920 to 1922 these British fascists forced 23,000 people from their homes and killed 400 in a campaign of ethnic cleansing."

If you think of the Orange Order, you might think of Ulster, the Kincora Boys Home, Clockwork Orange and MI5. (Kincora Boys /Gay King Billy)

On 18 October 2009, Scotland on Sunday tells us that the Orange Order will mobilise to defend the Union

The Orange Order has 50,000 members in Scotland.

Reportedly, the order will encourage its members to help the Labour Party with everything from leafleting to licking envelopes.

Grand Master Ian Wilson said the order would do anything in its power to save Scotland's union with England, even if that meant "getting into bed with Labour".

Wilson said that Orange lodges in Fife had played a key role in helping Labour 'win' the Glenrothes by-election.

The Labour party's strongest base is the west coast Catholic community.

The SNP's John Mason says: "There really is a funny side to this when you bear in mind quite a few senior Labour politicians, while backing the Union of Scotland and England, are openly Nationalist in an Irish context, which is what animates the order."

The Orange Order has seen decades of gentle decline.


Monday, October 05, 2009


Glasgow. This image was originally posted to Flickr by griff le riff at

1. Who benefits from Iraq's oil?

Not the average Iraqi.

2. Who benefits from Norway's oil?

The average Norwegian.

"Norway's consistently high rating for desirable living standards, is, in large part, the result of the discovery of offshore oil and gas deposits in the late 1960s." (Norway is 'the best place to live')

3. Who benefits from Scotland's oil?

Not the people of the Calton area of Glasgow where the average life expectancy of a male is just 53.9 years.

This is lower than in most Third World countries. (In Iraq, life expectancy is 67. Minutes from Glasgow city centre ...)


UK civil servants calculated that North Sea oil could boost incomes in an independent Scotland by up to 30%.

This is according to government records made public, 0n 28 September 2009, at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Oil ownership would boost income by 30% / Documents reveal that oil could mean an independent Scotland

The Scottish National Party's Brian Adam commented:

"Scotland’s oil industry has a bright future with an estimated 30 billion barrels of oil still to be extracted, new technology developing and a central role in the global oil industry.

"There is as much oil left in the North Sea as has been taken out of it – and much more than half of the revenues.

"Scotland’s oil industry has a positive future.

"With the UK making £250 billion of revenue from North Sea oil over the last 30 years in real terms, it is now time to ensure that future revenues are invested properly for Scotland’s future."

False flag operation in Glasgow?

Who is going to get Scotland's oil?

The BBC tells us about
War games over a territory dispute

"The scenario involves three nations fighting over disputed territory.

"State-sponsored terrorism will also be introduced to the exercise, along with a period of built-up tension, followed by simulated war fighting and open hostilities."

subrosa-blonde.blogspot/ reminds us that Scotland's Oil Isn't Running Out

(Credit to Jeanne Tomlin for her astute observation.)

Subrosa writes:

How often do we hear the Westminster government saying oil is running out in the waters round our shores?

It's an argument used by the UK government to persuade Scots that their 'pot of liquid gold' will soon be no longer.

Therefore, it's little wonder this story hasn't received a mention in the Scottish or English dead tree press or from TV or radio broadcasters.

Faroe Petroleum, the independent oil and gas company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and undeveloped field opportunities in the Atlantic margin, the North Sea and Norway, is pleased to announce the results of the side track appraisal well on the recent Glenlivet gas discovery, West of Shetland.

The side track was successfully drilled and confirmed the lateral extent of the high quality gas bearing reservoir.

Based on the preliminary logging data, the results exceed the prognosed net gas column and reservoir quality.

The partnership has decided to drill a second side track appraisal well.

Graham Stewart, CE of Faroe Petroleum commented:

The Glenlivet well is the first of a firm five-well Atlantic Margin exploration drilling programme which Faroe is undertaking over the coming months.

On Tuesday 29 September, Faroe announced the spud of the second well in the programme, operated by OMV, which will test the Tornado oil prospect, located close to BP's producing Schiehallion field.

Following Tornado we are scheduled to drill three further high impact exploration wells, the Anne Marie oil prospect in the Faroes (operated by Eni), the Cardhu oil prospect in the UK (operated by BP) and the Lagavulin oil prospect in the UK (operated by Chevron).


Longannet plant loses out on £160m carbon capture fund

Friday, October 02, 2009


Britain will soon have a major new tourist attraction!

On 2 October 2009 it was announced that Peter Pan's house is to be saved from the bulldozers

Moat Brae, the house in Dumfries that inspired J M Barrie's Peter Pan, has been saved from demolition.

It has been bought by the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, which is backed by actress Joanna Lumley. (Help Save Moat Brae)

Moat Brae was where J M Barrie played as a child.

The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust aims to raise more than £2 million to restore the property.

Joanna Lumley said: "To have such a strong literary link with the greatest fairy story of all time is thrilling.

"I'm delighted that the efforts to save this beautiful little house for Dumfries' sake have been successful."

Trust chairman Roger Windsor said: "It was Peter Pan who said 'Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough'.

"The wishing and the hard work by a dedicated team has set us on the road.

"Work has already commenced to reestablish Neverland on the banks of the Nith, and to restore this beautiful house as a cultural inspiration, and I am confident that with people like Joanna on board we are going to succeed."

J M Barrie, while a pupil at Dumfries Academy in the 1870s, played pirates in the Moat Brae garden beside the River Nith.