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1  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: The future of British politics on: September 06, 2022, 06:41 pm
As Joni Mitchell sang  “ you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”

Boris is in many ways a dreadful character but his self-confidence and bluster humour seems to get things done.  We now have someone leading the country who will be crucified by the media every time she appears. It has already begun. Truss looks as if she cannot believe she is PM and  I can’t believe it either. Sturgeon will annihilate her.
2  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: September 28, 2021, 08:16 pm
Jim Sillars is old school SNP , the party I voted for to rescue Scotland from the labour party who took Scotland for granted and were utterly incompetent. SNP were competent and financially literate - even Alex Salmond was an ex banker and knew how the economy works. Nobody in the present set up can think beyond the next sound bite. No doubt they mean well but Scotland deserves so much better.
3  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Wimbledon R2: Andy Murray vs Oscar Otte on: July 01, 2021, 12:26 am
Rolling back the years doing what he loves and lifting the nation. C’mon Andy
4  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: February 25, 2021, 12:36 pm
The chilling aspect of the Salmond case is the role of the Crown Office who are supposed to serve the public interest but increasingly dance to the tune of the Scottish executive. That is where democracy ends and corrupt states begin.

Nicola should get her husband to step down. He should have resigned on the spot after publication of his email which urged for pressure to be put on the Crown office to prosecute Salmond. 
5  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: February 22, 2021, 02:49 pm
I’m not interested in shaming anyone. Nicola is a clever woman, speaks without notes etc. I would be perfectly happy with her as a leader but her party has lost its way . The Scotsman is hardly a right wing rag but every  day reports  on the twitter related feuds between SNP politicians who increasingly use the Scottish  court as a playground toy to sort their battles. At least Salmond crowdfunded his defence. Incidentally eye surgeons are in the paper today’s describing eye care plans as a regressive step back into the dark ages. Presumably they might know a bit about the topic. More than me anyway.
6  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: February 21, 2021, 09:36 am
^   One woman's "sincere contribution" is another woman's "rant".    Possibly because it sounds like a contribution to the Daily Express.
Thanks. I have never read that paper so your nasty wee swipe is lost on me. My opinions tend to come from reading the facts including distressed letters to Scotsman from pensioners about the removal of eye care treatments out of Edinburgh.
7  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: February 21, 2021, 12:52 am
Scottish govt spent or rather you and I spent £54000 on preparing civil servants for the Salmond enquiry. This is verifiably true and widely reported. I don’t think it is very progressive to expect pensioners to travel 20 miles to Livingston  for their weekly eye drops.
Ask why the Scottish health secretary is resigning before the election and consider the  many highly paid health related consultancies she holds. Nicola has done more or less the same on covid as Boris and our figures (Scotland) are among the worst in Europe. Had we followed Nicolas recent advice to work with EU to get vaccine we would not have one. Asked about the issues for Scottish voters in the forthcoming election she said it was simply a question of whether we want her or Boris to protect us from Covid. i would have thought personality
politics should be pretty low down the list of priorities for a responsible government. Lastly I have not been on this forum for a while but remember now  why I left. I think it is  discourteous to refer to a sincere contribution as a “rant”.
8  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: February 19, 2021, 12:50 pm
I don’t know if you saw Ian Murray speak very powerfully about this on question time. It’s not about what Nicola knew and when. Nobody really cares and  Salmond was her friend and mentor after all for many years. It would have been very hard for her. The real issue is why the SNP spent half a million on a pointless court action and thousands more on “ coaching” witnesses to an official enquiry. I think that takes some explaining while simultaneously closing vital community health centres like the Eye Pavilion. I voted Yes in 2014 because I thought SNP were competent, would deliver social justice and  bin Trident. The debate was civilised intelligent and based on actual policies. Somewhere along the way thereafter SNP became arrogant and forgot those “people of Scotland” they are always banging on about. The narcissistic lure of Twitter “ followers” representing a tiny percentage of Scots.  Ian Blackford. Report after report stating independence  will visit financial ruin on future generations . The worst education figures, highest drug deaths, etc etc . It’s just heartbreaking what they have done to our country and once the daily covid propaganda stops they will get hammered in the polls by the people of Scotland.
9  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Scottish politics on: February 13, 2021, 10:09 am
Brilliant video. Increasingly it is embarrassing to be Scottish.  SNP have become a second rate one woman cult ignoring  abject failure to deliver in all important areas of Scottish life. They don’t like Boris. He is a toff. Big deal. That is not a fit  argument to reverse six centuries of shared endeavour. It seems to be the only  argument they are making.  It’s like the school playground except even more puerile. 
10  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Beijing QF: Andy Murray vs Dominic Thiem on: October 04, 2019, 10:13 am
Just a fantastic performance from Andy against an opponent who rarely made a mistake . I thought he was close to matching him and it gives me a lot of optimism for the future. First serve consistency is the key.
11  Pages / Archive: News / Re: Murray rages against the dying of the light on: January 14, 2019, 11:16 pm
One of the spectators commented that the match felt like an opera . And it did with soaring passion , pain and drama.  Right from the first time I ever watched Andy Murray there was something epic about his tennis, it was always a struggle and a battle to overcome against enormous odds. He tried and tried again like Bruce’s spider and in the end conquered through hard work and sheer determination. A warrior, a prize fighter and yet sensitive and vulnerable at the same time. I used to watch his awkward post match interviews with clenched stomach willing him to say the right thing  and show the doubters what a great person he is and eventually he conquered that as well. If he does retire now he can have no regrets and nothing but pride in what he has done.  But OMG it is going to be so hard not being able to watch him any more.  Heartbreaking. 
12  Pages / Archive: News / Re: Murray announces plan to retire this year on: January 12, 2019, 01:01 am
When he was flat on his back covered by his team mates after the Davis Cup lob and then realised he had not shaken his opponents hand and rushed to do so frantically  apologising. One of the best of many wonderful Andy moments and sums up the man. His kids should be very proud of him. Xx
13  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: News Thread on: November 08, 2018, 10:01 pm
When you put it like that but it's not a reasonable analogy. These images are usually discovered through exploration or through friends rather than your helpless scenario of it being forced onto a child without any control.

Nazi and Jew-hating content is unlikely to randomly pop-up on an ordinary website but if it were to, it would almost certainly be based on your previous browsing activity.
Splitting hairs. On internet people are within a few clicks of terrible images and words which would be illegal elsewhere. It is a dangerous experiment causing significant problems and it needs to be controlled much more responsibly.
14  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: News Thread on: November 04, 2018, 11:01 am
But, would you really like a return of the blasphemy laws?
no the blasphemy laws are anachronistic and unenforceable. Should be scrapped. There are existing  laws in Scotland prohibiting offensive publications and the legal test is whether a publication could reasonably be regarded as calculated to deprave  and corrupt the recipient. That would do the trick and eliminate the worst offenders. Most of you would freak out if somebody said these things or showed these images to your kids in the street but seem to be relaxed about it popping up on their phones and iPads. That is inconsistent.
15  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: News Thread on: November 02, 2018, 10:59 am
You just described Twitter. And that's one of the major issues here - the hypocrisy of it all.

The online actions of that terrorist went against the T&Cs of Gab and they shut down the account once another member reported it. Gab then backed everything up and approached the FBI with the data.
so the control of the content is in the hands of the users . Surely that is not enough. I am not tech person but I am sure these companies could do a lot more to clean up  their act and block this stuff. What is the dark web for example and why is it permitted ? There have been laws for centuries protecting us from offensive and corrupting publications why is it suddenly ok if it is reaching us through a computer? I find it very frightening .
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