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THE TOXIC DRIP EFFECT

THE TOXIC DRIP EFFECT

We are being fed a relentless and systematic ‘Toxic Drip’ of bitterness and hatred towards the most popular politician in Scotland whose Government received the most amount of votes from the Scottish electorate at the last Scottish Parliamentary Elections. This ‘Toxic Drip’ effect is deliberately designed to turn us against the man the British Establishment fears the most and whose commitment and determination is likely to help us deliver a verdict the fear even more.

They despise him with a passion and they conduct a sustained campaign of smear and hatred towards him sponsored by the Parliament of Westminster and the British Establishment and it is funded by you the tax payer. They want you to despise him also and turn against him not because he is a threat to you but because he is a threat to them. On a daily basis the Unionist Media feeds the people of Scotland a constant torrent of insults and innuendos about the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, none of which have any credence or validity. He is a liar, he is a dictator, he is a bully, he is a numpty or a clown and he is a madman obsessed with his own agenda of becoming a self appointed ‘President’. They are doing this because they believe that if they can discredit the democratically elected First Minister then they can discredit his campaign to secure an independent Scotland.

They want to stop us voting for an independent Scotland because that will spell disaster for all those Scottish Unionist politicians who make a very comfortable living in the Westminster Parliament hundreds of miles from Scotland. They are more concerned about their own well paid jobs than the people they were elected to represent and if they can persuade us to vote No then they will be in line for a peerage and an equally comfortable retirement. Alex Salmond has never been a part of that establishment even when he was at Westminster in the days before we had our own parliament. He was a thorn in their sides and the fact he could not be bought and had no interest in a ‘Knighthood’ and a seat in the House of Lords made him even more dangerous.

What they do not realise is that it is not his campaign and his alone but it is the campaign that has witnessed a grass roots revolution in Scottish politics the likes we have never seen before. There are literally hundreds of different groups around the country manned by countless thousands of volunteers who are committed to campaigning for a Yes vote and they act independently of the First Minister and the Scottish Government. Although they agree wholeheartedly with his lifelong vision of a Sovereign Scotland they are operating separately from Holyrood and the official Yes Campaign. People who neither vote for Alex Salmond or the Scottish National Party are as passionate about independence as Mr Salmond and his Government. Many have never voted for the SNP and never will but they will join the SNP in voting Yes in the referendum. They will do so because they have not been offered a convincing and positive alternative to independence by the Unionists or anything that will remotely address the concerns and aspirations of Scotland or its people. All we have been offered is a continual diet of scare stories and dire warning about what will happen to us if we dare to vote Yes on the 18th of September.

The Unionists north and south of the border have a steady supply of Think Tanks and Experts who advise us that the sky will fall on top of us and all terrible things will befall us if we do not do as we are told and vote No. The best they can muster in way of a ‘Positive’ is a vague but apparently guaranteed promise of more significant powers if we stay in the United Kingdom. With only a few weeks to go they still haven’t managed to agree amongst themselves what those significant powers will be or when we are likely to find out but we just need to trust them it will be some time after we reject independence. The difficulty for those contemplating a No vote on the basis of those vague promises is that history tells us that Westminster and its Scottish Unionist Lackeys are not to be trusted one little bit regarding more powers.

Those same Unionists are furious that the people of Scotland are even being allowed a referendum to vote in and would never have allowed us that opportunity if it was up to them. When Alex Salmond and the SNP were first elected to power in the Scottish Parliament they only had one seat more than Scottish Labour. That Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Liberals voted against the Scottish National Party Bill to hold a referendum on independence. They argued that there was no particular interest in independence by the Scottish electorate and therefore no need to hold a referendum on the matter. We now know that there is a great deal of interest in independence and that the First Minister and his Government were right to give us a referendum on the matter. When the votes were counted after the last Scottish Parliamentary Election in 2011 the Scottish National Party went from being a minority Government to a majority Government with a truly historical increased majority. It was because of that historic majority and only because of it that the re-elected Scottish Government was able to fulfill its manifesto pledge and give Scotland the referendum and the opportunity to vote for independence.

Alex Salmond and his Scottish National Party refused to be denied by Scottish Labour, the Scottish Conservatives and the Scottish Liberals and finally put in place a referendum. That referendum is bitterly resented by the Westminster Establishment and those career politicians north of the border whose ultimate aim is that much coveted Knighthood. Johan Lamont, Ruth Davidson, Wullie Rennie and Westminster’s man in Scotland, Alistair Carmichael and the head of the ‘Better Together Campaign’ Alistair Darling are far more interested in a peerage than the poor and vulnerable in Scotland. The Unionist politicians loath Alex Salmond because he is a very real threat to the British Establishment and their privileged lifestyle. He is a committed Scottish politician who is only interested in what is best for Scotland and when the people of Scotland are eventually made aware of the treachery of those Unionists who seek to deceive us then we will all know just how committed he was and how treacherous they were.

You can choose to accept the scare stories and the relentless expert opinions from the endless supply of ‘Think Tanks’ or you can do a bit of homework and make up your own mind. I have carried out my own research and I have not heard a compelling argument that would persuade me to vote No. By contrast I have heard many that persuade me that voting Yes is the only option. Voting Yes to rid Scotland of Weapons of Mass Destruction and voting Yes to give us the powers we need to build a fairer society based on helping those who need it and not just helping ourselves or voting Yes to insure that never again will we have immoral policies such as the Bedroom Tax forced upon us by Governments we did not elect. They say vote with your head and not your heart but my heart and my head say that a Yes vote is a vote for a Positive and Compassionate Scotland that I will be proud to pass on to my children and grandchildren and for all the generations of children Scotland has yet to produce.

Chic Macgregor

If you find this disturbing then think on – during the last debate on TV with First Minister Alex Salmond and the appointed bruiser Alistair Darling it was very noticeable the complete and utter disrespect Alistair Darling had for Alex Salmond and the office he holds of Scotland’s First Minister appointed by the people of Scotland – he used the phrase “him” when he was addressing the First Minister and at no time did he address the First Minister by the title he was given by Scotland – he continued to jab his finger in a rude and aggressive manner at Alex Salmond as if he was scolding a naughty child – Alistair Darling should be shown the same disrespect he has given to Scotland and Scotland’s representative First Minister Alex Salmond.

UK UNDER THE MICROSCOPE FROM THE UNITED NATIONS

UK UNDER THE MICROSCOPE FROM THE UNITED NATIONS

 

The United Nations sparked fury today after launching an unprecedented inquiry into Britain’s treatment of the disabled.
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities launched a formal probe into whether this country has committed ‘grave or systemic violations’ of the rights of disabled people.
Tory MPs tonight branded the investigation ‘politically motivated’ and said Britain’s record on help for disabled people was among the best in the world.
The focus on Britain for the latest inquiry raised eyebrows given the other countries represented on the committee. Its members include Uganda, Kenya, Thailand, and Tunisia.
The investigation is the latest in a series of interventions into British domestic policy by the United Nations, which have provoked fury among ministers.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2735958/UN-sparks-fury-launching-human-rights-investigation-Britain-s-treatment-disabled.html#ixzz3BdNDQJaC

Westminster stole 6000 miles of our water?

map of Scottish water

Map of stolen Scottish sea-bed

Remember that time Westminster stole 6000 miles of our water?

On April 13th 1999, Westminster stole 6000 sq miles of our ocean before almost one month to the day, the 12th May 1999, our parliament was set up in Holyrood.

This action by Westminster meant that 15% of Scotland’s natural oil and gas revenue was now attributed to England, which in 2008 equated to £2.2 billion as well as the revenue generated from the fisheries in the area.

Over a decade it average just less than £2 billion per annum. A lot could be done with £20 billion in a country with a population of 5 million people.

How anyone can want these people to run our country is beyond me. We can run our own country if we vote YES and nothing like this will ever happen again. Everyone please share!

Scotland’s leading children’s campaigner backs Yes vote

Anne Houston child campainer

Leading child campainer backs the “YES” campain.

Scotland’s leading campaigner for child protection and welfare is backing a Yes vote on September 18 – as the best option for ending the scandal of child poverty.

Anne Houston, the newly-retired chief executive of Children 1st has been a driving force behind the development of child safety and welfare in Scotland over a distinguished 40 year career.

She said: “I am in no doubt that by taking control of our own decisions and meeting our own priorities with independence we have a much better chance of giving our children the protection and support they deserve.”

Ms Houston, who stepped down from the leading children’s charity in July after more than seven years at the helm, is not a member of any political party.

Her journey to Yes has been shaped by long personal experience in the frontline of child protection.

Explaining her decision to back Yes, she said: “There are already too many families in Scotland living in poverty. The current retrograde welfare reforms being driven from Westminster are hitting those in low paid employment or with disabilities.

“Vulnerable families and their children are being made more vulnerable. It is unacceptable that one in every five of Scotland’s children is living in poverty – a rising figure.

“For me the decision is about the difference independence would make to our control over the things that matter most to us.  Many of our priorities are patently different from those driven by Westminster.

“I believe independence, with complete control over our budget – both income, and how we raise it and how we spend it – is the only way we will be sure that our priorities are our focus for action.”

She continued: “People often say children are our future and that is true, but they deserve more. We should value our children – and in a small country like this with our own choices we can do that better.

“This is about a positive vote for our future and is not about voting for any particular political party – that comes later.

“In an independent Scotland we can together identify the fundamental principles that will address what we care about and believe in – our aspirations for our country.

“That’s why I’ll be voting Yes on September 18.”

Yes Scotland Advisory Board member Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh: “We are delighted to have the support of Anne Houston, who has spent a lifetime working with children and families, both in the front line of care provision and in helping to develop policy.

“As a mum of four children myself, I know how incredibly important it is that our children are nurtured and protected. Independence will allow us to begin the work of lifting our youngsters out

IF YOU VALUE OUR NHS?

A guest post by Dr Nancy Burge.

This is probably the longest report I have put on this page. It is imperative, if you value our Scottish NHS please read the full report and add your comments..Please also share with your friends.

Did you know that in England the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 made the most fundamental change to the English NHS in since its inception by removing the UK government’s obligation to provide universal healthcare?

Did you know that in England the biggest contract ever tendered in the history of the NHS in England is a £1.2 billion pound deal to sell off cancer services and care for the dying?

And did you know that over 200 Westminster MPs and members of the House of Lords have financial interests in health care companies in England?

The privatisation of the NHS in England is now rapidly increasing. With the Health and Social Care Act of 2012, for the first time since 1947 the Secretary of State not only abdicated his responsibility to provide healthcare for all in England but has got the legal powers to introduce a market, allowing providers to pick and choose which patients will get care and what will be charged for and also to introduce insurance structures similar to those in the USA.

Michael Portillo confirmed in a TV interview that these plans were deliberately kept out of the Conservative manifesto because of the risk of losing votes. And it’s not just the Conservatives who are in on this plan. Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, signed off the privatisation of Hinchingbrooke Hospital during Labour’s final year in power and told Holyrood magazine, “Let’s get health policies that can be consistent across England, Scotland and Wales”. But with an impending election he has changed his mind and calls for a pause in privatisation. In his latest speech Andy Burnham now says “If things stay as they are, the competition framework foisted on the NHS will in the end break it up. It won’t survive five more years of this.”

The privatisation of the NHS in England is now rapidly increasing. With the Health and Social Care Act of 2012, for the first time since 1947 the Secretary of State not only abdicated his responsibility to provide healthcare for all in England but has got the legal powers to introduce a market, allowing providers to pick and choose which patients will get care and what will be charged for and also to introduce insurance structures similar to those in the USA.

Michael Portillo confirmed in a TV interview that these plans were deliberately kept out of the Conservative manifesto because of the risk of losing votes. And it’s not just the Conservatives who are in on this plan. Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, signed off the privatisation of Hinchingbrooke Hospital during Labour’s final year in power and told Holyrood magazine, “Let’s get health policies that can be consistent across England, Scotland and Wales”. But with an impending election he has changed his mind and calls for a pause in privatisation. In his latest speech Andy Burnham now says “If things stay as they are, the competition framework foisted on the NHS will in the end break it up. It won’t survive five more years of this.”

In England entire NHS hospitals are being turned over to private companies. Healthcare services are now being split up into smaller chunks. An explosion of new private providers are waiting to cherry-pick the most profitable services ranging from mental health services, GP and Out Of Hours services, to diagnostics such as blood tests, x-rays and scans. Ambulance services are now being run by bus companies. No one really knows yet how the financially less attractive services will be run in the future. And how can we be sure that any of these services are being run for the good of patients rather than the profit of the shareholders?

Do you remember the catchphrase of the NHS that it provides “care from cradle to grave”? Well, the whole range of services from maternity services to care of the dying is all going out to tender in the Great British NHS Sell-Off. The largest contract in the history of the NHS is a £1.2 billion deal for providing cancer services and care for the dying. So some of the sickest patients in England will have their treatment dependent on a provider whose bottom line will be profit.

Why this isn’t in the newspapers. How can this be happening right under the noses of people in England?

It is because these private healthcare providers are allowed to hide their true colours under the existing badges and logos of the NHS. All you will see in these privately-run clinics where doctors and nurses wearing NHS identity cards on NHS lanyards treat their patients, are the usual NHS signs. Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care says “as we are providing NHS services, NHS brand guidelines require us to ensure that the NHS is the primary logo”.

Companies such as Virgin, Serco, Harmoni, Care UK, and Ramsay Health are hoovering up the healthcare contracts. Yet this massive privatisation process is going on totally under the radar because of the branding rules. And because of EU anti-competition laws it will be difficult to reverse.

But what has all this got to do with the NHS in Scotland? If the NHS in Scotland has been functionally independent since 1999, surely we are ok?

Without devolution NHS Scotland would have been repeatedly reorganised by the Westminster Government of the day, regardless of the special needs of Scotland. And since 1999, we have had free prescriptions, and free personal care for the elderly since 2002. Scotland was the first country in the UK to introduce the smoking ban. We have a separate contract for GP services in Scotland. We have Health and Social care now working together to provide a better service and save money. NHS Scotland has always a separate pension scheme. There is also a separate pay structure which meant that Scottish NHS health care workers got the recommended 1% pay rise denied to those in the English NHS. And the loophole which would have allowed private providers into Scotland was finally blocked by Nicola Sturgeon in 2011.

So won’t all this good stuff just carry on, regardless of what we vote on 18th September? Why do we need to vote YES to save the NHS?

A No Vote will allow Westminster to control the overall level of Scotland’s budget and continue to make decisions that directly affect poverty and health in Scotland through the tax and benefits system.

Westminster can still force changes on the Scottish NHS because of its tight hold on the purse strings. The status quo is really is no longer an option where the NHS in Scotland is concerned.

Currently, Westminster gives Scotland a fixed percentage of the public expenditure of UK as a whole, known as the Scottish Block Grant. The Scottish Government chooses to spend about 40% of the Scottish Block Grant on running NHS Scotland. Up to now the Barnett formula has guaranteed Scotland a fixed percentage of the total of public expenditure in the UK. As public expenditure fluctuates in in the UK our proportion is fixed. When it goes up, we get more –but when it goes down, we get less. The Barnett formula has now only been guaranteed for one more year. After that Westminster will decide how the money is to be divided up based on their assessment of the needs of the four nations. I believe that is a fair assumption that our proportion will be smaller.

But how does this affect Scotland? I thought that devolution meant the Scottish NHS was safe?

The privatisation of the NHS in England threatens NHS Scotland not only because of its knock-on effect on our funding but also because it exposes us to the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement.

As private sources begin to replace public expenditure on the NHS in England, we can see that the amount of public money being spent on health will decrease. And so, as the total UK public expenditure goes down, the consequence to Scotland will inevitably be a decrease in our funding. There will be an even smaller funding cake for the four nations to share. And with the planned loss of the Barnett formula in a year, Scotland is likely get an even smaller slice of this even smaller cake.

But privatisation of the NHS in England puts Scotland’s NHS at risk in another way. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP is an additional threat to Scotland’s NHS. This trade agreement between the European Union and the USA requires that state services to be open to competition from American multinationals. It applies where privatisation is already established, unless there is an existing state monopoly. When the UK Health and Social Care Act introduced a private market in health provision in England, it opened whole of the UK to TTIP. After a No vote, private providers and insurance companies could argue that Scotland is only a region of the UK and cannot be exempted from competition for health provision.

So only by becoming an independent state can Scotland can protect the Scottish NHS.

Let’s just look closely again at the two very different paths taken by the NHS in England and in Scotland over the last few years.

There is now a market economy in healthcare in England, using private providers whose bottom line is profit.

In Scotland, since devolution the Scottish government has worked to keep NHS Scotland true to the founding principles of the NHS, by continuing to provide and improve its unified, publicly funded service, free for all at the point of use.

A few days ago, First Minister Alex Salmond proposed that an Independent Scotland should “guarantee that not only will the NHS be kept in public hands, but that the services that are free to access today will be free to access in the future.”

A vote for YES really will give us the chance to protect our beloved NHS in the new nation of Scotland for generations to come.

On the 18th of September this NHS doctor will be voting YES – I really do hope you will too.

Nancy Burge is a GP in the Isle of Skye

NO VOTERS GUILTY OF WESTMINSTER PARTISAN.

NO VOTERS GUILTY OF WESTMINSTER PARTISAN.

 

“NO”, voters…

 
I have given some consideration to “NO” voters in the Scottish independence debate and have come to realise with disappointment that there is no point in trying to convince them to change their vote to “YES”, –

why not? I can hear;
The great majority of “NO”, voters are not Scottish , or they have never been true Scottish patriots because if they ever had been they would have been the exact same as the “YES” voters and jumped at the chance of voting “YES” to rid Scotland of Westminster nursemaids and overseers.

 

True “YES”, voters will always vote yes because they know that to be independent of the shackles of any regime or dictators Scotland has to go it alone – true “YES”, voters are fully aware that this will not happen overnight, “YES”, voters are also aware that the Cameron crew twisted the words in the question “should Scotland be an independent country”, “YES”, voters know this was engineered against us, even at this level.
If a “NO”, vote mysteriously appears, I wonder how many “NO”, voters in 18 months or so down the line say; I didn’t vote “NO”, – will they THEN wake up?
My next point is; “NO”, voters must be contented in their lives with no care for anyone else which makes them selfish – “NO”, voters have not yet been touched by the food banks which thousands of their fellow Scots are forced to endure, “NO”, voters have not been touched with any of the austerity (forced hardship) – I wonder how many would change their mind if they were faced with tight budgets including heating their homes in the oncoming Winter, “NO”, voters must be in rude health otherwise they would see without any doubt that our NHS is the bridesmaid just waiting to be dismantled following South of the borders privatisation annihilation, just remember “NO”, voters; you will be ill and you will need medical attention and some sooner than others.

– I am disgusted to point out that “NO”, voters in particular seem to be ignorant of the awful facts that recently a Law that stood for seventy years since shortly after the end of the second World war in 1945 has been scrubbed and no longer is the Government of the day,( whoever that may be) responsible for every child, woman or man – or to put it into perspective; Britain, ie; England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales NO LONGER have a recognised “Welfare State”, the new Law was brought in, in stealth and took only four days – it was kept quiet and the press never reported it, and it should have been plastered all over the newspapers and voiced on TV, I wonder who muzzled them?, after all we are all now a simple commodity now that United KIngdom is officially a business, – so voters; “YES”, and “NO”, how does it feel to be a commodity?
Are you still willing to rubber stamp the obscene practices coming out of Westminster, which has promised Scotland further cuts – waken up sleepwalkers!

WILL THE YES VOTES WIN?

WILL THE YES VOTES WIN?

Nobody seems to speak about the mountain “YES” voters will need to climb – we are up against the most hated Westminster government since the turn of the century – it does not take a genius to work out that they will use every dirty trick and con they can play with to win that “NO” vote, their gravy train will take some stopping and the more “NO” voters they can con the better – it should be noted they are not after “YES” voters – they know they have already lost them.

It’s more important to remember that not so many years ago a Scottish vote lost xxx,xxx number of votes which did not get counted, do you really think that was an accident or an error?
Ever since the BBC started covering this independence it has been bios against the “YES” voters – for example; BBC Radio 4 gave a news bullitin at around 5 -00 pm and in that news it was reported that the government had made a mistake quoting the experts figures by twelve times the figure.

In the BBC news one hour later that exact same night at 6-00 pm on the main TV news they quoted the inflated 12 times figure with no interview or apology that what they were reporting was total hogwash – I wrote to them complaining and have yet to receive any response – millions heard these blatant lies so some must have believed it, enough to vote “NO”.
The welfare state was made Law, not as an act of charity, but to actively protect and support every Woman, Child and Man since after the second World War which ended in 1945.

Our hero’s died for this Law and it was probably the best Law the U.K. ever had – it was all encompassing and our NHS was like no other including being named the “Best in the World”, as recently as 2010 by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
As suggested before Scotland’s people are up against it ; – and why you ask, well this Westminster government has killed that Law which so ably supported us all through thick and thin – it took them only four (4) days to remove a Law which has been going strong for approx. 70 years – what was the hurry? why was this implimented so quickly?.

Todays government, no longer has a legal obligation to provide for the people. In two years time all those people who are voting “NO”, will swear that they never voted “NO”, but if they have any sense they will change that damning vote before the 18th of September 2014.
For “YES” to win we need more and more websites giving their honest opinions – including “YES” Scotland!
We reached this idea and decision because of the Westminster government giving Scotland the worst of times – we need to fight back now before it’s too late!
Thank you for the chance to give my free opinion – free speech is going to be another NO, NO, soon!

Do you like this post? then use it or borrow it – the message needs to get out there.

ARE YOU A “STILL AN UNDECIDED” VOTER FOR SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENCE ?

ARE YOU A “STILL AN UNDECIDED” VOTER FOR SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENCE ?

Whether your a solid “NO” voter or a sensible and logical “YES” voter then you have to resolve some facts which you must have missed – The website I would suggest everybody who has a vote must visit http://www.indyrefanswers.com

In cold hard facts the questions you wished the answers for are on the website and it is very clear without rubbish and without waffle.

Please note the website has nothing to do with this website – the five of us on this website are already “YES” voters.

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