Listen Carefully – who would have thought it – there are liars about

Now Mr. Bateman is suprised that Murphy and Curran are liars – lets hope he has a look at wee Carmichael, one of the finest politicians around.

Listen Carefully

Not sure whether to laugh or cry? Perplexed? Wondering if all the noise is having an effect? I too have been weighing the evidence of the Labour propaganda and trying to gauge its impact on the voting public with an election imminent.

via Listen Carefully /.

Alistair Carmichael on Tuition Fees

As Secretary, President and Treasurer of Voles for Free Education I thought I would remind you that our Alistair Carmichael was one of the 27 Liberal Democrat MPs who voted in favour of  Higher Education Tuition Fees in the House of Commons on 9th  December 2010.  He voted against them earlier on  27th January 2004, 31st March 2004, 19th July 2004

We all know that students in Scotland don’t pay them. So he imposed a higher education tax on English families. I can understand why this makes people south of the border a wee bit pissed.  I know he must have good reasons for changing his mind, so as soon as I can find them out, I will tell you. Please post suggestions below.

I am so glad that voles don’t have to go to school, the University of Life is quite enough for us.

Isles MP comes out in support of privatisation of Royal Mail | The Shetland Times Ltd

Carrier seagull making deliveries to the burrow once a fortnight if I am lucky. 

See this piece about our own wee Carmichael and how he wanted the best for us – old news but let’s not forget what wur wee man in Westminster has done.

Isles MP comes out in support of privatisation of Royal Mail | The Shetland Times Ltd.

“Future outside investment in the Royal Mail will be vital to protecting the universal service in Shetland, isles MP Alistair Carmichael said today.

Mr Carmichael gave his full backing to coalition government’s controversial plans for the reform of the company. Business secretary Vince Cable outlined new protections which it is claimed will make it more difficult for governments to downgrade postal services in future, and announced that the Post Office network would receive an additional £1.34 billion in state funding over the next five years.”

 

Lib Dems target student voters – Education / News / The Courier

I was in my burrow and I saw this on the Orkney Throttledband. We have been quiet in the last week but my squeak is back. Iloved this headline in the Dundeed Courier and I wanted to share it with you. They must think stupids are stupid. 

“Willie Rennie emphasised his party’s record on higher education in Scotland as he sought to win back student support.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has reached out to students, pledging to rebuild a relationship tarnished by the broken pledge on tuition fees.

Mr Rennie emphasised his party’s record on higher education in Scotland as he sought to win back student support.

He is calling for the Scottish Government to raise the threshold for student loan repayment in Scotland to match that in England.”

via Lib Dems target student voters – Education / News / The Courier.

Why can’t Britain create decent jobs? Meet the women struggling against low pay and zero-hours contracts | UK news | The Observer

Been a bit busy around the burrow and having to forage for food so been a bit quiet.  But then I saw this article.  Zero hours contracts are wicked – read this story – how are humans, I know you are a resourceful bunch, live on fresh air.

 

“Why can’t Britain create decent jobs? Meet the women struggling against low pay and zero-hours contracts

Britain is enjoying an economic upturn. But most new jobs are low-paid, lack security and offer no career advancement. In the latest in our series on the working poor, we speak to the women left behind by a strange kind of recovery

via Why can’t Britain create decent jobs? Meet the women struggling against low pay and zero-hours contracts | UK news | The Observer.”

Je Suis CHARLIE

je suis charlieWhen humans talk about us, we vermin are not easily offended. Then we see what humans are capable of doing to their own species. Even cats don’t behave like that. And I hate them. Zara our Shetland correspondent just sent us this .

 

Je Suis Charlie

I am Charlie , so are you if you believe in liberty and freedom of speech and the right to life we are all Charlie.

The acts of Terror and Murder at the heart of the City most of us see as the simply of liberty is quite simply shocking and yet some of us might be thinking its a long way from Orkney what can any of us do.

In 1320 Scotland made a declaration “It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself”.

I know repeat this not as part of the on going Scottish constitutional debate but as reminder that this idea expressed later in American & France.

Liberty , Equality , Fraternity

we must united say with one voice , we support Charlie Hebdo , we will defend our right to fee speech our very right to satirise   public figures be they political or theological.

and to these who would deny us i have only one answer.

Give me liberty, or give me death – Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, ou la Mort!

The great property swindle

This Vole, looking out over the view, knows that by far the most important questions for any country is how the land is used.  My neighbours here on the farm are impressive folk who do well.

But look what is happening in the rest of the country. The best achievements of the Scottish Parliament have been how land has been opened up to us the Voles, Moles and assorted creatures (including humans) of Scotland.  The sooner we sort out the big estates down South in the Highlands and so on, the better.

The great property swindle

“Modern British history, excluding world wars and the loss of empire, is a record of two countervailing changes, one partly understood, one not understood at all. The partly understood change is the urbanisation of society to the point where 90 per cent of us in the United Kingdom live in urban areas. Hidden inside that trans­formation is the shift from a society in which, less than a century and a half ago, all land was owned by 4.5 per cent of the population and the rest owned nothing at all. Now, 70 per cent of the population has a stake in land, and collectively owns most of the 5 per cent of the UK that is urban. But this is a mere three million out of 60 million acres”

via The great property swindle.

The Ulsterfication of Scottish Politics

Fascinating post here and a great image. For better or worse its where we are –
“Yet we share not only the same passport and an intertwined history, but now our voting patterns also. For many voters in Scotland the essential dividing line in their party political support is centered on its constitutional position: are they for or against independence.”

Aidan Kerr

Comparisons to Northern Ireland always make some uncomfortable.  Whether it’s the rampant sectarianism, its murderous past or the area’s harsh accent it seems Scots don’t like being compared to our close neighbours.

Yet we share not only the same passport and an intertwined history, but now our voting patterns also.  For many voters in Scotland the essential dividing line in their party political support is centered on its constitutional position: are they for or against independence.

This is the Ulsterfication of Scottish politics, a phenomena which seems it could be here for a while.  As long as people care about independence, or maintaining the Union, first and foremost then the constitution will play a large role in deciding whose box they cross at elections.

Elections in Northern Ireland are mini-referendums with political parties sole existence either to maintain the status-quo or to end the Union’s reach on any part of…

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