Goozay

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  1. This is a weak/lazy definition of unionism, which won't help win over unionists. Scotland is a country/nation. That's a fact, regardless of the outcomes of any forthcoming referendums and elections. Unionists would argue that Scotland's interests is best served by joining with other countries to be part of a United Kingdom. Unionism-Independence is an argument as to how the country of Scotland should be be governed, not whether Scotland is itself a country/nation.
  2. In the 2015 General Election Scottish Labour voters thought Miliband had a chance – maybe not of an outright majority but perhaps forming a collation in a hung parliament. This time around no one gives Corbyn a hope in hell. In 2015 a large section of the Scottish Labour vote went to the polls still believing the mantra that Labour are the only part that can stop the Tories. That mantra has completely evaporated now - so I expect the Labour vote in Scotland to drop even further. I don’t expect those Scottish Labour votes to automatically transfer to the Tories. Most Scottish Labour voters hate the Tories and have in the past seen the SNP as diluting/splitting the anti-Tory vote. Now the SNP ARE the anti-Tory vote I expect a further trend of folk switching to SNP or not coming out at all. Ignore the writing of Ian Smart and his ilk – I don’t see him as a typical Scottish Labour. He’s more of an outlying shit stirrer. I don’t see the Lib Dems making much of an impact either in Scotland – they might claw back some of the loses they haemorrhaged in 2015 down south. I see this as a straight SNP v Tory race. The only marginal seat that SNP won in 2015 where the Tories came second was Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk – with a majority of only 328, even something like UKIP not fielding a candidate could be enough to tip the balance in the Tories favour. Overall though I expect the SNP to hold on to the vast majority of their current seats and for the Labour vote to fall further. There are 3 main areas that will be a factor: Voter apathy: most folk just cannae be arsed with politics at the moment, so it will be even more critical for respective parties to get their vote out. In Scotland I feel the appetite for independence is greater than the appetite for a referendum on the subject – converting current disillusionment with politics into an anti-Westminster vote will help the SNP. The EU – there are a significant number of SNP voters that don’t like the EU. If the SNP are seen to be too pro-EU that could damage them. They’ll need to get their messaging right that the Tories will shaft Scotland on fishing rights and farm subsidies as well as use Brexit to pursue an extremely right wing agenda. They’ll need to position the EU as a partnership while highlighting the UK’s democratic deficit for Scotland. Confirmation that the Tories are the nasty party – recently the mainstream press in Scotland have picked up on The Rape Clause as well as the number of Tory council candidates that have posted something dodgy online in the past. Confirmation of the Tory brand still being toxic north of the border will stall any momentum the Scottish Tories feel they may have. SNP need to take advantage of the Scottish Tories having little to offer apart from “No IndyRef2”and wacky photo opportunities for Ruth Davidson, plus the fact that they’re tied to Theresa May, Boris Johnson, David Davis, Liam Fox and Jeremy Hunt.
  3. http://www.scotsman.com/sport/stewart-regan-forget-the-past-and-i-can-cure-your-game-s-ills-1-819139 Everything is going great Stewart, keep up the good work.
  4. I agree with this. The free market is fine for distributing breakfast cereals and barber shops, but pretty useless when it comes to The Fire Service (random examples). Free market principles haven't provided greater customer service or a more cost efficient product when introduced to public transport or electricity and gas supply - just helped line the pockets of big business. As for public schools - they shouldn't be seen as charities. They are not providing relief to society's impoverished.
  5. You're right Scotty, I've never met you. However on here you have two main themes you consistently push - Jesus and crackpot conspiracy theories. I'm particularly enjoying "the earth is flat" at the moment. Jesus Christ to me is one of the many characters that appear in The Bible. I understand he also gets a few mentions in The Qur'an. Finally, "All Christians go to heaven and everyone else goes to hell." is a pretty nasty philosophy I'd thank you to keep to yourself.
  6. With all due respect Scotty, you come across on here like someone who struggles to cope with reality. In the past alcohol and other drugs helped, but you didn't find it sustainable. So now you rely on fantastic unprovable theories to help you make sense of the world. Thinking the Bible is divine, factual and prophetic and grasping onto outlandish conspiracy theories helps you cope - because you can't take the world as it is. As for my "world view" I enjoy a drink and having read The Bible can see it for what it is - a loose collection of old stories, myths and fables that have been translated from their original language and have lost a significant amount of context to muddy the intent of the original message and left open to widely different interpretations. The theory of a divine creator is outlandish enough, without using The Bible as evidence that a supernatural being actually exists.
  7. That's my understanding. Corbyn would view the EU as pro-corporate interests at the expense of the worker, so he was in a bind during the EU referendum as his beliefs aren't aligned with the Labour Party's stance, nor could he share a platform with the Leave camp as he wasn't bothered about sovereignty or immigration and I dare say he found that rhetoric repugnant - even though he has felt for a long time that the benefits of being an EU member are not strong enough for the consequences. Nationalising the railways will be easier outside the EU - that's an obvious example of a Corbyn policy that's pro-Brexit but that your right wing Brexiteer doesn't care for. I'm sure there are others and it's a shame that none of them were properly debated before the vote was made by the electorate.
  8. Hi Scotty, When did you get your faith? Was there any particular catalyst or catalysts? What did you believe before you got your faith? What were you like before you got your faith?
  9. Whatever The President says in the press, what the Services do in practice will be far worse. With Trump green lighting waterboarding, the Services will now be looking at other techniques that go beyond what the mainstream considered acceptable. Trump never says anything by accident, he's saying to the worst elements of the intelligence community - fill yer boots.
  10. Kayak.co.uk
  11. Happy New Year Irish. I can't recall us "coming out the blocks" at all during Strachan's tenure. It's part of our problem.
  12. This is quite the prickish post. If all the other teams are irrelevant why don't Rangers just piss off with Celtic and form a two team league and play each other every week? Pitch that idea to Doncaster and Regan - they'd probably go for it.
  13. Farage reaches new heights Take a look at @Nigel_Farage's Tweet:
  14. Jesus Christ was born on what day? http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/christ-is-born
  15. "Forget the past, I can your game's ills", Stewart Regan, Chief Executive of the Scottish Football Association, July 2010 http://www.scotsman.com/sport/stewart-regan-forget-the-past-and-i-can-cure-your-game-s-ills-1-819139 Neil Doncaster has been with the SPFL (nee SPL) since 2009. If that pair saw it as a problem they would have done something about it by now.