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  2. The National Disgrace that is Windrush

    David Lammy was brilliant. Totally unbelievable the way the Windrush people, encouraged to come to the UK, as British subjects, to work on the buses, factories and in agriculture, have been treated with such contempt. Never was there a more callous and incompetent Government. May has been so successful in creating the hostile environment for migrants that she so desired. Unable to answer any questions regarding whether anyone has been deported, how many have been detained in centres, how many have lost their jobs, benefits and now it would also seem - their lives. Utterly disgraceful. You only wish you were more surprised. Theresa May does not have a leg to stand on. Here is the link to the debate on third reading of The Immigration Bill in 2014 https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140130/debtext/140130-0004.htm#14013062003170 At that time this is what Corbyn had to say: " 4.58 pm Jeremy Corbyn: I will vote against the Bill on Third Reading for a large number of reasons. We have ordained that the Home Secretary will have executive power to take away citizenship in the future and to create a generation of stateless people. The handing over of that power is, I think, a very dangerous thing for any Parliament to do. We have a number of other serious concerns about the Bill, such as those covered in the points raised by my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) about the forced removal of people; the death of Jimmy Mubenga, which was mentioned by the hon. Member for Brent Central (Sarah Teather); the use of the detention system; the denial of health care access; the problems of forcing landlords to become agents of the Home Office; and the reality of life for those people who have legitimately sought asylum in 30 Jan 2014 : Column 1130 Britain and are starving on the streets of our cities because we do not have a system in place to give them proper support. The Bill does not answer any of those problems. It is based on prejudice and headline chasing and has nothing to do with the real needs of people who are desperately seeking support, help and assistance rather than the cold behaviour shown by the Government today.'
  3. Happy Easter

    Didnae know where else tae post....on holiday, in Perth...booked car tae be picked up at Glasgow Airport, showed the man my confirmation and I thought I had a bargain, £1,000 for 19 days, it is what the confirmation said....man said it was a mistake, real price £4,400 and something about tax...needless tae say I have been doing a lot of walking....wanted to spend a bit of time in Glasgow and Manchester but all travel is being re-thought...someone in Canada sked about the weather and it is fine for me, had tae laugh because Ridgetwon, very recently, had an ice storm..just noticed that this computer, like my ain, sometimes spells ridgetown wrong... Came tae buy heatring aids and prices here have doubled in the past year and a half.....now about the sme as Ontario....you lot are hand in hand with the americans over bombing, a shame really but Blair did the same thing.....governments are afraid of the US and people are afraid of insurance companies... PS cannae get on with my IPad, am now at the wonderful Perth Library
  4. David Lammy gives the Home Secretary a deserved both barrels
  5. SNOW

    Thanks Pat, still needing daily dressings but am back at work
  6. SNOW

    Hope you are improving every day, samsc. Weather supposed to be warm middle of net week.
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  8. Muriel Spark is being much celebrated in Scotland for her 100th anniversary with many events taking place. However, I wasn't expecting an event celebrating her work to take place in China; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie has been translated into Mandarin with a foreword by Nicola Sturgeon. http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/mandarin-translations-the-prime-of-miss-jean-brodie/
  9. PRIDE

    John Nicholson was so handy for tv appearances. I was almost as upset about him losing his seat as I was Angus Robertson.
  10. Some Home Truths for Scottish Fishermen

    Doubt they'll get it from the UK Government.
  11. PRIDE

    Jo Swinson is a legend in her own mind
  12. Some Home Truths for Scottish Fishermen

    Brexit supporting farmers now wondering where they will get 60% of their income that comes from EU subsidies.
  13. PRIDE

    Thatcher so much to answer for. Her legacy hangs over us. Ludicrous that Jo Swinney Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire thinks there should be a statue of Thatcher. Can't think of a much bigger waste of money.
  14. Some Home Truths for Scottish Fishermen

    That's very informative, samsc. When they talk about UK Fishing industry, Scotland seems to make up the most important part of that with the fishing communities mainly in the North. Lots of the constituencies now represented by Tory MPs, who don't seem to aware of the history nor the issues. Fishing definitely factoring largely in a Brexit marketing tool so not a easy time for fishermen here.
  15. Who to believe?

    The current Israeli regime are backed by the devil, not God
  16. On Scottish Fishingby Graeme Goodall3rd April 2018Living in Moray, I found it infuriating to see placards everywhere depicting a smiling Haddock draped in the Union Jack proclaiming that a vote to leave the EU would “Save Our Fishing”.Moray was the closest-run district in the whole of Scotland in the EU referendum, with entire family dynasties with links to fishing casting their vote to leave based purely on the misguided mantra that the EU is responsible for the demise of the fishing industry in Scotland.As a former fisherman during the 1980s, and at that time part owner of new-built 65-foot trawler, I think it is time for all of our fishing communities to face up to some hard truths about the fishing industry and at whom the finger of blame for its demise should be pointed.During the 1980s and early 1990s, the Scottish fleet had become the biggest and most powerful in Europe, to the point where the catching power far outstripped the resource. Boatyards were booming and so were the local economies. The vast majority of these vessels, however, including the one in which I was a partner, were built with the help of a 50 per cent EU grant. Without this, the boat could never have been built. The same applies to the vast majority of boats built in Scotland in that era.As this new generation of boats, equipped with the cutting-edge of fish-finding equipment, became larger and ever more powerful, the need to catch more fish to fund them increased. New methods of pair trawling utilising much heavier and larger nets were developed, as well as twin-rig trawling with one powerful vessel towing two large nets. This effectively rendered no single area of the seabed, including the spawning grounds, safe from the Scottish fleets’ nets. Many owners had two rotating crews that would change over straight after landing so that the vessel turned right around and was constantly at sea, hammering the fishing grounds seven days a week.A Catch-22 situation was created where the large boats were so expensive to run and heavily financed that they couldn’t afford to stop fishing for a single day!By the end of the early 1990s the fish stocks were utterly devastated, with landings down vastly year on year and cod on the brink of extinction and haddock and whiting heading the same way. Extreme action had to be taken, with quota cuts and days at sea being introduced by the EU as the stark scientific data was presented but almost immediately and unsurprisingly dismissed by fishing industry leaders as unproven nonsense.The EU grants for new vessels had stopped, but young ambitious skippers then turned to the big banks to finance even more powerful super trawlers being built both at Scottish and European yards, which were designed to work in the most extreme conditions at the outer reaches of the continental shelf and Rockall. The traditional inner waters had now been fished out and decimated, not by the EU but by our own Scottish fleet. The EU finally took drastic action when many fish species teetered on the brink of never recovering, and quotas were immediately cut again to the point where the new larger vessels were struggling to stay viable.To rein in the size of the fleet, a short-term decommissioning incentive scheme based on the vessels’ tonnage and horsepower was introduced, with a maximum compensation of £1 million for the largest vessels. Skippers who had gambled by building multimillion-pound vessels at foreign yards now found themselves at the mercy of the banks to whom they had turned to finance their venture. Cold, hard economics of the banks decided the fate of many young north-east skippers as the unsympathetic banks decided to cut their losses at the fear of further quota cuts and grab the decommissioning payment while it was available, resulting in almost brand new multimillion-pound vessels sailing to the scrapyards of Denmark to be cut up and their owners made bankrupt with their livelihoods in ruins. Many other boat-owners decided to accept the decommissioning grants as well due to a mass migration of crews to the oil industry, adding to the already intolerable stress of trying to stay viable in impossible circumstances.Today, fish stocks are recovering to healthy levels, but only thanks to EU intervention. Had the Scottish fleet been allowed to continue as it was the end-game would have been the same for the fleet, but there would have been no fish stocks today and no recovery. Many fishing families fished ethically, but if fishermen – especially those from that era who are blaming the EU while waving a Union Jack – need to point the finger at anyone for the tragic demise of the industry and our communities, then I suggest they take a good long look in the mirror.
  17. Happy Easter

    Thanks, samsc. Don't recollect it being so chilly at this time. The daffodils on Great Western Road still struggling to put on a display.
  18. Catalonia

    I guess that's the plan. At least he spoke out on the recent atrocities in Gaza. Silence from May.
  19. Happy Easter

    Happy Easter Pat
  20. Catalonia

    takes our eyes of the tories and cambridge analytics
  21. SNOW

    cheers Pat, slowly but surely
  22. James Joyce

    The short stories aren't a task. The Dubliners will always be my favourite story. Full of fabulous description, great characters and my favourite: emotion.
  23. Happy Easter

    Mackintosh Exhibition at Kelvingrove. And there's a great sale on at The Store Anniesland. Take your pick. Happy Easter http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/charles-rennie-mackintosh-making-glasgow-style/
  24. Who to believe?

    I have been listening to radio interviews of people who are claiming their versions of what happened recently on the 'border' are the 'true' ones. I try to be impartial but have a lot of sympathy with any people who are forcibly removed from their homes. However I cannot fathom the argument of one Israeli spokesman who declared the soldiers had no other recourse than to open fire in order to defend their own people who were in danger of being killed and that as a sovereign state they had the right to do this and not be censured. I didn't see/hear of any alternative attempt before the firing commenced. I'm perhaps being naive but I really can't see any justification for this extreme response. If the action was justified then why are the Israelis so against an independent enquiry? I do appreciate they have God on their side but then so do the Palestinians - the same God, I do believe. God must be a very conflicted God if he's on both sides. Or maybe he just sits on the fence...
  25. Happy Easter

    Mackintosh Exhibition at Kelvingrove. And there's a great sale on at The Store Anniesland. Take your pick. Happy Easter http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/charles-rennie-mackintosh-making-glasgow-style/ http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/store-interiors-anniesland-glasgow/ Or what did you get up to?
  26. Catalonia

    It truly is. Apparently call for UN investigation. I watched The Papers last night and no Sunday paper had Gaza atrocity as headline. Wasn't even mentioned. Still focusing on anti-semitism campaign against Corbyn. Seems to have taken wings right after this horrific event in Gaza.
  27. Great feature on Achill Island http://www.thejournal.ie/achill-island-history-guide-3930441-Apr2018/?utm_source=twitter_short It's a fascinating place.
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