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I went to a whisky evening, the other week and it was sad to hear about the number of family owned businesses that were now in the hands of conglomerates.

Call me old fashioned but I don't associate whisky with Japan and India... and it was a shock to learn that the award for the best malt of the year was made in Tasmania.

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I went to a whisky evening, the other week and it was sad to hear about the number of family owned businesses that were now in the hands of conglomerates.

Call me old fashioned but I don't associate whisky with Japan and India... and it was a shock to learn that the award for the best malt of the year was made in Tasmania.

Is it racist to ask if the judges were Scotsmen? :)

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Whisky & whiskey is made across the world. Scotch must be made in Scotland and be matured a minimum 3 years. Better quality whisky is of course matured a lot longer.

There are numerous independent small whisky distilleries and there are several of the major suppliers that are owned by companies HQ'd outside Scotland. That doesn't affect the whirky or the benefits to Scotland, it merely reflects the value and opportunity offered by Scotch that multi-national organisations want a Scotch or two in their portfolio of products. In addition to the millions of bottles of Scotch that are shipped abroad from Scotland we also ship millions of litres of the stuff in bulk cargo for local markets to combine with their own locally produced hooch.

As for the world whisky awards, winners in the past have come from Japan and South Africa as well as Scotland.

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I think Glenfiddich is miles aead. Hakashu and Yamazaki just don't have the same ring to them.

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After half of a bottle of Glenfiddoch I am fluent in speaking Japanese (I think)

ha ha

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A new home for Tridents could be found in USA, according to some Tories. France is another possibility.

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One said: "Trident could go to America if Scotland votes for independence. It would not be ideal for the UK's nuclear deterrent to be outside the UK. But it would be a perfectly doable ­solution in the short-term, as a 'stop gap' measure".

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/senior-tories-back-us-plan-for-trident-if-scots-vote-yes.24004574?utm_source=headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email%2Balert

Can you imagine the kick up down South when people are told that there will be a nuclear missile on their doorsteps.?

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Blah blah UK defence couldn't use Scottish yards post independence

But we will hand the UK nuclear payload to one of two foreign countries

Blah blah ......male cow manure

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Billy Bragg's no daft.

"

As the debate over Scottish independence hots up, it is becoming clear that some voters in Scotland are worried that a yes vote in September will condemn the English to never-ending rule by the Tories. While I appreciate their concern, especially on St George's Day, the argument that Scots must vote no in order to save the English from neoliberalism simply doesn't add up.

Since the second world war, the votes of the Scottish electorate have only been decisive on three occasions – the general elections of 1964, 1974 and 2010 – each time preventing the Tories from winning a tiny majority. Scottish votes would not have stopped Margaret Thatcher, nor denied Tony Blair his three election wins.

In fact, there is an argument to be made that the Scottish electorate played an important part in entrenching the neoliberal agenda at Westminster. Safe in the knowledge that the majority of Scots would always vote Labour, Tony Blair felt confident enough to move his party to the centre ground and embrace the free market. New Labour was built on the back of the Scottish electorate.

The shock of losing its Scottish MPs might encourage Labour to rediscover its traditional supporters in England. South of the border, the majority would welcome the renationalisation of the railways and utilities, and there is overwhelming support for rebalancing the housing market."

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/23/scotland-vote-yes-set-english-free-independence-devolution

It's true what he says that some people feel that if they vote No that they'll be letting part of the English population down.

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I have heard people say that they would feel disloyal to people in England if they voted yes. Perhaps Billy Braggs views will reassure them. I think you need to think about what is right for Scotland. England seems to be considered the only country with a say in the UK. There are four countries at the moment.

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England has no say in any of this, tigs and I don't know why people imagine they have. In reality, there are 3 countries in the UK who will have no say on the break up of the Union.

I can well imagine a position where the people of Scotland want full control over their own economic processes and still want to be part of the UK. Sadly, I think there was a missed opportunity to revise the "independence" strategy when the Scottish Parliament came into being; that may have been the time to refine the position in favour of Devo Absolute!

In truth "independence" has never meant complete independence from the rest of the UK, while is a desire for a shared monarch, currency etc etc ...Nothing wrong with that, per se but the slight misnomer has given rise to a lot of unnecessary hooha both sides of the border.

If the polls are accurate, the YES/NO result is going to be close. It may well be that there will be a lot of voters who will have more in common with the rest of the UK in feeling disenfranchised if it is a close YES.

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I don't think it's England that has a say, rory, so much a Westminster. Scottish voters have certainly not played a big part in election outcomes. Hence being ruled by Tories when there is only one Tory MP in Scotland.

That's interesting about Noam Chomsky's intuitive support for Independence. Perhaps it will be influential among the intelligentsia?

http://en.ria.ru/world/20140424/189345058/INTERVIEW-Chomsky-Favors-Scottish-Independence.html

The response is a bit of a joke: "

A spokesman for the pro-UK Better Together campaign told RIA Novosti “in Scotland, when people study the issues in detail they conclude that we are stronger and better together as part of the UK.”

Not strictly true otherwise the YES campaign would be making no headway whatsover. So what people is he talking about?

I think there are a lot of people in Scotland who would be happy to ditch the royalty, harper, and goodness knows what will happen with the currency. The monarchy is still recognised by some of the Commonwealth countries so no precedent would be set her. Probably the notion of not recognising the Queen would be seen as a step too far.

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I'd happily ditch them tomorrow - as you know... :D ...And I feel duty bound to say that a lot of voters in the rest off the UK didn't vote for the Tories either.

If Cameron was really smart, he would court Scotland with real offers of change and not the silly platitudes that have been forward, so far.

I hope Scotland votes YES but I also wonder how this separation will feel if/when I am exiled in England.

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I'd happily ditch them tomorrow - as you know... :D ...And I feel duty bound to say that a lot of voters in the rest off the UK didn't vote for the Tories either.

If Cameron was really smart, he would court Scotland with real offers of change and not the silly platitudes that have been forward, so far.

I hope Scotland votes YES but I also wonder how this separation will feel if/when I am exiled in England.

I think it's the awareness that not everyone voted Tory that has raised the concern that Bragg addresses, harper. ie that without the Scottish vote Labour would never get back in. But, of course, the Scottish vote has influenced very few elections.

I think you are dead right about Cameron's approach. The threats, mockery and superiority haven't worked and the love bombing has been pretty ineffectual.

You won't have to be exiled in England, harper. If everything went absolutely wonderfully well then the population could be expanded with people coming home and others flitting north. You'll be very welcome. Who knows? When you come up in September you may decide to stay. :)

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I heard on R4 that Mathew Perris, writing for the Times today, is predicting that Cameron will resign if Scotland votes YES.

Bites knuckles.....

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I believe Mr Milliband was saying something funny about what labour in power would do to zero hours contracts

http://www.socialistpartywales.org.uk/news211.sht

All parties should be cracking down now. Whatever happened to workers' rights. These are the debates we should be seeing on Question Time each and every week.

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I heard on R4 that Mathew Perris, writing for the Times today, is predicting that Cameron will resign if Scotland votes YES.

Bites knuckles.....

Hope the word gets out and support for the YES campaign should increase. :)

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CBI Scotland's Directo, Iain McMillan, looks set to resign but not till later in the year. What a mess they made of they registered as No supporters with the electoral commission. Very ill thought out and has ended disastrously.

"Nearly 20 groups, including universities, broadcasters and private companies, either resigned or suspended their membership over fears of political impartiality.

The exodus prompted CBI director general John Cridland to announce that the CBI would de-register following what he described as an "honest mistake".

"It has been the CBI in London, rather than the Scottish organisation, that has taken the lead in publicly justifying the controversial decision.

Cridland's explanation of how the CBI reached the decision on registration is now under the microscope.

In a BBC interview, he said the decision was not "authorised" or "valid", adding that it had been made at a "junior level in London, not Scotland".

He said: "An official in our London office signed what he thought was a regulatory compliance necessary to deal with the CBI's expenditures on things like our events and our dinners."

If that's the case then they're hardly running a tight ship. And questions have arisen regarding its role:

Green MSP Patrick Harvie said: "The CBI is clearly not just a business network - it's a free-market, right-wing lobbying group whose Scottish boss recently described inequality as an 'abstract' term. Given the recent exodus of members, the question must now be why public bodies and neutral broadcasters ever joined such a lobby group."

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/referendum-news/after-the-meltdown-over-its-support-for-better-together-cbi-scotland-direct.24069768?utm_source=headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email%2Balert

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If Cameron sides with America in the growing unrest against Russia, I think the YES vote is home and dry....

Too scary to think about, actually.....

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If Cameron sides with America in the growing unrest against Russia, I think the YES vote is home and dry....

Too scary to think about, actually.....

It is scary, harper, and so is the National Service Bill. Hope that comes to nothing. Hope both of them come to nothing.

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