Sunday 13 March 2011


... for the lack of postings recently.

There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I've not been too well for a while but now hope to start regular posts again. Second, I'm continuing to feel totally depressed at the state of the world, the UK, and of Scotland.

I wrote here about how I came to vote for the Tories at the last general election. Then in this piece I explained why I am sympathetic to Scottish independence.

The Conservative/Lib Dem government has been depressing in the extreme. They manage to increase government expenditure while almost the entire population believes that spending is going down. Of course, the rot set in when the Tories totally failed to criticise Labour's runaway expenditure. Not only that, we see the continuation of the nanny state control freakery that made normal people so hate the previous regime. And don't get me starting on the thieves at the Bank of England...

It's not much better here in Scotland. Alex Salmond made this ludicrous promise:

In a personal speech, in which he reiterated his belief in independence, the First Minister claimed that a deal could be reached on no compulsory sackings in the NHS, schools, and right across local government.
They just don't get it, do they? There's NO MORE MONEY. Another thing: why do so many Scottish politicians seem to think that most people here work in the public sector? The overwhelming majority doesn't. And most of us see no reason why public sector workers should get such good deals on wages, holidays and pensions (yes, even post-Hutton) at the expense of the taxpayers.

Enough for the moment. Mrs F&W's excellent homemade lasagna beckons...

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

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David Farrer
You're probably correct but the proportion of the workforce actually employed directly by the state in Scotland is very similar (within 1% point I think) to that in England. So I suspect that your 60% figure applies there too.  

20 March 2011, 12:08:22 GMT
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"Another thing: why do so many Scottish politicians seem to think that most people here work in the public sector? "  
Even before I left Edinburgh (which is a few years ago now), some 60% of the population of Scotland were deriving their primary income from the state. Yes, that included GPs, etc. but the majority of people in Scotland are, in fact, employed by the state (even if not directly).  

19 March 2011, 19:23:01 GMT
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Colin Finlay
Cheer up, DF, you're free, White and over 21. Them's bonus points right there, as my Texan former boss used to say. The general political shift towards Marxist cant and hypocrisy would drive anyone to (even more) drink so open a decent bottle or three and look forward to enjoying many more seriously good - looking, pasta - based tastes of the warm South.

17 March 2011, 08:50:14 GMT
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David Farrer
Gradual reduction is not enough.  
Listen to Tom Woods. The same applies in the UK:

17 March 2011, 07:12:35 GMT
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David, I can think of a few other ways to prevent the financial collapse while gradually reducing the size of the public sector.  
"nippy hates nuclear" - great argument and great timing.

15 March 2011, 10:30:30 GMT
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Glad you're back!  
The election in Scotland and personal decisions must be made on eho to vote for.  
Let's see. We have Mr Grey G(rey) Grey for Labour. They made the mess or a good bit of it nationally, Mr G has less personality than an empty tin. The Conservative lady doesn't inspire much in the way of confidence and there's alwasy Dve lurking in the wings. The Lib/Dems opportunist and exposed as lacking in principle in order to hang onto a tenuous link to power in England at least. T  
Then there's wee Eck and his deputy Nippy. Hates Nuclear power, talks so much hot air about wind it's unreal and relies on Green votes. Sheesh. Rock. Hard place?  
Libertarion Party anyone... Please...

14 March 2011, 21:58:48 GMT
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David Farrer
But that won't be nearly enough to stop financial collapse. 

14 March 2011, 11:54:12 GMT
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David, workforce can be (and is being) reduced substantially over a number of years without resort to compulsory redundancy.

13 March 2011, 20:59:13 GMT