Murphy v Hague: Making sense of the GERS argument #ScotRef

For those unaware of it, yesterday (Wednesday 12 April 2017), economist Richard Murphy and businessman Kevin Hague debated (argued) about GERS on the John Beattie BBC Radio Scotland show. I want to try and summarise their arguments, as they came at the matter diametrically opposed, although there was at least a point of agreement, that …

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Scottish Independence: The Phoney War Period, Part 2 #ScotRef

So, with social media already stirred up with forthcoming Council elections, the possibility of another Scottish independence campaign had moved social media activists in Scotland into overdrive. Scottish Indy supporters seem to be generally in good spirits, but in a determined way. Circumstances in the last three years had them feel distraught, angry, frustrated, conned …

Labour’s mixed messages over Scotland will not win them any new friends – was that the point?

  Scottish Labour has developed a well-deserved reputation for shooting itself in the foot, occasionally missing and hitting something more vital, so its 2017 conference in Perth, prior to the 2017 Scottish Council elections, was another opportunity to peek over the parapet and see how the latest firearms drills were going. It seems that this …

Universal Jobmatch now automatically records clicking an external link as a job application made

https://twitter.com/RadioJammor/status/829038916774805504 https://twitter.com/RadioJammor/status/829039133288980481 The UK Government's Universal Jobmatch web site, that it forces the Unemployed to register on, is now automatically recording someone clicking on a link taking you to an external site as applying for the job. This is a new feature that has not been publicly announced to its users and means that this …

Fallon backtracks over blocking #Indyref2 by lying about unemployment in Scotland

SNP Manifesto Page 23: "We believe that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there is clear and sustained evidence that independence has become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people – or if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in …

For those who say a Basic Income would lead to widespread laziness

As a proponent of a Basic Income (AKA Citizen's Income/Universal Income), I have seen a number of people make negative comments about it, but virtually all of them are based on ignorance combined with pessimism. I want to address one of these criticisms: That a Basic Income would mean lots of people would just be lazy …

Beware John McTernan’s pills marked “Poison”; some of them are placebos and others are tranquillizers

I'm kind of loathed to write this, yet feel compelled. I don't really want to spend the time on the subject, but need to get the poison out of my system. This is due to two events, one I witnessed, the other I was involved in, and happened to occur within about a week of …