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Living In Scotland. Living With Pain. Just Living. Thoughts? How Do We Define?

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Living In Scotland. Living With Pain. Just Living. Thoughts? How Do We Define?

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By @ShaunyNews 

Do you know where you come from? What you represent?

Do you know where you come from? What you represent?

Sheep or loner? Often we do things because it’s “What other people do” or “What society expects from us” We tug along with the rest of humanity and often we do it blindly. Try stepping away, in your mind, from that truth, or lie, and ask yourself how you feel afterwards. I did. Try it, seriously. Is Scotland full of sheep who listen to the media and idiots who think they know it all, or are we a people who keep away from the herd and see clearly what we need to? Curious if ANYONE ever reads this, but more curious to get an answer from EVERYONE who reads it. Sadly by nature nobody will type a thing first. If one other person wrote like I am, many would follow. Trust me. But you won’t…What you scared from? I Just would like to know! I see family and friends on the same path as everyone else, I stepped away from that path and amazing things happened to me. Doors opened I had no idea were even there. 

So why do we stay with the flock Scotland? 

Again, I know I waste my time. Scottish people I guess are as sceptical of social thinking of them than any other populous of any other nation in our World. I used to think “Oh what will people think of me” Now I don’t even ask. I just do. I freed myself from ‘Something’ No main stream God was involved, no religion was involved I read no books for guidance. I hate to talk about my Disability. Sadly many of you, yes you, will define me by my actions and words. I don’t care, so why do you? 😀

See we are all on a journey in life, the mass percentage have no idea they are on one, they wake up, have a shower, go to Work, come home, make tea, eat tea, sit down, watch TV, go to bed, have sex, wake up, have a shower, go to work…….. You get my point. I live in utter agony BUT I AM NOT ALONE. Many who read this are sore or ill or dying. I see a World around me of sheep. I see it more in real life than on-line. Many who really don’t fully understand the Internet will not understand what I am saying here. Bonds I have made 20 years ago, 15 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, last month/week, today and/or tomorrow are still there on-line. Sure we lose people but that is life, that happens no matter where we take our minds. Lately I have started to write, nearly 2 years now, I guess I am the Author of my own being these days. I am almost narrating my own life as I learn to live. Make sense?

I am writing where I am going

I am writing where I am going

I guess I am a free soul, I am not trapped by anything. I was on HEAVY medication till 4 days ago. In the last 4 days I have had less medication in these 4 days than I did in 12 hours of any given day I was on them fully. I came off a few weeks back to the heavy levels, I only really shared it a few days ago. I feel awake now. I read a lot of what I did when I was pumped with POISON the Dr gave me and some made sense, some never. I took a choice to take no drugs and live no matter. I don’t want a groundhog day existence, I want an existence where every living breathing moment I learn. I could not sit for one second and think “I know it all” because I don’t and neither DO YOU. You don’t. you think you do, you don’t 

Many will read this and think “Is this aimed at me” Let me explain something to YOU. If you read this and thought “Is this aimed at me” then the answer is “This is aimed at you” BUT I never aimed at anyone, I aimed nowhere and at nobody. So if you thought I meant you, then look in the mirror, be honest and ask why you thought I meant “This was about you” 

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BE YOU

Many deny themselves a true life because they are scared of the hurt that always comes when you REALLY LIVE. I used to turn my back on love and friendship because I was once scared of losing. I didn’t like myself for that. So I changed, I became Shaun, free from medication, pain, loss, worrying, gossips, hate and all that hits us in life. Take hatred. I know many who feel hate, they take a person’s words and feel hated, I ask you to not take that hatred on board. Don’t become what others want you to be. Be you!! Love and take the loss and hurt when it comes. The reason I did this is I realised I am different first of all. I came to the conclusion I am ‘DIFFERENT’ I have changed, but you know, I LOVE WHO I AM NOW! I am happy, blessed in the sense I have feeling(s). I feel, I love, I breath at my own pace. I observe our World now, I write about it, it has become my ‘Art Form’ See when you do ANYTHING that others can’t for WHATEVER reason, inability, hatred, confusion whatever! You become fear, hate, worry, gossip and rumour driven. 

I am free from all that now. I ask simply. Why can’t you be free? What is stopping you? I had one person tell me “I Work for a living unlike you” BEHIND MY BACK, lol. Yeah a person said this about me. I heard about it and smiled then I became sad. That person thinks I sit and pretend to be nothing and take what the World gives me. I feel sorry for you if you feel that way. I want Scotland to be a free country from the British Union. It is my ‘Art’ right now. It is what I research and write about. I write for my place in Scotland for a group of like minded people http://www.scot2.scot/ have a look for your area there. I write for and about West Edinburgh here https://www.facebook.com/pages/scot2scot-Edinburgh-West/361924177307818  So for anyone who thinks ‘Shaun lives for Shaun’ please, think again. I also run this page here for others who suffer, many less, many worse than I suffer, but I have to try and help everyone https://www.facebook.com/groups/699321140156812/ That is my page for ANYONE with any Chronic illness, this is an illness or disease that you will have for life or that will control your life. So please, never say “Shaun only talks about Shaun” to me. 

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Where did you learn how to be a person? From and by whom taught you?

Open your feelings, talk, be you. I know family and friends who I can’t speak to on the phone for over 2 minutes, they hide from feelings. I let them be. Like me, like you, they will find who they are. If it means they never show or allow feeling in then that is sad, not “That person is sad” It is sad in the term, unfair. But I can tell you unfair, I got a life taken from me. Did I sit and feel sorry for myself? No! I ran a football club for nearly 10 years, worked with kids for free all these 15 years I was in football. I am not showing off, I wouldn’t and couldn’t do that. All I am saying is, people like to assume, presume and guess with gossip also. So knowing the facts about life will help YOU become you and not the society made version you are told to be

Try it, please. Allow opinion, accept opinion, even if you don’t understand or believe in the opinion. Don’t get all worried about things you can’t change either. Don’t live in guilt, I used to be guilt but in reality is there anything we can do about the past? No, there is nothing. So what I have learnt and just recently as I wean of this Dr’s poison is “To be Shaun” But always look to others feelings best I can. As I come off my poison fully the pain will cripple me, literally cripple me. But I will fight it, not to point score or prove points, but for a Woman I love always. For 2 guys I have watched growing in to men and more so for two wee lassies (Little Girls out side Scotland) 2 wee lassies who are starting to be aware of what and who is around them. I MUST with the help of my partner make sure these 2 wee special princess of mine get to understand the World the same as their big brothers. I have to do that, I will never judge my kids nor show hate. Parents don’t do that, often with one of my sons they see anger, where in-fact it’s ‘Dad trying to teach’ I was that age once so I know what to look out for, lol

There is no book on 'Parenting' or being a good 'Partner' - We learn as we grow, or we lose!

There is no book on ‘Parenting’ or being a good ‘Partner’ – We learn as we grow, or we lose!

Life is precious, I don’t waste moments, I keep them. My Mum recently remarried, that was a moment, I keep it where it should be kept. Same as all moments. I smile and live and be free from the shackles of what life expects and more to what I ACCEPT. Live guys and gal’s, we have no other choice. You may be happy at 20 years old, but please know choices you make aged 20 will define where you are at age 40, I am told my one of my parents “What you do at 40 will define you when you are my age” I am lucky to have that wisdom around me. See that is what it is at the end of the day, we surround ourselves with people we can be ourselves around. We can relax with people we know care about us. Often it is not blood related, but that is fine, as long as you surround yourself with people who will mould you moving forward in life. I tried my best with my sons with my Partner and we nailed it, 2 amazing lads. Now we have the PRIVILEGETO DO IT ALL AGAIN WITH THE GIRLS. I CAN’T WAIT!!! 🙂

All I said above applied to you, anywhere in our World and whoever you are wherever you are and all in-between 

Learn to smile, and mean it 😀

Shaun

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THIS IS THE PROPAGANDA WE MUST VOTE AWAY SCOTLAND – PLEASE SHARE!!!

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THIS IS THE PROPAGANDA WE MUST VOTE AWAY SCOTLAND – PLEASE SHARE!!!

See it?

See it?

By @ShaunyNews

I added this as a picture but I don’t think I explained what it was I saw and only one person has so far. Look at the time the BBC changed the page, the updated it 5 MINUTES after publishing it! See the first one was the BBC saying “Being Scottish” is a thing to be, a way of being! They then rushed to change the headline to “UK” Ebola nurse! So people all over Scotland were from the UK. See this is the propaganda right here. Make no mistake this isn’t just some wrong worded article by the BBC. They knew within 5 minutes they may upset their London masters. Saying “Scot’s Ebola Nurse” would give Scottish people a passionate feeling of being Scottish, so they edited that out.

UNREAL OR WHAT

Guys and Gal’s IT’S THE SMALL DETAIL we must look at. We have to take this for EXACTLY what this was by BBC Scotland. Look, it’s right there.  They gave “Scottish People” and deleted them, you and I, to being from the “UK” They nearly gave Scotland, you and I and identity. See it now?

I am glad the woman pulled through, all said, that was the most important thing here, she got better from Ebola. But guys, SEE! This is what they do. LOOK AT IT! Share it, share the meaning. We must see it now. This is UTTER PROPAGANDA against Scotland. Not some ‘Stupid mi-type’ Wake up people. We MUST vote SNP or Yes people into Hollyrood or we will forever have an identity places upon us from the very people we pay and before we know, like the USA we are living in a semi-Fascist state.

KEEP LOOKING, THE SMALL DETAIL SCOTLAND. DON'T BE FOOLED!

KEEP LOOKING, THE SMALL DETAIL SCOTLAND. DON’T BE FOOLED!

It’s the small detail! Share this, share the meaning, please guys!! 

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Project fear: Queen’s ‘foreboding’ Scottish independence plea strategically crafted by Whitehall

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via: http://rt.com/uk/215307-queen-intervened-scottish-independence/

Surprised? I ain’t. We seen Gordon Brown fool us then retire, we seen Johann Lamont the then Labour leader fool us only to retreat and stand down, she knew she did bad for Scotland. We had so many people telling is it wouldn’t work. David Cameron said “I will not debate with Alex Salmond” but came up to Scotland with a ton of Tory English people to fill a room and beg Scotland to vote ‘NO’ Knowing his and many of his friends jobs would go. So I am not surprised at this. Alex Salmond had no chance looking back but today we have Nicola Sturgeon who actually just refused to pay Scotland’s share to keep the Queen! It is my 2nd link below.  For the record here is all I wrote about the 2014 Scottish Referendum vote:

It REALLY was this crazy!

It REALLY was this crazy!

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=Scottish+Referendum

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/?s=Nicola+Sturgeon

Downing Street and senior civil servants were so fearful that Scotland’s independence referendum could have sparked the breakup of the UK that they requested the Queen to publicly intervene in the closing days of the campaign, a Whitehall source says. The intervention by Queen Elizabeth II, 88, was scrupulously crafted by her private secretary and Britain’s chief civil servant, a Guardian report revealed Wednesday. The delicately worded plea was constructed in the final phase of the Scottish independence campaign, as Downing Street faced what a senior Whitehall source told the paper was a “meltdown.” Fears ran high in Westminster as polls revealed amplifying support for the pro-independence camp, the source said.

Behind-the-scenes discussions between Britain’s Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood and the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt led to the Queen’s rare public plea, the Guardian reports. Four days prior to the September 18 referendum, the influential Monarch pleaded with Scots to “think very carefully” on their way to the ballot box.

Britain’s cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood (R), and the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt (L)

Britain’s cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood (R), and the Queen’s private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt (L)

A high-level Whitehall source who spoke exclusively to the paper said the government hoped the tense negotiations that preceded the Queen’s cautionary words would serve as a warning to Scots they faced a decision “filled with foreboding.” The Whitehall official’s disclosure echoed criticism directed at the British establishment regarding“Project Fear,” as it was dubbed by advocates of Scottish independence. The strategic project was characterized by a ferocious media campaign, and relentless fearmongering stemming from the City of London and Westminster’s political elite. But few expected its tendrils to infiltrate Buckingham Palace.

As the Scottish independence campaign drew to a close, the Queen’s unusual disclosure came as a surprise to many who noted her mostly impartial 62-year reign. Referencing the prospect of Scottish independence while addressing a well-wisher after Sunday service near her historic Balmoral estate in northwest Scotland, the Queen said: “Well, I hope people will think very carefully about the future.”

A seamless design

The strategic intervention was concocted by senior civil servants following Prime Minister David Cameron’s growing concerns the pro-independence Yes camp were gaining an ominous degree of ground in the final stretch of the campaign. As the countdown to the referendum progressed, Whitehall figures allegedly told Buckingham Palace that a few careful words offered by the Queen would help matters.

Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron

Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron

As part of this plan, Geidt and Heywood are thought to have devised the phrase she later uttered. While shrouded in a veil of neutrality, the words ultimately indicate the Queen’s support for the union. The Guardian’s Whitehall source told the paper the intervention was meticulously calibrated.

“She knew exactly what she was doing, which is, there are two possible responses on the referendum. Either one, you buy into this is a fantastic festival of democracy, or two, you suggest this is a decision filled with foreboding.” “So by saying I hope people will think carefully you imply the second … Without her taking a side, it cast just the right element of doubt over the nature of the decision.”

Advocates of Scottish independence claim “Project Fear” was a scrupulously designed establishment scheme created to ensure the union remained intact. Whether the Queen’s intervention was an explicit extension of this pro-union strategy is a matter of conjecture. But the possibility has not been ruled out. The No campaign’s relentless forecasts of economic peril, dwindling national security, an EU membership in jeopardy, and ruptured NATO relations ultimately overpowered the pro-independence movement’s messages of positivity, hope and empowerment. Many argue “Project Fear” was central to this.

In the wake of a referendum that almost terminated a 307-year-old political union, Westminster still faces many challenges. The Yes campaign’s vision of Scotland as a Scandinavian-style state characterized by inclusivity, egalitarianism, nuclear disarmament and clean energy has been denounced by critics as utopian. However, an appetite for independence remains rife across many parts of Scotland and is unlikely to wane. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on Geidt and Heywood’s alleged discussions concerning the Queen’s intervention.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman also declined to comment, emphasizing the body does not publicly discuss correspondence “between the Queen’s private secretary and civil servants.”

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Ex BBC Business Editor Slams The BBC For Anti-Scottish Independence ‘Propaganda’

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THIS SHOULD SURPRISE NOBODY, I HOPE NO VOTERS NOW CHANGE THINKING

THIS SHOULD SURPRISE NOBODY, I HOPE NO VOTERS NOW CHANGE THINKING

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

This should come as surprise to nobody, but now it’s official, the BBC did hinder the democratic process in the referendum. Many may know this, many may not know this. If we were in any doubt about paying a TV Licence to the BBC who lied and threw propaganda at us during the lead up to the Referendum, we know 100% now, the BBC were lying and Propaganda was in play, this is 100% official now.

Paul Mason

Paul Mason

The BBC’s former Business Editor, Paul Mason, has launched a stinging attack on the British state broadcaster over its coverage of the Scottish independence campaign. EDINBURGH, September 13 (RIA Novosti), Mark Hirst – The BBC’s former Business Editor, Paul Mason, has launched a stinging attack on the British state broadcaster over its coverage of the Scottish independence campaign.

Mason, who worked for the BBC for 12 years before becoming Economics Editor at Channel 4 News in 2013, wrote on his Facebook page that, “Not since Iraq have I seen BBC News working at propaganda strength like this. So glad I’m out of there.” Later in an official blog written for Channel 4 News Mason again attacked coverage of Deutsche Bank’s warnings that an independent Scotland would lead to a 1930″s economic depression in Scotland. In an article, published Saturday and titled “Deutsche’s ‘Wall Street Crash’ Prediction Goes Ueber Alles On the Airwaves,” Mason highlighted previous “warnings of doom” by the same bank, but which were ignored by the German government, over the consequences of introducing a minimum wage for German workers.

Mason concludes that Deutsche Bank’s warnings, issued by its Head of Strategy, David Folkerts-Landau, are nothing more than an opinion and “open to debate.” “As I write this I hear the words ‘Deutsche… Scotland… Wall Street Crash’ are being read out by newsreaders on our venerable state broadcaster,” Mason added. “Other opinions are available.” Edward McDowell, a former Risk Manager at Lloyds Banking Group told RIA Novosti that the warnings issued by Deutsche Bank were “misleading.” “They do not take account of Scotland’s strong fiscal position or well established institutions and I believe is another example of misleading information,” McDowell said.

Deutsche Bank also received criticism from one of its former senior managers. “I think people need to remember that this is the bank that failed to forecast the crash in 2008 and what they are saying now is preposterous,” said Ian Blackford who previously ran Deutsche Bank’s operations in Scotland and The Netherlands. “RBS and others have said there is no risk to jobs or investment in Scotland. It is about moving the brass plates and the fact is that this all about the UK government’s panic over the real possibility of it losing the union,” Blackford added.

http://sputniknews.com/world/20140913/192916021/BBC-Ex-Business-Editor-Slams-State-Broadcasters-Anti-Scottish.html

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/aug/05/bbc-newsnight-paul-mason-channel-4-news

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Mason_%28journalist%29

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Scotland to start it’s own Daily Paper – As Membership nears 100,000 People

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The wheels of oppression have stopped, REAL Democracy is about to be Scotland’s reality

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Dear Reader………..
I sat and watched the SNP (Scottish National Party) road show over the last week and I feel as patriotic as ever. I seen the SNP fill a hall with the most people EVER in the United Kingdom/Britain/UK whatever you want to call it in a any political get together. Many of you are from foreign shores, and I seen the party that represents the spirit of Scotland and it’s people in this huge hall with speakers and bands playing music. Dear reader, it was amazing. If you have not seen it, here is a replay
This is the full show from Glasgow from today, 22nd November 2014, I add a date because I know I will have to return this article someday soon.

Anyone in Scotland taking the time to read, I thank you. I am now writing for the West of Edinburgh here https://www.facebook.com/pages/scot2scot-Edinburgh-West/361924177307818?sk=timeline
I ask you one question Scotland “Do you want Scotland to be a independent nation” If the answer is yes I ask you please help me and join this link above. The undertaking by the people who started Scot2Scot have a page for EVERY area covering the lowlands, highlands and islands of Scotland. I ask also “Define how proud you are of your Country and fellow Scottish friends” I can answer for me. I am very proud of my country and YOU. You are part of the same movement as I. You may be from foreign shores and I know some friends from out with Scotland who desire Scotland to be free.

This Woman is not for turning ;-)

This Woman is not for turning 😉

What Scotland done on September the 18th was lose a referendum, but friends, we awoke a Lion! We made a nation stand up, we now dare to dream, we now know what we want. If there was a referendum tomorrow, Scotland is free. WE MUST GET OVER ‘WAS SCOTLAND CHEATED’ We must bin this. We must stop talking about child abuse allegations from Westminster. We must focus on one thing, getting Scotland free from a possible UKIP leadership. Dear reader, the chances of a coalition government with the Tory Party and UKIP grows stronger by the day. Tory Politicians are leaving for UKIP. So the Tory and UKIP danger to Scotland is real. Now this is where ACTING NOW comes into play. If you want to and you have not yet done so, PLEASE JOIN THE SNP! HER IS THE LINK> https://my.snp.org/join I joined on September 20th and got my Membership card on the 21st November. Here is the link to join the SNP. Give what you can, if you can. The SNP have 95,300 members as I sit and write this article, Alex Salmomd said he would like 100,000 members before the 2015 UK elections, I think 100,000 SNP Members, people like you and I, will be our Christmas present. We, you and I are the people who will free Scotland one day. Do not give in Scotland, do not lose heart, do not think “Ahhh what can I do” Please do think “I can join a cause so huge in momentum nothing can or will stand in its way from making Scotland independent by 2016. Either we will call a new Referendum for or in 2016, friends this is the power we have given ourselves

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Many got tricked before and leading to the vote, as I warned here and in many other articles:

Scotland – We can’t be scared nor selfish, don’t be the Worlds joke!

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/scotland-we-cant-be-scared-nor-selfish-dont-be-the-worlds-joke/

I TRIED TO WARN

I TRIED TO WARN

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Why We Can’t Be Selfish In This Vote Scotland

https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/why-we-cant-be-selfish-in-this-vote-scotland/

There was and won't be hatred. At the time I questioned this

There was and won’t be hatred. At the time I questioned this

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Nicola, Scotlands new Queen surprises her people wit the latest figures

Nicola, Scotlands new Queen surprises her people wit the latest figures

THIS IMAGE BLOWS MY MIND. SCOTLAND HAS WOKE UP, WE WANT FREE AND WE ARE TAKING WESTMINSTER TO TASK, WE ARE COMING!

THIS IMAGE BLOWS MY MIND. SCOTLAND HAS WOKE UP, WE WANT FREE AND WE ARE TAKING WESTMINSTER TO TASK, WE ARE COMING!

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/nov/21/the-national-pro-independence-newspaper-launch-scotland

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**BREAKING** Police probe stolen referendum ballot papers claim

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Police are investigating claims ballot papers may have been stolen

Police are investigating claims ballot papers may have been stolen

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyGibson

POLICE have launched an investigation into the alleged theft of documents, including unused referendum ballot papers, in East Lothian.

A video posted on Facebook shows a person with the papers, which it is claimed were found beside a bin outside East Lothian Council’s headquarters in Haddington.

But the council has rejected the claim and said the papers were removed from a storage room.

Under election rules, unused ballot papers from any election or referendum have to be counted and retained for a year.

East Lothian chief executive and returning officer Angela Leitch said the matter was “extremely concerning” and both the police and the council were looking into it.

She said : “There is no implication that there is any concern regarding the integrity of the poll.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland is currently investigating an incident involving the theft of referendum materials in East Lothian. Enquires are ongoing at this stage and anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Police Scotland immediately on 101.”

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/crime/police-probe-stolen-referendum-ballot-papers-claim-1-3596795

http://www.newsforscotland.com/news/police-probe-stolen-referendum-ballot-papers-claim

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‘Raw Video’ – Labour Party In Grand Central Hotel Gatecrashed

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They say Labour are dead in Scotland, how dead?

They say Labour are dead in Scotland, how dead?

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Outside people demonstrated against the lavish food servings on offer to Labour MP’s at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow, inside a few people managed to get in close and personal to Labour members. This is Raw video for people who have not seen it. There is swearing and the guys who are protesting Labour for thier £150 per person meal as people in Glasgow are homeless, dependent on Foodbanks and worse. Here is the video

The protest aimed to highlight the plight of the most vulnerable in society and featured a food bank collection. There was a strong police presence outside the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow as Labour figures arrived for the dinner. A line of police faced protesters waving placards with messages such as “Labour the Judas party – enjoy your last supper”, “Taxi for Labour” and “Labour, your tea’s oot in May”. The demonstrators shouted slogans such as “Red Tories out”. Jim Murphy MP, one of three candidates for the Scottish Labour party leadership following the resignation of Johann Lamont, was one of the senior figures to use the hotel’s main entrance.

He deposited a bag of food at the food bank collection point. Mr Murphy will face MSPs Neil Findlay and Sarah Boyack in the leadership race. John Cooper, one of the protesters, said: “The reason we’re here tonight is because Scottish Labour are having their annual gala dinner in the hotel behind us and we’ve been told the figure for each person’s dinner is in the region of £100. “In Glasgow there are 34 food banks and there’s thousands of people starving in Glasgow and increasingly sanctions are being used by the Department for Work and Pensions to punish people in poverty.”

Will be interesting to find the REAL reasons for these 2 quiting

Will be interesting to find the REAL reasons for these 2 quiting

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Scotland: Photographs of Sellafield nuclear plant prompt fears over radioactive risk

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A pond containing spent nuclear fuel rods at Sellafield

A pond containing spent nuclear fuel rods at Sellafield. 

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Sellafield nuclear plant is on the South West of Scotland. This is why Scotland wanted this out of our Country. This has the potential to kill millions. When will we learn?

Previously unseen pictures of two storage ponds containing hundreds of highly radioactive fuel rods at the Sellafield nuclear plant show cracked concrete, seagulls bathing in the water and weeds growing around derelict machinery. But a spokesman for owners Sellafield Ltd said the 60-year-old ponds will not be cleaned up for decades, despite concern that they are in a dangerous state and could cause a large release of radioactive material if they are allowed to deteriorate further.

“The concrete is in dreadful condition, degraded and fractured, and if the ponds drain, the Magnox fuel will ignite and that would lead to a massive release of radioactive material,” nuclear safety expert John Large told the Ecologist magazine. “I am very disturbed at the run-down condition of the structures and support services. In my opinion there is a significant risk that the system could fail.

The storage ponds at Sellafield, as shown in this photograph sent to The Ecologist, have been called 'disgracefully degraded' by the executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies.

The storage ponds at Sellafield, as shown in this photograph sent to The Ecologist, have been called ‘disgracefully degraded’ by the executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies.

“It’s like an concrete dock full of water. If you got a breach of the wall by accident or by terrorist attack, the Magnox fuel would burn. I would say there’s many hundreds of tonnes in there. It could give rise to a very big radioactive release. It’s not for me to make comparisons with Chernobyl or Fukushima, but it could certainly cause serious contamination over a wide area and for a very long time.”

Gordon Thompson, executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who is an expert at assessing radiological risk, said: “[Sellafield] contains large inventories of radioactive material that could be released to the environment in a variety of ways. The site’s overall radiological risk has never been properly assessed by the responsible authorities. [The] photos, showing disgracefully degraded open-air ponds at Sellafield, indicate that a thorough assessment of risk is overdue.”

The images, taken over a period seven years and leaked via a local nuclear watchdog group to the Ecologist, are said to show two ponds that were commissioned in 1952 and used until the mid-1970s as short-term storage for spent fuel until it could be reprocessed, producing plutonium for military use. One is open to the elements.

This photograph sent to The Ecologist shows a seagull bathing in the water of a storage pond used to hold radioactive material.

This photograph sent to The Ecologist shows a seagull bathing in the water of a storage pond used to hold radioactive material.

The government is paying private companies £1.7bn a year to decommission ageing buildings at Sellafield.

“It is urgent that we clean up these ponds [but] it will be decades before they are cleaned up. Before that, a lot of other work has to be done. We are aiming to get them to the point where they are in a condition where the waste can be taken out of them,” said a Sellafield spokesman.

In a statement, Sellafield Ltd said: “These dated pictures do not present an accurate reflection of work across the Sellafield site today, but they are an indication of the scale of the challenge inherited by the NDA, Sellafield Ltd and Nuclear Management Partners to clean up the UK’s nuclear legacy.”

According to Large, who gave evidence to the House of Commons environment committee investigation into nuclear safety in 1986, the ponds were abandoned after they were overwhelmed with spent fuel during the 1974 miners’ strike when Britain was put on a three-day working week by prime minister Edward Heath.

This photograph sent to The Ecologist shows weeds growing around derelict machinery within the Sellafield facility.

This photograph sent to The Ecologist shows weeds growing around derelict machinery within the Sellafield facility.

“In order the ‘keep the lights on’, the UK’s fleet of nuclear power stations were run at full tilt, producing high volumes of spent fuel that the Sellafield reprocessing facilities were unable to keep up with. During the three-day week they powered up the Magnox reactors to maximum, and so much fuel was coming into Sellafield that it overwhelmed the line, and stayed in the pool too long,” Large told the Ecologist.

“The magnesium fuel rod coverings corroded due to the acidity in the ponds, and began to degrade and expose the nuclear fuel itself to the water, so they just lost control of the reprocessing line at a time when the ponds were crammed with intensely radioactive nuclear fuel,” he said

The Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the statutory nuclear safety regulator, said: “The legacy ponds at Sellafield are old and as a result, do not meet the high engineering standards that would be required for modern nuclear facilities. These legacy ponds bring significant challenges, but we must focus our attention on improving the current situation. This does not mean that operations and activities on those facilities are unsafe.”

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Extensive Post On Why Alex Salmond Is Not Stupid

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NOW CALM DOON PEOPLE - TRUST UNCLE SHAUN

NOW CALM DOON PEOPLE – TRUST UNCLE SHAUN

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

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Scottish Referendum Debate Rages On As Alex Salmond Threatens ‘Revenge’

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Alex Salmond Reveals The White Paper For An Independent Scotland

Stepped down as 1st Minister so he could do more for Scotland

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Alex Salmond has hinted at another referendum on Scottish independence taking place as he threatened to exact “revenge” if pledges promised by the government are not fulfilled.

As MPs in the House of Commons debated the promise of more powers for Scotland, the SNP leader accused David Cameron of “reneging” on pledges promised in the run up to the historic vote and warned there would be consequences if the No parties fail to deliver more powers for Scotland. The debate erupted into a heated clash between William Hague and Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the latter of whom argued that “crude” Tory plans risked undermining the UK in the wake of the referendum. Salmond’s comments also came as a senior Labour MP warned that the refusal of some supporters of independence to accept the result of the 55% to 45% ‘No’ vote will “poison” politics in Scotland. Glasgow South West MP Iain Davidson, the chairman of the Commons Scotland committee, told MPs today that politicians and voters should “accept that there was a clear and decisive result”. “It appears that no form of devolution will satisfy those who are in favour of separation,” he said. “We ares starting to see not just an unhappiness about the result but an actual rejection of the result. A myth of betrayal is being put forward.” Davidson said there was now a “grievance a day mentality” on the part of the SNP and supporters of the unsuccessful ‘Yes’ campaign. “That is going to poison, potentially, Scottish politics,” he said.

But Salmond has insisted that Cameron is set on letting down Scottish nationalists.

So far, not good on his word

So far, not good on his word

“The Prime Minister started the process of reneging on the commitment when he came out of Downing Street hours after the referendum and said that progress in Scotland should be in tandem with … constitutional change in England. Even Gordon Brown is finding it difficult to stomach,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Indicating that he did not view another referendum as completely off the agenda, he added: “What I said was that the referendum was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said. “My view is that constitutional referendums came along once every political generation – about every 20 years or so. “Circumstances obviously can change. Clearly, if you had a situation where three leaders made such a public vow – not even a political promise but a vow – in the last few desperate hours when they thought they were losing the referendum campaign and then reneged upon it, then that would obviously be a very, very substantial change of circumstances. “These matters ultimately are for the people of Scotland to decide. It is for the people of Scotland to decide whether it is satisfactory to be conned and tricked by Westminster leaders, or they will exact a revenge at the ballot box.”

But Leader of the House of Commons William Hague said Salmond was “almost looking for and hoping for some sense of betrayal”. The Tory minister told Today: “Let it be very clear that every commitment made by not only the Conservative but Labour and Liberal Democrat parties about what would happen if the result of the Scottish referendum was No, every commitment has so far been kept and will be.  “We have said, the Prime Minister and I have said, that those things should go in tandem. But they are not tied in the sense that one is dependent on the other. “The commitments to Scotland are unconditional and will go ahead – this is an absolute 100% clear commitment that will go ahead whatever we decide or don’t decide about England.

“But it is our view that fairness to the whole of the UK means the party should also agree on the same timetable the consequences for Scottish MPs voting on English matters. “If they can’t, then of course it will be a matter we all debate in the general election campaign. This is a democratic country. The people will decide.” Earlier, Hague clashed with Brown, who warned “nations can collapse by accident”. Brown said excluding MPs from non-English constituencies from some votes would erode the “stability and harmony of the British constitution”. “You cannot have one UK if you have two separate classes of MP,” he said. “You cannot have representatives elected by the people who are half in and half out of the law making process.” Brown has already warned that Cameron’s plans to ban Scottish MPs from voting on English laws risk breaking the “fragile” Union.

HAD NO MANDATE TO MAKE PROMISES!

HAD NO MANDATE TO MAKE PROMISES!

The former Labour leader said combined with plans to devolve total control over income tax to Holyrood, Cameron’s proposals were a “lethal cocktail” that could end the United Kingdom. Brown accused the PM of playing “fast and loose” with the constitution, prompting mockery from the SNP who said his input to the debate since the vote had become “increasingly surreal”. Cameron today accused Labour of “not being interested in fairness” for the UK after it decided to boycott talks on English votes for English laws. Ed Miliband’s party denounced the talks being led by Hague as “a closed-shop stitch-up” when “proper reform” is needed. But the Prime Minister rejected the suggestion that he was playing politics with the Union following the vow made to the people of Scotland during the referendum campaign. He said: “What we need is obviously more devolution for Scotland but a settlement that’s fair for the whole of the United Kingdom. “I think it’s a matter of great regret if Labour are going to walk out of this Cabinet committee which they could join in and make their suggestions. “But obviously they are not interested in fairness across the United Kingdom so we will have to work hard with other partners to make sure we deliver.”

http://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Current+Affairs/Scotland/Scottish+Independence

http://www.theindependenceconversation.com/2014/10/15/news-scottish-referendum-debate-rages-on-as-alex-salmond-threatens-revenge-huffington-post-uk/

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