By Mike Cunningham On July 14th, 2013 at 4:50 pm
As a man who knows nothing about tennis, and cares even less, I assure you that I managed to live through the barrage of angst surrounding the triumph of Andy Murray when winning through at Wimbledon last weekend. One thing which did manage to break through the barriers I erected around my knowledge were the repeated images of a greying woman with lips like razor blade edges who was featured as ‘Andy’s Mum’, with further expansion on how she had encouraged his ambitions, pushed his training and, as a tennis player herself, coached him relentlessly in order that he could shine, and she could, presumably, bask in reflected glory.
So it is with some awe that I read of the quiet, self-effacing man who actually helped this young Scotsman grow up in a semblance of family life. the man being of course Will Murray, the man who picked up the pieces of a shattered marriage, took on both jobs of not only being the breadwinner but also the full-time father to two young lads. Good times for Will, and for both of his sons.
By David Vance On January 7th, 2013 at 12:22 pm
I see that the totalitarian instincts of the SNP Scottish government extends to seeking to police the internet;
Plans to restrict online alcohol sales in Scotland have been branded “unenforceable”. The Scottish Government yesterday (19 December)launched a consultation on a fuRther shake-up of the country’s alcohol licensing regime. The proposals include giving more power to the police and licensing boards and improving the “effectiveness” of the licensing regime. Among the measures suggested is banning online multi-buy orders that are placed with retailers outside the country. Under laws introduced in October last year multi-buy deals are banned in Scotland. The consultation paper asks: “If this were introduced, would the police and local authorities be able to carry out meaningful compliance and enforcement action?”
Are they serious? Will Scottish plod be checking on your internet purchases? How? At what cost and at what price to liberty? Under the guise of cracking down on alcohol consumption (Key to life in Scotland I would have thought) these control freaks want to control the internet.
By David Vance On December 16th, 2012 at 8:55 am
The inefficiencies that characterise the Public Sector are legion. Just consider this if you will….
Scotland’s new single police force will have debts totalling more than £100m, it has been warned. The Scottish Conservatives have raised concerns about the scale of the debt after obtaining figures in a parliamentary written answer. The country’s eight police forces will be merged into a single Scottish service at the start of April 2013. A Scottish government spokesman said Police Scotland would be given funds to service the debt. The local authority loans fund figures cover the period 2010-11.
Stunning. £100m debt racked up in ONE year! I wonder who will get sacked over that? That’s right – no-one. And they get away with it year after year. They lavish our cash on their follies and then demand MORE.
By David Vance On October 21st, 2012 at 10:41 am
It’s obvious. When your credit card is maxed, and your overdraft is at the limit, what you need to do is….SPEND MORE!!
“SNP deputy leader Nicola Sturgeon will use her SNP conference address to challenge the UK chancellor to dump his spending “cuts” policy. She will urge George Osborne to pump more cash into projects like roads, schools, and hospitals. Ms Sturgeon will argue that the Tory minister must increase capital spending to “build our way out of recession”.”
“Building” is a leftist euphemism, it means spending. Where does the money for all this “building” comes from? Magic money trees, perhaps? The SNP are playing to the notion that you can spend your way out of recession. This is populist with the delusionist tendency but lethal.
By David Vance On October 18th, 2012 at 7:56 pm
Renowned Scottish windbag and SNP Leader Alex Salmond has called the current United Kingdom a “nonsense” that will cease to exist in 2014 despite opinion polls showing falling support for Scottish separation.
Delivering his welcome address to delegates at the SNP conference in Perth, the First Minister said Scotland is closer now to independence than at any time since the Union with England in 1707. He said the referendum deal he and David Cameron signed earlier this week was a “momentous, historic document” that contained a promise by the UK Government to respect the result of the vote in autumn 2014. Despite opinion polls showing support for separation has fallen to around 30 per cent, he claimed not to be disheartened because the SNP has previously defied the electoral odds to win power and then a majority at the Scottish Parliament.
Yes, dream on, Salmond. The reality is that Scottish people will vote with their WALLETS and that means sticking with the rest of the UK. Scottish separation is as much of a nonsense now as it was in 1707. The idea that Scotland could afford independence is a further nonsense. Like Irish Nationalism, Scottish Nationalism is self deluded.
By David Vance On October 11th, 2012 at 7:42 am
I suppose the argument goes that the younger you are the more likely you are to hold left wing views and vote for left wing parties.
David Cameron today prepared to hand over powers which will give 16-year-olds the vote in the Scottish independence referendum. However, despite the concession to the Nationalists, he vowed to fight to preserve the United Kingdom ‘with everything we’ve got’. At a meeting on Monday the Prime Minister will agree to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond’s demands that 16 and 17-year-old Scots should be given a vote on independence.
Lowering the voting age to 16 is a sop to the SNP. The quid pro quo is that there will be only ONE question on the referendum form. But this is pure folly since it creates precedence. If 16 year olds can vote in Scotland, why not in England, Wales and Northern Ireland? Cameron is establishing a principle that HIS Party will live to regret. Naturally, the hope is that the younger they are the less likely they are to exercise their vote but that is more of an aspiration than a strategy.
By David Vance On October 8th, 2012 at 9:12 am
And I think it is bad in Northern Ireland!
Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, is to highlight official figures showing that only 283,080 households north of the border – 12 per cent of the total – pay more in tax than they receive in public services. She will tell delegates that, because the public sector is seen as the key provider of everything from housing to employment, state spending now accounts for more than half Scotland’s wealth. She will blame Alex Salmond, the SNP First Minister, and his Labour predecessors for nurturing a “corrosive sense of entitlement” among voters that has prevented her party making
88% of Scottish households parasite off the State! Hoots but there’s a little Caledonian reality check for you. Davidson is also right to attribute this to the entitlement agenda retailed by the Left. Same here in Northern Ireland, maybe even worse. Too many worship at the high altar of the State – the great benefactor which provides all it thinks you will need from cradle to grave. And none dare observe that..
“A government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.
Worst of all, all this Scottish State largesse is funded by ENGLISH taxes stolen via the Barnett formula. How can Scotland prosper when 88% of households take more from the State than they pay in?
By David Vance On September 21st, 2012 at 10:15 am
It is said that Edinburgh is “the Athens of the North” and clearly the SNP government intend to turn the rest of Scotland into Greece;
Scotland’s finance minister yesterday pledged to introduce higher salaries for public servants and extra funds for schools, housing and the ‘green economy’. The £180million spending boost was laid out in a draft budget by John Swinney, who claimed Scotland had been given a ‘particularly challenging’ financial settlement by Westminster. The Scottish finance secretary said his government is maintaining the free prescription and no tuition fees policies for those north of the border. Mr Swinney, a Scottish National Party politician, said the two-year pay freeze for public sector workers on more than £21,000 would be lifted with ‘a modest 1 per cent increase’ for those earning up to £80,000.
Now, you may ask, how is all this fiscal largesse possible? I mean Scotland is as exposed to the chill wind of global recession as the rest of the world so you might wonder where all the CASH comes from to enable this “boost”. The answer is simple – ENGLAND. Under the Barnett formula, Scotland creams off a disproportionate amount of cash from the UK Exchequer. Scottish Nationalism is all about spending English taxes. And they want to become Independent! Oh and as for “Scottish Oil”..well, that is as credible an international entity as the Loch Ness Monster.
By David Vance On May 15th, 2012 at 7:59 am
The nationalist tyrants in devolved Governments show their true fascist colours….this time by increasing the minimum price of alcohol. For our own good, naturally.
“The Scottish Government has announced it wants to set a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol. The measure is predicted to save 500 lives a year, and will see the price of a standard bottle of wine at 12.5% volume set at a minimum of £4.69 in Scotland, compared to £2.99 for the cheapest bottle of plonk in England. The proposals raise the prospect of cross-border booze raids from Scots who wish to avoid paying up to two and a half times the current price of alcohol. The price of a can of strong cider will rise from 45p to at least £1.17 under the planned changes.”
I would be interested to understand the scientific basis for the “save 500 lives a year” claim. This is just blatant Nanny Statism, although if my information is correct, Buckfast, that drink de jour for the drinking class, will not be effected. It’s enough to drive you to drink. That said, I expect all off-licenses along the border should see a boom in business as we see the booze cruise to England! Hoots mon, but Salmond and his tyrannical crew really haven’t thought this one through. They sh
By David Vance On May 11th, 2012 at 8:25 am
This amused me greatly and it is a great instance of the law of unintended consequences.
Thousands of English and Welsh students will be able to claim free tuition at Scottish universities by claiming Irish grandparents, it was revealed today. Last week, it emerged that students from Northern Ireland could avoid fees by taking dual Republic of Ireland citizenship and applying as EU students, which would result in them having their fees paid under European equality law. The Scottish Government played down the development, saying it would only apply to a small number of students.
HOWEVER….and this is the hilarious bit;
Nearly 625,000 people living in England and Wales claimed Irish ethnicity in the 2001 census – and as many as six million across the UK are estimated to have at least one Irish grandparent. In some cases, even UK residents with an Irish great-grandparent could apply for an Irish passport.
EU legislation means that Scotland CANNOT discriminate against anyone claiming parentage from the EU. It can and does actively discriminate against people from England Wales and Northern Ireland. Unless, of course, they can claim to be vaguely Irish. The cost to the Scottish Executive will be colossal if this is shown to be legal and it will wreck the SNP’s carefully costed plan of educational discrimination against people in the rest of the UK!