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After the recent EU referendum, in which I voted to remain a member of the European Union, I tweeted: Scotland and Brexit. A democratic deficit too far. Time for independence. #UKhaditsday This led to several replies and the obvious question about economic issues associated with Scottish independence. I don’t think that 140 character tweets are […]

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The EU and Scottish referendums

Since the completion of David Cameron’s ‘renegotiation’ of the UK’s terms for EU membership, the news has been dominated by the forthcoming referendum on EU membership where we can vote for ‘in’ or ‘out’ on June 23rd. So far, this has remarkable similarities to the Scottish referendum in September 2014, where the Brexit campaign is […]

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On Tuesday 12th May, I set off for Spean Bridge on the first of 3 days walk to Blair Atholl. The rain started as I walked up the Lairig Leachach and I was glad of the wee bothy for lunch. I followed the path to the head of Loch Treig where I read a notice […]

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I am not a political animal. I’m not interested in the minutiae of politics or in partisan political views. Like a large number of people, I am sceptical of everything that politicians say and, in general, mistrust their motives. I don’t believe that all politicians are corrupt and/or self-serving but too many of them are […]

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Mid Hill Monstrosity

It was a cold and windy day today so I decided I’d have a walk where there was a bit of shelter, so went to Fetteresso forest. I thought I would check out possible camp spots for this year’s TGO Challenge and also have a look at the Mid Hill wind farm as some folks had […]

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I wrote before the recent referendum about my views as an undecided voter and suggested that I was tending to ‘no’. Like the majority of Scots, I voted ‘no’. As an ex-SNP voter and an instinctive independence sympathiser, I want to reflect here why the ‘yes’ campaign failed to convince me and the majority of […]

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Probably unwisely, I have recently been involved in a number of Twitter debates about independence and have seen comments like ‘what’s the benefits of the Union’.  What I find particularly irritating about many people who are pro and anti independence is that neither will acknowledge that there are advantages and disadvantages to both positions and […]

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Tartan Tories

As the Scottish Referendum approaches, I find myself increasingly irritated by the political spin presented by both the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns. This is an example of something I think is particularly dishonest.   A persuasive argument put forward by the SNP is that independence means that Scotland will get the government it votes for. The point […]

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A new windfarm is proposed between Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht. This will have profound effects on the local landscape and my objection to this development is here.  Please join me in objecting to this inappropriate industrial development – feel free to reuse and amend any text from here. More information on the MCS website. […]

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An alternative to wind farms

I am unashamed of my opposition to wind farms in wild areas of Scotland. The industrialisation of our landscape is a disgraceful policy by a government that has no understanding of landscape value or, indeed, of the requirements of a secure energy supply. A recent email from my pal Ian (last seen in Maol Bhuide) […]

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