Archive | May, 2016

Health – the Glasgow Effect

31 May

More to get you going!

The Science of Independence

Posted by Euan Bennet on 28/08/2014

Still reeling from my post from the other day going viral – over 20,000 views yesterday and already over 8,000 today – not entirely sure what I did right. Thanks everyone who read it and shared it! Just a quick post today because this video was posted in the comments and it touches on some stuff I’ve been thinking about recently:

Back in May 2014, Wings over Scotland posted an article about an academic study which tried to explain the Glasgow Effect – that is, why Scotland and Glasgow in particular have such poor health and life expectancy indicators when compared to the rest of Europe.

The study was carried out by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health in 2011, and can be found here: click here to read the GCPH report. This is an academic study which analyses possible causes for the…

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Freedom held hostage by the State

17 May

More will follow,with baited breath I wait.

Auld Acquaintance

As a follow on to ” An Alien in a Strange Land”, I continue the story here.

To recap, after having a perfectly normal and civilized conversation in the driveway of the Brittania Hotel in Stockport with three people from Kurdistan, we were approached by a large African gentleman who insisted that we remove ourselves to the back of the hotel. When I questioned his right to instruct me to tell me where and when and with whom I could speak to, he informed me that he was the Assistant Manager.

Now why an Assistant hotel manager was telling me, that I a paying guest of the hotel, speaking to other people from the hotel, should have to move from a public area outside the hotel, where other guests were also having quiet chats in the May sunshine, without being disturbed in such a fashion, certainly got my dander up!

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An Alien in a strange land

17 May

Missed your blogs Rod,this is a good one three parts,small book coming next I hope.It is interesting how people are maneuvered.The Kurdish people have been displaced for almost 100 years reason are many but the “British Empire” as you would expect had a hand in the division of the country.If you would like to assist the Kurdish people best person to contact is Mr.Stephen Smellie,he is in my contact list,and lives in Hamilton and something to do with Unison in South Lanarkshire.Stephen has for several years now been visiting Kurdistan contacting the unions to help them organise plus speaking up for the people where and whenever he can.He is a good man to talk to.

Auld Acquaintance

Imagine for one moment, that you are having a perfectly normal conversation with 3 strangers you have never met before. There is nothing controversial being said,there is no argument or raising of voices above normal conversation level. It is all very peaceful and you are outside a hotel where you happen to be staying for the moment.
Imagine then, that some stranger approaches your small group, and then proceeds to tell you that you are to move, that it is not acceptable for you to have your conversation where you are, that you must move to the back of the hotel, to the hotels car park.
Imagine further, that when you object to being forced to move, that they then tell you that you are not allowed to speak to your new friends, and proceed to herd them back into the hotel.
You have just had your basic human rights…

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Indyref2 the new Culloden

3 May

The Scottish left have been tearing themselves apart for many years,its just their nature.The Scottish left jumped on the YES campaign for their own ends and have a different agenda from we who really do seek independence.They have a problem with agreeing and sticking to an agreement,they all have pathetic egos and lack the intellect to realise what they do,as its always somebody else’s fault.

Auld Acquaintance

Looking back into the annals of History, time and time again, we see the perceived victors as being the ones who kept to organisation and unity, while spreading and engendering discord amongst the vanquished.
“United we stand, divided we fall”

Looking back to the time of Culloden and the 2nd Jacobite rebellion, At what seemed to be the point of success,on the outskirts of London. The Jacobites squabbled and fell out amongst themselves and went home. This allowed the British to regroup and eventually slaughter the Jacobites at Culloden.
Lets not get caught up with the politics of the time, which was no Scotland v England thing, but rather the dubious inheritance of monarchy mixed with religion, with many Scots Clans fighting on the Governments side against the Jacobite Clans.
Scotland was utterly divided by this point in time, and the result of all this Scots squabbling led to the…

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