The real “extremists” are those who defend the greed of billionaires



Am I the only person on this planet of 7.9 billion people (according to Google anyway) who has long concluded that apart from a very small proportion of the world’s population, the rest of us are is serious about selling a puppy? How is it that this tiny percentage of the $ 7.9 billion has decreed how things are going to be?

There seems to be an acceptance among the vast majority of politicians around the world that the way things should stay this way except for a few tweaks here and there. If things have gotten so bad that people have no food or water anywhere in the world, let’s run an issue on TV so the bleeding heart Liberals can donate five dollars by text message to clean up their homes. consciousness. Meanwhile, heartless liberals can demonstrate that there is no way their hard-earned money will corrupt “Johnny Foreigner” governments.

How many of the 7.9 billion have the capacity to detonate rockets in space, with an aging Captain Kirk on board? How many can fly on private planes, lounge on luxury private yachts, sit in giant hoes big enough to accommodate most of Belgium?

Two years ago, an Oxfam report pointed out that the world’s 26 richest billionaires have as many assets as the 3.8 billion people who make up the poorest half of the planet’s population. As a TV news junkie, I can assure you that this story, except for the small niche niche, is being totally ignored by the “mainstream media”. This situation is downright mind-blowing and in my opinion extremely grim. Obviously, that should pretty much be the only story in town until the goddamn problem is solved!

Of course, we all know why this will not be fixed. The sickening greed of those responsible for this situation does not want it to be corrected. Anyone who protests against the “system” is denounced as a communist, a traitor, an agitator, a threat to the “free” world and generally as an extremist. An extremist! Sorry for the hollow laughter, but someone with an ounce of intelligence and an unbiased persuasion has surely long ago concluded who the real extremists in the world are. Yes, those who continue to promote and propagate a system which has led to such a grotesque result.

The QAnon conspiracy theories revered by many Trump supporters are rightly ridiculed by sane people. Why, however, have I never heard reports on the world’s biggest and worst conspiracy? I’m sure you know where I’m going now. Yes, the all-out plot in media around the world to keep the city’s greatest story a secret.

I’m gone for a little bedtime now …

Ivor telfer
Dalgety Bay

WHAT a big disappointment that devo-max’s red herring has been reintroduced into the independence debate. To the chatterboxes – the maybe yeses, the maybe nays who don’t really follow politics, who don’t use their own brains to make decisions, who are influenced by sound bites, those who have been influenced by the “Wish” last time – that might sound like a good idea. I suggest they take a step back and count to ten or even a hundred.

History could potentially repeat itself, so please start thinking for yourselves, put your brain in motion. There are a few things to remember. In devo-max, Westminster would retain its sovereignty and could overturn any Scottish decision. These are already powers that are taking over powers that have been delegated. The vow .. they reneged! First past the post reform talks .. no progress. Reforming the House of Lords … no progress. Involve deconcentrated nations in major decisions … no progress. Leveling up … no progress!

And what about BREXIT! How could we go back on that decision and reunite with Europe and the world, still linked to the UK? Impossible!

No, the only path for Scotland is full independence. Total sovereignty. Now it won’t be easy, we might make mistakes, but it will be our mistakes, not mistakes that will be forced on us by a right-wing, complacent and corrupt government that we did not vote for. England (no longer a caring and compassionate country) and Scotland are two different countries with different philosophies and perspectives. Let’s fix this mess once and for all. And if Holyrood’s government sometimes doesn’t give a damn in its own nest, it will be held accountable, unlike the current system, where Westminster remains safe from its mistakes and deceptions. Democracy must return to Scotland. Let’s all go, whatever our political convictions!

Finally, come to think of it, devo-max actually means a vote for independence and a return to sovereignty. Once a sovereign nation, equal to England, and since we share the same island, the level of cooperation, agreed policies, trade and defense agreements would always be high. Yes!! True devo-max !!!

Robin maclean
Fort Augustus

As far as I’m concerned, ‘devo-max’ was discredited as soon as it was coined by the snow-white impartiality of Jackie Bird on BBC Scotland’s 6 hour TV news before the 2014 referendum. dangerous and unnecessary distraction from the achievable goal of independence.

Dangerous because we know what the result would be – The wish marks two. England isn’t called Perfidious Albion as a compliment. Scotland would be denied control of its finances; its foreign policy; his ability to suppress Trident; his desire to re-enter the EU, and much more.

Useless because we are well on the way to pure and simple independence. With at least 45% support and reaching 55% in some polls, any talk about devo-max could be fatal. All we need is the folks at the top to boldly announce Scotland’s future currency and a date for indy2 before the pot escalates. If a week in politics is a long time, I think the current favorable conditions will last until 2023.

Richard walthew
Duns

THE Pilgrimage of Grace was a rebellion in northern England against the reign of Henry VIII. He asked the rebels to lay down their weapons and come and talk so that he could hear their grievances.

They did and he executed them all quickly. Accepting ‘devo-max’ would mean ceding control of Scotland’s governance process to Westminster. It is a ridiculous option that no serious supporter of independence could or should support. It is a trap to keep Scotland in the Union.

In 1979, Thatcher said that if Scotland rejected devolution there wouldn’t be just the status quo. Lord Home has promised “something better” if Scotland says no to a Scottish Assembly. In 2014, Gordon Brown was thawed and taken out of a cold store to promise “federalism” if Scotland refused to be independent. Then there was the infamous Oath.

The Smith Commission was going to deliver “devo-max”. All Holyrood got was power over air rifles and some tinkering around income tax rates.

Chris Hanlon now wants us to believe that Westminster can be trusted to provide ‘devo-max’ if Scotland votes for it. This is at odds with all the evidence, all the experiences – in fact, there is not the slightest evidence that Westminster has ever kept their word. There is no accountability mechanism to make sure Westminster will do what it accepts.

Tony Blair lied about the Iraq war and Boris Johnson lied about everything. Neither has paid a price because there is no accountability within Westminster.

Under this system, Holyrood could not protect the Scottish NHS from any trade deal with the United States that forced privatization. No other country that wanted independence from Westminster would have accepted the “devo-max”. Scotland shouldn’t either.

Alan hinnrich
Dundee

National’s ARTICLES are inherently fragrant to the taste of the “faithful,” as one would expect. As we move towards the start of the indyref2 campaign in the second half of 2022, it might be best to start focusing the mindset of these ‘loyal’ activists on the key task ahead: to know how to convert those who currently think differently to the uber seeking independence.

The laser focus will be necessary as the battle will be won by changing the intention of voters who may be persuaded to change their mind about the theoretical security of the status quo. The same battle can just as easily be lost by unnecessarily alienating groups of voters.

With that in mind, it was disturbing to read a logically inconsistent argument in last week’s Sunday National (No to the Jubilee… Yes to the Indy!). The article rightly states “that very few votes for independence would be won by campaigning against the monarchy, but many votes may well be lost by it”.

Still, the article continues to suggest that we should consider using the Jubilee weekend as the start of the indy campaign, risking an important ‘self-imposed goal’ by alienating Scottish voters in two ways.

In early June 2022, many will see the extended Jubilee holiday as a welcome end to the pandemic, if not disease. Many will also be actively celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in ways that may be entirely foreign to the views of The National’s mainstream readership.

So let us always recognize that, as important as the opinions and ideas of activists are, this is not where the impending battle will be won or lost. Let’s put the militant antipathy for the monarchy where it belongs as a post-independence issue to be resolved.

Most importantly, let’s keep our arguments logically consistent throughout the campaign.

Gus McSkimming
Ardrossan

Doesn’t your report on Derek Parlane languishing for the days when Scottish teams were full of Scottish players (January 1) highlight the real crisis in Scottish football?

With Celtic signing three Japanese players and interested in an Algerian, doesn’t that make their football academy redundant? What’s the point ?

The Old Firm was the ambition of the Scottish players and the international recognition that probably followed. No longer an option for most, no more room in football’s ‘hostel’ for Scottish talent, a stay in the lower English leagues is now the best option available.

Surely the Monty Pythonesques question is: what has the Old Firm ever done for us?

The point is that the Old Firms have long contributed little to the well-being of the Scottish game, being takers and not givers.

Isn’t it time to chase those cuckoos out of our nest, to send them to a new world where they must clash without the luxury of being the most powerful and controlling force in our game?

Jim taylor
Edinburgh


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