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Jie Bie

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  1. None - but the last I checked Brexit voters weren't having their right to work & live in Scotland called into doubt. I don't see why Brexit voters need a Q&A with Sturgeon, but on the other hand I think it's perfectly reasonable for the First Minister to talk to residents who are concerned that they may have no future in a country which they have made their home. To take it one step further - let's say a Catalonian politician met with Scottish expats and assured them he would do everything possible to ensure they could continue to live and work in Barcelona, Would you have a problem with that? She participated in a number of debates prior to the vote where she heard people's legitimate concerns and worries about this situation. It is possible to consider the welfare of Scottish natives who have been here for generations and the welfare of recent arrivals at the same time you know. You know what - that's actually a fair point. Personally I'd like to see her talk more about the minority of Scots who did vote for Brexit, why they voted the way they did, and what we can do to ensure their concerns are properly addressed. If you think she's "a disgrace" to tell EU nationals that they are welcome after the majority of Scots endorsed that point of view then that's up to you. Well of course she didn't ignore the 45% who voted for Independence - why would she? However, she did of course respect the result and concede that the only way we'd ever get a re-run in the foreseeable future was if there was a material change in circumstances (such as Scotland's place in the EU - something Better Together promised us was safe as part of the UK during the 2014 campaign). Personally I'd prefer us to end up like Denmark - but that's just me.
  2. Except that isn't what she said at all. The actual quote from the article is: "It is my duty as first minister to speak on behalf of all Scottish citizens, including those who have chosen to come from other parts of the EU and make Scotland their home." She is saying she has to speak up for everyone who lives here, whether they were born in Scotland or have came here from the EU. She isn't saying that all Scottish people have the same view on EU citizens (clearly that isn't the case). You could argue she isn't speaking up for those who voted to leave - but why does she need to? The UK government has already given their assurance that "brexit means brexit" so I am not sure why Sturgeon would need to speak up for them?
  3. If the SNP do manage to win 30-40 seats they may end up holding the balance of power at Westminster. I'd be happy to see them prop up a minority administration if they can negotiate delivery of the following 3 policies: 1 - Home rule for Scotland (so everything except Defence and Foreign Affairs is devolved to the Scottish Parliament) 2 - Abolition of the House of Lords and have it replaced with an elected Senate 3 - A commitment not to renew Trident (personally I don't believe it represents good value to taxpayers)
  4. Agreed. The SNP come in for a lot of criticism from voters on both sides of the border, a lot of which I don't really understand. Firstly, their MP's refuse to vote on matters which have no impact on Scotland. A principled stand and one I wholeheartedly agree with. Secondly the SNP have always refused any offer of a peerage in the house of lords (unlike Plaid Cymru who have got two peerages). The SNP's own website even states that they believe "the house of lords is an affront to democracy". With stances like that I would have thought the English electorate would have at least a bit of respect for them.
  5. I've already voted Yes, but I'm not sure if we are going to do it. However there is one silver lining to a narrow defeat - I predict that Cameron, Clegg and Milliband will completely fail to deliver on the "vow" that was on the front page of the Daily Record a few days ago. Once that happens the SNP will be back in power in Scotland in 2016 (Sturgeon for FM perhaps) and we might be ready to give it another try. I worked and paid a small amount of tax and NI when I was sixteen, so I think I should have got the vote. If you had watched the big big debate you would realise that there are plenty of 16/17 year olds who are far better informed on political issues than folk who are eligbible to vote. More power to them I say.
  6. I'd be surprised if Jamie Oliver was personally responsible for negotiating the rent paid by individual restaurants within his chain.
  7. Yup. My gran (who died a couple of years back aged 86) lived a fairly meagre existence for most of her days. Thinking back her and my grandpa did get to go a few nice holidays over the course of their retirement (the only times they ever left the UK), but other than that they never had any luxuries to speak of. Neither of them owned a car at any point in their lives, and when they were both gone the only thing left behind was their terraced house, which was worth less than 100k. It was hardly a retirement living it up in the costa del sol where they were spending money like no tomorrow.
  8. Trust me, there's no way we are as wealthy as (for example) my girlfiriend's retired parents, despite the fact we have higher income than them.
  9. According to that IFS "where do you fit in" we have a higher income than 85% of the population, but I certainly don't feel like we are in the richest 15%! Probably because that website takes absolutely no account for wealth - a bit like our taxation system!
  10. In general the benefits system disregards parental income for young people who can demonstrate they are self-supporting. This policy might encourage the reversal of recent trends for kids to stay in the family home for many years after turning 18.
  11. Complete and utter ********. I say that as someone who knows that certain family members are struggling to to put food on their tables. And before someone makes a snide comment these are people who don't smoke, drink (at all!) or have sky tv. There are a lot of poor families in this country who don't fit the Daily Mail stereotypes we see repeated on here more and more, and they most certainly are worried about their lack of money and the poverty in which they live - often they are one unexpected bill away from a financial disaster.
  12. Supposedly Portsmouth doesn't have the capacity to assemble the Type 26 frigates anyway, which is why BAe wants to build them on the Clyde after the success of the Type 45 destroyers, which were all assembled at Scotstoun. Although part of me is suspicious that they may well have closed the Govan yard today if it weren't for next years referendum, as any promises of "Vote NO and keep your jobs" would have sounded pretty pathetic if they had allowed Govan to shut.
  13. Where does your "70% of the population stat" come from? I would expect the proportion the population without dependent children would be higher than 30% - but maybe I am wrong. Anyway, are people really that incentivised to have children by this system? Kids are expensive so the CTC payments must be pretty damn high! As an example, how CTC would a couple with a combined income of £65k receive if they had one kid?
  14. Those sizes don't seem particularly generous - our spare room is c.110sqft and I wouldn't like to try and squeeze in a double bed plus a couple of wardrobes and chests of drawers into it. The most efficient way to use the space would be to push the double bed into the corner meaning one side was pushed up against a wall - which isn't really ideal for most couples.
  15. You might want to take a look at the country that pays the most at the pumps...
  16. Those numbers look a bit on the low side to me - I know that the SNP have around 25k members, and they only have 10% of the UK population to draw on!
  17. Which is a great argument for folk like me who are trying to talk undecideds into the Yes camp. It goes along the lines of "well, if we vote No next year then we might find that two years later the English vote to leave the EU, meaning that Scotland is taken out of it with them. I mean, surely whether or not Scotland is part of the EU should be a decision left to the Scottish people?". Not many of my compatriots disagree with that assertion, although that's not to say it instantly converts them into Yes voters either!
  18. One reason why Scottish people are (as a whole) more pro-EU and pro-immigration than the English may be the following:
  19. Spot on. I wish the coalition were as honest, instead they continue to keep banging on about "fairness".
  20. You raised a point earlier I found quite interesting about the supermarkets and food. As you have said, the public wouldn't stand for the supermarkets buying up food and hoarding it to increase the price and thereby their profits. So why is it ok for a similar resource (shelter) to be hoarded by a certain segment of the population "just because they can afford it"? I realise there are other issues around the shortage of reasonably priced homes (e.g. the planning system) but when you hear the stories of kids being priced out of the villages they've grown up in it starts to make you wonder, are the actions of wealthy multiple homeowners any different to a hypothetical cash-rich supermarket hoarding food to increase its value of its stock?
  21. Did any of those senior Labour spokesmen come out and profess their willingness to confiscate the inherited wealth of the aristocratic land owning classes and divide it amongst the UK citizenry? Genuine question as I wasn't alive then. I doubt they really believed that was a good idea though, in public or private.
  22. That's probably the best straw man argument I've seen in a long time. Obama isn't interested in ensuring every American earns exactly the same regardless of their economic output, and anyone that genuinely believes that has been brainwashed by Fox News. He might want to provide healthcare and increase the living standards of the poorest in his country, but given they are the wealthiest nation on earth I think they can afford to treat their poor a little better.
  23. Who wants to live in Livingston though! Certainly not me, and I live on the south side of Glasgow...
  24. The coalition are the ones banging on about fairness (with regards to taxpayer subsidised spare rooms for the unemployed). I've always accepted that inherited wealth is an inherent part of our society - however if the coalition truly want to start a discussion about creating a fairer society then surely everything should be on the table for discussion, instead of just this relatively minor issue? Of course the reality is they aren't interested in a fairer, more meritocratic, society. They are quite happy to see the rich get richer while the rest of us continue to fight over the scraps thrown from the table. Look at QE for a prime example of a policy which does nothing but harm the wage earners while being relatively harmless towards the super wealthy. On your final point, if the state were to "steal" money from people who haven't earned it via a higher inheritance tax, and that money is used to abolish, lets say, National Insurance for workers earning less than £20k, wouldn't that be an excellent way to close the gap between the haves and the have nots? It would certainly go a lot further towards the coalitions goal of "fairness for all" than than this "bedroom tax"...
  25. I'm not talking about his job, I'm talking about his wealth. He didn't get the majority if that from his own hard graft. Again, most of the time I'm happy to accept this as the natural order of things, but not when we're being lectured to about "fairness"...
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