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Brexit and the Irish Border

With the current focus on negotiations over Brexit and the Irish Border,  the Government’s partner, the DUP,  have been very loud in their objection to the argument that an open border with the Republic of Ireland should be the primary … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Energy Future – Upgrading our Housing Stock

On the 8th November 2017  I attended an RSE Community Engagement Event,   on Scotland’s Energy Future,   Community Engagement   Event, in Dumfries Easterbrook Hall, on the 8th November 2017. A  point arising from the discussion  was the importance of space heating … Continue reading

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Donald Trump First, Donald Trump First, Donald Trump First

 Recent events in Charlottesville have shone a light on the attitude to race of President Trump and his now departed political strategist, Steven Bannon.   For a moment Trump seemed to be making his position clear: “When we open our … Continue reading

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Freedom Ride

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cstzb3 This is a beautiful little half hour programme I listened to this morning on the BBC World Service. Of course I knew about Rosa Park, but the story told in this programme is a timely reminder of what the … Continue reading

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I Hate the Whiteman

Posted originally to You Tube as a comment on the rather confused discussion arising from this song.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXPFfgdxp9o&list=RDzXPFfgdxp9o  I hate the white man – now that’s a title that in the age of the Internet was always going to attract … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Need for A Multiple Choice Referendum

Let us consider two views of the referendum outcome on 23rd June ;   the people have decided to leave the European Union regardless of the terms agreed the people have decided only that they wish to leave, but have … Continue reading

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What really happened in Sweden last night…

More or Less,  [ Radio 4 and the BBC World Service]  routinely  challenges  the  interpretation and conclusions drawn from the data circulating in the news.  It is a programme which succeeds in making statistics interesting, even amusing.   This week’s edition … Continue reading

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