Category Archives: Comment

Brexit – A way out of the impasse.

On March 11th 2017 I suggested that, following the finalisation of a Government deal on Brexit, there should be a preference based referendum offering choices between deal, no deal and remain.  At the time of posting this suggestion I was … 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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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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Democracy is coming to the U.S.A…

“It’s coming from the silence /on the dock of the bay, from the brave, the bold, the battered/heart of Chevrolet: Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.” A few lines from Leonard Cohen’s song “Democracy” as a kind of answer to … Continue reading

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Thought for the day…. [inauguration day of Donald J Trump]

“Even the president of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked.” It’s a good day, I think, to remember these words from Mr Dylan. Should you wish to listen to them in the full glory of the original … Continue reading

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