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March 24, 2015

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Germanwings Airbus A320 Plane Crashes in French Alps, All 148 People on Board Feared Dead -

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Jewish and Islamic Schools Given Millions of Dollars of Security in Australia Amidst Terrorist Fear -

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Australian IVAN MILAT Series Irritates Thousands Convinced We Should “Forget All About Him” -

Friday, February 27, 2015

What Significant Right Do Men Have These Days That Women Don’t? -

Monday, February 23, 2015

Australia Resorts to Guilt and Threats Against Indonesia, Attempting to Spare Bali Nine Members From Execution. -

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Australian Mandatory Government Data Retention Con Will Cost $400m for Your “Freedom” and “Safety” -

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Everything Is Offensive. Everything Is Sexist, Racist and Derogatory. -

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ross Ulbricht Convicted for Black Market Site SILK ROAD -

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Qatar Airways Buys Stake of British Airways and Iberia Parent Company -

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Delta and Southwest Planes Landed After Twitter Prankster Claims to Have Smuggled Bombs. -

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Why Does Depicting Prophet Muhammad Annoy Some of the Muslims? -

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Gamblers, Transgenders, Voyeurs and People With Fetishes May Be Unable to Hold Driver’s Licence in Russia in Effort to Crack Down on Road Accidents. -

Friday, January 9, 2015

[LIVE] Airbus A320 AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Goes Missing. -

Sunday, December 28, 2014

MMXIV: The Year in Review -

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Protests in Missouri After Teenage Black Man Shot Dead by Police -

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sydney Hostage Crisis Ends: The Event That Was a Convenience to the Australian Government? -

Monday, December 15, 2014

(UPDATED) Sydney City in Lockdown After Man Takes 13 Hostages in Cafe -

Monday, December 15, 2014

`MH17 Shot Down by Ukraine, Mistaken for Putin`s Plane` -

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Pirate Bay Raided in Stockholm -

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Australian Retailers Pull GTA v From Shelves Thanks to Females Warning “It Promotes Sexual Violence” -

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Scottish Independence Referendum: What? When? Why? Pros? Cons?

First of all, let me state the following: I am a Scottish male currently living outside of the UK. I was born in Falkirk and I oppose the bids for Scottish Independence for the logistical reasons tied to separating a country bound in union for over 300 years.

A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON:

During the last 50 years or so, the South of England has, politically, staggered further and further towards the right (Conservative or ‘Tory’ as they are often nicknamed) whilst Scotland has been static and mostly mid-left-wing (Labour).

Conversely, there are substantially more people in Southern England than in Scotland. This results in Scotland voting tremendously against a conservative government, yet due to the population differences, the conservative government wins by a landslide.

Whilst residents are usually either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the constitutional changes, cries for Scottish Independence have raised a third, more mutual option, known as “Devo Max”

Devo Max entails Scotland remaining part of the UK, but with the Scottish parliament would have considerably increased powers including tax-raising. Defence and Foreign policy would remain with Westminster. Although the SNP do not support this option, they are aware that many Scots prefer it to independence or status quo, and so are willing to include it as a preference in the referendum.

Conservatives and Labour are explicitly condemning its inclusion as they claim the matter should be a straight "yes" or "no".  

QUESTIONS THAT WOULD BE RAISED:

Scottish IndependenceIf Scotland were to become Independent, would the changes be radical or would this be a slow and exhaustive transition period for both the United Kingdom and the ‘new’ country Scotland.

Possible changes in business:

Aside from Scottish Water, Scottish Gas, Bank of Scotland and a few other examples – would Scotland be create an Airline infrastructure? Having what is deemed to be the de-facto “National” airline, British Airways, would probably not suffice?

The UK is a part of the EU (European Union) and so breaking away from the UK can also cost Scotland. Should Scotland decide they wish to remain part of the EU, they would have to begin the process and apply as another country.


Scotland would no longer be in the UK – and so therefore their own postal service would have to be established as they would not be under Royal Mail and posting to and from Scotland would suddenly be considered “international postage”.

Recent opinion polls show around 40% of people living in Scotland solidly support independence, around 20% support status quo, and 40% are in favour of Devo Max. (these figures are pretty volatile).

PUBLIC OPINION (via Ipsos Mori)

Date

For
Independence

Against
Independence

February 2013

34%

55%

October 2012

30%

58%

June 2012

35%

55%

January 2012

39%

50%

 

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