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34 minutes ago, Dawson Park Boy said:

Sandy

 Fine by me.
Scottish and British and a citizen of the UK.

What more could you ask for?

 

Being an EU Member State in line with the democratic choice of the people of Scotland?

Having full fiscal autonomy?

Having the same opportunity to elect a government which reflects the way Scotland votes - along the same lines as Ireland, Norway or almost every other country (yes,  country) on the planet?

That would be a start. 

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I wonder what a similar figure for the UK would be since the Thatcherite sell off. 

It also reminds me that Nicola seems to have forgotten about her publicly owned, not for profit power supplier that she promised to create during this parliament....

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On 17/02/2021 at 12:51, HTG said:

Being an EU Member State in line with the democratic choice of the people of Scotland?

Having full fiscal autonomy?

Having the same opportunity to elect a government which reflects the way Scotland votes - along the same lines as Ireland, Norway or almost every other country (yes,  country) on the planet?

That would be a start. 

You can both feel British and not wish to be governed by Westminster. 

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1 hour ago, Detournement said:
It also reminds me that Nicola seems to have forgotten about her publicly owned, not for profit power supplier that she promised to create during this parliament....

I think it's more likely they saw what was happening in the energy market and decided, correctly, that it would be a bad idea.

How dare she.

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They tried such an idea in one of the English Labour local authorities and it was a bit of a disaster so that's likely to be why the idea wasn't taken up here.

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In case anyone needs a political laugh this morning, here's a story I worked on last night about MSP Annabelle Ewing, WWE legends and AEW.

Writing this was quite a surreal experience.

https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/19115908.wwe-legend-mick-foley-apologises-cowdenbeath-msp-big-show-tweet-gaffe/

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Proof positive that Farage supporters are dicks and SNP voters are the most rational, sensible people.

https://m.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/nigel-farage-supporters-least-likely-to-take-up-covid-vaccine-among-voters_uk_603763d0c5b67259f893d5c7
 

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Inflation is just a conspiracy invented by liberal elites. $6 is $6 is $6.

Related - I did enjoy recently hearing about how the big boys like Walmart and Amazon are all in favour of raising minimum wage to $15/hr because they think it'll kill off the small businesses they "compete" with and then they can do what they want later. Capitalism, eh? What larks.

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9 minutes ago, Baxter Parp said:

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Very worrying graph.

However, there is one mitigating feature, I suppose, which is the much lower level of mortgage interest rates.

Way back in the distant past, I recall paying mortgage rates of around 15% at one particular time.

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Very worrying graph.
However, there is one mitigating feature, I suppose, which is the much lower level of mortgage interest rates.
Way back in the distant past, I recall paying mortgage rates of around 15% at one particular time.
Yes, Black Wednesday 16th September 1992 when Tory Chancellor Norman Lamont of John Major's UK Government was humiliatingly forced to withdraw sterling from the ERM. The party of fiscal rectitude and all that.....

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1 hour ago, Baxter Parp said:

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There’s validity in the point but it’s a bit misleading.  You need to factor in the quality and size of houses, facilities, quality of construction, thermal efficiency, etc.  None of these are covered by a simple comparison.

BTW I’m not disputing the difficulty of people getting on the housing ladder due to price increases.

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20 minutes ago, Granny Danger said:

There’s validity in the point but it’s a bit misleading.  You need to factor in the quality and size of houses, facilities, quality of construction, thermal efficiency, etc.  None of these are covered by a simple comparison.

BTW I’m not disputing the difficulty of people getting on the housing ladder due to price increases.

Except housing regulations have broadly been degraded across the UK, not enhanced.

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There is an argument to be made the supply too.

Most new housing developments around Edinburgh seem to be "luxury 3 to 4 bedroom " houses costing upwards of 200k.

Apart from the Council ordered social housing renovation of Niddrie there's not much of new 1-2 bedroom housing around. Plus buy to let cnuts hoover the older stock up to rent it to bloody students.

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10 minutes ago, Baxter Parp said:

Except housing regulations have broadly been degraded across the UK, not enhanced.

Not from a Building Standards position in  Scotland.  Far greater regulations/requirements in things like insulation values, heating standards and solar panel requirements for new build.  And new build in the last 30-40 years must make up a fair chunk of housing stock.

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43 minutes ago, tamthebam said:

There is an argument to be made the supply too.

Most new housing developments around Edinburgh seem to be "luxury 3 to 4 bedroom " houses costing upwards of 200k.

Apart from the Council ordered social housing renovation of Niddrie there's not much of new 1-2 bedroom housing around. Plus buy to let cnuts hoover the older stock up to rent it to bloody students.

You mean there's actually anything left to rent to students after the AirBnB landlords have had their fill?

https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/new-map-shows-true-scale-17928118

Data a year old now, and things might have changed a bit due to covid, but christ on a bike...

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