Update: Lane Ashfeldt's take on judging this year's competition: The Willesden Prize, Stories and Tunnels _______ This is the...
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
“When young men were injured in these wars, they didn’t look to each other and ask whether you were Scots or English; they came to each others’ aid because they were part of a common cause. And we not only won these wars together; we won the peace together. We built the health service together. We built the welfare state together. We will build the future together.
And what we have built together by sacrificing and sharing, let no narrow nationalism split asunder ever.” (From LabourList.org)
Point made with a slam of The Great Clunking Fist on the table. Magnificent.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Please don't Balkanize the island of Britain. If you do you'll be out of the EU and without a proper currency and it will be a right royal mess. We can get a Labour government for Britain next year and more devolution is on the cards.
And wouldn't your children become foreign students at English universities and have to pay the very high tuition fees rate per year for foreign students? According to HSBC these average £11,933 and range up to £38,532 for the top places, without taking into account living costs.
It would be better to try and create a sort of "Benelux" zone - actually it partly exists already - in the islands of Ireland and Britain, if only we could get Republic of Ireland to join the sterling zone! That's not at all likely, to put it mildly, but we might all end up in the Euro zone eventually, perhaps.
Wouldn't it be much better to have devolution but economic integration within Britain and Ireland, including the Republic? That would be my ideal. It's only this writer's personal opinion of course but it would be very handy for nipping back and forth to Dublin - and Scotland.
Now if Scotland increases divisions in these islands by voting Yes, it only makes life more difficult from my point of view. The difficulties that I foresee will also apply to you but you may think the benefits of independence and separate EU membership outweigh such considerations, but I hope "No, Thanks!" carries the day.
Regards, best wishes,