- The vote itself - The question should be " Do you want Scotland to remain as part of the UK, or to leave?" A majority of the total Scottish Electorate should have to vote leave - not just a majority of those who vote. In addition to this, it should be 60% or above. Also if you don't know, or don't vote, your vote should be taken as the status quo. If independence wins, it needs to win by a hefty majority, or the country will be permanently badly scarred and divided.
- UK Electoral Reform - if this was taken seriously by the UK, it would really help calm things down in Scotland. The House of Lords needs a major shakeup or entirely abolished, the FPTP voting system that keeps putting the Tories in power, even though most people don't vote for them needs revised too. And also the English regions need devolved parliaments to. Then the UK parliament doesn't look like an English Parliament any more.
- What is independence? - This isn't defined, just like Brexit wasn't defined. There are loads of really serious questions around this - the border with rUK, will it be hard (disastrous). The currency? The bank? The deficit? Our pensions - converted to the new currency, then likely devalued against the pound? A "hard Scexit" could make our hard Brexit look like a walk in the park.
- "Things couldn't be any worse". This seems to be the view of many independence supporters, but just take a look around the world.
- Freedom - I find it quite offensive when this term is used to describe what the independence supporters want. We ARE free. We are hugely lucky here in Scotland and the UK. Again, just look around the world.
- We need a period without an SNP-run Scottish Government - We need another power in Scotland to show how devolution was meant to work. To give us a period without a referendum being permanently threatened. And a government that makes the most of the substantial powers we actually do have, and doesn't just blame Westminster for everything.
Scottish Independence - my views
I am writing this as we are three or four months into the pandemic here in Scotland.
Back in early March, my nephew informed me he had been following Dr. Campbell on Youtube, and he had mentioned Vitamin D. This sparked my interest, and I have followed it ever since. Here's the highlights. I have been taking between 25 and 50 micrograms each day ever since I learned about it, and you should be too. Dr. Campbell has been more and more insistent about it as the months and data have come in.
Last weekend I visited the new V&A Dundee to see the Ocean Liners Speed & Style exhibition. The exhibition itself was absolutely wonderful, very cleverly put together, it was quite possible to spend at least a couple of hours looking through it all. The way the items were presented, and the occasional addition of sound or video or special lighting all added up to a captivating experience.
As for the V&A building itself? I'm sorry. I didn't get it. Appeared to have huge amount of wasted space, then huge spaces devoted to a café, shop and restaurant, and that doesn't leave much exhibit space, which is the point of the whole building... in that respect it reminded me of the Riverside Museum, Glasgow, which also doesn't appear to fulfil its main objective of being a good building to display things in. This means that the small Scottish Design area is overcrowded, with long queues when I was there.
In short I'd highly recommend the current exhibition, and if a future exhibition interests you then do go, but otherwise I'd maybe postpone your visit until it quietens down a bit (and they turn the restaurant into more exhibit space...).
QE2 50th Anniversary Conference
Tickets are now on sale for the big QE2 event of 2017 - the QE2 Story 50 Years Conference in Clydebank, on September 22nd 2017
The QE2 Story’s Event Group is organising a fabulous conference at Clydebank Town Hall for you to celebrate 50 years since QE2’s launch at John Brown’s Shipyard, Clydebank.
Friday, 22nd September 2017 is to be an important date for QE2 Story members, maritime enthusiasts and members of the public who want to celebrate QE2’s 50 years. The conference is considered to be of significant importance in the 2017 Calendar of Maritime Events. We expect demand for the 200 places available to be high.
In July, I travelled transatlantic from New York to Southampton via Halifax on board RMS Queen Mary 2, knocking an item off my bucket list!
My photos from the crossing are here
and I also did a review for The QE2 Story : Click here
UK National Debt
There is a lot of talk during this general election about the Deficit.
But nobody (except Nigel Farage) talks about the National Debt, which is spinning out of control.
The austerity that everybody seems keen to end, actually hasn't gone nearly far enough as far as I can see. Politicians need to be far more honest about this.
Have a look at this before its too late - http://www.nationaldebtclock.co.uk/
I am Flagless
I live in the West of Scotland. I love Scotland, but I don't currently support Independence.
I used to attach a Scotland flag to my cars, so that I could show my nationality when travelling away - including England. However since the Independence Referendum of 2014, that's all the Scottish flag now means - that you support independence. So I no longer feel able to put MY flag on my car.
My other flag is the United Kingdom's Union Jack, because I'm a Brit and proud to be that too. But here in the West of Scotland, the Union Jack means all sorts of things which I don't agree with, so I can't fly that flag either.
So I can't display any flag any more except, maybe, the EU flag?
Weebly Losing Me Lots Of Visitors
Hundreds of websites around the web link to my site with an address that ends in a slash. This is how my old site worked, with folders. e.g. www.roblightbody.com/liners/
Unfortunately, weebly's redirect mechanisms can't cope with this trailing slash, so I'm losing most of my visitors with a 404 error page! Very frustrating indeed.
27th March 2015 - Go Live day
I got notice from Fasthosts that my old site was to die on the 14th of April, so I took the plunge and switched the site over even though its unfinished. Still working on some of the Mini pages, and the redirects from the old pages to the new pages, so that all the thousands of links scattered around the web continue to work. Its been a mammoth job rewriting 370 pages of content, so I hope Weebly stays around for many years before I have to do it again...
Comments appreciated if you've read this!
Rob's thoughts on things, mostly stuff already on this website (cars, ships etc).