‘The abolition of carbon pricing, which penalised the big polluters, followed a lengthy scare campaign. Abbott warned that the cost of living would rocket – a leg of lamb would end up costing A$100 (£55), his Agriculture Minister claimed – and a South Australian steel town, Whyalla, would be “wiped off the map”.’
‘Christine Milne, the Greens’ leader, warned Australia risked becoming “a global pariah in the family of nations”.’
iain, finance guy, pointed out a yes supporter having a cigarette. “see that guy, he’s angry we’re here. you can just tell. he’s not going anywhere. that’s the kind of yes supporter that’d have a couple of drinks, get violent, try and start something.”
the man put out his cigarette, and spent the rest of the afternoon chatting to people and handing out leaflets. he didn’t have a drink, and didn’t start anything.
'the voting public are neither congenitally apathetic nor impenetrably thick, as the ruling classes would have us believe. Apathy results from the choices on offer being indistinguishable from each other and an electoral system where individual votes do not matter.'
'I've attended a few referendum gatherings and while they have been entertaining, and occasionally inspiring, what they have not been is representative of all parts of Scottish society. In the main, the audiences were affluent, professional and university-educated. There were political activists there, too, and trade union officials.'
this is very true. the debate often seems to be intellectuals v intellectuals
‘These people may be grimly clinging to an old and outdated model of Scotland, but that’s only because modern Scotland has impoverished them, dismantled their neighbourhoods and their industrial hinterlands and shut down their schools.
And then we mock them for their adherence to God, Queen and country.
The people who will decide the referendum will not be those in the chattering, political classes but the tens of thousands in the housing schemes across the country whose children are underfed and who are exploited by employers paying very low wages.
Their voting records are not high and so we tend to ignore them at a Westminster or Holyrood election. Well, they’re voting in this contest – and so both sides had better start properly to understand their language and their curious ways.’
basically the ‘special relationship’ is based on the US and UK having nuclear deterrents. if Trident is kicked out of Faslane, it will probably go to Georgia, perhaps permanently. leaving US as Nato’s sole nuclear provider
also a great quote: ‘The US is frustrated enough already at the number of bonsai armies in Europe.’
‘The US fought one of the bloodiest wars in their history to hold its union together. They can’t take the UK seriously if they just let their union fade.’
Dr Tim Oliver, of the Center for Transatlantic Relations
some people think this may make the rUK abandon nuclear weapons altogether. I think unlikely, and with Cameron in power, unthinkable