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Issue 756 - 28th November
Compiled by Margaret Hamilton
This Week's Round-Up
Let me get today’s moan out of the road first. Two nuclear subs nearing the
end of their lives are to be moved to the Clyde. One of the main reasons the
UK government wanted to secure a no vote. They say that it will bring
hundreds of jobs. How? The crew and their families are coming with the subs
so no new jobs there. Any children in these families will perhaps help keep
schools under threat open, but will this mean new jobs? Ditto with any
shops, social amenities etc. If any of these businesses expand there may be
new jobs, but there has just been an influx of partners and family of the
submariners. As in other areas who house the armed forces, will there be a
percentage of jobs expected to go to these families before being offered to
the existing locals? Sometime soon you will be able to comment to this sort
of thing. Meantime if you want to inform me of how the UK government may be
correct in their assertions, email me at
Meanwhile, what a week or so we have had! We were a bit disheartened that
SNP conference had been cut from 3 days to effectively 1 ½ days for the
Scots Independent stall. (Marquee gets shut off as soon as delegates go in
after lunch on last day). Pleased to say the business manager left Perth in
a fairly happy mood. Faithful contributors, and new, flocked to the stall.
Many issues of the paper sold to people who had never seen us before.
Hopefully some of these will turn into subscribers. The launch of Gordon
Wilson’s new book also went well and the 2 for £20 offer was popular. You
can still get this online here
http://www.scotsindependent.org/shopping_mall.htm We even have
an e-book version at £12. Beware; the Scots Independent is moving into new
In the week since conference we had nothing but positive messages coming
from the new First Minister. Her new cabinet seems to have been accepted, or
at least given time to prove what they can do. It’s a welcome relief from
the endless negative sniping just for the sake of it.
We were among the lucky 12,000 to attend the Hydro on Saturday. It seemed
like a takeover of Glasgow with the Radical Independence A.G.M. going on
next door at the Armadillo.
To be fair, this crowd needed no stirring up. Spirits have remained high
since the referendum. Handing out Saltires and sponge hands for waving
around made the crowd feel wanted. The entertainment and level of sound may
not have been to everyone’s liking but it did the trick. Alex Salmond got a
standing ovation before he even opened his mouth. Stewart Hosie was well
received. There was a roving host with microphone and camera doing live
interviews with the audience. The crowd just went wild when Nicola came on.
All this was being broadcast live around the world by SNP tv (who needs BBC)
and the hosts encouraged tweeting and facebook comments with the #SNPtour
tag which got us trending second in the world! Who wouldn’t leave on a
massive high, even if your ears were hurting a bit. This is a far cry from
the party I joined in the 70’s. Confident and grown up.
Lastly, we welcome the new daily newspaper that is trialling this week. We
hope you have all bought a copy to see what it is like. It fills a different
niche from the Scots Independent. If successful it will provide a daily dose
of news from around the world with the Scottish items reported in a less
unionist manner. We are a monthly issue with all articles informative in how
the issues will affect Scotland, with the exception of one or two aimed at
lighter relief. We wish The National every success and are actively
purchasing it ourselves.
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