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About davidsberry

Local councillor, tour guide and database designer. Keen on wildlife, history, boats and music. Stood for the Scottish Parliament 2011; lost by 151 votes.

Chiels That Winna Ding

This last week of the referendum debate has grown ever more heated. Despite 99% of those engaged in campaigning keeping the heid, there have been some idiots on either side. Even some intending no malice have had their exhuberence seen … Continue reading

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Wee Blue Book: Currency/Pensions

In this third installment from the Wee Blue Book, the two main targets of Project Fear are debunked. Clearly the use of a stable currency is vital to any country’s prosperity but it is equally clear that Westminster has created … Continue reading

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Wee Blue Book: Economy

This second installment from the Wee Blue Book addresses an area over which considerable debate has raged. The economy underpins every aspect of Scotland’s future. In the interests of objectivity on so crucial a matter, this section has received a … Continue reading

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Wee Blue Book: Principles and Politics

In the run-up to the referendum, the media din and dubious behaviour of politicians and even seasoned journalists who should know better have made it harder for those still to make up their minds where to garner relevant data. As … Continue reading

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Dateline: September 18th, 2019

Looking back over five hectic years since the referendum, it’s surprising how little our lives have changed. Post gets collected from the same red boxes, the Beeb is where it always was on the dial and pensions get paid like … Continue reading

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An Open Letter From Jim Sillars To Scotland’s Pensioners

Originally posted on Michael Greenwell:
AN OPEN LETTER FROM JIM SILLARS TO SCOTLAND’S PENSIONERS I am 76 years of age. My State Pension is safe with independence, and so is yours. Who says so? The UK Department for Work and…

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Dismal Scientist

Yesterday a good friend in California (one of the whip-smart feminists to whom I referred recently) forwarded two Op Ed pieces from the prestigious New York Times. Apparently it is not only the London press corps who have woken up … Continue reading

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Shirreff Parks his Tanks on our Lawn

The world of global diplomacy—and with it, the context of our independence debate—has become increasingly surreal. Despite being unable to breathe without running into WWI commemorations, the lessons the Great War taught seem no longer relevant to our complex modern … Continue reading

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This Is No Small Country

One of delights in returning home to Scotland twenty years ago was to discover a renaissance in its arts flourishing across the board. Having left in 1971 when the Cringe seemed the most fashionable garb among those with artistic ambition, … Continue reading

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Why YES is the Answer V: The Sisterhood

Having spent two decades in California where feminism is alive, well and a major political force, let me disclaim right from the outset any delusion that I am qualified to speak for women. Several bright, articulate female friends taught me … Continue reading

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