Evolution of the desk.
Is there actually a printer app? I want one. How does it work?
That’s a fax machine, you tiny babies. Treasure your innocence.
I still have books and papers all over my desk. Ebook textbooks are the devil’s work.
(Ebooks are generally fine, of course, but when I’m paging through a reference I often want to hold a place while I quickly check something else. Bookmarks are just too cumbersome for that job.)
I know that Richard Branson mentioned something about having a referendum 10 years from now. That’s what made me ask.
Hmm, well I suppose you can’t rule it out, but I think it’s unlikely. I think it’s 2 parliaments away at least.
kissthulu asked: Do you think that there will be another vote at some point in the no-too-distant future (say in the next 10 years)?
Unlikely, I think - unless Westminster mess things up so badly that popular opinion completely turns against them (which is a possibility!). I would say 15-20 years for the next referendum.
For the first time in history a country has rejected its own independence. Fear bested hope. I saw a Scotsman on television say “I don’t think we could have stood on our own two feet.” I witnessed Scots jumping up and down, cheering that they rejected the one chance to break away from Westminster, from illegal wars and war spending, from privatisation, corporate interests and a future of austerity, as we look ahead to the second war on Iraq.
Already the promises made by Westminster are being ‘redrafted’ with new policies creeping up, exposing the real black heart of those men in London, where now it’s being said that elected Scottish MSP’s should not be allowed to vote on English-only policies - but English MP’s are certainly entitled to vote on what money goes to Scotland. Here’s talk already of, “where’s England in this whole debate? What about England? We’re the 86% of the population.”
The dust hasn’t yet cleared and already England is back to the forefront, its boot clamped firmly down on Scotland’s neck. We have forfeited. We have conceded, saying: “No. We’re happy as we are. Everything seems to be fine.”
45% is a large turnout for independence. For us, united, I am proud. It was a passionate outcry, awakening that old Scottish fighting spirit. But 45% of Scotland isn’t even 25% of London. Some more statistics:
73% of those over 65 voted No.
71% of those aged 16-17 voted Yes.
59% of those aged 25-34, the disenfranchised workforce, voted Yes.
57% of those 55-64, worrying about scare tactics to do with their pensions, voted No.
If you are a person of affluence, then I can see why you would vote No. People are socially engineered in that they are motivated by self-preservation. Never mind that the four overwhelming Yes constituencies were the poorest among us, those that NEED change, and won’t get it from Westminster, hundreds of miles away. We were on the world stage, Scotland. Of all the separatist, independence movements around the world, we were a shining beacon, achieving our rights peacefully, democratically, showing that faith and unity can triumph over fear and suited giants. We’ve not only condemned our own independence, but that of Catalan, who are still fighting for the right to have a REFERENDUM. You can be sure that every politician, every rich creep who holds together this dying society, every federal institution, every conglomerate corporation with its stakes plunged deep into every government, were rejoicing when you voted No.
Not that the Elites would ever let us leave. Already evidence of rigging has surfaced. Have a think: where would England source its oil when our North Sea was denied to them in two years? That’s a fat percentage. Then they take back Trident (the largest nuclear weapon collection in the world, kept on the shores of Scotland) and look there! A whole new and open vista for gas and oil exploration, previously fenced off by hundreds of nuclear missiles since the Cold war (which still continues to this day, it never ended).
They say Scotland’s oil would only last 40 years? (that’s just North Sea, have a look at Clair oilfield). That’s massive. How long would England’s oil reserves last without Scotland? Where do they get it from, when not from us? Iraq? USA? Trade agreements? I’d give them ten years, max, whilst our smaller population can sustain itself quite prettily for decades to come. You can be sure that England would be off to Iraq again to make up the deficit, but then, they already are. The doubling of the war budget http://rt.com/uk/184244-nato-military-spending-increase/ is imminent. With Farage you’d be looking at £50 billion spent on the military a year, and cameras in your schools. Not that Tories or UKIP even look at Scotland, a minority nation that wants to leave, with a government that has one Tory, and one UKIP MP in their seats.
A nation of sheep will soon have a government of wolves.
There was the chance for change. It wasn’t just a referendum, it was a revolution. A revolution of thought. A rejection of current social and foreign policy. A reformation on the tenets of equality, preservation, medicine, education and the future. Scotland has so much potential, so much money, so many resources - more so than ANY other country that has ever campaigned for independence. But we said No. David Cameron said that that’s that - settled for a generation, even a lifetime. A morose fog has descended over this nation. For the first time in history, Scotland didn’t fight, we bowed down.
You almost fucking lost Scotland.
I know as an American this isn’t my business really, bit might I suggest that rather than celebrating that Scotland stayed, maybe you want to look at the policies that nearly drove Scotland away from you. Because even with a no vote, I see those numbers. You have a fuckton of people so sick of your conservative policies that they nearly left you.
That is a big whooping suggestion things need to change. This wasn’t fringe loonies. These were sane rational people and a sane rational government would look at what nearly cause them to leave and STOP IT.
I will shut up and go back to art making now.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it, or lie. I’m seething mad because of the result. Distraught and jaded.
Scotland had such an opportunity. The Westminster system is dead on its feet and unable to reform itself for shit. If you think it serves us, have a quick opinion poll in your nearest foodbank, or those all too aware they’re in the blast radius of the nuclear weapons on the Clyde. We could have left it all behind and started afresh with a localised Parliament with a more proportional voting system and better accountability.
We let it slip.
Obviously not everyone sees it as I do, I’m aware of that. But I’m at a genuine loss as to the people that think this union is the solution to our problems, when it’s actually the cause of several. And of course people on either side don’t always vote with the best intentions, but when I had my vote for a genuine better country equalised on the opposite side by someone who told me it was just so they’d be taxed less?
Absolutely. Fucking. Infuriating. Disdain for democracy to supplement personal greed never ceases to amaze.
But now here we are, still a United Kingdom (the monarchy part of that also pisses me off, but isn’t directly relevant so different rant incoming), still housing trident, still under a regime we emphatically rejected who punish the most needy for the sins of their party donors from the City.
It’s enough to- and it has in many cases, mine included- make you weep. The urge to do the screen in when I saw the “more powers” lie falling apart already, just as I predicted? Stronger than I can recall ever feeling. It’s a reminder of just how powerless we actually are in this union. God only knows what I’ll feel when a Westminster besotted with the UKIP agenda takes us out of the EU with the rest of the UK, but without our consent. When it really does scrap the Human Rights Act.
I don’t even know what to do with this anger which can in any way improve our lot. We could have felt strong today, instead I feel powerless. All I can think of is watching Westminster like a hawk and rallying dissent if they keep reneging on their word. But 45% of the population are already too fucking aware.
That, and prepare banners. Massive, clear banners to hang for every No voter, screaming “I told you so”.
This is a very, very bad day.
So disappointed about the referendum. I don’t want to go back to having acts enforced on me when those who represent me vote otherwise. I thought we lived in a democracy? Also, I thought the BBC were, by law, not aloud to be bias?
I’m genuinely scared for the future, especially now that Salmond has said he’s stepping down as first minister. It’s obvious that Westminster won’t give us the devolved powers we want, and I hope that those who voted no realise what a mistake they’ve made when the NHS becomes privatized and everything goes to fuck.
Oh, and screw Trident.
I said I wasn’t going to be annoyed at the no voters, but Scotland should have gotten it’s independence. I fucking hate living in a country who is dictated by another, we fucking deserve better, we should be a proud fucking nation who believe in ourselves, not cower away and let Westminster control us. Fuck you, no voters, you ruined us.