Burns night and a big day for Scotland’s future?

Last night we had a lovely Burns night at Wendy’s house, myself and Ned took all the ingredients, Haggis, neeps and tatties and we had a “ready steady cook! and the meal a joint effort ready in one hour. Wendy lost her husband Eric last year and Eric who was one of my first Mountain Rescue bosses at RAF Kinloss in the early 70’s. He was a great man and a friend of many of us who were fairly wild in these days, he kept us right. Even though Eric was an officer he was one of us and helped many of us over the years, I miss him still. It was a great meal and we even had the address to the haggis done by your truly. Wendy has a lovely house and we sat at the table with candles on and the Burns CD playing a fun night. It was finished by Apple pie (home-made) and a wee dram. Burns is some writer ans the older I get the more I get time to read some of his work. Rabbie Burns was born in my home town of Ayr and has left a huge legacy in his works and definitely worth a read.

Alec Salmond Scotland’s first minister chose yesterday to deliver his speach on Devolution.  Whether you like him or not it was an interesting day. Yesterday was a huge day for Scotland with the first Minister declaring his plans for the referendum. Whatever your views it will be interesting times, my views are for Independence and I am sure we can do well as a nation. Many will disagree and that is your right. It will be a long debate with many questions, I do not want a nuclear deterrent or submarines at Faslane or the military fighting in wars when we should not be there. We are not a world power and need to look after our own country and its coast, it will mean a lot of jobs going or will it? I would also like to see our resources being used for the benefit of the country and not lost to huge corporations. We have an abundance of water and many other resources we need to look after them and the environment, a proper balance needs to be struck. Something the SNP need to get a grip off.  I understand that we will have to take our share of the debit that we all have and that will not be easy but I am sure we can manage it. Many down South are convinced we are subsidised off them and there are so many differing equations on who pays for what much is lost in spin and counter spin. I am sure much will come out in the discussions to come. I feel strongly that London has too much control and so much is spent in the South from the Olympics, to the Dome and so much more. I have so many great friends down South, many are English but for me it is time, we ran our own affairs. We need huge changes, get rid of the “unelected house of Lords” and it is still the chosen few who run the UK. We do need to change.  So many questions so many answers and lots of points of views and in the end whatever happens I am sure Scotland will have more control of its destiny. Even more important will I still get my pension?

For to long the Labour and Tory parties in Scotland have played to the London tune and I sure they have now wakened up and have to start looking after the people of Scotland, that they are supposed to serve. We live in interesting times.

It is in everyone’s interest to take part in the debate and vote when the time comes as you see fit? Only over half the population vote at elections a sorry figure, it is your decision for your future. Worth knowing?

Please note my email is now heavywhalley@heavywhalley.com

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Burns night and a big day for Scotland’s future?

  1. andy says:

    Oil is a very important commodity but in years to come water will be more important.We have an abundance of water. At this moment in time we are exporting electricty to Northern Ireland and England Surely it is only a matter of time before we do the same with water.Is it feasable at this moment in time i don,t think so. The infrastucture is not in place. Could building this infastructure be jobs for the future.
    Has anyone further up the food chain any thoughts.


    • heavywhalley says:

      Andy for a Celtic man you are a bit of a thinker? It is time we stopped giving away our assets for nothing and started charging for them. The future is bright, we need new jobs for the people and new technology can help. Interesting times ahead!


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