Wings Wee Blue Book

From the excellent Wee Ginger Dug blog.
Apologies for the politics to those outside Scotland. You may be aware that there’s a very important vote due north of the border next month. Whilst I have my own (probably obvious!)đŸ˜€ opinion on the matter, it’s not my business to tell any of you how to vote. I do however believe it’s such a massively important decision that people need to be properly informed before they choose. Sadly the wider media is utterly failing to provide balance and objectivity in this regards and our state broadcaster is behaving more and more like it belongs in the former DDR.
Fortunately, the ever-informative Wings over Scotland has provided a very useful publication called the Wee Blue Book which you can obtain by clicking on the highlighted links. It’s designed to answer as many of the common questions surrounding the referendum as possible. It has been carefully researched and fact checked and is designed to be read in about an hour. I recommend all eligible to vote read it before making your choice on the day.
Here endeth the sermon! đŸ˜„

Wee Ginger Dug

At last, it’s here. Wings Over Scotland has published the Wee Blue Book, all your questions about independence in a handy wee reference guide. It’s invaluable, and many thanks to Stu Campbell for all his hard work in producing it.

Download version for smartphones and tablets here:

Download version for desktops and laptops here:

A print version will be available shortly.

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The Duke, The Mines and the Black, Black Coal

Modelling and living on the edge of Scotland’s rural south, I found this a really interesting read. It covers land ownership issues, industrial development and decline particularly in the South West. Land reform will probably be critical to any regeneration of the area.

Radical Independence Dumfries & Galloway

By Alistair Livingston

While a few dukes and industrialists made their fortunes on the back of Scotland’s industrial revolution, their wealth flowed from the low wages paid to the workers who mined the coal, forged the iron, built the ships, engineered the locomotives and who were crowded into cheap houses built amidst the soot and squalor. First the Lowland then the Highland Clearances drained the life out of rural Scotland to create the industrial workforce, but the conditions they experienced were so appalling that two million Scots fled abroad while another million left for England. The Industrial Clearances of the 1980s marked the final end of Victorian Scotland, but its legacy endures in the continuing loss of young people from rural Scotland. Radical Land Reform is advocated as the way to repopulate the Highlands, but will it work in the rural south, home to the Duke of Buccleuch, the largest…

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