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Jocky Balboa

Member Since 23 Mar 2008
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In Topic: New Car

25 January 2020 - 11:37 AM

How is the Audi market picking up again in Aberdeen, now we're over the oil downturn? 😁

In Topic: Scottish Independence Referendum 2

25 January 2020 - 11:34 AM

I would also say CS, that while you are correct in noting the huge advances in post-war society, the post-2008 climate has seen an age of austerity that has hindered a whole generation from making similar advances. It's a sobering fact that there are now people in their early 30's who, in their working lives, have only ever known an austerity-driven economy, with the uncertainties that brings. While their parents and grandparents enjoyed free education, cheap credit, generous welfare, bought their council houses for peanuts, happily retired at 65, have higher life expectancies, etc. etc. there is no such bounty for our young. Thus far, I see no convincing argument that the status quo will sufficiently address this and this is one of my concerns with political Unionism, in that it still points to the idea of punching above its weight and/or past glories, oblivious to the fact we live in different times, in an ever changing world. The status quo is simply not an option anymore and Unionists' general failure to address this, far less make a renewed case for continuing the Union, is what turns people off.

That said, I'm fully aware of the shortcomings of the YES movement. They have still not partaken in a full postmortem examination into why we lost last time (Sturgeon et al have often behaved like they won) and have edged hard left, pandering to "woke" weirdos in particular.

Something has to give on both sides.

In Topic: Scottish Independence Referendum 2

25 January 2020 - 08:44 AM

CS, you make good points on how provision of universal healthcare and welfare has improved peoples' lot immeasurably. My grandparents (the post-war generation) and parents (baby boomers) had it infinitely better than all that came before and increases in life expectancy prove that. However, millenials are the first generation in centuries to grow up poorer than their parents and have seen none of the bounty the previous two did. This is where a lot of the discontent (and uncertainties) in society emanates from, in that the future is uncertain for our young, not to mention the ticking debt timebomb.

To be clear, I am under no illusions that independence would solve all of this, but as I said I favour independence as the means to take those difficult decisions for ourselves, not have them foisted upon us by a party Scotland hasn't voted for since the 1950's - and never will again

As for Ireland, you unjustly taint it here. Not only has it long since surpassed the North (despite the latter having a head start - this was why the UK government gerrymandered the partition; to siphon off the industrial heartland of Ireland with an inbuilt Unionist majority) it is a high wage economy, with strong inward investment. Leftists can moan about the low corporation tax, but it attracts highly skilled, well-paid jobs in fields like pharmaceuticals, IT and building services. At the trades end of things, electricians and plumbers don't get out of bed for less than 28-30 Euros an hour.

In Topic: Scottish Independence Referendum 2

23 January 2020 - 01:17 PM

Arguing over pensions seems almost moot here, as the UK's state pension is actually one of the lowest in the OECD, which is shameful when you consider the fact Unionists constantly and triumphantly parrot the "5th biggest economy in the world" line. I personally won't be getting one until I'm 68 as it stands (although it will likely rise to 70 or more,the way things are going) and as such, have been paying 3% of my salary into private pension for the last decade or so.

In Topic: Tv Series

21 January 2020 - 09:39 PM

Mindhunter postponed (or maybe ultimately cancelled).

Aye, I heard that. Sad news if true, it's a great show. That said, Ozark is back in March.