9 Nov 2012

Independence - consider this

There's been a lot of talk, about Scotland's independence referendum in 2014, but none of it particularly well informed when it comes to the mainsteam media. Many of us campaigning for a YES vote would more accurately describe it as scaremongering, and prefer to get the facts from www.newsnetscotland.com and www.yesscotland.net.

But, in conversation with those who say they will vote no ('because it's too scary'; their words not mine), most become undecided when you ask what they would do if Scotland were already an idependent country being asked to join the Union.

Consider this from Blair Jenkins, Chief Executive of YES Scotland...

  • Your main parliament will move hundreds of miles away, and your MPs will be in a tiny minority.
  • You will get a government you didn’t vote for.
  • All of your oil and gas revenues will be handed over to the London treasury (read the McCrone report).
  • The biggest nuclear weapons arsenal in Western Europe will be built on the Clyde, 30 miles from your largest city.
  • You will be joining a country where the health and education services are rapidly being privatised. 
  • Now and then you will get dragged into an illegal foreign war.
  • An austerity budget will be imposed from London, cutting jobs and threatening the provision of vital public services. 
  • Weak regulation of the banking sector will bring your economy to the brink of disaster. 
  • And, on top of all that, the most vulnerable people in society, instead of getting protection and support, will be interrogated and humiliated in order to deprive them of the very meagre level of provision to which they are entitled.

           Surely it's a no brainer.   It has to be a resounding YES in 2014. If this convinces just one more person to vote yes, and in turn helps convince one more, we will win!


30 Jul 2012

Over the sea from Skye - literally

The Black Cuillin, Skye
When I came up with the strapline 'great taste, over the sea from Skye', I thought it would add a bit of romanticism to a take-home holiday gift for the many summer visitors to our beautiful island.

But this year it took on a distinctly literal meaning, when CalMac Ferries decided to stock our handmade Scottish tablet on the MV Coruisk Skye to mainland Mallaig route, and MV Hebrides Skye to Lochmaddy and Tarbet, the Western Isles crossings

With Isle of Skye Chocolate bars also on board, we have been flat out this summer juggling fudge and chocolate making, while trying to find a few hours left in the day to enjoy the amazing sunny weather that has eluded most of the rest of the UK.
Sound of Sleat

Skye's Gaelic name Eilean a' Cheo, the island of mist, is but a tiny facet of our eclectic weather. When the sun shines, it's idyllic. So, come see for yourself. Book a ferry. Buy a hopscotch ticket. Sail away, over the sea to Skye.

Have a look at all the stunning sea routes that CalMac has to offer, not just across the Minches and the Sound of Sleat, but to Mull and Iona, Coll and Tiree, Islay and Jura, Arran, Bute, Cumbrae, Rhum, Eigg, Barra.....get in the mood. Savour the heady tangle o' the Isles.
The Road to the Isles (Traditional Scottish Song) 
Sure by Tummel and Loch Rannoch and Lochaber I will go
By heather tracks wi' heaven in their wiles.
If it's thinkin' in your inner heart, the braggart's in my step,
You've never smelled the tangle o' the Isles.

         Oh, the far Cuillins are pullin' me away,
         As take I wi' my crummack to the road

         The far Cuillins are puttin' love on me,
         As step I wi' the sunlight for my load