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Monday, December 11, 2006

Threat Assessment Severe

I think I've discussed my distaste for John Reid before, but this has hardened recently - particularly after watching "V for Vendetta", in which he is basically played by a sinister Tim Piggott-Smith.

His last-but-one announcement at the weekend (just before his 'crack down' online paedophiles) was typical Reid. Other than terrifying the population, I really can't see what point there is in saying that a "Christmas terrorist attack is highly likely". What is anyone actually meant to do with this information?

11 comments:

Colin said...

How about a christmas attack on John Reid? Couldn't agree more, he's truly awful.

Tom said...

Cameron vs Reid? If it came to pass, I would genuinely be torn. In fact, I wouldn't. I'm voting Green from now on.

john said...

Cameron definitely puts me off voting Tory. It's going to be necessary to vote Labour up here in order to keep the Nationalists out.

Colin said...

Yeah, hold your nose and do your duty. The nationalists are fantasists. I don't mind them being in opposition, but you don't want to let them start having referendums on independence.

phaemon said...

Well, as one of the fantasists, I disagree! What's the big problem with independence for Scotland? I think it would be a much healthier relationship for both Scotland and England than the current one.

john said...

Have to disagree with you there. I think almost all of the things I like about Scotland have been put in place since 1707, and I think independence would damage Scotland. Always thought of myself as more British than Scottish anyway.

phaemon said...

You're being a bit vague there, John! Anyway, I'm not really arguing that the union hasn't been of benefit to Scotland in the past (though I don't think, overall, it has, that's a "what if" of the highest order), I'm saying I don't think it's of benefit now. I think Scotland has an unhealthy dependence culture which it even resents in its dealings with England.

There's no reason you still can't see yourself as British either. You still would be British, it's just that Britain would contain more than one country with a parliament.

Colin said...

Sorry Seamus, forgot that's where your sympathies lie. I just think Scotland would be worse off financially - it gets loads of money from England at the moment (as do poorer bits of England, Wales etc., so fair enough), and they'd never surrender the oil until it wasn't worth much. Plus, we wouldn't benefit from the EU to the degree that Ireland has, because the next round (starting 2007) is largely earmarked for Eastern Europe. Longer term the economy might improve, but in the short to medium term I think Scotland would struggle. About half the economy is public sector, and we're not very productive. Let those city bankers subsidise Scotland, I reckon. I think devolution within Britain works quite well, and they should give it longer before doing anything drastic.

Colin said...

Although I take your point about the resentful dependence culture. Also, credit to the SNP for starting the whole loans for peerages thing.

phaemon said...

Hey, no need to be sorry! Can't have a discussion without disagreement!

I had started on a bit of a longer reply, but I think I can put it together better as a separate post with a bit more thought, and let you guys rip it apart :) We've dragged this a bit off topic anyway...

Colin said...

Ok, we'll save it for another post. I did see Jack McConnell speak last month at an IPPR event, and I have to say he wasn't very inspiring. But rather than a fantasist, I guess I'm what you'd call a pessimist...