Thank you for listening…however, there is so much more to be done

June 30, 2016

CmJRPBAWAAAYRoa.jpg_largeWe need some action too – from ordinary Europeans. If you feel that Scotland is being forced out of Europe by the UK against its will, despite 62% vote in favour of EU membership in a formal referendum, please continue to put pressure on your politicians and MEPs…

Please sign the petition, especially if you are one of my European readers: https://www.change.org/p/european-let-s-welcome-scotland-in-the-european-union

We thank the former Belgian Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt, for his efforts on our behalf.

The Republic of Ireland has also weighed in with huge support from both sides of the political divide including an appeal from Ireland’s Taoiseach and leader of Fina Gael Edna Kenny at the recent European Council meeting.

Momentum is beginning to build up but as our courageous young leader makes clear, this is uncharted waters and there’s is a great deal of work to do if this is all going to work through as we hope it will. It has been a good start…

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Don’t let Scotland down now

June 28, 2016

What more can I say to this?

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It’s only lunchtime and I’m still trying to catch up with the events of this morning. The gods alone know what will have happened by teatime. The only thing that I’m sure of is that it’s looking increasingly likely that the UK’s tea is oot.

There was a fun morning in the European Parliament. For once Sky News and the BBC actually showed the debate going on there. If they had done that before on a regular basis it’s just possible that we might not be in the situation we are at the moment. But really they were only transmitting the show in order to broadcast Nigel Farage’s grandstanding.

First up we got to see Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian PM and currently the president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament, pointedly congratulating Boris Johnson on becoming the Prime Minister of the dual kingdom…

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A petition in favour of Scotland’s continued EU membership.

June 27, 2016

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A petition in support of Scotland’s continued membership of the EU has been very kindly started by Nicholas Jean of Paris. This petition is addressed to the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Council with the aim of requesting the European Union to assure Scotland of its support in the eventuality that it would gain its independence from the UK and to support a subsequent application to join the EU.

Given recent events, the EU appear willing to talk to the Scottish government and there also appears to be growing support from senior politicians in Ireland, Germany and France.

If you are an EU citizen reading this post on my blog, please take the time to support our bid for continued EU membership after the rUK has implemented Brexit by signing the petition which can be found at:

https://www.change.org/p/european-let-s-welcome-scotland-in-the-european-union

The people of Scotland, including myself, are very grateful for any support from ordinary citizens of other countries in the EU in our efforts to continue our membership as the rUK seems intent on a self-destructive path outside the EU. Support from you is as important as support from EU politicians. Thank you!


Guess which layout I have been photographing again…

June 26, 2016
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The viaduct is an iconic feature of this lovely OO gauge creation by Mark Darragh.


A very British farce…

June 26, 2016

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Hell and damnation. The whole of the Westminster political system has descended into complete farce. I think the majority of the UK population is glued to twitter and Facebook watching this farce unfold.

Where’s the Gimp (George Osbourne) for starters? I have it on good authority that he is not at the Perth model railway exhibition (nor am I). I checked under a few bushes in the garden but he’s not there either…there should be a nationwide campaign to ‘Find George’.

Labour is imploding, Cameron has run away instead of doing what any good leader should be doing and that is steadying the ship…

The EU wants a quickie divorce…

A complete power vacuum exists south of the border and I really feel for the people of England and particularly London who are finding themselves on a smoking but just-floating wreck with no way of steering it. Is this truly the way to run a country?

New hashtags include and  to name a few…

The Europeans must be watching in amazement and would probably be rolling about on the floor in uncontrolled laughter except this particularly British crisis fundamentally involves them too.

I read the following on Twitter earlier today which sums it up for me:

“England v. Iceland is on Monday. They’re a small country with shit weather & a self-inflicted financial crisis, but they should beat Iceland.”


Yes please – respond quickly!

June 26, 2016

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Scotland wishes to remain in the EU. Without support from our European partners and the people of Europe, our vision as an independent country participating wholly in the EU is in serious peril by this ridiculous and hugely damaging Brexit vote.

The comment from CDU MEP Gunther Krichbaum published on Zeit Online is welcomed and is one of an increasing number of voices from senior and highly respected European politicians that are seeing clearly that the Brexit vote is a miscarriage of democracy as far as Scotland is concerned.

Original copy from Zeit Online on June 26th 2016:

Der CDU-Europapolitiker Gunther Krichbaum plant bereits die Zeit nach einem solchen (Scottish Indyref2) Referendum. “Die EU wird weiter aus 28 Mitgliedstaaten bestehen”, frohlockte der Vorsitzende des Ausschusses für EU-Angelegenheiten im Bundestag in der Welt am Sonntag. “Einen Aufnahmeantrag des EU-freundlichen Landes sollten wir schnell beantworten.”

 


Dear EU…

June 25, 2016

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