Today Scotland has her resourses plundered by rogues and thieves and liars. It has not changed since the days of feudalism.If we are too survive in a “modern world” we need to reform drastically. For me the only solution to our current finacial crisis is ,Scottish Independance and a direct democracy government. An Independant Scotland would be very financially successful. This would also mean that England will not have to provide for “subsidy junkie” Scotland. But IMHO the unionists are liars , and its England that is the “subsidy junkie” that is why they slag us and put us down , but do not want to let us go, like some abusive spouse…. and some Scottish unionists just suffer from “Stockholm syndrome” ,others are just living in a fantasy past that never existed!!!
THE UK WAS BUST BEFORE THE CREDIT CRUNCH HIT!! THIS WAS AT THE END OF A BOOM PERIOD….WHERE WAS OUR SAVINGS FOR A RAINY DAY , OR THE “BUST” PERIOD IN A BOOM AND BUST ECONOMY?
FYI 181st IS LAST PLACE
RANK Country CAB USD, bn
1 People’s Republic of China 371.833
2 Germany 252.501
3 Japan 210.967
4 Saudi Arabia 95.762
5 Russia 76.163
6 Switzerland 70.797
7 Norway 59.983
8 Netherlands 52.522
176 Greece -44.218
177 Italy -52.725
178 Australia -56.342
179 United Kingdom -105.224
180 Spain -145.141
181 United States -731.214
Chinese rating agency strips Western nations of AAA status
China’s leading credit rating agency has stripped America, Britain, Germany and France of their AAA ratings, accusing Anglo-Saxon competitors of ideological bias in favour of the West.
The US falls to AA, while Britain and France slither down to AA-. Belgium, Spain, Italy are ranked at A- along with Malaysia.
Dagong rates Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, and Singapore at AAA, along with the commodity twins Australia and New Zealand.
AN INDEPENDANT SCOTLAND WOULD BE AAA TOO IF IT WAS NOT PART OF A FINANICAL BASKET CASE, STATE CAPITALIST UK!!!!
THE UK HAS A LOT WORSE TO COME. SCOTLAND WILL BE ASSET STRIPPED TO KEEP CORRUPT POLITIONS AND BANKERS IN THE LIFESTYLE THEY HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TOO.
UK housing market set for a fall, IMF warns
The fund, in its half-yearly World Economic Outlook, said it was ‘worrisome’ that UK property prices still remained so expensive
‘Show the people that our Old Nobility is not noble, that its lands are stolen lands – stolen either by force or fraud; show people that the title-deeds are rapine, murder, massacre, cheating, or court harlotry; dissolve the halo of divinity that surrounds the hereditary title; let the people clearly understand that our present House of Lords is composed largely of descendants of successful pirates and rogues; do these things and you shatter the Romance that keeps the nation numb and spellbound while privilege picks its pocket.’
That was how Tom Johnston, the historian and former Secretary of State for Scotland, described Scotland’s noble landowners in 1909 in his book, Our Scots Noble Families. Back then land and its ownership was a hot topic both in the towns and the countryside. Lloyd George’s famous People’s Budget of 1909 had proposed a land tax and radical opinion was still heavily influenced by the ideas of the American social reformer Henry George. Winston Churchill delivered a rousing speech in favour of land reform in the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh in July of the same year and crofters in the Highlands were engaged in land raids.
YES FOLKS WE WHERE COMPLAINING ABOUT LIVING IN AN OUT-OF-DATE, CORRUPT ,FEUDALISTIC SYSTEM A HUNDRED YEARS AGO…..AND STILL NOTHING HAS CHANGED
One hundred years later, land reform is again a hot topic. Or is it? Following some important new laws in the first session of the Scottish Parliament, the subject has slipped off the agenda . Perhaps one reason for the waning of interest is the perception that land issues are matters concerning the remoter parts of the Highlands and Islands and downtrodden crofting communities. There are issues there aplenty but the land question is about much more than that.
THE REASON ITS NOW “OFF TOPIC” IS BECAUSE POLITIONS ,OUR “GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES”AND THIER “BIG BUSINESS” BACKERS, STAND TO LOOSE MONEY…….YES EVEN MY “BELOVED” SNP!!!
It is about why common land in the heart of Edinburgh has been let for a penny a year to a commercial property company which will gain outright ownership if the proposed leasehold reform bill proposed by the SNP Government goes through. It is about why Scottish Ministers have paid £2.3 million to buy land in Perthshire that is common land and should never have been sold in the first place. It is about why, in this day and age, children still have no legal rights to inherit land. It is about why, at a time of austerity and proposed caps on public benefits of £26,000 per family, it seems to be quite alright to hand out millions in agricultural subsidies to some of the richest families in the country. It’s about a housing bubble built on cheap credit that has denied young people a place to live even as Gordon Brown told us in his first Budget in 1997 that “I will not allow house prices to get out of control”. It is about how property speculators can pocket millions of pounds in rising land values on the back of publicly funded infrastructure.
Above all, it is about how the whole edifice of Scots land law has been constructed to legitimise what is in many cases little more than theft – just what Tom Johnston was complaining of more than a century ago. In the past I’ve been cautious about making such a case but my discoveries over the past few years have convinced me that he had a point.
THE THEFT CONTINUES TODAY
A few months ago I uncovered the title deeds of a 400-acre parcel of common land in East Perthshire and was intrigued to find out that in 1986 it had been split up among the three landowners whose land bounded it, irrespective of the fact that many more people potentially had an interest in it.
Not only that, but these landowners only had rights of use in the commonty and no rights of property. Even the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland made a note in the Register of Sasines “agent aware granters apparently only have title to rights in pasturage”. In other words the conveyancing solicitor (who shall remain nameless for the moment) knew that the farmers had no property rights in the common but nevertheless drafted and submitted the deed for recording.
They grabbed it, and despite all the blatant defects this deed actually enjoys the full protection of the Scots law of property.
Call me naive but is this not what would, in any other circumstances, count as theft? If it was stolen property surely I would be guilty of reset? If it was legitimately owned by others,then I am a simple thief.
Maybe Pierre-Joseph Proudhon was right when he said that property is theft. Scotland’s history certainly bears this out This year is the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in Scotland . The reason Knox was successful was due to the Protestant nobility. Without them there would have been no Reformation . The reason the nobility were so keen on the Reformation was because they had spent most of the previous 50 years grabbing the lands of the church by a variety of means from simple entryism to outright terrorism. The poor abbot of Crossraguel Abbey, for example, was kidnapped by the Earl of Cassillis and slowly roasted on a spit for a week until he handed over the charters of the abbey’s lands.
To legitimise this theft, the same nobility then met on June 17, 1617, to pass the Act of Registration which set up the Register of Sasines to record these dubious titles. Then, for good measure, they passed the Act of Prescription which legitimised this theft if held for 40 years. These acts remain in force .
SCOTLAND , ENGLANDS FIRST AND LAST COLONY.
Of course, as a country, we have something of a track record in stealing land. Arguably, the biggest land grab of them all was the British Empire. In 1768, Captain Cook was granted a royal warrant which instructed him to take possession of “such islands as you may discover in the course of your voyage that have not hitherto been discovered by Europeans”. The colonisation of Australia in 1788 gave rise to the legal doctrine of terra nullius – literally “land belonging to no-one”. For more than two centuries this legal fiction underpinned the Australian land law code until a native of the Meriam Islands, Eddie Mabo, successfully challenged it in the High Court of Australia in 1992. As a consequence, Australian land law is in something of a state of flux.
DID YOU KNOW THAT BEFORE THE DISCOVERY OF AUSTRALIA , ABORIGINE MEANT A SCOTTISH HIGHLANDER!
Terra nullius is also the doctrine that underlies the strange Scots legal notion of a non domino titles – those granted by someone who is not the owner of the land they are granting. Again, these have been used to generate all sorts of mischief but continue to be recognised as a legitimate part of the Scots law of property.
POLTIONS WILL REFORM PROPERTY AND LANDS LAWS ,WHEN TURKEYS START VOTING FOR CHRISTMAS!!!
Within legal circles there have lively debates about how the laws of prescription have been used and abused. Indeed, in the latest Scottish Law Commission report it is admitted that there are those who argue that “prescription is theft”. However, until now, these controversies have not formed part of the debate on land reform, which is curious. . Certainly when we have MSPs who have played the property market and at least one MSP who owns seven houses, it looks unlikely that they are going to be sympathetic to the need for land prices, and thus house prices, to drop to affordable levels.
BUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY WOULD SOLVE THIS SITUATION TODAY!!
Land is power. It is at the root of growing inequality in Britain, at the heart of the financial mess we are in, and at the heart of the ‘fairness agenda’ promoted by David Cameron and Nick Clegg.David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill served together in government as social reformers more than 100 years ago. One of their shared causes was land reform. We need more of the kind of radical, progressive and determined thinking that they espoused if we are to build a truly fair and just society. The division of land and the iniquities of the Scots law of property stand in the way of this.
LIBERTARIAN SOCIALISM WOULD ALSO SOLVE THIS. RESOURSES CANNOT BE “OWNED” BY STATE OR CORPARATION OR PRIVATE PERSON BUT MANGED BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. THE WORKER OWNS HIS LABOUR PRODUCED FROM THE RESOURSE.
TODAY MOST OF SCOTLAND HAS BEEN STOLEN FROM THE COMMON PEOPLE OF SCOTLAND!!
In 1872, Cosmo Innes, the famous antiquarian, advocate, and law professor, wrote: “Looking over our country, the land held in common was of vast extent. In truth, the arable – the cultivated land of Scotland, the land early appropriated and held by charter – is a narrow strip on the river bank or beside the sea. The inland, the upland, the moor, the mountain were really not occupied at all for agricultural purposes, or served only to keep the poor and their cattle from starving. They were not thought of when charters were made and lands feudalised. Now as cultivation increased, the tendency in the agricultural mind was to occupy these wide commons, and our lawyers lent themselves to appropriate the poor man’s grazing to the neighbouring baron. and the lord[who] had never possessed any of the common, when it came to be divided, the lord got the whole that was allocated to the estate, and the poor cottar none. The poor had no lawyers.”
Not only did the poor have no lawyers. They spoke no Latin either and were not in the habit of travelling to Edinburgh on a regular basis to examine the title deeds of the nobility.
AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES SHOW SCOTTISH ABORGINES HOW ITS DONE!!!
But if it is possible, as Eddie Mabo demonstrated, to turn the tables on 200 years of colonial legal fiction in Australia, it should not be beyond our wit to do the same here. It is time to reclaim the law of the land from those who have both framed it and benefited from it over the centuries, to repeal the law of prescription and to pass a land restitution act to recover all stolen land. Above all, let’s remember that landowners might own the land but they do not (or should not) own land law. That belongs to us and it’s high time we paid more attention to what’s been going on in our name.
Who stole Scotland?
17 Oct 2010
Salmond urges country to back independence
Alex Salmond will claim independence is the best defence against looming cuts from Westminster.
Tom Gordon, Scottish Political Editor 17 Oct 2010
ALEX SALMOND IS RIGHT
View from the LEFT
“LABOUR ministers were warned in a secret Whitehall dossier 30 years ago of the powerful case for Scotland becoming independent with booming oil revenues, but the information was kept confidential by Harold Wilson’s government to keep nationalism at bay.
The dossier, most of which was written by a leading government economist in 1974 and 1975, sets out how Scotland would have had one of the strongest currencies in Europe, attracting international capital into its banks in the same way as Switzerland.
It argued Scotland could quickly become one of Europe’s strongest economies with “embarrassingly” large tax surpluses.”
View from the RIGHT
“Adam Smith Institute, Friday, April 27, 2007
The Scottish economy could enjoy record growth if Scotland became independent, leaving the average Scot many thousands of pounds better off each year. This is the finding of a research Briefing Paper published today by the Adam Smith Institute, the free market economic think tank.”
While the rest of the country hunkers down for the Chancellor’s Spending Review on Wednesday and the most brutal spending cuts since the 1920s, Salmond will hold out a glimmer of hope.
Instead of passively accepting the predations of the Treasury, he will proffer independence as the best – indeed, the only – defence against the looming cuts from Westminster.
Either Scotland stays in the Westminster straitjacket of low growth, public sector cutbacks and blighted futures, or we take responsibility and change our circumstances for the better. First Minister Alex Salmond
In her speech to the conference yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon prepared the ground for the boss.
“Now more than ever before, Scotland needs the power of independence. “Being able to take action that is right for Scotland, action that will grow our economy faster and raise more revenue, is the only alternative to years of savage spending cuts that will eat away at the very fabric of our society. That will be the central issue at the heart of this election campaign.”
Salmond will expand on the theme when he speaks today, saying only the SNP has the credibility and experience to see Scotland through tough times.
“Either Scotland stays in the Westminster straitjacket of low growth, public sector cutbacks and blighted futures, or we take responsibility and change our circumstances for the better.”
But it’s more complicated than that. First, it is about the economy. True, SNP have touted independence in good economic times and bad, but in the current crisis the Nationalist leadership thinks it may have found the perfect storm.
In the first ten years of devolution, Scotland’s budget rose by an average of 5% above inflation each year.
Now, the gears are about to be thrown into a crunching reverse, with expanding budgets replaced by deep cuts.
Yet the public still seems to be sleepwalking towards the pain.
One recent survey said most people thought the cuts had already gone far enough, when they haven’t even started.
Salmond believes that when people do wake up, they will be furious, and the fact the cuts are being imposed by a Tory-led government in London will only compound their anger.
They’ll also be in search of a get-out clause, and the First Minister will present independence as just that – instead of suffering cuts Scotland could grow its way of the pain by boosting its economy with power over its own destiny.
While Labour’s Iain Gray is left arguing for tweaking Holyrood’s powers through the Calman Commission, Salmond will be able to paint a bolder, more inspiring picture, of an independent nation free of Westminster control.
Although the SNP has made similar pitches before, the coming cuts will concentrate minds on Scotland’s future as never before, he believes.
But, ever the gambler, Salmond is betting that after the shocks of the economic collapse and frenzied cuts, Scots are finally ready for an experiment in alternative living.