Help give ex-pats a vote on Scotland

Cllr Rob McKellar wants expatriate Scots in Corby to have a vote in the forthcoming independence referendum
Cllr Rob McKellar wants expatriate Scots in Corby to have a vote in the forthcoming independence referendum

Praise should be given to Cllr Mark Pengelly for giving to Corby what Alex Salmond has refused to provide – a say in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

The vote which will be held at Corby’s Annual Highland Gathering is of course a bit of fun intended to raise the profile of the event.

However, what is very clear, just from the existence of our local Highland Gathering, is the extent to which Scottish culture still gushes through the veins of Corby.

It was the migrants who came from Scotland, Ireland and Wales, as well as from across of England, who transformed Corby from a small village into the thriving town that it is today.

It is clear from Corby’s continued pride in its heritage that the location of expatriate and second generation Scots outside their home country does not make them any less Scottish.

I am currently working with a London-based solicitor who grew up in Scotland, and a top European Union law QC to build a case for expatriate Scots to receive a vote in the forthcoming referendum.

The legal argument is already there, but without millionaire backing or legal aid we are not in a position to successfully bring the case to court.

If you feel passionately about Corby Scots getting the vote and believe that you may be eligible for legal aid, please do not hesitate to contact me for the opportunity to stamp your mark on the history of our country.

I can be contacted by {mailto: robert.mckellar@corby.gov.uk|email|}.

On September 18, Scottish people will decide whether or not their country should be independent.

There are about six million people living in Scotland and 2,531,000 of them are in employment. The unemployed figure in the whole of the UK at the moment is 2.4 million people.

If Scotland decides to become independent, Scotland’s employed will no longer be counted in the UK figures, thus at one stroke eliminating unemployment completely in the UK.

The United Kingdom of Wales, England and Northern Ireland will immediately be looking for people to employ and the only place I think they can expect to find those skills are in the European Union countries.

There should also be a drop in benefit claimants as an independent Scotland would of course be expected to pay its own unemployed people.

The point I am trying to make is that there are 5,254,000 people in Scotland and should Scoland gain independence it would immediately have 21 per cent unemployment.

This is not a very good figure regarding approaches to the IMF and similar bodies for a loan to create an army, navy or air force to protect its newly acquired oil fields which one assumes will be the main source of income for Scotland.

The nuclear submarines on Scottish soil are likely to be asked to politely leave and either go back to the USA or move further down the coast to England.

Scotland will, however, expect the protection and cover these weapons theoretically give us here in Britain, so it would not be unfair to charge for this protection.

I think the people of Scotland had better make sure they have plenty of pennies put by for a rainy day, because should they ever need an umbrella should it begin to rain, the Bulldog Brolly might just not be available.

There is strength in unity.

Independence is a nice ring to it, but so does peace!

The Scottish Kingdom Independence Party (SKIP) could challenge the voters in the forthcoming referendum if it had enough members.

The party, as I envisage it, would claim to represent those voices in various parts of the country that reject the narrow-mindedness of the SNP.

There are folks in the nation who need to have a voice apart from the Salmonds and Sturgeons.

The Arbroath Smokies and the Finnan Haddies have been sidelined for too long because they are looked down on for their working class origins.

Members of SKIP are to be affectionately known as kippers as they are well known for their repeat performances.

Salmonds are for the table of the well-off who can afford them fresh from the lochs or smoked and served with foreign cheeses as canapés.

Sturgeons, if virgin, are well known for producing caviar, not usually found in council estates. The SNP is therefore continuing the class structures of Scotia and must be routed at the earliest opportunity.

The Singhs of Springburn, like the Kellys of Kilmarnock, do not have pictures of Robert the Bruce on their sitting room walls.

The Patels of Paisley are not interested in the romantic memories of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The Finkelsteins of Falkirk, like the Lairds of Lochalsh, have no intention in seeing their assets and investments dwindle because of wee Eck’s uncosted visions.

The thought of border controls at Berwick or Gretna Green is causing great uncertainty among the manufacturers of haggis, bannocks, Edinburgh rock, shortbread, Caithness Glass, the Tourist Board and Cock–a-leekie soup to say nothing of the many businesses that inhabit every square inch of land between Glasgow Toon and the capital city, affectionately known as Auld Reekie.

The rumours that The Broons will be taken over by Mrs Brown’s Boys has alarmed the Churches.

The bairns are concerned that Our Wullie will have to replace his bucket with a more politically correct seat.

The nonsense in the robust rhetoric of the SNP which claims to be inspired by the egalitarianism of Rabbie Burns has increased the home consumption of whisky meant for export.

This could even mean watering down the malt which is the only commodity which has up until recently galvanised the newspaper editors into questioning the extent of Salmond poisoning.

Drinking Irn Bru could be an alternative, with or without Dundee Cakes or Clootie Dumplings.

When the ordinary man in Sauchiehall Street comes to the end of his fish supper he will be thankful that SKIP has come to the rescue of Scotland’s historical bloody mindedness and say to the SNP on the referendum day: “Whaur daur meddle wi me!”

After all, like all skips, the SKIP has room for all the rubbish that nobody else wants.

Philip Evans, writing in Your View on June 5, is not the first to misquote Churchill in support of our membership of the European Union.

Winston Churchill never advocated us joining any kind of European Union or Common Market.

Allow me to quote from two of his speeches.

In 1946 Churchill remarked peace in Europe should be secured by four United Nations pillars.

He identified these as the USA, the Soviet Union, A United Europe and The British Empire and Commonwealth.

That the British Empire is no more is not relevant, his quote clearly identifies Britain and the Commonwealth as separate entities from a European Union.

On another occasion he said to Charles de Gaulle: “Get this quite clear, every time we have to decide between Europe and the open sea, it is always the open sea we shall choose.

“Every time I have to decide between you and Roosevelt, I shall always choose Roosevelt.”

These two quotes of Winston Churchill clearly identify Britain as a separate and continuing entity.

I think it’s about time people stopped distorting what Churchill said in order to justify Britain being absorbed into this monstrous European Union.

How many hours a week do council staff spend outside their workplace smoking?

What this means is that tax-payers are paying the staff to have time off to smoke.

Some school heads have adopted the contradictory slogan “tough love” to justify dententions over petty issues. How sad.

It is about as convincing as the barmy excuse given in times of the cane as a punishment that “this will hurt me more than it will hurt you”.

Has anyone got any used or unwanted dolls clothes and toy crochet or knitting patterns they don’t use any more, as my daughter is learning to knit and crochet and we are finding these really hard to find.