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Scotland, the future could be bright.

September 25, 2014

If, on the 17th of December, in 1903, had you suggested that a new invention would enable wars be won and lost, and ordinary people would have used such to go on holiday thousands of miles from their home, you would have been locked up for being a madman. On that day, Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the first powered flight. Let me sidestep the argument that a Scotsman may have invented powered flight for a moment and concentrate on my point. Even if you knew the Kitty Hawk aeroplane had made her flights that day on the beaches, you would still be hard pressed to understand the future of nations would either fall or be victors because of such a momentous event.

Scotland has access to oil under the North Sea. How much oil depends upon which expert or scare monger you choose to listen to, either or both are to some degree correct. However, my belief, as much as the world could not predict the events that would follow the flight of the kitty Hawk, nor can we predict the future for the oil and gas under the north sea. How long will it last depends not only on the extraction rate, but the extraction difficulty, boundary ownership and political geography of the location of the wells in the North Sea.

To base a countries future on one argument could be catastrophic if things went wrong. It is one heck of an argument, if we are right, and we believe we are right, the future could be bright. If we are not quite as right, well maybe there will be a little less, but the future would not be dimmed. To follow this line of reasoning misses the point entirely. Let me revert to the original metaphor.

The dream of flight was always there for the Wright Brothers, the construct of the aeroplane was always there for them, they had it just about right and they knew it. It took a retired mechanic with a little insight to produce an ignition coil and spark system, that in turn allowed the small engine to produce enough horsepower to maintain powered flight long enough to fly the distance needed.

The SNP has the metaphorical aeroplane, it has the belief, it even has the engine, they just need enough people in the right place to make things happen, and slowly, they are getting them together. It is known the country of Scotland cannot base it’s future on the North Sea alone, technology will change and such change will alter the rate and value of the oil, but Scotland has a powerful army of bright thinkers, an intelligent army of inventors and if they put their minds together, so many more avenues will become apparent that Scotland will be able to fly along hitherto hidden pathways to increase the wealth, the power and the success of Scotland.

Had you been in a position to wager a few gold coins on the Wright brothers given what we know now, you would indeed be wealthy. I know many Scots not in Scotland, would love to come home, make more money than they do now, have a brighter future than they do now and have greater stability than they do now, to the benefit of everyone proud enough to support Scotland and her brilliant people. We need to stop basing all our trust on the ‘experts’, but have a side wager that if Scotland were self governed, she could choose her own paths and make of it what she will. I have no doubt in my mind, Scotland would be a most successful place to be.

Scotland, the future could be bright.

by Kaela Street, 25th September 2014

We need to make immigration unatractive

April 27, 2013

Looking back in History, England has been created by successive invaders filling our land with their own countrymen. Our country has a rich history of people influx, you only have to look at our language to see that so many root words come from far and wide.

Our Christianity is a recent thing as the Brits have had other religious leanings over time. Were it not for a few recent kings, and queens, we would not have the religious base we have and the Monarchy that drives it.

Immigration, sometimes wholesale immigration, has been the building blocks of our society as we know it. Why should that change now?  Could it be that this is the first time in thousands of years we have been able to measure the rate of immigration, or the source of immigration and believe we have some kind of control over it?

While we have people who can work, we have the ability to have a thriving economy, so a question is, does that work need to be done by residents of this country, or by immigrants entering the country for the first time?

Employers want to pay the least they can get away with, while demanding longer hours and greater output. Many resident potential employees see it as beneath them to work for long hours, doing hard dirty work, for little or no pay, and while the Government doles out free money for the asking, why should our potential employees go out to work?

But what if those low wages are a fortune to a work hungry immigrant, then we have willing employees and happy employers, we have the basis of a thriving economy.  The sad thing is, our resident workshy potential employees are not benefiting from this exchange.

After a few years, those work hungry immigrants are now stable and have raised their expectations, so when the next round of jobs comes along, they too feel it is beneath them to work for such low wages and give up those jobs to another round of new immigrants who are work hungry.

In my local town of Crewe, I see Polish people who once worked for wages so low many Brits would not have entertained, now they are settled, have their own homes and community, have children and are going to school, and while they won’t work for the low wages offered, sadly let those jobs go to newer immigrants. The Polish people in Crewe people are not bad people, there is no reason to suggest they should not stay, and it would never solve the immigration problem if someone suggested that long term immigrants who have outstayed their welcome should return to their home lands.

Indeed, for many of the Polish people in Crewe, having been born here, find this is their home, this is their language and the place they call home, they rightly need their parents to stay here.

I think to resolve immigration, we have to make it distasteful for unemployed people to want to come to our country. To do that, we need to remove some of the safety barriers. We need to stop giving money to unemployed people. Yes we can pay their rent, supply food stamps and clothing stamps once a month, but the wholesale free ride needs to stop. We need to stop giving away health care and we need to stop sending immigrants to prison.

Our people are resourceful people, second only to the Chinese, and I am confident that should the incentive present itself, Brits can rise to solve any problem they come across. If they needed to make things, dig the ground, or pick fruit, lay roads, build bridges, make aeroplanes or discover inert toxins in a lab, they can do this.

When they need to find a home, they will find a home. When they need work, they will make work, when they need help they will find help.

We need to change the way our government works, reduce the free rides and the free money for the very wealthy. We need to be able  to pay a fair wage for a fair days work, and that means our employers have to understand that minimum pay is not enough. Maybe now is the time to reduce our imports so that our own manufacturing base can thrive.  We need to end this just-in-time economy,  this service-based economy is false and only feeds the very wealthy.

Immigration is not the cause of this weak economy, it is the result of it. 

Stop giving the free health care to immigrants, the free unemployment money and cheap housing to them, replace prison with deportation. It is time to control the Visas we give away, and the passport supply to potential immigrants.

We need to close our borders by making our country unattractive to unemployed visitors.

Our island is, and always have been a sanctuary to those oppressed in other countries, and those people have often turned out to be the very cornerstones of our society, they come with  a need to work and support their families, and we should continue to embrace their arrival, after all, it is they who have made us who we are. But now, we need to turn off the tap of free money and health care, we need to work and become socially strong and destroy the myth of this country of ours being an easy touch.

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