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Have they been rebuilding Hadrian's Wall?

I have to wonder, having just read this little gem from 'Alan Cowan, UNISON Scotland's representative on the UK Labour Link committee':

"The areas of equal opportunities, energy, council tax benefit, pensions and immigration are all areas where greater devolution could have allowed the Scottish Parliament to make some very progressive decisions for Scotland". Source.

Erm, this is still a United Kingdom with free movement of people across the nation, and if Caledonian state pensions are made more generous than those on this side of the Tweed, stand by for wily pensioners to make haste to Tayside or wherever. Likewise, given that 'progressive decisions' on immigration presumably means that it would be easier to emigrate to Scotland, just how would Holyrood hold on to its new Scots, I wonder?

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Blogger Newmania said... 12:29 pm

Isee labour MP`s are starting to get worried about the Scottish question. We will now see the familiar theatre of Labour protesting about the actions of their own Party.Hospitals is an obvious example ..but there are others .  

Anonymous dearieme said... 2:17 pm

Don't mock too openly: "white flight" might eventually take you there. I can particularly recommend Perthshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and East Lothian, for the rurally inclined.

P.S. which other counties in Scotland or England have 5 consonants in a row (not counting "y" when it's used as a vowel)? Roxburghshire and ...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:25 pm

My mother's folk retired to Kirkcudbrigtshire, and very nice it was too, last time I looked (circa 1978). Perthshire I have visited more recently ('95) and that is also a fine part of the world.

I may well have to do some investigating on the name front....  

Blogger Newmania said... 2:32 pm

White flight has now take me to Lewes where I have just had my offer accepted .Hoorah

...oops there goes the neighbourhood !)  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:42 pm

N - I trust you will be doing your bit to rid parliament of Norman Baker....  

Blogger The Hitch said... 3:42 pm

Scotlands a dump , it looks nice but the people are all miserable drunken bastards , most things are uphill.
The most significant ex Mrs hitch married one of them , something that gives me a great deal of satisfaction, that and the fact that I am ageing better than him, the dull celtic twat  

Blogger Newmania said... 3:48 pm

I didn`t know the Hitch was divorced. I assumed he sat wrapped in tin foil all day in a survivalist compound so it seemed unlikely .  

Blogger CityUnslicker said... 10:09 pm

Ihave never been to Scotland and plan never to go if possible. It winds up the millions of scots expats in London too much to be able to say this.

Congrats Mr N - you are officially a bumpkin now then.  

Blogger Nick Drew said... 10:43 pm

the neighbourhood in Lewes is ... exciting

never mind the Tories Mr Mania, are you joining a 5th November society ? (and will HG every speak to you again?)  

Blogger Marquis de Straf-Guernica said... 6:29 am

This clearly shows the southerner in you, Mr. C. Hadrian's Wall is not the North of England.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:23 am

I was using the wall as a figure of speech, and by anyone's standards, Wallsend and the like are as much of the north as the placename I take in vain is of the south.  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 7:25 am

'will HG every speak to you again?'

Nothing like a nice bit of persecution for toughening the sinews ND, just look at all those pictures of suffering saints - a lot of them seem to be rather enjoying it, though it may be just a mannerism.  

Anonymous dearieme said... 9:39 pm

The Butt of Lewes, I expect?  

Anonymous Agog said... 10:26 am

'...the most significant ex Mrs hitch'

blimey, how many of them are there??  

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