On Saturday 22nd September 5,000 marched through Edinburgh. The population of Edinburgh is around 500,000 and the population of Glasgow central is 500,000 with another 1,250,000 living in the areas around Glasgow – this means a population of at least 2,250,000 are within easy reach of Edinburgh. Given that the SNP keeps telling us that the majority of people are in favour of independence for Scotland it seems surprising that such a small number of people turned out to support the cause on Saturday – despite it being a reasonably nice day weather wise too.
At the rally Alex Salmond spoke about the campaign’s drive to gain 1,000,000 signatures before the autumn 2014 referendum vote. He announced that the campaign had just achieved 100,000 signatures and that this was a significant milestone. Well getting 10% I suppose is a major achievement. There are 730 days roughly before the referendum if we say it’s in two years time – that means the campaign needs to be signing up 1232 supporters a day for every single one of those days to reach that target.
So far just under 10,000 people have “liked” the Yes facebook page which may suggest there is some way to go in gaining the support to get to a million saying yes. However, even if the campaign reaches 1 million by 2014 what does that mean? It means 20% of the population have said they are interested in independence for Scotland in theory – so the minority then? Does a 20% signup somehow signify there is a huge non signed up majority that support the idea – if so I am not sure how you would know this or be able to prove it?
The campaign is rolling on and having had a look at the website the “Get the facts right” section seemed really interesting. Disappointingly there weren’t any actual facts about the campaign there but more on that in future posts!
I have recently seen “You’ve Been Trumped” which follows the story of the golf development at Menie. The land this golf course was built on was originally a site of special scientific interest – the highest protection available to such a site. The land was sold (not sure how that could happen in the first place) and the local planning authority turned down the application for a golf course, hotel and housing site. However, Alex Salmond called in the planning application which meant the decision on whether to allow this application would be made by the Scottish Government and not the local authority. This had never been done before, it was unprecedented. Read the rest of this entry »
A group campaigning against wind turbines recently took out a full page advert in the Press and Journal. It shows a row of wind turbines with the following wording underneath;
“Alex Salmond wants to build 8,750 of these montrosities – just think about it!” Read the rest of this entry »
Nigg (Photo credit: Simon Varwell)
During a recent look at some planning applications I came across an interesting fact about some proposed housing developments at Nigg. Nigg, for those of you not familiar, is a beautiful spot across the Cromarty Firth from Cromarty itself. It has an RSPB reserve there, you can see dolphins from the shore and the views of the two large hills, the Sutors, are amazing. Right near where the ferry departs from Nigg are some houses – just a small cluster comprisng a large house, a smaller house and what used to be the Nigg Hotel. The owners of the Nigg Hotel put in a planning application for 3 small dwellings to be added into their grounds – they have a large plot with outbuildings on it already so it wouldn’t have made much difference to the overall look or feel of the area. The application was turned down. It was modified to two dwellings – it was also turned down. Read the rest of this entry »