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Because my opinion on Scottish politics is really important, guys! - Tactical Ninja

Sep. 19th, 2014

09:57 am - Because my opinion on Scottish politics is really important, guys!

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So last night while upside down practicing low candle, Happy, who is nothing if not bloody distracting, asked me what I thought of Scottish Independence. He's English, so of course I was all "They should do it!" *ahem*

Not that I claim to be any kind of an expert on Scottish politics or governance, but I do live in a country with a similar population, that's been governing itself for quite a long time, and is doing ok (despite the current government rather than because of it). And I reckon that if self-governance is what the people of Scotland want, then it should happen. I also think Scotland should join the Nordic countries - but only if they let poor Estonia in too.

Meanwhile, in the garden..



The tulip display isn't quite as dense as I'd envisioned, but it's still pretty and at this time of year when there's not much else happening in the garden, they definitely cheer things up. At the moment there are stocks, the earliest geranium, daffodils, tulips, onion weed (damnit!), anemones, and the first of the carpet roses. But also, the delphiniums I planted last year are coming up again! I've always treated delphiniums as an annual, so I'm rapt to see them reviving, and hopefully I'll get more this year because they're mature. And some cosmos have self-seeded, which always makes me happy.

I get the feeling there might be some gardening this weekend.

And in broken arse news, my arse is still broken. It's been three weeks now and it's at the point where I'm allowed to start stretching it again. Stretching = pain, and slow, and harder to get it to where it needs to be. I'm told that this is all normal and that eventually I may even be able to get it further than before (because the tendon is now not as firmly attached), but at this point that seems like a future pipe dream. In the meantime, sitting hurts, bending hurts, and stretching hurts. Clearly I should just lie down all the time.

For those of you on my flist who are gamers, here's a survey about diversity in video games - gender, race, sexuality - and whether you think developers should be doing more to be inclusive.

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From:ecosopher
Date:September 18th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm so intrigued about the Scottish election. I'm torn between yes and no. I'm glad it's not me who has to decide. And I'm going to be very interested in your federal election on the weekend. I read that Key will probably get in again? I'm so sorry. As bad as Abbott is, we'll probably end up with him for another term, too, unless the opposition gets its shit together.

Sorry about your butt. That sucks.

I love your bulbs! I'm so missing bulbs this year. I've been collecting flower seeds for the past month or so and I'm hoping to be able to make some kind of meadowy thing happen in the front yard. We'll see.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 18th, 2014 11:00 pm (UTC)
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My understanding is that Australia has been deliberately given the impression that Key would win, and that the NZ National Party has enlisted the help fo the Australian Liberal party to encourage NZers in Australia to vote for National.

Which is kind of funny given the reasons kiwis usually have for moving to Australia. ;-)

The election is likely to be quite close. National has been leading in the polls, but the margins have been steadily narrowing and they normally poll higher than they actually get. I don't think either main party will get enough votes to govern withoug a coalition.

The sad part is that Winston Bloody Peters is likely to end up holding the balance of power again.
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From:richaarde
Date:September 19th, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
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Much smaller places than Scotland survive on their own. I wish them the best of luck.
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From:ingenious76
Date:September 19th, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, well, the money they get from the despised English helps. People forget that. They're quite happy to slag us off but more than happy to take our money.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 19th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
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The worst of the anti-British sentiment in NZ came about 20 years afterbthe separation. I was lucky enough to be an English kid in kiwi primary schools at the time. It was awesome.
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From:ingenious76
Date:September 19th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, everyone hates us, but they all want our money, our trade, our armed forces.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 19th, 2014 07:46 pm (UTC)
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That's not entirely true, but I can see how.it might feel that way.
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From:ingenious76
Date:September 19th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
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There's been a lot of very unpleasant anti-English sentiment on social media these last few weeks - maybe I should kill myself to show penance for it? - and a lot of it has stemmed from people who do not have a clue about the union, the history, or anything else. The Scottish have done very well out of being part of the Union - they have their own legal, education, and tax system, not to mention the fact that Scottish MPs get elected to our Parliament and vote on matters pertaining to the English. Oh, and they also get generous subsisdies generously provided by English taxpayers. Do they give us anything? NOPE. Frankly, part of me thinks the English should have been allowed to vote - we'd have got shot of them.

If that's me being racist, I don't care.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 19th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I can imagine this sort of referendum would bring out all kinds of unpleasantness, and being on the receiving end is never a good time. Our national election is today and it will be a close one. Sentiment around that is running high and people are being quite aggressive in some quarters.

I can't speak to English/Scottish politics with any real knowledge, but I think it's a shame you've felt personally affronted by the attitudes of those who wish independence. NZ, I think, had been better off since separation, but I don't think that excuses people being horrible to me as a kid for being English.
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From:ingenious76
Date:September 19th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
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No it doesn't.

One thing that also made me angry at University was that we had *a lot* of East Coast Americans at my Uni in the mid-90s, all of whom claimed to have had Irish descent. Memo - having a fourth cousin once removed who once bought a pair of shoes in Dublin does not make you Irish, and it does not excuse you for saying to me that the IRA should kill me. Not funny, you stupid assholes.
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From:decemberthirty
Date:September 19th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
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I love seeing your spring flowers! I know I should be used to the fact that some people live on the other half of the planet, and have their seasons at opposite times from those I am used to, but somehow the novelty is refreshed every time I see something like this. Imagine tulips in September!

I am very intrigued by the Scottish election. As an American of Irish descent, I am more used to the idea of gaining independence from England in ways that don't involve stopping to take a vote! I don't really know enough about the issues involved to have an intelligent opinion, but it's all a bit fascinating from my far-removed perspective.
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From:nick_101
Date:September 19th, 2014 07:58 am (UTC)
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I've been dealing with similar pain lately, too. It terribly hurts.
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:September 20th, 2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I was all for independence and following the nordic model but alas, it is not to be...
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From:tatjna
Date:September 20th, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
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Given how close the vote was, and the demographic split, do you think there will be an undertaking to revisit the question in a few years?
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:September 22nd, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
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The SNP leadership have already spoken of the possibility. I think it will be a good few years, but hopefully not too many. 45% is a sizeable minority, and with the way English politics is lurching to the right, I think there may be demand for it a few years down the line.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 22nd, 2014 07:04 pm (UTC)
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*nod* That was one of the reasons I'd hoped Scotland would join the Nordics. Although, that right-wing extremist view seems to be gaining popularity there as well, from what I'm reading around the place.

The world isn't all that healthy right now, politics wise.
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