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  1. Hi Wings,
    we've added you to our bloglist and hope you can add us to yours? Thanks for the comment,
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  2. Jim Chalmers says:

    re your story copied from the Herald  about a Scottish constitution. Iceland is currently drawing up a new constitution. Their method is interesting.  A panel of 25 ordinary citizens is collating input from anyone who wishes to contribute. See

    Could Scots do this?

  3. Christian Wright says:

    Someone named Ian posted a snippet in the telegraph, from your post on Alan Cochrane’s hypocrisy WRT gaulitergate, only to have it “disappeared” with 30 minutes by the principal. Not even the usual “moderated” flag. The whole the just never existed, I guess.

    Alan didn’t like it.

    The truth hurts, I guess.

  4. Robert Peffers says:

    Here is a wee potted Scottish History
    Use it if you wish.
    I leave it in just plain text.
    Do not post it on NNS, though you may post a link there back to on your own site.
    Keep up the good work.

    A Very Bad Marriage.
    Scotland had only really became a settled and united country since 1237 with the Treaty of York. The agreement between the Scottish & English monarchs settled
    the Scottish/English borders. Then, in 1263 the Scots defeated the Norwegians at Largs and, in 1266, Norway ceded The Western Isles to Scotland with the Treaty
    of Perth. However, by 1292 when Scotland had tragically ended up with a crisis of royal succession, when Alexander III died at Kinghorn and was succeeded by
    Queen Margaret, (Maid of Norway). Then, in 1286, the Maid of Norway was drowned in a shipwreck as she arrived in Scotland and the rough wooing began.
    Scotland asked her next door neighbour, King Edward I, to help solve the problem of the disputed line of succession. Next door saw a chance for a marriage
    between the two countries, (in those days the husband inherited ALL the  wife's goods & chattels, (and the wife became a mere chattel too). Edward I granted the
    Scottish crown to John Balliol, at Norham on Tweed, in England, in 1291, and he, “Toom Tabard”, (empty coat), was crowned King of Scotland in 1292. In 1295
    Robert Bruce, (grandfather of King Robert), died and King John Balliol signed a treaty with King Philippe IV of France and began, “The Auld Alliance”. A promise
    between them of mutual help to fight the English aggressor. In 1296 King Edward took revenge for that treaty by destroying Berwick and slaughtered most of its
    15,000 population. The Scots were then defeated by English defenders of Dunbar Castle at the Battle of Dunbar and King Balliol abdicated at Montrose. Also, in
    1296, Edward I removed The Stone Of Destiny on which generations of Scottish Monarchs were crowned. Later, in 1296, Edward I summoned all Scottish
    landholders to a parliament at Berwick to sign what is known as, “The Ragman Roll”.
    However, these things did not go down too well in Scotland and some fought back. By September 1297 William Wallace defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling
    Bridge and a letter, sent by Wallace, and the Earl of Moray, to the Mayors of Lubeck and Hamburg said, “The Kingdom of Scotland has, by God's Grace,
    recovered by battle from the powers of the English”. 
    In 1298 King Edward I was avenged by defeating the Scots, led by Wallace, at the Battle of Falkirk. This was the first use by the English of, “The Longbow”. In
    1301 Edward I was lodged at the Convent of the Dominicans(Black Friars), at Glasgow's High Street, but the Scottish resistance continued and, at the battle of
    Roslin, in 1303 a Scots army of 8,000 routed an English army of 30,000 led by Sir John Seagrave. Also in 1303 France & England made peace which released more
    English forces to attack Scotland and in 1304 Stirling Castle, (the last of the free Scottish Castles), was captured by Edward I. The following year William Wallace
    was betrayed and handed over to the English. Wallace was brutally executed in 1305. Then, in 1306 one of the most significant events in Scotland's history happened
    when Robert Bruce murdered the Red Comyn on the alter steps of the High Kirk of Dumfries. This effectively settled the succession question but was to have terrible
    consequences. King Robert was outlawed and hunted. The Pope, the international authority of those times, urged on by King Edward I, had King Robert I
    excommunicated. With Scotland's King an ex-communicant, so also was the entire Scottish nation. The Pope ordered that every church service held in England were
    to read out a curse upon Scotland. King Robert I fought back and one by one the English held castles were won back for Scotland. In 1307 King Edward I died and
    King Robert pressed on winning battle after battle, including Bannockburn in 1314. In 1315 Thomas Dun, a privateer, sailed into Holyhead, captured an English ship
    and over-ran the island of Anglesay. Then in 1320, one of the most remarkable documents ever written was sent to the Pope in Rome, “The Declaration of
    Arbroath”. A document that is the basis of the legal system of Scotland to this day. The Pope ratified that document and, as the international authority, Scotland was
    accepted as an independent sovereign country, but with a difference that marks Scotland out to this day. As the King was ex-communicated he could not have the
    God Given divine right of Kings, (that is be sovereign). The Declaration not only declared Scotland free but it stated that in Scotland it was, “The People of
    Scotland”, who were sovereign, and they had the divine right of kings. Further, that, in Scotland, the sovereign people chose their leaders and could also dismiss them
    and choose another. The Scottish Monarch does not own Scotland or the Scots people but is their choice of leader and the protector of their rights.
    The story now moves forward to the Union of the Crowns 1603, Before the Union of the crowns the Princedom Of Wales had become an English Princedom and
    the title was either held by the Monarch, or by tradition, by the Monarch's first son. All Ireland was also under the English crown by an act of the Parliament of
    Ireland. When Jamie Saxt became also James I of England all four crowns rest upon the one monarchs head. In effect a United Kingdom but although James used the
    term the two countries resisted its use but the Monarchy, and English parliament, plotted to have an accepted United Kingdom. To this end they re-introduced and
    added to the, “English Navigation Acts”. These were meant to restrict trade with England and the colonies use of English ships and English Crews. These acts led to
    wars with several European nations and brought Scotland to her knees. With only English, or English crewed, ships able to deal with both Greater England, (Wales &
    Ireland), the Scots were at the mercy of English merchants. Not only did it decimate the Scottish Mercantile Marine but all Scottish export and import trade. You
    either paid what English merchants demanded for imports or did without. You either accepted what English merchants would pay for your goods or you let your
    food/or goods rot. This is what led to the Darian Expedition as a last throw of the dice for Scotland to obtain her own colonies. The English, aided by the Dutch, even
    fiddled that. The English promised that between them and the Dutch they would put up 50% of the funding for the Expedition. They pulled out of the deal after the
    ships and stores were bough and equipped, and the crews contracted and engaged. The Expedition was doomed before it started. Then our joint monarch ordered
    the Royal Navy NOT to aid the Monarchs Scottish people. There were Royal troops on the isthmus and these too were ordered NOT to aid the Scottish settlers.
    The expedition failed and Scotland was bankrupted.  
    And so the story moves to the period leading to the Treaty of Union of 1707, where threats, bribes and lies were used to get the treaty signed. However, those wars
    throughout Europe that the Navigation Acts caused had seen England with a massive national debt while bankrupt Scotland had NO national debt.
    So thus we had, “A rough Wooing”, “A Forced Wedding”,  and, “An Abusive & Unequal Marriage”. We are now about to have a public and messy divorce, and
    divorce settlement. Like all such marriages the abusive and bullying partner never understands why their partner finds it an unhappy marriage.
    © Robert Peffers.

  5. charlie says:

    You could usefully note that this Govt has created a petrol crisis when there isn’t one except the the one they’ve just created, much the same as the referendum. Call me old fashioned but it used to be the job of the opposition not the goverment to create a crisis


  6. Arthur says:

    Hi, wings
    We are a fairly new site, we have had it up and running for a couple months now, but we have been busy making a few tweeks to it etc. The site is mainly an archive of  news articles, blogs videos and images all related to independence for cybernats to use and share about the web and for them to help persuade others to vote yes and we even have a few members writting blogs for the website,  we also have a forum aswell for discussion. Which is open to everyone. We have added you to our external links and we hope that you could also add us to your own.
    I would also ask if it would be ok to re publish and add to our archive some of your material that we think may be informative on certain subject areas that could be helpful in the independence debate? of course a link to your website would be added and whatever material would be credited to yourselves.
    Even though we are a fairly new site, we have about 4500 unique visitors to our website each month. We dont ask for donations as the website is sponsored by a friends small business and will be continued to be sponsored up until the referendum, and we are not affiliated with any political party.
    Thanks and all the best

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