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Welcome to my world of disconnected environmental, community and family projects.
I have been working in the renewable energy field for a number of years and this web site has been set up to give you a flavour of some of the projects that I have been involved in both professionally and as a keen, but slightly mad, DIY fanatic.
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I am sure that I am not qualified to comment on the Scottish independence referendum but, it is an emotional issue, that as an Englishman, I feel I have something to say and I don’t have a vote on the matter. The act of union in 1706 & 7 was created with two acts of parliament, passed in England & Scotland, which has joined our two countries together through the greatest development of our population; in both terms of sheer number of people and our ability to all determine our own future. Money, may well be the real power but we all have an ability to wield our political power. On the one hand, as a left of centre political animal, I sympathise with the Scots, who have been ruled on and off by the Tories for years but, never having voted for them, I share many of their dreams of a more fare and egalitarian society. Without much research, it would seem to me that the gap between rich and poor is much larger in England, than it is north of the border. Scotland parliament rightly has much freedom to determine its own priorities and therefore policies and I feel it is unlikely that an independent Scotland will suffer the dire fate, predicted by the harbingers of doom. With or without the pound, inside our outside Europe Scotland will carry on and probably have a successful self determined existence more or less successfully, although there are some pearls of being a small country.
For me it is an emotional issue of not being Great Britain anymore. We have achieved (and messed up) so much over the past 300 years and we will be somewhat lesser as two separate parts, than a united whole. Is there an answer in some form of federalism? We can all have power over the parts that really matter, raise our own taxes, make our own decisions and feel empowered and not dominated; but have a joint decision making process over those things like foreign policy, defence etc where we are much better together. What ever happens the English (& the Welsh) will have to get use to running their own affairs and not reley, as we have on many occasions on the Scots. What colours would the Red Arrows display with? Red White and Yellow?
Perhaps we also need a debate about the way that England is to be governed in the future!