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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:20 pm 
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"With independence, Scotland will gain full control of vehicle excise duty and fuel taxes. This will mean that an independent Scottish Government can set these measures in line with the needs of Scotland's hauliers and motorists.

"The HGV road user scheme and VED changes being introduced by the UK Government will already be in place ahead of independence. Scotland would therefore take on a share of revenues from the scheme and would have exactly the same powers as the UK Government to put in place offsetting measures for Scottish hauliers.



The Yes Scotland response you quote is of interest but means nothing apart from the first paragraph...yes, true we will have full control of Scottish VED and fuel taxes. Sure. In Scotland.

The second paragraph is bizarre. "Scotland would therefore take on a share of revenues from the scheme." Of course; until the day we separate. From then on Scotland would receive the revenues from the Road User Charge from within Scotland (BTW only 5% of England's exports go to Scotland). However it would receive no revenue from the rUK scheme. Why would it ?

Sure, the independent Scotland could put in place offsetting measures for Scotland's hauliers but that would mean shifting the burden to the Scottish taxpayer.

To remind you: 90% of our exports travel into or through England. The £10 per day per lorry would go to the rUK. 5% of rUK exports come to Scotland and, assuming we continue the charge, the revenue would come to Scotland on that.

I think the debate would be better served if you and the SNP acknowledged that consequence rather than try to hide it away with strange phrases like green goblins and/or scaremongering.

We Scots aren't stupid. We are perfectly capable of recognising when politicians or activistsare trying to hide or stifle unpalatable truths.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:45 pm 
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as I've said before, is that the community council really should have given this significant local need its fullest attention and,


So you aren't blaming Westminster for this. As I said before it was well within the means of government, Scottish and local, to do this already, but have they bothered.....? In this world people need to realise that if you want something enough you've got to sort it yourselves rather than expecting someone else to give it to you, and blaming others when that doesn't happen.

As for LS, I think he debates very maturely. There's not a hint of Kappoww in his arguments and he's not scaremongering, but making valid points, perhaps taking the topic momentarily onto another subject, but that is the way conversations go. He was not the one who added Scottish Independence into the thread but you did not object to that inclusion. But you bear out his point of being a Yes campaigner who turns on the scaremongering accusation to try and close out debate. The Scottish Independence question will unfortunately complicate all manner of debate on thousands of issues over the next year. Alex Salmond wanted this 'conversation' wherever it should crop up. Personally I wish he had never opened his mouth.


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8) :lol: Much though I dislike quoting the Daily Record, I think today's article on mobile phones and independence is particularly apposite and topical

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/polit ... ar-2017248 8) :lol:


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So yet another thread has been hi-jacked by the referendum issue.
I expect that if I asked who was responsible for the St.Andrew's flag flying above the bridge, it would develop into an argument between the Yes/No camps.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:59 pm 
Ironically it was Spiderman himself earlier this year, he who didn't wish things to go off-topic!

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Probably won't get a decent signal until we have independence, eh PP?! :wink:


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Well there we are - back on track for the ding-dong.


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This is all true Shankers.

So what?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:08 am 
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During the early posts of this thread an online poll was suggested as a means of gauging support for a mobile signal for Seil

Any feedback or movement with this idea :?:

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:12 am 
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2013 and no Mobile signal in Seil its absolutely ludicrous, Surely if enough people shout loud enough somebody would listen. Perhaps an online petition would work.

My line of work takes me to some of the remotest area's in the country, and generally I can get some kind of signal albeit sometimes very poor, however down here in an area fairly well populated we have nothing.

There was mention in the press sometime back regarding trialing Femtocells in certain area's of Scotland, Seil has excellent broadband and would perfect for trialing such technology.

If Kilmelford can get a new mast surely Seil should also be considered, Thoughts on the above would be most appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:18 pm 
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Couldn't agree more CADD !

Overwhelming number of messages left by clients in holiday cottage business support this need

Increasing number of water sport enthusiasts - additional safety if not carrying VHF

Very disappointing that community council 'delayed' application for Vodafone Community initiative

Snoman

ps delighted this thread appears to be 'back on track' !!!

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I've just been away on the boat for three weeks and been able to keep in touch with clients via an almost constant Vodaphone signal throughout the NW Highlands, on land and at sea. It seems bizarre that there is a strong signal in places like Laide (Gruinard Bay) yet nothing on Seil.

How exactly did Kilmelford (with fewer residents than Seil) go about getting a mast?

What about an email campaign? Anyone suggest suitable text / recipients ? (Starting with another reminder to members of the Community Council perhaps?)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 7:28 am 
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Nick B asks

'Who would you petition' ?

As £150 million was recently made available by the government to improving mobile signals in rural areas

I might start with

Local MP , MSP, Local Councillor ,Community Council and Oban Times

What do you think ?

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Ok Snowy. I think it is a great idea.

Why don't you (or someone else) follow my LMGTFY link in the post on the other thread and set one up?

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OK, I did it myself . . .

Click HERE and sign the petition. You can let others know on Facebook as well.

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Nick - thanks a lot for your link - sadly I'm not a Facebook fan and cannot open your link !!

It's probably my poor IT Skills - I'm trying to open via safari !!

Anyway I am really keen to see this thread developing ONLY through getting ' an end result' !

I think the initial responses suggest that we are all thinking the same way on the island ?

COME ON EVERYBODY ON THIS FORUM - make a statement in support of getting a mobile signal for THE ISLE OF SEIL !!! Surely this is not divisive and makes sense


Thank you for reading

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Snoman,

I've taken out the facebook-related bits of the URL in the link two posts above and it now opens in Safari as well if you want to try it.

So far we have 29 signatures.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:09 pm 
I hope we can do better than that....what about a notice in the shop to ask people to sign. there may be many who are on facebook but not on the forum?


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I hope we can do better than that....what about a notice in the shop to ask people to sign. there may be many who are on facebook but not on the forum?


It's up to 36 signatures now, which in just a few hours is pretty good.

You can share the petition on facebook so any of your friends on facebook can see it. Most of the signatures so far have come via Facebook rather than people following the forum link.

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We've reached 50 signatures already.

Do remember to share this via Facebook once you have signed. It would be nice to get to 100 signatures today.

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