My second year of not paying the propaganda licence and I am now £290 better off.
Another London based imperial master has come to North Britain to tell us that Scottish nationalism is the same as racism or religious bigotry (but British nationalism is a really good thing). It reminded me of another visit from his political party to Glasgow which still makes me chuckle.
Here is a great way to rank Unionist rants. Tot up all the times the above phrases appear in any article or other media. A score of 4 or above means you are dealing with a raving yunatic.
Check out our Unionist Bingo page for the latest version.
The Unionist media love to go on about how iScotland would be bankrupt because of the recent dip in oil prices – the “curse of oil”. Norway has roughly the same oil and gas resources as Scotland but, instead of giving it away to their neighbour, they invested it in a community oil fund for the people of Norway. You can see how it has grown in the chart above. A Norwegian kroner is worth about 12 pence so the oil fund is currently worth about £850,000,000,000 (850 billion pounds).
As I don’t pay £145 per year to watch the Londoncentric BBC, I now can’t watch our elected representatives on the BBC – even on catchup.
However, I have just heard from the Scottish Parliament that I can watch their live streams and catchup programmes without a BBC licence.
This is great news as it means that we can watch our politicians at work without the BBC putting their Unionist spin on the proceedings.
The following story is totally fictitious and never happened.
Way back in the day, I worked for a multinational which was building a large industrial facility in the UK. One of my jobs was to buy multi-million pound gizmos to make it all work. One of the gizmos was made by a foreign firm but an English factory had just entered the market and could also produce it. However, the English firm had no real life track record so I bought the foreign gizmo as it represented the least risk to my company.
I was then summoned to a meeting in London with a civil servant which I attended with one of my senior managers. The civil servant worked for a UK Government department whose role was to maximise the UK content of these facilities. I was understandably apprehensive at having to justify my decision to Westminster.
I need not have worried. Apparently, the meeting was arranged because the local English MP had tabled a question in parliament asking why the order had gone abroad. The civil servant’s task was to draft the reply for the Minister in charge of the department. The meeting was extremely cordial and together we managed to list several additional reasons to justify my decision.
The end result was that the Minister and his department looked good, the local MP looked good but the English factory didn’t get the work. I always wondered how the factory workers and management would have reacted if they had been able to listen in on the meeting.
Remember, this statement is false.
Westminster has closed the BBC iPlayer loophole which the BBC said was costing it £150,000,000.00 per year. People are now scrambling to pay £145 per year to watch the BBC. It is expected that their swelling coffers will be used to produce many new hit programmes like The Voice and Top Gear.
Channel 4 has stolen the Great British Bake Off from the BBC, after the corporation refused to pay £25 million a year to hold on to the hit baking show.
Love Productions, the company behind Bake Off, announced yesterday afternoon that it would withdraw the programme from the BBC at the end of the current series, having failed to seal a new deal after “more than a year of exhaustive negotiations”.
Two hours later, Channel 4 announced that it had agreed a three-year deal for Bake Off, after programme-makers insisted that they wanted to remain on free-to-air television.
The commercial broadcaster is said to have paid around £25 million a year for the contract, which will involve up to 40 hours of programming each year, including a variety of professional and celebrity specials.
It is understood that the BBC was told it would need to pay £25 million a year to hold on to Bake Off, a fourfold increase on its existing deal. The corporation offered to double its current payment to around £12.5 million.”
Source MSN/Daily Telegraph
From today, you need a TV licence to watch catch up services on the BBC iPlayer – but not for other catch up services. I only really watched the Sportscene football highlights show which is not worth £145.50 per year. Instead, I now watch the German Bundesliga highlights for free on ITV4, or free full matches from around the world on Kodi.
The good news about this change is that it treats the BBC differently from other broadcasters for the first time. You can still watch all the commercial TV channels like ITV, Channel 4, 5, etc. on catch up for free. Maybe we will be able to watch live TV on commercial channels without funding the BBC in future?
Here is a list of catch up TV services that you can watch in Scotland.
- BBC (£145.50 per year)
- ITV channels (free)
- Channel 4 (free)
- Channel 5 (free)
- UKTV Dave, Really, Yesterday, Drama (free)
- YouTube (free)
- Vimeo (free)
- Netflix (£5.99 per month)
- Amazon Video (£5.99 per month)
- NowTV Sky Movies (£9.99 per month)
- NowTV Sky Entertainment (£6.99 per month)
- and many more channels from around the world.
Pretty cool that you can get a year’s worth of Netflix and Amazon Video together for less than the cost of the BBC.
Check out also my How to Avoid BBC Licence Fee page.
The graph below shows the Daily Record’s average daily print circulation since 2000. The blue line is a trend line which uses mathematics to predict the future circulation based on past figures. It shows that sales could drop to zero by 2022. I wonder why that is?
I don’t watch the Olympics because Scotland isn’t allowed to compete as a nation. However, I did find this great site that ranks each country by the number of medals won per head of population. This is a much fairer ranking system than just totting up the medal score which obviously favours larger countries. The table below shows where Scotland would have finished in Rio (the UK without Scotland finished 24th).
Interesting that the top 4 countries are all former British colonies which are now independent.
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