I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Glenn Cornick. It’s not a name that trips off the tongue but he was deeply influential in my youth as bass player extraordinaire with bands such as Jethro Tull, Wild Turkey, Paris and The John Evans Band. You can here his talent playing on the very aptly entitled track ‘Good Old Days’ from the album ‘Turkey’ by Wild Turkey released in 1972:-
When I hear sad news like this I begin to feel my age. Thanks for the memories Glenn, the band upstairs continues to grow
I’ve just written the enclosed to a Scottish friend as I really believe the Scottish people are being conned by second rate politicians. Any thoughts from people across the world would be appreciated.
‘I am an Englishman who loves Scotland, having spent 20 years working for an Edinburgh based company and 9 years living in Edinburgh. If Scotland were to gain independence I would point out the following:-
1 The banks will have to move south, an EU requirement creating unemployment in the financial services sector in Scotland.
2 Scotland will not be allowed into the EU – the Spanish and the Belgians will not allow it as they do not want states within their own countries gaining independence
3 The English do not need Scottish oil. Despite al the hullabaloo fracking will take off as it has in the USA. The rest of Europe will follow debasing the price. We have to, as we cannot be reliant on Russia. In other words when Salmond talks about oil as the way forward he is talking hogwash
4 We might all hate Trident but it creates 8000 direct jobs in Scotland plus the ancillary jobs – Plymouth is salivating at the the thought of Scottish independence.
5 The same can be said for ship building
6 Don’t forget all the government offices based in Scotland which will inevitably move south eg HMRC in Cumbernauld plus operations like the BBC who invest more in Scotland per capita than in the rest of the UK.
7 The Barnet formula works for Scotland, the rest of us will be winners if you gain independence.
8 The Westminster government may not be perfect but looking at the Scottish record I doubt it will be any better – eg the cost of the Scottish government building in Edinburgh rising from £70m to £700m and the tram fiasco in Edinburgh. Let’s not also forget the debacle of the Scottish banks
9 I know Salmond tries to make this sound like an old chestnut but an economy without a currency??? Let’s get real.
10. If Salmond thinks he can walk away from Scotland’s share of the national debt do you honestly believe Scotland will have any credibility in the international money markets? Scotlish credibility will go down the toilet in a similar manner to Argentina
11 Will Shetland want to remain part of Scotland? From what I read the answer is no – another problem with regard to ownership rights of oil.
12 I keep hearing about Norway as an economic model. What about Ireland, much closer to home. Or Portugal, Spain, Italy or Greece.
This union may not be perfect but unemployment is falling, GDP is growing, the pound is strong because of international belief and debt is falling. There are many problems but name me one country where you would rather live? The sadness is the Union works for Scotland as well as the rest of the UK.
When I lived in Edinburgh I noticed the independence culture growing. Truth be told this was based on a ‘Braveheart’ mentality created by Hollywood rather than Scotland. The reality is not quite as Mel Gibson would have it. But hey, why let reality ruin a good film? Why let reality ruin a good debate. For the sake of Scotland and the union of 300 years which has worked for all parties don’t believe in the hogwash of the Salmond fraternity They are second rate politicians who will cost you as individuals a fortune. Only England will be the winner.’
Nice to see I’ve made the Kingston University Alumni!
Even better they’ve knocked twenty years off me – I graduated in 1977 not 1997 but who cares, as long as they’re plugging the book!
People are talking about my book – this is what Ernie Almond said on BBC Three Counties Radio yesterday:-
Good man Ernie, many thanks.
…My friend and former colleague Elaine Smith sent the enclosed lovely picture
She’s reading it on the beach in Mallorca and wrote:- ‘Good pacey read. Loved that you sent your hero to Slough!’
Thanks guys, I appreciate your comments
We sold over 150 books between the three of us, an incredible effort. Our publisher Safkhet Publishing must be proud. What a team
A lovely lady called Susan Watson not only bought my book at Loncon but also sent me this picture
Featuring Compo, Clegg and Foggy aka Jim Webster, Will Macmillan Jones and Barrie Hyde
Having a great time at ‘LonCon 3’ the science fiction convention at Excel. Over 40 copies of my new book ‘A Higher Authority’ already sold. Should run out of stock today! Fantastic stuff. Great pleasure to be working with Will Macmillan Jones and Jim Webster. Two great authors and top blokes.
Also met some wonderful people who actually bought the book – Bless you all!! I can now afford gruel for the family tonight!! Live long and prosper.
Don’t forget to tune in to BBC London 94.9 tonight at 11pm where you’ll here me putting the world to rights and talking about my new novel. In case you haven’t heard it’s called ‘A Higher Authority’ and is available from all good bookshops as a paperback and download