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Sent: Thursday, February 24, 2000 3:08
Subject: Re: A Dance called
We are in a new Millennium. We are also in a new age which
allows us (you and I and
millions of others) to communicate with eachother
in a matter which was undreamt of a
few years ago. In this respect,
there are no boundaries. Similarily, in business there
boundaries to amalgamations and joint ventures. You have recently seen
Warner tie up with AOL and a few days later with EMI. On this
side of the Atlantic
Vodaphone took over Messermann of Germany.
Britain no longer has a home-grown
car industry and this trend towards
globalisation of industry will continue apace.
In the above
circumstances, independence for Scotland or independence for Wales or
Cape Breton are absurd irrelevancies when we look at the real problems which
facing the World. 70% of the World population is living at
subsistence level. The Sahara
desert is advancing at the rate of 30
kilometers a year all the way from Mauritania across
to Eritrea . Our
oceans are being turned into cesspits. One could go on and on
the disasters which are facing Mankind. There is only one
certainty: We cannot live or solve problems in isolation nor, for that matter,
can we expect politicians to address
the real issues which the World
is facing today. They are looking for votes and in order
to get those
votes they will open their mouths and utter absolute claptrap to deceive
largely (as you have said) illiterate and ill-informed
If the Scottish people had been presented with the truth
rather than a lot of hype about
independence and national identity, they
would have realised that there was little sense
in fragmentation. The
Scots, as recent articles to these columns have stressed again and
are not "little islanders". Their contribution to the British Empire and
and to the World at large has far outweighed their
numbers. Prosperity has little to do
with isolationism (as America
discovered) and it has never been increased with a proliferation
of 'talking shops' to allow politicians to spout whatever brand of "ism" is
most likely to deceive the largest number of people and, ipso facto, to allow
them to remain in a comparatively cushy job (producing more and
more paper about less and less).
I do not profess to know or to have
the answer to the World's problems which are now
escalating out of
control. However, I do know they cannot be addressed in isolation
can they be left to politicians (of whatever hew) to sort out.
Their tools have always been
those four cardinal sins: lies,
embellishments, fabrications and omissions.
However, our aims should be
clear: Firstly, we must protect the integrity of our own
states so that others can be influenced by our example. Secondly, we
must protect the sanctity of the planet on which we all have to live and which
we hold in heritage for succeeding generations.
Well said Niven
I believe there is good reason to be optimistic about
the Human Condition now, because the Internet has got away from any control by
Big Government or Big Business.
Every ordinary working, caring, worried individual, can now
talk to any other.
No longer can Governments get away with the crap that was
hidden in the good old days.
Even the movement of Big Money, around the world will no
longer be completly hidden.