Super Ed

Super Ed

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 22:25

What are the powers of the Scottish Parliament?

In the run up to the general election, the other policital parties made great use of talking about reserved matters in the TV debates.

They did this to try and confuse people. They also did this in an attempt to distract their oponents, and to steer the debate into the topic of their choice.

Here are the list of devolved and reserved matters from the Scottish Parliament website -

Devolved Matters

  • agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • education and training
  • environment
  • health and social services
  • housing
  • law and order
  • local government
  • sport and the arts
  • tourism and economic development
  • many aspects of transport

Reserved Matters

  • benefits and social security
  • immigration
  • defence
  • foreign policy
  • employment
  • broadcasting
  • trade and industry
  • nuclear energy, oil, coal, gas and electricity
  • consumer rights
  • data protection
  • the Constitution
Sunday, 17 September 2017 21:56

Alexander Burnett - Holyrood's richest MSP

Last week it was in the news that Alexander Burnett was found guilty of breaking Holyrood's code of conduct.

The millionaire (£40 million), failed to declare his business interests when submitting written parliamentary questions.

The parliament's standards commitee admonished him and did not consider the breach severe enough to justify further sanction.

Alexander Burnett's register of interests is more than 1000 words:

  • He is the beneficiary of multi-million pound Trusts, owns a property empire worth £20m and will continue to earn upwards of £100,000 for a maximum one day a month's work.
  • He is the sole owner of the AJA Burnett Estate in Aberdeenshire which has agricultural land, residential and commercial lettings as well as recreational, sporting and forestry interests.
  • The market value is worth around £10m, generating an annual income of up to £650,000.
  • Mr Burnett is expected to pay himself between £115,000 and £120,000 in 2016/17, despite expecting to spend a maximum of one day a month in the business.
  • He is a trustee and sole beneficiary of the Banchory Trust, which owns property in Aberdeenshire with a market value of between £14.6m and £14.7m.
  • While the trusts generate annual income of around £430,000 and £75,000 respectively, he says he does not expect to receive any income from either in the current parliament.
  • In addition he owns £10m of shares in the North Banchory Company, a property letting and development firm; £5.5m of shares in Bancon Developments Holdings Ltd, another property firm; almost £1m of shares in energy firm Hill of Banchory ESCo Ltd; and a further £140,000 of shares in another property business, the Inchmarlo Land Company Ltd.
  • His basic salary as an MSP is £61,778.

Source - The Herald

A proper man of the people, in his consistuency of Aberdeenshire West.

Alexander Burnett's ancestors:

  • According to the familiy website, "The Burnetts who went to the north east of Scotland did so after having been granted land there by the king, Robert the Bruce, for having supported him against Edward I of England in the War for Scottish Independence" - source -
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:21

And so it begins.....

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:31

The Scottish Conservative MPs

Scotland's 13 Conservative MPs went agains the democratic vote of the 62%

They went against the best interests of Scotland, and voted for the EU Withdrawl Bill, which will contribute to taking powers from Holyrood to Westminster.

This is shocking. 

Has the world gone mad? 

What on earth is wrong with people these days?

It's time independence supporters got wise, stopped feeding the trolls, stuck up for each other and prepare for what's coming, cause I believe things are going to get a lot worse.

You need to read this article:


DefiAye, a brilliant young artist and a star of the independence movement, posted on Twitter yesterday: “I’m so sorry. I had to do it. I’m being accused of benefit fraud. I can’t live in this world as it is.” Within the hour her friend Simone called the Police. She was discovered at her home and rushed to hospital, where she is now recovering in intensive care. Those who know DefiAye and follow her on social media will know she has only recently gotten out of homelessness and into a house of her own, and that, as a sufferer of a chronic and debilitating illness, she was recently summoned for a medical review that threatened to cut off what few benefits she had coming in.

Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:46

Play the game - Shouty Ruthie

We got a hold of a Flappy Birds clone and decided to make some modifictations

Saturday, 10 June 2017 22:15

The SNP won the most seats in Scotland

Yes, you read correctly.

The SNP won the most seats in Scotland.

They lost 21 seats also, they had more seats than all the other political parties put together, but it seems now in Scotland, the runner up is the winner.


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