"Study shows privileged people misjudge effects of pro-equality policies on them.
People from societally advantaged groups think equality-promoting policies will affect them negatively, even if they would actually benefit."
Makes one wonder where and why people learn that their place in society is governed by zero-sum principles. It's hard to believe that is part of human nature. But the last part of the article suggests this is not culture-specific.

So many good lines in this piece by Richard Murphy. "Anyone who thinks that problem is best addressed by punishing those already least well off whilst rewarding those most well off is promoting an economic policy that looks as if it was designed as an instrument of old-fashioned class warfare. When that policy also cannot work it looks as if it is about something worse than that: it is instead about deliberately crushing people." thenational.scot/politics/2011

This is the problem with so much unionism in Scotland: that it portrays “Scotland to the world as a backward nation of cultural savages”. thenational.scot/politics/2011

Russian ambassador should be given a public dressing down and threatened with expulsion over this. How many times do these people need to be told, it’s Ireland AND Britain, NOT the British Isles. irishtimes.com/news/politics/t

The turf wars are symptomatic of the Irish government's refusal to lead in the fight against climate change but performative politics won't save the planet. Governments need to lead.


Fair play to Dublin City Council. The national policy is absurd, short termist and seems designed to help some people make a quick buck in housing at the expense of those who need it. irishtimes.com/news/politics/d

Billy Kay talking about the neglect of the Scots language, describing Scotland as “a country that’s been looking over its shoulders for three centuries for the approval of another culture.” thenational.scot/news/20106746

RT @salana46@twitter.com

Tax haven firm in British Virgin Islands owns new HMRC office about 9,000 tax officials will move to an office that is owned by Tory party donors through an offshore company based in the British Virgin Islands, a tax haven.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/salana46/status/15

Debate @RenewEurope with PM @alexanderdecroo

After Russian blackmail to cut 🇵🇱 & 🇧🇬 off from gas I urge #EUCO to urgently take 3 decisions :
- candidate membership for 🇺🇦
- full ban on 🇷🇺 gas & oil
- massive extension of list of powerful Russians falling under 🇪🇺sanctions !

🐦🔗: nitter.eu/guyverhofstadt/statu

I’d forgotten just how good Lou Reed’s New York album is

Ok, so first toot. A picture from a couple of weeks ago taken from Beinn Leabhainn a 709m hill to the south of Killin. Looking towards the Ben Lawers range & Loch Tay. A grand walk with looking beautiful.

RT @Kennyaberdeen
The quarrying operation that @AberdeenCC own at Union Terrace that used to be public gardens but destroyed by @ScottishLabour & @ScotTories will open no time soon despite them claiming, until this morning that it would open today.

RT @theintercept
Bottled water giant BlueTriton admits claims of recycling and sustainability are “puffery” interc.pt/3vcf837 by @fastlerner

There may be a few tweets and retweets here for a bit as I’ve linked my twitter and mastodon accounts for the time being.

I became much more passionate about Scottish independence after moving to Ireland and seeing how liberating it is for people to live in an independent country. To understand just how significant independence is, there are few, if any, people in Ireland who would ever vote to rejoin the UK.

RT @soniapurnell
The appalling MoS piece reflects misogynist culture led by Johnson. Seconds before going on TV panel one of his cheerleader ministers leant over sweatily and said straight into my earJohnson had told him I liked ***** sex. Was intended to put me off on air. You know who you are

RT @RBReich
A handful of billionaires now have unprecedented control over banking, the food we eat, the health care we can access and, now, the information we receive.

This is what oligarchy looks like.

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