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    More bad news for Scottish residents

    The media in general is supportive of restrictions. Just take a look at the constant headlines and demands for more and more. That mentality is unlikely to change. The Scottish media is quite weak too. STV is a paid up SNP propaganda platform and has had a pretty decent year due to government ad...
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    Vaccine passport disaster in Scotland

    I've since checked this, and the English covid status checker app was displaying an expiry date of roughly a year since I scanned my Scottish acquired vaccine QR code into TousAntiCovid, which seems a signifiant upgrade on the expiry dates offered by the various NHS apps.
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    More bad news for Scottish residents

    The 2014 independence dream was based on $100+ oil, which hasn't been the case since...2014. So it would have been an unmitigated diaster. Now of course the SNP are in a pickle given their open opposition to UK oil and gas. Selling wind (or water as some suggest) to England could never generate...
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    More bad news for Scottish residents

    The current government is a grievance machine. Westminster will always be the fall guy. In the current situation, it has actually saved us from harsher restrictions as they can't do it without extra cash (though of course many SNP voters will see that as a bad thing). Sadly Scottish politics is...
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    Vaccine passport disaster in Scotland

    I scanned the QR code from the paper QR code from the letter sent to me with vaccination status. Are you telling me the piece of paper has an expiry within the QR code :S
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    More bad news for Scottish residents

    Amen to that! The social distancing will just make visiting shops and hospitality miserable again. As if it wasn't miserably enough with masks! Those in England don't realise how good they've got it still. And yet Scotland and England follow similar pandemic trajectories.
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    Vaccine passport disaster in Scotland

    Simply download the French "TousAntiCovid" app, scan a valid QR code and voila, vaccine passport stored on your phone. It works in Scotland and at borders. It's far less personally intrusive than any of the UK apps since it doesn't require you to log in.
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    More bad news for Scottish residents

    There are already knee jerk reactions (work from home) when cases remain flat. Hospital admissions continue to trend down too. Sturgeon may point to a "rapid" rise in omincron cases, but clearly it's at the detriment of formerly delta cases. It's misleading at best. The number of omincron cases...
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    Vaccine passport disaster in Scotland

    Sturgeon could propose practically any measure to prevent covid and not a single SNP/Green MSP would break ranks and question it. England has the benefit of opposing views within the government benches, plus the other opposition parties. Various elements of the Conservative benches will push...
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    Scotland: “Beyond Level Zero” 09th August

    The French app is far superior. Simply scan the pdf from the vaccine certificate. The Scottish venue checking app recognises it too. No need to enter any personal detail. The Scottish app sounds like a privacy and security disaster.
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    Gridwatch

    Worth noting that sites like these only show metered generation. There's plenty of "unmetered" generation e.g. wind turbines not connected to the grid, or solar. They also add in an estimate of solar which comes from Sheffield University but the unmetered wind is shown as a reduction in demand...
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    Imminent inflation crisis, due to various factors including shortage of industrial CO2?

    The gas market volatility is entirely driven by the global situation though - Asia is very hungry for gas right now. Asian prices are also going ballistic like in Europe, so it's not as localised as the media may portray.
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    Imminent inflation crisis, due to various factors including shortage of industrial CO2?

    The closure of the Rough storage site in 2017 isn't having an impact on current prices for what it's worth. UK gas supplies are secure - in fact we're currently exporting some volumes to Ireland/Continent whilst also filling the limited storage we do have. The comparison with France isn't that...
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    Imminent inflation crisis, due to various factors including shortage of industrial CO2?

    This isn't true for gas. There are gas trading hubs at NBP (UK) and TTF (Netherlands) which set the prices. Both are trading at more or less the same levels. EU member states are responsible for sourcing their own gas e.g. Germany is mostly reliant on Russian supplies, whereas the UK has a large...
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    Scotland: “Beyond Level Zero” 09th August

    The huge spike in cases confirms they have limited effect.
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    Scotrail post-covid

    The lack of media attention to the Scotrail strike is staggering. If it were in England, the nasty Tories would be getting slammed by the media, but it just seems the SNP administration is untouchable.
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    What if you get "pinged" or contacted by NHS Test and Trace when on holiday?

    Only in England. It is not a legal requirement in Scotland (not sure about Wales/NI).
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    Companies Using "Because of COVID" As An Excuse For Poor Service

    No, this is untrue. Take a look at gas prices, carbon prices and coal prices for the real reason. Coal and gas prices are a global market. Prices have reached frankly unprecedented levels. Many utility companies will currently be losing money if their price hedging was poor. The new price cap is...
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    Scotland: “Beyond Level Zero” 09th August

    So based on the guidance, moving from dancefloor to the exit would require a mask. This really is desperate stuff. It would make far more sense if venues were deemed mask free zones, rather than having to wear them in certain situations in a venue, because frankly if a pub or nightclub is full...

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