Sunday, October 18, 2009

SNP Rocks!

Yesterday, Scotland’s Daily Express reported the Scottish National Party (SNP) claim that Scotland could recover more quickly from the recession if it was not for being “dragged down” by London, the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference was told on Friday (i.e. October 16). SNP is a left leaning nationalist party advocating secession from the United Kingdom. That’s right – independence is the only option for Scotland. I am glad to note that the SNP is gaining from strength to strength.

The party’s Treasury spokesperson, Stewart Hosie, labeled the economic downturn as the “Labour recession” and said it had led to jobs and businesses being lost throughout the country. Hosie also said the Union had caused Scotland to share 100,000 lost manufacturing jobs and £70 billion of UK debt. “There is no Union dividend. We need fiscal powers and we need independence,” he told delegates. I am reminded of the same kind of situation that both Sarawak and Sabah have found themselves in. The only difference is that a significant segment of Scots has been vocal.

Still on Scotland, Celtic surrender top spot in the Scottish Premier League as they fail to convert a host of chances against a well-organized and defensive-minded Motherwell side. Final result 0-0. What lah! A disappointing result, nevertheless.

Liverpool's stuttering season took a turn for the worse as they were beaten 0-1 by a Sunderland side who went above them in the Premier League table. The Black Cats went ahead when a Darren Bent shot was allowed to stand after deflecting in off a beach ball, which a Reds fan had thrown on to the pitch. That goal should have been disallowed - it was due to a foreign object (i.e. beach ball) interfering with play. Obtuse referee! Of course, I should also mention that Dirk Kuyt and David Ngog attempts at goal did not materialise - which is again, a very sad state of affairs for the Reds.

This fourth defeat of the league season will only add to the question marks over Liverpool's title credentials after they were outplayed without injured midfielder Steven Gerrard and striker Fernando Torres. Come what may, we must believe Liverpool can still deliver.

Arsenal were not quite at their clinical best but still proved too strong for Birmingham at the Emirates. The Gunners won 3-1. Robin van Persie opened the scoring with a precise, low drive across goal (16) after Alex Song had played him in. Abou Diaby doubled the lead when he smashed in a rising shot (18) before Lee Bowyer pulled one back for Birmingham (38). Arshavin sealed Arsenal's victory six minutes from time (84). This Gunners' win is the only favorable news to cheer me up.

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