Welcome to my new blog.
My name is Dan Vevers and this is my blog, Smatterings.
A smattering here of comment and critique on Western foreign policy in the Middle East and beyond.
A smattering there of evaluation of financial markets and the national and international economic outlook.
A smattering here of local politics, coming to you live from Glasgow.
A smattering there of wondering what on earth most politicians/fatcats/pliable-deadwood-journalists/apologists-for-all-of-the-former think they are doing doing whatever it is they're doing on any given day.
A rare smattering of applause for whichsoever diamonds in the rough choose to stand up for things that are fair and true and good in my world.
A smattering here of contempt for corruption, in all its guises.
A smattering there of my hope that one day everyone can enjoy the same freedoms, privacy, civic and democratic rights, and life opportunities.
A smattering here about ending the cross-Atlantic thirst for War, and trying Peace for once.
A smattering there about what successive UK governments, the current Coalition being the most flagrant about it, have done to our public provisions, our society, our economy and our politics.
And a huge big dollop about how we in Scotland should and will take our independence in the upcoming 2014 referendum, and how we owe it to our kids, and their kids, and the prospect of a better country - within, here's hoping, a better world.
It is, was, and always will be up to us.