... school children and we have a minor crisis for another perfectly manufactured storm in that caledonian teacup we call Scotland.
First the vision of "jowls Salmond" and the French toast followed by the antipodean recipe, I wonder, could the toast be a precursor to Salmond's double chin ?
... by Bill Grange of the Times, his kick-start the day for 4 at breakfast.
1 tbsp caster sugar
Pinch of sea salt
20g unsalted butter
8 slices white bread
100g chocolate, milk or dark as prefered, chopped
Icing sugar, to serve
Whisk together the eggs, milk, caster sugar and salt in a large, shallow dish. Heat the butter in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat.
Dip two slices of the bread into the egg mixture, turning them over until they are completely coated. Put them in the frying pan and sprinkle each one with a quarter of the chopped chocolate. Soak another two slices of bread in the egg mixture and put on top of the chocolate bread in the pan to make sandwiches. Press lightly with a spatula to seal the edges.
Cook for 3 minutes each side or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and serve immediately, or keep warm while you make the other two sandwiches. Serve dusted with icing sugar.
... his latest attempt is through public sector pensions, he raises the cost of pension schemes of NHS workers, police, teachers and fire-fighters in Scotland by refusing to increase employee contributions by 3.2 per cent starting in April 2012, this would be an additional cost to the Treasury of £8.4 million a month.
Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, had warned the Scottish government that he would reduce its (Scottish) budget by £8.4 million a month if it (Salmond and chums) did not increase members’ contributions to public sector pension schemes from next April, in line with the rest of the UK.
The second ingredient in Salmond's storm is his proposal to extend the franchise for referendum in Scotland to children age 16 years and over as reported in yesterdays press:
A bold SNP initiative to extend voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds in a bid to gather support for independence is to be included in the Scottish government’s Referendum Bill.So there you have it, Salmond takes the initiative and creates another brick for his separatist wall, and in three years he will have up to 125,000 new voters added to the Scottish electorate, adding three per cent to the voters’ roll, all he needs to complete this particular strategy is an Xbox game entitled "William Wallace and The Bruce - the wars of Independence" to ensure the kids do it his way.
The Times understands that UK ministers have effectively conceded defeat on the issue and have admitted they are powerless to stop the Scottish government lowering the franchise below the 18 age limit currently in place for UK and Scottish elections.
Alex Salmond is keen to lower the voting age for the independence referendum, aware that young Scots are generally much more enthusiastic about independence than their older counterparts. The First Minister wants a clause written into the Referendum Bill which would extend the franchise to those aged 16 and 17 on the electoral register, rather than just those aged 18 and over, as is the case with normal elections.
... you can get your bunting from the Hampshire Flag Company in time for the ...
... farewell street party.