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Hello, this is a re-vamped version of my site. I have archived the previous one which you can view here. There is also another site where I’m more likely these days to post more political pieces – when I can be bothered – that is available here.

I have a linked a sub domain where I uploads some of my photos which is available if you interested: photos. There is also a sub-domain holding sanitised versions of my recent trips with Great Rail Journeys here.

I use a couple of news websites: The Guardian and The Independent; I also use Al Jazeera and IRIN News to get different perspectives on what’s going on in the world.

A few other sites you may wish to take a look at are: Full Fact (the UK’s independent, non-partisan, fact checking charity) and The Conversation . 

Another site well worth a look is DeSmogUK which is aimed at uncovering the undue influence of climate science denial and the fossil fuel industry on energy and climate policy.

About Me

My name is Stuart Smith, I was born in Leith, brought up in Muirhouse, moved back to Leith then down the coast to where I currently live in North Berwick, East Lothian overlooking Milsey Bay, the Bass Rock and Isle of May.
I support FairTrade and fairer trade, slight but important differences between them.

I’d like an economy to based on sustainability not economic growth as measured by GDP. You may wish to view New Economics Foundation for more on this.

I want all elections at any level to be conducted fairly, with voter choice not political party and prefer the STV PR system. View the Electoral Reform and Unlock Democracy sites for more information.

I no longer work as was made redundant by Scottish Gas/British Gas/Centrica in the summer of 2007 and offered the company pension at the same time. Needless to say I took it.