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The Scottish government is unlikely to hit a public sector savings target after new data revealed that halfway through a five-year billion-pound savings drive, bureaucrats shaved just six per cent from its IT budgets. In a report published in June 2011, the businessman John McClelland called for savings of between £870m and £ …

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  1. zaax

    After scotish independence the IT budget for Scotland will only be a couple of desk tops and a laptop for Salmon, as they won't be able to afford anything else.

    1. James 51 Silver badge

      Hopefully with a smaller country and politicians being a bit closer to various coal faces there will be a bit more pressure for them to get things like this right.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      no, no, no in the new socialist republic of Scotland, they'll spend loads of money on all the latest kit

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        * Socialist Republic of Scotistan.

    3. Alan Gauton
      Happy

      Salmon?

      My daughter already calls him the fishman - you spelling his name wrong won't help...

  2. Chris Miller

    Any attempt to penetrate the reality distortion field that surrounds Salmond and his merry men (and token woman) is doomed to failure. Expect a reply demanding that you stop your Sassenach bullying. Scotland is a proud nation and won't stand for this sort of behaviour, etc ad nauseam.

    1. 1Rafayal
      Joke

      I think the token woman is only really a woman on paper...

  3. PabloPablovski
    FAIL

    baubies?

    It's "bawbees", Jeez - 10 of them to a "Sturgeon" and 100 Sturgeons to the "Salmond". The "Connery", being 1000 Salmonds, was released by the McMint in 1999, but no one in Scotland has enough money to own one - they're all buried in a nuke-proof vault in the bowels of Sean's fortified, lagoon-based hideout in the Maldives.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Ray Winstone

      On top of which, if the London-based media is going to transcribe everything allegedly Scottish in a mock-Scots accent, it's only fair that they should have to do the same to themselves.

      This means that all Register articles in future must (for example) have "thousand" written as "faahzant" and everything else as "root-de-toot, apples and pears, root-de-toot" (*)

      :-P

      (*) Thank you, Charlie Brooker

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Ray Winstone

        littered with lots of "gawd blim'y guvn'r" and "evens' abuv"

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Pint

          Re: Ray Winstone

          The BOFH will in future be required to refer to all his lunchtime escapades as 'Going dahn the Battlecruiser'

          1. gerryg

            Re: Ray Winstone

            er, rub-a-dub...

  4. All names Taken
    Paris Hilton

    Maybe Crimea can help to show how quickly these things can be sorted out once a nation puts itself in order?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      WTF?

      Nation? Crimea has just voted for dependence. Scotland will be voting on independence, for better or for worse. Crimea's business of course, but having changed their minds once before in the 90s, they'll find it a damn sight harder to decide they don't want to be an Oblast of Russia any more a couple of decades or so down the line.

      1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

        No, at the moment we seem to given the choice of remaining dependent on Westminster for everything, or being dependent on the EU for almost everything, and the Bank of England for the rest. No-one is actually putting forward a case for true independence - i.e. not being part of any bloc, and having an independent currency - which suggests to me that no-one in power thinks it is feasible. Personally, I'd vote for that scheme like a shot, and then wait and see where the strengths/weaknesses of an independent European country in the C21st lie.*

        *Of course, my view can be regarded as suspect, since I can always go home to England or move to the Czech Republic if it all goes wrong!

  5. All names Taken
    Happy

    Should Scotland join the Russian Federation after gaining independence from UK?

    Discuss.

    1. Barnie

      I thought they wanted to join the EU ? Although they want to keep the Pound...

      1. All names Taken
        Joke

        sorted!

        1 - leave UK

        2 - join Russian federation

        3 - rent out Rosyth to Ruskie navy

        4 - take on Rouble as the ipse facto currency (a nice little earner there for foreX no?)

        5 - partner Ruskie army with Scots Guards, Royal Scots, Black Watch

        6 - have fun and watch the money roll in as Rouble strengthens and Pound weakens

      2. codejunky Silver badge

        £

        They want the pound so they can claim to have a stable currency which is supported when it falls. The EU will then assess them as stable and maybe allow them membership. There isnt much of a plan for the independence. Just an expected train wreck

  6. All names Taken
    Paris Hilton

    Shock! Horror!

    I am amazed at my own brilliance? (not?)

    EU seems a bit embarrassed at an independent Scotland seeking dependence upon EU - a bit like dog poo on the shoe?

    England (can't say UK and, well, love it or loathe it Wales does not really count at all?) treats Scotland request to use the Pound should it become independent before seking some dependency upon Euro a bit like dog poo on the shoe?

    Interim conclusion: Ignore them! Seek membership of the Russian Federation (heck Royal Navy and/or US Navy can share Rosyth and/or Faslane with Tovarich Russian Navy) making Scotland an excellent bridge between East and West and less likely to be nuked in hostilities (we live in hope?)

  7. All names Taken
    Paris Hilton

    In yawning anticipation .......

    Catalunia

    Basque region

    Venice

    are some (but not all) regions of nations belonging to EU seeking independence from their nation state (Spain,Spain/France, Italy respectively) and the EU is terrified of Scotland setting a precedent hence tries to kill it at birth and smother it unto death.

    But! Now there are alternatives?

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