Who am I

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My name is Henri Van der Stighelen.  I consider myself to be a Scot although I am actually Belgian.  I came to Scotland in 1951 and grew up on the Clydeside overlooking some of the big shipyards such as Yarrow’s and Barclay Curles.  My dad was the General Manager at A & J Inglis shipyard at Pointhouse.  I spent a lot of time with my dad in the yard.  In 1989 I moved to London and lived there for more than 24 years.  I now live in Helensburgh.

My background is communications and technology and my degree is in Maths and Computing.  I came very late to education because I hated every day at school.  I say ‘if Uni didn’t teach you humility, it hasn’t taught you anything’.

My working life so far has spanned from delivering papers, rolls and milk at 13 to Director of Networks/Delivery at Energis plc (now Cable & Wireless).

My passion is the Scottish Referendum.  I wanted the result to be what the people of Scotland want – that’s was a big ask.  Some people know what they want, some know what they don’t want.  I want to challenge, inform, learn and get involved.

The Edinburgh Agreement determined that the losing side would accept the result of the referendum and work with the winning side to unite and deliver that outcome.  I respected the principle of the Edinburgh Agreement.  However, my first hand experience of the Better Together campaign confirmed to me that they did not respect the spirit of the Agreement.  Therefore, I dismiss the concept of acceptance and fight on …… for as long as it takes or until it is universally shown to be fair.

I am politically aware.  I stood in the Ilford North ward at the 2010 general election and I have successfully completed the candidate assessment process giving me eligibility to stand as an MP or MEP.

I feel I have a duty, as so many others have, to bring to the debate my experience of Glasgow, London and Europe over many years in an impartial manner.  That is why I have taken to the blog, so please join in.

Some may recognise ‘bighvan’ from comments in the papers.  I have had many letters printed in the Metro and other publications under that ‘handle’.

 

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    *Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thank you However I am experiencing issue with ur rss . Don’t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting identical rss problem? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx

    • hvds@btinternet.com
      April 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. With your encouragement I continue to comment on anything topical, especially in relation to Scotland’s Referendum. Also, if you or your family and friends have any topic that interests them and they would like another perspective on, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will try to focus some research and a touch of humour where I can. Many thanks, Henri PS I’ll look into the RSS

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    • hvds@btinternet.com
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      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. With your encouragement I continue to comment on anything topical, especially in relation to Scotland’s Referendum. Also, if you or your family and friends have any topic that interests them and they would like another perspective on, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will try to focus some research and a touch of humour where I can. Many thanks, Henri

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    Loved the piece on a yes vote GUARANTEE. If only more people would think this way. Instead, they fold their arms defensively and mutter “Naw, ah jist dinny like that Alex Salmond” So many times I have had to bite my lip to stop myself from saying “Well bloody DO something about it!

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  32. August 4, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Henri, fascinating stuff… Illuminating . You don’t mention anything about your history as a UKIP candidate and I wonder why ? I realise your results in Essex for UKIP were poor, but you did try. Have your views changed from the ones espoused to the Ilford electorate. , especially the ones vilifying gays and foreigners ? They’re all out there on the Internet.

    UKIP is not do strong in Scotland, have u been able to persuade people to the UKIP cause ?

    Is there a reason you don’t mention it? I think your 871 votes and lost deposit in Ilford would make interesting reading , might not win you friends in Scotland though. !!!

    Happy kippering, sure your views won’t have changed. !

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