Friday, September 30, 2016

What represents Leadership in the modern Labour Party, people charting their own course are seen as leaders when in fact they are just functionaries pretending to be, there is no such thing as a fair weather leader, maybe the Labour Party need to learn that concept
















Dear All

Do you know what leadership is?

If you look it up online you get:

‘Leadership, the action of leading a group of people or an organization, or the ability to do this’.

Now, do you know what team work is?

‘Teamwork, the combined action of a group, especially when effective and efficient’.

In politics, if helps if you have three things, leadership ability, be able to work as part of a team and last but not least have vision with and the ability to adapt.

The big Labour Councils in Scotland decided that being part of Cosla, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities was a bad thing and detrimental to their areas. So, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Renfrewshire wanted to go their own way, at the time, I thought this was unusual.

Now, we have Eddie McAvoy, Labour leader of South Lanarkshire, saying there "may be merit" in his authority rejoining Cosla.

So, is McAvoy failing to demonstrate teamwork or is McAvoy demonstrating leadership?

Have a think about this and see what answer you come up with!

Scottish Labour in the past has had a rather bad habit of pushing through ideas at various levels in local government only to do rather embarrassing U turns, the one that really sticks with me is former MSP Paul Martin wanting to scrap hospital parking charges brought in under Labour PFI schemes. Now when in opposition he was outrage the charges he helped bring in affect people actually affected people.

Why was it right to bring in PFI charges in the first place then wrong later on?

Was Paul Martin MSP demonstrating leadership by bring the charges in or leadership for campaigning to get rid of them, did he demonstrate teamwork both campaigning for and later against the thing which he supported?

At present the Labour Party has just come through a very bad leadership contest which solved nothing, Jeremy Corbyn is still the leader as the membership decided rightly to back him over Owen Smith.

I voted for Jeremy Corbyn, it wasn’t on policy or on him as an individual, it was the underhanded manner of 172 Labour MPs who decided as a group that members didn’t matter and that they had the ‘right’ to get rid of a duly elected leader.
Did the 172 Labour MPs who were part of what was termed by some ‘the coup’ demonstrate leadership?

Did Labour member Michael Foster who went to court to knock Jeremy Corbyn off the ballot paper was he demonstrating leadership?

At various levels of the Labour Party, post Corbyn victory there have been calls for unity, but the reality is although there is talk to unite the party, the party isn’t united, there isn’t a strategy all the way up and down the line.

So, why is Eddie McAvoy, Labour leader of South Lanarkshire breaking ranks with Glasgow, Aberdeen and Renfrewshire?

He and others decided on a course of action, remain united, now it seems that the commitment to that concept appears to be deserting him.

In 2017, there are the council elections, after suffering defeat after defeat, the Labour Party in some quarters appear to be planning for defeat, which begs the question, what type of leadership is that being demonstrated?

The phrase ‘managing expectations” is rather telling because it suggests that an air of doom and gloom has entered their thinking, why should people follow leaders who aren’t able to show leadership when the times go bad?

A leader should be able to function even when circumstances are adverse, it seems that some in the Labour Party think that getting elected and kicked out is part and parcel of being on a merry go round, you wait to get your turn.

In the past, the public were used to ping pong politics between the two main parties, while ping pong politics flourished the real losers were the public, with no real external competition no matter who got in the people didn’t get a choice.

The election of Jeremy Corbyn has given people in the Labour Party something that they haven’t had for some time, that thing is hope. Of course winning the leadership of the Labour Party doesn’t mean or translate as being able to win a General election. To win an election you have to have board appeal which is why I want to mention Labour MP Diane Abbott, Abbott recently decided to call Brexit voters ‘Bigots’.


Is Diane Abbott demonstrating leadership?

Is Diane Abbott demonstrating teamwork in that she is promoting the party in the best possible light to future voters?

Stop a moment and think this through.

How did Diane Abbott ever get passed as a candidate to be an MP?

If her comments were a one off, you might forgive and forget, but she has a history of saying stupid things.

Here is an article relating to her conduct:


Diane Abbott ran for the Labour leadership in 2010, the Membership marked her down as I recall Abbott was eliminated in the first round of voting after securing 7.24% of votes.

Last night on Questiontime, the columnist Rod Liddle said something rather stark about the leadership of the Labour Party, he said they live in a ‘bubble’, and they don’t give a shit about anyone’s opinions other than themselves. This is strong stuff, in Scotland, the Scottish Labour had to find out the hard way at the ballot box what failing to deliver, failing to lead actually meant, Westminster 2015 was the worst defeat in Scottish Labour history, 2016; the public sent the Scottish Labour Party another message, the worst defeat in the history of Holyrood.

We now have the Council elections of 2017 coming up, if you have been reading the blog for some time, you will know prior to me joining the Labour Party, I made a public commitment to stand as a candidate in the 2017 Council elections. 

After doing a bit of research I decided to look into the backgrounds of those who I maybe colleagues of if I get elected. I wouldn't characterise some people as demonstrating leadership something I was failed recently by the Labour Party selection.

Anyway I found this also:


Now, do I break a promise I publicly made to stand as a candidate in this election, if anyone thinks the answer is yes, then clearly they don’t know me or what leadership is.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Great SNP Escape from Govanhill continues, unpopular SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon abandons her office and flees as rat infestation is found in her office, what about the residents you failed to help, they can't move Nicola!!!

Out of her depth, Scotland’s unpopular First Minster Nicola Sturgeon is rebuffed by Westminster as they lay down the law, No special migration deal for Scotland following Brexit vote, UK acts swiftly to prevent fears of mini migrant crisis developing in UK, Sturgeon is incapable of leadership

















Dear All

When the historic vote on the membership of European Union took place, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP backed the unelected and unaccountable EU elite who are firmly in the pockets of the large corporations and big business.

What was the Brexit vote about, this is an issue being looked at by the London School of Economics, the symptom are well known such as immigration, EU corruption, EU red tape, all just symptoms.

The real issue is sovereignty.

Sovereignty isn’t just a matter for the UK, this is fast becoming the number one topic in Europe; already there is talk about a new reform vision of Europe. In places like Austria, the issue of national identity is starting to find an audience, in France, the issue has traction, in Germany; Angela Merkel by her own stupidity has lost the goodwill of the German people and her party voters and seats in various elected bodies.

Europe is set for change, in Scotland, we have Nicola Sturgeon playing ‘catch up’ on Europe still cling to an EU dream which day by day is dying, you don’t set a nation towards a failed project like the EU, but Sturgeon is driven by dogma.

When the result of Brexit came in and the Leave campaign won hands down, the shockwaves rippled not just in Europe but in the UK, almost immediately the Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP tried to portray Scotland as voting Yes to the EU in what was a UK wide vote.

Then Nicola Sturgeon was saying that she would block Brexit as if this jumped up little irrelevant individual held any sway with the UK Government.

Even now, Sturgeon talked about a constitutional crisis over Brexit going to the UK Supreme Court as if that case had a snowball’s chance in hell.

Brexit is coming!

A minor whine of the SNP has been immigration whether it is getting full control or the minor issue of the student visa post degree work experience racket.

Anything to cause trouble seems to be the motto!

But the winds are now blowing against Sturgeon and her ilk, the UK Government has said that the SNP Government will get no special migration deal following the Brexit vote. This speaks volumes, the issue of the single market is a hot potato and the end of free movement is a central issue for the Conservatives to take on-board.

Sometime ago, I recommended that the EU needed to adopt an internal EU immigration policy, I have from time to time repeated this call, some of my other ideas such the EU wide Border Force have been adopted, people seem to be thinking along the same lines as me, except I think of it first.

Freedom of movement isn’t controlled in the EU, it ignores the needs of Members States and it impinges of sovereignty, it has to go. My position on immigration is that immigration is good; too much immigration however is bad and destroys social cohesion for all of society. The migrant crisis has been a disaster for Europe; even Merkel admits too late she got it wrong, because now her political future is on the line.

Actually Merkel has used up all her political capital, she is a liability now, already inside in her own people are turning on her.      
 
Nicola Sturgeon is a poorman’s Angela Merkel, she even tries to mimic her hand gestures but Sturgeon is an out and out fraud, she is a ‘hollow man’ someone in politics who has no real beliefs, other than her failed independence dream now dead and buried for at least 30 years or more.

Talk of new Scottish Independence referendum in 2018 by Alex Salmond et al all a pipe dream, a delusion and utter rubbish.

Sturgeon said in a speech that avoiding limits on migration from Europe was crucial for Scotland; a “country that has an imperative to grow our population” in order to deal with a skills gap in its workforce and an ageing population.

As to the skills gap, the SNP had damaged the prospects of indigenous people to get skills as the cuts to the college sector clearly show, The SNP apparently wanted to grow Scotland’s population by 1 million people, one person in every six would be a foreigner. There aren’t the jobs, housing, and infrastructure to support the SNP immigration plans.

If Scotland is flooded by cheap unskilled labour, then the problems of Europe will be not a distance memory in a faraway land, but right on our doorstep, will Scotland be the Scotland we know?

No, it would be utterly destroyed.

SNP civic nationalism is a fraud;, it is about telling people who are not Scots that by Nicola’s magic wand she grants them citizenship, a tactic of the regressive left to form voter caches.

Westminster will not bend to the SNP’s demands, they will be rejected out of hand, not even a crumb or a sop to Sturgeon but a form no; immigration must and should be a reserve matter.

This week, Sturgeon wrongly has said there was “no clear mandate for a hard Brexit,” and that retaining membership of the European single market with free movement of people appeared the “most obvious consensus position that we should try to work towards”.

Wrong on both counts, a majority of the people in a UK wide vote for Brexit; and as to freedom of movement and the single market, as I mentioned freedom of movement must end and access to the single market should not depend on being blackmailed.

Nicola Sturgeon is not a statesman, speaking of emigration; it appears that Ms. Sturgeon has decided to flee the Govanhill hellhole by crossing the psychological barrier of Cathcart Road, it wasn’t war, it wasn’t a mini migrant crisis, apparently not having fixed her slum; the place she was camped out in became rat infested.

It is laughable to me that Nicola Sturgeon should even raise the migration and control over borders in intergovernmental discussions. You have to wonder as the Westminster politicians sit there listening to her babble, on whether or not they are thinking as many do in Scotland.

Arse!

You don’t give a kid matches in case they burn the house down why should Sturgeon be given control of immigration to cause a mini migrant crisis in the UK.

The SNP are a party of protest, they are not a party of government, their failure on devolved issues is clearly and widely known, I don’t see allowing Sturgeon to create an unregulated highway into the UK for migrants as being a realistic prospect.

After all you don’t as I said give a kid matches, nor would you give a drunk car keys, so why would you want to give a totally shallow hollow woman who is entirely vacuous, inept, fake, insincere and untrustworthy more power which would end up abused.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Having Fun Natalie, Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry is charged by Police Scotland with several criminal offences relating to alleged fraud from organisations such as the SNP GRA and Women for Independence, the charges include embezzlement of funds, breach of trust and an offence under the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013

















Dear All

There I was sitting about yesterday when a text pops up on my phone, to my surprise the text told me that Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry had been charged by police in connection with alleged fraud.

I have said it before and I will say it again, in my opinion Natalie McGarry is unfit to be an MP, what a huge mistake unpopular Nicola Sturgeon made backing her, what a huge mistake the SNP made in selecting her.

In June 2013, I wrote a blog post about the SNP’s attempts to win over Conservatives; it wasn’t a hatchet job on her but an assessment that she was wrong.


What happened next came as a real surprise as I had never to my knowledge had a run in with her.

Natalie McGarry then decided to link my blog to a hate account run by her associate Tommy Ball who operated a twitter account called @georgemlaird.

I found this:

I've made it! At last I've been designated non-Jedi by the great sage that is @georgemlaird Want a laugh? Here ya go:


McGarry who socialised with Tommy Ball who (later ended up being convicted) tried to pass off his account as mine on the twitter social media platform. The account by Tommy Ball was all about branding me a paedophile, Ball as I mentioned in the past also attempt Identity theft.

Natalie McGarry is Nicola Sturgeon’s pal, and I was being targeted by those who surround Nicola Sturgeon, her nasty vicious southside clique.

So, we have a Nationalist MP in the shape of Natalie McGarry, her mother is or was an SNP Cllr, her auntie was the Presiding Officer at Holyrood, and the SNP is filled with many little family dynasties.

One of the things in politics that you must do is be accountable and the way to be accountable is to follow the rules to the letter, especially if there are a legal aspect or you are the custodian of finances or assets.

Natalie McGarry was part of the group which founded Women for Independence which was like many phoney little groups setup by SNP members and their allies. Having been given a title, the press put Natalie McGarry on the TV and Radio as ‘Natalie McGarry, Women for Independence’.

I faced off against her myself on BBC Radio 5 Live on ‘White Paper Day’, a truly underwhelming affair, not the BBC event but the SNP launch, my thoughts on this were explained in this blog post.


Before I forget, Nicola Sturgeon saw me that day over at Holyrood and when she saw me her head went straight down, no angry wee Nat routine towards George Laird, her feral Southside mob were doing that task.

At the close of the programme, guests get to do a final pitch, I did my pitch on trust; people didn’t trust Alex Salmond or his Government, instead of putting her own pitch, Natalie McGarry was forced to defend Salmond with a miserable reply.

I won!

Natalie McGarry ‘s tenure as an MP hasn’t been impressive, quite the opposite, everything you do and everything you say gets picked over by your opponents, and McGarry made a name for herself for all the wrong reasons. She used twitter to smear not just me, but also people as famous as JK Rowling, that didn’t go down too well. And then there was the smearing of Alistair Cameron who is a director of Scotland in Union, that incident when nuclear very quickly in the press. Natalie McGarry was forced to apologise and pay a sum of money to charity.

I never got to name Natalie McGarry in open court because Tommy Ball pled guilty to get a reduced sentence, but yesterday across the road from me at Govan Police Station Natalie McGarry has been charged by the police in connection with alleged fraud.

The criminal charges relate to a five-figure sum missing from the Women for Independence group and the SNP’s Glasgow Regional Association.

The surprise one for me is the SNP’s Glasgow Regional Association which previously McGarry was the Convenor, but when I blogged on the Cowdenbeath By-election Special, I remarked that there were some people I was told in the SNP who were rooting for a Labour victory, not just any old Nat but the real die hard division.


Natalie McGarry had imploded the SNP vote by about 50%, politics a funny old game you have to laugh.
McGarry's solicitor is Aamer Anwar, I remember this clown from my Glasgow University days, anyway he said:

"I can confirm that Natalie McGarry MP attended voluntarily with myself as her solicitor this morning at Govan Police Station”.

I like the use of the word ‘voluntarily’, it kind of implies that she had a choice in the matter, like it was a meeting of mind and a cosy wee affair, it wasn’t!

Anwar added:   

"Following an interview, she was charged this afternoon with several alleged offences including embezzlement of funds, breach of trust and an offence under the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013”.

Can you feel the cosyness?

Me neither!

Anwar’s final pitch is:

"She was released and will now be the subject of a report to the Procurator Fiscal. There will be no further comment.”

The Police release people so as not to clog up the jails, and as to the “no further comment”, this is standard advice by a lawyer to keep your mouth shut.

Nicola Sturgeon who backed Natalie McGarry has said the accusations are “very serious”, well of you are charged with several alleged offences including embezzlement of funds, breach of trust and an offence under the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013, you can’t fault Nicola Sturgeon for stating the bleeding obvious.

I wonder if the SNP MPs will be keeping their distance now the Police have stepped up a gear or they will wrap their arms around McGarry and do a ‘she is oor Nat’ routine?

In May this year, Police Scotland began investigating a second complaint against McGarry, after the SNP’s Glasgow Regional Association reported around £4000 unaccounted for. The amount doesn’t interest me in this aspect of the case, who filed the complaint with Police Scotland; previous McGarry was SNP Convenor from 2011 till 2015. I remember her being installed as Convenor when the former member stepped down. Instead of thanking him for his efforts, the feeling in the room that night was too ‘bad mouth’ him by some of Nicola Sturgeon’s southside clique.

I don’t by enlarge attend court cases, when Tommy Sheridan’s was on trial I took an interest in it but never went to court to see the action unfold, if Natalie McGarry is taken to court by the Procurator Fiscal, you can be damn sure I will be attending this one!

Under the Representation of the People Act any MP jailed in the UK for more than a year is disqualified from membership of the House of Commons and their seat will be vacated.

Finally, Natalie McGarry, who was elected as the SNP member for Glasgow East in May 2015 is denying any wrongdoing.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

City heli flight explosion over the Clyde - a George Laird Production

Living in a bubble: Kezia Dugdale’s 'autonomy' plans appear to be getting passed by the Labour Conference, dire warnings are given about the death of the Scottish Labour Party in Scotland, a future George Laird article will be on the subject of ‘I told you so’ when the reforms make no difference at all to the Scottish public


















Dear All

Scottish Labour will die in Scotland!

This is a pretty big statement to make but the truth is it will not, at present it is no secret that the party has and is doing very badly as I mentioned in an earlier post. Voters have dumped the party, members by enlarge won’t come out to be activists, donors don’t want to fund the party as they have previously done.

But you have to look past the symptoms and get to the main problem.

So, what is the problem?

When did the problem start?

What did Labour do to fix it?

So, let’s get started the problem is that people were selected as candidates who then became elected officials and because Labour was so dominate with huge majorities they decided that as the people’s representatives they really didn’t want to help the people.

This wasn’t just at policy level, it went right down to the individual voter who turned up at a surgery for help and if they had a time consuming complaint then they were blown off.  Unsurprisingly; the disenchanted decided to look to others; who offered to help them, every ‘dissatisfied customer’ was a voter lost and probably that of their family as well.

When did this start, decades ago, yes; some people really did fail to service their constituency for whatever reason, then came the resentment which was unleashed during the Scottish Independence Referendum. People wanted someone to blame for the failure to provide a better society, better hospitals schools, university and college access and a whole host of other social issues. In a novel approach the Scottish Labour Party simply carried on with their agenda which wasn’t the people’s agenda.

The proof is the Westminster and Holyrood results…….. wiped out!

What did Scottish Labour do to fix it, we had soundbites, soundbites that told us that things had changed things had been fixed, and blah blah blah. If Scottish Labour had been ‘fixed’ prior to the elections of 2015 and 2016, why did they lose?

We now have a proposal for Kezia Dugdale's 'autonomy' plans with the dire warning that if these plans are blocked then this could kill off Labour in Scotland.

Wow!

I read somewhere that these reforms have been on the go for a decade which begs the question are these Kezia Dugdale’s reforms or are they someone else’s reforms and she is just fronting them?

Regardless who is the author, I would like to mention something which I said earlier in another post, I believe these plans are all about a push towards a federal UK system.

Some people believe that a federal UK system will save the Union. Others believe that there is a need for a new Treaty of Union.

Part of the reforms is for Scotland to have undemocratic representation on the Labour Party NEC, which means Scottish voters don’t get a vote.

One of the ways to kill off a party is if members feel they are excluded from democracy within the party they are a member of, I agree with Unite boss Len McCluskey, who is an ally of Jeremy Corbyn that seats should be elected democratically by Labour members.

When Johann Lamont said she was leaving as leader of Scottish Labour, it created a stir, on the way out the door; she said that London Labour were treating Scotland like a "branch office". Labour MP Ian Murray said that her comment had "completely destroyed" the party north of the Border, I disagree what Lamont said was badly said, it was a symptom of the problem that Scottish Labour had built up for themselves for decades.

Kezia Dugdale after her two major defeats of 2015 and 2016 said Labour’s problems didn’t happen overnight but had built up over decades.

Under the proposed changes the Scottish Labour Party would be in charge of Westminster candidate selection in Scotland and policy for the first time, I have no problem with the candidate selection part as long as it doesn’t discriminate, but the part on policy is wrong, the bottom line is this, you cannot serve two masters.

If a Scottish Candidate is told to be anti-Trident by Kezia Dugdale and the Westminster whips need them to be pro Trident in a voting lobby this means a Labour Westminster Government would have to rely on ‘others’ such as the Tory opposition to get UK defence plans approved.

If the Labour Party in Scotland thinks that mimicking the SNP is the road back to power then someone is seriously deluded, what goes up must come down, in this case with Scottish Labour falling, they still have a long way to go down if they carry on acting like it is business as usual.

For the avoidance of doubt, these reforms may make a section of the Labour Party in Scotland ‘happy’ but in a wider sense out on the ground face to face with a voter they are meaningless.

People aren’t voting Labour in the same numbers as they did in the past because a middle class university educated or trade union candidate was approved in London.

They aren’t voting because they have been utterly failed on issues such as lack of housing, education apartheid of the poor, lack of social mobility, introduction of bedroom tax, the discrimination of the disabled by the DWP, lack of jobs, bad decisions on PFI, bad candidates who ripped the piss out of voters and a whole host of other little gems.

Before I forget, there is a pre-Turkey project in the pipeline which in the past was called GARL which is a vanity project and huge waste of money, killed off previous by the SNP Government, Scottish Labour is backing it apparently despite a previous report that it would be a colossal waste of public money and be underused by the public.

If anyone had any brains they would ditch this scheme, but stay tuned, stupidity may find a way to push it on to us!  

So, the ‘problem’ is solvable but that requires real effort, the first thing is to rebuild the party in Scotland, so far nothing has been done on that, so far there isn’t much about policy change coming from the Scottish Labour Party other than this ‘fluff’.

I wonder how you stand on a doorstep and sell to a voter that person who didn’t represent you when you want help last time is the best person for your vote on the basis they were selected in Scotland and they are local.

On a doorstep you get all kinds of reactions from voters……. and fuck off is one of them.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, September 26, 2016

Charge, the cgi war scene- a George Laird Production



Dear All

Have you ever been given a task or had to learn something and hadn't a scoobie?

I got myself Photoshop to help me learn about set extensions, set extensions are a way of enhancing your scene in a movie when you can't afford to build the real thing like actual sets which are expensive. So, I created this set extension picture as a learning project and then afterwards thought I wouldn't mind using it in a clip.

I brought the picture into after effects and added in some fire and smoke assets, then I thought, I wouldn't mind some sort of action, so I got what is called an obj sequence which when animated gives the impression of movement. An Obj sequence can be used in various software programmes then rendered out, but if you don't get the position right you have to scrap it and start back at the drawing board.

As luck would have it I used a plug in, in after effects which allowed me to put the animation where I wanted it, then created a 3d camera to fine tune the position of the troops as they charged across the field. I then created what is called an obscure matte so that the troops appear to be behind the big rock on the right side which gives the illusion of depth.

Then using keyframes, I animated what is called the Z position to move the troops forward which gives the appearance that they are running along charging towards an enemy, the obj sequence only gives them the ability to move on the same spot, key framing and the Z position allows them forward motion, hence you see them running across.

The sound was a clip which I found online which was an MP4 sound clip converted to be an MP3 clip which found on youtube some time ago.

For ages, I was stumped using photoshop then I went to a website that sells matte paintings, watch their videos and others and something just clicked, I am not an expert but at least I have a better understanding then I previously did.

Everyone should try and learn something through-out their life just to keep up with technology, you never know when it might come in useful.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the clip.

George