Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Getting it wrong again; SNP MSP John Mason says the Football Act should not be repealed after Scottish Cup Final violence, when exactly is a good time to repeal bad law John, after the end of the football season, here is a hint…. anytime is the right time!

Dear All

I have campaigned for SNP MSP John Mason in three elections, unlike other people, I record every day I did on his campaigns.

Of late, he has become rather gaffe prone, there was his creationism thing:

That went down like a lead balloon.

Then there was his gaffe on debt and deficit:

What makes this one interesting is that he is a trained accountant and sits on the finance committee at Holyrood as the deputy finance convenor!

You make remember that I have always said that anyone can be a politician, you don’t need brains!

Fast forward to the present day, and he is back with another howler, he wants opponents of the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act to back down obver repeal of the act.

So, what is the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act?

In its simplest terms it is bad law which was rammed through Holyrood because the SNP wanted to practice putting into effect emergency motions.

It was a knee jerk reaction which no one in the other parties supported.

At the weekend there was trouble at the Scottish Cup final by fans, it was a stupid thing to do, and anyone engaged in violence should be arrested, charged and dealt with by the Courts.

One of the abuses of Holyrood is MSPs using the motions system like it is a community bulletin board to post rubbish, the SNP are particularly bad for this type of abuse.

John Mason is saying it would "not be an appropriate time to relax the law" on offensive behaviour or to repeal the ban on alcohol at football.

Bad law should be repealed anytime, there is no such thing as a ‘good time’ to repeal bad law.

Opposition parties have all raised concerns about Act in the past, and with the SNP not having a majority, Labour plan to draft proposals to repeal it before the summer recess. Let us be absolutely clearly, this is a housekeeping matter.

The Act criminalised offensive and threatening behaviour, including sectarian behaviour, related to football matches and any communications containing threats or incitement to religious hatred.

The act is a failure, only 79 convictions in 2014/15 under the legislation this demonstrates the law is unnecessary.

John Mason's motion reads:

"Football can be a great opportunity for fans to let off steam but that there have to be limits as to what behaviour is acceptable; notes calls to change the law in relation to football, including repealing the ban on alcohol and relaxing the rules on offensive behaviour, and, in light of the recent situation, considers that this would not be an appropriate time to relax the law in either of these areas."

Labour MSP James Kelly said:

"The Football Act is not adequate in dealing with the unacceptable scenes after Saturday's match. Charges brought against those involved are likely to be for breach of the peace or assault. This underlines the inadequate nature of this legislation which has caused distrust between fans and police. I will therefore be pressing ahead with my plans to repeal the discredited Football Act."

If John Mason is not careful, he will end up looked as foolish as Pete Wishart, the SNP Westminster MP, once you are on the slope downwards in the madness stakes, it is hard to pull yourself back up.

Just look what is happening to Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond!

His trajectory is downwards; even his former colleagues are blowing him out!

Yours sincerely

George Laird

The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University 

Monday, May 23, 2016

The Long Walk of Shame; SNP MP Stewart Hosie steps down as SNP deputy leader after sex scandal rocks the Party, on the BBC Big Debate, the George Laird view was his position as head of the SNP summer indy drive was completely untenable, George Laird right again, the faith must be kept pure!

Dear All

Did you catch me on the BBC Big Debate radio show on last Friday?

If you didn’t, then please take the time to click on the BBC website, and scroll down to you find the link to the Gordon Brewer Big Debate radio show, which was held in Uddingston.

I am a regular member of the audience when the show is in the Greater Glasgow area, I have always considered Gordon Brewer to be a good interviewer and host which in part is one of the many reasons I like to attend the show.

The show on Friday could best be described as ‘all kicking off’; it was absolutely hilarious; this show was a belter, high drama, people freaking out, the Labour MEP Catherine Stihler flipping her lid.

A regular member of the Nationalist crowd called Alan was also vocally attacking the Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP for cronyism, nepotism and corruption.

The audience was giving anyone not supporting Brexit on the panel a very hard time; the SNP MP Angela Crawley was sinking and attempting to hold the ‘private matter’ line on Stewart Hosie…. and failing!

Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell put in the best performance tearing in the Labour MEP, and the Leave EU spokesman must have wondered what he had stumbled into, as open warfare raged back and forth across in the room and the panel.

I was an official questioner, I asked, can Stewart Hosie continue to head the SNP summer indy drive given the media coverage surrounding his alleged affair. Gordon Brewer immediately asked me for the George Laird view, to which I said No!

In politics when you ‘become the story’ it is time to go or in the case of the SNP, go into hiding for a bit till the heat dies down.

Anyway, later on, I found out that on twitter some guy had tweeted something along the lines of ‘ffs don’t tell me the BBC don’t know who George Laird is, bloody setup’.

He wasn’t impressed by the broadcast, personally I had a great time; it was as I said hilarious, from start to finish, never enjoyed myself so much in ages!

I can officially confirm that there was no ‘bloody setup’, I applied to join the BBC audience using the same method as any other member of the public, and that goes also to the criteria for submitting questions.

I have on many occasions been the official questioner on the Big Debate, but not all the time, sometimes, I don’t even speak on the show, after the Holyrood count in Glasgow, I was at the Friday post election event, never submitted a question, never put my hand up to speak.

But I did have a nimble of a couple of sandwiches since the event was two hours long, bit of information for the many Nationalists who drop by the blog trawling for information to use against me in future when I stand for public office.

Tuna sandwiches on Brown bread…… very political correct!

So, let’s get to the ‘good bit’, after I delivered the George Laird view that Stewart Hosie was toast, he has now decided to step down as the SNP’s depute leader.

As I previously blogged, the faith must be kept pure!

Now that he has signalled his intention to go, people can read the exchange of letters between him and Nicola Sturgeon, apparently Sturgeon is coming to Westminster to address her party’s MPs. The ‘feeble 54’ I believe, it used to be the feeble 56, but two blotted their copy books so badly they lost the whip!

Presumably this visit must be to read the ‘riot act’ and put some people on notice about their possible lack of a future, hopefully Angus MacNeil. Pete Wishart can stay; he amuses me, who doesn’t love a bit of provincial madness out of Pete’s mouth?

In a letter of apology to Nicola Sturgeon Hosie says he is sorry for “any hurt and upset I have caused to friends, family and colleagues. That was never my intention”.

So, let me get this right, how exactly did he think that someone who parks their dick in someone other than their wife wouldn’t cause “any hurt and upset”, is he having a laugh?

Time for a classic line of utter disbelief…… ‘c’mon big man, its me you’re talking to’!

Hosie writes:

“As you know I have been admitted to hospital on three occasions in the past few years with very high blood pressure. In that regard, the stress of the intense scrutiny of my private life has been very difficult. I intend to concentrate on my constituents, my responsibilities at Westminster, and most importantly, my health.”

Oh lookee here, the mitigation defence ‘past few years with very high blood pressure’, what’s that got to do with cheating on your wife? Presumably a weight loss programme rather than adultery would have served him better, and caused less stress than ducking and diving……. and it’s cheaper!  

Hosie added:

“It has been a pleasure to serve under your leadership and I hope to do so for many years to come. I wish you, your Government and our party every success.”

Interesting, Hosie made no mention of his leading the summer drive to renew his party’s campaign for Scottish independence. To take you back to the George Laird view, he is toast for that role as well….. as said on the BBC!

You can’t stand on the soapbox and say ‘trust me’, when you leave yourself open to someone popping up and saying; ‘trust you, your own wife can’t even do that’.

Also it is highly unlikely that Shona Robison will be available for any happy family on the campaign trail photo shoots with her husband. If Shona Robison wasn’t prominent in Nationalist circles with her position as Health Sec, I doubt that Hosie would be resigning over the weekend. But regardless of his resignation, this is still a running sore in the Nationalist ranks!

In a letter of response, Sturgeon thanked Hosie for his service as the party’s deputy since November 2014.

What a rather short tenure as depute leader, why say thanks?

Sturgeon said:

“During your tenure in office, amongst your many other duties, you have authored two successful election manifestos; providing the policy platform for our victories in both the 2015 General Election and the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. These are achievements you should be very proud of.”

People are using the SNP as a protest vehicle to punish Labour, might as well stick that in just in case you think that Hosie and co are some kind of geniuses.

She added:

“As you step down as depute leader, I know you will continue to make a valuable contribution to the party in many ways and, in particular, through your work in your constituency and as part of the Westminster group. I have enjoyed working with you as Depute Leader - and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future. I wish you well.”

So, there you have it, a staged managed letter, one wonders if the shop soiled great white hope of Dreghorn wrote it herself or one of the lackeys drew it up for her.

A few days ago when the ‘shit hit the fan’, Stewart Hosie was very keen to stress that his daughter was ‘the priority’ but I see he is now saying: “I intend to concentrate on my constituents, my responsibilities at Westminster, and most importantly, my health.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but when the ship is going down, the cry is ‘women and children first’.

I am wondering about his previously made statements, what about you?

Finally, I have noticed that some of the Nationalist cult ‘angry brigade’ are making comments about the events that I have attended recently, completely ignoring the organisers or anyone else involved, but singling me out.

The curse of ‘popularity’ wears heavily on me shoulders, and unlike unpopular Nicola Sturgeon, I haven’t had to stage manage any of this ‘popularity’.

Maybe I should start to cry in public, bare my soul and do the empathy bit, tell people my favourite football moment was the England goal in the 1966 World Cup. Who knows maybe I will make it all the way to Westminster and have tea on the Westminster terrace with Serena Cowdy!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The faith must be kept pure: Stewart Hosie's summer independence role is effectively dead and buried, his mistress, Serena Cowdy says, “I just can't keep my knickers on”, home wrecker SNP Deputy Leader says his daughter is a priority, maybe he should have thought of that before he peeled off his Y fronts

Dear All

Time for a quote:

“I just can't keep my knickers on”.

Firstly, it isn’t me, its Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party’s new girlfriend Serena Cowdy.

Stewart Hosie effectively traded in his wife for a younger model, it happens, but in life actions can have consequences, one such consequence is that Hosie’s future as the head of the SNP's summer independence drive is now in doubt.

Sometimes a single statement can damn you, in Hosie’s case; the revelation of his possibly future wife is a bridge too far.

Stewart Hosie cannot now head anything, let alone, a SNP's summer independence drive which in my opinion is bogus, it’s a front for the council elections to get voters and activists back on their side.

Hosie has had his fun behind his wife’s back, can’t do anything about that, given his wife’s position in the SNP, this is a running sore, like football, people will choose sides. And given the Cult of the leader in the party, the minions will follow Nicola Sturgeon’s lead, also being the baddie, hard to get the sympathy vote.

In politics, once you are elected, the faith must be kept pure!

Where is the purity, the whiter than white, when the bird you are ploughing into said:

“I just can't keep my knickers on”.

Of course, people live their lives the way they want to, make choices then live with it, you made your bed, now lie in it is so apt.

In another part of the saga, is SNP MP Angus MacNeil, apparently he allegedly had an affair with Serena Cowdy, she moved on, he is yesterday’s man, and now he doesn’t have a wife, he is separated, he will have to look elsewhere for available ‘totty’ on the Island.

I am sure something will turn up.

Scottish Labour has questioned whether Hosie could credibly persuade unconvinced voters about the virtues of independence after the sex scandal burst on to the scene, they should butt out, this is one time bomb waiting to explode, no help needed.

Now, that Serena Cowdy has gorged herself on the flesh of 'the Mujahideen of British politicians', one can only wonder what the future holds, at some point will she switch to the ‘allies’?

Ten years down the road, Stewart Hosie will be 63 or thereabouts, Serena will be about 46 years, given she has issues such as being "nut magnet". Who is to say that when a younger man pops up full of the passion of life, she might decide to jump ship.

Anyone see her wanting to be stuck in Dundee baking cakes?

The SNP confirmed that Mr Hosie and Ms Robison have separated and that their young daughter would continue to be their priority.

Obviously Stewart Hosie has let his priorities slip much like his Y fronts!

Finally, is there anyone else senior in the SNP who is 'living a lie', if so might as well get it now as a 'job lot'.  

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A George Laird Production; X wing fighter flying through space

Losing men quicker than ebola, Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon pushes her way into the SNP love triangle scandal by public show of support for Shona Robison, public served up a tawdry scene of Sturgeon milking the compassion angle at Holyrood, enough to give you the boak!

Dear All

Do you remember every time there is a crisis, it seems that unpopular Nicola Sturgeon wants to set up a taskforce?

So, what have the taskforces in the past managed to achieve?


Where is the taskforce for Shona Robison Nicola?

Yesterday saw the SNP sex scandal involving Stewart Hosie and Angus MacNeil emerge into the full glow of publicity, two of them allegedly had an affair with the same woman.

Stewart Hosie is married to Shona Robison, now they have separated.

Today, the collapse of the senior SNP under Nicola Sturgeon continues, it seems that two of her Ministers have decided to go, Alex Neil and Richard Lochhead, they are going for different reasons. Neil wants to do more in his area, and Lochhead who was a dud is stepping away due to a family concern.

The wheels are coming off the wagon, some time ago; Nicola Sturgeon came out with the rubbish that ‘SNP women will get things done’.

Seems their menfolk don’t agree and are walking out, a true vote of no confidence.  

Angry Nicola Sturgeon who is all mouth and bile, is a tad sheepish this weather, she has failed to back her party deputy Stewart Hosie after the shit hit the fan.

Repeatedly asked if she had confidence in Mr Hosie following revelations about his affair with a former actress she mumbled only that it was a “private matter”.

Asked three times!

In a show of what passes for unity after getting elected as First Minister in the Holyrood chamber, she publicly embraced Mr Hosie’s wife, Health Secretary Shona Robison. I assume that this is part of ‘Nicola cares’ which she does from time to time.

I wonder if she will be crass enough to say the worst moment of 2016 was this scandal or the Princess Diana line of ‘there were three people in that marriage’?

So, what now for the planned independence push this summer?

Can anyone seriously have Stewart Hosie fronting that one when he is ‘better together’ with his adulterous bit on the side?

And where would the SNP stick Shona Robison?

In a coal bunker?

In a loft?

Under the stairs?

Where do you hide a ‘surplus to requirements’?

Of course there is a saying, no fool like an old fool, and Stewart Hosie has moved on, Serena Cowdy is 36; she is young, dynamic, single, a party girl; Oxford educated and not shy. On the other hand, you have Shona Robison, she is 49, not dynamic and quite frankly she has let herself go downhill, people have likened her to Worzel Gummidge.

Milo Yiannopoulos in one of his countless broadcasts said something rather telling, ‘men are visual animals’.

‘Fake Scot’ Angus Robertson MP, SNP’s Parliamentary Group Leader at Westminster waded into the growing row and said the party would "continue to be a strong and effective, united opposition at Westminster".

Who cares about that when there is a sex scandal, Robertson is clearly out of touch as per usual, a pitiful figure who likes to give the impression he is a Scot when he is actually from London.

Finally, I do hope that unpopular Nicola Sturgeon decides to stop these deliberate public displays of support for Robison, milking the compassion role in public is so tacky and contrived, especially when she does it.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SNP still a ‘rat ship’, Two senior SNP politicians separate from wives after allegedly having affair with same woman, and in local news, angry Nicola Sturgeon gets another day of miserably thin gruel that is her husband Peter Murrell, no one beating a path to Nicola’s door, it seems the ‘boys’ are hogging all the ‘action’ in the SNP!

Dear All

Some time ago I said that the Scottish National Party was a ‘rat ship’.

In a blog post, dated Monday, March 30, 2015 I wrote:

“I have continually said the Scottish National Party is a ‘rat ship’, the idea of loyalty is alien to them; these people are in for themselves”.

When you act like a rat, the notion of acting for the common good goes right out the window, a rat is always focused on a rat’s desires.

Have a read:

Yesterday, I read that SNP MP Stewart Hosie and his wife SNP MSP Shona Robison have separated; I met Hosie at the Glasgow North East by-election in 2009. Due to a quirk of fate, I found myself promoted from rank and file activist to campaign rooms manager’s assistant. At the time, I said to the guy who asked me that I hadn’t any experience, and that perhaps he should seek someone more experienced.

But no, he wanted me!

So, I became a campaign rooms manager’s assistant, Grant Thoms who was allegedly in charge did a runner and left everyone in the lurch. Previously Thoms was supposed to be the candidate but some of his views on certain issues came to light; and out he went. Next to appear was James Dornan, he didn’t last long either as his history came to light; the final choice was David Kerr.

David Kerr made a decent candidate but he was a man in the wrong place at the wrong time, but he did put in a decent effort on the campaign trail despite handicapped by a lack of campaigning experience.

It was at this campaign that Stewart Hosie got to meet me, one day he says to me, you go do this area, as I like to get out into the trenches, I said okay no problem, only for the my boss to veto that idea stone cold dead by saying, ‘he isn’t going anywhere’. Hosie didn’t make an issue of it and it was left at that, a few days later he bumps into me and asks me, ‘what are you doing’? I said, ‘I am mopping the floor’, when he asked why, I said, well, this is a new building, there is a lot of builder’s dust in the air and I don’t want the people working in the office to breath it in’. To which he replied, ‘good idea’, at that point, I think he understood why I was selected by the campaign rooms manager, I am pro active.

I was told I didn’t answer to no one other than the campaign rooms manager, no matter what position they held in the SNP.

At the end of that campaign, I was also told I was one of the few singled out by Hosie for my efforts in that campaign, although not having been trained up, my side of the operation was run like clockwork, I even had the same people coming back to be in my team through-out the entire campaign.

When I said to the troops lunch will be 45 minutes, and they said they could just take 30, I said I want you to enjoy this by-election, go talk and meet the politicians, and as a side benefit you will work harder. When someone said is this so we work harder that you are doing this, I said no, I want you to have a good time. Being in charge isn’t about being happy, it is making sure that other people who work for you and with you are happy.

As I wrote yesterday on twitter, I was sorry to hear about Stewart Hosie and his wife parting, 20 years of marriage is a long time, and they had a family together, in the SNP, they were described as the ‘Golden couple’’, no one was giving this description to Nicola Sturgeon and her husband Peter Murrell.

In less than 24 hours since the news has broken of the split, we now have in the public domain that two senior SNP politicians are reported to have separated from their wives amid claims they had an affair with the same woman.

One of the MPs is alleged to be Deputy Leader of the SNP Stewart Hosie and the other is alleged to be '3 in a bed' Angus MacNeil.

I met MacNeil in 2008 at the Glasgow East by-election when he declared that he was in charge of the sign in sheets, at the time, I thought what a dick.

Angus went on to find fame with the revelation that he had a ‘3 in a bed’ session with two girls when his wife was up the duff carrying his child!

It is alleged that both had had an affair with Serena Cowdy, an aspiring actress and Westminster journalist.

I have never heard of her but I think that as she works for Parliament's The House magazine, the press will take a much more active interest.

In 2012, I walked away from the SNP because I realised that the party was a ‘rat ship’ filled with horrible nasty small minded people who didn’t have the best interests of the people of Scotland at heart.

As to the alleged antics of Stewart Hosie and Angus MacNeil, disappointed in Hosie but just view MacNeil as I have always done, just a dick!

It is said that MacNeil is estranged from his wife, let’s hope that if there is a divorce she takes him to the cleaners.

As to Serena, she said something very telling on the subject of the end of relationships with previous boyfriends, she wrote:

'It's a bit depressing to think you wasted all that time with a complete loser'.

Poor Angus MacNeil!

I expect that Nicola Sturgeon will be very angry about these revelations coming out, senior Nationalists deserting their wives, possibly lashings of sex with fairly decent educated totty and her on the miserably thin gruel that is her husband Peter Murrell. 

Yours sincerely

George Laird 
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University