Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Conservative deputy presiding officer at the Scottish Parliament John Scott says the mood right for “reconciliation” after Scottish independence referendum, does he do paint and decorating, because trying to paper over a crack with shit doesn’t produce a good finish


















Dear All

One of the things which I commented on was how there would be ‘an act’ by the mainstream political parties of coming together for the ‘sake of Scotland’.

Apparently the Conservative deputy presiding officer at the Scottish Parliament John Scott has decided that the time is right for a mood of reconciliation. He bases this on the fact that the country approaches Remembrance Day.

Perhaps as he stood in Ypres, he was overcome by the emotion of it all, there will be a political coming together but that is to maintain the status quo on the surface at least. The Scottish independence campaign will be remembered as Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon’s greatest political failure.

Aside from that it will also be remembered for the vast hatred generated by Nationalists and their allies against people campaigning to stay within the Union.

Getting all weepy eyed isn’t going to fix that, there is and there will be no reconciliation other than the sham by politicians.

I don’t know what planet John Scott inhabits but it isn’t the one I am standing on. Perhaps during this campaign he was spared the hate campaign directed towards him and doesn’t understand how deep it goes.

The fight on 18th September wasn’t about independence it was about stopping fascist Scotland rising.  It was about stopping Scottish working class people becoming even more second class citizens than they already are. It was all about fighting the ‘big lie’.

John Scott:

“There is a tremendous feeling of connection with all of our brave Scottish ancestors who gave their lives for the freedom and democracy.”

He added:

“Today is indicative of the sense of reconciliation across what we previously knew as the British Isles, but today the Scots, the Irish, the English and the Welsh have come together to commemorate those who were there to be counted and stood up for the freedoms that it was felt necessary to stand up for 100 years ago. I believe there is now a mood of reconciliation in Scotland following the referendum allowing us in Scotland to move forward and build with the new powers that we believe will come to Scotland and build a new and more prosperous Scotland.”

Firstly, just because there is a ceremony doesn’t change a thing, and secondly, we already know that no one is working to build a new and more prosperous Scotland.

Perhaps John Scott needs to spend time looking at how the poor and disadvantaged are treated and how nothing is done to help but plenty is done to make their situation worse. The Tory Government did a great job in helping deliver a Yes vote in Glasgow by their actions.

By actions I mean Government policy to punish the poor, now lots of people are politically active and they want another referendum, not on the basis of ‘milk and honey’ that as we all know doesn’t exist, but to get rid of English rule.

The central belt Nationalist campaign was seen by many as ‘hate the English’ vote Yes.

It maybe with the decline of the Labour Party that a new referendum will be held in under 10 years whether Westminster likes it or not.

Westminster was given a final chance.

Currently the Labour Party is going through some type of soul searching exercise and infighting as they try to “discover their roots”, however it is highly doubtful that this will be successful in my opinion without a fundamental culture change in how they operate.

Changing their name won’t help.

The Union maybe saved at present however the Labour Party needs to wake up to internal political executions of elected members.

That's assuming they are interested in survival. 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, October 20, 2014

Scottish independence, the price of Brent crude oil has fallen through the floor hovering at around $86 a barrel, if Scotland had voted Yes, rich people like Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon would be okay, but the poor and disadvantaged would be in dire straits, George Laird helped save Scotland for a better day…… no thanks required


















Dear All

We are now about a month on since Alex Salmond, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP were defeated by the people of Scotland.

And what sore losers they are and have become.

2,001,926 had the sense not to believe the lies of Salmond and Sturgeon which pumped out that a land of milk and honey was there for the taking by marking an X in the Yes box.

1,617,989 people which is 44.7% of the population got sucked in to the ‘big lie’.

In the Labour heartlands, the Nationalists had a hate the English campaign which proved to be most successful in poorer areas of Scotland such as Glasgow, Dundee, North Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire all voted Yes.

The Yes crowd won only 4 out of 32 areas.

In the SNP heartlands, which might have been expected to turn out for the SNP, the people decided not to back Salmond and that was a spectacular failure.

A lot of the lies used were based on economics and issues tied to it.

As several people and organizations gave out warnings especially on Oil and its price, Alex Salmond simply dismissed their opinion as politically-motivated “stuff and nonsense”.

Salmond has a habit of getting it wrong.

The Scottish National Party is a deeply ignorant party so their bid for independence was always going to fail; it was seen by many as a bid based on hatred of the English but couch in the language of “Westminster”.

Well now it is time that the 1,617,989 Yes people woke up and get back into the world of reality, the reality is that oil prices prove the financial case for independence was based on false premises.

What you heard screamed in public by Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon was rather different to what was being said in private by John Swinney. Swinney’s briefing to Scottish Cabinet colleagues warned that falling oil revenues could jeopardise an independent Scotland’s ability to pay pensions and benefits.

In poor areas, the gullible were sucked in to believing that their benefits were going to be boosted, the reality is that their benefits would be getting cut, services would be getting cut, food banks wouldn’t be ended they would be increasing as would the numbers using them.

There is nothing unusual about people in parties such as the SNP conning the poor, what is remarkable is that people still vote for them. Scots need to wake up to the fact that they shouldn’t be loyal to any party.

Tribalism and cronyism is why nothing gets done and the poor in Salmond and Sturgeon’s Scotland are no better off.

Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon are not going to help the white working class much in the same way as other parties have let them down badly. 

A few Sunday’s ago, I was at George Square to see what the ‘hope over fear’ rally was about, it isn’t about helping the poor, it is about helping Tommy Sheridan trying to revamp his image.

Sheridan is playing a role nothing more screaming about the rich and how independence will continue. Obviously it will continue as many people have a vested interest and draw a wage out of it.

To return to Oil, the price of Brent crude oil is hovering at around $86 a barrel.

You might remember Salmond dismissing anyone who spoke out by him saying that Investment would pour into the North Sea.

He added:

“Even with a cautious estimate of oil prices remaining at $113 a barrel, it’s clear that Scottish oil and gas could generate three times more than official estimates”.

The oil price having plummeted by 20 per cent since June, so what was Plan B to fix that, why there was no Plan B, just like there was no other plans, and if Scots had voted Yes, Salmond couldn’t have turned the country around into an economic powerhouse in under 18 months.

What does that mean?

In layman terms Salmond and Sturgeon would have entirely fucked this country and its people, and then blamed the English because let us get it right, nothing is ever their fault.

People like Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon aren’t remotely concerned about the implications of independence for Scotland or Scots residing within it, if you and your family suffer that isn’t their problem; it’s yours! Both rich Alex and rich Nicola who crave out a living ‘standing up for Scotland’ will getting their money first and all of it. They will tell any lie, ignore all warnings and disparage anyone who got in their road and stand back as the Nationalist attack dogs smear people.

So, you can be glad that people like me came out and fought to save Scotland for a better day. There was never any chance of the land of milk and honey being given to the poor, the task is to educate them to that fact.

The referendum changed Scotland but not all for the better, but one plus is that political parties in the unionist camp are now under extreme pressure to start to help people. If they don’t change and by change I don’t mean the name change suggested by the Independent Labour Party mob, there will be no such thing as ‘heartlands’ anymore.

I still believe that there is room for a new political party of the centre right which can take votes from everybody, in 2015, the Westminster election will take place, that result should prove interesting because it may it more noticeable that the new party of Scotland is needed.

You can't trust Alex Salmond and you can't trust unpopular Nicola Sturgeon, learn the lesson now!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, October 17, 2014

Further evidence uncovered that Alex Salmond’s claim that he had “too many talented people” in the SNP was completely bogus rubbish, Scotland ‘needs direct EU representation’ says SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop, try winning an independence referendum first dear, the rules of the EU don’t allow it!
















Dear All

Talking rubbish can be great fun, chew the fat, having a blether or spinning a yarn can all be very good in the right setting.

SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop says Scotland should be given direct representation in the European Union and other international bodies in the package of powers currently being negotiated by the Smith Commission.

Firstly, this isn’t within the power of the Smith Commission, this is also not in the gift of the UK Government either, it is however extraordinary ignorance.

The EU is made up of members States; those member States have the right to seen people as elected MEPs to the European Parliament. Scotland has six MEPs, Two Labour, two SNP, one Ukip and one Conservative.

There is no provision for part of a country in this case Scotland to be recognised as a member in its own right while not having a distinct membership.

Legally what Fiona Hyslop is saying is bullshit.

Laughingly Hyslop has trotted out this ignorant ill thought-out rubbish to a Brussels think-tank, I have been to Belgium, I recommend the country and the chocolate. It is also a great place to feed the ducks as I recall. 

That happy episode was more productive that Hyslop’s journey of fantasy.

Scottish interests are currently represented in the Council of Europe and other international state gatherings by UK ministers.

It is and remains a closed shop, it is closed shop run by rules and regulations.

If and I do say if the Smith Commission and then the UK Government went along with this crap, it would never in a million years pass at the EU given other member States having a veto, it is a receipt for internal social disorder.

Nationalists believe Scotland should have its own voice in the EU and internationally; and even take the lead role “in areas such as fisheries, where Scotland has the predominant interest within the UK”, by Scotland they mean the SNP.

The SNP also believe in independence and couldn’t deliver on that either, so belief is one thing, reality is something else. If the SNP want their own voice in the EU and internationally, then they need to win an independence referendum.

Simples!

And that is as they say the ‘end of the story’.

Having lost the vote, the SNP say Scottish ministers say the Smith Commission must live up to pre-referendum unionist pledges of “devo max”.

There weren’t pledges of “devo max”, this is the SNP trying to hoodwink voters and cause trouble.

Additional powers were offered but that isn’t why people voted No, people voted No because they didn’t trust Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon. The Nats are trying to make out this was widely interpreted by people as the devolution of all powers but foreign affairs and defence.

The Smith Commission will have an offer, but there will be a limit to get to and not beyond.

During Hyslop’s jaunt she told the European Policy Centre that the package of powers must also include an element of direct foreign representation as well.

She said:

“Following the referendum, proposals for new powers will be developed by a Commission established by the UK Government and headed by Lord Smith of Kelvin. The important point here is that we are looking for powers for a purpose. We want to reflect Scottish views of the world with the aims of improving the lives of people in Scotland and contributing as a good global citizen. We are making the case that additional powers should include specific competence for Scotland to act directly in the European Union, and internationally, to improve Scotland’s sustainable economic performance, maintain the integrity of Scottish Government policy in its areas of responsibility and make a distinctive contribution to global challenges. Scotland’s relationship with the European Union is particularly important in this new debate”.

Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon will be getting nothing in relation to this idea. Sturgeon is a caretaker leader, she will do her 10 years or so eating strawberries and cream sitting in the Royal box at Wimbledon before the less than gifted click on to the fact, she isn’t leading them to independence.

Then she will piss off.

The less than gifted will then gather round a new Messiah promising to lead them to the “Promised Land” and the cycle will be repeated again.

Scotland won’t sign up to an SNP agenda for independence; and as Ms. Hyslop clear demonstrates she is completely out of her depth on foreign affairs. Prior to this ‘job’ which she now has she had to be removed from the education brief because she was deemed incompetent by many people who vocally complained about her performance!

As to her comment about:

“Scotland remains an outward facing nation, keen to share our talents, goods and ideas with those around the world”.

I would agree that Scotland is talented but she isn’t and neither is the Scottish National Party, in a party of 80,000 not a single person stood up and told her not to spout this shite.

Not a single person.

I don’t know about you but that certainly tells a story!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scotland’s Thatcher: unpopular Nicola Sturgeon says “I will be First Minister for all of Scotland, not just for SNP supporters, not just for those who voted Yes, but for all of our country”, George Laird says, “if you are white working class and heterosexual you are shit out of luck dealing with the Sturgeon Empire”
















Dear All

Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon has predicted Scotland will become independent “well” within her lifetime.

Let us stop for a moment and look some other Sturgeon “predictions”, when the sage was well off the mark.

In 2012, Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP would win the City of Glasgow in the Council elections. I said they would lose, George Laird right, Nicola Sturgeon wrong.

On the Scottish independence referendum, Nicola Sturgeon kept saying the Nationalists would win, I said they would lose, George Laird right, Nicola Sturgeon wrong.

On the issue of EU membership, Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland wouldn’t have to renegotiate Scotland getting membership, I said Scotland would have to apply as a new member, George Laird right, Nicola Sturgeon wrong.
 
These events were all very important and getting it right was crucial, so what does it say that Nicola Sturgeon kept getting it wrong when I could get it right?

I would say, it shows two things, firstly, she is full of shit and secondly she isn’t very bright. I would also remark Nicola Sturgeon is common and that means she will be a major embarrassment to Scotland.

You can’t buy class, which is a real problem for Sturgeon.

I would say one thing in Ms. Sturgeon’s favour, she exhibits rat like cunning which led her to simply sit and wait Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond out. The SNP leader stepped down humiliated when that he was comprehensively beaten by ordinary Scots and not by Westminster.

Nicola Sturgeon is the only candidate to be SNP leader in a party of 80,000 members, this shows real lack of talent in the Nationalist ranks. Speaking to the BBC News channel, Sturgeon has had to publicly deny that a “climate of fear” exists within the SNP as no one came forward for a contest. As an SNP member, the party is run as an ‘us and them’ mentality, it’s a clique; a nasty vile clique were if you speak out you can be attacked and threatened for having a different view.

George Laird right, Nicola Sturgeon wrong!

Sturgeon has promised to govern for all Scots, I would say to that what I have previously said, “if you are white working class and heterosexual you are shit out of luck dealing with the Sturgeon Empire”.

If Nicola Sturgeon told me the time I would still look at the nearest clock.

So, let us look at the statement that she is now punting to give herself breathing space before the storm emerges of new members becoming aware they have been conned. She predicted Scotland would become independent easily within her lifetime. Given she is 44 years of age, she could hang around politics for easily another 20 years, but one thing is certain, she isn’t the person to lead Scotland to independence, what is behind her is even worse hedging on dreadful. The big influx of new members will demand another referendum in the 2016 manifesto, given the botched attempt on NATO and Trident resulting in a halfway house which was simply ludicrous, you can see the SNP split into hard left faction versus the Sturgeon clique.

Independence members against the Sturgeon ‘home rule’ brigade!

The new SNP members have a real treat in store, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon and her rich husband sitting eating strawberries and cream with English ‘oppressors’ in the Royal box at Wimbledon. Then the next day; the circa £250,000 a year Sturgeon household preaching about how they stand up for Scotland and the poor and vulnerable!

Eventually the new members will have an awakening, like the Sun rising in a new dawn, ‘we really are being treated as cunts; we are being used as cheap labour and as menials’. Then they will also realise that their opinions don’t matter in anyway shape or form. The interesting thing about this is that the hate and bile which was directed outwards towards Unionists will be focussed on the SNP leadership, Sturgeon and whoever her Deputy is, which is increasingly looking like it will be Keith Brown MSP.

Keith Brown if he becomes deputy leader doesn’t matter in the slightest, although some people might see him as a safe pair of hands the reality is that he doesn’t matter. You could say he is like the US Vice President, everyone knows he exists but no one knows what he does all day…. or cares!

I would like to return to the pledge to represent all of Scotland, because although it is bullshit and not worth the paper it is written on, it is highly amusing.

Nicola Sturgeon said:

“I will be First Minister for all of Scotland, not just for SNP supporters, not just for those who voted Yes, but for all of our country.”

I remember Margaret Thatcher when she won the General Election in 1979, as she stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street; she did her Francis of Assisi speech, ‘were there is despair, may we bring hope’, she then went on to become the most hated woman ever to hold political office in Britain.

Now, we have Scotland’s unpopular Nicola Sturgeon taking up the mantle of Scotland new Margaret Thatcher.

History has a habit of repeating itself.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Westminster 2015, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon set to be excluded from the Leaders debates, angry wee Nat to look on as Ukip’s Nigel Farage breezes past her to claim a coveted place on the BBC debates, Nicola Sturgeon and her bonkers policies totally irrelevant in context of Westminster politics


















Dear All

It seems that the provincial Scottish National Party is upset about being frozen out of flagship televised leaders’ debates for the Westminster 2015 elections.

The SNP have six MPs at Westminster, they are a fringe party, you can add to that they don’t stand candidates in the rest of the UK, are unlikely to form a UK government, or be a major partner in a coalition.

You could also make the observation that the ‘feeble six’ SNP MPs led by Englishman Angus Robertson don’t play a full role in the House of Commons either. 

While it is true the SNP are currently a big fish in a small Scottish pond, in the eyes of the rest of the people of the UK, they are totally irrelevant.

Ukip on the other hand have a better case for inclusion, they will be standing 650 candidates, which will mean in every seat in every corner of Britain, they will have a chance, and they are a national party.

In the Euro Elections, Ukip also managed to ‘win’ the election by getting the most seats, the first party to do so in 100 years which wasn’t the government or the main opposition. UKIP received the greatest number of votes (27.49%) of any British party in the 2014 European Parliament election. They gained 11 extra MEPs for a total of 24. 

The party won seats in every region of Great Britain, including its first in Scotland which was won by David Coburn who knocked out Tasmina Ahmed Shiekh currently with the Scottish National Party.

Now, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon wants to try and force her way into the leaders’ debates when she isn’t even a Westminster MP. To add insult to injury, Ukip’s Nigel Farage will be included despite having no MPs, no MSPs and one only MEP in Scotland.

But this isn’t a Scottish election, it is a British election, different rules apply.

The SNP’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson MP, said:

“These proposals will be utterly unacceptable to any democrat. What the London-based broadcasters are proposing fails in their duty to their viewers in Scotland, and simply doesn’t reflect the reality of politics across the UK today.”

I think he means fails SNP voters in Scotland, the rest of us don’t give a shit, really we don’t give a shit, it isn’t about democracy; it’s about all about grudge, grievance and malcontent with the Nationalist clique.

Now, we might have the unwinnable prospect of a legal challenge by the Nationalists and Greens amid warnings that joint proposals from the BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 fail to reflect the “truly unique situation” of post-referendum Scotland.

In the UK debates, there would be a head-to-head confrontation between Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

The next would have Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg in the mix and the third would involve all three leaders, plus Nigel Farage. Ukip is expected to do well in getting votes, whether that turns out to be seats remains to be seen.

Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s angry wee Nat, the leader of the Sturgeon nasty vile clique will get the crumbs of separate Scottish TV debates with only other Holyrood leaders.

In staking their claim the SNP have cited that their membership is more than 70,000 since the independence, to which I say…… protest voters who once they realise how the Nationalists treat working class members will soon cancel their membership.

Englishman Angus Robertson said:

“The broadcasters have the cheek to say that their ­proposed format factors in ‘changes in the political landscape’ to justify including Ukip, entirely ignoring the fact that the SNP are now by far the third largest political party in the UK.”

How’s the bid for Scottish independence going Angus?

What a huge stigma to have on the political CV, I guess you ain’t shit!

The Green Party down south is said to be considering taking legal action if it is ­excluded from the debates.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said:

“We’re certainly already looking at the option of legal action and I think there will be other parties who will be looking at the same option.”

Scottish Greens leader Patrick Harvie said:

“These proposals are clearly inappropriate for Scotland, and cannot stand. These debates fail to reflect the truly unique situation Scotland now finds itself in.”

To refresh Patrick’s memory, the ‘truly unique situation’ in Scotland is that Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon lost, you backed a loser, and didn’t believe it was going to be successful either, due in part to the massive mistakes of the SNP leadership.

Asked about the prospect of a legal challenge, a spokesman for the SNP said:

“We will consider our options a step at a time. At this stage we want to discuss these unacceptable proposals with the broadcasters.”

Will unpopular Nicola Sturgeon be demanding a ‘formal invitation’ like her old boss?
I think the BBC will hold firm, Sturgeon won’t be going to the ball; she will be shut out, there will be a lot of shouting in the wind but in the end it won’t matter. And the Nationalists anti BBC protests will not have helped their case.

Goodwill doesn’t exist.

Unpopular Nicola Sturgeon won’t be standing on stage on a UK wide broadcast for Westminster via the BBC. The SNP should accept that and at the end of the day, voters want to hear from people discussing the serious topics such as foreign affairs and defence. Quite simply, the spectacle of Nicola Sturgeon talking out her arse on these matters is beyond the pale, this isn’t comedy.

When the test came on Isis, the Nationalists showed how out of their depth they really are, they should have backed military action against the extremists.

On the ‘big night’ were the leaders of the UK fight for control of the United Kingdom, unpopular Nicola will have to settle for watching on TV, a Borgen episode or checking her fake hair colour is okay for the next day.

As the Proclaimers famously sang:

“Irvine No more”……. especially down the BBC.

Yours sincerely

George Laird

The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University