Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible, in the meantime, enjoy a Star Wars clip I made- A George Laird Production, circumstances have forced me to curtail blogging for the foreseeable future, events dear boy, events!

Dear All

Without a doubt we are entering an exciting time as MPs from all sides of the House of Commons attempt to sabotage Brexit.

This single act of betrayal raises serious questions about who MPs actually represent.

As the chances of a snap election grow, the political tide has shifted, one thing for certain is that certain current MPs will not be coming back to Parliament. Some will be de-selected if you believe Boris Johnson’s threat and others are going to lose their seats.

And let us be in no doubt, some people deserve to lose while some people standing deserve never to be elected.

I have been blogging a long time, but due to an issue I am going to have to stop for a while, this enforced break is not of my choosing, it has been forced on me by health circumstances.

I don’t even know if I can go fight the general election if it happens this year.

The good news is that it is fixable and I will return but I am uncertain when but I will hopefully know more tomorrow which I will add to this post. In the meantime while I am gone, here is a recent clip I made of a star wars theme for you to enjoy.

Since I will be away, if you need to get in touch then drop me a line at georgelaird@hotmail.com if urgent rather than the comments section.

There is a lull before the storm coming.

Finally, I am sorry to have to go, especially at this time which is a period in history which could be a turning point in the relationship between political parties and the people.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

UPDATE: yesterday went to the hospital for assessment, told I need surgery, so I am on a waiting list, it will be a while before I am back folks sorry.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Countdown To Scottish Rapefest; SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Lesbian SNP MP Mhairi Black are supporting the Gender Recognition Act, but when it comes to the serious questions, they dumb up, “Is a ‘woman’ an adult human female or a person who identifies as such” and ‘if a woman is raped or sexually assaulted in a female safe space because of your gender campaign will you resign from public office immediately?

Dear All

Lesbian SNP MP Mhairi Black has opened her heart about going to the bog, apparently some feminine women have challenged her thinking she is a man. Ms Black has been likened by some people as a ‘guy without a dick’. It could be because of the way she dresses, it could be the way she talks, but it could be she is an unattractive person.

When some women look at her, they don’t see a feminine woman, they see a guy.

In the great ‘trans’ debate, there are people who say there are only two sexes, male and female. This is because people’s DNA cannot be changed, if you are born a male, then your DNA will be male until you die. Although you can pump drugs into effectively customising the body to suppress male traits, the drugs do not change the DNA.

You won’t see someone born male developing a functioning womb anytime soon!

When Mhairi Black was first elected as an MP, we soon learned how much her arse was to feature in her early days at Westminster. Due to not likening the food, she spent much time in the crapper as her arse worked overtime. However, I can’t recall a story of anyone challenging her to get out of the women’s bogs in Westminster.

The revelation that Mhairi Black has been challenged going into the female bogs needs to be aired, but not in support, what I think needs to expressed is that people don’t care about her situation. If you remember Ms Black with her dyed blond hair, you may have thought how god awful ugly she was.

People don’t care that because part of the SNP grievance procedure is their expression of the ‘right to be offended’. So, why should Mhairi Black speak out against others who feel offended about her?

Is she seeking to remove their ‘right to be offended’ whilst at the same time attempting to ring fence it for herself and certain others?

Apparently so, it seems that Lesbian SNP MP Mhairi Black thinks she is special, that isn’t how the world works. She isn’t special by a long chalk and neither is her inept leader Nicola Sturgeon who also supports the idea that transgender Scots are able to "self-declare". This is why we are getting forced fed people like Mhairi Black saying:

'I've been challenged going into female toilets. I'm not leaving transgender people behind',

When was the last time Mhairi Black saw a transgender person’s penis in a female changing room?

Is it okay for underage females to be in the same area as a naked transgender person in a female changing room?

The issue isn’t about that a minority want to be able to "self-declare" as female, the issue is about access to female spaces. How human rights work is simple, so here how is works, a person’s human rights cannot transgress on the human rights of another, if that happens then the ‘rights’ fall. You cannot impose ‘rights’ by using law and then attempt to tart them up as human rights. The SNP plans were delayed earlier this year, with the Scottish government vowing to hold a second consultation on the issue after critics questioned whether the reforms would put women in danger. You see Nicola Sturgeon cannot square this circle regarding the danger. Some prominent SNP politicians, say the proposals could allow predatory men to enter women-only spaces such as toilets and changing rooms to commit assaults.

This has already happened in prisons, some prisoners ‘self declare’ as female and then attempt to carry out sexual assaults on female prisoners. There is evidence for this in the public domain.

In order to provoke sympathy for herself, Mhairi Black said:

“I’ve been challenged going into female toilets before, course I have. Are you kidding?  I’m the sort of person who can deal with it, but there was one time I didn’t even have to and it was one of the most powerful things I’ve experienced. There was a woman beside me who said [to the person questioning me] ‘Who the hell do you think you are, who are you to police this?’ That is exactly what I needed in that situation, I didn’t have power, but the woman beside me did. In this debate, I’m the person with the power and I’m not leaving trans people behind.”

Black added:

“I do struggle with people who think their world is crumbling over a bureaucratic change about a certificate. The types of arguments people are using, it is the same tired, homophobic guff just rebranded against transgender people. There are clearly transphobic elements within the SNP, but I think you’d find it hard to find a political party that doesn’t have these problems. It is something that has to be dealt with. I’m of the opinion that the vast majority of it is due to people not understanding it and not being educated enough on it, and hopefully that will change. I have had some very positive conversations with people, men and women, MPs from my own party and others, who want to understand and when you explain what he proposals mean they are behind them. The reforms will still be happening, though. Absolutely, without doubt.”

‘Transphobic’ people in the SNP, so who are these people, are they elected politicians and if so, why hasn’t Mhairi Black formally complained about them?

Why hasn’t Mhairi Black publicly labelled them?

How much credibility can her arguments have after she stated; ‘I have the power in this debate’?

Is she waiting till after the Gender Recognition Act is passed then make a complaint about these people?

Or will she be mysteriously quiet about the ‘transphobic’ people in the SNP?

If the Gender Recognition Act is passed, it can expect support from the political parties, because they don’t want to be labelled as ‘transphobic’ or upset the LGBT community which is embedded in all political parties. Whether Nicola Sturgeon and Mhairi Black will get support from the Scottish public is another story. At some point as sure as night follows day, there will be a sexual assault carried out by a ‘self declared trans person. On the day that happens, you will find both Nicola Sturgeon and Mhairi Black probably going to ground especially if it is the rape of a underage female child. Or, perhaps both will rush to an LGBT event to show support, much like Nicola Sturgeon always seems to go to a Glasgow Mosque after a Muslim terror attack.

Finally, in the great ‘trans’ debate, we should remember that Nicola Sturgeon and Mhairi Black aren’t pushing Scotland’s agenda; they are pushing their own agenda. Yet again Scotland’s ‘self declared’ leaders, childless leaders are leading the way without taking the people with them.

Here is something which needs to be kept asking from the Spectator piece:

“Is a ‘woman’ an adult human female or a person who identifies as such? This is the question I asked Nicola Sturgeon at the United Nations earlier this year. But, oddly, she wouldn’t answer it”.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, August 23, 2019

Declaration of Cineworld 2, B Movie Actor Alan Cumming blunders back in Scottish politics to support SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s sham indyref2 bid, ham actor delivers a less than convincing speech as he says Scots were ‘duped’ in 2014, he also thinks a bad Brexit has a ‘positive’ if there are food and medical shortages, I think a dwarf throwing act would have more appeal than his shaky political commentary

Dear All

One thing of the things which dominated the Scottish independence referendum of 2014 was serial lying by the Scottish National Party and their cohorts. Hardly a day went by when the lies weren’t attempted to be fostered on the Scottish population. The other aspect of the 2014 referendum was the emergence of hatred which the SNP had stoked up at their party conferences. Anti Englishness was disguised as ‘Westminster’ is the problem. This has now publicly emerged to now take the form of cheap banners for the rent a mob Nats. Banners proclaiming ‘England get out of Scotland’ which is a replica of the Sinn Fein banner ‘word for word’ banner except instead of Scotland, they used Ireland.

Lying and hatred was all the SNP had to argue for independence since they chosen the grim reality of what independence meant. For the people, it was to be austerity beyond belief, it was to see living standards fall, it was a sham.

Those who chose to campaign for Scottish independence where also peddling another lie, that they were campaigning for independence when in fact they were doing no such thing.  The SNP wanted to end the union to give up power and sovereignty to a foreign political organization called the EU. In this new arrangement, a Scottish voice would be smaller, and critically have no power, Scotland like many smaller countries would be asset stripped of our resources like Greece. Budgets for Scotland would need to be approved by the EU as Scottish politicians would be mere puppets.

In 2012, at the launch of the Scottish independence campaign at Cineworld in Edinburgh, a motley crew assembled which I dubbed, the Declaration of Cineworld. This was a post which the SNP didn’t like as I compared the motley group to the fictional army concert party in the BBC, it ‘It Ain't Half Hot Mum’

The SNP hated this post so much that the leadership decided to remove me as a member under the pretext that it was homophobic. One thing about me which is well known is that I tell the truth. If I was homophobic, I wouldn’t have a problem putting it in writing and no problem telling it straight to someone’s face. It was a great post mocking ‘the gathering’, which I ended up finishing my post by writing:

“Let’s hope that the ‘It Ain't Half Hot Mum’ concert party don’t get taken on the road otherwise some people won’t even get a nickel for their mother!”

Seven year later, this post remain on my blog, it is a post I am proud to have written. Of the three people in the picture, Alex Salmond has gone on to be charged with multiple sexual offences; Patrick Harvie is still talking shite, and actor Alan Cumming. Alan Cumming is a B actor.

Moving on from 2012, Alan Cumming is back to Scotland to tell Scots about independence, remarkable in that he cleared out of this country a long time ago. He said he hopes that Brexit will expedite Scottish independence, it won’t, and neither will his intervention. In his delivery of doom and gloom, he cites a leaked Whitehall dossier laying out the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit could lead to a hastened break-up of the union. This document hailed by the Nats as some sort of evidence is opinion, not fact, which is easily explained to anyone who can read English.

But will Alan Cumming, Patrick Harvie and Alex Salmond be putting the band back together? Hardly anytime soon, Salmond is an outcast from the SNP, and 2020, he plays centre stage in his court case. No doubt covered by RT, the Russian Channel.

Cumming said:

"In my crystal ball, which is tinged with my political leanings, I would hope that Brexit and if the effects of Brexit and that leaked memo the other day with the medical supply issue, food shortages high prices and even civil unrest all being the potential outcome will hopefully further and quicken Scottish independence because that for me would be the only positive thing to come out of this debacle."

It won’t, and you don’t need a crystal ball to know that I see a plane ride in Alan Cumming future back to his home in New York. There wouldn’t be high prices; there won’t be food shortages; no medical shortages because we aren’t living in the dark ages. We live in a modern integrated world where money talks, and when it does politicians do well to listen. As a B actor, no doubt Alan Cumming will be welcomed back into the new C list production of Scottish Independence 2, ‘the tampax affair’ starring Nicola Sturgeon. So, what role other than a plank could Alan Cumming play in this upcoming production?  The options could be:

Comic relief

Joke teller

Replacement for Sean Connery

Or he could do a handstand!

So, what advice could I possibly give a B actor like Alan Cumming who wants to dabble in serious politics?

This is the perfect clip with advice.

Finally, although seven years have passed since the Alan Cumming trod the boards at the Declaration of Cineworld, my advice still stands, if the SNP chose to do Declaration of Cineworld 2, ‘if people didn’t enjoy the concert party, then at least they were well positioned to go see the Avengers Movie, grab a drink and a hotdog’. Given the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon talks so much hot air, perhaps Alan Cumming can have a role, as her personal Punkah wallah.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

University of Fail, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s day job report card comes out, Scottish deficit record is six times bigger than UK's last year, £12.6 billion deficit shows SNP Government incapable of generating wealth in Scotland, official figures show Scotland is running a 7% deficit, the highest in Europe, independence means brutal savage cuts to government and council services

Dear All

If you listen Ad nauseam to what comes out of the mouths of the SNP, you will hear one thing over and over again, ‘Scotland is a rich country’. 

In the minds of the SNP, the streets are littered with gold, the sea full of oil, below it and fish; we have more wood to house the entire world. We are the country which could be Saudi Arabia of renewable energy, and everything is rosy in the garden. That isn’t the real picture, we are the highest taxed part of the UK, we have an inept and incompetent government failing to deliver services, our councils are short of money and the First Minister appears to be looking for a new high paid job.

The SNP bubble of nirvana has well and truly burst, but those who watch politics already know this, for some time, we have heard the air escaping. Scotland’s deficit was more than six times as big as the UK’s last year. The deficit was 7% of GDP compared to the UK’s which is running at 1.1%. This is a new record for Nicola Sturgeon who is so rotten at the ‘day job’ that she keeps running off to Book Festivals and everywhere else she can get away too. So, why so bad, part of the reason is ‘plank’, plank as in Finance Secretary Derek Mackay, the heir to Sturgeon in waiting. As well as not being able to run the country, the SNP needed cross-border transfers of cash, public spending per head in Scotland was a record £1661, or 13.6%, higher than in the UK as a whole last year.

The failed tax policies of the SNP have also caused a problem, tax revenues per head in Scotland were £307 less than in the UK; this makes the combined “fiscal gap” £1968 to Scotland's advantage. Nicola Sturgeon’s needs bigger financial bailouts than Alex Salmond ever did. So; ‘where is this rich country called Scotland that is dripping in wealth’, the official figures show it doesn’t exist. It seems the wealth of Scotland is being enjoyed alright, but by the SNP who live and travel in luxury.

Long gone are those happy days, where the deficit was a mere £9 billion, we are loaded down with a deficit of £12.6bn in 2018/19.  Derek Mackay in trying to highlight some deflection highlighted a £3bn growth in onshore revenues to a record £61.3bn which he credited to a strong economy. In fact the economy in Scotland is so strong we can’t pay our way. This is the reality of the SNP’s dream, it’s a nightmare designed by them to go from Westminster helping us, to the EU bailing us out while at the same time plundering our assets.

Given the news is so bad, Nicola Sturgeon decided to pass the buck to Derek Mackay to announce the bad news, she decided to skip town and go to hide out in Shetland at the by-election. It seems that Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister doesn’t like to be associated with bad news. Sturgeon likes to keep her delusion going that present herself as super smart and all knowing and all seeing. But the truth is she is an over the hill failed politician who has gone by her sell by date. When Salmond stepped down, she should have gone with him, but she hung around for the FM spot.

Mr Mackay stressed GERS reflects the nation's finances under the current constitutional settlement and boosted the case for Scotland to be in control of its own economy.
For the first time, the GERS report suggested Scotland would ordinarily have a far greater gap between income and expenditure than the UK's.
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said:

"Today’s GERS figures show clearly how Scotland benefits from being part of a strong UK with every man, woman and child in Scotland receiving a ‘Union dividend’ of nearly £2,000 a year. These Scottish Government figures also show there would be a £12.6bn black hole at the centre of an independent Scotland’s finances. Real questions need to be asked about the First Minister’s stewardship of the country’s economy. With Scotland’s deficit now more than six times greater than the UK average, the Scottish Government needs to take action. Scotland remains the highest taxed part of the UK. This is harming our economy and should be a huge concern to us all”.

Jack added:

“The UK Government is investing in Scotland to deliver jobs, opportunities and sustainable growth, including £1.4 billion for city and growth deals. We are working hard to support businesses and bring further opportunities as we leave the EU on 31 October.” 

Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said:

"These figures reveal an enormous gap between what Scotland spends and what it raises in tax. We can have much higher spending in Scotland on public services thanks only to fiscal transfers from the rest of the UK. These figures make it clear - had we followed Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon’s advice in 2014 and backed independence - Scotland would now be facing up to an unprecedented financial black hole.”

What we should remember is that to solve the black hole means even steeper cuts right across the board, in services provided by the government and services provide by councils and also by NGOs. The SNP independence Scotland would be the fleshed out Skintland previously plastered on a magazine which drew so much SNP anger. The SNP aren’t a party of government, their record stinks, they are a party of protest who lack vision and plan.

Murdo added:

"Thanks to this union dividend, we continue to dodge the SNP bullet. What is remarkable is that, despite today’s clear evidence of the cost of independence, Nicola Sturgeon is still demanding we re-run the independence referendum as early as next year. Not only is she unable to spell out how she’d close the gap between spending and tax revenue, she can’t even tell us which currency we would use.These figures show once again that the SNP’s independence obsession isn’t standing up for Scotland – it would wreck Scotland. It’s time to take indyref2 off the table, and back a Scottish Conservative plan to get back to the things that matter - growing our economy, delivering high-quality public services, and keeping the UK together."

Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson tweeted:

“Official figures show Scotland is running a 7% deficit - the highest in Europe. The next highest are
Cyprus - 4.8%
Romania - 3%
France - 2.5%

And the overall UK's deficit has been brought down to 1.1%

For the SNP to pretend a 7% deficit is not an issue is criminally negligent”.

Recently the SNP nationalized the Ferguson shipyard, the person standing outside was again Derek Mackay, if I was a betting man, I would say that once the two Ferries are completed, the future of that yard is over. Normally, you see Nicola Sturgeon swooping in for the ‘selfie’ as ‘heroine’ but in this case she didn’t. Was it because the yard is being propped up just for the short term? Sturgeon bought a white elephant, previous she bought Prestwick Airport and that is another enterprise which isn’t doing well. The SNP aren’t a party of government nor are they a party of business.

Finally, the SNP run with a message that decisions about Scotland are best made by people in Scotland, well given we have record deficit running at £12.6 billion, should remember that the location of where decisions are made is meaningless; it is the quality of the mind making them that is important. Nicola Sturgeon may be hiding in Shetland going round peddling her candidate but the reality is she is a bad leader. As a bad leader, Sturgeon is unable to appoint talented Ministers because the SNP is setup to appoint flawed individuals incapable of seeing the bigger picture.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, August 19, 2019

Déjà vu in Europe; Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use first foreign trip to present Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron with Brexit ultimatum, if history repeats itself, then Boris will get the same reception as David Cameron got, non, nein, nada to everything, hard Brexit is our way out of the European mess

Dear All

Think back to David Cameron as Prime Minister, he goes to Brussels to attempt to get 5 concessions which he hoped would make the British people vote to stay in the EU. Do you remember this, it was significant. The EU said no to everything, which made the former PM then attempt to move the goalposts to something else. The new goalposts also got knocked back which proved the whole EU adventure was to be a disaster. The EU had it in mind to punish the UK as much as possible and publicly humiliated it. The reason is simple, punish the UK and put fear into other member states that they will get likewise if they decide to leave. 

The EU miscalculated the mood of the British people which as we know resulted in a vote to leave.

Boris Johnson as the new PM faces a hard task to leave the EU, external enemies abroad, political enemies at home, and even within his own party. The EU referendum did flag up one significant thing, the myth of representation. How many years have you voted for a party under the banner that you believe that they represented you and you believed that when they gave their word it has weight? Now, we find out that far from representing the people, there are some people in British politics who align with foreign powers over the people.

Boris Johnson will this week undertake his first foreign trip as Prime Minister to deliver an ultimatum to Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron: scrap the Irish backstop or see Britain leave the EU without a deal on October 31.

If David Cameron failed, then the odds of success by Boris Johnson remain highly dubious, since the 2016 vote, the EU kindest hasn’t changed, it has hardened; no deal but their deal is their mantra. I have always thought that hard Brexit is the only viable option that makes sense, why waste time trying to changed closed minds. 

The clock is ticking towards the 31st October; that is the date we are supposed to leave, we should prepare for WTO rules and get on with it. Boris Johnson, if he fudges this will become a man with few allies, Brexiteers will not understand, and the only winner politically will be the Brexit Party. The Brexit Party maybe selecting Westminster candidates, but if there is a no deal Brexit, they lose a lot of their political meaning. Whether they then fold as a party is a matter for Nigel Farage, however, I suspect that they will end up hanging around at least until after the 2022 General Election for Westminster.

Boris is off to the G7 summit, a gathering of world leaders, but the man he is keen to talk to is Donald Trump, the US President, see him is a priority, interestingly he is seeing Merkel in Berlin before meeting French President Macron in the capital of France, Paris, the French much like the Germans are unwilling to compromise. No 10 expects there would be "very little discussion" of Brexit during the two foreign visits but other topics would be discussed.

Everyone knows where everyone stands.

The German Government apparently now accepts that there is a “high probability” the UK will leave the EU without a deal and that it is fully prepared for such a scenario. They might say it, but I don’t believe it, and you add into the mix a possible German recession, you will see a bit of internal German problems pop up. Germans aren’t going to like having to pay more into the EU especially when they are suffering. Such a scenario is only going to fuel the right with parties like AfD set to gain support. Merkel is on her way out, she is running down the clock until she leaves after her term, but she leaves office having made Europe weak, divided and with considerable social issues.

For now, both sides, the UK and the EU27, are digging in, who will blink first, well Boris can’t. The money tap is about to be turned off from the UK. When that happen Whitehall insiders believe that Brussels will blink when it realises that MPs will be unable to stop a no-deal Brexit. After the recess for the annual party conferences there will be less than four weeks to go before Brexit Day. Although Harold Wilson as former Labour PM said a week is a long time in politics, the 4 weeks to Brexit Day will pass quickly. There may be some drama prior to the date with a no confidence vote in the Government but that is expected to fail.

The numbers don’t stack up in favour of the Jeremy Corbyn plan, or indeed any remainer plan.

If the EU does blink, the key date is 17th October, at a European Council meeting, last change before the end. I think we could see them budge but attempt to use that as a time mechanism to give the impression of talks. This would be the tactic to encourage rebel MPs to mount another challenge against the UK Government as an attempt to wear the British people down. Boris Johnson must calculate whether any extension is worth the trouble, because extension doesn’t necessarily mean progress, there is no point in going on with a running extension, it only benefits the EU.

Finally, 31st October is Hallowe’en, a time where some people end up getting a fright, Boris Johnson needs to decide where he is going out with a ‘trick or treat’ scenario. If he is seen not to deliver a treat with hard Brexit, then the trick may be how he can stop a general election. The People Vs Politicians may throw up some unexpected surprises, and The Brexit Party at least down south may be in a place to be a power broker with seats, but they need an emotional vote by the British people to get those seats needed. The next Westminster election could be quite an angry affair.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Very Un-British Coup; The Labour Party plan to oust Boris Johnson by a no-confidence motion gains support from SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, she says she is prepared to make Jeremy Corbyn PM, the SNP want a general election because the Scottish Labour Party is weak, the SNP has used this tactic before, they want to wipe out Labour in Scotland before any possible second independence referendum

Dear All

If the UK doesn’t leave the EU on the 31st of October 2019, you will know one thing, democracy is dead and the illusion that it exists has been shattered forever. The people of the UK voted to leave the EU, they won the vote fair and square. The political class transferred sovereign to the British people and said they would abide by the decision. When sovereignty was transferred back to Parliament to implement the will of the people, certain MPs decided to betray us.

This begs the question, who do MPs exactly represent?

Brexit has raised the most serious questions about our democracy, in fact a key question is why you should be loyal to a party if the party isn’t loyal to you? The Labour Party promised under Jeremy Corbyn to deliver Brexit and respect the vote. Now the Labour Party has a problem, in a way this problem is more dangerous to them than the Westminster expenses scandal. In Scotland, if there is an election, the Scottish Labour Party stands to be effectively wiped out again according to polls. Can you imagine a Scotland where there are no Labour MPs at Westminster? It is a hard concept to given the history of the party but increasingly this scenario isn’t that far-fetched.

Toss into the mix that The Labour Party has effectively thrown the Scottish operation under the bus recently in favour of the SNP, and you get a sense of a party that has lost direction to head into the wrong direction. If you could say anything about the current state of Scottish Labour is that it needs reform and revival from the grassroots right up to the very top to combat the threat posed by the SNP. Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s strategy appears to want to seize power at any cost, and that includes making a deal with the Devil.

Although the SNP has previously said under Nicola Sturgeon that they would put Labour in power under the Ed Miliband tenure as leader, we all saw how that turned out. They didn’t, but what they did was to make Scottish Labour seem unviable as a party to vote for. 2015 is the proof of the pudding, so when Nicola Sturgeon says she is prepared to make Jeremy Corbyn PM to avoid no-deal Brexit, what she is trying is the same trick on the public which the SNP used before. When Miliabnd sat on the fence, before eventually climbing off, he managed in part to wipe out the Labour Party in Scotland as an electoral force. Ed Miliband was lacking in leadership in so many ways.

The SNP won 56 MPs, the biggest bunch of chancers to enter Westminster 2015.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s appeal to other parties to oust Boris Johnson and form a temporary caretaker government is a highly dubious maneuver which naturally has attracted the support of Nicola Sturgeon. Previously the SNP were doing badly, but the collapse of the Scottish Labour Party in the EU election has given them a boost. Not by getting more voters but by others not generating enough votes. Recent polls put the SNP on course for big gains, which is entirely due to the weakness of other parties mainly Scottish Labour. Recently Kezia Dugdale who left as an MSP said the maths didn’t work out for Jeremy Corbyn becoming PM.

The fly in the ointment for the Labour Party could be the effect of the Brexit Party in places such as the North of England and other strong Brexit supporting areas. However all isn’t sunny and rosy in the garden for them, they need a raft of policies and need a network of people in constituencies something they lack. Given Westminster is fought in a First Past The Post manner, a different type of campaigning is needed, more local, more focused, which means more bodies on the ground. There is no history of ‘long campaigns’ by the Brexit Party, and to try and build a network while at the same time running a six week short campaign is problematic.

When the buzzer is officially sounded, there are 42 days to make your pitch to the voters, and if you lack bodies, you will be working night and day trying to get the max impact with whatever resources you can cobble together. Add to it if you don’t have local knowledge, you are at a real disadvantage, you see as in all things, you need a plan.

I don’t see a Boris Johnson coup or the formation of a temporary caretaker government because, it would a mistake. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn needs to face off against Boris Johnson in a general election, no other option will be seen as honourable by the public. If this scenario played out, if Corbyn was temp PM, he would have to step down for the PM in a general election. You don’t stab Caesar in the back and then be forgiven by the public, didn’t work during the Roman Empire, and won’t work today.

Under Jeremy Corbyn’s plan, he would table a no-confidence motion in the current government as soon as the numbers were there to pass it. He would then lead a “strictly time-limited” administration to extend the deadline for Brexit and call a general election. You might think on paper this looks good, but they forget the 17.4 million who will be an angry mob. Imagine trying to sell a story that explains all this to an unhappy Brexit voter. Do you talk about democracy, do you talk about how you are representing them, do you just ignore the entire issue?

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is an opportunist, she knows that with Scottish Labour weak, divided and involved with in-fighting, this represents the best chance for her lame duck SNP MPs to hold onto their meal tickets.        

Scottish Conservative Jackson Carlaw said Mr Corbyn had been more than amiable to "surrendered on a second independence referendum" to the Nationalists.

He added:

"Both he and [shadow chancellor] John McDonnell are preparing to hand Nicola Sturgeon the referendum she wants in exchange for SNP support for a Labour government. Scottish Labour has been left dangling in the breeze – they are utterly irrelevant even to their own party. It’s clear who’s in charge of Scottish Labour and it’s not Richard Leonard. It’s a complete betrayal of thousands of Labour voters in Scotland who support the Union. It shows once and for all that Corbyn cannot be trusted to defend Scotland’s decision to remain in the UK."

Finally, history teaches us many lessons on the subject of betrayal, and for some people, what seems as a good idea at the time can have consequences.

When people decided to do in Julius Caesar, there was an aftermath; the result unforeseen by the assassins was that Caesar's death precipitated the end of the Roman Republic. I really do wonder if Jeremy Corbyn has thought this idea out; really chew this down to the bone? This tactic has disaster written all over it, we need unity now because the decision to leave the EU has been made. In times like this, party interest must be set aside for national interest. Jeremy Corbyn has two choices; go down in history as a statesman or as a plotter. Plotter may seem so much fun, but it is temporary fun, and leaves a bitter after taste. Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for a general election must be clean; no other scenario can be logically played out resulting in success.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Where’s the Action, Where’s the Public Health Minister; SNP Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick’s Emergency Drugs Death Taskforce has still not met four months after SNP Government set it up, yet again senior SNP figure at the centre of failing the Scottish people over health issues, why is it that SNP Taskforces always seem to fail to deliver?

Dear All

One thing the SNP excel in is promising action then failing to deliver it, for them getting the sound bite out as intent to be doing something actually trumps action. The SNP Government under Nicola Sturgeon is a sham, incompetent, unable to do their job and lazy. When Scotland learned we are the drug death capital of Europe, the SNP promised action, an emergency taskforce to address our drug deaths crisis. In this regard, it is the only real claim to fame that Nicola Sturgeon has a ‘world leader’.

But so far, the emergency taskforce to address our drug deaths crisis has never met, not even once, which begs the question, does the SNP understand the term ‘emergency’? Just like we have a duff health minister in the shape of Jeane Freeman, we also have a public health minister Joe FitzPatrick. FitzPatrick is part of the SNP Dundee operation which was seen as the SNP powerhouse under the Hosie Dynasty.

Public health minister Joe FitzPatrick promised that an expert group would quickly be assembled to address the issues but unlike the Avengers, this expert group couldn’t assemble.

Did they need instructions from Ikea?

So far, than the chair, Professor Catriona Matheson of Stirling University, there is a distinct lack of members been announced, which begs the question, other than Matheson is there anyone else in the emergency taskforce? At the time of her appointment Fitzpatrick said:

“I am very pleased that Professor Catriona Matheson has agreed to head up this taskforce. She has a great deal of experience in this area, both through her role as Trustee of the Society for the Study of Addiction and as Convenor of the Drugs Research Network Scotland.
“What Scotland faces in terms of drugs deaths is an emergency. Every one of those deaths is a tragedy and tackling this issue is a public health priority. I want to ensure that the work of the taskforce is driven by a strong evidence base and it is my desire to ensure that the voices of those with lived experience of using drugs, and their families, are heard. I will give consideration to any proposals that may help to tackle this issue.”

It seems that action doesn’t match Fitzpatrick’s words.

Professor Catriona Matheson said when joining:

“I am honoured to accept this responsibility to deliver real change through a strengthened public health approach. I am keen to examine the evidence, and work across the landscape, involving those with lived experience of drug use and their families.  We need to be bold in our thinking and our actions to reverse the trend, recognising that behind the statistics is personal tragedy.”

So, everyone has congratulated themselves but where’s the action, where’s the team and more importantly where is the recommendations?

Could it be that there is none?

Think about it, the worst drugs death crisis ever in Scotland and no action.

Scottish Labour’s shadow health spokeswoman Monica lennon said:

“Joe FitzPatrick announced the ministerial drug death taskforce in the Daily Record in March – we’re now in August and its membership still hasn’t been finalised and it still hasn’t met. This isn’t good enough. We’re more than half-way through 2019 and our national response to the drugs death crisis is inadequate. Scottish Labour is continuing to press the Scottish Government to take urgent action and I have lodged a parliamentary motion calling on the government to legally designate a public health emergency.”

So far no public health emergency has been announced, and when you think about the people who are dying, it isn’t like they matter to the SNP, mostly junkies don’t vote.

FitzPatrick has announced that a drugs summit will be held in Glasgow to address the crisis which is handy because it provides Nicola Sturgeon with a photo op if the SNP can cobble together someone’s plan of action with their stamp on it. And with Nicola Sturgeon doing a drive to be popular and caring at present, perhaps she could pop in like Santa Klaus.  

A SNP Government spokesman said:

“The taskforce remains on track. Since the announcement of Professor Matheson as chair, terms of reference have been published and the public health minister has written to potential members inviting them to confirm their interest. Details of the full membership and next steps will be announced shortly and the taskforce is expected to hold its first meeting in September.”

What we need is an expert group on £300 a day?

Finally, Monica Lennon apparently offered to join the expert group but her offer was refused by Public health minister Joe FitzPatrick, clearly Ms Lennon hasn’t grasp the SNP’s addiction to ‘it’s my ball’.  It seems that party politics takes priority over a public health emergency. Fitzpatrick studied Forestry at Inverness College and worked for the Forestry Commission in Angus and Tillhill Forestry in Argyle which doesn’t really equip him for anything in the role of public health minister.  But I am sure he can say, ‘it’s Westminster’s fault’.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University