Monday, September 1, 2014

Scottish independence: if you want a cast iron reason to vote No, then listen to Alex Salmond, his demeanour and tone betray him over Jim Murphy's assault, clearly he isn't a Nationalist leader worth following

Scottish independence: First Minister Alex Salmond ‘justifies’ the physical assault of Labour MP Jim Murphy, Salmond exposes the lie of SNP ‘civic nationalism’, Alex Salmond isn't a people's champion, he represents a nasty vile clique

Dear All

It seems that the Scottish National Party has chosen a rather poor choice for their ‘Champion’.

For decades Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon have stood at SNP Conferences and preached what some would describe as ‘anti English’ hate.

The Nationalists and their cohorts are losing, they haven’t just lost the argument they have also lost the people.

Alex Salmond has U turned on the Nato.

Alex Salmond has U turned on the EU.

Alex Salmond has U turned on currency.

A rather poor choice for a ‘Champion’!

The Scottish National Party is entering the post Salmond era, his weak and pathetic condemnation of the attack on Labour MP Jim Murphy is a clear example of this aspect.

A strong Nationalist leader wouldn’t tolerate this type of behaviour.

The best response that Alex Salmond can come out with is a risible response to the Nationalist ‘wild dogs’, steer clear of unionist rallies. Through-out this campaign we have seen time and time again of idiots who gate crash Better Together events, only to be laughed at for the pathetic nonsense that this is.

SNP leader Alex Salmond is in the eyes of many people I have spoken to directly responsible for the Yes campaign turning "sinister".

He made this campaign all about himself, when he talks, he speaks of himself getting mandate, during the debates, he placed himself centre stage. He doesn’t possess the essential characteristics; he turned the SNP into a party within a party which functions under the ‘cult of personality’.

It’s a poisonous nasty vile clique which relies on the wits of others.   

For him to just mumble steer clear of unionist rallies is certainly not good enough, ignore the unionists in future, he cries, it is a bit too late to call of the dogs while in attack mode. If the ‘hate mobs’ suddenly stop then how many people will wonder if these people are directly controlled by Nationalists? If they don’t stop, then Salmond looks weak and ineffective, impotent to coin a phrase.

Salmond said:

"I condemn any egg throwing or any intimidation from any side."

The subtext of that statement for many will be that this abuse is ‘tit for tat’, that clearly isn’t the case, Better Together’s activists aren’t gate crashing events to deliberately cause trouble, spread fear and intimidation.

As some sort of justification which shows that he is unworthy of leadership, he add:

"Somebody was convicted, of course, of online threats against me. Somebody thought his car should be a political weapon. There was a woman, a Yes campaigner, assaulted on the streets of Glasgow. I don't hold press conferences accusing Mr Murphy of orchestrating these events, because I know that would be ridiculous to do so. So let me be absolutely clear to people watching, if Mr Murphy comes balling and shouting in a street corner near you any time soon keep doing your shopping, keep doing what you were doing. He's just like the guy with The End Is Nigh round his neck - he'll go away soon."

Let George Laird be absolutely clear to Alex Salmond, your time is up, clear your desk, pack up Joan McAlpine and just disappear.

The End Is Nigh for Alex Salmond.

Although Ukip has offered to join Mr Murphy's tour to Salmond urged campaigners to steer clear of Ukip and its leader Nigel Farage. Farage was subjected to a hate mob and told to go ‘back to England’ by people who claim to support ethnic diversity. The standard Nationalist accusation that Nigel Farge was a racist was levelled; there is a pattern of abuse which is used by the Yes supporters.

Terms like paedophile, racist, homosexual, homophobic, traitor, quisling, and terrorist have been used against people campaign for under the Better Together banner.

On the issue of Ukip campaigning, Salmond said:

“If Mr Farage comes in a blaze of publicity in the next few days, as he says he's going to do, ignore him, he will go back to Clacton very soon."

There is a by-election in Clacton; the Conservative MP Douglas Carswell has resigned his seat to fight a by-election as the Ukip candidate. If there was an MSP by-election in Scotland, Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon would be attending that, most recently they did so at the Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath by-elections.

Maybe Alex Salmond should realise that ‘smart mouth’ doesn’t equal ‘smart brain’.

Labour MP Jim Murphy told SKY presenter:

"I don't mind heckles and, d'you know what, I don't even mind people throwing eggs - that's just a dry cleaning bill. But what happened after the first televised debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond is that things took a sinister turn. Instead of turning up in crowds of people on all sides there was an organised mob of Yes supporters, facilitated through Yes Scotland and local organisations through websites, Facebook and other social media."

Jim Murphy added that the organised Yes hate mobs turned over tables, climbed on crates and tried "to attack a photographer because they happened to be English". The Nationalists at present are trying to stop hate footage being shown on youtube. 

Mr. Murphy also importantly aid:

“Yes Scotland at a local level have made that happen."

At a Better Together event at Silverburn Shopping Centre, the Nationalists turned up, one of the Yes supporters was filming a woman, filming BT women is something which I have observed in other events.

The question which arises is what do these men do with footage of women?

On another occasion, Yes supporters marched through a BT event again at the Silverburn Shopping Centre showing a complete lack of respect, among the idiots was David McDonald, an SNP Councillor. I found it quite amusing that these clowns did so thinking they were proving some kind of a point. If the point was to prove they were ignorant peasants they succeeded, not a remarkable achievement in my opinion.  

Cowardice is a hallmark of the SNP and their supporters; Alex Salmond isn’t a leader of men; he just leads a ‘gang’. A strong Nationalist leader wouldn’t tolerate this type of behaviour, it would be made clear such behaviour of threats and intimidation would result in arrest by Police Scotland and prosecution.

Without exception!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, August 29, 2014

The sinister side of the Yes Scotland campaign, pay particular attention to official Yes Scotland branches directing people towards locations where Labour MP Jim Murphy was speaking, intimidation was also widely used in the run up to the Nazis gaining power in 1930's Germany

Scottish independence: Labour MP Jim Murphy assaulted in Kirkcaldy, BT woman assaulted in Pollok, is this, the Nationalist’s ‘Day of Shame’, Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon fostered hate and now the Nat attack dogs are running wild

Dear All

Yesterday saw two incidents take place that I feel is worth mentioning to you but let me set you the scene first to get you up on events.

The Scottish National Party leadership has spent decades fostering grievance against the English using the subtext of Westminster. The ground work was done to stoke up hate, and in those terms only the Nationalist campaign has been a success. In the wider context of the Scottish referendum campaign, it is been a sheer embarrassment of epic proportions.

Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon are going to lose the Scottish referendum and they deserve to do so.

Awhile ago I wrote about getting harassed at the Better Together launch at the Mitchell Library, I wasn’t at the event, I was just using the library, that didn’t stop an idiot abusing me. Later on the same idiot was chucked out of the Better Together launch. I believe I wrote at the time he looked in need of an education, I think but I am not sure the ‘Braveheart’ needed liquid courage before gate crashing the event. An SNP Councillor David Turner was with the ‘happy band’ outside, Turner as I have stated before is just an idiot.

As the campaign has gone on, the hate and anger has escalated from the Nationalist side. If you access youtube you can see it posted by Nationalist supporters presumably as some sort of ‘badge of honour’.

Labour MP Jim Murphy has been doing a 100 Days tour for Better Together, the idea is pretty straight forward, old style politics, you get on your ‘soapbox’ and meet the people.

These events like Yes events should be safe and have non interference so that the public can make an informed choice, it is quite wrong to disrupt someone’s event regardless what their stance is on independence.

As I wrote above, if you check youtube you can see Nationalist hate in all its glory on display, type in ‘Jim Murphy Shawlands’ and ‘Jim Murphy Motherwell’ and sit and watch it. The Motherwell event is a particular eye opener for those people who believe in democracy.

So, having watched the hate escalate Labour MP Jim Murphy took his 100 Days tour for Better Together to Kirkcaldy. And yet again, he was greeted by a nationalist hate mob which reminds me of how things developed in Germany of the 1930’s. In politics, you can turn up and heckle at certain events, it generally can be good fun, especially at the counts when after a long campaign if you are success in getting your candidate in, you take the time to rub it in to the opposition.

What is going on now steps over a line!

Yesterday, Jim Murphy was assaulted, his ‘crime’ campaigning to keep Scotland part of the UK. He is an MP and has a vested interested in keeping his job which is understandable, however he is going well beyond what some of the other politicians are willing to do. I met him recently and we spoke at a BBC indy debate in Townhead, Glasgow. We chatted about how angry SNP MSP James Dornan appeared to be through-out the show. I informed him it was probably because I campaigned for him to get into public office and then nailed him on the bogus SNP childcare policy during the show.

James Dornan was cheeky to me, so I abided my time and when he presented an opportunity I then ripped him apart on air. James Dornan perhaps in future should remember that I wasn’t Glasgow SNP’s top activist for nothing.

Although I expected that Jim Murphy would get a hard time, it was a rather poor tactic and counter productive to the Yes Scotland campaign that he ended up assaulted on the streets of Kirkcaldy.

Police Scotland said it was investigating the incident.

As readers know, I have commented on the use of ‘bams’ by the Nationalist camp and the real genuine lack of talent in the SNP.

A spokesman for the Police confirmed:

"Police were informed of a gathering at the Mercat, Kirkcaldy, this afternoon, and around 15:30 received a report of a disturbance where a number of eggs were thrown”.

The incident was witnessed by Allan Crow, editor of the Fife Free Press newspaper, who went on Twiter to tweet that "Yes" supporters had chanted over Mr Murphy as he attempted to speak.

Mr Crow added that Mr Murphy was "totally drowned out by Yes heckler" and added:

"Some folk simply losing plot here!"
A short time later, Mr Crow tweeted:

"And now some idiot is throwing eggs at @jimmurphymp - even cracks one on his back. Truly pathetic."

A spokesman for Yes Scotland said:

"There is no place for attacks - be they abuse, graffiti, vandalism or physical assault - in this campaign and we have been at pains to impress on everyone, on both sides of the debate, to treat others with respect at all times."

Maybe someone at Yes Scotland can explain how these people appear to be wearing official Yes Scotland jackets?

The other incident which happened yesterday was to a woman called Angie, she is a carer for her young son. While out with the BT Team in Pollok, she also suffered an assault, this happened in Kempsthorn Crescent, an angry Yes Voter came after her after she put a leaflet through his door. After ripping it up he flung it in her face.

Angie is an unpaid volunteer who lives in the Pollok Ward.  

So, regardless what your position is in Better Together, you are a target. As I explained to some people I know, this type of behaviour is only going to get worse and worse. I stated this prior to yesterday’s events.

In the Jim Murphy Shawlands video, I noticed a young man who also appeared yesterday at the hotel where David Cameron was at.

Is all a coincidence or is the intimidation pre-planned and organised by the Yes Camp?

I also saw a ‘leading light’ of the Yes Govan mob at the Cameron protest, I think I would describe him as just a ned, he has appeared at some of the BBC indy debates. In the indy debate ‘Arabs and independence’, he famously said: I don’t know what Britishness is’. He went to say he had lived in England for 10 years, one wonders whether he was educated in Scotland being so blatantly ignorant. Basically he parrots crap that SNP MP Pete Wishart pumps out like a sewer.

For the avoidance of doubt, when I wrote ‘leading light’ of the Yes Govan mob that is sarcasm. There are no leading lights of the Yes Govan mob, some of these idiots where at Shawlands to heckle Jim Murphy …….. just bams!     

After the assault Jim Murphy tweeted:
"Now off to another #indyref debate in Glasgow. Might look scruffier than usual but the egg stains aren't mine #WishI'dBroughtASpareShirt".

The Scottish National Party is trapped in a vicious circle of hate, their own making; of course they have done the ‘condemnation’ in the past, now things have gotten so bad that they have to stamp it out.

I hold Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon directly responsible for this situation, they spent years building up grudge and grievance at SNP Conference after Conference; they feed this hate directly and then let it loose on the Scottish public while they then stood back and claimed it had nothing to do with them.

But it has everything to do with them.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond gets angry during SKY TV interview over his currency plans, political journalist Faisal Islam asks ‘would the Bank of England fund Scottish banks under his proposals without a currency union’, the answer is No

Dear All

It seems that Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond isn’t so jolly after all. Although he managed to achieve a better performance in the BBC debate against Alistair Darling, the SNP campaign is still nowhere near victory.

No Salmond bounce from the Scottish public.

This is possibly the saddest story I will probably write this week.

No matter how much gloss or spin Alex Salmond and unpopular Nicola Sturgeon try and use, they can’t answer basic questions on fundamental issues such as currency.

What is Plan B?

The reason for so much interest is that The SNP’s Plan A; a currency union with the UK would be veto by any incoming government after the Westminster 2015 election.

Although ‘Sterlingisation’ has been mooted as an answer, the idea is a stopgap.

Plan A is the Euro for the Scottish National Party!

There are no other plans, it is all just talk, smoke and mirrors.

Currency Union and ‘Sterlingisation’ are ‘carrots’ for the ignorant to nibble on, but no matter who many ‘carrots’ the SNP try and use, their supporters are and will remain blind, blind and ignorant.

The rest of the population aren’t so trusting, hence we get Alex Salmond criticising leading political journalist Faisal Islam who is Sky’s political editor turning the heat up on Salmond.

A clearly upset and rattled Alex Salmond in an interview accused Sky's Faisal Islam of impersonating Alistair Darling after being repeatedly questioned on currency. SNP supporters think that people don’t have the right to ask questions.

We do!

The Monday night didn’t as Salmond claimed settle the issue.

Islam, the former economics editor of Channel 4 News had to ask an unhappy and angry Salmond three times if the Bank of England would fund Scottish banks under his proposal for a separate Scotland to continue using the pound without a currency union.

The answer to that is No!

No, means they will not fund Scottish banks, the upshot of this is, if a Scottish bank goes down, the savers will also lost their entire savings under whatever arrangement Salmond sets up. The banks would not have enough capital to fund having a greater reserve without contracting their businesses.

It is no surprise that Salmond refuses to answer because he then has to admit he is economically illiterate, he didn’t call the Better Together campaign’s bluff. He just continued the deception on the Scottish public. If you look and walk yourself through it, you will see the economic case doesn’t stack up in multiple areas.

On Monday night the First Minister’s attempted to close down the issue by saying he had three Plan B currencies if there was no deal to share the pound. It seems as well as being economically illiterate, he can’t use an Alphabet properly either.

Salmond shouted his way to “victory” on Monday, but the next day, the viewers got to have their say on a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in.

A series of callers said the morning after the debate said they were voting No. They cited continued uncertainty over the currency, at the start of the Scottish independence campaign; I said a Scottish currency had to be planned for as Plan A. You would have a range of options but you would have to spell out the pros and cons so people could make an informed choice.

Salmond argues the main UK parties are bluffing about rejecting his preference for a Eurozone-style currency union, the question is why they should issue Scotland with in effect a blank cheque? The UK takes all the risk and in return they get nothing for it, does that make sense?

I mean stop and think about it for a minute.

Scotland could use the pound unilaterally just like as countries such as Panama use the US dollar. What people need to understand is that the Bank of England would no longer acting as Scotland’s central bank or lender of last resort. The nonsense spun by the SNP leaders is deception, ‘it’s our pound’ is a retread of the failed 1970’s campaign ‘it’s our Oil’. As well as being economically illiterate, they are politically illiterate into the bargain.

Salmond even previously admitted he was willing to use a stopgap but the problem flagged up by one of his most senior economic advisers was it could last as little as six months. That is wishful thinking because it would be several years before an independent Scotland could even get into the EU if at all.

And remember Salmond threatened to not pay Scotland’s share of UK debt. If I was PM of the UK and Scotland’s membership came to vote, I would veto it until all monies and interest was paid up front and in full plus a penalty for each month of non payment.

Sky’s political editor questioned why the Bank of England would support Scottish banks if there was no currency union.

Salmond said:
“You can’t play at being Alistair Darling. He had his chance and he muffed it last night. The currency bluff has been called. The Scottish people are calling that bluff”.

Ignoring that rubbish Islam refused to be deterred, asking him again how Scotland could operate with no lender of last resort.

Salmonnd’s smartarse remark was:

“You cannot now impersonate the No campaign. The No campaign had their chance. People have, I think, overwhelmingly in Scotland now in poll after poll shown that we want to keep the pound. That is the decision that the Scottish people are being asked to make. We're fighting a campaign to get a mandate from the Scottish people on common sense for a common currency. That's what won the debate last night and that's the message that's going to resonate over the next three weeks.”

Salmond ‘won’ not by argument, not by reason but by shouting down Alistair Darling.

In Islam’s third attempt, he pressed him on how Scotland could unilaterally adopt the pound when the Bank of England would not support Scottish banks.

Presumably after having a ‘good night’, Salmond must have thought he was on a roll as he sarcastically asked Islam which channel he had been watching on Monday night when the debate was screened, adding:

“Have a look at what the people thought about it, the audience thought about it, everybody apart from Sky News apparently. Get with the debate, man. The people of Scotland are there; maybe Sky News will catch up.”

On the issue of the 3 B’s, Darling said he would continue to demand “basic answers” to questions on issues like the currency.

The former Chancellor said:

“You can’t have three Plan Bs. You have to make your mind up.”

He added the financial services industry could not “exist” in a separate Scotland without a central bank, something which Salmond doesn’t seem to think is a problem.

Salmond appealed to his hardcore vote on Monday night, he bought himself sometime and breathing space, but the fact remains his performance didn’t win the argument, he couldn’t lay out a plan because if he says ‘Euro’, even his own temporary ‘allies’ would demand his resignation.

Presumably there will be a lot of people in the SNP very pleased with themselves at present, to which I would say look at the polls. They are moving enough to secure victory, although some people are sitting on the fence, they will have to make their minds up.

Although the question is ‘should Scotland be an independent country’, the real question that should focus hearts and minds is:

‘Do you wish to place the entire country in jeopardy?’

The silent majority will Vote No!

You cannot in good conscience vote for Salmond’s proposal to the detriment of the sick, the poor and the vulnerable. I was asked by some friends, ‘was I worried by the outcome of the BBC Debate in Glasgow’?


Yours sincerely

George Laird

The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lord McCluskey says Kenny MacAskill's conduct is 'unsuitable' for a Justice Minister, Former Solicitor General arrives at the same opinion as George Laird re MacAskill, he needs sacked, not given the easy way out of resigning to teach him and others a lesson

Dear All

Regular readers know that eventually everyone will come round to the George Laird view; some people however take a considerable amount of time to get there.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is a disgrace, he should never have been appointed Justice Sec; he is stained by the Al Megrahi debacle and the Justice department is more or less rudderless.

Now, one of Scotland’s most senior former judges former Solicitor General Lord McCluskey has called on Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to resign.

The tipping point for McCluskey was the routine arming of the police.

McCluskey has accused Mr MacAskill of “unacceptable conduct” and said “he should not continue to hold office as Justice Secretary”.

I have repeatedly said on this blog that MacAskill needs to be sacked, he is utterly out of his depth and inept.

We have seen the increased use of armed officers on routine patrol at traffic stops and I have even witnessed the Police questioning street beggars in Glasgow.  Lord McCluskey fears “Americanisation” of Scottish policing. In 2010 when I was an SNP member, I proposed the Scottish National Police Force. This was at the SNP National Asesembly in Perth, under my idea, stage one was the National Force which would have a triple lock of accountability, local boards would be kept; there would be a national board and a new separate Justice 3 committee who would be tasked with oversight. The local boards would delegate two people to sit on the national board plus additional people.

That was stage one, it was an interim stage which reflected the challenges of

In my further idea, stage two, for an independent Scotland, the police would be armed and prior to starting Police training they would be required to complete and pass and basic soldiers test. An independent Scotland would have a small army; therefore it would be logical to have a Police Force who had weapons training. Additionally the Police would have other organizations such as customs and drugs enforcement and border agency staff folded into them.

No independence would mean No armed force.  

Chief Constable Sir Stephen House wasn’t my first choice for Chief Constable; that said he hasn’t been bad, however the decision to arm the Police without consultation was wrong, as was the manner they suddenly appeared on Scotland’s streets. The Firearm officers are highly trained, but they aren’t exempt for carrying out normal police duties. When House falls down is the “secretive decision-making” and sailing his own course, this is the fault of MacAskill.

McCluskey has written by MacAskill’s failure:

“Mr MacAskill says he knew about this decision from the time of the single force’s creation in April last year, but did not share that information and launched no public consultation. Here was a policy which could change the face of policing forever, taken behind closed doors, with Sir Stephen privately briefing the minister about a matter which clearly required public debate.”

Although McCluskey has cited the recent US riots in Missouri as evidence of “the dangers of police with guns”, when should remember that Scotland is not America.

He continued:

“Mr MacAskill has claimed – without any clear evidence and flying in the face of opinion polls – that the ‘vast majority’ of Scots support arming of police officers on routine duties. If this policy is to remain in place, urgent public debate is needed.”

I don’t think that the Scottish public does support the arming of police officers on routine duties on the basis that this measure hasn’t been explained and people tend to favour the status quo. The arming policy is not needed if Scotland remains part of the UK.

The programme that is needed is that all officers should be qualified to carry firearms prior to passing out of the Scottish Police College in Tulliallan, Fife. They should also have to pass a yearly test to retain that status.

An armed Police doesn’t mean Scotland is going to be like the Wild West; but recognition that the army doesn’t have enough personnel and would therefore needs a back up.

Lord McCluskey who was Scotland’s longest-serving judge before his retirement in 2004 also let rip off MacAskill’s blunder when he attacked English judges during a clash with the Supreme Court in London.

I blogged on that farce, MacAskill should have been carpeted on that one, utterly wrong.

Just like he is utterly wrong on the decision to abolish corroboration, the long-established principle of the Scottish legal system that there must be evidence from at least two sources for any conviction!

That leaves the justice system as the gateway to in effect a return to ‘Witchcraft Trials’, someone points the finger and just accuses you. If they tell a good story, better than you a person could get put in prison.

What kind of justice is that?


The people of Scotland are stuck with Kenny MacAskill because Alex Salmond runs his party and government on cronyism.

Former Solicitor General Lord McCluskey took too long to come to his conclusions regarding MacAskill but he did get there in the end, which is something.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Boris Johnson calls for 'guilty until proven innocent' for suspected terrorists, he is one of the most dangerous men in British politics, playing the race card for a return to Westminster politics is rather crude and it is gesture politics to whip up the mob, we cannot allow our civil liberties to be destroyed

Dear All

Recently the US journalist James Foley was brutally murdered, beheaded by a ‘British’ jihadist who has been dubbed ‘jihadi John’. The killer isn’t a soldier; he is a recreational killer who has gone aboard to join the terrorist group Isis.

About a month ago, I was at a BBC indy debate in Paisley and was asked by Gordon Brewer my views on military action in Iraq and whether I would support airstrikes. Without hesitation I said that I would support targeted airstrikes but more than that the allies needed to return to Iraq to stablise the region.

A few days later Prime Minister David Cameron gave an interview saying Isis represented a threat to British National Security; about a week later President Obama was to announce 300 advisers to be sent to Iraq to assist the government. The current Iraqi government need more than advisers; the West pulled out of Iraq too soon without leave a society in which politics was properly established as the forum for settling grievances and disputes.

‘Jihadi John’ has done a despicable thing, if he returns to Britain; he could find himself shipped off to the United States of America to stand trial. The family of US journalist James Foley rightly deserve to see justice done. What happened to James Foley certainly should make people question why they oppose the return of death penalty. I don’t support the death penalty, I never will but as I write this, I think of what happened to James and it certainly tests my resolve.

I think of injustices of what could happen to someone innocent and it realise there must never be a retreat from our values.

The effect of the murder of James Foley has caused a debate with the mainstream political parties over what measures should be taken over ‘British’ jihadists who go to war zones, as I say, I view these people as recreational killers.

On Twitter, I had an exchange with Ukip supporters who seem keen to strip ‘British’ jihadists of their citizenship. Such a move is illegal; you cannot strip someone of their citizenship and make them stateless. If a law was passed in Britain, it is highly doubtful it could pass the test of legality at the UK Supreme Court or European Court of Human Rights.

Boris Johnson is currently the Mayor of London. Johnson has been in politics a rather long time; he is very clever but likes to hide behind a mask of being a jovial buffoon.

He is also one of the most dangerous politicians in Britain.

Johnson has called for the ‘British’ jihadist who killed James Foley to be killed in a ‘bunker busting’ bomb attack. It all sounds rather dramatic but is probably not practical unless you have a confirmed location, which is doubtful. As the terrorist ‘Jihadi John’ is in a warzone, he takes his chances and is a legitimate target, few will regret hearing of his death.

What is of concern to many people is that Boris Johnson wants Britons ‘fighting’ in Iraq and Syria to be stripped of their citizenship. In effect he wants a presumption of guilty until proven innocent.

Under his idea for new laws, a person is deemed to be a terrorist if they visit Iraq and Syria. The ‘get out of jail free’ option is to previously declare to authorities in advance. In Criminal trials, the burden of proof rightly rests on the State; this is to prevent injustices occurring. Under Johnson’s big idea, being the wrong place at the wrong time even although you are innocent makes you a terrorist. That is fundamentally wrong both morally and in law, it makes you to be deemed to be a legitimate target of war without due process and is probably a violation of the Geneva Convention. In war, civilians are designated as non combatants and therefore should be protected under the Convention. The rules are quite clear on this subject and not open to personal interpretation by UK armed forces personnel who operate to the highest standards.    

Boris Johnson who wants to return to Parliament said Britain must take on ISIS and ‘try to close it down now’, warning that doing nothing would mean a ‘tide of terror will eventually lap at our own front door’. In case Johnson missed it, it is already here, and has been for sometime.

The mainstream parties introduced multiculturalism without realising the impact that it would have. The Labour Party under Tony Blair went further by allowing uncontrolled immigration as a social engineering experiment. The lie sold to the British people was that this was done under the cover of economic development. Ed Miliband has since apologised as working class voters deserted the party in favour of parties such as Ukip and so did their votes permanently.

As well as Johnson’s call for Britons fighting for ISIS to lose their British citizenship, he has attracted support from the former shadow home secretary David Davis and former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.

David Davis says the Government's response to the crisis in Iraq had been ‘tentative, uncertain; almost limp’! The political will isn’t there even before David Cameron lost the vote in the House of Commons, Tony Blair pretty much singlehandedly put British Foreign policy back several decades and importantly lost the will of the people in the process. Blair wanted to embed himself in the George W Bush camp after President Clinton’s term of Office came to an end, he did that successfully but the human cost or ‘Blood price’ as he described it was paid by many others, a lot of innocent people died in Iraq and the society was destroyed leaving it vulnerable.

Where Davis gets it wrong was when he wrote:

‘Since these young men are in effect swearing allegiance to a hostile state, they should all forfeit their British citizenship - not just those who are dual nationals.
‘Since this is an incredibly serious penalty, it should be done only after a proper public trial carrying all the public seriousness and opprobrium of a murder trial, because in many cases that is what it would be. As the Home Secretary reiterated yesterday, lawyers would say you cannot render someone stateless. Perhaps, perhaps not. Whitehall lawyers have been wrong before. Democracies have a right to defend themselves. IS is claiming to be a state. They can issue these young men with Islamic State passports if they so wish. It is not our problem that they would have trouble getting into any civilised country with them.’

So, David Davis has said a lot, firstly ‘hostile state’ he refers to isn’t a state at all, it is a declaration, a meaningless declaration with no legal basis and not recognised by anyone in the international community.

Losing or forfeit British citizenship would be illegal, so that doesn’t fly. As to any trial, the legality of that is suspect regardless of how much public seriousness and opprobrium is attached to it. Although he gets it right when he says democracies have a right to defend themselves, this is covered by Article 8.2 in the Convention on Human Rights that allows the State to remove people from society who represent a threat to national security after due process of law. Davis’ last bit about the IS recreational killers claiming to have founded a state is entirely meaningless, as is his idea that IS can issue passports.

Britain's ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott confirmed that intelligence agencies were on the brink of identifying the IS terrorist called ‘Jihadi John’.

He told CNN's State of the Union programme:

‘I do know from my colleagues at home that we are close. We're putting a lot into it. And there are some very sophisticated technologies, voice identification and so on, which people can use to check who these people are. But, of course, the problem goes beyond one horrendous criminal, if you like.’

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told The Sunday Times the killing was ‘an utter betrayal’ of everything Britain stands for.

He added:

‘It is horrifying to think that the perpetrator of this heinous act could have been brought up in Britain.’

I would like to see ‘Jihadi John’ captured and extradited to face charges in the US if possible, some senior UK politicians in this country are making some very dangerous comments regarding eroding human rights which is extremely unhelpful in a number of ways. There are already laws in place to deal with murder and terrorism, but there is a lack of political will to do what is necessary to safeguard the country.

And God helps us if people start seriously listening to Boris Johnson.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University