Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bad News for Corbyn candidate Matt Kerr; Judge rules against Scottish Labour in heated Westminster selection row, it seems Labour Cllr Matt Kerr will have to pin his hopes on the Labour Party barring Khan who has had a formal complaint lodged against him by a Pollok CLP office bearer, it seems 80 members will have their voting rights reinstated and I doubt they will be vote Team Kerr

Dear All

Awhile ago, I wrote a post asking a simple question, what are ‘Labour values’, what you are told are Labour values in some cases doesn’t match with reality.

The result of the Court case brought by Asim Khan, an ally of Anas Sarwar is in, the Labour Party lost.

This result means that the internal ruling to exclude around 80 local members including myself is over it appears as a judge branded aspects of it “irrational” and “wrong in fact and wrong in law”. What this means is that most of the 80 who are from ethnic minority backgrounds should get their vote.

The likely person to benefit from this decision will be Muslim candidate Asim Khan, the selection battle in Glasgow South West is of minor interest to me. I don’t like ‘race politics’ and it seems this is the way this contest is heading.

Electing people based on the colour of their skin is wrong; equally casting your vote based on someone’s religion is equally squalid. Asim khan has got over the first hurdle, there are a couple more before he maybe selected, the formal complaint against him by an office bearer at Pollok CLP and the actual vote itself.

Whoever wins this contest, Khan or his rival Labour Cllr Matt Kerr, there will be a split, this contest was and is a nasty little affair without virtue in my opinion. Kerr’s chances have gone from being the favourite to win to him now being the underdog, in the Pollok ward both the seats are held by Muslim Cllrs who are allies of Anas Sarwar.

The judge in the Court of Session was right to ruled against the Labour Party and in favour of Asim Khan because what happened was unfair, the fact that a committee of the Labour Party couldn’t see this speaks volumes about their competence. The ruling also means the current process will have to be scrapped and the freeze date shifted.

It is said that this ‘battle’ is a proxy war being fought out by the supporters of Sarwar and Leonard, the Labour leader; I suspect that many would agree with this sentiment. Pollok CLP from my first stint in it didn’t impress me, and the bad blood cause by this contest will not go away.

Will Asim Khan be able to find people to work for him in both the long and short campaigns?

Will Labour Cllr Matt Kerr be able to find Muslims willing to work for him in the long and short campaigns?

It seems to me that some in Pollok CLP were of the impression that Kerr who lost by 60 votes would be the candidate for the next attempt to win the seat in 2022, I think there might be a need to shift the deckchairs.

After winning the hearing, Asim Khan said:

“I am sorry that it came to this, but sadly this was the only way to give members an open and democratic selection process. I hope there are no further malicious attempts to undermine the process and that we can now move on to having an open contest so we can select the candidate best placed to help deliver a Labour MP and a Labour Government.”

One thing which I read was that five Asian Labour members had written to UK leader Jeremy Corbyn over the row, claiming they had made to feel "not wanted and not welcome" in the party. Well, my experience as a white working class man in Pollok CLP was that I was to feel "not wanted and not welcome" either.

During the 2017 snap Westminster election, I was phoned up by a person in the party asking me to help the Kerr Campaign, as I was on good terms with the caller I said I would do 7 days, if they wanted me to stay after that, I wanted a ticket to the election count.

The answer came back No!

The first day, I turned up, the Team Kerr drove past me at the meeting place without stopping, after walking over I waited for a few minutes before someone decided to speak to me. I think this was to let me know how unimportant I was to them. The session was badly run, and the candidate Kerr decided to tell me if I got someone in to let him also speak to them. This was a fair request by given that he could end up being 100 metres away, it wasn’t practical. Kerr couldn’t workout this wasn’t practical, and during the session, one of his group asked me how to be an activist.

 After that session, I left wishing I hadn’t promised to do 7 sessions for Kerr.

The next outing was to meet at Househillmuir road at Priesthill road at lunchtime for a canvassing session at 12 pm, I turned up 10 minutes early and waited to 12.15 pm. Team Kerr didn’t come to the designated location, they were on the other side of Peat Road at the wrong spot, Househillwood road, they couldn't read a map properly. I gave up my entire morning so I could do this session. Later on at the evening session, I turned up 15 minutes before the start, Team Kerr turned up 15 minutes after the start, 30 minutes standing about doing nothing, they were late again.

Oh….. and no apology for earlier session mistake, after all why would you offer apologies for being late when you hold people in utter contempt?

Despite the way I was treated I was willing to do the 7 sessions and then bail out, as it turned out the person who asked me to do the campaign decided to cancel our agreement. I walked and continued with the other Labour campaign in Glasgow North East who had Paul Sweeney as the candidate.

I think at the start Paul was a little unsure about me but after a former Labour Cllr told him that she listened to me on the doorstep and that I was brilliant, his concerns were addressed. I pulled double shifts for the Glasgow North East campaign and Paul Sweeney won by 242 votes, the only Labour person to get elected in Glasgow.

So, in conclusion for the sake for giving me a ‘free’ ticket which I would have paid for by my efforts in full, Labour Cllr Matt Kerr lost Glasgow South West by 60 votes. Not only had he lost the election, he lost 5 years of MP’s pay, perks and expenses, the opportunity to employ five maybe six staff and now the possible of selection to a winnable seat.

At present, I have made no promises to do anything for anyone in the Labour Party.

Finally, as I stated whoever wins will have an uphill task to convince people in Pollok CLP to work for them, the CLP isn’t noted for a work ethic among the membership as the campaign for Johann Lamont show all too clearly. Imagine committing to do 4 years of activism as a candidate and then on election night find out you aren’t going to Westminster, this might be the prize awaiting the winner of the current selection contest!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s dilemma; Theresa May tells Nicola Sturgeon Scots have 'no appetite' for second independence referendum, the answer is no, now the tide has turned against Nicola Sturgeon, the endgame of her leading the SNP has begun, will she gamble on calling a new Holyrood election?

Dear All

Nicola Sturgeon has reignited the Scottish independence debate, along with another fairytale SNP blueprint, not because she has any chance of winning, no, but to shore up her crumbling support as leader of the SNP.

Sturgeon knows along with everyone else, there is no appetite for a second independence referendum. People know this on the ground, and Conservative MP Michael Gove knows it at the other end of the political spectrum. Support for independence is dropping, support for Nicola Sturgeon is dropping and support for the SNP is dropping.

This slide has been dramatic since 2015; the Nationalist coupled with an angry independence support managed 56 seats at Westminster, a mere two years later that dropped with the snap election of 2017 to 35 seats.

So, what is wrong with the concept of independence?

The answer is simple, no one, no one in their right mind trusts the SNP to lead an independent Scotland, 2014 only brought into the light of day what many suspected, the SNP are a bunch of liars!

The Scottish independence bid of 2014 was built on deceit and showed the true face of the leadership of the SNP in all its glory. When Alex Salmond jumped ship, you might have thought this brought ‘renew’ of the party with the 2015 result.

It didn’t.

The same worthless, corrupt and rotten leadership remained albeit a new ‘front man’ leading it.

Having hoisted the flag, Nicola Sturgeon hasn’t captured the imagination of the public, the new indy marches are a joke in my opinion. They are more an exercise to reassure those who follow the SNP line rather attracting new followers to the cause, because the ‘cause’ is moral, ethically and economically bankrupt.

In one fell swoop; Theresa May has slapped down Nicola Sturgeon, insisting Scots have "no appetite" for a second independence referendum. Sturgeon’s rallying cry ended more or less after it left her month.

Gosh that was quick!!!!!!

Michael Gove claims the Union was now "stronger than ever", however, this is more a political statement rather than a fact, Ruth Davidson is right to warned fellow Unionists about the “dangers of complacency”. If you don’t know what the dangers are the elections of 2015 and 2017 spell it out for you in hard facts. Scotland still remains in political flux at this time; the trick here is to manage change, not an easy task.

The Scottish Labour Party didn’t get their act together, they didn’t understand the “dangers of complacency” and hence they are now the third party of Scotland. A party which failed to change with the times, understand the needs of the voters and didn’t represent the people, instead they brought in their agenda which the people rejected. If the Labour Party doesn’t change from the notion of federalism, they are sunk on both sides of the border.

Their problem not mine, I don’t condone stupidity, and fall to see a reason to support it when it is presented to me.

As Sturgeon prepares for the publication of the SNP's Growth Commission report on the economic case for independence, it is already just a propaganda document, because it is all geared up to say one thing.

Everything is better with independence.

The same lie peddled in the White Paper which SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said was a more important document than the American Declaration of Independence. 650 pages of rubbish against a historic document…. Let me think…… bollocks!

The Commission’s report isn’t a vehicle to "restart the debate" on Scotland’s future, it is a joke, everyone knows no matter what deal comes from Brexit, the SNP will say it is not good enough.

In a clear signal that Nicola Sturgeon has missed the boat, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said:

“Now is not the time for another divisive independence referendum and there is no appetite for one. The people of Scotland voted decisively in 2014 to remain part of the United Kingdom and that should be respected.”

This raises a major problem for Nicola Sturgeon, if she doesn’t deliver a second referendum, her position is untenable, and the SNP are losing control the wider indy movement.

But don’t worry, Tommy Sheridan isn’t the heir apparent to step in, he is still trying to find a narrative which rebuilds his career which is toast, but hey, what else has he to do.

At a conference in London, organised by the Policy Exchange think-tank, Ruth Davidson was asked about a second vote, she replied:

“My advice to the PM is: if the question’s the same, the answer should be the same. No.”

It seems the no word is very popular.

Mr Gove also commented on indyref2, saying the SNP would find “any excuse” to seek another independence poll; if it was not because of Brexit, it would be something else.

Everyone knows the SNP all too well it seems, they are crude petty and not very bright politicians.

Alistair Darling, the former Labour Chancellor also told the conference:

“I do not believe there will be another Scottish referendum in the foreseeable future; possibly not in my lifetime”.

He added:

“I’ll tell you why not…the public don’t want it. Most of the British public, never mind the Scottish public, are heartily sick of referendums. They divide, they turn people against each other; the scars are deep; they’re still there in Scotland and people don’t want to go through that again.”

Hmmm…… not sure if I can agree with his timeframe there, politics is a tricky business; the benchmark for a second indyref appears to be beyond the SNP at the present time. 2021, the Holyrood election is probably the most important election since Holyrood opened its doors in 1999.

If the SNP can be kicked out and a new administration formed the problem is in the long grass, an SNP minority doesn’t get a new Bill through if the Greens do badly.

The question is who is in the bets possible position to topple the SNP; this comes down to either the Labour Party or the Conservatives. The current position of the Labour Party in third position doesn’t bode well for them, Labour and the SNP both fish in the same voter pool.

Finally, here is an idea to rap your head around, we won’t be having a General Election till 2022, if Nicola Sturgeon comes under intense pressure, she maybe force to collapse her government and attempt to bet on trying to get a majority. This is called ‘betting the farm’, it’s all or nothing, of course that involves major risk as it could leave her in a worse position at Holyrood. Alex Bell, former Alex Salmond recently said that Nicola Sturgeon isn’t a ‘great’ politician’.

Question is does she have the ability to push ‘all in’ or is the FM salary more important along with the status?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Battle for £77,000k a year, Pollok version, Labour Row over Westminster candidate selection heats up as Pollok Office holder Alison Campbell Glass lodges a formal complaint against Asim Khan asking Labour General Sec Brian Roy to investigate his fitness to remain a candidate, Anas Sarwar’s preferred candidate under pressure

Dear All

There is an old saying, it never rains but it pours, I am a member of Pollok CLP, that’s the Labour Party which covers Glasgow South West. Recently, as a member I was told that I wasn’t to be allowed a vote in the selection of the Glasgow South West candidate for the next Westminster election.

When I rejoined the Labour Party last October, I wasn’t allowed to attend party meetings for the first four months of my membership despite the rules saying I was entitled to.

I read once that the Pollok CLP was been described as the ‘worst’ Labour CLP in Scotland. During my time as a member, the CLP was badly organised, which led former Labour Cllr Alistair Watson to say at a meeting that the party had forgotten ‘how to campaign’.

In 2016, I did something unusual, I did only the Labour campaign in Pollok, in fact when it came to doing the Govan part which resides in the Pollok part, I did this myself. No one came out with me to help attempt to elect ex Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont.

No one!

Her election was a complete shambles; believe me I have seen some shit run election campaigns in my time. The old saying the left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing was an understatement. During the campaign, the election agent, Kevin O’Donnell disappeared to a job in London which helped as he couldn’t a piss up in a brewery. As that campaign ran, what struck me was the lack of people turning up to help Johann Lamont.

What happened in Pollok was the CLP was run into the ground; there was no work ethic, no loyalty, no team spirit, no objectives, no real campaigning on local issues which party members could be engaged in beyond leafleting.

One senior Labour person said to me that it is amazing how people come out of the woodwork when a candidacy is going but are never really seen when it comes to the workdays. Since the start of this year, the Pollok CLP hasn’t done much, in fact, other than the national workdays; I haven’t been notified that any activity was taking place.

I haven’t done a single day of activism for the Labour Party, this year, what was demonstrated to me during the campaign of Johann Lamont was the utter contempt that I was held in. Needless to say if Pollok CLP ever has Johann Lamont as a candidate, I will not under any circumstances work for her.    
In my first stint of Labour membership Asim Khan was an office holder, I rarely worked with him, despite doing a lot of activism during the Lamont campaign. He is a member of the Sarwar camp. Now, he finds himself in a spot of bother as the potential Labour candidate following a formal complaint to Labour’s general secretary Brian Roy.

Someone, I have never heard of called Alison Campbell Glass has written to the Labour general secretary to complain, she is an office bearer in local party in Pollok. It appears her complaint is that Asim Khan failed to tell the party about a 2016 employment tribunal in which a judge criticised him.

In light of this evidence, she also felt to egg her ‘pudding’ that she should add in:

“I would ask that you immediately investigate both Asim Khan’s non-disclosure and his actions in this case, with a view to determining whether he is a fit and proper person to be a Labour candidate.”

She also raised the judge’s comments:

“The complete quotes, and others that may be in the full record of this case, would be absolutely devastating if used in leaflets and other media by our political opponents.”

So, to break this down, Asim Khan hasn’t been charged with anything, and given the other shit surrounding the Labour Party such as racism, anti-Semitism and bad policies, someone saying they didn’t like Asim Khan’s evidence is hardly going to rate as a deal breaker with the public. 

If I was to hedge a bet, I would say that the problem for the winning candidate will be trying to get people to work for them at the Pollok CLP, it is a long time before the next General Election.

Historically, despite a large Asian Muslim membership in Pollok, next to no Asians attend regular work days on a weekly basis. If Matt Kerr wins, I doubt any Asian Muslims will turn up at Pollok for the long campaign and my experience of the short campaign is that that will pretty much non existent.

If, I had any issue with Asim Khan, it would be when he was mentioned in the ruling by the judge who described as his “complete failure” to take steps to protect the claimant in his role as chair.

At present, Asim Khan is currently taking Labour to court amid claims of racism after an internal ruling resulted in around 80 local members not being eligible to vote in the selection process for Glasgow South West. Given this contest was even thought of at the time that people signed up to the party, this doesn’t look like natural justice to me.

I am also affected by this ruling as well.

Many of the people not getting a vote are from ethnic minority backgrounds, I am white, however; this ruling seems to favour Labour Cllr Matt Kerr. The practice of signing up Muslims to get a Muslim candidate isn’t new, but no one wants to talk about it in the Labour Party. Asim Khan wants a judicial review of the freeze date put in place by Labour’s governing Scottish Executive Committee, with his Court of Session petition branding the decision “irrational, unreasonable, illegal and ultra vires”. If he wins, he could get enough Muslim votes to become the candidate.

That however doesn’t get Asim Khan out of the woods, then he has to find people willing to be activists for him, as I mentioned there is a lack of Muslims willing to do activism in Pollok CLP; however they turn up in droves to vote a Muslim candidate in, then disappear.

Finally, one of the campaign co-ordinators of Pollok has emailed members to ask:

“Please, take a couple of minutes to fill in the survey, this will enable the CLP to know what you wish to campaign on and what you will like to get involved in within the CLP”.

I found this in my junk mail folder!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SNP Cult of personality; ex SNP Deputy leader Jim Sillars flags up the ‘elephant in the room’, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is running "one-person" government, you can also add there is no vision and everything centres around trying to promote completely inept Nicola Sturgeon as likeable, her leadership is poisoning Scottish political life and the nation

Dear All

Over the years I have said many things about the SNP, they run on the ‘cult of the leader’ and that there was a genuine lack of talent in the SNP. As usual, I have been ahead of the curve on the SNP problems. Jim Sillars rightly gets a lot of press when he speaks; he also gets a lot of abuse from the brainwashed Nationalists. There is no hiding that the SNP are running a failed Government leaving aside their continual bleeping on independence.

Sillars says Nicola Sturgeon is running a "one-person" government.

Jim Sillars is right, for the most part, her ministers and MSPs have disappeared from public view, announcements; anything good is read out by Nicola Sturgeon to attempt to boost her profile.

What is lacking in the SNP is independent voices, new ideas, coupled with the problem of a repeated lack of “intellectual rigour”, plus an inability of Nicola Sturgeon to listen.

There is a bunker mentality exhibited by Sturgeon, this follows the pattern which led to the downfall of Alex Salmond, arrogance used to mask fear. Sturgeon is scared, not just of the opposition but also of those behind her, she doesn’t generate loyalty, and she isn’t a natural leader.

In the SNP Cult, Nicola Sturgeon is seen as the chosen one, all knowing and wise, kindly and hip, the reality is that she is a petty vain politician out of her depth and mentally and physically passed her sell by date.

Nicola Sturgeon is a ‘poundland’ Angela Merkel.

Jim Sillars adds:

“The SNP Government is a one-person show in which the First Minister calls not only the tune, but writes the verses, with ‘discussion’ and ‘debate’ words not in her lexicon.”

In a dig at the party membership, he says that the “mindless admiration” was bad for a party, but ultimately worse for its subject, you can’t really argue with that statement. The SNP as I previously blogged is a ‘rat ship’, that is permanently forced to be at sea because they can’t find a safe port.

Although Sillars, says the problem could be traced to the “Strong Leader syndrome” that developed under Mr Salmond, the correct term for what is going on is ‘Cult of personality’, think back to Stalin and Hitler who used the technique to great effect to exercise control.

One thing which the deputy contest will not change is the direction of the SNP, there is a lack of quality candidates, no one with any sense wants to be shackled to the ‘Fall of the Sturgeon Empire’. When she goes, the SNP must also get a new chief executive to replace Murrell and also several of the current staff, namely McCann. In the present political climate, there won’t be a referendum before 2021, and post 2021 with a possible hung parliament, no chance of getting a referendum bill through Holyrood.

Time is against Nicola Sturgeon.

When Jim Sillars says Sturgeon should hand over to "someone better"; that flags up another major problem; there isn’t anyone who is capable of uniting the party let alone Scotland.

Jim Sillars said:

“I have been concerned about the lack of intellectual rigour within the SNP. The cry for an early referendum on independence immediately following the EU result is a case in point”.

He added:

“Another is in the contest for the party’s deputy leader, where a bidding battle for a referendum date is underway: despite;

(a) there has been no examination of why we lost;

(b) as a consequence there have been no new policy positions upon which to campaign;

(c) the central organisation essential to a successful campaign does not exist;

(d) there are no funds; and, (e) Yes has not moved from its polls’ position of 46 per cent.

Although Yes Scotland ran a better technical campaign on the ground, the message was fraudulent built on deception.

In regarded to the problem of Sturgeon’s continual leadership, he assessed:

“The result of the uncritical praise of a leader has brought about what everyone in the Holyrood SNP parliamentary party, and the group at Westminster, knows but will not say in public – that the SNP Government is a one-person show in which the First Minister calls not only the tune, but writes the verses, with ‘discussion’ and ‘debate’ words not in her lexicon.”

The fact that SNP MPs don’t know what the party is doing and are kept in the dark even at the leadership level at Westminster speaks volumes. Input is effectively not sought and knowledge is not passed on.

Finally, there is no vision in the SNP which explains why Scotland is getting worse and not better for its people, everything revolves around Sturgeon and PR gimmicks replace substance. In order for the people of Scotland to make a fresh start, Nicola Sturgeon has to go along with her government. The experiment of ‘civic’ nationalism is a fraud and a disaster, instead of making government work, we have government used along with Holyrood as a campaigning tool by the SNP to foster division.

I have repeatedly said that stupidity is a poor substance for intelligence, but under Nicola Sturgeon, a failed career politician, that is all she can offer.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Jumping on the SNP bandwagon; Constitutional crisis looms as Labour and Lib Dem MSPs prepare to reject UK’s Brexit Bill along with SNP and Scottish Greens, the case for reform of Holyrood to downgrade it is becoming an issue, Holyrood has been turned into a vehicle to promote independence referendums, that isn’t its role

Dear All

Holyrood is a disgrace as a parliament, when Donald Dewar muttered ‘There shall be a Scottish Parliament”, sadly what passes for an MSP for the most part is pretty dire, the class of 1999 were crap.

You could talk about certain individuals shortcomings, but lets stick with the main parties, the SNP has managed to cobble together the Scottish Parliament to reject the UK government’s Brexit Bill.

This isn’t a principled stance it is stupidity, the excuse for this nonsense is concerns of a “power grab”. When powers are returned to the UK from the EU, these powers have to be returned to Westminster before being passed down to the devolved parliaments.

It is rocket science.

The SNP are engineering this unprecedented constitutional crisis to attempt to create a climate to demand indyref 2. The SNP has managed to get Labour, Greens and Liberal Democrat MSPs onboard to vote against a legislative consent motion (LCM) at Holyrood.

So, what’s this about, for the Nats, it is about indyref 2, for the Labour and Lib Dems, it is about being seen to stand up for Scotland, cut to the chase, they are scared not losing votes by being ‘labelled’ anti Scottish.

It is high time that some people developed some backbone in the unionist parties, what the Labour Party in Scotland should have done was abstain, there is no benefit to them jumping on the indy bandwagon.

Jumping on the bandwagon then getting off a few stops later are the actions of fools.

In ramping up the rhetoric, Nicola Sturgeon said she would be 'astonished' if MSPs do not refuse legislative consent for the bill. What is becoming clear that the Scottish Parliament needs to be reformed; we need a new Scotland Act to stop this nonsense continually being used as an excuse for a referendum.

In due time, the concerns about the 24 key controls, in areas including farming and fishing will be dealt with, however on fishing, this area should be reserved to Westminster.

UK ministers need to ensure the integrity of the UK single market, to that end, frameworks need to be ironed out and agreed to ensure areas like food standards run smoothly. What the SNP are doing, and what they have always done is cause trouble for trouble’s sake.

Failed ex EducationBrexit minister running Brexit for Sturgeon, Mike Russell said:

“The Scottish Parliament has a powerful opportunity to unite to protect the powers of devolution and make it clear we do not accept the attempt to constrain the powers of the Scottish Parliament as it stands in the current EU Withdrawal Bill. This is not some abstract issue – this covers key policy areas such as farming, food and drink, fisheries and protecting the environment. I have said time and again it is unacceptable that the legislation gives the UK government the power to ban the Scottish Parliament from legislating on devolved areas for up to seven years without the parliament’s consent.”

In an attempt to appear as Scottish leader of an independent country in waiting, Nicola Sturgeon is trying to raise her profile, speaking at a Q&A event in London yesterday, Sturgeon said the UK will prove it can’t be trusted with devolved powers after Brexit if it “carries on regardless” when the Scottish Parliament rejects the EU Withdrawal Bill today.

In one sense I am glad that this matter will end up at the UK Supreme Court because there is only one outcome, Nicola Sturgeon will lose, her petty little scheme is doomed to failure because the UK is sovereign.

Nicola Sturgeon told a business audience any kind of Brexit deal would advance the case for a second Scottish independence referendum, so there you have it, ‘any kind of Brexit deal’, this was never about anything else. In 2021, the Scottish people get a chance to reform Holyrood, what is clear is the SNP has to be removed from power. At the present moment looking at the polling, the people’s votes are in flux, what we might end up with is an SNP minority government with Sturgeon not able to even get a majority with the help of the Scottish Greens.

If the Unionist parties start campaign, they can achieve a stalemate of the SNP not being able to pass a new referendum bill. If Nicola Sturgeon can’t pass a new referendum bill and is able to be the minority government, this is the end of her career.

Tory constitution spokesman Adam Tomkins said:

“It’s profoundly regrettable that we don’t have a deal in Scotland to allow us to move on. The blame for that lies entirely with the SNP. Nicola Sturgeon has refused to compromise. It’s not in Scotland’s interests that the SNP prefers picking fights to making a deal.”

One thing that Tomkins doesn’t grasp is there is no point in making a late appeal to Labour and Liberal Democrat MSPs to back the LCM. Their concern is about votes! I personally wouldn’t have wasted my breath making any overtures to them, life is too short to waste time.

Labour Brexit spokesman Neil Findlay said his party delivered the Scottish Parliament and is determined to “defend devolution”.

And what a failure that has turned out to be.

Findlay said:

“The problems with clause 15, formally clause 11, mean that Labour will vote against the principle of legislative consent for the EU Withdrawal Bill at Holyrood today. The Tories’ shambolic handling of this key area for Scotland is pushing the case towards the Supreme Court.”

Lib Dem Brexit Spokesman Tavish Scott added:

“Liberal Democrat MSPs do not believe that the Scottish Parliament should give consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill.”

Finally, people talk about the need to close Holyrood because since 1999, the institution has been a spectacular failure and a drain on the Scottish taxpayer, we have a whole tier of elected people who have contributed very little for the people of Scotland.

The calibre of MSP is to be kind exceptionally poor, in the old days, it was said that the cream of the Scottish political elite went to Westminster, one thing certain is the cream has gone sour in Holyrood.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Right at Glasgow University

Monday, May 14, 2018

Trio of Doom and Gloom, ex Labour Foreign Secretary David Miliband says UK must stay in 'safe harbour' of EU single market as he joins cross-party Remainer drive with Nick Clegg and Nicky Morgan, multi tasking Miliband sells out his country and undermines Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership the same time, what a star!

Dear All

One of the things of interest to me is ex politicians who jumped ship giving their tuppence worth on matters that don’t affect them.

David Miliband has waded into the Brexit debate to say UK must stay in 'safe harbour' of EU single market. This in part echos the ramblings of Tony Blair another defunct politician, in the past Miliband was seen as a possible saviour of the Labour Party.

In my mind, he like his brother Ed aren’t saviours of any kind for anyone from a working class background.

After losing the bid to be leader of the Labour Party by his brother, he took up the post of head of the International Rescue Committee in New York. He probably didn’t find that job at Jobcentre Plus since the remuneration pay packet would be £300,000 ($450,000) a year.

Now, like Blair, David Miliband is attempting to muddy the waters by joining cross-party Remainer drive with Nick Clegg and Nicky Morgan. Although he is entitled to an opinion, the fact is he is on the wrong side of history, never a good place to be. One of the points, Miliband cites is that the the UK was being 'held to ransom' by demands for a 'hard Brexit', putting security and economic prosperity at risk.

How does having control of your own borders equal a security risk?

We have had over 40 years of EU Membership, does this feel like a prosperous country, is there milk and honey which everyone has missed, along with nirvana? The EU is a political organisation which wants to remove sovereignty from every country who is a member and impose their rule.

The EU is anti country and anti worker.

But….. here we have Miliband who lives in the USA telling us what is good for us, to line up alongside ex-Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and rebel Tory MP Nicky Morgan to demand close ties with the EU.

Speaking at a rice factory in Essex, the trio will claim the Government's proposals for Brexit would 'diminish Britain's standing in the world'.

This is laughable; also if you take the time to read Miliband’s wiki, he has an interest in the control of foodstuff, namely rice. The Trio of Doom and Gloom want to urge MPs and peers to seize control of Brexit from ministers and force a softer approach. In other words stage an anti democracy coup against the people, this will not be allowed to happen.

Norway's PM Erna Solberg apparently backs this idea, again, no one care what the Norwegian PM thinks on Brexit or indeed on any subject.

Europhile politicians are gearing up for a last-ditch effort to water down Brexit but the UK Government must hold firm, the people of the UK made the decision to leave the EU, that means all of it, not a part, all of it.
Theresa May appears to be on the verge of defeat in Cabinet over her favoured plan for a 'customs partnership' with the EU.

A clash on single market membership is also on the cards, with Jeremy Corbyn facing pressure for scores of Labour MPs to shift his party's policy. Miliband said the Labour leader risked being seen as the 'midwife of hard Brexit' by failing to back single market membership.

One has to wonder that since Miliband won’t get his way whether his intervention is more about doing damage to Jeremy Corbyn to usher in a new ‘Blair’ Era of New Labour politics which previously was despised over issues like Iraq.

In trying to sell his ‘vision’ Miliband cites the single market isn't just about the trade in goods and services, it's also about environmental regulation, it's also about employee rights. As I have mentioned before the EU doesn’t protect employee’s rights, the ‘Viking Case’ puts to death that lie.

Miliband like a lot of arrogant politicians relies on the ignorance of the public not doing the research, in the case above; all the employees were kicked out of their jobs which the EU didn’t protect.

Finally, the remainers still haven’t accepted the fact that the people of Britain have moved on from the EU, there is a ground swell for hard Brexit in my opinion because people don’t want their democratic vote undermined, what does David Miliband represent, the past, not the good old days, the bad old days, and clearly people have had enough of that.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, May 10, 2018

What does ‘Labour values’ actually mean, Alan Johnson, the former Labour Home Secretary says Labour in worst position since days of Militant Tendency, he should lay the blame for this firmly at the door of the Labour ‘moderates’, the careerists middle class people who brought down the party and help to create Momentum

Dear All

Yesterday’s blog was all about the need for the Labour Party to change, not just in Scotland but through-out the UK. The elections results were hailed as a success for Labour by Labour, they acquired 60 plus extra seats.  It was progress but it was a breakthrough especially when you consider that the Conservatives are effectively up to their eyes in Brexit.

In the dark old days of Labour, the party had Militant Tendency, this happy little band pushed Labour towards being unelectable. In 2018, we have Momentum; Momentum is a vehicle for supporting Jeremy Corbyn. There are two Labour Parties rolled into one, there is Momentum and there is Progress, the latter is seen as New Labour who love to tag themselves as ‘moderates’.

New Labour isn’t interested in the working class or the poor, these people are middle class careerists straight out of University who use ‘poverty’ as their vehicle in the same way that social scientists use the poor to extract money from the system to fund their lifestyle.

What is missing in the Labour Party is balance.

Tony Blair brought the Labour Party great success but the price was too high, he sold out his people, his party and his country to the Americans. A lot of people died in the Iraq War because Blair wanted to get close to President George W Bush.  

Alan Johnson, the former Labour Home Secretary who is more of a TV pundit on shows like This Week says that Labour is in worst position since days of Militant Tendency. Johnson claims that leadership of Jeremy Corbyn would “all end in tears”. Judging by the political situation as it stands now, it is unlikely that Corbyn will be Prime Minister. Although Jeremy Corbyn does well in home affairs, he has never got over the hurdle of foreign affairs, in that regard he is out of his depth.

As to the idea of Diane Abbott as Home Secretary, this clueless wonder has no aptitude, ability or sense to hold such a sensitive post. I liked Diane Abbott on This Week a lot doing her chitchat with Michael Portillo but Home Sec….. please!

Speaking at a conference held at Brighton College, Alan Johnson also turned his fire onto Labour's pledge to scrap tuition fees as "a crazy piece of populism". In Scotland, we have ‘free tuition’ except it isn’t free, the tab is picked up by the taxpayer which means the many are paying for the few, and the few are generally middle class. Free Tuition in Scotland should be reserved for the poorest; under various governments, they were increasingly shut out of a university education.

What Alan Johnson effectively saying is that you can have a Labour Government elected in name only which won’t uphold the principles of Keir Hardie but it will be run by university educated middle class people. These people are the ones who brought us the Iraqi War, the bedroom tax and ATOS; they call themselves ‘moderates’.

Since the days of Tony Blair, the Labour Party has been plagued by ‘careerists’ which brought the party to its knees, Scotland is a good example of how it goes drastically wrong when you elect people who don’t represent the people of their constituency. In the old days, you used to get great parliamentarians, now you get dross for the most part, really dross that sat on huge Labour majorities and did nothing.
One thing that the 2015 General election did was to remove many useless Labour MPs who should have been removed by the Labour Party; the electorate done them a favour. That said, we had Labour dross replaced by SNP dross which didn’t make a difference as some people have told me from their experience of surgeries.  

Alan Johnson questioned the purpose of pro-Corbyn group Momentum, saying:

"Why do we need a second organisation within an organisation, particularly when it is just a fan club for the leader?"

This is easy; they have the same role as ‘Progress’ which is seen by some as a second organisation within an organisation.

Finally, I am neither in the Momentum or Progress camps, I see each of them as having problems which doesn’t attract me to their cause. If there is to be a Labour Government, then the party has to come together, so far there is no sign of unity either side of the border. Having rejoined the party, I don’t see a reason to offer my services as an experienced activist to them, or any particular clique within it.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University