Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Nicola Sturgeon’s folly; Westminster SNP rehash ‘old material’ as they say the Conservatives 'have returned to anti-Scottish days of Margaret Thatcher', Nationalist leader puts bitter personal attack against David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, does Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP members intend to hound David Mundell as they did Charles Kennedy?

Dear All

To be a comedian you have to always use new material, the same could be said in politics, yesterday, I was blogging on the SNP being in their death throes, today as if on cue to prove my point, up pops the SNP leader Ian Blackford at Westminster to use retread material of a bygone age.

Ian Blackford says the Tories have returned to the “anti-Scottish” days of Margaret Thatcher, isn’t just pitiful that the SNP can do no better than attempt to resurrect a ghost of the past.

The idea that petty gimmicks and malcontent can build a nation or indeed unity it is laughable. The SNP are a thoroughly unprofessional group of people who although elected are incapable of building bridges. The bitter exchanges by Ian Blackford towards David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary isn’t good politics, also no one at all will believe the SNP leadership at Holyrood will be seeking consensus by restarting cross-party talks to defuse the mounting constitutional crisis over Brexit.

The SNP want a constitutional crisis over Brexit, so they are using a tactic, Problem–reaction–solution, a method to attempt to steer the UK Government towards operating to their agenda.

The end goal is of course a referendum to be called at their timing, known as a neverendum.

This will not be allowed to happen, with the SNP imploding from the inside, they know that time is against the SNP. In the recent Deputy contest, Keith Brown MSP managed to get 55% of the vote, but we should all remember that only about 26% of the membership voted. You could say that Keith Brown has no real mandate to be deputy leader as only circa 1 in 10 members thought him fit to be elected.

9 out of 10 SNP members didn’t!

In politics, we continually hear that personal attacks have no place in politics, but here we have the SNP leader Ian Blackford in the House of Commons launching into a personal attack against David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary suggesting apparently that he was “yellow” for not speaking in a three-hour debate.  Blackford also claimed that Mundell had no credibility to hold his current post.

Blackford said:

“He fails to stand up for Scotland as a country, fails to stand up for our Parliament, he sees us as subservient…That’s why the Secretary of State needs to go. He is quite simply unfit for the office he holds.”

In a feeble attempt to goad Mundell after accusing him of “stabbing the Scottish Parliament in the back,” Blackford demanded:

“Come on, up you get.”

David Mundell did get up, wandered over to the dispatch box after the SNP had fired their heavy artillery at him and calmly said:

“This speech, I suppose it can be called that, is not worthy of a response from me in the tone that he has set out. He calls for respect but focuses entirely on the personal in his comments. This may be a performance for his colleagues and his core voters, it doesn’t impress Scotland.”

The classic reply, ‘not worthy of a response from me’!

You have to laugh, Blackford wanted a fight backed up with his sheep sitting round him for support and in the end, he made himself look like an absolute fool. One Tory source later said:

“They have no proper argument and that’s why they are resorting to cheap, personal attacks.”

Remember what I said yesterday about the fact the SNP have no substance?

They also have no vision, no depth and no business being in Westminster, what exactly is their purpose there? Plainly, it seems to me to be about drawing the salary, engaging in identity politics and grievance manufacturing, they will leave Westminster no wiser than when they first entered.

Learned nothing, did nothing and added nothing to the betterment of society!

Someone clearly out of his depth is SNP MP Martin Day, he piped up to suggests Whitehall’s action has sparked a strong sense of outrage from his constituents, previously witnessed following the introduction of poll tax, and he added Scotland had now reached a “tipping point”.

Notice any demos this morning or indeed any other morning?

See any real support by way of online petitions?

See anything in the press or on TV and radio about mass discontent?

Heard Tommy Sheridan wheeled out to waffle on?

One thing which should interest anyone who is following this SNP dog and pony show is the comments of Conservative MP Simon Hoare. He pointed out how Lord Sewel, one of the architects of devolution, had made clear the UK Government was not enacting a power-grab because sovereignty rested with the UK Parliament. All powers returned to the UK from the EU must go through Westminster.

Or to understand the nub of it, there is no contract or membership with the EU and the Scottish Government hence no transfer of powers.

It is entirely right that the UK Government are not willing to move any further to allow a Holyrood veto over policy aimed at protecting the UK’s internal market, the SNP are yet again fighting a losing battle which they know they can’t win. You have to ask yourself why the SNP keep having fights when they know that legally they can’t win or influence; is it simply to waste time or are there another motives behind the scenes which they operate too.

No one will win a vote to bring forward emergency legislation to scrap the bill’s Scottish clause especially after David Mundell and his colleagues have made what they regard as significant compromises. Sometimes, it is better to take a small win and then walk away, but the SNP seem to be gamblers and always come up losers. When you build up a record of failure, people will eventually ask; what is the point of supporting you, prior to abandoning your party.

The internal UK market must be protected, this benefits Scotland as much as anyone other part of the United Kingdom. How can the SNP sell their lies on independence when they cannot even work with our largest trading partner in a responsible and constructive way?

Finally, I said the SNP in in its death throes, and as many in the SNP know all too well, George Laird right again!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, June 18, 2018

SNP in their Death Throes: the Nats Westminster ‘stunt’ backfired on them massively, a party of no ability doesn’t have a future in the Commons, the Glasgow School of Art fire is an apt metaphor for the SNP at present, the party is now a hollowed out shell with no real substance or vision to it, reduced to petty games and gimmicks, its just hugely embarrassing for Scotland

Dear All

If you remember the 1982 movie Bladerunner, then you will certainly remember this quote:

“The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long”.

The rise of the SNP was made on the back of major dissatisfaction with other political parties and their representatives. The evidence is the wipe out at various elections.

 Although that created opportunities for the SNP, what they put up as candidates didn’t match expectations of Scots; the new politics lost its shine rather quickly once the SNP entered Westminster in numbers.

56 SNP MPs after a mere two years was dramatically reduced to 35 SNP MPs.

Two short years, the ‘class of 2015’ for the SNP hangs by a thread, or to be more exact 60 or 75 votes in some cases, depending where you are standing in the City of Glasgow. The other seats for the SNP could be taken if other parties made a serious effort and organised.

Last week, the SNP pulled a stunt in the House of Commons, it was manufactured, and the result was some gullible people in Scotland bought into it, the SNP walked out of the Commons claiming that Scotland was being disrespected. In fact Scotland wasn’t being disrespected, the SNP oppose the EU Withdrawal Bill, they had hoped that Scots would back them on keeping EU membership but the support never came. A million Scots voted to leave the EU, and this week the UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced £384 million a week for the NHS.

At the drop of a hat, Nationalist politicians claim everything is a game-changer, but the reality is and remains the people have moved passed the SNP, Brexit is going ahead and the SNP have nothing but petty initiatives to offer, their acts show how irrelevant they are.

It is a startling reality that everything the SNP support and do turns to disaster, we have seen this in government, in local government, in Holyrood and of course in Westminster. This problem all lies with the calibre of SNP politicians, the SNP isn’t a party of political greats, there isn’t “statesmen” in their ranks, they are just a bunch of political thugs.

When you think back to ‘game-changers’ according to the Nationalists, we had:

The referendum White Paper, that didn’t work so we have now the Growth Commission report, we had the “surge” in membership after the referendum, we had the alleged surge after last week's stunt  and periodically, we have people declared on Twitter that they have 'just' joined the SNP.

The funny thing about the last point is when you look at these new members is their followers list, when they make their ‘announcement’ that they were previously followed by SNP members and branches across Scotland.

And you generally find known cybernats as followers as well….. interesting?

The SNP walking out of the House of Commons was meaningless, they wanted to call a vote to exclude the public and press from watching PMQs, on the basis of this, some Scots joined the SNP?

Where exactly was the outrage?

It is a fact that some Scots are easily led, and in nationalist circles not very clever between the ears!

What the SNP are trying to do is manufacture a constitutional crisis which at the end of it sees them granted a second 30 order for another referendum in Scotland; Brexit is an excuse and only an excuse. The latest ‘gimmick’ by the SNP is to say the Brexit ‘power grab’ will 'haunt Tories for a generation like poll tax'.

Do you see much in the way of street protests?

The fact is there is no power grab, all powers from the EU returned must go to the host Country’s parliament, that is Westminster, then Westminster passes down powers once powers are secure in legal frameworks.

This is the bottom line, not the false flags that the SNP are flying.

Voters have become increasingly sophisticated at spotting SNP lies; they know the difference between facts and storytelling shouted by the SNP at the top of their lungs.

The people of Scotland aren’t willing any longer to being treated as fools, and they have become rather apt at see through the nationalists’ motives and actions, Nicola Sturgeon’s and the SNP’s support has been falling, most noticeably since 2015 when emotion and anger managed to gift them 56 seats at Westminster.

Emotion and anger are not a basis for sustained political support, deeds and actions to fix issue like health, education and law and order matter to Scots, and Nicola Sturgeon’s government run like an independence vehicle and wedded to identity politics is making progress for Scotland impossible.

In Scotland recently, we saw the burnt out shell of the Glasgow School of Art which caught fire again, looking at the pictures, it seemed to me to be a metaphor for the SNP. The SNP is now a hollowed out shell of a party with no substance to it, they have been reduced to than a bit of amateur dramatics in the House of Commons. They clearly think that their tactics have some wider meaning in Scotland but it doesn’t, most Scots are divorced from the madness spouted by Sturgeon and her ilk.  

Finally, it appears that Scotland’s jolly fat man, Alex Salmond is alleged to have suggested the protest to SNP leader Ian Blackford the night before, it is also said that Salmond likes to take political gambles, in this case both he and the SNP lost again. 

If people like Blackford are following advice from the likes of Salmond, then one wonders what the role of Nicola Sturgeon actually is now. The SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has previously claimed and asserted that the walkout was instinctive and improvised; one can only think that how many other SNP MPs are kept out of the loop?

Clearly Scotland must send better to Westminster than a load of angry ill-informed malcontents, the SNP don’t represent Scotland, they just represent the SNP, and that is a pretty squalid bunch at that!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, June 14, 2018

SNP Active Discrimination rots the Scottish Government, Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP Government operate a secret twin-track FOI regime to discriminate against people, although the SNP staged a ‘stunt’ at Westminster as the news leaked out, the true story to focus on is that the SNP have corrupted the Scottish government for political ends to shore up their crumbling hold on power

Dear All

In the 2017 Westminster election, the number of SNP MPs dropped from 56 to 35, a huge drop and a clear sign of a party in trouble. Yesterday saw the SNP disgrace themselves at the House of Commons by doing a pre-planned stunt which ultimately made them look like fools.

It is abundantly clear that the task facing Scotland is to remove the SNP from public office at both Westminster and Holyrood.

Why Holyrood when the ‘stunt’ was done at Westminster, well evidence has emerged that the SNP is operating secret twin-track FOI regime, although people are distracted by the walkout, this information is more important to Scots. The SNP are corrupting our democracy and the rule of law, they don’t operate in government under good faith.

Regardless who is in power, the public by law have a right to know, the fact that SNP Ministers have been operating a secret twin-track freedom of information regime is basically a scandal, the SNP don’t like to be held to account for their actions, and the secret system is making it tougher for those most likely to embarrass them to get information.

Journalists, MSPs and political researchers are differently because of who or what they are under the SNP regime, the use of special advisers to ‘vet’ people should be make an illegal act. If there was a need for a Bill at Holyrood to end this practice then this issue surely demands.

The SNP operate to a bunker mentality because they know they aren’t competent, and they are also unwilling to do the job properly which is why we have a government of cronies, there is no ethical approach to government by the SNP. Their politics are the hallmarks of a backward third world country like Pakistan where deals are done behind closed doors for advantage.

Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond lost in 2014 referendum, they also lost in 2016 over Brexit; they haven’t moved on and find themselves effectively without a narrative. The Nats banked on Brexit kick starting their next indyref, but the support didn’t materalise, Brexit is going to happening in March 2019, the UK leaves the EU.

Out is out!

What we witness yesterday by the SNP was a stunt at the House of Commons, they may think that they can engage in guerrilla tactics at Westminster to "frustrate" Theresa May’s Government but they are failing to see the long term picture. The SNP are facing a crisis, and the longer they ‘act up’, the more people will be convinced that we must get them out by any means. The idea that there will be another constitutional clash between Edinburgh and London is a fool’s errand because the war is over.

In politics, the SNP are so stupid that they abuse the concept of goodwill between governments by petty stunts and yesterday trying to use technical devices to cause problems. One thing about rules which the SNP haven’t grasped is that at Westminster, they aren’t the gatekeepers.

The rules can be changed.

If the SNP go back to the stupidity noticeable when they first arrived in 2015 such as clapping each other in the Commons, not only will they alienate themselves from everyone else they will also do so with the Speaker.

The SNP leader at Westminster is Ian Blackford, I don’t like him, I don’t like the fact that the SNP hounded Charles Kennedy, a respected but flawed man to his death. When Charles Kennedy died, the SNP had the incredibly bad taste by turning up at his funeral, Blackford was banned. Blackford is now suggesting the SNP will use a number of “parliamentary devices” to disrupt UK Government business, their story is this action is due to the Conservatives’ "anti-Scottish" agenda.

That is pitiful nonsense.

Nicola Sturgeon joined in by saying she was “right behind” her colleagues at Westminster, accusing the UK Government of treating Scotland with “contempt, and said it could no longer be business as usual between Edinburgh and London. Given that the SNP’s idea of ‘business as usual’ there will be no change there. However, the UK Government shouldn’t be scared to turn the screw on the SNP, if they want to play politics, then the SNP may live to regret playing the fool.

The UK Government need to press on with Brexit and by pass Holyrood, discussions are pointless with the SNP over the EU Withdrawal Bill, and when it comes to Sturgeon asking for another Section 30 order, a junior minister should be used to say no!

Fun….. using the word no can be quite entertaining if done right.

Disgraced MP Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s trade spokesman piped up saying:

“Whether it’s a power-grab or a failure to respect the will of the Scottish Parliament, we are dealing with the same issues with the Trade Bill and the same concerns will arise. As things stand, I can’t see how the Scottish Parliament could pass a Legislative Consent Motion to allow the Trade Bill to go forward.”

Hosie dumped his wife, Shona Robison to plough into another younger woman, no fool like an old fool, after it came out, his concern was for his daughter, how touching!

Paul Sweeney, the Labour Shadow Scotland Office Minister, has denounced the SNP’s “absurd stunt,” which he said would only appeal to the party’s “zealots,” and illustrated how desperate the Nationalists were becoming. It is true, the SNP is fearful of elections for both Westminster and Holyrood which is why they want another indyref, they think they can generate the same support that got them 56 MPs again and stop their decline. Paul Sweeney overturned one of the biggest SNP votes in Glasgow were polls gave him a 2% chance of winning. He fought a hard campaign with few resources but had a loyal and excellent team doing the business. In the end the best man won which is politics doesn’t always happen. The SNP Candidate Anne McLaughlin who held the seat lost by 242 votes.

Her defeat was a sore one for the SNP.

Nationalist sources claimed such was the indignation felt at the Tory Government’s treatment of the Scottish Parliament’s opposition to the Brexit Bill that circa 1,000 people had applied to join the party.

Personally, I think this is bullshit, these new members, why didn't they join for indyref 1?

Finally, although the SNP have embarked on a poisonous tactic, they will find out that doesn’t work at Westminster, the more antics they get up to the stupider the Nats will look, and that will lose votes. If you take anything from today’s blog then don’t focus on the Westminster nonsense, instead focus on the secret twin-track FOI regime because that is the real story. 

The SNP need to be removed from the government of Scotland, and new laws enacted to stop special advisers corrupting our system of government. The cat is out of the bag, Nicola Sturgeon’s government is not just morally bankrupt; it has a systemic problem spreading like a virus through it, but the body is beyond help, rotten to the core.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Nicola Sturgeon hated by all sides, SNP leader takes to Twitter to defend SNP’s Growth Commission as left-wing independence backlash grows against her, the SNP blueprint leaves bad taste in the mouth as Sturgeon tries to sell austerity max as a good thing, clearly the SNP are out of their depth and out of touch with Scottish people

Dear All

It was the document that was supposed to kickstart a dead horse, it was the document which was supposed to give the SNP a springboard towards independence, it was a document which was supposed to unite all under one banner.

And crucially it was the document which was supposed to save Nicola Sturgeon’s dying career and artificially made popularity.

The SNP Growth Commission report has seen Nicola Sturgeon firmly on the backfoot as she is forced to mount a fresh defence of her party’s controversial blueprint for independence, having failed to entice Scots to support independence with a an agenda geared up to the left, the new blueprint is an agenda for the right.

This document has received growing criticism from the Left of the Yes movement, the people who carried the load the last from 2012 to 2014, Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP has betrayed them.

So, where does the Left of the Yes movement go now?

Do, they go out on the streets with the SNP, do they take orders in a new SNP controlled Yes Scotland, how does the SNP get a new coalition of the damned to worked together. In the world of the internet, Nicola Sturgeon used a series of tweets to reassure supporters that an independent Scotland wouldn’t mean continued austerity.

Only the really stupid, the incredibly thick would buy that, independent Scotland means austerity max, huge cuts to public services, job losses and the crippling of public services like the NHS. Despite the SNP saying they support the NHS, independence would mean an end to the NHS which I suspect the SNP would replace with a private health care system.

I don’t trust Nicola Sturgeon to protect the NHS; their current troubles can be traced back to her tenure as Health Secretary.

I read somewhere that it could take 67 years for an independent Scotland to get on its feet economically to rank alongside the best small countries. Sturgeon says the worst case scenario is of a decade of tight public spending to halve the deficit and that would be better than sticking with Westminster. Sturgeon’s claim that the Growth Commission would help win the argument for independence is fantasy, it really is. This is hope over reality, and people live with reality on a daily basis.

The report has been ridiculed already in the press, and by commentators for what it is, a cut and paste job selling the same worn out and defeated arguments, rehash of 2014 which is as unpalatable now as it was when this rubbish was called the ‘White Paper’. Sensing an opportunity, Scottish Conservatives took the time to comment on how rattled Nicola Sturgeon is and remarked how her intervention was “visibly desperate”.

The SNP are a party of protest, they are not a party of government, let that sink in and all that it means.

The 354-page document has been widely criticised on the Left of the Yes movement, with attacks from the Common Weal thinktank and former SNP MP George Kerevan, others equally unhappy are commentators Mike Small and Iain Macwhirter.

After all how do you stick a smile on your face and try and sell austerity max on a doorstep to the core independence vote which is working class, how do you sell prioritising deficit reduction over public spending?

How do you sell cuts to benefits?

How do you sell a plan to use the pound leaving Scotland tied to UK monetary policy?

How do you sell the pound will be dumped in favour of a temp Scottish currency when you refuse to talk or acknowledge that is what you need to do to join the EU?

How do you sell the lie that the SNP don’t want EU membership when they are campaigning at present to remain in the EU now?

Colin Fox, the former Scottish Socialist MSP, said his party would boycott any future independence campaign that put the Growth Commission at its centre? He said the Commission offers nothing to the working class voters essential for a Yes vote. Fox is right, the SNP aren’t interested in the needs of working class voters, they are just a vehicle to get them elected, and in return the Nats give them a fee gimmick policies.

New gimmicks are free tampons and baby boxes, such is the SNP vision.

Mr Fox added:

“It risks driving hundreds of thousands of former Yes voters into the hands of Jeremy Corbyn.”

I don’t see that being the case, what Scotland needs is new parties to reform and refresh our democracy, new people to take Scotland forward. Writing in the Herald today, Iain Macwhirter suggested the report made the SNP sound “like New Labour circa 1998”.

And we all know how they ended up, out of touch with the people, and taking their votes for granted.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said: 

"The SNP promised a Growth Commission, but Nicola Sturgeon has found herself defending a Cuts Commission. The people of Scotland cannot afford another decade of austerity.
"Scotland has over a quarter of a million children living in poverty and pensioner poverty has increased by 33 per cent since 2010. We do not want another decade of austerity."
Scottish Conservative deputy Jackson Carlaw said:

“This is a visibly desperate move by the First Minister, who’s clearly been rattled by the furious reaction of hardcore independence evangelists in recent days. But, as is so often the case when Nicola Sturgeon takes Donald Trump’s lead on tweeting, the content is dubious. This report made abundantly clear that a separate Scotland is likely to bring nothing other than economic hard times. The authors accepted this; perhaps Scotland’s First Minister should too. After all, in establishing her commission, she created the beast which has now turned to bite her.”

Finally, and this is an old story, beyond gimmicks and spin, Nicola Sturgeon has nothing to offer the people of Scotland, her legacy of failure is secure, what is needed is an election at Holyrood to clear out the underachievers and inject a fresh can do attitude to get things done. So far there is no sign that Nicola Sturgeon is the person to affect change unless it is crippling austerity on the most vulnerable, truly the dream has died.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Pollok CLP; Scottish Labour Westminster selection contest in Glasgow South West turns even more nasty and squalid, female Scottish Labour activists previously signed a letter to the party’s leadership to complain, 120 people sign online petition to remove controversial would-be candidate from shortlist, formal complaint lodge by female office bearer, is this contest in keeping with Labour founding values?

Dear All

The Westminster selection contest for Glasgow South West has turned into a rather nasty and squalid affair.

It is a contest between Team Sarwar led by Anas Sarwar who is working to build his ‘empire’ in Glasgow and Team Leonard who is backed by Scottish Momentum, the Campaign for Socialism’. The Muslim candidate, Asim Khan is facing an uphill struggle in his attempt to secure the seat, although he can get votes of certain members, it seems everything is being done to remove him from this contest.

The last day, I worked with him was Sunday 9th Oct 2016, most people might say that they are surprised that I am so accurate, but the reality is when I am in a political party, I record all workdays. We had arranged to meet at the Glasgow Labour Pollok Rooms beside the Cardonald Library, the purpose to drop off letters to Labour members about encourage them to attend an AGM.

So, how many Labour members other than Asim Khan and me turned up to do the work?

No one!

I am interested that 120 people have signed an online petition demanding he be removed from the current selection contest.

This mob said:

“We will not stand for the founding values of our party to be undermined, and we cannot support our party in their decision to overlook this candidate's track record.”

Where were these 120 diehard Labour members on Sunday 9th Oct 2016, who seem to have the founding values of our party at heart?

You could also ask where these 120 diehard Labour members were in 2016 during the work to cover the Govan ward on the Pollok side for Holyrood?

None of them turned up again.

In fact for the Holyrood 2016, this campaign could be characterised for the fact that the majority of the Pollok Labour membership didn’t turn up. Most days, you would be lucky if six people turn in to support Johann Lamont, and it was noticeable to me that it wasn’t till the last week of the campaign that the Labour Cllrs turned up more regularly.

The online petition which has already got 120 people signed up in opposition to Asim Khan is all about stopping a ‘fair and free process’, so Scottish Labour is under pressure, the protestors seem to bank on the fact that a judge once described Asim Khan as “evasive” and “untruthful”.

What should be pointed out is that this is just an opinion by the judge, Asim Khan wasn’t the subject of the tribunal, he was the chair of the now-dissolved Roshni charity which set up to help ethnic minority survivors of sexual abuse.

Female Scottish Labour activists have previously signed a letter to the party’s leadership raising concerns and we already know that that a female office bearer in Labour’s local party in Pollok has submitted a formal complaint. Alison Campbell Glass didn’t like Khan’s alleged failure to tell the party about the tribunal judgement.

Given he wasn’t the subject of the tribunal, I don’t see the conflict, as to the opinion of the judge, that is just an opinion which Asim Khan has already said he gave his evidence to the best of his knowledge at the time.

I don’t see the formal complaint going anywhere because to me, it doesn’t cross what I would consider to be a threshold to remove him as a candidate. If anything in this case should embarrass the Labour Party, it is the nature in which this selection is being carried out, it is being to look like a witch hunt.

Asim Khan has already successfully challenged an internal ruling which resulted in around 80 local members including me not being eligible to vote in the selection process for Glasgow South West. Of course, I would say that if you pay the membership then you should get the same voting rights as everyone else.

Asim Khan responding to the petition said:

“The court judgement recognised an illegal attempt to manipulate the selection process. I am now focused on having an open, transparent and democratic selection process.”

You have to wonder how Team Kerr is feeling at this time now that 80 members many of whom are from ethic backgrounds are going to be getting their voting rights, if Labour Cllr Matt Kerr wins, will they come out and be activists for him for the next 4 years until the next Westminster election?

Whoever wins, they may think that as the majority vote which held this seat is only 60 votes that they are a racing certainty to get elected to Westminster next time; this is wishful thinking on their part because Labour will have to work the area very hard between now and polling day.

As someone who has seen what goes on in Pollok CLP regards to work ethic, organisation and attendance, I wouldn’t be sure of a Labour win. Pollok returned the largest vote in the City of Glasgow in 2014; the SNP won the Westminster seat 2015, held the Westminster seat 2017, and currently hold the Holyrood seat in Pollok.

These 120 diehard Labour members and their little online petition, I have heard a peep about this from anyone in the Pollok CLP, isn’t that rather strange, well I think it is.

Finally, one thing missing from the ‘witch hunt’ against Asim Khan is balance, which is why I am including the workday of Sunday 9th Oct 2016, the event ended up being cancelled due to lack of support by others at the CLP. At the meeting to arrange this event; some members expressed a desire to get out and work, to turn this CLP around, but then didn’t turn up.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Bad SNP Fairy; SNP unveils new independence blueprint, Nicola Sturgeon’s crew do a rehash of the old failed arguments of 2014, ‘milk and honey’ and ‘nirvana’ awaits Scottish people if they gamble with their economic future, if this report was a movie, it would be released straight to dvd!

Dear All

Do you believe in fairies?

Fairies are mythical creatures, small with wings that fly about the place, but they are not real, they are an illusion, the SNP have come up with a new fairytale, this one is a rehash of the old one. The delusion is that an independent Scotland will be a land of milk and honey, a nirvana as long as it is run by the SNP who will make an independent Scotland emulate the world’s 12 best-performing small economies.

So, why hasn’t Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP who have had a decade in power proved that already, where are the papers, documents and results?

The long-awaited SNP blueprint is crap, in the last fairytale; we were told that an independent Scotland would be like Norway.

Now, we are told that since that lie didn’t sell, the party’s Growth Commission report, is punting an argument that we could be like Finland or New Zealand. The word which is the ‘get out of jail free card’ is ‘could’ but the reality is that Scotland isn’t like Finland and isn’t like New Zealand.

Here is a bit of info on Finland to help you.

Scotland gets extra help from the UK Government in order to maintain our standard of services, without this money, the country would be in a terrible state. The SNP continually pump out the lie that Scotland is a rich country, if that were the case, then why don’t they return the extra funding to Westminster?

A simple question is it not, but the answer is, Scotland has different problems both socially and economically that justifies the extra cash. In the previous failed indy campaign, we were told that each Scot was sitting on a fortune, now we get a figure saying that independence will be worth an extra £4,100 per person if Scotland is able to match the success of similarly sized nations, such as Finland and New Zealand.

If it doesn’t match Finland or New Zealand, we would be fucked totally!

Given the complete incompetence of the SNP in managing devolved issues, do you honestly think that if these people had full control of Scotland that they would suddenly gain insights? The SNP is a party of protest, they are not a party of government and the facts speak for themselves, health, education and law and order all a disaster. Nationalists treat government as a ‘pay day’ and a vehicle to campaign for independence which is why we get so little for paying so much.

Free tampons and baby boxes…… the big ideas!

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, says the blueprint was “not about milk and honey” but presented a detailed analysis on how the economy of Scotland could be strengthened.

In trying to sound credible and failing, Blackford replied when asked if the report meant the SNP had got it wrong in 2014, he said that the country was in “a different place” post-Brexit.

He added:

“There was an awful lot of people who were not uncomfortable with the concept of Scottish independence as a principle but they felt a degree of fear as to what Scotland’s economic future would be. What we need to do is to explain to people how we could change that picture and how we could create that sustainable growth in an independent Scotland.”

2014, the SNP claimed that they could put 100,000 women in £42,000 a year jobs to fund their childcare scheme.

How many jobs have they created as part of that scheme, they said that it would take 10 years to get the scheme running?

Has the SNP created those jobs?

Years ago, Nicola Sturgeon was nailed on Questiontime when told, she wasn’t in a position to create any jobs, that task had to be done by the private sector. But has she created any £42,000 jobs in the public sector especially for women?


The SNP keep lying to the people of Scotland in an attempt to get them to risk their future, and yes, we are talking about their financially future, gambling their pensions, jobs, mortgages and the future of their families. In 2014, 28 areas of 32 totally rejected independence, the result was decisive, it was No.

It will always be No to the SNP, they have burnt their bridges with the people of Scotland, as the polling of 2015 to date shows, the shine has come off Nicola Sturgeon; her SNP manufactured popularity is dropping like a stone.

Alex Salmond appointed Nicola Sturgeon as the ‘face of independence’, and we all know how that turned out, we had an ugly bad tempered and hateful campaign conducted by the Nationalist camp.

Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw said:

“The SNP can pluck out any number of fanciful examples, but it won't change the fact Scotland is far more prosperous and secure as part of the UK. People are still asking the question why the SNP is putting so much effort into a question that was settled decisively just a few years ago. This is all about Nicola Sturgeon trying to secure her legacy and a place in history, but Scots are fed-up of her grandstanding.”
There is a lot of grandstanding by Nicola Sturgeon, as a failing politician which is acknowledged by other nationalists, Sturgeon flees Scotland at the drop of a hat to travel outside the country to give speeches. The question is why, well she appears to want to be seen as a ‘force’ and a ‘statesman’, she is neither. If you think back to Alex Salmond, did Fortune 500 companies line up to secure his services after he stepped down as First Minister?


Once these people step down from power, no one wants them; Alex Salmond has ended up on RT, the Russian propaganda channel, and doing a radio show. Oh how the less than mighty have fallen hard. Once Nicola Sturgeon steps down, she wouldn’t even get that, this ghastly woman is heading for obscurity, her only ‘pay day’ is sitting up the back of Holyrood as a backbencher as another failed SNP politician.

Finally, the Conservatives have accused the SNP of a "cowardly approach" after it emerged the new report will be released online without a media launch where questions could be asked.

Why aren’t they doing a big launch, if as they say this is supposed to be an important document, wouldn’t you want to sing its praises to the press and take on all-comers? Andrew Wilson, the former SNP MSP calls it “the most substantially considered economic policy proposals for Scotland and independence that have been produced to date”.

Nicola Sturgeon knows the blueprint once questioned will go from being a fairytale to a nightmare very quickly, that is why the SNP are edging away from a formal launch; they know they will be made a laughing stock.

Maybe the report can be useful as litter for a cat tray?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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 him, 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