Monday, March 18, 2013

Scottish independence: rounding up the Catholics, Alex Salmond’s disastrous Football Bill is making Scotland like a 'police state', Top QC condemns Police as Glaswegians including children ‘kettled’ in Glasgow

Dear All

In the Scottish National Party, there is a genuine lack of talent, there are several incidents to point to, but the Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill is a prime example of stupidity.

This Bill is tripe, the law was made by a knee jerk reaction to a Rangers and Celtic game which was rowdy.

To home in and be more specific, the pushing incident involving Neil Lennon and Ally McCoist!

Wanting to be seen as standing up to sectarianism, the SNP jumped the gun and wanted a Bill in place before the start of the next football season.


We are getting run by clowns.

The laws of Scotland clearly and already covered misbehavior at football games by anyone, they get lifted, charged and appear in court, and that is what should have happened to Neil Lennon and Ally McCoist, Ibrox and Celtic Park aren’t exempt from the law of Scotland.

So, bad law was produced, now of Scotland's leading legal figures has condemned a police response to a protest by a group of Celtic fans, some of whom were children, by saying a heavy handed incident at the weekend smacked of a "police state".

And that is a pretty fair assessment, the Scottish National Party is turning Scotland into a police state, you could argue, they are either stupid and don’t know what they are doing, a powerful argument, or they are doing this by design.

Brian McConnachie, QC, said the incident on Glasgow's Gallowgate on Saturday afternoon which saw 13 people dragged off by officers could have been resolved.

And let’s be clear from the outset, this is a public relations disaster for the force.

The reason is that "kettling" tactics were used by the force and worse still children were among the people detained in that cordon.

Also, McConnachie is casting doubt on the police official version of events, given the numbers and response; it looks like this was preplanned by police.

200 officers just happened to be available around the Gallowgate, many on horses and with batons drawn!

A source said senior police figures have expressed disquiet about how the incident was handled, and so they should, it was a public relations disaster for the force. And the videos of what happened are all over the internet.

But as well as the police feeling the heat, the anti working class and anti Glaswegian Scottish National Party are also ‘in the dock’, their Offensive Behaviour at Football legislation is to blame for this.

A knee jerk reaction by Alex Salmond further down the line sees this type of treatment emerge, as I said, there is a genuine lack of talent in the SNP.

Brian McConnachie said of the incident:

"From what I've seen, this is total overkill. I don't care which team you support. How can this be considered a proportionate response to what seemed to be a peaceful protest. We'll know pretty soon exactly what went on, given the amount of video footage. It's a fine line between an unlicensed procession and a police state. If the police believed there was going to be an issue they had days to resolve it. They'd an opportunity to discuss it. It's pretty clear 200 officers with cameras and batons just seemed to be on hand for an unexpected incident."

 He added:

"I've some degree of sympathy with the police. The SNP Government, the Crown Office and our 'Green Brigade supporting' Lord Advocate Mr Mulholland have created a policy, made it such a big issue police have no option but to react in a particular way. We're also seeing this treated at summary level by sheriffs who are not inclined to disbelieve police."

 Paul Mullen, from solicitors Livingstone Brown, said:

"Some clients have asked about the formal procedure for making police complaints and a couple will be seeking recompense for injuries received by themselves and in one case their children as a direct result of the action of police officers. In all the circumstances, I very much doubt Strathclyde Police will have heard the last about the events of Saturday."

 On Twitter, Lothians Labour MSP Neil Findlay said:

"As predicted in parliament Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill being used to criminalise working class young men – Old Firm fans singled out."

Didn’t George Laird say that the Scottish National Party was anti working class?

George Laird right again!

The Offensive Behaviour at Football Bill needs to be struck down, it was badly written law, I said it was badly written law and I have been proved correct that it is badly written law; Scotland must unite to get rid of this law.

It is time that working class Scots understood once and for all, the Scottish National Party has conned you, misled you, tricked you into getting your vote, at the European election in 2014; send a clear message to Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon by not voting SNP and keeping voting against them to they get the message.

Scotland 2013, Police State, Alex Salmond in charge, is there how things started in 1930's Germany, silence dissent by people, detain people against their will, arrest them, silence the press, the one party state model?

Anyone remember this:

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out. 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University


Anonymous said...

Watched and videod the whole thing. Terrified 12 year children kettled. Some Dads were furiously demanding the police release their young children. Senior cops knew they were wrong and caved in to distraught Mums and Dads.
A truly evil law.

douglas clark said...

Utterly over the top Gavin.