Monday, October 23, 2017

Winds of Change or Winds of War, people power see the ushering in of anti immigration parties right across Europe, Austria, Germany and Czech Republic see gains for alt right parties, Czech Republic could have a Eurosceptic billionaire as new Czech PM, the failing EU project is looking increasingly like an organisation which is out of touch led by a smug elite who care little for Europe’s people

Dear All

It seems that people power is on the march in Europe, the reason for this lies in the failure of the current political elite to act in the best interests of the people. People in Europe have stopped listening to the very people who have brought Europe to the brink, they have found new voices. As one commentator aptly put it now is the ‘autumn of Europe's discontent’.

In many ways, you say that Brexit was a response to the damage that has been self inflicted in Europe as a result of the migrant crisis, but that would be too short term, the destruction of Europe began long before this event was thrust into the public domain.

The migrant crisis has destroyed social cohesion in Europe.

Due to the aftermath caused by Merkel’s stupidity, there is now a strong anti-immigration stance which is growing right across the continent which continues to grow and flourish and develop. In places like Austria, we see people forming groups such as the Identitarian Movement led by people like Martin Sellner.

When this group was formed in Austria, they talked about the ‘great replacement’, the Identitarian Movement represents an entirely new phenomenon in contemporary European radical right. They have gained visible support both outside anti-system movements typically referred to as protest movements. Simply put, the Identitarian Movement represents a stream whose aim is to draw attention to the threat of the Islamization of Europe. These people seek to renew the identity of European nations which is why each Identitarian Movement differs from other in European countries.

Even in Scotland, this movement has found roots:

These groups are getting more organised, which in part is a response to people like Antifa which use violent protest for political ends. If you listen to the guy in this video, he talks openly about breaking the law.

In Glasgow, the Identitarian Movement held a meeting in a pub:

In Europe, we are seeing people willing to vote for an anti-immigration Eurosceptic billionaire who apparently is set to be the new Czech PM. What this signifies is that across Europe, voters are rejecting everything the EU in Brussels stands for. The stranglehold of their politics is slowing coming apart. You can’t have missed the recent election results in Germany and Austria, which have seen a surge in support for far-Right nationalist and Eurosceptic parties. I said to an Austrian that the last Dutch, French and Austrian elections it wasn’t the time for the ‘alt right’ to win power, they weren’t organised and the timing was wrong.

I proved to be right.

It is now the turn of the tiny Czech Republic to rail against Brussels, the Czechs have been at the forefront of dealing with the migrant crisis. I said that we might see Europe on the road to civil war if manners aren’t taken in hand.

If the ‘Czech Donald Trump’ whose real name is Andrej Babis gets in it is a continuation of the work of Viktor Obron, his party is bluntly named Action for Dissatisfied Citizens, although not catchy it is effective. In the election, he won 29.6 per cent of the vote which translates to 78 out of 200 seats in the lower house, firmly shifting his nation to the Right. The political elite view him as a danger to democracy because of his authoritarian leadership style but we are living in dangerous times, and we have seen how the ‘myth of democracy’ has been used for the personal agendas of political parties and individuals for their own self interest.

The EU; a self serving elite is losing support from member states, this is good news, members must reclaim the sovereignty, this is a key issue for other EU member states which cannot go unchecked. We have a smug Euro-elite out of touch with the people they represent, one in five of whom earn over £100k a year, shop in private supermarkets, and have other perks which are quite frankly obscene.   

In September, Germany’s Angela Merkel had a bad election which saw her emerged weakened and put a far-Right, nationalist party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), into the Bundestag for the first time.

This is history, because it is an expression of direct democracy, people power against the 'establishment’, we have many angry people in Germany who are frustrated with the euro project, now getting a proper return for their savings, continual bailouts for countries such as Greece. You add in the migration issue and terrorism and you can see why Merkel is still struggling to form a coalition.

Angela Merkel’s time has come and gone, she is in the way of a new Europe where economic security for it’s citizens will be a dominating feature along with national security.

Finally, Sebastian Kurz of the Austrian People’s Party is poised to form a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party. Although coalitions are nothing new in politics, some of the members of that party campaign wearing the insignia of a blue cornflower, the secret symbol associated with the Nazi Party.

It seems we are heading towards uncharted waters, when will the EU fail, who can say but change will certainly have to happen in this organisation which is looking increasingly like the new Politburo.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University  

Friday, October 20, 2017

The 'Dumb and the Furious' at Holyrood; SNP MSP Joan McAlpine makes a complete fool of herself claiming that the UK single market doesn't exist, insult to injury as she is corrected by two Professors, one of whom is a Law Professor, Nationalist trot out their ignorance as a matter of course, but this take stupid to a whole new level

Dear All

It appears that brains are in short supply when it comes to SNP MPs or MSPs, where it is married MSP like Kenny Gibson diving off to Costa Rica with a married party aide, attending illegal referendums like Joanne Cherry or talking bollocks like Joan McAlpine, there is a nationalist for every occasion to let Scotland down.

If there was prizes for stupidity, Joan McAlpine would have to be included in the line up, to leave her out would be a crime, her latest major gaffe is claiming there is no such thing as the UK single market. You might be shocked at how someone elected to public office can stand up and say this and think it would be allowed to pass unnoticed.

The United Kingdom is the most impressive single market that has ever existed, where you are Scots, English, Welsh or Northern Irish, there is border-free movement of goods, capital, people and services. In fact the free movement of trade has gone on for centuries which probably explain why people like; Joan McAlpine doesn’t get it.

The revelation makes you wonder how on earth someone like Joan McAlpine gets to be the convener of Holyrood’s European Committee especially when she comes out with statements like this which shows  stark lack of reality.

The claim made at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics however didn’t stand the test of time as she said:

“This talk of the UK single market, it’s a bit of a nonsense when you think that under the devolved settlement we already have different approaches to things. Health, for example, and lots of other areas as well where we take a different approach. So we don’t really have a UK single market.”

Up pops Professor Nicola McEwen, Associate Director of the Centre for Constitutional Change at Edinburgh University who told her:

“Yes, we do.”

Followed by Alan Page, Professor of Public Law at the University of Dundee who also set her staright by saying:

“Buying and selling goods, moving job, capital - all of these things move freely within the United Kingdom to the extent that we don’t even think about it. We live in an economic and monetary union. We do have, no question, a single market in which goods, people, capital move freely within the UK.”

Short, sanppy and to the point, even an idiot could understand this, McAlpine was born in Gourock, Renfrewshire, that being said, education is taught in that neck of the woods, and when you throw in her stint at Glasgow University where she did MA (Hons) in Scottish History and Economic History, you can only come to the conclusion that McAlpine is an ‘arse’.

Several things which Joan McAlpine seems to have no problem are listed in her wiki page, such as employing Gail Lythgoe, was found to have emailed a women's equality group, alleging that the Labour politician Ian Davidson has a history of bullying women and called on them to demonstrate against him, that ended badly for Lythgoe. Then there was failing to turn up to Ministerial Questions to ask a question which she had tabled in the Scottish Parliament as she was eating dinner in a restaurant. This was something I blogged on the deer muncher story.

Forced to apologise!

Then there is my two personal favs, the speeding in a car incident and the classic story of McAlpine in a sex romp:

A touching story of McAlpine breaking up a 29 year old marriage, at the time she said that she hadn’t had an affair but a relationship. According to her lover at the time, he said on the circumstances:

“We were both on our own in the city (Inverness at SNP Conference), drink was taken and we ended up in bed together. It was a fling. To me it was never more than a fling. It was me doing that thing that many married men do – when the opportunity is there you take it. I’m not proud of it.” 

Having done history, it seems that Joan McAlpine is unable to learn from history, or has a short term memory problem, her committee last year wrote the foreword to a paper which referred to the UK single market.

It said:

"The devolution settlement, like the European Union, is based on a ‘single market’ in goods, persons, services and capital."

If Ms McAlpine thinks she has a career as a propangandist, in the past she worked for newspapers, perhaps she should think again, her career is littered with gaffes where she ends up becoming the story due to ‘bad messaging’.

A spokesman for the Scottish Tories said:

“It appears Joan McAlpine has decided to temporarily leave the reality-based community. Of course we have a UK market - just ask anyone who has popped across the border from Carlisle to Gretna to do some shopping. Given Ms McAlpine is a South of Scotland MSP; you’d think she’d be the first to understand this. It’s therefore extremely odd she doesn’t.”

If you are ignorant, daft or feebleminded, a good strategy is to say nothing which draws attention to yourself, that way you can sup up the taxpayer cash as an MSP and no one will know you exist. After all, there are plenty of MSPs that no one has ever heard of at the Scottish Parliament.

Joan McAlpine is just another in the line of failed SNP politicians which the public is seeing on a daily basis, some like Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh, Angus Roberston, Anne McLaughlin have been kicked out of office but other like Joan McAlpine still remain, one day, I hope to see the end of the Holyrood list system which allows people like Joan McAlpine into the Scottish Parliament, that day cannot come soon enough in my opinion.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Running Man: another major PR gaffe for Anas Sarwar emerges as he waited an entire year after his election before registering for living wage accreditation at Holyrood, he has lost the race to be leader several times over, his lack of preparation and attention to detail is astounding as questions are raise yet again about his commitment

Dear All

As campaign go, the attempt by Anas Sarwar to become the leader of the Scottish Labour Party has been a total PR disaster both professionally in terms of how he ran his campaign and personally regarding his personal life.

If it could go wrong in his campaign it has, the new issue is of credibility as Anas plunges into a new row over his commitment to the living wage.

It now transpires that the Scottish Labour leadership candidate failed to register as an accredited living wage employer. This little gem follows on from the revelation that his family’s business where he was a shareholder also didn’t pay the living wage. It has taken Anas Sarwar  more than a year after being elected to Holyrood to do, it appears that Anas is tidying up loose ends as he was accredited as a living wage employer just a mere two weeks ago.

This shows a pattern, a pattern of failing to lead while in public office, of course it is not the first time that Scottish Labour has elected a leader who hasn’t be capable or downright careless but Anas just blunders from mistake to mistake.

Anas Sarwar is a millionaire Glasgow MSP, the stories that emerge are damning but the alleged ‘voting rigging’ scandal; ‘sign up a Muslim to elect a Muslim’ has killed his campaign stone dead. If Anas Sarwar wins, he will be facing a civil war with Momentum or the Campaign for Socialism, Kezia Dugdale ducked that fight but the pro Corbyn group are growing.

In contrast to Anas’ blunder, his left-wing rival Richard Leonard registered in late 2016, obviously Richard Leonard has an eye for detail which Anas has failed to show.

What makes his latest failure so bad is it questions about the importance of the issue to him, and by default his credentials for standing in this leadership race. His tidying up exercises also saw him offload is his 23 per cent stake in his family firm, worth around £4.8m, to a trust for his three children. This was a cynical bid to draw a line under that controversy.

Anas Sarwar never ‘gave away’ £4.8m, the shares have been kept in his immediate family.

This raises the question, who suggested transferring the shares?

Is it appropriate to ‘use your kids’ in this fashion?

I would strongly suggest no!

Interestingly, it seems that Sarwar’s campaign team was last night unable to say whether he applied for accreditation. It begs another question was it before or over the row over UWS pay rates erupted on September 10?

When Ken Macintosh stood as Labour leader, he missed his window of opportunity, he stood against Johann Lamont who apparently didn’t want to be leader, and her time wasn’t exactly a success. When Ken Macintosh stood again against Kezia Dugdale, he had completely lost his chance, which is why he now sits as Presiding Officer. In some respects, his failure led to a better situation in my opinion.

A spokesperson for Mr Leonard said:

“Richard Leonard applied for accreditation as a living wage employer in October 2016 and was verified on 2nd November 2016. Richard pays his staff at least the real living wage and has done so since they were employed in Sept/Oct 2016.”

In terms of this contest, Richard Leonard doesn’t seem to have put a foot wrong, Anas on the other hand hasn’t put a foot right, professional disasters, personal disasters and lost every round of the PR battle as well.

Anas Sarwar is looking more like Ken Macintosh, a man who lost his opportunity to be leader, but with the added kick in the teeth that there isn’t a Presiding Officer’s job available.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University 

Monday, October 16, 2017

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have the “intellectual capability” for the job as party leader and First Minister of Scotland; she hangs onto her job because of the lack of a decent replacement, Jim Sillars says he hopes she will improve, considering her bad judgement and track record, that is a bridge too far

Dear All

For years, and years, I have harped on about the complete lack of talent within the SNP, not just in the activist base but right through the entire party. Now the focus has turned on Nicola Sturgeon and her lack of ability which if you seriously looked at her performance not just as a Minister but also as an MSP has been poor. No matter what area Nicola Sturgeon has involved herself in a constituency area be it Govan or Govanhill, the population suffer due to her couldn’t careless attitude.

The Govanhill ghetto is a classic example of how an area can be run down, and the MSP, her staff and other elected members have completely failed the people, the area, and the City of Glasgow.

Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have the ability to led, but that isn’t just her problem, her ability to make good judgement is also debateable along with something which former Deputy leader Jim Sillars says Sturgeon lacks, she lacks “intellectual capability”. I think Jim Sillars nails it completely when he says that Nicola Sturgeon should step aside to make way for someone of greater “intellectual capability”. The problem is along Nicola Sturgeon is terrible, there is the lack of a decent replacement within the SNP, something which I noticed as a member.

Because the SNP is run like a cult, the promotion of less than capable people was used in order to secure the leadership, this wasn’t just a new thing to keep Sturgeon in post, it was a continuation of what was done in the Salmond era. Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond kicked Scottish Independence stone dead in 2014. In the wake of Brexit, the SNP led by Nicola Sturgeon is incapable of moving on, instead battles are refought that have already been lost.

What type of leader is Sturgeon when she can’t get passed the word No?

Nicola Sturgeon is a bad leader; she is a vacuum, a shallow and hollow politician who cannot make herself relevant to the political world that has changed around her in Scotland.

The fact that Jim Sillars criticised Sturgeon’s “helter skelter” push for a second referendum shows that she is worried about her position and the people in the SNP behind her. 2014 has been and gone, the debate now is Scotland’s position in the UK in a post Brexit era.

I doubt that Nicola Sturgeon will heed Jim Sillars’s call to “step aside” as SNP leader due to the simple issue of money, £145k a year is something which Nicola Sturgeon couldn’t hope to achieve in a post Sturgeon Scotland. Did you see a line of Fortune 500 companies rush to sign up Alex Salmond after he stepped down?

Me neither!

Jim Sillars told BBC Sunday Politics Scotland:

“Suppose Nicola was knocked over by a bus... where are the candidates of the necessary stature to take over the leadership of the SNP? So she’s what we’ve got at the present time. I would like to see her improve.”

One problem in that respect, a closed mind can’t develop, Nicola Sturgeon may have a university education but the mindset is still that of the ‘scheme’. Her pre MSP history wasn’t exactly that of a high profile lawyer, no one was beating down her door from a prestigious law firm.

Check out her wiki page and other resources to see what others said about her.

Jim Sillars added:

“At my age I can talk honestly. If there was someone better around who had the intellectual capability to understand that you’ve got to analyse things first before you take a decision, yes, I think she should step aside. But there’s no one there at the moment. So we’ve got Nicola and I hope Nicola improves. We lost seats at Westminster because the day after the [EU] referendum she went helter-skelter for a second referendum which everyone knew we would lose and most people didn’t want.”

I have to agree with Jim Sillars that there will be no second independence referendum before the 2021 Holyrood election, and the SNP may not be able to hold one after that, this is because the SNP have peaked, and their support is going down. The situation at present according to polling is that 2021 is looking like the SNP unable to form a majority. This is prompted a few to suggest a deal with Scottish Labour which is doubtful because the SNP and Scottish Labour fish in the same pond for the same thing, the working class vote.

As to Sturgeon’s rush for an independence referendum on the back of Brexit, he said:

“You cannot have [a referendum] sensibly until you know exactly what the Brexit deal is in detail, and then take time to assess it, and then take time to formulate an argument for independence. Because we’re in a new paradigm. What was in 2014 will no longer be the case when we Brexit. So we have to have a new thinking of the structure which we put to the Scottish people. It’s a huge amount and discussing that needs to be done.”

He is of the opinion that 2022 or 2023 is a date for a second referendum but if the majority goes in 2021 with pro independence parties at Holyrood, these proposed dates are moot. The 2021 election for Holyrood is one of the most important elections in the political calendar of this country.

Finally Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t as Jim Sillars says have the “intellectual capability” to lead Scotland to independence, her track record of failure, promoting pals to jobs such as Shona Robison tells a story all by itself. Sturgeon hasn’t made a success of being First Minister, we aren’t living in the days of a better tomorrow regarding health, education and jobs. The fact is the SNP is lacking in genuine talent right through the organisation, it is a party that is rather squalid, petty and unimpressive.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cry Baby Politics: Scottish Labour leadership contest is being "rigged" says Labour MP Ian Murray, he also wants interim leader Alex Rowley kicked off the chair of a panel set up to vet new recruits, this campaign letter tactic is rather squalid and counterproductive and doomed to failure

Dear All

It seems there is unhappiness which has publicly emerged in the Scottish Labour Party leadership which an allegation that the election process is being “rigged” to help left-wing candidate Richard Leonard.

A few days ago, I wrote about the Sarwar supporters signing up Muslims to vote for a Muslim, in this case Anas Sarwar, the fact that race politics has emerged in this contest is appalling.

I don’t like race politics myself, and I certainly don’t like vote rigging either.

I wonder how , Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray feels about what I wrote about just recently, is there anything in his letter about new Muslim members joining with same email addresses and mobile phone numbers?

I would suspect not as Ian Murray is a known anti Corbyn supporter. In a letter to party headquarters, Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray called for Labour to re-consider the validity of the members of the Unite trade union who had signed up to vote in the contest.

Under the rules, the Unite trade union has done nothing wrong, and if you take the wider view then the Sarwar supporters have done nothing wrong in their ‘sign up a Muslim to elect a Muslim’. As to the people who were signed up by Unite, the union wouldn’t be holding their hands when it comes to the vote, these people will be free to cast a vote for either candidate.

Another interesting turn is that Ian Murray wants interim leader Alex Rowley kicked off the chair of a panel set up to vet new recruits, I doubt that would happen, and although privately Rowley expressed a preference for Richard Leonard, he is entitled to his private views.

So that request will be chucked in the bin, along with his letter, Murray wrote:

“We are in danger of undoing all the progress we have made in the last year because the defence of the leadership election process is, at best, clumsy and, at worst, being rigged for a particular process.”

So, who exactly is doing the rigging for a particular process?

I joined up after the actions of Sarwar’s supporters because I don’t think their modus operandi sits well with; in fact, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and taints everyone connected to his campaign along with Anas. 

Anas Sarwar called for the debate to be about policy after news stories about his personal life and family business practices became public, we have seen what his supporters are up to, is that about policy?

Sign up a Muslim to elect a Muslim!

I would have thought someone has educated as Anas Sarwar would have recognised that a broader appeal base would have served him well rather than what has come to pass.

A Unite spokesman said:

"Ian Murray is wrong. Unite has adhered to the SLP's rules to the letter, and indeed the general secretary and the party's legal and governance unit have all confirmed that our affiliated members are valid. We urge Mr Murray to take Brian Roy's advice on this and in doing so withdraw his wrongful accusations about Unite."

No luck there for Ian Murray.

I am sure that the rules do need to be reviewed in the Scottish Labour so that they reflect fairness and are appropriate to a modern party but this contest is running and the rules are the rules as they stand at present.

A senior Labour source described the Murray letter as a “massive diversionary smokescreen” created to take attention away from the member recruitment strategy pursued by supporters of the other leadership candidate,  I would have to agreed with that, although Anas is in this contest to the end, it wouldn’t be a contest that ends in unity.

Not after the shit his supporters got up to, not only have they ‘queer the pitch’ for his campaign, they have also done it for themselves if any of them are elected representatives, who is going to be an activist willing to work for them.

Perhaps the Sarwar crowd think people have short memories?

This battle has become one of the dirtiest leadership contests in years, it didn’t have to be but this is how it ended up. Recently, I got an invite to take part in workshops for new members from someone called Kayleigh Quinn who is a Scottish Organiser, I won’t be going to these sessions as I am rather busy at present, whether I go to others will depend on how I feel, at present seeing what is going on, I am not impressed enough to offer my services as I did before as an activist.

Being a member and being an activist are two different things entirely.

Finally, Ian Murray's letter was a huge mistake, it damages the Sarwar campaign, not helped it, amazing stupidity on his part. 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Harvey Weinstein Scandal: Aftermath

Remainers in denial: National crying session organised over Brexit headed up by third rate politicians and the politically dispossessed, this event is really an anti democracy event which shows how much contempt people views are held in, the British people voted to leave the EU

Dear All

The crying game is in full swing as supporters of the UK’s membership of the European Union will stage another pathetic rally in Edinburgh this weekend. The aim of this non event is to make UK Government to “think again” on Brexit. The event is titled ‘Rally for Europe’ but this is a con trick, the rally is actually for the European Union, a political organisation with 50,000 employees, one in five of whom earn more than a £100k plus expenses a year.

This rally is not for Europe.

It now seems likely that there will be no Brexit deal with Europe given the nonsense coming out of Brussels from people like Jeam Claude Junker and Guy Verhofstadt. These people think they can hold the United Kingdom to ransom, when or if the talks collapse, they will realise how much they miscalculated the will of the British people.

So, at the weekend, we will see speakers at the rally urge other Scottish local authorities to follow the City of Edinburgh Council’s lead by signing an open declaration to become “hubs of EU activity and connections”.

What does that mean?

It means nothing, Brexit isn’t about rebuilding a wall, it is about reclaiming sovereignty for the people. The connections with EU institutions in various forms will continue such as in academia and security but the relationship will change, in some cases this will relate to funding issues.

When people vote for Remain, they didn’t know what they were voting for, they were deceived into think the vote was a vote against the other 27 member states instead of the EU organisation. In a post Junker world, which will be coming soon enough, the EU organisation will have to change because other EU members will follow the UK lead and leave.

I have my money on Hungary or Poland, although Nigel Farage thinks Italy is the next big player to follow its tents and march out.  

Vanessa Glynn, chairwoman of the European Movement in Scotland, said:

“More than 15 fifteen months on from the Brexit vote, the current UK Government still has no clear idea of where it’s going”.

I would hazard a guess and say No deal is going on!

Glynn added:

“As groups rally up and down the country, information about disarray within the cabinet is trickling down. The clock is ticking with negotiations on Britain’s future relationship with EU still on the starting blocks, and yet we do not see any clarity about the relationship that will follow between the UK and the EU, nor between the constituent nations of the UK. One cannot help but wonder when the cabinet will hear the increasing concerns from the man or woman on the street”.

One million Scots in the EU referendum said no, and this was done on a shoestring budget, little resources, people or time. Glynn isn’t speaking for Scotland or anything like it.

Glynn added:

“We are taking this opportunity to urge Scotland’s cities to spearhead opposition to Brexit and to mitigate the damage to our country as this process takes place.”

Scotland’s cities, by this I assume she means councils, as if they speak for the people, people aren’t buying into this rubbish.

This event will be covered by the press but it is a load of rubbish because the line up of speakers is of the third rate variety; speakers include Tommy Sheppard of the SNP, Labour’s Ian Murray and Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie.


I don’t do ‘demos’, never have never will, I don’t waste my time on rubbish like this, the refusal to accept the result of the act of direct democracy is very telling, these people don’t like the fact they have been told no!

Get it over it, the people have moved passed the EU and as this organisation gears up to suppress internal dissent by creating an EU army, we are well done with them.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bad taste in the mouth: Scottish Labour leadership contest is hit by massive row over new Muslim members joining with same email addresses and mobile phone numbers, now official complaints have been made to Scottish Labour by two secretaries of Constituency Labour Parties, this is a bitter nasty episode which taints those involved, and will not be forgotten post result

Dear All

On Monday, I highlighted in a post a problem within the Scottish Labour Party, two days later it seems that matters have gotten much worse.

I stated that after this contest was over that people will have a new view on Anas Sarwar and his supporters, and it won’t be positive. As much as the stories which have already came out regarding Anas Sarwar’s personal life and situation, this new revelation is the worst yet.

The Labour leadership contest hit by row over new members joining with same email addresses, when I read about this, my first thought was this isn’t happening from the campaign of Richard Leonard.

What is clear; is that the Scottish Labour Party needs to introduce new rules of membership voting. It is now out in the public domain that a sizeable number of new recruits who had signed up in recent weeks provided identical personal details in their applications. This has and should set alarm bells ringing because if single email address is being used then it raises the prospect of an individual casting someone else’s vote in the electronic ballot.

This cannot be a good thing for internal democracy and certainly won’t leave a good taste in anyone’s mouth post election, whoever wins, this grotty little episode will reflect badly on certain people.

Such is the concern that two secretaries of Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) that nominated left-winger Richard Leonard for the leadership have raised concerns with Scottish Labour about this issue. When I started to read about what was going on, my immediate thought was how immoral and repugnant the practice was; now it seems that this contest is going to be seen by some as akin to vote rigging in order to attempt to win the leadership for Anas Sarwar.

The Leonard campaign has reacted by saying if complaints had been made then "we expect these will be dealt with through Scottish Labour Party's procedures." At this point in time, there isn’t much else that they can say.

A spokesperson for the campaign of Anas Sarwar however completely ignored the issue by saying:

“It’s incredibly encouraging that people across Scotlandhave joined the Labour Party and we are confident that many have been enthused to do so by Anas’s positive campaign and by a belief that he can be the next Labour First Minister.”

Anas Sarwar isn’t going to be the First Minister of Scotland, and if Richard Leonard gets elected then I doubt that Anas Sarwar will be holding the health brief, if any, and there should be an investigation into this affair.

This contest between Leonard and Sarwar has become a nasty bitter affair; this will encourage more support for people to join the Campaign for Socialism or Momentum if Sarwar wins.

Momentum is the pro Corbyn group within the Labour Party.

At the weekend, we heard that around 1600 sign-ups to Scottish Labour had happened with around 1200 of these being Asian members. This brought some to suggest that the sig ups were to “edge it” for Sarwar. The new facts put the application process under the microscope with a senior party source stating that in some cases, the same mobile phone number has been provided for all or many of the new members in a household. And it is also stated that in some multi-resident households put down the same email address.

Imagine that Anas Sarwar wins, who is going to work with anyone who is a supporter of him?

It is a bitter contest and for the sake of the party there has to be  a victory for Richard Leonard or civil war will probably erupt in Scottish Labour, Momentum didn’t get their fight with Kezia Dugdale, she jumped ship but they will get new members by the truckload if this contest is seen as being vote rigged.

It isn’t enough that justice is done; it needs to be seen to be done!

Finally, a verification panel, chaired by interim party leader Alex Rowley, has been set up to scrutinise the sign-ups but given the way the Scottish Labour Party rules operate there appears little that can be done, and that is the real shame of this sorry episode.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Talking out his Ass, SNP MP Pete Wishart speaks at Nationalist fringe event on the horrors of Brexit citing Scots must board ‘lifeboat of independence’ before Brexit disaster, apparently the mantra independence solves everything is alive and well in SNP circles, SNP no longer relevant to a future Scotland

Dear All

How would you like to get off a sinking rat ship onto a lifeboat which is unseaworthy?

Does it appeal to you?

Pete Wishart, the SNP comedian has stated that Scots must board the ‘lifeboat of independence’ and row ‘as fast as possible’ away from the UK to avoid a potential economic downturn caused by Brexit.

If anyone is in need of a lifeboat, I would suggest that it is Pete Wishart, he won his seat by a mere 21 votes. It is possible at the next Westminster election, he will be unemployed and unemployable, of course busking remains an option. The issue of Brexit is a red herring used by the SNP to appear relevant; Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon lost the independence referendum in 2014 rather badly indeed. This led to Nicola Sturgeon grasping at any issue to claim this is a ‘trigger’ for indyref 2. At the present moment, it is unlikely that indyref 2 will happen for a long time. The SNP can’t do anything right; and the prospect of a hung parliament in 2021 looks for some a racing certainty.

The reason for this is the Scottish Conservatives upswing in terms of votes and seats; however, although a hung parliament seems on the cards, the SNP at present is set to have the largest amount of seats. The political flux is still continuing in Scotland, losing 21 seats at the General election was a wake up call for the SNP, so they are trying to buy the vote, it worked before, this time around early on we see the bribe of childcare.

There will of course be other trinkets, there will have to be, the SNP can’t win over people on their appalling record so they will have to use the public purse. The Brexit debate was won, the vote was won, and still the SNP can’t accept that the people made a decision.

Britain is leaving the European Union!

If, there is another referendum, and that is a big ‘if’, you are talking 2024 at the earliest as Theresa May will not make any decision until after the election in 2022, you can in the process of a Bill and other issues like talks, and 2024 comes in as a ‘maybe’. That being said if there is no majority for the SNP and Scottish Greens, then the SNP will not get a mandate out of Holyrood.

At that point the political career of Nicola Sturgeon is toast completely; she goes to make way for new blood. In fact, many senior nationalists are at the end of their political life, including Alex Salmond and Pete Wishart, it is time to take the pensions and run.

I just laugh at Pete Wishart’s claim that every household in Scotland faces a £10,000 hit over the next 20 years as a result of Britain leaving the European Union. It is fantasy based on scaremongering; Brexit opens up Britain to global trade unconfined by the European Union which is increasingly looking like an organisation which has no future.

Recently even a German MEP was tearing into the organisation over Brexit.

Oh and Pete Wishart says 8,000 jobs at risk north of the border, the one he needs to watch is his own. The crying over leaving the EU in Nationalist circles is based on the few profiting by treading down the many for personal advantage. At present the SNP wake or Conference is happening in Glasgow, the attempt to appear upbeat and jolly is stage managed at least in the main hall, but in the fringe events, we get the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) on the myths and opportunities of Scottish independence. Doom and gloom with a fairytale ending, independence solves everything, the same flawed message of 2014 which bombed with the public, the public wouldn’t be led, they won’t be tricked and they are now wiser to the SNP and their game now.

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is a London-based think tank has released a research paper arguing an ‘entirely federal solution’ is the most appropriate system of government for the UK. This is something which the public does not want; it is being pushed by several parties including some in the Labour Party in Scotland. Federalism does not solve the independence question and neither did the Scottish Parliament.

One think which I see when I look at Pete Wishart is someone who isn’t a deep thinker, so when he trots out that a new economic message - one that moved away from debates on currency and focused more on the opportunities available to an independent Scotland was required ahead of any second referendum, I think fairytale Part 2. The people of Scotland were lied to during the first independence referendum by the SNP and the phoney groups setup by their members to garner support from those who didn’t want to stand under the nationalist banner.

In an attempt to appear like a leader, Wishart said:

“We will be having another independence referendum, not because we want it but because the Scottish nation will be crying out for it as they start to experience the horrors of Brexit. They will be coming to the Scottish National Party saying ‘get us out of this mess’.”

I need to say bollocks at this point because he is talking bollocks.

He added that “being shackled to the United Kingdom as we approach Brexit is the worst possible place to be economically. We have the opportunity, there’s a lifeboat attached to the good ship UK that’s heading for that Brexit iceberg - it’s called Scottish independence. Let’s get on board that lifeboat, let’s row as fast as possible.”

Wishart’s ability to sell a message, otherwise known as spin is rather pitiful, let’s use a ship sinking and a lifeboat because the ‘wee people’ will get what I am saying! I don’t know about you but I am not so easily sold on any subject when someone comes out with rubbish like this, I don’t need someone to paint me a picture.

In his final pitch, Wishart said:

“We have to start thinking about it pretty soon because Brexit could collapse in two years time, he said. We could be leaving without any deal; the EU could just get thoroughly bored with the whining UK. How on earth did the Unionists get away with presenting the case substantially that economically rich Scotland, resource rich Scotland, Scotland that has so many fantastic economic opportunities would somehow fail as an independent country? “Somehow we have let the Unionists get away with this and we must never ever allow this to happen again. We must start to redesign and rechart our economic case for independence, which starts by saying what a wonderful country this is and how economically prosperous we are.”

In fact, Scotland is so rich that the SNP would impose cuts severe immediately if they ever tricked Scots into voting for their nonsense.

Economically rich Scotland, where is the nirvana then?

We spend more than we collect in taxes, economic reality escapes Pete Wishart.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, October 9, 2017

Immoral and repugnant, will destroy the Scottish Labour Party from within, shadow of race creeps into fight for leadership of Scottish Labour as it is claimed that Anas Sarwar’s supporters are recruiting Asian Muslim members, many people after this contest will have a new view on Anas Sarwar and his supporters, and it won’t be positive

Dear All

Do you believe in fair play?

Do you believe that people deserve an equal chance; well it seems that some people don’t and in order to help their desire for power, rules can be constructed to not be fair. I think that the rules of the Labour Party need changed.  A few blog posts ago, I highlighted the practice of Muslims in the Labour Party who sign up other Muslims for the purposes of voting for them. The Labour Party seem to brush off what I see as totally and morally wrong by saying that they welcome new members.

This practice can occur at any level of elected position in party.

The Scottish Labour leadership contest if it is anything should be fair and more than that seen to be fair. So, what does it say that the “shadow of race” creeps into fight for leadership of Scottish Labour?

Sources in Scottish Labour have been briefing the media that more than 1000 Asian members have joined the party since nominations for the contest between Anas Sarwar and Richard Leonard. One of the things which I found day in and day out as a member of the Labour Party in Pollok CLP was a complete lack of engagement by Asian Muslim members in doing activism. I observed that for the most part Asian Muslim members never appeared in the ‘long campaign’; and in the ‘short campaign’ of Johann Lamont, the attendance rate was incredibility poor. In fact, you might think in the main that ordinary Asian Muslim ‘members’ only appear when it is time for candidate selection and then only to vote for a Muslim Candidate.

The press has learned that 1600 people joined the Labour Party, and 1200 of those who have been added to Labour’s membership list had “Asian sounding names”, according to a party source. This gets me to the point regarding fairness, is the practice of signing up members by candidates campaign specifically to vote for them ethical? When you read that members of the Asian community had been recruited by Sarwar’s supporters how does it make you feel that race plays a part in the selection of a leader.

And what does it say about Sarwar’s supporters doing this?

If elected that means in my opinion that Anas Sarwar would be tainted entering public office as leader; and this is the main consideration, who would be willing to work for Anas Sarwar as an activist? In case, you don’t know a lot about politics, the long campaign is where the real work is done to win over voters.

It seems the practice of Sarwar’s supporters hasn’t gone down well, as one party source said:

“Reports of recruitment have been circulating in a number of constituency parties and people are obviously very concerned that there should be rigorous checking of it...People know what’s going on, the only question is whether it will be enough to edge it for Anas.”

A spokesperson from Scottish Labour’s HQ said:

“The Labour Party is a democratic party open to members of all backgrounds. Every day new members are joining us as they are inspired by our vision for a country that works for the many, not the few.”

Specifically what is the Labour vision?

Take a minute and jot down as many examples of Labour policy that you can think of that has been offered up to you as a member of the public.

In a general sense, you could say fairness, equality and social justice, does this story sound like it ticks any of those boxes?

Where’s the fairness?

Where the equality?

Where’s the social justice?

If a person signs up off their own bat then they are making the choice, but this practice to me is why Anas Sarwar shouldn’t get the leadership. Today is the final deadline to join and be eligible to take part in the ballot, and later in the month, the Voting papers will be sent out.

Here is a question, how many of the 1200 Muslim Asians will still be party members after the voting ends?

Richard Leonard’s campaign has refused to comment on the claims when approached, probably on the basis that if they were to speak out the Sarwar campaign or supporters would use this to play the ‘race card’. Speaking out in Scottish Labour can be a problem, but really someone should be speaking out and publicly and not be ashamed to stick their name to this problem.

I call this practice what it is morally repugnant.   

Anas Sarwar’s campaign has been dogged a disaster, hit by a series of controversies about his money and lifestyle. He offloaded his shares to his children when it was revealed that some employees are paid below the real living wage in his family’s firm. Then came the fact there no trade union recognition at the company and never has been. Recently a trade union backed his campaign but it seems the person in charge is classed as a ‘friend’. On top of his tale of woe, Sarwar faced ongoing criticism for sending his children to private school because his lifestyle is ‘one of the few and not one of the many’.

One the biggest issue of Brexit which I campaigned for, Anas Sarwar has got it spectacularly wrong when he said would be a “calamity” if the party loses membership of the single market and said voting to trigger Article 50 was a “mistake”.

Finally, I signed to join the Labour Party after some considerable thought, after I read the story of signing members of the Asian community, I thought that Richard Leonard deserved the right to stand in a free and fair election, so I made a personal choice, not because his supporters or Sarwar’s supporters convinced me but because I believe in fairness.

I see what is going on and it isn’t fair in my opinion, it is a disgrace and should be beneath any candidate’s campaign.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, October 6, 2017

Failed politician Nicola Sturgeon’s Brexit quest, Sturgeon goes to Dublin to seek allies for a war that she already has lost over Brexit, on the home front, Ex-SNP leader Jim Sillars calls on independence movement to sever ties with SNP, its game over, who is the next SNP leader?

Dear All

Nicola Sturgeon went to Ireland for an Irish wake, and like Frankstein, she was trying to put life into a dead body that is the EU Membership held by the United Kingdom. In her misjudgement, she wants allies, so she thinks teaming up with Ireland solves her problems. Sturgeon told an audience of about 1,500 business figures that staying in the European single market and the customs union is the obvious answer to the negotiations.

Punting a line that will not happen, there will be no membership of the single market by the United Kingdom.

In her quest to try and look like a statesman and failing yet again, she is embarking on a meaningless campaign which she can’t win, has no power to influence and is a waste of time.

And in classic deception mode, Sturgeon uttered the myth:

“The fact that the UK Government is committed to leaving the EU means that Scotland – like Ireland, and like Northern Ireland – now faces a dilemma which is not of our choosing. We want to remain a full member of the EU but face being taken out against our will.”

Scotland didn’t vote to remain in the EU, this is a fact that Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t want to acknowledge, the UK held a vote on EU membership and decided to leave, rightly in my opinion. Nicola Sturgeon is using the line that the SNP speak for Scotland, they don’t; the leader of the Scottish people is Theresa May.

Theresa May is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

One thing which you will have noticed in the recent German elections is that Germans are starting to have pride in being Germans again over being European. Angela Merkel has hung onto power but the rise of the AFD at the elections is going to continue.

Sturgeon also took the opportunity to spread fear by saying:

“Leaving the single market will be deeply damaging for Scotland’s businesses, universities, trade and jobs”.

Giving her failed judgment, you might think she had offered proof?

No, not a shred, people buy British goods because of the quality, universities will continue to work together although funding arrangements will probably change, trade will continue because big business wouldn’t allow that to be endangered and as to jobs, it is time that Sturgeon put Scottish people first rather than flooding the country with cheap labour causing social decline.

If you want to graphically see European integration via Sturgeon’s own constituency, you can look dispassionately at that place and without any academic training come to the conclusion…… what a shithole.

Dublin didn’t advance Sturgeon’s case for independence because Sturgeon doesn’t want independence; she is willing to sell out Scotland to the EU. One person who has a handle on events is former SNP leader Jim Sillars, he has stated that the independence movement must break its ‘deadly tie’ to the SNP. Jim Sillars has repeatedly condemned the ‘monumental political misjudgment’ that tied a second independence referendum to the issue of Brexit. Sturgeon thought wrongly that she could win over unionists who were pro EU.

That concept is whack.

Why is it whack, well look at the language of Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, she is talking about independent sovereign nation, she is talking about economic security and she is talking about a global perspective. Sturgeon on the other hand is talking rubbish, 23rd June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom said no to EU membership.

It’s game over, the people made a decision.

And as we all know, Nicola Sturgeon’s stupidity in March to call an independence vote in 2019 was seen as the main reason the party lost 21 MPs and half a million votes in the general election in June, you can add in bad government, the longer the SNP remain in government, the more support they will lose.

Jim Sillars was one of the few prominent nationalists to declare himself in the Leave camp, I staged an event in Glasgow for him to speak, I was one of the people selected to be a Glasgow spokesperson during Brexit which saw me appear on the Gordon Brewer radio show. Jim Sillars gave a brilliant talk not just on the overall picture but how continued EU membership would strip workers of rights and by default their jobs.

He explained how freedom of movement was damaging citing the ‘viking case’, how workers from one country were replaced by workers from another, and the EU rules didn’t protect the workers.

Jim Sillars is rightly attacking Nicola Sturgeon, he said those who want an independent Scotland should distance themselves from the SNP, and he is correct, it isn’t just that the SNP have peaked, they have become toxic under Nicola Sturgeon.

In the vote that took place in Scotland, a million people said no to the EU, Jim Sillars argued that the SNP’s ‘sucking up to Brussels’ will only serve to scupper any chance of an independent Scotland.

Why voted for independence when the people selling it to you have no intention of allowing your country to be an independent sovereign state?

Jim Sillars also said:

“In sucking up to Brussels, the SNP may hope to end EU resistance to independence. It won’t. While the SNP think they are using Brussels against Westminster, it’s the other way round. Naive Scots serve Brussels’ purpose just now but we will get the same answer next time as in 2014: ‘You can join, but wait in the queue.’ As long as the EU are there, denying Scots membership, we have fatal uncertainty injected into our debate.

He added:

“The movement must no longer be seen as an adjunct of the SNP, a deadly tie that makes independence hostage to their electoral fate. The movement won’t win independence until it is itself truly independent.”

The SNP party faithful head to Glasgow for this weekend’s conference for their stage managed display of unity, and to cry for independence, which is a con trick they are trying to foster on Scotland.

Expect to see children pushed into the arms of Nicola Sturgeon to give the impression she is loved, expect to see her surrounded women, another narrative the SNP is pushing at present, and expect to see people cheering about how little this SNP Government has achieved.

In fact, why waste your time…… its all bollocks, why give up your weekend unless you get pleasure seeing defeated SNP MPs walking about licking their wounds from the General Election.

Some of these idiots wouldn’t be seeing public office ever again!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, October 5, 2017

From ‘FM’ to ‘FO’, Blood, Soil and Tampon campaigner Nicola Sturgeon is publicly humiliated by Prime Minister Theresa May as UK Government blanked the ‘Letter of Edinburgh’ calling for power to hold second independence poll, the decline of Nicola Sturgeon’s status continues unabated, her moment has….. Gone!

Dear All

At some time you may have experienced personal humiliation, it can be quite cutting especially if done publicly. In politics the Scottish National Party has a track record of trying to humiliate or belittle people in the British Government.

If you watch politics, the classic example was Nicola Sturgeon doing a photo op with Theresa May in Bute House and having only the Scottish flag on display. This was done to belittle Prime Minister Theresa May as other non Scottish politicians get the flag of their country situated behind them during their photo shoots.

The act by the SNP was petty and undignified, but in politics what goes around comes  around as they say, and now it is revealed that Theresa May has snubbed Nicola Sturgeon by not responding to when Sturgeon wrote her ‘Letter of Edinburgh’ calling for power to hold second independence poll.

You might remember the incident, the photographers where brought into Bute House to see Nicola Sturgeon penning a letter while having her feet up on government furniture trying to create an impression of warmth and homeliness. The letter was to ask for another Section 30 order to have a second referendum. In the 2014 referendum, Nicola Sturgeon was the ‘face’ of the campaign and led the operation as a Yes board member. Yes Scotland was seen as the SNP front along with other phoney Yes Groups setup to try and create the impression that it was Scotland against the Tories.

We even had Labour for Independence which was a sham that the Scottish Labour Party should have stamped out but in their stupidity allowed to continue, Labour for Independence didn’t have much support, and even had pictures of stalls being run by SNP Councillors. That organisation was headed up by Allan Grogan.

Grogan was said by some sources not to be an active Labour Party member and his bio above certainly doesn’t credit him with much but then he is like much of the party in that respect.

Now that senior Whitehall insiders have said that the Prime Minister has never formally responded to Ms Sturgeon’s letter, the humiliation is delicious, Nicola Sturgeon’s crew are now not available for comment. For to comment only adds fuel to the fire of Sturgeon’s humiliation, and they don’t want to draw attention to the fact that their ‘leader’ from Dreghorn, the shop soiled white hope isn’t a statesman.

The Sturgeon’s letter followed a vote in the Scottish Parliament which no one really takes seriously as the parliament which is 20 years old has achieved very little other than line the pockets of third rate politicians in a second rate parliament.

At the time; Sturgeon who hadn’t a people’s mandate decided to use a Scottish Parliament mandate which the SNP with Green support managed to get a winning vote. Sturgeon said:

“This is simply about giving the people in Scotland a choice. We agree that now is not the right time for that choice. But that choice should be available to the people of Scotland when the terms of Brexit are clear. So, I look forward to discussion in the weeks ahead.”

In the weeks that followed there was no discussion simply a quick one liner from Prime Minister Theresa May:

“now is not the time”.

This little sentence ended any hope of a vote between vote between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, and fast moving events have seen the SNP abandon all hope till 2021, at that Holyrood election, it is likely the SNP will be a minority and there is a chance even with Green support that the SNP couldn’t win enough votes to get a second Section 30 order.

The 2021 Holyrood election will be a very important election in the history of Scotland, watch this space.

Prime Minister Theresa May has no intention of agreeing to another vote this side of the 2022 General Election, she believes that Scottish independence has ‘gone away’, well the longer there is no second vote the less chance of the SNP support gaining, SNP incompetence in Government isn’t just killing their election chances, it is enforcing the SNP has been rejected as a prospective independent government for Scotland.

Let’s face facts, Nicola Sturgeon isn’t a statesman, never will be, she is what they call in the movies, trailer park trash.

One person who has got his knickers in a twist over the humiliation is Pete Wishart, he is upset, he said:

 “If this is true, it would be truly astonishing as it is only courtesy and good grace to respond to the First Minister. It simply confirms the contempt shown by Whitehall towards the Scottish Government on constitutional issues. The UK Government really needs to get its act together and respond to such an important issue in a timely fashion.”

Love the fact the Scottish Government was asked for a comment but declined to give one because having to explain why others think you are ‘clowns’ is a tricky pr spin at the best of times.

I wonder how Nicola Sturgeon enjoys the public humiliation, the UK Government ignoring her shows that everyone is moving past the SNP, we have seen peak SNP; we are starting to see the decline.

The date and place to watch is 2021…. Holyrood….. Scotland!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Help Wanted: Labour leadership race flounders as both candidates struggle to offer a vision that resonates with the public never mind their own members, Scottish Labour needs to set reset party direction, lack of vision and new ideas dominate a contest the public don’t care about, ‘retread policies’ and ‘jobs for the boys’, wow, I am impressed

Dear All

There is a battle going on in the Scottish Labour Party, however it isn’t a battle that has captured the imagination of the general public.

The general public don’t care; they are getting with their lives; for them there is complete non interest in this ‘soap opera’. In the one hand, we have privately school, privately educated ‘millionaire’ Anas Sarwar whose family don’t pay the real living wage, and in the other corner we have Richard Leonard who has a trade union background but little political experience.

In this contest, we have already seen Anas Sarwar not afraid to trot out retread policies such as getting every young person a job, training or more education. You might have thought that Anas Sarwar could have come up with a better platform.

But no, this contest isn’t about ideas, it isn’t about vision, it isn’t about a new direction, well not for society at least. The fight in Scottish Labour is about replacing one set of middle class rich former university students with another set of middle class rich former university students.

The new lot called ‘Momentum’ or the ‘Campaign for Socialism’ is against the Blair faction, they brought the Labour Party to its knees by refusing to help the people that they were elected to serve. So, the public is offered the ‘Momentum choice’ which is connected to the leader Jeremy Corbyn. People in Scotland are asked to believe that if they voted in 2017 for Labour, they did so because of Jeremy Corbyn.

I don’t know about you but this is bollocks.

In Scotland, the Labour Party did well because the people are rejecting the SNP, not because they have a vision.

As Kezia Dugdale said the Labour leadership race offers opportunity to reset party direction but ‘we need new ideas’. What is interesting about this statement is that Kezia Dugdale had ample opportunity to do this and failed. Kezia’s time as leader was dogged by bad judgement and done publicly, if there was a losing horse in a race, Kezia backed it 100%.

Another aspect of Kezia Dugdale’s leadership was the focus on minorities apparently the working class were ignored in favour of LGBT and Muslims, which is why the working class switched to other parties. That being said the SNP has gone the same route, their focus is on minorities, they favour LGBT and Muslims which is why they are sinking as well; however we must not leave out incompetence which is a major feature of the Nicola Sturgeon administration.

The year is 2017, man has been to the moon, technology has advanced dramatically but still the working class haven’t been able to advance in society whether it be employment or education. There is a glass ceiling most notably in education, opportunities and social mobility in this country.

If I wanted, I could have paid £12 to vote in the Labour leadership contest, but I have better things to spend my money on, in a recent by-election for Scottish Labour, I was asked to join their campaign but I didn’t want to after the way I was treated people in Pollok CLP.

One thing which the Labour Party has lost is their moral compass to refine new policy, they lost it years ago, a classic example was the Westminster 2015 campaign led by Jim Murphy who was quite gushy about presenting working class people with crumbs and expected them to be satisfied with that offering.

I have to say my only interest in the 2017 Scottish Labour Party campaign is the two sides knocking lumps out of each other over the last couple of weeks. Kezia Dugdale says that has been pretty sad.

Kezia left office in a hurry, she only told her deputy a few minutes before she quit, I think that is pretty sad and shows the type of leader that Scottish Labour is producing and expects people to follow and vote for. Her act of leaving was her choice but the damage she has done has been of the same calibre as Johann Lamont when she left the party in the lurch.

What should have concerned Kezia more was the absence of any new ideas in Scottish Labour for decades.

Ask yourself this question, if these people want to make people’s lives better where was their private members bills while in opposition?

How many private members bills have Scottish Labour brought forward to the floor of Holyrood since 2007?

This is the shit that passes as the pressing social justice issue worthy of debate:

Are you feeling short changed?

Do you now ask yourself; is that it in Scottish politics?

When you read this story:

Don’t think about the Labour Party member getting promoted; rather think about everyone else who was tossed on the scrapheap. The key point of the article is ‘politicians had commissioned 18 different reports into the lives of people like her and nothing had ever changed’.

In 2017, there has been little real change over decades; the real winners in society have been the politicians and their hangers on.

How many times have you seem politicians spend time, your money and little effort to campaign on an issue that they cannot change or do little about?

Basically, we, the people have had the piss taken out of us, and at each election we have been asked to vote for these people not to represent us but to continuing enjoying their middle class lifestyle.

Kezia’s is saying her vote is up for grabs:

“If either camp want my vote, they'll need to say something fresh, new and relevant to the challenges ahead”.

She then goes on to talk about Labour ’s plans to increase the basic rate of income tax by 1p in the pound, she said it had one goal in mind,  tTo raise enough cash to stop any further cuts to public services.

Now, let’s stop there for a moment, she is the leader of Scottish Labour and her idea was not to improve just pitch an idea to keep the status quo. To quote Michael Howard, the Conservative, ‘are you thinking what I am thinking’?

Well, I am thinking what a timid weak minded luke warm policy which appears to be designed not for betterment but for winning an election. What is always missing in the increase tax debates is what will the money be spend on, it is always too vague and missing detail which is why it doesn’t sell as a policy.

Let’s take frontrunner Richard Leonard, he tells us that health inequality is the big challenge facing the country, no Shit Sherlock; however his plans to address this include a new ministerial post. If you don’t understand what that means, it means he plans to give a Labour MSP a job on £100k plus. And what will this person do, they will be looking at an audit to make sure the cash gets spent in the right places. How do we know that they are qualified enough to know where the right places are?

Anas Sarwar is doing retread policies and Richard Leonard wants to give a buddy £100k and I and people like me are asked to part with £12 to vote in the leadership contest?

Gulf between rich and poor is wider than ever as Scottish Parliament turns 20, Labour MSP Donald Dewar utter the words, ‘there will be a Scottish parliament’, what a disaster that turned out to be, the minor successes in no way outweigh the failure as a whole.

If Kezia Dugdale wants radical and new vision, then she isn’t going to find it in this contest, so far, all we see is an angry wee fight that the public are just stepping over as they get on with life.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University