Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Very Sore Loser, Nicola Sturgeon is scaremongering again with fresh threats of Scottish independence referendum claiming she has a 'cast iron' mandate to call one, time is running out fast for Sturgeon as she makes hollow threats to Westminster, she has cried wolf far too often now for anyone to take her seriously, she is like Saddam Hussein, all mouth and no trousers!

















Dear All

The big political mistake regarding the SNP is Westminster pandering to them and treating them as some sort of quasi sovereign government, they aren’t anything of the sort.

Holyrood is a devolved administration which was wrongly hyped as being outside the British system of government. Westminster is to Holyrood what Holyrood is to Glasgow City Council. You don’t see calls for sovereignty by Glasgow City Council to become a sovereign state.

If Nicola Sturgeon wasn’t angry over Brexit, she could easily find another scapegoat to bleet about as cause for a second independence referendum for Scotland. The vote to leave the EU in June 2016 was a British wide vote, but the SNP attempt to define it the result in Scotland in terms of solely a Scottish vote.

It wasn’t, people voted as individuals as they always do, they weren’t voting as a nation, neither was England, Wales or Northern Ireland. Article 50 is going to be triggered because of the ‘will of people’, or if you prefer ‘direct democracy’ or just plain ‘sovereignty’.

Did the people make the right choice?


Paris, one of the most historic and beautiful cities in the world is being reduced to little better than a slum ghetto. Have a look at the pictures and ask yourself do you want this here? Why aren’t the politicians who espouse multiculturalism getting their ‘selfies’ taken down in the gutter amidst the stench and squalor?

The people of the United Kingdom including one million Scots saw through the lies and made the right decision by voting for Brexit. Some people voted purely on the issue of curtailment of immigration, others such as myself voted for Brexit on the main issue, that issue was ‘sovereignty’.

If you believe the SNP argument that an independent Scotland can be sovereign in the EU, you have to ask why they aren’t pushing for an independent Scotland to be sovereign in the UK. The reason is painfully obvious, Scotland cannot afford to pay its way and still maintain the current levels of spending that it enjoys via the Barnett formula. It is for this reason that the SNP will not embrace federalism because it lets the cat out of the bag that a federal Scotland would be forced to have a significantly reduced standard of living, services and high tax.

And Nicola Sturgeon can’t sell that to Scotland and its people.     
  
Sturgeon is attacking Theresa May who she says is acting as a 'high handed' PM, there is the usual issue of threats as demands a fresh Scottish independence referendum.

As to Sturgeon’s claim of having a 'cast iron' mandate to call one that is entirely bogus. The only thing her continual claims of mandate do is damage economic certainty in Scotland as a place to invest.

Is there any substance to Nicola Sturgeon’s claims of the PM is being 'intransigent'?

The answer is no, Nicola Sturgeon isn’t part of the UK team, which is why her knowledge of ‘events’ is limited, having failed to work with Westminster as ‘partners’, they effectively excluded themselves as being active in the process.

I don’t understand why fears are mounting in Downing Street because although Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP can call for a second independence referendum, they can only ask, they still need a Section 30 Order from Westminster to run it.

All Westminster has to do is say No!

Saying No, doesn’t as some people say cause a constitutional crisis, if Theresa May buys into the concept of neverendum, she will create a rod for her own back. Are the Scottish Conservatives in a position to win the vote and become the Scottish Government?

No!

Their success isn’t due to anything other than Labour voters switching because of the weakness shown by Kezia Dugdale on the Union, this is hardly a basis for ‘declaration of future’ government don’t you agree? What Scotland lacks is a centre right nationalist party which would change the political dynamic in Scottish politics, that doesn’t exist at present.

Sturgeon at present is saying she had yet to make a decision on whether to propose a new vote, saying she was still 'seeking compromise with the UK government'. I can save her the trouble, the Westminster government isn’t going to pander to her or her whims for the single market for Scotland, or a deal on immigration or anything else that places UK National Security at risk.

When you are seen as a bunch of malcontents, don’t be surprised if no one wants to work with you, Nicola Sturgeon has painted the SNP into a corner.

Sturgeon isn’t going to be entertained while Brexit talks are on-going and it may take two years for those talks to finish up and be signed off, is Sturgeon going to be talking about indy for the next two years like a demented parrot? If a campaign is run unofficially, it is doubtful it will be sanctioned by the Electoral Commission and that raises all kinds of questions, especially of public money is used.

Nicola Sturgeon is on to plums!

Theresa May should just ignore Nicola Sturgeon and let her play her stupid silly games, and when things come crashing down around her ears then act. The next Scottish independence campaign by Nicola Sturgeon is the longest plea for political suicide in the world, and we should make sure that we provide all the necessary help to allow her to cut her own political throat. When her political corpse hits the ground with a rather large thud, watch the panic set in at the SNP as they realise that there isn’t a leader in waiting standing in the Wings!

Do you think post defeat, Nicola Sturgeon will be opening corner shops and supermarkets, since it is doubtful big business will come a calling offering jobs in Fortune 500 companies!

Yours Sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University  

Monday, February 27, 2017

Not a snowball’s chance in hell, Kezia Dugdale's flagship federal plan has no support whatsoever from Scots, no support from England and no support from the UK Labour Party, add to her woes, huge curtains were used to hide hundreds of empty seats from view at her Scottish Conference, Kezia need to pledge something that makes sense to get back voters, campaign to devolve DWP to Holyrood
















Dear All

Kezia Dugdale is pinning her hopes for Scottish Labour's survival on a plan to introduce federalism to Scotland. Apparently this new idea is supposed to be her flagship plan. The Scottish Labour Party has according to their members lost their core vote in Scotland; there are no more Labour heartlands as Scotland remains in political flux.

So, the obvious question is this, does making a federal Scotland solve Kezia Dugdale’s leadership problems?

I will be blunt no!

The reason the answer is no, is that the working class people who left Labour for the SNP are gone, and they don’t seem to be wanting to come back and also those who are Unionist voters who vote Labour will not impressed by this move. If you remember the reason that Scottish Labour is the third party of Holyrood was a failure to defend the Union.

If I was to sum up what Scottish Labour’s problem was, it would be this, Scottish Labour tried to be all things to all people and ended up being nothing to just about everyone. You can add to it, the arrogance of some people who were elected who produced such a poor service dealing with complaints, people asked why should we vote for someone who isn’t going to help you. Scottish Labour traded off the legacy of political giants like Nye Bevan, they used up the goodwill of the working class who reached a tipping point in 2014.

Since 2014, the public have fled from Scottish Labour, the polling is at 14% for them, they have made themselves meaningful to no one, they haven’t learned from past mistakes, they haven’t evolved; they are still treating the public with contempt. The entire 2017 Scottish Labour Conference can be summed up as £240 bribe on Child benefit.

According to Professor John Curtice, poll after poll, shows Labour losing support right across the board.

Did you vote for federalism?

Are people in Scotland talking about federalism?

Is there a desire for federalism?

Kezia Dugdale’s flagship is another top down plan which has no real support from anyone, and has the potential to lose her further support. If you are really interested in federalism in the UK, then you go read about it at the Constitutional Reform Group.


What does Kezia Dugdale use as a slogan, to save time, she talks about a ‘new Act of Union’, leaving aside the legality of that isn’t going to happen, it shows that Scottish Labour isn’t just bereft of ideas, it also has to pinch other people’s slogans.

Brian Wilson, the former Labour minister isn’t impressed by the new Flagship policy; he remarks that he shared people’s “confusion” about what a new People’s Constitutional Convention looking at federalism would achieve in practice. I suspect his confusion centres on that Kezia Dugdale wants a People’s Constitutional Convention so people agree with her policy.

Kezia Dugdale makes the fundamental mistake of thinking she is there to decide want people want, she isn’t, she is supposed to be there to respond and act on the wishes of the people. Wilson right makes the point which I have previously blogged on regarding this issue, there is no appetite for federalism in Scotland.

Could you imagine Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP signing up to federalism, I can’t, federalism means living within your means, in Scotland that means the end of the Barnett Formula and no safety net, when that goes the cuts come in. Scotland would be devastated and whoever is in charge would get the blame. The SNP aren’t going to sign up and see their control of power slide away.

The biggest obstacle in the path of Kezia Dugdale’s plan is that England doesn’t want federalism. When John Prescott tried to push through Labour’s plan for regional devolution in 2004 voters rejected a north east regional assembly four-to-one.

Kezia Dugdale has painted herself in a corner trying to promise something which no one wants either side of the border, that she can’t deliver at all and to top it all what chance has she in convincing Jeremy Corbyn who she failed to back as leader.

To show how unprepared she is to explain her flagship policy, on BBC Sunday Politics, she struggled to explain how the convention would deliver UK-wide federalism. She was also forced to concede it was not UK Labour party policy to carve England into devolved regions in order to arrive at a federal UK.

Kezia Dugdale has no mandate from the people of Scotland, she has no mandate from the people of England and she has no mandate from the UK Labour Party, her flagship policy is going down in flames because she isn’t listening to the people.

And the people have decided that their future isn’t served by a Scottish Labour Party that isn’t listening.

Kezia Dugdale wrongly thought that £240 bribe on Child benefit and a policy doomed to failure would revive her and her party’s fortunes, she really does need to ‘up the ante’ or as it was recently said by someone, the catastrophic failure to understand the changed nature of UK politics has sealed Labour’s fate.

When you keep doing the same thing which ends in disaster, a new course of action is required; Kezia Dugdale cannot keep losing and expect to remain Scottish Labour leader. When her deputy Alex Rowley gave his closing speech he failed to mention federalism or the convention, but the point I would like you to focus in on is huge curtains were used to hide hundreds of empty seats from view. Not only is Scottish Labour losing the voters, those who currently run Scottish Labour don’t chime with their own membership.

Kezia Dugdale needs to step back from federalism and think again with policies that would matter to people, one such policy; pledge to campaign for total devolvement of the DWP to the Scottish Parliament.

Pledge to something which makes sense!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The timing of political suicide, Panic stricken Nicola Sturgeon begs Nationalists ‘Don’t call second referendum ‘indyref2’, the unpopular SNP leader doesn’t want to be associated or reminded of her last defeat, she has already lost indyref 2, when she loses will she run off to Westminster to join Alex Salmond?


















Dear All

It seems that Scotland’s unpopular First Minster Nicola Sturgeon is looking incredibly creepy and old looking, just look at her face, not the look of a dynamic leader but the look of a sick worn out downtrodden sick woman.

When I see people like that my first thought is that their insides are rotting away with some sort of disease or illness.

Nicola Sturgeon is looking like a ghoul!

The clock is ticking on who will be the new leader of the SNP, so far Nicola Sturgeon as I have previously blogged has failed to stop Brexit, and she has failed to deliver indyref2.

Apparently Sturgeon doesn’t want Nationalists calling a second referendum indyref2 as it is a reminder that she failed to win the indyref in September 2014.

‘Don’t call second referendum ‘indyref2’, Nicola Sturgeon cries like a piece of flotsam being sucked down a plughole, if there is an indyref2, Nicola Sturgeon will lost it.

Her continual threats to call a second referendum are as meaningful as a ‘shout on a wet street’, despite the delusion that she can do anything, the reality of Brexit is that she can do nothing. Scotland along with the rest of the UK will be leaving the European Union in due course.

To show how deluded Nicola Sturgeon is she said to a gathering of the SNP Cult that ‘we have a different set of circumstances’, well that isn’t true in my opinion. Brexit isn’t a reason for a new vote; it is also not a mandate either.

An SNP source apparently said:

“She said this is a new referendum, we have a different set of circumstances, different reasons for having one and it is a completely separate matter.”

Scotland is leaving the EU.

The SNP source added:

““She said a new referendum is specifically about the democratic deficit and about being pulled out of the European Union against our will. Brexit demonstrates most clearly that as a country we are not being heard and the UK is not a nation of equals.”

The premise is wrong, this was a UK wide vote, Scotland wasn’t voting as a country so the claim of democratic deficit is entirely bogus, it is an SNP con trick which no one is buying especially the Westminster Government down the road.

I like saying this so here it is again, this is the nub, there is no mandate for a second independence referendum to be held in Scotland.

So imagine this scene; Nicola Sturgeon gets her tired old carcass to a rostum to cry “freedom” and then Theresa May says No!

After a lot of squealing by Nicola Sturgeon, she is then forced into an early election, let’s say the SNP win the largest number of seats but don’t win an overall majority. Next with her ‘win’ she then goes back to Theresa May to claim she has a mandate, May then says no overall majority, the answer is No!

Sturgeon then ropes in the Scottish Green stooges as a plan B, citing the ‘will of the parliament’, at that point it becomes interesting because at point I suspect that Theresa May kicks the ball into the very long grass. There will not be a referendum allowed to run while Brexit talks are proceeding.

You might have noticed that Scotland in Union has been cycling up their activity level recently; I assume this is a backup plan in the event of a second indyref2. Do, I see Better Together being reformed for a second indyref, I doubt it, the operation on the ground was very unsuccessful due to the team being filled with too many Labour staffers who had divided loyalties and use the campaign to further their own careers.

Scottish Labour never really supported the Better Together campaign properly which was a major mistake on their part. Although some people had difficulties in getting stuff and top down decisions which were unworkable, I never experienced that problem myself.

One day I popped into the HQ, to get hold of someone, were I got the standard, ‘who are you’ comment from a secretary as she flipped through papers. After a second I said, ‘I am George Laird and I want to see ….’ Next second the woman jumped out of her chair like she was sitting on a tack and said, ‘wait there I will go get him’. Terribly nice of her I thought, knowing that others had faced a tougher time when they ventured in. Apparently my blog was read by everyone down there which was nice of them, do as I was doing a sterling service on the scribbling front and effectively co-ran the Pollok Campaign which produced a great result despite not having the same amount of volunteers as the opposition. I with a handful of happy campers got 22k votes, the SNP with 30/40 people managed to get 27k votes.

Down the road, Theresa May has ordered her ministers to go out and drive home the case for the Union. This seems to run in parallel with the activities of Scotland in Union. A Cabinet meeting discussed of the need to “maintain, strengthen and nurture” the 300-year-old bond between the nations of the UK.

The Conservative Government seems to think that this time around a ‘Better Together 2’ can be led by them in a more front foot approach as they set their eye on Holyrood, they may think that with Scottish Labour’s decline, they can take the prize of Holyrood. Nicola Sturgeon losing again in indyref 2, is a clear message that Scotland is saying No to her and the SNP.

Finally, incase anyone thinks that Sturgeon is in charge, Ex-European Council president Herman Van Rompuy suggested Brussels would find it harder to stomach a vote for Scotland to breakaway from the rest of the UK if it hadn’t been authorised by Westminster.

The last gasp of political life of Nicola Sturgeon is about to be breathed out, if there is an indyref 2, the SNP cult will be jockeying for position as she will have to resign, once she loses for a second time.

The timing of her political suicide is to be arranged.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Riughts at Glasgow University

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Desperate times call for desperate measures; Kezia Dugdale sees Scottish Labour donations collapse in her first year as leader; party donors like activists and voters are deserting the party in droves as Kezia heads towards her third major political defeat in May’s Council elections, Scottish Labour needs to go back to ‘bare metal’, better policies, better trained activists, and better candidates


















Dear All

Trouble is a bit like grief, when it comes, it hurts; the Scottish Labour Party is in deep trouble, although they give the public appearance of being confident, they are on a continual downward spiral.

What does a party need to work?

It needs an understanding of what I have blogged on for years, an understanding of the political economy.

So, what is the political economy, the economy is based on people, money and resources. At present, the Scottish Labour Party is going in the wrong direction, Kezia Dugdale for reasons best known to her has made a lot of mistakes, and she keeps making a lot of mistakes.

Here are some of the big ones in no order of preference:

1/ Failed to back Jeremy Corbyn as leader in post
2/ Failed to support Jeremy Corbyn in his leadership bid
3/ Failed to remain neutral during the US Presidential election
4/ Failed to support Brexit
5/ Failed to understand that Trident must be supported by Scottish Labour

You could go and do a list on the minor ones but you would end up nitpicking.

Political Parties rise and fall, that is the nature of politics, some organisations reach and end date, however, it generally isn’t seen as helpful when the leadership is accelerating the process.

People like to be associated with success, and the Scottish Labour Party was a success story in terms of holding onto power, now the downward spiral has started, a lot of “Labour” people have quietly disappeared.

Ask yourself this, where are all the big names in Scottish Labour who sat in the Parliaments of Westminster and Holyrood now?

They have gone; they aren’t out pounding the streets for a Labour victory week in week out, they aren’t contributing to the party in a meaningful sense; they aren’t in the press doing set pieces on issues of the day.

Scottish Labour cannot survive on 15 minutes of FMQs and a few set piece setups promoting various organisations at the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Labour is too Holyrood focussed as a party because that is where the leadership sits.

Kezia Dugdale has made a huge load of mistakes, but mistakes as we all know are part of the learning process, and the process also involves not repeating mistakes, when you don’t learn, you suffer.

People have walked away from Scottish Labour; I saw this as a Labour activist doing the Holyrood 2016 campaign. It was a surprise to me how few people wanted to support the campaign of Johann Lamont which only picked up in the last week, how few days the Councillors and former MP put into this seat. I thought the Scottish Labour Party would have a slick operation for campaigning on the ground, they didn’t.

Who would have thought that Kezia Dugdale would lose the position as official leader of the opposition?

I did, and I blogged on it.

Just as people have walked away from the party along with me, so has the cash given to the Scottish Labour Party!

Investing in a collapsing market is never a good idea unless you know the market is about to turn, in Scottish Labour’s case, there is no green shoots revival in sight.

Latest poll is 14%, this means 86% of Scots aren’t willing to back a Labour Party in Scotland which is going under the direction of Kezia Dugdale’s policies. I am not surprised that Scottish Labour donations collapse in Dugdale's first year as leader. She has spent too much time relying on the 15 minutes of FMQs as a platform, it is an ineffective media, most Scots don’t turn in, and it is for all intensive purposes worthless.

Clearly Scottish Labour cannot continue to suffer catastrophic drops in donations because the party needs to go through a revival, not just of policies but equally of people. The Blair faction control Scottish Labour, they are the gate keepers but with donations continuing to fall, some of the staff and party officers need to be removed.

Last year, the lack of cash severely hampered their ability to fight the Holyrood  election; in Pollok, they spent a pitiful amount on leaflets and I am not sure if they even had a budget for media, or even thought of the idea.

This week is the party conference in Perth, I got a thing asking me to go but as I am standing as an independent, I really couldn’t attend, could I?

Figures published show that Kezia Dugdale’s first full year as leader was the party’s worst for donations since 2009.

In 2015, the party had donations of just under £600,000.
In 2016 it was just over £100,000

Scottish Labour ended 2016 with a deficit of £104,000, and the bad news continues as the party’s reserves also slumped below £160,000, their lowest level since 2003.

The numbers are bad, but what is equally bad is the denial of where the blame lies, a Labour source stated:

"Donations to the party across the entire UK have dried up since Jeremy Corbyn became leader. Scottish Labour is no different. People are not donating while Jeremy is leader."

I don’t believe that Jeremy Corbyn is the reason for the continual decline in donations to Scottish Labour, nor do I believe that the rot started with him in Scotland. Scottish Labour’s problems had festered for years as Jim Murphy aptly mentioned when he took over as Leader in Scotland.

The real reason which Scottish Labour has to address, is their failure to develop not just the organisation but the policies, but they want to be autonomous and they effectively got their wish, we now see that they are having ‘start up’ problems.

The party’s latest accounts, which cover the year to 31 December 2016, show that the party’s slide in the polls mirrors a massive deterioration in its finances. It also makes it pretty clear that a sharp loss of confidence among donors in the party in Scotland under Ms Dugdale and her deputy Alex Rowley watch is really their fault.

If it wasn’t for the polling and sharing of resources by the UK Party, then the situation would be even worse for Scottish Labour than it is at present.

It is time that Scottish Labour started producing policies at Conferences and have a rolling agenda for Government in waiting.

Do you know what Scottish Labour stands for?

No?

Join the club; you are in the same boat as the membership, not just the rank and file, even senior people who have been candidates!

A Scottish Labour spokesperson said:

“Every Labour politician who is elected fights for working people”.

That isn’t true, and by just trotting out this patronising statement, they insult the intelligence of the people of Scotland which is why they have been wiped out in the last two major elections.

Why did people vote to get rid of Scottish Labour?

Because they weren’t representing ordinary people, the tipping point was reached, as one Labour report stated, there isn’t a core vote anymore for the Labour Party.

Kezia Dugdale needs a narrative, not a series of short term populist statements and not allowing the status quo to continue of people failing to produce, she needs to get better activists, and she needs policies to sell on the doorstep and not rhetoric. The Scottish Labour Party has traded off the legacy of the political giants of the past whop created the welfare state and the NHS, but these people are gone, and what replaced them aren’t Nye Bevan or John Smith figures.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Demise of SNP ‘civic’ Nationalism: the race to be the next leader of the Scottish National Party has just begun, Scottish Sec David Mundell says ‘even a Yes vote cannot stop Scotland leaving EU under Brexit’, Nicola Sturgeon has failed to stop Brexit, she has failed to deliver a referendum, the question now is, when is she stepping down as First Minister?
















Dear All

The race to be the next leader of the Scottish National Party has unofficially just begun, you ask why, what happened?

Scotland’s unpopular First Minster Nicola Sturgeon failed to stop Scotland from leaving the European Union!

Quick tally to get you synced in.

1/ Lost the Scottish independence referendum 2014
2/ Lost the Brexit referendum of 2016.
3/ Failed to stop Scotland from leaving the European Union!

The question is when will Nicola Sturgeon stand down, will see go after the May Council elections?

The reason for speculation is that Scottish Secretary David Mundell has stated point blank, that even a Yes vote cannot stop Scotland leaving EU under Brexit.

It seems that everybody in the UK is coming out!

The threat of calling an early Holyrood election was threatened by the Nationalists as a date in 2018 was floated by people like Alex Salmond, but the political landscape of Scotland has moved past the SNP.

The SNP is yesterday’s party; it is a party without a future, without a real leader and without a purpose.

When Mundell said that Scotland will be taken out of Europe by Brexit even if there is a vote for independence, he was saying anything new, but the timing of his announcement and the language used is significant.

The SNP have fought two referendums and on each occasion, they have lost! They have lost because they don’t understand or have the ability to cope with ‘direct democracy’ or if you prefer, ‘will of the people’.

A possible future contender for leadership after an interim leader to steady the SNP ship is probably Alex Salmond. Earlier this month, Salmond claimed there could be a referendum in 2018 to ensure “continuing uninterrupted membership of the European Economic Area”. Although Salmond gets a lot wrong, this time…. He is still wrong!

There will be no “continuing uninterrupted membership” of anything, in fact you can see a situation where Westminster looking at the EU offer simply turns round and says WTO to them and walks off.

WTO is World Trade Organisation.

As things are starting to move fast, it is clear that the Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are not part of the process, they are completely irrelevant.   

Mundell is to say in his opening statement to Holyrood’s European committee about Brexit:

“I think it is important to be clear because there has been a lot of public debate on this point - that Scotland will not be in the EU at the end of this process. There is no set of circumstances in which Scotland could remain a member of the EU after the rest of the UK has left. If Scotland's constitutional position were ever to change, it would have to apply to be a member of the EU afresh - and we should not make easy assumptions about the length of time this would take, the process Scotland would have to follow or the terms of membership that may be on offer.”

If independent, Scotland would be at the back of the EU as a new State, there would be no the UK opt-outs, no opt-out on the euro and it would see an end to the rebate which came to Scotland as part of the UK.

The recent nonsense by two leading academics had said an independent Scotland could be fast-tracked into the EU; potentially by 2023 is in my opinion fantasy politics. It kind of looks like two Pro EU friendly academics has been engaged in ‘day dreaming’.

Scottish Tory MEP Ian Duncan said the pair had relied on a series of generous assumptions about EU reactions. Like the SNP, they have assumed that Scotland would get a great deal when there is no real evidence to support this.

Ukip MEP David Coburn pitched in and said it would be “catastrophic” if Scotland had to accept the euro. On that score, he is right. The Euro would break Scotland much in the same way that it has destroyed Greece.

He said:

“This would present insurmountable difficulties as Scotland’s national debt is approximately £15bn thanks to the SNP, which is higher than that of Greece. Scotland would have to suffer a greater austerity than Greece. Mad Sturgeonomics.”

If you like a flutter then you might want to see about getting a bet down on who the next leader of the Scottish National Party is, the only undeclared ‘runner’ is Alex Salmond, perhaps SNP MP Tommy Sheppard might throw his hat into the ring.

The countdown to the end of Nicola Sturgeon in my opinion has started, the clock is counting down, when is she saying she is going to go?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Return of King Alex, Scotland unpopular First Minister Nicola Sturgeon creates public anger by an unjustified tax grab by milking business rates to death, the SNP have created the new ‘poll tax in Scotland, Sturgeon went for the tax grab, Salmond going for the leadership?


















Dear All

Boom!

Scotland’s unpopular SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has certainly racked up a huge massive problem as people are dubbing her business rates grab the ‘new poll tax’ in Scotland.

The SNP are making Scotland the highest taxed part of the United Kingdom and it isn’t just ordinary people they want to tax the hell out of, it is businesses as well.

The tax grab can has only one purpose in my opinion, to attempt to fill the hole created in Scottish finances circa £15 billion. It goes without saying that a ‘tax grab’ only gets the Nationalists part of the way there, the other side of the coin is attracting business to Scotland.

Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond admits business rate rise ‘a genuine concern’ because the rises in business rates are quite frankly in some cases ridiculous in nature. Having seen Salmond break ranks, one has to ask has Alex Salmond just fired the first shot in a bid to regain the leadership of the Scottish National Party.

Nicola Sturgeon isn’t just seen as a bad leader outside the SNP, she is also seen as a bad leader inside the SNP as well, some people aren’t happy with her performances and her failure to deliver.

What does it say about Nicola Sturgeon’s credibility as Alex Salmond, admitted some Scottish businesses have a “very legitimate” case against business rate rises? Is he trying to head off wide spread anger which could see many small businesses claiming they could go out of business altogether as a result of crippling increases in the levy.

This is no joke; this measure is on a par with the ill fated poll tax which was to become widespread in its popularity and hatred of the then Conservatives Government.

Salmond said:

“In the north-east there’s a very legitimate case because the date the independent evaluation officers made their valuations was at a time when, a couple of years ago, the economy was much stronger than now. That’s why I welcome Aberdeenshire Council’s initiative to put £3 million into additional rates relief to try and take some of the edge off for the hardest cases.”

Conservative shadow finance secretary Murdo Fraser said:

“Alex Salmond says there is a legitimate case for action. If Derek Mackay won’t listen to thousands of affected firms, perhaps he will listen to his former boss.”

The way things are looking will Nicola Sturgeon do a U turn, will she be pressured into surrendering to calls and then see her moral authority of leadership disappear or will she chart the same course and see disaster befall her down the line.

Trouble now or trouble later!

In order to attempt to distance themselves from their actions, the SNP have been quick to use the theme that the rates revaluation was carried out by independent assessors, but the decision to implement was a political decision by the SNP.

The current line by the SNP is that they aren’t for turning, and trying to give the impression that Salmond is onboard and a signed up member of the ‘sheep’, but looking at his comments, is he?

To add to the outcry of foul, a leading nationalist hotelier has said the business rates backlash will be as fierce as against the Poll Tax and bring down the SNP in government.

Sandy Fraser, owner of the Oak Tree Inn on the banks of Loch Lomond, said:

“This will be like Margaret Thatcher’s Poll tax and could bring down the Government. I am a Nationalist at heart so I am very disappointed. My vote will depend on how we are treated over the next few weeks”.

It seems to me reading this that Nicola Sturgeon has lost another voter!

Fraser added:

“For somebody that has always voted SNP I am bitterly disappointed that we are in this position. Our rates are proposed to go up by over 100 per cent from around £60,000 to £140,000, which is staggering. We’re the biggest employer on the east side of Loch Lomond, employing between 60 to 85 people”.

Over 100% rise, that would be crippling to any small of medium size business, in the old days, John Swinney was seen as the financial guru figure in the SNP, once Sturgeon took over, he was shipped out as Nicola Sturgeon brought in her ‘B’ Team, ever since the change the direction of Government has gone backwards noticeably.

Fraser concluded:  

“We will have to lay people off and cancel people that we usually have coming in from Lithuania and Poland in the busy season. It’s complete madness. Why continue to hammer tourism, which is the only success story that Scotland has got as far as I’m concerned. If the Scottish Government were minded to take an interest they would be speaking to us. They’re killing the goose that lays the golden egg.”

Fundamental, Sandy Fraser doesn’t understand the SNP, they aren’t able to look at the big picture, it isn’t a feature of their politics, never has been, the evidence?

Constant whingeing and uber grievances with Westminster; coupled with the total inability to get on with people or organisations.

Can you imagine the SNP starting a second Scottish independence bid with their business ‘poll tax’ hanging round their neck like an albatross?

The list of the disenchanted is growing:


With uncertainty flying about the place about the call for a referendum in 2018, which is possibly smack in the middle of the Brexit talks, you have to wonder why Westminster would grant a Section 30 order for a new vote.

The buzzards maybe circling but perhaps their meal with Kentucky Fried Sturgeon as ‘King Alex’ moves from his London Court to Scotland in the wake of Nicola Sturgeon failing to deliver indyref 2!

The slippery slope to disaster has already started for Nicola Sturgeon.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, February 17, 2017

Getting the Band of Hate back together again: Nationalists take to Twitter to start a smear campaign against George Laird standing as an Independent Candidate, is the hate campaign the start of a warm up act for Scottish independence referendum 2, is Nicola Sturgeon worried about not winning the Council?



Dear All

It is the night before Xmas and all was quiet!

Well, there are a few problems with that sentence as you can guess, it is February for a start, and it is never really quiet.

Smearing and hate are the Nationalists stock in trade; they follow the classic pattern of the regressive left….. smear smear smear, hate hate hate!

I was on twitter and I came cross this piece of bullshit which is a continuation of the attempts to brand me homophobic, so I wanted to share it with you as my readers.

First, let’s get the tweet for you to read to set you in the mood, it has since been deleted.

“Butterfly Rebellion liked a Tweet you were mentioned in
6h: Ahhh! My old friend George Laird! http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/…/snp-activist-faces-disciplin… …
http://glasgowunihumanrights.blogspot.co.uk/…/elect-george-… … how ye doing George!? Long time no see! @GeoLaird4Pollokhttps://twitter.com/Butterfly_Reb/status/831568682430128129 …
Butterfly Rebellion”

The first part is the Daily Record story about me, if you wonder how the press got hold of that story, let me set your mind to rest; I walked in and gave it to them.

Hardly the actions of someone homophobic don’t you think?

After I filed complaints about an alleged smear campaign with the SNP Chief Executive Peter Murrell against me, which he ignored, I then found myself facing a complaint by the then National Secretary William Henderson.

Henderson as well as being the complainer was also involved in running the hearing against me and speaking to the ‘judges’ outside the process.

Never believe that the Scottish National Party are the party of equality, fairness and social justice, never believe it is run by kind exceptional people, Nicola Sturgeon and her husband, Peter Murrell are scum.

After I outed this piece of shit William Henderson in the press, he “disappeared” as National Secretary to be replaced by Patrick Grady who is now an MP. It became clear to me fairly quickly I was being cheated out of a fair hearing so I walked away from the SNP.

Here is a letter which I highlight the double standards during the process.
   

One of the key parts of that letter for me was pointing out the double standards between people who are rich and people like me who are poor working class. Read the whole thing but read this bit to show you what I mean.

“SNP MP Dr. Whiteford claimed she was threatened at Westminster and received the backing of the First Minister Alex Salmond and the SNP within hours of making an unsubstantiated complaint with no witnesses and George Laird after 8 months is still waiting for SNP ‘justice’”.

Whiteford gets help immediately within a few hours and I get none in 8 months, after I contacted the senior SNP leadership.

The second part of the tweet is my post which contains my rather catchy election video, I am standing for Councillor in the 2017 Glasgow City Council Elections, so that lets you know that this tweet is designed to send a message, don’t vote for George Laird because he is homophobic.

If you read the 2012 post in full, then take the time to read the 2015 post, what do you see?

Names that appear in one post appear in another, with an added addition of one of them getting a criminal conviction.


Elected SNP MP Natalie McGarry also played a part in this tale but due to Tommy Ball pleading guilty, McGarry wasn’t named in open court. Since then McGarry’s career has taken a turn for the worst.


The third part of the tweet is a WTF moment; it has nothing to do with me, why that appears is a mystery but perhaps it was added in for general ‘effect’.

If I was homophobic, I would have no problem saying it openly because I wouldn't give a toss who knew.

I am signed up to change.org where I get petitions on all manner of things which are an injustice; some of the campaigns I am asked to support are LGBT campaigns. I found some time ago that change.org keeps a record of which campaigns I have supported in the past, right from the start when I first joined it.

Some of those campaigns concern LGBT people were an injustice occurred, again, is this the actions of a homophobe?

Several LGBT politicians such as Ruth Davidson and Annie Well follow me on Twitter, would they if they thought I was a homophobe?

At the Jo Cox vigil in Glasgow, one of the few people I spoke to on the night was Annie Wells of the LGBT community, is this the actions of a homophobe?

I also follow Milo Yiannopoulos on youtube, the LGBT activist and presenter, LGBT presenter David Rubin of the Rubin Report, again the actions of a homophobe?

It seems the smearing season is starting early this year before the official gun has been fired in the Glasgow City Council election, against me by the Nationalist community.

They say that if there is a second Scottish independence referendum it will be a thoroughly nasty affair, it seems that the Nationalists are using the 2017 Council Elections as a ‘warm up’.

The idea of a poor working class guy like me getting elected so angers the rich middle class Nationalists that they would stop at nothing to smear me.

Finally, to those in the SNP like Nicola Sturgeon who maybe deeply upset about a commentator like me standing for public office, I am reminded of the words by Milo Yiannopoulos:

"quite frankly madam fuck your feelings".

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Unfinished business, Conservative MPs have started down a slippery slope as 'Not a single member of Cabinet' will support John Bercow in no confidence vote, their actions now undermine the Chair of the Speaker of the House of Commons and leave any Speaker as ‘fair game’ to a lynch mob of malcontents who can take umbrage for a perceived slight

















Dear All

There have been some great Speakers of the House of Commons in the past, the most outstanding person to hold the chair was Betty Boothroyd, now Baroness Boothroyd. Betty Boothroyd served as a Labour MP from 1973 to 1992. From 1992 to 2000, she served with distinction as Speaker of the House of Commons. She was the first, and to date only, the female Speaker of the House of Commons.

A full list of Speakers of the House of Commons can be found on wiki, but for easy, here is the link.


Another great Speaker of the House was The Right Honourable Edward Algernon FitzRoy who served the House during the War years of WW2, he was present when Anthony Edan gave his speech in 1942 on the Holocaust.


Fast forward to present day, we have John Bercow, he was formerly a Conservative MP before becoming the Speaker. As the Labour Party were in their death throes in 2010, they decided to annoy the Conservatives by backing John Bercow as Speaker, this led to the Speaker facing angry Conservatives on the backbenches running little better than a hate campaign against him. David Cameron, the then Prime Minister at the time far from stamping this out allowed it to continue with sanction.

However, it wasn’t always an uphill struggle and here is a clip, I would like you to watch.


David Cameron is now gone, but the anti Bercow brigade in the Conservative ranks still have a ‘score’ to settle, they may feel they have a grievance but their conduct is bring the reputation of the House of Commons and politicising the Chair in a really disastrous way.

The Chair of the House of Commons must be neutral, seen to be neutral and respected by MPs inside and outside the Commons. When Michael Martin was Chair of the House, he allowed his tenure to be tainted by the expenses scandal and eventually was forced out by the Tories. Bercow was the Labour Party’s revenge on the actions of the Tories.

It appears that a Conservative MP James Duddridge, has tabled a "no confidence" motion in the Speaker. Duddridge has a point when he says that it is not for the Speaker to decide who comes to speak to Parliament, this latest incident flared up as Bercow said that President Donald Trump shouldn’t be allowed to speak in Parliament.

Was Bercow in the wrong to make his Trump comments, as an individual, I would say no, but as the Speaker, it was inappropriate to do so. If there is a witch hunt against Bercow, he just gave them a gift. Just before the last election, William Hague tried to force out John Bercow, it was a dirty trick on his way out of Parliament and entirely unworthy of him.

If you never have felt sorry for Bercow before, then view these clips.



Conservative MP Charles Walker’s comment that he would rather be an honourable fool than a clever man was aimed directly at William Hague.

I don’t agree with John Bercow saying that he would bar Donald Trump from addressing Parliament during his planned state visit to the UK.

I also don’t agree with he should have publicly proclaimed himself a ‘remain voter’ in last year’s EU referendum.

The Speaker of the House of Commons must remain neutral, John Bercow has allowed his judgement to be clouded by events, given what has happened and what he has been subjected to this is understandable but not right. When Theresa May assumed the role of Prime Minister, she should have held a private meeting to stamp out the group that feel they are justified in running an open sore in Parliament. This isn’t good for democracy and it isn’t good for the Commons.

Should May and her Cabinet support John Bercow?

This is entirely a matter for their conscience, but I think they should, the wider picture is more important than what is increasingly looking like a petty witch hunt.

Duddridge told BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett:

"Put it this way, I don't know any Cabinet ministers that aren't supporting me.  I think some people may abstain. I would expect the Prime Minister to abstain. I had expected David Lidington to abstain given that he's a parliamentary neighbour and kind of chief interlocutor with John Bercow as leader of the Commons. But he was quite robust at the weekend about not offering John Bercow his support. I don't think there will be a single member of the Cabinet that will support John Bercow. I've not spoken to every single one but I've spoken to a number of Cabinet ministers, ministers, private secretaries, backbenchers and people from all over the party."

Downing Street position is that they have no position on John Bercow's future, as they kick the ball into the long grass to say that this is a "matter for MPs".

I don’t support Conservative MP James Duddridge who has tabled a "no confidence" motion in the Speaker; I think that Bercow’s Trump comments were unfortunate considering who else has been invited to Parliament.

I suppose the question is do we want to go through the same unedifying spectacle that we all witnessed in 2015 in the House of Commons?  If we do that means a pattern has developed that if a group dislike the Speaker then they are fair game to be picked on and forced out.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Health and Safety, the Scottish Labour Party are getting ready for the hat trick, three heavy defeats in a row, the polling for 2017 in the Scottish council elections looks incredibly bad for a party that had been disenfranchised by the Scottish electorate, 14% of Scots believe in Scottish Labour, 86% of Scots don’t!




















Dear All

Denial!

Denial is what Scottish Labour has been going through more or less non stop since 2007, if you know what taking the huff is, then just scale it up to get the picture what the Scottish Labour Party is going through.

Here are a few videos to get you a feel of what I am trying to put across.



And of course the real family fav:


The 2007 election came and went, and saw the SNP installed as a minority government.

The next thing which was to happen was denial; Scottish Labour sat for four years at Holyrood and did nothing constructive. That wasn’t the start of the rot for the Labour Party; there had been a decade of dissatisfaction which had been growing with the public.

In Glasgow, the Labour Party rammed up council tax year on year, people paid more and services didn’t improve.  When the SNP offered a five year freeze, they pulled the rug right out from Labour who if I remember rightly came up with a two year freeze.

The real problem lying under the surface which festered like an open sore was Labour politicians who were effectively refusing to help people, ignoring people and in some cases enacting policies which were detrimental, usually to those at the bottom of society.

Scottish Labour were effectively killing off their own core support, and actively giving them reasons to find another party. Since Scottish Labour wouldn’t do what was required, the public were slowly draining away towards the party of protest which is the   SNP.

The 2011 election in Scotland was to produce an extraordinary event, a majority SNP Government, something which the electoral system wasn’t supposed to produce, but in this case, it did. After four years of being entirely meaningless in Scottish politics, the Labour Party was crushed again; however, it still managed to hold the position of official opposition.

The rot was spreading, although in 2012, Labour did manage to hold Glasgow, this wasn’t due to skill, it was done to the SNP being an ineffective opposition led by the Sturgeon crony Allison Hunter who was incapable as a leader. It may have seemed like green shoots of recovery but in reality the Labour Party hadn’t reached the tipping point just yet.
The tipping point was to come in 2014, after being letdown again and again and again, the ordinary people of Scotland mostly at the lower end of society had been disenfranchised by the Westminster Government, the system was broken and it was to become much worse.

Working class people stripped of dignity felt they had nothing to lose, the system had failed them and they wanted change. Punished by Westminster regardless whether it was Labour or Conservatives Governments; it made no difference or sense to them to be part of the Union.

It was Labour who introduced the Bedroom tax, it was Labour who introduced the ATOS scandal which was to dominate a social justice agenda, will Labour MPs enjoyed high wages and expenses, the poor were abused.

The Conservatives maybe running with the torch, but the flame and the journey was started by the Labour Party.

2014 was the awakening that the Scottish Labour Party representatives could be voted out, and people right across Scotland did so in their thousands, post 2014, the next election was Westminster, the result was extraordinary, the worst election result for Scottish Labour in 100 years. All Labour MPs bar one were voted out of public office, the good swept away by the actions of the bad.

2016, the Scottish Labour Party defeated the year before faced an angry Scottish public yet again, a public not willing to listen to a party who had stopped listening decades ago. The result, the Scottish Labour Party loses yet again and becomes the third party of Holyrood.

Scottish Labour was dying; but the people running it wouldn’t face the truth, their policies and their people weren’t wanted.

We are now in 2017, far from improving the same mindset of failure continues to dominate the leadership’s thinking, for them it isn’t what the people want, it isn’t what they can do for the people or Scotland; it is about them following their agenda.

Scottish Labour hasn’t accepted the message that the public aren’t coming back because the people running the Scottish Labour Party aren’t wanted, and no new shiny policy or gimmick fixes that problem.  

It seems that Scottish Labour is set for heavy defeat in Scottish council elections according to a new poll, so to cut to the chase, the number is 14%.

14% of Scots are saying that they will vote for the Labour Party, the party’s internal polling some months ago painted a black picture of 15%, since then the decline continues, the wider picture is that support for Scottish Labour has more than halved since the last local government elections in 2012.

A Panelbase poll of 1,028 voters found;

Scottish Labour 14%
SNP 47%,
Scottish Conservatives 26%,
Liberal Democrats 5%,
Scottish Greens 4%
Ukip 3%.

A Labour spokesman said:

“In May, voters across Scotland face a choice between electing Labour candidates who will stand against SNP cuts to local services and will oppose a second independence referendum, or SNP candidates who will seek to divide communities. Labour believes that together we’re stronger.”

Voters face a bigger choice than just choosing between Labour and the SNP; however the Scottish Labour Party spokesman tries to paint a choice which is effectively narrow. This election has given the people of Scotland the opportunity to have a rainbow of political representation.

I don’t like the spin of what is said above for several reasons, it isn’t a choice between Labour and SNP for a start, and secondly to finish off his pitch, he is using the tag, “together we’re stronger”, this signifies that he is only repeating what he is told to say, this isn’t an interaction it is a proclamation, he isn’t talking ‘to the people’, he is talking ‘at the people’.

If there is a mass slaughter of Scottish Labour Councillors at the ballot box in May, then the Labour spokesman may find himself out of a job as money from Councillors helps to fund Labour Party staff.

I said last year at the time of the 15% internal Labour Party polling that Scottish Labour had further to fall, George Laird right again!

Finally, I found this picture above, 'I'm voting No'!, ironically I thought it would give the readership a laugh because given the dysfunctional way the Scottish Labour Party operate, I expect a huge number of Scots have already decided to vote no anyway to Scottish Labour. 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Has the first shot been fired in a new North Atlantic Trade Block, Greece is set to ditch the Euro in favour of US dollar, is the EU about to see the rise of a new economic force which could see UK, France, Netherlands and Greece join as members?





















Dear All

Greece has been badly letdown by the EU, treated like dirt, had to sell off assets and had to beg for loans to keep the country afloat.

When I first read of Greek pensioners who had to look in bins for food, it shocked me, is this ‘the dream’ of a united Europe which we were all supposed to be signed up to? Can you imagine it, people having to look for food in bins in this day and age. The Greeks as I mentioned in previous posts, need to leave the Euro and a case for leaving the EU can also be strongly made. Greek politicians have made all kinds of threats to the EU but at the last minute they did a deal.

Sometimes, it is better to walk away from a bad situation than let it fester, and Greece has festered for years when the road to recovery was blocked by intransigent politicians,

In an ideal world, Greece would drop the Euro, re-instate the Drachma, and hold a referendum to leave the EU, reset their democracy and institutions and start again. Greece's spiralling financial crisis has led to EU bosses threatening expulsion but Greece must show initiative and make the choice to go as a people.

Greece if it so chooses could setup their own currency, the Drachma but in a strange twist, the Greeks are floating an idea to ditch the Euro in favour of US dollar, whether this is another Greek ploy is open to speculation. If they did adopt the dollar, it would be highly unusual to say the least, but the move would send shock waves through the EU right to the heart of Germany and Angela Merkel.

It seems that the current EU project isn’t sustainable or indeed wanted by some Member States anymore. France, Italy and the Netherlands all seem candidates who could along with Greece decide to call it a day.

Greece's desperately needs an alternative to the Eurozone!

Now, is that alternative a new zone, a North Atlantic Trade Zone with America, Canada, UK, Netherlands and perhaps Greece combining to rival the EU?  


If you are the type of person who thinks ‘things just happen’ then let me tell you they don’t, David Cameron was involved this idea long before Brexit and before the Scottish independence referendum.

A battle fought over Brexit might in the future be a battle fought over the a new trade zone covering the North Atlantic if the mistakes of the EU were repeated such as trying to force TTIP down people’s throats to attempt to destroy our NHS.

The Greek tragedy looks set to continue, and a decision has to be made, to default on the EU, the short term pain maybe in the Greek national interest, Athens faces debt repayments of 7.0 billion euros ($7.44 billion) this summer that it cannot afford. If you get a loan and then you have to pay off charges, you have to wonder what the point is in the first place as money is siphoned off to pay back bankers.

At present the talk of dollarisation is limited to think tanks, whether it gets beyond that is another matter. We had the uncaring EU political elite who ignored the best interests of the people which are leading to political change right across Europe, the question of how a possible North Atlantic Trade Block would operate is of some concern, never again can UK sovereignty be lost in trade agreements which work against the UK national interest.

The Conservatives took us into what was to become the EU as we know it in 1973; we have to wonder will it be the Conservatives who would be taking us into a possible North Atlantic Trade Block, and if that doesn’t pan out, then who takes on the challenge to get us out of that?

Yours sincerely

George Laird

The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, February 13, 2017

SARAH SILVERMAN'S SWASTIKA MELTDOWN!, Anyone feeling triggered by this video should go to the nearest 'safe space' and complain profusely to get their virtue signalling trigger points

The changing face of Europe: Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders promises to 'de-Islamise' the Netherlands and ban the Quran which he compares to Mein Kampf, if he gets 30 seats in next month’s election, he could be the next Dutch leader















Dear All

The rise of the far right has shocked some people who asked themselves how this could have happened in today’s society; it happened because the political elite of Europe became detached from the rest of society. The political elite live in a political bubble surrounded by wealth, they have been practising social engineering without the consent of the population.

The experiment was tried in Great Britain and the people were lied to, they were told that the influx of people was for economic reasons, years later the Labour Party was forced to admit it had lied to the people and that they were conducting a social engineering experiment under Tony Blair.


The Rotherham grooming scandal is another by-product of the social engineering experiment.


When faced with stories like those above, and similar events on the continent of Europe, it was only a matter of time before there was a backlash.

Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders is an extremely high profile Dutch politician who has attracted a lot of attention over the years but his profile maybe about to get higher if he ends up leading his country. Wilders is the founder of Holland's Party of Freedom, he like Marine Le Pen in France is seeing a sea change in public opinion towards their views. They are closer to real power than at anytime of their careers.

The election of Donald Trump, the British making a choice for Brexit has empowered these people to want to chart a Europe going in a different direction, the EU used as a tool of oppression of countries sovereignty is on a downward slope, many countries could end up leaving just as Britain has chosen to do. I think that the EU had merit, but it has changed for the worse and is now a threat to national security, why does a political organisation need control of an army?

There can be only one use, the suppression of people in member states under the guise of national emergency caused by civil unrest, the get out to allow the political elite to bring in an army to enact military law.

The migrant crisis is an ongoing crisis, things are not getting better; they are only getting worse; it is a matter for all EU States that the removal of Angela Merkel as leader of Germany must be a top priority along with disbandment of the EU as it presently operates.

I have written a number of articles on the blog about how Europe is heading towards possible ‘civil war’, the seeds have been planted and the chaos we have seen in other countries is growing.
If Geert Wilders gets to be leader of his country, he promises to 'de-Islamise' the Netherlands and ban the Quran. Immigration is touchy subject, Wilders maybe of the opinion that he needs total control of immigration which also means that the Dutch have a referendum and vote to leave the EU. As to his ban the Quran, religious freedom is something which is generally universally accepted as a good thing, if he goes ahead with 'de-Islamise' the Netherlands, you have to conclude that means deportation for Muslims not born in the Netherlands. If that was to happen it would see a mini event similar to what happened after WW2, people on the move either to other European countries or sent back to their home country in the Middle East of elsewhere.

Such a scheme would spark a huge international outcry.

Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders has been quite spoken recent, in a rare television interview, he has mosques to Nazi temples and the Quran to Mein Kampf. Another of his views is that Europe is going to enter what he describes as a 'patriotic spring' which I take to mean is similar to an ‘Arab Spring’, a people’s uprising against tyranny and rulers who ignored the welfare of the people.

The change which could ignite a people’s uprising in Europe, needs some ducks to line up in a row, Geert Wilders needs his far-right party get more than 30 parliamentary seats in next month's election. Opposition parties say they will not work for him but his opinion is that their views will change.

One wonders what type of Europe we will see in 10 years time, considering that the goal of Islamic terrorists is to bring their war to the streets of Europe.


As the number of terrorist attacks increase the pressure for a call to arms will grow, and at that point, we will see an authoritarian Europe emerge.

Finally, although the UK is leaving the EU to gain our sovereignty, we still have our own problems.


and:


The case for sealing our borders and extreme vetting is already made, these incidents just show that the problem isn’t just confined to Europe, it is already walking among us right here in Britain.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University