Friday, March 24, 2017

White Pride Day in Edinburgh appears to be going ahead as police and council cannot outlaw the organisers right to hold a static demonstration in the Capital, so, moral maze question, if you were elected a councillor would you ban a Scots White Pride demo march?

Dear All

It is not unusual to see groups walking the streets parading their beliefs, we see this all the time with anti racism marches, ‘Gay’ Pride marches by the homosexual community and various other people such as CND. Along with marches we have things such as black history to celebrate the achievements of the black community.

If you get elected as councillor and sit on the committee which deals with marches you can on occasion have to make hard decisions on whether or not to allow a march to take place.

Public safety being a prime consideration, you listen to advice from the Police and other people in making that decision. What you are not supposed to do is allow your prejudice to interfere in making a just decision. Lots of  councillors shy away from sitting on the parades committee because if you pass a march which your party doesn’t support or is deemed unacceptable, you may face abuse.

Today, I have come across something which following the London attack raises the classic moral maze questions.

Would you allow a Scots White Pride demo?

Would you allow a Scots White Pride demo on the day that hundreds of Sikhs hold a procession?

White Pride is tainted because the people are associated with being extremists and then there is the continued references to Nazism; and of course some of the demonstrators don’t tend by enlarge to come from the higher end of the IQ scale. In the latter half of the last century’s the National Front was a big thing, they were connected to soccer thugs and had a tendency to slash people with open razors and Stanley knifes.

One of the famous thugs of the era was Charlie Sargent, he wasn’t a role model for anything but violence. When people think of Neo Nazis, he sits right up there as a case study. Here is some info from him.      

Sargent was released from prison last year after being convicted for the murder of Chris Castle in 1997. He was also a member of C18, or Combat 18 as they known for extreme violence.

So, there is a long history in trying to establish what some people call ‘White Pride’ in the UK because of the people it attracts and how they conduct themselves, and also who turns up to oppose them.

Usually when groups like the ‘Anti-Nazi_League’ or ‘Unite Against Fascism’ turn up to protest, there is trouble, which is why there is generally a big police presence at these events. Here is something on the Anti Nazi League, they were setup by SWP, the Socialist Workers Party, these people spread their message on University and College Campuses.

The White Pride crowd plan to stage a 'static demo' in Edinburgh which effectively means they can go ahead without any official permission being sought. If there is a clampdown on ‘static demos’, this would undermine the democratic right to protest in this country which would be a bad thing.

Nearby the Sikh group, Guru Nanak Gurdwara Edinburgh who are doing their thing, say they will be carrying on as normal and having consulted with police, they do not fear any trouble.

And to be honest, no one really expects trouble from the Sikh community who have integrated very well into UK society and have done since they came to the UK.

One National Front Scotland circular about the White Pride demo says it is a time to "gather together with white pride flags and flags of white nations, to celebrate the great history of the white race and to speak out against anti-white racism. A must attend day for any white activist!"

These people are a million miles away from Identitarian movement, who are also branded under the far right label.

Skin colour isn’t a think to be celebrated; rather the culture of a country which the identitarian use is seen by some as much better. The identitarian movement is basically a European construct which is big in France and developing in places like Austria.

identitarians like Martin Sellner make it quite clear that they don’t want racists in the identitarian movement or to be associated with them. The National Front, the BNP, the EDL or Scottish Defence League don’t attract the kind of support they would like because they basically don’t know politics, how to play the game and how to win hearts and minds of communities. You could say this is a blessing in disguise; ignorance can sometimes come in useful, provided it is the other side using it.

In the interests of public safety it would be better if everyone who wants to demonstrate static or marched worked with the police to avoid problems, this however is unlikely to happen.

A  National Front Scotland spokesman said:

"We will not be silenced by Cultural Marxists or those who wish to deny us our right to Freedom of Speech and Free Assembly!"

The Council say at least 28 days notice of the event which must be given and then will be considered by officers and police. Council sources say if no notification was received any march would be essentially illegal. If necessary, the council has the power to prohibit a procession but mostly council are reluctant to exercise that power because everyone has a right to have their voice heard in a democracy even if their views are against everything you stand for. 

Since the White Pride crowd don’t intend to march, a police source confirmed they were aware that there would be a static demo happening and that there was "no legislative requirement" to seek permission. You would assume that police will be there in case one of the various anti racism groups turn up to start violence. These people are easily recognised, they are the ones wearing the masks.

So, back to the moral maze questions, if you were a councillor.

Would you allow a Scots White Pride demo march?

Would you allow a Scots White Pride demo march on the day that hundreds of Sikhs hold a procession?

Yours sincerely

George Laird

The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sick to death of the SNP 2, Nationalists drag Scotland’s reputation into the gutter, after Islamic terror attack yesterday in London; heroes emerged to aid the dead and injured but SNP elected representatives and supporters disgrace themselves with such crass behaviour, it is only right that someone calls them out as unbelievable low life trash

Dear All

Yesterday, the streets of London ran blood red after a horrific Islamic terror attack in Westminster, right at the heart of our democracy.4 people dead and 20 seriously injured, people yesterday were asked not to call the ambulance services unless it was a real emergency; such was the demand on their services at Westminster.

Yesterday saw many ordinary people emerge as heroes such as the policeman who tragically died tackling a violent jihadi extremist.

Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood's blood-stained face as he performed CPR on the knifed policeman has become a defining image of yesterday's horrifying terror attack. He worked frantically in his attempts to save the policeman killed. PC Keith Palmer's made ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Today in an emotional House of Commons, Conservative MP James Cleverly was in tears as he described serving with the married father-of-two in the Royal Artillery regiment 25 years ago when he knew him as 'Gunner Keith Palmer'.

He said:

'He was a strong, professional public servant and it was a delight to meet him again only a few months after being elected.'

It is as many people know; a small world!

Tobias Ellwood's blood-stained face as he performed CPR on the knifed policeman became a defining image of yesterday's horrifying terror attack but we should remember all you answered the call to help. Today in the Commons, he sat in the Commons in tears; there is a human cost to bravery, while people tried to get away from the incident unfolding, he was heading towards it to help without thought for his own safety, lives were in danger.

Already, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Westminster terror attack, but they will not break our resolve. The attack happened on the anniversary of the Brussels attack a year ago so it was timed to show symbolism and support for other Islamic terrorists. Already after the London attack, news is in about a French Muslim arrested after trying to drive a car loaded with liquid gas, firearms and knives into a crowd at high speed on a busy shopping street in Antwerp. This person has been arrested, it is not clear if both incidents are linked, the police investigation may possible be joint with British security services.

Prior to the Nice attack which was horrific, I was speculating on Islamic terrorists using vehicles as weapons of terror, sadly the predication turned out to be true. The use of vehicles as weapons will continue, they are deadly and effective, you might even find that cities become more guarded that the terrorists will also use motorways where they can build up speed to cause massive piles. The authorities need to start planning for these types of scenarios and how to deal with this, terrorism can and will strike anywhere. If you think of your worst nightmare, you can be sure that the Islamic terrorists will also be thinking of it.

Here are some examples, on Bastille; 86 people were killed when a truck was driven through crowds enjoying fireworks in Nice. Four months down the line, a copycat ISIS-inspired massacre took place in Germany when a terrorist drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin; twelve people were killed in the attack on December 19. This year, a Palestinian lorry driver mowed down and then reversed over Israeli soldiers, this killed four people.

Yesterday saw many people emerge as heroes, there are too many to name, doctors and nurses ran from nearby hospital to treat victims of the London terror attack despite not knowing what horrors awaited them. The staff at St Thomas Hospital deserves special recognition; nurses from St Thomas' hospital loaded blankets outside the hospital to take to victims of the London terror attacks. It was a team effort in times of need; everyone comes to the fore without thought of self.

We can be rightly proud of our NHS.

As well as heroes, yesterday also saw Scotland being made a disgrace as several of the SNP brought our country down. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham accused of 'absolutely disgraceful behaviour' after Westminster terror attack. The Perthshire MSP shouted and jabbed her finger at the Tory benches after Holyrood was suspended.

More controversially, Tory sources also claimed she allegedly said

“This is because you didn’t want to talk about independence”.

Most of her anger it is said was specifically targeted at Tory MSP Murdo Fraser, who had earlier called for a suspension in light of the unfolding events at Westminster.

A witness said:

“She was having a bit of a meltdown. What I heard her say was something like this. 'You are giving into terrorists, even the Tories at Westminster carried on in the face of the IRA.' Others then heard her say something like, 'You are only doing this because we are debating independence.’”

As well as senior SNP at Holyrood being a disgrace, SNP MP George Kerevan posted a selfie at the height of the Islamic terrorist incident. As people fought to save lives, as other people lay dead and about 20 people were seriously injured, Kerevan was smiling.

I tweeted his picture and asked the question:

4 people dead at #Westminster, can someone explain why an SNP MP is smiling, what's funny? #NicolaSturgeon #WeAreNotAfraid

Another senior nationalist Linda Fabiani MSP and Deputy Presiding Officer, was well within her right to have suspended Parliament yesterday after Murdo Fraser MSP raised it as a point of order.

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani, refused to suspend the independence debate as any decent human being would have done with a second's thought. She didn't not have to waiting for confirmations from Ken Macintosh or the parliamentary manager, her crack of ‘business as usual’ was one of the defining moments of SNP civic Nationalism.

Just as elected SNP representatives at Westminster and Holyrood disgraced themselves, the odious Wings Over Scotland along with other bottom feeders such as Mr.Malky showed clearly that the Nationalist camp is utter wretched with crass comments.

In an attempt to rally public support, today we have Nicola Sturgeon today saying that Scotland stands with London. This is in stark contrast to what the SNP were doing yesterday, which was utterly disgraceful.

What low life scum these people are, we saw heroes emerge yesterday; in the SNP we also saw emerge unbelievable low life trash.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Sick to death of the SNP, indyref 2 is even got a date but already Holyrood sees the angry tone develop for the next fight, Gina Miller went to Court on Brexit, is a legal challenge in the works for the way that the SNP are being unconstitutional over indyref 2, where was the public consultation?

Dear All

If what happened at Holyrood yesterday is anything to go by the next Scottish independence referendum will a nasty vicious affair, even more than the last one in 2014.

To refresh your memory if you wish to fight on the pro UK side, stand by to be called paedophile, racist, homosexual, homophobe, apologist, Uncle Tam, misogynist and anything else the Nationalists can think of to smear you or your family.

I, myself was a victim of a hate crime as many people know; this led to the arrest of one of the seven worst cybernats outed in the Daily Mail. Tommy Ball repeated tweeted about sexual intercourse with very young children using a fake account setup in my name, using my picture and linking to my blog. It took several years to get him into Court but the effort was worth it.

He was convicted and was fined £1500 at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

The SNP can claim to have the real scum on their side.

What unpopular Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are doing at present is to play a sick game called neverendum, they think they can setup a scenario where Scotland every few years gets pushed into a referendum by them on a trumped up excuse.

The SNP think that they can literally bully Scotland into voting Yes. Sturgeon says that denying Scots a second referendum would be “wrong, unfair and utterly unacceptable”. She lost two referendums, in two years, Scotland is saying no to Nicola Sturgeon if there is another vote.

To get straight to it, the SNP can no longer claim they are acting on the ‘will of the people’ so instead they are now claiming that they are acting on the ‘will of parliament’.

People are rightly becoming sick to death of the SNP but they have an opportunity to send Nicola Sturgeon a message at the Council elections and vote for pro UK candidates such as myself.

Vote George Laird for Ward 3 Greater Pollok!

The new referendum isn’t a choice over accepting Brexit as claimed; it is a political calculation in which the Nationalists think that Unionists who voted Remain will switch to them, that won’t happen. Remain voters will realise as do SNP members that Brexit opens a new load of opportunities for them and Scotland.

The SNP know that they are about to lose 180,000 EU National votes as once we leave the EU, they will have no right to get a vote. In order to try and ring fence their votes, the SNP want to start talks now before we leave. You will have notice that they want the window of autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

The laughable thing is that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP wouldn’t get a new independence vote in this timescale, they won’t even get talks started, everything will be put on hold till after Brexit.

And the post Brexit landscape will be rather unappealing to the SNP because a new deal will exist with Europe, already behind the scenes the UK and Germany are talking on many issues.

The SNP aren’t part of any of these talks that are going on, they have been left behind, a good deal for the UK spells disaster for the SNP so they want to go early so they can claim that Scotland’s interests are being damaged which will be far from the case.

Brexit makes Scotland open to the World.

Sturgeon said:

"The future of the people of Scotland should not be imposed upon us. It should be the choice of the people of Scotland.”

It seems that Nicola Sturgeon isn’t interested in the will of the people who spoke only a couple of years ago.

Brexit is just a pretext to attempt to secure independence, it is dishonest politics, it is the politics of the gutter and it shows how low the SNP leadership are willing to sink in their attempts to win.

You can expect now to see the SNP faced a barrage of criticism as campaigners take to the streets so that Westminster knows that the sovereignty of the Scottish people rests with the people and not Holyrood. For too long the silent majority have been silent, this can no longer be the case. People need to protest, to be vocal, and to fight the SNP at every opportunity.

The sham vote in Holyrood changes nothing as the SNP and the Scottish Greens scheme to set the country on a dangerous course which Brian Wilson wrote about, the are engaged in 'deliberate attempt to sectarianise Scottish politics', you can see this in their language as they use the word ‘Unionist’ all the time. The importing loaded political language from Ireland hasn’t gone un-noticed by UK Ministers who drafted in Martin McGuiness for help in dealing with the SNP. The thing is to ‘deal’ with the SNP you have to marginalise them from power.

Holyrood needs fixed, one of the problems is the discredited list system which effectively blocks out independents in favour of smaller parties such as the Scottish Greens. Margo McDonald was effectively the only person to really make it through that system.

We don’t need so 129 MSPs when in the past Scotland had representation at Westminster with 59 MPs, perhaps it is time to redraw the political map of Scotland downwards?

There will be no Section 30 order granted for a referendum between the autumn 2018 and spring 2019, the likelihood is that if at all, everything will be pushed back towards at least 2021.

It maybe the case that the only way to realign Scottish politics are for new pro UK parties to come forward with a radically different agenda instead of the current status quo.

Scottish Labour sitting at 14% in the polls is looking like being decades from power, and they still haven’t got a narrative that works for them, or a united party. As to the new idea of federalism, it is the wrong thing, at the wrong time, it is almost like Scottish Labour is fiddling while Scotland burns!

Finally, if you tune in regularly to the blog, you will already have read I said that indyref 2 would be even nastier than the first, George Laird right again.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, dies aged 66, as politicians offer condolences, his victims cannot forget his role in the terror campaign which saw innocent people murdered, Martin McGuiness goes to his grave with secrets

Dear All

Former IRA terror commander Martin McGuinness has died at the age of 66; in Irish politics he will be remembered both as an IRA Commander and his part in the peace process.

Years ago I watched a programme called ‘The Cooke Report’ which was fronted by Roger Cooke, one of the programmes featured McGuinness as part of a story.

It was alleged that Martin McGuinness had approached the mother of a man that the IRA wanted to get hold of, the meeting was supposed to take place in the South of Ireland. It was said that the meeting was a ‘talk’ and that McGuinness had guaranteed the man’s safety.

The man was murdered!

I always remember this story as much as the big IRA stories of the killing of Lord Mountbatten, the Brighton Hotel explosion; the Guildford and Birmingham pub bombings and of course the 1987  Enniskillen "Poppy Day" bomb.

The terror campaign by the IRA killed many innocent people, too many, too many young people; it divided Ireland and left deeply scarred communities. I love Ireland, I have been there a few times in my youth, and found the people to be absolutely first class only too happy to help strangers. If you haven’t visited then you are missing out on a real treat.

How do I feel about the death of Martin McGuinness, neither happy or sad, I remember the evil that he done in targeting innocent people, today we will be seeing politicians pay “tribute” to McGuinness saying how he was a passionate man of peace and of course leaving out his past, his victims will fill in that aspect of his life.
One person who isn’t sad about the death of Martin McGuinness is Norman Tebbit, whose wife was paralysed by an IRA bomb. The Brighton bomb was an attempt to kill as many senior Conservatives at their party conference as possible.  

Lord Tebbit has today said the 'world is a sweeter place.'

He was nearly killed and his wife was paralysed for life, it is understandable that he hasn’t forgotten the night that the IRA struck the hotel.

Lord Tebbit says that Martin McGuinness turning to peace 'to save his own skin' because he wanted to avoid being charged with murder.

He added:

'The world is a sweeter place today. He was a coward who never atoned for his crimes. There can be no forgiveness without a confession of sins'.

When asked about McGuiness’s role in the peace process he said:

'You might just as well say that if Himmler had succeeded Hitler and wiped out the Jews it would have removed the problem and there could have been peace in Europe'. 

Lord Tebbit in a less then generous mood concluded:

'He claimed to be a Roman Catholic. I hope that his beliefs turn out to be true and he'll be parked in a particularly hot and unpleasant corner of hell for the rest of eternity.'

Lord Tebbit has always refused to forgive Mr McGuinness for his terrorist past because 'forgiveness requires confession of sins and repentance'….. there was none of that.'

Five people were killed in the Brighton bombing, those killed were Conservative MP Sir Anthony Berry, Eric Taylor (North-West Area Chairman of the Conservative Party), Lady (Jeanne) Shattock (wife of Sir Gordon Shattock, Western Area Chairman of the Conservative Party), Lady (Muriel) Maclean (wife of Sir Donald Maclean, President of the Scottish Conservatives), and Roberta Wakeham (wife of Parliamentary Treasury Secretary John Wakeham).

The IRA claimed responsibility the next day, and said that it would try again. Its statement read:

“Mrs. Thatcher will now realise that Britain cannot occupy our country and torture our prisoners and shoot our people in their own streets and get away with it. Today we were unlucky, but remember we only have to be lucky once. You will have to be lucky always. Give Ireland peace and there will be no more war”.

Stephen Gault whose father, Samuel, was one of 11 people killed in the 1987  Enniskillen "Poppy Day" bomb, said he would remember Mr McGuinness only as a "terrorist".

There will be a lot of mixed emotions today for people who lost loved ones who were killed by the IRA, in the end what did the ‘troubles’ really achieve?

Was the loss of life of all those innocent people worth it, as I said I always remember the man murdered who the subject of The Cooke Report, what were his final hours like?

As he lay dying did Martin McGuiness regret his actions, did he see the faces and remember the names of all the people who were murdered by the IRA?

One thing is certain; Martin McGuiness goes to his grave with secrets.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, March 17, 2017

The dawning of her political death; Nicola Sturgeon has made a very big mistake, over indyref 2 and it's just beginning to dawn on her, there is no possible chance that she can keep political momentum going for the next four years, people of Scotland are sick to death of the SNP talking non stop about independence, they want a government in power who are willing to do the ‘day job’, is this the start of the end of the SNP as a political party?

Dear All

Nicola Sturgeon has made a very big mistake and it's just beginning to dawn on her.

You might be tempted to say, is there any proof?

Well, a crack in the façade was clearly on show when Colin MacKay dropped the news to her that Theresa May had turned down her request for a new Scottish independence referendum, at that point you could see her brain going into overdrive.

Then fuse!

After getting the bad news of no Section 30 order, she also got told that Westminster wouldn’t entry into talks. You could clearly see her head go down as she dived into the lift at Holyrood to escape, but there is no escape from the very big mistake she has made, no rewinding of history or time.

In an attempt to appear relevant; Nicola Sturgeon has made clear she remains determined to hold indyref2, its just talk, but not for the people of Scotland but for her supporters. Having overplayed her hand and facing the disastrous consequences of that miscalculation, she has left herself wide open to questions about her suitability to continue on as SNP leader.

When the Prime Minister delivered her “now is not the time” message, whether Sturgeon liked it or not, it was entirely wrong and foolhardy to think that in the middle of the most serious talks over Brexit that anyone would have time for her. No one has time for her during Brexit, not even the Europeans; they will be seeking an accommodation because the ‘men in the grey suits’ aren’t going to sit idly by and see hundreds of millions of investment being put in danger. Money as they say makes the world go round, and into today’s interlinked global market no one gets to be a ‘problem’.

Nicola Sturgeon just made herself a ‘problem’ which is why she was so quickly and effectively shutdown by the real people in power.

Sturgeon doesn’t as she claims have an "unequivocal mandate" to hold a second referendum, she doesn’t have power, she doesn’t have legal authority and she doesn’t have moral authority. There will be no declaration of UDI as the real nutters of the Nationalist camp periodically cry.

Sturgeon said to the BBC:

"You are asking me to accept that a Conservative Prime Minister, who has one MP in Scotland has the right to lay down the law to Scotland's democratically elected parliament. That is unacceptable."

She thinks that Holyrood or to be more specific the SNP have the right to override Westminster because they control Holyrood, they don’t have any right and more importantly they know it. Interestingly Carole Malone, the TV pundit was quick to call Nicola deluded.

Malone said:

“I think she talks about this referendum all the time to hide the fact that she’s making a mess of running Scotland. It has a massive deficit, it has a £15bn deficit which is proportionately twice as much as the UK’s deficit. Education is in a mess, health is in a mess.”

The heat was further thrust on the Nationalists as John Humphrys tore into the Deputy First Minister John Swinney as he tried to dodge a simple question on independence four times. Swinney stalled as the veteran broadcaster repeatedly asked if the SNP would be prepared to hold an advisory referendum. If the SNP do attempt this, this could see the Scottish Government and Parliament shut down and power returned to the Scottish Office.

Shutdown Holyrood if there is an advisory referendum stands a very good chance of happening, once power is out of the SNP’s hands, they lose all control and effectively becoming powerless. Westminster will reluctantly be forced to use their powers which could mean down the line that the current Holyrood setup is radically changed to prevent this happening again.

The wheels are falling off the SNP bandwagon, they can no longer claim to be acting on the ‘will of the people’ so now they are claiming that they will be acting on the ‘will of parliament’ clearly the SNP cannot be trusted and as much as the SNP try to muddy the water on timescales.

Finally; John Humphrys mocked the SNP new attempts for a fresh independence as he flippantly said:

“Maybe we should redefine generation to being a rabbit generation, how long do they live, three or four years?”

The subtext for his listeners was that the SNP are dishonourable and liars, they aren’t honouring the Edinburgh Agreement and as such cannot be trusted.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, March 16, 2017

SNP Smackdown: No new Scottish independence referendum as Theresa May says 'now is not the time', so the question now is, will unpopular Nicola Sturgeon collapse the Scottish Government to try for an absolute majority, petition to stop indyref 2 now sits at over 155, 395 signatures, Sturgeon gambled everything and lost, will she now ‘bet the farm’?

Dear All

There is a buzz in the air it seems, as a rather catchy phrase is coming from the people of Scotland to Theresa May….. ‘just say naw’!

Saying naw is what is expected of Prime Minister Theresa May with regards to ruling out a second Scottish independence referendum.

And this happy state of affairs could every well happen this afternoon and makes for a good showpiece for a party leader to rally the troops.

But what for the shop soiled poor white hope from Dreghorn Nicola Sturgeon, apparently she is gearing up to hear what many people keeping saying in reply to her gibberish…. No!

Nicola Stugeon marched the ‘troops’ up the hill only to find out the opposition are merely laughing at them, the about face and walk down the hill is a humiliation.

Imagine finding out that you are a small fish in a big pond, this is what Sturgeon is finding out, already we have the SNP screaming and whining by calling that refusing to give into SNP demands is in someway 'defying democracy'.

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon had their vote, their chance and lost badly, 55% to 45%, it was a decisive victory by a clear 10 point margin. The aim of indyref 2 is to cause trouble, and it is to weaken the UK government in up coming Brexit talks. This action wouldn’t just be noticed here and down south, it will make the EU feel that they are empowered as they try to shaft us.

We could end up in a situation where a deal isn’t possible, hard Brexit happens and we are operating under World Trade Organisation rules (WTO), once thing to remember, nothing is settled yet, and it is in the interests of Europe to find an accommodation.

What I like is the sick joke mooted by the SNP that if the Westminster government don’t give the SNP their way for a new vote it would act as the "biggest recruiting sergeant possible" for the cause. The SNP have sucked up pretty much everyone who is interested in their ‘cause’. In fact the only way is down wards for the membership, incompetent SNP government will hasten that decline.

To show how rattle the SNP and how much Nicola Sturgeon is living in fear of her own side turning on her, up pops Pete Wishart, who is more blowhard than diehard to waffle:

“Will there be a statement from the Government approving a section 30 order to approve a legal independence referendum if the Scottish Parliament, as is likely, votes to request one next week? Surely there can be no case for standing in the way of democracy and defying the will of the democratically elected parliament in Scotland?”

Take the time to note that he isn’t saying 'the will of the Scottish people’, and with the collapse of Scottish Labour and the poor showing of other unionist parties, their ‘test’ of democracy can hardly be measured using Holyrood as a benchmark.
One thing that the Conservatives have developed as a theme is something which I have banged on about for years, incompetent SNP government, Commons Leader David Lidington said the Government "will want to look at whatever requests might come from the Scottish Parliament".

But he also fired off:

"But I just say this gently to you, that the Autumn Statement and the spring Budget together have given roughly £1.25 billion of extra spending to the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament. They could use that money to reduce the tax hikes on business and middle income families in Scotland. They could use it to improve failing schools in Scotland, to help struggling hospitals in Scotland. I think that would be a much better service to the people of Scotland than posturing about a further referendum."

At present the petition to stop a second independence referendum is sitting just below 155,000 signatures, it is only a few days and the response has been impressive, people are sick of the SNP attempting to plunge the UK into crisis, they are sick of referendums, they are sick of incompetent government and they are sick of being held to ransom.

One thing which has happened is that The Queen has signed the Brexit Bill into law which means it leaves Theresa May free to kick-start leaving the EU. One out, means all out, Scotland will be leaving the EU along with the rest of the UK, and there will be no special deal for Sturgeon.

Nicola Sturgeon gambled and lost, lost everything, played a rather stupid game and came away looking weak and more importantly stupid.

So, no Section 30 order, no legal authority to hold a new referendum; so what now, does Nicola Sturgeon then move onto plan B?

Plan B, try and get an absolute majority by collapsing the Scottish Government and forcing an election.

So, if she doesn’t get her absolute majority, which was the basis that the last franchise was made available, does she have the bottle to collapse the Scottish government twice in a row?

Finally, it is not all doom and gloom, here is a funny video done by someone down south who is vaguely familiar with the Scottish situation, he starts off a bit shaky on what Nicola Sturgeon’s title is, calling her the Prime Minister of Scotland, its actually First Minister. Then as if by magic, we get treated to him swearing etc etc.

Sadly someone has altered the video so you don’t get the whole rich experience but if I find a youtube copy unedited then I will stick it on the blog, education so important.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nicola Sturgeon’s folly over indyref 2, Petition to block second Scot referendum set for debate at Westminster as it hits 100,000 signatures and is still climbing, everything is blowing up in Sturgeon’s face as anti-Brussels sentiment sweeps across Scotland, the SNP have made a big tactical mistake which will come back to haunt them

Dear All

It must have felt so good for Nicola Sturgeon when she decided to do a spoiler to overshadow the House of Lords vote, can you imagine the SNP strategists sitting there thinking they are doing a coup?

Well, within a short space of time and demonstrating that the SNP cannot work with Westminster, it all blew right up in Nicola Sturgeon’s face on many fronts. 

Theresa May is considering saying no, people in the EU have killed stone dead any notion of a fast track membership, the SNP appear to be about to ditch the idea of EU membership in favour of ‘single market’ and the Scottish people, Nationalists and Unionists alike are angry about a second referendum. 

Nationalists know they can’t win it, those with any sense, and Unionists are angry that yet again, the SNP plan to throw Scotland into chaos and division, it will be much worse this time round.

If anyone thinks the nasty vicious campaign of indyref 1 run by the Nationalists and their ‘axis’ forces has been forgotten, they can think again.

Scotland is a divided country now.

A sign of the anger is expressed by a Petition to block a second Scottish referendum, in order to hit the 100,000 mark which can trigger a debate in Westminster, people have been signing up fast and furious, so far the 100k mark has been breached and we are heading towards 125,000. The timeframe of this sign up is absolutely staggering, the mark has been reached to trigger a debate and I can see this one going forward, and Westminster marshalling its forces to allow speaker after speaker to condemn the actions of the SNP leadership.

Nicola Sturgeon triggered her own downfall, which could be aptly titled, ‘a few days in March’.

The petition to say no to indyref 2 was started by Scottish resident John Innes, he appears to be on course to make a wee bit of history for himself, the title of the petition?

‘Another Scottish independence referendum should not be allowed to happen’

In the bumf, he wrote:

“We in Scotland are fed up of persecution by the SNP leader who is solely intent on getting independence at any cost. As a result, Scotland is suffering hugely”.

Scotland is suffering particularly our health service which is in dire need of leadership which the SNP have failed to provide. Here is an up to date example for you to ponder what having an SNP government means when they neglect their responsibilities.

A GP practice in where Doctors say at their Ayrshire GP practice that things are so bad due to “impossible" funding that they have no option but to announce plans to close the surgery.

This is the type of thing which Shona Robison should have dealt with and sorted out, what the hell is going on in her portfolio? This incident brings me to something which I have historically said that the Scottish Government needs reformed; it needs deputies in key government departments.

We already know that a bad job is being done, so obviously more help is need to get Scotland’s NHS back on its feet. Where is that help to come from if it isn’t from reformed Scottish Government?

Everything in life isn’t about independence!

Despite vastly exceeding the 10,000 signatures required for a Government response, Downing Street have not yet commented on the petition.

Just as the public are thoroughly unimpressed by so are the politicians in Scotland; Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said:

“The First Minister’s problem is she has no mandate for a second independence referendum.

She added:

“She lost her majority in Parliament, the people of Scotland have said time and time again that they do not want to be dragged back into the division of another referendum. She’s trying to convert votes like mine, which were for Remain in the EU referendum, into votes for another independence referendum. The people of Scotland are angry at the First Minister today because she is not speaking for Scotland.”

The point about Sturgeon using Unionist Remain votes for brought up yesterday by someone at the Scotland in Union event, Sturgeon has no right to attempt to hijack other people’s democratic vote for her own ends.

At present at time of writing this post today the number of people signing up to say no to a second independence referendum in Scotland is standing at just under the 125,000 signature mark.

Finally, a new survey has revealed that anti-EU feeling is on the rise in Scotland and that Sturgeon’s plans to leave the UK to rejoin the failed EU project will put voters off independence. The ScotCen annual Scottish social attitudes survey found that two in three Scots (67 per cent) either want Britain to leave the EU (25 per cent) or for the EU’s powers to be reduced (42 per cent).

George Laird is 2-2 in referendums wins, people expect me to get it right every single time, there is no expectation of that type of political understanding with Nicola Sturgeon!

She sits on 0-2 in losses.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stealing the thunder, Scotland in Union’s Glasgow event gets off to a tremendous start as Graeme Pearson gives a great speech, and in local news, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon hits out at 'not yet elected' Prime Minister Theresa May with a puny jibe which will backfire down the line on her, remember he who laughs last, laughs longest, guess who is getting the smile wiped right off Nicola?

Dear All

Scotland in Union held an event in Glasgow today which is part of their new #projectlisten campaign at the Lighthouse venue in Glasgow City Centre. The event was well attended and there was serious aspect to it, the future of Scotland in the United Kingdom

As well as Labour people, the former Presiding Officer of Holyrood was at the event who was previously a Conservative MSP, Alex Fergusson, different people, different parties and ordinary members of the public, a broad church indeed. All the big press players where there; Tom Gordon from Herald Scotland, Bernard Ponsoby of STV, David Torrance, the writer, and various people from the BBC, you could sense that something was happening in the room!

Graeme Pearson, Chief Executive of Scotland in Union, delivered a great speech on what the current situation is and urged people to get involved in the fight to save our country. He spoke about how the SIU organisation had grown in such a relatively short time to have 20,000 registered supporters now. He spoke about the effect the SNP are having not just on business confidence but also prospects for young people who now fear for their future.

The SNP Nationalism is based on petulance, grievance; and use of victimhood in another vain attempt and cynical bid to smash the Union which could bankrupt Scotland, drive investment away and cause division. One of the tactics which Sturgeon is attempting which is ridiculous is to suggest the referendum could be held as early as autumn 2018, before the end of Brexit negotiations.

That will never happen, Nicola Sturgeon will see all of the United Kingdom leave the failed EU project at the same time, when England leaves; Scotland leaves as well.

The next independence referendum if it goes ahead will be a very angry and bitter affair by the Nationalists and their allies. The bitterness has already started with unpopular Nicola Sturgeon goading Theresa May as a 'not yet elected' Prime Minister.

The increasingly tired old rhetoric of Scottish nationalism is without a doubt one of the most dreary; repetitive and grindingly predictable sounds in British politics today.

Grievance for the sake of grievance!

One thing which might happen is that Theresa May might decide to block Sturgeon from holding a public vote until after the 2021 Holyrood elections, the political landscape of Scotland might be politically different as Brexit beds in and the UK thrives in the new trading environment.

If you didn’t know it now, you do know that Nicola Sturgeon has no interest in working constructively with the rest of the UK, her announcement on Monday was done to overshadowed the House of Lords vote which finally cleared the way for the Prime Minister to start the formal Brexit process.

It has left a bad taste in the mouths of Scots as well as English people.

One thing which Sturgeon doesn’t put enough weight to is that the case for the United Kingdom is, and always will be far stronger, logical and powerful than Nicola Sturgeon’s divisive rhetoric and shambolic politics.

The Prime Minister will have no doubt won many pundits when she accused the SNP of "playing politics with the future of our country" with a vote that would only create "more uncertainty and division". The SNP are playing a game, but it is a game which will blow up in their face.

One thing which I have blogged on in the past which interesting is now being talked about is that a condition could be placed on permission for a new vote being conditional on the SNP gaining an absolute majority in the 2021 Scottish elections.

This is what triggered the last franchise in 2014, and this point is important, this means that Westminster appears to be saying that a majority vote in the Parliament of a coalition will SNP and the Scottish Greens wouldn’t cut it.

Are the Scottish Greens willing to stand down as a party and put up no candidates to attempt to get the absolute majority for the SNP, I think not!

So, keep a bird’s eye lookout in the press for more on the ‘absolute majority for the SNP’ because this really could end up being a key point which kicks everything into the long grass till after 2021. If at that point if all the Scottish Greens step down from parliament and the SNP win, it could means that another date is 2023 which is what I talked over with a friend as a date when a new vote could in theory take place.

The SNP incompetence in government is becoming to hard for Scots to ignore, the longer it goes on the less chance of success, literally the SNP is bleeding support, drip by drip.

You therefore have bravado on Nicola Sturgeon’s part to mask her fear, you see, she is going to lose the next Scottish independence vote….. badly!

I would say that it was a tactical mistake to make her announcement and especially hamfisted to do on the day of the overshadowed the House of Lords vote but that is what the SNP are simple opportunists.

Nicola Sturgeon herself said:

‘The politicians have to respect the democratic wishes of the people.’

Neither She, Alex Salmond or the SNP give a tinker’s cuss what the people of Scotland think, she doesn’t care what she does to attempt to break up the UK, which is why she is rapidly becoming one of the most hated women in Scotland.

And this is a point which people who even contemplate voting for independence should think about, Madrid's foreign minister Alfonso Dastis played down the prospect of Scotland being fast-tracked into the EU. In fact, the Spanish have no interest in supporting an independent Scotland when they have their own domestic problems which could flare up if they allow entry. Dastis told reporters in Peru that an independent Scotland "can't just stay in the EU".

Kind of destroys the reason for having a referendum in the first place.

Finally, I am of the opinion from what I have seen and read today and before that Scotland in Union should be the lead campaign organisation if there is a second indyref. They make the ideal organisation to rally behind since there isn't going to be a Better Together 2 campaign according to Scottish Labour.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Second Battle of Britain, unpopular SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon plans second independence referendum for the autumn 2018, the second phoney war appears to be coming to an end, this time round the stakes are higher, the SNP will have learned from their past failures, but they get it so wrong that Brexit will spilt the pro UK vote

Dear All

It seems that the pressure to jump has forced SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to plan for a second independence referendum using Brexit as a grievance. Sturgeon decided that this tactic which will fail somehow represents a "real choice" between Brexit and leaving the UK.

Although this means another Nationalist hate campaign is gearing but which will be more nasty and vicious than the previous one. So, get ready to be called paedophile, racist, homosexual, homophobe, misogynist and anything else they can think of to smear you if you back the pro UK campaign.

Tomorrow in Glasgow sees a meeting of Scotland in Union, if the topic was a general feelgood presentation well, the agenda just got changed with the revelation that Sturgeon plans to seek the approval of Holyrood to start negotiations with the UK Government on staging a fresh referendum.

Round two……. Ding ding!

The idea is that the SNP want to hold a second independence vote take place as early as autumn 2018, the lie of ‘once in a generation’ painfully exposed, if the vote takes place in 2018 that would means it would only have been four years since the last one. The SNP claimed that the 2014 vote was a ‘once in a generation’ vote, now they are breaking their word, but in truth, the Nationalists are seen as liars, untrustworthy and deceitful.

I remember speaking to Professor Adam Tomkins who is now an MSP around the 2014 vote, I said to him, archive everything in Better Together.

Yes, four years ago, I had the vision to see right through Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, George Laird right again.

The people of Scotland won in 2014 to keep Scotland in the Union, and they will win again, last time it was 55% to 45% to stay part of the United Kingdom, I would expect that number to increase with a bit of effort.

As SNP support is falling along with the approval ratings of Nicola Sturgeon, the timing of this call to arms is suspiciously like council electioneering, Sturgeon need bodies to get out an fight the council elections. I would suggest that the “carrot” to the Braveheart crowd has just been dangled.

Do, you know the reason that nearly two-thirds (62%) of Scots opted to stay in the European Union, but the UK as a whole voted for Brexit?

Well as someone who knows a lot about the Leave Campaign, let me fill you in, the campaign started late in Scotland, it had little money, it had little resources, it had little personnel and most of them weren’t actually experienced campaigners. And of course some of the messages which came from down south were actually very poor, but in spite of many obstacles and handicaps, the Leave Campaign managed to pull in one million votes.
One million votes with such an under sourced campaign was a remarkable achievement, in Glasgow areas where people took my campaigning advice, they managed to return a plus 40% vote.

In Pollok, the percentage was 40.8% which was the second highest in the City of Glasgow.

So, will the UK Government grant a Section 30 order for autumn 2018 when Brexit talks would possibly still being done?

I doubt it, the Westminster Government will be effectively tied up for the next two years with Europe, and it is therefore in their interest to clear the decks assuming they say yes to round two.

If I was in Theresa May’s shoes, I would say no to Nicola Sturgeon flat out, once that happens, where does Sturgeon go? She along with Alex Salmond both signed the Edinburgh Agreement to accept the result, if the UK had lost, they would have honoured their end; it seems the SNP don’t understand the concept.

So, the choice is do the people of Scotland want to break from a 300 year old Union which pools and shares resources to hand over control of Scotland to a political organisation in Brussels?

One thing which will not be included in the vote is independence; Nicola Sturgeon plans to give that away to the EU as soon as humanly possible.

Sturgeon said:

"I will now take the steps necessary to make sure that Scotland will have a choice at the end of this process - a choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit or to become an independent country, able to secure a real partnership of equals with the rest of the UK and our own relationship with Europe."

Given no talks have taken place, how does she know if leaving will be a hard Brexit?

And do you know what hard Brexit means anyway?

Hard Brexit is something which is favoured by Brexiteers, it means:

Give up full access to the single market
Have full access to border control and immigration
Make independent trade deals
Apply new rules within our own territory
Rely on the World Trade Organisation

Hard Brexit doesn’t represent anything dramatic.

Soft Brexit is favoured by Remain campaigners, they want:

Remain, as close as possible, to the existing arrangements
Britain's exports not subject to border checks
Accept "four freedoms" - movement of goods, services, capital and people
This will offer continued free access for EU nationals to live and work in the UK and membership of the European Economic Area

In other words, leave the EU in name only, lose our rebate, voting rights and be subjected to EU laws and end up being treated as badly as the EU had done with African countries on trade deals.

Soft Brexit isn’t a viable option which the Westminster Government can accept and still claim to be representing the will of the people.

Finally, Europe is collapsing because of the migrant crisis, if we were to stay in the EU; we face down the line Scotland having to accept migrant quotas. This makes Scotland a major highway for terrorists and other criminals to access Scotland, and the rest of the UK, putting people’s lives at risk.

It is in the national and economic interests of Scotland to save our country and its people from crippling austerity which is the by-product of Sturgeon’s insanity.

Our health service would be decimated; our council services drastically reduced, there would be high unemployment and the most vulnerable and poorest would suffer greatly.

The second phoney war appears to be coming to an end; the second Battle of Britain appears to be just below the horizon now, this time round so much more is at stake.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, March 10, 2017

Indyref 2 Referendum Special, The future doesn’t belong to the SNP, as fresh split in independence movement over referendum date evolves; Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP used the Yes Movement for their own political ends, now it is time for the Yes Movement to recognise that they must step away from Nicola Sturgeon, she is dragging down any future indy bid to save her own skin?

Dear All

About 5 or 6 years ago, I came up with what I thought a possible date for a possible successful independence bid, it was mid 2018.

This date was based on a number of things, first two terms of successful SNP Government, but as we all know now, there weren’t two terms of successful SNP Government. We have had since 2007, a decade of failure to deliver, spin, gimmicks and grievance by the SNP.

There were big issues to address in both local and national government and the SNP weren’t willing to do anything about it, we didn’t become a fair society, we didn’t see wealth distributed, we didn’t see equality and social justice for all.

SNP Government has been a miserable failure, and in the pretend parliament of Holyrood, instead of the big issues being discussed, we, the public were thrown ‘scraps’ by the political parties as they wasted time doing tat.

The SNP bid for independence in 2014 will be remembered for it being a Nationalist ‘campaign of hate’ built on a foundation of lies fed to the public by Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon. It saw the BBC subjected to an intimidation campaign, individual reporters like Nick Robinson singled out and targeted. We had even Salmond calling the protests, ‘joyous and peaceful’ as an angry mob laid siege to the BBC HQ in Glasgow.

It was so ‘joyous’ that strangely the SNP leadership and known cult members didn’t take part in it.

If the first term of SNP government was about learning government and how it works, the second term was supposed to be about reform of government, no independence bid can be successful unless the government of the country has a proper blueprint for how it would operate. The SNP didn’t do anything of that nature; everything as the old saying goes was left at their arse. This clearly shows that the SNP aren’t a party of government and don’t understand what they are doing.

The SNP didn’t learn anything in their first term of government as we all now know and they carried that ignorance into their second term as they abandoned their posts to chase the independence dream. The second term of SNP government was all about part time work littered with incompetence and inability to see a job through.

The date of mid 2018, doesn’t exist now as a possible date for a successful Scottish independence bid, just as I blogged that 2014 date would end in failure so would any proposed date in 2018.

2014 wasn’t just a disaster for the motley Yes Scotland mob, it was also a major setback to the SNP because it established the SNP as a bunch of liars who are willing to sell out their fellow countrymen and women on a phoney bogus sham of independence that doesn’t exist.

The SNP want control of power from Westminster to give it automatically away to Brussels, that as many Nationalists and others know, isn’t independence in anyway shape or form.

Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon turned the SNP from an independence party to an interdependence party, they don’t believe in Scottish independence at all, they have cheated and abused their own members. Scottish Independence now is really just a full blown anti English campaign, the SNP don’t even hide their racists and bigots anymore, they can stand for public office openly.

The fact that the SNP leadership chose to lie to the public was their downfall then and is going to be their downfall next time, because the same people will be fronting the campaign. It is too late to say to the public, ‘we won’t lie’ this time and ‘sorry’ isn’t going to cut it.

It isn’t surprising that the Yes side even before a date is proposed are already involved in a fresh split, Colin Fox was a ‘useful idiot’ among many useful idiots who jumped on the SNP bandwagon of Yes Scotland. I assumed he thought that this would help his party’s fortunes. The SSP effectively died after the Tommy Sheridan Affair, they won the battle in the Court, but Sheridan won the war, Sheridan wiped them out as a political force for all time. The SSP seeing that they were unelected joined with a load of middle class people to attempt to pass themselves off as a ‘workers party’ called RISE! The press covered RISE as the ‘new left’ and even gave them airtime but the working class people of Scotland saw through this poor middle class act which was in incredibly bad taste.

One of the faces of RISE was Cat Boyd, a trendy lefty whose mother was a head teacher with a CBE, nothing in common with real working class people. In January 2016, RISE announced that they had selected Boyd as a candidate for the Scottish Parliament election. She was on their regional list for Glasgow. She lost the election and RISE did not gain any seats nationally, polling just 1% in Glasgow. And if there is such a thing as sweet karma, RISE came eighth behind Sheridan's Solidarity movement.

I don’t hold any hope that someone like Colin Fox will be making it back into front line politics at Holyrood with his RISE alliance with people like Cat Boyd; to me they are just caricatures. One thing which Fox does get right gambling that there will a backlash against Brexit and that this would translate into a win for Yes side next time is pure pie in the sky. Most people really don’t understand the difference between the EU and Europe, and there is a hell of a lot, people form the UK wouldn’t be banned from European countries, and it is doubtful that they will need a visa to go there. The UK has visa free travel with about 175 countries around the World, the EU is made up of 27 Member States plus the UK.

So, no one’s holiday is in danger which is probably the main concern!

Gambling on Brexit is a loser but it shows how desperate the SNP are that they wrongly think there is some emotional attachment to EU as a political organisation, it is too remote.

Nicola Sturgeon has had her bluff called, she needs to name the date to Westminster, despite the lack of public support for a new vote, as to the Herald story of 50/50, this to me is bogus nonsense, the majority of Scots don’t want another referendum taking place, not after the way the last one was conducted by the SNP. As Fox said the Yes movement did not need “mindless cheerleader support” for Sturgeon.

Here is something which you need to think about and remember:


Fox isn’t alone in not wanting a vote too soon, former SNP leader Gordon Wilson, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars and former SNP Justice Secretary Kenneth MacAskill have pinned their colours to the mast and said that a premature independence vote will end in failure.

The Yes Movement know that to go too soon risks killing independence stone dead, and Sturgeon seems to be breaking that consensus, actually the SNP weren’t really in a consensus in the first place, they were just using people for their own political gain.

One thing that the Yes Movement needs to consider is a campaign with the SNP outside the tent. If Sturgeon’s plan goes ahead it will be “at odds with what the broad based Yes movement previously agreed”, which was only to call a referendum after a sustained poll lead. If they come out and publicly not back Nicola Sturgeon’s bid and she goes ahead, it will only be her and probably the Scottish Greens, this could kill off two birds with one stone politically and open up opportunities for other parties to win seats at Holyrood.

Fox also said:

“Losing a second referendum would be the death knell for our cause… The next referendum will be far more difficult to win than the last one.”

He added:

“The SNP leader is about to ditch that consensus and gamble a section of Scotland’s middle class, who refuse to accept the EU vote, will back independence to stop Brexit. Her gamble is one which puts the issue of EU membership ahead of independence. Sturgeon has presented the myth that the EU is some Garden of Eden where privileges are bestowed on Scotland from on high by some guardian angel in Brussels when it is in fact an anti-democratic bureaucracy entirely in the grip of a neoliberal corporate elite.”

So, there you have it, who will people that believe in Scottish independence follow, the wider Yes Movement as a broad church or do they stick with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP who are becoming increasingly irrelevant and have painted themselves into a corner of their own making?

If Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t get the wider Yes Movement on board and that is looking increasingly likely at present, who wants to fight a campaign, spent vast amounts of money, resources and thousands of hours of manpower on a flawed campaign with zero chance of success, where the logic in that?

An early campaign is about one thing and one thing only, Nicola Sturgeon attempting to hang onto her job as SNP leader, in business, the smart play is to walk away from a failing business when the market is unwilling to support it, seemly Nicola Sturgeon is too stupid to understand that concept.

The Yes Movement need to stand back and let Sturgeon fail, withdrawal of support doesn’t harm their future prospects but it kills her and the SNP creating a huge political vacuum in Scotland to be filled.

Finally, Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are pinning their political hopes on their proposals to keep Scotland in the single market citing protecting Scotland's vital national interests and keeping free movement of people which they say is needed to grow the economy.

It’s a lie!

Measures already exist in the UK to give flexibility in the current immigration system to get Scotland the skilled people it needs, Robert Goodwill, the Immigration Minister, said there is a Scotland-only Shortage Occupation List (SOL) for employers wanting to bring in the skilled personnel they need from outside the European Economic Area.

So, there is no need for access to the single market to get skilled Labour, a mechanism already issues, the SNP are either being stupid or deceitful to the people of Scotland, I think you can guess where I sit on this issue.

The SNP leadership have already started lying in preparation for indyref 2, the SNP are ‘too poor, too stupid and too wee’ to lead Scotland to independence.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University   

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Donkeys led by an uber donkey, unpopular SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s reign as leader is rapidly drawing to an inglorious end, and on the brink of losing three referendums in a row, pressure from Unionists parties, Alex Salmond, the SNP Cult and Nationalists, Sturgeon has no choice to name the day of the end of her political career, that would be indyref 2 vote plus one!

Dear All

One word…….. ambush!

You will no doubt have seen many movies where there is a set piece ambush which a group wipes out the opposition or cripples them so badly. There is an ambush being setup at present to push unpopular First Minister Nicola Sturgeon into going for an early referendum. She then like Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond would lose very badly, it would be a total humiliation for her, lost three referendums on the trot.

September 2014 was delicious was it not?

Early hours of the 19th September 2014, the arrogant fool that is Alex Salmond being driven away after getting stuffed by the people of Scotland, such an unhappy look on his face.

All the pieces for indyref 2 aren’t in play yet and the position is still in flux, but the general seeds of the fight have been planted. I especially like the nice touch by David Davis of the myth of a separate immigration fig held to the SNP. Davis as Brexit Secretary suggested immigration policy after Brexit would reflect regional needs.

The uncertainty of whether Nicola Sturgeon will or will not jump isn’t particularly interesting, either way she loses,, now or later, it doesn’t matter, a recent poll said to 50/50 on Scottish independence has been published, but polls don’t always reflect the ballot box.

If Sturgeon gets sucked into pinning her hopes and career on late 2018, she will come unstuck; no guarantee that Westminster will accommodate her. The main Unionist Parties of Scottish Labour and Scottish Conservatives aren’t ready, Scotland in Union hasn’t developed enough and there isn’t the experience of the ground in depth in the organisation. You can’t fight indyref 2 half arsed, because one thing the SNP learned from their debacle was that they lack substance in policy.

Brexit talks haven’t started yet, and it is doubtful given the speed of Westminster and Brussels that everything will be concluded by the end of 2018. It could well drag on into 2019 which is better for organisations like Scotland in Union who stand a pretty good chance of being the primary organisation to get public funding if a referendum vote does go ahead.

Of course the use of the buzzword ‘common sense’ isn’t new, it was used before by the Conservatives in elections, but potential timing of another vote remains with Westminster, Sturgeon and Salmond got an easy ride last, they picked the time and franchise and still lost.

The idea of a bespoke Brexit deal for Scotland is nonsense, utter nonsense, Scotland isn’t staying in the European Union, like the rest of the UK; we are leaving. And as you know, one out, all out, no bits of the UK stay in via some quasi legal mumbo jumbo deal of access to the single market or variation of it.

One thing which would be amusing and certainly would come up in any possible future referendum if held in the near future would be the press asking is this one a "once in a generation" choice?

Sturgeon wants access to the single market and to allow freedom of movement to continue.

So, what is the single market?

Single market rules require the free movement from one EU member country to another of goods, people; services and capital, given Brexit, we wouldn’t fall into the category of ‘services from one EU member country to another’, since there then would be no Scottish membership.

I personally think that Nicola Sturgeon has been like she always has been, stupid; she has built up expectations so much that she has to declare 2018 as a possible referendum date to the upcoming SNP Conference. If she doesn’t then the focus turns on whether she can continue as leader of the party.

People are expecting an announcement of a date!

Previously I did an article on the Return of King Alex, other people have commented on the same issue including journalists, and as if by magic, Alex Salmond hints he could return to lead the SNP for a third time.

Alex Salmond’s time as leader has come and gone, but he hasn’t the dignity to step back and let others emerge, the SNP is the Alex Salmond Party, so I doubt that there will be a real contest for leader if any at all. Just as Sturgeon was ‘crowned’ with a challenge, so would Alex Salmond.

The pressure is on, and it looks like the Scottish political landscape is about to bust wide open, the SNP are about to show that they aren’t relevant to the people of Scotland.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University