Thursday, August 16, 2018

The End of Nicola Sturgeon, SNP Leader faces protest demo at SNP Conference as Yes Movement signal that they have lost faith in the SNP, if Sturgeon delivers a referendum her career is over, if she doesn’t her career is over, post FM the career path for her is downwards, who are the senior SNP who want her gone?

Dear All

The Nicola Sturgeon dilemma, do you know what it is?

The dilemma is how to hang onto the salary of First Minister long enough to be financially set for life. In order to do so, this means that Sturgeon is forced to kick a second independence referendum into the long grass beyond the next Holyrood election. 

As things stand at present, the likelihood is that the next election will result in a hung parliament, with Green Party support, it is doubtful that Sturgeon will have the numbers to push through a second independence bill.

You can’t have failed to notice that the pressure is on Sturgeon, not just on the independence front but with the Glasgow Southside seat with angry residents demanding action in the Govanhill ghetto.

Support for the SNP is constantly falling, but the other main parties haven’t been able to fill the void with a credible narrative, and some also have their own internal woes to deal with which are splattered all over the press.

Prime Minister Theresa May isn’t going to allow a second independence referendum during this term of Westminster, so everyone is looking what will the political landscape be in 2022? The Holyrood election however is the main focus for parties because if the SNP cannot get the majority, they don’t get to pass a bill or claim a mandate.

This is why the Yes Mob are scared; the odds on a referendum look rather bleak looking forward which is why they are panicked. It seems that the shine has fallen off the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon as protestors plan to stage a Yes demo at SNP conference in October to urge action.

To be clear, there is no SNP mandate for a second independence referendum doesn’t exist, it is just something the SNP made up, the people of Scotland aren’t behind Nicola Sturgeon which is why the SNP switched from ‘will of the people’ to ‘will of the parliament’. Yes supporters demanding she hurry up and use her ‘triple lock’ mandate to call a second referendum but she won’t.

Its all about the money, its all about that FM salary, pension, perks and the limelight, once Nicola Sturgeon resigns as FM, she will be like Alex Salmond hustling for ‘chump change’, Salmond is reduced to having a TV show on RT, the Russian Channel where he has to shine the spotlight on himself as no one else is interested in doing it.

One thing the SNP like to pretend to have is unity but recently, I heard that senior SNP are want a ‘post Sturgeon’ era ushered in and that ‘they want her gone’. It seems that people are waiting and biding their time. Always interesting when former ‘colleagues’ turn on you is it not? Here is a clip from Rome, the death of Julius Caesar to get you into the right mood of what is lurking in the SNP.

In Sturgeon’s case the knife is a second independence referendum, no delivery falls on her rubber sword, delivers and loses it (again) falls on rubber sword. This is why Sturgeon may make the noises but is dreading another referendum; she will be the First female SNP leader to lose it in their history.

Sturgeon said last year that if the SNP won a majority of Scottish seats at Westminster it would convert her already “cast-iron” mandate for a referendum into a “triple lock” one, this was a ploy to get votes because Sturgeon has known since 2015, the show is over. 2015 saw the SNP win with 56 MPs at that Westminster election but the 56 in the space of two short years have been reduced dramatically to 35 MPs.

And the prediction is that the 35 aren’t secure as some are hanging on by a trickle of votes which could so easily be turned!

After the 2017, Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP were forced to ‘cancel the party’ for indyref 2, after the SNP lost a third of its MPs in the general election, it was hardcore evidence that progress was going backwards. The boat was further rocked when senior SNP figures such as MP Pete Wishart and MSP Alex Neil urged caution, they know that the support they need to win doesn’t exist hence they are downplaying the prospect of another plebiscite in the near future.

What we are seeing now is the Yes Movement and the SNP going their separate ways, the Yes Movement don’t want and will not allow SNP control of the campaign as previously happened. The protest group at the October SNP Conference is organised by the Scotland Land of the Brave Saor Alba group, which has also helped organise recent marches calling for a second referendum. These marches across Scotland are basically the same people travelling around the country.

Scottish Tory chief whip Maurice Golden said:

“The SNP’s famous discipline is beginning to wilt, and it looks set to do so in spectacular style with a demo outside its own conference. Nicola Sturgeon has marched her independence diehards to the top of the hill and now they’re furious about being left in limbo. She should do what’s in Scotland’s best interests – march them back down and take another referendum off the table altogether.”

Finally, to return to the subject of money, Nicola Sturgeon knows post FM that she the career path for her is downwards, if you look at previous SNP leader Alex Salmond, he has effectively gone the route of ‘self employed’ doing his woeful TV show, no Fortune 500 companies beating a track to his door to make him CEO. 

If you think back to the comments of former Cabinet Minister David Laws, he said of Nicola Sturgeon, ‘a ghastly ‘woman’ and added ‘a cold and unattractive character’.

Now do you know why Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t want a second independence referendum, she doesn’t want to lose the money, doesn’t want to lose the position and doesn’t want to lose the limelight. And…. When you look at her track record, 'tampon campaigning' and 'baby boxes', maybe she has clicked that she isn’t the sharpest tool in the box!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Airwolf helicopter flying along railroad tracks - A George Laird Production

Dear All

Here is a clip I have been working on using a 3d model helicopter, the model is Airwolf, a great tv show of the past, I finally got the rotors to turn properly.


Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, August 13, 2018

SNP Neglect and Abandonment, Nicola Sturgeon’s Govanhill defence leaves residents of the Govanhill ghetto totally unimpressed, the problem is leadership and her elected SNP ‘pals’ aren't up to the job, a few wheelie bins, an upgraded cleansing service and a new cycle route would bring in gentrification of the area, could Nicola Sturgeon face being back on the Holyrood list?

Dear All

Govanhill is a byword for political neglect in Scotland.

Govanhill falls within the constituency of SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, but far from being an area which is pristine, the Nationalist leader has left the area to run down and become crime ridden.

Govanhill is now Scotland's first third world ghetto!

Recently SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon used the press to do a piece in a Sunday newspaper to insist she was working on problems in Govanhill, frankly her defence of her representation of the Glasgow Southside seat is bizarre.

One of the SNP Councillors in the area is the woefully inept Mhairi Hunter, if you check her register of interests on the council website, you can see that Hunter gets well paid for her political offices as well as being paid as an SNP Councillor, she has these ‘jobs’:

P/T Constituency Assistant to Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Co-chair Glasgow City Integration Joint Board
Board Member NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board

Incredibly isn’t it, not the jobs, but how someone so dense gets these positions, but in case you think it is a mystery, allow me to help, Mhairi Hunter is Nicola Sturgeon’s pal, and has been her election agent in the past. In the old days, you heard the phrase ‘jobs for the boys’ in this case, it is very much ‘jobs for the girls’.

The fact that Nicola Sturgeon has been forced to defend the management of her ghetto at the heart of her constituency after repeated complaints from residents shows that the work of ‘Let’s Save Govanhill’ is working. I suspect that her renew interest in the area goes beyond a PR exercise, I suspect that the SNP vote is falling to a point that possibly could see Nicola Sturgeon go back on the Holyrood list to be an MSP.

The fight to rid Govanhill of Nicola Sturgeon is one of the greatest challenges that other political parties have more or less ignored.

Unsurprisingly the residents are highly unimpressed with Sturgeon's Govanhill defence. The squalor and filthy in the area requires action, action which Nicola Sturgeon refuses to take, along with her SNP Council led by the ineffective Susan Aitken. The SNP are masters at the shallow public relations exercise, but despite this residents have made an impressive impact and case for action.

Most of the political representation in the Glasgow Southside seat is SNP, there is no excuse that Nicola Sturgeon can give, no one else to blame, no pointing the finger at Westminster and no pointing the finger at Holyrood.

This time the blame entirely lies with Nicola Sturgeon.

One thing which Sturgeon did say is that rumours that the area’s slum and infested tenements are to be bulldozed are wrong.  Sturgeon said she was “well aware that Govanhill faces some very specific challenges”, but what are these ‘specific challenges’? It seems that the SNP leader knows them but isn’t willing to publicly talk about them.

The answer is migrants; migrants turned Govanhill into a third world ghetto, along with Muslim slum landlords who failed to keep up the maintenance of their properties. The high ethic vote which Nicola Sturgeon depends on is said by some to be one of the reasons for the inactivity of the SNP leader and the elected Councillors to take a leadership role.

So, what is the ‘Sturgeon defence’?

Well, the defence is based on doing the least amount of work to appear active such as:

A clampdown on rogue landlords,
A unique cleansing service to fight fly-tipping,
New wheelie bins to help solve problems with “vermin”.
A new cycle route

Yes, clearly the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and her other elected SNP cohorts are clearly out of their depth, her defence is risible. The idea that a cycle route is attracting people and businesses to the area is quite frankly laughable; a cycle route through the ghetto means suddenly it will become gentrified?

Does that mean Govanhill will become as trendy as Glasgow’s ‘West End’?

Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t give a monkey’s cuss about Govanhill, but Sturgeon has plenty of time for LGBT events, she has plenty of time to travel to London to watch the Tennis, she has plenty of time to travel to Brussels to give speeches, but the truth is that she has limited time for the people of Govanhill.

Fiona Jordan, of the Let’s Save Govanhill campaign group, said Ms Sturgeon’s comments reminded her of Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

She said:

“That article is an exercise in damage limitation by Nicola Sturgeon and her PR team. In the real world, Nicola should tell us the outcomes for the millions of pounds that have been spent in Govanhill. It has been nothing more than a band-aid to cover up or deflect from her dereliction of duty and failure to manage Govanhill. She has overseen the creation of a ghetto in 21st century Scotland and we have to live in it.”

Fiona Jordan is right about Nicola Sturgeon fiddling like Nero while Rome burned, her SNP elected officials aren’t fit for purpose, the obscene fact her ‘pal’ Mhairi Hunter is listed as a PT Constituency Assistant to Nicola Sturgeon and a councillor for the same area is a sick joke.

Given that Nicola Sturgeon felt compelled to publicly write her defence in the papers says a lot to me, it says that the SNP vote in the area is going down; it says to me that the SNP lies of being there to help have exploded in her face.

Govanhill is an area that needs stern measures taken against the ‘specific challenges’, the supposed crackdown on slum landlords isn’t really a crackdown. Glasgow City Council has set aside the money to buy up 500 properties in the Govanhill. In the press, it was hyped that these properties were seized in fact the slum landlords actually received a windfall courtesy of Nicola Sturgeon.

If you wonder why Nicola Sturgeon has been less than sterling in her efforts to fix Govanhill, why not have to look at the names of some of the banned slum landlords such as Usman Ul Haq, Abid Mahmood, Abdul Ali, Shazia Akhtar, Abdul Shakoor and Furrukh Saleem and then form your own opinion about the lack of action.

The credit for raising the profile and scale of the problems in Govanhill deservedly goes to Let’s Save Govanhill campaign group and their spokesperson Fiona Jordan, not the SNP MSP Nicola Sturgeon, not to the SNP MP Alison Thewliss, nor SNP Cllrs Mhairi Hunter and Alexander Belic.

On the Glasgow City Council website, SNP Cllr Mhairi Hunter is listed as a carer for her elderly father, one wonders given the state of ‘care’ she has delivered for residents in Govanhill, what are the conditions for the elderly father like?

Do you think he lives surrounded by rubbish and faeces as the residents of Govanhill do?

Finally, in one video when the residents group wanted to speak to Mhairi Hunter, she disappeared rather quickly shouting, 'am in a hurry', ....... busy doing nothing, working the whole day through, she like to be able to do the job...... but is more suited to using the loo!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

NY Square changing billboards using perspective corner pin - A George Laird production

Dear All

The low cost way of getting your picture and movie clip playing in New York City.

A George Laird production.......... this afternoon, budget film making at its best!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Totally Unfit for Purpose Under The SNP, Nicola Sturgeon’s Government introduces ‘health care rationing’ in Scotland's NHS as sick people are being denied health provision in order to ease waiting lists, the people of Scotland need to be the ‘surgeons’ that cut the cancer of the SNP from government via the ballot box

Dear All

The NHS, the health service is 70 years old, the creation of the NHS post war was one of the crowning achievements of UK Government which regardless of wealth, everyone was treated on the basis of need.

Under Nicola Sturgeon, the first SNP health minister, the health service went into decline, the ‘hands off’ and inability to have a vision for the service started to creep in, and in came spin plus, selected targets were used to promote Sturgeon as a health minister getting things done, when the opposite was the case.

In Scotland, there is a health crisis, a shortage of GPs, shortage of surgeons, waiting times missed from A&E, to cancer to surgery, Sturgeon left the health service severely damaged.

And so did the SNP Ministers who followed after her, they didn’t fight its corner as they should, it was supposed to be a flagship policy. The worst health minister after Nicola Sturgeon was her ‘pal’ Shona Robison, a woman so incompetent that everything was out of her depth.

Instead of pressing the case for having two deputy health ministers to assist and turn round the service, the SNP opted for the ‘one band man’ approach, spin that a single person at the helm was getting things done. It seems that illusion was more important to the SNP than the health of the patients.

The NHS has always been about treatment on the basis of need, now we find that opticians in Ayrshire have been told not to refer patients for second cataracts op to ease waiting times.

For the SNP, spin is more important to make Nicola Sturgeon look good than people’s well being. The sad fact is that under the SNP, patients in Ayrshire are being refused cataract surgery on a second eye under new restrictions. Sight loss campaigners and opticians are angry about this move, and rightly so, but it is time that the public became angry.  

The problems in Ayrshire stems from new rules have been implemented to ease pressure on the service there is a shortage of surgeons and theatre space to cope with demand. We now have in NHS Ayrshire and Arran rationing of treatment, this isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2017, the NHS Ayrshire and Arran introduced a strict threshold for cataracts surgery, to get treatment patients’ vision had to deteriorate below the legal standard for driving before they could get the proper treatment, and then be referred on for surgery.

Samantha Watson, chair of Optometry Scotland, said:

“There is some frustration amongst our colleagues in Ayrshire and Arran about this change in policy. Opticians in the area are at the frontline of care and have to manage patient expectations, which can be challenging in this situation. We would stress that, regardless of any policy change, an optometrist should be patients’ absolute first port of call for any eye issues. They are the ‘GPs of eyes’ and are best placed to assess eye health and decide on the path of care.”

The policy change is the wrong decision from a moral standpoint, health standpoint and contradicts guidelines recently issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

NICE concludes second eye cataract surgery is highly cost effective and should be offered using the same criteria as for first eye surgery. It also said access to cataract surgery should not be restricted on the basis of visual acuity.

David Stubley, 68 has cataracts in both eyes, his optician said that he does not qualify for referral because his sight is not yet poor enough, even though he experiences other debilitating side effects such as migraines, sensitivity to light, and milky vision.

David said:

“I think it is most unfair, not just for myself but the rest of the population of Ayrshire, that we are being arbitrarily made to accept approaching blindness or at least very restricted vision just on the basis that they decide this operation shouldn’t be done. If I was living in Inverclyde I would be able to say to my optician ‘can I get my cataracts done?’ and they would say ‘yes’. But because I live in Prestwick, I’m told I’ve just got to suffer it.”

Given his family history, Mr Stubley, said he was particularly concerned because his sister had developed glaucoma and his mother had suffered a burst blood vessel in her eye, which prevented her from undergoing cataract surgery. The NHS in Scotland is a Scotland wide service; if a patient cannot be treated in Ayrshire then alternative arrangements should be made.

I suppose the question should be asked, given that treatment should be done and the cost is around £3000 per eye, should there be a grant or award available that allows him to use another service provider?

In Ayrshire, there is only capacity for 75% of the patients who need treatment, due to not enough surgeons and facilities. As with everything, Nicola Sturgeon will try to blame anyone but herself for this, lack of surgeons, she will possibly try the old chestnut of ‘Brexit’. Lack of facilities would be fobbed off by the merger and centralisation of services, basically to hide the real problem which is cuts, cuts and more cuts.

A spokesman for the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) said:

"Cataract surgery is a very successful and cost-effective treatment. Denying this to people who need it is a false economy as people with sight loss are at greater risk of falls, depression and isolation which can result in more costs to the public purse.”

Ten years of SNP Government have seen the run down of the health service and the higher education system which has seen places for medicine and nurses cut, we shouldn’t have a shortage of surgeons, not in Scotland which has some of the finest medical schools in the UK. The SNP are running down Scotland to such an extent that services right across the board cannot cope.

The focus needs to be on what is the SNP spending taxpayer money on?

Finally, the problems in the NHS in Scotland didn’t happen overnight, they have built up over years, tenure of Nicola Sturgeon steered the ship ‘onto the rocks’, the replacements to her, didn’t try to refloat the ship, rather they were content to stay on the rocks kidding themselves on that the ‘ship was still at sea’. What is needed is a change of government with new ideas, ability to fix problems, and to get the NHS in Scotland back on its feet. The people of Scotland need to be the ‘surgeons’ that cut the cancer of the SNP from government via the ballot box.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, August 6, 2018

Jordan Peterson wipes the floor with biased BBC reporter, a classic example why people turn to other forms of alternative news

Dear All

Here is an example why people are rejecting mainstream media for news, in this classic example, a BBC reporter continually misrepresents a person's views.

The person in question is Jordan Peterson who has quite a following, basically what the BBC presenter did wrong was attempt to fight Peterson on subjects he doesn't know anything about only to get owned.

In many respects this interview is like the Cathy Newman interview, where Jordan Peterson slaughtered her as the opposition.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Europe’s migrant crisis: German City of Essen orders up 128 brand new Bulletproof Vests for Deportation Officers to wear while carrying out forced deportations of failed asylum seekers, recently a failed asylum seeker attempted to shoot the Police officers with an officer’s gun, how long before migrants start access illegal firearms, will that be the point that mobilisation of the military occurs?

Dear All

During the migrant crisis, politicians comb through the migrants to find doctors, dentists, engineers and families with small children to thrust into people’s faces to counter the wave of negative opinion they had generated.

One of the PR jobs fostered on to people was the image of the little Syrian boy who drowned; this created a storm of protest.

This boy didn’t need to die, his family settled in Turkey, but they wanted a better life in Canada, prior to his death, the family was safe. Basically he was killed by his father’s greed and stupidity. Ironically Channel 4 television in the UK who present an annual Christmas message as an alternative to the Christmas Message of Queen Elizabeth II in 2015 gave a platform to the dead boy’s father Abdullah Kurdi.

He said:

“If a person shuts a door in someone's face, this is very difficult. When a door is opened they no longer feel humiliated. At this time of year I would like to ask you all to think about the pain of fathers, mothers and children who are seeking peace and security. We ask just for a little bit of sympathy from you. Hopefully next year the war will end in Syria and peace will reign all over the world”.

The political elite used this tragic event to justify their actions in flooding Europe with illegal migrants, now the tide is turning after rapes, murders, terrorism and breakdown of social cohesion. In the German city of Essen, they have ordered 128 custom bulletproof vests for immigration officers to keep them safe whilst carrying out deportations.

Bulletproof vests, yes apparently failed asylum seekers have no problem with violence and killing. The left in North-Rhine Westphalia have slammed the creation of the Central Immigration Office (ZAB) to tackle the illegals problem. Far-left Die Linke politician Marion Wegscheider said:

“Such an authority is incompatible with the image that we have of our Essen”.

Our Essen?

Yes, it appears that the extremists don’t care a jot for the break down in social cohesion, rising crime levels, human trafficking and all the other baggage that comes with the self created problem imposed on Germany by Angela Merkel. One thing which I have blogged on is the rise in people speaking out, forming groups and acting as an opposition to the elite’s tyranny. Local citizen group the Essen Citizens’ Alliance (EBB) has welcomed the creation of the new deportation agency, saying:

“The repatriation of non-resident foreigners must finally be improved. We need more deportations. If rejected asylum seekers are not deported, this undermines the acceptance of the rule of law.”
The left and the political elite choose to ignore the difference between an genuine asylum seeker and an undocumented economic migrant. This had led to the rise of the rightwing parties across Europe. These people have been dubbed the ‘far right’ but the term is meaningless, ‘far right’ is anyone who doesn’t agree with the agenda of the left.

From September 1st, the deportation agency ZAB will be tasked with managing the deportation of some 21,000 failed asylum seekers in the region. Their staff with consist of around 300 employees. This isn’t going to be enough, what is clear is that the government needs to authorise the use of the military as a back up to the deportation agency.

Violence will happen, people will disappear and the situation will spiral out of control, already Police and other authorities have seen a number of attacks on them during deportations. The army is a blunt instrument, their job isn’t empathy, their job is to complete operations; Chancellor Angela Merkel’s was forced to promise an increase in deportations September of 2016 as a response to her power fading.

This is the reality of illegal immigration, earlier this year; a group of police were attacked by a mob of migrants in the southern town of Ellwangen. The Police sought to carry out a scheduled deportation only to be met by violence with saw four people, including a police officer hospitalised.

Another incident in June, involving another migrant, a 30-year-old Nigerian, attempted to wrestle a police officer’s pistol from him during his deportation process. The Nigerian man attempted to shoot the officers but failed and the weapon was removed from him. The Nigerian then stabbed an officer before being subdued with pepper spray.

Buying 128 bulletproof vests may seem like good forward planning.

But it isn’t, the truth is that illegal migrants should never have been allowed into the community in the first place. They should have been placed in detention camps outside Europe’s borders. Angela Merkel created an industrial scale problem, how long will it be before illegal migrants access illegal arms via the Balkan’s route and load up with AK 47’s?

Finally, I have blogged before about the mobilisation of the military onto the streets of Europe because they will face a crisis which the Police and Deportation agencies will not be able to cope with.

In the current national security crisis, there must be the building of detention camps as I wrote about in 2015, the problem is European wide now.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, August 3, 2018

Why I Stopped watching THE FLASH⚡ in season 4! RANT! Iris west a Speedster & leader?

Dear All

I found this review on a TV show called 'The Flash' which is a reboot, the problem with shows like this, is rather than being what they are supposed to be, they have been turned into vehicles to promote Social Justice Warrior agendas.

This is why after awhile, the ratings drop, firstly they remain true to the ethos of the character, then they introduce their agenda which turns off the audience.

If you take the last two Star Wars movies, both of these movies are terrible, in fact, you could swear profusely, long, loud and with venom at what the SJW's have done.

Just as people are starting to boycott the news media, and seek alt sources of news, people are also not willing to support shows that turn bad.

This clip, I found for you to watch is really funny, but the content is excellent in analysis about The Flash, like the person in this video, I watched the first three seasons of The Flash, then in season four, I stopped. I wanted to see a crime fighting show, with good action, good plot and good characters supporting the 'hero'.

Now, we get 'man hating' shows were every guy is a just a wank unless they are in a same sex relationship.

Where a secondary lead female character changes her sexuality while others tell her that she is the bravest and strongest woman they have ever known. The reason that SJW's used mainstream series as a vehicle is that if they came out with their real agenda at the start, they wouldn't make money, wouldn't have an audience, and advertisers wouldn't back them.

When I watch an action TV show, I want the characters to be fit for the show regardless of their personal story, the plot is and should be the driver.

One of my favourite shows is Fear The Walking Dead, different types of characters, the main driver isn't someone's race, religion or sexuality, its isn't about personal angst, it is about their survival. Imagine there is a zombie apocalypse, you are fighting for survival everyday, to find food, shelter and security, clean water and a future, how much time do you think should be allocated to whether someone is unhappy because they are not taking it up the arse?

Taking it up the arse can apply equally to men and women.

Finally, in today's social justice warrior TV shows, if you are a LGBT guy who shags a guy up the arse, you are considered a 'hero'.

If you are a guy who shags women up the arse, you are considered 'a dirty bastard', in fact a guy 'ploughing a bird's dirty track' at present isn't even a bit character in a TV show.

Is this the next step in sexual equality in TV?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Cry of the Buffoon, former SNP leader Alex Salmond Salmond is demanding the corporation prove it “is not pursuing a campaign against sites which support Scottish independence”, Salmond wants an answer from the BBC which satisifies the ‘Scottish public’, who voted Alex Salmond as ‘voice of the Scottish public’, his intervention has all the hallmarks of an ‘attention whore’

Dear All

It isn’t usual to see Nationalists with their knickers in a twist, their sense of entitlement in unbelievable, they think they are special and can do what they want. The BBC has complained about 13 videos uploaded to indy website Wings Over Scotland, their right, their content. It isn’t however usual to see on youtube however clips and entire programmes, movies and documentaries on this platform.

Now, two indy people have had their youtube channels shut down, you could say censored or you could acknowledge breach of copyright, depending on who’s view you lean towards. Wings Over Scotland aka John Devlin Stuart Campbell and Peter Curran both are known for their indy stance, both their channels were shut down. Not shutdown by the BBC but by youtube.

I had an artistic video of mine removed by youtube which showed Nicola Sturgeon doing a bit of begging and attempting to rally her troops, I add in a green screen of a fake person who hanged himself, it was a parody that was greatly amusing, but had a message, indy was a dead duck, couldn’t find a duck hanging or I would have used that clip for the composite.

Alex Salmond?

Yes, Alex Salmond, former FM, former MSP, former MSP and now a member of the public has written to the BBC’s director-general to complain after two pro-independence YouTube accounts were suspended last weekend.

Salmond is demanding the corporation prove it “is not pursuing a campaign against sites which support Scottish independence”.

You can guess, where that letter is going, into the bin, the row which is nothing to do with Salmond, may feature on his tawdry RT show, The Alex Salmond Show, the lightweight foamy nationalists’ version of jackanory.

Salmond said his ‘concern’ over the legal action was in part because one of the videos on the blog was an interview with him in the run up to the 2014 independence referendum, it seems Salmond thinks his witterings are national treasures which should be made available for all time.

In an attempt to muddy the water, Salmond also said that “Unionist-supporting sites” have been allowed to keep “innumerable BBC excerpts in use on YouTube channels”.

Maybe their use is for educational purposes, a concept which might have escaped Salmond’s mind in his desire to ‘get a grievance’ on the go!

He continued:

“If memory serves, this news interview now removed from YouTube was a challenge from me to the then prime minister to debate on Scottish independence. It has now disappeared from the public record thanks to the BBC action.”

If memory serves, the SNP lied, deceived and attempted to cheat the people of Scotland, at every turn during the 2014 referendum.

Salmond added:

“Why does the BBC as a public service broadcaster presume to effectively expunge my interview from the public record without so much as a by-your-leave?”

Because it is their film, their copyright and done with their equipment, it isn’t his interview, it is theirs.

Salmond concluded:

“There is a considerable public interest in this matter and I look forward to an early reply and hopefully one that satisifies the Scottish public that the BBC as a public service broadcaster has not set its face against fair comment and freedom of speech and further is not pursuing a campaign against sites which support Scottish independence.”

As a member of the Scottish public, I don’t support Salmond, and from what I can tell Salmond doesn’t speak for the Scottish public, and never did, he was always operating to his own agenda.

Alex Salmond is:

Not an MP

Not an MSP

Not a Councillor

Not a First Minister

Alex Salmond just produces a cheap as chips, TV show on RT, which is so lightweight on all aspects that it is just a ‘look at me, I am on TV show’.

So, what response is coming back from the BBC?

The BBC denies being selective in its actions to protect copyright.

The BBC denies asking YouTube to shut down two pro-independence channels.

The broadcaster has said it takes action to protect its copyright “whenever we receive complaints about large volumes of our material being posted or used without authorisation”.

The key part of that sentence is ‘large volumes of our material’, it seems that they aren’t interested in the person who puts up the odd clip to make a point, or educate, or create a discussion.

The BBC object to industrial scale use.

When the people at the BBC see what they regard as abuse, they ask for individual videos to be removed by youtube.

Whether your video stays up is a matter for youtube.

If there is any comedy in this story story it must be Stuart Campbell launching a scathing attack at the BBC yesterday, saying the public broadcaster have operated “a plainly partisan policy, observably applying different rules and procedures to people with different political viewpoints.”

Well, he would say that wouldn’t he!

Campbell is a complete banger, and this time, he has got himself into soapy bubble, so rather than whine, he should follow the rules, or don’t they apply to this mutt? If you take the time to visit his website, Wings Over Scotland which he runs from Bath, you will see some of the usual suspects doing a collective moan on various topics, and bitch about other people, such as myself. Campbell once said of me, I know who he is, well I know who he is as well, and the term complete banger fits well.

Finally, isn’t sad that Alex Salmond seems to take any opportunity to attempt to burst through into the public spotlight, one thing which I am certain on is that jackanory had better value for money and a higher audience. Salmond must be so disappointed that disgraced Mark McDonald didn’t step down as an MSP. In an update to this story, the BBC has asked youtube to reinstate Campbell's channel and allow the 13 videos to stay up.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Human Rights or Tyranny: Tommy Robinson freed on bail after winning contempt challenge, his case goes back to Leeds Crown Court after appeal judges pass the hot potato, their problem, let them sort it, the public interest wouldn’t be served by a re-trial and certainly not by imprisoning Tommy Robinson again, expect a massive media circus

Dear All

Tommy Robinson aka Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon has been many things, at the present moment, he is an independent reporter. When he was arrested outside Leeds Crown Court for covering yet another Pakistani Rape Gang story, he was arrested by the Police under false pretences.

Alleged breach of the peace!

The fact that he wasn’t causing breach of the peace didn’t matter, this was a just a mechanism to detain him and then drag him into Court to face a charge of Contempt of Court.

Labour MP Sarah Champion is another person who has spoken out about Pakistani Rape Gangs targeting white female children, she now requires additional security protection, and Muslims are moving to attempt to de-select her as the Labour MP for her area.

Along time ago, I asked a question, ‘why do we give bad people human rights’?

If you understand human rights in its purest sense, you know the answer; we give bad people human rights in order to protect everyone’s rights. If we don’t do that we live in a fascist society where your liberty is based on someone else’s whim.

The case to imprison Tommy Robinson was bad law and bad judgement; however, he is now freed on bail after winning contempt challenge. The initial judge who imprisoned him was entirely wrong, and Robinson wasn’t given a fair trial, it seemed that jailing Robinson was more important that following due process.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other judges in London quashed a finding of contempt made against Robinson at Leeds Crown Court in May when he was sentenced to 13 months in jail.

In reality, there wasn’t much else they could do, if they hadn’t the entire legal process would be under the spotlight, if you are going to attempt to lock up someone, then give them their human rights, given them due process and be fair, and act within the letter and spirit of the law.

Tommy Robinson’s imprisonment made headlines around the world, this wasn’t unexpected, the ‘establishment’ misjudged this rather badly, they thought they were imprisoning one guy, when in fact they were imprisoning someone who has become the ‘voice of millions’.

Announcing the decision, Lord Burnett said the court was allowing his appeal "in respect of the committal for contempt at Leeds Crown Court".

He added:

"The appellant is granted bail and the matter of contempt at Leeds Crown Court is remitted to be heard again."
This is called ‘the line of least resistance’, kicking it back out his door to Leeds, and given them the problem, their problem, let them fix it. I don’t see the value on this case going back to Leeds Crown Court, and I don’t see how this serves the public interest.

The excuse of prejudice of the trial is nonsense.

Here is a video to watch.

The reporter in this case, isn’t really using the prefix ‘alleged’, no, he is out and out calling the accused ‘Pakistani child rapists’, anyone read a story of this person being arrested?

If it was okay to jail Tommy Robinson, then this other reporter should be in the next cell, but he isn’t. It isn’t like his youtube video isn’t easy to find by any member of the public, you can find it in under a minute.

At a hearing in July, Robinson’s QC Jeremy Dein argued that procedural "deficiencies" had given rise to "prejudice". In other words, he was going for a win based on procedure, rather than fighting the charge. Dein also submitted that the sentence was "manifestly excessive" and that "insufficient" regard had been given to personal mitigation. He was again using a technical ploy to get the win; and this paid off with the release of Tommy Robinson from prison.

One of the things post imprisonment was a concentrated attempt by several sections of the media to justify his imprisonment, as part of this tactic, the media focused on Robinson’s past convictions because this was a targeted piece so as to get people not to support him.

These media outlets, who posted on youtube, didn’t get the response they thought they would:

To give you a favour of the responses, the nice ones call Channel 4 fake news, a term that has become very popular, and one of the reasons that people turn to alt media sources.

So, what does Tommy Robinson represent?

Tommy Robinson represents what you might term a ‘people’s voice’, not the voice of the establishment, not the voice of the mainstream media, not the voice of the political parties.

In the past, many people placed their faith in institutions, if you were to ask the people now; you will see that belief no longer exists. The reason it no longer exists is that if you take politics as the top of the pyramid, it has corrupted everything beneath it.

People despise politicians!

You can clear see by the rise right across Europe of other parties that this is so, although the migrant crisis was the catalyst for this change in Europe, for decades in the UK, thousands of female children were raped by Pakistani Rape Gangs and the political parties and others covered it up.

Thousands of female children were raped by Pakistani Rape Gangs and the political parties and others covered it up, this is the point you should home in on. This was done because of the parties seeking British Pakistani Muslim votes in order to win seats for Westminster.

Here is an example of someone who isn’t afraid to speak out, the presenter sets the record straight when a woman who claims to be a British Pakistani woman tries to muddy the water and deflect from the truth of what is going on.

The Appeal Court made the right decision to free Tommy Robinson, if they hadn’t their reputation would have been called into question, as it was highly likely this case would have made it to the Supreme Court, who certainly would have freed Robinson. The story however doesn’t end there, the return t Leeds Crown Court will be a media circus, this case is completely damaged goods, however, re-conviction does appear to be the way to go, this time the Crown will be looking for their ‘get out of jail free card’.

Along time ago, I asked a question, ‘why do we give bad people human rights’.

Now you know!

Finally, yesterday, I blogged on how Muslim Asim Khan should be allowed a fair process, today I blog on how Tommy Robinson should be allowed a fair process, how can I support each of their rights, easy, I believe in justice.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Building with water gushing out - A George Laird production

Glasgow South West Labour ‘Race Row’ explodes, Labour Party bitter selection contest for Westminster turns even more nasty and squalid as Labour Scottish Executive Committee remove Anas Sarwar ally Asim Khan from the candidate list, how exactly can any reasonable person think this contest is fair and just after these antics?

Dear All

The bitter Labour Party selection contest in Glasgow South West has had a dramatic moment but not unexpected turn of events. Recently I was talking to a Labour office bearer who said to me that in their opinion, Glasgow Labour hopeful Asim Khan would be passed by the Labour Party Committee called the SEC tasked with investigating him.

I didn’t believe he would be passed by them, and as is custom, time for a quick, ‘George Laird right again’.

You know politics and how it works isn’t as hard as many people try to make out, if you sit back and watch, you will be amazed what you can see and hear.

The only way to stop Asim Khan from becoming the candidate in Glasgow South West in preference to Labour Cllr Matt Kerr was to remove him from the candidate list.

Now, it seems job done!

That was my impression from what I observed as an outsider, it seemed to me that Pollok CLP was geared up to accept Matt Kerr as the candidate. Due to the rise in the Pollok CLP membership, and sudden interest in politics by certain people, it seemed a racing certainty to me that Khan would be passed by a popular vote.

Now that Labour hopeful Asim Khan has been blocked by the Scottish Executive Committee, he intends to take legal action against the party after what he describes as a “disappointing decision”. So, it seems that the this selection contest, apparently this brings the numbers down to 3, and maybe it will be put back again.

The rejection of Asim Khan will also be a personal blow to Labour MSP Anas Sarwar who supported the candidacy of Khan. The fight was seen by some as a proxy fight between the Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and Anas Sarwar in the ongoing power struggle for control of Scottish Labour.

Asim Khan’s plight stems from his past at a charity for abuse survivors, he was was accused of a “complete failure” to protect a female worker from harassment and victimisation by two other men. The charity was called the Roshni charity and he was the chairman which rather puts a lot of pressure on him to explain himself fully.

An employment tribunal judge recommended Khan should issue an apology to the woman over what happened to her. She was awarded over £70,000 for her treatment at the now-defunct group. The Tribunal said Khan failed to act when the woman complained to him, with the tribunal describing parts of his evidence as “evasive” and “untruthful”.

So, that rather puts him in an awkward place.

After an investigation by the Sunday Herald, ten women from Pollok CLP, his local branch wrote to party bosses complaining about his suitability as a candidate, and a female committee member allegedly filed a complaint. When I read that ten women complained, I was surprised, having done Johann Lamont’s campaign, I never saw once during the campaign for the entire short campaign saw 10 women turning up for activism. Of course Labour MSP Johann Lamont lost the seat rather badly due to an incredibly badly organised campaign which bordered on pathetic. As an experienced campaigner, I have seen good campaigns and bad campaigns, and this one was pure crap.

Glasgow South West is one of the most marginal seats in Scotland, along side Glasgow East, the SNP held it with a majority of just 60 votes in 2017, previously the majority was substantially higher for the SNP in 2015, around the 23k mark. Given that there isn’t going to be an election until 2022 for Westminster, the Labour Party aren’t looking for 61 votes in Glasgow South West to win it.  

They are looking for several thousand above the 2017 result.

If you don’t know much about politics and activism, this should help, campaigns aren’t won in the short campaign; the real work is done in what is termed the long campaign. The sad fact of life is that Pollok CLP isn’t very good at campaigning, so here are two examples. This month, there was no CLP meeting, at the previous meeting before I attended, there was no mention that the next month meeting not taking place. This is an example of bad communication. The second one to look at is a work day/ activism, this was collecting for the local foodbank, I got the text to attend this event which arrived on my phone on 23/7/2018, 09.26.03 am; for an event taking place on the 21st.

Two days after it finished.

Back to the unhappy, regarding Asim Khan; the Scottish Labour Women’s Movement said of his removal:

“This is the right decision and shows that the Scottish Labour Party and the SEC value women’s place in the party. We should never be in a position where someone with such a terrible record on equality can put themselves forward to represent the party of Equality.”
So, lets remove him from a selection contest were members can decide his fate, so where was their concern about my and other Pollok CLP members’ equality and rights to cast our vote for whoever I chose?

Does Asim Khan have a ‘terrible record on equality’?

Ian Davidson, the former Labour MP for Glasgow South West said:

“Matt Kerr took Labour to within 60 votes of winning and there is absolutely no reason for anyone to deselect him as the candidate for any future election. Asim Khan has now been shown to be clearly unsuitable. Those who backed him should now get behind Matt Kerr and help to secure a Labour win in the seat.”

Firstly, Pollok CLP did nothing of note prior to the short campaign, post election that “work rate” dropped even lower.

Secondly, the Matt Kerr campaign only generated an extra 888 votes more than Ian Davidson’s result in 2015 so there wasn’t exactly a Labour revival more previous SNP voters of 2015 not turning out.

Thirdly since Labour doesn’t hold the seat, no one should have a monopoly on the candidacy, that isn’t democratic.

As to Ian Davidson’s last point,

“Those who backed him (Khan) should now get behind Matt Kerr and help to secure a Labour win in the seat.” This is what is termed wishful thinking, well; it is more like bullshit because that isn’t going to happen. ‘Those’ who Ian Davidson refers too are the presumably the Muslim members who saw their choice of candidate removed in what some describe as a ‘race row’ contest, they also saw their vote removed previously.

As an outsider watching the lead flying in both directions, I wonder if anyone will stand up at Pollok CLP and embarrass themselves by ‘calling for unity’ after what has gone on.

Finally, a bit of facts and opinion:

Westminster 2010      pre indy campaigning

Labour Co-op Ian Davidson 19,863          SNP Chris Stephens 5,1921      Labour win

Holyrood 2011

Labour Co-op Johann Lamont 10,875       SNP Chris Stephens 10.252 Labour win

Westminster 2015

Labour Co-op Ian Davidson 13,438         SNP Chris Stephens 23,388      SNP win

Holyrood 2016

Labour Co-op Johann Lamont 8,834         SNP Humza Yousaf  15,316 SNP win  

Westminster 2017

 Labour Co-op Matt Kerr  14,326             SNP Chris Stephens  14,386     SNP  win

Now then, if you look at Johann Lamont (2016) and Matt Kerr (2017), both these results look rather bad, actually they are exceptionally bad, given Holyrood precedes Westminster, this makes taking the Westminster seat so much harder for Pollok CLP.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, July 30, 2018

The playbook of the Fascist SNP, Dinesh D'Souza's talk on 'The Race Card of Leftists' could be applied to Scotland, this is how Nicola Sturgeon's SNP and Government seem to operate, division, deflection and grievance

Policy Exchange, right wing think-tank uses the Windrush scandal to call on post-Brexit ID system for EU and UK citizens, in the past this has been rejected on civil liberties grounds, with so much illegal immigration into the UK, is it time to review this issue, can there be cross party consensus on protecting the UK borders?

Dear All

Think tanks are bodies that come up with ideas, in the past, some ideas have been useful and other ideas border on plain stupidity. If you take the ‘Windrush’ scandal, the reason for the problem is that the Labour Government of the time; ordered their documents destroyed. Down the line, this meant the incumbent government of Theresa May couldn’t do their job properly, leading to confusion and problems. Brexit is still moving forward, the Policy Exchange thinks that there is a case for a ID registration system for EU citizens in the UK and also for British citizens.

In many walks of life, the ID card system is already here, in education, in construction, police and in health, even private companies have id systems to allow their staff access to their premises. Previously in the UK, we had an ID card system during WW2, the scheme continued well after the end of the war and then was phased out. There is a case for an ID card system, and a case not for a card system, in several posts, I wrote about the need for an EU wide identity card to cope with the migrant crisis.

Illegal migrants need to be documented, and we need to know where they are and who they are since the political elite opened the flood gates and let these people roam free in our country and others in the EU. I have no problem with EU citizens being issued with an ID card; similar schemes operate in other countries of the EU. But if there is to be an extended ID card programme to document British citizens, it cannot similar be about the issuing of a card. It is said that there are one million illegal immigrants in this country, these people are criminals, and should be removed, no matter how long they have been here.

The idea of a national ID system for British citizens has been controversial, with many people opposing it on civil liberties grounds. The state of politics in this country means that one group plays off against the other group which we all know as party politics, civil liberties are just the ‘peg’ that they use to hang their grievance on. 

A £5 billion national identity card scheme was introduced by the last Labour government in 2006 under Tony Blair, probably to bring us more into line with European practice. The idea wasn’t acceptable and a Bill to scrap it was the first legislation introduced by Theresa May when she became home secretary in 2010. After Brexit, EU citizens already in the UK will have to pay £65 and join a registration scheme if they wish to stay in Britain after the end of the transition period on December 31 2020.

£65 isn’t a high fee, and I think the government has got the balance right.

David Goodhart, Policy Exchange's head of demography, immigration and integration, suggests that the scheme should be widened to Britons, initially on a voluntary basis. In other words, voluntary first then turned into compulsory.

He said:

"We strongly recommend reopening the debate about ID management to reassure people that we know who is in the country, for how long, and what their entitlements are. A proper national ID system would have prevented the harassment of the Windrush victims."

I never favour knee jerk politics as a basis for making policy, usually, a single incident is used to justify an idea which the authors aren’t able to articulate on its own merits, hence they find a victim.

The report by the Policy Exchange has other ideas:

A more decisive removals process, the current system has been abused using the Human Rights Act as an opened ended book to concoct the most ridiculous decisions.

An amnesty for illegal immigrants who have been in the UK for 10 years or more, this is unacceptable, we don’t reward people for crime because they have been doing it a long time.

More cash to pay illegal immigrants to leave and a joint scheme involving the Department for International Development to help them set up businesses in their countries of origin, I see no problem with this idea.

A British version of the US Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) that allows non-UK citizens to use e-gates at borders and made it quicker for "low-risk groups" to enter, this is idea has merit provide the scheme is secure.

Make rail and ferry operators provide more information about passengers and introduce more collaboration with Irish authorities to close down the Common Travel Area "backdoor", private companies shouldn’t have to act as border agents, this would create a security problem.

Higher overall investment, including better detection systems for lorries at Calais and Dover, more staff and more border patrol boats, this isn’t setting the heather on fire but if anyone is found, we should send them back to France without judicial review, instant deportation.

The farce of letting them in has gone on too long.

Mr Goodhart added:

"Illegal immigration is not only unfair on legal immigrants who wait their turn in the queue and the employers and businesses who play (and pay) by the rules, it also fosters a twilight world of criminality, dependence and exploitation in which modern slavery flourishes. Combating illegal immigration should be overtly linked to minimum wage enforcement, private landlord licensing and action against modern slavery. While a general amnesty for the estimated 500,000 illegal residents here would send the wrong signal, some form of regularisation should also be considered for those who have been here for more than 10 years, who are now parts of their communities with ties to the UK and often become the focus of grassroots campaigns."

Everyone should play by the rules and no one should be getting special treatment, this has been the cause of division in this and other EU States.

A Home Office spokesman said:

"We are pursuing an ambitious programme of reform at the border as well as investing in new capability to improve passenger experience. Examples of this include e-Passport gates and motion detection technology which benefit passengers and improve security. Border Force invested £63.5 million in new technology and capability in 2017-18 and £90.4 million in the two previous years combined. Decisions on the future immigration system will be based on evidence. This is why we have asked the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to advise on the economic and social impacts of the UK's exit from the EU and also on how the UK's immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy."

If you are the type of person who gets angry when someone breaks into your house to steal, then you should be equally angry when someone breaks into your country to steal, the fact they aren’t lifting your possessions is irrelevant. The madness of Germany’s migrant crisis, the crisis in Sweden, Italy and France, show what happens when rules are abandoned for political virtual signalling, chaos, rape, murder, theft and acts of terror.

I favour a fair, strong immigration system based on evidence, need and cohesion, sadly the open borders people are the facilitators of much of the current problems, if you don’t have strong borders, you don’t have security, just ask the Germans. Immigration is a good thing, what has happened in Europe and in the UK has been exceptionally bad, it is time that someone cleaned up the mess.

Finally, Angela Merkel ruined Germany by her open borders policy, in the UK, much of the damage was done by Tony Blair when Labour Prime Minister, his social engineering experiment done under the 'lie of economic reasons' caused many of the problems of a similar nature to Germany's troubles.

Yours sincerely

George Laird

The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University   

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Upsetting the liberals: the fury of politicians such as Labour MP Diane Abbott's concern over Isis Terrorists Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh is utterly sickening, and out of touch with the British people, they will get a fair trial in the US, and we should remember the victim’s families, they have a right and expectation of justice

Dear All

Tuesday saw me do a post on Isis Terrorists, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, it is my opinion, that the correct place for them to stand trial is America. The fact that the Home Secretary has asked for assurances that they will not get the death penalty has sent many people into a spin.

On one side, we have fools like Labour MP Diane Abbott the Shadow Home Secretary, hyperventilated that the Government's position was 'abhorrent and shameful' and on the other, people saying they are fine with their extradition. If Kotey and Elsheikh had committed their crimes on British soil, I would argue that they should stand trial here.

But they did, they committed their crimes in Syria.

As I blogged, we ended the death penalty in the UK, many years ago, it was the right thing to do, killing by the State has no place in our society. In many other countries, in the West and in the East, the death penalty is still enforced.

Recently Japan executed the last of the terrorists who used Sarin gas on the subway.

Whether you agree with the death penalty or not, we are not the World’s policemen or their moral guardians, we can advise, comment and make known our feelings, but at the end of the day, their rule of law takes priority over our concerns. I don’t agree with the death penalty, never did, never will, I don’t see it as part of British values. From time to time, we get a situation which on the surfaces seems plausible that the death penalty argument could be used. Generally this is cases were the public have no problem in someone being hanged, such as the Moors Murderers or the Soham killer, or the IRA bombers of the past. If you take the case of the Birmingham Six, innocent people were arrested, tried and put in jail,

If hanging was still vogue at that time, these people would have been hanged; this is why I am against the death penalty. Injustice isn’t a part of justice, and ‘sorry’ really doesn’t cut it for me. Stephen Glover of the Daily Mail; asks a question, but must we rule out executing terrorists?

That is a complicated question but the answer is simple.

Yes, we must rule out executing terrorists.

In case anyone thinks I am a pacifist, the answer is no, I had no problem when ‘Jihadi John’ was killed in a drone strike, this guy deserved to die a painful death for what he had done.
Stephen Glover aks;

“Where should two former alleged terrorists who were once British citizens be put on trial for the most brutal and barbarous acts against innocent civilians, some of them British?”

I would strongly disagree with him saying:

“The right answer is surely the United Kingdom. Two young men brought up in this country, who are accused of unspeakable terrorist offences, should face justice in a British court”.

This brings me back to where they committed their crimes and to whom; these two points; don’t make the case for a British trial, I would say that the choice is either Syria which is doubtful due to Syrian and US relations and the US of A. I would therefore believe that the US is correct venue for Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh.

Our system of justice and sentencing in the UK could do with an upgrade, we have a system which due to the Human Rights Act abuse wouldn’t it is said give a strong enough sentence on conviction. The alleged crimes of Elsheikh, 30, who was born in Sudan but raised in London, is accused of supervising the torture and killing of Western hostages by ISIS. Kotey, 34, London born-and-bred, is charged with being part of the same ISIS cell which beheaded 27 hostages and, according to reliable testimonies, displayed horrendous cruelty and unbelievable sadism.

These two don’t deserve to escape the full measure of the American legal system.

Shipping them off to America; besides being the right thing to do, does solve a few problems, like under existing legislation our courts are unable to apply the very lengthy sentences that can be handed down by American judges. If you watch American prison documentaries, you would be surprised at the sentences some people get, hundreds of years. And as I mentioned above; abuse by their lawyers, using the Human Rights Act in various ways to attempt to circumvent justice.

The Labour Party is up in arms, principally because it is so opposed to the death penalty as I said, I oppose the death penalty as well, were we part waves is that I recognise that other countries have the right to run their own judicial system as they see fit.

Labour MP Hilary Benn opined that 'we have to show we are better than Islamic State in our morals, and should therefore have nothing to do with capital punishment'. Islamic State don’t care about our morals, they see this as our weakest, which is why this and the lack of morals by politicians have placed us in the state we find ourselves.

When Stephen Glover says:

“In my humble opinion, the prospect that these two alleged killers might be sentenced to death if found guilty of horrendous crimes by an American court is by far the least troubling aspect of this affair”.
I think he speaks for many people in the UK, right across racial and religious divides, but speaking up for justice can provoke hatred towards you which is why many people remain silent.

Finally, Stephen Glover said:

“If Kotey and Elsheikh were to be tried in this country, we might understand how it was that two young men who enjoyed the benefits of living in a free society should seemingly have done their utmost to destroy it. And such a trial, if it had led to a conviction, would have given the British people the satisfaction of seeing justice meted out to two British traitors who appear to hate, and wanted to damage, their country”.

I don’t think any excuse will bring forward the advancement of human knowledge in this case; these two were ‘recreational killers’, who enjoyed torture and murder of innocent people. American families have the right to see these two before a US Court, let them have their day in Court to explain their actions.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Losing control, losing the agenda, identity politics destroyed our society: now press and politicians fear the rise of media-savvy populist right parties and their appeal to working class people, across Europe, people are turning their backs on the ‘left’ and the ‘liberals’ because they have actively discriminated against people using public office and the resources of the State, Scotland is a prime example of ‘identity politics’ gone wrong

Dear All

The most discriminated groups in the UK are black people and white working class people. Political parties of the ‘left’ years ago abandoned the working class as organisations set up to protect their rights were infiltrated by middle class careerists straight out of university or via trade unions. As the working class lost their representation, they also lost out on other benefits from elected people. The political elite became to symbolise ‘identity politics’ to the max. If you were white working class you were pushed to the back of the queue, discriminated at every turn.

Right across Europe, ordinary working class people have turned to people who understand their concerns and shown an interest in them. One example of how detached the political parties are is using ‘foodbank collections in order to increase their support in the community. When the election is over, the winning party very quickly abandons this trick because their agenda has moved on. What hasn’t moved on is the need of vulnerable for food aid.

Across Europe, we have seen the right of parties of the right, this has led to the incumbent political parties and the ‘liberal’ press tagging them as ‘far right’. Despite a co-ordinated campaign of sorts, the public has decided to ignore the fake news agenda and continue to give new parties their support. If you see a Donald Trump or Vladmir Putin, you usually see a smear campaign of them not far behind.

Clare Foges, David Cameron’s former speechwriter wrote that authoritarian “strong men”, like Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin get things done, this is in stark contrast to people like Nicola Sturgeon who is mired in identity politics and abandonment of the white working class. The SNP lie ‘Stronger for Scotland’ doesn’t apply to white working class in education, jobs, health, and law and order unless you tick an ‘identity politics’ box.

People should be aware of the intolerance of ‘liberals’, these are the people who don’t want you to speak or have an opinion aired unless it agrees with them. The rise of the fascist thugs dubbed ‘Antifa’ is a group which uses violence to silence people who dare to protest about what is going on around them.

You could describe these people are as mixture of middle class thugs and ‘commies’ masquerading as socialists. People who are so anti establishment that they want to become the establishment.

Iain Macwhirter isn’t a fan of Brexit, he says at the moment that there is a distinct air of Weimar about British politics; of course, you should remember that Germany had just come out of WW1 as the loser. Germans were angry with the political class who hadn’t just led them to defeat but also starvation and unemployment. Not a happy time indeed, but the misery wasn’t just a German thing; the ‘Great Depression’ of the 1920’s caused problems everywhere from Germany to the US, Russia after the revolution wasn’t a paradise either.

In politics, you have to face up to a plain simple fact, in elections, the ‘best man’ doesn’t always win, that isn’t the purpose of elections; it is to elect someone. I don’t have to reel of a list of scumbags who got elected, you can google that yourself and see depending on how much research you want to do. One thing which you will have heard of is ‘tactical voting’, tactical voting isn’t about electing someone you want, it is about attempt to ‘get anyone but’ the party you hate getting in.

In Europe, the rise of the ‘right’ in politics is not a surprise, the ‘left’ and ‘liberals’ caused it by neglect, which is why we get leftwing thugs on our streets hunting for ‘nazis’, not World War 2 Nazis, not Zombie Nazis but ordinary people who dare to speak out about what the political elite has done while in office.

Yesterday, I wrote about how American families were right to get justice for their love ones who were brutally murdered by ‘British’ Jihadists dubbed ‘the Beatles’, if their crimes had taken place on British soil, then I would say that legally, they would have to be tried in our jurisdiction but the murders happened abroad. I have no problem in sending these Isis ‘recreational killers’ to the US to face justice. Iain  Macwhirter seems to think this is a problem, he wrote:

“It’s perhaps no accident the UK Government appears to be prepared to accept the death penalty for British Islamic State terrorists in America, something that would have been unimaginable until recently. This is pure populist politics”.

To be clear, the UK Government in the shape of the Home Secretary said that he wouldn’t ask for assurances that these people wouldn’t get the death penalty if convicted. The Prime Minister said she hoped they spend the rest of their lives in jail. Given these people have been stripped of their British citizenship, perhaps the use of the term ‘British Islamic State terrorists’ is wrong.

We don’t have the death penalty in the UK, but they do in America, Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh doesn’t deserve to escape justice, no one does, and certainly not for engaging in torture and murder, these two aren’t soldiers.

And they do have charges to answer.

Iain Macwhirter is wrong to say that the refusal to seek assurances:

“This is pure populist politics”.

No, it is not, it is the ‘politics’ of justice.

The contempt that people must feel for those who have protested that the Home Sec didn’t ask for assurances against the death penalty just beggars belief. No trial has taken place; no sentence has been handed down but the ‘left’ and the ‘liberals’ are practically in tears about poor ‘recreational killers’. This case encapsulates why the British people are so sick to death of the political class in this country.

A recent YouGov poll suggests that 24 per cent of British people would now vote for an anti-immigrant party like the Alternative fur Deutschland or Marine LePen’s National Front. The thing is any political party cannot just be a party of protest, it has to be willing and able to be a party of government, this is why so many minor parties fail to gain support beyond a ‘single issue’. Right-wing populism is the dynamic force in European politics at present, in Viktor Orban’s Hungary and Slovenia has just elected a right wing, anti-immigrant government.

Even the carefree Italians in Italy ares now under coalition led by Lega’s Matteo Savini, who has talked of “a mass cleansing” Italy of immigrants. Norway and Denmark have right-wing parties participating in government. The one to watch is if the Swedish Democrats who are leading in the polls go all the way to government.

Sweden is the rape capital of the world.

How did it become so?

The political elite allowed in rapists from third world countries, the migrants done the raping, but the political elite did all the backroom facilitation, everything from ‘soup to nuts’, transport, food, clothing, housing and money.

Of course, their ‘excuse’ is that ‘we didn’t know this would happen’.   

When people like Iain Macwhirter talk about a new form of nationalist populism and how that transpires into a sophisticated, media-wise Alt-Right, he could be talking about people like Austria’s Martin Sellner.

It would be wrong to say that people like Sellner just target white working class, his organisation cross the social barriers in his own country. That said regards of country, the appeal of the right in white former working class communities, hit hard by globalisation, and feeling abandoned by the left is a ready market. The fact is the white working class has been abandoned by the left, it isn’t a ‘feeling’, it is a reality. The political parties are not interested in the working class; they focus on ‘identity politics’ focusing on minorities such as racial and gender minorities, LGBTQI++ and religions. At the moment the media is as Iain Macwhirter wrote, is preoccupied with transgender issues and feminists of #metoo movement. As Milo Yiannopoulos says, feminism is now a man hating activity.

Even trade unions seem to have abandoned young working class people. As the Institute for Fiscal Studies noted recently, “union members are now overwhelmingly public sector, white collar and middle-aged”.

Finally in the ‘good old days’, political parties could count on the white working class vote, given what we have seen, the white working class have abandoned them, in Scotland, this can be seen by the spectacular fall of the Labour Party, once the dominant force. Given that so many people have been disenfranchised from voting, there is a pressing need for the emergence of new political parties who are not willing to engage in the murky mess that is identity politics’ which are platforms for active discrimination of people. If we are all supposed to be the same and equal, and it is enshrined in law, why are political parties allowed to operate discriminatory policies?

The old days of just giving your vote because of your social class are gone, and so is fairness, justice and equality of outcome, it all died a long time ago which is why the working class despites so many middle class politicians.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University