Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nicola Sturgeon’s lapdog yaps: SNP MP Stewart McDonald cries like a little girl as Theresa May wins Commons airstrike vote and he accuses her of manipulating Parliament, SNP Defence Spokesman it appears wasn’t asked to intelligence briefing by Sir Mark Sedwill; the National Security Advisor, left out in the cold, the price of being irrelevant



















Dear All

Yet again, yet again, the SNP are on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the argument, Theresa May won a Commons vote on the military action in Syria. In true SNP fashion, the SNP in gripe mode decided to claim that a No 10 intelligence briefing had been used to “manipulate” certain MPs.

The sad fact is intelligence briefings are not a political circus to “manipulate” anyone; these briefs are done by professionals, professionals whose entire job is to protect our country by ensuring the right information is made available to the government.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister insists British lives would be compromised if it became illegal for governments to launch military action without the prior backing of MPs. This isn’t a time for petty politics; the SNP jumped on the bandwagon here because they saw an opportunity, and now are left with egg on their faces. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for the introduction of a War Powers Act would “seriously compromise” the safety of the nation and would get people needlessly killed. In today’s fast moving situations, action has to be swift and decisive.

US and France along with the UK have carried out missile strikes on three targets which they have “specifically associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons programme”. They didn’t just pick three random targets out of a hat; they did so by using tradecraft and having assets on the ground.  After the airstrikes, Yury Filatov, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ireland, piped up to say hat Russia, was losing “the last bit of trust” it had with the west and described this as a “very dangerous development”.

Trust is a two way street, and one has to wonder why the Russians haven’t been more clever in the way that they do business, the incident in Salisbury was rank stupidity, then to have RT ‘brag’ about the UK not being safe for people who betray Russia was an attempt to rub our faces in it. The upshot was that several Russians were sent packing, here and also in other Western countries, not exactly a successful operation, and aftermath.

Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are in Douma to establish whether chemical weapons were used there; and what we should remember is that in order to produce these kinds of weapons takes expertise and expensive facilities; you can’t just cook it up in a pot.

During the recent Commons debate, Mrs May told MPs:

“Making it unlawful for Her Majesty’s Government to undertake any such military intervention without a vote would seriously compromise our national security, our national interests, and the lives of British citizens at home and abroad. And for as long as I’m Prime Minister, that will never be allowed to happen.”

Jeremy Corbyn who isn’t apt at foreign affairs described the Syrian air strikes as “legally questionable” and made clear he would only support military intervention with United Nations’ support. Given the Russians have a veto on the Security Council, and they are Syria’s principal backer, the UN route would produce an East v West stalemate.   

Jeremy Corbyn told MPs:

“I am sorry to say the Prime Minister’s decision not to recall Parliament and engage in further military action in Syria last week showed a flagrant disregard for this convention.”

The deeply butt hurt and irrelevant SNP in the shape of Ian Blackford criticised the “failure” of the Government to recall Parliament, his sidekick Stewart McDonald, the SNP’s defence spokesman, decided to whine like a little girl on how certain Labour MPs had been invited to Downing Street for a private briefing on the Syria air strikes by Sir Mark Sedwill, the National Security Advisor.

Stewart McDonald, the SNP’s defence spokesman, not invited it seems, after all, leaving aside he is a sheep who falls the SNP Party line, what does he know about defence?

Did he play Soldiers as a boy?

Did he play Cowboys and Indians as a squaw?

Watch war movies like Operation Burma?

Stewart McDonald said of being left out of the briefing:

“These briefings appear to have been offered to members of the Labour Opposition not on the basis of privy counsellor status but on the basis of those opposition members who are sympathetic to the Government’s position. That leads to concerns that the Government is using intelligence briefings to manipulate Parliament and to bolster its own case for its behaviour on the opposition benches; not on security terms, but on politics.”

Maybe Sir Mark Sedwill; the National Security Advisor didn’t want someone like Stewart McDonald stinking the place, up asking all sorts of daft questions in the briefing.  Stewart McDonald, SNP’s defence spokesman in name only, a phoney title which commands no respect at Westminster.

Finally, imagine being so stupid to flag up in Parliament that you are not worthy to be invited to a briefing by Sir Mark Sedwill; the National Security Advisor. You have to laugh about this, surely the correct route would be a letter to ask to be included in future briefings but that kind of logic is probably beyond this wee joke.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Nicola Sturgeon’s mini Waterloo, incompetent SNP leader sees defeat looming as UK government challenges Sturgeon’s devolved Brexit legislation at UK Supreme Court, sacked SNP Education Minister Mike Russell thinks because 95 MSP sheep at Holyrood passed it, it’s legal, watch, learn and be educated son, it’s not, stupidity is a poor substitute for intelligence













Dear All

If you are going to fight a war, you should always make sure that you are in the right, and have the necessary resources, pre-plan and have experienced people to carry it through.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has entered a pointless fight with the UK government which has led them to challenge her “devolved” Brexit legislation. The matter has been referred to the UK Supreme Court, so what are the chances of success for the SNP Government?

I would say, looking at their previous track record, the chances look from remote to nil on this occasion, for me there are two issues which will see the SNP lose.

1/ Until we leave the EU, all relevant sections of power remain reserved to Westminster.

2/ The SNP Government cannot circumvent powers returned to the UK from Brussels without them first passing through Westminster.

Either one of these issues in my opinion should see the SNP lose.

It is entirely right and proper that the UK Government should challenge Brexit legislation passed by the Scottish and Welsh devolved administrations. The Bills passed in the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly last month was nothing more than a stupid act.

An attempt to erode democracy and the processes of democracy which is why the matter has to go to the UK Supreme Court to get fixed, these Bills aren’t competent and should be struck down. The decision to proceed with legal action was taken by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Scotland, the government's senior law officers.

The SNP have opened a can of worms which they didn’t need to open, and now it is coming back on them.

The UK Supreme Court is being asked to rule on whether the legislation is constitutional and within the powers of the devolved legislatures, as I have said, it isn’t competent
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Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP said:

“This legislation risks creating serious legal uncertainty for individuals and businesses as we leave the EU. This reference is a protective measure which we are taking in the public interest. The Government very much hopes this issue will be resolved without the need to continue with this litigation.”

SNP Ministers in Edinburgh have repeatedly branded the UK Government's EU Withdrawal Bill a "power grab" which threatens devolution, it isn’t, the phrase ‘power grab’ may seem rather catchy but in reality, it isn’t a serious basis to justify what they have done.

This is in part party politics, and not even smart party politics at that being played out in the UK Supreme Court.

The Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh has previously ruled the Scottish EU Continuity Bill is outside Holyrood's competence but that apparently didn’t matter to SNP ministers who simply said they are confident it is not. Given there are so many lawyers who are SNP Ministers, you have to wonder about the extent of their legal expertise which appears to limited.

Advocate General for Scotland Lord Keen said:

“By referring the Scottish Parliament’s Continuity Bill to the Supreme Court, we are seeking legal certainty as to its competence. Given the Presiding Officer’s view at introduction that the Bill was not within the legal scope of the Parliament, we believe it is important to ask the Court to provide absolute clarity. In doing so we are following the process set out in the Scotland Act 1998. Particularly in the run up to Brexit, it is vital that we avoid legal uncertainty in our statute book.”

This case is Nicola Sturgeon’s mini Waterloo, like Napoleon, her ego has got the better of her, now she will be publicly held up for what she is once again, an utterly useless politician.

Sacked SNP Minister Mike Russell who failed at being Education, now minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell reiterated that Scottish Ministers are satisfied that the Continuity Bill is within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.

Sacked SNP Minister Mike Russell isn’t clever, far from it, even a first year law student could drive a truck through this nonsense.

Russell said:

“The Continuity Bill was passed by 95 votes to 32 in the Scottish Parliament; that is an overwhelming majority. Scottish Ministers are satisfied that the Bill is within legislative competence”.

You have to laugh, 95 sheep passed a Bill, and in his mind, that makes it okay, you couldn’t make it up, and regardless of the number, that doesn’t make the Bill legal.

Russell added:

“The Lord Advocate will be arguing in the Supreme Court that it is within the powers of the Scottish Parliament to prepare for the consequences for devolved matters of UK withdrawal from the European Union. Our Continuity Bill is an important and necessary piece of legislation to prepare Scotland’s laws for Brexit while protecting the powers of the Scottish Parliament that people voted for. The Scottish Government has made clear it cannot recommend the Scottish Parliament consent to the Withdrawal Bill in its current form”.

So, Russell spells it out, the incompetent legislation is all about an attempt to stop the people of the UK who exercised their democratic right to leave the EU.

Russell also said:
  
“Alongside the Welsh Government, we have always said our preference would be to reach an agreement with the UK Government to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill to respect the powers of the devolved administrations and both Governments are ready to  continue meaningful talks to further discuss potential solutions. While the Scottish Government is not opposed to UK-wide frameworks in certain areas when these are in Scotland’s interests, this must only happen with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament.”

The issue is clear cut, the UK Supreme Court will and should strike down both the Holyrood and Welsh Assembly Bills, this case isn’t one of the great legal cases but what it does do is reign in the power of Holyrood and the Welsh Assembly. There is a case for looking at devolution so that it can be improved so that it works better with Westminster.

In order to get that process working, we first have to remove the SNP as the Government of Scotland, in this way we can have reform, and we can start to have a parliament that works for all Scots, something which isn’t happening at present. The machinery of government has been abused, skewered to become an independence campaign machine; it doesn’t function as it should.

Finally, when Nicola Sturgeon gets defeated in the UK Supreme Court, this will be one case which down the line she will regret, it is a marker on the road to her exiting the post of First Minister, not be choice but by being removed by the people.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, April 16, 2018

Spectacularly Wrong in concept, wrong in practice, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants a War Powers Act to 'Bind the hands of all future prime ministers to wage war' without Parliamentary approval, the Labour Party has a long way to go to convince people they are a government in waiting
















Dear All

Security of the Nation seems a rather basic concept which many people expect the Government to take seriously and act when necessary. We all hope that when our politicians take us to war, they do so for the right reasons. Jeremy Corbyn wants to take away the power to wage war from future prime ministers.

This act would place people in danger and ultimately get people killed.

When action is required, it has to be swift in order to be effective. The Syrian bombing campaign pitches Parliament against the executive; Prime Minister Theresa May argues that a military campaign that saw 100 missiles used on the Assad regime’s chemical weapons factories is “the right thing to do”.

If we are targeting chemical weapons factories, along with American and French forces, it beggars belief that the UK opposition parties would oppose this.

I have always said that when it comes to foreign affairs, Jeremy Corbyn goes badly, given that as opposition leader, he would get defence briefs, it makes his anti war stance all the more baffling. In an ideal world, no one should be using chemical weapons, in an ideal world, the Russians would have stepped in and told Syria not to use such weapons. The fact is we aren’t living in an ideal world, we cannot count on people doing the right thing from the Russian side, and we are continually bogged down by what can be described as ‘low road’ politicians.

If the Assad regime falls, Syria becomes another unstable and failed State in the Middle East, Syria supports Russia, and although many in the West don’t like that, there is a time to wake up and smell the coffee, a proxy war power struggle in this area does no one any good in the long term. We need more Middle East countries to be stable not less, and we need everyone to grasp the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons isn’t something anyone should tolerate, regardless whether they are from the East or the West.

I agree with Theresa May’s decision not to give MPs a debate and vote; it seems that the Labour Party has joined the PR campaign by Nicola Sturgeon, that Mrs May has “sidelined” Parliament. Given that Sturgeon is woefully out of her depth, it is ridiculous that the Labour Party should hitch its star to her wagon.

Here is a cracker to read:


Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti has made clear Labour would not act against the Assad regime even if OPCW inspectors found evidence of chemical weapons use in Douma.

Unbelievable is it not that innocent people can be murdered and Shami Chakrabarti wouldn’t stand up and defend their right to life, sometimes defending others right to live involves force, military action.

If there was a Westminster election called tomorrow, how could anyone have faith in people like Diane Abbott sitting in Cabinet, the Labour Party if it is to be seen as a viable government needs to set up several gears!


Jeremy Corbyn is entirely wrong to suggest:

“What we need in this country is something more robust like a War Powers Act so that governments do get held to account by Parliament for what they do in our name.”

War isn’t a debating club.

I have no problem with the West bombing chemical weapons factories in Syria because these factories represent an unacceptable threat to life.

The Labour leader told the BBC’s Marr Show:

“If we want to get the moral high ground around the world, as a member of the Security Council, as a country with a long tradition of international involvement, shall we say; then we have to abide by international law. And I say to the Foreign Secretary, I say to the Prime Minister, where is the legal basis for this?”

Getting it wrong politically usually ends up being shown in the polls, a month ago Labour had a 7 point lead with Survation. Due to various incidents that has disappeared following the Skripals, anti-Semitism and Syria.

The Tories are up 3 points, Labour are down 4.

Asked how Jeremy Corbyn would respond if the chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, did confirm Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian leader, was responsible, he replied:

“I would then say confront Assad with that evidence, confront any other group that may be fingered, and then say we must now come in and destroy those weapons.”

Bashar al-Assad isn’t a tin-pot dictator like Saddam, he is educated, however, it seems that even educated people can be stupid sometimes; he seems to rely too much on Russian support.


Whereas it is true that the Russians want to keep their Russian Naval Base in Northern Syria, they don’t want to end up being painted into a corner by acts of the Syrian regime.


Are we heading towards World War 3?

Although people have been saying this, I don’t think so, I think the Russians can live with the destruction of Syrian chemical weapon factories, but long term they will want a stable Syria, which may see them change their minds about who is best in charge.

But that scenario is a long way off, Bashar al-Assad is their man and they want to keep the status quo going, basically there isn’t anyone with any real claim to the Presidency waiting in the wings.

One thing is clear, there are no winners coming out of this war!

Finally, and to my surprise, Kate Osamor, Labour shadow cabinet minister said Jeremy Corbyn would be “better off” leaving statements on foreign policy to other Labour spokesmen and that he did not “need to speak”. Later; she tweeted that her quotes had been “used selectively”. I assume she wasn’t just thinking about the Syrian crisis and had an eye on the long term goal of having a future Labour Government.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, April 13, 2018

Gender Wars in Star Wars: The Last Snowflake, how Social Justice Warriors completely ruined a 20th Century Classic tale of good vs evil, Stars Wars only exists in Episodes 1 - 6



Dear All

Politics is important, but this has to be said, Star Wars, The Last Jedi is a pile of shit!

Have a listen to this commentary and weep how something so beloved was turned so utterly bad and ruined, absolutely ruined by a bunch of clowns.

Episode 7 was complete trash, 8 was even worse, it is time to stand up and call for a boycott of Episode 9.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Sturgeon’s SNP Train wreck coming down the track, Prime Minister Theresa May set to launch legal bid to stop Nicola Sturgeon's Brexit Bill becoming law, Sturgeon faces the prospect of a humiliating defeat at the UK Supreme Court, in local news isn’t time that Nicola Sturgeon brought back a Panda who likes to get pumped senseless from China, nothing ‘so bad’ as an old panda who fails to produce

















Dear All

One thing that you will have noticed is that when the SNP get taken to the UK Supreme Court, they lose rather badly. Whether it is a case brought by an individual such as the Cadder Case or by a government, the underlying principle is that the SNP don’t do law well or even understand basic human rights.

One of the ways Nicola Sturgeon is attempting to cause trouble is by having the Holyrood Parliament attempt to push through their own Brexit Bill. You may ask, why is this being pushed through at such speed with scrutiny is there a pressing need when we are still in the EU, and the deal/ talks on withdrawal are still ongoing.

The pressing need is to cause trouble, to promote grievance as a catalyst for a second independence referendum. The SNP Government of Scotland is using Parliament as a vehicle for its own political ends. This time however, Nicola Sturgeon has been more stupid then usual, incompetence maybe the SNP trait but in this case, Sturgeon may regret this one.

Theresa May plans to mount an an unprecedented legal challenge at the UK Supreme Court next week to stop Nicola Sturgeon’s own Brexit Bill from becoming law. I would say that this legal challenge stands a very good chance of being successful. The reason which makes this a likely win for Theresa May is that foreign affairs remain a reserved matter, and that means out with Holyrood’s remit.

One thing is clear about Brexit, there is no last minute action, no change of mind and no reversing of the decision; we are leaving the EU on 19th March 2019. Any and all laws returned to the UK have to first pass through the Westminster Parliament before going on their way to devolved administrations in Edinburgh and Cardiff. What Sturgeon is attempting to do is circumvent the chain by attempting an illegal power grab.

This will not be allowed to happen.

There will be no stopping UK Government’s flagship EU Withdrawal Bill and no interference of this Bill. The grievance mongering by the SNP is all about two things, indyref 2 and the temporary hold put on some 24 powers and responsibilities so that common frameworks can be agreed to ensure the important UK wide internal market is protected. If you have been watching politics, you will have seen that the UK is changing, what isn’t changing is the SNP; they are irrelevant still trying to fight battles lost long ago.

This might interest you.


There is a new relationship developing in the UK, but there is no critical thinking being done by the SNP, they are a party which have ran out of time, out of options, and don’t have a narrative. Lawyers for the Prime Minister have been examining the Continuity Bills of both the Scottish and Welsh Governments, so expect the fireworks to kick off pretty soon, law officers have until next Wednesday to launch a legal challenge or face the Continuity Bills getting Royal Assent and becoming law. Once Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General, and Lord Keen of Elie, the Advocate General, Whitehall’s senior Scottish lawyer, make the court application, a ministerial statement is expected to follow at Westminster.

One thing which David Mundell, the Scottish Secretary, said was that court challenge was “not a big deal” as it was just a legal process, well it is a legal process but it is a big deal, this will set a precedent and open up a can of worms for the SNP regarding future decisions post Brexit.

One thing the SNP fail to grasp is that despite playing silly games, they aren’t in a position of strength. They may control Holyrood propped up by the Scottish Greens, their ‘allies’ but their support is faltering.

Powers coming back need to be addressed, new frameworks put in place, and new agreements reached, but this doesn’t seem to matter to the SNP, they really don’t care about improvements in Scotland. This is why the Holyrood Election of 2021 is so crucial, a new direction needs to be established and that cannot happen with the SNP in control at Holyrood. Nicola Sturgeon faces defeat at the UK Supreme Court, the SNP track record there is simply appalling, but for her, its par for the course.

Finally, Nicola Sturgeon is in China, a failing politician abandoning the ‘day job’ again, one thing she could bring back is a Panda who likes to get pumped senseless, to replace Tian Tian who is a ‘jaffa’,  the Scottish government previously revealed she was pregnant, but so far nothing. There is nothing ‘so bad’ as an old panda who fails to produce.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The SNP Poison Chalice: Candidate for SNP Depute wants a Scottish independence vote within 18 months, Nicola Sturgeon cannot win a successful vote; she is politically damaged goods, who will want to kick independence into the long grass, Sturgeon’s foreign trips show a politician in deep trouble


















Dear All

The only thing about the SNP Depute leader race of any interest is who along with Nicola Sturgeon will lead the SNP into the political wilderness, it is a contest which doesn’t inspire; there isn’t even anyone with a vision.

In what must be the most shallowest of contests, the main issue is Scottish independence, not making Scotland better, not making education better, not fixing the health service, not fixing the Police mess, just independence and a timetable for a second referendum.

In order to get some votes, and create an interest in himself; one of the candidates for top SNP job wants a referendum within 18 months. This plank is called Chris McEleny, there won’t be a referendum within 18 months, it is increasingly looking like anything of that nature would be beyond the next Holyrood election.

And there is no evidence that the SNP would get a majority in Parliament even with the Scottish Greens, politics is changing in Scotland, the landscape post Brexit is something which the SNP can’t get their heads round. The SNP is a party lost in the past, fight old battles they have already lost. They may have a new country to pitch to the voters as in we can be like New Zealand, but the reality is grounded in fable.

Lying, hatred, incompetent and deceit were the hallmarks of the SNP attempts to win in 2014, the SNP along with their ‘allies’ ran a campaign of hate, letting their animals run wild in the streets and online. Now, we have people like SNP MP Pete Wishart calling for ‘respect’.

Too late for that, that boat sailed long ago, along with any chance of a successful independence bid.

I think, it is clear that out of the three candidates, Nicola Sturgeon would want Keith Brown, one of the clique, the old guard, he isn’t original, he isn’t a thinker, he is a sidekick. What the other two McEleny and Hepburn bring is problems for Nicola Sturgeon. I am sure that Nicola isn’t keen on Hepburn, a younger woman and her SNP MSP husband being seen as the new power couple, with her as the woman married to a pensioner.  

Timing is everything, it is true in comedy and just as true in politics, the SNP rushed into the 2014 vote, they thought a ‘jolly fat man’ called Alex Salmond and a white paper of dross, with Nicola Sturgeon as the day to day face would be enough to con voters. In part, the effort worked, the SNP cleaned up on the disenfranchised vote especially among the unemployed.

The SNP promised Nirvana, milk and honey and other ‘goodies’ in a magical land which didn’t exist, lies, lies, lies, deceit, contrived rubbish. The intervention by Chris McEleny means the issue is now set to dominate the depute’s contest in the run up to the SNP conference in June, so we can expect people to out do themselves on how keen they are.

The other contenders, cabinet secretary Keith Brown and activist Julie Hepburn, have decided to be less keen on naming the day, because in reality, the depute whoever that will be, won’t be the driving force.

Power will remain with the Murrells aka Sturgeon and husband.   

McEleny, the leader of the SNP group on Inverclyde Council is using the excuse of Brexit just as the others in the SNP have to call for a referendum, but the truth is, it doesn’t matter what the reason is, Brexit is just an excuse, nothing more.

McEleny said:

“We are moving close to entering into our second decade of UK Government austerity being imposed upon Scotland. We are moving close to a new generation of weapons of mass destruction being imposed upon the Clyde in Scotland. Hard working WASPI women are having their pensions stolen, women who have been raped are being forced to fill out forms to receive support, the UK’s protect the rich economy is forcing more and more children into poverty. I believe that Scotland cannot afford to wait any longer to see if things can get better, we’ve been getting sold that message for decades. Simply put, decisions made in Scotland by the people of Scotland are better decisions for Scotland. That is why we should be independent and that is why I believe we should have a referendum on our independence within the next 18 months.”

Austerity, pensions, rape and nuclear weapons, what a load of contrived claptrap, why did he miss out ‘period poverty’, I am still waiting on the toilet paper poverty campaign but apparently blood is more trendy than shit to campaign on!

As to the ‘mandate’, there is no mandate; the idea that the people of Scotland who already rejected the SNP vision and version of independence should then have another vote forced on them is bizarre. The Edinburgh Agreement wasn’t respected by the SNP; the SNP can’t keep saying that they respect the result when they clearly don’t. If there is the UK Government will to grant another referendum, this should be based on a clear majority by the SNP in the Holyrood 2021 election.

The SNP are on a downward slide, whether they slide far enough to continue as a minority government or end up in opposition remains to be seen. The Yes mob activists want Sturgeon to go now, saying she is duty bound and they know that that if she doesn’t the SNP might not get a chance in the parliament after 2021.

People are sick of the SNP, but that leaves other parties to raise their game considerably to give the SNP the last push out the door. Ms Sturgeon bottled it after she called for a second referendum in March 2017 because the SNP lost so badly in the snap election of 2017. The SNP said they had to “reset” her plans after the SNP lost a third of its MPs in the June election.

I helped put three SNP MPs on the scrapheap, I enjoyed Anne McLaughlin’s defeat the most, simply put, it was delicious to see her dumb stuck being shunted out the door at Glasgow North East.

Western Isles MP, ‘three in a bed’ Angus Brendan MacNeil joined in this week by saying he favoured a referendum within 18 months. Reality however is setting in as MP Pete Wishart and former SNP deputy Jim Sillars, have urged caution and highlighted the painful truth, there is a huge No majority in the polls.

57% still saying No!

Finally, one thing in my mind is certain, Nicola Sturgeon will never lead the SNP to a successful independence vote; she is part of the rottenness which is embedded too deep in the party. The Cybernats are just a vocal expression of the hatred which has been unleashed and no new fairytale will ever remove that memories of who or what was done in the run up to the 2014 vote.

Scottish independence under the SNP is gone!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, April 9, 2018

A New Europe emerges; Hungarian populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins new term, massive success and a super majority in Hungary shocks Europe, the backlash of the people ushers in change as Viktor Orban stands on a platform that puts Hungarians first over economic migrants, how long before people in other EU countries get rid of 'problem politicians'?

















Dear All

Through-out the migrant crisis, there has been one politician who has stood out for his stance, that man is Hungarian populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban. In the West, most politicians have been cowed into silence for talking about the migrant crisis because the political elite decided to virtual signal how much they ‘care’. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led the charge and the rest of Europe’s politicians followed suit, what they didn’t seem to care about was facts, in their minds everyone was a ‘refugee’.

Subsequence events were to prove that many of the ‘refugees’ were in fact military age males who were economic migrants, in part, the political elite fuelled the crisis by their attitude and actions. Europe was heading for disaster, and disaster came in the form of terror attacks and serious crime. It was only a matter of time before there would be a backlash, and the people of Europe decided enough is enough, hence we have seen the rise of the right and far right in Europe. Europe as can be seen is more dangerous than anytime after the Second World War.

In Hungary, the mood of the people can be seen through the actions of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, he has been outspoken not just in condemning the EU for attempting to force member states into accepting migrants but also standing up to German threats as well. Prime Minister Viktor Orban puts his people before the EU, which is why he has won a “decisive” re-election victory and the super majority in parliament.  Europe is shifting politically to the right, and his right-wing Populist Party appeared to have won massively on Sunday which he says is “an opportunity to defend Hungary.”

Obron isn’t liked; his critics say they feared Mr Orban will use his third consecutive term and the Fidesz party’s two-thirds control of Hungary’s national legislature to intensify his attacks on migration. The real fear of his critics is that he will use his third term to attack the EU; the European Union is now a bankrupt organisation which doesn’t have a future. If there was a time for re-invention, that time has come for the EU. The result in the UK may have shocked many, but in my mind the result was never in question, history teaches us that when the political elite no longer serve the people, they will look to others to help them.

The Prime Minister has enemies, his critics fear he wants to strengthen his country by a centralised power structure, this is no different from what other parties would do in any other country whether they are seen as being from the left or the right politically.  After his massive win, Orban told crowds:

“A great battle is behind us. We have achieved a decisive victory.”

The way the votes stack up appears to be with 98.5% counted, Fidesz and its small ally, the Christian Democrat party, together had secured 133 of the 199 seats in parliament. This emans that the minimum needed for a two-thirds majority has been achieved comfortably. The right-wing nationalist Jobbik party was placed second with 26 seats, but the real story is that a while a Socialist-led, left-wing coalition came in third with 20 seats.

Tamas Boros, co-director of the Policy Solutions think tank, said.

“There were no small victories for the opposition.”

The left and the pretend left across Europe are dying, the political elite have betrayed the people so often that the backlash is starting to filter its way down into the ballot boxes of Europe. Orban won his fourth term overall on a platform that puts Hungarians first over economic migrants, he campaigned openly with his unyielding anti-migration policies, something which needed to be addressed. In politics, along with truth, you also get rhetoric; Obron used his theory of a conspiracy between the opposition and the United Nations, the European Union and wealthy philanthropist Soros to turn Hungary into an “immigrant country,” threatening its security and Christian identity to his advantage.
  
In wasting no time, his government has already submitted a “Stop Soros” package of legislation designed to close “legal loopholes” allegedly exploited by civic groups that advocate for asylum-seekers.

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said;

“So-called NGOs… are helping illegal immigration happen.”

Europe is at war, civil unrest is widespread; you can read countless stories of terrorism and crime if you do the research, On Origo.hu, a formerly independent website, there are now stories promoted Mr Orban while also focusing on migration. Such articles included included “Migrant gangs fought in England,” They can’t stand it anymore in Sweden: They’ve had enough of migrants”, and “A migrant in underpants beat a German retiree half to death”.

The stories about problems are widely known, but the narrative of the mainstream media is to put the story of refuges fleeing war, this is used to suppress dissent, to silence voices, and to garner votes by politicians. The election of Prime Minister Viktor Orban like Brexit is a wake up call for the political class; the political system has been corrupted in part by lack of choice, and by people who have an agenda about their personal advantage or that of the group they represent even if that means a detriment to the rest of society. Hungarian election officials said voter turnout was high and had exceeded the participation in the 2014 ballot; long queues of people stood in line, in fact numerous polling places remained open past closing time to accommodate people waiting to cast ballots.

This is the silent majority speaking, this is an angry electorate betrayed, this is the changing face of Europe, the backlash is coming, the political elite have tried to enact measures to suppress the people, attacks on free speech, creation of a military suppression force in the EU, and mindless driving their failed agenda onwards while they control the reins of power.

But one day that power will be taken away from them!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University


Thursday, April 5, 2018

The failure of the modern political class, poverty is now ‘cradle to the grave’, in Scotland under the SNP, teachers now have to buy poor kids food and clothes, the Scottish Government's Pupil Equity Fund, £120 million can’t be accessed by pupils but only by head teachers leading a teacher to state “There is a distinct lack of services to help these (poor) children”















Dear All

There are many ‘wars; going on, the war on terror, the war on drugs, but the one that is least talked about which is most in need of attention is the ‘war on the poor’. In an ideal society, everyone would get a fair chance in life, however regardless of who forms the government, the poor always lose out.

Our political system isn’t geared up to help the poor, it never has been, if you take the pitch by the Labour Party, they say they stand for the many, but that is just a slogan, much like Blair’s catchy one, ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime’. It was the Labour Party that introduced the bedroom tax, it was the Labour Party which introduced the hated health assessments and it was the Labour Party that introduced the disastrous social engineering experiment that led to mass immigration into Britain. That policy had many spin offs like the raping of white women and young girls, children abused.


Ed Miliband apologised for the disaster that the Labour Party was responsible for, that apology was too little too late.



If you do the research, you could be there for some considerable time reading about how the British people have been failed by the political elite of this country, when the rapists were found to be men of Pakistani descent. In politics, you aren’t liked if you talk about Muslim men raping white female children; instead the political class prefer to talk about Islamophobia. In Scotland at present, we have Muslim MSP, Anas Sarwar running his campaign against lslamophobia.

So, what is Islamophobia?

Islamophobia according to an online definition is the dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.

Muslim MSP, Anas Sarwar’s campaign is giving him publicity and is seen by some as way to boost his image but in the long run, his campaign will do the Labour Party in Scotland incredible harm. No one is speaking out against what he is doing in case they get branded ‘racist’ but someone should.

Another Labour Party problem is anti-Semitism, a problem for the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, he faces an uphill task make the Labour Party a force in British politics. Whether you are on either side of the Scottish border, the Labour Party has its problems.

While all this is going on, which are power struggles between the right and the left of the Labour Party, the ‘many’ which Labour is supposed to be standing up for have been forgotten…….

Again!

So, far since I joined the Scottish Labour Party last October, I haven’t attended a single meeting or done a single day of activism. The first four months of my membership, I was banned from attended meeting despite the rules clearly saying I was allowed to attend.

I am not impressed by being discriminated against, especially when I am a paid up member, I am one of the ‘many’ which the ‘few’ who control the Labour Party don’t want to help, the only difference is that I have seen countless times how some people in the party aren’t trustworthy or indeed worth my time.

The ‘poverty problem’ hasn’t just been ignored by the Labour Party, in Scotland, the SNP are just ignorant of their plight until the elections loom; then suddenly there is ‘concern’. As well as discrimination in education which starts early and goes all the way through to university, there are other issues which the poor face like having food on the table and clothes on their back.

In Scotland in 2018, teachers are routinely giving food, clothes and equipment to poverty-hit pupils. Scotland’s public spending watchdog laid bare the impact of council funding cuts, warning services would need to be further slashed. SNP mismanagement has caused a crisis in schools, if you don’t get the help there, your chances of college or university reduce dramatically and future prospects after that don’t look too great in a Labour market of low pay and saturation.

The Accounts Commission said councils were operating in a “complex, changing and increasingly uncertain environment”, in Britain this is due to mass immigration, the elephant in the room which people in politics refuse to talk about. The more people allowed into the country the less resources there are, it isn’t anything complex about it.

Things apparently are so bad that one teacher told of buying a Christmas dinner and gifts for a family after their benefits were stopped, this is Britain, in 2018, the balance in society has gone incredibly wrong. The tipping point has come and went and led to Brexit, it is time that our money was invested in our people of whatever colour, religion or sex. The political class use our taxes for their pet projects which appear to get funding with no problems.

In Scotland, we have a pretend parliament called Holyrood, they look but they rarely act, at present they are examining the impact of poverty on school attainment. In a letter to MSPs on Holyrood’s education committee teacher said they had worked in the city with the "highest drug death rate in Europe" for 13 years, but poverty had increased.

There is a poverty industry in Scotland, at the top sits the politicians and then the University academics, they write papers even for their PhDs on issues like homelessness and the effect it has on people from foreign backgrounds.
Which is why you get people like Jennifer Galbraith doing research at places like Lodge House Mission, she benefits from having access to the ‘raw material’ of those who have slipped through the net.


When it comes to poverty, the political class have no real interest in the poor from birth to death, except at election time. The real heroes are those people in civic society who do the charity work above and beyond the call of duty. Teachers who work in poor areas say their workload was now “totally overwhelming”, with staff having to act as “social workers, mental health workers as well as teachers”.

One of the failures by politicians is that money destine for the poor is being diverted, like the Scottish Government's Pupil Equity Fund, the way this gag works is providing schools with £120 million to help close the attainment gap, with the money going direct to head teachers to determine how to spend it. A teacher added.

“There is a distinct lack of services to help these children”.

This example is how it works in other areas as well, money goes to the poor but it never reaches them, instead it goes to organisations, called stakeholders, so the only people lifted out of poverty is them, and they were already in employment.

Engagement in politics is pretty low which is why it has been so corrupted, minorities have used this to push their political agendas which is why nothing gets done. The Labour Party fight at the moment is between those who want a return to ‘business as usual’, dubbed by some as the ‘Blairities’ or Momentum which doesn’t really inspire people as it doesn’t have a clear direction which the British people would want to follow.

In politics, the real crime is how bad our political representatives are, as one person commented to me, ‘is that all there is; is this it’.

No wonder so many people refuse to come out for political parties when we have people like Tony Blair who stabbed the country in the back, or people like Naz Shah who is currently an MP.


Winnie Mandela was a murderer, now dead; the myth is in operation of how wonderful she was.


Our political class celebrate terrorists as heroes, pure virtual signalling rubbish.

Finally, it is time more people spoke out about our political class directly to their faces to let them that enough is enough. The major political problem is the lack of real choice in order to break the cartel and monopoly of doing nothing. 

The Labour Party needs to get its house in order, so far I am not seeing anything to want to make me want to spend my time campaigning for it. I won't be picking a side in the current internal civil war because I am not convinced by either of them are the answer the poorest in Scotland need, and we don't need 'business as usual' so some cunt can top up their pension while spouting about how they came into politics to help the poor. 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Labour Party dilemma: could you see Labour MP Diane Abbott as Home Secretary, Abbott says UK Government rushed to blame Putin for Salisbury attack without enough facts; her intervention is more about support Jeremy Corbyn’s view than adding anything to the debate, thank God that Abbott isn’t Home Secretary



















Dear All

Sorry for being off for a bit but I have been having internet problems which are still ongoing. I was hoping that the library would get it's act together but apparently not just yet.

So, here is a question could you see Labour MP Diane Abbott as Home Secretary?

In politics, like football anything can happen but the idea of Diane Abbott stepping up from Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott to do the job as a Minister is something which I wouldn’t support.

Diane Abbot made a name for herself playing the race card, and if you google you can find examples of her putting her foot in her mouth. Abbott is close to Jeremy Corbyn which explains why she has a key role in his shadow cabinet.

In times of national crisis, party politics need to be pushed to one side, the good of the nation comes first, well that’s the theory but the reality appears to be rather different among some in the Labour Party.

Diane Abbott says the UK Government has rushed to blame Putin for Salisbury attack. In politics, there are some who are opportunist and latch on to anything to attack the Government. That said Labour has accused the Government of rushing to blame Vladimir Putin, after scientists at Porton Down said they had not verified that the substance came from Russia.

So why can’t the scientists at Porton Down not verify the substance which they have identified is military grade nerve agent came from Russia? They are scientists, they aren’t the intelligence services, and you would think that Diane Abbott would know this as an elected politician.

Porton Down hasn’t cleared Russia, and although the development has ratcheted up tensions between Moscow and London, the Russians need to be entertained by some incredibly blunt and plain speaking. The opportunity for that should be done at the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. The meeting was called by Russia to discuss the case, and since a lot of their spies have been kicked out of European countries and the US, they aren’t happy.

When the incident in Salisbury happened and the weapon was identified as a military grade nerve agent called Novichok, and used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, I didn’t think Russian denial was plausible at all. In fact, I thought, this is the Russians signing their names to this attempted murder as a warning to others. Let’s face it, the Russians could have easily opted for the traditional approach and shot them, and if they were worried about upsetting the neighbours, a silencer or suppressor works wonders. In light of the gun crime in London, this would have blended into the background as just another random act of murder.

And in London there have been a huge increase in crime, especially violent crime under the London Mayor, as an aside there is a case for more funding for Police in the Capital to made, in terms of national security.

Although Putin, the Rissian President has said there is an “anti-Russian campaign” going on there isn’t, what there is an abuse, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal should have been off limits, he was exchanged in a spy swap, killing him serves no purpose, he is retired, any information from him has already been taken by both sides.

What the Russians are doing by this show is back peddling, when they did their ‘tit for tat’ revenge in expelling UK diplomats from Russia, it convinced me even more that the Russians did the Salisbury attack. Their responses and the output from their RT Channel about spies not being safe in the UK just added to the conviction that our Russians colleagues overreached themselves.

What Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott is doing is trying to support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who has been under attack for sometime, and attempt to raise his standing by saying that he should now be given credit for demanding more evidence before allocating blame.

As I mentioned before numerous times, when it comes to foreign affairs, this is an area where Jeremy Corbyn does rather badly.

The Government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Gary Aitkenhead has said the military-grade Novichok nerve agent which could probably be deployed only by a nation-state. In other words, the list of ‘who done it’ has decreased dramatically. Although anyone can pull a trigger, the ability to make and use Novichok is something which requires extensive training, plus the ability to smuggle this into the UK is a feat in itself.    

At present, there is a disinformation war going on, the Russians have even suggested that the UK might have poisoned the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Presumably the Russians think if they keep throwing mud there is a chance that some of it might stick.

Not in this case.

I think the conclusion by the British public would be this, our Russian cousins have overreached themselves here and the ‘good idea’ to finish off some unfinished might have looked like a winner on paper but the aftermath hasn’t been thought out.

The people in the UK aren’t stupid, someone has to pay for what happened in Salisbury, whether that is done privately or publicly between the UK and Russia remains to be seen, however no body means no forgiveness, and no business as usual. Of course we all accept that our Russian cousins are spying on us and we are on them.

But unless someone is about to blow someone or something up as an imminent threat, they don’t deserve a bullet or indeed nerve agent used against them.

Finally, Diane Abbott intervention seems to be more about shallow internal party politics rather than looking at the bigger picture. All I can say is thank goodness that she isn’t in charge of the Home Office, in the midst of a national crisis; we are finding that she doesn’t have it upstairs where it counts in the mental department.


Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Political Combat; if a snap Westminster election was called tomorrow, polling would suggest that the Scottish Conservatives would do well in Scotland having 11 seats, three times as many seats as Scottish Labour, who would drop from 7 to 4 seats, this means there would be no Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister

















Dear All

Elections are a funny business because the public can be fickle, when the Westminster expenses row blew into the open; it ushered in the SNP as the government in Scotland back in 2007. A minority government, then through good PR, the SNP crafted a false image of competence which wasn’t the reality; many people including myself were taken in. The outcome of the 2011 election was a majority for the SNP, this was never supposed to happen in Holyrood but it did, and then everything in government of any real note stopped happening.

I would say that from 2012 to present day, the SNP government has been a failure to act, a failure to change, chiefly everything was abandoned for their Scottish independence bid. 2015 saw the SNP sweep the board because of an angry electorate who supported the SNP, less than two years later, the 56 SNP MPs found at the snap election of 2017, that their popularity had dropped to 35. 

The 35 SNP MPs found a different political landscape to sit in, Brexit had happened and their place at Westminster and indeed in Holyrood was looking irrelevant. Events were happening but the SNP found them being marginalised, this was due to their attitude towards Westminster.

In 2017, like in 2011, I found myself in four election campaigns, in both those elections; I managed to help 3 out of 4 candidates cross the line to win.

In some cases that was a hard slog, but it is what it is, in political campaigning in a polarised environment you have to keep your wits about you.

According to a poll, the Scottish Conservatives would win almost three times as many Scottish seats as Labour; this is on the basis if there was a general election held tomorrow. The Electoral Calculus website predicts The Scottish Conservatives would get 11 seats, while Scottish Labour would get just four with 27 per cent share of the vote. Having hit rock bottom in 2015, anything upwards for Scottish Labour must be seen as progress or luck or disaffection with the SNP, or a combination of any of those variables.

At present, there are 13 Scottish Conservative MPs in Scotland, they have benefited from the swing away from Scottish Labour who under Kezia Dugdale looked weak in the Union. There are 7 MPs from the Scottish Labour Party and 4 from the Liberal Democrats. In Glasgow North East, the winning majority was 242 votes, a close result which was due to an extraordinary effort by the activists who came out to support Paul Sweeney, although he doubted he would win, I didn’t at all. Sitting on 242 votes extra is a win, but if Scottish Labour was to end up on 4 seats, Glasgow North East would have to be a Labour priority in Glasgow to the exclusion of all other seats in the city.

Here is a wiki list of whose who as an MP.


The forecast, I feel is wrong, was based on crunching polls over the last two months involving more than 3000 people. I don’t see the SNP doing well, but by the same token, I don’t see that the effort has been put in by others on the ground to make an impact especially from Scottish Labour. There still seems to be a lack of a vision from Scottish Labour which has ended up talking in clich├ęs.

A Scottish Labour spokesperson said:

“This research confirms that it is Labour - under the leadership of Richard Leonard and Jeremy Corbyn - who are now the clear alternative to Tory austerity and SNP complacency.”

If a snap election was held tomorrow, I think the bookies would have their money on a Conservative victory. Scottish Labour back in 2015 was in no fit state to campaign, hence they got slaughtered, in 2016, nothing much changed, in 2017, the Scottish Labour Party benefited from disaffection by voters towards the SNP.

Hardly a winning strategy!

The Electoral Reform Society campaigns for a more proportional voting system, however, there won’t be the change that they want, people like First Past The Post, at least in Westminster elections. If you look at the trash that gets in on the Holyrood list system, you can see the appeal.

Although the Electoral Calculus used polls covering 10,000 people to forecast Labour would come 0.2 per cent ahead in vote share in a snap election, I don’t see that being reflective of the actual result, although as I mentioned the Conservatives would be the bookies choice by a huge margin. Their management of Brexit may not be razzle dazzle but it is competent, and the public won’t sign up to various Labour politicians’ plans for staying in the single market or the customs union.

Willie Sullivan, Director of Electoral Reform Society Scotland, said:

“This analysis shows that Westminster’s democratic deficit continues to get worse. This situation would be absurd- but not unprecedented. Two elections in the second half of the last century produced ‘wrong winner’ results. Now it looks like it could happen in Scotland. That’s not democracy, and does all of Scotland a disservice.”

Mr Sullivan added:

London’s broken electoral system is holding back the will of voters. It is simply unacceptable that in the 21st century, we still face the prospect of the largest party winning fewer votes than the other side.”

People always talk about the will of the voters especially when they don’t like the results they see at the ballot box, and as Mr Sullivan was ex Labour in so far as my understanding, people may wonder if his vision is clouded.

Nancy Platts of the trade union reform group Politics for the Many added:

“For Labour to potentially secure more than a quarter of the vote in Scotland but get just 7 per cent of seats is a sign of just how rigged Westminster’s voting system really is. The system looks increasingly rigged against working people’s voices, with the Tories unfairly benefitting from the vote-wasting machine that is ‘First Past the Post’.

Platts added:

“This analysis showing just how unfit for purpose the one-person-takes-all electoral system has become – serving the old boys’ network while workers’ interests are trampled on.”

No one compels people to vote, there is no law to force you to do so, moving the goal posts because you don’t like the way the game is played is risible, I don’t remember the Labour Party calling for election reform when in 1997, the Labour Party swept into power. If political parties want your vote they should work for your vote, they shouldn’t take it for granted because they say they are ‘Labour’ or ‘Conservative’ or Lib Dem’, if they don’t serve you why vote for them.

Too many people are disengaged from politics and voting which is why we have such a bad political system, and the wrong people getting in. Every person standing for election for Westminster or Holyrood should win their seat in the area they are standing in by a majority of the vote.

I would abolish the list system entirely at Holyrood.

The law on UK-wide elections is reserved to Westminster, I see no reason to change it because I like many would have a suspicion that ‘change’ would indeed lead to the vote being ‘rigged’ in favour of ‘centre left’ parties. Scotland still remains in political flux, parties like Scottish Labour who could count on having secured heartlands can’t do that any more; they have to work for it now if they want the win.

I have noticed that one thing which is sparse on the ground is experienced political activists who are willing to come out and do the ‘long haul’ for Labour on the doorstep. The Scottish Conservatives have a spring in their step due to their success, after being so long in the wilderness, they don’t want to go back onto the back foot and return to being the third party of Scotland.

Finally; this quote by a Scottish Labour spokesperson is too good to pass up, they said:

“This research confirms that it is Labour - under the leadership of Richard Leonard and Jeremy Corbyn - who are now the clear alternative to Tory austerity and SNP complacency.”

Presumably they are discounting the Lib Dems and Scottish Greens, of course, if you asked them what the ‘clear alternative’ actually meant, they couldn’t tell you, not a sound strategy for future success.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, March 19, 2018

SNP lost the Battle of Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon personally humiliated as UK and EU agree basis of two-year transition deal on Brexit, the SNP are totally irrelevant in UK domestic and international politics, Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have a future as she drags the SNP ever downwards in the polls, in local news ex SNP MP Alex Salmond pulls in 10 viewers on his RT show, being politically irrelevant hurts, when she doing an RT show?















Dear All

Money talks, for those who thought like Nicola Sturgeon that Brexit could be reversed, they are now looking at the old grey dawn of failure. There is no going back, no trick, no ten to midnight solution, the people voted leave and leave it is. Nicola Sturgeon racks up another failed battle in her war for independence.

The UK and EU have agreed the basis of a transition deal.

This deal means that the UK being bound to Brussels’ rules for almost two years after Brexit, this will annoy some of the Hard Brexitters but the majority of people will see the direction of travel as positive.

It was always going to happen that a deal would be thrashed out, the EU was never in a strong bargaining position; they needed the UK’s money.

After we leave, you will see a change in the EU, they will need to reinvent themselves on a structural level, they have no choice. As well as external threats, the EU is on a collision course with Member States within it own organisation..

The Brexit talks haven’t been open as many would wish due to the nature of the discussions between David Davis and Michel Barnier but that was to be expected, some people were flipping their lid as if we were being cheated out of Brexit. The deal is a compromise, it was always going to be so after intensive talks, now all the major sticking points have been dealt with, this will allow European leaders to sign up to this at regular meeting on Thursday.

The red herring of the hard border of Northern Ireland have been pushed to the side for now, so much for it being a sticking point. The deal is good news in the immediate and long term; however we can expect to see some pretty miserable people walking about spreading doom and gloom. The money markets have responded well to the news with the pound jumping by almost one per cent against the dollar to 1.40 US dollars.

The draft deal means EU citizens arriving in the UK during the transition period will enjoy "the same rights and guarantees" as those present before Brexit. This will upset the Hard Brexit people but along with the UK would be able to negotiate – but not enact - trade agreements with outside countries during transition.

Where does leave the other opposition parties such as Labour and the SNP, well Labour will see the reality and get on board, the SNP won’t, Nicola Sturgeon will play the game of this can be reversed even at this late date, knowing full well it can’t. The SNP have played no role in Brexit, their position was unhelpful; they excluded themselves from talks by acting in a petty childish manner.

The EU is a long and complicated organisation which is stuffed with rules, regulations and treaties, untangling from it was always going to be a slog, but today’s news is positive, the direction of travel was set long ago, this is a clear marker on that road that we are going to out.

Europe is heading towards a dark place; the migrant crisis is a symptom of a much greater social problem within European countries, the rise of the right in many countries is an expression of dissatisfaction of the political elite and with Brussels. The European project is in danger of collapse, what purpose does this organisation serve now? The EU is an anti democratic, anti country, anti worker ‘cartel’ which cloaks itself in ‘social justice’ to cover up the real truth.

The people that run the EU are all about oppression.

Finally, we are seeing the dawning of the end of the UK’s membership of the EU, much like people are seeing the dawning of the end of Alex Salmond’s credibility on RT. A tipping point was reached in the minds of the UK public about the nature of the EU, and now we are seeing the same disapproval coming from the press regarding Alex Salmond’s show on RT. The harsh reality for Alex Salmond is that he is on RT is because no respectable TV Company would want to touch his show with a bargepole!

The legacy he managed to create has been squandered as he fights to stay in the limelight; the light must be on him as he has made his Faustian pact with Putin’s Russian propaganda channel. It is said that one repeat of his show on RT only managed to attract 10 people. 

When you are seen as a Kremlin stooge, the realisation of how bitter life can be will eventually sink in. The end of the UK’s membership is much like the end of Alex Salmond as a political force, long overdue and can’t come soon enough.

To end your days seen as a stooge, no glory there!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University