Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Nicola Sturgeon’s utter contempt for the people, SNP fail to report EU migration to Scotland increasing since the Brexit vote, scaremongering, fear, lies and deceit haven’t worked for SNP as she calls to "change the narrative" on migration as majority of Scots are against her policies, Scots want to remain with UK wide border controls

Dear All

Here is a laugh, “We need to "change the narrative" on migration in light of Brexit”, says Nicola Sturgeon. Staring laughing any time, there is no ‘we’ in this situation because the majority of Scots don’t want immigration to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

They want immigration cut.

The fact Nicola Sturgeon has called for new national debate on immigration is entirely meaningless, the fact she uses scaremonger tactics shows clearly she doesn’t have a case to present. I object to her using scare tactics of long-term harm to public services and the economy because, we have a surplus of labour in this country.

This surplus is currently known by the term unemployed.

God forbid that someone like Sturgeon might manage to come to the conclusion that there should be a change to the narrative to help them get the skills they need. Education isn’t just an investment in the individual, it is an investment in the nation; this is why any developed or developing country must prioritise educational attainment for its citizens. During the SNP tenure in government, they have destroyed circa 140,000 college places, 140,000 life chances lost.

The SNP aren’t really interested in anything other than independence so immigration is just a tactic for them to attempt to advance their cause; and with Nicola Sturgeon at the helm of the SNP, doomed to failure. No one in their right mind is going to allow two immigration systems to operate in the UK, this is madness, and unworkable. What Sturgeon is doing is trying to gerrymander any attempt at a future independence vote, clearly we all see through her nonsense.

Should Brexit cut the flow of EU migrants to Scotland, yes and no, there is already legislation on the books which allows for skilled workers to come to Scotland. This means that in areas like medicine gaps can be filled easily. In previous posts I related how no government would stop the traffic for medical personnel due to the nature of how closely medicine is tied to higher education. At present, we are still in the EU and guess what our health service is in crisis, so Sturgeon’s argument isn’t valid, in fact it is just pitiful.
Nicola Sturgeon can’t “change the narrative” on migration, and persuade people it was vital to the national interest because people already know her concern is fake and more importantly, it’s a ploy. Although Sturgeon admitted it was not an easy subject for politicians because people know that their concerns have previously been ignored. I find it abit rich that now she says that people’s concerns "cannot simply be dismissed" when she had no problems doing this in the past.

Oh, and if you want to find out how bad immigration is when it spirals out of control, just google or use youtube to look up Govanhill, I think the place now can best be described as a ‘shithole’.

Of course, in Sturgeon’s immigration plea places like Govanhill are completely forgotten as they don’t fit the narrative. When it comes to migrants, the SNP tend to find one that is academically qualified, preferably a doctor so that they can sell their pitch. If you walk around Glasgow, you can see EU nationals, the Roma Community which come into the city centre in gangs to beg. Of course, it isn’t just organised begging which this community is doing; they are also involved in crime.

Nicola Sturgeon’s constituency!

Ms Sturgeon faces an uphill struggle to sell her message which is bogus. The National Centre for Social Research reported a majority of Scots want to restrict immigration for EU citizens after Brexit, along with leaving the European single market. So, on both counts, the SNP aren’t in step with Scottish public opinion.

And haven’t been for years, they don’t think, they don’t listen, they don’t see things through.

Recently to support her drivel, Sturgeon’s government published a new Scottish Government analysis on Brexit which she thinks that paper will influence debate ahead of the next phase of Brexit talks on the transition period and future UK-EU trade relations.

It won’t, the reason is simple; no one cares a hoot about Sturgeon’s opinion or that of her minority administration, Brexit is moving forward and the SNP have no role in it, they aren’t influencing anything at any level. Already Ruth Davidson has dismissed the report as a sham.

Finally, as they say, the devil is in the detail, which is why I want to highlight this point made by Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins, he mentioned the SNP has failed to report EU migration to Scotland increasing since the Brexit vote.

Do you see how much utter contempt Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP hold you in as a Scot?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, January 15, 2018

Counting down the days till SNP defeat; Nicola Sturgeon attempts to use Brexit as a lever for a second independence referendum are doomed to failure, the SNP needs something which it can’t get a majority in Holyrood after the 2021 election, Sturgeon’s ran out of time

Dear All

It must be clear to you by now that Scottish independence bids don’t hold any interest with the majority of the Scottish public. 2014 referendum came and went and the result was no surprise. The deeper the SNP get into government, the more they prove that they are incapable to manage Scottish affairs. It isn’t enough for them to shout, ‘Stronger for Scotland’ when the reality is clearly the opposite.

Nicola Sturgeon’s career is on the slide, the faster she tries to save it the less traction she gets, what will finish her off is her record in government which is pitiful. In order to try and keep people on side, Sturgeon will use any excuse to attempt to call a new referendum, the current excuse is as we all know Brexit. Such is the contempt for democracy and the Scottish people that she now has to use ‘will of the parliament’ as a mandate when in fact the mandate should come from the voters.

The voters of Scotland do not want independence, especially independence which endangers our national and economic security.

In order to try and appear relevant, Nicola Sturgeon insists she will decide whether to hold a second independence referendum by the end of the year.

Let us be absolutely clear, she doesn’t have the authority to a second independence referendum, nor does she have a mandate from the people. In 2021, the most important election possibly in Holyrood history takes place; the outcome of that election should end the independence question for quite some time. 2021 is the looking like the year of a hung parliament at this stage as people desert the SNP as either voters or party members.

One thing which is taken by many as a ‘given’ is that no matter how good the UK Brexit talks are Nicola Sturgeon will still try to justify a new referendum. What Sturgeon is doing is trying to keep onside her own wee bitter nationalists who will probably end up turning on her for a failure to deliver. I would say that the way things stand at present even if Sturgeon gets the Scottish Greens on board she won’t have enough votes to get a majority.

No majority seems to be the state of play, and has been for some time now!

Scottish Conservative MP John Lamont said:

“Nicola Sturgeon has no interest in securing a successful Brexit deal, all she cares about is a second independence referendum”.

He is right and he also added:

“She has created a damaging distraction when her priority should be working with the UK Government to get the right deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK. She should take the threat of a second independence referendum off the table. Instead she has put it front and centre - which is the last thing Scots want or need.”

In politics, the rule of thumb to get elected is to give the people what they want and clearly since the debacle of 2014, the public don’t want to know, they want to get on with their lives and have some sense of security.

And that isn’t what Nicola Sturgeon is providing, our national and economic security is paramount importance to Scots, we have seen what happens to countries when this is out of kilter…… chaos.

Another interesting but doomed ploy was the SNP trying to get the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on board for a majority in the House of Commons for staying in the single market.

If you don’t know what that in the electoral sense, allow me to explain, it means political suicide for the Labour Party and its leader. Although I have blogged that Jeremy Corbyn in the past hasn’t handled foreign affairs well, on this issue, he is smart enough to realise the concept that the people have made a decision.

There is no question of Labour gets its act together to join a coalition of the damned because Sturgeon’s nonsense isn’t the bigger picture. To refresh your memory, parliament agreed to abide by the decision of the Brexit vote.

In grasping at straws, Sturgeon said:

“The vast majority of Labour members want to see the UK stay in the single market, so if we can bring that consensus together then I believe there is an opportunity. Jeremy Corbyn has to decide where he stands on all of this. I think most of his supporters will be deeply disappointed that he appears to be only slightly less in favour of a hard Brexit than the Tories are and many will find that completely inexplicable.”

Jeremy Corbyn has said:

“the single market is dependent on membership of the European Union.”

Recently SNP MP Ian Blackford tried to urge Labour to join a cross-party bid to keep the UK in the single market and customs union, with his SNP group, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and Greens, that was ignored, and rightly so.

A UK Government spokeswoman said:

"We are seeking a deal that works for the whole of the UK, that delivers on the result of the EU referendum. Rather than trying to undermine the result of a democratic referendum, we urge the Scottish Government to work with us to ensure, as we leave the EU, we protect the UK's vital internal market. Scotland trades four times as much with the rest of the UK as it does with the EU, so it is vital that we ensure that market continues unimpeded."

Finally, when you play games, there comes a time when the games must end, when Sturgeon’s game ends, the SNP will have to finally accept that they are just a minority administration going nowhere, and more importantly have nothing to offer the people of Scotland

Then the people who have been ignored will get their opportunity at the ballot box and decide what they want, they want better health services, better education, better law and order, improvements to infrastructure and economic growth, all of which is beyond the limited ability of Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP as a whole.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, January 11, 2018

City Destruction Tutorial by the incredibly talented Andrew Kramer, if you ever wondered how do the professionals do that, this tutorial will open your eyes

Dear All

As a long time movie buff, I was always knocked out by special effects in movies, the skills you see exhibited today are truly mind blowing. Today instead of a politics post, I would like to highlight a company called Video Copilot which makes products for motion graphics.


What makes this company a market leader is that as well as selling top quality products, they create tutorials which give people ideas how to use their products. Of course Video Copilot isn't the only company to do this but Andrew Kramer, who owns it is generally regarded as a 'rock star' of the After Effects community and each year he does a presentation for Adobe at the NAB show.


Andrew Kramer passes on knowledge which has helped many people learn cgi, and what is incredible is that he was self taught. Self taught and he ended up doing the titles for the revamped first Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine.


Anyway, the tutorial I selected is called City Destruction, it is a step by step indepth tutorial which combines several elements of motion graphics such as 3d tracking, and creating an illusion of looking inside a destroyed building when in fact you are looking at 2D pictures.

I hope you will watch this tutorial, I have many times, it is truly excellent in terms of quality and teaching.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

SNP Childish Pointless Games; Nicola Sturgeon left looking like a complete fool as most Scots want to curb EU immigration and not be part of the single market after Brexit, the SNP myth is blown apart as the majority of Scots don’t subscribe to her views, the downward spiral of her political decline has taken firm root now

Dear All

One of the problems in politics which is major in my opinion is the complete disregard for public opinion. Politicians are elected to ‘serve the public’, but because of the fractionalisation of politics in this country, and the rise of ‘vested minorities’ who operate to their own agenda, the public have been disenfranchised and more or less shut out of the political discourse.

In politics, the political elite tread their own path while preaching they are acting in your best interests, it is a lie which has been sold to the people time and time again, which is why we have the unhealthy see saw politics, we kick one set of people out of public office only to get rid of them to allow the others back in, whether that be through election bribes or us being plain sick of what the incumbents have been doing with our democracy and money.

Scots are in the main socially conservatives, which means they value community, social cohesion, fair play and a just society. Society by its very nature must work for all citizens or that will lead to the breakdown of community. Over the last few decades, we have seen the disastrous consequences of ‘social engineering’ that have been inflicted on the UK, we are told this is a good thing, but the reality is very different depending on which level of society you find yourself at.

I was heavily involved in the Brexit campaign back in 2016, my reason for joining the campaign was based on the fact that the people of the UK needed to reclaim their sovereignty back from the EU which is spiralling out of control. To me, the sovereignty argument was crucial because although we are told how ‘great’ the EU, as events in Europe have shown, the continent is heading towards a dark place.   

In a recent poll, information has come forward that the majority of Scots want to curb EU immigration after Brexit.

This is because most Scots whatever shade their political beliefs take understand that social cohesion and community is a priority for them, people want to believe that everyone in society should get the opportunity to progress, but sadly we know otherwise. If you walk by any street in a major city, you see our citizens sleeping rough in the streets…….

Our citizens failed by our politicians in our society.

A survey by the National Centre for Social Research shows that most Scots agree with the George Laird view that we should leave the European single market and restrict immigration for EU citizens after Brexit. It is time to rebuild our society, fix our problems; help our citizens and those who have been granted the legal right to stay here.

An aspect of the survey which is bound to anger the SNP; is that Scottish voters believe powers on immigration and trade should remain UK-wide and controlled by Whitehall, a staggering 63 and 67 per cent respectively. The news also kills the SNP narrative that more liberal attitude towards the European Union and freedom of movement than residents in England. If you live in Liverpool, Manchester or Glasgow, chances are you have the same social outlook as anywhere else in the UK, shared common experiences.

Another nail in the coffin of Nicola Sturgeon who leads the SNP has been the chaotic way that she has systematically destroyed the support for the party since she took the reins of power from Alex Salmond, her incompetence both on domestic issues and external matters has caused a “swing against independence”. The less then serious attitude to major problems, disregard for the views of ordinary people and just plain bad judgement have started the rot which is truly spectacular, all through self harm!

One thing in the survey which, I have strongly advocated for years is an end to freedom of movement, the EU while smaller could cope with such a measure as most countries in the block were of similar economic status, now the EU is 28 members States; the policy is no longer feasible or desirable.

In a previous post on EU reform, I advocated that there should be an EU internal immigration policy for EU citizens, a policy which is sorely needed within the block. The EU is in crisis which is why “majority of people in Scotland would prefer to see an end to freedom of movement with the EU”, by getting out of the block, we have been sensible which in due time will be common knowledge. I think immigration is a good thing, I have always said so publicly, there are various reasons why such as transfer or knowledge, skills and of course diversity, but the problem arises when we don’t get the balance right.

When we don’t get balance right we end up with ghettos such as Govanhill in Glasgow!

59 per cent of voters in Scotland thought potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply to come here, this should be the policy through-out the EU if someone wishes to transfer to another member country, not having this measure is a mistake.      

Sir John, Professor of Politics at Strathclyde University, said:

“Our results suggest that both the UK and the Scottish Government may need to do some rethinking of their plans for post-Brexit Scotland. The UK Government’s proposal that EU responsibilities for devolved areas such as fishing and farming should in the first instance at least be given to Westminster appears to be out of tune with the public mood north of the border. But equally, the Scottish Government appears to have made little headway in persuading voters that Scotland should have a closer relationship with the EU post-Brexit. Most still think the rules on EU trade and immigration should be the same in Scotland as in the rest of the UK.”

I see no problem in allowing farming to be transfer, however, I am not convinced and I think this hasn’t been fully explain the ramifications of transferring fishing to the Scottish Government, I think this should remain a reserved matter because under the SNP I can see this being problematic.

Finally, although the findings are extremely bad news for the SNP, they are still clinging to this research showing people in Scotland believe decisions on all devolved issues should continue to be made here in Scotland. What they are failng to grasp is that the movement away from them in terms of support is showing that their grasp on power is ebbing away, each and every day.

Although you might not realise, the 6 May 2021 is going to be the most important date in Scottish electoral history since Holyrood opened its doors!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Nicola Sturgeon’s Bitchiness: unpopular First Minister snubs Alex Salmond's Kremlin TV show by claiming she has never watched the show, is this tedious predictable jealously as Salmond has replaced her with Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh as the new buddy, there is nothing dignified in a woman of a mature age like Nicola Sturgeon resorting to this type of foul behaviour, time to grow up!

Dear All

Isn’t it sad when ‘buddies’ fall out and out comes the bitchiness, after being dumped by the electorate, Scotland’s ‘jolly fat man’ Alex Salmond embarked on a tv career.

No one in the UK from the main stations such as BBC, Sky or ITV were biting, so Salmond ends up doing the Alex Salmond's Kremlin TV show.

Oh how the mighty have fallen!

Along with Salmond, he was joined by Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh as a ‘roving reporter’ (you may laugh at this point if you wish). 

It seems that the Salmond/ Sturgeon double act has been replaced by the Salmond/ Shiekh double act, this may explain the public bitchiness of Nicola Sturgeon as she boldly declares that she is snubbing the show. 

In fact, to get as much bitchiness out as humanly possibly she has revealed she has never watched any of Alex Salmond’s TV shows on a Russian propaganda channel.

Why the public bitchiness?

Her excuse and it is pitiful is that Salmond’s programme is on at the wrong time of day, hasn’t she heard of Youtube? 

The main problem with the Alex Salmond's Kremlin TV show is it is a pile of low level dross with Salmond as the ‘ringmaster’ of this circus. In a TV special, Salmond wore a kilt which during a chat with Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh, he sat with his legs wide open!

Maybe there is room for change perhaps a desk!

Ms. Ahmed-Shiekh on the other hand decided to keep her legs shut wearing a lime green outfit opting for a more stylish traditional approach rather than Salmond dressed like a reject from a wedding reception.

It seems the great partnership of Salmond/ Sturgeon which saw numerous hugs and kisses when he was leader at SNP Conferences has faded, Sturgeon says she only tunes into his radio output “occasionally”.

Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t like the fact that her mentor struck a deal to host a weekly show on the pro-Putin outlet RT, personally, what is the big deal, Salmond is like a limelight addict, he can’t bear to be out of the spotlight, and Sturgeon never gave him a job.

It seems to me that Nicola Sturgeon is under pressure lashing out as anyone and everyone as the polls show she is leading the SNP down the drain politically, fails at every turn, fake concern at every crisis, and mealy mouth apologies becoming a predictable routine.

Alex Salmond has let it be known that if there is a by-election for the Aberdeen Donside Constituency at Holyrood, he wants to be the candidate, with this statement, the alarm bells for a Salmond comeback must have gone off in Nicola Sturgeon’s head, and let’s face, does she really want him back, she is quite happy ‘milking that FM salary on all four tits’ before the jig is up.

So, what should Alex Salmond do now that Nicola Sturgeon has reared up with the bitchy comments, well the rule of thumb would just to ignore her, Salmond has a new pal, a new follower in Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh. Nicola Sturgeon needs to ‘calm down’; she needs to stop ‘overreacting’. 

There is nothing dignified in a woman of a mature age like Nicola Sturgeon resorting to this type of behaviour, she has been left out of the 'party', she needs to accept it and move on.

Maybe Nicola Sturgeon needs to do a ten minute bitch-fest in the morning before she goes out the door to work, that might, just might fix her being the cold and unattractive character that she has become. 

Finally, I think that Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh should give Nicola Sturgeon some style tips, her awful choice of clothing and footwear makes her look like a fright. Although Ms. Sturgeon has recently said she is going to take up exercise she really needs to do something major about her sagging body parts, gravity isn’t being kind, she needs to learn to suck in her stomach.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, January 8, 2018

The SNP Fat Boy Mysteries; unpopular Nicola Sturgeon refuses to put timescale on SNP sleaze probe into former minister Mark McDonald, Sturgeon gets a lot wrong but hanging onto Mark Donald who doesn’t even attend parliament is the wrong decision, festering cancer must be cut out

Dear All

It seems that Nicola Sturgeon is refusing to say much how longer the sleaze probe into one of her former ministers will last. Apparently there is an SNP ‘investigation’ into sleazy SNP MSP Mark McDonald who had to resign in disgrace as a minister.

One has to wonder how an investigation can take two months and still not produce a result.

Nicola Sturgeon is saying that the investigation would “take as long as it takes”, so, what about the alleged female victims, apparently the women who complained about him can just wait for answers.

She said:

“It will take as long as it takes. I’m not going to put artificial timescales on things. It’s important that things are looked into properly, extensively, due process is followed, and when an investigation concludes then the outcome of that investigation will be made known. This is the right way to go about these things.”

Doesn’t sound too hopeful for the women, more for Mark McDonald who must be desperate to hang onto his seat, also, I wonder if Nicola Sturgeon wants to keep McDonald in the fold so as not to have Alex Salmond possibly back at Holyrood in the event of a by-election.

Usually in matters relating to sleazy sex stories, the party who has the rat faces a rather uphill to retain the seat. 

The SNP as pundits know is administered by Sturgeon’s husband, party chief executive Peter Murrell, my experience of him is that he isn’t interested in investigating complaints and neither are the other staff. If the women victims aren’t high profile SNP Cult members then they can expect no help, in the case of Bill Walker, because of the Sturgeon connection, the SNP had to disown him to protect Sturgeon.

SNP MSP Mark McDonald has been absent from Holyrood since he quit as childcare minister on November 4, I suspect that this means he has more hiding to do because of the type of “inappropriate” behaviour. Having been caught out like a rat in a spotlight, McDonald tried to downplay the scandal as misguided attempts at humour.

In a show of bravado, he even suggested he might return as a minister in the future but let’s be serious, he is cooked, and Sturgeon trying to hold onto him as an MSP is a big mistake, there comes a time when you have to cut deadwood adrift.

The full extent of Nicola Sturgeon’s contempt for this situation was summed up as she said about McDonald:

“He's a good MSP and he will continue to be so.”

Nicola Sturgeon gets a lot wrong; SNP MSP Mark McDonald is a political liability who threatens the fake narrative that the SNP crafted that they support women.  McDonald admitted his action had caused “considerable distress and upset” but after November 16, further allegations against him popped up, that led the SNP to finally removed the party whip followed by suspension from the party which makes McDonald technically an independent MSP for the Aberdeen Donside constituency.

The SNP don’t want a by-election because although they have a huge margin compared to the other two possible contenders, the stench of having to fight a by-election where the allegations of McDonald are at the fore doesn’t really appeal, even if they get the win. Mind you if Alex Salmond stands, this might impact the 17,339 votes to such a degree that a short term win could lead to a long term loss down the line.

It rather looks like the SNP want to bury this investigation or produce a result that says they don’t have enough evidence to proceed in order to get Mark McDonald and Nicola Sturgeon off the hook. So far, the investigation has produced nothing for the female victims, it remains to be seen if they can get justice.

Anyone up for a by-election in the Donside, lovely area, just the place for strolling about talking to the natives!

Finally, when it comes to sexual matters, the SNP senior elected representatives don’t have an impressive track record, we have seen wife beating, adulterers and people with failed marriages make it through the ranks as candidates to become elected representatives, hardly Stronger for Scotland.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, January 5, 2018

Brexit to Flexcit: We voted for Brexit, but we could be seeing Flexcit as a staging post for a later bespoke EU/UK deal, the Swiss took 16 years to get sorted out due to the complex nature of government for their bilateral agreement, the EEA ticks a lot of boxes for the UK and crucially it also brings stability

Dear All

I have found this video which I would like you to watch, it is on Brexit by Dr. Richard North, as the talks progress towards our exit of EU membership, the case for a staged transition seems to becoming more viable as an option.

The problem with the talks is that because of the complex nature of government, and time taken to get bilateral agreements, and the Swiss/EU deals is an example, it could be that we end up in the EEA.


The Swiss took 16 years to get something they were 'happy' with, wheels grind slow!

If we do end up in EEA, that isn't the end of the journey, rather it would be a staging post for a bespoke deal which would follow later. I think as well, this move would also get public support on-board and deal with the continual fear and scaremongering that dominates in the Remain camp thinking.

Anyway, have a watch of this, and be of an open mind to what is being said.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign fort Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dealing with reality; Tony Blair urges Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party to abandon its "timidity" and oppose Brexit, if the Labour Party don't support direct democracy of the referendum vote, why would the public elect it to run this country, Labour has to adopt a united UK front over Brexit, we are all in this together

Dear All

Back in the day, Tony Blair waltzed into Number 10 Downing Street having defeated John Major’s government, it was 1997, the Labour Campaign was based on hope and a feeling that change was needed as the Major Government was seen as weak. We don’t have to go over all Blair’s failures but needless to say Tony Blair didn’t deliver on the promises. At the end of his tenure, he was a liability seen to be in the pocket of the Americans.

Having climbed into bed with the Americans, Blair started to see himself going further, the First President of Europe, except the Germans under Angela Merkel weren’t too keen on the idea.

Despite leaving office, Tony Blair has been hanging around politics picking up odd jobs and trying to get some sort of power from a position. It therefore comes as no surprise that Tony Blair urges Labour to abandon its "timidity" and oppose Brexit. Although Blair wants to feather his own nest, it seems that he is quite willing to try and induce others, in this case, Jeremy Corbyn to make a massive blunder with the people that matter.

In this case, the people that matter to Jeremy Corbyn are the voters!  

Brexit is going ahead, and for Tony Blair to say Labour should take the political “high ground” and oppose it is sheer nonsense, the Labour Party have to look at how it fits in, when the post Brexit landscape emerges. The lead should be developing new ties with the Commonwealth and the development of a new global strategy to fit into the new era of change.

Tony Blair is the past, and his track record speaks for itself, he has already sold out his country and his take that others should do likewise is quite revealing, sometimes in politics, it can’t just be ‘me me me’, what’s in it for me, the public good is served by Brexit. It is the advocating political suicide coming of the former Prime Minister to try and get Jeremy Corbyn to campaign for the country to have the right to change its mind on Brexit.

In order to justify his position, Blair says that the party leadership must attack the current government, he said:

"Labour could mount such a powerful assault on the Government's record from the appalling state of the NHS to crime, which through neglect and failure to support the police is on the rise again, if we were saying to the country: here's the agenda which could be delivered for the people were it not for the fact that all the energies of Government and substantial amounts of cash are devoted to Brexit. And, second, it puts us in a vulnerable position when the Government concludes 'the deal' some time in 2018."

None of what Tony Blair has said here is relevant, and it should be mentioned that the state of all of the above happened on the EU watch! Another part of the pitch which again is meaningless is the demand for full details of the new relationship before leaving.

This can only be his premise for a second vote, either there is a deal and we accept it, or there is no deal and we walk away, there is no third option, no third way, no backdoor trick.

Blair said:

"At every PMQs nail each myth of the Brexit campaign, say why the Tory divisions are weakening our country, something only credible if we are opposed to Brexit, not advocating a different Brexit, and challenge the whole farce head on of a prime minister leading our nation in a direction which even today she can't bring herself to say she would vote for. If we do leave Europe, the governing mind will have been that of the Tory Right.”

This is deception, Brexit isn’t just about the Tory right, the issue is cross party, and there are many people of very different political beliefs who backed withdrawal, and for good reason.

He added,

“if Labour continues to go along with Brexit and insists on leaving the single market, the handmaiden of Brexit will have been the timidity of Labour."

And as if by magic; his Tony Blair Institute for Global Change published a report entitled “Brexit – What We Now Know”. Think of this as just a run of the mill horror story, a new dirty dossier which shows, the eye-watering costs and sheer complexity of disentangling ourselves from our nearest neighbours.

Guess what?

That crap won’t wash!

Blair taking to the stage, isn’t a good thing, he is a man who has had his time, like Angela Merkel is finding out in Germany, there comes a time when the party is over, when new players come on the scene, and you have to accept the game has been lost. The NHS has been used the Remain side as a tool to spread fear, getting people worked up that their health service is in danger, it isn’t, and never was, no matter what colour the government is.

Lord O’Neill, the former Treasury minister has criticised the UK Government's approach to future trade deals after Brexit. He says that it was "mad" for the Foreign Secretary and Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, to "spend half of their time travelling to New Zealand" instead of building relationships with the likes of China. The point that O’Neill seems to miss is that the UK Government is from what I can gather rebuilding how it operates within the Commonwealth for trade, and of course, the UK will be getting talks with China who see the UK as a valuable market in which to do business.

So, Lord O’Neill, the former Treasury minister can calm down.

Brexit just didn’t happen, nothing in politics ever does, with the current state of Europe; the right choice was made to protect over sovereignty something which Tony Blair seeks to destroy on behalf of the non-elected of the EU Commission. Blair may think that in return, the EU will embrace him, but the landscape now is different, there is no place for Tony Blair in the EU in any capacity.

Certainly not as President Blair of Europe!

Finally, Paul Schofield in the movie, a man for all seasons used a line that sums up Tony Blair nicely.

Sir Thomas More: Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Only An SNP Excuse, failed and incapable SNP Minister Shona Robison says that Brexit will leave Scottish NHS in ruins, too late, Nicola Sturgeon managed that prior to leaving the post under Alex Salmond, 2018 is the year of continuation of fake news over Brexit, if concern is needed why not have an inquiry in unsustainable staff levels by management?

Dear All

First, happy New Year to you, hope 2018 is good to you, and you prosper, 2017 was the year that fake news made it into the public consciousness, it was also a year where denial was still rife after the historic decision to leave the EU.

Although some people rose in the year, others came crashing down to earth with a rather nasty bump, they saw the Westminster expenses tap turned off and the tube removed from them. We had highs and lows, and some humour, who can forget those in the SNP who were dumped onto the pavement by the people of Scotland.

Brexit is still the number one political concern this year, although the process is still moving forwards, those in denial just can’t stop thinking that there will be a ten to midnight event which stops it.

There won’t, the people of the UK have made a decision, direct democracy won over fear. I have to say that although I have done a fair bit on the campaigning front, the Brexit campaign was special because it was a people’s campaign. In contrast, the 2014 referendum was all about lies and deceit, a rather ugly affair full of hate and menace, when the SNP lost that one, justice was surely done.

In Scotland until we get rid of them, the SNP control the reins of power of the Scottish government. We are a good while away from any attempt to send them down the road. In the meantime, the SNP are doing dog whistle politics, where fake concern over Brexit is the guise to push for control over immigration. As a tactic, it is rather stupid, but no one can really be in any doubt that under unpopular Nicola Sturgeon, the ‘brains’ have left the building!

When Sturgeon took over from Salmond, who left in the huff, Sturgeon cleared out some of his ‘pals’ and replaced them with her ‘pals’ which is why we ended up with Shona Robison who at that point was part of the ‘Golden couple’ with her husband Stewart Hosie.

Robison took over a failing health service, rather than fix it, she is clueless; Robison started playing the blame game; if the service couldn’t cope it was because sick people were using it. This year, she explains her failure away by saying ‘black ice’ is the problem. Shona Robison has an answer for everything….. its someone else’s fault, never her.

Brexit is pushing on and that in time will mean changes, technical changes as regard immigration from the EU, but it isn’t an ‘iron curtain’ or an ‘Atlantic wall’, it is wait for it…… some form filling re employment.        

2017 was the year of fake news breakout but 2018 is the continuation of what is sheer nonsense, which is why we get Scotland’s NHS is facing ruin because of Brexit. The thing about the concept of the ‘big lie’ is that you have to keep repeating it and hope that no one will challenge it. Brexit is a convenient hook to scaremonger and use attempt to use fear to change public opinion towards people backing a separate Scottish immigration policy.

It won’t wash, not with the public and certainly not with the UK Government, contray to what the SNP are selling, foreign doctors and nurses, and other professionals are still very much welcome to come here to practice and for training. Medicine is a profession by its very nature that see people travel because it is interlinked with education. If you understand how Universities work, you will understand how stupid the claims of Shona Robison actually are.

No government, especially a UK government is going to restrict medical professionals coming here, even after the end of the UK membership, we have foreign doctors working here before we entered the EU back in 1973, and we will have foreign doctors working here post Brexit. Another aspect of the lie being sold is to create fear to seek to stay in what is termed the ‘single market’. The single market allows free movement of Labour which the UK government has ruled out and rightly so.

Robison has stated that leaving the single market would harm the recruitment and retention of medics from other EU nations.


Robison has made the claim, isn’t it time that she justify it; is it because they would have to apply for a work visa, is that the ‘hardship’ they would have to endure?

As the NHS prepares to mark its 70th anniversary, the people of Scotland are seeing a service which they have run for 10 years decline, it has declined through mismanagement and more importantly neglect. It is a bit rich that Shona Robison and the SNP have suddenly become concerned about the Scottish NHS.

Dr Peter Bennie, chair of BMA Scotland has joined Robison by taking up the same chant saying Brexit “poses a substantial and serious threat to the future of the NHS workforce”.

Imagine a world in which the SNP have to train up more Scots to work in our health service that means they would have to go head to head with universities who have steadily pushed Scots out in favour of getting big fees from foreign students.

Robison has highlighted how around 1-in-20 of Scotland’s doctors come from other parts of Europe, guess what, post Brexit they will be allowed to stay, the fact that Robison wants a guarantee off the UK government is meaningless because some other group would then be seized on for their guarantee.

Robison said:

“2018 will be the 70th anniversary of our National Health Service. It has continued to evolve over that time, but here in Scotland it has been kept to Nye Bevan’s founding principles of being publicly-owned, publicly-run, and free at the point of need. It has endured thanks to the care, compassion, and professionalism of NHS staff as the beating heart of the service.”

Meaningless pap, it is the same in the rest of the UK which incidentally the SNP Government have had to ship Scots off for treatment, some Scots get their ‘free at the point of need’ in England because the SNP can’t provide it.

A Scottish Tory spokesman has echoed other opposition parties and accused the SNP of mismanaging the NHS during its time in power.

A party spokesman said:

“Instead of constantly pointing the finger, Shona Robison should take responsibility for the mess her own party has made of the NHS over the last decade."

A UK Government spokesperson added:

"We will also put in place an immigration system that works in the national interest and will allow us to continue to attract brightest and best, like those working in our NHS."

Finally, since Shona Robison apparently ‘cares’ about staff in the Scottish NHS, she should order an external inquiry and review the staffing levels that the management are imposing, these levels are unsustainable leading to staff being overworked and stressed out.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University