Thursday, May 23, 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019

European Elections Special; Mainstream Politicians Fear Democracy as polling puts the Brexit Party into second place in Scotland, Scotland is really rallying to the call to support our democracy as Brexit Party volunteers travel the length and breadth of the country, join the fight to save democracy, cast your vote and be ‘Spartacus’, and others will follow

Dear All

In politics, there is a phrase used, ‘there is more to do’, it generally is used as a throwaway line, but in these European Elections marred by violence, intimidation and threat, there is more to do.

And that is to defend democracy, I am campaigning hard as I do in the last few remain days before the UK goes to the polls on Thursday to vote in a new raft of MEPs. I am aware, and have seen how people think it is okay to use violence to silence people from the Brexit Party. How wrong minded these thugs are, no one should feel intimidated, and no one should be silenced, either you believe in democracy or you don’t.

Today, Nigel Farage was attacked on two fronts, the physical one with someone throwing a milkshake over him, and politically with Gordon Brown questioning the funding of the Brexit Party. When you are getting attacked it means that your political opponents are scared.

What are they scared of?

They are scared of the people; they fear the people deserting their party causing them to lose power, money and influence. The people gave them all these things and it is by the grace of the people that someone is elected to political office.

The latest polling shows that the Brexit Party is in second place in Scotland, this is a political earthquake in Scotland as it is in the rest of the UK where the Brexit Party is in the lead polling at 34%. This result is even more impressive when you factor in; it has been achieved in such a short time. Clearly the people of the UK want to send a message about democracy to Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Honour the vote of 2016 and leave the EU.

I have been campaigning all around Glasgow and West of Scotland as a lead campaigner, Tuesday sees me travelling to Dumfries to rally support for the election this Thursday. The race to the finish line is spurned on by the drive to get the job done that I started in 2016 when I help setup the Glasgow campaigning to fight the EU referendum.

The news for the Brexit Party is positive, very positive, the same cannot however be said for the Conservatives and Labour Party, they are fighting to even rally their core vote to turn out for them. They are languishing in joint-fourth place in Scotland, their problem is simple; they can’t stand on a doorstep and sell a positive message about betrayal of the people. The upshot of doing so badly is that the Scottish Conservatives are set if things continue as before to lose their one MEP in the European Parliament.

As the old saying goes, ‘that’s gotta hurt’.

Given past record, you think that Scottish Labour would be returning two MEPs, but their news is that only David Martin, the long serving MEP would be returned. One seat for Scottish Labour is beyond disappointing, it is also a blow for Labour leader Richard Leonard, but it does bear out what I have been saying that the Labour Party in Scotland needs a new campaigning model. You know things are bad for the Scottish Labour Party when the Scottish Greens are kicking your arse in the polls.

So, what of Ukip in Scotland?

They are going to get slaughtered, the entire Ukip campaign; North and South of the border has been utterly destroyed by the Carl Benjamin free speech travelling circus. The purpose of standing for election is to get elected, UKIP nationally is on 3%, and here in Scotland that goes down to 2%. When you think about their success in the last EU election, how things have changed for them.

As to numbers

SNP: 38%
Brexit Party: 20%
Green: 11%
Labour: 10%
Conservatives 10%
Lib Dem: 7%
UKIP: 2%
Change UK: 2%
Other: 1%

Finally, as we enter the last few days, you will see a lot of very bad tempered people walking about, try and avoid them. This election is a watershed moment more than previous ones. I stand campaigning with a simple message, ‘European elections, support democracy, vote for the Brexit Party’. This is the type of message that people really click into because we all know what is going on, and what has gone before. If you are minded to vote, and I hope you do, then please vote in this election for the Brexit Party.

Send politicians a message that democratic votes must be honoured!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Fight To The Finish To Protect Democracy; George Laird Speech at The Brexit Party Campaign in Ayr 2019, the people of Ayr gave the Brexit Party a great reception and support for our efforts, make a different politics on the 23 May, vote for The Brexit Party, to Change Politics For Good

Dear All

Firstly, I am sorry about the blogging situation of the last few days, campaigning and illness has burned up a lot of my time. Although the campaigning is going well, on the illness front, it has wrecked me.

In order to make up for it, and to give you my readers a laugh, I have a video for you to watch, most people don't get to see in action as a campaigner, so get the popcorn ready and settled back. The campaign team I am with has been touring around the West of Scotland, the video is us out and about in sunny Ayr.

The reception we received was pretty good, and we found plenty of support to elect pro Brexit MEPs.

In order to do this campaign, I had to cancel my Labour Party membership to finish what I started in 2016 to get us out of the EU.

But there are somethings which take priority over party politics.

I am a lead campaigner for The Brexit Party at the moment and according to polling the party is expected to do well on the 23rd. I am campaigning to trying and get two MEPs from the Brexit Party in Scotland elected in a rather crowded political Scottish landscape, but it is possible.

The speech I done was totally off the cuff, as the organiser just handed me the mic and asked me to say I few words to the voters.

Anyway, due to illness, I am have taken yesterday and today off campaigning, the virus I picked left me sweating and overheating so much you would think I had been in a sauna. I have some hard campaigning days left in order to try to get two MEP seats secured, then a spot of lying down, perhaps on the floor is in order.

Finally, I enjoy campaigning, and in this campaign, I got a real kick out of people coming to the Brexit Party stalls to ask for me by name, which I assume must mean I am doing something right.

The fight to finish ends at 10 pm on 23rd May, so keep an eye out, you may see me milling about at the Glasgow Count.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Democratic Revolution is Underway: new EU Election poll has Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party beating Labour and Conservatives combined, Brexit Party in Glasgow gets a terrific response in Buchanan Street as volunteers flock to take part in the campaign to change politics for good!

Dear All

As people know, I have joined the Brexit Party campaign as a lead activist in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.


Because above all else, I am a supporter of democracy and our democratic institutions, the problem at present is this, the House of Commons via referendum transferred sovereignty to the people.

When the people transferred sovereignty back to Westminster, the politicians who promised to honour the result reneged on their promise, this created a constitutional crisis in our democracy. We should have left the EU on the 29 March, we didn’t; we have been forced by the rules to take part in the 2019 EU elections, disappointing but necessary.

This leaves people with a choice, who to vote for, which party stands the greatest chance of putting pressure on the UK government. To cut to the chase, the mantle previously held by Ukip, has been passed to The Brexit Party. The Brexit Party in Scotland has been making an impact in this election as their campaign travels around generating interest in the election. The press and the mainstream parties have been particularly low key.


They want their core vote to come out, not the people who voted for Brexit. However, there is a lot of angry people who feel cheated, so the tactic may only be part successful. Last weekend in Glasgow, The Brexit Party stall in Buchanan Street saw more volunteers turn out, it is a sign of change. The response to the stall was very positive, the picture above is me in a debate with a woman who stopped by the stall, she was there with her husband, but he never got a word in. As we chatted a group of people gathered round, the interest was there, and it the debate was lively.

These streets stalls are important, they let people, they haven’t been forgotten, and people care about our democracy. In a recent poll for the EU election, the Brexit Party is beating the Labour Party and the Conservatives combined. This is of course a good sign for the Brexit Party but also for the changing state of politics in the UK. New polling for the upcoming European Parliament elections shows an astonishing surge in support for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, in contrast the governing Conservatives have crashed to fourth place on just 11 per cent.

11 per cent!

In ten days, we will be voting, nothing can stop this now and the political earthquake seems to be unstoppable. Despite Theresa May’s efforts, she hasn’t taken her Cabinet, her Party, her government nor Westminster with her. If there is a simple fix to stem the ebbing of support, it must be WTO Brexit.

Nothing can restore support for Theresa May, sadly, she is minded to travel this path, which means her legacy will be damaged as PM.

A Opinium poll of 2,004 people, conducted online between the 8th and 10th of May, showed support for Mr Farage’s weeks-old party up 6 points to 34 per cent. This is in line with the feedback that people are getting in Scotland campaigning. There is huge support for Brexit, and anger, the mainstream parties are looking at their core vote, and live in hope they won’t desert them.

I think the result will be a surprise and a shock.

The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is down seven points to 21 per cent, having played a reasonable attempt to sit on the fence; that strategy had to end, it outlived its time and usefulness.

The Labour Party should have back WTO Brexit!

It didn’t and now as opinions harden so they have to prepare for the backlash alongside the Conservatives. If I was in the Conservatives sitting on 11 per cent, I would be gutted, and let us not forget, some Conservatives Associations have told Theresa May, they won’t campaign for her and the party.

Another new party is the  Change UK (CUK), their message of a new politics, is basically support the EU and the status quo, they are polling a mere 3 percent.  In a nutshell, the Change UK, formerly the TIG Group was a stupid idea, well more than stupid, doomed to disaster, totally unprepared, no network, in the wrong and amateurish.

Nigel Farage said of the new poll:

“Accurate or not, these are great numbers and our movement for democracy is gathering pace.”

Another poll around the same time which appears to show that the public are not only willing to swing behind the Brexit Party to send a message to Brussels and Theresa May. They seem willing to attempt to break with the two-party establishment when electing national lawmakers to the House of Commons. Could you imagine 49 Brexit Party MPs sitting in the House of Commons?

In the aftermath of that earthquake, a swathe of senior Conservatives heavyweights including Cabinet ministers, europhile party chairman Brandon Lewis, and even Boris Johnson would be gone.

But, let’s not get ahead of the real issue now and present which is the EU election, people need to trust our democracy, and the people elected, The Brexit Party is after a huge majority of MEPs, and rightly so, this is about changing politics for good and the better. I was really proud, I fought the 2016 Brexit campaign, a tough campaign with little time, money and people, but despite that, we got a million Scots to vote leave.

The job isn’t finished, so I came back to fight! 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tired Old Rhetoric And Nothing To Say; SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon launches her miserable SNP EU Election campaign with an attack on the Conservatives, and the broken record collection, the moment of truth in Scotland will be electing a Brexit Party Candidate called Louie Stedman-Bryce

Dear All

You can’t have failed to notice something rather odd, the mainstream parties and the media have been downplaying the European Elections.

There is two weeks to go of the short campaign which only now the parties are having their party launches. If you wanting or expecting a positive agenda you can forget it, there is an elephant in the room. In this case ‘Nelly the elephant’ is betrayal, the people voted to leave the EU in a referendum, and their votes have been ignored.

One thing parties will not be able to hide behind is that they did what they did, which is expected to lead to a backlash, and the place for the ‘peaceful revolution’ is The Brexit Party. The Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has been travelling around the UK hovering up support and votes like no one’s business.

People are disgusted and rightly so.

Prime Minister Theresa May has made a rod for her own back and her party are not happy, 1300 cllrs lost in the local elections in England, the worst defeat since 1995, and the main event isn’t till the 23rd May. The political elite made a massive mistake in not delivering Brexit.

Theresa May could have left on 29th March and been a hero, secured a legacy and then bowed out with grace, that part of the history books is still to be written, the Conservatives are pretty ruthless with the removal of their leaders who have failed them.

In Scotland, the sham party of SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon is back to the same old story, using the same target as ammo to spearhead her campaign, she is accusing the Conservatives of treating the Scottish Parliament with contempt. This is the centre piece of fluff as the SNP launch their European election campaign. The launch in Edinburgh is expected to be a quiet affair because the SNP other than taking the money and perks don’t make any real difference at the EU.

They just enjoy themselves!

In a dire speech to whip up support of anyone careless enough to hear it; Sturgeon is expected to say:

“Westminster is paralysed by Brexit with its two main parties broken by infighting and indecision.  These European elections are Scotland’s chance to make our voice heard”.

In a parliament of 751 MEPs, the SNP can only realistically expect to get 2 seats.

Sturgeon added:

“The Tory Government has ignored the people of Scotland, and treated our Parliament and our Government with contempt. But they can’t ignore us forever, we must continue to fight to stop Brexit and the damage it will inflict on everyone, in every walk of life. Scotland’s future belongs in Europe – let’s make it loud and clear on May 23.”

Two seats, two seats in a parliament that considers Scotland a region, that is right, the real name for Scotland in the UK is UKM, not Scotland. Sturgeon is right about contempt; she has contempt for the people and must think we are all daft. She can expect two seats because the SNP will be rely on their core vote who just vote SNP regardless.

Voters in Scotland will elect six of the 736 members of the European Parliament who are responsible, along with the Council of Ministers from member states, for making laws and approving budgets.

The EU makes 70% of our laws, and the laws come from unelected people who control the EU Commission.

If you are looking for anything positive in this election, then vote forThe Brexit Party, there is a positive message there, it is that our democracy matters, the people’s votes matter and honeymoon is well and truly over.

Scotland has a chance to send a Brexit Party candidate called Louie Stedman-Bryce to the EU Parliament; if they get 330,000 votes we can send 2 pro Brexit MEPs from Scotland. One thing is certain; they will be far more effective that than anything that the SNP will send or has ever sent.

The say all elections are important, but this one really is, so get involved because this is a democracy fight, something alien to the SNP.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘Pennies From Heaven, I Think It Is £20 Notes’; Scottish Labour donor and long time party member Alan Massie quits Scottish Labour and endorses Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, when you drop the ball in politics, someone needs to pick it back up, the Scottish Labour needs to create a high profile pro UK speaker, a Scotland Czar to reassure people to its commitment to the UK

Dear All

In some respects, the next fight for Holyrood, is more than just party politics, it is a fight to remove the SNP from power. As the chess pieces move around the board, so do people and their money it seems. One of Scotland’s biggest Labour donors has quit the party after 30 years and endorsed Ruth Davidson as the best leader to defend the Union.

How did Scottish Labour get into this pickle, it comes from the time when Kezia Dugdale was leader and dropped the ball as the party most able to sucure support to save the union. She said she could see circumstances to back a referendum on Scottish Independence. After she well and truly put her foot in it pro UK supporters and voters in the Labour Party withdrew their backing.

This eventually led to the Scottish Labour Party being kicked down the road to being the third party of Holyrood.

Pretty much all Kezia’s fault, she open the floodgates and Labour votes simply poured away from the party.  

The latest person to leave is Alan Massie, an Aberdeen property tycoon who has given Labour £400,000 since 2011. What might also might not be known is he sponsored a pro-Union fringe at last week’s Scottish Tory conference in the city. In the Aberdeen area there is a strong pro uk support, and that is headed up by Allan Sutherland who has created a group called Scotland Matters.

Scotland Matters is a group that wants the opposition to the SNP to develop policies, long term policies to move Scotland forward, not just catchy sound bites of policy on the hoof to make the six o’clock news. Mr Massie last gave a recorded donation to Labour in 2016, when he backed Owen Smith’s leadership campaign against Jeremy Corbyn. He has also backed former Scottish leaders Kezia Dugdale and Jim Murphy in the past. So, I think it is safe to say where his politics come from, the centre right or Blairite side of the party.

Now that Alan Massi has switched his support to Ruth Davidson, it will give her and the Scottish Conservatives a real boost, at present the Scottish Conservatives are in poll position to attempt to win Holyrood 2021 and with the constant rumours that Nicola Sturgeon is preparing a ‘getaway plan’ it is game on.

Massie told the Times:

“Ruth Davidson, in terms of central, middle-of-the-road stuff is what the Labour Party should be doing but this is not what we are doing. I think Corbyn will sell out Scotland.
I am impressed by Ruth and in terms of the Union; I think she is the only credible voice, because I don’t think Labour can be trusted with the Union.”

Well, I am sure that this will give Scottish Labour leader food for thought, but a quick question for you to mull over, who is seen as carrying the pro UK standard for Scottish Labour?
Can you name that person?

I would say you probably can’t because the pro UK voice isn’t forefront, it is lost among other issues and the day to day matters.

Scottish Labour needs to make a high profile of a pro UK Scottish czar in the party, the ‘go to person’, the person to face off the SNP.

During the  Scottish referendum of 2014, Massie gave £13,729 worth of premises to the Better Together campaign, his contribution was extremely valuable, so why wasn’t someone in Scottish Labour watching out for his interests?

Massie added:

“unsupportive wreckers” were now running Labour, so there is a challenge for Scottish Labour right there, finding out how and why the party has come to present this impression to people such as Massie.

Conservative MSP Maurice Golden said:

“Ruth Davidson has always, and will continue to, oppose another divisive independence referendum and the damage it would cause.”

A Scottish Labour spokesman said:

“There is no evidence that the people of Scotland want a second independence referendum and the next UK Labour manifesto will oppose one.”

Finally, you make remember I wrote on the blog that Scottish Labour needs to restructure in order to win power; that is right across the board, the party is too Holyrood focused and that is part of the problem. The tunnel vision, the blinkers on has made the party unable to look at the bigger picture which is Global UK. Too much time on tat and inaction has led the Scottish Labour Party into a cul de sac.

The proof of the pudding is the ballot box results, the polls, and the work currently being done by the party, they need a new agenda, because Scotland Matters.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Well That Joke Died A Death, Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin investigated over Jess Phillips ‘rape’ video after complaint lodged to West Midland Police, is Carl Benjamin prepared for a ‘knock knock’ joke from the Police?

Dear All

The general rule of thumb in standing for election to public office is to observe the Nolan Principles, run a decent proper and clean campaign, kiss babies, smile, talk to little old ladies, possibly eat fish and chips, and talk sense.

Carl Benjamin, you is a youtube vlogger is taking a different tact, his approach has led him to being investigated by police after releasing a video suggesting he might rape Labour MP Jess Phillips. One thing that the vlogger who goes under the name Sargon of Akkad on youtube is that he is against Political correctness. Being against political correctness is fine, but this isn’t a free speech election, it is a political election.

To say further continuing to talk about his Phillips spat, he posted a video online suggesting that “with enough pressure I might cave” and rape Labour MP Jess Phillips. This is extremely bad taste; it is also incredibly stupid, even to put that out as a ‘sick joke’.

In comedy timing is everything; this however is the wrong time, the wrong subject and the wrong tact to get elected. Although people in the past have voted for a guy in a costume to political office, once elected he did the job.

Can the same be thought of Carl Benjamin?

We have all seen political careers fail but to do so by your own gob before the election is novel, let your opponents attack you but don’t hand them the ammo.

West Midlands Police said they had received a report of a malicious communication and were investigating whether an offence had been committed. So, it is possibly that Carl Benjamin will get a visit from the police.

Is that what he wants in an election campaign which is in full swing, the short campaign is running, a time to get all your ducks lined up in a row, know what you are talking about and look the part. Being seen being put in a police car or visiting the police station to be question sends the wrong message.

Ukip made a mistake here, too late now to do anything about this problem.

Politics is this country has never been more toxic, just as we had Wings of Scotland saga, where Campbell played out the role of a victim, Carl Benjamin has provided the same opportunity to Jess Phillips, she said broke down in tears after being told of Mr Benjamin’s comments.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said:

“Police have received a report of malicious communications relating to MP Jess Phillips. Officers have spoken to Ms Phillips and the comments are being investigated to establish if an offence has taken place.”

In this case, the police will have to decide whether a crime has been committed, however as Carl Benjamin didn’t send the communication directly to Jess Phillips, I think a prosecution is unlikely.

Carl Benjamin has let his mouth run away with itself, he announced a list of spoof Ukip policies, including invading Spain and restoring the British Empire, before he said:

“There’s been an awful lot of talk about whether I would or wouldn’t rape Jess Phillips.
I’ve been in a lot of trouble for my hardline stance of not even raping her. I suppose with enough pressure I might cave. But let’s be honest, nobody’s got that much beer.”

Given he is standing to be an MEP, you would think Ukip would provide him with advice and access to a press officer so that he could conduct a decent campaign rather than being a runaway train.

In Scotland, his counterpart Count Dankula is a comedian but I think he has a lot to learn despite his brush with the courts.

Despite having no chance to be elected, Mark Meechan is on the radar of the BBC investigative crowd.

But his defence is that he is a comedian.

The European election is looking likely to go ahead, how long this batch of MEPs sit in the EU Parliament is debatable but one think that is certain is the fight to leave the EI isn’t over and is no laughing matter.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, May 6, 2019

Kezia Dugdale’s ‘Jungle Fever’ Master Class: Kezia says Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard 'needs a second Independence referendum' to prove his talents, given that a major event is underway, Euro elections, clearly that type ‘advice’ is being avoided by Scottish Labour, and its leader like the plague, internal reform should be the ‘item’ on his agenda

Dear All

One thing which was noticeable when Kezia Dugdale was the leader of the Scottish Labour was being wrong and out of touch on the major issues of our time. She had a history of backing the wrong horse in the race, from Trump to Brexit, she was always on the losing side of the debate.

As leader, her tenure wasn’t marked by renew of the party in Scotland but more with the chaotic race to the bottom. It cannot have escaped your notice that Scottish Labour has slipped to being the third party in Scottish politics.

Third party at Westminster and third party at Holyrood, you could also see under her tenure that the seeds of destruction were sowed that led to Glasgow Labour losing the Council to the SNP. The full blame for this defeat cannot be all hers, others played their part as well.

Now that Kezia Dugdale has decided to leave Holyrood for a job at Glasgow University's John Smith Centre for Public Service, she presumably wants to hang Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard some ‘advice’ on how to showcase his talents. Before we get to the advice, it isn’t unusual for ex politicians to move into the University sector, the same happened with Sam Galbraith and Wendy Alexander, and also with Gordon Matheson, he went to Strathclyde as a visiting professor.

Now, let’s see what advice Kezia is dishing out, she says Scottish Labour leader needs a major political event like a second independence referendum to showcase his talents and give him a chance to beat his rivals. If you sit for a moment, you might come to the conclusion that Kezia isn’t pro UK and wants to see Leonard go down the tubes. Richard Leonard at this point in time doesn’t need a showcase event in anything; he needs to reform the Scottish Labour Party to rebuild it from the ground up.

Scottish Labour really isn’t a position to go campaigning much beyond social media and press releases and interviews on TV. Of course there are some people who are working way on their Westminster campaigns like Labour MP Paul Sweeney and Kate Watson in Glasgow East, but there isn’t a surge coming through from the membership base to be activists on the ground.

If you understand the political economy, you know that Scottish Labour needs to gel the three most important things to achieve success, people, money and resources. When the equation is out of balance, the political machine breaks down, like an engine which has ran out of oil. It overheats, blows a gasket and seizes up.

Have you seen or heard much of the Scottish Labour European Election campaign?

Do you know what their policies are?

Do you know who is standing?

Had a leaflet, seen a street stall; even seen a party launch?

17 days till the vote!


The Labour Party like all the mainstream parties and the press has deliberately kept a low profile because they know the public are angry at fact that Brexit hasn’t been delivered. The local election defeats in England are a major wake up call to the political parties. 1300 Conservatives Councillors lost their seats at the recent election in England, the worse Conservative result since 1995. With this single piece of information, anyone think that Theresa May will comply with Jeremy Corbyn’s wish for an early general election?

Corbyn may want an election but doesn’t look good for Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard where a recent poll showed no gains and one lost; ending up with just six seats; worse still for him, the SNP according to the poll would go from 35 MPs to 51 MPs. If you understand that that Scottish Labour and the SNP fishing in the same voter pond for the working class vote.

Anyone really think that Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard needs a major event to showcase his talents at present?

Or, do you think a major event would lead to a major defeat?

One of Kezia Dugdale’s pals is Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray, both he and Kezia aren’t Corbyn or Leonard supporters. Mr Murray recently gave an interview that espoused that: 

Anyone really think that Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard needs a major event to showcase his talents at present?

Regarding Leonard, Kezia also said:

“He has had a lot of time and space to do some of the policy work that I never had. At the same time he's in a difficult position because there haven't been any elections, it's not the same chance to put his face and name forward to the electorate and be better known than he is. The polling I have seen shows it's not that people do or don't like him, they just haven't met him yet. That's a blessing and a curse. In not knowing who he is, they haven't formed any opinion of him so he still has a blank piece of paper to build on and that's a real strength”.

So, to recap, no track record, no policies, no public rcognition for Leonard, party campaigning needing restructured, activist base needing an overhaul from the bottom up, people leaking private conservations, and in some places briefing against ‘comrades’, clearly no unity at all, plus the Corbynites and Blairites still at war, yes, that hasn’t gone away.

Finally, Kezia Dugdale said that she has been a ‘friendly critic’ but you always come back to that the fact that in her eight years as a list MSP for Lothian, she had many  U-turns when she got it wrong, held up by her opponents, most notably her criticism of Jeremy Corbyn. When she backed Owen Smith for leader, I didn’t, I thought it was wrong for her to publicly support anyone for leader. In the end, Owen Smith lost; fell from grace, just as Kezia did herself, now she leaves for another job. I met Kezia Dugdale once, it was at the European Election count in 2016, she was in Glasgow for the result; we chatted for a few minutes, and then said cheerio. I think she will like her new job at Glasgow University, less hassle and an opportunity to step back and see things for what they really are.

Maybe she is suffering from 'jungle fever?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, May 3, 2019

Brexit Party Glasgow Ad - A George Laird Production

Dear All

Here is my latest creation, as it increasingly looks like we will be doing a European Election because we still do not have Brexit.

Democracy is important, and honouring the Brexit result is important, to that end, we all must fight to protect our democracy.

This clip is my contribution to the fight.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Painful Dawn of Realization, former SNP MP Natalie McGarry tries to take control of her trial process, application to change her guilty pleas spectacularly backfires, the haunting spectre of prison looms, in mitigation, McGarry claims she has been treated unfairly, is a mother, ill, on meds, seeing a psychiatric nurse, is that really the best she can come up with after doing a law degree?

Dear All

At present, there is a ‘sea of Nationalist’ madness doing the rounds, we have the SNP Cllr Susan Aitken story, we have Pete Wishart throwing in his hat in a bid to be the next Speaker of the House of Commons, and of course the saga of ex SNP MP Natalie McGarry. If you are looking for comedy, it has to be Pete Wishart’s bid to be Speaker, his majority is 21 votes. 21 votes is rather slim, but tradition is that major parties don’t stand against the Speaker due to the nature of their role.

Is Pete Wishart, the right man for the job, does he carry a sense of destiny about with him, has he earned the respect of his peers across the House of Commons?

No, no and no!

As to Susan Aitken, her ‘story’ is even less appealing than her looks, part of the Sturgeon clique. How she became leader is a mystery but when you have no talent, you can walk into anything it seems in the SNP. Her current trek is being reported to the Standards Commissioner, it seems on trying to stir up a bucket of shit against Labour Cllr Frank McAveety has attracted a storm of protest.

The award for a ‘Greeting Tragedy’ however must go to former SNP MP Natalie McGarry. It seems that after pleading guilty, and getting two of the charges against her dropped, she has lost a bid to withdraw pleas of guilty over embezzling more than £25,600 from pro-independence organisations. It could be that having pled guilty; the former law graduate has woken up to what guilty means?

Guilty means guilty.

Guilty in her case should also mean severe curtailment of social life, early to bed, no pubs, no clubs, no holidays, no gym, no internet, limited TV and no hubby, no access to power assisted comfort, and before anyone says ‘lightsaber’, I meant the other ‘toy’ that buzzes.

When McGarry appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court, instead of being sentenced to a lengthy spell in prison, her brief, Allan MacLeod, representing her applied to withdraw the plea to a not guilty; His rationale was to claim there was "undue pressure" on her to admit the offences.

So, where did this alleged undue pressure come from?

Apparently from the action of her former solicitor, former counsel and the Sheriff, in Court you can hear almost anything, Natalie McGarry’s pitch is that she is a victim but felt she had no choice other than to tender a plea of guilty. Can you imagine what the Sheriff must have thought about this tact, apparently he was not happy. The Sheriff Paul Crozier rejected the motion spun out over almost an hour-and-a-half, and said he had "listened very carefully to what was said".   

Sheriff Paul Crozier said the court had "bent over backwards" to help her.

Her brief, Allan MacLeod also added something to the proceedings when he said:

“Her position to date is that while she accepts that her financial organisation may have been lacking, somewhat haphazard, at no point has she ever accepted that she dishonestly appropriated any of these funds.”

Natalie McGarry, pleaded guilty to two charges of embezzlement when she appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on April 24. To be clear that would be embezzlement from two organisations. But now with a trusted legal eagle beside her, she is saying she is innocent…… remarkable.

Given her past history of a loud mouth and unable to shut her gob, does her next defence tactic appear to be that she has a clone running about the place?

The petrol on the flames wasn’t helped by McGarry’s lawyer saying he wanted the sheriff to remove himself from the case, which her lawyer later withdrew presumably as that panned rather badly with the Sheriff.

Apparently Sheriff Paul Crozier didn’t say, ‘we are all in this together to the bitter end’.

Natalie McGarry pleaded guilty to embezzling £21,000 from Women for Independence in her role as treasurer of the organisation and also admitted embezzling £4,661.02 in the course of her role as treasurer, secretary and convener of the Glasgow Regional Association of the SNP. Given her background in law which presumably covered business law, are we to believe that she is a cretin, given she passed a law degree?

I have to say that through-out this case, the highlight that sticks out for me is failing to transfer charitable donations to Perth and Kinross food bank. The online commentary from ordinary on various news outlets is one of anger and contempt.

The most poorest and vulnerable people suffered due to Natalie McGarry’s actions, not my take, the director of the foodbank which is why the calls for sympathy are bizarre.

Natalie McGarry didn’t come from a hard up family.

In law, you have a thing called mitigation post verdict which gives your lawyer a chance to tell a sob story, her lawyer said McGarry lived a "very isolated existence".

I don’t know about you but according to the press, Natalie McGarry lives in Clarkston, last time I checked, it wasn’t anywhere near Mongolia. Plenty of buses, trains, taxis going through there, nice parks, libraries, shops. So “very isolated existence”, does her husband put her in a box under the stairs when his pals come round?

We have also learned that she allegedly suffering from post-natal depression, always good to stick in ‘I am a mother’, pulling on the old heart strings on two fronts, motherhood and illness. I bet Sheriff Paul Crozier has never heard that before, still to cement the illness claim, she is said to be on medication, and is seeing a psychiatric nurse. Luckily for Natalie, if she gets prison, she will meet plenty of people she can continue with her medication, and get help for post-natal depression and access a psychiatric nurse, so that takes care of these issues.

I think basically what Natalie McGarry is saying is that she doesn’t want to go to jail.

Finally, I have said all along that ex SNP MP Natalie McGarry deserves to be put in prison, I never got to name her in open court regarding the case against Tommy Ball, but her downfall is overdue and self-inflicted.

Sheriff Paul Crozier rejected her bid to withdraw the guilty pleas saying “there can be no doubt what she was pleading guilty to”, I would have allowed her to withdraw the guilty pleas and go to trial.

The Sheriff is within his rights to issue his ruling, and he has clearly cited the time this case has gone on and that the court had "bent over backwards" to help her. Natalie McGarry goes back to Court on May 10th to find out her fate from Sheriff Paul Crozier. Natalie McGarry shouldn’t get special treatment nor should she get beyond what the law prescribes; just treated the same way as anyone else. I know a Sheriff in passing; they said to me that the public would have a high expectation of McGarry being jailed.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Is Labour’s NCC Unfit for Purpose; Labour MSP Anas Sarwar claims party bosses ‘barred’ him from giving evidence at Islamophobia probe, it seems that Anas has a legitimate grievance but his Islamophobia campaign reminds me of the McCarthy witch hunts of the 1950’s in America, one thing is clear, the party isn’t united

Dear All

In life, there is a saying you have to take the rough with the smooth, sometimes the rough can be a defeat. If you watch politics, you will have noticed Labour MSP’s plucky crusade on Islamophobia. Having been removed from the Health brief and also failing to become the leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, Anas set about building himself a platform to speak. Just as we had the McCarthy witch hunts in 1950’s in America, the new witch hunt for the modern times is the hunt for Islamophobia.

In the Labour Party, it isn’t always the thing to speak your mind, but I would say that many people think Anas Sarwar’s campaign on Islamophobia is pure bull shit. Because Anas Sarwar is seen as being ‘off on one’, he has shown why many people in the Labour Party refused to vote for him as leader.

Anas Sarwar’s campaign on Islamophobia is pure bull shit as observed by some people; his campaign said to be all about him gathering support by flagging up a problem which doesn’t really exist.

Here is a question; do you notice Anas Sarwar making the same effort about Anti-Semitism?


Join the club!

In the aftermath of losing a complaint against Labour Councillor Davie McLachlan, Anas has launched a damning attack on the Labour Party’s disciplinary process. Apparently his complaint had to wait 15 months to be dealt with before being thrown out. Although he has a legit gripe about the time taken, he doesn’t accept the result it seems. Anas Sarwar says he is “deeply hurt and demoralised” by the move and insisted he was “left with the sad impression that Islamophobia is one of the last acceptable forms of prejudice”.

Perhaps if he wasn’t crying wolf all the time; and being seen by some as using Islamophobia as a political vehicle for himself, he would be in a better place.

Anas Sarwar’s campaign on Islamophobia is pure bull shit.

The background to the complaint is that it was alleged last year that Councillor Davie McLachlan had told him "Scotland wouldn't vote for a brown, Muslim Paki". This was at the time of the Scottish Labour leadership contest which was a pretty nasty little affair. When he met with party bosses they insisted that he provide them with further details. David McLachlan, who had been leader of the Labour group on South Lanarkshire Council was suspended following the allegations which he, “categorically denied” making. Fast forward to yesterday and we see the case against McLachlan was dismissed at a meeting of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC) in Glasgow.

McLachlan said he had been “vindicated”.

But where does that leave Anas Sarwar?

Anas Sarwar is condemning the disciplinary process insisting he was only called as a witness four days before the hearing, and then barred from giving evidence because he had not given two weeks’ notice.

This statement seems strange, how can you be called as a witness then barred from giving evidence? It would seem that if there was a breach of process, then Anas Sarwar should take this up with Labour HQ in London.

In a lengthy statement, he said:

“Just five days ago I was expressing my delight that we had secured the support of political parties in Scotland for the adoption of the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s definition of Islamophobia. It was a landmark moment which demonstrated that Scotland was leading the way in the fight against Islamophobia. I am therefore devastated that it is my own party, the party of equality and with a proud anti-racist tradition; that has failed at the first test. When I made the decision in January 2018 to launch the campaign against everyday racism and Islamophobia and set up the Cross-Party Group on Tackling Islamophobia, I felt it was important to share my own experiences”

“As I said at the time, this was the most difficult decision that I had ever made in politics as it was the first time I was talking so openly about my own race and religion and highlighting my own difference. But I felt it was important to do that as it would hopefully encourage others to do the same, and through that open dialogue we could spark a national debate about everyday prejudice and how we could confront it. One of the examples I gave was of a council group leader telling me that ‘Scotland wouldn’t vote for a brown, Muslim Paki’. I didn’t disclose the name of the councillor in my interview. The Labour Party insisted that I disclose the name of the individual so that it could take action. I received many calls and emails encouraging me to do this including from the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Deputy Leader, Lesley Laird, and from the Scottish General Secretary, Brian Roy.

"I disclosed the name to them and stressed at the time that this was not about any one individual or about one party, but about challenging a culture that was impacting people in playgrounds, college and university campuses and workplaces across the country. After 15 months of little or no communication or updates, I was notified by the Labour Party late in the afternoon last Thursday that the NCC hearing would be on Monday, April 29, at 11am – just four days later. I was asked if I could make myself available as a witness. I emailed back expressing my disappointment at the short notice and asking a number of questions about the process. I got a response back at 8.30am on Monday morning and all the relevant paperwork sent to me just before 9am for a hearing that was due to start at 11am”.

“When I arrived at the hearing I was informed by an NCC representative that I could not give evidence as I had not given the committee two weeks’ notice of my intention to appear as a witness. I was asked to leave and was unable to provide any evidence. The UK Labour NCC panel subsequently ruled that there was no case to answer without any verbal evidence being taken”.
“Given what I read in the paperwork that was produced for the NCC hearing and my experiences since raising this case and the circumstances of the NCC hearing day itself, I am left with the sad impression that Islamophobia is one of the last acceptable forms of prejudice. It is important that disciplinary processes are fair and transparent. But it’s now clear that the Labour Party’s disciplinary process is deeply flawed and not fit for purpose. It is not fair on either the complainant or the accused for the process to last 15 months. It is not transparent if witnesses are not adequately informed and then barred from providing evidence”.

“The UK Labour Party needs to provide a full explanation on its handling of this case, but more importantly it needs to understand the message that this sends about the party’s commitment to tackling Islamophobia and all forms of prejudice. It is ludicrous that complaints made in Scotland aren’t dealt with in Scotland. The Scottish Labour Party should be demanding that disciplinary matters are fully devolved to ensure that cases are dealt with efficiently, quickly and fairly here in Scotland. If even I, as a former deputy leader, interim leader, leadership candidate and Shadow Cabinet member, don’t believe I can get a fair hearing or adequate support from an institution like the Labour Party, then I am left wondering what chance those experiencing discrimination in other walks of life have”.

“This is why the work of the CPG and the campaign against racism and Islamophobia matters so much to me. This is painful, difficult, tiring, and at times lonely, but I feel a responsibility to keep going. I am very grateful for the messages of support I have received from colleagues and friends in the past 24 hours. I ask for your continued support and encouragement, because this is a fight for all of us.”

If there is any lessons to be learned here is that you shouldn’t place your trust in anyone you don’t trust. Anas Sarwar didn’t get a win, David McLachlan but I suspect the real bad PR will end up going to Labour’s NCC which is an allegedly autonomous, quasi-judicial body which is entirely independent of the party leadership.

A Labour Party spokesperson said:

"The Labour Party takes all complaints extremely seriously, which are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures and any appropriate disciplinary action is taken."

Finally, when I didn’t get a vote in the Labour Party candidate selection for Glasgow South West, I didn’t complain, because I knew that I would be wasting my time and energy. Since I didn’t get an opportunity to vote as a paid member, I felt no obligation to be an activist for the candidate. Anas Sarwar appears to have a legit gripe about how this hearing was run but his campaign on Islamophobia is pure bull shit because some people see it as a political vehicle for him to use as a platform since he was removed as shadow health sec by the Corbyn faction led by Richard Leonard.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, April 26, 2019

Round up of the Nicola Sturgeon SNP’s very bad week, Scottish independence poll: One in five Scots back Nicola Sturgeon's Indyref 2 plan, ex SNP MP Natalie McGarry admits embezzlement to the tune of £circa 25,000, but the fight goes on, it’s time opposition politicians upped their game to retake Holyrood

Dear All

Just as there is good news, there is also bad news, which is why you get the saying, ‘do you want the good news or the bad news first’?

The good news is that only one in five Scots back Nicola Sturgeon's Indyref2 plan, the overwhelming majority of Scots do not want a second independence referendum. You may remember that I have continually said that Nicola Sturgeon can’t lead Scotland to independence because Scotland doesn’t want her. In fact I will go further; the Scottish public doesn’t want the SNP to lead an independent Scotland ever.

That is the good news for pro UK supporters who work tirelessly to build up brand UK in Scotland.

The good news for Nicola Sturgeon is there was a general election tomorrow; the SNP would win almost as much of the vote as Labour and the Conservatives combined, and pick up 51 of Scotland’s 59 seats.

So, why the anomaly between what pro UK groups and pro UK political parties in Scotland are doing? Pro UK groups are getting their message across but the political parties aren’t making much headway. The reason is in part strategy, in politics as in business; you need customers; that means you need a product that customers actively want. If this trend continues the SNP will remain effectively unchallenged for some considerable time.

What is needed is a political game changer?

This can be done by promising to deliver policies that the SNP cannot via the Westminster system, use Westminster to retake Holyrood and then use Holyrood to retake seats for Westminster. This brings me back to an enhanced devo settlement which works better and makes the SNP just a memory.

In 2017, the SNP crashed from 56 MPs to 35 MPs, the fact that a poll says that they could take 51 seats given their incompetence and low quality candidates isn’t a surprise, it’s time that the opposition stopped playing the SNP’s game, its time the opposition became more, gave more and done more.

You can’t have failed to notice the drift in opposition politics in Scotland; you can have failed to notice the division or the lack of policy which apparently only comes out in drips and then a spurge at election time.

The static between ‘events’ means no momentum!

No momentum equals no gains, no forward progress, even against the SNP who aren’t able to deliver progress, but are rooted in failure. To outsiders, this state of affairs looks bizarre especially when pro UK groups have done their job and produced 61 per cent of people who want Scotland to stay in the UK.

As we know, Theresa May’s deputy David Lidington yesterday restated the Government’s opposition at a conference in Glasgow.

The Cabinet Office Minister said:

“We don’t see any evidence there is a demand from the people of Scotland for a revisit of the decision  they took in 2014. That referendum was something the First Minister and her colleagues said at the time would settle matters for a generation. We don’t see that a Section 30 Order is called for. I don’t see that is going to help put right Scottish schools and Scottish hospitals.”

The Scottish Conservatives want to push for a win in 2021, and given the Conservatives in Westminster hold the ‘keys to the Kingdom’, they need a Westminster manifesto being played out for a Holyrood win.

Deliver change that the SNP cannot. 

Sturgeon announced on Wednesday she intended to introduce a framework bill for a fresh referendum at Holyrood but with the UK Government refusing to grant a Section 30 order, the Scottish Conservatives dubbed it a “bill to nowhere”. They are right it will be a bill to nowhere but it is also a ‘bill to keep Holyrood power’.

Basically a ‘stopper’ tactic won’t win Holyrood, it is going to have to be a ‘fight’.

Conservative MSP Maurice Golden said:

“No matter what the SNP says, support for independence simply hasn’t risen since the 2014 vote. That’s all the evidence Nicola Sturgeon should need to take this threat off the table.
“But instead she ploughs on, ensuring Scotland is subjected to yet more division and uncertainty. A responsible Scottish Government should be seeking to bring the country together, not drive another wedge through it.”

So, this brings me back to what is needed a ‘fight’, with the SNP backed by 41%, Labour 24%, the Tories 22%, and the Lib Dems 8%, the Electoral Calculus website said the numbers would translate into 51 MPs for the SNP.

Anyone up for a ‘fight’ because sooner or later, Holyrood must be taken back, and it will not be with a smile, a balloon or a T shirt!

Finally; a few comments on the criminal conviction of Natalie McGarry who admitted embezzlement to the tune of circa £25,000 on Wednesday.

As a victim of Natalie McGarry’s vicious and nasty hateful nature, I am glad to see justice was done against her. 

Natalie McGarry was part of Nicola Sturgeon’s nasty Southside clique who has paid the price for her own stupidity. From high to low, the future looks bleak for McGarry, does she deserve to be put in prison, the answer is yes; it is what the public expects. I am also glad that Prosecutor Gerard Drugan is asking for a hearing to confiscate money from the ex-SNP MP, which will take place next week. 

A fitting end to her ‘career’ is conviction, prison and confiscate of the money she took.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Consigned to the Dustbin of History, ex SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh pushed off the radar and news agenda as Nicola Sturgeon wants the spotlight on her, the attention seeking SNP leader won’t be announcing a specific date for indyref 2, the trailer was a damp squib, now the main event is anti climax, is that it?

Dear All

Yesterday was all about Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh and her journey into the political wilderness, to home in on the major problem, she has been removed as an approved candidate by the SNP. Today, we get a laugh; we have a Sturgeon spokesman said Sturgeon would "strike an inclusive tone" while "setting out a path forward for Scotland".

But not with Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh!

The SNP are well known as a pack of liars, cheats and charlatans, they are not about inclusiveness, they are all about minority identity politics, since they can’t get the mainstream support for their cause, they have used minorities. Whether the cause was right or wrong, the SNP ‘welcomed’ people as members as a way to increase their activist pool.

A form of cheap labour!

Tasmina Ahmed-shiekh served a purpose, now since her fall from grace, how quickly she has been cast aside or put on the ‘backburner’. Having been anointed by Winnie Ewing, Tasmina was cast as the professional successful Muslim Asian woman, now she has the fined and being found guilty of professional misconduct, not so marketable. Tasmina fitted in rather well at the SNP after being hailed by Alex Salmond, and her very public bust up with the Conservatives. As a Conservative, she lamented the lack of support when she fought Govan for them, on her way out the door, she played the race card against the party. I thought that was stupid, the Conservatives gave her a chance to shine, but to win Govan, a staunch working class area was a very very tall order indeed.

As is the way with the SNP when they want to push the news agenda on from bad news, and looking at the SNP candidates for election, not a single Asian person selected, the SNP have moved on from Salmond’s promoting minorities to Nicola Sturgeon’s new ‘pet project’ promoting women based on a 50/50 spilt.

Given the lack of original thinking to push Tasmina further onto the backburner, an SNP MP has claimed Scotland does not 'sit in a partnership of equals' within the UK. Oh yes, Stephen Gethins, a Michael Matheson clone has uttered the old fable as he spoke to Adam Boutlon on All Out Politics ahead of the First Minister's announcement on a second independence referendum.

Can you feel the tension in the air waiting for Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement?


Well if you don’t it is because Nicola’s announcement is an anti climax, hype after hype after hype has left people bored senseless. The main focus of course is deflection from Sturgeon’s problems, rather than her members looking at her for her failures, she wants them to look at Indyref 2. This is a joke, a time and face saving measure as Nicola steers herself towards her own exit. In this scenario, Sturgeon gets turned down by Theresa May thus, getting her through this parliament as a ‘complainer’ seeking a mandate for a new term in 2021. The ‘mugs’ will all buy this, they fell for it before, they will fall for it again, you may ask why?

The gullible will be fed Nicola’s version of outrage and the ‘supporting cast’ of MPs such as Gethins along with others will be trotted out again and again to back up her story. As per the norm, Gethins, the SNP's EU spokesperson, did not speculate on what the First Minister planned to announce.

Why not?

Because Nicola Sturgeon is the star, the spotlight light must be solely focused on her, Gethins is a bit player with a nonsense title. Gethins represents the trailer, the main show is Sturgeon delivering a “grievance speech”. In the trailer, Gethins said he wants Scotland to be the same as other European countries.

Obvious broke then!

Most of the EU countries get money from the EU pot because they aren’t doing well.

Gethins told Sky News:

"Within the United Kingdom, we do not sit in a partnership of equals. The European Union is a partnership of equals”.

Remember the EU threatening members states with cuts if they didn’t sign up to the migrant quotas?

Exactly how does that represent equality?

He added:

"What I want to see in terms of independence is us having the same relationship with London that Dublin has, that Oslo has, that Copenhagen has. I just want to be the same as other European countries, and I’m not sure that’s a whole lot to ask."

It is a fact that politically and socially we aren’t like Norway or Denmark, and if you remember Ireland going bust, we are much more aligned like them.

In the SNP script, the Conservatives are always the ‘bad guys’, which is why Gethins said:

"We know that the direction that this Tory government is taking us in will lead to decades of economic loss and social loss. This is about building better public services and is about what people really care about. It’s about building economic prosperity for the future."

The SNP can’t run the health service properly, can’t run the trains properly, they can’t run education properly. Given all the natural resources allegedly lying about why isn’t there a massive jobs boom in Scotland?
Governments don’t build economic prosperity for the future, business do, a fact that shut up Nicola Sturgeon on TV when she was gobbing off.

Today’s big announcement is just an exhibition of self publicity for Nicola Sturgeon as it is she won't announce a specific date for another vote. Just like Sturgeon is unable to deliver Government services, she isn’t capable of delivering a date. The irony is that her efforts to set out steps to protect her existing referendum mandate don’t exist because there is no mandate.

Finally, it is all smoke and mirrors of a defeated SNP politician who can’t accept her time is over, the signs are there, she is cutting ties, as Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh found out, she knows she is secure this term. She knows she stands in poll position to lead a minority government post 2021, and then expect her to make way or bail out.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘That All Sounds Lovely’, Former SNP MP Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh has been barred from standing as a nationalist candidate in the SNP, no room at Brussels for ‘Livid’ Tasmina as Nicola Sturgeon’s crew slam the door shut on her European Dreams, as an actress you would have thought she could have improvised a story on being found guilty of professional misconduct were she was the heroine, but alas no!

Dear All

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, the former SNP MP who co-hosts The Alex Salmond Show has been barred from standing as a nationalist candidate. When you look at this show, there are two distinct phases apparent in my mind, pre trouble, and post trouble, for both of those presenters. In the case of Alex Salmond, his troubles are acute, while Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh’s problems are more chronic in nature. Ms. Ahmed-Sheikh doing her piece to camera on RT looks and sounds increasingly like a woman who could be selling vacuum cleaners on Ideal World!

Ms. Shiekh hitched her star to the wagon of Alex Salmond quite early.  

Away back in 2014, I was campaigning against Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh online as she toured around Glasgow with a group trying to get elected. The little support group as I recalled where hanging around Glasgow South West, basically places like Darnley. This was also the year of the Scottish independence referendum, the Salmond era was at its high, but was also to, spectacularly to fall as events unfolded. The SNP’s ‘summer offensive’ rolled on like the Germans did in Operation Barbarossa, the political fighting was fierce with Nationalists targeting women from Better Together while the referendum and the election ran parallel for a time.

Hate filled the air, but when the smoke cleared in the EU election, the ‘summer offensive’ to get three seats was to turn out to be a disaster, the SNP only returned two MEPs and the nasty campaign by the SNP was turned into a race thing. This election also saw David Coburn of Ukip nip in and get that third seat so prized by Tasmina and the SNP.

It was a night of joy and laughter, well laughter from me at any rate.

In the aftermath of being rejected, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh was to win the seat of Ochil & Perthshire South in 2015, but in two short years, the snap election saw her punted down the road, losing to a Conservative candidate.

It was a night of joy and laughter, well laughter from me at any rate.

Since losing the seat of Ochil & Perthshire South in 2017, she has been found guilty of professional misconduct and fined £3,000 over her handling of a trust fund at a law firm where she was previously a partner. Now, that the SNP is on the political slide, Nicola Sturgeon can’t afford to have Tasmina Ahmed-Shiekh as a Euro Candidate! And with elections for Holyrood and Westminster so time away and Sturgeon looking for the exit, Tasmina could be back! Of course to cement her position it would be helpful if Alex Salmond regained the leadership.

You have to wonder what was going through Tasmina’s mind when she thought that standing was a good idea, when patently ‘the baggage’ was a major problem. According to sources it was said that she was “livid” after her initial vetting application was put on the back burner, destroying her bid to be selected for the May 23 elections.

Having sucked up to the leadership in my opinion, maybe she thought that she had a pass, but it seems that Nicola Sturgeon party thought otherwise. During an internal appeal hearing on Thursday, Ms Ahmed-Sheikh is said to have given a passionate defence of her suitability for elected office.

But let’s face it, when your face doesn’t fit, it doesn’t fit!

As I previously blogged there are two courts in the SNP, the Court of King Alex and the Court of Queen Nicola. Tasmina was in the wrong court, plus her being on RT as a presenter for Alex Salmond doesn’t play well. In politics, it helps to have ‘allies’, in the case of Tasmina, it appears that Joanna Cherry, an SNP MP and an ally of Salmond, raised concerns about the vetting process at a meeting of the party’s ruling national executive.

We can expect more from the Court of King Alex in future as the SNP spilt into two factions. No surprised that Ahmed-Sheikh’s appeal was dismissed and the party ruled that she should not be on the approved list of potential candidates.

Removed from the approved list of potential candidates is what you should focus on here, because unless there is a power shift, it is doubtful that Holyrood or Westminster will ever be available to her again. Less than two years ago she was part of the SNP front bench at Westminster, not that this is a thing.

It is understood that the ‘main reason’ for the rejection of Ms Ahmed-Sheikh was that she was fined £3,000 in January after being found guilty by a tribunal of professional misconduct.

Question is, how can she in future rewrite this piece of history to be the heroine?

Finally, if insult to injury is worth noting in this case, the SNP list of European candidates are;

Alyn Smith, an angry wee man who lost badly to me on the Gordon Brewer Radio Show.

Former MSPs Aileen McLeod and Christian Allard, one is past it and the other never had it.

Margaret Ferrier, the former MP, a complete banger of the highest order.

Heather Anderson, a councillor who I have never heard of.

Alex Kerr, a party activist.

Finally, as Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh looks and laments at this list and the woefully and dreadful lack of talent, she might feel quite angry which is rather understandable. This group doesn’t represent choice or quality which is sorely needed at the EU Parliament. Given the state of politics, it will probably be two that get elected if the election goes ahead in May. Getting three is a bit of a stretch but do keep a lookout for Tasmina on the campaign trial just in case Nicola Sturgeon throws her a Westminster biscuit!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University