Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The SNP are the Real Plague of Scotland; Alex Salmond supporter Mark Hirst is blasted by Rape Crisis Scotland charity over alleged "threatening" comments about female witnesses of Salmond trial, chilling youtube video talks about there is “going to be a bit of a reckoning” when the Coronavirus pandemic is over.

Dear All

There have been several sad stories of people who have lost their lives in the corona virus pandemic; each life lost is a tragedy in itself for society. Three deaths caught my eye while scanning the news, In Italy a 72 year old Priest gave up his ventilator so a younger patient could live, an ENT surgeon who saved many lives contracted the virus and passed away, a 13 year old boy died.

Whether you are young, whether you are old, the message is clear…… stay at home!

Stay at home to save lives, the life you save might be your own, a family member or a neighbour. Shop for essentials then get back indoors. Being isolated is hard, people by nature are social beings, after several days inside, I did some shopping; it was a surreal experience after being stuck at home. More surreal was the fact that the panic buying had eased off, I put this down to people who hoarded being stocked up rather than them coming to their senses.

It is a time of fear, but also a time of resolve, where we have to dig in as the number of people dying climbs; people infected weeks ago paint a grim picture, but it can get a lot grimmer. Today, we learned nearly four hundred souls had lost their lives; we can expect many more to add to that UK total hovering around 2,000 mark.

Defeat has been fought off but we are far from victory, this is a time of bitter endurance.

One issue in Scotland amid the concerns of coronavirus is the aftermath of the Alex Salmond trial. Although Salmond has postponed his day of reckoning, his supporters are as keen as mustard to show their vocal support. Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Joanna Cherry, Wings over Scotland, Craig Murray, all have something to say about what transpired re Salmond. There is a lot of anger, and with the victory by Salmond, their cause has a spiritual zealot zeal to it while at the same time Sturgeon’s ‘allies’ if that term has any meaning seem to have melted away like snowdrops. Salmond’s 9 accusers penned a letter, but you get a feeling other than organisations like Rape Crisis Scotland who get the bulk of their funding from the Scottish Government, support for them is like the non-existent footfall on a Scottish street. 

Rape Crisis Scotland is headed up by former Glasgow University student called Sandy Brindley. I remember her from Glasgow University as she used the QMU and for some reason always seemed to be wearing a blue duffel coat, rain or shine. Why Rape Crisis Scotland is putting them forward into what is seen as an internal SNP civil war is something for them and Brindley to come to grips with. One thing is certain, in this scenario, there are no winners, no upside and negatives will come out later. In a post Salmond world, the Scottish political landscape will change because people attached to Salmond never forget and never forgive.

Present day, in the ‘phoney war’, an Alex Salmond supporter has been blasted by the rape crisis charity over alleged "threatening" comments about female witnesses who testified against Salmond. One chap on the radar is Mark Hirst, he is a former SNP candidate who said that he suspected the "precious anonymity" of Salmond's accusers would "not be continued".
Of course, people will continue to play the guessing game into the identity of  these women are, but even from the trial coverage by various people including the BBC, some people have pieced together who testified against Alex Salmond. And others from got it on tape apparently from the mouth of Salmond’s QC, Gordon Jackson. One wonders if the 9 women are also waiting for corona virus to be over before they also go public and reveal themselves. They may wish to do this before Mark Hirst gets to see the events that happen in which there is “going to be a bit of a reckoning”.

Sandy Brindley of Rape Crisis Scotland said:

“These comments are sinister, threatening and to identify the women would be illegal. This behaviour should be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all parties — it serves no-one and damages an already fractured and fraught public conversation.”

When she says all parties, does she mean political?

I am sure all political parties will condemn violence, sexual assault and rape against women, but in the Salmond case, a jury found him innocent of all charges, 12 not guilty and one not proven. However much Sandy Brindley of Rape Crisis Scotland might want other parties to stand as united front, she might find the ‘frontlines’ rather empty.

And I hope she isn’t a woman to trust Nicola Sturgeon.

For the record, a court order issued by trial judge Lady Dorrian means it is a criminal offence for anyone to publish the identities of the women.

In a YouTube video, Hirst said:

“I suspect very strongly that as this rumbles on, that precious anonymity that they’ve sought will not be continued. Because these women, and not just these women, some of the people involved in this, are senior members of the Scottish Government, senior members of the SNP.”

He continued:

“And they’ve been involved in this active collusion to try and destroy Alex Salmond’s reputation and there’s not a cat’s chance in hell that they’re going to get away with that. So they’re going to reap a whirlwind, no question about it. As soon as this virus emergency is out the way, then there’s going to be a bit of reckoning takes place. We’ll clear out the soft independence supporters which are currently leading the party, that’s why we’ve seen no movement in nearly six years.”

You might be unaware but Hirst has worked for several SNP MSPs over the years and also worked for Russian state news agency Sputnik. As well as accepting the Scottish rouble like Alex Salmond, he also contributed to programmes for The Alex Salmond Show which can be seen on Russian state broadcaster RT. In a game of winners and losers, it is clear that Mark Hirst thinks that Salmond’s camp are destine to be the victors in an SNP civil war. We will have to wait and see, because despite Salmond winning, the road back into the SNP maybe very bumpy for him if at all.
One word stands in the way of his application……… no!

Nicola Sturgeon is rumoured to stepping down after the 2021 election if that happens, when she goes, what future for the 9 professional women who gave evidence against Salmond. I would say their future doesn’t look bright post Sturgeon. A key test of the ‘war’ is the fight for selection at Edinburgh Central, between Joanna Cherry and Angus Roberston, a Sturgeon ally. I think we can expect a really dirty fight for the seat between these two and worse from their supporters.

Finally, as much as everyone loves a popcorn night in watching others destroy themselves, spare a thought for those who are dying, and going to die from corona virus. It is important to rout for the real victims in life, and not the made up ones. What some have expressed over the Salmond is a sincere hope that Sturgeon and Salmond groups destroy each other, wishful thinking maybe, because just as revenge is important in the SNP, so is greed, money, power, position and perks. Which is why I doubt that anyone will shed a tear for the internal civil war in SNP regardless if anyone considers themselves worth of victimhood in that fight!
Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, March 23, 2020

Freedom For Alex Salmond; SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon faces 'profound questions of integrity' after Alex Salmond is dramatically acquitted, Scottish jury doesn’t believe the testimony of 9 female accusers who are allegedly closely linked to Nicola Sturgeon, already there are calls for resignations, Salmond says he is victim of a political plot and information will be made available in due course, “Alex Salmond is back from the dead and he will have his revenge.”

Dear All

I first met Alex Salmond  during the 2008 Glasgow East By-election, that election saw John Mason beat Margaret Curran by 365 votes. I spent 16 days on that campaign and saw a fair bit of how the SNP operated as a campaigning machine. After a session out in Glasgow East, I was told to go grab a sandwich and a drink, so I wandered into the kitchen and sat down. Not along after tucking into a few ham salad sandwiches, in popped Alex Salmond and just sat down beside me. He immediately struck up a conversation where we talked about politics, university and the campaign. 

We chatted for about 10 minutes before someone called Austin Sheridan who later would be an SNP Cllr turned up. Sheridan declared he wanted to be ‘Prime Minister of Scotland’, me and Salmond just looked at each other and settled back. Over the next four years, I would see him at various by-elections where he would say a few words to me, unlike many who rushed over to him, I didn’t but he always acknowledged me in passing.

I make no bones about how I was badly treated in the SNP, after I put in a complaint after being contacted by someone about being smeared as a sexual pervert, the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon’s husband Peter Murrell and Iain McCann did absolutely nothing. It seems that smearing someone as a sexual predator or a sexual pervert is a modus operandi in the party. The year was 2012, but it appears the same tactics are alive and well under the tenure of Nicola Sturgeon. As Alex Salmond has found out, the SNP has fallen very far from grace into a nasty vicious petty organisation steered from the top. 

What I didn’t know was how far the rottenness had set in until it was leashed on me, I guess Alex Salmond now knows what and why I blog the way I do about the SNP senior leadership.

Today sees a jury deliver what many people expected and others didn’t expect, Alex Salmond has been found innocent of all charges that he is a sexual predator, he has described the last two years as a "nightmare" and promised to reveal evidence of a conspiracy against him. Under Nicola Sturgeon some see the SNP as a party which is very much anti heterosexual, pro women (nationalist), pro man hating feminist and pro Lgbt. 

For years I highlighted the four main groups that make up the SNP, Muslim, Lgbt, the rich and Sein Fein lite, although feminism is a ‘thing’ now that is because Nicola Sturgeon controls the party. 3rd wave Feminism now is as Tv commentator Milo Yiannopoulos aptly says as a vicious nasty man hating movement and Sturgeon herself is keen to tell people she is a feminist.

After hearing the verdict, Alex Salmond spoke briefly outside the High Court in Edinburgh after being acquitted of 13 sexual offences charges.

He said:

“Ladies and gentlemen, just over a year ago when we finished the civil action and judicial review, I said I had great faith in the court system of Scotland. That faith has been much reinforced today. So I’d like to start by explaining that faith and thanking the jury for their decision. I’d also like to thank the court service; who have been courteous beyond limit over the last two weeks and to the police officers who’ve manned this trial under these extraordinary circumstances.”

He added:

“Obviously above all I’d like to thank my friends and family for standing by me over the last two years. I would like to thank my brilliant legal team, who are absolutely exceptional. And I’d like to thank all of the people who’ve sent so many messages over the last 18 months or so, but particularly in recent days. As many of you will know, there is certain evidence that I would have liked to have seen led in this trial, but for a variety of reasons we were not able to do so. At some point that information, that facts and that evidence will see the light of day. But it won’t be this day, and it won’t be this day for a very good reason, and that is whatever nightmare I’ve been in over these last two years it is as of nothing compared to the nightmare that everyone that every single one of us is currently living through. People are dying. Many more are going to die. What we’re doing just now, and I know you [the media] have got a job to do, is not safe. I know it’s your job, but it ain’t safe, and my strong, strong advice to you is to go home, those who can and are able to, take care of your families and God help us all.”

The trial maybe over but what isn’t over is Alex Salmond wanting his pound of flesh, during his trial, we heard his legal team had wanted to question witnesses about an alleged political plot to "discredit" him. Judge Lady Dorrian refused to allow it for legal reasons. During his two-week trial, Salmond said some of the allegations against him were "deliberate fabrications for political purposes".

If you check twitter, you can see already that Wings Over Scotland tweeted;

“James Matthews on Sky News reporting what nobody was allowed to say before now: it's the view of Alex Salmond, and others, that Nicola Sturgeon was at the heart of a conspiracy against him”.

Well there you have it folks, two buddies and one allegedly saying “it's the view of Alex Salmond, and others, that Nicola Sturgeon was at the heart of a conspiracy against him”.

For many years, I said that there was something wrong about Nicola Sturgeon, she isn’t likeable, but it is more than that, this is a woman who lives a fake persona of being a ‘caring individual’. We see the mask slip when she resumes her normal personality which is rather ugly.

Here is a quote I found:

“Alex Salmond is back from the dead and he will have his revenge.”

And now having been found innocent, could the SNP refuse him membership or standing as a candidate? 

Nicola Sturgeon and her husband Petere Murrell control the party machine, but the grassroots will not follow them as Salmond makes public matters that he wasn’t allowed to speak of in the trial. Corona virus takes precedent as Salmond says, but the reckoning is coming, postponement matters not a jot. 

The thing about revenge it is like food, quality matters but quantity is as equally important if not more so. Given the accusers are high profile SNP and Scottish Government women, one thing they will know or I suspect that they will come to the conclusion is that ‘Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have their back’.

People are already calling the nine women who accused Alex Salmond of sexual offences…. Liars! 

Every accusation had come from people who’d been on Alex Salmond’s own team which he must have found disappointing to say the least, these women were either his political colleagues or his own staff it appears. Every single accuser came from a very small circle within the SNP, or civil servants very closely connected to that circle. 

Already, the rumour mill at Wings Over Scotland is churning out that at that circle in its centre sits Nicola Sturgeon and Leslie Evans. He also ‘notes that no evidence directly links the First Minister to the events of the case, just as no German government document from 1939 to 1945 exists which explicitly connects Adolf Hitler to the Holocaust’.

Wings also wrote that ‘Readers may or may not draw their own conclusion from those facts’.

Being the victim of an injustice is bad enough if accidental, but the fact that nine women all allegedly close to Nicola Sturgeon have not been believed by a jury is quite extraordinary. This case is however an extraordinary case, which in the fullest of time post corona virus we will see more information put into the public domain by Alex Salmond. In an STV interviewed, you could clearly see a very unhappy and rattled Nicola Sturgeon.

Please watch the Milo video in full.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Normal service will be resumed after Corona Virus, in the meantime, I am switching to a once a week post, sadly no internet at home and libraries closed has taken its toll, stay safe, keep warm and see you on the other side

Dear All

Due to the libraries being shut down to stop the spread of coronavirus, I am not able to do a normal blogging service, basically no internet, so I am borrowing my brother's device to write this to you.

The libraries are supposed to re-open at the end of April, so the story goes!

In light of this, I am going to be doing a weekly blog, sorry about this, but I don't have the internet at home and without the library, I am stuffed.

Anyway, stay in, keep warm, and hopefully see you all on the other side.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, March 16, 2020

Fending off Alex, Woman B alleges an assault by Alex Salmond was 'like wrestling with an octopus', in glorious evidence it was said Salmond feared 3 women, one being woman B, the others his wife and Nicola Sturgeon, his fear didn’t stop him having alleged multiple sex contacts behind his wife back, so it seems Alex Salmond has the ability to overcome his ‘fears’ at least according to his lawyers!

Dear All

Start of another week and the Alex Salmond trial just keeps on getting better in terms of the high drama. I think there is a TV series to come out of this yarn whatever way this trials ends or at least a high profile documentary. As we start a new week, a woman has described fending off an alleged assault by Alex Salmond as “like wrestling with an octopus”. The analogy is pretty straight forward from his accuser. Woman B is alleging Salmond the former First Minister grabbed her wrists and attempted to kiss her. She alleges this was done in a bid to recreate an “inappropriate” Christmas card scene.

What I find interesting in terms of evidence is that three civil servants told the court that staffing rules were “changed” to ensure key female staff did not work alone with Alex Salmond in his official residence in the evening. This begs several questions like how come Salmond’s deputy Nicola Sturgeon, SNP Ministers and Salmond’s army of special advisors didn’t know about the rule change? Are we to believe that the entire senior SNP right up to Nicola Sturgeon didn’t know a thing?

If this type of behaviour was going on following complaints you would think that such a situation would be common knowledge, one civil servant said staff were “frightened” of Alex Salmond, while another said the civil service considered withdrawing some support altogether "under the circumstances". You would think with such talk that there must be a paper trail especially leading to the change in staffing as it related to Salmond logged somewhere.

Did the Civil Service log such a change?

The court heard claims Salmond indecently assaulted a female civil servant known as Woman B, in Bute House, his official residence in Edinburgh, in late 2010.  The assault allegedly happened after a meeting during which senior staff had raised concerns that a Christmas card due to be sent out by the first minister and his wife was too “sexualised”.  The card apparently depicted a painting by the artist Jack Vettriano, showing a “quite scantily clad” women reaching up to kiss an older man in glasses.

Was this card shown to the Court and the jury for them to judge?

After the meeting finished at around 11pm, the woman was left alone with the first minister in the drawing room of Bute House, and he allegedly said,

"Let's recreate the pose on the Christmas card."

I don’t care who you are but saying this to me seems rather strange especially to someone who is a female member of staff

The woman said: 

“He grabbed my wrists and pulled me towards him and I was just shocked. It felt like every time I managed to get a hand off, another hand would appear.”
Woman B said he was “persistent”, adding:

“It felt like I was wrestling with an octopus.”

The civil servant said it felt like this went on "forever" but it probably lasted for seconds or a minute, I assume that if this alleged assault happened the woman must have felt everything was moving in slow motion and was surreal.

She added;

“He was leaning towards me, trying to pull me in to him, and because he had said, 'Let’s recreate the pose on the Christmas card,’ I knew it was a sexual approach.”

The woman said she “absolutely” did not consent, adding: 

“I felt alarmed and I wanted it to stop.”

The jury where then told the alleged assault only ended when a colleague came to the door.  

She said:

“I spoke to my line manager but I don’t think there was really an option to take things further at that time in the Scottish Government, because of the relationship that existed between the civil service and the First Minister."

If the line manager is still alive, then surely this person would have to give evidence to back up the woman B’s claim that she did speak to them in their capacity as line manager?

She added:

“I felt that if I had complained formally, I would have been the problem and I would have been removed – and I had worked really hard. If I had complained, I think it would have been swept under the carpet, and I think I would have suffered in my career as a result.”

One thing I do recognize which woman B is speaking about is the vindictive nature and modius operandi of the SNP to target people who make complaints, I know because this happened to me. I put in a complaint asking for an investigation because I was passed information that certain SNP members were allegedly smearing me. Nothing was done, then when I complained about how the SNP was operating publicly, I was targeted no less by William Henderson, the Nationalist Sec, when I went public, Henderson resigned and disappeared.

Later I decided not to be involved in the SNP phoney complaint against me setup by Henderson who was not only the complainer but also setting up the hearing against me; he was talking to the judges outside the process.

Totally against natural justice and human rights!

Woman B also said she never saw anybody in a senior position in the Scottish Government tackle the First Minister about his behaviour. If you understand how the SNP works you could be tempted to believe this. The SNP is run on the lines of the cult of personality, everything, but everything is done to protect the ‘Great Leader’ at all costs.

The same doctrine still exists today in the party, Nicola Sturgeon was “transformed” from an angry vicious wee Nat into a caring superwoman, a Chief Mammy, a benevolent "guide" for the nation without whom the transformation to a better future could not occur without her presence. And that is all bullshit, the SNP plastered over the flaws but you can see the through the cracks, Nicola Sturgeon can't fake being caring, she can't fake being concerned, and she can't fake being a Chief Mammy, no matter how many kids she hugs or has surrounding her.

Under cross-examination, Shelagh McCall QC, Salmond's lawer, suggested the First Minister’s behaviour was “hijinks”. 

Woman B responded:

“I would say that it was 11 at night in an empty room at Bute House, and I don’t think that can be described as hijinks.”

Salmond, 65, faces multiple charges of sexual assault and one of attempted rape. He denies all the allegations but he has got some good news, he has been formally acquitted of a charge of sexual assault after the Crown offered no evidence.

Judge Lady Dorrian told Mr Salmond:

"In light of the decision of the advocate depute, I formally acquit you of charge six on the indictment."

Finally, although the corona virus is getting big media attention, this trial is worth a watch, sadly it is not televised which is a great shame. Along with this post, I found an interesting take on the SNP as a party lacking in moral values in the youtube video, take the time to watch it and ponder. 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Roller Coaster Ride of the Alex Salmond Trial, 14 charges against Salmond include one of attempted rape, one of sexual assault with intent to rape, ten others of sexual assaults and two of indecent assault, he has pled not guilty to them all, it is claimed that women told not to work alone at Bute House with Alex Salmond after an alleged late night sexual assault, Woman G claims she was “frightened”

Dear All

It is nearly the end of the first week of the Alex Salmond trial, and what a week it has been in terms of evidence put before the Court. Salmond fighting against 14 sex charges involving ten women is maintaining his innocence. The women who testified so far have given their harrowing accounts of what they alleged happened. One interesting revelation which came out in evidence was that women told not to work alone at Bute House with Alex Salmond. The reason for this told to the jury was after an alleged late night sexual assault

One official known as Woman G told how she felt “trapped” after Mr Salmond insisted she go back with him to Bute House after a dinner at a restaurant in Edinburgh in April 2014.
She said he had got her to sit next to him on a sofa, made inappropriate remarks, put his arm around her and “leaned in” for a kiss.

Salmond’s QC, former Labour MSP Gordon Jackson after her revelations suggested to her the matter may have been inappropriate, but had not been viewed as being very serious. Her reply to Jackson’s comment was

“It was serious enough for us to change our staffing practices.”

Asked by Alex Prentice QC, for the prosecution, what had changed, she said:

“The specific change was that women were not to be alone with Mr Salmond in Bute House.”

She said there was also to be no civil service support for Mr Salmond after a certain time in the evening – 7pm or 9pm – unless there was specific government business to attend to.

If this evidence was true, there would be a record, a paper trail to follow and most importantly people at the other end of the trail to question, such as Alex Salmond’s Chief of Staff, Geoff Aberdein.

Here is an interesting article written in 2019 about Holyrood’s Salmond probe for reference.

Woman G told the court she felt like a “play thing” for Salmond after an earlier incident when he had smacked her on the bottom as they left a restaurant in Glasgow after a dinner in 2012.

She said:

“Mr Salmond ushered people out ahead of him and I was standing back. He gestured for me to go ahead of him and as he did that he smacked my buttocks.”

In recent footage of the trial we see Alex Salmond gesturing to the two women with him to go in front of him as he walks into the Court building.

Alex Prentice for the Crown asked how she reacted.

“I was shocked. It had not happened to me before. We were in a public place and I remember feeling like I had to make sure I didn’t react visibly. I didn’t want to look embarrassed, so I carried on leaving the restaurant. It felt demeaning and it made me feel I was a play thing to him.”

After the 2014 dinner in Edinburgh, she said she had papers for Mr Salmond which he could have taken himself, but he wanted her to go back to Bute House with him.
Inside, she had left the papers on the table in the second-floor sitting room and asked if she could leave.

She said:

“He said I wasn’t to leave. He beckoned to me to sit next to him on the sofa.”

Mr Salmond had gone to the drinks cabinet and poured two glasses of limoncello.

She added:

“He wanted me to drink some shots with him. I told him I wasn’t going to be drinking, I didn’t like limoncello.”

She said Mr Salmond told her to call him Alex and put his feet up on the coffee table.

“I began to feel slightly intimidated and trapped,” she said.

She said he had made inappropriate comments such as “what I would do to you if I were 26”.

She said:

“I thought it meant that he would try to have sex with me, to have sexual relations with me. He had his arm around me and at that point I started to feel panic and he leaned in to kiss me.”

Mr Prentice asked if she had agreed to any of this or any signal which invited it. She said:

“No, I had been trying to leave and had been saying it in many different ways.”

She had tried to make up an excuse about a guest needing to get into her flat and made her ringtone go off so it sounded as if they were trying to contact her. She said she had sat with “my legs closed tightly and my arms closed around me”.

Prentice asked:

“Were you frightened?” She said: “Yes, I was frightened. It was at that moment I knew if I didn’t get out that something serious might happen, so I just stood up and said ‘I have to go’ or ‘Can I go now?’ I just grabbed my coat and walked to the door.”

Asked about Mr Salmond’s reaction, she said:

“He was frustrated and almost defeated and said something along the lines of ‘fine, go’.”

She said she messaged a colleague saying she wouldn’t do her shift the next day because Alex Salmond had “been out of order” or “inappropriate” and she stayed off work for a few days. She said she was “extremely embarrassed” and “confused” and “hated him for what he had just done”.

Cross-examining, Gordon Jackson said Mr Salmond’s behaviour had been “thought of as nothing at the time”, but years later had become a “criminal thing”. Woman G rejected a suggestion by Mr Jackson that when Mr Salmond put his arm around her on the sofa he was attempting to comfort her because she seemed upset.

“No, not at all,” she said.

She said she had viewed it as “a move with romantic intentions”.

Mr Jackson also suggested to Woman G that when Mr Salmond allegedly smacked her bottom he was being “playful – even if you didn’t take it that way”.

She replied:

“I think it was extremely inappropriate.”

The trial is said to have been slotted to run 4 weeks, but apparently this trial is moving quickly and could end a week earlier.  Like many people, I am wonder when Moira Salmond, the wife of the accused will make an appearance to come down and standby her husband. I suppose this will be painful for her given Alex Salmond’s special defence that several women had consensual sex acts with him.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Corona virus is a Pandemic, 460 cases in the UK, we know about, Italy is in lockdown, in Scotland the number of positive tests spikes to 60, large Scottish gatherings over 500 to be banned, and actor Tom Hanks and his wife have been infected in Australia, is the information we are being told enough to really educate ourselves to how much danger we are in?

Dear All

Coronavirus is a rather nasty bug which is going to kill a lot of people, at present; you get the impression that some parts of the world are taking the threat more seriously than others. Italy is on lockdown, borders are being closed; entire cities are staying indoors. Large gatherings are banned but one place stands out as taking the threat more seriously, that is Russia. Russia closed their borders really quickly and has had few cases despite being one of the biggest countries in the world. In the West, the thinking of business as usual has prevailed which in retrospect shouldn’t have happened because some feared the ‘hit’ to the financial markets.

Coronavirus is grim and the chance to isolate it has gone, we have a pandemic, no one is safe, no matter how much soap or toilet roll they buy. You get a sense that the virus is being downplayed in certain countries. People getting off planes from Italy just breeze back into the UK, no health checks which is contrary to information like this news report put out.

So, a question is why?

In the UK, we are expecting things to get worse, we are seeing businesses suffer, but isn’t a short term hit better than a long term tragic human outcome? Already the airlines are seeing a huge drop in business. And this will have a ripple effect in business and in people having to cancel holidays to places like Italy.

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

a cough
a high temperature
shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu. What we don’t could fill a library such as how the virus is transmitted. Is it by contact or is it airborne? If it is airborne, this is a real problem, it means it will spread faster. We are told that doing certain things will limit our chances of catching it such as;

wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

And we are told; don’t touch your face, mouth or eyes if your hands are dirty because this allows a fast route into the body. It doesn’t matter whether you are rich or poor because we all have an equal chance of being infected. One person who is infected is award winning actor Tom Hanks, he and his wife have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Oscar-winning actor, 63, has been in Australia filming an upcoming Elvis Presley biopic and said he started experiencing symptoms of the virus. After tests, he and his wife got the bad news, in a statement, he said:

"Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks' will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We'll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!"

US President Donald Trump addressed the US and announced a host of new measures, notably suspending all travel from Europe, excluding the UK, for 30 days starting from Friday.  In Scotland, we are told the number of known cases has topped 60. The true number will be higher because there will be people infected just moving around the population just thinking they are okay or have a mild cold. Gatherings of over 500 are now banned in Scotland from next Monday, but will that measure be enough and also who came up with that number and is there any science behind it?

What needs to happened is the public being told more information in order to keep them save, so far, we have been told about crowds and hand washing, but you get a sense of phased denial is coming to an end. We are told that governments are working to find a cure but how did this virus suddenly get so widespread? The obvious answer is airplanes, in a global world, the spread of virus and disease is so fast, especially with open borders. As of Wednesday, there were 460 confirmed cases in the UK and eight people had died after contracting the disease. We haven’t turned a corner with the virus so that it has run its course, and we don’t know if the authorities get it wrong it could spring up again and mutate to another strain.

So far, we have been told there are two strains.

I don’t think people should feel safe at present, economies can be rebuilt, but this virus kills, I think we need to know and be told more. Tom Hanks and wife hopefully will make a full recovery. If someone like Tom Hanks who lives a comfortable life can be infected, then what hope is there for the rest of us?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Let Justice be done and seen to be done, Woman H tells High Court in Edinburgh that she felt 'hunted' by former SNP First Minister Alex Salmond before alleged attempted rape, first day of Alex Salmond trial, the jury of nine women and six men face possibly the most high profile case they will ever have to judge

Dear All

We may be in the middle of a corona virus epidemic, we may be can’t get our hands on loo roll for panic buying, we may be seeing countless SNP MPs and MSPs play the mental health card but as the apocalypse and the end of the world beckons, the Alex Salmond trial is rolling on. Alex Salmond’s have lodged special defences of consent and alibi, Alex Salmond is denying all criminal charges.

Yesterday, the trial kicked with a former Scottish Government official telling the Edinburgh High Court her evidence of what allegedly happened to her Bute House after an allegedly drunken Alex Salmond tried to rape her.

The woman said she felt “chased” and “hunted”.

In her evidence she said the alleged assault in an upstairs bedroom in June 2014 happened when one of her arms was incapacitated by a recent fall. The woman listed on the trial simply as Woman H said:

“He full-on pounced”.

She added:

“I wish in hindsight I had just screamed or kicked him in the nuts, but I was so frozen I was panicking inside. He would not stop. He was not listening.”

After Salmond fell asleep she claims she went to another room and waited “till the coast was clear” before leaving by the back door. 

Her evidence said:

“I remember curling up on the floor in the foetal position thinking, ‘Just be quiet. Be really quiet. He will hear you. I was scared. I was in shock for a long time after this.”

She said she did not tell anyone about the attack because she did not want the “humiliation” of being thought of as one of Mr Salmond’s “other women”.

This bit above interests me, here is a former Scottish Government employee saying that she did not want the “humiliation” of being thought of as one of Mr Salmond’s “other women”. This tends to suggest that prior to Salmond’s admission of cheating on his wife repeatedly that it was common knowledge about Salmond among staff. If this was common knowledge among staff, how exactly did the entire SNP stasi including Nicola Sturgeon not know?

Woman H gave her evidence from behind a screen at the High Court in Edinburgh on the first day of Mr Salmond’s trial for a series of alleged sex crimes.

Alex Salmond has lodged a special defence of consent in relation to four charges involving three women and alleged incidents at Bute House between 2010 and 2013; in total he faces 14 charges from 10 women. The jury of nine women and six men heard his defence against one charge of indecent assault, two of sexual assault, and one of sexual assault with intent to rape was that he “reasonably believed” the women "to be consenting throughout". Nine of the charges relate to alleged incidents at Bute House, his former official residence in Edinburgh.  To get a sense of what she is saying, you have to read the transcript, Alex Salmond isn’t just a guy from down the street, he is arguably one of the most high profile people of the SNP and independence movement in recent memory, even although he cancelled his SNP membership, he is still seen as the SNP.

Judge Lady Dorrian described Salmond as a “well known political figure” and asked the jury whether they had any strong feelings, either of support or animosity, towards him which would stop them acting in an “unbiased” manner. She stressed they had to reach a verdict solely on the basis of the evidence in court and they should “cast aside entirely” any political feelings they had. She also warned them not to access any material about Mr Salmond or the trial on social media “in the interests of justice”.

Nine women and six guys of the jury don’t have an easy task.

Now, leaving the trial to one side, it runs for several weeks, one thing I have noticed is the remarkable mental health problems that serious SNP politicians and former SNP politicians claim to suffer from.

Former SNP Minister Derek Mackay attempts to “groom” a schoolboy, needs mental health treatment.

Former SNP Minister Mark McDonald harasses a woman assessed for mental health treatment.

Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry confesses to embezzling more than £25,000 from pro-independence campaign groups, pleads guilty and then decides she doesn’t like jail so appeals to get verdict overturned, jumps on the mental health bandwagon.

How many more times does this need to happen before people start to recognize a pattern? It seems in the case of the three above, Mackay, McGarry and McDonald that this is an attempt to paint themselves as victims. I had to watch the McDonald interview with some bemusement as he talked about his mental health assessment and thoughts of saying goodbye cruel world. The world is cruel when you get outed, especially in the press. One thing is certain, sex and politics don’t mix and neither does embezzlement and politics. Natalie McGarry is apparently in Court in April; this is for me a more important trial than Salmond’s.

Finally, I met Alex Salmond several times, we even had reasonably long talks since I was quite active in campaigning for the SNP prior to being smeared; I still have trouble wrapping my head around this trial. Met him in 2008 in Glasgow East, he came into the kitchen at the Glasgow East by-election and sat down to strike up a conversation with me as I was having lunch. He was very friendly, and he liked to talk to people even although he didn’t know me from Adam. Day two of his trial, and let justice be done.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, March 9, 2020

The World has gotten a lot poorer, Max Von Sydow, a truly great actor of the silver screen as died at the age of 90 years old; he was a real movie star who shone like a bright light in any production in a career spanning 7 decades, he even eclipsed what we see as movie superstars, he played every role well and with gravitas, his legacy of work includes some of our best known movies, such as The Exorcist and The Seventh Seal

Dear All

Lots of people do acting, few do great acting. One of the acting greats is Max Von Sydow, his list of movie credits is long and distinguished, from his big breakthrough movie of the Seventh Seal in 1956 to The Quiller Memorandum 1966, then others such as The Exorcist, Conan the Barbarian, Flash Gordon, Escape to Victory, Judge Dredd, whatever part he played, he shone and commanded gravitas. He also appeared in popular TV shows including Game of Thrones and Nuremberg, the trial of Nazis war crimes.

It is sad that such a talented man as Max Von Sydow has passed away at the age of 90 years old. Born in Sweden, he had a successful run of 11 films with Ingmar Bergman where his acting skills were honed. Always a professional, he was truly a legend of the screen. His family announced "with a broken heart and infinite sadness" that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday.

One role which you could also say he made an impression was playing Ming the Merciless in 1980's Flash Gordon; the movie was rather cheesy but Max Von Sydow along with a great soundtrack by Queen made the movie worth watching. The cast also included Topol and Mariangela Melato, the actress had the ‘Lady Gaga look’ long before Lady Gaga was even born. Another film of the B movie variety he played in was Escape to Victory, a story of a mass escape during a Germany VS the Allies football game. The movie was a vehicle for Sly Stallone who played a brooding James Dean type who wanted to get over the wire. It was a film Sydow helped elevate by his presence given most of the cast weren’t actors but former professional footballers. The movie also starred Michael Caine and Pele who did a fantastic recreation of how to score a goal.

If there is one movie you have to watch, then it must The Seventh Seal made in 1956,

This is one of the movies made in the 1950’s which was iconic and able to stand the test of time, another movie from 1954 which also stand the test is the classic Seven Samuari made just 3 years earlier by the legendary akira kurosawa. This shows that although people think of Hollywood as the be all and end all of cinema, both Sweden and Japan were producing classics in the post war period.

Director Edgar Wright led the tributes on Twitter, writing:

"Max Von Sydow, such an iconic presence in cinema for seven decades, it seemed like he'd always be with us. He changed the face of international film with Bergman, played Christ, fought the devil, pressed the HOT HAIL button and was Oscar nominated for a silent performance. A god."

Film critic Guy Lodge said;

“Max Von Sydow was "an actor who could bring great gravity to weightless junk, and quick, unpredictable humanity to, well, very grave films".

And Max did play in some really weightless junk, like the B movies The Ultimate Warrior and Soloman Kane, but his scenes were good, even in advancing years, he never lost his gravitas on the silver screen.

Finally, in a world which seems to be losing morality and gravitas, we could all do with watching more actors with the dignity, humanity and gravitas of Max Von Sydow.

When you watch him in Flash Gordon, his performance is equal too and if not better than the original Ming in the Buster Crabbe, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

SNP in Toxic Meltdown, discipline out the window, morals out the window, decency out the window, fresh calls for Derek Mackay to quit as he earns almost £5,000 since scandal and bad tempered Westminster group meeting about Mhairi Black’s activities and conduct, Mackay and Black have both crossed a line showing they are unfit for public office, neither have the decency to resign, how small Scotland has become represented by these people

Dear All

There comes a time in frontline politics when it is time to go, and if there was ever a case of ‘go now’, then that acid test has been met by former SNP Minister Derek Mackay. At present, Mackay is in hiding from an angry public, although the Mhairi Black scandal seems to fill a lot of time, no one is forgetting Derek. Derek Mackay is a disgrace and should be removed from public office but the second rate parliament that is Holyrood doesn’t have a mechanism to lever him out.

To reap on the issue, he disgraced former finance secretary who is a homosexual has not been seen in public since it emerged he had bombarded a 16-year-old schoolboy with texts, including one calling him "cute". He has stepped down as a SNP Minister but that isn’t good enough as he remains entitled to his £63,579. In his case, his career in public office is over, so it appears as he is effectively now unemployable, he is storing up his cash and riding out his term in public office. Since, the scandal, one thing which still functions is the fact he has earned almost £5,000 in salary for doing nothing.

£5,000 for doing nothing is easy money indeed. Another slap in the face of decency is that Derek Mackay automatically qualifies for a £12,000 severance payment for no longer being a minister. It seems that stepping down in disgrace isn’t a barrier to severance payments. In the wake of the Derek Mackay scandal, everyone it seems wants him to quit, mostly some are doing this for political posturing, but the real reason he should go is that standards in public life matter, and he doesn’t care a fig, much like Mhairi Black, the SNP MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South and her recent political car crash. The Scottish Conservatives say that it is right that Derek Mackay must quit now, however with the Alex Salmond trial less than week away, it is doubtful that Mackay will use this opportunity to sneek away.

You see, if he goes, he loses a lot of money and expenses.

Scottish Conservative chairwoman Rachael Hamilton said:

“It’s now almost a month since these shocking revelations came to light. That’s a long time for an elected MSP to be in hiding, and a decision has to be made. He cannot go on conning his constituents and shunning their needs – he has to quit now. We also need to know from the Scottish Government and the SNP if they have been in touch with Mr Mackay, and if he has indicated to them whether or not he intends to take his sizeable ministerial pay-off. Both Derek Mackay and the SNP clearly hope this matter will simply be forgotten about if they ignore it for long enough. But that won’t wash with the Scottish people.”

When you know that you are now unemployable, the options to earn a living become rather tight. In the past, I have written about how some people who have made it just throw it all away by an act of stupidity, in Mackay’s case, that ran to several hundred incidents of stupidity. Mackay hounded that boy; he pursued him calling him “cute”, asked him to dinner and asked that their conversations be kept secret. Derek Mackay is 42 and homosexual, the young boy is 16 and heterosexual; so where was Derek Mackay critical thinking as to whether this was right and proper?

Didn’t exist!

Derek Mackay was part of the Nicola Sturgeon inner circle, said to be her protégé, the heir apparent in waiting, the padawan, but in truth more like a Sith Apprentice, Mackay’s downfall was rapid from heir to zero in the blink of an eye. Now, instead of being an MSP, Derek Mackay is a ‘milkman’ who will milk his salary and expenses till the end of the current Holyrood Parliament.

In the aftermath of Derek Mackay, you would think that anyone in the SNP would be mindful of being round children, but apparently not, Mhairi Black, a lesbian SNP MP dived straight into the mire. Her mire was going with a drag queen to a primary school, this drag queen wasn’t panto dame like you see at xmas, no, this guy was a full blown adult entertainer. Flowjob’s online presence is littered with adult content, he had a choice, clean up his act online or not, he chose wrongly. In the building trade, there is a mentality, ‘I have done my job, fuck the lot of you’; he is of that vintage of people! He didn’t think; he didn’t understand the significance of what his online presence meant in terms of decency.

At Westminster, party MPs usually meet to discuss issues of how they are working as a group and how the messages are being received that they are putting out. The Mhairi Black scandal is like the Derek Mackay scandal, a stunning lack of self awareness. Now SNP MPs have clashed behind closed doors on Mhairi Black’s controversial trip to a primary school with an X-rated drag act. Apparently, the meeting was bad tempered, at a “shouty and sweary” Westminster group meeting, it seems the concerns relate to how her scandal will affect their vote. If you go online, you can see how the Mhairi Black scandal is playing out, really badly; some people are calling the SNP, the Scottish Nonce Party.

Although no one has been charged with a crime, the SNP has lost moral authority in their attempts to ram an lgbt agenda down the throats of primary and secondary children. It is known that the SNP target children, but the Black and Mackay episodes have played really badly right across the political divide. What does it say that Black has been called out by her fellow SNP MPs? Where is the famous stasi iron grip discipline of SNP sheep just munching at the trough, occasionally opening an eye as the world turns?  

Through leaks, we are being told that SNP MPs raised the issue of a video posted by Black last July, where she read out and mocked tweets attacking gender self-ID - and urged people not to be a “Jeremy Hunt”.

One said:

“Mhairi was calling critics cunts, which is not exactly feminist.”

Another source said:

“Many at the meeting felt that was inappropriate.”

And third SNP insider said of the school visit:

“It’s madness. Who would have thought this stunt would end in tears? This is the kind of thing that cuts through with voters - that the public will be furious about.”

You can understand by SNP MPs on a sinking ship are really worried about their future and the party’s future, especially as the Alex Salmond trial looms! After an onslaught on social media, Mshairi Black told critics:

“You just know that the people pretending to be livid that a drag queen read a book in a school in my mentions are also the people who run out to buy their kids the latest Grand Theft Auto on release day. Your homophobia is transparent.”

The Council has admitted the visit was wrong, and John Swinney, the education sec admitted the visit was wrong, and the major parties have said the visit was wrong along with civic Scotland. So, to call people homophobic based on their concerns about child safety really just poured petrol on an already raging fire. This type of stupidity is called doubling down; when you increase the heat in the hope it will die down. Typically some SNP MPs including Glasgow South MP Stewart McDonald have backed Ms Black. And in case you don’t get why, Stewart McDonald is a homosexual SNP MP.

It seems that grassroots Scotland are turning against the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon and their plans for changes to gender recognition which is being pushed by the Nationalist Lgbt community. At present, the SNP want to change the law so that men can walk into women’s safe spaces like a female changing room. It is an erosion of women’s rights as a man can walk into a changing room, strip naked in front of women and let it all hang out. In case you are a bit woolly on letting it all hang out, that would be a big todger and a set of balls in a hairy nutsack being run dry after a shower. And yes, small girls would get the same view as their mothers, obviously an adjustment for height. 

All you have to do is say you identify as a woman.

If you haven’t heard of the female penis and balls, you will be seeing them quite soon at a born female women’s changing room just hanging around.   

SNP women's group say opponents of Nicola Sturgeon's plan to self-declare gender are ignored and threatened with violence. What is laughable; is that the SNP lgbt community which controls the party direction thinks everything is fine. Guess what, it isn’t, when you remove decency in society, you open up everything to the law of the jungle. If you speak out you get threatened to stop exercising free speech.

Finally, when people speak out against the decline of decency and morality of the SNP Lgbt group, the first thing they reach for is the ‘labeling tactic’. They call you ‘homophobic’ because this is a bandwagon that others can jump in on easily. SNP MP Mhairi Black used this tactic when her scandal broke in an attempt to shut down debate. In her warped mind, parents had no right to judge what was decent or fit and proper for their children to see. Well, lesbian Mhairi Black is wrong, she has no right to push an lgbt agenda to children, and using a position of power and trust to do it is just as despicable as what Derek Mackay was all about. Derek Mackay used his position as an SNP Minister to hound a 16 year old boy and now has the extreme bad taste to hang about collecting taxpayer money. The SNP is made up as I have mentioned of various factions, the Nationalist lgbt faction which surrounds Nicola Sturgeon is the most poisonous group in Scotland.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Mass SNP Exodus; Fourth SNP MSP decides the Nationalist cause isn’t as important enough to remain in public office and is set to quit Holyrood at 2021 election, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon yet again proves she can’t generate loyalty, one person not yet signed up publicly for the exodus is Sturgeon, she must have work to do trying to charge up the bank balance and trying to secure a post FM job

Dear All

It seems that the wheels are failing off the Nationalist bandwagon and people want to bail, so far 4 SNP MSPs have declared for leaving, they obviously didn’t sign up to the dream will never die as prescribed by Alex Salmond. One of the gripes of SNP MSP Gail Ross in stepping down at the Holyrood election after a single-term is the travel. When you think of the Proclaimers saying they would ‘walk 500 miles’, Ms Ross sitting on a train presumably in first class is just too much of a hardship for her. Officially she was leaving for family reasons, maybe the Scottish Parliament could be moved nearer her house so she could just run across in her dressing gown and slippers, do a talk then run across to the house put a washing on before coming back to do a bit of voting.

As a way of staying, Ms Ross, 42, a former Highland councillor who came to Holyrood in 2016 wanted a less cost saving option, she said MSPs should be able to attend committees via video link. She also said she should be able to vote online from her constituency as should others who live far far away in a distant galaxy. Could you imagine, live from Caithness, Sutherland & Ross wisdom from the kitchen from Ms Ross.One wonders if papers had to be read, she would get them in the post or fax through? Apparently, Ross was often tipped for promotion, but never became a minister, is there anyone in the SNP who isn’t a rising star? The reason I ask is because the press keeps trying to spin the line of enormous talent in the SNP when the truth is the SNP is like a barn with the doors open with nothing inside.

As well as Ross, the ‘exodus’ from Holyrood includes Bruce Crawford in Stirling, James Dornan in Glasgow Cathcart, and Richard Lyle in Uddingston & Bellshill are also leaving next year. Crawford is 65 years old and looks like a candidate for being a readymade member of the elderly. Looking at him, I doubt his chances of a long and happy old age; he looks on the way to an early death via heart attack. James Dornan is also off, he is part of the Sturgeon cabal of Glasgow Southside his leaving is a blow to Sturgeon and leaves a vacuum in Sturgeon support. He is 66 years old, he says he has put off stuff and wants to spend more time with the family. Richard Lyle is 69 years old and hasn’t been a powerhouse of ideas for the SNP, his major claim to fame is that Lyle has been at the centre of an ongoing internal party dispute within the SNP Uddingston and Bellshill branch which saw a small minority of party members state that they would refuse to vote for him at the Holyrood election. So, Ms Ross wants more family time, and three other MSPs have ‘done their shift’ and are looking to spend the rest of what time they have left enjoying themselves.

Ms Ross said:

“The decision has been reached due to the demands of travelling to Edinburgh and being away from home for sometimes five days a week, every week. I want to be able to spend more time with my family, to watch my son grow up and to be more involved in local issues, things I cannot presently do. The sheer size of the area I represent also means that I am having difficulty in reaching every part of the constituency on a regular basis and I am not able to represent my constituents in the way they deserve and rightly expect. I recently asked the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee to ask if there is any possibility that members could video in to meetings and remote vote. If we are to encourage into politics more young people with families who live far away from Edinburgh, this has to be considered. It has not been an easy decision to make and I wish to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me in my journey through council and then parliament. It has been a huge privilege to represent the place where I grew up and although the job has sometimes been very challenging, these years have been some of the most rewarding of my professional career. My drive for independence is stronger than ever and I will continue work to make sure that all families can grow and prosper in an independent Scotland.”

If you remember I advocate the removal of the list system, this would mean smaller constituencies which in part would solve part of Ms Ross’ gripe. As to her final remark about working tom make sure that all families can grow and prosper in an independent Scotland, I find that laughable. If you aren’t willing to sacrifice for public office while getting paid for it, what chance is there when you are out of the political bubble? I think Scotland has heard the last of Ms Ross unless she goes back to being a councillor.

So far, four SNP MSPs have decided to throw in the towel, you do get a sense that the party is over, and when you know it, good sense dictates leave early. As the countdown continues to the Alex Salmond, the pressure is on the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon. Nicola Sturgeon isn’t a person who generates loyalty; don’t be surprised if more SNP MSPs decide that doing a runner is a wise career choice. One thing I saw online is that Marco Biaggi, a former SNP Minister has ruled out a return to the frontline of SNP politics, citing he has done enough of the things he wants to do.

What price the cause now Nicola?

It seems that the ‘cause’ isn’t as big as some people try and make us believe, when you stick in so many talentless people who are selfish, don’t be surprised by the outcome. They have had their ‘marriage of convenience’ with the SNP. Now, it rather looks like they are ditching Nicola Sturgeon, the party and the cause. They want to enjoy retirement in the Sun rather than the coming storm which encircles the SNP as a party.

Finally, it is less than two weeks till the start of the trial of the year, Alex Salmond at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, it will be all star; all action, and a packed house. What makes that trial special is obviously who is on trial, but let us not forget who are going to walk in the door as accusers. When a ship is sinking, when a party is over, when an event has run its course, leave early, sticking around for the finish may leave you disappointed.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

A Shameful past, a shameful present and a shameful future, the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon is totally corrupt and morally bankrupt it is time that political parties spoke out against Nationalist ‘political lgbt’ and their agenda for confusing kids, to bring a drag queen with highly sexualised material online into a school goes against any shred of decency, not only should Mhairi Black resign as an MP, John Swinney should follow her and resign as an SNP Minister

Dear All

For years, I highlighted the four main groups that control the SNP, Lgbt, Muslim, Sein Fein Lite and the rich, the most dominant one is Lgbt, naturally the SNP don't like this, they like to give the impression that they are a party for all of Scotland. Like much of the SNP output it is a crafted way to spin a lie, much like the way they sneak out reports of their failures late at night.

In recent weeks the story relating to former SNP Minister Derek Mackay has disgusted people. A grown homosexual man who was chasing after a 16 year old schoolboy in what some people called a “grooming scandal”.  All Derek Mackay did was lift the lid of a despicable and rather seedy operation called the Scottish National Party and how they target and want to sexualize children. We now know that SNP sexualization extends, not just at secondary school but also at primary schools so that children through-out their school lives are bombarded with propaganda over a period of years.

Nicola Sturgeon is the SNP Leader who is to blame for this!

Sturgeon controls the Scottish Government and among other things talks about Lgbt as an ‘exotic lifestyle’, which is a rather strange comment to make as others have mentioned. Her exotic comment was made because in recent times Nicola Sturgeon has been fending off suggestions by people for years that she is a lesbian. The rumours relate to Ms Sturgeon’s private life, cannot be disclosed for legal reasons which some people say is due allegedly to a super injunction being in place gagging the press.

One thing appears to have been flagged up by the press; something is being gagged for legal reasons.

Former SNP leader John Swinney has fallen far from grace, he is the ‘man on the ground’ as Education Sec; it is he that is making sure schools push the Nationalist Lgbt agenda.

Swinney is like a facilitator, the link between Government and the schools, making sure Lgbt material from the Lgbt community is pushed right down kids’ throats. This is done not to educate but to confuse children, there is no reason for this agenda to be taught in a school.

A series of questions for John Swinney might include;

Are you totally without honour?

Where is your integrity in public life?

What Lgbt organizations shaped this material?

Why does the SNP finance so many Lgbt organizations in Scotland?

Did any heterosexual organizations contribute material?

Whatever happens in the future, John Swinney’s career in public office is tarnished forever.

As an outsider, it looks to me that kids cannot get educated in Scotland, but they are like battery chickens on a production line. They are being brainwashed on an SNP Lgbt conveyor belt. John Swinney is the ‘man on the ground’, the front man, always best to use a heterosexual as a front man for this type of operation, gives the ‘illusion of principle’ where none exists.

We have people like lesbian SNP MP Mhairi Black adding to quality control in her role as an MP, adding to the school mix. At the end of the production line, well at the end of the ‘production line’ we have seen recently suspended ex SNP MSP Derek Mackay. What was 42 year old homosexual Derek Mackay’s end game for a 16 year old schoolboy who he said was ‘cute’ and why did he keep pursuing this boy to the tune of 270 messages?

Did he want to assess how quality control was working?

Lesbian SNP MP Mhairi Black is sometimes called by others ‘Manky’ Black, she is a middle class careerist from a rather comfortable middle class background who the SNP used to try and get the kids interested in Nationalism. Her ‘act’ isn’t drag, it is a mixture of Rab C Nesbitt and the ‘alright mucker’ mentality. This is to give the impression of the young scheme ned with the rough workie voice who done good. Black’s only claim to fame is that she was taken under the wing of Jim Sillars during the indyref campaign of 2014 with that she got elected to Westminster and has been a failure as an MP since.

She has spoken in 15 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs

She has received answers to only 6 written questions in the last year — average amongst MPs.

Mhairi Black seen as a rising star of the SNP is a below average MP.

Black’s bad judgment is now called into question openly over the Flowjob row; the drag queen row centres Paisley MP Mhairi Black visiting a local school last week with an adult entertainer. The issue isn’t the fact that a drag queen read a story to children, but rather a drag queen whose has an online presence is steeped in filth both in words and in pictures. He was seen as fit and proper to be allowed into a primary school because Black knows him, no questions asked it appears. The pair visited Glencoats Primary as part of LGBTQ history month, but whether it was done as part of LGBTQ history month, it isn’t a cover or a pass for asking whether this was right and proper in the first place. Mhairi Black and the drag queen had prior association having been photographed together; there is even a picture of Nicola Sturgeon with the drag queen as well.

A question I haven’t come across is whether this guy is an SNP member?

Here is a disturbing video of someone who thinks that drag queen story time is wrong.

You need to watch it as you need also to watch this video on twitter.

One thing however didn’t surprise me and that where Lgbt people who have spoken out that this was wrong. One person wrote this episode harks back to the time that people saw Lgbt people as paedophiles. In previous posts, I had wrote that the SNP had been taking Scotland backwards, didn’t think for a minute tho that applied to the Lgbt community.

But we live and learn!

Black defended the visit as a “great day” and accused critics of homophobia which is mental when you think Lgbt people think this is so wrong. Now we have SNP’s new head spin-doctor blundering into the row when you think about a period of silence would be needed. Former Daily Record editor Murray Foote admitted a late-night tweet he sent about the issue had failed to reflect “legitimate parental concerns”. In that respect he is like Black because she didn’t give a toss about parents concerns either. Foote compared what happened with a visit to the panto.

He wrote:

“I could be wrong but do thousands of parents not voluntarily take their primary age kids along to see drag acts in pantomime every Christmas?”

Nine hours later, after a wave of online criticism, Foote issued a clarification.

He wrote:

“In hindsight, this tweet lacked the necessary qualification around some of the legitimate parental concerns about social media posts. I was attempting to make too broad a point.”

Former Daily Record editor, now an SNP spindoctor, not a great start pouring petrol on a fire!

Edinburgh Tory councillor John McLellan, a fellow former newspaper editor, replied;

“Aye, the spin doctoring lark takes a bit of getting used to, eh Murray?”

A spokesperson for Renfrewshire Council said:

"The school pupils at Glencoats Primary are currently organising a series of activities and events to mark LGBT history month. In discussion with pupils in their Rainbow club, one of their requests was to invite people from the LGBT community to hear about their own experiences growing up and they wanted to invite a drag queen to talk to this group to hear about their own personal experience. Learning about values including equalities and diversity has an important role in the school curriculum. All school visits are arranged and managed with the wellbeing of pupils first and foremost however it is clear in this case, the social media content associated with the speaker's stage persona is not appropriate for the children and had we been aware of this, the visit would not have been arranged. We are sorry for the concern this has caused and are investigating."

Why should there be a LGBT history month in the first place?

Did a band of enlightened heterosexuals just get together and decide that would be a good idea?

The answer is no!

Just as people are aware of ‘political islam’, we have in this country ‘political Lgbt’. Political Islam is any interpretation of Islam as a source of political identity and action. It can refer to a wide range of individuals and groups who advocate the transformation of state and society according to what they see as Islamic principles. This is what the Lgbt politicians are doing in Scotland pushing their agenda. Everyone knows about it, to speak about means being branded homophobic. Mhairi Black was quick to brand people ‘homophobic’ for complaining but we should look past that and look at the issue, Black was wrong and people; parents and others are calling for her resignation as an MP. The SNP is aware of the scope of this scandal as seen by the intervention of their chief spin-doctor and his ludicrous panto gaffe.  

Finally, if you feel you must feel sorry for anyone, feel sorry for the kids, and feel sorry for Education Sec John Swinney, he is the heterosexual ‘front man’ for the SNP Lgbt project to corrupt and confuse the children of Scotland. I wonder if John Swinney allows tubs of Nutella and bananas in his house; the tools of teaching kids anal sex in schools.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University