Three things happened yesterday that I followed with interest and am I not talking about the potential for the Dees to sign yet another midfielder, John Brown please just go.
No, first there was BBC Question Time from my very own beloved Dundee. It was as flat as the earth is round. The panel uninspiring, the audience in the main ill-informed and if you must speak and are not taking the piss then please have an argument worth listening to. The lady in the audience banging on about working people, sorry you really need to wake up and learn a little of the world around you, honestly, nerves aside, you really had no idea of what you were talking about. John Swinney came across as someone who wanted to be somewhere else, Ruth Davidson tried to have a serious voice while working to convince even herself of the rubbish she spouts on a daily basis, Dugsdale from Labour is the new vacuous poster girl and seems to not remember even recent political history in this country. Dimbleby noted a panel of four to ensure balance, fuck me, did I hear that correctly, BBC and balance in Scotland have never went before why now. Wouldn’t be because of a certain media bias report that came out that you say is shite is it. The star was Jim Sillars, here was an honest and honourable man who knew what he was taking about and just oozes class and decency. All politicians should look at him and learn something about how to conduct yourself. Overall the programme was crap, with a pretty flat debate and a desperately ignorant audience in the main.
Number 2 – Labour won a bye-election in a super safe seat in Cowdenbeath in the mid-term of a government in Holyrood for seven years on a very low turn out while repeating lies, half-truths and playing on a pretty thick local electorate (sorry but true) who would vote Labour even if they told them to jump off a bridge. The winner, whatever his name, was so bereft of anything that if he had been a corpse he would have still won. You might think that it says little for the SNP, but places like Cowdenbeath will never turn, no matter how much they have to suffer, unemployment, decline, poverty, ill-health etc they will hold to this Labour vision that no longer exists but that the PARTY spill out knowing that those very poor people will provide the winner with a very good life for the next few years. I just wish some communities would wake up because your ignorance drags us all down.
Number 3 and my favourite of the night was the Liberal Democrats getting beaten by UKip, yes I did say Ukip. The Liberals came dead last, what this shows is that if you tell lies in a campaign, big fat bare-faced lies and then go against everything you said and put the Tories in power over Scotland, then even the ignorant of Cowdenbeath can demonstrate that even they are not that thick. Can’t wait to see wee Wullie Rennie try to spin this one. The Liberals, no matter the result in September, are finished as a political party. They will be wiped out in Europe and wiped out in Scotland. Now I consider myself a liberal but would never vote for them in their current form. Clegg is a Tory, Alexander is a Tory, Scott is a Tory, Will Rennie is just not any good. Charles Kennedy at least had some decency. Nick Clegg, I wonder how happy you are today, and liberal voters, you really need to start thinking about a different path if you are to save your party.
I also nearly slept in because I stayed up too late. What we do to maintain an interest in politics, even though the politicians are doing their best to kill that interest.