The Peoples Vote

Now that the Labour Party have indicated they support the so called people’s vote on any EU deal, and possibly including a yes or no vote to remain a member of the EU, another referendum has become more likely.

The Tories might oppose another vote but we know that means nothing to Theresa Mayhem, she is weak and possibly only still PM by default. The question I have is this,

Should Scottish voters take part in any so called people’s vote?

For me this mess is mainly an English mess not a Scottish one but sadly we are in the U.K. Now I am of a mind to not vote in another EU referendum as I really do think this is England’s problem and I also think that a vote to remain in the EU kills off any chance of a Scottish independence referendum any time soon, possibly even in what is left of my lifetime.

Speaking to some friends they feel that not voting in a people’s vote is undemocratic, some feel it would be wrong and a form of self harm while some others agree and that a Scottish boycott would make a no vote more likely and thus more beneficial to Scotland.

It really is an interesting dilemma to say the least if the scenario comes about. It will be a difficult decision to make as I have not never voted but my priority is Scottish Independence and I would not want to do anything that delays or stops that from happening.

What will you do if there is a people’s vote?

Check the Post

The Conservatives have appointed a minister for food supplies.

David Rutley MP and ex ASDA exec will oversea food supplies. He will work with DEFRA as concerns grow regarding a no deal Brexit and delays with customs at borders. The U.K. is a net food importer, we not only don’t build much anymore we don’t grow much either, haven’t the Tories done well by Scotland.

Most food can’t be stockpiled and delays at the border will make food inedible due to delays getting to the shops. 27 months down the road we should not be at this stage, a deal was never going to be easy but the Tories are the most incompetent, as well as, cruel Government we have ever had in my lifetime. The model was Norway and the issue should never have been allowed to be about free movement which allowed mainly English prejudice to come to the fore.

Grumpies advice, check the mail every day as your ration card will soon be coming through the post.

It’s Just Different When It’s Salmond

Today news broke that Tory MSP Miles Briggs is facing sexual misconduct allegations. According to Tom Gordon at the Herald he “is alleged to have made persistent unwanted advances at a parliamentary social event”.

Now I came across this story by accident because it isn’t really making the headline news all that much, I am not surprised by this at all because it’s just different if it’s an Alex Salmond story as we all know. Any sexual misconduct allegations are serious and should be treated the same to ensure that all parties get a fair and impartial hearing, that the truth comes out, and that the issue is investigated in line with the seriousness of the allegations, and you would expect the media in Scotland to do the same, but do they? The headlines do just tend to be different don’t they, some are front page news and some, just aren’t.

Back in August the Telegraph demanded that Nicola Sturgeon has been warned it would be “completely unacceptable” to keep “hidden” from the public the nature of her discussions with Alex Salmond after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Opposition parties demanded “full transparency” and called on the First Minister to reveal what was said in three meetings with her predecessor after two female civil servants accused him of harassment. It was reported at the time that Tory equalities spokeswoman Annie Wells has written to Scottish Government Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans seeking to clarify whether complaints had been raised against Mr Salmond before January. She said: “I believe we need to know whether these allegations were ever brought to the attention of the Scottish Government prior to January 2018. “There is a clear public interest in getting a definitive answer as to whether any complaints against the former first minister were made in this period and whether any Scottish Government officials or ministers were informed about them.

I wonder what Annie Wells is saying today, obviously there is a clear public interest here regarding Miles Briggs, but it just isn’t Alex Salmond is it, because all the Tories are saying today is that “Until that process concludes, the party cannot comment”. Rhoda Grant of Labour at the time said “that the people of Scotland expect full transparency over this most serious of matters, but the SNP government has so far not been forthcoming”. I can’t seem to find any comment from the Scottish Labour Conservative Party on this disclosure today at all, anywhere. I was also wondering if Tom Gordon will run with the story for days like he did the Alex Salmond one, will we see headlines like

 

Tom Gordon: Wave of support for Salmond inside SNP could make life hell for Sturgeon

SNP on brink of civil war over Salmond sex claims

I won’t hold my breath to be honest as it’s just not Alex Salmond is it. As I said any allegation of sexual misconduct is serious and all parties desrve a fair and impartial hearing. Many in the unionist parties demand it, just not when it’s the SNP, the hypocrisy of the unionists and their pals in the dung pile that makes up the news media in Scotland just don’t surprise me at all, I suppose the only surprise is that Tom Gordon actually reported the story.

 

 

Something Different: The Meg

Silly, tongue in cheek, awful dialogue, I give you The Meg.

Jason Stratham action vehicle film basically that is what this movie is.

The Meg basically follows Jonas Taylor (Stratham) a deep sea diver and rescuer as he rescues trapped submariners at an ocean research station. On successfully completing the test he encounters a thought to be extinct Megalaodon shark and it gets released from the deep ocean. Throw in a devious billionaire, some sunbathers on a beach and you have what is called an action thriller. Well the action is pretty rubbish to be fair, and the thrills are few and far between. This film is no Jaws that’s for sure. I will give it a 4 out of 10 only because I managed to get to the end of the film, just.

Right and Wrong

I like Owen Jones but he can sometimes be really annoying, and I didn’t agree with his views on Scottish Independence or Jeremy Corbyn, but I think he is very smart and is actually an intellectual unlike certain others. Anyway Owen put out a tweet today that caught my eye and brought with it some abuse as his tweets tend to do, he is abused about his views, his sexuality and his wealth, his views are open season but the rest is just a nonsense.

But anyway, Owen’s views are definitely of the left as the tweet clearly shows but it kind of got me thinking that there has to be a middle way. The middle way wouldn’t have to be neo liberal, or of the left or right,  but there has to be a place for decency and honesty. There are many out there who believe that if you tax the wealthy they might just move their money somewhere else, yes they might and I suppose they could. But couldn’t we try to get to the place where it is morally repugnant to avoid tax, maybe even have a penalty of removing citizenship and denying visa’s to enter the UK. If you are happy to make your money here but not to pay a fair share of the taxes that maintains the infrastructure that you benefited from then you give up your right to live and visit here. Why should the rest of us pick up their tap, why should the most vulnerable pick up the bill by way of zero support and dignity.

Some are also arguing that companies who are forced to pay their taxes, like the wealthy, will just move the jobs somewhere else. Is that enough reason to accept that state of affairs. It’s bad enough that the tax payer has to subsidise poverty wages in this country at some of the biggest companies, and most profitable in the world, but surely there comes a time when enough is enough. Other than the more fringe parties like the SSP no mainstream political party are willing to be bold and brave enough to take on the wealthy and the vested interests, it’s not even just here, it’s everywhere in the western world. We are slaves, it’s just a different kind than the 17 and 1800’s but slaves we are. When is enough enough. The older I get the more of the left I become and the more frustrated that when my time comes my children will be in an even worse place than I have been, that’s not right but the answer is out there. The answer is decency, how much money is enough, how much power is enough. How long does it take for enough people to say enough is enough, while the world has taken huge leaps forward the game is still the same just with slightly different rules and the brutality is hidden, well less so every day in this country for anyone who has faced a sanction.

Owen Jones is right and wrong, he is right that we have to tax the wealthy and the companies, but we can do that fairly and with morality if we demand it and vote accordingly. We should re-nationalise as a priority all services that can be deemed a public service, and if we see companies exploiting their workers and the tax payer, we have got to stop buying their goods, even if it hurts. If we all do a little it becomes a lot. It will take time with companies like Tesco and Amazon, and we will have to wean ourselves off, but we should try even a little. We should also make sure that we do not ever bail out another bank or company, we should protect the victims and the tax payer, but the share holders shouldn’t only get to benefit from the profits and pass on the risks and loses to us, they should be held accountable and it should be written into law. It shouldn’t be capitalism for the poor and socialism for the wealthy as Owen Jones once said.

I appreciate I am being idealistic, and maybe even living in a dream world, but there has to be another way because if we don’t find it then things will get a hell of a lot worse for us, not for them.

 

Liberal Democrat Conference

I went home for lunch today so caught Willie Rennie speaking at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Brighton, so just in case you missed it here is the interesting part for you to read.

Conference, SNP Bad, Nicola must, SNP Bad, SNP Bad, SNP shite, the Liberal Democrats are winning again. SNP Bad, no to another divisive independence referendum, SNP Bad, the peoples vote is a good thing. Let me just say conference Nicola must, SNP Bad, the SNP Bad , SNP failure, SNP Bad, Nicola Bad, SNP Bad, SNP Bad, the people voted in 2014 but the 2016 referendum the people must have their say because I don’t like that result. To conclude conference Vince Cable (slurp slurp) SNP Bad SNP Bad, Jo Swinson conference (slurp slurp lovey lovey) SNP Bad , Nicola Bad Bad Bad , SNP Bad. Thank you.

Nat Fact Check

I get the occasional email from the mentalists at Scotland in Union (stupid name) sometimes and got this one today.

WoS has beaten me to it and far better lol. But anyway I had a laugh at this one. They must be getting desperate to say the least. I might start sending them stuff for a laugh.

Dear Jackie

Hiya

Here is a wee open letter regarding your comments, and demand for an apology, today in The Hootsmon in relation to the estimated benefits of oil put forward by the SNP during the 2014 referendum.

Can I just express where I think you should actually stick your request for an apology, it’s somewhere dark and depending on how you stand, potentially painful. Jackie you have said that “It was nothing more than snake oil. Nicola Sturgeon should be apologising for the people of Scotland for misleading them on an industrial scale. Jackie, have you actually read the vow, are you aware that you are in the Labour Party, Jackie are you even self-aware?

You see Jackie, no one can ever really predict oil, and even Nicola Sturgeon couldn’t predict the part that Gordon ‘ Vow ‘ Brown and the Labour Party would play in the biggest economic disaster since the great depression, in fact Jackie many people actually believe that your party’s deregulation of banking actually helped cause it. The estimates given for oil during the referendum were based on valid estimates at the time, but you and your party, by your incompetence, stupidity and hatred of independence,  made sure that didn’t happen due to your open warfare on the economy that led to austerity, the collapse of the economy and the decimation of the oil industry that has continued from the referendum until today, ending any hope of greater wealth from the luck that is oil.

Now Jackie I don’t like to bang on about oil because my vote for Scottish Independence has nothing to do with it, you see unlike you, I am actually a democrat and believe that Scotland would be best served by governing itself, unlike you who prefers to be governed by England. Now I would put it to you that in fact, you and your party, should be on your knees begging for Scottish forgiveness given the lies that your party told to keep the benefits of oil a secret in the late 1970’s, that staunch socialist Tony Benn was involved and your very own Chancellor Denis Healey who said that,

so not only should you be begging for forgiveness for lying to the Scottish people but you should also beg for forgiveness about how bloody stupid you lot were when it was discovered in the first place. What did you say at the time, ” they have discovered oil in the north sea”, ” oh that’s good “. Blind leading the blind I suppose, but hey it did pay for Thatcher to decimate the Scottish economy and bring about mass unemployment in every village, town and city so your work was done.

Jackie you should maybe also apologise and explain why the UK, you know the place you love to be in servitude to, has somehow managed to actually become poorer as a result of oil, be a trillion pounds in debt, how we have no savings. Jackie, were you and your party, supported by your masters in the Conservative Party, just giving the stuff away, or maybe some people, you know your pals, have gotten rich while Scotland has gotten poorer. The only country in the world to have discovered oil and become poorer, a Labour record to be proud of there Jackie, well done, you’re a legend and a master at incompetence.

So Jackie to conclude, if there is actually a black hole in Scotland’s finances then ask yourself, or get someone to read it and spell it out to you as I know you find things hard to understand, you should ask yourself about why after 300 years Scotland is still in this state. You should ask yourself why Scotland has become poorer as a result of the union and the discovery of oil, you should ask yourself what part you and your disgusting party of non socialists played in that, you should ask yourself why you haven’t sought help for your obvious intellectual condition and you should get on your knees and beg for forgiveness for the harm and destruction that you , your party, and your Tory masters have brought upon Scotland.

Yours insincerely

Grumpy

What then?

Robbie Dinwoodie in an article in the IScot Magazine this month noted that Nicola Sturgeon has to take into account the ” now is not the time” factor. If, as seems certain, Westminster declines to give permission for a second independence referendum, what then? While the article is about the growth commission report I found what Robbie said about indy2 the most important part.

Now in July Westminster debated a motion put forward by Ian Blackford, SNP Westminster leader , That this House endorses the principles of the Claim of Right for Scotland, agreed by the Scottish Constitutional Convention in 1989 and by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, and therefore acknowledges the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs. The motion was passed without a division, but it will mean nothing.

Does anyone think for one minute that Westminster will agree to another referendum on Scottish Independence? I don’t. I think they will fight tooth and nail to make sure it doesn’t happen anytime soon, they will fight for as long as they can, and if we are somehow able to force a vote they will try to put stupid conditions like the rubbish spouted by Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, this week and covered by WoS . Labour of course will not back another independence referendum no matter what happens as a result of Brexit. Scottish people could be starving in their millions and Scottish Labour will blame the SNP and join with their masters in the Conservative Party to deny Scotland its democratic rights.

Now back in 2016 I blogged about UDI-The Ghost in the Room! This blog opened up a debate and a half with some arguing I needed to be patient, that indy2 would happen after Brexit was passed in 2017, some commented about wording and others about opinion polls. All valid points and even today the polls have not shifted from 2014 all that much in the face of the most vile Government in my lifetime, that just makes me despair to be honest but what do we do when Westminster says no?

Now Independence is a condition of a nation, country, or state in which its residents and population, or some portion thereof, exercise self-government, and usually sovereignty, over the territory. The opposite of independence is the status of a dependent territory. The opposite is pretty much what we have now isn’t it, unionists call it a union but the reality is we are just a territory of England as far as they are concerned, most of them believe it and some even say it. Now the SNP will hold their conference in October and many in the party, and the YES movement, will be looking out for some idea as to how we move forward because we have to move forward, we can’t stand still.

So what will they propose? A time line for another Section 30 order, I just don’t see it. Will they propose a consultative referendum, again I can’t see it, and even if they did you can bet your arse that the unionists would make sure that as many unionists as possible did not take part to make the result nil and void, and able to be ignored by Westminster and pretty much the rest of the world, as it surely would be. Do we continue to march until we have marched to the top of the hill and back down again 500 million times. Do we continue to vote in a majority of SNP MPs that can be ignored at Westminster or do we get Holyrood to declare UDI? The Scottish Parliament in 1706 passed the Act of Union so surely the Scottish parliament today can revoke it? Probably not as some lawyer would tell you, and Adam Tompkins from the Tories screams until he gets as red as a beetroot, but who cares, why don’t we. Scotland is going to be impoverished either way so we might as well just revoke the bloody thing, stick it in the SNP manifesto, and take the lead from Dr Tim Haughton of Birmingham University and guess what, the Tory Party and

‘Take back control’ effectively combined not just a sense of a positive future albeit never defined or elaborated, but also suggested a sense of rightful ownership. Moreover, it helped to mobilize the anti-establishment support of voters who felt let down by their politicians. The Brexit referendum, as referendums are so often, was only driven in part by the question on the ballot paper. Frustrated by the sense that the political class had failed them, many ordinary citizens took the opportunity to vent their fury.

Dr Tim Haughton

I appreciate many, or most of you, will not agree with this blog so please, and I am really interested, tell me what you will do when Westminster says ” now is not the time”.

What then?

Something Different Special Edition: Sorry Neil time to go

Dundee lost 4-0 to Rangers this afternoon to make it played 6 lost 6 drawn 0 for 2 against 14 . Neil McCann must go, no giving him the Hibs game next week or the Hamilton game the week after, go now. Only Dave Smith, Ivano Bonetti and Alan Kernaghan have worst records, defeat next week will see McCann slip to second worst and 6 straight defeats will be the worst start to a season since the 1920’s.

Neil McCann, when he was a Dundee player, was one of the better ones that I have seen but he is by far the worst manager, maybe not statistically yet, but as far as I am concerned he is. He will always have respect for his playing days with the club and the help he gave during the defiant season but history can play no part in the decision that now has to be made. Something has to be done now and an experienced manager brought in before we are down before Christmas. McCanns signing overall have been poor to say the least. Jack Hamilton has had a poor start, Genseric Kusunga is never a defender in a million years, Sofien Moussa up there with Colin Harris as being pretty much a rubbish striker, the list is actually too long to type up.

Dundee FC are in serious trouble, Neil McCann and his assistant have made it worse. The board have made bad appointment after bad appointment, time to get rid of this one and have a serious go and making a decent appointment. I would even be happy to put money into buckets to get Neil McCann gone as manager of the Dees. Always be well regarded as a player, but Neil that is now at risk also, time to go.