What a year, I know many think it wasn’t as bad as 2008, 2014, 2016 but it was up there for me in lots of ways. For me this year has seen a return to 1980s Conservatism with a vengeance. I always hoped that my kids would never see the poverty that I grew up around, the desolation of communities and the lack of hope. Sadly they are seeing worse in so many ways. While the scourge of unemployment of the 80s is not there, it’s worse, the scourge of Victorian wages and working contracts has replaced that but worse, the safety net while always being the poorest in the EU is going, and it is not coming back.
This year has seen the most useless Prime Minister in history go from catastrophe to catastrophe surrounded by the most vacuous and hate filled MPs ever. Brexit is a disaster, maybe it was always going to be, but the ineptitude of the Tories has compounded the situation. When you would have hoped that the opposition would step up to the plate we have Labour and Corbyn. While I was never a fan of Corbyn anyway I never thought for one minute that he would be as Tory as the Tories on so many issues, there is no Labour Party anymore and there hasn’t been since Michael Foot, all Corbyn shows is how far this party has fallen. Not to mention his obvious contempt for Scotland, the contempt of all the yoonionist parties is clear for all to see, even those suffering from jockholme syndrome.
The Liberal Democrat’s, a party that you would think are at least centre politics are just a joke now, Clegg and Alexander did a job on them that’s for sure. The SNP are certainly the only hope in Scotland but their tactics over independence are in my opinion a huge mistake. Trying to save Britain is maybe something they think helps them but for me it doesn’t, it’s a delaying tactic that is just pissing off some of the yes movement and in the long run will backfire, you can’t play the British at their own game and by their rules, the unionists must be delighted with the post Salmond SNP. We need more Angus MacNeils in my opinion. If we don’t see real movement towards indy2 next year then I see problems for for SNP. People will look at other avenues, what they will be who knows but they cannot expect the yes movement to sit on its hands, the SNP are far too cautious for me. Westminster does not give a shit about Scotland other than what it can take, its time we didn’t give a shit about it and disrupted it at every opportunity.
The rise in food bank use, the rise in homelessness, and the continued roll out of universal credit should shame us all. We hear about suicide, malnutrition, and mental health breakdown. All due to a social security system re-designed by bastards to shame and impoverish people. That should shame everyone of us but sadly too many appear not to care and that has depressed me in 2018, it has shocked me that it’s a small minority that are trying their best to help those in need, to fight this when we should be on the streets bringing the shit bag Tories down and don’t get me started on the Tory Scum in Holyrood and I make no apologies for my language, they are toilet scum.
The actions of the Tories in putting in place retrospective legislation on the powers coming back from the EU because they knew they would lose in the Supreme Court should frighten us all. There are loud voices who would happily see Holyrood abolished and other than the yes movement would there be enough people to fight it, I doubt it. I find many of my fellow Scots to be an embarrassment when it comes to both their political literacy and their lack of fight for their country.
So 2018 will go down as a disappointment for me in many many ways. What will 2019 hold, I’m not expecting anything good that’s for sure. Will there be a general election? I doubt it, and even if there were the Tories will probably win anyway or get enough seats to form a government. Will there be an indy2 referendum? No there will not, if there were to be one it certainly won’t happen before the next Holyrood elections, and that for me will be a huge mistake by the SNP. If there is to be an indy2 we are looking at around 2023 at the earliest I think and that is assuming the SNP keep a mandate. Westminster will not agree to one, not until they absolutely have to, they will then delay until they are ready and think they can win, that will take years so the earliest for me is 2023 and by then we will be out of the EU,and it may be too late.
The attacks on the poorest will continue with little or no fight from the population, this country doesn’t march anymore, we are a beaten people pretty much. The establishment won and they know it.
There will also continue to be the deniers like the well off and totally annoying Fraser Nelson who writes this pish below, of course he’s talking about the Windsor’s and his mates:
I would like him to go along to a food bank, a homeless shelter, HMV or the numerous other businesses shutting down this week and tell the workforce about the pish he writes.
But I am sorry for being all doom and gloom but it’s how I feel, and I make no apologies for it. That doesn’t mean I am giving up, if anything I am more pissed off than I have ever been. The blog will continue as long as I have something to say and I hope that now my health is improving to get more active somehow, certainly attend any marches etc.
I also hope those of you who read the blog find it at least a little interesting and comment when you can as debate is vital, as is, different opinions. Here’s hoping 2019 will see the start of a real fight back.