Favourite Tweets of the day

I saw a couple of tweets tonight that were just funny. I don’t think the SNP are near disruptive enough at Westminster but this made me laugh.

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Bit F Late

So it appears that the treasury select committee have asked the Bank of England for a financial assessment of Brexit.

F save me, are we governed by total idiots. I alsways thought this Tory Government were the most cruel and useless ever but useless doesn’t even start to describe them, total f idiots. I actually had to check the date to see if this was real and not some wind up.

The committee have asked for

long-term analysis would consider both the proposed deal and a “no deal” scenario, with each compared against a “status quo” of staying in the EU, she wrote

You just can’t make this up anymore. How can any voters in Scotland want to be governed by these incompetent clowns is beyond me. It doesn’t matter how you voted in the EU referendum this is unbelievable. We are governed by total ass holes and sorry but I’m actually being nice to them.

Idiots, led by idiots, voted in by idiots protected by media sycophants.

Some days I just despair

I was talking to my older brother yesterday, he’s an engineer and pretty smart I would say overall but yesterday when we were chatting still clings to the line ” Scotland can’t afford to be independent”. It just beggars belief really that after all the information, the history of Scotland being ripped off, the cruelty of the Tories that I have to keep asking myself what will it take.

Scotland is not poor, not by any stretch of the imagination, but unionist lies still have an irrational hold on so many people. They lie about oil

They continued to lie during the referendum about oil and how much we contribute.

They lied about everything really and yet some people, sadly like my brother refuse to see it , they even admitted they lied, and yet some people just can’t or won’t see it.

I am starting to think we are fighting a lost cause with so many no voters, they are either Britnats, or they are beaten down, suffering from jockholme syndrome and blind. Even with the worst Government ever YES can’t get ahead in the polls.

Its not all shit though, we know that things are slowly changing, we need to keep up the hard work with blogs, posters and fighting the lies.

There are people we will never reach sadly but I have to believe that there are others we can, some days it does beggars belief but we have to keep at it, keep going because the alternative is a nightmare that none of us should under estimate.

It won’t matter, the Tories don’t care

So the UN are to investigate the U.K. yet again about the impact of their austerity policies on the poor and vulnerable.

It’s not that long ago that a UN committee found that the U.K. was discriminating against people with disabilities.

When this report came out the media pretty much ignored it and the Tories said no we don’t and got on with continuing to discriminate against people for having the gall to need support in their hour of need. They could not give a shit, even about soldiers sent to fight their disgusting wars.

I despised Margaret Thatcher before I really understood what her opinions, actions, and policies meant. In 1980 she threw my Dad on the scrap heap that took five long years to get off of. I saw my Dad, in his early 50s, who had served through the Second World War be thrown aside like a piece of rubbish and I saw a man shrink into himself, a proud man who deserved a lot better but no one really cared, Labour certainly didn’t, and the Tories laughed at the poor as they do now. I hated Thatcher, but this Government are lower than vermin.

The United Nations can investigate all they like, this vermin Tory Government don’t care, too many voters don’t care, the media don’t care, and it just breaks your spirit, as well as your heart.

Digging your own grave

British Labour in Scotland are finished, they were on their last legs anyway but tonight has demonstrated they are over. Tris over at Munquin’s New Republic sums it up brilliantly.

When you are tweeting the tweets below regarding the Scottish Government Cabinet reshuffle it not only shows a real lack of self awareness, class, decency, honour, it shows you have nothing to offer.

When a Tory has more class than the British Labour Party in Scotland you know it’s over.

When Tory politicians show more awareness of the real world and how the public will feel in the main you know it’s over.

When the public sum up your Labour supporting friend at BBC Scotland Kaye Adams to capture your true feelings on your country you know it’s over.

The British Labour Party have disgusted me for as long as I can remember politically. From Neil Kinnock to Jeremy Corbyn they are as much use as a chocolate tea pot. The British Labour Party are for the few and for themselves.

I really believe that the backlash tonight is another nail in their coffin. I’ve sometimes doubted that there has been a big shift in thinking in Scotland but the last couple of weeks feel like real change is coming. Scotland is changing in how it sees itself, people who I never thought would be getting sick of Westminster are now. A message to British Labour, change or fade into history as the irrelevance that you are right now.

That Banner and That Word

There has been a lot of talk on Twitter, on the net, on blogs, and even Wee Ginger Dug about that banner and that sentiment.

I wasn’t at the march at the weekend, and there is some speculation as to whether the banner was there or not, but both have certainly opened up a debate about what is and is not acceptable within the YES movement.

Now I don’t have any sympathy for Sìol nan Gaidheal at all or their views and I think all of us can agree have little place in a modern Scotland. However, and maybe I’m an example of my life experiences, the sentiment on the banner in relations to the Tories doesn’t bother me all that much if it does.

Now I appreciate many don’t like the word, and many more feel that the use of the word ‘scum’ will turn some people away from the yes movement, and potentially voting yes in a future referendum,  but it really just doesn’t upset me.

When I think back to the economic and social devastation of communities all over Scotland, and the U.K., by Thatcher I feel anger. When I think about the rape clause, the bedroom tax, welfare cuts, waspi women, grenfell, the red bus, immigration speeches, the power grab, the deportations of hundreds if not thousands of commonwealth citizens, the lies of better together I feel anger. The list is actually endless and I just can’t get upset about the use of the word ‘scum’ to describe Tories in Government, and many who knowingly vote for them.

I don’t care if Tories, or red and yellow Tories, get upset at the use of the word ‘scum’ to describe them and their policies. I get upset about food banks, and people feeling their only recourse is to kill themselves rather than live lives of misery after benefits being removed by a heartless and morally bankrupt government, elected by people who either don’t care or are ignorant, and ignorance is no excuse for the misery caused by their parties either red, blue or yellow.

I appreciate the word ‘scum’ is not a nice word, it is a word that alienates, but when I reflect on my life experiences and how the Tories of all colours have impacted on it then it is difficult to feel any sympathy for those who knowingly vote for them, and certainly not for the politicians who know exactly what they are doing and the harm it causes while looking after their own and calling me a separatist and a nationalist for wanting something better.

They might not like to be referred to as ‘scum’ but does that say more about their guilt as they know that they have been associated with the word for nearly 40 or 50 years and their policies and actions deserve it. Is the concern of the yes movement, and many of its leaders,of the use of the word ‘scum’ more about fear of being portrayed as anything other than perfect or of being part of an intolerant movement in some minute way. All Under One Banner is an amazing idea, the YES movement is an inspiration and I understand that the Scotland they want to build is an inclusive and tolerant one, I also accept that the Tories of all colours are not going away in an independent Scotland and will play a role in the future direction of the country for good or bad.

So, while I understand the concern of the use of the word, of how it can be perceived to fall into the personalised politics that many of us don’t like, that it can alienate, there is a part of me that just can’t get upset at the term in relation to politicians and movements that have done so much harm to this country. I also accept that my view will not be shared by many, or any, and will potentially be viewed as offensive, you can’t get much lower than that word but there is also the part of me that understands that the reason I am no longer a member of a political party or any movement is that once political correctness sets in, when quotas and positive discrimination sets in, when you say that certain words cannot be used or are not welcome then that in itself becomes intolerant. I know that the word ‘scum’ can be viewed as the other words that have no place in the modern world, words that discriminate on the basis of gender, colour, race, sexuality or religion. I understand that I am more than likely wrong on this one but you can’t help but feel the way you feel and I am not going to apologise for that to be honest. I am my experiences, I don’t care what colour Tories are, what country they come from, what faith they follow or who they love but I do care about their actions and policies and for me those are something I don’t know that I will ever be able to forgive, maybe I will tone down the use of the word in this blog but the feelings will still be there, the anger will still be there.

Something Different: Rocky

Dipping back into movies that I have always liked and have watched a lot over the years. Most of us will have seen a Rocky film at least once so here is my order of preference.

Rocky 3 (1982)

The first one I saw and while not the best acted or best dialogue it was a film I loved in the 80s. Clubber Lang was the baddie, Rocky had lost his confidence and his will to fight and ended up working with his rival to get back to the top. The action is brilliant although any boxer fighting like that would last about 2 seconds.

Rocky (1976)

The first Rocky made for 1 million dollars and going on to make 225 million dollars. Written by Sylvester Stallone and allegedly based on the story of Chuck Webner, an unknown boxer who got a shot at Mohammed Ali in the early 70s. The film tells the story of loan shark enforcer Rocky Balboa who gets his shot at the Heavyweight title, a no hoper who loses on points having given the fight of his life after being ridiculed as a loser. A really good movie with probably the best acting and dialogue of the whole series.

Rocky 2 (1979)

Following the huge success of Rocky there was always going to be a sequel and it’s a good one at that. Apollo Creed, the Heavyweight Champ from Rocky, having received a lot of hate mail and accusations of carrying Rocky in the first fight sets out to shame Rocky into a rematch. Rocky has been told to stop fighting due to a bad eye from the damage in the first fight. At first Rocky refuses and his wife has complications from the birth of their first child but when she gives her blessing to fighting Rocky goes for it and the rest is history. Even I had a 12 year old tear in the eye when Rocky wins.

Rocky Balboa (2006)

This film came 30 years after the first and finds an ageing Rocky doing talks about his career at his restaurant. His wife has passed and he is estranged from his son with only her brother Paulie for company. This film is about an unpopular Heavyweight Champion who is accused of only fighting bums, a tv company comparing past champions report that their simulation has Rocky winning. They agree to a charity match and the fight turns out to be a to and fro affair with the champ eventually winning but Rocky walking away with his head held high. This was a homage to all the previous movies and a really enjoyable film overall.

Creed (2015)

This film was a spin off from the Rocky series but most fans have just decided it’s a Rocky film. This film finds Apollo Creeds son looking for a trainer and he approaches an aged Rocky to take him on. Rocky is at first reluctant but eventually agrees but along the way has to fight his own battle with cancer that he wins. Once word gets out that this is Creeds son a fight with the British Heavyweight champ ensues and Creed does a good job although ultimately losing the fight. I feared the worst for this film but it’s well worth a watch and a good film overall.

Rocky 4 (1985)

This is a film of its time to be fair. Fantastic action sequences but shockingly bad dialogue throughout. The film centres around a Soviet Union Heavyweight boxer (Ivan Drago) who fights, and kills, Apollo Creed in an exhibition fight. Rocky decides to fight Ivan Drago in Russia. His wife doesn’t want him to fight, no one believes he can win but Rocky wants revenge even if it means he dies trying. Some excellent training routines and we learn that the Soviet gets his strength from steroids. Rocky ultimately wins in a very brutal fight and gives a Cold War speech at the end that has the Soviet Premier applauding, a stupid and not required speech that makes me cringe but a watchable film and enjoyable in parts.

Rocky 5 (1990)

The worst of all the Rocky movies for me. This one picks up from the end of Rocky 4 and finds a victorious Rocky slumped in his changing room. Rocky returns home to find that all of his money has been stolen and that he has brain damage from his fight with Ivan Drago. All that he has left is the gym he inherited from Micky his original trainer and who had died in Rocky 3. Rocky starts to train an up and coming fighter Tommy Gunn while losing his relationship with his son. Tommy has his head turned by money following some success and leaves Rocky behind. He then tries to taunt Rocky into fighting him as the media won’t allow him to get out from under Rocky’s shadow. Rocky refuses but they eventually have a street fight that Rocky wins. This was supposed to be the end of the character and is by far the worst of the films. The fight scenes as always are very good but the film is pretty much awful overall and my least favourite.

Well there you have it, my opinion on the Rocky movies, again if you haven’t bothered to watch them they are worth a couple of sofa lazy days to watch.