Politics

  • Being rich and posh helps October 4, 2017 it still helps to be male, white, privately educated, and have gone to Oxford or Cambridge. That is the findings of the House of Parliament into the current demographics of Westminster. The report found that women make up 32% of MPs in 2017, and while a huge improvement on the 3% in 1979 it shows that women have a way to go. 8% of Parliament are non white from a population where 13% are non white, an another improvement on recent years. 29% of MPs were privately educated where as only 7% of the population are privately educated so very over represented by comparison. No surprises that 45% of Conservative MPs were privately educated compared to 14% for Labour. It’s not just Parliament that doesn’t ... Read More
  • Why May’s Speech At Tory Conference Was Truly Shameful October 4, 2017 I don’t normally talk about the family members of politicians because I don’t think they should be used to make political points as they aren’t choosing to put themselves up for election and to be public figures, etc. However, Theresa May, during her already, rapidly, notorious (for all the wrong reasons) speech today at Tory Conference briefly spoke about her upbringing. I’ve been tempted to bring this subject up many times myself, given that both I and May have something quite unique in common. I also do not usually speak much about my own personal life and upbringing—however, May’s speech today has so enraged me that I will make an exception. Both myself and Theresa May have mothers who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis ... Read More
  • Colonel Tankstraddler and her minion October 2, 2017 So Ruth Davidson MSP, and the real Governor General of the northern colony Scotland, speaks at the Conservative old age people’s Conference in Manchester. Ruthie got into SNP bad mode really quickly, of course with a huge dollop of delusion, or was that shit, same thing really in Ruthies world when she said when talking about campaigning in Scotland  “this time people were looking for a serious alternative to a nationalism that had let down our schools and was more concerned with division than delivery”.  On Brexit she said that “It’s time we in this party made it clear –  that we’re not Leavers or Remainers anymore – we’re just Brits”. I think she meant English but it was being shown ... Read More
  • Why I Support Independence – A Deeply Personal Story October 1, 2017 I want to reach out to the people who may read my blog posts, but this time I want to reach out on a deeply personal level that may help people understand why it is that I support independence for Scotland and why I am a socialist like so many other Scots. The below is a summary of events that has led me to fulfil my own right to assist the independence movement.  Many of you will have your own motivations, but for me it is deeply rooted in my past and what I want for my future. Some of you may be able to relate on a similar level to what I am about to write and some of you won’t, ... Read More
  • ME AND JEREMY CORBYN October 1, 2017 I remember the good old days when a small group of MPs were the front line in Parliamentary opposition to Blairite Labour. There were the 6 SNP MPs, 3 Plaid, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, latterly Caroline Lucas and the rest of the small band of Labour Campaign Group MPs. Where we never operated as a group we were a sort of a nascent, embryonic ‘progressive alliance’ that conjured up the possibilities of securing a progressive agenda across the UK Together as comrades we opposed Trident, ID cards, 90 days detention and the rest of the horrors of Blair’s anti-civil libertarian state. We railed against Labour’s foundation hospitals, tuition fees and that totem of high Blairism – the Iraq war. I have ... Read More
  • When does SNP Good become SNP Bad? September 16, 2017 Last night I was watching the new Grand Designs on Sky.  I paused the TV a few times whilst doing other things and oddly just as Grand Designs on live pause was finishing, my TV was on BBC 1 at 1035pm. Trust me it was an accident as I cannot stand watching Reporting Scotland and I actively hurry in panic when it comes on to clamber for the remote to change it. Anyway, Jackie Bird was on presenting the late show. As I stretched for the remote to change the channel, I was taken aback a little and I thought…’Oh, OK, let’s see where this is going’. Jackie started off with (and I’m paraphrasing here) ‘Scotland’s unemployment figures have improved again to record numbers and ... Read More
  • Brexit Bill Power Grab: Direct Rule by Stealth September 15, 2017 Westminster’s Brexit power grab is not simply the deprivation of “more powers.” It is a death blow to the entire devolution settlement. Killing devolution is London’s new priority. Direct rule is a central feature of its plan to save the union. Completely ignoring the concerns raised by the Scottish and Welsh governments the London government has pressed ahead with the Repeal Bill, moving it to the second reading and so undermining the entire project of devolution. At the core of the devolution settlement is the assumption that all power save for that explicitly reserved to Westminster is devolved to the national parliaments of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In legislating to seize all powers repatriated to the UK after Brexit Westminster ... Read More
  • The Gospel According to Jacob Rees-Mogg September 15, 2017 Jacob Rees-Mogg might become Britain’s first out-of-the-closet Catholic Prime Minister. This doesn’t bode well for gay people and women, but it’s unfair to blame this on the Catholic Church. Rees-Mogg is making it up as he goes along. Contrary to popular opinion there is no law against a Catholic becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain. Constitutionally, according to the Act of Settlement (1701), only a Protestant can be monarch, but nothing is said explicitly of the religious affiliation of the Prime Minister. It would, however, be awkward considering the Prime Ministerial role in advising the reigning monarch in ecclesiastical concerns pertaining to the established church and the prohibition on Catholics advising the head of state on matters religious. One would think that ... Read More
  • NO IndyRef2 Allowed September 15, 2017 It is almost like Theresa May has become flushed with her minority government achieving total domination over the Westminster parliament and the modern dictatorship of Spains right wing government using extreme measures in denying the Catalan people a say over their self determination, that she has become dictatorial enough to openly say that the people of Scotland will not be allowed to have another say on the matter of Independence. The following exchange happened  during Prime Ministers Question Time. From Hansard: ROSS THOMSON (ABERDEEN SOUTH) (CON) “Following our successful Offshore Europe exhibition last week in Aberdeen, can the Prime Minister assure me and my constituents that support for the oil and gas industry will be at the heart of the industrial strategy so that ... Read More
  • Lest Ye Forget – The aftermath of the 2014 Scottish Referendum September 14, 2017 THE NO CAMPAIGN’S BROKEN PROMISES The EU During the referendum, the Better Together website said : ‘Scotland enjoys membership of the EU because of our membership of the UK and if we no longer are members of the UK then it follows that we are no longer are part of the EU… ( http://web.archive.org/web/20140914205737/http:/bettertogether.net/blog/entry/eu-cant-trust-them) Ruth Davidson said “I think it is disingenuous of Patrick to say that No means out and Yes means in, when actually the opposite is true, No means we stay in, we are members of the European Union.” Better Together tweeted saying: “What is process for removing our EU citizenship? Voting yes. (https://twitter.com/hashtag/scotdecides?src=hash)       Devolution – The future is for Scots to decide In the STV referendum debate, Ruth Davidson said “It’s ... Read More