Not Much Longer for this World

In July last year after having taken a stroke the hospital consultant told me in no uncertain manner that I would die in the next 5 years. That is a pretty brutal thing to say to anyone. He was in no doubt that I would be gone from either a massive stroke or a heart attack. No Ifs, no Buts, No doubts about it.
Given my family history..he may be right. My mother died at the age of 62 from pancreatic cancer. My grandmother died of cancer in a similarly early age. My  father lasted a bit longer into his early 70’s before dying of heart failure. My brother died a couple of years back at the age of 67.
The prognosis is not good.

I may or may not make it much longer, only time will tell.

So given all that dire possible consequence, there would not be really much point in me worrying myself what will happen politically as far as Scotland is concerned. Indeed why should I care at all what happens when I very possibly may not be around to see it?

Quite simply, even if I somehow manage to last a wee bit longer, and even make it beyond what that consultant says… I will very probably be gone from this earth in the next 20 years at best. I am nearly 60 now, so not much longer to go.

I have seen my Uncle and Brother gone and never seen the Independent Scotland they desired to see. I have seen great friends go, who fervently wished for the same, and I miss them all dearly.

I so wish they had seen the day Scotland chose to be free again, but they never did see the day. Very possibly I will join them in the great there yonder and never see my wish either.

So, why Care?

Seemingly according to some polls, the vast majority of 60 plusses in Scotland are against Independence. I really don’t know how true that is? But If these are accurate statistics, I have to ask why?

Some seem to care about what happens to their pension. Some seem to be tied to the British State through Britishness and World Wars. Some for reasons to do with religion from a bye gone age. Some simply because they are adverse to change.

Whatever their reasons, they are wrong!
None of these things matter anymore.

They and I will be gone soon enough….

What really should matter to them, is not even politics, or tribes, or religion.. None of these things should count.

As the old order passes, as it is sure to do. What do we wish for those who come after us?
Peace, Hope, Prosperity and the freedom to choose their own path without the baggage of the likes I and those of their forebears chose to have bequeathed them.

I may not see the day

But I fervently hope my children live to have a good life in an Independent Scotland and choose their own paths wherever these roads may lead.

But till the day I go….. I will fight on…..and maybe still yet see the day that Scotland chooses its own fortunes in the world once more.

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Spitting Yoonatics

 

Oh to see Spitting Image back on our screens again today and see them depict the Yoonionist Yoonatics for what they are.

The madness and MAYhem of 2016 has no signs of abating in 2017. In fact by all intents and purposes the MadYoons disease seems to be getting worse rather than Better. But at least they can say that they are Better Together, or Together Stronger, or Better Stronger Together, or any combination they choose of their Yoonified Madness.

We have had May and her cabinet spending 90% of their time discussing how to stop Scotland from demanding another independence referendum rather than focus on the pigs ear of Brexit negotiations which they are hell bent on. No doubt when Theresa May comes up to Scotland this week to the Conservative and Yoonionist bash she will be spouting out how bad the SNP are and how Scotland should not ask for another Independence referendum but are better jumping off a Brexit Cliff.
Meanwhile Ruth the Mooth will be bombastically using her war metaphors and grinning like a Cheshire Cat while indicating that she is a good fluffy Tory with Scotlands best Interests at heart.
Fluffy Mundell will be his usual fluffy useless self and will be left counting the staples in the office and coming up with new tourist brochure ideas.

Millions of pounds of investment in HMNB Clyde will bring jobs, transport, leisure & business growth to Helensburgh,

Pack up your picnic baskets and go for a swim with the Cuddly Nukes and get yourself a radiation sun tan.

Meanwhile Corbyn dropped everything, including Labours safe seat in Cumbria to hot foot it North along with Londons Mayor to support motor mouth Kez in her wee get together in Perth to tell us….SNP Bad…. but not before leaving instructions for the Labour Lords debating the Brexit Exit Bill to not oppose the Conservatives as usual, otherwise they would get whipped in that Kinky Westminster style they have.

Mayor Khan did his Suzie Quatro act of Khan the Khan ….OOOO racist!!!!
To tell all Independence minded Scots that we were ALL racist by demanding Independence. How very dare we!
Funny how this card was never used when India and all the other former British Commonwealth colonies were accused of divisive racism when they sought their Independence.

Strange how it seems that a Better Together campaigner then immediately got print space in the Guardian to tell us how racist we Scots have always been and how dare we complain about Khans charge….She after all was a Black Stirling Uni PHD student studying racism and knew Better how Bitter and Racist we Scots are.
Then she disappeared off twitter once she was found out to be a long standing Better Together campaigner. No doubt claiming us of hounding her by our outrage at her outrageous comments

Bad Bad Bad Divisive Scots!

Kezia meanwhile comes up with her totally Autonomous Party wheeze of resurrecting Gordon Browns You can’t believe its not Federalism Vow!
Labour will have a Convention she says… Labour will introduce a Federal Scotland which is far better than stupid Independence..
Only a couple of things that she forgot, other than we aint about to be taken in by that nonsense again. Jeremy her Boss doesn’t support federalism. Labour would actually need to be in power to stand a chance of making it happen. And crucially….England needs to vote for it!!

Here is oor motor mouth kez getting asked nicely about her wheeze on Sunday Politics.. I am sure you will agree she makes perfect sense….If you can work out what on earth she is actually saying in her carefully crafted argument.

On second thoughts…who needs Spitting Image when we have Real Life Spitting Yoonatics.

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When Polls don’t work

I am always sceptical about polls, and for very good reasons.
They can be fun, they can be informative to an extent, but are open to manipulation depending on what questions are asked, who they are asked of, and how questions are asked.
There are companies who make a pretty good living out of asking peoples opinions on all sorts of things from what foods people like to buy, to political polls on how people intend to vote.
The political pollsters such as YouGov, PanelBase, Ipsos Mori etc will use different methods of polling. Some use face to face polling, some telephone and some online polling. Preferably 1000 people are asked, and the responses weighted according to age,sex, previous political voting, and status.
Some people who have registered as willing to respond to polling will be asked on numerous occasions for their opinion. Some people may never have their opinion sought at all, namely those who are not on the internet or on the phone.

While such polling has proved to be relatively reliable in the past, there have been occasions particularly in recent times that they have got it disastrously wrong!
A week before the Scottish Independence referendum it was reported that YES had taken the lead..a few days later the opposite happened.
The Leave campaign was thought to be losing the Brexit vote, and yet it won.
Trump was never supposed to win the presidency, and was behind Clinton all the way.

So when I continually see polls telling us that Scots are not any more, or not much more likely to support Independence than they were back in 2014, I regard such polling with extreme skepticism. Particularly so when SNP sent nearly every Scottish MP to Westminster, and still with the Greens are in the majority  in favour of Independence in Holyrood.
Nor can i see how support for Independence should not have grown significantly in the face of a Draconian Isolationist Tory government and Brexit where 62% of Scots voted against leaving the EU.

Yet these pollsters all tell us that little to no movement has been made in support of Independence? I just do not buy it!

Couple this with the council voting intention polling done by Panel Base for Wings over Scotland.
It says that in favour  SNP: 47%
Conservatives: 26%
Labour: 14%
Lib Dems: 5%
Greens: 4%
UKIP 3%

If that lot was accurate and transferable according to Independence supporting partys then those in favour of Independence would amount to 51% and those opposed to 48%

The rub is though that not all who support SNP at elections do so because of Independence, but rather more trusted governance, and not all who are Torys, Labour and Libdems are opposed to Independence.

What we can tell from this though, is that support is being polarised. The massive downturn in Labour support coincides with ultra unionists switching to the Torys and a tiny minority moving to UKIP who have gone from 0% to 3% .

Increasingly as Labour flounders around like a dying fish deprived of water, we are coming down to a polarised head to head in the battle for Scottish opinion and Independence.
It is a straight fight between YES and the Torys.

The other kind of poll is a biased poll.. Now there can be many reasons for bias, and generally those that are supportive of one outcome over another will make their views known in order to sway how their poll turns out. These types of polls are also limited to the reach and constituency the poll has.. Typical of this type are newspaper polls for their readership.
A perfect example of this type is the Daily Records recent poll which was included in a page which gave in no uncertain terms the editors preference on how that poll should turn out in the Record View..

SNP can’t answer crucial questions as they beat drum for second independence referendum

There are two big problems behind the SNP’s proposal for a referendum in 2018, says Record View.

The SNP drumbeat for a second referendum is getting louder with each passing day.

Many voters across the UK see indyref2 and a move to independence as inevitable.

The SNP  want to present a referendum in 2018 as a choice between two uncertain, risky futures – one in a UK outside the European Union and one in an independent Scotland facing the world on its own and knocking at the door to get back into the EU.

NOTE THAT THE EDITORIAL PRESENTS AN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND AS BEING RISKY AND ISOLATED FROM THE WORLD…TOTALLY CONTRARY TO THE VIEWS BEING EXPRESSED BY THE EUs CHIEF NEGOTIATOR.

But there are problems with this – the first being the delusional proposition, put forward by Alex Salmond that it is the terms of trade with Europe, rather than the currency we would trade in, that is important.

Delusional?? Surely the fact that we can trade takes priority over what currency we use for trade? If we can’t trade then it doesn’t matter what currency we use, it may as well be jelly beans..or the pound considering how that is going!

The currency question still looms large for the Nationalists. Pretending the problem doesn’t exist won’t make it go away.

Then there is the hard economic question of which is more important – trade with the UK, which is worth several times more than that with the rest of the EU, or the hope, and it is no better than that, that better terms can be struck with Brussels on behalf of Scotland.

That raises the question of what the SNP would be willing to concede to the EU, because European politics is transactional more than political, although, of course, loaded with political consequences.

Again utter nonsense from the editor..
Whilst the figures show that 4x as much of Scotlands goods go to the UK, these figures do not show how much of that is in transit ongoing to the EU and the Rest of the World from English ports rather than going direct.
Nor does making trade an either/ or matter make any relevance.
Nor does it take into account that the rUK trades more to Scotland than Scotland to the rUK…and are they seriously trying to suggest that Scotland in the EU or on in EEA would not be done business with? Total Bunkum.
They also paint negotiations between Scotland and the EU as being only one way, all Scotland conceding with nothing in return. Again ignoring completely that the EU would very much want Scotlands contribution and access to our substantial resources.

Only then after all that negativity do they introduce their poll:
HOW WOULD YOU VOTE IN A SECOND REFERENDUM?

The last time I looked today… 71% voted for YES
and …..29% voted for NO

OH DEAR..OH MY….WHAT A SHAME!

But does that mean anything to me? Not really
It just shows that over the 1000 who have voted in their poll so far the vast majority were Independence supporters.
The only really worthwhile polls are the ones in which we actually go to the ballot box in.

And so with that in mind…. If you want Independence, If you want your party representatives to be likewise….Get off your bahookies and make dam sure you go ans vote! Vote for only parties who are in support of independence, and n0t even 4th 5th 6th choices in favour of anyone else! Just don’t enter these!

Lets make bloomin sure that Labour and Torys cant pauchle things so that they run our councils!

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Fuk U

r-and-k

(Kezias Labour and Ruths Torys joined together in Union)

Kezias Labour is Red
Ruths Torys are Blue
We both Love you Scotland
So we want to Fuk U

It is St Valentines day, so in the spirit of Love and togetherness both Ruth and Kezia hot footed it to London yesterday to make speeches about how much they loved Scotland so much that under no circumstances should they be attending to their constituents needs 350 miles away, but should address them all from the real seat of power in London.

Joined at the hip they were once more in the spirit of Bitter Togetherness.
Oh Scotland we Love you!
But only as long as you do what our masters want.
Don’t be daft..you seriously do not want another referendum!
These nasty Nats are full of grievance and complaint, you don’t want to get into bed with them…
They will drive you into penury and separation if you let them get their way.
Let us truly Fuk U instead!

No…. I am not using sweary words today…. This is a true representation of what they were saying.
Fuk U is short hand for Kezias wheeze about having having a Federal UK Union.

Here is a taster of what they both said:

First up Kezia..

Kezia called for a radical reshaping of the UK into a federal state with Scotland

taking control over fisheries, farming and social rights now covered by EU laws.

She said the UK needed “a new political settlement” to prevent it splitting apart over Brexit and to tackle an erratic and uneven distribution of power between its regions and nations.

It would be underpinned by a new act of union designed for a post-Brexit era, to replace the treaty signed by England and Scotland that unified their parliaments 300 years ago.

This new structure would be designed in part by a new “people’s constitutional convention” of civic and political groups that would mimic the Scottish civic convention that helped frame the 1999 devolution settlement, which led to the creation of the Scottish parliament.

“This would mean a radical reshaping of our country along federal lines where every component part of the United Kingdom – Scotland Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions – take more responsibility for what happens in their own communities, but where we still maintain the protection of being part of a greater whole as the UK,”

I could go on…..but we have heard it all before,It is the VOW reborn… and I can’t put it better than Linda Fabiani

“Labour has been promising a supercharged, powerhouse, federalism-max for years – and consistently failing to deliver it. In fact it was Labour politicians that specifically blocked the powers over the minimum wage they are now asking for,”

“Kezia Dugdale is always quick to accuse others of obsessing over the constitution, but Scottish Labour’s default answer to bad polling numbers is to promise powers that they don’t deliver. Billions of years from now I half expect Labour politicians to be staring into the dying sun calling for a constitutional convention.”

Ruth on the other hand was back on War footing, using words of violence to stir up the worst of her Knuckle dragging supporters..
She accused the SNP of copying the tactics of the leave campaign and seeking to “weaponise Brexit”and claimed  nationalists were “cranking up the grievance machine in an attempt to push people towards the exit door” after the vote for Britain to leave the EU.
Davidson said the vote to leave the EU had weakened the case for Scotland leaving the UK.

Citing Scottish government figures showing exports from Scotland to the UK are worth four times those to the EU (£49.8bn compared with £12.3bn), she said voting for independence in response to Brexit would be akin to “stubbing your toe to then amputate your foot”.

“If everyone in Scotland agrees that free trade with Europe is important – and we do – it is literally impossible to deny that trade with the rest of the UK matters four times as much,” she said.

“But rather than accept that logic, the same old nationalist contortions are applied. It is already cranking up the grievance machine in an attempt to push people towards the exit door.”

Of course this nonsense of you must choose who you trade with is utter nonsense from the Torys…and their Scottish Office have been bumping out this garbage for weeks now.
The UK according to Theresa May wants to trade with the EU and the rest of the world, are they seriously expecting that out of spite they would not trade with an Independent Scotland which they export to, more than Scotland does to them,and is their biggest market.
The EU which Theresa May keeps spitting the line out about Scotland wouldn’t be part of, are making it increasingly clear that they want Scotland to remain.

The European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator has said that Europe “cannot afford” to lose Scotland.

Mr Verhofstadt said: “Europe hasn’t forgotten that a large majority of the Scottish people voted to remain. “We need the Scottish people and their firm European beliefs. Scotland has shaped European civilisation, through iconic figures such as David Hume, Alexander Fleming and Adam Smith and does so today by being at the forefront of defining and strengthening European values. “We cannot afford to lose that.”

So there we have it for this St Valentines day… Love is all around.
The toxic abusive controlling spiteful love of the Unionists and the grateful appreciative love for Scotland from Europe and the rest of the World.

Happy Valentines Day.

 

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Only One Argument for Independence

Over much of the coming year in amongst all the hoo ha over Brexit and the many debates surrounding a second Independence referendum, Including when it will be called and when it will take place, there really is only one argument that needs to be made for it.

Do you wish to have self determination or not?

In  that question lies the answer.

For Scotland to have self determination it means that we ourselves get to decide what we want and what we do not want. It puts an end to the grievance politics of Scots voting one way and being landed with the complete opposite of what we wish for.

If the British government wants to have a hard brexit and we do not, we have no say on the matter.
If the British government want to retain nuclear weapons in Scotland, and we do not, we have no say in the matter.
If the British government wants to impose increasingly draconian measures against the poor and punishes them, and we want to enable and encourage them to better, we have no say in the matter.
If the British government want to restrict human rights and apply ever stricter control on what we can and cannot say, and we want to encourage more socially just measures, we have no say in the matter.
If the British government wants to sell of the NHS to Trumps pals, we can do nothing to stop them.
We can never have a say, because we have only a fraction of political representation in Westminster.

The list of where we have no say is considerable. As proven by the Supreme Court recently the Sewel convention has no weight in law, so they can even dispose of what limited powers they do loan us with devolution.

So forget arguing about Europe, currency, borders and everything else…. These are all matters for us to decide once we have Independence. They are meaningless arguments without that freedom to choose.

To use the Brexiteers simplistic message….. We need to take back control!

In Scotlands case it really is as simple as that… We have to take back control and we need to make our own choices!
With self determination comes responsibility, and whatever we may decide at least it is our choice and our choosing, nobody elses.

Choose Scotland, Choose Independence, Choose Right!

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British Government Minister says Scotland should declare UDI

In an interview yesterday in Italy British government defense minister suggested that Scotland should forget another Independence referendum and go straight to a universal declaration of independence.

The following from Reuters:

“Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on Thursday that there was no need for a second referendum.

“We don’t see any need for a second referendum in Scotland,” Fallon told reporters at a joint news conference in Rome with Italian defense minister Roberta Pinotti.

“The Scottish government should get on with what it was elected to do which is to improve school standards in Scotland, to tackle the problems of the Scottish health service and above all to revive the Scottish economy where unemployment is now rising. Those are the priorities for Scotland, not a second referendum,” Fallon said.”

Concentrating on these issues as a priority, improving education, Scotlands Health care, reviving the Scottish economy, and improving employment and commerce would all necessitate in properly achieving having the economic and tax levers, and full autonomy free of interference from elsewhere.

So thanks Mr Fallon ..we don’t need another referendum, good of you to say so. Bye now!

#Blogging like the BBC

 

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ODE TO JOY ….IndyRef2 GAME ON!

Bill reported, without amendment (Standing Order No. 83D(6)).

  • On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The Government’s refusal to accept a single amendment means there will be no Report stage. The programme motion means there is no debate on Third Reading. I am informed by the Library that the last time that combination happened was the Defence of the Realm Act 1914, which was about the first world war. For this to happen on any Bill would be an abuse; for it to happen on this Bill is an outrage. What is it about the procedures of this place that allows a Bill of this constitutional significance to be railroaded through in this disgraceful fashion?

  • The House agreed to a programme motion, and that is what has been adhered to. What I would say is that the point is on the record; you have certainly pointed out the last time this happened. There are other channels where I think that conversation ought to go and to be taken up, but I thank you for that.

  • On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. This House has nobly represented the will of the British people in a referendum, and that is why the Bill has passed as it has.

  • May I just say to the hon. Gentleman, who is a constitutional expert, that he will recognise that that is also definitely not a point of order?

8.01 pm

More than seven hours having elapsed since the commencement of proceedings on consideration, the proceedings were interrupted (Programme Order, 1 February).

The Deputy Speaker put forthwith the Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded at that time (Standing Order No.83E), That the Bill be now read the Third time.

Division 161

8 February 2017

8.01 pm

The House divided:

Question accordingly agreed to.

Bill read the Third time and passed.

  • Order. Ms Gibson, it is very good to hear the choir. I personally do not mind singing, but I certainly cannot allow it in the Chamber, because before we know it we could hear other tunes, and I do not want to get into that—and some of those on that side of the Chamber have not quite got the voice that they might have on the other. I do not want a sing-off within the Chamber. It is very good of you, and much appreciated, but if we could just leave it for a little while: it has been a very tense week already, and I do not need any extra. Thank you.

    And so there we have it..Game Over and Game On!

    The Torys with Labour assistance have rammed the Exit Bill through the Commons Committee Stage in jig time, totally doing away with normal protocols, and as Alex Salmond noted, the only time that such a thing had happened was at time of extreme national emergency at the outbreak of the 1st World War.
    Not one single amendment was passed, and in the process in their undue haste they trammeled all over The devolved administrations, the Belfast Agreement, and the rights of European Citizens in this country.
    Such was their determination that nothing would stop them driving themselves and everyone else over the Brexit cliff edge, that even if they consigned everyone to Hell that would not have stopped them.

    The Bill now makes its not so jolly way to the House of Lords..or The Other Place as they call that.
    Those unelected denizens will waffle over it for much less time than they would generally be inclined to do, and pass it back to be finally passed into Law in good time for Theresa May to action Article 50 at the end of March

    The only real certainty we are left to ponder, is when Nicola Sturgeon will make her official announcement in calling the new Independence referendum?

    I have for quite a while now had a hunch that it may well be when Article 50 is officially actioned. However it may be later than that, but still this year i think when it will be called, possibly but not any later than this Autumn.
    I think Nicola is possibly enjoying leaving them sweating and havering over it like the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.
    Better to wait a wee while to really let the implications of Brexit start to hit home to the population, and it wont be too long before it starts to be felt.
    Also one doesn’t want to interrupt your opponent when they are making a fool of themselves, nor your foe when they are causing themselves damage without you having to lift a finger.

    I know that such tactics will infuriate the more impatient among us, but this is not a game, it is crucial that the timing is right, and high stakes politics requires strategy and planning, before execution at the precise moment in which to act.

    In the meantime, I am perfectly sure that our MPs will continue to pester and infuriate Westminster to distraction.

    They concluded last night with whistling and singing the Ode to Joy, Europes National anthem…but perhaps it was an Ode to Joy knowing that Independence is in the offing.

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