Should he stay, or shall he go?

Today sees another chapter in the Jim Murphy mini drama, with  Labours Scottish executive meeting to decide his fate.

Jim has been clinging on like a limpet to the position of Leader of  the local Labour Scottish branch office, despite no longer holding any elected position, having lost his Westminster seat in the General election.

Labour could choose to take the tory route of elevating him to the House of Lords to attempt to give him some form of dubious unelected political legitimacy, but of course they wont do that, they would be an even bigger laughing stock than they already are.

I have nothing to support my suspicion, but I suspect that Labour got exactly what they wanted when they gave him his role, namely that they would be rid of him.
As the voices mounting from the Unions in recent days, demanding his resignation, have got ever louder, Jim and his buddy McTernan have desperately tried to quell opposition, but seemingly to little avail.

A letter has been doing the rounds seeking support for him from MSP’s, not MPs, they only have one of those left.
Nicola Sturgeon on hearing this, asked “where can I sign”?

Far be it for me to suggest that he goes, I hope he stays and gives us some more fun next year in Holyrood election.

But in the meantime, lets hear it for his new theme song…

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Cometh the Day, Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Woman

In a few hours time the polling booths will open all across the land, and men and women everywhere will turn out to vote and put their X on the ballot paper to vote for their chosen candidate and party to represent their voice.

This General election has been like no other seen In Scotland throughout all our years as part of the political union.
For the first time ever, all eyes across Britain look towards Scotland, and they wait as much as we do ourselves to see what we have decided.
The future of the next Westminster government may well hinge on our decision.

The polls have been suggesting for quite some time that something remarkable is about to happen, they suggest a massive lead for the SNP, with Labours previously taken for granted cache of votes having dissipated faster than snow off a dyke in a heat wave.

Whether they are right or not, we will all have to wait and see. But what we can guess reliably at I think, is that the SNP representation will certainly be far in excess of their current 6 Mps.

Labour have been badly damaged, and the irony is, that they have by in large been responsible for their own dilemma through their own attitudes and inaction.
Labour has taken Scotland for granted for far too long, and they have talked down Scotland and our people one time too many.

Last years referendum, when Labour turned their backs on so many of their countrymen and women and jumped into bed with the Torys and LibDems with absolute glee has been the ultimate sickener to those who had continued to support them, even when they knew in their hearts that this new Labour was no longer the party of their parents and grandparents and of the ordinary worker.

This version, this poor pale reflection of the party of Hardie, Maxton, Bevan and Benn, had long departed and for all its mouthing of past glories, was no longer the party of social justice, but the party of the English shires, The City of London, and the yuppy class.

Oh yes, this Labour could make all the right social justice noise, but unfortunately their action and inaction when it came to delivering, instead contributed to the acceleration of growth in the rich/poor division. In the 13 years of Blair and Brown, that gulf in society grew far more than it ever had under Thatcher.

In the meantime, through their iron grip of councils and seats in places like Glasgow, for 50 years,they presided over some of the poorest and unhealthy blackspots in the UK, and they did absolutely nothing about it, they left the people to struggle and rot and die an early death.
Yet the misplaced faith and hopes of those they represented and who voted for them for historical reasons still clung on, hoping and praying that under labour somehow things would and could get better.

The three years leading up to the referendum were a real game changer, suddenly all those who had been hopeless and apathetic started to listen and learn, and then they became engaged with politics.
When they became engaged, they learned more and more, they found they had a voice, they found that they could speak out and others would listen.

Scotland in that time, became the most politically educated country Europe, if not the world.

When the referendum was lost, the expectation of many was that Scotland would go back in its box, and the people would go back to being passive voting fodder.
How wrong could anyone be?

Labour from having high 5’s with Torys on referendum night suddenly discovered that those they expected to vote for them without question, had not only questions, but a huge chunk walked with their feet. Some to the Greens, some SSP, a lot to the SNP, some to no party at all, but still politically aware and active.

Labour who hadn’t had to engage with the people for years, had no answer.

Meanwhile.. The SNP who had for a good few years been the real slightly left of center party in Scotland suddenly ballooned in membership to quadruple its size.

In place of Salmond came Sturgeon.

Where Alex had been seen as a rather marmite figure, either love him or dislike him, Nicola had no such baggage.
But what we could not have anticipated, was that she would suddenly appear to grow in confidence and stature far more than we would have thought.
What was very clear almost immediately was that she was not going to be in Salmonds shadow. She was and Is her very own woman and leader in her own right.
It is also very clear that she has her own distinct vision of what she wants for herself, her family, her people,the Country, and her party.

The most striking thing is her honesty, and willingness to engage with the people, something other party leaders seem to have forgotten, if they ever knew it in the first place?

Nicola doesn’t just talk, she listens. Once she has listened, she acts. No mealy mouthed platitudes from this lady. She does so with grace, and she does so with patience.
More than anything else, it is very clear, her people come first, scotland comes first.

It is for this reason, that women have become far more engaged with politics, it is no longer in Scotland a male dominated pass time. All of this can only be a good thing.
Instead of part of the population being engaged, the whole population is enthused.

We have hope where once fear ruled. We have aspiration where once lived despair. We have belief in ourselves where once was cringe.

We for the first time in 300 years… look forward rather than back.

Cometh the day, cometh the hour, cometh the woman.

And right at her back, and at her side…. her people, Us, We the people of Scotland..

Look out Westminster…..The Scots really are coming this time, and this time we wont stop at Derby!

However you vote in the next day… vote for positivity, for for your future and your childrens future, vote for what you believe, not for what you don’t believe.

I am voting SNP, I hope you will join me.

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Labour and their Socialist Lie

Yesterday in a last ditch attempt to reverse the direction of the Scottish polls, Labour wheeled out Big Gordy Brown to give one of his tub thumping speeches. He is widely claimed to have been partially responsible for thwarting the tide of the YES campaign through his last minute intervention and the VOW.
So they tried to pull the same trick twice by having him address and invited Labour audience and the media in Glasgow yesterday.
Both him and Fumbilymubily Murphy took center stage with comic transvestite Eddie Izzard in support.

Brown concluded his speech by saying the following :

“If you want to vote for social justice there is no other party, the Conservative Party don’t support social justice do they?”Every vote counts and it has to be a Labour vote. I find it perverse logic for the SNP to say you can have a Labour government without voting for Labour candidates.”
He also claimed “We can achieve more in a few short minutes with Labour ministers and a Labour cabinet than we could ever achieve in five long years under the Conservatives, with all the SNP MPs in opposition.”

and he finished his speech with an impassioned plea to Scots voters to join Labour on “the mountaintop of social justice”.

Well lets examine Labours voting record in Westminster shall we?
Lets see just how Brown, and Murphy stack up with their Socialist credentials.

SOCIAL ISSUES

Brown:
He has voted moderately for equal gay rights, smoking ban, hunting banand a mixture of for and against same sex marriage. He has never voted on any Law to promote equality and human rights.

Murphy:
Much the same as Brown, only he has voted on some human rights and equality laws.
He voted against applying laws against work related discrimination to mariners.

He voted against requiring public bodies to publish objectives in relation to their duties to promote equality.
He absented himself for a vote on the Enterprise and Regularity reform bill- on discrimination against Caste
He was absent for a vote on Care Bill-Human Rights Act to apply to all providers of social care.

Foreign Policy and Defence

Gordon Brown:
voted for use of UK forces in combat operations overseas.
Voted Very Strongly for the Iraq War.
Voted Against an Investigation into the Iraq War.
Voted for upgrading Trident

Jim Murphy:
Same as Brown.

WELFARE AND BENEFITS

Brown:
Voted moderately against reducing housing benefit for social tenants (bedroom Tax)

Voted moderately for raising welfare benefits in line with prices.

Voted Strongly for paying higher benefits for those unable to work due to illness or disability.

Has Never voted on making local councils more responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax

Voted moderately against reduction in spending on welfare benefits.

Murphy:
Same as Brown.

TAXATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Brown:

Voted against raising the threshold at where people start to pay income tax
Voted a mixture of for and against raising VAT
Voted against higher tax for alcoholic drinks
Voted against lower taxes on fuel for motor vehicles
Voted moderately for increasing tax rate for those earning in excess of 150,000
Voted a mixture of for and against raising a Bankers Bonus Tax
Voted moderately for a Mansion Tax

He was absent for opposition day votes on …
Bank Bonus Tax,Jobs,Homes,VAT,Apprenticeships

Jobs and Growth

Bankers Bonuses,Jobs Guarantee,Reducing VAT,

Economic Growth and Employment

Bank Bonuses,Make Investment sooner

Absent for vote on Queens Speech  which included, Jobs,Bankers Bonus Tax, VAT CUT,

Absent: Housing
Absent: House building,Bankers Bonus Tax,

Murphy:
Same as Brown except.. he wasn’t absent most of the time and
Voted very Strongly for automatic enrollment in occupational pension schemes
Voted for Mansion Tax and Bankers Bonus Tax

BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

Brown:

Voted against reducing the rate of corporation tax
Has Never voted on measures to reduce Tax Avoidance
Voted a mixture of for and against stronger tax incentives for companies to invest.

He was absent for…
March 2013 Budget

Finance Bill

Absent for vote on International Tax Transparency for multi nationals

Absent from opposition day vote on Reducing Tax Avoidance

Murphy:
Voted against reducing the rate of corporation tax

Voted Strongly against measures to reduce Tax Avoidance

He voted against intorducing a general anti abuse rule to tackle abusive tax avoidance, voted against raising the basic income tax rate allowance for poorer workers.

HEALTH

Brown:
Voted moderately for restricting service provision to private patients from the NHS

Voted against GP buy services on behalf of patients from NHS

Voted strongly against Foundation Hospitals

Voted for Smoking ban

Murphy:
Same as Brown

EDUCATION

Brown:

Voted for and against greater autonomy for schools

Voted strongly against raising Englands Undergraduation fee to 9000 per year
Voted a mix of for and against academy schools
Voted a mix of for and against university tuition fees

Murphy: Same as Brown mostly, except Murphy voted For university tuition fees

HOME AFFAIRS

Brown:
Voted a mixture of for and against stricter asylum system

Voted for ministers to intervene in Inquests

Voted Strongly for Introducing ID Cards

He has never voted on requiring the mass retention of information about communications

Murphy:
Voted very strongly for a stricter asylum system

Voted very strongly for ministers to intervene in Inquests

Voted very strongly for introducing ID Cards

all of their full voting records can be found on theyworkforyou.com

So now lets have a look at Gordon Browns claims on Labour being the party of social justice

Their records tell a slightly different story..not least that Brown absented himslf for vast chunks of the last parliament and abrogated his responsibilities as an MP to his constituents..

Brown never voted once on laws to promote equality and human rights.
He voted strongly to pull us into an illegal Iraq war and voted just as hard against any investigation into it.
He voted for the replacement of Trident
He voted against raising the threshold at which people start to pay income tax, so in effect is not for supporting the poorest of workers.
He voted against lowering tax on fuel for motor vehicles, making us all pay more for getting around and driving the cost of food and goods and transport up…The poor are the ones who suffer more from this.

He has never voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance….Why not?

He voted strongly for introducing ID Cards…. aspects of a police authoritarian state here. Certainly not socialist and against civil liberties.

Murphy like Brown voted for the Iraq War and voted strongly against any investigation into it.
Murphy too also supports replacing Trident with a new nuclear deterrent.
Like Brown he is also against lowering fuel tax.
He too has voted strongly against measures to reduce Tax Avoidance….I wonder why Jim?
Unlike Brown, Murphy voted very strongly for foundation hospitals…best check his outside Interests methinks.
Murphy like Brown voted to increase university tuition fees… lots of room for youngsters to aspire to better themselves chaps? Then be shackled with huge debts when they leave university.

Something tells me that Labour are not being strictly truthful about their Social Justice and Socialist credentials….What say you?

Do you really trust Labour to represent your Interests when you vote tomorrow?

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How Now Brown Vow?

With less than 48 hours to go before the polling booths open, Labour have yet once more wheeled out Gordon Brown to make one of his barnstorming speeches, in a repeat of Better Togethers referendum conclusion where Brown made the VOW that if Sc0tland rejected independence we would be guaranteed something better, the best of both worlds he said. The Vow which he would personally guarantee would give Scots Home Rule

““Labour since Keir Hardie has been the Party of Home Rule for Scotland within the United Kingdom so the plan for a stronger Scottish Parliament we seek agreement on is for nothing else than a modern form of Scottish Home Rule within the United Kingdom.”

We all can see how that VOW made on a Daily Record page worked out.

But hey…..Labour think …. We fooled them once with that wheeze, lets roll out Gordy again.

So there was Brown and Murphy today hosting an Invited audience and of course the press pack to sock it to Scots once again.

Here is a summary of what he had to say this time..

Brown urged Yes voters from last year’s independence referendum to “come to Labour” if they want to see change delivered.

Oh Yeh sure!! YES voters voting like Turkeys for Labour and hoping for Christmas.

He warned Scots that if they back the SNP at the ballot box they “make it more likely that the Tories are the largest party on Thursday and David Cameron is there on Friday”. “You could have 59 SNP MPs but you would probably have a Conservative government.

Sorry Gordy…..we Scots are far too politically savvy now to fall for that old Labour chestnut.
We Know fine well that it is the party who can claim the support of a majority in the House of Commons, not necessarily the party with the most seats, that gets to form the government. So it doesn’t matter if the Torys get to be the largest party if they dont have a majority. So a majority of SNP MPs does not mean your lie that we are going to have a Tory government.

“We can achieve more in a few short minutes with Labour ministers and a Labour cabinet than we could ever achieve in five long years under the Conservatives, with all the SNP MPs in opposition.”

Oh yehh sure sure Gordy..go get your medicine man.
13 Years of your government saw Boom and BUST….which we are still paying for.
It saw your raids on pensions. It saw the beginnings of privatisation of the NHS, It saw the mechanism for the bedroom tax, It saw light touch financial regulation, It saw an increase in the divide between rich and poor.. It saw new criminal offenses being made for every day of your term.
Is this what you mean by achieving more in minutes?

“The reason why we can’t do a deal with SNP is not expediency, it’s on principle. We can not have a deal, or a compromise, or a tie-in with a party that doesn’t share the principles of solidarity.”

Goodness knows what on earth he means by this? Solidarity with whom? The Labour party, or the poor and deprived and disadvantaged and disabled who Labour sold down the swannie to the likes of ATOS..
Gordy the nutter wants to provide free transport to foodbanks, and create more foodbanks rather than get rid of the need for them.
Tell the deprived areas of Glasgow and the housing schemes how their lives were bettered by 50 years of Labour rule in their constituency…. You left these people to rot Gordy.

he told voters: “If you want to vote for social justice there is no other party, the Conservative Party don’t support social justice do they?”Every vote counts and it has to be a Labour vote. I find it perverse logic for the SNP to say you can have a Labour government without voting for Labour candidates.”

and he finished his speech with an impassioned plea to Scots voters to join Labour on “the mountaintop of social justice”.

The mountain top of deeper cuts than the conservatives more like. New Labour wouldn’t recognise social justice if it jumped up and licked their face… They are a party who have gone so far from their roots, that they only recognise these words from a bygone age, but have no idea what they mean, and care even less. All they care about is their own entitlement and preserving what they regard as theirs.

With the clock ticking rapidly down on them, all they know to do is stage mock riots where they invite every numptie they can think of. Or they wheel out tame celebrities who will gladly accept the extra public exposure, such as the transvestite comedian Eddie Izzard… although he knows nothing of scottish politics. He is in a sense a very apt choice to represent Labour.
Labour have cross dressed their policies so much they can barely be told apart from the conservatives.

People of Scotland….. It is now time we stopped listening to the ways of the past.
Instead it is time for us to make a real change and real difference…and the rest of Britain knows it. this whole election, for the first time in the Unions history, hangs on what Scotland decides..

Lets make it really work for us..
and leave the dinasaurs of yesterday to their own devices, while we invent a new wheel.

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Manufactured Outrage

Today was a day which showed up the best and the worst of this election campaign.
Nicola Sturgeon was met by huge enthusiastic good natured crowds on each of her flying stops.
I popped into Greenock to see how she would be received by the people of Inverclyde.
She was due to be there at half past one, but didn’t make it until an hour and a half later. She had evidently been held up by selfies with everyone between Fife and Inverclyde.

Irrespective of the delay, the crowd amounting to about 500 in my estimation, all just stood peacefully and in good humour while they waited her arrival.

The crowd was truly representative of Scottish society. Grannies and Grandpas, Mums and Dads, young lads and lassies, children and toddlers and babies in buggys. Men in suits, the homeless, the unemployed and the employed.

At one point a bin lorry came into Clyde Square and did a lap of honour, tooting its horn and the occupants all enthusiastically waving at the waiting people.

There were two union jack protesters standing by themselves but nobody in the huge crowd gave them any hassel… All that happened was a dad and his young kiddy stood in front of them with a saltire, to loud cheers from the crowd.

Another wee lassie of about 3years dressed in yellow, with a tiny saltire did a wee dance while shouting S N P, S N P… My the next generation of SNP supporters are starting early.

Eventually word spread that Nicola had arrived, and soon there was the sight of a small phalanx of people walking down the road, with the diminutive figure of the First Minister dressed in a red suit in the middle of it.

Soon she arrived in amongst the crowd, and a massive cheer erupted.
She took the time to talk to as many as possible, and had lots of selfies taken..
I left at that point, but I am told that on her next stop in Largs 2000 were already awaiting her, before she finished the day in Dumfries.

All in all, a hugely popular and trouble free walkabout everywhere she has gone so far.

Meanwhile…

Earlier in the day, trouble was brewing in Glasgow with FundilyMundily Murphy.

The first I knew of it was a BBC news report that stated chaos was breaking loose on the streets of Glasgow. James Cook reported “Absolute chaos on the streets of Glasgow as Jim Murphy and Eddie Izzard try to be heard over protestors.”
“Eddie Izzard condemns “violent” and “aggressive” protestors at Labour campaign event in Glasgow”

Channel 4s Alex Thompson retweeted the following.

I say Jim Murphy is to be commended for taking to the streets and facing those happy to deny free speech…
None said they were members of the SNP but all voted Yes and most said they would vote SNP on Thursday…

One thing is clear – someone is tipping off “Scottish resistance” and “class activists” to Miliband event Friday and today’s event today

Protesters told me they are not SNP members but “people of Glasgow” and “working class activists”

Given the actions of 4 anti-free-speech protesters – today’s event could turn out to be a master stroke by ScotLab

With disrupters shouting in his face JM says “This is the ugly face or nationalism”

So as far as the tv media are concerned….It is all the fault of the SNP, yet none of those protesting belong to the SNP, nor are they Nationalists.

Thomson in his Channel 4 report tonight went further..

He began by saying “So – let’s get the language right. I spoke to most of the key disrupters and asked how they should be described. They described themselves as “socialist”, “class activist”, “people of Glasgow”, “Marxist” and “nearly Marxist”.

Doesn’t sound like SNP to me, but Thomson disagrees.

None used the word “nationalist” until I asked about that. Then all said they were not members of the SNP – but all said they would vote SNP on Thursday.

And that is why what Jim Murphy did today is maybe one of the most effective single pieces of campaigning of the entire British election.

Because free speech was unquestionably denied on Buchanan Street today. It was ugly and it was perpetrated by people who say they will vote SNP.”

“And that is a problem for the SNP. The disrupters said they would vote SNP, ergo they are SNP supporters (whatever else they may be).”

On meeting Nicola Sturgeon in Largs later, Nicola said..
“what happened in Glasgow today was “disgraceful” and “nothing to do with the SNP. All parties have the right to be listened to respectfully.”

But that was not a good enough answer..oh no..
Thomson concludes ”

Of course every mass movement attracts its ugly fringe and the party cannot be expected to police those outwith its membership.

But maybe it’s about time it got its supporters to these events and made some attempt to police an anti-democratic fringe who are – they tell me – also its supporters come Thursday.”

Absolute nonsense of course… No way can the SNP possibly be held responsible for every person that decides to vote for them on Thursday…
These people are not members of the SNP, nor do they even claim to be Nationalists.
Indeed Sean Clerkin and his crew are well known agitators, and turn up at political events all over the place for their own ends… They are very well known, and they are not SNP, no matter what Alex Thomson might say.

Of course this has all been turned to make the SNP the scapegoats, even though they are an entirely innocent party in this regard.
It doesn’t stop the headlines….oh no….

The Daily Telegraph

Eddie Izzard and Jim Murphy abused by Scottish Nationalists at Labour campaign event

The Daily Mail

Did Scottish nationalist thugs get a tip-off from Nicola’s SNP so they could stage Glasgow ambush? Labour claims ugly attack on leader Jim Murphy was a setup

  • Mob of nationalist supporters confronted the Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy campaigning with Eddie Izzard
  • One young girl was left in tears by the aggressive scenes which also saw activists caught up in a violent scrum
  • Shouts of ‘traitor’ and ‘warmongering scum’ were screamed by protesters in Glasgow’s St Enoch Square
  • Mr Murphy slammed ‘the ugly face of aggressive nationalism’ and said Scotland did not belong to one party
  • Labour leader’s chief of staff John McTernan claimed one of Nicola Sturgeon’s aides had tipped off the protesters
  • Campbell Gunn – the First Minister’s special advisor – today insisted the allegation was ‘absolutely untrue’
The BBC is slighty more even handed ..

“There were scuffles involving Labour Party supporters and their opponents in the city centre.

Protesters, who played loud music and shouted “Red Tories out”, drowned out Mr Murphy as he tried to speak.

The protest was organised by Sean Clerkin, who described his group as “anti-austerity campaigners”.

He told the BBC that details of the event had been passed to him by a disillusioned member of the Labour Party in East Renfrewshire.”

But is there more to all of this than meets the eye?

This morning before all this rabble rousing took place a prominent Labour activist tweeted the following..

Sean Clerkin is going to confront Eddie Izzard? Please let there be cameras. And . And for the snark.

Where does the truth lie I wonder?

This whole event looks like it was a deliberate set up, and the usual suspects gladly accepted the invitation, result all round.. Media gets a buzz, SNP get hammered, and Labour walk away with smiles all over their faces.

This has McTernans fingerprints all over it…. Dirty politics to deflect from the fact that they have no policies and are losing the argument..

Watch out for more of this type of rubbish between now and thursday.

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We The People

Royalty, Sovereignty, Constitution and parliament is discussed in the following article.
It is indeed an article in two parts. The first 450 words or so will set out in rather dry formal languange the roles of the British parliament and sovereignty in relation to the people of Scotland.
Should you wish to bypass this and get to the points I have to make regarding the above..just scroll down to around 500 words.

The phrase ” We the people” is the formulating words of two constitutions, that of India and the United States. These enacting words in the American constitution were in turn modeled on the Scottish Declaration of Arbroath, and they claim sovereignty of the people for the people.

The enacting formula used in the constitution of India state as follows:
We the people in our constituent assembly do hereby adopt,enact and give ourselves this constitution,signify the principle that power is ultimately rested in the hands of the people. It also emphasises that the constitution is made by and for the people and not given to them by an outside power (such as the British parliament).

In effect popular sovereignty,  meaning that all power emanates from the people and the political system will be accountable and responsible to the people.

The British parliament works on a different principle in English Law.
In theory, the UK’s supreme legislative power is vested in the Crown in Parlaiment. As, however, the crown acts on the advice of the Prime Minister and the powers of the House of Lords have been curtailed, de facto power is vested in the House of Commons.

Under Scots Law however the British parliaments sovereignty is viewed somewhat differently.
The Scottish judge Lord Cooper of Culross when he decided the 1953 case of MacCormick v Lord Advocate as Lord President of the Court of Session, he stated,

“The principle of unlimited sovereignty of Parliament is a distinctively English principle and has no counterpart in Scottish constitutional law.” He continued, “Considering that the Union Lagislation extinguished the Parliaments of Scotland and England and replaced them by a new Parliament, I have difficulty in seeing why the new Parliament of Great Britain must inherit all the peculiar characteristics of the English Parliament but none of the Scottish.”

In English Law:
The legislative authority, the Crown in Parliament, has three separate elements: the , Monarch,the House of Lords, and the House of Commons. Royal Assent of the Monarch is required for all Bills to become law.

The Monarch also chooses the Prime Minister, who then forms a government from members of the houses of parliament. This must be someone who could command a majority in a confidence vote in the House of Commons.

Each Parliament comes to an end, after a number of sessions, in anticipation of a general election. Parliament is dissolved by virtue of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011. Prior to it, dissolution was effected by the Sovereign, always on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister could seek dissolution because the time was politically advantageous to his or her party. If the Prime Minister lost the support of the House of Commons, Parliament would dissolve and a new election would be held.

Now to get to grips with all of the above.
Irrespective of the Independence vote last year where remaining in the British State was narrowly voted for above Independence, In no way did such a vote remove the Scottish concept of Sovereignty  of the people.
Scottish Law still remains Independent and so does the aspect of popular sovereignty of the people of Scotland…this has never been repealed. As such Scots have a different relationship with the British parliament than the rest of the UK.
In effect we are the Monarchs Boss, and what we say goes should we decide they no longer suit our purpose.
This really gives the lie to the English interpretation which controls parliament at present.

It is for this reason that MPs must offer fealty to the Crown that Irish Nationalists have never taken their seats in Westminster.
However, As the Queen of England is also the Queen of Scotland we can quite easily do so, as long as it suits us.

This position of popular sovereignty remains of utmost importance to Scots, particularly should there come a time when as has been hinted at recently, that the British Establishment may seek to disenfrachise us. There would be no surer route to a UnilateralDeclaration of Independence than that.

In this general election the Westminster parties have been treading a very dangerous path indeed, should the Scottish people decide on thursday to elect more than half of Scottish MPs as Scottish National, and in turn they become the third largest party at Westminster, and the Unionist parties seek to shut the elected representatives of the people of Scotland out. This disenfranchising would in effect break the Union.

Moving on:
Much noise has been made by Labour in Scotland in particular, claiming that a vote for the SNP would lead to letting the Tories back in. This contention is a lie.
Such claims may come back and bite Labour on the bum though.
Already the Conservatives are claiming in England that If they are short of a majority in the house, but the largest party, that they would have the right to form the next government.Already Screams by Labour that this is not so….well they sure cant have it both ways can they?
Whoever can get the support from the House of Commons gets to form the government..without such support, a party can not go the Queen and be accepted as her government…
As things appear to stand…. a great deal of horse trading will have to go on, and If Labour are true to their word, that they will not deal with the SNP, then they condemn us all to a Tory government, which they seem to deem more acceptable.

The sight recently of Tories canvassing at Jim Murphys Labour stall, and the suggestion that they are telling their supporters to vote Labour in that constituency must sicken even the most die hard of Labour supporters…..Getting into bed with the Tories again!

Much has also been made by the media of the prospect of the SNP voting down a Labour governments Queens speech, or its Budget and forcing a vote of no Confidence to force them out.
This will not happen… The fixed term parliament Act of 2011 has put paid to that scenario… Votes of Confidence cannot bring down a government serving a fixed term like in the past.

In all the noise and hubub of it all….The only thing anyone needs to know on Thursday, is who will best speak out for them. Who will best serve the wishes of the people of Scotland?
whoever that is… I suggest you vote positively for them, and not vote for someone to attempt to stop someone else.
Vote for what you believe in, vote for who you believe… Vote for those who will speak out for you!

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The Big Issue

In watching this general election closely a few things have sprung out at me, some by their absence and others by their over exposure.

The absence of leaders coming anywhere close to the real public has been a stand out. Mostly, apart from Nicola Sturgeon as the obvious exception, none of the political leaders have dared to meet the public face to face, and God forbid they should ever be subjected to real people with real questions.

The absence of these leaders getting a real grilling from the press and media over their manifesto promises, and being forced to answer honestly is transparent.
Oh yes, they get asked about their uncosted proposals, but they are let off the hook far too easily and allowed to waffle on about something else entirely. They are not told….Answer for yourselves properly or we will just assume that you have total disregard for the electorate, and you are not worth wasting a vote on.

What we get plenty of, is the spiel they want to regurgitate over and over again..
Ask Jim Murphy or any other Labour MP a question…and they will totally ignore the question, and answer along the following lines….. SNP BAD, SNP very bad, SNP awful, Dont vote SNP vote labour otherwise you get Tory….and Tory is the unmentionable, which we really detest, except if its the SNP…they are the baddest of the bad, and if you vote them, we Labour will just have to side with the Tory.

When it comes to questioning the SNP, the SNP try to answer the questions, but as soon as they start to do that, they are immediately interrupted with an interruption, generally for a BBC presenter, and as such never get to actually say much at all without a real fight.

No NO NO  says the BBC presenter, newscaster, journalist….What the SNP has in its manifesto, which they will unfortunately try to deliver on, is not what should be heard.
What the BBC presenter wants to know, and will not stop banging on about, is when will the SNP force another referendum? Tomorrow? Next Week? In the next 5 years? When, when when when, they shrill….We have to know….IT IS THE BIG ISSUE!

Try as the SNP might, to say that this election is not about seeking a referendum, the BBC will not listen.
The BBC persist… Will you tell us if it will be in 2016 Holyrood manifesto?
They are told by the SNP….We haven’t even written that yet….this year we are focusing on the General Election….why can’t you get that you numpties.
But surely you must know if you are intending putting that into next year manifesto now?
How the SNP restrain themselves from strangling the irritants I sometimes wonder?

Why do the BBC not ask the other parties what they are putting in next years manifesto?

The only people trying to force another referendum right now, the only ones who even want to talk about another referendum are the Unionists parties who won the referendum… It is mind boggling! They just cannot shut up about having another one!

Anyway…. The BIG ISSUE….. finally takes a back seat today.

There will be no news whatsoever other than wall to wall coverage on all news channels about the birth of a new royal baby…. All other news is suspended…

I am away to drown myself in a bottle of Jura.

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