STOP the SNP

It is becoming absolutely clear that Labour in Scotland are in full scale panic mode.
It is no big surprise that they are having a melt down, and no big surprise that the media are not at all keen to report it.
With the mass increase in the SNPs membership since the referendum, and with previous labour supporters finally seeing the Labour party for what it is,and what it really stands for, jumping ship. Labours stranglehold over deprived communities, and their continued empty promises to the people, are shown up for what they were worth…Nothing, just a cushy life for the favoured Labour few, with a Lordship for some.

The polls in recent times have shown the SNPs lead holding rock solid, and increasing in many constituencies which were once labour strongholds… None of this bodes well for Labour MPs used to the cushy life, they may find themselves joining the dole queue come May 8th.

Of course the BBC and the media in general in Scotland will do their utmost to prevent such a meltdown taking place. They will spin negative stories about the SNP and their prospective candidates, and governance for all they are worth. They will also downplay or not report any good news or results the SNP may have.
In contrast, they will give their opponents, whether they be Labour, Conservative or LibDem, as much air time and print coverage which they can manage, particularly where the SNP is being trashed.
We know this in advance, and we see it happening already, expect more of it, much more!

Lord Ashcrofts poll of Scottish constuenties sent a shiver down their spines, with the poll showing massive swings to SNP in mostly Labour areas which voted YES in the referendum.. Do not be taken in by this… Expect in the near future Ashcroft to do polls in constituencies which mostly voted NO, and these results will not be as mind boggling.
There will unlikely be a Labour wipe out when it comes to the election, but they will be significantly reigned in, and may lose a considerable number of seats to the SNP.
If the SNP can achieve 20 plus seats they will be doing very well.

This may seem all well and good, but do not be lulled into a false sense of security. Making no bones about it, every seat will be a hard fought battle, and the dirty tricks we all saw taking place in the lead up to the referendum will pale into comparison to what is likely to take place now. Labour in Scotland is now like a cornered wounded rat….and they will fight dirty and for all they worth to hold onto their positions of privilege. The recruitment of McDougall from Better Together, and McTernan tells us all we need to know about how they intend to fight this campaign…negative and dirty!

They have no policy but one….”Attack the SNP”…they have sold all they ever stood for long ago, and now they have nothing left but that.

How they do this does not matter, anything goes. Who they tie up with in the process does not matter, these parties have no interest in what their people want, they just want what they want for themselves, power…end of.

In order to achieve this, they have already set plans in motion… they will vote Tory or Lib Dem where either will stand a chance of winning against the SNP candidate…

See Below….

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In order to prevent them in scuppering democracy, for the Westminster election, and for maximum voice for Scotland we who supported YES during the referendum would be well advised to vote SNP, irrespective of whether we agree with them on everything or not.
Greens, SSP and Others should then put every effort into strengthening for the Holyrood election next year…

I am all for a YES Alliance, but unfortunately the parties of YES could not come to a formal agreement for the Westminster election, but we can do that for them
I say this as not being either an SNP member or supporter.

We have a battle on our hands, lets get to it!

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The Vow

What’s a Vow, a Pledge, a Promise, what’s it worth?
You can promise us the stars and all this earth
You can pledge you will deliver what you say
and vow that you will keep your word forever and a day

But a politicians vow is better called a bribe
what is promised to you now is but a lie
Vote for me, and I’ll give you what you dream
then as soon as I’m elected, It’s never been

The vow is but an illusion and pretense
the promise made, now simply makes no sense
Conned once more by a pledge that you aspire
When all they really wanted was their desire

Daylight dawns on election day, and the sheep go to the fold
and place their mark against Blue or Red, and do what they were told
The winners and the losers in this game
When you look upon their faces, they all just look the same

Red or Blue or Yellow on their rosette
Horses of a different colour on which you bet
The theatre and their speeches of the election play
Then you wake up to the government, and again its groundhog day

Nothing ever changes, time stands still
Like pigs feeding at the trough, they have their swill
their narrators in the media make a noise
The job is done, now settle down, and be good girls and boys.
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Rod Macfarlane

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In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king

In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king, and so it would appear to be, or have been, when Gordon Brown came up with grand wheeze called the “Vow”, and persuaded a significant proportion of the Scottish electorate that this elixir was the answer to all their ills, and remaining hogtied to Westminster was in theirs and Scotlands best interests.
The “Vow” was promoted as being Super Duper Devo Max Plus, or Home Rule, or near Federalism by Brown, his media mouth pieces, the BBC and the Daily Record. It was of course non of these things. Instead it was a worthless scrap of paper on the Daily Records front page, purportedly signed by all the major Westminster party leaders and prime minister.
For those with eyes that could see, they saw it for what it was, a pile of junk which promised nothing, and would deliver even less. The Empire had no clothes.

Look carefully at its wording once more….and see what it promises in the cold light of day.

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lets put this another way…

Now that Gordon Brown has been brought out again with Labour struggling in the polls with the “Vow 11″ …an even better version of the original which promises more or less exactly what the first “Vow” promised with a couple of wee tweaks…..If you buy that rubbish again…well there really is no hope for you.

As George W Bush once famously misquoted. ‘Fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.’

or lets put it graphically in another way..

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Make no mistake, after the referendum, many people had their eyes opened to the worthlessness of that Vow.. The Smith commission set about watering down expectations, then Westminster watered these expectations down even further, to leave much of the meager rations unworkable.
Meanwhile Scots in their droves joined the SNP, the Greens and the SSP, with the vast majority tripling the SNPs membership.
The winners became the losers, and the supposed losers became the winners.

As we gear up to the Westminster General election in 90 days time, the polls have been remarkably consistent in showing a massive swing to the SNP from Labour in Scotland.
The Tory peer Lord Ashcrofts poll has merely confirmed graphically what these other polls have been suggesting.

The panic is now evident in Westminster, the duality of Labour and Tory governments is now seriously under threat like never before..The people have woken up, and they are are rising.
In England the Tories are under fire from UKIP, Labour and the LibDems are being contested by the Greens.
In Scotland, the SNP are threatening to whitewash Labour.

But do not be complacent.. make no mistake, and keep your eyes and ears wide open, read between the lines so that you can spot the spin and the lies, not just from Labour and the Tories, but from their media mouthpieces.
The Tories tell everyone that an SNP win in Scotland means the SNP propping up a lame duck Labour government.
Labour spout that an SNP win ushers in a Tory government, and only voting Labour can stop it.
Both claims are utter drivel, the SNP will not enter a coalition with Labour, but they will exact as much as possible for Scotland from them, on a vote by vote basis.
Voting SNP will neither help nor hinder the Tories winning a majority, nor will voting Labour in Scotland…we have seen a maximum number of Labour Mps elected in Scotland many times, and that has not prevented a Tory win, namely because England has a far . greater number of MPs than Scotland.

In every occasion that Labour have had an opposition, they have been worse than useless in supporting the working poor. They either have supported the Tories or abstained on things like the bedroom tax, austerity,welfare cuts, or trident. Their interests are not for Scotland nor their constituents but for their own personal gain.

If the referendum should have taught you anything, it is this… These two parties are Janus faced, two sides of the same coin. They would both rather that the other was in power rather than have their cosy stitch up compromised.

The Red Tories and the Blue Tories will pledge, promise and vow anything to retain power, and forget about their promises as soon as they are re elected as government and opposition.

Their tame establishment media puppets and political chatterboxes will do everything to remain in their favour, and will spin whatever they are told without question.

You have a voice, use it!

Why should you been continually punished for their lies and excess, and watch the rich cream off the top, while you get sold down the river, and this applies to all, not just the poor.

Do not believe the supposed polls either, these things change faster than the prevailing wind…If you want change…engage and use your voice, and don’t get sucked in.

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The Blame Game

I am knackered, Bushed, Exhausted, Drained, Burned Out….You name it….I am absolutely gubbed!
I have given 3 years of my life to write and fight for Scotland to regain it’s Independence..
Why did I do so? Well not for me.. I have lived most of my life now, and I do not expect to live all that much longer.. If I make it to 62, I will have done better than than the male expectancy in some parts of Glasgow!
My mother died at 62, and only saw two years of her pension after grafting and scrubbing away for all her life.
So I have no real expectations for myself…Not because of where I live, but rather the lifestyle that I have led.. I smoke too much and have never really looked after myself…that is my choice,and there is a price to pay some day, and I can’t blame anyone else when my choices come home to roost.
That is reality, that is here and now, and no matter what, it has all been up to me.

Sometimes..there is nobody to blame but ourselves, and we should not go looking for scapegoats, yet this is what happens all too often!

In some ways I have an Idealistic view of Scots and of Scotland, and I guess I always have been that way, and part of me always will be that way.

In general I love my Country, I love my people, and I am proud to belong here.
Scots are in general the very best people in the world in my book,and In general we are very much loved the whole world over. I should know, I have covered the globe and when I have said where I come from, the reaction has been nothing but welcoming and good.
But lets not beat about the bush here, we have our fair share of indulgent bastards of all classes too! (sorry about the language, but its the best way I can express it)

When you look at the two campaigns and compare them, you see the divisions very clearly.
YES was a bloomin Disaster! NO was an absolute Disgrace! And Disgrace was what we have been left with.

If you have read Auld Acquaintance at all, you will see that I very early on had a load of criticism about how they were running it, and to be honest, If It were not for the grassroots taking control we would have been absolutely gubbed!
It is to the vast credit of all the local YES groups and other parties led by the people that we came as close as we did. The positive smiley faced uncritical face of the official campaign HQ was a load of garbage…. We should have had a public media voice which was tearing into all the garbage fear mongering shit that we were being fed, while at the same time really pointing out the very many positives we had to offer, and why we could and would be so much better off by being Independent..
Instead….We had a media entirely against us,without challenge.. We were fed utter dross, and barely whimpered..
Where we should have been hitting them with full barrels, we hung back..

It was left to those of us on Social Media and Blogs to try and get the message across…
Wings and Newsnet and Bella were the most read and shared….But be honest…How many of the millions out there even heard of me or read what I said? Not that many.
I know that I rebuffed most of the main arguments, but I also know that at best I got 1500 views for an article.

I was often sat listening to constructed debates on Tv….almost screaming at politicians on our side to up their game…to really mix things up, to not be constrained by the repetitive questions which simply were a regurgitation of Better Together crap!
Far too often….They played the game set out to them, not actually grabbing the ball and running with it..
If you play by the oppositions rules….You get stuffed… And We were…Well and Truly.

So what now?

Well on the morning of the 19th while being deflated, I thought to myself….NO….I will not accept this! This aint over.
All the energy of the local YES campaigns, RIC, Women for Independence etc, can not just die like this!
Scotland is not the Scotland of 3 years ago…We are Alive, We are Engaged, We are Aware!
No way can we just curl up and die… NO WAY!

Others like myself obviously thought the same way that day, and the 45 were born.
I thought..  Great!!!
Here we have something to hold onto.
But almost as soon as I joined, I left….

Why? Because there was an almost immediate attack on pensioners, who were perceived as being those who denied us our Independence.
No thoughts of the lies told to many of them that their pensions would be at risk! Many pensioners don’t have the resources to the Internet that we have. Many rely on word of mouth and the BBC and the newspapers! Plus many were told out and out lies, not counteracted until far too late.
In any case ….Many pensioners still voted YES!

I then thought about it, and decided the 45 were not for me.
If we are to gain Independence…We need far more than 45% , and much like we might feel justified as the shit hits the fan over war, fracking, nuclear dumping and broken worthless vows…
Making others feel like crap because they got taken in aint going to help us!

I have seen all sorts of blame games going on, and they are not pretty! Not even worthy of the Scotland I know..

Yes …We may be grieving now, but if we get our act together….not for long!

On that day…. 19th September 2014…. YES Alliance was born…

Come and join us….

Next time….

In fact NOW

We begin again…. YES survives… and we will win..

Take the positives, learn the lessons, and join together…

Believe!

YES WE CAN! And WE WILL! In Alliance …Parties, People, and Nation. #YES Alliance

Don’t Blame…..Get Even and Win!

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Until the Rocks will melt with the Sun

Its funny how time passes, the more you wait for something, the longer time seems to take. Yet the moment that event passes, time seems to fly at the speed of light.
So soon, we are approaching 4 weeks since the referendum we waited so long to happen.

All the unanswered questions and uncertainty that Better Together never shut up about, have become even more unanswerable and ever more uncertain. The only problem being is that the things that have become increasingly unanswerable and completely uncertain, all belong to  Westminster and its extended British establishment.

Neither did it take long for the faux partnership Better Together to fall completely apart, they are all tearing lumps out of each other! There is no disunity like that of the Union.
Nor has it taken long for those who voted  NO and were suckered for a Vow, to realise what suckers they have been.

Meanwhile Westminster politicians and their media have been trying to put a tin lid on the referendum. They tell us, we voted, we lost, get over it, forget it, and move on..
Oh how they wish that we would, but it aint going to happen,Sorry!
The rocks will melt with the sun before we give in. We got diddled out of devolution in 1979, but claimed it in 1997. We have lost the referendum, but it is not the settled will of the Scottish people, nowhere near it, not with those seeking independence standing just short by 5% of half the Scottish electorate. Does that sound settled to you? It certainly does not to me. It is round 1,or half time, next time we win,and win conclusively.

Nor can Westminster politicians demand that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP drop Independence. It is not in her power, or the SNPs power, or any parties power, to do any such thing! Who do these Westminster chancers think they are? Who do they think we are?
We the people of Scotland, and only us, will decide if, or when, we decide to vote for Independence again…How dare these jumped up parasites dare to attempt to disenfranchise us! We will decide when, not them!

It may all transpire sooner than they would like too. Beginning with getting rid of the betrayers and sycophants and self interested cowards by another ballot in less than 9 months…

In the words of an old song revisited… Labour No More, Tories No More, Lib Dems No More….and that is not a letter from America, that will be a letter from the people of Scotland…

X marks the spot where we give the lot of them their P.45s

And we will do that together, in alliance…. A Yes Alliance!

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YES Alliance (In Unity lies strength)

Who won and who lost? That is a question we might all ask of the Independence referendum? By all accounts the ballot result showed that the negative and fear mongering NO campaign had overcome the positivity of the YES for Independence campaign by a margin of 55% to 45% …far clearer than the polls were latterly suggesting.
History will show that on this occasion Fear won over Hope, Negativity won over Positivity.
So NO won then?
By the reactions of the following day and days, that would not seem to be the case. Apart from the relief and the purring of David Cameron and the Queen, anyone would think from the public reaction that has followed, that the opposite result had been the case.
We have No supporters looking like they have been attacked by a case load of wet fish, and the YES support, other than the initial disappointment, still looking and sounding remarkably upbeat.
It all goes contrary to belief and expectation.Why does winning feel so bad, and losing seem like it is but a minor set back, and really YES won?
The fact of the matter is, and the majority of NO supporters well know this, a battle may have been won, but the war is lost.
I predicted beforehand how many who voted NO would feel the day after, if NO had won.

None of us in our hearts can ever deny the rightfulness of Independence, whether that be individually or collectively. Apart from those who were ideologically opposed to Scottish Independence, the vast majority were driven to voting NO because of Fear.
Fear of loss of Business, fear because of unscrupulous threats to pensions and mortgages, Fear through loss of employment made by employers. Fear through direct threats made by Westminster through its calling in of favours from those who stood to lose out on favourable treatment if the result went the wrong way for them, namely Sir Ian Woods and his Fracking contract warning on Oil depletion, which totally reversed his previous report on Oil. The Likes of Asda, who stand to gain from the new attack on the unemployed by recent measures where benefit recipients have to have a card to buy only what Westminster says they can have, and where from!
Shopping prices UP, Banks moving out, Pensions cut, Mortgages UP, Jobs Lost. You name it, they hit us with it all in the last week. It was the Tsunami of Scare!
Is it any wonder why so many wavered? Is it any wonder that so many believed the BBC and the unionist supporting press, where all but the Sunday Herald looked after their own perceived interests rather than that of the people?

All of which brings us to the commendable 45% who stood their ground, despite the Fear.
The 45% who some quickly made into a movement, but in my opinion a movement also which is negative by its name.
There have been understandably reactions made through deep disappointment and despair in the immediate aftermath, who by referring to themselves as the 45, have clung to the expressions of anger and blame and self righteousness… “Now look at what you have done!” ” We told you so” ” We have been diddled because of YOU! ”
That is just such a wrong way to go, and one that I most certainly resist.

Yes I know that too late, some who voted No, immediately as the truth dawned on them, on what would happen next… the VOW back peddled, the Austerity and Penalties, we must now face at the hands of Westminster, the attempted lessening of Scottish representation at Westminster, and the cuts in our budget which will effect all our vital services, all at breakneck speed, whilst Devo Nano goes at snail pace.
Reality does not take long to dawn. How does it feel suckers?
The fact of the matter is though, you cannot proceed with 45%, you are stuck. If you want to turn 45% into a drive which ignores blame, and strives for unity and majority, then one must be inclusive, and seek to encourage the remainder to join in, not make them feel worse!

It is by positivity, and understanding, and by seeking a common goal that we win.
That has to be in Alliance, a YES Alliance.

It is an Alliance which encourages people to move from No to YES, that holds those who are YES to hold together in common purpose. It is an Alliance of YES groups, people and parties.
It is an Alliance which will hold the political parties feet to the fire. Not just those of Westminster, Labour, Tories, UKIP, Lib Dems, but also those who have been pro Indy, the SNP, SSP and Greens.
Promises and Vows are simply not good enough… Party political interest is way short.
So no matter who they are, we the people are the ones who elect them, and we expect them to do our bidding.
YES Alliance as a Campaign, can reach over all that. We can be the ones who tell them what to do. It is up now to us to come together and make sure that they listen!
Whether Nationalist, Socialist, Republican, or Green…..We all need to form an Alliance of the people to challenge the system as it stands, and WE Must be heard, or be Damned!

Who Lost, and who won?

We did!

Why?

Because there is now no longer going back to the way things were.
We are the people, we are Sovereign, and we will have them do OUR will.

YES won…and YES we can be, YES in Alliance.

Yes Alliance FB Group Page:
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Alex Salmond the Man

It is more than a decade since I and Alex Salmond worked together….I as a minister and him as an MP in Westminster.
These days are long gone now…
Apart from liking each other personally, the main things we had in common back then were our collective belief in Scottish Independence ( Alex asked me to stand for election, I refused)
And an overwhelming desire from both of us to stand up for Social Justice and fighting the corner of those most disadvantaged in society.
I can say now, what I promised not to say then….Alex had given his fees for a newspaper article amounting to thousands of pounds to a charity I was Vice Chair of, and we were going Bust, but he asked that his donation be kept quiet as he didn’t want political capital out of it.
It upsets me deeply when I hear people who have never met him, never had any experience of him, follow a Dog whistle from his opponents decrying him.
He has been called a dictator, compared to Hitler and others, called a Fat Bastard, and numerous other things…
He is none of the above, just an ordinary guy who believes and has fought with his every breath for Scottish Independence and Social Justice.
I am sad to see him step down as Leader of his party, but I believe it the right decision at the right time. He looks tired and exhausted, and needs a rest..
Much like myself…I gave up my full time ministry because I had given all that I could give,. Any more would have meant my mental breakdown and collapse..
Alex and I have traveled together and apart, but we gave everything that we had. I salute him and like him.
Our roads have diverged…He the Leader and Me the Agitator, but we have both served our people, Scotland, with all our hearts.
He will carry on a while as an MSP. Me? Goodness knows?
Two different people, two different stories to tell…One Belief…In Us, The People of Scotland

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