INDY WARS

I may not have written anything recently on this blog, given that I have been focussed entirely on writing my book “The Thistle,The Lion and The Unicorn” , but that doesn’t mean to say that I haven’t also been following closely what has been happening on the political landscape.
Indeed I have been having my tuppence worth on a regular basis on my Aye4Scotland Twitter account for those that are into that form of communication.
However with the recent spats and fall outs which have been happening with alarming frequency between Independence supporting factions I feel that it is worthwhile expressing my views on such conflicts in a bit more detail.

In case you haven’t noticed, for quite some considerable time now there has been an all out concerted attack in the mainstream media on everything Scottish and targeting the SNP and the Scottish Government in particular.
Nothing new there you might say, and you would be right, there is nothing new in that given that over 90% of our mainstream media is pro Union. However what has been particularly noticeable is the sheer volume of attacks on Scotland and everything Scottish as a whole that have been taking place since the prospect of IndyRef2 became a probable reality. Day after Day we see it, In our press, on our radio, on the tv news, in our politics programmes, on Social Media in facebook and Twitter. We are absolutely being covered in shite bombs.
It is an all out full frontal bombardment!

Nothing to be surprised at there you might say, and you would be absolutely right, It is not surprising in the least as the Unionists are absolutely terrified and the very last thing that they want to see happening in amongst the horrendous Brexit debacle is a second Independence referendum. They know that this time they will assuredly lose their precious precious Union and the perks and privileges so many of them gain from it.
The ermine of those Labour, Lib Dem and Tory Lords will be only worth putting in a moth ridden bin. The huge  salaries, perks and expenses their MPs receive for being cowed puppies in Westminster will be all gone. The dim witted brainwashed bigoted trolls will have their precious Union flag for dinner.Their journalists and political commentators will be out of a job and dumped by their Imperial paymasters. Indyref2 must be resisted at all costs.

Make no doubts about it, they all will oppose Scottish Independence to the death.

What is far more concerning has been the ramping up of tribal rhetoric among those who say that they support Independence.
In the Gulf Wars the term friendly fire was coined to describe the bombing and killing of those on the same side by accident.
What we have been seeing in Scottish politics since 2015 when the SNP almost annihilated the entire Scottish Unionist opposition at Westminster has been a marked increase in inter tribal Independence political warfare going on….. And THIS HAS TO STOP!
We have had some of the SNP Old guard attacking the current SNPs stance and progression of Independence in the shape of Jim Sillars and the Late Gordon Wilson in particular, and also former special advisers such as Alex Bell writing regular pieces for anti Independence papers. We have had small scale disagreements within the SNP government itself with Alex Neil voting for Brexit against the official party line.
In some SNP branches there have been fall outs between old stagers and newcomers as they found their positions threatened.  Some Councillors were deselected and bitter, some others bitter that they were overlooked.
All of this serves as increasing disillusionment with party politics itself, and much hope and good will is lost in the process.

Outwith the SNP the flak has been even more evident to the public in general. In particular it seemed to initially rear its head prior to the Holyrood elections where smaller parties were looking for their share of the Holyrood cake.
Blogs such as Bella Caledonia, particularly their facebook page became a harbour for Greens to have a go at the SNP over how people should use their vote, with the Greens demanding that people should vote for the SNP in the Constituency vote and Green in the 2nd Vote. SNP supporters were equally as adamant that it should be SNP in both votes and thus a viscous cycle of name calling began. I eventually blocked that facebook page in disgust.
SSP who had aligned with Cat Boyd of the Radical Independence movement co founded Rise and some of their attacks on the SNP were mostly seen on Social media.
Tommy Sheridans party were less inclined to attack the SNP but the SNP wouldn’t go anywhere near Tommy as he is such a divisive figure himself. Meanwhile there is such festering hatred between the SSP and Tommy that they wouldn’t be seen dead in each others company, never mind share a stage.

Most recently this friendly fire has become even more divisive and vitriolic, ramped up recently by Cat Boyd stating that she voted for Labour in the recent election. Unsurprisingly she has been subject of a veritable bombardment on Twitter by those absolutely stunned and gob smacked by this revelation and some of the comments she has received have been less than pleasant shall we say.
I too have questioned her directly on her reasoning, particularly as in my view if what you want to achieve is Scottish Independence you DO NOT go voting for a an anti Independence Unionist party in any election. However my criticism was coached in polite terms not some of the angry vitriolic attacks she has received from a minority.
Of course what will be highlighted by her and her journalistic pals and supporters is the abuse she received not the considered objections. All of which of course serves as some sort of vindication for her stance while painting angry Independence supporters in a negative fashion.
It also serves the self appointed elite group of journalists to attack ordinary people as being anonymous trolls for daring to criticise one of their own. It seems pretty much to me that both journalists and politicians seem to think that only their views should be heard and most definitely not criticised on Social Media. If you aint a prominent Name then your views not valid is their game.
Of course all of these types of spats only make the Unionist Media and supporters clap their hands in glee. The more divided and divisive the Independence movement is, coupled with their shit Scotland bombing the better! All such disagreeable commentators will be gladly accepted onto their radio and tv shows and have press space made available for them….plus some nice little monetary kick backs too for their trouble.

Which brings me onto some of those who have made profit and position from the YES movement. As you will have noticed a number of Left leaning pro Indy sites developed from it, and some have gone on to being household names and are regular contributors to what pro Indy press there is whilst others have hitched onto the party political game.

In no way am I saying that they all have been in it for personal gain, in fact I would suggest that very few have been in it for that, but there is no doubt in my mind that the ones who have been best at self promotion are the ones who have gained most financially from it, and are now seen as go to people for the media.
It is when there is preponderance of left wing views that we hit a problem, as Scots while In general are left leaning, they are not ultra left, but rather centrists. So more balanced voices who are not likely to cause the sort of uproar that the Boyds can produce are in a rarity. We do have excellent balanced representatives such as Leslie Riddoch or Ian McWhirter to thank for the degree of sanity and Incisive comment they bring, or the excellent Paul Kavanagh (Wee Ginger Dog) whose brand of writing humorously rips apart Unionist arguments. Though you will note as Paul himself has commented, when his name is put forward by his editor in the national for being a commentator on any BBC political program he finds that they never call him to ask. It wouldn’t suit the BBCs agenda to have such an incisive Independence voice speaking on their discussion programs, far better to have a more left wing indy contributor.

Given all of the above, it is not at all surprising the drop off on people voting in the last election, they very probably have been utterly scunnered by it all. Which of course suits the British state right down to their silken socks…. Divide to Conquer has always been their game and everything in that sense is going perfectly for them.
Voices such as mine you will never hear other than on this blog and that includes pro independence marches and rallys….. I am just not a NAME .
Which in itself is a shame, because there are many like me in the middle ground who simply are not being heard…but such is the way of it.

I will include here another excellent unheralded blog response by Leyaterra to the Cat Boyd nonsense which rips to shreds Corbyns so called radicalism and shows it for what it is. I recommend you read it.

Corbyn Isn’t the Radical choice for YES supporters

In amongst all the negativity and criticism in this article I have written here, I ask you not to despair….. It is better to recognise these issues for what they are, and then we can be aware of them and deal with them.

More than anything this is a plea from me to stop the infighting and get back to the business of achieving Independence. Put aside the petty divides and the political tribalism and get back together to the positivity of the Yes campaign. More than ever we need to be united in our purpose whatever differences we may have otherwise. All our differences can be argued the toss over in an Independent Scotland but first we need to get there.
United under YES we shall not be defeated, but rather we shall succeed. If we allow such petty conflicts to continue, when the time comes we shall lose again and lose badly. We shall not get another crack at it in our lifetimes. So quit the not so friendly fire and get the show back on the road…. Together!!

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The Thistle, the Lion and the Unicorn (taster)

I have ceased blogging to concentrate on writing my book “The Thistle, The lion and the Unicorn”
However here is a taster of the Introduction and first chapter. It is unedited as yet…so this is just the first draft with all its mistakes which I haven’t checked for yet.

 

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The picture on the front cover of this book is the British Royal Coat of Arms. Depicted in it are the English lion and the Scottish Unicorn. In the British Royal Coat of Arms the English Lion takes the dominant side of the shield but the same coat of Arms when used in Scotland the Lion and the Unicorn swap sides with the Unicorn taking precedece.
In the back cover of this book we have the Scottish Royal Coat of Arms which has 2 Unicorns with Scottish Lion crowned on top.

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It is in this sybolism which I take for the title of this book as I reflect back in history to some of the story of Scotland from the time of the Stewart Monarchy in the 17th Century to the present day.

You will notice that in the coat of arms the Unicorn is chained. That wonderful mythical beast whilst magical and said to be capable of healing powers was also regarded as being wild and dangerous. It’s traditional enemy which it could best in battle was the Lion, and despite it’s small stature it was thought of being able to take on a large elephant and win.

Perhaps then it should come as no symbolic surprise that the Scottish Unicorn finds itself chained  in the British Coat of Arms and the Stewart Royal dynasty in Scotland

Symbolic of Scotlands place in the Union perhaps?

THE Morning after the Night before

I met the morning of the 9th of June 2017 pretty much like I had met a similar morning on the 19th of September 2014. A date that will be etched in my memory for as long as I live .
On the 18th of September 2014 Scotland had been permitted to vote for the first time in it’s history on the matter of being in the British Union . It had only taken in excess of 300 years for the people of Scotland to have a say in the matter. The general populace of Scotland had never had a say in the first place back in 1707 when Scots Lords sold off Scotland for personal financial gain into the Union with England.
After the results were in on the 19th of September, Independence supporters like myself felt heart sick that we had lost by a margin of 55% to 45% . We had battled so hard, we had sung and danced and marched for 2 years, and indeed in the week leading to the vote it looked like we might actually do it.
It was not to be though. In a state of panic the British establishment on realising that they were in severe danger of losing came out with the “VOW” The “Vows” architect and author, the former failed Labour prime minister had promised that this VOW was the equivelant or even better than Home Rule and near federalism.
The Sunday Times poll showing Independence ahead by 51% to 49% only 7 days beforehand had shaken the British establishment to the core, and so in a last desperate attempt, breaking All elections laws about making new promises at this stage of a campaign, David Cameron the tory prime minister, David Clegg his Liberal Democrat deputy, and Ed Milliband the Labour leader all had their signatures attached to this mock Vow in the Daily Record.
In reality the wording of the Vow was vague and full of unspoken promises. It was Gordon Browns part which supposidly fleshed it outn to Home Rule.

Here is what the Record said on that day.

“David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg sign joint historic promise which guarantees more devolved powers for Scotland and protection of NHS if we vote No

WESTMINSTER’S three main party leaders have signed up to a historic joint statement that was demanded by the Daily Record on behalf of the people of Scotland.”

“David Cameron, David Clegg and Ed Milliband have signed up to a historic joint statement that was demanded by the Daily Record on behalf of the people of Scotland.

In their own words, they pledge to work together to transfer more powers to Holyrood if Scots reject independence on Thursday.

The unprecedented agreement was signed after the Record demanded that the leaders clearly explain what they are offering so the Scottish people can decide if it is a better alternative to independence.

The Vow

Coupled with a despicable campaign that saw Better Together campaigners targeting pensioners and threatening them that they would lose their pensions if they voted for Independence, the result was a very relieved David Cameron on the morning of the 19th of September 2014. His first action on the steps of No. 10 Downing Street was anything but the supposed promises made to the Scots. Instead he introduced EVEL ..English Votes for English Laws thus making Scots MPs as second class citizens in Westminster.

Instead of being deflated,as many Independence supporters probably were, the impression as the votes came in was that somehow the Unionists had lost and the Yes campaigners had won. There was a sense of unreality to it all.
The following weeks and year tended the bear that out. People signed up in their droves to the SNP, then the SNP almost wiped out every Unionist in Scotland in the 2015 General election, leaving One solitary Tory, Labour and libDem Mp in Scotland.
This was followed up by the SNP yet again becoming the largest party in the Scottish parliament in 2016, and winning the majority of Scottish Council seats and taking control of the Labour fiefdom of Glasgow for the first time.

In between times we had the madness of Trump winning in the States, extreme right wingers threatening but failing to win in France and Holland.
We had Brexit which ended David Camerons political career and saw in an even more right wing Theresa May and her Brexiteers.Scotland meanwhile unanimously voted to remain with the EU which put Independence back onto the table again. Not that it had ever gone away, but Thersa Mays intransigence to even consider Scottish opinion forced Nicola Sturgeon to bring the issue to a vote in the Scottish parliament and subsequently won with the help of the Scottish Green party.
The Scottish Tories and Labour and the LibDems absolutely refused to accept the democratic will of the people and the parliament and campaigned relentlessly against Scots having that democratic right to have their say again on the issue.
In reality, both the Tories and labour have been banging on about Independence since the 19th of September 2014, and have never stopped campaigning on the issue.

Ruth Davidson and her Torys made the issue their only policy for the Holyrood 2016 election, this years Council election and most recently the recent General election which Theresa May foolishly called. To be fair, she and her not so merry band have done particularly well out of it. Beating a totally woeful and innefectual Labour into 3rd place in all of these elections as Unionist supporting Scots deserted labour to vote Tory.

Which all brings me back to the morning of the 9th of June this year.
To say that I felt utterly gutted, shattered and disgusted at some of my fellow Scots would be a classic understatement.
Theresa May had fought the very worst campaign anyone can ever recall, and instead of getting her own mandate as she desired we ended up with a Hung parliament and a proposed coalition between the Consevatives and Nortern Irelands Democratic Uionist party. The worst possible and deeply worrying scenario one could possibly imagine.

Meanwhile the British media and press have been hailing Ruth Davidson and her Tories as the winners in Scotland. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Yes the SNP lost big names in Andrew Robertson, Alex Salmond and Eilidh Whiteford amongst the 21 Mps which they lost. But by no stretch of the imagination did the SNP lose the election in Scotland. The Tories on 13 seats,Labour on 7 and the Lib dems on 4 does nowhere near collectively add up to the SNPs 35 Seats, which was their second best ever performance in a General election, and are still the 3rd largest party in westminster.
Brian Taylor on Reporting Scotland completely lost the plot when he said that the Tories were the winners in Scotland.

What did transpire is that the collective Unionist campaign did succeed in tactical voting to oust certain MPs from targeted seats. In the North east where there has been a tradional Lib Dem presence the Lib Dem vote was considerably down and the Tory vote considerably up! The biggest winners or losers were the majority of voters who exceeded those that did vote in this area alone. In other areas Unionist supporters went for the best unionist party they thought had a chance of winning.
Meanwhile the SNP vote in the election was overall only down by around 1.7% from the previous general election.

The declarations from the Tories and Labour that Indyref2 is now off the table could not be further from the truth. Independence supporters and the SNP will take stock from this and learn from it.
The major difference is that the Unionist parties fought this general election on Independence whilst the SNP avoided it and concentrated on Brexit and normal election issues.
Corbyn had a remarkably better campaign in England than could be expected and even some unaligned Scottish Independence supporters voted for him and some labour people went back to their original party for this election,despite the woeful Scottish branch of the party.

What happens next? I shudder to think given the past few years!
But the story of Scottish Independence is far from finished.

Before I look forward though, I shall look back into some of the history which has brought Scotland to this day. The story of the lion and the Unicorn.

 

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Brexit v Independence

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The Control freakery of Theresa May seems to know no bounds.
First she wanted control of parliament so that parliament would not be able to debate anything to do with her Brexit Bill…. She was challenged and lost in the English High Court….But rather than accept that legal decision she chose to appeal it in the Supreme Court and lost again!
Despite losing there…she instead railroaded the Brexit Bill through both houses of  Westminster allowing no room for dissent or alteration. The Lords…worthless unelected peers that they are, attempted to get a couple of amendments…and she basically threatened them do as you are told or you will lose out.. And one thing these codgers care about is their massive daily attendance allowance..so they backed down.
Not satisfied with that…. she then came up with the lamest of excuses to rip up the 5 year parliament bill which her previous mob had made,  and push for a snap General election in a matter of weeks!
The reason for this action was under the premise that Westminster was divided and she wanted unity…. forget the fact that Westminster is supposed to be divided and there are supposed to be contrasting views and matters of opinion. What she seems to want is an elected dictatorship where she will broke no argument or disagreement to what she wants!
This General election is on one hand about Unity as far as she is concerned..where none can possibly ever be achieved. On the other she says the election is all about Brexit…(As far as England is concerned) but about Independence(As far as Scotland is concerned)
The thing is…..She should not have been able to get her General Election quite so easily or painlessly….but useless Labour gave her a free ride again!
As things stand with the fixed parliament act… she would have needed a two thirds majority to get the election approved. With the SNP Abstaining…All Labour had to do was Abstain too, like they have done time and time again. But Oh No…Labour went and voted with the Torys…and as Nicola Sturgeon put it today.. ” They were like turkeys voting for Christmas!” Had Labour abstained….It would have put Theresa May and her government in a very unpalatable position. If she then still wanted that election…She would have had to put a motion of NO Confidence against her own Government! That would only have taken 50% + 1 to pass… The embarrassment would have been too much to bear. It would be tacit to admitting they don’t have a bloody clue what they are doing.
The embarrassment for Labour..apart from that horrendous blunder…Is that their Scottish Branch in todays First Ministers Questions  immediately accused the SNP for wanting the Torys to win , by their abstaining. Utter Tosh and they know it!
Ruth Davidson immediately went on the attack and said that all the SNP care about in this General Election is another Referendum……Nicola Sturgeion countered that Ruth should decry the horrendous Tory Rape Clause,but three times she refused to do so… Willie Rennie from the LibDems accused the SNP of ditching their policy on Europe. It was made clear by Nicola Sturgeon that her personal preference was to remain in the EU, but failing that in her negotiations with Westminster, her absolute bottom line was to remain in the European Single Market.

So there we have it…..already things are heating up…
We had both National Broadcasters talking about the SNP losing seats and tactical voting….going as far as to show in exactly what areas such tactical voting might be successful in reducing the number of SNP MPs. We have had Ian Murray the sole Labour MP pleading for tactical voting in Edinburgh South, asking for the Torys and LibDems to please vote for him….and suggesting they join forces across the country to stop the SNP.

No doubts about it…as far as the Unionists are concerned this is an election of Brexit v Independence, and the The Union against Independence. They are utterly fixated on it and Theresa May who wants absolute control wants to crush Holyrood. What we are seeing here is the End game…

The SNP already have 2 Mandates for another referendum they don’t need another..but the Torys, Labour, and the LibDems are helplessly hoping that favourable results for them in the General election can overturn these mandates…and kill of Independence stone dead for the foreseeable future.

So be prepared…..this is about all that they are going to be talking about.
The Torys in particular see this as a possible opportunity to increase their woeful standing in Scotland, stretch the gap between themselves and Labour and pinch as many Loyalist Unionist Brexiteers from them as possible, which will effectively hammer the final nails into Labour in Scotlands coffin.
The Media have already nailed their colours to the Tory mast in as much as they will pursue relentlessly the Tory game plan.

The thing is not to let them all away with it!

People need to be reminded continuously what voting for the Torys means..
Folk can be very easily distracted by the media noise, and momentarily forgetful of just how awful they are.
So lets keep reminding them…… Keep atalking bout all the things these Unionists are afraid to talk about… Here are a few examples…

The 2 Child Tax credit Cap.
The Rape Clause.
The Tory intent to remove  European Human Rights
The specified intent by the Torys to reduce Workers Rights.
The removal of powers over agriculture and fisheries from Scotland
Removing us from the Single Market and access to Europe(No more cheap foreign holidays)
The removal of Housing benefit for young folk which they have enacted
Their wishing to do away now with the Pensions triple lock…..which will no longer protect our elderly from rising prices and inflation.

And then we go onto their cruelty against the poor, the unemployed, the disabled, the terminally ill, and those with mental illness.

thousands of disabled people have died within six weeks of being declared “fit for work” and stripped of their disability benefits by the Work Capacity Assessment (WCA) regime.

An incredible 420,000 disabled people were hit by the Tory “Bedroom Tax”, many of them for “spare” rooms used for medical equipment, or for carers to sleep in. The financial stress caused Stephanie Bottrill to commit suicide leaving a note blaming David Cameron and the Tory government.

A United nations investigation into the treatment of disabled people in the UK found that the UK government was committing grave and systematic violations of disabled people’s rights.

In March 2016 309 Tory MPs voted to cut the Employment and Support Allowance by £1,500 per year. Not a single politician from any other party voted in favour of these cuts. As a result of this brazen economic assault on disabled people several Tory MPs were sacked as patrons of disability charities.

The Tory party claimed to be scrapping the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and replacing it with Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in order to make sure the money went to the right people, but in April 2017 they slashed PIP payments by 33% using the perverse excuse that this would incentivise them to find work (despite there being no evidence whatever to back up this claim).

Disabled people undergoing PIP assessments have routinely been asked “why haven’t you killed yourself yet?” by their assessors.

The Tory government are confiscating an astounding 900 adapted motability vehicles from disabled people per week. In one case they confiscated the motability vehicle to save £6,000 and then agreed to pay £65,000 in taxi fares so that the disabled person could continue going to work!

The List goes on and on and on….. And what is more….Labour have barely lifted a finger to oppose any of it in parliament..

If you think that is bad…just wait till they manage to ditch all these pesky Humanitarian rules from Europe……It will get much worse!

Anyone that votes Tory in Scotland is agreeing with ALL that!
As for Labour Unionists voting Tory…….Absolute Hypocrites.

WE NEED TO STOP THEM DEAD IN THEIR TRACKS…… FOR ALL OUR SAKES and for SCOTLANDS SAKE

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Tank Commander Colonel Roothie

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Just When You think that things cannot get anymore surreal….
We now have this image of Theresa May conducting her own personal Electoral war against Scots by declaring that in Scotland this election will all be about refusing the right of the Scottish Government to call another Independence Referendum..
And here we are ….Bang on the button….. On April 17th she Instructs the Army Signal Corp to make Roothie a full blown Colonel of the Territorials…. That will fit in nicely with sending Rooth over the top into her Scottish Colony… Ably backed up by her Colonial Minister for Scotland Fluffy Mundell..

You Couldn’t make it up …Could you? Probably Not….As this is really a case of the Truth being stranger than fiction…

So lets whistle together folks to the tune of Colonel Bogey……  or as the troops sang to it in the 2nd World War… “Hitler has only got one ball”

Here Comes Roothie

April 17th

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The Right Honourable Ruth Elizabeth Davidson MSP is appointed Honorary Colonel 132 Signal Regiment  Army Reserve 17th April 2017 and in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 4 of the Officers Commissions Army Order 1967 is commissioned in her Majesty’s Land Forces in the General List Army reserves and is granted the Rank of local Colonel for the duration of the appointment”

Link….to Confirmation..

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Voter Fatigue…..Don’t Want another Election

So here we go again… Would it not just sicken you? Already people squabbling about how to vote in the Council elections and up pops Theresa May to tell us that we are having another General Election in a matter of Weeks.
Fair scunnered by it all I am.. Have we not had enough of these bloomin elections and referendums?
All we are getting in the press, social media, and the tv news is yackity yackity yack from windbag politicians. I can’t even go down the Social for a quiet wee pint but somebody is banging on about bloody politics!
I turn on the tv….and there is the BBC Reporting Scotland out and about nabbing folks in the street asking them what they think about yet another election, and they are all the same as me…. Whit? Yer kiddin….when, why….Naw naw naw we dinnae want yin!
I cannae even have ma tea in peace…. but somebody is rabbiting on about Brexit, Independence, fish face Sturgeon, and Mayhem…. It is bloody ridiculous!
Do you know…In Scotland we have had to go to the polls on average every 5 bloody months since the garbage indy referendum.. Its beyond the pale so it is..
I pop into the local garage and the wummin behind the counter asks me if I have registered to vote yet? Whit….yer kiddin….me vote? Nae chance…. I cannae be bothered with that garbage…. and look there they are again asking us to make some other kind of stupid choice….. They can awa and bile their heids!

Whit do I care about whit and who they vote for… it has sod all to do with me!
Naw…I am more interested in just day to day living…Ah take it all as it comes.
Anyway… I have enough of my own concerns….
Do ye realise that the bloody Council have cut back on the bin collections! Its a bloody disgrace…I have rubbish piling up all over my garden and bloody rats and seagulls are ripping it to shreds! Who is gonna do something about that I ask?
And the Brew Fn docked me ma money again… Sanctioned for another 4 weeks…How the hell am I supposed to live? I have nae money for grub….the wastrels are trying to kill me! I have to queue up at the foodbank and scrounge round the bins at Tesco just to survive…
But I am no waster…I am an honest working man….worked every day of my life until I took ma back injury…and now I cannae get a job…its just the young yins that stand a chance now…and they cannae find jobs round here either..
Och I could go on and on and on…..Its All shite so it is…. But who Cares….those bloody Bankers In London and their politicians taking back handers have got everything that’s going….poor folks like me just get stuffed…and they take what little we have got away from us too…Its just no fair… But who is gonna do anything about it all….Naebuddy thats who!

Its all just gibberish and lies from politicians…promising the moon and as soon as they get whit they want…. then it is Stuff you ya daft cretin for voting for me..

The press and the media are playing this game and taking us all for fools…. They have been banging on about…voter fatigue …. well that suits some parties because those with money and self interest will always come out and vote..
By kicking so many off the electoral register after the last Independence referendum…where there had been a huge upsurge in voter registration…they are trying to limit who can vote by the back door…. If you have fallen into that category do not be discouraged…make sure that you register again…It is vitally important that you do. Don’t let yourself be lulled into apathy as they would like..
Use your votes……Because your Vote…in whatever the Election….Is your choice and Your say…Don’t lose Your Voice!

There are huge elections coming up….and the people of Scotland need to speak loud and Clear and tell the Tories to sod off…. We have to be heard….don’t let them kid you on that your vote doesn’t matter…Every vote matters..
Or would you rather live in a Westminster Tory dictatorship for the next 20 Years?

Stand UP and Be Counted…. VOTE SNP, VOTE Green, Vote Independence
VOTE FOR YOU!

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In Scotland Lets make June the End of May

Theresa May after calling for a General Election to take place on the 8th of June has decided to make her pitch to Scotland on the Independence Referendum of All things.
Writing for the Scotsman she said the following:

“Those of us who believe in our United Kingdom, and in the benefits of sharing together the risks and rewards of national life as one people, must speak up for it. In response to the narrow, tunnel-vision politics of the nationalists, who see every issue through the distorting prism of grievance, we who believe in unity and solidarity across our country must work to offer a positive and compelling alternative,”

One has to ask where the rewards are for ordinary Scots Women and Men in her disunited kingdom? Where are these benefits she speaks of? The Only benefits I am aware of are the the ones she and her government are stripping off the deserving poor. In the warped Tory universe the NHS should be trashed, many of its Doctors and Nurses should be sent packing back to whatever country they came from and the NHS sold off to the Bankers and Financiers so we either pay up or die.
The Risk for Scots is to remain hog tied to a basket case of a Union run by Tories for the next 20 years.
If tunnel vision grievance we have, it is justifiable grievance. Grievance about having our wishes ignored. Grievance about the Tory government introducing policy which prohibits working Mothers from having any more than 3 Children as the third one will have to starve or go without clothing, or wear their siblings castoffs because no tax credit will be given for them. Its like turning the UK into a minor version of the Peoples Republic of China.
Grievance that in a Country which has been Oil rich for generations that people are lining up in their droves at foodbanks. Grievance about the despicable Rape Clause where women who have been through more than enough are faced with reliving it all again for some SWP assessor.
We can go on and on and on with our justfiable grievances Mrs May!
But lets Not…. Lets put an end once and for all to these grievances… All we have to do is take back our Independence…

She went on to say.. ”

A vote for the Scottish Conservatives in June will do two things. It will send a clear message of opposition to the SNP’s divisive plans for a second independence referendum, and it will strengthen my hand as I negotiate on behalf of the whole United Kingdom with the EU.” and added

“In Scotland, only Ruth Davidson and her Scottish Conservative colleagues are able to stand up for our United Kingdom and provide a strong voice against the SNP. And only a strong Conservative government at Westminster can deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK.”

Voting for the Conservatives will send a clear message of opposition to the SNP’s divisive plans?  If anyone that is being divisive it is you Theresa. You are taking a whole Country which voted by a much greater majority to remain in the EU than you got as a whole to Leave. We have asked for compromise, we have asked to be involved and be engaged to find a way forward which would suit all parties…But You have rubber eared us. Who is being divisive? Who is being Insular? who is promoting xenophobia..Not Us… YOU!
We have asked for another referendum, which is our right.. and you have said…Not Now..This is not the time… And here you go inflicting another general election on everyone just because you want to increase your majority, so that you can be a proper dictator.
Your lot and Labour have done nothing but harp on about not having another referendum since the last one… Week in, week out..banging on about it and making out it has been us! Get on with the day job? How about your lot try it, instead of scunnering folks stupid with your nonsense.. You and your tank commander and that Kezia one who mouths off like a machine gun.

Well you scunnered us so much, and left us no option but to call for another referendum… and guess what, you will not stop us.
In fact now that you have made this an election about Independence in Scotland, lets just go the whole hog… Lets make it about Independence…. we get a majority and we walk …. Hows about these Apples Mrs?

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Different Elections, Different voting Strategies

Hot on the heels of Theresa Mays surprise snap announcement of a General Election on June 8th, Channel 4 reported that the Crown Prosecution Service would be considering charges against up to 30 Tory Mps for Election fraud which have been reported to them by the Police. They will have to make their decision on whether or not to proceed with these charges by the end of May or beginning of June.
With Theresa Mays government having a slim majority of 12, perhaps this is the real reason for their panic? Perhaps she really had no option, particularly if all these MPS were to be suspended.

However, whatever her real reasons, we in Scotland are faced with 2 elections in the space of a month.
As the Council elections and the General election run on different systems.. The Council election being Single Transferable Vote, and the General election on First past the post, I shall be utilising different tactics in each of them.

In the Council elections I will be voting first and foremost  for the SNP , the Greens, and Independent Counselors in my area that I know support Independence.

In the General election I will be supporting the SNP.

It is imperative that we support ALL Independence parties in the Council election, and likewise it is imperative that All Independence supporters back the SNP in the Westminster election.

It will be a hard ask for the SNP to repeat its spectacular success of 2 years ago, but that is what we must seek to attain…. and if possible do even better and get the single Tory, Labour and Libdem out of Westminster too.

1 Month….. We must encourage everyone to make sure that they get out and vote, and we must ensure that we Win both elections….and that can only happen with supreme effort on everyones part…. We can Do this!!

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