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The good, the bad & the ugly

Phew, what a night folks! It was one of those nights, the reverberations of which will be felt for centuries to come. Our children, our children’s children, and those still to come will look back upon this day and rejoice. Well they may rejoice, that all depends upon what we do with the gains that we have made. But first we have to understand what it is that we have achieved.

The Good

We have achieved the unthinkable, we have all but wiped out the unionist parties in Scotland. All of those familiar faces will now be Better Together seeking new opportunities, hopefully they will find some gainful employment, we wouldn’t want them to become a burden on the state again now would we. As the saying goes: we have more nuclear armed submarines in Scotland than MPs willing to vote for them.

We, as a nation, have elected 56 SNP MPs to the Palace of Westminster. That is incredible, I can’t quite get my head around it but it has happened. We have been battered and bruised by all that the establishment machine could throw at us, but we have endured. Now we can stand tall and say to the government in Westminster, “We, the people of Scotland, have spoken. These MPs are our gift to you.” The government in Westminster ignores our gift at their peril.

When they get to Westminster, we hope, our new MPs will represent our interests. Not trot through each division blindly following the whip, but faithfully represent the will of the Scottish people regardless of party loyalty. That’s what we expect from our new MPs. Nothing less will be acceptable. If our new MPs want some inspiration, look at the fate of Jim Murphy. See what happens when you neglect the electorate and are blinded by your own arrogance.

There’ll be no fiddling of expenses, no fiddling with children either. There’ll be no lying to the people of Scotland, no weasel words. We want our representatives to show the rest of them how a proper MP behaves, to act as a lead for the rest of the UK to follow. We want our MPs to oppose all austerity and to work with like-minded others to achieve that end. We want them to state the case, faithfully, for a new type of government. One that listens to the people and does as they ask. If they do all that, then our progeny may have the opportunity to rejoice. Let’s not squander this chance, we have waited 308 years for it.

The bad

Unfortunately, while the SNP were sweeping the board in Scotland, the tories were winning a slender majority across the UK by winning big in England. Make no mistake, this government is an English government. It is made up of 319 English MPs,11 Welsh MPs and a single Scottish MP. It has a majority in England only. It does not speak for the people of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. It is a UK government in name only.

On past performance we can expect the tories to continue to pursue the most vulnerable in our society. They will cut the safety net, which our forbears bequeathed to us, and sell off the choice pieces to their rich friends. They are a party of the rich for the rich. They have no interest in you or I. Profit is king and if you’re not making money then you are of no use. There’s is a poisonous, selfish ideology and the people of England will come to rue the day that they gave them a mandate to dismantle the welfare state.

During the election campaign they vilified the people of Scotland. They portrayed them as thieves. They told the English that it would be completely unacceptable for the Scottish people to have any say whatsoever in the running of the UK parliament. They made us out to be foreign insurgents, not of their country. So now is the time for them to reap their bitter harvest. They have made the gallant 56 persona non grata in the UK parliament.

They told us that they wanted us to have a strong voice in the UK parliament. But the problem is that the UK parliament does not exist in the eyes of the English tories. The parliament in Westminster is an English parliament in their eyes. It’s their own personal fiefdom. The rest of the UK can participate in name only, like Victorian children, being seen but  not heard.

If the tories have their way the Westminster parliament will become the de facto English parliament and all non-English MPs will become second class, at least more second class than they are already.

The ugly

This is the part where the dirty stuff is. We have to keep our eye on the goal which is the independence of our country. The SNP has NO mandate for a second independence referendum at the moment, it is not on the cards. Neither is a Universal Declaration of Independence, there is no way that such a declaration would have international legitimacy. If we are to have independence then this must be won through the ballot box. This can be achieved in a number of ways, some quicker than others. Let’s take a look at each scenario.

  1. The tories pursue the path of EVEL, making all non-English MPs second class in the UK parliament. This would be contrary to the Act of Union 1707 and could legally be challenged as such. It would have to be taken to an EU court since no court with a crown on the back wall would back our case. But it could be done. More importantly the second class nature of the non-English MPs could be exploited for propaganda purposes, demonstrating to the rest of the UK how unfair the current parliamentary system is. Much could be made of this, however there is no immediate need for the tories to pursue this course of action since they have a working majority and EVEL was designed to neuter the Labour party (who have managed to achieve that themselves).
  2. The legitimacy of the English government could be mercilessly exploited, thus highlighting to the rest of UK how the English run the whole country to suit themselves. This would have the effect of encouraging nationalism in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This would be easy and our new crop of MPs should be doing this already (are they?). It is a big crack in the union, it can be opened to a fissure with relative ease. From a tory perspective this threat could be neutered by offering FFA or Devo Max. The SNP should take this path with extreme caution as I believe that the tories will place many traps along this route. It could be a stepping stone to independence, however I fear that we would end up stuck in that rut once we got there.
  3. The EU referendum, which the tories are committed to hold in 2017, could be exploited to a couple of ends. The first is to divide the tories, we know that the party is divided on the issue of Europe and this fact could play to our advantage. Votes with an European angle could be exploited to work upon the divisions within the tory party. Any European dimension will do, work at them from this angle. They are weak here. The second end is to encourage England to vote to leave the EU but the rest of UK to stay. The easiest way to achieve this is to promote UKIP in England but vilify them everywhere else. Crazy as this seems the tories feel vulnerable on their right. UKIP are THE reason why there will be a referendum in 2017. I could even see myself donating money to UKIP so that they can threaten the tories, now there’s a mad idea. For if the UK (England) votes to leave the EU but the rest of the UK votes to stay, then we have cause for another independence referendum. To this end, membership of the EU needs to be promoted as a beneficient thing for Scotland, Wales and NI. Perhaps EU funds could be unlocked for our farmers? EU funds could be made available for important infrastructure projects. We would need to have friends within the EU to achieve this, do such friends exist?

Enough for now, these are just some of my thoughts about how we could proceed and make the most of what we have. Hopefully I will have inspired others to have thoughts of their own. Lets get them out there.

"Scottish" Labour team photo. Courtesy of Thomas Nugent

The empty vessel

The old idiom says, “The empty vessel makes the most noise.” That is certainly true of Jim Murphy. I didn’t have time to watch the final leader’s debate, however I probably saw enough from the highlights which were dominated by the current Labour branch manager talking over everyone else.

When you consider how empty his party is, bereft of any dignity or honesty, it is little wonder that all that is left is to try to shout everyone else down. Is that really how to win voters over to your cause Jim?

Talking of honesty, have you seen the new Liberal Democrat election letter? I’m expecting mine to be hand delivered by Justine tomorrow. Maybe not, it’ll probably be one of the many local Lib Dem activists. Ok, ok, the good old Royal Mail (Ltd.) will be paid to deliver it on her behalf. Here’s her cry for help to deliver some Lib Dem lies through folks letter boxes. I’d imagine that all those Pouters will be rushing to the cause, Effie Deans leading the charge blowing her flute.

Justine  for help in her negative campaign

Justine cries for help in her negative campaign

So here’s the most recent election material from the Liberal Democrats:

LibDem Lies

LibDem Lies

So they try to make you think that Malcolm Rifkind wants you to vote Lib Dem “to block the SNP”. Which pretty much sums up their whole campaign, it’s been full of negativity and pure hatred of the SNP. Never anything positive, no policies, no initiatives, just anti-SNP bile.

You would have thought that the Lib Dems would have thought twice before using a partial quote from the discredited Rifkind. Remember that he was caught, along with Labour’s Jack Straw, allegedly selling their services to private companies for cash. Rifkind said that he operated “Under the radar” for a European company to get laws changed to suit that company, for which they paid him £60000. He was apparently offering his services for “somewhere in the region of £5,000 to £8,000” per day. Maybe not such a good person to have on your election literature.

The leaflet is very misleading as it does not say that it is campaign material from the Lib Dems. They’re obviously trying to catch some of the grey, tory vote with this ploy. The leaflet is printed in London, so more of the money from the rest of the country being siphoned off into what Lib Dem’s Vince Cable called the “black hole”. Double standards or what?

The photo of the empty Irn Bru bottles at the top of this piece is courtesy of Thomas Nugent.

Jim old and new

Jim, Old and New

Poor old Jim, he must have sunk ever deeper into the sofa last night when his boss threw what remains of “Scottish” Labour to the wolves of Scotland. They were mercilessly devoured all over social media and now appear to be no more than a husk, an empty shell full of empty rhetoric. This election campaign has clearly taken its toll of the branch manager, as can be seen from the photo above. Oh well, he wanted the job. He stuck the knife into Johann Lamont to get it, hope you’re enjoying it Jim.

In case you missed it (I doubt anyone did but you never know) Ed stated on live TV, “I am not going to have a Labour government if it means deals or coalitions with the Scottish National Party. If the price of having a Labour government was coalition or a deal with the Scottish National Party, it’s not going to happen.” Thus ruling out any working relationship with the SNP to support his government. He would rather have the Tories in power! Scotland was astonished and any wee hint of red left on those electoral maps has now changed to yellow.

This was pure electioneering of course, but it shows a darker side of Ed which we saw once before when he knifed his brother in the back to get the leader’s job. He is prepared to sacrifice all Labour’s Scottish MPs in order to get a couple more seats in England. He has surveyed the wreckage of his Scottish branch and decided that there is nothing there worth saving.

So where does that leave him in the event of a hung parliament? The word on the street is that he is preparing the ground for a Grand Coalition with the Tories, the likes of which we have only seen before during times of extreme national emergency. It would be suicidal for his own party and for the union of course, but he doesn’t seem to care. English votes are all that Ed cares about, which put’s him nicely into the SNP’s pocket as well as the Tories (and quite a few others too.) So to celebrate the demise of the Scottish branch we are offering your very own cut out and keep in your pocket Ed, courtesy of Guido Fawkes.

Cut out ED

Cut out ED


Words from Limerick

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, I’m doing some work down in Limerick in co Clare, Ireland at the moment. So it seems fitting to embrace the poetic form and apply it to #GE15. Here’s the first effort:

There was a Lib Dem called Justine

Who angered easily in hustings

She gave us a laugh

With gaff after gaff

And policies sadly lacking

Here’s another:

There was a candidate for Gordon

Who despised Alex Salmond

She lied to the voters

About tax cuts and pollsters

But soon she will be forgotten

And a wee one for Braden

Young Braden was Dame Begg’s tea maker

She promoted him to Ortsgruppenleiter

Nobody knew who he was

All he could say was soz

There’s no way he should give up the day job