09.00 Monday, off to Haven Products Hillington as part of the Scrutiny Board's investigation into work for those with physical or learning disabilities. This firm, approx 120 workers has 85% with disabilities and they are supplying goods and services to their clients at a profit, some of their clients are big players in the whisky industry.
The factory hums with activity and there is a great atmosphere, there is no room for sentiment here and none is sought, while speaking to some of the workforce a small bell rang and they immediately went off for the tea break, I wasn't that important anyway.
They are paid more than the minimum wage and they co-operate with each other to get to work through lifts etc, this is the the kind of place which keeps me in politics. I'm proud to say that it was opened by Angela Eagle Labour MP and the Govt. helped to set it up. I learned two other interesting things here one is that people with these difficulties find it far easier to get into the world of work in the USA and that the absence level at 'Haven' is less than 2% while in so called normal industries it is between 5 & 6% well done to them and to the USA.
NATWATCH - Liberal Democrat 'wee Jamie Stone' usually a nonentity, just called the SNP xenophobic, this caused a huge petted lip to appear on the face of the great charlatan Salmond, he was furious, or was he ? has he never heard this before about the SNP and nationalism in general ? was his anger synthetic ? Wee Jamie would of course have been more accurate if he had said anglophobic which means a hatred of the English.
The SNP have been trying to work a flanker over recent years about this, they realised that being anti English looked every bit as bad, and stupid as being anti Asian or anti French. The words English or England were to be banned, instead of 'English rule' we get 'southern rule' clever eh ? 'orders from England' become 'orders from over the border' devious or what ? 'English laws' became ' London diktat' pathetic eh ? the truth of this matter is that they have never changed, if England didn't exist neither would the SNP.
The antipathy they have towards the English is the only glue which keeps this sack dwelling bunch of fighting ferrets together. Alex wouldn't mind a defeat, it would allow him to continue living where he is happiest, well away from the fundies and nasties in London.