Wednesday, May 30, 2012


The Independence campaign twitter site launched after their fiasco of a launch last week has been forced to concede that they have been caught out again. This time they have been 'at it' by counting every visitor to the site as a supporter without asking their permission, tawdry, sleazy, very underhand, very SNP. This is another sign of desperation just like their failed attempt to load the question on the ballot paper, this desperation has also led them to describe people who wouldn't be recognised walking down a Scottish street as "A" List celebrities. Watching them join in singing Caledonia with a rough sleeper who had wandered in with a guitar was reminiscent of what Oscar Wilde (a brilliant man despite not being Scottish) said about the death of little Nell "you would have had to have a heart of stone not to laugh"

The question now is will Nicola Sturgeon be the first to implode and be 'huckled' as they say around these parts in to a rubber room. On her TV appearance the other night when she suggested 'shooting from the hip' that Scotland under independence would be entitled to a seat at the bank of England decision making table, she was subjected to such ridicule and derision from fellow panellists and audience members alike that she was left wearing the expression of the first person in the movie to see the monster, the panic in her eyes suggested that she could hear the white coats flapping. These occasions will become more and more common as the debate goes on and the SNP are forced to answer questions. They are already beginning to unravel. The hapless wee Nicola may well get some 'gardening leave' to try to avoid any more embarrassing fiascos. What about MacAskill, or Alex Neil, or 'Murmuring John Swinney' if he can be found? A huge pool of talent right?

They will have to rely maybe on being rescued by "Wan seat Harvie" and "Nae seats Fox" from the Greens and the SSP. Let's face it try as they might these two will never replace "Screaming Lord Sutch" Even with two and a half years to go I would say 'the game's a bogie, the baw's broke' but at least it will be two and a half years of jolly good fun. Reducing bullies to quivering wrecks is always worth doing.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Byeck, my apologies, please resubmit you comment about "poo bah" etc. the euphoria has not yet settled and I have no idea where it went.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Thursday May 17Th. 20 12 to Renfrewshire Council for the first session of the new labour Administration which kicked off at 09:00 AM. I found myself back at my desk in the Labour rooms at 10.30 AM something which I suspect will not happen again for the duration of the administration. The conduct of the meeting was absolutely fine and for that I have to congratulate Cllr. B Lawson the SNP leader who led polite applause by his councillors as senior positions like Provost and Council Leader were taken up by labour's Ann Hall for the former post and Labour's Mark Macmillan for the latter. This was a significant change from other first council meetings where Labour had been successful; some of the behaviour at these events was quite outrageous; particularly by the SNP. Thankfully the main culprits responsible are no longer SNP councillors, some through retirement and others sadly through having passed away. Perhaps Cllr. Lawson intends to run a disciplined group let's hope so. Better behaviour would apart from anything else save the council tax payers a lot of money. Years ago I investigated the cost of running a full council meeting and was told that a ball park figure would be approx. £600 an hour that was about 10 years ago. We regularly had meetings which went on for hours longer than they had to because of disruptions and spurious motions inspired by the SNP and one or two other malcontents. We must now be diligent and try to avoid this in future; we don't want to go back to incurring unnecessary costs which ran in to tens of thousands of pounds (paid for by you and me) because of the behaviour of some councillors. This is a task for Cllr. B Lawson to attend to.

The chamber was full and the meeting as I said went quickly and mainly amicably, except for a bad tempered intervention by the remaining Libdem councillor the only one left in fact out of all 40 members, the one and only Cllr. Eileen McCartin. I am forced to admit, painful as it is that this woman does not like me, I suspect that this puts me in a very big group indeed; something I will just have to live with. Having been appointed as Convener of the Planning and Economic policy board she moved that I "be not appointed" to this position until I had apologised to her and her 3 former Libdem colleagues in the last council for insults supposedly made about them by me. I will not bore you with the details but I can say that I received a quite incomprehensible email demanding apologies from her former Libdem colleague Susan McDonald (on behalf of all 4 she claims?) who retired at the last election. Along with 3 other Libdems she 'helped' to run the council after her party won 4 out of 40 seats at the last election with the lowest share of the votes cast. One of our new Councillors seconded McCartin's motion as a friendly "nice to meet you" gesture and then on hearing her try to speak to the motion abstained on the vote, the vote? the motion was supported by one councillor out of 40 Cllr. McCartin. I think that most folk would expect a period of reflection and even silence from someone who had suffered such a humiliation at the hands of the voters but; her legendary hubris which she wears like a suit of armour appears to be still in place. She wears her Christianity/Catholicism like a cloak despite being the worst example I have ever come across of what a Christian/Catholic should be. Perhaps she will someday reflect on how she has acted over the years and book a week or two in the confessional, despite these obstacles like a good catholic boy I continue to pray for her.

Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to discover perhaps in a couple of years hence that the members of the Libdems who served with the SNP on Renfrewshire Council over the last 5 wretched years have come to terms with this dark part of their lives. They are all just ordinary people after all who were led astray, well at least 3 of them were.

Lot's to be done in the coming years at Renfrewshire Council and it will take strong hearts and strong minds to do it. Our reasons for being in politics and being in the Labour Party and believing in the Socialist cause will sustain us through the coming struggle as it has in the past, as it does now and as it always will – LET'S GO COMRADES – HEIDS DOON AN BOOTS SWINGIN!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Rebecca Brooks is outraged because of intrusions in her private life and untrue stories in the press against her and her family, she complains they are being harassed and lied about. Their privacy is apparently being invaded. Her and her man Charlie have just had their collar felt. In today's febrile atmosphere it seems no one is safe. Robespierre and Danton your time has come, bless your efforts, do not spare them. Bring out the tumbrels and the knitting needles. "Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very Heaven!" William Wordsworth on the French Revolution.

WTF is this country coming to? we are going to hell in a hand cart. What we need is crusading right wing newspaper to campaign to bring back corporal punishment for prisoners in jail and capital punishment for schoolchildren who misbehave. What we need is a courageous editor who will not spare sinners, sinners who will be identified by her or him of course and there will be no mercy. Someone from the colonies perhaps with some influential Scottish friends perhaps?

Can anyone think of a hero prepared to carry the fight to the traitors and the workshy scroungers? No I don't mean the Royals! arrest that man! who is prepared to come to our rescue using the sword of truth and the trusty shield of fair play? Remember citizens 'we are all in this together'

If they come for the fragrant Rebecca in the night they will come for us in the morning, then the baw will be oan the slates. Then we will see our heroic British Soldiers or are they Scottish / British Soldiers ? I'm not sure any more, shoot down insurgents in the streets. Come what may we will survive here in bonny Scotland and we will still have her majesty Queen Elizabeth to inspire us. She really loves us this I know, because wee eck (the spiv) told us so.

Monday, May 07, 2012


Thank you people of Renfrewshire; the bitter darkness caused by the malcontents of the SNP/Libdems who ran the coalition from hell in Renfrewshire Council is lifting. Once again we can use words like courtesy, honesty and dignity when talking about Renfrewshire Council, the rodents have left the sinking ship. Those cheering loudest are the poorest and most vulnerable who have been targeted by the SNP/Libdems for their vicious cruel cuts, a case of bullies attacking the weakest.

The Leisure Centre doubled nicely as the place to have the count it provided no hiding place for those who were wringing their hands and scowling like extras in a Hammer Horror Movie. Most conspicuous was the great bogus Christian impostor the Libdem Leader Cllr. Eileen McCartin, the meanest most repellent woman I have ever met and by far the least Christian. Following years of bragging and outright nastiness which corroded whatever goodness she might have ever had when she "nursed her wrath to keep it warm" she would by then have terrified Cruella De Ville. This was followed by 5 years of cringing self publicity through positions as Deputy Council Leader and Convener of Social Work (the greatest mismatch ever known) She has now been joyously brought crashing down by the people of Renfrewshire. The pinch faced "kent yer faither" backward hidebound SNP have embarrassed us enough and they got what they deserved as well "the boot" and good riddance to them. I was taught as a cradle Catholic (like McCartin) that God would punish bad people so thank you Lord.

Congratulations to the labour Party strategists who did the planning and number crunching, we ran 22 candidates and won 22 seats and took back control of Renfrewshire Council from the barbarians who had been in control for the past 5 bleak depressing years. It has been a terrible experience for Renfrewshire and a warning as to what can happen when you elect a crowd of single issue zealots backed by Libdem shakedown artists who are on the make and on the take, believing in nothing, standing for less and skulking around with their grubby hands out.

There is only one thing better than beating someone at an election and that is when you have right and justice on your side and when the people you beat are a bunch of unconscionable self serving bullies like the SNP and the Libdems –


***I have been accused by ex Liberal Democrat Cllrs. Dillon and McDonald as well as serving Liberal Democrat Cllr. McCartin of making slanderous remarks against them in this article and they have demanded an explanation and an apology. I have sent an explanation and an apology to ex Cllr. McDonald who wrote to me on behalf of herself and her two colleagues, this has been rejected by them and I am now writing this addition to the article to explain my position.

The Liberal Democrats referred to in this article are those who formed the Coalition Government with the Tories that is now causing so much pain and distress to the most vulnerable members of our communities, not Mr.Dillon, Ms. McDonald and Ms. McCartin. My language describing those Liberal democrats who joined the Tories in Westminster reflects my anger, shared obviously by the electorate and many of their members including notably one of the three Cllr. Dillon who reacted at the time by resigning from the party. Having been made aware of their reaction to the article I eventually looked carefully at it again and following several re-reads concluded that in all fairness I could and should have made this clearer at the time. It simply did not occur to me that they would think I was referring to them when such events In Westminster were decimating their parties support, I was asked for an explanation of my remarks and this is what I did, and I do it again here. The bruising encounter with the electorate which caused such pain to the Liberal Democrats was not the fault of the Liberal Democrats in Renfrewshire it was the fault of their Party leaders and that was who I was referring to.

I then decided to do the right but difficult thing and apologised as requested for this misunderstanding and any distress caused by it. In my 14 years serving on the council I have never accused any Liberal Democrat Councillor indeed any other councillor of any financial impropriety, my disagreements with them are honest and many but I do not consider them to be dishonest. My position remains the same and that is that my apology is genuine and still stands.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012