Friday, October 19, 2012


I have just watched the snp debate on NATO and as expected the leadership managed to destroy another dearly held shibboleth for the true supporters of independence in the snp,
just as they did with the monarchy. Still at least they got a vote this time, people of my vintage who have been locked in combat with the snp for many years are as aghast as their own true members are that the snp would ever capitulate over NATO but they have.

The reason for this? Well; the reason was made pretty clear by the speakers who supported NATO membership. "NATO membership makes us more electable"! There in all its stark brutality is their reason for what they have done and in doing so they have destroyed the very souls of a lot of people who put them where they are today. I couldn't help but wonder what wee Jim Mitchell a seeker of independence to his fingertips would have made of this, or Bruce McFee or Bill McGuiness or Davy Mylet, loosely wrapped chancers every one of them but fiercely committed to the anti nuclear cause, the destruction of NATO and independence. They must have thought as they looked on at Derek Mackay MSP a young man who has risen without trace as he sat there with Salmond chairing the conference, he and his new younger watered down nationalists are now the keepers of the flame and things have "changed utterly" to paraphrase WB Yeats.

For snp people of my age "the game's a bogey, the ba's broke" what Salmond & Co. were saying today without any attempt to camouflage their meaning such is their grip now on the party was that everything is for sale and the currency is votes, no attempt was made to gloss over the new tacky populism, nothing; no matter how abhorrent or downright treacherous will be allowed to stand in the way of Alex Salmond's iron will, if he fails which he surely will, he will be happy to take everyone down with him.

The vote was very close, close enough in fact to stir talk of mutiny and schisms in most other parties but alas this is the snp and the truth is that the true nationalists; the genuine independence fighters have been dying the death of a thousand cuts for 10/15 years now. Today was their last hurrah, they will hang about for some time to come and we will hear the sporadic death rattle but nothing more.

Many old timers in the hall and sprinkled around the country will have had tears in their eyes as they stood looking at the triumphant platform and they could not miss surely that the platform was smirking at them.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


As the snp's bedraggled troops limp and stagger in to the fair City of Perth the Silvery Tay seems to be weeping for them. While led by a political shyster (Salmond) whose glitter is peeling and a deputy leader (Sturgeon) an over promoted nonentity who has been shunted out of the health brief to save lives. The bookies who are of course never wrong will give anyone brave enough to have a flutter 9/4 on an snp independence referendum victory, significantly enough my own friendly Turf Accountant reports no rush of swinging kilts coming through his doors. No surprise I hear you murmur considering the way the wind is blowing and the fact that they are after all Scots. Notorious for their parsimony.

Alas for the snp and their cannon fodder members that mighty newspaper known as "The Thunderer" The Times tells us that today has seen yet another Skean Dhu slide under their rib cages and pierce their hearts. The latest poll tells us that those against independence are disappearing over the horizon like a horse with it's arse on fire showing a lead which has now stretched to 28%. Those for independence 30% Those against 58%, it's looking like Culloden and Wembley 9 – 3 all over again.


The frowning members are downbeat and defeatist asking timorously "can it get any worse?" Being a decent sort of chap it grieves me to have to tell them that not only can it get worse it already has! The same newspaper tells us that in general political terms out with the referendum miss match Labour have risen 3% in the polls and the snp have gone down 5%. If it rains soup in Perth over the next couple of days the snp members will surely come running out carrying forks.


This organisation is rotten from the top down and proposals from the leadership to embrace NATO a nuclear weapons organisation while trying to con the Scottish people with their synthetic rage over Trident is an embarrassing sign of that, embracing the Queen is another. They simply can't be trusted and it looks like the people are beginning to rumble them. Will Salmond (the spiv) go down with the ship or will he as I predict be the rodent with the last life belt, mark my words he will find someone else to blame.

Monday, October 15, 2012


STV 6 O Clock news and the opportunity beckons for the snp/separatist/cybernats. 9/4 for their money, how can they resist it; the bookies have taken a collective break down Tonald! let's get intaerum. It will be interesting to see how many scattercash Scots. will rifle their sporrans to get a piece of this action No more boasting, no more swaggering no more sneering. Mr. Ladbroke, Mr. Hill and Mr. Paddy Power are calling you out, Scotland's honour is at stake, go get them bravehearts.

Now's the day and now's the hour

Place yer bets for seizing power

Don't be feart ya rotten shower

Let us do or dee.


9/4's the odds we've got

The bookies we are gonnae swot

English bastards the whole lot

We're gonnae do them in


The traitor No camp's 1/3

It makes me want tae hae a pee

Say a prayer oan bended knee

The bookie's always right.


Defeat fur us is guaranteed

The No campaign has a great big lead

Eck is a lying wee dirty weed

It's hame tae think again.



Friday, October 05, 2012


"The buck stops here" So said American President Harry S Truman. Does it really stop with the person in charge though?
In Japan some leaders have been known to end their own lives by the traditional sword method when something has gone badly wrong on their watch, others in posh circles retire to the rifle room with a bottle of brandy and a revolver rather than live with the shame of it all. All rather dramatic and some would say unnecessary although the boss should not shirk the blame or the responsibility when it all goes pear shaped while he/she is in charge.

When a very large and much loved institution is revealed to be undeserving of that love and respect because of behaviour reckoned to have amounted to one of the worst scandals in its recent history, should heads roll at the highest level? In this case and because of the institution concerned I think they should. I am speaking about the shameful scandal uncovered at NHS Lothian. This was not incompetence, nor was it neglect or botched treatment. Staff were found to have made 5,000 patients disappear from waiting lists in order to meet targets for treating them within 18 months, they were pressured to do this by management.

What forces were at play to provoke such desperate behaviour, to betray the nation's trust in the jewel in the crown of our beloved welfare state? Political ones of course, and the refusal to accept and admit that snp promises made would not be kept. The broken promises were therefore kept secret and bogus results were fed to a trusting public. The Chief Executive (the boss) was given early retirement with a lucrative deal in an attempt to make the matter go away or as it should be said 'cover it up' but it didn't work and resentment is now rising and questions are being asked, a step in the right direction I hear you murmur but, this 'boss' also had a 'boss' and in this case that boss was Nicola Sturgeon who was health minister at the time. She was not implicated in any way despite being in charge, result for Nicola then right? Great damage has been done to the standing of the NHS and huge damage done to staff morale by this issue. It remains ambiguous, an unsolved puzzle, she was replaced later and shunted under cover of obfuscation by her indulgent protector Salmond to another less demanding job . Does it fill you with confidence in her ability or her integrity? The issue of bullying which was widespread has also to be addressed. Ms. Sturgeon stated rather royally considering she was in charge " there is no place in the NHS for such behaviour and it will not be tolerated.

Labour's Jackie Baillie raised the unpleasant thought of the pressure from the snp Government on the NHS and their target driven culture exacerbated by their decimation of the work force. She also suggested that it is more than likely that Lothian are not alone and we could find that more Health Boards are suffering and have suffered the same fate.

Ms. Sturgeon survives by being moved out of the firing line and her lack incompetence is once again covered up, she was and has been for years out of her depth she should be removed from any responsible position before she does greater harm.