To The old Glasgow fruit market for the Labour ‘No’ campaign meeting. Over 600 people crammed in to the hall with standing room only all the way up in to the balconies. There is no doubt that many of those present were there to show their solidarity and their love and respect for Gordon Brown, a man who, despite what the right wing press and their allies in the snp say remains hugely popular with the Scottish people, his ain folk. This popularity stems from the people’s innate ability to recognise someone who is not only a brilliant man but also a down to earth honest politician, the affection for him was palpable, they were welcoming and saying thanks to one of their own. Their message was defiant and could not have been clearer, they knew and wanted him to know that he had been unfairly treated by the establishment and they knew why as well. His brutal treatment was down to one main thing, fear, the establishment feared him, they feared him because of his intellect his energy and his dedication to the cause of socialism, no PM has ever received such constant abuse and they also knew he could not be bought. Anyone who can’t be bought frightens the Capitalists and Tories, all of whom have a price. Sharing the platform was Johann Lamont who has made her critics eat their words by refusing to buckle under the pressure and abuse she has been subjected to, she was previously a secondary school teacher in Glasgow, what else would you expect?. She is quite fearless and like Brown she is direct, honest and devoted to the cause, both made combative and intelligent speeches and were cheered to the echo.
The atmosphere was electric and the meeting was inspirational, a great riposte to those who keep trying to tell us that the labour Party is finished, no other Scottish party could have done this, it was the party at its best, belligerent, cantankerous and ready for the fray, as mark Twain might have put it ‘reports of my death are greatly exaggerated’.
Another topical event worth noting was the TV debate between Douglas Alexander and Nicola Sturgeon. A distinctive pattern has emerged over the past 18 months or so when Ms. Sturgeon is debating and that is her preset intention to turn any debate in to a ‘stair heid rammy’ this sordid little con allows her to claim that she did not lose, but very little light gets shone on the subject in question. This one however was different, how they managed to get her to behave with some decorum I do not know but they did. Her decision to behave herself however in my opinion might well be the last time we see that side of her this side of the referendum. You see, this time she was quite lost without her loud hailer and broadsword and it turned in to a bit of a car crash for her as Mr. Alexander courteously and forensically dismantled her arguments and her credibility. I don’t think we will see her repeat this experiment again so we can look for the return of the ranting fishwife when next we see her on our screens, unless of course the snp put her on gardening leave before she does any more harm.
OMG I almost choked on my cornflakes, the last insane ramblings of Terry Kelly record them for posterity folks it is highly unlikely he will be able to add to his blog, due to the difficulty in typing with a straitjacket on.
Opps almost forgot, Johan Lamont tough clever teacher, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, oh stop please.
On a more serious note, is this it? is this the glorious future of the labour party, a has been prime minister who oversaw the destruction of Britains financial sector and sold most of it's gold reservesat bargain bottom prices to try to cover up his disastrous years as chancellor, and sees the most important decision to be taken in scotland for 300 years as an opportunity to SELL A BOOK, and to follow that a woman who is remarkable only in her ability to disappear when her thoughts are required, tell us again her reaction to the Ineos situation Terry when the labour party became exposed for what it is.
A collection of dinosaurs who haven't yet realised the genie is out of the bottle, you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Anonymous said...Thursday, June 05, 2014 6:40:00 am.
So you have nothing to say about the meeting or the interview on TV then. Just a rambling babbling repetitive list of dog eared accusations from someone who can't even put his/her name to what they have written, I'll take that as a win for us.
Kelly, '600 people crammed the hall....' On a wet night in February, with the wind howling in from the Arctic, Arbroath attract a bigger crowd than that!
The only folk afraid of the Mad Fifer were those within Nokia hurling range and sure, his 'brutal treatment' was down to one main thing....He's barmy.
of course you will take at as a win, thats the labour party way, will I count as a postal vote? or a proxy vote?
Absolutely hilarious Kelly. When the voter in emergency ward 4 comes to his/her senses and chucks you out, you can always get a job in the North Korean version of the Daily Mail.
Arbroath don't play in a hall.
When I write a post making several points and someone responds without referring to any of them, I regard that as a defeat for the person who was either afraid or unable to address those points, that means you.
Anonymous said...Thursday, June 05, 2014 7:12:00 pm.
The reason you make this statement without attempting to justify it and make no attempt to explain how you arrived at it is because you can't. There is no point in calling something rubbish if you can't explain why you think it's rubbish, there's not much going on between your ears is there?, your a nationalist aren't you, that would explain it, ken?.
Kelly @ 5.00
Good job someone had enough sense to book a small capacity hall for the Great Man.
I believe Gordon Brown is a clever man, have even read a few good words he has penned. Behind the scenes of early 90's to 2002 and a labour government in power, he was a formidable political mover.
It is a historic fact he made a few mistakes as Chancellor and as PM of westminster and no need to go over them, (as it has already been detailed by other commentators) but the assignation of his character shows he was also a victim of those whisperers behind his back in the Labour party as much as the onslaught I believe in particular he received from the press.
His ambition or obsession to become the PM was his undoing I believe, his mark on history could have been much stronger and memorable for the right reasons has he not been so poorly supported by the Labour party itself.
Takes away the sanctimonious blame game Terry has when you consider that Brown had more labour colleagues knives sticking in his back than the Caesar tradition says.
Blair, his political partner (not in crime obviously ha) (in)famously did a few dirty deeds on Brown did he not?
Never mind all the other Blairites and labour MWPs, the tories and a hostile press........but it is the SNP you blame Terry?
I think you should get somebody clever to proof read the way you blog.........you appear to come
across like "Hark the herald Angels sing" when you mention Gordon Brown (fair enough) but Johan Lamont?
You aren't being serious there.
I notice you ask for comments on the actual event but you didn't give us any killer quotes to comment on rather than praise Gordon brown, Johan Lamont and slag off the SNP/Yes etc etc.
Where are all your Labour supporting pals by the way, the ones who must be itching to support your one sided dream-like diatribes?
No Labour councillor willing to lend support to your blog?
Cheers to you
If you think Douglas Alexander won the discussion or argument then you weren't watching the same bbc 2014 episode that I watched.
First time viewing this program and thought the host (John Smith's daughter-forgot her name) was pretty good at calling both Nicola Surgeon and Alexander to account and overall did a good job.
Douglas Alexander was caught out by both the host and Nicola Sturgeon when he attempted to claim that this years particular annual oil revenue was an example of the 'volatility' of oil in an Independent Scotland. (which only appears to happen if Scotland rather than the UK owns the rights to Scotland's mineral wealth)
He was clearly told that there was record investment in Scotland's oil sector last year and this was the reason.
He is a good enough speaker, but the problem with Douglas Alexander is he has to spoon feed us a load of unbelievable doom and gloom twaddle to sell us the union.
Just like his tory bedfellows.
This simply confirms you complete ignorance of the political scene.
This simply confirms you complete ignorance of the political scene.
Anonymous said...Saturday, June 07, 2014 4:47:00 pm.
Brown and Darling as well have already stated that they made mistakes, it’s the politicians who can’t admit to making mistakes who are the dangerous ones. I would be suspicious of any MP who did not have ambition, Brown wanted the job because he knew he was the best man for the job, the internal fighting is something that goes on with every party except the snp who are too cowardly to challenge salmond.
The onslaught was borne of fear because he is without personal ambition his only ambition was to serve the cause and that frightens a lot of people, particularly capitalists and Tories, it’s easier for nationalists, they just hate everybody. I get about 35 to 40,000 hits a year which is far more than the comments I get so I assume from that there are plenty of people who support me, I am told regularly from Labour people that they like my blog, particularly my ability to wipe the floor with the snp.
Anonymous said...Friday, June 06, 2014 - 7.47 pm.
People who keep abreast of this stuff must have like me been scratching their heads at the site of Nicola Sturgeon behaving like a normal person, what was going on?. She usually turns every TV debate in to a snarling brawl but not this one. She was obviously nervous and apprehensive and it showed. Faced with a clever, experienced and high profile opponent her bottle crashed. She was reduced to saying the same thing over again for her last three responses. There must be some of you surely who admit quietly by now why she is where she is?. She is deputy leader because she is not a threat to salmond and every time she is seen in public she makes salmond look good and that's exactly why he put her there.
"Faced with a clever, experienced and high profile opponent her bottle crashed"
Terry kelly admits that Sarwar, lamont etc are neither clever, experienced or high profile political debaters...
Anonymous said...Sunday, June 08, 2014 3:24:00 pm
When Sturgeon faced Sarwar and Lamont she was as terrified as she was when she faced Alexander and she covered up her terror by turning the debates in to a screaming match. Against Alexander she was again terrified but decided to behave and she quickly went to pieces, she is totally out of her depth.
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