Friday, October 10, 2014


The heading above this post "when you avoid voting it's not rebellion it's surrender" is from my American correspondent in Chicago who keeps a forensic eye on politics in the USA and here in his native Scotland. 

Salmond is running out of time for telling lies, 'ergo' there is a light at the end of the tunnel. His latest underhand scam is to portray the people who avoided paying the poll tax as some kind of heroes or rebels he want's their votes so it's another bribe like the council tax freeze and other freebies for those who can well afford to pay. I have no quarrel with people who disagreed with the poll tax or people who protested against it, I personally was the Chairman of the Shortroods anti poll tax association here in Paisley and like most others I ended up paying it but we did not fail, it destroyed Thatcher after all. 

When we are considering salmond's intention to grant an amnesty to those who did not pay we must consider what happened to those who in fact did avoid paying, what punishment if any did they receive for breaking the law?. How many non payers do you know who were charged?, I don't know a single one, all those I knew paid it despite their hatred for it, that is because they knew that it was the right thing to do. They knew that no one has the right to refuse to pay a tax which is legal and democratically levied no matter how much we despise it. If we say it's all right to refuse to pay such a tax how do we deal with the billionaires who dodge paying taxes?, is it now OK according to salmond for Michael Anthony Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft, KCMG PC AKA "Lord Ashcroft " the multi billionaire bank roller of the Tory Party not to pay taxes?, no matter how you slice it it certainly looks that way. 

For those who refused to pay and faced charges I have respect, for those who refused to pay and went "missing" I have no respect, they abdicated their right to vote so that they could avoid paying, they sold their democratic rights, rights which were secured for them by hundreds of years of sacrifice and struggle. Mr. salmond is leaving still showing his contempt for the Scottish people, by bribing them, he thinks we are all as bent as he is.    


Anonymous said...

"There's man all over for you, blaming on his boots the fault of his feet. " Samuel Beckett

Excuse the quotes, when I think I'm clever some other punter says it better. Art Kelly Craigneuk/ Chicago

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

I may have this comment framed.

Anonymous said...

do you even understand how far you need to corkscrew your principles to disagree with aliksammon.

I need to get to paisley some time, I feel that I have been suckered into thinking you are real and not a cartoon politician.

Surely somebody with your complete lack of perspective and self awareness could not survive crossing the road never mind a low level career in politics. Albeit in a ward where labour have been hugely successful in keeping the people poor AND ignorant. Credit where credit is due, your local council has carried out the masterplan well. Pity for the london labour party that the rest of Scotland has woken up to your tactics.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

Anonymous said...Sunday, November 23, 2014 7:20:00 am

When I read this inarticulate garbage it reminded me of something and then I remembered I had heard it so often over the last 2 years during the referendum, now what happened there I wonder?.