I am a 51 year old working mum of five – not all at home thank goodness. Im a member of the Women for Independence National Executive. This Blog is growing and changing as my hopes and aspirations change. I actually DO expect to change the world but I accept that might not even make sense sometimes. I hope you enjoy the read.

Permits and passports

So …. Brexit

Bit late today as I’m in my beloved Caithness. But let’s see.

Yesterday Michael Gove announced that the Government WILL impose tariffs on imports of food. Way to go to see food prices rise guys. For those of us existing on a low income this is catastrophic news. Once again it is becoming apparent that the price of Brexit will be paid by the poorest in society whilst the richest skip off to Monaco without a care in the world.

Oh, And WTO tariffs will see exports of lamb and beef plummet meaning farmers are likely to be massively affected by a no deal Brexit. The NFU described it as “the stuff of nightmares”.

In addition we are hearing from exporters of shellfish that they haven’t received the necessary permits to drive on the continents. One company says they have applied for 6 permits and received none. Make no mistake Businesses WILL close if this happens. Word is that of the 11000 applications only 980 were successful.

Looks like the U.K. Government are planning their opt out of ECHR and using a 19 year old to pave the way for her. They have stripped British Citizenship from the the girl that left the U.K. to join Isis. Leaving her stateless. It may very well be that the ECHR – to which she can appeal will rule that unlawful and she will have to be given it back – cue outrage and the U.K. Government stomping off in a huff.

And a police officer on Radio 4 earlier today said this lassie was being groomed and the school was aware but didn’t inform her parents.

It’s worth asking why when 15 year old white girls are groomed we blame Asian men and prosecute them, seeing the girls as victims but when 15 year old Asian girls are groomed we blame the girls?

Oh and in the midst of all this three Tory MPs resign and neither party mentions this at PMQs. It’s left to Ian Blackford to remind them of their dereliction in the face of a political crisis. Although there is a wee rumour that the Independence Group sights are set on overtaking the SNP as the 3rd Party and therefore shutting us up even more without a single election taking place.

Meanwhile in Scotland, I am working with loads of people to make life better for them. Others are fighting poverty and inequality, funded and supported but the Scottish Government.

Human Rights are being incorporated into our social security system, being considered as part of the transport strategy being consulted on at the moment and people remain at the centre of the policies and work that is being done.

The Tories in Holyrood are walking around in circles muttering about car parks and complaining the FM went to France to encourage business and investment and wasn’t in Parliament for the finance bill despite the fact that she was paired with Ruth Davidson!

Labour in Holyrood wheeled out the inept James Kelly (their finance spokesperson) who ably demonstrated that he doesn’t understand Scottish Income Tax. He asked why the the Scottish Rate Resolution says the higher rate of income tax runs between £30,930 and £150,000, not between £43,430 and £150,000.

He completely forgot that there is a £12,500 personal allowance. He is the bloody finance spokesperson. Give me bloody strength!

Really people really!!!!


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