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.

Do you want a milkshake with that?

So Brexit

We have heard a wee bit more about Theresa May’s plan to bring a “bold new deal” Brexit back to Parliament. It’s to include assurances on workers rights, environmental protections and the Irish Backstop.

All things which a new leader like Boris Johnson can overturn. Not to mention that trusting the Tories on workers rights and environmental protection is like trusting the big bad wolf to look after your grannie. Several of the Tory party leadership contenders are calling for a “no deal” Brexit – McVey is one. Whilst Philip Hammond desperately tries to tell them it’s a bad idea.they aren’t listening though.

The Tories have also removed the whip from Michael Heseltine. I wasn’t a fan of any of those Thatcher era Tories but for goodness sake. If Hesteltine can’t support the Tories they need to take a long hard look at what they are doing.

The Libdems campaign was bolstered by this photo yesterday – a meeting of old friends as Danny Alexander tweeted. A reminder if any was needed that the Libdems are the supporters of austerity, of many of the policies which have led to today’s UN Report in poverty in the UK.

Farage of course was pelted with milkshake yesterday in Newcastle. This is causing great hilarity but I can imagine that it is frightening for anyone to be hit out of the blue by anything. Milkshakes are innocuous enough and fortunately they aren’t the rifles and khaki that Nigel himself advocated if those that voted Leave didn’t get their way. However, the milkshake thing has the potential to make him look persecuted and that could increase his appeal. Especially when the electoral commission are pitching up at his door to examine their fundraising activities. All to create that narrative of “poor man of the people” that Farage loves so much.

Beware the friendly fascist….

Meanwhile in Scotland, Labour have wheeled out Gordon Brown. He is saying that the SNP have moved from soft to hard Independence and now support extreme independence. Honest to god, they can take their Brexit analogies and stick them where the sun don’t shine. What is extreme independence? You are independent or not! That’s it. Either you make your own laws or someone else makes them for you.

In other news a Tory councillor in Lanarkshire has had their car set on fire. This is a shocking crime that must have scared them very much. There appears to be a concerted effort to pass this off as an SNP/nationalist crime due to the fact that he is a Tory. The councillor himself has said it is to do with a planning issue he has been working on and during which he has exposed puppy farming activities. Let’s keep the head folks – the drive to undermine Scotland’s voice is well underway.

This was seen just last week when the Tories said that the SNP plans to reform sentencing for people convicted of crimes which carry a penalty of less than a year in jail would let “10 000” prisoners onto the streets of Scotland to run amok. It was quickly pointed out that the entire prison population in Scotland is less than 9000. But hey what do you expect from a government who think it’s ok to criminalise a mentally ill woman for attempting suicide?

Reforming the prison system so people like this woman don’t get caught in a fine – can’t pay – jail cycle is the right thing to do. We know that. The Tories know that too – that’s why they are pursuing the same policies in England, but hey… somehow it’s bad in Scotland?

On Thursday we have an opportunity to make sure Scotland’s voice is heard without the slant other parties want to give it. Let’s make sure it’s unequivocal. Scotland wants to stay in Europe. There’s only one way to even begin to make that happen. Get out and vote. And vote SNP.



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