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.

Archive for the month “May, 2019”

Haven’t we been here before?

So … Brexit …

Something is happening!

Honda is shutting its plant in Swindon. Voters were warned that this would happen if we were leaving the EU. And it has.

But that’s not all!

Is it a new cross party agreement shaped by Labour and the Tories together in the spirit of compromise and joint working? Nope

Is it a plan for a second referendum – a people’s vote? Nope

Is it throwing the whole thing out and starting from scratch? Nope

Theresa May is bringing her bloody Withdrawal Agreement back to Westminster AGAIN for a vote!

I kid you not folks. All this time, all this talking, all this waiting around for something to happen and in the end we are right back where we started – TM’s withdrawal bill.

The reason why it is coming back on 3rd of June is because that’s the last chance to vote on it so we leave before the newly elected MEPs take up theirs seats.

Word is that TM expects such a doing at the EU elections that she is hoping it will scare the MPs into voting for her deal. That’s SUCH a positive and hopeful way to take such a massive step. NOT!

Labour are apparently refusing to believe the Tories will hold to their agreement if they have a new leader, but Olly Robbins (Brexit Negotiator apparently) went to Brussels yesterday to see what changes could be made to the “Future Agreement”. Not that this looks likely to make much difference, the word on the street is that the Lab Tory talks will collapse on Thursday – I’m surprised they’ve lasted this long.

So – what else is happening – well there are squabbles all over! Vince Cable -who incidentally sold off Royal Mail when in coalition and now has a seat on the Royal Mail board – has criticised the Green Party for rejecting their approaches on working together, The Green Party say the Lib Dem’s never approached them and it’s all lies. The Tories and Labour are arguing amongst themselves. No vote has taken place in Westminster since April 10th.

Meanwhile in Scotland we are not immune to the squabbling. The SNP are disagreeing over Gender politics, Pete Wishart’s Speakers bid and internal complaints procedures, Scottish Labour are falling out over Brexit, bullying, racism and …. internal complaints procedures.

Leaflets are coming thick and fast. The SNPs not always with the right name on them. Pity the poor sod that sorted the excel spreadsheet and didn’t apply his sort to the whole sheet rather than just one column. Scottish Labour leaflets are going out in Welsh to highlanders. Pity the poor sod who thought it was Gaelic. The Tories leaflet on the EU election doesn’t mention Brexit once.

None of this is surprising! Everyone is at the end of their tether.

Fortunately in the midst of all this the SG has been getting on with the day job.

Scotland’s new Social Security Agency are set to deliver seven more benefits by the end of this year. Consultation is open on the Disability Assistance replacement for PIP and the latest measurements show a high level of satisfaction for those using it.

Scotland is generating the most tidal energy in the world. Despite Westminster cutting funding for renewables the SG is supporting research and innovation and its paying off

The Brexit Party with Farage at its helm is leading the opinion polls elsewhere in the UK. That doesn’t need to be Scotland’s fate we are already doing better and doing more. An Independent Scotland could soar.




So… Brexit

Apparently Labour and the Tories are

Going to stitch up a deal this week. They desperately want us not to have to have EU elections because they know they will lose by a landslide.

People are saying that every Tory MP who votes for a customs union with Labour will lose their seat because it’s not what Leave voting Tories voted for and it’s not what remain voting Tories want. They are also saying that every Labour MP who votes for a customs union with the Tories will lose their seats because it’s not what Leave voting labour want and it’s not what remain voting labour voters want either.

What a mess

No general election, no people’s vote, no Indy ref 2 – god help

Us all.

Meanwhile in Scotland the Tory party conference has been in full swing. I say full swing but Ive been to fringe events at SNP conferences which have had more

People at them then the entire party conference. Last year delegates were sat in the floor at the back, on the window ledges, and standing up. But I digress, it’s not a competition *.

Meanwhile in Scotland….

Ruth has apparently said she will be FM, and she is offering a “blue collar revolution”. Standing up for single mums, and saying that they can’t see another generation go to waste.

The Tories – who have made single mums sign on for work when their children are five, who

Implemented the rape clause. Young people who can’t get housing benefit under 25 because of the Tories, who have pushed up tuition fees, scrapped the EMA – the Tories!!!! The children of Thatcher who ruined opportunities for a generation In Scotland

Michael Gove says that they’ll withold money from Scotland’s block grant so they can spend directly on what the UK government wants to spend money on – mind however that won’t be free prescriptions or tuition fees. Or mitigating the bedroom tax.

Make no mistake people – the Tories only do blue collar anything when they are in fancy dress – and a masquerade is what this is.

In Scotland we do not have to face many of the harshest Tory policies because the SNP Scottish Government mitigate them.

David Mundell stood in front of a journalist and said

“I reject that SNP myth that people were told that they would stay in the EU if they voted to stay in the UK”

He lied absolutely. It was a cornerstone of the Better Together campaign. He knows it and we know it. The other thing we know is that Conservative politicians lie and that’s what Ruth was doing at the Scottish conference. The Tories only stand up for workers in order to benefit those who make

Money of the backs of them.

How do we know all this? Well, remember last weekend when you couldn’t find the SNP conference for love nor money on the television? The Scottish Tory Conference was live on BBC Scotland.

They are playing us for the fools they think we are!

Scotland is going to be dragged out of the EU despite voting to stay in, Scotland is going to be refused an Independence referendum despite voting for a party which committed to one and a vote in favour of one in the Scottish Parliament.

But the Tories are going to look after everyone.

Aye…. right


*it really IS!

Swings and roundabouts

So … Brexit

Aaaaand Talks are still continuing.

Nothing to see here folks except the council elections in England and Northern Ireland.

At the time of writing this – 7.20 – labour and Tory votes have tanked. Lib Dem, greens and independents are having a remarkable night.

Even on places where labour and Tories have won the seats they have lost huge swathes of votes. In Barnsley for example Labour held the council but their vote share fell by 18%. In Spading the Tories saw their vote tumble by over 30% but they still took the seat.

The Libdems are seeing increases of 60%+ in some places.

Other places have seen successes for UKIP and some other right wing parties. Hartlepool for example has elected a “for britain” councillor – For Britain is a right wing anti Islam party!

Some councils have not been able to afford to run elections at all. Yep! That’s right. Sorry – no vote for you we can’t afford it.

It will be interesting to see what things look like at the end of the day.

Meanwhile in Scotland …..

Ruth Davidson is planning to say in her conference speech that the Tories can beat the SNP at Holyrood.

Wonder if it’s on the telly?


Handbags, Hats and Tiaras

So…. Brexit

Annnnnd talks are still continuing ….

Remember I told you a little while ago that George Galloway joined Farage’s Brexit Party? I said I was surprised he wasn’t a candidate! Well guess what the word on the street is? Apparently George has told Farage he wants to stand for the Brexit Party at the Peterborough by election and if they won’t have him he’ll stand as an independent. No surprises there then! George Galloway never does anything unless it’s for the glorification of George Galloway.

He has more faces than a town hall clock.

(I love that saying and it’s so perfect for GG that I can’t talk about him without saying it)

Another self Promoting Brexit empowered nonentity was in the North West yesterday. The racist Tommy Robinson was all over social media ( not his own account of course as he is banned for pedalling hate).

Unfortunately for him his social media presence was largely compiled of him being given short shrift by people in Salford and Bury. The film of him running away from anti fascists in Bury cheered my heart.

We had PMQs yesterday and TM was her usual incoherent self. I’m not sure that she even answered one single question properly.

Labour appear to be trying to put themselves forward as all things to all people and failing. The anti semitism thing rumbles on, true or not true – I can’t even tell anymore – it is a troubling issue for them and for us.

Oh and the Queens speech is being delayed til we have Brexit sorted apparently. The Queen must be a bit like my Grandma I think. She used to keep a hat by the front door and if there was a knock on the door she would put her hat on before she answered it. If it was someone she wanted to see she would say “oooh I’ve just come in”, if not she would say “sorry I’m just going out”. I’m sure for the Queen it’s a tiara or a crown or something but I bet she’s up to the same stuff. “OMG it’s Teresa May at the door quick pass my handbag and that crown over there. I’m on my way to the shops”.

Meanwhile in Scotland, we have a new target on climate change after NS announced a climate change emergency at the weekend.

The home office have been accused of racial profiling after spot checks in Glasgow (which appear to be stopping people on the street to ask their immigration status) showed that 40% of the people they stopped were British citizens. The average figure is 5% and immigration officials are not allowed to pick someone because of the colour of their skin. Aamar Anwar said

“What these statistics show is that people of colour can never expect to be considered British citizens when we have a Home Office hell bent on imposing a racist hostile environment.

“Racial profiling is exactly what the Home Office is engaged in – such a policy leads to a climate of fear, where innocent people are targeted because of the colour of their skin. There should be no real surprise that the Home Office conducts itself in such a manner when they continue with unlawful deportations and racist policies which gave us Windrush.”

And he is right!

Finally the row over currency continues – I say row but actually it’s just howling at the moon by people who think Scotland is too poor, too wee and too stupid to do anything for themselves.

Can’t use the £ – not true

Have to use the € – not true (but what’s the problem with that anyway?)

Can’t have your own currency – not true

The people that argue these things are saying that Scotland with its top universities, it’s financial services sector, it’s history of innovation uniquely amongst all the countries of the world will be unable to have a currency which works.



And on and on and on and on

So… Brexit

Annnnnnnnnnnd….. cross party talks are still continuing

The Labour Party’s NEC meeting concluded yesterday with everyone claiming they had got what they wanted. It’s a bit muddled out there but apparently this is their policy

Labour will deliver Brexit. They will do a deal with TM to do so. If that deal falls through they will push for a General Election and if they win they will deliver Brexit. If they can’t get a TM agreement and can’t get or win a General Election they may consider the option of a People’s vote.

I think that’s right but like many of Labour’s MPs I’m not entirely sure

The Tories have said that they are giving the talks one more week.

So hey ho we shall see.

The Tories appear to have decided they will drop the Human Rights Act, despite committing to keeping it, they are now saying they will keep it until after Brexit Is delivered. Commentators suggest that this is a change in their position and the likelihood is that repealing the HRA will be in their manifesto.

Not that they pay it any attention. The UN special rapporteur on poverty would attest to that. The victims of the various immigration failures over the last few years would attest to that.

Meanwhile in Scotland ….

Labour have no idea how they will campaign on that NEC decision in a country that voted remain.

Anas Sarwar Labour MSP has published his response to the news that his complaint about Islamophobic comments from a labour councillor were dismissed. Now I’m not a fan of Anas Sarwar but it makes shocking reading. I was talking earlier this week about anti semitism in Labour and how their failure to confront it and have a robust response at the earliest opportunity has caused them untold problems and this is exactly the same issues. Get a grip Labour!

Ruth Davidson is back at work this week after having her baby. She wants compromise and dialogue on Brexit which means she wants Scotland to shut up and do as WM tells us.

On a second independence referendum she wants compromise and ….. oh no sorry … she just wants Scotland to shut up and do as WM tells us.

In other news SG has been pushing for a drug consumption room in Glasgow to help reduce the number of drug related deaths. It’s an approach which works elsewhere in Europe but as this is a reserved matter SG cannot press ahead with it. No matter that evidence shows it works – WM refuse to give permission to Scotland to do this. Alison Thewlis wrote to Sajid Javid as Home Secretary to ask him to come to Glasgow, hear from experts and see how this would work so that he could better understand the issue.

He wrote back to say he is too busy.

Back in your box Scotland


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