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Something different!

So…. Re-enactment Weekends!

Today we are all shattered, smelly and sunburnt after a weekend at Aberdour Castle putting on a re-enactment show with The Historic Saltire Society. I’ve been doing this for 13 years, John for 16 and the wee ones all their lives.

This morning I asked Fi how she was feeling when she slipped into our bed with her sleepy morning not quite awake head after a hot sweaty hard worked show. You know what she said? Loved!

So, the aches, the sunburn, the smelly feet pale into insignificance besides that one word. Loved.

That’s what re-enactment with our group is for her. Her whole life has been spent knowing so many of these wonderful, creative, hard working people, they have kept her safe during shows, they have fed her, entertained her, comforted her, protected her, supported her, teased her and loved her every summer since she was born.

This weekend we welcomed new people into our group she made new friends and had more new experiences.

John-Hamish too – New friends to entertain with his stories of Greek mythology, his ability to talk to members of the public and share his knowledge of weapons and armour saw several rounds of applause and we see his kindness and his talent for connecting with people and making friends shine through. He doesn’t much like the tidying up though but, like Fi, he has been around these lovely folk all his life. When he gets told to do something by Jamie or Nick he jumps to it (ish).

Our group is not perfect – we don’t all get on ALL the time, like any close knit group we have some who like to do their own thing, some who are the life and soul of the campfire evenings, some who arrive early and leave last and some who can only come for a day. We have optimists and pessimists, procrastinators and short tempers, we have open immediately friendly people and those who it takes a bit longer to get to know. We fall out… over plans for the group, over authenticity, over history, over who’s doing what but rarely do we see a true and lasting unpleasantness. Sometimes we have people who come along, join in and don’t think it’s for them, maybe we can be cliquey, maybe we can be a bit overwhelming, maybe they just think we are weird but you know something, all this blogging about the difficulties of the political strife we are living through, means that life can sometimes feel a bit bleak. Work is hard, uni is hard, activism is hard, sometimes it feels relentless. Being amongst this group of people from all sorts of backgrounds, different nationalities, different abilities, different hopes and dreams, walking around in bare feet on grass in a wimple and a sun hat soothed my soul this weekend and left my children feeling loved.

I’ll take that!



The only show in town

So….. Brexit

Time marches on, and we are

Seeing some quite startling developments in the battle which is Brexit. I can’t promise this isn’t going to be a lengthy post – I should write more often but to be honest it can quite spoil my day to focus on this utter pile of shit so I don’t.

Let’s see – where to start?

Labour? With its carry on over anti semitism, continuing confusion about its Brexit position and promises from Richard Leonard that Scotland will get further powers with a Corbyn Government, despite refusing point blank at every FMQs to support calls for welfare and other powers to be devolved – that’ll be someday, one day, never. Labour is as effective at opposing the Government as Canute was at stopping the tides.

How about the Libdems? It’s got to be the least interesting leadership contest in the world – and that’s the most interesting thing you can say about it so…. meh.

What about ChangeUK? Who?

Well, the Brexit Party then – well, they are busy appointing Brexit Party candidates for a potential General Election but they aren’t announcing any names just showing us a few faces. Seems like it’s a couple of Rochdale councillors and a few ex members of the old RCP – the Revolutionary Communist Party – I know! I don’t have the knowledge or the time to explore the whys and wherefores of the way that the RCP has joined with the Brexit party but it sounds more interesting than the Libdems leadership contest at least! It’s on the list!

So to the headline act- the Tories! And unfortunately they remain the headline act for all the wrong reasons. And all the wrong reasons are Boris Johnson.

Despite a pretty awful performance in the tv debates, despite police visits to the flat he shares and unsettling reports of a loud and alarming fight with his partner, despite failing to stand up for a well respected and experienced diplomat, despite

Lies, half truths and bluster and bombast, Boris remains the darling of the deluded.

Apparently Boris is the one to deliver Brexit by October 31st

Boris is the one to strike the best trade deal with the US.

Boris is the one to unite the United Kingdom

Boris is the one – the only one – the one and only – the next British Prime Minister.

But in this rush to paint him as our greatest hope they have ignored that he is also the one who has created the situation where a previous Conservative prime minister has promised to take him to court if he tries to prorogue Parliament.

They are also ignoring the lies told to Secure a Brexit victory that no one – including him – knew what to do with once they got it. And ignoring the fact that as the worst Foreign Secretary we have ever had he has left a woman languishing in an Iranian jail, a husband missing his wife, a child missing their mother.

But none of that matters. The illusion of Boris as Britannia Unchained persuades the very few that will vote for the next Prime Minister that he is the answer and the rest of us recognise that we are fucked.

Meanwhile in Scotland, we watch the antics in Westminster with increasing incredulity. Even the normally buoyant Ruth Davidson must be thanking everything she can that Parliament is in recess – imagine facing FMQs with all this going on.

We have been told by Boris (and Jeremy Hunt although no one really cares what he says) that no way, no how, never are we getting a second Independence referendum. That we have to suck it up and do as we are told. Theresa May is sending Lord Andrew Dunlop to “strengthen the Union”. Anyone who thinks that is not code for “stopping Holyrood” is kidding themselves.

Contrast this review by an unelected Peer of the realm – the supposed architect of Thatcher’s Poll Tax – with the Scottish Government’s Citizen Assemblies, an opportunity for ordinary people to have their say about the sort of Scotland we want – in or out of the UK or the EU. No surprise that the Tories don’t want to hear from ordinary people and would rather hear from someone like Dunlop. Privileged and wealthy and has not lived in Scotland for years.

The SG is busy building the foundations for a more inclusive fairer society – giving the vote to everyone who lives here, mitigating Tory policies, fighting for an endless queue of individuals at risk of draconian immigration policies like Lizanne Zietsman, running a business, contributing to our community on the Isle of Arran who is threatened with deportation this week. It is hard to watch these human dramas playing out whilst Boris and the Tories play their elitist gambling games with Britain’s Future.

Remember them when we are faced with our choice for an Independent Scotland.


Isn’t it Ironic

So Brexit

2019 is going to be remembered surely as the summer when irony died. Threw itself on a funeral pyre because it cannot survive in a world where people ignore it and fail to recognise it.

Yesterday Ann Widdecombe,compared the UK leaving the EU to the emancipation of slaves, she clothed Great Britain in the metaphor of “the oppressed” and placed the EU as the great oppressors, she spoke about colonies freeing themselves from the empires which colonised them with a complete absence of self awareness as after all, Britain was the oppressor, the colonial power, the owner of slaves, the feudal power crushing the peasants. Some would argue that the rise in poverty, the policies of Universal Credit and PIP rollout mean they still are continuing the whole “oppress the poor” elitist policies and it’s hard to argue that they are wrong.

The same happened with Question Time last night. If you ever want to see the difference between Scotland and England’s politics, society, attitudes, you just need to watch an episode of Question Time from somewhere in England. Last night we heard complaints about the undemocratic nature of the EU and the way it elects it’s senior positions. The plaintive cry of “we don’t get a vote” rang out, From people living in a country where our next Prime minister is being decided by about 130 000 Tory members. The phrase “unelected” was used again and again. By people living in a country where our complete second chamber is made up of unelected Peers. Its like a parallel universe, like we have completely forgotten our own political processes as they happen under our noses! We seem to have our fingers in our ears whilst singing lalalalalaaaaa.

Meanwhile in Scotland, We saw Theresa May arrive to plea for the future of the union. A union which she has put at risk through her party’s refusal to recognise that Brexit does not work for Scotland. She complained that the SNP did not negotiate in good faith. She who’s Government has ignored Scotland at every level since the Brexit Vote of 2016. Let’s remind ourself of these shall we?

The Scottish Government our forward compromise proposals – ignored

The Scottish Government called for our needs on migration to be recognised – ignored

The SG highlighted ways our economy would suffer with Brexit and called for recognition of that – ignored.

The Scottish Parliament voted for a refusal of legislative consent for the EU withdrawal bill – ignored

And outwith Brexit – calls for powers over fracking, over drug policy, over welfare to be devolved have been ignored too.

The Brexit Deal which is over 500 pages long doesn’t mention Scotland once – ignored.

And as we wait to see what Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have to say in Perth today, I’m stirring the embers of that funeral pyre for more irony kindling to come our way. We are likely to hear the candidates speaking to the few who will choose and showing they are committed to refusing to allow Scotland a second referendum on independence,a policy voted for by the Scottish Parliament, by the people of Scotland who elected an independence supporting majority and which has been underlined by electoral success for the party campaigning for independence. But hey – it’s the EU that are undemocratic.


Brexit and it’s merry band

So… Brexit

I have avoided doing a Brexit update for a while. It’s such a mess and so ridiculous to watch politicians trying to out Brexit each other, especially when those politicians are Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.

Could there be a worse side show? It’s like watching a car crash in action – slowly – like those videos of cats sliding on ice – you can see what’s going to happen but know that absolutely nothing can be done to stop it.

And what’s going to happen is a No Deal Brexit. As their initial hints and suggestions around proroguing parliament and stuffing it to Europe, have received support from their xenophobically blinkered members, they have ramped up the rhetoric. Today’s offering being that we would just withhold the money we owe the EU until they did what we Goddam want them to do.

Snapping at their heels, of course is Farage and his merry band of bullshitters, like that sinister cruel kid that goads others into doing stuff that will get them in trouble and then saunters off sniggering whilst the other kid gets a row. The adult in the room usually calls them back and holds them accountable for their part in the episode but in the UK, today, there is no adult. Parliament is heading for recess, Corbyn is that adult everyone ignores – he is certainly not the one snapping at heels! The SNP are doing their best but Johnson and Hunt ( and the rest of the Tories) have their fingers in their ears singing La la la la laaaa which incidentally allows them to ignore the trade deal the EU have just signed with South America. Yep that’s the fourth since the Brexit referendum. Hellooooo

Meanwhile in Scotland, work on reducing poverty continues. A new benefit for families is being brought forward to try to tackle child poverty. Whilst the big powers over poverty remain with the UK Government it is really important the SG act where they can. This was great listening by the SG and a much better response than a fiver on Child Benefit.

The last few weeks of this session of the Scottish Parliament have seen some serious work. The fuel poverty bill, the human tissue bill, the vulnerable witness bill, money for mental health for new mums, free period products in schools and colleges, a new homelessness action plan, Franks Law, justice system reforms and other work to try to ensure Scotland is the best place to live for all its people.

And yet, as we see the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament celebrated, there is a real sense that the Tory leadership campaign is threatening our ability to go our own way. Threats to bring us into line with WM, to stamp the union stamp on everything we do, to stop us spoiling their party by doing what’s best for Scotland are getting louder. Scotland will not be ALLOWED to choose our own way. We WILL be dragged out of the EU even though we voted overwhelmingly to remain. No partnership of equals, it is increasingly clear that the UK Government sees Scotland as its colonial possession. And make absolutely no mistake, that threatens our Parliament, our powers and our potential.


Not a clue

So…. Brexit!

Last nights Tory leadership debate told us one thing. None of the candidates have a coherent plan to either deliver Brexit or to resolve the impasse in Parliament to allow the UK to leave with a deal.

They don’t have much of a clue about the other stuff either but let’s just focus on Brexit for now.

From tariff free imports and exports to the Border on Northern Ireland they ummed and ahhed their way through the questions on Brexit, and all apart from Rory Stewart said that whilst they absolutely, definitely didn’t want no deal Brexit, no no noooo – No Deal remains their position when all else fails and fail it will.

So let’s see, no deal Brexit – a no deal Brexit with tariff free access will open our doors to flooding our island with cheap goods which will undermine our market.

The failure to negotiate a deal will also see tariffs imposed by other countries on goods being exported from here to elsewhere – making our products more expensive and guess what – undermining our market.

It will be massively damaging to Scotland’s economy and the economy of the UK.

But none of that matters because Scotland doesn’t matter to these candidates or the bulk of their party members. Scotland was not mentioned once in last night’s debate and there is a very good reason for that. Yesterday we saw a poll which told us that 63% of Conservative and Unionist members would happily see Scotland leave the UK if it meant they could deliver Brexit.

They do not care about Scotland. In Boris’s Britain we would see our devolved Government hands tied tighter together and we would be disregarded at every turn. And yet …. and yet …. several of our Scottish Tory MPs are supporting him for leader. Just WHAT?

And Labour? Well once again they are squabbling their way into insignificance. Corbyn is reputed – again- to be going to commit to a secon Brexit referendum but to be frank – no one cares. Too little too late. They have nothing to offer in this race to the bottom and nothing they can do except wait it out and impotently call in an ever more plaintive manner for a General Election which they will not get.

0.2% of the electorate will choose the next Tory leader and Prime Minister and decide the future of Scotland.


Boris’ Boots

So ….. Brexit

A few things have happened this week. Just a few.

The directly Brexit things include the EU explaining that negotiations are STILL over. Despite internal Tory Party squabbles, it appears that the EU have gone “Meh”, given a gallic shrug and said – “Sort yourselves out but don’t expect us to hang around whilst you do so”. They have disbanded their negotiating team and the deal is the deal.

So that leaves the way open for No deal. Despite many who understand these things knowing that this will be a disaster for the UK but particularly for Scotland – all the Tory hopefuls bar one see no deal as one of the best options. And 31st October no deal exit is looking increasingly likely.

Labour tried to stop this on Wednesday by holding a vote to take control of Parliament to prevent a No Deal exit. They lost. By 11 votes. 8 Labour MPs voted against the motion and 13 abstained. It feels like it was the last chance and Labour blew it. Not a single Tory Scottish MP voted for the Motion despite Scotland voting to remain. Bunch of cowardly charlatans. They also called this week for the Scotland Act to be ripped up and the new Tory Leader to take action to crush the rebellious Scots, by by passing, ignoring and taking back control of funding in Scotland.

All hoping to be Scottish Secretary in Boris’ cabinet I bet. Because it looks like it will be Boris. Out front, he massively won the MP vote and he has the support of the party membership. There are loads of articles around on the effects of Boris as PM. Most of them argue that it’s not a good thing.

Meanwhile in Scotland, it appears that Boris is MUCH more palatable amongst its conservatives – David Mundell is now saying how he would LOVE to work with Boris! Despite having said that he would Never work for Boris Johnson he now says of course he would and he never said he wouldn’t either! But he did – there is film of exactly that. Self serving liar that he is.

Ruth Davidson has changed HER socks too – sorry I meant her mind! Might as well be her socks as she changes her mind almost as often. Seems she likes Boris too! And by implication – a no deal Brexit is much less scary with Boris at the helm – Hellooooo HELLOOOO! For goodness sake people!

The battle here is not what is right for the UK or for the different parts of the UK. All those devolved nations can shut up as far as WM is concerned. The battle is for the survival of the Tory Party. And if they need to be out brexiting the Brexit party, or cutting the powers that we have voted for our Parliament to have, so be it. They will do whatever they can to stay in power and walk rough shod over our democratic will in the meantime.

We saw that yesterday when Ruth Davidson said that only if the SNP won a majority at the next Scottish elections, should we be able to hold another referendum on independence. She ignored the fact that there is an independence supporting majority already in Holyrood, that the SNP have won every single election since 2014 by a mile – something that Ruth Davidson herself has never done. The Tories haven’t won an election in Scotland since the middle of the LAST CENTURY! And yet still they think they can tell us what we can and can’t do.

They are saying to us – Know your place Scotland. It’s under Boris’ Boots.

I think we might have other plans!


Odder and odder

Please note – Trump has said since this blog was posted today that it’s ok – he was just kidding – so we can all relax

Aye … Right!

So… Brexit!

The last couple of days have seen a state visit from Donald Trump and a huge banquet hosted by the queen which included invitations for every senior cabinet minister except Sajid Javid – the Home Secretary. Even Jeremy Corbyn got an invite, although he didn’t go – but not the Home Secretary. The Independent suggested that he has an issue with “people who are related to bus drivers”. Both Sajid Javid and Sadiq Khan therefore fall foul of what the Independent calls “Routemasterphobia”

There were some truly odd carry ons yesterday and I don’t just mean the stabbing of the Baby Trump Blimp and subsequent arrest of the woman involved, nor the milkshaking and screams of Nazi at an elderly Trump Supporter – and the fact that “milkshaking” might even BE a word is odd enough.

It was odd to see Philip Hammond whomi consider one of the least odd Tories completely deny poverty exists in the UK. He completely refuted the UN report on poverty – I almost expected to hear “fake news” come out of his mouth. I have more to say about that but not just now.

The state visit was like a weird American made for TV movie version of a state visit in a post Brexit subservient Britain.

Odd handshakes, odd press conferences, odd responses from ministers all done in an odd environment where the Prime Minister is no longer a prime minister in anything but name only.

We heard from the Presidents own mouth that he expects the NHS to be “on the table” for a trade deal with the US. The man could not have been clearer. And this is a man that struggles sometimes to string a coherent sentence together so we should not underestimate the seriousness of that comment.

Let’s be clear. In a post Brexit world the NHS would be up for sale to US companies to run for profit.

Meanwhile in Scotland the Scottish Government reaffirmed their commitment to a Public NHS. The NHS is devolved, we have been able to resist the worst of the UK sell offs of parts of our NHS because it’s devolved. The First Minister said clearly yesterday that our NHS is not for sale. That we will make sure in Scotland that our NHS is safe.

The Scotsman however reports todaybthat all this is nonsense. That our NHS is of course safe. Eveb JK Rowling, (who is married to a GP so an expert on multi national trade deals which include the NHS) said so yesterday. She said it was Scaremongering to stand up for the NHS like the Scottish Government did yesterday. Nothing to see folks, the NHS isn’t a political or trade deal football – JK Rowling says it will all be fine.

And perhaps she might have a point if it hadn’t come from the mouth of the man himself, and she might have a point if the UK Government hadn’t given itself the right to grab back many devolved powers after Brexit. The power grab… remember that? I know you might all have nodded off by now but reach into your Brexit filing cabinet and dust off the power grab file.

Then turn to the page labelled “public procurement”. That’s right – one of the powers grabbed back from the EU is power over public procurement.

“Public procurement – The regime provided by the EU procurement Directives, covering public procurement contracts for supplies, services, works and concessions above certain financial thresholds awarded by the public sector and by utilities operating in the energy, water, transport and postal services sectors.” (BBC)

In addition it has already been clear that calls for Scotland to be at the trade deal negotiating table have fallen on deaf ears. That happened in March.

And that’s all before you take into account that the reductions on public spending on the English NHS. These would come about – are already coming about – as a result of privatised health care and DIRECTLY reduce the money available to Scotland’s NHS. This is due to the associated reductions to the Barnet Formula which calculates the money the UK pass back to Scotland.

So, I’m sorry but the evidence that this threat to the NHS is real and not scaremongering is stacking up. Not even The elder wand could make this look any better. The Scottish Government is committed to maintaining the NHS as a public service. Remaining part of a post Brexit UK makes that difficult – if not impossible – unless we are Independent.


And another one!

So.. Brexit

And we have another candidate for the Tory leadership Sam Gyimah. Sam is standing for a second referendum. That makes 13. Unlucky? Lucky? Who knows. The favourite still is Boris Johnson but perhaps a bigger field of candidates makes that less likely – I’m holding onto that thought.

Over the weekend we have seen Donald Trump who arrives today for a full state visit, throw his support behind Boris Johnson. He tells us also to send Nigel Farage in to the EU to negotiate for Britain on Brexit.

Wouldn’t that be just like this Tory Government? Refuse to let devolved nations have a say on Brexit but let Farage get involved with his peculiar brand of rancid right wing rubbish. The sort we saw the ghoulish Ann Widdecome speak about on the tv yesterday when she suggested that science might come up with a solution to Homosexuality.

A solution! Would that be a final one Ann? I have a solution for you. Stop talking.

Other wee nuggets from this weekend included Jeremy Hunt with his strange stare chatting to us all about the precious union he was going to protect ( not precious enough to include devolved nations in Brexit decisions though) whilst promising to deliver Brexit for Culloden!

Hellooo Jeremy! Firstly Culloden is in Scotland and Scotland voted to remain in the EU. Did you forget? Also, I’m not sure that invoking Culloden as some symbol of our precious union is such a good idea!

Yesterday we also saw on The Marr show the US ambassador to the UK point out that the US wants a trade deal with the UK ASAP! He said however that everything was on the table which boiled down to – you will take our chicken, washed in chlorine and we will take your NHS. It’s no wonder Trump is encouraging the involvement of Farage. Farage is also on record wanting to privatise the NHS. Who backs Farage? Aaron Banks and what is Aaron Banks’ business? insurance. And what will we need if the NHS is privatised? Insurance – LOADS of it. It’s not rocket science. If the NHS is privatised, it will be run by American corporations and people like Aaron Banks for profits for their shareholders. Brexit makes this more likely.

Meanwhile, in Scotland – Ruth Davidson has been busy promoting the Tory candidate in Peterborough because he will deliver Brexit – despite Brexit being dreadful for Scotland!

The Scottish Government were busy building human rights into our legislation with the debate on smacking led by John Finnie of the Green Party. Human rights are fundamental to the new legislation on social Security too, and this was highlighted in the Scottish Government’s response to the Report by the special rapporteur on Poverty in the UK. The only positive comments in his report were about Scottish Government Policy. The Response underlined that the SG is determined to continue tackling poverty but warns that Scotland cannot continue to mitigate everything the UK government do to damage people and increase poverty because we don’t have the money to do so.

We need the control over our own finances – all of them if we are to protect our NHS, create a more balanced economy, reduce poverty and inequality and create that better fairer society inside Europe that so many of us want.


Brexit Bus Bollocks and other stories

So…. Brexit

And we have another Tory MP put themselves forward as a candidate for the Leadership – how many is that now? It feels like about 90, it’s actually 12, but we have another week or so to go.

President Trump signalled his support for Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage this week too. He might think Nigel Farage is standing for the Tory Leadership too – I’m not sure, I don’t think he is either but to be honest, I think Nigel Farage might be considering it himself!

Nigel is of course, trying to align himself to various Groups inside the EU. Reports suggest that he is chatting away to the far right groupings and Italy’s ‘League’ party say the talks are going well. To be fair it’s reported that he is in talks with the Eurosceptic group also – I rather think that whichever provides Nigel with the best vehicle for Nigel will be the one that he chooses.

And that vehicle is probably not going to be a bus! Boris is apparently heading for a court case after sticking his £350 million lie on the side of a bus. Not that this will bar him from the Tory Leadership Race. It might even increase his popularity if Twitter is anything to go by. The darling of the deluded is being cheered on by many who are outraged that he is being held to account for anything he said! Apparently it’s the death of democracy. Telling lies is ok but asking someone to account for those lies is utterly beyond the pale!

Lying is apparently de rigeur for Tory leadership Candidates – Esther McVey was reminded yesterday that she “misled parliament” (that’s lied to everyone else), Rory Stewart pretended to be taking selfies in Kew Gardens this week for reasons that completely and utterly escape me. See if you’re going to tell a lie then at least make it something which might …. oh I don’t know … whip up a few million voters into outrage perhaps?

A startling You Gov poll was out yesterday that had the Lib Dem’s in the lead for Westminster Voting Intentions. They have their own policy on lying of course. Alistair Carmichael was the architect of that when he lied about his leaking of a memo about Nicola Sturgeon. Only after £1 million was spent on an enquiry mind you.

Meanwhile in Scotland, Jo Swinson has clearly been taking lessons as she announces she will be standing for the leadership of the Libdems.

Last night on Question Time she said that only 4% of young people from Govan went to university. It didn’t take long for those people who know these things to link to the actual documents that tell us the facts. The figure is actually 23% and 93% of young people leaving went to positive destinations. (College, work …). Her point that early intervention is essential for children to achieve their potential was well made but the lie was simply put in to get a dig at Nicola Sturgeon. No surprises there then.

So do all these lies really matter? Do they make a difference to Brexit? To Scotland? To voters?

I think they do. When we make decisions they should be based on fact and what’s right. Not on some lies concocted by those with a vested interest or those wanting to win for themselves.

Brexit is one big lie from start to finish. And if we think that highlighting Boris’s Bus Bollocks will change that we are the deluded ones.

We see lies about Scotland all the time – too small to be independent, too stupid, too poor, worst NHS, worst education, failing to deliver x, y, z.

The truth is that things are not as good as we want them to be. They aren’t. But our government STILL finds enough money to mitigate the worst of the Tory policies whilst delivering record spending, higher pay rises and better performances than the rest of the UK.

Imagine how much better we could do if we were independent.


Nothing to see here

So… Brexit

Hmmm where to start?

The last day or two we have heard that the Tories the Libdems and the Brexit Party …oh and the greens all won the EU elections. Their votes went up, down and held, it was better and worse than expected but better than they hoped.

Labour aren’t so self deluded they are making any claim to have had anything other than an appalling night. Depending on who or what you read, Corbyn is reportedly going to back a second referendum or a people’s vote on a deal (they aren’t the same thing) but he definitely wants a general election whilst he absolutely should not want not a general election because they might lose and at the same time he absolutely has to get behind and deliver Brexit otherwise he is finished whilst being the best leader they have had for years.

The Brexit Party is apparently a business start up, not a party and Farage isn’t its party leader but some sort of entrepreneur chief exec who can’t be deposed cos he’s the leader of the party.

The Tories already have more leadership candidates than MEPs and the contest doesn’t start til the 10th. James Cleverly entered the race to the bottom today with a “No deal is better than a bad deal” statement. Jeezo – talk about Groundhog Day.

So all pretty usual then.

Meanwhile in Scotland, it was once again revealed how much effort, money and commitment the SNP Government put into mitigating the worst of the Tory cuts and policies. Today we heard that the SG spends 43% more per person on social care than the UK government does in England. We are still struggling to meet need but thank goodness the SG prioritises this with extra funding.

How much worse would things be if they didn’t do that? How much better could they be if we could just choose how we spent ALL our money?

We also saw the referendum bill in the Scottish Parliament today too. This sets out the framework for calling a referendum. This turned the Tory leadership candidates attention to us and they queued up to tell our government that they would not allow a second independence referendum.

England will not allow Scotland to hold a referendum which the people of Scotland voted for when they voted in the current government, when they sent a majority of SNP MPs to WM – and again, when the Scottish Parliament voted for a second Indy ref.

The Scottish People voted for remain and last week turned Scotland yellow. All the Tory leadership candidates today that queued up to refuse the right of the Scottish people to decide their independence, all want to drag us out of Europe with their assorted deals, bad deals, no deal Brexit. If nothing else today has surely knocked that question that gets asked with a sort of “aha!!!! Answer THAT if you can” tone “Why do you want to be in Europe but out of the EU?”

We have quite clearly seen the answer in the last wee while and it is being underlined by the Tory Candidates every time they speak about Scotland. Westminster will not ALLOW Scotland to hold a referendum, Westminster will not ALLOW Scotland a negotiating voice at the table, Westminster WILL drag a Scotland that has voted overwhelmingly to remain, out of the EU without a deal regardless of the damage it does to Scotland.

They are going to struggle – as someone responded yesterday to Sajid Javid “has he never met a Scottish Person?” Twitter responded by setting #permissionfromSajid trending as people asked if they could take the dog out, nip to the shops l, go to bed. 16 thousand times apparently. Sometimes Twitter is the best!


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