OH, JEREMY CORBYN

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You may remember that we at Munguin’s Republic were pleased when Corbyn won the Labour leadership over the bunch of Blairite Tory-lite contenders.

We were happier still when the disloyal ex- front benchers tried to remove him and first one, and then another, no-hoper, third-rater stood against him, and he not only beat them, but beat them by an ever bigger margin than his first victory.

We laughed too,  at Dugdale’s off on relationship with him. He was useless, then he was the leader and would lead them to victory, then he was useless again, and so on… Not quite sure where she is with him at the moment.

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We don’t rate and indeed have never have rated Dugdale from way back when she was the Noble ffoulkes’ assistant and ran a blog. We’ve no idea what she is like as a person, but as a political leader, she is worse than useless and she’ll never be the first minister.

However, we did rate Corbyn. A proper Labour man, we thought. And we laughed like a drain (even if he did win some seats from the SNP) when he overturned Mayhem’s expectations of an overwhelming victory in her humiliating 2017 General Election. The one she couldn’t lose, but that put paid to “strong and stable”, and left her even more weak and wobbly than before.

OK, we didn’t like his attitude to Scotland, but reckoned that with a bit of time, and given the chance to develop from being simply a North London MP into a supranational leader, he would learn about us, learn what makes us tick… and conclude that we’re not Englishmen with Mc in front of our names. We thought too that he might come to respect the SNP for the left of centre party it was. OK, opposition party but with policies worthy of respect.

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Wrong. He must get his information about the SNP from the Daily Mail.

He came to Scotland this summer to tour marginal seats that Labour might hope to take from the SNP. (Taking seats from the SNP will NOT reduce the number of seats the Conservatives hold… and at the next election they may have a proper leader, a real challenge and not the chaotic, stupid, weak, uninspired and uninspiring waste of space they have now.) But no, Jeremy only wanted to take seats from the SNP.

Unfortunately, he seems to have learned nothing about Scotland.

He seems to think that we are a nation of England.

He appears to be unaware that we have a separate legal system and totally separate laws. He is clearly also unaware that parts of the Kingdom of Denmark are members of the EU, and other parts are not.

He has criticised the SNP for failing to nationalise the railways. This despite Labour in England failing to nationalise the railways in 1997 when they fought an election campaign on the matter, and for the following 13 years in which they were in power and could have done so at a stroke.

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He seems not to know that it was against UK law (including in Labour’s 13 year governance of the UK)  for railways in Scotland to be privatised, until very recently (after the last franchise was awarded). Nor did he seem aware that since that law changed, the Minister for Transport has been working on a plan of how to do this. (NB, I’m not entirely sure why the Herald would call ScotRail troubled, given that it is the best performing rail service in the UK. Odd how the press just hates the Scottish government.)

He doesn’t know about Scottish Water still belonging to the people instead of being a money making concern as in England and Wales.

It would seem that no one told him about the Scottish government mitigating some of the worst of the Conservative’s harsh social security policies. More than £100 million of relief for young people who need housing benefit; for anyone forced to live in homes with a bedroom they do not want or need, due to a shortage of housing, for example.

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He gives the impression of knowing nothing about the setting up of a social security ministry in Scotland that will not operate sanctions that apply in Tory England and Labour Wales.

And he is either ignorant of, or has chosen to ignore, the fact that from next year, carers in Scotland will be £600 a year better off than they are in the UK. And that there will be extra help for the poorest parents.

Free prescriptions, eye tests, bus passes, elderly care all seem to have passed him by.

In all that he has been saying, Mr Corbyn has failed to explain why the Welsh government, a Labour government, has seemingly failed to mitigate Tory cuts. I challenge Mr Corbyn to suggest these changes to Wales, and to pledge them for England should he be their prime minister.

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And his volte face on the single market and customs union, is singularly unimpressive.

I had great hopes for Mr Corbyn. I feel a bit let down.

His motto does seem to be, Tories are a pain, but SNP, no matter what they do, are plain BAD and must be expunged, even if the method of achieving this is to lie through one’s teeth.

Shame.

74 thoughts on “OH, JEREMY CORBYN”

  1. Great rant Tris. Bet you feel better for that. I agree totally, JC seems to be totally ignorant about all things Scottish. However he is dangerous as he is attracting soft voters who think he is a ‘nice man’ and don’t seem to realise that he has taken most of his policies from the SNP and they have already been implemented in Scotland. Nor has it registered that he is a trojan horse for the establishment of which he is an integral part.

    Off topic but well worthwhile video

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    1. LOL Yeah, well it didn’t start off meaning to be a rant, but the more I kept having to add another thing that he seemed to know nothing about.

      I believe him to be an honest man. He’s never been afraid to take an unorthodox view of things, so he not hiding behind that kind of “correctness”. I also don’t think he’s a liar. However, he has a busy job, and I reckon he must rely on his Scottish branch to keep him aware of all things Scottish, as he would with his “North-East branch” or “Welsh branch”.

      I think that Kezia and her team are so bitter at being deprived of the power that they believe is rightfully theirs, that they feed him what THEY want him to think, and he, being a trusting soul, believes it.

      I just thought that England had a chance at some sort of decency in government with him.

      I seem to have been naive, again!

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      1. Why would you believe anything about him? We are all only ever given a media manipulated image of anyone. Those of us who have met say Alex or John Sweeney or Tommy Sheppard can form their own opinions, quite at variance with what you might see on TV even, but unless we work with someone all the time we never really know them.

        Mr Corbyn represents a strand of thought in the Labour Party. The higher ranks of which when I have encountered them, are not altruistic Mother Theresa clones ( and I have read unfavourable tales even about her). They are as capable of condoning a terrorist attack as they are of kissing a baby. They are as venal as any politician can be.

        We have no idea what any of them is really like, but I doubt you get to high office anywhere by being as nice as the image controllers paint you. Mr Corbyn is a hard leftist – like the ones who gave us the GDR. His words should be treated with just as much caution as those of any Tory.

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        1. My mum says that you should never trust a politician.

          I guess that’s basically what you said.

          I think it may to true of anyone who has become successful.

          I remember seeing a documentary about Petula Clark, that nice English rose (well, and Welsh). Polite, very well spoken, clever, pretty, a good mum, married to the same bloke since her 20s… doesn’t drink much, blah blah… perfect image of all the things that other pop singers aren’t.

          But someone who knew her and worked with her (Jackie Trent) said, that is the image. Behind that is a rod of steel. A determination to succeed and a frighting work ethic.

          What you see in well known people, is almost always what they want you to see. A cultivated image.

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        2. I don’t like Corbyn, I never have because as far as I’m concerned it’s all in the eyes. The most telling film footage (and its there for those who want to look) is right after he says goodbye to someone. Watch him, he goes from smile to stern, amiable gent, to don’t give a shit. Who’s fucking next, in a blink? You can write it off by saying that he’s a politician and they all do it but he cuts folk out when they’ve served their purpose like they’re nothing. He spends his time convincing the gullible that he cares, but he doesn’t.

          Hes got dead eyes. He’s a nasty bastard.

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  2. I’m disappointed by the evident lack of principle: compromise on everything, including nukes, with no certainty for us proles from one minute to the next what the Labour party stands for, or even if it stands for anything at all. I quite liked Corbyn too to begin with, as opposed to the rotten borough, warmongering Blairite political hacks and *hores we are all so familiar with here in Scotland, and their natural pals among the Tory trough-guzzling tendency, but I have taken a right scunner to the man over his boneheaded inability to get the point about and of civic nationalism Scottish-style.

    Corbyn’s own principles about important matters may be all very well and good, and certainly better than those of the venal monsters currently in charge at Westminster, but whether they are or not, they are not being translated into Labour Party policy in any evident manner. Then – and this put the kibosh on any respect I had left for the man – the degree of ignorance he displayed about Scotland and matters Scottish have been – I hate to say this – not far behind that of Donald Trump, and is equally unpardonable in a wannabe statesman. Not learning one’s brief – be it about North Korea, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or North Berwick and the nation and country it is in – is just not forgiveable in someone who wants to be in a position to lead a nation into war, and issue orders that would kill millions. Whether he says he ever would or not.

    At least we have found the one area where he is not in dispute with the Head of the Branch Office: they are agreed that ESSEMPEEBAD, and that, evidently, is all ye know on Earth, and all ye need to know.

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    1. Aye, Ed. When you look at his English policies (where I thought he’d save them from themselves), he’s all over the place. In fairness to him, he is up against this huge Labour Party machine of nastiness… Blair, Brown, Mandelson, and that creepy man Wilson. It can’t be an easy job.

      Policies change by the day.

      What is Labour about? Back in the day it was slightly left of centre; then in the days of Blair et al it was slightly right of centre. Now we haven’t got a clue.

      I was interested (slightly off topic) to read about the drubbing that Murphy got in the Sunday Herald’s article about Niel Findlay’s book. A man utterly without principle, with one goal only in mind and no dirty trick too dirty. Power for himself.

      Just what Munguin always said he was.

      If only he were clever as well as cunning he would be dangerous. As it is he’s just a sad failure.

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        1. Yes, I’m confused about what they stand for.

          The latest situation on Europe is a complete volte face and I’m not sure he is taking all the party with him.

          Like both the main English parties, Europe is a hugely divisive matter.

          But as you say, on other matters, we really don’t know what the party line is, because he says one thing and his party say something else.

          As for Scotland, and the autonomy he has apparently given them, it can’t work if they sit together in the London parliament as one party.

          (The same applies to Ruth and her party.)

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  3. The difference between May and Corbyn is only in the choice of historical decade they’d like to dial up on their Brexit time machine. If May wants to take us back to the 50s, then Corbyn would have us journey back to the 70s. Neither particularly appeals.

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    1. I guess that’s true.

      Still in 2019, if they elect Jacob Rees Mogg, we’ll all be going back to the 1860s.

      So I suppose it could be worse.

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      1. He could not win an election. He has zero empathy with ordinary people and would be a figure of ridicule. Boris is a safer bet – he has something about him that is at least “English”. Presently noone wants the job, and who could blame them. Politics is in limbo for at least a year. Nobody knows the Brexit outcome. Its only after then that we will be able to move on. Same as for us, Nicola cannot make a move because noone knows the lie of the land.

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        1. I don’t they will go with Boris either.

          Even the people in Trump’s administration appear to think he is a clown. And lord knows, they should be experts.

          They’d have to have someone America could happily work with, and depend upon to do as he was told.

          Boris is a loose cannon.

          I understand May has said she will stand down in 2019. Apparently this is to stop the turmoil of a challenge and probably an election before that.

          It does mean we are lumbered with May in the meantime.

          I absolutely agree that Nicola can’t do anything till she knows what the outcome of Brexit is.

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        2. As Dugdale will never be First Minister in Scotland Corbyn will never be Prime Minister…..the dark forces down south will never allow it.

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  4. At some point,if not already,he is going to get the tap on the shoulder and be reminded that England is a Tory country and if he wishes to form a government at Westminster,he better start acting like one.
    That is the reality of the “United” Kingdom,a tale of two countries.

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    1. Well, that was the conclusion that Mandelson and Blair came to back nearly 30 years ago.

      If you want to rule England, you must win in the South East, where more than a third of the population of the UK lives.

      To do that you have to give them 1980s Thatcherite policies: hard on the poor and the unemployed; nasty for foreigners; plenty of opportunities to make “loadsamoney” and a benign tax system that doesn’t look too hard at your returns. You need to make sure that there is a low minimum wage and a low tax on entrepreneurs.

      An alternative to this may sound attractive in Newcastle or Bolton, Glasgow or Swansea, but if you can’t win the Home Counties you can take your middle of the road policies and play at being in opposition.

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  5. That’s a great cartoon – now add the SNP at the bottom… with a beautiful Bridge reaching out to Europe, and make it so we can print it off.

    Many thanks for all your hard work.

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  6. I suspected he was a conman even before he was elected and my suspicions were correct.

    He plays the part Lloyd George did in the early part of the 20th century.

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  7. Uh-oh – he’s off again. As rants seem to be quite the In Thing these days, that auld blellum Freeman just had to get in on the act. He writes as follows:

    “It occurs to me (not quite à propos of nothing) that Corbyn is yet another shining example of that peculiar English (vague and stereotypical usage) blindness to the affairs and status of the peripheral parts of the Kingdom. This is the same blindness that lost most of Ireland as a part of the UK, and not without immense and gratuitous human suffering, and political and economic oppression.

    I – we – are neither ignoring nor ignorant of the other distasteful and disgraceful aspects of the English wars of conquest that resulted in the colonialist imperium, the enslavement of millions, and the destruction of countless human lives. No – we are simply leaving them in the background for the moment, as background.

    Another example of this failure to recognize the distinct, distinctive and separate natures of the various component parts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to give it its full current title, is the Bank of England, which is not in fact the Bank of England but the central reserve bank of all parts of the UK, both jointly and severally.

    This is not a distinction without a difference: it made your average Unionist / Little Englander believe that when Oor Eck talked about an independent Scotland having a seat on the Bank of ENGLAND monetary committee overseeing a shared / pooled currency, this was perceived as Foreign Interference and yet another attempt by us Larcenous and Ungrateful Jockanese to rip off your hard-pressed English taxpayer even more, what with Westminster already chucking squintillions over Hadrian’s Wall out of the sheer goodness of their little Tory / UKIP hearts, bless’em. (Somebody really ought to tell them that the Border has shifted a bit since Hadrian put up that wall, but that’s by-the-by and par for the course, as the North of England doesn’t really exist either as far as the Metropolitan mind is concerned, being north of Watford Gap services.)

    Perhaps the most significant, though rarely mentioned, aspect of this blindness is the common definition of the UK as a Unitary State, in fact, the very primal and original avatar and exemplar of one. If you accept that definition, you see, then you must believe, as Mr. Mundell apparently does, not only that Scotland’s separate nationhood was “extinguished” in 1707, but also that in the Westminster Parliament, or the Queen in Parliament, or some other such constitutional fiction, lies the sovereignty of the whole United Kingdom, and of course that includes Scotland.

    To those who share that concept of the UK and its component parts, the devolved assemblies are indeed anathema, if they once overstep the bounds of what they view as no more than a local authority writ large. That is the mindset that ranks the Scottish First Minister at the same level as your Mr. Mundell, and thinks it is being incredibly generous in giving those local authorities much control over anything much at all.

    To that peculiar English (ditto re usage) blind and vague mindset, it is also quite reasonable to imagine that Scotland is a “part” of England, or to put it in more pompous terms, that “England” and “Britain” and “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” are both synonymous terms and coterminous entities, which implies, not least a startling ignorance of history, but also a rather peculiar attitude toward geography as well.

    I think it’s safe to say that we in Scotland, most of us who are not Mr. Mundell, anyway, do not agree with all, most or even any of those propositions, and I have good reason to believe that most English people believe, along with almost all Scots, that sovereignty rests ultimately with the people, not the parliament. That is why Scotland will not become independent by any act of parliament alone, either Westminster’s or Holyrood’s: it will be by direct democracy, by plebiscite.

    Sovereignty most certainly does not repose in a bunch of mostly millionaire fat cats elected under an electoral system that is barely democratic to modern ways of thinking. It does not repose there, in the Legislature, nor in the Executive – the Cabinet – whether with or without the bunch of unelected hereditary and nominated ermine-clad lords temporal and spiritual who make up the second chamber.

    It is not just the lords who are throwbacks to an English class system that clings on in the form of the British Establishment, most members of the lower chamber are too. The other place you will find it is in the minds of Irish Loyalists, and in the minds of the Cringing Unionists to be found in that other, separate polity that is our Scotland. One thing they all share is the willingness to swear allegiance to the Queen, i.e., to that peculiar concept of the unitary “British” State whose sovereignty is embodied by the Queen in Parliament.

    When I say “separate polity” of Scotland, I am describing neither an aspiration nor adopting a purely political point of view. No, I am doing no more than making a statement of fact. As a statement of fact it can be challenged, which I rather hope someone will try to do on a basis of fact and not belief.

    We come back, every time, to the reality that Westminster, indeed the whole cobbled-together, ramshackle constitutional disposition that it embodies, is a rather sad but laughable throwback to an imperial past, to glory days that never really were, to pomp and circumstance perhaps befitting a bygone, mainly imaginary age of glory and majesty. The whole thing is at heart yet another tired and tattered Ruritanian fiction. It belongs in whatever museum reside the unquiet ghosts of political systems past and failed.

    Rees-Mogg would be an excellent casting for the part of Heid Mummer for the whole piece of theatre, for theatre it is. Like all pieces of theatre, really, it demands from its audience a suspension of disbelief – a suspension that very many of us, on both sides of the Border, just cannot honestly or intellectually abide, and in which we have entirely lost faith.”

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    1. As rants go, that was a really good one, Ed.

      As a 12 year old I was taken to live in England when my dad got a job with a Swedish company operating there.

      First, I have to say I was given some rough treatment. I was mocked for my accent, and in some cases bullied for being a Jock ..and for the fact that my dad had taken a job from an Englishman (albeit a job provided by a Swedish employer).

      I learned to fit in. Having a musical ear I was able to adopt the accent and within a few months people had likely forgotten that I was ever foreign.

      England became my home, and I loved it.

      It wasn’t until I came back to live in Scotland that I realised how much the English conflate England and Britain. Mainly because I had come to do it myself and was hauled up sharpish for it. The words Britain and England were indistinguishable.

      I’m reminded, though, that prior to 1990, we tended to think of the Soviet Union as Russia. And people en route for places as diverse as Estonia and Moldavia and Azerbaijan announced that they were going to Russia.

      Of course you hear Americans (in particular) talk about the Queen of England, and a few years ago in Parisian shop keeper, interested in my accent and on finding out it was a Scottish accent, asked me “L’Ecosse, c’est bien dans le nord d’Angleterre?”

      OK, so I pointed out that the preposition he required was “au” and not “dans”… The notion is that we are all a part of England.

      Just like Kyrgyzstan was a part of Russia, which of course it was not.

      I always think of the UK, and of London, in particular, as a piece of theatre, better suited to a Middle European Archduchy. Something out of the “Mouse that Roared” type film, with all its pomp, ceremony and red uniformed soldiers…and only a passing glance at real democracy.

      That’s rather quaint in Grand Fenwick with Grand Duchess Gloriana XIII and her hereditary Prime Minister. It’s rather different when you want to play at being America’s assistant in policing the world.

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    2. If,as unionists frequently assert,we are indeed in a union then we should demand a turn at running the union.
      Relocate the union parliament to Holyrood,fund Scotland directly from Holyrood and allocate a block grant to England for it’s public services.
      Invent GERE statistics intended to show that England is dependent on Scotland for funding it’s public services (true in any case) and allow Scottish based newspapers and broadcasters to have editions specifically for England but under control from head office in Edinburgh.
      I do wonder how that would go down in England?
      Probably not very well.

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  8. I think part of the reason that many of us have become disillusioned with Corbyn is that we have wanted to believe in an idealised picture of Labour as a socialist party which lost its way from Blair onwards. Jeremy represents that earlier ‘purity’. Also, let’s face it, JC has been messiah like. There can be little doubt about his socialist concern for the poor, weak and vulnerable. He seems to have integrity and courage. He stands up to power and has the support of lots of ordinary people. We know he’s almost certainly doomed but he has given many of us hope that things could get better for the ordinary people of Britain.

    But looking for political messiahs is childish. Corbyn is an all too human member of a Labour party in which socialism has long been subservient to the primacy of the party (as a mechanism for gaining and holding power) and to a British nationalist ideology (which does not speak its name).

    Unfortunately when it comes to Scottish independence and the SNP, these non socialist aspects of his political DNA are coming to the fore. Because of this, we should also see him as a “naughty boy”. And a dangerous one.

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    1. Yes, I agree.

      At least the Tories are what it says in the tin. When Tessy stood on the steps of No 10, we all knew her speech about ordinary people was a load of crap. Her St Francis moment.

      Corbyn is dangerous, because we believe he can actually change something.

      And the truth is that, he can’t.

      Britain is broken.

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  9. Corbyn’s credibility for me lasted about 10 minutes into his first Andrew Marr interview when he claimed that the SNP government privatised Scotrail. The man was in the HOC when the 1994 Railways Act was passed and must have been aware of Tory MP’s complaining about the “poll tax on wheels”.

    I have to add that Marr’s credibility went the same way at that moment. Why pay someone large sums to allow interviewees to tell fibs without any challenge ? There may of course be particular conditions attached to the job, i.e. untruths are OK provided they involve criticism of the SNP.

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    1. I can only imagine that the reason this happens is that the establishment MUST at all costs keep Scotland.

      You have to wonder why, seeing as according to them we are a millstone around their necks.

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  10. You had me fooled with the title Tris, I thought it was a song by Jake Thackrey 😦

    This song reminds me of what could have been though:

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  11. The former Vice Chairman of CND is the leader of a party whose policy is to renew Trident and continue to enforce its presence in Scotland.

    The supporter of a united Ireland and a Palestinian state is an opponent of an independent Scotland.

    The man who does not appear to know that Scotland already has a different legal system from England says it can’t have that.

    The man is a complete hypocrite. The man knows nothing about Scotland. The man is not who I thought he was. He Is an empty shell. Oh, and by the way Cat Boyd is a useful idiot for the unionist cause.

    People who say they are independence supporters but vote Labour in Scotland are the most delusional group in Scottish politics. Yes, I do mean you Loki – get yourself out of your own arse.

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  12. Um looking into the nats echo chamber
    As the Independence mantra reverberates
    All around.
    Same old people singing the same old song
    any person who disagrees is attacked vilified
    Abused ,spat upon anything they have previously
    Achieved is torn down in the name of Nationalism
    Scottish but still Nationalism.

    Scotland Scotland über alles, über alles in der Welt

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    1. Nationalism is not the same as National Socialism as well you know, Niko-no-shame, and when it comes to vilification, you must come top of the deserving list. It’s one thing having differing views and quite another hurling around disgusting allegations of fascism – you’re a truly repellent piece of work, although maybe work isn’t the word I had in mind. A bit rich, too, coming from ein echter klein-Englander, nicht wahr?

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      1. Niko’s just being Niko.

        He doesn’t mean any of it, Andi.

        He’s scared stiff of Munguin, Conan, John Brownlee and most of all the Spook, from whom one word will silence him.

        Ignore him, Taz sometimes lets him on the computer without supervision.

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        1. Oh, Niko doesn’t really bother me. I had a long career in public service, much of which involved dealing with the “Great British Public” in all its resplendent stupidity, vapidity and spitefulness. The likes of Niko are mere amateurs when it comes to vacuous comment compared with many of the Grade 1 numpties with whom I often “conversed”. Every now and then I just like to point out to the Trolls just how little I actually think of them. I know it doesn’t really bother them because they’re all Jimmy-Nae-Pals and are quite used to being laughed at or scorned and, of course, as you say, Taz will give him what-for if he finds Niko has been playing with the big, shiny, computer-thingy again without permission. I suppose, at heart, I really feel sorry for the Nikos of this world (or are they of this world?) – the way one feels sorry for any of the lower creatures one sees struggling to express themselves without the boon of language. Anyway, I’m sure he’s curled up in his kennel by now, dreaming of the Great English Empire on which the Sun will never rise.

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    2. Silly auld Niko. There is a certain arrogance to London based politicians, whatever shade of Tory they may be. To them Scotland is an extension to “Oop North”, just a bit quainter.
      “The nations and regions of England” – A direct quote Niko.

      A direct quote… now get to bed and let Taz back on the computer.

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    3. The trouble with some trolls is they are not very good at trolling but they do provide a form of light entertainment which is as subtle as Dugdale’s brain trying to catch up with her mouth.

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      1. By the looks of things, it really doesn’t.

        They are all laughing at May and Johnson, and Brussels is frustrated at how useless Davis is.

        As for Fox… Bwa ha ha ha ha

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    1. Hey Niko, does that mean if I answer your post then that puts you in the past?

      Yesterday’s Niko or what? Salt and vinegar? Broon sauce? What headlines do you want wrapping your fish supper?

      Corbyn speaks to multitude in Leith! (And tells us we’re pish)
      Corbyn says he’ll do stuff that’s already happening in Scotland! (Or we’re pish)
      Corbyn says pay tax twice to mitigate the austerity he voted for in Westminster, or were pish!
      Don’t let Dutch run Scottish Railways! (Even though they do it already in England-shire) or we’re pish. Even though ours runs better yah, boo, sucks!

      Come on man you have to see this is wrong, the lies are obvious, when are you going to come over from the dark side?

      You know you want to.

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    2. Ah Niko, tomorrow is another day, and so was yesterday as well, but I wouldn’t worry too much about it if I were you. Hugs, you silly old article, though you don’t deserve it, calling us nazi fascists and whatnot, were any of your relatives murdered in the camps, Niko?

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  13. “We don’t rate and indeed have never have rated Dugdale from way back when she was the Noble ffoulkes’ assistant and ran a blog. We’ve no idea what she is like as a person, but as a political leader, she is worse than useless and she’ll never be the first minister.”

    Either she’s an avid reader and considered her position in the light of your comments or Jeremy is and had her “telt”. I understand, though, she’s planning to stay on as a list MSP.

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  14. Jeremy may be ignorant about Scotland but so is the writer about the UK. So carers in Scotland earn more than carers in the UK? Scotland is in the UK. If you are going to get pedantic make sure your facts are right.

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      1. I think ‘mike’ is making the point that you failed to add the words ‘rest of the’ in front of “UK”. Your minor, probably forgetful, omission enabled him to make the point that Scotland is not a state separate from the UK. Unfortunately for mike, it’s not pedantic to point out a UK political leader’s significant ignorance of Scotland, but it is to point out your minor omission. Frustrated Britnat and/or just a big Jeremy fan and/or just ignorant about certain aspects of language? Who knows?

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        1. Any mole in a storm when the teacups are on the mountain, or something. On the basis of my Advanced Degree in Stupefying Pedantry and Boring the Pants off People, I can say that the usage I prefer – which is therefore correct – is to term the Scottish Government the Scottish Government, the Government of Scotland, or just the Government. The Westminster regime should be called the Westminster regime, as it lacks legitimacy and either already has or is fast acquiring all the trappings of a dictatorship.

          “Westminster regime” is also about the politest way of putting it that I can manage, given that I find totally repellent at all levels not only the regime itself but all its members, lackeys, toadies, and the pigs’ bladders on sticks on its back benches; its assorted cliques, claques, flacks and hacks; its cozy little boys’ clubs of Bullingdon bully boys and other guzzlers of Eton messes; its kleptocracy of hereditary fat cats, and slime-ball “businessmen”; its ermine-clad anachronisms snoozing for Britain; and – where was I? Oh yes, the regime – I just don’t like them very much at all, really.

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            1. I don’t mind a spot of sexual deviance myself if it’s between consenting adults, but when it’s not, it’s another aspect of the criminality – yes, quite a few of them ought to be doing porridge in chokey, for crimes including the sexual and the financial. Then there’s the question of mental competence – over and above the question of whether some of them are actually dementing or not, they appear to have short-term memories at least as dysfunctional as mine. Even the sanity of some of them is certainly questionable (Lord ffoulkes for one), and there are some of the Donald Trump genre going around as well – that Michael Howard, for example, talking about going to war with Spain – Spain! – over Gibraltar, as bad as the Mango Mussolini talking about chucking his big nukes around to compensate for his tiny [CENSORED].

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                1. But of course! I only put in that [CENSORED] because the POTUS-in-name-only is awful sensitive about the size of his [CENSORED] and I wouldn’t want him to sue me or something, now would I?

                  P.S. I’ve heard that he takes pills for it and also to keep his hair from falling out, and together they may be responsible for making him even more barking than he already was. I don’t even want to talk about the pills that turn him orange, so I won’t, because they’ve probably dyed his remaining brain cells as well.

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        2. Oh… Well fine.

          I tend to try to forget that unfortunate fact.

          So yes, probably I forgot.

          There are so many things that Westminster run for THE REST of the UK, that are run better here.

          I tend to forget what a mess things are elsewhere.

          But thanks for pointing that out. 🙂

          Mike. Thank you for correcting me. Imagine me forgetting I was part of this sinking ship.

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  15. Reblogged this on charlesobrien08 and commented:
    I like this blog and its points ,more needs done to teach Westminster that Scotland is a country in a union and not a county of another region of the UK,which many English folk don’t seem to realise either that England like Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland are the 4 regions that make up the United Kingdom and as it stands is a “New” country formed when the Irish Free State was formed and declared a republic.

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