YOU SEE, THEY JUST CAN’T HELP IT

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One might equally have asked the Member for Lothian Region if she could have come back from the Australian Jungle and got on with the day job.

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Or maybe they might have asked her why, when she was leader of the Scottish Labour Party, she thought that it was a good idea to visit  America to campaign for Hillary Clinton.

See, by now Kez, I’d have thought that you might have learned that people who live in glass houses should probably buy VERY big curtains.

Of all the train companies in this Benighted Kingdom, ScotRail has the best performance.

In fairness, Kezia may not have noticed that there is a howling gale across Scotland and that there has been torrential rain. An unfortunate outcome of this is that outdoor things tend not to work at 100% capacity… and I might say, wouldn’t do even if she, or her daft new boss, were the first minister.

As we have said before, reasoned and reasonable criticism is the job of opposition. Criticism for the sake of criticism is not.

Powerful and dynamic though the first minister may be, the winds and the waves do not obey her, no more does the rain.

Grow up, Kez.

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Of course, it’s the Daily Mail, so it’s unadulterated rubbish.

In 2009, in private audience with the Queen at Balmoral (something not granted to the Daily Mail “journalists”), Alex Salmond and HM discussed flag flying after which he ordered that the Royal Standard be flown on “royal occasions”, rather than the union flag.

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“I remember the occasion very well,” Salmond said in a post on his website.

“Her Majesty asked me if the Lion Rampant was a popular flag in Scotland.

“I was able to assure her that it was and indeed much beloved of Scottish football and rugby fans. Thus I brought the new policy into effect and left the union flag flying, as appropriate, at armed forces day and Remembrance Sunday.”

And that makes sense. Flying a royal standard is a great deal more respectful to the Queen personally than flying any other flag.

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Happy to correct if wrong, but which part of the Telegraph front page article is wrong. They quote advice issued by your government that only the Satire should be flown on all occasions apart from Remembrance Sunday. Does that document not exist?

1/2 It has been practice to fly Lion Rampant on Royal occasions since 2010. I have not ordered, instructed, authorized any change – indeed there has been no change. Civil servants recently updated published guidance to reflect the long standing practice…

Needless to say the ever moronic Murdo Fraser made a fool of himself by comparing Nicola’s tweets to those of Donald Trump’s. UH? Get back on the meds, Murdo.

Fraser said: “This is a desperate attempt by Nicola Sturgeon to spin her way out of trouble.

“The SNP is more interested in lowering Union Flags than raising standards in schools and hospitals.

“The First Minister’s Trump-style Twitter denial by candlelight last night does nothing to change the facts.”

Well, in that respect, of course, he is right. The fact is that there has been no change.

Mr Fraser must have been going around with his head under his arm because this has been the policy since 2010. Does he not notice anything around him?

As we said, Murdo, it was agreed with the Queen 9 years ago!

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Have you ever had a private audience of the Queen, Murdo? Awe well never mind. Maybe when whatever Rangers are called now win the Cup, huh?

Anyway, we look forward to the Mail’s apology in 5pt  type on page 42.

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STOP CARRYING ON DICK

Today’s homelessness figures are a devastating reminder of the impact austerity has had on so many lives. There should be no excuse for failing to end homelessness in Scotland. This should be a priority for the Scottish Government, as it is for .

It seems to me that Richard Leonard is as calamity prone as Theresa Maybot. And that’s saying something.

Of course, Mr Leonard is quite right to be concerned about homelessness but his concern mixed with implied criticism of the government would have been more credible and believable if these uncomfortable facts hadn’t been immediately to hand.

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Rottweiler Reid, as Tweeter, Tradasro said,  might like to put some of them up at his £3 million house.

The there’s this embarrassment for the party of the people:

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Yes, there probably wouldn’t be nearly as many homeless people on the streets and in friends’ and relatives’ houses or bed and breakfasts, if only Labour hadn’t voted with the Tories for cuts of  £75 million, as Deryck de Rokesburge pointed out.

And, during the time that Labour and Liberal Democrats formed the government, they built somewhere around 6 council houses.

Perhaps if they had made that 60, or 600, or better still 6,000, there would be fewer people without a home?

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I really thought that Labour was wise to elect Mr Leonard. I knew absolutely nothing about him; had never seen him or heard him… or even heard OF him, but I reckoned he would be better for the country than Anas Sarwar, whom I had seen a few times in the London parliament. A less articulate or impressive speaker would be hard to find, I thought! However bad he was, Mr Leonard had to be better, thought I!

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But since the first hour of his election victory when he hot-footed across the country for a photo opportunity with some workers at Bi-Fab whose jobs the government had just saved, and tried to take credit for it… although the unions and the Greens were tweeting their thanks to Nicola Sturgeon, he has made mess after mess of his attacks on Nicola.

Now, I support the SNP, but I don’t believe that they get everything right all the time. So I would like to see a largely constructive opposition, which, in a minority government, is something you really need.

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Of course, it takes an intelligent and mature opposition party, and party leader, to manage that. To an extent, Annabel Goldie was such a leader. Although I profoundly disagreed with her politics, she was sensible and intelligent enough to realise that the way to get things done was to accept that not everything that Alex Salmond’s government did was necessarily wrong. To criticise where criticism was due (I saw her do that at FMQs) and to encourage and enable by working together, when there was a good idea. (Incidentally, I met her once at parliament and she was utterly charming.)

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Unfortunately, the quality of leadership of the main opposition parties, Tory and Labour alike, have since these days, deteriorated drastically.

They seem to have one policy between them. And that is SNP BAAAAAD.

So if Dick wants to carry on any longer than the average for a Labour leader (around 2.5 years), maybe he should sit down with his team of advisors and think before he blasts off in the SNP BAAAAAAAAD mode.

The SNP may be imperfect, but it would take some doing the beat the hypocrisy and lack of policies from this rump of a party.

I’ll let John have the final word…

Give us policy detail or are you just carping on again from the sidelines?

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OH, JOY UNBOUNDED

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I was going to call this “Two for the Price of One”, or “Buy One Get One Free (BOGOF)” but, of course, none of that is true.

Two separate weddings; two separate months; two separate costs to us. No reductions.

Only one family though. But one that is so much more expensive than those that the Daily Mail moans non-stop about costing us a fortune.

Not that Eugenie is that important. I mean, all she is known for is being the daughter of Tubby Airmiles and Fergie, and spending almost her entire life on holiday. (It didn’t go unnoticed that she was in Nicaragua when she got engaged. Nice if you can afford it).  But, of course, her more famous relatives will be at her wedding, including the by then recently wed Harry and Miss Marple, and therefore security will be ratcheted up at massive expense to us.

So far we know little about the wedding, but I expect that Windsor can expect the beggars to be swept off the streets once again by the Tories, lest important people of quality should have their eyes offended, even for a few seconds in the passing.

I read some time ago that the couple, once married, will share a house, belonging to us, in the grounds of Kensington Palace. Thank goodness there is no shortage of affordable housing in Kensington Palace.

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Of course, all these royal things going on (Kate’s having yet another child as is Zara Philips) is bound to distract the hard of thinking from the dire mess that Maybot and her dysfunctional team are making of Brexit as B day 2019 gets closer and closer.

Is it not high time we got rid of this half mediaeval, half showbiz family with their marriages, births, divorces, holidays and funerals at our expense?

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Puis j’ai dit

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AROUND SCOTLAND

MORE ADVENTURES IN THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND WITH PAUL BROWN AND HIS TEAM

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Many of you will remember Pa Broon who used to write a blog of his own and comment frequently on Munguin’s Republic. (Aye, what happened there then?)

You may also remember that he is a Scout Master, and one of the activities he does with the lads is he takes them on trips around Scotland, and then writes books about the journey.

His stories are a mix of informative travel information, mixed with a bit of history and geography, and this mix is served up with a generous helping of wry humour and general irreverence. In short, it’s always a damned good read, interesting and hilarious in turns.

It is available in two formats. There’s an actual old-fashioned book. (Yep, they still exist.) It sells at £6.98, or you can get a copy for your Kindle at the incredibly generous price of £0.0.

Munguin, being a media mogul, is getting both.

Seriously, it comes highly recommended by no less than Alma Cogan or some female singer…

SOPPY SUNDAY

 

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Morning all. This is my best friend. We’re off back to play in the sandpit while you have a wander around and enjoy the photos.
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Icelandic puffins.
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Olive Tree in Palestine. Over 5000 years old.
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Only one fish, for a big tummy like mine?
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Thanks to Frank for this beauty.
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Don’t be silly, we’re not holding flippers… we’re just good friends.
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I’m an Axolotl, but you can call me Fred. I’m cute as a button, aren’t I?
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Three little moths from school are we…
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Best Buddies…
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Odd public art in Bergen.
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Saw this on Twitter and thought it was really beautiful, then I realised it was Jim’s (of Jim and Arlene). His back garden in the snow that seems (thus far) to have given Dundee a miss.
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Amazingly, being a bit short on paint hasn’t stopped a bird from doing his or her self-portrait.
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Gmunden, Austria.
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Anyone want to play snowballs? Or we could build a snowpenguin?
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Donald, if you’re looking…
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Border between Saudi Arabia and  Qatar.
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What are you doing down there?
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Who’d not want to be here in autumn?
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Last one at the top is a sissy…
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Iceland waterfall (foss)
Adorable Rescued Orangutans
So… you enjoy your tour? OK, we’re getting on with playing while the grown-ups aren’t around. See you next week.

 

A BRIDGE TOO FAR?

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The Chinese are nearly finished the bridge and tunnel from Hong Kong to Macau, a distance of 25 miles. Worked started in 2009 and it is expected to open this year.

So, Boris, the man who was determined to split Britain from Euopre thinks that there should be a bridge between England and France, apparently the two great military powers of Europe.

Friends of Boris said that the president was enthusiastic about the project, although I suspect that “la politesse française” may have prevented him from saying what he really thought.

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Anyone got any thoughts on the subject?

TORIES, HUH? WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?

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From the STV website.

The Conservative vice chairman for youth has apologised for comments suggesting that people on benefits should be sterilised.

MP Ben Bradley, 28, backtracked over a blog post describing jobseekers as “unemployed wasters” and saying that those who can’t afford children should undergo vasectomies.

“Sorry but how many children you have is a choice; if you can’t afford them, stop having them! Vasectomies are free,” he wrote in the personal blog in 2012.

“Families who have never worked a day in their lives having four or five kids and the rest of us having one or two means it’s not long before we’re drowning in a vast sea of unemployed wasters that we pay to keep!”

Mr Bradley, the Member of Parliament for Mansfield, deleted the post after it was highlighted by Buzzfeed News.

“I apologise for these posts,” he said.

“My time in politics has allowed me to mature and I now realise that this language is not appropriate.”

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Mr Bradley was elected in 2017.

His offensive blog post was in 2013.

So, in my turn, I would like to ask, how on earth do the Tories vet their candidates?

Don’t they check up people’s blogs and social media to see if there is something lurking that could come back to bite them on the backside?

Worse still, this ‘person’ has just been made ‘vice chairman for youth’ of the Conservative Party (admittedly a job that shouldn’t tax his apparently limited intellect too much, given that there are only 70,000 members in the party and most of them are over 70).

Mrs May should be aware that he having been caught out he has admitted that he thinks that these remarks are “not appropriate”.

Maybe  “utterly repugnant” would be more appropriate. Who else does he believe shouldn’t be allowed to breed?

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After tonight’s vote in the Commons it’s clear that Scottish Tory MPs aren’t just failing to stand up for Scotland’s interest – they are actively working against it

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Big thank you to the Scottish Tory MPs who failed to stand up for Scotland today in Westminster.

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You’ve probably managed to persuade another tranche of people that, not only is there no point in Scotland taking part in UK referenda in the future, because we get what England votes for, but also that there is no point in having a Scottish Secretary, even if he makes reasonable tea, or indeed any Scottish Tory MPs. They vote the way the English Tories tell them regardless of how it hurts Scotland.

Not only are we not in Europe despite voting 62-38 for it, we shall also undoubtedly lose a raft of powers to the London parliament.

Why don’t you have the guts to do what you always wanted to and just shut Holyrood down?

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And, finally!

I’m proud to announce that Andrea Leadsome, loathsome fox hunter in chief, has blocked me on Twitter. I’m seriously proud because I must have done something to hack her off. I just wish I knew what, though, so I could do it over and over and over again.

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