Oh, and did you notice that he pointed out that the UK government gave us all that money… like in a gift… because we don’t pay any taxes in Scotland. Maybe also becasue we’re not allowed to borrow money (or rather print it) like the English/British government is.

So, if I understand him right, he’s going to fund bits of the NHS by taking money from other bits of the NHS. OK, so how will he make up the money to deal with the shortfall in the parts from which he has taken money… take it from yet another part of the NHS.

Or will he flog it off at a cut price rate to the private sector or a Tory donor who owns a pub?


  1. Ach. As you said, Tris, still with the myth that Scotland is such an economic basket case that we can’t pay for our own NHS.

    It’s all so thin, so very very thin, those much-touted benefits of the Union, so thin the tissue of lies and misrepresentation that holds the whole ramshackle botch job together.

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    1. It’s a bit pathetic that every time he or one of his mates, opens their mouths, they praise the role of their government in our affairs.

      Presumably someone told them that it will plant the message in our heads that we just couldn’t manage without them… unlike Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

      It may well do that.

      But it also makes those of us who have thought a bit even more determined to rid ourselves of them and their patronising crap.

      As another of their policies is to get us all to work together under their flag, it seems that their efforts are counter productive.

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      1. They can hardly expect to work with anyone constructively if they constantly act superior, are overpopulated by Dunning-Kruger types, won’t take advice, fail to consult, fail to inform, and generally behave like a bunch of overentitled, selfish, greedy, grasping, antidemocratic, authoritarian, idle sociopathic twats who treat us like mushrooms – oops, I just defined the Tory Party.

        Gawsh. Funny how that never occurred to me before, eh?

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        1. eddjasfreeman,

          I had forgotten about the Dunning – Kruger effect. I probably had a mild variety of it in years gone bye, there is a tendancy to be more certain about your ‘opinion’ the less life experience you have. Though, fortunately, it never crossed my mind to become a Tory! There is a quite widespread notion nowadays that you are entitled to choose your facts as though facts are malleable. It is this sort of politics that destroys any sort of reasonable political consensus. I, nowadays, see voting Tory as probably good cause to see the victim sectioned.

          Too far?

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          1. LOL… No.

            I can understand why super rich people would vote Tory… particularly if they are Tory donors, with the attendant benefits.

            Why anyone poor would vote Tory has always been a bit of a mystery to me.


          2. I’ve though the same myself on occasion, Douglas. I’ve realized that the only thing I can reasonably do about it is to avoid falling into that trap myself. It doesn’t stop me trying to spread what I consider to be enlightenment along with my usual charm and bonhomie, but I’m resigned to the fact that I’m almost always on a hiding to nothing.

            Facts: people really do not have the right to their own facts. As Burns said, facts are chiels that winna ding.

            A spot of peerless googling reminds me that John Adams put the same thing this way: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

            We can’t get past the fact that for many people, it’s as if the Enlightenment never happened, or perhaps they rather wish it hadn’t. Whatever way you look at it, there’s a disturbingly large number of such people at any time, and that number can vary depending on external circumstances which may flip otherwise functionally normal people over into abandoning rational, non-paranoiac, non-conspiratorial ways of thinking. When the number gets too large, we see episodes of national or collective psychosis, in the form of oppressive authoritarianism, usually with a dictator figure / purported national saviour at their centre, from monsters such as Hitler and Stalin, down to more and less tinpot dictators, to smaller religious and survivalist cults. There are many, many examples. Far too many, from Pol Pot to David Koresh to your bog-standard domestic tyrant and abuser.

            Sorry, I’m rambling. It must be near my bedtime.

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  2. Is it an over simplification to suppose that wor Dougie is proposing to take control of the NHS budget from folk who know their stuff, then reallocate the funding when he knows feck all about running a health service.

    You just can’t Dougie!

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    1. and as Johnny Mercer MP for the Veterans Bunch of Liars, Government & MOD lied their blame and shame on the lives of Veterans and have not Told British Veterans they sent to Afghanistan and Iraq 2004-07 the NHS are trying to take care of them when they know British Veterans are Missing Deployment Records they are disgusting Liars,

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        1. anyone who gets too close to MOD does, I have just fought the MOD 12 Years – 7 Labour MPs I begged for help ignored me – Until I found out the Government and MOD knew of MOD Data Breach of soldiers casualty records missing, worse for the veteran I have walked with, they admitted he had no care if at all, Johnny gotta get past the Top shit rolls down while your climbing up

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  3. I pose a question.
    Can somebody explain why over a million people are being given 70% or so of their last year’s salary to stay at home and NOT Work BUTT another part of our society and getting Universal Credit.
    What is the difference between stay at home and do nothing and stay at home and do nothing but you have to live on UC.
    Why are we not going to the European Courts and calling for equality for our population?
    Over to dross for an honest answer, oh, you can’t as you can’t afford the lawyer’s fees.

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  4. Inadvertently I ended up on the Glasgow Herald website about half an hour ago and it was an illuminating exercise. Out of around 12 links to “news” items, about 8 of them had to do with SNP personnel and their nefarious activities. It cheered me up no end to see the level of fear consuming the British nationalist tabloids. We must be doing something right, so let’s keep on doing what we’re doing.

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  5. Did you see his spat with Nicola Sturgeon, they both looked demented , Ross is out of his league and Sturgeon needs a really really long holiday with the winner being Anas Sarwar with his children and young people I give you.

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    1. Ross should be a local councillor.

      Nicola must be utterly exhausted.

      I hope Sarwar is proposing the same for Scottish children as his kids got.

      But I hope he’s proposing a bigger wage for workers than his company pays… what with that being illegal.

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      1. Dross was a forgettable councillor in Moray, so no thanks. Maybe a community councillor in Dunphail would be his career peak, not that I have anything against the people of Dunphail and Edinkillie.

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        1. LOL. No, I see what you mean.

          It certainly says something for the rest of them that he was the best they could find to be leader of the group.


  6. The usual story where the abuser tells the abusee that without them they are nothing.
    No house,no money,no friends…..and now no leaving the relationship unless they say so.
    Lovely people.

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    1. It does seem the kind of “last resort” thing, doesn’t it.

      We tried to make you love us; you didn’t.

      We tried to force you to love us by planting flags all over the place; you didn’t.

      Now we are going to put a ball and chain around you so you can please yourself whether you like us or not. You are stuck here, like it or do the other thing.


    2. I’ll take the analogy a step further, Bringiton: there is no international equivalent of a domestic abuse protection notice that has any teeth. Putin’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, and his looming war against Ukraine to grab the Donbas / Donbass together with its Russian-speaking population and its resources (coal, among other things) being a particularly egregious example, so what our country really needs is to be part of a family with enough clout to frighten that bullying abuser into behaving more or less reasonably.

      If Scotland were independent today, attempts by a Westminster regime to annex our territory and resources (oil and gas, among other things) would be seen as rather similar to Putin’s annexation of the Crimea. After the break-up of the Soviet Union 30 years ago, Crimea was part of Ukraine, but that left the major Soviet naval base at Sevastopol in Ukrainian territory. A Faslane and a Rosyth on the Black Sea, if you will, and evidently the special status of the city and its Russian-speaking population within Ukraine wasn’t enough for Putin.

      Or perhaps, mutatis mutandis, it would be more like Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetenland in 1938, when the way for its annexation after the Munich Agreement was prepared by ethnic Germans taken in by the German nationalist, anti-Czech, anti-Semitic propaganda put out by the Sudeten German (i.e., Nazi) Party during the ’30s. “Parcel of rogues” seems bit limp-wristed as a description of them, mind you: “as close as you can get to pure evil” might be more like the thing.

      Funny, I was reading just recently about a right-wing BritNat political figure among us poor, stupid wee Jockanese who has a particular animus against Travellers. Then there was that other guy, an MSP and an academic – oops, I almost said “epidemic”, what a good thing I caught myself in time – who advanced the interesting proposition just now that Westminster should make it illegal for Scotland to become independent – was he the one who spoke admiringly of the tactics of the Spanish Government and police against supporters of Catalan independence and the violent disruption of the independence referendum there, or were there more than one? Probably, I expect.

      I can’t really see how advocating having armed police beat up grannies with truncheons, throw them down stairwells, trash polling places and steal ballot boxes is supposed to win hearts and minds, or make people love the Union, but possibly I’m just incapable of appreciating the true magnificence of Unionist thought in all its splendour.

      Not that I’m saying that such people – the ones who run up and down blowing their whistles at people, and the other ones who pontificate to captive audiences of the reluctant young, and all their more and less nasty little pals – are authoritarians and fascists, of course. Oh no. That would be defamation, and I’m far too old, grand and decrepit to be bothered mounting a defence of veritas. I’m not calling them sectarians, bigots, liars, scum, pond slime or ar*seholes either, you’ll notice, but of course I can’t stop other people putting words into my mouth: it’s an inevitable cost of fame.

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      1. Absolutely,when I heard Putin’s statements about protecting Russian speaking people in Ukraine,I immediately thought of Hitler and the Sudetenland.
        Putin seems intent on reclaiming lands formerly occupied by the old Soviet Union,perhaps his lebensraum in the West?
        The situation in Ukraine is looking pretty dodgy,just hope it is still political posturing and not something more sinister.

        The UK union is coming to an end.
        It is going to be either England and Scotland or Greater England.
        No more pretences of devolved powers.
        At least the Tories are upfront about this,unlike the other English based political parties with their constitutional ducking,diving,dodging and weaving.

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        1. Yes indeed, Bringiton. Somebody apparently famous enough to warrant our attention once said something to the effect that although history may not repeat itself, it certainly rhymes.

          I hope that the divorce between Scotland and England is more like the one between the Czech Republic and Slovakia after the Wall came down, because I’d hate for it to be like the breakdown in the dysfunctional Yugoslav family in the wake of Tito’s death. In that breakdown, Serbia played the part of the abusive, tyrannical paterfamilias and Croatia the acrimonious wife – which in itself was an eerie echo of the breakdown and breakup of the post-WWI Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes under occupation by Axis forces during WWII.

          The interwar Kingdom was itself formed in the wake of the post-WWI breakdown and breakup of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its secular opponent the Ottoman Empire. Munguinites of a historical bent no doubt know about such things as the Sykes-Picot agreement and the Balfour Declaration – boy, do those colonialist types who presume to draw other people’s borders have a lot to answer for, and I haven’t mentioned colonial Africa yet either.

          History rhyming and chiming… During WWII, the Nazi-style Croatian ethnonationalist Ustaše movement and eventual puppet Government committed genocide against the Serbs in its territory in the name of ethnic purity. Meanwhile in Serbia, the so-called Chetniks morphed from an ethnonationalist, fascistic resistance movement – which answered, more or less, to the Yugoslav Government in exile – against the Nazi-dominated Axis powers to a purely fascist collaborationist, atrocity-committing one.

          The atrocities weren’t just against Croats; unsurprisingly, Jews and Roma, Communists / Partisans, and other minority and antifascist groups and forces became victims of the Chetniks. All of which made sense given the parallel ideological underpinnings of Nazism and the Ustaše and the Chetnik movements in the territories that became the former Yugoslavia under the Partisan Marshall Josip Broz Tito. Allied support being switched to the communistic Partisans throughout former Yugoslavia, who in Serbia made less strange bedfellows, so to speak, than the Chetniks, in itself rhymed with the inclusion of the Russian-dominated, authoritarian, atrocity-committing Stalinist regime in the former Soviet Union.

          On the subject of ideological underpinning, I expect that Munguinites are well aware of the commonality between ethnic, blood-and-soil nationalism, notions of racial and cultural purity (or homogeneity), and the concept of aristocracy: “Loyalist” types, White supremacists, monarchists, governments composed of unelected aristocrats… Interested Munguinites may be interested in the philosophy and writings of the appalling 19th-century French diplomat and all-round shite Joseph-Arthur, comte de Gobineau, author of the seminal work entitled in English “Essay on the Inequality of Human Races”. Here’s a link to his Britannica entry: https://is.gd/pM1bDo.

          And so on it goes.

          Roma, Jews, Serbs and Croats, Muslim Bosnians, ethnic minorities everywhere … did I mention that I’ve heard that, here in Scotland, a British ethnonationalist at the head of a far-right political movement which shares an ideology with a fascistic regime in a neighbouring country has a definite animus against Travellers? Say it ain’t so, Joe, say it ain’t so! I suppose the next thing will be “repatriating” to Jamaica people whose parents arrived in the UK on the Windrush in 1948.

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        2. In fairness, I recall that the Tories didn’t want devolution when Blair proposed it in 1997.

          Their problem is that, with the exception of London, none of the devolved assemblies/parliaments/senedds, ever had the least chance of being controlled by them.


        1. Oh yes, Tris, yet another Unionist politician who doesn’t understand – or pretends not to understand – the difference between ethnonationalism, i.e., blood-and-soil nationalism, and civic nationalism. The ones who accuse us Scottish independentistas of anti-English racism and the like.

          It’s so unfortunate that “nationalism” is a Janus word in English; it’s also often a false friend in translation. I suppose that your average English punter can be forgiven for not understanding that the basis of our independence movement lies in principles and values, not identity politics; after all, when you see a bunch of yobs marching around waving the flag of St George, they’re BritNats, fascists and racists, so they think those of us who march around cheerfully and peacably waving Saltires and being welcoming and inclusive are the same, only Scottish, not realizing that the counterparts of BritNat fascist types in Scotland are the ones who wrap themselves in the Union flag.

          Oh well. Politicians can and do plumb unimaginable depths of slimy disingenuousness; hell will probably freeze over before the Great British Meeja Machine does anything that will hoick the Great English Public out of its abyssal ignorance about matters Scottish; but there is no cure for stupid.

          Funny how an image of Baron Foulkes of Cumnock in the House of Lords popped unbidden into my mind’s eye when I wrote that. Gave me quite a turn, it did.

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  7. Eddjas – Footballer receiving a yellow card ‘what if I called you a bastard?’, referee ‘I’d give you a red card’. Footballer ‘what if I thought you are a bastard?’ Referee ‘I couldn’t do anything about that’, footballer ‘I think you are a bastard’.

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  8. Ross to me sounds like a 3rd rate actor in a play who just delivers his line in a monotone-esque fashion. Seems to be devoid of life.

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      1. He certainly has that look about him. Quite how anyone other than a masochist could vote for him is beyond me.

        YMMV, though it shouldn’t!

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