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Help this series continue @ https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfundi… The second in a series of films with Lesley Riddoch exploring Scotland’s inspiring northern European neighbours and what we can learn.
In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, a yearly Ulster Protestant celebration. On this night, large towering bonfires are lit in many Protestant/loyalist neighbourhoods in Northern Ireland and are often accompanied by street parties.
The bonfires are mostly made up of wooden pallets and tyres, with some reaching over 100 ft tall.The event has been condemned for displays of sectarian or ethnic hatred, anti-social behaviour, and for the damage and pollution caused by the fires. The flag of Ireland, Irish nationalist/republican symbols, Catholic symbols, and effigies, are burnt on many bonfires.
So says Wikipedia.
It seems that their building skills leave something to be desired.
These things can be devilishly dangerous.
I’d not care for that too close to my home.
Must smell pretty unpleasant too.
But most of all… today of all days does it remind you of anything?
In other news, the man that broke the English Health Service is now the Foreign Secretary. I suppose that’s good news for users of their Health Service…well unless Esther McVey gets his job in which case they should probably all write their wills.
Some hastily scribbled notes on the latest developments.
So we have eight-and-a-half months before we leave the EU. The last six of these are supposed to be for the consideration of the agreement between the UK and the EU negotiators by the Brussels parliament and by the parliaments of the 27 remaining members (including some regional or devolved parliaments).
So with effectively two-and-a-half months to go, the UK cabinet finally came to some sort of fractious agreement about a negotiating position, and, in keeping with the conduct of everything this Westminster government has done since Mrs May came to “power”, everything has fallen apart within hours.
Not only has David Davis resigned as Brexit Secretary, but two of his junior ministers have also gone. The department has been left even more rudderless than it was last week.
By anyone’s standards, the UK is in a bit of a laughing stock. In the two years since the referendum, until Friday, it had come up with no real suggestions about how to exit the EU. Friday’s agreement, unbelievably, was hailed as a success by May who then announced that the EU must now respond.
Probably before they do, though, they will want to read the proposals and meet new ministers “responsible”.
So far we know that Dominic Raab, a junior Housing Minister for the last few months, has been promoted to the Brexit cabinet post, arguably the most important job in government at the moment.
We don’t know a lot about him, especially in Scotland, because he’s an English MP and has been a relatively junior minister in English departments.
However, we do know that he is a solid Brexiteer, apparently trusted by the right wing of the party. In an earlier post at the English Ministry of Justice, he attempted to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. He failed, it is said, because he couldn’t come up with a plan that was legally literate. He was, they say, a slogans man. So Brexit means Brexit will be right up his street.
He also was a member of a Facebook Private group that advocated abolishing council housing and bringing back the workhouse.
That May appointed a man with views like that as a Housing Minister says a great deal about what kind of vision May has.
Raab is quoted as saying: “Food banks are not about poverty but people with a cashflow problem”. So that’s OK then. (Maybe people would have fewer cashflow problems if Esther McVey would get her head out of lying backside and sort out the horrific problems of Universal Credit.)
So, like I say, about 10 weeks to go before the final proposals have to be made and to call the government “chaotic” would be to compliment them.
I suppose that the next question is: What about Boris and his well-reported comments on the plan being a turd? I mean you can say what you will about Davis being lazy and incompetent, but at least when push came to shove he had the cojones to resign.
What about BoJo? Will he be gone by the end of the day? The BBC reports that he has gone into hiding and even the Whips can’t find him.
On the plus side, if he resigns it would mean that he won’t be obliged to meet with the Orange Moron this week.
London Ambulance would like a help to identify this dozy item who thought that the best way to celebrate England’s victory over Sweden was to trash a rapid response ambulance, taking it off the road and out of action. Unfortunately, she was not alone in her stupidity and criminal vandalism. Report her if you know her.
Mrs May managed to hold her fractious cabinet together on Friday night with a threat that anyone who voted against her could collect their redundancy money as they handed in their red boxes and chauffeured cars at the door. Not surprisingly, given that it is 41 miles back to London and the local taxi company has gone out of business, none of them did. And as Fluffy was clearing up the dirty dishes and heading for a night spent with Fairy Liquid, the rest of them rode back to London in their ministerial limos.
However, by Saturday, cracks were appearing in the coalition of crackpots, as Boris described Mrs May’s plan as ” a turd”. (In my opinion that was rather praising it.)
So who, I hear you ask, is the new Foreign Secretary?
Talking about people who need sacking, Munguin demands that we give official mention to the odious character, Esther McVey, and her lies about the National Audit Office’s report into Universal Credit. It seems to me that she is either an out and out liar or incredibly incompetent. Or, more probably, both.
She didn’t mislead parliament, she lied to it. Why is she still a Cabinet minister?
It’s the marching season. The time when the Orange Order marches to celebrate a battle which took place in July 1690 (I’m indebted to Panda Paws and Andi for the correct date). Yep, they are THAT up to date. But then, they only go back 6,000 years to the beginning of the universe.
These marches are frequently disruptive and aggressive in nature because their whole purpose seems to be to rub their ancient victory in the faces of the Catholics (against whom they won in the Battle of the Boyne.
One such march in Glasgow yesterday passed St Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church on London Road in the Barras. It did so just as members of the congregation were leaving the church. Canon Tom White was spat upon and lunged at by a man with a pole and other members of the congregation were insulted.
Now, I am against banning people from marching, no matter how futile and stupid their marches may seem to me. However, all marches should be lawful and people behaving like savages shouldn’t be excused because they reckon that are doing it in their god’s name.
If these people want to march and can’t control their more boisterous elements, they must be kept away from places where they may be provoked into violence. Clearly, that must include religious institutions of any kind other than their own.
When there was an independence march in Glasgow a few weeks ago, Ruth Davidson condemned it because it was disruptive to the life of the city… roads had to be closed, and there was the expense of policing the march (on which, there was no trouble at all). She has been remarkably silent about the various Orange Marches that have taken place in the last few weeks, including the one with her boss, Arlene, the deputy prime minister, in attendance.
I wonder why that would be?
Of course, it is typical of the Tories in Scotland to rush out with a condemnation of anything, absolutely anything, that the SNP does, without for a second considering how it might come back and bite them on the backside (as the tablet story did this week).
And given the number of Ruth’s councillors who have been involved in racist behaviour (and in some cases sexual offences) this question of hers didn’t date well…
Thanks again to Dave…