WHY…?

…would anyone in their right mind find this kind of cruelty anything other than repugnant?

…would anyone pay these people £300 tax-free plus expenses and subsidies booze and food, a day to sleep?

…would Boris bend low in front of a king/ dictator of a tyrannical and murdering regime?

… would anyone leave a drain like this?

…would anyone give either of them a job, any job?

…would we continue to subsidise this arrogant self-opinionated wastrel with his helicopter trips and blood princesses?

Must be good old fashioned British values…

Scottish Budget

From the SNP Website “All you need to know” summary of today’s draft budget.

Seems not unfair to me. I guess the well off will be rather less than pleased.

Today Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced the Scottish Government’s budget plans for the year ahead.
The Draft Budget includes new investment in public services, as well as new measures to support business, jobs and economic growth.

Here’s what you need to know.
Investing in our public services

  • We will invest a record £304 million extra in our NHS.
  • It is unacceptable that too many children from less advantaged areas achieve less at school because of their background. Over the next year £120 million will be invested in our schools to help close the attainment gap. That’s £20 million more than previously announced
  • Local services will benefit from up to £241 million of additional investment including.
–       Funding from the NHS for health and social care to pay the living wage to care workers.
–       £111 million raised through Council Tax re-banding will be retained locally.
–       Local authorities will also be able to increase the Council Tax generally by up to 3 per cent next year, which would generate an extra £70 million.
  • The police budget will be protected in real terms.
Protecting household budgets
  • The basic rate of Income Tax will be frozen – helping low and middle income earners. And, by asking higher rate taxpayers to forgo a Tory tax cut, extra revenue will be available to invest in Scotland’s public services.
  • By 2020, we’ll increase the provision of free, high quality childcare to 30 hours a week. The Draft Budget allocates over £60 million in new investment in the workforce and infrastructure necessary for this expansion.
  • A £3 million investment to bring down costs for rail users.
  • We will provide £47 million to mitigate the Tory Bedroom Tax, and abolish it at the earliest opportunity.
Supporting jobs and investing in growth
  • We will support jobs by cutting Business Rates. And, the extension of the Small Business Bonus Scheme will lift 100,000 small and medium sized business properties out of Business Rates altogether.
  • To support more businesses – particularly start-up companies – with the potential to grow and export more, the new Scottish Growth Scheme will provide up to £500 million over three years of investment guarantees and some loans.
  • We will deliver a £4 billion investment in our infrastructure, supporting 30,000 jobs. Our investment will begin the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes, energy efficiency measures and improved digital connectivity. The next year will also see the completion of major projects like the Queensferry Crossing, the AWPR and the M8/M74/M73 improvements.
  • Skills, training and employment in Scotland will be supported by a £221 million investment. And, 2017-18 will see the next stage of our expansion to 30,000 Modern Apprenticeship new starts a year.

It’s not entirely without irony that Tories have been demanding more from the budget whilst doubtless rejoicing in and most assuredly agreeing with,  the cut to the Scottish budget, presumably so that the money can be spent on their railway from London to Birmingham, Heathrow extensPalacehe Plalace of Westminster and Buckingham Palace been made fit for a king, bribing Nissan to stay in Sunderland, etc. I dare say too that, given the coverage in all the tabloids today, we will shortly have to pay for another royal wedding. Oh, how lucky we Scots are.

 

HELPING OUT THE SUN …

czjleg4xcaaxuw2The Sun, in its usual helpful fashion, has kindly provided a handy “cut out and keep” guide to a what a terrorist looks like, lest perchance you should see one in the High Street when you’re out and about Christmas shopping. (Munguin is fond of Nuit St Georges 2012, by the way!)

Not surprisingly, given its source,  it was a rather over-simplified guide.

Like so much of the Sun’s coverage, it left out great chunks of relevant material. Y’know, the kind of material that doesn’t match the Sun’s right wing,  xenophobic, nationalist agenda. Fortunately, a Twitter friend of mine, Aamer Anwar, put up the above picture and captioned it: “So whilst the Sun does a ‘helpful’ cut out & keep terrorist guide they miss out Jo Cox’s Nazi killer”.

Odd that, we thought!

So in an effort to better educate the public, we decided to help spread it around a bit more. After all, you never know who you’re going to bang into in the darker reaches of Auchtermuchty High Street when you’re searching for that special bottle of ‘Nuit’!

Although the Sun’s circulation figures are on a downward trajectory, they do still have more readers than Munguin’s Republic. So, as we like to do what we can in our own way, can we ask you to help by spreading it around on your social media (with credit to Mr Anwar).

HOW ABOUT THIS ONE, RUTH?

Ruth Davidson tweeted the other day about the education situation in Scotland. She wondered what the SNP would do to distract people’s attention from  the subject.

Of course, as far as I can see, they have done no such thing, but I ventured to suggest a variety of  embarrassments for the English Tories, including Boris being hauled over the coals by Tessy; Tessy herself on bended knee to the Saudis; the strikes on Southern trains causing unrest among crowds of commuters in London, and a raft of statistics about the appalling health service run by the still unsacked heath minister Jeremy Hunt, who is just itching to get these foreign doctors sent home.

I’m sure Ruth is a regular reader of Munguin’s New Republic. So instead of tweeting her yet again about it, and because I’m sure she never reads the Guardian, I’ll just leave this here for her so she can  contemplate  how awful the Scottish government is, although we are happy to help her government out. Certainly for the benefit of the poor kids who have been so badly let down by Hunt.

Not quite sure i like the tone of “exiles” though, Guardian. It’s hardly Siberia.

…AND SHAKE IT ALL ABOUT

 

abrexit
June24.  Massive and utterly conclusive 61% vote to leave the EU. Surely absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the North East of England does not like being in the EU and wants no part of it.
abrexit1
October 1. But, when they said leave, we meant leave (y’know, Brexit means Brexit) but with a special deal for Sunderland, which excludes Nissan from the consequences of leaving. Cake and eat it kinda style, but with all of us paying for it presumably..
abrexit2
December  10. Well, despite there being some shady backroom deal (which we’re  not quite sure is legal or binding) and which only the Japanese government and Nissan are informed about, it looks as though maybe the locals have had second thoughts. Of course, newspaper polls are self-selecting and invariably inaccurate, but it is interesting that such a strong leave vote has been overturned.

 

Just for a Laugh

 

Few things give a better laugh than the man that the phrase “drunk as a lord” was invented for. The Noble Baron makes an eejit of himself again.
Erm, yeah…
jke
Doing an impression of Liam Fox?
joke2
Yep, sounds like a plan to me.
jim-after-referendum
Jim sent me this, Old Edinburgh Vet school on the day after.
eu
I suspect that the queen would prefer if Boris didn’t get to be the captain. After all, he’s already made reference to the Titanic in relation to Brexit so we know what to expect.
dann1
With apologies to Danny!!!
classy
When you talk about laughs, you just don’t get funnier than this classy dude.
british
The David Davis’ motto.