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Hard to take this in. But apparently, it’s not that unusual on the streets of London, where, according to Mike Dailly’s Tweet, a homeless person dies on average every couple of weeks. This, as the post says, in supposedly one of the richest and most advanced cities in the world.

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Much has been made of the fact that in October one of Andrew Saxe-Coburg Gotha’s daughters is getting married. She is styled and titled Her Royal Highness, Princess Eugenie of York. She is apparently 9th in line to the throne and has absolutely not the remotest chance of getting it. She does no public duties at all. She does, however, go on a LOT of holidays. It is her claim to fame.

However, she has decided that she wants an open carriage procession through Windsor, just like her cousin Harry (5th in line) got.

As far as I’m concerned she can have open carriage processions through Bratislava, Nuuk, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Oymyakon (Siberia) if she wants. Just the same as anyone else can if they have the money. The trouble is that this princess and her pushy father, Airmiles Andy, the Fat Old Duke of York, wants us to pay for all the security that will involve, at a cost of around £2 million.

I have no idea how much the royal family is worth but I bet that they can afford to pay for this nonsense themselves, and when people are dying of poverty on the streets of London, I find it offensive that the government is prepared to spend that much money on some spoiled posh girl whose claim to fame is going on holiday.

The usual, “oh, but think of the money that it will bring in in tourism in London” won’t wash with this one. I doubt if many people have even heard of her and I shouldn’t think that most people are in the least interested in her nuptials.

What do you think?

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I doubt many people would argue that Theresa May is the worst Prime Minister in living memory… and probably a good deal before.

She’s a dithering, wobbly, weak, croaky, cartoon character, who has no control of her party or of her MPs or of her orange-coloured bedfellows in the DUP.

She’s at odds with everyone, here, in Europe and in the USA.

She is utterly USELESS. My granny’s cat could do a better job and he’s dead.

And yet, despite all that, Corbyn comes in a poor second to her in a Yougov poll for the best person to be prime minister. It’s interesting that the most popular vote was NEITHER of them.

And just when we needed leadership more than we have needed it for 70 years.

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Thanks for BJSAlba for this one.
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It’s disappointing to see a second EU referendum being sold as a “democratic right”. If these groups care about democracy they’ll listen to the voice of the people, clearly expressed in 2016- to leave the EU!

Stephen Kerr is Conservative MP for Stirling, in Scotland.

Scotland voted 62% -38% to remain in the EU. Stirling voted 67%- 33%.

That’s two-thirds of his constituents.

Still, the English and Welsh voted to leave so … sod the people of Stirling.

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Mr Kerr’s other claim to fame is, as a high-ranking member of the Mormon Church, yes, I know we’re not supposed to call it that any more, he outed gay members. The Mormons are homophobic, it seems, except, of course, when they use a gay person to get elected to a high paid job.

I hope Stirling remembers that when the next election comes along.

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Arlene Foster (Niall Carson/PA)

Just eight hours after telling us that the proposed Irish Language Act (which is keeping the NI Assembly from functioning, and facilitating direct rule of the province from England)  was non-negotiable, Orange Arlene the Dinosaur Denier, said that “Red lines shouldn’t be placed above needs of the public”.

I don’t know who her god is, but presumably, she believes that he made the world and everything in it (including the Irish Language) in 6 days.

“So God looked at all he had done and saw that it was good, except for the pesky Irish Language, which clearly Satan had slipped in while he was on a coffee break.” Jeeeez.

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Israeli opposition leader, Isacc Herzog, has said that Israel is fast becoming a Fascist state. Oh well, I guess he’s another one of these anti-Semitic blokes going about, eh?

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After all the fuss that Labour and the idiot Murdo made about the Queensferry Crossing, it was, according to Audit Scotland, a well-managed project that came in under budget, although it opened later than anticipated due to worse than expected winter weather.

Auditor General Caroline Gardner said: “There is much the public sector can learn from the way Transport Scotland managed the project and it’s important that the good practice is shared more widely.

“The management of the project delivered value for money and achieved its overall aim of maintaining a reliable road link between Fife and the Lothians.

“Transport Scotland now needs to produce a clearer plan about how it will measure the success of the project’s wider benefits, including its contribution to economic growth and improved public transport links.”

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson welcomed the report’s findings and said a full post-project evaluation was planned for later in the year.

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Apparently, they were daft enough to let Fluffy be a spokesman for the British Government on the Today Programme. Also apparently, he said absolutely nothing that was even half ways intelligible. Incidentally, BBC’s Today programme has lost 800,000 listeners. The decline in numbers comes amid criticism of the flagship Radio 4 show as it becomes a Tory propaganda broadcast. Fluffy ain’t going to put the numbers up again though!

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While ScotRail continues to run the most reliable service in the UK, Southern Rail’s timetable has apparently won the Man Booker Prize for fiction.

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Anyone not thinking about eating rats must be anti-food.

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SO HOW’S ALL THIS BREXIT STUFF GOING THEN?

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.

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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.)

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Warned by the Express? Aye right?  Maybe if the Tories could show some unity, it would be a start.

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.

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We won, we won: let’s smash up an ambulance to celebrate.

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.

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Boris giving what passes for deep thought as to how he can stuff Maybot

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?

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Esther McWhatsit.

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?

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Not a beauty pageant then?

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.

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Jeez, that flag clashes horribly with orange waistcoats. ‘Taste o’ an ingin” as my Gran would have said.

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.

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Ewwww.

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…

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Probably slightly better than you do, matey.

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IMMIGRANTS, HUH?

What would you do with them?

Well, clearly, in this case, you welcome the guy with open arms, because who on Earth wouldn’t want people like Mamoudou Gassama in their country?

President Macron did just that.

The evil Immigration Service in England would have had him in a detention centre and on a plane for Mali.

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Batty Boris has claimed that he is the first Foreign Secretary for 50 years to visit Peru and the first in 35 years to visit Chile and Argentine. Apparently, he suggested that being in the EU had made the UK more Eurocentric and less global than they had been before their membership.

He seems to not have noticed that the EU and Peru have a trade deal, as do the EU and Chile. This latter is currently being upgraded. So we have profited from the EU’s deals with these countries. We shall now have to renegotiate them from a less advantageous position.

Maybe someone should also tell Bojo that EU foreign ministers, or indeed other EU citizens are perfectly at liberty to visit any country they want. They don’t have to get permission from Brussels.

UK (and indeed Scottish) ministers frequently visit countries with which they/we want to do trade. There’s been nothing to stop him or any of his predecessors visiting South America or indeed anywhere else.

Finally, as a point of interest, if Boris thinks that the EU is a massive barrier to UK-Argentine trade, it might be an idea to remind him of Mrs Thatcher’s war in the South Atlantic.

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CANCEL THE NOBEL PRIZE AND THE ENTERTAINMENT

Boris Johnson: ‘The only reason I wouldn’t visit some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump’

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Boris Johnson, 2017: is clearly out of his mind and unfit to hold the Office of President.

Boris Johnson, 2018: “ deserves “respect and recognition” and not “infantile denigration” We welcome him to the UK.

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Boris, who seems to have a rather mixed-up impression of Trumpy, might have to rescind his call for the president to be given a Nobel Peace Prize.

It appears that the ‘Summit in Singapore’ is off. Trump is washing his hair or playing golf that weekend. 

So what is the story? Was Kim just yanking his chain?

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Still, it seems that it will save the North Korean authorities some money, so as my Granny would say, “everything’s mixed with mercy”.

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I see the bumbling fool of a Foreign Secretary would like his own plane for Brexit. 

So that’s Liam Fox that wants a royal yacht so he can sail his way around the world avoiding questioning on any trade deals he has failed to get, and BoJo, who wants a private plane. We should maybe just commit to a fleet, which of course they will have built in Korea.

Boris does have the use of a plane at the moment, but the Queen has first dibs on it, and then Charlie, then the Prime Minister… and when he can get his hands on it, he complains that it’s grey. 

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Well, honestly, fancy expecting a man of Boris’s standing to travel in a grey plane. Mrs May should resign immediately.

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Labour in Scotland “Nationalise our railways!”

Labour in London “Nationalise our railways!”

Labour in Wales, where they are actually in Govt: “Erm…look there’s a squirrel!”

What a shower of hypocrites!

No, seriously. the Labour Welsh government has just awarded the 15-year franchise to run Wales-only trains to KeolisAmey, a French transport company.

Why, Labour?

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Caroline Nokes is the immigration minister. That means she works in the Home Office looking after immigration. One of the most important issues in immigration at the moment is that of the Irish border question. The rights of people in Northern Ireland to have both Irish and British citizenship, to travel freely between the two countries and to work in one and live in the other. It is, no one would deny, a complex issue but it seems that Ms Nokes just couldn’t be bothered.

The relevant document is only 35 pages long, yet her excuse to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee of the House of Commons, before which she was appearing, was that she was giving birth when it was signed (20 years ago) and that she has only been Immigration minister for 5 months.

You’d have thought that she might have been able to fit in a 35-page document in 5 months, or maybe get someone a bit cleverer to summarise it for her.

This, incidentally, is the woman who compared the Scottish government to Lincolnshire County Council.

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Isn’t it all going well?