And, of course, this.

Now surely, all of these people aren’t really in need of a free dinner, or in IDS’s case, breakfast. If we are going to bring in austerity means testing, because we are such a broke little country, and about to be even more broke, probably people like Cameron and May should be means tested to see if they earn above the threshold for a free dinner at the expense of taxpayers.

Whit’s guid tae gie’s no ill tae tak, eh Tess?

Grateful thanks to Cllr John Edwards for the idea and some of the pics.




And, if you think this makes him sound like a relatively unpleasant and not particularly forward thinking person, the real horror is the tweet in reply to a terminally ill man who is fighting for the right to be allowed to end his life under medical supervision so that it is  safe, clean and final, and doesn’t cause any additional distress to his family and friends.



There are those who have strong religious feelings about this, which I respect, and I reckon that should be their choice.  No one is forcing them to end their lives. Of course, there is nothing to stop someone taking an overdose, or jumping off a bridge, or in front of a train or whatever, supposing they have the wherewithal and do not involve any other person in their plan.  Suicide is indeed not illegal in Scotland*. But the risks involved in a DIY suicide are horrific and can make a dreadful condition even more intolerable, not to mention the cost to other people.  I suspect that Donald Gatt Esq, (an ex-UKIPPER, I believe) might feel very different if it was him or someone close to him that was involved.

*Suicide directly involving only the deceased person is not by itself a criminal offence under Scots Law and has not been in recent history. However, attempting suicide might be a Breach of the peace if it is not done as a private act; this is routinely reported in the case of persons threatening suicide in areas frequented by the public.  The Suicide Act 1961 applies only to England and Wales but under Scots Law a person who assists a suicide might be charged with murder, culpable homicide, or no offence depending upon the facts of each case. Despite not being a criminal offence, consequential liability upon the person attempting suicide (or if successful, his/her estate) might arise under civil law where e.g. it parallels the civil liabilities recognised in the (English Law) Reeves case…