YURE NECKST PRIEM MINSITAR

Twitter buddy, “WG Saraband”, or Miguel, as he is actually called, (give him a follow) tweeted an election communication he had received from the Liberal Democrats.

Well, that’s nice, I thought!

Then it got interesting…

It seems that the Liberal Democrats were so busy preparing to be the next prime minister that they neglected to bother filling in the name of the constituency they were targetting.

Busy, busy, busy… Bless.

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Also, I’d be interested to know what the word “chaose” means.

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I’m not sure that being the next prime minister gives you the right to invent new words although with Jo’s daily-changing accent it’s possible her scribe misheard.

Miguel, who is a Portuguese Scot, pointed out: “And run a spell checker too -I’m not a native English speaker and even I find the mistakes in the leaflet embarrassing”.

But it’s not only in Edinburgh that the spellchecker or proofreader seems to have gone on holiday. Oh no…

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Firstly, of course, Lochaber residents may interested to read of the revised name in the Swinson-run UK.

But I’m more interested in the claims the Liberal Democrats make here:

I haven’t seen polls for this constituency for this election, but at the last election (which was only 2.5 years ago) the Liberal Democrats lost 15% of their vote. The SNP (who also lost votes) were first, and their nearest challengers were the Tories whose vote dramatically increased.

So, unless things have changed dramatically, I can’t see that there is a great deal of truth in the first of the above statements.

Scottish National Party

Ian Blackford Votes 15,480  40.3% Net percentage change in seats-7.9
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Conservative

Robert Mackenzie Votes 9,561  24.9% Net percentage change in seats+18.6
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Liberal Democrat

Jean Davis Votes 8,042 20.9% Net percentage change in seats-15.0
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Labour

Peter O’Donnghaile Votes 4,695 12.2% Net percentage change in seats+7.3
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Independent

Ronnie the Crofter Campbell Votes 499 1.3% Net percentage change in seats+0.8

On the second point, I suppose if Swinson were to become the next prime minister, it is possible that the Lib Dems could stop another independence referendum (although it’s a moot point), but as that is marginally less likely than Japan joining the EU next Tuesday afternoon at a quarter to four, I think we can safely rule it out.

“Stopping independence”, mentioned in the third point, is a bit of an exaggeration.

The SNP is not demanding independence. It is demanding (as it is mandated by the Scottish people to so do) the right for Scots to vote again in a second independence referendum (in light of the changes which have occurred since the last referendum, most specifically but not exclusively, being dragged from the EU despite having voted to remain).

That’s not quite the same thing.

Also how stopping the right to vote on our future will allow there to be a reduction in hospital waiting times is far from made clear.

My understanding is that, as a result of the Conservatives’ and Liberals’ joint policy of austerity, there has been a reduction in monies allocated for public spending, including on the four health services of the UK… and that this has had a negative impact on waiting times (although Scotland has fared better than the other three countries, because of prudent SNP government).

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I also understand that as a result of Brexit and the policies of the British Home Office regarding Europeans’ rights of residency, many doctors, nurses and other health personnel from the EU have opted to leave the UK (including Scotland) and head home to where they will be treated with a little more dignity than Smirky Patel could ever muster.

The same can be said about tackling crime.

Of course, there is too much crime all over the UK, but again, Scotland has done better than other countries in tackling it. And not following the English preference for privatising prisons and probation services nor cutting vast numbers of police has hardly been of hindrance in this.

Finally, if there is a Liberal Democrat reading, maybe they can be a little bit more specific about how they intend to create more jobs by denying Scots the right to decide their future.

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If anyone comes across any more blunders on Liberal Democrats’ (or others’) leaflets, please send them in.

PS: Panda Paws is Munguin’s highly remunerated Proof Reader for whom we are more than grateful. Maybe she could moonlight for the LubDoms…?

PPS: I bet someone finds a mistake on this post…eeeek.

OH DEAR, OH DEAR, OH BLOODY DEAR

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If you want Brexit cancelled, they said…vote Liberal Democrats, they said.

We will simply cancel it.

No second referendum, no ifs, no buts, die in a ditc… oh no, wait, that was… this melon!

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I always thought,  much though I’d like to remain in the EU, that as a policy, it was not particularly ‘liberal’ nor was it even slightly ‘democratic’ to reverse, without consultation, that which a narrow majority of the British people had voted for in a referendum (even one which had involved a certain amount of dubious online activity and shed loads of “dark money”.

And it seems that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t think much of the policy, because the LibDems have been tanking in the polls, falling in YouGov from 23% to 13% in 6 weeks.

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So today, they sent out Layla Moran (me neither… and surely a policy change this important deserved Swinson herself to be publicly eating crow) to tell BBC Breakfast that the party had reverted to Plan A and that Plan B was only in operation as long as Jo Swinson won the party a majority and the Liberal Democrats formed the next government… She appeared to agree that that was (now) highly unlikely! (Personally, I thought it was always highly unlikely to the point of being farcical.)

Now, it seems, this week’s policy is to have a second referendum.

It brings to mind the pledge in their 2010 manifesto to maintain university student fees at £3,000 pa in England and Wales and to fight for a fairer alternative.

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(You may recall that the “fairer alternative” turned out to be increasing the fees to £9,000!)

STRANGE OLD WORLD

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The Liberal Democrats took the SNP to court today to stop them distributing a leaflet that pointed out that Swinson had accepted money (£14,000) from a guy who runs a company that fracks. The Liberal Democrats are supposed to be against fracking (except when they are not…ie when they are being told what to vote for by The Tories!)

The complaint was upheld, despite the fact that they had, in fact, accepted money from a fracking company boss.

According to Philip Sim on Twitter, Jo Swinson’s QC, Roddy Dunlop argued that the SNP leaflet was defamatory and “peddling a lie”, saying the donation was made to her constituency office, not her, it was from a director of Warwick Energy in a personal capacity, and that the company “does not engage in fracking”…

And apparently, the judge backed that up.

I wonder what her constituency office did with it.

Perhaps they bought a lot of tea and coffee, or perchance it was spent on stationery or new carpets…

Or, and this is just a wild guess, maybe they donated it to her election campaign, eh?

I suppose it’s not hypocritical to take money from your constituency office, is it?

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Nearly everyone is tweeting or writing about the plan Johnson has proposed to the EU. Anything much written on here would be superfluous. Suffice to say that it probably will be rejected by the EU. Ireland has already said “tai”, no, in Irish, and I’ve just seen Guy Verhoffstadt’s rejection. Pfff.

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Ian Dunt.

This is far more informed and more eloquent than I could ever have managed.

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A lorry knocked the unicorn off the royal crest thingy on the gates of Buck House. La fin du régime approche?

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Just in case for some strange reason, you thought they gave a damn, Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s right-hand man tells it as it is!

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They do, however, give a considerable damn what they get to quaff. Deliveries must keep a constant supply of bubbles (did anyone mention that  la région de Champagne est située dans l’UE et … donc… étrangère !!!!!!). Next year it will have to be home-made Rose Hip Wine!

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Love his expressions…

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Saturday is the big day for the Edinburgh march. Hopefully, the weather will be good. Last year it was fabulous. Needless to say no matter how many people turn up the BBC will pretty much ignore it in favour of Mrs McGinty’s cat getting stuck up a tree in Ecclefechan.

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I really wish I could be there, but less than 2 weeks after my operation, I’m advised against going. I wish all of you who will be there, the very best. There will be some great people to march with and meet, and some fantastic speakers.

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“Pidä likaiset käteni itsellesi, sinä kamala vanha oranssi juttu”, which is Finnish and translates roughly as “keep your dirty hands to yourself” … and something about orange things.

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From day one I thought that the LibDems electing Swinson as leader at this crucial time was a monumental error.

Quite apart from the fact that she represents a Scottish seat and is, therefore, barred from voting on something like 60% of legislation passing through the commons, thanks to EVEL, I reckon that she lacks any kind of charisma, and her voting record shows that she is anything but Liberal (having voted for Tory policies more than many Tory MPs) and her policy of simply scrapping Brexit without any kind of vote suggests that the “Democrat” part of her job title is a bit dubious too.

However, she seems to think that she can be the next prime minister and to that end has asked for her supporters to pledge £100 a month to her cause.

One hundred pounds a month from ordinary working people? What planet does she live on?

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

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J is for Janus

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Prepare to meet your end, all you nationalists!
!richard6
As that lad said on the day after the referendum… “embrace it”.
!!!Proper Charlie
Lord save us. He’s had 70 years’ training for the job, and he still can’t do up his own buttons.
bretreas
Well, if Mr Lavatory (above) doesn’t kill me off, I expect this fellow will.
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Does it, aye?
bell ends
Bell Ends? British Whisky or Whiskey or whiskie or drain cleaner or something.
Richard Braine
UKIP’s new leader, Dick Braine…no really!

!edf

Hmmm… yep, that’s about it. Seeing as you want to defend England, mate, you can trot out to the gulf with that wee boat the Brits are sending.

!gordon

He’s been back this week with another Browntervention.  Does anyone listen any more?

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Whit? Oh yeah, so it has! You were right there. Pity about the £350 million a week. Still, think about the Blue Passports, eh!