YOU CAN DEPEND ON FLUFFY TO STAND UP FOR THE BRITISH CONSERVATIVE PARTY

Even if this bumbling idiot’s main role, one for which he gets paid a considerable amount of our money, is to protect the Scottish devolution settlement, his real job is making the tea and biscuits for proper cabinet members and doing any other little jobs around the place that the Maybot wants doing…

…like lying through his teeth to the Scottish people.

Just go, you silly little man.

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Latest figure I read for new SNP membership this week is 7,500+. I wonder if Bercow wants a job?

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JUST FOR THE RECORD…

Apparently the Hansard Transcript of the interaction between Mr Blackford and Mr Bercow has been removed from their website. Luckily for us, (& VERY unluckily for them) a fellow Twitter person (Fi) had it open in another tab at the time and it has been saved for posterity. I suspect they don’t want anyone to read it. So here you go, read away and feel free to copy. It was, after all, for a short time, a matter of record:

Total transcript over 5 images.

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Both Mr Blackford and Mr Linden were correct. According to the Standing Orders, as highlighted by Stuart Campbell, the speaker was bound to act immediately. Not at the end of the prime minister’s questions.

So it seems that Bercow, or at least his advice, was faulty.

But it’s an ill wind, as they say. 5000 new members and counting.

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As a side note, it seems that the Tories are now so full of hate for the SNP that they barracked Pete Wishart when he was paying tribute to the victims of Grenfell Tower. You have to wonder what kind of human being could sink that low. Then you remember that they are Tories.

It’s got to the stage that backbench Tories are trying to shout me down when I’m giving a tribute to Grenfell victims. Their contempt for us now breaking all boundaries.

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TAKE BACK CONTROL…

SHOULD THE HOUSE OF LORDS NOW GO?

One of the rallying calls of the Brexiteers was that Britain should take back control of, well, everything, from foreigners in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg.

The EU was, they reckoned, an undemocratic organisation and things were better when they were controlled by the “democratic” British parliament and the British Courts.

Of course, as arguments go, it was a bit, or rather a lot, dubious, but it went down well with people who wanted to believe that kind of thing. You know, Daily Mail, Express, Telegraph and Sun reader types.

After all, if any nation in Europe should be wary of banging on about democracy or the lack thereof, it is the UK, with its hereditary head of state, unelected, partly-hereditary, partly-state-church-based, partly-appointed (by dubious methods) house of aristocrats. And that’s before we look at First-Past-The-Post and Privy Council Orders and the various and sundry other ways that the government can get around any scrutiny.

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It took very little time after the Brexit vote for this to come to a head. The Tories wanted to bypass parliament to enable a ‘strong and stable’ Brexit. The declaration of Article 50 was to be made under royal prerogative and not a parliamentary vote. And it took the interventions of the English High Court and then the UK Supreme Court to squash that idea.

Needless to say, the newspapers that had called for decisions to be made in our own British parliament and our own British courts, screamed, echoing the language of  1930s’ Germany, about “Enemies of the People”.

Of course, they were roundly ridiculed for this at the time as people pointed out that the tabloids were protesting against the very thing that they had sold us as an advantage of Brexit.

But it seems that they learned nothing as they are back today, at least in the English editions of the papers. They even used the same background, which I assume stirs the blood of a certain kind of person.

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Now, as a republican, I abhor the idea of a House of Lords. Dukes, Earls, Archbishops and greasy party donors have no place in a democracy, and given the opportunity, I would get rid of them tomorrow and replace them with a senate.

But the fact is that at present the House of Lords exists and has a job to do as a revising chamber. They did that job. They revised and they put forward suggestions for revision of the Bill to be considered by the Commons. That is what their job is, whether any of us like it or not and for whatever reason.

If they are not to do that, or if the Commons should automatically overturn, what exactly is their purpose? Another tourist attraction like the Saxe Coburgs?

I assume that the Express and Mail and their likes do not wish us to pay these people £300 a day for sitting sleeping and producing absolutely nothing? Or maybe they do!

So regardless of today’s debate, can we hope to see a full-blown campaign from the right of the Tories and of course the rightwing tabloids, to abolish the upper house. And can we hope that this will be done before the lavish and inordinately expensive refurbishment of their accommodations gets underway?

And last, but not least, will the London parliament today show any respect at all for Scotland and what its people voted for?

OH DEAR, OH DEAR, OH DEAR…

In the face of the UK getting itself a well-deserved reputation for being a closed and exclusive (as in ‘excluding‘) place, shutting itself off from its neighbours and taking a narrow racist “send ’em home” attitude to “foreigners”, the Scottish government, very keen to encourage the immigration our economy  and our society desperately needs, has made a short film.

It introduces the film as follows:

Scotland’s a great country – but it’s even greater when people come together. Our new campaign celebrates the positive impact of people who choose to make Scotland their home.

There is nothing party political about it. It’s about inclusivity. A Labour government could have produced this; the Greens could have; likewise, the Liberal Democrats could have. All it does is talk up the friendly, open, inclusive place that Scotland largely is. (We know there are exceptions!)

OK, we draw the line at the Tories actually having something good to say about Scotland so we will leave it at the four parties. They wouldn’t have made it.

So then along comes yer actual loonies’ loony Ross Thomson, you know, the bloke who knows more about Middle East peace than President Obama*, and he gets his pants in a twist and sees all sorts of stuff that …well, we can’t see for the life of us.

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Maybe indeed Mr Thomson is a visionary. On the other hand…

I’ve written to about this. Yet another example of the blatant politicisation of the civil service by the SNP. This video amounts to a thinly veiled party political broadcast for the SNP and is using taxpayers money to run an independence campaign by stealth.

What?

 Here’s the letter:
If anyone can see blatant politicisation in the video, I wish they would explain it to me.
* Did anyone tell him that his boss is, with Germany and France, against Trump’s plans to revoke the Iran deal?

 

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE FAROE ISLANDS?

This is a fascinating piece about the Faroe Islands, one of Scotland’s nearest neighbours by Lesley Riddoch.

With 65,000 people, it is a fraction of the size of Scotland, but its devolution from Denmark’s government is far deeper than Scotland’s. It is not in the EU, for example (nor is its sister country, Greenland). (Remember when we were promised the most powerful devolved government in the world… We really are suckers!)

I seriously suggest that this is worth half an hour of anyone’s time, and a donation, no matter how little, to help make further films about our nearby Nordic neighbours.

Iceland is next…

A SHORT RANT

By ABU HAIMI ABU HASSAN

Munguin’s man in Malaysia.

Recommended reading/watching before reading the main piece, for preference in the order listed).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2yLbEya_lk&index=2&list=PLN9fIi936EPXpTzElA1I7bwY38FloDWnb&t=20s

www.marksimonfrankland.blogspot.my/2018/04/so-this-is-england-2018-and-this-is.html

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4v51rNRUME&index=1&list=PLN9fIi936EPXpTzElA1I7bwY38FloDWnb&t=0s

 http://www.lesleyriddoch.com/2018/04/the-7-year-hitch.html

A few of you may be wondering as to why this faraway Malaysian is very resolute in his support for Scottish independence. It is for the very simple reason that Malaysia is very much subscribed to the Anglo-American socio-political and economic worldview and outlook.

I suppose that was the reason one of my law lecturers once stated that Malaysia is a little England. Malaysia has replicated every single problem that the UK has, the only difference being the degree of severity of the problem. This is compounded with the very recent election of a new prime minister (formerly the fourth Prime Minister) who is an unrepentant, and for the lack of a better term, Thatcherite authoritarian (though he claims he has “reformed”, which is laughable if you have been following his political career).

Which brings back to Scotland. Scotland is trying to break the Anglo-American socio-political and economic outlook. We can see through the policies that are being brought forward by the Scottish Government. The Scottish Government is also trying its best to prioritise those in need, especially young persons, the disabled and the poor in face of swinging cuts the name of austerity. These policies have one aim, which is to achieve an equal, fairer and just society. These policies are in stark contrast with the policies of the UK (Westminster) government. It is for these reasons I have chosen the above videos and podcast. They show what Scotland could have been, what Scotland is and Scotland could possibly be.

If Scotland becomes independent, maybe just maybe, the rest of the Commonwealth countries and especially Malaysia may look towards her and realise that there is another possible way to govern their countries. If one is familiar with Frank Herbert’s Dune series, Scotland is the spark that will light the Golden Path. This is why I am very invested in Scottish independence. Scotland may be a wee country but it is going to have a very, very big impact on the world should it become independent. God forbid it might actually lead the nations of the world (note the sarcasm :P).

We are at the end game and independence is very much closer than it was in 2014.  As the Tories are more than ever willing to prove, we are about or already exhausted all possible political compromises within the definition framework. And as per the podcast, if we do not defend the Scottish Parliament (and by proxy the nation) Scotland will not be independent at least for another 20 years.

Now is the perfect time to give the final push for independence because our opponents are in such disarray that they will not be able to mount an effective defence of the Union. Don’t wait for the perfect condition, create it. Remember in 2012, Alex Salmond started with about 30% support for independence. I don’t see why we cannot achieve another 15% increase in support for independence in the next referendum. When the time comes, you will be able to count on me to support your effort. I hope together we will be able to see this through.

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*Lastly, and God willing, I will be in Scotland this summer. Hopefully, I will be able to meet some of you, if not all. Till then.

Post Script 1: if you want to have an idea how insane Malaysian politics is right now, it’s like Jeremy Corbyn stepped down and Labour decided (yes, DECIDED) to appoint Theresa May as the new leader of the party. Theresa May then fully acknowledge that all Tory government policies are wrong (while overlooking the fact that she was the architect of such policies) and readily subscribe to hard-left policies as per Momentum ideas. She then says Theresa May of the old is gone, she is now a reformed person and everybody should forgive and forget. Everybody should also believe that.

Post Script 2: I would like to further caution you that the allegation of corruption (the main beating stick of the then opposition) allegedly done by the outgoing Prime Minister was spearheaded by one Clare Rewcastle Brown via Sarawak Report website. She is the sister-in-law of one Gordon Brown, formerly a Scottish Labour stalwart. We on this side of the Scottish independence debate know that anything purported by or anyone remotely connected to Scottish Labour must be taken at the very least with a pinch, nay a bucket, of salt.

Make whatever you want with this information.

If you think British politics is crazy, welcome to the Malaysian one!