Scotland’s Constitution 131

I spoke at the SNP conference fringe on Scotland’s constitution. I don’t claim this was profound but I hope it was interesting.

Independence Live caught me on the way out for the most informal of interviews

Sitting at home in Edinburgh this morning, for the first time for weeks I actually have a few hours when I don’t have to dash off and do something. Hopefully I can de-stress and come up with an interesting blog post.

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  • Mary

    Please sign this petition to back Clive Efford’s bill.

    On November 21, MPs will vote on a Private Member’s Bill aimed at halting the spread of privatisation across the NHS. Clive Efford’s Bill would scrap the worst parts of the Government’s Health and Social Care Act of 2012. The 2012 Act unleashed privatisation by imposing competition law on the NHS and exposing services to bids from private companies.
    Clive Efford’s Bill would rein in privatisation by

    • Removing competition requirements and regulations
    • Preventing the NHS watchdog Monitor acting as a competition enforcer
    • Restoring the Secretary of State’s duty to provide National Health Services
    • Shrinking what NHS hospitals are allowed to earn from private patients – currently up to half their total income!

    This petition has been launched by Stockport NHS Watch. We will deliver it to all four of Stockport’s MPs and lobby them to stand up for the NHS on November 21.

    We cannot stand and watch the NHS being stolen from us!

    There is also this link urging us to write to our MPs.

  • Mary

    PS Geldof has two properties registered in the British Virgin Islands.

    Source Andrew Pierce/D. Mail just now on the Sky News paper review.

  • Sofia

    One of the many promises Poroshenko made to Ukrainian voters in October,

    “We will have care for children, for people and retirees – they will not. Our children will go to schools and kindergartens… theirs will hole up in the basements. Because they are not able to do a thing. This is exactly how we will win this war!”

    I wonder how many clauses of the defunct Ukrianian Constitution and International Law this statement breaks?

    I hope a future Scottish Constitution will be clear on such matters too. All the best with it.

    As for Nuland and her Kiev junta, roll on Nuremberg 2.0

    RD. 11 12pm

    You sure know how to win a debate! 🙂

  • Peacewisher

    @Mary: I think Bob is just doing a “Johnny Rotten”, if you remember the “F” word interview on LWT back in 1976. Boomtown Rats well and truly eclipsed by “Anarchy in the UK” and what followed. Good to see him smiling again… he’s had a tough year.

  • Peacewisher

    @Sofia: sorry, our posts crossed. Of course none of this stuff appears on the mainstream media, but surely just stating an intention like that ought to be enough to get him a place booked in The Hague…

  • BrianFujisan

    Hullo Peacwisher

    Aye G.R are running that story too.

    Sickening…wat is More sickening is MsM Silence…As Genocide is Re-applied…

    Ukraine’s President, to the People He’s Bombing: “Go to Hell”

    ” Obama wants U.S. oil companies to be able to frack in Ukraine, and wants to place nuclear missiles there, against next-door Russia, but the previous Ukrainian ruler wouldn’t go along with those goals. So, Obama overthrew him and now wants to get rid also of the people who had voted for him. That’s why the successor President, Poroshenko, is bombing these people: to get rid of them.”

  • Peacewisher

    Hi Brian. It could be even worse. It appears that Obama did not give Poroshenko the hardware he wanted to crush Donbass militarily…

    so he’s planning to starve them. Also some interesting background here on the fascists of Lvov.

    PS Weren’t fascists also used to get things going in Yugoslavia back in 1991? I seem to remember the then-Independent (pre-Bosnia?) BBC providing warning signs.

  • BrianFujisan


    ” but surely just stating an intention like that ought to be enough to get him a place booked in The Hague…”


    Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977.

    Protection of the civilian population
    Article 51 [ Link ] — Protection of the civilian population

    1. The civilian population and individual civilians shall enjoy general protection against dangers arising from military operations. To give effect to this protection, the following rules, which are additional to other applicable rules of international law, shall be observed in all circumstances.

    2. The civilian population as such, as well as individual civilians, shall not be the object of attack. Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited.

    3. Civilians shall enjoy the protection afforded by this Section, unless and for such time as they take a direct part in hostilities.

    4. Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited. Indiscriminate attacks are:

    (a) those which are not directed at a specific military objective;

    (b) those which employ a method or means of combat which cannot be directed at a specific military objective; or

    (c) those which employ a method or means of combat the effects of which cannot be limited as required by this Protocol; and consequently, in each such case, are of a nature to strike military objectives and civilians or civilian objects without distinction.

    5. Among others, the following types of attacks are to be considered as indiscriminate:

    (a) an attack by bombardment by any methods or means which treats as a single military objective a number of clearly separated and distinct military objectives located in a city, town, village or other area containing a similar concentration of civilians or civilian objects; and

    (b) an attack which may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects, or a combination thereof, which would be excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated.

    6. Attacks against the civilian population or civilians by way of reprisals are prohibited.

  • Peacewisher

    @Brian: Watch the video on that Saker link, and let m know if I’ve misheard, but it looks like a potential breach to me if they carry out these threats. But that wasn’t my point… surely that statement of intent is itself a breach of the convention?

  • glenn_uk

    @Mary: “Geldof did not like his mates including Bono being called tax dodgers.

    Even though his mates actually are rather shameless tax-dodgers, I can understand why Geldof doesn’t want much of a discussion of it right now. All the same, having the likes of Bono wag a finger at “hard-pressed, hard working families” (as is the favoured term for the ordinary people that professional politicians neither know nor care about), when Bono tells us we should pay more tax and give it to Africa, it somewhat rings a bit hollow.

    After all, this particular multi-millionaire doesn’t like paying tax very much. He sneaks around, with his companies flying flags of convenience so he can avoid the burdens that beset the common man. If money-grubbers like Geldof’s mates had been a little less obvious in their greed and scams, it might make his message that more compelling to ordinary folk.

    After all, if St. Geldof’s own mates are paying scant attention to his redistribution imperatives, why should governments or indeed anyone else step up, and volunteer their own vastly smaller disposable income?

  • BrianFujisan

    Aye Peace

    And everywhere since.

    it’s Frightening how the western world is controlled…Brainwashed… And young men see little future but for the Army… Then they are quick to attack alternative views. even Truths, i had it on fbook the other night…our war crimes in Libya were off the agenda, as some – including Two soldiers were telling me of Gaddafi Wrongdoings / crimes…i Despair at times

  • Peacewisher

    @Brian: Again, I noticed that children’s minds were being targeted in 1991… in fact I was alerted by my father. Whereas in the past he was buying star wars-type spacey things from the toy shop for his grandchildren, replicas of US military hardware started to appear. I think it was part of George Bush Snr’s “new world order”, which made military cool again after the long aftermath of the Vietnam debacle.

  • BrianFujisan

    It’s Certainly Threats Peacewisher…

    it looks like he has been Very careful not issue threats of violence…However they have been targeting civilians.. rounding them up and Massacring them.

    And Under Article 50 of Hague Conventions –

    No general penalty, pecuniary or otherwise, shall be inflicted upon the population on account of the acts of individuals for which they cannot be regarded as jointly and severally responsible.

  • guano

    Habbabkuk by ceasing to be downright insulting-abusive to Mary for a few days has now become the leading authority on this blog on un-suitable, un-Hasbara sources. Thierry Meyssan of has documented well from his French cynicism of everything Anglo= the interchangibility of Anglo and Zio politics.

    Very uncomfortable reading for Has-beens like Habbabkuk.

    Last night on BBC Radio 4, the official media outlet of the Anglo-Zionist UK elite, there was an interview (supposedly) by Owen Bennett-Jones, posh UK status quo journalist / spy with a Tunisian French jihadis fighter for Islamic Sausages, the organisation of the Zionist USUKIS alliance to violently re-draw the oil map of the Middle East.

    He claims that the Kurdish Muslim Pershmerga are not Muslim and insults them in classic Iraqi terms as being so scared as to wet themselves. BBC propaganda at its ultimate best.

    Parents of Peter Kassig talk about son
    Mon, 17 Nov 14 The Bennett-Jones interview starts about 8 minutes into the podcast.

  • guano


    More great propaganda for the work of Islamic Sausages. The drain outside my house is full of the torn-up business-cards of powerful sheikhs.

  • Mary

    ‘It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness’

    Careful you don’t set fire to yourself and/or your Christmas decorations and tree!

  • Mary

    Remember this?

    Why shouldn’t Hunter Biden join the board of a gas company in Ukraine?
    The son of the US vice-president has been chosen to take charge of energy firm Burisma’s legal unit – a decision based purely on merit, of course

    Hunter Biden, with his father, US vice-president Joe Biden. Photograph: Charles Dharapak/Associated Press

    Name: Hunter Biden.

    Age: 44.

    Appearance: Chip off the old block.

    His names rings a bell. Is he related to someone famous? He’s the son of Joe Biden, the US vice president.

    What is he, sort of a wayward, ne’er-do-well playboy type? Not really. He’s a graduate of Yale Law School and a former senior vice-president at MBNA America Bank.

    Good for him. During the Clinton administration he worked in the US Department of Commerce. He’s presently a partner in an investment firm. And counsel for a national law firm. And an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

    I get it: he likes to keep busy. He has even found the time to join the board of a gas company called Burisma Holdings Ltd.

    Never heard of it. Perhaps that’s because it’s a Ukrainian gas company; Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, in fact. He’s taking charge of the company’s legal unit.

    Isn’t that a bit fishy? Why do you say that?

    Because he’s the vice-president’s son! That’s a coincidence. “This is totally based on merit,” said Burisma’s chairman, Alan Apter.

    He doesn’t sound very Ukrainian. He’s American, as is the other new board member, Devon Archer.

    Who? Devon Archer, who works with Hunter Biden at Rosemont Seneca partners, which is half owned by Rosemont Capital, a private equity firm founded by Archer and Christopher Heinz.

    Who? Christopher Heinz … John Kerry’s stepson.

    I think Putin’s propaganda people can take a long weekend; their work is being done for them. What do you mean?

    Hasn’t Joe Biden pledged to help Ukraine become more energy independent in the wake of its troubles with Russia? Well, yes.

    And isn’t Burisma, as a domestic producer, well positioned to profit from rising gas prices caused by the conflict? Possibly, but Hunter Biden is a salaried board member, not an investor. According to anonymous sources in the Wall Street Journal, neither Rosemont Seneca nor Rosemont Capital has made any financial investment in Burisma.

    So it’s not fishy at all? No one’s saying that.

    Do say: “Somebody needs to get involved in Ukraine’s corporate governance, and it might as well be a clutch of rich, well-connected American dudes with weird first names.”

    Don’t say: “Thanks, Dad.”

    Wednesday 14 May 2014

  • Jay

    How dare you you call the like a of Geldof and Bono tax dodgers. Just because they are not collectivist and pay all into the system as you well know is corrupt. certainly they don’t pay into our tax system, we are a welfare state so no one starves here…
    Geldof and Bono have lighted more candles in the African continent that most here are in capable of dreaming of.

    For fuck’s sake we all need to take responsibility which is individual and capitalist. We are in a socialist state and all ye fuckers are moaning we don’t get enough of the cake.

    What do you think the bank bailout actions were. Collectivist.

    Just cause Geldof and Bono don’t pay into the pot. So fat and lazy can prevail here.

  • Jemand

    Who would voluntarily hand over more of their wealth in taxes, knowing how much wealth is currently being grossly misallocated to fulfill the psychotic fantasies and ruthless ambitions of our delusional ruling masters?

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Re. Geldof, taxes, aid, Africa, good, critical article here:

    …remittances from Africans abroad, which have trebled in a decade to an estimated $60bn annually (just under double the donor flow), are a more efficient source of external financing than aid.

    From much nearer the problem:

    There’s really no need at all to go through all those idiotic-song shenanigans again when Geldof and everyone he wants to rope in could have just pushed their followers to donate to international and local organisations that already work on ebola. Since he’s a musician, you might have thought that he’d come across the song that Amadou and Mariam, Grammy winner Oumou Sangaré and other regional artists have recorded: ‘Africa Stop Ebola’.

    You can actually buy it on ITunes, and the proceeds go to MSF. If you don’t want to do any research, give your money to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), that’s a safe bet. If you have a bit more time, do some research and find some local organisations that can help build longer-lasting local healthcare infrastructure…..

    ….Judge away. But nothing, nothing gives you the right to lay hands on us. Nothing. I don’t see how that is even a discussion.

    Should he pay taxes? Well, if I’m not allowed to withhold mine on the grounds that I can find better ways of spending them, then I’m damned if he should be. Simples.

  • Peacewisher

    @Ba’al, and all: just heard Harvey Goldsmith v African lady on radio 4. Talk about condescending!

    I welcomed and contributed to Band Aid, Live Aid, etc. but came to see it all become a racket to promote the millionaires in the music industry.

    Someone had it all weighed up in a single song back in 1971: Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Nothing Rhymed”. e.g.:

    When I’m drinking my Bonaparte Shandy
    Eating more than enough apple pies
    Will I glance at my screen and see real human beings starve to death
    Right in front of my eyes…”

    This song was too profound for its audience of the time, but like all works of genius it ages well and is even more poignant today:

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