Media Tory Lies Stripped Bare by Ashcroft Poll 797


You would never guess it from the media but Lord Ashcroft’s latest major polling effort strips bare the entire lie about a Tory and Unionist bandwagon rolling in Scotland.

You would never guess it from Lord Ashcroft’s Tory agenda-driven report of the findings either. This tendentious nonsense ignores Scotland completely – indeed I do not think he even mentions the nation’s existence. No paid media journalist would ever dream of reading more than the executive summary of the report, and certainly would never comb through the data tables, which contain the actual information on which the report is just a gloss.

But the data tables break down the sample by “region”, of which Scotland is one, and thus give us a very great deal of information. The Ashcroft polls have a 10,000 sample and the Scottish sub-samples of over 900 are more than used for many standard Scotland only polls.

So here are the highlights:

It is indeed true that Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is more popular than Nicola Sturgeon – but only in England.

Contrary to constant media propaganda, Nicola Sturgeon rates over 12% higher than Ruth Davidson. Invited to rate their performance from 0 to 100, Scottish voters gave Nicola Sturgeon a mean rating of 52.91% (Table 47) and Ruth Davidson 40.52% (Table 48). Despite Davidson being proclaimed by the media as the new Jim Murphy/Jesus Christ, including constant lying claims that she is the more popular.

But Ruth Davidson is very much more popular than Nicola Sturgeon – with the English. In every region of England, Davidson is widely preferred to Sturgeon.

There is no Tory Revival in Scotland.

Asked whether they would consider voting Conservative at the next Westminster election, on a scale of likelihood from 0 to 100, 65% of Scots voters answered 0-10 “there is no chance I would vote Conservative” compared to only 10% who answered 91 to 100 “I will definitely vote Conservative”. (Table 8)

The mean Tory score in Scotland on this scale was 23.84. This was narrowly behind Labour. (Table 9) Typically Ashcroft’s poll does not even ask about the SNP. But note this methodology gives a mean result that is higher than a party’s actual percentage vote: totaling the party mean scores for England gives you more than 100%. So Tory support in Scotland is running below 23.8% and below Labour.

Again this is completely contrary to the media propaganda that has been blasted constantly across Scotland.

Tory Britain is Totally Alien to Scots.

In answer to the question “Do you think Britain is on the right track, or heading in the wrong direction” Scots stated by a resounding 67% to 33% (excluding don’t knows) that Britain is heading in the wrong direction.

This compares to a clear majority in England that Britain is heading in the right direction. (Table 15).

Again contrary to constant media propaganda, Scots are much less obsessed than the English with controlling immigration. Only 28% of Scots named controlling immigration as one of the top three political issues, significantly lower than any region of England. (Table 19) A tiny 4% of Scots think immigration is the most important issue (Table 20).

But more revealing still is the ability to discern continued Scottish support for more left wing approaches to the economy. Here Ashcroft accidentally does us a favour by his exclusion of the SNP from the question.

Asked who would “have the best approach to growing the economy and creating jobs”, and not given a chance to answer SNP, Scots favour Labour over the Tories by a conclusive 46% to 36%. This compares to an equally strong preference for the Tories across England. (Table 25). Interestingly an extraordinary 15% of Scots plumped for the Lib Dems, presumably in reaction to no SNP choice being offered.

Again this is a devastating disproof of the media narrative that Scots have swallowed Torynomics. The Scottish preference for Labour over the Tories shows up in later tables on schools, the NHS, the environment etc.

Tory Scotland is a Myth the Media are Trying to Propagandise into Reality

As we gear up for the next referendum, I am cheered that the poll clears up the difference between empirical observation of the Scottish public and the picture portrayed by the media.

The media are lying.

The Blairite leadership of Scottish Labour betrayed their party by close collaboration with the Tories in Indyref1. As a result the party is in meltdown – but there is still a strong public sympathy for what might be described as real Labour values. This mantle has been taken up by the SNP.

But because the Scottish Labour Party as an organisation is a laughing stock, and because the Tories are highly hubristic and have convinced themselves of their own propaganda about their popularity, in Indyref2 we will face an open clash between Independence and Toryism. The Tories will no longer be lightly disguised behind Gordon Brown. Hard-faced anti-devolution unionism and City of London economics will be shoved down voters’ throats.

I have no doubt at all we will win this battle and finally achieve national independence again. If Ashcroft has the honesty to look at the message hidden in the unused data of his own poll results, the Tories realise it too. Which may explain their aversion to a referendum.


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  • nevermind

    Glad to get a little rain today, but his coming week will see frost return for a last bite at the spring cherry. My neighbours bees are going full out for Norfolk rape and its encouraging to see them drink water, enmasse, from our birdbath. The sparrows are somewhat miffed that the bees have taken over their waters, just when they need to get rid of bugs, hosts in their plumage, to carry on sitting on those eggs.

    I have provided another bath and am looking at the alarming rate of exhausted bees that are drowning in my bird bath.

    enjoy a cold week to come.

    • bevin

      For those with the leisure to read it and the critical self confidence to dare to visit a Trotskyist website there is an important reminder of why it was that we used to worry about the prospect of nuclear war.
      this is an excerpt:
      “…The US and Russia each have about 1,000 strategic nuclear weapons of at least 100 kilotons, all ready to launch within two to 15 minutes. Since it takes about nine minutes for a missile from a US submarine to hit Moscow, this means that the Russian government could retaliate. And these are only the missiles that are on a hair trigger alert.
      “The US and Russia have 3,500 deployed and operational strategic nuclear weapons (each with a minimum explosive power of 100,000 tons of TNT) that they can detonate within an hour. They have another 4,600 nuclear weapons in reserve, ready for use. There are about 300 cities in the US and about 200 cities in Russia with populations greater than 100,000 people. Given how many nuclear weapons there are, it’s a large chance that most large cities would be hit.
      “Probably 30 percent of US and Russian populations would be killed in the first hour. A few weeks after the attack, radioactive fallout would kill another 50 percent or more….”
      http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/04/15/nucl-a15.html

      Yes, the weather is lovely. And Spring is wonderful. And may there be many happy returns.

    • Sharp Ears

      I had a swarm of bees arrive in my garden yesterday afternoon. I am waiting for one of the many local beekeepers to come for them. Absolutely fascinating to watch them.

  • giyane

    Sharp Ears
    April 15, 2017 at 17:19

    ” Excellent news here.
    Neil Clark has started legal proceedings against Oliver Kamm and The Times
    Following a large donation Neil has reached his target and posted this today:

    ‘Thank you to everyone who has helped me reach my target of £10,000 to enable me to start legal action against my obsessed stalker and his complicit employers. etc ”

    I followed the link to the sordid details about Oliver Kamm’s persecution of Neil Clarke. Immediately you read it, it becomes obvious that Kamm is backed up by a whole office of GCHQ trolls whose job is to monitor and defeat counter-information to the government’s neo-con agenda.

    This weekend we have been wound up to the limit about Kim Jong Un. The North Korean leader is western educated at UK public schools and university and represents no threat whatsoever to us sitting at home enjoying the bank holiday rain. Yes he has a business to run, the foolish worship of visible wealth and power by his loyal citizens. Our government does the same , and our Tridents do the same. Our City of London is an accounting system by which vast sums of wealth are created for our worship, really on a much vaster scale than North Korea’s population. This vast wealth dropping down from our Tory masters gives us a glowing feel-good which makes us vote for them.

    Let me give you an example from my own witness. I am working for a students housing association, which excels in management bullshit about caring for students ‘ needs, What is actually provided for them for social care is a Bargain Booze shop a Tesco and other students . Like the Australian joke. One farmer invites his distant neighbour to a party, ‘plenty of booze, sex and music’. When he gets there the neighbour finds nothing but a cd player and beer. ‘What about the sex? he asks. ‘There’s me and you’ is the answer.

    So the care costs, nothing, just 2 staff on duty 24.7, cleaners, managers and administration.. What about the upkeep? Obviously council tax and electricity bills cost something. The building is 15 years old so it was built to the now obsolete 16th edition of the BS 7671 Electrical Installation Regulations. There are only a handful of safety tripping RCDs in the whole building. What about the electric boilers, ovens , extractor units, lighting? Every room generates £6000.00 per annum and the cost of replacement of worn out equipment is £95.00 per annum plus the cost of the maintenance team, i.e. me.

    By accounting rules the company could write off all the working electrical equipment 100% every 2 years because it is in use full-time. But it all gets replaced in reality only every 20 years If the cost of the kit per flat is £5000.00 the accounting cost for depreciation over 20 years is £50,000.00 while the actual cost including labour is about £15,000.00. By this means, just by occupying the building and underspending on the contractual duty of care to maintain the building properly the holding corporation can buy a brand new building.

    This is corporate Thatcherism. It’s your system, so I hope you love it and cherish it because corporate Thatcherism will cost your childrens’ lives one day very soon.

    • Michael McNulty

      Jim Stone was right. That man on the left of the page is not Julian Assange. It’s a looks-a-bit-like Julian Assange. He has been replaced by a stooge. Do they think we’re idiots? It makes you wonder how sinister things have become and how sinister is it going to get.

        • Michael McNulty

          What’s that mean? Surely you’re not saying because they could have faked it with a photo but didn’t that must mean it really is Julian Assange? Take another look at it. That’s a doppelganger and they’re trying to get us used to his face, same as they did with the phony bin Ladens. They’re passing off another man as Julian Assange, an extremely sinister development.

    • giyane

      Alcyone
      April 16, 2017 at 09:19

      People come here to try to portray how especially compassionate they are, to vow support to ‘social justice’, declare there unstinting commitment to human rights and defend free speech.

      Troll trash, but they still try it.

  • michael norton

    ISIS launches 2nd chemical attack in Mosul in 2 days, injures 6 Iraqi soldiers
    https://www.rt.com/news/384995-isis-chemical-gas-attack-mosul/

    This is the second time in as much days that IS terrorists have used chemical weapons in an effort to stop government troops’ advance on the old city.

    I think we should question, why advisers persuaded The Donald to fire 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian Airbase, a couple of days after the chemical incident in Idlib Province.

    It was so quick.

    How could The Donald be so sure President Assad was responsible.
    It is almost as if the warhawks were looking for any pretext to ramp things up, as the war was being won by Syria-Russia-Lebanon-Iran

    • michael norton

      Of Note: Iraq informs Syria of the goings on of Islamic State and gives the Syrians coordinates for targeting I.S.

      Lebanon-Syria-Iraq-Iran-Russia & states of the former U.S.S.R. are interested in collaborating with hydrocarbon pipelines, from The Caspian to The Mediterranean.

      Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. Qatar, Kuwait & America are not quite so keen on this future,
      they see a different future.

    • Michael McNulty

      The western press managed to hide a recent US-led airstrike in Syria in which a chemical weapons dump was hit and gas released which reportedly killed hundreds. This is exactly what Syria claimed happened the week before and for which Trump illegally bombed it.

      http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228108

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-gas-idUSKBN17F18D

      The Independent has pulled the story and surprisingly so has Sputnik.

  • Republicofscotland

    Well Erdoğan did manage to strengthen his position, by creating a presidential executive, he now has the powers of the Turkish prime minister, to add to his, Turkey could be on the road to a autocracy?

    Meanwhile Marine Le Pen’s campaign office suffered an arson attack, could she have taken a leaf out of Hitler’s book over the Reichstag fire?

    Mark Rutte, moved into his right wing opponents field (temporarily) and stole the vote. Politicians need to add strings to their bows to win campaigns, maybe Le Pen has learned that lesson, to France’s detriment, hopefully not.

      • Republicofscotland

        Norton.

        You’re like a broken record, yet you’re to stupid to see that England and Wales are on a slippy slope, with regards to policing as well.

        “Police and Crime Commissioners in iEngland and Wales have said in their analysis of possible budget reductions for the next five years.”

        “By 2020 police staffing levels could reduce to approximately 100,000 – the lowest level since the mid-1970s, and a further reduction of 17% since CSR10”

        “The funding shortfall could be approximately £400 million in the first year and increasing up to as high as £1.2 billion by 2020.”

        http://www.apccs.police.uk/press_release/budget-cuts-will-radically-change-policing/

    • giyane

      The EU boosted his confidence by bribing him to hold the refugees. Let’s hope he floods them into the EU so they can escape his tyranny. Abandon hope all ye who enter here.

  • Republicofscotland

    Apologies for linking to Daily Mail.

    A British Attorney General has stepped in to try and prevent Tony Blair from prosecution, over events in the Iraq war.

    “Attorney General Jeremy Wright has formally asked for the bid to prosecute Mr Blair to be rejected.”

    “The private case is being brought by General Abdul-Wahid Shannan ar-Ribat, former chief of staff of the Iraqi army.”

    The General also wants to see Jack Straw Foreign secretary at the time, and Lord Goldsmith the Attorney General at the time of the Iraq invasion, tried in a British court.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4416852/Attorney-General-court-block-Tony-Blair-prosecution.html

    • giyane

      Jeremy Wright MP for Kenilworth , home of Coventry University. Mmmm. If he didn’t block Blair’s prosecution, it would pave the way for putting Cameron, Hague, Boris Johnson and of course himself in the dock for the same thing. Smart move.

  • Republicofscotland

    There are suggestions that David Davis, was coerced by the “Hard Brexit Right” over exiting the EU. Davis was once in favour of the Single Market.

    “Currently 44 per cent of the UK’s exports – £220bn out of £510bn – go to the EU which are currently tariff-free.”

    44% that’s a huge chunk of trade, a no deal would be a utter catastrophe for HMS Brexitania. Leaving the EU will be a complete and utter disaster.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-david-davis-eu-single-market-customs-union-chuka-umunna-hard-right-a7685846.html

    • giyane

      RoS. Shhh! Why can’t you just admire the pathos and artistic beauty of the dance steps of the nasty party.
      Philistine! It’s supposed to be like that. Mrs May has it all choreographed and planned.

  • Republicofscotland

    So the claim is that US cyber warfare successfully inflitrated and destablised North Korea’s latest missile test, causing it to fail within minutes. Well that’s the claim by Malcolm Rifkind, a one time UK Foreign secretary.

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/15228002.Trump_silent_on_claims_that_US_sabotaged_missile_test/?ref=mr&lp=3

    Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that US cyber warfare is capable of damaging and even permanently halting programmes, that the US, finds, a possible threat.

    The destruction of Iran’s centrifuges, seriously damaged their nuclear programme, is a prime example, using a notorious virus called Stutnex. Which was later modified by the Israeli’s, and caused extensive disruption around the globe. Putting fire in the hands of a child, inevitably ends up with disasterous consequences.

    • lysias

      What can be done to North Korean missiles can also be done to U.S. missiles. I wonder if that’s why so many of the 59 cruise missiles didn’t hit their targets.

      I would have thought that this hacking technology was one that should be kept secret and held in reserve until it can do something that really matters, like during an actual shooting war. Well, we Yanks already made that kind of mistake with Stuxnet.

  • reel guid

    Jeremy Corbyn has reported Labour MP Neil Coyle to the Party Chief Whip for allegedly harassing him with aggressive e-mails. It just gets worse. Next conference they should sing about keeping the Red Rag flying seeing as they keep provoking each other so much.

    The other lot have just treated us to hard brexit propaganda dressed up as a Christian message.
    Let Us Pray May would have us believing that Jesus would have thrown the EU Commissioners out of the temple.

    Scotland can do much better without either lot of these no users.

    • Ben

      We’ve all marvelled at those youtubes showing foreign legislators riot in session throwing punches and chairs like pro wrestling.

      I want to see blood, real lacerations, in Congress.

  • michael norton

    N. Korean leader writes to Assad, condemns US missile strike on Syria

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un condemned the US on Monday for its recent missile strike on Syria, in a message sent to Syrian President Bashar Assad, North Korean media reported. The message celebrating the 71st anniversary of Syria’s independence from France, cited by the Korean Central News Agency, said Kim took the occasion to lambast the US for its “reckless act of invasion” on Syria. Kim also expressed “strong support and solidarity to the achievement of justice held by the Syrian government and people,” South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports.

    from Russia Today

          • Kempe

            ” North Korea’s poverty and militarism are the direct results of US policy. ”

            No they’re the choice of a little tin pot dictator and his descendants. There’s no chance of the US attacking North Korea whilst it has China as an ally, other countries have borne the brunt of US displeasure without resorting to the same level of oppression and posturing or spending millions on undeliverable nuclear weapons whilst the population starves.

          • reel guid

            The Korean War should have seen the same kind of protests and expose in the US that the Vietnam War did, but McCarthyism was so dominant in the 1950s and the left were intimidated.

            The fig leaf of it being a UN sponsored police action was fake as the US completely dominated the early years of the United Nations.

            All this allowed one of the most vicious and criminal wars ever launched by a democratic nation. It has all been airbrushed out of western public awareness. People think napalm was first used by the US in Vietnam but as Bevin’s link shows was used in huge quantities on civilians in Korea.

            Still nevermind. Hawkeye and BJ will raise some money in a poker game to send some poor Korean kid to the States before dastardly Frank Burns can stop them in the next hilarious repeat of MASH.

          • Republicofscotland

            Good link Bevin.

            It would appear the only way to avoid the murderous eye of the Great Satan, is to obtain nukes.

            If Russia and China were to give every nation on earth half a dozen nukes each, the Great Satan would have nowhere to invade next.

            The world’s armed forces would be in a permanent Mexican Stand-off. 😀

            Just a thought.

          • Kempe

            ” If Russia and China were to give every nation on earth half a dozen nukes each, the Great Satan would have nowhere to invade next. ”

            Elsewhere you’ve been claiming that the presence of nuclear weapons in Scotland makes Scotland a target and that you wanted rid of them.

            Please make your mind up.

          • Republicofscotland

            Kempe.

            Oh please give me a break, it’s just a quirky thought, as if it has a hope in hell of coming to fruition.

            I still want to see nukes out of Scotland.

            You establishment type wooden tops sure do suffer from a lack irony.

          • Loony

            More simplistic garbage.

            It is no wonder that Trotskyites are cossetted and tolerated by the powerful – they provide such useful cover.

            Check out AQ Khan – his activities explain how the DPRK ever came into possession of nuclear weapons technology. Check out the fact that the Dutch had Khan until the US ordered them to stand down. Ask why. and try and draw some conclusions about the EU.

            Check out Switzerland – land of cuckoo clocks, chocolate, good schools (including those that educated Kim Jong Un) and ABB. Recall that between 1990 and 2001 one Donald Rumsfeld sat on the board of ABB. It is during the period of Rumsfeld’s association with ABB that they won a contract for the design of North Korean nuclear reactors together with the provision of key components.

            Bill Clinton smoothed the way for both Mr. Rumsfeld and ABB by striking a deal the DPRK such that if they dismantled their heavy water reactors then they would be supplied with both oil and new and better light water reactors. The type of reactors described by a reactionary, sexist, racist, xenophobic Senator as “nuclear bomb factories” Remember the pejorative description is very important as it serves to distract attention away from the fact that North Korea was armed by Bill Clinton.

            Donald Trump is unstable and unpredictable – and Bill Clinton was….?

          • TH

            Kempe

            Classic neocon meme. Sure NK could be condemned for alot, however they havent started wars after wars compared to the US and their right to defend itself should be supported full on in this grave situation.

            “other countries have borne the brunt of US displeasure without resorting to the same level of oppression and posturing or spending millions on undeliverable nuclear weapons whilst the population starves.”

            You clearly dont understand that they do that because of an obvious threat, have you missed that US have sanctioned NK since the 50s? Invaded them? Impoverished them? Threatened them? Put their fleet outside their nation? Have just attacked Syria and got away with it? Do the math!

          • TH

            “And why are they developing nuclear weapons altogether? I mean, the economy is in bad shape. They could certainly use the resources. Everyone understands that it’s a deterrent. And they have a proposal, actually. There’s a proposal on the table. China and North Korea proposed that North Korea should terminate its further development of nuclear weapons. In return, the United States should stop carrying out threatening military maneuvers with South Korea right on its border. Not an unreasonable proposal. It’s simply dismissed.”

            https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/4/extraordinarily_dangerous_chomsky_on_how_trumps

          • bevin

            Kempe usually makes points worth dealing with. But the notion that “There’s no chance of the US attacking North Korea whilst it has China as an ally,…” is clearly wrong.
            North Korea has been kept under military and economic pressure for decades- there are tens of thousands of US troops, nuclear armed planes, missiles etc on its borders. There is also the South Korean Army, founded and armed by the US as well as numerous US bases within range of the country. All this is intended to starve the place into submission, a policy which is characteristic of US strategy and includes (and did include in Korea) using biological agents to kill livestock by spreading swine, cattle and poultry diseases.
            The idea is that first you make it impossible for the country to escape poverty-brought about by war- then, when the people are starving, you point to their plight as ‘proof’ that ‘socialism’ doesn’t work. Venezuela is being accorded a similar treatment, as was Chile, to soften the population up for the coup.
            The Kims, about whom I know much less than wankers who believe any nonsense the BBC comes up with, are descended from the commander of an army which fought Japanese imperial forces, in Manchuria and China, as well as Korea for more than a decade, while America’s allies in the South fought alongside the Japanese in a war of a ruthlessness and cruelty comparable with that waged by the Germans on the eastern front.
            They fought for independence, they fought on the same side as the UK and their right to be independent, rather than a satellite of the US Empire, is one that, perhaps only the very old people in Britain can understand.

  • Alcyone

    Craig seems to be at odds with Julian Assange.

    As he tweets:
    Craig [email protected] Apr 11
    Greatly honoured to be the guest speaker at the Gala* Dinner in Doha this coming weekend of the annual Al Jazeera Forum on the Arab World.

    Julian observes:
    Julian Assange‏ @JulianAssange 22h22 hours ago
    Are some babies more beautiful than others?
    See https://twitter.com/JulianAssange/status/853688377849384961

    and
    Future of Syria: Ethnic cleansing turns into genocide as over 108 shiites (including 68 children) are massacred http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idUSKBN17H04Y
    ————
    I am a little worried about Craig getting all excited about AJ, but I shall wait and see till one hears his talk.

    *can’t stand this word ‘gala’ except perhaps for children in a village setting in which case it’s fine. Else it has such a cheap, classless sound to it. I mean what’s the difference between a dinner and a gala dinner? Talking about politics and conflict for God’s sake. But I don’t want to detract from the key messages above.

  • Habbabkuk

    Returning to this blog to see if there have been any takers re my offer to bet £100 that “President” Assad (Jnr) will be gone by 1st January 2018, I notice with some interest that there have been none.

    There have however been several diversions, usually taking the form of requesting me to explain why I thought Junior would no longer be the boss man on 1st January 2018.

    The conclusion which suggests itself is that even “President” Assad’s usually most vocal supporters on this blog do not believe he will be “President” for much longer.

    That sudden outbreak of rationality is to be welcomed in the hope it establishes a precedent in other matters.

    • Loony

      Your analysis would appear flawed.

      Assad will likely stand down as President in the event of a comprehensive peace settlement that is acceptable to both the US and Russia. Given Russian mistrust of the US then they will surely look for on the ground verifiable actions from the US. Gaining Russian confidence will likely take longer than the balance of this calendar year. Additionally there is a paucity of public domain evidence that the US has any interest in presenting itself as a rational player – so all in all this is something of a long shot and makes the odds (evens) you are offering attractive.

      The alternative is the forced removal of Assad by the US or by one of their many proxies. This is possible but would likely trigger thermo-nuclear war. So whilst you would win the bet you would not be around to collect – thus in purely monetary terms your offered wager translates into a simple gift for staying alive. Who would not take that.

      Make it $10,000 and I am interested.

      • nevermind

        Assad will only stand down if he’s allowed to run as a candidate in the elections to follow, which he will win resoundingly.
        There is a marked difference between standing down and being thrown out.
        keep your petty change for a real bet.
        For example, oncoming fight between UK bricklayer, now professional boxer, Anthony Joshua and Vladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian prof. and unsuccessful wannabe candidate, round one to six Joshua to win, round 6-12 Klitschko to win.

  • bevin

    I can think of few more pathetic indications of political impotence than coming on a blog like this to insult someone like Assad.
    These ‘challenges’ ‘wages’ and fulminations are a waste of time, bandwidth and patience.
    Kindly leave the stage!

    • Why be ordinary?

      Insults seem to be the main purpose of the comments section of this blog, which rarely bears any resemblance to the posting above it. And I doubt that Assad cares either way about what’s said here

      • Ben

        Assad insults seem a necessary pejorative.,but Progressives screams of pout-rage are an insult to double-digit IQs.

        What is this ongoing PutinAssad bromance?

        Is it sexual?

      • Habbabkuk

        “And I doubt that Assad cares either way about what’s said here”
        ____________________

        but by the look of it certain commenters certainly do…..

        That aside : Junior cares very much about remaining “President” – after all, being Boss Man in Syria is a family business, isn’t it (along the lines of the North Korean family business but less long-lived). But fortunately he won’t for much longer.

    • Why be ordinary?

      21.12 has gone rather fast. I think that he must have posted it in the wrong place. It doubtless reflects his other interests

      • bevin

        It is a comment ‘reply’ to the comment immediately preceding it @21.07
        But by all means exercise your conjectural abilities.

    • Ben

      I actually mean that sincerely. There are a lot of blogs where the host is mostly absent.

      If course, there are exceptions to multiculturalisms.

  • reel guid

    I have a modest proposal. That all Tories elected to public office be made to prove – by way of filling in an eight page questionnaire – that they are the genuine offspring of two human beings before they are eligible for their taxpayer funded salaries. This would ensure that those fully human Tories who are most in need of the state’s help will receive it.

  • RobG

    It’s all so mad at the moment with world affairs that it’s barely worth commenting.

    But I will comment on what’s going on in the Korean peninsular and Uncle Sam threatening World War Three.

    This is all about the former President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, who was recently impeached over a corruption and cronyism scandal. Park became the first woman president of South Korea in 2012, and to begin with she was quite popular. However, the recent corruption scandals brought millions of South Koreans out onto the streets calling for Park to be prosecuted. Park will be in the dock next month, and her successor as President will most likely be Moon Jae-in, who wants re-unification with North Korea, closer ties with China and wants to kick all American forces out of the Korean peninsular.

    You get the picture?

    http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2060040/how-park-geun-hyes-impeachment-can-heal-seouls-rift-beijing

    • RobG

      Oh, and for those interested in World War Three (which of course is not as interesting at the Great British Bake-Off, et al), I should have mentioned that the Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn is the acting leader of the country, inbetween a convicted President (neo-con) and a newly elected President (socialist)…

      http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a406297f013a494ea06d39a3e2d7e3b9/s-korea-acting-leader-turns-down-resignations-park-aides

      The South Koreans vote for their new President in early May. Likewise, the French presidential election will also probably be decided at this time.

      It’s highly likely that both votes will go against the wishes of the American Empire, in which case the petulant and psychopathic child known as Uncle Sam will react with extreme violence, as always under the pretence of a false flag.

      • bevin

        This one is for you Rob- here is an excerpt:
        “…So we have both sadism and paranoia as widespread symptoms of mental illness in our political class – and with these two usually come another unattractive personality trait: delusions of grandeur. This form of craziness often accompanies both sadism and paranoia, and we can see it manifested in the assumption that a country which is nearly bankrupt, and which hasn’t won a war since the end of World War II, can fix the world’s problems by dropping some bombs.
        “In Syria, for example, we have what is at least a six-sided war, involving the Syrian government, the Turks, the Kurds, the “moderate” Islamist rebels, al-Qaeda, and ISIS, and our political class stands up and cheers because President Trump launched 59 missiles at Syrian military base. The real effect is almost nil, although it does make the situation a bit worse, and yet with all the applause one would think we actually accomplished something. Oh, but we’re told that it “sent a message”! Like lobbing the MOAB into Afghanistan, it was a purely symbolic act….
        http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/04/16/is-our-political-class-mentally-ill/

  • Habbabkuk

    I was watching President Vladimir Putin attending church on the night of Easter Saturday. It is amusing to see how fervent former Communist apparatchiks (and you can’t get much more apparatchik than a KGB officer, can you) have become fervent Christians. It’s almost enough to make one believe in the power of repentance 🙂

  • Habbabkuk

    “I should be very surprised if Assad is not the President of Syria, next year. But their are many variables involved, not, quite, the least of which is what the Syrian electorate wants.” (from Bevs)
    _____________________

    Yes, it would nice if the Syrian electorate were asked – preferably in elections with a variety of genuinely competing candidates and free media and with the secret police kept confined to barracks.

    Why, it might even be that Candidate Assad Jnr would get fewer than 98% of the popular vote! 🙂

  • Habbabkuk

    “Then there is the consideration that the job is not one that he [ie, “President” Assad Jnr ] will probably care to have once he has done his duty, saved his country from the scourges of wahhabism and America and brought peace back to his people.”
    _____________________

    I wonder if Physician Assad took as good care of his patients in London as “President” Assad of his fellow Syrians in Syria.

    BTW, does anyone know whether Physician Assad worked for the National Health Service or was in private practice?

  • reel guid

    Ruth Davidson said to be contemplating walking out of Holyrood with her contingent if the SNP presses ahead with referendum plans.

    Let’s just clarify all this.

    Scotland voted to remain in the EU by a margin of 24%. David Cameron having previously rejected the call for a Scottish veto to brexit. The Tory government railroads brexit legislation through Westminster with minimum parliamentary scrutiny. The UK Supreme Court makes a mockery of the Sewell Convention. The Tories then decide it’s going to be hard brexit. They don’t even have the courtesy to tell the devolved administrations when Article 50 will be triggered. The SNP and the Greens deliver a majority vote at Holyrood for an independence referendum. May slaps down the Holyrood referendum vote without a even a discussion. The Tories make it clear that many of the devolved matters currently at Brussels will not be returned to the Scottish Parliament but will be retained at Westminster in complete contravention of existing devolution legislation. It transpires that the EU had drawn up plans to allow for Scotland to make a separate brexit deal but the Tories ignored it and didn’t involve the Scottish Government.

    So after all that undemocratic behaviour Davidson thinks she can take the moral high ground and stage a walkout from parliament. All they’ll be doing is sending the people of Scotland another clear signal to follow on from the examples above that the Tory plan for Scotland is for more and more authoritarianism and less and less democracy and fairness.

    • Habbabkuk

      “It transpires that the EU had drawn up plans to allow for Scotland to make a separate brexit deal”
      ______________________

      Source(s) ?

      • reel guid

        Andrew Learmonth of The National had a report two months ago that the newspaper had been shown European Parliament negotiating documents that detailed the readiness of Brussels to give Scotland a separate deal. As far as I know the EU did not deny the story.

        • Habbabkuk

          The European Parliament is not the European Union.

          And this mysterious “negotiating document” precedes by some time the Resolution passed by the European Parliament recently, a Resolution which counts as the EP’s broad official position (on principles) at this stage of proceedings.

          Calm down everyone for you do not know whereof you write.

          • reel guid

            Obviously the UK government didn’t take up the idea of separate deals so the EU moved on from it. Brussels however is still making positive noises about an independent Scotland in the EU.

          • Habbabkuk

            Reelguid

            With respect, it is time for you to get real. Really.

            There was nothing for the UK to “take up” – especially not before Article 50 was even triggered – because “negotiating documents” from the European Parliament were/are squit.

            That is because the European Parliament is not the negotiator for the European Union. Therefore the alleged documents to which you proudly refer cannot be “negotiating documents” but are probably – if they even exist – merely some of the innumerable bits of paper flying around in Brussels and Strasbourg the one with less status than the other.

          • Habbabkuk

            Well, it is quite good news that there will be a general election soon.

            If nothing else, we shall see whether the oppressed masses are going to throw off their Tory chains and vote massively for Mr Jeremy Cor-byn and his merry bunch of leftists.

            W shall also see whether the SNP will keep its stranglehold on MPs from Scotchland.

            The downside, for this blog at least, is that the Eminences will now go into overdrive for the next 5 weeks or so. The prospect appalls 🙂

          • fred

            Before the referendum the SNP told us they had legal advice that an independent Scotland would have automatic membership of the EU. They spent tax payer’s money fighting a FOI request to reveal what the legal advice was before admitting they had lied and no such legal advice existed.

            https://eujournalism.blogactiv.eu/2012/10/23/salmond-branded-a-liar-over-non-existent-eu-membership-advice/

            Do they honestly believe the people of Scotland are stupid enough to fall for the same lie again?

          • Sharp Ears

            ‘The downside, for this blog at least, is that the Eminences will now go into overdrive for the next 5 weeks or so.’

            If you can count, we have to wait 7 weeks for this vain woman’s gambit to take place.

  • Zebedee

    Well it seems Mrs May has seen fit to call an election on June 8th, unlike former PM Gordon Brown who so lacked the courage of his convictions.

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