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  • reel guid

    Theresa May phones up Mugabe. “Haw Boab whit’s the secret o’ hingin’ oan tae power?”

    • Loony

      It is quite simple, as you must surely know, you kill a lot of your own people.

      You can do this safe in the knowledge that the rest of the world could not care less – because they are busy dealing with really important issues like Scottish independence.

      • Rob Royston

        Did I read somewhere that our lot have killed over 120,000 sick people since they dealt with Scottish Independence?

        • Loony

          As you like reading, read this:

          Rhodesia declared UDI in 1965, In 1965 the average life expectancy was 53.3 years. (In the UK it was 71.62)

          Rhodesian UDI came to an end with the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement. In 1979 average life expectancy had risen to 58.8 years – this despite the fact that for most of the 1965-1979 period the country suffered from a bush war. (In the UK it was 73.28)

          10 years later in 1989 Zimbabwean life expectancy was 58,98 years (UK 75.58)

          In 1999 Zimbabwean life expectancy was 45.63 years and in 2009 it was 51.03 years.(UK 77.39 and 80.05)

          Do these numbers tell you anything?

          They tell me that the British are not going around slaughtering their own people, and that there is something seriously wrong with Zimbabwean policy None of this is deny that people (in whatever country they may live) may fall sick and that all people ultimately die.

          • Rob Royston

            What they don’t tell me is that, according to the World Health Organization in 2008, the life expectancy for men in the Calton area of Glasgow was 54 years. I have been in Africa for the last 17 years, it does not compare to living here unless you are rich or in company accommodation and even then you have to medicate and take many precautions.
            So what brought the figures for the Calton down to these levels? Here’s one hypothesis, from Wikipedia,

            ‘The Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Harry Burns, referred in 2004 to research suggesting that chronically activated stress responses, especially in children, affect the structure of parts of the frontal lobes of the brain, and that these determine the physical reaction to stress, which could result in chronic ill health. The ability to attain good health, he suggested, depends in part on whether people feel in control of their lives, and whether they see their environments as threatening or supportive.’

          • Habbabkuk

            @ Loony

            Thank you very much for those life expectancy figures, which are very illuminating.

            And as you point out, quite a few sick people do actually die (if there are any MDs in the house they could probably develop this idea at greater length) and in the end all of us do.

      • SA

        Not condoning killing either by dictators or by us but It seems to me that some people worry much more about dictators killing their own people when we can do it better for them and on a larger scale ourselves, directly, by proxy or through starvation through sanctions.
        It’s just that this expression, like barrel bombs in the Syrian context, is one of those used by neocons to discredit without reflection.

    • Republicofscotland

      Loony.

      Yes it’s a difficult situation to deal with especially when it involves minority communities, how to deal with it, without the community feeling persecuted. However I dont understand your singling out of Scotland on this terrible matter. Its a nationwide problem, or hadn’t you noticed.

      I’m sure you have your reasons.

      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/30/child-sexual-exploitation-offences-quadruple-report-greater-manchester

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotherham_child_sexual_exploitation_scandal

      • Loony

        It is not hard to deal with – it is very easy to deal with. People simply choose not to deal with it. I have no idea why it is deemed problematic to both prosecute and persecute people who pimp out their own infant children.

        Funny how your normal argument is that Scotland is a separate county but when faced with the hideousness of parental child exploitation Scotland and England suddenly become one and are united in facing “a nationwide problem”

        • Republicofscotland

          Looney.

          Re your first chapter, it could be the case that no one in the Roma community is willing to speak about such matters let alone give any kind of evidence on the matter.

          As for you second chapter, the yes Scotland is a country, however the last I checked it’s still part of the union.

    • Loony

      What?

      You acknowledge that tax avoidance is not illegal. You then claim that the PM is charged by the public to “stamp out such practices” In other words you claim that the PM is required to stamp out lawful activities.

      Would it not be better for everyone if people were left unmolested to go about their lawful business and people committing manifestly illegal acts (like prostituting their own infant children) were held fully accountable for their actions under the law?

      • Republicofscotland

        While forms of tax avoidance which use tax laws in ways not intended by governments may be considered legal, it is almost never considered moral in the court of public opinion.

        I should have probably in hindsight said discourage. One has to say though, how does it look in the eyes of the public, if the accusation turns out to be true

        I see by your comment that morality doesn’t extend to tax laws.

        • Loony

          You are correct. In my opinion morality does not extend to tax laws.

          Much more importantly this is also the opinion of the law, and, for the judgement of the law in this regard the whole of the UK has much to thank Scotland for. It was the Scottish Judge Lord Clyde who opined:

          “No man in this country is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so as to arrange his legal relations to his business or to his property as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel into his stores. The Inland Revenue is not slow – and quite rightly – to take every advantage which is open to it under the taxing statutes for the purpose of depleting the taxpayer’s pocket. And the taxpayer is, in like manner, entitled to be astute to prevent, so far as he honestly can, the depletion of his means by the Inland Revenue.”

          • Republicofscotland

            Loony.

            That’s all fine and dandy, however in this day and age there’s far more scrutiny by the press, and then there’s widespread public opinion on the matter, especially if you’re in the public eye.

            Just ask Jimmy Carr, who took a fair bit of stick over tax avoidance.

            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18537051

          • Loony

            What you say is true – although it is doubtful whether either the press or the public are motivated by morality. The press has long since ceased to serve any positive purpose, although it retains the power to whip up a lynch mob mentality.

            The law serves to provide protection from the basest aspects of the human condition – and should be understood and respected on that basis. The consequences of a failure to apply the law are wholly negative for the children allegedly being prostituted by their own parents, and all of society suffers when such activities are tolerated. The pitiful condition of the mass of the Zimbabwean population is to a large extent explicable by an institutionalized disregard for the law.

            Ignoring the law in order to persecute the husband of the British Prime Minister will not lead to any positive outcome for anyone. Only anarchists and communists can possibly benefit. Zimbabwe provides today’s example of the consequences of allowing such people to disregard the law.

      • Habbabkuk

        Loony

        “Would it not be better for everyone if people were left unmolested to go about their lawful business and people committing manifestly illegal acts (like prostituting their own infant children) were held fully accountable for their actions under the law?”
        ___________________

        I don’t know if it would be “better” but it would certainly be easier. After all, the fight against tax avoidance requires multilateral action and agreement whereas the fight against the sort of phenomenon you describe is entirely within the remit and powers of the individual governments (including the Scottish govt).

        Let us hope that now the matter is out in the open the Scottish govt will act to enforce the law. I’m sure they will 🙂

    • Sharp Ears

      No surprise that yet another Tory is in the frame for tax avoidance. We knew all about that in the Panama Papers – Agent Cameron, etc. Could Ree-Smog be included via the Somerset Capital outfit. There must be dozens of them at it and what about Blair?

      New kind of politics, huh? Theresa May’s husband linked to Paradise Papers
      https://www.rt.com/uk/410146-philip-may-paradise-papers/

      This is the main board of Philip May’s Capital outfit. The blurb reads
      ‘Create tomorrow… Start today.
      IN A WORLD OF INFINITE POSSIBILITIES, HOW DO YOU BUILD THE FUTURE YOU WANT?
      At Capital International Group we use our decades of experience to help your clients achieve their short and long term financial goals, whatever they may be. We have provided generations of investors with opportunities to grow and protect their wealth as well as the peace of mind that comes with our commitment to innovation, integrity and excellence.’

      There are a lorra lorra lot of ‘Longs’. The founder is said to be Peter Long.
      https://www.capital-iom.com/about-us/team/

      Their head office is based in Douglas, Isle of Man and another office in Capetown!
      https://www.capital-iom.com/about-us/regions/

      Companies within.
      https://www.capital-iom.com/legal-information/

      A swanky website. Is it an offshoot of this American Capital Group?
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_Group_Companies

  • reel guid

    The US Senate approves a $700 billion defence budget.

    A couple of days later a US Navy pilot in the state of Washington is supposedly in trouble for drawing a giant knob in the sky using his jet contrails.

    The US elite really knows how to deflect the attention of the public with something humorous about the military.

    Back in the 1950s they used Sgt Bilko.

  • Republicofscotland

    “The Belgian judge presiding over the extradition
    case of dismissed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and his four former ministers has decided to adjourn the hearing until December 4.”

    “Puigdemont and the ministers – Toni Comín, Clara Ponsatí, Meritxell Serret and Lluís Puig – testified in the Palace of Justice in Brussels on Friday for about an hour.”

    “Puigdemont’s lawyer, Jaume Alonso Cuevillas, considers the adjournment positive and said the Belgian legal system “provides a lot of guarantees” compared with the “hastiness we are used to from Spanish courts.”

    http://www.catalannews.com/politics/item/belgian-judge-adjourns-puigdemont-extradition-hearing-until-december-4

    Could be the Belgian judge, doesn’t quite see eye-to-eye with the Spain on the charges.

    Meanwhile Spain’s equivalent of Boris Johnson denies that the October 1st vote in Catalonia, wasn’t handled excessively, with regards to police violence, even though there were almost a 1000 casualties.

    Alfonso Dastis admits not having read Human Rights Watch report, denouncing the attacks to citizens during the referendum.

    http://www.catalannews.com/politics/item/october-1-police-violence-not-excessive-despite-1000-injured-spanish-minister-says

    • Habbabkuk

      “Could be the Belgian judge, doesn’t quite see eye-to-eye with the Spain on the charges.”
      ________________________

      Actually one can infer no such thing.

      Mr Puigdemont is subject to the procedures which in Belgium (and elsewhere ) apply to anyone contesting a European Arrest Warrant.

  • reel guid

    Labour’s Andrew Adonis tweeted that Alex Salmond is “legitimising Putin’s propaganda machine” and demeaning the high office of FM that he held.

    Adonis was the head of the No.10 Policy Unit at the time of the Iraq War. And according to Andrew Rawnsley in his book The End of the Party, Adonis was opposed to Blair going to war. But by remaining with Blair surely Adonis was helping to legitimise Blair’s propaganda machine. Continuing to serve a Prime Minister who had demeaned his high office by launching an illegal and destructive war by means of dishonest claims.

    Tony Blair launched an illegal, vicious and wholly needless war.

    Alex Salmond launched a legal, liberal and editorially independent TV show.

    Yet Adonis thinks Salmond is the villain.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      Now, now. Adonis is a Remainer, so the SNP has to love him. Mind you. when the opposition starts comparing you to Nazis, you know they’ve lost the argument…

      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/brexit-nazis-appease-lord-andrew-adonis-labour-peer-1930s-adolf-hitler-uk-leave-eu-a7840501.html

      Safest thing to do with Adonis is forget him. If he wasn’t a Blairite opportunist with a demagnetised moral compass, he wouldn’t be advising the Tories in the first place.

      To be fair, looking at it from the point of view of the SNP, Salmond is certainly advancing his cause by taking advantage of Russia’s proven willingness to stir the shit whenever an opportunity to divide western opinion presents itself. From any other point of view, however, it looks like collaboration. Regardless of how craftily his show has been structured.

    • fred

      “Alex Salmond launched a legal, liberal and editorially independent TV show.”

      I’ve noticed that on RT there is a constant steam of messages along the bottom of the screen.

      Does Alex Salmond control what is on them? If they say that a decision made by the World Anti-Doping agency was political is that because it is Alex Salmond’s opinion?

    • BrianFujisan

      Just to Say

      No one on this Blog is A fan of Women. More than Tony…. His Satire on my Alex link.. If you felt that I am sexist..Nothing could be Futher from Truth.. I Full heartdly apologise..I expect Tony will Follow

  • Clydebuilt

    Irish, UK Border Precedent for Independent Scotland”
    On BBC Radio Shortbread, Irish Journalist, ” the Irish Government are being very careful to ensure that whatever agreement is arrived at between Ireland and the UK can’t be seen as a precedent for an Independent Scotland’s border with RUK” . . . . . So why can’t this border arrangement deal be seen as a precedent for Scotland. . . . For no reason other than . . . . . They are going to say it can’t!

  • reel guid

    Kezia Dugdale to do a reality telly show. One of the range of cringe benefits for bring a unionist politico. House of Lordingit next.

    • Republicofscotland

      He has firmly ruled out any prospect of a future coalition with the SNP, saying “there will be no ground ceded to nationalism at the expense of progressive socialism under my leadership”.

      The former GMB union official was born and raised in England, and had a private education – which some critics have claimed could prove problematic for him.

      There you have it a privately educated leader, who will not cede any ground to nationalism or the SNP, is Richard Leonard, Theresa May in disguise?

      • reel guid

        Ros

        Leonard’s now going to have to justify his party’s pro-brexit stance to Scotland. Justify us being taken out the EU against our majority vote. Justify Scotland’s likely enforced exclusion from the single market. Justify Labour’s lack of opposition to the Tory downgrading of Holyrood.

        Even a charismatic politician would find all that impossible. A charmless party apparatchik like Leonard will be at sea.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      It is indeed wonderful that Scottish nationalists still believe that the BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation should favour their movement. Still, you can be sure that Scottish Labour will pull back some seats without the BBC’s aid.

  • reel guid

    One of those upbeat BBC trailers extolling the virtue of BBC news coverage by using music and fast moving images. The voiceover says “reporting an increasingly dangerous world” and immediately the fast moving pictures are of Putin and the Kremlin followed quickly by images of Kim Jong-un and some missiles. So the subliminal message is that Putin is on a par with the North Korean leader.

    The BBC never do propaganda. Oh no. That’s for RT.

    • Habbabkuk

      The reason could be that Mr Putin and the Dear Leader represent rather different threats in different geographical areasto the world community.

          • Republicofscotland

            Okay Israel invading Lebanon, looks likely, Israel and Saudi Arabia attacking Iran, that looks likely.

            Trump and his coerced minions in Nato and the EU, causing a conflict with China a possibility.

            Saudi Arabia, causing mass famine and disease in Yemen, oops sorry that’s already happening.

            The collapsing of Venezuela’s economy due to a USA, staged civil war, oh sorry already underway.

          • Habbabkuk

            “The collapsing of Venezuela’s economy due to a USA, staged civil war,…”
            _______________________

            Don’t be so silly. The economic collapse of Venezuela was caused uniquely by economic and political bungling on the part of the Venezuelan government under Presidents Chavez and Maduro. In the same way as the economic hardships of Zimbabwe are due to the corrupt crony dictatorial policies of Comrade President Mugabe and the ZANU government. Blaming everything on foreign governments is a well known trope from West-haters.

  • reel guid

    Ireland’s Taoiseach has given May a deadline of a month to explain her border plans or he’ll scupper the trade talks.

    Doesn’t Varadkar get it yet? The UK government doesn’t have plans. They’re way too dysfunctional for plans.

  • reel guid

    STV News are reporting that Richard Leonard has told them he will be meeting with Labour MSPs to discuss suspending Kezia Dugdale!

    The promise of reconciliation didn’t last long.

    Unless the rumour about Kez being about to declare for indy is true.

    • Republicofscotland

      The infighting goes on, the branch office in Scotland is not fit for purpose.

      If I recall correctly Richard Leonard, spent years at the GMB, a pro-Trident, unionist lobby group, I think Leonard was a political officer.

  • reel guid

    The Local is reporting that a satirical comedian on Catalan radio called Eduard Biosca is being sued by the Guardia Civil and has been summoned to appear before a judge in January.

    Got anything to say about that Labour Party? Want to comment?

    Or is it just the rule of law being applied in Spain and it’s not our business?

    No. I say it’s insidious, creeping fascism. In our Europe.

    • Republicofscotland

      reel guid.

      Staying on the shambles that is the branch office of London Labour in Scotland. As you rightly said Richard Leonard wants to suspend Kezia Dugdale.

      Apparently it’s all to do with Dugdale jetting of to Australia, to star in Im a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

      Two things spring to mind, one Dugdale appears to be disillusioned by politics/Labour, and secondly when was Dugdale ever classed as a celebrity?

      Still it a bit of schadenfraude will be most welcome, watching Dugdale squirm amongst the beetles and cockroaches.

      https://stv.tv/news/politics/1402512-leonard-dugdale-may-be-suspended-in-next-few-days/

      • reel guid

        Ros

        Shambles indeed. A few weeks ago Dugdale and Rowley were the leader and depute leader. Then Dugdale resigned amid talk of her being plotted against. Then the two sets of supporters of the candidates for new leader start viciously fighting, to make it into the bitterest contest Labour’s seen for ages. Then the interim leader Rowley steps down amid allegations. And Dugdale goes further and calls for the suspension of her erstwhile depute. Rowley is duly suspended. Leonard is elected over bitter rival Sarwar. The same day, Leonard talks of seeking the suspension of Dugdale.

        However Jackie Baillie got to be interim Scottish Labour leader for literally a couple of days. The highlight of her career.

      • Rob Royston

        Now that Fifi Le Bon Bon has such close ties with the SNP she’s maybe hoping to get back as the preferred commentor on the Scotsman if Alex gets the chairman’s slot. She used to be able to post an hour ahead of everyone else when she was batting for Better Together.

  • Republicofscotland

    “On Friday, crowds took part in the march to commemorate Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, the founder of Falange Espanola, who was executed by the Spanish Republican government on November 20, 1936. Created in
    1933, Falange Espanola was a nationalist party inspired by Italian fascism.”

    So they gave the Nazi salute whilst singing Cara al Sol in Madrid. I don’t recall the BBC reporting this fascist activity.

    However the BBC, at present appears to be obsessed with Russian hacking, and the plight of the Rohingya Muslims, whilst virtually demonising home grown Muslims.

    https://www.rt.com/news/410255-nazi-salute-madrid-march/

    • nevermind

      very good point, our eyes are directed to the BBC’s and western war narrative, our right to enforce the right kind of democracy and human rights with bombs. That there are fascists in our midst does not play any tune, is low key acceptance, unless off course, its too blatant and kills off our own representatives.

      Europe is full of fanatical fascists and Germany, at a brink of another election as coalition talks have largely failed, is going to get another chance to give more fascists their public consent, nothing to be worried about, fascism has won over the western world and its worst proponents are seen as models for the new apartheid against those who are hungry, bombed out of their homes, or without any prospect of having a life.

      The biggest fascists are those who depend on war for their dollars, who can’t direct their fuzzied two braincells to more than fuelling paranoia, selling arms and false discourse like this Russia is a threat.

      The biggest threat to the world would be a war with unforeseen consequences of a nuclear war in a now methane rich atmosphere. Followed by a nuclear winter of some awesome proportions it is very likely to set off some major vulcanos, very likely extending this period of global winter.

      The idiots who believe they can survive this kind of scenario must be pitied, closely controlled and disabled.

      The BBC is the ministry of Truth as envisaged by George Orwell, but without the clout and power, yet. That they were envisaged to be directed and paid for by a franchise is what’s done it, their dependencies have coloured everything they do and hence they are no better than the politicians who think that nobody but themselves is allowed or should be trusted with power.
      they would not know the meaning of democracy and their claim to running the worlds first parliamentary democracy sounds not only hollow, but holed.

      Democracy that does not evolve to include its voters is just another form of dear leadership, fascism by so many names.

  • reel guid

    Latest Score.

    Post war Italian Prime Ministers 42 Post devo Scottish Labour* leaders 9

    Catching up.

    *Interim leaders not counted

  • reel guid

    Richard Leonard as a GMB man has long been in favour of Trident.

    Speaking of the Dugdale situation and the Labour MSPs meeting, Leonard said “I think we will come to a collective decision”.

    By that he probably means everyone will have to agree with the new leader.

    For The Lennie Not The Many.

    • MJ

      The last time it invaded, in 2006, Lebanon’s Iranian weaponry proved effective in forcing a retreat.

      • Kerch'ee Kerch'ee Coup

        But it was the dedication and training of the Lebanese resistance that enabled them to use what weapons they had to turn back the Israelis. As the Saudis are finding in Yemen, it takes a great deal of advanced weaponry to make up for a lack of resolution.
        BTW , could MBS invite May over to the Ritz Carlton Detention Centre for a few days.It seems too large for one ex-PM?

        • nevermind

          Moreover what will china do? it needs Iranian oil more than the rich f…kers in the US and the west, to provide the basics of life for our increasingly impoverished working class societies.

          Plotting for war and selling arms to both sides should be dealt with by the UN, but they are subjected to word play and squabbling by the US, over a chemical weapons who dun-it in Syria with all the hallmarks of a white Helmet false flag.
          Now Israel is claiming to be attacked in the Golan, deary me, that a cease fire agreement from 1974 had been breached, in an occupied territory it has stolen from Syria and is exploiting for oil, a resource burgling, a land grab that has been condemned by the whole world.

          It is to be seen whether Israel will be pushed out of that stolen property and a new ceasefire agreement reached, that the Sheeba farms and South Lebanon will also be freed and that Israel is thrown out of the UN for a 10 year delinquency/ non compliance period.

          Anybody who is complicit with Israel should also be expelled to think about it, if that destroys a currently incapable UN, so be it.

  • reel guid

    Blimey. Corbyn has just said that Dugdale should not be suspended. In opposition to the attitude of Richard Leonard, the supposedly Corbynite victor of the leadership election.

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    • Rob Royston

      Sounds like an absolute idiot. There was not a victory in this situation for anyone. Whatever the reason for the massive cash-flow problem let us hope that it is a problem that can be resolved so that everyone gets on with earning a living and getting this project completed. Otherwise they will not get near the next one.
      I just hope none of the lads took any notice of his dangerous divisive talk.

  • Jeffrey Robinson

    The Answer

    Then what is the answer?- Not to be deluded by dreams.

    To know that great civilizations have broken down into violence,
    and their tyrants come, many times before.

    When open violence appears, to avoid it with honor or choose
    the least ugly faction; these evils are essential.

    To keep one’s own integrity, be merciful and uncorrupted
    and not wish for evil; and not be duped
    By dreams of universal justice or happiness.
    These dreams will
    not be fulfilled.

    To know this, and know that however ugly the parts appear
    the whole remains beautiful.
    A severed hand
    Is an ugly thing and man dissevered from the earth and stars
    and his history.
    .
    .
    for contemplation or in fact.
    .
    .

    Often appears atrociously ugly.
    Integrity is wholeness,
    the greatest beauty is
    Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty
    of the universe.
    Love that, not man
    Apart from that, or else you will share man’s pitiful confusions,
    or drown in despair when his days darken.

    John Robinson Jeffers (January 10, 1887 – January 20, 1962)

    • Sharp Ears

      Note that the author, Dr Summerfield, was sued for libel by Blachar.

      ‘Rather than investigating the claims made in the appeal, Blachar filed a libel suit in London against the individual who headed the 2009 campaign (and is also the author of this article). We rebutted the suit, which alleged we had duped signatories into signing the petition. Signatories helped us with our successful rebuttal by asserting to the libel lawyers that they were no dupes. Noam Chomsky was among those in public support of our effort.

      The latest of these attempts to hold the IMA accountable came last year when 71 UK-based doctors made a fresh appeal to the WMA. This time, the submission also leaned on the 2011 Physicians for Human Rights-Israel report “Doctoring the Evidence, Abandoning the Victim: The Involvement of Medical Professionals in Torture and Ill Treatment in Israel” regarding the work of Israeli doctors in security units where torture of detainees was routine.

      Why, the 2016 submission asked, were the doctors posted to these units not protecting detainees and protesting their treatment? And why has the Israeli Medical Association not acted on such reports, as it should according to the standards set down by the World Medical Association? ‘

    • giyane

      ” It is now more than 20 years since Amnesty International first concluded that Israeli doctors working with Israel’s security services “form part of a system in which detainees are tortured, ill-treated and humiliated in ways that place prison medical practice in conflict with medical ethics.”

      The UK is not far behind Israel fascism. Tomorrow an employment agency has given me a task to work at a hospital for those who are currently not in sufficient mental health to go to prison. let’s be clear what an agency is. It is a broker employed by corporate power to resource labour at the cheapest price and with the least human rights for the contracted person.

      Like my last corporate contract where I questioned why the basement car park of a student accommodation building owned by Untie Students was completely overrun by rats. tomorrow I am going to be questioning why it is beneficial to our society to so reduce the working conditions and pay of our citizens that they are unable to find anywhere to live, cannot sustain their basic needs and therefore suffer mental health difficulties.

      WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE NUMBER OF JOBS IN THE UK WHEN THE ONLY POINT OF CONTACT FOR THE EMPLOYEE ABOUT THEIR WORK IS THE AGENCY THAT WORKS FOR AND ONLY SERVES THE INTEREST OF THE CORPORATE EMPLOYER?

      Apparently the majority of the haves, who bought their houses when they were affordable, see fit to vote for the corporate party , the Tories. It is of no interest whatsoever to them that the working class face poverty that disables their mental health. It is of no interest to them that their own children are affected by the same problems and have to stay at home to survive. And they are satisfied by the PM pontificating that it is her commitment to do something about the problem when it is her party and the right-wing Blairite party that created all these problems – from a base of world-class levels of social provision.

      the Tories and Blairites have created a downward curve of mental health for the working class which will go below the standards of Israeli fascism against the Palestinians, in a very few months, if it is not already at that level now.

      • giyane

        ” the haves, who bought their houses when they were affordable ,,”
        At a time when working conditions were very favourable, including pensions. These troughers are the ones that have sold the next generation down the road by making temporary employment the norm, reducing pay, and all subject to instant dismissal without any redress or tribunal.

  • reel guid

    Ex-Guardian Journalist Michael White has called all pro-independence people in Scotland ethnic cleansers. This was in a twitter reply to Tory MSP Adam Tomkins.

    Three weeks ago on Radio 4, White’s take on the Westminster sex scandals was that female political journalists were “predators” who often took advantage of “poor old ugly” male MPs. He was rightly criticised by many for that. As he should be for his unfounded slur on Scots.

    In the past White has described the working classes as “tribal”.

    What white and middle class British nationalist men like White cannot accept is that they’ve had their day of feeling and acting superior to others.

    • giyane

      Nationalists, eh?

      What makes you think you’re better than me , just because you’re a Scotsman? Only asking.

        • giyane

          Good. The manager, Clive Edwards, at Unite Students thought it was appropriate for him to closet a Muslim married woman in his office and address her as ” Hello Beautiful “, while sacking me for joking that alcoholics are drawn to work in pubs like dirty old men like me are drawn to work in student accommodation. ” Oh , ” he says,” women need chatting up and complimenting.”
          { when he’s doing the chatting up with his job and pension, but not when I’m doing it on my 4 hours notice sub-contractor terms and conditions. }

          I think Michael White ( who he? ) is perfectly entitled to question the old-fashioned idea that the sexual frissance of chatting up is a one-way street from men to women. The law is on a 200 year time-delay, or at least it was when I got divorced, because it always blames the man if anything goes wrong, and hands over the property and custody of the children to the woman, even if the man has done nothing wrong and she has been bonking the local football team.

          Most of these professional poltical women have bonked themselves silly through university and IMHO have no right whatsoever to feign innocence when dealing with an MP’s inappropriate flirtation. Michael White sounds like a man with his head screwed on.

      • Robert Crawford

        Remember this,
        I am not better than you Giyane, and you are not better than me.

        Come up to Scotland and start your own business.
        Good Tradesmen are always needed and usually do well here.

  • giyane

    Boris Johnson is again in the limelight for announcing that he will award £4 billion to Iran. last week he brought dishonour to the office for which he is responsible by lying ( as he often has in the past ). he stated that an Iranian prisoner was teaching journalism when he knew that she was on holiday. Are there no depths this evil man will not fathom? No, because in the week prior to that, when government ministers were forced to resign for touching women, he refused to resign for making women pregnant in extra-marital affairs.

    I have nothing against him having a second wife, and children, and bringing them up in honour and responsibility. But to allow government ministers to resign, local councillors to commit suicide and feminism to rule the House of Commons and not resign himself, is utter hypocrisy, and brings UK and Mrs May’s parliament into international ridicule. If he won’t resign, Sack him .

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