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The Ultimate Selfservative And Her Slowly Slipping Halo. 

If you asked me who was without doubt the most arrogant, deluded , self serving politician in Scotland. My answer would not be our First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Nor would it be her predecessor predecessor and the man unionists love to hate Alex Salmond.  Labour leader Kezia Dugdale is another who will be glad to know she failed to win this most unwanted title as did the Liberal Democrats Scottish leader Willie Rennie or the Tory Party’s Secretary for Scotland in a state and before you ask I did get that job description the right way round especially when you consider the occupant of it is one David Mundell. If you had given me the last answer however, you would be getting a lot  closer as to who I believe holds this title. You see I believe the most arrogant and deluded politician in Scotland is the leader of the Scottish Conservative group at Holyrood Ruth Davidson. 

Yes I have surprised you haven’t I ? Well not if your a regular reader of this blog I haven’t.  I have never believed that  Ruth is anywhere near as talented as she likes to think , unless you measure talent by  the size of your ego rather than your intellect or how many sycophantic friends you have in the UK Press And Media. 

Ever since the beginning of the indeprndence referendum campaign there has been a concerted effort by those sympathetic to the unionist view to remould and detoxify the previously toxic Tory brand in Scotland and slowly but surely we saw the Tories who many of us regardless of our position on the constitutional position thought were on the edge not only of mainstream political thought but also of normality brought back in to our political discourse and in Ruth Davidson the British establishment created the toy that no-one even thought possible the cuddly Tory and some people began to take that toy on trial. 

During the referendum Davidson won a reputation as a feisty debater who wasn’t afraid to make she believed was a positive case for the UK and Scotland’s place in the union.  However, it was in the aftermath of the referendum that Opperation Ruth really got under way as she positioned herself as the self styled saviour of the union. The fact that Davidson was able to achieve this was due in no small part to the collapse of the Labour Party  due to their vote being more pro independence than the  leadership of the Scottish party ever believed possible. This in Ruth’s world meant that Labour and the Liberal Democrats would at some time have to be open to greater powers for the Scottish Parliament or even embrace independence from the UK. To her this was completely unacceptable and she was going to tell us this and make sure we got the message 

Helped at every opportunity by her friends in the press Davidson was given a very easy ride and was left to attack the Scottish Government at every available chance. It was becoming more obvious by the day that  the cuddly conservative had now become the cuddly unionist and was allowed to campaign in every recent election be it Council, Scottish , and Westminster on only one issue namely her opposition to what she described as a second divisive independence referendum.

The fact that both the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats also ran on this campaign was absolutely shocking but proof if any were needed that it was Davidson who had framed the unionist debate in post referendum Scotland. As someone who got politically active as a twenty something during the Thatcher Years I have to admit it caused me very real and genuine concern that nobody seemed to mention the fact she was a Tory least of all Davidson herself . Indeed in the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary Elections one could have been forgiven for thinking that the Scottish Conservative And Unionist Party had been renamed the Ruth Davidson Party so absent were the words Conservative, or Tory from her campaign literature. 

With her unexpected success in replacing The Labour Party as the main opposition party at Holyrood Davidson began to display the first signs of the arrogance which will eventually destroy her by claiming that she was now leader of the official opposition to the SNP government of Nicola Sturgeon despite the fact there is no such title for the opposition in Holyrood. 

As if this wasn’t enough she then boasted despite her party being comprehensively destroyed in the constituency vote by the SNP that she was the slayer of nationalists when campaigning for the UK to remain in the European Union.   In any other country in the world this would have been hailed as a sign of politician losing their mind but in unionist Scotland, it was hailed as a sign of a stateswoman and it was no surprise that she won the Herald Politician Of The Year award a decision I thought was absolutely laughable. 

Since then the press and media have continued talk up Ruth Davidson as the voice of mainstream political unionism in Scotland and her party’s recent electoral success in gaining 13 seats at the UK General Election will no doubt be used as further evidence of that  claim. This is all very well but there are I think a couple of fatal flaws in this argument. The first came at the end of March during the debate in the Scottish Parliament on whether or not to hold a second independence referendum when Ruth showed her temper by attempting to tell First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to  sit down. This was bullying pure and simple and it far from being a stateswoman Davidson was no more than a petulant  child in a job which demands more talents than she has in  her locker.

The second flaw was shown during the live TV election debates when the mask of the cuddly unionist began to slip as she was grilled on  the controversial rape clause legislation and again her temper began to show a very ugly side to her personality. 

It was however in a one to one interview that the bold Ruth showed how deluded she was when she claimed that the SNP did not win last year’s Scottish Elections. This and her recent posting of a picture of a supermodel on the Twitter social networking  site  show a politician who is slowly but steadily embarking on a journey to political decline and her hubris will be the death of a political career which was built on a house of sand. The halo of the ultimate selfservative has slowly started to slip and it is only a matter of time before it completes its downward journey and  I look forward to the inevitable crash. 

Till next time

Gayle X


After The Votes Were Counted The Result Was A Night Of Mixed Emotions

This will not be an easy post to write nor indeed should it be. As I look back on the events of last Thursday evening it is I hope with a cool head that I review the results of the UK General Election and in particular what it means for the politics of Scotland. 

Having won 56 of the 59 Scottish seats in the election of  2015 it is I think fair to say that for the SNP this was always going to be a difficult night and I say that openly and with a Scottish National Party card in my purse. The fact this was a snap election called by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May to get a mandate for her hard Brexit strategy seemed to wrong foot my party who just didn’t seem prepared for it or the fight it was going to bring. After all the only elections we were supposed to be fighting this year were of the local council variety. 

Talking of the council elections these should have given the SNP a warning of just how dirty  all the unionist parties were prepared to fight. The fact that there were all sorts of tactical voting arrangements in place to defeat SNP candidates should have sent a flashing amber light straight to SNP headquarters and the fact that it didn’t seem to do this is something I find very alarming indeed. All through the council election campaign all three leaders of the pro UK parties were talking of nothing else but the threat of  a second divisive independence referendum and a willing press and media allowed them the space to do so. 

It is my  opinion that the SNP were far too civilised on this issue and we should have went for the throat in a much more assertive manner with all of our pro union opponents and we should have went for Ruth Davidson in particular far harder than  we did and not let her get away with her outrageous and disgraceful behaviour against our democratically elected First Minister.  Ever since last year’s Scottish election Davidson has been acting as if she had won that election, and not the SNP. This should have been held up to ridicule and Davidson should have been forced to defend her Conservative policies rather than get away Brit free with  her one issue campaign on defending  her precious union. 

Now whilst this may be perceived as bias by those concerned I am more concerned  about our apparent lack of fight in meeting this ridiculous claim head on and forcing the unionists on to the back foot.  This must be at least to some extent responsible for our loses on Thursday night as more than any other  party SNP voters need to be inspired by a campaign that motivates them to vote and to me at least that didn’t happen this time 

The matter of tactical voting wasn’t taken anywhere near as seriously as it should have been by the SNP and it  wasn’t just unionists who were  doing it. There were in my opinion three groups of yes voters who exercised their own version of independence and  anyone who says this didn’t happen is denying reality. These groups were left leaning yes voters who voted Labour for Jeremy Corbyn and his vision of a fairer society, Yexit voters in rural areas especially but not exclusively in the North of Scotland , this was a group of voters who voted yes for independence in 2014 but voted to leave the European Union, and the stay at home voters who will always vote SNP when they go out to vote  but who if they feel the party has let them down or are not doing enough in key areas and have not been engaged by the manifesto or contacted by local activists  may exercise their democratic right to withhold their vote and there is no doubt that all three of these factors played against the party on this occasion.

 This however, could have been migitgated at local level if we had been a bit bolder in holding the unionist parties feet to the fire and challenging them on the authenticity and indeed sincerity of their views. For example we should have sought to make much more of the internal Labour Party fued between Jeremy Corbyn and his Scottish party leader Kezia Dugdale and highlighted the fact that far from being  Corbynistas the vast majority of the Scottish candidates had more in common with Kez than they did with Jez. 

Whilst I’m not sure it would have prevented any of our loses to Labour with the possible exception of Glasgow North East, I do believe that such tactics might have firmed up our majorities in a significant number of the seats we managed to hold thus making it easier to defend them at the next election. Instead of that it may well be the case though I hope it isn’t, that we have to go in to that election with the kind of fire fighting strategy aimed at avoiding a whole swathe of loses to Labour in what used to be their heartland seats.  It is my opinion that should this be the case the SNP will be looking at a return of between 18 -23 seats maximum and on a really bad night we could go down as low as 8-12. However if as I think we should, we take a more assertive line against our opponents I see no reason why we can’t win between 44-48 seats at the  next election. 

I believe we have to go down this road as I think there are dangers in playing too nice. Let’s face it we campaigned as the nice party in this election and it didn’t work and to be honest I don’t see it working in  future .  You can call me alarmist if you like, but I prefer realistic. You see I learned from the best my like lecturer in electoral behaviour Malcolm Dickson who did the System Three polls for the Herald and our resident professor who at that time gave guest lectures which I always made sure to attend. I am of course talking about the voice of elections in Scotland John Curtice who I’m sure would be happy to see one of his former students exercising such caution in their forecasting 

If  my caution is justified and born of out of both experience and I hope reason, my party’s caution was to some extent dictated by the fact that this was a Westminster election and the fact that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn produced by their recent standards a radical manifesto which captured the imagination of voters throughout the UK and had I not been a member of the SNP and been so emotionally committed to my party and our ultimate aim of independence I could easily have been one of the yes voters who could have loaned my vote to Labour Party to get Jeremy Corbyn elected as Prime Minister.

The other key reasons for my party’s caution was the fact that having won an unrealistically high number of seats it was always going to be a night when the unionist voters would indulge themselves in a wee bit of tactical voting to get rid of some of our most talented and high profile MP’s whilst the media predicted the end of the road for our Westminster leader Angus Robertson who lost his Moray seat to the Conservatives, Callum Kerr and Richard Arkless who were the victims of a Conservative clean sweep in the Border constituencies Kirsteen Oswald whose East Renfrewshire seat once the safest Tory seat in Scotland returned to its natural home for the first time since the days of Alan Stewart, Stuart Donaldson in Kincardine And West Aberdeenshire and Pete Wishart who ironically enough fulfilled my  prediction and held on in Perth and North Perthshire. They didn’t pick up on others which were definitely on my vulnerable list such as Angus , Stirling, Ochil And South Perthshire,  and potentially Alex Salmond’s Gordon constituency  though I thought this was likely to be a Liberal Democrat gain rather than a Tory one.  

I have to say that the more the campaign went the more concerned I became for the SNP candidates who were fighting a difficult election on an agenda over which they had little control. At the beginning of the campaign I rather optimistically predicted that the Conservatives would get no more  than six seats and may even be lucky to get that. It is however fair to say that as the campaign progressed I began to see the direction of travel and it wasn’t travelling in our direction and even as a lifetime optimist I started to think the scale of our loses could be and in all probability would be far heavier than I first thought. Indeed on the morning of the election I forecast to a friend that my prediction for my party was between 38-44 seats, a far cry from the 48-52 seats most of my friends and even some sections of the press believed we would win. 

All things consideredthis  election was not a good one for the SNP or at least not on the surface , but if I take a closer look at it from a more personal perspective I think it could be discribed as a night of mixed emotions for me and my party. Yes we lost some serious big hitters from our ranks but  make no mistake we are a party with plenty of talent in our ranks and I hope that honourable members such as Alison Thewliss,  Chris Stephens,  Joanna Cherry , Lisa Cameron,  Mhairi Black ,  Stephen  Gethins , Stewart MacDonald , Tommy Sheppard and others will be given the chance to shine in this parliament and by doing so demonstrate the wealth of highly skilled representatives we have at our disposal.  
It is I think fair to say  that despite our  loses most of which were inevitable for a party in the mid term of a third term Scottish Government, and in an election when UK politics has been more polarised  than at any time since the 1980’s the SNP still won the Scottish part of this election. I believe to do this in the face of an unprecedented and vicious press and media onslaught represents a truly remarkable achievement from which we should take quiet satisfaction. You see by removing what they see as our most talented MP’s the Conservatives may actually have accidentally strengthened our hand as with no Angus or Alex to cast in the role of the bogeyman it will be so much harder for them cast us as a two man team now than was previously the case. 

Looking back on the  events of the night I have to say that after the votes were counted it was a night of mixed emotions.  From a personal  perspective I had as good an election as was going to be possible given the circumstances as  I watched with pride the return of several of my closest  political allies to serve as their constituency  MPs and my reputation for fairness and accuracy   as a political  pundit was vindicated by my early morning election day prediction being uncomfortably close to the truth 

Meanwhile with regards to the gains  made by the pro UK parties I will await with interest the verdict on the new Labour and Tory intake and how many of them will actually be up to the job. I suggest that it may not be quite as many as they think and once they have to talk on  issues other than their obsessive hatred of the SNP and independence they may  be found out for what they are and the SNP stand  best  placed to benefit from such a scenario.

 At the beginning of this campaign all the unionist leaders in Scotland said they wanted to send Nicola Sturgeon a message, and to a certain extent they got their wish. It is my opinion however, that sometimes people should be careful what they wish for as they may actually get it and find to their horror that it might  not be as good as they think.  

Till next time 

Gayle X

Democracy Matters 

On day 20 of NaPoWriMo I tacke the media made myth that Scotland’s voters and getting tired of voting and may be have a bit of voter fatigue. This is exactly how Ruth Davidson and Kezia Dugdale  want you to feel , it represents by far their best chance of even limited electoral success as they know that a politically motivated Scotland is not in their intersts These people who are no  more than branch office managers for their respective Westminster parties are really keen for Scotland to be quiet and go back to sleep so they can do what they like and no-one will notice or even care. It is therefore fair to say that apathy is one of the most important weapons they happen to have in their quest to keep Scotland subordinate and that’s why I’ve tilted this poem Democracy Matters. I hope you enjoy the read. 
Democracy Matters. 

The drip feeding has started on TV and in the press

as the establishment suggest 

the voters of Scotland are fed up with voting 

 you’ve  got to be  joking 

I never tire of defending my hard won rights and liberties 

I’ll campaign hard but I’ll do it with dignity 

you see I’ve been involved in too many fights 

for too many causes 

to ever even think of giving up on democracy 

so when I hear people say 

I don’t do politics 

I say a prayer for the apathetic 

and hope they remember their words 

when someone they don’t like gets elected 

and their rights are infringed 

I’ve had enough of this cringing 

it really is time for them to stop their whinging 

or shut up and never raise their voice in anger  again 

as for who wins the race to number 10 

God forbid  the Tories will be re-elected 

though I think they will 

I like some Labour policies 

but voting for them would be 

 too bitter a pill to swallow

their still toxic to me 

I voted yes to independence 

and will do so again 

I’m scunnered with Westminster

and their heartless austerity policies

I want to live in a country where democracy  matters 
where our rights and liberties are respected 

and no-one needs to live in fear 

because of who they are 

or what  they are perceived to be 

stereotypes don’t do it for me 

my politics will  never be 

 about giving people different coloured triangles 

this is not 1933 

I wouldn’t be here if it  was

a trans woman with physical impairments 

who supports the Trade Union movement 

I’d have been a cert for the final solution 

my only saving grace would have been

having so many labels 

the Nazi’s wouldn’t have known 

where to place me or what box to tick  

though no doubt they would have got me on something 

trust me I’m not bluffing 

this country is facing a very stark choice 

if we don’t use our vote 

The Tories will claim we’ve made our choice 

more families will be forced in to poverty 

more disabled people will die 

but the top one percent will thrive 

and the media will spin it

 that we’re doing well 

they’ll talk of prosperity and dig out a few selective examples 

as proof of their point 

giving no further thought to consequences of their actions 

or the trail of devastation they leave in their wake 

to be apathetic to this heartless government 

is a risk I’m not willing to take 

If you say we’re voting too often 

that’s your call 

but if you fall for this trap 

 don’t say you weren’t warned 

when your nightmares become reality 

and  one by one your rights die 

at the dawn of a true blue Tory kingdom 

united in your name

 by your apathy and your ignorance 

© Gayle  Smith 2017 

Breakfast Means Breakfast

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In her recent speech to the Conservative Party Conference  British Prime Minister Theresa May seemed to be under the delusion that she could stop Scotland from holding a second independence referendum  should we choose to do so, simply by sneering at us and shouting Brexit Means Brexit. Now far be it from me to put an unelected tyrant with no mandate in Scotland in her place but she needs to be told if there’s any sneering to be done we’re the ones who are going to do it.  Well at least we have a First Minister who has been democratically elected by our people and who but for a corrupt system of PR would be heading a second majority government. It is as a reminder to the Right Honourable Lady that she will never stop the people of Scotland exercising our democratic will that I have written this poem which takes a satirical look at the sinister anti Scottish undertones in her speech. I have titled it Breakfast Means Breakfast , I hope you enjoy the read.

Breakfast Means Breakfast

I had to tell them no
you can’t have lunch I forbid it
you must understand I’m in command
there is just one meal you’re getting
so don’t go forgetting
Breakfast means Breakfast
Now where are my chocolate digestives
I hope that Nicola and Kezia
haven’t been helping themselves
I’ll need to put their favourites on the top shelves
with that stuff I have to stash away from Boris
no wonder I gave him the job of dealing with Johnny Foreigner
but for now breakfast means breakfast
now where is my Belgian chocolate
damn I can’t remember where I hid it
all I know is I placed it
out of the reach of the children
this is my kingdom not theirs
It’s not fair they don’t like me
well except Ruth
the only one who accepts
my truth
lives by my rules
without question
the rest will just have to learn
what I say goes
I’m replacing Thistles with Roses
and Haggis with Tripe
I don’t care if they don’t like it
I’m banning shortbread and Irn Bru forever
this family is better together
they will not be allowed to leave home
I’m putting my foot down and stamping it loudly
because I’m proud to be head of this house
and no-one will take my position
this is my kingdom
and some tartan agitators
SNP Greens and and Leftie Labour
need to be told
nobody mocks my golden ambition
of a new Victorian age
where those who ruled commanded the stage
and those we ruled knew their place
we got the nice plates and the
the treats
and they got the scraps but  were content with their lot
why can’t the Scots see
this is the way it’s meant to be
I take holidays to Greece
whilst they have greasy diets
which will make them too fat to riot.
I need to keep them quiet
and remind them that no matter the time of day
they will do as I say
and breakfast means breakfast
they are getting no free lunches
yes I know their revenue pays
for my attack of the munchies
but that’s irrelevant
like the Welsh and all others
I don’t like they live in the servants, quarters
my world does have borders
to keep the foreigners out
they may be nice in there proper place
I wear French lace
and Italian leather
but my  family are better together
and they will come first at all times
I can’t decide whether to have
French or Spanish wine
with my Italian meal
It’s a tough decision
but I will make it my way
and the United Kingdom
will rejoice whatever do
as for the Scots they’ll be too busy finishing their cereal to care
eventually they’ll give up in despair
content themselves with one meal a day
and concede their irrational demands
they will love the breakfast menu
it will come decorated in red white and blue
what’s that ?
I heard the door shutting
someone’s left a note
it says thanks for nothing
we’re off out to the Cafe Euro
so don’t wait up we’re not coming back
we’re moving on
the diet is less restrictive
has more choice
and the menu is written in multitude of tongues
it’s the kind of place where breakfast is only served once a day
and doesn’t come with a side of attitudes

@ Gayle Smith 2016

Scotland Knew A Laing Time Ago Westminster Maths Were Flawed But Fringe Politicians Still Live In The Past In The Hope We’ll Go Back In Our Box

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As the annual GERS report in to Scottish government finances shows Scotland’s economy currently running at a deficit I have no doubt that the more demented amongst the unionist community will be raising a glass of champange or perhaps more accurately swigging from a bottle of buckfast as they celebrate what they will attempt to justify as a vindication of the Scotland is too wee, too poor and too stupid to run our own country without the generous help of the benefits we gain from being part of the United Kingdom.

However if these career hacks and their barely literate assortment of acquaintances whose only interests are what they’ll be served on the gravy train or where their next shellsuit may come from l think for one minute that they can win this argument they are even more deluded than I thought they were and believe me that is not easy.

I say this because a straight talking former Corporol of the 2nd battalion the Parachute Regiment who is a fervent supporter of Scottish independence once told me never to under estimate the stupidity and servility of your average Scottish unionist. It was advice I had received earlier from my dad and my gran and that by the way was my mammy’s mammy and was already heeding, still it did no harm to have the message reinforced especially by a man voted from Castlemilk, who is exactly the type of voter that the British loyal Labour and unionist Party as he always called them would have taken for granted.

As if to prove the deadly accuracy of this assessment the more feral unionists who always take delight in talking Scotland down seem to conveniently forget that the report over which they are salivating was and I quote former Conservative Party Secretary of State for Scotland Ian Laing deliberately designed to make the case against any form of Scottish home rule unappealing to Scottish voters. This whether they like it or not is a fact and therefore this report will by its very nature always have a pro union bias thus taking away its credibility as an objective summary of Scotland’s economic performance.

I would also have thought if the unionists were going to lie to the people of Scotland they would at least have the brains to do it right but alas it seems I have greatly over estimated their powers of consistency. You see it was only two years ago this report claimed that Scotland’s deficit was running at £28 billion. This is a disaster for the unionists no matter how you look at because for it now only to be£14 billion means one of two things, either the SNP have a leadership of such genius we have halved our national deficit in just under two years, or and much more likely the GERS report is a pack of carefully manipulated lies.

Now I don’t know why, but despite the fact I am a card carrying member of the SNP or maybe even because of it, I favour the second option. You see it’s just a wee bit too suspicious to me that these figures take no account of Scotland’s contribution to what the unionists would call national projects from which our people will derive no economic , cultural, or social benefits. These include projects like the restoration of Westminster, The upgrade of the HS2 rail project which doesn’t come within 100 miles of the Scottish border, and hosting the toxic political viagra which our so-called UK leaders deemed to dangerous for a remote part of England yet feels is perfectly safe for the central belt of Scotland which is home to over half of the country’s population.

These statistics also ignore Scotland’s oil and whisky revenue which would and Westminster knows this wipe out any alleged debt overnight. To say otherwise is to mislead the people of Scotland and whilst on the subject of our national drink these figures do not account for the missing money which is syphoned from the Scottish economy and diverted to Westminster when whisky is taken from Scotland to be shipped from English ports so the profits go to the UK Government rather than the country in which it was produced.

This in my opinion is deception and a deliberate act of sabotage. Yet the more sycophantic unionists still try to claim we are better together what i want to know is who exactly is we they are referring to because if we were better together I’m pretty certain we would be feeling a lot happier in our so-called shared nation than we actually are and the SNP would not have won their third successive term in government and increased the number of constituency seats or the majority of Scottish seats in the UK general election of 2015. However living in the bubble of the press and media circus as unionist parties do means that somewhere to the north of cloud cuckoo land the unionists are desperately trying to cling on to the faded dream that they actually still matter and are ramping up the SNP Bad scare stories of which the GERS report is only but one example.

On the day of its release we had unionist politicians who need to get their names in the papers queuing up to bad mouth the SNP and the cause of independence despite the fact that these manufactured statistics only show how Scotland is performing as part of the United Kingdom and give no indication whatsoever of how we would perform as an independent country.

First up you had Labour in Scotland’s leader Kezia Dugdale who made the rather fanciful claim that the report illustrated that we are better together as it showed we benefit from the pooling and sharing of resources we get as part of this union. As if that wasn’t enough the giggle meter really crancked up to full blast with the appearance of the Liberal Democrats Scottish leader Willie Rennie who claimed that the case for independence was now dead.

Personally as someone who has spent a lot of her time at the Edinburgh Fringe in recent weeks I never knew Kezia and Willie were such gifted comedians I look forward to seeing their shows at the fringe next year I’m sure they will both be very entertaining. That said however, I feel I must correct them and especially Willie on the case for independence being dead as the only things which are dead in Scotland at this time are The Labour Party and The Liberal Democrats and that unlike their opinions on GERS that is a fact and the parties concerned have little or no chance of recovery any time soon. Part of the reason for there bloody and brutul massacres at the hands of Scottish voters was due to their bad mathematics You see only fools would argue that and 14 billion pound deficit which I have proved doesn’t really exist when Scotland’s money ceases to be used for Westminster vanity projects is such an enormous black home that it would stop a nation from.existing whereas a 1.6 trillion debt is not a black hole but is merely a deficit. This to me is illustrates a level of incompetence so death defyingly stupid that those who support this argument should not be allowed to be leading a queue for a bus never mind a nation.

So I say to my friends and fellow yes voters not to panic over these figures they were made by Westminster for Westminster and a few fringe politicians and if you’ll forgive the pun we knew that a Laing time ago. You see with Scotland’s parliament being set up as a devolved administration, it is a fact whether the Brits like it or not that it can’t run at a deficit. This however is a fact that an arrogant punch drunk unionist elite are relying on you not to know. You see they need to keep Scots ignorant of the facts to carry on with their little power games and the reason they are getting so vicious in their self loathing hysteria, is because they know the Scots who have have had a longer nap than the sleeping beauty are beginning to wake up and realise John Bull is no prince charming. We have also realised that since the deficit we would be allegedly running at was made by Westminster then it should be paid by Westminster.

To argue to the contrary and against the interests of your people shows the kind of disturbing and delusional tendencies that only the most calculated sociopaths possess.I concede that if the SNP or any other pro independence party had been in coalition with any of the Westminster governments at UK level then Scotland then they may have some liability for the shared debt that was acquired during that specific period but since was not the case then it can I believe be successfully argued that Scotland had no say in accruing the deficit especially since the British establishment are so fond of referring to our country as a region of the United Kingdom rather than a nation within a family of nations.

Therefore by examining this argument in detail I have I believe shown by use of things such as fact reason rather than the unionist it’s right because we say it is school of thought that this is Westminster’s deficit and Westminster and only Westminster should be forced by the international monetary fund if necessary to pay it in full. The days of unionists bullying Scotland are over and over for good. This has been proven not only by their defeat but by the scale of their defeat I would have thought that they would have got that message by now but alas on planet union the self serving and self deluded are still on full bully mode in spite of the comprehensive thrashings they received at the Westminster and Holyrood elections. Like drunks in the gutter who shout at the moon and dares to tell the stars to leave the dark night sky they still cling on yesterday in the vain and futile that the dawn will never come.

Now I hate to be cruel but someone needs to tell them there are of four nations in these islands and we all need to move on. It’s time they were told to stop living in the past and face a future where the people of our nations may actually get along better because the empire is finished and it will never return no matter how much the unionists want it to.

You see the problem the unionists have to face is actually really a simple one, they want to win the future by living in the past and can’t understand why this is doomed to fail. This kind of attitude may have worked in a pre referendum Scotland before 2007 but not anymore we have awakened from our long sleep and we won’t going back in our box. We have discovered a world outside of Westminster and decided we are going to be part of it and no amount of bad mathematics is going to stop us fulfilling our dream and building a better tomorrow.

Love And Best Wishes
Gayle X

From Daddy’s Girls To Optimists To A Green Man Whose Really Switched On Every Living Witness Knows The Same God Knows Loves Us All

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As you will know if you are a regular reader of this blog I am a regular attender at church and consider myself to be a practising Christian. So yesterday morning I took my usual place in the pews at my local church and enjoyed an excellent and thought provoking sermon delivered by The Reverend Roy Tuton who was standing in for our usual ministerial team. 

In the sermon the Reverend Tuton preached from the book of Exodus and emphasised the value of difference as he pointed out that no matter where we may be in the world it is the same god who cares for and loves us all.

This god he told us, is the god of Sturgeon the god of Davidson, the god of Dugdale,  the god of Harvie, and the god of Rennie. This to me was a masterstroke in how to connect with all hues and views in the rainbow which I am sure make up every parish in Scotland and really spoke to my condition as a political activist and member of the SNP.

You see this comment made me think on a similar quote by my friend and fellow poet Jim Monaghan made during the independence referendum in 2014. When chatting to me during the referendum campaign Jim said that it was important to remember that your  fiercest opponent in one fight could be and more than likely would be your staunchest ally in another. Needless to say I agreed wholeheartedly with those sentiments when Jim expressed them so it should come as no surprise that I still agree with them now. 

On hearing them yesterday morning I reflected during the quiet times the sermon gives us of what I may have in common with those who are my political opponents and I must admit I found admirable qualities in each and every one of them.

In Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson I found a woman of deeply held principles and though I disagree strongly with on the constitutional issue this is a woman worthy of respect who has a very likable personality.

I also have something else with Ruth, and that is that I too identify as an LGBT Christian. As she and I both know this is not an easy journey but we are I hope comforted by the fact that god has placed us in our communities to show faith to others and be living witnesses to the fact that no matter how we are perceived the inescapable truth is that god loves us all and celebrates us for who we are.

I now move on to Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale. When I thought of Kezia I thought of someone who is a lot more like me than she’d like to think. For example like me, Kezia’s politics are driven by passion and the desire to see a fairer more equal society.  A classic example of this came when she led the fight to abolish pay day loans as she saw the horrors these loans brought upon the poorest and most vulnerable of our country’s citizens. Like me Kezia is a Daddy’s girl and I envy the fact that she still has hers here to take pride in her success and I know from reading his tweets just how proud of his daughter her dad actually is.

To be honest her dad, whose political leanings are closer to mine than Kezia’s is I’m sure delighted that his daughter has gone so far up the political ladder in what is after all a reasonably short period of time.  Personally I think she got the right job before she was ready for it as circumstances thrust it upon her but through it all she has maintained a dignity during what have been difficult and challenging times for her party and which involved a very public coming out as a lesbian during the recent Scottish election campaign. Despite our political differences this led to me writing a poem in support of her decision to go public about her sexuality entitled Journey To Pride to show my solidarity with her on this issue.

When it comes to Patrick Harvie I could eulogise all day on the good points about the most switched on green man in Scotland. I had the privilege of campaigning with Patrick during the independence referendum and contrary to what The Daily Mail may have you believe I found him to be polite, charming, and willing to give his time to anyone if he was able to do so. I will admit I share many of Patrick’s political principles especially on sustainable communities and fracking which I pray will never be allowed to destroy Scotland for the sake of a one off payment of fool’s gold. Like Patrick I believe this would be environmental vandalism of the worst possible kind and would have profound implications for the future of our nation which would be negative and long lasting.

Finally I look at Willie Rennie who for those who don’t know is the highly optimistic leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.  I like Willie and I like his boundless enthusiasm for his party. I find it refreshing that far from giving up on them during what have obviously been a very challenging few years for them Willie is even more determined than ever to win hearts , minds, and coverts to the cause of Liberal Democracy. Trust me there are no limits to this man’s optimism he’s even tried to get me to join his party because I signed a petition agreeing with their stance on one particular issue and we all know that he has as much chance of that happening as there is of me climbing Mount Everest and I’m terrified of heights.

My fear of heights aside however Scottish politics needs people like Willie Rennie as it needs all the leaders mentioned in this post. To me and to democrats everywhere choice of political viewpoints is essential to a healthy democracy. We in Scotland are lucky to have plenty of parties to choose from. We are also at least in my opinion, fortunate that we have politicians of substance and talent who are willing to lead them and put themselves forward to take difficult and challenging decisions in the name of their beliefs.

It is thanks to my belief in the living god that I am able at least to some extent to see past the party colours and focus on the individual and the circumstances that shaped them because when it comes down to it each party member and for that matter voter no matter how similar we may be in some ways will have had different life experiences which will have played a part in who making us who we are. Now whilst I appreciate that this may be difficult for some people to understand particularly those obsessed by social class I think it is something worth celebrating that as different as we may be that one fact unites us no matter what views we hold or where we are in the world and that is that from daddy’s girls to optimists and a green man whose really switched on, every living witness knows the same god loves us all.

Love And Best Wishes
Gayle X

The Gift That Keeps On Giving Has Failed The Campaign Test

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As we approach the most important UK wide vote since 1975 and less than 24 hours before Britain goes to the polls to decide to whether or not to remain in the European Union  the leader of Labour’s Scottish branch Kezia Dugdale has compared the Leave campaign to Yes Scotland which campaigned for Scottish independence referendum.

This is the latest in a series of high profile gaffes by Ms Dugdale who though likeable in a personal capacity, has or so it seems an uncanny knack of putting her foot very firmly in her mouth at a moments notice. Indeed Ms Dugdale has been cautioned by former Westminster Labour MP for Glasgow South Tom Harris who is chair of the Scottish Leave campaign to tone down the referendum rhetoric and I have to say that on this occasion I agree with the former honorable member.

Believe me this is something I never thought I would live long enough to say and agreeing with the most right wing representative Labour has ever had does make me feel ever so slightly uneasy. I mean this is a man who would make the likes of George Robertson, and Gordon Brown Look like later day versions of Karl Marx and that in itself is no mean achievement.

As f insulting yes supporters just hours before the vote Kezia has yet again let her rivalry with the SNP get in the way of the facts and could actually have damaged support for the remain campaign had the SNP support had been in any way as petty as she has been in making this regrettable comparison

By all accounts Kezia is a thoroughly decent woman and I have that on good authority from many members of the SNP who know and like her whilst honourably disagreeing with her politics. However this episode shows why the more unkind amongst her opponents describe her as the gift that keeps on giving as this argument is couched in the language of the simpleton. Indeed I was faced with a similar smear from someone whom I consider to be the most gullible human being I have ever met. I dismantled this vacuous argument on that on that occasion and I am going to do it again. I say this not out of malice but because I believe that if an argument is flawed you have both a moral and political duty to expose those flaws.

Now I don’t know about you but I would have that Kezia Dugdale would have had better things to do that indulge in petty political posturing which she knows contain not one single grain of truth. You see most SNP members I know will be voting for remain and doing so for exactly the same reasons we voted yes on the 18th of September 2014. You see we stick with our principles and believe in a Europe that works for Scotland. I know that the European Union is far from perfect and there are many areas in which it needs reform but unlike the British union we believe that this is a union which works for Scotland rather than conspiring against it.

It is my opinion that Kezia Dugdale by making this quite frankly ludicrous statement has shown her one of her greatest political shortcomings and that is naivety as nobody who wishes to be considered to be a remotely credible politician would have made such a sweeping generalisation about those who for the most part are on the same side as they are on this occasion.

This inflammatory comment shows why a potentially talented politician will in all probability never be elected First Minister of our nation as she is far too accident prone to be charged with this level of responsibility. She is if you like, a politician who though nice enough is quite clearly out of her depth and believe me it shows that she has been the right job ten years too early.

I illustrate this by saying that to any impartial observer the Yes campaign and that of Brexit could not be further apart and though it may be cruel to do so I think to remind Kezia Dugdale that it wasn’t the yes campaign which was endorsed by UKIP, Britain First , and the Loyal Orange Order it was better together the pro unionist campaign of which she was proud to be proud to be a part. Yes all leaders of the Brexit Boys Club were red white and blue union jackers to the very core of their being.

So sorry as I am to burst Kezia’s bubble she really has left me no choice. You see I won’t tolerate a false comparison between the positive vision of the yes campaign and the relentless British nationalist negativity of Brexiters. Indeed there is only one vague similarity between these two very arguments and that is that Kezia Dugdale opposed them both. So it seems to me that in that Kezia gained her political awareness not from the school of hard knocks or the university of life but the school of petulant politics at which she was the star student at least she was if you believe her mentor George Foulkes. Meanwhile if like myself, you are more inclined to live in the real world it has to be said that statements like I want Nicola Sturgeon’s desk do not present the image of a potential future leader of our country.

I will concede that it may be perceived I am being ever so unkind with that latest comment, though after all having been a judge in what in the fiercely competitive world of spoken word poetry contests I am known to be a very harsh marker. However if there is one thing I can pride myself on it’s my honesty. I have given Kezia plenty of praise in the past when I believed she deserved it and will do again when the occasion demands, But when you fail your campaign test it illustrates why no matter how nice you may be then you can never be the kind of politician to whom I or any others who have political savvy would look for leadership or inspiration.

Indeed at the recent Scottish Election where her party was pushed in to third place behind the SNP and Ruth Davidson’s Conservatives and if you judge on constituency seats alone fourth place behind the Liberal Democrats it was identified that one of Labour’s key problems was that Kezia Dugdale had a major credibility problem with the Scottish voters who couldn’t see her as a credible challenger to Nicola Sturgeon let alone an alternative First Minister and believe me when I say that outbursts like this one will do nothing to remedy that issue for her or her party.

Love And Best Wishes
Gayle X