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I May Not Be A Person Of Interest But I Do Have An Interesting Life

As a blogger of over five years I would like to say there are few if any issues which have caused me concern since starting tartan tights in March 2012 .

I have put a lot of effort in to what I hope is now a site worth reading and strive to create quality content on a number of diverse topics in which I could be said to have an interest. This has not been an easy journey but it has in the main been an enjoyable and rewarding one . However at this stage of my blogging history I am perhaps for the first time experiencing a very slight unease and if you’ll allow me the privilege I’ll explain the reason why 

It started at the beginning of this month when I suddenly noticed a spike in my stats. Now normally this would be a good thing which would leave me feeling pretty positive but to me at least it was a problem, you see though the views were substantially up the only real increase was in my home page. When added to the fact that this increase was coming not from the UK (my site doesn’t give separate figures for Scotland) but from the United States I was shall we say ever so slighty puzzled .

As a political activist I worried that since I hold views which would lead to the alt right calling me a snowflake that I may have become a person of interest but even for a Celtic fan that may be taking paranoia to a whole new level. I mean I know I have been a vocal critic of President Trump and his friends in the UK Conservative Party but person of interest surely not.  

After putting my paranoia to bed I thought about other potential reasons for this sudden spike in my stats, and the only reason I can possibly think of is that unlike my genuine American readership they don’t actually know what my blog is about and perhaps because of the name they believe it to be focused on one of the following areas. 

(1) Tartan 

(2) Tights

(3) Both 

When they discover it is about neither the tartans of the clans of Scotland or the latest fashion hoisery I can only begin to imagine the horror in their faces, no doubt this will be made even worse when they realise that the blogger concerned is a spoken word poet who is also a transsexual woman and an ardent supporter of both Scottish independence and environmental issues such as climate change. Yes I am really what some would a liberal minded progressive which in Scotland we call normal. I guess this is why most of them don’t make it past the home page. To me the fact they don’t read my posts is their loss rather than mine and message to them is clear if you don’t want to read my content then don’t re-visit my site in the hope it will change,  because it wont and neither will I. Anyway as you should know the definition of insanity is repeating the same action and hoping for a different result. 

So having made all the points I wanted to make,  I will conclude by saying this is my blog. It is my space on the information super highway that is the internet . It a place where I’ll share my thoughts in my way and I’ll try to produce the kind of content I know my regular readers enjoy reading and after five and a half years of tartan tights I think I know what that might be. Why do I say this you may ask, well I’ll tell you why and it all comes down this simple fact, I may not be a person of interest, but I do have an interesting life. 

Till next time

Gayle X

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A Straight Red Card For The True Blue Tory 

For far too long I have been listening to unionist political commentators drone on and on about how wonderful Ruth Davidson is and how she’s the one unionist figure who can really tear in to Nicola Sturgeon at First Minister’s Questions. To say this is sycophancy bordering on delusion would be giving these press and media outlets far more credit than they have ever deserved.So it is I think, time to nail this theory to the wall,and in this post I present the case for the  prosecution and will show why Ruth Davidson is not fit to be considered for the post of First Minister not now nor at any time in the future.

To myself and many others in this  great country  of ours there is one unavoidable truth and that is that despite desperate  attempts by  the pro UK press and media to portray it otherwise Ruth Davidson is certainly not and I use her own words here ‘ the slayer  of nationalists’ that she likes to makes herself  out to be and I’ve never yet despite much hype to the contrary I have yet to see her get the better of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

In reality it is, always has been and always will be the other way round as Nicola Sturgeon  with the calm assurance power gives to winners  destroys both Davidson and her wing woman Kezia Dugdale week after week and does it without breaking sweat.  

You see Nicola knows Ruth’s weakness and that is that Ruth has a highly  suspect temper. Yesterday our First Minister sent her considerably less able and far less astute political opponent into a state of apoplexy by daring to raise a point of order whilst the media’s self styled great one was speaking on the values of her precious union.  

With an arrogance and pomposity which can only be described as death defying , Davidson told the elected First Minister of Scotland to ‘sit down’ This superiority complex from which Ruth Davidson seems to suffer is my opinion more of a weakness than the strength that some of the most fanatical right wing journalists seem  to think it is. It is I believe symptomatic of someone who has shall we say issues and no moral compass or standards of behaviour to guide her. It is the culture of entitlement at its worst and most feral kind. Trust me  if Davidson has taken over from Gordon Brown  as the champion of unionism, in Scotland the unionist community should be seriously worried about their prospects on maintaining their precious union. 

Had Davidson thrown this temper tantrum in a sporting arena it would have been a straight red card for the true blue Tory but in a devolved parliament where the unionists delude themselves that our democracy was their gift rather than the legitimate result of a democratic vote it didn’t even merit a censure. 

This to me was a disgrace, and I believe Davidson must be reported to the parliamentry standards committee for disrespecting the office of First Minister. This is a particularly nasty insult from a politician who has ambitions to hold that office herself and by her actions she has clearly illustrated her lack of suitability for the job. 

This is not a comment I make lightly but I intend to hold Ruth Davidson to account for her behaviour as the sycophantic pro unionist media have given up all pretence of ever doing so. As far as they are concerned Ruthie is their darling in their fight against an SNP government they have resented since day one of the first SNP administration in 2007. Though the media were never SNP friendly their hostility has increased a thousand fold since Nicola Stutgeon replaced Alex Salmond in the wake of the unsuccessful independence referendum in 2014 and there are I suspect many reasons for that.  

Chief amongst those reasons was something from which Nicola benefitted, as a party which had 25,000 members in the run up to the referendum had 100,000 within two days of the result being declared and is estimated now to have close to or maybe even more than 150,000 card carrying members. This was not in the script the unionists had written for Scotland in the post referendum climate where that original figure of 25,000 would fall to around 2,500  due to Scotland being defeated, deflated and put back in its box or union jack shortbread tin where we would be locked out of sight and kept under lock and key for the next 300 years or how ever long it took them to bleed us dry before getting rid of us as they have with all their other colonies throughout history. Unfortunately for the more fanatical British minded unionists Scotland has proven to be a lot more resilient than they bargained for.

The fact that Nicola went to lead to her party to unprecedented electoral success in both the 2015 UK General Election and the 2016 Scottish Election has it seems driven the unionist political class in to a fit of uncontrollable rage. Unable to cope with the SNP’s increasing popularity and Nicola securing their third successive election victory the unionist spin factory went in to overdrive in their search for a hero/ heroine  to save the union. 

With Labour now a laughing stock having been trounced at both the UK and Scottish elections  and the former first party of Scotland reduced to a shadow of its former self , the pro union press which had unfailingly supported them turned in desperation to their former enemies in the Tory party to search for a new unionist icon. This was the beginning of the cult of Davidson, though one suspects that the seeds of this new love in were sown during the referendum when Davidson was used to appeal to both traditional unionist voters and the selfish individualist me first tendency who don’t give a flying fish supper for the long term future of Scotland as long as their pockets are bugling with their ill gotten gains.  With her haughty and dismissive air and and a vastly over inflated opinion of her ability and self worth Davidson was the obvious choice for such a role. 

Despite the fact she was subject of a police investigation in the immediate aftermath of the referendum in to alleged voting irregularities this still didn’t stop the press and media especially the BBC for whom she used to work elevating Davidson’s importance to status far more prominece than she had ever received from the voters. This however should surprise nobody as they had given the same prominence albeit for different demographics to both fotmer Labour  MP now voice of the self important left George Galloway, and  UKIP Leader Nigel Farage. 

Personally and I know this will be controversial particularly, amongst my unionist friends I would have no hesitation in placing Davidson in the same category as these self serving egotists. It is time to bury the myth that Davidson is of mainstream centre right she is as close to the far right as one can get whilst trying to play mainstream politics. Yet for all the mouth she has on her, wee Ruthie’s election leaflets both for her and her party were very reluctant to mention the fact she was a Conservative stating only that if you were of a pro UK sentiment you should vote  for her to get a strong unionist opposition in Holyrood. 

This at least in Ruth’s mind was a slick marketing trick but despite her propagandists claiming otherwise this con didn’t go down  as well with Scottish voters and though there was an increase in the Tory vote it was nowhere as much her spinners would have you believe and she certainly came nowhere near winning the election.Indeed as the picture below shows despite their so-called great revival the Conservatives are still as unpopular as ever in Scotland and even under  Davidson’s leadership they are still less popular now than they were under Margaret Thatcher. 

Picture (1) Showing The Truth To Tories Like Ruth 

This  demonstrates that far from being  the new voice of the United Kingdom. Scotland still hates the Tories as much as we always did. 

So based on this evidence Davidson’s contemptible attitude towards our First Minister has only one possible cause and that cause is jealously.  When you look at these statistics it’s not difficult to see why. You see though the Tories may have replaced Labour as the main unionist party and therefore the main opposition to the SNP I think that says more about the critical condition of the Labour Party in Scotland than it does about Tory revival.

Picture (2) If every picture tells a story this one shows a unionist nightmare.  You see despite the desperation of the pro UK to paint Davidson as the winner of the election the facts tell a very different  story as they prove that  the SNP  who by winning 59 of the 73 constituency seats showed they were streets ahead of their political  rivals  and were it not for  the ludicrous top up system based on the least proportional system of PR the SNP would have won their second successive landslide victory and rather than unionists being able to claim we have only a minority government the people of Scotland would have got the result we voted for and Ms Davidson would have been  no more than the irrelevant sideshow her talent declares she should be. Make no mistake it was Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP the people voted for last May and not Ruth Davidson’s Tories no matter what the unionist press and media would like you to think. 

This to me discredits any attempts by Davidson’s spin masters to falsely claim any kind of electoral success. Indeed I am not as polite as some who would claim that such electoral massaging  was a misrepresention of the facts I would call it what it is that is  known as deluding yourself in the hope that others will fall for your con trick.It is if you like the ultimate act not of a conservative but  of a selfservative whose only interest is in feeding her ego. 

To use this kind of behaviour  is  manipulating the gullible. This is a talent at which Ms Davidson excels, after all she deliberately lied to the parliament when she tried to score cheap political points over the SNP on a debate on the NHS by using statistics from NHS England and trying to pass them off as Scottish as the real Scottish statistics didn’t suit her purpose so deluding herself that she won the election comes as no surprise to anyone who is switched on the real world. 

The  fact is however that she didn’t win the  election and this has to be called out as does her disgraceful show of disrespect towards not only Nicola but the office she holds , the government she leads and the parliament she sits in. It should be a matter of grave concern to all who live here that Ms Davidson was allowed to  play this out in front of an  audience. Not that this is the first  time she has tried this fact nor will it be the last. So why did the Presidin Officer  let her get  away with such juvenile behaviour ?  Well let’s just that is a matter for his conscience but I believe in his first real test since taking the job  the referee to use a sporting metaphor bottled it and proved too weak willed to show any sign of authority. 

It is the  belief of this blogger and many others not all of whom agree with my view of Scotland’s future that Ms Davidson’s ego is  like several of her colleges getting  dangerously out of control and  she needs  a wee reminder  that she is not quite what she thinks she is and in  disrespecting the office of First Minister she overstepped the mark of what is acceptable behaviour and what isn’t. Indeed I  would go as far as to say  that she should have been told as she would have been had she indulged in such  behaviour  at Westminster  to leave the chamber and go for an early bath. It is my view  that the Presiding Officer let her away far too lightly and I believe she should have  faced the consequences for her ill mannered temper tantrum and I’ll use a football reference to say  what the appropriate action would have  been. You see I believe that this was  serious disrespect towards the parliament and to me there was only  one suitable punishment. It should have been a straight red card for the true blue Tory.  

Love And Best Wishes

Gayle X