Thursday, 26 May 2016

THINGS AREN'T LOOKING TOO GOOD FOR BLAIR

It's not often, indeed very rarely, that I can say that I agree with George, but this time... well, what can I say? He's right.

And Alex is on this big time. Of course I more often agree with him.


As Mr Salmond says, it's not just Blair; it's members of his cabinet, MoD, Civil Servants, Number 10 staff, and probably most of all, Jack Straw.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

MORE RANDOM THOUGHTS...

Tories go to court to try to prevent Kent police having extra time to investigate huge sums they spent in defeating Farage in South Thanet.

Osborne is on course to miss his deficit targets, yet says Brexit will bring Britain into recession

Sunday, 22 May 2016

RANDOM THOUGHTS

You'll love this one (well most of you will).

Suffolk Tories apparently accepted an illegal donation of £3,000 during the last election. There's no question about it. They owned up. The person who donated the money was not on the electoral register at the time the money was given.

The electoral commission ruled that they should be fined the sum of £1,100, but should not be required to return the donation.

If my arithmetic is right, they get a donation of £3,000, they are fined £1,100, so their net gain is £1,900. Not much of a punishment; not much of a disincentive to repeat the crime next time round.

Still, it's the Tories. They appear do whatever they want and walk off laughing.
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Erm, has Harriet joined the Tory party? We all know she is aristocratic and it wouldn't be stretching the imagination much to guess that she loathes Mr Corbyn, but what's this about. Don't tell us they just banged into each other.  

Waitrose I might just about swallow, but ASDA? Please!

Dodgy Dave down with people again, innit? Top button undone, not singing God Save the Queen (tut tut, what would your mother say Dodge?), but wearing a suit that cost more that the bloke he's talking to earns in a year. 
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A few months ago, the gross old duke of York was unhappy that he couldn't get through the gates at Windsor Great Park, where he has one of his houses...well, one of OUR houses. Apparently the mechanism for automatic opening had failed. So the fat boy decided that, as he had a great big 2.5 tonne, £80,000 Range Rover, he'd just smash the gates down...as you would, if a £5,000 repair to your car were of no interest.

The alternative would have been a 1 mile... yes a whole mile...detour. How utterly ghastly!

Well obviously a royal highness couldn't be expected to put up with that kind of inconvenience, so he broke the gates down. OUR gates that WE paid for.

If you lived in your own home and you decided that you would trash your gates to save yourself a little inconvenience, that would be your business. If you lived in a council house, or one owned by a housing association or the state, then it becomes their business.

Most people would call it criminal damage and charges would be brought.

Needless to say Air Miles is getting off Scot free.
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The same goes for tax pounds. 

Every so often David Cameron reminds us we are a Christian country. I can't imagine why he would do that unless he was trying to stir up bad feeling with Muslims or Jews or some other religious groups: Ya know, make them feel ill at ease, not at home?

But the very people who might be considered to know a little bit more about Christian values than Dodgy Dave, that is to say the bishops of the State Church, are rather less than enthusiastic about his policies.

Not that Church of England bishops are the only ones to criticise. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has also laid into the Tories for their heartlessness in welfare reforms. Odd given what a devout Catholic Iain Duncan Smith is.
And even odder that his replacement is one of these OTT Christians that tells us prayer can cure anything... and apparently people with Parkinson's should just get out there and get a job.

Every year some of us (admittedly a dwindling number) listen to Her Majesty's Christmas message. It's a mixture of her family news, the stuff some folk write in long tedious letters at Christmas, but she gets to put on the BBC (ya know, Andrew losing his rag with a gate; the number of holidays that the blood princesses have taken; how little work William and Kate have done; how much money they screwed out of the people of Cornwall to keep Mrs Parker Bowles in diamond tiaras, etc) together with a religious message. 

She invariably talks about how she has tried to follow the teachings of Christ all of her life in everything she does. Clearly she misses out the bit about the rich man and the eye of the needle, given her immense wealth, and the "suffer the little children" bit of these teachings. 

Probably feeding the 5000 passes her by, as within a few miles of Buckingham Palace some of her loyal subjects are sleeping in cardboard boxes and eating out of soup kitchens. Children subjects of hers have little or noting to eat due to the policies that she reads out from her gold throne with her multi million pound hat on her head, having stepped out of a gold coach.

It's a long time since I was forced, in this Christian country, to read the bible as part of my core curriculum, but I can recall all of those things even if I maybe don't always live up to them. It's strange that the queen has such problems with them, having dedicated her life to following such teachings.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

SOPPY SUNDAY

1. Hello again. Is it Sunday already?
This is my substitute mummy. Not bad for a human.
Anyway, enjoy Soppy Sunday. I'll see you later.
2. Close to Chez Conan, where he takes his dugs for their walks
3. Is it always this wet in Scotland?
4 Ta Phrom, Cambodia.
5. How did I get in here, I wonder?
6. What are you doing up there? I can't see to sleep!
7. Some more of Conan's country.

8. You gotta love the elephant's blanket
9. Guess who belongs to these dugs?
10. Maybe not what you'd expect, but this is Greenland.
11. Where did you come from?
12. Three Little Pigs!
13. Who could ask for a lovelier pillow?
14. Skye.
15. I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of that!
16. Kirkjubaejarklau, Iceland.
17. We might be a jaguar and a panther,
but we is still just two  tired little cats.
18. Magnificent Iceberg off the coast of Greenland.
19. Proper Japanese Garden.
20. Wait a minute, you weren't supposed to see me getting my nappy changed. Well, I hoped you enjoyed it all. See you next week?

Friday, 20 May 2016

THIS IS WHAT A TORY THINKS OF DAVID CAMERON'S GOVERNMENT

THIS IS WHAT THEY THINK OF US...?

It appears that the BBC has a low  impression of our Scottish intellects. It's a bit like... "In Jockland they only like really stupid comedy with lots of swear words and references to being drunk and fitba!"
His own words here. Does this not give you another good reason for telling the BBC to stick their licence fees and finding another way of spending the evening?


Thursday, 19 May 2016

For Your Information

Cabinet

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution
Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport
Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs
Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice
Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work
Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity


Ministerial appointments include:

Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years
Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science
Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Parliamentary Business
Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands
Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy
Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Employability and Training
Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport 
Maureen Watt, Minister for Mental Health
Annabelle Ewing, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs
Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government & Housing
Jeane Freeman, Minister for Social Security
Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe