Wednesday, 21 September 2011


I noticed on UK Polling Report that the figures for tonight’s (Wednesday's) YouGov poll for Westminster voting are as follows:

SNP 36%
Lab 34%
Con 21%
Lib 6%

Excellent result for the SNP and for the Tories. I'm not sure whether this is a poll done quickly AFTER today's financial statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance or whether it was done before and only released tonight.

Someone has worked out, however, that (fair as it is NOT), this poll would result in the SNP having 19 seats (+13) and the Tories 3 (+2). Labour would be on 34 (-7) and the Liberals on 3 (down 8).

Interestingly we were just talking about how incredibly disrespectful the Liberals have been to Scotland all week.

I think that they should take into consideration that on a system that was stacked against anyone ever getting a majority, but most certainly against the SNP, because of the geographical spread of their support, as opposed to that of Labour, the SNP won the election hands down. According to my calculations they won it on a First Past the Post basis, and they won it on a PR basis... Now we don't expect them to like it, but they need to live with the reality of it

All week, however, we have had Liberals like Malcolm Bruce tell us that we must be protected from Alex Salmond 's misrule. Now Eck isn't perfect by any manner or means, but misrule? Come on?

Michael Moore too, the guy no one had heard of until Laws blotted his copy book, has been talking tough about independence. (I thought he was an American film maker and satirist.) He obviously has some sort of illusion that he is someone of account. He tells us that he's going to campaign against independence and he's going to get all the cabinet to join him! Lordy, we are scared!!! We shiver in fear, or anticipation, or excitement, or maybe we just shake with laughter!

Eck used to say that when Mrs Thatcher landed in Scotland the SNP polling went up by several points. Just imagine the whole cabinet arriving, and someone making an on-mic blunder about the 'ghastly place' or 'terrible people'.... Yes!!

And then *Wee Willie Winkie and his four illustrious men proposed yet another commission on devolution. Yes, before Calman has even been incorporated, before the Scotland Bill has been enacted, Willie is going to have yet another commission. Does he, one wonders, have a few mates who need a cosy sinecure for the next few years?

Rather like the earnest but disorganised Wendy (with the brain like a small plant) and the whiny Iain Gray (Gray by name and grey by nature), Willie Winkie has been running through the toon opposing and carping, and taking great satisfaction from the fact that arch unionist papers like the Torygraph have been praising him for holding Eck to account.

[I suspect that Alan Cochrane has had lean pickings of late. The SNP has been so successful that finding negative stories about them has required greater than usual effort. Our Willie must have come as an answer to an old man's prayer, carping daily about nothing much. The profundity of what is said is of little import; as long as it's negative Alan can report it, and he's be happy to laud it and print it.

Well, according to these figures, it's not done them much good. They will all but disappear from the Scottish political scene in London as in Edinburgh.

Bye Bye Whigs.

* Scottish nursery rhyme.

Wee Willie Winkie rins through the toon,
Up stairs an' doon stairs in his nicht-goon,
Tirlin' at the window, crying at the lock,
"Are the weans in their bed, for it's now ten o'clock?"
"Hey, Willie Winkie, are ye comin' ben?
The cat's singin grey thrums to the sleepin hen,
The dog's speldert on the floor and disna gie a cheep,
But here's a waukrife laddie, that wunna fa' asleep."
Onything but sleep, you rogue, glow'ring like the moon,
Rattling in an airn jug wi' an airn spoon,
Rumblin', tumblin' roon about, crawin' like a cock,
Skirlin like a kenna-what, waukenin' sleepin' fock.
"Hey Willie Winkie, the wean's in a creel,
Wamblin' aff a bodie's knee like a verra eel,
Ruggin' at the cat's lug and raveling a' her thrums-
Hey Willie Winkie – see there he comes."
Wearit is the mither that has a stoorie wean,
A wee, stumpie, stousie, that canna rin his lane,
That has a battle aye wi' sleep afore he'll close an e'e-
But a kiss frae aff his rosy lips gies strength anew to me.


  1. Is Cleggy hypnotising his disciples too hide his Tory collaboration?

  2. Could be that, CH. I thought he was holding back the waters that are surely coming to sweep him away.

  3. Tris

    When you hear all wee Willies moans its hard to remember that he came a glorious seventh out of eight on the regional list election. Just how he thinks this gives him any kind of a mandate is anybody's guess.

    Looks like Murphy has seen the polls and it has finally dawned on him just how useless London Labour are in Scotland.

    First time I have totally agreed with him.

    The good news just keeps on coming, Boris Johnston wants to be the next tory Prime Minister, just imagine him Glegg and Bernie Winters on the same stage telling us how great the union is, bring it on as they say.

  4. Interesting Dubs.

    Even more interesting are the comments on what is without a doubt a Labour paper.

    I wonder how the conference will turn out...

    But if Labour is in a bad way, and god knows, it is, the Liberals are broken beyond repair.

  5. He was casting a spell over his followers to hide their lies (not a 'mislead'), I suppose habits can't be kicked.

    The truth about Danny Alexander’s “extra tax inspectors”

  6. caption

    Here!! Margaret (Moran) let me squeeze yer Tits!!

    the SNP won the election hands down

    shame most Scots dinnae bother voting takes a bit of the shine of it and still 'MORE' unionist votes as opposed to extremist minority nationalist votes.....

    If you doubt the veracity of my statement


  7. You know CH, I was soooo dubious about the idea of Danny Alexander taking on new tax inspectors. I knew there had to be a fix in it somewhere.

    So, we will all get an ever shoddier service from HMRC (which already gets most people's tax wrong... mine has been two years running).

    I wonder how much they will REALLY bring in.

  8. Oh Niko... sometimes you wound me... so much so that I cry.

    I see your wee mate Spud the Skinny has said he can't think of a good reason to vote Labour...

  9. LOL CH. Very good indeed.

  10. tris

    yer! so parochial when you vote Labour you dont think you just 'DO' a

    Zen kind of way

    Perfect peace and inner contentment labour just Labour if only you could just empty your mind and find the truth in Labour

  11. Niko,

    Much more important than the referendum will be the Labour Party (Northern Branch) leadership election. They had the first round in a Labour club in England (where else but near their HQ?) where two little boys were slugging it out in aid of party funds. The loser will take on Jackie and run rings round her as practice for the marathon.

    The Labour fat-cats were, as usual, on the side-lines shouting the odds but, predictably, achieving nothing. Perhaps rabid Labour punters were shouting from the side-lines when one of the boys started crying "Go ahead you yellow belly coward"?

  12. Jeez Niko. I know that! (lovely garden btw)

    I remember being out canvassing one day and I banged into one of the lads that came consistently to my job search sessions (and had done for 5 years). He had no intention of getting a job, not ever. He had various things going on on the side. He had been in and out of prison and that was the best way he could find to make ends meet.

    He scorned the SNP. 'You should vote Labour', he told me. 'It's the working man's party' (like he'd ever done a proper job in his life). 'It's the party for people like me.' I chuckled.

    He didn't know about it because he didn't read papers, but 'people like him' would shortly get a letter from Mr Brown's Labour Government telling them to report for intensive job training or lose his money. He never gave it a second's thought.

  13. They should have Niko as their new leader, John... or maybe The Noble and Gracious Lordiness, the Baron ffoulkes of sake.

    Couldn't be any worse than Iain Gray... and we'd be getting more for our money, as he's a somewhat portly gentleman.

  14. tris

    portly is that moi or fooksy yer slagging off

  15. Oh sorry Niko. I didn't make that clear.

    I meant the Eminence (or Immenseness) of Ermine the Noble Baron ffoulkes (one of the aristocracy of Scotland, Niko, as as such your better... and bigger)

    It couldn't be you. You're a gym man... (or so your profile says).

  16. Another thought "Is Nick dreaming about his past conquests or wishful thinking?"

  17. EW Er, I say CH. I never thought about that. He does have a funny look on his coupon.

  18. The Lib Dems are the new Tories in Scotland and we can count on all their various petty, sniping, negative comments to further depress their support in Scotland and further increase the support of the SNP. In my opinion they have in a few short months reduced their support to their core vote, rather like the Tories did after 18 years in Government. As the Tories know once reduced to the dyed in the wool nodding dog type support it is very difficult to get the thinking and floating vote back.

    Especially if you dump all your principles out the window for a few so called “achievements” like AV...oh no that was not “achieved”..well taking a million people out of tax by increasing the minimum Income Tax threshold to £10,000...oh no that’s not been “achieved” either its currently £7,500 and might go to £8,100 next March and “might” (according to the Chancellor “if we can afford it”) eventually get to the magic £10K by 2015. More jam tomorrow then from the Lib Dems! What has been achieved then? Oh yes student fees have been tripled and that has been “achieved”, benefits have been cut and the sick and disabled harried off Incapacity Benefit by a heartless private company...“achieved”. VAT increased to 20% despite the Lib Dems being against it...“achieved”. and for Scotland Danny Alexander’s great “achievement” the tax raid on North Sea oil that cost us £20 billion in investment. And already been “achieved”(well not really) is the 5p cut on fuel duty for islanders which was immediately wiped out when the major suplier of fuel to the Western Isles Scottish Fuels announced a 4p hike on prices within 24 hours of the “achievement” being announced!

    What a proud list of “achievents”!

  19. Yes Munguin. That is indeed a fine list of achievements.

    The Western Isles Scottish Fuels company has made a laughing stock of the government's subsidy for the hard-pressed islanders.

    Of course there are those who would say...well they tried, and private enterprise got in the way and profiteered, but when it comes to the costs of essentials, why cannot the UK government do what the French government does, and control the amount of profiteering that can be done.

    We seem after all this time to still be "rip off Britian".