Sunday, 7 April 2013


The welfare changes started this week and, true to form, we were treated to Cameron and his ministers out in force making ridiculous statements about how much welfare costs. 

Ignoring reality, which is that the bulk of the welfare bill is spent either on the elderly (and everyone has known that that was coming for the last 60 years and more) or on people who are in work but paid far too little to cope with the outrageous (and wholly unnecessary) price of staples, like foods, electricity, gas and petrol , they and their friends in the press continued telling us that all the money was soaked up by undeserving lazy skivers, criminals and child murderers. 

The truth is shown by these (the most recent) breakdown of expenditure from the DWP (2011).

42.3% elderly,

20.8% low income,
18.4% families,
15.5% sick/disabled,
2.6% unemployed.

Source: DWP

Still there isn't much profit for the Tories in letting the truth get in the way of their vile propaganda machine. And vile it is: Comparing struggling OAPs, and people dying of cancer, to a man who murdered 6 of his own kids is low, even for the likes of Osborne ...and yes, I know he didn't actually say it, but he implied it, and allowed the Daily Mail readers to make of it what they would. And if he didn't know that that was what they would do, it is high time he was back on his ancestral estate counting the sheep instead of our money.

Then we had Cameron in Scotland, refusing to debate independence with Mr Salmond. He said because "it was for Scots to decide... not an Englishman like me". (He seemed momentarily to forget that while Mr Salmond is first minister of Scotland, he is (like it or not) prime minister of Scotland) Maybe we successfully managed to make him feel like the outsider he is in our country. I hope so, because he is, and a dangerous one. 

He kicked holes in his own argument, however, by lecturing us about how much better we have been, and would be, in the UK. He's a Tory so he retreated into the usual jingoistic's all they know about.  We beat fascism together, we had nuclear weapons together and, if we didn't then Kim Jong Un could blow us off the face of the earth, and probably would. 

Cleverer than IDS a week before, he was talking to an audience that was bound to show him respect, as the talk was hosted by their employers. So telling him to... erm...'go away', wasn't really a possibility. 

But he won't talk to Alex. Oh no, despite the majority of Scots wanting him to, he just won't. I wonder what the real reason is...

By the day, it seems more and more obvious that if we want to live a decent life in a decent country with decent laws, we have to do this on our own. The alternative is to remain part of an angry and deeply divided country where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer; where we store, and help to pay for, dangerous and unnecessary weapons, capable of killing tens of thousands  of people, while our schools and hospitals are underfunded, and those down on their luck because of illness, old age or unemployment are left to feel like thieves and child murderers. 
This one takes the biscuit!!

In under 24 hours check out the difference from the Scotsman.

"One of Scotland's best-known artists, Alasdair Gray, has unveiled a major piece of his work in arguably the most unusual location yet - his local swimming baths."

"Controversial artist Alasdair Gray is to publish a major new book setting out his case for Scottish independence in the run-up to next year’s referendum, The Scotsman can reveal."

Hmmmm. Best known one day and controversial the next... What a fickle world the Johnson Pressers live in.


  1. We know that the Scotsman has REALLY lost the plot when the describe Alisdair Gray as best known AND controversial! :-)

    When the Hootsmon gets to that stage then we know we are witnessing the death throes of the paper. :-)

  2. Interesting stuff CH...

    This strikes me as particularly important...

    "Today ‘Better Together’ disclosed £1.1 million of donations to its campaign. Almost half of that sum came from one man: Ian Taylor, a long-term Conservative Party donor and Chief Executive of oil-traders Vitol plc.

    Today’s Sunday Herald described Taylor as “a Scots oil trader with a major stake in the Harris Tweed industry”. They also gave Taylor’s views – who is reportedly worth £155 million – print space to justify his funding decision.

    "This raises several concerns. Taylor, according to The Sunday Herald, is not registered to vote in Scotland. This breaks Electoral Commission guidelines for general elections, which Yes Scotland has promised to follow. Secondly, Ian Taylor has given £550,000 to the Conservative Party since 2006. This is a further case of Tory donors – and their political interests – bankrolling the ‘no’ campaign.

    These general complaints, however, are minor in comparison to more serious incidents – unmentioned in the media today – linked to Ian Taylor’s business background.

    "While Chief Executive of Vitol plc, his company has been involved in shady-deals in Serbia, Iraq, Libya and Iran. Furthermore, Vitol avoided tax to the tune of millions of pounds through an offshore trading scheme. Douglas Alexander, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, described Vitol’s relationship with Westminster as “curious”, and said there were questions to answer.

    "As Chief Executive of Vitol since 1995, Ian Taylor has serious questions to answer in all of these cases. Better Together have serious questions to answer as to what they knew about Ian Taylor before they accepted half-a-million pounds from him. Alistair Darling – who recently met with Taylor prior to the funding deal – must also confirm what his position is on the following cases."

    They were SOOOOOOOOO determined that we follow the dictates of their Electoral Commission... but seem less interested in the fact that the No campaign don't bother with all that crap, because no one is Scotland wouod give them that kind of money.

    For that amount they need to go to rich Tories. And rich Tories live in England.

    I see there are bankers too on the list. A very dodgy lot I'd say.

    The Yes Campaign needs to publish their donors too. Now!

    1. Nice to see Better Together crowd have NO morals!
      Anyone who accepts money from this guy who has given $1 Million to Serbian warlord and whose company Vitol has NOT paid its taxes in UK for years should be shot.
      Where are their MORALS?
      Where is their GRAVITAS?
      Where is their DIGNITY?

  3. In an exclusive interview with the soaraway Scotsman the Korean leader Kim Jong Un said - sorry I can't do a Korean accent - "What's that you say? Scotland is independent and has no nuclear detergent? Time for a bit of nuclear blackmail, methinks! We will liberate their haggis, their Scotch, their Brigadoon and Braveheart DVDs, their deep-friend Mars bars and their Buckies! We will have a thorough investigation under their kilts and, most importantly, discover why they ever voted Labour. In order to thwart any liberties or freedom related freebies we shall install Jo La Mont as their President for Life. We will allow the Scotsman, as a token of our esteem, to display misleading head-lines and unionist borrocks. If anyone thinks I am racist they can feck off!"

  4. Brilliant John...

    I thought the Korean accent was very good...

    I was reading up on Mr Kim and discovered that his nicknames are:

    Yŏngmyŏng-han Tongji,
    영명한 동지,
    Outstanding Leader,
    Lil Kim,
    Great Successor,
    Brilliant Comrade,
    Young General,
    Young master.

    I like the first one best.

  5. tris,

    Kim Jong Un he also say "Woe is me and feck me - naughty Kim - , my heroine and role-model has snuffed it"

  6. Looking forward to your article about Thatcher's death..... There's going to be one yes?

  7. Still, the old bat had a fair innings which is more than the guys in the Belgrano had.

  8. Yes, he'll be sad, John. They are/were two of a kind. Nutters.

  9. I dunno PP. I wasn't going to bother on the basis that she's not really worth it.

    I suppose I'd better write something though... as you ask so nicely :)

  10. Aye and a lot more than that John, who died at her hands.

  11. With all the bloody fawning by the BBC and politicians past and present over that disgusting women maybe her legacy will be seen in its true light. Why we face a bloody revolution on the streets in 2013 !

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