I’m not fan of Ed Miliband.
I think he’ll be a poor prime minister, but I hope he is the next prime minister, because no matter how bad he could be, he’s unlikely to be more detached and third rate than Cameron.
I can see that why he announced today that he won’t work with the SNP. He may well think that some folk are terrified enough of a Cameron government to be scared by this into voting Labour once again even if they prefer the SNP's policies.
As it goes I doubt very much that he will be able to stick to that promise. It's a fact that he can’t stop the SNP voting down a Tory government, and supporting a Labour queen’s speech, which would effectively mean that he was in government due to Scottish/Welsh/Green support.
He also has to take into consideration what his core vote in England, Wales and Scotland will think of him, and Labour, if he refuses some sort of deal with left of centre, progressive parties, and in doing so, allows the Tories back in for 5 years of incompetent mayhem.
As for saying that he won’t allow another referendum, well, that’s just silly.
Nicola has already said that it is not a priority for her; she also has the humility to agree that it is not up to her whether there will be another referendum or not and when it might be.
Nor is it up to Ed Miliband, or David Cameron.
It’s up to Scots to decide.
However, that’s not what prompted this post.
As I said at the beginning, I don’t like Miliband, but sometimes you ahve to stand up for human decency.
What Tory minister, Fallon, said about him today was beyond the pale. It was despicable and I’m astounded that even as semi-detached as David Cameron is, he couldn't and didn't see that, and condemn it out of hand.
Ed Miliband did not stab his brother in the back. He went into a leadership contest against David Miliband and several other people, including Ed Balls. He came out the winner. You don’t stab someone in the back when you go into a fair competition and win. I thought that was what English ‘fair play’ was all about.
And if he goes into some sort of agreement with the SNP and other progressive parties after the election he won’t be stabbing British in the back as Fallon suggested.
We in Scotland and in Wales, and people who vote green, are part of Britain, and if we vote SNP/Plaid and Green we will still be part of Britain and deserve a voice in it.
That, Fallon, was the deal. Remember the vow; the deal you people made and then broke in the first 20 minutes.
And if you are THAT desperate to have nuclear weapons, then have them, but don't expect our kids to starve and our sick to die in poverty so that you can afford them and don't expect us to house them 20 miles away from the centre of Glasgow. You have them in your back yard and YOU pay for them.
The nonsense that we can only be safe if we have £100 billion of nukes, is laughable. If that's the case, every country needs them. So we should be allowing Iran to have them, and
For the record Fallon is, according to his Wiki page, far from perfect.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Fallon, Deputy Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, claimed for mortgage repayments on his Westminster flat in their entirety. MPs are only allowed to claim for interest charges.
Between 2002 and 2004, Fallon regularly claimed £1,255 per month in capital repayments and interest, rather than the £700-£800 for the interest component alone.
After his error was noticed by staff at the Commons Fees Office in September 2004, he asked: "Why has no one brought this to my attention before?" (You might be entitled to expect that someone in his position should have known the rules and not left it to the very few staff in the office to check that he wasn't cheating. He signed them; he should have checked them.)
He repaid £2,200 of this over-claim, but was allowed to offset the remaining £6,100 against his allowance.
But it’s not the first time that Fallon has been in trouble:
From The Guardian, News in Brief, 5 July 1983:
"Mr Michael Fallon Tory MP for Darlington, was banned from driving for 18 months yesterday after admitting a drink driving offence during the general election campaign.
"Mr Fallon, aged 31, had more than twice the legal amount of alcohol in his breath when his car hit a lamppost near his home in Darlington in the early hours of May 16, the day after his birthday."
Drunk and expense fiddler. Nice man to be a Rt Hon...