Thursday, 20 August 2015



It seems that all that's new about the Scottish team is Alex.
Apart from that, it's Jim the Blairite's team.
(Well,  when I say Blairite, I mean except when he's patronising Glasgow man by telling him he can get drunk at the fitba' and sing sectarian songs.)


  1. So let me see if I have got this right:

    1) The NEW *ahem* leader is the OLD Deputy Leader.

    2) the NEW team is the OLD team with ONE change

    So basically, same s***e from same gang of Numpties just a different day.

    I have one itsy bitsy teeny weeny little question.

    What the hell was all that s***e about selecting a new leader about then?

    I'll bet all those 5,000 + voters who voted for her are well pleased with themselves now!

    1. That's about the strength of it, Arbroath!

  2. In an ever decreasing gene pool, a species is bound to die out. Not looking good for SLab.

    1. You have to admit that there is not much to chose from, Jim. I mean she may have thought... ok we'll get rid of X, but then thought... yeah, but who is going to replace X?

      Best do nothing!

  3. I read somewhere that the only change to the cabinet was that the man who stated he was voting for Corbyn has been dropped from it. Yep that's not going to cause any conflict between the branch office and HQ if Jeremy wins. No sirree, there's no difference between the left of centre population of North Britain and the Blairite branch office and once the North Britons regain their senses (cc Michael Kelly), they'll flock home to Labour. Or something.

    The Guardian had finally opened for comments an article about oil forecasts and Scotland being too poor to afford indy or FFA, because you know both of those are imminent so its really relevant. Or something.

    My sarcasm and I are now off to enjoy/endure the rest of the day.

    1. Brilliant. It seems to me that there is a world of difference between the country at large and the self serving, job for life Balirite bunch who foresaw the path ahead...MP, Lord, directorships, speaking engagements at £20,000 an hour...

      I loved Mr Kelly's comments. You're all too think to see reality. I think it shows the sense of entitlement that these people have ... a bit like a royal house.

      I'm always amazed that no one has ever come up with a detailed argument about why Scotland, unique in European nations is incapable of making statehood work.

      You see I take it as a personal insult that commentators realise that the Irish can do it; Icelanders can do it; Danes and Norwegians can do it; Maltese can do it... and even little dots on the map like Monaco and San Marino can do it, but Scots are, perhaps as Kelly suggested, too bloody thick.

      I hope you both have a lovely day!

  4. plus ça change....

    1. ce sera la même chose

  5. With the "new" SLAB team now in position, the BBC turd polishing service will be in full swing.

    1. We;ll most of them have friends and relations in the BBC so I guess...

      I've always thought it was a pity that they couldn't actually ever come up with a policy for all their shininess!

    2. The glorious Labour party in Scotland don't DO policies. It wouldn't recognise an actual policy if it was brazen (or foolhardy) enough to bite them in the arse.
      Apart, of course, from their policy of endlessly repeating party HQ soundbites (SNP Baddddd) and their policy of sucking off BBC Scotland and the media until their eyes cross.

      Am looking forward to FMQs next week. Hope Nicola asks wee Kez who she has voted for in the leadership election.

    3. I suspect, HV, that she won't know who she voted for until the winner is announced...then she'll remember that she voted for him or her.

  6. Labours current motto it would appear is 'If it's broke I ain't gonna fix it'

    1. ...Because eventually the Scottish public will come to their collective senses and vote for Labour, regardless of their policies or lack of them, because that's what is good for ...erm... the leadership. Best do nothing till then, except sit on the side lines and carp.

      SNP baaaaaaaaad.

    2. Ooh careful, Tris. At some point people will start voting Labour.

      Although not quite yet...........

    3. Maybe one day, but even they don;t anticipate that in the near future.

  7. Aye try pulling the other one Labour its got bells on it


    1. The couldn't even do that right!

  8. I dunno. It seems to me that certain parties become relevant to the electorate for a time, and then dip off the radar. In my wee neck of the woods both the Conservatives (big) and the SSP (moving up) both fell.

    The ongoing Labour disaster - "we need a new electorate" mantra is potentially their death knell.

    You say:

    "...Because eventually the Scottish public will come to their collective senses and vote for Labour, regardless of their policies or lack of them, because that's what is good for ...erm... the leadership. Best do nothing till then, except sit on the side lines and carp."

    And Brecht said:

    "After the uprising of the 17th of June
    The Secretary of the Writers' Union
    Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee
    Stating that the people
    Had forfeited the confidence of the government
    And could win it back only
    By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier
    In that case for the government
    To dissolve the people
    And elect another?"

    I think you and Brecht are like minded. Peas in a pod, even.

    (I know it is getting quoted all around the place these days, but if it is what Labour wants, surely we, as a mere electorate must supply them with it. It would never do for their cognitive dissonance to hit a brick wall. It would be worse than crossing the streams in 'Ghostbusters'.)

    1. I suppose political movements come into and go out of fashion.

      At one time the Liberal Party was the first or second part in the UK; at one time David Trimble's lot were the dominant force in Northern Ireland. Now both are reduced to rumps.

      At one time the SNP was a rump, now the part of government.

      I think Labour lost its raison d'etre with Blair. it became an imitation Tory party. Why would you need that. It might work from a marketing point of view to have imitation boy bands or imitation actresses, or "celebrities", but why have an imitation Tpory party when you can have the real Tories.

    2. Argh... I wrote a reply (at length) and it disappeared into cyber space!!!

      Basically I said...

      Look at the Liberals, which at one time were either the government or the opposition.
      Or David Trimble's Party in NI which was one dominant. now both are rumps.

      So, politics changed.

      Labour lost its soul with Blair. It changed from what it was about to accommodate the aftermath of Thatcher... and of course it needed to change a bit.

      It's just that it changed too much. It became unrecognisable. I knew people who voted Labour because they had always voted Labour and their fathers before them. But now we have voters who have only ever known Blair and Brown.

      They must wonder how this lot managed to devise a welfare state, a national heath service...

      All they can manage now is a pale imitation of the Tories.

      And there is no need for a pale imitation political party. People who want Tory type government will almost always vote Tory. They have centuries of experience of being Tories. They are better at it than the Johnny Come Lately lot.