So that went well. Jezza came to Scotland for a day to let us know how much he cares about us, and then went back dahn sarf. Although it’s not so much that he cares about Scotland, a country he scarcely understands, as he cares about rescuing the Labour party in Scotland from the deep pit that they are still digging for themselves. Give the Labour party in Scotland a helping hand, and they’ll only use it to excavate deeper.
“Left winger Jeremy Corbyn” as he’s described by a BBC which never utters the phrase “lunatic right wing extremist Iain Duncan Smith”, says that his priority is to win back votes in Scotland. It’s a bit late for winning back votes, Labour’s Scottish ship hasn’t just sailed, it’s struck an iceberg and is currently on the bottom of the ocean where it’s been crushed into insignificance by the weight of public disdain for all the crap that it was laden with, and its time-serving crew of careerists. Good luck with getting that ship underway again. The Labour party in Scotland is proof that crap doesn’t float after all.
And there were all those newspapers wanting to question the Labour leader on his statement the other day that he’d refuse to press the nuclear button. The revelation that their new leader was prepared to renew Trident, but unprepared to use it, made assorted Labour politicians do impressions of enraged baboons throwing monkey poo. So pretty much business as usual then.
Apparently being unwilling to commit genocide makes you unfit to be the Prime Minister of the UK. Mass murder is a Great British tradition in the same way as Bake Off but without the cupcakes and Mel and Sue’s arch presentation. This is one show in which being carbonised wins prizes, at least for colonialists and the City of London. Despite it being a defining feature of Britishness down the centuries, Great British Genocides isn’t likely to appear on your BBC screens any time soon, and it’s not because the likely contestants are all dead now. It’s because this is the Greatest Country in the World © John McTernan, and not in a nationalist way either. It’s not Great British to admit that there has ever been any Great British Wrongdoing. You could ask some Tasmanian Aborigine people, only you can’t because the British killed them off.
Despite, or more accurately because of, all this previous unpleasantness, it seems to have passed unnoticed by the mass media that we live in a state where it’s the guy who doesn’t want to kill millions of people whose motives must be questioned and who is regarded as dangerously unstable, and not the best friend of porkies who’s quite happy to turn entire populations into crispy bacon. Although of course, even he can only do that if he get the approval of the Pentagon, the independence of the British nuclear weapons system is as mythical as the impartiality of Reporting Scotland or a numerate Labour MSP.
But Labour’s right has got what it wanted. The renewal of Trident was sneaked through the party conference without being put to a vote. It’s now party policy even though Labour members didn’t get a say on it. All those enthusiastic young people, determined to have a say in how their country is run, Labour’s old guard is equally determined that they’ll be canvass fodder who’ll do as they’re told. Welcome to the New Politics, same as the Old Politics. The Great British underhand dirty tricks of Labour’s right means that future of the Great British Bacon Frier is safe, insofar as a weapon of mass destruction can be described as “safe”. All the Labour right needs to do now is to hang on until Jezza gets kicked out of office, and then they can go back to choosing a leader who will happily sacrifice hundreds of thousands of lives in pursuit of brownie points with a far right wing American president. That’s the proper Labour way.
Meanwhile, Labour in Scotland and the tiny band of mutant Tories who have survived the toxic radioactivity poured upon their party by the Scottish electorate choose to play party political games instead of getting on with the serious issues that they say the Scottish Government isn’t getting on with, what with it being obsessed with another referendum and everything. Today’s Furst Meenister’s Questions was a disgrace.
I don’t recall any SNP leaders questioning previous Labour first ministers on the assorted misdeeds of dozens of Labour MPs, and demanding to know what they were going to do about it. Yet today Kezia 50% literate Dugdale was only interested in what Nicola Sturgeon may or may not have known about the private business interests of Michelle Thomson MP and was no longer interested in Labour’s oft-repeated claim that 50% of Scotland’s poorest children can’t read, and that 100% of Labour Holyrood leaders cannae count. She got slapped down by the Presiding Officer for wasting parliamentary time, but she ploughed on regardless in pursuit of some SNPbadness.
You’d think that she’d have been a bit more circumspect on the day that her colleague, the charisma free zone that is James Kelly MSP, was forced to apologise for breaching Holyrood’s Code of Conduct after running to the papers with a complaint he’d made to the Standards Commissionar against Alicsammin. The complaint was rejected on the grounds it was irrelevant and a waste of time, a bit like Labour’s front bench team in Holyrood.
Ruthie Davidson, who can now safely get on tanks again after the polis announced they’d not be pressing charges over she revealed voting patterns in the referendum before polls had closed, has claimed that knowledge of Michelle Thomson’s alleged activities was widespread. Although if that was true you really have to wonder why Ruth and her pals didn’t bring it up during the election campaign, because it’s not like they’re averse to slinging some mud, just like they’re slinging it now. The truth of the matter is that it’s Michelle Thomson’s solicitor who has been allegedly involved in dodgy practices, no Michelle Thomson, and the Edinburgh MP voluntarily resigned the party whip until the allegations could be properly investigated. Ruth didn’t resign the party whip even though she herself was being investigated by the polis for something she admitted live on national TV.
We’ve got playground politics pursued by people who have their priorities backwards. This is Scotland in the Union. Being in favour of weapons of mass destruction is no help to Labour or the Tories in Scotland, all they’re destroying is themselves.
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