331 stabs in the back

What have Scottish Conservative MPs Andrew Bowie, David Duguid, Alister Jack, John Lamont, David Mundell, and Douglas Ross all got in common? There are so many possible answers to that question, none of which reflect well upon the MPs concerned. You could say that they’re selfish British nationalist shills who wouldn’t stand up for Scotland if their mother’s life depended on it, and during the coronavirus crisis it very possibly might. You could say that every single one of them believes that Scotland’s proper place in the UK is to meekly follow along with whatever England has voted for. You could say that there’s not enough bone in the lot of them to construct a single spine. And you would be perfectly correct in all of those characterisations.

However in this instance what they’ve all got in common is that every single one of this sorry shower of British nationalist apologists voted against a motion in the Commons which would have ensured that all NHS workers and care staff received weekly tests for coronavirus. What they’ve got in common is that in 2017 every single one of them voted against a pay rise for nurses. And what they also have in common is that all of them repeat the platitudes about clapping for NHS workers because they’ll make a show of supporting key workers, but won’t follow through with anything that actually has any substance to it. Yeah, this doesn’t reflect well upon them either, but then they’re Tory MPs so what were you expecting. Being a git is very much on brand for this lot. They don’t care. They didn’t care. They never cared. This is what you get when you vote Tory.
https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/politics/full-list-of-the-331-tory-mps-who-voted-against-weekly-testing-of-nhs-and-care-staff/25/06/
https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/all-of-the-tory-mps-who-voted-against-a-pay-rise-for-nurses-in-2017-1-6606825

The six selfish sook ups belong to the same branch office as Surname Surname, who has of late taken to any Scottish media outlet which will give him airtime or column inches, which is to say pretty much all of them, demanding testing for workers in care homes. Yet given the opportunity to vote in order to ensure that precisely that was made mandatory, his colleagues in London voted it down. Perhaps someone ought to point out to Surname Surname that he no longer has a leg to stand on in the demands he makes of the Scottish Government, but knowing the Scottish media they probably won’t.

The shiftless selfish six weren’t alone of course. 331 Conservative MPs voted against weekly testing for the most vulnerable workers in the UK. In doing so they ensured that something that millions wanted would not come to pass. It was like that movie The Spartans, where a band of 300 defied the will of the entire Persian Empire, only this time with arseholes instead of heroes. Tories gonna Tory. To tory, that’s a verb meaning to act like a complete and utter selfish dick. As in, we all wanted to watch a movie on the telly last night, but Alister toried the remote control so he could see some documentary about how rich arseholes can be bigger arseholes.

NHS workers and care staff are exposed to the virus in a way that few others are. Their exposure is regular, intensive, and often lasts over a protracted period of time, all factors which are known to increase the chances of a person becoming infected. A higher percentage of NHS workers and care staff come from black and minority ethnic communities, who for various complex reasons grounded in institutionalised racism have a higher likelihood of dying from Covid-19. NHS workers and care staff put their lives on the line in order to keep the rest of us alive and healthy during a pandemic, but the Conservatives don’t think that they merit priority when it comes to testing. They agreed to it for Premier League footballers, but not for NHS workers and care staff.

Clapping costs nothing, you can have that. A picture of a rainbow drawn by a schoolkid costs nothing, you can have that too. Mouthing platitudes about how black lives matter costs nothing, you can have that as well. A wage rise and a weekly test, they cost money, so you can go die in poverty. When all that was required was a spot of clapping for a couple of minutes once a week, all you heard from the Tories was NHS heroes. When it comes to doing something constructive and meaningful, something that will cost the British Government money, those same MPs reply with a contemptuous sneer. It becomes a case of may the best immune system win. But they’ll happily spend £1 million so that Boris Johnson can have a garishly painted plane that looks like it’s from one of the crappier budget airlines, a plane paint job that was rejected from a remake of the Austin Powers movies for being too tasteless.

We can’t expect a senior cabinet minister to answer questions about the decision to throw NHS workers and care staff under the genetic lottery bus, the one which has the lie about extra funding for the NHS painted on the side of it. The British Government has decided to end its daily press conferences. It will be brushed under the carpet as Conservative MPs work themselves up into a conveniently distracting froth of outrage about Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey sharing a link to an interview in the Independent that allegedly contained an anti-semitic conspiracy theory.

There can be no clearer illustration that the Conservatives do not care about ordinary people. They do not care about protecting those vulnerable and essential workers that they hypocritically clap for. They care about their money, their careers, and their party. But then that’s exactly what we should expect from the Conservatives, a party whose sole political ideology is the institutionalisation of their own personal greed and avarice. When there is the inevitable second wave in coronavirus infections and some poor care workers or NHS workers succumb to the disease, their deaths will be on the Conservative party. But the Tories still won’t care.


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45 comments on “331 stabs in the back

  1. samdog56 says:

    Hello mate.    Shower of BASTARDS, they need to F OFF.  This was a brilliant motion, SHOWS HOW MUCH FAT KILLER JOHNSON AND THE NEVER TELL THE TRUTH BASTARD HANCOCK THINK OF THE NHS.Arsehole tories.Cheers mate,  Gordon.

  2. lions67 says:

    We know what Tories are, we should neither be appalled nor surprised.

    Of course I despise them but, at the same time, there must be a birth defect which makes you want to be seen in public acting like this and having iy as a matter of public record.

    However, the people I really despise are the people who elect them into positions where they decide the fate of others. These are the really self-centred or pig-ignorant people in our society who inflict this misery and shame upon us.

  3. Petra says:

    Another great article exposing the Tories, Paul. One thing for sure is that NHS staff, care workers and their many relatives and friends, with over a million NHS staff in England alone, will know about this and will pass the news around. More to the point what will the black and minority ethnic groups, four times as likely of contracting the virus and dying, make of this? England is at the point of exploding, imo, and they just can’t see it. I’ll be waiting to hear too what Carlaw, Davidson, et al, have to say about the latest lethal kick in the teeth that their party has just voted for. One that’ll lead to many more deaths. Any Scottish journalists out there planning to ask them? Got any gumption at all? No?

  4. Petra says:

    O/T

    Another hypocritical red Tory backstabber.

    ‘Mhairi Black slams Keir Starmer over stance on Scottish independence.”

    ”She (Mhairi Black) added: “It’s quite telling that the Labour leader who was open to a second EU referendum is so firmly against the people of Scotland having a say over their future.”

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/18542772.mhairi-black-slams-keir-starmer-stance-scottish-independence/

    • ArtyHetty says:

      Starmer is a red Tory, in fact not sure even the red bit is appropriate. Take a look at his backgound in the police complaints authority. Ouch, heck!

      Note how the ‘media’ use his first name though, ‘Keir’. They don’t call him ‘Starmer’ do they, like they constantly say ‘Sturgeon’ (!) when referring to Scotland’s First Minister!

      Keir Hardie, a real left wing socialist back in the day, who really did care, ( I have a copy of his speeches and lectures an absolutely brilliant read) must be spinning in his grave right now, at the way in which the English HQ’d supposed ‘UK’ Labour, lol, party is in fact no opposition to the far right Tories at all, in fact, they are best pals.

      Scotland however, sees the Labour party for what they are as you say Paul. That can only mean one thing, the people of Scotland reject the Britnat parties, operating in Scotland against the interests of the country of Scotland, so, only one solution is available and we all know what that is.

  5. Welsh Sion says:

    On the back (!) of piece of medical editing (The Podiatry College’s 2021 Parliamentary Election Manifesto, if you must know), I read this and come to the conclusion that the Tories are heartless, spineless and gutless.

    Makes me sound as if I’m full of bile for ’em – and you’d be right.

    Off to a darkened room and trying to avoid the senseless Anglos who think the end of lockdown is to celebrate Saturnalia.

  6. Legerwood says:

    You could also have mentioned the UK Gov terminating the contracts of the student nurses who stepped forward to help staff the hospitals. In the process of doing so describing them in less than flattering terms when it came to their contribution to fighting the virus.

    Mention too that his r/w/b painted plane is an Airbus 330 built as a joint EU-UK project I believe. Now there is irony.

    • Welsh Sion says:

      Mention too that his r/w/b painted plane is an Airbus 330 built as a joint EU-UK project I believe. Now there is irony.

      ________

      Yup, the wings are made in North East Wales by those pesky, subsidised Taff junkies …

  7. JSM says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a 50+ Female and commented:
    I’m disgusted but not surprised.

  8. Golfnut says:

    This is bad.

    Link to metro report in the comments.

    No conclusive details, but this happened at a hotel housing asylum seekers.

  9. Arthur Thomson says:

    Awful. I hope those in hospital recover and soon.

    Johnson, Stammer and Patel have expressed something. No marks who don’t know when to keep their mouths shut.

  10. Dr Jim says:

    I’ve spent quite a long time this evening tracking the Twitter trolls that infest the First Ministers Twitter every time she speaks, I stopped at 28, and you know why, 26 of them were from England
    and only two were actually from Scotland, 18 of those Troll accounts were only opened this year and if that’s the trend throughout the FMs Twitter that only 2 of every 28 are from Scotland we really have nothing whatsoever to worry about over Independence because that trend a couple of years ago was the opposite with most of the Trolls being from Scotland

    I also read a real good account of a Rangers supporter who turned from NO to YES and his reason for voting NO originally was that BBC reporting had made him hate the SNP, oh and he decided to join the SNP into the bargain because he felt he owed Scotland for being a horrible git beforehand, so that was a nice read and brave of someone to *come out* on Twitter

    The British Nationalist blackshirts have threatened to gather in Glasgow again tomorrow, I have a feeling if they do turn up Police Scotlands light touch towards them might change

    • Golfnut says:

      Thanks, well done on the research and worth the effort by the looks of it.

      I suggested in one my comments, can’t remember if it was here or Tus, that part of bojos reasoning for the speed of his relaxing of lockdown was a fear of being upstaged by Nicola. Going into lockdown the FM was always one step ahead of him, obviously rankled.

      What a spoilt little brat the prime minister of england is.

    • Jim says:

      ” 26 of them were from England” surprise, surprise. Not being derogatory there Dr Jim!

      The English hate us with a vengeance. In fact they hate anyone who is not English. Boris Johnson already stated in writing that we’re ‘Vermin’
      But if we have an opinion we are branded as ‘Anti English’ and that’s because in their minds we’re not allowed to have an opinion because we’re inferior and anyone who is not English is inferior.
      We have to accept ( Blindly) whatever English people decide what is best for England,if we don’t, we’re racist and they’ll be prepared to put us down for it.

      Following the Jacobite uprisings, which the English conveniently call the Jacobite Rebellions, the English had over 400 forts in Scotland for more than forty years after 1745 to ‘Quell’ the restless natives.
      During that time anyone who muttered any discontent over English rule was hanged and their family thrown out of their home and left to starve to death.
      Anyone who showed pity to the remaining family were subsequently dealt the same demise.

      This was never a union, it was an occupation ruled with ruthlessness and the sword and gun which then went on to be The British Empire.
      They very quickly learned in Scotland that that was the way to take over which ever country they went to. And it has to said that a lot of greedy bastard scots went along with it, probably the same greedy bastard scots who sold Scotland out for their pieces of gold.

      72 countries have since gained their independence from the ‘Pink’ world and not one has clamoured to come back. In fact many have become republics and recently New Zealand almost voted the ‘Butchers Apron’ off their flag.

      ” 18 of these troll accounts were opened this year”
      It makes you wonder where the banner at Bute House came from.
      They are terrified and will stoop to the lowest of the low to prevent independence. And what better way to try to paint the FM as evil by comparing her to the most hated, vile person that ever lived, the one person that good old England stood alone against.

      Funny how us and the rest of the Commonwealth who fought and died don’t get a mention.
      Cannon fodder!
      And that’s all we are to them. As long as it benefits England.

  11. Arthur Thomson says:

    There is some truth in this Golfnut. Nicola constantly refers to corona virus, levels of infection, numbers in hospital etc and Johnson does his best to use the same words despite his contrived speech impediment. Apart from that, any similarity between what Johnson says and reality is purely coincidental and is not based on actual events.

    Why am I incandescent when I am informed by tv news programmes that Johnson, Patel and Stammer have sent cynically insincere messages of concern to Glasgow? Why do I feel that their every utterance contaminates the very air that I breathe? I guess I am just upset.

    As was said BTL on a previous post … deep breath …and relax.

  12. Melvin penman says:

    The British plan to let the “servile class” suffer they always do,they always will.
    They don’t call the working class eaters for nothing, that’s all they care about that they eat the produce produced in their factories and pay “our” taxes, taken at source. As the Tories send their hard stolen cash to an island somewhere.You would think by now that the people would wake up to the lies and double standards ,but they are too busy trying to survive.

    The British state has always abused its colonists and will continue to do so until they rebel, it’s a well trodden path and asking for independence never works ,you have to take it.

    Divide and conquer is their plan, keep playing to the bigotry and intolerance of stereotypes and that will keep the working class busy attacking each other.

    Infiltrate the population with agent provocateurs and quislings then hey presto,,,, three hundred years I’d subjugation and asset stripping.

  13. Dr Jim says:

    On my Internet huntings recently I came accross something which I don’t know whether it’s accurate or not historically, but the story this history bloke was telling was that Britons as named by the Romans were only in England and Wales because the Romans never conquered Scotland even though they wandered in a little bit but never named it as Briton because they saw Scotland as full of ferocious wode painted untameable crazies and wanted nothing to do with it, so his contention was that when England changed the name Briton to British and applied it to all four countries that couldn’t have been legally correct therefore we should be objecting at being named so

    It’s a shaky sounding argument to me. but hey, who knows eh, I’d be quite happy not to be a Briton
    I did like the idea of being thought of as untameable crazies though, made me kinda proud in a warped way

    • Golfnut says:

      Absolutely true Dr Jim. Welsh Sion could probably give you chapter and verse on this, a lot better than me anyway. The word Briton is believe it or not a foreign word, the Gauls referred to the inhabitants of this island as the Pritani( probably going to get shot for this). Anyway the Latin version Britain’s became the name for the conquered territories which of course didn’t really encompass what became Scotland. Believe it or not the bbc along with a whole raft of English historians always implied that the Picts weren’t Celts and therefore not British, bollocks of course.

      I remember seeing a UK map showing Briton stopping at the Scottish border, it was dated around the 1950’s.

      The one nation crap is purely political propaganda, probably because they went going to succeed in actually exterminating us Celts.

      • weegingerdug says:

        The native Celtic inhabitants of Britain referred to themselves as Pritani. The Romans often misheard Celtic P, T, and K – especially when it was followed by R or L, as B, D, G. So the Romans borrowed the name into Latin as Britanni. They did the same with the Gaulish word kladyos, which they borrowed as gladius – a kind of short sword. It’s the word that gladiator comes from.

        The Goidelic cognate of Pritani was Qritani, which developed into the Gaelic Cruithne the Gaelic word for the Picts.

        • Golfnut says:

          Did I get any of it right.

        • Stephen McKenzie says:

          Cheers Paul, that was something I didn’t know and thanks for this info on Roman occupation of “Britain”

        • Dr Jim says:

          Now whaddya know, the Romans had speech impediments and hearing difficulty
          I lived in Spain for a dozen years Paul in Torrieveija which as you’ll know basically means Old Land but because I’m Scottish I can pronounce that, if you happen to be English they pronounce it (Torreeveaykaa) yah gotta laugh, I learned my Spanish from my Madrid neighbours who didn’t speak a word of English, but between us I taught them Scottish which they didn’t know was different to Inglese and they taught me the roughest sounding Spanish you ever did hear, but of course I didn’t know what I sounded like to other Spanish folk until the more friends I made told me

          The reason I mention this is because I lived amongst Spanish folk and not in the English enclaves where it didn’t seem to matter how many Spanish lessons they took they couldn’t pronounce V or CH or W or indeed any of the correct noises and translations of letters and numbers were right out of the question, so maybe that was the same problems the Romans had, nobody could ever understand the English, until they got pith helmets and shouted louder brandishing a bayonet

          What’s life without whimsy

          • Welsh_Sion says:

            Happy to second Paul on many of the above things and to give you the personal slant, too.

            The first historical mention of these islands is by Pytheas of Massalia (Marseille) in about 325 BCE where he refers to the ‘Pretanik Islands’ somewhere in the North Atlantic. This is obviously a P Celtic name which he then Hellenised. (To this day, the Welsh call Britain, ‘Prydain’ and it’s evident that the Romans not recognising this called their outpost ‘Britannia’, from whence ‘Britain’, as previously explained.)

            The Welsh thought of themselves as ‘the original British’ (Brythons), speaking the ‘British’ (Brythonic) language and the guardians of Roman civilisation (possibly the origin of the Anglo-Saxon term ‘wealas’) when the legions left in 410 CE and the Anglo-Saxons started invading the island.

            It would be this memory of being here prior to the Romans and identifying themselves as the ‘true Britons’ who would one day push the Anglo-Saxons back into the sea from whence they came which would nurture a ‘Welsh-British’ sentiment for centuries. They had been deprived of ‘their’ island of Prydain and were awaiting a deliverer, to enable them to regain it. Over the centuries, these deliverers or ‘prophesised ones’ amounted to leaders such as King Arthur, Owain Glyn Dwr and (at the time) the most successful one of all, Harri Tudur, who playing on this ‘national’ sentiment won for himself the kingship of England as Henry VII. (Students of Welsh history thereon know ‘what the Tudors did for us’ …).

            So, you see Welshies have tended to be a bit more ambivalent about this idea of ‘Britishness’. When the Tudor propaganda machine kicked in, they (or at least their nobles – to be parallelled later by those in Scotland ‘bought by English gold’) became, adopted and adapted to this new Britishness. The people spoke ‘the British language’ (why, even the English used this term until about the 18th century) and became ‘new Britons’. It’s only since about the late 19th century and subsequent creation of Plaid Cymru (1925) that much sentiment of Welshness being different from Britishness has gained any sought f traction in my country.

            Yet on the subject of language, we can point back to those earliest times on the 5th, 6th, 7th centuries CE when place names all over the island had Welsh/Brythonic elements in them. And places in Scotland, too, such as Penicuik (Hill of the cuckoo), Lanark (glade), Dumbarton (fortress of the Britons) , possibly Perth (hedge – which could also be Pictish) are all ‘Welsh’. The earliest extant poetry is situated in what is now the border areas around Dumfries and Galloway as well as extolling the virtues of the soldiers who served the generous king of Caeredin ( > Edinburgh) prior to attacking the Anglo-Saxons in an epic battle near (allegedly) Catterick in North Yorkshire, where all 300 brave warriors were killed.

            This is our history – but it is also yours. Indeed, it is the history of all ‘Britons’ on these islands and exemplifies the hollowness of the English element in using the term interchangeably with themselves for personal advancement. ‘Britain’ is an ancient Welsh name and we have contributed as much as anyone (for good, for ill) to the success of ‘Britishness’.

            But now – we must go our own wa, as you in Scotland can and will and must. As the first of the Britons, so we are likely to be the last of them.

            Thank you for reading.

          • Welsh Sion says:

            Happy to second Paul on many of the above things and to give you the personal slant, too.

            The first historical mention of these islands is by Pytheas of Massalia (Marseille) in about 325 BCE where he refers to the ‘Pretanik Islands’ somewhere in the North Atlantic. This is obviously a P Celtic name which he then Hellenised. (To this day, the Welsh call Britain, ‘Prydain’ and it’s evident that the Romans not recognising this called their outpost ‘Britannia’, from whence ‘Britain’, as previously explained.)

            The Welsh thought of themselves as ‘the original British’ (Brythons), speaking the ‘British’ (Brythonic) language and the guardians of Roman civilisation (possibly the origin of the Anglo-Saxon term ‘wealas’) when the legions left in 410 CE and the Anglo-Saxons started invading the island.

            It would be this memory of being here prior to the Romans and identifying themselves as the ‘true Britons’ who would one day push the Anglo-Saxons back into the sea from whence they came which would nurture a ‘Welsh-British’ sentiment for centuries. They had been deprived of ‘their’ island of Prydain and were awaiting a deliverer, to enable them to regain it. Over the centuries, these deliverers or ‘prophesised ones’ amounted to leaders such as King Arthur, Owain Glyn Dwr and (at the time) the most successful one of all, Harri Tudur, who playing on this ‘national’ sentiment won for himself the kingship of England as Henry VII. (Students of Welsh history thereon know ‘what the Tudors did for us’ …).

            So, you see Welshies have tended to be a bit more ambivalent about this idea of ‘Britishness’. When the Tudor propaganda machine kicked in, they (or at least their nobles – to be parallelled later by those in Scotland ‘bought by English gold’) became, adopted and adapted to this new Britishness. The people spoke ‘the British language’ (why, even the English used this term until about the 18th century) and became ‘new Britons’. It’s only since about the late 19th century and subsequent creation of Plaid Cymru (1925) that much sentiment of Welshness being different from Britishness has gained any sought f traction in my country.

            Yet on the subject of language, we can point back to those earliest times on the 5th, 6th, 7th centuries CE when place names all over the island had Welsh/Brythonic elements in them. And places in Scotland, too, such as Penicuik (Hill of the cuckoo), Lanark (glade), Dumbarton (fortress of the Britons) , possibly Perth (hedge – which could also be Pictish) are all ‘Welsh’. The earliest extant poetry is situated in what is now the border areas around Dumfries and Galloway as well as extolling the virtues of the soldiers who served the generous king of Caeredin ( > Edinburgh) prior to attacking the Anglo-Saxons in an epic battle near (allegedly) Catterick in North Yorkshire, where all 300 brave warriors were killed.

            This is our history – but it is also yours. Indeed, it is the history of all ‘Britons’ on these islands and exemplifies the hollowness of the English element in using the term interchangeably with themselves for personal advancement. ‘Britain’ is an ancient Welsh name and we have contributed as much as anyone (for good, for ill) to the success of ‘Britishness’.

            But now – we must go our own way, as you in Scotland can and will and must. As the first of the Britons, so we are likely to be the last of them.

            Thank you for reading.

  14. Melvin penman says:

    Fantastic piece Paul, I wish I had your patience and calm.I get infuriated by the treatment of Scotland by the British state. Why can’t people see the truth of their subjugation. it could be the 24/7 propaganda on every media channel or the quisling British political parties in Scotland reinforcing the subjugation and sense of uselessness. We need you Paul, please stay strong and look after yourself, I hope that when they put up a statue of the dug after independence that we areal, here to see it.

  15. Golfnut says:

    The print on this is a little fuzzy, but well the effort to read.
    The similarities in contract awards to companies unrelated to the tasks given is worrying, as is the rational behind the values of the contracts.

  16. Golfnut says:

    Anyway before I retire from the field to lick my wounds.
    If you hoped they had learned any lessons from the trace app fiasco, think again.

  17. Dr Jim says:

    Cripes ! they’re building skynet

  18. Golfnut says:

    2 excellent reports from Talking up Scotland on Home office failures relating to yesterday’s tragedy.
    Sorry can’t link at the moment.

  19. Ken2 says:

    People are dying because of the Tories inhuman policies. Refugees being starved because of Westminster illegal wars. Costing £Billions. It is just sickening.

    Wasting £5Billion on a satellite system that does not work. A result of Brexit policies.

    The Tories at their worse again.

    Labour losing more members. No wonder, especially in Scotland.

  20. I recall vividly the day serial killer Peter Manuel was executed.
    My JFK moment.

    Yes, I could Google the exact date, but I know with certainty that it was in the first two weeks in July, 1958, and we were having breakfast at my aunt’s and uncle’s kitchen table in Eastbourne when the announcement of his execution was announced on the radio.

    It was ‘the Clydebank Fair’, the first fortnight in July, the two weeks preceding ‘the Glasgow Fair’, the Big One, the second fortnight in July, when the City’s factories and ship yards emptied, and, pre Spain, hundreds of thousands of Scots made their way to the ‘staycation’ favourites, Dunoon, Rothesay, Blackpool, and the Highland resorts.

    Ma Pa and the four weans normally holidayed in Dunoon, in a single end in a granite terrace known as The Glebe (shades of the Broons).

    I know Dunoon like the back of my hand, and recall many dreich days, hunting for crabs, ‘fishing’ off the end of the pier with a hand made line.

    It rained a lot, and we packed wellies, plastic macs, and Sou’ Westers as essentials.
    Our lips really did turn purple as we ventured out into the brand new day.

    Constant drizzle that went right through you, slate grey skies, a steady chill ‘breeze’, the sun, an occasional visitor.
    Summer Doon The Watter.
    And we loved it.

    But in 1958, the Collatins Branched Out.
    One of my father’s brothers, whom we had never met, lived in Eastbourne, with his exotic ‘English’ wife.
    We had been invited to visit.

    I was 10; the adventure of a lifetime.

    Before Beeching destroyed the rail network so that they could flog more cars, we were actually able to board the Starlight Express at Clydebank Riverside, ¼ mile from our home, and travelled overnight all the way to London, then change at Euston, and on to Eastbourne.

    It was like stepping out of the black and white drabness of the Clydeside into a technicolour Hollywood movie.

    Eastbourne was WARM, the sun shone all the time, buildings and grand hotels, houses painted dazzling white, the sea was blue, the sandy pebbled beach hot under bare feet.

    It was another world, a heaven on earth.

    There were palm trees growing everywhere, and lots of flowers in hanging baskets; and the locals talked funny.

    It opened this young Clydesider’s eyes wide open.

    Fast forward 60 years and my image of the tranquil balmy South East coast of England took an almighty dunt.

    Johnson quite deliberately declared England’s Independence Day.

    From the 4th July let it all hang out!

    Without consulting the other 3 nations in their precious Union, he announces that Holidays to the Old Favourites, Spain, Tenerife , Ibiza, and other hot spots will be open for business within days.

    The combination of a heat wave, and the English love of a ten mile tail back, and coastal towns in England have been invaded by tens of thousands of greased sunburnt yobs, spreading the plague, attacking public servants trying to clear overflowing litter bins, and incredibly being backed by TV pundits and news presenters who excuse this anarchy by declaring that it was ‘understandable’ that the poor souls who had been stuck in the house watching Netflix and England’s Greatest Football matches for 3 months had suddenly declared in mass hysteria, ‘Enough!’ and headed for the beaches.

    The scenes on Bournemouth beach were disgusting.

    Tens of thousands of selfish bastards.

    The message was clear from the Bullingdon Boy.

    Partee!
    And the riots…if only we had known.

    There will be a dramatic spike in England.

    Up Here we had students in Kelvingrove moved on by polis, and in the Meadows in Edinburgh.
    How disappointing for the Jock Hacks.

    Nicola Sturgeon must close the Scottish Border.

    The UK is not one ‘country’

    We have laws up here and a Health service independent of England’s.

    It’s time to act before the Living Dead from the South head Up Here to cough and splutter their way through our land.

    Are we really going to see tens of thousands of Scots jetting off on holiday, returning from god knows where, and slipping back into the community without quarantine or checks?

    It will all be that evil wee besom Nicola Sturgeon’s fault if the virus takes off again, and Tom Gordon will tell us all again that NS is a ‘failure’.

    Aye, right.

    Scotland is beating this terrible plague.

    England is not.
    This 72 year old for one, is not going to die for England.

    Close the border before Scotland rises and does it for you.

    • Dr Jim says:

      60% of the UK economy is consumer led, if the public don’t spend money then the economy suffers, why then would Boris Johnson create a situation where the most people who are in a position to boost the economy by spending their money in it help those people to leave the UK to spend their money somewhere else then bemoan the fact we need the tourism industry to survive, I have to admit I’m puzzled by that one

      Today the news is all about a man who lost the plot and did harm to people in Glasgow, it’s a big story and the news people are unsurprisingly stretching it out as far as they can because that’s what they do, but once again the British news focuses on something the man is reported to have said before he carried out this act of violence, he said he was at breaking point and was going to do harm to people (or words to that effect) now here’s where the news media get their jollies off in pointing out that somebody anybody nobody took this man seriously so the resultant carnage was then somebody’s fault, who to blame hmm, who to blame

      My mother threatened to kill me on countless occasions as she did with my other siblings, as have countless mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters have done with each other since time began, did the world take my Mum or anybody else’s parent seriously, well of course they didn’t because if we did we’d be locking up thousands of folk on a daily basis for the threatened crime of shouting at one another, no matter how angrily

      The media hope to create a scenario so that any threat imagined or real should have been identified as such by *somebody* and the correct proportion of blame and responsibility assigned to that person then they can amplify that blame and jet propel it all the way up to government so they can get on with apportioning that blame to somebody much more important and newsworthy for at least a weeks gossip and maybe if they’re lucky call for someone to lose their job over it

      A man went off his trolly and did terrible harm, no terrorism, no vendetta, nobody’s fault, just a damn bad thing

      • Bob Lamont says:

        I’d dispute the “nobody’s fault” aspect, UK and HO policies have much to answer for in tipping this over the edge…

      • Tatu3 says:

        When the second wave hits England after the masses visited Bournemouth and other southern coastal towns. Boris will instead blame it on the returning holidaymakers from foreign places. Nothing to do with him or England. All the EUs fault.

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