The death of devolution

On Monday Dominic Cummings confirmed something that we’ve all known for quite some time. He said that Boris Johnson is an “unthinking Unionist” who thinks that devolution has been a disaster. Cummings also added that Johnson would like to abolish the Scottish and Welsh parliaments but is held back from doing so for fear of the political consequences. Johnson’s antipathy to the devolution settlement has been obvious for quite some time. Back in November last year Johnson told a zoom conference of Conservative MPs representing Northern English constituencies that devolution had been a disaster and described it as Tony Blair’s “biggest mistake”.

Apparently Johnson thinks that the Scottish Parliament was a bigger mistake than going to war in Iraq on the pretext of evidence that was fabricated, plunging the Middle East into chaos and creating the circumstances which led to the rise of the Islamic State and the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. But that is – to use one of Johnson’s favourite words – mere piffle when compared to the political problems that devolution has caused for the Conservative party. But then it’s only because of devolution that Murdo Fraser and Annie Wells get to make fools of themselves on social media on a regular basis, so just maybe he had a point of sorts when he described devolution as a disaster. After all he didn’t specify who it was a disaster for.

The Prime Liar later attempted to claim that what he meant was that the way the SNP had governed Scotland had been a disaster, but that’s clearly a back-covering lie, not even Johnson could get away with claiming that the SNP were a creation of Tony Blair. It was obvious that he meant that he thought devolution should never have happened in the first place.

Devolution only came about because of a decades long political campaign in Scotland, by the time Blair’s government implemented it (although not until after Labour had tried to water it down by as much as they thought they could get away with) it had become, unarguably, the settled will of the people of Scotland. Blair’s government only introduced devolution because the consequences for the Labour party of failing to do so would have been an electoral annihilation similar to that which befell the Conservative party in Scotland in 1997. Johnson is obviously one of those Conservatives who believe that democracy need not apply when it comes to questions of Scottish self-government. He’d be quite happy to ignore the results of Scottish elections entirely. In fact that’s the closest thing he’s got to a political strategy for dealing with Scotland.

This week Dominic Cummings confirmed that Johnson’s statement that devolution had been a disaster was a true reflection of Johnson’s feelings about the devolution settlement. They are sentiments which are shared by other senior figures in the Conservative party. Last year Jacob Rees Mogg described devolution as a part of Labour’s “constitutional tinkering” and said that the Conservatives needed to undo it, presumably in order to replace it with a system where forelock tugging peasants surrender a tithe of their incomes and their virgin daughters to the local laird in return for the right to live in a hovel, a privilege for which they should jolly well be grateful. Don’t they realise just how offensive it is to Jacob’s refined sensibilities to have to acknowledge that the lower orders even exist?

We don’t really need Dominic Cummings, or even the unguarded comments of Boris Johnson, to tell us what this Conservative government really thinks about devolution. Their attitude is screamingly obvious from the contempt and disdain with which Downing Street treats Holyrood and the Welsh Senedd. At every stage in the pandemic, Downing Street has made decisions which affect the entire UK often without even bothering to keep the devolved governments informed despite the fact that public health is a devolved competence.

Conservative contempt for devolution is equally obvious in the way in which the administrations of both Johnson and May before him have abused Brexit as an excuse to undermine and weaken the devolution settlement. The UK Internal Market gave Westminster the right to spend public money in Scotland and Wales on areas which are devolved to Edinburgh and Cardiff. These changes were introduced against the will of the Scottish Parliament and are directly contrary to the Vow made to the people of Scotland in 2014 by the Conservatives along with the other main anti-independence parties that no changes would ever be made to the devolution settlement and the powers of the Scottish parliament without the express consent of Holyrood.

All that prevents the Conservatives from abolishing the Scottish Parliament is the knowledge that the political backlash such a move would provoke would lead to a strong surge in support for independence and make Scottish independence all but inevitable. Scottish opinion may currently be pretty evenly divided on the question of independence but devolution still has overwhelming public support. According to an opinion poll carried out by YouGov in February only 20% of Scottish voters would support the abolition of the Scottish Parliament, and over a third of those want to see Holyrood’s powers be given to beefed up local authorities, not returned to Westminster. Only amongst those who identified themselves as Conservatives was there majority support for abolishing Holyrood.

The two parties with manifesto commitments to the abolition of Holyrood, the Uber-Unionist Ukip and the fringe Abolish the Scottish Parliament Party between them only managed to win less than 0.5% of the votes in the recent Scottish elections.

The Conservatives ooze arrogance and contempt but they are not entirely stupid. They will not try – overtly at least – to abolish the Scottish Parliament. Instead they will do what they can to marginalise and undermine the devolved governments. It is only the prospect of another independence referendum which holds them in check. If Scotland votes against independence in that future referendum the Conservatives will certainly make moves to neutralise Holyrood as an alternative source of political power and authority. In the meantime they will continue to do what they can to weaken and delegitimise the devolved institutions.

Devolution has no future. It has failed to do what it was created to achieve, to protect Scotland from the malign decisions of Conservative governments which Scotland didn’t vote for. It could not protect Scotland from Brexit and the Conservatives have now ensured that a Conservative government in Westminster can bypass Holyrood. The comments from Dominic Cummings merely confirm that if Scotland wants any self-government at all, independence is the only way to ensure it. There is no halfway devolution house any more, it’s either independence or direct rule from Downing Street. Devolution is dead.

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65 comments on “The death of devolution

  1. Joyce Gordon says:

    Another excellent, inciteful article, thanks.

  2. bringiton says:

    For those Scots who are undecided on independence and those who have shifted their opinion because of Brexit,it is not so much what the Tories have done but the fact that they CAN.
    Only complete independence from Westminster can protect us from Westminster,whoever ends up in charge of that institution.
    Johnson is just another in a long line of Westminster leaders who were hostile to Scottish aspirations.

    • iusedtobeenglish says:

      Very true, bringiton

      And to those who (like my relatives in England) would argue that “he/they won’t be around forever”, I’d say it doesn’t matter if everything’s sweetness and light and it never, ever happens again. It’s got to be obvious that the can do it. Any time they want. And there’s nothing we can do to stop them!”

  3. James Mills says:

    ”The Death of Devolution ” , if it happened , would be bad news for SOME conservatives .
    While publicly they may toe the Tory line on abolishing Holyrood , privately Annie Wells and Murdo Fraser will be appalled at the thought .
    Annie would be back behind the counter at M & S and Murdo would be back to that village which has been without its idiot since he entered Holyrood .

  4. Alan says:

    Is Bojo really so far detatched from reality that he thinks that the 72% of Scots who voted for the formation of the Scottish Parliament are going to give it up without a fight? I dont mean an Irish sort of fight, guns n bombs and all that, but a political fight. Time we stood up and fought the good fight.

  5. Bob Lamont says:

    Indeed well put.

    If memory serves correctly, Blair was as against Devolution as the Tories but was pushed into it, the Labour reframing that they promoted it’s introduction is complete fiction.

    As with Brexit, dismantling Devolution is on the Blue Rinse Brigade’s bucket-list, and as with Brexit, they are so detached from it’s reality for everyday folk as to be downright dangerous.

    • Welsh_Siôn says:

      If memory serves correctly, Blair was as against Devolution as the Tories but was pushed into it, the Labour reframing that they promoted it’s introduction is complete fiction.

      __________

      I can’t recall his exact attitude towards Scotland, although I do think he was pushed into it, so as to ‘complete the work of John Smith’.

      However, we Welshies *do* know he was even more lukewarm about devolution to Wales in 1997. Part of this explains why our ‘National Assembly’ (as was) had far fewer powers than those of the Scottish Parliament. Further, the CEO (for want of a better term) was to be a ‘First Secretary’ (Not ‘First Minister’ as some babu let it be known that the Welsh translation of the latter was the same as ‘Prime Minister’. Blair didn’t like this idea of anyone being his equal, so the title of ‘First Secretary’ was applied.)

      When it came to the appointment of the first FS, it was a Blairite placeman – the unlamented Alun Michael – who got the job. Again, Blair appointed him at the expense of the more Welsh, Rhodri Morgan, who eventually did become FM, changing the title of the post in the process.

      Blair is said to have shouted about ‘the effing Welsh’ at the TV in Downing Street following the first elections in 1999 which saw a Plaid Cymru surge, depriving ‘Welsh’ Labour of an outright majority.

      We were later told that he was criticising local ‘Welsh’ Labour activists for not being sufficiently activist.

      Aye, right.

  6. Welsh_Siôn says:

    We are with you, Scotland.

    Are you with us?

    https://nation.cymru/news/boris-johnson-would-like-to-reverse-devolution-but-wouldnt-dare-says-cummings/

    Boris Johnson ‘would like to reverse devolution but wouldn’t dare’ says Cummings

    05 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read

    • douglasclark says:

      It would be ‘interesting’ if he dared. At the very least the true boundaries of the debate would be set in stone? Up until now the Unionists have captured quite a chunk of the centre ground, which might be realistically described as ‘no change’. They are now emboldened to claim that our current constitutional settlement(s) are a step too far. I kind of hope that their new position is spelt out – for it accurately reflects their thinking – in their next manifesto.

      We should never interrupt our enemy when he is losing.

  7. Alec Lomax says:

    As far as I am aware the Scottish Parliament cannot be abolished without a referendum. I recall that the Abolish the Scottish Parliament party got 0.3% of the vote back in May.

  8. Petra says:

    ‘Wee Ginger Dug: Scotland can’t allow itself to be ‘love-bombed’ again.’

    ..”Love-bombing is an attempt to influence a person’s behaviour by making grand and overt displays of attention and affection. Psychologists have identified love-bombing as being part of a possible cycle of abuse. This is particularly the case if the moment that the desired behaviour or action has been produced, the love-bomber returns to previous patterns of neglect or controlling behaviour.”..

    http://www.thenational.scot/politics/19421800.wee-ginger-dug-scotland-cant-allow-love-bombed/

    ……………………………………….

    Following independence we should petition Queenie for ”reparations” too.

    ‘Jamaican culture minister to petition Queen Elizabeth for slavery reparations.’

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19422453.jamaican-culture-minister-petition-queen-elizabeth-slavery-reparations/

  9. Dr Jim says:

    They invaded half the world, they slaughtered hundreds of thousands in the process, they invented the concentration camp, they partitioned entire countries using force, they are the progenitors of modern slavery, and who was at the centre of much of this assault on the world? Boris Johnsons hero Winston Churchill, The Australian aboriginal people, what did Churchill say? “It’s sad but they are replaced by a better people” and the list goes on of so called British atrocities

    What makes anybody think this nut case isn’t going to attempt an assault on democracy in Scotland and Wales, he’s already halfway to dumping Northern Ireland because he doesn’t want the problem of it and it costs England money so get rid

    Scotland is the financial diamond right in the middle of Englands royal crown so of course Boris Engliana Johnson is going to try to *repatriate* it to where he thinks it rightly belongs, England

    Surely we must have all known this was coming from this regime, Unionists in Scotland will love the idea, even those with their bums being warmed on our Holyrood benches because sure as eggs is eggs the Tories will have plans for rigged Mayoral appointees of the English government under the control of an appointed governor seated in Government house in Edinburgh with his/her colonial staff where the great traditions of England can be placed on show and English military can parade around Edinburgh and any city they choose just the way they used to in the good old days

    Johnson is a nut case and he will try it, whether he gets away with it will be entirely another matter and I don’t believe for one nano second Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP haven’t planned for exactly this scenario

    But Johnson is a gambler on himself and has no regard for anyone else’s rule of law, what did he say when the Supreme court of law told him he’d acted unlawfully when he prorogued the Houses of Parliament? “I don’t agree with that” “I don’t recognise that* Johnson is going to plough on just like the English good old days of pooling and taking and keeping and defy anyone who tries to stop him

    The question is will the world wear any of this again from England? I don’t think so

    • Petra says:

      Hahaha. Spot on Dr Jim. That’s the ”repatriation” that they have planned for us and don’t we all know it. Axe Holyrood (if they could) and get the rebellious weans back in line. Do as you’re told, mouth shut and pocket money cut.

      ”Scotland is the financial diamond right in the middle of Englands royal crown so of course Boris Engliana Johnson is going to try to *repatriate* it to where he thinks it rightly belongs, England.”

  10. Petra says:

    ‘The UK is a dangerous experiment that is a threat to the rest of the world.’

    ..”In effect, the UK is choosing to be the Delta variant incubator for the world.”..

    http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2021/07/05/the-uk-is-a-dangerous-experiment-that-is-a-threat-to-the-rest-of-the-world/

    ……………………………………………

    ‘Northern Irish High Court Judgement.’

    ..”The applicants raise five grounds of challenge to the 2020 Regulations although it will be seen that in effect the challenge is to the Protocol and the Withdrawal Acts under which the Regulations were made. In the following paragraphs I will deal with each of the grounds separately. Although dealt with separately the grounds overlap to a degree and common themes emerge. The five
    grounds are considered under the following headings:

    Ground 1: The Acts of Union 1800 [paras 45-117] https://www.judiciaryni.uk/sites/judiciary/files/decisions/Allister%20%28James%20Hugh%29%20et%20al%E2%80%99s%20Application%20AND%20In%20the%20matter%20of%20the%20Protocol%20NI.pdf

  11. Petra says:

    Well worth a read. Any suggestions as to how LBJ will react to that other than guffaw, guffaw?

    ‘UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Levelling Up agenda: letter from the Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work Minister.’

    http://www.gov.scot/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-and-the-levelling-up-agenda-letter-from-the-just-transition-employment-and-fair-work-minister/

    ………………………………………………………

    A wee reminder.

    ‘History of the NHS in Scotland.’

    ”The NHS in Scotland had its own strong and distinctive roots well before 1948 with the Highlands and Islands Medical Service (HIMS) which was set up in 1913. Read about the how the NHS in Scotland came into being, along with many of the pioneering firsts including the first practical ultrasound scanners in Glasgow, the UK’s first successful kidney transplant in Edinburgh and the development of the Glasgow Coma Scale.”

    http://www.ournhsscotland.com/history

    • Richard Lochhead going for the jugular here.
      A lengthy ‘Eff Off’ compiled by his team of civil servants who apparently have been rubbered by WM for two years now.
      There are of course no dedicated London Civil Service Teams managing the phantom ‘prosperity fund’ cash….
      Lochhead is far too polite IMHO, but that’s ‘diplomacy’ for you.
      Of course Whitehall will ignore this lengthy list of demands.
      More grist to the Yes mill

      Lochhead and McKee are more than a match for this lot.

  12. Petra says:

    ‘Israel confirms (Pfizer) vaccine less effective against Delta variant, eyes third dose.’

    ..”On Sunday, it was reported that the Health Ministry will recommend immunocompromised Israelis take a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, even though the pharmaceutical company has not yet sanctioned the booster shot.”..

    https://archive.ph/ppy9C#selection-929.0-929.223

    ………………………….

    Check out Ann’s latest links on the Indyref2 site.

    https://indyref2.space/forum/topic/links-tuesday-6-july-2021/

  13. Dr Jim says:

    An examination of the FMs Twitter account from 6/5/2021 to 6/6/2021 reveals that 72% of trolling originates from accounts in England, 18% from trolls with Glasgow Rangers logos or slogans in their accounts and the remaining 10% are random accounts between Scotland Northern Ireland and overseas, quite a few of the random Scottish accounts have the ABLA slogan in their accounts

    I bet the Twitter trolls never realised these are checked for origin

    • Bob Lamont says:

      Ooft…

    • Capella says:

      Much of the trolling can be explained by Bob Shorthouse of the Better Together campaign.

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Exo_8NpW8AMpvcm?format=jpg&name=small

      • Stephen McKenzie says:

        Capella: You only have to look at the Herald comments, if the Herald runs an on-line piece that has a potentially negative SNP angle to it. So plenty to chose from given it’s the Herald 🙂

        The “attack comments” come thick and fast and I am sure a large proportion are being co-ordinated.

      • grizebard says:

        I think it’s slightly different this time, though. Belief in the Union and fear of the “unknown” is diminished, so the tack now is to revert to the old tried-and-tested recipe: divide-and-conquer. There’s a determined mind-gaming attempt going on now, I believe, to disillusion people and make them lose confidence in the SNP leadership, make them think that people who have given their all for years for independence are somehow no longer serious. Unfortunately there are some who have become so blinded by their own festering impatience they seem only too ready to help spread the disaffection. This is seriously mistaken. It impacts especially negatively on those still wondering which side to choose, which way to turn. We need to stay united in the face of the Great Union Bluff and remain willing to stick this out for the long run.

        It’s a test of resolve right now, and it’s the most resolute who will win.

        • Bob Lamont says:

          👍

        • Melb Don says:

          Agree with this, just read the comments from James Kelly’s SGP blog. The National, the Herald and the Scotsman.

          • Alex Clark says:

            Yes, me too. The negativity on display from so called supporters of Independence is ridiculous, you can safely assume that the majority are opponents of Independence who are trolling and the rest are dissatisfacted supporters who are unhappy that they aren’t getting everything their own way.

            I can’t believe that there are those I would never have imagined would fall for the obvious “divide and conquer” policy being waged against Independence have actually done so and wholeheartedly joined in with it. Gobsmacked is an understatement.

    • Alex Montrose says:

      Angus Council is in turmoil with a couple of Tory Councillors standing down after being outed as anti SNP trolls.

      https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/the-ladys-not-for-turning-whistledown-angus-tory-twitter-troll-derek-wann-gives-up-education-roles-but-stays-on-ruling-group/

  14. Jacksg says:

    I came across an Alba supporter on Twitter today. There was a pic of Nicola at the SNP conference in 2019, that’s what had caught my eye. When I read the bile on the page I was shocked.

    There is something not right there. Saw a clip on TV recently where someone said that he ignored trolls as they are sad people who made rubbish choices in life and are now angry at everyone who didn’t.

    These folk always remind me of the guy in the pub who was always a pain in the arse and had an opinion on everything and a solution for nothing. Folk ignored him and carried on drinking their pint.

    Now they have an audience, He is right they are not worth wasting time and energy on.

  15. Iain says:

    You’re dead right, Paul. Devolution is dead. I’d actually say it was stillborn. We have an impressive Parliament building and now we need a parliament to populate it.

  16. Capella says:

    The New Yorker published a surprisingly well researched article about Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP a few days before the May elections. it’s a long read but worth it for the context of devolution and how far we’ve all come. Boris Johnston’s Culture wars must not be allowed to divide us now:

    Glasgow Southside, the constituency that Sturgeon represents in the Scottish Parliament, stretches for some four miles along the River Clyde. For much of the twentieth century, its neighborhoods were a sulfurous mixture of tenements, engineering workshops, and heavy industry. In Govanhill, the sky glowed red from the ironworks. The Fairfield shipyard, in Govan, had the largest crane in the world: twelve vessels, from yachts to ocean liners and submarines, could be under construction at the same time. In 1880, the yard launched the Livadia, a steam yacht in the shape of a turbot, for the tsar of Russia. Clydeside became a laboratory for left-wing activism. During the First World War, Mary Barbour, a housing campaigner, who Sturgeon says is one of her heroes, led a rent strike in Govan which spread across the city. In 1922, the Times of London complained that the district was rife with “socialist study circles, socialist economics classes, socialist music festivals, socialist athletics competitions, socialist choirs, socialist dramatic societies, socialist plays.” From the twenties until the aftermath of the financial crisis, “Red Clydeside,” like the rest of the city, elected an almost unbroken stream of Labour Members of Parliament. In 2010, all seven of Glasgow’s constituencies were held by Labour. By 2015, all seven had flipped to the S.N.P.

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/05/10/nicola-sturgeons-quest-for-scottish-independence

  17. andyfromdunning says:

    Agreed devolution has ran its course although it has been good for us all, it still is. Independence is our future hopefully it will come before I keel over.

    Yesterday I told a soft No about Cummings revelations about Boris and devolution. I was pleased that he supported Holyrood as did a Conservative supporting neighbour. Fear about the loss of Holyrood is high I feel.

    All we need now is a date and a full campaign to claw back the apparent loss of indy support. That loss itself is weird as independence is a non party objective for all people.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      I suspect the “apparent loss” is grossly overestimated…
      Were it otherwise there would be a S30 tomorrow…

    • grizebard says:

      I agree that it’s only with a full-on campaign that support for independence will truly take off, but this fetish of some on declaring a date right now is as stupid as BoJo declaring “Freedom Day” before developing events have made it credible.

      People have to learn something from the last time, and stop thinking about themselves and how they feel, and start thinking about everyone else and how they feel instead.

  18. Valkyrie says:

    (*draws line in the sand…*)

    Go on then Boris. We dare you! 😉

  19. Petra says:

    They don’t like being confronted with the facts and figures. Is there no law that can hold these people to account for crimes against humanity?

    ‘Sajid Javid mocks Scottish Covid surge with attack on SNP doctor (Philippa Whitford).’ – video

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19422802.sajid-javid-mocks-scottish-covid-surge-attack-snp-doctor/

    ………………………..

    ”Crimes against humanity are certain acts that are purposefully committed as part of a widespread or systematic policy, directed against civilians, in times of war or peace. They differ from war crimes because they are not isolated acts committed by individual soldiers, but are acts committed in furtherance of a state policy.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimes_against_humanity

    • Golfnut says:

      There’s another name used to identify acts of government which are implemented knowing they will harm and ultimately kill the very people the government in modern times are elected to serve, it’s called ‘ Social Murder ‘.

  20. Alex Clark says:

    It will only be a matter of weeks before Javid will regret his words.

  21. ArtyHetty says:

    Thanks Paul, spot on.
    Watched ‘Broadcasting Scotland’ news programme yesterday evening with Gordon Ross and Chris McCusker, discussing among many things, the English governments’ plan to directly hand cash to councils in Scotland, thereby bypassing the Scottish government.
    This it was suggested, is an attempt at dividing areas of Scotland, a sort of partition, where money will be used to garner favour for the union, in particular funding projects in Tory/Labour coalition councils. Gordon Ross covers the subject at his Indy Car GR channel on YouTube on the 6th July as well. He reckons that they will do this because it would be too risky for them just to close down Holyrood.
    I have to say I think he is correct.
    Have a dander of ‘Scotland at 7’ over on YouTube, well worth it. It’s crucial people know what’s very likely being plotted by the English government, via sharing WGD articles and Independent broadcasting etc.

  22. Statgeek says:

    Johnson will be relying on threats of ending devolution to make the middle folk and waverers sigh with relief when it doesn’t happen, and then thank their lucky stars for no change.

    And with that comes reinforcement of the ‘no change’ mindset, which prevents Indy. Rather than try to hold ground, they prefer to threaten negative change and force Indy folk into a no change camp.

    Don’t imagine that Cummings isn’t playing a game either. They never say something unless it’s to illicit a reaction from someone.

    • Golfnut says:

      Have to agree, way too many people taking at face value the narratives being drip fed like water on a stone with one purpose only, stop independence. Johnson’s a liar, so is cummings.

    • Welsh_Siôn says:

      Old paradox – New figure

      ‘I am a liar’ said Cummings.

      Do we believe him?

      • Golfnut says:

        Good question. We all lie, therefore we are all liars, even if they are little white lies to the kids, or we lie to prevent hurt or embarrassment. It’s probably the only honest statement we can make about ourselves.

  23. Petra says:

    ‘They can’t mask it any longer – this government doesn’t care about you or me.’

    ..”After presiding over the deaths of more than 150,000 of their countrymen and women you’d think that would count for something with the unruly rabble in power. But apparently they’re shooting for gold in the European Championships of killing one’s own citizens. They’re playing like the red hot favourites to win it, too.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mask-wearing-restrictions-lifting-covid-b1879020.html

    ……………………………………….

    ‘Former Scottish Labour chief backs second independence referendum.’

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19425060.former-scottish-labour-chief-backs-second-independence-referendum/

  24. Dr Jim says:

    The new Tory mantra

    “We can’t lock down forever” then they go on to cite many other illnesses and conditions that require medical treatment to back up that statement, well apart from the glaringly obvious that more people doddering around with Covid means more people referred to hospital and so taking away the staff from these areas they already quoted as needing attention, then there’s the other smacking you in the face fact, nobody catches cancer or liver disease or diabetes in the supermarket or gym or soft play area or on the bus going there, Covid is a transmittable infectious disease, and if you get it you’re isolated within a hospital in order to prevent transmission, so lockdowns are a public way of dealing with Covid in the same way as hospitals basically lock you down to avoid transmission so all these other conditions they claim they’re worried about still won’t get treated in a timely fashion because the hospitals will be full of infectious disease locking all these concerning conditions out of hospitals

    Boris Johnsons English government is abrogating responsibility for protection of the citizens who voted for them to protect them and forcing the other devolved governments to do the same without consultation using weight of English numbers, it’s the same as not building air raid shelters if there was a war and bombs were dropping on our heads, did they ever say during those times “you can’t protect yourself in the air raid shelters forever even though the war is still on” are they now saying look some of you are going to die but we don’t care anymore because we’re fed up with waiting for Covid to go away”

    The new Tory mantra should read “we’re bored of it all now so go out die and hurry up about it so we can make some money selling you booze then you’ll not notice we don’t give two f***s about you’re actual health”

    If the Tories get really lucky they’ll have given enough space with their incompetence for a new variant to unleash itself upon us and we can all look forward to what they’ll do about that…..umbrellas maybe? Covid disease shelters? but certainly no masks because they’re just far to uncomfortable for us all to wear while we’re catching Covid

    Remember when Nicola Sturgeon was the first leader to say wearing a face covering was a good idea according to her scientific advisers and the Tories screamed NO NO NO there’s no evidence to support that, until their scientific advisers advised them there was then they mumbled aye well OK there is

    I would ask a Tory the time of day because they’d lie about that too

  25. James Mills says:

    Boris Johnson’s ”Freedom Day” is just another simple-minded slogan targeted at the hard of thinking ( naturally repeated uncritically by the English media ).

    This has all the hallmarks of a Lemming-like leap into the dark .

    Of course the Scottish Unionist Lemming Leaders are urging the Scottish Government to cast aside all the precautions which have helped keep our hospitalisations and death rates much lower than in Lemming Land and follow their lead .

    The world looks on aghast as the UK , with the highest incidences of the Delta variant , drops any pretence of protecting its population in the narrow interests of a clique of Tory MPs who value money above all else .
    So much so that they have a Banker as Health Secretary , slapping down medical experts who dare to suggest that 100,000 new daily cases predicted AFTER Freedom Day is NOT actually a good thing !

    The walking contradiction that is DRoss is simultaneously criticising the surge of Delta cases in parts of Scotland yet also urging that the measures that can reduce cases are DROPPED in line with Lemming Land .
    His personal media advisers , BBC Shortbread , will give him ample opportunity to spread his messages of doom , undermining the advice from the SG .
    However when the inevitable deaths accrue from HIS actions HE will be first in line to point the finger of blame at the Scottish Government and Misreporting Scotland will be holding his jacket , along with Anus Sarwar bleating his sanctimonious bullsh*t in the background .

    ”Sic a parcel o’Rogues in a nation ”!

  26. Bob Lamont says:

    OT – Interesting to contrast the direction England are taking over Delta with this BBC piece on how Australia are approaching it, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-57744902

  27. Petra says:

    ‘Power Scotland: energy from land and sea.’

    https://newsnet.scot/news-analysis/power-scotland-energy-from-land-and-sea/

    ……………………………………….

    ‘VIDEO Between Independence and Union.’

    http://www.centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/news-and-opinion/video-between-independence-and-union

  28. Petra says:

    ‘Lessons for Scotland in how newly independent countries boosted pensions.’

    http://www.believeinscotland.org/lessons-for-scotland-in-how-newly-independent-countries-boosted-pensions/

    ……………………..

    Lee Pirie:- ”Not even 24 hours apart and the @ScotTories are claiming the virus is both out of control, but under control enough to move to Level 0. Make your minds up lads eh.” https://mobile.twitter.com/LeePirie/status/1412384970820182018

  29. Petra says:

    ‘Wales will follow data rather than UK Government politics on reopening says Health Minister.’

    https://nation.cymru/news/wales-will-follow-data-rather-than-uk-government-politics-on-reopening-says-health-minister/

    …………………………………..

    ‘Michell O’Neill brands Boris Johnson’s plan to ease Covid restrictions in England ‘Reckless’.’

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2021/0706/1233426-oneill-johnson-reckless/

  30. Dr Jim says:

    World leaders are not just disagreeing with Boris Johnson, now they’re using adjectives like “mad” and “bonkers” to describe the clown prince PM of Westminster, international newspapers are full of scientists, political figures, the World Health Organisation and uncle Tom Cobbley and all ripping Johnson and his administration apart over his handling and attitude towards this pandemic

    Johnson is like a tantrum filled child at a supermarket checkout stomping his feet till he gets the sweeties he demands, then when he succeeds smirkingly congratulates himself on fooling his mother into giving in to him

    This is a manchild needing slapped hard

  31. Petra says:

    Stephen Reicher:- ”Chris Whitty warns today that rates of long Covid will increase, especially amongst the young, that this won’t be a trivial problem, and that the way to stop it is to keep infection rates low and vaccinate everyone quickly. Fine. But how on earth does this square with this …https://mobile.twitter.com/ReicherStephen/status/1412475841699852292

    ………………………

    ‘Huge surge in number of pupils sent home due to Covid.’

    ..”Covid-related pupil absence in England has hit a new high since all students returned to school in March this year. Over 640,000 pupils in England were not in school due to Covid last week – up from 375,000 the week before.”..

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57723916

  32. Petra says:

    Some people on twitter, etc, aren’t too happy with Frank Luntz comments (around 13.16 in) about Indyref2, LOL, and as his research is being published by the MSM there’s no mention of his thoughts on our last referendum or the next which he says is coming.

    https://player.stv.tv/episode/44j4/scotland-tonight

    …………………………..

    ‘Scotland? What? Where?’

    https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/2021/07/07/scotland-what-where/

    • Tam the Bam says:

      I caught the Frank Luntz interview on Scotland Tonight and could almost hear messrs; Jack/Fraser/Ross … etc…….choking on their nightcap!…lol

  33. Petra says:

    ‘Most people in the UK strongly support mask wearing, but the government is creating dissent and division on this issue. Is that because chaos is its mechanism for control?’

    ..”Second, how long is it in that case before we see intimidation against those wearing masks becoming commonplace? I do expect it, and soon.”..

    http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2021/07/06/most-people-in-the-uk-strongly-support-mask-wearing-but-the-government-is-creating-dissent-and-division-on-this-issue-is-that-because-chaos-is-its-mechanism-for-control/

    ……………………….

    Check out Ann’s latest links on the Indyref2 site.

    https://indyref2.space/forum/topic/links-wednesday-7-july-2021/

    • Clydebuilt says:

      Removing requirement fir Mask wearing, social distancing etc. . . Will increase infections. . . . . That’s not a guess at government motives it’s a fact.

      All along Westminster’s actions have increased infection rates. The question that needs answered is . . . why?

      Building up debt, damaging the economy, high death rate. Slow to close borders, importing a new more virulent mutation Why.?

      Over a year from the start they are still at it.

      • Dr Jim says:

        If the England team win the football tonight England will feel even more invincible and Boris Johnson will get away with anything he likes, and I’d put money he’s gambling on that

        All he needs is a win a couple of days of blue skies and he’ll be telling them all to breathe deeply because they’re better than the rest of the world at Covid beating and they’ll fall for it, if they lose at the football he’ll have to think up another wizard wheeze to con the public, but as long as those England flags keep flying he’ll be comparatively safe from criticism because the English army have beaten the nasty furriner armies, sorry, footballers, not armies, Oops! a slip of the typing keyboard there, perish the thought there’d be such comparisons ( clears throat)

        • Tam the Bam says:

          Here’s hoping the Danes smoke England’s bacon!

        • Clydebuilt says:

          Was the ref. Bought? Not a penalty, English players with arms around the Danes . . . Ref. Did nuthin!

          Perhaps Bojo wasn’t gambling on a win.

  34. yeswigtownshire says:

    An excellent an thoughtful post, thank you!

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