So now we know that there is indeed a line in the proverbial sand which Boris Johnson must not cross as it will provoke Conservative back benchers into open revolt. At least now when we say that Conservative MPs are revolting the Tories will be forced to agree with us even though certain Conservative politicians have been revolting ever since they first slimed their way into public life, Stephen Kerr springs to mind, for no particular reason.
The revolting Conservatives tried to dress up their revolt as a matter of great principle, but what has finally got their goat about the serial liar and entitled man-child that is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson isn’t all his lies and deceit. Johnson’s willingness to treat the truth as a minor trifle which can easily be ignored when it proves inconvenient for Johnson and the Conservative party was one of the reasons that they elected him as leader, they are all equally culpable in his lies so it’s not like they’re going to find some scruples about them any time soon.
They are not even suddenly upset about the close to 150,000 deaths from covid that the UK has endured, many of which could have been avoided had Johnson done his job and taken prompt and decisive action in the early phases of the pandemic. Neither have the revolting Tories been driven to action through disgust at the constant sleaze and corruption which envelops the Johnson regime, they too are complicit in all that.
Although the Commons chamber yesterday was filled with the self righteous pontificating by revolting Tories about civil liberties and freedoms, its not that they are appalled by the open assault on human rights which this government is embarking on, most of them support stripping human rights from refugees and migrants, and they are equally keen to see the back of protections for our employment rights, all the better to assist in the enrichment of that small minority which can offer lucrative side gigs to present or former Conservative MPs.
Neither do they care about the way in which Johnson is neutering the few checks and balances which a British constitution that isn’t worth the paper it’s not written on places on the absolute power of the occupant of Downing Street and Johnson’s moves to place himself and his cronies above the law and beyond meaningful scrutiny or accountability while adopting voter suppression measures that target demographic groups which tend not to vote Tory . All the better to entrench Conservative rule, no matter that these anti democratic measures represent a dangerous step towards authoritarianism. In this as in everything else the revolting Tories are defined by their over-riding concern for their own self interest.
The only human rights and civil liberties that Tory MPs care about is the right of rich and privileged people like themselves and their absolute right not to be mildly inconvenienced by having to wear a face covering in Waitrose which makes it somewhat less risky for any members of the lower orders that they might cough on.
There was the usual Anglo-British hyperbole about Nazi Germany and WW2, which once again proved the point that those who are most likely to harp on about the sacrifices and suffering that people in the UK – they never mention the sacrifices and suffering of anyone else – endured in order to defeat the tyranny of the Nazis are precisely those who are most likely to whine and complain about any minor inconveniences that they themselves are called upon to suffer in order to benefit the greater good.
For all their talk of the authoritarianism of being asked to show papers in order to gain admission to a sporting or entertainment event, few of the revolting Tories who are now so exercised about civil liberties all of a sudden seemed to be aware of the important distinction between a covid pass and a vaccine passport.
According to the British Medical Journal, a vaccine passport is a document or app which shows evidence of the person’s vaccination status only, whereas a covid pass is a document or app which shows evidence that a person has either a lower risk covid status based on their vaccination record, has recently had a negative lateral flow or PCR test, or has had a positive antibody test (showing that they had the infection previously and have some level of immunity).
Luckily for them, none of the sook up six of Scotland’s own contribution to the cant and hypocrisy on the Conservative benches had to rapidly evolve a backbone on this occasion. As MPs were debating a measure which only affected England, Scottish MPs did not vote.
In the end almost 100 Tory back benchers displayed the true depths of their party’s shameless hypocrisy and voted against some limited and partial measures to protect public health in the face of the rapid spread of a concerning new variant of the virus. We had the usual displays of gob smacking idiocy from the Brextremists whom Johnson has decided that it’s a political imperative to pander to. The ever absurd Andrew Bridgen opined that trying to suppress the spread of the omicron variant was dangerous because it might then mutate into something more lethal, thus displaying the same insight into epidemiology that he brought to the debate about Europe. Meanwhile his fellow Brexidiot Steve Baker wondered why if the new variant was indeed so concerning why was the government only introducing such limited restrictions. Steve apparently hadn’t considered the possibility that it might be because of the difficulty in getting morons like him and his pal Andrew to support more rigorous restrictions.
The measures passed thanks to Labour support but yesterday’s events in the Commons were an abject lesson in the intellectual and moral poverty of a Conservative party that seeks to entrench its power and what it regards as its god given right to rule. This is the same party whose selfish idiocy stands in the way of the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the virus. The Scottish Government would like to have gone further than Johnson has done but Westminster jealously guards the purse strings. We can only be safe from the Conservatives when Scotland removes itself from Westminster rule. Then we will only have to suffer the likes of Steve Baker determining our public policy if we are foolish enough to vote for him ourselves.
I have been in a lot of pain and discomfort this past week, so much so that I am having difficulty walking and am experiencing a lot of fatigue and exhaustion. Unfortunately I am not operating at full capacity and consequently won’t be able to get new blog pieces online as frequently as I would like to. I have also been told that it is unlikely that I will ever regain sufficient sensation and control in my left hand to be able to use it for tasks requiring fine motor control. I’m going to have to learn how to write with my right hand. As someone who was very dominantly left handed before the stroke, that’s going to be a challenge. But needs must.
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One of the main reasons that many Tories want rid of Johnson now is because they blame him for the fact that in future they might be prevented from undertaking all those lucrative 2nd and 3rd jobs that a Tory MP seems to specialise in.
He is a threat to their own pockets and consequently will have to be replaced by someone who won’t take their money away from them.
Regarding Covid, when you give the job of Leader of the House to the obnoxious Rees-Mogg then you exactly what you are going to get. An utter moron that despises any Covid restrictions whatsoever and in particular the wearing of face masks. He had the wearing of them scrapped in the HoC and refused to allow MP’s to vote remotely.
That all may be about to change since it has been reported that in the past 24 hours 8 MP’s have tested positive for Covid, I think that’s a number we can expect to see rise in the coming days after yesterdays pantomime.
Not all Scottish MPs abstained, as they should. My own, Christine Jardine of Edinburgh West, not only stuck her nose into English business but even voted *against* measures the likes of Mogg couldn’t bring themselves to oppose. Honestly disgusting.
Quite how Corbyn and his lasting pals (who remain in the party unlike him) joined forces with the worst of the Tories and the illiberal dems, defeats rationale entirely. This isn’t just a Tory vs. Tory thing. There’s something up with England.
Carmichael and Murray stuck their oar in too
Indeed. All of them with British ambitions.
Just posted the following on Scot Goes Pop. Let’s see if I’m published. Usually am. I’ve nothing to pick with James. I like his polling. But I do find the appeals for driving forward with Plan B in the middle of a vicious pandemic to be missing the obvious.
Every road other than a referendum (and negotiated bilateral Declaration of Independence) results in UDI. Unilaterally declaring independence without overwhelming public backing is asking for refusal by the world. UDI needs a hell of a lot better than 10 point leads in the polls. It’s a journey. The mass of Scots must be with us or we have nothing.
Holding indyref2 with a covid restricted ground campaign is a recipe for an unconvincing result where the like of us will turn out but the majority of Scots will not. Achieves exactly hee haw.
Hi John. Which post did you leave the comment under? I don’t visit SGP much these days, but was curious about how your point would be answered. So far I can’t find it.
Looks like it got nixed in moderation. Ah well.
Thanks John. I just had a wee look over, and was reminded why I don’t visit much these days!
Just revisited for myself and see they’re having a go at me. I wrote back to tell them I got an error when I submitted my post (which is why I cross posted it over here in the first place). Often times these errors have come and yet my post shows up a few hours later. (I assume James has to manually approve all posts.) But sometimes mine are lost down the memory hole forever.
And guess what happened when I hit submit?
I’m not suggesting a conspiracy here, guys. But maybe fix the site? I have no trouble commenting on other blogspot.com blogs.
Getting back to your eminently reasonable original point and bypassing the longstanding vagaries of a wonky platform elsewhere (and it’s even wonkier denizen), it is worth keeping firmly in mind that the groundwork for a referendum (unilateral or bilateral) and a “last resort” UDI is precisely the same: get a sufficient and visible majority on our side.
And the only difference between the two, besides timing, is that UDI requires a far greater number onside, significantly more than the oft-times quoted but strictly unnecessary 60% for a referendum. With a likely upper limit of ~75%, the residue being the diehard Brittles.
From Led by Donkeys. watch and share please.
The people who run the government of the UK have no principles except personal profit, their leader Johnson is and always has been a well known serial liar and misleader
The people of Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland did not vote for these people because we knew what they are and what to expect, the people of England outvoted the rest of our countries by ten to one so obviously this is what they wanted and they made damn sure they got it
The votes of three of the countries of the so called UK don’t count, England gets what England votes for every time, the blame for Boris Johnson and his crew of lunatics falls directly on the shoulders of the fully informed English voter, this is not an anti English statement, it’s a fact, the blame for Boris Johnson is not all his, it’s theirs because they put him there
So why are we still in a Union (dictatorship) in which we don’t count
How much do you know about BREXIT’s impact on Scotland’s economy? Believe in Scotland have a quick quiz.
I got 1 right – out of 10. 🤓
beat ya … I got 6.
Show off! The one I got wasn’t even really about BREXIT 😡
So what were your questions about Capella……Dinky Toy cars from the ’60’s? …:-)
The one I got right was about a nativity play which is why it stuck in my mind. All the others were about very big numbers so I just guessed since numbers flit through my mind seamlessly and leave very little trace. 🙂
“The only human rights and civil liberties that Tory MPs care about is the right of rich and privileged people like themselves and their absolute right not to be mildly inconvenienced by having to wear a face covering in Waitrose which makes it somewhat less risky for any members of the lower orders that they might cough on.”
The formerly left wing work from home class have decided that they quite like sitting at home getting stuff brought to them by low paid workers. Many seem to actively enjoy seeing inequality increase, so long as they’re on the privileged side. Many have become so xenophobic, that UKIP would be embarrassed to associate with them.
It’s pretty bloody rich to complain about the Tories being ‘rich and privileged’ when you see what sort of polices the Labour and SNP parties have supported. The “left” are no longer economically or socially left.
I’d be interested in the particular SNP policies that you have in mind.
Would it be any of these?
Free prescriptions for all?
Free NHS dental care for all by the end of this parliament?
Free personal and nursing care for everyone who needs it?
Free Bus Travel for the over 60’s right across Scotalnd?
The Scottish Child Payment which has recently been doubled?
Let’s not forget free tuition either, so what “sort of policies” did you have in mind that wasn’t left wing enough for you?
You forgot ‘increases in income tax on higher earners’.
Of course this particular power was given to them because alone – i.e. with no power over other major taxes and welfare – it’s a blunt instrument and potentially very unpopular if used to increase revenues – but they still went ahead with what increases they calculated could work in the circumstances. And they did so in the face of all the unionist media headlines about ‘Scotland is the highest taxed part of the UK!’.
Of course the SNP are not a left wing party, never have been, and don’t claim to be. They are a moderate ‘left of centre’ social democratic party as per their website and e.g.:
Of course by UK/British standards, they’re ‘extreme left’. 🙂
If the SNP were claiming to be left wing when they weren’t, that would be one thing, but they’re not. They say they are left of centre and their policies very much are that. They are centrist on the standard scale, but to the left of that, as they have always made clear.
TBH, there’s no way on earth they could command such electoral support if they were not fairly moderate middle ground. An equilibrium party. Big tent. Cooperation and consensus etc.
Jeremy Corbyn claimed to be left wing but he nicked most of his policies from the SNP and put them in his election manifesto which England then rejected after a concerted attack by the Tories the Liberal Democrats the media and even his own party, what was even funnier was that even Corbyn claimed the SNP weren’t really on the left and Independence for Scotland was bad anyway
Democracy is what’s important no matter where certain Individuals decide to define what’s left or right wing and Scotland by majority have decided that the SNP fits what most folk want, and as most folk in Scotland are pretty much in the middle of the political spectrum the SNP even apart from the constitutional issue would keep winning
Democracy’s the thing, but in Scotland we can’t have that because England decides that for us as long as we let them, if folk want something different from what we have now Scotland has to be Independent in order to vote for it
The Union keeps Scotland in an argumentative nowhere
“It’s pretty bloody rich to complain about the Tories ….” Really?
The following was written by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in 2019, the charity devoted to ‘creating a prosperous UK without poverty’:
“The Scottish Government’s decisive and compassionate move to bring in the new Scottish Child Payment is the lifeline children and their families need, and is a BEACON OF PROGRESSIVE POLICY for the rest of the UK’ (my emphasis)
‘This rightly has been LAUDED AS A LANDMARK MOMENT and the MOST PROGRESSIVE POLICY BROUGHT IN SINCE DEVOLUTION 20 years ago. We’ve now seen the Scottish Government decisively put words into action and we believe this will be a foundational step in turning the tide on child poverty in Scotland. Once fully rolled out, over 400,000 children will benefit, and 30,000 children could be freed from poverty.’
The JRF offers this context: ‘Poverty in Scotland is rising and WE KNOW MUCH OF THIS IS DUE TO A REDUCTION IN THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING FROM THE UK SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM.’
These statements from the JRF were written BEFORE the Scottish Government announced its intention to double the Scottish Child Payment!
And the contrast with the Tories, SuborbitalPigeon? Chris Birt, deputy director for Scotland at the JRF was reported in an STV online news article (14 July, 2021) discussing the impact of the Tory Government’s decision to cut Universal Credit. Birt states:
“If this cut to Universal Credit goes ahead in October, ALL THE PROMISED DOUBLING OF THE SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT WILL ACHIEVE IS TO REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF THIS DAMAGING CUT.”
So, based on these two sets of JRF statements we have this situation in Scotland:
(i) a problem of poverty which was caused largely by the social policies of a Westminster government that a majority in Scotland haven’t voted for;
(ii) a ’decisive and progressive’, lauded policy introduced to address this problem of poverty by a Scottish government we in Scotland did vote for; but then this
(iii) the policy solution implemented of the Government we did vote for is undermined directly by the action by the Westminster government we didn’t vote for!
Better together? Just another reason to ‘complain’ – and more – about Tories!
And what has this “they’re all as bad as each other” disengement got to do with Scottish independence, exactly? If you don’t like the SNP and you don’t like the Tory kleptocracy in London, where on earth do you heading for, and how?
No-hope Nirvana fantasist posers and name-qualified “socialists” with arm articulation problems are an even bigger menace to meaningful progress than the people you complain about.
is that you, Mr McKenna?
I laughed long and loud.
Now to start reading beyond the title. 😀
Loved it too.
More BREXIT chaos as a Tory chairman of the Food Committee loses patience with a Tory minister in committee over immigration policy. Peppa pigs being slaughtered all over the UK..
From The National, not archived as video of the clash is worth a watch:
OT (amn’t I always?)
LPW tweeting about the Human Rights Act consultation muses about this going back to 1998 when the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly were legislated for.
I think perhaps he’s missed a trick, and should actually go back to the simple referendum question in 1997 which made in itself no qualifications about reserved powers, nor did the very simple Referendums Act which empowered that Referendum. Click “as enacted”, just in case it’s changed since for some reason.
The straightforward question (ignoring tax powers) was:
“ Parliament has decided to consult people in Scotland on the Government’s proposals for a Scottish Parliament:
Put a cross (X) in the appropriate box
I agree that there should be a Scottish Parliament
I do not agree that there should be a Scottish Parliament”
Result 74.3% “I agree”. Unless there’s some legalese somewhere I missed that detailed otherwise “Government’s proposals for a Scottish Parliament” including some reservations, seems to me we voted for a Parliament – with all that that entails. So we were cheated on intent, though it was “consult”.
Not for you I’m afraid Wales – yours was an “Assembly” which is different as it’s a particular set of laws it can legislate for. But having one described as an Assembly, and the other as a Parliament does seem to strengthen the all-encompassing nature of a Parliament as opposed to an Assembly.
Just a thought, if someone wants to pass it on to LPW (or Aileen McHarg). I don’t do twotter.
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Well said indeed Paul, the claptrap masquerading as principle during that debate was particularly excruciating.
The Nazi Germany references was hysterical nonsense which skipped straight past obligatory British IDs only having been discontinued in 1952.
It was astonishing to hear arguments against public health safeguards including vaccination proofs from the very same people who had argued FOR photographic voter ID at elections, all of whom probably carried a driving licence. Absolute nonsense being discussed.
There was a recent survey in England over vaccine proofs and masks, and IIRC there were over 60% definitely in favour and 5% definitely against, so who is the “majority” these MPs purport to represent ?
When you have legislators prepared to wilfully put public health at risk on a “point of principle” not reflected in public opinion, little wonder England is in deep trouble not only with viruses but it’s rotten politics.
Tories are still refusing to release independence polling data from 2019 which the court said they must release. Tommy Sheppard will persevere but this illustrates once again that Tories act above the law – always. Frm The National but won’t archve.
North Shropshire by election today. Ed Davey thinks the Lib Dems can win this tory safe seat. It would probably be the last nail in Boris Johnston’s heavily peppered coffin.
So no new money to fight the pandemic, in fact we are being short changed yet again to the time of £48 million.
More than ever is it imperative that we get out of this cesspit of a ‘union’.
Boris Johnson ‘went to Downing Street party while UK was in Covid lockdown’
BORIS Johnson joined in a party at No10 during the first coronavirus lockdown, according to reports.
The Prime Minister told one at an event in May 2020 that they “deserved a drink for beating back the virus”, according to an investigation by The Independent and The Guardian.
The party allegedly saw food served and drinks including wine, beer, and spirits consumed both inside and outside the Prime Minister’s official residence.
Was greatly amused by this particular Jonathan Pie, and fair play to the cameos, George Monbiot on the abandoned pint had me in stitches…
Brilliant and terrible. Thx for posting.
Pull factors? Whit? The UK has had stagnant immigration turning to net mass, uncontrolled emigration over the past 5 years. Skilled workers are flooding out the exit gates in their thousands. These are jam packed. It’s a flood on a scale never seen before.
There are no pull factors. FHS, polling averages have one of the founding partners of the union wanting out now with N. Ireland nearly there too and Wales catching up. Anyone who can get out is getting out. It’s just a few folk avoiding bombs and gunfire who have no idea what life in the UK is really like that are still trying to get here because they speak a bit of English.
There are only push factors namely brexit, the parties that back it and voters that back these.
At least the Migration Advisory Committee likes my idea of letting refugees work to alleviate the labour crisis.
Home Office accused of misleading public over migrant ‘pull factors’ claim by refusing to publish evidence
Modern slavery tsar and migration advisory committee chair say ministers must provide evidence to back findings that asylum seekers should continue to be banned from employment
Scottish Skier. . . . . Have you got a source / link for UK emigration figures.
I began to write with my “other” hand many years ago (no reason other than curiosity). If I may share a few tips:
– When you start writing with your non-dominant hand, don’t expect your handwriting to look like “normal”.
– Some letters are easier formed in a different way than you’re used to.
– It takes time for your hand muscles to adapt to the exercise, so go slowly at first to avoid cramp.
– Try holding the paper at an angle to write, or on a writing slope.
Good luck, and remember that you’re not starting from scratch – you already know the shapes of the letters, and how they fit together.
Hope this is helpful and not patronising!
Sorry to hear about your ongoing difficulties. I had a stroke back in 1992 when I was in the Army. I managed to learn to write with my right hand fairly quickly, tie my shoe laces with one hand, etc. My message to you is don’t give up, believe in yourself and trust your physio. I was told that recovery can take up to 20 years. My left hand never recovered enough to much except holding things, but it took me over a month to move my arm, 9 months before I could open my left hand. My leg recovered more quickly, but not fully. There are a lot of unseen changes that go on with a stroke, mostly to do with determination, willpower, character and memory. My short term memory is shot.
I think you have the strengh of character to get through this. It is not always obvious though and some days are harder than others. I think that with an understanding partner you recovery will be easier, if not fuller. You are such an important part of the fight for indepndence, we all know that, but please, please take enough time for you and although it is difficult to judge, don’t overdo it.
How is the pain management? After a while I started getting massive pain due to the imbalance of a strong right side and a weak left. If you have pain, speak to a pain specialist, because they actually know how to manage pain. It will 30 years since my stroke this December and at times I just wanted to give up. Sure you will have bad days and even worse days, but sometimes this are great and you feel able to do lots more than the new norm. In the end you have what you have. Just don’t overdo it and when you need a break, please take it.
Feel free to mail me if you want a chat about anything. Most specialists might understand the medical stuff, but they don’t understand the actual mental and physical problems that exist on a personal level.