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Showing posts with label Kezia Dugdale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kezia Dugdale. Show all posts

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Why do some Scots? …

  • Why do some Scots want control of everything by devolution EXCEPT the things that REALLY matter to their lives and their children's futures?
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  • Why do some Scots want control of everything by devolution EXCEPT the right not to be made a prime target by UK for a first nuclear strike?

     

  • Why do some Scots want control of everything by devolution EXCEPT the right to have weapons of mass destruction removed from their soil?

     

  • Why do some Scots want control of everything by devolution EXCEPT the right of Westminster to withdraw any or all of that control at any time?

     

  • Why do some Scots want control of everything by devolution EXCEPT the right to control their relations with other fully independent nations?

     

  • Why do some Scots want control of everything by devolution EXCEPT the right to have their children being sent to die in foreign wars?

  • The ominous undertone of the Better Together alliance of Tories, Labour (and LibDems) becomes ever more pronounced.

    Playing the foreign countries, foreigners and foreigness card becomes more prevalent, militarism is increasingly invoked - whether by threats over defence or appeals to an imagined glorious military past - and ex-servicemen are urged to rally to the defence of the union.

    Sinister organisations with paramilitary links from Northern Ireland plan to visit those of like mind in the West of Scotland, etc.

    Nuclear weapons of mass destruction, Trident, and the nuclear presence in Scottish waters is ever the backdrop ...

    All of this is meat and drink to an increasingly insular, anti-European Tory Party, but what in God's name is the Labour Party doing at the very forefront of this brand of militant neo-conservatism? The spectacle of Kezia Dugdale, a politician of principle and patently genuine commitment to social justice in this company appals me.

    Tuesday, 3 April 2012

    The Referendum Consultation changes–and complaints against the First Minister

    By and large, I’m now satisfied with the SNP retrieval of credibility and response to the referendum consultation debacle, both with Bruce Crawford’s comments in the press release and Stewart Hosie’s online comments.

    But we need to tighten up our game in many respects. The Party was too slow to respond to the Cruddas story last week, at fault with the referendum consultation online design, and slow and inadequate in its initial responses to an unfolding crisis.

    Last night on Newsnight Scotland, Jim Eadie for the SNP missed an open goal with Kezia Dugdale because he didn't know that the FM had referred a complaint about himself to the Standards body, nor did he appear to know about the list of failed complaints (100% failure rate).

    The press release on this went out at 6 pm, therefore must have been drafted at least an hour before that.

    Even assuming that the Newsnicht interview was recorded earlier in the evening, he should have know. I knew from 6 pm, responded and by the end of the evening at least another 1000 Scots knew from my blog (hit counter).

    Not good enough yet …