Establishment Toadies

We are living in uplifting times. Across Europe the ground is trembling, setting off a ripple whose final destination we cannot know. But if you’re one of the state professionals in government or institutions, you are not safe. Old certainties are in flux and the centre cannot hold.Syriza

The Yes movement didn’t know it, but it was part of people power in Greece that changed the government and could redirect the EU. Restless people are impatient with institutional failure and the arrogance of power in a way that transcends affiliations. Try this: ‘The fundamental question at stake in the Greek election, and in the Scottish referendum, and in the rise of Ukip is actually exactly the same: who governs a country? Is it the people who live in it, or a government chosen by them, or is it an international elite of financial interests and the institutions which serve them?’

That’s Jeremy Gilbert, Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at the University of East London. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/professor-jeremy-gilbert/greece-elections_b_6580254.htm

He says there is a mass of evidence that since the 1970s, the opportunities for citizens collectively to influence the course of government policy on any scale – from parish councils to the EU – have significantly reduced. ‘In the UK, most of Thatcher’s initial supporters thought they were voting for an end to multiculturalism, the restoration of the traditional family, and the preservation of Britain’s imperial greatness. What they got was privatisation, inequality, and the deregulation of the financial sector. Most people who voted for Blair in 1997 thought they were voting for a return to a modernised version of post-war social democracy. What they got was more privatisation, inequality, and deregulation of the financial sector. Today, it seems, you can have any policy you like, as long as it’s the one that suits the hedge funds.’

At last there is a serious and growing challenge to the corrupt powerbase that patronises the voters every four or five years and in between lines its pockets and flirts with the corporate influence.

In total 76 MPs have recent past or present financial links to companies or individuals involved in private healthcare. Of them, 61 are Conservative MPs, 8 are Labour MPs, and 4 are Liberal Democrats, leaving 1 other from the Bishops. This means, 81% of MPs with these links are Conservative.

They are Chairman of estate companies involved in PFI deals, partners in legal firms that make those deals, advisors to private hospitals, they represent companies in pharmaceutical media, medical equipment, care homes, lobbying, and insurance. You name it, they have it covered and the list of vested interests in both the Commons and the Lords is so great, that it can best be described as a healthcare coup d’état of our parliamentary institutions. These parliamentarians coupled with the 142 Lords with the same interests, make a total of 206 parliamentarians with financial links to companies involved in healthcare.

All of these public servants were allowed to vote on the Health and Social Care bill, helping it pass into Act.

Recent released research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed 124 members of the House of Lords ‘benefit’ from the financial industry.

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On the back of the MPs’ expenses scandal this kind of knowledge is sickening the public and driving them to find some credible alternative. It may not matter to them if it’s UKIP or the Greens – it is enough merely that they are not associated with the Establishment which in turn is the SNP’s unique bonus of being in power and getting credit for good government while at the same time objecting to the British Establishment. Attempts to decry the Nationalists for poor service delivery or cost-cutting largely fail because of the good will built up and the understanding that ultimately budgets are determined in London. (An intriguing tableau illustrating this appeared on Twitter today when Labour MSP Hugh Henry expressed his fury that his mother-in-law had to wait all night for an A and E bed – accompanied by her no-doubt anxious daughter. He demanded Nicola do something about it. I sympathised with him and his human emotion at a disturbing experience. But the online response was not to excoriate Sturgeon but to point out that austerity meant public sector cuts and that was in London’s hands – a policy he supported. The public isn’t buying the party line any more. Personally, I have to say I think it’s as much a hospital management issue as it is a ministerial one anyway).

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The public sees one arm of politics routinely blaming the other and never taking direct responsibility. They are fed up being fooled and told the economy is growing when their own income has fallen…tired too of the burden being carried by the poorest and of a social structure which guarantees it stays that way.

Britain has some of the lowest social mobility in the developed world – the OECD figures show our earnings in the UK are more likely to reflect our fathers’ than any other country. Social mobility hasn’t changed since the 1970s – and in some ways has got worse.

24% of vice-chancellors, 32% of MPs, 51% of top Medics, 54% of FTSE-100 chief execs, 54% of top journalists, 70% of High Court judges …went to private school, though only 7% of the population do.

Education is an engine of social mobility. But achievement is not balanced fairly – for the poorest fifth in society, 46% have mothers with no qualifications at all. For the richest, it’s only 3%

There is a strong link between a lack of social mobility and inequality – and the UK has both. Only Portugal is more unequal with less social mobility

If you are at the top, the rewards are high – the top 1% of the UK population has a greater share of national income than at any time since the 1930s (Source, The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/may/22/social-mobility-data-charts

You can see why – the Scottish Nationalist movement apart – people are moving away from the established British parties and becoming increasingly confident in their assertions and demands. So far it is the Yes side that is open to this change with the SNP offering all members full access to make policy (how the knees of the old Labour fixers must knock at this idea). But even they don’t know where this will lead and what parties and politics might look like in five years time. I don’t think the public care, the mood now is to scare them all, knock down all the skittles and then pick up the pieces.

But Whitehall and Brussels are on a warning which they would do well to heed, unlike the German Chancellor whose instincts have deserted her. Angela Merkel is on the wrong side of the austerity debate and dragging nation states with her. Her once impregnable position is threatened now and if people in other EU states see Syriza making progress they too will be heartened.

Scotland’s anti-Unionist movement is part of this trend and looks determined to punish the guilty. The lesson is simple – people are angry.

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So the idea that there is no element of bitterness or revenge in politics is to deny reality – and human experience. Ask Hugh Henry. But don’t ask Gerry Hassan who has turned queasy at online arguments that seem to me to be normal cut and thrust, however at times, juvenile.

We are living in the past, it seems, consumed by bitterness, according to Professor Hassan. We are constantly rewriting the referendum and there is no political intelligence in this. Thus spake the Sage of Strathbungo. And he has a degree…

This all emerged after I was upbraided for daring to write about politics by the ‘political editor’ of the Daily Record who was joined in a collective sneer by the other giants of the art – his opposite number at the Daily Mail and Euan McColm – who all masterfully guided us through the complexities of the campaign, as you will recall.

In fact, in the space of an hour it was as if a Unionist sewer pipe had burst and in short order I had the heroes of Her Majesty’s Press (including David Clegg and Alan Roden) after me on Twitter along with McDougall from Better Together/Murphy, McTernan, Margaret Darling and Jill Stephenson. You’d think they all worked together, wouldn’t you?

I think Gerry wants us to stop arguing and play nice which is fine except when I checked back on my time line I find McTernan describing me recently as a paranoid lunatic. Even I won’t own up to that. I agree with Gerry that at times it can go too far but you can’t afford to be squeamish or delicate. The big change today is that people – yes, the punters, the paying customers – are actively engaged and they don’t do Hassan-style political science. People call a spade a spade. They argue and swear and fall out. It’s all an on-going dialogue, as it says at the top of the page, it isn’t a university paper or think tank report.

What I resent is the hacks who dragged Scottish journalism through the mud in the indyref preening themselves like media luvvies rather than the spoon-fed sycophants they are. For example David Clegg tweeted to Blair McDougall congratulations on getting a job with Scottish Labour. What do you think? Polite? Friendly? Or a**e-licking obsequiousness? It’s like emailing that nice Blair in company accounts to say ‘Congrats on yr promotion to the management team. You soooo deserve it!’

This, mind you, to a political party he’s supposed to monitor and scrutinise…to a man he’s supposed to hold to account. On the back of Cochrane admitting he spiked stories Darling didn’t want printed, it gives me the dry boak to see what’s happened to the old trade in modern Scotland.

Sorry if I sound bitter but the toe-curling hypocrisy needs to be pointed out. The Daily Record played a crucial part in the referendum and to a large degree its success is tied into Labour’s in their suicide pact. David Clegg found it funny I had predicted a Yes win and was wrong, omitting to mention that it was fear of that very same Yes win that prompted his own paper to panic and fabricate the Vow with Gordon Brown and the Labour Party. The Record thought Yes might win. The British government thought Yes might win. The SNP believed it would win. Who’s re-writing history and reliving the referendum, Gerry?

Interestingly, I’m being monitored by the Murphy team so we’ll probably encounter a new cybernat story in the Record soon. Yawn.

But what I detect in the trolling by McTernan and McDougall is that they really don’t like being linked to Better Together. It makes sense, doesn’t it? The campaign with the Tories has destroyed Labour’s credentials and the last thing the Murphy mob want is Labour swing voters to be reminded that the BT team moved en bloc to Murphy’s side to win them back. BT has become death on a stick for Labour so I suppose I’ll need to tweet about it all over again.

Can you feel the ground shaking…

 

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47 thoughts on “Establishment Toadies

  1. One of your best pieces Derek. More power to your elbow. The fact that the “Better Together Project Fear” team are on your case means that you are hitting the target. They are yesterday’s men and know it.

    Well done!

  2. Derek,why don’t you just come out and tell it like it is!
    You have clearly been rattling too many cages and they don’t like it.
    The Thatcher social engineering project was bought into by many English working people who thought that she was offering greater social mobility.
    In reality,she replaced the “grandees” she despised with a new lot,just that many of the new lot weren’t even English.
    This was a very English affair and was never accepted by the majority of Scots who have retained their social democratic roots.
    What we are seeing is the final rejection by Scots of English political culture imposed on us by the various flavours of Westminster governments for the last many decades and just so happens to coincide with a wider rejection of politically enspired austerity across Europe.
    Thanks Derek and keep sticking it to them.

  3. Or ‘Establishment Tories’…

  4. “In fact, in the space of an hour it was as if a Unionist sewer pipe had burst and in short order I had the heroes of Her Majesty’s Press (including David Clegg and Alan Roden) after me on Twitter along with McDougall from Better Together/Murphy, McTernan, Margaret Darling and Jill Stephenson. You’d think they all worked together, wouldn’t you?”

    Oh they do, they do! It’s a wonder wee Maggie Darling didn’t come and try to savage you along with her travelling companion Jill Stephenson. Those two McTernan trolls usually work together.

    To help you I did have a go at Hassan (Scotland’s most boring commentator) and Clegg (asked him when he’d man up and answer Wing’s questions about the Vow) but it’s water off a duck’s back to them. They always think they are right. However you were doing very well against them all on your own.

  5. Their continued trolling is not the reaction of campaign winners. You’d think a dignified silence and ignoring you would be the best move. Their entire social media campaign a la McTernan’s Australian escapades brought shame on them. They’ve nothing to say and say it loudly. The YES campaign was diverse but Better Together was not. They remind me of the worst kind of Old Firm fan. Angry, bigoted, unable to think and blind to the truth. These are the true hard core and they have only anger and more anger. They’d sooner see us poor than free, nuked than nuclear free, buying WMD than feeding our people.

  6. Bugger (the Panda)

    There is a cold shiver running through the unionist parties and, well you know the rest.

    This is truly the “cornered in the bottom of a deep barrel” time and soon hey will turn on each other; within and erstwhile NO referendum partners.

    Send in the clowns and, on cue, in comes the Gorgon.

    It is almost a privilege to be living as a Scot.

    What history we are seeing unfold before our eyes.

  7. Derek,

    Keep up the good work.

    You should consider that list of critical commentators as a roll of honour. Clearly you are now getting under some very thick skins!
    No amount of thrashing around by Murphy, in spite of considerable uncritical support from the ever compliant Scottish media, appears to be making any impression on the GE polling forecast figures in Scotland. The Scottish Leader claims that they will hold all the seats they presently hold. If he really believes that he will get generous odds from any bookmaker -a few thou out of the expenses claim could be a good move.

    A degree of schadenfreude is experienced as entrenched interests are seen to move in now to subject Millibland to pressure from the still active Blairite wing within Labour, now to be known as NeoLabour, and international business people are telling him that his plans for the economy are “doomed”

    Now where and when did we last hear that?

  8. Shoot the messenger! Shoot the messenger!
    When the British Labour Party in Scotland receive Scotland’s message in May, is the Scottish electorate to face the firing squad too?
    Maybe Murphy & his mob of sycophants would rather democracy didn’t exist? (Sorry, that’s rhetorical obviously.)
    Pesky political environment to ‘manage’, an enlightened, energised electorate, no?
    The wee lambs …..

  9. Excellent article.
    What private schools provide more than state schools is better networking, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
    As for the unionist twitterati,you appear to be making them scared,which can only be a good thing.
    The unionist won the referendum, i wish they’d let it lie….(that appears to annoy them for some reason 🙂 ).
    And don’t get me started on vested interest with respect to westminster and HoL, that should be banned asap. They are meant to govern for the people, not for their own financial portfolio.

    • Bugger (the Panda)

      and a “nationalised” tax subsidy for their “privatised” education.

      Where have I heard of this idea before?

  10. Steve Asaneilean

    They just don’t get it Derek. They still think it’s all about them and the rest of us plebs should just shut up and hide under a stone.
    But it’s not about them anymore – it’s about all of us doing things for ourselves and for each other and by-passing the trough snouters.
    As Common Weal would have it – all of us first.

  11. Alasdair Macdonald

    It is important to link the situation in Scotland with the wider European politics, most recently, Greece. Globalisation of trade and commerce is not the only globalisation. There is a vibrant Internet traffic in news, comment, analysis, data, etc. Many of us have been to parts of the world that most of our parents had only seen on maps, or if they were in the armed forces. So, the ‘old media’ do not have the near monopoly they once enjoyed. However, they are still pretty effective, which is why the Westminster/Whitehall/City nexus continues to use and control them. Clearly, there is much discontent in England, but the media seems to have herded much of that information UKIP or non-engaged apathy. We need to work to get a critical mass of the people of England roused and asking: “whose interests is my MP serving?”

  12. Derek,
    Don’t calm down, hold on to that angry mood, as should a number of bloggers, you all know them, but we need to get the likes of Derek, Stew Campbell, that terrible Wee Ginger Dug, ect into a daily print, if only “The National” were more, let’s say, militant and really take on the other printed presses, but I get the impression that it’s a comfy reporters club, and they all meet at an appointed “watering hole”, to swap tales.

  13. Sorry if that last comment of mine was somewhat disjointed, I thought there was an “edit” available, eh no, there appears not to be, so I must be more careful in future!.

  14. You just get better and better at telling it like it is, Derek.

    There is an unholy cabal between the Scottish media and ‘Scottish’ labour that has to be exposed for what it is. Undemocratic.

  15. Brilliant, Derek! You’re on top form. That’s what these characters need – the truth between the eyes. You certainly don’t “sound bitter”. Looking forward to your next attack.

  16. Can anyone tell me anything to make sense of politicians expenses???

  17. Excellent post Derek. Great that you haven’t minced your words here

    Doesn’t it feel good to name & shame them so that your readers can get the word out? As with Wings, you perform an essential public service for us the ordinary folk in Scotland. Without you & Stu we would have to rely on your sychophantic former colleagues & MSM for news but knowing we can’t trust a single word they say. Irrelevant, superfluous, non analytical, failed, pretendy journalists, lying for all they are worth & it hasn’t hit home yet that we don’t actually need them for anything.

  18. Your right about the auld trade Derek WHORES ONE & ALL bought & payed for by Corperate greed,they will pay a heavy price as the BBC are finding out with the loss of licence fees & Daily Retard with deminishing sales.

    Good piece BTW keep going.

  19. Brilliant Derek. Nothing like a little Spring cleaning to get the heartrate going! I would love to sweep out all those you mentioned, though they are doing a fair job of it but too slowly TBH…

  20. These people are upset because people like me have sauntered in to their oh so polite cocktail party with the arse hingin oot oor troosers and while we swallow their expensive champagne in one swallow and belching loudly while we scoff their canapes, they don’t like the plebs invading their turf, well do you know what? we don’t care, we’re here and we’re going to play our music too loud and we’re going to make a right pain in the arse of ourselves welcome to OUR party gentlemen!

  21. I have preached this for many years. This situation is the norm for particularly South Britain and it has been since ever we had written history recorded by the Roman invaders. These became a ruling elite a.k.a. The Establishment. The Romans left in 410 AD and were promptly replaced by the Anglo Saxon Germanic Tribes as the Ruling elite who also treated the aboriginal Britons as slaves.

    So it has gone with ruling elites until the Normans. They became the elite rulers and gave us the Royals and Feudal System that we still have the remnants of today. We still have the Royals and the British Aristocracy, the hereditary lords in Parliament, The Archbishops & Bishops sitting as lords and the law lords also. Together with the paid off commons peers in the HOL we have never been without that Establishment elite rulers who view us as their serfs.

    Whatever makes you imagine it was ever anything else than them & us? Every party to enter Westminster has been seduced to join the Establishment elite. Were not the Whigs, (Liberals), a Home Rule Party? Was not Kier Hardy a Home Ruler until joining Westminster. Did not the then new Labour Party espouse Home Rule? History repeats itself and the Establishment is alive and dwelling in Westminster.

  22. Excellent article. Since reading Prof James Lovelock’s ‘Theory of Gaia’ I have felt that the elite’s direction of travel needed to be redressed to support all over the few.

  23. Excellent Derek, long over due for the scrap heap this rancid system of politics and its sycophantic participants including the EBC, MSM and “FINANCIERS” the whole corrupt system has GOT to CHANGE. You had fire in your belly derek, long may it continue.

  24. elainemcleodbryan

    Derek… Good. For. You!
    Honest truthfulness. It’s just. And necessary no less for a society to work. It’s so valuable you should be thanked not required to apologise.

  25. What I enjoy about your articles is that they dissect the background to our notions about events.

    I bought Gerry Hassan’s book and wish I had had your comment – “The big change today is that people – yes, the punters, the paying customers – are actively engaged and they don’t do Hassan-style political science. People call a spade a spade.” – to fall back on at the time, since I had the distinct impression he and others weren’t progressing arguments, rather living off the ongoing debate. This goes for other institutional commentators.

    I agree the many new movements in Europe reflect the “social justice” we maintained we were fighting for at the Referendum, but what a pity they haven’t the cohesive influence of a population which believes itself to have been misused for generations.

    Incidentally I do wonder if the apparent lack of tribal post – Old Firm violence today is perceived as a good or bad thing by Murphy’s s__t stirrers ?

  26. To see that the anarchic spirit of Yes continues, you only need to see what happened to that carefully thought-out Labour hashtag #SNPout.

  27. Good post Derek and really interesting interview with Harry Burns
    The Referendum was very good for the careers of some of your trolls Derek . Although I can’t remember one stand out comment by any of them over the two years, they did have an impact. I stopped reading the SR ( thanks Jill Stephenson), discovered when opened out flat the Scotsman fits your average guinea pig cage perfectly ( poor guinea pig died but not connecting the two) and cannot see Blair Mcdougal without Greg Moodies influence.
    When you see what is happening in parts of the World to journalists and the respect you have to give them for the lengths they got to , to report a story , it must take some lack of insight for some of those ‘ hacks’ in the Scottish media to have squandered and try to debase what for them was probably their biggest story, right here on their doorstep and all they could do was exclude just under half the population and write up a Better Together press release…

  28. Interesting that the media never draw attention to the role of Lord Weir in PFI, especially that controversial hospital in south-east Scotland. Now who does Lord Weir hang out with? Oh, I know! Baron Whatisname of Port Ellen! With Labour, dodgy contracts were handed out and directorships granted! Never a comment from the meja about it, though!

  29. Superb post Derek and couldn’t agree more.

    People shouldn’t be afraid of either their government or the media. The government and the media should be afraid of the people.

    We are, after all, the end users of both government policy and media commentary/journalism. The one should reflect the will, asperations and needs of the consumer and the other should be there to hold government to account on our behalf. Media should expose hypocrisy, cover ups, incompetence, illegal actions and inform the public as to when ‘they’ need to take action. So what happens when one is compromised by the other? What happens when media and politics get into bed together, when the public servant and the public watchdog decide life would be better directing and manipulating their employers?

    Welcome to modern Britain.

    The time for turning the other cheek and going back to sleep is over. Yeah, we’re royally pissed off with both our governance and our media, they deserve it. They’ve royally fucking earned it big time. No one likes being manipulated, taken for mugs, robbed blind and then made scapegoats by the criminals, incompetents and their apologists who created the mess in the first place. People need to stay mad too, right up until the job is done and beyond. The work in cleaning the mess up starts in May, the only pity being we could have made a start in September past.

    First things first though, we sort out the calibre of our representation to Westminster in May. The rest should know by that point that they should start looking at their job prospects..

  30. Excellent article Derek. As always thought provoking and enlightening. Keep up the good work!

  31. If I may indulge in a little juvenile analysis – its not so much death of stick for labour, more like a polished turd on a stick. Scottish labour and their chums very much want to get rid of it. Who do they turn to get rid of it? The very folk who lovingly crafted it for them.

    Then there is poor old Mr Hassan. The man who penned a book called “the strange death of labour in Scotland”, is now clearly rattled that his finely crafted prose concerning the fate of Scottish labour, is actually coming to pass. Now he desperately wants us all to forget the last 4 years, go back to voting labour like we used to do in the good old days. When it doesn’t happen the accusations of living the past are heaped on us. Hardly Mr Hassan, the momentum gained is still with us, even though the vote was no. The momentum is moving forward, not backwards.

    The one image from the indyref that stays with me, is the gloating, sneering faces of labour folk standing outside Asda, celebrating that companies threat to raise prices if we even dared to vote yes. Labour went from being a party of the people to that creepy kid who hides behind bullies.

    Strange death indeed.

    • Well said.

      “The one image from the indyref that stays with me, is the gloating, sneering faces of labour folk standing outside Asda, celebrating that companies threat to raise prices if we even dared to vote yes.”

      An image I find hard to forget too along with those same faces smiling as they open yet another food bank. The same faces who kept reminding us how ill suited, ill prepared were were to govern our own country. The same faces who othered half their own electorate and now seek our votes to continue along their career path…

      … those faces.

      Those faces and their words of the past four years are burned into this memory and Mr Hassan may consider that ‘living in the past’, I consider it learning a lesson. “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”

  32. Much appreciated Derek, can’t top any of the comments above so pleased to feel the ground shake and it ain’t by fracking.

    For my money, the main culprits, such as Murphy, should be hounded on their personal wrongdoings.

    Forget his cover of working to ‘party’ aims and policy; there is policy and then again there is the implementation of that policy ‘ as he sees it’, which invariably is totally underscored by what suits Jim, be it to climb the sycophantic ladder or to self-promote and bugger the consequences for all else.

    No doubt his ‘collateral damage’ mind-set category neatly brushes such moral wrecking under his already bulging carpet, but we should be booting him solidly in the proverbial area and keep doing so no matter how his gang try to cover it all up.

    You’re obviously kicking the hornets nest – keep it up.

  33. Congratulations Derek. If those party and press hacks are indulging in online bullying (I thought they were against cybernattery?) You are clearly hitting a nerve. More investigative journalism in your blog than they will ever produce and they are desperate to close down alternative comment.
    Keep them on the run.
    Greece is indeed an interesting beacon of hope, as Scotland should have been by now but still can become this year.

  34. It was hilarious listening to Glenn Campbell struggling to sustain a plausible narrative for Labour on GMS today following the teaser about a new devo+ Vow from Gordon Brown.

  35. That the Political Editor of the Daily Record, (is there actually one), dared to criticise you is absolutely ridiculous, coming from people who daily publish press releases from their main supplier, John McT and co, rather than doing their job. Those who pass for journalists have done the political system the world over a great disservice by failing to scrutinise what they say and allow them to get away, sometimes with murder.
    More power to your elbow and pencil Derek, keep up the good work, as a poster on Wings said not that long ago this morning, the private polling is obviously very bad.

  36. Regarding the Gerry Hassan topic. I couldn’t agree more. Does he not realise that if you believe in something. You don’t just stop because a bully like Gordon Brown or the MSM or the bitter unionists tell you ,you lost. He has fallen into the trap of believing that this was all about a referendum result. It isn’t about the result of the dodgy referendum. It’s about the nation of Scotland which is bigger than any of us or any single vote.

    The nation has come back to life and the independence movement is stronger than ever. I stopped reading Gerry when he started asking people to stop speaking about the referendum and even independence. He is a tourist in Scotland’s journey I am a permanant resident. This is not a game nor a plaything.

    If your neighbours don’t believe in God, but you do. Do you become an athiest to fit in, and keep the peace, and tow the line? Absolutely not you believe in God because you know in your heart it’s cherished.

    I feel that way about independence and I will not settle for second best to keep the wealthy and the establishment happy.

  37. No, your comments and observations aren’t enough. You really need to go after them now, bigtime. All the liars and deceivers. They’re running scared…all the trolling just confirms it. It really is time for you, Bella, Wings, all of you to work in tandem…a loose coalition if you will…and drive home the message, daily weekly, until May. Until they admit and accept defeat. And beyond.

  38. Brilliant article. We’re starting to light a fire under their collective arse and they’re starting to feel the heat.

  39. I am listening to Gordon Brown being given a soft interview by Sarah Smith. My blood is boiling just hearing the lies flow out of Brown’s mouth saying that pensions are safer in the Union. Excuse me, but this is the man who plundered the pensions when he was Chancellor. Now he is savaging the SNP and isn’t being challenged by our Sarah. And so it continues the bias in favour of Labour….

  40. ” It really is time for you, Bella, Wings, all of you to work in tandem…” absolutely – we need to maintain the profile of these matters especially the association of the McTernan & McDougall with the BetterTogetherFearCampaign and ‘keeping thae Nationalists DOWN’.. as they used to say on Dad’s Army ‘they don’t like it…etc’

  41. You have to admire Jill Stephenson’s stamina. Here is someone who spends the majority of her waking moments on Twitter jeering at independence supporters and the SNP.

    If the SNP does secure the number of Westminster seats currently being projected then I’m sure that will spur her on to ever more energetic engagement with supporters of Scottish independence. One more good reason to vote SNP this coming May.

  42. Quality comment Derek

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