The Blue Red and Orange Meanies

The Blue Red and Orange Meanies by Liz Lowrey

Monster Meanie

Well dear readers I’m feeling very happy and hope you are all sharing my joy. After a long, hard but inspiring election campaign the votes have been counted and the result is clear. Our Scottish Parliament is now filled to overflow with independence supporting MSPs. With 64 seats for the SNP and 8 seats for the Scottish Green Party the people of Scotland have spoken and Scotland’s Voice has indeed been heard. The nay sayers, anti SNP bloggers and pop up parties have been consigned to the dustbin of history.Theres an old saying if it ain’t broke don’t fix it and we now know that voters of Scotland in the round agreed with an increased majority supporting the SNP.

South Perthshire and Kinross-shire elected our new MSP Jim Fairlie also with an increased majority on the back of an increased voter turnout. The Blue Meanies in Mid Scotland and Fife were roundly beaten and only managed to sneak in on the list thanks to their campaign of blatantly begging for voters of the red and orange meanies to lend their votes to the Party of Boris Johnson! Whilst in a functioning democracy every individual has the right to cast their vote for what they believe in I seriously wonder how the folks that leant their vote to the Toxic Tories can sleep at night.
As the UK Parliament opened with all the outdated pomp and ceremony the Queen’s speech was notable by what it didn’t cover as much as by what it did.
Trump himself would be proud of the naked attempt at voter suppression. Sledge hammer to crack a nut springs to mind and even the Blue Baroness told it like it is on the Peston programme. Of course she is now free to air her views safe in the knowledge that she has her ermine robe for life thanks to her services to the Tory Twig office in Scotland.
And as for the current leader Dross the strain of leading a party that did NOT win in Scotland has already started to show. His rude aggressive and childlike behaviour is no longer hidden and the people of Scotland are watching. His comments to Pete Wishart show him for what he is a small man with small ideas and a small vocabulary. No doubt he was enraged when the UK Secretary of State for Scotland Union Jack admitted yesterday that the SNP had indeed won the election in Scotland. That Dross has in the past made extremely offensive comments about minority groups is not in doubt. Old school mates have spoken regarding his bullying behaviour in the past and he continues to take a leaf out of his UK Masters’ rule book. No wonder he was deemed a fit and proper person to represent the Party in Scotland. And it’s not just him. The bitterness of his fellow cohorts oozes out unchecked. I was shocked but not surprised when Annie Wells criticised a new young SNP MSP who has achieved a great success in being elected. This type of Tory behaviour is beyond the pale but sadly expected. Starting any new job is a daunting prospect and without adequate bank rolling from rich benefactors most people will struggle and by stating this our young MSP shows understanding of real people and the difficulties they face.
And talking of young MSPs, overnight we see a new MP in Airdrie and Shotts. A great day for Airdrie and Shotts not so much for the Tory lite Labour Party. Strange that the English By Election got wall to wall coverage on BBC but our first ever SNP win in a By Election gets a mere grudging mention.

So returning to the Queen’s Speech a reasonable person might wonder where the oven ready health and social care reform package is. Yet another example of Tory fake promises that will never materialise. There will also be an enquiry into their catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic but again this has been kicked into the long grass. The only thing that this Tory government did right was ensure that we had adequate vaccine supplies. However when the history books are written I doubt this will be what is remembered rather their serial incompetence at every turn.
Yesterday as the new MSPs were sworn into our Parliament a dawn raid occurred in Glasgow. Team UK at its absolute worst showing again the divergence of the countries of the disUnited Kingdom.
People power won the day in Glasgow as fellow citizens supported their neighbours from the clutches of the UK’s vile policies. Scotland is a welcoming country to all who choose to make their home here. Diversity is one of our great strengths. Compare and contrast with the situation elsewhere on These Islands. Local elections in England reaffirm that much of England remains wedded to the Tory party and its despicable ideologies. When will the scales fall from their eyes? The red wall has remained blue and once again I can only state that the electorate receive the government they deserve.
Meanwhile in Wales and Scotland Toryism has been firmly rejected and put back in its box. Like a maniacally jack in the box it remains waiting to spring out when we least expect it.
Scotland’s Parliament has a progressive programme of legislation ready to enact with Covid recovery at its heart. One wonders how many of the Tory Twig office will vote against progressive legislation in our Parliament. How long will the alleged Dross spirit of working together for the recovery of Scotland last. A cynic such as me predicts not long. We will see him in action very soon as he leads his Party in the Scottish Parliament. His Blue Baroness safety blanket is gone and we can expect to see his petulant childish behaviour becoming more apparent as he struggles with his dual mandates of not representing Scotland and our interests in Holyrood or Westminster. Will he go the same way as the unfortunate ex MP for Ochil and South Perthshire. Rejected as an MP, rejected by Downing Street and reduced to writing ridiculous pieces for low quality pro Union media publications. I did have a terrible fear that he would try to sneak back into Scottish politics on the Tory list but luckily that was not to be.
As our new MSPs and Parliament work to rebuild Scotland as an even better country many challenges lie ahead. We can be confident in our First Minister who has worked tirelessly to date and continues to lead the majority SNP MSPs in Holyrood. However great the challenges ahead I have every confidence that the day job will be done.
As for the Blue Red and Orange meanies I’m not expecting much.

The Unasked Question

The Unasked Question

How many electoral mandates are required for a second Independence referendum to proceed?

A very good question you may ask yourselves and one that certainly has to date had no credible answer from our Unionist friends. In fact the sound of silence immediately springs to mind. I wanted to ask this question on Debate Night Scotland yesterday evening. Maybe prior to submitting my questions I had already shot myself in the foot. Who knows how the questions are selected? During my telephone interview prior to appearing in the audience I was keen to point out that I was very active in Almond and Earn SNP and also an ardent and vocal supporter of Scotland’s Independence.

I didn’t fall at the first hurdle having made the cut to join the audience. As the programme was focused on the area around Dundee I assumed that as one of the YES cities in 2014 the audience would indeed be Indy supporting and SNP friendly. That was certainly the case and I’d thoroughly recommend all who still watch BBC to give it a view.

Our MP John Nicolson was a last minute and excellent addition to the panel. From speaking about racist bias in the majority of the mainstream media to calling out Rachel Hamilton’s nonsense on just about everything I agreed with every word he said. My hand went up more times then an umbrella during our unpredictable summer weather. Sadly many were called but I wasn’t chosen. I did however get to ask my question regarding the recent shameful behaviour of thuggish individuals who claim to support a well know Glasgow football team. Unsurprisingly there was little sympathy for the line that said football club had tried to prevent this disgusting fracas happening. As usual the club tried to blame everyone else including the Scottish government and the Police but their arguments have gone down like a lead balloon. We have all made sacrifices during the pandemic and every life has been effected detrimentally but we have behaved for the common good and done the right thing. To blatantly flout government public health regulations takes a special kind of stupidity. As is often said if the cap fits wear it and the dunce’s cap is sitting firmly on that club and a number of their supporters.

Whilst agreeing that Debate Night is a topical programme I personally see no question more topical at present than the one relating to Scotland’s ability to determine its own future.

In fact it’s not only us Indy minded folks that see this as a number one priority. From the Scottish Tory Branch office to the Tory Lite leader of Labour in Scotland, their number one priority and only policy appears to be to stop the democratic right of our fellow Scots to determine the future of our country. Even wee Willie Winkie is getting in on the act although sadly he’s not playing the starring role he thinks he has in this tragi/comedy production (Bitter Together the sequel they didn’t want to make) More of a background prop than a leading player. The latest Liberal party political broadcast the other night showed Wee Willie in his starring role as the leader of the only party in Scotland capable of preventing an SNP majority. Well all I can say is good luck with that more Basil Fawlty then Braveheart and that’s being polite!

Meanwhile the new Labour leader wastes no time in further alienating what’s left of his party’s support in Scotland. I know nothing about the prospective labour candidate Hollie Cameron who was unceremoniously dropped like a hot potato for daring to state that if the majority of Scottish folks desire an independence referendum than it is our democratic right to have one. However on this one thing I can firmly agree with her.

And talking of unexpected consequences the Scottish Tories are pure raging. Their nasty, snide and inappropriate interventions in the Holyrood Enquiry have only bolstered SNP support in this area and country wide. Our small Branch has increased in membership from 203 to 230 members in the last month. The majority have joined following the First Minister’s gruelling evidence session last week.

How the Tories envy a political leader who speaks and actually answers questions.

On Clown Minister’s Questions yesterday the non UK PM blustered and bluffed with his usual arrogance. The day he actually even attempts to answer a question will be talked about in history books for decades to come.

And what dear readers will the history books tell us. No one has a crystal ball and I’m certainly no Mystic Meg but I have a few predictions for the coming year.

Firstly, two weeks from now on 25 March those of us that haven’t voted by post will turn out in force to support our candidate Michelle Frampton SNP for Almond and Earn. With twin Tory’s already in post in our area, we cannot allow another Boris supporting clone to take this seat. Every single vote will be essential to ensuring that Michelle is elected and we are all working to achieve this aim.

There will be no respite in the following months. We will indeed need to turn our collective efforts to ensuring that Jim Fairlie is elected as our MSP. The Scottish Tory Branch Office are desperate to gain this seat and only all our collective efforts to support and vote for Jim will prevent this.

For Jim Fairlie at the appointed time we will all indeed turn South Perthshire and Kinross-shire yellow.

SNP yellow a bright hopeful colour representing a Party that I predict a vast majority of my fellow citizens will get behind. Change must come and with it the better life that I and all SNP members old and new will embrace.

It’s been a long harsh winter spring is just round the corner and with it the eternal hope of a better brighter future for each and every one of us.

by Liz Lowrey, Branch Membership Secretary

Image by Radoan Tanvir from Pixabay

A Tale of Two Leaders

I’m angry, Readers. Anyone who isn’t angry is hiding in a giant fridge and closing their ears to what is happening. Perhaps such a person is also lacking any shred of concern for their fellow citizens. Enter stage left Boris Johnson the man who would be PM and then proceeded to make an abysmal failure of this task at every faltering step.

As the UK yesterday announced a devastating death toll in excess of One Hundred Thousand lost souls I watched in disbelief as the non Prime Minister addressed the Nation.

Never in the history of TV broadcasting have I witnessed a more despicable performance. I never judge a book by its cover and we should not use personal appearance to criticise our political opponents or anyone else for that matter.

However on this one occasion I will make an exception. The non PM of the disunited Kingdom looked like he had stepped out of a dustbin. If this had been Jeremy Corbyn we would have heard no amount of wailing from the Murdoch controlled press, however the unkempt and lackadaisical PM yet again escapes scrutiny. It’s not his appearance per se that makes me angry. His total lack of ability to show empathy or leadership or any kind of normal human trait is what fills me with rage and extreme anxiety.

At every step on the road that’s led us to this somber milestone there has been dithering delays, u turns and serial incompetence that we are all aware of and are far too numerous to expand on in this piece. Even yesterday when a better human being would have genuinely apologised for the tragic loss of life he made a half hearted meaningless apology that wouldn’t have been out of place at his public school if he had been caught smoking behind the bike shed. Of course we don’t know if he ever did get caught smoking behind the bike shed. However what we do know is that this self entitled excuse of a person was a member of the Bullingdon Club. One of their many vile activities included burning large denomination banknotes in front of homeless people.

If you’re not angry yet Readers you should be. The icing on the cake happens tomorrow. Despite strict laws preventing unnecessary travel, Boris Johnson has essential work in Scotland. Yes that’s right the man described as lazy by numerous ex employers is coming up to Scotland for essential work. I think he would be better tasked doing essential work in London and at least attempting to undo some of the damage his incompetent government have inflicted on the people of the UK.

We all know the real reason for the visit. The fat controller is breaking covid travel law restrictions in a futile attempt to save the Union. It’s too late for that. The Union is broken smashed to smithereens and no amount of PR is going to save it. Every time Scotland has one of his useless visitations, support for Independence increases and I’m sure that on this occasion a similar outcome will occur.

Now that I’ve discussed my anger issues I move onto happier feelings.

It is no exaggeration to state that in Scotland we have a leader in Nicola Sturgeon that we can all be extremely proud of and grateful to. Her measured steadfast and emphathic approach to this global pandemic contrasts sharply with the Pretender in No 10.

Day in day out this Beacon of Hope and inspiration stands up and tells our country vital and useful information concerning the pandemic and how this is being used to formulate the Scottish Governments plans and rational decision making. When I listen to some of the journalist questions, which I do on a daily basis, I can only surmise that our Nicola must possess the patience of a Saint. Whilst journalistic scrutiny must always be encouraged in a free democratic country like ours, I cringe inwardly at some of the stupid and inane questions. Each question is met with a measured and professional answer and full explanation. If further clarification is required, this is advised to the journalist concerned. All this is done with good grace and honesty that those listening to PM Boris Johnson can only dream of.

In Scotland there are no clandestine briefings to favoured journalists.

Yesterday’s briefing was particularly poignant as we were all asked to take a moment to silently reflect on those we had lost throughout the course of the pandemic. This, my fellow readers, is how a real leader reacts to loss and tragedy in every day life. I’m sure I wasn’t the only person watching with a lump in my throat.

Our First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s commitment to tackling the Pandemic is evident for all to see in her every decision and action. She is supported by an efficient and well functioning government of Members of the Scottish Parliament, all striving to do the best for their constituents and country. Preservation of life and wellbeing is the number one priority of Nicola Sturgeon and her government. Of this I have no doubt.

All of us have an opportunity in May to show our thanks and appreciation for the steadfast leader and First Minister guiding us through this crisis.

How can we do this?

Firstly it is vitally important that each and everyone of us registers for a Postal Vote. There’s an excellent presentation on Postal Voting which can be viewed on our website almondandearnsnp.org available to branch members only.

By registering for a postal vote and getting our postal ballots returned in good time we ensure that our voices are counted. How unfortunate would an ardent supporter be if they couldn’t attend to vote in person on election day because they had been told to isolate by the covid track and trace. That’s not a chance I’m prepared to take and neither should any one of us.

Secondly If you are an SNP member or anyone that wants a competent government in our country I believe that we must promote the Both Votes SNP message.

In the constituency vote we will vote for our elected representative. Jim Fairlie is the candidate in our area. Jim is an excellent candidate and I know when elected he will represent each and every one of us in his constituency.

Our second vote the list vote will be equally crucial in determining who is in charge of running our country.

In this vital election we need to ensure that a maximum number of Regional and List vote SNP MSPs are returned to Holyrood.

Anyone who has listened to or watched our First Minister can be in no doubt that she and the SNP Government are the correct people to lead our country out of this pandemic and on to a better future.

That better future will only be possible with full independence and I firmly believe that Nicola Sturgeon is the person that will deliver this for our country.

This is the stark choice facing our country in May 2021. Who will best represent us and our interests?
A self serving PM in Boris Johnson or our own First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Image by Wilson Joseph from Pixabay

The Shortest Day

Christmas CactusLiz Lowrey writes. They say the darkest hour is just before the dawn and as we approach the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year at first glance there is very little to be of good cheer about. Even in the worst of times if we look hard enough it’s possible to find a glimmer of hope.

In subsequent decades long after Scotland has gained Independence from the Dis United Kingdom historians will surely look back on 2020 as one of the worst years in living history.

However 2020 will also be known as the year of the great conjunction. As Jupiter and Saturn align for the first time in over 800 years and stargazers look in awe at this spectacle, we in Scotland of a more political nature will look ahead to 2021 not upwards to the stars. We will look to the day when Scotland becomes an Independent nation.

This years events have bought the many advantageous of being a small self sustained nation to the eyes of a large part of our population. New Zealand is a shining example of how well things can be done. There will always be a small percentage of Unionists who would rather allow their house to burn to a stick because they don’t like the idea of the fire service. For these individuals and their attitude there is nothing we can do. They are a lost cause as sure as the Toxic Tory Government is.

Our Scottish Government and our First Minister have led our country and managed the crisis engulfing us all with fortitude sensitivity and a sense of openness and honesty which has been sadly lacking from politicians elsewhere. Surprisingly the branch office of the Scots Tories have been very quiet recently. How they wish they had a competent leader and I’m sure that they are well aware that for every day The Buffoon in Downing Street remains in power, support for our Independence grows.

Poll after poll evidences this and the media in the rest of Europe and the wider world are taking notice. The message of Scotland being too poor too small too everything but the kitchen sink will no longer wash. And talking of washing, no amount of spin can cleanse the Tory lies and mismanagement of this pandemic. We all know that this is just the latest example of their catalogue of failures in recent years.

As we enter a festive season that is anything but festive, we must take heart from some of the benefits we already have in Scotland thanks to our SNP government. Our country is already a kinder place, but there is much that can still be done. We have free prescriptions and personal care. Our young folks benefit from a University education without the burden of tuition fees. Our welfare and support system treats people with dignity and respect. Imagine how much more could be done when we have full control of all our fiscal policy. There’s an old saying that springs to mind relating to the Unionist argument for why Scotland couldn’t manage without the bad old UK supporting us. “He who pays the Piper calls the tune”. The UK and Unionists omit from their argument the part where Scotland contributes to the UK economy what we actually get back in return is a piper with a broken set of bagpipes.

Change must surely come. For some change can’t come quickly enough. This is a time when we must put our trust in our SNP Government. It is no fallacy to say that May 2021 will be the most important election in our lifetime. Scotland has turned the corner and I’m certain that with hard work we can secure the much needed massive majority of SNP MSPs. All of us have a part to play in this historic election.

Whilst conventional campaigning seems highly unlikely at this stage, there are many ways of promoting our cause. Let’s encourage everyone we know to complete postal vote applications. Always best to get ahead of the field. It’s something the Tories have been doing for years. We can all as individual talk to friends, families, neighbours, in fact anyone we feel comfortable having these conversations with. In some ways our task has already been made easier as the evidence builds daily of UK and Unionist failure.

We have an excellent strong candidate, Jim Fairlie, in our area. He will not shy away from the question of Independence and this fills me with hope. Following the May election, we want Holyrood to be filled with independence hungry SNP politicians. It’s time for Scotland’s voice to be heard and not silenced or ignored. Drew Hendry MP made a brilliant start in Wastemonster last week. Scotland’s voice and disgust at the way our country is being treated was heard by all loudly and clearly. The sooner our MPs are back in Scotland and not part of this archaic farce of a Parliament the better.

Finally Scotland is emerging from the dark shadow of the UK and from this we can all have reason for optimism for the future.

I moved house just over two years’ ago. Prior to the move I had for many years a Christmas cactus that without fail produced the most beautiful blooms every year. It was a magnificent plant and got bigger and better with every passing year. For the last two Christmases the poor plant was bare. No amount of feeding or watering made a bit of difference. As the house was prepared for Christmas, I moved it into the living room where it got more warmth and light. Miraculously blooms have began to appear.

Scotland is finally coming out of its dark place and heading to a future where all will have the opportunity to blossom and reach their full potential. Only with Independence can this be achieved and we must all strive collectively to achieve this prize.

I wish all readers a safe and peaceful festive time and a Guid New Year when it comes .