Friday, 1 March 2013

Another political post...

So shift along if you're not interested, fair warning, I'm going to mention Douglas Alexander and a speech he's making tonight at Edinburgh University.

Its a really long speech (currently up at Labourhame.) I suppose you could have a read but its the usual frothy Labour/Better Together/not-of-this-world puff piece and really fucking boring to boot, (I swear to underline just how boring it is.) I did want to mention a couple of things though because he was on the radio this morning having a mither about the independence debate during which he came out with a number of howlers, the most memorable being that support for Independence has fallen when in fact going by the most recent poll information, the don't knows increased at the expense of the no crowd; the yes vote stayed the same.

Moving along though, it is common for BT'ers to cite Scottish Nationalism as being bad, for example and I apologise in advance, Alexander will tell people tonight:

"I believe the Nationalists’ approach can best be understood in this way: they aimed to campaign around the ‘inevitability’ of independence, founded on identity.
But that campaign of identity has failed and they are now attempting to recover by offering, however unconvincingly, a campaign of ideology.
Let me start with their original failure: To convince us that after their historic victories independence was inevitable.
It seems to me that their original strategy was to try and build on their unexpected success in May 2007, followed by their even more unexpected (even by them!) majority in 2011 and use this momentum to create a sense of both inevitability and invincibility around the nationalist cause.
The aim, as always, was to equate nationalism with patriotism, the philosophy of self determination with one version of constitutional structures, and convince or co-opt the public into support for independence." 

It's the last paragraph, equating nationalism with patriotism then using it as cudgel to obtain a vote for self-determination. The gonk then later goes on to say:

"Indeed, the 2012 Games showcased the very best of our country and gave us the opportunity to celebrate what unites us: perhaps again to our surprise we found afresh that we in these islands are  a pluralistic, and outward looking family of nations, confident and capable when working together towards a common endeavour."

You'll not need many guesses to know which games he'll be yacking on about tonight, Douglas goes on at some length (unfortunately) extolling the virtues of the Olympics in 2012 and how it brought the country together and encouraged a sense of ident- 

Hold on a minute? 

A wee minute ago Douglas, you were saying its bad to equate nationalism with patriotism? I saw a wee bit of the Olympics (you couldn't avoid it) and it was an orgy of Britishness, it was shamelessly so and do you know what, I don't really mind, what country wouldn't sell its self under those circumstance. 

Just leave the double standard at the door would you?

My main point, which has become something of an after thought, although it is potentially a lot more important is this:

"The choice to stay together will create an opportunity for politicians to lay the ground for a way of doing politics differently.
A time where politicians no longer speak about ‘the people of Scotland’ but instead the people speak and the politicians listen, deliberate and decide.
So this evening I ask: Could we in 2015 gather together a National Convention – “Scotland 2025″ – to chart a new vision for an old nation for the next decade?
Gathering 25 years on from the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, this National Convention would look beyond an agenda of constitutional change."
Despite repeated demands made by Better Together, Unionist parties and in this case Douglas Alexander for Yes Scotland and the SNP to provide details and facts in the event of a Yes vote in 2014. In terms of a no vote, what you'll get is a National Convention which will deliver its findings on constitutional change not in the run up to 2014 so you'll know what you'll get for your no vote; but in 2025.

In political circles this is usually known as the Jam Tomorrow Gambit. Will this jam keep till 2025?

I know this is boring, although if you got this far down kudos to you for sticking with it. There is information out there on what Scotland would be like if it became independent, I don't wish to sound trite but, its called Wikipedia. You can search for info about other countries and get an idea of what independence means for people in Scotland (please don't search for North Korea, its not a good example.)

As a starting point, look at our other neighbours, Denmark has been in the news a lot recently, they do things very differently, some of which works, some not so much so, if I can ask one final thing though, have a quick read of this.

"UK savers are currently retiring with pension pots worth 50% less than some of their European counterparts, despite having invested the same amount of money, because of an array of hidden charges. With innocuous-sounding fees of 2.5% the pension funds can grab nearly half of a lifetime’s savings, without the pension saver ever realising that their retirement fund was being syphoned off by a banking system designed to benefit big business over individual savers."

(You can click on it for a more in depth explanation on pensions.)

I wonder why Douglas isn't mentioning that tonight in his speech?


  1. Another career politician of all talk and no substance trying to protect his own future.

  2. They live in a parallel universe, how do they get away with it.

  3. You'd really have thought that someone with the supposed intellect of Dougie Alexander would see what a load of shit he is talking.

    I'm sick to the back teeth of Brit nationalism being spouted by people who tell us that Scottish nationalism is narrow and bad.

    It's beginning to wear me down, and making me REALLY hate the British state.

    Better Together... what? Why? How?

    Britain is broke.

    Britain's government cares only about the rich.

    Britain will never give up trying to be a world leader.

    British people will always have to pay up for the privilege of being the 'go-for' of America in running the world (God knows what will happen when China takes over).

    Why cannot people see that what BT are offering is more of the same crap with a ever right moving Westminster government of whatever shade of blue.

    Today we have Hammond, a multi-millionaire with his money in the British Virgin Islands, telling us that he (and many of the cabinet) will fight for no more cuts in what is the fourth largest military on Earth. The forth largest military on Earth for a piddling little two-bit country that can't keep its pensioners alive in the winter? It sounds to me rather like North Korea.

    Now I know that because pokes its nose into everyone's business, Britain has made a lot of enemies, but the forth largest military in the world?!@!? FFS, why?

    In the meantime, after taking money away from sick people and making them work for nothing at Tesco, if they are still alive, then chucking them out of their council houses, despite there being no where else for them to go, Hammond wants more cuts in Social Security. Why doesn't he just call for them to be put down? It's what he wants after all!

    Presumably he has protection for when the riots start? But I hope he doesn't and I hope the smarmy bastards one of the first they get.

    I loathe being 'ruled' by the Tory posh boys(and Labour won't change a thing). But then Dougie Alexander doesn't live in the world that we inhabit, so he and Pip Hammond won't know what we are talking about.

    You can tell a lot about people from the way they treat their young, old and sick. I am sick of being ashamed of being ashamed of being British, and when I'm out of the country have taken to passing myself off as French.

    I wish I were fluent in Icelandic; I'd be proud to pass myself off as an Icelander.

  4. What's wrong with potentially life threatening surgery in Bulgaria? As long as it's not East Staffs, I'd risk it.

  5. Nothing to disagree with in you first post tris.

    As for your second, when abroad I like to pose as a Bulgarian surgeon, I can avoid being linked with a morally bankrupt political system at home and make some cash on the side...


  6. Cool... can you do me a nose job?

  7. Yes, I can do a nose job, no problems. Can't guarantee the results mind, if you end up looking like Barry Manilow, its on you're own head, so to speak...



Thanks for comment as always and I apologise if you have to jump through any hoops to do so. Its just that, I'm still being spammed by organisations who are certain I can't get it up or when it is up its not big enough or that I don't have anyone to get it up for.

Who knew blogging could be so bad for ones self-confidence?