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That is the national question or “conversation”, if you like, in a nutshell. The answer, you would think, is as plain as the nose on you’re face. But to have a look at the other side of the argument, I went hunting for alternative views on the matter. Let’s get one thing clear that I think all sides agree on, and that is, come the morning of the 18th of Sept. this year, every one of us, from the age 16 and up on that date, has a date with destiny. If we do not grasp the opportunity to take control of our own destiny, a right that we allowed to have bought from us, sold by that “parcel of rogues”, as Robert Burns put it, then history will judge us and our generation very harshly indeed.

I’ve had a wee gander at the better together website and it’s front page is full of lies. The lies stay on for about 5.5  seconds to allow you to read and take in their lies.

Help us ensure that Scotland says No Thanks to separation, become a Better Together activist today. SIGN UP

Of course that’s not a lie, it’s simply just a cry for help. But 5.5 seconds later they hit us with

Right now, as part of the UK we all pay into the same pension “pot” and are guaranteed the same state pension FIND OUT MORE.

The FIND OUT MORE link leads you to this crap. So what they are saying is that because we live longer, we will lose out in the pension “pot”. Are they talking of the pot of gold that the UK treasury, under Gordon Brown’s chancellorship, pilfered? On the one hand they tell us we have one of the worst, if not the worst, mortality rate in europe because we don’t eat right and lead unhealthy lifestyles. Now they are telling us that we are living longer than the rest of the UK. What complete and utter nonsense and we wont swallow it, deep-fried with batter of not. Yes it’s true that we now pay into the same pension fund, though I wouldn’t call it a pot. I’d rather pay into our own pension fund and be guaranteed the same state pension as my fellow Scots on top of the already guaranteed UK state pension. You can be sure it won’t be a penny lass than our siblings south of the border. The arithmetic is simple, like 1+1=2, 2+2=4 and our (UK pension we’ve already paid into) + (the pension we will continue to pay into post Indy) = our new improved pension which will be guaranteed to pay out more per person than our siblings south of the border. It most certainly can not be less. That simply would not add up. And let’s just be honest with ourselves. This is ours and our neighbour’s parents and Grandparents we are talking about, the same ones that we in Scotland can afford free care for when they don’t seem to be able to manage down there.

The only way to guarantee that we keep the UK pound as our currency is for Scotland to stay in the UK. FIND OUT MORE. The FIND OUT MORE link leads you to this crap.

The Isle of Man manages to use the pound and the Manx and if truth be told Scotland could use any currency it wishes. The US dollar is accepted all over the world as is the Euro. We can use the pound Sterling and there is not one thing the UK treasury could do about it. Or we could use whatever currency we like. The world is our oyster. The Isle of Man manned up and use their dual currency as did the Republic of Ireland done and many countries throughout the world do, to no detriment to their economy. More scaremongering from the negative campaign. They don’t have facts because they can’t have facts. So they make what they want up and ignore all the rest because their scaremongering is all based on hypothetical situations.  When cornered into giving any facts, they’re stuck. Because the facts don’t suit their scaremongering.

Whenever people look at and consider the issues, it becomes clear to them that Scotland can, should and must become an independent country. Consider this… If Scotland were an independent country, would you vote to join the UK. The irony is that those on the better together side mostly consist of those who want to vote to leave the EU. For Scotland, we now have no voice at the table in Europe when we would have if we were a sovereign nation, as should be the case.

One of  the most important things you can do in your life if you’re aged 16 or over on the 18th of Sept is to get out and vote. If you are giving any thought to voting NO then have yourself sectioned under the mental health act before you can do you’re country a disservice an actually vote. There was no franchise and free  referenda when our sovereignty was sold from under us at the Act of Union in 1707.

This is not about Nationalism nor is it about even patriotism. It is about self-determination. It is about governing ourselves and standing or falling by our own mistakes. We would then no longer have Mother England to blame for our problems and to the cowards among us that may seem appealing.  I’m begging our nation to show a little courage and take some responsibility for our own destiny rather than leave it to does with no wherewithal and instead leave to us who are willing.

(to be continued)

As I’m sure most Celtic Fans will be aware the OBFCT Bill 2011 has been used and abused by Scotland‘s Police forces up and down the country to attack Celtic supporters. Fans who are left wondering why this is the case should read a fine letter Jeanette Findlay of the Celtic Trust wrote to Christine Grahame MSP. If you read the full document, you will get an idea of our concerns about this bill not only as football supporters but as Democrats, of whatever hue. We are concerned that the act will and has been used to stop fans from airing legitimate political views at or going to and from football matches. The arguments about whether or not there is a place at a socio-politico minded football club for expressions of political opinion by supporters is not up for debate here. Nor should it be. It is not the job of parliamentarians to legislate against expressions of political opinion in any arena, sporting or otherwise. That is a matter for us and we alone as Celtic supporters. I say socio-politico minded football club because of the Club’s roots. It was founded to put food on the tables of the poor of this City, and as such it’s very founding is a political act. I know some believe that the poor of this City are not worthy of such support from anyone and should be left to rot. However, that is only a political opinion, and we wouldn’t want to stop MSPs or anyone else from expressing that view. In fact, we would welcome the refreshing honesty.

You can find all the documents to download here… http://www.celtictrust.net/index.php?func=d_home_documents …at the bottom of the page. Pay particular attention to the OBFCT Data collection form. Use this form if you have become a victim of this bill so fans groups can collect data to bin this bill in 2014.

I’m going to quote the letter in full here anyway…

14 Sept 2012

Dear Ms Grahame,
I am writing to you regarding comments you made during the evidence session at the Justice Committee yesterday (13/9/11) and to seek clarification of those remarks.
During an exchange between you and Professor Tom Devine (which can be found at between 2hrs and 1minute and 2hrs and 6 minutes in the video recording) you question statistics provided by Professor Devine to the effect that Catholics are twice as likely to be the victims of sectarian aggravated assault. I think you are also arguing against his point that the existing legislation is sufficient.
You say that Professor Devine cannot use the statistics to uphold his assertion re the disproportionate number of Catholic victims of religious aggravated offences under the 2003 legislation because the existing legislation is more likely to lead to convictions of ‘Rangers fans’ and that it is not ‘even’ because ‘Celtic fans’ won’t be convicted of any offence because they are singing political songs. Professor Devine is clear that he is talking about Catholics and Protestants but you appear to interpret this as proxies for Celtic and Rangers supporters respectively.
Notwithstanding this point, there is a clear implication in this statement that there is something missing in the 2003 legislation because it does not appear to result in the same
number of convictions of Celtic supporters. Indeed you say at one point with reference to the 2003 legislation that it is ‘not even’. You appear not to consider the possibility that the reason more Rangers fans have been convicted under the 2003 Act (which is not what Professor Devine said but is nonetheless true) is because they, in large number, have sung bigoted and racist songs and Celtic fans (en masse) haven’t and don’t. To be blunt, you appear to suggest that there is something wrong with legislation that does not result in parity of numbers of arrests between Celtic supporter and Rangers supporters, ignoring, for the moment, any discussion of offensive behaviour by supporters of other teams. A number of our members as well as other Celtic supporters have concerns about the motivation for this Bill and the lack of clarity surrounding the definitions of offensive behaviour. Your comments have added to these concerns. I write to you today to ask you to reassure the public that this Bill is not, in whole or in part, motivated by a desire to see Celtic fans convicted in equal number to Rangers fans for offences specified precisely with that aim in mind.
I repeat my evidence to the Committee last week, Celtic fans do not, en masse, sing songs of hate against anyone. The only alleged ‘offensiveness’ that critics of the Celtic support are able to bring up is the singing of Republican songs. These songs, in and of themselves, are not aimed at Protestants or of adherents of any other religion, they are political in nature and, as such, the outlawing of them is potentially a breach of the right to freedom of expression. Such an unwarranted restriction of freedom of speech would, I am sure, be resisted not only by Celtic fans but by all democrats. I would add that the appropriateness of such songs being sung at a football match is an entirely separate question for Celtic supporters alone and one which does not involve any question of legality, nor does it require the scrutiny of the Parliament.
It would be unfortunate indeed if the public were left with the impression that the intention of the drafters of this Bill is to ensure that Scotland can ignore its anti-Catholic and anti-Irish problem by engineering parity of convictions between Celtic supporters and others and thereby rely on the dishonest ‘plague on both your houses’ approach which we have seen all to often.
I look forward to your reply.
Yours sincerely
Jeanette Findlay
Chair

I think that gives a fair enough although brief background to the issue. So far, I’m not aware of any reply from Ms Grahame. I will endeavour to find out and add it on to this post…

I went into Glasgow with some friends from Edinburgh and Ireland to either watch the last Celtic Vs  Huns game of last season on the box in a pub on the Gallowgate, or go to the match. It was all dependant on getting tickets for the game for us all. As it turned out the touting bastard was demanding far too much for the tickets – and he was a Celtic fan as well! – It’s cunts like that we want shot of and leave the Green Brigade lads alone. It’s the “put your head down we don’t want any bother” Tims we don’t need. Who needs enemies when you’ve got wankers like that in the stands? But that’s another matter and my views are well documented about it.

We ended up watching it in the Hoops Bar on the Gallowgate. I think we decided that it wasn’t worth just going to laugh at them again as I begin to feel a wee bit sorry for them. Then I give myself a metaphorical kick in the arse and I’m OK again – Back to doing the huddle and hating the Huns.

Anyway, After the game was over and the fans started to fill up the Gallowgate, we decanted from the Hoops Bar on the Gallowgate and tried several pubs, but as Celtic Park had decanted as well, most of the Celtic Support was on the Gallowgate and in the pubs and as usual they were all jumping and there was no room. There was a queue at the Brazen head, Gary Og was on I think and the queue was for the next on the bill. Or it was the other way around. I can’t mind surely. But the upshot was we found ourselves on the Gallowgate again but this time every pub was even fuller. We had blundered big time and it was my fault ‘cos I got us lost. I was just trying to make sure we didn’t end up on the wrong side of London Road ‘cos that would just be daft with just the three of us, colours or no. So by this time, I’m dying for a pish, or in proper Anglo, to urinate or empty my bladder. I’m walking down the Gallowgate and make the mistake of passing the Saracen Lane right next to the Sara Head pub and a fella goes up the next lane, Great Dovehill and relieves himself at the back gate of MA Sports. I then go up to follow suit but I’m wearing Jogging trousers without a zip on account of the dressing I have to wear on my leg (long story) which does not allow me to wear jeans for they are too tight. So I’m basically going to have to expose myself to do this and I’m having enough problems pishing at the best of times because I reckon I have a slight pishy infection. So I try standing at the other end of the gate from where my predecessor pished but on the same side obviously. I abandoned that idea as I felt it was too open. So I tried where he had pished. I could see his pish being absorbed by the dry dusty ground. But I couldn’t do it. It was far to open and that coupled with the time it would take me to do the pish meant it was not possible for me to attempt to emulate him. So I turn around to pick up my stick and indicate to my mates that I couldn’t do it. As I was turning round I noticed a blue gas guzzling people carrier come along Bell Street and stop and reverse and have a wee gander down Great Dovehill. I recognise in the driver street, one of Strathclyde’s finest. So I know they are gonna come down and ask me what I’m up to. No problem I thought, they’ll just do a pinks check on me and a quick search and I’m on my way.

The people carrier pulls up and I can’t remember who was driving, the big wanker with a boulder on his shoulder or the wee dumb blonde (not all blondes are dumb, just this one was) . But whatever, they jumped out Sweeney style and asked me

“Why was I pishing outside to the annoyance of others.”

“What others and I wasn’t pishing was I?” I said.

“Don’t call me a liar or you’ll get the nick right now” he promises. He gives me a final warning

“Well good! Then I’ll get a fucking pish then won’t I?”

After much arguing about whether he was lying while I was trying to get the subject on to the fact of whether I had done a pish or not. During which time I’m sure I got 3 final warnings that I would be lifted. I had even pointed out to him that the pish was dried into the dust and had clearly been done more than a few minutes ago. A fucking child could see that. I asked him to take a DNA sample from it if he was so sure of himself that it was my pish.

“What do you think I want to take a sample of your pish for?” he asks.

“To fucking prove it ya dick” “Gimme yer sample kit and I’ll dae it then”

That’s yer final warning” he repeats.

I say “Thank fuck, for I’ll get a fucking pish then. Yer no getting it are ye. I want ye tae fucking lift me” Then the daft bint pipes up

“What are you doing all the way from Motherwell in here?” they had been taking my details between our arguing.

I says “What’s it fucking look like?” pointing out my dress. Free State Training Jacket and Celtic top, Hoops an’ all.

“No need to be cheeky, I was only making conversation” she blubbers.

I said “No you were not. You were implying I was in here up to no good.” “If I said to you, when did you get yer facelift? Would you consider that just making conversation?” I continue “Respect is earned hen. It’s not dished out on plate in the copshop canteen”

As I was giving her my details, I thought I might check out the guy cop. Half caste, but there was nothing wrong with that and has no relevance. So I’m looking him square in the eye. I notice he must about 6 foot. I’m 5’8″ and he was a few inches the better of me. So I’m eyeballing him. After about 10 seconds of a staring match he says

“Don’t look at me like that”

“Don’t look at you like whit!?” I demand.

“Like you’ve been hard done too”

“I fucking have!” Another final warning. “Full of promises you are aren’t you?”

I could swear I saw just a bit of steam coming from his ears. He or she’s writing out the ticket and he’s trying to figure out what street we’re on. So he just says “The Gallowgate” and shrugs his shoulders. I guess his partner agrees but I don’t know because I’m still staring right through him. This is when I know they are making a blunder or are not taking this seriously and just want to get to fuck away from me. Cos it was on Great Dovehill which runs parallel to Saracen Lane. So they are trying to say they seen me pishing in the street, The Gallowgate no less, after a Celtic Rankers Derby, from the Junction of Bell Street and Great Dovehill. They must have x-ray vision and x10 (at least) optical zoom binoculars. There was no court in the land would convict on the say so of these two idiots. I wish I could have read their names but Robocop was illiterate and his writing was illegible. All I could glean from the ticket was they were from London Road Copshop. So if yer reading this ya pair of pricks. Yer a pair of pricks.

I eventually got a pish when I got to Motherwell Rail Station. Argyle street, predictably, never had facilities. The cunts did meet their goal. They ruined my day out. There was no way I was paying that £40 penalty. Even if it was 40p. Everyone told me, “Just pay it, it’s only £40” but anyone that knows me, knows I’m a stubborn bastard when I know I’m in the right.

Image of where Polis tried to extort money from the me

Picture of locus courtesy of Google Earth

And the letter I got from Pitt Street after I sent the ticket back saying not guilty.

letter withdrawing anti social behaviour ticket

Don’t pay it. Demand your day in court. That will soon put a stop them dishing them out.

I’ve defended myself successfully in court for refusing to pay spot fines. You only encourage them by paying them. Don’t pay. You deserve justice and your day in court. Most times they don’t even bother taking it to court. If you ever need advice on what to do when these cunts try this shite with you, just contact me and I’ll help you as much as I can. I’ll even appear on your behalf. They will not give legal aid because there is no chance of you going to jail if found guilty. That’s why I’ve been forced to act for myself in court. But I have never lost. And as I say I have never paid a spot fine in my life apart from one occasion when I didn’t want my other half to know where I was with her motor one day. Plus I was bang to rights anyway.

I’m not kidding. The more people who stand up and say no to spot fines and refuse to pay, the sooner they will stop this form of extorting money from those of us who can least afford it. It cost’s them money for  a PF, a court clerk, a fat polis, a justice of the peace and court time if you demand your day in court. For £40 or £60 or whatever it is, it’s just economic sense to just drop it. And if you are innocent, which you are, as they are asking you to pay a fine without any admission of guilt, then fight them in court. Or at least be ready to. Most likely they will withdraw the complaint. But as I say, if you are in any doubt, don’t hesitate to contact me and I will do anything to help. No charge. No expenses. I just want to beat the bastards at their own game. This offer is for anyone no matter your race, creed or background.

The labour party were cock-a-hoop after an 11th hour comeback saved them at least some face after staring an SNP “tsunami” (Johann Lamont’s word, not mine) in the face. Labour were celebrating the fact that a poor turn out and STV Confusion allowed them to avoid SNP minority party victories in Glasgow, Edinburgh and North Lanarkshire. SNP still increased their lead in council seats held country-wide by 2 more than Labour increased theirs. Disaffected Limp Dem and Toxic Tory slumps in votes explained, it was claimed, how the SNP and Labour managed to increase their votes so much. Lamont claimed that,

Right across the United Kingdom, Labour has been supported to stand up for people in these very tough times.

It’s a fantastic result, we’ve now got a really important job to do, which is to make sure that government at every level governs in the interests of those who are the most vulnerable, and those who are worried about their jobs and their services. And that’s a great day for us, more importantly it is about protecting people, fighting for their priorities too.

Only problem with that line old dear is that Labour has proven itself as a party that will do the opposite of that. They have never governed in the interests of the vulnerable since it stopped being the Labour party in the mid ’80s. And since 1998, when they brought in the National Minimum Wage Act, they have taken off their sheep’s clothing and removed all pretence of even being a social democracy party of any kind and openly became the party of big business. It is their interests, corporate interests, that the Labour party looks after. The Toxic Tories and Limp Dems have shared the same bed already and so confirmed what I already knew about the Limps, even before their pretence at taking a principled stand when the SNP formed a minority Government in Scotland, the term before this present one. The fact that the SNP has proven itself as a party of Government and not a single issue party, is shown by it’s continued growth in votes across the board in local and national elections.

In North Lanarkshire, the Labour Party hung on to a majority control over us. They had all guns blazing though to achieve this. Including in Sam Love’s ward at least, paying drug addicts £10 to quickly put up “Vote Scottish Labour” posters on the street lamps. They were also offering them £10 to put leaflets through the doors of Craigneuk and surrounding areas. My source said “fuck that” or words to that affect and took his quickly earned tenner and went off with it. However, the rest mostly took on the bribe. Then of course the Labour machine was busy transporting voters to the polling stations on the day and giving them instructions on how to vote under the STV system. “Labour 1st choice candidate No. 1, Labour 2nd choice candidate No. 2, and Labour 3rd choice candidate No. 3.”

Labour were late putting their lamppost flyers up, I noticed that the SNP ones were up, put up by party activists and volunteers, about a week before Labour’s went up. Labour’s are still there waiting to be taken down. The SNP volunteers have already removed theirs. I wonder if the Labour controlled Council will remove the Labour flyers or will the Labour party attempt to round-up some addicts to do it for them. The depths the labour party and all the unionist parties will stoop to, that go way beyond realpolitik, and takes it to a completely new level that requires a new word to describe is, well, indescribable.

From BBC.

Two men who sent suspect packages to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two high-profile fans of the club have each been jailed for five years.

Trevor Muirhead, 44, and Neil McKenzie, 42, from North Ayrshire, sent devices they believed were capable of exploding and causing injury…

In every report from the media these idiots have been painted as just two dafties or in there own words a couple of “hillbillies”. That the devices they sent were not going to go off. So by the same logic, if I go into a bank and hold it up with a replica gun, then it wouldn’t be treated as armed robbery? On top of that, if I believed the gun to be real and loaded with real bullets, I would be treated as just a poor misled fool? That’s not even the most outrageous outcome of this case. What has shown Scotland up to be an institutionalised Anti-Irish Racist province of Britain, is the media reporting of the case. The devices sent to Cairde Na hÉireann’s office on the Gallowgate has hardly been reported at all and, only when it has been, it has been as an afterthought. This is clearly a racially motivated hate crime. It should have been treated as such and the that part of the charges should never have been dropped. If the Procurator Fiscal fails to appeal this verdict and sentence on these grounds, then it too will have shown itself up to be complicit in this endemic racism.

Football is not sectarian. It is Anti-Irish Racist and has been since 1875 when Hibs came on to the scene but when the Glasgow Club set up to put food on the tables of the poor of Glasgow, the establishment did not like it one bit and they needed a team to beat the new upstarts. That onus fell on Rangers and the football authorities did everything they could to help the establishment team, Rangers, to beat the taigs and everything they could do to hinder Celtic. It was Hibs that pioneered the way, and Celtic have a lot to be grateful to them, for being even allowed to play in the League as it was then. When Celtic won 6 league championships in a row, the pressure on the establishment team intensified and when Celtic won 9 in a row and the most coveted Cup in club football, the European Cup, the pressure on Rangers intensified.

When David Murray came on the scene and Graeme Souness revolutionised football in Scotland, it has now come to light that they were able to buy their success by dodging the tax-man and so Rangers title’s since Murray’s stewardship have been tainted. That is if you go by the same nonsense that Celtic’s Title this year, is tainted as some bigots insist, even though Celtic will win by at least 20 points, 10 more than were deducted from Rangers anyway.

The media in any country is the key to general opinion in that country. Control the media, then you control public opinion. It’s quite obvious from our fourth estate that they are Anti-Irish Racist. It is them that drives opinion in this province. It is them that mould Scottish society and it’s been moulded into a hateful Anti-Irish racist society.

http://blogs.dailyrecord.co.uk/joanmcalpine/2012/03/25000-apprenticeships-have-us-powering-a.html

25,000 apprenticeships have us powering ahead

By Joan McAlpine on Mar 27, 12 08:00 AM in

THERE are 25,000 reasons to be optimistic about Scotland’s future. That’s the number of modern apprenticeships started this year.

And the great thing about modern apprenticeships in Scotland – unlike down south – is that every single one is linked to a real job.

With youth unemployment at unacceptable levels and London policies hammering the economy, we need to do everything we can to give the next generation the best start.

That means using the resources and talent we have so much of.

Scotland has a quarter of Europe’s tidal energy and the same amount of offshore wind. That’s a lot of clean power – much more than we need.

Scotland can export this electricity to England and Europe and ensure an income stream for decades to come.

That’s on top of a staggering £1trillion worth of oil and gas left in the North Sea, enough to last another 40 years or more.

But, of course, it’s the human face of these figures that’s most important.

THAT MEANS JOBS.

We got a glimpse of tomorrow, last week at Nigg.

The site has one of the world’s largest drydocks.

It boomed in the early days of North Sea oil. Now it rises again thanks to its new owners, Global Energy.

This weekend, as the Tories gathered in Troon for two days of attacks on Scotland’s SNP government – Alex Salmond was in Nigg launching a skills academy, established with more than £900,000 of public money.

The academy will start 290 modern apprenticeships in its first year.

By 2015 it will have trained 3000 people, including engineers, operators, riggers, technicians and all the skills needed in the energy sector.

It came as another renewables giant, Gamesa, chose the Port of Leith as the preferred location for their manufacture of offshore wind turbines.

That represents a £150million investment in Scotland.

But it’s just a small slice of what’s going on.

The SNP want every council to have a skills academy like the one in Nigg.

Soon we will have a modern apprenticeship for wind turbine technicians – being developed at Carnegie College in Fife.

In Glasgow, Anniesland College will launch an academy for welders and other steel trades working in renewables – backed by the Scottish Government and Steel Engineering, a Clydeside company founded in 1932.

They lived through the boom years of shipbuilding.

Now they are creating the massive underwater structures that will carry windmills the size of skyscrapers.

This is what we mean by the re-industrialisation of Scotland. And it’s happening right now.

Now if people would simply judge the SNP on it’s record overall (yes, they’ve made the odd mistake. Who hasn’t) Then what is there to fear from independence? A loyalist told me the other day that there would be civil war, citing other countries that have won their independence followed by a civil war. The simple fact is that this is the same scaremongering that unionist parties have spouted for decades. They forget one vital point. We would be winning independence democratically with the support of the people. They  will not be voting for civil war, they will be voting for the right to run our own affairs. To paraphrase Burns “may Scotland’s wrangs be righted by Scottish hands” except he was talking about British wrangs when Britain was at war with France. He was wrong then, but in 2012, it works for Scotland.

Yes it’s that time of year again when poppygate rears its ugly head and poppygate fascists like poppyscotland attempt to impose upon us British war propaganda and the recruitment machine culminates in what once was remembrance Sunday.

Lets get something clear. The poppy and remembrance Sunday is nothing to do with remembering the dead of all wars and all sides. It is to do with glorifying British dead soldiers. At the time remembrance Sunday began, the remembrance they were meaning was remembering the dead of enemies of Ireland, as Ireland was at a state of war with Britain.  I have no problem with British remembering their war dead but I do have a problem with them inflicting it on the rest of us who for whatever reason may not want to take part in their ceremonies and morbid celebration of war. There is no day for remembering what they call collateral damage – innocent civilians – who have been affected by a war not of their doing and haven’t sought to play a part in it. Poppy Scotland is a registered charity that raises money for the soldiers of war and their families. They do not give any thought or even recognition that the main victims of war are not soldiers but innocent civilians. Who is speaking for them?

Another problem is that the national question has not yet been resolved in Ireland and until it has been then we should have nothing to do with remembrance days for Black and Tans or any other British soldier that has served in the last 800 years. I don’t care if they supported Celtic or if they supported Hibs, Hearts or Motherwell. Who they supported or even played for does not come into it. Personally, I remember my British relatives and all who died, from whatever nation, in the Great Wars my own  way and I will not have some pipsqueak Poppy Fascist telling me how to do it. I also remember my relatives and fellow Irish and Scots/Irish who died and sacrificed so much to win Ireland’s freedom which is still a Work in Progress. Although I support peaceful political means to meet that end, I can’t rule out supporting the killing of more British Soldiers if they ever again make war on my ethnic family again.  Ireland’s 26 county republic is not what our dead died for so I can’t support the spilling of more blood for that. Even if it was a 32 county Republic, it’s still far from what they envisaged if the 26 County one we have now is any example to go by. It is only a 32 county Democratic Socialist Republic that I would support even working towards never mind spilling blood for.

Another two things that have not been reconciled and remain an obstacle to Scots/Irish from taking part in any ritual to honour dead British Soldiers is;

1. The Ballymurphy Massacre, when the same British para regiment that committed the bloody Sunday atrocity, go unpunished or at the very least, the atrocity goes unrecognised by the British Government. Until put to bed in the form of recognition and an apology. Irishmen or Scots/Irish should NOT be forced to take part in any ritual honouring these murderers. Even if or when they do recognise the Ballymurphy Massacre, no Irishman woman or Scots/Irish man or woman can be forced to take part in the honouring of British soldiers. I don’t see Israel having a remembrance day for German Soldiers killed in the war and I wouldn’t expect them to. Same rules apply. It would be nice to see and it would be nice for us to mourn but not honour Britain’s war dead – relatives or not. I have relatives that have died in the British Army but I don’t feel compelled to honour them while the Ballymurphy Massacre sits there, unrecognised, like a stinking pile of steaming warm shite that I just can’t see past. Get it sorted out.

2. An Gorta Mór or the Great Hunger. Better known as the Irish Potato Famine. If one didn’t know better, one would think that Irishmen and woman are a different species from humans and can only live on potatoes alone. Well as an oft quoted man in history who was supposed to have lived around 2000 or so years ago was supposed to have said “Man can not live on bread alone” Well the same goes for potatoes. Irish people starved while the best quality foodstuffs left the ports of Ireland bound for Britain’s western ports and Europe’s more accessible ports. There was a potato blight in Scotland too. But it was not to have such a destructive force upon the highland Scots as it was to have on the Irish. 1 million people died during An Drochshaol and around the same emigrated. It’s actually hard to say for those assumed to have emigrated may well have died without reaching their destination on the coffin ships that resembled the slave ships. This was in the years from 1845-52. A very clever form of ethnic cleansing that even highland Scots were a victim of. Unless they took the soup. The phrase “Took the Soup” comes from the An Gorta Mór days when protestant churches offered plates of rare nourishment in the form of soup if those that took it would sit through the Sunday Service with the Protestant church. More evidence of ethnic cleansing on the fly. I’m proud to say that not many “took the soup” and to this day the phrase means to compromise your beliefs and self-respect to make life easier for yourself. That’s why it pains me when I see Scots/Irish and Irish taking part in anything to do with the poppy. To me they are “taking the Soup”

Today I read in the Metro that there was a FIFA ban on poppies being on the national football strips at international matches. I also read that the SFA said that they thought it would be far more fitting to simply wear it on the track suit as the national anthems were being played by the bands or over the tannoy. For once, Sepp Blatter was spot on. It’s shameful that even he can see the logic while our own bigots effect deep offence at the thought of ignoring outside influences and getting on with the game. He said that “Football must keep it’s neutrality”. If the SFA could compromise then why didn’t the SPL last season? Were they bullied by the Poppy Scotland Fascists into the ridiculous step to sew on poppies to ALL their clubs jerseys? Did they take the soup and sell the jerseys or did Celtic make it easier for them and offer up the jerseys for nowt? With the war criminal gone, (John Reid) will he have taken his politics with him (picking it up at the door where he said he would leave it) and will Celtic have any backbone that Reid, love or hate like I hate him, gave Celtic in their dealings with the SPL and the SFA . You see that’s how I know Reid was behind the poppygate scandal, the bastard sat back like Pontius Pilate and washed his hands of it by saying it was nothing to do with him, it was an SPL thing. So anyway, we avoid poppygate this year courtesy of the Scottish International with Cyprus.

So what if the Internationals weren’t on to save everyone the embarrassment of Poppygate? What should Celtic supporters do to express their opposition to the Poppy Fascists. I don’t presume to speak for Celtic supporters. In fact, shame on them, I am in the minority, I suspect. If only they would open their eyes a little. It’s the middle class prawn sandwich mob of the Celtic support I am addressing. Lets take it as a given that they are not blind and have grown the sense to be on board with me about Poppygate. I am also speaking to the working class and the middle class supporters that are already in agreement with me. I say their protest should be silent and dignified. In three weeks time, it will be near St Andrew’s Day. The Green Brigade and the Talfanzine have been at the forefront of anti-racism along with Celts Against Fascism. These are the kind of supporters who are a credit to the club. It’s these supporters who are the main if not the only reason I am a Celtic fan today. Together, and there is/was a lot of cross membership, they represented what I thought was good about the club. I did not choose to be a Celtic fan, Celtic ‘s fan base that was made up mostly of these types of people made me a natural Celtic supporter. How could I not support a club that had men like these among their ranks. Also the wider Celtic family chose me. They didn’t know it and they probably wish they hadn’t. They are truly the best supporters in the world and it is they who drew me to the club. Anyway, back to the question. What should we best do as Celtic supporters in the face of another Poppygate like the seasons that have gone before, after Mr Reid arrived with his politics left at the door. Celtic supporters should have a Saltire day on St Andrews day with, an anti Racism theme, when everyone brings in their Saltire and wave it instead of the usual flags. This will emphasise that we are a Scottish Club with Irish roots.

We should wait and see what Celtic PLC do for that year’s British recruitment drive but anticipate possible scenarios and have in place the proper response. If they take part in the British Army recruitment drive, then we should protest by leaving the stadium if they adorn the strip with the poppy and if we have foreknowledge of their intentions and they are as we fear, then we should simply not go in. Protest outside and then a few weeks later have a Saltire Anti-Racism Day to coincide with St Andrew’s day so that no one can throw the plastic paddy usual bullshit at us.

That would drive home the message that we are against wars of adventurism such as the 1st World war “to end all wars” supposedly, and for the “rights of small nations to be free”. What about that wee nation just to the west of you Britain you hypocritical bastards? Or Afghanistan for that matter? Wars such as the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan are all wars of imperialist adventurism and served no purpose other than to lead to slaughter, like lambs, working class Scottish youth. Did you know that Britain or America has been in a state of war with someone in every decade since the war to end wars. In fact they go further back. Ask yourself – can you find a decade in which the Americans or the British have NOT been in a state of war or “conflict” in say the last 1 no 2 no try 3 hundred years. Also these wars of imperialism are about greed, whether it’s the military industrial complex, or simply oil. But Afghanistan hasn’t got any oil I hear you say. No but it has the means to deliver oil to the west. Also it has a multi million pound narcotics industry that needs protecting. Why else are American and British troops protecting the poppy fields instead of burning them. Why are they not encouraging farmers to grow pomegranates which thrive in a climate such as Afghanistan. What the fuck is he on about Pomegranates for now, what are they gonna do for the Afghan economy? Well they are a lot cheaper to grow and harvest and stick on the supermarket shelf. You can stick in big letters on the minimal wrapping “Most definitely not grown in Zionist Israel so it’s OK to buy them!” Of course they are only an example of what can be grown. Fruit and Veg to rival the quality of Turkey’s and Persia’s can be grown there and they can demand high prices for them, for the fruit grown in Afghanistan will be of equal quality because of the climate. They have been protecting the drugs industry and the United Fruit Company interests in South America for decades. Now they are doing the same with heroin and Oil in Afghanistan.  The Nazi Germans in the war had to fall back on heroin substitute, methadone, in the 2nd world war. The Americans and British are making sure they do not need the substitute now that they have 90% of the world’s narcotics in their sphere of influence.  Ask yourself this – If they have control of 90% of the narcotics in the world, why then has the supply not dropped, but it has increased and cut down in potency and purity to make more profits? Who is profiting? Why are they allowed to profit if the British and Americans have control over it. They only answer is that junkies in America and Britain are paying for the war so the oil barons don’t have to. It’s the only conceivable answer. This whole thing keeps working class youths in America and Britain dependent on the Governments for their fix. They become apathetic and never question the motives of their respective governments. This is not some conspiraloon shite, the numbers don’t lie. If I’m wrong then I must be brought before the courts for libel. But they won’t do that because they wont stand up to scrutiny.

That’s what these wars are all about. Oil and drugs, the most expensive minerals outside silver and gold which they have bought up anyway to inflate the prices.

Did you know the South African Government during apartheid, I don’t know about now, held back the diamond stock simply to impress the rarity and so could inflate the prices of Diamonds. Other gemstones are far more rare than diamonds. Diamonds were only given the appearance of rarity to  increase their prices. OPEC does it with oil and the Americans don’t like it one bit because they had no control over it. Now they have control over more than 45% of the world’s oil. They are trying to get, with this pipeline through Afghanistan, control over the supply of 75% of the world’s oil. They do that by offering working class kids in America and Britain a way out of the drugs cycle. Join the Army, be cool, see the world and shag loads of woman, or men or camels, whatever takes your fancy. You can even rape them if you want. We’ll just turn a Nelson’s. Just go out there and shoot loads of people. It’s the American way and Winston would want it that way.

What they don’t tell them is that they will stand a good chance of losing some limbs due to IED ambushes, for Afghanistan is great country for ambushing invading troops. Just ask the Russians. But every year a few months after armed forces day when the British soldier is held up as a super hero who chose to defend his country against the invading hordes of Islam. The Glorification of that shite is given a further nudge by Armistice Day and in between, our television sets are covered with Armed Forces promotional adverts that, clearly hide the truth from the simple 16-17 year old working class kids. Fight for your country and be a hero. It’s no better than the Islamist videos exhorting young Muslims to become martyrs for Allah. They will be repaid in paradise. I’d like to see their faces when there is no paradise but only death for one who takes an innocent life in any name. Same goes for British soldiers, I’ve looked down the business end of the British Rifle being held by a British soldier many times from the age of 8. I can not and will not support any movement that encourages that kind of behaviour from British soldiers. I don’t care if most of them are all right, and my mates sister is getting married to one. I can only wish them a horrible day until they come home and get their heads fixed. I’d be grateful if they didn’t beat their wives went they got drunk or pished on their bed sit fellow ‘s shoes in the middle of the night because they are incontinent. Oh and leave out the war stories ‘cos they bore the tights off me. “I lost friends in Crossmaglen”, ” Well that was fucking careless”.

I’m sorry, I’m making light of a very serious problem that doesn’t get spoke about in the armed Forces Day to Armistice Day recruitment drive by the armed forces.  Post – Traumatic – Stress – Syndrome. They don’t tell you about this in their glossy magazines in the recruitment office waiting room. They don’t mention it in the adverts. They don’t really have anyone telling them they might become bed-wetters by the time the Army’s finished with them. And that’s ones’ that haven’t seen any combat yet! Don’t be fooled either by the myth that soldiers aren’t taken care of by the Government. They get a nice pension, excellent job prospects on Civvy street for what employer is not going to give an ex squaddie a chance. Problem is though that they will invariably fuck it up and leave the misguided employer with egg on his face for employing a man who has been broken down and turned into a human being, bordering on sociopathic. He or she may not be as far gone as that but serious mental health issues are almost definitely a by-product of what the British army has done to the person. It just not possible for someone to go into the Army and come out as a normal rational human being. Most cases are walking time bombs. This not from some anecdotal evidence or some uni research. This is just my own personal experience of dealing with and interacting with ex-squaddies. They are just not right in the head. Simple.

It is not for us to clean up the MOD’s mess. Nor should it be left for a war-chest masquerading as a charity. The poppy fascists should not be foisting upon anyone to give in to this farce. The MOD should get the money from the drugs and Oil barons it’s fighting it’s dirty wars of adventurism for to contribute to trying to fix their mistakes they have made with our fellow working class citizens. Another thing… Working class recruits almost never enter the army at officer level but the upper class almost always do. I often wondered why a Scottish Regiment was nearly always led by an English accented officer. That’s the reason. Class, Class, Class. The noblest class, the working class will get shat upon from a great height in the armed forces and never seem to know it. In fact they seem happy to be shat on. It beggars belief. In a normal society this would not be put up with by anyone, never mind someone who is risking his very life to appease the Army Hierarchy.

Not in my fucking name. Simple as that. If you want to go on a National Lampoons Holiday don’t insult my intelligence by pretending you are doing it to protect me in any way. You are only upholding and reinforcing the Status Quo which is not what I want and I’ll have no part in it. The Status Quo being the class system in Britain that hasn’t gone away. Yes the lines between working class and middle class have become blurred. But they are still there and they are discernible. You are middle class when you work as a civil servant such as a police officer, soldier or anyone in the criminal justice system. You are middle class when you work for most employment department jobs in the DWP and the Job Centre. You can still hold a position in that field and be working class if you apply your efforts to helping the client get back to work or not hinder their return to work by issuing sanctions for silly mistakes that only serve to keep a person’s morale down and thus hinder their return to work. You are middle class if you are a boss of someone whether it be middle management or even a lowly foreman. Basically if you hold the power to withhold someone’s income and if you do the business owners’ bidding and not represent the worker’s interests. You are middle class if you own a business and employ someone. You are working class if you depend upon someone for your income, if your liberty or livelihood is at the whim of another. I hope that clears that up for you. Whether you own your own home has no bearing on your class as it once did. Maggie Thatcher tried to give people the illusion of being middle class by selling off the council house stock and giving working class people affordable housing to own. She just gave them a mortgage and then put them on the dole to have their homes taken away from them. Well done Maggie. We’re still picking up after you ya fucking cow.

So anyway, to summarise.  If you are a soldier, you are no longer working class Jim from Wishaw. You are an upholder of the British class system and deserve everything you get. We’ll pick you up again once they have finished with you and try and fix you. But I hear soldiers bragging about where they’ve been and sunbathing on beaches around the world. Don’t tell me you need me to support you more by supporting the Poppy Fascists. I’ll remember all our dead, combatant or not on November the 1st all souls day. I’ll remember our republican dead at Easter. I’ll remember all soldiers, including Brits, on a non-British day foisted upon us by PoppyScotland Fascists. I’ll remember them on May 5th when a man gave up his life for his fellow-man, no greater love has this, than to give up your life for your fellow-man.

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