A Play dedicated to all the men and woman who took part in the Hunger Strikes, the Blanket and No wash protests.
Starring – Brian Milligan
Directed by – Alison McCrudden
Music by Joe Kelly, Noël Barr and Tomas Taylor.
Technicians – Pat Gregory, Francis McCarton and Peter Hughes.
Producers – Paddy A and Gerard Fleming.

 

 

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.

This is the most important Westminster election since 1979. We do not want a repeat of that. For all that I despise the Labour party, Jack McConnell and Frank Roy in particular, we must not be fooled into voting the Tories by their scaremongering about a hung parliament. The more they argue against a hung parliament, the more I feel we need one. “A strong Government we need” they say. So they can attack countries who have the misfortune of having our oil beneath their sand? So they can take from the poor and give to the rich? So they continue Nu Labour’s policies but with more gusto and with more dire consequences? So they can expand Trident or worse, replace it with a more devastating and costly alternative. We don’t need the bloody things, a fool can see that.

But I don’t need to remind Scottish voters of what damage the Tories will do. It takes a lot to erase the memory of what that party done to Scotland and Ireland in the 80’s. People still remember Cromwell over 350 years later. They still remember The Butcher’s Apron that Marshal Wade and the Duke of Cumberland marched under as they butchered wounded Highlanders after the Battle of Culloden and then moved through the countryside murdering any Scot, young or old, who they believed had favoured the Jacobite cause.

Well apparently I do, The Unionists who think we should wrap ourselves in the Butcher’s Apron and be proud to be North Brits need reminding and those that follow and support them. Although I will be arguing that Scots vote SNP in the Westminster Election, I do so because I feel they offer the best opportunity to represent Scottish needs more than anyone else at this time.

Labour men tell us of the dangers of Nationalism. I know full well of the dangers. But Scottish Nationalism is not the same as British Nationalism, French Nationalism, German, American, Israeli or any other Nationalism that has its own nation. Nationalism without a nation is National Liberation. This article explains it better and has some great photos. Like Basque Nationalism, Corsican Nationalism and other Nationalist Freedom movements, Scottish Nationalism has a progressive socialist colour to it. I would like nothing better than a pan Celtic/British Isles Socialist Republic but it’s not going to happen. English people are different from us. They vote differently, they speak differently, they have a completely different culture to us. They have different needs and desires. Fair play to them and good luck to them. I have nothing against them and I don’t really believe they have anything against us. I am of course generalising here. But there is no way we are going to get social reform under a Westminster government, it is as simple as that. Devolution has shown that we can produce those social reforms through free care for the elderly, Free Prescriptions for all, though not yet implemented, it will be soon, we have at least reduced the cost of prescriptions and extended free prescriptions to those that need it most. This among many social improvements for Scots introduced by the current administration at Holyrood, despite being a minority government proves some very important points, mainly that we can run our own affairs far better than Westminster and that hung parliaments can work. Yes I feel it would have been better if the SNP had a clear majority but despite the fact they have had to compromise to get policies through, they have managed to do more for Scotland in less than one term than the Limp Dems and Labour managed in 13 years.

There is nothing to fear from Independence bur fear itself. Labour want you to be scared. They need your vote to stay in power. But what thanks will they give you? More Thatcherite policies, that’s what. Make no mistake, the Labour Party of 2010 bears no resemblance to the Party of Keir Hardie. The Labour party was a movement run from the grass-roots. Now it is run from the top down. Is there anyone out there that can deny that? They have become more  and  more like the Tories to such an extent that the Tories have no policies of their own, Labour has stolen them all. More importantly, they have stolen their Ideology and Identity.

The Tories are left to try to change their image to make them look more cuddly. More environment friendly. More palatable to middle England. That is where the battle ground is between these two chameleons. I beg the people of Scotland to let them battle it out. I beg those in  England to vote for the Lib Dems. Again it is only fear itself you have to be scared of.

As I have shown, the Labour Party members think nothing of brushing off their constituents with blatant lies. I found out Frank Roy, my own MWP (Member of Westminster Parliament) lying on record. I published the evidence in this very blog. I also noted that he would be proud to represent the Labour Party, rather than, I suppose than representing his constituents.

Lets not be naïve in Scotland either. Over the years since devolution we have become more savvy when it comes to tactical voting. I don’t believe for one minute that a vote for the SNP is a vote for Independence. It’s a vote for a better deal for Scotland in Westminster, that pit of snakes that needs another 20 SNP, Plaid Cymru, and Independents to shake those bastards up and force them to actually earn their wages.

Be Sensible, In Scotland Vote SNP, in England Vote Lib Dems. It will probably be the most important thing you do in your life. For generations to come, people will judge this generation for the choice we made this polling day. If we fail them like the “I’m all right Jack” mob did when they voted in that nasty bitch Thatcher, our kids will never forgive us. And rightly so.

Some passengers who take the decision to fly in the safety of planes leaving from Heathrow and Manchester airports will be required to go through a virtual body scan.  The Scan, women and gentlemen, does not show naked pictures of travellers going through the scan, they merely give a virtual scan of a naked body and by that I mean an outline. But arseholes are up in arms about it and now that they have lost the privacy argument on the grounds that shoe bombers do not have the right to privacy, they are trying the child indecency argument for young men and woman under the age of 18.

Sinon Davies, director of Privacy International, who have sworn to take legal action against the government, claiming that images of under 18s taken using the £80,000 machines breach child indecency laws.

The government appears, on a whim, to have determined in advance what is and what isn’t indecent, rather than (sic) let the courts decide. This whole policy just screams illegality, from it’s (sic) first to it’s (sic) last word.

So he tells us. Why then does he not wait until the courts do decide? Is it perhaps because the courts, after looking at the evidence, will throw the case in the wastepaper basket where it belongs. Not only is he advocating long haul travel on a whim but he plans to try to create a forest worth of paper work on a frivolous legal action. Children, adults, and law-abiding citizens are under no threat from theses scanning devices, the only people who need worry are drug smugglers, would be terrorists and people looking to take a few bags of smack, coke, hash or otherwise illegal substances on holiday with them or indeed back home from holiday. I have no sympathy for them.

Those who will benefit will be those who have metal plates or other surgical metallic implants or artificial limbs or joints. Wheelchair bound people will obviously benefit, all of them safe in the knowledge that  fucking idiots will find it harder to try to bring down a plane or peddle even more drugs  on our working class housing estates.

My illustrious MP has finally favoured me with a response though it only reached me today. Funnily enough, it was dated 22nd of December, a day after I emailed a reminder with a link to the last Blog entry. It was concise, I’ll give him that.

Dear Rebel Rambler,

Thank you for your email of 13th December.

I would like to clarify to you that had I been able to as a backbench MP, I would not have signed EDM 83.

I believe that the Royal Household should be exempt from Freedom of Information requests where those requests relate to communications between the Monarch and Government Ministers. I also believe that there should remain exemptions relating to any private and personal aspects of any member of the royal families life, just as there are exemptions for every member of the public in that respect.

In relation to the Civil list, I can confirm that I will support the decisions reached by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on payment levels.

I trust this clarifies my position.

Yours sincerely,

Frank Roy MP

So basically this one time chanter of rebel songs, like John Reid, has re-invented himself as a rabid royalist for monarchy’s  sake. It does not matter that his constituents are being asked to tighten their belts and take pay cuts. He cares not a jot that his constituents do NOT have exemptions relating to private lobbying of government ministers as his party intends to give to the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family. Nor do they have their income protected by law in such a way that Parliament can’t reduce their Civil List payment and can only increase it. Guess what they are doing this year. Yes that’s right, they are increasing it, at the same time that cold weather payments are being denied to the poorest and most needy in our communities, up and down this bastard UK, on the flimsiest of excuses and by using technicalities to avoid payments that are due to the most deserving cases. Will this monkey cunt lose sleep over that? No will he fuck.

Well I am going to take up brother Francis’ (He was in the AOH) challenge and make it my mission that he does not take the Motherwell and Wishaw seat. I don’t yet know how I’m going to do it but I’m going to give it my best fucking shot so as the old adage goes, “where there’s muck there’s brass,” it is also true that where there is brass there will almost certainly be muck and I intend to find it. This tosser can’t go around acting like a cunt all his life without leaving evidence somewhere.

So game on Frankie boy.