Catching up

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I’ve realised it’s been over a week since my last post (no need to cheer) life seems to have got in the way recently, my sleep patterns and moods swings have been horrific and I’ve been – I hope successfully – keeping the “psycho bitch” part of me under control.

It’s not like there hasn’t been enough stuff to write about. Less than 2 weeks to go to the Holyrood Elections although the media coverage has been dull and repetitive with everything UK wide focused on the EU referendum – anyone else feeling a strong sense of déjà vu?

The only real highlight has been the BBC’s – yes, really! – interviews by Gary Tank Commander, in particular Kezia’s. It is fantastic, she comes across better in that than in anything else I have ever seen her in. I feel it shows how much of her is controlled by the Labour machine as so often it seems as if she is reading from a script and one that she doesn’t really believe in.

What next? The whole second vote thing on social media is REALLY doing my head in. Tactical voting is impossible to work out, vote for the party whose policies you agree with. Then at least if it doesn’t work out exactly the way you wanted you know you voted for something. At the risk of repeating myself again, it is better if activists try to convince voters of the positives of their party’s policies rather than all the negative carping we have seen.

I like the current voting system – once I understood how it works – and yes it does means the unionists get seats they wouldn’t have if we used FPTP, but living in a democracy means EVERYONE should be represented and not just those we agree with. That’s the Scotland I think is worth living in even if it means we take a longer route to get where we are aiming for.

On a plus note I cannot stress enough how much I love the plan to universally introduce the Finnish baby box to Scotland. It’s not something I will be receiving but I know I would have been grateful when my daughter was born for something practical like this. It feels like a symbol that your child is welcomed and not a drain on society. At a time when the skivers- strivers narrative seems to have taken over this feels like a step back in the right direction.

So what else, while I’m feeling opinionated?

The bloody  House of Lords and the LibDems, I know that in some cases the HoL have slowed down the stupidity from this government, but you cannot dispute it is stuffed full of cronies. Adding to this anachronism we still have 92 hereditary Lords – another hangover from incomplete reform undertaken by Labour.

One of these, Lord Avebury died recently, a man opposed to the principle of hereditary peers who tabled an an amendment in 2008 to eliminate the positions after each peer’s death. You would think that with it termed “hereditary” his son would take his seat – not that he wanted it – but no, that’s far to simple a system for Westminster.

So, how was this Lord replaced? Obviously we don’t want a reduction – sarcasm.  He was a LibDem Lord, so only existing hereditary Lib Dem Lords could vote – all 3 of them. Yup three – not what you would call a representative electorate. There were 7 candidates and the successful one was John Thurso  who lost his seat as MP of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross last year. He was elected unanimously despite not managing to provide the 75 word statement required of candidates.

He should fit in nicely as he is used to hereditary positions being the 5th generation in his family to represent Caithness as MP, and don’t worry that he has been sat around twiddling his thumbs in the interim he  was appointed chair of VisitScotland.

If that wasn’t enough farcical privilege this week, we’ve also had a royal birthday.  I am so grateful I don’t watch the BBC, the tiny level of sycophancy I did experience this week was nauseating.  So a woman born into a life of privileged has reached 90 – whoop de do. Both of my grandmothers have done the same and they both worked bloody hard. I cannot see how we can even pretend to be working towards an equal society with a monarchy and aristocracy in place.

This monarchy which interferes in the democratic running of the country is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act –  the exemption brought about once it was discovered just how much Charles nags Government Ministers. How can anyone claim any organisation with this level of secrecy to be politically neutral astounds me.  What is it we are told by government, you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide.

Except even that isn’t the case, as David Cameron said in May last year to the National Security Council:

For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens ‘as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone’. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance.

This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.

Yup definitely one rule for the the rulers and another for the plebs.

Which leads to a brief comment on the Panama Papers; no surprise over those that have been identified as being involved, or that Cameron has got away with it again. Is there anything he does that he can’t use a  dead relative for as a shield for public opinion?

For me the corruption in this system is shown in that he uses the British veto in Europe to protect the City and as reported by the FT “personally intervened in 2013 to weaken an EU drive to reveal the beneficiaries of trusts, creating a possible loophole that other European nations warned could be exploited by tax evaders.”

When he says we’re all in it together I doubt he includes the majority of the British public.

Thanks for sticking through to the end, it was bit rambling today.

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5 thoughts on “Catching up

  1. One of my friends, another SNP member, had a story about Kezia: they were up at the 50/50 meeting, when Johann Lamont was still leader. Kezia was there, as was Carolyne Leckie, and a few other notables. There was always this underlying tension, as my SNP colleague was festooned in Yes and SNP badges, even though it was after the referendum. Everyone was watching each other like a hawk.

    When it was time for a break, SNP pal went to the ladies’ to freshen up. As she was washing her hands, she realised that she was using the sink next to Kezia. And for a good wee minute, the two women just chatted about trivial things. Shoes, clothes, the journey, the weather, small talk. It was a wee moment of genuineness between people across a political gulf.

    As a result, I view Kezia much like I view Johann: a clever, well-meaning woman who had the terrible misfortune to find herself in the Labour party. The interview with Gary: Tank Commander seemed more like the Kezia my pal met for a brief minute than the media-managed politician we’re being asked to vote for. More’s the pity.

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