Fright Night…………….Ghosts of St Kilda

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In a hut on a small Island that used to be called St Kilda,a man old before his time writes a letter with his last rasping breaths,summoning all the strength he has left,he scrathes his last word with trembling hands,his breathings heavy,the rasping is louder,he raises his head to observe the last flickers of the candle to his right and his head drops for the final time.
he slumps for the last time as he slides from his chair to lie almost cross like on the bare and worn floor ,eyes wide but blank and lifeless,his time has ended,hes gone,all that remains is a letter flickering in the fading light.
This is his final letter:

In 2014 Scotland voted No in the Independence referendum and decided to stay within the United kingdom,somehow I don’t think we realised what kind of future they had in store for us,for if we did why would we have chosen the Union and believed the snake oil salesmen who promised us a land of stability and a safe future.
Neither of those promises were true!
Before the Christmas of the Vote passing to give Westminster full dominion over us the cracks started to appear and people started to have suspicions that maybe we had made the wrong choice on what was in our best interests.I can also say that the smiling face of Unionism became the scowling face of the local Governor who instructed us of the next sacrifice of civil liberties we would have to take as a condition of the One Nation agreement,which wasn’t really an agreement but a compliance treaty which would strip Scotland of all parties of dissent and its powers of devolution.
No more  “best of both worlds”  from the Prime Governor of North Britain,just
“Time to live in the real world”  while he instructs us that we will be subject to new powers and the new measures needed for the good of the One Nation,the only problem with the new One Nation was it wasn’t good for either Nation as we were soon to find out.
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Within weeks of the NO vote a draft was passed that Holyrood wasn’t fit for purpose and all powers should be held at Westminster,in place of Holyrood there would be Governing offices in every major city In Scotland who would enforce and implement Westminster’s policies and laws.
By February 2015 all police forces and Emergency services were being run from these Governing centers under the command of METcorp and responsible only to METcorp command,in turn the Scottish NHS would be put under Westminster control and be subject to the new privatisation program.
This would subject us to the ability to pay healthcare parliamentary act giving Corps full control of all health insurance and Hospitals under the guise of making health pay.

The Barnett formula was scrapped and replaced with new governorship allowances which was a fraction of the old budget,which in turn meant the money was reduced dramatically under the guise of a centrally run emergency service command structure who would allocate the appropriate response through their chosen private contractor.
In March 2015 the workfare program and bedroomtax go into full effect in Scotland and mass evictions are enforced by the Newly formed Westcorp security service,people are thrown out into the snow and onto the street clutching their children close and safe from the blood soaked boots of the WSS stormtroopers who have an “ask once” compliance directive.
Those who comply are shipped to the newly formed work camps and those who resist or refuse to comply are put in other trucks,no one knew where the other trucks went but we all had our suspicions and as reality dawned we all knew they took the right choice.
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That was only the beginning of our problems though as the Westminster General Election of 2015 was upon us and in a serpent like twist of fate the Conservative Party gained the majority of seats and went into an alliance with UKIP under the agreement that UKIP got the Deputy PM post.
UKIP also got environment,welfare and the Home secretary posts to sweeten the deal,the few libdems who kept their seats also joined the alliance,leaving a Labour minority and a spent force in Parliament.
By July in 2015 all benefits were canceled and the new work camps were put on-line through the rest of the UK supplying the materials and infrastructure needed for the new shale gas extraction sites that were planned throughout southern England.
Little did they know that Fracking wasn’t a safe method of extracting shale gas and in turn collapsed a shelf under southern england sinking the Norfolk broads and everything south of the Watford Gap to the bottom of the sea,that in turn poisoned majority of England’s drinking water making it unfit for human or animal consumption.
The massive surge forced Chemicals into all water courses as far north as Leeds and made clean water the most valuable commodity overnight so Westminster and the Corporations acted in the way any Capitalist does in a supply and demand scenario and thought profit,it was all about profit by then as people were nothing more than meatsacks and a commodity to be profited from and traded like everything else was in the Corporation owned One Nation Kingdom.
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The only solution according to the New Westminster who had now relocated into the Lake district restricted zone was to construct massive piping systems and take water from Scotland as “they had plenty and wouldn’t miss it”according to the Prime Minister and his Northern Nation Prime Governor.
The workcamps came into their own when they started the aqua extraction program,but to me it was a chance to get out of this unbearable situation I had found myself in,as soon as we were at the new rural camp I would escape and head North!
The chance came on the first night as they only sent four Wss Officers with us and the overnight camp backed on to a forest,later as it got cold the Guards huddled the fire and six of us took our chance.
They didn’t see us and we slipped into the night and in turn on to a boat and sailed into an unknown future,at least we would have a future unlike those who were left behind.

All that water being drained from Scotland’s water tables caused a collapse in the Eco systems and turned the once beautiful forests and glens,into an arid dry dead land like the surface of a far off distant moon.
Those who could leave for the Nordic bloc did and those who couldn’t had to move into either Mucklecity 1 or Mucklecity 2,which were 2 cites that used to be called Edinburgh and Glasgow before the 2017 Eco disaster which turned the majority of Scotland into a dead zone and the worlds largest open Quarry mining site.
After all there was nothing left except Minerals and metals,no animals or plants grew in the old Lands of Scotland anymore,it was what you could call a Nature exclusion zone due to the heavy mining and pollution from the mucklecities.
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We landed in St Kilda soon after and renamed it New Alba in honour of the land we left behind,we managed for a while but one by one they all passed over and finally im the last one left.
It all ends here……..Im all thats left……
Time for me to join the Ghosts of St Kilda…………..

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Grangemouth through the looking glass

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Most are aware of the Grangemouth situation which has been prevalent over the last few weeks and the outcome of the “rescue plan” as announced by Ineos,Unite and many others including Westminster
What started as a matter of one man became something which gave another man the opportunity enact a situation which held Scotland to ransom by threatening to close Scotland’s biggest industrial site unless the workforce complied to Ineos demands of new contracts and pension settlements,basically saying that unless the worker’s and their unions capitulate Ineos will close Scotland’s oil refinery with immediate effect and send Scotland into the dark ages before Boxing Day.
The reasons for these Dickensian type ultimatums were allegedly that Grangemouth was running at a loss which is strongly disputed,as a senior accountant stated in the Daily record last week which alleges Ineos are making a 7 million a year profit this year,6 million last year and that “he wouldn’t have signed off Ineos accounts” which makes most raise an eyebrow at the very least.
What is even more unusual is the £134 million cash injection from Westminster to Ineos claims of loss making and infrastructure demands.Especially when Ineos had just wrote off £390 million pounds worth of equipment and infrastructure from Grangemouth,which meant they were released from loans of £464 million to other Ineos companies.
In turn that made Ineos a cool profit of £69’000’000 net on the write-offs,while at the same time pleading poverty and holding out the begging bowl for more taxpayers money from Westminster,all the while declaring their workers need to accept new contracts or lose their livelihoods.
In all honesty it’s looking as if The Grangemouth situation was ideological and not financial as we were led to believe and there seems to be a pattern if you delve deeper down the rabbit hole.
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Follow the White Rabbit…..
Lets look at Ineos and their track record from conception 15 years ago to become the United Kingdoms largest
privately owned company in such a short time span and how it correlates with the Grangemouth situation.Firstly the rise to dominance was no mean feat in itself but lets look at Runcorn as a prime example of how it all works in Alice’s Corporate land.
In 2001 Ineos bought the Runcorn chlorine plant from ICI in what was described as a Northern Rock 120% mortgage deal in a 350 million dollar agreement,which in all reality meant Ineos were paid to take the plant off ICI’s hands,then Ineos demanded £65 million in taxpayers money because the site in a bad condition,whist at the same time asking for extra Government money to keep the site open and running at an acceptable level.
Then with what seems to be the Alice in Corporate land ethos the workforce were cut from a number of 2013 at the time of takeover down to a number of 938 by 2009,also the wage bill was cut from £63,000,000 in 2001 down to £38,000,000 by 2009,which with inflation and the rise in the cost of living is a massive cut in annual salaries to the workforce.
Some might say “This is how capitalism works” or “they have to be competitive” but I disagree strongly with that if we correlate it with Execs salaries/dividends from 2001 and the rate of the last known dividends in 2009.
Which becomes even more apparent when we look at the total directors remuneration,which in 2001 stood at £302,000 and rose to 679,000 by 2009 according to records
So as is evident by what we can see at Runcorn that corporations have a work model of buy cheap,get free money then cut workforce and maximise profits for those chosen few who sit at the top table.
Basically its an ethos of those “who have” need more and those “who have not” get less
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Mad Hatters Tea Party……
Shortly after in 2011 Ineos moved to Switzerland for tax purposes saving them £100,000,000 a year in corporation tax and a total saving of £395,000,000 by 2014.What is even more unbelievable is that Ineos were given the approval to move by its lenders after a structure review,even stranger still its lenders include Loyyds and the Royal bank of Scotland who funnily enough have received massive bailouts from the public purse and in turn were owned in part by the taxpayer?
So as it turns out we are subsidising Ineos to make as much profit as possible while laying off workers or stripping them of their rights and pension allocations,only our inverted system would promote,finance and endorse such actions against its workers without care or concern.
To me thats a strange way for a public majority owned company like RBS to behave and goes against working in the interests of its majority shareholder.
Which is basically the treasury and in turn us who are living in this Neo Dickensian nightmare,because after all is said and done we bailed out these banks who were happy to take our money in the first place.
Strangely enough in that same year Ineos who were allegedly in debt managed to buy into BASF in a 50/50 project called Styrolution which would bring two sectors of the petrochemical sectors into one company,that would put the supplier and the end-user of Petrochemicals under one umbrella and in turn make Ineos the UK’s largest privately owned company all the while allegedly being a loss making enterprise?
Which brings us up to date as Ineos are now looking to buy Styrolution outright in a deal with BASF that would see Ineos having full control and no doubt full profit that is estimated at 6 billion euros a year,Which makes Grangemouths alleged losses if we are led to believe(which I don’t) as a couple of pennies in the Ineos Corporate purse.
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I’m only scratching the surface here but as you can see the United Corpocracy isn’t working for us and we deserve better than the likes of Ineos dictating our workers rights and setting us back 100 years as a society.Saying that it’s still an ongoing situation so it may be returned to,even more so if what we are hearing about the Grangemouth workers discrepancy in contract settlements is proven to be correct.

The truth is out there

Poll-itics…………..The Art of Deception

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A current theme in the Political arena is the consistent use of polls and the validation of their chosen direction,by using them as a reason to create new policies or convey the publics opinions.
You will also notice that members of Parliament regularly come on television stations quoting that”the public opinion is supportive according to recent polls” which isn’t really the case as this is only a microcosm of the publics opinion and from a small chosen demographic.
As an example lets say they asked 1001 people their opinion on benefit cuts in Kensington they would get full support and justification,where as if they asked the same question in Glasgow they would get the exact opposite result and no support for their policy and in turn rejection to their cuts.
So as you can see it’s not what the poll says,but how the questions are asked and who they are asked too,which basically means if a government want a desired result they send their chosen pollsters to certain places and in turn fashion the poll to their desired outcome.

Lets not just take my word for it though;Lets look at the evidence of poll accuracy.
Way back in 2011 during the run up to the Holyrood elections,we were repeatedly told that “Labour were coming home” at 20 points ahead and the assertion that the SNP would lose many of their seats giving Labour an overall majority?
Then the day came to pass and The SNP won the elections with an overall majority,sending a message that the polls werent only wrong they were drastically incorrect in their assumptions of a labour landslide.
In the aspect of fairness lets use another example from another Nation and focus on the last Election to choose the president of the united states,where we had a certain Mr Mitt Romney being neck and neck in the polls and that “it was going to be a close result” and
“Romney might be the next president” that turned out to be a landslide victory for Obama which flew in the face of all the reporting and polls on the run up to election day as it did in the 2011 Holyrood elections.
By those two examples the act of using polls to predict election outcomes is akin to throwing some Ogham sticks or deducting the result by whether Taurus is in Pisces over a rising moon in the third quarter of Libra,which in other words is as accurate as playing darts wearing a blindfold if you see what im getting at?
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Judging by the evidential facts on poll accuracy the unions assumptions about people’s voting intentions on independence are ridiculous and invalid as a debating point,not to mention using them as a premise for opinions or policies.
Every time we switch on a Political program which is aimed at the Scottish demographic,we have the usual suspects with sheets of white paper in hand crowing
“The polls say there is no support for Independence” or the other favourite
“Why haven’t your ratings changed according to polls”
Then warranted by the power of the poll they denigrate and insinuate that the Yes campaign is no more than a small bunch of woad warriors standing in a field shouting “freedom” while the rest of Scotland is allegedly singing “roll out the barrel” and “knees up mother brown” draped in Union jacks in a frenzy of sycophancy.

In reality these polls are inaccurate to say the least and fabrications at their worst if you actually go and speak to the average person on the street,in truth the consensus of the majority of people I have met lately are either “Aye,im voting Yes” or “I was undecided but now im going to vote yes” and very rarely do you hear “Im voting NO” and not once have I heard “Were better Together”
If there was this great swathe of BetterTogether aficionados all declaring their undying love for Westminster,I would no doubt be chased up the road on a regular basis,or at the very least be sent away with a flea in my ear and told “NO,now be gone Separatist”
It’s actually quite the opposite and that makes the premise of using polls as an indicator like trying to find the winning lottery numbers by staring into a bowl of warm milk,to be fair though staring into the milk would give you a more accurate idea of an outcome than relying on the pollsters and their jiggery pokery slight of hand predictions.
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The only true polls i all honesty are the online polls because they show a more accurate representation by default as they cover a wide demographic of people and are also very hard to manipulate into a desired result,which is probably the reason why most of the polling companies don’t use an open online polling method to gather their data as it can’t be controlled and cajoled to gain the desired result.
Once compared with others its a great way to see the disparity between people’s true feelings and the numbers that the Tommy cooper poll appreciation society release,to the glee of the Westminster old boys brigade no doubt that seem to hold all aspects of our National press and Broadcasters firmly in their velvet gloves.
Dont just take my word for it though;Take a look at the online polls for yourself!
Another way to gage a sense the mood of the Nation is to ask your neighbours how they are voting and what their thoughts are on Independence,which will give you a small insight into the true intentions of the people rather than the selective polling program that is employed by the powers that be.In my case when I polled my neighbours and the result was 80% yes,5% no and 15% undecided which sort of flies in the face of the official polls we see being brandished by BT,BBC and STV on a regular basis.
Polls are like moles,who live down dark holes,,which is all we need remember when we see the Usual suspects lording it and announcing with glee
“The polls,the polls,its true as our polls can prove”
While they conjure the white rabbit from Westminster’s Top hat
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Things that make you go………..YES!!

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With 11 months to go I believe its time to take the initiative and take our message to the People of Scotland on the benefits of becoming an independent nation,for too long have we listened to diatribe from the mainstream media and Westminster pointing out the negative and ignoring the positive cases for Independence.
I believe the game has changed after watching Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond give passionate speeches at the SNP conference in Perth,both were inspirational,evocative and full of principled policies on what we can achieve with our own self-determination as an independent Nation.
Speeches that brought a tear to the eye but lit a fire in the belly and no doubt shook the timbers of Westminster whilst rattling a few cages in the Uniontwist media wings.
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Nicola Sturgeons speech laid out the SNP’s view of an independent Scotland after the 2014 referendum if(which there will be)there is a Yes vote,and in turn give us an idea of the contents of the white paper which is basically going to be a “people before profit” society and a brave new country where the needs of the many come before the greed of the few.
Finally it seems like we are going to have Country where our old don’t freeze in the winter and people are encouraged and helped into work,rather than victimized and bullied into work as it is now.
A country of a living wage instead of the minimum wage and an education system that believes in nurturing our talent,not burdening them with debt and tuition fees,a fairer society who helps rather than hounds and doesn’t inflict pain on those who can’t defend themselves with Capricious policies like the bedroomtax.
A social security that actually does what it is supposed to do,by securing you through the help of society which is what it should be,not the Westminster option of Denigration and deprivation by reducing Peoples benefits and forcing them to rely on food-banks to survive.
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In Westminster we have the Tories refusing to act on excessive fuel prices from energy cartels and Labour claiming that they might freeze bills for 18 months if the climates right?
Meanwhile We have Nicola sturgeon stating that in an independent Scotland the SNP will cut bills year on year and put an end to fuel poverty,now that’s what I call a policy which benefits the many over the greed of the few and shows the direction Scotland should be going,will be going if we are at the helm of our own affairs with a Yes vote in 2014.We are such a resource rich Nation that we could control our own destiny rather than leaving it in the hands of people who can’t be trusted to do the best for Scotland’s People,that alone is a good enough case for independence,but bear with me I shall lay out the other cases to say Yes!
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First lets look at services like the NHS and our Royal mail which under the Westminster system are there to be profiteered from and privatised ,where as on the other hand in an independent Scotland we will keep our NHS in public hands as Bevan prescribed,also in an Independent Scotland we would have a renationalised Royal mail which will keep our universal mail delivery service in public hands free from excessive charges and exploitation saving thousands of Jobs in the process.
Then we have our education which under the Westminster system it’s not “what you know” but “what you can pay for” and a growth of Free schools who will no doubt be sponsored by large corporations at the detriment of the balanced education that our children deserve.
Where as in an independent Scotland our education system will be free to all and at a standard which nurtures and encourages every child’s potential no matter their background or parents bank balance,in other words there will be no tuiton fees saddling our Young with a lifetime of debt and no Kentucky fried Schooling from Companies and corporations.
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Then we have our resources and National wealth which under the Westminster system those resources are squandered on wars,weapons and vanity projects like HS2,while they have a stagnant economy who spend obscene amounts of money on weapons of mass destruction,while promoting unsafe technologies like fracking to extract gas with no care or concern for the publics well being or opinion.
Where as in an independent Scotland we would be the 6th richest country in the world and our resources would be used wisely for the benefit of future generations similar to what the Norwegians have in an oil fund,in turn that revenue being spent on injecting wealth into our Nation would make dramatic improvements to everyone’s standard of living,not feathering the nest of the chosen few as it is under the Westminster system where the pound outweighs the people.Neither would we be wasting billions of pounds on unwanted Trident Nuclear missiles while we have areas of our country where the child poverty rate is higher than parts of the the third world.
Do we want a culture where weapons of death are worth more than investing in life?
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Then we have representation(or the lack of it)that we have under the South East centric Westminster first past the post system,where in all honesty our vote doesnt really count for anything if you look at how it’s represented in the UK electorally.The prime example is todays Conservative/Liberal Democrats coalition government who very few voted for but still we live under their governance with their Neo Dickensian policies and profit first ideology.
Its about choices;Do we choose to be Nuclear free without WMD’s;Do we choose to invest in our youth;Do we choose to help not harrass;Do we choose to live in a country of celebration not degradation?
if we were Independent we would get the Governance we voted for and a much more representative state of Parliament by using the Proportional representation system of electing our MSP’s which basically means we get who we vote for and not who the South East vote for.
We can have Elected Governments;Not Rejected Governments
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Where have all the good left gone?

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What has happened to the Left in the Westminster arena of politics and why have we seen a successive move to the right from New labour/One Nation Labour(whatever they are called) and is this the end of the Left in UK politics,are they on the way of the Lizar and the Dodo only to be seen in the annals of History.
Will the left be thought of as a past political system while the right one party state denigrate Socialism and caring for the many over the few as a quaint idea from the past,you know those ridiculous ideas like a fair days pay and free at the point of use healthcare?
I know the Labour faithful will no doubt say
“We had to be relevant” and “it’s what the public wants” and in response I could say:
No you didn’t and im still to meet a member of the public who supports Thatcherism policies!
Since Kinnock the Left has been usurped by another branch of Elitists who have no idea how a man or woman on the street live and that’s why we have seen an ever-increasing lurch to the right,how could you expect them to do any different when in reality most of them are from wealthy backgrounds or Labour blood lines who decided Socialism was only for others as they publicly educated their children and in turn created Anti Socialists by default.
Who would have thought these proud and honoured members of the old Labour establishment would have bestowed a generation of Purple party,One Nation and a One party state of politics in Westminster?
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The Not as bad as the Tories fallacy
I couldn’t disagree stronger with the “they aren’t as bad as the Tories” mindset or the other great excuse for discarding all you believe in statement of”What choice do we have” which is defeatist and a betrayal to the founding principles of the Labour Party in all honesty.
People are so quick to forget the 13 years of Labour governance which castigated the disabled and poor with policies like workfare,esa,atos and the horrendous Bedroomtax,and lest we forget that Labour were willing to spend squillions flattening the middle east and taking us into illegal wars.
How many people could that money have helped rather than light up the middle easts skies and turning it into the worlds biggest car park I ask you,and how many people could have been homed and fed if they had enacted true Socialist polices or even Ethical policies for that matter?
Even in opposition they have been impotent while aiding and abetting the other two parties with their capricious Dickensian policies that hurt the poorest in society,all the while ignoring the true menace of Large corporations and the wealthy by ignoring tax avoidance.

Lets take Social security as the first example and how they abstained or voted with the condems on issues like workfare and the Bedroomtax which beggars belief in all reality,secondly we could look at the Royal Mail privatisation which Labour could have stopped if it had the social conscience to state they would renationalise it as the SNP
(So much for the tartan Tories jibes) have done in Scotland.
Sadly Labour wouldn’t or didnt want to for ideology reasons commit to that so instead they threw their potential voters the fish head policy of freezing the price of energy bills for 17 months,and that’s “only if the climate is right” whatever that means?
A true Socialist party would have announced a renationalisation of the utilities and told the money men in the city,who are no doubt shareholders in these Companies to sling their hooks and give them all a basic rate to buy their shares back.

Even if we look at housing you can see that Labour isn’t working anymore by its refusal enact in 13 years of Government,or even announce for the future post 2015 a major social housing program that would have replenished the stock and employed thousands of people.
Not to mention all the apprentices that would have been trained in the process and enabling future generations of skilled people,curbing excessive rents from Landlords who in turn milk the state which pushes the housing benefit bill through the stratosphere and in turn fuels the Tory rhetoric on the bedroomtax.
Sadly they just ate at the Westminster trough as they do now without care or concern for the many,and encouraging the obscene greed of the few!
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The end is Nigh
Well for Socialism in any form it is as far as Labour are concerned I think if you look at the last labour conference,where strangely there was no red to be seen and the rose had been replaced by what suspiciously looks like the old tory logo but with purple and blue.Even the background to the main stage was blue which must have had Bevan doing backflips in the halls of Valhalla,you could see the ghosts of Labours past screaming from the afterlife“Nooooo,nooooo and noooo to tory blue” if you see things the way I do.
Then we have the reshuffle of Purple Eds cabinet and enter the young pretenders from the Oxbridge elite with a spring in their step and menace on their minds at which dastardly plans they could outdo the Tories with in the coming weeks from their swanky new offices.
Who would have thought that the first major announcement from the new rich on the block would be“We will be tougher than the Tories on benefits” which could only be described as Anti Socialist and as far from core Labour values as I am from the third quadrant of the Dagar moon system.

Worse still Labour are in alliance with the Tories in Scotland as part of the bettertogether campaign which is also a great betrayal to the core principles of the Labour party our Grandfathers knew,and no doubt Keir Hardie would be ashamed at how they are denying the rights of self determination for the people of Scotland in cahoots with the Conservative Unionist Party.
Lest we forget that this alleged bastion of Socialism are enacting and enabling the capricious bedroomtax with their Tory cohorts in councils they preside over,and let us also never forget That it was Labours idea to inflict the worlds most expensive bus route on Edinburgh with their idea to have a tram system.
Which funnily enough it seems as if they haven’t learned their lesson by as they are going to continue with the worlds most expensive Hornby kit,which sort of sums up the mindset of the Labour party we have now if truth be told.
Finally we have the infamous PFI projects under Labour where they sold perfectly good Hospitals,and in turn primed NHS privatisation for their Tory cohorts when it was their turn to play dress up as the ruling party
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Where have all the good left gone?

A Tale of Two Cities

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The city of Edinburgh…..
The Athens of Northern Europe whose skyline is dominated by its castle which is situated at the Heart of this Capital city of Scotland.
A dynamic prosperous city steeped in History which leads the way in many different fields of Science,Medicine and the Arts,home of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival and Hogmanay celebrations.
Edinburgh is Populated by a wide demographic of people from many different backgrounds and home of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood near the Old Palace at the foot of the Royal Mile.

The city of westminster
A small city within a city whose main feature is its financial district with a skyline that is Dominated by a big wheel and a clock called Ben.Westminster is a prosperous city which is also steeped in History who have led the field in Capitalism and making money from Imperial Exploits overseas.Home to Buckingham palace;The Queen and her cousin Dave in number 10 Downing street;Not to mention (many many) corgis.Westminster is populated by a small demographic from Wealthy backgrounds or members of the establishment and home to the House of Commons where most of the Laws of the land are made.

Sound quite similar in certain ways don’t they?
Well they both have wealth,Palaces ,Parliaments and lead the way in certain fields  so they must be similar right?
Wrong  im afraid because even though these two cities share similarities that’s where it ends if you look at the two cities in greater detail,the differences are even more apparent if you look at their policies and how they see their electorate.
Holyrood is interested in the well-being of the people under its Governance and it believes that the needs of the many outweigh the desires of the few,where as Westminster has no such conscience about the citizens under its Governance and believes in a Profit before people political system where cash is king first and foremost
Some might say that im being a bit harsh on Westminster,but I put it to you that im not being hard enough on Westminster if we put it under the microscope and judge its Governance on merit.
Let’s start with the basic factor of their voting systems and how representative they are to the people who live under each system.Firstly we have the first past the post system which is outdated and Very South centric on the way it was formed and the reasoning behind it,next we have Holyrood who use proportional representation which means the vote is far more representative  in its design and actually means every single vote actually has meaning.

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Nothing shows the difference of the two Parliaments by their most recent actions on state-owned services in each of their respective Nations and how the respectively deal with these matters.
This week Westminster Privatised the Royal Mail at a ridiculously low price  costing thousands of Jobs and no doubt making a lot of money for certain institutions in the process,even more incredulous is that the share price rose by 38% in 24 hours which shows it was a profiteering exercise for the benefit of making profit whilst placing the good of the public and Royal Mail workers  as an afterthought to say the least.
On the other hand we have Holyrood taking Prestwick Airport back into public ownership saving 1400 jobs and no doubt adding another jewel into Scotland’s crown,even better it’s the longest civilian runway in Scotland so it opens Scotland up to many possibilities with freight and long haul from the middle east and Russia.I will also add that its the only Airport in Scotland with a direct Rail route so it opens up Prestwick to be a hub for a whole swathe of tourists who in turn spend their money in our shops and services and create wealth in society.
A true policy which puts the benefits of the many before the greed of the few.

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Then we have the National Health service which is another fine example of the difference between Edinburgh and Westminster Politics if you compare the Westminster system to Holyroods on the health of its citizens.
Westminster’s  system is relying more on the private sector which tells me that in a few years there wont be a NHS in England,or at least nothing that we will recognise as a Universal Healthcare System.Which can only br described as another example of a profit before people system in an area where money should never be an issue ever if people’s health and well-being is in the equation.
Now in comparison look at the Scottish NHS which is still fully publicly owned as Bevan set it out to be with a free at the point of use for everyone no matter the cost.Not only that but if you call an ambulance in Scotland you will get one staffed with fully trained paramedics,unlike under Westminster where you will get the privatised model of two unskilled medics with 3 weeks training?
Lest we forget that under Holyrood you get free prescriptions which is another sign of a healthy society who care for their ill and disabled however they can,and another sign of people first policies from the Edinburgh System under Holyrood.

Poverty
Even when we talk about basic necessities like Social security and a fair days pay they have conflicting ideas on how people should be treated in employment,or out of work due to Illness and other factors out of the individuals control.
The westminster system is to have its citizens either on minimum wage “zero hours” contracts or on the forced labour “workfare” program(Im struggling to see the Fair part mind)for your Social security which is basically modern slavery if we are going to be grammatically correct about the heinous policy.
Not only that but the Westminster system enacts capricious policies like the bedroomtax which focuses almost entirely on the disabled and ill,and if that isn’t enough the westminster system systematically humiliates our disabled and ill by sending them to an IT company called Atos to be judged(inaccurately as designed)whether they are worthy of their Social security annually.
On the other hand we have the Holyrood system and the way they would treat their citizens if they had full control of their own destiny as an Independent Nation,and how they would deal with Social security and the wealth of its citizens post 2014.
Then we can look at how Holyrood plan to deal with issues like a “fair days pay” and zero hour contracts if there is a Yes vote next year at the referendum.If the SNP had full control of the Nations wealth they would commit to making sure everyone is getting a living wage and policies like workfare,ATOS and the capricious bedroomtax would be scrapped with immediate effect.

I don’t know about you but I prefer the Holyrood system before the Westminster system due to its belief that People are the priority,and not how much that person is worth by the size of their bank balance or what bloodline they might be born into.

THE END(Unless it isn’t)

Nothing to fear but fear itself

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Now theres a name if I ever heard one and a more apt name couldn’t have been thought up by by the Westminster men in black if they had tried.It sets the scene of figures draped in dark cloaks in an old dungeon under Windsor castle planning their strategy to scare the bejezezus out of the average person to a Boris Karloff backing track of lightning and Organ symphonies.
What they don’t realise is that we aren’t in the 1950s anymore where we might be swayed by being intimidated and scared in submission.Its as if they dusted off the old Imperialism for beginners manual and thought
“Oooh look our Grandfathers grandfathers did it like this”
and off they went to pen Propaganda pamphlets for the No campaign titled
“For Projectfears eyes only”
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No doubt the “Rev I am Jolly” appreciation fan-club loved it and thought
“We will now be named Projectfear” then duly proceeded to recite the ProjectFear motto
“Abandon all truth ye who enter here” which is no doubt on a plaque above the door.

Honestly it’s almost farcical that these people have such low esteem for the people of Scotland that they would try to use fear against the people who voted them into office in the first place.
Even worse is the blatant dishonesty from them regarding an Independent Scotland post 2014 when its common knowledge they are being lets say less than economical with the truth
Are they so scared of losing their jobs that they would rather see endemic poverty under the Union which has given us a higher child poverty rate than the Gaza strip in certain parts of our major cities.
Are they so desperate to cling to what little power they have that they enable such capricious policies as the Bedroomtax.Do we matter so little that they would rather spend 125 billion pounds on trident instead of feeding and homing the poor and disabled?How can this be justified in a country which isn’t only resource rich,but also the eighth richest country in the world.
Yes it’s not right and as a matter of fact it’s so far from right it’s an inverted system which we live in under this alleged Union Governance.

Yes I said it and I stick by it:
“We live in an inverted system under Westminster Governance”
and the reason I can say this is because They pay for Death but refuse to invest in life and to me that’s inverted and inhumane.Who in their right mind supports policies which strip people of their dignity and deny them of their human rights,all the while purchasing shiny weapons?
That isn’t the sign of a civilized society its the sign of a barbaric one that preys on the innocent all the while turning a blind eye to the real villains,who avoid billions in taxes while old people freeze in the winter and parents are forced to go to foodbanks to feed their children.
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Change is within our grasp and its receptive to hope
This is where we come to the nothing to fear part and an explanation on why we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Firstly lets talk about the fear factory illusion that we will be “weaker apart” which is basically a nonsense if you look at the direction Westminster seem to be going with a UKIP/tory alliance in 2015.
So in all honesty it’s not the unknown people should be wary of but what a future in the Union can and will guarantee.
I would rather take a chance on a wealthier and healthier society than have endemic poverty and inverted ethics as a certainty ,it’s what you would call a no brainer if you look at the future Tory/Ukip Governments which are coming in the near future.
We would have a far more inclusive society without the Dickensian policies which demonize the poor and disabled aided by a consistent diatribe from the mainstream media,also we would be  much wealthier as we wouldn’t be paying for Trident and financing the transformation of the Middle East into a car park.
So financially and socially as an independent nation we would be better off yes?
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Be the change you want to see!

Vote Yes 2014.

Return of the Said”Aye”

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In a Galaxy far far away
Well Clydebank if we are going to be grammatically correct there was a trade union meeting and our favourite Bettertogether aficionado Anas Sarwar was a guest speaker.
Anas obviously thought he was in for an easy ride regurgitating the same old
“Be afraid,be very afraid” rhetoric which all 3 of the Unionist parties use on a continuos loop.Oh what a shock Anny must have got when the people that turned weren’t going to put up with his nonsense about how misery likes company and you’re too wee to be independent.
Lets say it didn’t go to plan for Anas as even the staunchest believer in old Labour values has started to realise that they are just tories in red coats and another wing of the one party right centric politics of Westminster.A system that believes in spending billions on war and trident before homing and feeding the poor and disabled.
Its pretty apparent that people have had enough of the snake oil pitches and promises of bread and jam from the Bettertogether contingent so you can understand if people decided that”enough was enough” and demanded answers vocally.
Wouldnt you?
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Next we have the social media cyberverse where it seems as if Westminster has activated the 666 protocol on their Drones cerebral chip*cue march of the Empire* and sent their councilors into the fray with no doubt a head full of smarties and a handfull of literature.
What the Bettertogether mothership down in Westminster don’t understand is that we don’t swallow their half truths and fearmongering anymore as we are all aware that the profit before people system they cherish is heartless and cruel.
Which basically means the No camp have nothing good to say and less of an urge to say it,hence why they use the repetitive diatribe and about how
“We are better in the union because were bigger and just cause”
For twelve months the full weight of the media has aided and abetted the Unionist cause with an almost Pythonesque bias which has become so apparent now its farcical.I can only assume that they have realised that we see the mainstream media for what they are and have sent what forces they can muster from the Political sock drawer to defend the indefensible!

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The Return of the Said”aye”s

Last week when I wrote about a beacon being lit in the hearts and minds of Scotland’s people it was no jest as this beacon is reaching afar with the Yes side.Reports coming from the Yes campaign are good and people are seeing a tidal shift from undecideds to the yes side which is fantastic and fills me with hope,joy and a feeling of expectation.
Who would have thought that the 30’000 Said”Aye”s would cause such a ripple in the independence debate in spite of the empires best efforts to dampen down the event with an almost total media blackout.
Oh how wrong they were because those 30’000 Said”Aye”s left calton hill on the 21st September 2013 with fire in their bellies and hope in their minds.
A great wave of positive Said”Aye”s spread throughout Scotland and the rest of the world spreading the good word about Scotland’s Independence and the benefits of yes 2014.
Since the March and Rally on the 21st everyone is focused and inspired to become the change they want to see and that change is an independent Scotland free from Dickensian Policies which we know will end with a yes vote.You could even go as far as to say that the 30’000 has multiplied ten fold since the Said”aye”s descended the hill and hit the streets running.

A new Hope

The finest example of how public opinion is coming to the Yes side is the meeting on the 3rd of October in Leith where the hall was full beyond capacity.Actually it was such a big a turnout that the confirmed Said”Aye”s volunteered to leave so undecideds could attend and in turn be informed.
Having meetings filled beyond capacity is a true representation of how our campaign is going and lets just say its a healthy positive Yes camp full of inspiration and elation for our Independent Nation.

The Force is strong in Yes
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Dickensian Together

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Picture This….
5am before the sun has risen on a desperately cold December morning and everything is still in the world.In the distance of your mind you hear the faint rumble of something invading your dream-state”What is that” you ask yourself?
The rumble gets close and it finally dawns on you that the rumble isn’t a dream after all but the camp firing up for the days compulsory toil for bed and sustenance.
Already you can hear the people coming through the gates crunching through the knee-deep snow coughing and spluttering with an almost rhythmic sound.
You tap the bunk above to wake old Allie as he’s a bit deaf so sleeps like a brick despite the constant chatter of the other 200 men,woman and children who reside in shed 66.Then the two of you are up and away within a couple of minutes as you both know that the food hall will be warm and if you want any of the salt for your oats you have to be in the first 100.
As you are walking the 100 yards to the food hall you think back to when you actually had a decent job,family and a home call your own as Allie says
“How did we get here son”
Welcome to the Neo Dickensian Future
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It seems as if Westminster are going back to the 1800’s with their latest denigration and humiliation of the poorest in society with their Workfare program.A horrific forced labour program that has only one purpose and that purpose is as abhorrent as the policy itself.
Basically Westminster has now decided through its Corpocracy that multi million pound corporations need to increase their profit margins and the best way to do that is cut the wage bill.Before anyone says”it’s not about that ” or “they have to do something for their money” I say this:
Do you think your employers going to pay you if they can get free labour?
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Of course they aren’t if they can get their drivers and call center workers shipped in from the local jobcentre at the stroke of a key or the lift of a phone.Even better for them the Westminster Government will give them a nice wedge of cash for using this unlimited source of free labour so for an employer its a win win situation.
For the other 99% of the population its a whole different story and not a nice one at that as basically you become in servitude.
Call it peasantry,slavery or forced labour its all part of a small elite wanting to establish a Neo Dickensian state where we have the “haves” and the “do as your told” or starve.
It’s as if the whole 20th century never happened and a kind of unreal almost nightmarish like scenario of a dark dickens novel is upon us.
Some might say those words are “strong” but so they should be as this policy has no other purpose than too impoverish the majority for the greed of the minority.
Welfare……The myth exposed
What politicians and the mainstream media choose not to understand is that we don’t actually have welfare in this country.We have an entirely different thing called Social security which basically means you have paid in to the pot for education,healthcare and benefits.
Basically every time you get paid you have a thing called National Insurance deducted which is your “Social Security”and we have paid for it in full.
Yes everyone is covered because even if you haven’t contributed you can bet your last pound that your fathers and grandfathers have.
So don’t be fooled by the propagandists who say we live in a “something for nothing” culture or”we have to make work pay” as our debts to Westminster are paid in full.
Not only are your debts paid in full they are paid well in advance of your Grandchildren’s,Grandchildren and probably a few generations extra on top.

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Then we have our resources revenue surplus

People tend to forget that in Scotland no one should be living in extreme poverty as we are an oil-producing Nation with a population smaller than London’s.
Neither should we have parts of our country where the child poverty rate is higher than the Gaza strip.
We are like a strange inverted type of Beverley Hillbillies story who strike oil but became all the poorer for it?
Now its not as if we haven’t collected massive revenues for it,we have and lots of it but somehow all this wealth was squandered by war centric men who pay for death before they invest in life.
Who do you think paid for Iraq,Afghanistan and trident?
We did with our resources and our revenues and we deserve better than men in shiny suits with Eton educations telling us
“We need to earn our benefits” or “Make work pay”

Vote Yes in 2014 to end Dickensianism in Scotland

Saor Alba
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