An Independent Scotland Faces a Dystopian Future if the DUP is to be believed – But Should Scots Heed Their Advice ? I think not

 

 

 

Arlene Foster DUP Leader

 

 

Arlene Foster – Leader of the DUP in Ulster

“Nationalism is narrow and exclusive whilst Unionism stands for pluralism and multi-culturalism, there is no place in Ulster for intolerance in 2018”.

But in her follow up, she confirmed the “narrow and exclusive” policies of the DUP stating: “The DUP will never agree to the introduction of an Irish language act”.

 

 

 

DUP leader’s understanding of Nationalism and Unionism is at odds with the dictionary

Nationalism is described as:

The aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination.(ambition, aspiration, dream – a cherished desire).

Unionism is described as:

Loyalty to the United Kingdom, especially in support of its sovereignty over Northern Ireland.

 

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A wee bit of history – 1910 – Liberal Party government pledged to introduce Home Rule for Ireland

The “Irish Party” pressed the Liberals to pledge support for Home Rule or risk losing Irish support in parliament.

Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith told a Liberal rally that he would pursue a policy:

“which, while explicitly safeguarding the supreme and indefeasible authority of the Imperial Parliament, will set up in Ireland a system of full self-government in regard to purely Irish affairs”.

 

 

 

In the 1910 General Election the results were:

Liberals 274, Tories 272, Irish Nationalists 82, Labour 40.

The Irish Nationalists held the balance of power in a fraught parliament, dominated by the issue of the veto of Home Rule by the House of Lords.

The Liberal government decided to face down the Lords and called another election in December 1910 on the proposal to abolish the veto.

Through the constitutional crisis that followed the Irish Unionists in Ulster stood with their Tory allies, who in turn used their opposition to Home Rule to violently oppose the Liberal Government, thwarting peaceful efforts to achieve Irish independence leading to armed conflict and partition.

 

 

Ulster Unionist fear campaign – 1912 Irish Home Rule proposals

Inveterate opponents of Home Rule, the Ulster Unionists, largely dedicated their time and effort to portraying what self-government would be like, depicting the future in the most rich and vivid terms.

The dystopian images depicting Belfast under an Irish parliament incorporated many of the fears expressed by Unionists.

The postcard “Donegall Place, Belfast, Under Home Rule”, shows one of the landmarks of Ulster Unionism, Belfast City Hall, in a derelict and neglected state.

Self-aggrandising statues of prominent nationalists replaced those of Queen Victoria and the glorious dead of the Boer war, and the bustling city of commerce and industry was depicted as given way to pigs, cows and sheep (conventional Unionist symbols for lazy, southern Irish farming practices).

A similar scene was conveyed in another picture “Belfast Under Home Rule” in which, another symbol of the royal connection with Ireland, the Prince Albert Clock Tower, was being demolished, while a replacement, in the form of a statue of an Irish Nationalist, was being wheeled in.

Again, pasture animals were included to show the backwardness of the new Irish government’s economic policy, while the human cost was conveyed by an overcrowded poorhouse and crowds outside the Protestant Emigration Office. (BBC History)

 

 

Comment: The same tactics were used   in the 2014 Independence Referendum campaign, against Scots by the Better Together fear mongering Tory and Unionist Party disgracefully aided by the unionist supporting Labour and Liberal parties.

 

Paisley Junior MP

 

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446 – British soldiers died in Afghanistan – four times the rate of US troops, a statistical disparity which politicians at Westminster have not yet explained – answers demanded

 

 

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Poorly equipped Scottish soldiers deployed to hell on earth, Helmand Province Afghanistan

In April 2006 the Labour government deployed over 3,000 military personnel to Helmand Province, Afghanistan tasked with supporting a US-led force already deployed throughout the country eliminating Taliban militants.

Political and military leaders were briefed, by US intelligence of the dangers with which the force would be confronted but chose to believe that US forces already in the field of war would continue to meet the main challenge of the Taliban.

The “Westminster and Whitehall” mantra was: ” we’ll deal with it if it happens.” The US military command, in Kabul were more than ready to transfer responsibility for policing Helmand Province and the South of Afghanistan to the “Brits”.

John Reid, (start much finish nothing) then Secretary of State for Defence, briefed the world’s press in Kabul that Britain would remain with the Nato joint forces mission for as long as necessary emphasising the importance of preventing the Taliban returning to power.

He said “We’re in Helmand and the South to assist and protect the Afghan people reconstructing their economy and democracy” and, “we would be perfectly happy to leave in three years time without firing one shot.” He then returned to the UK to take up a new job as Foreign Secretary.

the Labour government complacency was quickly dispelled by the shock of cold reality when the ill equipped, poorly armed and inadequately trained young Scottish soldiers came under sustained attack from the Taliban.

The much vaunted “policing” role promoted by Labour Party politicians morphed into a 12 year brutal counter-insurgency campaign resulting in the death and injury of a large number of military personnel. The armed forces of the country were betrayed by successive Westminster governments whose default setting was firmly fixed at: “muddle”

 

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Casualties of war – 446 British soldiers died in Afghanistan – four times the rate of US troops, a statistical disparity which nobody at Westminster has yet explained

The maximum acceptable level of major combat casualties is 6 deaths per 1000. UK forces suffered 13 deaths per 1000. (The average age of those who died was 22. 31 were teenagers, 200 in their 20s). USA forces suffered 3 deaths per 1000.

3560 soldiers were wounded in action. 29 British soldiers had limbs amputated in 2012-2013. 12 were classified as “significant multiple amputees”.

Of the army veterans who made it home more or less in one piece, suicide was the most common cause of death in 2012.

 

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Britain Sent Troops Into Helmand Province With, “Eyes Shut and Fingers Crossed”

Major General Mackay, Greatly respected, Force Commander in Helmand, (in an interview in the Times), not long after he left the Army said;

“Labour’s “complacent” approach to the Afghan mission had proved “very costly”. The genesis of their approach is born of complacency, the thought that, ‘we can deal with it as and when it happens”. It resulted, I believe, in the upper echelons of the Labour government going into Helmand with their eyes shut and their fingers crossed.

“For those who fought and died or suffered injuries in that period, this proved a very costly means of conducting counter-insurgency. The issue is whether or not our politicians, diplomats, intelligence services, civil servants and senior military have done enough, adapted enough, been innovative enough or courageous enough to make tough, and more often than not, unpalatable choices.”

“My answer to that question is that they have not or have failed to do so too often. Muddling through seemed to be the default setting, along with the protection of individual and collective interests”.

 

 

 

Fact: The British State Predetermined the Outcome of the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum by hindering Scots from voicing their interest through Their Votes

 

 

 

 

The Tory Government – British Army Media and Psychops Elite Unit

The Brigade, named the 77th in tribute to the Chindits, the British guerrilla force led by Maj Gen Orde Wingate against the Japanese in Burma during the second world war, was formed in 2013/14.

It is headquartered near Newbury, in Berkshire and numbers around 1,500 personnel (including regulars and reservists) who are primarily recruited from military units across the army.

The force endeavours to influence the narrative against a background of 24-hour news, smartphones and social media and has gained excellent working skills from expertise acquired by the the Israel Defence Force (IDF) which is presently active on 30 internet platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Instagram.

 

 

Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group) – The Mission

It’s declared mission is to provide behavioral research and change programmes, strategic communication “data, analytics and strategy to governments, the UK armed forces and military organizations worldwide.

In 2005, the company, went public at the UK’s largest weapons conference, a showcase for military technology, with an impressive demonstration of how the UK government could use a sophisticated media campaign of mass deception fooling the British people into believing a bogus accident at a chemical plant had actually occurred and threatened central London.

A freedom of information request from August 2016, records that the MOD twice bought services from SCL in recent years. Namely:

1. In 2010/11, the MOD paid £40,000 to SCL for the “provision of external training.”

2. In 2014/2015, the MOD paid SCL £150,000 for the “procurement of a “target audience analysis.” The MOD refused to provide verifiable explanation of the use of the large summ of money.

It was further confirmed that SCL had also been granted “Top secret” clearance as a “list X” contractor for the MOD which allowed the company commercial access to and use of highly classified UK government information.

 

 

Summary:

In 2014 a single political event requiring an expenditure of £150,000 with SCL by the MOD for the “procurement of a “target audience analysis,” could be manipulation of the Scottish Independence Referendum.

And, as evidenced by the dubious activities of the Civil Service in England (see below), it is entirely possible the newly formed British Army Media and Psychops Elite Unit made use of the comprehensive “target audience analysis” provided.

 

 

Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group) – The Board

In a scandal that cuts to the heart of British society Board members include an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers, defense contractors, the Tory Party and the military establishment. Including:

Mark Turnbull:

Provides the “Atlantic Alliance” link. Spent 18 years at Bell Pottinger, heading up a Pentagon funded PR drive in occupied Iraq which included the production of fake al-Qaeda videos. He is the head of SCL Elections and Cambridge Analytica Political Global. His profile at the University of Exeter Strategy and Security Institute boasts of his record in achieving “campaign success via measurable behavioural change” in “over 100 campaigns in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean”.

Nigel Oakes:

An old Etonian, he is the head of the group. According to the website “PowerBase” and has links to the British royal family. Rumoured to be an Mi5 spy. In 1992 he described his work in a trade journal as using the same techniques as Aristotle and Hitler. … “We appeal to people on an emotional level to get them to agree on a functional level.”

 

Sir Geoffrey Pattie:

Former Tory MP and Defence Minister in Thatcher’s government.  He is the President of SCL. He also co-founded “Terrington Management” which lists BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin amongst its clients.

 

Roger Gabb:

A former British special forces officer in Borneo and Kenya the wine millionaire is a company director. In 2006 he donated £500,000 to the Tory Party. He was fined by the Electoral Commission for failing to include his name on an advert in a number of local newspapers arguing for a Leave.EU vote in the Brexit referendum.

Julian Wheatland:

A venture capitalist, he is the company’s chairman. He is also the chairman of Oxfordshire Conservatives Association.

Jonathan Marland:

The former Conservative Party Treasurer, was a trade envoy under David Cameron, and a close friend of Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby.He provides financial support to the company

Vincent Tchenguiz:

A property tycoon and Conservative party donor he was also the single largest SCL shareholder for a decade.

Gavin McNicoll:

Director. Founded counter-terrorism “Eden Intelligence” a firm who, at the behest of the British government, ran a G8 Plus meeting on Financial Intelligence Cooperation

Sir James Allen Mitchell:

A retired board member, he is the former Prime Minister of the previous British colony St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He is also a privy counsellor on the Queen’s advisory board.

Rear Admiral John Tolhurst:

A former assistant director of naval warfare in the Ministry of Defence and aide de camp to the Queen.

Lord Ivar Mountbatten:

The Queen’s third cousin, was also named as a member of SCL’s advisory board but it’s unclear if he still holds that role.

 

 

 

 

Summary:

It is evident that SCL is a product of murky alliances formed between venture capitalists, Tory Party politicians and their financial backers and former British military and intelligence officers and the recent exposure of SCL provides irrefutable firm evidence of shadowy actors using dirty tricks in order to rig elections.

But these characters aren’t operating from Moscow intelligence bunkers. Instead, they are British, Eton educated, headquartered in the city of London and have binding ties to Her Majesty’s government.

And the foregoing information barely scrapes the surface of just how deep the ties go between the UK defence establishment and SCL. Paraphrasing author: (Liam O Hare – Bella Caledonia)

 

 

 Westminster Civil Service, “Devolved Countries Unit” (Dirty Tricks) campaign team wins “special” Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service Award

Sir Jeremy Heywood, Sir Bob Kerslake and Sir Nicholas McPherson, the three amigo’s who ran the UK, collaborated and plotted against Scotland, marshalling the full might of the British State, attacking the Scottish government and supporters of the “Yes” campaign.

In the months after the referendum they publically expressed great satisfaction that their “Campaign of fear” had generated “fearties” in sufficient numbers so as to win the day for the Unionist coalition.

An award, in recognition of the civil servant’s outstanding achievement in making a difference on an issue of national significance, (the Referendum) was presented by the ”Cabinet Secretary and civil service head Sir Jeremy Heywood.

The proud team of strictly impartial, very senior civil servants commented afterwards;

* Paul Doyle;

“This award is for all the hard work that was done by all British government departments on the Scotland independence agenda. In all my experience of the civil service, I have never seen the civil service pull together in the way they did supporting the UK government, maintaining the United Kingdom.”

* William MacFarlane, Deputy Director at HM Treasury, (Budget and Tax Strategy);

“As civil servants you don’t get involved in politics. But for the first time in my life, suddenly we’re part of a political campaign. We were doing everything from the analysis, to the advertising, to the communications.

I just felt a massive sense of being part of the operation. This being recognized [at the Civil Service Awards], makes me feel just incredibly proud.”

* Shannon Cochrane;

“We’ve learned that it is possible for civil servants to work on things that are inherently political and quite difficult, and you’re very close to crosssing the line of what is allowable, but it’s possible to find your way through and to make a difference.”

 

* Mario Pisani Deputy Director at HM Treasury, (Public Policy);

“We all had something in common, we were fighting to save the Union, and it came so close. We just kept the UK intact by the skin of our teeth. I actually cried when the result came in.

After 10 years in the civil service, my proudest moment is tonight and receiving this award. As civil servants you don’t get involved in politics.

For the first time in my life, suddenly we’re part of a political campaign. We were doing everything from the analysis, to the advertising, to the communications.

I just felt a massive sense of being part of the operation. This being recognized [at the Civil Service Awards], makes me feel just incredibly proud.” (civilserviceworld)

 

 

Summary:

The outcome of the 2014 “Scottish Independence Referendum” confirmed that the Tory government utilised every weapon in its formidable arsenal of civil servants and other bodies of state in its determined action against Scots who simply wished to be free of the brutal Westminster control which has bound Scotland to England in an illegal “Treaty of union” for over 300 years.

Alert to the trickery and deviousness of the British State, Scots should ensure counter measures are in place before the next referendum preventing a similar outcome.

 

 

 

 

The DUP and the Orange Order in Scotland and Their Near 150,000 Scottish Voters Have Established Total Control of the Tory Party in Scotland-All the Evidence is in This Blog- Be Warned

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Orange Order of Scotland, supporters of the DUP and the Tory Party in Scotland

The Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland Grand Master Jim McHarg, in a speech in 2017 said:

“The bulk of the Lodge’s estimated 50,000 Scottish supporters are Tories, and more members of the Order are now serving as elected officials across Scotland than at any time in the past two decades.”

 

 

 

 

20 May 2010: Orange Order activist and DUP supporter, Richard Cook, creator of Conservative Future (Scotland)

The former Deputy Chairman of the Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party stated:

“I believe deeply in our party, its membership and in the need for a centre right party to represent the hundreds of thousands of Scots who believe in the same things we do.

Putting it bluntly, our General Election results were not good. In all but a few seats the people of Scotland turned out to stop the Tories and not to support us despite the worst economic disaster in British peace time history. It is time the Party strengthened Scottish (CFS) Conservative Future.

Conservative Future (Scotland) did a fantastic job of mobilising its members to help in constituencies across Scotland at the 2010 General Election. Now we need to do everything we can to support and grow this organisation.

They move faster, get through more and have a different view on life than our more mature members, and while they bring with them certain challenges they are an essential part of a vibrant political party.

In East Renfrewshire I was blessed to have the support of a large and very dedicated bunch of young people, largely students, who dedicated Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings – right through the bitter cold of last winter – to the canvass activity that helped grow our vote.

Richard Anderson, Ross McFarlane and Colin Taylor, to name just three, did everything they could to coordinate a group of 20+ young activists from Conservative Future branches at Glasgow University, Strathclyde University, Caledonian University and beyond – and what a job they did.

Not that their activities were restricted to canvassing.  There were the numerous thousands of leaflets they dropped through doors and the myriad of new ideas they brought forward to the benefit of our campaign.

These guys are from a generation of people who are among the first to have grown up with Labour as the political establishment. They look at the state of our economy and blame lack of job opportunities on our opposition, not the Tories.

For them the word “Tory” does not throw up bad memories of Conservative government and in seeking to end perceptions of a toxic brand we should be asking CFs members to be active participants in brand modernisation.

How do we help them? First of all we need to ask them what they need in order to be able to continue to grow and prosper.

We are talking about a generation of people who have grown up in an online world and for whom modern campaign techniques are second nature. As a result they have a very different outlook on life and will want to take us in exciting new directions – both in our structure and our campaign activities.

Then we need to help them deliver exciting organisations on the ground. This is particularly the case on University campuses where political celebrity is often used to attract new members.

People like Boris Johnson are extremely popular (hence the range of Boris material produced for CF use at Freshers’ Fairs) and with a young and dynamic new Prime Minister we need to use the positive images we have to their best advantage.

So, we need to help CFs branches organise good local events, with a good profile of speaker, and to support these events in person, where appropriate. Finally we must recognise that, in return for their support of campaigns in our constituencies we need to support them.

I intend to organise a CFs summer get together in Glasgow to thank them for their support of my campaign in East Renfrewshire. More importantly, I hope this will show Conservative Future (Scotland) we value their involvement and want to hear from them what direction they believe our Party should now take. (revivingourparty)

 

 

 

 

2011: Orange Order activists and DUP supporters, the ultra right-wing young conservatives band together under Ruth Davidson and the “Conservative Future” banner

In Scotland, at 2011, Tory Party membership had reduced to around 8000, many of whom were aged between 50-80. This created problems since it was not possible to conduct any meaningful electorate canvassing without troops on the ground and after being appointed leader of the Party in Scotland Ruth Davidson turned away from the “Tory Old Guard” instead preferring to raise the profile of her personally selected “Conservative Future” footsoldiers, so that they would cement and implement her doctrine in all areas of the Party in Scotland.

The Davidson, Orange Order and Unionist Tory Party youth wing in Scotland comprises party members aged 30 and younger. Students participate equally in the affairs of the Party enjoying active participation in the campaigns of their local MSPs, MP or Councillors at all levels of the Party structure

But there is a price to pay for creating a two tier Party and the behaviour of a number of young Tory thugs associated with an increasing number of unsavoury incidents gives warning to the electorate not to provide unfettered support to a political group closely modelled on the ideals of the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland (DUP).

 

 

 

12 September 2011: Ross Mcfarlane, Orange Order, DUP supporter and Conservative Future (Scotland) President & colleagues in Drunken Anti-Catholic Rant

Footage has emerged of Ross McFarlane, who was also the MSP’s election agent, setting fire to the EU standard, after a St Andrew’s Day dinner last year while he was wearing Glasgow University robes.

Video footage showed McFarlane and a number of fellow conservatives in Hyndland, in Glasgow’s West End, at 2am after the dinner, which was attended by Ruth Davidson and guest speaker, right-wing Tory MEP Roger Helmer. The footage showed three people, including McFarlane and another individual draped in a Union Flag, trying to burn the EU flag on the pavement. Struggling to set the cloth on fire, McFarlane said “F**k sake”, before adding: “Get a lighter.” An off-camera voice is heard to say: “Douse it.” At this point it becomes clear the group is planning to burn the flag using alcohol and a lighter. McFarlane is then seen to pour liquid on to the flag, prompting an associate to say: “What a waste of vodka, by the way.” A frustrated McFarlane exclaims: “Somebody get a lighter.” The failure to destroy the flag then becomes a source of merriment for a member of the group off-camera. He can be heard saying: “There’s more chance of f*****g seeing the Pope confess to paedophilia.” The group laughs. The same person then says: “There’s more chance of Hugh Dallas telling us he’s a f*****g tarrier.” – a derogatory term for an Irish Catholic. The jibe prompted more laughter. McFarlane finally set the flag alight. The group expressed its approval before one of them started to sing God Save The Queen. The fire petered out and McFarlane said: “S**t disnae burn, lads.”

 

 

 

25th September 2011: Richard Green, Orange Order, DUP supporter and former secretary of Conservative Future (Scotland) posts racist comments online

Stewart Green, Glasgow University graduate and former secretary of Conservative Future (Scotland) and a key figure behind the “Tory Hoose” blog, claimed it was not possible to be racist against “blacks” and said it did not matter how many black people went to university. Green was one of the Tory members previously embroiled in a EU flag-burning row.

Toryhoose.com was formed by senior party supporters in 2011 as a Scottish version of the acclaimed Conservative Home website. The blog described itself as a forum for “fresh thinking” in the Tories and was edited by activists.

Green, the site’s webmaster and “leadership editor” had also posted his controversial views on race elsewhere online. In a post on university admissions on microblogging site Twitter he said:

“Why’s it ‘racist to conclude no blacks good enough’? Wasn’t aware black was a race.” On the same day, he tweeted: “Shock: Oxbridge has only few black students. However, They have zero single armed, black, lesbian mothers. How outrageous.” He later said: “As far as I can see, racism is discrimination against a particular race. So you can be racist against Jews, but not against black people.” Green also tweeted: “An Asian festival is taking place a few doors up, either that or several cats are being strangled. Can’t quite decide which.” On UK Government policy towards Pakistan, he said the Asian country’s “first mistake” was “ending imperial rule”.

Green was also one of those present when a drunken young Conservative, Ross McFarlane, set fire to a European Union flag on a Glasgow street.

 

 

 

13 Nov 2011: Belfast born, Colin Taylor, Orange Order, DUP supporter and former President of Conservative Future (Scotland) praises the activities of the Ulster Volunteer Force

In her first week as national leader of the party, new Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson was embroiled in a sectarianism row after one of her party’s Holyrood staff posted song lyrics on Twitter glorifying Northern Irish terrorist group, the Ulster Volunteer Force.

It emerged that Belfast born Colin Taylor, a Glasgow University graduate and former president of Conservative Future Scotland (CFS),  was employed, at the public’s expense, in the Tory press and research unit in Holyrood had tweeted lyrics from the song “Here Lies a Soldier”, which sings the praises of the Ulster Volunteer Force, an anti-Catholic Northern Irish terrorist group. In his tweets Taylor casually referred to “tims” another offensive name for Catholics.

As embarrassing as such behaviour may have been for Davidson, it was her response to Taylor’s tweets that has earned her the most criticism. Taylor was allowed to keep his position, his punishment for his behaviour being no more than a “warning.” MSPs  called this “insufficient” and demanded  more “disciplinary proceedings” without success.

Peter Kearney, of the Catholic Media Office, said: “The Catholic Church in Scotland condemns in the strongest possible terms any sectarian behaviour or criminality, from any quarter whatsoever, as having no place in a civilised society.” (scottishpol)

 

 

 

20 September 2016: Ulsterman, Ian Donnell, Orange Order, DUP supporter and former chairman of Conservative Future (Scotland) at St Andrews University is guilty of election fraud

An investigation conducted by the Students Association at St Andrews University found that allegations of “election fraud” and other allegations of abuse of authority, against the St Andrews Conservative and Unionist Society Chairman and committee were in fact true.

There were a number of serious allegations including an anti-Roman Catholic sentiment within the Society. Stephan Maier, (member) said that at times there was a “general sentiment” of anti-Roman Catholic feeling in the Society stating that, anti-Roman Catholic remarks were made. He said: “I’m not someone who feels very uncomfortably easily myself, but I believe others would. People would easily be put off by that immediately, I completely agree with that. Certain people would feel their presence was unwanted, and their opinion carried little or no value because they were Roman Catholic. It put off people from joining or attending.”

A spokesman for the membership said: “It is some relief to be vindicated by the Union, and that our claims that the election had been unpleasant and corrupted have been confirmed.” (thesaint-online)

 

 

 

 

4 May 2017: Callum Purves, Orange Order, DUP supporter and former Conservative Future (Scotland) Society President found Guilty of Election Foul Play at St Andrews University elected to the Kinross Council

Purves and Ulsterman, Ian Donnell, (former society chairman and president) were investigated and found guilty of serious electoral foul play.

The odious behaviour of senior officers of the Society, many since promoted to senior positions within the Scottish Conservative Party was symptomatic of the failure, on the part of Ruth Davidson and her colleagues to provide leadership and guidance to younger members of her Party.

It is conjectured that, had the information contained in this article been made available to the Kinross electorate it is doubtful Purves would have been elected to serve as a councillor.

Might be he will do the right thing and stand down and submit himself for re-election. But “pigs might fly” before that happens.(thesaint-online)

 

 

 

 

19 May 2017: Orange Order activist and DUP supporter, Richard Cook, creator of Conservative Future (Scotland), at the centre of a £425,000 (DUP) major brexit funding scandal.

Cook is at the centre of a political scandal raging in Northern Ireland.

Back in February, an “openDemocracy” investigation found that donors had taken advantage of Northern Ireland’s secretive electoral laws to funnel hundreds of thousands of pounds to the DUP’s pro-Brexit campaign.

Under pressure, the DUP revealed that the party had received £425,622 from a group called ‘the Constitutional Research Council.

Nothing much is known about the Constitutional Research Council. It has no formal legal status. What is known is that Cook claimed he was the chairman. And he promised to fund the pro-union campaign in any future Scottish independence referendum, stating “More people with more money are ready to step up to the plate this time compared with the last referendum”.

He did not reveal who the people were.” The DUP refused to say who the backers behind the CRC were. But there is little to suggest that Cook himself is a major donor.   Conservative colleagues described Cook as “a nice but not a rich guy”.

He is also listed as an advisor on “Think Scotland”, a conservative-minded website funded by Scottish unionist businessman Robert Kilgour.

Think Scotland is owned by former Tory MSP Brian Monteith who was the head of press during the EU referendum, for Leave.EU, the campaign group run by Arron Banks. (openDemocracy)

Comment:

Cook has well established links, going back a number of years, with the Canadian registered data collection company, AggregateIQ which intervened plotting against Scots in support of “Better Together” in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum and in subsequent Scottish elections and Voteleave.EU in the Brexit campaign.

It is this company that is the most likely source of the £425,000 donation to Richard Cook.

This is evidenced by the submission, in the expenditure accounts to the Electoral Commission of an AggregateIQ copy invoice for digital advertising, in the name of Jeffrey Donaldson MP for £32,750.73.

But there was no record of the company building any pages for the DUP website at any point.

 

 

 

Orange Order activist and DUP supporter, Richard Cook is allied to a right-wing Eurosceptic pressure group “the Freedom Association”

Cook was the Scottish spokesperson for the Conservative Party, “Campaign Against Political Correctness”, which was closely allied to the Freedom Association, a right-wing Eurosceptic pressure group.

In 2009, Cook and Murdo Fraser addressed the “Freedom Association” at a fringe event at the Conservative party conference in Perth to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 election victory.

Freedom Association Chief Executive Simon Richards later praised Cook as “one of the hardest working PPC’s (Parliamentary Prospective Candidates) anywhere in the country”.

The “Freedom Association” also boasts well established historical links with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland.

Among its original founders was Ross McWhirter, a controversial journalist who campaigned for strict restrictions on Irish people in Britain, including making it compulsory for all Irish people in Britain to register with the local police and to provide signed photographs of themselves when renting flats or booking into hotels and hostel.

McWhirter was shot dead by the Provisional IRA in Enfield in 1975.

In 2007 and 2008, leading DUP politicians Jeffrey Donaldson and Sammy Wilson were involved in “Freedom Association” fact finding events in Northern Ireland.

At the time, the “Freedom Association” said it had taken a close interest in Ulster matters from its earliest days and was keen to strengthen its ties with the province and to demonstrate its support for the Union.

Donaldson was the chair of the DUP’s Leave.EU campaign – his name appeared on the election material that the CRC’s £425,000 donation paid for – and Wilson was a prominent pro-Brexit DUP voice throughout the campaign, regularly appearing in the media.

An SNP spokesperson said: “These are deeply concerning allegations. The fact that we still do not know the source of such a significant amount of cash used to help bankroll the Brexit campaign is unacceptable, and cannot be allowed to continue.

Just as concerning are the apparent links to the highest levels of the Scottish Tory party.

Ruth Davidson must clarify what links she has with Mr Cook, and whether her party has helped itself to money from the same murky sources.” (The Independent)

 

 

 

 

2 Oct 2017: Orange Order supporter, Murdo Fraser Tory (MSP)

Fraser, a well known and unashamed anti-Catholic bigot, tweets sly sectarian driven innuendo almost daily alongside his Sevco tweets and his party never censor him.

The Scottish Tory’s clearly don’t give a toss about their MSP’s openly publishing and voicing anti-Catholic sentiments stirring the sectarian pot, they know their behaviour will not be condemned by the Scottish press and will be embraced by the Orange Order Unionists anticipating that the exposure will increase their vote share allowing them to carry on, and that sums up the Tory “one nation conservatism”.

Fraser tweeted, after the Bayern game about Celtic’s elimination from the Champions League: “Don’t you hate Scottish teams being dragged out of Europe against their will? And on Reformation Day too.”

After an “old firm” match in 2016 Fraser tweeted: “Rangers 5 Celtic 4 – The Queen’s 11 deliver Her Majesty the perfect Birthday present.”

Tweets, designed to increase the pain of losing confirm the mindset of the man who associates Brexit and Protestantism with Celtic’s elimination from the Champions League. And this from a political nobody who has sat in the Scottish parliament for nearly 20 years collecting his taxpayer funded salary as an MSP without ever being elected.

 

The Tory Party in Scotland is Nearing Cracking Point as the Battle for Supremacy Looms – Will Mad Murdo or Ruth the Mooth Win the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09 December 2007: Murdo Fraser, Tory (List) MSP, for Mid-Scotland and Fife belatedly admits to the theft of a university memorial to Nelson Mandela the late South African President.

As an active member of the Federation of Conservative Students (FCS) in Aberdeen during the 1980s Fraser said he had “appropriated” a plaque honouring Mandela but had recently returned the engraved “trophy” to students.

However, his alma mater’s union has still to see any sign of it. And Fraser’s act has been condemned as “outrageous” and “infantile” by a senior lecturer at the university.

The list MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife graduated from Aberdeen with an LLB in 1986 before becoming the chairman of both the Scottish and UK Young Conservatives.

During that time he gained a reputation as a champion of ultra right-wing causes. And could not resist stirring up controversy when his fellow undergraduates named a room in the students’ union after the South African freedom fighter.

The removal of the plaque sparked outrage on campus but the culprit remained untraced and the metal memorial was never returned. When Mandela was freed in 1990 and then went on to become president in 1994 it became largely forgotten.

Having decided to return the plaque, Fraser, in a talk at a Christmas party organised by current members of the university’s Conservative Association said:

“At one point in time in the 1980s the Aberdeen University Union housed the rather grandly titled Nelson Mandela TV Lounge. One night the plaque to this lounge was appropriated by a person or persons unknown. All that I can say is that it came into my possession and has remained there for around 20 years. This was a bit of a student prank aimed at winding up some of the lefties on campus and there was certainly no malice involved. It was not meant to be taken seriously.”

 

 

 

Dr Michael Dyer, a long-serving member of the university’s politics and international relations department, felt Fraser’s “outrageous prank” was misguided and out of touch. He said:

“By and large at that time there was a recognition across a wide political spectrum that Mandela’s imprisonment was unjust.  Mrs Thatcher, of course, chose to regard him as a terrorist – possibly reflecting the views of her husband and his cronies, her own eccentricity and cussedness towards fashionable liberal causes. Conservative students were few in those days and those that joined such an unfashionable cause deliberately adopted ‘nutty’ right-wing views largely, one suspects, for the hell of it and to out-Thatcher the Thatcherites. Fraser’s action simply reflected the infantile nature of much right-wing student activity.” (The Scotsman)

 

 

Paraphrasing author Ian Smith, who knew Fraser at Aberdeen university and wrote in his (15 Nov 2016 blog

Actually, I will digress for a moment about Murdo Fraser, who only last month declared on Twitter: “I’m British and I’m staying that way.”

I remember him as a fellow student during my college days at Aberdeen in the 1980s, where he was a member of the Federation of Conservative Students (FCS).

When Murdo and his FCS mates weren’t strutting around the campus waving the Union Jack, they were behaving like pillocks towards “GAY” students and singing “Hang Nelson Mandela!” at discos whenever the DJ played the “Free Nelson Mandela” anthem, and making nuisances of themselves in pubs yelling “F*** the Pope!”.

The FCS were an organisation so obnoxiously right-wing that they embarrassed even (on your bike) Norman Tebbit, then the Conservative Party Chairman and a fair bit to the right of Vlad the Impaler in his own political beliefs; and he had them disbanded in 1986. (bloodandporridge)

 

Scottish Home Secretary David Mundell. Supporter of LGBT rights

 

 

Comment: Acceptance of the foregoing provides evidence that for Fraser being a white, hetrosexual, Protestant, Orangeman and British nationalist is all good; whereas being a Scottish nationalist, Catholic or GAY is unspeakably bad.

Quite how his profile gels with the policies of the leader of his party, in particular her high profile support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Scotland is difficult to comprehend.

 

 

 

The Tory Party in Scotland is structured around two camps:

1. Conservative Future, which includes Party members under 30yo who support the ultra right wing agenda of the Scottish Tory Party and its links with the DUP and Orange Lodge in Scotland but retaining deeply held reservations about the LGBT aspect of policy.

2. Old school conservatives sidelined by Ruth Davidson in favour of her young guns.

Any indication of division within the Tory Party leading to a repeat of the bitter in-fighting it is infamous

for will see a return of the old guard and the demise of Conservative Future and its distasteful objectives.

 

 

Those with an inclination to vote to remain with the UK in the next referendum should be fully aware of the consequence of their actions

 

 

 

 

 

Martin John Callanan, (Baron Callanan)

Is an ultra right wing Tory Party politician and UK Government Minister. He was Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for North East England from 1999 to 2014 and Chairman of the European Tory and Reformists group from 2011 to 2014.

Failing to win re-election in the 2014 European Parliament elections it was announced that he would be made a Conservative life peer.

Following the 2017 general election, Callanan was made Minister of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

 

 

 

20 Mar 2018: Britain will quit the EU ‘without a deal’ if Parliament decides to vote down Theresa May’s final proposals

Speaking in the House of Lords, Tory minister Lord Callanan said that the UK would fall back on basic World Trade Organisation rules if the eventual Brexit deal was rejected by MPs or peers.

His remarks are the clearest yet from any minister of the consequences of losing the “meaningful vote” promised to Tory rebels and Labour last year.

His statement confirms the “yes” answer Brexit Secretary David Davis gave when asked in the Commons for reassurance that the UK would leave the EU on 29 March 2019 even if Parliament rejected the final deal in the debate on the proposed bill.  (huffingtonpost)

 

 

Baron Callanan, Theresa May’s new Brexit minister advocates scrapping EU workers’ safeguards for pregnant women and agency workers.

Callanan, when the Tory MEP for the North East of England – expressed a desire to abolish the whole employment and social affairs directorate during a debate in the European Parliament.

In a video of his speech he told the European Parliament:

“There is one action we could take right now to show businesses our commitment to growth.

One of the best ways for the EU to speed up growth is to scrap the employment and social affairs directorate in the commission, and repatriate its responsibilities to national governments.

Then we could scrap the working time directive, the agency workers’ directive, the pregnant workers’ directive and all the other barriers to actually employing people.” (The Independent)

Video’s here:  https://www.youtube.com/user/MartinCallananMEP

 

 

 

 

 

The Labour Party and the Tory Government Are at Risk of Being Indicted by President Trump and Sanctioned – Sorry Kezia This Includes You

 

 

 

 

16 Feb 2018 Washington, USA: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Issues Indictments Against Russians

Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies, accusing them of setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts, buying Facebook ads and violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process.

But two of the indicted entities, Concord Management and Concord Catering had been placed under sanctions in 2014 by President Obama’s Executive Order 13661, and without evidence the indictment against them is useless and of no consequence since it can never be served.

 

Mueller indicts Russian nationals

 

 

Expanding on the charges Mueller stated:

“From, in or around 2014, the defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other (and with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury) to defraud the United States by impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the government through fraud and deceit for the purpose of interfering with the U.S. political and electoral processes, including the presidential election of 2016.”

The indictments as framed break new ground since there are no statutes in US election campaign laws expressly forbidding anyone, foreign or domestic from creating Facebook posts and tweets supportive or otherwise of a candidate.

The prosecutorial overreach is without precedence and has negative implications for the First Amendment of the US constitution.

 

Robert Mueller

 

 

Legislation quoted by Mueller in support of the indictments

The United States of America, through the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of State, regulates the activities of foreign individuals and entities in and affecting the United States in order to prevent, disclose, and counteract improper foreign influence on U.S. elections and on the U.S. political system. Specifically:

1. U.S.law bans foreign nationals from making certain expenditures or financial disbursements within the United States for the purposing of influencing federal elections.

2. U.S.law also bars agents of any foreign entity from engaging in political activities within the United States without first registering with the Attorney General.

3. U.S.law requires certain foreign nationals seeking entry to the United States to obtain a visa by providing truthful and accurate information to the government.

 

Robert Mueller

 

 

4 Jun 2018: Status of the Indictments

As at 4 Jun 2018 there have been no arrests associated with the indictment.

Despite extensive references to violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, (FARA) none of the charges brought against any of the persons or entities involves FARA.

The indictment reveals that preparation for the 2016 operation had been put in place by the FBI way back in 2013 and was well advanced by 2014.

The FBI confirmed that the group had pursued an “anyone but Hillary” strategy, throughout the period 2014-2016 denigrating other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, whilst supporting a number of candidates including, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Jill Stein.

There is nothing in the indictment offering evidence to the effect that any U.S.citizen became aware of the accuseds’ identities, including members of the Trump campaign.

The indictment contains extensive email quotes from one of the indicted persons and a family member and between others and unnamed U.S. citizens revealing that all of the accused were aware they had been on the FBI radar and under surveillance for well over a year.

This begs the question. Why did the FBI sit on the information it had gathered on the Russians doing nothing until 2017 when they provided the report to Special Counsel Mueller?

 

Robert Mueller

 

 

The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign was a model of impropriety?

The Clinton Campaign actively colluded with foreign nationals who reportedly swarmed all over US swing states at their invitation.

Accepting Mueller’s indictment is lawful it follows therefore it was a violation of the same U.S.law, for the Hillary Clinton campaign to specifically invite “at least 70 British leftist, Labour activists and trade unionists” to campaign for Clinton in Charlotte, North Carolina and other swing states in the 2016 presidential campaign.

BuzzFeed UK political editor Jim Waterson wrote two days before the U.S. election;

“If you live in a swing state in the US, don’t be surprised if you encounter a volunteer with a British accent trying to convince you to vote for Hillary Clinton.

At least 70 British Labour activists have swarmed the city of Charlotte in North Carolina after answering the call, while officials from the British GMB trade union have also been out campaigning in Philadelphia and other volunteers from the UK are spread out across key swing states such as Ohio and Wisconsin.

Jen Thornton, who normally works in the office of Jo Stevens MP, the shadow secretary of state for Wales was just one of between 100-400 British volunteers who went to the US to campaign for Clinton against Trump.

She daid: “We’re all in Charlotte and it does feel like we’ve definitely increased their capacity. We’re all connected and have worked for “Stronger In” or for Labour MPs. Some are councillors.”

So the Clinton/British Labour activist campaign blatantly colluded with what the indictment refers to as “foreign individuals” and “foreign nationals” to exert what the indictment specifically refers to as “improper foreign influence on U.S. elections and on the U.S.political system.” an outright violation of US law.

Kezia Dugdale herself travelled to the US on 2 occasions in the period of the Presidential campaign and boasted she had joined the campaign for the Democratic candidate on both occasions. She said: “I spent my time in the US “phone banking” for Hillary Clinton.

The Scottish Labour Party was also in turmoil during her absence in the US for a total period of five weeks since it was at a time of momentous political events, such as the resignation of David Cameron, the appointment of Theresa May and Owen Smith throwing his hat into the ring challenging Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership contest which caused major divisions within the party.

She left the Party rudderless by refusing to delegate the running of the party in her absence to Alex Rowley, the Deputy Leader.

A Labour Party spokesman later defended her absence in the US assisting Hillary Clinton offering “Whilst in the US, Kez remained in constant contact with staff in Scotland. Modern technology is a wonderful thing.”

 

 

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, commenting on the conduct of Hillary Clinton, recruiting ex MI6 agent Christopher Steele to gather incriminating information from Russian contacts on Trump said:

“The collusion is right in front of our eyes. Just because you hire a lawyer who hires a firm who hires a former British spy to make contacts with Russians — that means that you were colluding with the Russians.”

Which is to say, not only did the Clinton campaign collude with the Russians.  It also colluded with British Labour Party activists and Trade Unionists.

In the latter case boasting to the media that it had placed many foreign nationals in at least four swing states — North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin — to actively and openly campaign for Clinton against Trump.

 

 

 

After nearly two years of Special Counsel, Mueller’s investigations there is still no evidence that any member of the Trump campaign team colluded with President Putin or any member of the Russian government.

President Trump is now applying judicial pressure, with the support of Republican and Democratic senators requesting that the inquiry be brought to an end.

If successful in his efforts he will immediately set up another inquiry investigating the conduct of the Clintons, Obama and the FBI and their dealings with foreign nationals.

This might reveal interference in the Presidential campaign by the Tory government and the Labour Party placing at risk the much vaunted US-UK alliance.

 

 

 

Recommened reading

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/lots-of-british-people-are-in-the-usa-campaigning-for-hillar?utm_term=.svANz1l7K#.vbxdDZKR9

https://spectator.org/hillary-campaign-colluded-with-british-labourites/

https://twitter.com/jenthornton01/status/792907460004683776/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeed.com%2Fjimwaterson%2Flots-of-british-people-are-in-the-usa-campaigning-for-hillary

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/01/hillary-clinton-remain-leave-vote-donald-trump-populism

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/kezia-dugdale-backs-hillary-clinton-for-us-president-1-4280521

https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/politics/kezia-dugdale-joins-hillary-clinton-campaign-in-new-york-1-4273190

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14863328.display/

https://disobedientmedia.com/2018/04/all-russiagate-roads-lead-to-london-as-evidence-emerges-of-joseph-mifsuds-links-to-uk-intelligence/