Francesca Osowska – The Lowest Point Of Her Career Was working as Principal Private Secretary to Alex Salmond – It Was Challenging” she says, with a heavy emphasis on the word challenging. Make of it What you Wish

 

 

Francesca Osowska, Director: The Commonwealth Games and Sport ...

 

 

 

 

12 Jul 2017: Francesca Osowska appointed Scottish Natural Heritage chief executive

The new Scottish Natural Heritage’s new chief executive will take up her post on 1 October 2017.

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “I am delighted to approve the appointment of Francesca Osowska as chief executive of Scottish Natural Heritage. Francesca’s wealth of experience in leading transformational change and of government policy should be a great asset to SNH, and I look forward to working with her.

She was principal private secretary to Alex Salmond as First Minister between 2007 and 2009, then in December 2009 moved to become director for Culture, External Affairs and Tourism.

Osowska was appointed director for Housing, Regeneration and the Commonwealth Games in the Scottish Government in January 2010 and subsequently moved to the post of director for the Commonwealth Games and Sport in January 2013.

She was appointed as director for the Scotland Office, reporting to David Mundell in the UK Government in January 2015. She was awarded an OBE for services to Government (unclear which) and the Commonwealth Games in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours in January 2015.

 

 

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Scottish Natural Heritage – Annual Running Costs:

Total Budget. £48Million approx:

Staffing costs. £26.5Million approx: (about 55%)

Staffing composition:

Board. 10. (4 male 6 female)

Senior leadership team. 8. (3 male 5 Female)

Employees. 712. (308 male 422 female)

Total staffing: 730

 

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Just weeks after she took up her post in what was reported to be the biggest challenge to her organizational abilities she elected to be interviewed by the Herald’s Mark Smith. And she opens with an attack on her time spent with Alex Salmond to whom she was the Principal Private Secretary from 2007-2009. Judge for yourself the references to working at Bute House at midnight. A prophetic article indeed!!!!!!!!

 

Associate feature: Connecting with nature to boost youth mental health

 

 

 

28 Nov 2017: Alex Salmond and Francesca Osowska: wrestling with politics’ big beast

Francesca Osowska has some pretty big challenges to wrestle with, in her new job as chief executive of Scottish Natural Heritage. Should we reintroduce wolves and lynx to Scotland? Should the controversial culling of wild hares continue? Can we save the capercaillie?

But none of the critical questions about Scotland’s iconic species quite compares to her days wrestling with one of the big beasts of politics: the former First Minister Alex Salmond. The subject of Mr. Salmond crops up while Osowska and I are talking about her impressive career in government and the civil service.

Osowska, who’s 47, has been, among other things, an economist at the Scottish Office, director for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and head of the UK Government in Scotland.

But when I ask her what the lowest point of her career was, she mentions her time as principal private secretary to Alex Salmond from 2007 to 2009. She then says she’s going to have to be very careful about what she says next, which is not a surprise from Osowska.

After a long career in the civil service, the way she talks can be a bit jargony, slick and ultimately aimed at avoiding answering the question – a bit Sir Humphrey. She pauses for a bit then decides on the words she wants to use.

“There were times when I was working as principal private secretary to the former First Minister Alex Salmond which were challenging,” she says, with a heavy emphasis on the word challenging. “I would find myself at Bute House at midnight in front of my computer thinking “oh s**t, how am going to resolve this by 8am?” Long hours. Challenging issues.

There’s no doubt that, after years in the civil service, Osowska is used to working in stressful environments at the highest levels. Indeed, if anything, her new post at Scottish Natural Heritage ramps up the stress even further. More here: Mark Smith:

https://www.heraldscotland.com/life_style/15687702.alex-salmond-and-francesca-osowska-wrestling-with-politics-big-beast”

 

Francesca Osowska #LandUseConf - YouTube

 

 

 

Bring Them Home

 

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Bring Them Home

Irish republicans in Northern Ireland are rightly milking Westminster financially whilst denying the corrupt political system in support of their cause.

The party has achieved much more than any other grouping in Westminster and have taken their aspirations for total independence from the Unionists to a stage much closer than that of Scotland.

All this despite the on-going gerrymandering of the Ulster Unionists and Westminster politicians.

SNP MP’s wishing to progress the cause of Scottish independence should adopt the tactics of the Irish republicans but with the addition of taking the oath of allegiance to the Queen since our argument is not with her at this time.

This would ensure all the benefits of the Westminster system would be available to our MP’s who would fully discharge their duties to their constituents but would not contribute to any of the political debates in the House of Commons, except where there was a clear advantage to Scotland for them to do so.

I am fed up to my back teeth watching our political representatives being humiliated daily by arrogant perverted Unionist MP’s of all parties, including some Scots, who are protecting the Status Quo, not for the benefit of Scotland but to ensure their milking of the financial trough gathered through exorbitant taxation is maintained.

Bring our MP’s home.

 

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In 2014 Many Campaigners For Independence Warned That Rejection of Independence Would Result in the Imposition of a Dystopian Future on Scots – Thanks Mainly Due to Near 400,000 English Voters Resident in Scotland That Omen is Fulfilled

 

 

 

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Message for Dominic Cummings and the dystopian Tory Government – As did Rasputin, your end will see you on the bottom of the River Neva in chains.

 

Two of the most important blogs posted by myself. A must-read

https://caltonjock.com/2018/08/26/a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glory-of-its-widespread-abuse-of-the-electorate-part-one/

https://caltonjock.com/2018/08/27/a-bunch-of-spivs-crooks-and-wide-boys-the-tory-party-basks-in-the-glory-of-its-widespread-abuse-of-the-electorate-part-two/

 

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The Endless Attrition of Whitehall Civil Service

The Whitehall Civil Service model is being replaced by a system of ‘New Political Governance’ (NPG) centred on:

1. Politicized campaigning.

2. The burgeoning growth of political advisory staff relative to the permanent civil service.

3. The personalization of bureaucratic appointments.

4. The creation of a government machine that is ‘promiscuously partisan’.

Institutional changes are rapidly unfolding at a critical time, as Whitehall prepares to support Tory Ministers in carrying out the Brexit process while addressing a series of long-term structural challenges from the demographic pressures of an ageing society and the impact of climate change.

The Tory Government imposition of Austerity since 2010 has had a further transformative effect on Whitehall, with drastic reductions in the civil service workforce, the restructuring of government agencies, and a reconfiguration of the traditional roles and responsibilities of the permanent civil service. (The End of Whitehall? Patrick Diamond)

 

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Jan. 2020: Baldrick Cummings launches blistering attack on meddling civil service hellbent on thwarting Brexit

At a meeting for ministerial advisers in Downing Street, Johnson’s strategy chief accused some mandarins of failing to grasp the Government’s vision of a clean break from the EU.

Cummings, who previously masterminded the Vote Leave referendum campaign, delivered his tirade at the regular Friday meeting for ministerial special advisers. He told them:

“The Government won the election on a very clear vision of our future relationship with the EU. But the process of setting up a new “Task Force Europe” under the Prime Minister’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost has revealed resistance to a full break with Brussels among some pockets of Whitehall. It is clear from the discussions that certain members of the team have been having that not every part of the Government has fully absorbed that vision of our future relationship with the EU. Civil servants have to accept that the UK’s transition out of EU regulations, due to end on December 31, will not be extended. The Government will push for “a normal, third-country relationship-based, if possible, on a Canada-style free trade agreement”. The UK will leave the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union and will not align with Brussels regulations after Brexit.” (Express)

 

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Number of SpAds passes 100 under Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has expanded the government’s team of taxpayer-funded special advisers, with some being paid more than £100,000 a year.

Lee Cain, the director of communications, Sir Eddie Lister, the chief strategic adviser, and Munira Mirza, the director of the No 10 policy unit and co-author of the Tories’ 2019 election manifesto, are listed as the top earners, with a further four earning between £120,000 and £129,999.

Dominic Cummings, the chief special adviser to the prime minister, is paid between £95,000 and £99,999, according to details published in the Government’s annual report on special advisers.

The list shows staffing has increased from 99 full-time-equivalent employees under Theresa May to 108 under Johnson.

The prime minister’s personal advisory team has also expanded, with 44 members of staff now in place compared with May’s 37.

The total cost for SpAd staffing was £9.6m in the period from 1 April 2018 and 31 March this year, compared with £8.9m in the previous 12 months.

A government spokesman said: “Special advisers help ensure the government delivers on its election promises to the public like investing in the NHS and getting Brexit done. They protect the integrity and impartiality of the civil service by clearly separating out the provision of political advice to ministers. Opposition political parties receive almost £11m in taxpayer funding from Short Money and Cranborne Money in 2018-19.”

The total annual cost to the taxpayers is around £30m. (PoliticsHome)

 

 

An Expanding Profile of Alister Jack – Information Added Ad Hoc – Check Daily If You Find the Content To Be of Interest – Wednesday Update

 

 

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Sep. 2018: Jack’s rapid and undeserved rapid promotion

Only 14 months following his election to the Dumfries and Galloway constituency, Jack will be taking up an additional role as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Baroness Evans, the leader of the House of Lords.

As PPS he will be an important liaison working with the Whips’ offices in both Houses particularly with key Brexit legislation coming forward in the coming months.

His role is to advise the Leader of the Lords and the Front Bench on what is happening in the Commons in terms of Parliamentary business. This includes providing an up-to-date assessment of the Parliamentary party, reporting on what is coming up and how it fits into the Government’s legislative agenda. He will also relay what the Lords are thinking back to the Government.

Jack said: “I hope my additional responsibilities will give me even greater opportunity to raise awareness of constituency issues at UK ministerial level. My first priority will always remain the people of Dumfries and Galloway and I’m honoured to be playing this role at such a crucial time for our country.”

Comment: Confirmation Jack was a prime mover, in the introduction and development of the hardline Tory Brexit policy that brought about the demise of Theresa May. His actions directly contradict his statement that his priority will always be the people of Dumfries and Galloway who voted to remain within the European Union. His loyalty is to the right-wing Tory Party and its damaging dogma which is bringing so much harm to Scotland.

Mundell, who was sacked by Boris Johnson, described Jack as a “Brexiteer” and followed up with the comment that he had been forced out so that Johnson could mould a Cabinet in his own shape, promoting those who would back a no-deal Brexit.

Jack has always been against Scottish devolution and is also a hardline opponent of Scottish independence and made it clear following his appointment that he would use his position to “defend the Union against those who would seek to tear it apart”.

 

 

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The Jack Family of Dumfries

Alister Jack was born in Dumfries in 1963. His parents were David William (1936-1982) Jack and Jean Douglas Pringle (1941- ****).

He was educated at Dalbeattie Primary School, Crawfordton House, and Glenalmond College, (near Perth).

His father, a farmer died aged only 46y in 1982 when Jack was just completing his education at Glenalmond.

His mother Jean (one of the Hawick resident, Douglas and Pringle families) married John Glen Alexander Tulloch (1940-****) in 1985.

The Tulloch family is well connected at the highest levels of society and businessman and landowner John owns a number of estates and businesses in Scotland and wider afield.

As Jean Douglas Tulloch she was appointed to and held the position of Lord-Lieutenant for Dumfries from (2006-2016).

She took up ownership of Courance Farm, near Lockerbie, on the death of her first husband and gifted it to her son when she retired.

Alister is married to Ann Hodgson (1965-****), they live northeast of Dumfries and have three children;

Baroness Emily Ann Sweerts de Landis (nee Jack),(1981): Who married into a European family of note and wealth. Gifted academically she founded and runs her own successful business in London,

Alice (1991): Is the Operations manager of the Jack family business.

Will (1996): On completion of postgraduate studies at Oxford Brookes University he took up employment, in 2018 as a Graduate Surveyor with, DohertyBaines, a Commercial Real Estate Company based in London.

Alister is a former Deputy Lieutenant for Dumfries, (one rung down the ladder from his mum) and deputy-chairman of the River Annan and District Salmon Fishery Board and the River Annan Trust.

He is also a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers.

 

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2013: Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) funding 2014-2020 – Financial allocations for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales remains the same for the next funding period.

This means that the historic intra-UK split of direct payments remains in place and the additional convergence funding received by the UK because of Scotland’s poor per hectare payment rate will be split between the UK countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scotland’s allocation of CAP funds, by hectare
Scotland now has the lowest amount of direct farm funding, per hectare of farmland, in the EU.

Average per hectare direct payments across EU countries in 2020

 

 

The Convergence Mechanism

During the negotiation of the 2014-2020 CAP programme at EU level, a convergence mechanism was agreed. This aimed to bring the amount of Pillar 1 funding all Member States received closer to the EU average, based on a per-hectare payment measure. The average EU payment rate was €268 per ha1. So, Member States with low payment rates per hectare received additional money.

As the graph below shows, Scotland had a very low per hectare payment rate at the time.

Scotland’s allocation of CAP funds in 2013

 

 

 

Late spring of 2019: The allocation of CAP funding in the UK has remained controversial since 2013 and responding to pressure from the Scottish government the UK Government initiated an independent review (the Bew review) into the factors that should be considered to make sure that funding for domestic farm support is fairly allocated. More information here:

(https://digitalpublications.parliament.scot/ResearchBriefings/Report/2019/6/25/A-review-of-convergence-funding-for-agriculture-in-Scotland#The-Convergence-Mechanism)

 

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Late Sep 2019: Boris Johnson buys the Aberdeen and North East Scotland farming community votes and stupid is as stupid as they fall for the empty promise

On a short stopover visit to Aberdeen Johnson announced that £160 million of European convergence funding wrongly withheld from Scottish farmers almost three years ago will be released to the Scottish government shortly. Johnson, who was in Aberdeenshire to meet local farmers, said:

“For too long, Scottish farmers have been given a poor deal by the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, which is why we are taking this opportunity to change things for the better. I also made a pledge to resolve the historic funding gap for Scottish farmers and delivering on this promise has been a priority since I became Prime Minister. Today’s announcement is the first step in making sure future funding is fairly allocated across the UK, taking into account the unique farming environments in Scotland”.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack hailed the belated release of the £160 million funding for farmers, saying: “This is a brilliant boost. I’m absolutely delighted by this announcement and know our hard-working farmers across Scotland will welcome it warmly. Leaving the EU will give us a historic opportunity to tailor support better to Scotland’s unique farming environment. This is something I’ve lobbied for as a backbench MP and will continue to pursue as Scotland Secretary.”

NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick described the money as being the “largest funding uplift for the sector in recent memory”. And stated: “Securing a fair agricultural funding settlement that recognizes the flaws in the historic approach has been a priority for NFU Scotland. We thank Lord Bew for undertaking this review and his conclusions on how agricultural funding should be allocated.”

Ian Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, said:

“Three years too late, the cash is coming to Scotland”. And SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson said: “It was the Tory government who stole tens of millions of European cash from the pockets of Scottish farmers. Boris Johnson is a thief returning to the scene of the crime. In doing so, he is reminding voters across the North East how disastrous his Brexit plans will be with experts predicting Aberdeen will be the worst-hit city in the whole of the UK.”

A Labour Party spokesperson commented:

“Boris Johnson’s disastrous plan for a no-deal Brexit will be calamitous for Scottish farming. It will create a crisis in seasonal farm work and NFU Scotland has previously warned his plans could mean tariffs on exports of up to 65% on beef and 46% on lamb. This Prime Minister is no friend to Scottish agriculture and he should do what Labour and businesses the length and breadth of the country are telling him to do – stop playing games and take no-deal off the table.”

 

 

 

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The Register of Members’ Financial Interests: As of 17 June 2019 – Alister Jack (Dumfries and Galloway)

1. Employment and earnings

Until 21 February 2019, the non-executive chairman and director of Fulling Mill Ltd (manufacturer of fishing flies). Received £15,000 a year, paid monthly, for an estimated 60-80 hrs a year, chairing four board meetings a year and giving general advice.

2. Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organization or indirectly via a central party organization

Name of donor: John Cooper: Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £6,000 paid to my campaign fund.

Name of donor: David D Stevenson: Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000 to my campaign fund

Name of donor: John Cooper: Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £6,000 paid to my campaign fund.

 

6. Land and property portfolio: (i) value over £100,000 and/or (ii) giving rental income of over £10,000 a year

Agricultural land in Dumfries and Galloway:

Two cottages in Dumfries and Galloway:

Salmon fishery in Dumfries and Galloway:

7. Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital

Atlantic Solway Holdings Ltd; investment holding company.

Cantco Ltd; Lloyds insurance underwriting.

Courance Farms.

Edinburgh Self Storage Ltd.

Fishfigure Ltd; fishing app.

Mollin HEP Ltd; hydro-electric power.

 

7. (ii) Other shareholdings, valued at more than £70,000

One Rebel Ltd; fitness club.

Privet Capital Aeromet LP; supplier of aluminium and magnesium castings.

Privet Capital Pyser LP; supplier of precision optical and electro-optical equipment.

Rars Woodlands Ltd; Christmas tree grower.

Rars Woodlands 2 Ltd; Christmas tree grower.

Rars Woodlands 3 Ltd; Christmas tree grower.

Thomas Murray Network Management Ltd; custody rating on the global securities services industry.

8. Miscellaneous

Unpaid Director of Atlantic Salmon Trust, a charity for the conservation of wild salmon.

Until December 2018, unpaid Chairman of Fisheries Management Scotland, an umbrella organization for all fishery boards and trusts in Scotland.

From December 2018, an unpaid director (formerly Chairman) of River Annan Trust, a charity promoting conservation work in the River Annan Catchment.

From December 2018, an unpaid board member (formerly Chairman) of the River Annan and District Salmon Fishery Board.

Unpaid Director of Atlantic Solway Holdings Ltd; investment holding company.

Unpaid Director of Cantco Ltd; Lloyds insurance underwriting.

So much personal business to attend to. Where does he find the time to fully discharge his duties to his constituents as an MP?

 

 

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Alister Jack MP is the new Secretary of State for Scotland after Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on his first day in office, sacked David Mundell.

Alistair Jack has been a Member of the UK Parliament since the General Election of 2017 representing Dumfries and Galloway which he won with a whopping 43.3% of the vote, ousting the sitting SNP MP who got 32.4%. Since then he has been rather quiet in the House of Commons.

They Work For You is an excellent site for checking how your MP’s voted on different issues. How did Alister Jack vote?:

Against

Laws promoting equality and human rights
UK membership of the EU
Higher Taxes on banks
Transferring more powers to the Welsh Assembly
Transferring more powers to the Scottish Parliament
Financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods

For

Raising the threshold at which people pay Income Tax
Measures to reduce tax avoidance
New High-Speed Rail Infrastructure
Reducing the amount of funding local government gets from central government

He spoke in 11 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.

He received answers to 10 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.

So that is Alister Jack’s record so far as MP for Dumfries and Galloway.

What about the man himself?

He was born on the 7th of July 1963 and went to Dalbeattie Primary School. Then he went on to Crawfordton House—a private prep school near Moniaive, Dumfriesshire—onwards to Glenalmond College, at that time an all-boys independent boarding school and finally Heriot-Watt University.

From there he made a fortune buying, founding and selling businesses. He owns 1200 acres of land near Lockerbie on which there is a dairy farm.

Let us not forget either that Alister Jack is a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers.

Secretary State for Scotland

Since the setting up of the Scottish Parliament, it has been difficult to justify having the office of Secretary State for Scotland. Indeed it has been suggested many times that the position does not fit with a devolved system.

The role according to the UK Government:

The main role of the Scottish Secretary is to promote and protect the devolution settlement. Other responsibilities include promoting partnership between the UK government and the Scottish government, and relations between the 2 Parliaments.

It might surprise folk that despite this limited job description a massive new building has been constructed in Edinburgh for the Secretary of State for Scotland.

The new building – Queen Elizabeth House – will also house HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Another hub will also be opened in Glasgow. From the start of 2020, these buildings will be filled with UK civil servants – 3,000 in the Edinburgh one.

The offices will be equipped with the latest IT equipment.

At the handing over of the keys, the then Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said he was very much looking forward to inviting the Westminster cabinet to meet in it. Oops, that’ll be Alister Jack’s job now.

It is difficult to find out much about Alister Jack’s work in the UK Parliament and for his constituency but here is a short video featuring the past and present Secretaries of State for Scotland after their election in 2017. (Fiona Grahame of the Orkney News 20 Jan 2020)

 

 

 

A list of Farmer Jacks Business Interests

 

 

 

Scottish Tory MP has over £70,000 of shares invested in Jardine Matheson Holdings (JMH), which is incorporated in Bermuda.

Farmer Jack has significant business interests and declares shares in 16 companies, in 10 of which his personal holding is worth at least £70,000.

One of the entities is “industrial conglomerate” JMH, which is an Asian-based business group. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and provides management services to companies in the wider group.

JMH was incorporated in 1984 in Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory that can provide tax advantages to firms that register on the island.

JMH is chaired by Eton-educated Sir Henry Keswick. Jack declared £3,000 of support from Sir Henry in the following Westminster declaration category: “Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organization or indirectly via a central party organization.”

Jack also declared £5,000 from Percy Weatherall, who is listed as a JMH director, in the same category on his MP register of interest.

In JMH’s latest half-yearly results, the group’s underlying profit for the first six months of 2017 rose 20 percent to $765 million, while revenue was $19.4 billion.

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said Jack would not be disposing of the shares, adding:

“Quite rightly, there is no law banning politicians – or anyone else – from becoming involved in companies that happen to be registered in Bermuda.” (The Herald Aug 2017)

 

 

 

 

Farmer Jack and Cantco Holdings

Jack took over the company from Han Ngok Steve Cheng 25 August 2016. Cheng registered his companies in the Cayman Islands, another notorious tax haven. Much more here (https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/80047711)

 

 

 

 

Alister Jack and his Gentlemen Tory Farmer friends wield their power at Westminster

A recent report advised that one-third of the UK population was cutting down on meat, including one in eight who are vegetarian or vegan. This was caveated by other evidence that many were not totally strict and would occasionally eat meat.

Nevertheless, the trend is clear, and people are reducing the amount of meat they eat. And a major reason for doing so is because of health concerns. It’s therefore interesting to read that globally, food production is focused on the wrong kinds of food.

Researchers in Canada investigated what kinds of food were being grown, and found a glut of grains, sugar, and oils, but not enough fruit and vegetables. This is certainly the case in Britain, where an estimated 85% of agricultural land is used to grow meat and dairy products, with most of the rest being used to grow grains, oil crops – and sugar.

The UK is self-sufficient in pork and chickens but has to import over half of our vegetables and most of our fruit.

By value, the UK imports over 90% of the fruit and veg we consume. Clearly, this needs to change, and quickly.

It is essential therefore that the new Agriculture Bill, currently being progressed through Parliament, provides the policy leadership so desperately needed.

But the majority of gentlemen farmer MPs are gathered against the proposals, as they stand at present and they are a powerful lot.

There are around 290,000 farmers, including spouses and business partners in the UK – about 0.5% of the UK’s adult population. Logic dictates that if the number of farmers (or their spouses) who became MPs was the same as for any other walk in life, we would expect to see 3-4 farmer/farmer’s spouse MPs. Instead, we have rather more than that.

Of the 55 MPs who spoke in the 2nd reading debate of the Agriculture Bill, an astonishing 25% of them were either gentlemen farmers, owned farmland, or owned part of a farming business.

Another 10% identified as hobby farmers, farmer’s spouses, or had jobs in farming, or in one case came from “a long line of plowmen.” It is no surprise that almost all farmer MPs are Tory’s, aside from one DUP MP who owns farmland and a large meat-processing business.

There is a Parliamentary convention that an MP should declare any interests they may have in a topic under debate, before making comments.

Most of the gentlemen farmer MPs just referred to their register of interests, as in “I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests”.

But ever coy Alister Jack, Tory MP for Dumfries and Galloway, failed to mention that his ownership of Courance Farms and a number of other agricultural enterprises are provided with six-figure farming subsidy payments each year.

The conflict is clear. The National Farmers Union (NFU) preferring that farmers be paid to produce more food, with a few crumbs being spent on the environment continues with its campaign to derail Tory plans to introduce payments to farmers for “public goods”, rather than just paying landowners for owning land, as is currently the case.

So far the Tory government has held out against the pressure. but for how long??

More on this at https://uk.lush.com/article/gentlemen-farmer-mps-oblivious-rise-meat-free-diets

 

 

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The Jeffrey Epstein Debacle has the Potential to Bring Many Powerful People Down – British MI-6 agent and Labour MP, Douglas Alexander Allegedly Complicit Aiding the Activities of the Republican Party

 

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The 2000 USA Presidential Election

The conduct and outcome of the election, contested by the then Vice President, Al Gore and George W Bush.were controversial with allegations of fraud being levelled against the Bush camp, who won.

But Gore failed to make an issue of the result and subsequently drifted away from mainstream politics leaving the field clear for Hilary Clinton.

But the blatant fraud was uncovered and revealed to the American public by intrepid investigative reporters who put their lives on the line.

 

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How the Republican Party Gained the Presidency by Fraud

Choicepoint software programming, produced by Yang Enterprises, had the potential to be uplinked to American and foreign satellites.

It was installed in the “Diebold” voter machines, and pre-programmed in West Virginia, Missouri and Tennessee around 30 days before the November 2000 presidential election.

NASA and the NSA, together with the Bush campaign was then able to manipulate voting results from the three states aforementioned and, accordingly, corrupt the Voter News Service results and steal West Virginia, Missouri, and Tennessee from then-Vice President Albert Gore Jr.

As insurance, the same Choicepoint software programme was used in Florida to illegally remove up to 50,000 registered Florida voters off the voter rolls by classifying them as convicted felons when they were not.

In 2000, investigative whistleblower Ray Lemme published an expose revealing the involvement of former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in the fraud,

British MI-6 agent and Labour MP, Douglas Alexander was also accused of complicity aiding the activities of the Republican Party by permitting the use of the British Galileo satellite and the Choicepoint software for data manipulation. An investigation failed to reach an agreed conclusion.

In 2003, Ray Lemme was found dead (ruled suicide) in a hotel room in Valdosta, Georgia.

 

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2004-2006 – The Fall of Jack Abramoff Reveals Extensive Corruption in American Politics

An American lobbyist, businessman, movie producer and writer, he was at the center of an extensive corruption investigation leading to his conviction and to 21 others either pleading guilty or being found guilty, including a number of White House officials, U.S. Representative Bob Ney, and nine other lobbyists and congressional aides.

In 2006, he was sentenced to six years for mail fraud, conspiracy to bribe public officials and tax evasion. He served 43 months before being released in 2010.

His extensive links to the Republican Party, Yang Enterprises and their Choicepoint software programmes alerted investigative journalists and in 2009 new evidence was revealed, pointing to the alleged involvement of Mossad, in the suicide/murder of Ray Lemme.

Abramoff’s lobbying and the surrounding scandals and investigation are the subjects of two 2010 films: the documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, released in 2010, and the feature film Casino Jack also released in 2010.

 

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2020 – Where are We Now? – Tom Heneghan, International Intelligence Expert Explains

It can now be reported that a Federal Grand Jury in Boca Raton, Florida (being controlled by the U.S. Military Tribunals) have massive evidence previously covered up connecting New England Patriot’s owner Robert Kraft, convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, known prostitute Cindy Yang, current U.S. President Donald Trump and, last but not least, year 2000 election stealer and drug dealer Jeb Bush to a child sex trafficking prostitution, narcotic drug trafficking operation headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with direct ties to Miami Pier 51 and the noted CIA front corporation Yang Enterprises with links to NASA.

The dots have now been connected to all of this treasonous activity by the U.S. Military Court for the District of Columbia to the year 2000 Bush-CIA P2 electoral coup d’état directed against then Vice President Albert Gore Jr. and the American People.

We can now divulge that Yang Enterprises is connected to Jeb Bush, Mel Sembler, former Jeb Bush gubernatorial running mate Mark Foley, Bay Point schools and British MI-6 agent Douglas Alexander linked to Choicepoint software, the British Galileo satellite, along with Chinese satellites, in the blatant theft and hacking of the year 2000 presidential election.

We can also report that the Florida Grand Jury has reopened the investigation of the murder of year 2000 presidential election whistleblower Florida State Department of Transportation investigator Ray Lemme murdered in 2003 ruled a ‘suicide’ by corrupt Republican party.

It is important to remember that in 2007 Jr Bush fraud, along with then U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, now Trump Labor Secretary, and corrupt Bush-Clinton former Independent Counsel and pedophile enabler Kenneth Starr, covered up the criminal conspiracy involving Jeffrey Epstein child sex trafficking, prostitution rings, narcotic drug running and the theft of the year 2000 presidential election with the illegal plea bargain tied to Epstein which the U.S. Military Tribunals and new Florida Grand Jury are now investigating.

Late word is that indictments have already been issued, including that of current, corrupt Bush-Scherff stooge Independent Counsel Robert Mueller who, at one time, tried to grant Epstein immunity.

 

Much more here:

http://robscholtemuseum.nl/tom-heneghan-international-intelligence-expert-it-is-still-florida-florida-florida/
https://u2be.ch/onewebmedia/321656894-Neil-Bush-Pedophile-Network%20-%20Kopie.pdf

 

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Independence Supporting Scots Should be Rooting For Jackson Carlaw to Win the Scottish Tory Leadership Contest – He Has Promised to Get rid of Murdo Fraser in 2021 – Now That’s Progress

 

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When I’m Leader Tory List MSPs will be forced to stand down

Long-serving Conservative MSPs will be forced to stand down from the Scottish Parliament at the next election if they fail to win a constituency seat, under a radical plan by a leadership candidate to introduce fresh blood into the party.

Jackson Carlaw said they would only be able to serve three consecutive terms as list MSPs, who are elected using a complicated system of proportional representation to represent one of eight regions of Scotland.

Significantly, Carlaw said he would also apply the change retrospectively, meaning a series of the party’s most high-profile figures would have to win a constituency at the next election or step aside.

They include Murdo Fraser, who is serving his fifth full term as a Mid Scotland and Fife regional list MSP.

The change aims to address the situation whereby the same people are elected time and again, regardless of their performance, because rankings on the regional list are decided by loyal Conservative members.

Carlaw argued the change would be an effective method of reinvigorating the party. He said:

“I was very impressed by what David Cameron did at Westminster to refresh the party and I would ask the (party management) board to consider term limits of MSPs being elected three times or re-elected three times consecutively on the list. I realise that’s going to be unpopular with some, I realise it’s controversial, but I believe we have to substantially renew the face of its party, not its name. Leadership requires that you take tough decisions.”

Carlaw emphasized the new rules would also apply to himself. The changes would apply in the 2021 elections and he said he would be “happy” for them to be retrospective.

The bulk of Conservative MSPs at Holyrood have no constituencies of their own being reliant on the regional list for their seats. Many have used the system to win re-election since devolution started in 1999.

List seats are allocated to parties using a formula based on the number of votes they received and taking account of the number of constituencies they hold in each region.

Candidates are given seats according to a ranking decided by Tory members, but such is the loyalty of the party’s rank-and-file that they consistently choose the same people no matter how poorly they perform.

Carlaw suggested that long-serving list MSPs were being rewarded for electoral failure. He said:

“At the end of the day, if you’ve had three terms as a list MSP, that’s three times you’ve failed to win your (constituency) seat. Nobody is entitled to sit permanently in parliament. There’s a generation of talent emerging now that I think we’ve got to do our very best to promote.”

 

 

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Much more info to be found here:

https://caltonjock.com/2017/03/21/jackson-carlaw-tory-party-in-scotland-deputy-leader-ruth-davidsons-third-choice-a-long-history-of-despair-and-failure-yet-he-pontificates-in-holyrood-at-the-taxpayers-expense/

https://caltonjock.com/2019/12/16/murdo-fraser-20-years-at-holyrood-as-an-unelected-tory-msp-he-and-a-number-of-his-colleagues-have-conned-millions-of-pounds-from-the-scottish-taxpayers-but-will-jackson-carlaw-derail-the-gravy-tr/

https://caltonjock.com/2017/03/22/murdo-fraser-deputy-deadwood-18-years-an-unelected-msp-spongebob-personified/

 

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“Facts are chiels that winna ding ” – Voters born outwith Scotland decided the Outcome of the 2014 Independence Referendum and Will Do Again in the Next One

 

 

 

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Edinburgh University 2014 Referendum Analysis

The biggest study of how Scotland made its historic decision on 18 September 2014 found that the votes of people born outside Scotland decided the result.

52.7 percent of native-born Scots voted “yes” but 72.1 percent of voters from England, Wales or Northern Ireland backed the Union.

There were more than 420,000 Britons from elsewhere in the UK living in Scotland when the last census was taken and assuming they cast their ballots in line with the findings of the Edinburgh University study, more than 300,000 of them will have voted “no”.

EU citizens, numbering around 225,000 also rejected independence, with 57.1 percent, around 128,500 voted “no”.

With the foregoing 428,000 confirmed “no” voters, from outside Scotland, the referendum ended with “Better Together” gaining 384,000 more votes for “no”.

The “no” campaigners were “cock a hoop” with their victory and boasted that Scots had voted against independence. A statement totally at odds with the facts. Scots-born and resident citizens did vote for independence.

Political scientist Professor Ailsa Henderson, who wrote the study said it showed the influence of “Britishness” among voters born elsewhere in the UK in deciding the result.  She said:

“Scottish-born people were more likely to vote “yes” and those born outside Scotland were more likely to vote “no”. But the least sympathetic to “yes” were the people born in the UK, but outside Scotland. We think they are more likely to feel British. They are more likely to feel a continued tie to the UK as a whole – because that’s where they are from.”

 

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The Next Referendum

Lessons need to be learned:

The impact of voters born outwith, but resident in Scotland needs to be marginalized. Voting qualification should be restricted to Scottish income taxpayers. This would disqualify many who are resident outwith Scotland but qualify because they have a second home in Scotland. 

225,000 EU residents were conned last time believing the lies of the “Better Together” campaigners that a “no” vote would ensure their place within the EC would be guaranteed. It is very likely many former “no” voters will change their vote to “yes”.

An unspecified number of “yes” Scots might vote “no” because of the Scottish government’s position on EC membership and the benefits of remaining in Europe will need to be sold vigorously in the course of the campaign.

 

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Aberdeenshire West Tory MP Andrew Bowie- A Political Toady Sponging Off the Scottish Taxpayers-(part 2)- Bowie Lauds the Tory Governments Willful Destruction of the Capability of the Royal Navy to Defend the UK from Attack

 

 

 

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Navy Veteran Bowie promoted by the Tory party as the champion of the armed forces

This article brings to the attention of readers of this blog information exposing the bloody awful treatment by the Tory Party of the armed services and the abject destruction of the capability of the Royal Navy to defend the UK from attack. And all of this appalling mess stoutly defended by their military veteran Bowie

 

 

 

29 Jan 2016: British warships need multi-million-pound refit to stop power failures

The Royal Navy’s most advanced warships, once described as the best in the world, will need multi-million-pound repairs because of repeated power failures that leave the Type 45 destroyers unable to navigate or activate weapons systems. Admiral Lord West castigated the MoD who had pretended it was a case of teething problems. He said

“they must have known three or four years ago that this was more than that. There’s no doubt this is extremely worrying. It’s an intermittent fault which has quite clearly caused a lot of problems. You don’t expect suddenly to lose all power when you’re steaming along normally. Repairs will cost tens of millions because you’ll have to cut a hole in the ship, get into it, fit something else into it, button it up and get it out. And even more worrying is we only have 19 destroyers and frigates. That is a national disgrace. Someone needs to look at why did we arrive at this position.”

 

 

 

MPs and peers asked questions in parliament about the power failures. Conservative MP Nicholas Soames commented:

“This is an unmitigated disaster and a huge cock-up by the MOD and Royal Navy. The ships don’t work. The secretary of defense, I am sure, will be outraged by this. We should never have got ourselves into the situation where the entire Royal Navy has just 19 frigates and destroyers. It is a disgrace.”

The ever-spiraling costs of the Type 45 destroyers was criticized by the House of Commons defense committee as early as 2009. The Royal Navy had originally requested 12 ships but the cost of the advanced ships meant the force ended up with just six. The ships are powered by integrated electric propulsion, using very high-voltage electrics. Warships with electrical failures are unable to navigate or operate defensively will drift at sea until power is restored, and weapons systems may be unable to function.

At least one new generator is expected to be needed on each ship, requiring a major refit of the vessels where internal space is already very tight. The work will be furthered hampered by a shortage of marine engineers, which has led to the Royal Navy being forced to recruit from the US Coast Guard. It has been estimated that the Royal Navy is short of about 750 engineers, despite recruiting many from Canada and other Commonwealth nations. Peter Roberts, a former naval commanding officer now a senior research fellow at RUSI said:

“You cannot be in the Strait of Hormuz, where things can be tense, with the risk of a power failure. The upgrade is about adding resilience to the ship, it was always thought to be a risk when a ship depended on a high voltage but it is a risk that has come home to roost.” (The Guardian)

 

 

 

Jul 2016: Build of a new fleet of Type 26 global-combat frigates indefinitely delayed.

The National Audit Office heavily criticized the MOD over a backlog of huge financial and technical problems facing the navy’s surface vessels.

Delays in contracting the building of new frigates – a project promised by David Cameron before the 2014 Scottish independence referendum – is threatening shipbuilding jobs on the Clyde in Scotland.

There are even more serious mechanical failures in the navy’s new fleet of Type 45 destroyers, which cannot operate anywhere south of Gibraltar due to the overheating of key systems. The main task of the new frigates and destroyers (which they are incapable of completing) include protecting two new large aircraft carriers as well as Trident nuclear weapons submarines approaching and leaving their base on the Clyde. Tony Douglas, the MoD’s top official responsible for military equipment, when asked by MPs on the Commons Defense Committee said, “I can’t give you a time or a date when the frigate design will be approved”

The number of planned new frigates was reduced from thirteen to eight and the project might yet be abandoned (a costly option) in favour of building five smaller and cheaper general-purpose vessels equipped with quiet engines making it harder for them to be detected by Russian submarines.

Westminster MPs approved the building of four new Trident submarines at an official cost of £28billion (but this has since been adjusted upwards to £167billion) and experts expect further increases over the period of the contract.

The Tory Party Chairman of the all-party Defense Committee warned that further delays could lead to even more money being spent on a new frigate fleet and on extending the life of the existing frigates. He reminded the MoD of many previous navy “disasters”, including those involving the Astute class of nuclear-powered submarines.

The navy’s new fleet of destroyers, (cost £1.5 bn each) has also encountered serious and embarrassing mechanical failures. It is disappointing that the destroyers had been designed to be fully operational in hot climates, their resilience had “degraded catastrophically”, with problems over the high summer in the Red Sea and the Gulf.

The SNP’s defense spokesman in Westminster, Brendan O’Hara, said: “the enormous cost of Trident is spiraling out of control – and it would be completely unacceptable and unforgivable if the Clyde yards had to pay the price for the Tory obsession with Trident, a weapon of mass destruction opposed by a majority of Scots.”

 

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Jul 2017: Senior military veterans warn that the Royal Navy’s new destroyers sound like a “box of rattling spanners” to Russian attack submarines.

Highlighting growing fears defense chiefs incompetently ignored the threat from enemy submarines whilst investing in anti-aircraft and missile defense systems, wrongly concentrating too much investment on the war against terror whilst ignoring the resurgence of Cold War hostilities.

Rear Admiral Chris Parry (rtd) claimed the new build destroyers can be detected from over 100 miles away by Putin’s deadly new hunter-killer submarines. Amid damning claims of “huge gaps” left in Britain’s defense, Parry is reported saying:

“We used to put little wooden wedges between the hatch-clip and the hatches in my destroyer to stop them rattling so we could keep the noise down. We have forgotten all about it. It’s crazy. Noise suppression has been probably the biggest dirty secret since the end of the Cold War that people have been cheerfully ignoring. Ships currently in service are noisy as hell. He went on to say: “During the Cold War the ships I was in were the equivalent of a whisper. These ships now are the equivalent of someone shouting at somebody.”

The claims cover a wide range of complaints about bungling MoD chiefs leaving Britain wide-open to attack and making a number of costly equipment mistakes. (The Mirror)

 

 

 

 

Dec 2017: Britain has a navy that cannot put to sea.

Britain had no major warships deployed on operations beyond home waters in what has been described as an “unprecedented” absence of the vessels on the world stage. All six of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers were docked in Portsmouth, while twelve of thirteen frigates were docked at Portsmouth and Devonport.

HMS St Albans is the only frigate on duty at sea, as the fleet ready escort protecting home waters. The absence of naval warships at sea is attributed to major cuts to the defense budget contributing to a dangerous shortage of trained naval staff. Vice-Admiral John McAnally, National President of the Royal Naval Association, said:

“The scarcity of frigates and destroyers overseas is unprecedented and indicates the fleet is too small. I am distressed and alarmed. I do not see that it is easily remedied. The only answer is an increase in the defense budget. It is too small to meet what the government wants the armed forces to do.”

Fixed-wing carrier operations ceased in 2010 with the retirement of the last Harrier. This capability will not be restored until the Joint Combat Aircraft (F-35) and the first Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier become fully operational which is not expected to be until 2121 at the earliest. It also emerged during sea-trials that the new carrier (the largest and most expensive in the Royal Navy’s history) leaks. (defense-aerospace)

 

 

 

17 Jul 2017: Bowie’s contribution to the house of commons debate on the future of the UK armed forces

Bowie spoke on the importance of maintaining a strong Royal Navy and had this to say:

“I was proud to speak about how our island nation depends on safe waters and open seaways and therefore a strong Royal Navy for its safety, security and its economic growth. How I am proud that for the first time in many years, the fleet is growing in size, on the government’s commitment to Scotland and Scottish shipbuilding and how we must continue this trajectory, how we must never allow ourselves to become sea blind and how we need a strong and flexible navy, ready to fight the battles of the 21st Century.”  Yes!! He really did say that. What a pillock.!!

 

 

 

19 Jul 2017: Armed Forces Debate in the Commons:

Bowie:

“I stand here proud that, for all we talk today about moving towards a more flexible, agile force, armed and trained to fight the asymmetric wars of the future, the Conservative Government have proven, in not only words but actions, that they do not suffer, as other Governments have, from sea-blindness.

Douglas Chapman (SNP):

“More account needs to be taken of the threats that face Scotland from the north. The fact that we do not have a surface ship based in Scotland to protect our coastline from increasing Russian submarine incursions into our waters needs to be addressed.”

Bowie:

“The hon. Gentleman says that there are no surface vessels based in Scotland, but that is patently untrue. The mine countermeasures squadron is based solely at Faslane, which if I am not mistaken is north of the border in Scotland.”

Douglas Chapman Shadow (SNP):

“What a tremendous example: one single minesweeper to deal with the whole of the North Sea and the North Atlantic. I am sure everyone in Scotland will sleep easy in their beds tonight.”

Comment:

The Tory government has ruthlessly cut funding of the Royal Navy reducing its capability well in excess of operational requirements present and forecast. Badly designed destroyers and frigates need to be replaced as a matter of urgency, but less than 50% are scheduled to be built and new weaponry has been abandoned. Add to this there was the ill-advised sale of the still excellent 72 Harriers to the US for less than £1bn, to be replaced with, as yet unbuilt 100+ US built F35 fixed-wing airplane, (costing around £2.0billion each).

And two new aircraft carriers scheduled for introduction into service will only be securely deployed to their role, protecting the Atlantic sea-lanes, plugging the “Greenland gap” if the US military loans the UK sufficient numbers of their F35 aircraft (which they haven’t yet built) together with American pilots and support staff. What a shambolic mess. And Bowie is effusive in his pleasure in the Tory government in its efforts.

 

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Tax and Health and Welfare

8 Feb 2018: Universal credit all-party report raises fears over the workability of the system

The Commons work and pensions committee said the government had yet to produce a full business case justifying universal credit, seven years after the programme started, and there remained considerable uncertainty about its costs and benefits. Government ministers produced no evidence to back up the key, central economic assumption of the biggest reform to our welfare system in 50 years.

The committee warned that the improved job outcomes the reform promises are uncertain, while anticipated taxpayer savings rely on it becoming increasingly automated and “industrialized”, despite evidence that significant numbers of claimants find it difficult to access and use the digital-only system.

Universal Credit aims to roll six major working-age benefits into one monthly payment, including job seeker’s allowance, tax credit, and housing benefit. It has been criticized for design flaws and administrative errors that have left thousands of poorer claimants at risk of poverty, debt and rent arrears.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) said that political uncertainties and problems with the design and implementation of the much-delayed project, currently around five years behind schedule, meant universal credit presented a “significant risk” to public spending. Many billions of pounds have been written off to this debacle since Ian Duncan Smith first muted it many years ago and still Bowie and his ilk insist it will all be for the better in time. But who’s betterment?

Bowie (a member of the cross-party Commons work and pensions committee) praised the universal credit (UC) roll out claiming it eased claimants into work mirroring the benefits of employed income. This from a man that has sponged just about all of his salary and expenses from the Scottish taxpayer.

 

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23 Dec 2017: Scottish income tax – Army at war over SNP taxes

The Ministry of Defense is to compensate armed forces personnel stationed in Scotland who end up worse off as a result of the Scottish government’s income tax hikes. Tory MP Bowie, said:

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that the SNP has charged ahead with their tax changes without thinking through the consequences. Armed forces are facing a ‘Scottish surcharge’ simply for living north of the Border. There is no good reason why anyone in Scotland should be forced to pay more in income tax than people elsewhere in the UK. It shouldn’t be up to the MoD to have to compensate those being forced to pay more. The SNP needs to think again.”

His assertion is abject nonsense. The reality is that 14,000 military personnel stationed in Scotland are better off when income tax is set against health and welfare benefits provided solely to those who reside in Scotland. The Unionist rag and those who support it are lying through their teeth in yet another disgraceful attempt to smear the Scottish government. Benefits exclusive to armed forces based in Scotland comprise:

Free provision of 600 hours per year of (16 hours weekly) early learning and child care for all 3 and 4 years old’s as well as vulnerable 2-year-olds. Increased further in 2018/19.

Free prescription charges.

All school children from primary one to three entitled to a free school meal.

Additional facts:

12,000 forces personnel will pay less tax, (but the Unionists are not complaining that similar personnel based in England will pay more).

1,500 will pay between £0.50p – £1.50p more tax weekly.

The residue, around 500 personnel, will pay around £14.00p weekly. Hardly onerous when set against their minimum salary band of £50k plus.

Noteworthy is that the bulk of the 500 highest earners are married with children and gain significant benefits, (not available to English based armed forces through the earlier mentioned family orientated provisions)

 

 

 

Bowie (the Blimp) Cocked up Theresa May’s Campaigning Visit to West Aberdeenshire

5 Jul 2017: At Prime Ministers Questions Bowie seized the opportunity to thank Mrs. May for taking time out from her busy schedule during the general election campaign to campaign in his constituency. But the reality was that her visit had been botched from the time of its conception by Bowie. He should have been best advised to keep his mouth shut on the matter. A  look back reveals the following debacle

 

 

30 Apr 2017: Theresa May faces fresh accusations of ‘hiding’ after Scotland rally publicly listed as child’s birthday party

Theresa May faced fresh accusations of “hiding” from voters after a campaign event held in Scotland was publicly listed as a children’s birthday party. Bemused locals in Aberdeenshire were sent on a “treasure hunt” but were unable to find the location of Mrs. May’s visit, which had not been advertised in advance. It was only after Mrs. May spoke to a small audience of specially selected assembled supporters at Crathes village hall that locals discovered it had been booked by Bowie as a “child party”.

A local said he was shocked to find the listing on the venue’s website hours after attempting to put “serious questions” to the Prime Minister. He said: “There was a whole load of us who wanted to go and question her on a lot of important policies and issues. It’s been so secretive, they are supposed to be holding these big rallies but all she’s doing is hiding in little village halls, not saying they are going to be there. So there’s no one apart from local Tory activists standing there boosting her ego. It’s quite pathetic really – for the Prime Minister of the UK to be hiding in a village hall in rural Aberdeenshire.”

 

 

29 Apr 2017: Just for the press, Theresa May (accompanied by Andrew Bowie) attempted to deliver leaflets to four terraced houses…no one answered their door!!!

 

 

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2017-18: House of Commons – Contributions to debates and other relevant business

Bowie is very active in the Commons and is determined to establish his place in the Tory Party protecting his future employment should things go pear-shaped in Scotland and he needs to find a constituency in England. He has been on his feet on around 127 occasions and often asks loaded questions of ministers. I extracted a few examples for browsing but his parliamentary record is best followed here:

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mps/#B

 

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4 Dec 2017: affordable house building

Bowie: A loaded question. What steps is the housing minister taking to ensure that more homes are built in England?

Sajid Javid: In the autumn Budget, we announced further reforms and financial support to increase housing supply in England. This includes more than £15 billion of new financial support, at least £44 billion of funding to 2022-23, and reforms to ensure that more land is available for housing.

Bowie: The work of his Department and the pledge in the Budget to build 300,000 new homes in England are very welcome, and will go some way to address growing inter-generational unfairness when it comes to getting on the housing ladder. Will he join me today in calling for the Scottish Government to match the Scottish Conservatives’ pledge to build 100,000 new homes north of the border so that young people in my constituency can have the same opportunities to buy as those in constituencies in England?

Sajid Javid: He is right to highlight this issue. The Scottish Government, have been failing consistently on house building, especially affordable house building. I commend the ideas, energy, and ambition shown by the Scottish Conservatives in challenging the Scottish National party to build more homes in Scotland.

Alison Thewliss (SNP):

The Scottish Parliament has delivered more than 69,500 affordable homes since 2007, during the period of SNP government, and the new-build social sector completion rate is at 72 per 100,000 population, compared with just 49 in England. And why exactly was there no commitment to increase social rented housing in the Budget?

Sajid Javid, the Tory Minister was remiss in his answer – The fact is that house building under the Tories is at its lowest level since the 1920s. An analysis of house building going back more than a century shows the most recent years of Conservative rule has seen the lowest average house build rate since Stanley Baldwin was in Downing Street in 1923. A political commentator said: “These humiliating figures show that Ministers’ promises on housing have been nothing more than empty words.  Official statistics confirm that since 2010 not only have Conservative Ministers built many fewer homes than claimed and after seven years of failure the Tory’s have no plan to fix the housing crisis. (Huffington Post)

 

 

 

12 Sep 2017: Questions to Mundell – Decommissioning of Oil Platforms Scotland

Bowie: Does the UK Government have plans to develop an ultra-deepwater port on the East Coast of Scotland?  Without such a port the bulk of the anticipated multi-billion pounds work will be awarded to contractors outwith Scotland.

Mundell: The Government is committed to supporting the development of a world-leading decommissioning industry. But no UK port currently has the ultra-deepwater facilities needed to directly accommodate the fully-loaded heavy lift vessels commonly used for decommissioning large platforms. So! No plans in place. The work is destined for foreign shores.

 

 

 

Scottish Tories expected to vote as a bloc to protect Scotland’s interests

Leader Ruth Davidson ordered Scottish Tory MPs to champion Scotland in Westminster. The instruction included fighting for the devolving of additional Scottish powers and spending on fisheries and agriculture during and after the Brexit negotiations reinforcing Holyrood’s existing powers in both areas under devolution. Davidson and other senior figures in the Scottish Tories also considered options to reinforce or indeed increase their independence from the UK party after clear differences emerged between the group and Tory headquarters in London over the style and tone of the election campaign. The baker’s dozen Tory MP’s ignored Ruth the Mooth which is the true cause of her resignation as leader of the Tories in Scotland.

 

 

 

17 Dec 2017: Brexit – The Scotland Act and the infamous Henry the VIII Act

The EU Withdrawal Bill was the subject of a heated debate in the Commons. There were 11 divisions all requiring a vote on amendments submitted by the SNP. Every single amendment was voted down by the Tory Party assisted by their Scottish MPs and DUP cronies resulting in the retention of draconian powers being retained at Westminster.

A key amendment submitted and rejected was one which, if accepted would have prevented Tory Government ministers from using Brexit as an excuse to modify the Scotland Act reducing the powers granted to the Scottish Parliament. This means that the SNP Government in Scotland and any future governing body are hanging their coats on shuggly pegs. Westminster can now remove some or all powers on a whim and remove all devolved authority back to London. The 13 Scottish Tory MPs all voted against the amendment which is astounding. In acting against the best interests of Scotland the Scottish Tory Party revealed its true agenda. Well knowing it will never become the elected government of Scotland it’s Scottish MP’s have no wish to retain the Scotland Act. (the guardian)

 

 

 

17 Oct 2017: debate in the Commons on devolved powers in Scotland

Stephen Kerr Conservative, Stirling had called for the debate and spoke first:

“Twenty years ago, I was in the minority. At the referendum in 1997, I campaigned against the establishment of a Scottish Parliament, not from party loyalty but from the starting point that any dilution of the Union could lead to its ending. I urged the people of Scotland to think twice and vote no. They did not; instead, they voted yes to a future with a devolved Parliament in Edinburgh. However, I now realize that I was wrong. With the zeal of the convert, I have trodden my own road to Damascus and now I stand here today to extol the virtues of the Scottish Parliament and devolution. The Scottish Parliament has helped and is helping to create a better Scotland, and a more comfortable and confident Union, too; but more than that, I firmly believe that devolution is a principle worth arguing for. I am not talking about devolution in the sense of the establishment of a Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly, but about the concept of devolution. It is core to my credo that politics should be and is local. It is personal to communities that decisions that impact on people’s lives should be made as near to them as possible. Edinburgh is not the end of the road; Holyrood should just be the beginning. Politics should be local and we should seek to localize decision making.”

Bowie: It is right that we in this place—the place that passed the original Scotland Act 1998—consider the use of devolved powers. It is a fact that thanks to the actions of this Government, the Scottish Parliament is one of the most powerful devolved legislative Assemblies in the world, with powers over justice, education, health, transport, the environment, and now taxation and elements of social security. That is a good thing. However, for the people of my constituency, and indeed for the people of the wider north-east of Scotland, far from the renewing or revitalizing experience promised in 1999, the reality of devolution has been cuts, tax rises and the perception of a central-belt bias in all decision making.”

What followed was an acrimonious slagging match with each of the Scottish Tory MP’s, in turn, attacking the performance of the SNP Government on just about any minor grievance they could muster. It fell to Tommy Sheppard to set the record straight and to remind those present of the inappropriate nature of the so-called debate which should never have been permitted. He said:

“It is customary when I rise to make the third party submission, to thank the Member who has brought the debate. On this occasion, I will decline to do that. The Scottish Government is accountable to the elected Members of the Scottish Parliament, who are elected by and accountable to the Scottish people. It is not a matter for this Westminster Parliament—indeed there is an explicit constitutional convention that forbids it—to try to hold to account the Scottish Government, so I wonder why Stephen Kerr has chosen, among all the things he could discuss that affect his constituents, to bring this motion here today. I conclude that the only possible reason for this debate is not to try to advance or develop public policy but purely and simply political point-scoring and to have a go at the SNP. It is a matter of some regret that he has been aided and abetted in that endeavor by the Labour party. It seems that contributors to the debate cannot make up their mind about whether the problem is that the Scottish Government are not using the powers they have, or whether they are using their powers, as some speakers have complained. The truth is that the Scottish Parliament and Government use their powers every day and in every way to try to make things better for the people of Scotland, but they do so within considerable legislative and financial constraints, which have seen Scottish public funding cut by almost 10% in real terms in a decade.”

 

 

 

 

Andrew Bowie Tory MP – Another Political Toady Sponging Off the Scottish Taxpayers- The Agricultural Metaphor They Will Reap What They Have Sewn Is Apt For the Voters of Aberdeenshire West (part1)

 

 

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The British Secret Services

Agents are recruited from all walks of life which is at odds with a commonly held view by the public is that all employees of MI5/6 are trained to kill and then deployed to duties worldwide equipped with the assassination skills of James Bond. But the reality is that 90% of the British Secret Service staff are employed completing administration duties such as information gathering, monitoring, telecommunication, cipher coding, bugging, etc. and at any time, without informing politicians, police, etc. there may be up to 250 Secret Services agents operating in Scotland. Many for years on end.

The diplomatic service, politics, armed forces, and business are fertile recruiting grounds for the Secret Services. The primary training establishment is at HMS Davenport ( the naval training centre). James Bond? Yes!!! the place where Commander James Bond was trained.

Agents released to political careers are normally registered with the political party of their choice and are activated, with the expectation that the next 40 years of their lives will require their presence at Westminster. They enjoy “protected” status and are able to avoid detection and retribution for misdemeanors in their time in politics.

Can political agents be identified? Yes!  but only in the early years. Senior agents are well capable of disappearing within the system. Look for young politically inexperienced persons, educated to university degree level, surfacing from nowhere as candidates for political office, supported by larger than usual canvassing teams. Those that are successful are given early promotion requiring them to be in Westminster longer than would be expected early on. Their sphere of interest will become apparent over time.

Look out for activities in support of Atlanticist groups, visits abroad funded by ultra-right-wing organizations and membership of Common Purpose, Bilderberg, The British American Project, and similar organizations. Happy spy hunting!!!!!  Bowie fits the profile.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Bowie

1988: Born Aberdeenshire 1999-2005: Education Inverurie Academy

2007-2010: The Royal Navy: On completion of an 11-month recruit training course at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, he was posted to ships for fleet training with the purpose of qualifying as a Junior Warfare Officer. His ship was deployed to the gulf, (in a non-combat role) tasked to counter piracy, smuggling together with oil security activities protecting the Basra Oilfields in the Persian Gulf.

Royal Navy combat deployment to the Gulf ceased in 2006 and was followed up with peacekeeping duties until 2009, after which, at the request of the Iraqi Government the Royal Navy took on the task of training the reformed Iraqi Navy to defend its territorial waters and offshore oil infrastructure. The cost to the taxpayer of Bowie’s training at Dartmouth and short development as a Junior Warfare officer (in excess of £1m) was written off as a loss to the exchequer when he terminated his contract of employment at the end of 3 years. Poor return on an expensive investment.

 

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2010-2013: Aberdeen University

On leaving the Royal Navy he signed up to complete a degree in History and Politics at Aberdeen University. At University he joined the Tory Party becoming an active member of the Aberdeen University Graduate Tory group and was appointed to the post of Chairman. This extended period of higher education was provided free of charge, thanks to the further education policies of the SNP government.

 

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2013-2013: Divex Ltd

Employed (7 months) with a deep-sea diving equipment supplier. Utilizing knowledge of diving equipment gained in the Royal Navy. Short term stop-gap employment. Politics being his chosen future.

 

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2014-2015: Tory Party North of Scotland European Referendum Campaign Manager.

Salary and on-costs estimated to be around £15k, plus expenses. Funded by campaign funds donated to the party.

 

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Bowie organizes Hard right-wing “Scotland in Union” with the Aberdeen “rich boys club”

 

 

2015-2016: European Parliament, Brussels

Appointed to the role of Parliamentary Assistant and Rural Affairs Policy Advisor to Tory MEP Ian Duncan, a reward for his efforts in the referendum campaign. Salary and on-costs £35 – £50K plus expenses annually. All expenditure charged to the Scottish taxpayer.

 

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2016-2017: Parliamentary Assistant at Holyrood

Employed in the office of Liam Kerr MSP in the Scottish Parliament. Salary and on-costs £20-£30K plus expenses. All expenditure charged to the Scottish taxpayer

 

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May 2017: The 2017 General Election

Bowie selected as Tory candidate for Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine and won. Salary and on-costs £87K approx.  Plus: Westminster postage £10K. Constituency Office Running costs £25K. Constituency staffing. 151K. Stationery: £6K. London Accommodation  £23K. Travel & subsistence (no limit but projected). £40K.  The annual cost to the Scottish taxpayer. £342K plus

The total cost to the Scottish taxpayer 5-year parliamentary session not far short of £2m. And there we have it. Over eleven years of employment (apart from a few months) he has been fully supported financially by the Scottish taxpayer.

 

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Oct 2016: no way to treat a lady

Andrew Bowie, then chief of staff to Liam Kerr MSP, sent an offensive message to Geva Blackett, an SNP Councillor in the north-east of Scotland claiming she “had it in” for one of her Tory rivals.

The SNP Councillor was shocked to receive the disrespectful reply from Bowie in response to an email she had sent to Liam Kerr (MSP) soliciting his support to a local motor neuron disease charity campaign.

Bowie (in a separate message to his boss) wrote:  “This flipping woman is an SNP Councillor who has it in for Alex B (Alexander Burnett, Tory MSP for Aberdeen West)!”

Cllr Blackett, Councillor for Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside, said:

“I emailed all of the North-East MSP’s asking for them to lend their support to those living with motor neuron disease who are constantly being reassessed for benefits. I received the reply around 10 minutes later from Liam Kerr’s chief of staff and I was shocked. He accused me of having it in for Alex Burnett but I work across the political spectrum and I hold no malice against Alex. I sent the email as a constituent, not as a Councillor, about a serious illness and he used it as a political football. I am so angry about it. It wasn’t a party political issue I was emailing him about, I emailed Mr. Kerr asking for his support.”

In her reply to the email, she asked Mr. Bowie if the phrase “flipping woman was an appropriate way to describe a constituent”.  Adding, “He sent me an apology soon afterward but didn’t even spell my name right!”

An SNP source said:

“Though this wasn’t intended for public consumption, it rather underpins the deep disdain the Tories have for their constituents. Kerr is already in trouble for using taxpayers’ money to promote the Tory Party in the north-east. But sadly these sorts of blunders from a reckless right-wing, a rabble of Tory MSPs have become all too common.”

 

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LIst of Blue-Blooded Unionists – many of whom in the months ahead will be actively plotting and agitating in favour of retaining the UK. These chappies recognize no Party affiliation in regard to their fervent support of the Union.

 

 

 

 

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LIst of Blue-Blooded Unionists – many of whom in the months ahead will be actively plotting and agitating in favour of retaining the UK. These chappies recognize no Party affiliation in regard to their fervent support of the Union. 

Adam Tomkins: Conservative Glasgow
Alex Johnstone: Conservative North East Scotland – Deceased
Andrew Morrison: Conservative Uddingston & Bellshill
Alex Burnett: Conservative Aberdeenshire
Annie Wells: Conservative Glasgow
Brian Whittle: Conservative Kilmarnock
Charles Kennedy: Conservative Linlithgow
Ross Thomson: Conservative Aberdeen
Edward Mountain: Conservative Inverness & Nairn
Dean Lockhart: Conservative Stirling
Donald Cameron: Conservative Argyll & Bute
Graeme Brooks: Conservative Inverclyde
Grahm Hutchison: Conservative Glasgow
Huw Bell: Conservative North East Fife
Iain McGill: Conservative Edinburgh
Jackson Carlaw: Conservative Eastwood
Jamie Johnston: Conservative Orkney
John Lamont: Conservative Berwickshire
John Scott: Conservative Ayr
Kyle Thornton: Conservative Glasgow
Lee Lyons: Conservative Doon Valley
Margaret Mitchell: Conservative Hamilton
Martin Laidlaw: Conservative Kirkcaldy
Miles Briggs: Conservative Edinburgh
Murdo Fraser: Conservative Perthshire
Paul Masterton: Conservative Paisley
Ruth Davidson: Conservative Edinburgh
Struan Mackie: Conservative Caithness
Taylor Muir: Conservative Rutherglen

 

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Alex C-Hamilton: Liberal Democrat Edinburgh
Alison McInnes: Liberal Democrat N E Scotland
Angela MacLean: Liberal Democrat Skye
David Evans: Liberal Democrat Banffshire & Buchan
Eileen McCartin: Liberal Democrat Paisley
Carolyn Caddick: Liberal Democrat Highlands & Islands
Jacquie Bell: Liberal Democrat Midlothian
James Calder: Liberal Democrat Dunfermline
James Harrison: Liberal Democrat Glasgow
Hannah Bettsworth: Liberal Democrat Lothian
Clive Sneddon: Liberal Democrat Angus South
Euan Davidson: Liberal Democrat N E region
Jane-Ann Liston: Liberal Democrat Fife
Liam McArthur: Liberal Democrat Orkney
Mike Rumbles: Liberal Democrat N E Scotland
Pramod Subaraman: Liberal Democrat Edinburgh
Robert Brown: Liberal Democrat Glasgow
Tavish Scott: Liberal Democrat Shetland
Willie Rennie: Liberal Democrat Fife

 

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Alison Evison: Labour Aberdeen – Reported to support a second referendum following the 2017 GE. But is she speaking as the President of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) or as a local councillor suspended from the Labour Party in Aberdeen? 
Altany Craik: Labour Fife
Anas Sarwar: Labour Glasgow
Barrie Cunning: Labour Midlothian
Ben Proctor: Labour West Scotland
Bill Butler: Labour Glasgow
Blair Heary: Labour Edinburgh
Craig Martin Labour Falkirk
Elaine Smith Labour Coatbridge
Gerry McGarvey Labour Orkney
Jackie Baillie Labour Dumbarton
Jenny Marra Labour N E Scotland
Joanne McFadden Labour Angus
John Ruddy Labour Angus
Ken McIntosh Labour Eastwood
Leslie Hinds Labour Edinburgh
Leah Franchetti: Labour Caithness
Liz-Anne Handibode: Labour East Kilbride
Margaret McCarthy: Labour Strathkelvin
Mary Fee: Labour Renfrewshire
Mick Rice: Labour Argyll & Bute
Neil Bibby: Labour Paisley
Paul Martin: Labour Glasgow
Paul Sweeney: Labour West Scotland region

Sarah Atkin: Labour Highlands & Islands

Adam Wilson, Labour councillor for Annandale North

Thomas Rannachan: Labour Glasgow

 

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