Kezia, as Fifi La Bonbon, emerged as a sort of Leader of Labour in the Scottish Blogosphere and as such became something of a lightning rod, no doubt encouraging the fellow travellers but also attracting the critics from the other side, in massive numbers. And of course, it’s the critics who are more likely to speak up – that’s a fact of life. And with Kez leaving the blogosphere, that left a vacuum at the heart of Scottish Labour’s online presence. http://macnumpty.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/scottish-labour-and-blogosphere.html
MSP Kezia Dugdale launched her “Fifi La Bonbon” political career as an online abuser and troll in the Scotsman working, at the Public expense for the Lord Laird Foulkes. She is now complaining, still a SPAD – in that fine socialist journal the Daily Mail – that she has been upset by a ‘recent’ tweet sent in 2012 which said, “…dancing on the head of a pin’? I wish Kezia Dugdale would dance on the end of a bayonet! One stupid remark in the whole campaign so far hardly constitutes a hate campaign against her, particularly when contrasted with her own tawdry cyber history. Time to cut the hypocrisy, Kezia. https://www.facebook.com/BBCScotlandshire?fref=photo
This a hate campaign Kezia. In Westminster, Ian Davidson MP, prominent anti-independence campaigner repeated his call that once the, “conflict” of the independence campaign is over “all that will be required is mopping up and bayoneting of the wounded.”
2 August 2008: The Evening News’ Save our School Dinners campaign recently got hot meals back on the menu for the city’s toddlers.
I fully expect the child hating numpties will be ranting soon….. 5…4…3…2…1… Skip McClendon
What a big stushie about feeding bairns that have been dumped all day in a glorified child minding facility! Finbarr Saunders
Can the parents afford to feed their kids during the holidays……..or do we have to pay for all-year-round meals? Hermitage,Edinburgh
Jacque Swartz, chairman of the parent council at High School Yards Nursery, today welcomed the decision as “great news”. Could Ms Swartz please tell us which services should be cut so her child can have a lukewarm meal? We already provide subsidised baby sitting for her sprog what else does she want the tax payer to provide for free? The Judge
It’s appalling, isn’t it? A cute little story about a wee toddler and her joyous meal, and all I can do is mock it. Mock, mock, mock. Have I really got nothing better to do with my time? Should I not be ashamed of myself? I love to eat Sellotape
So you’ve completed your degree, post graduate qualification and got yourself a job as a teacher. Then toon cooncil wants you to serve up school dinners? That will be right. The SNP and Lib Dems have been found out and now they’re acting all indignant, but they can’t resist that last wee insult to the teaching staff. Fifi la Bonbon
27 December 2008: Fears over paedophiles could scupper plans to give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in elections – The Scotsman
The voting age – like the driving age – should be raised to 21 as people younger than that are often extremely ignorant and foolhardy. It’s life but not as we know it, The Oort Clouds
This paedophile hysteria has to stop. What are they saying? That someone could look up a register and see how old someone is? So what? If a paedophile wants a victim he can easily talk to a youngster in the street. tumshie heid
How, exactly, could they use the information to their advantage – in comparison to any information/opportunity that’s already widely available? The world has gone mad. Philip Thompson, Edinburgh
I oppose giving the vote to children, but not because of paedophile hysteria, but because they’re too daft to vote. How would publishing younger people’s details on the electoral register be of any benefit to paedophile ? What is the paedophile “danger” these “experts” are exercising their gums about? Would a paedophile look up the details of someone apparently aged 15, and then write to them to ask if they would like to see some puppies? Fifi la Bonbon
7 January 2009: A £2m appeal is being made to rehouse the UK’s leading Braille printing press and protect its long-term future
The Royal Blind’s Scottish Braille Press was built in the 1960s and needs to be rebuilt and fitted with state-of-the-art printing equipment. the press is a leading provider of the UK’s Braille books, magazines and other printed materials. Best-selling author Ian Rankin, whose son goes to the Royal Blind School, is giving his backing to the campaign. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7805868.stm
This arrogant, wicked man is just promoting himself. How dare he do this so-called thing, and how dare he campaign for the Braille Press. It’s just a cheap publicity stunt. It’s the same with all these so-called “achievers” – anyone could have written a string of so-called internationally renowned bestselling novels and so-called TV films – he was just lucky, so he was. There’s nothing special about him. It’s doomed to crash and burn, to be able to play some records you need to have been doing it for at least 30 years, rank amateurs are taking over. ” Fifi la Bonbon, channelling the voice of real Edinburghers.
12 January 2009: A lot of anger over nursery plot – The Scotsman
Attached to Mrs McLeod’s nursery is a small allotment, which she uses to introduce the toddlers to horticulture expanding their knowledge and understanding of the environment. But not for much longer, the council recently served a “notice of intent to evict” barring the nursery age children from the allotment.
It’s a £33 a day private nursery run for profit in a relatively well-heeled area. Presumably only those children whose parents pay Mrs McLeod fees to attend get to play, and local kids whose parents don’t pay are barred. Allotments aren’t there to make businesses like hers more profitable. If she wants to establish a garden for the inmates of her nursery, she should buy some more land herself. Fifi la Bonbon
My daughter goes to a private nursery, I’m not well off, but I have no choice in the matter because I have to work, and I cannot get a state nursery place for her until she is three. I get no help at all with the fees and I think that your comments are very uneducated. So what if the parents are well off (which I bet most of them are not)! This project has been an educational tool in a time when learning about where food comes from is a government target to cut obesity rates. Perhaps instead of taking the land away from people who were using it for good, they should make more provision for programmes for both fee-paying and state nurseries to run these schemes. Mrs Mac
2 August 2009: The Tamiflu disaster and fallout
The Labour government spent £473m on the untested antiviral drug Tamiflu, which was then stockpiled to prepare for flu pandemics, from 2006 when some agencies were predicting that a pandemic of bird flu could kill up to 750,000 people in Britain.
The drug was prescribed during the swine flu outbreak in 2009 but reports surfaced claiming that the drug had a number of side-effects, including nausea, headaches, psychiatric events, kidney problems and hyperglycaemia.
The labour government subjected to public to a costly and intensive propaganda onslaught anticipating an improved level of take-up of the vaccination programme. But to no avail. The public did not trust the Labour government to tell the truth.
Epidemiologist expert advice was commissioned and a report named the “Cochrane Collaboration was submitted to government.
Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford and one of the report’s authors, told the BBC: “I think the whole £500m has not benefited human health in any way and we may have harmed people. The system that exists for producing evidence on drugs is so flawed and open to misuse that the public has been misled.”
Dr Tom Jefferson, a clinical epidemiologist and former GP, said: “I wouldn’t give it for symptom relief, I’d give paracetamol.”
The Cochrane Collaboration researchers did not placed the blame on any individual or organisation, instead saying there had been failings at every step from the manufacturers to the regulators and government.
Between 2006-07 and 2012-13, the Department of Health purchased just under 40 million units of Tamiflu.
Between 2009-10 and 2012-13, 2.4 million units were consumed, mostly during the swine flu pandemic.
In total, 10 million units were written off – 6.5m units were discarded before their shelf lives had run out because poor record-keeping by the NHS meant it was impossible to tell if they had been stored correctly and were still useable.
The Public Accounts committee concluded that taxpayers’ money had been squandered and that there was “simply no excuse for this waste.”
It was muted (supported by Fifi La Bonbon) that the UK government should pass a law to secure immunity from liability for any harm inadvertently caused to people getting immunised. (http://www.scotsman.com/news/sos-online-forum-1-1355041) ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22608671)
Never before have we all been in a situation like this one, a flu pandemic that could be controlled and lives saved by a untested vaccine, and on the other hand, the mass inoculation programme may be lethal for some. The question of choice for ourselves is difficult enough, but extremely difficult in making the decision to have your child inoculated with this flu vaccine. Charles Linskaill, Edinburgh
Finally some sensible journalism on the dangers of this virus. Unfortunately though this is going to be effectively a taxpayer bailout for the dubious practices of the pharmaceutical industry now that the banks have had theirs. Which industry will be next? Iain, Glasgow
Even without this present complication, the uptake of the vaccine by the UK population of circa 60 million persons should be expected to be well below 100 per cent. This news will further depress the numbers being vaccinated. Why, then, have ministers reportedly ordered “60 million doses”? Can this figure be revised downwards if it is shown to be considerably more than is required? Slioch, Scottish Highlands
The taxpayer at large is paying for people to get the jags – we shouldn’t have to pay out damages for people unlucky enough to suffer bad side-effects. Anyone getting the vaccine courtesy of the taxpayer should be made to sign a waiver supported by statute waiving the right to sue the NHS. If they won’t sign, let them do without. They’ll still get free NHS treatment if they fall ill. Fifi la Bonbon:
21 November 2009: It was identified that many school children were not being provided with a balanced diet. The council decided to heavily subsidise meals so that the health of children would be improved – The Scotsman – Lothians
“It is back to the good old days, when our schoolchildren did virtually get free school meals. It makes sense, and should be seen as part of our children’s welfare.” Charles Linskaill,
“I completely disagree with this. It is parents’ responsibility to look after their children, not that of the local authority. Far from paying for meals for all schoolchildren, we should withdraw the free meals already given to some kids, and make parents pay for the lot. The money involved just goes to paying for mobile phones, expensive sandshoes, and iPods anyway. The taxpayer pays for their education, and gives generous benefits to parents who are disabled and cannot work, as well as to widows and to mothers who have been abandoned by feckless fathers. But it is not our responsibility to feed their children at lunchtime. If parents are too neglectful to do this properly, they need to be punished not rewarded.” Fifi la Bonbon
26 April 2010: General Election ‘debate’ appeal answered by ordinary Scots – Newsnet Scotland
The SNP have reached the target of £50,000 needed to fund the court action aimed at fighting their exclusion from Thursday’s leader’s debate: http://www.newsnet.scot/nns-archive/index.php?
The money was raised by cybernat fanatics and dubious foreign interests”: Fifi La Bonbon
31 May 2010: Former boss of Jenners announced grand plans for a luxury retail store in a new tourist village on the outskirts of Dalkeith – The Scotsman.
Will our readers be rushing to snap up its offerings? http://www.scotsman.com/news/readers-best-comments-1-1246382
Great, a satisfied customer. You weren’t so positive over the council plans to close three nurseries. How was it arrived at that 3 nurseries should close? Why not 2 or 4? Was this predetermined financial decision rather than a properly thought out rationalisation process of the school estate involving the council, communities and educationalists? Thought not. Just like the primary school closures again. escape from spam valley
Well I for one cannot wait. Quite frankly I am tired of travelling between the Borders and the city without a designer shopping experience and fine dining opportunity to break my journey. I demand nothing but the best in luxury clothing and Scottish produce, and of course Midlothian has been crying out for a gateway for centuries. Ikea and Costco just don’t cut it, I’m afraid. So this is all good news for me, and literally dozens like me. Fifi la Bonbon
26 June 2010: Trinidadian, Kade Romain was brought to Scotland from Trinidad in June 2010, by Robina Addison, a Scottish dance teacher and philanthropist, so that Kade could benefit from ear reconstruction surgery.
Fifteen-year old Kade, had been born in Trinidad and Tobago without ears and missing part of her ear canal, a condition known as bilateral microtia. This had rendered her partially deaf and according to her benefactor “facing a future begging for a living.” Ms Addison explained that because Kade was born without ears, she couldn’t go to mainstream school and was attending a day care unit for children who are mentally handicapped, a day care unit which she likened to a sanatorium in Scotland 40 or 50 years ago.
The cost of the operations and treatment was believed to be around £50,000. Fortunately for Kade, who was not entitled to free health care in Scotland, the Spire Murrayfield hospital offered its facilities and the surgical team worked for free. Her foster parents themselves contributed £10,000 for a hearing aid implant that will allow her to hear.
Robina said “She is very intelligent but there is no special needs system in Trinidad. I came home and I was quite upset to think that’s where she was. After making several return trips. we eventually got permission to take Kade to Scotland. Although the surgery appears to have been successful, there is a continuing struggle with Immigration since Kade entered on a visitor’s visa instead of the required medical visa. At one point Kade faced the possibility of deportation.
Robina added “We do not intend to formally adopt Kade, but hope to help her with her health and education enough to allow her to make a success of her life back home on Trinidad….We want her to get a job and help people in a similar situation. If she does not get this opportunity, her future will be working on the streets or, stealing. It’s the difference between the chance of a lifetime and nothing, and she has got so much to offer.”
These people are willing to pay all the costs themselves and the girl isn’t going to be getting to stay here permanently, so there oughtn’t to have been a problem if they’d made the proper arrangements. Very neglectful not to check properly whether the girl needs a visa. She does if the stay is for more than six months. There are particular rules for visitors from Trinidad wanting to receive private medical treatment – very clear. It took me less than five minutes to find and check the rules on the internet – it’s all on the UK Border Agency website. If this “high profile couple” had bothered to check with a lawyer in Trinidad or over here they would have known what to do. We only have the woman’s word that she was misled. Anyway I hope it all turns out well but there’s no excuse for failing to get proper advice in such circumstances and them blaming the government. Fifi la Bonbon
For goodness sake Fifi la Bonbon – don’t be so pompous. They obviously asked a jobsworth who gave them the wrong advice. And you can’t blame them for believing an official. If we listened to everything we heard, or believed everything we see in black and white, no matter how careful we are, we can still end up with problems. I hope that common sense prevails. Brodric:
I don’t disagree about the girl being allowed to stay to get her treatment. My point is that anyone who fails to get legal advice on such matters or at least to make their own proper enquiries is being negligent. There’s more to this than meets the eye, anyway. The report says the girl is fostered. That would involve contact and negotiation with authorities in Trinidad and Tobago, and certainly with social workers here. I am surprised that the question of her legal ability to remain here was not picked up somewhere in the process. What is the social work department’s view about the case? Fifi la Bonbon:
12 October 2012: Surgeons create new ears for girl from Trinidad
Kade Romain was born without ears and missing part of her ear canal, leaving her partially deaf and facing a future begging for a living. The medical team from the Spire Murrayfield hospital in Edinburgh gave its time and expertise for free to construct new ears so that she faces a brighter future. She hopes to return to Trinidad soon. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-11516981
10 October 2010: Cybernats – a Scottish political phenomenon
It was, I think, the noble Lord Foulkes who coined the memorable term ‘cybernats’. The Scotsman’s David Maddox likened them to an army who ‘launch daily, sustained attacks on journalists, politicians and anybody else perceived to stand in the way of their cherished aim of independence, or who raises even the mildest criticism of Alex Salmond or the SNP’. http://davidtorrance.com/cybernats-a-scottish-political-phenomenon/
Mr Torrance is a long established, serious and distinguished writer who has published books on Margaret Thatcher, Harold MacMillan and the Secretaries of State for Scotland, and this is just the latest of these. He doesn’t write hagiographies. Aw, shucks.
She then offered a cybernat biography of Salmond: ‘Once upon a time, in a humble cottage in Linlithgow, the Greatest Living Scotsman was born. A strange golden light shone out of his nappy, bathing the faces of his proud parents with a warm glow…’Fifi la Bonbon:
15 June 2012: Andrew Whitaker’s observations on First Minister’s questions:
Alex Salmond pulled himself back up off the political canvas at First Minister’s questions yesterday after weeks on the ropes with a heavyweight performance at the dispatch box. But those who witnessed Mr Salmond’s tirade at Ms Dugdale, it was hard not to say that the SNP leader was back to his most bombastic.” http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/top-stories/alex-salmond-off-the-ropes-but-punching-too-fiercely-to-win-favour-1-2353766
Kezia Dugdale was not bullied. Her pretended innocence hid a disgusting disreputable distortion of events. The irony is the system was in place back in the day of Lab/Lib but the SNP now do so much better……
Dugdale learned her craft at the feet of Lord Fffoulkes and we saw that when she posted as Fifi la Bonbon. Day and night she posted the best distortions witnessed by mankind.
She sees herself as a fantasy champion of the British Empire and will have no concern about truth and justice in her frantic, desire to do down the SNP.
She loves the game and that is the main thing to her, not people’s welfare, just the point scoring. Famous15
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