Blair – Mandelson and Progress Make Their Move – Corbyn has a battle on his hands



  Mandelson’s favourite “son”
The Labour Party – Power Play Mandelson and Blair to Make their Move
Events are unfolding and it is clear the move against Corbyn has been planned for some time. The “Brexit” success in the referendum is claimed as the catalyst for change since Corbyn’s performance had been poor and contributed significantly to the “Remain” campaign failing to win a majority. The assertion offered by critics of Corbyn is utter nonsense but any excuse will suffice in times of need.  But who are the high-profile candidates for the leadership role? Anyone tainted by close association with ED Miliband can be ruled out leaving David Miliband as the front runner.  His bid will be backed by Blair and Mandelson, both of whom still exercise significant power over the direction the Party is to take.










A message from Tony Blair

‘Since it was launched, Progress has proved itself a valuable resource for Labour activists. It has helped improve communication between the leadership and the party in the country, and now between party and government. This two-way dialogue is crucial if we are to continue meeting the priorities of the country. I believe Progress has an important role to play in our party and deserves all our support.




Peter Mandelson






The Progress Network – The Party Within a Party – Mandelson’s creation

In 2015, the Labour Party in Scotland, motto “Unity is Strength” asked the Scottish electorate to return their large group of MP’s to Westminster. Scot’s are loyal but not stupid and their campaign was a disaster. Only one Labour MP was re-elected.

It was only a few months ago that the party displayed “Unity of purpose” joining with Westminster Unionists in and leading the ” Better Together” team that browbeat Scots throughout the course of the referendum campaign. The programme of fear waged against Scots was brutally and repeatedly targeted against pensioners and other aspects of the Scottish community perceived to be vulnerable by Westminster. And they won the day.

The UK Labour Party after the 2015 General Election is in turmoil. It is hopelessly split into a number of groups each pursuing widely differing agendas. Not known for exercising common sense it is likely there will be a deal of blood-letting before the future direction of the party is decided.

Meanwhile in Scotland, ineffectively led by the incompetent Kezia Dugdale the party is also divided along political dogma lines. Indeed she was so bold as to make it known publicly before his election to the party leadership that Jeremy Corbyn did not carry her confidence or vote.

In Scotland there are some who are supporters of Corbyn’s ideals but many however are “Blairites” holding membership of the Progress group led by arch Blairite Lord Peter Mandelson. The divided Labour Party in Scotland is in big trouble. But what of Jeremy Corbyn?  The left wing of the Labour Party has waited 25 years for the opportunity to be placed to decide the political direction of the party and they will not give ground easily. What a mess!!!!

The performance of the Labour Party in the 2015 GE was summarised by : Paul Richards – Labour’s Revival: The Modernisers’ Manifesto.  ” The problem was not that millions of people in Britain thought the Labour party was not like them and did not understand them; the problem was that they were right.”




Ian Murray and Progress director Richard Angell #Lab7Scots

Richard Angell & Ian Murray Progress




February 2016: Richard Angell – Director of Progress (for Blair and Mandelson) Issues a Rallying call to a badly defeated Labour Party

“The result in Scotland in May 2015 was a blow for everyone in the Labour movement. No one predicted it would be a near total wipe-out. In Scotland itself fellow members were left with almost no parliamentary representation and were plunged into not one but two leadership elections. Now you are straight back in the firing line trying to make the case for Labour against a resilient and resurgent Scottish National party.

You have had to take the loss, feel the pain and do it all again. Doorstep by doorstep. And, if some accounts are true, the environment seems even more aggressive towards us than before, which in turn was worse than the Scottish referendum. In England, and no less Wales we looked on with a combination of horror and disbelief. Worse still, we are powerless.

There is a feeling that we are upset over someone else’s loss, intruding into something private. We are sometimes talked about as if we are sister parties not the same party and we are not, this is the SNP and their separateness argument is winning.

We looked up to the Jim Murphy’s and Douglas Alexander’s of this world and we cannot believe that seats once held by Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling are no longer Labour, let alone not even marginals. We also miss the 40-odd Labour MPs that should be sticking it to the Tories when the SNP are busy sticking it to the Westminster system itself.

I went to Edinburgh and Glasgow on the Progress listening tour and a colleague went to Aberdeen. At each of these events, someone would say, ‘I know you [in England] will not care about our problems …’ We both were horrified. I think everyone in the Labour party south of the board cares deeply about our fellow Scottish Labour and its fortunes. It is not that we do not care; it is that we do not know how to help.

We can give our tweets, Facebook timelines, the odd bit of cash (I assume all donations are welcome) and shoe leather. So, again, the Progress team is coming up to do our small bit. It does not feel enough, but a better idea is not out there.

Note: Many hundreds of Progress members were present in Scotland working against Scots actively supporting “Better Together” throughout the course of the referendum campaign.



Anas Sarwar and Progress director Richard Angell on the #Lab7Scots challenge

Anas Sarwar & Richard Angell Progress






Kezia Dugdale elected to the Leadership of the Party in Scotland Gaining 72% of the eligible members vote

The vote for Dugdale was 5,200 votes  from  a total 0f 7200 (hardly mind boggling)  but Dugdale is energetically rushing round the country, holding up a mirror to the so-called ‘anti-austerity’ rhetoric of the SNP who want to cut more and tax less than Labour and fighting for what we most care about: the best start for every child.  But see the article below:   Scottish Labour MPs vote to back Tory cuts



Gemma Doyle and Progress director Richard Angell #Lab7Scots

Gemma Doyle & Richard Angell Progress






January 2015: Scottish Labour MPs vote to back Tory cuts

It has been revealed 28 Scottish Labour MPs voted with the Tory government for £75 billion austerity cuts and tax rises.

Commenting, SNP Treasury spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP said:

“Labour have shown their true colours in siding with the Tories, and it shows now even more clearly that only by voting SNP can Westminster’s obsession with imposing austerity cuts – that just don’t work.  Osborne is committed to continued austerity which will hit Scottish public services- and tonight he has been backed by Scottish Labour.  The Scottish Labour MPs who voted with the Tories represent some of the areas which have been hardest hit by government austerity measures, and it will be ordinary, hard-working people in their constituencies who will continue to suffer.” This lot supported the Tories:

Douglas Alexander, Paisley & Renfrewshire N
Willie Bain, Glasgow NE
Gordon Banks, Ochil & S Perthshire
Anne Begg, Aberdeen S
Russell Brown, Dumfries and Galloway
Michael Connarty, Linlithgow & E Falkirk
Margaret Curran, Glasgow E
Iain Davidson, Glasgow SW
Thomas Docherty, Dunfermline & W Fife
Brian Donohoe, Central Ayshire
Frank Doran, Aberdeen N
Gemma Doyle, W Dunbartonshire
Tom Greatrex, Rutherglen & Hamilton W
David Hamilton, Midlothian
Tom Harris, Glasgow S
Anne McGuire, Stirling
Jimmy Hood, Lanark & Hamilton E
Cathy Jamieson, Kilmarnock & Loudoun
Iain MacKenzie, Inverclyde
Michael McCann, E Kilbride Straven & Lesmahagow
Graham Morrice, Livingston
Gregg McClymont, Cumbernauld Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch
Iain Murray, Edinburgh S
Pamela Nash, Airdrie and Shotts
Fiona O’Donnell, East Lothian
John Robertson, Glasgow NW
Frank Roy, Motherwell & Wishaw
Anas Sarwar, Glasgow Central









April 2014: Tory/Libdem government caps welfare benefits  with the support of Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray

Critics argued the move to limit what working families, pensioners, and those on disability benefits can receive from the government would plunge hard-up families from some of the most impoverished areas of Scotland further into poverty. Labour insisted nobody who was entitled to benefits would be left out and added that the new measures would hold the government accountable for their actions. He said: “You can’t stop people getting benefits. you only qualify only if you are entitled. That’s the rules. (Another view of the nonsense)
Shame on you Scottish Labour:

welfare cap means more childhood poverty:


Comment: The word AUSTERITY was introduced to the Scottish public big time as a result of this appalling legislation which brought about great hardship. Food-banks and other charitable organisations have taken over the care of the nations poor from the Con/Dem government and the Labour party who supported them in the attack on the nations sick, poor and needy. Disgracefully the same Scottish labour MP’s will submit their names for re-election in May 2015. Surely the electorate will deny them that privilege.


SNP Against Con/Dem Welfare Cap

Commenting Eilidh Whiteford (SNP) MP said: “The SNP voted against the welfare cap today because it piles yet more pain onto our poorest pensioners, carers, disabled people and low-income families. This cap is just a crude, blunt, instrument. It is shocking that so many Scottish Labour MPs have backed the Tories.”









Labour Party within a Pary “Progress”  show their hand in Scotland

Anyone under the age of 40 in any of the photographs posted below will most likely  have travelled to Scotland from England and will be a member of Progress.

Kezia Dugdale, Ian Murray, Jackie Baillie, Paul O’Kane, Fariha Thomas and Gordon McKee all candidates for the 2016 Scottish Election have revealed their political beliefs  which are noteworthy since “Progress” policy includes replacement of Trident and other policies directly at odds with the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his front bench team.




Paul O’Kane candidate for Renfrewshire South. With Jim Murphy. Progress Scotland


Fariha Thomas believes she can unseat Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow Southside

Glasgow South-side Fariha Thomas. Progress Scotland


jackie baillie

Jackie Baillie in soggy Dumbarton with Progress members






Kezia Dugdale canvassed in Edinburgh East with Progress assistance up from England for a couple of days

Gordon Mckee  Labour candidate Edinburgh South canvassed with Ian Murray  MP and Progress assistance up from England together with

Cat Headley candidate for Edinburgh West canvassed with Progress assistance up from England











Labour Party In-Fighting Gets Serious – Progress – Blairites Leaning Right – Momentum -Corbynites Leaning Left




The 2015 General Election cleared 40 deadbeat Labour M.P.’s from Westminster  – what does the future hold for Labour

The Labour Party post the 2015 General Election are in turmoil. The party is hopelessly split into a number of groups each pursuing widely differing agendas. The party is not known for exercising common sense and it is likely there will be a deal of blood-letting before the future direction of the party is decided. Meantime, in Scotland the party, ineffectively led by the inexperienced Kezia Dugdale is also divided along politically dogmatic lines. Indeed she was so bold as to make it known publicly before his election to the party leadership that Jeremy Corbyn did not carry her confidence or vote. But there are others, (now members of her shadow front bench team) who  are supporters of Corbyn’s ideals. But many are “Blairites” holding membership of the Progress group led by arch Blairite  Lord Peter Mandelson.

The divided Labour Party in Scotland is in big trouble since the next election is only a few weeks away. It faces Armageddon at the polls.


But what of Jeremy Corbyn? The left wing of the Labour Party has waited 25 years for the opportunity to be placed to decide the political direction of the party and they will not give ground easily. So far I have identified two  opposing groups “Progress” and now “Momentum”. There are more. What a mess!!!!




8 October 2015: Senior Labour MPs have warned a new campaign group, set up by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn, is a “threat to sitting MPs” and will “undermine” the party.

Momentum, a collective set up with the backing of the Labour leader and the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, aims to influence party policy but MPs are worried it is the beginning of a purge of moderate members who don’t support the leader. One Shadow Cabinet Minister said: “They are setting up a party within a party and I fear that they will use it to take control of conference, policy-making and mount a purge.”

Another MP asked not to be named but described the new group as “a worrying sign” while respected Labour MP Stephen Pound said: “This is basically a parallel organisation as far as I’m concerned, it’s against the principles of the Labour party and I think less of Jeremy Corbyn for endorsing it. “It will inevitably be seen as a threat to sitting MPs and the Labour party in parliament – it is a retrograde step.”

Welcoming the group, which is also backed by a group of Labour MPs including Katy Clark, Clive Lewis, Richard Burgon, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Kate Osamor, Mr Corbyn said: “Now, more than ever, we need to unite and continue to build our movement to change our politics and to win together in 2020.



4 December 2015: Labour split exposed as Tom Watson describes Momentum as a ‘rabble’

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has highlighted splits at the highest levels of the party by describing Momentum, the group established by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn to strengthen his leadership, as a “bit of a rabble”. Watson spoke out against Momentum during an interview on the Today programme in which he hailed Labour’s decisive victory in the safe Labour Oldham West and Royton seat by-election. Watson praised McMahon and Corbyn – who will be given an important breathing space as he seeks to overcome divisions in the party – after the emphatic win.

But Watson highlighted divisions at senior levels of his party when he criticised Momentum, the group set up to provide grass-roots support for Corbyn, which has been endorsed by the Labour leadership. He said: “I am not a member of Momentum. They look like a bit of a rabble to me. But I don’t think they’re particularly a problem for the Labour party. They are not a party within a party. I just don’t think they’re that effective. They are a bit of an irrelevance in this debate. If there are people who are linked to Momentum that are intimidating Labour party members, then I think we should deal with it.”

Watson said he was grateful to Momentum for releasing a statement that said that it would not campaign for the deselection of MPs. It also condemned abusive behaviour.




8 February 2016: John McTernan -The idiots in Momentum will destroy themselves before they destroy Labour

It’s war. Well it was always a war, really. But the leaking of Momentum’s plans to become a fully-fledged party within a party and to win internal Labour Party battles shows how seriously the Corbynistas intend to remake everything in their image.

Their target this year is 20,000 members – five times more than Militant had – and eight full time organisers. They say they will campaign to win internal elections, in their own words ‘counter moderates seeking key internal party roles’. All they need is a newspaper and Labour will really be back to the future and fighting against destructive infiltration.

But the return of the repressed is evident in politics as elsewhere in life. Momentum give themselves away in one key passage entitled “Consider for membership people rejected by Labour” which states:

“It has been pointed out that the Labour Party may unreasonably proscribe organisations or exclude individuals from membership. For this reason, it is proposed that the National Committee may decide by resolution to admit to membership any person whom it feels has been unfairly excluded from membership of the Labour Party, and shall be the final arbiter in any dispute about whether an organisation is ‘opposed to the Labour Party’ as a determinant of membership of Momentum.

The aspiration to let non-Labour Party members join will be the undoing of Momentum – it is the thread at which moderates can pull. The Labour Party is an electoral machine or it is nothing. It’s organisational base remains local government and the most regularly attended meetings are based on council wards.

At these there is little sign yet of attendance by the new members. Discussions are always either highfalutin debates about ending inequality or hyper-localism, but they are congenial, comradely and always return to campaigning – campaigning to win. Trying to sneak enemies of the Labour Party in through the back door as Momentum plan is the surest way to find out that the “the broad mainstream of Labour Party grass-roots” do not welcome collusion with their electoral enemies.


8 February 2016: Corbyn hardcore plotting to deselect Labour moderates

Key organisers in Momentum, the new Jeremy Corbyn supporters’ group inside the Labour Party, are explicitly plotting “civil war” to get rid of moderate Labour MPs, despite repeated denials, a Telegraph investigation has found. Leaders of Momentum include, self-proclaimed revolutionary Marxists, and paid staff of parties which oppose Labour, including a man who was until five weeks ago official spokesman for a Green MEP.

Concerted efforts have begun to get moderate Labour incumbents pushed down the rankings of the party’s candidates for next year’s Welsh and Scottish elections, putting them at great risk of losing their seats. Momentum has harvested thousands of confidential personal records of Labour members, including their private emails and telephone numbers, and is already using them to operate phone-banks, it can be disclosed. The tactic has caused a major row, with Momentum’s opponents claiming it is illegal under data protection laws.

Momentum, launched last month to “continue the energy and enthusiasm of Jeremy’s campaign,” insists it is a “social movement” which is “not campaigning at all on any deselections” of MPs. Speaking to the BBC, the group’s spokesman, said: “The purpose of Momentum is not to have internal factional battles, it’s to look outside.” However, bulletins and documents – some confidential, others openly published online – make clear that Momentum leaders and activists have different ideas.



A look at Momentum's website

Momentum – Aims & Objectives (22 page document)




Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn


Jeremy Corbyn – Who is He?

Labour Party In Meltdown – Read What Their Own People Say




The Progress Network – Labours Progressives – The Party Within a Party

The Labour Party in Scotland will be seeking the support of the Scottish electorate in a few weeks time. The party motto “Unity is Strength” will no doubt feature in their propaganda leaflets, biased press, television and speeches. But Scots are not stupid. It is only a few months ago that the party displayed that Unity of purpose joining with Westminster Unionists in and leading the ” Better Together” team that browbeat Scots throughout the course of the referendum campaign.

The programme of fear waged against Scots was brutally and repeatedly  targeted against pensioners and other aspects of the Scottish community perceived to be vulnerable by Westminster. And they won the day.

But the 2015 General Election evidenced lies spun by labour to the UK electorate. There is no united party. Indeed there hasn’t been since Labour lost the 2010 General Election.  The Progress (Blairite) Network, (President Peter Mandelson)  part filled  the vacuum created by the strong (left-right) differences of opinion as to the future direction of the party.

The performance of the Labour Party was summarised by : Paul Richards – Labour’s Revival: The Modernisers’ Manifesto.

” The problem was not that millions of people in Britain thought the Labour party was not like them and did not understand them; the problem was that they were right.” 







In Scotland the only Labour MP (Ian Murray) remaining is a member of “Progress”. A significant number of MSP’s  have moved to the left however and the UK party is led by Jeremy Corbyn a left wing politician of the old school of Labour who is determined to take the party down the road of socialism.

In Scotland Kezia Dugdale expressed strong opposition to Jeremy Corbyn’s bid for the leadership and her appointments to the front bench  shadow team of ministers pointedly excluded anyone who might be considered a “Corbynite”.  Alex Rowley, (a Corbynite) elected by the party membership in Scotland to the Deputy Leadership role has been sidelined. So the party in Scotland is divided and its controlling party in Westminster is even more divided. Unelectable? I should say so!!!!








Two eminent political persons of the Labour Party  Joe Haines and Michael Taylor have spoken out about the on going conflict within the Labour Party. Extracts are added below.



Joe Haines





The Micawber Syndrome

Joe Haines, Harold Wilson’s press secretary, argues that the Labour moderates cannot “wait for something to turn up” in their battle against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Labour will lose the next general election if Jeremy Corbyn is still its leader, and lose it by a substantial margin. A distrusted and unloved Conservative Party will win something resembling a landslide victory.

No ifs or buts, as David Cameron might say: that is the plain, unpalatable truth. Either he goes or the party itself is a goner. Those who believe otherwise are the Flat Earthers of British politics.

Barring a cataclysmic economic failure or a sexual scandal of unimaginable proportions, Cameron’s successor will have a shoo-in and a near-moribund Liberal Democrat party will get a kiss of life and dream of beating Labour for second place.

Scotland, if it is still in the Union by 2020, wouldn’t offer a hope of returning to the Labour fold; the Scots voters know a wee, sleekit, cow’rin’, tim’rous beastie when they see one and Corbyn would be lucky to keep our only seat.

Either we wake up or we shut up. Too bleak? Too pessimistic? A fantasy scenario and not realistic? No. Things could get worse. The national party could, according to the gloomiest forecast, disappear altogether by next October, reduced to a municipal party with brave bands of councillors flying the flag, rather like the Independent Labour Party in the 1930s.

Actually, I don’t think things are quite that bad. We face disintegration rather than immediate doom. At least at the first stage. But what will follow is a series of electoral defeats that can only be imagined.





Michael Taylor





The Labour Party Under Corbyn is ideologically bankrupt and organisationally incompetent

Michael Taylor was a Labour Party parliamentary candidate for Manchester in the 2015 General Election. He is a journalist, author, writer and event host amongst other things. He said, I too hold no hope for the Corbyn project. At every step it is politically doomed, ideologically bankrupt and organisationally incompetent. I don’t for a minute believe that Jeremy Corbyn will lead Labour into the 2020 General Election. His mission doesn’t strike me as that of a future prime minister of this country and with a plan to make it a modern socialist republic. He doesn’t think in short parliamentary terms, he thinks in decades. This is a step toward re-casting Labour as a left wing party.

A Podemos, or a Syrizia. He has no interest in power. Triumph is having the debate, or rather changing internal structures to build a party based on policies to fit his own interests and world view. And why wouldn’t he? After all, he was elected as leader by a large margin. The MPs I speak to are in despair. The atmosphere amongst the PLP is described as “toxic”, “awful” and “dysfunctional”. But they are in such a mood of hopelessness because of his “mandate” from the membership. But he doesn’t have a mandate from the electorate. Every single Labour MP was elected on a manifesto and a platform far away from that of the leadership. Few of them share his platform, many of them are either keeping their heads down or appealing for party unity. It’s a position I understand but don’t think is in any way tenable.

I would whole heartedly support a coup in the Parliamentary Labour Party to oust the narrow cabal of Jeremy Corbyn, the awful Diane Abbott and John McDonnell. They have their mandate to lead the party, but not in Parliament. They aren’t up to the job. They are an embarrassment and are unfit to perform their constitutional duty to provide effective opposition to this mediocre Conservative government.

Already the key interventions are at committee stage. The best performances at the despatch box have been from Hilary Benn and Angela Eagle. It has to change. Here’s why. The most common conversation I have with non-Labour friends is this. “Isn’t politics interesting?” they say. “Love him or hate him, doesn’t Jeremy Corbyn represent something new and different? At least you know what he stands for.”  My next question back at them is always answered with a big fat no. Well, would you vote Labour with him as leader? “No, no, no and once more for good luck, no, of course not,” and that’s the polite version. They just won’t. In fact they laugh. The opinion polls also show this. The response on the doorstep is the same. Our answer is either to apologise for him, or to plead for a vote despite him, as we successfully achieved in Oldham.






Brown’s Plans For Scotland Post a No Vote in the Referendum – Not Honoured or Delivered





10 Downing Street – Mid February 2014 – clandestine Meeting – Cameron & Brown (So secret it cannot be confirmed it ever happened) but let us pretend that it did.

Dave: Thank you for meeting with me Gordon. As you are aware Salmond appears to be gaining the upper hand. Polls show a 5% decrease in the “no” voting intention. “Better Together” led by your old mucker Darling are a shambles. In fact the leaders are so laid back they are nearly horizontal. Could you go up to Scotland and give them a kick up the a…e.

Gordon: Sorry Dave I am not involved with “Better Together”. have my own agenda and it doesn’t include working with your “Union of parties”.

Dave: I understand, they really are a bunch of chancers but I cannot send any of my toxic Tory ministers to Scotland they’d get lynched. What about a personal intervention, the Scots still trust you don’t they after all you saved the world from financial collapse.

Gordon: Shucks Dave you are making it very difficult for me to say no. I am getting out of Westminster you know. I’m off to the USA to seek my fortune.

Dave: I could pull a few strings for you Gordon. Fancy running Google?

Gordon: Naw!! I intend frying bigger fish. OK, I’ll go to Scotland. I have a home there y’now so I’ll get some gardening done. It happens I have a speech just ready for delivery but I would need to be assured of a captured audience and maximum television and press coverage. But it needs to appear spontaneous so Better Together musn’t know anything about it beforehand. Darling would throw a fit.

Dave: Could I read over your presentation.

Gordon: Sure. I’ll give you 10 minutes.

Dave: That’s fine. I’m happy with all of that. I’ll brief my BBC and Press barons to attend to your needs and to keep it undercover until you give the go-ahead. But the audience?

Gordon: No problem I can arrange a gathering of pensioners in Glasgow under the pretense of a free bingo night. Will you honour the entire content of my speech?

Dave: Sure mate, you can trust me. I swear this on the oath of the Bullington Club.

Gordon: Right Dave I’m off to Scotland. Scots Whahae!!!!!




10 March 2014: Gordon Brown unveils 6 point plan for Scotland (and Britain)

Many people had been wondering why Gordon Brown hasn’t been more involved in the debate around the Scottish Independence referendum. Today he’s getting involved in a big way – by outlining a 6 point plan to change the constitutional settlement of the UK and give more powers to Scotland. The six points are:



* A new UK constitutional law – backed by an historic document equivalent to a bill of rights – to set out the purpose of the UK as pooling and sharing resources for the defence, security and well-being of the citizens of all four nations, including a commitment to alleviate unemployment and poverty. Position at February 2016: Not even on the horizon

* A constitutional guarantee of the permanence of the Scottish Parliament, backed up by a constitutional lock that prevents it being overruled or undermined. Position at February 2016: The Scottish Secretary, Tory minister David Mundell and his unelected Deputy Lord Dunlop (he of the Thatcher Poll Tax fiasco) retain the right of veto over the Scottish parliament.

* A new division of powers between Scotland and Westminster that gives Holyrood more powers in employment, health, transport and economic regeneration. Position at February 2016: Little of note included in the Scotland Bill still under discussion but Mundell rejected out of hand any proposals brought forward by the Scottish government. Hardly inspiring.

* A new tax sharing agreement that balances the commitment of the UK to pool and share its resources with the need for accountability to the electors in all the places where money is spent. Position at February 2016: Well the on-going recently extended disccussion between the UK Treasury and John Sweeney gives lie to this.

* New power-sharing partnerships to address shared problems on poverty, unemployment, housing need and the environment which, Mr Brown argues, cannot be addressed unless the Scottish and UK governments work together. Position at February 2016: No partnerships in place. All business and all correspondence between the Scottish government and the Civil Service in Scotland ( who still report to Sir Jeremy Heywood at Downing Street) is to be routed through the offices of Mundell and Dunlop

* A “radical” transfer of powers downwards from Westminster and Edinburgh to local communities. Position at February 2016: Mundell pushes this agenda whilst retaining very strict and all powerful control of Scottish affairs retained without reason or explanation, including dealing directly with local councils undermining the authority of the Scottish parliament.





Unwelcome Interventions by Gordon Brown and the “Institute for Public Policy Research” (IPPR)

In Glasgow, in March 2014, to an invited audience of Labour Party supporters Brown said: “I want to move us from the old highly-centralised, uniform Britain dominated by out-of-date ideas of an undivided Westminster sovereignty to a new diverse power-sharing, risk-sharing, resource-sharing UK which is best defined not as an old union but as a modern, constitutional partnership of nations.”

Meanwhile, the left leaning Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) argued that many more welfare powers should be devolved to Scotland, including housing benefit and responibility for the work programme.

Both interventions are likely to increase tension within the Scottish Labour Party – especially with many Scottish Labour MPs being opposed to some aspects of greater devolution. Westminster based Scottish MP’s witheld any support to the programme of devolution in Scotland. They were aided by Johann Lamont and her Unionist supporting colleagues who stated quite vehemently their resistence to any further devolution. Lamont went on to say, on television, that Scots were incapable of reasoned political thought, (or something to that effect). A party so divided it no longer retains the trust of the Scottish electorate



Westminster Promises-Each and Every Scot Benefited from Voting “No” in the 2014 Independence Referendum Bonus – Equates to £5600 over 4 Years -Jocks Should Stop Bleating and Enjoy the Good Fortune





2014 Independence Referendum  Financial Bonus

On 4 June 2014 Mundell and his Lib/Dem co-conspirators issued this forecast analysis from his British Government of Scotland Office, in Edinburgh.”

Afternote: Cannot understand why Labour and Lib/Dems are demanding a penny addition to income tax if Scots are £1400 better off staying with the UK

I tried to arrange payment of my bonus to myself through the Social but without success so far.  Could someone please tel me how to get it???

What did you do with your tax free bonus??






Scottish Referendum – 12 things that the £1,400 UK Dividend could buy

Analysis proved that every Scot would be £1,400 better off every year by staying part of the UK, and what a benefit. This is what could be done with the bonus.



1. An overseas holiday for two with cash leftover for sun cream. Average cost: £680 per person for a 10-day jaunt.





2. Buy Christmas presents twice over, with some money left over to spend on Hogmanay celebrations. Average spend on Christmas in Scotland: £610.





3. Hop on the bus between Glasgow and Edinburgh (and back) 127 times. That’s the equivalent of a daily commute for more than 5 and half months. Average cost: £11 for a return ticket. Source: City Link, price correct on May





4. Scoff 280 hotdogs at the Edinburgh Festival. Average cost: £5.





5. Cover your family’s yearly shoe purchase for around 6 years. Average annual household spend on footwear in Scotland: £234.





6. Fill up your fuel tank for the whole year with money leftover for an MOT and a few trips to the car wash. Average household spend on petrol/diesel for personal transport in Scotland: £1123.20, average MOT costs: £29.65 to £124.50.





7. Watch Aberdeen play all season with two mates – with a few pies and Bovril thrown in for good measure. Average cost: £425 for one 2014/15 main stand season ticket.





8. Experience 636 joyful caffeine highs. Average cost: £2.20 for a medium cappuccino.





9. Share a meal of fish and chips with your family every day for around 10 weeks, with a couple of portions of mushy peas thrown in. Average cost of fish and chips in UK: £4.74 per portion, based on family of 4 sharing meal.





10. Get a haircut monthly for over 3 and half years…you can go for significantly more if you’re a man! Average spend for women per haircut: £29.99.






11. Pay off your energy bills in full over the year. Average household cost in Scotland: £1,211.60 per year.





12. And finally, you’ll still have enough left over for endless hugs with everyone to celebrate being in a United Kingdom. And if you’re still in need of a reason to smile, go to Inverness – it’s the second happiest place in the UK.




Labour MSP’s Behaviour Under Dugdale is Comparable to That of a Pack of Dingos




The BBC must think we Scots “button up the back”. Today in Holyrood Findlay called the First Minister a “Liar”. He was shouted down by the SNP members present but achieved his aim , namely disruption of proceedings. (The act of a schoolboy bully I thought)

The Presiding Officer later recalled the house, after the culprit was identified. At which time reading from a brief, presumably prepared for him away from the Chamber, by persons versed in legal speak he sort of offered an ingenious half hearted heavily slanted apology

In response the Presiding Officer simply acknowledged his statement but it is clear the matter is not resolved to her satisfaction.

I watched the early evening BBC Scottish News later and was struck by the quite disgraceful presentation by Brian Taylor of the day’s events in Holyrood.

He blandly raised the performance of Kezia Dugdale, referring to her questioning of Nicola Sturgeon in the matter of education and followed this up with a video of Dugdale brandishing a document clearly leaked to her by Labour Councillors.  At the end of the clip, there followed, without introduction a clip of Rennie rabbiting on about the same thing. After this a Nicola Sturgeon clip in which she demolished Rennie was shown. But Nicola Sturgeon’s rebuttal of Dugdale’s allegations was omitted.

I waited for some time but to my surprise there was no mention of Findlay and his disgraceful performance in the chamber only a few hours before.

Getting back to the non-apology offered by Findlay. It was noteworthy that Dugdale and her front bench did not return to the chamber to hear it. Jackie Baillie was present and sat with her head lowered throughout. But was she laughing surely not. Have a close look at the clip.


Scotland After the Referendum – Aspirations of Nationhood Cruelly Destroyed – Scots Apparently Content to Remain a Region of Greater England


Scotland After the Referendum – Is It Now A Nation of Political Eunuchs

The outcome of the 2014 Scottish referendum was pleasing for Unionist party’s since Westminster gained much by retaining the union.

But there existed the fear in London that 59 Scots MP’s holding nationalist sympathies would, through their eloquence extend and cause confusion in commons debates and committees.

However the prevailing view was that Scottish arguments would be effectively emasculated by English common sense manipulated by the Speaker of the House of Commons.



So. Apart from continued devolution of very limited powers to Holyrood (controlled through a Scottish Secretary appointed by the governing party at Westminster) the vast bulk of Scottish affairs would still be decided upon by Westminster.

Emancipation, (promised in a “vow” by Unionist party leaders just before the referendum vote) would be placed in the “matters arising tray” for extended discussions.

Any additional devolution to be very limited, betraying the “Vow”.



Scotland would be required to accept, (yet again for another 5 years at least) a political economy totally foreign to the beliefs of the Scottish electorate within which their representation would be in the minority and without influence.

Manifest in 2015/16, the first year of the new parliament at Westminster was that any proposals, measures or complaints advanced by Scottish MP’s were rejected.

The UK government pressed on enforcing policies, (vehemently opposed by Scottish MP’s) on Scots.



Nearly half the population of Scotland believe that retention of the union is a continuation of the 1707 conspiracy against Scottish liberty since the Scottish parliament had no right under Scots Law to pass an act handing over dominion to another country, without asking consent of the nation.

Conversely Westminster opposes the concept of “sovereignty of the people” preferring to refer to the UK being a voluntary association between two countries gaining common benefit.

They say Scottish wealth and commercial expertise is nurtured and protected by the Union.



But Scottish patriots contend that Westminster’s conciliatory words are designed to deceive, and that Scotland’s continued presence in the Union will bring disaster.

Indeed examination of the UK Union and its adverse effect on Scotland reveals that the system is ill conceived and brutally enforced on unwilling Scots.

Simply put, it does not work for the benefit of Scotland since in the past 100 years the existence of the Union has depressed Scottish industries and resources and Scotland’s wealth has fallen markedly compared to England.

There is also the indisputable fact that Scotland contributes much more to the UK treasury than it receives back.

Despite this Scotland is portrayed as a welfare sponger, never happy, always asking for more.



Relentless, ever increasing poverty caused by an extravagant Westminster’s wasteful and lavish policies has forced many Scots to emigrate markedly reducing Scotland’s population.



Much of Scotland, outwith the central belt is owned by large corporate bodies and/or very rich absentee landlords, an obnoxious land ownership system created by Westminster through illegal confiscation of property, estates and other land coupled with forced eviction.

The Duchess of Westmorland observed: “Scotch people are of a happy constitution, and do not fatten like the larger breed of animals” as she and her husband confiscated the crofts of highlanders and their families, before forcing them to eat seaweed, prior to enforcing the barbaric deportation of many thousands of Scottish crofters and their families.

Adding insult to injury the bulk of the revenue gained from these properties was transferred abroad or to England (primarily London) where the vast bulk of these absentee landlords have their place of residence.

A huge financial loss to the Scottish economy.


Much later Sir Walter Scott wrote: “In but too many instances the Highlands have been drained, not of their superfluity of population, but of the whole mass of inhabitants, dispossessed by an unrelenting avarice which will be one day found to be short-sighted as it is unjust and selfish”.