Davidson and Her Bunch of Pelham Puppets Caught in Their Lies – Scots Will Vote 60-40 For Independence – Comprehensive Constituency Analysis Provides Unarguable Factual Information

 

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Petition to the Westminster government

“Another Scottish independence referendum should not be allowed to happen. We in Scotland are fed up of persecution by the SNP leader who is solely intent on getting independence at any cost. As a result, Scotland is suffering hugely.” Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate. 217,000 signatures were added.

Scottish Secretary response:

“The UK Government is clear that now is not the time for a second independence referendum. We need to work together, putting all our energies into ensuring we get the right deal for the UK and for Scotland in our negotiations with the EU. In 2014, the Scottish people decided in a legal, fair and decisive referendum to remain a strong part of the UK. The Edinburgh Agreement of 2012 committed both the UK and Scottish Governments to respecting the outcome of the Scottish referendum.

Calling for a second referendum is creating damaging uncertainty for the economy, and most people in Scotland do not want the country to be plunged into another divisive campaign. All our focus should be on our negotiations with the EU and working together to get the right deal for Scotland and the right deal for the UK. It would be unfair to the people of Scotland to ask them to make a crucial decision without knowing what our future partnership with the EU will be or what the alternative for an independent Scotland would look like.

As the Prime Minister has set out, we will strengthen the Union of the four nations that comprise our United Kingdom. We will negotiate as one United Kingdom, taking account of the specific interests of every nation and region of the UK. When it comes to the powers that we will take back from Europe, we will consult fully on which powers should reside in Westminster and which should be passed on to the Devolved Administrations.

This will be an opportunity to determine the level best placed to take decisions on these issues, ensuring power sits closer to the people of the UK than ever before. It is the expectation of the Government that the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will see a significant increase in their decision-making power as a result of this process.

David Mundell: Secretary of State for Scotland https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/180642

 

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After-note: The total number of signatures accepted by Mr Mundell is fraudulent to the extreme. A large number do not qualify since they do not reside in Scotland or indeed the UK. An examination of the submission identified 140,708 qualifying signators.

 

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An Analysis of the Petition Submission

The passage of time might reveal that the petition was a “spoiler” prepared and submitted to the internet social media by Ruth Davidson’s recently appointed high profile media manipulation team headed by Gordon Hector. But fair play the ploy worked since it succeeded in raising the public profile of the possibility of another Independence referendum, which (at the time) had not been given mention by anyone other than Ruth Davidson.

The bellicose behaviour of Ruth Davidson at First Ministers questions, in the period after publication of Mundell’s pronouncement gave impetus to a review and analysis and report gathered from the petition.

Information was sourced from official lists and records providing numbers of acceptable signatories by Scottish constituency. Electorate totals were included and a percentage signator total was established for each constituency.

From that a mean figure of 4% was used to forward project the outcome of an Independence referendum, should one be held as projected by Brexit.

Figures suggest that from an electorate of 4,021,203 the outcome of another referendum would result in a: 60.45% “Yes” vote in favour of independence with 39.55% preferring to remain with the Union.

Full details are included below.The information would be best used to forward plan strategy.

Edinburgh, Aberdeen, East Renfrewshire and East Dumbartonshire recoded higher than average figures favouring remaining with the Union. Others appear to be less dogmatic which is encouraging.

 

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For Independence – 60.45%

34551: Orkney and Shetland”,”ons_code”:”S14000051″,”mp”:”Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP”,”signature_count”:1062-3.07%

21744: Na h-Eileanan an Iar”,”ons_code”:”S14000027″,”mp”:”Angus Brendan MacNeil MP”,”signature_count”:674-3.10%

47558: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross”,”ons_code”:”S14000009″,”mp”:”Dr Paul Monaghan MP”,”signature_count”:1679-3.53%

77268: Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey”,”ons_code”:”S14000039″,”mp”:”Drew Hendry MP”,”signature_count”:3073-3.98%

54109: Ross, Skye and Lochaber”,”ons_code”:”S14000055″,”mp”:”Ian Blackford MP”,”signature_count”:2038-3.77%

67745: Aberdeen North”,”ons_code”:”S14000001″,”mp”:”Kirsty Blackman MP”,”signature_count”:1829-2.70%

65792: Angus”,”ons_code”:”S14000004″,”mp”:”Mike Weir MP”,”signature_count”:2355-3.58%

66960: Dundee East”,”ons_code”:”S14000015″,”mp”:”Stewart Hosie MP”,”signature_count”:2029-3.03%

66287: Dundee West”,”ons_code”:”S14000016″,”mp”:”Chris Law MP”,”signature_count”:1338-2.02%

78037: Dunfermline and West Fife”,”ons_code”:”S14000017″,”mp”:”Douglas Chapman MP”,”signature_count”:2890-3.70%

69781: Glenrothes”,”ons_code”:”S14000036″,”mp”:”Peter Grant MP”,”signature_count”:1523-2.18%

75941: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath”,”ons_code”:”S14000041″,”mp”:”Roger Mullin MP”,”signature_count”:2193-2.89%

75249: Dumfries and Galloway”,”ons_code”:”S14000013″,”mp”:”Richard Arkless MP”,”signature_count”:2498-3.32%

75985: North Ayrshire and Arran”,”ons_code”:”S14000048″,”mp”:”Patricia Gibson MP”,”signature_count”:2631-3.46%

72985: Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock”,”ons_code”:”S14000006″,”mp”:”Corri Wilson MP”,”signature_count”:2751-3.77%

75283: Kilmarnock and Loudoun”,”ons_code”:”S14000040″,”mp”:”Alan Brown MP”,”signature_count”:2285-3.04%

69982: Central Ayrshire”,”ons_code”:”S14000010″,”mp”:”Dr Philippa Whitford MP”,”signature_count”:2728-3.90%

70378: Glasgow East”,”ons_code”:”S14000030″,”mp”:”Natalie McGarry MP”,”signature_count”:1970-2.80%

58875: Glasgow North”,”ons_code”:”S14000031″,”mp”:”Patrick Grady MP”,”signature_count”:1582-2.69%

66678: Glasgow North East”,”ons_code”:”S14000032″,”mp”:”Anne McLaughlin MP”,”signature_count”:1300-1.95%

68418: Glasgow North West”,”ons_code”:”S14000033″,”mp”:”Carol Monaghan MP”,”signature_count”:2126-3.11%

70945: Glasgow Central”,”ons_code”:”S14000029″,”mp”:”Alison Thewliss MP”,”signature_count”:1717-2.42%

74051: Glasgow South”,”ons_code”:”S14000034″,”mp”:”Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP”,”signature_count”:2175-2.94%

66208: Glasgow South West”,”ons_code”:”S14000035″,”mp”:”Chris Stephens MP”,”signature_count”:1960-2.96%

66715: Airdrie and Shotts”,”ons_code”:”S14000003″,”mp”:”Neil Gray MP”,”signature_count”:2296-3.44%

73813: Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill”,”ons_code”:”S14000011″,”mp”:”Philip Boswell MP”,”signature_count”:2158-2.92%

83071: East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow”,”ons_code”:”S14000019″,”mp”:”Dr Lisa Cameron MP”,”signature_count”:3157-3.80%

70269: Motherwell and Wishaw”,”ons_code”:”S14000047″,”mp”:”Marion Fellows MP”,”signature_count”:2169-3.09%

82701: Rutherglen and Hamilton West”,”ons_code”:”S14000056″,”mp”:”Margaret Ferrier MP”,”signature_count”:2918-3.53%

69193: West Dunbartonshire”,”ons_code”:”S14000059″,”mp”:”Martin Docherty-Hughes MP”,”signature_count”:2060-2.98%

59350: Inverclyde”,”ons_code”:”S14000038″,”mp”:”Ronnie Cowan MP”,”signature_count”:2230-3.76%

61281: Paisley and Renfrewshire South”,”ons_code”:”S14000053″,”mp”:”Mhairi Black MP”,”signature_count”:2031-3.31%

66178: Edinburgh East”,”ons_code”:”S14000022″,”mp”:”Tommy Sheppard MP”,”signature_count”:1854-2.80%

82373: Livingston”,”ons_code”:”S14000044″,”mp”:”Hannah Bardell MP”,”signature_count”:3065-3.72%

67875: Midlothian”,”ons_code”:”S14000045″,”mp”:”Owen Thompson MP”,”signature_count”:2182-3.22%

67009: Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East”,”ons_code”:”S14000012″,”mp”:”Stuart C. McDonald MP”,”signature_count”:2140-3.19%

83380: Falkirk”,”ons_code”:”S14000028″,”mp”:”John Mc Nally MP”,”signature_count”:2764-3.32%

 

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Against Independence – 39.55%

80978: Edinburgh North and Leith”,”ons_code”:”S14000023″,”mp”:”Deidre Brock MP”,”signature_count”:4280-5.29%

65846: Edinburgh South”,”ons_code”:”S14000024″,”mp”:”Ian Murray MP”,”signature_count”:3579-5.44%

72178: Edinburgh South West”,”ons_code”:”S14000025″,”mp”:”Joanna Cherry QC MP”,”signature_count”:3283-4.55%

71749: Edinburgh West”,”ons_code”:”S14000026″,”mp”:”Michelle Thomson MP”,”signature_count”:4388-6.12%

67236: Stirling”,”ons_code”:”S14000057″,”mp”:”Steven Paterson MP”,”signature_count”:3175-4.72%

86955: Linlithgow and East Falkirk”,”ons_code”:”S14000043″,”mp”:”Martyn Day MP”,”signature_count”:3570-4.11%

79481: East Lothian”,”ons_code”:”S14000020″,”mp”:”George Kerevan MP”,”signature_count”:3676-4.63%

66208: Paisley and Renfrewshire North”,”ons_code”:”S14000052″,”mp”:”Gavin Newlands MP”,”signature_count”:3158-4.77%

69982: East Renfrewshire”,”ons_code”:”S14000021″,”mp”:”Kirsten Oswald MP”,”signature_count”:4241-6.06%

66966: East Dunbartonshire”,”ons_code”:”S14000018″,”mp”:”John Nicolson MP”,”signature_count”:3977-5.94%

78037: Lanark and Hamilton East”,”ons_code”:”S14000042″,”mp”:”Angela Crawley MP”,”signature_count”:3272-4.19%

68875: Argyll and Bute”,”ons_code”:”S14000005″,”mp”:”Brendan O’Hara MP”,”signature_count”:3277-4.75%

68483: Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale”,”ons_code”:”S14000014″,”mp”:”Rt Hon David Mundell MP”,”signature_count”:2816-4.11%

74179: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk”,”ons_code”:”S14000008″,”mp”:”Calum Kerr MP”,”signature_count”:3026-4.08%

62003: North East Fife”,”ons_code”:”S14000049″,”mp”:”Stephen Gethins MP”,”signature_count”:2937-4.74%

72447: Perth and North Perthshire”,”ons_code”:”S14000054″,”mp”:”Pete Wishart MP”,”signature_count”:3033-4.19%

77379: Ochil and South Perthshire”,”ons_code”:”S14000050″,”mp”:”Ms Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP”,”signature_count”:3645-4.71%

68609: Banff and Buchan”,”ons_code”:”S14000007″,”mp”:”Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP”,”signature_count”:2772-4.04%

79393: Gordon”,”ons_code”:”S14000037″,”mp”:”Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP”,”signature_count”:3711-4.68%

71685: Moray”,”ons_code”:”S14000046″,”mp”:”Rt Hon Angus Robertson MP”,”signature_count”:2995-4.18%

68056: Aberdeen South”,”ons_code”:”S14000002″,”mp”:”Callum McCaig MP”,”signature_count”:3618-4.65%

73445: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine”,”ons_code”:”S14000058″,”mp”:”Stuart Blair Donaldson MP”,”signature_count”:3961-5.40%

 

 

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Why Another Independence Referendum? The English Laws Thing Shattered the Unionist Alliance in Scotland Against the Breakup of the United Kingdom – Lord Michael Forsyth (Tory)

 

 

 

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Scottish Unionist leader Ruth Davidson has hired a spin doctor from a controversial private healthcare firm to work for her at Holyrood.

Gordon Hector will head up her press and research team, from offices based at Holyrood. He was previously head of communications for Circle Healthcare, the first private company to run an NHS hospital in England in an experiment that went badly awry.

Circle took over struggling Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridge, which had 250 beds, 1,500 staff and a Pounds 111 million budget, in a 10-year contract in 2012. Three years later the Care Quality Commission branded the hospital “inadequate”, it was put into special measures. Circle then pulled out of the deal early admitting it could not find the savings needed to make the hospital financially sustainable.

He was previously a senior speech-writer at the Department for Education, writing for Conservative junior ministers and Michael Gove, the then Secretary of State. He also worked for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, where he was its public affairs manager. He began his career at Fishburn Hedges (Media Management), working on public affairs and media accounts.

 

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Ruth Davidson and Profiling

Davidson’s profile has risen in recent months, in recognition of her parties improved performance at the last Scottish parliamentary elections. She has also moved the party to the “right” of Scottish politics and now claims, with some pride that she leads the only Unionist party in Scotland.

Labour and the Lib-Dem’s have been sidelined in preference to their support of a “Federalist” UK within Europe. The result in Scottish political terms is a return to the two party system.

Ruth Davidson now has a media Svengali (Gordon Hector) who provides advice, direction and guidance, in the presentation of her policies in Holyrood, the media and in public. Under his mentoring she has distanced herself from the images of, “Buffalo Bill from Maryhill” and “Tommy the Tank Engine” to stateswoman.

Evidenced from her recent bellicose performances in parliament she is basing her character on Margaret Thatcher and in this venture she could have no better mentor than Gordon Hector who wrote his thesis at University on his favourite politician. (https://conservativehistory.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/chj-winter-2009-10.pdf)

Other aspects of promoting the new image include referring to the party as “Unionist” since the word “Conservative” still rankles Scots of all political persuasion.

Another tactic favoured by Hector is the use of the “Content Seeding” strategy through the extensive broadcasting of good news items (using internet social media sites Facebook and twitter are two examples) greatly favouring Ruth Davidson whilst attacking Nicola Sturgeon.

In Nicola Sturgeon’s case this entails allocating a group of staff to search Facebook and Twitter creating a database of any any person that may have posted a negative comment about Nicola. The database is the driver for negative “Content Seeding”. Time consuming but effective.

 

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Public Relations Strategy – Content Seeding

The internet and the accompanying fast growth of Social media provides opportunity for the rapid spread of information targetted at specific individuals and groups and is being increasingly used by marketing and journalist professionals to get their messages across to a widespread community numbered in the millions. The title of the innovation is “Contract Seeding”.

Content Seeding aims to ensure widespread awareness for a politician by planting positive “seeds” across the web. These “seeds” consist of little content pieces, aiming to trigger the interest of a pre-determined target group. To ensure control all seeds are linked back to the main platform of corporate communication (this can be an article, a landing page or even the website itself).

Content Seeding triggers the interest of target groups reaching well beyond press releases and written content to promote the politician. Strategic planting of content on targetted platforms ensures fast forward sharing of the information through its target audience.

Balance is imperative and Content Seeding uses multimedia content across channels. The primary focus is to create content which target groups will be keen to receive, and consume, for information and strategic purposes but also for sharing with its peers. The result can be an instantaneous sharing of seeded content well beyond that which the information was designed to reach.

Seeding campaigns can be time consuming and staff intensive, ranging from the use of free sites to costly ventures.It is imperative that a cost benefit analysis is completed and presented to the client for approval before the event.

 

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Contract Seeding in Action

Forsyth challenged the way in which Cameron played the English card in the immediate aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum by offering English MPs a greater say over English only laws. Later toughened up to a “veto” in the Conservative 2015 election manifesto.

He said: “David Cameron, instead of going up to Scotland the next day [after the referendum] and saying ‘look we’ve got to look at this now from the point of view of the whole United Kingdom’, started the English votes for English laws thing which was not a unionist position and that shattered the unionist alliance in Scotland against the breakup of the United Kingdom.

I personally don’t support English votes for English laws. It doesn’t seem to me to be a very good policy to try and deal with the rise of Scottish nationalism by stirring up English nationalism. We need to find ways of binding the United Kingdom together, of binding that partnership together.”

He added: “questioning the legitimacy of SNP MPs is unwise and runs counter to the assurances offered during the referendum about guaranteeing an inclusive UK. And I have limited sympathy for Labour, which is paying the price for adopting the language of nationalism in the 1980s then claiming that the Tories had no mandate to govern in Scotland. They now find themselves being devoured by the nationalist tiger.” Forsyth’s remarks add resonance because he is an ardent Thatcherite and unionist who played a leading role in fighting Labour’s plans for a Scottish parliament in the 1997 election campaign.

 

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Thank you Michael Forsyth! This is pretty much exactly what I thought the morning after the Scottish referendum – that Cameron was playing a partisan game that was certain to inflame Scottish nationalism with an English betrayal only hours after the vote, and damaging the Union he claimed to champion in the interests of a short-term electoral gain. The only question I’ve never quite been able to settle in my head is whether when he made his little play to English nationalism he was stupid enough not to see what this would do in Scotland, arrogant enough to assume that it didn’t matter now the referendum was done, or insincere enough in his professed concern for the Union (which is part of his party’s name) that he didn’t actually care as long as it boosted his chances of re-election this time round. So, David Cameron, fool or knave? It’s a hard choice (though there is an obvious answer).

 
Cameron blundered hugely: having actually signed a vow promising Scotland substantially extended devolution, the very day after the result, he turned around and retrospectively slapped conditions on it. Forsyth’s point is — Cameron took a giant public dump on a signed pledge just days old. A huge kick in the teeth to the “no”voters in Scotland. Not wise.

 
The British Nationalists of the Tory, Labour, Lib-Dem parties are determined to continue with their unparalleled economic incompetence holding the union together regardless of the adverse impact of their policies, promoting austerity, inequality and privatisation.

 

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Nicola Sturgeon said that it would be up to the people of Scotland, at some future date to decide if there would be another independence referendum. But even provided with an explicit statement of intent Unionist politicians continue with their ridiculous claims that those that Scots choose to send to Westminster to represent them are akin to fifth columnists infiltrating parliament. This is offensive, beyond understanding and will bring forward the date when the Scottish parliament will be petitioning for another referendum.

 
Scots are only a part of the Union just as long as they do not have the temerity to attempt to participate in its governance.

 

 

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The Conservative position on Nicola Sturgeon is starting to sound a bit like: Tory HQ: She’s a witch! Burn her! Electorate: Did you dress her up like this? Tory HQ: No, no, no! Yes, yes. A bit. But she’s got a wart.

 
Independence is not all about the SNP. The Scottish Greens also support independence and they now have more members than the Scottish branch of the Labour party.And there are one or two smaller parties that are also pro-independence.

 

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The Tories burned their legitimacy in Scotland, promising devolution that they had no intention of delivering then, when their votes in Scotland plummeted, they indulged in petty acts of revenge, using Scotland as testing site for their most bloody minded policies. ……Tories making dishonest promises to Scotland and then indulging in petty acts of spite…sounds familiar.

 
It is ironic that during the 2014 referendum the “yes” side was persistently accused by better together and other Yes supporting entities of paranoia and seeing conspiracy’s everywhere against them. In some cases, their fears were entirely justified, in others the right wing press, covering the outcome of the referendum in the months before Xmas 2014 confirmed their fears. So it is amusing in 2017 to witness the Unionists seeing secret plots, pacts and alliances everywhere…..”The SNP have been negotiating secret deals with Labour” say the Tories,……”No, the SNP are actually in unholy alliance with the Tories” say Labour……….”Actually it’s both of them !!” claim the Lib-Dem’s…….Any wonder that people in Scotland see and hear this and then decide to support the SNP

 

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Cameron has started “Operation Totally Terrified”, demonising Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. Entire pages of daily newspapers are devoted to the “evolution” of Nicola, complete with “comments” such as “jimmy crankie” “mary doll” to the “vile” “nasty” and wishing she has an accident or car crash. Over the top.

 

The one thing that’s increasingly obvious is that the only way the UK can survive is as some form of federal system….But nevertheless the article nails the fact that Cameron is playing a dangerous and stupid game. His idiocy on the steps of Downing street the morning after the referendum showed how the Tories planned to put partisan considerations before the national interest and bridge building, but the rhetoric used in the last few days has reached a new low even for the Tories.The SNP have every right to send elected MPs to Westminster and to vote how they see fit…them’s the rules. However I don’t believe Cameron actually give two hoots about the Union based on his deliberate machinations and incendiary comments (or if he does he’s even more of an idiot than I thought) … But I’ll bet he does care about keeping the neo-liberal gravy train rolling for a few more years and is evidently prepared to risk breaking up the Union to achieve this…Can anyone remind me what you call someone who deliberately betrays their nation for ideological and personal gain?

 

Which highlights the point I have been consistently making for well over 4 years, that David Cameron is dangerously impulsive, and has appallingly poor judgement. He really is a dangerous politician who just makes it up as he goes along, simply to look good, and then just flippantly ditches his previous position, when it no longer suits his temporary purpose.

 

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Not only is David Cameron the cause of Scottish resentment, highlighted by his stupid boastful claim that the Queen purred down the the phone, after he grabbed the referendum with a mixture of blackmail, dire threats and deceit, but he swings in opposite directions on almost everything. So he claims to be a “compassionate, moderate Conservative, whilst simultaneously boasting about going further than Thatcher. He claimed to be green, and claimed to want the “greenest ever government” from the “bottom of his heart”, and then was reported to be going around saying, “let’s get rid of the green crap”. His hugging a hoodie posturing saw him claiming that young people shouldn’t be demonized, before his lock’em up hysteria after the looting, and stopping housing benefit for the young.

 

 

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How can you trust a politician who is so flippantly contradictory about so much. David Cameron in his impulsive attempt to keep Scotland in the UK, has so upset and angered the Scottish people, that he’s given the SNP a landslide. David Cameron is the SNP’s best recruiting agent.

 

David Cameron is a reckless and dangerous politician who has done massive damage to the social fabric of this country, with his reckless and flippant make it up as he goes along with it policy. The only thing you can be certain of with Cameron, is that what he’s saying now, is going to be entirely different than what he will be saying next year, or the year after that. If David Cameron didn’t have such massive support from the media, or rather their Tory leaning proprietors and executives, he would be electoral toast.

 

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Scotland voted against Labour because they felt that Labour, Tory and Lib-Dem Parties had done next to bugger all for Scotland. When they voted Tory they got shafted when industry got shut down down and when they voted Labour they got punished yet again when the Labour government failed to produce policies replacing the disaster left by the last lot. Instead they got empty promises, zero-hours contracts and ATOS. Nothing got any better. Rather than vent against the Scottish electorate, it would be far better if the parties actually listened and tried to deliver something that the Scottish voters want – rather than offer them the same old same old.

 
Cameron stands accused of having “shattered” the pro-UK alliance in Scotland and stirring up English nationalism after the Scottish independence referendum last year. It was obvious what he was trying to achieve: a “Permanent Tory Supremacy” in England. None of the arguments against that premise are convincing, and Cameron is just the type of big-headed slime-ball who would prance around wearing a crown, while the rest of the nation disintegrates around him. He couldn’t give an airborne copulation about the United Kingdom – it’s all about him.

 

 

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“Naebody’s nails can reach the length o’ Lunnon”. Sir Walter Scott – Scots Should heed His Warning and vote for Independence

 

 

 

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England Blackmails Scotland

There were a number of poor harvests in Scotland in the 1690s and Scotland’s economic position was then drastically worsened by the ill-fated Darien Scheme to create a Scottish colony in Panama. Scotland lost 25% of its liquid assets.

The Act of Union undertook to pay £400k pounds in compensation to those who had incurred these losses. This was of course blatant bribery as the people who were to benefit from this compensation were amongst those who voted in favour of the Union.

Scotland relied on 50% of its exports going to England. In an act of blackmail in 1705, the English Parliament closed their market to Scottish cattle, coal and linen and declared that all Scots would be treated a aliens. It showed the vulnerability of Scotland to a trade war.

In addition, Scotland was excluded from England’s colonial territories – indeed early moves towards a union of the parliaments stumbled in England as they were reluctant to allow open access.

 

 

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Act of Union 1707

A commission representing the two bodies met and thrashed out the details. The Scots lost the argument for a federal arrangement but did manage to secure the continuation of the Scottish legal system, education and church.

These were important elements in allowing the country to continue to regard itself as a separate entity. The privileges of the Scottish royal burghs were also to be maintained.

Debates in the Scottish Parliament were heated and lengthy while the crowds in the streets burnt copies of the treaty and threw stones at the Parliament windows. The people of Glasgow refused to accept the change and closed the city for a month before the military established control and martial law

But on January 16, 1707, the Treaty of Union was passed by 110 votes to 67 (with more than a suspicion that some of the poorer Members of Parliament had been bribed – though this was nothing new for those days). The Treaty was passed in Westminster without opposition and the Scottish Parliament met for the last time on 25 March 1707.

When the Act of Union was given the Royal Assent by the Earl of Seafield, he touched the document with the royal sceptre saying “There’s the end of an auld sang.” Nearly 300 years later, at the “re-convening” of Parliament in Edinburgh in 1999, the Presiding Officer was to remark that it was the “start of a new sang”.

 

 

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Sir Walter Scott’s Challenge to the Scots

With the hopes of Bonnie Prince Charlie extinguished at Culloden, various influences were at work to bring the peoples of the North and South of Scotland into closer association, but much bitterness and misunderstanding persisted and it was an important epoch for Scottish national life, when Walter Scott crossed the Highland line.

He became enraptured by the grandeur of the Highland scenery, by the purple heather hills, the rush of water through the gorges, the brown heath and shaggy wood. He felt, too, the heroic valour and high-souled fidelity of its people.

The results of these Highland influences were given to the world in The Lady of the Lake, and more powerfully continued in Waverley, Rob Roy, the Fair Maid o f Perth, and the Legend of Montrose. It may be that only the Highlander can understand fully the Highlander, and that even Sir Walter may have missed certain subtle qualities that lie in the Highland nature, but in so far as land and people lay open to the Lowlander, Walter Scott realized and recorded it.

To the people of the Lowlands the Highland race and region became a new fact and factor in the national life. They learned to admire the splendid devotion of many of the Highland chieftains and their clansmen to the Stuart race (devotion misplaced, it may be, but deep and sincere.) And when they read of the high-souled fidelity of Clansmen to the Chieftain; of Evan Maccombich who offered to die on the scaffold in place of his beloved Chieftain; of Torquil of the Oak who devoted all his sons to die in defence of the Chief; they learned to know the Highland spirit at its best.

At last, and in part, at least, through this leavening, there emerged a Scottish nation, diverse in race, but one in spirit and into this united people, Walter Scott did much to infuse a noble type of patriotism, ‘a patriotism that seeks not its own. Through his influence the Lowlander glories not only in the south-land with its memories of Wallace and Bruce, Knox and the Reformers, but in the heather hills and glens.

The Highlander, brought into association with the south, appropriated the best traditions of Lowlands and Highlands alike and it was with a deep sense of possession of all the land that Sir Walter Scott summed up the attitude of the Scottish “man in the street” with these words:

“I ken, when we had a king, and a chancellor, and parliament – men o’ our ain, we could aye peeble them wi’ stones when they werena gude bairns – But naebody’s nails can reach the length o’ Lunnon”.

 

 

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Potentially More Oil Than Saudi Arabia – Scottish Continental Shelf Gives Up Its Secrets – Westminster Frittered Away the Revenue Last Time – Independence Is The Answer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil Finds In the Scottish Continental Shelf –  Billions of Barrels to be Recovered From Fields Off the Shetlands

Only with independence will Scotland benefit from the abundance of oil yet to be recovered from the Scottish Continental Shelf. Delays will only benefit the UK Treasury to the detriment of Scotland as was the case with the North Sea oil. It is important the the Scottish electorate does not believe the negative hype of the Westminster based and directed media outlets.Potentially more oil in these few fields than there is left in Saudi Arabia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Energy

Hurricane is an oil and gas company focused on hydrocarbon resources in naturally fractured basement reservoirs. The Company’s focus is to discover, appraise and develop oil reserves in basement rock.

Hurricane has already successfully discovered substantial volumes of oil on the UKCS. The Company has 444-470 mmboe of 2C Contingent Resources and 432-442 mmboe of P50 Prospective Resources on acreage it controls 100%.

The company was founded in 2005 by Dr Robert Trice with the help and encouragement of a private investor, in the belief that fractured basement reservoirs represent a significant untapped resource. Beginning with just a few highly expert staff, Hurricane gradually established a team of specialists with the skills, experience and determination to locate and develop this resource potential.

Through successful participation in a series of UK licensing rounds it has built a portfolio which includes third party verified Contingent Resources, ready to drill prospects and exploration leads.

In a short time Hurricane energy has achieved a great deal. During 2009 and 2010, the average size of oil discovery within the UK Continental Shelf was 20-23 million barrels.

In the same period, Hurricane discovered around 200 million barrels, twice ( figures extracted from an independently produced Competent Person’s Report (CPR). Since inception, Hurricane energy company has identified basement prospects, discovered oil and, most importantly, validated its model for basement exploration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Halifax Field
Seismic interpretation indicates the presence of a well-defined fault network within the fractured basement of the Halifax Prospect, analogous to that seen in Lancaster. Encouragingly, a previous well drilled on the Halifax structure encountered oil and gas shows in sandstones immediately above the basement. In addition, Hurricane’s analysis of basement cuttings indicates the presence of oil thus mitigating the oil charge risk to the Halifax Prospect.

The recently drilled Lancaster Pilot indicated that the Lancaster oil accumulation is likely to extend beyond the Lancaster licence boundary. The Company believes that if mobile oil can be demonstrated outside of local structural closure at Halifax, then the Lancaster Field could extend further North East along the Rona Ridge.

Recognising this, Hurricane has identified a well location on Halifax and acquired a site survey over the prospective well location in preparation for the drilling of an exploration well. On the basis that permits can be obtained in time, Hurricane intends to drill the Halifax Well immediately following the Lincoln Well.

Below is a 3D depth surface of the Halifax prospect indicating its position on the Rona Ridge in relationship to the Lancaster field and the Westray Transfer Zone. https://www.hurricaneenergy.com/Operations/HurricaneAssets/HalifaxBasementProspect/

 

 

 

 

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The Lincoln Field
The Lincoln basement prospect is geologically similar to the nearby Lancaster structure. Seismic interpretation indicates the likely presence of fracturing within the basement and, encouragingly, a previous well drilled on the down-dip flank of the Lincoln structure found oil in sandstones immediately above the basement, thus mitigating the oil charge risk to the prospect. Traces of oil were also noted in the short interval of basement that was drilled below the oil bearing sandstones.

Given its proximity to Lancaster (approximately 7kms) and its resource potential (150 mmbo) Lincoln is an attractive prospect that could deliver significant incremental value via tie-back to a Lancaster development hub. Recognising this, we have already identified a well location on Lincoln and acquired a site survey over the site in preparation for drilling an exploration well, the timing ofwhich will be influenced by the results of the Lancaster appraisal drilling programme. https://www.hurricaneenergy.com/Operations/HurricaneAssets/LincolnBasementProspect/

 

 

 

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The Lancaster Field
Located in relatively shallow water depths of 160 metres, Lancaster was the first basement prospect drilled by Hurricane and proved to be a significant discovery. The results of the drilling also indicated that significant upside potential could exist within Lancaster as oil shows were encountered at depth within the basement.

The Competent Person’s Report (CPR) assigns 207 MMboe of 2C Contingent Resources to Lancaster and concludes that individual well flow rates up to 8000 bopd are achievable from the basement. https://www.hurricaneenergy.com/Operations/HurricaneAssets/LancasterBasementDiscovery/

 

 

 

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The Whirlwind Field

Whirlwind is mapped as a large (approximately 33 km2) basement structure that is approximately 2000 metres deeper than Lancaster, although it is likely to be charged from the same source. Whirlwind was drilled during 2010 . The well flowed light oil/gas-condensate from an open hole test conducted over Lower Cretaceous limestone. The CPR has assigned 2C Contingent Resources of 205 MMboe (oil case) or 179 MMboe (gas –condensate case) to Whirlwind. https://www.hurricaneenergy.com/Operations/HurricaneAssets/WhirlwindBasementDiscovery/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Strathmore Field

Strathmore is an undeveloped oil field first discovered in 1990. Strathmore is a sandstone reservoir, not a fractured basement. The field contains oil in Triassic-aged sandstones. https://www.hurricaneenergy.com/Operations/HurricaneAssets/StrathmoreSandstoneDiscovery/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Typhoon Field

Typhoon is primarily a basement prospect but also offers potential in overlying Jurassic sandstones. Previous drilling during the 1980s on Typhoon resulted in heavy oil being discovered in both the basement and the Jurassic sandstones. A subsequent well deep on the flank of the structure encountered oil in the basement indicative of a light oil charge. These previously drilled wells lead Hurricane to believe that significant volumes of lighter oil could be present deeper within the prospect, as a flank accumulation. The 2011 CPR has assigned unrisked P50 Prospective Resources of 149 MMboe to Typhoon and 1,266 MMboe for the P10 volume acknowledging the material. https://www.hurricaneenergy.com/Operations/HurricaneAssets/TyphoonBasementProspect/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Warwick Field
The Warwick basement prospect is geologically similar to the nearby Lancaster and Lincoln structures. Seismic interpretation indicates the presence of faulting within the basement and, by inference from Lancaster, an associated fracture network is expected to be present. Given its proximity to Lancaster, Warwick is an attractive prospect that could deliver significant incremental value via tie-back to a Lancaster development hub.

Recognising this, Hurricane intends to undertake further fault mapping and volumetric assessment, with the objective of locating a Warwick drill location. Drilling of Warwick is expected to be aligned with progress on the Lancaster Early Production System. https://www.hurricaneenergy.com/Operations/HurricaneAssets/WarwickBasementProspect/

 

 

 

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Willie Rennie and His Phony Manifesto – He Does Not have the Authority of the Party Membership to Vote Against the Scottish government Brexit Motion

 

 

 

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The Scottish Liberal Democrats Independence and Europe

I am bewildered and exasperated by the opposition party’s in Scotland. It is painful to watch once great party’s completing Hari-Kari in the arena of political challenge. Lagging hopelessly behind in last place in public support, seemingly oblivious to the danger of oblivion in Scotland.

The Labour party appears to be made up of “lemmings” happy to jump from a cliff drowning their sorrows in self pity for a millennium. And the Lib-Dem party lacks the courage to embrace the radical policies which brought it so much success in Scotland in past years.

Ruth Davidson and her Unionist Party (the toxic word “Conservative” no longer features in its vocabulary) have claimed the “Union”. The Unionist party is now in the driving seat
and there is no room on their stagecoach for any passengers. Tactically Labour and the Lib-Dems have been outflanked and sidelined for the foreseeable future.

It is still possible for the LIb-Dem party to accept that there has been a significant change in the political scene in Scotland and support calls from their members for an independence referendum.

Such a change would strengthen the case for independence and ensure the party’s future at the centre of Scottish politics. The founding principles of the party provide guidance on the matter stating:

“Setting aside national sovereignty when necessary, we will work with other countries towards an equitable and peaceful international order and a durable system of common security. Within the European Community we affirm the values of federalism and integration and work for unity based on these principles.”

Willie Rennie is adamant that the Lib-Dem party (under his stewardship) will do nothing that might run contrary to the policies of the Lib-Dem party in England/Wales and the perception in the party hierarchy south of the Scottish border is that support of an independence referendum would be depicted as an anti-Westminster vote further damaging any prospects of a revival of the party in England/Wales.

So Scot’s Lib-Dem’s are lumbered with a policy forced on them by their English “big brothers”.

This week, the Scottish Parliament will vote on whether to seek a Section 30 order, the device in the UK Parliament’s power that would give it the right to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence. The SNP Government is expected to win with the support of the Greens.

The Lib-Dem party are involving themselves in the affairs of another party mischievously claiming that the Greens do not have a mandate to call for a referendum given that three conditions in their manifesto have not been met.

They called Greens leader Patrick Harvie out for voting with the SNP, challenging him to justify his abandonment of the relevant parts of his party’s manifesto. The message from the Green Party was clear and unambiguous: “We believe that the best way to build a more prosperous and equal Scotland is to be a full independent member of the EU.”

The stupidity of the Lib-Dem attack on the Green party is also breathtakingly awesome since if the Green party simply abstained the motion would still be carried.

 

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The Scottish Lib-Dem Party Response to the Outcome of the European Referendum

In the early hours of the morning of June 24th, everything we understood about the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe changed. The European Union and our belief in its goals of peace and economic prosperity is an enormous part of what it is to be a Liberal Democrat. We are internationalist, co-operative, tolerant. And as that reality sank in we realised there was another consequence: What did this mean for our relationship with the rest of the UK?

And that is why Liberal Scotland in Europe has put forward a motion to this autumn’s Scottish Conference which aims to keep the party’s, and Scotland’s, options open.

Other parties may only be about unionism or nationalism, but the Liberal Democrats are about more than that. Our policies are decided by the membership, and as a membership we need to live up to our radical traditions and take on the challenge of finding a creative way forward for Scotland. We want to encourage our leadership to explore all possibilities, with all parties, to pursue the best possible outcome for Scotland.

This period of political history may prove to be the most significant for our constitution in 300 of years. It is for the Scottish Liberal Democrats membership to decide what role the party will play and what route we will choose. But if we are to secure the best future for Scotland and the strongest relationship with both the UK and EU, we will need to leave no possibility unexplored.

 

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Scottish Lib-Dem Conference – Attended by Approximately 120 Delegates

A motion was placed before the conference by MSP for Edinburgh Western, Alex Cole-Hamilton encouraging the party to:

– seek to win support for a public vote across the whole UK on the final EU deal;

– persuade the rest of the EU to be pragmatic in response to such demands;

– work with colleagues across the UK to be the UK-wide rallying point for all those who are pro-EU;

– and campaign for re-entry in the event of EU withdrawal.

The motion was carried by conference and included in the Lib-Dem party manifesto.

 

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Paddy’s had enough

 

 

But the inclusion of the policy was in direct contravention of party rules which require that policy is decided by all party members.

It was evident, at the meeting held not long after the EU referendum that a majority of the Lib-Dem membership favoured adoption of the SNP policy but this was deprecated by Rennie and his boss in England.

Hence the backdoor conference motion bypassing the party membership. So much for party democracy

 

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Many years ago I used to travel by rail, on a Friday (late night train) between London and Scotland. I was allowed a first class ticket on the only such carriage on the train. One journey stands out.

Charles Kennedy and a minder shared a table with me. Initially he was very quiet taking up his time studying thick tomes of correspondence. After a hour or so he folded his paperwork and secured it in his briefcase.

I carried on reading my novel “Operation Barbarossa”. He leaned towards me and said, “Glasgow is it”? I put down my book and confirmed my nationality.

We shared a dram or two and a longish conversation covering just about all aspects of life on the planet earth, including Iraq. I was struck by his ability to explain complicated matters in very simple terms and was persuaded to give my vote to his party at the next election. Was I easily won over? Not at all. He believed in what he said and I believed in him.

Addressing the predicament the Lib-Dem party is in over the matter of another Independence referendum I would commend Charles Kennedy’s address to the party in 2013 ( view the video). I believe it was one of his best. Willie Rennie would be best guided guided by Charles Kennedy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4poB2T-ohVw

 

 

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The Conference at which the manifesto was decided

Scottish Tory Party-Representing Holyrood-Involved in Diplomatic Incident Backing Israel’s Illegal Occupation of the Golan Heights over Syria- Ruth Davidson Needs to Answer the Charge

 

 

 

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Abuse of Holyrood Parliamentary Protocols by the Tory Party in Scotland

February 2015: 700+ artistes (authors, poets entertainers,lecturers) formed a group “Artistes for Palestine” and announced a boycott on Israel cutting all cultural ties until such time as they complied with all UN resolutions.

October 2015: Israel hit back. “Culture for Coexistence” surfaced claiming it had 150 signatories calling for a strengthened Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Rather Than Boycotts. Investigation revealed that the new entity was in fact a front for an Israeli “Hasabara”. The committee includes Neil Blair (Literary Agent for JK Rowling) and a number of other prominent persons with strong Israeli connections. JK Rowling is listed as a signatory to the markedly smaller list. And it requires a deal of stretching of the imagination to identify the names as artistes.

October 2015: Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, and a number of other senior executives declared their support for the aims and objectives of the “Culture for Coexistence organisation”. questions were raised with BBC about impartiality rules and clearly evident pro-Israel reporting. Answers were unsatisfactory.

February 2016: Very recently formed “Scottish Tory Friends of Israel” group Invited the Jewish Lobby Group “Culture for Coexistence” to Holyrood to debate a motion “against the Palestinian, Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign”. There was pandemonium outside Holyrood, involving protestors. The first ever pro-Israel debate was conducted in the presence of only 30 MSP’s, of whom 17 backed the motion. It is of note that, Jackson Carlaw, (deputy leader of the Tory party in Scotland) was the Tory candidate for Eastwood, near Glasgow, home to the bulk of the 12,000 Jewish community. He was duly elected to office in May 2016.

November 2016: Ruth Davidson Approves High-Level, Ill Judged Scottish Tory Fact Finding Team Holiday visit to illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Golan Heights

Hosted by the Conservative Friends of Israel, nine Conservative MSPs, including several shadow cabinet ministers, the chief whip and the party’s director, met with Israeli MKs, local businessmen and security officials and received briefings by the Israeli Defence Force(IDF) on the occupied Golan Heights.

John Lamont was interviewed by The Times of Israel. He said: “In recent years, many debates over the Middle East in the Scottish parliament have been “very unbalanced or biased toward the Palestinian perspective. Conservatives tend to be more sympathetic to Israel than members of the SNP or the Labour party. But there is a job to be done to ensure that [Conservatives] are as well informed as they possibly can be about the issues that face this region. Anti-Israel sentiment is being spread in Scotland mainly by church groups and marginal organizations advocating for a boycott of Israel. These people are telling the [Scottish public] that Israelis are bad and Palestinians are good and then sign up to some boycott.

That’s not based on any properly informed position, because nobody’s given them the alternative views. So part of this exercise [taking Scottish lawmakers to Israel] is making sure that more and more people are getting at least a balanced position and a positive view of Israel. There is a “small but very vocal minority” in Scotland that is hostile toward Israel. But the vast majority of Scots are relatively passive on issues, but are influenced by that very vocal minority. Those few activists succeeded in airing their views in the Scottish Parliament, which then influenced public opinion, he posited. It’s not because people have very strong views on either side of the debate, but because they only hear one perspective and that influences their thought process about Israel, about Gaza and the West Bank.”

 

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Arab Human Rights Centre in The Golan Heights (Al-Marsad)

Al-Marsad, the only human rights organisation operating there, is at loggerheads with the Scots Conservatives’ leader after raising concern about the group’s visit to the Golan Heights winery in Katzrin. They say the delegation did not contact Al-Marsad or other representatives of the Syrian community in the “occupied Syrian Golan” to get a “balanced view”. And they say they have repeatedly failed to get an explanation for the visit to the territory from Ms Davidson or any condemnation of the illegal settlement.

The group, which is described as an independent, not-for-profit international human rights organisation, said it was “highly concerned” that it sends the message that the Scottish Conservative party endorses the illegal activities of such settlements. The UN, in 1981, issued a resolution saying that Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights was illegal. The strategic ridge was captured by Israel from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War and formally annexed in 1981. Since then, every year the UN passes a General Assembly resolution titled “The Occupied Syrian Golan” which reaffirms the illegality of the Israeli occupation and annexation.

Al-Marsad, which has previously voiced concern over what it deems Israel’s “ethnic cleansing” of the Syrian Arab population in the Golan, say they have written two letters to Ms Davidson asking in particular about the visit to “occupied Syrian Golan” but without response.

 

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November 2016: Row as pro-Israel lobby group approved at Holyrood

A row has broken out after a pro-Israel lobby group was approved at Holyrood in a bid to counter claims that MSPs are overly hostile to the state.

Politicians from all parties, with the exception of the Scottish Greens, will be represented on the “Building Bridges with Israel” group, which aims to establish closer cultural, academic and economic links with the country. It has been set up in a bid to oppose anti-Semitism and offer an “alternative viewpoint” to what it says is a pro-Palestinian stance that has been dominant since the Scottish Parliament’s inception in 1999. The group will hold its first meeting early in the New Year.

There are questions that need to be asked about the trip to Israel. Why was the group “artists for Palestine” not invited to debate the motion providing balance?  The one-sided motion was unacceptable in that context!!! Who met the estimated £30K costs of the trip to Israel? What did Israel get in return? Is Israel financing the Tory party in Scotland? Is Ruth Davidson aware that the trip, the conduct of her delegation in Israel and her discourteous failure to reply to letters from the official Arab Human Rights monitoring Group (Al-Marsad) might possibly create a diplomatic incident, bringing the Holyrood parliament into disrepute.

 

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Preamble: The comprehensive story is detailed below:

 

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February 2015: Artistes for Palestine Sign Up To A Cultural boycott of Israel

Mission Statement:

The call for a boycott by artistes is focused on the free World’s cultural ties to the Israeli state and is in response to Israel’s brutality against Palestinians (similar to that of the South African Apartied Regime.) Culture is an important factor in the political sphere of Israel’s society and morality and the boycott will send a clear and unambiguous message that Israel does not enjoy impunity from the law and advance the cause of Palestinian freedom.
Artiste’s Statement:

“Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today that we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel. We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government.

Since the summer war on Gaza, Palestinians have enjoyed no respite from Israel’s unrelenting attack on their land, their livelihood, their right to political existence. “2014,” says the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, was “one of the cruellest and deadliest in the history of the occupation.” The Palestinian catastrophe goes on.

Israel’s wars are fought on the cultural front too. Its army targets Palestinian cultural institutions for attack, and prevents the free movement of cultural workers. Its own theatre companies perform to settler audiences on the West Bank – and those same companies tour the globe as cultural diplomats, in support of “Brand Israel”.

During South African apartheid, musicians announced they weren’t going to “play Sun City”. Now we are saying, in Tel Aviv, Netanya, Ashkelon or Ariel, we won’t play music, accept awards, attend exhibitions, festivals or conferences, run masterclasses or workshops, until Israel respects international law and ends its colonial oppression of the Palestinians.” See the full list of over 700 supporters at: artistsforpalestine.org.uk

Statement of Support From Signatories Including – Liz Lochhead – Playwright and Maker (National Poet for Scotland):

“It is essential to use every tool we have to communicate to the Israeli Government and the people of Israel, as well as our own complicit government and that of the USA, the deep repugnance felt by all who value basic human rights, international law and freedom of speech at the Apartheid and injustice under which the Palestinian people continue to exist. This goes far beyond even the hell of the situation in Gaza. As communicators and lovers of Free Speech it pains us to have to support this necessary boycott. We deeply resent being accused of anti-Semitism when we criticise the actions of the State of Israel. Liz Lochhead, playwright and Makar (national poet for Scotland)” https://artistsforpalestine.org.uk/introduction/signatories-statements/

 

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October 2015: Culture for Coexistence Organisation Created

Mission Statement: Culture has a unique ability to bring people together and bridge division, and the organisation wanted to be a tiny part of the jigsaw that can work towards breaking down barriers.

Author’ Statement: “Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory and will not further peace. Open dialogue and interaction promote greater understanding and mutual acceptance and it is through such understanding and acceptance that movement can be made towards a resolution of the conflict.”

Authors Call for Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Rather Than Boycotts:

A number of British artists and authors (including JK Rowling) have backed the newly formed network promoting coexistence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, partly to counter support for a cultural boycott of Israel. https://cultureforcoexistence.org/media/

 

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The Culture for Coexistence Organisation – Committee:

Loraine da Costa: (the Chair) was on the executive board of Conservative Friends of Israel until recently. She was also on the executive board of One Family UK, an organisation “dedicated to working in the face of terror to facilitate a resilient Israeli society.

Neil Blair is a literary agent, most famously for JK Rowling. Founding Partner, The Blair Partnership – Founding Partner. Director, Pottermore Limited (JK Rowling’s new business). Partner (2001 – 2011) Christopher Little Literary Agency. European Head of Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Director, Lumos (JK Rowling’s charity.)Director, UK Friends of The Abraham Fund – Development Committee Member, The London 9/11 Project.

Rob Suss: Investment banker. Director Pace Holdings Corp. formerly Managing Director, Goldman Sachs. Committee Member “Culture for Coexistence”, an organisation that opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Trustee of Lumos,(children’s charity founded by JK Rowling).

Mark Smith is an executive director of Chime Communications Plc and has been a Chartered Accountant since 1978 having qualified with Touche Ross & Co (now Deloitte & Touche LLP). Following two years as European Finance Director at RCA Records, he joined Good Relations Group plc in 1984 and became its Group Finance Director in 1985. In 1986, he became Finance Director of Lowe Bell Communications (now Bell Pottinger Communications) and Finance Director of Chime Communications at the time of the management buy-out in 1989. Mark is a non-executive director of Holiday Extras Holdings Limited.

John Levy: Joined the Zionist Federation, in 1970. Executive Director of The Academic Study Group on Israel and the Middle East, and the Friends of Israel Educational Foundation. The Educational Foundation was established in 1976; the Academic Study Group in 1978. The Trusts seek to promote an informed and analytic understanding of Israel and the Middle East; and forge closer collaborative ties between academics and other experts in the UK and their professional counterparts in Israel.

Yigal Elstein: Educated (MBA), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. EMEA Vice President (Hi-Tec cloud platform development)
Da Costa statement:

“supporters of Culture for Coexistence) reject boycotts. Culture has a unique ability to bring people together and bridge division and the organisation wanted be a tiny part of the jigsaw working towards breaking down barriers”. The network is planning a seminar to discuss the merits or otherwise of boycott as a political tool, to which pro-boycott artists will be invited. It also hoped to take people to Israel and the Palestinian territories to have a dialogue with cultural counterparts there”. https://cultureforcoexistence.org/media/

 

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October 2015: Director of BBC television – Danny Cohen – signs the “Culture for Coexistence Organisation” – pro-Israel letter

Cohen, a member of the BBC’s executive board and one of the most senior figures in the organization,(whose salary is funded by license fee payers) joined top Israel apologists — including the chair of Conservative Friends of Israel and the vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel — adding his name to a highly politicized letter (looking suspiciously like a front for a much larger hasbara “propaganda” organization) which states: “Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory, and will not further peace,” and calls for “cultural engagement” in place of boycotts. In response to an enquiry asking if Cohen was in breach of BBC guidelines requiring employees to show impartiality regarding the situation in Palestine and Israel, the BBC Press Officer said: “Danny Cohen was expressing his view about his belief in the importance of creative freedom of expression.”

Other signatories to the letter (which also declares support for a new organization called “Culture for Coexistence” include Eric Pickles MP, chair of Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), a pro-Israel lobby group which, according to its website, “works to ensure that Israel’s case is fairly represented in Parliament.” Another 13 members of parliament also signed the letter. Seven of them are CFI’s parliamentary officers, five others are either members of CFI or have recently been on one of its delegations to Israel, and the 13th, Michael Dugher, is vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel — the Labour Party’s equivalent group.

Cohen’s position at the BBC, demands neutrality and if he supports Israel in its suppression of the Palestinian people, those views should not be allowed to affect his work at the BBC. And yet, here he is, with others, very publicly arguing for a continuation of the status quo which favours the Israeli state against the occupied Palestinian people, employing vacuous terms such as “building bridges” to hide the fact that Israel is a serial violator of international law and Palestinian human rights, whose senior politicians openly declare that there will never be a Palestinian state. It is a stupefying display of favouritism towards Israel from the BBC’s director of television, a man whose job supposedly demands impartiality.

His influence within the BBC is huge. He oversees the BBC’s four main TV channels, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four, in addition to BBC iPlayer, and online content for BBC Television. He also oversees the drama, entertainment, knowledge and comedy genres and BBC Films. Further responsibilities include the BBC Television archive and BBC Productions, Europe’s largest television production group. And his views on Israel and the occupation are now out in the open. His behaviour is yet another example of the Endemic bias against Palestine, rife within the BBC. There are many other senior figures at the BBC known for their pro-Israel sympathies.

 

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The BBC’s director of news and current affairs, James Harding, once told a conference organized by the pro-Zionist Jewish Chronicle newspaper: “I am pro-Israel and I believe in the State of Israel.” In 2011, (when he was still editor of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper The Times) Harding added, “I would have had a real problem if I had been coming to a paper with a history of being anti-Israel. And, of course, Rupert Murdoch is pro-Israel.” He is responsible for the entirety of the BBC’s news and current affairs output across BBC radio, TV and online, including its current coverage of October’s violence in Palestine and Israel. The position he holds at the BBC is described as “arguably the most important editorial job in Britain.”

The BBC’s director of strategy and digital Purnell is a former Labour MP and minister who, for two years, served as chair of Labour Friends of Israel.

Another signatory of the letter in last week’s Guardian is Michael Grade, who served as chair of the BBC between 2004 and 2006. As well as calling for Israel to be protected from boycotts, Grade last week publicly complained that the BBC was too pro-Palestinian in its coverage of events in October which have seen at least 61 Palestinians killed in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, as well as 10 Israelis. The Jewish Chronicle reported that Grade had written to the BBC’s director general, Tony Hall, accusing the BBC of failing to show stone-throwing Palestinians in its reports and creating an “equivalence between Israeli victims of terrorism and Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli security forces in the act of carrying out terror attacks.”

Ironically, as close monitoring by Palestine Solidarity Campaign has demonstrated, the BBC’s coverage in October focused almost exclusively on Israeli stabbing victims, and its flagship radio news program Today even attempted to fool its audiences into thinking that all those killed during October were Israeli. But it would seem that, whatever lengths the BBC goes to in order to present the occupying Israeli state as a victim, it can never go far enough for some who have worked at the organization. It cannot be denied that support for Israel runs deep through the top layers of BBC management, both past and present, and that support probably trickles down through the rest of the BBC as a matter of corporate culture.

This could explain why BBC editors failed to see the pro-Israel bias of commissioning historian Simon Schama to make a five part series for BBC Two in 2013, during which he made what he called “the moral case for Israel” and announced, in one episode, “I am a Zionist and quite unapologetic about it.” Schama, unsurprisingly added his name to the letter on cultural boycotts.

The same corporate culture could also explain why BBC Online’s Middle East editor, Raffi Berg, felt comfortable enough to send his colleagues an email during Israel’s November 2012 assault on Gaza asking them not to “put undue emphasis” on Israel for starting the prolonged attacks. And it may explain why Cohen feels he can sign a letter in support of Israel without fear of reprisal from his bosses for breaching impartiality requirements.

Consumers of BBC news and current affairs may often wonder why the number of Israeli spokespersons appearing across the BBC’s output far outnumber Palestinian spokespersons, why Palestinians, when they do make a rare appearance, are constantly interrupted by BBC presenters, while Israelis such as diplomat Mark Regev are given free rein to speak almost without challenge. They may wonder why the killing of Palestinian children by Israeli soldiers goes unreported by the BBC, while rockets fired from Gaza which cause minor damage to roads make headlines. The biased views of those at the top of the BBC have created a corporate culture of pro-Israeli bias throughout its editorial ranks and its one-sided reporting is no longer a surprise.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/amena-saleem/director-bbc-television-signs-guardians-pro-israel-letter

 

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25 February 2016: The Scottish Tory Friends of Israel Party and the Jewish Lobby Group at Holyrood

Early 2016 Ruth Davidson manipulated the Holyrood debating agenda and arranged a formal invitation to the Jewish Lobby Group (Culture for Coexistence) and Britain’s deputy Israeli ambassador Eitan Na’eh to meet with MSP’s and debate and vote in support of a motion “against the Palestinian, Boycott, Divest and Sanction campaign” tabled on their behalf by Jackson Carlaw, deputy leader of the party.

On 25 February 2016, Parliament debated the first ever pro-dialogue Israel motion in a year that saw a staggering total of 62 anti-Israel debates at Holyrood. It was attended by 30 MSPs and did not culminate in a vote but a show of hands indicated 17 MSP’s backed the motion.

Motion debated: “Israel Needs Cultural Bridges, not Boycotts”:

“That the Parliament acknowledges the recently published open letter signed by over 150 high-profile cultural and political figures in support of the aims of Culture for Coexistence, an independent UK network representing a cross-section from the cultural world;

Notes that this open letter calls for an end to cultural boycotts of Israel and Israeli artists.

Notes the views expressed in the letter in support of a two-state solution and the promotion of greater understanding, mutual acceptance and peace through cultural engagement.

Notes that one example of this cultural exchange took place in 2015 when the Israeli artist, Matan Ben-Cnaan, won first prize in the 2015 BP International Portrait Award and was given the opportunity to teach art to local school children at the opening of the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Hopes that, through groups such as the Centre for Scotland and Israel Relations, based in East Renfrewshire, similar educational and cultural programmes will take place in the coming months.

Notes the views expressed in the letter that “Cultural engagement builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change. We wholly endorse encouraging such a powerful tool for change rather than boycotting its use”.

The debate

Jackson Carlaw, praised Israel’s contributions to international science and criticised campaigners who “overtly personally blame ‘the Jews’… over the actions of a foreign country”. Stressing the debate’s importance to the Jewish community in Scotland he said: “I think this is a landmark day in the Scottish Parliament because we are able to host the first positive motion in support of Israel since the Parliament was founded in 1999. I think that it is important because it allowed us to actually show Israel in a much more rounded context and also to address the concerns of many who live here in Scotland within the Jewish community who have felt that the language of this parliament has been advertently hostile to Israel.”

Labour MSP’s and one Scottish Nationalist MSP criticised the “depressingly illiberal” tactics pursued by the anti-Israel lobby.

A Green MSP, Alison Johnson claimed boycotts of Israel were “entirely consistent” with holding a “deep and unwavering commitment that none of us should ever downplay or forget the atrocities of the Holocaust”.

 

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John Finnie, Green Party leader spoke against the motion:

I declare my membership of the Scottish Palestinian solidarity campaign and the Scottish Green Party, whose mantra is people, planet and peace. Peace and security can be achieved only through global justice and the world will never be safe while we allow the obscenity of poverty, economic exploitation and illegal occupations to continue.

I turn to the issue of boycott, divestment and sanctions. Mr Carlaw’s motion is misleading because there is no boycott of Israeli artists such as Matan Ben Cnaan, as long as artists refuse to collude in the Israeli abuse of human rights. There is a boycott of the Israeli state and those who seek to normalise the occupation of Palestine.

The Scottish Green Party supports the Palestinians’ call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, including a boycott of Israeli goods and services and an academic and cultural boycott, until Israel fulfils its obligations under international law. Those obligations are: withdrawing to the pre-1967 borders; withdrawing from east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and other land that was seized in 1967; withdrawing from and depopulating Israeli colonies in the West Bank; dismantling the separation wall; ending the siege of Gaza; granting the right of refugees from 1948, 1967 and other expulsions and their descendants to return to their homes, as required by United Nations resolution 194; and affording equal rights to all citizens within Israel, irrespective of religion or ethnicity, especially Palestinian citizens in Israel.

If I am accused of anti-Semitism because I am speaking like this, I have to say that I have no allegiance to any faith nor would I be critical of any faith.

The Scottish Green Party will campaign for and support divestment by local authorities, other institutions of government—including the local government pension scheme—and civil society organisations from Israel, Israeli companies and companies that support the Israeli Government’s illegal occupation of Palestine.

The Scottish Green Party supports the Palestinian non-violent struggle resisting the colonisation of their lands, resources and peoples by Israel and by Zionist settlers.

The Scottish Green Party will press for European Union legislation to prohibit the import into the EU of products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Scottish Green Party will work with solidarity groups within Scotland and with political parties and civil society organisations within Palestine and amongst the Palestinian diaspora that share our objectives.

The motion talks of a culture for coexistence; we cannot have that when there are apartheid walls. It talks of greater understanding, but is there an understanding of an imprisoned population? It talks of peace through cultural engagement. I love peace, I campaign for peace, I encourage peace and I condemn violence from whatever quarter—I hope that all other participants in the debate would do likewise.

I want to encourage equality. I support conflict resolution but peace came in the north of Ireland not when the walls went up but when the walls came down. I spoke to someone who was involved in the violence in the north of Ireland and he said, “We killed each other, we maimed each other, we injured each other, and we damaged each others’ property—nothing changed until they bombed the city of London.”

I am not condoning violence from any quarter, be that violence against individuals or violence against property, but there is no doubt that financial imperative can shape minds and change opinions, so I am four-square behind the boycott, divestment and sanctions.”
Visitors observations

Loraine da Costa, Chair of Culture for Coexistence said: “It has been a privilege to spend a day in the Scottish Parliament hearing the motion ‘Israel needs cultural bridges, not boycotts’ debated. I believe that through our initiative, “Culture for Coexistence” is illuminating a path whereby such issues can be discussed in a positive manner looking at what can be done to move peace forward and how culture can help to do so.”

Chargé d’affaires, Eitan Na’eh said “I am honoured to be the first Israeli diplomat to be invited to your parliament. The visit continues to build on the good and historic friendships that exist between Scotland and Israel. These have recently been significantly strengthened through the ongoing work of the Israeli Embassy all across Scotland.”

 

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November 2016: Row as pro-Israel lobby group approved at Holyrood

A row has broken out after a pro-Israel lobby group was approved at Holyrood in a bid to counter claims that MSPs are overly hostile to the state. Politicians from all parties, with the exception of the Scottish Greens, will be represented on the “Building Bridges with Israel” group, which aims to establish closer cultural, academic and economic links with the country.

It has been set up in a bid to oppose anti-Semitism and offer an “alternative viewpoint” to what it says is a pro-Palestinian stance that has been dominant since the Scottish Parliament’s inception in 1999. The group will hold its first meeting early in the New Year.

Jackson Carlaw, the Conservative MSP who will act as convenor of the group, said it was “sadly true” that there had been more anti-Israel motions at Holyrood than the other parliaments of the EU put together. He went on: “This is not going to be a group that will simply be an apologist for the government of Israel. This is not a group being set up with a view to having a row with anyone or being antagonistic. It’s genuinely there to seek to have bridges built between the Jewish community, Scotland and the state of Israel. Responding to vocal critics of Israel in Scotland, he added: “I regard Israel as the only democratic state in that region. I’m not a fundamentalist in relation to these issues, I think the more we have an ongoing dialogue and an opportunity for all sides to participate so much the better.”

Mick Napier, a spokesman for the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, strongly opposed the group’s message. He said: “This is an effort to change the subject from what Israel is doing in Palestine to a phony attempt to build bridges.”

 

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November 2016: Ruth Davidson Approves High-Level, Ill Judged Scottish Tory Fact Finding Team Holiday visit to illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Glan Heights

Davidson has been heavily criticised by a Syrian human rights group after a high-powered group of ten Scottish Tories visited an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied Golan Heights. Al-Marsad, the only human rights organisation operating there, is at loggerheads with the Scots Conservatives’ leader after raising concern about the group’s visit to the Golan Heights winery in Katzrin. They say the delegation did not contact Al-Marsad or other representatives of the Syrian community in the “occupied Syrian Golan” to get a “balanced view”. And they say they have repeatedly failed to get an explanation for the visit to the territory from Ms Davidson or any condemnation of the illegal settlement. The group, which is described as an independent, not-for-profit international human rights organisation, said it was “highly concerned” that it sends the message that the Scottish Conservative party endorses the illegal activities of such settlements. The UN, in 1981, issued a resolution saying that Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights was illegal. The strategic ridge was captured by Israel from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War and formally annexed in 1981. Since then, every year the UN passes a General Assembly resolution titled “The Occupied Syrian Golan” which reaffirms the illegality of the Israeli occupation and annexation. The Israeli government disputes this position. Answering Al-Marsald’s concerns, a Scottish Conservatives spokesman said their position is the same as the UK government position which is “not to support illegal settlements”.

 

 

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The row surrounds a delegation of ten Scottish Conservatives, including nine MSPs were on a Conservative Friends of Israel-funded trip to Israel, the West Bank and Golan Heights in August. It was described by CFI as a trip to “promote bilateral trade between the two countries and bolster the growing pro-Israel advocacy movement in Scotland”.

Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw followed up the trip earlier this month with controversial plans to establish a cross-party group, called ‘Building Bridges with Israel’. It has been set up in a bid to oppose anti-Semitism and offer an ‘alternative viewpoint’ to what it says is a pro-Palestinian stance that has been dominant since the Scottish Parliament’s inception in 1999.

But the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, strongly opposed the group’s message with a spokesman saying: “Israel doesn’t build any bridges, it demolishes homes, farms and is demolishing Palestine.”

The delegation to Israel in August included the director of the Scottish Conservatives, Mark McInnes, Scottish Conservative chief whip, John Lamont along with shadow justice secretary Douglas Ross, shadow economy, jobs and fair work cabinet secretary Dean Lockhart, shadow environment secretary Maurice Golden, tourism and small businesses spokeswoman Rachel Hamilton, community safety spokesman Oliver Mundell, digital economy spokesman Jamie Greene, further education, higher education and science spokesman Ross Thompson and welfare, reform and equalities spokeswoman Annie Wells.

James Gurd, director of the CFI, told the Jewish Chronicle that the trip, reflected a growing sympathy towards Israel north of the border saying: “For years a vocal minority seen as dominating debate there were very pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli.” http://www.impartialreporter.com/news/14884171.Ruth_Davidson_slammed_over_high_level_Tory_visit_to_illegal_Israeli_settlement/

 

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Arab Human Rights Centre in The Golan Heights (Al-Marsad)

Al-Marsad, which has previously voiced concern over what it deems Israel’s “ethnic cleansing” of the Syrian Arab population in the Golan, say they have written two letters to Ms Davidson asking in particular about the visit to “occupied Syrian Golan” but without response. Dr Nizar Ayoub director, said “Given this lack of clarification, I am highly concerned that the Scottish Conservative party appears to condone the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements – illegal under international law – in the occupied Syrian Golan.” The group said it was “highly concerning” if human rights issues, in particular, in the occupied territories are “not considered or trumped by business interests”.

Dr Nizar Ayoub told Ms Davidson in his letters: “As I imagine that you are aware, such settlements are illegal according to international law, and their construction and expansion at the expense of the native Syrian inhabitants have been repeatedly condemned by the international community. I am highly concerned that the delegation has visited a winery in an illegal Israeli settlement without providing any explanation of the purpose of the visit. In effect, this sends a message that the Scottish Conservative party endorses the illegal activities of this settlement – built on land illegally appropriated from its original Syrian owners. Even more worrying is the fact that the Scottish Conservative party has refused to answer questions about whether the delegation raised the broader issue of the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Syrian Golan during its visit.”

He was further concerned that, describing the visit, Mr Lamont said “on Israel’s northern border with Syria we witnessed first-hand the devastating civil war raging metres away from Israel”

Dr Ayoub reminded Ms Davidson that: “The only part of Syria that Israel borders is the occupied Syrian Golan. The fighting in Syria is not taking place metres away from Israel, it is taking place metres away from the occupied Syrian Golan. From Mr Lamont’s comments, it appears that he considers that the occupied Syrian Golan is part of Israel, which it is not.”

He added: “I am highly disappointed that the delegation did not contact Al-Marsad or other representatives of the Syrian community in the occupied Syrian Golan in order to discuss the daily challenges faced by the remaining native Syrian population in the Syrian Golan due to Israel’s illegal occupation. This would have ensured that the delegation obtained a more balanced view of the situation in the occupied Syrian Golan.” http://golan-marsad.org/

 

 

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The Tudor Legacy Still Besets Scotland- Time For Scots to Cast off the Yoke of History and Breath Again as a Free Nation

 

 

 

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This England (Shakespeare) 1603

“This royal throne of kings, this scept’red isle,

This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,

This other Eden, demi-paradise,

This fortress built by Nature for herself

Against infection and the hand of war,

This happy breed of men, this little world,

This precious stone set in a silver sea,

Which serves it in the office of a wall,

Or as a moat defensive to a house,

Against the envy of less happier lands ‘

 

 

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The Man Who Shaped England’s View Of The World and The Englishman’s Place in It

It was 1603 and King James of Scotland had recently been crowned Monarch of England and Scotland. Shakespeare suitably inspired by events wrote his eulogy to his beloved isle which was and still is the atypical Englishman’s interpretation of the United Kingdom. The poem refers to the United Kingdom as: “This precious stone set in a silver sea”

It was this entity, this “United Kingdom”, resulting from the death of the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth (who had the rightful heir to the throne of England, her cousin Mary executed) that led to the betrayal of Scotland (104 years later) by a privileged elite. The political accommodation called Great Britain.

 

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Time passes. And 310 years later many hundreds of new nations and trading blocs have been formed, some from political expediency, but the vast bulk through the will of their people.

The people of Scotland are legally sovereign and they have, (for the last 50 years) expressed the view (through ballot box, at each General Election) that they no longer wish to have their future negotiated by English Tory politicians. But change has been denied Scotland due to a corrupt political set-up, put in place by the much maligned 1707 Treaty of Union. But Scot’s now wish “to be a nation again” and this should not be denied them.

All Scottish based political parties (perhaps with the exception of the Tories) should support the independence referendum motion presently being debated in Holyrood

 

 

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