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Tories in Scotland developing links with the Orange Order and DUP is actively promoting the return of bigotry

Pastor Jack Glass established his Zion Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Glasgow’s Polmadie area in 1965. From there he conducted a 40-year “fire and brimstone” crusade against the LGBT community and the Roman Catholic church.

In 1982 he inflamed local politics conducting an offensive aggravating hatred and bigotry on Scotland’s volatile streets attempting to force government and local authorities to ban the Pope from visiting Scotland.

In 2002 the Church of Scotland General Assembly was disrupted by Glass and his followers protesting that the measure was contrary to god’s will when church leaders formally apologized to Scots for its long-held sectarian policies.

He and his congregation detested popstars and comedians claiming they were involved in the devil’s work corrupting the youth of Scotland.

The official policy of his church was that Xmas festivities were “pagan rituals” and had no place in a Christian society.

When Glass died of cancer in 2004 a Church of Scotland minister commented that whilst there was sadness at his death he was a “flawed Christian, a flea who lived on the back of the established church’s elephant.”

The Tory Party in Scotland in linking their Unionist dogma and political and financial strategy to the Ulster Unionist Party and the Orange Order presents a danger to the health, safety and well being of Scots. God forbid Scots might return to the arms of people like Pastor Jack Glass.

 

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The Blatant Use of the BBC by Westminster as a Weapon of Propaganda Against Scots is an Affront to the Expression of Human Rights Contained in the United Nations Charter 

 

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Crazy but true – Scottish taxpayers pay for and accept BBC anti-Scottish propaganda

The BBC was first formed then developed by Whitehall spooks who perceived the medium of radio and subsequently television to be well suited to control and manipulate the thoughts and actions of the population of the country and wider afield through the subversive misuse of information.

Over a century of operations the corporation and their controllers have basked in the glory of the dubious praise of excellence in the use of mistruth and loaded language from “spooks” and their handlers worldwide.

But taxpayers should not be saddled with meeting the huge cost of maintaining a monolith which has no place in modern society and the use of the BBC as a weapon of propaganda against Scots who fervently wish to be free of the invidious control of Westminster is an affront to the expression of human rights contained in the United Nations Charter.

 

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When the Tories and the BBC are at Loggerheads the Scottish Taxpayer suffers the outcome

The BBC licence fee had been frozen from 2010 and throughout the period of austerity following the worldwide financial meltdown. In 2015, the Corporation claimed to be in deep financial trouble and pleaded to be allowed to increase the licence fee.

The cost of providing free licence fees for pensioners over the age of 75 had been previously charged to “Welfare” expenditure but Chancellor  “sniffer” Osborne had imposed a £12 billion expenditure ceiling on this department.

A revised contract was agreed between the government and the BBC ending in June 2020, containing the rider that the corporation would absorb the cost of free licence provision for pensioners over the age of 75, estimated at £700 million annually, but with an understanding that at the end of the agreement the corporation would be given free rein over setting the level of the annual licence fee.

Their projection was that a fee of around £200 per annum would need to be charged to users (after June 2020) offsetting the cost of maintaining free licences for pensioners over the age of 75.

The Tory government reneged on the deal in 2017 when it handed the reins of power to Theresa May who called for a snap General Election in that same year.

The next General Election not scheduled for May 2022 and it was proposed by the Tories that the commitment the Tory Government and the BBC entered into in 2015, should be extended until after May 2022.

But rejecting the proposal, Jeremy Wright, the then Tory Party, Culture Secretary said: “The decision is not for the government to make any longer. It is for the BBC to make”.

The final act of the Tory government was a cynical orchestration of a deviously fiendish plan transferring the problem away from government to the BBC then subsequently onto the taxpayers, who would need to decide if they would be content to subsidise, through their annual subscription, the continuance of free licences to pensioners over the age of 75 and a likely annual fee in excess of £200.

The BBC decided not to pursue a major increase in the licence fee opting instead force pensioners over the age of 75 to pay an annual licence fee in line with other taxpayers.

As anticipated by the cynical Tory government the policy adopted by the BBC has generated a backlash from the taxpayer, who, in time will most likely demand a major restructuring of the Corporation in response to the challenges of other television providers who are consistently and increasingly producing and delivering excellent quality services without the compulsory exorbitant costs charged to taxpayers by the BBC.

 

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Scottish Judicial System Is Being Dismantled by Unionist English Politicians in Breach of the 1707 Act of Union – There’s No End to the Deceit

 

 

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The Scottish judicial system is being subsumed by Westminster

Westminster Unionist politicians and landed gentry have been instrumental in many breaches of the 1707 Act of Union determined upon standardizing the laws of “Greater England” for their own nefarious purposes through many creeping changes in Scottish legislation each weakening the Scottish Judicial system which was to be retained independent from English interference for all time.

Unionist determination to wipe Scottish Law from the Statutes of Westminster was advanced in 1999 when the “Crown Office” for near 500 years independent from government was transferred lock, stock, and barrel to the political control and direction of the Westminster appointed Scottish Secretary at the Scottish Office.

Westminster is now pressurisng the Scottish Judiciary to do away with trial by jury, the removal of the “not proven” verdict and many other incidencies. There is no end to the abuse of Scots by the rich men of England.

 

 

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The departure of William Gordon Chalmers left Scotland without a champion.

Aberdonian William Gordon Chalmers was the permanent head of the procurator-fiscal service from 1974 to 1984 and zealously guarded the power of the Scots over their fiscal service.

He was a man of traditional values but was endowed with great vision to build a service to meet the challenges of the future and cope with an increase in serious crime at a time of economic stringency.

He was proud of his Aberdeen roots, having attended both Robert Gordon’s College and Aberdeen University. And served as an officer with the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, in the Second World War in which he was awarded the Military Cross.

After hostilities ceased he became a solicitor and practiced in Aberdeen before joining the procurator-fiscal service as a depute-fiscal in Dunfermline in 1950.

During this period he gained a reputation as a fiscal who was prepared to take on a difficult case and work on it to secure the best possible result.

Although he enjoyed good relations with the police, he was always careful to ensure his and the fiscal’s independence in the process of investigating and prosecuting crime.

In 1959 he was promoted to senior depute-fiscal at Edinburgh then, in 1963, entered the crown office as an assistant to the crown agent before becoming deputy crown agent in 1967 and crown agent and Queen’s and lord treasurer’s remembrancer in 1974.

In the 1960s the fiscal service was a relatively small one, consisting of about 80 lawyers throughout Scotland compared to near 400 today.

He saw the need for a national prosecution service dealing with sheriff court cases and prepared high court cases but took over the prosecution of cases in the burgh police courts in what became the district courts in 1975 and assumed responsibilities for prosecuting cases from government departments and local authorities.

Within a two-year period in the mid-1970s the number of lawyers employed in the fiscal service doubled to almost 200.

With that change came the need to develop improved management structures and better accountability, while recognising the need for local discretion to meet the public interests of the area and the circumstances which can arise during the currency of individual prosecutions.

To meet the challenges of an increase in serious crime as well as taking over district courts, he commissioned two young researchers, Dr. Jackie Tombs and Sue Moody, whose book “Prosecution in the Public Interest” highlighted a distinct lack of alternatives to prosecution.

In the foreword, Chalmers spoke of how “the old methods are simply not good enough for modern circumstances. The approach of fiscals to their work has changed, is changing, and will change even more”.

He was a member of the two Stewart committees on alternatives to prosecution which led to fiscal fines and fixed penalties for less serious offenses.

He developed a system of warnings to alleged offenders and encouraged schemes for certain offenders to be directed to social work and others to make prompt compensation for their crimes.

The latter initiative was appreciated by victims who often became forgotten in the criminal process in those days.

Chalmers also looked abroad for ideas and supported an international project which looked at prosecutorial decision-making. It showed Scottish prosecutors to be consistent in their approach across a wide range of cases.

During his tenure, the fiscal service went from strength to strength despite in latter years having to cope with a Westminster government keen to reduce public spending.

For all his interest in managing and developing the organization, he retained a keen and personal interest in its casework and was appointed a “Companion of the Bath” in 1984 for his work in the fiscal service.

He was saddened by the changes which had taken place the fiscal service after he left which he perceived weakened its independence as an arm of the executive.

In his day, he said that he had always fought to keep the Crown Office separate from the Scottish Office and indeed until devolution the Crown Office had been funded directly by the Treasury.

While he held traditional views on many matters, he was receptive to change and conscious of the need to provide a prosecution service fit for future challenges.

With all due respect to those who succeeded him, he was known to many who had served him as “The Real Crown Agent.”

A fitting memorial to Chalmers would be for the fiscal service to recover its pre-eminence in investigating crime and maintain its independence in a devolved Scotland.

William Gordon Chalmers, crown agent, born 4 June 1922, died May 28, 2003 (The Scotsman-Obituaries)

 

 

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Labour Leader’s Hitman Ian Murray to Purge the Left in the Scottish Labour Branch – The Changes Could be Bloody and Will Further Enhance the Importance of the Second Vote in The 2021 Scottish General Election

 

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Rejection by the UK electorate of the left-wing politics of the Labour Party

In December 2019, in the UK General Election, Helen Mcfarlane stood as the Labour party candidate in Airdrie and Shotts for Westminster. She works for NHS, is a member of the People’s Assembly, a UNITE member and activist and is vice-chair of United Left both in UK and Ireland and in Scotland.

She wrote about her failed venture to gain a Westminster seat:

“I am now back in my NHS day job after a rollercoaster experience. But despite losing by only 195 votes and seeing a hardline Tory/DUP government in Westminster, my political and feminist standpoints are strengthened. As should those of the left be.

The left and the union movement had a rare opportunity to unite behind a winnable socialist manifesto. What if the left had the vision and confidence to truly unite around this class agenda? That’s what the Labour manifesto was and that’s what inspired so many – especially young people – to unite behind Jeremy Corbyn.

Regretfully, many so-called lefty comrades in Scotland persisted in prioritising Scottish national identity politics. As a left activist, feminist and former Unite EC member, I was already committed to Unite’s political strategy to ‘win back the Labour Party to working people and to win back working people to Labour’.

I agreed, following a ‘please stand’ phone call, to fight the Airdrie and Shotts seat. I was motivated by the left aim for a gender-balanced slate and by Corbyn’s ten pledges that hinted at the socialist manifesto that was to come including nationalisation of public transport, £10 minimum wage and workers’ rights.

I failed to get elected and attribute this to the absence of formal support from my union and other affiliates to dedicate staff and members as volunteers, to win a Labour government committed to delivering so many of our union campaign ambitions, was a major disappointment.

Could this be perceived as a lack of confidence in fully backing a socialist agenda or just a sign of caution wrongly worrying about non-Labour supporting member resignations?

If only the left both in the Labour Party and the wider union movement had truly done all it could! If there was ever the need for the three main Labour affiliates in Scotland to go beyond the call by issuing, for example, a joint statement to ‘Vote Labour’ to remove the anti-union legislation, ban zero-hours contracts and end bogus self-employment, this was that time. A missed opportunity indeed!

So I am left wondering … if the left had strived for equal opportunity, fully demonstrated solidarity and been bold and confident in the Labour manifesto, could we have gained more left MPs and secured a Corbyn led Labour government?

What now for the left? A serious conversation about where we go collectively is long overdue. My hope is that the left is bold and recognises the opportunity that may still be there to back a government in waiting, committed to an undeniably socialist manifesto and that the left in Scotland shows solidarity by supporting and joining Labour.” (The Scottish left Review)

 

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2020 and the return of a Zionist-controlled and funded New Labour Party

The worst fears of the Labour party in Scotland branch office were realised by the recent election of Keir Stamer to the leadership of the party.

His election and speedy embrace of the Zionists signals the start of an internal power struggle amongst party activists in Scotland as the English born UK party leader directs it away from the “lefty” policies of Corbyn.

Expect to see the demise of Richard “the lemon” leonard and his supporters before the 2021 Scottish General election.

In the next nine months, Blair, Brown and Stamer supported Scottish “supremo” Ian Murray will attempt to purge the Scottish branch of the party of anyone who is not committed to the “New” New labour party right-wing agenda.

The impact of the Labour Party moving back to the “centre” of Scottish politics will be wide-reaching since Nicola Sturgeon has moved SNP policies to the “Centre-Left” in search of the labour voter, leaving an increasing gap on the “Centre-Right” which has been given over to the Tories.

The outcome of the “new politic” in Scotland may impact adversely on the predicted SNP landslide in the 2021 Scottish General Election and the battle for Government will be decided by the “second” vote.

A “second” vote for the SNP is ineffectual since the election of a single MSP requires an inordinately large number of second votes and it is essential that a radical “Centre-Right” independence supporting political group is established within the next few months so that SNP voters will be provided with a clear choice for placing their second vote.

 

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The 1707 Act of Union Handed Scotland Over To a Very Wealthy English Elite Supported By Lickspittle Unionist Politicians Who Maintain Their Power Through the Impositon of Oppression on Scots

 

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Definition of Oppression

A country controlled by a small percentage of very wealthy people who deny opportunities to those who are poor. The poor work for little wages and struggle to achieve a basic human standard of living such as having food and shelter. The poor are carefully controlled by the oppressors and prevented from organizing or resisting the will of the wealthy.

 

 

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The Alien Act – Bully Boy Nation England Forces a Treaty of Union On Scotland

The 1701 Alien Act was the culmination of England’s efforts to subjugate Scotland, and the negative impact was huge.

An embargo on Scottish goods to both England and its colonies, enforced by a naval blockade of Scottish ports and a large English army force in Berwick, cut maritime trade by fifty percent, crippling Scotland’s already fragmented economy which was struggling to recover after twenty-five percent of Scotland’s total liquid capital had been lost during the Darien Scheme.

The Act also threatened inheritance rights for Scottish nationals living in England, causing unrest among Scotland’s elite.

Through this piece of legislation, the English Parliament hinted at the dangers of refusing to unite the two nations.

England had the power to destroy the Scottish economy and take away the property of many of its citizens, and unless Scotland agreed to their proposals that was exactly what they would do.

In 1706 Scotland relented, activating a provision added to the end of the Alien Act that suspended the legislation as a whole following Scotland’s entrance into negotiations leading to the 1707 Act of Union with England.

 

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Second thoughts on the union

The First Earl of Seafield and His Attempt to Repeal the 1707 Treaty of Union. On 2nd June 1713 the Earl introduced a Bill in the House of Lords to repeal the 1707 Treaty of Union citing grievances of the Scots:

 

 

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The dissolution of the Scottish Privy Council.

The Treaty of Union 1707 with England preserved the Scottish Legal System. Article XIX providing “that the Court of Session or College of Justice will after the Union and notwithstanding thereof remain in all time coming within Scotland, and that the Court of Justiciary will also after the Union … remain in all time coming.

But soon after the Union, the Union with Scotland (Amendment) Act 1707 combined the English and Scottish Privy Councils and decentralized Scottish administration through the appointment of justices of the peace in each Scottish shire to carry out administration.

Effectively it took the day-to-day government of Scotland out of the hands of politicians and into those of the College of Justice who would report to the newly created Scottish Secretary of State in Westminster.

 

 

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The Treason Act

The Scottish Act, which was relatively humane was abandoned in favour of the more barbarous English Treason Act.

Section III of the Act required the Scottish courts to try cases of treason and misprision of treason according to English rules of procedure and evidence.

And more recently when the Scottish Parliament was established in 1998, treason and misprision of treason were designated as “reserved matters,” meaning they fell outside the jurisdiction of the Scottish government.

 

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The incapacitating of the peers.

After the Scottish Parliament passed the ratifying Act it turned to the question of Scotland’s future parliamentary representation.

Article 22 of the Treaty had decreed that only 16 peers and 45 commoners were to represent Scotland at Westminster, it would be for Scotland’s Parliament to settle the detail. Inevitably, Scotland’s loss of its representative body – symbolizing the loss of national sovereignty to be reliant on a significantly reduced representation at Westminster produced deep resentment among the Scottish populace. Yet, by the end of January 1707, following a series of ill-attended sittings, the Scottish Parliament passed legislation setting out the election procedures.

Scots legal experts were also frustrated that from 1712 the House of Lords in Westminster was also the Court of Appeal for Scottish cases. This led to “miscarriages of justice” caused by a lack of understanding of Scots law by English judges.

 

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The deliberate destruction by Westminster of Scottish trade and manufacturing

Despite the many promises made by England during the unification process, economic rehabilitation in Scotland was an abject failure.

While there were apparent economic benefits for the nobility and landowners, who “sensed that union would open up new opportunities to them through being able to sell their cattle and other produce to England” they represented a very small part of the socio-economic makeup of Scotland.

The benefits of maritime trade afforded to them by the union only applied to the elite, (this is still the case in 2020) and the rest of Scotland faced a new, far less attractive economic reality.

The expansion of the cattle and sheep industries in Scotland to meet the increased demand for beef in England led to many tenants being forcibly cleared off of their land in order to maximize grazing.

This accumulation of injustices only served to strengthen resistance to the Union of 1707 as the Scottish economic situation worsened and many turned to Jacobitism as a solution to their problems, one that supported “the old monarchy” and was inherently Scottish.

 

 

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The Enclosure Act

There was great unrest as a result of the introduction of the English “enclosures” system of land allocation, replacing the Scottish “runrig” system. There were outbreaks of fence-smashing by labourers who had fallen on hard times through not being able to afford “enclosures.”

 

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The Irish Dimension – Linen Taxation

In 1696 a Bill was passed through Westminster which encouraged the manufacturing of linen in Ireland free of tax at time of export to England and other foreign trade.

But Scotland was denied the same legislation after 1707 when linen taxes were imposed on Scotland to the detriment of the trade and its rapid closure due to the high cost of exporting the yarn and finished goods.

 

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The outcome of the Westminster 1713 debate on reversing the 1707 Act of Union

The debate had been called for by the First Earl of Seafield in response to the proposed introduction of a “Malt Tax” on Scotland. The most recent in the increasing list of contraventions of the provisions of the 1707 Act of Union.

English peers favoured the Union’s continuance because of its importance in terms of protecting the Protestant succession. And the coherence of the Scots’ assault broke down as their erstwhile English allies moved in favour of adjourning the debate suggesting that separate legislation should be drafted for protecting the nation.

The bill for dissolving the Union lost by just 4 votes, and then only because of the employment of proxies. The failure of the Scots’ rebellion was largely down to their inability to secure the unqualified support of key members of the Scottish Whig opposition who failed to attend the Commons at the time of the vote.

 

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The 1713 malt tax – added to the increasing list of English contraventions of the 1707 Act of Union

New taxes imposed on Scotland by Westminster greatly increased the prices of Scottish goods for export to England and abroad benefitting English manufacturers to the severe detriment of Scot’s.

Duties on linen in 1711 and 1715, and the Soap Act of 1714 upset many people in Scotland. The Salt Tax of 1711 was especially unpopular and resulted in riots.

The Malt Tax, introduced in 1713 in defiance of the Treaty of Union was imposed on the Scottish brewing industry and undermined a wide range of Scottish businesses and entrenched a culture of evasion, amongst poor Scots who relied on a diet of inexpensive ale.

The cumulative effect of the new taxes also served only to reduce legitimate trade in Scotland whilst encouraging smuggling and in some instances outright resistance. Another result of increased goods duties were attacks on customs officers and an increase in the smuggling of goods into Scotland.

The Malt Tax Riots in 1725 and the Porteous Riot in 1736 both highlighted popular resentment for English intervention in the name of integration.

 

 

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The 1715 uprising

The callous inattention of the English to the economic state of Scotland revived Jacobitism as a popular resistance movement.

Writers in the budding Scottish press advised Scots’ that “so miserable is our Nation, in much worse condition, and in a worse state of slavery to England than ever Ireland was.”

It was estimated that somewhere between thirty and forty percent of the Lowland troops present at the time of the, 1715 rising had decided to join the cause because of “economic distress and consequent antipathy for the union”.

This statistic highlights not only the unhappiness of Scots in the wake of the union but also how quickly Jacobitism became a symbol of resistance to economic oppression.

Fear of subordination was also a motivating factor in the decision to embrace Jacobitism as a vehicle in resisting the Union of 1707.

From the minute it was proposed to the Scottish Parliament, one of the primary concerns the union held for Scots’ was that Scotland would be reduced to a mere province, an outlying territory of an empire ruled by England. And so it proved to be the case.

The Scottish people now found themselves without a voice in the political sphere, as England took control of making decisions allegedly for the good of all Great Britain with little input from Scots, whose representation in Parliament had been strictly limited by both Whigs and Tories in England.

 

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The political reality of the impact of the 1707 Act of Union

Denied a Parliament Scots’ faced a significant loss of influence in politics on a national level, leading them to favor Jacobitism and the restoration of the Stuart monarchy.

Many Scots were also chafing under new restrictions imposed by the Westminster Parliament of Great Britain, including the requirement that Scots adhere to English treason law.

And resentment further increased following the appointment of the detested English spymaster and architect of the 1707 Act of union, Robert Harley, who was to oversee Scotland’s political interests and manage them accordingly. But he decided not to “embrace the political realities” of Scotland and formed a system of governance that dominated instead of cooperated with the Scottish people.

All throughout Scotland in the aftermath of union Scots found themselves subordinated by the English, who put their interests and concerns before those of Scotland.

Extracts and paraphrasing the content of “Inevitable Rebellion- The Jacobite Risings and the Union of 1707 – Lindsay Swanson. “https://thehistoryofparliament.wordpress.com/author/epeplow/”

 

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