Barnett Formula to be Abandoned in Favour of an Allocation of Finance to Areas in the UK Based on Need. Scotland Will be Hammered

 

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The Good Right – priorities for government

Michael Gove is the brains behind the bluster of the “pseudo” Tory government of Boris Johnson which will be guided in its policies over the next five years by this strange little man who is much derided by the uninformed but respected by those who are aware of his abilities. Johnson and Gove are joined at the hip. The Laurel and Hardy of British politics.

Those who are serious about politics should give careful attention to Gove’s address to the right-wing “Legatum Institute”.

It really is an eye-opener and much of the underlying rhetoric in its content ties in with an as-yet-unannounced flagship policy which will impact severely on Scotland.

The policy is to: Abolish the Barnett Formula allocating spending to regions and localities across the UK on the basis of need and to reduce the range of benefits given to better-off pensioners to fund deficit reductions. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8iy-4PQAd0)

 

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Boris Johnson – Mayor of London – 2008 to 2016

His success in gaining the position of mayor was not unsurprising since the campaign came right at the start of the banking crisis which was part-attributed to mishandling the economy by the financial sector and the Labour Party and orchestrated “right-wing” attacks by the Tory dominated media on the integrity of the incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone.

A campaign dominated by dirty tricks, smears and innuendo atypical of Johnson.

True to form Johnson stuffed his team with “can-do” decision-makers allowing him the luxury of removing himself from direct involvement in anything that went wrong while brazenly claiming maximum media coverage for himself on any success. His title of  “the Lovejoy” of British politics was well earned.

Jonson views politics as a game and his mastery of misinformation was confirmed by his claims of many unsubstantiated successes while in office. But the reverse is true.

He was an abject failure who failed the London electorate, frittering away well over £1.5billion on vanity schemes. Some but not all:

The Garden Bridge. Write off £50m.

Feasibility study for his “Island in the Stream” project for a new £100m London airport. Write off £6m.

Routemaster buses. Ovens on wheels, heavily polluting, useless. Purchase £300M (double that of a normal double-decker) Discontinued.

Water cannons. Riot control measures for subduing protestors. Banned by the government. Never used. Bought for £350K. Sold for £10K

The Olympic Stadium. Boris decided to convert it for uses other than athletics., Projected cost £190M. The actual cost of conversion was £325M. An overrun of £135M. Adding insult to injury the taxpayer has to meet the £20M annual running costs.

 

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The Royal Albert Dock tender that never was

Johnson set up an agency, London and Partners, within his administration with a remit to attract foreign investment to London.

In 2011, the agency established an office in Beijing and shared the cost of the lease and working space, (70/30) with a major Chinese company, Advanced Business Park, (APB).

And there’s more!! Tongbo Liu, departed the agency early 2012, to work for ABP.

What’s the problem?

She was the head of London and Partners and Johnson’s personal representative in China.

Even more!!!

Between 2010 and 2012 Xuelin Black an Anglo-Chinese businesswoman gave donations totalling around £162,000 to the Conservative Party.

Donations that dried up after APB was awarded the contract.

The lady is married to the then Tory, Home office minister, Lord (Michael) Bates.

And she was also instrumental in putting a business arrangement in place with her suggestion of a bid for the Royal Dock site development to Xu Weiping, the head of APB.

She even registered a company called ABP London (China) and acted as an adviser, to help push the project forward.

In May 2013 the Greater London Authority granted Advanced Business Park (APB) the tender to develop the publicly-owned 35-acre site at the Royal Albert Dock, a derelict site opposite London’s City Airport.

The project is to include 3.2 million square feet of office space, leisure facilities, and 845 residential flats. China’s largest property investment, over £1bn, in the UK.

Critics say that his effort to attract significant foreign investment to London was praiseworthy but the closeness of his management team and the Tory Party with ABP suggested that the entire tendering procedure was not conducted on a level playing field, and as such, it was grossly unfair on the dozen or more bidders many of whom were British.

Sir Alistair Graham, former chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, suggested that there should be an independent investigation into the tendering process for the development. He said: “If, in fact, somebody is going through a sham process to ensure that someone they want to be successful in the process, but it’s not a level playing field for UK companies, and there have been some financial transactions of an intimate nature then that smells to me of a semi corrupt arrangement.”

The development of the massive derelict dockland site in the centre of the city is/was a blatant abuse of public office. It was a classic Tory Party fiddle ensuring, regardless of due process, the award of a major building contract to a favoured contractor.

View the video: (https://www.channel4.com/news/boris-johnson-london-propery-deal-china-albert-dock)

 

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One of the links between Goldsmith’s Referendum Party and the Tory government of Boris Johnson – Ultra right-wing political schemer – Dougie Walters

Scottish born Walters first surfaced in Scottish politics when he was appointed Chief of Staff for the Tory branch Office leader Michael Forsyth. His tenure did not last long as he was deposed by the St Andrews University mafia who brought about the near-death of the Tory’s in Scotland. Smith licked his wounds and moved to London where he quickly established himself as a key member of the Tory elite.

He became vice-chairman of the frequently controversial Federation of Conservative Students and was an adviser and speechwriter for several senior right-wing political figures and a number of leading Conservative MPs.

In the period before the 1997 General Election, he left the Tory Party and signed up to the Referendum Party as its senior political adviser to Sir James Goldsmith.

Smith was employed by Johnson when he was Mayor of London. And he was the principal speechwriter to David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party. He also previously ran “C-Change” a Tory think tank set up by Francis Maude and heads of the political section of the secretive “Conservative Intelligence” unit.

He was recently appointed to the post of senior political adviser reporting directly to Dominic Cummings. His employment again brought into disrepute the pervading nepotism associated with Political Advisers who hold positions of power in government. They hold down highly paid non-jobs which should be given over to civil servants. Their introduction to politics is the single most damaging abuse of the electoral system.

But the scandal does not end there. He is a self-confessed hedonist and high stakes gambler who regularly frequents Aspinalls exclusive private members club in London and basks in another dubious claim to fame in his role as a sex party organizer for the rich and famous.

I am attaching a few links for those who wish to dig deeper:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-hands-number-10-21683722
https://caltonjock.com/2015/08/13/crime-sex-orgies-politics-the-forces-that-drive-westminster-part-2-ultra-right-wing-top-tory-orgy-organiser/
https://www.thefreelibrary.com/EXCLUSIVE%3A+BIGGEST+EVER+FILTHY-RICH+ORGY%3A+UPPER+CRUST+ORGANISERS+AND…-a0130542282
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2140061/BLACK-DOG-Dougie-Smith-tangled-web-Tory-official-internet-porn-crackdown-used-run-exotic-parties.html?

 

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There will be many more revelations in the issues to follow. But getting back to Jimmy Goldenballs Goldsmith. It is important to gain an understanding of the level of control over the lives of every individual person in the world Zionist businessmen, politicians and all those associated  with them have.

 

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And Goldsmith was a committed environmentalist – Pigs might fly first

In the early eighties an altruistic Goldsmith announced to the world that he was an environmentalist who would be committing his considerable financial resources to supporting “green issues.”

Mother nature needed protecting from the excesses of mankind and he was the man to do it.

Many rallied to his cause and international cooperation, a building block of the “new world order.” would bring benefits to the planet.

He was also instrumental in convincing Thatcher and her Tory government to commit substantial financial resources to the support of “green” issues.

One such issue was “debt-for-nature” swaps.

He won Thatcher’s backing for a radical proposal to preserve endangered rain forests. This meant offering Third World countries deals involving their crippling interational debts.

The terms of the schemes required the United Kingdom to buy up Third World debt and agree to forego interest payments on condition that tropical rain forests were left untouched.

What a wonderful savior of the world Jimmy appeared to be.

But all was not “Kosher”. Ever the opportunist. Goldenballs was plotting under the cover of Mother Nature’s skirts.

What he advocated was a classic example of a 19th-century British imperialist raw materials grab.

Brazil was an immediate target for a “hostile takeover. It transpired that Goldsmith’s brother Teddy, he of the “Green Party” was a very good friend of Brazil’s Environment Secretary and “sacre blue” Brazil, accepted foreign limitations on its sovereignty in the form of “debt-for-nature swaps.”

At a meeting of all Brazil’s bank creditors the Finance Minister stated that the mineral-rich country was prepared to accept converting part of the $60 billion it owed into environmental conditionalities.

Bolivia, Costa Rica, and the Philippines also entered into similar debt deals in which environmentalist groups such as Prince Philip’s “World Wide Fund for Nature” bought the defaulted debt of those nations from bankers at steep discounts.

The environmentalists put up 10-15% of the nominal value of the debt, and the government paid the full nominal value in local currency to their local front group to buy up lands, ostensibly for protecting them.

Only the oligarchy associated with the green group had access to the protected enclaves.

This meant that Jimmy Goldsmith and his ilk retained control over forests and underground minerals and other resources probably worth a thousand times more than was paid for the purchase.

But Goldsmith really does love trees. In 1985, he purchased “Crown Zellerbach” an American forest products company with vast timber reserves.

In doing so he became the sixth-largest owner supplier of timber, with huge reserves primarily in Washington, Oregon, Louisiana, and Mississippi. His control of third world forestry added a premium to his US forestry

Afternote: The “Worldwide Fund for Nature” is a “Zionist Bilderberg” financial moneypot providing a source of tax free income for the rich and famous.

See: https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/WWF

 

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Goldsmith – The Darling of the US Republican Party

Greatly respected by Reagan and Bush, Goldsmith roamed the corridors of power at the White House representing all that was good in the mythical U.S. economic recovery.

He was fiercly pro-Israel and his anti-communist rhetoric also allowed him significant input on foreign policy issues.

Indeed a senior Reagan National Security Council (NSC) officer recalled giving Goldsmith and media mogul Rupert Murdoch, a private briefing on U.S. arms control policy.

 

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The U.S. Democratic Party assessment of Goldsmith

Goldsmith was a coldblooded, ruthless shark who excelled in the art of leveraged buyouts (LBOs) and hostile corporate takeovers. Together with other bloodsuckers, he contributed to the devastation of corporate America during the 1980s. Leaving broken U.S. firms drowning in debt across the corporate landscape.

By the late 1980s, he had caused so much trouble that he was ordered to answer questions before a congressional committee about his conduct, in particular his attempted hostile takover of “Goodyear Tyres”.

True to form Goldsmith attacked the committee, warning that the U.S. was in danger of catching the European disease of “a triangular alliance of big unions, big government, and big management.”

The rubber manufacturer was subsequently saved by protective legislation, and Congress subsequently upgraded the powers of the Committee on Foreign Investments in the U.S.

In late 1989, disgusted with America’s “decline” into what he privately said was a recession, Goldsmith redeployed his liquidity into Europe. A move that effectively ended his prescence in the U.S.

A senior member expressed the view of the committee saying: “We kicked that slimy bastard out.” (Executive Intelligence Review)

 

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Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s 1976 Resignation Honours List

The resignation honors list of Harold Wilson, allegedly decided on,compiled and drafted longhand on lavender notepaper by his personal secretary Marcia Falkender brought the “honours” system into disrepute over accusations they had purposely awarded crooked friends and businessmen of dubious reputation – including many who helped bankroll Wilson’s political activities.

Goldsmith’s name was not on the list and his addition only surfaced in the final draft just before the announcement.

The governor of the Bank of England, Gordon Richard, was ignored for an award after advising that ‘on no account’ should businessman James Goldsmith be offered a knighthood.

Joe Haines, Downing Street, Press Secretary, later wrote that Wilson confided in him that Marcia had advised that Goldsmith intended offering her a directorship of a company connected to his Cavenham Foods and this justified a knighthood.

Falkender denied the allegation but then went on to take up the position of senior political adviser to Goldsmith when he formed the “Referendum Party”

 

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Project Democracy

In 1980 Goldsmith and Rupert Murdoch, were invited to join a host of British and American right-wing elitists to support Ronald Reagan’s, “Project Democracy,” a covert propaganda effort dedicated to weaken democratic institutions whose polcies did not conform to the wishes of the The UK and USA. They met Reagan (in March 1983) and committed to giving their support to his war on popular democracy.

Neoconservative networking across the Atlantic was given a high priority and Goldsmith, together with a number of right wing intellectuals formed the “Committee for a Free World”. The director of the organisation was Jacqueline Weldon, wife of Huw Weldon, Managing Director of BBC Television. Weldon and three other members of the organisation (Garton Ash, Stoppard and Scruton) were heavily involved in the editorial direction and production of the BBC news-organ “monitor”

 

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The Referendum Party

Goldsmith recruited many of his green acquaintances into standing in the 1997 General Election for his pet nationalist project, the “Referendum Party”, that he launched with no formal democratic structures or members.

Prominent examples of these green electoral candidates included, David Bellamy and his old buddy, John Aspinall, who in an interview conducted during the 1990s was “quoted as saying he would be happy to see large numbers of humans exterminated, and that the death of 200 million in the event of nuclear war would not be enough” adding “statistically, in terms of real population reduction, it would mean nothing more than a slight temporary dip in the world’s population. It wouldn’t solve the problem”.

Another conservative green who represented the Referendum Party in the 1996 British elections was Robin Page, who was also a member of the Party’s council, and founder of the Countryside Restoration Trust — a body whose founding patron was Prince Charles’ New Age mentor, Laurens van der Post. Fellow Referendum Party candidate David Bellamy was one of the Countryside Restoration Trust’s patrons and Zac Goldsmith (Goldsmith’s son) had a place on the board of trustees.

Following Goldsmith’s death in 1997, Robin Page had no qualms in joining the racist UK Independence Party, which was staunchly skeptical of climate change. Not surprising considering Goldsmith’s background.

The individual Goldsmith chose to act as the field organiser for the Referendum Party was Marc Gordon, Director of the London office of the International Freedom Foundation. An organisation founded in 1985, after a meeting in Angola, attended by the US “lobbyist and convicted felon” Jack Abramoff and Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi.

The roots of the UK Independence and Referendum Party can be traced back to Margaret Thatcher’s 1988 Bruges speech, which led to the formation of the Bruges Group under the leadership of University of Oxford undergraduate, student Scotsman, Patrick Robertsonwho is presently the CEO of public relations firm WorldPR which has acted as strategic communications adviser to corporate and government leaders.

It was the financial backing of Goldsmith that supported prominent members of the Bruges Group including Alan Sked (who went on to found the UK Independence Party in September 1993) and their founding chairman, Lord Harris of High Cross (who was the former head of the Institute of Economic Affairs, 1957-1987; and board member of Rupert Murdoch’s Times Newspapers Holdings Ltd from 1988 until 2001).

 

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Profiling “Goldenballs” Goldsmith

Expanding on Goldsmiths business activities before his move into British politics.

 

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The Goldschmidts – Bankers of Germany

The Goldschmidts, neighbours, and rivals to the Rothschild family, were a wealthy, Frankfurt-based, Jewish family, who had been influential figures in international merchant banking since the 16th Century.

His great-grandfather was Benedikt Hayum Goldschmidt, founder of the Bank B.H. Goldschmidt [de] and consul to the Grand Duke of Tuscany.

His grandfather Adolphe Benedict Goldschmidt (1838–1918), a multi-millionaire, was a financial adviser to Bismarck during the rise of the German Empire.

He relocated his family to England in 1895 and re-established his bank in London.

The family-owned a large number of high-class hotels in France and wider Europe. The business was overseen by his father Frank (1878-1967) who had had to flee France with his family when Nazi Germany overran the country in 1940, only just managing to escape on the last over-loaded ship from the French port of exit, leaving behind their hotels and much of their property.

 

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Goldsmith was married three times and enjoyed numerous other dalliances (lock up your wives and daughters)

His first wife, whom he married when 20, was the Bolivian heiress Doña María Isabel Patiño y Borbón, the 17-year-old daughter of tin magnate Antenor Patiño.

When Goldsmith proposed the marriage, it is alleged his future father-in-law replied, “We are not in the habit of marrying Jews”.

Goldsmith is reported to have replied, “Well, I am not in the habit of marrying [Red] Indians”.  The story, if true, is typical of Goldsmith’s humour.

The couple eloped to Scotland and were married in January 1954. The marriage was brief. Rendered comatose by a cerebral haemorrhage in her seventh month of pregnancy, Maria died in May 1954.

Her only child, Isabel, was delivered by caesarean section and survived. She was raised by Goldsmith’s family. On her father’s death, she inherited a large share of his estate.

Goldsmith’s second wife was Ginette Léry with whom he had a son, Manes (born in 1959), and daughter, Alix (born in 1964). The marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1978 but they shared a house in Paris until his death and he built her a house on his Cuixmala estate.

In 1978, he married for the third time, to his mistress Lady Annabel Birley, by whom he had already had two children, Jemima (born in 1974) and Zacharias (born in 1975); they went on to have a third child, Benjamin (born in 1980).

Zac and Jemima both became much reported-upon figures in the media, the former being a Conservative MP for Richmond Park from 2010 to 2016 and again from 2017 to 2019, and the latter a journalist who was married to Pakistani cricketer and prime minister Imran Khan between 1995 and 2004.

In 2003, Ben married heiress Kate Emma Rothschild (born 1982), daughter of the late Hon. Amschel Rothschild and his wife Anita Guinness of the Guinness Brewery family.

After his third marriage, Goldsmith embarked on an affair with Laure Boulay de La Meurthe (granddaughter of Bruno, Count of Harcourt and Princess Isabelle of Orléans), with whom he had two more children, Jethro and Charlotte.

Rumours about Goldsmith’s romantic life was a popular topic in the British media. One newspaper speculated that Goldsmith was the father of Princess Diana, due to his close friendship with Diana’s mother and, later in life, with Diana herself (Wikipedia)

 

 

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Project Democracy – The Reagan years – Goldsmith the British Spook!!

Goldsmith, together with his friend Rupert Murdoch’ was an integral member of the Reagan-Bush “secret government” apparat known as “Project Democracy.”

An official of the CIA’s retirees lobby, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, who served in the CIA London station described Goldsmith as a “member of SIS (British Secret Intelligence Services) old-boys’ board of directors” and the private financier who handled British intelligence’s “Israel account.”

He also served on the board of media magnate Conrad Black’s Hollinger Corp. together with Henry Kissinger and ex NATO chief Rothschild related, Tory peer, Peter Lord Carrington.

Hollinger’s group acquired the Jerusalem Post, which became the official mouthpiece for Israel’s government.

 

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Iran-Contra affair

Documents released during Oliver North’s trial and from the congressional investigation of Irangate detailed Goldsmith’s role in the “public diplomacy” program coordinated by career CIA official Walter Raymond who was working out of the National Security Council (NSC).

Raymond ran a covert propaganda machine whose tasks included the discrediting of opponents of the Reagan­-Bush administration’s Iran and Contra initiatives.

 

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Goldsmith – Anglo-American Establishment insider and member of Reagans “Project Democracy” Gains a fortune at the expense of American investors

The Wall Street Journal noted that Goldsmith was a major partner of Boesky in his operations, having invested $3 million in the Boesky deal.

Boesky’s other major partners were Milton and Joseph Dresner, $10 million; Marty Peretz, publisher of the fanatically pro-Israeli publication, the New Republic, $1 million; and Lewis Lehrman, famed “conservative” backer of Ronald Reagan, the Lehrman Institute, and the Heritage Foundation, $1 million.

Boesky was characterized in the Washington Post of Nov. 21, 1986, as follows: “Boesky is known for his passion for the State of Israel and Jewish causes.”

He was appointed to the notorious Holocaust Commission by President Reagan, for whom he had been active as a fund-raiser.

These connections stood him in good stead when Sorkin of the Securities Exchange Commission announced a supposedly heavily punitive assessment against Boesky, an unprecedented $100 million, of which $50 million was a fine and $50 million for “restitution” to investors.

This seemed a drastic penalty, but the Wall Street Journal promptly pointed out that $25 million of this fine will be allowed as a tax deduction for Boesky.

The SEC also outraged Wall Street investors by allowing Boesky to unload $440 million worth of stocks before announcing their punitive action against him.

These stocks, principally holdings of Time, CSX, and Goodyear which Boesky had been buying for future takeover action, immediately dropped 15% in value, which meant that Boesky picked up about $70 million in profits by unloading them, while other Wall Street investors lost heavily. Merrill Lynch alone lost $40 million because of Boesky’s stock dumping.

At the same time, Morgan Stanley’s real estate division was selling Boesky’s Beverly Hills Hotel (Boesky married the daughter of Ben Silberstein, who owned this hotel) for $140 million, of which Boesky will receive half, or $70 million.

The SEC also allowed Boesky to trade stocks until April 1988, which caused further anger among investors who have been damaged by his manipulations.

A source commented to the Wall Street Journal, Nov. 21, 1986, “First he sold his friends to the government, then he sold his stocks to his friends.”

The American public was not informed that Boesky’s profits, large though they were, are minuscule compared to the profits made in these takeovers by the major players, Sir James Goldsmith, and his partners, the Rothschilds. (Executive Intelligence Review)

 

 

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Running the United Kingdom From Beyond the Grave – Sir Jimmy “Goldenballs” Goldsmith- Issue 1

 

Who is Running the United Kingdom?

This is the opening narrative of a blog intended to enlighten readers of the political dogma and background of many of the political and unelected advisors that are now governing the Kingdom. It will be a lengthy but informative mind-blowing read.

 

 

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Sir James Goldsmith – 1933-1997 – Billionaire with a Cause

Goldsmith was an Anglo-French billionaire crusading politician who fought to change the future of Europe. He was also a high-flying financial buccaneer and unconventional family man, who shared homes in London, Paris, Burgundy, Spain, and Mexico with three women. His aristocratic wife, Annabel, his ex-wife and former secretary, Ginette, and his mistress, Laure Boulay de la Meurthe.

 

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May 1997: Vanity Fair contributing editor Sally Bedell Smith summarised his career in an informative but sanitized article

Extracts:

  1. For Goldsmith, being attacked meant being noticed, and being noticed meant being taken seriously. “It shows the effect we have had,” he said. “We have woken up the electorate.” “We” is the Referendum Party, the renegade political movement that he launched in November 1994 with a single goal: to pressure the British government into giving its citizens a chance to vote on the extent of their involvement in the European Union. Goldsmith pledged to spend as much as $30 million of his $2 billion self-made fortune and to field Referendum Party candidates in the 1997 general election against every member of Parliament who opposed such a plebiscite.

2. Having multiplied his fortune as a brash corporate raider in the United States during the 1980s, Goldsmith seems an unlikely politician. But his retreat from business led him to question many of his assumptions about the world. He came to believe that global free trade would lead to severe societal dislocations. He also concluded that the movement to unify Europe politically, as well as economically, would restrict national sovereignty and undermine democracy as unelected European Union bureaucrats assumed greater control. “European nations are deeply rooted,” he said. “You cannot push nations against their will.” As a citizen of both France and England, he decided to take action in both countries. In France, he was elected to the European Parliament, and he is running for the British Parliament in 1997 as a candidate of his own Referendum Party.

3. Sir James Goldsmith won’t be elected prime minister, and he may not even be elected to the House of Commons, but as many have noted, he has already altered both the mood and the thinking in Britain about the value of a unified Europe and has shown how one man with energy, ideas, and independent means can elevate a political concern into a national preoccupation.

4. The father of eight children, Goldsmith also lives a famously unconventional life. His brother, Edward, known as Teddy, once called him “a natural tribal polygamist.” Goldsmith has a wife in London, a British aristocrat born Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the sister of the Marquess of Londonderry, and the inspiration for the eponymous nightclub on London’s Berkeley Square. On the other side of the Channel, he has an ex-wife (the former Ginette Lery, his one-time secretary) and a mistress (Laure Boulay de la Meurthe, a wellborn French magazine editor), who live in two parts of the same house in Paris. Like an Arab pasha, Goldsmith moves among all three households, supporting everyone with lavish generosity.

5. His rhetoric is direct and withering. A year ago British prime minister John Major dismissed Goldsmith as “living in cloud-cuckoo-land.” Goldsmith had always voted Conservative, but he thinks the current Conservative government is “appalling on all the most important issues that matter for me.” Major, in Goldsmith’s view, “doesn’t dare lead. He thinks leadership is equilibrium. He is the ultimate rubber man.” Nor does Goldsmith have much use for Tony Blair and his “New Labour” image. Labour, he says, has become “the soft Conservative Party. They are all one party.”

6. The impetus for the Referendum Party came when Goldsmith concluded he could have a greater impact in Britain because democratic traditions are stronger there than on the Continent. The British people had been given a referendum on Europe in 1975, and they (including Goldsmith) had voted decisively for the Common Market—then defined as an economic alliance of individual nations. Goldsmith reasoned that since the alliance had changed into a more far-reaching political union the British citizenry should be given a choice again.

7. When Goldsmith joined the debate, the Euro-skeptic movement was well underway in the Conservative ranks. Euro-skepticism had been embraced by only a small group of Tories in Parliament until Maastricht when more of them became angered by regulations passed by the European Commission in Brussels which took precedence over laws passed in Westminster. Concerned about the strengthening of European bureaucracy and its effect on Britain’s democratic sovereignty, more and more Tories began joining the Euro-skeptic wing.

8. Since Goldsmith’s party started making headlines in the spring of 1996, public concern about the direction of the European Union had risen sharply. “We have achieved our primary objective,” said Goldsmith, “from Europe being the 13th point on the agenda to being right at the top.”

9. After 18 years in power, the Conservative Party had lost ground with the British electorate despite the country’s economic boom. The Tories succeeded by squashing the unions, trimming social-welfare programs, privatizing key state-owned industries, and promoting a free market for business. But since his election as Labour Party leader in the spring of 1994, Tony Blair had captured the public imagination by moving the Labour Party to the center. On nearly every economic issue, Blair’s party has co-opted Tory positions—pledging, for example, not to increase public spending or raise taxes. As a result, the Labour Party had held a consistent lead of some 20 points over the Tories in the months before the 1997election.

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Some members of his family

His second wife, Lady Annabelle Vane-Tempest Stewart – Daughter of 8th Marquess of Londonderry

 

His Most notable children

 

Jemima Marcelle Goldsmith: Ex-wife of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Ahmed Khan: Ex-partner of actor Hugh Grant

 

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The Rise of New Labour

The demise of Corbyn and a return to power of the Zionist supporting “New Labour” brings with it an opportunity to bring the Scottish Branch to heel.

And in this respect, the Party has Ian Murray “champing at the bit” ready to “clear out” any party officer refusing to commit to total adherence to the Unionist policies espoused by the English based leadership.

But Murray is no longer a “one-man-band” he is backed by a phoney Zionist organisation, operating out of Glasgow University, ably led by Baroness Smith, one of MI5s’ finest agents.

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In favour due to bragging rights that, as the MP for Edinburgh South, Murray has earned political plaudits as the single beacon of light for the Labour Party in Scotland.

His record as a constituency MP is well testified, but the same could be said of the politician Murray most admired, “The Beast of Bolsover”, Dennis Skinner who was rejected by voters and retired from politics.

 

 

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Nigel Griffiths – MP for Edinburgh South 1997-2010

Griffiths was blessed with a similar level of support by his constituents but was forced to resign his position after four complaints against his conduct were upheld by the Parliamentary Commissioner for standards who had been called in to investigate after Griffiths failed to declare that he owned an office for which he had been claiming expenses.

She also upheld complaints that Griffiths had used his constituency office for party political purposes without informing the Fees Office and that he had failed to reimburse the Fees Office.

The complaints followed revelations he had claimed office allowances of £10,000 a year (£130k) since 1997 for a constituency office in Edinburgh which he had bought outright.

He further received several thousand pounds from Edinburgh South’s Scottish Parliament member Angus MacKay for subletting part of his constituency office.

Pete Wishart, the SNP’s chief whip at Westminster, said:

“He has been found guilty by the Independent Standards Commissioner of misusing House of Commons allowances and diverting public money into New Labour Party politics. He should offer his immediate resignation as a minister, as this report shows he is unfit to hold ministerial office. If he will not resign then Tony Blair should sack him. Griffiths made no effort to disclose any of his wrongdoing, or rectify any of his abuse of public funds until forced to do so under media and SNP pressure.”

Mr Griffiths apologized for failing to inform the Fees Office and repaid over £31,000. He stood down before the 2010 GE.

Murray retained the office when he took on the role of MP for the constituency, presumably paying £10k annual rent to his erstwhile colleague. Nice one Nigel!!

 

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Murray the Politician

A look back at the conduct of his electioneering campaigns reveals a “no holds barred” approach. Any weakness in the personal or political background of his opponents is fair game to him. His own failing is that he believes himself to be a well-regarded statesman for which the rules of conduct for the common man are not applicable.

He is also well versed in the art of presenting political lies as fact attacking anyone confronting him with the truth.

As an example: his cynical exploitation of the poor and Zero-hours contracts.

A law for others and an opt-out for Ian Murray.

 

 

In conversation with… Ian Murray MP – LabourList

 

 

January 2015: Ian Murray Labour MP for Edinburgh South – We Need Urgent Action to Tackle Exploitative Zero-Hours Contracts

Many people across the UK face the fear of insecurity in their employment, and zero-hours contracts have come to define that fear in recent years.

Under the Tory-led government, we have seen a rising tide of insecurity – the number of people feeling insecure at work has almost doubled in the past three years, from 6.5 million to 12 million.

On top of that, people are already earning £1,600 less a year on average than they were in 2010: working just as hard, but for less, hit by the cost-of-living crisis.

So whilst a few at the top are doing well, everyone else is getting left further and further behind. There are 1.3 million people working part-time because they are unable to find full-time work.

Labour is clear that we will outlaw zero-hours contracts. While there are some employees – students, for example – who would welcome the flexibility which they offer, zero-hours contracts have gone from being a marginal, niche concept to becoming the norm for too many people across Britain – It is estimated earlier this year that there are 1.4 million zero-hours contracts in Britain, while as recently as last year the government was still claiming that there were just 200,000.

The Tory-led government has been dragged kicking and screaming to acknowledge that zero-hours contracts are an issue which needs to be looked at.

First, Ministers denied that they were a problem at all and then due to further pressure from Labour, trade unions and charities, they instigated a half-hearted review.

We’ve had to persistently push them to recognize the impact these contracts were having on peoples’ lives.

They’ve now brought forward changes which will stop employers from insisting that those on zero-hours contracts are available for work even when there is no guarantee of any work. We welcome that change but it just doesn’t go far enough.

Yet this does nothing to prevent most of the problems experienced by those on zero-hours contracts. What about people expected to be available for hours on end with no guarantee of work? What about the insecurity of having your shift cancelled without notice? And what about those working regular hours in practice but kept on zero-hours contracts under the threat of being ‘zeroed out’?

The Tory government has the opportunity to match Labour’s plans to end the exploitation of zero-hours contracts. But they have so far failed to come close to our commitments. If they won’t support our plans, it will fall to the next Labour government to take action to tackle the exploitative use of zero-hour contracts

 

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April 2015: If zero-hours contracts are so bad, how come 68 Labour MPs Employ Staff on Them?

The Labour Party leader blasted David Cameron and big business over zero-hours contracts – and pledged to stick up for ordinary workers who are being “exploited.”

Speaking in Yorkshire, the Labour leader raged:

“Less than a week ago, you may have heard the Prime Minister say that he couldn’t live on a zero-hours contract. Well, I couldn’t live on a zero-hours contract either.

I’ve got a simple principle – if it is not good enough for us, it’s not good enough for you and it’s not good enough for Britain. “That’s the way I will run our country. One rule for all.”

But there was one small problem for Ed.

It was revealed by the pay and expenses watchdog IPSA that a large number of Labour MPs employed workers on “zero-hours” contracts.

A damning list of 68 (nearly a quarter of the Labour parliamentary party) included Ed Balls, Lucy Powell, Karen Buck, and Ian Murray.

Labour insisted their MPs only used casual contracts to hire interns or students on flexible deals.

But Steve Turner, Unite regional officer, said last year: “Parliament passed the laws that are supposed to protect pay and conditions. Our MPs ought to be upholding them, setting a high standard for employers.”

 

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November 2014: Commons Debate – Zero Hours Contracts Bill – Second Reading

Ian Murray (Edinburgh South) (Lab) contributed to the debate stating: “Although unemployment has gone down in this country, the tax-take to the Treasury from income tax has stayed flat, despite the Treasury predicting a huge increase. That shows that we have under-employment and a massive explosion in zero-hours contracts.” Double standards Mr Murray. You are guilty as charged employing staff on zero-hours contracts yourself.

Philip Davies (Shipley) (Con) challenged Ian Murray saying: “To be perfectly honest, I must say, and we need to get this on the record before the clock counts us out, that it is a bit rich for the Labour party to come here en masse to pretend that they are massively opposed to zero-hours contracts when it appears that some of the worst offenders are not only Labour councils, but Labour MPs.

 

 

 

Murray the Statesman Seeks a Higher Office

Believing he is loved by a majority of the membership he campaigned unsuccessfully for the Deputy leadership of the Party.

Black Labour MPs criticized his sponsored Facebook advert addressed to to “Labour’s women” for a glaring omission.

The advert titled “my pledges to Labour’s women” featured nine ‘Labour women’ – but apart from a purple tint to the centre line, all the women shown are white:

 

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Labour Party supporters commented

brianbotou: On Sunday I attended the deputy Labour Party hustings at Dudley. I listened to Murray trot out his usual spiel about not allowing MPs to be hounded out of the party because of antisemitismHow he would not allow the scourge of it to affect the party again.
Whilst, of course, telling the spokesperson for people on zero-hours contracts how much he sympathized with them because he had a similar job during the holiday vacation at university.

Forgetting, of course, all the people who were hounded out of the Labour Party on fabricated antisemitism accusations or Gordon Browns famous boast whilst chancellor of the exchequer of, “our wonderful flexible workforce “. Oh, the irony.

His spiel was almost a carbon copy speech from the Progress leader, Nathan Yeowell. So much for original thought. With Keir and him running shotgun, the Labour Party won’t have much original thought from these pair, if they win.

 

Joseph Okeefe: Murray doesn’t get out often and hasn’t noticed that the world has changed and so has the Labour party.
Labour is the most Anti-racist party in Europe and he hasn’t noticed himself being a right-wing parasite like most of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
The world for most of his type is painted with a white border and Labour is little more than a flag of convenience for a trough feeder on the backs of the working class of all colours and none.
labrebisgalloise: The problem with these women is that they are right-wing closet and not so closet Blairite-Starmerites, the big problem with Murray is that he is not just right-wing but that he also crawled out from under a stone without pausing to wipe off the slime. That’s the problem. Skwawkbox

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

 

 

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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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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:

 

 

The Act of Union 1707

 

 

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.

 

 

The Highland Clearances

 

 

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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