Really?

Earlier today I posted a blog about my decision not to vote SNP this time and I explained why. My blog shares automatically on Facebook. I’m not surprised by a few of the comments it attracted.

Not surprised, but saddened. Come on, folks; you’re better than that.

Categories: Politics

Goodbye to a dream

For the last twenty years, I have supported the Scottish National Party, for one reason alone; its commitment to  Scottish Independence, and the real prospect that it might be achieved.

I was disappointed by the outcome of the referendum. I believed at the time and still do, that the game was rigged by Westminster and its unlikely allies, the mainstream media, but 55% to 45%% is a pretty convincing margin.

I was disappointed when Alex Salmond chucked it; I thought he had more staying power. Nevertheless I went with his successor, given her declared determination to keep fighting for the Scottish passport that I crave, even if her policies are rather too left-wing for my centrist taste.

Until today, when I woke to read, in big headline type, that she is prepared, if the numbers stack up, to do a deal that will put Labour in power.

I may be Scottish first, but I’m British second. Therefore I cannot give my vote to anyone who is prepared to instal the untrustworthy Corbyn as Prime Minister, the unpleasant Marxist McDonnell as Chancellor, and the frankly laughable Abbott as Home Secretary. That trio of Orwellian clowns? No thank you very much, Nicola!

To prevent that calamity I’m prepared to give up on my lifelong ambition. On June 8 I will be doing something I never thought I’d do again.

Categories: Politics

Summed up

Categories: General

Concern

An odd thing to say on WordPress, but I am coming to fear that if our society falls to pieces it won’t be because of Isis or Al Qaeda. 

It will be the fault of social media and its facility for people to express their prejudices, their intolerance and their downright hatred for those with whom they disagree, in the most vicious and provocative of language.

I’m on Facebook and the like for two reasons: business, because that’s how publishers do most of their marketing these days, and to engage amiably with genuine friends and those who show genuine friendship towards me. I’m not there to be exposed to fundamentalism in any way, but make no mistake, it takes many forms, it is alive and well and at the heart of ‘our’ society. 

The boy Zuckerberg has a vision of bringing the world together. Sadly it’s more likely that he’s playing a central role in breaking it apart. 

IMHO, as we say in the chat rooms.

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Twin Peaks 

Such utter nonsense.

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Manchester 

The world’s a hateful place. How do we explain that to our grandchildren.

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Invidious

https://www.europeantour.com/en/whistle-blowing/

Read what’s on this link and tell me if you’re as disturbed as I am that a professional body that oversees as much wealth as the European Tour should operate a system that appears to give free rein to any nutter with a grudge.

Categories: Sport

Hello

I heard a guy say on radio this morning, ‘Adele is worth £125 million.’

So am I, mate. I don’t have £125 million, but that’s by the by.

Categories: General

Wisdom

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Listen and think

Categories: General, Videos

Green light for film studio near Straiton

When I was a young journo I was at a reception and got talking to Bryan Forbes, who was making films with young British talent.

I asked him why he didn’t make them in Scotland. His reply: ‘I’d love to but you don’t have a sound stage.’

Fifty years later …….

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-39486904

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Open season

Outstanding evening in Driftwood, Cala Montgo. Lasagne to kill for, magic chips, and a top rated Provençal pink wine. Great to be back.

Categories: General

Our local on a quiet evening

March 31, 2017 3 comments
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Shambles 

March 22, 2017 1 comment

I went to Edinburgh today. I had two meetings, so I took my car, to see if it was as bad as I had heard.

It wasn’t. It was much, much worse. 

I can only hope that they let the lunatics take over the asylum, for they have to do a better job than the councillors.

Categories: General, Politics

Colourful

March 22, 2017 3 comments

I’m pleased to announce that Somewhere Over the Rainbow, my political folly, is now available on Amazon, in paperback format as well as in Kindle. Soon, it will be available also in audio, physical and download, published by Isis.

Here’s a link.

I know, I think Jeff Besos is  the Anti-Christ, but he’s driving and my young friend Matt works for him.

Categories: General

Unite’s Len McCluskey: Tom Watson a low-budget Godfather

Please, Unite members, get rid of this dangerous man.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39334657

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Colin Dexter, creator of Inspector Morse, dies aged 86

March 21, 2017 1 comment

RIP. One of the great character-builders.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39342698

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George Osborne appointed new editor of London Evening Standard

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More than a Concert Hall

March 15, 2017 3 comments
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Cleft stick

March 14, 2017 2 comments

Here’s the way it is.

In the Independence Referendum, I voted Yes, because I’m passionately Scottish, and I believe that my nation can not only survive but be a force in the modern world.

In the EU Referendum I voted Leave, because I do not wish my grandson to be a citizen of the monstrous, ungovernable, riven Federal European State that I believe is  inevitable. There’s already talk of the French ceding control of its nuclear deterrent to Europe.

Now Nicola wants me to vote again. She’s asking me to choose between remaining British or remaining European. The dozy mare is asking me to vote for the lesser of two evils.

Sorry lass, my grandson will always win.

 

Categories: General, Politics