The World This Week From Mennies

Saturday 20 May 2023

Ukraine and Western propaganda

Scotland and the comedy show that is the SNP    

Ukraine and Western propaganda

Does anyone ever wonder why all Russian news outlets, (including online coverage) are banned in the UK but you can still see reports from Moscow on the same channels and newspapers. Why is it that the UK government do not wish you to make up your own mind?

Well, another week in and a couple of observations regarding topical issues.

Well, I will tell you why. It is because the UK, the US and the rest of the NATO poodle governments are waging a proxy war against Russia and because of the idiotic sanctions insisted on by the US and imposed upon Russia, every single one of you is suffering for this gross stupidity.

Ask yourself, why your power costs have increased by up to five times. Ask yourself why food prices in some cases have doubled. Ask yourselves why you are only hearing a very one-sided opinion of the Russian/Ukraine war.

It is not as your media would lead you to believe because of the Russia/ Ukraine war, it is because of sanctions against Russia. A war that Russia was maneuvered into a corner to launch, in order to protect the people of the Donbas area, who had been progressively slaughtered by the Ukrainian army, since 2014 and the coup initiated by the US in Ukraine to install a US-friendly government. A government ran by neo-Nazis.

Another week of deliberate misinformation by the whole of the Western mainstream media. It really is disgusting, the contempt the public is held in by governmental guidance of your media such as the BBC.

Please read between the lines as you are being massively misled. Ask yourselves why you have been fed almost daily reports of Ukrainian victories when in fact they have been suffering major defeats. Brave Ukrainian Soldiers have been constantly fed into a meat-grinding machine in the Bakhmut area at the behest of NATO commanders who are running the war. They are not winning they are being slaughtered daily. Now there is a radioactive cloud moving towards Western Europe because of a strike by Russia on a very large Ukrainian ammunition dump which held depleted Uranium shells supplied by the UK. Now these shells were destined for the battlefield where they would have left a legacy of cancer tumours in the local population, just like it was in Iraq, but instead, it looks like it is going to be areas of Europe that will be the beneficiaries of these awful munitions.

In short, Russia is winning this war against the West on both the battlefield and economically as the Russian economy has never been in better health as opposed to almost every other European country that is verging on recession.

Meanwhile, Zelensky’s worldwide property portfolio continues to expand, compliments of your taxes.

Scotland and the comedy show that is the SNP.     

Yes, probably no better way to describe the situation we find ourselves in after the disastrous reign of Nicola Sturgeon.

Almost everything that woman touched was a disaster, from shipbuilding to legislation concerning gender recognition and suspected misappropriation of independence supporters’ funds.

When you compare how Scotland was governed in the past under the leadership of Alex Salmond and under Nicola Sturgeon there is a vast difference and the reason, I feel was this. On the commerce and governmental side Alex Salmond had life experience as firstly his time working as an economist in the Scottish office and then as an economist with the Royal Bank of Scotland in the Oil development department. So, he came to the government with good practical business experience.

Whereas, on the other hand, Nicola Sturgeon started her working life as a lawyer and ended her short working life as a failed lawyer. She continued in the same vein throughout her political career by failing at almost everything she set her hand to and ending up basically destroying the SNP and their supposed reason d’etre, independence. She was basically a wee lassie, who was totally out of her depth, thrust into a political arena on the crest of a tsunami of sentiment occasioned by the severe disappointment of the defeat in the 2014 independence referendum but having the strength of the well-thought-out policies of her predecessor, behind her.

Her disasters are too many to go into here, it would take a book to do that but probably the one that she will be remembered for was her last one, and that was the calamity of the  Gender Recognition legislation.

Now make no mistake about what this was all about and don’t be fooled by the accusations made by her supporters that anyone with reservations regarding this legislation was against transgender people. They were not. What they were against was the usage which was to be made of this badly formed legislation to support the lifestyles of weird and sexually deviant men who would use this newfound freedom to live out their perversions on mainly innocent women and children by having access to female private places, on the basis of self-identification as a woman.

It was laughable when Shona Robison( who was responsible for leading the legislation through the Scottish parliament) stated, that no self-identifying person would use the new law to lie about their motivation to obtain access to vulnerable women. Mind you Shona Robison is not known for being the sharpest tool in the box. This statement was closely followed by a succession of cases when exactly the opposite happened involving multiple cases of rape and assault.

Looking at the various occasions where peaceful demonstrations by women’s rights groups have been violently broken up by men supposedly self-identifying as women, gives me the distinct impression that there is a very high degree of intentional violence in these men with gender issues than in normal women.

However, I remember during the time this legislation was going through the Scottish Parliament, speculating, that this was the Frankenstein monster that would destroy its maker and it would appear that both this and the investigations into the misappropriation of independence funds, did just that.

So, here we are, Nicola Sturgeon has fallen but in her place is her clone, Humza Yousaf who is at least as incompetent as Sturgeon. Every job he has had in government has been a disaster and it looks like he is set to continue in the same vein, meanwhile, the cause of independence will suffer.

Such is the state of politics in Scotland, there is however, one bright light on the horizon and that is Alba, under the leadership of Alex Salmond, the man Nicola Sturgeon tried to destroy, but it will mean starting again.


The World This Week From Mennies

Friday 28 April 2023

Nicola Sturgeon, a woman never fit for public office

Well, here we are at the end of another busy week. There is so much happening now, it is difficult to know where to start. Politics in Scotland has descended into the gutter, with police enquiries in progress into missing funds solicited by the SNP specifically for use in an independence campaign.

It would take a book to properly go into the difficulties the SNP finds itself in today but to briefly touch on where we are and how we arrived here I would offer the following synopsis, which is basically an opinion based on a combination of knowledge of events and general feelings I have in connection with the conclusions I make.

OK, so firstly, as far as independence goes, we are in a mess and there is absolutely no doubt about that. Nicola Sturgeon has presided over the most incompetent and potentially corrupt, administration of both the Scottish government and political party, in probably the history of Scotland.

To find the route and cause of this catastrophe I think we must go back to the point where we were before she took over both the leadership of the SNP and first minister of Scotland.

Alex Salmond led both the SNP and the Scottish government from 2007 to 2014. He did this initially by way of a minority administration, but he did it very well. The SNP were a very tight ship and there were never any outward signs of dissent.

The ruling body of the SNP, the NEC, was operated in a very democratic manner, although guided by Salmond. I could be wrong, but it gave the impression of being kind of like a benign dictatorship. Perhaps that is too strong a description but certainly, he was a very strong, but good leader, and under Salmond, Scotland flourished in the limited manner that devolution allowed.

The difference between Salmond and Sturgeon was intelligence and experience, Salmond worked as an economist. first for the Scottish office then with the Royal Bank of Scotland, so he had a grounding in commerce and the workings of government. Whereas, Sturgeon, trained as a lawyer and worked for several years as one, however, her career came to an end after a case was brought against her through the Law Society in connection with unsatisfactory conduct in relation to three counts of professional misconduct in connection with her failure to provide adequate legal services to a victim of domestic violence.

Even that affair cast shadows in her later life as First Minister of Scotland, as it turned out that the investigating lawyer tasked with looking at the allegations against Sturgeon on behalf of the law society was Olga Pasportnicov.

This woman later became a judge after being appointed by Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister.

So, one must wonder what would have happened if Nicola Sturgeon’s early career had seen the light of day during her earlier alternative career in politics.

So, we have Alex Salmond, a man with a solid grounding in business and the workings of government, leading the country very well and taking us to a referendum with an overall parliamentary majority of one and only six representatives in Westminster.

On the other hand, we have Nicola Sturgeon, a woman with, let’s say, a dubious early attempt at a career she left, after an investigation into her competence as a lawyer.

During Nicola Sturgeons Tenure as leader of the SNP and First minister she ( on the back of Salmond’s achievement’s and surge in sentiment) was gifted with both a majority in the Scottish Parliament an incredible 56 seats in Westminster, together with a totally corrupt and incompetent Tory Party at Westminster and Scotland being dragged out of the EU. Astoundingly, she failed to take advantage of any of these gifts from heaven.

Nicola Sturgeon rose to fame on the back of Alex Salmond, a giant in Scottish politics and a man who got things done. After Salmond resigned in the wake of the referendum defeat in 2014 there was an unprecedented surge in sentiment and disappointment at the close defeat, resulting in a huge surge in SNP membership, making it the third-largest political party in the UK.

Now remember, none of this was due to anything that Nicola Sturgeon had done, in fact, her popularity increased, even though everything she did could have been construed as dampening down the cause of independence.

I don’t think there has been such a case of mass hysteria in history.

Very early on, I had severe reservations as to the manner that Nicola Sturgeon was handling the cause of independence. She was making statements like, “This election is not about independence” and the hoards did not believe her. I did believe her, and when I gave warnings about it, I was vilified in the most awful manner.

This was the point where the secret clever plan came into discussion. People simply couldn’t believe what she was saying was the truth, and to account for their self-imposed blindness, they came up with this ridiculous statement.  I wish I had a pound for every time I have been told that I “just didn’t understand what was going on and Nicola Had a secret clever plan.”

Ok, so what I believe happened was that Sturgeon saw clearly that Salmond had an iron grip on the party. What she chose not to see was that his actions were all to do with the attainment of independence and were in fact very democratic as far as party mechanisms were concerned. He ruled by consent and his rule was selfless.  

She saw opportunities to advance her position on the World stage and on the way make a career out of endless independence hope, thereby giving her and her acolytes very healthy bank balances and pensions.

One problem was Alex Salmond, who could have come back into mainline politics as he had done in the past. The reason she feared this was that she was just about intelligent enough to see that she was making an utter mess of governing Scotland and eventually the lack of a secret clever plan would become evident, even to the dimmest-witted of her followers and it would become apparent to all that the emperor had no clothes.

At this point I believe, the plot to get rid of Salmond was put into place. There was a concerted effort to gather complaints regarding Salmond’s previous behaviour whilst in the company of women and police Scotland willingly put huge resources into trying to construct a case against him.

It was unsuccessful and eventually close associates of Sturgeon and Murrel were brought into the coven and presented themselves as complainers.

As you know, it didn’t work and a mainly female jury acquitted Salmond of all accusations.

This was just one of the many tragic errors made by Nicola Sturgeon and it would take too long to list them here, but briefly. Late and over budget Ferries, haplessly mismanaged Gender recognition legislation, imposed upon the people of Scotland to appease Stonewall, highest drug deaths in Europe, failing education system, failing NHS. Corporate manslaughter of elderly hospital patients who were put, untested into care homes, some while known to be infected with Covid, etc., etc. Now a long list of resignations including her own, during a fraud investigation.

Clearly, the woman was never suited for, or capable of, holding an office of state.

So, where now? Well, if anyone thinks Humza Yousaf is the answer then that is taking the present delusion to a new level. Yousef is there for one purpose and one purpose only; he is there to prevent any enquiry into the disastrous tenure of Nicola Sturgeon. His election was a setup and it will all come tumbling down, just like the Sturgeon gravy train.

As for independence, well the SNP have proven that they are neither interested nor capable of delivering it. So, the best thing that can happen to them is to disband.

As to who can get independence back on track. Well, if I was a betting man, I might put a few quid on Alex Salmond.

A Nautical Nomad

4 April 2023

So , off on my travels again and this time a round Britain cruise where I will visit several places I frequently visited in my touring days , taking visitors arriving in Scotland around this beautiful country.

First time I have cruised out of Tilbury so was somewhat wary regarding accommodation there and transport to there.

I opted for a flight from Dundee Airport to London City Airport with an overnight at a convenient hotel near the airport with the rest of the journey to Tilbury to be completed the next morning.

Landing at London City Airport

Flight from Dundee was a very pleasant experience with a 5-minute drive from my house to the airport and a half-hour wait before check-in, followed by a 2-hour flight in a turbo-prop into London City Airport.

Day two and a transfer From London City DLR station via West Ham to Tilbury. There is a bus leaves from directly outside the rail station to the Cruise terminal but as I had plenty of time I decided to walk, which took about 20 minutes, and took me through the delightful scenery of Tilbury docks.

There is not a lot of history associated with Tilbury apart from the defences which were set up after the confrontation with the Spanish Armada in 1588. This was when Frances Drake was supposed to have delayed sailing to fight the Armada because he was playing a game of bowls. Well he didn’t, that is one of the more nonsensical stories that found their way into history books.

There was a battle that took place off the coast of France near Calais and only a couple of ships were damaged. This, is because the commander of the Spanish Armada was incompetent. However, the Spanish Armada sailed north and about 24 of the ships were lost because of the Scottish weather. Coincidently, one of them sank near one of the places we are to visit on this trip and that is Mull where a Spanish Gallion sank in the bay at Craignure, near Duart Castle.

I digress, so boarding went very well and a quick look around the ship was very encouraging as although I knew this ship had changed hands several times and was indeed, quite an old ship I had had my reservations as to what it was going to be like. The other thing I had at the back of my mind was that the company that owned the cruise line was run by the same people who ran Cruise Maritime, a company which went down a few years ago and which I had had a couple of cruising experiences with, one of which was definitely not good. However, the ship is pristine and the conversion it has had is excellent.

Day one on board was pleasant as we sailed down the Themes and into the English Channel, turning North and heading to the first stop which will be  Kirkwall on Orkney. Nice dinner last night, apart from a very strange ice cream Sundae but the peasant company made up for it, followed by a couple of beers in one of the bars that had an excellent piano player then off to the obligatory disco, unfortunately, the disco closed at one o’clock, probably due to the number of elderly patrons lying about the floor due to various medical emergency’s brought on by overexertion on the dance floor. It brought a new meaning to the Song “ Save the last dance for Me.”   

Today has been a day at sea and time taken to catch up on social media and drink coffee. Looking forward to visiting Kirkwall once again as I have many times during my touring days of Scotland.


The World This Week From Mennies

Saturday 1 April 2023

Well folks , another very busy week in, and a few more steps in the right direction buisness wise, with an application made for a vehicle repair franchise agency to a major motor manufacturer in progress.
Also an expansion of the body repair facility in progress, so lots to do but Jamie has it well in hand, which should allow me to get away for a wee trip on Monday. Something different,with a cruise out of Tilbury which goes around Britain, several stops being in Scotland. So more of that next week in “A nautical Nomad”

As for politics , I am afraid Scotland has once again embarrassed itself with a farcical contest to choose a new leader of the SNP, due to the sudden but most welcome resignation of Nicola Sturgeon.

Nicola Sturgeon spent the last 8 years making an utter mess of governing Scotland and leading the independence movement.

It was a huge relief when she resigned but unfortunately, resigned in name only because we are left with a group of her clones , shoe horned into power by way of a disgraceful contest heavily influenced by her acolytes.
The outcome is that we have a government led by Humza Yousef, a man who has never held a position in government that was not a disaster. He is supported by a cabinet who would be more at home in a circus of clowns. In fact looking at photos if his cabinet is like looking at the day room in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Next” and I am serious.

So this week will be remembered as the week Scotland shamed itself on the World stage.

So enough of that and to the job at hand which is a nice pint in the Tay Bridge Bar closely followed by a visit to Mennies.

So, to all my friends in the four corners of the earth I wish you a pleasant weekend, and just to finish, remember.

Never be afraid to say what you honestly believe is the right thing to say, and never be afraid of listening, to what someone else believes is the right thing to say. Invariably the actual right thing, is somewhere in between.


The World This week from Menies

Saturday 18 March 2023

The SNP, A Tragedy only too evident in the making.

Well, what a week in Scottish politics. Mass resignations and the SNP in meltdown.

It all started on February 15 with the shock resignation of Nicola Sturgeon, a woman who had been the first minister of Scotland since 20 November 2014.

When I say shock, I am speaking of the majority of people in Scotland, but as for me, the only surprise was that she had managed to hang on for so long in a job that she was patently way out of her depth.

Not only was she way out of her depth as far as the administration of Scottish affairs, but she had presided over a conspiracy to remove an innocent man from the political scene in Scotland. In doing so, the police service of Scotland and the Crown office in the form of the Procurator Fiscals office, had colluded with a group of close associates of Nicola Sturgeon ( who had given themself the name ” the Vietnam group”) to convict an innocent man, thereby depriving him of his freedom.

Alex Salmond was found not guilty of the trumped-up sexual harassment charges one of which was attempted rape.

Nicola Sturgeon’s list of failures is too long to go into here, but suffice it to say that it is a very long list indeed and here is the thing, she kept her popularity with a large section of the SNP membership. Something I find very difficult to understand.

This evening I looked back on the blogs I have done since 10 November 2015 which was the first blog I wrote, as I had intended mentioning a few which showed that I had concerns as to Nicola Sturgeon’s capabilities going back some considerable time. Before that, I wrote quite involved postings on Facebook, all mostly on the theme of the SNP’s reluctance to advance the cause of independence and the multitude of missed opportunities to do so. I decided not to list the blogs in which I had shown concern at Nicola Sturgeon’s apparent obfuscation in terms of independence, because there were too many of them.

To me, it was obvious that something was far wrong, a feeling I had had from the campaign leading to the referendum in 2014. A campaign which was heavily influenced by Yes Scotland, an organization led by Nicola Sturgeon and launched by her on 12 May 2012 in the Thistle Hotel Glasgow, I believe the idea was to in some way keep it separate from the SNP. It was the first time I had heard her speaking live and I remember having a slightly uneasy feeling about her and in fact mentioning it to a fellow SNP activist at the time along with the observation that we had just heard from someone who would probably lead the SNP at some time in the future.

I could write a book about the campaign and the aftermath. Quite possibly something I will do if I ever get the time, but the point is that from a very early time, I have had distinct reservations as to Nicola Sturgeon’s attitude to independence.

To cut a very long story short. Over time and looking at a combination of missed opportunities and obstacles put in the way of achieving the results one would have expected from a party whose prime objective was independence, I formed the opinion that it was not just incompetence or indifference but actual deliberate intent not to promote the case, of independence, that was Nicola Sturgeons driving force.

As time went on it became even clearer that all was not well. When you have been in business for around 60 years you are bestowed with a great gift ( or indeed a great millstone) You become able to foretell the future, because history has a habit of repeating itself and humans are creatures of habit, in as much as they persist in making the same mistakes time after time.

So, if anyone has the inclination and perhaps suffers from insomnia, you are welcome to look through my blogs and you will find a catalogue of prophecies regarding the SNP, which have been compiled despite constant avalanches of opprobrium, vilification, abuse and outright threats.

This behavior, has somewhat lessened through the years as more mainline independence bloggers came on the scene and infact the ones who had been blogging for some time before me and supporting Nicola Sturgeon gradually realized that something was amiss.

So, where are we now? Well, some time ago I concluded that the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon were a complete lost cause and I suggested that “we need to rip it all up and start again”. Well, this past three weeks have proven this to be the case. First, we had the resignation of Nicola Sturgeon followed by The Chief Constable of Scotland, John Swinney, Liz Lloyd, Murry Foot and this afternoon, Peter Murrel.

Now there are several reasons that this avalanche of resignations could have happened, but the most logical reason is that all these people were involved in the conspiracy to jail an innocent man and up to now they have been protected by the existing SNP hierarchy with Peter Murrel and Nicola Sturgeon at the top.

Now for whatever reason ( probably including the Gender recognition bill disaster) things started unraveling around about the middle of last month causing Nicola sturgeon to resign. Panic ensued in the upper echelons of the SNP. A decision was made to install Yousaf Humza as a safe leader of the SNP and first minister. Thereby negating the possibility of a future leader initiating any investigations into the present leadership.

This plan was rumbled by the amount of party machinery put at the disposal of the Yousaf campaign and Ash Reagan insisted on a fair accountancy of the vote and also, production of the true membership numbers. This caused great concern and the National Council to be consulted. Now the thing about the National council is that in the case of unlawfulness they can be held personally responsible, so they panicked and forced Peter Murrell’s resignation today.

Now the cat is out of the bag and Nicola Sturgeon, Peter Murrel and the rest of the “ Vietnam group” are exposed. Mark my words. Things have just started to heat up.

What will probably happen now is that the election will be put on hold. Humza Yousaf will stand down, leaving Ash Reagan and Kate Forbs to fight it out. Otherwise, Ash Reagan has stated that she will apply for an interim interdict to stop the election.

The best possible outcome will be an Ash Regan victory with Kate Forbes as deputy head of the party.

Some weeks ago during the debate on Gender Reform, I predicted that this legislation brought on by Nicola Sturgeon would be the Frankenstein monster that would devour its creator. It very much looks like the reduction of around 30,000 members from around that time has been that very monster.

The question I asked in a blog written in September last year,  has been answered,“ will it be the Joker in the pack that goes first before the house of cards collapses”?

The World This Week From Mennies

So, another week in and the final day by which anyone could put their name forward in the SNP AW as election.

There are three candidates, Kate Forbes, Ash Regan and Humza Yousef.

Now it is patently obvious that Humza Yousef is the candidate most favoured by the Sturgeon cabal and mainstream unionist media. It is also very apparent that they will stop at nothing to foist their chosen candidate onto the SNP membership and in doing so, on the general electorate of Scotland as the chosen candidate will almost certainly become the first minister of the country.

Already there have been blatant attempts to influence polling in the National newspaper on behalf of Yousef. Closely followed by a smear campaign on Kate Forbes because of her religious beliefs.

The SNP leadership contest and the awful legacy of Sturgeon’s 8 wasted years

The ironic thing is that Kate is being criticized for being honest. Imagine a politician being honest? Wow, a revelation, and a marked difference between Kate and Nicola Sturgeon who found it difficult to put two words together without an “ I will have to get back to you” or “I can’t remember” or “ I cannot recall”.

Now Kate’s big sin was to state that she would probably not have voted for the same-sex marriage legislation in 2014. She was not even a politician then.

On the other hand, Humza Yousef was a politician then and deliberately asked his then boss Alex Salmond for permission to be absent from the vote because of pressure from his Mosque. So now you can see some rather disgusting double standards at play.

The gender reform bill that recently went through parliament saw Humza Yousef as a very staunch supporter, despite more than two-thirds of the Scottish population being against this awful piece of legislation. Whereas  Kate Forbs stated that she was against it, however, she was on maternity leave at the time and chose not to go into Holyrood to vote either way. That way she kept her job as a minister in the government.

So now, Ash Regan is the final contender for leader of the SNP and Ash is my choice for the leadership for the following reasons.

In the vote for the GRE bill, she voted against it and lost her job as a minister. Now that is standing by your principals. She made it very clear she thought the GR bill was an extremely bad piece of legislation and she was right.

In the launch of her leadership campaign today, she made it plain that she would ditch this pernicious legislation brought in by Nicola Sturgeon.

She also made it plain that if the greens did not agree with that then they were welcome to leave the government, which I hope they do.

The main thing she will campaign on believe it or not is independence, something the SNP under Sturgeon has not done in the last 8 years. Ash has a very clear route to independence.

Probably the most critical part of that is her willingness to involve the whole independence movement which marks a complete reversal of the awful vindictiveness of Sturgeon.

It is very obvious to me who the best candidate is, however, I am of the opinion that with Murrel, Sturgeon’s husband, (sort of) in charge of the voting procedure, there should be very close scrutiny of the process and I feel that the beneficiary of this very secret process which is open to abuse could be Humza Yousaf.

If I were any of the candidates ( except Yousaf) I would be putting out a warning of legal action and indeed the involvement of the police if voter fraud is suspected.

So, there we have it, the SNP in all their glory after Sturgeons wasted 8 years and a split in the independence movement caused by the actions of one woman.

This could be the opportunity we have all been waiting for, to see the yes movement come back together again.

Think about it, we are still all Jock Tamson’s bairns

The World this week from Mennies.

Sturgeon the enemy of independence.

Friday 17 February 2023

So, Nicola Sturgeon resigned on Wednesday and the only remarkable thing about her resignation statement was that it took so long for her to get to the point of having to make it. She has been out of her depth ever since she became leader of the SNP and therefore First Minister of Scotland.

She was crowned Queen of the independence movement in the months following the independence referendum in 2014. She rode to power on a tidal wave of support for the SNP occasioned by the profound disappointment of losing the referendum. The SNP membership went from something like 15,000 to 120,000 within a very short time.

Now, this was not in any way because of Nicola Sturgeon and all to do with what her predecessor Alex Salmond had done in, against all odds, achieving an overall majority in the Scottish parliament and taking the country to a referendum.

There is a very large amount of the population in favour of independence and that is what Nicola Sturgeon has lived off ever since she came to power. She has to be one of the most successful con merchants in history, giving out copious amounts of carrots before every election, then immediately backtracking on her commitments as soon as the election was over.

Now, to all the people who have offered me an endless stream of abuse, threats, disgusting language, and accusations of being a unionist, for simply pointing out that Nicola sturgeon was not the person they thought she was, I have one thing to say to you.

I told you so, I was right, and you were wrong.

I have had to put up with the most disgusting and threatening behaviour by ardent Sturgeon cult members since I started warning that all was not well in Sturgeon’s leadership, and that was as far back as early 2015.

Nicola Sturgeon has done, not a single thing to bring independence any nearer from the day she was anointed until the happy day she resigned. She has presided over one policy disaster after the next, from ferries that are 5 years late and four times the original budget to her latest disaster, the Gender Recognition. Her performance over the  Covid pandemic was disgraceful, she appeared on our televisions every day, basically spouting the policy of Boris Johnston, with a one- or two-week tweak in the timings of lockdowns. At the start of the pandemic, she was responsible for removing infected elderly patients from hospitals and seeding care homes with these infected people causing the unnecessary deaths if thousands of elderly people.

Her actions during the pursuit of Alex Salmond were despicable and once it is known who the alphabet women are and their closeness to Sturgeon and Murrell it will be clear just where the conspiracy lay and who was responsible for it.

Now we have the contest for a new leader and mark my words it is in the process of being rigged. The contest has been cut down to 4 weeks which is a disgracefully short time for candidates to properly prepare for such an important position. To save you any bother I will tell you now who the new leader will be. It will be Angus Robertson, who, will be there to carry on Sturgeon’s crazy policies such as Gender Recognition.

The main reason for Angus Robertson’s coronation will be to prevent any investigations into Sturgeon’s tenure as first minister. That is the real reason for the machinations being carried out via Peter Murrel and the NEC.

 Once again, folks, you are being taken for the bunch of mugs you have been for the last 8 years and from where I am looking on it is not a pretty sight. The only way I can see around this is the call branch meetings and pass mass motions to have the NEC disbanded and new elections to take place before the leadership question can be debated.

Finally, there is more to this resignation than first meets the eye and I feel that in the coming weeks, this will be made clear. Many people are now saying that Sturgeon’s removal will now allow better integration of the independence movement. I honestly do not think this will be the case as Sturgeon’s legacy will be the conversion of a once proud political party to a cesspit of self-aggrandizement and vindictive persecution of truth-tellers ( ask Craig Murry)

As I have said in the past Sturgeon and her cabal of incompetents have all but destroyed the independence movement and there is no other alternative than to tear it all up and start again.

I do not want to be saying “I told you so” again in another 8 years.

The World This Week from Mennies.

10 February 2023

The mess of Sturgeon’s Government, Stuart McDonald’s schoolboy mistake, Ukraine.

Sturgeon, a rabbit in the headlights of a car

So, another week in and an exciting week it was in Scottish politics. Recently the Scottish government passed the Gender recognition bill, which among other things permitted people who wish to be different sex other than that of birth, to simply self-identifying. Yes, quite simply if you want to change your sex then you simply called yourself a man or woman whichever the case may be.

To make matters worse they rejected an amendment to stop those suspected of or convicted of, sex crimes from using this immensely stupid law to, manipulate the criminal justice system to their own advantage.

So there we had it, a law that took 6 years to prepare and in doing so gaslighted the general population into believing this law was benign and would not make a lot of difference to existing laws. This meant that the policy the Scottish government had adopted by stretching the credibility of the equalities act, of allowing biological sex offending men to self-ID as women, thereby gaining access to women’s prisons, was supposed to be normalised.

What on Earth could possibly go wrong? Well, just about everything and that is exactly what happened last week when one man was found guilty of two rapes and on his way to Barlinnie prison, was diverted when someone in the Scottish government discovered that during his trial, he had self-identified as a woman.

Two days after that another inmate guilty of numerous offences also self-identified as a woman and was about to be transferred to a women’s prison.

This caused a huge outcry on social media, forcing the Scottish government to panic and change its mind several times on what actually constitutes a woman. Nicola Sturgeon actually said when asked to define the rapist’s sex that she did not know as she did not have sufficient information!! My god, we have a first minister who does not know what a woman is or a man for that matter. This should have been a resignation matter.

Probably, the reason she is not resigning is that she has so many skeletons in her ministerial cupboard, that she has to remain in power for as long as she can to keep a lid on it.

Now no sooner had these two examples happened but another transgender woman/man was accused of kidnapping an 11-year-old child.

These past two weeks have driven a coach and horses through the Scottish government’s Gender reform act, which, by the way, has been blocked by the UK government because of issues with encroachment on UK law and in particular the equality act.

Nicola Sturgeon is acting like a crazy woman and has to be removed from power before she does any more damage to the credibility of the country.

Stuart McDonald, the SNP MP with the intellect of a 10-year-old school boy.

Stuart Mc Donald is the SNP spokesman on defence and an ardent arse licker of the well-known criminal, London property developer and Nazi enabler, Zelensky. Well, he made an announcement the other day that his emails had been hacked by, guess who? Russia. Now why Russia would have any interest in a second-rate politician with the mind of a school child is anyone’s guess but the point of both Stuart’s admissions is to try to convince everyone of two things, none of which is credible, and that is one, he is important enough to interest Russia, and two, that the bad Russians will change his emails to show he has been doing a lot of bad things.

So tell you what Stuart, why don’t you just hand your hard drive over to the police and they can see exactly what you have been writing and to whom, knowing the SNP at the moment they might also find some other stuff that would be of interest to them?

The fact is that Russia never had anything to do with the downloading of his emails. His emails have been breached by the simplest of schoolboy attempts at phishing where he was sent an email asking for his login details and he supplied them. Probably some bored school kid.

Unfortunately for Stuart, Craig Murry has received the whole cache of them, and it will be an interesting few days ahead if they are published.

Yes indeed, not a good week for the SNP in Holyrood or Westminster.

Briefly, Ukraine , Russia is winning against the Nazi Ukrainian government and their Kapo leader ( look it up) together with the might of NATO ( the US) who are providing intelligence ( with a small i) logistics, and very advanced target marking and designation.  Ukraine, to date, have lost in the region of 350,000 troops and is now conscripting 16-year-olds. As I said at the beginning of this conflict ( well not actually the beginning which was in 2014 when Ukraine started a genocidal war against the seceding Donbas region) the US will fight Russia to the last Ukrainian.

OK so enough of the doom and gloom and the comedy show that is the Scottish government now ( anyone in the Western Isles waiting on a ferry to arrive?)  It is Friday night and time for a pint in Mennies.

To all my friends the world over I wish you a great weekend.


Remember this.

War is where young innocents fight and die
on behalf of older hypocrites who don’t.

The World This Week From Mennies

Well folks , that is another year in and that makes my seventy sixth on this planet ( or any other ones for that matter)

It has by no matter of means been plain sailing , with many up and downs. Probably more ups than downs otherwise I probably wouldn’t be here now.

One thing I have learned is that you never know it all and you learn something every day.
In my 60 years in business I have employed thousands of people. I have employed some very intelegent people and I have unfortunately employed some intellectually challenged people, but I have learned something from every single one of them

I try to pass on experience and sometime it is not welcome because there is always a resistance to change or criticism.

What some people don’t realise is that advice is not being given from a position of superior knowledge or ability but through a lifetime of making mistakes, hopefully only once.

It never ceases to amaze me when I see people persisting with the same failed policy and expecting different outcomes.

So I stand here in Mennies reminiscing over the years. I left school when I was 15 and went streight to work with my father who had a small slating firm.

It was very hard work and inhuman in the winter when we often had to shovel snow off the roof before we could start work.

I remember the first day I started. It was on a re-slating job on a church in Dudhope street right across the road from where I was born. I remember asking my Dad what the chances were of falling of the roof. His answer was “ Bobby no one in history has ever been hurt falling off a roof , it’s the stopping you have to worry about”

So I suppose during all of the ups and downs I have encountered I have never worried about the falling as long as I could prevent the stopping.

So a few pints in Mennies and trying to catch up with the good wishes I have received today, it has been truly heartwarming and humbling. If there is anyone I have missed answering I apologise.

One of my wee quotes to finish with

Every new day is a page in your life story
You have a choice
You can just read it
Or you can write it.


The World This Week From Mennies

Wednesday 21 December 2022

The World this Week comes from off the coast of North Africa. In Grand Canaria and gives my concerns at what is going on in the parliament we put in place to represent us but certainly is doing everything but represent us at present

Finally found a cafe with WiFi which is almost impossible but this place seems to cater exclusively for wify seekers.

Sitting here rather numb at what happened yesterday in the Scottish Parliament.

The gender recognition bill amendments were debated and although some brave people voted for amendments such as ones to stop those with sex attack records and current accusations being excluded from women and girls private places, almost all of the amendments were defeated.

Make no doubt about it but in effect the Scottish Parliament led by Nicola Sturgeon voted to allow biological male sex offenders into women’s toilets and changing rooms.

There is no other way in which to describe this other than a perverts charter.

I have kind of stayed out of mainline campaigning ( not that there has been anything to campaign for since Sturgeon took over) since the referendum in 2014, where I and a group of committed individuals campaigned, very successfully under the Yes Bus team throughout Dundee.

Because of this crazy legislation brought in by Sturgeon and her close band of what can only be termed, weirdos, I have decided to offer my , and that if the Yes Bus team’s services to any one standing against any standing SNP politician in Dundee.

I have been a staunch supporter of independence all of my life but for a long time now ( 8 years to be precise , since Sturgeon came to power) it has became apparent that the SNP no longer are the party of independence and are now the party which seeks to destroy women’s rights and safety.

I have been trying to convince people of this ever since Sturgon was made leader of the SNP and have taken plenty of abuse for holding common sense views.

We have to rip up the status quo and start again. It will take a while but it will be worth it.

Every single one of us had a Mother and these are the people who now need protection from the pernicious cult that the SNP under Sturgeon has become.

There is a battle ahead , let’s get our sleeves rolled up