The World This Week From Mennies

Saturday 24 July 2021

Who should have a vote on independence,

Well another week in and a busy one at that, with expansion plans in the vehicle repair side of the business reaching new heights and another step in the direction of electric vehicles, which seems the inevitable rout the industry is taking. I must admit though, that I am surprised that hydrogen is not more to the fore as an alternative fuel.

Who should vote on a countries independence

A thorny question for Scottish people but, I would suggest, not one that should be, and for various reasons.

Firstly ” a thorny question for Scottish people”, exactly, “for Scottish people” is the optimum phrase. If indeed it is decided in the first place that Scotland is not already independent then surely a country’s destiny should be decided by the people who carry the name of the country and that is Scottish people, people born in Scotland and not people who for various reasons at that specific time, happen to live in the country.

Can you imagine a football club for instance who would hold their annual general meeting on a match day and invite all the spectators to vote on resolutions simply because they happened to be in the ground on the day? No, of course not that would be ridiculous, not least for the simple reason that around half the people there would not be supporters of the club and would have allegiances elsewhere.

So why would a country, lets say a colony, of a larger or more powerful country allow the colonisers to actually have a vote on whether that country became free of the coloniser ?

That scenario is obviously ridiculous, isn’t it? It would be like India allowing the occupying British army to have a vote on whether Britain was to lose a major asset, wouldn’t it? Well guess what? That is exactly what Scotland did in 2014.

We assumed ( for some strange reason) the mantel of a colony, decided that we were not independent and allowed citizens of the colonizing country, to vote on whether we became independent. Guess what ? they didn’t and we lost the referendum.

Now, there was other reasons why we lost the referendum and one of them was that the colonising power , contrary to the UN declaration of self determination and de-colonisation of territories and countries, actually participated in the debate on the side of the no campaign. It should be noted that despite the SNP virtually accepting the status of Scotland as being a colony, by virtue of the fact that they saw the reason to hold a referendum in the first place, they did not object to the UK involving itself in the no campaign!

Ok, so, what should have happened? Well, I would suggest that Scotland is already an independent country, all be it, tied in various ways by agreement to a union, negotiated in 1707. None of these ways as far as I can see was to forfeit our independence, in fact the Scottish parliament was only suspended and not abolished.
It is a long time since I actually read the Act of Union but as far as I remember it contains a clause that allows either party to relinquish their membership should their respective peoples wish this to happen.

Lets therfore assume we are not a colony, but ( up to now) a willing partner in a union, similar to the EU, as we were until 2016 where we voted to leave, or to be more precise, England voted to leave taking an unwilling Scotland with it. And let us assume that a goodly number of Scots wish to leave this voluntary union ( which they do). So what is the procedure?

Well it is in effect the same whether we are a colony or already an independent country and the first move is exactly the same. We ascertain the will of the people, which can be done in a number of ways. It can be done by a referendum and this is one of the more unusual ways that countries become independent, or it can be done through elected representatives deciding that they have been elected on the basis of attaining independence or dissolving the union., This is by far the most common method that countries have used to attain self determination.

At the present time we have a huge Scottish majority in the Westminster parliament which would very easily facilitate either a declaration of independence or a dissolution of the union.

The only imponderable, is why the SNP refuse to do this.

Going back to the last Scottish election in May and the emergence of the new party Alba, led by the former first minister Alex Salmond, it would appear that he had much the same idea as I have just been explaining and have been doing since 2015 and that is using an election to ascertain the will of the people and thereafter ( assuming the will expressed was to achieve self determination ) begin negotiations on the split of assets and liabilities.

This sent Nicola Sturgeon into a fit of panic, bringing out a tirade of vicious criticism, castigation and denunciation, together with what seemed a denunciation of the justice system in Scotland in connection with an innocent man. She insisted on the both votes for the SNP which had already been proved to facilitate the unnecessary election of numerous unionist members in the elections in 2016, to once again be the policy, instead of allowing the second vote to go to Alba thereby allowing a super majority in the Scottish parliament which would have facilitated the commencement of negotiations allowing Scotland to leave the union and become independent in all ways.

Make no mistake about it , the one person who blocked that situation was Nicola Sturgeon.

The one person that must be removed from her present position to allow self determination for Scotland is Nicola Sturgeon.

So now to look forward this evening to a nice pint of beer in my favorite hostelry, Mennies.

to all my friends the World over, have a good and safe weekend

Slainte

The World this week from Mennies

Tuesday 13 July 2021

The extremism of the SNP

 

There has been a very large amount of concern lately concerning the rout of travel that Nicola Sturgeon has been taking the independence movement and indeed what seems to be extreme policies in regard to trans rights together with the amount of undue influence certain organisations such as Stonewall seem to be applying to the Scottish government. Worse still, it would appear that the Scottish government again led by Nicola Sturgeon seem to be granting Stonewall inordinate amounts of money which in turn they use to lobby the same government with their extreme policies in regard to children’s education.

I attach a blog I wrote in June 2015 which you will note was just after the 2015 General election when we sent 56 SNP members to Westminster. The propose of the blog was to highlight the extremism of a Facebook site named Yes 2. You will note that it was set up it would seem, using a data base of SNP members and politicians and a great many people, including myself, were added to the site without their permission or knowledge.

The propose of the site was to filter out any concern or criticism of SNP policies and in doing so, inhibit free speech. When I gave my concerns , I was removed from the site. I wrote to Peter Murrel giving my concerns and was assured by him that he would investigate the site. Needless to say nothing was done.

Quite plainly, what was being attempted ( very poorly) was to gather together a very large slice of the independence movement including politicians, quite possibly by very dubious means and again quite possibly using SNP data bases. Herding them into a group where they could be manipulated ( again unsuccessfully) filtering out descension and honest debate.

What must be bourn in mind is that one of the the persons responsible for this you will note is Mike Strachan, at that time he was an officer of the SNP based at Dundee West office in Lochee, I believe he was treasurer, therfore presumably had access to SNP data bases . He then became political assistant to Chris Law MP, and partner to Shona Robison MSP at that time heath secretary.

My complaint to Peter Murrel regarding possible breaches of the Data act and the fact that SNP politicians were in effect participating in this oppressive behavior was never officially investigated , however shortly after my complaint there was an exodus of politicians from the site and it no longer operates, or at least not in the manner it was initially set up.

There is something very dark at the heart of the SNP and it is nothing new, in fact I would say it can be traced back to when Nicola Sturgeon took over the leadership.


8 July 2015
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I refer to a posting (copied below) in the Yes 2 site today referring to debate by people who expressed an opinion on UDI.

First let me say that I agree wholeheartedly with Mike that there is absolutely no need for any abuse of any kind in any of these debates, whether it be between members of opposing factions as in the Yes versus the No campaigns or, and more especially, between people within the grass roots Yes movement and remember, the Yes grass roots organisations conducted their referendum campaign all in their own ways, separate from the SNP.

However, and this is a big however, I do object to some of the content, tone and accuracy of the piece and let me say at this point that I personally at this moment in time do not think UDI is the best way forward, so here are my concerns.

Firstly Mike, who is the “we” you represent in this piece? Is there some sort of committee set up to monitor the views expressed on the site? Or are you being a self (or otherwise) elected spokesman/ champion of the SNP and if so can you let us ( the people who have joined this site from grass roots organisations in the belief that it would be a forum for open and honest discussion) know who in the SNP encouraged you to write this piece?

You make the following statement: –

. “We all know that UDI more often than not results in bloodshed, death and often civil unrest or war. We know the government is killing people, but to kill more and still lose independence is simply not the answer. If independence is not achieved through democratic means, then it will not be recognised”.

First of all, “We” all, know nothing of the sort, but it was nice of you to make up “our” minds for us.

I would assume that you allude to the most recent claim of UDI which was made by Kosovo around 2008. Well, it might be of interest that the bloody war that preceded this declaration was started as a result of, guess what? Yes, a referendum in Serbia.

There was a period of peace / cease fire imposed by the UN /NATO and then after some years the government of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, UDI. This has been recognized by a sizable majority of countries and the international court of justice together with the UN.

It may further interest you to note as below the opinion of the British government and please note this particular part of the statement which should have resonance given the treatment meted out to out democratically elected MP’s this very week in Westminster.

“ , has made it quite clear, that, given the legacy of abuse, it cannot again become part of Serbia. Courts do not order estranged spouses to continue in a broken marriage. “

United Kingdom

10 December 2009 Daniel Bethlehem QC, Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office • Serbia by initiating proceedings before the ICJ wants to set back the clock, and seeks an advisory opinion that would compel Kosovo to re-engage with Serbia over its status. There is, however, no reason whatever to believe that an agreed outcome would be any more achievable now than it was in the past. The United Kingdom warns about the misleading approach of Serbia, which would like the court to assess the legality of the declaration, ignoring the events that led to it.

• Serbia has made it quite clear that it will never accept an independent Kosovo. Kosovo, for its part, has made it quite clear, that, given the legacy of abuse, it cannot again become part of Serbia. Courts do not order estranged spouses to continue in a broken marriage.

• Although the Resolution 1244 referred to the territorial integrity of Yugoslavia, this principle was not the cornerstone for a political solution of Kosovo’s status. The United Kingdom did not come to support independence for Kosovo quickly or easily and does not see these proceedings as adversarial to Serbia. Serbia’s democracy is not much older than Kosovo’s. Independence of Kosovo brought stability to the region after a traumatic decade. The common future for both Kosovo and Serbia lies in eventual membership for both States in the European Union and the United Kingdom will continue to work towards the realization of that vision.[99]

Now Mike this brings me to the next part of your piece where you say:-

“If independence is not achieved through democratic means, then it will not be recognised. If it is not recognised we will be sanctioned against. Who would we trade with if not the UK, the EU or indeed most of the developed world. Who would protect us if not NATO and the UN? Who would pay our pensions if not the UK? Who would fly to our airports if not all major airlines? Who would buy our oil and whisky if not the developed world? Who would employ us as citizens of a sanctioned country? The list goes on and on.”

You could almost get a job with “Project fear “Mike writing that hysterical nonsense. It is almost like watching the BBC during the referendum campaign.

Do you think any perceived Unilateral declaration of Independence would not be preceded by negotiations with trading partners, the international court of Justice , the UN and NATO ? of course it would . Countries leaders do not sit in a darkened room having a few drinks get themselves fired up and then suddenly go out in the street and declare UDI.

Seriously Mike ,if you and whoever “we” are seriously wishing this site to be credible then you must stop trying to stifle honest debate or you become nothing more than another Labour party and if you by some chance are acting on behalf of the SNP and in some way trying to keep the lid on this UDI movement then stop it or you will lose all credibility.

As I have already said, I do not at this point think that UDI is advisable, but I do know what is inadvisable and that is to try to silence those who do not agree with you.

Bob

I append the posting that I am referring to below.

Mike Strachan

9 hrs • Dundee

Good morning everyone! It’s been an amazing couple of weeks watching you all join the group and seeing the numbers grow. We are all independence minded and want what is best for our country.

However, we have become increasingly concerned regarding the amount of aggression being shown to certain members when they try to explain why a democratic referendum is currently the only way, we can look to achieve our freedom. We all know that UDI mire than often results in bloodshed, death and often civil unrest or war. We know the government is killing people, but to kill more and still lose independence is simply not the answer. If independence is not achieved through democratic means, then it will not be recognised. If it is not recognised we will be sanctioned against. Who would we trade with if not the UK, the EU or indeed most of the developed world. Who would protect us if not NATO and the UN? Who would pay our pensions if not the UK? Who would fly to our airports if not all major airlines? Who would buy our oil and whisky if not the developed world. Who would employ us as citizens of a sanctioned country. The list goes on and on. For a UDI to actually work properly, we would need well over 2.2 million people to be proven supporters of independence and we all know that will never happen. And if you tried to prove that, what would you do, take a vote????? That’s what a referendum is. And we certainly wouldn’t need over 2.2 million people for it to work.

We are all for healthy debate and discussion but need to remind people this is not a group or forum pushing for UDI. We are pushing towards the next referendum. As support for independence is still around the 48-50% we need to find patience within us and work forward. We need to peacefully and in a friendly way, win over no voters. Please feel free to post articles and page links in the group that members can go on to share on their own timeline in the hope NO voters will have a read and maybe come to the group for further information. And that information has to be non-aggressive.

Do not post aggression or foul language. It will not be tolerated.

We are on this journey together everyone. Let’s make it peaceful and inviting. Aggression will lose us our independence.

Thank you and here’s to a better future.

Mike Strachan

Admin

I will leave readers to make up their own minds as to the motives behind this site bearing in mind that we are now almost 7 years from the last referendum, 7 years into the leadership of the SNP, and the independence movement by Nicola Sturgeon.
We are literally going nowhere on that road to independence.


Bob

The World this week from Mennies

Afghanistan

Monday 12 July 2021

This week, Mennies has transitioned to Celebrity Silhouette, as I am bobbing up and down somewhere in the Irish sea, on a cruise to nowhere, Because of Covid restrictions, the original itinerary was changed from, Southampton. Orkney. Belfast. Portland to Southampton, Liverpool, Portland, with no ability to go ashore in any of the stops unless you take a ships organised tour , which means you are very much restricted to the coach or its near vicinity.

Afghanistan

Over the last couple of weeks the US alliance, which includes the UK have been packing their bags and preparing to scuttle off and leave the Afghan army to be slaughtered at the hands if the Taliban. Mark my words , that is exactly what is about to happen.

What has it all been for? The answer to that is absolutely nothing. After 9/11 George Bush decided to ignore the fact that the perpetrators of that atrocity were all from Saudi Arabia and blamed it on Al Qaida who coincidently had a couple of ineffectual bases in Afghanistan.

So what did they do? Instead of bombing these bases or putting special forces on the ground to destroy them, they went to war with the government of that country who happened to be at that time the Taliban. Now, who were the Taliban? Well at one time they were called the Mujahedeen and at that time the US, through the CIA were financing them to fight against the Russians who had at that time, like the US, very unwisely invaded Afghanistan.

Now, why would the US wish to come to blows with an erstwhile ally . That is complicated, but what should be considered is that most foreign policy in the US is led by the CIA and as you might remember they have a long history of using drug money to finance clandestine operations all over the planet. So what is the main export product in Afghanistan? Yes you got it ,heroin and strangely enough despite their more unsavory attributes, such as their attitudes to women, the Taliban forbade the production of heroin.

So, under the guise of seeking out Bin Laden the US gathered together an alliance of the stupid which included the UK and many European countries and the Poppy crop which had been almost eradicated under the Taliban, once again flourished.

This had several consequences, one of which was that it ensured a constant source of heroin for the western world and it caused countless civilian deaths together with the deaths and mutilation of thousands of soldiers of the alliance.

Eventually, like most of the US’s interventions in other countries affairs, it become apparent that it had been a disaster and now we are about to leave Afghanistan to return to exactly where it was before we decided to become terrorist’s in someone else’s country.

Now make no mistake about it, but the sacrifices our brave military made in that country was wasted, utterly wasted. They were not fighting to protect their own country, they were not even fighting to protect another country, they were fighting to uphold a CIA agenda, which included the production of Heroin. An agenda that goes back to the President Carter days of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan when production of heroin was centered around the town of Darra in the northwest of Pakistan supplied from the fields on Helmand in Afghanistan. The CIA had set up a factory to manufacture Russian style weapons paid for through the profits of Heroin shipped from Darra to Russia and Europe. These weapons were distributed free of charge to Afghan fighters who used them in their struggle against the Russian invaders and then used against our own troops after 9/.11 So anyone who thinks that the US involvement in Afghanistan, started after 9/11 really needs a re-think.

The Taliban will once again take over control of Afghanistan after they have completed the slaughter of the Afghan Army and once again they will no doubt destroy the poppy crop.

When will we ever learn.

Bob

A Nautical Nomad

Cruise to nowhere 9 July 2021

Familiar sight without the hustle and bustle

Well, after quite some time I am back travelling again. This tiny virus has caused the world to change in ways that will resonate for many years to come. As for me, it has had a huge impact on business and indeed my quest to take a back seat and do more travelling. However, we now seem to be having a gap in the tight restrictions that have applied in various stages over the last year and a half. When I say “a gap” I mean just that as I do not believe the present move by both the UK government and the Scottish government to remove restrictions completely, is wise and I have a feeling that before long, possibly by the onset of winter, we will be once again, back where we were a few weeks ago. However, time will tell.

In the meantime, here I am bobbing up and down somewhere in the Irish sea. My trip started at 02.00 yesterday, with an early rise and a short trip into Dundee City centre to catch the Airport bus to Edinburgh airport. Great service which leaves from the bottom of Union Street across from the Malmaison Hotel, once upon a time called Mathers Hotel, which, believe it or not, was a temperance hotel. Hard to believe that there once was a hotel in Dundee that chose not to sell aquaholic liquor . Then again, when you consider that Winston Churchill, at that time a Westminster member of parliament for Dundee and well known alchoholic, was unseated by Neddy Scrimgeour, who was an abolitionist , then it is perhaps not that surprising in the city of discovery, a city full of surprises.

I digress, so Edinburgh airport was like a ghost town, yes pretty early but nothing like the numbers you would expect in July, and down no doubt to the huge uncertainty about travel arrangements put in place by the Scottish government with a history of previous relaxations being abruptly changed, causing huge alterations to travel plans especially returns, with holidaymakers facing the choice of trying to bring their return forward or facing quarantine in hotels at considerable cost to them personally.

No lounge open so old favourite Costa

A big disappointment was that the airport lounges were all closed. I usually check into one of them to wile the time away whilst waiting for my flight to call. So, the second-best was a visit to Costa where at least you are always guaranteed a decent cappuccino.  Flight called on time and boarding took minutes, there being only about 20 passengers, however once aboard it was announced that there was a problem with the main door and an engineer had been called. It turned out, it was a straightforward repair and only caused a short delay. A great fear regarding same-day travel to a port is that the flight can be delayed and that is why I generally give at least one day grace between making the main travel leg and the departure from port. One way to ameliorate this risk is to book the “travel to the leaving point” leg through the cruise company and then it is their responsibility to either delay the ships leaving time to accommodate your hold up or in extreme cases where there has been a major delay in flights, to get you to the next port to join the cruise.

Another scenario which could be encountered is when booking your own flights and there is a delay. There is still a responsibility on the airline to get you to your destination by the quickest route and manner possible and not necessarily using only their own aircraft.

A good example of this was several years ago when I was travelling from Scotland to Florida to join a cruise in Miami. Now, I had allowed an overnight in Miami to allow for just exactly what happened. I had booked with British Airways and the itinerary was from Edinburgh to London, London to Chicago and Chicago to Miami. Now it just happened to snow for the first time that year on that very day and because there were a few inches of snow on the runway it caused chaos in Edinburgh airport, with all flights held up. So this together with an actual fault on the plane, meant I would miss my connection in Heathrow unless that flight had been delayed. When I came off the flight in Heathrow a guy was waiting at the top of the walkway with a sign with my name on it and suggested I follow him quickly as they were to get me on an alternative flight that was about to leave. So, we were weaving our way through back corridors away from the main concourses and I began to get a feeling that there might not be a good outcome to this, so I asked the guy where this flight was going.  “Los Angeles,” he said “whoa, just hold it there,” I said, “there is no way I am flying across the US and back again to catch a cruise in Miami by tomorrow, get me to the desk.” After some protest, he did take me to the British Airways desk, where I was told by a pretty snooty attendant that British Airways did not have any other flights that day and my only alternative was to fly the following day.  

“Ok,” I said but you should be aware that under aviation regulations you have to get me to my destination if there is a time constraint, by any available means” and I quoted the regulation in question. I also told her that I believed there was a continental (now called United) flight to New York with presumably a connection to Miami.  Oops, she went away presumably to speak to someone who knew what they were doing and came back and organized a ticket on Continental flying into Newark with the connection to Miami being the next morning. “Great,” I said, now can I assume you will have a hotel booked for my overnight stay, as I should have been staying in Miami and I have no intention of sleeping in the airport.

 She did not look pleased in the least but eventually said that it would be organized by the time I got there, I did not have a good feeling about her assurances, and this was confirmed when I arrived in Newark as no one was aware of any accommodation booking. The problem was that British Airways and Continental use different parts of what is a huge airport. So, I eventually managed to get to the terminal (via the sky train), used By BA, found the office and was told that they had no record of any accommodation booking, and the office was about to close. I made it plain that unless they found accommodation quickly, then they would be closing the office with me in it, as I had no intention of moving until accommodation and transport to it was arranged. The guy picked up the phone and arranged the accommodation and the transport to allow him to get home for his tea without having the bother of first getting me arrested.

So, the moral of the story is, get yourself organized and make provision for delays when travelling considerable distances and have a cruise to catch.

So, back to the cruise. Boarding yesterday was possibly the best I have encountered quite possibly because of the low numbers of guests and the documentation checking process which had been streamlined to facilitate the minimum of contact.

Leaving Southampton

The onboard experience is better than I imagined and has been well thought out. Everyone has to wear a mask when walking around the ship but all eating and drinking are of course mask free and the best surprise of all is that dancing is allowed. Because of the low numbers on the ship, it is much easier to enjoy the facilities and especially the buffet which is all served by the staff but you are free to walk around and choose what you wish.Room excellent and although I normaly book an inside cabin I had splashed out an extra fifty quid ( bargain) for an outside cabin and because of my loyalty level this was upgraded to a cabin at the bow of the ship with a great view.

Great view

Formal night tonight so better see if I can get the creases out of my Kilt. More as the week goes on.

Bob

The World this week from Mennies

Scotland football, Biden and Putin, SNP, gender recognition and George Orwell

Scotland V England, Euros

Ok, so another week in and the tartan Army are down there in London having a ball. The reason being that the Scottish football team played the auld enemy last night and the result was a draw. This keeps their hopes live for the rest of the Euro tournament.

Now for my friends in far flung parts of the planet ,I had better explain. The term “Tartan Army “does not mean that we sent an army down south to sort out the English. No, there days are long gone, although if you were to pick up some of the main stream papers down there you might not realise that. The Tartan Army is the name for a group of supporters who travel to wherever the Scottish football team are playing and they have stuck with them through thick and thin.

Of all the teams in the World, the most important one on most Scots hit lists is the English team. On reading most main line papers you could be forgiven for thinking that Scotland is forever the underdog and with a population approximately 10 times the size of Scotland England obviously has a big advantage, however since the first football match between the two teams which took place in 1872 the record is England 48 wins Scotland 41 wins and 26 draws, so , it is not really that bad a record.

It was a nil-nil draw last night with England just hanging on till the end. After the match I switched channels and believe it or not Braveheart was on, so a good evening all round.

Biden and Putin

So, the long awaited meeting between Biden and Putin took place against a back drop of ramped up verbal aggression against both Russia and China. The thing about the west is that they need bogy men to make up for their lack of diplomatic abilities in their dealings with the other 90% of the world.

No matter where there is a west construed conflict( and there are many of them) you might notice that there is always someone else to blame. Lets take Afghanistan for instance. Just about everyone has been individually thrown out of that country including the British, but in relatively recent years, Russia and America were the notable protagonists. Russia was fighting the Mujahedeen backed by the CIA then when America decided that Afghanistan was to be punished for Saudi Arabia crashing airliners into the twin towers and the Pentagon, the Mujahedeen conveniently turned into Al-Qaida and of course the Russians were always there to blame for American setbacks.

The very same happened in Libya and Syria, America was somewhere and in someone else’s country without that country’s permission and the Russians were always there like the bogy man, the threat you never actually see. Thank goodness for Russia in Syria as it was them who defeated ISIS, America was training them and supplying them with weapons and chemical warfare ingredients, just like they did with Saddam Husain both during the war between Iraq and Iran and the gassing of the Kurdish village in Iraq.

So anyway, I digress, Biden and Putin sat down, had a blether, and by all accounts it was very positive. It must have been somewhat of a break from tradition for an American president to sit down and talk instead of sending B2 bombers on a mission of shock and awe and remember, that took place in Iraq in 2003 and America are still trying to extricate themselves from that debacle as they are, in Afghanistan.

So the moral of the story is that talking works bombing doesn’t

SNP and the dystopian future for Scotland

Make no mistake but we in Scotland are heading for a future that even George Orwell couldn’t have envisaged. We have a first Minister, who has taken control over the legal system in the country and used it for her own vindictive proposes in both the Alex Salmond case and the persecutions of independent bloggers such as Craig Murry and Martin Keatings.

It would seem that Sturgeon together with her inner circle, devised a plot to take down Alex Salmond who was seen as making a possible comeback into the political arena to fill a space left by the absence of any moves towards independence which should have been the job of Nicola Sturgeon. This conspiracy culminated in a trial of trumped up sex charges aided and abetted by a prosecution service led by the lord advocate who is part of Nicola Sturgeons cabinet. Alex Salmond was found not guilty of all charges by a jury which mainly consisted of women jurors. Believe it or not Nicola Sturgeon’s answer to this was to put in motion moves to abolish trial by jury. I kid you not.

As if this was not bad enough Nicola Sturgeon is on a crusade to encourage gender bending suggestion policies into schools together with phonographic and suggestively homosexual acceptability and normalisation teaching.

To prevent resistance to these abhorrent policies, she is bringing in dystopian hate crime legislation which could make even discussion of these policies subject to complaint under this legislation.

This is not North Korea I am speaking about, this is the future Scotland under the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon, you have been warned.

On a brighter note , it is Saturday evening and time for a couple of pints at my favorite hostelry, Mennies.

To all my friends no matter where you are on this fragile planet of ours, have a good weekend and I raise my glass to you

Slainte

The World this week from Mennies.

Firstly, apologies for the singular content of the blog this week and the fact that the last blog I did contained some of the concerns I put forward today. Reason being that the subject I feel is important, promise I will give a better spread of what is going on next week.

Friday 11 June 2021

Are your children safe in the hands of the Scottish Government

In December 2014 the Scottish government set in motion the Child abuse enquiry a concern addressed by the Scottish Government during the days of Alex Salmond’s tenure as first minister. It was not initiated under the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry was formally established by the Scottish Government in October 2015 under the Inquiries Act 2005 to investigate allegations of child abuse in residential settings and chaired by QC Susan O’Brien, alongside psychology professor Michael Lamb and Glenn Houston.

By this time, Nicola Sturgeon was leader of the SNP and first minister of Scotland.  

Very shortly after Nicola sturgeon became first minister the enquiry ran into problems because of Scottish government interference.  Michael Lamb resigned in June 2016, saying the inquiry was “doomed” due to government interference and Ms O’Brien followed one week later, making similar claims. 

Why would such an enquiry be held up through Scottish government in interference? The enquiry is still ongoing, but it would seem, that after 6 years it has gone nowhere.

During 2016 the Scottish government introduced legislation which would have brought in the “Named Person act” John Swinney was the minister responsible for this legislation, now this would have brought a third person (probably a stranger) into the family ark of responsibility. This person could have had an impact on the upbringing of children in the family.

 
Now, taking this alongside what is happening now with regard to highly suggestive actions in connection with school children in both gender identification and sexual preferences, this could have been yet another confusing entity, present in the normal growing up process of our children
It turned out that there was such an uproar against this erosion of family freedom that it had to be scrapped.


At present, the organisation Stonewall is being heavily criticised for their lobbying and influence in their crusade to normalise both homosexuality and gender identity in school children. Now can you imagine the outcome, if the named person legislation been successful and Stonewall had in some way been involved. There could have been huge pressure on vulnerable children to experiment with both abnormal sex, and gender identity. This, I would suggest is an area of grave concern for parents.

Now, before the Woke faction in the SNP start jumping up and down and making the usual transphobic/ homophobic allegations, let me make it plain that I am neither, and I truly believe that people should be perfectly free to decide just who they are and how they feel towards either sex, my hope is of course that it does not impact in a negative manner in connection with children and women, and when I say women I am speaking about women in the traditional and accepted biological format. I believe that there should be provision made for people who honestly believe that they are a different sex from how they are biologically made up, in as much as there should be male and female toilets with also one for transgender people. That way saving the embarrassment and fear felt by children and women, brought about by what they see as intrusions of a biologically different person, there because of the ability to self ID and I needn’t go into the abuses of that privilege that would obviously take place. So therefore, I am not talking about people who are genuine transexual, ( although I do have reservations with people who are still biologically men being in women’s private places and competing in women’s sporting events) no, my concerns are in connection with the obvious abuses of that right that will take place.

Now to cap it all, we have the pending Hate crime legislation which could be seen as a way of snuffing out the expression and indeed even discussion of concern at the implementing of these concerning developments. There is already in place, laws to protect people from hateful actions. This impending hate crime law will all but snuff out discussion of these issues. That is not healthy in a country which espouses democracy.

I believe there is a pattern here which could be seen as a huge exercise in grooming, and I feel that it is something that parents should be very careful of and indeed investigate just what their children are being taught.

So there it is, a government who obstruct investigations into child abuse, who allow lobbying and give huge sums of money to an organisation set up to look after the interests of minority groups and in doing so, promote unusual forms of sex and pornography in schools, A government who have brought out laws which could be seen as deliberately put there to  inhibit the expression of concern of a particular nature. A government mind you, who seem to be using the police and law officers to quell the expression of dissent for example the Jailing of Craig Murray.

One thing I am pretty sure of and that is that all is not well within the leadership of the SNP and the furthest thing from their mind is independence.

Ok, so that is off my chest and a couple of pints in my favorite hostelry, Mennies. We are still not in any way back to normal here and indeed the covid figures are once again going up. I have a feeling the Scottish government are now going to let it run and depend on the fact that there does not seem to be nearly as many hospital admissions, I think they are wrong about this but time will tell.

I wish all of my friends the World over a great weekend and I raise my glass to you

Slainte

And remember, “life might not be the party you hoped it would be, but seeing as we are here we might as well dance”         

The World this week from Mennies

. Saturday 29th May 2021.

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Nicola Sturgeon Covid

Nicola Sturgeon, Gender recognition

Nicola Sturgeon, Independence.

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Well another week in and another visits to Mennies, which was very welcome after an insanely busy week. We like most businesses’ have had a difficult time over the last year and a half, but being a private business and without the vast resources of governments we have to make decisions regarding our future, based on hard facts and a realistic view of what the future holds. All this based on hard realistic experience.

We have managed to do this based on provision’s put in place many years ago and expanded upon when our coach/bus side of the business basically ceased to function 14 Months ago and we now have an extremely active MOT station and vehicle repair facility which has now outstripped the original business.

Nicola Sturgeon Covid.

Now why do I bring this up in a mainly political blog, you might very well ask? Well recent revelations together with issues I and others have been warning about, have found their way into the light of day in the form of Dominic Cummings and this very clearly shows how both the UK government and the Scottish Government did not have in place sufficient ministerial capability to see the wood for the trees. Quite simply, as far as the Scottish government are concerned, the people in ministerial and advisory positions are not there because of ability or experience but because if their closeness or manipulability to Nicola sturgeon. That together with their sexual orientation

Now let me be clear, I have absolutely no time for that snake in the grass Cummings, but because of the existence of the laws of liable and defamation of character, I have no reason to believe that his testimony to the committee was anything but accurate.

Now his revelations that Johnston is a compete idiot came as no surprise to anyone with more than a couple of active brain cells, but the important information as far as I and the people of Scotland are concerned is the fact that Nicola Sturgeon calmly went along with this deception. She did not wish to rock the boat of her precious Union. She did not close the border when infection rates were getting out of hand in England , and when people like myself suggested that she should, the sniveling sycophants in the Nicola cult said she had no power to do it. Well that was pathetic nonsense , she did in effect do that in Scotland by closing off local authority boundaries, and as far as I know there is not a single local authority that straddles the border with England. She did not stop air travel into Scotland or set up quarantine facilities until it was far too late and that only because her mentor Johnston was about to do it. When the disease was rampant in India she allowed over a million entries from India into the country. She seeded care homes with infected patients, resulting in thousands of unnecessary deaths. She failed to look at Asia where the disease started to see just how it was progressing, when places like New Zealand did, difference is that the woman in charge there did know what she was doing, and surrounded herself with advisors who also knew what they were doing . Sturgeon surrounded herself with yes men and women whose only qualification it would seem was that they are either gay, transgender or useful to Sturgeon in respect of muting the only true voice of independence . that is no way to run a country like Scotland unless your motivation is other than independence, which I believe is the case in with Sturgeon.

Nicola Sturgeon, Gender recognition.


Ok, so there has been a lot of twitter discussion lately regarding the pending gender recognition act. When I say pending I draw attention to the recent announcement that Sturgeon has formed an agreement with the greens to more or less run a coalition. This will in all probability mean that there will be one or more probably two Greens in the Scottish government. That is two Greens more than any of you voted for to be part of the government. That means that the gender recognition act which is very close to the hearts if both the greens and Nicola Sturgeon will pass without question.

Now lately you might have seen a lot of concern regarding the sex education curriculum in Scottish schools. This includes the teaching of pornography and questionable sexual preferences, such as anal sex. That is bad enough until you understand that there is also a move to remove the criminality of what has been until now underage sex.

Right, so where is this leading me, firstly anal sex ,apart from the unpleasant connotations when mentioned in child abuse, is dangerous and an easier way to contract with HIV. So, who could possibly benefit from normalising this, together with the move to remove criminality of what has been up to now underage sex? Yup, you got it, abusers of the young and innocent. They bring in pornography, they normalise anal sex and they remove the criminality of sex with adolescents, what on earth could possibly go wrong?

Now, as if this was not bad enough, children are being actively encouraged to question their gender and having suggestions made as to possible remedies if they find it confusing. Remedies include puberty blockers, which can lead to health complications in later life together with mental health issues. It would seem that there is active gender engineering underway as a policy of the present Scottish government

Make no mistake, this is where we are going with Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvey , are you happy to leave your children in their care?

If any if you are still wondering at the vicious response from Sturgeon to the set up of Alba, you might like to consider two things., Alex Salmond was 100% for independence and against gender reform in its present form.

Nicola Sturgeon, Independence.

Now I have harped on about this before, in fact I have been warning about it since 2015 but I am of the honest opinion that Nicola sturgeon has not been remis, she has not been incompetent, she has not been naïve, she has not been a gradualist, no she has been cold and calculating in her efforts to delay independence for as long as possible. I will tell you something else. I think it would be the worst thing that could happen for Scotland if Nicola Sturgeon should ever decide to actually hold a referendum.

The one thing she would have up her sleeve is to include a question on devolution max probably with a confusion of result computations that would make if very unlikely that a proper result would be clear.

You will have noticed that the unionist establishment have become rather uneasy of late regarding independence, but I would suggest it is nothing to do with the SNP results at the recent election and more to do with the steady rise of Alba and a man in charge who knows what he is doing. I have a feeling they have factored in the scenario where Sturgeon will be forced to resign and with her goes the safe pair of hands for the union.

We have had the visit to Scotland of Prince William, (to love bomb scotland into submission) who you will noticed only had meetings with unionists starting of with Nicola Sturgeon, followed a few days later by Gordon Brown who they dug up from a graveyard in Kirkcaldy especially for the occasion. God only knows how they could have thought that a visit from a member of the royal family would be helpful to stop people voting for independence.

So there you have it , my musings last night as I sat in Mennies . You could be forgiven for thinking that I do not like Nicola sturgeon, you would be correct.

People say that it is a pity that the yes movement seem split at the moment and they would be right. I would say there is one woman who is responsible for this and hopefully before long once all the information that was prevented from seeing the light of day by the Scottish Government at recent court actions and inquires is made public, it will become abundantly clear just where responsibility lies. Until then think on this. All through Scottish history, our greatest heroes ,Wallace and Bruce to name two, first had to defeat the Scots before they started on the real enemy. As to when we will once again face the real enemy, who knows and as Bob Dylan once said “the answer my friend is blown in the wind, the answer is blown in the wind”

To all my friends the World over, have a good Saturday evening
Slainte
PS, sorry it is all about Scotland tonight

The World This week from Mennies.

Saturday 22 May 2021

The BBC and Diana/ Israel and Palestine/ Nicola Sturgeon, past and present.

Well, it has been some time since I wrote a “The World This Week from Mennies ” blog, almost a year, I think, but because of the relaxation in Covid restrictions I was there last night for a pint and quite possibly I might very well find myself there again tonight partaking in a small libation, last night whilst in the hallowed confines of my favorite hostelry I got to thinking of what was going on, and what had been happening of late.

Big news at the moment is the story about how the BBC lied and cheated their way to a very controversial interview with Princess Diana, twenty five years ago.
Now as most of you will know I am no fan if the royal family, seeing them as an outdated and useless anachronism in todays world, but regardless of that, Diana was the mother of Harry and William, They, in all probability did not have the same father, but that is another story.
The BBC acquired an interview with Diana through Martin Bashir, who persuaded Diana to give the interview through deception and the use of questionable and quite possibly, forged documents. Now this was discovered some considerable time ago and was covered up by senior executives in the BBC.
It has now all come out to the great surprise of many and not at all to some of us who have been warning of the veracity of countless actions of the BBC for an awful long time.
Examples of this are Jimmy Savile Rolf Harris, two of many pedophiles ensconced within the BBC, and protected by them. The obvious bias against Russia concerning the poisonings of the Skripals’, and a case nearer my own heart, the awful manner in which they reported on the Alex Salmond case, including the embarrassing one sided documentry by Kirsty Wark.
In 2014 when we were campaigning for independence the BBC were abominable in their biased reporting.
So regardless of my opinions of the royals these two young lads did not deserve to witness the treatment meted out to their Mother, a women who went on to meet her end in very suspicious circumstances, no doubt because she was about to marry a Muslim . Will there be justice? No, of course there will not be, there will be another whitewash., That is the shadowy world the security services work in, and the BBC are tools of both MI5 and MI6.

Over the last couple of weeks there has yet again been conflict in the middle east between Israel and the Palestinian people. The use of the word conflict perhaps gives the false impression that it is a dispute between two peoples of equal abilities, It isn’t by a long way, Israel has one if the most advanced armies on the planet and the Palestinians are a people who do not even have an airport. They are trapped in two corners of a country they once owned.
This conflict goes back to 1917 when the British government gave support in the Balfour declaration to the establishment of a Jewish home state in a part of the land which at that time was called Palestine they have lost most of their country as Israel expanded, aided and abetted by western powers who constantly turn a blind eye to the gradual genocide which continues on a daily basis.
Israel is run by a Zionist government, which is an extreme sect of the Jewish religion. Israel’s claim to the land is based on a fairy story surrounding the exodus which goes back to around three and a half thousand years ago.
It is time western governments stopped turning a blind eye to this slaughter and theft of land from the Palestinian people.

Here in Scotland the people who were persuaded to give both votes to the SNP in recent elections are waking up to the reality of the situation and that is that they have once again been fooled by Nicola Sturgeon into allowing unionists to be voted in to the Scottish parliament, Yes believe it or not , that is exactly what happened, The SNP once again received over a million votes in the regional vote which were wasted allowing a whole load of unionist members to be elected.
This election however gives the SNP yet another mandate( I think that is eight now) to hold a referendum, It wont happen, mind you, as they will once again use every excuse in the book to delay it.
Nicola Sturgeon has to go, for numerous reasons and it would seem her previous life and present private life are about to catch up with her, Hopefully this will expedite the process as she is the block to furthering the cause of independence.
What actually terrifies me is that she might actually have a go at another referendum and deliberately mess it up with a view to losing it, I am deadly serious.

So that is my very biased opinion of the world to night folks, have a pleasant Saturday evening and remember, “when in conflict with someone and before passing judgment, you should first walk a mile in his shoes, Then if you still do not agree, then at least you are a mile away from him and you have his shoes ”

Slainte

Nicola and The Fifth Column

Well, there we have it in Nicola Sturgeons own words, today in a Daily Record interview.
I actually think of ‘super-majorities’ and gaming the system, and trying to bulldoze our way to independence almost regardless of the state of public opinion risks putting those that we are looking to persuade of the case for independence off rather than pulling them towards us.”

Yes hard to believe , but that is the words of the leader of the SNP, the so called party of independence.

She calls, democratically voting for a party who proposes, that in the event of a super-majority achieved on the basis of a manifesto which states that Scotland should be an independent country “trying to bulldoze our way to independence”

She then goes on to say that this would be “regardless of public opinion”, This is a leader of the largest political party in Scotland saying that a Scottish general election does not constitute an expression of public opinion.

Oh my God, so in one sentence she has trashed the democratic concept of an election together with the concept of a majority in the Scottish parliament leading to exactly what the people voted for.

I really do not think that the definition of fascism adequately covers that mindset, and this is coming from a woman who through two parliamentary enquiries into her behavior, a case in the high court and a trial in the high court of an innocent man, constantly obstructed the authorities and the investigating mediums , by a series of lies, obfuscation, misdirection and withholding of information and evidence.

She cannot even grasp the basic truth, that because of all of this sad affair played out in full view of the public, her ratings along with the ratings of her tarnished party are steadily going down. Unfortunately , because of the fact that the cause of independence is so closely tied with that party then so, also does the intentions to vote for independence.

You might wonder at this being one of the biggest political blunders of all time .

I don’t, in fact I believe it is one of the most carefully planned and successfully executed acts of political deception ever enacted against a sovereign people.

I have for some considerable time concluded, that taking into consideration the open goals not taken advantage of, the promises not kept, the careful shepherding of a cult like following, the crazy, gender recognition bill which would see biological men able to share toilets’ with my grandchildren and the women I care about, a hate crime bill which would make it illegal to complain about that and much, much more that this was all part of a plan.

Not the clever secret plan I have had dished up to me by the cult when I warned of this all happening. Not Nicolas clever plan that the “insiders” knew about with a nod and a wink, but a plan never the less, A plan to thwart the ambitions of a nation.

It was always, almost there wasn’t it? It was always just another promise away, Lets just get this election over with and we will be on that elusive road to independence, but we never were, were we? or did I miss something ?

I believe this was all part of a grand design, a grand design which was yet again about to work, until the fly dropped into the ointment, The fly was Alex Salmond. This was not part of the plan, Although, his intervention had of course been accounted for some considerable time ago and arrangements had been put in place to neutralize it. Unfortunately for Nicola, she had surrounded herself with a group of conspirators that would have put the Key Stone Cops to shame ( and I make no apology for the word Cops “Crown Office Prosecution service)

I needn’t go into this sorry tale but I am sure all will be reveled when the court case that Alex Salmond is taking against the Scottish government and Leslie Evans concludes.

The other thing that Nicola and her handlers did not take into consideration was a good, honest jury. Honesty, to be fair, not being one of Nicola’s strong points.

So the house of cards was beginning to crumble and the unfortunate thing for Nicola was that up to the Scottish government enquiries into her honesty she was riding High in the pols but not that high to give her a super majority which was where she wanted them, high enough to control the aspirations of independence supporters but not that high that would force her into doing what her constitution demanded of her and that was going for independence.

The leveler was the gender recognition bill and the dystopian Hate Crime Bill. That would stop the people of scotland getting above their station because there are just too many fair people in Scotland.

So the stage was set for a decent majority, just enough to keep the hotheads in step and spin out the cause of independence for at least another five years.

OOps, Alba, and the chance of a super majority , the baa was on the slates , Nicola immediately reverted to the bitter dangerous gender bent person that she is in an effort to drop her vote even further to make up for the additional seats that Alba would create, not only in the regional ( list) vote but also for the SNP in the Constituency vote.

This is where we are at the moment on the road to independence , We are in a bus ( lets call it the yes bus) we think it is heading on the road to independence but we have a been taken hostage by a rogue driver and she has constantly taken detours in the last six and a half years, We have a guy on board who can take control if he can convince enough of the passengers to assist. Problem is that we do not know if the drivers bosses have anything else up their sleeves to stop him rescuing the hostages.

Election prediction, despite the rogue bus drivers best efforts

SNP- 62 seats

Green 8 seats


Alba 10 seats

Supermajority, game on or else!

Yes, I told you so, once more.

I was looking at some photos of Alex Salmond in Dundee city square earlier promoting the new party Alba, which are beginning to show some really good polling results.

His policy of attaining a super majority and therefore immediately commencing independence negotiations with the UK government, is beginning to find a lot of credibility with SNP voters. They are finally beginning to realise that the SNP mantra of both the constituency and regional vote for them is completely false and misleading as recent polling has shown.

By pure coincidence I opened Facebook and in my memories was this posting, which I copy below. It was a posting I made on the 27April 2017, exactly four years ago to the day, with the 2017 general election about to happen.

Now it was by far, not the first time I had criticised the SNP for their inaction regarding independence but what was topical about it ( apart from coming up for an election) was that I was advocating exactly the policy that Alex Salmond is advocating today, and that is in the event of a majority of independence supporting parties we simply begin independence negotiations with Westminster.

Over the last six and a half years under the leadership of Nicola Sturgeon, the cause of independence has gone backwards. This gives an idea of my thoughts during this awful period in Scotland’s history.

By the way, there must have been a large amount of people agreeing with me at the time because in the election over half a million SNP voters stayed at home compared to the election in 2015.

27 April 2017

OK so once again the SNP are running scared of mention of the word independence in connection with an election. This is really becoming tiresome. So just in case there is any SNP politicians or, for that matter members of the SNP political party not actually aware of their reason to exist, then I copy the second chapter of the SNP constitution here.

 2. The aims of the Party shall be:

(a) Independence for Scotland; that is the restoration of Scottish national sovereignty by restoration of full powers to the Scottish Parliament, so that its authority is limited only by the sovereign power of the Scottish People to bind it with a written constitution and by such agreements as it may freely enter into with other nations or states or international organisations for the purpose of furthering international cooperation, world peace and the protection of the environment.

OK so is there anything about that statement that any one does not understand?

Fine so why is it that every time we get near an election there is concern as to whether there will be any mention of independence in the Manifesto.

Here is a few facts to think about .
In the manifesto for the 2011 Scottish parliamentary election there was a definite intention to hold a referendum and the SNP were given a previously thought impossible overall majority in the Scottish parliament . The increase in their vote over the previous election was in the region of 12.75%

As a result of this they progressed to a referendum campaign and at that time independence was standing at 27% in the opinion polls.

During the referendum campaign we pushed that 27% to %45%.

In last years Scottish elections there was scant mention of independence and certainly no commitment to go for another referendum. The result of that election was that the SNP lost 6 seats and their increase in voters was 1.5% and that was with the inclusion of young voters that had not been possible in the previous election. There was also a doubling of Tory representation at Holyrood

Now lets look at the Westminster elections
The 2015 Westminster election came hard on the heels of the disappointment of the referendum campaign and at a point where the popularity of the SNP was at an all time high ,as they were seen to be the best possible bet for a future referendum.

I believe this was the point where the SNP made one of their most fundamental  tactical errors because they decided that they would set aside their reason to exist and put independence on a back burner. The reasoning behind this was that they felt that they should be seen to be governing for everyone and not just independence supporters.
Firstly that is impossible, you cant govern for everyone . You can consider everyone but you cant govern for everyone. A political party governs as per its manifesto and according to that parties constitution. It is as simple as that and as you can see above the parties constitution quite clearly makes it the party of independence.

Now the SNP had a historically significant mandate from the people of Scotland through the previous Scottish elections , an increase from 27% to 45% in the referendum campaign, an  unheard of increase in membership from around 15.000 to 110,000 and opinion polls indicating that they were on course for a wipe out of Labour and an unheard of return of MP’s to Westminster. So what did they do ?  they ignored all of these indicators and put their reason to exist to one side and they actively discouraged any mention of independence during the Westminster campaign.

Here in Dundee , the City that returned the largest percentage of yes votes they actively discouraged any expression of independence. I was involved in agreeing to supply the Yes Bus for an  independence rally  in the City Square the weekend before the 2015 general election which was cancelled at the last minute because of representations by the SNP to the organisers to reschedule the event to the week following the General Election. When I took this up with an SNP politician , his very words were ” we cant have Saltires and Yes signs being displayed in the City Square in Dundee the week before a general Election”. Yes ,that was his actual words.

The fact of the matter is that there was not a single person who voted for the SNP in either a Scottish Parliamentary election or a Westminster election who did not understand the whole propose of the SNP and therefore were well aware that their vote could lead to an independent Scotland. Therefore the SNP have ,either by design or simply incompetence, consistently steered away from their propose in life and that is independence, and they are about to do the exact same again with this upcoming General election.

Nicola Sturgeon’s first reaction to the announcement of the general election ( once she had managed to get out of the way of the car whose headlights she had been caught in ) was to announce that this election would give them a mandate for the mandate she had already said she had. A totally incoherent response. Her next  announcement was to make clear that this General Election would not be anything to do with independence , which begs the question ,” what is the propose then of the SNP”.

I have advocated making this General Election everything to do with independence by all the pro independence parties agreeing to make their manifestoes a one subject manifesto and that is independence then if we return a majority of MP’s then that would be the basis of commencing negotiations on independence . If there was more than 50% of voters between all the pro independence parties who voted for independence then we would in effect be independent, and arrangements could be made for a Scottish General election to form a Scottish government along with ongoing negotiations for a split of assets .

I have no doubt that the SNP will not take this option and will as usual try to do every thing to convince voters that for this period in the run up to the GE they are not the party of independence.

However, if they are to retain any credibility at all, there is one thing they must include in their manifesto and I have advocated this in both the last Westminster election and last years Scottish parliamentary election.
They must include an intention to wrest control of the ability to hold referendums from Westminster and place this power where it belongs and that is at Holyrood. If they once again fail to do  at least that  then they can no longer call themselves the party of independence.