Time for a long hard think

There is great concern within the independence movement as to the abilities of Nicola Sturgeon to formulate a credible plan towards making Scotland an independent country. I have heard from various sources that there is some sort of plan to hold a Scottish election shortly after this brexit fiasco has settled down . If this is indeed the case then let me make it very clear that I do not believe this has anything to do with furthering the cause of independence but more to do with strengthening the SNP’s grip and tenure in power.
It would seem to be the case that not only is there great concern among the membership and grass roots groups regarding the way the SNP seem to be blowing in the wind without a credible plan for independence but both parliamentary groups are now seeing splits in their ranks regarding the lack of credible planning.

The only sop to a proper road map to independence was Andrew Wilson’s economic commission report, which was over a year late to start with and produced the very opposite of what we needed and that was a credible plan on currency. It was very obvious from the start that this was unpopular with both the membership of the SNP and the general grass roots movement. Instead of realising the mistake and getting rid of it ,Nicola Sturgeon has had Andrew Wilson going around the country trying to convince the membership, that in the event of independence , the policy would be ,adopting Sterling, and to make matters worse to have it as the currency of an independent Scotland for up to 10 years. This is one of the reasons we lost the last referendum on ,therefore this position is , from a strategic point of view, idiotic and for a first minister and leader of the SNP to think this is wise shows a tenuous grasp on reality.

I was intending going into a long diatribe regarding the lost opportunities and downright bad decisions made by the leadership of the SNP but instead I decided to simply attach a blog I did way back on April 2017 which I could have written today as the circumstances have not altered.

There are two ways out of this debacle the leadership of the SNP have gotten the independence movement in to. Either they elect a new leader and chief executive, or we start a new party ” The Scottish Independence Party” .

Now I know this will be met by the usual ” divide and rule accusations ,by some of the less able to think SNP acolites, and quite possibly some of the dwindling, ” Nicola has a cleaver plan” personality worshipers, but there comes a time when only major surgery is the only answer to cut out a malignant growth. because the alternative is the death of the independence movement.

Have a read of the blog I did on the 4th April 2017 and tell me if you think there is anything the SNP have themselves, done to forward the cause of independence since it was written, or indeed since the last referendum on the 18th September 2014

Our road.



The World This Week from Mennies

Saturday 9 Feb 2019

Venezuela, Seabourn, Question time, Brexit

Well, that is me back from my travels and back to a cold Scotland. So, what has been happening whilst I was away.

Well it is apparent I can’t leave Donald alone for a couple of weeks, but he folds to the Neo-cons and starts threatening to invade another country, and after me praising him the other week for being the only president for some time not to have started a new war.

Now, to be perfectly honest, Venezuela is no paradise at the moment, but this is mainly due to the imposition of sanctions by the US, and why might you ask are they doing this? Well, it is because of two things. One, they have a Socialist government and two, they have loads of oil and the US think they can administer the distribution of this oil better than the Socialist government in the country, just like they now do in Iraq and Libya. The fact that getting to where they are in these two countries involved killing hundreds of thousands of innocent people is neither here nor there to people like John Bolton, Trumps security advisor, and if he gets his way then Venezuela will go the same way as these two other unfortunate countries. I somehow, do not think that it will be quite as easy in Venezuela and could turn out another Vietnam for the US. The US predicate their stance on Venezuela, as backing a democratic solution and in doing so they have recognised a guy as president who was not even a candidate in the last elections. That is a real skewed interpretation of democracy. So here we are once again with the US on the verge of invading another country to take control of their natural assets and in doing so, quite probably about to sacrifice young soldiers and innocent civilians on the alter of greed, this has to stop.

So here back in the asylum that is Brexit we have the company set up by Tory backers to facilitate a new channel ferry service to Europe. Transport secretary Chris Grayling personally gave his support to the “new company” stating that all due diligence had been carried out on the “new” company.  Now we discover that the government has now to remove the contract from the ferry company with no ferries because they couldn’t perform to the contract. You really couldn’t make this nonsense up. This government is presiding over one calamity after another in connection with the madness that is Brexit and we haven’t even left the EU yet. Donald Tusk summed up the situation precisely during the week when he said, “By the way, I have been wondering what that special place in hell looks like for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan to carry it (out) safely.”

That statement sums up the madness that is Brexit, completely.

Ok So question time and the usual bias directed at the independence movement with the addition of a guy who had miraculously been on the program 4 times and was videoed in deep conversation with Michael Forsyth, a hard line Brexiteer Tory peer. The guy was there it would appear, for the sole purpose of giving an anti-independence tirade.  Now the reason I mention this is not simply to bring to people’s attention the built-in bias against independence by the BBC, but to note the lack of official SNP condemnation of this, they are content to sit back and act as a media punchbag. It is far past a joke and time it was addressed. This is just a small part of how I see the lack of preparedness in the SNP for any future referendum.

Last week it was announced that a long-established Dundee company, McGills was to go into receivership with the loss of 375 jobs. Jenny Marra did well in the Scottish parliament in highlighting the seeming lack of cooperation between the company and Scottish Enterprise in arranging a rescue package and highlighted the difference between McGills situation and a company in the West of Scotland whom received six times the £2 million required by Mc Gills by way of a rescue package when there were less than 300 jobs at risk. Now it would appear that the multinational accountancy firm KPMG was instructed by Scottish enterprise to investigate a rescue process for the company but came to the conclusion that administration was the best option and then were actually appointed the administrators. To my mind this was a case of mixed allegiances and vested interests as you might know, the administration process can be very lucrative to the administrators. Now there is some suggestion that the presentation of future prospects given from Mc Gills to Scottish enterprise was not as complete as would have been expected but surely that was the job of KPMG at that point to make sure it was. Is it a coincidence that that presentation was probably the trigger point for them being appointed administrators?

So, questions to answer from both Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government, as the loss of this company obviously has severe repercussions for the local economy of Dundee and district.

Ok so a pint in my favourite hostelry and good to get back to some decent Scottish beer. Always good to travel and meet different people from different parts of the World, but always good to get back home again.

So, to all my friend where ever you be on this small and fragile planet of ours, have a good and peaceful weekend.

Remember this.

When in conflict with someone and before passing judgement, you must 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.