The world this week from Mennies

Sat 23Feb 2019


Shamima Begum, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald trump, Brexit, Nicola Sturgeon and independence.


Well another week in and a busy one at that. However, yet another very mild week for this time of year. If this is global warming, then it is about time it was here in Scotland. Don’t worry, I am not gong into the arguments for and against global warming in this blog, but I am going to comment on the heated discussions that have been taking place over this past couple of weeks concerning Shamima Begum. She is the girl who left  England at the age of 15 to join with the religiously inspired group ISIS.


This young girl lived with this group for 4 years where she married and had two children, and a third last week whilst in a refugee camp. Her first two children died of disease There is no doubt that she was the subject of religiously motivated indoctrination in the lead up to going to Syria to join ISIS.


ISIS are a disgusting sect who have been causing havoc in both Syria and Iraq, at times being funded by Israel and the US as they saw them as a method of defeating the democratically elected government of Syria. At one point when ISIS were at the height of their power in Syria, Israel were buying stolen oil from them in contravention of international law. ISIS are well known for their habit of beheading people live on the internet.


Because of the efforts of the Syrian Army, with the aid of Russia, and much to the disappointment of the US, Israel and the UK, ISIS are at the point of complete defeat in Syria.


Mrs Begam is in a refugee camp in Syria and has applied to be able to return to the England. The home Secretary has refused her application and made both her and her newly born child stateless by removing their British citizenship. Making someone stateless is not allowed under international law. This girl’s case has been descended upon by many of the right-wing tabloids and extremist social media commentators. It is also a very handy diversion from the utter chaos surrounding this governments handline of the Brexit crisis.


It is as well to note that there has been something like 450 ex ISIS fighters returned to the UK, some of which went on to be involved in terrorist attacks. There was also a case very similar to this one where a young Mother returned and could stay, although she had her child removed from her care because of the mother’s terrorist connections. The only difference in Mrs Bergan’s case seems to be the need to divert attention from the awful mess the government is getting the country into with Brexit.


I feel that the UK government have a duty under international law to allow this girl back to the country of her birth and if she has been involved in any illegal activity, she should be brought to justice Up to now I have not heard of anything she has done that could be termed illegal. It is not a crime to be married to a mercenary, fighting in a foreign country, if it was then there would be thousands of British women in court. There have been many British mercenaries left to fight in the Middle East on various sides and been allowed to come back home again. I feel that the UK government also have a duty to protect people in other countries from British subjects who break the law so if she is guilty of any illegal activities the British government should act to remove this threat from these countries.


The difference in this case seems to be that this girl is coloured and Muslim.


Politics in the UK took an interesting turn this week with the defection of several Labour and tory MP’s from their parties to a “limited company” registered in a tax haven. Yes, that is what in effect happened. They have not formed a new party, they have formed a limited company. Now the thing about a company as apposed to a political party is that the company does not have to divulge the source of its funding, I feel that if it did in this case the source would be traced back to the government of Israel and the hint is in the manner in which the ( mainly Labour) defectors gave reasons for their defection. I was for two main reasons. Jeremy Corbyn’s shambles on his EU position and more importantly, the anti-Semitism in the Labour party. Now I am no friend of the labour party or Jeremy Corbin I think he is a poor reincarnation of shambling Michael Foot. His policy on EU withdrawal is shambolic and wrong and he (as Prime Minister) would be a disaster and another road block on the road to Scottish independence, however, he is no antisemitic. He like very many others (me included) despise Israel for their disgusting treatment of the Palestinians and this makes him an enemy of the state of Israel, therefore they will do all in their power to make sure he never becomes the prim minister of the UK. I feel that any funding for this new “group” you will find has in all probability been channelled through one of Tony Blairs financial vehicles. Tony Blair of course is a fully paid up member of the Israeli government and Palestinian slaughter fan club. So interesting times ahead in UK politics.


Speaking of UK politics, which it is difficult to do at present without bursting out laughing followed by hysterical crying after you actually think of what you are doing, the Brexit farce goes on with Theresa May making her ,now almost daily trip to Brussels, so that Junker can tell her once more to f**k off.

Now almost daily we are hearing of companies deciding to leave the sinking ship Britannia. All this and we are not even out of the EU yet. Honda, Nisan, Landover Jaguar, Michelin, the list goes on and gets longer by the day. Brexit is openly being termed a crisis, but it is a crisis that does not need to happen, just stop it, it is like hitting your head against a brick wall, its great when you stop. Try it Teresa. One hope is that the Labour party (or what is “left” of them, excuse the pun) seem to be realising that in order to uphold true democracy they should support a second referendum on Brexit. As far as fairness to the people of the UK is concerned, this must be the thing to do, although as far as the fight for independence goes, it makes things just that bit harder and this brings me on to the next subject.


Independence for Scotland is a dream I have had since I was a boy. My hopes were up when Alex Salmond gained a majority of one, in the Scottish parliament and declared that there would be a referendum on Scottish independence. At that time, we were sitting in the polls at 27%. Throughout the campaign leading up to the referendum in 2014 we pushed that figure to 45% a great achievement. We lost and Salmond resigned. That was probably the worst singe event that could have happened for the independence movement, because Nicola Sturgeon was elected leader of the SNP and she immediately disbanded Yes Scotland and retreated into a bunker. She, along with her band of faithful zombies are still in the bunker. She has laid out her dictate for independence as being dependent of the outcome of Brexit but has decided that the Scottish people (who voted by 62% to stay in the EU) will be happy with a mere attachment to the singe market of customs union and not full membership. Up till recently she had had a pretty strong following of personality cult members of the Nicola fan club who constantly abuse anyone with a different opinion, or who question the wisdom of doing nothing as far as preparation for a future referendum. However, of late there has been a significant swell of questioning of her abilities as far as preparing for a future referendum and the inadvisability of waiting until the interminable outcome of Brexit. There are people like the MP Angus McNeil from the beautiful island of Barra and Kenny MacAskill who are now openly questioning the wisdom of constantly waiting with absolutely no sign of any preparation taking pace. This is good and hopeful, I am still of the opinion that the independence cause will not be properly taken forward under the stewardship of Nicola and her husband Peter Murrel who is the chief executive of the SNP.


Ok I have went on too long with this week’s update and not left a lot of time for my old pal Donald Trump. So very briefly, and apologies to Rudy for the brevity of my take on his favourite person, and the saviour of the Universe. So Donald, last week decided to declare a state of emergency to try to block the few pathetic pieces of humanity who in desperation try to reach the US to better themselves and feed their families. Yes, a state of emergency so that he can look in the mirror in the morning and say, well I got my wall, how great am I? Well Donald , you and a few others might think that but the greater part of humanity on this planet will be shaking their heads and wondering if perhaps the 5 billion or so dollars you think you might be able to spend on a useless and eventually rusting monument to vanity, could have perhaps been sent on alleviating the poverty that causes people to seek a better life. On the other side of the coin and up to now you haven’t started any new wars and hope you will keep out of Venezuela and keep that nut case John Boulton under control.


Ok, so for anyone who is still awake, it is Saturday evening and time for my favourite watering hole Mennies. A nice bar in one of the nicer areas of Dundee. The proper name is the Speedwell Bar but take its name Mennies, from Mrs Mennie who owned the bar at one time. Her claim to fame was the occasion when the Rolling Stones were playing on the Caird Hall in Dundee and visited the pub after the show. They became rather rowdy and were thrown out by Mrs Mennie.


Hopefully I won’t get into any, too heated, political debates tonight and end up being thrown out. So, I wish my friends the World over a great weekend and I raise my glass to you.


And remember:- There are many injustices in the World and they are good traveling companions of the silent people.


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