The World this week from Mennies

Saturday 3 December 2022

Well, another week gone by and a step nearer the 21 of December when the days start to lengthen once more and I for one can’t wait, as it has been one of the wettest late Novembers I can remember. The rain and cloudy skies of course add to the depressing nature of this time of the year.

The other thing that ads to the depressing time of the year here in Scotland is of course the politics of the country, as we have an administration led by probably the most incompetent First Minister in history, Nicola sturgeon.

The disaster that awaits us if we continue to follow Nicola Sturgeon and the answer

Now I say incompetent with good cause, and it is on two counts. Firstly, as the leader of the Scottish parliament. Well almost every faucet of this administration is a failure, from education, the NHS, the railways , the utter debacle and political mis-engineering of the ferries scandal, the fact that we could have been administrating an independent Scotland based, social service benefits agency which was handed back to the UK to administer because the chosen few around Sturgeon were not capable of understanding it let alone administering it . The Alex Salmond conspiracy. Sturgeon is once again facing an enquiry into how she misled parliament in connection with meetings with Jim McColl of Ferguson Marine. Etc, etc, etc.

Now the second count of her ineptitude is as the leader of the SNP. Now for those of you who don’t know what SNP stands for, it is Scottish National Party. The SNP was set up for one purpose, and that was to attain an independence status for Scotland. Now in previous blogs I have made the case that Scotland has never been other than independent. However, Sturgeon’s latest gem after 8 years of inaction on the independence issue was to approach the Supreme court of the UK ( basically England) to get a determination on the Scotland act , which was an additional millstone around the Scottish people’s neck as regards to our independent status.

I will not go into this as I have covered it in last week’s blog, but it was once again another disaster made in Bute house by our illustrious but miss named leader of the independence movement was foisted upon the Scottish people

We are, after 8 years of disastrous leadership further away from stating our independence status than we ever were, and there is only one person responsible for this situation, Nicola Sturgeon. Her backup plan if the Supreme court action was unsuccessful is to use the next UK GE as a plebiscitary election with the SNP going on a one-item manifesto, independence.

However, she has even now begun to back track on this, firstly trying to make it only people who vote for the SNP’s votes to count instead of all votes cast for independence parties and also that despite the results of UK elections being first past the post she has stated that it will require an overall majority of voters which of course makes it even harder to achieve.

The real reason she is choosing a UK general election is of course that the fall-back position is that regardless of the overall voting result the SNP will in all probability be returned to the trough of Westminster. This will of course also mean that people voting for SNP to achieve independence will also in effect be endorsing Sturgeons Gender Recognition bill which will almost certainly see perverts accessing women and children’s private places. This in itself is a disaster waiting to unfold and according to the amount of sexually deviant activities surfacing within the SNP one has to wonder at the motives behind all of this.

There is, of course, an alternative route to declaring our independence and this is set out by various organizations such as Salvo and the political party led by Alex Salmond. Alba. This recognizes the sovereignty of the Scottish people as opposed to the system in England, which is that parliament is sovereign. Now, this distinction quite possibly does not mean a lot to some, but the difference is very important as in England the people pass on the responsibility of governance completely to politicians the day they are elected. Whereas in Scotland the people retain this responsibility and allow politicians to act on their behalf but only as far as it benefits the people. Now when politicians make decisions contrary to the people’s interests, they can be brought to account and in fact, the leader of the administration can be replaced.

So, given the present situation we are in and the intransigence of the SNP to push towards the UK general election suicidal option, by far the best option is this.

A modern-day convention of the estates including all politicians who wish to join from all parties together with a selection of committee members from the public and instructions should be given to the parties comprising the Scottish government for the following actions to be put in place.

A Scottish election should be called, but the only way this could happen out-with the pre-set time scale is that the first minister should resign thereby creating a replacement contest. All the independence parties block anyone being voted in as first minister thereby triggering an election. All independence parties go on a single mandate, that of independence. If there is a majority, then the UN conditions of the “will of the people” will be in place in its purest sense and a declaration of independence should be made.

So hopefully once a convention is formed then the SNP and Greens will have sufficient pressure put on them that this will happen. I have a feeling that the main block to this will be the person elected to forward the cause of independence, Nicola sturgeon.

Have a good weekend folks




I have been in business for well over half a century but I learn something new every day. My politics are the middle of the road. I believe that the far-right and far-left are equally harmful. Jim Murphy ( at that time, leader of the Scottish Labour party) asked me if I called myself a socialist. I said, "no Jim, I am not a socialist, I am a capitalist, but a capitalist with a social conscience.

3 thoughts on “The World this week from Mennies”

  1. Bob

    I will not be voting SNP in 24 that is for sure no matter what anyone says and that includes Scot Goes Pop who I expect will encourage all to vote SNP in the so-called plebiscite. My vote will go to Alba as it has since they were formed, far from perfect but at least serious about independence. Alba is a medium to long-term process and members have to hang in there as the party’s time will come. The SNP are pretty much on the same slippery slope as Scottish Labour, voters will take their revenge for the betrayal, and I would rather rot in hell than give the likes of Chris Law another cushy 5 years at my expense.


  2. Excellent blog, Bob.

    Definitely this.

    “A Scottish election should be called, but the only way this could happen out-with the pre-set time scale is that the first minister should resign thereby creating a replacement contest.”

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