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. 

At last a road map to independence

For Months now there has been a cloud hanging over the independence movement, A cloud of fear distrust and indeed disappointment.

The fear has been brought about because of the Scottish governments pursuit of independence supporters supporting Alex Salmond. A particular case is the political charges made against Craig Murry, his crime was honestly reporting the case against Alex Salmond.

There is great concern regarding the dystopian, Hate crime bill which it would appear is being brought in along side the Gender recognition act, in order to quash any dissent with regard to the removal of woman’s rights. It could for instance be seen as a hate crime for a Woman to object to a biological Man to sharing women’s toilets, The biological man being there in the first place because he simply self identified as a woman.

The distrust is mainly in connection with the Scottish governments pursuit of Alex Salmond with what seems now as trumped up charges of sexual assault. This involved Nicola sturgeon misleading parliament. In other words she lied to parliament.

This is a huge subject and my propose here is not to go into the gory details of how the Scottish government and their civil service plotted to deprive an innocent man of his liberty, but the fact is, they did.

Now you could be forgiven for not realising that the raison d’etre of the SNP is to attain independence for Scotland. The reason you might not realise this is that ever since Nicola sturgeon took over as leader if the SNP she has constantly blocked any move towards independence.

During the last six and a half years of her tenure as leader of the SNP she has constantly ignored the many independence mandates given through the ballot box to the SNP. She has also deliberately failed to take advantage of god given opportunities to call a referendum. The dragging of Scotland from the EU is a perfect example of this but there has been plenty more.

Nicola Sturgeon has also constantly failed to acknowledge the simplest route to independence, which is (according to the UN charter on human rights ) simply to ascertain the will of the people and then declare independence. The most obvious way to do that is at an election to choose the government of Scotland.

She has constantly refused to do this and the most logical conclusion is that she has been actively working against the cause of independence. The action’s of the Scottish Government over the last few years in relation to the conspiracy against the one man who could have actually shown us a viable road to independence, I feel proves this.

Ok, so that is a very brief background to my assertion that over the last while, there has been a cloud hanging over the independence movement. People simply do not trust Nicola Sturgeon to deliver independence. That is of course, apart from the cult like following and science deniers that she has surrounded herself with.

Yesterday this changed. Alex Salmond launched a new independence party, Alba, an ancient name for Scotland.

It is a list only party, in other words it will only contest regional seats and leave the constituency seats to the SNP, constituency seats are fought on a first past the post system and hopefully the SNP will not be damaged to the extent that their regional vote is too affected. The fact that there is a new regional only party headed by Alex Salmond should help this situation.

Now there has been a lot of confusion regarding who we should vote for to gain the maximum amount of independence related members of parliament and the reason for this confusion is the SNP themselves who insist on both votes going to them. Now because of the voting system in place, a party achieving a large representation in the constituency vote is in the event penalised in the regional vote. Without going into the mathematics of it, a good example is, in the last election in 2016, the SNP had a good representation in the constituency vote and also almost a million votes in the regional section. They achieved only 4 seats for that million votes actually loosing two seats and allowing the unionist parties to get a disproportionally large representation in the Scottish parliament.

So there we have it , the SNP have been actively working against independence in order to keep themselves in power.

As I say, because of the new party headed By Alex Salmond , hopefully a wounded, but hopefully not mortally, SNP can be guided towards a reasonable representation in Holyrood which will be bolstered by a decent representation by Alba, where Nicola Sturgeon’s feet can be held to the fire and forced to pursue a proper road to independence.

We have been too long in the doldrums, becalmed by the unwillingness or inability of Nicola Sturgeon to properly progress the cause if independence.

Yesterday, a man who has went through hell over the last few years gave us the chance of a new road to independence, We must grasp this opportunity with both hands.

As for Nicola Sturgeon, after the election she will either fade into the obscurity she deserves or end up in the same prison cell she had earmarked for the man who will eventually take us to independence.

This is our road

SNP debacle all so predictable.

As I sit here and watch the SNP tear itself apart because of a leadership who, it would appear, have indulged in some very questionable and probably illegal action’s, I cant help reminiscing and realizing that this was all avoidable.

I have been in business for over half a century, during that time I have made many mistakes and also have had some pretty substantial victories.

The common denominator that courses through my business experience is that I have learned. I have learned from my clients, I have learned from my suppliers and I have learned from my employees. I have had some very intelligent employees and I have had some not so intelligent employees but I have learned something from every one of them.

One of the main things I have learned is that the most important lessons are to identify the mistakes you are making, and more important still to correct them as soon as possible.

Probably the most important benefit of being in business for so long is that you acquire the significant gift of being able to to see into the future.

I have been warning against the policies of Nicola Sturgeon for some considerable time. Although to be very honest, I initially welcomed her taking over from Alex Salmond, as when we were campaigning on the streets of Dundee during the referendum campaign, we constantly heard from people who just did not like him.

It was apparent however that when questioned ,most of them could not actually give a good reason for the dislike.

After the referendum and the coronation of Nicola, it soon became apparent to me that all was not well, as she did not seem intent on correcting the mistakes made in the referendum campaign or addressing the issues we actually lost the campaign on such as pensions and the monetary situation.

I began to get a very uneasy feeling that all was not well in the leadership of the SNP and now after 6 wasted years and a leadership who have, it seems indulged in illegal and amoral actions sending the party into a tailspin which is all but impossible to get out of before the elections planned for May, unless there is an almost immediate change of leadership.

As to the gift of seeing into the future, I copy below a Facebook posting I did on the 4th February 2015 ( less than 4 months after Nicola’s coronation) whilst I was on a trip to Asia. This was a time when most main line commentators in the movement were very busy extolling the virtues of the great savior and the faithful were in the process of embedding themselves in the cult of St Nicola.

Now we are witnessing an outcome a child could have predicted.

Bob Costello

4 February 2015  · Nha Trang, Vietnam  · Shared with Public

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Well day three and in Penang , Malaysia, Came out of the terminal and there in front of me was a monument to Queen Victoria.

Another sign of the British Empire. We have one in Dundee , the stamp of the British empire that the union Flag flew over, and over which the Sun never set . The Union Flag , better known as the butchers apron , for good reason.

It got me thinking of what was left of the British empire , not a lot , the Falkland Islands , Gibraltar, a few more islands and of course Scotland.” Hold it” I hear your say ” Scotland is not part of the British empire, we are an equal partner in the United Kingdom” no we are not, and we never have been. If we had been an equal partner we would have had the rights of an equal partner and been able to have gone our own way on September 18 last year.

The big problem we had was that we have within our shores and territorial waters, the asset that underpins and stands as collateral for the massive loans that successive incompetent Westminster governments have built up and without these assets and the revenue which flows from them, together with the possibility that Scotland would not have taken on a voluntary proportion of these massive loans , the economy South of the border would have been on a fast track to collapse. Add to that the situation where we have the completes nuclear deterrent housed 20 miles from our largest center of population.

So don’t kid yourself , there was never any prospect of Scotland being handed our independence with the tactics we employed in the referendum campaign .

Our efforts , honestly but misguidedly led by the SNP were like expecting a Lion to be mauled by a sheep. We just were not up to it .The establishment closed ranks and we saw the unholy alliance of the Tories and the Labour Party as they morphed onto one grotesque monster, aided and abetted by the willing minions in the state broadcaster the BBC, together with most of the mainstream press.

On the day of the vote we were still on the streets of Dundee and it was our busiest day yet. Firstly we drove off the feeble competition of the paid hired help of bussed up from England so called ” activists” in the No camp.

We drove them off , not by force but by embarrassment, as people were walking past them to come to us. As the day went on however it became apparent that something was amiss as we were getting people who we had registered to vote ( we registered thousands of them and handed most of the registrations to the SNP hub for submission to the authorities and some we submitted ourselves) coming up to us and complaining that they had been turned away from polling stations as not being on the voters roll.

There were many more reports of irregularities and unexplained procedures ,like the postal votes being counted in the main in England, the agreement that there would be no exit polls taken, instances of politicians having been aware of the postal voting results before they were declared ( as in Ruth Davidson’s admission on the night of the polling).

Yes there was a multitude of , let’s say, abnormalities. So what happened ? What did our Scottish government do to ally fears of cheating ? They did nothing . No enquiry, no probe, nothing. So , the analogy of the Lion and the Sheep comes to mind.

So what is the situation now? Well we, through the campaign have a huge army of grassroots supporters of independence and they in their frustration and disappointment took the only road that they saw was open to them,and joined the SNP, in the hope that there would be a plan, a plan to take forward their hopes for an independent country.

What did the SNP do with this huge volunteer army? Nothing, and the worst thing you can do with an army is to let it stagnate. I approached the SNP soon after the referendum and asked what the plan was for an ongoing campaign to highlight the broken promises which would surely come to light and the silly vow which would in all probability fall to pieces. But there was no plan, instead I was told that they would wait on the outcome of the Smith commission.

Well we all now know exactly what that is worth and it is not much more then nothing. So where are we now you might ask ? Well I will tell you where we are . We are about to make the same mistakes again. There is a prospect of sending a goodly amount of SNP members of parliament down to Westminster , great, but the problem is that it would appear they are not going down there to fight for independence . They are going there to try in some way to negotiate Home Rule.

A very basic negotiating premise is to start at the top , not the bottom. We should be putting forward our strongest hand not our weakest one and our strongest hand would include UDI ( a unilateral Declaration of Independence ).

There are many reasons for this and only a few of them actually include that course of action but the threat of it has to be there.

The best chance we have of increased powers is still of course in sending as many SNP members of parliament down to Westminster as possible, but it is a waste of time sending a flock of sheep down there unless they are wolves in sheep’s clothing.

As I sit here in this Coffee shop in Penang musing at what might have been, had we had an even playing field I look at the wall in front of me and by an amazing coincidence this is what I see.

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A difficult year ahead

Today, the first day we are totally divorced from the European Union. I post this Facebook memory at the foot of the page, from this day in 2017. Are things any better?

Well, the situation in Syria is a hell of a lot better for the people there, thanks to the intervention if Russia, otherwise had the West continued the route they were taking, then today Syria would have been part of a greater Israel and there would have been an even greater refugee problem in Europe.

As far as independence goes, despite a whole stack of mandates the SNP have done nothing to free us from the control of England and have in fact spent the last 4 years trying to save the UK from the stupidity that is Brexit.

The only thing that will now rectify the situation is a change of leadership in the SNP or as I was suggesting 4 years ago a new independence party. Had we done that then, we would not have been in the situation we are now.

2020 was the year of the Pandemic, a pandemic which was handled, both by the UK government and the Scottish government in the most inept manner possible, resulting in thousands of unnecessary deaths. They were both warned about this and took no action. There was an operation in 2016, called Cygnus which was laid out to prepare for such an invent. a flu pandemic. Thus, highlighted serious shortcomings in governmental preparedness for such an invent.

Both the UK government and the Scottish government ignored the findings of this report. One of the main areas of concern was care homes. Well, we all know what happened there, do we? Not only did the Scottish government ignore the warnings in Cygnus, but they seeded care homes with infected hospital patients. Yes, that was what they in effect did.

once this is over there must be an independent investigation into government actions surrounding the Pandemic and those responsible must be punished.

As far as the independence cause is concerned this pandemic has been used as yet another excuse for inaction, meanwhile allowing the British government plenty of time to put in place measures through, for instance the single market bill, which in effect removes many of the reserved powers of the Scottish Government. This will eventually reduce the Scottish government powers to that of a local authority.

Yes, there has been a pandemic and people will say that Nicola Sturgeon has had her hands full. Well, the same should have applied to the British government but they have been working away reducing the powers of the Scottish Government. There is also a direct comparison with countries like New Zealand whose Prime minister has managed to virtually wipe out the virus, bring up a young child fight a general election and have two referendums all during this pandemic. Nicola Sturgeon meanwhile has failed at fighting the pandemic and has failed at her post as the leader of the party of independence.

Nicola Sturgeon and her husband, Peter Murrel are at present mired in accusations of lying and conspiracy to deprive an innocent man his freedom for what could have been the rest of his life.

So, as we usher in the New Year, we the people of Scotland seriously need to take stock of the situation, we need both to look back and also look to the future, we have a Scottish election coming up in May. By the looks of things now, Nicola Sturgeon is intent, on once again dangling the carrot of independence in the hope of once more the SNP being returned to Holyrood with a majority with the promise that she will once again ask the British government for a section 30 which is a derogation of a part of the Scotland Act which facilitates a referendum on independence. She called it the “gold standard” but there has never been a single country of all the 66 countries who have declared their independence from Britain, done so by using a section 30 or anything like it.

It is obvious to me that Nicola Sturgeon has no intention whatsoever in achieving independence and I have a feeling that in the coming months it will be clear that she actively tried to remove the very person who would have taken the independence cause forward from the political scene, Alex Salmond.

The simplest and most direct and democratic way we could achieve independence is to make the May election a plebiscite election with a one scenario manifesto, that of independence and if a majority is achieved then that satisfies the UN Declaration of Human Rights as far as ascertaining the will of the people as to a requirement to be an independent country.

So, there we have one person’s opinion of where Scotland stands at the beginning of 2021. We have two major conflicts to surmount. The pandemic hopefully will be under control within a few months with the emergence of several vaccines. Independence, it seems is more difficult than the pandemic, as we have been trying to achieve that goal for a lot longer and at present, it would appear that the person mandated to attain that goal is the very person who is setting up the roadblocks to it.

Yes 20021 is going to be an interesting year so, to all my friends in the four corners of the Earth, I wish you a very happy new year

Positing from 1 January 2017.

Well folks as 2016 draws to an end , I suppose it is time to reflect on the year past . It is a year we have seen great changes in the order of things . here in Scotland we saw the SNP victorious in the Scottish parliamentary elections but with the loss of an overall majority. I wont go into that because I have covered it at length in various blogs, disappointing but inevitable.

We have seen a stop start attitude to a future independence referendum and we have seen the starting gun fired in the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union with the vote to exit the union that has served us well for many years. A union which is far from perfect but better than the alternative which is speedily dawning on the people of these islands.

We have seen the election of Donald Trump in the US. Who would have thought ? However just another indication of the frustration of ordinary people to the suffocation with corporate greed and a contest conducted by two totally unsuitable candidates to lead the most powerful country in the World.

We saw Britain going to war once again at the behest of the US, this time in Syria and this time to support terrorist organizations like ISIS and Al Nustra( formerly known as Al Qaida).

We have seen Russia give the West lessons ,both in military efficiency and diplomacy in defeating the terrorist organizations backed by the US and Britain, giving the people of Syria the best possible Christmas present, that of the prospect of peace. Hopefully the Syrian refugees can start going back to their homeland, at the same time solving the EU refugee problem.

We have seen the belated conversion on the road to Damascus by the US in refusing to veto a resolution by the UN to condemn Israeli settlements in Palestinian land. However , from the same administration we have witnessed a confused US administration expelling 35 Russian diplomats in a fit of peak for Russia having the audacity to exclude the US in peace negotiations in Syria and a silly accusation of Russia interfering in the American elections by exposing Clintons awful breach of security by using an insecure private server to transmit highly secret state business.

So a very mixed year and one that we should hopefully learn from, as we head into 2017.So to all my friends ,no matter where you be on the planet I would like to wish you a very happy new year .To all my friends in the independence movement, and especially the Yes Bus team in Dundee I wish you a more productive year than the last one as far as our road to independence goes.

This is a photo of three of the most precious people in my small World. These are my grand children. These are the people we want to live in a free Scotland. A free Scotland in a free World. So in the words of our national bard ,Rabbie Burns .For a that, and a that. Its coming yet for a that. That Man to Man the World ower Shall Brothers be , for a that .Happy New Year.