Sunday, July 24, 2016

How "Devo or Death" became "Brexit or Bust"

Heads up pol peeps : those of you of a nostalgic bent really should be keeping an eye on the Twitter account of Kenny "Devo or Death" Farquharson, who is currently doing an extended one-man indyref tribute act.  As you'll recall, he spent an inordinate amount of time in 2014 trying to convince both himself and the rest of us that a No vote was somehow a vote for Devo Max.  Whenever the implausibility of that claim was pointed out, he would gaze mysteriously into the distance, and whisper "no, I can see it, it's out there, it's shining, just waiting for us, it's...the most beautiful, perfectly-formed Devo Super Max, and all we have to do is vote No.  Oh thank you, David Cameron!  May the heavens bless you, George Galloway!"  The much more logical conclusion that the only way to get a powerhouse parliament was to vote Yes had to be denied, because independence was not Devo, and independence was therefore Death.

That logic has got Kenny into even more of a bind over the last few weeks, because the rest of the UK has only gone and voted for something that makes independence pretty likely.  He knows that the Leave vote can't simply be ignored, so instead he's become an overnight enthusiast for the endless wonders of Brexit-Lite, and is currently tying himself up in knots trying to convince himself that there is a magic formula out there that will somehow get Nicola Sturgeon on board and avert Death/Independence.

"OK, OK, but if we stay in the single market and introduce an Australian-style points system that's particularly favourable to Scotland's needs, what does Sturgeon do then?"

You can't stay in the single market and introduce an Australian-style points system, Kenny.  Oh, and freedom of movement is one of the Scottish Government's red lines anyway.

"Yeah, yeah, but if we stay in the single market, introduce an Australian-style points system AND throw in a free chocolate hobnob, Sturgeon has got nowhere left to go, yeah?"

It's all rather sweet.  He shall henceforth be known as Kenny "Brexit or Bust" Farquharson.

Mind you, he maybe did have cause for some minor excitement yesterday, because it was reported that the EU may be considering allowing the UK an "emergency brake" on free movement of as long as seven or ten years, while remaining in the single market.  That's the first indication that the EU is perhaps having second thoughts about making an example of the UK as a deterrent to others.  The snag, though, is that Theresa May has a parliamentary majority of just 12 seats, and it's very hard to see how she's going to keep her government intact if she agrees to merely a temporary suspension of free movement, followed by a resumption of normal service thereafter.  I doubt if that's a runner, unless May is the sort who would sacrifice her premiership in the national interest - and that's certainly not how she comes across.

69 comments:

  1. With polls consistently showing half or more Scots want independence and many unionists being very old and frail it's only a matter of time before the union is consigned to history.If it's not the current Brexit debacle it will be something else.

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    1. And where will that leave Kenny Farquharson?

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2July 24, 2016 at 5:17 PM

      Involuntary euphonasia by the Nat sis for the over sixties should do the trick. Save on pensions and bus passes as well as disenfranchisement for the elderly.

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    3. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor. The troll also dehumanises opponents by calling them insects.

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    4. Glasgow Working Class 2July 24, 2016 at 7:23 PM

      Wrong, insects are usefull to the environment and are you human!

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    5. The troll dehumanises opponents by calling them insects.

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    6. Euphonasia? What's that? Death by euphonium?

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    7. Apparently the Nats are going to force the oldies to listen to pleasant sounds. Doesn't seem too bad.

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    8. Parp! Parp!

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    9. Close, but Blair's more of a tuba man.

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  2. Bumblefuck tories for unityJuly 24, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    I'm always amused by clueless tories who think a points system is the answer to all their prayers.

    Guess again.

    Have a look at the Australian immigration numbers last year.

    All a points based system would do politically is move the argument from the EU directly to immigration and nothing but immigration.

    Something the kippers would be over the moon about and hardly something that would stop the tories bleeding votes to the kippers any time soon.

    Particularly when you look at the kind of political clusterfuck the tories made of their immigration policy under the control a certain T. May.

    If the tories thought Cameron's ludicrous promises on immigration were damaging before, wait till the tories have to do it on a yearly basis.

    They would have to defend themselves every single election (not just the GE) against kippers who would run the same kind of 'floods of immigrants' stuff they did during the EU ref.

    That will hardly end well for them.

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2July 24, 2016 at 7:15 PM

      Bumblefuck, you seem like a real expert in politics and talk the talk. Why are you not in power or are you just a bumble fuck!

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    2. The poster above is a far-right racist troll from EnglandJuly 24, 2016 at 7:39 PM

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    3. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor.

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  3. Surprised that Nadine from Essex hasn't posted with her usual hilarious line about 'nat sis'. Maybe we'll have to wait till the prosecco kicks in.

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    1. Check back up the page, The prosecco has already kicked in.

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  4. The "emergency break" thing would appear to be a non-starter in any case.

    http://www.alde.eu/nc/press/press-and-release-news/press-release/article/guy-verhofstadt-parliament-will-block-a-deal-that-creates-a-new-favourable-status-for-the-uk/

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  5. Bumblefuck tories for unityJuly 24, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    I'm always amused by clueless tories who think a points system is the answer to all their prayers.

    Guess again.

    Have a look at the Australian immigration numbers last year.

    All a points based system would do politically is move the argument from the EU directly to immigration and nothing but immigration.

    Something the kippers would be over the moon about and hardly something that would stop the tories bleeding votes to the kippers any time soon.

    Particularly when you look at the kind of political clusterfuck the tories made of their immigration policy under the control a certain T. May.

    If the tories thought Cameron's ludicrous promises on immigration were damaging before, wait till the tories have to do it on a yearly basis.

    They would have to defend themselves every single election (not just the GE) against kippers who would run the same kind of 'floods of immigrants' stuff they did during the EU ref.

    That will hardly end well for them.

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2July 24, 2016 at 8:28 PM

      You seem tae be dead clever innatt just like Corbyn innatt.

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    2. The poster above is a far-right racist troll from EnglandJuly 24, 2016 at 9:35 PM

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  6. Nobody is the European Parliament or Spain for that matter seems in the least attracted to this "Emergency Brake" idea. It is one of those passing statements that has been taken and blown out of proportion as well as misrepresented by the UK media and government.
    The get your cake and to eat it claims British people are so fond of as if they are still some important global power. Is that political senility do you think ?

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  7. Immigration was just a focus for gathering the Out vote.
    The Tories want nothing to do with the EU other than access to the market and anything that is cobbled together as part of a trade deal will only be temporary.
    They now have a democratic mandate for something many of them have wanted to do for a long time and are not about to let the opportunity pass them by.
    HM press have been talking up the possibility of another referendum,article 50 never being activated,retention of access to the market with restrictions on movement of people and so on.
    Doubt any of these will fly with an EU who will be as glad to see the back of England's Tories as the Tories will be of the EU.
    No more pooling and sharing.
    Rule Britannia.

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  8. The Tories are only interested in the well being of the City of London, it's banks and financiers. It's where they get their money. It's where their children get jobs. It's where the "inducements" (for MPs)come from.
    The rest of the UK----the West, the North, the devolved"Regions" don't really count. If they enter their consciousness, it's as somewhere to "shoot" or to have "ones" estate -----otherwise we are an irritant. Something whose interests are there as bargaining chips, something the fishermen will find out once more.

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    1. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/kick-bankers-man-remembrancer-out-1874811

      https://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/jul/09/city-london-corporation-lesson-lobbying


      Any yet our dear troll thinks the EU is worse than Westminster.

      ROFL

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  9. Could somebody apply the Emergency Brake but make sure Farquharson isn't strapped in when it gets pushed.

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  10. Glasgow Working Class 2July 25, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    That Gavin fash nat si above is your typical moron. The City brings in millions in tax revenue that helps provide our public services. Maybe Gavin is willing to pay additional tax? Only kiddin Gavin nae need to have a panic attack the English taxpayer will provide.

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    1. The troll has no interest in paying more taxes but demands others do so. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor.

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    2. Who is paying for English deficit then ?

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    3. The city of London is a corporation, it also provide access to the numerous TAX-HAVENs for foreigners and businesses that operate in the UK, thus they do not pay the tax they should.

      Throw in such things as the LIBOR rigging scandal, becoming entangled in toxic debt, gov paying it off, bankers still getting bonuses etc, global corps getting off scot-free because they provide data to mi5 and yeh, the big bad EU are awful....LOL

      Pull the other one you fucking melt.

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  11. Gavin, aka, fash nat si. I agree with you and not the racist troll.

    Fuck him.

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 1:18 AM

      Well you would Nat si. Is your Giro in the post courtesy of the English taxpayer?

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    2. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor.

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    3. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 11:38 AM

      The above Nat si troll has some form of repetative illness.

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    4. The troll has no interest in paying more taxes but demands others do so. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor.

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    5. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 12:36 PM

      The above Nat si needs help immediately. PHONE THE Nat si helpline.
      0049 +.

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    6. The troll has no interest in paying more taxes but demands others do so. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor.

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    7. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 3:40 PM

      The above Nat sis troll supports a shower of shit that will not use their tax powers.

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    8. The troll has no interest in paying more taxes but demands others do so. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor. The troll further dehumanises opponents by likening them to insects and faecal matter.

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  12. Kenny now asking if the SNP support independence.....

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 4:01 PM

      Just reading some comments from Farquharson. He seems to have sussed out the Nat si deceit and hypocrisy on NATO and the monarchy. He must be a sensible like me.
      Reminds me of the good old days when Kim Jung Eck was praising and wanted to emulate countries like Norway, ROI and Iceland but never had a currency or economic plan, stock exchange for Scotland. But what did the Nat sis say, dinnae worry everything will be all right you can only lose your job and livelihood but you will wake up Scottish and independent.

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    2. The troll has no interest in paying more taxes but demands others do so. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor. The troll further dehumanises opponents by likening them to insects and faecal matter.

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  13. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    And another excellent comment in todays press. The Nat sis 'turn issues into grievances'.
    How true it makes me ashamed to be Scottish listening to the never ending moanin, whinging and sad stories from the Nat sis. The Nat sis do not represent the majority of hard working Scots.

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    2. This, of course, is on top of the troll's standard conflation of the Scottish Government with the barbarity of the Third Reich.

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  14. I think it is now becoming clear that the SG is going to do everything it can to keep Scotland completely within the EU but that it is now up to the British unionists to come up with a solution which allows us to do that and retain the current political union with England.
    I am deeply sceptical that this will be possible but it is up to the Tories,in particular,who created this mess and their fellow British nationalists in the Labour party to make the case before we are forced into holding another independence referendum.
    They created this situation,so they are responsible for the outcome.

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    1. Unfortunately for the British nationalist parties, they have no solution. We're expected to shut up and eat our Brexit cereal.

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 6:46 PM

      And another casualty of immigration in France. An old man and a priest courtesy of inept idiot politicians who have no sense of history only personal greed. Shame on them and knickerless wanted unlimited entry to Scotland for Islamist so called
      refugees. The woman is an idiot and a threat to the Scottish people.

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    3. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 6:53 PM

      Put some sugar and milk in yer porridge Anon, English style you divisive Fash narrowback nonentity. And here is me being kind.

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    4. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 6:57 PM

      No mess was created the British people voted OOT. Alles klarr Nat si.

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    5. Where is your evidence that the latest atrocity in France was perpetrated by immigrants? France has the largest muslim minority in Europe, most of which are French citizens.

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    6. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 7:31 PM

      Decendents of immigrants! Idiot. Fascist Islamist Death Cult! Idiot. The evidence is history. If the Islamists had not arrived then no death cult. Idiot.

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    7. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor. The troll further dehumanises opponents by likening them to insects and faecal matter.

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    8. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 10:41 PM

      Real Scots call faecal matter, shite. You are a German Herman and clearly trying to undermine the United Kingdom. Nein.

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    9. The poster above is a far-right racist troll from EnglandJuly 26, 2016 at 10:57 PM

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    10. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor. The troll further dehumanises opponents by likening them to insects and faecal matter.

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  15. If you need to raise some money to eliminate trolls, just ask and we will crowd fund. No more Nadine.

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  16. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Fash mob offering money. What a revelation. Sow up yer pockets Jock!

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    1. The poster above is a far-right racist troll from EnglandJuly 26, 2016 at 10:57 PM

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    3. Glasgow Working Class 2July 26, 2016 at 11:42 PM

      Fash mob have never offered any economic policies tae the Jocks or a currency. Just lining their pockets like their ancestors as Jocks dae. Nae shame. And the Nat si MP'S at Westminster get bloated and shag. SCONIE BOATLAND forgotten.

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    4. The troll also advocates arming Leave campaigners to "defend democracy", uses racial and ethnic slurs while claiming they're not insults, praises Theresa May and displays a strange. perverted and poisonous obsession with the First Minister and her predecessor. The troll further dehumanises opponents by likening them to insects and faecal matter.

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  17. Your blog is usually a good read, but it's now got to the stage where I won't even bother reading comments or entering discussions, as it takes too long trying to avoid the continual juvenile rubbish from the troll.
    Life's too short!

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  18. The real idiots are the people that constantly respond to the troll !!! The anonymous person that always says "the troll advocates arming ....etc" or hootsman who I see actually engaged in conversation ? Or the "the poster is a far right racist troll from England" guy !! What's wrong with you people ! It's an illness I think ! You are unable to just ignore the Troll ! You people are as bad as it !

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    1. Yes,could even be a one person debating society.

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2July 27, 2016 at 7:18 PM

      Is it not Mongo from Blazing Saddles!

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  19. I agree, if there were just single, unanswered posts from the dumbo, then it would be easy to ignore and pass over. As you say, relying to him/her/it however makes it that bit more tedious. Please stop feeding the troll!!

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  20. I agree, if there were just single, unanswered posts from the dumbo, then it would be easy to ignore and pass over. As you say, relying to him/her/it however makes it that bit more tedious. Please stop feeding the troll!!

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