"Oh I do love the spring. All the leaves...colours..."
"I thought you said we were coming here for May Week."
"I did. May Week's in June."
"So was the TARDIS."
Interesting also that the Tories are using their intolerance of any internal dissent on independence as a selling point. I thought uniformity of opinion was supposed to be one of the many, many things that make the SNP bad?
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At the weekend, Juliet Swann and I were tentatively talking about the possibility of publicly debating each other on the issue of "tactical voting on the list", possibly via live stream. I know next to nothing about live streaming, though, and I see that the most popular platform is far from being free to use. If anyone has any suggestions about how the idea can best be taken forward, feel free to drop me a line.
Same leaflet came through my door in Grantown-on-Spey. She seems determined to be elected somewhere!ReplyDelete
Same in Argyll.... I questioned whether Argyll had been moved o Lottian..?Delete
"Alex Salmond for First Minister"ReplyDelete
I predicted someone would try that line before I even pressed 'publish', but I didn't realise it would be such a half-hearted attempt.Delete
They are both agreed on no tax rises as you would expect from the competing Tories. Poverty getting worse and the rich getting richer. Even Maggie bad face was not as bad as this lot.Delete
Raise taxes? On whom? If Scotland raises the upper rate, the lower rate must be raised by the same percentage. that's what the unionist parties argued for, that's what we are being given.Delete
The only Tories I see in competition are the red and blue variety, as Mr Corbyn is finding out, as the backstabbing careerists seek to destroy his tenure as leader.
The Nat sis wanted tax raising powers and have got it. Time to use them.Delete
Exasperating troll. You've had the income tax limitations explained to you over and over again. Also, knock off the Nazi gibberish - it's not winning anyone over and makes you look even more foolish than your bloody-minded repetition.Delete
I just want someone to love me.Delete
Anent the first image, I thought Ruthie was supposed to have advised CallmeDave not to block a second Indyref. Between lines in the sand disappearing and now this the Tories are all over the place.ReplyDelete
Got this leaflet in East Renfrewshire, which is West of Scotland region.ReplyDelete
Got the same leaflet Strathspey areaReplyDelete
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Got the same one in South Ayrshire. And I notice no mention of the conservatives anywhere except in the URL. It's not 'vote Tory' on the list, it's 'vote for Ruthie, Tank Commander' on the list.ReplyDelete
Got this in Caithness.ReplyDelete
Maybe they are going to put Ruth Davidson on the ballot papers. It would perhaps be less toxic that Conservative and Onanist ( not a typo ).ReplyDelete
Perhaps the Great One is standing for Cults, a tad further north.ReplyDelete
Ruthie----King of Cults--has a ring to it!
Got the same leaflet in Peeblesshire - South of Scotland region.ReplyDelete
I'll be quite interested to see if any prominent Scots Tories come out for a Brexit, given the possible consequences for a second independence referendum.ReplyDelete
Is there such a thing as "prominent Scots Tories"?Delete
So if Ruth Davidson manages to get lower than Annabelle Goldie with her name plastered over all the Conservative material, will hacks finally accept that she is a pretty shitty politician afterall?ReplyDelete
I reckon some of you Nat si butch boys are having wetties in yer panties thinking of Ruth.ReplyDelete
I received one from Glasgow working Class's party today myself and I am in Leith. I phoned the Tory offices to ask them when the second referendum was going to be and of course they said they didn't know so I asked them why they were putting this out and if Wee Ruthie was a clairvoyant as she seems to be the only person who does know and I also mentioned that she also knew the result of some of the referendum constituencies for example Livingstone even before they boxes had been counted the Tories of course just hung up which is what I expected from the party that Glasgow working class is a member off. I will give him/her since it hides behind such a inane moniker a prediction the SNP will get more votes and seats than his three Tory parties put together.ReplyDelete
Paul, why are the Nat sis carrying out right wing Tartan Tory policies.! I am prepared to pay more tax why not the Nat sis.Delete
Exasperating troll. You've had the income tax limitations explained to you over and over again. Also, knock off the Nazi gibberish - it's not winning anyone over and makes you look even more foolish than your bloody-minded repetition.Delete
I got one in NE Fife as well - but they're being delivered by Royal Mail, not Tory leafletters. The Tories literally do not have the footsoldiers in NE Fife to deliver anything by hand, so are throwing money at Davidson's campaign by asking voters in N E Fife to give her their list vote when she's standing on the Lothian list!ReplyDelete
They don't have the footsoldiers anywhere except a handful of towns in the borders mate. Even in Edinburgh, I doubt any of them would have the balls to leaflet Muirhouse.Delete
James way back in October I linked to this live stream.ReplyDelete
All you need is a webcam and Skype.
And a platform. Independence Live presumably pay a hefty fee to use that platform. But I'll suggest to Juliet that we could approach Independence Live and see if they're interested. That may be what she had in mind anyway.Delete
Have to laugh at butch Ruth fighting back against the Tartan alternative Tories. Going by your comments you lot of Nat sis must be concerned.ReplyDelete
Scared? The best Ruth Davidson can do is convince a few nutters like you to vote Tory in Scotland. And even you're too embarrassed to admit you're a Tory anonymously on a blog.Delete
Face it, the only people who'd admit they are a Tory in Scotland are rich or the west coast bigot crew. Ruth Davidson's face won't change that.
"Nat sis" - You just stamped yourself right there as one of the thick-as-shit-in-a-bottle useful idiots who are all that support Unionism in Scotland now. Unionism, with its one token MP apiece for the three parties of Union is dead as a political force in Scotland - pretty much like the space between your ears, 'Glasgow Working Class' (working class, my arse).Delete
Anonymous, you do more hours on this blog than junior doctors. Eat yer Tunnock's.Delete
Speaks the troll who stays up all night in order to win arguments by default when everyone else catches up on their sleep.Delete
Also, there is a clear difference to any normal person (outside the Scottish Conservatives) between people looking for some discussion and those looking to scream "nazi" at strangers.Delete
From experience elsewhere GWC is probably a unionist of the Rangers persuasion. That's where we usually hear their kind of non argument. We should check out his knees to see if they drip.Delete
As for Ruthie, I can't see her making much progress. I received the same leaflet in helensburgh. The aim is for the Norn iron political structure. Tomkins shares the Rangers yoon party approach. It's going to get interesting but I still think they'll be third.
Bowler hat, flute, zombietron.
Sulky, I do not or never will vote for either Scottish Tory/Tartan ToryReplyDelete
Parties. Goodness me the SNP were the sorry no pape party not so long ago until they rebranded themselves. Ye cannae kid an auld yin like me who still has memory of the Nat sis.
Nah, you just trot out faithfully on polling day for the Red Tories...Delete
This is exactly Ruth's problem and the unionist problem in general; they are badly divided. Can't really stand each other. You won't get a unionist leftie voting Tory and a true blue Tory won't vote Labour as a result.Delete
A gift to independence supporters.
If he is not a Tory, it really does show the unionist problem when batshit mental unionist mentalists are not even willing to tick their box.Delete
Get yer bowler hat flute and drum.
James we will do live streaming for you and give you options. email@example.comReplyDelete
If we take off the Nationalist blinkers and remember who they are trying to target and get votes from, this leaflet makes perfect sense. Ruth is liked more than her party. They want to steal other unuonist party voters for whom the constitution remains a big issue.ReplyDelete
When "Alex Salmond for First Minister" was used it was in slightly different circumstances but the general idea was the same - capitalise on name recognition of the party figurehead to stop leakage of list vote from those who (still) dont understand how the regional vote works.
Its not about making people think Ruth, or in that case, Alex, were standing in their region. But as its a party vote its emphasing that a vote in Greenock on the region is as important as one in Eastwood, say.
If people think Ruth is best placed to argue for the union or stand up to Sturgeon, then playing on name recognition may help get a few extra Labour/Lib Dems to cross that divide.
Seems pretty straightforward and obvious strategy to me. Obviously we're all slagging it off because its not intended to work for us and never could.
"When "Alex Salmond for First Minister" was used it was in slightly different circumstances but the general idea was the same"Delete
No, not really, because it wasn't dishonest. The point the SNP were making was that if you want an SNP government and Alex Salmond as First Minister, the way to get it is to vote SNP on the list. That Tory leaflet is clearly implying that Ruth Davidson is a regional list candidate. That's true in Lothian. It's not true in Upper Largo. Or in Grantown-on-Spey. Or in East Renfrewshire. Or in South Ayrshire. Or in Caithness. Or in Peeblesshire.
Thing is, Ruth isn't 'liked more than her party', she's disliked more than her party if anything. Nov TNS poll got 11% 'liking' her, but 11.5% (average of V1 + V2) planning to vote Tory in May.Delete
Liking is different from thinking they make a decent leader of their party. I think Farage is an erse, but think he works for UKIP well enough.
So the strategy is to attract voters across the divide -- by avoiding asking them to vote ToryReplyDelete
and instead asking them to vote for someone not standing in their constituency, and not standing in their regional list.
I guarantee there are lots of voters out there who won't know that RuthDavidson is not on the regional list for their area. Ask any one in the street who is on their regional list for any party and the majority wouldnt be able to tell you. Lots dont even know what their region is! At the moment I have no idea which conservatives are standing in my region.Delete
They may be hoping for the name recognition thing to work.........trouble is, last poll I saw, Davidson had a poor reception on that score.Delete
Perhaps the Tories are turning into a Ruthie cult.
The way forward is to vote Labour who have a historical progressive record unlike the Tories and their Tartan friends who are vultures.ReplyDelete
Yes, Labour do have a historical progressive record. Very historical. It ended in 1979.Delete
So you trash the struggle of the working class James. Enjoy your life. The Nat sis voted for Thatcher 1979 and it was deliberate for their petty agenda.Delete
Don't be so bloody ridiculous. The SNP didn't "vote for Thatcher". They voted to bring the general election forward by a few weeks, and then the people of England voted for Thatcher. It's YOU guys who voted to give England the right to decide Scotland's government, remember?Delete
No James the Nat sis did know the Tory agenda for Britain. Get a grip James and step up a bit.Delete
Translation : "Yes, James, you're correct. The SNP merely voted to bring the 1979 general election forward by a few weeks, and then the people of England voted for Thatcher, as they would have done whenever the election had been held."Delete
Whatever the translation all politicians did know the Tory agenda.Delete
And your point is?Delete
As usual, James, the troll doesn't have a point. It's been a while since he played the broken record labelled Vile Nats '79 though.Delete
The point is the Nat sis pretend to be anti Tory but you are equally as right wing as them. You can con some people some of the time.Delete
So speaks a supporter of the right-wing authoritarian party in socialist clothing.Delete
The SNP did not vote for Thatcher in 79, as you well know, read Dennis Healey's book, it'll show you it was the Labour party destroying it's self (the more things change, the made they stay the same), that led to the vote of no confidence. With a large section of Labour's own MPs voting the government down.Delete
That old tartan Tory schtick, was always a Labour lie, which has been blown out of the water many times, now Labour are the defacto red Tories.
*more not made.Delete
Stop taking the drugs Fool!Delete
I wonder just who is bank rolling the delivery of these across Scotland?ReplyDelete
Was Ruthie not crowd funding her campaign?
Someone is paying for this, Tory main office perhaps?
Could it be Souter? Hey big funder spend a few bob on me.Delete
Every candidate is entitled to one free leaflet delivery by Royal Mail to each household in the constituency.Delete
The key point being " in the constituency". Lots of Ruth clones out there it seems.Delete
I can see left wing unionist die hard Labour voters pure flocking to vote neo-liberal Tory. Aye Ruth, that'll happen.ReplyDelete
Skier, do you reckon that most voters know what neo liberalism is? And what is wrong with neo liberalism?ReplyDelete
No, but they know what a Tory is. Pretending your progressive because your gay while voting down gay marriage and ranting like demented buffoons about Britain will fool no-one but a few young middle-class hipsters. Which is already their core vote.Delete
Still got yer flute, bowler hat and zombie supporters uniform?Delete
I think the tories will grab some votes from the Labour right - people dissatisfied with the Corbyn 'let's all eat veggie sandwiches and be nice to each other' view of the world. At the same time, that message will have attracted back some SNP and Green supporters to Labour. I think the polling pretty much bears this out.ReplyDelete
Neo liberalism is a pejorative term for capitalism with checks and balances - the economic system that has made us rich and has no equal anywhere in the world historically or in modern times. People who use the expression 'neo liberalism' think it would be jolly good fun to have strikes, hyperinflation, recession and IMF bailouts instead (under socialism)
I am feeling a tad left out, not had this leaflet, had quite a few for my MSP who is standing down at the next election, in fact she should never had stood in the first place. I have no idea who Labour are putting forward but I think it might have a different result.ReplyDelete
The evidence seems to be that the Tory filth will remain in a derisory third place in Scotland - even allowing for SLAB's troubles.ReplyDelete
Very satisfying to see that Scots are savvy and informed enough, to keep that repugnant Party well and truly in its, very lowly, place up here.
Would that voters elsewhere in Britain, had the intelligence of the Scots, in this regard.
There will be no "Tory Revival" and questions will then be asked about wee Ruthie's tenure of post.
Most countries have a left-right political balance David, as does the UK (which includes Scotland, by the way - just in case you'd forgot).Delete
Right wing parties will never be popular in areas that are heavily subsidised - because people do not have to pay for their own largesse and therefore do not experience the 'bad' side of socialism.
On the contrary, right wing Parties are not popular in Scotland, because their policies are almost universally seen by most hard-working Scots, as utter shite.Delete
So how come the right wing nat si party are in power? They will not nationalise our trains and buses stolen by the Tories. They support NATO and the monarchy. They will not raise taxes or unfreeze the council tax. How right wing is that then auld yin.Delete
Tell me David, why is it that the healthy, fit, successful people living in nice areas are more likely to vote conservative? Do they vote conservative because they are successful or are they successful because of the attitudes that make them want to vote conservative (self reliance, thrift etc?).Delete
In any case, Scotland voted to remain in a union dominated by a right wing conservative party and a centrist labour party. We also more often than not agree with the English when surveyed on issues, rather than politics.
It seems the right in Scotland is far larger than simply tory voters + UKIP voters. It seems you even have some in your own party - unless you think all those rural SNP voters are actually big fans of socialism.
Only a couple of months to go,to test out your theories.Delete
Personally, I think the "right" vote in Scotland will continue to tumble and that the "left" vote in Scotland will continue to climb.
Scotland is walking away from right-wing politics and nothing is going to save the Tories.
Just to remind you.....the SNP have very recently won/held 24 out of 27 council areas in by-elections.
The Tories, I think, retained/won one
The SNP are now supported in virtually every area of Scotland, no matter the demographics or wealth-spread.
The Tories are supported in virtually none.
Latest polling shows tories on 16% on both ballots, David (and that isn't even considering UKIP, who could get 2 or 3%). Roughly a fifth of the country are openly right wing.Delete
The others are hiding in Labour, the Lib Dems and, yes, even your own party - the SNP. How else would you account for strong SNP areas being also strongly NO in the referendum?
Yes, the SNP might be in the ascendency - but Holyrood and local government in Scotland are elected using PR. This keeps the unionists (and the tories) in the game, even if the SNP does tower above the 2nd placed party. As for Westminster, well, 56 out of 650? You can't do much with that - especially with the tories in power with an absolute majority. Trident, benefit cuts, military action will continue to sail through against tokenistic opposition.
Really, your position isn't all that great and over the next 5 years can only deteriorate.
Received one in Berwickshire, South of Scotland. Bit of a laugh if people trot out to the polls in May and can't find Ruthie's name on the ballot paper. Wonder who they will vote for then.ReplyDelete
Pundits say Lamont will hold his seat here against Paul Wheelhouse, but in politics nothing can be taken for granted, especially given that it wasn't Lamont that took the seat from LibDem Michael Moore, but Calum Kerr for the SNP. Lamont is said to have been damaged by the failure, given the make-up and strength of the Tories in this seat.
Lamont had plenty money for that campaign, but Ruthie's leaflet was delivered by Royal Mail, so perhaps funds aren't so good for his Holyrood campaign. The leaflet, if you can read the white on apricot small print (it should be mandatory for all such info to be easily read) was sent out by the Scottish Tories and at this time does not count towards election expenditure. Maybe trying to promote Ruthie as an alternative to First Minister Nicola as she even wears a red jacket (like Nicola's) in the leaflet.
James, if people in the SNP were to campaign for the union, they'd be kicked out the party and - if serving in an elected post - deselected. And, although I don't like the SNP, that would be right and proper. It's a nationalist party.ReplyDelete
The Conservative and Unionist Party, on the other hand, is a unionist party. It even says it in the title. So anyone campaigning for indy must similarly be shown the door.
And yet, they don't believe ( on the most part) in the European Union. They are allowed to be "separatist and narrow nationalist" for that referendum.Delete
The Scottish Tory Party only got about 15% of the vote in Scotland-----their opinions should therefore not be worth bothering about----except they rule us from the south of England, where they stand as an ersatz English Nationalist Party.
I suppose Adolf thought some people's opinions were not worth bothering about. And we are not ruled from the south we are a democracy in which your fellow nat si MP'S enjoy a very good salary for talking pish.Delete
Yes, Hitler did think a lot of opinions were not worth bothering. Funnily enough, he thought right-wing conservative opinion was worth bothering about since he was a massive right-wing conservative. Likewise he had no time for minority parties and called them all sorts of names all day and night.Delete
I always think of the thing as a circle and if you go far enough left or right you arrive at much the same totalitarian destination.Delete
I find that is said by the right-wing to erase the blame for Hitler. You never hear anyone claiming that Stalin was what happens when "right-wing conservatism goes too far".Delete
The opinions of Conservatives are worth bothering about. They formed a decisive bloc in the Scottish independence referendum. Had the tories voted yes - or even had their support fragmented along yes/no lines similar to other parties - the yes vote would have carried the day.Delete
So, yes, a 15% bloc does require consideration. In any organisation badly split and with myriad subgroups and interests, 15% can hold quite a lot of sway.
And we did.
Hitler and Stalin were both incredibly authoritarian and statist. Hitler commandeered German industry and forced people into slave labour. And, yes - he even called himself a 'socialist' (National Socialist).Delete
This is anathema to right wing libertarians who cherish economic and personal freedom above all else. From their point of view, socialism and fascism are much the same thing - some jumped up little b telling you how you should live your life.
The Referendum was probably decided by the 400,000 English folk who are resident in Scotland - irrespective of their political leanings.Delete
People born in Scotland voted, by majority, for Independence.
As it was a secret ballot, no one can know for sure. But are you suggesting we determine the franchise based on place of birth? I thought this wasn't supposed to be about blood and soil nationalism?Delete
Loving the hypocrisy of the Tories cutting the Scottish budget and now getting their council to pull out of the approved Scottish Government funding schemes because of cuts.ReplyDelete
Scotland gets more per head of population than England.Delete
Also puts more in.Delete
New YouGov poll - asking WM and SP VI and indyref VI too.ReplyDelete
Glasgow Working class get a grip! I suppose that Labour are suppose to be on the Left if by what you've been bleating on about for Days/weeks/months is anything to go by. If you're so profound in politics tell me this, Why have the UK parliament with it's many Labour MP's abstained, voted with Tories and allowed a situation where anyone who's Scottish or Welsh now has to leave the chamber allowing Tories to push through any vote it see's fit (because they don't win seats elsewhere but it has the majority of seats) Under the guise that they are working on England's behalf but has a knock on effect on budgets and infrastructure for those nations. Isn't it OUR tax payers money too?ReplyDelete
It's a farce that the Westminster is used for such a purpose. If the MP's in England wanted to behave in this way they should have an English only parliament building or chamber.
Reading between the lines you are a Labour man. My Father was, My Uncles and aunts all were too but they have been shambolic when they have power and more than utterly useless without it. Infighting about the leader recently aside when do you ever hear them saying that they need to be a strong opposition? NO, it's all about we need to get back to the Policies of the past that kept us in power for 10+ years. They are Tory lite abstainers.
You might feel better together but I don't, and I don't feel like we're in an equal partnership of nations pulling in the same direction.
What part did the Nat sis ever play in the class struggle for working conditions and forming the NHS. My recollection of the Nat sis pre Thatcher was them attacking Labour and the unions then voting to bring down Labour. Bloody Tartan Tories.ReplyDelete
Voting down Labour, As did 30+ Labour MPs, a fag end Labour government, that shat on the people of Scotland and got thrown out by the English electorate.Delete
You should join IS and make up your own history on the hoof.Delete
He should join the Islamic State because Labour voted down Scottish Assembly despite Scots voting for it or because you have no clue about Scotland's radical past?Delete
Radical, you mean Tam Sheridan!Delete
Sulky, Keir Hardie was radical and was Labour. I cannot think of any Nat si that was radical or did anything for the Scottish Working Class. Looks apparent that some Nat sis have sidelines! like the other parties.Delete
Ever heard of RB Cunningham Grahame? He was the first socialist MP in Britain, co-founded the Labour Party then almost immediately left to form the National Party of Scotland because he couldn't see a viable path to socialism within the British state. See also Jimmy Reid, Jim Sillars et al. It's certainly true that the SNP historically has had a right wing and one or two of the "free, protestant Scotland" comments from years gone by are a nasty stain on the party's record, but the "Tartan Tories" thing is an absolute myth. The SNP was producing clearly left wing/social democratic manifestos from the early '70s onward.Delete
It's a real tragedy that the history of Scotland's largest party is so unknown. The fact that it is so is a dreadful indictment on Scottish historians. But then, until very recently you probably didn't get the best jobs or the good publishing deals if people knew you were "one of them." It's only too obvious how the British media and British elites want to malign the SNP in any way they can.
Bowler hat flute, zombietron.Delete
Rubbish kenny the Nat sis have no history of working class struggle. Leaving aside the past the Nat sis at present are paying lip service to the Tories.Delete
As I stated earlier, read Dennis Healey's book, it's all there, how Labour shafted its self.Delete
Labour have a long history of selling out, on the "working class struggle", ermine clad lords etal.Delete
Kenny - great post. It is funny that the main stain on the SNP's past is not the 'Nazi sympathising' smears on Hugh MacDairmid, who was identified as a well-known communist. It was actually the orange element in the post-war period. It is strange that never really gets identified. Probably because a lot of those orangemen fell squarely behind the Tories and a couple west-coast Labour barons when they realised the SNP were not anti-catholic bigots.Delete
jimnarlene, the funny thing is: its major Labour Party figures who have had a massive role in the SNP since its inception. Even today, you have Jim Sillars and Tommy Shephard.
Even as far back as the 1950s, there are party documents that are almost word-for-word the same as the stuff being produced by the leaders of African liberation movements.
I got that leaflet in haghill tooReplyDelete
I'm not going to lie. I could use some links for SEO purposes. On the bright side, you'll be helping save countless souls from months if not years of torment and poverty. Thanks.ReplyDelete