Tuesday, April 24, 2018

COUNT DANKULA; Stefan Molyneux reminds us that we are entering the age of selective policing with the death of Freedom of Speech, Western Society is dying

SNP Nazi Scotland; Scottish Court convicting people for exercising Freedom of Speech, the case of Mark Meechan harks back to the days of German Nazi Judge Roland Freisler and his Nazi Sham Trials, will the SNP be building a Scottish Dachau concentration camp?

Dear All

Freedom of Speech, pretty important and a cornerstone of a free society, if you lose the right then you don’t live in a democracy. When you lose freedom of Speech, you lose everything; people should have the right to saw what they want unless it breaks the law.

In the case of the prankster convicted of hate crimes after releasing a viral video in which he trains his dog to Sieg Heil, there appears to be an issue, the issue is why was he convicted?

What he did was grossly offensive, but in any crime, the benchmark should be did he have criminal intent, this is called Mens rea.

Having looked at this case in passing, we shouldn’t get tried up with anything else but the facts; and I would suggest that Mark Meechan, who was fined £800 and now has a criminal conviction didn’t meet that benchmark. When I wrote about human rights in the past, you will recall that I have always said that the problem doesn’t exist with the legislation but the judges.

Although Airdrie Sheriff Court maybe on the fringes of civilisation, the Sheriff in this case got it wrong, you have the right in law to Freedom of Speech; you don’t have a right in law to be offended. It seems that the Sheriff in this case used his personal opinion to decide that the "gas the Jews" video was grossly offensive hence guilty.

In other words he erred in law because, the benchmark of Mens rea wasn’t reached, he wandered off the legal beaten track and came to the wrong conclusion. The two-year-old M8 Yer Dugs A Nazi video which I have seen is stupid, but that is the point of the video, its Mark Meechan attempt at comedy.

If we accept Mark Meechan is guilty, do we accept that Mel Brooks is guilty for making the film, The Producers?

Found this online, done by John Barrowman, actor born in Glasgow.

Should we all run to the police and get him arrested next time he sets foot on Scottish soil?

This is the ridiculous position which Mark Meechan’s conviction throws up, whatever the ‘act’ is becomes meaningless, it’s the feelings of the other person being offended, which isn’t how the law is supposed to work.

A public appeal to raise the money needed to fight the case is going live on gofundme.com, the fund-raising website whether you contribute is entirely your affair but this is about the principle of Freedom of Speech which clearly the Sheriff doesn’t get it.
The Washington Post on their YouTube channel has the video; does this lot strike you as an organisation which is anti-Semitic?

Dozens of supporters of Meechan, including former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, were at Airdrie Sheriff Court for the court hearing and in London, hundreds gathered an anti-censorship march in support of Meechan.

Robinson said:

"I think the police have used the Jewish community in this instance to silence people and they've actually tried to tarnish the Jewish community as though they can't take a joke. At worst it is distasteful humour, it certainly is not inciting religious hatred against Jews. Frankie Boyle has said far worse things so why hasn't he been prosecuted?"

You also prosecute, Sacha Baron Cohen should he be immediately be arrested for posting a video of himself singing the song Throw the Jew Down the Well?

Sacha Baron Cohen is jewish, he is an actor who lampoons people as he has done in his movies, he played the "anti-Semitic idiot" Borat in the movie of the same name which some people might find grossly offensive.

Meechan, from Coatbridge did his M8 Yer Dugs A Nazi video featuring his pug Buddha as a joke to wind up his girlfriend, he stuck it up on Youtube and the video got three million views. People like crude and offensive comedy, when it is unusual and outrageous it can attract attention.

Sentencing Meechan, Sheriff Derek O'Carroll said the video was grossly offensive and that his girlfriend did not even subscribe to the video channel he posted it on.

You don’t have to subscribe to a channel to watch its contents on Youtube!

O’Carroll said:

"The centrepiece of your video consists of you repeating the phrase 'gas the Jews' over and over again as a command to a dog, which then reacts. Sometimes the phrase is You want to gas the Jews'. You recite 'gas the Jews' in a variety of dramatic ways. 'Gas the Jews' in one form or another is repeated by you 23 times within a few minutes.

This is called a compilation which means, he cut and pasted clips together, therefore the time frame which O'Carroll used as a justification is meaningless.

He added:

"You use the command 'Sieg Heil', having trained the dog to raise its paw in response and the video shows a clip of a Nuremberg rally and a flashing image of Hitler with strident music. You say the video was only intended as a joke to upset your girlfriend, whose dog you used, and nothing more. On the whole evidence, including your own, applying the law as made by Parliament and interpreted by the most senior courts in this land, I found it proved that the video you posted, using a public communications network, was grossly offensive and contained menacing, anti-Semitic and racist material. You deliberately chose the Holocaust as the theme of the video. You purposely used the command 'gas the Jews' as the centrepiece of what you called the entire joke, surrounding the 'gas the Jews' centrepiece with Nazi imagery and the 'Seig Heil' command so there could be no doubt what historical events you were referring to."

Joe Rogan, the American commentator does a show which he covers this case.

What Sheriff Derek O'Carroll did was a disgrace, his diatribe which he tries to put the blame of on Parliament is pitiful; people fought and died for Freedom of Speech, and here we have someone who destroys that hard fought freedom by doing the wrong thing.

I hope this appeal goes forward, as I mentioned, I don’t see how Sheriff Derek O'Carroll reached the benchmark of Mens rea, there was no ‘guilty mind’ hence there wasn’t a crime.

Finally, here is a sham trial to watch from the Nazis era.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, April 23, 2018

Federalism, the political road to nowhere: Scotland's Labour leader Richard Leonard wants Jeremy Corbyn to legislate for a federal UK if he wins Westminster in 2022, he also wants to abolish of the House of Lords; if that is his platform, he is out of his political depth, the people don’t want federalism in England or in Scotland, learn from history, the Kezia Dugdale era was a major disaster

Dear All

I stopped believing in leaders being all knowing quite some time ago in Scotland, the problem is at Holyrood, we have had so many duds, they promise much, do little and don't listen. 

Stephen Daisley penned an article recently about the Holyrood Parliament, in my opinion it is a second rate Parliament with more than its fair share of third rate MSPs.

Holyrood has been a failure, although you could place a lot of blame at the door of the SNP, the truth is the Parliament is as Daisley describes, the actions of the Parliament in caustic detail by summing up by saying this:

“So far this year parliamentary time has been used to debate Earth Hour, the superior quality of Scottish building stones, and ‘the economic potential of Robert Burns’. MSPs have tabled motions welcoming the opening of a ferry terminal, congratulating a school dance troupe on its triumph in a regional contest, honouring a pub in Kilmarnock for winning an award, and marking the retirement of woman from her job at M&S in Kirkcaldy”.

Daisley added:

“The 1999 intake was a class of also-rans and those who could only dream of being so exalted. The country was to be governed by over-promoted councillors and the finest solicitors our district courts had to offer”.

Holyrood in a nutshell!

I voted for Labour leader Richard Leonard because, he represented the best chance for the Labour Party in Scotland to hopefully move its forward. 

It is the 23rd April, since the start of the year; the Labour Party has effectively done nothing of note in campaigning terms. The ‘civil war’ between the left and the right is still going on but quietly, the right is binding its time, well what else can they do.

One thing which is going on in the Labour Party in Scotland is the idea that federal British state solves all the problems of SNP ‘civic’ Nationalism in Scotland. Kezia Dugdale of the ‘right’ and now Labour leader Richard Leonard of the 'left' supports this idea.

Federalism solves nothing, in fact, the people aren’t talking about it, don’t want it, and other than the Lib Dems, there isn't the appetite for it either side of the border. 

This is a policy which needs Labour to be in control both sides of the border. If they were in control of Westminster and Holyrood they would have the numbers to push it through, and given the state of the party, that idea at present is non viable.

Labour leader Richard Leonard saying Jeremy Corbyn must “get a move on” with plans for a federal British state doesn’t help the Labour Party in Scotland. As the third party in Scotland after being overtaken by the Conservatives, the party lacks credibility at present with the people who matter.

That’s the voters!

If you were to ask what does federalism mean and how does it work in practice in Scotland if pushed through, you wouldn’t get a convincing answer from most Labour MSPs, HQ staff, activists or rank and file members. One thing the Labour Party is good at is change; that would be change for change sake, to look as if they are doing something when in fact they are just moving “deckchairs” about. After being wiped out in Scotland in 2015, the snap 2017 election brought some joy as the number of Labour MPs went from 1 to 7.

An unremarkable achievement from a party which dominate Scottish politics for decades! So far since returning to the Labour Party in October last year, I haven’t done a single day of activism, not attended a single meeting, the first four months of my membership, I was banned from attending meetings in Pollok CLP. The Labour Party rules state however I was allowed to attend but in the initial rejoining period of 8 weeks I wouldn’t get voting rights.

The SNP constantly scream about getting more powers, but that is a double edge sword, the more powers they get, the less people will view independence as credible. Once Labour leader Richard Leonard made his pitch, the SNP and Greens savaged Leonard for his intervention, the Greens are seen as an SNP proxy vote cache. In general terms, there should be a major reshaping of the British state due to Brexit, but the constant leeching away of powers fuels discontent in Scotland.

I would put it this way, how long can you sit and listen to a tap dripping before you get ratty?

Previously, I have blogged on this group.

They want a new settlement from Westminster regarding the UK, in politics, the assumption that people can be ‘bought off’ still remains a driving theme. Richard Leonard says he wants Labour to set out a radical alternative to Scottish independence, well now he has said it, what does federalism mean in practice?

And while we are at it, you might want to dive in here and read this page to get the wheels rolling.

Federalism could see parliaments in the four nations of the UK - Northern Ireland, WalesScotland and England sharing equal powers, with a federal government retaining control over foreign affairs, defence, currency, welfare and pensions. The problem with this is that the UK at present has parties going in different directions, and unless the direction of travel is the same, this would lead to problems, major problems, co-operation to make federalism work isn’t there, although it has its supporters in other parties. I don’t see it in the interest of the UK as a body to end up being fractured and the idea of the creation of regional assemblies across England is rubbish. When John Prescott tried to get this idea off the ground, the people wouldn’t buy into it.

At the present time, there is no interest in Federalism and the Labour Party should recognise this, but as Stephen Daisley said about Holyrood:

“Holyrood must stop talking to itself and start listening to the people it serves”.

The exact same thing could be applied to the Labour Party, they are out of government on both sides of the border because they refused to listen to the people it serves, and ploughed on regardless. The change in Scottish politics means now that there are no safe Labour seats in any area of Scotland, if you want elected you have to work for it.

Richard Leonard said he would be “pushing” for Corbyn to commit to legislate for a federal UK if Labour wins the next General Election.

He added:

“I'm in favour of abolition of the House of Lords and I can see there being a case (for federalism), especially if we are moving towards a more federal constitution with a second chamber that is comprised of representatives from Scotland, Wales and the regions of England and Northern Ireland. So I can see that there is a strong case that kind of reform.”

Finally, I am not in favour of abolition of the House of Lords, and I am not in favour of a second chamber that is comprised of representatives from Scotland, Wales and the regions of England and Northern Ireland because of cronyism. One thing about the House of Lords is that it does have independent voices who speak out, we would lose this with a crony elected new second chamber. We should lose our history and traditions because of some people’s desire for cheap political expediency.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nicola Sturgeon’s lapdog yaps: SNP MP Stewart McDonald cries like a little girl as Theresa May wins Commons airstrike vote and he accuses her of manipulating Parliament, SNP Defence Spokesman it appears wasn’t asked to intelligence briefing by Sir Mark Sedwill; the National Security Advisor, left out in the cold, the price of being irrelevant

Dear All

Yet again, yet again, the SNP are on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the argument, Theresa May won a Commons vote on the military action in Syria. In true SNP fashion, the SNP in gripe mode decided to claim that a No 10 intelligence briefing had been used to “manipulate” certain MPs.

The sad fact is intelligence briefings are not a political circus to “manipulate” anyone; these briefs are done by professionals, professionals whose entire job is to protect our country by ensuring the right information is made available to the government.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister insists British lives would be compromised if it became illegal for governments to launch military action without the prior backing of MPs. This isn’t a time for petty politics; the SNP jumped on the bandwagon here because they saw an opportunity, and now are left with egg on their faces. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s call for the introduction of a War Powers Act would “seriously compromise” the safety of the nation and would get people needlessly killed. In today’s fast moving situations, action has to be swift and decisive.

US and France along with the UK have carried out missile strikes on three targets which they have “specifically associated with the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons programme”. They didn’t just pick three random targets out of a hat; they did so by using tradecraft and having assets on the ground.  After the airstrikes, Yury Filatov, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ireland, piped up to say hat Russia, was losing “the last bit of trust” it had with the west and described this as a “very dangerous development”.

Trust is a two way street, and one has to wonder why the Russians haven’t been more clever in the way that they do business, the incident in Salisbury was rank stupidity, then to have RT ‘brag’ about the UK not being safe for people who betray Russia was an attempt to rub our faces in it. The upshot was that several Russians were sent packing, here and also in other Western countries, not exactly a successful operation, and aftermath.

Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are in Douma to establish whether chemical weapons were used there; and what we should remember is that in order to produce these kinds of weapons takes expertise and expensive facilities; you can’t just cook it up in a pot.

During the recent Commons debate, Mrs May told MPs:

“Making it unlawful for Her Majesty’s Government to undertake any such military intervention without a vote would seriously compromise our national security, our national interests, and the lives of British citizens at home and abroad. And for as long as I’m Prime Minister, that will never be allowed to happen.”

Jeremy Corbyn who isn’t apt at foreign affairs described the Syrian air strikes as “legally questionable” and made clear he would only support military intervention with United Nations’ support. Given the Russians have a veto on the Security Council, and they are Syria’s principal backer, the UN route would produce an East v West stalemate.   

Jeremy Corbyn told MPs:

“I am sorry to say the Prime Minister’s decision not to recall Parliament and engage in further military action in Syria last week showed a flagrant disregard for this convention.”

The deeply butt hurt and irrelevant SNP in the shape of Ian Blackford criticised the “failure” of the Government to recall Parliament, his sidekick Stewart McDonald, the SNP’s defence spokesman, decided to whine like a little girl on how certain Labour MPs had been invited to Downing Street for a private briefing on the Syria air strikes by Sir Mark Sedwill, the National Security Advisor.

Stewart McDonald, the SNP’s defence spokesman, not invited it seems, after all, leaving aside he is a sheep who falls the SNP Party line, what does he know about defence?

Did he play Soldiers as a boy?

Did he play Cowboys and Indians as a squaw?

Watch war movies like Operation Burma?

Stewart McDonald said of being left out of the briefing:

“These briefings appear to have been offered to members of the Labour Opposition not on the basis of privy counsellor status but on the basis of those opposition members who are sympathetic to the Government’s position. That leads to concerns that the Government is using intelligence briefings to manipulate Parliament and to bolster its own case for its behaviour on the opposition benches; not on security terms, but on politics.”

Maybe Sir Mark Sedwill; the National Security Advisor didn’t want someone like Stewart McDonald stinking the place, up asking all sorts of daft questions in the briefing.  Stewart McDonald, SNP’s defence spokesman in name only, a phoney title which commands no respect at Westminster.

Finally, imagine being so stupid to flag up in Parliament that you are not worthy to be invited to a briefing by Sir Mark Sedwill; the National Security Advisor. You have to laugh about this, surely the correct route would be a letter to ask to be included in future briefings but that kind of logic is probably beyond this wee joke.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Nicola Sturgeon’s mini Waterloo, incompetent SNP leader sees defeat looming as UK government challenges Sturgeon’s devolved Brexit legislation at UK Supreme Court, sacked SNP Education Minister Mike Russell thinks because 95 MSP sheep at Holyrood passed it, it’s legal, watch, learn and be educated son, it’s not, stupidity is a poor substitute for intelligence

Dear All

If you are going to fight a war, you should always make sure that you are in the right, and have the necessary resources, pre-plan and have experienced people to carry it through.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has entered a pointless fight with the UK government which has led them to challenge her “devolved” Brexit legislation. The matter has been referred to the UK Supreme Court, so what are the chances of success for the SNP Government?

I would say, looking at their previous track record, the chances look from remote to nil on this occasion, for me there are two issues which will see the SNP lose.

1/ Until we leave the EU, all relevant sections of power remain reserved to Westminster.

2/ The SNP Government cannot circumvent powers returned to the UK from Brussels without them first passing through Westminster.

Either one of these issues in my opinion should see the SNP lose.

It is entirely right and proper that the UK Government should challenge Brexit legislation passed by the Scottish and Welsh devolved administrations. The Bills passed in the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly last month was nothing more than a stupid act.

An attempt to erode democracy and the processes of democracy which is why the matter has to go to the UK Supreme Court to get fixed, these Bills aren’t competent and should be struck down. The decision to proceed with legal action was taken by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Scotland, the government's senior law officers.

The SNP have opened a can of worms which they didn’t need to open, and now it is coming back on them.

The UK Supreme Court is being asked to rule on whether the legislation is constitutional and within the powers of the devolved legislatures, as I have said, it isn’t competent
Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP said:

“This legislation risks creating serious legal uncertainty for individuals and businesses as we leave the EU. This reference is a protective measure which we are taking in the public interest. The Government very much hopes this issue will be resolved without the need to continue with this litigation.”

SNP Ministers in Edinburgh have repeatedly branded the UK Government's EU Withdrawal Bill a "power grab" which threatens devolution, it isn’t, the phrase ‘power grab’ may seem rather catchy but in reality, it isn’t a serious basis to justify what they have done.

This is in part party politics, and not even smart party politics at that being played out in the UK Supreme Court.

The Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh has previously ruled the Scottish EU Continuity Bill is outside Holyrood's competence but that apparently didn’t matter to SNP ministers who simply said they are confident it is not. Given there are so many lawyers who are SNP Ministers, you have to wonder about the extent of their legal expertise which appears to limited.

Advocate General for Scotland Lord Keen said:

“By referring the Scottish Parliament’s Continuity Bill to the Supreme Court, we are seeking legal certainty as to its competence. Given the Presiding Officer’s view at introduction that the Bill was not within the legal scope of the Parliament, we believe it is important to ask the Court to provide absolute clarity. In doing so we are following the process set out in the Scotland Act 1998. Particularly in the run up to Brexit, it is vital that we avoid legal uncertainty in our statute book.”

This case is Nicola Sturgeon’s mini Waterloo, like Napoleon, her ego has got the better of her, now she will be publicly held up for what she is once again, an utterly useless politician.

Sacked SNP Minister Mike Russell who failed at being Education, now minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe Michael Russell reiterated that Scottish Ministers are satisfied that the Continuity Bill is within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.

Sacked SNP Minister Mike Russell isn’t clever, far from it, even a first year law student could drive a truck through this nonsense.

Russell said:

“The Continuity Bill was passed by 95 votes to 32 in the Scottish Parliament; that is an overwhelming majority. Scottish Ministers are satisfied that the Bill is within legislative competence”.

You have to laugh, 95 sheep passed a Bill, and in his mind, that makes it okay, you couldn’t make it up, and regardless of the number, that doesn’t make the Bill legal.

Russell added:

“The Lord Advocate will be arguing in the Supreme Court that it is within the powers of the Scottish Parliament to prepare for the consequences for devolved matters of UK withdrawal from the European Union. Our Continuity Bill is an important and necessary piece of legislation to prepare Scotland’s laws for Brexit while protecting the powers of the Scottish Parliament that people voted for. The Scottish Government has made clear it cannot recommend the Scottish Parliament consent to the Withdrawal Bill in its current form”.

So, Russell spells it out, the incompetent legislation is all about an attempt to stop the people of the UK who exercised their democratic right to leave the EU.

Russell also said:
“Alongside the Welsh Government, we have always said our preference would be to reach an agreement with the UK Government to amend the EU Withdrawal Bill to respect the powers of the devolved administrations and both Governments are ready to  continue meaningful talks to further discuss potential solutions. While the Scottish Government is not opposed to UK-wide frameworks in certain areas when these are in Scotland’s interests, this must only happen with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament.”

The issue is clear cut, the UK Supreme Court will and should strike down both the Holyrood and Welsh Assembly Bills, this case isn’t one of the great legal cases but what it does do is reign in the power of Holyrood and the Welsh Assembly. There is a case for looking at devolution so that it can be improved so that it works better with Westminster.

In order to get that process working, we first have to remove the SNP as the Government of Scotland, in this way we can have reform, and we can start to have a parliament that works for all Scots, something which isn’t happening at present. The machinery of government has been abused, skewered to become an independence campaign machine; it doesn’t function as it should.

Finally, when Nicola Sturgeon gets defeated in the UK Supreme Court, this will be one case which down the line she will regret, it is a marker on the road to her exiting the post of First Minister, not be choice but by being removed by the people.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, April 16, 2018

Spectacularly Wrong in concept, wrong in practice, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants a War Powers Act to 'Bind the hands of all future prime ministers to wage war' without Parliamentary approval, the Labour Party has a long way to go to convince people they are a government in waiting

Dear All

Security of the Nation seems a rather basic concept which many people expect the Government to take seriously and act when necessary. We all hope that when our politicians take us to war, they do so for the right reasons. Jeremy Corbyn wants to take away the power to wage war from future prime ministers.

This act would place people in danger and ultimately get people killed.

When action is required, it has to be swift in order to be effective. The Syrian bombing campaign pitches Parliament against the executive; Prime Minister Theresa May argues that a military campaign that saw 100 missiles used on the Assad regime’s chemical weapons factories is “the right thing to do”.

If we are targeting chemical weapons factories, along with American and French forces, it beggars belief that the UK opposition parties would oppose this.

I have always said that when it comes to foreign affairs, Jeremy Corbyn goes badly, given that as opposition leader, he would get defence briefs, it makes his anti war stance all the more baffling. In an ideal world, no one should be using chemical weapons, in an ideal world, the Russians would have stepped in and told Syria not to use such weapons. The fact is we aren’t living in an ideal world, we cannot count on people doing the right thing from the Russian side, and we are continually bogged down by what can be described as ‘low road’ politicians.

If the Assad regime falls, Syria becomes another unstable and failed State in the Middle East, Syria supports Russia, and although many in the West don’t like that, there is a time to wake up and smell the coffee, a proxy war power struggle in this area does no one any good in the long term. We need more Middle East countries to be stable not less, and we need everyone to grasp the normalisation of the use of chemical weapons isn’t something anyone should tolerate, regardless whether they are from the East or the West.

I agree with Theresa May’s decision not to give MPs a debate and vote; it seems that the Labour Party has joined the PR campaign by Nicola Sturgeon, that Mrs May has “sidelined” Parliament. Given that Sturgeon is woefully out of her depth, it is ridiculous that the Labour Party should hitch its star to her wagon.

Here is a cracker to read:

Shadow Attorney General Shami Chakrabarti has made clear Labour would not act against the Assad regime even if OPCW inspectors found evidence of chemical weapons use in Douma.

Unbelievable is it not that innocent people can be murdered and Shami Chakrabarti wouldn’t stand up and defend their right to life, sometimes defending others right to live involves force, military action.

If there was a Westminster election called tomorrow, how could anyone have faith in people like Diane Abbott sitting in Cabinet, the Labour Party if it is to be seen as a viable government needs to set up several gears!

Jeremy Corbyn is entirely wrong to suggest:

“What we need in this country is something more robust like a War Powers Act so that governments do get held to account by Parliament for what they do in our name.”

War isn’t a debating club.

I have no problem with the West bombing chemical weapons factories in Syria because these factories represent an unacceptable threat to life.

The Labour leader told the BBC’s Marr Show:

“If we want to get the moral high ground around the world, as a member of the Security Council, as a country with a long tradition of international involvement, shall we say; then we have to abide by international law. And I say to the Foreign Secretary, I say to the Prime Minister, where is the legal basis for this?”

Getting it wrong politically usually ends up being shown in the polls, a month ago Labour had a 7 point lead with Survation. Due to various incidents that has disappeared following the Skripals, anti-Semitism and Syria.

The Tories are up 3 points, Labour are down 4.

Asked how Jeremy Corbyn would respond if the chemical weapons watchdog, the OPCW, did confirm Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian leader, was responsible, he replied:

“I would then say confront Assad with that evidence, confront any other group that may be fingered, and then say we must now come in and destroy those weapons.”

Bashar al-Assad isn’t a tin-pot dictator like Saddam, he is educated, however, it seems that even educated people can be stupid sometimes; he seems to rely too much on Russian support.

Whereas it is true that the Russians want to keep their Russian Naval Base in Northern Syria, they don’t want to end up being painted into a corner by acts of the Syrian regime.

Are we heading towards World War 3?

Although people have been saying this, I don’t think so, I think the Russians can live with the destruction of Syrian chemical weapon factories, but long term they will want a stable Syria, which may see them change their minds about who is best in charge.

But that scenario is a long way off, Bashar al-Assad is their man and they want to keep the status quo going, basically there isn’t anyone with any real claim to the Presidency waiting in the wings.

One thing is clear, there are no winners coming out of this war!

Finally, and to my surprise, Kate Osamor, Labour shadow cabinet minister said Jeremy Corbyn would be “better off” leaving statements on foreign policy to other Labour spokesmen and that he did not “need to speak”. Later; she tweeted that her quotes had been “used selectively”. I assume she wasn’t just thinking about the Syrian crisis and had an eye on the long term goal of having a future Labour Government.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, April 13, 2018

Gender Wars in Star Wars: The Last Snowflake, how Social Justice Warriors completely ruined a 20th Century Classic tale of good vs evil, Stars Wars only exists in Episodes 1 - 6

Dear All

Politics is important, but this has to be said, Star Wars, The Last Jedi is a pile of shit!

Have a listen to this commentary and weep how something so beloved was turned so utterly bad and ruined, absolutely ruined by a bunch of clowns.

Episode 7 was complete trash, 8 was even worse, it is time to stand up and call for a boycott of Episode 9.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University