Monday, October 16, 2017

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have the “intellectual capability” for the job as party leader and First Minister of Scotland; she hangs onto her job because of the lack of a decent replacement, Jim Sillars says he hopes she will improve, considering her bad judgement and track record, that is a bridge too far

Dear All

For years, and years, I have harped on about the complete lack of talent within the SNP, not just in the activist base but right through the entire party. Now the focus has turned on Nicola Sturgeon and her lack of ability which if you seriously looked at her performance not just as a Minister but also as an MSP has been poor. No matter what area Nicola Sturgeon has involved herself in a constituency area be it Govan or Govanhill, the population suffer due to her couldn’t careless attitude.

The Govanhill ghetto is a classic example of how an area can be run down, and the MSP, her staff and other elected members have completely failed the people, the area, and the City of Glasgow.

Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have the ability to led, but that isn’t just her problem, her ability to make good judgement is also debateable along with something which former Deputy leader Jim Sillars says Sturgeon lacks, she lacks “intellectual capability”. I think Jim Sillars nails it completely when he says that Nicola Sturgeon should step aside to make way for someone of greater “intellectual capability”. The problem is along Nicola Sturgeon is terrible, there is the lack of a decent replacement within the SNP, something which I noticed as a member.

Because the SNP is run like a cult, the promotion of less than capable people was used in order to secure the leadership, this wasn’t just a new thing to keep Sturgeon in post, it was a continuation of what was done in the Salmond era. Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond kicked Scottish Independence stone dead in 2014. In the wake of Brexit, the SNP led by Nicola Sturgeon is incapable of moving on, instead battles are refought that have already been lost.

What type of leader is Sturgeon when she can’t get passed the word No?

Nicola Sturgeon is a bad leader; she is a vacuum, a shallow and hollow politician who cannot make herself relevant to the political world that has changed around her in Scotland.

The fact that Jim Sillars criticised Sturgeon’s “helter skelter” push for a second referendum shows that she is worried about her position and the people in the SNP behind her. 2014 has been and gone, the debate now is Scotland’s position in the UK in a post Brexit era.

I doubt that Nicola Sturgeon will heed Jim Sillars’s call to “step aside” as SNP leader due to the simple issue of money, £145k a year is something which Nicola Sturgeon couldn’t hope to achieve in a post Sturgeon Scotland. Did you see a line of Fortune 500 companies rush to sign up Alex Salmond after he stepped down?

Me neither!

Jim Sillars told BBC Sunday Politics Scotland:

“Suppose Nicola was knocked over by a bus... where are the candidates of the necessary stature to take over the leadership of the SNP? So she’s what we’ve got at the present time. I would like to see her improve.”

One problem in that respect, a closed mind can’t develop, Nicola Sturgeon may have a university education but the mindset is still that of the ‘scheme’. Her pre MSP history wasn’t exactly that of a high profile lawyer, no one was beating down her door from a prestigious law firm.

Check out her wiki page and other resources to see what others said about her.

Jim Sillars added:

“At my age I can talk honestly. If there was someone better around who had the intellectual capability to understand that you’ve got to analyse things first before you take a decision, yes, I think she should step aside. But there’s no one there at the moment. So we’ve got Nicola and I hope Nicola improves. We lost seats at Westminster because the day after the [EU] referendum she went helter-skelter for a second referendum which everyone knew we would lose and most people didn’t want.”

I have to agree with Jim Sillars that there will be no second independence referendum before the 2021 Holyrood election, and the SNP may not be able to hold one after that, this is because the SNP have peaked, and their support is going down. The situation at present according to polling is that 2021 is looking like the SNP unable to form a majority. This is prompted a few to suggest a deal with Scottish Labour which is doubtful because the SNP and Scottish Labour fish in the same pond for the same thing, the working class vote.

As to Sturgeon’s rush for an independence referendum on the back of Brexit, he said:

“You cannot have [a referendum] sensibly until you know exactly what the Brexit deal is in detail, and then take time to assess it, and then take time to formulate an argument for independence. Because we’re in a new paradigm. What was in 2014 will no longer be the case when we Brexit. So we have to have a new thinking of the structure which we put to the Scottish people. It’s a huge amount and discussing that needs to be done.”

He is of the opinion that 2022 or 2023 is a date for a second referendum but if the majority goes in 2021 with pro independence parties at Holyrood, these proposed dates are moot. The 2021 election for Holyrood is one of the most important elections in the political calendar of this country.

Finally Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t as Jim Sillars says have the “intellectual capability” to lead Scotland to independence, her track record of failure, promoting pals to jobs such as Shona Robison tells a story all by itself. Sturgeon hasn’t made a success of being First Minister, we aren’t living in the days of a better tomorrow regarding health, education and jobs. The fact is the SNP is lacking in genuine talent right through the organisation, it is a party that is rather squalid, petty and unimpressive.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cry Baby Politics: Scottish Labour leadership contest is being "rigged" says Labour MP Ian Murray, he also wants interim leader Alex Rowley kicked off the chair of a panel set up to vet new recruits, this campaign letter tactic is rather squalid and counterproductive and doomed to failure

Dear All

It seems there is unhappiness which has publicly emerged in the Scottish Labour Party leadership which an allegation that the election process is being “rigged” to help left-wing candidate Richard Leonard.

A few days ago, I wrote about the Sarwar supporters signing up Muslims to vote for a Muslim, in this case Anas Sarwar, the fact that race politics has emerged in this contest is appalling.

I don’t like race politics myself, and I certainly don’t like vote rigging either.

I wonder how , Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray feels about what I wrote about just recently, is there anything in his letter about new Muslim members joining with same email addresses and mobile phone numbers?

I would suspect not as Ian Murray is a known anti Corbyn supporter. In a letter to party headquarters, Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray called for Labour to re-consider the validity of the members of the Unite trade union who had signed up to vote in the contest.

Under the rules, the Unite trade union has done nothing wrong, and if you take the wider view then the Sarwar supporters have done nothing wrong in their ‘sign up a Muslim to elect a Muslim’. As to the people who were signed up by Unite, the union wouldn’t be holding their hands when it comes to the vote, these people will be free to cast a vote for either candidate.

Another interesting turn is that Ian Murray wants interim leader Alex Rowley kicked off the chair of a panel set up to vet new recruits, I doubt that would happen, and although privately Rowley expressed a preference for Richard Leonard, he is entitled to his private views.

So that request will be chucked in the bin, along with his letter, Murray wrote:

“We are in danger of undoing all the progress we have made in the last year because the defence of the leadership election process is, at best, clumsy and, at worst, being rigged for a particular process.”

So, who exactly is doing the rigging for a particular process?

I joined up after the actions of Sarwar’s supporters because I don’t think their modus operandi sits well with; in fact, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth, and taints everyone connected to his campaign along with Anas. 

Anas Sarwar called for the debate to be about policy after news stories about his personal life and family business practices became public, we have seen what his supporters are up to, is that about policy?

Sign up a Muslim to elect a Muslim!

I would have thought someone has educated as Anas Sarwar would have recognised that a broader appeal base would have served him well rather than what has come to pass.

A Unite spokesman said:

"Ian Murray is wrong. Unite has adhered to the SLP's rules to the letter, and indeed the general secretary and the party's legal and governance unit have all confirmed that our affiliated members are valid. We urge Mr Murray to take Brian Roy's advice on this and in doing so withdraw his wrongful accusations about Unite."

No luck there for Ian Murray.

I am sure that the rules do need to be reviewed in the Scottish Labour so that they reflect fairness and are appropriate to a modern party but this contest is running and the rules are the rules as they stand at present.

A senior Labour source described the Murray letter as a “massive diversionary smokescreen” created to take attention away from the member recruitment strategy pursued by supporters of the other leadership candidate,  I would have to agreed with that, although Anas is in this contest to the end, it wouldn’t be a contest that ends in unity.

Not after the shit his supporters got up to, not only have they ‘queer the pitch’ for his campaign, they have also done it for themselves if any of them are elected representatives, who is going to be an activist willing to work for them.

Perhaps the Sarwar crowd think people have short memories?

This battle has become one of the dirtiest leadership contests in years, it didn’t have to be but this is how it ended up. Recently, I got an invite to take part in workshops for new members from someone called Kayleigh Quinn who is a Scottish Organiser, I won’t be going to these sessions as I am rather busy at present, whether I go to others will depend on how I feel, at present seeing what is going on, I am not impressed enough to offer my services as I did before as an activist.

Being a member and being an activist are two different things entirely.

Finally, Ian Murray's letter was a huge mistake, it damages the Sarwar campaign, not helped it, amazing stupidity on his part. 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Harvey Weinstein Scandal: Aftermath

Remainers in denial: National crying session organised over Brexit headed up by third rate politicians and the politically dispossessed, this event is really an anti democracy event which shows how much contempt people views are held in, the British people voted to leave the EU

Dear All

The crying game is in full swing as supporters of the UK’s membership of the European Union will stage another pathetic rally in Edinburgh this weekend. The aim of this non event is to make UK Government to “think again” on Brexit. The event is titled ‘Rally for Europe’ but this is a con trick, the rally is actually for the European Union, a political organisation with 50,000 employees, one in five of whom earn more than a £100k plus expenses a year.

This rally is not for Europe.

It now seems likely that there will be no Brexit deal with Europe given the nonsense coming out of Brussels from people like Jeam Claude Junker and Guy Verhofstadt. These people think they can hold the United Kingdom to ransom, when or if the talks collapse, they will realise how much they miscalculated the will of the British people.

So, at the weekend, we will see speakers at the rally urge other Scottish local authorities to follow the City of Edinburgh Council’s lead by signing an open declaration to become “hubs of EU activity and connections”.

What does that mean?

It means nothing, Brexit isn’t about rebuilding a wall, it is about reclaiming sovereignty for the people. The connections with EU institutions in various forms will continue such as in academia and security but the relationship will change, in some cases this will relate to funding issues.

When people vote for Remain, they didn’t know what they were voting for, they were deceived into think the vote was a vote against the other 27 member states instead of the EU organisation. In a post Junker world, which will be coming soon enough, the EU organisation will have to change because other EU members will follow the UK lead and leave.

I have my money on Hungary or Poland, although Nigel Farage thinks Italy is the next big player to follow its tents and march out.  

Vanessa Glynn, chairwoman of the European Movement in Scotland, said:

“More than 15 fifteen months on from the Brexit vote, the current UK Government still has no clear idea of where it’s going”.

I would hazard a guess and say No deal is going on!

Glynn added:

“As groups rally up and down the country, information about disarray within the cabinet is trickling down. The clock is ticking with negotiations on Britain’s future relationship with EU still on the starting blocks, and yet we do not see any clarity about the relationship that will follow between the UK and the EU, nor between the constituent nations of the UK. One cannot help but wonder when the cabinet will hear the increasing concerns from the man or woman on the street”.

One million Scots in the EU referendum said no, and this was done on a shoestring budget, little resources, people or time. Glynn isn’t speaking for Scotland or anything like it.

Glynn added:

“We are taking this opportunity to urge Scotland’s cities to spearhead opposition to Brexit and to mitigate the damage to our country as this process takes place.”

Scotland’s cities, by this I assume she means councils, as if they speak for the people, people aren’t buying into this rubbish.

This event will be covered by the press but it is a load of rubbish because the line up of speakers is of the third rate variety; speakers include Tommy Sheppard of the SNP, Labour’s Ian Murray and Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie.


I don’t do ‘demos’, never have never will, I don’t waste my time on rubbish like this, the refusal to accept the result of the act of direct democracy is very telling, these people don’t like the fact they have been told no!

Get it over it, the people have moved passed the EU and as this organisation gears up to suppress internal dissent by creating an EU army, we are well done with them.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bad taste in the mouth: Scottish Labour leadership contest is hit by massive row over new Muslim members joining with same email addresses and mobile phone numbers, now official complaints have been made to Scottish Labour by two secretaries of Constituency Labour Parties, this is a bitter nasty episode which taints those involved, and will not be forgotten post result

Dear All

On Monday, I highlighted in a post a problem within the Scottish Labour Party, two days later it seems that matters have gotten much worse.

I stated that after this contest was over that people will have a new view on Anas Sarwar and his supporters, and it won’t be positive. As much as the stories which have already came out regarding Anas Sarwar’s personal life and situation, this new revelation is the worst yet.

The Labour leadership contest hit by row over new members joining with same email addresses, when I read about this, my first thought was this isn’t happening from the campaign of Richard Leonard.

What is clear; is that the Scottish Labour Party needs to introduce new rules of membership voting. It is now out in the public domain that a sizeable number of new recruits who had signed up in recent weeks provided identical personal details in their applications. This has and should set alarm bells ringing because if single email address is being used then it raises the prospect of an individual casting someone else’s vote in the electronic ballot.

This cannot be a good thing for internal democracy and certainly won’t leave a good taste in anyone’s mouth post election, whoever wins, this grotty little episode will reflect badly on certain people.

Such is the concern that two secretaries of Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) that nominated left-winger Richard Leonard for the leadership have raised concerns with Scottish Labour about this issue. When I started to read about what was going on, my immediate thought was how immoral and repugnant the practice was; now it seems that this contest is going to be seen by some as akin to vote rigging in order to attempt to win the leadership for Anas Sarwar.

The Leonard campaign has reacted by saying if complaints had been made then "we expect these will be dealt with through Scottish Labour Party's procedures." At this point in time, there isn’t much else that they can say.

A spokesperson for the campaign of Anas Sarwar however completely ignored the issue by saying:

“It’s incredibly encouraging that people across Scotlandhave joined the Labour Party and we are confident that many have been enthused to do so by Anas’s positive campaign and by a belief that he can be the next Labour First Minister.”

Anas Sarwar isn’t going to be the First Minister of Scotland, and if Richard Leonard gets elected then I doubt that Anas Sarwar will be holding the health brief, if any, and there should be an investigation into this affair.

This contest between Leonard and Sarwar has become a nasty bitter affair; this will encourage more support for people to join the Campaign for Socialism or Momentum if Sarwar wins.

Momentum is the pro Corbyn group within the Labour Party.

At the weekend, we heard that around 1600 sign-ups to Scottish Labour had happened with around 1200 of these being Asian members. This brought some to suggest that the sig ups were to “edge it” for Sarwar. The new facts put the application process under the microscope with a senior party source stating that in some cases, the same mobile phone number has been provided for all or many of the new members in a household. And it is also stated that in some multi-resident households put down the same email address.

Imagine that Anas Sarwar wins, who is going to work with anyone who is a supporter of him?

It is a bitter contest and for the sake of the party there has to be  a victory for Richard Leonard or civil war will probably erupt in Scottish Labour, Momentum didn’t get their fight with Kezia Dugdale, she jumped ship but they will get new members by the truckload if this contest is seen as being vote rigged.

It isn’t enough that justice is done; it needs to be seen to be done!

Finally, a verification panel, chaired by interim party leader Alex Rowley, has been set up to scrutinise the sign-ups but given the way the Scottish Labour Party rules operate there appears little that can be done, and that is the real shame of this sorry episode.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Talking out his Ass, SNP MP Pete Wishart speaks at Nationalist fringe event on the horrors of Brexit citing Scots must board ‘lifeboat of independence’ before Brexit disaster, apparently the mantra independence solves everything is alive and well in SNP circles, SNP no longer relevant to a future Scotland

Dear All

How would you like to get off a sinking rat ship onto a lifeboat which is unseaworthy?

Does it appeal to you?

Pete Wishart, the SNP comedian has stated that Scots must board the ‘lifeboat of independence’ and row ‘as fast as possible’ away from the UK to avoid a potential economic downturn caused by Brexit.

If anyone is in need of a lifeboat, I would suggest that it is Pete Wishart, he won his seat by a mere 21 votes. It is possible at the next Westminster election, he will be unemployed and unemployable, of course busking remains an option. The issue of Brexit is a red herring used by the SNP to appear relevant; Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon lost the independence referendum in 2014 rather badly indeed. This led to Nicola Sturgeon grasping at any issue to claim this is a ‘trigger’ for indyref 2. At the present moment, it is unlikely that indyref 2 will happen for a long time. The SNP can’t do anything right; and the prospect of a hung parliament in 2021 looks for some a racing certainty.

The reason for this is the Scottish Conservatives upswing in terms of votes and seats; however, although a hung parliament seems on the cards, the SNP at present is set to have the largest amount of seats. The political flux is still continuing in Scotland, losing 21 seats at the General election was a wake up call for the SNP, so they are trying to buy the vote, it worked before, this time around early on we see the bribe of childcare.

There will of course be other trinkets, there will have to be, the SNP can’t win over people on their appalling record so they will have to use the public purse. The Brexit debate was won, the vote was won, and still the SNP can’t accept that the people made a decision.

Britain is leaving the European Union!

If, there is another referendum, and that is a big ‘if’, you are talking 2024 at the earliest as Theresa May will not make any decision until after the election in 2022, you can in the process of a Bill and other issues like talks, and 2024 comes in as a ‘maybe’. That being said if there is no majority for the SNP and Scottish Greens, then the SNP will not get a mandate out of Holyrood.

At that point the political career of Nicola Sturgeon is toast completely; she goes to make way for new blood. In fact, many senior nationalists are at the end of their political life, including Alex Salmond and Pete Wishart, it is time to take the pensions and run.

I just laugh at Pete Wishart’s claim that every household in Scotland faces a £10,000 hit over the next 20 years as a result of Britain leaving the European Union. It is fantasy based on scaremongering; Brexit opens up Britain to global trade unconfined by the European Union which is increasingly looking like an organisation which has no future.

Recently even a German MEP was tearing into the organisation over Brexit.

Oh and Pete Wishart says 8,000 jobs at risk north of the border, the one he needs to watch is his own. The crying over leaving the EU in Nationalist circles is based on the few profiting by treading down the many for personal advantage. At present the SNP wake or Conference is happening in Glasgow, the attempt to appear upbeat and jolly is stage managed at least in the main hall, but in the fringe events, we get the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) on the myths and opportunities of Scottish independence. Doom and gloom with a fairytale ending, independence solves everything, the same flawed message of 2014 which bombed with the public, the public wouldn’t be led, they won’t be tricked and they are now wiser to the SNP and their game now.

Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is a London-based think tank has released a research paper arguing an ‘entirely federal solution’ is the most appropriate system of government for the UK. This is something which the public does not want; it is being pushed by several parties including some in the Labour Party in Scotland. Federalism does not solve the independence question and neither did the Scottish Parliament.

One think which I see when I look at Pete Wishart is someone who isn’t a deep thinker, so when he trots out that a new economic message - one that moved away from debates on currency and focused more on the opportunities available to an independent Scotland was required ahead of any second referendum, I think fairytale Part 2. The people of Scotland were lied to during the first independence referendum by the SNP and the phoney groups setup by their members to garner support from those who didn’t want to stand under the nationalist banner.

In an attempt to appear like a leader, Wishart said:

“We will be having another independence referendum, not because we want it but because the Scottish nation will be crying out for it as they start to experience the horrors of Brexit. They will be coming to the Scottish National Party saying ‘get us out of this mess’.”

I need to say bollocks at this point because he is talking bollocks.

He added that “being shackled to the United Kingdom as we approach Brexit is the worst possible place to be economically. We have the opportunity, there’s a lifeboat attached to the good ship UK that’s heading for that Brexit iceberg - it’s called Scottish independence. Let’s get on board that lifeboat, let’s row as fast as possible.”

Wishart’s ability to sell a message, otherwise known as spin is rather pitiful, let’s use a ship sinking and a lifeboat because the ‘wee people’ will get what I am saying! I don’t know about you but I am not so easily sold on any subject when someone comes out with rubbish like this, I don’t need someone to paint me a picture.

In his final pitch, Wishart said:

“We have to start thinking about it pretty soon because Brexit could collapse in two years time, he said. We could be leaving without any deal; the EU could just get thoroughly bored with the whining UK. How on earth did the Unionists get away with presenting the case substantially that economically rich Scotland, resource rich Scotland, Scotland that has so many fantastic economic opportunities would somehow fail as an independent country? “Somehow we have let the Unionists get away with this and we must never ever allow this to happen again. We must start to redesign and rechart our economic case for independence, which starts by saying what a wonderful country this is and how economically prosperous we are.”

In fact, Scotland is so rich that the SNP would impose cuts severe immediately if they ever tricked Scots into voting for their nonsense.

Economically rich Scotland, where is the nirvana then?

We spend more than we collect in taxes, economic reality escapes Pete Wishart.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, October 9, 2017

Immoral and repugnant, will destroy the Scottish Labour Party from within, shadow of race creeps into fight for leadership of Scottish Labour as it is claimed that Anas Sarwar’s supporters are recruiting Asian Muslim members, many people after this contest will have a new view on Anas Sarwar and his supporters, and it won’t be positive

Dear All

Do you believe in fair play?

Do you believe that people deserve an equal chance; well it seems that some people don’t and in order to help their desire for power, rules can be constructed to not be fair. I think that the rules of the Labour Party need changed.  A few blog posts ago, I highlighted the practice of Muslims in the Labour Party who sign up other Muslims for the purposes of voting for them. The Labour Party seem to brush off what I see as totally and morally wrong by saying that they welcome new members.

This practice can occur at any level of elected position in party.

The Scottish Labour leadership contest if it is anything should be fair and more than that seen to be fair. So, what does it say that the “shadow of race” creeps into fight for leadership of Scottish Labour?

Sources in Scottish Labour have been briefing the media that more than 1000 Asian members have joined the party since nominations for the contest between Anas Sarwar and Richard Leonard. One of the things which I found day in and day out as a member of the Labour Party in Pollok CLP was a complete lack of engagement by Asian Muslim members in doing activism. I observed that for the most part Asian Muslim members never appeared in the ‘long campaign’; and in the ‘short campaign’ of Johann Lamont, the attendance rate was incredibility poor. In fact, you might think in the main that ordinary Asian Muslim ‘members’ only appear when it is time for candidate selection and then only to vote for a Muslim Candidate.

The press has learned that 1600 people joined the Labour Party, and 1200 of those who have been added to Labour’s membership list had “Asian sounding names”, according to a party source. This gets me to the point regarding fairness, is the practice of signing up members by candidates campaign specifically to vote for them ethical? When you read that members of the Asian community had been recruited by Sarwar’s supporters how does it make you feel that race plays a part in the selection of a leader.

And what does it say about Sarwar’s supporters doing this?

If elected that means in my opinion that Anas Sarwar would be tainted entering public office as leader; and this is the main consideration, who would be willing to work for Anas Sarwar as an activist? In case, you don’t know a lot about politics, the long campaign is where the real work is done to win over voters.

It seems the practice of Sarwar’s supporters hasn’t gone down well, as one party source said:

“Reports of recruitment have been circulating in a number of constituency parties and people are obviously very concerned that there should be rigorous checking of it...People know what’s going on, the only question is whether it will be enough to edge it for Anas.”

A spokesperson from Scottish Labour’s HQ said:

“The Labour Party is a democratic party open to members of all backgrounds. Every day new members are joining us as they are inspired by our vision for a country that works for the many, not the few.”

Specifically what is the Labour vision?

Take a minute and jot down as many examples of Labour policy that you can think of that has been offered up to you as a member of the public.

In a general sense, you could say fairness, equality and social justice, does this story sound like it ticks any of those boxes?

Where’s the fairness?

Where the equality?

Where’s the social justice?

If a person signs up off their own bat then they are making the choice, but this practice to me is why Anas Sarwar shouldn’t get the leadership. Today is the final deadline to join and be eligible to take part in the ballot, and later in the month, the Voting papers will be sent out.

Here is a question, how many of the 1200 Muslim Asians will still be party members after the voting ends?

Richard Leonard’s campaign has refused to comment on the claims when approached, probably on the basis that if they were to speak out the Sarwar campaign or supporters would use this to play the ‘race card’. Speaking out in Scottish Labour can be a problem, but really someone should be speaking out and publicly and not be ashamed to stick their name to this problem.

I call this practice what it is morally repugnant.   

Anas Sarwar’s campaign has been dogged a disaster, hit by a series of controversies about his money and lifestyle. He offloaded his shares to his children when it was revealed that some employees are paid below the real living wage in his family’s firm. Then came the fact there no trade union recognition at the company and never has been. Recently a trade union backed his campaign but it seems the person in charge is classed as a ‘friend’. On top of his tale of woe, Sarwar faced ongoing criticism for sending his children to private school because his lifestyle is ‘one of the few and not one of the many’.

One the biggest issue of Brexit which I campaigned for, Anas Sarwar has got it spectacularly wrong when he said would be a “calamity” if the party loses membership of the single market and said voting to trigger Article 50 was a “mistake”.

Finally, I signed to join the Labour Party after some considerable thought, after I read the story of signing members of the Asian community, I thought that Richard Leonard deserved the right to stand in a free and fair election, so I made a personal choice, not because his supporters or Sarwar’s supporters convinced me but because I believe in fairness.

I see what is going on and it isn’t fair in my opinion, it is a disgrace and should be beneath any candidate’s campaign.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University