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Hope over Fear? Sturgeon over McAlpine? You decide!

PAUL HUTCHEON’S recent Sunday Herald exposé of Tommy Sheridan’s thuggish security personnel has unwittingly revealed further tensions within the SNP. In Hutcheon’s piece, Nicola Sturgeon unequivocally distanced her party from Tommy Sheridan’s Hope over Fear campaign. Yet, ex-First Ministerial aide, Joan McAlpine, openly supported the convicted perjurer’s self promoting vehicle held in “Freedom Square” last week. AhDinnaeKen investigates:

“..unrepentant criminals are not a good look for us.” said Women for Independence supporter Katie McGarvie before Tommy’s first Hope over Fear rally last year. What’s SNP NEC member, Joan McAlpine’s, excuse for her overt and proud support at last week’s undertaking?

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

“TOMMY IS not somebody I would choose to campaign side by side with” proclaimed Nicola Sturgeon in an investigative story into the thuggish background of Tommy Sheridan’s Hope over Fear security chief, this week.

Her statement sends a clear message to the party faithful. As far as the SNP are concerned, unrepentant convicted perjurers and confirmed misogynists are out of bounds to the party hierarchy.

But not, so it seems, to political hybristophiliacs and ex-First Ministerial aides like Joan McAlpine MSP.

Joan and the “Annan and Dumfries crowd” attended the Hope over Fear rally last week to provide overt support and encouragement to one time ‘project partner’ and “mad shagger” Tommy Sheridan.

According to SNP insiders, the Nicola Sturgeon-Peter Murrell axis/marriage holds too much power concentrated in one place in the party.

The marriage of the two is viewed as a problem due to Sturgeon’s urge to centralise and Murrell’s power and ability to assist her in doing so – the duo hold a major dominating influence on the finances, personnel and strategy of the party.

McAlpine’s election to the National Executive Committee in December last year was viewed by many as a necessary counter balance to the combined power of the heavyweight pair.

Tensions bubbling under the surface seem likely to erupt some time soon given the recent revelations that Sturgeon held secret talks with INEOS in January this year – McAlpine has already caused ructions in the party over its Energy minister’s stance on industrial fracking.

McAlpine’s appearance at the Hope over Fear rally is seen as a source of irritation for a First Minister keen to present the party as a progressive party delivering social justice.

According to one senior party member, McAlpine’s open show of support for Sheridan will not readily be forgiven:

“Joan’s attendance is privately seen as a needless gaffe by many women in the SNP.” she said.

“Joan has already been a high profile source of public embarrassment on a number of occasions to the party, despite her popularity in certain quarters.

“Her presence at the Hope over Fear rally will be viewed by Nicola as an act of open defiance. Just how this will play out within the party remains to be seen. But it will not be forgiven or forgotten.”

Commentators and pundits alike think the party will struggle to contain the factional infighting currently threatening to break through into the public domain.

Watch this space.

There's no class or magnanimity aboot oor Joanie as witnessed by this exchange.

There’s no class or magnanimity aboot oor Joanie as witnessed by this exchange.

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Moan McVulpine: Scots won’t naively follow the SNP like puppies forever

DESPITE THE SNP’s current surge of popularity in the great wee region of Scotland, there has been little change to the basic Tartan Tory political stance which saw them herald in the mighty Margaret Thatcher in 1979:

Murdoch whores to the left of me, Murdoch whores to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with nobody.

Murdoch whores to the left of me, Murdoch whores to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.

By Moan McVulpine – ex-Murdoch whore hears her master’s voice

THERE HASN’T been much talk of Tartan Tories this past year or so. Labour took over the mantra of shadow Tories, or Red Tories, when they stood on the same platform with the Blue Tories during the Neverendum campaign.

It’s crowded the Tartan Tory moniker out.

Maybe Red Tory Labour should have been more circumspect with their Better Together campaigning. Gordon Broon wis.

But hey ho. Ever since Tony Blair took over and snuggled up to Rupert Murdoch in 1995, it was plain that the New Labour project was going to be Old Tory with a tempering of social conscience: until Iraq came along, at least.

Tony even phoned the Italian PM in 1998 to help further old Rupee’s media interests.

You wouldn’t catch a Nationalist leader prepared to lobby on behalf of Murdoch’s media interests, would you?

Er, haud on! Wasn’t that exactly what Salmond was prepared to do? As embarrassingly revealed by the Leveson inquiry.

And the real Tory trick with that, was that Salmond had signalled his intent to be Murdoch’s whore in secret; just like Margaret Thatcher’s secret deal in 1981 to assist Rupee’s takeover of the Times.

For the triumphalist Nationalists in the SNP who think they’ve finally wrested the party free of the Tartan Tory moniker – forget it.

The lips say ‘social justice’, the walk says the opposite.

Just like Thatcher, Sturgeon also held a secret meeting with Murdoch. In plain language, she deceived the sovereign will of the people of Scotland.

What other dirty little secrets does she have to hide?

Maybe we should ask INEOS.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the meeting with Murdoch that’s the bad thing. Pre-Levenson inquiry, Rupert Murdoch was one of the most powerful, influential and trusted businessmen in the world.

Even respectable Nationalists are quick to point out that Murdoch is one of Scotland’s biggest employers. And that’s fine. In business dealing terms, Murdoch was sound. In political terms, he’s a right wing reactionary warmongering nutjob.

It’s not politicians dealing with Murdoch that’s the issue. It’s the secrecy that rankles.

In the Scotland region we call clandestine meetings like that, ‘sleekit’.

And that word neatly sums up Thatcher, Blair, Salmond and Sturgeon – sleekit.

Sleekit to the core.

Murdoch’s scorched earth policy on journalistic principle – when the police were given free and open access to journalists contacts and sources – was a total betrayal of the fundamental principles and ethics of journalism.

It proved that Murdoch was no longer trustable in business terms.

He’s never been trustable in political terms – depending on your outlook of course – and that’s why politicians holding secret undeclared meetings with him must NEVER be trusted.

Labour’s new leader, Jeremy Corbyn, may be many things, but it would be fair to surmise that when it comes to toadying to Rupert Murdoch, he’s anything but sleekit.

And it’s telling that an ex-Murdoch moll like Joan McAlpine is joining in the monstering of Corbyn in her Daily Redcoat column. Joanie used to edit the Sunday Times Scotland.

It’s a well know fact that to be employed by the Times, the ‘cap had to fit’ in terms of Murdoch outlook. Joanie edited the Scottish section of the Times with aplomb.

So, for her to get up on the moral high horse about Corbyn meeting with Sinn Fein is, to one degree, fair enough.

But it ignores the fact that the SNP’s 79 group were also for meeting with Sinn Fein. The only thing that stopped the meeting going ahead was the fear of adverse publicity.

So, Murdoch’s Moll McAlpine, by monstering Corbyn, is still doing Murdoch’s dirty work for him by ignoring facts inconvenient to her narrative.

How ‘civic’. How ‘progressive’. How sleekit.

MURDOCH MOLL RELIEF

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America deserved 9/11 said ‘Reverend’ who laughed at it all on TV

NATIONALISTS AND extremists alike are well known for their moralising and pontificating judgemental style. Witness the manufactured outrage of Wings Over Scotland’s faux ‘reverend’, Stuart Campbell, regarding tasteless comments Tweeted by a Tory councillor recently. Stones and glasshouses, pots and kettles come to mind. But what about laughing at 9/11 on TV? AhDinnaeKen provides some much needed context:

"Mawkish, maudlin c**ts" the lot of them said the forensically analytical fraudulent 'reverend'.

“Mawkish, maudlin c**ts” the lot of them said the forensic analytical faux ‘reverend’ in an outburst of 9/11 context, recently.

By Longshanker aka @Ergasiophobe – context correspondent

A REVEREND who “laughed” at 9/11 on TV, has attacked the people who observed a Europe wide three minute silence to honour the Twin Tower victims, as “mawkish, maudlin cunts”.

Reverend Stuart Campbell, a hate preaching Scottish Nationalist from England, claimed America got what it deserved from the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in New York.

Comparing terrorist murderers, Al-Qaeda, to a dog, the Reverend said: If you kick a dog long enough, eventually it’s going to turn round and bite you, and it’s nobody’s fault but your own.”

And, in further reinforcement of this twisted belief, he also said: There was a widespread sense in this little village of America’s chickens having come home to roost.”

The comments were made on the ‘reverend’s’ blogsite, World of Stuart.

Not content with blaming America for the terrorist atrocity, Campbell turned his rabid froth on the three minute silence proposed in 2001 by the Council of Europe to demonstrate solidarity with the American people.

Finding himself in WH Smith at the designated time of the continent wide vigil, Campbell explained his reaction to those marking their respect for the 9/11 victims: “I was genuinely stunned, in the angry rather than the impressed sense.

“As I walked down the main street, looking at all these idiots standing stock still and silent outside River Island, I just thought: “Fuck you, you mawkish, maudlin cunts.”

“I bet you didn’t stand here like goons for the victims of Enniskillen, as if they’d have given a shit if you did. So why are you suddenly choking back tears for a bunch of American stockbrokers from even further away than Bosnia? Fucking hypocrites.” I kept on walking, and fired all their dirty looks right back at them.”

The Reverend has form on the terrorist outrage. In 2009, in a game forum thread, he confessed to an American game console fan that “9/11 was brilliant. I watched it all on TV and laughed the whole time.”

Yes! How those Americans must have laughed to know just how comically extreme the 'kind hearted reverend' really is.

Campbell said his laughing at 9/11 comment “was an ironic, sarcastic joke which set out to say the most offensive thing possible in order to illustrate a point.” The illustrated point being, of course, that he watched it all on TV and laughed the whole time – ‘comically extreme’.

Apologists defended the Reverend’s shocking outburst, claiming the comments were “taken out of context” and that they were, in fact, a joke.

Longstanding critic of the fraudulent ‘reverend’, Longshanker, put the “out of context” claim in context.

He said: “The context of Campbell’s laughter at the 9/11 tragedy goes way beyond the immediate context of the quote and the surrounding hateful outbursts.

“Campbell had been criticised on a games forum by people more knowledgable than him over a feature he had written for Retro Gamer magazine on a games franchise called Metal Slug.

“The forum is, and was, dedicated to the Neo-Geo games console. The Metal Slug franchise is revered by these guys.

“It’s telling that Campbell’s critics were American. Campbell clearly holds a pathological hatred for America or Americans, as can be seen from his Al-Qaeda sympathising comments quoted here.

“Also worth noting, context wise, is that Campbell was 41 when he made these comments – not just some silly adolescent games geek trying to say the most outrageous thing he could in order to gain notoriety and a reputation as a bit of a ‘naughty’ boy.

“41 year old Campbell made the 9/11 statement in the full knowledge that the limited audience for his toxic offensiveness were Americans on an American forum.

“So, whether the laughing at 9/11 comment was a joke or not, it should still be taken within the context that it was said, that is, to deliberately offend an American audience in the most disgustingly noxious and targeted form possible.

“Anyone claiming otherwise has no concept of context.

“I wonder how Campbell’s cabal of piss-pathetic apologists will excuse his ‘mawkish, maudlin cunts’ comment. Unless, of course, they agree. Which, knowing the apologist type who hang on Campbell’s every word, they probably will.”

Campbell, 46, is a middle-aged, childless, partnerless, siblingless, “oddball” loner, who takes pictures of his shadow on solitary walks and articulates the voice of a certain type of flag and soil Scot, in Scotland.

He also blames 9/11 for his loss of a living, games magazines surrendering to advertisers – as if games magazines had ever done anything else pre or post 9/11 – and the wholesale corruption of the games industry.

Duncan's a thoughtful fellow. We're sure he'll put those thoughts into context.

Campbell claimed Duncan Hothersall had an agenda against Wings “…based on extensive personal experience of Hothersall issuing a long string of despicable lies, defamations, smears and general falsehoods in an attempt to discredit this site.” Ironically, Campbell cited the Tweet above to clear his name. Ye couldnae make it up.

 

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Drunk on power SNP leave Scottish voters to deal with the hangover

THE SNP’S inability to accept defeat with any humility or dignity was, once again, all too transparent this week. The opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice dealt a devastating blow to their flagship Jakie Apartheid Bill (Minimum Unit Pricing Bill). Yet, they’ve vowed to fight on to what can only be a humiliating and inglorious defeat. AhDinnaeKen reports:

"We will continue our attacks on the alcoholic products that the working class drink" paraphrased the Health Minister recently.

“We will continue our attacks on the alcoholic products that the neddy working class insist on drinking” paraphrased the Health Minister recently.

By Longshanker aka @ergasiophobe

THE SNP’S legislative competence suffered humiliating rejection this week at the hands of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.

Yves Bot’s legal opinion that the SNP’s proposed Jakie Apartheid Bill would only be legal if no other mechanism – such as increasing taxes – was capable of bringing about public health benefits, has effectively left the bill scotched on the rocks.

It isn’t a final ruling, but anyone with a modicum of political sobriety can see that the Nationalists moral temperance crusade against the drunken lower classes has lost. Even Tennent’s, one of the loudest and highest profile vested interest supporters of the Act, conceded defeat.

Paul Bartlett, the group managing director for C&C Group (Tennents ) in an interview with BBC ‘Pravda’ said: “I think that today’s ruling looks like that’s not going to happen or it’s going to be delayed.”

Despite the virtual finality of the legal opinion, the First Minister insisted on further diminishing her reputation as a ‘formidable politician’ by vowing to fight on.

She said: “Importantly, this initial opinion indicates it will be for the domestic courts to take a final decision on minimum unit pricing. The Advocate General finds that the policy can be implemented if it is shown to be the most effective public health measure available.”

Her statement unwittingly highlights the paucity and limitations of the unicameral system at Holyrood. If the Bill had been subjected to proper scrutiny and legal testing by a detached, objective and expert second chamber, it’s unimaginable it would have achieved Royal Assent in its current form.

As such, Sturgeon’s pronouncement is a tacit admission that the SNP legislators did not treat the bill rigorously enough or competently enough for legal enactment despite its Royal Assent.

That the First Minister was, and is, prepared to subject Scotland’s Court of Session to take on the role of legislative scrutinisers – the very role which the unicameral committee system is supposed to have undertaken – demonstrates the wilful recklessness, disrespect and contempt she holds the Scottish court, the Scottish Parliament, and the sovereign Scottish people in.

With luck, the final ruling of the European Court of Justice will be framed in such watertight language that Sturgeon balks at subjecting the Scottish Court to the degrading role of Holyrood committee by proxy.

Sturgeon has already seen the Court of Session rule in her favour after the initial challenge by the various alcohol bodies – notably the Scottish Whisky Association (SWA) – failed in 2013. No doubt she was encouraged by that court’s findings when Lord Docherty ruled that “it was unnecessary and inappropriate to refer any question of EU law to the Court of Justice for a preliminary ruling.”

In light of subsequent events and the EU Advocate General’s opinion, the Court of Session’s initial ruling could justifiably be viewed with a modicum of suspicion by anyone not of an SNP bent – seeing that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) opinion had just completely contradicted the Scottish court.

Arguably, the “no other mechanism” test, which Sturgeon’s temperance bill would have to pass, has already been undermined by her own amendment implemented at Stage 2 of the bill’s progress through the Scottish Parliament:

“Amendment 2, in the name of Nicola Sturgeon MSP, will require Scottish Ministers to evaluate the effect of minimum pricing five years after it comes into force and report to the Parliament.”

In other words, the SNP had no realistic idea what effect the implementation of the Bill would have. The desired ‘effect’ of reduced consumption of cheap high alcohol drinks by problem working class drinkers was based on modelling crafted by a research department at Sheffield University – a system labelled by critics as “no better than a weather forecast”.

Hardly a reassurance to the casual supporter of Scotland’s MUP bill that it won’t be raining heavily on the SNP’s parade come ECJ judgement time. With no other precedent set by any free trading country in the world, with the possible exception of Canada, the outcome appears inevitable.

In Canada, there is a form of minimum pricing – not directly comparable to the minimum unit pricing proposed in the SNP Bill – known as ‘social reference pricing’. It was introduced to protect the Canadian beer industry from the devastating effect of cheap alcohol imports.

The Canadian system and its purpose also provides much needed context for the motivation behind Tennents support of the MUP Bill. You don’t have to be a cynic to come to a cynical conclusion.

The SWA were pleased as punch that the SNP's incompetent legislation will not thwart their plan to flood the Scottish and European markets with non-Triple distilled cheap vodka. Tennent's, predictably enough, were 'pissed' off.

The SWA were pleased as punch that the SNP’s incompetent legislation will not thwart their evil plan to flood the Scottish and European markets with non-Triple distilled cheap vodka. Tennent’s, predictably enough, were ‘pissed’ off.

The SNP Government made hay with research carried out in British Columbia which asserted that alcohol related deaths had gone down in the province in direct correlation to an eighteen per cent price increase.

But, as was later revealed by the SWA, the figures provided by Dr Tim Stockwell, director of the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addiction Research, were estimates based on a modelling similar to Sheffield University’s. Deaths were reported to have increased over the time period of the British Columbia price increase.

So, at best, it’s unproven that increasing the price of alcohol results in less deaths.

Also important is the SNP assertion that MUP would result in 60 less deaths a year: they’re sticking to that Sheffield University modelling figure. To AhDinnaeKen it has the same tone and believability as pre-IndyRef Nationalist assertions on currency and automatic entry to the European Union .

In other words it looks and feels like gesture politicking illiteracy: something sceptics have learned to live with under the current tedious wave of Nationalist euphoria affecting the voting population of Scotland.

Like the referendum, the opinion of the Advocate General has signalled a resounding defeat to the puritan will of the SNP. Like the referendum, the SNP is not willing to accept the defeat with anything approaching respect or an honourable outcome. And, like the referendum, the SNP has helped further diminish the role of civic bodies, whom many Scots previously trusted, such as the civil service and the courts.

The Scottish Court of Session, despite its acquiescence to the Scottish Executive in 2013, will have no option but to follow the ECJ’s definitive ruling whenever that may be.

It’s not set in stone yet, but one thing’s for sure, when the realisation dawns on the SNP that their flagship economic prohibition bill is deid in the water, the  blame will eventually be placed on Westminster.

 

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Sturgeon to Daily Mail: “I’ll purge party of duplicitous First Ministers”

  • SAINT NICOLA of Sturgeon pledges to cleanse party of untrustable and duplicitous First Ministers.
  • Vows to clean up politics from ‘sullied’clandestine meetings.
  • Will come clean on fracking deal with INEOS once she’s back in office in May 2016.
  • AhDinnaeKen reports:
"My personal use of Twitter is an important part of that (ScotGov)accessibility." Sturgeon told the Scottish Daily Mail. Maybe the Wi-Fi was all used up in New York.

“My personal use of Twitter is an important part of (my government’s) accessibility.” Sturgeon told the Scottish Daily Mail recently. Maybe the Wi-Fi was all used up in New York. when she met Rupee.

 

By Meeja Byaas – undeclared meetings with media tycoons correspondent

NICOLA STURGEON has dramatically intervened in the battle against secret First Ministerial meetings with Murdoch media moguls.

The Firstminster vowed to clean up Scottish politics by purging her party of political leaders who attend clandestine meetings with right wing News Corps proprietors.

Writing exclusively for the Scottish AhDinnaeKen, Saint Nicola said the time had come to ‘send a clear message that politics in Scotland will not be sullied by this type of inappropriate behaviour’.

She also called on frontline politicians who ‘secretly’ meet controversial media barons to stop “prostituting the office of First Minister”.

An AhDinnaeKen investigation found that two out of the last three Scottish First Ministers had ‘secret’ meetings with Rupert Murdoch and deliberately withheld the information in order to deceive the Scottish people.

We also uncovered hundreds of excuses centred around the mantra of ‘jobs’, ‘more jobs’ and ‘6500 jobs in Scotland’.

The findings come only a day after the Scottish Daily Mail revealed that the First Minister had misled the people of Scotland by not letting on she had met the proprietor of the “derogatory” and “sexist” Sun newspaper in New York.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I’m really sorry that the Scottish Daily Mail found out about this.

“Reporting things that I would rather they had kept hidden is typical of mainstream media bias against me, my party and the people of Scotland.

“I blame the BBC.

“When I became First Minister I said I wanted to lead one of the most accessible governments in the world.

“The Scottish Daily Mail have just blown that posturing rhetoric clean out of the water.

“Bastards!”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3218638/SNP-leader-Nicola-Sturgeon-meeting-Rupert-Murdoch.html

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