Saturday, 30 August 2014

Man charged with assaulting George Galloway named as Neil Masterson

Joking aside, it is pleasing to report that a certain Neil Masterson has been charged with assaulting both Mr Galloway and a member of the public who went to the assistance of the MP.

Both of them were posted yesterday, as was this curious comment:

The case is due to be heard on Monday so we will find out more then. This Neil Masterson is a Roman Catholic who seems to have quite an interest in Israel, if his photo is to be believed:

Terror weapons found - Galloway assaulted by rabid Nat

As the Tories announce that the terror threat has been raised to severe, I expect that any moment it will be announced that photos such as the above are evidence that a major new arms cache has just been discovered. 

I also await with baited breath the news from the Unionist press that George Galloway MP was assaulted in the street by a supporter of Yes Scotland to prevent him from speaking out in favour of the Union.

Why is the Better Together campaign nowhere to be seen?

The postal votes have now been sent out and many people will already have cast ballots to decide the constitutional future of this island of ours. Will roughly a third of the land mass break away and reject the feral capitalist way in which the whole country has been governed for far too many decades, or will fear of the future and a desire to keep what little prosperity they have, lead voters to reject that chance?

More and more houses are now playing host to Yes posters, and very many people walk around proudly with a Yes badge on their lapels. The polls show that in spite of all the enthusiasm for change, the No vote is still in the lead. This forces us to ask the question: where are the No voters? If they are the majority as all the polls say, why are they not strutting their stuff in a triumphalist march towards victory?

It's not as if the average No voters are shrinking violets as this short video of some Better Together supporters shows:

If you enjoyed the sight of the guy in the England shirt, here's a bit more of him singing a Second World War ditty, just to show which century your average No voter thinks he lives in:

So why are these people not out as part of the Better Together campaign? Either they are too drunk, or the people running Better Together in London are embarrassed by them are the usual answers to that frequently asked question.

That said, there is another possible reason that explains why the No campaign has been so abysmal. Consider this leaflet which has been sent out by Better Together to people who have signed up for a postal vote:

Just look at this and consider that it demonstrates that the Better Together campaign thinks that its target voters are such utter fucktards that they need to be shown how to cast a No ballot!

Looked at in this light, is it any wonder that the No campaign is nowhere to be seen apart from on the television? A sizeable number of its supporters are thuggish drunks who can barely string a sentence together and so illiterate that they cannot read a simple form.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Two ordinary people made Alistair Darling squirm

Alex Salmond won the second independence debate, but nothing he said made Alistair Darling squirm as much as these comments from two ordinary members of the audience.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Yes given boost by Salmond's victory in the second debate

The second Scottish independence debate took place a short while ago and Alex Salmond won it by several furloughs. The Guardian published a quick poll which showed that seventy-one percent of the population agree with that verdict which will leave the Yes campaign enthused for the final three weeks until polling day.

The best moment came when a member of the audience asked the deceptively simple question: "If we are better together, why aren't we already better together?" Given that Scottish supermarkets employ bouncers to stop hungry people stealing food, that was a telling point.

A woman then told Alistair Darling that the next time he had fancy dinners with rich businessmen who want to take over the NHS, he should remember that Nye Bevin is sitting on his shoulder. That point got a loud and raucous cheer from the audience.

Darling was jeered several times, and as the debate wore on, the cheers for Salmond became louder. He seemed to relax and began to taunt Darling who responded by shouting as he felt the debate slipping away from him.  

I cannot remember anything that Darling said, but Salmond's sound bytes stick in the mind. A hundred thousand children expected to slide into poverty with current Westminster policies and a similar number of disabled folk losing their benefits. All that against a background of £4 billion a year being pissed away on Trident. 

With just over three weeks until polling day, and with the postal votes starting to go out tomorrow, this is just the boost that Yes needs.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Musselburgh Says Yes!

Musselburgh is a small town just outside Edinburgh, and provides a perfect getaway from the city. Today it played host to some independence campaigners, including an old 1950s fire engine of a type that used to be called a green goddess. Now in her new livery she is the Blue Goddess, but still only does eight miles to the gallon.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Leith Walk Independence Festival

Leith Walk is supposedly the longest street in Scotland and today it played host to an independence festival which took over some of the shops. There were also about a dozen street stalls and this magnificent old fire engine which has now been pressed into service for the good of the cause. 

The enthusiasm of the activists cannot be denied, and a lot of shoppers ended up taking badges and window posters away with them. 

The Yes campaign is not a monolithic body, instead is is a confederation of groups, all of whom seem to be doing their own thing, and trying to appeal to their voting niche. The activists range from at least one very pretty girl with a Business for Scotland badge to the members of the Radical Independence Campaign, with just about every other political shade in between.

I spoke to several activists who were honest enough to admit that what is needed is doorstep canvassing, but who then went on to say that they don't have the warm bodies to do that. Compared to the No campaign, which has to pay people to deliver their leaflets, as well as pretending that Tory and Labour party hacks are ordinary members of the public, the independence groups do have a sizeable membership which does seem to be made up of normal human beings. Alas, it's still not enough to go house to house.

That said, they are trying their best with the resources and people that they have available, and they certainly make up with enthusiasm what they lack in numbers.