Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Brexit means a booming Scottish fishing industry

A new and amusing line is being heard from Scottish Federasts, which states that if Scotland and England vote differently next month, then the border trade between us could be affected, and that could lead to a rebirth of the old tradition of the Border Reivers.

Now, shall we take this nonsense seriously? Oh, let's do, and say what's wrong with reiving? You may think that I would say that, given my surname is Bell, and you would be dead right since it would mean that I could go back to the old family tradition of stealing sheep on one side of the border and then flogging 'em off on the other - which is basically what the reiver clans in Scotland and families in England did. The Bells were on both sides of the Tweed, so were equal opportunity raiders.

They were generally regarded by in both Edinburgh and London as being the tastiest of all the Border peoples, which is why after the Union of the Crowns in 1603 both governments went after the Bells with a vengeance.

Enough of these increasingly desperate Federast fantasies. It is a fact, and not a fantasy, that  if Scotland votes to leave the EU, then the country will immediately take control of her farming and fisheries. As you will know, the fishing industry was sold out by Ted Heath as one of the bribes paid to get the UK into what would become the EU back in 1973. However, what is left of the fishing industry is fully devolved to Holyrood, which is why fishery protection is handled by Edinburgh and not London.

Yes, that's why we have our very own, perfectly formed Marine Protection Flotilla, which consists of the Mina, Herta and Jura vessels, along with a small air squadron.

Think about it for a minute: all those waters which currently come under the control of Brussels will pass not to London, but to Edinburgh. Think of the jobs that will be created in the new Scottish fishing industry, with skippers of the new trawlers begging school leavers to sign up as fishermen.

Look beyond that because those waters will need protecting, and with all due respect to the officers and men of the three existing patrol ships, they are not going to be enough. Scotland will need her own Royal Scots Navy to ensure that the waters are reserved for our boats, and to check the licenses of any foreign vessels that are allowed into them. How will that be paid for? By the taxes paid by our fishing industry and the license fees from the foreign vessels.

This is the ensign of the old, pre-1707 Royal Scots Navy. Vote Leave next month and you could see it flying proudly again:

This is what the Americans call a no-brainer: anyone who wants to keep Scotland in the EU does not care a tinker's cuss for our school leavers or the future prosperity of the country.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Labour is disconnected from its voters over the EU

 I was talking to an electrician last Friday who commented on my window posters and told me that he was also going to give the two-fingered salute to the Federasts and their EU wet dream. He went on to tell me that at the age of 50 he had never voted in his life - not even in the 2014 Scottish referendum - but this  vote was so important that he had registered. His wife shares his anger, but has not yet registered, so I told him to buy her a bunch of flowers and when she gets all sentimental, stick the form in front of her to sign. He agreed that this was a good strategy.

Also on Friday, Labour gave us another Gillian Duffy moment when an MP named Pat Glass was caught on tape moaning that a voter was "a horrible racist." The poor man has done to ground and the Glass woman has had to make a grovelling apology just as the then Prime Mentalist did in 2010, but it tells you everything you need to know about today's Labour Party and the people who infest it from top to bottom.

The 1975 referendum on Britain's membership of what was then called the EEC was called for the simple reason that Labour was split right down the middle over the issue, and it was the only way that Harold Wilson could hold the party together. Cabinet members were allowed to campaign for one side or the other, and the majority of the party's rank and file members voted to leave. What the referendum meant was that when the dust had settled the party held together, which was all Wilson was after.

Today, Labour is pretty much united as a Federast wet dream, with the parliamentary party and the membership by and large united behind the desire to keep the country as a province of the European Union. That's fine, but the bulk of Leavers will be the self employed like my electrician, along with the low paid and the claimants. The C2 and D/E element in Britain, in other words, and we are all, every single one of us, getting mighty cheesed off by Labour's antics.

I have never seen such a disconnect between Labour and its voters as I have seen recently. Along with Pat Glass we had Emily, Lady Nugee MP, another entryist, who also enjoys mocking the people that she expects to vote for her.

You expect such insolence from the middle and upper classes, two groups that have become insufferable over the past few years, but the attitude of the party's members is new and troubling. Inasmuch as Labour even has a membership these days it seems to be made up of the  local government employed C1 stratum of teachers, social workers, generic local government and NHS managers and other ancillary rabble. I can just about take the old aristocracy, but this new polyocracy leaves me feeling in need of a nice hot bath. It is that polyocracy that gives the nominations to the likes of Glass and Nuggee for their safe, cushy parliamentary seats. Then they wonder why formerly rock-solid Labour seats become marginal all of a sudden.

The days when Labour activists lived on the same estates as the voters, and went drinking in the same swill shops on Friday evenings are long over. Labour's activists are lower middle class types who have more in common with the people that the voters hate and the policies that they oppose.

Labour lost Scotland forever in 2014 when it decided to support the Union when the bulk of its core vote had decided on a punt for independence. Now, in the rest of the country, Labour is a Federast party that wants to grovel to Brussels, whilst the bulk of its voters are Leavers.

From top to bottom, Labour has to realise that you cannot mock your voters and then expect them to vote for you. Neither can you have a policy such as the Federast one that the party enthuses over today, and expect a core vote that has been left behind by the forward march of globalised capitalism to fall in line behind that policy.

I predict that Labour in England will suffer the same fate as its  Scottish counterpart, once the dust settles from this referendum.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Edinburgh Leave campaign branches out into Leith

Today the group of Edinburgh Brexiteers that I belong to put out three stalls in Scotland's capital, one of which was in Leith, which is where I live. Not only that, but there is a damn fine pub just 50 years from where the stall was located, so once we had finished handing out leaflets, we went and quenched our raging thirsts with a pint or three.

Since today was Cup Final day and since Hibs who are the local team were in the final against Rangers, it was probably not a good day for campaigning, but there were enough women about doing their shopping who were willing to take the leaflets to make the day worthwhile. The fact that they were accompanied by men who were all looking at their watches with a air of wanting to be in a pub with a big screen TV only shows that the good men of Leith have their priorities set correctly. 

The day was made even nicer by the news that the Federasts could only manage one stall in the whole of Edinburgh, and that stall only had one solitary man standing there with his leaflets.

Why not come along next Saturday and join is? Our main stall is always in Waterloo Place, near the Duke of Wellington's statue. Just turn up between 11.00am and 2.00pm and join the gang.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Nick Thomas becomes a blogger

Anybody who was around Oxford from 1978 to about 2008 will remember Nick Thomas, who has now joined the ranks of the blogging brotherhood. For those of you who have never enjoyed his company, Nick is a former columnist for both the Times and the Daily Telegraph, a playwright, essayist, wit and raconteur - and almost certainly the most bone-idle fellow I have ever known. He is now married to an achingly lovely young woman who is not only half his age, but also seriously rich. The couple have two delightful children and live in Amsterdam.

Nick's blog can be found at the Pissedoldhack.com URL, and it is less a traditional weblog, and more an outlet for his essays. Pop over there and be prepared for a master class in the art of the essayist.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Download Brexit: For A New Country free at Amazon

Brexit: For A New Country is now available as a free download from Amazon until about 8.00am on the morning of Saturday, the 21st May.

Remember that the file is not DRM encoded so you can read it on any device, make a copy to your mates, do what you like with it just so long as people get to read the bloody thing.

It has been a long, cold, near-forty years of shit with just about all the political parties ignoring us. On the 23rd June we have the chance to bring them face to face with the reality that we are still here and that payback is due.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Brexit: For A New Country is now available to download

Brexit: For A New Country is now available to download from Amazon.  My plan was to offer it as a permanently free download, but Amazon will not allow that, so I had to price it at 99p, which is the minimum price allowed. The good news is that it is a freebie for anyone who is signed up to Amazon Unlimited.

I have signed the pamphlet up for a promotion with Amazon, which starts tomorrow and lasts for five days. During that period you can download the pamphlet free, so keep your eyes peeled and nip in smartish when the promotion starts.

Right, that's my contribution to the Glorious Cause done and dusted.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Saturdays are Brexit days in Edinburgh

Today was a strange day here in Edinburgh with an unusual yellow orb in the sky which made everything warm. The shoppers were out in force to take advantage of the weather so we got rid of a lot of Brexit leaflets, took some photos and generally enjoyed ourselves.

I reckon that the Scottish government will be in for a shock when they find out just how many people who voted Yes two years ago are now casting in their lot with Leave. Having campaigned in both referenda, the attitude of the people on the street towards Leave is far more positive than it was in 2014. People were enthusiastic then, but they are more so now.

Somebody told me that they had seen a Federast stall today, which would be a first. We have the numbers and the enthusiasm, so can mount these campaigns all over the city. The Federasts cannot match that.

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