The aftermath of the 2021 Scottish election

The Scottish election was won by pro-independence parties in the shape of the SNP and the Greens. True, the SNP failed to get a majority by itself but the Holyrood sysyem isn’t designed for single parties to win majorities, so this result is what was expected to happen but the narrative a second independence referendum hinged purely on a SNP majority started early.

There was never a tight contest. This was a lie but it is now the mainsteam UK narrative as the sheer, blind unthinking fear of Scotland becoming independent has been unleashed the last few days with even the eldtritch horror of Gordon Brown stomping around giving the same statements we’ve heard for ages.

The fact is an independence referendum is a long, long way away. The earliest we’re looking at is 2023, realistically 2024 as the SNP have said they’re fine with letting the Covid recovery happen, then putting together a bill, then waiting for the electoral commision to agree on the terms of the vote, including the question then give at least 6 months time to campaign and we’re looking some time just before the next Westminster election. This assumes as well of course there’s little legal action as the UK government are likely to dig in hard so we could see a second referendum going beyong autumn 2024.

Yet even so there is a blind panic because the Unionist side know that there’s 20-30% of the electorate who are ‘soft’ no voters last time who are more open potentially to voting yes this time, plus the demographic is changing as older no voters pass away and younger voters come through who are likely to vote yes. A good campaign for independence and a bad one for the Union means Scotland leaves the UK to stew in the forthcoming insanity of the Tories running riot so for now expect to see delaying tactics pushing this vote back til the next Westminster election, and beyond.

Basically we’re in a big, bloody mess and it’ll take a hard push to get where we need to go just as the post Covid world begins to shape around us and the reality of Brexit kicks in for most people.

2021’s painful Scottish election campaign

Being a political geek this year’s Scottish election campaign should fill me with excitement but with days to go I have to say this campaign is one of the worst campaigns I’ve seen in any election which speaks out as to how awful the thing is. Part of the problem lies with the opposition parties who haven’t a dash of vision or opportunity between them, but the SNP, as well as the Greens have also fought a frankly rubbish campaign in what is a vitally important election for Scotland and one which should beckon independence but won’t.

This election should be about not just the right of the people of Scotland to hold an independence referendum when they want, but also about holding to account the government as well as the opposition, but instead, it’s become a tiresome slanging match with Tories slanging SNP, SNP slanging Alba (Alex Salmond’s pro-independence party) with Labour’s dreary ‘hey guys let’s stop fighting but not really‘ approach. There is also a paucity of ideas not helped by the inter-party squabbles of some SNP and Alba supporters. I feel sorry for my fellow countrypeople in this vote trying to make their mind up.

As for myself I don’t think the SNP will use yet another mandate to fight for independence, far too much for them to lose, plus the Greens are happy in their current relationship so another indy supporting party isn’t a bad idea and indeed, many of those piously attacking Alba now were fully supportive of RISE (another attempt at an indy supporting party) last time around. As it stands my main vote will go to the SNP because there’s a very good candidate to vote for, but my list vote is up for grabs as voting SNP on the list is a waste in Glasgow, voting Green means supporting some policies I strongly disagree with, and Alba is a whole can of worms, so either I’ll hold my nose and vote for one of them or leave my list vote blank. This is not how it should be days before the most important Scottish election in my lifetime when we should be pushing hard for independence before Boris Johnson and the Tories strip devolution apart while further destroying people’s lives.

Boris Johnson wants you to die


The worst possible thing about this headline is that most of us can very much imagine Boris Johnson saying this as the UK has over 125k people dead now and one of the worst death rates on the planet. Yes, The Daily Mail is a vicious rag pushing to cheer on their next champion as Johnson has outlived his use, and his possible replacements are far more terrible, but for now we’re governed by a man who treats most people with contempt and the terrible thing here is we can all hear Johnson saying these words.

This is the sort of dystopia we’re living in and yet,people still cheer Johnson on as some sort of champion of the people. We’re totally fucked.

Death of a Royal

Prince Philip died the other day and much of the UK media went slightly mad. All of the BBC’s channels were suspended on Friday to show tributes, and as for ITV they went full mourning as well so all the UK’s main terrestial channels were given over to this one story as if it’s the 1950’s, not 2021. Yes, it is a major story but we’re also in the middle of a pandemic which has killed 125K people, plus all the effects of lockdown, etc means countless lives have changed for the worst and they all get a couple of minutes of presenters and politicians looking serious. A 99 year old man dies and it’s getting more coverage than that or 7/7 or even that insane week in 1997 when Diana died and half the UK lost their minds.

So pity us stuck on this island which has lost its mind and will continue to make things more insane for those of us still with some sense of reality…

The Plague Year

One year ago the UK government finally, sort of, took Covid seriously even though by this point we’d seen how it spread and in particular, how Italy was affected by it. So instead of listening to the science which at this point last year was screaming ‘LOCKDOWN’ which Boris Johnson ignored to tell us instead of how he planned to just let Covid sweep through the population and just jolly well let them (you and me of course, not him) take it on the chin.

The usual hard right/left grifters mocked talk of ‘over 100K dead’ yet here we are a year later looking at over 120k dead with one of the highest death rates in the world thanks to a government which followed all the wrong paths changing far too late, coming out of lockdowns too early and repeating the cycle. All the while billions are being spent of track and trace systems which don’t work or bungs to mates of mates while the death toll rose and rose.Thankfully the vaccination program is under the remit of the NHS which is why it’s so successful, but again we have the UK throwing around promises of a ‘normal’ second half of the summer which won’t happen. If they unlock too quickly and allow big events to happen then we’re back in lockdown next winter and I can’t imagine what that’d do to people.

People have to be told now that we’re living with Covid forever. It will change things even with a full vaccinated population, which we won’t get thanks to the anti-vaxxers. We need to have a dicussion as to how things will change rather than bluster through this as Johnson is doing hoping it’ll work out because after a year and 120k dead we should know it won’t.

Hopefully the worst is now however over. This is something remaining to be seen but after a year I’d like it to be in an ideal world, which of course, we don’t live in.


Imagine being a woman (for 52% of the planet that’s easily done) and starting this week with International Woman’s Day and ending it in raging anger at how women are sidelined all the time if they’re not being stalked and murdered/raped, or have to live with an abusive partner or member of the family? Imagine then seeing some men online say ‘ah, but not all men’ as is that’s a deflection from the fact that as men, we all play a part in this mess regardless of how small that may have been. Then imagine endless abuse, rape and death threats coming from not just right wing headcases, but supposed ‘woke’ people who Tweet about ‘being kind’ and you’re living a life which as a man I can only imagine.

Then there’s the murder of Sarah Everard. A case where the main suspect is a police officer. How can women feel safe when someone who is part of the intitution supposed to protect them may well see them as ‘opportunities’ as the victim was described several times on the news this week.

I’m a man. I’ve walked though some incredibly dodgy areas walking home in the past in big cities like Glasgow, Bristol and London. I’ve been mugged three times. First time I broke a knuckle punching one, the second I was drunk and stupidly fought them off. Last time was when I was no longer fit and healthy, so ended up losing a phone because I was vulnerable, which means I get a fraction of what it must be like to be woman and do things like avoid crowds, or certain pubs, or text mates to tell them I’ve got home safe. I have no idea what it must be like to learn or do these thing from an early age but then again nobody has ever discriminated towards me because of my sex. Yet I think of girlfriends who weepily told me about being abused and raped, often by ex partners or members of their family, so why didn’t it dawn on me then?

Yet I read endless stories like these, and think what could I have done to make someone else’s life at that time better? Even when I wasn’t disabled I used to dither when I walked as I’d always be taking in the architecture of buildings, but how many times was I walking behind a woman doing this? I can think offhand of dozens of times. I should have known better, same as times in London’s labyrithine underground system where I’ve heard screams and wondered ‘is that someone mucking about or is that someone in distress?’ while doing the sum total of fuck all. But this is the problem, men aren’t educated enough and there’s also a point where men just don’t care. They like abusing women, even to the point where it gives them a sexual thrill in addition to abusing their power.

Which brings me to this week. Monday was International Women’s Day. Loads of men decied to ask why there’s no International Men’s Day (there is one in November), then in the Commons the MP Jess Phillips read out the name of every woman killed by a man in 2020. It took over four minutes. The point she makes is that society has accepted this as just one of those things. Later on in the week the Scottish parliament voted through a hate crime bill which excudes women with some MSP’s displaying the sort of misogyny that shows why we need to protect sex on a hate crime bill. With women being dehumanised with words like ‘Karen’, ‘Terf’, ‘Femnazi’ or anything that reduces women to a figure to be hated and abused online and in real life, theres no wonder women in Scotland despair about the decision

It becomes easier to Other and abuse someone if you don’t see them as a person, or even human, and right now I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a period of sheer outright hatred against women openly being thrown around by people across the political and social spectrums. So we end up with women like Sarah Everard murdered just because she was a woman who was seen by a killer who saw an ‘opportunity’, not a person, but an opportunity. The pornofication of culture has reduced women to ‘opportunities’ and a variety of body parts. The somewhat naive porn we’d find in Tesco’s bags under a bush in the park are long gone to be replaced by something dehumanising and violent. Yet women can’t protest that without being assaulted themselves. Femicide is a problem all over the world and it seems to be accepted, but only because governments and other institutions can’t really be bothered which means after this outrage over the murder of Sarah Everard or the hate crime bill, or women being assaulted on the street, or just being abused while picking up their kids passes, women will again be sidelined. Til the next time.

But there shouldn’t be a next time. It is down to us men to seriously look into what we do and have done, accept our failings and do better while listening to women and let them centre their story told their way without piping up ‘not all men’ or something awful like that. We need to be better because the way things are going the future for women is not one which looks good, and it won’t change unless we do.

Your regular reminder that the Tories despise the NHS and they want you to die

Remember how last year during the first lockdown when 150k people dead through Covid was being widely mocked by the sort of people who Andrew Neil would call friends, how we all clapped the NHS in a jolly middle class British way? How such fun clapping away while literally doctors, nurses, specialists, porters, cleaners and just everyone in the NHS were dying because the Tories had failed to provide suitable PPE, while being completely unprepared for a pandemic of this scale thanks to a decade of cuts and the actual pandemic plan being thrown out?

Fun right?

Well now the Tories in England are giving NHS staff a 1% pay rise. 1 fucking percent. With the rate of inflation it actually works out as a pay cut. Unions are rightfully considering strikes. Nadine Dorries witters on about all those people in the private sector whose jobs are at risk which is classicpit one group against another policy, but the fact is my job, and most jobs in the private sector are not essential in an emergency like the one we’re still in. A barman or a marketing consultant don’t matter (though the barman is worth more than anyone working in marketing of course) compared to the people who have kept us alive over the last year, or had to deal with death on a scale we’ve not seen in peacetime so they’ve been the person holding hands with the dying while Boris Johnson worries more about decorating Number 10 than whether the people who’ve went through hell for us get paid anything more than a pitiful 1%/

There is a magic money tree when it comes to vanity projects or bungs for their mates, and the idea that a modern advanced nation can exist degrading its healthcare system even further is insane. But the Tories don’t care, they hate the NHS and they’ve spent much of the last year being quite happy if most of us died off.

So next time they ask us to clap, don’t. Tell them to stop fucking about and pay the NHS what they’re worth.

A quick word about the Alex Salmond/Nicola Sturgeon situation

Nicola Sturgeon today sat for eight hours being questioned by a mainly hostile comittee about whether she basically lied in the case of her predecessor Alex Salmond. The case is complex if you’re not an expert in constitutional law. Basically it’s a big old mess and it’s not going to get any clearer after today thanks to especially Jackie Ballie who asked not one sensible question and seemed more interested in pushing a personal issue than actually getting to the truth of the matter which may actually bring Sturgeon down, had Ballie been of course smart enough to realise this.

There’s a lot to digest but all that will happen is today’s questioning will reinforce opinions of those with an already set out position. So pro Sturgeon supporters will dig in, anti Sturgeon types will dig in and although there may be people who seeing the First Minister so relentlessly questioned for so long (imagine for a second Boris Johnson putting himself through that level of scrutiny? Nah, me neither) will even come out in support. But the truth will be lost and there does seem to be questions to still be answered however all that’ll happen after today is positions will be hardened and to most, this will boil over.

It does speak of the dreadful position of our MSP’s that most of them aren’t able to put their own positions aside and stick to their remit, and it does suggest the list system is in dire need of a revamp with time limits being imposed as right now MSP’s can ride to the top of their list and never actually be directly elected. That needs to change so a say, two term time limit is in order. It’ll lose the odd good MSP in the shape of Andy Wrightman who has been a massive asset to Scottish politics, but it’ll clear a lot of rubbish out so hopefully we get better overall MSP’s.

Dealing with Covid deniers

I’ve been shielding for a large chunk of the Covid outbreak in the UK, but on my increasingly rare trips out I’ve had to deal with Covid deniers and anti-maskers who think Covid won’t affect them as they’re ‘healthy’. The other day I was in the shop and a chap was talking LOUDLY about how he ‘didn’t need’ the vaccine as it’ll only be the unhealthy and ‘weak’ that will need it with a sneaky glance at my disabled arse.

We’re over a year into this pandemic now and we still have people living in a fantasy about something which has killed 150k people in the UK alone, and if left unchecked (as was Boris Johnson’s initial plan) would leave millions dead, destroy the NHS and leave the economy trashed for generations to come. But no, some people want to have a drink in a pub or go clubbing, or just think they’re invulnerable.

I’m not happy with the endless lockdowns. My physical and mental health is fucked. They are however things I can hopefully fix. Having died gasping for a final breath isn’t something I’m coming back from. Denying a virus like this when people are suffering is a supreme act of narcissism and paranoia. Nobody is loving this. We all want this over, and it won’t end, let alone being under control if people believe lunatics who think the virus was designed by Bill Gates or some such shite.

The vaccine is being rolled out worldwide. We’re so close to getting on top of this but we won’t if people don’t get vaccinated because they follow a fantasy.

100,000 dead of Covid in the UK

The UK has passed a grim toll of 100k plus dead from Covid, and most of those deaths were utterly avoidable but thanks to the complete failure of the UK government, Covid deniers and large chunks of the media we have so many lives lost and as yet, not one single person has been held accountable for this disaster.

In case you’re struggling to come to terms with this number, this is what 100,000 human beings look like.

If that’s what happens when Boris Johnson is ‘only doing his best’ I’d hate to see what he’d do when he fucks up…