Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Dam is breaking; senior Nationalist Kenny MacAskill attacks Nicola Sturgeon’s husband as "cheerleader-in-chief" for his wife, the internal fighting has only one conclusion, Peter Murrell needs to resign as Chief Executive, fear is racing through the SNP, many MPs, MSPs and staffers face losing their livelihood unless leadership change happens

Dear All

It would be fair to say that Nicola Sturgeon is a wounded animal at present, the wolves are circling around her, not only is her position unsafe, so is the position of her husband, SNP Chief Executive Peter Murrell.

It seems the ‘stalking horse’ to break the Sturgeon/Murrell monopoly of the party is none other than former Justice Secretary Kenneth MacAskill.

Is MacAskill preparing the way for a former MP to be installed as the new SNP Chief Executive?

Is MacAskill preparing the way for a former MP to sown the seeds for a leadership challenge down the line?

Is the fact that a senior Nationalist speaking out a realisation how much damage the Sturgeon brand as done to the party, it isn’t a secret but Nicola Sturgeon is a bad leader.

MacAskill seems to have a goal in his scathing attack on Sturgeon who is the SNP’s top official, he wants him removed and now, I think he is onto something in his comments that Murrell must be more than “cheerleader-in-chief for his spouse”. As I mentioned yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon’s time is up as leader, her new venture of fighting Brexit is nonsense, she cannot affect change, she has no role; she is powerless.

Brexit will happen and there will be no real input from the SNP, that’s a given!

MacAskill is correct on what went wrong in the SNP in that Murrell has over-promoting his wife, but remove Sturgeon from the equation and replace him with Salmond and you see a pattern. The SNP used the ‘cult of the personality’ which focuses on the leader as some kind of semi divine hero of worship who can do no wrong.   

Dictators and despots use this technique in order to promote themselves and silence dissent around them, which is what has happened in the SNP. The SNP is a one man band, everyone else is either a cult member or part of the fringe; the SNP operate as a party within a party. Not only has this backfired with the installation of Sturgeon, but as other commentators beyond MacAskill have stated, it has damaged the independence cause.

The SNP go from one short term gimmick to another, the wider goals have been abandoned, there isn’t talent behind Nicola Sturgeon, although MacAskill likes to kid on that there is.

Is he right to blame SNP chief executive Peter Murrell?

Patently, the answer is yes!

MacAskill said:

“The SNP is bigger and the cause wider than just her [the First Minister]. Focusing on her been both a high-risk and short-term strategy. Others need allowed to blossom.”

Note the use of the word, ‘her’; one can speculate whether this is utter contempt emerging, after the many had built up the party since the change of 2007, the vote going to 50%, it has now been destroyed and sits at 37%.

Further to fall when the election cycle kicks in methinks!

MacAskill like me has become a leading critic of Murrell, his concerns emerged after the SNP lost a third of its MPs in the General Election; mine started when Murrell ignored my complaints and treated me with such utter contempt. Both of us have arrived at the same place but it took MacAskill a considerable time longer to call for Murrell to be replaced.

MacAskill although he talks about the “succession strategy” to replace Murrell, and the need to recruit a deputy with the intention of replacing him in a year, we should think back to Shirley-Anne Somerville after she was kicked out of Holyrood, she was the deputy chief executive before scuttling back to Holyrood. In fact I never saw her job as anything other than give her a pay packet.

MacAskill hits on another problem in his criticism, saying Ms Sturgeon and her husband need to reinvigorate the party’s grassroots campaign. The SNP did run a bad campaign, it was also an arrogant one, in Glasgow; they thought that they had the place sown up after 2015, now they are finding out different.

Every seat held in Glasgow by the SNP is up for grabs, no seat is safe here for anyone, and the fact the vote has dropped dramatically will be a concern for their MPs and staffers who stand a pretty fair chance of ending up on the breadline!

Oh Joy!

It is interesting that MacAskill says that Stories abounded of SNP campaigning errors that would make old stalwarts weep. Although the party got a lot of people joining it, and that increased the number of people who did activism in comparison to others such as Scottish Labour, the numbers weren’t that great. The SNP Cult at its core, ‘users’ of people which is their modus operandi, they hold ordinary members in the main, in contempt.

The general direction of the SNP is backwards now, the idea that activism on the ground can solve the general problem is fantasy, there needs to be a clear out at the top of the SNP to restore confidence.

The complaints and misgivings within the SNP about a husband-and-wife team running the party ever since Ms Sturgeon took over as leader won’t be going away, either Sturgeon goes as leader or Murrell has to be replaced, there is a crisis of confidence. And the crisis is real, there will be another election; there always is but at present heavy losses seem to be more or less unstoppable. The more senior SNP who lose their seats, the more infighting will take place, it has already started.

Finally, it doesn’t stop with the replacement of Murrell; that only buys unpopular Nicola Sturgeon time, her direction of travel is out the door as well; Murrell is just a sandbag to take the political bullets.

The SNP have to start planning for a post Sturgeon era!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

“Cuckoo in the nest”, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon is like a rotting vile cancer festering away in the political body of the Scottish National Party, the longer she remains as leader the more seats the SNP will lose at Holyrood and Westminster, she is responsible for the SNP’s worst general election reversal in almost 40 years

Dear All

Scotland’s unpopular SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is saying that she is postponing a second independence vote until after Brexit. Firstly, she can say what she likes but what she can’t do is guarantee that vote will take place because Nicola Sturgeon doesn’t have that authority.

In order for a second independence vote to be allowed, there needs to be a Section 30 order granted at Westminster by the Conservative Government. When Theresa May slapped down Sturgeon’s request for a second indyref by saying ‘not now’, the ball was kicked right into the long grass for about 5 years minimum.

It is highly unlikely that there will be a vote until 2021 and with the Unionist parties making an impact at Westminster and reducing the SNP to 35 seats, Holyrood isn’t looking like there will be an SNP majority, or even an SNP/Green majority.

We could be looking at a hung parliament at Holyrood!

Of course, the Scottish Conservatives are of the mindset that they could win the parliament next time round, this is more wishful thinking at present than based on cold hard facts. The Conservatives in Scotland had a great revival and outstanding wins it has to be said, but that doesn’t mean, the road to Holyrood is a canter for them. You could see their vision as more hope than reality based, this is due to resources or to be more pointed lack of resources.

The Conservatives don’t have a big enough and experienced activist base to realistically mount that challenge. In the recent election, the Conservatives used overkill to win the East Renfrewshire seat. Paul Masterton, the winner got 21,496 votes to take the seat, the SNP managed 16, 784, and Labour trailed in third place with 14, 346. The percentage gain was plus 18 for the Conservatives but the ratio of votes to activists wasn’t impressive. It was a good campaign, well organised operationally, people were very positive but I suspect that the East Renfrewshire Conservatives after the joy of the win would be sitting down to ask themselves some serious questions.

If you read the blog on a regular basis, you will know that I have often mentioned the fact that the SNP is lacking in substance, it isn’t a secret, there is a lack of substance and of course talent as well. Nicola Sturgeon has harmed the SNP by putting “short-term PR gains” ahead of its long-term strategic goals, the same mindset was used under the Salmond era where ‘showmanship’ was seen as the band aid to cover the cracks and failures. But failure has a way of coming back to haunt you, you can’t fool, the people all of the time, and now that many people have seen through Nicola Sturgeon like a sheet of glass, they aren’t impressed, so much so that they are walking away and taking their votes to put them somewhere else.

Jim Sillars, the former SNP deputy leader is basically saying what I have said in the past, Sturgeon should stop “grandstanding” and doing the PR gimmicks. After the 56 SNP MPs were elected in 2015, there was a chance of taking a new approach towards Westminster but grudge and grievance won the day because the SNP don’t and won’t work consensually with others.
The SNP leadership which includes the cult members don’t know how to work with people, they are poor leaders. The upshot of their petty and nasty attitude is that they have lost any opportunity to get round the table and work consensually to secure more powers for Holyrood.

If there is a price for stupidity the SNP leadership are fully paid up and taking double rations. Nicola Sturgeon was wrong to back the Remain campaign in Brexit, wrong to demand separate deal for Scotland, wrong to demand access to the single market, in fact you would be hard pushed to find anything this vacuous inept woman has gotten right. Back when I was a guest on the Gordon Brewer Big Debate, I floated the idea of the devolved governments getting a role in Brexit, this idea was based on everyone getting onboard with the concept of unity and we are leaving.

Nicola Sturgeon by her stupidity killed that idea stone dead, as Sillars said the UK would be “daft” to give the SNP government a seat in Brexit talks, as it had shown itself to be a “potential cuckoo in the nest”.

Remember my earlier post on Sturgeon the grass?

Everyone eventually comes around to the George Laird view.

What is laughable is that Nicola Sturgeon still hasn’t woken up to the fact, there needs to be a change of leader for the SNP to move forward. Nicola Sturgeon is the cuckoo in the nest at the SNP, whether she wants to believe it or not. Scotland has moved passed the SNP as seen by the SNP’s worst general election reversal in almost 40 years.

Nicola Sturgeon is finding out that since Alex Salmond stepped down that she isn’t a leader of men, the Salmond legacy of building up the vote has been eroded by her failures in government, not just on vision but also to deliver a better Scotland.

Let’s face a shitty baby box, are you impressed?

The idea of a second referendum has led to a backlash against her referendum plan, she has made herself toxic. The classic example of why Sturgeon has no future as SNP leader can be summed up by Jim Sillars:

He wrote:

“Making Scotland Brussels’ insider friend may have pleased many of my fellow party members, but meant that when hard confidential negotiations get underway, the UK Government would be daft to invite a potential Brussels cuckoo in the next. A short term tactic which played well in Brussels, fell flat in London, which is where Scotland really needs leverage. Sadly, short term PR gains leading to longer term strategic losses have been a marked feature of the Sturgeon leadership. Indyref2 was the classic example.”

Although there are lots of key issues flagged up, the important one to home into is that “strategic losses have been a marked feature of the Sturgeon leadership”.

George Laird right again!

The threaten by the SNP over Brexit legislation by withholding a legislative consent motion (LCM) at Holyrood would also be “a serious mistake” but doing the wrong thing is nothing new to Nicola Sturgeon who seems driven by cheap stunts in order to make her appear likeable.

The fact is that Nicola Sturgeon is a rather nasty horrible person, the comedy show that painted her as a ‘horrible cow’ certainly made many a Scot laugh but the humour is that the writers have grasped the essence of a career built round being an angry wee Nat. When you see a happy Nicola Sturgeon for the cameras behind the mask is a despicable wee individual, not a people person, the eyes don’t lie.

Go online and look at her pictures, eyes brimming with hate as she looks into countless cameras at Holyrood.

The SNP lost 21 of the 56 seats it won in 2015 and its vote share fell from 50 to 37 per cent, Sturgeon and her nasty wee clique has destroyed all the previous work, in Glasgow, every seat held by the SNP at Westminster is a marginal now. The shine has come off the Nationalists and some people sitting on less than a hundred votes will be hope for a 5 year parliament to attempt to turn round the ‘problem’ that Sturgeon created.

One thing that the SNP have to wrap their heads around is that just as Salmond was toast on the morning of the 19th September, so was Nicola Sturgeon on the morning of the 9th June 2017.

Finally, the myth that Nicola Sturgeon is some kind of superwoman and politician is exactly that, hyped up by the press and gimmicks, Sturgeon is sticking by her rationale for a second referendum, saying Brexit, in whatever form, would be deeply damaging to Scotland. If I was an MP and MSP in the Scottish National Party, I would want to know where the ‘men in grey suits’ are because Sturgeon is about to cost the SNP many seats at future elections.

There comes a time when you have got to go, Nicola Sturgeon has reached that point!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bad News for unpopular Nicola Sturgeon: DUP backs deal to support minority Conservative government, in local news, George Laird was described as the ‘engine’ in the Labour campaign that defeat and humiliated SNP Candidate Anne McLaughlin, so far Provan SNP re-election campaign has raised £60 and has 3 supporters, SNP use humour to claim Provan SNP have “exceptional activists”, not exceptional enough to win the seat tho!

Dear All

It seems the pressure is off for what is termed in Scotland as a ‘wee while’, yes, after a bit of huffing and puffing, the DUP has decided that it is in the national interest of the UK and them to back a deal to support minority Conservative government. I never really expected anything less, someone somewhere was going to prop up the government and the fact, the DUP were pretty much onboard straight away after the results came in shows that a bit of hasty preplanning might have been done.

The DUP and Conservatives deal did cause some outrage by some people in the SNP and elsewhere relating to the DUP stance on certain issues but tough!!!!!

Although politics is a serious business, there is an element of fun in it; I got sent something funny which I would like to draw your attention to, it is from the SNP.

As many people know, I am a pretty good campaigner; I am the kind of guy who helps get many people over the finish line to win an election.

In 2011, while I was in the SNP, I helped 3 people get elected for Holyrood. John Mason, James Dornan and did quite a lot of work selling unpopular Nicola Sturgeon to the people of Govanhill. In those days, I was under the mistaken belief that Nicola Sturgeon wanted to make a difference. The difference that Nicola Sturgeon and her ‘team’ of social justice warriors made in Govanhill was to stand back and let the place descend into a shithole.

The fourth campaign was the Pollok campaign for the SNP for Chris Stephens, not one of life’s greatest thinkers it has to be said.

Anyway, that was 2011.

It took a while but in 2017, I managed to get back to doing four campaigns, two for Labour and two for the Conservatives. But I would like to focus on the Glasgow North East campaign in light of the link above. It seems that on election night at the Glasgow Count, Anne McLaughlin was allegedly crying in the café, she lost her seat that night to a far better candidate called Paul Sweeney.

How do I know that Paul Sweeney was a far better candidate?

I know Anne McLaughlin, and even did her Inverclyde campaign, most people cannot tell you when they campaigned for someone, but one of the things which I do when I am in a political party is record my activism. So, on Wednesday 15th June and Friday 24th June, I went to assist her in her attempt to get elected. She didn’t win the seat that time, she lost to a guy called Iain MacKenzie, personally, I didn’t think he was much cop but he was the Labour Council leader. During my time in the SNP, I saw Anne McLaughlin at the major by-elections around the Glasgow area, as I was pretty prominent as an activist within the SNP.

I never found Anne McLaughlin to be nasty and I got on reasonably well with her, so, it was interesting for me to join the Labour Campaign that Paul Sweeney ran to over turn the 8 May 2015 result, a 39.3% record breaking swing to the SNP. Of course, Anne McLaughlin never ran across me during the campaign, I was doing what I always do, selling the candidate on the doorstep, something which I am pretty good at. In fact, Paul Sweeney was told by a former Bearden Labour Councillor that I was “brilliant” on the doorstep.

The last time, I was active in Glasgow North East was during David Kerr’s SNP campaign in 2009, he lost to Willie Bain. My first day on that campaign was Sunday 14th June. Bain was to win the seat in the by-election, and the next election in 2010. 2015, he was to be swept out by the SNP tsunami. In 2015, due to serious problems, I wasn’t campaigning, didn’t do a stroke for anyone which due to the nature of my problems, politics was the less of my concerns.

Anne McLaughlin was swept in on the Nationalists surge coming off the back of angry indyref voters wanting to make a protest vote against Labour. I have to say, I wasn’t bothered when Willie Bain got slotted. Scottish Labour needed a clear out, they weren’t going to do it, so the punters did it instead! This happy set of circumstances paved the way for Paul Sweeney to stand, if there was a challenge for Labour in Glasgow, then overturning a 39.3% record breaking swing is right up there.

Of course, I like a challenge myself, and although there was some disbelief in me saying ‘this is the seat that Labour can take back’, the Labour team started to come round to my way of thinking. I didn’t have a doubt that Paul Sweeney could win it but it was hell of a close.

242 votes!

So, in the tradition of this blog, George Laird right again.

In so far as my understanding, it seems post Anne McLaughlin’s humiliating defeat at the election, I have become aware that the SNP have been terribly upset that I helped put three of their MPs back onto the scrapheap. The pain in Glasgow being particularly harsh and painful, have you ever had that type of pain? Imagine an African elephant standing on your nuts and you will get the idea. At the count, I walked passed Anne McLaughlin as she tried to be stoic but you could tell for her the party is over.

I see that on the crowdfunder page, it states:

“Anne has been inundated with hundreds of messages from distraught constituents and community activists who can't believe she has not been re-elected”. All I can say to these people is that they must be shit at politics because either they are daft or they don’t pay attention to what is doing on around them.  

I didn’t get any personal pleasure out of putting Anne McLaughlin out on the street as I have done with some other people, but she did lose to a better candidate, Paul Sweeney will be a fine MP for Glasgow North East.

Finally, with the DUP and Conservative deal in place and all sides being all "lovey dovey" over it, it seems that Anne McLaughlin will be waiting a considerably long time for an election, if she has any problem, she should contact Labour MP Paul Sweeney for help, the usual things, potholes, street lighting, and of course DWP issues, maybe Nicola Sturgeon is good for a tenner, Anne has recently become unemployed! 

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Predator Dino, compositing clip using a green screen dino to enhance a scene from Predators movie

Dear All

A simple clip using a clip from Predator movie and a green screen dino T-Rex, levels adjustment, keying, shrink the matte etc etc, turned out not bad.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Labour MP Paul Sweeney - Nothing is impossible!

Dear All

Now, that the campaigning is done for a bit, I thought I would get back to do some studying of CGI, this video is a track test using mocha which does planar tracking. planar tracking tracks surfaces which is different from other types of tracking such as 2d and 3d.

I found a clip which I used to track as an experiment and then replaced the head of the actor with newly elected MP, Paul Sweeney.

I had to do some additional work but it turned out not too bad, obviously I am still learning but the end result was something which I am pleased with.

How you like it.

Paul Sweeney defeated SNP Candidate Anne McLaughlin by 242 votes, and overturned one of the largest vote swings in the City of Glasgow.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, June 19, 2017

Finsbury Park terror attack: Angry crowd seize suspect


Dear All

Some time ago, I blogged on the rise of domestic terrorism in my posts on the migrant crisis, it has now arrived in the UK.

This example committed in London was someone hellbent on evil, luckily he was arrested but not before he murdered innocent people.

Isis knows for their terrorist strategy to work, they need  indigenous people to commit to acts of terror, that way, they will bring the terrorism of the Middle East into a European battlefield.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Indecent proposal: Scotland’s unpopular SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon demands a seat at Brexit talks, having outed herself as ‘grass’ who can’t be trusted, is anyone bonkers enough to allow her to join the UK Brexit Team, Sturgeon also outed herself as unwilling to be a team player, it seems ‘daft arse’ is destine to be benched during the talks, more failure from a discredit SNP leader who history and people have passed by

Dear All

In the wake of the bitterness defeat since 1979, Nicola Sturgeon is trying desperately to regain the momentum after losing 21 seats at the General Election. The scale of the defeat is epic because the SNP cult thinking they were the new establishment thought that they had seats for life. In Glasgow, Glasgow North East was to fall by 242 votes to Paul Sweeney, the new MP for Scottish Labour and two other seats Glasgow East and Glasgow South West were in danger to the tune of 75 and 60 votes respectively.

The other piece of good news is that people aren’t donating to the SNP, and with the loss of 21 seats, the SNP has lost a ton of money. It seems that Nicola Sturgeon is toxic and stinks to high heaven with her own members and the voters. The image of Sturgeon, the nice caring benevolent leader has been seen as the sham, it is. A recent ‘lift’ video to raise her popularity wasn’t exactly a success as it looked like Sturgeon was passing the torch of First Minister to Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

During the election, Nicola Sturgeon outed herself as a ‘grass’, a grass is someone who sticks someone in to attempt to save their own hide. In housing schemes, a grass is seen as a despicable person lowly person of dubious morals.

If you managed to catch me on the Gordon Brewer show on BBC Radio, you will have heard me saying that the devolved administrations should have a role in Brexit. Gordon Brewer said that was mighty big of me, but there is a slight problem, all the devolved administrations would have to accept Brexit and support the Westminster Government. The problem is that Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP don’t support Brexit and their actions speak volumes, and as there are multiple issues regarding trust not just at the negotiations but also in private, there seems no way that Sturgeon can get a seat at the Brexit table.

I find it funny that Nicola Sturgeon should make a fool of herself by urging the UK Government to take a more inclusive approach to negotiations by demanding a at the table during the Brexit discussions, she says it is "troubling". Denying Nicola Sturgeon isn’t "troubling" at all, Brexit must go ahead and Sturgeon has shown she isn’t a team player, dropping her is good man management.

Sturgeon is openly trying to sabotage Brexit by demanding that the UK remains in the single market which isn’t going to happen, the single market is EU membership without the rebate which is a complete non starter for the majority who voted Leave. Her argument is that if we aren’t in the single market it would put jobs, investment and living standards "on the line". You might ask ‘where is the proof’? After all making such a big statement must by its very nature have such proof easily to hand, but in this case, there isn’t any.

Nicola Sturgeon fought against Brexit and lost!

Her discredit pitch was made at  the University of Strathclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre, Ms Sturgeon said:

"I think it is really troubling that these formal negotiations are getting under way today led by a UK Government that has no mandate, no credibility, no authority and no clear idea even amongst its own ranks of what it's trying to achieve”.

After asking for a seat, ‘daft arse’ proceeds to insult the UK Government because she knows that she isn’t getting a seat at the Brexit talks. What is happening in the UK and in Scotland is this, people have moved passed the SNP, they are a party going nowhere, they are stuck politically which means to unblock the impasse they need a new leader.

The SNP need a new leader, Nicola Sturgeon’s time is over politically, her hanging on is about transition to whoever comes next, not about leadership or direction.

Sturgeon added:

"We need to see a different approach to these negotiations if they are not going to end up being damaging to our economy. We need a more inclusive approach that involves voices from every part of the UK, including the Scottish Government, and we need an approach that has a common-sense objective. In my view, that common-sense objective should be keeping the UK in the single market because leaving the EU shouldn't mean jeopardising hundreds of thousands of jobs, shouldn't mean jeopardising investment and it shouldn't mean putting living standards on the line. That's what leaving the single market will do."


Scottish independence support has collapsed to 27%, the people don’t want a second independence referendum and Sturgeon has put any attempt back years, minimum 2021 and probably more like 10 years assuming that the SNP get their act together which post Sturgeon is doubtful.

After Nicola Sturgeon goes the SNP will be in a state of decline, lets face it would you be able to pick a ‘rising star’ out of such dross?

Finally, the idea that Nicola Sturgeon is now a Brexiteer is laughable, and no one is laughing, no one in their right mind will be giving her a seat the Brexit talks because despite her claims on the single market, there is a bigger picture to consider.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University