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.

George

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."

Naw!!!!!!!!!

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Nat in Denial: angry wee Nat Nicola Sturgeon hits out at ‘in denial’ claims after losing 21 SNP MPs at General Election, Sturgeon’s takes to twitter to lambaste the ‘Yoon Media’, guess we are back to a deeply damaged and wounded Nicola being the ‘horrible cow’ of old, Sturgeon squandered Salmond’s voter legacy built in 2012, the worst electoral reverse for an SNP leader since 1979


Dear All

Many commentators have said that Alex Salmond had become a parody of himself, in the past as First Minister; he seemed to be able to do no wrong. After losing in 2014, Salmond ended up as a bit of a crank who couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Out of the limelight as First Minister, the direction of travel was downwards. First, shipped off to Westminster to give unpopular Nicola Sturgeon a clear run of being out of his shadow, the clock was ticking towards defeat.

When Alex Salmond and a host of others lost their seats, the look on the faces of the SNP at the Glasgow count was priceless, in two short years, historic victory had turned very sour. Glasgow was thought to be secure, but the reality on the night turned out to be different. One seat was to fall and two others were less than 100 votes away from collapse. The majority of the work however was done by the SNP in their inept management of the government and the campaigns.

It seemed the idea was that a ‘message’ wasn’t needed just say SNP to the punters and they will come out and vote. As Professor John Curtice, the election guru said, and I agree, independence isn’t enough for SNP voters.

People are sick to death of referendums, and as the polling shows, they are sick to death of Nicola Sturgeon. To see Nicola Sturgeon walk into the Glasgow count, put on the fake smile for the cameras was equally priceless, especially since I had helped crack Glasgow to get Paul Sweeney into public office. Although he and others doubted the task, it was the biggest SNP swing in the last election, I thought different. I knew the area since I was ‘Campaign Rooms Manager’ (promoted) for the SNP in 2009, David Kerr’s by-election. David was a good candidate but in the wrong seat, totally, that campaign was well run but the work needed by the CLP in the area was really poor over years.

Nicola Sturgeon has squandered the goodwill that Alex Salmond managed to build up with his ‘jolly fat man’ routine, 2015 wasn’t Sturgeon’s victory, it was all done on the back of Salmond and 2012 onwards. Since the independence referendum, Nicola Sturgeon has run an inept government. A government which has failed to address issues, failing to lead, and constantly making bad decisions, everything Sturgeon touches turns to disaster, I have said this before in the past, still true now!

Nicola Sturgeon was portrayed in a comedy as a ‘horrible cow’, so how did the writers probably in London tap into what the women of Govan and Govanhill think? It is easy to explain, the mask that Nicola Sturgeon puts up slips on a regular basis, the eyes don’t lie. There is an angry wee Nat sitting in the office of First Minister who is full of grievance and bile.

It is amusing to see Nicola Sturgeon reacting angrily to claims she is “in denial” about the impact of the general election result. The reality is that her plans for a second independence referendum have been severely damaged. Brexit will come and go in due course, Sturgeon wouldn’t get a seat at the Brexit talks and there will not be a second independence referendum in this Westminster Parliament. This Parliament is thought by some to be going the distance, the full five years.

To show how rattled Sturgeon is the latest series of breakfast time Tweets are a hoot, she has a bunker mentality, lashing out and being in denial, she failed to discuss how Brexit affects the independence bid with the Scottish Cabinet on Tuesday. Her take is that she would “not be dictated to by demands for quick headlines”. This is from a woman who jumps from one short term vision to another like stepping stones in a river. The press paint Sturgeon as some kind of superwoman, the fact is the image is just a fa├žade like the SNP crafted ‘caring’ image.

Sturgeon lost a third of her MPs amid a Unionist backlash against a second referendum which really angered people, enough is enough, and she kicked the hornet’s nest, obviously there would be a reaction. Nicola Sturgeon said she got into politics because of Thatcher, how ironic is it that by her own stupidity that she was partly responsible for the return of Conservatives in Scotland, 13 MPs in fact.

The opposition have been quick off the mark to claim Sturgeon is in denial and failing to face reality about the voters' verdict on her core policy. And with the effectively snubbed her cabinet in favour of talking to a tiny cabal of closer advisers shows the ‘big tent’ SNP is very much smaller than some people think. The cabal is said to have included deputy First Minister John Swinney, Brexit minister Michael Russell, and special adviser Ewan Crawford, not exactly a gathering of mensa.

It seems that finance and constitution secretary Derek Mackay, who helped run the SNP’s election campaign wasn’t invited to the top-level discussions on the constitution. Derek Mackay is a clown, so I suspect that there were no plans for entertainment being laid on. The SNP leadership is a clique, I wrote about this many years ago, and if you are a member then you can easily see this if you are in the party. The clique lives in their own little bubble, and they don’t listen which explains the lack of depth in SNP thinking.

Shortly after 8am on Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon took to Twitter to attack the media, that would be the ‘Yoon Media’, One thing ‘daft arse’ should have learned in politics is that you don’t attack the messenger, but there she is making a fool of herself.

She wrote:

“Most of media speculation about #ScotRef is nonsense. I'll set out way forward in due course after talking to people across @theSNP.

“I'll take decisions in best interests, not just of @theSNP, but of Scotland...and not be dictated to by demands for quick headlines!

“In meantime, @scotgov will focus on trying to influence Brexit talks - a Tory led hard Brexit is simply not acceptable post #GE2017.”

Influence the Brexit talks?

Has Sturgeon bought a loudhailer, is she going to stand outside and hope they hear her through an open window?

The SNP lost 21 of the 56 seats it won in 2015, its vote collapsed from 50 to 37 per cent, the worst electoral reverse for an SNP leader since 1979.

How did the success of 2015 turn so quickly for Nicola Sturgeon?

Failure to deliver!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, June 12, 2017

General Election Special: B..b...b…beasted, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon loses 21 SNP MPs, how long can Peter Murrell remain Chief Executive of the SNP while the organisation is now purely a vehicle to promote his wife, Anne McLaughlin loses Glasgow North East, George Laird did the Labour campaign in Glasgow North East, and was hailed as “brilliant on the doorstep”


















Dear All

The election special, in my time, I have done a number of elections and referendums, the snap election by Theresa May was out of the blue and to be honest, despite the large lead in the polls, I thought it was un-necessary and a mistake. Well, it was a mistake on the English side of the border. In Scotland however, it was a success, a success based on the Scottish Conservatives pro UK stance and also Nicola Sturgeon’s stupidity on attempting to ram another referendum down Scot’s throats.

As Sturgeon couldn’t get the ‘will of the people’ on her side, she decided that this was to be forgotten about and replaced by the ‘will of the parliament’. People don’t like to be ignored and in this election, there was tactical voting and also tactical activism by people such as myself in order to un-seat SNP MPs. What I would like to do is run through the campaigns I did and also throw in some observations about the election and where some things need to go.

The SNP in the shape of Alex Salmond claimed the SNP won the election, from 56 MPs in 2015, in the space of two years, they dropped down to 35 MPs, and many high profile people suffered the consequences of stupidity. The SNP campaign from ‘the message’ down to the ‘ground operation’ lacked focus, direction and drive. It lost in vote share in Glasgow however wasn’t down to some great strategy by the other parties. The lost of vote share since 2015 was down to SNP MPs being poor at their day job and in some cases employing dicks as caseworkers.

The SNP in Glasgow thought that they were the ‘new establishment’ and as such thought they had the City of Glasgow sown up as tight as a duck’s arse in the rainy season.

I am an anti-poverty campaigner and also a pro-poverty campaigner, you might be puzzled by this statement, how can you be both you are thinking? Well, very easy, my pro-poverty work is dumping as many elected SNP members onto the unemployment queue and as some people can tell you, I am relentless in pursuit of that task. So, let’s get to the campaigns that I took part in the next part of the post and my thoughts on how they ran. I am going to start off with the Scottish Conservatives first. In 2011, I did 4 campaigns, John Mason, Chris Stephens, James Dornan and Nicola Sturgeon, 3 out of the 4 campaigns were successful, since then, I haven't done as many in the one election until 2017. This was due to illness and circumstances and opportunity.

The Conservatives in East Renfrewshire ran a campaign which was designated as a key target seat for them, hence they stripped the West of Scotland of activists. They won by getting 21.496 votes. Their campaign was well run, it had direction and purpose; you know when you see people out sticking leaflets through doors in the heavy rain that these people were taking it seriously. The manpower to vote ratio probably wasn’t that great, as I said, it was overkill. I liked the campaign during the time I spent doing it, and was made to feel very welcome. Whether the same manpower resources would be available next time since other Conservatives became MPs in West of Scotland is debateable. The Labour campaign was poor, the candidate, Blair MacDougall as I said to the Conservatives was an ‘admin guy’ not a campaigner and the proof is the third place finish. He got 14,346 votes which when you look the 2015 result achieved by Jim Murphy who managed second place and 19, 295 rather proves my point. Paul Masterson the Conservative candidate won!

Admin guys don’t campaigners make!

The next campaign; is the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, after I left the East Renfrewshire campaign, I was contacted by the Conservative election agent Ian Davis, he asked could I come and help out, this was in the closing days of the election. I thought a trip down to Ayr would be a great ‘day out’. So, I jumped the train, and headed down. I was expecting to be just shunted into a team and end up leafleting but to my surprise, I was put with the candidate and election agent for canvassing. I enjoy canvassing as you get the chance to sell the candidate on the doorstep. The reception I got on the doorstep in wee mining villages was great, there was the odd die hard Labour punter and the ‘fuck the government’ people but people were willing to listen. Bill Grant was an ex fireman and former councillor, he knew this area and the history exceptionally well. So, I spent the day talking people into voting Conservative based on Bill Grant’s personal qualities. Bill Grant beat Corri Wilson of the SNP by a 20 point gain, in the circumstances and available people, this was a cracking result. I had one of the best days ever in politics in that campaign, the people were friendly and the team doing the election made me feel very welcome.

After I stood as an independent, I was contacted by Pollok CLP were I was previously a member to ask what I was doing after the election, basically asked if I would help out. I spoke with the organiser and said I would do some time in the campaign and put in 7 sessions as I had commitments to campaign elsewhere. When I told him I was campaigning for the Conservatives, he said that Labour HQ in Bath Street wouldn’t like this, so I said don’t tell them and also ‘fuck Labour HQ in Bath Street’. So, once we got that straight, I got sent texts about where campaigning was taking place, the first day was in Pollok, I turned up early and waited, of course the people arrived late but they are ‘special’. When they saw me, they drove straight pass me without stopping, to park on the other side of the square. When I walked over to meet them, no one spoke to me for a couple minutes, to say I felt unwelcome was an understatement.

Eventually the election agent Cllr John Kane spoke to me, guess what, I was completely under whelmed, I think the idea was to make me feel that as a highly experienced political campaigner that I was just a nobody and that they were the important people.

During the first session, Matt Kerr, the candidate approached me to tell me that if I got talking to someone on a door, I should get him, which I said no problem if he was nearby. I think this was him basically doubting my ability as a campaigner, I have done Pollok for 10 years, know the area, know the people and lived there 44 years. The canvassing session got off to a bad start due to them having too big a team, which made me wonder why they didn’t spilt up into two teams. I had brought a clipboard but after the ‘warm welcome’ I decided to say nothing as it was clear I wasn’t valued as a team member. At the next session, I turned up early as normal, Matt Kerr’s team didn’t; they went somewhere else, the other side of Peat Road because the street name they were supposed to meet at was similar to another on the other side of the road. I waited in the street for 30 minutes before I left. I gave up my entire morning to be at this event for 1 pm, to say I was less than impressed was an understatement. I contacted the organiser and he said come to the 5 pm session. I turned up at 4.45 pm, the candidate turned up at 5.15 pm, and of course no apology for not being at the meeting place at 1 pm earlier. At this point, after making an agreement to do 7 sessions, I wanted to get these sessions over as quickly as possible and leave these people to stew in their own shit.

I ended up going with the organiser, 5 people had turned up, me, the CLP organiser, the candidate, the election organiser who clearly didn’t know what she was doing and Franny, a union guy who I worked with previously on Lamont’s campaign. Me and the organiser went to do the Dalmellington estate, I led the session, gave him a map and we finished the main part in about 1 hr 25 minutes. The next session we finished completely the left side of Crookston Road and made it over to the other side which I had set up so two people could do it in the most time saving way possible.

I had a verbal agreement with the organiser for 7 sessions; I offered to do more on condition that I would get a ticket to the count; however the feedback I got back was that I wouldn’t be getting a ticket to the count under any circumstances, no matter how much work I did. After, my verbal agreement was terminated by the organiser, I walked away; the winning margin by the SNP was 60 votes. So, for the price of a ticket to the count which had zero monetary value, the Labour candidate Matt Kerr fucked himself out of a job with a £74,000 salary plus expenses plus pension contributions for the next 5 years. Matt Kerr only managed to put 888 votes onto the previous result of 2015. The SNP candidate dropped 9005 votes between 2015 and 2017. If I had kept working in the Glasgow South West campaign for Scottish Labour, I would have gotten the additional votes to put Matt Kerr into Westminster but due to stupidity, nastiness and inability to manage people and generally being a dick, he gets nothing. He completely destroyed any goodwill that existed between us. If he stands again, and he wants me in his campaign, he can go fuck himself because I won’t do it just for a “free ticket” to the count next time.

The last campaign was the Glasgow North East, the Labour candidate was Paul Sweeney, Paul had invited me along to a few Labour social events in the past which was a nice gesture by him; one was a speech by Danny Alexander which I enjoyed at Glasgow University Union. The other was a wee social gig which I met a few interesting people, anyway, I got in contact and asked if he wanted some help, he replied he would be happy for me to come along. The core team was Paul, Ian, Chris, Callum, Maureen, Margaret, Declan, Patricia and me, some others dropped in doing a day here and a day there but this was main group. I wanted to name them because this group pulled off an extraordinary result. 2015, the SNP took the seat with 21,976 votes, a plus 43.9 point gain. This was seen as a seat that would be hard to take back, I thought differently, and said so to the team and to Alex Rowley, out of all the seats in the City of Glasgow, I said this was the one that would fall. Although many people know me as a political activist, it was really brought home to the candidate when a former Labour Cllr from Bearsden turn round and said to him that she had listened to me on the doorstep and in her opinion, I was “brilliant”. I spent my time in Glasgow North East getting people who were undecided to vote Labour and turning SNP voters to vote Labour. In the end, the winning margin was 242 votes. It was a good campaign, it was up against it all the way, it lacked bodies but the main group were committed. In 2011, I campaigned in Inverclyde for the SNP Candidate Anne McLaughlin, six years later, I campaigned against her and she lost. Paul Sweeney will make an excellent constituency MP for Glasgow North East.

3 wins out of 4 is pretty decent going, my reputation as a campaigner is still secure, heading towards being a campaigning legend!

Finally, the SNP ran a poor campaign, although Kenny MacAskill has said that Sturgeon’s husband needs to be removed as Chief Executive, he should have gone a long time ago, the SNP has been turned into a vehicle to promote his wife and this impacted the result.

Nicola Sturgeon is poison on the doorsteps; just ask 21 ex SNP MPs!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Nicola Sturgeon’s personal disaster: heavy losses, big hitters like Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson taken out, and the second referendum is now in serious doubt, 2015, SNP get 56 seats, 2017, SNP get 35 seats, and many others hang by a thread, the SNP cult waking up to the fact that an idiot at Westminster will have consequences























Dear All

This blog post isn’t my election special I want to work on that for Monday but in the meantime, wasn’t the General Election result very interesting?

We have a hung parliament, Theresa May gambled and she lost, in Scotland, the Scottish Tories did very well, this was due to in part by them marshalling their forces to key target seats.

This election in Scotland was a different game to what was played on the other side of the border, mainly due to the SNP holding 56 seats in 2015. Within the space of two years, 56 MPs were reduced to 35 MPs. And among the SNP were some very high profile casualties such as Alex Salmond and Angus Robertson, the depute leader.

You may remember in a previous post I said that nominations for a new deputy leader would be opening up.

The defeat is a defeat for Nicola Sturgeon, she maybe sitting with 35 seats, it is the majority, she declared she is the winner but the underlying trend is there, and it is that people have rejected a second independence referendum. It was stupid to think that after 2014, there would be an appetite for this after continued failure in government.

As I said in another previous post, the only game in town is governance, perhaps Nicola Sturgeon will get that through her thick head. The independence issue had been a factor in the losses but there are other problems, the SNP cult had filled Westminster up with a load of idiots, and the idiots became a problem, not just there but also in Scotland.

To be blunt……. You’re paid to work!

The grievance strategy bombed not just in the House of Commons but also in the minds of people, they want to see dialogue, they want to see co-operation and they want to see real change for their benefit.

The SNP has failed to deliver this on all counts.

Nicola Sturgeon lost 21 seats in Thursday’s vote.

And it could have been much worse, if the other parties had got their act together and had the run in of six months at it.

The Scottish Parliament has since voted in favour of the SNP government’s demands for another referendum, but now that idea is toast; beside that being reserved to Westminster, it is also un-winnable.   

Sturgeon said:

“I’m going to reflect carefully on the result. I’m going to take some time to do that.  Like all politicians I’ve now gone 36 hours or more without sleep. I don’t think these are the conditions to rush to judgements or decisions. I will consider carefully the outcome, listen to what voters were saying. “Undoubtedly the issue of an independence referendum was a factor in this election result, but I think there were other factors in this election result as well. I will reflect on that and come to considered judgements.”

Sturgeon’s focus will also be on that the SNP are down from 50 per cent of the popular vote to 37 per cent. Although the SNP had a very successful go at destroying Labour in Scotland, their strategy was flawed, a by-product was people voting Conservative and them not being effective in government at Holyrood.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said the loss of seats had been partly down to the constitutional issue.

He added:

“We will take time and care to reflect on the outcome of this result, but we have to acknowledge that the question of a second independence referendum was a significant motivator of votes against the SNP in this election and we have to be attentive to that point.”

The only game in town now is governance which means….. George Laird right again.

Tory leader Ruth Davidson:

“This was an election that was dominated by one issue: Nicola Sturgeon’s decision in March to demand a second referendum on independence. We led the opposition to that referendum. The Scottish people spoke. The SNP’s vote down 13 per cent. Nearly half a million votes gone between 2015 and today. Our vote up 13 per cent. The largest share of the vote for the Scottish Conservatives since 1979. “SNP MPs who lost their seats have paid the price or what was a massive political miscalculation on Nicola Sturgeon’s part.”

The SNP by default, sheer stupidity and lack of a work ethic changed the political map of Scotland thinking that they might take a hit of a few seats but that as the ‘new establishment’ they would be like Scottish Labour and have about 50 seats secure.

That as we have seen by other close results is an illusion!

People don’t want gimmicks, they want results, they don’t want stories, they want facts, and the in the cold light of day, these results show that some people although they scrapped into Parliament on a whisker are on a sticky wicket.

I would think that with the hung parliament, Tories and DUP, we will see no election take place before end of Brexit, after Brexit is concluded and depending on the numbers, Theresa May May might go again, but she needs breathing space. She has to get a good deal, she has to show improvement and she has to fix things for people so that life for those at the bottom is less difficult. That being said, some people think that the Tory/DUP coalition will only go six months, and there is talk by some of an October election, May needs to steady the ship.

The next General Election will be a corker, Jeremy Corbyn’s position is secure, but Labour has a load of problems internally to fix, but the direction of travel was pretty positive.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cutting loose deadwood: Shambolic Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott is entirely unfit to be Home Sec, in a street in Glasgow, a female Labour activist was put on the spot about Diane Abbott even before the epic meltdown on SKY with Dermot Murnaghan, how can you disagree with a voter who calls her rubbish and a liability

















Dear All

One of the things I like when I go on the doorstep campaigning is to run across knowledgeable people who take an interest in politics; I find that a real treat, although I impart information, I certain enjoy when people put me on the spot. In politics, it is impossible to know everything about everything, but if you hold a shadow cabinet position, you are required to keep up to date with current events and reports.

Because in the space of one day, you may find yourself elected to the hot seat of the government portfolio which you are shadowing!

The job of Home Secretary is an important position in British Government, although more glam is given to the PM, the Foreign Sec and of course Chancellor.

Diane Abbott has had a series of interviews where is it patently obvious that she doesn’t understand her brief, she is entirely unsuitable to the role, and has no depth of knowledge.

On a doorstep in Glasgow, I was going round with a woman called Robin to chat to voters, so….. we get to this door and the guy behind it answers, and we get chatting, he was sitting on the fence, so I made my pitch. He then turn rounds and says he could never see Diane Abbott as Home Sec, so he asks Robin who came out for the day to campaign for a Labour candidate, what did she think.

It was hilarious because the answer was so obvious that Robin couldn’t say it, where could she take the conservation from that having been put on the spot. So, I answered, I told the guy that he was right, and said:

“Diane Abbott is fucking useless, and I couldn’t see her as Home Secretary either”.

We left the guy still undecided but with doubt, the doubt was did he want to pass up getting someone who could be a constituency MP for him, his family and his area.

As,we left, Robin and me chatted about the encounter, and she didn’t expect to get thrown such a curve ball, but I explained that is what politics is about, someone somewhere is going to ask you the ‘awkward question’. Although the correct answer was Diane Abbott was useless, telling the truth is sometimes like taking the leap of faith. The guy was right, so I reinforced his opinion, but said to him that politics is like football, not all the best players are in the same team.

Diane Abbott should never have been appointed as Shadow Home Sec by Labour, it was a mistake, there are better candidates, and what is required is a person less volatile, steady as the Rock of Gib and knowledgeable, the defence of the United Kingdom is too serious to have someone like her in charge.

Diane Abbott has too much baggage!

The car crash interviews are like gold dust to her political opponents, the Sky News with Dermot Murnaghan was funny, but once you get passed the laughing stage, you have to think, could you trust the safety of the UK in her hands?

My answer is……. Fuck no!

The wake of another toe-curling TV meltdown should lead on thing, Diane Abbott should step down as Shadow Home Sec with immediate effect;, her struggling to give answers about the content of the Harris report shows a lack of depth. Having tried to bluff her way through which was the wrong tactic and lacks dignity, she should have said that although she had read the report, she wasn’t able to recall detail.

Truth in politics is still the gold standard; it would have also moved the interview on to allow Dermot Murnaghan to ask her opinion on specific details, rather than the meltdown we saw. It now appears that Abbott has backed out of a radio interview today after being 'taken ill'. She was due to appear on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour today for a debate with Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

One can only hope her ‘illness’ included a phone call to Jeremy Corbyn to stand down, however I doubt she will, she is blinded by ego!

I found this picture online of Diane Abbott being ‘unwell’, which seems that her illness must have lifted at less at Oxford Circus Tube station at 8.40am but she also Evening Standard election hustings event tonight. 

Clearly, we have an enigma of ‘TV and Election hustings’ sickness, which is a new one on me.

If you have watched Diane Abbott over the years on shows like This Week, you would get a pretty decent picture of what she is and what she is not, and being a government minister is not what she should be. Being an ally of Jeremy Corbyn isn’t enough, and shouldn’t be enough to secure a ministerial post.

Diane Abbott doesn’t have a clue about the recommendations of a major report into beefing up security in the capital, and she should have, former Metropolitan Police Authority chairman Lord Toby Harris spent a lot of time and effort to prepare a report, not only should she have read it, she also should have met with him and used his expert advice to shape Labour policy.

Diane Abbott was unable to identify a single one of the 127 recommendations when asked about it by Dermot Murnaghan, although it would be unreasonable to expect her to blurt out all 127, you would expect more than one.

The former independent reviewer of terror legislation, Lord Carlile said Ms Abbott's interview was the 'one of the most shocking things I've ever heard in an election'. He added Diane Abbott was 'not fit to be involved in home affairs policy' and the UK should ensure 'people who purport to be in charge of national security know something about it.' 

Diane Abbott has to go, she is a liability and it would be better if she stepped down, or she could be the deciding factor in Labour failing to win government, national security, especially at this time is regarded seriously by the public, Abbott is entirely unfit to hold that post.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, June 5, 2017

London Bridge killers; Islamic terrorism hits London yet again, seven innocent people are killed by Muslim extremists who didn’t enjoy their killing spree as they died in a hail of bullets, we have to bring forward in Westminster, an Act of Parliament which allows for an internment and deportation programme, the need is pressing and urgent, threats to national security can never be allowed to roam freely in our country



















Dear All

One thing is clear, Islamic terrorists want to turn Europe into a battlefield, they want to kill, to murder, to maim and they want it all to be brutal. There are said to be 3,000 people that the British Services have information on, but these people are able to live among us. Some of these people and others will go on to commit terrorists’ acts; it is a matter of when, not if.

Seven people died and up to 50 were injured when three Muslims terrorists, decided to go on a killing spree, they managed to do all this with very limited resources, using a vehicle and also large knives. Judging by their actions and choice of instruments of terror, I think we can safely conclude that these people weren’t professionally trained which although isn’t a comfort to the victims, is a blessing that things weren’t a lot worse.   

The terrorists mowed down pedestrians and started stabbing people at random once they exited the vehicles, eye witnesses who saw the horror unfold also spoke of seeing victims with their throats cut. The people who did the killings didn’t live long to celebrate their success as armed police responded quickly and took out the terrorists with deadly force. In a situation like this, the priority is to save lives of innocent people, contain the incident and secure the area. Police shot dead the terrorists within eight minutes of initial call, however, the situation was to last a lot longer than that, as emergency services responded.

Thirty-six people remain in hospital at this time, including 21 who are in critical condition following the attack, the death toll may rise but let us hope for the best, and pray that those in hospital survive to go home. Most people haven’t been stabbed, when it happens to you it feels like you have been punched, and generally it happens so fast you don’t feel the pain till later. The real shock is when you see the blood loss which spills out so fast, that the important thing is to stem the flow and lie down as soon as practical. When you lose blood, you feel cold, you can literally feel the coldness travel down you face, lying flat is a good way drop the heart rate so the rate of blood pumped out is slowed. Some knife wounds cause death by cutting an artery that the flow cannot be stopped by just pressing the wound.

We need to look at solutions, we have imported problems into our country, and allowed dangerous people to roam free, we need to act, and the need is in the interest of national security. During the height of the migrant crisis, you will have seen my call for detention camps, some European leaders such as Donald Tusk, came to the same conclusion, because within the migrant population, terrorists came into Europe, we have seen the results.

What we need now is internment.


Internment is an option which now must be considered as a way forward, and we also need to deport people back to their home countries, when there is evidence that they represent a potential threat and impose life ban on entering this country, extreme vetting must also be introduced.
In an ideal world such measures wouldn’t be needed, but things are far from ideal, what needs to happen is action because things cannot be put off or the relevant discussion connected with them.

New laws on terrorism will have to be introduced, we have to be more pro-active and there must be cross party support in Westminster, obviously this won’t apply to the SNP, their record speaks for itself.

London has yet again seen murder, and the political class is saying how terrible it is, national campaigning has been stopped but local campaigning continues, but be have to move beyond politicians expressing ‘concern’ and ‘that’s terrible’, virtual signalling isn’t helping proved solutions.

Internment isn’t going to fix the problem, it is just part of a range of solutions which will need to be brought forward, we can expect more attacks, some of which will make the headlines, but we have to attempt to close down options. I said in the pass that the army needed to be brought onto the streets of Europe. Although this isn’t the role which they were designed for, it proves government with people who have been trained in firearms. If we don’t consider this option, we have to expect that the need to a fully armed and expanded police force is necessary and pressing.

The demand for action will come from all communities in the United Kingdom, no one is safe, and fear breeds distrust and resentment, the price of diversity is a break down in social cohesion.  

Finally, the three men who went on a murder spree managed to kill seven people and injured many others, they are now dead, they had a hatred of British values, and they achieved nothing. Although we will remember all the victims, these people’s names will be forgotten in time, their evil won’t however in the minds of the British people.

The Internment programme is a Bill which needs to be top priority in the next parliament.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Friday, June 2, 2017

SNP squeaky bum time: Top SNP figures in danger of defeat to Tory gains, Angus Robertson and Pete Wishart are in the political crosshairs as they stand a good chance of being picked off, Scotland needs a ‘Portillo’ moment, as parties rush to stick activists and resources in key target seats, this election is the year of ‘tactical activism’


















Dear All

There is an old saying, justice will eventually catch up with you; and for the SNP; there is a pressing need for the public to remove some of the SNP duds who have been sent to Westminster.

The SNP’s work record at Westminster is poor!

You could be charitable and say start up problems but the problem goes much deeper that plain ignorance, the SNP are a party who by their very nature cannot work with others. There is an arrogance of superiority which just doesn’t stand the test of scrutiny, cheap gimmicks; clapping, singing and being lazy are all you could pull from the 2015 stint by the Nationalists.


Voting records don’t lie!

Figures showed many Nationalist MPs claiming far more in expenses than the people they replaced and the kicker is that their work rate is below average.

How is this ‘Stronger for Scotland’, the SNP gimmick to fool people that their MPs are champions working out in the cold light of day?

People were duped!

And it isn’t just the real non-entities who aren’t producing, no, it goes right up to the top of the tree, Westminster leader Angus Robertson and his fellow veterans Stewart Hosie and Pete Wishart did not ask a single written question according to the official records.

This snap election has caught many people on the hop, coming straight after the council election; there aren’t a lot of people kicking about the place to help. It is an open secret, that the Scottish Conservatives in some places such as Glasgow North East and Glasgow North West have effectively got ‘paper candidates’ standing in this election. The Scottish Conservatives are putting a lot of eggs in the East Renfrewshire basket, you can see this by their twitter feed, Conservative candidates who should be pounding the pavements in their own seat, camped out in East Renfrewshire.

Resources are scarce and people are even more valuable than money, although the Conservatives are swimming in cash compared to other parties such as Scottish Labour. In some areas, we are seeing a three way fight but with the ‘paper candidates’ of the Conservatives in Scotland being drafted elsewhere, we get the classic two horse race.

Glasgow North East is a classic two horse race between the SNP and Scottish Labour, the Conservatives although third in 2015, aren’t even close not even the swing can fix this for them, and with Jack Wyillie being AWOL, not even at the hustings, you can tell how where the priorities are. On the Glasgow North East seat, I think that the Conservatives should have given the seat to someone who was willing to make a go of it, they would still have lost but they at least would have put up a fight. Imagine going on stage knowing that you didn’t even try, which is what Jack Wyillie will do on election night. I have met him, and he comes across as a reasonable guy, we even campaigned in the rain together during this election (more on that in my election special).

The resources of the political economy are such that they have to be carefully managed, but sometimes having a big name can cover a lot of cracks. In this election, Scotland has a rare chance to create a ‘Portillo’ moment. When Michael Portillo was done in at a General election many people cheered loudly, losing was in his case the best thing that ever happened to him politically.

I would even say, he became a better person.

Many people, and I include myself would really like to see some of the top SNP figures who are in danger of defeat to Tories get what they deserve and be put out on the bricks. Everyone wants to see SNP’s deputy leader, Angus Robertson as the highest profile casualty of this General Election. I don’t know about you but when a pompous git gets what is coming to them, the World just feels like a better place, you get a little faith back in humanity.

An exclusive poll findings put the Scottish Conservatives on a possible track to get eight seats, this translates to a two-decade high for them, they have failed to win more than a single Scottish seat since Tony Blair’s landslide in 1997. So, they see this election as a real comeback chance, if they can win Westminster seats, they stand a good chance of cracking Holyrood seats, and they have a goal, attempting to take control of Holyrood.

As you know, and as the polling shows, Scottish Labour is struggling badly against the SNP, although there are good candidates, there are also duds standing who don’t deserve the time of day never mind the vote.  

According to the Electoral Calculus projector, Tory seats would be gained at the expense of the SNP which isn’t a revelation, several polls have shown a surge in support for the Tories in Scotland because of their pro Uk stance, after Kezia Dugdale dropped the ball on Unionism, the Conservatives just scooped it up with no problem. If anyone has helped the Scottish Conservatives, it is Kezia Dugdale, she also helped the SNP, but so far hasn’t managed to help her own party.

The Scottish Labour Party hasn’t the money, the activists and the resources, said it before, say it again, they need a new campaign model, and aren’t in a fit state to campaign. That problem needs to be addressed post election or given the way they operate probably not, as long as the leadership have paid elected positions, there is no sense from what I see of urgency.

If constituencies such as Aberdeen South, Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, as well as Dumfries and Galloway are seized by the Tories, it will be because they targeted resources at the expense of other areas. In Moray, Angus Robertson is defending a 9,065 majority but polling suggests strongly he will fail to be re-elected. In Perth, Pete Wishart has a real fight as well, Ian Duncan MEP is up against him, he is the Conservative candidate and he also has a good record as an MEP to draw on, and of course, the real test, he is willing to go try hard for the win. You have to like the attitude of someone who is taking this seriously, as he is going, Wishart has been an MP for a long time but this time, he really does face a test.

Rural Scotland is where the Scottish Conservatives are sticking their activists and cash, it could pan out them; eight seats aren’t to be sniffed at. One funny thing, this is from Ruth Davidson, she said that the defeat of Robertson in Moray would be “a real Ed Balls moment for Scotland”. Ruth Davidson should be afraid to embrace that Robertson getting slotted would be a Portillo moment, we all know this kind of defeat is a Portillio moment, use the correct terminology, don’t go all ‘poundland’ with a second hand cheap knock off.  


This is Michael Portillio’s defeat, you can clearly see, the boy is gutted.

Polling these days is a risky business; we have seen the polling get it spectacularly wrong the BMG polling put the SNP on 38 per cent, the Scottish Conservatives on 25, Labour 16. I don’t think the polling reflects the Labour position as others put them on 25% and neck and neck with the Conservatives.

The fight is still on for the parties, this campaign will probably be known more for the way that Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labour targeted their resources and activists and how some candidates were either effectively abandoned or transferred to help out in places such as East Renfrewshire.

In this election, I have an interest in several seats, Moray, Perth, Ayr, Glasgow North East and East Renfrewshire for various reasons. Seeing Angus Robertson get stuffed would be a hoot, but one thing to remember, in elections, the best candidate doesn’t always get elected.

The proof lies in the Westminster voting record, and verbal and written questions asked, and as we see with the SNP, they might as well not be there for all the good they have done in the last two years.

Finally, nominations for SNP Deputy leader are possibly about to open up, Angus Robertson if he loses will not be eligible....... as Jean Luc Picard famously uttered:

"Make it so"!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

SNP Fake Popularity; Nicola Sturgeon's approval ratings totally collapses, as Scots see through the carefully stage managed construct to make Sturgeon likeable, she is the least popular leader in Holyrood, how long before SNP members start wearing, ‘I hate Nicola, I hate that horrible cow’ T shirts?


















Dear All

First up, sorry for the gap in blogging, things have been a bit hectic of late, it wasn’t by choice; I was getting pulled in so many different directions that my time got used up, all in a good cause tho.

I hope you liked my cgi clip; the scene is from a movie called Nemesis which I added cgi effects to enhance it. It was something I did to give myself some R&R, and get back to studying.

Anyway……… back to work!

One thing which many people know is that eventually everyone comes around to the George Laird view, it just takes them a bit longer, some people say the journey is the important which can be true but also sometimes, getting the answer provided can be time saving.

Nicola Sturgeon is a fake, in my opinion, she is a horrible nasty individual, and despite the time, effort and money to make her look like a mother, make her look like she is caring, make her look like she is easy going and funny, it doesn’t work.

In the end, your true nature shines through because when you play act, you cannot always remain in character 24/7. You might have noticed that I like to use a certain picture of Nicola Sturgeon growling as she plants herself in a chair in Bute House, the look in the eyes, tells you everything you need to know about Nicola Sturgeon.

As I was former in the SNP, I came across her, and despite my best intention to give her the benefit of the doubt, I couldn’t bring myself to like her. My initial reaction was that she gave off a really bad vibe, something which I noticed in her 2011 campaign because I spent some time there.

For years, I said openly, unpopular Nicola Sturgeon, to which many people didn’t agree with, because the SNP machine did a make over which had a degree of success. The organised events of ‘everyone loves Nicola’ and the endless supply of kids pushed into her arms for the press to take a picture of, was just spin, hype and electioneering. When I went to a Pollok SNP socials and Nicola Sturgeon was there, she wouldn’t stay long, she did the chitchat with members, then did the informal speech and after that finished; she simply disappeared. This was the same format I witnessed repeatedly over the years.

The old saying that ‘time waits for no man’ has arrived for Nicola Sturgeon, because the false image has fallen apart, Sturgeon’s personal approval ratings have collapsed since last year. The artificial construct made for her to appear as a ‘loving kind person’ has been shown up for what it is hollow.

I have great pleasure in introducing the real Nicola Sturgeon, the least popular leader at Holyrood.

A new survey for STV found the First Minister’s ratings had fallen from +14 to -4 since September. The reality is that people are sick to death of Nicola Sturgeon and her nonsense, weak leadership, inept government and obsession with a second independence referendum.

Everything has a time and a place, 2014 was the wrong time for a referendum which I said would fail and I was proven to be correct. There might have been a chance in 2018 as I blogged on in the past but by going too early, lying, not doing the work, having buffoons as candidates put the spanner in the works.

2018, the real window back then as a date is now closed because of everything which transpired from 2012 onwards.

In ye olde days, Nicola Sturgeon was seen as a horrible wee bastard that no one liked but despite that she climbed the SNP ladder because of her ability to shout and scream, the press latched onto her and the SNP promoted her but as we now know in 2017, in the cold light of day, she has become a “divisive” figure on the doorstep. In Govanhill, the slum she couldn’t be bothered to fix as the MSP, many people hated her with a passion which is why she is ‘away’. When she was representing part of Govan, I met some women who hated her guts with the same passion displayed in Govanhill.  

The joke of the election is that Nicola Sturgeon is now seen as a liability to the Nationalist cause, but as we all know, there isn’t talent waiting behind her, the rot has set in, whether other parties can take advantage of this is their concern.

Sturgeon has peaked!

Just as Alex Salmond marched the SNP up the hill in 2014 referendum, then lost and had to march them back down again, Sturgeon has out of options, she isn’t delivering indyref 2, people are asked to back non entities who aren’t going to be good constituency MPs and there is no direction, everything Sturgeon touches ends in disaster.

A projection by the Electoral Calculus website says that the SNP are projected to hold 50 of the 56 seats in won in 2015 that might pan out, but it doesn’t in my opinion take into account enough the shift not just in public opinion but also the new energy that some people and parties have for places where they think they can do the business. In East Renfrewshire, the Conservatives are putting ‘everything and the kitchen sink’ in for a win.

The campaign in East Renfrewshire is run like a by-election, although on paper we have a 3 horse race, Labour trailing in third, the front runner is Paul Masterton for the Conservatives. Blair MacDougall is rated by the bookies as a 10/1 shot, the SNP in second, and Conservatives 4/6.

What do the bookies know?

The important thing in this election, the thing what is needed most is the introduction of more choice, hardly any independents standing which is a real shame; the snap election has effectively disadvantaged them completely. If I had the money, and more importantly the time, because to stand you need at least a good two years to get round the constituency, I won’t mind standing for Westminster.

Finally, the SNP will probably win the majority of seats according to the polling, but this doesn’t work to Scotland’s advantage, constitution politics are a road to nowhere, while the SNP hype up indyref 2 nothing gets done, we get bad representatives at Westminster and there is no constructive dialogue.

And we need constructive dialogue, something beyond Nicola Sturgeon’s mental grasp!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Money’s too tight to mention: Scotland’s unpopular SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is forced to rely on state public funds as big donors dry up, even the SNP membership are unwilling to stick their hands in pockets for Sturgeon, I guess the staged managed attempt to make Nicola ‘likeable’ has died a slow painful death, I wonder is she willing to consider the very popular and organised Romanian style begging for funds?


Dear All

It seems with unpopular Nicola Sturgeon at the helm of the Scottish National Party, a raft of scandals involving elected representatives and supporters, people don’t want to back the SNP with their cold hard cash.

This is good news, but not for Scottish Labour, major donors are simply refusing to back them as well, this is party of the political shift in Scotland, were people are looking around for a new party of the centre right, the void in Scottish politics is becoming so obvious.

The SNP as we have yet again seen from the nurse scandal is a group of small minded nasty little people. The fact that money is drying up for them is a good sign, the SNP in power, in government has been a bad thing in an overall fashion, but there have been some plus benefits.

It can’t have escaped your notice that some parties have been politically wiped out over several elections, 2015 and 2016 were watershed moments in Scottish politics, although the disaster was mostly at the expense of Scottish Labour, it was an event that as I mentioned needed to happen.

Scottish politics is desperately in need of more choice, a more rainbow colouring which allows voters more value for their vote. Two party politics might have been replaced by three party politics but still that isn’t enough.

The wider public seeing that the SNP has not declared a significant cash donation from a member of the public in six months and has to go cap in hand to the State for funding to operate tells a story. The Nationalists brag how big their membership is but clearly under Nicola Sturgeon’s inept leadership, even the members are unwilling to put their hand in the pocket.

It kind of puts the fake staged managed popularity of Nicola Sturgeon into perspective does it not?

Data from the Electoral Commission figures shows Nicola Sturgeon’s party had the lowest donations of any major party in the first quarter of 2017, at just £3300. It seems that the ‘Bank of Weir’ just isn’t there anymore and as such the SNP need “Short money” from the House of Commons to keep the ball rolling.

If you don’t know what ‘short money’ is, it is cash given to all opposition parties to help their costs and is based on MP numbers, we have an opportunity in Scotland by using tactical voting to help drive this funding stream downwards. In Scotland, groups like Scotland’s Big Voice have developed the tactical voting wheel to help show people which candidate is the best person to stop in the SNP. In Glasgow, that would be voting Labour, in places like Perth and East Renfrewshire, the best bet is to vote Scottish Conservative.

I urge all people who are pro UK in a seat where the political party isn’t traditionally the one they usually vote for to consider the tactical vote, already polling suggests that 15% of Scots are considering and will do this option.

One of the other things which isn’t talk about much is the use of tactical activism, people helping and assisting various people in different parties to get into public office. Kezia Dugdale called for “tactical voting” from Conservatives to help win seats for Labour but didn’t follow through with urging Labour voters to vote Conservatives. Kezia made another blunder political blunder, in fact, her plea of just asking Conservatives to vote Labour without asking Labour voters to do likewise is just risible.

I will be tactically voting in Glasgow South West for Scottish Labour.

On the other side of the financial coin, the Scottish Conservatives seem to be doing okay for cash, Scottish Tory fundraiser Sir Jack Harvie gave the Conservatives £20,000 in his own right and another £20,000 through a business.

The ‘blue team’ is doing well, the smart money, voters and activists seem to be sensing that the Conservatives are doing well, in fact you have to wonder what some Labour candidates whose campaigns are little better than paper would pay to even get a sniff at those resources.

Finally, as a public figure, I am announcing that the agreement that I had to do campaigning in Glasgow South West for Scottish Labour no longer exists, I have contacted Matt Kerr, the candidate and his election agent John Kane to inform them that I will not be back and to wish them good luck.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What Pisses Me Off About The Ariana Grande Terrorist Attack, do you want to be popular or do you want to live, Stefan Molyneux asks a question in wake of Manchester terror act

Manchester Terror attack, 22 innocent people dead and 59 injured as suicide bomber goes on massive killing spree at pop concert, a year ago, I was blogging on how Islamic terrorists would target large soft targets such as concerts, my next prediction is that they will move on to target schools, terrorists show they have no concern about murdering children




















Dear All

Last year, I wrote a blog post, on how terrorism would evolve in Europe, as I also previously wrote, the terrorists would make much use of vehicles in terror attacks, by doing so; they could hide in plain sight till they stuck.


When I wrote the above post, I was keen to stress that the terrorists would look for large soft targets in order to maximise the death toll they wanted to inflict on innocent members of the public. No one would be safe; men, women and children would all be seen as enemies.

So, here are some things I said back then:

“I stated in my post of 19th July that violence in Europe would escalate upwards, and that you could expect attacks at large soft targets, football matches, concerts and ultimately schools”.

Last night in Manchester, there was a terrorist attack which so far has killed 22 innocent people, and 59 others have been injured according to reports.

I said in various blog post that ultimately schools would be targeted because I recognised that the terrorists would wish to single out children to be killed. The concert last night in Manchester was attended by a great many children and young people.

So, what is the terrorist goal?

The goal is to bring the war in the Middle East directly into Europe to make it like Lebanon, create potential battlefields all around. The terrorists have been assisted in their aims by Angela Merkel who opened the flood gates to Europe and allowed direct importation of Islamic terrorists onto the mainland.

Europe can never be safe now, not while politicians like Angela Merkel hold political office, when Wilders and Le Pen failed in their bids to lead their countries, I wasn’t surprised, as I remarked at the time to various people; their bids are too early. Europe will travel further right politically, just as the Islamic terrorists kill, bomb and main, the next big step due to the failure of the political class will be……. domestic indigenous terrorists, race and religion based.

If you happened to have studied the Second World War beyond the war movies, the likelihood is that ‘resistance’ groups will be formed, they will get weapons, training and murder will be paid back with murder.

Everyone is shocked by the attack in Manchester, so many dead and injured; everyone’s immediate thoughts are what assistance can be provided for them, which is the right thing to do. In the aftermath, things may go on as normal, but they aren’t normal, Berlin, Nice, Paris, London and now Manchester should prompt people to challenge the political class for their failures right across Europe.

I would say that Europe is looking for a leader, not someone who is a unity leader but someone to reset Europe back to a time where people felt safe. In order to do that, the measures that are needed to be put in place will end up draconian. It was said that in times of trouble, the Romans would select a man to be charged to defend the city, whatever needed to be done wasn’t questioned, it was simply acted upon.

Normally, on a day like this a few people would be out campaigning in the General election, in light of Manchester, and  as a sign of respect, all General Election campaigning has been suspended, which is the right thing to do.

When, it comes to security, although you can take lots of precautions to defend a fixed position, those plans become weakened in open spaces because you can defend everywhere. Security at the Manchester Arena was mostly joe public types acting as Stewards with SIA badges, ordinary people making a few quid showing people to seats, checking tickets, providing information and first aid, but they aren’t geared up for this type of security.

In various security agencies in Britain, they will be working flat out in connection with the police; we can only hope that they get all the resources they need to get to the bottom of this terrorist incident. We live in an age, an age which is dangerous, although the terrorist plan for a war in Europe is crude, it could be effective on many levels. They want Muslims born in European countries to join their murder campaign in Europe, so that multiple solo acts of terrorism can be carried out to heighten fear and distrust.

The Prime Minister has announced that the security services believe they know the identity of the bomber in the suicide attack, the investigation into this will hopefully find out if he was solely involved or acting with others who may have assisted him. The suicide bomber deliberately chose the place where he could cause "maximum carnage" and because it was a pop concert, he knew he was killing children. Reports mention a 23 year old man has been arrested at this point in an operation carried by police.

Britain mourns today for the victims and we wait to find out further details of who is responsible.

Finally, you may remember in the past when I trotted out my idea for a national Police force back in 2010; stage two was arming the police. Britain needs to move to an armed force, and policing needs to evolve due to the nature of terrorism. We should have an armed officer at all schools at key times, because sooner or later, we can expect the terrorists to turn up there to catch children out in the open.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nicola Sturgeon squirms during nurse's tirade on pay (21May17)

The leadership Question: Kezia Dugdale’s got a series of major problems; as Scottish Labour donors don’t want to give party any donations during the General Election, members failing to turn out to be activists, not enough help and support given to candidates, and non party members of the public leading Labour sessions, and worse is to come, we haven’t had the result of GE17 yet


















Dear All

It isn’t a huge secret that Scottish Labour is struggling in this election, this election caught them on the hop, I am sure given the choice; the party would rather not be fighting it at this present time. I have said it before and I will say it again, the Scottish Labour Party is in no fit state to campaign. I am not going to go into certain people’s campaigns because that would be unfair to them, but the overall picture is of a party that has simply lost its way.

Last Thursday, I wrote a blog post on the suspending of the 9 Labour Councillors in Aberdeen by Scottish Labour, at the time, I said this was a bad judgement, and it would be felt and go into the Westminster campaign.


“Kezia Dugdale just dropped a huge rock into the Labour pond which will have consequences for her and the party outwith the Labour Party”.

If you are familiar with the Law of Unintended Consequences, there has been some for Kezia Dugdale. 


I will give you the short and blunt version, Scottish Labour fucked up big style!

One of Scottish Labour’s biggest donors has said he will not hand over any money for the General Election campaign, if there is a price for stupid, the wider Labour Party are paying for it in spades via the leadership. Another unintended consequences; more in the shape of ammo is that Momentum (Corbyn support group) will benefit enormously as Kezia’s decision goes well beyond internal party politics; it affects the governance of Scotland.

What Kezia Dugdale should have done was allowed Aberdeen Labour Councillors to chart their own course and not interfere in local democracy, you could add that her action, an unintended consequence shows Scottish Labour doesn’t support local democracy or trust its elected officials.

Alan Massie, the North East tycoon bankrolled Kezia Dugdale’s leadership campaign, whether he regrets that investment is open to speculation, prior to getting elected leader, Alan Massie knew Kezia’s track record in the disaster of the 2015 Westminster campaign, and things haven’t got better, they only get worse.

If you read my blog, I talk on occasion about ‘the political economy’, this is made up for 3 key ingredients, ‘money, people and resources’, people aren’t willing to be donors to the Scottish Labour Party, people aren’t willing to vote Labour, members of the party aren’t willing to be activists, and resources are scarce and talent hasn’t been developed. Some candidates also haven’t been getting the logistical support they need and should have readily available from HQ.

It is a right fucking mess!

I have no problem with Alan Massie speaking out and what he does with his money is entirely his business, but there are decent candidates for Labour, perhaps, he should consider directly funding them rather than a general contribution, to me this makes sense in the short term.

Long term, I said before, Scottish Labour needs to go back to bare metal, and some people need to be removed from various positions because they are just crap, they are seriously getting in the way of any possible revival.   

Massie said Labour’s decision to ban a coalition with the Conservatives is “ridiculous”, this was my immediate thought. Labour needs to reach out across constitutional lines, and has failed to do so. Either they are so stupid in their understanding of politics (they could make that argument) or the leadership is just effectively and actively supporting the SNP by default, Labour indy supporters aren’t coming back, Scottish Labour has let the people down.

The public spoke in 2015, spoke in 2016 and spoke in 2017, and they will be speaking twice this year, and the message was loud and clear, you aren’t supporting the public, supporting the UK and aren’t behaving like a credible party.

Massie said:

“I am not going to give any more until we see the direction of the party after June 8.”

The direction of the party after June 8 in the short term is to go nowhere, elections are years away, and because candidate selection starts at the wrong time, effectively the party’s activists base will simply disappear. Of course there will be the odd by-election here and there, but the gap in campaigning will probably not be used wisely. Without leadership, there can’t be teambuilding, and without teamwork there can be no prospect of returns to Holyrood and Westminster.

Some of the office staff needs to be removed, maybe given the option of being retrained or simply sidelined totally.

When Kezia Dugdale kicked out the Aberdeen 9, she said:

“This isn’t about positions or gold medals around the necks of councillors, this is about the job Labour councillors are elected to do – to protect public services, to invest in and defend public services.”

Question to Kezia, why is a Glasgow Labour Councillor asking me as a member of the public to deliver his newsletter, effectively doing part his job in the ward he supposedly represents?

There are several hundred members in his CLP, but he wants a member of the public to work for him?

Where are the members?

Why won’t they come out for him?

Is it because they have no faith that he will defend public services?

One of the other really big donors to Scottish Labour is businessman Willie Haughey, he is loaded and seen as Labour’s most generous donor from Scotland. Haughey has come out and blasted the SEC decision Dugdale staunchly defends.

He said:

“It is ridiculous the SEC never supported the deal.”

He added the Labour/Tory agreement ensured all the party’s manifesto commitments would be implemented:

“I think the party has got this so wrong. The criteria were all met and they have erred on their own policy.”

A spokesman for Scottish Labour said: 

“Labour’s approach has been clear and consistent: we absolutely cannot do any deal with another party if it would result in further austerity being imposed on local communities”. 

Scottish Labour jumped into bed with the SNP which has imposed austerity on communities, either the spokesman is unaware of politics in Scotland or they are just stupid and helping to bury the party in Scotland.

Finally, when I stood for selection to be a Labour Candidate, I was told I didn’t understand leadership, yesterday as a member of the public; I was leading a Labour Team which came out to do Pollok. I even setup and pre-planned the next event so that it could be done in the most effective and efficient way possible for the CLP..... they then went to Parkhead for the fitba, I went to Glasgow North East to work as a team player to do a canvass.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University