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Hey, guys. Commiserations. I have some observations for you from Scotland...

I wonder if you will find this interesting.

The Scottish National Party(SNP) in Scotland is poised to wipe out Labour (the major UK left party)at the next general election. Why?

Because the SNP is further left than the Labour party now.

Also, the behaviour of some of the Labour activists during the independence referendum campaign was so foul that a vast number of diehard Labour supporters switched over to the SNP in disgust. The SNP's party membership is now 80,000 and rising (I realise that's small beans compared to the US, but for our country it's big, it's now larger than the other UK "third party", the Liberals, it's now the third largest party in the UK). The SNP has been in power for 7 years and proved that its primary interest is Scotland and its people. The Labour party's primary interest is the Labour party. Alex Salmond, First Minister and SNP leader (soon to step down) was basically the only major political leader in the UK that condemned the Iraq War from the start. He started winning and kept winning because he told the truth.

After Thatcher the right wing Tories were utterly obliterated from Scottish politics. Currently they hold one seat in Scotland. It's beginning to look like Labour is about to go the same way. Current projections suggest that they may end up with as few as four seats.

There is this thing that happens in Scotland when a political party does something we don't like.

We DESTROY THEM.

Why should we live under the rule of a body that does not represent us?

One of the results of this long term trend is that we now have our own Parliament. Labour gave it to us so as to buy our votes. Other developments that indicate our highly non-tactical and highly successful voting strategy include the recent referendum - Holyrood (Scottish Parliament) was set up as STV (single transferable vote) so that the SNP couldn't ever get in with an overall majority and take Scotland out of the UK. This has failed totally, the SNP gained an overall majority at Holyrood and is going to expand that majority at the next GE.

Scotland has free university education. Scotland has a properly NON-privatised Health Service. The SNP is protecting this. Labour, across the UK, is trying to fuck it all over. They are hypnotised by the right and are desperately copying them as much as possible. It's going to be a disaster for them. They've abandoned the working man, and the working man can see this perfectly well for himself.

Perpetual triangulation has cost Labour it's ace - Scotland. Labour used to be able to rely on at least 45 MPs from Scotland every general election and could concentrate their strategy on England. Taking Scotland for granted has destroyed them.

Labour's self-absorption and corruption were as plain as day. Everyone could see for themselves that these people were career politicians and wanted nothing to do with them. The new guy who is about to take over as the Scottish Labour leader (you can tell that it's going to be him because despite the fact that there are two other candidates for the leadership thy are getting absolutely no coverage at all in stark contrast to articles all over the "lefty" press about the Golden Child) is called Jim Murphy and he is already regarded as a buffoon by the Scottish electorate as he ran up an expenses bill of £1mil over junk and spent 9 years at uni without ever getting a degree.

What's your point, sibelian?

My point is this, DU - TRIANGULATION ONLY WORKS UP TO A POINT.

Labour started covetting the votes of the wealthy South. They got so into this that they STOPPED covetting the votes of the rest of the UK - they abandoned the working class. They had to discipline the party to stay on message so they could be presentable to the other demographics. The result? They abandoned their core principles and and have now lost their base. The SNP rose up from the ashes (nobody took them seriously even 10 years ago) and took prominence.

In Scotland we don't vote for the left. We have no interest in "the left". We voted for a robust health service, free prescriptions, smaller class sizes and above all a government that represents the people. That these are considered "left wing" by political junkies is of no consequence, what label you slap on these processes for the sake of internet arguments is irrelevant, it's what actually HAPPENS that counts, not what you call it. We voted for a government that understands that a nation is the land and it's people first and it's ideology second.

When a political party starts taking it's own fate more seriously than that of the people it represents it starts to lose. When I started telling my lefty friends over here in Scotland that the ground was about to shift, there were numerous pseudo-intellectuals flinging out the utterly trivial observation that if you don't win you can't do anything, this is allllll backwards, backwards, BACKWARDS - it's the wrong way round, THIS is the reality:

IF YOU DON'T GIVE YOUR VOTERS WHAT THEY WANT, YOU CAN'T WIN.

Nobody owes anybody their vote.

The Labour party is losing because it stopped listening to people and started listening to politicians. THAT'S why they're losing. They stopped kicking the ball towards the goal and spent their entire force on forever kicking the ball towards each other. It's now well understood all over Scotland that the Scottish Labour party is nothing more than a branch office of Westminster (which is now utterly despised all over the UK) and thoroughly corrupt. If your voters don't get anything out of you, why should they vote for you? They owe you nothing. They are not your tools or your property.

During the referendum I could feel this palpable rage in the left in Scotland, this weird, twisted thing where somehow they owned Scotland and what was happening wasn't "fair"... Scotland was their toy. Scotland began to understand this. Scotland stopped playing.

So. Do you think the US and the Democrats are any different?

Supposing the Dems took a leap of faith and stopped believing that the US is inherently right wing? Supposing they lost interest in corporate lobby groups and the mainstream media and started concentrating on engaging with the populace directly , as the SNP did? You currently have no third party.

What if the Dems decided to BE the third party?

Christians are nasty and extreme Christians hate Muslims, so Muslims must be NICE.

Therefore Muslims are victims and consequently THE GOOD GUYS. And being nasty to the good guys isn't fair, even if they are doing exactly the same, or worse things, than the nasty Christians, because if they aren't THE GOOD GUYS then it means the Christians must be THE GOOD GUYS and we will all look very stupid.

Muslims get bombed so they are nice. OUR SYMPATHIES SHOULD BE WITH THE MUSLIMS.

"EVIL" AND "GOOD" ARE ATTRIBUTABLE ONLY TO CATEGORIES, NOT BEHAVIOURS.

The End.

Let's see how this one goes.


http://www.democraticunderground.com/10025606958#

I can't wait, can you?

Suicide is now the biggest killer of men in the UK under 50.

Exceeding accidents, coronary heart disease and cancer.

Of the 5,981 suicides in 2012, an astonishing 4,590 (76%) were men. And yet while Britain has high-profile campaigns on, say, testicular cancer or driving safely, the biggest killer of men under 50 is not getting the attention it deserves.


http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/15/suicide-silence-depressed-men

GOD DAMN IT!!!!!






















Oh, well...

Hi DU! I'll be voting in the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday...


.. I will be voting YES.

If one day your state had the opportunity to secede, how bad would the situation have to be in the US for you to vote YES for independence?

What would you do if you saw a T-rex with (edit) fricken LASER beams coming out its eyes

bursting through the wall of your house and eating your TV and DVD collection?

Seriously.

Scottish referendum: Shock new poll says Scots set to vote for independence

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/sep/06/scots-radical-new-deal-save-the-union

"The people of Scotland are to be offered a historic opportunity to devise a federal future for their country before next year's general election, it emerged on Saturday night, as a shock new poll gave the campaign for independence a narrow lead for the first time.

Amid signs of panic and recrimination among unionist ranks about the prospects of a yes vote on 18 September, the Observer has learned that a devolution announcement designed to halt the nationalist bandwagon is due to be made within days by the anti-independence camp.

The plan, in the event of a no vote, is that people from all parts of Scottish society – rather than just politicians – would be invited to take part in a Scottish conference or convention that would decide on further large-scale transfers of power from London to Holyrood."



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Many of my closest friends were once homophobic.


They are no longer, through knowing me.

You can't change the world by sitting inside a big glass box and making up lies about "the scary people". 90% of the time they're doing exactly the same thing.

The best way to combat prejudice isn't to shout at prejudiced people. The best way to combat prejudice is to be in front of the prejudiced and NOT be what they expect you to be.

1,400 children in Rotherham UK sexually abused by "Asian" gangs...


Police turn a blind eye for fear of being labelled racist.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11057647/Rotherham-sex-abuse-scandal-1400-children-exploited-by-Asian-gangs-while-authorities-turned-a-blind-eye.html



Prof Jay said: “Within social care, the scale and seriousness of the problem was underplayed by senior managers. At an operational level, the police gave no priority to child sex exploitation, regarding many child victims with contempt and failing to act on their abuse as a crime.”

It emerged that there had been three previous reports into the problem which had been suppressed or ignored by officials, either because they did not like or did not believe the findings.

Yesterday’s report concluded that by far the majority of perpetrators were Asian men, and said council officials had been unwilling to address the issue for fear of being labelled racist.



Worth noting that in this story the ethnicity of the perpetrators appears to fluctuate between "Asian" and "Pakistani" depending on which paper you read.
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