Scots Sorely Lack Suspicion

The plot to destroy Alex Salmond wasn’t a conspiracy theory

When the most savage power struggle since the dawn of devolution was fully raging, the Daily Record referred to “Salmond’s SNP Government conspiracy theories”. But gradually more and more irrefutable evidence is mounting that there was a dark conspiracy at the heart of the Scottish Government to destroy the former first minister. Recently the Record’s sister title, the Sunday Mail, published one of the biggest scoops since Salmondgate first erupted: the senior civil servant in charge of the internal investigation into alleged misconduct by the ex-FM had to apologise to Police Scotland for her “cloak and dagger” behaviour.

Judith Mackinnon, Head of People Advice at the Scottish Government, contacted officers to enquire whether criminal charges could still be brought against Mr Salmond even if his accusers did not wish to talk to them. According to the Mail, she was told “this is not how Police Scotland ordinarily interact with victims” and reprimanded over “the levels of discussions taking place” about this matter in emails. This is the same Ms Mackinnon who, it came out in the Court of Session, met and counselled two women who levelled the initial accusations against Mr Salmond. The latest revelation about her is not just another dark stain on the HR chief’s personal employment record, it is further proof (if any were needed) that the longtime SNP leader was, as he told the subsequent Holyrood inquiry, the victim of “a malicious and concerted attempt” to damage his reputation and remove him from public life – even to the point of imprisonment.

If she were to be properly challenged about this latest revelation – which she won’t be – Nicola Sturgeon would no doubt snort and dismiss it as just adding to the “heap of nonsense” under such she has had to toil whilst single-handedly saving us all from Coronavirus. But no one needs to don a tartan tinfoil hat to see a disturbing pattern developing here. Recall how the SNP’s chief executive, Peter Murrell, was found to have sent WhatsApp messages to party minions about how it was a “good time to be pressurising” the police into their investigation of Alex Salmond’s (proven to be perfectly lawful) conduct. Detectives, according to Mr Murrell, were “twiddling their thumbs” whilst a report was working its way through the state prosecutors’ system. Actually, it seems, they were having to advise the Scottish Government’s Head of People Advice to stop pestering them. I wonder if they had to do the same to Mr Murrell, who just happens to be Nicola Sturgeon’s husband.

Neither of the Murrells are likely to make that mistake again. Earlier this week, it emerged that more than half the Scottish Cabinet have downloaded a new app which allows encrypted conversations to be wiped automatically. Signal is now being used by John Swinney, Humza Yousaf, Angus Robertson, Shona Robison and Marie Gougeon. No mention of Ms Sturgeon among those, you will observe. Even if there were, we know how careful the First Minister would be not to leave any electronic footprints in cyberspace. As for Mr Murrell, the Scottish Government is under no obligation to tell us anything about him since he isn’t a member of it. Plus freedom of information doesn’t apply to political parties.

The assurance by the Scottish Government’s ever-expanding spin machine that the aforementioned ministerial quintet won’t be using Signal to conduct state business might have reassured a few folk. Personally, I’d like it to be not only in England that action is expected to begin next week into governmental failure to ban the use of such apps to conduct official business. The legal challenge in London stems from the disclosure that Signal’s subscribers in Whitehall include Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel, Michael Gove, Grant Shapps, Robert Jenrick, Gavin Williamson, Robert Buckland and Brandon Lewis. Of course, whether this challenge succeeds or not, it would be naive to imagine that would entirely stop ministers (or senior mandarins) engaging in conspiracies. My preferred definition of conspiracy is the one usually attributed to Mark Twain (although it was probably coined by his son-in-law, a prominent musician named Ossip Gabrilowitsch):

A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public.

Personally, I’d say policies and agendas. I’d also expand this definition beyond only men. In strict accordance with current equality legislation, and in anticipation of reforms to the Gender Recognition Act being railroaded through, I’d add women, transgenders and all other forms of self-identification. As we’ve seen only too well in Scotland in recent times, not only men are capable of engaging in the sort of clandestine conspiracies of which the aforementioned American author (or a relative) spoke.

Repeated surveys have shown that Americans lead the world in belief in conspiracy theories. In 1964 a political scientist called Richard Hofstadter suggested this syndrome stems from the “paranoid style in American politics.” But, far more recently, that argument has been forcefully challenged by another member of the same academic discipline. In his book Conspiracy Theory in America, Lance deHaven-Smith wrote:

Those who now dismiss conspiracy theories as groundless paranoia have apparently forgotten that the United States was founded on a conspiracy theory. The Declaration of Independence claimed that “a history of repeated injuries and usurpations” by King George proved the king was plotting to establish “an absolute tyranny over these states.”

A hard-nosed realism about the likelihood of elite political misconduct was displayed in the drafting of the US Constitution and its various amendments. The founding fathers demonstrated far more awareness of human nature than the dullards who drafted the Scotland Act establishing devolution. The US has a proper separation of powers (unlike Scotland) and a president who can be impeached (unlike a first minister).

In words every bit as applicable on this side of the Atlantic, Professor deHaven-Smith has questioned why suspicion of criminal wrongdoing at the highest levels of government is so often rejected out-of-hand as paranoid thinking akin to superstition:

This visceral reaction to conspiracy theories is understandable. However, it often results in blanket dismissals that treat all conspiracy theories as equally ludicrous and insulting. In fact, conspiracy beliefs vary widely in terms of their supporting evidence and plausibility. Some conspiratorial suspicions make sense and warrant investigation, while others do not.

This Florida-based political scientist points out that “conspiracy theory” only entered the American political lexicon in 1964, shortly after the Warren Commission concluded its investigation into JFK’s assassination by endorsing the clearly ludicrous “lone gunman” theory. The term was actively popularised by the Central Intelligence Agency in order to discredit allegations about the Deep State, of which the CIA is a major element:

Deployed as a pejorative putdown, the label is a verbal defence mechanism used by political elites to suppress mass suspicions that inevitably arise when shocking political crimes benefit top leaders or play into their agendas, especially when those same officials are in control of agencies responsible for preventing the events in question or for investigating them after they have occurred.

If there is a better summary of the Sturgeon cabal’s survival tactics throughout Salmondgate, I have yet to read it. Sadly, the vast majority of the Scottish electorate know little about any of the above. Our country is sorely lacking what Professor deHaven-Smith believes is essential to the maintenance of democracy – a suspicious, even radically suspicious, attitude toward government. I don’t believe that exists in Scotland to anywhere near a healthy degree. And Nicola Sturgeon exploited the sore absence of it to establish effectively an elected tyranny.

One of the main reasons she was able to do this is the sad condition of this Scotland’s legacy media Now propped up by her regime through taxpayer subsidies, our press failed – in stark contrast to the likes of the Sky News’ Scotland correspondent James Matthews – to convey to the public the full enormity and significance of what was inflicted upon Alex Salmond – and could have been done to any one of us. Most Scots will never have heard of the latest Sunday Mail revelation about the Scottish Government’s HR chief (alluded to at the start of this post). Scandalously, it was followed up by just one other publication in this land. The Times and its downmarket stablemate, the Scottish Sun, have also so far been alone in spotlighting the use of an automatically wiping messaging app by Scottish government ministers.

Say what you like about the Dirty Digger, at least Murdoch’s muckrakers have been digging into the dark undergrowth of Sturgeon’s Scotland. It seems at least a few of his Scottish journalists still follow the advice of the legendary foreign correspondent Louis Heren:

When a politician tells you something in confidence, always ask yourself ‘Why is this lying bastard lying to me?’

Not everyone covering Scottish politics at the Herald appears to hold to that maxim. Certainly not its most prolific pundit, Tom Gordon, who has written:

Conspiracies are in the eye of the beholder, and Mr Salmond has made a comfort blanket out of his. It’s easier being the victim than the villain.

Really Tam? Alex Salmond’s ordeal has been easy? Just carry on bowing and scraping to Nicola, Queen of Scots, and her sleekit courtiers. Keep downplaying their callousness and corruption by describing Salmondgate as a “debacle” rather than a dangerous descent from rule of law into rule by law. Go on referring to the Scottish Government’s investigation into the former FM’s conduct as “botched” rather than what it was deemed to be by judges in Scotland’s highest civil court – unlawful. Continue doing all of this and your employer won’t just have to relocate further and further away from Glasgow city centre, it’ll be wiped off the map of Scotland altogether.

It is not a conspiracy theory to say we now have a paranoid style of governance in Scotland. Whenever she feels politically vulnerable – which is frequently, according to inside sources – the Feart Minister becomes a dangerous threat to our basic rights and liberties, as well as to many Scots’ livelihoods. I’ll explain what I mean by that in an upcoming post.

Jaggy’s first post exposed the state of Scotland’s fourth-rate estate (link below). Comment on this one by scrolling down.

35 thoughts on “Scots Sorely Lack Suspicion

  1. Scots used to buy more newspapers than anywhere else in the UK. I wonder how the figures compare now? People know they are being lied to, even when they are not sure what the precise truth is.

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    1. Scotlands biggest problem is the automatic defence of the SNP by a mindless majority of the independence movement.
      Even when she is clearly lying, or clearly at fault her troops swamp any criticism and abuse those who raise it.

      Any government that can’t be held to account is a danger to the people it is supposed to serve. The independent nation the SNP would build after leaving the UK scares the hell out of me.
      Any blogger already runs the risk of ending up ‘je suis Craig Murray’.

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      1. Marty
        As a life long indy supporter I share your concerns. I would now want greater clarity on in built constitutional and human rights safeguards for an indy Scotland before voting for it. If indy means moronic rule and robotic MSPs then it could be dream come nightmare?

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      2. Well, she has removed any say from SNP members and built a clique around her based on patronage. The definition of autocracy, more or less. The question is how ordinary members regain the former SNP where they decided who was leader and had a large input on policy. She is past her sell-by date, and will only suffer a decline in her and the party’s fortunes. Until there is some radical change, with some vision, and some accountability, we are stuck.

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    2. I have’nt bought a ‘newspaper’ since the 19th september 2014. If i need to hear lies, i just turn on the bbc news at 6pm and listen to boris and nicola.

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  2. I have never understood people who appear not to understand that the world, or rather the so called civilised world, is nothing other than a big fat juicy conspiracy. Iggy Pop sings in The Neon Forrest that we live in “a horny goldmine” and “to be a total phoney is the winning design”. Sturgeon is the total phoney, how horny she is for the goldmine, my only guess is she desires it more than her husband.
    Sturgeon is nothing more than a big disappointment. She’s right about herself being an imposter. All ambition and very little intellectual ability or character to achieve anything like leading Scotland to it’s political Independence.
    I like the radical suspicion idea. I think there really ought to be power of recall over politicians and political parties when they commit fraud by doing something other than what they were elected to do, or by doing nothing to achieve the policies they were elected on. The people of any country really ought to have power over their elected representatives, that appears to be a dream on these islands. The Icelanders used pots and pans.

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    1. At Black Rab you say ,I like the radical suspicion idea. I think there really ought to be power of recall over politicians and political parties when they commit fraud by doing something other than what they were elected to do, or by doing nothing to achieve the policies they were elected on

      I have been espousing this for years it is a complete travesty that this has not been prioritised , but let’s be sensible WHY would ANY politician vote for legislation that would hold them to account or expose their incompetence or corruption , it would have to be the electorate that would force the issue an to make sure the legislation was not diluted and ineffective like the WM recall law

      The sturgeon cohort are showing total contempt of the electorate as are most politicians , if anything they only answer to their party NOT the electorate and IMO that should also be an offence under the recall law , WE have to make these arsewipes answerable to US , they are ONLY employees

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  3. The utter decline of the newspapers and their failure to move online contrasted against the rise of the bloggers tells us a lot.

    A bloggers association or collaboration is something I think could strengthen our blogging community as the alternative press.

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  4. …. Could a distinction be made between ‘conspiracy theory’ and ‘public inquisition’, the latter being a pursuit of information based on credible or evidence based understanding?

    For example, you could have the ‘royal family are all lizards’ conspiracy theory, as distinct from the ‘Alex Salmond fit-up’ public inquisition’.

    Just a thought…

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  5. Viva the Conspiracy Theory! Every true believer in democracy ought to welcome the phenomenon. Those who hold politicians are not by nature «conspirators» are not just naïve but dangerously so.
    Is there a conspiracy to misdirect in the Independence road map? Is there a «secret agenda» designed to prevent arrival at destination? Who might benefit?
    The union with England certainly began as conspiracy in the heads of clique. We know now the beneficiaries. .
    Selling your own country to a foreign power,….stuff and nonsense!
    Indeed, why are these bastards lying to us?

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  6. «Throughout history many nations have suffered a physical defeat, but that has never marked the end of a nation. But when a nation has become the victim of a psychological defeat, then that marks the end of a nation»

    Ibn Khaldun
    Arabic philosopher and historian (1332-1406)

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  7. I tend to be very sceptical about claims of conspiracy. And very dubious about those who deny conspiracy. The best of my cynicism is reserved for conspiracy theorists who insist that we should be suspicious of everyone but them.

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    1. “I tend to be very sceptical about claims of conspiracy. And very dubious about those who deny conspiracy”

      A paradoxical statement if ever there was one.

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  8. Conspiracies thrive in vacuum of information or transparency. And given the Herculean efforts of the Sturgeon club in the Salmond case to deny scrutiny or accountability, their obfuscation, evasion and lies then of course people will supply their own explanations and hypotheses, often based on leaked information. This only doubles down when they go after the sceptics and bloggers who question the official line. Using women who didn’t want to go to court and then their anonymity to fight a political battle is particularly odious, especially when the motive for people like Craig Murray was not to expose their identities but to get people to understand the relationships between the parties.
    It’s all very well to try and dismiss the efforts of ordinary citizens to understand what is being done in their name as ‘conspiracy’ theories, but when it looks like a conspiracy to deny them the knowledge and transparency which would alleviate those charges, then we would have to conclude that the conspiracy has more layers than you think. All of which can be washed away with the application of daylight and honesty to the affair, which would result in accountability of government and their officials to the public. One might wonder why they have gone to such great lengths to avoid that, including a farce of an enquiry without any powers of its own, stuffed with political appointees.

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    1. “… Using women who didn’t want to go to court and then their anonymity to fight a political battle is particularly odious, especially when the motive for people like Craig Murray was not to expose their identities but to get people to understand the relationships between the parties… ”

      These women, and the others who were gathered by the police operation into giving evidence in court against Mr Salmond has always been at the core of this whole debacle. They have received such opprobrium, but we have to bear in mind that they never actually wanted any of this to happen. Perhaps they did feel, initially, that whatever complaint they had made was not dealt with to their satisfaction, but I am wondering how they feel now? They are still being used, by the Rape Crisis Scotland’s Ms Brindley, who appears to act, intermittently, as the SG’s unofficial spokesperson, who is herself being used as a government mouthpiece. No one has really come out of this well – I suppose because they are all amateurs at the game, which would explain their total lack of nous when it comes to sleekit Whitehall and Westminster.

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  9. The psychological airbrush. How often I read histories, post Union period, in which the term England is employed. This usage began with, I suggest, the Oxbridge school of «British» historians who seamlessly weave the stories of England and Great Britain into a narrative flow indistinguishable from the history of the former. The weasel word British is a go-to term should the weaving get a little complicated by actual fact, hence British not English empire but referentially it amounts to the same thing.
    Union or annexation, either way Scotland’s story is so much off-stage, white noise.
    If only more Scots read history, preferably in languages other than the tongue of the English
    This has promise.
    https://revue-ecossaise.com/

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  10. The conclusion that Sturgeon is a liar, and Salmond is a liar (and a bunch of other governmental people) is pretty obvious. Not sure if a pile of bams are even capable of concocting conspiracy theories.

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  11. If you look at the SNPs acquiescence with the MOD re NATO, nuclear weapons & Russophobia it’s very apparent that the Washington, London nexus activated their enthusiastic colonial governor to ensure that Salmond was destroyed forever imho. Salmond isn’t acceptable to the Anglo Americans as they fear & don’t accept leaders of sovereign independent nations that may go off the reservation re NATO membership, nuclear subs, the GIUK Gap, not least in eurangloland. They nearly managed it but for a few wily Scots who do harbour a radical mistrust of politicians. We’re in a stalemate now as we await the Court of Session but the anglos are very adept at leaving no loose ends hence the app. To my mind the SNP are now in time & trouble, Yes marches will be a hotbed of fevered whisperings, let’s see how this plays out as more & more Scots catch on to the truth.

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    1. The SNP turned pro-NATO when Mr Salmond was its chieftain. As I argued in a previous post, he’s not been radical since he was in the 79 Group. I detest the Sturgeonista plot to destroy him, politically then personally, but I don’t idolise Eck and don’t believe Alba is going anywhere under his continued leadership.

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      1. I think both Salmond and Sturgeon are damaged goods, in different ways, and nothing much will happen in Scottish politics until there is some new faces and new thinking, articulating a vision and a way forward.

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      2. He is also soft on monarchy and the concept of a British family of nations within which he puts the Irish republic.
        He is not the wild cat among the Unionist pigeons.

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  12. Ian Davidson
    Sovereignty/independence is what is made of it by the liberated citizens. There is no «no risk» freedom. No guarantee that the citizens, or some of them, wont make mistakes.
    Scots have been part of a system that has made many errors, some leading to citizens being grievously damaged and hurt.
    Being fearful of independence because of potential nightmare scenarios is akin to seeking a health and safety certificate before embarking on a project.
    Such assurance is simply not available in this case. If you want freedom then have the guts to take it, if you don’t then forget it.
    Scotland requires a fully participatory democracy. Division between ruler and ruled with no accountability on the part of either is not true democracy.
    The armchair politics of the provincial British State no longer fits the mood of the times.

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  13. The Romans never subjugated the Scots. Neither did the English. Thus our tribality continues: unabated whether Rangers v Celtic or SNP v SLAB/ALBA. It’s in our d.n.a. to fight each other. Unfortunately, that loyalty gene has meant that the bulk of nationalists in Scotland are blinded through a cognitive dissonance that resists the absolute undiluted evidence of the total corruption of Sturgeon and the SNP.

    The other reason is the total compliant corruption of the msm in this country, owned by billionaire non doms and the further subsidising into silence over the S.Gov. transgressions against its citizens whether via the Covid criminal negligence or through its deliberate suppression of the malicious prosecutions of nationalists.

    Sturgeon’s history as a lawyer has emerged recently as an incompetent and lazy professional, who escaped that profession by the skin of her teeth to rapid progression through the SNP hierarchy. Her cabal have demonstrated their even greater collective uselessness. No policy or project too great to royally fuck up. All talk, no action. The British Civil Service working in concert with its masters in Westminster has assisted the Sturgeon crew in the conspiracy to crucify Salmond, not once but twice. Their incompetence has matched the SNP: H.R practices made up on the hoof; blatant plotting to stich up the common enemy; millions wasted of public money in a crazed vendetta in the middle of our strongest electoral move to Independence. Despite this total embarrassing and malevolent mess, no crime appears to have been committed.

    But as is the practice with public service, nor resignations, only golden handshakes and gradual disappearance of Evans, Lloyd and Wolfe from sight like the smile on the Cheshire Cat in ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

    Fortunately, a jury, mainly of women saw through the alleged female victims as liars (unlike’ Lorncal’ above) and the conspiracy has been obfuscated by the Holyrood charade of an enquiry allowing the whole caboodle to disappear into the miasma of lies. Add in the destruction of Indy by the castrating of dissent via ALBA in election of ‘two votes SNP’ and the chance of this affront to Scottish Justice being in clear sight for the Scottish public and the world, is almost written out of history, a bit like A.S.’s biography on the SNP website.

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    1. “..,gradual disappearance of Evans, Lloyd and Wolfe from sight like the smile on the Cheshire Cat in ‘Alice in Wonderland’.”
      —-
      It is the cat that gradually disappears leaving behind only the smile. I wonder what the equivalents of the grin are in the cases your cite?

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    1. I disagree with your Unionjack outlook but I do wish Scots would cease looking under each others kilts to check for the presence of balls.
      An Algerian newpaper carried a cartoon depicting that after the abortive ref. In 2014.
      Mother England tends her children like Whackford Squeers of Dotheboys Hall.
      Just ask the kids formerly in her charge.

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      1. But Mother England cares so much for you more money is spent on her Scots children than her English ones.

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  14. No one should be in any doubt that the British military – security – political establishment is waging a dirty war to destroy the Scottish independence movement.

    Surveillance, infiltration, false flag, bribery and blackmail, media control, misinformation, agents provocateur, it’s all in play.

    And the jailing of political opponents that’s absolutely in play.

    But don’t take my word on it. Look at what went on in northern Ireland and the activities of the special branch, MI5 and the murderous undercover Force Research Unit.

    All part of the strategies developed by Brig General Sir Frank Kitson to undermine independence movements. ( Kenya, Aden, Cyprus and NI being particular examples)

    His redacted books Gangs and Counter Gangs, Low Intensity Operations ( Faber and Faber ) cover the techniques which include everything up to symmetrical warfare.

    Anyone thinking that dark activities are not going on here in Scotland need to open their eyes and understand why things are going the way they are.

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  15. “ our press has failed to convey to the public the full enormity and significance of what was inflicted upon Alex Salmond”

    They didn’t only “fail to convey” the truth: they were a critical part of the lies and stitch up. The reporting in the run up to the trial would have been contempt of court in any normal country – it bore no resemblance to the actual allegations. And things like Kirsty Warks retrial to deliver the “correct” result they obviously wanted was even worse. The media were very much a part of this along with the SNP and have been ever since, including smearing and attacking Alba in the elections. Which is why so many alarm bells should be ringing.

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  16. Is Sturgeon and her dentist still doing afternoon telly with the pre-arranged questions now that her domain has the highest covid levels in Europe (or even higher than Bolton….)?

    I’ve no idea – I lost all interest in her spouting numbers and telling me how to wash my hands after one episode. Apparently, in Taiwan government TV plague broadcasts were made by a cartoon dog.

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    1. I would guess her massaging on episode 423 isn’t ‘Scots shouldn’t go anywhere because we’re absolutely loupin’. (And that even includes Manchester, or somewhere).

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      1. Covid «suppression» is the only power she and her entourage are ever likely to have. but like Dano-English King Knute and his battle with the ocean waves, it is all delusion.

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  17. In my opinion there’s just no accountability within the Scottish government under Sturgeon.

    Craig Murray reckons that its cost the Scottish taxpayer around £10 million quid with the Scottish government machinations in mind, with twenty-two police officers looking for dirt on Alex Salmond for four years, judicial reviews by Civil servants, lawyers costs, High court and Court of Session costs, plus a parliamentary inquiry, and a half a million pounds awarded to Alex Salmond for a tainted and biased procedure by the Scottish government.

    Yet, as I’ve said, under Sturgeon’s tenure as FM, no one has been sacked, or even reprimanded for all of this and much more that we know about. She continues to ignore independence and continues to push policies that the majority of folk in Scotland feel are unnecessary, such as the GRA and the HCA, the latter will seriously affect women and girls safe spaces.

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  18. The mother of all conspiracies.
    https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2021/05/21/coronavirus-created-more-rich-list-billionaires-than-ever/
    As long as these Globalist conspirators exploit public ignorance, fear and institutionalized anti-societal behaviour the richer they’ll get and existentially poorer humanity becomes.
    Our lack lustre leaders, our «democratic choice», are willing lackeys.
    Under this dispensation Scottish independence looks less substantial than Scotch mist.
    Heard about WHO’s Lambda variant? Another global threat to keep the globalist guys jogging to the bank and the timorous politicians needing frequent changes of underwear..
    From these foothills the forbidding mountains of totalitarianism loom.

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