Having moved to Peebles in 2002, self-proclaimed ‘stooriefit’ Bosco Santimano gives us his own take on what he feels is the hot topic of the day. This week it’s Sir Ian Duncan Smith!
Recently after watching Episode III – Return of the Sith movie, from the Star Wars saga, I could not help compare the current frenzy of Brits in being deceived to take back the Empire from the evil bureaucrats sitting in Brussels. Hitler, Mussolini, Trump, Boris, Modi, etc. these names keep coming up where ever genocide against a minority or group has taken place or about to happen! The queen has decided to bestow upon her most loyal servant Ian Duncan Smith (IDS) a Knighthood in this year’s honours list. Remarkable selection! Considering that this individual is fully responsible for killing more poor and disabled people in peace time Britain in a very short time than anyone before him. Like the emperor character in Star Wars, the queen is rewarding her loyal followers with awards and a thank you for keeping the peasants and subjects in line while culling the so called “benefit scroungers”.
IDS is the architect and mastermind behind the worst policy in Britain whose sole objective was mass culling of people relying on benefits. The people who support the Tory party and its policies and who have now given them an unprecedented mandate to rule for another term will not be forgiven as this is just the beginning of the end of this cruel empire.
So what is so bad about his Universal Credit policy? Too many reasons to go into but let me focus on a few implications of this benefit change. This new benefit was first rolled out in April 2013 in one local authority area, Ashton instead of four originally planned. This already was a sign of things to come and the massive pain and suffering to millions of people as IDS kept going regardless, despite warnings from many respected and independent organisations like the Resolution Foundation claiming that the experiment to combine six very different benefits into one was a disaster waiting to happen. To make matters worse, the original estimated cost to the tax payers for the complete roll out of this fantasy and ego-maniacal policy was £2.2 billion but by August 2014 alone this estimated cost rose to £12.8 billion and was later increased to £15.8 billion!
Your guess is as good as mine as to what the current costs of this ego trip is? How do they get away with murder? In any other job or profession you would be sacked, thrown in to prison or worst case scenario not be employable ever again! But the Queen is in the habit of rewarding gross incompetence, negligence and in this case murder of many claimants who took their own lives while going through the Universal Credit process. We don’t seem to learn from our mistakes and I can only shudder to think what the state of many working class and poor people in this country will become after Brexit!
God save the people, not the queen!
Published in The Peeblesshire News on 17th January 2020.
What a mess we have found ourselves in as a nation. Unionist trust in the Tories must surely have woken up the people from their slumber and apathy towards politicians and the political process in general. Since 2010 the Tories have been in power and austerity has decimated the working class and poor while the blame for this was shifted onto so called benefit scroungers and immigrants, especially from Eastern Europe. We will have had 3 elections since then, all of them masterminded by the Tories themselves to grab more power but with disastrous consequences everytime. The national debt is now in the trillions and the people are still being lied to as to who the real perpetrators are of this mishandling of the countries finances.
In Scotland the obvious choice is the SNP, for their record speaks volumes and you may not like them constantly banging on about Independence, but at least you know where they stand and their long term objectives. Of course they are not perfect but give them credit where its due and to all the good work they have been doing since 2007 with one arm twisted behind their backs by the 3 main unionist political parties and their supporters in Scotland along with Westminster and the media.
The Tories are hopefully out as they they have amassed immense wealth and privileges for their political elites and business partners including their own families. Why do Unionist fear a second Scottish Independence referendum? They have nothing to fear as they can still vote “No”. Are they worried their lies won’t work the second time around? The SNP’s main objective and drive is to get independence and they are very clearly following their parties founding constitution and manifesto, unlike the Tories who have lied through their teeth and are still being voted into power by their gullible supporters all in the name of keeping the SNP out! It beggars belief to see educated people vote for the Tory party knowing well the harm their policies are causing families and children all over the country. Being selfish and only thinking about your own child is not how we want to live as a society. We have been given an opportunity once again to right a wrong and re-establish respect and love among the countries citizenry. It’s time to cast your vote for what is morally the right thing to do. By next Friday we will have woken up to a future that is hopefully bright and turned our backs on hate and austerity.
On the plus side the people of the Borders may have lost their incompetent leader of the council to Lanark & Hamilton East, as she has proven to be a canny, greedy career politician and will jump ship to further her ambition in the name of Unionism and the Queen! Shona Haslam did not bother to turn up after the fire at Peebles High school when her constituents needed her the most. There has been a deafening silence from her. Hope the people of Lanark & Hamilton East are not as daft and blind to what damage she has done to the Borders and her own constituents.
What would you vote for? The kiss of death or ……..
It was astonishing to see Scotland treated badly at Westminster with regards to only 15 minutes been allocated to debate Scottish objections to the Tories EU withdrawal bill.
24 powers will be coming back to the UK after Brexit but all will be going to Westminster instead of Scotland, in areas already devolved to Holyrood. The SNP’s leader was barred from the chamber for a day for protesting the lack of time to debate the merits and objections to the bill, while his fellow SNP colleagues followed him out. It was blatantly clear to all who watched the session how degrading it was to watch the Speaker John Bercow and the Tories jeering the SNP MP’s who decided to walk out of the House of Commons in protest for the lack of respect shown to a country that was supposedly an equal part of the Union!
Better Together! Is this how an equal partnership works where we are always shafted by Westminster when it comes to devolution? To all Unionist out there, you have to remember one fact, which is, the United Kingdom is made up of four countries i.e. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was very clear for all to see what the elite and Westminster really thinks of equality in terms of the UK. It was appalling to watch Tory MP Ian Liddell-Grainger shout “suicide” when SNP Leader Ian Blackford asked what options are available to us in this house?
To make matter worse the Unionist/Monarchist/ Benefit Scrounger of all Scottish secretaries, David Mundell said, “Scotland is not a partner of the United Kingdom, Scotland is part of the United Kingdom”.
What a load of bull s***!
In one statement he exposed himself and the Unionist argument’s biggest lie that was at the heart of the “Better Together” campaign during the 2104 Scottish Independence Referendum; that Scotland was an equal and valued partner in the biggest political union on this planet!
David Mundell does not care about Scotland, and will do everything to delay or worsen the situation of his constituents and fellow Scots. Its time for some direct action to make people like him accountable to all of his constituents, not just those who blindly voted for him.
Finally, we do have to remember that he is only there for the money and power and like the Monarchy he supports he is MP/Scottish Secretary at Westminster while his son Oliver Mundell is MSP at Holyrood. Its a family affair after all, where you only look after your own.
Trump is truly on a rollercoaster ride since being sworn in as America’s President last year. He has single-handedly upset more people and countries than all previous US Presidents combined. History or facts are not this man’s forte and the latest faux pas on allegedly calling the African continent and Haiti as “Shithole” countries takes the cake.
Trump and his supporters should know that these very countries are responsible for making the West(Europe & America) rich and arrogant.
They have systematically over the last few centuries looted and pillaged these countries to make it what they are today; poor, impoverished, sick, corrupt and ruled by Dictators (Installed by the CIA, MI5, etc) to keep the resources flowing out of these countries. Trump will do to America what no other country could i.e. bring the US to its knees. That time is not far when one countries policies and military expansion to rule the world through its military might and its currency (Dollar) is coming to an end.
All Dictators follow the same pattern. It seems we never learn to see the signs and even if we do, we stand back and watch, until of course they come after you!!!!!!
We can only wait now and see what happens next in the US of A.
It seems since my last post in June 2017, the world has literally gone mad! We are closer once again to nuclear annihilation since the end of the cold war, right wing organisations and their associates are on the rise and closer to home we are speeding towards the cliff (Brexit) in order to secure the middle class and above from any financial ruin.
What can we do to stop this madness by our elected representatives? Apparently nothing. Why? Because we voted for them in the first place to show a finger at the establishment or elite as a protest vote! It beggars belief that people don’t realise that Donald Trump is the establishment and closer to home David Mundell and his cronies…
More individuals and families in the area I live are under immense financial pressures due to the “Austerity” policies introduced by the Conservatives since 2010. But the very comfortable people in my area don’t give a damn it seems, as long as their pensions and investments are secured. To hell with the rest of us they may say at their private lavish parties. We have worked hard for this all our lives and we deserve all we can get at the expenses of others.
The irony is that many go to church every Sunday and pray. I wonder what their almighty God/Jesus may be thinking while he is staring down at his followers crucified on the cross! Probably that he is not coming again to save us especially after what we did to him the last time, I personally don’t blame him at all. All religions preach love and sharing but the majority of their followers interpret the holy books to suit their very selfish motives and agendas.
Of course we can do something and it starts by taking whatever little step we can take as individuals without looking at governments or religious institutions to guide us. The power lies in our hands for change and we have to start changing ourselves first before we expect others to do so and live by our own examples.
Difficult, yes – impossible, no.
Its time for love, peace and understanding and make our differences work for us not against us.
Congratulations to our re-elected MP David Mundell for wining this election. I want him to clarify what his personal position is on his party’s (Conservative and Unionists) stance on forming a formal/informal coalition with the DUP which has links to terrorism in Northern Ireland. This alliance, if goes ahead is very likely to break the Good Friday Agreement that was signed by all parties that had a say in the governing of Northern Ireland going forward and the ceasing of violence from both sides. Theresa May lost her mandate for a tough Brexit negotiations stance by the British public and should have resigned like Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland; who did after losing the vote in 2014. But, as we now know we are dealing with power hungry Politicians like Mr. Mundell and his counterpart Ruth Davidson who are using the Unionist media to declare that the SNP have lost and the people no longer want a 2nd divisive Independence referendum!
Just to make this very clear, the SNP gained 35 seats and are still by far the largest party in Scotland even after taking into account all the Labour/Lib-Dem and Tory votes! These guys are so full of themselves that they seem to forget basic math’s and are all over the place claiming victory in Scotland and that Independence is dead!
If Mr. Mundell is so sure of acting upon the peoples mandate then he should advise his leader to step down gracefully rather than be dragged in the coming weeks or months from Westminister.
Finally, I would like to thank the voters of Mr. Mundell’s constituency for voting to keep the SNP out and unwittingly letting in a Terrorist organization, to support a minority Tory government. The DUP are the equivalent of ISIS i.e. they want to bring in laws from the old testament and are scathing about their feelings towards gays, immigrants and women’s rights. If we are not careful, we could end up with “Southern Scotland” a place very similar to “Northern Ireland” that was created by the British Establishment through their divide and rule policy in Ireland. Scotland will become Independent and it would be interesting to wait and see how this will unfold in the coming years. You! The voter will decide the future of your country.
The above was published in the Peeblesshire News on 23rd June 2017.
Today is election day and I hope the very best to the people of this island that they may have the vision and foresight to make a choice for others. We are at crossroads and the path we choose will determine what country we all want to live in, in the coming generations. Will we elect Politicians/Parties that have the interest of all at the heart through their policies and decisions or we will be selfish and vote for the parties that only have our interests at heart.
Personally I will be voting for the party that looks after the weak, vulnerable and disabled in our society and oppose wars to promote “Democracy” and safeguard their own economic interest before others. There is a clear choice for voters in this election, if you decide to vote with your conscience and compassion.
Hope we all wake up to a new beginning tomorrow that will take us all on a positive path for decades to come.
Hopefully by now, the dust is settled and people of this island have got used to the idea of a general election that has been forced upon them by a cunning prime minister. What have the Tories achieved since 2010! Quite a lot it seems and people in England are completely in awe of Tories and cannot get enough of all the good things they are doing for this country or countries!
A friend of mine emailed me this link, which is self explanatory about all the manifesto promises that have been kept by the Tories.
Its been a while since my last post, which incidentally was on the EU Referendum. The Pandora’s box has been opened and Great Britain has been on a roller coaster ride since that fateful day. We are entering a new phase and a new low with the Tories at the helm of Brexit. The Tory conference was a blast from the past, with proposals put forward which made us think like we were back in Nazi Germany. Not kidding! The pound has taken the fall to new lows and we now are looking at companies placing their foreign workers on a register!!!
Not to forget all the broken promises of Brexit and how Britain will be great again (Trump familiar).
What happens next will be very interesting especially from a Scottish perspective.
Until then Good Luck!
We now had the EU Referendum and the results were not surprising to many who have been following political events in this country.
England voted to ‘Leave” along with Wales, while Scotland overwhelmingly voted to ‘Remain’ along with Northern Ireland. The Pandora’s box has been opened and the belly of the “Great Beast” has been finally revealed. Lies and misinformation from the Leave campaign won while Remain were completely outflanked by the disunity among their ranks with the English public voting to kick the establishment and use this occasion as a protest vote! The lies are unraveling as we speak and Boris is no longer in the running for Prime Minister!
So! What next for Scotland? Nicola Sturgeon was the only Politician who presented a plan, post Brexit and the Unionists followers don’t like what they are hearing. The First Minister of Scotland got a mandate to continue in government in the last Holyrood elections with a manifesto that clearly stated that a change in circumstance would allow her to ask the Scottish Parliament for a second Independence referendum to protect Sottish interests.
Personally, I am not keen in Scotland holding its second referendum so soon, as I believe one of the key reasons we lost the previous vote was the currency and of course we don’t have the 60% or more support for Independence. If anyone with a brain who has actually watched Nicola propose a motion in parliament to protect Scottish interests in the EU would know that she mentioned IndyRef2 as a final resort after all available avenues were exhausted. Even then Nicola did say she would propose this in the form of a resolution to the parliament which would then be voted by all MSP’s. It seems all the Unionist and establishment media were only taking about her final option and failed to inform their readers about the first two!
Little England and Wales have voted to leave the EU and this must be respected at all costs. No second EU referendum must happen. This is Democracy and if people fell for the lies and fears on immigration then I am sorry to say we have to pay the price for our lack of judgement and information.
Interesting times are ahead for the UK & Great Britain. Will we follow the collapse of Yugoslavia, only time will tell.