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Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled , said Robert Burns and by all accounts they did but nothing like what the former Mendicants in the SP and the SSP are going to be expected to do to bail the Scottish Socialist Party out of its current predicament. They’ve all received the following begging letter signed by RICHIE VENTON, incidentally the man who ultimately decides which members of his party, like DANNY WILLIAMSON, go on the LUNITY slate.
It relates to the saga of the four Scottish Socialist MSPs who were thrown out of the Scottish Parliament on 30th June after one of their stunts badly misfired. They had their parliamentary passes revoked and were stripped of a months salary after staging a G8 protest sit-in in the chamber and bringing proceedings to a halt for almost an hour.
The G8 protest by CAROLYN LECKIE, ROSIE KANE, FRANCES CURRAN and COLIN FOX provoked fury from MSPs from all the other parties who immediately demanded the toughest possible punishment open to them.
In an unprecedented move, all four were suspended from the Scottish parliament for the month of September and had their wages and allowances stopped for that same period as a punishment. This means they will have to rely on the generosity of the colleagues to help pay not only their bills, but the wages of their staff who are paid out of the MSPs' allowances.
The SSP MSPs were protesting against the First Minister JACK McCONNELL'S refusal to intervene and allow a march to take place next to the Gleneagles Hotel during the G8 summit.
GEORGE REID, the Presiding Officer, called a halt to First Minister's Questions when the four came down from their seats at the back of the chamber and occupied the areas behind the First Minister’s chair.
The condemnation was unremitting from Scottish Labour and the other parties, particularly from the Scottish National Party (SNP) which lost a narrow vote later in the day which would have extended compensation payments to the families of hundreds of Hepatitis C sufferers who are currently denied it. An angry JOHN SWINNEY, for the SNP, said the SSP absence had denied compensation payments to hundreds of Scottish families. "I hope people learn a lesson from that stupidity," he said.
Scottish Tory leader DAVID McLETCHIE, described the SSP MSP antics as "infantile, undemocratic and an abuse of their privileged status as MSPs" but he would say that, wouldn’t he?
Perhaps more intriguing will be the filling of the vacancy for the PCS Scotland Chairperson. Current incumbent, JOY DUNN from Scottish Executive has been elected to the NEC and must step down leaving the position up for grabs. The favourite is SAM HALL, a VP from General Constituency and IAN MCNEILL from the Private sector is also well fancied. RICHARD McCLEAN is also in the running but he is out of favour with DANNY and the other Scottish LUNITY grandees whose views may ultimately decide the race.
Further to the right of the political spectrum lies STEVE CARDOWNIE, who doesn’t wish to recall his early days as a TROT firebrand in CPSA now that he’s the chief Blairite enforcer on Edinburgh council and Deputy Lord Provost (deputy mayor) no less! But what has never left STEVE has been his desire for the limelight. He denounced BOB GELDOF for being irresponsible in calling for a million strong “Make Poverty History” protest in Edinburgh against the July G8 summit at nearby Gleneagles amid dire threats from the council of the collapse of civilization if the pop concerts and rally went ahead. GELDOF, who until then was doubtless unaware of CARDOWNIE’S existence, ignored the deputy lord provost’s warnings and the show went on. Nothing remarkable happened on the day apart from the police chasing some anarchists up and down the streets of the Scottish capital.
A couple of weeks later CARDOWNIE did make the Scottish Daily Star on 25th July with a story about how the “bungling council boss’s” managed to fuck up a presentation to Olympic Gold medal winning sprinter Allan Wells by misspelling his name, and the word “achievement” on the plaque. No one notice it until the Olympian turned up to officially unveil his plaque but Cardownie & Co decided to go ahead with the unveiling only to take down it once Wells had left so that they could send it back to the engraver, all of this at the local taxpayers’ expense.
Mistakes mar Scots Olympic Hero's honour
"You can call me Allan - Not Alan"
Fallaces sunt rerum species
The appearances of things are deceptive
Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c. 4 BC - 65 AD )
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The Clive Bryant rule 10 verdict is out, but only to the chosen few: the IR & Customs GECs and the NEC have been informed, but sworn to secrecy.
Dave Bean's braincell and self confessed thug Bryant was found guilty as charged and sentenced to 6 months disqualification from all union offices 15/07/05 to 14/01/06. Gordon Eastwood is reported as being satisfied (in the legal sense) with the findings.
Apparently, this is not to be publicised to you our reader, because the powers that be have deemed that the humiliation of being disqualified from office is punishment enough. Surely humiliation as a punishment is only effective if widely publicised.
It gets worse: not only will nobody know about his disqualification (although I understand a concerned member rather than PCS HQ has pointed out to his managers that he should now be driving a desk), but the "vacancy" on the GEC won't be filled because it doesn't exist. Bryant will return again in January as if nothing had happened. The American television show "DALLAS" has a lot to answer for with its ancient plotlines being lifted wholesale.
So, noting that he is currently disqualified from all union positions, who will cover his GEC work while in exile? The other rep for his constituency is Mrs "LEGS" Priestley, Linda, who won't relish the additional work and will likely pass the buck back to HQ. This will mean that the members will have to pick up the tab for using full timers rather than lay officials to do lay work (remind me who is supposed to be being punished - B).
It should not be forgotten that Bryant occupies Branch positions and is also vice-chair of the London & SE Region HMRC (Taxation) committee. I'm sure his partner FAY WESTBROOK would never dream of trying to deputise for him in positions which cannot exist whilst he is otherwise engaged in pushing a pen for the Department.
Next year's election address promises to be a corker!