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  2. maryspetses

    USA and HUMAN RIGHTS

    The treatment of children of 'illegal' immigrant families in USA is indefensible. Is it therefore significant that the news reports today that USA has left/is leaving the Human Rights Council? One of the reasons given - allegedly! - is the bias against Israel, which speaks volumes for USA. Any respect one had for the USA started with the election of that man as President. He has destroyed the dignity of that office and his country apparently supports him. Have just listened (on the radio)to a USA spokesman attempting to defend the separation of children from their parents by claiming it prevents the children being 'incarcerated'! Has he seen some of the conditions of these children, not to mention the possible, long term, trauma. might one quote the adage, there are none so blind as those who will not see. Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not: Jeremiah 5:21 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see indeed, but perceive not. Isaiah 6:9-10
  3. Yesterday
  4. Pat

    West End Festival 2018

    Not until this Sunday 24th, samsc. Maybe you'll be well enough. http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/glasgow-mela-2018/
  5. Pat

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    Shocking. If you don't bother listening to the debate then you shouldn't be allowed to vote. Steve Brine Under Secretary for Primary Care and Public Health had the audacity to thank th S.N.P. for the long debate, whereby they could watch the football and then return to vote against Devo. No shame and what a terrible way for any government to conduct their business.
  6. Mania, mania! 4 years after the first fire and they are just getting round to the sprinklers??
  7. Apparently the facade is going to stand. Will be a costly business to restore. Apparently the sprinklers were just about to go in.
  8. samscafeamericain

    West End Festival 2018

    How was the Mela?
  9. Plenty of questions need answered by the construction company but also by the GSA Management board led by Murial Gray. Someone made the decision not to go with temporary sprinklers.
  10. samscafeamericain

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    The absolute contempt shown on Monday was staggering. 8 tories in the chamber for the emergency debate on devolution but when it came to the vote they dragged 80 of them out of the bars to vote. Labour again did absolutely nothing.
  11. samscafeamericain

    Tories throwing away UK advantage

    In the 1970s the UK led the world in wind power technology. The tory Government decided that wasn't important and allowed our technological advantage to be taken and exploited by the Germans and the Danes who have created enormous industries employing tens of thousands. Guess what, they are doing it again https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/19/huge-mistake-britain-throwing-away-lead-in-tidal-energy-say-developers#maincontent I take it not enough tory cabinet ministers bought shares in these new technology companies
  12. Last week
  13. Pat

    Ladies who lunch

    Visited a new place in Partick - Tulipane. Flowers, homemade bread and bistro. Nice combination.
  14. Pat

    West End Festival 2018

    Big Sunday at Kelvingrove –
  15. Pat

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    Looks like shocking treatment of SNP backfiring. Ludicrous claims of stunt - Bercow would have had to be in on the plot.
  16. Certainly much worse than last time but facade may be able to be saved. Very upsetting.
  17. I hear that David Mundell has had to confirm to the police that he did not leave his underpants at the GSA
  18. samscafeamericain

    Some Home Truths for Scottish Fishermen

    the choices under brexit - best case scenario is the same level of recession the UK suffered in 2008. Worst case scenario is a collapse 4 times larger than that recession
  19. samscafeamericain

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    surely any court would also be aware of that? 10,000 new SNP members now
  20. From the pictures I've seen it looks like its gone
  21. Unbelievable that just four years after the fire at GSA that last night there was another fire there. It was looking as though the refurbishment was nearly finished and now this disaster. The ABC music venue was also damaged. It's not clear what caused the fire but terrible blow to the city and the people who are so attached to this iconic Mackintosh building. This is how things stand at present:
  22. Pat

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    Certainly had some impact, samsc. The Unionists seem to have joined up to create a campaign for Independence. I watched the Gordon Ross Indycar talking about how it could be that they are trying to provoke Scottish Government into an early referendum before some important legislation. I haven't quite got my head around it but does include the Supreme Court's Judgement on the legality of the Continuity Bill. This is the video:
  23. samscafeamericain

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    bravo SNP walking out of the commons, the level of childish abuse in this horror of a place is appalling. Over 5,000 people join the SNP in 24 hours including people from outside Scotland in solidarity. That should make SNP the party with the second high now 7,500 new members
  24. samscafeamericain

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    bravo SNP walking out of the commons, the level of childish abuse in this horror of a place is appalling. Over 5,000 people join the SNP in 24 hours including people from outside Scotland in solidarity. That should make SNP the party with the second highest membership in the UK
  25. Earlier
  26. samscafeamericain

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    From Wings ...... Let there be no mistake about what just happened. Last night, Scottish devolution – an institution 111 years in the promising, just 19 years a reality – died. Iain Macwhirter summed it up concisely and accurately.And it didn’t even go down fighting.The UK government swept the Scottish Parliament aside contemptuously and casually. Not a single Scottish MP was allowed to speak during the 15 minutes which signed devolution’s death warrant, as Cabinet Office minister David Lidington, the member for Aylesbury, waffled away the entire alloted time for the “debate”.And Scotland’s three Unionist parties lay down meekly and took it.Labour abstained on the vote, which had no chance of defeating the government, but declined to even oppose it as a gesture, instead choosing to sulk because their own amendment had been declined. (The Speaker of the House pointed out that they could have amended the amendment which WAS voted on, but Labour preferred to pout.)The Scottish Lib Dems, meanwhile, abstained in the name of, er, Wales.And the man whose actual official literal job it is to defend the devolution settlement (and who had promised that he personally would amend the bill to stop this happening, then didn’t because he had better things to do like root around in his beard for snacks) said “Oh shut up Scotland, we were never going to listen anyway however much time we gave you”.The Unionist parties, we must remember, weren’t opposing independence here. They were failing to defend the thing they’re supposed to be in favour of, the alternative to independence, the arrangement meant to show how much Scotland is cherished and valued by its partner in the UK.But as Scotland’s politicians failed it, the media which holds them fearlessly to account rushed into the breach to speak up for their people.The Daily Record, for example, felt that the most important things it needed to inform its readers about today were that a man who was paraplegic already might lose part of his (useless) leg after an accident, a woman’s breasts were too big and someone nobody had ever heard of had signed for “Rangers”.The Scottish Daily Mail raged that some alleged “jihadis” were free to “roam” the UK – on the trifling grounds that none of them had been charged with any crime, let alone convicted – and that Prince Harry’s new bride had once given a magazine a glimpse of her underwear.The Daily Telegraph’s only mention of Scotland was an attack on the SNP over drug deaths, but it did also pick up the Mail’s theme by reporting on an important “knicker rebellion” in Devon.The “Scottish” Daily Express had nothing at all about Scotland on its front page, but found a corner for paparazzi shots of the estranged wife of Ant from Ant & Dec, for no particular reason that we’ve been able to ascertain.Scotland’s biggest-selling paper did manage to cover the devolution story, though. We’ve highlighted its report here in case you didn’t manage to spot it at first.The UK’s most august and serious paper of record, naturally, took the matter far more seriously, devoting more than twice the wordcount to the news. Again we’ve helpfully picked out the full 30 words for you.The few small regional papers which made the power grab the main story all framed it in a UK context rather than a Scottish one, and as a partisan political matter of the SNP complaining, even though ALL the opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament except the Tories had voted to reject the bill by 93 votes to 30.And BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship morning phone-in invited listeners to chat about – perhaps ironically – “the effects of bullying on your adult life”.And that was that. When push came to shove, Scotland’s Unionist politicians and media crumpled like tissue paper and stood and watched the open destruction of the thing that every one of them has vowed endlessly to defend and strengthen.Not a single, solitary one of them even voted against it symbolically, despite Labour and the Lib Dems’ own colleagues at Holyrood having opposed it just last month. Because at the end of the day, UK parties are UK parties and Scotland is at the very best an occasional sideshow to them, to be listened to only when it poses a threat.Devolution has indisputably failed. At the end of the day – as we’ve always known but half the population has allowed themselves to be deceived about until now – power devolved has been proved to be power retained by London, to be wielded whenever it wants and regardless of what Scotland says, in the face of every “convention” and pledge to the contrary.Scotland has only two options left now, and one of them is to die.
  27. Pat

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    It's all kicking off. Only 15 minutes allowed to debate devolved issues re EU Withdrawal Bill and David Lidington blabbered on and curtailed any chance of debate. Then apart from Dnnis Skinner, Labour abstained. Today Ian Blackford created chaos at PMQT asking for private debate. He refused to sit down and Bercow, The Speaker, had him removed from the house. Every SNP MP walked out with him. Result - actually interviewed on BBC. Iain Macwhirter has a point: 'The UK Government will clearly not allow the Scottish Parliament to reverse any or all of the changes made in the “transition period”, since these are deemed crucial for the functioning of the new, post-Brexit UK internal market. They are for keeps. Moreover, the precedent will be established that Westminster can now over-ride any and all of Scotland’s devolved responsibilities whenever it considers it necessary – which is pretty much all the time. Home rule is over. If Mrs May was trying to make the case for an independent Scotland, she could hardly have done better.' Looks like #MayforIndy
  28. Pat

    Ladies who lunch

    Had Brunch at Eusebi today. They make everything from scratch including Ricotta cheese. Unforgettable. Will be back.
  29. Pat

    Some Home Truths for Scottish Fishermen

    Think there will be a lot of movement. Brexit is a disaster.
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