Friday, November 30, 2007

Douglas and Wendy Alexander

Douglas Alexander, a minister in Gordon Brown's UK Labour government, is the brother of Wendy Alexander, leader of the Labour Party in Scotland.

Gordon Brown says Douglas Alexander will be his General Election coordinator.

Both Douglas and Wendy have recently been in trouble.

According to The Telegraph, 24 October 2007, "Douglas Alexander faced calls to resign as Gordon Brown's general election chief after an independent inquiry found that his 'self-interested' moves to change electoral rules in Labour's favour led to the debacle that saw nearly 150,000 votes wasted in the Scottish elections this year.

"An independent investigation of the elections to Holyrood and to Scottish councils found that a series of partisan decisions made by Mr Alexander resulted in widespread voter confusion." - Douglas Alexander in dock over election fiasco - Telegraph

David Abraham's ' multimillion-pound business park development at Bowburn in County Durham, in the UK, was blocked by the Highways Agency. This was because of a ban on further development beside the congested A1 road.

David Abrahams has given money to the UK Labour Party.In October 2006, the Highways Agency lifted the ban on the business park development - and a separate one near Newton Aycliffe further south.The transport secretary at the time was Douglas Alexander. - Profile: David Abrahams

"A Channel Islands businessman Paul Green has made a second illegal donation to the Labour Party. His contribution to Wendy Alexander's Leadership campaign brought a public apology from her after she admitted his cheque broke strict donation rules.

"Meanwhile, First Minister Alex Salmond said the police might have to investigate the affair." Police may have to probe illegal Wendy Alexander donation


Saturday, November 24, 2007

'West Coast Labour Mafia'

"Big Jock Knew" is a saying that is popular among football fans in Glasgow.

This saying refers to Jock Stein, the former manager of Celtic Football Club.

In the early 1970s, young boys were sexually abused by certain people at the club.

Stein is reputeded to have known about this and not reported the matter to the authorities, and also been part of a cover up within Celtic Football Club.

"Celtic's former board were part of an astonishing cover-up over abuse allegations."

It looks like Celtic Football Club could be in trouble.

"John Reid suffered a baptism of fire at his inauguration as Celtic chairman yesterday when he was barracked as a 'war criminal' from the floor at the Glasgow club's AGM...

"Jeanette Findlay of the Celtic Supporters' Trust... claimed Reid would be 'forever identified with a political and human disaster' and that he was a 'hate figure at home and abroad'. Amid similar comments - one supporter said he had been visiting Celtic Park for 60 years but would not renew his season ticket on account of Reid's new role." - Attacks and accusations greet incoming Reid at Celtic

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Reid and Karadzic

During the 1990s Bosnian War, John Reid became friends with Serb rebel leader and indicted war-criminal Radovan Karadzic. Reid has admitted that he spent three days at a luxury Geneva lakeside hotel as a guest of Karadzic in 1993.,2763,659705,00.html


Reid and Lobbygate.

Kevin reid is the son of John Reid.

On 31 August 1999, in the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Ben Laurance of the Observer newspaper posed as a businessman during talks with Kevin Reid, a lobbyist with the public relations firm Beattie Media.

Laurance told Kevin Reid he was interested in PFI ( private investment in services such as education and hospitals).

Kevin Reid boasted of his contacts: "I worked for Jack [McConnell] and for Wendy [Alexander—minister for communities] and for Henry [McCleish—Enterprise Minister] and for Donald [Dewar—First Minister] on a one-to-one basis. I worked with the Labour Party media monitoring in the press team and I briefed them every night."

Kevin Reid was filmed saying he knew the Scottish secretary "very, very well .... he is my father."


Reid and National Health Service deficits

When he was Health secretary, John Reid was responsible for the new national consultants’ contract.

The cost of the new pay deal is said to be the cause of the large deficits now being run up by health boards.,,2090-2168976_2,00.html


Reid censured by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

While he was Secretary of State for Scotland, John Reid became the first senior cabinet member ever to be severely censured by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Elizabeth Filkin.

Reid was accused of using parliamentary allowances, taxpayer's money, to pay the salaries of his son and other staff working for Labour's electoral campaign. In the course of the inquiry, it emerged that Reid had held "discussions" with witnesses, 'which in plain unparliamentary language sounded a lot like threats'.,2763,659705,00.html


Reid, Ronnie Campbell, drugs

Police have found cannabis resin in the home of the British Defence Secretary, John Reid, but the minister says he has no idea where it came from.

Cops' sniffer dogs find cannabis in house of Defence Secretary

Dr John Reid, aged 58, is married to Brazilian Carine Adler.

He has a son called Mark.

Mark is married to the daughter of Ronnie Campbell who reportedly has links to crime.

According to the Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland) 9/4/2005:

Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland): Fugitive and the minister ...

GRIM-FACED Defence Secretary John Reid shared centre stage at his son's wedding yesterday - with a villain wanted by police. Tony Blair's most trusted minister and fugitive Ronnie Campbell - the father of the bride - stood side by side on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. The Sunday Mail can reveal a warrant was issued for the arrest of Campbell, 47, on Monday after a violent incident involving a woman. Campbell, who sported a gold cravat and kilt, was the target of a recent gangland hit.

30 April 2006:

The Sunday Mail - NEWS - JOHN WEED

Last September, he shared centre stage at his son Mark's wedding with a villain on the run from police.

Reid and fugitive Ronnie Campbell - the father of the bride - stood side-by-side on the steps of Westminster Cathedral.

Yesterday Campbell claimed he knew "all about" the cannabis found at Reid's home but declined to comment further.



"If we had a Politburo instead of a cabinet, Reid would probably be running the State Security Division." - Kevin Toolis, Guardian 2 March 2002.

Reid "is part of the Lanarkshire West Coast Labour mafia. It's not about... making life better for the working class. It's about looking after yourself and your mates and not being accountable to anyone." - Dean Nelson, editor Scottish edition of the Sunday Times.


Child Abuse in Scottish Care Homes

An independent report for the Scottish government has found that there has been massive child abuse in Scottish care homes. (Scotland’s shame )

The Herald, 23 November 2007, provides the details (‘These are the voices that need to be heard’) :

"When she was nine - or thereabouts - she (Elizabeth McWilliams) was raped by the man Quarriers called her house father. 'He took his chance,' she said matter-of-factly.

"Some children complained of abuse. That had consequences. 'Boys,' she said. 'Well, they were hung up on door hangers and their penises tied to doorhandles.'"

Quarriers Homes is a Christian community.

Helen Holland was sent to Nazareth House in Kilmarnock, a children's home run by nuns.

At Nazareth House Helen was raped by a priest.

"When she was eight, a nun pulled a hood over her head to help a priest rape her. The sexual abuse went on for three years until, aged 11, she fell pregnant. The same nun kicked her in the stomach until she miscarried."

She was 'beaten to a pulp' by a nun.

There was abuse at many other homes (The landmark cases: abuse in children's homes )

At St Ninians: "In 2003 Michael Murphy, 69, formerly known as Brother Benedict, a monk with the de la Salle order, was jailed for two years on ten charges of physical abuse during the 1960s, including torturing pupils with an electric shock device, force-feeding them vomit and whipping them with knotted boot laces."


Friday, November 02, 2007

Wee Malkies

Scotland pays its own way!

The Herald, 2 November 2007, has demonstrated that Scotland pays its own way, unlike many parts of England.

Scotching the myth // Why the figures being peddled by Scotland’s critics just don’t add up

Public Spending in Scotland - £9631 per head
Public Spending in London - £9748 per head

The tax take from Scotland - £49 billion
Total public spending in Scotland - £49 billion

Scotland brings in £9593 per head in tax - more than anywhere in the UK outside London.

London's Crossrail project is to cost £16 billion - seven and a half times the annual Scottish transport budget. The 2012 Olympics is to be in London.

Tax per head and public spending per head in thousands of pounds (figures rounded down):

Tax 9
Spending 9

North East of England
Tax 6
Spending 10

North West of England
Tax 6
Spending 8

Yorkshire and Humberside
Tax 6
Spending 8

East Midlands
Tax 7
Spending 7

West Midlands
Tax 6
Spending 7

Tax 7
Spending 7

South West
Tax 7
Spending 8

Tax 10
Spending 9

South East
Tax 9
Spending 7

Alex Salmond says that if Scotland is given direct control of North Sea oil and gas it could be the third-wealthiest country in Europe and the sixth-richest in the world. ‘Challenge to the party is to inspire a generation’

Salmond has pointed out that England, particularly London, benefits heavily from spending on UK departments such as defence and the Treasury. Let us control North Sea oil - Salmond