It is deepest January. It is bitterly cold, dark, windy and snowy, and who actually really gives a shite about whether an actor in a party-political broadcast who has facial hair, wears glasses and is referred to as ‘Davey’ vaguely resembles tory fanboy David Torrance? (The actor looks a bit like our postman too, and Jimmy Hill, and about five of the guys I saw on the train yesterday).
Oh, a heinous act perpetrated indeed, in the red, white and blue addled nationalistic minds of Scotland’s hysterical unionist media keen on diversion from reality at any time, as the London led separatist political parties their articles and reports reinforce try their damnedest to isolate the UK from Europe and return us all to the 1950’s.
All of this utter nonsense is actually making headlines in the papers, Can you believe it? A quality Scottish press? There is no such thing. There hasn’t been for a while.
In reality unless you are actually David Torrance, or one of his school pals who happens to be a politician, or you are not a Scottish politics nerd who likens Torn face to one of those wee yapping mini-roll sized dugs that pees everywhere and chews at the end of yer trooser legs when you walk past it on the way to Asda you’d be justified in saying who is David Torrance? He loves the publicity, it allows him to play the self-appointed victim card. We’ve been here before.
Meanwhile back on planet earth Scotland is a country which in 2014 was described by an OECD report as being the 14th richest country in the world, ahead of the UK as a whole, which ranked 18th, if it were to become once again an independent state. Yet in 2015/16 more than a quarter of Scotland’s children were living in poverty, a rise of 4% on the previous year. 70% of these children live in homes where somebody is in employment.
In the same period in total 1.05 million Scots were living in relative poverty, after housing costs, up 2% on the previous year.
In 2016/17 the numbers of emergency Foodbank supplies provided in Scotland hit a record high at more than 145,000, marking a 9% increase on the previous year. The Trussell Trust has 52 Foodbanks in Scotland, 52! Around 48,000 of the three-day emergency food supplies were to feed hungry Scottish children.
The cumulative supply of emergency food provided to Scots for that period is the equivalent of enough to feed the residents of the city of Dundee for three days, according to the charity’s spokesperson in Scotland.
In Glasgow, our biggest population centre, it is estimated that around 34% of children live in poverty. Life expectancy in some areas of the city is around the lowest in the whole of the current United Kingdom. Almost half of Glasgow’s residents,47.3%, reside in 20% of the most deprived areas in Scotland.
In 2015 706 people died in Scotland as a result of drug abuse. The highest recorded level at that time, 68% more than ten years previously. In 2016 this increased further to 867 Scots dying directly as a result of drugs.
Scotland is in a period of ever increasing planned decline brought about by a distant government whose only interests in Scots and Scotland are financial and self-serving. We are a convenient resource-rich province to be looted systematically to maintain power and influence for a wealthy minority. There are many examples which prove that to be factually correct. You only need to look back as far as last week where Scottish politicians serving that distant government turned their back on the people who elected them, insulting democracy and the devolution process, ensuring powers returning from Europe, which rightly under the devolution settlement should be devolved to Holyrood, are retained in London.
But no, let’s keep reading in the papers about David Torrance and allegations of bullying, belittling and behaviour which restricts freedom of expression akin to President Shitehole himself from his pals. There are indeed very strong echoes of this in Scotland in 2018, but none of it comes from the movement pushing our country forward towards influencing its own destiny, governing its own future.
These are distractions, they are designed to be so. Let’s get on with the real job in hand.