Segueing effortlessly from the sublime to the ridiculous: Aberdeen this week took on the look of Derek Hatton’s Liverpool (for me at least) First there was the dual visit of the Cabinets destined never to meet - Alec Salmond brought the Scottish Government Cabinet to Pitmedden (as they tend to do, go around the country on a regular basis ‘among’ the people) and David Cameron parachuted into Aberdeen, holed up for a meeting and headed off to the rigs to remind everyone our oil is better together, and was to be seen I’m sure I also saw Nick Clegg somewhere among the Northern Lights but can’t for the life of me remember what it was he was doing or where he was doing it! And of course NO DEBATE should be held between Alec and David. David is disenfranchised of course – no vote, no comment. Hmm… and yet he’s keen enough to keep telling us why we should stay together ‘Scotland we want you, need you, love you… blah blah) but then would duplicitousness sit ill with the spawn of Thatcher? I think not. (An aside, it’s amazing how few people seem to realise that DC is just a pretty 21st century version of Thatcher. I say thank goodness he has Clegg to pull him back in line from time to time… but hey, who am I to comment on UK politics? I hope that in under 200 days it will be NOTHING to do with me. No vote, no comment)
But back in the land of the Northern Lights – Aberdeen City Council wanted to BAN Alec Salmond and Kenny MacAskill from ever darkening the doorsteps of the council buildings. Or so the finance guy said. Someone else said it was a mistake, he didn’t mean to say that, it was a slip of the tongue… and a great stooshie emerged which made national news. Which I don’t think would have happened were we not in the middle of the Referendum run up. Normally no one gives a damn about Aberdeen council, right? Anyway, while the council pontificated the word on the street was that the council were making a ‘whole town look like numpties’ and ‘behaving like 2 year olds.’ Good to know that councils represent their people eh? There was to be a vote of no confidence (what an understatement) in the Finance Guy (quick google of his name so I can name and shame him) WILLIE YOUNG. (Who would put such a numpty in charge of finance???) But apparently due to some protocol (not the same protocol of who can enter the building which was what they FINALLY voted? They couldn’t do the vote because the no-confidencers hadn’t given enough time. I’d like to know what confidence ANY of the voters of Aberdeen now have in their council. Perhaps it has at least raised the 50% of people who never vote out of their sloth enough to make them realise it DOES matter who you vote for.
It can’t escape notice that there’s a bit of a stooshie also going on in the Ukraine at the moment. The second Crimean war may be about to begin. It may be about Independence… but how can we tell, the reporting is so confused it’s pretty hard to work out what’s going on. Nearly as hard as working out how, if Osborne says that we can’t have the pound post Independence we can use the Euro, BUT then says we won’t be allowed into Europe. So will we be allowed to use the Euro while not being part of Europe? Currency currency and project fear, let’s keep everyone confused and guessing in the hope that they will stick with the ‘status quo.’ Hollow laugh.
Okay we don’t know what the in’s and outs of Ukraine are, but equally many who are not based in Aberdeen, we might not be interested or up to date on the ongoings of the Cooncil there. Might I humbly suggest it’s got less to do with Alec Salmond entering the building than with an old ramie over the Donald Trump Gowfing affair (you know, buys land, rips out the natural features fer a gowf course, stomps on the little people – little care or concern for spoiling their view or livelihoods, patronising the whole of the country by telling us he’s ‘saving’ Scotland and putting us on the map, and then when we maybe think of building a wind farm off shore, which might impact upon his ‘views’ (literal, metaphorical and financial) he throws his toys out the pram and runs off to Ireland leaving one sad golf course, and nothing else ‘cept a load of grief and ill will behind him) Well, far be it from me to say, but maybe, just maybe Finance Guy is trying to have his payback for that… you see it did cause a bit of a stooshie between the Cooncil and the Government. Maybe we just need to remember that history is a funny thing when you’re in the middle of it. Perspective is rarely 20-20 after all.
Meanwhile the same old same old rumbles on and on. Pensions, currency, the desertion of Scotland by BIG FINANCE… it’s only worth recording because it’ll be interesting to see what happens one way or the other whatever the result.
But sadly, Aberdeen council this week has shown that, we Scots are quite capable of the kind of appalling behaviour which is so familiar on a UK level politically. I can only hope that should we get Independence we might be able to raise our game above this sort of crap. At least it’ll be wur ain crap though but.
And on a final thought… if Scotland votes for independence (which will not come into place till 2016) will we still get to vote a) in the 2015 UK election and b) in the promised UK Euro Referendum – now why is no one asking THESE questions???
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