22nd May 2017

Orgy of Tory bashing (Gordon Harmer)

On Tuesday night I watched the Miriam and Mhairi show on the internet, which was billed as “an informal question-and-answer session … to outline the case that their party is best placed to oppose the Tories’ spending cuts, welfare reform and plans for a hard Brexit”.

Nowhere in this put on SNP show did they outline the case mentioned above. What they did all night was slag off the Tories and Alistair Carmichael.

There were no proposals on how to protect the Shetland fishing industry, nothing on ferry fares, nothing on how to soften the savage cuts to the councils budget by the Scottish government.

The night started as it meant to go on with a question from Jonathan Wills on why the Prime Minister called an election. From then on it was Tory baaad, Tory baaad, Alistair Carmichael baaaad.

Mhairi started the show rolling by answering Jonathan’s question on why the election was called. She answered by claiming the Tories wanted so much power that Teresa May wanted to run a dictatorship. I wonder where that scenario came from; it wouldn’t be the SNP in Holyrood would it?

After struggling to watch this hate-filled anti-Tory rant to its conclusion I came away totally bamboozled and no wiser as to just what Miriam will do for Shetland and Shetlanders if she is successful.

All I can say after a wasted evening listening to this anti-Tory, anti-Carmichael rant is beware Shetland, you have a classic wolf in sheep’s clothing situation here.

None of the positive campaigning advocated by Miriam was evident here. Instead Miriam, Mhairi and the audience concentrated on a totally negative Tory bashing orgy, probably because there is nothing positive to say about the last 10 years of SNP rule.

Gordon Harmer
Bayswater,
Brae.

12 comments

  1. John Tulloch

    Smoke, mirrors and humbug – ‘in ‘spades’!

    Not a clue about the fishing or anything else that counts to Shetlanders – not, even, the ferry fares issue.

    This comes of having no experience outside the “Westminster Bubble”. The evidence was there for all to see.

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    • Graham Fleming

      Mr harmer has to be applauded for noticing the SNP empty rhetoric over the tory party – whose behaviour has been going on long enough – 300 years I believe.Its time the talking stopped from the Scottish government and get the Conservative party properly proscribed as a criminal front ,having no respect for international law whatsoever. Is it little wonder this septic isle run by them wants away from mainstream Europe.

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      • Gordon Harmer

        Well well I expected nothing less from Mr fleming, remove the Tory Party, very democratic. I suppose you advocate Scotland being a single party state. Just a continuation of the leaked email from a once SNP official and the substance of the SNPs little get together the other night. No politics or policies just hate filled rhetoric we have come to expect.

    • Brian Smith

      Mr T’s contribution wins the Shetland Times prize for most cliches in three sentences.

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  2. Ian Tinkler

    “Is it little wonder this septic isle run by them wants away from mainstream Europe.” Spoken lite a true Nationalist. Raw produce and utterly abhorrent comment. Grahm Fleming how well you represent nationalism, xenophobic and nasty. Keep up, you are serving the SNP well.

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    • Graham Fleming

      The SNP are big enough to represent themselves,what we don’t need is continuing carping from them about the Tories.In a 21st century,so called democracy- the allowing of an organisation such as the Conservatives is perfectly ridiculous. We need less rhetoric from democratic parties and immediate action to get them PROSCRIBED. There never is in their manifesto anything about the right to police other countries when they want,or to destroy infrastructure and lives in their chosen victims, but it always seems to be a continuing sideshow. In a modern Europe, it should and can longer be tolerated.

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  3. James J Paton

    Whilst I agree, as I commented elsewhere in the on- line paper, that negative politics is no way to win people over, the Tories and Lib- Dems, especially during their 5 coalition years, and indeed the Tories on their own over the past two years have done nothing about these issues re increasing transport funding or supportive the fishing industry. So Mr Hamar and Mr Tulloch embark on their own SNAP bashing. ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first.’ So n
    stone! So neither Mr Carmichael nor Mr Halcrow- Johnstone then! Both party baaaaahers in their own right!
    In the absence of a Green candidate in O&S, Miriam offers the best hope as a representative of all, irrespective of party of self interests

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    • Gordon Harmer

      Mr Patan I have just listened to Miriam Bret on Radio Shetland, in full hate the Tories mode; the first words out of her mouth were “the callous side to the Tories”. Just where is the positive side to this SNP candidate, the side she promised at the beginning of this campaign. I heard plenty of rhetoric on national policies but very little on local issues, apart from the fact that she is not and I emphasis NOT going to sign the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s Brexit pledge. Which tells me she is following party politics rather than important local issues which will guarantee jobs and employment in the Isles. She is also a Europhile which means staying in the CFP which she delusionally thinks can be reformed. Then after dismissing the fishing industry she went on to blame the Tories for unemployment which leads to the use of food banks. This I find unbelievable as this weeks employment figures were the best for decades, the only place unemployment is on the rise is Scotland where the constant threat of independence is putting a stop on investment in businesses and jobs. This lady is all about independence not Shetland.

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  4. Shuard Manson

    I really can’t see anything positive about the rape clause. Any party that suggests such a policy deserves a bashing.

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    • Gordon Harmer

      This so-called rape clause linked to UK government policy that caps tax credits to a family’s first two children went through its committee stages with two SNP MPs, Corri Wilson and Hannah Bardell giving it the go ahead. The two said SNP MPs offered amendments one to delay this legislation until 2020 and the other to apply this to two additional children and not one. In my book both complicit in introducing the legislation the SNP supporters love to show false anger at. Well it does deflect from the SNPs own record on helping rape victims, and the lack of rape crisis centers in Scotland.

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      • Shuard Manson

        So you justify it by blaming the SNP? Wonders never cease.

      • Gordon Harmer

        Not blaming them, just pointing out the hypocrisy of the constant SNP rants about this policy when they approved it. Like I keep saying they have double standards. Another example is the Tories new policy on making the elderly pay for their care. The Tories will leave an individual with £100,000 of assets but the SNP will leave an individual with £26, 250. Hypocrisy and double standards again. Especially when the SNP try to make political gain from this Tory policy.

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