Flagrant, obscene waste (Robert Smith)

Before you cast your vote on Thursday, have a look at the Scottish government building in the picture below.

This is just one of the many government buildings in Edinburgh. It is in addition to the £400 million Scottish Parliament (10 times over budget).

We are a small nation of less than five million people. We still have slums and poverty and squalor – yet our exalted leaders have taken it upon themselves to build these massive ivory towers, temples of power.

Click on image to enlarge.

For those of you who believe in devolution and independence, who like me, feel a national pride and want a fairer deal for Scotland, did you vote for this? This flagrant, obscene waste. This triumphalist governmental vanity?

Even more laughable since the Scottish Parliament, within the EU, is classed as a regional council, a powerless pseudo parliament that simply rubber stamps its orders from Brussels.

The Lib Dems, SNP, Labour and even the Conservatives, support this nonsense.

I don’t think you do. Would you allow these people to set your tax rate and trust them to spend it wisely? Would you let them rack up debt with borrowing powers? I don’t think so.

UKIP is the only party which sees this idiotic waste and will do something about it.

We will dismantle the Scottish European Regional Council. We would return Scotland to its rightful place as a sovereign nation within the United Kingdom. Vote for sensible government. Vote UKIP.

Robert Smith
UKIP list candidate.


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  • Colin Hunter

    • May 3rd, 2011 14:08

    It doesn’t really matter what you say here Mr Smith. The truth of the matter is that ANY administration needs office space to function. Would you, as a highly unlikely, UKIP UK or Scottish Govenment not use these splendid offices which have been provided for that purpose. Would you waste even more money building a more austere edifice just because you don’t like that one? That would be a waste of money and I thank you for bringing such an intention to our notice. I agree that the Scottish Parliament building is “over the top” regarding it’s cost, but the biggest complaint I have is that it was designed by a non Scottish architect and is far too complex and quite breathtakingly ugly in my opinion. It is probably the most expensive nesting site for Doo’s I have ever seen! Why could we not have built a building which reflected national pride, designed by a Scot, and built by Scots. Instead we have some monstrosity which wouldn’t be out of place among the nightclubs and bordellos on the Costa Del Unpronouncable! I bet that Spaniard chap went to his grave laughing up his sleeve!

  • Robert Smith

    • May 3rd, 2011 17:58

    If you read the letter you’ll see that I’m against any Scottish Parliament. We don’t need it, can’t afford it and it’s full of idiots.
    p.s. For someone who has no idea who I am (see: earlier correspondence), you seem to be quick to hang on my every word.
    Thanks, I’m flattered.
    I know I can count on your vote. 🙂

  • Colin Hunter

    • May 4th, 2011 15:02

    I know that you’re the UKIP List candidate because that’s how you signed your name, but that’s about it. I certainly don’t “Hang on your every word” as you say, and if you are flattered, there’s only one person doing the flattering and it aint me! As for counting on my vote, I think you can whistle for that one seeing as we seem to be diametrically opposed on the question of a Scottish Parliament. I will admit that I did consider a UKIP vote at one point during the last General Election because I actually agree that the UK as a whole should pull out of the EU and it’s gravy train of a Parliament which seems to be little more than a haven for failed UK politicians such as the Kinnocks. I do not, however, agree that we don’t need a Scottish Parliament because at least they are answerable to the populace at election time, unlike all the Quangos which have been foisted upon us over the years. Would you really plunge us back into the dark days of the “Scottish Office” who were little more than puppets dancing to whichever tune was flavour of the month in London? I hope not!

  • Robert Smith

    • May 4th, 2011 19:16

    I’d much rather be a “puppet” of Westminster than a mini puppet of Brussels. At least we have a chance to vote in a general election.
    To be the lap dog of an utterly corrupt regime like the EU is pitiful in the extreme.
    The Scottish Parliament is just an unbelievably expensive rubber stamping excercise for their masters in Europe.
    Why do we need another hive of useless bureaucrats?

  • Leslie Burgher

    • May 5th, 2011 10:14

    Er…except that the building pictured was built well before devolution under the previous Tory administration.

  • Chris Ash

    • May 5th, 2011 10:41

    Robert Smith

    I agree with every word you say – thank goodness someone is prepared to say the Emperor is not wearing any clothes.

    The regional assemblies inflicted upon us by Mr Blair are simply expensive talking shops – utterly pointless in every way.

    And the sooner the UK gets out of the EU, the better. Time we looked to strengthen the bonds with our traditional allies – USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – nations who have always stood by us, who share our language and (to a large extent) our culture.

    The EU is nothing less than a cesspit of corruption and decadence, a vast social engineering project and inefficient gravy train largely funded by the British tax payer at a time when our ‘leaders’ claim we can’t afford to retain our aircraft carriers.

  • James Stewart

    • May 5th, 2011 12:16

    UKIP has some good things to say about cutting waste and individual responsibility. Unfortunately, UKIP also supports such absolute nonsense as homeopathy. How can anyone take them seriously?

  • Robert Smith

    • May 5th, 2011 14:13

    That’s just not true James.

  • Danny Mc Neill

    • May 5th, 2011 17:20

    From the UKIP document on health found at http://www.ukip.org/media/policies/UKIPhealth.pdf

    “3.12 UKIP will support homeopathy through the NHS; and seek simple but effective
    regulation of psychotherapy and related counseling services.”

    Mr Smith, it does not surprise me that you are ignorant of your own party’s policies – just mildly amused.

  • Robert Smith

    • May 5th, 2011 19:09

    Yes leslie it was originally the Scottish Office. Surely this edifice could have housed our little parliament and all the administration required for this small nation.
    Where was the need to spend another £400 million on another ugly building?
    And god knows how much on all the other temples of stupidity…

  • Robert Smith

    • May 6th, 2011 9:16

    Yes Danny, when I joined UKIP last year there were many policies I openly disagreed with.
    I misseed that one.
    UKIP’s general direction fitted my ideals more than any other party.
    Nothing’s changed.


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