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Charles Bannerman

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I am getting so fed up of this "Will they stay or will they go? Mibbiz aye, mibbiz naw" saga constantly in my face in the media.

The UK has rules for people being allowed to stay here and the Brains have not met the criteria. They should presumably realise this, because back home in Australia they have pretty tough rules about letting people in there.

What is becoming especially tedious is the manner in which their cheerleaders are constantly trying to cry "foul" on everything from the implementation of the rules through - incredibly - to the complete irrelevance of the little boy attending a Gaelic Medium school! If in addition to wanting to stay here these people also want to go what they IMAGINE to be native, that has nothing whatsoever to do with the case in point.

I assume, however, that the Brains are fully aware that the ONLY reason they are getting the profile that they are is that they are cynically being used by the SNP as a vehicle for yet another anti-Westminster grievance-mongering exercise. Chief orchestrator and principal cheerleader is their local SNP Member Of The 56, 55, 54 Ian Blackford whose current mission in life is to spout off to the media every time somebody at the Home Office passes wind. What we are constantly seeing in front of us isn't remotely any expression of sympathy of solidarity with the family but simply the SNP's latest opportunist publicity stunt to stir up discontent.

Ian Blackford could perhaps instead have responded in a civilised manner with respect to his former political opponent the late Charles Kennedy towards whom his behaviour was a disgrace.

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One can't help but laugh at the irony of the SNP attempting yet again to adopt the moral high ground on this one.  This is the party which is apparently so outraged at Scotland being taken out of the EU.  Yet it is the EU's internal freedom of movement policy which is the reason for the immigration rules relating to non EU citizens which they are so vociferously trying to undermine.

Whether or not the SNP thinks the currently legislation is right or not, as the elected Government of Scotland they have a responsibility to uphold and support the due process of the law.  By doing the exact opposite and acting as a pressure group on this issue, the SNP are demonstrating yet again that they are not fit to govern.

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35 minutes ago, DoofersDad said:

as the elected Government of Scotland.

Now there's another issue. Once the SNP ceases to have the mandate to exercise the devolved powers, can we please get back to calling this institution The Scottish Executive again? Having to distinguish between the two by calling the real one The UK Government is confusing, inefficient and unnecessary. It Is quite straightforwardly "The Government", which has handed down responsibility for some local powers (none of them relating to theConstitution but many of them in Scotland neglected and mismamaged) to regional assemblies.

But yes, the Brains - now complete with photo alongside Wee Nicola - are simply a vehicle for the latest item of SNP hypocrisy. Once again the SNP make you feel embarrassed to admit that you are Scottish.

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20 hours ago, Charles Bannerman said:

Now there's another issue. Once the SNP ceases to have the mandate to exercise the devolved powers, can we please get back to calling this institution The Scottish Executive again? Having to distinguish between the two by calling the real one The UK Government is confusing, inefficient and unnecessary. It Is quite straightforwardly "The Government", which has handed down responsibility for some local powers (none of them relating to theConstitution but many of them in Scotland neglected and mismamaged) to regional assemblies.

But yes, the Brains - now complete with photo alongside Wee Nicola - are simply a vehicle for the latest item of SNP hypocrisy. Once again the SNP make you feel embarrassed to admit that you are Scottish.

I remember when the Nationalists won power in 2007, they changed the name to the 'Scottish Government'.  Did they legally change the name or is it still officially the 'Scottish Executive'?

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The SNP changed the name as a re-branding exercise in 2007 and did so without consultation.  No doubt this reflected Salmond's megalomania and was politically motivated as the term "Scottish Government" makes it sound as if Scotland is an independent country.  However, having said that, the change does make sense as polls at the time demonstrated that people didn't really understand what the term "Scottish Executive" meant.  In fact, the previous Labour / Lib Dem coalition had already been using the term informally and the Tories said that as the role of the Executive was to govern, calling it a Government made sense.  "Scottish Executive" was the correct legal title until 2012 when it was changed to "Scottish Government" in the 2012 Scotland Act.  

In the context of the thread subject, perhaps the SNP should change it again to "Scottish Executive Pressure Group".  Should the Scottish Government enforce and support the rule of Government or should it behave like a pressure group?  I think one could describe that question as a "no Brainer".

 

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34 minutes ago, DoofersDad said:

 

In the context of the thread subject, perhaps the SNP should change it again to "Scottish Executive Pressure Group".  Should the Scottish Government enforce and support the rule of Government or should it behave like a pressure group?  I think one could describe that question as a "no Brainer".

 

Good idea. After all, the SNP itself isn't a proper political party - merely a single issue pressure group. It only has one policy and all other aspects of life on which it claims to express a view aren't policies - the products of a political philosophy - but rather dogmatic stances determined solely by what they think they need to claim to believe to help them realise their one and only policy.

For instance the only reason for their claimed support of the less well off is to buy the votes of the nation's disadvantaged and less politically aware at a time when Labour is totally dysfunctional.

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