Monday, 29 September 2014
Apologies for not posting last week but a wee retina problem caused me to take the sensible decision of reducing time on the Mac. Hopefully it will be sorted after a visit to the eye clinic in Ninewells later today.
Even if you’re not fan of golf, surely all Scots must have felt insulted when Alex Salmond was loudly booed while being introduced at the Ryder Cup presentation ceremony. He was present in his capacity of First Minister of Scotland, to present the trophy to the winner’s captain - GB won if you haven’t been following it. I had no choice but hear it in every corner of a house full of ardent golf lovers. Praise to the Sky camera crews though because they swiftly moved their cameras from the clowns to a part of the crowd where saltires were waving madly.
There’s an old saying ‘Once is chance, twice is coincidence but three times is enemy action’. David Cameron has lost another of his party to UKIP. Two in a week coincidence? I suggest it’s bordering on enemy action. He’s not a happy man. The Tory and Labour party infighting is becoming serious as less time is spent on running the UK. My suggestion to him is to buckle down and stick to the schedule for more powers for Scotland; promised pre-election by Gordon Brown on behalf of Westminster MPs. The Scots are watching. Carefully.
Last week I said a little prayer when I heard the UK has entered into battle once again. The prayer was a thank you because, earlier this month, my close family member became a civilian. After 17 years, much of which spent in ‘worry’ mode, it’s a relief to be free. That doesn’t mean I have no empathy for the parents and close family of those troops who will be involved directly with this new war. I do. Yesterday I listened very carefully to various opinions and the same old phrases were churned out - ‘We must protect Britain', ‘We must help the US', ‘We must help the civilians’ etc. Then last night on Sky News there are images of bombs being dropped on civilians according to the report.
The UK and US were instrumental in encouraging this very serious situation in the middle east, but they still want to provide more arms to the Iraqi army which, we were told some years ago, was now a powerful fighting force trained by America and Britain. It would seem courage and discipline can’t be taught.
Where are we going in this? Who knows. There’s talk of our involvement being long term; ten years or more. If politicians are saying ten years were can triple that then add some. Without doubt there will be more British casualties as our forces are not equipped for more front line duties.
If politicians want ‘to protect Britain’ there are solutions much closer to home. We know what they are, the politicians know what they are, but they refuse to introduce stricter policies in case they offend our minority communities. Perhaps it’s time these minority communities spoke out and said stricter measures were absolutely necessary. All I hear is silence.