O’Hara has fun making mischief over Scottish Labour majority support for binning Trident

Argyll & Bute’s MP, Brendan O’Hara, is making hay while the sun highlights Scottish Labour’s divisions over the conference decision to oppose the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent.

Addressing the monthly Constituency Association meeting of Argyll & Bute SNP, Mr O’Hara welcomed Labour’s U-turn on Trident renewal and said he looked forward to working with his Labour counterpart in Helensburgh, Jackie Baillie MSP, in the fight to stop the UK government spending £167 billion on new weapons of mass destruction.

Jackie Baillie is not, of course, Mr O’Hara’s ‘counterpart’ in Helensburgh. While he is MP for Argyll & Bute, she is MSP for Dunbartonshire, which includes the Helensburgh and Lomond ward of Argyll and Bute Council.

More importantly, Jackie Baillie is highly unlikely to be working with Helensburgh resident, Brendan O’Hara, on a campaign to halt the Trident renewal programme – because, as Mr O’Hara knows well, she is the major dissident from her party’s decision to voice their majority opposition to the weapons system.

Arguably the most capable of Scottish Labour’s Holyrood component, including its sixth form debate Leader, Kezia Dugdale, and with a spectrum of senior responsibilities on Labour front bench in her CV, Jackie Baillie alone is a formidable opposing voice to the party’s ‘indulgence’ over the Trident issue it cannot influence.

Mr O’ Hara says: ‘Labour’s decision to support our position of cancelling the renewal of the Trident missile system at a cost of £176,000,000,000 is very welcome and despite our long-standing and continuing political differences I look forward to campaigning with Jackie Baillie against this obscene waste of money’.

As MSP for the area that includes HMNB Clyde at Faslane and Coulport and for their hinterland where so many local jobs are either at or in the supply chain for the base, Ms Baillie is naturally campaigning against any threat to the Trident renewal in order to ensure the security of all of those jobs; and to shield the local economy.

Politicians have to have fun and at least this piece of mischief has a lighter touch than the usual tedious whinge.

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  • 519 jobs are directly involved in Nuclear activities ! Not the 457,873,234 quoted and bloated by Baillie.
    By the way,most of these jobs are done by folks who do not stay in A&B!
    What sort of a person would vote to keep a weapon so destructive,it would end life on Planet earth,as we know it! It would have to be a perversion!!

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    Hugh Jazz November 5, 2015 7:50 pm Reply
    • Vladimir Putin. The religious nutter who runs Iran. Barack Obama, The Pakistanis, The Indians, The Chinese, The North Koreans, The Israelis. I’ve probably missed some out, but that’s a large proportion of the world population.

      Why do you think they have them?

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      Once-ler November 6, 2015 12:19 pm Reply
      • You do know you can get treatment for your condition!!

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        Hugh Jazz November 6, 2015 6:26 pm Reply
  • Nice one Brendan.

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    Keitho November 5, 2015 8:31 pm Reply
  • and then we allow nuclear reactors to sail up and down the Clyde and then deliberately sink them— Only to run aground or be caught by fishermen in the Western Isles!!! I mean what could go wrong!!

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    No Cheese Here November 5, 2015 11:39 pm Reply
  • does Baillie believe the Steel industry should close in order that her 13000 !!!! employees commuting from Portsmouth stay in post at the expense of the conventional naval, army and RAF forces!!

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    No Cheese Here November 5, 2015 11:43 pm Reply
  • “… a lighter touch than the usual tedious whinge.” Perhaps you should listen to yourself more often..?

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    Ian Sanderson November 6, 2015 12:33 am Reply
  • The usual ignorant nonsense peddled by those paid to respond only to certain topics on FA.

    A straight copy from Copy/Paste them SNP troll HQ….

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    JB November 6, 2015 7:05 am Reply
    • ‘paid to respond’ Seriously?

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      Viceroy Fluffy November 6, 2015 12:36 pm Reply
      • Is Carmichael still here?

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        Hugh Jazz November 6, 2015 9:36 pm Reply
        • Who will go first Machmaolain – Carmichael or Thomson?

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          John M November 6, 2015 9:54 pm Reply
          • I personally reckon Scotland will be going first.
            How does that work for you?

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            Hugh Jazz November 6, 2015 9:59 pm
          • Sounding feisty this evening Machmaolain :).

            I notice yourself and the other two stoogies are all out spouting the usual nonsense. Haven’t seen this type or level of trolling for a while, what’s rattled your cage?

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            John M November 6, 2015 10:05 pm
    • Troll alert JB has woken up……. Nope just realising his team will be humped next election.

      Poor Britnat troll

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      No Cheese Here November 6, 2015 2:22 pm Reply
    • Great!! Who do I send my invoice to?For Argyll!!?

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      Hugh Jazz November 6, 2015 4:45 pm Reply
  • Amid this great hilarity there is a very serious point; If the Uk decided not to go ahead with Trident replacement then a the Defence review Faslane will be in the frame to close as a conventional base. It’s well known in naval circles that there is push to reduce the naval bases to just two and I don’t think Portsmouth or Plymouth will be closing. In that case Trident and Faslane will be allowed to die a lingering death with around 500 souls left. That would be a huge drop in the number of folk working in the base , and those who don’t currently live in our communities will be lost to those of us serious about reversing depopulation.

    Ironic as it may seem to our Unionist friends who are against nuclear weapons the only guarantee for Faslane as a conventional base only is as an independent Scotland’s naval HQ; otherwise Mr Fallon will extract his revenge and send an economic excoset up the Clyde

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    Graeme McCormick November 6, 2015 4:35 pm Reply
    • This is straightforward nonsense.
      It is premised on the impossibiity that, without Trident, the UK would lose all interest in shaping an effective defence strategy – and that a developed submarine force would have no part in this in the absence of Trident – when the opposite is clearly the case and the Clyde the best location for a submarine base in the United Kingdom.

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      newsroom November 6, 2015 6:16 pm Reply
      • I strongly disagree! uKOK is a spent imperial force!!
        Time for uKOK to grow up and put away the toys,some of which have Jaggy edges!!

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        Hugh Jazz November 6, 2015 6:24 pm Reply
      • Effective defence strategy? Where? Army, conventional navy and RAF have been decimated. More p45’s are on the way. We need ships,to be sent from Portsmouth to deal with any incursion in our area, aircraft have been sent from Germany to deal likewise. We have a few folk with pips on their shoulder living near Faslane. The fast majority head to the South taking their spending with them. Jackie Baillie on the radio today. Good to see that she has now changed how many folk work at Faslane. Maybe she will join the Tories ranks! Lol

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        No Cheese Here November 6, 2015 8:45 pm Reply

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