May’s Cabinet looking good as it emerges

[Updated below 14th July] Prime Minister Theresa May has started as she clearly means to go on:

  • laying out the priorities for her administration – putting at the forefront of policy-making social justice and the needs of those ‘who are just about managing’, speaking directly to them as ‘you’ – promising to ‘give you more control of your lives’;
  • being unequivocally upfront about her determination to keep the British union together, offering for the first time a Westminster politician [and the most powerful one] who will clearly fight to do just that;
  • creating a cabinet team very much her own, a fair, strategic and imaginative balance of Remainers and Brexiteers, well fitted for the responsibilities which she has asked them to take on.

Chancellor:  May apparently told George Osborne straight up that she did not want him in her government and made Philip Hammond Chancellor, a Remainer and respected by the Treasury.

Foreign Secretary: She then made key Brexiteer Boris Johnson Foreign Secretary – a surprise, imaginative and typically fair choice, recovering a career that had seemed destroyed by the scheming Michael Gove on manoeuvres. Johnson is essentially urbane and a linguist – speaking Russian as well as French – each likely to prove of seminal value to Britain in the years to come in this post.

Home Office: Another good appointment in Amber Rudd – a Remainer made to Mrs May’s own template – ferociously well informed, serious, hard working and unlikely to back away or down on tough issues.

Defence: Michael Fallon, a Remainer, kept in position – calm, steady and doesn’t frighten the horses – or the riders – an important characteristic at defence.

International Trade: Liam Fox, trusted by May and a Brexiteer, is a safe but not energising choice in a key post for post-Brexit Britain – a new Ministry signalling commitment to looking outward.

Brexit Secretary: An inspired choice in the very able David Davis, a Brexiteer whose abilities have never really been put to good use in office. David Davis should very capably lead the Brexit negotiations with the EU – and May’s ‘appointments on merit’ stance holds up here since she has had run ins with Davis but has put his capability first.

More appointments will be made known tomorrow morning.

Update 14th July: After last night’s appointments, the logic dictated the Michael Gove would be out. Theresa May is clearly not only selecting on ability and putting the right talents in the right places but is building a cabinet team where internal trust is vital.

With George Osborne given the bullet and with three eminent Brexiteers in critical frontline jobs, it seemed certain that there would be no room for Gove in the team – and this has been shown to be the case.

Cameron’s replacement of Gove at Education, Nicky Morgan, has also gone – again on merit as a politician with more mouth than reason and with overweeningly unrealistic ambitions. Morgan had been in Education for minutes before she was touting herself as a contender for party leadership and the occupancy of Number 10.

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  • Well done the English. A strong message from the Brexit vote seems to have brought about a change in the government’s priorities, that’s if she backs up her words.
    Of course, she will be aware of the Corbyn steam roller as he skittles the PLP, I suppose that made a difference as well.

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    Murdoch MacKenzie July 13, 2016 9:56 pm Reply
  • Looking good !!!
    U.K. Was a laughing stock before this but Johnson appointment makes it just look hysterical.
    If you get a chance on Facebook,have a look at the US secretary of States Spokesman pissing himself as he breaks the Johnson news.

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    A.Salmon July 13, 2016 10:18 pm Reply
  • You can add German tv news too. Presenters laughing their heads off!!

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    A.Salmon July 13, 2016 10:45 pm Reply
  • What a speech. Notice her rock solid commitment to the United Kingdom.

    I’m quite amazed at just how many people are admitting that we probably couldn’t have hoped for a better Prime Minister in Theresa May. Let’s hope she can deliver for us all.

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    JB July 13, 2016 11:19 pm Reply
    • Kings,you’ve got me laughing too!

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      A.Salmon July 13, 2016 11:23 pm Reply
    • Yes, let’s hope she can make a difference, but don’t be too quick with words of praise. I remember people saying how statesmanlike Blair was as he led the country into an illegal war.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie July 14, 2016 10:33 am Reply
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    Conservative leadership candidate, Andrew Leadsom, has quit the final contest to become party leader and next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, saying that she does not believe she has enough support to win and that a nine week leadership contest at this stage is not good for the country.
    She has endorsed the candidacy of Home Secretary Theresa May the sole remaining candidate who has very substantially led the contest from the outset.
    This situation is of benefit to Britain, with the country adrift of leadership since the Brexit decision and set for a prolonged drift at the very time when focused, purposeful, knowledgeable and strategic leadership is most necessary.
    Mrs May is now expected to be declared Prime Minister in the near future

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    Well,that’s it then!
    Indi Ref 2 is on its way!
    Cruella will not be stealing our puppies.
    Ps. What a mess Ukok is in!!
    Time to wave goodbye.
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    A.SALMONJuly 11, 2016 3:14 pmReply
    And how are you going to occupy yourself on Ailsa Craig?
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    ROBERT WAKEHAMJuly 12, 2016 3:54 pmReply
    Andrew ? a typo or another runner ?
    “Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it.”
    now comes the positive rebound…1c up in a day, no doubt this will be extenuated shortly by Cameron handing over power ASAP… a bit of positivity works wonders…the media ( demi-gods of misinformation, spin and manipulation) should heed this fact and stop selling the “fear” game and embrace the challenges and rewards of change.
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    KARL HUGHESJuly 11, 2016 3:30 pmReply
    Latest financial news- Sterling is more unstable than Bitcoin!!!
    What a mess they made and then ran off!
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    A.SALMONJuly 11, 2016 3:35 pmReply
    Please AS continue to share more of your fantasies, they do nothing but amuse.
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    KARL HUGHESJuly 11, 2016 3:43 pmReply
    Source – The Independent today! Google and see.
    Embarrassing for the Westminster lemmings,but true never the less!
    The jokes on you,Karl!!
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    A.SALMONJuly 11, 2016 4:30 pmReply
    IndyRef2 – not a chance. If you can’t see why, you’ll never see.
    Sturgeon is backed into a corner here – with no way to independence to be seen.
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    JBJuly 11, 2016 7:11 pmReply
    The pound rallies on good news : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36772309
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    MALCOLM KIRKJuly 12, 2016 3:50 pmReply
    Siemens now saying they will not be leaving the UK despite previously claiming they would leave when we left the EU.
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    LUNDAVRAJuly 12, 2016 4:37 pmReply
    The pound is rallying at present because the markets are hedging short on Carney and Co dropping the interest rate to 0% .when that happens the pound will tank again ,probably to 1.18 USD.
    The pound will soon be a toxic currency.
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    A.SALMONJuly 12, 2016 4:44 pmReply
    Such an odd person – talking down your own country.
    Have more faith in your fellow countrymen and women. The only toxic currency is the Euro right now – but leaders are doing their damnedest to cover it up lest the whole eurozone collapse financially.
    I might sound a wee bit like our Murdoch but given the HSBC scenario reported in the press today along with some snippet from wikileaks, there’s a lot of backdoor dealing doing on to prop up the Eurozone.
    It’ll all come out in the wash – and the UK will look like a safe haven.
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    JBJuly 12, 2016 10:28 pmReply
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36770311
    This is the next big problem, it has been ignored by Junker up till know and could be his downfall.
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    RICHARDJuly 13, 2016 6:46 amReply
    Is that a fact or did you hear it on the BBC?
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    A.SALMONJuly 13, 2016 7:33 am
    ” talking down MY country” I don’t think so JB.
    Westminster are hell bent on destroying YOUR country!
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    A.SALMONJuly 13, 2016 8:10 amReply
    The Union is in tatters,latest polls show over 58% set to vote for Scottish Independence.
    Can you blame folks for wanting out. Just look at the balloons in Westminster for clarity.
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    A.SALMONJuly 12, 2016 4:41 pmReply
    AS
    And as you so presciently stated here a few days ago ‘ Nicola Sturgeon can’t get us out now,she never will’ . Yet still NO move to Indy Re2f(2). Instead she is off to London for a breakfast chat with Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England. Maybe she is asking him for some tips how to set up Scotland’s Reserve Bank in order that it can apply for EU membership after Brexit becomes a tangible reality in what .. maybe 4 yrs possibly 8 yrs time?.
    She is also meeting the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, but it is not clear if that will be about Celtic’s recent failure
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    SCOTNATJuly 13, 2016 8:45 amReply
    Very wishful thinking on your part. 20% rise in food coming on stream shortly.
    I think you better think?
    Ps. Sturgeon will,due to Scottish public demand,press the button for Indi Ref 2.
    When Brexit starts to hit people hard in the pocket,which it will do,watch the demand for Indi grow. Heavens,I know you’ll be one of them.Wecome.
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    A.SALMONJuly 13, 2016 10:25 amReply
    Sturgeon only has one agenda and it dos not include strong leadership, it’s all about her and Independence at any cost.
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    RICHARDJuly 13, 2016 11:16 amReply
    I like Stugeon. Bright,articulate young woman. A credit to her Country.
    I admit,she isn’t in the same league as our “Masters,Overlords,betters,” darn Sarf. They are dim,ignorant and quite blatantly useless.
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    A.SALMONJuly 13, 2016 11:35 amReply
    Nicola Sturgeon is so’bright’ as A.Salmon states that it hasn’t sunk in yet that it was the UK that voted in the Referendum, not Scotland alone, which is part of the UK. She would be better spending her time trying to fix all that’s gone wrong in Scotland and less time trotting here & there trying to look as if she is achieving something!
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    ‘FELICITY’July 13, 2016 1:58 pmReply
    Happy hour?
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    A.SALMONJuly 13, 2016 2:41 pmReply
    Calm down, dears! Yeah, know that’s a red rag to a bull as I’ve had it said to me! What I meant was (I’m not a Tory), let’s just calm down and let TM get her act together – she has to do it quickly because a limbo of strong Westminster control of Westminster and Brexit will result in even more chaos. The woman has a huge and very scary task (and I hope she doesn’t follow Thatcher) to attempt to heal the vast divisiveness not only Indyref brought about but also Brexit.
    At the end of the day, UK is the EU member. TM has to put together a plan for Brexit based on getting the best deal for all the constituent parts and, whilst negotiations between those parts have to be established, blatant nationalism from any nation needs to be held in check so a coherent and potentially much stronger position for terms for EU exit are put forward. That does not preclude beneficial EU for Scotland but we have to have our own (uk) house in order first.
    My Dad, a dedicated Scot, died ten years ago at 97, no dementia. He was 8 when ww1 broke out and too old when ww2 broke out but was amongst many builders who were down in London during the Blitz keeping essential railway lines open. Everyone worked together then to avoid defeat – Brexit is a decision by the UK populace and we should work together to get the best possible deal

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    Jade July 13, 2016 11:56 pm Reply
  • It is inconceivable that Scotland won’t be an Independent Country in the very near future.
    This Right wing Junta is a bridge too far for the Scots.

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    A.Salmon July 14, 2016 8:11 am Reply
    • 2 democratically elected “Junta”s in the same democratically agreed Union …they will get along famously AS … 🙂 lol

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      Karl Hughes July 14, 2016 8:45 am Reply
      • Who elected Cruela De Vil or T2 as she’s now known as!

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        A.Salmon July 14, 2016 3:21 pm Reply
  • Boris might be ‘essentially urbane’ but I think – based on his behaviour while London Mayor – that, behind the urbanity and contrived bonhomie, he’s as bent as a paperclip.

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    Robert Wakeham July 14, 2016 9:34 am Reply
    • He did pretty well as mayor. I remember one of the Scottish tabloids tried muckraking after someone had a Scottish banknote refused on the Tube during the Olympics. Boris could have ignored it as they were not obliged to accept them but by lunchtime the message had gone out to the whole of TfL to accept them.

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      Lundavra July 14, 2016 9:37 pm Reply
  • 9.30 am – Dear Robert W. – have just had to watch your favourite media source – the Biased Broadcasting Corporation- and their political correspondent Norman Smith standing outside No 10, criticising, mocking and denigrating our new Foreign Secretary. They couldn’t even wait 24 hours before sticking the knife in. Absolutely disgraceful, but no doubt you will approve. But now the BBC have proclaimed their policy on how they will be reporting on the new government we know not to trust a word they say. By the way, watch out for the new sharpened knife fronting the BBCs political comments – Laura Kuenssberg.

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    Malcolm Kirk July 14, 2016 9:44 am Reply
    • ‘Absolutely disgraceful’ would be a fair description of Boris’s modus operandi – and try not to let your political leanings get in the way of sober assessment of people’s characters.

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      Robert Wakeham July 14, 2016 10:18 am Reply
      • At long last I think you appear to have a sense of humour Robert !

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        Malcolm Kirk July 14, 2016 10:35 am Reply
    • Well, there you go. If the BBC hate Boris he must be doing something good for Britain.
      For me it’s a case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”, and I see the BBC as my worst enemy.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie July 14, 2016 10:24 am Reply
      • There’s another old adage – ‘keep your friends close and your enemies even closer’ – and I wonder if this was in TM’s mind when she threw the dog a big bone?

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        Robert Wakeham July 14, 2016 10:35 am Reply
        • That may indeed be her reasoning, albeit a bit of a gamble. For all his faults he commands a huge following.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie July 14, 2016 11:26 am Reply
          • The same sort of following as ‘Top Gear’, for similar reasons.

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            Robert Wakeham July 14, 2016 11:32 am
    • Boris Johnson is a Racist imbecile.
      Any defence of him should be widely scrutinised

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      A.Salmon July 14, 2016 7:06 pm Reply
  • Robert do extroverts make you feel small and inferior. They are wonderful – they do and say things that few of us have the humour and ability to do without giving offence to the majority – unfortunately there is always a small majority who complain about everything outside their own sphere and abilities. The stupid BBC didn’t realise that when they dropped the original Top Gear team. If Clarkson had stood for parliament he would have received a fair few votes no doubt.

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    Malcolm Kirk July 14, 2016 11:53 am Reply
    • Clarkson? Please don’t be giving them ideas. He was one of Cameron’s neighbours in the Chipping Norton Set.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie July 14, 2016 12:39 pm Reply
  • Sadly her use of the word “lives” was the give away; she was talking to a class of people but pretending to address them as individuals. Maybe it was a genuine slip, but I think she was on about the Lumpen proletariat.

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    Kevin Byrne July 14, 2016 2:59 pm Reply
  • There is very little doubt that, as a Scot, the worst and most embarrassing moment of the week was when that SNP spokesman at Westminster – Angus Robertson – could not join with everyone else in saying something decent and respectful to Mr Cameron on his departure. Even Jeremy Corbyn joined in the moments pleasantries. Robertson showed lack of respect, lack of intelligence, lack of education, lack of integrity, and he is meant to be one of the best of them. Doesn’t say much for the rest but, of course, we knew that.

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    Malcolm Kirk July 14, 2016 5:37 pm Reply
    • For once I agree with you, Malcolm – this must surely have been a cringe moment for anyone who’d like to think of Scotland as a civilised country rather than home to a bunch of thugs painted with woad.

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      Robert Wakeham July 14, 2016 6:01 pm Reply
      • Hillsborough,Chilcot,expenses scandal at the “Quaint Hooses of Parliament ”
        I don’t think the Scottish politicians like their style.
        The colonial days are over!

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        A.Salmon July 14, 2016 6:52 pm Reply
  • There is little doubt that if Indy2 was left up to the rest of the UK, without a vote here in Scotland, we would be out within 24 hours. It is seen abroad that all Scots are moaning, whining, alcoholic, aggressive, mentally challenged, walking inferiority complexes, as defined daily by the SNP. I object to that image of our country being projected and trust that many others on these pages do so as well..

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    Malcolm Kirk July 14, 2016 6:28 pm Reply
    • Well done,you just described the England Football fans.
      Scots are welcome anywhere.
      Boris is welcome nowhere!
      Ps. You’re losing it!?

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      A.Salmon July 14, 2016 6:48 pm Reply
  • As a proud Scot, like many people, I was appalled & embarrassed by Angus Roberston’s totally inappropriate behaviour towards David Cameron at Westminster yesterday. But then would we expect anything else from many of our SNP politicians?

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    'Felicity' July 14, 2016 8:42 pm Reply
    • I sometimes despair.
      I dispair for you now however I still believe we can be friends.

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      A.Salmon July 14, 2016 11:08 pm Reply
    • If the BBC ever want to revive the Rev. I. M. Jolly then Anus Robertson would be the ideal person to play the part. I don’t think I have ever seen a more po-faced MP and despair every time he gets up at PMQs.

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      Lundavra July 15, 2016 10:58 am Reply
      • 🙂

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        JB July 15, 2016 10:32 pm Reply
  • felicity and kirk — how easy you are too cringe on behalf of Scots — well pretendy ones that you are.

    You never cringed once about the hordes of immigrants etc.

    You guys are odious. Get back to your sewer.

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    No Cheese Here July 14, 2016 10:56 pm Reply
    • NHC…can you not post one comment without a racist undercurrent… you are the epitomy of racist based ignorance , of bile and bovinae excreta that the SNP would do well,all Scots, nae all humanity would do well, to whipe off ones boots and bury deep.

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      Karl Hughes July 15, 2016 9:43 am Reply
      • Iraqi Karl –its NCH — you have been told before but you obviously have issues. As for your diatribe your comments against Scots and other nations have been there for all to see. Are only folk from South of Hadrians allowed an opinion? This so called For Argyll blog is one of the most anti Scots blogs on the web. I mainly come on since I live in Argyll and despite any political vote wont pack my case and head from my country. Unlike many above. Of course the usual suspects don’t think of Scotland as a country. Good to see you pick out the Scots as being part of humanity. There may be hope for you after all. As for lundarva, dick & felicity it is too late for the brexiters.

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        No Cheese Here July 15, 2016 1:31 pm Reply
        • For NCH – Your comments that ‘For Argyll’ is an anti Scots blog is total nonsense, just because people, including myself don’t agree with many of the ill thought out policies of the SNP government, has nothing whatsover to do with whether one is proud to be a Scot or have a love of Scotland. I was born and have lived most of my life in Scotland, but just because I don’t support the SNP doesn’t make me a bad person!

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          'Felicity' July 15, 2016 5:11 pm Reply
  • Before I go to bed,with more stupid violence on the TV,is m.kirk real or a hologram ,produced by Foreign Argyll to get more HITS?
    Enough stupidity please!

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    A.Salmon July 14, 2016 11:13 pm Reply
  • AS. as you produce more stupidity on here than anyone else, I implore you to take your own advice.

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    Sauce for the Goose July 15, 2016 9:04 am Reply
  • ” his German counterpart said his decision to play cricket the weekend after the Brexit referendum was ‘outrageous'” Go for it Boris – break the mould.
    More good news this morning ” Germany backs EU access for the city – their Finance Minister said that demands for British financial services to have access to the EU single market were ‘reasonable’.

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    Malcolm Kirk July 15, 2016 11:50 am Reply
    • Germany has plenty of problems of it’s own so I suggest they keep their thoughts to themselves, perhaps if Mrs M had taken a more realistic stance over migrants the UK would have voted to stay, now we see France and Germany strengthening their border control after Nice.

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      Richard July 15, 2016 1:11 pm Reply
      • Richard, why would strengthening the borders make one iota of difference to the terrorist acts taking place throughout Europe (?) and I hasten to add the UK too…this is media BS… the terrorists are home grown, most likely second or third generation citizens… the majority of those who chose to vote out based on the “migration” issue base their choice on internal “Freedom of Movement” of existing EU citizens… and has nothing to do with Middle Eastern/North African or Asian economic migrants or refugees.

        However, a few years down the line…the socio-economics relationship with the opening of the doors to overseas economic migrants only for them to enter a Europe already struggling to provide social care and welfare, education and medical care to its existing citizens…means they will end up in more ghettos and become more disenfranchised with the “welcoming country”, which in time will cause a new wave of home grown terrorism…….. the psychopath, disenfranchised, will always attach their actions to some cause or other…be that religion or whatever…

        “While we continue to quench our thirst for oil and wealth by dealing with medieval secular nations (Saudi), while we continue to foster socio-economic disaster in our home nations by feeding even greater disparage between the haves and have not’s , while we continue to portray hope to the hopeless where only ghettos and no hope exist, while we continue to have a liberal approach to doctrines that grow in the dark recesses of the humanities soul, we will continue to destroy innocence.”

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        Karl Hughes July 15, 2016 2:21 pm Reply
      • I think you will find that the murderer was a French National.
        Maybe wise for the SG to have border controls in Cambeltown,for the sole purpose of keeping you in!

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        A.Salmon July 15, 2016 2:33 pm Reply
  • SHOULD HAVE READ “NON-SECULAR NATION”…ABOUT TIME THIS BLOG EMBRACED 21ST CENTURY it AND HAD AN EDIT FUNCTION

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    Karl Hughes July 15, 2016 2:24 pm Reply
    • A poor tradesman blames his tools.
      It is feasible to assume that you are a poor tradesman.

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      A.Salmon July 15, 2016 2:30 pm Reply
      • An honest man acknowledges his mistakes 😉
        A progressive man embraces change… 😉

        How’s that wee tartan gecko ? 🙂

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        Karl Hughes July 15, 2016 2:57 pm Reply
  • Remember Thatcher’s Francis of Assissi speech. Harmony where there is discord and all that bull. Look how that turned out. No doubt we’ll come to hate May every bit as much as Thatcher. Same kind, even more right wing policies and someone we didn’t vote for.

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    Willie July 15, 2016 5:14 pm Reply
    • LOL… History is a cruel judge eh Willie… cast your mind back matey to 79 the SNP 11 are and remain the original ‘Tartan Tories’… far more Tory than the blues we have now Willie.

      Try to remember the original “Tartan Tories” were the 11 SNP Members of the Westminster Parliament who in 1979 did a deal with the then leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, Margaret Thatcher, and offered to vote with her Conservative and Unionist Party to bring down the then Labour government of James Callaghan in a vote of no confidence.

      You frequently remind us of the 18 years of Thatcherite “Tory rule” … but seem to have forgotten that it was the SNP who delivered it by walking into the same Division Lobby as Mrs Thatcher and her party.

      The vote was won by Mrs Thatcher and her lap dog Tartan Tories by 311 votes to 310. Callaghan rightly called the SNP “the turkeys who voted for Christmas”. Their names? Douglas Crawford, Margaret Ewing, Winnie Ewing, Douglas Henderson, Iain MacCormick, George Reid, Donald Stewart, George Thompson, Hamish Watt, Andrew Welsh and Gordon Wilson. Scottish patriots to a man and woman, eh? stuffed a lot of English, Welsh and N.Ireland poor working class in the process too didnt they…. ?

      And drove many in Scotland who, during those 18 years, lost their job to redundancy and eventually moved to south for work.

      Note that those of the 11 still alive are now the “elder statesmen and women” of the SNP. How they and you have the brass neck to claim to speak for Scotland astounds me. But then some politicians and the ill informed will say and do anything for power, and the Scots are no different. They were Tartan Tories then and despite all their appeals to create a fairer Scotland, Tartan Tories they remain to this day.

      Let’s all work together to create a fairer Scotland, but be wary of the SNP: they have real form on betraying the people of Scotland and the rest of the UK… the problem is they and you just prefer not to be reminded of it.

      I would rather have 400 of the Tories we have now than 1 of SNP or the Tories we had then.

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      Karl Hughes July 15, 2016 5:33 pm Reply
      • Iraqi karl

        britnat tory

        Whats new.

        I am all for ruk to leave the EU. Democrat. RUK’S refuse Scotland remaining in EU.

        Whose the democrat. The First Minister will put Scotland first. May puts the tories first, then Westminster….

        She has no mandate.

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        No Cheese Here July 15, 2016 6:32 pm Reply
  • The fact of the matter is that people will never be ‘equal’ because people are different and therefore a country for ‘everyone’ is impossible. I was sorry to hear our new Prime Minister implying she could create one. Chairman Mao and others have tried it. Just look at the state of Venezuela under its present socialist leadership – broke and on its knees – much admired by Corbyn incidentally. Look at his followers who have been totally exposed recently for what they are – severe left wing socialist extremists, including three major Unions. Look at the following the SNP has as demonstrated clearly on these pages and I believe they may represent the milder SNP followers. These people can’t be mollified. They will never agree with the majority and forever cause trouble for any and every UK government. The present Westminster Government must therefore do its best for all, and for those who don’t want to benefit – don’t.

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    Malcolm Kirk July 15, 2016 6:17 pm Reply
    • I don’t think that the idea of ‘a country for everyone’ means everyone would be equal but it does mean that everyone should have the right to be equal.
      A country most certainly should be for everyone, and if you have a problem with that you’d surely be happier living in an authoritarian regime, of whatever political persuasion that you prefer and with a government controlled media that didn’t enrage you by posing alternative points points of view.
      You’re too late to luxuriate in Pinochet’s Chile, but you never know, if the Republicans under Trump get to rule America I’d assume emigration might prove attractive.

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      Robert Wakeham July 15, 2016 7:46 pm Reply
      • Agree Robert – everyone should have the right to be equal no matter their background or education. All I was saying was that there are those who will never be satisfied, and worse, they will always be trying to destroy what is acceptable and beneficial to the majority. How you came up with all the rest is beyond me but I have to admit I have never quite understood how a Liberal’s minds work.

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        Malcolm Kirk July 15, 2016 9:00 pm Reply
    • You write like a Right wing Zealot.
      That’s nice

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      A.Salmon July 15, 2016 8:30 pm Reply
  • You write like an idiot!

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    Sauce for the Goose July 16, 2016 8:56 am Reply
    • That’s your argument?

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      A.Salmon July 19, 2016 2:44 pm Reply
  • Hardly an argument – just an observation.

    At this moment in time I see that I have 6 thumbs up and you have one thumb down.

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    Sauce for the Goose July 20, 2016 8:53 am Reply
    • I don’t engage in the childish thumbs nonsense.
      You just show yourself to be a T!T.

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      A.Salmon July 20, 2016 12:33 pm Reply

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