Labour candidate for Argyll & Bute challenged by SNP candidate on Blair funding

Across Britain, in what are now known to have been 106 Labour target seats, the party’s candidates are coming under pressure from opponents to return the pocket money of £1000 which the former UK Prime Minister made Midas, Tony Blair, has donated to each of them.

Mr Blair’s attempt to buy [cheaply] widespread favour in the Labour ranks for his own reputational restitution has backfired on the unfortunate recipients of his non-largesse. £1000 is not un-useful but will make no measurable difference to the campaign success of any of the 106 areas to which it has been  distributed.

Argyll and Bute is one of the nationwide 106 Labour target seats and therefore one of those upon which Mr Blair has bestowed £1000.

Labour candidate, Mary Galbraith, has now, inevitably, been challenged by the SNP candidate for Argyll & Bute, STV television producer, Brendan O’Hara, to give back the tainted Blair money.

Speaking at a meeting of Helensburgh SNP on Thursday 5th March, Brendan O’Hara said: ‘Is the Labour Party’s campaign in Argyll & Bute so hard-up that they need to take the bad money offered by the discredited former Prime Minister Tony Blair? Let’s never forget it was Mr. Blair’s reckless misadventures in the Middle East when he took an unwilling country into an illegal war that cost the lives of almost 200 UK military personnel as well as hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians. And twelve years on from that invasion we are still suffering the fallout of that terrible, irresponsible decision.

‘The only honourable course of action would be for Mary Galbraith to return the money to Mr. Blair with a polite “no thank you”. If she doesn’t then we can only conclude that she remains a devotee of Mr. Blair and that she continues to support the illegal invasion of Iraq.’

It has to  be pointed out that, with the Blair/Bush Iraq war now 12 years ago, there is no record of whether or not Mary Galbraith herself supported that war, making Mr O’Hara’s supposition above – that if she does not return the money ‘she continues to support the illegal invasion of Iraq’-  sustainable only by her association with the Labour party.

The challenge though, is entirely predictable and has substance. Made across the 106 target seats, this will test less the probity of the national and local Labour campaigns than their political judgment.

Blair gave Labour its best years – on the back of a fundamental corruption of political life.

The Labour party is perennially torn between gratitude for those years, the memory of star dust [never a durable commodity] and the perceived need to defend against the reality that the balance of the books of the Blair years is wholly negative for this country.

Taking Britain into that illegal war in Iraq has and will continue to cost this country consequential atrocities and terror for longer than we can guess.

The national bankruptcy suffered by the UK as a result of the Blair/Brown ‘regulation with a light touch’ – which fuelled the good years on a wave that came crashing ashore in 2008 – has left debris still to be completely cleared away.

The Labour party itself recognises that today it is in straits. It needs to reconnect with the people. Whether the party can bring itself to agree or not, the people see Blair as a contagion.

This perception is settled; and the man’s perpetual harvesting of personal wealth from the styes of some of the most reprehensible regimes in the world has irrevocably stabilised that opinion.

We gave Mary Galbraith the opportunity to respond to Brendan O’Hara’s challenge last night but have had no response.

The Scottish Labour Party Conference is taking place in Edinburgh this weekend; and it is likely that the candidates affected by the Blair donations are first taking party advice to arrive at a common agreed response to the challenges each will  be facing from their SNP opponents.

In Argyll and Bute in particular, this is a mistake in political judgment.

In the SNP party’s engineered collapse of three separate SNP council administrations in Argyll and Bute – all within eighteen months from the May 2012 Local Authority elections – the electorate here has seen and paid the cost of its elected representatives’ blind subjugation to party central.

If we are to see the Labour candidate also unable to take the initiative and act as a principled individual regardless of whatever the Labour party decide is the party line on the modest Blair wonga, there is no red line between the two parties on the independent mindedness this electorate now finds reassuring.

No one can make the semblance of a principle out of anything connected with Tony Blair.

This small donation was an essentially peripheral matter which good political judgment would have kicked into touch at once, by doing as Mr O’Hara suggests – returning the money with no more than a simple ‘no thank you’.

Not taking that obvious action at once is politically self-mutilating in elevating the issue. Is the eternally self-interested Blair really a man for which  it is judicious to accept damage to today’s struggling Labour party?

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  • It could be worst? or could it?

    Mary could get money from Tony Blair’s ex Foreign Minister.

    Whatever happened to him?

    or maybe from that guy who has a dodgy history and claims Irn bru drinks on expenses!!!!!

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    No Cheese Here March 7, 2015 4:07 pm Reply
  • Re NO Cheese: Puerile rubbish!

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    Suzie Q March 7, 2015 4:43 pm Reply
  • suzie
    boooooo!!! Are you afraid really afraid!!!!
    Your previous blog below says it all….
    “What the hell is happening to the Scottish people? And what exactly do SNP supporters want that they don’ t already possess? “Freedom” and ” Democracy”?When I saw the reception Salmond got in Perth I last week I was immediately reminded of a Nuremburg rally. I’m beginning to feel very afraid!”
    Now now take a tablet and calm down. Since your fearty episode in fairness to Nicola Sturgeon she has had bigger promotional rallies than ex FM Salmond.
    The tories and liebour membership is less than the snp. Even today if it was not for councillors, MP’s, MSP’s the odd Lord and some day trippers and their families the conference hall would have been half empty, But hi, SQ keep complaining because many ex labour supporters have now joined the snp or the Scottish Greens or the SSP as they know Milliband, Balls and Murphy support the London Metro elite and spending cuts.

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    No Cheese Here March 7, 2015 5:46 pm Reply
  • Ah Tony Blair,another self serving Red Tory who had no shame and still has no shame.
    He should not be in a position to give this money as he and his cabinet pals should have been impeached for war crimes.In respect to the A&B candidate taking the money,par for Liebours course really!They just can’t help themselves.

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    Machmaolain March 7, 2015 6:04 pm Reply
  • Did Tony Blair know there was going to be a financial meltdown?He was quick off the mark,disappearing before the 2007 crash!

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    Janice of the glen March 7, 2015 6:08 pm Reply
  • Is that newsie turning against her pink tories? Welcome back to Scotland!!!!!! The SNP want a Tory Government to blame for everything.

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    No Cheese Here March 7, 2015 6:16 pm Reply
    • I agree, NCH, the SNP want to blame anyone, especially Westminster, but themselves. Taking responsibility for policies is not its strongest point.

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      Lowry March 7, 2015 6:26 pm Reply
      • yep…same old record, same old gramophone, Lowry.

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        jake March 7, 2015 9:22 pm Reply
    • copycat NCH AGAIN.

      sorry about the twat. Click on the name and you will see copycat is normally linked with too much drink.

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      No Cheese Here March 7, 2015 9:59 pm Reply
    • “The SNP want a Tory Government to blame for everything.”
      A dunno jist who to believe, I heard it was Westminster we were accused of blaming for everything. Maybe this the new one?
      Now placing my SNP Gregories aside my laptop, a small Tory majority (not that unlikely) followed by in 2017 an English electorate (the others within the being union too insignificant numerically to take into consideration) deciding it’s in Scotland’s best interests to exit the EU.
      How will the Scottish electorate like these twa apples?
      Things look as though they are falling into place, playing out just as those who seek Scottish independence would have dreamed of post NO, whereas for our unionist friends it must be like sitting in the back seat of a car watching in slow motion, it heading into the bough of a mighty oak.

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      JnrTick March 7, 2015 11:37 pm Reply
  • I watched with interest Mr Murphy during his key note speech, I found it weak and transparent. He would say anything to get a vote but quiet clearly has ran out of steam. As have the party and clearly it’s supporters, it’s a very small hall to fill, lots of empty seats and much less enthusiasm in the crowd over seen by Miliband just to keep Murphy in his place.

    Anyway back to the script 1. Blair is a war criminal end of story. It’s why your getting the money Mrs Galbraith.
    2.take what little it is and be seen as supporting everything about Blair. 3. Don’t ask for people’s votes or backing after receiving a up front Bribe, as that’s all it is. 4. With poles like Labour have and Blair knows those stats, he should if he really wanted Labour to win or thought they might, give much more than £1000

    You could probably raise a £1000 locally from residents that did send UK soldiers to their death.

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    MB March 7, 2015 7:36 pm Reply
    • MB – if your literacy standards are those the SNP aspire to – G’awd help us all.

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      Simon March 7, 2015 8:59 pm Reply
      • …a master-class in irony, Simon, thanks for that.

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        jake March 7, 2015 9:30 pm Reply
      • Is that it-personal attacks on script?Your post was desperate to say the least and pathetic to say the most.

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        Machmaolain March 7, 2015 10:44 pm Reply
      • Simon – there’s no apostrophe after the G of Gawd – how’s your own literacy?

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        Robert Wakeham March 8, 2015 2:48 pm Reply
        • Apostrophes are used to denote a missing letter or letters, for example: Good Gawd becomes G’awd, from your post you accept Gawd?- how’s your own literacy? mine’s not perfect 😉 PS for clarity the letters concerned are ” ood G”

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          Sokay March 8, 2015 4:11 pm Reply
          • Fine, thanks, Sokay, no need for a red herring from you – it’s ‘Gawd help us’, not ‘Good Gawd help us’, ‘Good Gawd’ is an expression all on its own. Here endeth the lesson..

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            Robert Wakeham March 8, 2015 5:33 pm
  • I see the yesnp have still not learned the lessons of their failed campaign. Same old numpties churning out same old tit for tat attacks. Still no vision, still no plan and still using the default stance “it wasnt us it was the big boys”. What a shame for the people of Scotland and GB.

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    Fiona Mac March 7, 2015 8:09 pm Reply
    • So it’s okay to bomb the proverbial out of human beings who just have to live in Iraq but have no say in the running of their country?
      The SNP you refer to voted against that illegal action.I wonder who voted it through?

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      Janice of the glen March 7, 2015 8:35 pm Reply
    • “yessnp” !! how very last September.
      The “no” campaign having won the referendum argument, isn’t it time to wind down project fear,stop the nat-bashing and now, finally, articulate their positive vision for the future?

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      jake March 7, 2015 10:03 pm Reply
      • After all the lies they told,theyhave ran out of myths.Only desperate personal attacks on debate can save the afflicted.
        On second thoughts,I was in Glasgow today.To say labour are going to get rumpled is a total understatement.
        The unionists lab/con/lib are now concentrating on the Scot16 elections. They needn’t bother.By then SNP will be above 60% of the vote.

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        Machmaolain March 7, 2015 10:50 pm Reply
      • The correct term is ‘Snips’ – as in: Cutting all ties.

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        Robert Wakeham March 9, 2015 8:53 am Reply
  • Mary has a history with the Blair / Brown government, perhaps she will tell us about it?

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    John Semple March 7, 2015 8:37 pm Reply
    • Mike Mackenzie MSP has a very long history with the Oban sheriff court, perhaps he’d like to tell us all about that!?

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      lucy young March 8, 2015 7:50 pm Reply
      • Lucy Young

        Once again you stick it to Mike MacKenzie.
        Your venom got you censored by newsie in the past week or so but still you come back. Why? it can only be to defame and undermine the person.

        Can I say your constant attacks are boring. If you have an issue take action formally through the courts or shut up. I believe your regular attacks are by definition defamatory.
        Newsie said take your attacks elsewhere off ForArgyll.
        Not often I agree with her but she is right.

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        No Cheese Here March 8, 2015 7:58 pm Reply
      • Really sad stuff from you!
        I don’t respect unionist parties or their supporters however I believe in democracy.
        I really don’t think you do yourself any favours so my advice is stop it.We all have to live together.

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        Machmaolain March 8, 2015 8:05 pm Reply
    • Why so many red thumbs? how can there be anything wrong with sharing your history with the electorate, unless of course you have something to hide.

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      John Semple March 9, 2015 7:18 am Reply
  • Dear o dear Simon, I’ll try not to think to hard

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    MB March 7, 2015 11:54 pm Reply
  • It was OK for the SNP to accept millions from a rich supporter in Largs during the Indyref campaign but it is unacceptable for Labour to accept a small donation from a rich supporter now.


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    JimB March 8, 2015 8:37 am Reply
    • If you don’t know the difference you should seek some therapy!

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      Machmaolain March 8, 2015 8:50 am Reply
      • Both sets of money were legally acquired (as far as I Know). So it follows that the owners are free to spend it in whatever way they choose.

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        JimB March 8, 2015 9:04 pm Reply
    • JimB,
      The rich supporter in Largs does not have blood and treasure on his hands and did not take the UK into an illegal war in Iraq based on a tissue of lies and deceit

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      john in kintyre March 8, 2015 10:07 am Reply
      • The war in Iraq was about getting rid of Sadam Huseien who in case you have forgotten w as a ruthless dictator). The excuse for going into Iraq may have been a bit flimsy I’ll conceed……….

        I cannot imagine that you will find many Iraqis who would have wanted him back.

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        JimB March 8, 2015 9:13 pm Reply
        • I imagine the 50% of the population who suddenly found their movements and clothing regulated by fundamentalist militias were overjoyed. I imagine the families of the hundreds of thousands who died to make it happen are even happier. The religious minorities subjected to all-out persecution are no doubt equally ecstatic.

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          Arethosemyfeet March 8, 2015 9:17 pm Reply
        • Yes Isis are much nicer!,

          We were lied to or if you like given a vow that there were weapons of mass destruction likely to strike the uk .
          Lies and liars

          Blair fooled by Bush and 100000 + die.

          Tonys boys and girls didn’t fight for daddy they were too busy at college or working for US senators

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          No Cheese Here March 9, 2015 12:37 am Reply
          • Could the Bush baby really fool anyone? What with?

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            Robert Wakeham March 9, 2015 8:46 am
  • I hope someone on here can help me out?
    I would love to get my hands on one of these lovely,cool SNP badges.The ones with different areas in A&B.Mine would be Tarbert.
    Also can you get them in different colours.I love purple and the wording I require could be done in Yellow.That would look so cute.

    Any help on this would be greatly received with hugs!

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    Janice of the glen March 8, 2015 9:42 am Reply
  • Getting back to the original topic, Mary has been given money to aid her campaign by a former prime minister. The money will be used wisely by Mary i am sure. Absolutely no need to hand it back. Bit of a non story.
    I say this as someone who has never voted Labour, and not voted SNP for some years, or likely to in the near future.

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    phill March 8, 2015 9:49 am Reply
  • Is it International Women’s Day, great speech from a team leader in our Northern Branch today at our Spring Conference. An other landslide victory this May to add to our shock and awe victory last September.

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    Rickets March 8, 2015 10:24 am Reply
    • And Labour wonder why they are haemorrhaging votes. The promotion of misogyny another reason. Any time a Labour MSP opens their mouth it’s like watching a tap dancer in a minefield.

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      JnrTick March 8, 2015 11:23 am Reply
      • I’ve never observed a tap dancer in a minefield, please describe, or am I to use my imagination and make something up? “just like what you do” do you recall my reference to “trying to be funny”? Try to explain your reference to misogyny please, try to be specific thanks.

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        Sokay March 8, 2015 11:37 am Reply
        • Are you stalking me Sokay?
          Maybe you would get some answers if you and your friend Richard dropped the personal insults and were a bit more respectful as the majority are on here.
          I visit FA to discuss the subject I am most interested in and because it is even more relevant being A&B focused generally. I have not the slightest interest in having a go at contributors because of their views preferring to challenge points I disagree with.
          So, I’ll respond to your questions at a time of my choice as I unlike yourself aren’t into petty personal point scoring.

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          JnrTick March 8, 2015 12:55 pm Reply
      • I haven’t seen the video but will watch it tonight. However this ties into our other discussion below. So do you now agree the SNP should denounce Connery. He beat the crap out of his wife!

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        Integrity? March 8, 2015 12:27 pm Reply
        • Tbf Integrity, this Labour MSP ‘s a wee bit careless comment has been blown out of all proportion, if you pardon the pun. Social media is alight with it.
          He likens our First Minister to a wee wuman wae a tin helmet on, read into that comment what you will.

          “So do you now agree the SNP should denounce Connery”

          Denounce as opposed to?

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          JnrTick March 8, 2015 1:01 pm Reply
          • I suppose in the context of this thread , as opposed to not handing back the money he has donated over the years whilst the party has been aware if his domestic abuse.

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            Integrity? March 8, 2015 1:06 pm
          • Interesting dilemma.
            Not quite sure if Stoke Mandeville, Leeds University, MP’s, NSPCC and all the other beneficiaries would be so keen to hand Jimmy Saville’s cash back to his family and that is just about as tarnish money as it gets.

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            JnrTick March 8, 2015 1:13 pm
          • I’m sure they wouldn’t JnrTick which is really the point I’m making. SNP supporters don’t care about the morality argument here. If they did they would acknowledge the money donated to them stained by domestic abuse and denial of equal rights. None of them should hand it back and lets forget all this faux outrage.

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            Integrity? March 8, 2015 1:27 pm
          • Labour deputy leader Dugdale is commonly referred to as by some as Deputy Dug, dug being Scots slang for dog , which can be taken to mean unattractive woman, how is this any better than the “wee wuman with a tin hat ” comment

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            Obanite March 9, 2015 8:32 am
    • Rickets

      Even Johann Lamont in the audience wasn’t smiling. Sums up the labour dinosaurs who are stuck in their warped 1970’s mindset. Was he a trade union leader?
      Women seeing this guy (who is he ! What’s has he done as an MP?) will consider his opinion and vote for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.

      I suppose we should thank him but I suspect “irony” is something he thinks women in his constituency should do.

      Who in the Labour Party thought he was a good idea! Thanks.

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      No Cheese Here March 9, 2015 10:12 am Reply
      • NCH you’re getting mouldy – and it’s not the nice cheesey sort.

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        Robert Wakeham March 9, 2015 11:04 am Reply
  • Does accepting a donation from someone mean you are in full agreement with all they do or believe?

    If so can we assume the SNP agree with Brian Souter’s attitude toward clause 28 or Connery’s attitude toward disciplining woman?

    I have no time for Tony Blair and certainly believe he has illegally shed blood on his hands but supporters of any political party can spare me the moral grandstanding about donations from people with questionable views or actions.

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    Integrity? March 8, 2015 10:35 am Reply
    • Yes but where does one draw the line Integrity.
      Your two examples, Brian Souter, who has every right to his views on gay marriage, breaks no law and his views shared by far more than we are willing to acknowledge in this country, especially those who have a religion. It doesn’t make him homophobic just adhering to his own principles that’s all.
      Connery’s misogyny, although incredibly behind the times and very disappointing to hear from someone so high profile has views shared by many of his generation who refuse to acknowledge gender equality. But lets put this into perspective, neither have the unnecessary deaths of under a million human beings on their hands.
      If Robert Mugabe came knocking on Bute House’s door with blood money and our party accepted my card would be in half and binned as soon as I was made aware.
      As I say, there has to be a line.

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      JnrTick March 8, 2015 11:56 am Reply
      • I agree there has to be a line however whether we like it or not Tony Blair has not been found guilty of anything so this is a question of morality rather than legality.

        The SNP have made a lot of noise about wanting a fairer and more just society. Souter and Connery’s views and behaviour are diametrically opposed to that. None of the three are decent human beings in my mind.

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        Integrity? March 8, 2015 12:24 pm Reply
        • If parties were to be flatly refusing to adopt, communicate, trade, welcome aboard individuals who’s morals and ethics differed from those expected of anyone connected to their party there would be no political parties.
          No bad thing some may say.

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          JnrTick March 8, 2015 1:05 pm Reply
          • I think we can probably quietly assume his money helps

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            Integrity? March 8, 2015 1:52 pm
  • My god Jim B, if you don’t understand the difference between a lottery winner from Largs and a war criminal it’s no wonder you don’t understand what’s happening to Labour and I’m a Tory

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    MB March 8, 2015 11:33 am Reply
  • When was Tony Blair tried for war crimes? I must have missed that.

    Assuming that both lots of money were legally acquired they are both entitled to make donations to political parties of their choice.

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    JimB March 8, 2015 9:18 pm Reply
  • The issue isn’t whether individuals should be allowed to donate to political parties or not, but about whether the donation should be accepted.
    All political parties at one time or another have accepted money from sources that their political opponents have sought to highlight to their own political advantage. That’s not a bad system if it keeps the parties clean. It does however require a degree of openness and transparency about party funding and political donation ( me thinks there’s still a lot to be done here, but that’s another issue). Credit to Labour and Blair for being up front about this money, which could just as easily have been drip-fed in and/or funneled through a series of anonymising foundations, charities and think-tanks, as a lot of political funding is.
    To my mind it’s a matter for each party and for each candidate, after they’ve met their legal obligations, to weigh up the costs and benefits as they, tactically and strategically, determine them to be. It’s for the party and the candidate to read the mood of the electorate and having done so as best they can, choose how to proceed.
    I note the Labour candidate Lesley Brennan was minded to turn down the Blair windfall to her campaign coffers but it seems she may be obliged to accept them for the greater good of the party despite her own judgement.

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    jake March 9, 2015 1:05 am Reply
  • With Tony Blair having sent cheques to 106 candidates and with all but bone having accepted his blood money, this tells you everything about Labour’s morality.

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    Willie March 9, 2015 6:18 am Reply
  • The imposing Independence House in Helensburgh’s Colquhoun Square has fallen to the Unionists. Alan Reid MP has taken the lease for the election campaign for less than the thousand pounds per month the SNP are paying for Viton House (the old post office counters) to Councillor Dance. Mr O’Hara’s £5 per member levy to pay the Dance’s has caused a rebellion and will cost a few hundred votes. The SNP still expect a walk over.

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    Alasdair March 9, 2015 8:21 am Reply
    • Alasdair, how can you be so sure that the Alan Reid is taken over Independence House on Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh for the Election, were do you get your information from? I believe that the SNP have already hired it for this weekend !!!! Looks like your sources are wrong and way of the mark.

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      Marie March 9, 2015 9:04 am Reply
      • This would be a mischievous stunt but doesn’t seem like Alan Reid’s style – and wouldn’t it be very expensive?

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        newsroom March 9, 2015 3:51 pm Reply
        • LibDem Convener is cock a hoop at ousting SNP from prime position in town centre. We have it for month to election. SNP have it this weekend but they are paying more for Viton House to the Dances than we are for Union House.

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          Alasdair March 9, 2015 4:27 pm Reply
          • See comment below!

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            Machmaolain March 9, 2015 5:14 pm
          • Do people really care which building the Lib Dems and which ones the SNP have?

            I guess from a location perspective he building in Colquhoun Square is marginally better than the old post office from a visibility perspective (although only a stone throws apart) but are we really at a stage where votes will be won on how nice a party’s wainscotting is!m

            The Lib Dems are a carcass of a party now. They will recover over time just as Labour will however this election will be far too soon for both.

            The SNP have a healthy win to look forward to and fair play to them, you can’t argue with a result which is going to be as comprehensive as I expect the May elections to be. I think they will be a better party under Sturgeon than they were under Salmond but they will have policy flaws much the sa,e as other parties will have. Politics is always cyclical and the day of the a Labour Party will come round again in time.


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            Integrity? March 9, 2015 5:14 pm
          • And the Conservatives Lowry

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            Malcolm Kirk March 9, 2015 5:57 pm
    • I suspect the problem for the SNP is that the lease might not be long enough. I heard said that the building was associated with losing. Let’s see where SLAB site themselves. Given the performance of the Lib Dems and Alan Reid nationally, and the Ashcroft polls, the voters in A&B seem interested that change is on the cards. While the snapshot from Ashcroft doesn’t predict the result, as feedback to the Lib Dems and their Tory partners, it must be devastating. With their record in government, it’s little wonder they want to focus on devolved issues in their campaign. Now the tory vote won’t change much. Who is going to fill the space? Interesting times. Since the referendum is over (who would think it with project fear cranking up all over the press), it’s great fun seeing the english version of the Nationals try to outdo each other in scare stories for readers South of the border. Having decided we are Better Together, it seems that some people only want that if democratic decisions can be adjusted to exclude the SNP. whatever the outcome it looks like a fun election campaign. No westminster parties appear to have any policies for westminster to present to the scottish People. How we laugh. Roll on 7 May

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      Richard 2 March 10, 2015 8:21 pm Reply
  • Alan Reid could rent out the whole of Helensburgh town centre and still won’t get elected!Who cares what he has rented out! The question is,has he the volunteers to man it?

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    Machmaolain March 9, 2015 9:14 am Reply
    • Who is Alan Reid?

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      Janice of the glen March 9, 2015 9:45 am Reply
      • Someone who defeated the SNP candidate in the last general election.

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        Lowry March 9, 2015 4:35 pm Reply
        • Thank you very much Mr.Lowry for giving me that information.Mr.Reid has never been seen in my area.That is why I didn’t know him.Just incase you thought I was silly!!
          Just a quickie? You don’t know where I could purchase the lovely Coloured SNP badges everyone is wearing.I would like mine purple with yellow SNP logo with Tarbert in yellow also.
          You appear to be very knowledgeable in all matters so I hope you can help me out

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 March 9, 2015 5:25 pm Reply
          • Apparently, SNP helensburgh can make you a badge to suit

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            Richard 2 March 10, 2015 8:24 pm
      • That’s why the coalition wanted to introduce ID cards – so people would know who Alan Reid is!

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        Patsy March 9, 2015 5:05 pm Reply
  • Mary will bow to her imperial masters And do as she’s told ,blood money will be spent trying to convince the lib dems that ‘the force awakens’ and labour are ‘new hope’

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    Hunchy March 9, 2015 9:34 am Reply
    • Slightly ironic criticism given the other thread where theSNP candidate seems to admit that the constituents who may have elected him will be a secondary priority when the central body calls the shots.

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      Integrity? March 9, 2015 5:17 pm Reply
      • Except he didn’t. From where I sit it is obvious that the SNP were unprepared to receive almost 3 times its existing membership in new members. In addition, it made the unusual decision to allow people, prominent in the Yes campaign to be considered as candidates. All parties have expectations that, on matters of core policy, MPs will tie a party line. For the SNP, traditionally, that line includes not voting on english only matters. The Tories, labour both have similar requirements.they can, and do, expel MPs for not toeing the party line. The Lib Dems are different. Nobody knows what they stand for and, presumably, they can and do please themselves. At least it looks that way to an uninformed outsider.

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        Richard 2 March 10, 2015 8:34 pm Reply
  • “to receive almost 3 times its existing membership in new members.”

    I am one of those.

    As I am based in England just now, can readers advise what to do with the SNP stickers just sent to me.

    I suspect that the little Englanders would heave bricks through my windows, or at my car.

    Polite suggestions only please.

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    dp March 11, 2015 8:53 am Reply

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