Though BBC Scotland are sheltering them, the Scottish Tories need to reject some of their nasty English pals to avoid sharing the Nazi comparisons

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‘The Conservative Party’s conference has unleashed ugly and downright scary rhetoric that I was brought up to believe was to be left in the past. I am not exaggerating when I say that the policies being brought forward are reminiscent of early 1930s Nazi Germany.’

These are the words of SNP MP Mhairi Black, reported in the Scotsman on the 8th October 2016. They were triggered by the speech of Home Secretary Amber Rudd at the Conservative Party Conference which followed PM Theresa May’s speech calling for ‘British jobs for British workers.’ That is of course a line used often before by the BNP and more recently by Gordon Braun. Rudd announced that companies would be compelled to keep and to publish lists of foreign workers they employed. Also they would be obliged to give preference to British job applicants. After a storm of criticism the proposals seem to have been withdrawn.

Black and LBC radio presenter, James O’Brien, noted the similarities in these statements with Nazi policies. O’Brien even read out part of Chapter 2 of Hitler’s Mein Kampf pretending at first that they were Rudd’s words:

‘For the state should draw the sharp line of distinction between those who, as members of the nation, are the foundation and support of its existence and greatness, and those who are domiciled simply as earners of their livelihoods of there.’

Needless to say, these associations drew much self-righteous indignation from Conservatives but this did not stem the flow of Nazi association. Controversially, disabled actress Liz Carr who appears in Silent Witness, suggested that current welfare cuts and assessments were driven by similar thinking to that which produced the death and work camps where German disabled people were amongst the first confined – ‘Arbeit macht frei’ – ‘work sets you free.’

Blogger Kitty Jones added to Carr’s disquiet by pointing out:

‘We have a government that frequently uses words like workshy to describe vulnerable social groups. This is a government that is intentionally scapegoating poor, unemployed, disabled people and migrants. A few years ago, a Tory councillor said that “the best thing for disabled children is the guillotine.” More recently, another Tory councillor called for the extermination of gypsies, more than one Tory MP has called for illegal and discriminatory levels of pay for disabled people. These weren’t “slips”…..these comments reflect how Conservatives think.

Where this is all leading us, I think, is to the notion that Tories, by definition, hold values (nasty ones?) opposed to those many of us would foreground in a civilised, tolerant, caring and democratic society. You can see this deeper malaise, I’d argue, in the slips made by individual party members. For example, Conservative MP Aidan Burley was obliged to step down in 2011 from his post as a ministerial aide, in 2011, after being exposed for having bought a Nazi uniform to be worn by the groom at a wedding he was arranging in Switzerland. One can only wonder at the kind of families involved – Brauns, Windsors?

Another ‘slip’ emerged in 2011, when ‘Nazi –themed songs’ were sung at a night-out for the Oxford University Conservative Association. This group whose patron was Baroness Thatcher was reported to be in crisis after some of its own members accused other members of anti-Semitism.

Earlier, in 2009, allegedly fully-grown up Conservatives, MEPs and the then PM, David Cameron, were accused of allying themselves with a holocaust-denying and SS-commemorating Latvian political group called Latvians For Fatherland and Freedom Party’. This party annually commemorates the Latvian SS militia responsible for the murder of virtually all of Latvia’s 70 000 Jews during World War 2. This goes some way beyond the hiring of a Nazi uniform.

Astonishingly, when a former leader of the UK Tory group in Strasbourg, Edward McMillan-Scott, tried to block the leadership bid of another holocaust-denier, Polish Conservative, Michael Kaminski, he was sacked by David Cameron.

Returning to the Scottish Conservatives, I must point out that they have no track record of Nazi sympathies. Their recent run of faux pas is of a comparatively milder form:

‘Tory MSP blows off key parliament vote to take part in World Cup referee training’

 ‘Tory toff MSP claimed eye-watering £113 for taxi to airport when catching train would have cost just £8.50’

‘Moneybags Tory MSP accused of exploiting parliamentary position to further his business interests’

Notably, however, BBC Scotland has chosen to ignore these misdemeanours by the Scottish Conservatives. Similarly, they have not linked the current horrors of the May regime’s ideas to their Scottish branch. This has led a few of us to think they are grooming ‘The Little Signaller’, Ruth Davidson for a role as saviour of the Union. Nevertheless, the Scottish Tories will need to watch their step. One goose step by one drunken private schoolboy on a night out after work experience in Ruth’s office and BBC Scotland will not be able to protect them this time.











12 thoughts on “Though BBC Scotland are sheltering them, the Scottish Tories need to reject some of their nasty English pals to avoid sharing the Nazi comparisons

  1. Clydebuilt October 11, 2016 / 8:21 am

    John…… O/T.


    Over the last 5 days I’ve noticed the massed ranks of Scotland’s Football Journalists easing back from the vitriol they dish up towards Gordon Strachan.
    Then this morning Phil Goodlad announces “Chris Sutton claims that Strachan has had enough of being Scotland’s manager”.

    Instead of “he must win this game”, the scribblers have went to some length explaining Gordon’s decisions, in the Herald it was a case of how intelligent he is.

    The mission of our Football Journalists is to turn the fans against the managers, make their tenure untenable, drive them out as fast as they can.


  2. johnrobertson834 October 11, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    O/T? There’s something about Gordon Strachan’s fizzog that puts me off researching him. Did you mean to post this comment under the one about the English commentators?


  3. Clydebuilt October 11, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    John …. Apologies…… Aye …. Posted it on many Indy sites… I reckon Gordon’s Fizzog isn’t helped having to deal with a very hostile press… That have done their damnest to undermine our managers over the years. Must be getting to the point where home grown managers won’t be interested in taking on the job. The football fraternity are very aware of what’s going on. In recent weeks I’ve heard Kenny Dalgleish, John Rankin , Stephen Thompson, Steven Presley and Peter Houston coming out to defend Gordon. Tonight Houston said the Knives are out for Gordon. BBC pundits were lead players in making George Burley’s position untenable. Turning the dressing room against him. They started their witch hunt well before the wheels came of George’s wagon.

    Strangely our youth system isn’t functioning as it should. Wotte left early, his replacement wasn’t suited to the task of giving presentations, left just after a year.

    Success at our National game does wonders for the moral of the Nation.


    • johnrobertson834 October 11, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      I’m just back in from watching the Slovakia game. Why no Griffiths?


      • Clydebuilt October 12, 2016 / 9:38 am

        Dunno, IMHO he should have been on.

        I’m guessing you went down the pub, not having the relevant Sports package. What about Scotland’s kids. Unless their parents or friends have the dosh for a sports package they don’t get to see the National team playing. Does this happen in any other European country? Keep hearing that talent isn’t coming through, is it any surprise?

        Alisdair Gray (the polymath) points out that Scots are never put in charge of our arts bodies. For several years it’s been the same with our football orgs. Regan , Doncaster. (Rugby also)

        Several yrs ago on a Friday night politics discussion on Radio 4 out of the blue on came Heather Dewar ( Radio Scotland sports) she drew a link between success at football and a political vote …. Think it was the 1st referendum for a Scottish Parliament …..

        BBC plays its part in piling pressure on our managers, turning our support against them.
        Throughout yesterday they ran with Chris Suttons belief that Strachan has lost interest in the job based on supposition. Only at night before kickoff did we hear from Tom English that he had interviewed him recently and he was in fact fired up with it ….

        Apologies for this being off topic……

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  4. caltonjock October 11, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    The Tories really are the party of sleaze and corruption. Your articles are enlightening and there is more to be revealed over time. The young ultra right wing conservatives of Cameron’ early year’s in office are now fully fledged Tories and that cannot be good for Scotland. A fair number of Bozos to monitor and expose.


    • johnrobertson834 October 12, 2016 / 3:29 am

      Thanks again George. Once more your stuff dwarfs mine (no innuendo intended). Despite what we do,though, they thrive. Is their psychopathic behaviour actually endearing to a significant in size psychopathic element in the electorate. If so are we fucked?

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      • caltonjock October 12, 2016 / 9:48 am

        We just have to keep on shouting in hope just one person, with clout will hear and respond

        Liked by 1 person

  5. johnrobertson834 October 12, 2016 / 3:33 am

    Dwarfs and precedes mine. It’s probably subliminal in my thinking of what to write next? Don’t sue me! Interestingly there is a similar element in the SNP notably in my area. You might have seen from my piece on the cycleways, their greater allegiance to their cars than to SNP gov policy. The desire and sense of entitlement for thrusting wheels is a mark of the psychopath I’d say.


  6. Clydebuilt October 13, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Yes John, great piece of work, posted a few comments on it…….. I’d forgotten the breadth of the article. Apologies for being off topic re the football…..


    • johnrobertson834 October 13, 2016 / 12:39 pm

      A little dash of football always welcome. Initially suspected secret services troll trying to make me doubt own sanity.


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