Will Lib Dems now suggest we copy another FAILED scheme from England?

We’ve recently seen the Scottish Lib Dems suggest we copy failed schemes to improve student teacher recruitment and to reduce child obesity. As another tower block in London burns, surely they think we should copy English building regulations to prevent fires:

The Scottish changes then go further than the incoming English regulations, outlining a more comprehensive series of measures designed to improve building safety broadly. In the same vein as the controls on combustible materials, the Scottish regulations will makesprinkler installation mandatory in flatted accommodation, larger multi-occupancy dwellings, and places that deliver care. They will also introduce measures to improve evacuation procedures, including the requirement for sound alerts and two escape stairways in all new high-rise residential buildings, and create specific fire safety guidance for the people that live in them. 


Maybe not?

For more on the other two bright ideas see:

Lib Dem Unionitis as they suggest we copy a second old FAILED English scheme


SNP Government accused of ‘massacre’ as death rate in Scottish prisons is revealed as the SAME as that in England & Wales


From SPS for Scotland:

  • 2012    21
  • 2013   24
  • 2014   24
  • 2015   24
  • 2016  28
  • 2017  29
  • 2018 32
  • 2019 18*


So, population of Scotland is just over one tenth of that of England and Wales and the prison death rate, in most years, is the same, one tenth.

Yet, even the respected though little-read Holyrood magazine allows it to be described as a massacre:


The Lib Dem Dribble

I could so become PM! Don’t be ridiculous!

From Ludo Thierry:

Despite the feverish early efforts of the meeja (especially in Scotland) to promote La Swinson (?LowJo) as the new Anointed One for the britnat cause in Scotland there has been precious little sign of any particular movement to date.

The main development of which I have become aware has been the defection of a solitary tory cooncillor and a solitary labour cooncillor to LowJo’s ragged regiment. Curiously, both these defections occurred in the South Lanarkshire Council which has a minority SNP administration. The britnat defections may well assist the SNP administration by diluting the opposition. Link and snippets below: Note the very warm welcome that LowJo’s  Scotland branch manager Wee Wullie is offering to disaffected tories. Note also how the tories seem perfectly happy for their erstwhile member to go perch with LowJo’s merry band (all jolly good britnats together, what ho?). The labour group chap’s comments are rather less sanguine – one can almost  sense the existential stress that he is observing within his struggling party’s Scotland branch office. (Guys like him really need to wise up – and seriously ask themselves why they are not finding themselves able to act in Scotland’s interests instead of always holding onto Nanny UK’s apron strings).

Tory councillor defects to Lib Dems with swipe at new PM Boris Johnson


Hamilton West & Earnock councillor Mark McGeever announced he was quitting the Tories on Mr Johnson’s first full day in office, arguing the party had “abandoned” the political centre ground and was looking for populist answers.

Tory voters and members disillusioned with the Boris Johnson-led Conservative Party “can find a comfortable home with the Liberal Democrats”, the Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said following the defection.

A Scottish Conservative spokesman said: “Mark leaves with no hard feelings from us, and we wish him all the best for the future.”


A second South Lanarkshire councillor has defected to the Liberal Democrats.

Former Labour councillor Fiona Drybrugh (East Kilbride South) quit the party following shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s comments about a second independence referendum.

Reflecting on her decision, Cllr Dryburgh said: “My politics have not altered but the Labour Party has now moved to a place where I can no longer support them. I am vehemently opposed to Scottish independence and I firmly believe that Britain is better off in the EU.”

The leader of the Labour group in South Lanarkshire, Joe Fagan, said: “The Liberal Democrats are currently led by one of David Cameron’s Ministers from the coalition years. Jo Swinson helped the Tories impose austerity economics and rip up the welfare state as we know it. That is not the kind of government I want for our country and I don’t really think it’s the kind of government Fiona would want either.”

Lib Dem Unionitis as they suggest we copy a second old FAILED English scheme

In Holyrood on Monday, Alex Cole-Hamilton asked the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce the National Child Measurement Programme in Scotland, which was introduced in England in 2005, in order to tackle childhood obesity? Is he daft or just deliberately provocative? England’s attempts to reduce obesity are failing! Why on earth would we copy their 14-year-old unsuccessful plan when ours are already succeeding?

Does nobody in the Opposition Parties / MSM Alliance read reliable, peer-reviewed research? No. See this:

From the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, reported in the Independent on 26th May 2018:

‘Under current trends it is predicted that 11 per cent of the population in Wales will be morbidly obese in 2035, roughly 340,000 adults, while Scotland is likely to plateau at about 5 per cent and England will rise to about 8 per cent.’

The researchers offered a surprisingly clear, confident and simple explanation for the significantly slower growth in Scotland – Scottish Government policy initiatives and resource allocation:

‘The government put a massive push on developing a route map for how we can actually combat this. They put together resources from the NHS that were proving to be effective. They did put a lot of work into it.’


As recently as March 2019, Tavish Scott suggested we copy another FAILED English scheme on student teacher recruitment:

How good is the English system? It’s not good at all:


Is the Scottish system working? See:

SHOCK: Scotland has 35% more teachers per capita than Tory England and 46% more than Labour Wales!

Words fail me. Lack of brains or big blinkers fail them.


NHS Scotland sending only 0.03% and now even fewer patients to England for treatment

Well-skelped spokesperson?

Inevitably, smaller countries find themselves sending a small number of specialist cases to neighbouring large countries which have the critical mass to justify employing medics capable of treating rare conditions. I feel sure that such a relationship will exist between Denmark and Germany, Belgium and France or New Zealand and Australia.

Scotland had been sending an increasing number to NHS England up to 2014/15 but the figure has been lower, for three years since.

Miles Briggs (Lothian) (SCAUP): asked about this in Holyrood yesterday and the data below was offered:


In 2018, NHS Scotland conducted an estimated 17 million GP consultations, carried out four million outpatient appointments and responded to 764,201 emergencies. (7)



So, those 6 595 who went to England for treatment amounted to 0.03% of the total.

SHOCK: Scot Lib Dems fail to expose SNP double standards on free movement of transient Transylvanian tattie-pickers

The Transient Transylvanian Tattie-pickers Doowop Duo at the Fringe

Mysteriously, Alex Cole-Hamilton (SCOLIBDEM) asked the Scottish Government, on Monday, what proof of residency in Scotland is required when applying for the free bus pass offered to ‘older people.’ Who is he calling ‘old?’ I got the bus pass at 60 but took till 63 to get professorised!

The answer was:

Michael Matheson: Anyone applying for a National Entitlement Card (NEC) is required to provide original documentation to confirm their residency in Scotland and verify their personal details. This includes name, address, date of birth and proof of entitlement. A list of the acceptable proofs to confirm residency entitlement can be found on the NEC websitehttps://www.entitlementcard.org.uk/how-get-your-nec

What are they up to? The Lib Dems want free-movement, don’t they? Are they hoping to expose SNP ‘hypocrisy’ when 60-year-old transient Transylvanian tattie-pickers in Ayrshire have to pay bus fares?