As chief executive of the Scottish Development Agency, he is credited by many with creating “Silicon Glen”. He took RBS from losses to global profitability. In a letter to The Scotsman today George accuses Labour of scaremongering about the SNP and of creating a “fear culture” about independence – “I have never really seen myself as a political figure, but all I will say is I don’t share the fear culture that some people think we should have.” He dismisses as “absurd” Gordon Brown’s claim that investors would flee if Scotland was free.
All bang on the money, Scotland standing on it’s own two feet would be good for Scotland and good for England. Labour opposes independence because it knows without Scottish Labour MPs, England, which votes Tory, would not be ruled by Scottish Labour as it is now.
The whole Labour party thrust is that the Scottish can’t well rule themselves alone, when in reality it is the Labour party that fears it can’t rule England without Scottish Labour MPs. The scaremongering by Labour is an insult to the Scottish people. The similar sized Republic of Ireland manages to rule itself, have lower taxes and higher per capita GDP than the UK. In comparison, after a decade under Labour, parts of Glasgow now have third-world level health indicators.
So despite the whining on ConservativeHome and in the Telegraph, Tories are sticking with Dave and he is winning over LibDem and Labour voters. Even after moves like this week’s air-travel-tax debacle, which was very badly spun and has resulted in a lot of unease in the ranks and some backtracking – “were just throwing out ideas”, “it is a proposal for discussion” they say now.
Guido hears that Dave even called Will Lewis, editor of the Telegraph to remonstrate about his coverage of the proposal; “Why are you being so horribly harsh about this air-tax” Dave complained, “Well most of our readers have second homes or enjoy foreign holidays, what do you expect me to do?” came the reply.
Nevertheless, Tory voters will it seems just gnash their teeth and still vote for him. They have nowhere elese to go…
Being charitable types we have decided that the best and probably only thing we could do for Red Nose Day is auction ourselves for a fabulously fun Friday lunch involving alcohol and unprintable gossip galore.
The location and date will be determined with the winning buyer. So get your wallets out and bid on Ebay for Guido and Katy…
Download the letter here.
Guido has been betting against Balls being Chancellor for sometime, his odds are far too short and he has effectively made himself a longshot. Alastair Darling should get the gig unless the upcoming cabinet game of musical chairs somehow upsets Brown’s plans. In other bets Guido has rebalanced the Blair-to-Go bet to July/Sep on Betfair. Uncharacteristically am “all red” on any other outcome. If Yates forces an early Blair resignation Guido will take a hammering at the bookies, but it would be worth it…
Cheer yourself up again by watching Blinky fall apart under interrogation by Brillo.
For the £30 to £60 billion the replacement system will allegedly cost, surely the Royal Navy could be equipped with a British made and truly independent deterrent. Or is British technology as inferior to French technologie as the British political establishment’s deference to U.S. interests is inferior to the French sense of exceptional national interest?
A Material relating to policy strategy in conducting their future investigations. As to that, the judge said that the real concern of the police was that they wished to put the document to several individuals who might be suspects. They considered that there was a risk that if information about the document was published, that would give potential interviewees the opportunity to frustrate the investigation.
B Material of a factual nature: The police regarded the document in question as a key document in the investigation into the perversion of the course of justice, whose deployment was a matter of real interest and concern and the police were for that reason concerned about it receiving advanced publicity in the media. The document was not an email, it ran to several pages and contained far more information. There was a real question mark as to whether Mr Powell, the addressee, ever received it and the investigating officers were very interested to discover whether he did so or not.
C Material related to Mr John McTernan, director of political operations at Downing Street.
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Gordon Brown pretends:
“I learnt courage from Nelson Mandela.”