Salmond Quotes Cher On ISIS and Trump

Cher

Alex Salmond’s LBC show tonight was rather more interesting than last week, if only because he quoted Cher. The former SNP leader singled out for particular praise one tweet from the singer arguing that Donald Trump couldn’t face ISIS:

One is an eighties throwback with an unmistakable voice, known for for their indecipherable ramblings on current affairs, lapped up by their crazed online following. The other’s Cher.

SNP Expenses Crusader Employs His Own Wife

SNP Nepotism

Who would have thought SNP MP George Kerevan’s crusade against expenses abuses would turn out to be complete pish? Kerevan was elected last year on a ticket to clean up Westminster and fight greedy MPs:

“I don’t think Westminster MPs are uniquely venal. Many work hard for their constituents. But I believe Westminster is too remote from the people. I think that the deliberate lack of a written constitution and the doctrine of the sovereignty of the Parliament create an insidious political culture at Westminster that leads some MPs to think they are superior to common mortals. I also think the gentleman’s club rules by which the Commons still operates, and which many male Labour backbenchers succumb to, engender an arrogance among MPs you don’t find at Holyrood. All this adds up to a world view in which MPs think they are not only justified in their financial dealings but deserve their patio heaters.”

Such is Kerevan’s moral integrity that he even pledged to only take the Scottish average wage of £27,000, and use the rest of his salary to fund the running of his office and local charities:

So what does he mean by “funding his office”? 

Kerevan this month began employing his wife Angela as a “Personal Assistant”, a post which usually fetches some £25,000 a year. His declarations make clear she is “employed and paid from parliamentary expenses”. A neat way of keeping that taxpayer cash in the family. What was that about “a world view in which MPs think they are justified in their financial dealings”?

Sturgeon’s Tax Bung For Big Oil

OILBEDAMNED

The SNP have long tied their hopes to the price of oil and, now it’s under $30 a barrel, Sturgeon is pushing for big oil tax breaks. As tax policy is made in Westminster, Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney has scheduled an “urgent meeting” with Osborne. This is despite the Chancellor announcing £1.7 billion pounds worth of tax breaks for oil and gas last year

The SNP suspended new coal bed methane and fracking sites in Scotland last year, killing off a growing industry in its infancy. Now they want Osborne to pay big oil for their mistake. Tax breaks for big business while eternally delaying fracking decisions – why don’t the SNP just go and join the Tories?

SNP MP Raises Vulcan Salute In Commons

Dr Philippa Whitford has raised the Vulcan salute in the Commons today during a backbench debate on space policy and the industry. The SNP MP closed her remarks by urging the Minister to “please be imaginative, enable this industry across, the entire UK so that it can live long and prosper”Guido doesn’t know why she needs to debate the issue when she could simply perform a Vulcan mind meld to convince the Minister…

Salmond: ‘Tony Benn Would Be Birling In His Grave’

Good to see Alex Salmond has handled Hilary Benn’s speech with his usual good grace and sensitivity. He told LBC:

“His father, whose speech I heard in the Iraq debate all these years ago, would be birling in his grave hearing a speech in favour of a Tory prime minister wanting to take the country to war and that’s just a reality.”

Even his own SNP MPs think it’s a bit much…

Salmond Misses Syria Debate to Unveil Portrait of Himself

One notable absentee during the Syria debate in the Commons today: the SNP’s Foreign Affairs spokesman at Westminster was nowhere to be seen. Surely rumours that Alex Salmond missed the PM make the case for war because he wanted to unveil a portrait of himself in Scotland were just nasty unionist smears? Alas not.

Peak Salmond.

Natalie McGarry Withdraws From SNP Whip

SNP MP Natalie McGarry has bitten the bullet over her pro-Indy campaign group’s financial irregularities. Her solicitor says “she is fully aware that this will lead to automatic suspension from the SNP”. Read all Guido’s stories on McGarry here

Sturgeon on McGarry: Watch This Space

Nicola Sturgeon is considering action against scandal-hit Nat Natalie McGarry. The SNP leader told the BBC:

“Obviously I’m aware of the concern that Women for Independence has raised and has reported to the police about alleged discrepancies in their funding. These are of course very serious allegations. It’s also important to say that Natalie McGarry is adamant that she has done absolutely nothing wrong. Right now, beyond the generality of those concerns, I don’t have detail about the basis or the substance of them but I will consider and continue to consider the matter very carefully and if there is action I think the SNP are required to take then that action will be taken.”

Awkwardly, the complaints to the police about financial irregularities at McGarry’s Women for Independence campaign group were made by no fewer than seven SNP candidates. It is alleged that the only person with access to the group’s PayPal account, from which £30,000 went missing, was McGarry. The Glasgow East MP has since protected her Twitter account from public view, despite previously pledging to constituents that:

“Politicians need to be responsible to the people they represent, and that means being open and accessible … I won’t hide away behind closed doors”

Friends who can still see her tweets say her most recent posts are on her nuptial planning, buying a dress and going to wedding fayres. Meanwhile her Electoral Commission returns are being pored over as we speak…

Submarine Warfare on Commons Corridors

Labour moderate John Woodcock is having a good go at defending Trident renewal in the House this afternoon. This was the imaginative leaflet Woodcock had hung on MPs’ doorknobs in parliament this morning:

Yet one anti-Trident parliamentarian is not going […]

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SNP MP Hides Tweets Amid Police Probe

A very curious story developing up in Scotland, where an SNP MP is cooperating with the police after thousands of pounds went missing from her pro-Indy campaign group. Unpopular Natalie McGarry, the MP for Glasgow East, was one of the […]

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SNP Airbrush Out Michelle Thomson

The SNP have wasted no time in throwing disgraced Michelle “17 houses” Thomson under the bus and reversing it back over her again. Here is what Thomson’s office in Edinburgh used to look like:

michlle office

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Sturgeon Swerves Scandal Questions at Fiery FMQs

Nicola Sturgeon was caught in a Kezia Dugdale / Ruth Davidson pincer movement during a bruising First Minister’s Questions today. Guido’s highlights of the fiery exchanges over her scandal-hit former Business spokesman Michelle Thomson are well worth a watch:

Killer […]

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