Ambitions

sandrassp:

Gordon please keep strong. You Magteld and your beautiful boys are often in my thoughts.

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Magteld had ambitions right until the end. On a shelf in my living room is a double box set of the last series of Breaking Bad, still wrapped in its cellophane. I’d ordered it on the final Friday, blissfully unaware her life had just over 72 hours left to run, and looked forward to watching it with her the next week, once she had recovered from her first round of a new chemotherapy regime.

We watched Breaking Bad at the rate of one episode a night. Perhaps it seems odd for a terminal cancer patient to become engrossed in a drama with a terminal cancer patient as its protagonist, but TV drama was one of her great passions, and one she could still enjoy in her wheelchair. She’d considered writing a blog about what it was like to follow Walter White’s Icarus-like rise from the point of view of someone…

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On personal attacks Jim Murphy and the YES campaign

On personal attacks Jim Murphy and the YES campaign.

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On personal attacks Jim Murphy and the YES campaign

I must admit to be astonished at Jim Murphy’s words on television a few minutes ago that I felt compelled to write an immediate response. Very unlike me Sandra the Queen of Pedanticism. He claims the Referendum campaign is getting nasty now with personal attacks. He may have some justification after recently being egged not a pleasant thing and nothing I would condone but to blame the wider YES campaign for orchestrating the actions of an individual? Sorry Mr Murphy but you are very wrong.

The YES campaign is no longer in the hands of a few politicians or even an office in Hope Street. It is made up of 1000s of ordinary folk. We are not a malicious group who orhanize the egging of a politician but peace activists, carers, ordinary men and woman caught up in the wave of optimism about how beautiful we know an Independent Scotland could be. We have won the higher ground with the power of our positivity.

So hearing Mr Murphy today filled me with confidence that we are winning and project Fear are worried so they paint us as some evil organization when we are a rainbow alliance who have found our voices and confidence. They must know their attempt to blackmail folk into voting NO is failing. We are winning folks.

So I am smiling today. A few more days to go and the smell of victory is in the air. No wonder they fear us. We will not resort to their dirty tricks. They are desperate but we know who we are and how beautiful an Independent Scotland can be. Especially my vision of a beautiful rainbow of a people’s socialist republic. So please keep on speaking Jim because every time you do, you persuade more folk to vote YES. So looking forward to the referendum and the kinder fairer society which I will continue to campaign for. Westminster has had its chance it is time for a new way.

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Alone

sandrassp:

Beautiful words Gordon.

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Grief is cyclical, I keep reading. The first year is the worst, a succession of broken milestones – the first birthday without her, the first anniversary without her, the first Christmas… and so on. But it doesn’t come in cycles so much as waves, building up on the horizon before crashing and surging towards you, leaving you breathless and disoriented.

The hardest emotion to deal with in the beginning was not anguish or grief, but relief. The fear that had been my companion for a year and a half was suddenly gone. The night Magteld died was the first time in months that I managed a full night’s sleep. I had come to dread every twitch and murmur from the other side of the bed, fearing it would be the start of the end. The last weeks of her life were a blur of mundane chores: making breakfast, pouring…

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A wumman in no need of a cup of tea

A wumman in no need of a cup of tea.

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Foodbanks No More.

Foodbanks No More..

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Foodbanks No More.

I apologise for drawing your attention to food banks again. Actually hold the front page, I don’t because gradually we are slipping towards them becoming part of the social neighbourhood. Yesterday someone on Better Together’s  twitter feed claimed that their existence is nothing more than a sign of social cohesiveness, This is the kind of glib statement I would expect from someone who supported the Big Society. Remember that? Cameron  doesn’t talk about it much these days as he is too busy demonising the poor and those who need the most support. This kind of attitude is one I would expect from those who have not had the need to use a food bank.

Think back though when did you first become aware of food banks in the UK? We have always been aware of soup kitchens feeding those who were truly destitute but food banks have not always been there. Perhaps because of the coverage they get on the media with images of sychophantic politicians urging us to donate .a few groceries to those who need them we feel they are part of the woodwork and have always been here the reality is that they are a fairly new social phenomena. In 2004 The Trussell Trust only ran TWO  in the whole of the UK, today they run 1000s with more opening every week. Today everyone knows what a food bank is despite them being in existence for less that a decade in this country.

The truth is food banks are the creation of a broken support system in America and Canada where the poor have to depend on food stamps to survive and there is very little support for those not in work. Many politicians from most political parties including labour and the tories would like to see such a system here. Ian Duncan Smith is on the record this week saying that the welfare budget must be cut to save the economy never mentioning the damage inflicted by the  bankers. So slowly, insidiously, we are fed the lie that food banks have always been here and are essential. . It reminds me of Winston Smith the main character of Orwell’s 1984 whose job it was in the ministry of truth to rewrite history. It is nothing but doublespeak.

My hope for an Independent Scotland is not just food banks could not be part of the landscape as some hint at  but  that they WILL not be part of the landscape. Like most other people I want to see an end to child poverty, We have 38 days remaining of the referendum campaign. We all need something to fight for and for me it is about equality and an end to the road towards a return to the poorhouse laws the UK seems intent on creating. Let’s stop demonising the poor for just being unlucky. We will not be deserting people in rUK to a life under Tory/UKIP rule but a demonstration of how to create a better society. That is something worth fighting for.. 38 days and then the real work begins of creating a kinder fairer society for us all. Let’s make it happen for all of us.

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