2 years until we get out…
This is a bit of a disappointment if I’m honest. I was sold on this girl as soon as I read the ‘Gangsta Nancy Sinatra’ tag last year, her image and what she’s trying to create makes Amy Whinehouse look like a parody. All the Old Hollywood stuff and a bottle of Jim Beam made her very, very cool. The self made videos were part of the charm.
Like so many, the more exposure this lassie gets the further her creditability slides. It’s the curse of the studio album. If she put the publicists, modeling assignments and chats shows to one side, this girl would be so damn mysterious she’d be the most famous singer on the planet.
Older songs have been ‘revamped’, new stuff has appeared, and better stuff has been excluded. ‘Million Dollar Man’ my highlight but a couple of missing songs I picked up from YouTube last year ‘Kinda Outta Luck’ and ‘Queen of the Gas Station’ are better than a lot of the new stuff. As I said this album is not bad its just a bit dull and over polished. Still a better shout than anything by Adele.
This week London has tried to dictate to Scotland how and when to hold a referendum on our own future. Not only does the Conservative and Lib Dem coalition have no mandate in Scotland they have no moral authority to tell us what to do anyway.
Especially when there guaranteed referendum not only comes with strings attached (e.g. date, body to run it, and voting age) but they use it (as usual) as a chance to slag us off. The more every one in Scotland hears the same old Unionist arguments about why Scotland can’t be independent it amounts to nothing more than “too wee, too poor and too thick”. This is an insult to everyone in Scottish and just watch as this tactic backfires in to given us nationalists our overall goal of independence. They offer no positive reason why remaining in the UK is good for us, it’s all negative propaganda. The scaremongering will continue until the autumn of 2014 when we will get our say whether to go it alone or stay part of the dying days of a dying Empire.
Now I know there’s a lot of hostility in England to the fact we ‘Jocks’ somehow live in a Utopia where we don’t pay for anything. Firstly Scotland voted for a government that believes in freezing the council tax. That believes in free and open higher education for all. That believes free health care also include no prescription charges etc. If England want these things, there’s nothing to stop them voting for a government that believes in these things also. At the end of the day we are spending what little money we are allowed in a way we see fit, looking after our population and not treating them as a cash cow for the privileged few.
Scotland has the greatest resource any country could ever want in the form of oil. If Scotland was independent we would be one of the richest countries in Europe on oil capital alone, and with a modest population of 5 million people the possibilities are endless. We’re all quick to point and laugh at the “nut job” Arab Sheiks who would sooner waste there vast fortunes on personal sky scrapers and super yachts but is Scotland really that much better? We’ve let the government based in another country walk in and take those profits off us. Aberdeen where the oil industry has been waiting on a city by-pass for decades but one of the first major infrastructure project undertaken with oil profits was London’s M25.
“The Squalid truth is that Britain is, and always has been, a state run by England for the benefit of England. Scottish Labour sided with England rather than Scotland over oil, which was a betrayal by the Scottish quisling Labour party” – Gordon Wilson, 2005.
One of the other arguments to emerge this week is based around Joan McAlpine’s argument that the Unionist parties are “Anti-Scottish”. So after a week of Unionist parties rolling out their old “too wee, too poor, too thick” arguments they seem to be offended at being called “Anti-Scottish”. Well I hate to tell you, running down your fellow countrymen as poverty stricken layabout dunces is Anti-Scottish. Get over your self and start taken account for the lies you’ve been telling the Scottish people for decades.
“The enemies of Scotland are not the English. It is the traitors within the gate. The unionist parties, whist claiming to be Scottish don’t wish for their own country the normal freedoms that every world citizen expects from their country” – Winnie Ewing, 2003.
For Labour, the Conservatives or Lib Dems to accuse Alec Salmond of rigging a result is laughable. We have to first remember that when Labour designed the Scottish parliament, they did it in such a way to always result in a Labour/Lib Dem coalition, it was never even thought any party let alone the SNP could ever have a majority. People in Scotland are not stupid it might have taken a decade but we finally elected a government who is accountable solely to the Scottish electorate and not there party bosses in London.
David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Milliband (or who ever is running the Labour party?) need to keep their patronising and condescending opinions out of Scotland. Why not get back to concentrating on illegal wars still being fought, bankers still getting obscene bonuses at the tax payer’s expense and what will no doubt be a heavy rise in fuel duty before the month is over. We the Scottish people overwhelmingly voted for a government that pledged a referendum on our future in the second half of this parliament, and that’s what we will have. One that is run in Scotland, for Scotland.
2011 hasn’t really been anything special in terms of music. The mainstream continues its decline with more boy bands, ghastly rap/r’nb numbers and ongoing story of a transvestite Madonna impersonator. Whinehouse’s death was without a doubt the biggest music story but dint really trouble me either way. Good music never truly goes away, it just getting harder to find, here’s my picks from the past 12 months.
No 1. Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Easily the most anticipated album of the year for me, it came like a bolt from the blue with a fantastic lunch back in August. It croons and snarls, it terrifying at points and reserved at others. There was nae chance of this album being anything other than epic.
No 2. The Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
Back on form after a poor follow up to 2008’s “Good Bad Not Evil”, Arabia Mountain is a real gem for fans of bluesy, countrified garage rock.
No 3. Throwing Muses - Anthology
Ok I know this strictly isn’t a proper album but we do get a bonus B-Sides/Rarities disc with it too which still beats most album releases this year by a mile. It also came in a pretty smart presentation book as well.
No 4. Screaming Trees - Last Words: The Final Recordings
This was probably the surprise of the year. Screaming Trees recorded an album in 1998 that was never released, the major wonder is why considering the quality of it. I don’t know if it ever got an official release outside of the US but the non the less its good.
No 5. 50 Foot Wave - With Love From the Men’s Room
This technically isn’t an album (its an EP) but it still deserves a mention not only because of the class songs but the because it was released free over a number of months via the bands websites.
No 6. Wild Flag - Wild Flag
Not quite the glory days of Sleater-Kinney but its not a bad effort.
No 7. Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps
Greg Dulli returned this year with another solid effort. Whisky, cigarettes, and damnation cannot be beat in my book.
No 8. Lykke Li - Wounded Rythmes
Very original sounding album that mixes electronic, rock and tribal style music with ballads, good stuff.
No 9. J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
The Dinosaur Jr. front man released a solo acoustic effort that was also a pleasant surprise, couldn’t keep it acoustic also the way through, trade mark solos do make an appearance on a couple of numbers.
No 10. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Mirror Traffic
After the money spinning Pavement reunion its back to work for Malkmus with this effort which could have been released by said band. A solid Pavement rip-off by the main man is not bad thing from where I’m sitting though.
Overrated Album of Year
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
This album has won a lot of awards and toped a lot of critics polls this year but I just don’t get it. I like PJ Harvey, she’s definitely a class act but this just leaves me cold and bemused.
Shocker of the Year
Sons and Daughters - Mirror Mirror
A once great Scottish band came out with this horrible totally pointless album. Sounds to me anyway that they’ve been listening to allot of Ultravox and someone told them that was a good sound, complete rubbish.
When a new Tom Waits album comes around it rarely fails to disappoint. For nearly 25 years now these releases tend to fall into two categories the stand alone and the sound track. The ‘stand alones’ tend to be the real gems and just as the case with 2004’s Real Gone, 1999’s Mule Varaitions and 1994’s Bone Machine, Bad As Me is no exception.
Bad as Me croons, it terrifies at points, its reserved at moments, it’s a full bag of tricks. The knack with Waits is he manages to sound completely unique to anyone else on the planet, the only comparison is with himself which is forever changing anyway.
‘Hell Broke Luce’ is a terrifying cross between a limerick and a rap. For the closer ‘New Years Eve’ we get another interpretation of Auld Lang Syne in ballad mode. You get a take on the Rolling Stones (including name checks for Jagger and Richards) in the bluesy ‘Satisfied’.
The originality in every thing Waits does is unique to him, nobody else sounds like this, nobody else writes songs like this. The physical release comes in a book format, even the quirky album launch video is a classic.
Ok I admit I’m a massive Waits fans, but there was nae chance of this album being anything other than epic.
Here’s some more proof that most folke are idiots. STV’s “Scotland Greatest Album” set out to pick the three best songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s and compile them into what they say would be Scotland’s greatest album. The 12 nominations for each decade would be chosen by a panel of ‘experts’ and the public would have the final say on the three songs to be selected for the final compilation.
Needless to say Scotland has produced a lot of rank rotten music over the years with most of it being represented here. Whether it’s the stale radio friendly guitar ‘rock’ of the 90’s (Travis and Texas), the smug and pompous art pop of the 80’s (Simple Minds and the Eurthymics) or just the plain naff that even your gran likes (The Proclaimers, Rod Stewart).
Here’s my picks………
The Average White Band - Pick Up the Pieces
The Skids – The Saints are Coming
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Gamblin’ Bar Room Blues
The Vaselines – Son of a Gun
Jesus and Mary Chain – Head On
The Pastels – Nothing to Be Done
Edwyn Collins – Girl Like You
The Delgados – Pull the Wires From the Wall
Belle and Sebastian – Lazy Line Painter Jane
Sons and Daughters – Johnny Cash
Franz Ferdinand – This Fire
Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell – Rambling Man
I have restated the temptation to include Talking Heads even though dubious Scottish connections didn’t seem to bother the panel of ‘experts’.
I don’t like to speak ill of the dead but some of the coverage of the Steve Jobs passing this week portraying him as some sort of godlike genius has been unbearable. Ok he built and created a successful company, but the majority of his products were more exclusive (and expensive) versions of other people’s idea.
Bill Gates is cut from the same cloth as Henry Ford, Ford dreamed of a day where everybody could be able to afford a car of their own. Bill Gates did the exact same thing with computers. Unlike Gates who has actually has changed the world, Job’s computers are overpriced, unpractical and like all Apple products tie the consumer into their products at all costs. Unlike Gates idea where the people could on mass have a computer, Apple vastly expensive alternatives are for the privileged few.
The latest i-Pad fad meshes into this theme quite well. It doesn’t have a cd drive, it doesn’t have a USB port, you have to go through Apple for your content, if something doesn’t meet their approval, it won’t appear on their platforms which people have bought in good faith.
The smugness that Apple customers project is the reason in part for Apple’s critics. The Apple “fanny-pad” as many of us non-believers have dubbed it is probably the world most sought after device. Apple likes to portray them as an underdog that all their customers can be underdogs together, that somehow everybody else doesn’t understand them. More like a pseudo religion or cult than a corporate business. Jobs has somehow managed to trick people into thinking this desire is actually creative and cool, that buying and owning his products their somehow more worthy as a human being. I’m not naïve, Steve Jobs didn’t invented advertising but he was very good at it.
The greatest misconception about Jobs, (and it’s been put forward a lot over the past week) is how he has somehow saved recorded music. Apple did not invent MP3 players, Apple did not invent music downloads.
The i-pod combines (in typical Job’s fashion) other people’s great ideas. Even then portable jukeboxes weren’t his idea either. Sony created the Walkman to allow for portable and private music listening. Then by using laser disc technology they created the CD, leading to the establishment of digital music becoming the norm and killing off vinyl.
One of the real sad thing as a music fan is how potentially Job’s will have killed of the CD. Not through their music playing gadget but through there online music shop. When the CD killed off vinyl it was for practicality reasons, we were still getting music as physical and tangible object. As someone who still buys CD’s and enjoy browsing through record shops this is very sad. I have serious issues with buying something that doesn’t physically exist, further more it makes music nothing more than a disposable commodity.
The whole Napster who-ha around the turn of the millennium changed the music industry forever. There was a feeling like the people were taking music back from corporate labels that were so strongly against what they were doing. It felt like a true underground movement with the fan the undisputed winner. Their (music labels and most notably Metallica) accusation of stealing was at odds with our ‘don’t give a fuck’ feelings of liberation.
After Napster was shut down and a whole host of ‘official’ and ‘legitimate’ services were set up is where Jobs rears his head again. i-Tunes is a front for the modern music industry, its cold and corporate and closed to other peoples ideas. For an industry that would strive to call its self artistic and creative this is a travesty.
I have been left staggered by the coverage of this mans death this week, Thick outpourings of grief from world leaders, the same leaders who should be worrying about the immediate threat of another global recession. Who seriously thinks Steve Jobs is on the same level as Einstein or Edison? Steve Jobs was not a radical he was a shill.
This is not a personal attack; I have tried to be fair on the man’s personal character having just so recently died prematurely. Working as a web developer I like to think I understand this story and industry better than the sheep who believe everything they’re told. Feel free to disagree with me; just don’t tell me my opinion isn’t valid. This unique blend of fascism and capitalism that Apple seems to instil in people really isn’t very becoming.
I’m completely disgusted with the relaunch of We7. They will tell you it’s to make the site more relevant to the user but don’t believe their lies. The official responses for these changes are as follows:
• First, we believe that a radio with request service is easier for more people to get access to more music without effort - sit back and just enjoy the music.
• Secondly, rights holders are imposing more restrictions upon free music services in an attempt to protect the value of music.
• Finally, this model creates a economic balance so we can provided you with access to unlimited music, pay a fair rate to artists and rights owners and create a base to build a sustainable business.
Moving to a radio format takes away the real key point of we7 which was choice the ability to play and replay any artist, album and song in their database. While this service was interrupted by the odd the avert it was a very good service. They have now taken this away and installed a radio style system instead where users can now request songs and albums (number of request are determined by user level).
The “monthly 50 request” idea is clearly an attempt to pacify people like my self who they knew would straight away kick up a fuss. Unlimited requests are available to subscribers but that defeats the point.
If they are now targeting subscribers as there main business how come we still have to put up with adverts? They say that “rights holders” are now being stricter on them, well how come we haven’t seen the same measures brought against YouTube.
What I really resent is how they have put up the users as the main reason for change, like these restrictions are meant to be for our benefit. They believe the new system will be “easier for more people to get access to more music without effort”. How thick do you link your users are? There was a search bar and standard audio player controls, it’s hardly rocket science. What really pisses me off is the old site appears to be available in all its form to subscribers. So does this mean your subscribers are stupid? If they had come out and given a valid real reason e.g. music labels are being dicks to us. I would have had a hell of a lot more respect for them. Instead they look like nothing but whores, if they want money why not sell blow jobs on the street like the whores you are.
My suspicions are that their attempt to get into the US market would be compromised by letting users have the freedom to choose what they listen on demand. The radio system amounts to nothing more than a striped down version of the excellent Last.fm, only there is no stats or community interaction capabilities. We7, you’ve lost a user because I fail to see what your service offers that others (Last.fm and YouTube) don’t. It doesn’t even scrobble anymore and just wonder how much longer we7 will continue to exist.
Screaming Trees recorded this in 1998 and is only now just seeing the light of day. Listening to it it’s hard to believe it wasn’t released at the time, even just as just a swansong when the band was coming to an end. Stories of the band failing to find a label might have been something to do with it but these songs are not off cuts, ‘Last Words’ is a completed album.
Mark Lanegan has since gone on to establish himself as the go to gravely voiced guy, popping up most prominently with Queens of the Stone Age and Isobel Campbell. It’s refreshing to hear ‘Last Words’ not just because the current ‘new’ music as a whole is dire the now but because I like the band.
Tom Perry’s wonderful review for Drowned in Sound likens it to ‘a letter from a forgotten friend’, ‘a phone call from beyond the grave’. I don’t expect the band to reform, record new stuff or tour the world. It’s just good to be given this unexpected reminder all these years later.
Last years Pavement reunion tour might have been seen as a welcome return by many but in reality it was the same as any other band reunion, making money. There was no new material, not even the slightest mention about reforming officially; it was purely another chance to fleece fans one more time all while pretending they were celebrating some sort of anniversary.
By no surprise this sounds a lot like Pavement. If like me you like Pavement that’s not a bad thing, you have take this album for what it really is. Stephen Malkmus isn’t Frank Black, he’s not gonna go out and start making country rock albums. Stephen Malkmus is Pavement, this album could be a Pavement album. By using the “and the Jicks” part of the title he‘s safe guarding himself from any real critism as its NOT technically Pavement while being very similar at the same time. This is the album Pavement would make if they were to have another shot. It’s not as good as the best Pavement albums but I’m really not that fussed, it’s always good to hear reminders of former greats and as a stand alone album ‘Mirror Traffic’ isn’t all that bad.
Dinosaur Jr. front man, J Mascis has released a solo acoustic album and is rather good. Ok this isn’t a massive surprise, Dinosaur Jr. has always been the missing link between Black Sabbath and Neil Young, I suspect he’s always had this album in him.
In this more stripped back setting, Mascis’s voice is really haunting. The usual lyrics of self loathing and despair are given extra force through the lack of swirling background noise. This is taking lo-fi to a whole new level.
The songs are along the lines of the quieter and more tender Jr. songs which isn’t a bad thing. The album title track sounds like its drowning in a bucket of sorrow, real melancholy but still catchy none the less. Mascis is one of the greatest guitar players ever even managing to make the acoustic instrument sound dynamic. He couldn’t resist sticking a bit of electric solo on the odd one though. The contrast between these two instruments sounds brilliant on ‘Is it Done’ in particular.
Since reforming to the original lineup in 2006, Dinosaur Jr. has proven in my opinion to have pulled off one of the greatest ever musical comebacks. I know this is a solo project but Mascis goes to show class is permanent, form is temporary. Several Shades of Why is the kind of album you stick on after a hard days work when in reflective mode. Its makes me yearn for yet another Dinosaur Jr. album. Ten songs of heartbreaking bliss done right, this would never get played on Radio 2.
Yesterday I had a day off from work and was planning to see a film at the cinema. I didn’t have anything in mind, but hay surely a 16 screen multiplex will have something for everyone? No chance.
My choices at the Dunfermline Odeon yesterday were as follows Harry Potter 7 Part 2 (being shown on two screens), Harry Potter 7 Part 2 3D (also being shown on two screens), Tranformers 3, Transformers 3 3D, Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 2 3D and Bridesmaids.
There’s three points here. First is the 3D argument, surely if a film in 3D and costs extra it would be the far superior version to watch right? Wrong, 3D is dire and a complete waste of time that gets more and more ridiculous every year the film industry sticks by it. It’s nothing but an attempt by the film industry to prevent piracy and get extra out of the already extortionate ticket prices. You know what else is a good deterrent? The continuously poor films they keep churning out.
My options yesterday were three sequels (the rom-com doesn’t count), I’ve seen Transformers 1 and 2 and there more than a big hint to the shite that would await me at another sequel. I haven’t seen a single Harry Potter film, why would I suddenly go and watch the eighth film? I wouldn’t have a clue what’s going on. Cinemas are discriminating against their audience by showing films needing people to have prerequisites, it’s a film not a masters degree.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is clearly a kid’s film. But the others are too. I know it’s the summer holidays and all, but adults usually get some time off in the summer too. I’m 23; I wanna watch something with a bit of bite to it, something that might have an unhappy ending, maybe some sex scenes and a bit of swearing. I’m not going to pretend I’m interested in the same thing as 12, 14 and 16 years, when I’m not.
50 Foot Wave are a ‘power punk trio’ formed by Throwing Muses lead Kristin Hersh. So far over the period of three EP and an album they’ve managed to produce continuously good rip roaring audio assaults.
First thing to be said is how great a band 50 Foot Wave is. Not because of their top class songs or sound, not even because of their Kristin Hersh legacy. But purely because they give all their music away free of charge from their website. ‘With Love from the Men’s Room’ has been released over a period of months rather than as a oner, which in its self is different to convention. I’ve looked forward to these snippets as they’ve come along but now the EP has seemingly been finished.
If you like 50 Foot Wave, you’ll love this new effort (personal favourite for me is ‘Grey’. If you haven’t heard the band before, you have nothing to lose by looking them up. This EP and their entire back catalogue are available to download for free at http://50footwave.cashmusic.org/.
So as normal the overly funded BBC has thrown its self styled big names at the 2011 Glastonbury coverage. As the years go on I’ve noticed how hardly any new faces/presenters turn up at these things.
Just to summarise Mark Radcliffe (former Radio1, Radio2 and general bawbag), Zane Lowe (Former Gonzo presenter and Radio 1’s self titled ‘new’ music guru), Jo Whiley (Former booker for the Word, Radio 1 presenter and now of Radio 2) and Lauren Laverne (Used to be in the band Kenickie, presented various musical and non-musical TV and Radio and in all fairness quite likeable).
First thing that should be said is how piss poor the Glastonbury line-up is (U2, Coldpaly and eh..Beyonce are headlining), they can only work with what they’re given. But I was staggered by some of the introductions these so called music experts gave to the acts. Most music fans I know share the same views on U2, tedious crap. Yet the BBC put this band forward like they were the greatest band ever. I don’t have a problem with people talking up their own coverage, but really?
This is contrasted earlier on in the night when BB King took to the stage with a very low key almost patronising mention from Mark Radcliffe. This guy is a true music innovator and all time legend, yet they treat him like a third rate lounge performer.
As I said the line-up is dire, but I am looking forward to Sunday night when Queens of the Stone Age will be headlining the second stage (Beyconce’s headlining the main stage). I’m a massive QOTSA fan, probably my favourite band of the past 15 years. Four years ago when I saw them at T in the Park a similar situation occurred. They played King Tut’s tent (which was packed and buzzing) yet the main festival headliner was Snow Patrol. The only conclusion to draw from this is the larger majority of people going to big festivals have little or no taste in good music, which in turn is reflected by the media. I no longer go to T in the Park (partly because it’s far too expensive), but mainly because the line-ups like all festivals now are repetitive and severely lacking in quality.
If you’re a fan of bluesy garage rock buy this album. Despite the fact Mark Ronsons’ on production duty, (don’t worry there’s no trumpets or tacky cover versions anywhere in sight) this album is ace. Opener “Family Tree” kicks off perfectly the rip roaring backwoods, guitar fest to come. Spiderman tribute “Spidey’s Curse” is an unexpected gem and the country swagger of “Dumpster Doving” couldn’t be any more irresistible. The Black Lips are back on solid form, I seriously doubt you’ll hear a better album this year!
One of the great things about the Raveonettes is how their style, visual character and identity have stayed the same and if anything will outlive them even when their music dries up. It’s comforting to know that after 10 years the band is still doing what they do. Unlike similar Mary Chain styled band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club the Raveonettes at least still sound like there trying. Raven in the Grave isn’t anything special, it’s not a touch on their previously albums, it’s just good to know a good band can still be bothered after their time and the music have moved on.
The Go! Team are the like the soundtrack to the greatest 70’s TV cop show that was never made. Rolling Black outs might not be in the same league as 2005 masterpiece Thunder, Lightning, Strike but its still a good effort non the less. As always its instrument driven, the influence is all over the place its old school R’n’B, its northern soul, general pop, hell there’s even a bit Sonic Youth style guitars. More of the same from a band that do it so well. Time to put away your Mumford and Sons album, and start having some fun instead.
Buffalo Tom might never have been the most fashionable band but their consistent sound and output, make them one of the most enduring bands of the past 20 years. Buffalo Tom was always a bit of a mish-mash of other bands like Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement but has always been capable of producing good songs.
Skins is far more relaxed compared with their early work bad thing. Album highlight for me is “Don’t Forget Me”, a duet with former Throwing Muses and Belly front woman Tanya Donnelly. “Guilty Girls” chugs along nicely with some catchy hooks, similar to the harder sounding “Lost Weekend” which could easily find its self on one of the bands earlier albums. The songs as a whole are straight forward, unflashy lo-fi, my kind of music.
As a CD (I still buy them), Skins is a pretty impressive package too. Like most independent CD releases these day Skins is presented in a lush cardboard casing with the standard high quality artwork inserts. It also boasts an extra disc of demos/live recordings.
After all this time Buffalo Tom is a band comfortable with both their sound and output. The technical sound of this album show they know what their doing. Although not a classic this is still a very good album none the less. Probably the kind of album best played in the dark of night before bed.
Scotland is buzzing from what can only be described as a historic, “emphatic” and sensational SNP victory in the Scottish Parliament election. They are now the first ever party to win a majority in the 12 years of the parliaments existence, managing to beat the system that Labour but in place to ensure they would never be a Nationalist government in place. When I went to bed late on Thursday night the SNP were quietly confident of coming back as a minority government, but all was changed when I woke in the morning.
It was a complete landslide, they only word to describe it is phenomenal. One by one the old Labour heartlands of Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Fife and GLASGOW all fell by the wayside. The old joke was you didn’t count the ballad papers in these seats, you weighed them was such the strength of the Labour vote. Labour are now on their knees, a party who are so out of touch they ran their campaign like they were still fighting Thatcher 25 years ago. Society has moved, attitudes have moved and Scotland has moved on. The one thing that can be certain is Labour hasn’t! All they have is fear mongering and the dyeing embers of Scotland’s once mighty industrial heartlands. As the events of the past 48 hours have shown they are so out of touch they’ve lost many of their key figures and could be years before they can get back on track.
Now it doesn’t help that New (London) Labour are at fault for so many of the problems we face today. The SNP made it at the last elections not only because Labour looked tired and incapable but also as a protest on Tony Blair and his illegal wars in the Middle East. Since then the same party has brought the economy to its knees and it says it all that they would seek to blame other for their own faults. But even then the Labour party in Scotland were complacent enough to think people will always vote for them, they thought the people of Scotland were stupid.
Alec Salmond was clearly the most competent candidate and no matter what Unionists tell you his party have used the Scottish Parliament to better Scotland and not just suppress it. They’re more left leaning than Labour, their more aspirational than the Conservatives. And they now that they have final broken through nearly 80 years after they were formed, their dream and many others dream might become reality. Whether you want independence or not the people of Scotland will get to decide their own fate and that of the United Kingdom in a referendum within the next 5 years.
American installing their first ever black president was rightfully heralded as a not only a massive surprise but showing democracy at its best. In the context of Scotland and the United Kingdom yesterdays result has changed the politics of these islands forever, it shows people aren’t stupid and they can think for themselves. Barrack Obama becoming America’s first black president was groundbreaking; Scotland voting for its first ever Nationalist government can only be described as a magnitude 10 earthquake.