Trains, sex offenders and Monica Lennon: This morning’s tweets for nontweeters


Conservatives failing schoolchildren as mental health referrals in England are more than twice the level of Scotland


Tories- the real sex pests


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7 thoughts on “Trains, sex offenders and Monica Lennon: This morning’s tweets for nontweeters

  1. Don’t know about anybody else but I am Royally pissed off by the Scottish Parly Unionists and their inability to be honest and not lie through their teeth.

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  2. More for an increasingly worried Monica to bump her gums about. From the latest annual Scottish Farmed Fish statistics show an increase in employment (5.5%) in the Scottish Atlantic Salmon sector and an encouraging commercial development of the biological control fish sector. Link and snippets below. See that SNP Scottish Govt? – See the Day Job thingy? Nae a bad performance hey there Monica!

    (This growing and hugely important sector of Scotland’s economy is being put under real risk by the UK Brexit shambles – please note all those who wonder why SNP Scottish Govt place such emphasis on avoiding a No Deal Crash-Out).

    Marine Scotland Science has published the Scottish Fish Farm Production Survey 2018, detailing levels of production and employment from Scottish fish farms.

    The total number of staff employed in marine salmon production during 2018 increased by 77 (5.5%) to 1,466 staff.

    Atlantic Salmon: The total number of smolts produced in 2018 increased by 945,000 (2%) to 47.1 million. The number of ova laid down to hatch increased by 7.2% to 70.5 million with the majority of these (87%) being derived from foreign sources. In 2018, 23,000 ova were exported.

    (Worth noting – In addition to the’ traditional’ production of Atlantic Salmon there is the incipient development of commercial production of biological control species: In 2018, lumpsucker and various species of wrasse were cultured for use as a biological control for parasites in the marine Atlantic salmon industry. In total, 553,000 lumpsucker and 103,000 wrasse were produced with 1.5 million and 37.0 million ova being laid down to hatch respectively).

    Fisheries Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “Aquaculture is vital to our rural economy, generating more than £620 million of added value to the Scottish economy every year, and supporting thousands of jobs in some of our most fragile coastal communities.

    Another step towards a successful IndyRef 2 campaign.

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  3. More Good News to keep Monica in nightmares. The SNP Scottish Govt managed to, finally, prise control of the Scottish Crown Estates marine revenues from Westminster control via the Smith Commission process – despite the howling fury of Monica’s britnat allies.

    (Don’t buy into the britnat myth that the Smith Commission was a victory for the Union – In truth it was a further (large-ish) step on the long march to Indy). That fuller control (year 1) of the Scottish Crown Estates is now starting to feed through into REAL financial benefits for Scotland’s coastal communities (rather than being ‘spaffed’ up the wall by Johnson and Co).

    Under Westminster control – Funds provided = £4.2M over TWO year budget period 2017-2019.

    Under SNP SCOTTISH Govt control = £7.5 M for ONE year budget period 2019-2020. Link and snippets below:

    Coastal communities are to benefit from £7.5 million of revenue generated from the Scottish Crown Estate’s marine assets in the first year of devolved management.

    Agreed with COSLA, the new arrangement means that 26 local authorities will receive an allocation from the net revenue of the Scottish Crown Estate based on each council’s share of the adjacent sea area.

    Announcing the allocation, Land Reform Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “The new funding arrangement will see coastal communities receive 100% of revenue generated from the Estate’s marine assets out to 12 nautical miles around Scotland, enabling them to better fund and support local projects and initiatives.

    “This government is delivering on our commitment to bring financial benefits to communities from the Scottish Crown Estate marine assets and enabling more decisions to be taken at the local level.”

    Background The allocation of £7.5 million being made in 2019/20 for coastal community benefit in Scotland is higher than the funding that was previously available under the old Coastal Communities Fund (CCF). Under round four of the CCF the total amount available to coastal communities in Scotland was £4.2 million for the overall period from 2017 to present.

    The total amounts available to each coastal council under this year’s allocation, from net revenue generated from the Scottish Crown Estate marine assets out to 12 nautical miles in 2017/18, are based on a distribution method agreed with COSLA.

    It is envisaged that this funding will replace the Coastal Communities Fund in Scotland, which was limited to significantly lower levels of investment for Scottish coastal communities. There are therefore no plans to run future rounds of that fund in Scotland.

    Scottish Govt + Day Job = Expertise in Action + Benefits for Scotland. Let’s shout it from the roof tops folks.


  4. Meanwhile the Treasurer of the 1922 Committee (a newly minted knight bachelor of the realm no less) gets himself barred from the tory conference for “..unacceptable..” behaviour. Beeb link and snippets + wicki factoids below: (Fun and games all the way wi’ Johnson and Co.)

    A senior MP has been kicked out of the Conservative party conference after an altercation.

    Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown was asked to leave the event after he clashed with staff as he tried to enter a room with a guest without the relevant pass.

    The incident led to a lockdown of part of the Manchester Central Convention Centre for about 20 minutes.

    A Conservative spokesman said: “The incident was totally unacceptable.”

    BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said the incident happened just before home secretary Priti Patel stood up to make a speech “trying to reclaim the Tories as the party of law and order”.

    Sir Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown MP is a British Conservative Party politician and comes from a family with a history of parliamentary service. He is the Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds, Vice-President of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists, as well as the Chairman of the International Office and Treasurer of the 1922 Committee.

    Clifton-Brown was educated at Eton College.

    After Iain Duncan Smith became leader of the Conservative Party, Clifton-Brown became the Shadow Minister for Local and Devolved Government Affairs in 2002.

    After the 2005 general election, he retained the seat of Cotswold and returned to Westminster as assistant Chief Conservative Whip.

    After the 2010 election and the formation of the subsequent Coalition Government, Clifton-Brown returned to the back benches, also making overseas visits in his role as Chairman of the Conservative Party’s International Office.

    In January 2016, the Labour Party unsuccessfully proposed an amendment in Parliament that would have required private landlords to make their homes “fit for human habitation”. According to Parliament’s register of interests, Clifton-Brown was one of 72 Conservative MPs who voted against the amendment who personally derived an income from renting out property.

    Clifton-Brown was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for political and public service.

    Clifton-Brown is related to seven other previous members of Parliament, including Geoffrey Benedict Clifton-Brown, also Douglas Clifton Brown and Harry Hylton-Foster who both became Speaker of the British House of Commons. Howard Clifton Brown was elected as member of Parliament on several occasions.

    I’m sure Johnson will be relieved that a bit of attention is being directed away from the ongoing enquiries into his ‘interesting’ use of public (Mayoral) funds. Dear old Sir Geofrey will probably be promoted to ermine in grateful recognition of duties served.


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