What’s that line about leopards and spots?

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As PM stumbles into another bear-trap, we’re reminded of earlier reveals.

In 2001:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/4259128/Scots-can-build-Jerusalem-but-not-with-English-money.html

Then in 2004:

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There are more, many more. Over to you dear reader.

9 thoughts on “What’s that line about leopards and spots?”

  1. It may be wrong to think that the personal prejudices of Charles Trevelyan of the UK Treasury in the 19th century are, in any way to be found in the culture and values of the current UK government. Even so, this is an interesting historical account of an attempt to exterminate the Gaels in Scotland and Ireland.

    It is not possible here to deal fully with the vast correspondence
    about the Irish and Scottish famines contained in the letter-books,
    and a few points only will be made. A great deal of material
    consists of long sermons from Trevelyan to government officials
    and organizers of private charitable funds on the demoralizing effect
    of getting something for nothing, whether the recipient was a
    landlord or a peasant. ‘ To give to those who are not in want must
    do unmixed harm.’ 1 ‘ The bolstering and cockering system has
    been carried to the utmost-people under it have grown worse
    rather than better.’ 2 Dependence on others was a ‘ moral disease ‘
    and must be eradicated.3 Trevelyan believed the Irish famine was
    the judgment of God on an indolent and unselfreliant people, and
    as God had sent the calamity to teach the Irish a lesson, that calamity
    must not be too much mitigated: the selfish and indolent must
    learn their lesson so that a new and improved state of affairs would
    arise.4 However as the distress was aggravated by ignorance,
    efforts should be made by individuals (not by the government if
    possible) to relieve it; but they must not distribute relief with such
    a liberal hand that what was meant for a blessing was turned into a
    curse. He regarded deaths by starvation as ‘ a discipline ‘, a painful
    one admittedly, but nevertheless a discipline, and he considered that
    they were a smaller evil than bankruptcy, for through them a
    greater good was to be obtained for Ireland and the whole British
    nation.5 ”

    I’m already thinking of revising the opening paragraph.

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  2. Trevelyan is remembered in the modern folk song – The Fields of Athenry. He didn’t cause the potato blight but he certainly was the architect of the policies that caused the deaths.

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    1. Folkie
      And whenever it is sung at Parkhead
      Whist a certain football club from Glasgow
      Are the oppostion
      Then their most enlightened,inteligent & educated supporters jeer
      Just like those who in my school days long ago
      When i was referred to as a Feinan b*****d
      Upon which i would always enquire that as i know who my parents are as / my birth certificate, so would you be kind enough to remove the word B*****d from what you have just called me,but would you care to give me the real meaning of the word Feinan , and before you give your most considered reply I must inform you that I am fully conversed of the TRUE meaning of its origin & actual meaning of the that word you espouse with such hatred and virulence
      Never once was i giving a correct reply IF ANY
      such clearly demonstrates in a very clear manner as to how colonial masters can subtlety indoctrinate their population not only to divide and rule but keep those that they require to support their oppressors
      Thourghily ignorant of the facts with regards
      Those who are selected as enemies
      But it tis the Colonial masters who are the True enemy of both sides of the cleverly falsely created divide.
      But today they have adapted their methodology to match the times they now find they are in
      So DO NOT BELIEVE 1 WORD that has emancipated from them and channelled through their lackeys, all mainly in The ABC
      & MSM

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  3. As my Granny used to say
    No need to go looking for the Devil
    You just have to always patiently wait and as sure as hell The Devil will show its horns,stare at you with ruby red glowing eyes and wag its tail fury
    So just sit back and wait in Boris revealing his true thoughts and Identity
    And when he does as on this occasion with regards Disasters
    Then the devil has indeed roared so all can see him

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  4. Boris is the very architypical English Squire, writing roughshod over YOUR land with his horse and hounds. Entitled, arrogant and contemptuous.
    “Separatism and nationalism” we’re the twin horses of Brexit, and English nationalists , with the support of their media, egged each other on to vilify and stereotype “others”–French, Germans as the “enemy”–and yes, us Scots.

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  5. https://www.thenational.scot/news/18626007.famine-forever-changed-scottish-history/

    “Trevelyan was a student of the economist Thomas Malthus and a racist, who basically believed that the Irish and Highland Celts were inferior – he wanted to import Germans – but played his part in the relief boards set up following the famine of 1846-47, though his basic belief never altered that emigration was the key to solving the problem of recurring famines….

    …..In effect, as Devine has suggested, the Highland and Island Emigration Society was a quango, and it was certainly connected to high places – its initial pamphlet in 1852 listed Queen Victoria as a donor and Prince Albert as its patron. The London Committee of the Society sent out a begging letter to the great and the good saying this was a “final effort to put an end to the misery that is breaking the spirit and degrading the character of our Highlanders, now that an absolute necessity of removing them has coincided with such an opportunity of providing for them elsewhere as never has, and perhaps never will, occur again”.

    The Society was criticised for aiding and abetting the Clearances by unscrupulous landowners, but was praised for introducing one rule – initially, it would only convey families Down Under.”

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  6. This is Tom Devine in great form. The Clearances were greater in the Lowlands than Highlands. It suggests to me also that considerable change has to happen in Scotland.

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  7. Starvation as famine in Scotland in 19th century and starvation now.

    Then and now the cause was poverty.

    https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/05/20/nothing-left-cupboards/austerity-welfare-cuts-and-right-food-uk

    “The right to food is a fundamental human right contained in several international treaties to which the UK has long been committed. This right, however, remains unrealized for the increasing number of people, many of whom are families with children, living on the breadline.

    The UK’s largest national food bank charity, the Trussell Trust, has documented a 5,146 percent increase in emergency food parcels distributed between 2008 and 2018. In that decade this food bank network went from distributing just under 26,000 parcels a year to handing out more than 1.33 million of them. A wider network of independent food banks has sprung up across the country over the past decade to meet the needs of more people facing food poverty.”

    And,

    The fall in the real value of wages has meant that the number of working poor who are hungry or unable to afford nutritious food has increased. Wages are so low that a full working day no longer guarantees food on the table.
    Evidence also shows that hunger has been fuelled by the inadequacy of social security provision and the processes by which it is delivered. People already on low incomes have been made even poorer
    by the under-occupancy penalty, the abolition of crisis loans and community care grants and the decision to cap increases in benefits to one per cent rather than indexing them to inflation.
    The squeeze on social security has been compounded by payment delays and sanctions which leave some people with no income at all – 31 per cent of those visiting Trussell Trust food banks do so because their benefits have been delayed, and 17 per cent because of changes to benefits.
    Even though they are spending more, people have been forced to cut the amount they eat and eat more poor quality, unhealthy food. From 2007 to 2012, expenditure on food rose by 20 per cent, but the actual volume of food consumed declined by 7 per cent, as household incomes for poorer families have been put under greater stress whilst prices have increased.”

    Click to access Going-Hungry-Human-Right-to-Food-REPORT-FINAL-1.pdf

    How much poverty is there?

    How much poverty is there in Ireland, North and South?

    In the Republic, child income poverty rates were estimated in 2020 at 16 .6 per cent with a large increase anticipated without economic recovery from the covid19 pandemic. The earlier economic crash of 2008 saw child poverty levels reach 32 per cent in 2013.

    https://www.esri.ie/news/child-poverty-will-increase-sharply-unless-there-is-some-economic-recovery-in-2020#:~:text=Without%20an%20economic%20recovery%20in,rate%20of%20child%20income%20poverty.

    UK government statistics for 2018/19 show that, after housing costs, 4.2 million children in the UK or 30 per cent were living in relative poverty. That percentage has fluctuated little over the years from around 33 per cent in 1997/8. After housing costs, the number of children in the UK living in absolute poverty in 2018/19 is 3.7 million or 26 per cent. In 1997, 45 per cent of children in the UK were living in absolute poverty.

    https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn07096/

    Research by the IFS and by Stark and Reed, 2018, for the Scottish government show child poverty in Scotland increasing as a result of the welfare policies of the current UK government. By 2030/31 child poverty levels in Scotland may be 38 per cent, currently 24 per cent. Will things be much different in other areas of the UK?

    Then there is Brexit.

    There are economic savings to be made by addressing the fundamental causes of health inequalities. More people will be able to fulfil their potential in life, free from the misery poverty can cause. There will be savings from fewer welfare payments, benefits from greater productivity, increased taxes and lower spending on health.

    “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death.” So said Martin Luther King.

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