Supreme Court On Scottish Independence

The UK’s Supreme Court, has ruled on the legal status of Scottish, that the Scottish Parliament does not have legal standing to demand the right to veto the EU Withdrawal Act.

The judgement specifically states that the Scottish Bill contravenes both the t he original devolution settlement, The Scotland Act,  and the Tory/DUP government’s recent European Union (Withdrawal) Act, which withdrew some devolved powers from the Scottish Parliament and returned them to Westminster. The Tory/DUP European Union (Withdrawal) Act Schedule 4 specified that it overruled the Scotland Act devolution settlement.


They can take our lives, but they’ll never take our deep fried Mars Bars (Picture: still from Braveheart – Wikimedia Commons)

You can read the full judgement, but the significant parts are paragraphss 47 to 65, which state clearly that neither the Scotland Act nor the Sewell Convention in any way limits the power of the UK Parliament to legislate for Scotland, even in devolved areas, without any need for consent from Scottish ministers or parliament. The justices specifically explain that London ministers have complete power under the Scotland Act, without needing consent from the Scottish Parliament or further endorsement from the Westminster parliament, to impose secondary legislation on Scotland.

The Supreme Court said in its press release for the media:

What is the effect of the UK Withdrawal Act on the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament in relation to the Scottish Bill? The UK Withdrawal Act is not a reserved matter but it is protected against modification under Schedule 4 [99]. Several provisions of the Scottish Bill in whole or in part amount to modifications of the UK Withdrawal Act. These are: section 2(2) [101]; section 5 [102]; section 7(2)(b) and 7(3) [103-104]; section 8(2) [105]; section 9A [106]; section 9B [107]; section 10(2), 10(3)(a) and 10(4)(a) [108-110]; section 11 [111-113]; section 13B, section 14, section 14A, section 15, section 16, section 19(1) and section 22 (to the extent that these provisions relate to section 11) [114-118, 120-121]; section 26A(6) [122]; and section 33 and Schedule 1 paragraphs 11(a) and 16 [123-124].

The judgement reaffirms Scotland’s colonial status and the London view that the Scotland Act did not recognise any inherent Scottish rights, but rather graciously handed down from above some powers that London may change at a whim, exactly as though Scotland were an English County Council. All of which was addressed in the independence referendum of 2014, when Scottish voters heard all the philosophical arguments for full independence, weighed these against the extent to which Scotland’s economy is dependent on England, and decisively rejected independence.

Taking all this into account, the part of the judgement which states that it was not in itself outside the remit of the Scottish Parliament to pass a bill which relates solely to the domestic effects of EU withdrawal, that is utterly irrelevant in the wider scheme of things.

Incidentally it is worth noting that all the hysterical lefties currently running round screeching Trump said he’s a nationalist, that means he’s a Nazi because Hitler was a National Socialist, Gertmany’s ‘far right’ AfD are Nazis because Hitler etc.,” or  “Italy’s ‘far right’ Lega are Nazis because …” and Sweden’s ‘far right’ Sweden Democrats blah blah, because nationalism is evil.” have never uttred a word against the far left neo-stalinists of The Scottish Nationalist Party. Just thought I’d mention that because recently I’d had some very amusing exchanges with liberals and lefties for pointing out that if you say all Nationalism is evil because Trump and Hitler are nationalists, then you are saying Gandhi and the Dalai Lama are evil because they are also nationalists.

Liberals and lefties don’t have very good literacy skills because they unanimously say, “But you can’t compare Gandhi to Hitler …”

I’m not comparing of course, I’m contrasting, in the hope (a forlorn hope in the case of brainwashed liberals and lefties perhaps, that readers who do not already understand that nationalism is not specifically about invading Poland or exerminating ethic minorities. Nationalist, like liberal, can only ever be loosely defined.

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Johnson’s trial was fast-tracked due to the severe state of his non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph system he says was triggered by Roundup and Ranger Pro, a similar glyphosate based herbicide that he was a=obliged by his job to use up to 30 times per year. His doctors didn’t think he’d live to live to see the verdict.

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“Today’s decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews — and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world — support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson’s cancer,” Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said in a statement.

Monsanto is now a subsidiary of Germany’s Bayer AG, which closed on its $66 billion purchase of the agrochemical company in June.

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In September, 2017 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that glyphosates were not likely carcinogenic to humans, based on a decades-long study. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s cancer arm issued an opposite statement – warning that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Johnson’s case is not part of the consolidated proceedings in Missouri, Delaware or California state court, where some 2,000 similar cases are pending. It’s also separate from a federal multidistrict litigation waiting to be heard by US District Judge Vance Chabria of San Francisco – who allowed hundreds of Roundup lawsuits to proceed to trial after ruling that there was sufficient evidence for a jury to hear the cases despite calling a plaintiff’s expert opinions “shaky.”

Documents released in August of 2017 led to questions over Monsanto’s efforts to influence the news media and scientific research and revealed internal debate over the safety of its highest-profile product, the weed killer Roundup.

As the New York Times commented last year, leaked internal emails, among other things, reveal ethical objections from former employees to “ghost writing” research studies that were pawned off as ‘independent’ analyses.
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Tommy Robinson supporters protest outside The High Court Picture Credit: Peter Nicholls, Reuters

Supporters and critics of Tommy Robinson have descended into tit-for-tat spats over the merits of the former English Defence League leader winning his court challenge, securing his immediate release on bail.

It didn’t take long for pro and anti-Robinson social media users to clash over the judges’ decision. In London on Wednesday Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other judges quashed a finding of contempt made against Robinson over an incident in Leeds in May – ordering a new hearing over the allegation.

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One of the central themes in the Vote Leave campaign was the promise to take back control of Britain’s laws and courts and to leave the jurisdiction of the ECJ. The ruling elite are even more deluded than we thought if they try to get away with this. Although Remainers and mainstream media are convinced most leave voters were motivated by racism and xenophobia, in fact a majority of working class voters cited surrender of national sovereignty to foreign bureaucrats as their main reason for voting to leave the EU.

Pro-Brexit Tories slammed this latest revelation as just another example of concessions by Mrs May. Sir Bernard Jenkin, the Tory MP for Harwich, declared it unacceptable and said it could be rejected in Parliament.

“This is very profound. It is giving a status to the European Court of Justice in the withdrawal agreement that is not accorded to the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom,” he said. “That makes it a deeply unequal relationship and therefore unacceptable.”

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith commented: “This would be akin to saying that a UK citizen living in America could have their rights protected by a UK court.”

A UK government source insisted that the ECJ would not have the final say. “We have categorically rejected any proposal that would see the court of one side decide disputes,” they said.

A draft withdrawal agreement between the UK and bloc already states that a joint committee of officials will consider all disputes between the two sides but apparently and without any authority to do so, Mrs. May has overridden this.

Court documents cast doubt on Boris Johnson’s claim nerve gas is in ‘no doubt’ Novichok

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Teresa May have in the past two weeks both gone out on a limb to accuse the Russian government and Vladimir Putin himself of having engineered the chemical attack in Salisbury UK which almost claimed the lives of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter and led to many people with no connection to the spy or security services in Britain or Russia needing hospital treatment. Johnson has insisted that British chemical lab Porton Down told him the nerve agent used to attack the Skripals was definitely Novichok. However, court documents from a case which grated permission for investigators to take further blood samples from the two main victims, suggest there is no such certainty.

In an interview with Deutsche Welle on Thursday, the UK foreign secretary claimed that analytical chemists working at the UK’s chemical weapons facility at Porton were “absolutely categorical” in confirming to him that the source of the nerve agent, identified by the UK as A-234 – also known as Novichok – was Russian. Johnson said: “Let me be clear with you… the people from Porton Down, the laboratory… they were absolutely categorical and I asked the guy myself, I said, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said there’s no doubt.”

A decision from a High Court Judge on Thursday, however, granted permission to take new blood samples from Sergei and Yulia Skripal for analysis by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

In his judgment, Justice David Basil Williams included a summary of the evidence, revealing Porton Down’s analysis. The judgment, which includes sworn court evidence from a Porton Down chemical and biological analyst, reads: “Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analyzed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok-class nerve agent or closely related agent.”

Former British ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray wrote in a blog post that the evidence therefore does not unequivocally confirm that nerve agent used on the Sripals is definitely Novichok (which is a relatively easy substance to produce,). Murray also claimed that scientists at Porton Down have failed to find evidence of Russian “culpability” as Novichok and similar substances can be produced from easily obtained materials by any comptent laboratory technician.

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By now it should be obvious that peacemake, joybringer and putative aquatic pedestrian Barack Hussein Obama was never really in charge of the US Government. Whatever Obama said would happen, all the American government’s policies ensured the opposit would happen. The embedded article thows some light on how the US government really works

Italian Elections: It is the EU, Not Russia, Who is the Meddler
The harder the EU tries to impose its globalist agenda on people in some of its member states, the less willing they will be to toe Brussels’ line, Italian journalist Marco Fontana commented on Sunday’s election. “There is a great deal of outside meddling in Italian politics, but it is coming from EU leaders, like …

US Becoming Isolated As Key Ally Japan Considers Joining China-Led Investment Bank
Japan’s foreign minister signaled cautious approval of the institution that the United States has warned against. The opposition to the AIIB began crumbling after Britain said earlier this month that it would join the institution, saying it was in its national interest. France, Germany and Italy swiftly followed suit.

Don’t Believe Mainstream Media: Russia Didn’t Attack US Troops in Syria
On February 16 Bloomberg published an article headlined: “Don’t Be Fooled: Russia Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria.” It was the start of the latest Russophobic shitstorm unleashed by the ‘liberals’ of mainstrteam media and social media in the USA against Russia. To give this story a little context, although under international law U.S. troops are …

Russian Involvement In Corrupt Deals With Obama And Clinton
Image source: the federalist papers The US election took place almost a year ago but Democratic Party Politicians, Hollywood luvvies (when they’re not busy accusing Harvey Weinstein of assaulting everybody in the world,) and the sycophants of mainstream media continue to obsess over a paltry $100,000 worth Facebook ads allegedly bought by Russian spies in …

Germany Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance On Ukraine
As the US pro war rhetoric pumps up the tensions between Russia, its allies and the west in Ukrain we revisit once more the truth about which world power has been relentlessly pushing for war since 2009. It isn’t Russia or China, though they are not likely to back down.

OSCE saw no military hardware, weaponry crossing from Russia to Ukraine – mission head
One American attempt to raise worldwide support for military intervention in Ukraine was an allegation that US spy satellites had photographed Russian military convoys heading across the border into territory held by Ukrainian separatist rebels.
When challenged to provide proof the US government showed us some pictures so fuzzy and indistinct

Soros Encourages Obama Administration To Further Interference In Ukraine
While western leaders continue to pose as the guys with white hats in the confrontations with Russia and China, hacker collective CyberBerkut has leaked some hacked documents which show Russia is not behind the escalation of provocation, but the guys in black hats who really run western governments, led by George Soros.

Russia, Ukraine and the Petrodollar


Russia Threatens UK: “One Does Not Give 24Hrs Notice To A Nuclear Power”
Following on from the above story of Teresa May’s pointing fingers at the Russian government for the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK, and a similar accusation accomanied by veiled threats from Germany, and Germany’s pressure this morning, Russia has cranked up their response to ’11’ on the Spinal Tap amplifier of global armageddon.

US Becoming Isolated As Key Ally Japan Considers Joining China-Led Investment Bank
Japan’s foreign minister signaled cautious approval of the institution that the United States has warned against. The opposition to the AIIB began crumbling after Britain said earlier this month that it would join the institution, saying it was in its national interest. France, Germany and Italy swiftly followed suit.

De-Dollarization Accelerates As More Washington “Allies” Follow Australia To China-Led Bank
For many years the dollar has been the currency in which the world’s nations settled cross-border transactions and the so called petrodollar became the only currency in which oil could be traded. In recent years however, as other nations, particularly the BRICS group, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the leading nations outside the dominant US / European group, have been making moves to end the domination of the US dollar.

Germany Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance On Ukraine
As the US pro war rhetoric pumps up the tensions between Russia, its allies and the west in Ukrain we revisit once more the truth about which world power has been relentlessly pushing for war since 2009. It isn’t Russia or China, though they are not likely to back down.

De-Dollarization Accelerates: Russia Launches SWIFT-Alternative Linking 91 Entities

Among the information revealed in The Great Leaks of 2013 were the documents that exposed the extent to which NSA and GCHQ had been secretly ‘monitoring’ the SWIFT payments system and recording details of cash flowing between nations and organisations. It appears the revelation was the last straws for Russia, China, and other sovereign nations …