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Martin Keatings

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Independent Candidate for Mid-Scotland & Fife on the Regional Ballot for the Scottish Parliament | 2021

Who cares about their religious denomination?

Who cares about their religious denomination?

Over the past 24 hours, the right-wing idiots have been out in force on Twitter about the events in Glasgow where Team UK decided to raid and detain two asylum seekers. The one thing is founded upon is a tweet by the First Minister and those same right-wing plonkers trying to make out that the First Minister, and indeed other politicians got it wrong because they mentioned Eid and Muslim in the…

"Once in a Generation" ends in 2 months.

"Once in a Generation" ends in 2 months. | #scotref #indyref2

We all know the mantra that the tories like to put out there about “Once in a generation” with respect to independence referendums. We also know it is a crock of ****. The actual quotation wasn’t “once in a generation”, it was actually: “once in a generation, opportunity“. There’s a reason they leave the word “opportunity” off the end. For a start, it changes the entire meaning of the phrase…

One Nation Party

One Nation Party #indyref2

The tories (wierdly) aren’t lying when they talk about “One Nation”. That’s because the UK isn’t a nation, it’s a union of constituent nations. So when they bluster about “One Nation”, I just remember that fact and for once can actually say the tories have been truthful. In reality though, it’s not “one nation” at all. It’s “one city”, indeed, “one area”, the banking district of London. Anything…

Nothing says "we love you" like erasing your cultural heritage.

There are times when you just think to yourself, eh? And for me, it usually happens whenever I read that, rather than addressing the underlying issues, the UK Government just sticks a union flag over the top of the cracks. Well, this is one hell of a big crack! It has just been reported on Wales Online that Cardiff City Council has given permission for an “advertisement” on the side of the HMRC…

Kim Jong Boris orders immediate propaganda

Kim Jong Boris orders immediate propaganda

So in recent days it has been reported that orders have come down from the supreme leader, Kim Jong Boris to commence an immediate wave of propaganda. It has been announced that effective immediately, UK diplomats are to refer to the UK and one country rather than “four nations of the UK” under new plans to “strengthen the union”. Whitehall officials are also being told to “stop ignoring the…

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Zero Tolerance may very well be the reason for increased assaults on NHS Staff.

Zero Tolerance may very well be the reason for increased assaults on NHS Staff.

Disclaimer: To make it clear, the following article expresses no intent with respect to assaulting NHS Staff. The article is specifically written to advance an argument and stimulate debate about something which has long been an impediment to proper healthcare and treating the patient as a person, not an illness. The very fact that this disclaimer is required (because the writer knows that a…

It now appears clear what has happened to the £600K

It now appears clear what has happened to the £600K | #SNP #Indyref2

Below is the briefing from the treasurer of the SNP given to the NEC, I’ll not rehash my comments of re-appointing a treasurer beaten in a fair party member election due to lack of transparency, in favour of a treasurer who wanted to bring transparency but decided to resign as a result of it not forthcoming. You can read my previous articles here: The SNP could end accusations about party…

Advocate General Joins Lord Advocate on Expenses.

Advocate General Joins Lord Advocate on Expenses. #PeoplesAS30

I can’t divulge the amount being claimed by the Lord Advocate in #PeoplesAS30 (yet), or the projected amount to be claimed by the Advocate General, but can say it’s eyewatering and clearly malicious. Obvious attempt to make an example and put we mere plebs in our place for asking a reasonable question that politicians have failed to answer for 22 years. That being said, the lord president…

Tories deliberately misrepresent report to wage war on courts and public transparency.

Tories deliberately misrepresent report to wage war on courts and public transparency.

Judicial review is the process whereby a member of the public (or organisation) can apply to the court about a decision that has been made in error or unlawfully. Recently, Lord Faulks wrote a report on just this subject which the tories have founded upon in order to try and tie the hands of the judiciary, and prevent public accountability. Lord Faulks has told an inquiry at Westminster that the…

The SNP has "appointed?" a new treasurer

The SNP has “appointed?” a new treasurer

An article on the BBC’s website today has left me more than a bit perplexed. I’d suggest reading my previous two articles on the subject, where until recently I reserved judgement on the subject but Douglas Chapman (who I know doesn’t just quit for nothing) was the deciding factor in me raising concerns: The SNP could end accusations about party finances tomorrow. I reserved judgement about the…

The Dominic Cummings Saga shows the power special advisers and permanent secretaries have over their bosses.

The Dominic Cummings Saga shows the power special advisers and permanent secretaries have over their bosses.

Woe betide the prime minister that throws their special advisor or permanent secretary under the bus. This is the lesson that the press do not want the public to know, and those in positions of power most certainly don’t want you to know. In the past 24 hours, dominic cummings has continued his scorched earth policy, having been thrown under the bus by the PM. He has published a 7,000-word…

Peoples Action Update

A motion has been filed for the Lord Advocate (who was invited into proceedings for any interest the Scottish Parliament had in the case) by the Scottish Government Legal Directorate seeking to recover costs against myself for the case. The motion reads: On behalf of the Second Defender and Respondent to find the Pursuer and Reclaimer liable to the Second Defender and Respondent in the expenses…

Home Office use of ex-army barracks for asylum seekers found to be unlawful.

Home Office use of ex-army barracks for asylum seekers found to be unlawful.

THE Home Office’s decision to force asylum-seekers to live in squalid and overcrowded ex-army barracks during the pandemic was unlawful, the High Court ruled today. The damning ruling found that conditions at Napier Barracks in Folkestone were inadequate and that the process of allocating asylum-seekers to the site was flawed and unlawful. For a period of time residents were also falsely…

Michael Gove broke the law.

Court finds that Michael Gove broke the law! | #Tories #Cronyism

Michael Gove broke the law by giving a contract to a communications agency run by long time associates of him and Dominic Cummings, the High Court has decided. The Court found that the decision to award the £560,000 contract to Public First was tainted by “apparent bias” and was unlawful. The Court found that Gove’s: “failure to consider any other research agency… would lead a fair minded and…

Court orders UK Gov to turn over polling data on "the Union".

Court orders UK Gov to turn over polling data on “the Union”.

You’ll all recall that back in 2019, I made numerous requests to be able to see the UK Government polling on public attitudes towards the Union The public freedom of information request can be found here The taxpayer-funded polls, which are believed to show an increase in support for Scottish independence, were shared with ministers in 2018 and 2019, but were never made public. However, the…

Cronyism is back in fashion! Cash for houses is its new face.

Cronyism is back in fashion! Cash for houses is its new face.

Two other articles on the subject you will want to read: Yet another example of Tory Cronyism & Swamp Politics: New ‘Cash for Honours’ Scandal Declarations released by the Electoral Commission show that the new masters of the Tory party are rich property tycoons. I have already written about the £150K donation from a specific developer in the link above, however, it would seem the problem is…

Gordon Brown has lost the plot.

Gordon Brown has lost the plot. #Indyref2 #Scotref

As with every article I write where I happen to mention the deposed ex-leader of Labour, I will preface this one with the same warning to the Scottish Electorate: GORDON BROWN HAS NO POWER TO DELIVER ANYTHING HE PROMISES – JUST LIKE 2014! HE IS WHEELED OUT WITH THE SOLE PURPOSE OF SPOUTING TORY PROPAGANDA IN THE HOPE THAT THE TORIES MIGHT REWARD HIM WITH A SEAT IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS. In his…

UK-Australia trade deal is about to shaft Scottish Farmers

UK-Australia trade deal is about to shaft Scottish Farmers

The UK government is currently, in its own words, “sprinting” to secure a trade deal with Australia, which is code for “we’ve screwed ourselves big time by cutting ourselves off from full EU market access, we promised and we can’t deliver and now we’ll take any trade deal that will allow the daily mail to put some kind of positive slant on the 10% contraction on the UK economy. However they try…

I reserved judgement about the 600K, now I'm not.

I reserved judgement about the 600K, now I’m not.

I recently wrote an article about the whole scandal with the fundraiser for Indyref 2 and the accusations that the SNP had spent it elsewhere (The SNP could end accusations about party finances tomorrow.) where I continued to reserve judgement until there was empirical evidence to support the accusations or disprove them. However, the resignation of Douglas Chapman who was elected treasurer on a…

NHS Fife and the Health Secretary were warned that infection control was inadequate in Elderly Care Wards

NHS Fife and the Health Secretary were warned that infection control was inadequate in Elderly Care Wards

It’s no secret that there is a bone of contention between myself and NHS Fife’s senior management, namely that they fail to listen. This is based on over a decade of failings with respect to my own healthcare and that of my mother. One event being the 11 months admission to their Victoria Hospital facility due to sepsis, only for her to be diagnosed with bladder cancer, be prepared for surgery,…