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Coronation virus

The United Kingdom is institutionally incompetent when dealing with new global challenges such as the coronavirus.

Scientists warned them.

President George W. Bush warned them.

The film “Contagion” warned them.

Bill Gates warned them.

Did they listen? Did they prepare? Did they react promptly? Did they adopt best practice from countries which did react promptly, like South Korea?

UK anti-science

Or did they continue the UK’s fascist habits of a lifetime and continue to pervert the course of justice, recklessly to obstruct medical scientists in the course of our duty to save lives, even threatening to take scientists as political prisoners to stop us blowing the whistle on wrong-doing and mismanagement?

So then did the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, his health secretary Matt Hancock and the next in line for coronation, Prince Charles, catch the very pandemic virus they were warned about?

We need to disinfect this world against the coronavirus and against the coronation virus, by never again rolling out the red carpet for any fool who thinks the UK royal family is an appropriate institution or that a constitutional monarchy is any way to run a country in this day and age.

We need to elect republicans who don’t pander to incompetent and fascist kingdoms.

See also Coronavirus – do not clap unethical medical practice that suffocates patients

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Coronavirus – do not clap unethical medical practice that suffocates patients

Dangers for staff and patients from skimping on PPE

“with Covid-19, medical staff were looking to avoid non-invasive methods because patients would still cough and splutter, increasing the risk of the virus being transferred to medical staff”
The Guardian – “How ventilators work and why they are so important in saving people with coronavirus”

Sorry but I cannot clap that selfish attitude. First do no harm. Suffocating sedated patients with their own phlegm is unethical and is akin to murder.

Those patients who can thrive, albeit coughing and spluttering, with non-invasive ventilation and/or oxygen therapy should never be compulsory sedated, intubated on a ventilator, prevented from coughing and spluttering in order to clear their airway, thereby slowly suffocated by their own phlegm and perhaps consequently killed for the sole convenience of fearful medical staff.

The ethical way to reduce the risk of the virus being transferred to medical staff is by the government investing in the National Health Service to improve the personal protective equipment (PPE) of medical staff to the highest standard and engineering of isolation wards so as to completely isolate medical staff from the virus hazard, as demonstrated in these videos, from South Korea –

and Naples, Italy.

Patients should only be put on sedated, invasive ventilation for the good of their own health, not merely in order to reduce virus risk to insufficiently protected medical staff because misgovernment has left the NHS with insufficient funds to invest in protecting medical staff to the highest standard.

Health ministers of governments should never be allowed politically to leave NHS managers short of funds to invest in appropriate PPE and therefore in the invidious position of mismanaging health care by allowing medical staff to unnecessarily sedate patients and force them to drown in their own phlegm – just because that’s the cheapest option to reduce risk to medical staff.

Governments who refuse to invest in what is required to save lives in the coronavirus pandemic, who allow unethical practices to save money, should be removed from office by parliaments and by the people.

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Electrically de-icing the Queensferry Crossing cable-stayed bridge.

BBC: “Falling ice causes first Queensferry Crossing closure”

Keeping such bridges open, even in icing conditions, is really not rocket science. What, to me anyway, is the obvious solution – to pass an electrical heating current through the bridge’s support cables –  doesn’t seem to be “obvious” to other research scientists and engineers whose “Thermal Systems” for melting the ice are reviewed here.

I suggested this simple solution, outlined the calculations required and warned of some dangers in an email to the Queensferry Crossing bridge authorities and contractors in March 2019, but as usual, the authorities ignore solutions until there is a political price to be paid for continuing to ignore solutions in a pig-headed, in-denial kind of way that politicians like to get away with, if they possibly can.

There follows a link to a PDF of the email I sent the bridge authorities last year – hopefully you can click the link and open and / or download the PDF so you can read it.

Queensferry falling ice hazard solution – electrically-heated cable stays

Deicing power for 70km of cables

@ 100W/m = 7MW = household electricity within a 3 mile radius of the bridge.
@ 250W/m = 17.5MW = household electricity within a 5 mile radius of the bridge.

Cable strands

Some strands in the cable are better situated for heating the cable than other strands, depending on their position in the cable as I have labelled them alphabetically, beginning with the label “A” for the centre strand (which is the worst strand for heating the outside of the cable, where the ice would be) and labelling the outer strands last in alphabetical order, which are best for heating the outside of the cable.

The cable strands are by convention named here using the format – “(Number of strands in the cable)-(Letter)”. Thus the centre strand in the 55-strand cable is named as “55-A”, the 6 strands immediately surrounding the sole 55-A are all named of type “55-B”.

For each strand in the cable we can assign a factor of heating capacity.

For the 55-strand cable, the total heating capacity factor assigned is 48.

For the 55-strand cable, there are a total of 24 strands which have utility for heating the cable – 6 of the 55-F type name strands, 6 x 55-Gs and 12 x 55-Hs. The 31 other strands (the 55-A to 55-Es) are not needed for heating per se, though could carry electrical currents whether by design or otherwise.

We can tabulate for each strand label, the heating power fraction and percentage, according to each strand’s heating capacity factor as a fraction of the cable’s total heating capacity factor.

Strands-label Heating power fraction Heating power %
55-F 1/48 2.1%
55-G 2/48 4.2%
55-H 2.5/48 5.2%


61-Strand Cable

For the 61-strand cable, the total heating capacity factor assigned is 54.

For the 61-strand cable, there are a total of 24 strands which have utility for heating the cable – 6 x 61-Gs, 12 x 61-Hs and 6 x 61-Is. There are 37 other strands – the 61-A to 61-Fs.

Strands-label Heating power fraction Heating power %
61-G 2/54 3.7%
61-H 2/54 3.7%
61-I 3/54 5.6%


For the 73-strand cable, the total heating capacity factor assigned is 54.

For the 73-strand cable, there are a total of 30 strands which have utility for heating the cable – 12 x 73-Hs, 6 x 73-Is and 12 x 73-Js. There are 43 other strands – the 73-A to 73-Gs.

Strands-label Heating power fraction Heating power %
73-H 1/54 1.9%
73-I 2/54 3.7%
73-J 2.5/54 4.6%


For the 85-strand cable, the total heating capacity factor is 60.

For the 85-strand cable, there are a total of 30 strands which have utility for heating the cable – 6 x 85-Is, 12 x 85-Js and 12 x 85-Ks. There are 55 other strands – the 85-A to 85-Hs.

Strands-label Heating power fraction Heating power %
85-I 1/60 1.7%
85-J 2/60 3.3%
85-K 2.5/60 4.2%


For the 91-strand cable, the total heating capacity factor is 66.

For the 91-strand cable, there are a total of 30 strands which have utility for heating the cable – 12 x 91-Js, 12 x 91-Ks and 6 x 91-Ls. There are 61 other strands – the 91-A to 91-Is.

Strands-label Heating power fraction Heating power %
91-J 2/66 3%
91-K 2/66 3%
91-L 3/66 4.5%


For the 109-strand cable, the total heating capacity factor is 66.

For the 109-strand cable, there are a total of 36 strands which have utility for heating the cable – 12 x 109-Ks, 6 x 109-Ls, 6 x 109-Ms and 12 x 109-Ns. There are 73 other strands – the 109-A to 109-Js.

Strands-label Heating power fraction Heating power %
109-K 1/66 1.5%
109-L 2/66 3%
109-M 2/66 3%
109-N 2.5/66 3.8%

VSL SSI 2000 Stay Cable System

VSL Queensferry Bridge

There are a number of options available in the VSL SSI 2000 Stay Cable System so these figures cannot be confirmed without sight of the Queensferry Crossing engineering design specifications (or by actually measuring the cables, which I am unable to do!).

For now, I am assuming for simplicity that the required maximum heating power in Watts/metre of cable length is the same as the stay pipe diameter in mm. This is not far off the maximum heat radiation from the sun on such a stay pipe, square on to the sun, at midday, midsummer, on a cloudless day – or more than enough heat to melt any ice in short order!

At this maximum heating power and after the cable cores warm up, they will emit 1000÷π = 318 Watts of heat energy per metre-squared of stay pipe surface area.

Number of strands
in the cable
Stay Pipe Diameter
Heating power
55 200 200
61 225 225
73 250 250
85 250 250
91 280 280
109 315 315

It is now possible to tabulate for each cable-label strand, the maximum heating power per metre and assuming a strand resistance of 0.001137 ohms per metre, what the maximum strand current and voltage potential per metre would be.

Strands-label Maximum strand power (Watts/metre) Maximum strand current (Amps) Maximum strand voltage (milliVolts/metre)
55-F 4.2 61 69
55-G 8.3 86 97
55-H 10.4 96 109
61-G 8.3 86 97
61-H 8.3 86 97
61-I 12.5 105 119
73-H 4.6 64 73
73-I 9.3 90 103
73-J 11.6 101 115
Strands-label Maximum strand power (Watts/metre) Maximum strand current (Amps) Maximum strand voltage (milliVolts/metre)
85-I 4.2 61 69
85-J 8.3 86 97
85-K 10.4 96 109
91-J 8.5 86 98
91-K 8.5 86 98
91-L 12.7 106 120
109-K 4.8 65 74
109-L 9.5 92 104
109-M 9.5 92 104
109-N 11.9 102 116

Cable voltages and power

To calculate the cable voltages and power and to calculate the total maximum power to heat all the cables of the Queensferry Crossing accurately, I will need to know how many of each size of cable and their lengths.

Direct Current Heating

Those theoretical differences between strand situations only matter for direct current heating if it is possible electrically to isolate strands from each other. The strands are attached via steel wedges to a steel anchor head, which, for now, incidentally connects all the strands together electrically.

Please note, however, that when introducing a design requirement to conduct large electrical currents between strand pairs at the tower anchor heads (see DC Circuit Diagrams) the incidental electrical connection at the wedges may be of insufficiently or unreliably low resistance and should be supplemented with an ultra-low resistance connector between the strand ends, to avoid faults developing from excessive resistance heating at the wedges.

Electrically isolating heating and signal strands

Cable anchorages

Teflon/PTFE-coated glass fibre fabric sheaths to electrically isolate the strands from the anchor head. The outer strands are for heating. The inner strands are for signals.

It should be possible to insert Teflon/PTFE-coated glass fibre fabric sheaths between the wedges which grip the strands we wish to insulate and to isolate from the anchor head and from each other, unless and until they are connected to electrical heating or signal circuits.

One option is to make a solid, Glass-fibre Reinforced Plastic (GRP) sheath or sleeve, using the fabric sleeve as the preform. Epoxy resin would perform satisfactorily no doubt but for this application, a cyanate ester resin would offer superior electrical insulation properties.

The signal circuits could be used to report to the power supply control electronics at one end of the cable, the voltage on the heating circuit or the output of heating current sensors at the other end of the cable, to help to detect current leakage faults in the cable strands’ insulation or anomalous resistance imbalances between the heating strands, to implement a residual current device, to trigger safety power-cut-outs or circuit-breakers, most notably.

Teflon is a good insulator and is used for thread seal tape illustrating the properties of lubrication of the wedge to its housing cone required. The glass fibre fabric should provide strength under compression and a superior dimensional stability versus creep under load that a pure Teflon sheath may suffer from.

Clearly the sheath would have to remain thick enough to insulate against the highest voltage difference which might appear between the heating strands and the anchor head.

Such sheaths would likely not be available as an off-the-shelf product in the required dimensions, though general purpose PTFE-coated fibre glass cloth is commonly available and this expandable E-glass sleeving, expands from a relaxed internal bore of 15mm to a maximum bore of 38mm and insulates to 500V when not expanded, which is a useful size while relaxed to accommodate the strand and while expanded to accommodate the wedges.

The insulation should cope with the highest DC voltage of about 100 Volts, used to power the longest and highest heating capacity factor strands, albeit that this sleeving is inappropriately resin-coated and would therefore likely require to be custom adapted, the resin cleaned off and the inner surface re-coated with PTFE, tested and proved in the laboratory. The terms “sheath” and “sleeve” are here used interchangeably.

Assembly of insulating sheaths / sleeves

(This is merely a preliminary and incomplete description of suggested procedures, methods and tools which are for now provisional, subject to revision and must anyway first be trialled and perfected in the laboratory before being approved for training purposes and for installation on the bridge.)

Start with the longest cable and then do the next longest cable, then the next longest etc. until you finish with the shortest cable.

Match the 288 cables in pairs on opposite sides of the same tower. For each of the 8,640 or so heating (and assuming only +1 signal strand per cable for the cable’s tower anchor head earth voltage, see DC Circuit Diagrams) strands that require to be insulated at the deck anchorage, pair that strand with an equivalent strand in the paired cable and so far as is possible have two teams in telephone or radio or computer network contact doing the equivalent strand operations simultaneously in both cables so as to keep the forces as balanced as is practical.

Simultaneously de-stress the old strand pair, remove them and put them aside for reuse in shorter cables later.

Why all the re-stranding?
Re-stranding may inconveniently be necessary and turns the insulation of the strands into a significant bridge re-stranding operation because when the strands were cut for capping off, they became too short to manipulate loose in situ to facilitate inserting the insulating sleeves.

Stay cable strands stresses and strains

The above figure by Bekaert, the stay cable strand supplier, which I have annotated to illustrate typical strand stresses and strains, suggests that the strands in the shortest cable of 95m while under the least strain (0.27%) would be 26cm shorter when loose. The strands in the longest cable of 421m while under the most strain (0.42%) would be 176 cm shorter when loose. So strands that have been cut off to fit in the cable end cap, once let loose will then be too short to feed back through the anchor head to be gripped by the puller for re-stressing. 

If it were only a practical option to splice on, in situ, a length of strand to restore the original, at-installation length and similar tensile strength of the strand at the join, with the same diameter so that the strand could pass through its shaft in the anchor head, then the time-consuming and expensive bridge re-stranding operation could be avoided, but is that splicing a practical option, in this case? I don’t think so but then I am no expert in splicing.

Exercising due diligence, it may be dutiful to consult specialists in the wire rope splicing field but the first difficulty is that there is only the very short stub of strand protruding from the anchor head to work with in the extremely confined space. I suppose one could release the strand from its deck anchorage, remove the lowest section of the cable’s stay pipe, pull the end of the strand up on deck to give the splicer a lot more length of the end of the loose strand to work with and a lot more room to work in. I’m not sufficiently experienced in the art of wire rope splicing to know if this can be done successfully in situ in the case of a 15.7 mm diameter 7-wire stay cable strand, but it may be worth consulting the splicing experts I suppose. A spliced strand would require to be as strong as the original strand and I think you’d always be concerned that the performance of the spliced strand was never going to be quite as good as the original so what performance and safety reassurance could there be using spliced strands? Meanwhile I shall continue below as if splicing the strands isn’t practical here and therefore a significant re-stranding of the bridge is required. If splicing turns out to be a practical option then one can read “replaced strand” below alternatively as “spliced strand”.

Estimated number of strands in the bridge 22,752    100%
To be replaced with a new longer strand 444 2%
Replace with an old strand from a longer cable 8,196 36%
To be left as now 14,112 62%

Replace the removed strands with a longer pair of strands, cut to the originally specified installation length, when possible reusing strands previously removed from a longer cable.

The 444 or so strands to be insulated in the top and longest 12 cables will need to be replaced with new longer strands. The 8,196 or so strands to be insulated in the other 276 cables can be replaced with an old longer strand that had been replaced from a longer cable.

I estimate that the bridge re-stranding operation could be timetabled for completion in 48 stages of the working time it takes the cable teams each to remove, to insulate and to replace 1 strand, assuming that up to 288 cable teams and the required tools were available to work on all cables simultaneously.

Restranding Timetable

Before inserting the replacement strands, we can take advantage of the empty strand shafts and wedge-receiving conical housings in the deck anchor heads to secure the insulating sleeves in place, with epoxy glue applied to the outside of the sleeves, held in place firmly against the anchor head shafts until the glue sets by appropriately-shaped non-stick moulds.

Only the inner surface of the sleeves would benefit from a PTFE-coating; the outside surface of the sleeves would best be uncoated, to more effectively bond with the glue. The steel inner surface of the anchor head shaft could be pre-roughened with a fine abrasive to more effectively bond to the glue and to the sleeve.

Once the glue had set and the sleeve was secure in position, the applicator moulds could be removed and the new strands inserted.

Attach low resistance measuring instruments to confirm that the strands are insulated from the deck anchor heads.

This arrangement offers the best prospect for the insulating sleeves remaining fixed in the desired locations as the strands strain as they are stressed during the installation procedure, moving under tension through the anchor head shafts, rubbing on the PTFE-coated inner surface of the sleeves, whatever reduced friction trying to drag the sleeves along with the strands but being strongly resisted by the glue holding the sleeves in place.

The strand pairs would then be stressed to specification to be secured with wedges and I understand that pairs of hydraulic pullers / mono-strand jacks can be operated remotely so that they pull together from opposite sides of a tower, which would be ideal.

Assuming that the pullers are successfully de-stressed while the wedges prove to hold the strands as expected then we can proceed to remove the pullers. Then test again to ensure that the strands + wedges assemblies are still insulated from the anchor heads in which they are now securely held. If the test is passed we can assume that those strands are now ready to be connected up to the heating electrics.

We won’t be cutting off the long ends of the insulated strands for capping, in case the insulation needs to be renovated in future, because we don’t want to have to go to all the bother of replacing the strands again!

The deck anchor heads will be left uncapped and the long ends of the insulated strands will have additional insulating sleeves added along the whole of the exposed long ends and will be tied up ready for the electricians to rearrange as required for connecting up to the heating power supplies.

DC Power Supplies

Not forgetting DC power supplies and I have noticed a comprehensive range of 3kW to 10kW DC power supplies here that I think will do nicely, an average of about a dozen power supplies per cable (more for the longer cables, fewer for the shorter cables), about 3500 power supplies required to de-ice all 288 cables.

Where to store the cable power supplies?

Let’s examine the option of storing the cable heating power supplies in the towers, racked next to the anchorages of the cables which they will be heating. There might just be enough room to squeeze in another half a tonne of power supplies for the 4 cables per floor (assuming their racks are securely attached to the tower walls), 12 tonnes worth of power supplies for all 24 floors per tower, for all 3 towers!

Even at 94% efficiency for switch mode power supplies, each tower’s cable power supplies could be generating at most about 0.4 MW of waste heat energy. A new massive extractor fan fitted into the roofs of the towers would be required to cool the inside of the towers while the DC power supplies are heating the cables.

Considering how cramped the insides of the towers are already, the daunting cooling problem, not to mention the risk of a tower fire destroying all of a tower’s power supplies at one time, it looks to be much the better option to install the cable power supplies on the deck, next to the deck anchorages to allow them to be supplied with power.

The stay cables penetrate the surface of the deck, as can be clearly seen in this next photograph, taken during construction.

Therefore best access to the anchor heads, to attach the cable heating power supplies, may be from inside the deck, where the power supplies themselves should be stored too.

Store power supplies below deck

DC Circuit Diagrams

Locating all the electrics at the deck anchorages, while leaving the strands earthed at the tower anchorages, offers advantages for design, development, installation, commissioning and servicing.

Circuit Diagram – 2 heating strands, 1 power supply

Heating strands pair current balance detector

The window detector circuit compares the isolated power supply’s potential with respect to earth to detect the expected balance of current and voltage in the heating strands pair. If an imbalance fault develops then the safety switch is used to cut the power.

DC Summary

So isolating the strands for DC heating purposes presents technical challenges. It would be very convenient if the outer strands could be preferentially used for heating purposes without having to isolate the strands electrically etc. but to achieve that we must consider using not direct current but alternating current instead.

Alternating Current Heating

The skin effect observed with alternating current changes matters in that with increasing frequency the heating current will tend to distribute towards strands nearer the surface of a cable. However if too great a frequency is used then the skin effect will increase the resistance of even the most superficial strands so much that inappropriately high and difficult to insulate against voltages would be required to obtain the required heating power.

Assuming that the appropriate AC frequency can be determined for preferentially heating the superficial strands of the Queensferry Crossing stay cables, although there would be no need to isolate the strands from the anchor head, there then presents the challenge of isolating the anchor heads and anchorages so that the current is not dissipated through the bridge instead of heating the cables as required.

Having isolated the cables for heating purposes, one may then wish later to reconnect the cables electrically to the rest of the bridge and disconnect the heating power supplies for lightning protection purposes. Certainly, one would not wish to encourage a lightning strike to find its way to ground via the bridge’s cable deicing power supplies!

Tower ice

To prevent the bridge piers or towers (with non-conducting concrete surfaces) from icing up, they could have been surface fitted with new electrical heating trace cables which are then appropriately electrically-powered for deicing when necessary.

Ideally, such additional heating elements would have been embedded into the surface of the piers at construction time. Too late for that now.

Another option to consider is heating the hollow towers from within. However, considering the considerable mass and thickness of the towers, their surfaces would have to be kept above freezing temperature all winter long. Heating the towers from within, there simply wouldn’t be time to allow the towers to get freezing cold because there was no icing then suddenly heat them from the inside to deice a sudden incidence of icing.

So heating from within bridge towers would use more electricity, though the cost shouldn’t be prohibitive – surplus grid electricity is a common occurrence at times of high wind power generation, so the electricity grid managers should offer a very low price for such electricity (just the grid connection charge) – plus it should be a lot safer upgrade from the point of view of bridge users – far less chance of things falling onto the road during the fitting of the towers’ internal heating elements.

Heating the towers may be as simple as a big electric heater on the ground floor, the warm air rising up the insides of the towers, in between the open stairways and scaffolding.

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Abusing teenagers in love since 2007, the puritanical SNP government to “overhaul” itself

That would be “overhauling” the cruelty imposed by the SNP governments since 2007, presumably?

The National: Nicola Sturgeon pledges to improve Scotland’s care system

The BBC: Sturgeon pledges radical overhaul of children in care system

Sturgeon sitting with those girls looks like butter would not melt in her mouth but she voted for puritanical legislation that, on the face of it, could lock up any older children – for up to 10 years – for engaging in consensual sexual conduct with their classmates, boyfriends / girlfriends etc.

SCHEDULE 2 – PENALTIES – Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009

Sitting on the sofa with the First Minister one day then soon after experimenting with love, as teenagers may be tempted to do, arrested and forced into the dock of the High Court for a sentence of up to 10 years imprisonment!

Sturgeon is, so to speak, the wicked witch-finder general of the cult of her devolved Scottish government – clueless on delivering independence but spending £billions on a sadistic police state to witch-hunt and to hurt young Scots for doing what comes natural to them.

Why did Sturgeon come into politics – just to hurt young people?

Is her envy as a barren woman who missed her chance to have a family of her own and who will stop at nothing in revenge to punish teenagers with up to 10 years in jail to stop them from trying to start their own family?

Some teenage mums can, the SNP’s Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 legislation suggests, be locked up for years in prison – just for daring to become a mum – and possibly driven to suicide – that is the cruel fantasy of Nicola Sturgeon that she and her party has made the law of Scotland in this United Kingdom that the SNP are puppets of.

UK puppets – satirical view of Nicola “Soo” Sturgeon and Peter “Sooty” Murrell.

Abortions are to be insisted upon to appease the Sturgeon death-cult wherever possible, sadly.

If Sturgeon couldn’t have a family, she will, it seems, get her revenge on life by doing her level best to stop younger Scots from having families too and the young people in her care are the ones she can pick on most easily.

Is that why she came into politics – to kill the sex drive, to kill love, to kill fetuses and if babies “regrettably” must be born, “why not” have their mothers kill themselves in prison?

No wonder the birth rate is in decline with such a puritanical hostility to sex from the First Minister. If Scots let her, this is a First Minister who will drive the birth rate down to the point where the Scots will suffer an existential crisis!

For Sturgeon’s puritanical devolution cult, as for Edward Longshanks, “the trouble with Scotland is that it is full of Scots”!

This beautiful photograph illustrates the kind of thing that it seems Sturgeon and the puritanical SNP hate most of all and want the law to allow judges to lock teenage girls up for, for up to ten years.

Daily Record: ‘She’s changed me completely’ Teen pregnant at 14 says daughter inspired her to work hard at school and excel in exams


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Keir Starmer is the WORST choice for Labour leader

Starmer misled the Labour Party as Corbyn’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union from October 2016 – misleading the party into offending Leave voters by remoaning, remoaning and remoaning again to obstruct any Brexit deal getting through parliament.

How Keir Starmer turned his back on Leave voters

In particular, Starmer badly advised Corbyn to whip Labour MPs to vote against Tory Brexit deals, when the only clever whip was to abstain, otherwise a free vote should have been granted so that Labour MPs could reflect their constituency feelings on the Remain vs Leave issue.

Starmer misled Labour into falling into the Tory trap which was to make Labour look like they were obstructing the democratic victory of Leave voters (in England and Wales).

Starmer handed Johnson his 2019 general election winning slogan “Get Brexit Done!”

So there can be no worse choice than Starmer for Labour leader. The man is the kiss of death for Labour.

“If recent history proves anything, however, it’s that academic prowess doesn’t always translate into political acumen. As the man who had Corbyn’s ear on Brexit, he was Britain’s most influential Remainer. He was the architect of Labour’s “six tests on Brexit”, a transparently semantic straitjacket: it was a device Labour could use to try and lever the government out of office, while claiming to support enacting the outcome of the referendum – despite never voting for any version of it. The public aren’t idiots; it was clear what was going on. Starmer’s plan was, in common terms, too smart for its own good.

Over time, Starmer overplayed his Brexit hand. Jacked up on e-petitions and well-attended People’s Vote marches (because jolly days in central London are always an accurate gauge of the electorate), he – like many Remainers sensed a point in time where the referendum result might be overturned. I wonder how he views that opportunism now, when a Labour abstention on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at any point would’ve already had us living in the kind of tepid Brexit he claimed to favour.”
Geoff Norcott, “Keir Starmer says he’s working class. Sadly, the only thing he could make from scratch is fresh pasta”, The Independent, 22nd January 2020.

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Susan Deacon GONE! Next, SACK Iain Livingstone as Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

I offered to serve as Chair of the Scottish Police Authority and my first act, which should have been Susan Deacon’s act, but wasn’t and this is where she went wrong on day one, would be to SACK IAIN LIVINGSTONE as acting Chief Constable and not allow him to be considered for the post of Chief Constable.

I knew that acting Chief Constable Iain Livingstone was not up to the job, before Deacon was appointed, because Livingstone had incompetently commanded his officers so as to arrest me for something as trivial as a flirtatious email to a lady SNP Councillor, who has since resigned in disgrace after bearing false witness against me in Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Livingstone has been mismanaging Police Scotland as Gestapo Scotland, meaning prioritising arresting political activists who are in any way critical of the SNP leadership.

It goes without saying that Livingstone’s Gestapo Scotland has neglected the proper duties of police such as to enforce drugs laws, resulting in Scotland having the worst death rate from drug abuse in the European Union.

I’m still available to serve, whether as a replacement for Deacon or as the next Chief Constable.

Read my blog posts for the details of how Police Scotland is operating as a Gestapo in Scotland, under Chief Constable Livingstone and the SNP government.

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Students and the public shouldn’t support ANY university staff pay claim or strike

As a science graduate of Edinburgh University, a former Glasgow college lecturer and a mature post-graduate science student who was unjustly excluded from both Universities in Aberdeen (AU & RGU) leaving me with the worst-possible reference (“we don’t even allow him on campus”), from which my career as a scientist never recovered, I have a unique perspective on university pay disputes.

Whilst unjustified student exclusions are the fault of mismanagement failing to find a way for people to work together, those unjust exclusions often follow a complaint from a lecturer or department administrator, unwilling to allow tough questions to be asked of staff by “mere students”, however educated and qualified those students may be.

University Principals are those most responsible for hiring lawyers to obtain court orders to enforce exclusions from the campus.

My complaint about the staff in general is that collectively they show no solidarity with excluded students whom one of their fellow staff colleagues may have complained about. The solidarity is always with the tenured staff member to support principals who exclude any student who asks tough questions.

Whilst collective action from staff is often evident to support a wage claim, never in a million years can one imagine collective action by university staff in support of excluded students.

Such excluded students are left to rot on the dole for the rest of their lives, or tormented by Jobcentre staff and made mentally ill by having their benefits cut off. Such individuals as myself are the “skeletons in the cupboard” of academia – only I am one such skeleton who is still blowing the whistle!

So that’s why I don’t support such pay claims, as I explained to a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in program some years ago.

Peter Dow (on radio) re: Scottish Universities Pay Dispute

Lecturers and students who didn’t welcome my tough questions, typically complained that I was “disruptive”, misrepresenting my constructive line of questioning.

They couldn’t go complaining to management about my “constructive” questions without looking foolish, now could they?

Better to save face by pretending that I was “disruptive”, embellish their account so as to paint me in as bad a light as they can.

Academics claiming that they “don’t want” students excluded is insincere when they never lift a finger to oppose or reverse exclusions.

Academics who claim they cannot imagine dishonesty in their colleagues either lack imagination or are dishonest themselves.

In my case, academics testified as witnesses for the prosecution, for my exclusion, as to my alleged “disruptive” behaviour at lectures etc. so my experience is to the contrary of any claims that academic staff “do not want exclusion”.

“Gown” versus “Town”

Academics (“Gown”) are willing to take industrial action action against the university management (“Town”) in support of wages and conditions, so it is untrue to pretend that “Gown” doesn’t ever interfere with “Town” management decisions ever.

The contrast is the courage when selfishly striking for university staff’s own wages compared to the indifference or moral cowardice in not striking, not even speaking out, in solidarity with excluded students.

Academics don’t speak out politically in support of excluded students but have misled the polity by pretending that excluded students can be “expected to do very well”, whereas the deck is very much stacked against us when we are excluded.

My career as a scientist was ruined, long term unemployed and on the sick, with no social life, no friends, no family of my own.

I was excluded from the University of Aberdeen from 1991 and the Robert Gordon University in 2003 and have never been included anywhere else that I wanted to be as a first choice since then.

It is too late for me to expect the experience of decades of exclusion since then not to determine my future. It has determined the last 28 years of my life, ruining it completely.

My life has been totally destroyed by my exclusion!

“Study at the Open University”

Having left my college lecturing job from boredom, I didn’t want to do an O.U. course, still don’t, because I lacked and still lack a social life.

When you are socially isolated, you need the company of your peers. You want to make friends, perhaps find a partner in life to start a family with.

What you don’t need is your peers excluding you from their company because you might ask some tough questions.

What I need is solidarity against the mismanagement of the Universities of Aberdeen and the mismanagement of the courts which prevented me from holding them to account.

I need restorative action which removes the bad management and lets me back on campus in Aberdeen to put the record straight at every public meeting on campus, where I can speak out and reduce the reputation of the past years of mismanagement to the “lowest of the low” which is appropriate.

I have been grievously wronged and the wrong-doers must be held to account.

There must be justice and accountability and compensation, though I fear the compensation I would demand would break the Bank of England but no apology nor compensation whatsoever has ever been offered to me.

So the solution here must be to remove the accreditation of all UK universities and of the standing of the kingdom and monarchy which gave them their royal charters that they never deserved in the first place.

The Windsor royal family must be exiled from Britain before we, the people, can then turn in a “year zero” to confronting the UK elites who have abused their positions of trust in the kingdom.

We’ll see how brave academics etc. are when they don’t have a fascist police state to exclude their critics.

Meanwhile, Ivory Tower fascists do not deserve any wage nor any pension – social security payments only until they put their own house in order.

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No, Spanish fascists may not take our Clara Ponsati political prisoner!

Any request by the Spanish fascist police state to send an arrest and extradition request to Scotland to dare to take our beloved Clara Ponsati political prisoner must be rebuffed in the strongest terms by the Crown Office without hesitation.

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Lord Were-Wolffe, James Wolffe, Sturgeon’s Lord Advocate

If it is not, if James Wolffe, Alison di Rollo and David Harvie entertain such a request from Spain then they should be sacked by the First Minister, for violating human rights law and for gross incompetence in resisting the fascist abuse of legal process.

If any officer of Police Scotland dares to arrest Clara Ponsati then Susan Deacon and Iain Livingstone should be sacked by the Justice Secretary.

If Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf sit on their hands and do nothing, just allow the officials they have appointed to proceed with any such arrest and extradition attempt then Sturgeon must be dismissed as First Minister by the Scottish Parliament and that will remove Yousaf as Justice Secretary too.

If Sturgeon sacks Wolffe as Lord Advocate but he tries to cling onto office because the Queen won’t rubber stamp Sturgeon’s order then the Queen must be banned from Scotland, the Scottish Parliament calling on any military to enforce the ban.

Try to understand that we are dealing with fascists here and democracy cannot afford to play footsie with fascists.

Fascists need to be nipped in the bud. NOW!


Peter Dow

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Plan B for Scottish Independence

1. Follow Peter Dow’s Road Map to Scottish Independence (explained below).

2. Win home rule of broadcasting, set up a Scottish Broadcasting Corporation.

3. Finally hold indyref2 with the level playing field of fair broadcasting coverage of the strongest arguments for independence that the BBC would never broadcast – all the many arguments against Queen, Kingdom and Empire, explaining how and why an independent Scotland governed democratically as a Scottish republic with an elected president would make all the difference to Scottish independence and to dealing with problems of the incompetence of royalist misgovernment and mismanagement.

The Road Map to Scottish Independence

We march for independence raising our own Scottish flags in defiance of the tyranny of the United Kingdom.

We note the unjustified arrests in Scotland by the United Kingdom police force styled as “Police Scotland”.

We note the unjustified imprisonments in United Kingdom prisons styled as “Her Majesty’s Prisons”.

We are offended by these UK violations of the constitutional rights and freedoms of the People of Scotland.

We assert and act in defence of the constitutional sovereignty of the People of Scotland.

We overthrow the misrule of the United Kingdom and its monarch, Queen Elizabeth.

We ban Queen Elizabeth and her family from Scotland!

We call on any military to enforce our ban by using all means necessary!

We unilaterally declare that Scotland is an independent country!

We call on the Scottish Parliament to agree a motion in similar terms.

Road Map to Scottish Independence

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The “Gold Standard” for Scottish Independence

The BBC broadcast Ian Blackford at the SNP conference, claiming that his Plan A is the “gold standard”.

I beg to differ.

In my opinion, Plan A, straight from the Alex Salmond playbook, is not the “gold standard”, not with the BBC rigging politics coverage, giving the Queen and her ministers a get-out-of-jail-free card every time.

The 2014 indyref with biased, unionist BBC politics coverage and censorship of the best arguments for independence was the wooden-spoon standard of independence referendum and a unionist trap that the UK puppet Alex Salmond fell right into.

So thanks but no thanks. No more wooden-spoon indyrefs for Scotland.

Scots deserve the true gold standard – a first-ever free-and-fair independence campaign, with fair broadcasting which broadcasts ALL the arguments for independence, broadcasts ALL the arguments against the union of Scotland with a United Kingdom, Queen, monarchy and empire.

The Treachery of Plan A royalists

Sturgeon Betrays Scotland

Standing to sing “God Save the Queen”, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, seeks to make Scots subjects of the Queen of England, contrary to the Sovereignty of the People of Scotland, as enshrined in the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320.

Blair Jenkins, OBE

Blair Jenkins, Order of the British Empire

Blair Jenkins, Order of the British Empire, was the Chief Executive of the YES-Scotland campaign in 2014, is shown in the picture with Prince Charles pinning his OBE onto his jacket.

Plan A royalists, like Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and Blair Jenkins are saying “YES” to monarchy, the most iniquitous form of government, “YES” to inequality, “NO” to a Scottish republic and “NO” to the democratic election of a Scottish President, duty bound to defend the rights of all Scots as equal citizens.

Plan A royalists are traitors against the people of Scotland and that’s why their Plan A campaigns ring hollow with many and will collapse like a house of cards whenever the BBC broadcasts the Queen telling Scots to “think carefully” etc.

The movement for Scottish independence cannot allow the SNP’s Plan A to wreck our chances of winning our freedom once again.

Now we have this Plan B for Scottish independence and I propose that we put this Plan B into effect without further delay.

Peter Dow

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BBC rigging Scottish independence referendum with lies and propaganda

The man in the BBC “How to vote in the Scottish referendum” video, to be fair and unbiased should say “If you want Scotland to stay in THE UNITED KINGDOM you put an ‘X’ in the box next to the word ‘NO'”

But the BBC video is not fair, it is biased and so instead the man says “If you want Scotland to stay in BRITAIN you put an ‘X’ in the box next to the word ‘NO'”.

Firstly, geographically, Scotland will stay in Britain, the British Isles, come what may. The Republic of Ireland is still part of the British Isles though that greater part of Ireland left UK political control years ago.

The political choice for Scots is whether we wish to be independent of the United Kingdom or not.

The BBC video conflates geography with politics. They are not the same.

Secondly, even for those Scots with a British political identity, like myself, there are far better political options and futures than maintaining the United Kingdom as is – which better futures the BBC video ignores because the BBC is institutionally biased in favour of the monarchy and kingdom.

Consider a future Britain which was not royalist nor a kingdom but rather democratic and republican. Such a future Britain would become a real possibility for all Britons with the establishment of an independent Scottish republic.

But the BBC, as UK royalist lackeys, ignore the non-UK British future options and always present a royalist, biased and bigoted view of Scotland and Britain and hide the real political choices for Scots and Britons alike.

In addition, this BBC video promotes a SNP peacenik video which DISCREDITS a “YES” vote by misrepresenting all “YES” campaigners as smearing Scots Iraq war heroes as “criminals”. Presumably that’s why the BBC chose this video promote – to wreck chances of a “YES” vote.

The fact that the SNP tolerate this peacenik video being promoted by the BBC as representative of the YES campaign shows that the SNP high command have more interest in keeping hold of their peacenik base than winning support from braveheart Scots & Britons for a YES vote.

Once again we can see the SNP are combining with BBC and UK royalists to sabotage any prospect of real Scottish national independence.

The BBC video is part of the BBC RIGGING the independence referendum, brainwashing pro-British Scots to vote “NO” when actually “YES” is the best choice of vote for anyone who wants the best for Britons in Scotland and in due course for Britons in the rest of Britain too.

I’m strongly pro-British, a British nationalist and THEREFORE I am for Scottish independence and for leaving the UK but staying loyal to my fellow Britons in the process.

British politics like mine is ignored and treated with contempt by the BBC video.

This video is typical of BBC royalist, anti-British TREACHERY which disguises imposing the enemy Windsor monarchy & kingdom upon all Scots and Britons as some kind of “national” process when it is rather an act of treason against the nations which denies Scots and all British home nations even the rights of sovereign nations to elect our own head of state.

It was to be expected that the United Kingdom would act to rig this referendum and this video is an example of how they are rigging it.

Scots therefore should refuse to accept any “No” result of a BBC RIGGED independence referendum that brainwashes Scots-Britons to vote “No” by spreading royalist lies and propaganda.

Loyal Britons should chop the Queen’s head off and send it to the smiling bastard in this BBC video with a note telling him that the Scots-Britons are staying with Britain by the best way possible – by LEAVING the United Kingdom.


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