DARK FORCES.


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My article yesterday stirred up a lot of comments, some offering new information. I thought readers might be interested in reading this one today from A Mr Le Carre.

YOU WANT JUSTICE DO YOU?

“They suggested I have a look to his early career, a period not extensively covered in his biography published on the Crown Office website. They tell me he was for a time an employee of the security services, he later worked for a time in Paisley (to his credit) before joining the criminal investigation team into the Lockerbie Bombing, attending the entire high security trial in the Netherlands before spending some years in the Foreign Office.All things considered my sources suggest I should pay more attention to the second word in his job title than the first. ”

In many ways this is the most important passage in this very important post. I think we might now be getting to the nub of things in the Salmond stitch-up – and the involvement of Agent Harvie.

His ‘secondment’ to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is deeply significant – it being a major sponsoring department of the British state security. Might it in fact be better to think of his present post as the real ‘secondment’?

His involvement in Lockerbie and the Camp Zeist Fiasco may be just as telling. There can be little doubt now that the “Scottish Court’ in the Netherlands was no such thing; rather it was the security services stitch-up in the Netherlands – solving a problem for both US and UK Foreign policy in respect of the real perpetrators of the Lockerbie atrocity.

And we already know that the Security Services were all over that.

For example – there was the strange role of Andrew Fulton, former Station Chief of MI6 in Washington, and subsequently Chairman of the Scottish Tories.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/1580316/Former-MI6-spy-to-head-Scottish-Tory-Party.html

Fulton – with no known academic credentials – suddenly pops up as a ‘professor’ of Law at Glasgow University and is sent as an ‘observer’ to Camp Zeist. When his cover was blown, it caused substantial embarrassment to both the University and to the Scottish legal authorities. 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/may/23/lockerbie.scotland

“A Glasgow University law professor is being dropped from an expert panel on the Lockerbie bombing following allegations that he was a high-ranking MI6 officer. Andrew Fulton will be asked today to stand down from his role as deputy director of the university’s Lockerbie trial briefing unit.

The unit was set up by the university to give foreign and UK journalists “impartial and objective” advice on Scottish legal procedures used in the trial of the two Libyans accused of causing the 1988 explosion on Pan Am flight 103. Professor Fulton joined the unit last year after he retired from a 31-year career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Last Friday, the Guardian raised questions about his links with MI6, and over the weekend a series of reports claimed Professor Fulton had been one of Britain’s most powerful MI6 officers, acting as head of station for the intelligence service in

Washington.”

Revelations that Harvie was involved in both the Camp Zeist and Salmond fiascos ought now to provoke some serious questions and begin to provide answers as to the extent and nature of British Security in the present difficulties facing the SNP. 

The Tory Party/Security Services connection is not coincidental either.

ENDS…

MY COMMENT.

We would be wise to recognise that Independence threatens the future of the United Kingdom and as such will involve efforts by the British State to disrupt and damage the SNP and Scottish Government.

That is to be expected. What is not expected is just how easily prominent members of the SNP can find themselves aiding and abetting such disruption motivated by petty political jealousies or insecurity.

The full story of the Holyrood Inquiry remains to be told. What is certain is that the Scottish Government has behaved very badly, is heavily involved in a major damage limitation exercise involving a host of delaying and blocking tactics, which reveal their undoubted guilt, but which they accept as preferable to an open and honest Inquiry that would reveal the whole truth.

Not sure what I want as an outcome, the revelation that it was motivated by envy and insecurity, that run out of control and escalated to disaster level or our poor wee leaders were outsmarted and played so easily by the security services of the British state. The truth is probably both.

It does matter, it is totally unacceptable and must never ever happen again.

I am, as always

Yours for Scotland

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Craig Murray says:
3 February, 2021 at 3:08 pm

Yes – Harvie was full time MI5 before he was in the FCO. Was MI5’s man in the Lockerbie trial.

32 thoughts on “DARK FORCES.

  1. If this tells us anything it’s that we must move and move quick towards independence, the establishment will be in a flunk at this becoming knowledge and we must surely know they’ll have been busy working behind the scenes to ensure that after Mays election they get Scotland tied down to a position which will render Independence either impossible to achieve or to ensure the circumstances are such that it seen as too much of problem for the people.

    I honestly believe if we don’t use Mays election to our advantage we will have thrown away the best and last chance we will have for a long time if not for ever. and of course if our FM was as many believe involved in the Salmond stitch up but for some reason manages to hold her position then this won’t happen, there again she could be removed from her position but the damage done to the party through not only this but the effect the silly policies they hold will have done to the support.

    It’s going to take a miracle in my opinion for us to be in a position where the election can save Scotland.
    otherwise the dream is gone.

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    1. I do not think the dream will ever die, but if the route by the ballot box is denied what will take its place? I would *not* like to see Scotland suffer what happened in Ireland.

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    2. Helen, I think,,, well, the distraction of the scandal around Alex Salmond affair – which could have been avoided by NS quietly stepping aside (not ideal, because that wouldn’t be a thorough clean-up, but time is limited, and we need to be realistic,,) – and I say ‘distraction’, not because I don’t think it should be sorted – I very much do, with severe penalties for those at fault – but because it takes away from the urgency of brexit, which I believe us a big driver for people wanting change – if the SNP are seen to be (totally bonkers) unreliable and unprofessional by the wider electorate, then the risk of that change may be seen as too great.

      The TIMING is a factor, (again I ask, is the SNP salvageable? If not,,, but assuming it is) and limits us in how much can be sorted before campaigning starts for May – the reputational damage of the SNP as a whole – with NS really burning the political house down – has to be counteracted. I think that some of the damage can be counteracted by solid proposals being brought front and centre – display professional, serious, proposals for independence itself.

      I also believe they should focus on: currency, trade agreements, ports for import/export. These are fundamental for establishing our own economy, and transition plans can be put forward. The Scottish Currency Group has made lots of progress, and I wonder if Iain has been involved in any discussions, or has knowledge of, any solid plans for EFTA transition membership (enabling trade) or plans for ports and setting up sea routes or even expanding processing & packaging capability in Scotland?

      Here is a (draft) letter from the Scottish Currency Group countering some stupid GERS-formulated ‘Scotland is shit’ report from the LSE being publicised by the MSM:

      https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2021/02/04/the-lse-report-on-the-increased-costs-in-trade-for-an-independent-scotland-is-based-on-unsubstantiated-data-and-absurd-assumptions/comment-page-1/#comment-875576

      What I ALSO think the letter does, is neatly summarise *why* our own currency is important – it doesn’t guarantee success, it just makes it possible.

      Anyway – my point is, counteract the negative press of the scandal – with hopefully new leadership – by offering the electorate a far more attractive option than Brexit is & make it realistic. It puts focus back onto brexit-hell (which it is, no doubt), and makes it look like the scandal was a mere blip in SNP history, nothing to worry about. Offer future choices on policy decisions etc, but show how and why those choices will come about in a concrete way. The economy is a major voting thing, and pie-in-the-sky rainbows and fluff vague promises of ‘things will be better’ won’t really convince anyone.

      I’ve rambled on again, I’m just trying to see beyond getting mired in all the controversy and dwelling on it – things won’t be easy, or ideal, but also not impossible. And I’d like to say, for anyone thinking up strategies, I don’t believe there is any point in any of us keeping anything secret (in independence circles), because it won’t be to the security services who will counteract many things before it becomes public, and reckon its best putting anything and everything out there in the public domain and see which catch on. (That is, some ideas can gain momentum before they’re countered, and if they ARE being countered, it’s likely to be a good idea 😉 )

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  2. This is what a large part of the independence movement shut their eyes to. It is also one of the reasons that this May election will be a disaster, for both the SNP and the independence movement

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  3. Nice contribution from Mr Le Carre.

    Can’t help but feel the position of Lord Advocate has a distorted self-image of omnipotence?

    In 2000, after the acquittal of Shirley McKie (Fingerprints scandal) James Mackay, a senior Scottish police officer, concluded in his ‘Mackay Report’ that ‘collective manipulation and collective collusion had taken place’ at SCRO (Scottish Criminal Record Office). As a result, four fingerprint officers were immediately suspended by SCRO, and Scottish ministers were informed.

    In 2006, the Scottish Parliament set up an inquiry into the Fingerprint Scandal and requested the ‘Mackay Report’ be submitted by the Lord Advocate, Colin Boyd. Boyd responded by refusing to release the report ‘for reasons relating to “fundamental principles of our democracy’. The report remained under wraps until extracts were published in the Scotsman newspaper in February 2006. The Mackay Report had concluded that ‘cover-up and criminality’ had taken place at SCRO and recommended that the four fingerprint officers should be prosecuted; however, the Scotsman also revealed that Boyd had decided in September 2001 to take no action in response to Mackay’s recommendation, and the four SCRO officers were reinstated.

    In June 2007, The Scotsman raised questions over to what extent Boyd’s decision not to prosecute the SCRO personnel in the autumn of 2000 was related to the then ongoing Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial, where he was leading the prosecution.
    (Wiki) With the eyes of the world focused upon the Scottish judicial system, it could have undermined the Crown’s case to have the SCRO scrutinized and its fingerprint experts prosecuted for covering up acts of criminality. Veteran Lockerbie campaigner and retired Labour MP Tam Dalyell asked Boyd ‘to consider his position’, while Michael Russell MSP insisted that Boyd could not continue as Lord Advocate.

    In April 2006, Downing Street announced that Colin Boyd would take a seat as a crossbench life peer; however, he took the Labour whip after resigning as Lord Advocate.

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    1. Very interest piece of context Kenny. How I wish we didn’t have a society where actual incompetency was rewarded so much. (I use ‘actual’ meaning the job that they’re getting paid for, rather than the job they’re actually doing,,, if that makes sense!)

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  4. the problem with electronic communication is it leaves information on servers and devices, whatsapp is dangerous as every message is on all devices.

    which one of the group is going to produce the messages to protect her own case. better to be first or be caught.

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  5. What has happened to the SNP, how it has conspired in the most heinous of ways to destroy high profile independence supporters though an unholy collusion of rotten and corrupt so called pillars of the state is absolutely astonishing.

    But as is now further emerging the hand of MI5 and the dark state is now emerging. Quite how they turned the SNP we remain to find out but everything from brutalist to bribery is in the playbook. Compromised individuals learn how to play ball whilst for others the bribery of position or even cash is enough.

    This is the modus operandi of the British state. Read the history of the countries around the world who had to fight for their independence. India, Kenya, Cyprus, Ireland – they all had to fight a dangerous enemy well skilled at dark covert operations. And now Scotland, the remaining jewel in their now depleted Crown.

    But Harvie will not be the only high ranking MI5 in Scotland. Fulton the imbedded Glasgow university law professor and later Tory chairman being another example of infiltration. And so, the SNP now stands ruined. And the man who took them and the country to within an ace of winning – well, is it any surprise that there was a plot to stitch him up and destroy his party.

    The house may be burning Iain but out of the ashes we will become stronger. Britain lost its colonies and it will lose us too.

    And many thanks the pen of Mr Le Carre for this piece.

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  6. “But Harvie will not be the only high ranking MI5 in Scotland. Fulton the imbedded Glasgow university law professor.”

    Thanks Willie. First half of the sentence is true – second part only formally so.

    It is important to note that Fulton just popped up as a ‘professor’ – much to the astonishment and bemusement of most of the academic staff in Law. I am in a position to know the truth of that. He has absolutely no academic credentials – and certainly none sufficient to the title ‘professor’.

    It is safe to conclude he was parachuted into Glasgow to provide cover for Camp Zeist. This is an abuse of power and academic privilege.

    It is interesting to note that at the time the Chancellor of GU was (the late) Sir William Kerr Fraser (a law graduate)- sometime permanent secretary at the Scottish Office -essentially the same post as now occupied (inexplicably) by Lesley Evans.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kerr_Fraser

    (“Sir’ William Kerr Fraser GCB (18 March 1929 – 13 September 2018)[2] was a British civil servant, who served as Permanent Secretary at the Scottish Office, and as Principal and later Chancellor of the University of Glasgow.)

    The appointment of a career civil servant as university principal was in itself a bizarre move. Even more bizarre was that he was the subsequent appointment of his protege – ‘Sir” Muir Russell to the principalship while he (Fraser) remained Chancellor.

    In both cases there were absolutely no academic credentials that would substantiate such appointments – they simply were not peers of the (genuine) professoriate amongst whom the principal is primus inter pares (first among equals) – and from whom a principal is normally drawn. Neither of them had any credibility in the post.

    In fact as someone with only a BSc in Physics (albeit a first) Russell, he would simply not have been considered for an entry level post (post-doc) as an academic in his own institution.

    No surprise therefor that a pretend professor who was actually a spook could be appointed in such a regime.

    These appointments – and the mis-use and abuse of one of Scotland’s ancient universities as a vehicle for state control and shenanigans is a telling illustration of the utter decent of Civic Scotland from its Enlightenment heights.

    It represents a fatal decline of Scotland’s institutions under the present British dispensation – and taken as a whole is very likely in breach of the Acts and Treaty of Union under which Scotland’s legal system and universities were to be preserved and protected.

    That is without even considering the situation in which a British State spy can occupy a key position in a prosecuting authority that mounts “malicious” and politically motivated prosecutions.

    The silence of the Scottish legal profession on these scandals is deafening.

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  7. Reblogged this on Site Title and commented:
    These are things we can share- and add to as we find out more. The more people know, the more powerfully we will drive through this mess and keep momentum going to independence. The abuse of power- like this- depends on secrecy and fear. The antidote to these things is always to share information- and put the spotlight on the ones that lurk in the background. Lets keep going.

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  8. Thank you again Mr Le Carre for your valuable insights into how agents of the British State have been parachuted into positions of authority in our ancient Glasgow University. The more you look, the more you listen, the more you realise how deep and malign military intelligence, subversion and influence is with our community.

    The Crown Office, the civil service, and the universities.But it is wider again. Look indeed at the fairly recently created Police Scotland and look at the executive management. Now very much no longer a place for Scottish cops worked up through the ranks, the appointment reflect a rather different background with some of no police background. And amongst these executive appointments individuals with military intelligence backgrounds and all very much a picture explaining why Police Scotland can spare no expense running to many many millions on an Alex Salmond and others witch hunt.

    Yes Mr le Carre the extent and depth of MI5 infiltration and involvement is only now emerging to the general public who hitherto believed they lived in a democracy but in truth probably less a democracy than Putin’s Russia.

    And therein lies a parallel. The countries of the USSR not so long ago threw off the yolk of control and secured their independence. Lesley Riddoch covered one of these countries only recently. Lithuania, if they can do it against the might of the Soviet Union then so can we.

    Listen, watch, be aware, stay awake, believe in ourselves and we will be independent. The dark state is now running scared because it’s all coming out into the open because they fear what they see.

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  9. I cannot disagree with you at all Willie – the creation of Police Scotland and the removal of the police from local, elected, public accountability through police boards, as well as the militarisation of the State Force (just look at the fatigues they wear instead of uniforms) and their progressive arming tells us something.

    And it’s not just the police. After he left Glasgow University following “much criticism about his management of the place and for his handling of the 2006 lecturers’ strike, as well as attempts to close the University’s Crichton Campus in Dumfries and for receiving pay rises which were much greater than the rate of inflation” (naturally).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muir_Russell

    ‘Sir’ Muir went on to head up – wait for it – The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. – the body that appoints judges in Scotland – so from police, to prosecution, to civil service, to appointing judges (and therefore controlling the type of person appointed). The British state takes great care over how we are controlled – and by whom.

    https://www.judicialappointments.scot/

    So as you can see – it’s all tied up.

    Thus we see revealed (only a small part of) the contours and architecture of unaccountable, undemocratic, unelected power in the British occupied colony of Scotland.

    See: Sir Alastair Muir Russell[1] KCB DL FRSE (born 9 January 1949) is a Scottish retired civil servant and former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, and Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muir_Russell

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  10. If they cannot defeat us by preventing independence, they will then try to cripple us – probably by agitating to partition Scotland. This has been foreseeable since 2014 and that large rUK NO vote, and I make no apologies for saying it. Those rUK voters who understand what Scotland is being subjected to, will be with us – of that I have no doubt – and they are very welcome, but others, and the most entrenched of the fanatical Unionist Scots would destroy us before giving way. There are simply no lengths to which they will not go. When you understand what happened in Ireland, then NI, you have it all in front of you.

    As for Nicola Sturgeon, she has her fate in her own hands. If she puts independence in the May Manifesto, with the proviso that a win will lead immediately to independence and an invitation to Westminster to negotiate the divvi-ing up of the assets/obligations or, if we decide, allowing rUK to be the continuing state, we then walk away from all debts. She would go out like a shooting star through the heavens and restore at least part of her credibility before leaving Scottish politics. Otherwise, massive popularity or not, she will fall ignominiously. She should remember Margaret Thatcher who was also very popular abroad, and even still in the UK, just before she was brought down. For once, FM, do the right thing and don’t vacillate. Take decisive action and put your middle finger up to Johnson. Your wokie, trans allies will not stand with you when it looks like you will fall. They have always been nothing more than entryists who have used the party’s success for their agenda, and their machinations, as much as your own, have brought the SNPG low, and, with it, the party, the wider YES movement and the country. We need to go very soon or you will have condemned Scotland and her people to real subsumption, not the pretend kind that Johnson and his cronies appear to believe, and Cameron crowed over in 2013.

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  11. Question for Boab le Carré

    If the University of Glasgow School of Law is a wee cover for UK Security Services MI5 and MI6

    What about Adam Tomkins MSP, the John Millar Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow School of Law?

    Always was suspicious of his apparent volte-face from Republican Socialist to Conservative and Unionist.

    Was he an MI5 plant in the Republican Socialist Movement, when he said “Down with the Crown” during his speech at the SSPs Declaration of Calton Hill,9th of October 2004?

    https://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/regions/scotland/2004/10/298867.html

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  12. It has always intrigued me how someone can be one minute a republican socialist and the next a unionist Tory! That doesn’t mean he was/is MI5 security services – just a bampot on the make. That doesn’t mean that someone like that is not an asset! But an agent?

    As we have seen with Harvey and Fulton agents work in the shadows – when their cover is blown, their value as agents declines.

    Assets however, are different. They can be almost anyone – often politicians – sometimes compromised politicians on whom Compromat is retained by agents.

    I do not know Mr Tomkins – I have had coffee at the next table to him – but I do not know him. I know how he is thought of in Glasgow. I would not repeat that in a public forum. If I say much more, my value declines – and colleagues may be put in jeopardy. I have no comment to make whatsoever on Prof Millar. There are, unsurprisingly many Establishment types in law schools – that does not mean they are agents.

    There have long been rumours of agents in GU – we get scintillas of evidence that there are agents – and their are ALWAYS agents in academia. Always. We have our suspicions – but that is all they are – spying by its nature is secret.

    But Unionist agents are certainly there in Universities. This is particularly so since so many of them are now imported from Oxbridge, Kings College and the LSE and the likes -and there is an entire department in St Andrews with an abundance of spooks – mainly of the US variety – some quite openly ex CIA. (Forget the ‘ex-‘ in that). – some with discernible links to the Integrity Initiative, the 77th Brigade, Bellingcat, the Atlantic Council etc. Some quite openly:

    https://cstpv.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/

    Kings College in London is a similar nest.

    But Scottish law schools are mainly staffed by Scots – Tomkins as prof of Constitutional Law is a bit unusual.

    I’m sorry I cannot be more help. In fact I have been very careful here to stick to info in the public domain – my role has been to draw the links. I have known about this for many years – but Iain Lawson’s superb piece yesterday triggered my memory, and I began to piece together various facts of which I was aware.

    It is all coming out into the open now because Scotland is gearing up for freedom, the Yoons are panicking and hands are being played. Once some cards are on show, others can be placed on the table.

    The immense value of blogs like this is that we can share information without being filtered by the propaganda ganda units that pose as the ‘free and open’ media.

    This is new – and we need to use – and not abuse – it

    Saor Alba

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  13. This appears to suggest there may well be a considerable number of spooks embedded within many social institutions in Scotland, their widespread presence and role reflecting our colonial reality. It seems evident now that such people are in control of what Osborne called the ‘arms’ of the British state in Scotland – copfs, police and civil service; this should not be surprising given the ongoing momentum for independence. Evident also reflecting the ongoing targeted political prosecutions as well as the lack of any prosecutions of the conspirators and msm etc which implies the latter have or are being afforded some degree of immunity.

    This is a despicable situation demanding international attention, as well as Scotland’s withdrawal from the UK alliance at the earliest opportunity.

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  14. Absolutely correct Alf. The inexorable rise of academics from England – particularly in the “Russell’ group, but also throughout the sector displacing native Scots, is no accident. I believe it is Brit policy – and has been for some time.

    There has been a systematic de-culturation and de-Scottification of “Scottish Universities – in parallel with the placing of security agents and assets in key department – and of course in ‘Leadership” roles. There are few native-born principals and a remarkable number of ex-service personnel in key roles.

    A key part of the Democratic Intellect is being deliberately dismantled – it has been long-term ploy for more than a century. The Scottish academic tradition has all but disappeared – despite a massive surge in interest in Scottish history, language and literature – starved of funds – and a deliberate discouragement of students through ‘market’ arguments about their monetary value – and market realities about job prospects.

    And its not just spooks – though these abound. It is also done through staff and curricula (in Arts, Humanities, Politics and Economics in particular – also History and Social Geography. But business subjects fail to address Scotland’s true and key economic needs – your own subject area of ports and trade channels are best known to you.

    Your unrivalled expertise is ignored by the SNPG.

    And coupled with the deliberate de-industrialisation of Scotland has been the utter transformation of technology and engineering departments. When I was an undergraduate at GU, Engineering was almost entirely taught to Scots by Scots – and indeed in Glasgow – mainly West of Scotland Scots. Gone!

    Not now. Stand outside the Rankine Building now (well not Covid now) but any time recently – and you’ll be hard pressed to see a local face or hear a local accent. (And try to hear a Scottish accent at all at Edinburgh or St Andrews Universities – staff or students).

    I could go on – but its late – and probably too late. In summary. Universities and Higher Education are key to a nation’s existence as that Nation. This was recognised by Brit-Central and deliberately and systematically deconstructed – particularly in the last 50 years.

    A central core of our national patrimony has been nicked from under our noses – with the connivance of the likes of Kerr Fraser and Muir Russell.

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    1. Just a further point e.g. in Engineering etc – but also in business subjects, accountancy and such like. Someone somewhere decided that these were good international commodities for sale – particularly to the middle east (Engineering) and China (Business). Universities now run as businesses are using these as cash-cows

      In fact Glasgow, like others, has built entire business plans on this. The short-term thinking on this is mind-blowing.

      These students will go back and build up their own national capabilities – and then drought. The ‘market’ will collapse within a generation – well that was before CoVid. The collapse may be sooner than they thought.

      If Scotland is to have along-term future we need to build an indigenous real economy (not fluff) served by a well-educated (not trained) thoughtful civis built frae oor ain fowk

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      1. Funny you should mention uni’s Boab, as I also covered this aspect in my recent book ‘Doun-Hauden: The Socio-Political Determinants of Scottish Independence.

        Across the three east coast ‘ancients’ I estimated that only approx 10% of academics are Scottish, a rather small minority for any uni’s ‘host nation’ people. Some departments actually have zero or almost zero Scottish academics in them. And when I looked at those undertaking PhD research, again very few Scots there, which means that the future academic cohort is likely to include even less Scots than today. This is also well reflected in the academics wheeled into TV and radio studios and Holyrood committees nowadays for their ‘views’, few of whom tend to be Scottish, or indeed know much about Scotland or its people, or care. And as you say the leaders of our institutions follow the same ‘rationale’.

        I was a visiting professor in a Norwegian university for a number of years. There the ratio seemed at least 90% Norwegian nationals, so the complete reverse of what we see in Scotland. And all the senior roles tended to be held by Norwegians. And rather than appoint academics from other countries, if they wanted a specific expertise or course, they use the visiting professor option. The Norwegians of course would never think of recruiting most of the leaders of their institutions from a larger neighbouring country, that would seem like madness to them. In Scotland it is par for the course, which in turn feeds the ‘inferiority’

        My conclusion from this is that we are not lifting up our own people as we should, our ‘system’ is actually excluding Scots from developing in what is a dominant colonial environment, as you imply. This outcome was well reflected in Professor Michael Hechter’s study of ‘Internal Colonialism’ in the UK, and in what he described as the ‘Cultural Division of Labour’ within the Celtic Periphery (i.e. ‘devolved’) nations and which to a large extent explains our prevailing social inequalities, related health issues, and economic under-development.

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      2. Very interesting Alf and precisely the type of comment I greatly welcome on this site, educational and polite that encourages examination and debate on a polite and effective basis. Thank you.

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      3. Thanks Alf,

        I have my copy of Doun-Hauden right here as a write. Working my way through it.

        In my view the most important contribution to current thinking about our plight to date.

        It is amazing how things fall into place once measured against the insights in your very important book.

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    2. Public schools I believe are at the core, embedding the idea that cronyism is an acceptable way to do business. How can we have any thought of ‘equality’ when our fundamental structures force inequality?

      And I’ve noted over the past few years, under the SNPs watch, that colleges in Scotland have been sidelined – once the bastion of training and apprenticeship, but more importantly for people re-educating and allowing learning and change of career for adults – forced into becoming ‘super colleges’ with barely any funding (I note that the BBC wails about school and university but not a peep about college). And the open university? Not Scottish of course – I used to love doing the odd course (and did gradually finish a degree in physics,,, for fun, because it was once affordable as a hobby) – funding cut, only full degree courses offered, prices skyrocketed. Why? To ensure the general public can’t keep themselves educated – it’s not for everyone of course, but there used to tons of people that just kept doing courses for decades as a hobby with no aim – it used to be flexible and mostly affordable to many.

      No more. To keep the electorate quiet and in their box, and controllable – keep them thick. I actually see the leaky borders when it comes to drugs as a controlling thing too – keep the despairing masses out of their faces lest they rise up and riot.

      I saw education as part of the future battle to be had – but with the rot so thoroughly embedded, and the detrimental effect that rot has on the whole of society, if we don’t get independence now, maybe action need to be taken sooner.

      Boab, you have provided some really valuable information here, thanks for taking the time – and for spotting the pattern in the first place.

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    3. Sounds suspiciously like a version of “The Kitson military doctrine” endorsed by the British army and the British government in Northern Ireland.

      It involved the use of loyalist paramilitary gangs to contain the republican-nationalist threat through terror, manipulation of the rule of law, infiltration and subversion.

      Recent events AS, Mark Hirst, Craig Murray point to manipulation of the rule of law, infiltration and subversion of SNP, COPFS and definitely sounds familiar don’t you think?

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  15. The fact remains that the SNP today have no money, no real strategy for independence, lack probity and are in some disarray.

    Even without the Alex Salmond debacle they would still be hard pressed to deliver on any of their promises except the ones we, the membership, didn’t ask for.

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  16. Thank you for all these new insights. The revelations about Harvie in particular are fascinating. They provide a very useful piece of the jigsaw puzzle. Sadly they also shed further light on Sturgeon as a weak, foolish, pathetic, vindictive coward, who has been played like a fiddle by those who surround her. I wonder whether it was Grima Wormtongue whispering poison in King Theoden’s ear (and how many Grima’s there were) or whether they actually have something on her.

    Probably a mixture of both.

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  17. Interesting how an interdict appears to have now been issued to restrict the published transcript of Alex Salmond’s testimony to the Scottish Parliament.

    With one online blog having redacted the entire transcript whilst another retracts only paragraphs 25, 26 and the first part of 27 the political reason for seeking to have the transcript seems fervently clear.

    Primus inter pares perchance ?

    Folks should therefore read these redacted paragraphs.

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  18. Dreadful tales of jiggery spookery. I spent a month in a mental health facility in England mostly because I didn’t like their police and said so in no uncertain terms. I was pronounced pretty much perfectly healthy but a bit paranoid. I had and have no doubt that mental health services here and there are riddled with undercover police officers at the very least.

    Spooks are the norm not the exception. We wiil no doubt build our own intelligence services post independence but in the meantime you can rely on Police Scotland to be living next door, delivering your mail, teaching your children and mending your ruptured hernia. I even get a few “pro-actives” offering to help out in my studio. They are just nosy for a living. It is the SG who must take command and the SNP/SG are currently in a quite parlous state. very nearly unfit to rule I’d say and that’s an appalling tragedy and fall from grace.

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  19. Overall, this post and the comments sadden me. They paint a very bleak picture of Scotland and its prospects for independence, and it leaves me wondering if it’s already too late. It’s obvious that all our insititutions – cultural, academic, technical, commercial, financial, public, media, whatever – have been hollowed out for decades.

    It doesn’t even really require many “agents”. Just a few people, placing the right “types” in critical positions – Scottish unionists, and English people who want to enjoy the benefits of living in Scotland but have no interest in Scotland as a nation. Over time they surround themselves with like-minded people, and the process is self-driven. I wonder if any major Scottish insititutions are still run by or controlled by actual Scots? Half of the population now vote for independence – I wonder how well our views are representated in the upper echelons of Scotland’s major insitutions?

    And then of course when anybody sounds the alarm they are denounced and pilloried as “racists” – not only by the opposition but by virtue-signalling useful idiots on their own side. I well remember the response to Alasdair Gray’s thoughtful essary on “settlers” and “colonialists”…

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