Scottish Totalitarian State?

For a number of reasons, I’ve already decided to vote against independence for Scotland – this latest disgraceful tightening of the state screw is just the latest…

I mean, a state guardian for every child from birth? You kidding me? Read more…

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41 responses

  1. European legislation….coming to a country near you soon. When Tony Blair set up the Scottish Parliament, he neglected to include a legal veto to EU legislation. Any devolved policy loses the British veto. Poor Scotland has no choice but to enact whatever totalitarian claptrap that Brussels decides to inflict upon her….and we all know how Wee Eck just loves Brussels. If Scotland votes for independence, then God help her.

  2. Leopards tend not to change their spots:-

    The ‘79 Group’ was an internal faction within the SNP, named after the year that it was formed.

    The group sought to persuade the SNP to take an active leftwing stance, arguing that it would win more support, and were highly critical of the established SNP leaders.

    Although it had a tiny membership, the group caused sufficient disquiet that they were expelled from the SNP in 1982, although its members were subsequently readmitted and many attained senior positions in the Scottish Government after 2007.

    First Minister Alex Salmond was a leading member of the ’79 Group’.

    The founders decided to establish their group on a formal footing, with membership cards and elected officers.

    Three spokespeople were appointed, including Margo MacDonald and Alex Salmond.

    ****

    http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/865

    Former Soviet Dissident Warns For EU Dictatorship

    Mr Bukovsky was one of the heroes of the 20th century. As a young man he exposed the use of psychiatric imprisonment against political prisoners in the former USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1917-1991) and spent a total of twelve years (1964-1976), from his 22nd to his 34th year, in Soviet jails, labour camps and psychiatric institutions. In 1976 the Soviets expelled him to the West. In 1992 he was invited by the Russian government to serve as an expert testifying at the trial conducted to determine whether the Soviet Communist Party had been a criminal institution.

    Mr Bukovsky paid a visit to the European Parliament on Thursday at the invitation of Fidesz, the Hungarian Civic Forum. Fidesz, a member of the European Christian Democrat group, had invited the former Soviet dissident over from England, where he lives.

    “In 1992 I had unprecedented access to Politburo and Central Committee secret documents which have been classified, and still are even now, for 30 years.

    These documents show very clearly that the whole idea of turning the European common market into a federal state was agreed between the left-wing parties of Europe and Moscow as a joint project which [Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev in 1988-89 called our “common European home.”

    The idea was very simple. It first came up in 1985-86, when the Italian Communists visited Gorbachev, followed by the German Social-Democrats. They all complained that the changes in the world, particularly after [British Prime Minister Margaret] Thatcher introduced privatisation and economic liberalisation, were threatening to wipe out the achievement (as they called it) of generations of Socialists and Social-Democrats – threatening to reverse it completely.

    Therefore the only way to withstand this onslaught of wild capitalism (as they called it) was to try to introduce the same socialist goals in all countries at once. Prior to that, the left-wing parties and the Soviet Union had opposed European integration very much because they perceived it as a means to block their socialist goals.

    From 1985 onwards they completely changed their view. The Soviets came to a conclusion and to an agreement with the left-wing parties that if they worked together they could hijack the whole European project and turn it upside down. Instead of an open market they would turn it into a federal state”.

    Russia still spreading those errors…..?

  3. There is absolutely no doubt that the SNP is a manifestation of Totalitarian Communism, this became evident when the voice of the people against gay marriage was rejected by Nicola Sturgeon. Democracy is only a word for these people, not something they actually believe in. I know how I’ll be voting when the time comes, and that will be to remain within the UK. The quicker these SNP people are out of power, the better.

  4. I’m not surprised about the fascist government in Scotland’s latest scheme to extend the all seeing eye of the State into every Scottish home. He is a Scottish Stalin, or Ceausescu. Alex Salmond is a very dangerous man, because what is he going to determine to be child abuse? He could see it as rigorous instruction in the Catholic faith which he clearly despises, along with his deputy, Igor, or Nicola Sturgeon as she is known. David Starkey said ‘Salmond is a Caledonian Hitler, who thinks the English, like the Jews are everywhere’. The new Scotland will be marked by a pernicious new secularism, and every good Scottish Catholic should vote against independence. It’s Scotland’s fault they became part of the UK anyhow. If the Scottish govt. hadn’t bankrupted themselves through the ‘Darien scheme’ to colonise Central America, or if Scottish constituencies weren’t huge, sparsely populated rotten boroughs, this wouldn’t have happened.

    Also, what’s with the sodomite ‘Church’ of Scotland’s plan to have a separate Scottish coronation for the Monarchs? Canada, Australia and New Zealand etc don’t demand a separate coronation. I know there’s the whole ‘Queen of Scots’, as the Monarch is the King/ Queen of the people, but aren’t the people the nation. Just don’t get me started on him wanting to keep the Pound under the Bank of England, but wants to set his own interest rates. I hope NATO makes him let England keep Fastlane, and I hope the satanic EU gives him a hard time.

    I love Scotland and it’s people, just hate Salmond.

    Pius X

  5. I apologise for the excerpt below, which is probably guaranteed to send most people to sleep…myself included, were it not so the key to understanding what is happening to our society.

    Gramsci was an Italian communist who demonstrated to Stalin’s satisfaction that the developed economies of Europe could never fall to revolution as Russia did. The conditions necessary for revolution could only come from rotting the pillars of society from within….government, church, law, education and above all, the basic building block of society, the family.

    Gay marriage has nothing to do with equality, but it’s very useful for turning traditional values on their head and undermining the sacred concept of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Homosexuals are simply useful idiots….a means of destroying the existing order. History suggests that their ascendancy is purely temporary.

    If you’re familiar with Gramsci, you’ll be familiar with the tactics being used to destroy Christian society.

    http://www.theory.org.uk/ctr-gram.htm

    The political and practical implications of Gramsci’s ideas were far-reaching because he warned of the limited possibilities of direct revolutionary struggle for control of the means of production; this ‘war of attack’ could only succeed with a prior ‘war of position’ in the form of struggle over ideas and beliefs, to create a new hegemony (Gramsci 1971).

    This idea of a ‘counter-hegemonic’ struggle – advancing alternatives to dominant ideas of what is normal and legitimate – has had broad appeal in social and political movements. It has also contributed to the idea that ‘knowledge’ is a social construct that serves to legitimate social structures…..”

  6. Pius X

    The United Kingdom came about when Elizabeth I died childless. Her nearest heir was the son of Marie Stuart, Queen of Scotland, who united the crowns as James I (of England) and VI (of Scotland).

    The union of the parliaments came almost a hundred years later, in 1707. Aided, no doubt, by a parcel of rogues and the economic disaster of the Darien venture.

  7. Do you know I am starting to wonder….am I going to spend time in prison for my beliefs?

  8. In 2010, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago outlined the degree to which he believed religious freedoms (in the United States and other Western societies) were endangered. After the passage of legislation that enabled Civil Unions in Illinois, his eminence stated:

    I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.

    • Just as well Cardinal George lives in America and not the UK. He’d be lucky to HAVE a bedroom in which to die, the way the tax laws are going…

      (Bedroom tax – get it?)

  9. As for me, I pray for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart. It seems to be our only hope.

  10. Is it not tragically ironic that as the baptising of children gradually disappears from society, the little ones, instead of having a heavenly guardian (angel), are to be allocated an atheistic State guardian? This present era is indeed Lucifer’s hour of darkness!

    Here is an extract from Pius XI’s Encyclical Letter Divini Redemptoris, against Communism. I recommend a read of this prophetical Encyclical online at the Vatican.

    “…Refusing to human life any sacred or spiritual character, such a doctrine logically makes of marriage and the family a purely artificial and civil institution, the outcome of a specific economic system. There exists no matrimonial bond of a juridico-moral nature that is not subject to the whim of the individual or of the collective. Naturally, therefore, the notion of an indissoluble marriage tie is scoffed at. Communism is particularly charaterized by the rejection of any link that binds woman to the family and the home, and her emancipation is proclaimed as a basic principle. She is withdrawn from the family and the care of her children, to be thrust instead into public life and collective production under the same conditions as man. The care of home and children then devolves upon the collectivity. Finally, the right of education is denied to parents, for it is conceived as the exclusive prerogative of the community, in whose name and by whose mandate alone parents may exercise this right…”

    • Athanasius,

      While we cannot know for certain when Guardian Angels are appointed to individuals, many theologians are agreed that having one does not depend on being baptised.

  11. When I read this article, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but I think that on balance it would be more prudent to opt for the latter option.

    If we take a step back and look at Britain over the last four or five decades, one of the most striking features has been the growing indifference to the encroachment by the state on freedoms hard won by previous generations. The decline of religion seems to go hand in hand with the exaltation of the state as the bearer of the solution for every ill. In this, I am sorry to say, the Scots are worse than the English or Welsh, but I am not sure by how much.

    I don’t know quite why it should be thus, but Scots are quite simply addicted to government. Government in the Western democracies means elected politicians, and these, invested as the new high priests of common well being, work their alchemy as they seek to bring about heaven on earth, usually through a programme of high public-spending (which goes hand-in-hand with high taxation and big government) and a legislative programme in which the verbs ‘ban’, ‘prohibit’ and ‘outlaw’ figure largely.

    As a people, we know longer value self-reliance. We would far rather delegate everything to government. And government is greedy. The more we give it, the more it wants, and so we end up with preposterous schemes like the one which gave rise to this thread.

    The family is a source of great discomfort to the high priests of government because it is the one thing that stands between government and the individual. Hence the relentless attacks on the tradition family over the last decades which have culminated in so-called ‘gay’ marriage legislation.

    A state appointed guardian for every child from birth would have appeared absurd to most Scots forty or fifty years ago, but now many will find it attractive as the further penetration of the state in to our lives ‘for our own good’, and many others, the vast majority, will view the idea with indifference.

    And this last point is not to be taken lightly. The rise of government as a panacea for all ills also goes hand in hand with a dumbing down of the general population brought about by a diet of popular culture and an education system designed to foster mediocrity.

    Christianity calls each one of us to the highest expression of our God-given individuality. The high priests of big government want us all to be much of a muchness, all the better to manipulate us.

    The battle lines are drawn, and, as usual, it is Christ, his Mother, and the Angels and Saints in one corner, and Satan and his minions in the other.

    • I don’t know quite why it should be thus, but Scots are quite simply addicted to government

      I’d have said “addicted to politics”… And have done many times over the years.

      This is because for twenty years I lived in England and every time I crossed the border home to Scotland I was struck by the way Scots talk, almost incessantly, about politics. Even before General Elections in England, I heard little mention of the subject. I remember thinking this after the Labour Government was elected in 1997, when a colleague remarked that this was a welcome change. It was the first mention of politics I’d heard south of the border for a long time. So, there is clearly something in the Scottish psyche that is drawn to political debate, with a naïve trust in their preferred political leaders. And I believe it’s this naïve trust that results in the majority of people fitting the description “useful idiots” – assuming that “Government knows best” and thus permitting more and more Government interference in our daily lives. I don’t trust ANY politicians, and most especially not the Nationalists. I’ve written, over the years, to quite a few politicians, including Nicola Sturgeon (on abortion). She, alone, failed to answer my letter so I wrote to her again – no reply again. Never in a million years, then, would I vote for a party that treats the people with such contempt. I mean, I can’t believe she singled ME out to ignore – can you? Strictly rhetorical question…

      Yes, Firmiter, the battle lines are definitely drawn. Thankfully, we know the outcome of this particular war in advance – which doesn’t make the battles any less painful…

    • The family is a source of great discomfort to the high priests of government because it is the one thing that stands between government and the individual.

      Every statist philosphy will do all it can to rid society of intermediate institutions such as independent clubs, associations, etc. The two obstacles to totalitarianism have always been the intermediate institutions par excellence – one supernatural and the other natural – namely the Catholic Church and the family, That is why there has been such a fierce onslaught against both of these institutions over the last 100 years.

      And I agree wholeheartedly with your observation that Scots (at least in the central belt) seem to be addicted to government.

  12. The United Kingdom did not come about until 1707, 104 years after Elizabeth died. The ascension of James VI and I unified the Crowns but not the Kingdom. It was a devolved situation, as in Ireland until 1701.

    Pius X

  13. This blog is not the plaice for making fun of politicians’ names.

    Get it?

  14. Miles,

    The sole purpose of this blog is to help those who do not understand. Nofin can change that. So don’t be so shellfish!

    • I must introduce a special monthly bonus for the Best Comic Blogger…

      Right now, you’re in the lead with that star(fish) contribution…

  15. I can envisage Scotland becoming a breeding ground for Euro-federalist fanaticism. England I feel is certainly more Euro-sceptic. .

    Compared to other member states where they frequently fly it next to the national flag, the EU flag is a somewhat rare sight in Britain, including even in Scotland. So how come it was flying alongside the Saltire and tricolour at the Carfin Grotto today when I went to visit?

    That was a bit weird. There was no Union flag, which didn’t bother me, but the EU isn’t exactly best pals with the Catholic Church is it?

  16. Apologies for leaping in here (as a non Catholic), but as someone who has been watching Girfec and associated initiatives unfold for years, I felt I had to fill in a bit of background…

    This blogpost was written after we tracked down the Highand “pathfinder” Girfec forms:

    http://www.home-education.biz/blog/civil-liberties/id-cards-for-babies-the-rest-will-follow

    Current and past Highland forms can be found here:

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/getting_it_right_for_every_child_2

    We had a great break through when Kenneth Roy of the Scottish Review covered the Scottish surveillance scandal in an excellent series of articles (see forum thread referenced below).

    This is my latest take on it all, kindly hosted by Subrosa:

    http://subrosa-blonde.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/scotland-brave-or-brave-new-scotland.html

    Please consider signing and sharing this petition which is helping to get the word out.

    https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/members-of-the-scottish-parliament-reject-girfec-surveillance-and-named-person-for-every-child-in-scotland#supporters

    For background information and the latest news please visit this forum thread.

    http://www.home-education.biz/forum/general-discussion/12948-big-brother-scotland.html

    Please follow up the links.

    Sheila

    • Sheila,

      Thank you for “leaping in here” – you are very welcome.

      The reason your post went into moderation is because there are more than two links, so I thought I’d take the opportunity to remind everyone that if you don’t want your posts to go into the moderation box, best to post several comments with two links each in them and I will put them all together in one post as soon as I see them.

      I look forward to checking out those links, Sheila – which look very interesting – asap.

  17. Miles,

    I think the EU gave a grant for the building of the Irish Famine memorial, that’s why the EU flag is flying.

  18. Sheila Struthers

    It’s laughable that the Scottish Government are proposing a state “guardian” for every child given the cover-up of the Holly Greig case.

  19. Miles,

    As a proud Englishman, subject of Her Most Gracious Majesty, I burn the EU flag on Bonfire Night. I don’t understand why Salmond thinks the Scottish are more ‘socialist’ than anyone else. Has he met any of the blogmeisters?

    Pius x

  20. Petrus,

    I see, that explains it. Perhaps the EU make it a condition that if you get their money, you have have to fly their flag?

    At least the Medjugorje crowd haven’t made their mark in Carfin. I couldn’t see any references to Medjugorje thankfully. I would have been more alarmed at a Herzegovinan flag! The little garden of Our Lady of Fatima and the three shepherd children is beautiful.

    Anyway. Is the Same sex marriage legislation for Scotland separate from the one currently going through Westminster? I am confused.

  21. Miles

    Scotland’s legislation is separate to England’s….it’s a devolved policy. Scotland is implementing an EU directive on homosexual marriage – Holyrood has no option but to comply, as the British veto on EU legislation does not apply to Scotland.

    Cameron could use the British veto to stop the policy in England, but he doesn’t want to.

    • spiritustempore,

      Nicola Sturgeon is a diehard supporter of same-sex marriage, with or without Brussels. Let’s make no mistake about it.

      I’ve been totally shocked today to learn of Catholics – including Peter Kearney, spokesman for the Scottish Bishops – who plan to continue voting for the SNP despite this diabolical legislation.

      Do they really not see the inconsistency in their position? Or are they determined to keep their alleged Faith in it’s convenient little box, separate from their voting decisions?

  22. ….that’s why he gave responsibility for the legislation to Maria Miller, the Culture Minister. Cultural affairs have been devolved to the Scottish and Welsh parliaments and also to Stormont. They have no option but to enact legislation to permit homosexual marriage….Cameron can play smoke and mirrors and make it look like the same obligation applies to England. It doesn’t, necessarily.

    Westminster remains the British parliament, and could easily deal with the legislation under a British heading, if Cameron chose. He doesn’t.

  23. Sheila,
    I have signed you petition link. I feel quite strong about this. I don’t think there is much we can do apart from pray. Although, if there was a march organised I would certainly attend. Who do the the State think they are? State-Guardian for every child is very dangerous indeed.

  24. The only thing this thread has convinced me about is that it should not have been started. Folks here should stick to religious topics where they are ever so slightly better informed but regretfully no less judgemental.

    • Benedict,

      In the absence of any kind of qualification of your statement, all I can say is that you are entitled to freely express your opinion as others here have done. Perhaps if your comments were accompanied with examples, explanations, etc., your point would have been clearer, not to mention a little more objective and charitable.

    • Benedict,

      Have you followed all the links provided?

      Mass vaccination programmes are ALWAYS a cause for concern, not merely (inverted commas) for pro-life reasons but because mass vaccination programmes are more commonly associated with dictatorships. Catholics must be informed on this, as on every other subject, so that we can live and make decisions as informed Catholics. Get it now?

  25. Thank you for the welcome and the support.

    The petition is a good means of getting the information out which is vital as most parents (if they’ve even heard of Girfec), professionals and MSPs swallow the child protection cover story hook, line and sinker.

    Not quite sure what direction the campaign will take but I like the idea of a march.

    I’ll keep you posted if there are any major developments if that’s okay?

  26. State guardians for every child. It makes me shiver.. and what irony. We need to protect our children (and many are already doing so by homeschooling) from indoctirination from the state. I havent read all the links yet so can’t comment.

    Loved the fishy tails…

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