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Cartoon: Paisley pattern Conservatism


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Conservative MP Brooks Newmark has been embarrassed by an online sting conducted by a freelance journalist working on behalf of the Sunday Mirror. The story offered some picturesque details about self expression and paisley pattern pajamas.

The paper is now being investigated by the new IPSO press regulator for its use of subterfuge.

To accompany this week’s Conservative Party Conference another MP and a significant financial donor have also announced their defection to Nigel Farage’s UKIP.

The conference speeches have become a de facto leadership hustings with Home Secretary Theresa May making her intentions for ‘the other side of the election’ pretty clear yesterday. The present Prime Minister is, er, upstanding today.

Cartoon: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


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I write as someone who wanted the status quo in the United Kingdom to persist – with changes.

What the Scottish Yes campaign achieved, in defeat, was amazing. Their reasoning was clear and I am sure the matter will come around again as the Westminster mainstream Unionist parties fail to deliver on the last minute pledges (aka bribes).

The offers made were revealing of the panic the UK system of government has been in during the past fortnight.

The achievement of Yes was particularly amazing when you consider the weight of inertia against which they shunted and the resources of communication, power and patronage used against them.

Sadly, after the result it is no surprise to see the party political backsliding start about the promises made under duress late in the campaign. Obviously, if this proves the case it will only encourage the sentiments driving much of the urge for change which the campaign and vote in Scotland displayed.

I doubt our present provision of political parties are capable of reframing our systems of national organisation without resorting to cheap tactical self-advancement. Perhaps I am wrong and there is a leader out there able to act in an interest above party to maintain the state of the nation but I’m damned if I can see them. (Does anyone else?)

I’d cite the failure to engage in a more than partial consideration of proportional representation for our UK electoral system as an example of this problem. It would be a way of challenging the ‘regional sinecure system’ we have become as the idea of truly national UK parties has declined (ie. with representation in all regions of the country).

In a soundbite, there should be no ‘safe seats’ for any bloody party.

Regional (or, national) politics will weaken the fabric of the whole as long as the institutional urge to resist it persists. Policies of divide and rule breed distrust and resentment and will no good to the prospects of recovery for the UK after the catastrophic recession delivered by the financial crisis – and its after effects.

Also, the ruinous habit of centralising power to London badly needs to be moderated. Sadly, it follows the (often dirty) money.

You can see The Conservatives already playing this tactical game with an ‘English parliament’ to be served , of course, from Westminster. Yuck.

This is evident in the case of a NEW (supplementary, and in my opinion. unnecessary) English parliament which the English Nationalist shills are promoting loudly today.

As recent PM (Conservative) John Major famously said, (I paraphrase) ‘If the answer is more politicians, you are asking the wrong question’.

Question: what’s worse than a Parliamentarian (and associated civil service bureaucracy) with one job? Answer: One with two jobs.

Enough. And thanks for your patience if you got this far.

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Cartoon: Scotland – Just like Norway


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The Scottish electorate have voted no to independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by 55% to 45% on a high turnout of 84.6%.

Despite this, the unanticipated and hasty promises of constitutional reform made by all of the pro-unionist parties in the last fortnight of the campaign will be hard to deliver and, hence the remaking of the well-known image above.

The Scottish National Party are fond of citing oil-wealthy Norway as an example of the kind of country an independent Scotland could be.

Updated: This would be my analysis as well.

#Indyref analysis from @freecloud at  mattbuckhackCartoons

Indyref analysis from Graeme A Thomson at  mattbuckhackCartoons

Cartoon: The campaign for the Scottish independence – Referendum 2014


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The #indyref campaign is almost over but the effects will be with us for a long time, whatever the result. Despite the rather jaundiced view I have taken above in the cartoon, turnout is expected to be very high – well over 80% with many confirmed non-voters turning out. This may reflect the fact that there is something clear to vote for and against.

Claire Bolderson reporting from #indyref

The FT’s John McDermott sums up the state of the polls with less than one week to go.

John McDermott of the FT on the Referendum state of play with one week to go

The paper also offers what seems a plain speaking analysis of the situation whatever the result. (Registration may be required to read it).

The cartoon borrows from the prime minister’s recent soundbite and the fine Irvine Welsh book and subsequent film, Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle and produced by Andrew Macdonald. In fact, while we are doing popular culture from Scotland, let’s take in a little of this – it being good for the soul. Get it right next time by Gerry Rafferty.

Cartoon: Scottish Independence Cameron and Major

David Cameron as John Major cartoon with the passing of the underpants © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

© Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

Listening (and reading) to former Prime Minister john Major”s ‘howl of despair’ about what appears to be happening in the Scottish Independence referendum.

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Cartoon: RBS – The Royal Bank of Scotland

Cartoon: RBS NatWest_Bank_Hack_Cartoon © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

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Noting a glowing review of journalist Ian Fraser’s book about the bank that helped really break Britain.

The wisdom of “steady”, “patient” “incremental” is so quick to lose – and for a new generation now to gain. For this lesson alone, Ian Fraser has written a compelling book for Scotland, for finance and for the political and business world.

The quote extracted from Bill Jamieson’s review. The observation rings true to me.

Cartoon: The independence of Scotland and the United Kingdom

Red-Handed fat cat political donor and part political donation

Red-Handed fat cat © Matt Buck Hack Cartoons

There is less than two weeks before the vote about offering a return to independence for Scotland. Whichever result the voters deliver, the result will undoubtedly change whatever is left of the United Kingdom. The New Economics Foundation offer this intelligence about that assertion.

Cartoon: Summer holiday in a British children’s home


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The summer has been characterised by revelations and repetitions of stories concerning state run children’s homes. The ‘highlights’, if they can be called such, concerned the town of Rotherham and Sir Cliff Richard. The remainder noted in the cartoon were even older, just as long lasting as the Rotherham tale (displayed in the Jay report) and were also quite as foul. The attempts to disclose the full story in many of these cases continue.

Perhaps the overarching parliamentary inquiry with cross-party support will help although it still lacks a chair and a remit from the Prime Minister at the time of writing.

Updated: 4th September 2014 – Undisclosed victims volunteering information to the police, broader analysis of Rotherham in Communitycare.co.uk and a ‘Wall of silence’ from The Morning Star Online.

Updated: 5th September 2014Fiona Woolf, the present Lord Mayor of the City of London will be the new head of the inquiry into historical sex abuse. You can read more about here career as a corporate lawyer and as a former President of the Law Society here.

Cartoon: Rotherham child sex report

Cartoon: Rochdale Child Protection scandal © Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons

© Matthew Buck Hack Cartoons for Channel 4 News

The monumental stupidity of systems without people who are willing or able to take responsibility delivers another story for the archives.

This cartoon was originally drawn for Channel 4 News, one of the last times we went around one of these horror stories.

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