What the Scottish Government wants your kids to learn about sex and relationships – Think Scotland

Letters to the press, 21/06/22: “Nicola Sturgeon stated last week: ‘Independence does not guarantee a better future.’ Andrew Wilson has been stating for years: ‘Independence will be hard with no guarantee of success. In 2019 he said: ‘Independence would mean more, not less austerity.’ One question: why do they want to make life hard’ for the people of Scotland when there is no ‘guarantee’ of a better future?”

The Hate Crime Bill: depriving women of the protection of the law – ThinkScotland, 19/03/20

“Women of the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all.”

THIS IS THE FIRST sentence of a statement on the United Nations homepage on the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021.

Three days later the Scottish parliament voted with a majority of 50 votes in favour of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill which excludes women from protection against hate crimes – crimes committed because the victims are what they are: women.

Forbes-onomics: A Day at the Seaside

Forbes: “I want ice cream!”

Rishi: “But you just had ice cream.”

Forbes: “It wasn’t a lot, was it? If you had bought me a bit more, I wouldn’t need to ask now.”

Rishi: “Okay then, we’ll get you another cone. Here. Happy now?”

Forbes: “And where’s the flake?”

Rishi: “A flake?…very well … here you go.”

Forbes: “But this is useless. A cone! Did I ask for a cone? I want a tub. And I don’t like chocolate. It should be vanilla.”

Rishi: “Listen, you’ve got plenty of icecreams now. Enjoy it, will you?”

Forbes: “As if I could enjoy it when it’s not the right stuff. Tub! Now!! Vanilla!!”

Rishi: “Don’t behave like that!”

Forbes: “How patronising! You’re belittling me! You don’t care!”

Rishi: “Nonsense! Haven’t I paid for your icecream? Twice over?”

Forbes: “Are you saying, I haven’t got the money to buy my own ice cream?”

Rishi: “Well, you haven’t, have you? You’ve spent all your pocket money. I even pay for your fancy extras since you can’t make up your mind what you want.”

Forbes: “Ah, you think I’m not smart enough to know what’s right for me. You think I’m too wee, too poor, too stupid. You really are talking me down. How disrespectful! I have the right to take my own decisions. Enough is enough. From now on I’ll be free to buy my own ice cream!”

Rishi: “And from what money?”

Forbes: “The money in the jar with the unicorn on it.”

Rishi: “But that’s pretend money. The icecream shop won’t accept it.”

Forbes: “I can easily go without ice cream for a while until I’ve saved up some pocket money.”

Rishi: “Going without icecream? For a whole week? Really?”

Forbes: “Yeah, and even longer if I have to. Better no icecream and free than being shackled to YOUR wallet.”

Rishi: “Ok then – no more ice cream from now on. And since you don’t want to rely on my wallet any longer, there won’t be any more pocket money.”

Forbes: “Can I have pink ribbons for my hair?”

Rishi: “Look, Katie…”

Forbes: “It’s Kate…”