I thought that last week’s banning of Franklin Graham was a watershed moment for our culture. This is even more so. If you agree with this analysis (or even if you don’t) please feel free to pass this on. I am aware of people who agree but are scared to pass it on because of the intimidation they might face in their work….so feel free to do it for them!
The Revolution begins here!
The End of the Scottish Government?
The Derek Mackay case has shaken Scottish politics to its core. But this is more than a story about the ‘foolishness’ of a government minister caught grooming a 16-year-old boy. This is a story about the whole system in Scotland and a warning to the wider Western world. The Scottish government likes to portray itself as competing with Ireland, New Zealand and Iceland as the most ‘progressive’ government in the world. It continually boasts about Scotland’s (by which it means itself) ‘values’ and how we are leading the world. The Derek Mackay case is an indication of just where this leads and how false a claim it is.
This could be Scotland’s ‘Tokes’ moment. Laszlo Tokes was a Hungarian Reformed Pastor in Rumania, whose attempted arrest sparked off protests and the eventual downfall of Ceausescu, the Rumanian leader. Sometimes there are relatively minor events which act as a spark for revolution and the upturning of the old order. This may well be one for Scotland.
First of all lets establish what has happened in this particular case. Derek Mackay, the Scottish Finance Secretary, on the day he was due to deliver the Scottish budget, resigned because he sent hundreds of unsolicited texts to a 16-year-old teenage boy. From the messages – which were published in The Sun it is a clear case of grooming. Grooming is serious. According to the NSPCC “Grooming is when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with a child or young person so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them.” Having witnessed a similar case I know the seriousness and the pain of it. (By the way grooming can take place in any context where there is a relationship of an older person with power and a younger without – including the church – as we are all too painfully aware). Incidentally, the young man concerned seems to have behaved impeccably and with a great deal more maturity than Mr Mackay…
Something Rotten in the Kingdom
For a number of years I have been aware, through observation and direct involvement with a significant number of politicians just how unhappy, confused and corrupt the whole system is. Although on the outward we talk a good game – under the surface there is something rotten in the kingdom of Scotland. And I suspect that this year that rottenness will manifest itself more and more as different things are exposed. Holyrood is not a happy place relationally. The Scottish political establishment is small and somewhat incestuous. The opportunity to exploit power, curtail the media and use whatever influence you have for personal gain is as prevalent in Scotland, as it is anywhere else. The problem is that having decided to jettison Scotland’s Christian values – no one seems quite sure what to replace them with – other than the current woke cause of the moment. Values and virtue signaling have replaced virtue.
When there is a culture of corruption it shows itself in other ways. In the Mackay case, even as I write information is coming out about other complaints against the Minister. Every time these cases happen you will hear ‘it was well known in the inner circles that he had a problem’. So why did no one break the circle? What is worse in this case is the news that the Scottish Government tried to use lawyers to ‘create hurdles’ to prevent publication. This time they did not succeed – but one wonders how many times they have?
Scandal Follows Scandal
Derek Mackay’s case is not the first scandal to hit the SNP – nor will it be the last. The MP Angus MacNeil was caught with two teenage girls in a hotel room in 2007 – whilst his wife was pregnant in hospital. He then shared a mistress, the political journalist Serena Cowdy, with his fellow MP, Stewart Hosie – who subsequently left his wife, the Scottish government’s health minister and Nicola Sturgeon’s friend, Shona Robison. Both men are still in their jobs if not in their marriages.
The big event that the government is dreading is the trial of Alex Salmond, due to begin on the 9th of March. It is incredible to think that the leading figures in Scottish politics for decades has been charged with attempted rape and nine other serious sexual offences – charges which he denies.
What is also incredible is how little damage this had done to the SNP and the Scottish Government electorally. If a former Tory Prime Minister had been accused of serious sexual assault whilst in office, or the Chancellor of the Exchequer had resigned on the day of the budget because of grooming a 16 year old – I am sure the government would have fallen. But the SNP seems to shrug every incident off as nothing to do with them. Nicola Sturgeon handled the Derek Mackay case in parliament and in public in her usual competent and reasonable way. She was swift to act – once the deeds became public knowledge. But my view is that she won’t survive far beyond the Salmond trial.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Now we have to be careful here. There are many fine SNP politicians who deserve our respect and who are doing what they can to serve the country. There are those who are seeking to be salt and light in the midst of the Scottish government – whether is the minister for the environment, Roseanna Cunningham (Catholic), the MSP John Mason (Baptist) or the Minister for Finance and Digital Economy, Kate Forbes (Free Church) and there are others in the SNP and other parties as well. I’m not saying that its only Christians who behave well – there are decent atheist agnostic and other faith politicians Being a member of a Church does not guarantee that you will not got along with the progressive agenda – some give into the bullying and either keep quiet or get out, but sadly others even end up promoting it. Ian Blackford,the SNP Westminster leader, has shamefully and aggressively (including in Northern Ireland) abortion and same sex marriage. Blackford is a member of the Free Church.
It’s not that every single SNP politician, or even a majority, is corrupt – but neither is it the case that these incidents (and several others I have not mentioned) are totally unconnected with the party or the government. There is rottenness within the system that is caused by the progressive virus that seems to have infected everything. These behaviours are not outliers (except perhaps in their extremities) they are the inevitable consequence of the acceptance and promotion of a sexual philosophy that does a great deal of harm.
What do I mean by that? The Scottish government has no qualms about seeking to control all kinds of private and individual appetites. They want to regulate eating, drinking and driving – but the only drive they do not want to regulate is the sexual drive. Sex is an appetite that should just be indulged. The idea of it being a sacred and holy thing reserved for marriage is something fit only for being the butt of comedians’ jokes.
The ‘free love’ idea of the 1960’s turns out not to be so free at all. But it is the hippies who are in charge – living out the fantasy of Bertrand Russell and the Bloomsbury sect who seemed to think that they should be able to indulge their sexual appetites with whom, however and wherever they wanted.
The Fruits of False Teaching
When I was in Dundee I frequently saw the fruits of that pervasive, permissive, perverted doctrine. There are incidents too many to number – like the boy who when asked to go home to his dad asked ‘which one? My Monday, Tuesday, Wedneday, Thursday or Friday dad?”. I remember when it was fashionable amongst kids to say they were ‘bi’ – nowadays it’s the cool thing to say you are Trans. I think of those young people I have been involved with who have been greatly harmed by the ideas taught in the media and in schools – those who have dealt with sexual abuse, promiscuity, broken families, abortion, STD’s, pornography, grooming and the sexualisation of children.
Where this philosophy is particularly harmful is in the education system. Let me give two examples. Last week I received a report on the curriculum for Highland schoolswhich spoke of children being taught about anal sex and other practices. The parent was rightly horrified and made a stand. One of the links for sex education videos in Scotland has YouTube asking for age verification.
And then this news report came from my old city, Dundee – where Downfield primary school were boasting about receiving a ‘silver’ Stonewall award. As it happens I was involved with Downfield, not least because of teachers and parents who were really disturbed at what was going on.
"We firmly believe as part of our values that we treat everyone with kindness and respect." 🌈❤️
Pupils at @DownfieldPS run an Equalities Group promoting respect for all – they're the first primary school in Scotland to get the LGBT Silver Charter Award! #LGBTHistoryMonth @LGBTYS pic.twitter.com/ExTzaHRa2h
— BBC Scotland Learning (@BBCScotLearn) February 5, 2020
This video suggests that it is the children themselves who are leading this sexual revolution. Which is as nonsensical as saying that Mao’s Little Red Brigades were spontaneous uprisings in favour of the Great Leader and had nothing to do with him or the Communist Party! The children on these videos are being indoctrinated….they have a shallow and cheap view of love…and they even have their own ‘pupil led’ committee to ensure that everyone else is on song. The deputy head teacher, an LGBT activist, is responsible for this – along with my old sparring partner Gregor Murray, the former head of Dundee City Education – who was fired because of his abusive tweets against feminists. Gregor is a radical exponent of Queer Theory. This leads to confused children and is in my view a form of child abuse and it is a kind of grooming – preparing children for sexual activity in (not too) later life. The trouble is, as parents told me, if they raise concerns about this they are frightened of being labeled homophobic or transphobic.
I used to live near Baxter Park and recall a controversy when a youth worker was handing out condoms to ten year olds in the park. Or I think of a friend at a school in Dundee who was going a nativity Christmas talk and mentioned that Mary was a pregnant woman – at which a young girl put up her hand and said “you can’t say that – how do you know she was a woman – men get pregnant too’! Or I think of a mother in absolute distress because her teenage boy, suffering from depression, came home and told his mum that ‘he was a girl trapped in the wrong body’. It was suggested to him by the guidance teacher that this was why he was depressed. The school was seeking a Stonewall award but didn’t have any Trans pupils so there was a bit of pressure on the teachers to find one! Or the seven year old who came home from school in tears because she didn’t know if she was a boy or a girl because ‘teacher said I could chose’! I could give a hundred other examples from Dundee alone.
How has all this come about? Through a combination of poor teaching, astute lobbying and a lack of courage and knowledge from those who should stand against it. Follow this fascinating thread from Malcolm Clark which shows just how the whole system works – https://twitter.com/TwisterFilm/status/1225471996701609984
This section in particular is eye-opening.
Stonewall, Equality Network, LGBT Youth & Scottish Trans Alliance form a magic circle of influence. Personnel are best buddies with leading politicians and by an amazing coincidence these organisations then obtain huge funding from the same administration their mates run. When critics warn Scottish Ministers all this is a child-safeguarding nightmare they roll their collective eyes. They’ve taken advice, they say. But who are their “experts”? The govt has taken advice almost exclusively from a tiny clique of LGBTQ lobby organisations.
Here’s the Scottish govt’s own figures. In the coming year Scottish Trans Alliance will get £200K, LGBT Youth £260K, and LGBT organisation Equality Network a huge £275K. Even Stonewall Scotland gets £100K despite being awash with cash from Goldman Sachs. Over 3 years these groups will get over £2M but they don’t provide services. They get this money so they can lobby the govt they got money from. By contrast Age Scotland’s Helpline gets £140K & Gypsy/Traveller Youth just £44K. Maybe old people and travellers have less needs?
What does all this have to do with Derek Mackay? Because he and his government have encouraged this. Here he is with the TIE campaign. Time for Inclusive education sounds a great idea. It’s not ‘inclusive’ but rather exclusive – excluding all who don’t agree with the government’s sexual philosophy. And it’s hard to stand against that – especially when you are accused of hate crime and causing people to commit suicide.
TIE worked on the very simple premise. Firstly bullying against LGBT pupils is wrong. Secondly the way to deal with that is to teach progressive sexual philosophy. Therefore if you are opposed to that you are then advocating bullying. It’s a simplistic, emotive and effective argument. And completely wrong. Premise 1 is true. Premise 2 is not.
My concern here is what I call the State sponsored child abuse of the radical transgender ideology that is being imposed on every school and on every parent. I regard what is going on in our schools as a form of grooming. Which brings us back to Derek Mackay.
I have already seen, as I knew I would, a number of messages stating ‘what’s wrong with what he did – the boy was 16 and so it was legal’. This points to the next inevitable step in the sexual revolution – the gradual acceptance of paedophilia.
In 1997 Peter Tatchell wrote this in a letter to The Guardian:
“The positive nature of child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non Western cultures. Several of my friends, gay and straight, male and female, had sex with adults from the ages of 9 to 13. None claim they were abused. All say it was their conscious choice and gave them great joy. While it may be impossible to condone paedophilia, it is time society acknowledges the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful”.
This is the same Mr Tatchell who is currently campaigning to have sex education reformed and all children to be taught his ideology and practices.
Two decades ago I had a transformative and revealing experience after doing a TV debate on the question of gay adoption. After the debate I got into a conversation with several men who were Peter Tatchell fans. I asked them if they thought that the age of consent should be lowered to 14 (as Tatchell was advocating). They replied no – because they thought there shouldn’t be an age of consent at all. They then went on to tell me that if they were babysitting my children (aged 7 and 8 at the time) they would teach them to experiment sexually – because that was a good and healthy thing to do. My opponent in the debate, a gay activist, was horrified at them, and weighed in on my side. But nonetheless I found the whole thing chilling – not least because there was a logical consistency to what they were saying. That is where we are logically heading. If we are saying that five year olds can change or choose their gender, then how far is that from saying that they can experiment sexually?
Foolish or Sin?
You will note in our culture just how much the sexualisation of children has continued –the latest fad for drag queen story time is only a small indication of that. It’s time to stop. It’s time to do some deep and real thinking about where we are heading and what we are teaching children. We have sown the wind and we are beginning to reap the whirlwind. It’s time for us to sow ‘righteousness’ instead. Those who wonder what ‘righteousness’ is – it means ‘what is right’ – especially in the eyes of God. It’s interesting how many people, including Mr Mackay, have said that what he did was ‘foolish’ – as though it was just a silly thing – or perhaps it was foolish to get caught. No what he did was sinful. It was wrong. It was wicked. It is as we have lost all concept of sin that we have lost sight of what is right and wrong.
Deprivation not Depravity
There is another aspect of this that we are in danger of missing. Downfield school serves one of the most deprived areas of Dundee. The latest figures show that in the past year it has dropped 62 points in deprivation terms. I know teachers in schools in Scotland who tell me that they have no ‘curriculum’ and that they are making up lesson plans themselves. They feel under resourced. I know one primary teacher who resigned because of being regularly assaulted by pupils. Primary school! I know another highly motivated brilliant young woman from Germany – highly qualified who went into secondary teaching because she wanted to serve. She lasted one year. She felt she was just baby-sitting pupils who did not want to learn, and parents who shared that ambition. But the Scottish government concentrates resources on social engineering in schools. Maybe they should focus on education rather than indoctrination? Maybe they should concentrate on the poor in the schemes – rather than seeking to please the progressives in their ivory towers?
I titled this article ‘the end of the Scottish government’ because it has a dual meaning. I hope that it will be the end of the Scottish government if it does not change and amend its ill thought out and abusive policies. The only way it can survive is with a compliant media, a cowed populace and a weak church. Or perhaps if there is reform if not revolution within the SNP? This post is no more an anti-SNP rant than it is an anti-homsexual one. I would like the SNP to reform and return to its roots – otherwise the ‘Progressive’ takeover of the SNP will have the same effect as Momentum’s takeover of the Labour party – it will ultimately destroy it.
Once we begin to speak out and refuse to be intimidated then I believe it will be the end.
By ‘we’ I do not mean just ‘Christians’ – I mean ordinary people – especially parents. Sometimes I think our Holyrood elites live in a bubble. When I met with the minister responsible for the Gender Recognition Act I said that I thought the vast majority of parents in Scotland would agree with my position – she did not deny that but simply said ‘parents are ignorant’. I disagree. I think this government’s position on this is the really ignorant position. Parents have more sense.
Malcolm Clark in his brilliant thread referred to above finishes it this way:
It was creepy when Derek Mackay imagined he knew what a 16 year old wanted deep down. It’s no less so when an entire govt makes the same assumption. Mackay tried to ensure the kid’s parents were kept out of the loop. Isn’t that what this govt is doing too?It’s actually the hallmark of all its LGBT work with schoolkids and it creates a classic child safeguarding danger. Mackay was brought down by a furious Scottish mum. If this govt stays on its present path it will face the outrage of more than one mother. And so it should.
But’ end’ also has a positive meaning. The catechism says that ‘man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever”. It seems to me that the philosophy of the Establishment in Scotland today is like Calvinism without Christ – its joyless, miserable and oppressive….but Calvinism with Christ is joy and liberating. Know the truth and the truth will make you free. Our aim should be to see the world turned upside down – the only thing that will do that is a revolution of love and balance – in our politics, in our society and perhaps most of all in the Church.
7th Feb 2020.
PS. None of the above should be taken as an attack on all homosexuals…I know several who basically agree with me. I’m talking about the philosophy and the indoctrination occuring within our society – and especially our schools. It is wrong to use this incident and the bad conduct of one man as an excuse to attack all homosexuals.
CAn I suggest you look at the series on the re-imaging of humanity (it has five parts)?
And also this