"A voice for Scotland”
SPEECH ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE IN BARCELONA – MONDAY 19th MAY 2014
Ladies & Gentlemen,
The importance of working together for sustainable ecosystem management cannot be understated. And I'm glad to see that the central message of Ecosystem Services Scotland is just that.
In 2010, I was privileged to be appointed Personal Representative of the Chairman in Office of the OSCE - almost like a Roving Ambassador - by Kazakhstan, who held the rotating presidency that year. My remit was to draw up an extensive report on the environmental issues affecting the five Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. I travelled widely throughout Central Asia, visiting all 5 republics and also Afghanistan.
Catherine Ashton’s ill-judged visit to Tehran last month to appease the mullahs, fell apart almost before she stepped off the plane, as news emerged of Israel intercepting a ship from Iran carrying dozens of long-range surface-to-surface rockets, assault weapons and hundreds of thousands of bullets, destined for terrorists linked with the Iranian regime in Gaza. Iran is the world’s leading exporter and bankroller of terrorists and their cat and mouse attempts to persuade Ashton and others that they have no intention of producing nuclear weapons is farcical.
Struan gave the following speech on 15 March 2014 to the Scottish Conservative Party Conference in Edinburgh.
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Struan delivered the following speech at the Strasbourg Plenary Session on Thursday 13 March 2014.
The news which arrived late last night of a breakthrough in the long-running mackerel war saga is a welcome relief for Europe's pelagic sector and in particular, for Scotland's mackerel fleet.
I would like to enquire from the High Representative for Foreign Affairs what she achieved in visiting Tehran last weekend? Her visit coincided with Israel's interception of a ship from Iran carrying dozens of long-range surface-to-surface rockets, assault weapons and hundreds of thousands of bullets, destined for Palestinian militants in Gaza.
Since the US military withdrawal from Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, egged on by his Shia puppeteers in Tehran, has escalated the daily intimidation of the predominantly Sunni al-Anbar province, with assassinations, bombings, arbitrary arrests and atrocities that finally drove the Sunni population onto the streets in protest. For the past 18 months, hundreds of thousands of people in Fallujah, Ramadi and other Anbar cities have mounted large demonstrations, calling for an end to corruption and the abuse of power by Maliki.
There is one thing that never ceases to amaze me after 15 years as a Member of the European Parliament and that is the weakness of the West when it comes to dealing with Iran. The fascist government in Tehran is one of the most evil regimes in the world today, abusing human rights and using repression, torture and a spiralling increase in executions to terrorise and subjugate the people. These are typical and commonplace signs of a dangerous and cornered authoritarian regime.
Last November I visited Kurdistan in Northern Iraq to see for myself the refugee camps they have set up to provide shelter for over 230,000 men, women and children fleeing from the bloody civil war in Syria.