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Our man on the inside

Posted on June 03, 2018 by

I hope you’ll forgive a personal indulgence here, folks.

Especially alert readers may recall that just before the independence referendum in 2014 I came home and attended a number of events, including being smuggled into a huge, fascinating and enlightening Muslim Friends Of Labour meeting at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow just a few days ahead of the vote.

The man who managed to somehow get a solitary white guy into a room of 1000 Asian people was my friend Irshad Malik (known to all simply as Malik). At the time Malik was running a convenience store in Bathgate (in addition to an office job elsewhere), where my parents live and have known him for many years.

He’s a committed Yesser, a tireless worker and gave The Wee Blue Book out in the shop (one of very few places in Bathgate which sold The National from day 1).

I mention this now because he’s in a spot of bother, and I owe him one.

Malik has advanced Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, and – not to beat around the bush – is staring death in the face, which means his lovely wife and two young children are too. He’s on a mindboggling and debilitating catalogue of pretty hardcore medication, and there’s nothing else that NHS Scotland can offer him.

You can find more details of his situation at his fundraiser page here, and if any of you can spare a few pounds to try to help him out, it’d be greatly appreciated.

He’s a great guy and he’s been a real friend to the independence movement. I hope it can be one to him now.

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    1. Jason Smoothpiece says:

      Sad to hear one of our own folk having to face this happy to donate.

    2. Macjim says:

      Glad to help… I’m sorry I can’t give much but I hope it starts others to contribute

    3. Proud Cybernat says:

      Sad to hear this, Rev. Have chucked some money into Malik’s kitty. Wish him and his family well. They are part of Scotland and the YES ‘family’. Wish I could have helped more.

    4. ewen says:

      Sorry, I couldn’t give more. Best wishes to Malik and his family.

    5. chasanderson200 says:

      Can spare some cash (£50) and will pay into your account as usual on Friday so you can pass it on.

    6. Capella says:

      Donation made. Grateful for his help with the campaign and wish him the best of luck with his treatment.

    7. call me dave says:

      Donation made.

    8. Cal says:

      Done – it’s a frightening set of circumstances you wouldn’t wish on anyone, donated what I can but hope at the very least gives him and his family more time a

    9. Kevin says:


      Keep well, Malik.

    10. Arbroath1320 says:

      So sorry to hear about Malik.

      Not too sure what our finances look like but we will at some point look at making a wee donation.

      Every little helps as they say.

      Thoughts and prayers are with Malik and his family at this difficult time.

    11. Gaelstorm says:


    12. jamero66 says:


      All the very best Malik.

    13. Phydaux says:

      So sad…heartfelt thanks to you Malik for everything you have done for our common cause and glad to make a donation.

    14. Robert Wiseman says:

      Donated, best wishes.

    15. Carol Jardine says:

      Small donation made.

    16. dramfineday says:

      Best wishes to Malik and his family. Some help is on the way from the Wings family to yours.

    17. louis.b.argyll says:

      We’re on it Rev.

    18. PeterS says:

      Best wishes, Malik.

    19. drawdeaddave says:

      Whether Malik is a friend of Indy or not doesn’t come into it, he’s a decent human being, who along with his family are suffering. “There but for the grace of God go i” Unfortunately prayers & a wee donation is all we can do…

    20. Capella says:

      To cheer us all up – Independence live has posted its Dumfries march and rally video – all 3 hrs and 45 mins of it.
      You weren’t planning to do anything else this afternoon were you.

    21. Marker Post says:

      Donation made. Thank you, Malik.

    22. Terry says:

      Good luck Malik. Donated.

    23. Bill Hume says:

      Done. Not as much as I would like, but done (for now).

    24. Daisy Walker says:

      Chipped in a bit to help out a fellow Yesser. Best wishes to him and his family.

    25. Dai says:

      I can spare some for a good cause.

      Good luck Malik <3

    26. mumsyhugs says:

      Seems to have been a sudden flurry of activity over the last wee while since the Rev posted this! Well done Wingers and others – now share and post far and wide.

    27. Patsy Millar says:

      Thanks for bringing this to my notice. I’ve only been able to donate a small amount but you know what they say about every little counting!

    28. Cuilean says:

      Thank you, Malik, for your part in the struggle. You did not let us down. I donated immediately, knowing how I would feel if this was someone I cherished and I had to rely, in sheer desperation, on ‘the kindness of strangers.’ Stay strong. No man is an island who has friends.

    29. Done
      Keep your spirits up Malik. Hope everything works out for you and everyone here feels the same.

    30. Shinty says:

      What Cuilean said.

    31. ahundredthidiot says:

      thoughts are with Malik and his family. Here’s hoping his kids grow up in a new and independent Scotland.

    32. Craig P says:

      There may not be a happy ending but hopefully my wee donation brings some succour. And I second what drawdeaddave said.

    33. Effijy says:

      The system is having issues right now with my Visa Card.
      I have funds OK. It must be a system error again.

      Read a pensioners Daily Hail yesterday.
      What hateful piece of twisted garbage that rag is.

      It seems SNP let down the 2 officers that were stabbed
      By a random bloke who flipped his lid???
      Unlike Tory England, SNP has ensured Scottish police numbers
      Have not been cut and not even New York can match the incredible
      Number of Stabbings, and deaths in London,
      But let’s just cover that up and try to slander SNP.

      Also this Clown Cooper who hates everything Scottish but refuses to relocate.
      Syria sounds like a good move for him when measured against his complaints
      List for Scotland.
      His train was late so the SNP transport minister should resign?
      Major rail hubs such as Liverpool Lime St is facing distaster for
      A period on 8 Weeks.
      Now that is a late train but again you can forget about measuring the most
      Punctual and Reliable Scottish service against the hopelessly incompetent
      Toy train set overseen by the Tories in England.

      Absolutely bare faced liars making a living out of distorting the truth

    34. Eddie Woods says:

      Donation made. Good luck Malik!

    35. Colin Alexander says:

      My best wishes to you Malik and praying for you; I hope you can get the help you need.

      Hope my wee contribution helps in some way.

    36. mogabee says:

      Malik sounds such a good man. I do hope we can push the total to help him out.

      Thanks Stu.

    37. ronnie anderson says:

      WOS Stall Team £ 100 donated . All the best Malik & Family .

    38. ronnie anderson says:

      So’s folks 8.15pm the £100 WoS Stall donation appears under my own name as we don’t stallers don’t have plastic .

    39. Stan Wilson says:

      Donated. Wishes are with you Malik and your family.

    40. Chick McGregor says:

      Donation made. I don’t know the guy by Stu’s reference is enough for me.

    41. stuckdoonhame says:

      @Chick McGregor @ 11.52 on 3 June, 2018: I second that emotion – donated.

    42. Undeadshuan says:

      CML is a very rare form of leukemia, sorry to hear that Malik is not responding to any available medication on the nhs.

      It must be so worrying for Malik and his family

      Donation made, I wish Malik and his family well and hope he gets a full recovery.

    43. Sharney Dubs says:

      Done. Good luck Malik

    44. Nana says:

      Morning everyone, I don’t wish to disturb this thread so I’ve posted a few links on the previous one.

    45. paul gerard mccormack says:

      donation made. c’mon you wingers – this is what a new scotland should be like. Hopefully i wont get pelters for this – this not a manipulative emotional appeal for self-virtuous charity. This is about compassion (from the gut) for our fellow human beings. What if it was you?

      Here endeth this lesson.

    46. Craig Fraser says:

      Donation made, if all wingers chipped in a small amount, we would hit the target quickly. My families love and prayers are with you Malik.

    47. baronesssamedi says:

      Baroness’s mite donated. Good wishes to Malik and his family

    48. Marie Clark says:

      Donation made, don’t know you Malik, but the Rev’s recommendation is good enough for me.

      Malik I wish you and your family all the best.

    49. INDEPENDENT says:

      Donation made best wishes to Malik and his family.

    50. Rab Pollock says:

      Happy to help a fellow Scot in need.

    51. dakk says:

      All the best to Malik.

      Hope the treatment is going well and the small contribution from this household helps a lttle.

    52. David says:

      OT sorry. Hilarious photo on Scottish Labour website of a guy have a good laugh as he stuffs a ballot!

    53. Haggishunter says:

      Donation made, wishing Malik and his family all the best

    54. osakisushi says:

      Please read carefully.

      I am not giving this bloke a penny. The reason is simple, I’ve had leukaemia since 2012 (incurable), discovering in the process how quickly life savings vanish along with how difficult it is to get any benefit from the UK Govt.
      Literally, it feels like ‘they’ just want me to die and go away.
      Despite no change in health, fighting an apparent 5k overpayment for a 4 year period when the DLA decided to downgrade me for a while. (ATOS…)

      However, if you do have money to assist him, believe me he needs it.

    55. HandandShrimp says:


      If we don’t look after our own who will.

    56. Malky says:

      Done. Nicely done, Sir. Good vibes and a few quid sent this fellow traveller’s way.

    57. Malky says:

      Well done, Sir. Good vibes and a few quid sent this fellow traveller’s way.

    58. Shinty says:

      osakisushi – I think your comment was inappropriate. The article is not about YOU.
      Why would anyone write a post about not giving – ‘best to say nothing etc. etc.’

    59. osakisushi says:

      “Shinty says:
      4 June, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      osakisushi – I think your comment was inappropriate.”

      The clue was the very first sentence, along with the last sentence.
      You are a prick.

    60. Tackety Beets says:

      Malik, It’s only a few quid, so wish I could do more.


    61. mary mackenzie says:

      Malik, Please read Outsmarting Your Cancer by Tanya Pierce. I think it’s also on line though I haven’t seen it myself. She investigates the successful alternative cures, the ones we are not told about.
      Good luck.

    62. AuldGrannie says:

      For you and your family Malik.
      From one Bathgate bairn to another xxxx

    63. Dorothy Devine says:

      Rev Stu , bank transfer for Malik in your account sorry it can’t be more.

    64. Mrs Grimble says:

      I’ll chuck some money into his fund but I sincerely hope he doesn’t use it for for any of the treatments named – these are all total quackery and won’t help him. Gerson therapy is expecially unpleasant – it involves up to five daily coffee enemas, plus dietary restrictions and masses of juiced vegetables. The Oasis of Hope’s Tijuana location is a red flag. That’s where most quack cancer-cure clinics are – conveniently close to the border, so that US cancer patients can easily get there.
      Has he tried to get onto any clinical trials? These are free and the only expense would be in travelling there (a lot are in the US). And the sliver of hope they offer is genuine.
      Honestly, I really wish do wish him the best, and hope that he instead spends the money on nice things for himself and his family, making memories for them.

    65. Malik says:

      Hello Indy Family,

      I am very, very sorry for the long overdue comment that I should have made a few weeks back – things had been up and down a little.
      I am simply writing from the deepest recesses of my heart and a place of gratitude for a couple of reasons.
      Firstly, I have been TOTALLY OVERWHELMED to the core by everyone’s reaction, generosity and heartfelt sentiments. Here I was, a total stranger (or so I thought) and yet on a simple request from our Rev. Stu, everyone rallied around and opened their hearts and their wallets to help ME – a person you’ve NEVER met. THAT was tearfully heartwarming – A BIG THANK YOU to you ALL
      Secondly, as I mentioned above, I thought I was a stranger. But after reading the heart-touching comments I received from SO MANY of You, I felt a sense of belongingness. All of you made me feel a part of the Indy family – and that was EXTREMELY humbling. By the time, I finished reading the comments over several days, I had a renewed feeling of, “Yes, this IS a family and YES, I DO belong HERE! When anyone is going through calamity in their life, it is critical that they have a strong, positive support group. I found that support group in YOU – my Indy family. So THANK YOU for accepting me as a part of your family.
      I am saving the BEST for LAST. Of course, none of this would have been remotely possible if it was not for my dear friend and on this occasion my guide, Rev. Stu. Stuart and I have been friends for a number of years. And although I didn’t see him as much as I would have liked to have seen him over the years but that did not make a difference to our friendship and our bond. Not ONLY is he an interesting person but the occasional discourse I HAVE had with him left a distinct impression on me of his calibre. Stuart is a VERY intelligent & insightful person – (my thoughts after spending some time with him). Stu, a BIG THANK YOU to YOU. You’ve made this possible.
      I have tried to personally thank everyone for their generosity and their comments by reply. If by any chance I have missed ANYONE out, please accept my apologies and appreciation alike.
      In closing, I would like to end with my sincere regard for your thoughts, your efforts and your sentiments.
      With great gratitude – Malik

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