Gerry Hassan’s article ‘Message to the Messengers’ chimed with several recent outbursts exploring discontent in the wider movement in the post-referendum political landscape. As the fallout of defeat and a subsequent lack of focus deepens accusations of ‘Scottish Peronism’ (‘Jacobites and Jacobins: the problem with Yes fundamentalism’ ) and other commentaries speak to discontent and fear of the Yes movement morphing from a positive and radical one to a narrow nationalist one.
Whilst a self-reflective and self-critical perspective is essential, much of this analysis seems mired in a fearful and confused outlook, with remedies that lack depth or insight.
In many of these commentaries there appears to be a fear of a latent unidentified power. The themes expressed over and over are of a lack of sophistication and the most consistent accusation is of ‘populism’.
Ian Gillan writes that: “by othering the opposition as un-Scottish, the SNP…
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On the day of the launch of CommonSpace we got a tweet from a journalist claiming that our digital news service looked like it was just a hatchet job on Jim Murphy. That this view was arrived at in one day rather misses the point of news (you can’t investigate things that aren’t happening and this was Jim’s big day…). That it came from a journalist who spent much of the last year doing hatchet jobs on the independence movement seems to suggest some lack of self-awareness. That he does not seem to spend time using his social media presence to attack other media outlets for real hatchet jobs suggests his issue isn’t with the practice but with the cheek of questioning the establishment view.
And yet none of that bothers me at all…
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Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:
I’ve come over all Labour party this week, scabby, lazy, and only interested in my own comfort. I’ve got an excuse – my psoriasis has flared up again – but the Labour party’s condition is terminal. I decided we need to make labourparty a word – it describes self-absorbed selfish people who only do what suits themselves but who hypocritically make out that what suits them just so happens to be in the interests of everyone else and we ought to be grateful to them. But then I remembered there’s already a word for that – and that word is jimmurphy.
I’ve been asked to do some public speaking and campaigning during the run up to the General Election. A friend who’s involved with the SNP branch in Glasgow East has asked me to give a few speeches in support of their candidate – who has yet to be selected. …
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Originally posted on Pride's Purge:
(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
Rupert Murdoch’s favourite climate change denier, Times columnist Matt Ridley, is not a climate scientist.
He’s a failed banker,
Before he reinvented himself as a supposed expert on climate change, the old Etonian, Tory peer was the hereditary* head of Northern Rock bank.
As its chairman – Ridley tapped the UK taxpayer for an unbelievable £27 billion in bailout money.
But despite Ridley getting £27 billion, his bank still failed and had to be nationalised anyway.
You’d think the anti-climate change establishment would have found someone a bit more convincing to persuade us against global warming.
Perhaps they thought we’d forgotten all about his past-life as a failed banker?
Unfortunately this failed banker’s influencing government policy too:
* Hereditary because when it comes to picking leaders, it seems UK banks have…
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