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The United Kingdom that Scotland was promised it could be a leading part of doesn’t exist. It’s as fictitious as the ghost in an episode of Scooby Doo, an artificial phantasm invented i…

Source: The broad shoulders of a headless chicken

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The United Kingdom that Scotland was promised it could be a leading part of doesn’t exist. It’s as fictitious as the ghost in an episode of Scooby Doo, an artificial phantasm invented in order to distract from the real goings on. Most of you reading this will be as shocked by this relevation as you would be on discovering that it was the creepy janitor wot done it. And in fact it was the creepy janitors of Westminster wot done it in this children’s cartoon that they’re pleased to call the government and parliament of the United Kingdom.

The big selling point of the Better Together campaign during the 2014 indyref was stability and security. They asked repeatedly and pleadingly, only with far less cuteness than the pleading eyes of a fluffy puppy because there is no universe in which Gordie Broon could be mistaken for cute, why give up…

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Tell Me That One Again

I picked this one up on twitter. Go on then, tell me again that there is little difference between Scotland and England…

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On Tuesday I packed the dug into the car and drove to Elgin for a talk for Common Weal Moray. There was a great crowd, we had some fantastic craic and a few laughs, and the dug and I were lucky eno…

Source: The things you miss when you’re away doing a talk for CommonWeal Moray in Elgin

Wee Ginger Dug

On Tuesday I packed the dug into the car and drove to Elgin for a talk for Common Weal Moray. There was a great crowd, we had some fantastic craic and a few laughs, and the dug and I were lucky enough to benefit from the hospitality and kindness of Common Weal Moray members and Sue’s wonderful cooking. Only the dug gulped down far too much water after the long journey and threw up all over her kitchen floor. Sorry Sue. I’m happy to report that both the dug and Sue’s kitchen floor are fine now. Unfortunately, due to a mix up with parcel delivery dates, I had to drive back to Glasgow immediately after the meeting and got home very late and very knackered.

It’s August, the traditional silly season in politics, when nothing much happens so what does happen is equally traditionally blown up out of all proportion…

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Wee Ginger Dug

Yesterday we witnessed another article appearing in the mainstream media to tell people who are not fairly represented in the mainstream media to stop complaining that they’re not fairly represented in the mainstream media, because the mainstream media is quite properly doing its job of not fairly representing people outside the media mainstream. And can I get a guest slot on Scotland 2016 now please?

The article was of course a defence of the BBC against the criticisms of independence supporters that our public service broadcaster isn’t properly serving the public of Scotland. 50 years ago there were many British institutions, the great nationalised companies such as British Coal, British Steel, British Rail, and British Telecom, but one by one they were broken up and sold off into private hands. It shouldn’t be a great surprise to anyone that as the institutions and organisations that belonged to the people of…

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Labour’s suicide pact

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Every time you think that the Labour party in Scotland might just possibly see that there’s a glimmer of a path to redemption, it ties a red white and blue flag over its eyes as a blindfold and preaches to Scotland about solidarity with people who never manage to demonstrate any solidarity with Scotland. Which would be bad enough, but the only solidarity that Labour in Scotland actually demonstrates itself is solidarity with the Conservatives. Despite the fact that Labour’s solidarity with the Tories in the Better Together campaign resulted in the near destruction on the party and the annihilation of its Westminster contingent, they’re about to repeat the same trick in a future independence referendum. As a party Labour has become addicted to self-harm.

During the last independence referendum, Labour vilified those of its supporters and members who came out in favour of independence. Labour for Independence was publicly…

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