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via The unwitting midwives of independence

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Do you know your place yet Scottish people? The media and the Tories would like you to believe that the Scottish government was slapped down by the UK Supreme Court this week. The Court struck down important parts of the Scottish Government’s EU Continuity Bill, passed with the support of all parties except the Tories, so that’s youse telt, Jocks.

Only it’s not quite as simple as that. Despite the best efforts of Adam IT’S THE LAW Tomkins and the massed ranks of apologists for the British state in the social and traditional media to claim otherwise, the court ruled that the Continuity Bill had indeed been within the competence of Holyrood. That is until the UK Government retrospectively changed the rules to ensure that it wouldn’t be. Between the time of Holyrood’s Continuity Bill being referred to the court and the judgement, Theresa May’s government passed its own bill…

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via Knowing our place

Knowing our place

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According to the BBC political editor Nick Watt, a senior Conservative spoke to him about his frustration at the way Brexit has been going. What this Tory grandee was specifically upset about was the amount of power and influence that Dublin has had in the Brexit negotiations. Dublin has been able to lay down the law to the UK, to insist that the UK abide by the terms of the Anglo-Irish treaty and the Good Friday Agreement, and to ensure that a backstop arrangement is put in place which prevents the UK’s exit from the EU re-imposing a hard border in Ireland. The senior Tory is not at all happy that the Irish government has the power to ensure that the consequences of Brexit are dealt with by the British, and not by the Irish. “The Irish really should know their place,” he told Nick Watt.

The lesson is clear…

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AN SIONNACH FIONN

The organisers of Sunday’s so-called Brexit Betrayal March in London, chiefly the ultra-nationalist United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), were expecting tens of thousands of Britons to turn up in the capital city to express their opposition to the Conservative Party government’s proposed withdrawal agreement with the European Union. Instead, the demonstration was something of a damp squid, even the normally sympathetic Daily Mail commenting that the sparsely attended event had “humiliated” the harder edge of the Leave campaign in Britain. In fact, the march was more of a self-congratulatory gathering for the country’s diverse far-right groupings, including the Instagram snappers of Generation Identity UK and the rather more traditional head-kickers of For Britain. The flags and emblems of both organisations were on prominent display throughout the rally, as were some more explicitly Neo-Nazi and Ulster loyalist symbols, and their memberships were extremely busy on social media, pushing exaggerated claims of…

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via The fart of the deal

The fart of the deal

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Today, Thursday, there was a cabinet meeting that the cabinet office assured Sky News wasn’t a cabinet meeting. There was the usual carcrash of Conservatives pitching up at Number 10. Liam Fox was there, looming like bit player actor auditioning for the part of Lurch in the Addams Family. Andrea Leadsom showed up, grinning from ear to ear, which is either because she’s realised that had she not lost the Tory leadership contest to Theresa May it could have been her neck that was on the line, or possibly because she doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. With Andrea it’s more usually the latter. Michael Gove appeared, looking terribly smug and pleased with himself. Although to be honest that’s how he always looks so it didn’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know.

One who didn’t turn up was David Mundell. Or to give him his full title…

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