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Windae polls and weegie-weighting

Wee Ginger Dug

It’s been a hectic day. The other half is still in hospital. Today the nurse on the rehab ward phoned to say his health has taken a bit of a turn for the worse, and he’s been moved back to the acute ward in the Royal. We’re still waiting for the test results, hopefully it’s just a wee infection and isn’t too serious, but it’s put back the likely date that he’ll be back home. Which is a bummer. But after visiting him I felt a bit better. He’s comfortable, and resting.

My parents decided to take advantage of the sunny weather to have a family barbecue. So naturally it rained. They say you can choose your friends, but not your family. Which is only partially true. You can choose not to talk to certain family members, which is how me and my gran quite successfully arranged things until she…

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The #Yes numbers are swelling as the eyes of the world are upon us

The #Yes numbers are swelling as the eyes of the world are upon us.

The #Yes numbers are swelling as the eyes of the world are upon us

Scots Asians For YES to an Independent Scotland

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People young and old, from every background and nationality are coming out to support the Yes vote. Councillor Shabbar Jaffri supporting Yes Pollok, his constituency and Scots Asians for Yes by organising stalls at events and canvassing through Glasgow. Councillor Jahanghir Hanif is  hard at work canvassing his constituents with Councillor Mhairi Hunter in Glasgow Southside, one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse constituencies in Scotland.DSCN4392

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The Yes activity is increasing day by day all across Scotland as the vibe is one of hope to be so close to September 18, the day we cast our vote for an independent Scotland.

 

Our Scots Asians for Yes ambassador galizaTasmina Ahmed Sheikh was in Galiza, northern Spain a couple of days ago speaking on what we wish to achieve as a progressive forward thinking nation and as you can see from the amazing photograph, we have the…

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You Do Not Exist

You Do Not Exist.

You Do Not Exist

The one who cannot be mentioned

The one who cannot be mentioned.

The one who cannot be mentioned

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The One Who Cannot Be Mentioned has mentioned the independence referendum. It’s not that I don’t want Tony Blair to come back, I do, preferably in handcuffs. But he’s come back minus the handcuffs and he’s backing a No vote, like anyone is surprised. Giving a lecture for some think tank in an expensive hotel in London, his speech expressed his fears about what his own party might do, not his fears about what the Tories might do. In Tony’s universe, you must not base your politics on how you want the world to be, Tony thinks that’s delusional. If Keir Hardie and Robert Cunningham Graham had believed that, they’d never have founded the Scottish Labour party in the first place.

For Tony politics is about managing the expectations of the voters downwards. And in this he richly succeeded, our expectations get lower and lower with every passing vote. But…

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Oh look, there’s a unicorn

Oh look, there’s a unicorn.

Oh look, there’s a unicorn

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A guest post by Maggie Craig

I’ve known since the date of the referendum was announced that I’m going to vote yes. Faced with the question, “Should Scotland be an independent country?” there is no other possible answer as far as I’m concerned. The Union of 1707 was a forced marriage and while some individual Scots over the centuries since then may have benefited from it, I believe it has done huge damage to our collective self-belief and self-esteem. We’ve always been the junior partner.

One of the great joys of living in early 21st century Scotland is seeing how much that self-belief and self-esteem has and is being reclaimed. One of the great heartbreaks is seeing how many families in this much-vaunted most successful union of all time are dependent on food banks. Then there’s the wasteland or maybe the new shopping malls where our industrial base used…

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Westminster lottery

Westminster lottery.

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