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There is no failure except in no longer trying

There is no failure except in no longer trying.

There is no failure except in no longer trying

A Wilderness of Peace

(This is the toughest article I’ve ever written, and likely going to be fairly controversial. But I feel extremely strongly about this. I am positive many readers are going to disagree with it, perhaps some may even be offended, and it’s the first time I’ve ever had such a profound disagreement with others who share the desire for Scottish independence, but I simply must get this all out or I think I might blow a fuse. If nothing else, it’s at least worthwhile to bring it up in the interests of debate)

There’s a trend going about right now in pro-independence circles: “we’re not ready for another referendum.” Certainly former SNP leader Gordon Wilson, who saw fit to offer damning criticisms of the Yes campaign thinks so:

“Support for independence is falling, indeed sunk to 43 per cent. It would be a strategic error to commit to…

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MY SPEECH FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SCOTTISH LABOUR PARTY

MY SPEECH FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SCOTTISH LABOUR PARTY.

MY SPEECH FOR THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SCOTTISH LABOUR PARTY

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“Ladies and gentlemen, comrades, members of the press. Today I announce my candidacy for the leadership of the Labour Party of Scotland. These are exciting and challenging times. After that crushing defeat in May, it is time to rebuild and renew, to slay sacred cows and chart a new way ahead.

Yes, our disastrous defeat in May was down to poor leadership and a total failure to connect with the people of Scotland. But more than that, we were beaten so comprehensively because of a more fundamental problem, and that is for the past 10 years the Scottish Labour Party has been at least 10 steps behind the ambitions of the Scottish people. We have tried to disparage that ambition, neuter it and hold it back. With me as your leader, we will never be put in that position again. I promise to you to work with the grain of…

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OPPOSITION

OPPOSITION.

OPPOSITION

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In politics opposition is relatively easy. There are always a number of reasons to vote against something and explain why you might be able to do it differently. That is, unless you are the UK Labour Party. Our comrade friends have found this task a wee bit daunting recently, forgetting that opposition actually requires that one vital ingredient to make opposition work and that is to actually oppose stuff.

It was almost unbelievable that they got the last week of Parliament so wrong. Not only did they effectively fail to oppose the welfare reform bill, but they at the same time managed to divide their party! Then, just to compound their situation, they decided to sit on their hands for the first exclusively Tory budget bill for 18 years after voting against the previous four coalition ones. Labour are, of course, currently leaderless just now. They are also close to…

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The Wheels of Inevitability

The Wheels of Inevitability.

The Wheels of Inevitability

A Wilderness of Peace

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“The most dangerous ideas are not those that challenge the status quo. The most dangerous ideas are those so embedded in the status quo, so wrapped in a cloud of inevitability, that we forget they are ideas at all.”
Jacob M. Appel, Phoning Home: Essays

With Holyrood and Westminster in recess, political journalists are scrabbling for news, any news, to fill the pages. So when the former leader of the SNP – fresh off both personal success as part of 56 MPs and collective success in seeing support for his party rise and rise – notes something the Scottish (and British) public are alreadysaying, it is classified as shocking, scandalous, and requires immediate clarification. A political party whose entire existence is based on campaigning for independence continues to campaign for independence. Stop the presses!

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On the highway to indyref 2

On the highway to indyref 2.

On the highway to indyref 2

Wee Ginger Dug

Alicsammin is back in the news, not that he ever really left it. You may remember him from last year, while you, oh naive Caledonian person you, thought you were voting in an independence referendum, according to the UK media Scotland was voting in an Alicsammin’s referendum. Alicsammin was, at least until the votes were counted, the only person in the entire UK who wanted independence. Or, according to the Daily Mail, to shamelessly rip the beating heart out of this great nation of ours out of hatred for all things English.

Anyway, Alicsammin has been annoying the UK media again by making the perfectly sensible and obvious point that another independence referendum is inevitable. This has led to an outbreak of oooing and tutting in certain sections of the metrocommentariat, who are playing clips on an infinite loop of Alicsammin saying that the referendum was a once in a…

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