Impotent imperialists and the pursuit of the impossible

Away back in 2016, when the world seemed a saner place – which is saying quite a lot because the world was pretty messed up in 2016 – the idea that the UK might crash out of the EU without any deal or with a deal that left us outside of the single market and the customs union was regarded with horror. In Scotland, it was viewed as especially noxious to the body politic, and particularly unacceptable, even to the likes of then Labour in Scotland leader Kezia Dugdale. Now here we are in 2018, facing the very real prospect of crashing out of the EU with no deal, and leaving the single market and customs union is touted as the will of the people by our Westminster rulers.

It’s the worst of the worst nightmares of the Remainers in 2016, who were supported by all the leaders of political parties in Scotland. Even worse, we now know that the campaign was bought by dirty tricks and the flagrant breaking of electoral law by the Leave campaign. The vote was bought by dirty money and outright lies. There are allegations and suspicions of Russian meddling in the campaign. Then after the Leave campaign secured the result that it had longed for for so many decades, we discovered that despite having a lifetime to prepare not only did it not have a Plan B, it had no Plan A. It had not a clue. All it had was a hatred of the EU and all its works.

British politics ever since has been defined by the pursuit of the impossible by impotent imperialists. They think Brexit is the Viagra that will make Britain stand proud, but it’s just a sop to a senile sexual fantasy of an empire that shrunk away a long time ago. It’s the blue pill of blissful self-indulgence, the ignorance of illusion. All of our futures, all of our prospects, all of our possiblities are being held hostage to Boris Johnson’s ego and careerism, to the vanity of Liam Fox, to the self-serving backstabbing of Michael Gove, to the casual cruelties of Iain Duncan Smith, to the Britannic wet dreams of Jacob Rees Mogg. Oh, nanny.

Yet there is no cry of outrage from the British nationalist parties in Scotland. Instead there’s a shuffling of feet and mass pointing at any SNPbad squirrel that comes along, and a complete betrayal of their responsibility to stand up for the interests of Scotland within the UK. Scotland is leaving the EU despite the fact that Scotland voted to remain a part of it by a much larger margin than it voted to remain a part of the UK, despite the fact that those British nationalist parties which are now so silent told us in 2014 that only a vote to remain a part of the UK could ensure that Scotland remained a part of the EU. And not one of them is demanding that the British government respect the will of the Scottish people. It’s only independence supporters who have to respect the result of referendums in Scotland.

I don’t despise the British nationalist parties in Scotland for wanting Scotland to remain a part of the UK. That’s a perfectly respectable view. It might not be the vision of Scotland that I share, it might not be the vision of Scotland that I believe allows this country to thrive and to flourish and to reach its full potential, but it’s a view that deserves a measure of respect if not agreement.

But I do despise the British nationalist parties in Scotland for failing on their own terms, for failing to stand up for Scotland’s interests within this UK that they insist Scotland must remain a part of. They are so terrified of doing anything that might lead to a growth in support for independence that they refuse to criticise or attack a British government for trampling over the interests of Scotland within the UK. They refuse to stand up and defend the devolution settlement that they sold to Scotland as the great British alternative to independence. They condemn the nationalism of Scottish independence supporters, but are blind to the visceral British nationalism that infests the British state. They do Scotland a huge disservice. And worst of all, some of their number actually welcome a no deal Brexit and the economic havoc it will wreak because it will in their eyes help keep Scotland enthralled to the UK.

This is possibly the worst, the most inept, the most malign and malicious British government in living memory. It flails about from crisis to crisis. It lurches towards self-destruction and it is taking us all down with it. Theresa May’s government may not survive much longer – but there is no answer to the question, “And then what?”

Another general election won’t solve the problem. At best it will replace a weak Conservative government which doesn’t have a clue how to tackle the Brexit its leadership is committed to with a weak Labour government which doesn’t have a clue how to tackle the Brexit its leadership is committed to. Both the main British parties are determined to take the UK out of the EU so it can strike trade deals of its own at the very time that the IMF is warning that the trade war sparked off by Donald Trump could cost the global economy $430 billion.

Theresa May and the Labour leadership both refuse to countenance a second EU referendum to decide the question of what sort of future best suits the peoples of the UK. There is a failure of politics in the UK, a failure of political leadership, and there is no apparent way out of the mess. However only a popular referendum can provide the political clarity that British political leadership cannot. The failure of Brexit is a failure of political leadership, a failure of the very concept of Britishness that is so beloved by Brexiteers. It’s a failure of the British state. Britishness is being destroyed by those who say that they love it. If you honestly think that an independent Scotland couldn’t do better than this sorry shower of incompetents, then you suffer from cringe that is pathological in its extent. You are Gordon Brown. We don’t need predictions of dooooooom about an independent Scotland, dooooooom is already here and it’s draped in a Union fleg.

If the British state won’t offer the peoples of the UK a referendum, then it’s up to the Scottish Parliament to offer the people of Scotland a vote. Changes in material circumstances don’t come much more material than the changes we’ve witnessed since 2016.


WEE GINGER FUNDRAISER

GINGER2croppedIt’s that time of year again. It’s been a year since I last did a fundraiser. This year is going to be a particularly expensive one for me personally. There’s a wedding to pay for, and I need to ensure that my earnings are sufficient to prove to the Home Office that I am able to import my American spouse into Scotland to live here permanently. As well as the need to demonstrate a minimum level of annual income, £18,600, there are also hefty legal and visa fees to pay.

I really don’t like doing fundraisers, and I really don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but I work my wee socks off for the independence movement. I publish this blog, and I do talks to local indy groups all over Scotland without asking for a fee. Don’t get me wrong, I greatly enjoy it. It’s a huge privilege to meet all the wonderful, talented, and committed people who make the Scottish independence movement something really special. However it takes up a lot of time and energy to keep blogging and doing public talks, time and energy that I could be using to generate an income to prove to the Home Office that I am able to support my American spouse.

The truth is that if every regular reader of this blog gave just one pound a year, I’d be pulling in well over £100,000 annually. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Publishing and selling books and maps helps, as does selling t-shirts, but it’s pretty hit and miss. I do get paid by The National for my twice weekly articles, but that doesn’t pay anything like as much as you might think it would. In order to be confident that I can meet the minimum income requirements demanded by the Home Office, cover the cost of a wedding on both sides of the Atlantic, and cover the fees required to pay the visas and associated legal costs, I need to do a fundraiser for £10,000.

Any help you can give would be immensely appreciated. Help me to keep campaiging, and help me to show that Scotland is a welcoming place for migrants – at least one special migrant in particular, the man I’m going to marry in October.

You can donate by clicking the following link and donating on my Gofundme page.
https://www.gofundme.com/wee-ginger-fundraiser

Alternatively you can donate by clicking on the Paypal “Donate” button on this page, or by logging in to www.paypal.com and making a payment to me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com If you would prefer to donate by some other method, cash, cheque, or bank transfer, please contact me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com for details.

Many thanks for all your support. You’ve no idea how much it means to me.

You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log into Paypal.com and send a payment to the email address weegingerbook@yahoo.com. Or alternatively click the donate button. If you don’t have a Paypal account, just select “donate with card” after clicking the button.
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If you have trouble using the button, or you prefer not to use Paypal, you can donate or purchase a t-shirt or map by making a payment directly into my bank account, or by sending a cheque or postal order. If you’d like to donate by one of these methods, please email me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com and I will send the necessary information. Please also use this email address if you would like the dug and me to come along to your local group for a talk.

The imodium to Trump’s logorrhea

I had planned to attend the anti-Trump rally in Edinburgh today, but the dug has eaten something that disagreed with him and is shiting everywhere. Rather like Donald Trump, although to be fair there are some significant differences. Whereas the dug is confining his crapfest to the local area, and it can cleaned up with a doggy bag or two, Trump’s ordure is polluting an entire planet and our government has shown not the slightest inclination to get out a Trump bag and bin the mess. And the mess that the dug is producing comes out of his arse. Donald’s come out of his gob. I’m sure that the dug will be fully recovered by tomorrow, which is a lot more than can be said for Donald Trump, whose condition is incurable. He has terminal logorrhea.

The protests in Scotland, and the rest of the UK, are nothing to do with how people feel about the USA or Americans in general, and everything to do with how we feel about Donald Trump. Today in Edinburgh tens of thousands of people are taking to the streets to show the world that Scotland, the land of a hundred thousand welcomes, has no welcome to spare for the racism of Trump. It was just one of many protests which are taking place across Scotland this weekend. Yesterday, Friday, there was a protest in George Square in Glasgow, which I did get to with the dug.

We might be divided by many things in Scottish politics, above all by our views on the constitution and the future of this country as either an independent country or as a part of the UK, but one thing that unites Scots across our political divide is rejection of the politics of racism, contempt for women, and hatred that is embodied by the Cheeto in Chief. Trump is not a divisive figure in Scotland. The vast majority hate him.

Rarely has there been such unanimity in Scottish politics. Even Coatbridge’s Labour MP Hugh Gaffney was in attendance at the anti-Trump rally in Glasgow’s George Square to protest against Trump’s racism. Hugh understands how bad racism is now that he’s done the awareness training. Even Ruth Davidson seems to have got over her aversion to traffic disruption, although to be honest she wasn’t too fussed about it during last week’s Orange marches either. That hasn’t stopped Sky News having Ruth’s wee tweet about the Edinburgh anti-Trump protest on its scrolling news bar as though amongst Scottish politicians she’s uniquely opposed to bigotry.

However there are those who support Trump. As the saying goes, by your friends shall ye be known. The US President with the tiny hands has been welcomed by Piers Morgan, Katie Hopkins, Nigel Farage, and Boris Johnson. The UK’s very own list of deplorables, the world’s most pathetic supervillains, the Gang of Attention Whores. In London, the rally which has been organised to welcome Trump was the work of the far right English Defence League.

In Scotland Trump supporters are not many in number but they do exist. Donald’s friends were in evidence at the Glasgow protest yesterday. All four of them, three of whom were identified as former candidates for the BNP, and the fourth was a far right campaigner and Holocaust denier who was considered too obnoxious even for Ukip. Donald Trump’s supporters in Scotland are yer actual fascists, bigots, certain members of the Conservative party, and the Orange Order. Naturally the Orangemen were always going to support Donald, seeing as how he’s distinctly orange himself, but he shares their politics of exclusion, hatred, and nostalgia for a supremacist past.

Many people say that they don’t understand the point of protesting against Trump. It’s not like he’s going to look at some guy with a sign in George Square saying We Shall Overcomb and say to himself – “You know. He’s right. Bigly right. The rightest. I’m going to stop blaming migrants, muslims, women, and disabled people and tackle the real cause of inequality in our society – those corporations and wealthy individuals who don’t pay their way.” Donald Trump doesn’t do self-reflection.

The stark truth is that the USA is currently led by a far right politician who preaches the politics of racism. The brutal reality is that the UK is at serious risk of going down the same path. Brexit was driven by English nationalism clothing itself in British drag and claiming not to be nationalism at all. It was motivated by fear of immigration, a sense of superiority, and a desire to return to a mythical past which never really existed. Brexit dreams of a lost empire, a global influence that has long since dissipated. Common sense is going out the window as the British government clings on to increasingly desperate fantasies in the pursuit of the impossible. These are the precursors of fascism.

The word fascist is much overused, but fascism doesn’t march up to us in Nazis uniforms announcing that it’s fascist. Fascism creeps up. Fascism tells you it’s on your side against those others who it tells you are stealing your jobs or changing your society. Fascism tells you it’s your friend. Fascism tells you it’s on your side against the elite. Fascism blames the disabled and the poor for the crimes of the rich. It blames the marginalised for the evils of the establishment. It blames minorities for the wrongs of the powerful. Protesting against Donald Trump in Scotland isn’t about changing Trump. It’s about changing Scotland.

And make no mistake, Scotland is changing for the better. The protests against Trump annd the recent outpouring of anger and outrage against the annual Orange parades is evidence of that. A tipping point has been reached in Scotland’s toleration of bigotry. The sorry suplication to Trump demonstrated by the British government is not what we want Scotland to be. We demand better. We will strive for better. There is a better Scotland, and it’s almost within our grasp.

Half the population supports independence, and that’s before there’s an official campaign to focus the minds of the majority who don’t live and breathe politics. We can make Scotland a better country. And while this weekend’s protests against Trump are not about independence, here’s a wee thought. Donald Trump’s mother was Scottish. In an independent Scotland Trump will be a citizen, which means that he won’t have diplomatic immunity in this country, and if women wish to come forward to make allegations against him, then we could arrest him here. An independent Scotland can be the imodium to Trump’s logorrhea.


WEE GINGER FUNDRAISER

It’s that time of year again. It’s been a year since I last did a fundraiser. This year is going to be a particularly expensive one for me personally. There’s a wedding to pay for, and I need to ensure that my earnings are sufficient to prove to the Home Office that I am able to import my American spouse into Scotland to live here permanently. As well as the need to demonstrate a minimum level of annual income, £18,600, there are also hefty legal and visa fees to pay.

I really don’t like doing fundraisers, and I really don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but I work my wee socks off for the independence movement. I publish this blog, and I do talks to local indy groups all over Scotland without asking for a fee. Don’t get me wrong, I greatly enjoy it. It’s a huge privilege to meet all the wonderful, talented, and committed people who make the Scottish independence movement something really special. However it takes up a lot of time and energy to keep blogging and doing public talks, time and energy that I could be using to generate an income to prove to the Home Office that I am able to support my American spouse.

The truth is that if every regular reader of this blog gave just one pound a year, I’d be pulling in well over £100,000 annually. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Publishing and selling books and maps helps, as does selling t-shirts, but it’s pretty hit and miss. I do get paid by The National for my twice weekly articles, but that doesn’t pay anything like as much as you might think it would. In order to be confident that I can meet the minimum income requirements demanded by the Home Office, cover the cost of a wedding on both sides of the Atlantic, and cover the fees required to pay the visas and associated legal costs, I need to do a fundraiser for £10,000.

Any help you can give would be immensely appreciated. Help me to keep campaiging, and help me to show that Scotland is a welcoming place for migrants – at least one special migrant in particular, the man I’m going to marry in October.

You can donate by clicking the following link and donating on my Gofundme page.
https://www.gofundme.com/wee-ginger-fundraiser

Alternatively you can donate by clicking on the Paypal “Donate” button on this page, or by logging in to www.paypal.com and making a payment to me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com If you would prefer to donate by some other method, cash, cheque, or bank transfer, please contact me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com for details.

Many thanks for all your support. You’ve no idea how much it means to me.

You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log into Paypal.com and send a payment to the email address weegingerbook@yahoo.com. Or alternatively click the donate button. If you don’t have a Paypal account, just select “donate with card” after clicking the button.
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If you have trouble using the button, or you prefer not to use Paypal, you can donate or purchase a t-shirt or map by making a payment directly into my bank account, or by sending a cheque or postal order. If you’d like to donate by one of these methods, please email me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com and I will send the necessary information. Please also use this email address if you would like the dug and me to come along to your local group for a talk.

Wee Ginger fundraiser

It’s that time of year again. It’s been a year since I last did a fundraiser. This year is going to be a particularly expensive one for me personally. There’s a wedding to pay for, and I need to ensure that my earnings are sufficient to prove to the Home Office that I am able to import my American spouse into Scotland to live here permanently. As well as the need to demonstrate a minimum level of annual income, £18,600, there are also hefty legal and visa fees to pay.

I really don’t like doing fundraisers, and I really don’t like to blow my own trumpet, but I work my wee socks off for the independence movement. I publish this blog, and I do talks to local indy groups all over Scotland without asking for a fee. Don’t get me wrong, I greatly enjoy it. It’s a huge privilege to meet all the wonderful, talented, and committed people who make the Scottish independence movement something really special. However it takes up a lot of time and energy to keep blogging and doing public talks, time and energy that I could be using to generate an income to prove to the Home Office that I am able to support my American spouse.

The truth is that if every regular reader of this blog gave just one pound a year, I’d be pulling in well over £100,000 annually. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. Publishing and selling books and maps helps, as does selling t-shirts, but it’s pretty hit and miss. I do get paid by The National for my twice weekly articles, but that doesn’t pay anything like as much as you might think it would. In order to be confident that I can meet the minimum income requirements demanded by the Home Office, cover the cost of a wedding on both sides of the Atlantic, and cover the fees required to pay the visas and associated legal costs, I need to do a fundraiser for £10,000.

Any help you can give would be immensely appreciated. Help me to keep campaiging, and help me to show that Scotland is a welcoming place for migrants – at least one special migrant in particular, the man I’m going to marry in October.

You can donate by clicking the following link and donating on my Gofundme page.
https://www.gofundme.com/wee-ginger-fundraiser

Alternatively you can donate by clicking on the Paypal “Donate” button on this page, or by logging in to www.paypal.com and making a payment to me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com If you would prefer to donate by some other method, cash, cheque, or bank transfer, please contact me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com for details.

Many thanks for all your support. You’ve no idea how much it means to me.

You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log into Paypal.com and send a payment to the email address weegingerbook@yahoo.com. Or alternatively click the donate button. If you don’t have a Paypal account, just select “donate with card” after clicking the button.
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If you have trouble using the button, or you prefer not to use Paypal, you can donate or purchase a t-shirt or map by making a payment directly into my bank account, or by sending a cheque or postal order. If you’d like to donate by one of these methods, please email me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com and I will send the necessary information. Please also use this email address if you would like the dug and me to come along to your local group for a talk.

The baby has landed

You have to feel really sorry for people in London. There they were, depressed and hungover, out of the World Cup, home to what’s quite possibly the world’s most dysfunctional government, heading out of the EU despite voting heavily to remain and without even the prospect of an independence referendum to offer a modicum of hope. You wouldn’t think that it could possibly get any worse, and then the very next day Donald Trump comes to visit.

Football didn’t come home, but Donald Trump did, and incredibly the British government managed to find someone who hadn’t resigned to go and greet him. It was Liam Fox who turned up to greet the Giant Orange Baby Balloon when it came down to earth at Stansted airport, which is a bit like Dracula’s coffin arriving in Whitby and being greeted by Nick Cotton from Eastenders wearing a set of plastic fangs. Or to give him his proper title, the Disgraced Former Defence Secretary Dr Nick Cotton. Still, it was quite appropriate that the British Government met the world’s leading serial fantasist with a serial fantasist of its own.

The US Embassy has issued some ridiculous scaremongering advice to American citizens to hide away for the duration. As someone who’s planning to marry a US citizen, and who is also planning to attend the anti-Trump demonstrations in Glasgow and Edinburgh tomorrow and Saturday, I know the difference between Americans in general and Donald Trump in particular. So does everyone else in Scotland. The Americans that I meet, and I meet a lot of them, can’t wait to tell me just how much they despise their president and are immensely relieved to discover that Scotland hated Donald Trump before it was fashionable. Americans have nothing to fear in Scotland. This country welcomes everyone to our country who isn’t a cheeto coloured bigot who separates children from their parents in order to score some cheap political points.

Some have questioned the point of protesting against Trump, because it’s not like seeing a protest in Glasgow, Edinburgh, or anywhere else is likely to make him change his mind. However changing Trump’s mind is not what these protests are about. Everyone attending knows that they have as much chance of changing Trump’s mind about his misogyny, his racism, his undermining of democracy, as they do of changing Theresa May’s mind by calling her a robot. The reason for protesting against Trump’s visit is because if you don’t protest, if you’re not vocal about your feelings, then those in power take your silence as consent. Silence is complicity.

Trump’s mind might not be capable of being changed, changing your mind means having the capacity to distinguish between fact and fiction and as far as Trump is concerned the truth is whatever was the most recent thing to come out of his lying mouth. However Trump’s feelings are quite certainly capable of being hurt. This is, after all, a man who for almost 30 years has nursed a grudge against US journalist Graydon Carter because Carter wrote in an article in Spy magazine that Trump had tiny hands. All these years later, and Trump still keeps giving that notion a much smaller than average thumbs down.

When dealing with a narcissist like Trump, it’s impossible to engage with him using logic and reason because he is not motivated by logic or reason. The only thing that motivates Trump is his own extremely bigly and extremely thin skinned ego. He said just before arriving in the UK that he thinks that people in Britain like him. Trump has said in several previous interviews that he loves Scotland, the country where his mother was born. That’s all the more reason to show him that Scotland doesn’t love him back. Scotland rejects his politics of hatred.

Trump has also said he was “fine” with the protests against him. That’s fine as in, “OK I’m fine. OK! Look I said I’m fine! Can you not just drop it! I’m fine. OK? I don’t even care. Don’t even care. I’m fine. Why are you still going on about this I said I am fine. Right? OK. Fine. Totally fine.”

There are those who say that it’s hypocritical to protest against Trump, but not to show the same degree of anger against the likes of Erdogan of Turkey or other human rights violators who visit the UK. And to be fair there are a lot of human rights violators who are invited to the UK by the British Government. The British Government’s idea of international diplomacy is to calculate how many weapons it can sell, and it’s not too fussed about those weapons being used against innocent people. However the difference is that Erdogan or some random Middle Eastern dictator doesn’t strut the world stage posing as the “leader of the Free World”. The reason that there are more protests against Trump is that higher standards are expected of a democracy, and higher standards are expected of the world’s most powerful democracy. If you claim to be the leader of the Free World then the Free World is going to hold you to account, because in the Free World leaders are accountable or the term Free World has no meaning at all.

We protest against Trump precisely because the USA is the world’s most powerful democracy. If president of the USA trashes democratic values and undermines the social and political order in other democracies, as Trump does, then that poses a direct and immediate danger to the those of us in Scotland, the rest of the UK, and the rest of Europe that the likes of Erdogan doesn’t pose. Protesting against Trump isn’t virtue signalling, it’s self-interest. It’s self-defence.

Protesting against Trump’s visit is also a protest against a British government which is spitting in the face of the UK’s European partners in order to prostitute the UK to a racist buffoon who cages children and separates toddlers from their parents. We protest against Trump because we have a British government which likewise demonises migrants and separates families due to racist and unjust immigration laws. We protest against Trump because the British Government, because Liam Fox who met Trump at the airport, are taking the UK out of the EU in order to transform the UK into a cut-rate version of Trump’s America. We protest against Trump because we don’t want Trump’s America here.

Protests are taking place across Scotland. The largest will be tomorrow in George Square in Glasgow from 5pm, and outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh at noon on Saturday, with a march to the Meadows. Scotland is divided on many things. We’re divided on the constitutional question, divided on the political parties we support, the fitba teams we cheer for, but let’s show that we are united in our condemnation of the vile politics of Donald Trump.


 

GINGER2croppedYou wanted t-shirts, you’ve got t-shirts. For the best part of the past two years I’ve had readers of this blog asking me for Wee Ginger t-shirts and now, finally, I’ve got some organised. The long awaited Wee Ginger t-shirts are now on sale. Only they’re not ginger, they’re white, but you get the drift. On the centre front each has the logo pictured above, designed by the very talented Chris Cairns and tarted up a wee bit by the equally talented Greg Moodie, who was never averse to a spot of tarting.

t-shirtThe t-shirts are currently being manufactured in a super secret cybernat underground lair, and will be ready for posting out by the end of next week, but you can order yours now to avoid the rush. Cos I have a wedding to pay for. Not that I’m attempting emotional blackmail or anything, but you know, if it helps.

Badges with the same logo will be available soon.

T-shirts cost £12 each, P&P to Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man is £5 per t-shirt. P&P to other destinations will be more expensive. £8 to Europe, £10 to the rest of the world. P&P for orders of two or three t-shirts is £5 for the UK, £10 for Europe, £12 the rest of the world.

The t-shirts are available in small (to fit chest 34/36), medium (38/40), large (42/44), XL (46/48), and XXL (50/52). Please state which size you require with your order. Sizes are “to fit”, the actual garment is somewhat larger.

albarevisedThe Gaelic map of Scotland is also available, the cost is £15 plus £7 P&P within the UK. Please note P&P outwith the UK is more expensive. P&P to Europe is £10, P&P to the rest of the world is £15. If you require multiple copies of the map, you only need pay once for P&P, up to 3 copies of the map which is the maximum that can fit in one postal tube.

Copies of my books are still available too. Contact me for details.

You can order your t-shirt, books, or map by making a Paypal payment to me. Go to Paypal.com and send your payment to the email address weegingerbook@yahoo.com. Alternatively you can use the Paypal donate button at the bottom of this page, which can also be used if you don’t have a Paypal account. Just enter the appropiate amount.  Please ensure you give the address to which you’d like the t-shirts or maps posted.

If you prefer not to use Paypal or have problems making a payment that way, you can also purchase a t-shirt by cheque or by bank transfer. Please contact me at weegingerbook@yahoo.com for details.


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You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log into Paypal.com and send a payment to the email address weegingerbook@yahoo.com. Or alternatively click the donate button. If you don’t have a Paypal account, just select “donate with card” after clicking the button.
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Many thanks.

Nation 2 – Iceland, the extreme nation

The second episode of Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch’s Nation series of documentaries has been released, exploring Scotland’s northern neighbours and what we can learn from them. This episode focuses on Iceland, the extreme nation. A nation of just 300,000 people face the challenges of life in the far north with style and panache.

Help the Nation series of documentaries to continue by contributing here
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nation

Wee Ginger T-shirts

GINGER2croppedYou wanted t-shirts, you’ve got t-shirts.  For the best part of the past two years I’ve had readers of this blog asking me for Wee Ginger t-shirts and now, finally, I’ve got some organised.  The long awaited Wee Ginger t-shirts are now on sale. Only they’re not ginger, they’re white, but you get the drift.  On the centre front each has the logo pictured above, designed by the very talented Chris Cairns and tarted up a wee bit by the equally talented Greg Moodie, who was never averse to a spot of tarting.

t-shirtThe t-shirts are currently being manufactured in a super secret cybernat underground lair, and will be ready for posting out by the end of next week, but you can order yours now to avoid the rush.  Cos I have a wedding to pay for.  Not that I’m attempting emotional blackmail or anything, but you know, if it helps.

Badges with the same logo will be available soon.

T-shirts cost £12 each, P&P to Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man is £5 per t-shirt.  P&P to other destinations will be more expensive. £8 to Europe, £10 to the rest of the world.

The t-shirts are available in small, medium, large, XL, and XXL. Please state which size you require with your order.

albarevisedThe Gaelic map of Scotland is also available, the cost is £15 plus £7 P&P within the UK. Please note P&P outwith the UK is more expensive. P&P to Europe is £10, P&P to the rest of the world is £15. If you require multiple copies of the map, you only need pay once for P&P, up to 3 copies of the map which is the maximum that can fit in one postal tube.

Copies of my books are still available too. Contact me for details.

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A string of aubergine emojis

Well that didn’t last long did it. There was Nick Robinson of the BBC and OOooooh Thattalicsammin doesn’t answer questions fame telling us all how the Chequers agreement meant that there would be no more excuses for the EU in the Brexit negotiations, and now we find that the only excuse is the British government itself. And a pretty sorry one at that. Not 48 hours after peace broke out in the warring Conservative cabinet, David Davis went and resigned in a Brexitty huff. David Davis is ex-SAS. He’s been trained to take people out. Mostly, it seems, himself. Not so much Brexit as Dickshit. He is the UK government minister for exiting, but he was only able to exit himself. It’s like a really crap episode of Love Island.

It is wrong to remark on people’s appearances, but you can help but look at David and wonder if he’s the bastard offspring of Benny Hill and some street furniture, only without the political nous. What makes it all the more farcical is that Davey has only gone and resigned from a job that he wasn’t doing over a deal that the EU is going to reject anyway. He had two years and an entire department of hand picked civil servants to figure out something workable. But all that is exiting are the clowns responsible for getting us into this mess. They’ve been agitating for an exit from the EU ever since the UK joined it. They’ve had forty years to come up with an exit plan, and yet here we are, the clock is ticking, Brexit day is months away, and they haven’t even been able to do a deal with one another. There’s as much clarity from the Conservatives on Brexit as you will find in closed coffins in a windowless crypt buried deep underground. Which not coincidentally is where the Conservative cabinet sleeps during the day.

Still, he did write a resignation letter, which is the first document on Brexit that he’s actually managed to produce. It wasn’t a very long letter, but it’s still considerably more detailed than anything that he’s managed to negotiate with the EU. The letter was petulant and snarky, so exactly like the attitude of Brexiteers to the EU then. David helped to trigger Article 50, created utter chaos, has no position on Brexit beyond stamping his foot and demanding that Germany will keep importing cars, negotiated absolutely nothing workable or coherent, and now he’s off in a huff as though he’s the victim here. And now he can pretend that the disaster that’s about to befall us all isn’t his fault. This is all about covering his own arse within the Tory party.

Boris Johnson was pure beelin that someone else in the Tory party was putting their career before the good of the rest of us, because that’s supposed to be his job. So the very next day he resigned as well. It’s a sign of just how bad relations have got within the Conservatives that Theresa May’s office announced his resignation before Boris even had time to write his resignation letter. That’s because Tories devote more time to writing about their own career plans than they do writing proposals that the EU is actually going to accept.

Donald Trump is arriving for a visit on Friday, and at this rate there will be no one left to meet him at the airport. This is quite possibly the only positive to come out of this entire sorry debacle. Can Ross Thomson resign too now please? Pretty please. There’s that old saying, would the last person to leave please turn out the lights, but in Ross’s case the lights were turned out a very long time ago.

There are three months to go until the UK needs to put its final and acceptable proposals to the EU, and the Conservatives would prefer to force a leadership contest within the Conservative party, a contest which takes three months. Meanwhile a woman in Wiltshire has died after being exposed to a nerve agent, and the government is blaming the Russians. So according to our government, there’s a foreign power killing innocent British citizens in quiet English towns, the entire UK is staring at the precipice of a calamitous no-deal exit from the EU, the devolution settlement is in ruins and the Irish Peace Process is threatened like never before. That same Donald Trump who is arriving for a visit on Friday is tearing up world trade settlements and sparking off a global trade war at the very time that the UK is faced with leaving the EU without a deal. And what’s the priority for the Conservatives? Spending the next three months arguing about the party leadership.

Meanwhile the Labour party is equally divided and equally clueless on the subject of Brexit, and the only reason that no one is demanding that they be held to account for it is because everyone is transfixed by the Tory pantomime. Labour are naturally calling for a General Election, presumably so that they can abstain on that as well. Their own leadership is sadly lacking. At PMQ’s on a day when the Prime Minister had lost her Foreign Secretary and her Brexit Secretary, Jeremy Corbyn was still unable to make an impression on a Prime Minister whose operating system was stuck in a nothing has changed, nothing has changed, loop.

On Monday there were reports that representatives of Theresa May were “reaching out” to the SNP for support. So that will go well. Perhaps before realising that she was going to require the support of the SNP she shouldn’t have trashed the devolution settlement and took it upon herself to unilaterally rule out a future independence referendum. Mind you, Ruth Davidson did take time out of her busy schedule of avoiding questions on the Dark Money scandal in order to release a statement supporting the PM, and blaming the SNP for wanting another independence referendum.

The truth is that neither a Conservative leadership election nor a general election will solve anything at all. Despite everything, in the rest of the UK the Tories are still ahead of the opposition in the polls. The problem with British politics is too deep rooted. It’s a problem of British nationalism’s unrealistic and fantastical view of its place in the world, a view based in nostalgia for an empire and great power status that has long gone. It was the Prime Minister of Denmark who said that there are only two kinds of European country, those which realise that they are small countries, and those which don’t realise that they are small countries. Scotland is the first, the UK is the latter. They say that politics is the art of the possible, but what’s possible depends on what is realistic.

The only way that this problem can be solved is either by the cancellation of Brexit and the acceptance by British nationalists of reality, which is hardly likely to happen, or with a Scottish independence referendum which will allow Scotland to forge its own path, a path based on a realistic and accurate understanding of the world and our place in it. The independence movement needs to stop talking about the best time for an independence referendum, and start talking about the dire necessity for one. The British government isn’t going to get us out of this mess, we need to get out of it ourselves.

In the history books of the future, this period of British politics will be described quite simply as, “Oh my God. What the actual … !?” Followed by string of emojis of aubergines and crying faces.


Mapa Gàidhlig na h-Alba / Gaelic Map of Scotland

albarevisedThe Gaelic map of Scotland is now available, the cost is £15 plus £7 P&P within the UK. Please note P&P outwith the UK is more expensive. P&P to Europe is £10, P&P to the rest of the world is £15. If you require multiple copies of the map, you only need pay once for P&P, up to 3 copies of the map which is the maximum that can fit in one postal tube.

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The Wee Ginger Dug has got a new domain name, thanks to Indy Poster Boy, Colin Dunn @Zarkwan. http://www.indyposterboy.scot/ You can now access this blog simply by typing www.weegingerdug.scot into the address bar of your browser, the old address continues to function, the new one redirects to the blog. The advantage of the new address is that it’s a lot easier to remember if you want to include a link to the blog in leaflets, posters, or simply to tell a friend about it. Many thanks to Colin.


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