Blatant plug time

Christmas is approaching, the season of goodwill and rampant commercialism. Don’t say that this blog doesn’t participate to the full. So here’s a blatant plug for stuff that you can buy for your nearest and dearest, stuff that they’ll take one look at and go “Oh … that’s, eh … nice. So you didn’t buy me that designer handbag / drone / iPhone 11 / Lego set of the Death Star that I’d been dropping heavy hints about for months then did you?”  Unfortunately I wasn’t responsible for The National’s production of plushy toy dugs, so sadly you can’t buy one.  They were a one-off for a promotion in the paper.  Rare, highly collectible, and probably appearing on an eBay site near you very soon.

newbookHowever in the spirit of the Santa of capitalism, you could purchase a copy of my latest book. Out just a few short months ago, it’s packed full of Wee Gingery Duggish goodness, wit and repartee, and jokes stolen from 1980s drag acts which were expunged by the sub-editors at The National. OK, I lied about that last bit. But here’s a joke stolen from a 1980s drag act that doesn’t appear in the book – Sex is like a game of bridge. You either need a good partner, or a good hand.

Copies of the book are available for just £11.95, plus £3.50 P&P , a total of just £15.45 for over 350 pages. That’s a mere 4.4p per page, don’t say it’s not value for money. I’ll even sign it for you, and stamp it with a rubber stamp crafted from the actual paw print of the actual dug. I did try to get Ginger to stamp books with his paw using food dye and a lot of doggy treats as bribes, but he got bored after the first two and then traipsed food dye all over my cream rug.

t-shirtOr how about a T-shirt? T-shirts are £12 each, and are available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL sizes. P&P is £3.50 for up to three t-shirts.

Each t-shirt bears a cartoon of the dug guarding an independence bone which was designed by Chris Cairns, the creator of Hamish the Lion.  The logo was specially commissioned from Chris for this blog. That’s yer actual art that is.

albarevisedGaelic maps are also available. The Gaelic map of Scotland is A0 in size – measuring 841 by 1,189 millimetres (33.1 in × 46.8 in). The map is at a scale of 1:600,000 and also contains insert detailed maps of the main urban areas in Scotland. Shetland and Orkney are shown in their correct geographical position. The map is entirely in Gaelic, except for the Northern Isles where names are given in Old Norse. The map costs £15 plus £7 P&P.

Some regional maps are also available. These are A1 in size, measuring 594 x 841 mm or 23.4 x 33.1 inches. These maps are to a scale of 1:100,000 or 1 cm to 1 km. The available maps are
Glasgow & Inverclyde
Kintyre Arran & Bute
Fife
Galloway & Carrick
eastendThese maps cost £10 each.  The illustration shows a small detail from the Gaelic map of Glasgow.

Unfortunately the P&P on these is also £7 each as it is determined by the size of the cardboard tube that they are sent in. However if you purchase two maps (either two regional maps, or a regional map plus a map of Scotland) P&P can be combined. (£27 for two regional maps, or £32 for a regional map plus the map of Scotland.)

You can buy any, or all, of these goodies making payment via Paypal. Please make sure that you include a postal address where the items are to be sent to.  If you want a T-shirt, please specify the size.  And if you want a signed copy of a book, please let me know who the book is to be dedicated to.

Paypal payments can be made to the following address weegingerbook@yahoo.com

If you either can’t or don’t want to use Paypal, please email me at the above address for alternative payment methods.  Please note that the postage quoted is for posting within the UK.  Postage to other destinations is more expensive, please ask for details.

I support Nicola Sturgeon

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I support Nicola Sturgeon. I support her because even if I lie in bed at night worried about that lump in my breast, that twinge of pain in my leg, or that constant urge to pee, I don’t have to worry that if there is something wrong and my most serious health issue is not hypochondria and I do need medical treatment, then I will not have to face financial ruin as well as the trauma of illness. I support Nicola Sturgeon because I know that I can rely on her to fight until the last breath in her body for the right of the NHS in Scotland to remain free from privatisation and safe from the rapacious depredations of American health corporations. I support Nicola Sturgeon.

I support Nicola Sturgeon because I know that she will never cease in her efforts to ensure that prescriptions remain free. I support a party that works to make sure that no one in Scotland will ever know the stress of my American relatives, who constantly have to worry whether they can afford their medications. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she will strive ceaselessly to prevent medicine poverty, where people have to choose whether they eat or warm their homes, or whether they buy the medications that they depend upon to remain well or to get better. I support Nicola Sturgeon.

I support Nicola Sturgeon because she campaigns to prevent us all losing our European citizenship. That burgundy passport gave me the right to settle and work in Spain, to love and live in another language and another culture, to learn that we are all the same under the skin, to reach out and make connections. It’s thanks to that European citizenship that I have an honorary nephew and niece who won’t speak to me in English because they know that I speak Spanish too. It’s thanks to that European citizenship that I met a couple who became and remain amongst my closest friends, who count as family. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she too sees the value in that.  Porque reconoce el valor de un pasaporte europeo, apoyo a Nicola Sturgeon.

I support Nicola Sturgeon because she wants a Scotland that is open to the world. She seeks a Scotland of tolerance, of kindness, a Scotland that welcomes people from Europe and the rest of the world and tells them that they’ve come home. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she campaigns to support our EU citizen friends, relatives, neighbours and colleagues.  I support Nicola Sturgeon because she fights against an oppressive Home Office that demonises and criminalises our neighbours, our workmates, our friends, our family, and rips them away from their Scottish home to cart them off to detention centres before deporting them to far off lands. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she stands in solidarity with migrants, with asylum seekers, with the vulnerable. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she understands that the best thing, the only thing, that we should tell someone fleeing war or oppression is “Welcome to Scotland. Welcome home.” I support Nicola Sturgeon because she supports those values which mark the best of us.

I support Nicola Sturgeon because she fights for our human and civil rights against an uncaring Conservative government that demonises the poor and blames the sick and disabled for their own poverty. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she shares our disgust and horror at a Westminster that casually tosses our young onto the streets. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she understands that a society can only function as a cohesive whole when it looks after those who are least able to look after themselves, that it treats them with compassion and love. Walk past that young woman begging on the street and remember, there but for the grace of a pay cheque go I. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she knows that if we do not support those who are unable to support themselves, there will be no one to look after us when we suffer the same problems. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she opposes and condemns austerity.

I support Nicola Sturgeon because she will fight tooth and nail to defend my human and employment rights. The Tories seek to remove us from the EU in order to trash those rights, to make the UK a paradise for corporations offering zero hours contracts, with no workers’ rights, no holiday or sick pay. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she stands against that and resists it with every fibre of her being.

I support Nicola Sturgeon because she opposes the obscenity of weapons of mass destruction on the Clyde. She seeks the removal of this horror show which sits a few miles away from the largest city in Scotland. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she has no truck with the nuclear viagra of a faded empire, because she supports a Scotland that walks in peace.

I support Nicola Sturgeon because she defends the right of the people of Scotland to have a strong parliament which cannot be diminished or reduced at the whim of Westminster. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she calls out the hypocrisy of anti-independence parties which claim that Scotland is a partner in a union but which treat Scotland as a possession and refuse to allow the people of this land the right to determine their own future. I support Nicola Sturgeon.

I support Nicola Sturgeon because she is determined to navigate a path towards independence, a path that builds consensus, a path that builds a majority. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she understands that Scotland will never break free from Westminster unless a majority of the people of this country are in agreement, and that means that they agree to alternative strategies in the event that a Section 30 order is refused. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she knows that Scottish independence will not be won on social media, it will be won in hearts and minds, in conversations between friends, relatives, and colleagues. I support Nicola Sturgeon because she believes in the power of persuasive argument, of passionate debate, and because she is the most articulate and compelling public speaker out of any politician in these islands.

I support Nicola Sturgeon because all paths to an independence referendum must cross the bridge of next week’s General Election, and it is vital to our movement, to the hope of this nation, that the SNP do well in that vote. Because if they don’t, we won’t be hearing from the British press that people in Scotland haven’t voted SNP because of disagreements about self-ID, because of disputes about internal party handling of accusations of anti-semitism, because of arguments on Twitter about the best way to get another referendum. All we will hear is that Scotland doesn’t want another referendum, and the independence cause will be lost. I support Nicola Sturgeon because I want to keep the flame of hope alive. I support Nicola Sturgeon because it’s the only way that we can bring about that better Scotland of our dreams.

I’ll be voting SNP next week. If you want a better Scotland, a Scotland that determines its own path, a Scotland that walks towards compassion and kindness, you will vote SNP too. I support Nicola Sturgeon.


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GINGER2croppedGaelic maps of Scotland are available for £15 each, plus £7 P&P within the UK for up to three maps. T-shirts are £12 each, and are available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL sizes. P&P is £5 for up to three t-shirts. My books, the Collected Yaps Vols 1 to 4 are available for £11 each. P&P is £4 for up to two books. Payment can be made via Paypal.


newbook My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices. Containing the best articles from The National from 2016 to date. Weighing in at over 350 pages, this is the biggest and best anthology of Wee Gingerisms yet. This collection of pieces covers the increasingly demented Brexit years, and the continuing presence and strength of Scotland’s independence movement.

You can order the book directly from the publisher. Ordering directly means that postage is free. You can order here –
https://www.vagabondvoices.co.uk/rants/barking-up-the-right-tree-2019

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Vote for Richard Arkless in Dumfries & Galloway

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On Saturday evening I am doing an event in Stranraer for Richard Arkless who is standing as the SNP candidate in the Dumfries and Galloway constituency. I first met him some years ago, and was delighted to be given the opportunity to do my wee bit to help him win back the seat from the Tories. Richard was elected as MP for the area in the SNP landslide of 2015, but lost the seat to our current Governor General Alister Jack in 2017. He’s hoping to retake the seat, and then the area can be represented by someone who actually gives a toss for local people and local issues.

According to Polimapper UK, 55% of voters in the Dumfries and Galloway constituency voted to remain in the EU. Despite that, Alister Jack has been one of the most vocal supporters of a hard leave, and loud in his support for Boris Johnson’s deal, in the process running roughshod over the wishes of his own constituency. Boris Johnson’s deal is one which gives advantages to Northern Ireland, meaning that it will have closer ties to the EU which Scotland will be deprived of. That’s a real issue in that part of Scotland closest to Ireland and the site of the major ferry crossings between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Thanks to Boris Johnson’s deal, companies will choose to invest and create jobs in Northern Ireland rather than in the South West of Scotland. Alister Jack is just fine with that.

Alister Jack is vocal in his support for leaving the EU, and even refuses to take crashing out with no deal off the table. Such a development would be a total disaster for Dumfries and Galloway, for Scotland, and for the entire UK. But Alister is considerably less vocal in his support for local people and local issues. In the past year he’s spoken in just 4 debates in the Commons, well below average for MPs. In the last year that Richard Arkless was an MP, he spoke in 52 debates, well above average for MPs. There’s only one out of the two who can be bothered to get up onto his feet and speak out on behalf of the people of Dumfries and Galloway. It’s not Alister Jack.

Alister Jack can’t be bothered to speak for the people of Dumfries and Galloway. As Scottish Secretary of State he can’t be bothered to speak for the people of Scotland. But he wants to make sure that the people of Scotland are silenced. He is determined to ensure that the people of Scotland will not be allowed to voice an opinion on the state of the UK, that UK which is a radically different proposition from the one that was sold to us in 2014. The Scottish Conservatives once supported remaining in the EU, now they support leaving. It’s fine for them to change their minds, but they want to ensure that Scotland can’t change its mind about the UK.

Perhaps you have concerns about Scottish independence. That’s fine. Perhaps you will never support Scottish independence. That’s fine too. But this isn’t an election in which the subject of independence will be decided. What this election is about is the nature of the UK. Is the UK really a union of nations? Or is it a unitary state in which the views and voice of Scotland can be cancelled out and silenced by a Prime Minister and a party which Scotland didn’t elect? The Conservatives seek to undermine Scottish democracy, and by doing so they seek to destroy the understanding which has always underpinned Scottish Unionism, the belief that Scotland is a voluntary part of a union of nations.

If you believe that Scotland has an absolute right to choose its own path, voting for Richard Arkless is a no-brainer, even if you do support leaving the EU. If Scotland is to leave the EU, then that must be as a result of a decision made in Scotland and implemented by a government which is concerned to get the best possible outcome for the people of Scotland, not a Conservative government which will cheerfully sell out Scotland’s fishing communities and agriculture in order to win some advantages for the City of London. They did it before in 1974 when Ted Heath sold out the fishing industry, and they will do it again.

If you believe that the UK really is a family of nations, then in this election you must lend your vote to the SNP, because they are the only party who can unseat a Conservative MP who seeks to transform the UK into a prison, and take the UK out of the EU. In this election, the SNP simply seek to assert the right of Scotland to decide its own future. And that’s the fundamental issue here. Scotland can either choose its own future, or it can have its future chosen for it by Boris Johnson and an Alister Jack who can’t even be bothered to get up onto his feet and speak for the people of Dumfries and Galloway in the House of Commons.

The Tories want this election to be about Brexit. They seek a majority in order to impose their own vision of a hard line Brexit which will damage Scotland’s economy, its future, its prospects and will cut us off from Europe. Make no mistake, the Conservatives do not seek to take the UK out of the EU in order to improve employment and consumer rights. They want us out of the EU so that they can complete their transformation of the UK into a tax haven for the superrich, where public services are cut to the bone, and where working people have little or no rights or protection. Expect to see more foodbanks, more homeless people begging on the streets, more kids going to school hungry, more pressures on public services. Expect to see the minority of wealthy people increase their wealth and privilege. Expect to see Scotland treated with disdain, marginalised, and ignored.

Every Conservative MP who we can unseat is one less Conservative who will give Boris Johnson free rein. We’ve already seen the contempt with which he treats democracy and Parliament when he’s the leader of a minority government. The damage and havoc that he can wreak with a majority doesn’t bear thinking about. Unseating the Conservative Scotland Secretary would send the strongest possible message to Boris Johnson that Scotland doesn’t want him, doesn’t want his Brexit, and doesn’t want his racism, his misogyny, and his homophobia. It sends the strongest possible message that Scotland demands the right to decide its own future, and demands a right to have its say on Brexit. Only the SNP can unseat Alister Jack in Dumfries and Galloway. Richard Arkless is one of the good guys, a local man who cares passionately about the area where he was born, brought up, and raises his family. Vote for the good guy.  Vote for Richard, and vote to give yourself a voice.

I will be speaking at an event in support of Richard in Stranraer on Saturday. It’s at 7pm in the Coronation Day Centre, Whitsun Avenue, Stranraer. Please come along and meet the dug! I’ll be there too. And as well as copies of my latest book, I will also be presenting a new map – the very first detailed Gaelic map of Galloway ever published. Copies of both the book and the new map will be available for sale on the night, as well as copies of the Gaelic map of Scotland.


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GINGER2croppedGaelic maps of Scotland are available for £15 each, plus £7 P&P within the UK for up to three maps. T-shirts are £12 each, and are available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL sizes. P&P is £5 for up to three t-shirts. My books, the Collected Yaps Vols 1 to 4 are available for £11 each. P&P is £4 for up to two books. Payment can be made via Paypal.


newbook My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices. Containing the best articles from The National from 2016 to date. Weighing in at over 350 pages, this is the biggest and best anthology of Wee Gingerisms yet. This collection of pieces covers the increasingly demented Brexit years, and the continuing presence and strength of Scotland’s independence movement.

You can order the book directly from the publisher. Ordering directly means that postage is free. You can order here –
https://www.vagabondvoices.co.uk/rants/barking-up-the-right-tree-2019

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The dancing walrus and Jackson Carlaw’s surgically removed sense of shame

Last night STV broadcast the 2019 edition of the Let’s All Shout Loudly Over the Top of One Another About Devolved Issues in a Westminster General Election Show. It featured three British nationalists who’re not nationalists at all because they’re British, and Nicola Sturgeon. It was perfectly balanced on Scotland’s constitutional issue in the three to one against way that such discussions always are in the media of a country which is split 50-50 on the topic of independence. For some reason best known to the STV management team, the Greens weren’t invited.  Perhaps because that would have made it three to two for the opponents of independence, and that would have been unfair.  After all, the one was Nicola Sturgeon, and she can generally wipe the floor with the rest of them unassisted.  And so it came to pass.

Nicola Sturgeon scored an early goal by saying, “Gentlemen, the difference between me and all of you, is that none of you think the people of Scotland should decide their constitutional future.” But the gentlemen were more like a rabble, a wee gang of bullies taking on the girly swot and having their arses handed to them.

As expected, it wasn’t very edifying. Wullie Rennie spent most of the debate saying that he couldn’t believe that he was being asked these questions. He did know that he was coming to a debate didn’t he? That’s the thing about Wullie Rennie, in his case that’s a reasonable question to ask and isn’t just rhetorical. He only had two settings, expressing disbelief that he was being asked a question, and demanding to know whether the other party leaders were embarrassed. Although no one is ever going to be as embarrassing as Jo Swinson’s performance in the last few UK debates. She wasn’t there this evening, staying at home in the leafy Home Counties to spend more time with her red face. After this evening’s performance she’s about to be joined by Wullie.

Wullie did manage to find time to read out some of Boris Johnson’s comments and ask Jackson Carlaw if he was embarrassed by them. This time Wullie was actually asking about something that any decent person with a functioning sense of morality should have been embarrassed by. Unfortunately he was asking a Tory politician.

Boris Johnson has published comments like comparing muslim women to bank robbers and letterboxes, racist language, the things he’s said about single mothers. These are comments which have appeared in print in publications which are proof-read and edited. They’re not off the cuff remarks made in the pub when you’re pissed. These comments are deliberate and considered. And there’s a lot to be embarrassed by. Jackson replied that a lot of politicians have said embarrassing things, although I’m struggling to think of another party leader who has referred to African children as “piccanninies” or who has called gay men “bum boys”. Maybe one of the leaders of one of those crazy and nastily unpleasant parties on the extreme right. Oh wait. There’s Jackson’s problem right there. But Jackson wasn’t embarrassed, because he’s a Tory. The essential qualification for becoming a Conservative politician is to have an operation, in a private hospital of course, to get your sense of shame surgically removed.

God, watching Rupert Landlubber in action is like watching a walrus go ballet dancing. Jackson Carlaw asked him why it was that former Labour MP Tom Harris is now voting Conservative. Reinhard was too polite, or more likely to slow on his feet, to give him the correct answer, which is “because Tom Harris is a bit of an arse.” Although he did point out that the leave supporting Tom is a columnist for the Telegraph. For Tom to say that he’s backing Jeremy Corbyn would do as much for his job prospects as it would be for Arlene Foster to announce that she was standing for election as the President of the Irish Republic.  He was totally blindsided when Nicola Sturgeon asked him if he was the only CND member who supported spending £200 billion on Trident.  That was a nuclear level burn there.

Dunno what Colin MacKay is doing here. He’d be as well nipping out for a cuppa and a wee sit down for all the effect he’s having in keeping this discussion on track. He’s making no attempts at all to control the shouty men. Three men yelling over the top of a woman is really not a good look guys. And the woman is the only one there who is making a serious attempt to answer the questions put to her instead of indulging in grandstanding and cheap point scoring.

Then we had the edifying moment when Jackson Carlaw demanded that Nicola Sturgeon explain what her priorities were when it came to sorting out the issues with the NHS in Scotland. In the face of constant interruptions she tried to explain that the job of First Minister means tackling several issues simultaneously, and did point out that the experience of being First Minister was one that Jackson was unlikely to ever get. Has the man never heard of multitasking? I’m guessing not. Then as she’s trying to explain what she’s proposing to do and is actually doing about the issues with hospitals Jackson said that her priority after the election is to demand a Section 30 order and then tried to get her to stop talking about the NHS so that he could accuse her again of being obsessed with independence. Seems that the person most obsessed with independence is Jackson. He’d much rather talk about independence in case people ask him about his leader’s racism and homophobia, or about the disaster of the Brexit that he wants to foist on Scotland, or his arrogant contempt for the concept of Scottish democracy.

In the closing statements Jackson Carlaw growls at the camera and exhorts the voters to Scotland to “tell her again” with more than a hint of aggressive gammonry. That doesn’t come across as misogynistic at all Jackson. Not even slightly. Sure thing Jackson, we’ll be so much better with your party’s austerity, child poverty, dark money, xenophobia and British empire nostalgia in the sunny uplands of a post-Brexit Britain as we trudge our way to the food banks. Nicola Sturgeon isn’t listening you say? You represent a party which was almost wiped out in 2015, which got hammered in 2016, whose much vaunted recovery in 2017 saw it take just 13 of Scotland’s 56 Westminster seats, and which slumped to a pathetic 11.6% of the vote in the Euro election of 2019. At every election for decades, Scotland has rejected the Conservatives. Tell me again who’s not listening.

Nicola Sturgeon had it perfectly right in her summing up. Scotland can’t afford a Johnson premiership with Trump pulling his strings. More than that Scotland can’t afford a hard Brexit. Scotland can’t afford to have its democracy traduced and trashed.


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GINGER2croppedGaelic maps of Scotland are available for £15 each, plus £7 P&P within the UK for up to three maps. T-shirts are £12 each, and are available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL sizes. P&P is £5 for up to three t-shirts. My books, the Collected Yaps Vols 1 to 4 are available for £11 each. P&P is £4 for up to two books. Payment can be made via Paypal.


newbook My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices. Containing the best articles from The National from 2016 to date. Weighing in at over 350 pages, this is the biggest and best anthology of Wee Gingerisms yet. This collection of pieces covers the increasingly demented Brexit years, and the continuing presence and strength of Scotland’s independence movement.

You can order the book directly from the publisher. Ordering directly means that postage is free. You can order here –
https://www.vagabondvoices.co.uk/rants/barking-up-the-right-tree-2019

You can also order a book directly from me. The book costs £11.95 and P&P is an additional £3.50, making a total of £15.45. To order just make a Paypal payment to weegingerbook@yahoo.com, or alternatively use the DONATE button below. Please make sure to give me your postal address when ordering. Orders to be sent outwith the UK will incur extra postage costs, please email me for details. If you can’t use Paypal, or prefer an alternative payment method, please email weegingerbook@yahoo.com


You can’t trust a Tory with a vow

Jackson Carlaw’s latest stunt is to make all Tory candidates in Scotland sign a pledge stating that they’re opposed to another independence referendum. Last week, the red faced one announced that he would oppose any other independence referendum until 2054. They say that a week is a long time in politics, Jackson Carlaw thinks he can dictate Scotland’s political priorities for decades to come. We had our chance at democracy, and we’re not going to be allowed to take any change in circumstances into account, unlike Jackson who’s allowed to change his mind about the EU. That’s different. Because hypocrisy.

Getting Tory candidates in Scotland to say that they oppose an independence referendum is a bit like getting Donald Trump to say that he opposes impeachment. It’s scarcely surprising and not exactly news. But it get a few newspaper headlines, and that’s what it’s all about really. So now the British nationalist press in Scotland can regale us with the latest vow from an anti-independence party to the people of Scotland. Not that it means anything, we’ve already seen that vows from anti-independence parties count for the square root of hee-haw. But no, seriously. It’s a vow. Rest easy in your beds unionists. It’s a vow.

What this really tells us is that opponents of independence now have just one strategy, and that is to try anything at all in the hopes of preventing another independence referendum from ever coming about. It is not a strategy that will be able to withstand the force of electoral defeats for the Tories in Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon has already hinted that she has indeed considered what steps she will take in the event that a future Conservative government refuses to cooperate with a Section 30 order even though the Scottish electorate have delivered yet another mandate for another independence referendum. She has refused to rule out taking legal action. And at this juncture it is worth reminding readers of something that this blog has been stating for a good while – anyone who tells you that a referendum without a Section 30 order is illegal is not stating a legal fact. They are offering a political opinion. The only legal fact is that the lawfulness of a consultative referendum without a Section 30 order has never been tested in the courts.

For those of you who complain that the SNP has never explained what it’s going to do if a Section 30 order is refused, there’s a very good tactical reason why they’re not going to do so at this juncture. If the SNP leadership were to start explaining the various steps that they plan after a Section 30 order is refused, then they are as good as conceding in advance that a Westminster government has the moral and political authority to do so. Westminster might have the legal power, but that’s a very different matter. Political reality is decided in the court of public opinion not a court of law. So first of all the SNP wishes to build an impregnable case, to get a mandate that is beyond political challenge, so that when or if a Section 30 order is refused the court of Scottish public opinion will be behind alternative paths to a Scottish vote on Scotland’s future.

And make no mistake, such paths do exist. This blog has explained them in the past, as have other pro-indy activists. Routes such as a consultative referendum, routes such as a plebiscite election. We know that these routes exist. So do the SNP leadership, and so do the anti-independence parties. They know too that they forever block Scotland’s right to determine her own future while at the same time maintaining their fiction that Scotland is a partner in a union. Jackson Carlaw’s vow has no political validity or worth beyond a crude attempt to shore up the Conservative vote in Scotland, and to distract voters in Scotland from that Brexit that Tories here are strangely quiet about, but which their colleagues south of the border never shut up about. It’s almost as though they think that broadcasting in Scotland is devolved and we don’t see the UK news on the BBC.

In 2012 Better Together preened, they strutted, they confidently asserted that they’d crush the Yes campaign in the referendum, claiming that they’d secure 70% or more of the vote. The arrogant confidence that Scottish Unionism was full of in 2012 is now gone for good. Scottish Unionism itself has been shown to be based on one of the greatest myths of Scottish politics, the myth that Scotland is a partner in a union, the myth of the union itself. The arrogant entitled confidence has gone, leaving just the arrogance and entitlement behind. But now we can all see that it’s just a mask for their sheer abject terror. They know that they had the opportunity to prove themselves in the wake of the 2014 referendum, that the people of Scotland handed them one last chance, and they blew it. What you see from the Conservatives in Scotland is the desperate arse-covering of people who know that they only have themselves to blame. What you see is the panic from opponents of independence who know that Westminster will sell them out the second that it sees an advantage in doing so. What you see is the terror of Scottish Conservatives who know that they’re expendable, and that the decision about another independence referendum is not theirs to make.

Meanwhile, in the least convincing denial since Prince Andrew claimed that his only sin in the entire sordid Epstein affair was being “too honourable”, Donald Trump has been at pains to assert that US health corporations don’t want to descend on the NHS like a flock of vultures. “Never even thought about it honestly … We have absolutely nothing to do with it and we wouldn’t want to if you handed it to us on a silver platter, we want nothing to do with it,” he insisted, illustrating what happens when one of his staff managed to explain to him that he’s not helping his pal Boris’s election prospects and has to deny that there’s any threat to the NHS after Brexit.

It’s a denial that’s so over the top that it’s obvious that it’s no denial at all. Are we really supposed to believe that rapacious US health corporations would want nothing to do with the NHS even if it was “handed to them on a plate”. Aye. Right. Uh-huh. It’s way up there in the believability stakes with his denial that he ever had anything to do with Stormy Daniels, his insistence that his phone call with the Ukrainian President was perfect, or his reasons for not releasing his tax returns.

It’s just more proof that you can’t trust a Tory with a vow, or with the NHS.


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Vote for choice, or vote for submission

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Jackson Carlaw, who is currently stomping around Scotland to tell us that the result of the 2014 referendum can’t ever be revisited because it was apparently a once in a generation thing, isn’t quite so absolutist in his opinions when it comes to other topics. He now tells us that despite the fact he campaigned to remain in the EU in 2016, he now supports leave and would campaign to leave the EU if there were ever another EU referendum. He’s changed his mind because he says circumstances have changed, and the EU that he thought the UK was a part of is in reality a very different proposition from the one he thought he was signing up to. He complains that the EU now wants its own army, and that’s something he’d never agree to. He’s changed his mind about the EU. Tories are allowed to change their minds on political questions. It’s just the rest of us who aren’t.

A Conservative changing his mind about the EU and resolving to vote differently in another EU referendum is of course totally different from wanting another Scottish independence referendum because circumstances have changed, because Scotland is being taken out of the EU against its will despite being assured that it could only remain in the EU if it voted against independence. Totally different from the realisation that the UK that Scotland was promised that it was a part of, that equal partnership of nations in which Scotland is respected and listened to, turned out to be a lie. Totally different from discovering that the key promises of the Better Together campaign were traduced and broken by Westminster, promises such as the one saying that the powers of the Scottish Parliament would never be altered or changed by any Westminster government without the express consent of Holyrood. It’s totally different, because reasons.

This is not, of course, because Jackson is terrified that if there is another independence referendum in Scotland he’s going to be on the losing side of it. Oh no. Heaven forfend. He’ll be dead by the time there’s another independence referendum. It was a once in a generation thing, and he’s determined to make sure that everyelse currently alive in Scotland will be dead by then too. Although given the way that the Tories are trashing the NHS in England and funding for public services in general that may be rather sooner than he thinks.

It’s Tory policy not to allow anyone else in Scotland to change their minds, because Alex Salmond once had an opinion and that’s as good to Jackson as holy writ. It would be lovely if Jackson had the same degree of reverence for the promises that his own party made – equal partner in a union anyone? – but hey, you can’t have everything. Or indeed anything, if you’re Scottish. Everyone in Scotland has to be held to account for Alex Salmond’s opinion in 2014, but Jackson can change his mind as it suits him. His opinions are British opinions after all, and moreover they’re opinions which allow him to pose as a leadership candidate in a party which has morphed into Ukip. This is the guy who was telling us just a couple of years ago that voting for independence meant leaving the EU and that was a bad thing. This is the guy who was warning us just a few years ago about all the damage to Scotland’s economy that leaving the EU would cause. Principles eh? Jackson’s got plenty of them, principles to suit any occasion.

Hypocrisy and entitlement ooze out of the British nationalist parties in Scotland. You’d almost think that they were Prince Andrew, although they are sweating heavily at the prospect of another independence vote.

Not to be outdone in the entitlement stakes, the leader of the Labour party’s branch office in Scotland, Rigoberto Losevoter, has averred that the SNP will support a minority Labour administration and get nothing in return. Although he may deign to refrain from SNPbaddery on Tuesdays during months with an even number of letters in their names, when there’s a full moon, and between the hours of 2.15 am and 2.25 am. No guarantees there though. It’s taking ordering Scotland about to new levels. Scotland exists within the UK purely in order to rescue England from the consequences of its own voting habits and the Scottish electorate should be grateful at being given the glorious opportunity of acting as airbags in the car crash of British politics.

There will be no coalition, said Runyon Lacksupporter, there will be no deals, there will be no agreements, and there will most certainly be no independence referendum. Labour is just as determined as the Tories that Scottish democracy as it relates to independence was a one off event in 2014 and no one is ever to be allowed to change their minds about it.

Anyway, continued Roscoe Looksworseforwear, Labour’s going to win a majority in this General Election, and then you’ll all see just how fantastic it is to be British and no one will talk about Scottish independence ever again. Then he scrunched his eyes shut, clicked his Labour ruby red slippers together and chanted there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, in the hope that it would make all those Scottish voters who have deserted his party return to him. Some of his colleagues have even called upon the federalism fairy to wave her sparkly wand, but Rowland Lowexpectations is having none of that. He doesn’t care that 40% of Labour voters in Scotland support independence, all it’s going to take is a dose of Jeremy Corbyn as Glenda the Good Witch of Nationalisation and they’ll come flocking back. It’s just a shame that not even Toto is following him anymore.

That’s your choice in this election Scotland. You can be treated with contempt by hypocritical Tories who believe that they’re the only people who are allowed to change thier minds on anything. It’s a Tory party that believes it’s not for the people of Scotland to determine Scotland’s future, it’s for a Boris Johnson sooking up to Donald Trump. Or you can be taken for granted by a Scottish branch office of a Labour party that still hasn’t learned the lessons of the past decade. Or you can vote for a party that’s going to assert that it’s up to the people of Scotland to decide what path they want Scotland to take and demand the right for us to choose it. You can choose choice, or you can choose submission.


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No-shows, planks of wood, and androids

On the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Lying Liar Johnson uttered what was quite possibly one of the worst lies that the lying liar has ever lied about in his miserable mendacious life. Johnson tried to blame the Labour party for the early release of Usman Khan, the convicted terrorist responsible for Friday’s knife attack at London Bridge. Johnson tried to make out that last week’s atrocity was entirely the fault of the Labour party because Labour introduced legislation allowing for the early release of prisoners who were deemed to have been rehabilitated. He absolutely refused to take any responsibility at all for the actions of the Conservative party who in the past nine years that they’ve been in office have taken an axe to funding for rehabilitation efforts within prisons, and who have ruined the probation service which is tasked with the supervision of released prisoners with a botched privatisation attempt and who have slashed its funding.

Nothing to do with me, said Lying Liar Johnson, I’ve only been Prime Minister for a few months. Yet when the artfully tousled pants on firer was running for Conservative leadership in 2016 he had a meeting with the prominent lawyer and Chief Prosecutor for the North West of England, Nazir Afzal, who warned him that the justice system was desperately in need for funding. Afzal informed Johnson that he was concerned that cuts to funding for probation and rehabilitation services meant that convicted terrorists who were due to be released would not be adequately supervised and that he feared some of them would go on to reoffend. However it seems that during this encounter, Johnson was only interested in changes to the justice system that don’t cost any money, and was not interested in what an expert with direct professional experience had to tell him. Experts eh, who needs them? It’s only what Michael Gove said during the EU referendum after all.

Yet even with an interviewer as weak as Marr, Johnson was still unable to give a proper account of himself. No wonder he’s terrified of Andrew Neil, and steers well clear of the leaders’ debates that have been organised by the broadcasters. Cowardice is born in selfishness and ends in shame. Or it would, if Johnson was capable of feeling shame. Since he’s not, his cowardice will end in disaster for everyone else. Johnson is a coward, but those who vote for him even though they are well aware of his shortcomings are guilty of moral cowardice too. The shame that he is incapable of feeling becomes theirs.

There’s another election debate this evening but there’s as much chance of Boris Johnson showing up as there is of Prince Andrew showing some remorse, or indeed his sweat glands. Instead the Tories will be represented by Rishi Sunak, the nonentity who’s the Minister of State for Prime Ministerial Shitebaggery. Boris Johnson can’t come because he drew the short straw and has to visit the cage where Jacob Rees Mogg is locked up for the duration of the election campaign in order to feed him a peasant and the tears of a disabled mother. All the other parties are represented. Johnson and Corbyn want to lead the country but can’t be arsed to turn up for a debate. But we can’t say that Johnson isn’t represented, he’s sent Nigel Farage.

Nicola Sturgeon is appearing for the SNP. Farage is bullshitting for the Brexit party. Jo Swinson will be torturing innocent vowels for the Lib Dems. Adam Price is standing up for Plaid and Siân Berry for the Greens. Labour is sending [checks notes], Richard Burgon. Richard is the deputy shadow Secretary of State for Childish Retaliation and Futile Gestures.

Immediately prior to the debate, ITV was broadcasting one of the Harry Potter movies, in which a bunch of kids try to take down the embodiment of evil who looks like Dominic Cummings. Apparently it’s an extended metaphor for the British politics that its author thinks we’re better together with. Perhaps she’ll write a future instalment in which she explains how the UK gets out of this mess without actually resorting to magic, because currently it’s looking like the federalism fairy is merely a character in a fantasy novel.

But onto the debate. Because masochism. Oh god. It’s going to go on for two hours. Doesn’t that count as a crime against humanity? And why do the sets for these things always look like the set for one of the crappier daytime TV quizzes? This is more pointless than Pointless.

The Tory nonentity starts his speil by telling us that we’re all fed up. This is correct Rishi, we’re fed up of your boss not answering questions. We’re fed up with being patronised. And we’re fed up being told what we think by former hedge fund managers who are married to the daughter of a billionaire. That would be you, Rishi. He kind of reminds me of one of those synthetic humanoids from that Channel 4 Sci Fi show, Humans. Only not as convincingly human.

The Labour guy emotes like a plank of wood left out in the rain for six months. You know that you should go out there and pick it up and put it out of its misery, but then if you ignore it long enough it will disappear all by itself. So pretty much like the Labour party. There’s all the passion of a wet half day closing in Saltcoats.

They start off by answering a question about the recent terrorist attack. Nigel Farage blames political correctness gone mad. Which is just showing his age really. If he was down with the youth he’d know it’s wokeness that he ought to be railing against. Political correctness is so ’80s Nigel, a bit like you. He’s even wearing a tie that’s straight out of the Burton’s 1983 catalogue. And then in a surprise twist, the Tory nonentity blames the Labour party. You’d never know from listening to this guy that the Tories had been in power for the past nine years and if they had wanted tougher sentencing powers they could have done it already. Instead they slashed police numbers and destroyed the probation service. But Jeremy Corbyn, anti-semitism, ammarite?

Nigel Farage leapt in to demand that people convicted of terrorism offences be locked up for life and never allowed out again. These people want to destroy our civilisation! He harrumphed. Which the rest of us kinda thought was Nigel’s USP all this time. Then having made his nakedly populist point he was surprised that no one in the audience applauded him. That would be because they recognise a cheap opportunist when they see one Nige.

Saltcoats isn’t that bad really, you know.

Rishi guy is channelling Boris Johnson and refusing to answer Nicola Sturgeon’s question about ruling out no deal at the end of next year if the British government has failed to negotiate a trade deal with the EU. Nigel Farage bangs on about how Nicola Sturgeon is supposed to love independence and the UK will be independent once it’s out of the EU. Labour’s plank of wood guy wakes up and remarks that Nigel wasn’t very independent when he was taking instructions from Donald Trump when he called into Nigel’s show on LBC. That gets the round of applause that Nigel has been desperately seeking but failing to get all evening. Now we have actually learned something new. A wet plank of wood can deliver a nasty burn.

We get on to the question about keeping the UK together. Plank of wood guy rules out any backroom deals with the SNP over another indyref. Sturgeon says that if the union is as strong as people say then how come we’re in a position where Scotland is being dragged out of the EU against its will and Boris Johnson is deciding its future. She insists that the other parties respect Scotland’s right to choose. That gets applause. Jo Swinson wades in and blames the Labour party for allowing another indyref, and the Tory party for putting a customs border down the Irish sea. Tory guy says that it’s divisive to spend the next few years going on about referendums. It’s even more divisive for a supposedly democratic party to ignore a mandate delivered by the people of Scotland about the right to decide Scotland’s future. But Tory nonentity is fine with that. None of them are called on to defend the proposition that it’s fine for parties in Westminster to ignore the democratic will of the people of Scotland.

And then it’s on to immigration. Scotland you’ve had your two minutes. Nigel Farage starts getting animated. I’m losing the will to live here. Sian Berry points out that she’s lived with an Australian style immigration system and it’s nothing to be proud of.

Next up it’s a question about the special relationship and Trump’s visit next week. Farage seems to think that we need Donald Trump to protect us from the EU. Which is a bit like asking a vampire to protect you from a blood transfusion. Nicola Sturgeon asks for an act of parliament to protect the NHS from US corporations. That gets a round of applause. Farage tries to defend Trump’s misogyny by shouting over the top of the women in the room. That’s a good look there Nigel. He’s trying to brush it off by saying that all men say such things when they’ve had a few to drink. Trump is teetotal. Maybe someone should explain to Nigel that sexual abuse doesn’t become OK just because it’s perpetrated by a drunk.

Sturgeon asks if we want to allow the future of the UK to be decided by the Trump-Johnson-Farage axis or whether we can choose something better. She’s getting the most rounds of applause from an otherwise pretty comatose audience. And that includes those of us watching at home. Adam Price says it’s never acceptable to refer to grabbing women by the pussy like Trump did, or referring to gay men like himself as bumboys, as Boris Johnson did. Big cheer. Tory nonentity tries to defend Johnson’s record on gay rights. Everyone else except Nigel Farage laughs. Tory nonentity comes across as someone who’d cheerfully scoff a plateful of dog crap if Boris Johnson told him to. He’s certainly spewing enough crap.

They move on to nukes. At least talking about them. While I am opposed to nuclear weapons I must admit that the notion of dropping one on Nigel Farage and the Conservative leadership does have a certain appeal. Sturgeon points out that spending £200 billion on new nukes is a damn peculiar way of attaining nuclear disarmament. Wet plank guy ties himself in knots trying to defend Labour’s support of nuclear weapons with Jeremy Corbyn’s previous opposition to them. We’ve now all learned that Richard Burgon doesn’t have a high public profile, and is extremely unlikely ever to attain one. Adam Price points out that this is a moral issue. We unilaterally gave up chemical weapons, we should do the same with nuclear ones. Tory nonentity talks about how the Conservatives are all about peace and love and manages to avoid mentioning that under his party the UK has sold arms to 22 of the countries in the world with the worst records on human rights.

Nigel Farage goes on about the other parties lying about spending, which as Nicola Sturgeon points out is pretty rich from a man whose beloved Brexit only won the referendum because of a £350 million lie written on the side of a bus. Nigel gets annoyed, although to be fair that’s pretty much the base state of a permagammon. Tory nonentity lies about the strength of the UK economy.  The Tories inherited a UK credit rating of AAA stable from Labour in 2010. It is now Aa2 negative. He says that the route out of poverty is well paid jobs, neglecting to explain why so many working families are reliant on foodbanks.

They’re on to the NHS now. Nigel Farage says how much he values the NHS. He values it so much that he’d like to move towards a US style private health insurance model. At least that’s what he wanted in 2012. He’s very quiet about that now. Labour guy points out Farage’s previous support for a US style insurance system. Farage shouts back “more lies”. But he’s on record as having said so. There’s some random shouting. However we can all agree that the NHS is a very good thing, that the Tories are trashing it, but that Tory nonentity doesn’t need to worry about that because he’s extremely wealthy, and besides they don’t actually have provision for androids in health centres just yet. He just needs one of those Tesla power points where he can plug himself in.

We’re onto the final stretch now. Thank god. I lost the will to live 45 minutes ago. Plank of wood guy says Labour will introduce free personal care for the elderly but he can’t answer Adam Price when he asks why Labour hasn’t introduced in Wales already. It’s a devolved issue and the SNP has already introduced it in Scotland. Tory android manages to shoehorn get Brexit done into the discussion. Sturgeon points out that free personal care has existed in Scotland for over a decade and has recently been extended in scope. It can be done she says, stop talking about it and just do it.

Time for the closing statements. Farage says it’s been a competition about who is the most politically correct. And then the man who’s spent the evening channelling the 1980s complains that there’s no desire to change anything. Tory robot waffles about getting Brexit done and slagging off Corbyn. Labour plank of wood talks about the need for hope, a speech he delivers with all the passion of a souffle that has failed to rise. Adam Price demonstrates what passion is really about. Education is the route out of poverty, but children in Wales are going to school hungry. Give children the best Christmas present ever, the gift of a better future. Sian Berry warns of climate chaos, but says Greens don’t fear the future. Her party won’t allow the others to escape their responsibility. Jo Swinson murders some vowels and lays into Boris Johnson’s lies. Nicola Sturgeon says that Johnson’s Tories are unfit for office, they’ll damage our public services and our NHS. It’s vital to vote against them, and to vote for a better future. A vote for the SNP is a vote to provide an escape route out of Brexit, a vote to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.

Nicola Sturgeon has definitely had the most positive response from the audience. Adam Price has been passionate and has spoken well. Sian Berry came across well too. Plank of wood guy from Labour managed to get a couple of good lines in at Farage’s expense. The less said about the animatronic Tory nonentity the better, and Nigel Farage deserves to have a special level of hell all to himself for his shameful attempt to defend Trump’s “pussy grabbing” comments. Oh, and Jo Swinson was there too.


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