The breakfast revolution

It’s all got terribly exciting of late, but I’ve not really been following any of it too closely, what with organising a funeral, and when not occupied with that have been fully engaged with full-on Schadenfreude. I have to hand it to my late partner, he certainly picked a time to go which provides a vast amount of amusement at the self-inflicted discomfort of the British establishment.

And we’ve got a baby. We can’t leave Westminster because Kate’s pregnant and we’re needed to pay the child maintenance – which in this wean’s case involves a large shooting estate in the Highlands. If we vote Yes, we won’t get the BBC and won’t be able to participate in all the bunting and joyful Nicholas Witchelling. Don’t say you’ve not been warned.

Fraser Nelson was on Newsnight the other night. The actual Newsnight, not the wee pretendy one that used to get aired just after the actual Newsnight. You know that Scotland has changed forever when you find yourself getting nostalgic for Gordon Brewer. Scotland is never off the telly these days and has even pushed Willinkatebabe off the top of the news. Nicholas Witchell is receiving grief counselling.

The reason for all the attention is because of a couple of opinion polls showing Yes has closed the gap and is showing momentum have sent the Westminster establishment into a blind panic and the No campaign into a confused and contradictory meltdown – although to be fair they’ve been confused and contradictory since the start and it’s not always easy to tell the difference. Thankfully Fraser is a licenced North Briton who is able to translate the strange Caledonian ogams and portents for an audience who have only just realised that Scotland is serious about this independence lark and that it’s far more significant than the small brown blob at the top of the BBC weather map might suggest.

I’m not entirely sure what Fraser was saying as he elocuted at Emily ‘Will Scotland Stay Loyal’ Maitlis, because I can never get past that, ahem, idiosyncratic accent of his. It’s not that he’s hard to understand, it’s just I’m transfixed by his irritable vowel syndrome and miss what he’s actually saying. He speaks like a Scottish person as imagined by Inspector Clouseau. Neuou thehnks Freiyzihrh. A phonetic ballet like that only happens when you’re so far up yourself that you come out the other orifice and as a lifelong student of language it would only be rude not to sit back and appreciate the performance.

Whenever Fraser’s on the telly I keep expecting him to introduce his new range of pasta sauces, the ones with oahreganouuh and touamaahtouhs in them. He’s the Lloyd Grossman of Scottish politics, he takes us through the Westminster keyhole to discover that there’s a wee floater in the lavvy pan. That’ll be what’s left of Davie Cameron after the rest of the Tory party have flushed him.

They don’t speak like that in Paisley you know, except for a weird guy in a cowboy hat I met in a pub once – he loves line dancing and went on holiday to Miami for a fortnight in the late 80s and acquired a mid-Atlantic accent as a result of a psychotic episode on cocaine that made him realise he was the incarnation of General Custer. We discovered this week that the entire leadership of the UK political parties are also the incarnations of Custer, only they not mounting a last stand so much as a beg-a-thon in the hope of saving their careers and reputations. It has the whiff of desperation about it, in the same way that five thousand litres of raw sewage have a hint of unpleasantness.

And then we had a history bit, and Tom Devine and Niall Fergusson got stuck into one another after Niall said we’d be voting to become like Belarus only with worse weather. Drawing on his great academic stature, his deep understanding of Scottish history, his immense erudition, and an intellect which is galactic in the spacey sense and not the chocolate bar sense – Tam telt Neillie boay tae shut his geggie, stop with the pettit lip and whit would you know anyway ya wee fuckwit self-publicising apologist for colonialists, war mongerers and casino capitalists that’s only ever had the one idea in his entire life. Your cringe is showing. Now fuck off and get back to us when you want to be a grown up ya hysterical puffed up balloon. Or words to that effect. Or it might be that’s what I wanted to tell Neillie and I imagined it all.

However the main news, apart from the news that the No campaign has melted, is that the Unionist parties are making a last stand on an offer of more devolution which doesn’t smack of desperation at all, oh no. Scotland can have all sorts of extra special powers, tax powers, spending powers, and JK Rowling said that she’d had a wee word with Dumbledore and is willing to throw in the power of invisibility too. Mind you, Scotland has had that power for decades, which is how we’ve made it through the past 50 years with Westminster scarcely noticing us at all.

Well they say more devolution, but they’re not able to tell us exactly what it might consist of, except that it will be a very very special prezzie, much better than that naff sweater that your auntie knitted you for Christmas. There will be jam, there will be more jam, and chocolate, and eclairs, and cream cakes, and you can eat your cereal. The shock of Yes pulling ahead in the polls has electrified the No campaign, which explains why the Westminster parties look like they’ve been tasered.

Although they can’t tell us exactly what extra powers will be coming to Scotland, Gordon Brown insists that there’s a definite timetable for delivering the powers that we don’t know what they are. Only someone forgot to tell Ed Balls. Someone also forgot to tell Gordon that he’s not actually the prime minister any more and doesn’t have any power to do anything at all whatever promises and commitments he makes. However David Cameron is also hoping that everyone has forgotten that Gordon isn’t prime minister in case anyone asks him to speak to some Scottish people who are not in possession of press passes or Tory party membership cards. Gordie’s just a very convenient human shield. You’ve got to be pretty desperate when your shield is Gordie Broon addressing carefully selected audiences of supporters.

An attempt at love bombing ended in ignominy on Tuesday. Davie Cameron had ordered the Scottish saltire to be flown from Number 10 for the duration of the campaign. It’s the very definition of gesture politics, but in the face of a two fingered gesture from Scotland it’s pretty much all they’ve got left. But Number 10 couldn’t even manage to fly a Scottish flag. It fell off the pole as staff attempted to raise it. So it’s a Sign then, not a flag. Meanwhile a call from Ed Miliband for Labour controlled local authorities in the rest of the UK to fly the Scottish flag met with a resounding meh from the good burghers of England. The only people who care if Scotland leaves the Union are those politicians whose jobs and careers depend on us staying. That ought to tell us all we need to know.

Phase two of the love bombing starts on Wednesday. All four UK party leaders are honouring us with their presence this week, Davie, Ed, Nick and even Nige. They’re all going to promise lots of different unspecific things, which they will definitely do as soon as possible. Right away. And have some jam with your cereal. Lots of jam. We can talk about the flavour later. No uncertainty there, oh no not at all. You can trust us. We have the answer, and the answer is jam and cereal. Independence, it’s so uncertain, there’s not enough information, trust us to make the changes we think are best for you.

The best way to decide when there is not enough information is to become your own teacher. The best way to confront uncertainty is for you to be the agent of change. The best way to predict the future is to make it happen. And the only trust you need is the trust you place in yourself. Be the future. Make your own cereal, make your own jam. This is the breakfast revolution, and we’re at the beginning of a new day.



78 comments on “The breakfast revolution

  1. Bamstick says:

    Thank you.
    My faith has been restored by your words.
    I can go to my bed now with a big smile on my face.

  2. scotsgeoff says:

    I have fallen in love with your writing!

    Excellent article as usual.

    Best wishes, Geoff

  3. Fat boab says:

    ‘Irritable vowel syndrome’! Totally, totally brilliant!

    It did, however, cause me to splatter my laptop screen with some late-night cereal I happened to be chomping at the time ….

    The cereal, incidentally, was ‘Cheerios’, which, thanks to the recent ‘patronising BT lady’ nonsense, triggered a thought …..

    What if the people of Scotland were to greet ‘The Westminster Three’ on their arrival, with our alternative national football anthem – ‘Cheerio, Cheerio, Cheerio’, while at the same time chucking breakfast cereal at them?? (a bit like how, in American movies about weddings, they chuck rice) ?? Not nearly as aggressive as eggs – (or bacon, or porridge for that matter)… .

    Would that work, do you think? I mean, could they arrest you for it??

    I think it would be hugely appropriate.

  4. John Duncanson says:

    Dateline Inverness Wed.September 10th. 2014.
    Time: 01:59:00.
    Sit.Rep: Insomnia/Early breakfast (cereal, what else?).

    ” The Breakfast Revolution”.

    As professor Stanley.Unwin used to say, “Deep Joy!”. What a wonderful way to start the day – I nearly choked on my Meusli. -“Irritable Vowel Syndrome”! That’s far too good not to steal.
    Welcome back, Paul.

  5. Wow. I don’t laugh out loud too often. I did now. Admiration that you managed with your grief.. We need you! Thank you

  6. mary vasey says:

    Love your characterization of that wee nyaff ….. spot on
    Smashing post, many thanks
    AYE x

  7. cuddyback says:

    Great to see/read you on full form, in spite of all … and looking forward to “the full english” tomorrow!
    You’re my favourite cereal killer.

  8. macart763 says:

    “Irritable vowel syndrome”

    I may have trouble getting back to sleep.😀

    Many thanks Paul.

  9. Brilliant article Paul. Thanks for finding the time to write it especially when you have far more pressing things on your mind just now. I’m watching the train wreck unfold from afar (Australia) and would jump on the first plane if I could – just to watch the Better Together Express finallly hit the bumpers on the morning of the 19th.

    Good news coverage over here, btw. Although everything else has now been put onto the backburner, thanks to the forthcoming arrival of the new royal sprog/sprogette. They even announced Katie’s pregnancy “Live” on the X Factor. Strange in a country which supposedly can’t wait to ditch Betty Battenburg. However, I digress. Although I don’t know you and have never had the pleasure of meeting you, I’ll be thinking of you on Saturday.

    PS Don’t think I’m going to last until the 18th. This is killing me. My partner is threatening to have me sectioned under the Mental Health Act if I don’t calm down😦

  10. A Meringue says:

    I love it when you let the dug off the lead.

  11. douglas clark says:

    There is polemic, there is satire and then there is the Wee Ginger Dug.

    Absolutely brilliant!

  12. brooklynrevelators says:

    On the money and a great laugh, see you on the 19th for the party. Thanks a lot for the blog

  13. Great to see you on good form, Paul.
    This week is a hum dinger and my Schadenfreude chip is running on Notch 8!
    Fat Boab; you have given me a mildly fiendish idea…

  14. mogabee says:

    Last night I went along to listen to my local MP, a LibDem. You are the antidote!

    Laughter IS the perfect medicine…

  15. Ruth Laird says:

    First I smiled, then I laughed and now I’m greetin’! Thank you.

  16. MacBee says:

    Welcome back Paul. You were missed

  17. Steve Bowers 74% win says:

    Revoloution jam, I like it. Stay sane dude.

  18. nancyburge says:

    Good to have you back at the keyboard.
    Ace post.
    Look after yourself.

  19. exactly. fuck the media. fuck them.
    ‘It has the whiff of desperation about it, in the same way that five thousand litres of raw sewage have a hint of unpleasantness.’
    – exactamundo.
    ps dear paul, please be careful now, bereavement is a very long process (about 2-3 years and even then) xxx

  20. Jan Cowan says:

    A big, big welcome back, Paul. You’ll never know how much you were missed. Great work!

  21. Excellent piece; nailed it and mailed it! Astonishing you can write like this, given your circumstances. Thank you!
    PS I think I know the Paisley Buddy in the cowboy hat🙂

  22. M says:

    🙂 Just🙂. And Thank you.

  23. WRH2 says:

    Great post and great that you feel able to write at this time. Just a thought, have noticed that the oil appears to have stopped running out. Not heard a squeak about it since the weekend. Its a bit like the Fawlty Tours episode where Basil kept warning not to mention the war.
    Don’t remind the Scots that they have oil because without it we are up s***e creek without a paddle.

  24. Steve Asaneilean says:

    As others have said – good to have you back Paul – we’ve missed you

  25. Nana says:

    Good morning Paul, great to see you are writing through your pain. Don’t know how you manage but thank goodness you do. Will be thinking of you on Saturday.

  26. arthur thomson says:

    As Karin said – we need you, thank you. For a bit of extra fun can I suggest everyone has a look at todayinscotland.

  27. Iain says:

    Welcome back, Paul, and best wishes. WRH2 above mentioned Fawlty Towers, but I think it’s more like Passport to Pimlico. The only problem I have is that I’m not sure which one out of the Cameron, Clegg, Miliband, Farage quartet are going to play the roles of performed by Margaret Rutherford, Stanley Holloway, Hermione Baddley and Basil Radford.

  28. hiorta says:

    A kaleidoscope of delight, colour and fun – although most likely miles from your mind – and a demonstration of the ever vibrant spirit of Life. Grateful Thanks.

  29. Willie Brown says:

    As a linguist you speak German? This is from German regional TV, allbeit at the prime viewing time of just before midnight. Quarter past eight is of course reserved for more important things like Star Big Brother or The Chainsaw Murderer film. I ask all Germans with the vote to vote Yes, apparently there are 12,000 registered. It’s even in their own interests. If Davie takes us out of the EU some might have their Status here revised.,weltbilder3898.html


  30. […] tears very seldom and hide myself away when I do. But I had salt water on my keypad when I read this brilliant piece of writing from Wee Ginger Dug this […]

  31. Luigi says:

    ” It has the whiff of desperation about it, in the same way that five thousand litres of raw sewage have a hint of unpleasantness.”

    I love that comment. When Canon Wright recently described Osbporne’s panicky gimmick as having a “whiff of desperation about it”, my immediate thought was “Jeeez, that must the understatement of the year!” Your expanded version certainly gives it just the right punch.

    Another excellent article, Paul.

  32. Sheltie2014 says:

    I think I love you xxx

  33. Mary says:

    A man after my own heart. Thank you.

    PS I think you ought to have Craig in your blog roll.

  34. Spud says:

    My first time here (thanks Craig Murray) but I’ll be back. Fantastic, hilarious and above all true – especially the made up bits

    • Eoin says:

      Likewise, I was directed here by Craig Murray and I’m sorry for your loss.

      But some of us in England do care. We want to see Scotland make the right decision.

      I’m reminded of my ancestors on the docks at Cork harbour, waving and crying to see their relatives go to the New World; but also smiling for them, because they knew they were going to a better place.

      • me in us says:

        I got here via Craig too… what a JOY, hugs around the world — mine coming from California. Loving, loving, LOVING what you are doing, even though I’m sure I don’t understand half of what it means to you.

        Thinking of two things about what it means to me here: One, when Craig said* it wasn’t possible to be proud of the UK anymore and you shouldn’t be ashamed to leave and say that. I substitute USA — or what is done in the name of USA — I don’t recognize “USA” anymore, it has nothing to do with me. You’re actually doing something! They keep getting away with it and getting away with it and nothing stops them… what a stunningly perfect result to show that the more they win the more they lose, that country and justice are bigger than what they the few own and imagine they control. They destroy others with such ease, never thinking that all the time they could be destroying themselves. Two, when Daniel Ellsberg was talking about how Snowden is like Nathan Hale, our American Revolution hero who famously said before being hung by the British as a spy, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” Ellsberg pointed out that Hale died for a country that didn’t exist yet. As a colonist, Hale was a British citizen. Blew my mind, I never thought of him as British, ever; it never occurred to me. And I think Hale would be so disgusted with this country now that he would die for his own all over again. So I just have this feeling that MY country, my real country, could really, really, really (really? really!) be ahead of me, over the horizon. I exist and therefore it could. Yours is in sight and my heart goes with you. I’m sure I’m just one of many people around the world watching you with awe and delight — and it’s fun to try to imagine us in all our places. (The people getting rid of the nukes?! Caring and sharing? omg, my heart. Lead the way.)

        Thank you for a wonderful post, and condolences for your loss, Paul. So glad to have been pointed here. (“Irritable vowel syndrome”? Mine is a cludgy comment to post, apologies, but I leave laughing again.)

        * Craig said: “The system stinks. Westminster stinks. The British government is deeply, deeply immoral. They don’t care how many people they kill abroad if it advances them, and anybody who votes no is voting to support a pathological state which is a danger in the world, a rogue state, a state prepared to go to war to make a few people wealthy. That’s why I say it’s not possible to be a decent person and vote no, and we shouldn’t be ashamed to say that.”

  35. liz says:

    As everyone else said, glad to have you back.

    Your posts are amazing.

    Always feel inadequate commenting on here but just to let you know we are listening.

  36. Rachel says:

    Love your words and ways of saying it. Just wonderful. Best wishes to you at a difficult time. You are brilliant!

  37. Mary says:

    I omitted to offer my condolences on your loss. I am very sorry,

  38. Maggie Craig says:

    Great post, Paul, and what everyone else has said.

    Willie Brown, vielen Dank, das war ein guter Bericht. I spent 12 years as a Scottish Tourist Guide, mainly guiding German groups, and I know Scotland has a lot of friends in Germany.

  39. Great to have you back, Paul. Thanks once again for your courage and humour. I think the WGD should be nominated the first national treasure of an independent Scotland.

  40. lorna cruickshank says:

    So glad that you feel up to a bit of writing in these exciting days.Andy’s vote is cast and we don’t have long til we can cast ours I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited.Will be thinking of you and the dug on Saturday,stay strong xxx

  41. hektorsmum says:

    Welcome back Paul and thank you. today has just been a day of fun, the sun is shining and you can smell the fear dissipating. I have had so many laughs today and your description of Mr Nelson of the tortured vowels, you should really add Malcolm Rifkind in there somewhere, made me laugh very hard.

  42. rowantree633 says:

    Straight to the heart of the matter as always. Perfect.

  43. yesguy says:

    Hurrah Paul is back .

    Had us all a wee bit worried , or that should be concerned but nothing to worry about as you kick on and bring the laughs and a few tears .

    Your writing style is an infectious riot of laughter and a wonderful education. You get the main points over and leave us with a smile .

    Good to have you back Paul, but your guests done you proud. I leave with a happy contented feeling. It’s what you get with the WGD.

    8 days and counting.

    How can we lose with so many fantastic people leading the charge .

    great comments too. What is not to like

    I will never forget when things were down you picked us up and sent us on our way with confidence and hope.

    Welcome back Buddy. We all missed

  44. Capella says:

    This is indeed a momentous week. A rise in the YES polls, prestigious visitors from the remote south, the OO march, and a new WGD post. Great to see you back. Hope tomorrow goes well for you.

  45. Oneironaut says:

    “He’s the Lloyd Grossman of Scottish politics, he takes us through the Westminster keyhole to discover that there’s a wee floater in the lavvy pan. That’ll be what’s left of Davie Cameron after the rest of the Tory party have flushed him.”

    Seriously, I nearly fell out of my seat laughing there… 😀

  46. Meaban Beag says:

    How patronising can you get? The 3 brass monkeys (hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil) appear in the country (on separate private planes) to tell us that if we vote for independence its permanent. Dont worry guys we have someone here with a braincell who spotted that.. BTW – sorry to hear about the hard frost which hit you all at 6.00pm.

  47. Meaban Beag says:

    Oops, sorry Paul, hit “post” before I had finished
    1. Just to add my belated commiserations on your sad loss
    2..Welcome back. Good to hear from you again, our cause is strengthened by your presence

  48. This must be a bitter-sweet time for you, Paul. I’m so glad you are a writer, because writers must write whatever befalls them. Like breathing, writing is an integral part of life, it’s a necessity, it’s cathartic. And your followers appreciate every word you write.

    So many great phrases, but I especially like the last paragraph, and have copied and pasted it into a document so I can read it when despondent or unsure. “This is the breakfast revolution and we’re at the beginning of a new day.” That applies to many folk personally, as well as to Scotland. Hopefully we can all face the future with the courage you have displayed, and make wee Scotland a country we’re all proud to have shaped.

  49. Sheila Dowling says:

    Brilliant! Thanks Paul!

  50. steve allan says:

    Hi Paul thought i would share this with you
    Alec Downie
    Thought for today: I am nearly 55, I have been to wars, I have jumped out of airplanes, climbed mountains, canoed down white rapids, drove my cars way too fast, swam with dolphins, been in barroom fights, drank myself to oblivion, been run over, had a stroke, stupidly tried to top myself with pills that destroyed part of my visual cortex, I have loved and been loved and almost weekly see another friend, loved one, comrade or acquaintance die.

    I am probably uber reflective because I am homesick as in the past 2 weeks I have had numerous TIAs, waking in the night to feel my left side is numb and I spend the next few days exhausted feeling like I was in a barroom fight with Tyson with one arm tied behind his back, as the pain in one side has me dragging my leg around the hills as I walk the dogs, who I can no longer hold. My insomnia is incessant and my short term memory is so shot to fuck learning Spanish is impossible as I can’t even remember if I had breakfast, let alone what I have had for breakfast some day, and my eyesight failing, all of which bring my mortality home to me.

    I have no intention of dying just yet but there are days where I feel a second stroke would be a blessing to get this slow disintegration of my mind and body over. Then I walk the pain out or see a picture of my Grandson Theo and start groundhog day over again.

    From the cradle to my fast approaching grave Westminster has promised to make my and the lives of Scots better, they have singularly failed. They have promised to keep our nation secure and healthy but raped our national resources to pay for wars and piss poor foreign policy that has seen innocents murdered on our streets and 1000’s of Arab, Persian and Muslim kids killed in the name of our so called democracy. They have governed red and blue over a system that has punished the poor to placate the rich, that has seen poverty flourish like an invasive black weed and the wealth gap become the most perverse and disgusting indictment of a greed driven capitalist society. They have failed to integrate the wonderful diverse communities that make Britain colourful and vibrant and they have not provided our youth with the opportunities and aspiration to stop them destroying our streets. They have been dragged kicking and screaming to support gay and women’s rights and and are still failing in both areas! A minimum wage is not a working wage and employers still dance around it by imposing zero hour contracts or changing staff before entitlement is due. They flagrantly give themselves and the House of Lords pay rises above inflation and claim £17 for a breakfast while some children in UK do not get breakfast! How long do we embrace a system that is broken, corrupt and morally obscene?

    If you live in Scotland right now, it does not matter if you are black, white, pink or 50 shades of English, you have the most wonderful opportunity not only to reject Westminster but set an example to the rest of the UK that democracy is alive and can work if you stop being afraid.

    A Yes vote is not going to bring a Scottish utopia and career politicians will still be career politicians after and neither Alex Salmond or the SNP can keep the promises they are making because the reality is that we are stepping into the unknown but if we do not as a Nation take that leap of faith, we will be condemning our children to more of the same Westminster lies, arrogance and greed for centuries.

    I wish I could be in Scotland on the 18th and share a privileged moment of history with you but I am too skint, too beaten by life just now and too tired to return so I sincerely hope that friends Yes and No will enjoy this experience for me by proxy but most of all I hope before I do die to see an Independent Scotland, not for me but for those that follow!.

    • David Coventry says:

      Hi Steve Allan. Just want to say that your post is right on the button in terms of your analysis of Westminster. You sound a bit down, and I hope this reply to you lets you know that your intelligence is valued, even if by a complete stranger! If you don’t mind, I would like to copy and paste your paragraph which starts “From the cradle …” on FB to my English family and friends. I am English, and your age, and I will applaud with great joy a ‘yes’ victory for Scotland. Nobody, not even the English who voted for the politicians in power, deserves the shit which you have so succinctly described in your post! Good luck to you mate!

      • steve allan says:

        Hi David Coventry, the post was not mine, I shared it from a friend who as well as being a passionate Scot living abroad, watching from afar and feeling isolated, was a Regimental Sargent Major in the British Army. He is well qualified to comment on the state of the union having witnessed it up close and personnel. Feel free to share it with your family. Maybe they will question the system as it relates too them. My partner of 24 years is also English and voting Yes simply because it is the only way forward for all of the people of the British Isles
        My very best wishes to you and yours


    • macart763 says:

      Very well said Steve.

  51. elfkat says:

    Reblogged this on Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess and commented:
    The ant hill has been kicked over. Hee!

  52. west_lothian_questioner says:

    Thanks Paul… you’re an inspiration, through dark days and light days.. stay strong.

  53. Malcolm MacLeod says:

    Beautiful piece of writing. Makes me proud to be a Scot, the most literate race on earth.

  54. purplebadger says:

    Look after yourself, Paul, and take your time. I hope the writing is helping. x.

  55. David Coventry says:

    Thanks for the post WGD. Came here via Craig Murray’s blog, and glad to have done so!

  56. Finnula says:

    And so the wee dug does it again – welcome back! Fantastic, you never fail to make me lmfao! You’re a wee soul xxx

  57. jamie macdonald says:

    Yep, what a poet..- and we all know it!! Brilliant Paul, welcome back ( …to the carnival!)- with these colourful words,… you are really spoiling us!! pass on my wee clap for the Dug… if I don’t post again, all the very best for Saturday…

  58. nancyburge says:

    Paul is TOTALLY responsible for me standing up to speak about the NHS for the YES campaign. I always regarded myself as shy. But WGD inspired me to do my bit.

    I am tired after driving home for over an hour, but l am totally buzzed with excitement, hope, anticipation, oh… all sorts of good feelings.

    Being a part of all this, seeing how interested, enthused and cooperative a whole bunch of people can be with a common cause is just fantastic.

    Three more talks to go. I learn something new every time.

    So, Paul, a BIG THANK YOU.

  59. macart763 says:

    Well that was the flying visit then…

    … they didn’t leave a number or forwarding address, so where do we send the bill?🙂

  60. Calgacus says:

    Glad to see you back Paul, the great day is almost upon us and you will be hailed as one of the architects of our victory.I am sure Andy is proud of you. Thank you.

  61. Chris Wands says:

    Keep going, ‘Wee Ginger Dug ‘ =O)

  62. David says:

    Found you via Craig Murray. Thank you for this piece, beautiful, intelligent and damn funny

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