It’s been a good week

It’s been a good week. OK, we still have the slimiest evillest Tory government since slimy evil first crawled out of the primordial slimy evil soup – which by a strange coincidence was also the stuff they used to serve up in the school canteen when I was a wean. But apart from that, it’s been a good week.

It’s been a good week because today, the 14th of July, is Bastille Day. This is the day that the peasants of France finally had enough of their ruling classes, and rose up and deposed them. Meanwhile King Louis XVI wrote in his diary for that day “rien” – nothing. You’d think that after 230 years the ruling elites of Europe, and the UK, might have learned by now of the dangers of being so out of touch with public opinion. But apparently not. Plus รงa change, plus c’est la mรชme chose.

It’s been a good week because the New Horizons probe flew all the way through the solar system to the frozen depths of Pluto, where it got a much warmer welcome than a benefits claimant in a Tory budget and confirmed that even from that distance George Osborne still looks like a slimy evil lying git far beyond any possible redemption.

It’s been a good week because the Large Hadron Collider – which I keep mistyping as Large Hardon Collider because I can’t get my mind out the gutter, although I’m sure that it’s a sport played in some of the more specialist night clubs – has discovered a new subatomic particle. The pentaquark is mind bogglingly tiny, but it’s still several orders of magnitude greater than Iain Duncan Smith’s generosity.

It’s been a good week because the sun has finally taken its tap aff and keeked out from behind its Scottish blanket of cloud and admitted that it’s the middle of July. Although of course it won’t last. The sun in Scotland is more skitterish than a fox in a room full of Tory MPs.

It’s been a good week because I’m loved up, having met a friend in Boston that I’ve chatted with for years. Our eyes met, and let’s just say that there was a Grangemouth’s worth of chemistry. The dug’s got himself a new American boyfriend. Unlike the sun in a Scottish summer, that’s a warmth that will last. He does read this blog occasionally, and says things like, “What does tap aff mean?” So I demonstrate, and that’s quite enough information.

And it’s a good week because Scotland’s 56 opposition MPs – the Labour one and Lib Dem one don’t count because they’re bugger all use for anything – actually managed to get the slimy evil Tories to crawl back into their primordial evil soup while complaining about the SNP being opportunistic. Which is a bit like Dracula complaining about blood banks.

Davie Cameron is upset because Scotland’s MPs shouldn’t be allowed to overrule England’s MPs, this comes after the single Scottish Tory overruled every single amendment to the Scotland Bill made by the 58 non-Tory Scottish MPs. Paddington Mundell doesn’t have 59 votes all by himself, but he does count on the support of a whole load of English MPs who will vote down what Scotland wants. Cameron doesn’t do irony where Scotland is concerned, or indeed fairness or democracy.

As a result of the SNP’s decision to intervene on the fox hunting issue, the Tories have been forced to withdraw the motion to repeal the hunting ban because they were unsure that they would be able to get it to pass. It’s quite possible that it will not return in this Parliament, or ever, and English foxes have the SNP to thank for it. They’re now free to return to raiding rubbish bins like reporters for the Daily Mail. Although if it had been a vote on whether to allow Daily Mail reporters to be hunted down with dogs, it’s highly probable that the SNP would have voted in favour. I know I would have.

But the real reason for the intervention was to remind Cameron and his minions that they do not always enjoy the crushing majority that they have when they use the weight of their 300 English MPs to overrule 58 Scottish ones. And if they want to play that game, then they ought to be prepared for others to play it back at them. And to play it with considerably more style and panache.

Then it’s been a good week because there was an opinion poll. There haven’t been many Scottish opinion polls since the election, and this latest one asked about voting intentions in next year’s Holyrood vote. This is important, as it’s vital we secure a clear majority of pro-independence MSPs if there is to be a chance of a new independence referendum. And the poll showed that the SNP and the Greens are likely to enjoy a crushing majority in Holyrood.

The poll also showed that 60% of Scots want another independence referendum within 10 years, although most would still vote no – but the good news is that less than a year after the indyref the 55% are now only the 52%, and if we keep up this rate of attrition they’ll be well under 40% by the time there’s an indyref2. You see that light on the horizon? That’s an independent Scotland coming that is.

That the Union is on the wrong side of history was shown by the maiden speech of Scotland’s youngest MP, the 20 year old Mhairi Black. In a stupendous speech she was witty and gracious – and begged Labour to join with the SNP in being a constructive opposition to the Tories. The fact that the voice of Scotland’s youth and Scotland’s future had to plead with Labour to get it to do what it was supposed to be doing all along tells you all you need to know about the likely future of Labour and the Union. Them and the Tories are the Louis XVI of the 21st century – although they’re only in for a metaphorical beheading.

So we listened to the articulate and passionate words of an intelligent young working class Scottish woman, telling them what it is in the House of Commons. And you know that the future is good.

It’s been a good week.

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42 comments on “It’s been a good week

  1. mary docherty says:

    Oh that was good !!! Liked the daily fail cub reporters rootin the bins!!! Cheers Dug !!

  2. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    Paul, back at the top, although you never really came down, but my laughter metre was in FSD.

    My wee problem with the Greens is that I am not sure they are pro indy, and would take half a bone if offered.

    • hektorsmum says:

      You and I share the same thoughts on the Greens, I think someone gave them a couple of wind turbines and they would forget all about Independence. Patrick Harvie is not to be trusted.

  3. Kd says:

    Congrats on the new interest of the heart Paul. I can vouch for the fact that long distance relationships can work out, my own abandoned the yoo ess of eh! And is now a dyed on the wool indy supporter.

  4. Brought a half forgotten smaller to my face, sorely needed. Thanks

  5. Love is in the air ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽผ

  6. tom donald says:

    Such happy news about a loveable american in your life, when I got one the sun came out for me!
    Very good luck with that, but whatever happens, please keep writing this QUALITY stuff

  7. mairibea says:

    The icy gloom into which I plunge whenever I read the news these days is always banished by the wit and wonder of the wee ginger dug. Thank you – and happy future with your new man xxx

  8. diabloandco says:

    far too happy by half!
    Delighted that life is smiling on you and the dug .

    I loved that maiden speech – she was brilliant and fair induced some shit spitting spite from the unionists. I do hope the MSM will be headlining these nasty unionists who post hideous abuse and expect it to be condoned or at least swept under that ever so lumpy carpet that they have.

  9. Fairliered says:

    Good news. Both politically and personally. 1 Mhairi Black is worth more than 56 thousand Mundells.

    • Marconatrix says:

      When you put it like that, doesn’t an ‘Mundell’ sound like an obscure currency that’s so over-inflated it’s only of interest to collectors? Would a 56,000 Mundell note even buy a decent fish supper you wonder.

  10. […] Itโ€™s been a good week […]

  11. That is one lucky Yankee!

    Cockles. Heart. Warmed. x

  12. Alex Birnie says:

    The first thing I do when switching on my computer is to check up on the wee ginger dug to see if there is another outpouring of with and incisive political banter. Lang may yer lum reek!

  13. Jan Cowan says:

    Great to read a happy, good news post from you, Paul.
    Mhairi Black’s speech was what we all needed. What an inspiring young woman. With youth of such calibre in Scotland we’re on our way to victory. Independence for sure!

  14. andygm1 says:

    Time for another tenner I think!

  15. I’ve yet to hear Mhairi’s speech but I’m advised from your and other sources that it’s a good thing.
    Aye, it’s been a good week. I tested two wee model trains yesterday that I have built and both perform just as I wanted.
    And today, I saw my urologist who confirmed my operation in May was a success and I have booted prostate cancer squerr in the baws!
    With that and the foxy vote, this week is becoming Carlsberg-esque!
    And the dug has somebody new to spoil him. It’s all good! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • good stuff, Maxstafford, I don’t know you but I do understand what fantastic news you have been given, well done!. And WGD, more good news, good on you – all just what the doctor ordered after the downers of the budget, the scotland bill failed amendments, the Greek people being screwed, Syriza’s betrayal etc. And tonight a good night for me too, here in France joining in 14th july celebrations with the wonderful French people and being able to tell them some day soon we will have our own celebration day for ‘libertate, egalite, fraternite’. Nowadays, they recognise Scotland as distinct from Angleterre and Britain – progress surely!

    • benmadigan says:

      glad to hear you got the all clear healthwise – that’s really great news!!

  16. Congrats Paul. You deserve some happiness.
    Mhairi’s speech. 56% poll and foxes saved. Aye, it’s been a good week.

  17. fionn says:

    Great post.

    Mhairi Black’s speech was bold and very much needed said. I’m glad they clapped at the end.

    Great love news for the dug too. Best of luck

  18. Brian Fleming says:

    My link cut off before the clapping. Shame, as that would really have topped off a good day.
    And thanks for all your great writings Paul. All the best with your new romance.

  19. Old Crone says:

    Damn! I was hoping you would become hetero and I would wake up 20 yrs younger so I could have your babies! Just as well Mhairi’s speech turned it into a good week! ๐Ÿ˜„

  20. scotsgeoff says:

    Conratulations on the American boyfriend.

    I intend visiting Boston again to see the sights as the first time I went was
    when I was working with Guinness and was a hopeless drunk.

    Thankfully two days ago I ‘celebrated’ being 9 years clean & sober.

    And I must say the hope in your writing has kept me going on many
    a dark day. Thank you!

    • lulachthesimple says:

      Well done! – for the last 9 years…

    • hektorsmum says:

      Congratulation too from me, breaking any addiction is tough and the trouble with our society is drink is too often taken.

  21. benmadigan says:

    and well done to you scottsgeoff for keeping off the demon drink!! that certainly deserves a like!!

  22. J. R. Tomlin says:

    Well done on the new boyfriend (even though he’s one of us Yanks). You’ve had a rough time and it’s a well deserved piece of happiness.

  23. lulachthesimple says:

    Well done for your 9 years and three days!
    Keep it up!

  24. Aye. No mean achievement, Scotsgeoff.
    Congratulations from me too!

  25. whitburnsfinest says:

    Awww Paul, that’s fab news!! So happy for you and your Bostonian luuuuurve interest ๐Ÿ˜„ wishing you loads of happy times together โค๏ธ

    Although I must take issue with part of your post. Minions, may I remind you, are cute, funny, nice wee yellow things found gracing everything from sofa cushions to disposable cups (marketing idea for anyone reading: range of paper cups, plates etc emblazoned with minions, call them ‘disposable me’. You read it here first). David Cameron’s wee hingers oan are not cute, funny or nice. Granted they make silly and unintelligent noises but that’s as close as the comparison gets. Paul, please don’t insult minions in this way! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Luigi says:

    Paul, your humour always hits the nail. I can’t read your articles without chuckling and, on occasion bursting out in fits of laughter (not wise to read your articles in a quiet office, or whilst drinking a cup of coffee). It has indeed been a good week, a very good week. With so many tories turning purple with rage, and saying and writing things that they really shouldn’t, you just know things are looking up. They are beginning to lose the plot completely. I’m glad you have met someone – all the best! Keep up the fantastic work, good man – it is much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. hektorsmum says:

    Loved this Paul made me laugh, still to hear Mhairi Blackโ€™s speech, tried on my Kindle but the sound is worse than useless, kind of like the Labour Party and their disgusting followers. Have to go find the earphones,
    Nice to hear you are finding love even if it is long distance, he will have to come here, no way are we losing you.
    Ginger won’t mind moving where you go he goes.

  28. Swedish Scot says:

    Top of the notch again Paul. Glad romance has shone your way too. I am out here in sunny Sweden away from all the ‘troubles’ of home but keep up with goings on there and the posters here are often what gets me the most. After the humour and wit of your writings the commentary from the others here confirms what I felt when I watched Mhairi Black in her maiden speech. Scotland is in good hands with good people who care about each other and that’s what makes them different to the British who’ve been ruling over us. Scots are a sovereign people and we care about that sovereignty more than anything else.
    Glad to hear the good news alf freedom from cancers and being “aff the bevvy” for so long.
    The light is getting brighter and I think there should be some thoughts on how to build essential structures in the meantime like setting up central banks and currencies for the SCP to be brought in as a valid currency matching sterling before the inevitable split. That way the worries of the few can be easily put to one side without the confusion and deflection the British put in to the arena in the run up to the indyref last time.
    Plans and ground work need to be done well in advance to make sure next time it’s a done deal.

  29. mealer says:

    Hi Paul.Yep.theres a lot to be optimistic about.Red Tories and blue Tories slugging it out for a share of an ever declining unionist vote.The rest of us are looking forward to a better Scotland.

  30. Frann Leach says:

    And it’s only Wednesday!

  31. macart763 says:

    Its all good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. My Mum, a retired modern studies teacher, aged 81, after watching Ms Black’s full maiden speech online, turned to me and said quite matter of factly, “That’s indy Scotland’s future Prime Minister”.

    Yes indeed. Watch out, Nicola, the young ones are unstoppable.

    But seriously, what a depth of calibre and talent we have sent to ‘that place.’

    Compare the 56’s sincerity, passion and belief with the previous ‘party-before-constituents-yes-men’ who previously sat on those benches. There is no going back to that.

    Excellent blog, as always.

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