Clap along if you feel like you’re in a land with unlimited potential

A couple of years ago, an annoyingly chirpy song called Happy was never off the radio. One of its lyrics irked me, “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.” But I get it now. It means that your potential is no longer being capped. It means that above you there is no ceiling to keep you down, there’s only the sky and you can reach for it. That’s where the independence movement is just now, in a room without a roof. Clap along.

Yesterday’s massive march in Edinburgh and today’s huge attendance at the SNP conference in Glasgow demonstrate that there is an equally huge appetite in this country of ours to reach to the sky and grasp our potential. Compare and contrast the packed halls of the SNP conference with the half empty low ceilinged rooms of the Conservative conference last week. Compare and contrast the tens of thousands of marchers in Edinburgh reaching for the stars with the giggling gaggle of manky shirtit fearmongers. Compare and contrast the vision and dreams and poetry of an independence movement which looks forward to the future, with the pursed lipped resentment of a British nationalism that’s trapped in an imaginary past. Clap along if you feel that you’re on the right side of history.

The independence movement is far stronger than it was when the first independence referendum was called. The Scotland that first tentatively began to discuss the idea of independence back in 2012 seems like a different country now, because it was. Back in 2012 opponents of independence could credibly pretend that Scotland was a partner in a Union. That lie has been exposed. Back in 2012 the idea of independence was still regarded by many as a marginal notion that had no place in the mainstream of Scottish politics, and the goal of opponents of independence was to make sure it stayed that way. In 2018 no one can pretend that independence is not a serious option for this country, especially not those who are most opposed to it. Clap along if you feel like the winning arguments are ours.

But most importantly of all, back in 2012 we were just starting to learn how to do this, how to campaign for our country’s future. We were taking baby steps, now we’re running. The people of Scotland are now amongst the most politically engaged and informed of any country in the world. This country is filled with people who are experienced campaigners. All over Scotland, in every corner of the country, there are local groups and organisations making the case for independence in their own communities. We have a grassroots organisation and strength that opponents of independence can only look upon enviously and snark about from the safety of their Twitter bubble. They’re stuck on social media. We have the streets. We have the future. Clap along if you feel like we’re living in the real world where independence is normal.

In the papers there is still discussion about whether Nicola Sturgeon will be “allowed” to have a vote on Scotland’s future, and the consensus is that she won’t be. Either Scotland is in a Union, in which case it shouldn’t require anyone’s permission in order to decide its own future, or it’s a part of a unitary state and Westminster calls the shots irrespective of what the people of Scotland want. Opponents of independence can’t have it both ways. The sad reality for them is that Scotland doesn’t need anyone’s permission to have a vote on its future. Any election in this country can be transformed into an effective referendum on independence. This is not Spain. There is no constitutional bar against a plebiscite election. There is no constitutional bar against the Scottish parliament holding a consultative referendum without anyone’s permission. Clap along if you feel like you have a voice and you’re not afraid to use it.

The signs are that when Scotland does have its Scottish People’s Vote, that this country will vote to rejoin the community of independent nations. Even before any official campaign has been announced, support for independence is higher than it was in 2014, and that support becomes a majority in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and 50/50 in the event of Brexit. And that’s before the legion of experienced and enthused independence groups have even really got started. No wonder the British nationalists are so determined to prevent a vote happening. They’re terrified about the result, and rightly so. Because they’re going to lose. Clap along if you feel like a country with an open sky. Because we’re happy.

The biggest difference between the independence movement and British nationalism is that we have a monopoly on joy. When was the last time you saw an opponent of independence painting a joyful and happy picture of the great future that awaits Scotland as a part of the UK. When was the last time that you saw an opponent of independence detail all the heights and achievements that Scotland can attain as a subordinate part of a UK, governed by a Westminster that scarcely notices its existence. You never see these things, because committed opponents of independence are defined by fear, by can’t, by their low ceiling, by no. It’s the independence movement which looks up. It’s the independence movement which looks forward. It’s the independence movement which anticipates and aspires. They have fear, but we have joy. And that’s why we’re going to win. Clap along if you feel like you can laugh in the face of the scaremongers.

This is going to be my last blog post for a few weeks. I’m off to celebrate a real union while I anticipate the fall of the fake British one. Sam (Macart) will look after you in my absence. I’m off to get married in the USA to Peter, my partner of the past three years. A couple of days after the wedding in Portland Maine, we’re travelling back to Scotland along with his father and stepmother on the 28th of October, and it will be the first time that Henry and Francine will have visited Scotland. We’re having a second Scottish wedding reception in Glasgow on 2 November, a proper Scottish ceilidh. Normal blogging service will be resumed on 5 November. The plan is, in case you were wondering, for my new husband to come and live here in Scotland. That is most likely to happen next year.

So I’m happy. The future holds so much hope and so much potential on a personal level as well as for Scotland. The past belongs to the pursed lipped North Britons hidebound by fear and negativity, the future belongs to happy Scots, old Scots, new Scots, born Scots, adopted Scots, Scots by birth, and Scots by choice. Clap along if you feel that we live in a land whose potential is limited only by our imaginations. Watch while we dream the infinite. We’re on our way.


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110 comments on “Clap along if you feel like you’re in a land with unlimited potential

  1. Irma says:

    Congratulations! Every day should be a happy day for you and your beloved, and every day will be happy when we’re free. Much love.

  2. Marion Scott says:

    Have a wonderful trip. Looking forward to hearing later in the month how Francine and Henry like Scotland. Best wishes to you and Peter.

  3. Margaret Graham says:

    Wishing you both joy and happiness for your wedding day and many years of love to follow. xxxx

  4. Morna Kirk says:

    Congratulations and very best wishes to you both. Hope all your wedding plans work out perfectly and you have a long and happy married life together (in a soon to be free Scotland.)Love your blogs and your articles in the National.
    Haste ye back, but you’ll know Sam does a good job in your absence.

  5. Here’s to Happiness Ever After. For you and your partner from The Day onwards as well as for all Scottish folk from Independence Day onwards.

  6. Andy Anderson says:

    Your story is very true. I got into the ‘indy thing’ in 2013. I have changed and now understand a great deal more, not just about me and the movement but about all the facts and changes so that I can sell the idea to any doubters I find.

    Yesterday when I was on the Edinburgh walk I talked to many others, all of them fired with enthusiasm for the path ahead. It was a very memorable day. It was so good to see locals and tourist looking on in that lovely street to hope and happiness walking past them. A couple of Danish tourist were asking me about our hopes and a possible independence time line. They were so happy for us.

    Still, lots of work ahead though as we need to get the opinion polls to 60% or there abouts soon. It is easy to talk and write to each other, nice though that is we need to talk to non believers, gently and politely.

    All the best Paul for your nuptial’s. Haste ye back newly invigorated.

  7. Ibus says:

    Wishing you both a long and happy future together xox

  8. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    Congrats wgd gets step dad

  9. Illy says:

    I’m remembering a (very) old song reading this:

    “If you’re happy and you know it…”

    I’m feeling rather outgoing, exuberant and enthusiastic today, so I’m going to pull out my quotes file for some good ones, assuming no-one minds?

    A ‘[Yes]’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘[No]’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
    -Gandhi (he had the ‘yes ‘ and ‘no’ the other way around, but I think he’d approve of the switch in this case)

    “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
    -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

  10. Karen Westbrook says:

    All the best for your wedding.Hope it all goes well. Have so enjoyed your blogs & articles.(And T shirt) Keep up the good work!!!

  11. You bring us so much happiness Paul, and so does yer dug too it should be said 🙂 You tell it how it is, you build us up when we’re down, you chivvy us along when we need to be out there, you don’t fill us full of fake news and you are the best role model for a positive, forward looking independent Scotland because you never give up advocating for one.

    We in Mollystan (near Mauchline) wish you and Peter the happiest, most fabulous of weddings, and when you bring your new in-laws here you know that Scotland will welcome them, and Peter, into our arms and our hearts. For we are family and we are moving forward together.

    Meal a naidheachd!

    • Sheryl Hepworth says:

      Oh well said Molly’s Mum!! Much happiness this weekend and Paul, long may it continue for you, Ginger and your new family.

  12. john 59 says:

    Wishing you and yours the very best Paul . All of us in Scotland deserve peace and happiness and to control our own destiny . Scotland the Brave.

  13. poppers4272 says:

    Congratulations Paul. I hope that you and Peter have an amazing wedding day in Portland and then a second amazing celebration back here in Scotland! Wishing you both all the best for the future.

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  15. Annabella says:

    Congratulations and best wishes to you both. Lovely article it captures how i feel after yesterdays march, hopeful for the future.

  16. Sandra says:

    Very best wishes to you both. I am so pleased you have found happiness again and wish you both a lifetime of love. Will miss your posts but look forward to reading all that Sam has to say.

  17. Andy in Germany says:

    Congratulations both of you. Hope you have a great time…

  18. Carol Smith says:

    Congratulations! And thanks for all the words. People like you will make this happen.

  19. Congratulations to you and Peter, and I hope that both celebrations will be equally marvellous! Good luck too with the Home Office. I hope you’ve told Henry and Francine that they are absolutely guaranteed a warm welcome here.

  20. Walt Hopkins says:

    Tears of meaning in my eyes, Paul, as I hear you in my heart speaking of your marriage with Peter and your continuing joyful energy for independence. Wishing you and Peter–and all of us–a joyful future.

  21. Derick Tulloch says:

    Bastard! You reduced this (checks) 57 year old Shetland Scot to tears.

    Much happiness to you both

    “we have joy.”

    Damn right we do! X

  22. Derick Tulloch says:

    Or possibly 56

    Off to look it up

  23. Anne Lawrie says:

    Wishing you and Peter a’ the very best and soon the joy of living together in a happy independent country and the pride of knowing that you played an important part of that independence.

  24. Albis says:

    I’m clapping, I’m clapping! A great day yesterday, and wishing you and Peter a great day for your wedding and a great life thereafter.

  25. Rob says:

    Fantastic post, you never do a bad one in opinion. Have a safe trip & best wishes to you both.

  26. Clapping along Paul. You missed a grand day out yesterday. Every joy for you both these next few weeks. More clapping on the 2nd, and clapping the dug too of course.

  27. Macart says:

    Mrs M and I wishing you and Peter all the very best. 🙂

  28. Petra says:

    Paul you’ve done so much for the independence cause, experienced a great deal and lost a lot. You’ve found a new love now and after all you’ve gone through truly deserve to be happy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you and Peter started your new life together in an independent Scotland? I hope you have a fantastic time in the US and all of my best wishes for your future together.

    Your future being at the forefront of establishing our Scottish Broadcasting Service or maybe even becoming the Minister for Immigration, lol. Whatever the case, whatever you want to do, your future, and ours, is looking bright. All living in a home, Scotland, without a roof, gazing at the sky and wishing on the stars.

    That’s what I did yesterday when I reached Holyrood Park. I lay back in the sunshine, looked up at the saltires on the hillside and then at the sky. I was filled with an inner contentment. Peace. People were laughing around me, children were running, jumping and somersaulting and dogs were doing … well what dogs do. I thought to myself this is it. This is what I want. Looking at joyful faces full of hope, but strong enough to face the challenges together. Listening to chatter and laughter and making a wish, praying, for us all to have the right to live in a free country totally unshackled from Westminster.

  29. mumsyhugs says:

    Happiness always and hugs tae the dug Paul! 🙂

  30. Nana says:

    I’ve not commented for some time but always read and share your blog.
    I’d like to wish you and your partner the very best for the future and a big hug to the dug 🙂

  31. Rona Somervillle says:

    Thankyou from the bottom of my heart for that beautiful piece of writing, and all the best for your wedding…….💙

  32. Delia Henry says:

    Paul what a beautiful analysis of Scotland’s future. The time of the piece reflects your positivity that you have for both Scotland and your own future thanks for
    sharing this.

    Have a wonderful wedding and every happiness for the future.

  33. Hazel Smith says:

    Another fantastic blog Paul. I wish you and Peter all the best for both your wedding ceremony in the U.S. and your ceilidh back in Scotland. What a fantastic future to look forward to in an independent Scotland for both of you. Will miss you while you’re gone, but Macart does an incredible job of filling in for you. Haste ye back!

  34. East Neuker says:

    Best wishes for your wedding, and happy days ahead for you both. Like you, I also hope for happy days for Scottish independence, but there’s a way to go, so we must all work on. You are an inspiration.

  35. carolclark1 says:

    I’m clapping Paul, and I’ll keep clapping till we get that free country. Congratulations and all the best to you and Peter, and I hope that you’ll both enjoy living in a free and beautiful Scotland. We’re in the end game now, not much further to go.

    Big hug tae the dug.

  36. deelsdugs says:

    Clapping 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

  37. bedelsten says:

    Well, you are surely going away on a high. Estimates vary on the number of people who sauntered down Edinburgh’s High St, singing along, chatting to complete strangers, taking up the occasional chant, completely taking the piss out of a sad (and why do they always look so sad?) bunch grouped round some chap in manky jekit, before turning the corner past OUR parliament to behold the lovely site of, silhouetted against the skyline, saltires and banners – an amazing day. And there was a stage with PA system, music and speeches. And there were stalls (shame WoS didn’t make it). And Hysteric Environment Scotland may have egg on its corporate face. And there was one arrest – one sad unionist chap attempted to dunt someone with a fleg pol – it is alleged. And the bobbies were really relaxed but alert. Thanks to them and AUOB.

    What other mass rally can you name which is such a bundle of peaceful fun with no violence?

    This morning I read, briefly, on the web site of the state broadcaster that ‘tens of thousands’ were there. Yeah. Right. I see the failing record managed to recruit an ex-Sunday Herald photographer. Yeah. That will go down well. I see that statistical analysis of the crowds suggests there were 113,000 people marching and, if you include those who went straight to Holyrood Park, and the Yes Bykers, you get a figure nearer 127,000. There are (or were in 2017) 3,950,600 registered voters in Scotland. 127,000/3,950,600=0.0321 3% or the electorate*. If you consider those people who would have liked to attend, but were unable to, then the 3% represents a subsection of a larger number.

    A similar march in Englandshire would have had 38,693,900*0.0321= 1,242,074 – one and a quarter million marchers. WoW the VoW is dead.

    When we get independence will there by a call for blue (saltire) plaques and, if there is, can we have one for the dug, a special one, near the ground so other dugs can sniff and pee on it?

    Yes, quite a high. Off you go. Have a great time. Pass on many a hug from followers of the dug. Don’t worry about us here – the blog will be in good hands.

    *Yes, I know – lies, damned lies and statistics – there were non-electoral roll dogs and kids swelling the numbers.

    • Illy says:

      I can give some history/insight on the Historic Scotland thing:

      HES is a government organisation (I’m not certain of the actual status, but it’s something akin to the SNHS), and are not allowed to be political – They have to be completely politically balanced, which is impossible.

      A few years ago, they hired an acting group to put on a Jacobite show at one of their castles, and then found that they were agitating for *modern* Scottish Independence. This is equivalent to an SNHS nurse appearing on Labour Party material in her SNHS uniform. ie: Against the rules.

      They overreacted, possibly helped by a British Nationalist somewhere high in the command structure (but I cannot confirm that, and it sort-of doesn’t really matter) and issued a policy banning *all* political stuff on their sites.

      When they issued the “no” to AUOB, they were following their internal policy, since that patch of grass is owned/managed by them.

      • Weechid says:

        Yet they allow MPs o=photo opportunities there.

        • Illy says:

          Not quite sure what you were trying to say there, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there’s a heavy British Nationalist bias somewhere in the HES command structure.

      • stewartb says:

        OK Illy but for future reference, the rules/guidance concerning holding events on Royal Parks in London (published by ‘The Royal Parks’) is worth a read. It includes this:

        “… The parks are owned by the Crown with their responsibility resting with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Royal Parks charity manages the parks on behalf of the government.” And the guidance states:

        “The Royal Parks (TRP) has a long tradition of accommodating public demonstrations and protests. In 1866 there were riots when the authorities prevented people demonstrating in favour of the Great Reform Bill from entering Hyde Park. Since 1872, assemblies have been allowed in Hyde Park so that people might demonstrate their support for social and political causes or other rights and freedoms.

        TRP maintains this ‘traditional’ right of people to assemble for rallies and demonstrations in Hyde Park, and we will be happy to consider requests and accommodate them where we can. However, TRP retains the right to determine where in Hyde Park the assembly takes place. Organisers should also contact the Metropolitan Police and other relevant authorities.”

        Source: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/41808/demonstrations_and_assemblies.pdf

  38. Wood says:

    Congratulations and all the best to you both for the wedding. Have a great trip. X

  39. Jock McDonnell says:

    Best Wishes & Haste ye Back

  40. crabbitgits says:

    Grand post Paul and aw’ra best wishes for you and yer husband to be; may ye live lang an prosper the ‘gither fir many o happy years. Haste ye back.

  41. Frank Gillougley says:

    Fantastic. All the very very best, Paul again! And thank you for reminding us of how far the broad YES movement has traveled and all those kindred souls the movement has gathered along the way – and for reminding us in stark contrast what the naysayers have to offer Scotland?
    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

  42. Dunks says:

    Couldn’t make yesterday as I had a big family celebration on. Almost excommunicated myself from the family as I so wanted to go on the march.

    All the very best to you Paul for the future and if you ever need a dug sitter just ask.

  43. Alba woman says:

    Many congrats Paul..every best wish for the future. Thank you for all your work for Independence.

    Saturday’s March was one of the best days for my twin sister and myself…….

    Independence is inevitable as my sister said on Saturday and Nicola said today.

  44. chicmac says:

    Great uplifting post to leave us with, catches the mood perfectly.

    Have a great time and many congratulations to you and Peter when the time comes, I’m sure Sam will, as usual, do you proud in your absence.

  45. Arthur thomson says:

    Congratulations Paul. I wish you and your partner every happiness.

    Together we are going to achieve the independence of our country by sheer decency.

  46. All the very best to you and Peter for a long and happy life together.

  47. The Scottish Play says:

    Act 1 Scene 1: ..A clap of thunder…

    Meal do naidheachd!

  48. Mairibea says:

    💙💙🥂🍾

  49. Dramfineday says:

    Best wishes from all the drams to you, Peter and your new family and friends…….not forgetting the dug (in case he takes the huff).

  50. Daisy Walker says:

    Joy tae ye both (‘n the dug) (and a damn fine ceiligh), and the biggest thanks going for all your efforts.

    Haste ye back.

  51. Anne Giles says:

    Congratulations to you both and every best wish for the future! Have an amazing time!

  52. gillian m abel says:

    Your writing is an inspiration on the dark days when the media report nothing but negative nonsense. You speak for so many of us with such eloquence and heartfelt passion. I wish you and your new partner all the very best that life can give. PS that includes the wee ginger een too. Safe journey and haste ye back to us.

  53. Tol says:

    The last para could be the manifesto for a new Scotland:
    “…the future belongs to happy Scots, old Scots, new Scots, born Scots, adopted Scots, Scots by birth, and Scots by choice”…

    I hope Scotland can kickstart the re-emergence of countries that are defined by “if you participate you belong”. This is in stark contrast to the scary re-emergence of the “You must belong to participate”.

    This latter countries are what leads to the Wndrush tragedy…where a supremacist undertow happily expunges people for not “belonging” enough.

  54. JGedd says:

    Fair winds and following seas as you embark on a new voyage in life with a beckoning future in front of you both. To you and Peter.

  55. George Pirie says:

    All the very best to yourself and Peter, I hope you have a great future together and a free country to live in. Reach for the sky 🙂

  56. dmchodge says:

    All the best with the wedding and marriage.

  57. Kestral says:

    Wishing you both a wonderful day and a life together full of joy

  58. All the best, Paul.
    Maine should be a autumnal wonderland at this time of year.

    • chicmac says:

      Yes, I have had the good fortune to be in New England when the fall occurred and it is one of the wonders of the World. There, all the trees seem to go copper at the same time, spectacular.

      I also hope, of course, to see the fall of Old England here in Scotland, so to speak.

      Halloween there, is also another unforgettable experience.

  59. Sooz says:

    Wishing you and Peter the loveliest of weddings and a long and wonderful future together. Couldn’t be happier for you.

    Spot on about the unionist misery. Yes, when have we ever seen a march for the “joys” of the union up here?

  60. markrussell20085017 says:

    May a’ yer lums’ reek for a awfy long time! Hope you’re taking the Dug..?

    • weegingerdug says:

      The dug can’t come to America. He’s staying with friends in Glasgow. He will of course be the Best Dug at the wedding reception in Glasgow.

      • markrussell20085017 says:

        Glad to hear that! I wish you all the very best and sincerely hope you realise and appreciate that WGD has made one of the most important contributions to Scotland’s future over the last few years. It’s been both a privilege and pleasure to follow that journey.

        To paraphrase Alan Bennett – as old men might say at the conclusion of a successful transaction -“very good”!

  61. ianmrob says:

    All the very best, and the best is yet to come.

  62. Clapped every paragraph and still applauding.
    Best wishes for your exciting future.

  63. susan says:

    Wishing you and Peter happiness in your life together Paul.

  64. Liz g says:

    May your day be as wonderful as you intend it to be Paul !
    And we are so looking forward to another New Scot… welcome aboard Paul XX..
    This Scottish thing is a way of life and I hope you love it as much as we will love you..

    Congratulations you Darling Laddies!!
    Mind and tell us all about how it went X

  65. Liz g says:

    Welcome aboard PETER … of course..och Naw… or as you would say… Peter,?? Yes, definitely Peter… DUH..
    Wait till ye start the Gaelic my friend.. then you’ll understand…LOL

  66. diabloandco says:

    Many thanks for all you do and all good wishes for your new life with Peter.

    P.S Does he know about our weather??

  67. Emma C says:

    Congratulations. Hope the wedding is everything you hope for. Have a wonderful day. xx

  68. Davy says:

    At the best . 😀

  69. mary doll says:

    That was one of the happiest blogs i have ever read. Very uplifting!
    Happy marriage

  70. Congratulations and very best wishes for a long and happy marriage to you and Peter – enjoy all your celebrations, and good luck in setting up Home together in our independent Scotland xx

  71. Malcolm says:

    Congratulations Paul. Thanks for all your contributions to the Indy movement. My wife and I have just returned to South Africa after spending 2 weeks in Edinburgh. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay for the BIG march. It was incredible to see that huge turnout. We did manage to attend a meeting of the Edinburgh Pensioners for Independence in Gorgie while we were over and it was great to see the enthusiasm of all the pensioners who were there. We will be following everything on social media as we dont get any news on BBC World or Sky News here in SA.

  72. Luigi says:

    Paul, Thank you so much for all you have done since 2014 (and before). All the best to Peter and yourself. Have a great time away. Hope to see ye back soon, but I’m also looking forward to reading what Deputy Macart has to say (no one better qualified to hold the WGD fort while yer away, IMO). 🙂

    By the way, who’s lookin after the dug?

  73. Patsy says:

    Wishing you all the best on your wedding day and for the years to come.💕

  74. John Lowe says:

    Great blog as usual. And congratulations on your up coming wedding.🎉🎉🎉🎂🎂🎂💞

  75. Tatu3 says:

    Congratulations. Have a great wedding day, well two wedding days, in America and in Scotland.

  76. Jan Cowan says:

    All best wishes Paul to you, Peter and Ginger.

  77. Congratulations and may you enjoy many happy years together.

  78. Pogo says:

    Many happy returns on your big day have a great one Paul and haste ye back both!

  79. Sandra Bolton says:

    Congratulations to you and your partner, Paul. I hope you have a long and happy life together..and I know the dug will be well pleased. ❤

  80. alasdair smith says:

    Your article mentioning the room without a roof makes the Paolo Nutini song from 2014 Iron Sky even more poignant. all the best to you both.

  81. 2p3rf3ct says:

    Damn, I will listen to this song now with independence ears.

  82. Logo says:

    May the best ye’ve ever seen
    Be the worst ye’ll ever see.
    May a moose ne’er leave yer girnal
    Wi ‘ a tear drap in his e’e.
    May ye aye keep hale an’ herty
    Till ye’re auld eneuch tae dee.
    May ye aye be jist as happy
    As we wish ye aye tae be.

    All the best Paul to you and Peter.

  83. Paul, have a happy, happy day on your wedding day💞🦄🌈🌟💕🍸🍸💖 xx Valentine(with the purple hair from Dundee)

  84. Brian Fleming says:

    Paul, you won’t remember me, but we both used to wtite comments on the Glasgow Herald pages when you were in Spain. I’ve followed your writings with delight ever since, as you’ve gone from strength to strength through both good times and inevitable sorrows. I’ve akways esoecially enjoyed when you ki k tce arse of some chauvinistic linguistic moron writing excrement about Gaelic or Scots, but really everything you write is worth reading. Lang may yer lum reek.

    I wish you and your man the very best of happiness together. When I can (i.e. soon), I’ll send a donation tae the dug towards your reception expenses.

    • weegingerdug says:

      Hi Brian – Christ, that was a long time ago! What name did you use on the comments page? I used to comment on the Blether With Brian blog too, back when BBC Scotland actually allowed ordinary punters to have opinions.

      • Brian Fleming says:

        I kose tracknof the years Probably Exile, or something like that. But I think I may have had a doppelganger. Paul, I just tried to donate by credit card, but the system won’t accept it unless I also register for PAYPAL, which I don’t want to do. Any suggestions? I no longer have a chequebook, as I got thoroughly fed up with RBS. I could post euro cash, if I had your address. If you don’t like that idea, any other thoughts?

        • Brian Fleming says:

          I just tried again, but have no idea if I was successful. I will not tick a box saying I’ve read Paypal’s this, that or the other, when I have not. It is apparently NOT possible to avoid Paypal. I clicked “pay now”, but I fear to no avail. Pity. All the best anyway.

  85. Have a wonderful time and every congratulations.

    You and your deserve all the very best that life has to offer.

    And if you get a set o pans as a wedding pressie, gie the fryin pan tae yer wee maw. [Ye ken how]. xxx

  86. Weechid says:

    All the best to you both and hope your in-laws have a great time when they are here.

  87. Macart says:

    O/T This doesn’t look good.

    HERE

  88. Catherine says:

    With every best wish to you both for a long and happy life together. Have a fantastic time. X

  89. Welsh Sion says:

    Just want to send my best wishes to Paul, the new husband (and to the dug who will now officially have two daddies. Best wishes to both families also and hope you have a lovely day and a wonderful life together. .

  90. RenateJ says:

    So that’s whyyou couldn’t find alternative dates for your filming on Saturday. After the emotions of Saturday, reading your wonderful news brings a tear to my eye. Heart felt congratulations to you and Peter. Thank you for helping us raise our spirits and horizons. Haste ye both back.

  91. Best wishes to you both for your wedding and your future together. Happy clapping all round for Scotland’s aspirational future. Haste ye back!

  92. Roddy says:

    Yes the march was pure joy and that’s the truth !
    Yes there is a smell of freedom in the air and a part of that is down to the very capable wee ginger dug !
    Congratulations have a great service and a great brake hope you get sunshine for your new in laws !

  93. ScotsCanuck says:

    A1 commentary, Paul (as usual !!) … and congrats on Your “Union”

  94. Az says:

    Very happy for you Paul, and may you have many happy years together!

  95. Jason Smoothpiece says:

    Congratulations to you both long may your respective lums reek.

    Portland Main happy memories of nice pubs have family over there different lives in the USA .
    Great for a visit always good to be back in Scotland

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