Twas the night before

A guest post by Samuel Miller

Righto. I’ve got the same artisanal baps on order that we had last year and Mrs M. will be making what is probably the world’s most potent (lethal) brandy butter to hide the taste of the shops own Crimbo pud. The turkey (small budgie) is being artfully prepared to resemble something larger and more impressive with the use of multiple packets of supasave stuffing and an airpump, so this WILL be quick. Also? There’s an exceptional bottle of Astifallindoonjuice with my name on it and nothing, but NOTHING, will get between me and my fav butt crease on the couch for the next week and a half.

Let’s keep this short and to the point for the sake of the Crimbo season and peace on earth.

Stupidgate aside, the sum total of the end of year business in Westminster was the alienation and disenfranchisement of a massive demographic within the UK. Oh, and we discovered that Ohhhhhh Jeremy Corbyn isn’t really capable of walking on water after all. In fact, his feet are well and truly rooted in clay. As for Mr McDonnell’s declaration that he could see Labour ‘working together’ with the DUP? Well? Not entirely unexpected really tbf. Seemingly Labour would deal with anyone in Westminster but the SNP, so long as it suited their political agenda of course. Or is there some other conclusion we’re all missing here?

This currently, is what Westminster parliament is reduced to. (No, I can’t quite believe it either.) The populations of these islands are hanging off a cliff edge and the two (supposedly) most senior placed politicians in the land are having a playground spat and the media (our watchdogs) are absent without leave (with only an odd very rare exception).

The explanation for the past two weeks of self harm? Labour apparently were, and until we’re all otherwise notified, waiting for the exact right moment to pounce. Their version of ‘Now is not the time’ kinda thing.

We’re literally a hop and skip away from what looks increasingly like a ‘no deal’ Brexit, thanks to their actions (some might say inaction), and Labour’s explanation is that it’s all been a cunning plan. Uh huh!

It couldn’t possibly be that as the official party of opposition in what is essentially a binary system of politics and for all the period since June 2016, they’ve remained as riven and confused as the Tories. The same ideological divisions, yet with less of a sense of purpose, direction, or identity than their chooms across the chamber. Their leader? Some would say he has some explaining to do to his membership around now. Regardless, Labour won’t be rescuing anyone from any kind of Brexit and the events of the past fortnight should make that abundantly clear by this point.

The only real opposition to the UK government and the Brexit narrative has come from the third party of parliament on down over this period and that should shame that chamber and the population it supposedly represents. A party by the by, that none of the above even want to see there (OH, the irony!), mainly because it upsets their hegemony and damages their calm. Can’t have northern oiks who don’t know their place lecturing folk on democracy, representation, or on how to govern the plebs. (tsk)

Basically around half the populations of these islands have no voice, no representation and no rights as things stand between UK gov and their honourable (?) opposition. How do either of those parties fondly think that’s going to play out in the future? Hmmm? When you alienate and disenfranchise half your population, do you think they’ll just shrug, forgive and forget what’s been denied them or is being done to them?

UK politics isn’t merely broken at this point. It’s seismically fractured. The populations of these islands are facing constitutional crisis, economic crisis, societal breakdown and political chaos. All of which has been brought about mainly by Conservative and Labour’s practice of politics. The outcomes of those biblically ignorant and arrogant practices almost inevitable some might say.

And those two (HM’s government and its official opposition), are STILL mucking about with party politics as if sitting in a big chair matters a damn.

At this time of year especially, you’d think that putting childish games aside for the good of ALL of those in your care might have been an idea? Apparently not. The duty of any government, any leader, isn’t a serving suggestion. Your job is the care of ALL of your population without fear or favour. When you ignore near half of that population? You shame your government, your parliament, your democracy and yourself.

Probably something to keep in mind when folks question Scotland’s First Minister and her stance around a people’s vote and supporting a representative voice for all peoples in the UK. Something that’s become popular in threads these days (shrugs). Might be that political maneuvering is in there somewhere.

It might also be that it’s about someone simply doing the right thing by their office and a very human service to ALL those in their care. Worth a thought.


Our host is currently taking a well deserved leave of absence to be with his husband at this time of year. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers, both regular and new, ALL the very best of the festive season and a grand new year when it comes. Hopefully, 2019 will see more than a few Christmas wishes granted. 😉 (winky thing)

Also? It’s a big ask at the moment for all the obvious reasons, but anything you can spare for local food banks, clothing charities where you are? Pretty certain that’ll be more than appreciated.

36 comments on “Twas the night before

  1. Marion Scott says:

    Great article, thank you. Best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and a healthy and happy new year to the Millers, Paul Kavanagh and husband and of course, the WGD.

  2. fillofficer says:

    great summary sam, hope there’s plenty of stuffin left over for all them britnattin brexiteers

  3. Melvin penman says:

    2019 will be the most bizarre and disappointing year I fear, I expect two new parties to be launched in England one pro Europe and one pro “EVFEL” it going to be played expertly by the SNP. The Scottish branch of the London Labour Party will be in total disarray. The Tories well, they will be tories . The coming GFC will be the fault of the EU and the SNP…..

  4. Alf Baird says:

    Lets have a crowdfund to establish the Scottish courts and perhaps also the ECJ view on whether or not a majority of Scotland’s MP’s may legally withdraw Scotland from the UK ‘union’ in the same way it was constituted, and pretty much as Mrs. Thatcher suggested.

  5. Pauline Smith says:

    Thankyou Sam and a Merry Christmas to you and yours. To Paul, Peter and wee ginger dug. And Merry Christmas WGD readers. May your days be merry and bright. And 2019 a lot less sh**e. Saor Alba.

  6. Clive Scott says:

    Hope I am wrong but my prediction is that Mrs May will get some sort of deal through Westminster and so claim “victory”. Tory MP’s are the lowest form of pond life and any defectors will be more than made up by Labour MP’s with thin majorities voting for any old deal as long as it averts an early General Election. Whether it is a No Deal Brexit or a Bad Deal Brexit does not matter. I am sure Nicola will call Indyref2 at a time of her choosing before the next scheduled Holyrood elections. Hold fast and enjoy your Christmas dinner and the Westminster pantomime.

  7. Graham says:

    I hope all red and blue tory MPs get really bad food poisoning and spend their christmas sat in agony on the lavvie.
    With any luck it’ll give them time to reflect on what a mess they’ve made.

    • diabloandco says:

      Tsk a tsk Graham ! One should not wish them so ill , be magnanimous , better than them – it irritates them so much more.

      Merry Christmas Sam , I hope the budgie went well!

  8. benmadigan says:

    sincere best wishes to all for Xmas and Hogmanay.
    Special thanks to Paul for all his work over the year and to Macart who minds the shop when the lad’s away.
    Let’s raise a glass to you both!
    And here’s a special Xmas greeting from Westminster, echoing some of what Macart wrote

  9. “Then Bob proposed:

    “A merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!”
    Which all the family re-echoed.

    “God bless us every one!” said Tiny Tim, the last of all.

    He sat very close to his father’s side, upon his little stool. Bob held his withered little hand
    in his, as if he loved the child, and wished to keep him by his side, and dreaded that he might be taken from him.

    “Spirit,” said Scrooge with an interest he had never felt before, “tell me if Tiny Tim will live.”

    “I see a vacant seat,” replied the Ghost, “in the poor chimney-corner, and a crutch without an owner, carefully preserved. If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, the child will die.”

    “No, no,” said Scrooge. “Oh, no, kind Spirit! say he will be spared.”

    “If these shadows remain unaltered by the Future, none other of my race,” returned the Ghost, “will find him here. What then? If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”
    Scrooge hung his head to hear his own words quoted by the Spirit, and was overcome with penitence and grief.

    “Man,” said the Ghost, “if man you be in heart, not adamant, forbear that wicked cant until you have discovered What the surplus is, and Where it is. Will you decide what men shall live, what men shall die? It may be that, in the sight of Heaven, you are more worthless and less fit to live than millions like this poor man’s child.”
    No matter your belief system, dear readers, think well of yourselves, family friends fellow citizens and humanity especially at this crucial time in our history.
    Paul, Sam, WGD, you have bee an essential part of our lives once more this year.

    ‘These shadows’ will not ‘remain unaltered’.

    Scotland shall fill ‘the vacant seat’ at the family of nations within months, of that I am certain.

    May your ‘god’ go with you, dear friends.
    Keep safe warm and well.

    ‘Tomorrow is another day’.
    Cue ‘Gone with The Wind’ outro..

    • Molly McC says:

      Brilliant Jack, thank you for this and much more.
      Aw ra best

    • Les Bremner says:

      I confess that I needed a tissue after reading the quotation. I hadn’t realised how moving those words are; especially “If he be like to die, he had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.”

      Here we are, 175 years after what we refer to as Dickensian times, heading towards exactly that again because of self centred psychopaths in another country.

      There are times when a feeling comes on me when I wonder why we are spending so much effort against a much larger enemy and then I know why.

      We cannot allow a return to this level of abject poverty and desolation.

      I intend to recharge the proverbial batteries over the festive season. We have a devout and committed Atheist with us this year, so the Bremner mansion is celebrating the Winter Solstice. Whatever your beliefs, may you all have a peaceful and happy time.

      • Here we are 2000 years after the Gospel of St Matthew, Les.

        Not even non believers would argue with this:-

        The Gospel of Matthew chapter 25, 34-46

        “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
        “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
        “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
        “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
        “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
        “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
        “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
        Here, from Matthew 18,1–10

        At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
        And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
        And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become
        as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
        Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
        And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
        But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
        Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!”
        I wonder if devout Christians like May or Rees Mogg studied their Bible?

        “..whatever you did not for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”

        “But whoso should offend shall offend these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
        230,000 children living in Brit Nat state engineered poverty, half a million Scots citizens living in poverty, yet they believe that God is on their side when they deliberately inflict harm and danger on their fellow citizens in one of the richest countries in the world, while the top 1% see their wealth increase threefold since the Red and Yellow Tories took over in 2010?
        According to their own beliefs, they are damned to eternal hellfire.

        Have a great Christmas, Les.
        I’ll be raising a glass to Absent Friends.
        God bless us one and all, indeed.

  10. Andy Anderson says:

    Thanks for your piece Sam. Keep your eye on that allocated bottle.

    Me thinks 2019 will be more dramatic politically in London and Edinburgh making our people’s split and diverse views become more polarised. I am confident that our referendum will be underway by this time next year.

    Christmas greetings to you Sam as well as Paul and Ginger the dug. To all who read and sometimes contribute views to this blog peace and happiness to everyone.

  11. Kenzie says:

    To all who contribute, in whatever way, large or small, to this list, I wish for you and yours everything that you would wish for yourselves.

  12. Orri says:

    Thing is now that there’s the option of revoking A50 it’s entirely possible that it’s far more than half of the electorate being ignored.

    May in her eagerness to undermine the SNP as far as the FPTP electoral system goes gleefully pointed to the 56% who worked for “unionist” parties .

    This is a woman who is determined that there’s to be no cross party consultation on a decision that will affect the UK for at least a decade or more.

    In a world where you have TV shows with elimination in rounds there’s far less acceptance of a situation where one side wins and the electorate are excluded from then on.

  13. Jason Smoothpiece says:

    Peaceful Christmas to all on here and an independent new year to all.

  14. David says:

    The annual leak from the Queen’s speech indicates that we, the soon to be blue pasaported, subjects, including the subjects that mistakenly believed they were citizens of Europe, are going to be told to live happily ever after.

    Yes, maam

  15. PAUL G. MCCORMACK says:

    thank you macart for all your tireless contributions to the yes movement. yours and wgd and jack C’s have kept me sane all this time. heres hoping 2019 we shall all be making a new scotland.

  16. xsticks says:

    HI Sam, enjoying your words of wisdom as always.

    Wishing you, Paul, Peter and all the readers all the best and a Merry Xmas.

  17. wm says:

    Thanks again Sam to you, Paul, Jack and everybody else who comments, for another good years reading. Happy Xmas and all the best for 2019 and Indy2 hopefully.

  18. Molly McC says:

    Thank you All for your Thoughts, your Insight, your Wit on the blog over this past year. It all makes wonderful reading and is inspirational!
    To each and everyone of you and your families, Merry Christmas and may a Guid New Year bring Scotland her Independence and all of you, Freedom.

    Slainte from Calgary.

  19. Douglas says:

    Thanks Sam,
    …‘someone simply doing the right thing’…
    Just as well there is someone trying to sort things.

    Regarding the PM, most of the time the lack of leadership wouldn’t be very noticeable …the problem is that some idiots have triggered the self destruct countdown and Westminster can’t agree how to switch it off.

    We need to do what we can, but there’s an escape pod waiting.

  20. Macart says:

    Now what do you suppose this means? 😉


    • Amazing that the Brit Nat Trolls come on this post like flies ’round a shite, arguing that they are too busy with the family at this time to come on and troll the Bad SNP ‘gievances’.
      Soon, now Sam.

      • Macart says:

        There only ever was one thing a British Nationalist would see tbh and that thing makes them afraid/angry/anxious. Welcome to the world they left us. They’ll say what they’re going to say at any time of year though Jack (shrugs).

        Personally, I saw hope for folk in the message. Hope for people being alienated by Westminster’s actions and taken to a hard dark place against their will.

  21. Alba woman says:

    Just to wish everyone a very merry Christmas. As ever a spot on post Macart….Jack’s post reminded me of my childhood….my parents firmly believed in that gospel Jack and so did we….

    onwards and forwards…a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and we have taken many.

  22. Luigi says:

    Merry Christmas to all dug lovers. Thanks to Sam, Paul and y’all for yer fantastic contributions. Have a great day wi yer family n friends. 🙂

  23. Tatu3 says:

    Merry Christmas to Paul, Ginger, Macart and everyone else who makes this a site worth visiting.
    I’m off now to cook, unwrap presents and have a glass or two of something bubbly. Enjoy your day

  24. My cousin in Leamington phoned this morning wishing us all Up Here a Merry Time.
    He is moving to Kerry, in the Spring before Brexit bites.
    He has a thriving very successful European Printing Business, and could not envisage living and surviving in Little Britain.
    His daughter has opted to settle in Vancouver, where she attended University.
    As England empties, May fiddles and Corbyn dribbles.
    What will it take to stop the madness?
    Scotland dissolving the Union?
    That’s a nailed on certainty now.

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