The Brexit pinocchio and a very big question

As I painfully and slowly peck at the keyboard trying to teach myself to type again following my stroke I am taking immense pleasure reading articles written by a group of folk who are obviously having a worse time of it than I am, British nationalists desperately facing the realisation that their precious union is, to use a technical geopolitical term, gubbed. although when I say facing the realisation what that really means is that they are still trying to blame everyone else and are refusing to acknowledge that they are the architects of their own misfortune, classic in the genre is a piece in the telegraph by guido fawkes refugee the Brexit skelf Tom Harwood who is what you would get if pinocchio joined UKIP

Tom maintains that opposition to indy held a commanding and growing lead in Scottish polls through 2017 but things only started to change after the Labour party introduced Scotland the radical notion that if we were unhappy with the failure of British nationalism to deliver on the promises that it made to keep us in the uk then we could demand another vote , because we would never have thought of that for ourselves.
Tom’s big idea for blame shifting is that we uppity jocks would have resigned ourselves to our lot if remain campaigners had not legitimised the idea of re-running referendums, who knew that Jo Swinson was so masssively influential in the indy movement , here’s a wee bit of advice for you tom, save your metrobritsplaining for some telegraph tory boy to splain to. I am beginning to suspect that Tom’s grasp of the nuances of the Scottish constitutional debate begins and ends with deep fried mars bars, as proof of his thesis, if that is what we can call it, he presents us with some graphs – what the hell is it with BRITNATS and graphs? – which purport to show a correlation between Labour calls for a rerun of the EU ref and rising support for independence however there is also a correlation between the rise in support for indy and the number of movies that Nicholas Cage has done in a year but this does not necessarily mean that the desire for Scottish independence is predicated upon Nicholas Cage being spittle flecked and manic onscreen however I could be wrong, because – Yoongraph.

weeTom , who is an expert in all things northern because he went to Durham Uni froths for weeks now the separatists in Scotland have been consistently outpolling the unionists. It’s an uphill road for the pro-Union parties as the SNP, abetted by an acquiescent media, swells in formidability. Curiously this party and its divisive agenda has been able to present its extreme, duplicitous constitutional agenda as if it were politically respectable

ok so that’s it then -it’s because of all those scottish newspapers desperately looking for nice things to say about that ESSEMPEE and a BBC Scotland that never stops banging on about how great it would be if Scotland were independent.I Really hate to say this Tom, well actually I don’t, but I am thinking more clearly and coherently about Scottish politics than you are – and I have just had a stroke.

not to be outdone, Roger Tombs,who unlike the Telegraph Pinocchio is apparently actually a proper grown up tells us in the spectator that only a ‘good’ Brexit can stop Scottish independence however since as far as a large majority in Scotland is concerned the only ‘good Brexit is no Brexit at all it would appear that Robert’s suggestions for stopping Scottish independence were doomed even before he pressed the ‘send’ button to email his colonialist style nostrums to his editor Frayzeur’ irritable vowel syndrome Neylseun. Robert thinks that the current demand for independence is all based on a false victimhood from 1314, when in fact it has considerably more to do with the fact that the UK which was promised to Scotland by the likes of Robert in 2014 is not the UK which has been delivered , it’s like we responded to an advert promising World cup seats only instead of receiving match tickets in the post we got delivered a knackered wooden stool with a broken leg and ENGLAND 1966 painted on the seat in flaking red white and blue paint. Robert is miffed because in his view the UK graciously allowed 5 million Scottish people decide the fate of the UK and having conceded the extraordinary privilege’ that Scotland is a nation naturally it ought to be for British nationalists like Robert to decide who should get to vote in the next indyref. There is absolutely nothing in the article which shows that its author has any grasp at all of Scotland’s view of itself as a supposedly equal partner in a union. instead the piece oozes imperialist arrogance and takes it for granted that whatever England decides is a ‘good’ Brexit is something that Scotland should just have to swallow.

But you only know things are really serious when you get a Broontervention, and as reliably as a BBC Scotland debate about independence without any actual independence supporters, up the gordosaurus pops in the Guardian
to tell us how important it is to do all those things that he vowed he was going to do on faux parchment style newsprint just before the indyref in 2104 except once he got the no vote in the bag he was quite happy for Labour and the Tories to play devolution Jenga in the Smith Commission. What he conspicuously fails to address is why the hell Scotland should believe him or even listen to him, this time. Because we all know that when the time comes for Gordie to deliver on his vows to Scotland he will disappear as quickly as Boris Johnson does after one of his girlfriends tells him the pregnancy test was positive. It’s going to take a whole lot more than a suggestion from Gordie Broon that we’ve heard two dozen times before that the Uk needs to start discussing decentralisation. But so far that seems to be the best that they’ve got. The UK is out of ideas and it is rapidly running out of time. For millions around the globe the British Empire was a tale of tragedy, it is ending as a circus headed by a clown.

Typos, there’s going to be a lot of them, sorry, as I am having to learn to type all over again, please be patient. (Peter Here, I went back and cleaned it up some, but my writing skills are not why he married me so there still some mistakes I am sure.)

An important question. the stroke has left me paralized down one side. It is still too early to say whether I will be left with a permanent disability but it is a very real possibility. What worries me most is that I live in a top floor tenement flat which is now totally unsuitable for my changed circumstances. So my question is , should I start a crowdfunder to raise money to put towards buying a cottage or ground floor flat that can be adapted to my needs. I would probably seek to raise £50,000 which is around what I would need after selling my wee Barlanark flat. it is a huge amount of money and I really don’t want to seem greedy or unreasonable. What do you all think?


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203 comments on “The Brexit pinocchio and a very big question

  1. So wonderful to have you back but don’t overdo it! If I can help raise any cash for a ground floor dwelling, I would be more than delighted. I don’t have much (we’re on pension credit) but I can chip in a fiver and retweet the bejeezus out of it! Keep going darling man, and we’ll do what we can.

    • Agreed Irene. It’s great to see you putting up a new post Paul, but take it easy fella.

      It’s way too early to know if you’ll be left with a long-term or permanent impairment. Without knowing how severe the stroke was and, crucially, if there was any delay in getting to hospital, it’s impossible for me to to tell. But, I’ve been around enough stroke victims to know a full recovery is possible; especially if ye dae whit yer telt by the doctors & therapists.

      No doubt it’ll be a slog & at times it’ll be joyless, but don’t give in.

      Best wishes to you & yours.

    • Morag Giblin says:

      Great to read your contribution again.
      A crowd funded wee cottage with a big garden for the dug – absolutely.

      • Stan Wilson says:

        I’m with Morag, start now and I’ll donate, worth every penny.😁🐕

      • douglasclark says:


        It is great to see you writing again.

        Perhaps I didn’t realize just how important you had become to me until this happened.

        But that is pressure that you really don’t need.

        So, please, relax a bit.

        What we all need is to see you better.

        Put up a crowdfunder and I’ll contribute and I’d imagine most of the rest of us that admire your wit, wisdom and sense, will too.

        All the best.

      • Darrin L Hall says:

        What Morag said ! Get well man, we need you !

    • shasmac says:

      Absolutely what she said, x

  2. Mark Russell says:

    That’s your best ever post, my friend. Brilliant. Best foot forward x

  3. Rachael Taylor says:

    Great to see you back on the blog, we’ve all been rooting for you and yes, start a crowdfunded, we’ll pitch in happily xx

  4. George Smith says:

    Wow, so great to have you back already! Respect!

  5. You are an indispensable part of the Indy movement, Paul, and I don’t think any of us would grudge chipping in to a crowdfunder to get you back home to a ground floor flat.
    At the moment, please don’t overtax yourself. I bet the above post exhausted you! Be a patient patient….

  6. Joyce says:

    Paul, all we want for you is to be as comfortable as possible together with your husband. So yes, a crowdfunder and I’ll happily chip in what I can from my pension. You have been giving so much to us all, this time we could do it for you. Take care, stay strong

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  8. Margaret Noakes says:

    Great to hear your sense of humour has not been affected.Can’t believe you have managed a blog already.You have so many well wishers who were shocked to hear the news.But we are willing you on and you should definately go for the crowd funder.Wee Ginger will do better on ground floor too.All the best, Maggie.

    • John Muir says:

      Exactly. Such a relief you’re still among us, Paul! And yes, your faculty for the case (and taking the piss) is as sharp as ever. But do take it easy, good man! Now is not the time… for twinkling out on us.

      The funder makes complete sense. Something tells me there won’t be four figure a plate dinner parties for this cause, but you inspire and entertain a lot of us and I reckon you’ll succeed because we will.

  9. Delia Henry says:

    It is really terrific to hear that you are back. Do take the best of care , we need you.

  10. margaretdonald58 says:

    Wasn’t expecting a post so soon – it’s a great read as usual.
    Please get started with the fundraiser. It’s the practical thing to do.

  11. Suzanne says:

    Go for it. Youve given so much to the Indy movement, Im sure many will want to return the favour. Get the Crowdfunder started and then let the Yes movement do its stuff.

    Take time to care for youself, your partner and of course, the Dug

  12. grizebard says:

    Hello Paul. I salute your indefatigability. (Honestly, and with max respect. Recovery from a stroke takes time, enormous patience and perseverence, and any amount of improvement is ultimately possible, so hang in there. But an ongoing burn of righteous anger will no doubt help!)

  13. joannicdhomhnaill says:

    Tha mi uabhasach toilichte seo fhaicinn! I am so pleased to see this blog and I would be happy to contribute to a crowdfunder.

  14. P Harvey says:

    Great to hear from you Paul and your fighting spirit shines through
    Your a remarkable example to us all
    I’ll gladly donate to your crowdfunding and have no doubt you’ll raise enough for a wee conservatory in the garden! Better make that a sun lounge it sounds to Conservative!
    All the best

  15. derickcosh says:

    Well done on your quick comeback. It has been a lot faster than I initially feared and it is gratifying to learn that you have not lost your sense of devilment or wit. By all means start a crowdfunder, it should raise quite a bit I am sure. Keep up the good work.

  16. Sandra says:

    Great to hear from you and that the fire is still burning hot! Don’t overdo it – your hubby and the dug need you fully recovered and we need you for the long haul. Definitely donating to a fundraiser for WGD x

  17. Just brilliant Paul, to read this! It might be a long haul, but I doubt it. Your determination, sense of humour and courage will take you a long way on the road to recovery. Family, friends, the love of a good husband and fellow yessers – we are all here for you. An dòchas gum fàs thu nas fheàrr a dh’ aithghearr! Carole & Jim xxx

  18. Sheryl Hepworth says:

    WOW! Didn’t expect to be hearing from you so soon young man! Bloody brilliant and thank you! Go for it with the fund raising our Indy pal. Both you and Ginger will need an easier, physical place to reside with a we garden. Haven’t got much spare cash but will do what I can if you decide to do it. Take care, all the best to WGD and Peter. X

  19. Lynne says:

    Welcome back! Crowdfunder sounds a perfect way for us to say thank you.

  20. Harry Bickerstaff says:

    Start that hoose crowdfunder anyway. The only folk who would grudge you that are the folk who have had their erses kicked by you on behalf of the quest for Scottish Independence!

  21. Phyl says:

    Soooo happy to hear you’re as witty as ever. Take it easy. It’s not easy working through your recovery. Tried that a couple of years ago after a major op and it takes a lot out of you.
    And go for that crowd funder, get wee Ginger a garden too 😘 Best Phyllis

  22. What a fabulous surprise to see an email link to your blog in my inbox on this dreich stinky day – you’ve fair cheered me up! Wonderful that you’ve produced one of your wonderful blogs so quickly, I wasn’t expecting that and it just proves what determination and dedication can do!
    A wee ground floor flat sounds like a plan, or better still a wee cottage with a garden for our favourite wee Ginger dug to do his business and water the flowers for when you’re not feeling up to a walk!
    Start the crowd funder and no you’re not being greedy, you’ve given so much hard work and dedication to the independence movement – we need you and folk will naturally want to give something back in return!
    Love and best wishes for your continued recovery from me and my wee dog Buddy.

  23. John Rutherford says:

    How brilliant and brave of you to write this blog. My hats off to you! The crowdfunder? Aye go for it!!

  24. deelsdugs says:

    Great surprise Paul, bet Ginger is well chuffed you’re home. I can see already the welcoming response to your rehabilitation. Crowdfund away. A wee cottage, front and back door, garden, or a log cabin on a site near me, or some other log cabin site, the drawback there is the ground the cabin sits on is not yours, and there are site fees. Just a thought though…
    Anyhoo, fab to see you blogging again.
    A’ the best 😊

  25. bjwilliams26 says:

    So very pleased to read your article Paul, as on point as always.

    Yes, to the Crowd Funder. It will be much better for you, Peter and The Dug .

    Here’s to a progressively steady recovery

  26. Bob Lamont says:

    Ooft, that was quite the surprise, glad to read your acidic wit is undiminished, but can you please try keeping Gove’s toes away from the keyboard, his schpelling is shite…
    Start your crowdfunder Paul, it’s a lot easier than warning the downstairs neighbours your Barlanark apartment is about to be explosively descended to the ground floor, and infinitely easier than wakening the dug off the couch…

  27. Molly McC says:

    Paul, having your blog drop into my Inbox as I watch more snow fall outside my house….brought a great big smile to my face!
    “He’s back”.

    I’m so glad to read about your optimism getting through this turn of events.

    YES to a crowd funder. YES YES YES….and to Independence, yours and Scotlands! I couldn’t resist getting that in there!

    Paul the main thing is that you go from strength to strength. Do all the recommended things the good folks at the NHS have instructed.

    Thank goodness you have Peter there and of course the Dug to get your slippers.

    Recover, friend, we need you.


  28. grahamp58 says:

    Start the Crowdfunder Paul. You’ve worked tirelessly on our behalf, touring the country, speaking to groups and addressing the rallies. It’s small payback to help you continue and make things easier for you.

  29. Jams O'Donnell says:

    Good to see you back and in fighting form. Take care, and if you need to move, put it up for donations.

  30. Sal Newton says:

    Paul, we would all happily donate whatever we can to a crowd funder to help you, Peter and Ginger achieve as good a quality of life as possible whilst you recover from your stroke.
    Take care and take the time you need to recover.
    The Yes family will be with you all the way!

  31. Start the crowdfunder Paul. I get my pension tomorrow so I’ll pop back on and make a donation. In the meantime, take it easy, if that’s possible. A great big hug and much love.

  32. So happy to see you back, Paul although sad also to hear of your changed circumstances. Will be only too glad to help get you whatever dosh you need to get yourself properly sorted in suitable accommodation. Get that wee crowdfunder going – you’ll be totally amazed at how quickly it reaches its target.

    So glad you’re back but please – take it easy mate. Your health is the most important thing.

  33. Tatu3 says:

    Amazing to see you writing so soon. Hope the Drs gave their approval! I am very happy to donate to a crowdfund. A wee cottage with a garden would be much appreciated by the Dug 😊🐕 I reckon

  34. Craig Fraser says:

    It will be a long journey. I had a sub archnoid brain haemorrhage which caused a stroke this was back in 2009. The care I received at Raigmore hospital and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary was excellent. My left side was affected so I do left-hand day. I use my left-hand on a regular basis as I was paranoid that I would lose the use of my left arm. The legacy I have is short term memory and cognitive issues which are manageable. I had and still have huge support from family, friends and constituents as I am a Councillor. I always say I was a recipient of a stroke not a victim of a stroke but this is a two edged sword as there are victims of strokes who are severely disabled. The early days were a struggle, but I never gave in. In fact now the worst thing someone can say to me is that I cannot do something because makes me determined to prove them wrong. Want does get me on a regular basis is the fatigue, which you will find as your recovery processes.I say to people that there a two kinds of strokes those you survive and those you don’t. If you do survive you are on a sliding scale of impairment from not to badly damaged to completely buggered. I was always active and trying to slow do was and is difficult drives my Mrs up the wall. Stay safe stay strong our movement needs you. Regards Craig

  35. grizebard says:

    … opposition to indy held a commanding and growing lead in Scottish polls through 2017

    This is of course true, so far as it goes. Ordinary people were getting fairly weary after a series of polls and elections culminating in the dastardly EURef of 2016, and you might argue that the “false dawn” of indy in the spring of 2017 caused something of a collective groan at the thought of yet another major constitutional upheaval. Tank Commander managed to tap in to that ennui in the snap election of that year, aided by contemptible de-facto collusion in rural seats by the old Bitter Together chums.

    But the English exceptionalist commentariat have apparently forgotten two salient facts: Firstly the Tories may have achieved a temporary “win” (ahem, actually only a falsely-inflated minor gain) in Scotland, but they suffered a catastrophic setback for then-leader May in England that brought chronic incoherent WM stasis over an unexplained UKGov total-Brexit committment to what was supposed to be a consultative referendum. Self-harm to the “all-mighty” UK with a vengeance.

    Secondly, what they also overlooked, and for the second time, was that the Scottish public might have been scunnered by the immediate prospect of another referendum, but they had put the Union on notice that it was sitting in the last-chance saloon, and by the manner in which the Tories under May then BoZo-Cummings-Gove arrogantly proceeded to stamp on any-and-all involvement of the devolved governments over their Brexit shenanigans, in effect they had chucked everyone else out of the bar, drunk the place dry then comprehensively trashed it, Bulllingdon-style.

    And now they are trying to point the finger somewhere else? Well, they can self-indulge in whatever diversions they like, but we in Scotland have increasingly had enough, and 2017 is a whole other country now.

  36. Janice Gale says:

    Wow wow wow 🤩 you’re certainly showing what you’re made of Paul. Incredulous! I had almost become resigned to being without you for months but nope, just look at you, there’s no keeping you away (well one thing would but we won’t mention it) 😂 well done Paul, and typos don’t matter especially when you’ve only got one finger. I am delighted you’re back. I love your signature sarcasm as mine is similar but nowhere near as good as yours. Yes do the fundraising. Can’t do any harm. Just keep breathing and exercising that finger. Much love from a new fan from Dorset ❤️

  37. scotiahazel says:

    Like everyone else on here, just amazed to see your wee blog today. Here’s me thinking I was going to be missing you for months. So glad that you’re up to blogging but please take care not to over do things. A crowdfunder is a great idea. I would happily make a donation. Big hugs to you, Peter and the dug.💙

  38. Yo, welcome back Paul. Wipes tears. Baby steps. Crowdfunder – damn right, just shout for hauners.

  39. Best wishes to you I hope for a quick and full recovery for you , you deserve it , you have so much to do so many people hang on your words.
    My understanding is that a stroke is different for each person you may well be back to full strength and capability quickly it’s a bit of an unknown , it’s not likely you will be house hunting anytime soon is it ?
    Steady organised recovery takes priority , but once you know where you stand I’m very happy to help.
    Moving house is stressful and time consuming just searching and deciding is a big job , careful though is it a job for now ? perhaps get your strength and certainty back first , just a thought.
    Don’t hurry it.
    All the best.
    P.S. don’t get right back into work full on be easy on yourself and follow your recovery plan

  40. Liz g says:

    Good to hear from you Paul…. and yes you should come down to the ground.
    The main reason being ( I’ve had a stroke too ) that the next 18 months are very important in getting as independent as possible.
    The numbness will come up in layers and you can’t afford to be stuck in a flat you need to be able to take as full advantage as possible of the returning mobility and the effort of negotiating flights of stairs will hold you back and may also be quite dangerous too.
    I was the mirror image of you and had to learn to write with my left hand so you’ve my every sympathy for how frustrating it is because of the length of time it takes,
    ( but on the bright side I’m now ambidextrous 🙂 so every cloud as they say ) but it illustrates what I’m trying to say…..If it’s an effort to just leave the house you will find reasons not to…..but a wee garden to putter about in would give ye nae excuse and you’d not need Peter to escort you either.
    Wait till you find the weird effects … they can be quite funny… I couldn’t remember if it was salt or sugar that went into tea and had to debate with my self for weeks… and I’ve many a tale about not being able to tell time for 6 months ….I know it won’t feel like it right now but because it’s the brain you’ll have a fair few twighlight zone moments too and will look back and laugh so keep on keeping on.. 🙂

    • CATHY says:

      LOL….Paul…reading Liz’s comments about salt or sugar: just remember it’s YES not NO and come May election it’s SNP not Tory!!

      • Liz g says:

        Cathy that’s actually good advice I kid ye not 🙂

        I couldn’t tell the hospital if my baby was a boy or a girl and when they said my husband was coming in I did wonder who that was ( only for a few seconds but I never heard the end of it 🙂 )
        It was a bit like when you’ve lost something and you have no clue where it is but the minute you see it you remember fine putting it there….like I said twilight zone stuff…

  41. CATHY says:

    Paul, Great to read your blog today and what’s a wee typo between friends? Your contribution to the Indy cause has been and continues to be immense….Crowdfunder? Go for it!

  42. Great to have you back. Don’t over do it.

  43. amanda mcginley says:

    So glad yer on the mend dolls and crowdfund away, youre worth every single penny and well do all we can to pay you back for all the support you have given us over the years xx

  44. johannacef says:

    So glad to read your latest post – but take it easy too. Massive Yes to your Crowdfunder – get it going!!

  45. Catherine Demetriadi says:

    So glad you are writing as savagely, wittily, and informatively as ever.
    Wait for time, physio, and home assessment before making a rash move — former nurse and social worker speaking. And rest!

  46. Welsh Sion says:

    Welcome back, Paul – but do take it easy. Know that you have many friends beyond Scotland who are rooting for you.

  47. Iain Macleod says:

    Glad to see that you’re back, hope that your recovery is going well, do please take care of yourself, Scotland needs your insights and perspicacity. Best wishes.

    • JSM says:

      Great to see you back to blogging, Paul, but please don’t overdo it. You’re very much loved and respected and I would expect a crowdfunder to do well.

  48. alan macleod says:

    Absolutely start a crowdfunder! All the best to you.

    Sent from my iPhone


  49. tony hartie says:

    great to hear from you – really missed you. Aye fire on with the crowdfunder , you will get more than you need in a couple of days!

  50. Anne Martin says:

    Wonderful to have you back so quickly Paul, but please don’t overdo it. I would be delighted to contribute to a crowdfunder for you. Take care and ‘dae as yer telt’ to get better quickly.

  51. Ally says:

    Really amazing to have you back blogging already. Remember though to take it easy and dae whit the doctors tell ye.
    Yep to the crowd funding.

  52. Gregory R Nunn says:

    Flat or cottage?
    When we all come round for a visit from time to time, where’d you rather be? (Besides somewheres else, that is).
    Great to see a new post so soon.
    Back to housing…
    Somehow, I see a peat fire with a kettle on, a cluttered old desk, curled up dug…..

  53. Odet says:

    Heartwarming to see this post from you; fair made my day.
    A ground-level residence, with garden space sounds like a good move anyway – as does the crowdfunder idea. It will give us a chance to be appreciative in kind.
    Wishing you well, really well, all three of you.

  54. Margaret Lear says:

    Fantastic to have you back Paul! Typing and punctuation may have taken a temporary slide, but clearly the stroke didn’t affect the side of the brain that does wit and gleeful messing with folks names. Take care, don’t overdo it and love to the dug xx

  55. uno mas says:

    Eh, is this wise, to be back working so soon after your “incident” ? Anyway it´s sooooooooooooo good to see you back again!!

    Re crowdfunder, of course you should, just as long as I can run a wee book on the side about how long it takes to raise the 50K.

    Short odds on seven days!!

    Regarding your recovery you should think about adding yoga to your regimen.

    About twenty years ago a friend of mine had a stroke, paralysed down left hand side, he took up the yoga and made a full recovery.

    Years later he said that the stroke was the best thing that ever happened to him.

    The critical life insurance paid off the mortgage, he was laid off from a teaching job he hated and all of which allowed him to start up a business (in a very physicaly demanding line of work) of which he made a great success.

    He said it was all thanks to the yoga although personaly I always thought that the critical life insurance thing played as big a part!!

    Link below for more info if you´re interested.

    Anyways take it easy and that´s not a song title that´s an order.

  56. Bob Lamont says:

    That last sentence might have been better phrased…. 🤣

  57. roganderson says:

    Great to see you back so soon but do try to take it easy, takes a while to recover.

    I’m sure the Indy movement will step up to the mark wrt a fundraiser, you’ve given a lot to us, so if that’s what you need go for it.

  58. Marion Scott says:

    Wonderful to have you back but you have to take things easy and get plenty of rest. With all good wishes for a speedy recovery. Hope you get home soon and then you’ll be able to annoy Peter by being a difficult patient. Best wishes to both.

  59. Fantastic to see you back!! You go for the crowd funder! Take it steady- we need you so much. Tory propaganda is flowing thick and fast via BBC and full page adverts.Lots of love to you all. xxxx

  60. ScotsCanuck says:

    welcome back, pal …. you & your analysis of the Scottish political landscape have been sorely missed …. I hope your road to recovery is a speedy one, I look forward to your blogs every day …. and I’m in for a donation to get you a ground floor residence …. you’ve earned it !!!

    Stay strong and very soon we’ll all be collecting our new Scottish Passports (Blue naturally !!!)

  61. M biyd says:

    Great to see Paul back.

    I know the movement has issues re timings etc but just watched an Aldis advert that sent shivers down my spine… “British Aberdeen Angus with Yorkshire pudding”.

    Agree or disagree but the endgame is in sight and we cannot be dilatory.

    • Pogmothon says:

      As I understand it Aberdeen Angus may only be called such if born and raise and procesed in Aberdeenshire.
      If the process takes place else where they become Black or Red Angus.
      As on my friends ranch in Lousiana.
      I am fairly sure Aldi are trying to get around the the “protected status” by calling it “brittish” Aberdeen Angus.
      This is something which will increase expotenialy after the end of the transition period. With no doubt egar assistance form westminster.
      How can you be an Independant Nation with no economy

  62. Craig Dempsey says:

    WELCOME BACK Paul, fantastic to see you are back writing so soon. You had a lot of us very worried. All of your friends at the Yes2 Kirkcaldy Hub send their very best wishes & kindest regards. Take it easy🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  63. Lynda Williamson says:

    Get that crowdfunder started Paul, we’re all anxious to help in whatever way we can. Take care, don’t over do it xx

  64. Legerwood says:

    What a wonderful surprise. Great to see you are back at the keyboard but just, please, please don’t overdo it.

    Dont worry about typos we all speak fluent typo.

    Crowdfunder – just say the word.

  65. Macart says:


    Take care of yourself and take your time.

  66. Hector says:

    Paul, a surprise and pleasure to read your words today. Take your time and advice re rehabilitation. Crowdfunder, absolutely yes am happy to contribute to make life easier for you. Your strength in the aftermath of 2014 consoled and inspired many of us in the Yes movement. You supported us and I’m sure many of us who can afford to contribute will want to offer you support at this time. Pure selfish really…….I really want you to continue leading us forward to Indy. Chief Value of an independent Scotland is “We are all Jock Tamsons Bairns”. Everyone one of us, all for one and one for all.

  67. Tam the Bam says:

    Ye cannae keep a guid dug doon!

  68. Capella says:

    Well this is a surprise! What a comeback. I was thinking we may need to camp out on the Indyref2 forum for the interim. So glad you are able to post a new article.

    Please take it easy though. We want you fully fit as soon as possible but not TOO soon.

    Sharp as a tack though and spot on abut the current angst in the yoon camp. A Brontervention is a bit of a giveaway. Every day, in every way, the Tories get worser and worser.

  69. Valkyrie says:

    Welcome back Paul 🙂
    As much as I miss your posts, I’d have to agree with the folks who say to take it easy for a bit. There are few things as stressful as having to wade through Tory cra… err, ‘propaganda’, so feel free to take some ‘me time’. (you, not me!)

    Would also say “go for it” to the crowdfunder idea.
    Saving up to replace some fried hardware here, but may be able to spare a bit. Think of it as an overdue wage for the great job you do here 🙂

  70. bigjon999 says:

    Glad to have you back – and firing on all cylinders cerebrally (even if the body is letting you down).
    I’ll happily contribute to a crowd-funding appeal for a new place for you, if it proves necessary.

  71. JoMax says:

    Jings, that was a surprise tonight, but a very pleasant one! We missed you. BUT, and it’s a big but, take it easy. We’re Scots. We know all about patience! And we’ll be waiting for you.

    If it’s any consolation, my mother had a massive stroke just 6 months short of her 100th birthday. A lovely old Scots Doctor who dealt with her in A & E did not ‘write her off’ because of her age which he could so easily have done, as a result of which she was walking with a zimmer within a couple of months or so! Of course, and here’s the warning, she didn’t do what she was told and subsequently fell. Another hospital admission, successful repair but no more mobility after that – but she sailed through her 100th birthday celebrations and for a long time beyond. I know you’re no’ quite that auld yet 😉 but dae whit yer telt!

    Count me in for a wee contribution.

  72. Capella says:

    Someone asked recently what had happened to the money raised for billboards – well here’s on in Kirkcaldy. “The billboards are going up everywhere.”

  73. Good to see you back, kid, but take it easy though.

  74. Stewartbfrom perth says:

    Amazed to read your blog today .However please don’t over do the hard work .Your wise words will be needed when the Brit Nats trawl their slimy depths – listened to Gove on Marr today just nauseating . Get the crowdfunder started and take care .

  75. Stephen McKenzie says:

    Well done and great to see you writing again – however take it easy.

    So when you get out of hospital, just get a harness and sledge for the dug for wee trips out and about. Ok its not a Husky, but you have to start somewhere..

    Oh, and count me in for the crowd funder and harness 🙂

  76. X_Sticks says:

    Well, you’ve fairly lifted my spirits with that post Paul. So glad you’ve survived with your critical faculties still so obviously intact. I hope the other bits respond quickly as well, but don’t overdo it. I’d be more than happy to contribute to a crowdfunder. Made my day. Thank you.

  77. Mart says:

    Good to see you back. I was so glad when Peter posted that you were talking and coherent after the news broke; my grandfather was struck by terrible aphasia after his stroke, I was sore afraid for you.

    I’ll join in the chorus: take it as easy as you can, don’t overstrain yourself. And start that fundraiser, I’ll be chipping in from across the pond.

  78. Heart of Galloway says:

    Paul, you are an inspiration man. Great to see the indy fire burns as fierce as ever.

  79. Hamish100 says:

    Take stock, take it easy. Best wishes to you, your hubby, Wee Ginger Dug and your family.

  80. Alex Clark says:

    I would be more than happy to contribute a little something towards a crowdfunder that would make things more comfortable for you, there’s no doubt how tirelessly you have worked over the years for us and we will all be happy to give a bit back, I’m sure.

    It was a surprise to see you write tonight but please take it easy and don’t overdo it until you are a good deal stronger. We have a referendum to win and more folk to persuade so you are needed more than ever.

  81. yesindyref2 says:

    Welcome back. You enjoy the writing so it’s therapeutic, as long as the specialists agree.

    Perhaps the Speccie should be called Spectre with that article from the Cambridge Prof. He really nails Scotland and us nats, just goes to show that those people in Cambridge are incredibly bright and switched on as is the Speccie itself, wow, who’d have thunk it?. That’s us telt, and it’ll just be getting worse when YES goes over 60%, maybe even by Hallowe’en!.

    (I think I got away with that)

  82. Julia Gibb says:

    Of course I would contribute!

  83. jrtomlin says:

    It is wonderful that you are back, Paul. No, needing money in order to be able to live with a disability is not being ‘greedy’. I would certainly contribute. All the best.

  84. katielass04 says:

    Good to see you here blogging again! And proof that already you are healing & doing things you might not have thought you could do even a few days ago! WELL DONE you!

    My son had a CVA New Year’s Day three years ago (no he hadn’t been drinking! LOL!)… same diagnosis & same problems as yourself – left sided hemiparesis with paralysis of both arm & leg & droop to left side of mouth. He had a two year old child & wife 4 months pregnant with a baby that doctors were finding had problems (liver & heart). So believe me – son was anxious, depressed, and angry… HOWEVER, as days went by he did see that things were getting better & recognised that he didn’t have to lie in bed wallowing while his wife tried to cope at home. He could give his body a hand to heal. He decided he wasn’t going to be a ‘stroke VICTIM’ (specially at a young age) but rather ‘a person who’d had a stroke’. From that moment, he started doing all the exercises, working within therapy guidelines, regular appts with his doctors & taking every therapy group & class going. He even paid for some therapy not covered under NHS.

    He moaned he couldn’t play his guitar, at one point. His fingers wouldn’t do what he wanted them to. As a not terribly sympathetic Mom (my OT quals kicking in), I told him – get the guitar/banjo/mandolin out – whatever! And start trying, that his fingers would eventually remember where they were supposed to go. The day he played a tune right through, was the day he knew that continuous practice was key! Nearly 6 months later, he was on his bike, taking part in a 25mi cycle challenge. His stroke doctor walked past him at the start of the event & didn’t recognise him! Son rides in 50 mi Edinburgh night cycle ride, runs kilometres most days & clambers over helicopters back at work…

    Now – everybody is different! Not every stroke patient loses the same physical ability or same amt of ability. Son had more than enough loss to be frantic & frightened. And that is what your mention of your loss of skills seems to indicate. You are scared you aren’t going to get back all you had. Of course you are scared! That’s natural! & all the stroke patients I’ve worked with have felt exact same way! But you can help minimise the amt of loss, lad. It may not be possible to get it all back (son still has slight comprehension probs but has coping mechanisms) But with determination, you too can achieve a great deal! I’m not saying it will be easy but what positive thoughts & determination can do. Son has a detached house with bath/shower facilities all upstairs. With wife’s help, they became his piece of ‘leg strengthening’ apparatus.Use what you have. Take it easy, take it at your own pace – but take Physio/OT advice & instruction. And you’ll be AMAZED at the healing that will take place! It’s early days, Paul, so don’t expect heaps of healing right away! But know that it’s taking place even when you don’t realise it. And give it as much of a hand as possible (no pun intended! LOL!). Sorry – this is long winded & maybe doesn’t sound very sympathetic! I REALLY AM! It was a horrible thing to happen & truly SCARY. But I wanted you to know – this isn’t the end of being fully mobile & physically capable! Typing is a great way to get back your fine motor skills! Use what you’ve got, lad, and get stuck in! 🙂 Good luck!

    PS: Really good article, Paul!! You hit the nail on the head! See? Nothing wrong with your cognitive abilities! All my very best to you & Peter! x

  85. malkymcblain says:

    Seems there’s nae hauding yeh back. Stroke schomke that‘a nuffin fir n Eastender n his dug. Get the whiproon goin big yin.

  86. MARTIN EDMUNDS says:

    Incredible to see you back already Paul …. and on form too.

    Your contribution to the independence movement is massive and I for one was a bit downhearted at the thought that your blog might be on hold for a long period, so pleased that doesn’t appear to be the case …. take it easy though.

    As for the crowd funder …. Absolutely happy to contribute, considering the encouragement you have provided the likes of me to keep up the fight for independence, not to mention the entertainment you provide, this isn’t charity, it’s well deserved payment for services rendered, so get it started mate.

  87. vanilla icke says:

    What everybody else has said!
    you’ve done great work – not only for Scotland,but for Welsh independence, too.
    Of course I’ll support a crowdfunder. It’s the least we can do to repay all your hard work.

  88. Dr Jim says:

    Well done you for keeping on when you’re not yourself yet and don’t worry too much about the future with regards to housing should your recovery take longer than you hope, thank goodness you’re in Scotland where certain entitlements count and or cash should you need them

    Everything will be fine, you don’t need to stress yourself, just concentrate on the John Wayne stuff and move that toe

  89. Eilidh says:

    Great to see you back Paul but take it easy and give yourself time to recover. I would gladly contribute to any fundraiser

  90. Karen A Donald says:

    I am mightily impressed you managed to knock off a blog after what you’ve been through. And bless you for it. But you, good Sir, need to take it easy. Yes we need you, but that can wait for you to be back to full strength. Don’t push yourself beyond your capabilities. Take time out. Be kind to yourself.
    And yes. I’m happy to chip in to make you comfortable in a new hoose for you, your husband and the dug.
    If you can’t stop, I’m happy to proof-read for you.
    Take care. We are so glad you are still with us 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  91. Over here in Ontario I had no idea why you had suddenly fallen silent. I am so relieved that you are back but you shouldn’t put too much stress on yourself too soon. As for the fundraiser – Go for it! I’m in for what little it’s worth. Slàinte mhath, mo charaid.

  92. ArtyHetty says:

    Aww so good to read this, you are a great wordsmith indeed Paul, even in times of adversity. A crowdfunder, aye go for it, plenty of us will contribute what we can. Take it easy, that’s essential. x for the dug.

  93. Janet says:

    Get well soon!

    And yes, a crowdfunder.

  94. Kenzie says:

    Welcome back Paul. But take heed. You’ve been given a warning, never think that “just once won’t hurt” when you’re tempted to go that extra yard, it does.

  95. fergusgreen says:

    Hi Paul. I hope you had a gentle night and recovery is under way. Great to see you posting again, even with one hand.

    Have you ever considered voice operated software,so that you can speak to your computer rather than typing. There is a free version built into Windows (accessibility) but if you want the best product, I would recommend Dragon:

    Get well and stay safe.

  96. Golfnut says:

    Well that was a surprise, not at all sure what I expected your first foray back to chopping and dicing opinion pieces from what passes for britnat journalists, but it wasn’t that.

  97. Electric blue says:

    Delighted to see you back again.
    Would definitely contribute to a fund raiser.
    You have made me laugh out loud so many times with your devastating wit and brilliant use of English.

  98. Craig P says:

    Shocked to see you back so soon! It’s good of course, but please take it easy!

    Crowdfunder – I’ll stick in a few bob.

  99. Ken2 says:

    It’s a miracle. Paul’s back so soon.

    Great news, already,

    Donation given

  100. barpe says:

    Great to see you back again, but take it easy in these early stages!!

    I would also like to say a big thank you to Peter, who is being your ‘conduit’ in the process of tidying up your work (and looking after Ginger, I assume!!). You made a good choice, there, Paul.

    Get the crowdfund going asap, we’re here to help after all you do for us by lifting our spirits.

    And, get well soon, of course.

  101. diabloandco says:

    Streuth! have the nurses not given you a row for being back to work so early??

    Delighted you felt up to the task but as others have said it is time to take it easy.

    Will donate and assume that the bank details are still the same.

    Take care of you!

  102. Golfnut says:

    Prof Roberstson sees right through the latest wheeze by the Johnson cabal and so does the SG.

    The fact that results for Scottish testing are being delayed by an influx from out with Scotland shouldn’t surprise anyone, remember also the England’s 3 tier system is being imposed on Scotland by the Treasury withholding funding for non compliance.

  103. xaracen says:

    Wow! Welcome back! I only clicked on my stored link on the off chance there may have been an update on your condition, and what a pleasant surprise to find an actual article. My morning is much brighter. You are a fighter and no mistake.

    But please don’t overdo it, you will need to look after yourself.
    Now to go back and actually read the actual article! 😀

  104. duncanio says:

    People will have said it already Paul but what an unbelievable effort. That is super-human resilience and commitment.

    Don’t overdo it on the work front by haste ye back to full health,

  105. Skintybroko says:

    Surprised but delighted to see you back, as others have said don’t overdo it. Can’t think of a better tribute to you and the wee dug by contributing to a crowdfunder so you can live somewhere more suited to your needs.

  106. graemedbruce says:

    Good to see you back at the keyboard Paul, take it easy though.
    Happy to donate for whatever you need.

  107. I think a crowdfunding is a great idea, we need you back.


  108. sophie grace chappell says:

    You’re amazing, Paul. Never thought you’d be back to the blog this fast. Well done. But take it easy, big man!
    Would we support your crowdfunder? What does the Pope do in the woods?

  109. The Gillies says:

    Great that you are back and working! Two years ago I suffered Sepsis which put me in a coma for several weeks. I survived ( somehow) due to the skill of the French National Health Service. I had to learn to walk again! I am well enough to have a normal life.
    Don’t give up Paul( I’m sure it hasn’t crossed your mind) . You are a too precious a commodity to Scotland.

  110. Rebecca Hislop says:

    How wonderful to see your blog Paul. It’s amazing that you are still making the effort to reach out to us. It’s greatly appreciated. Take all the help you can get to make a good recovery. Best wishes.

  111. Eddie McG says:

    Like many others equally surprised but delighted to see you writing again so soon after your stroke.

    It was also heart warming to read the stories of the fight back to recovery that others had made.

    With regard to finance for a move to more suitable accommodation I am sure that would be raised very quickly and I would be pleased to contribute.

    As others have said, don’t over do it, take your time to recover and do as you are told !!

  112. Good to see you’re back Paul.

    Your idea for crowdfunding isn’t “greedy or unreasonable”, you have contributed so much time and effort to Scottish Independence it will allow us to give something back.

    So go for the crowdfunding and give us this opportunity to show our appreciation by helping you out.

    Get well soon, HT.

  113. yesindyref2 says:

    Good to see you back, since you enjoy your writing it can be therapy, as long as the consultants approve.

    Seems to me the Speccie should be renamed the Spectre with that piece from the Cambridge professor, but they really know their stuff about Scotland there, more than we do, so we should all just give up and eat our porridge, what with Hallowe’en coming up and YES still rising from 58%.

    That’ll be right.

    (see if this one gets through!)

  114. Bill McLean says:

    Great to read you again Paul but take it easy. Will be honoured to contribute to a crowd-funder!

  115. wm says:

    Glad that you are recovering Paul, but don’t over do things we all need you, and as you are still in the flat there will be a cheque in the post within the next day or so.

  116. WendyBea says:

    so wonderful to see you back Paul, I actually woke up in the night and thought about a crowdfunder for you to get somewhere more suitable, so yes do it, If I can help in any way at all then please just let me know, I am just thrilled that you are still here with us and still fighting the good fight, take it steady though and don’t overdo things, I am sure Peter will be strict with you if he needs to be. Get well soon

  117. Jim says:

    Every comment posted shows how important you are to all of us and couldn’t say any better than the ‘Duggers’ have.
    A big yes to the crowdfunder, you’ve more than earned it.

  118. Millsy says:

    Welcome back , Paul !!!
    Only looked at the site on the off chance that someone would have taken up the baton while you were away.
    Delighted to see that you were up and spitting in the eye of the Union again !

    As to a crowdfunder – YES!

  119. carolclark1 says:

    Well that was a surprise. I’ve been busy doing other stuff and just clicked on to see what the other duggers were up too. I certainly did not expect to see a blog by your good self. Well done Paul, and you’re still as sharp as ever.

    Please steady on, and don’t push ower hard. We need you in this fight so get well and take things easy. We’re still here for you.

    Yes to the crowdfunder, Coulndae think o a better thing tae fund.

  120. Robin McHugh says:


    Nothing to add but …

    … Yes … to the crowdfunder

  121. Pauline Brown says:

    Crowdfunder – absolutely, Paul.
    Take good care of yourselves.

  122. Daisy Walker says:

    Very glad your back and getting better.

    Wee donation made towards the new hoos.

  123. fmg16 says:

    Great to see you back Paul.
    Take it easy and look after yourself.
    The fundraiser is. Great idea!

  124. Mary Stewart says:

    So pleased to see you back! If anyone can fight back from this it has to be you. I’m more than happy to donate to your crowdfunder.

  125. bill says:

    glad youre back take a break you need it recuperate man

  126. Capella says:

    Don’t forget Ann’s links on the Indyref2 site. Some great links today and as Petra is RESTING I will post it.

  127. Capella says:

    If you like listening to podcasts – and who doesn’t – you will enjoy Barrhead Boy’s Through a Scottish Prism. He sounds quite angry with the SNP and how it is being run these days as he is an old timer who remembers the good old days with Alex Salmond, Margot MacDonald, Kenny Mackaskill & Co all debating high policy.

    Nevertheless, this interview with Roger Mullin is very interesting. Roger is surprisingly well qualified and experienced to discuss democratic decision making and how we could all be involved in planning for the post referendum Scotland.

    It’s a surprise to me but many old timers will be well aware of Roger’s background and training. He skillfully avoids getting into a whinge about the leadership while still acknowledging that some problems do exist and could be sorted. He would b an asset in Holyrood and he intends to stand.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      Hey now, go easy on the “old timer” references eh? A zimmer can be a deadly force in the right hands, the shopping bag in the left with the half brick only needing deployed when “Oops, sorry” fails…

      • Capella says:

        In spite of my photie (which IS me but umpteen decades ago) I’m no spring chicken either. But as far as the inner workings of the SNP is concerned I could have been born yesterday. That’s why I find these Old Timers good to listen to. Tales from the bunker.
        I’ll look out for you in the supermarket. 😉

    • grizebard says:

      The past is another country, but if the future is Kenny Macaskill we really are all dooooomed.

      The last thing we need right now are any bouts of navel-gazing. It may be jolly fun for the anoraks but in the midst of a once-in-a-century crisis, ordinary folk would be unamused. (And I’m being polite.)

  128. Capella says:

    There was a distinct whiff of rebellion on GMS today – staff realising their days are numbered as the mass exodus begins. Eamonn O’Neill was even invited back from exile to pronounce the BBC Scotland dead in the water.
    From Ann’s links some others comment:

    From what I can gather morale is very low within Pacific Quay. The new channel hasn’t worked, the new BBC boss is a Tory, budgets are being cut left, right and centre, the new BBC Scotland boss lives in Dublin, head of news lives in London

    The BBC has me on its books until the end of the month, at which point I shall be sprung from the shackles of impartiality. Keep following if you want to be disappointedby how banal my opinions are.

  129. Miss Ann Morrison says:

    I am so happy you dropped into my inbox! Good to have you back and with a stonking good blog, too! Please look after yourself and a big YES to the crowdfunder, happy to contribute.

  130. Petra says:

    Paul it’s fantastic seeing you back on here and producing another brilliant article. Unbelievable considering what you’ve just been through, however I’ll reiterate what many have said already and that is that your health comes first; take care of yourself. Additionally I’ll point out that we’ll always be around ready and waiting to support you (as you support us) at the drop of a hat, so there’s no need for you to rush back unless you feel that it’ll help your recovery.

    As far as you being greedy or unreasonable is concerned that’s a nonsense. And when you say something like that it tells me that you’ve got no idea as to how important you are to us or how genuinely fond we are of you. From a selfish point of view, to my mind, you and your site are absolutely crucial to us getting our Independence now, especially in light of what’s going on elsewhere. So get that crowdfunder off the ground as the sooner …. you get yourself, Peter and the dug into that cosy, wee (or big), safe cottage … the better. Just remember too that no amount of money could ever repay you for all that you’ve done for us over the years, Paul.

    I was just thinking that you could consider reposting prior informative articles, such as the one to do with broadcasting, to give you a break. You’ve got hundreds of articles to choose from with many of them containing data that’s still relevant now. If not you could add a wee appendage to adjust for change. We of course could continue, btl, to add current info as we’ve been doing.

    Lastly a great big thank you to you Peter, from ALL of us I’m sure, for all that you’ve no doubt been doing for Paul. Really, really appreciated. And not forgetting the dug. Hundreds of pats on the head and treats for him 😀 XXX

  131. Pete Wilcox says:

    Best wishes for a complete recovery. Re: crowdfunder, just go for it. Other have crowdfunded for far more trivial reasons. I (no doubt like many, many others) stand ready to contribute.

  132. Alex Clark says:

    “Members of Britain’s governing Conservative Party are drawing up a strategy to counter rising support for Scottish independence, Bloomberg News reported on Monday, adding a memo was circulated to a select group of people including cabinet minister Michael Gove.

    The document comes from a political consultancy firm that works closely with the Conservative Party and looks at tactics to delay and then avoid a referendum in the event of a majority for the pro-independence Scottish National Party in next May’s elections, Bloomberg reported, citing sources.”

    The temperature is rising, Tories looking at a plan B to stop a referendum 🙂

    • Welsh Sion says:

      This is the Bloomberg article, Alex:

      U.K.’s Tories Start War Gaming to Prevent Scottish Independence

      Alberto Nardelli and Tim Ross

      1 hr ago

      • Alex Clark says:

        Thanks Welsh Sion, it’s a very interesting article.

        Continuing to dismiss Scottish calls for another independence vote outright could be “counterproductive,” the memo said. Possible counter-measures include London handing more power to Edinburgh and ratifying a new settlement through a popular vote, and pressuring the European Union to nix the idea of Scotland rejoining the bloc as an independent country…

        The memo suggests the Tory campaign should focus on the SNP’s record in government, making the party “pay the price” for running the semi-autonomous administration since 2007. The strategy also argues that “a hard-hitting, attack-focused” campaign against Sturgeon could shift votes…

        One way of trying to break the link between independence and remaining in the single market is by “co-opting the EU into demonstrating that there is no viable pathway to renewed membership,” the report said…

        Another option set out in the memo would be to prepare a new constitutional plan ready to roll out in case of an SNP victory in May. These measures could eventually be ratified via a referendum as a “placation” against the SNP’s demands for an independence vote, the document says.

        This proposed strategy looks pretty much like “more of the same” to me. Everybody and their dog must know that this is just about all they can do in a second campaign. Attack the record of the SNP and in particular, Nicola Sturgeon. Tell Scots they cannae get in the EU because they won’t be allowed and offer them promises of the greatest devolution settlement ever if they just say No to Independence.

        They used all that the last time, it won’t work this time and they have wasted their money getting this “plan” drawn up as it’s rehashed garbage that will be rejected as lies. We know they lie now and so do so many more supporters of Independence. We won’t be fooled again.

        • Alex Clark says:

          Oh, an I meant to add, don’t think they will be “pressuring the European Union” anytime soon 🙂

        • Capella says:

          Indeed – in fact I hope the Eu is pressuring them. We are all war gaming now.

        • Golfnut says:

          This is gaming, not planning. Co opting the EU into demonstrating that there is no viable pathway to renewed membership is nonsense and they know it as is the rest of it. The articles used by WGD in the above, are more of the same.

        • Petra says:

          Spot on Alex. That crowd are over and out. We’re all very familiar with their dirty wee tactics now and have moved on to being far beyond ever believing the guff that they continue to spout now

          The key point for me was when they all staggered in, half drunk (paid for by us), to the Commons to overturn EVERY last amendment in relation to the Smith (Scotland) Bill. Smirking and sniggering and basically putting two fingers up to Scotland. Great to have that control over the Scots right enough, don’t you think?

          Next up, next year, Scotland’s two big fingers will be held up to them. Yeah we’ve got two fingers too. Imagine that, the big fingers along with the message to Westminster to get their fkn subs right out of Scotland, ASAP.

          Hahaha. Dearie me. That disgusting, vicious old Empire will finally be truly over and out. Sad, eh, to think that it took a country like Scotland to finish it off 😀.

      • Welsh Sion says:

        Side note:

        Notice the author and the company behind him –

        “The 21-page memo was written by Hanbury, which was set up by Ameet Gill, former Prime Minister David Cameron’s one-time director of strategy, and Paul Stephenson, who was director of communications for pro-Brexit group Vote Leave. One of the firm’s partners is James Kanagasooriam, who worked with the Scottish Conservatives on elections in 2016 and 2017.”

        We’re going to become well-acquainted with these guys from now until May 2021 … and beyond.

      • grizebard says:

        Oh, wow! FakeFed Broon has already stirred from his crypt, and now they’re going to resurrect Barroso! Oh, that will do it.

        (Somehow I can’t see von der Leyen co-operating, though.)

      • grizebard says:

        Just one example, but the report made its appearance in today’s Flemish-language papers. In essence “after the expected substantial SNP win, the Tories can’t keep on refusing a referendum, so what next? They’re even thinking of asking the EU to help.” (It’s cold print, but in effect said with the proverbial straight face.)

        I imagine it will be everywhere, except the BritNat comics here and the BBC, of course.

  133. jfngw says:

    Don’t want to scare anyone! but (I assume it’s called Union Gothic)

  134. dorancaird says:

    Paul, ca’ canny but so glad to see you back. 👍 👌😷

  135. jfngw says:

    A quote from D.Ross:

    “There are similarities and lessons I’ve learned as a referee that apply to my role as Scottish Conservative leader.”

    They are, he isn’t good enough to be given control of a game and is just allowed to run up and down the line and shout from the sidelines. I suspect he is always going to be the Holyrood linesman.

    • Statgeek says:

      The difference is, his decisions off the pitch can ruin lives, take years to sort, and the crowd won’t go home after 90 mins.

      The only constant is that he has trained to ignore the pleas of people.

  136. yesindyref2 says:

    I’m actually kind of losing interest at the moment, so haven’t read it (skimmed a bit), but got this off Aileen McHarg’s twitter, and it’s about the HoL Infernal Market Bill considerations from a couple of legal and constitutional bods who advise it. Stephen Tierney will be well-known to some of us.

  137. Dr Jim says:

    A full five minutes spent by BBC radio Scotland this morning on how the English messaging of *hands face space* is better than FACTS as devised by the Scottish government and they even brought on an ex BBC employee who’s now in PR to explain why it’s better

    Anybody in advertising will tell you that the rule of three in a row is punchier and easier to remember, that’s true, but of course what’s more true is when you have the media of your own country denigrating the message put out by the government of your own country in a deliberate attempt to undermine that message then everybody in Scotland should pay close attention as to why the media in Scotland would even pursue such a thing in the first place, do they not want to help in the battle with Covid 19

    The BBC radio Scotland guest PR person admitted it was the FMs appearances on TV every day that held the Scottish governments messaging together while at the same time pretending to forget the name of Scotland’s Clinical Director Jason Leitch’s contributions and dismissing them as something people ignore and go to make a cup of tea during, he actually said that on air to people in Scotland who might be listening in the middle of a pandemic, what the hell kind of media is this

    The question to ask ourselves in Scotland again must be why do the BBC and other media in Scotland deliberately work to undermine the health and welfare messages from Scotland’s own government possibly leading to confusion amongst the people who live here and bad health outcomes and possibly deaths just so they can report that a PR message from England might be better

    These are the depths the UK government will sink to using the media to create and then win a contest between Scotland and England irrespective of the amount of deaths they could cause doing it

    When it comes to trying to save lives who does Scotland believe, well you certainly can’t believe the UK and it’s media because they don’t care if you die as long as they can point out they’re superior at being superior

    • Golfnut says:

      ‘ Why do the bbc and media work to undermine ‘

      Because that’s the real campaign against indyref, not the nonsense about the EU, not the nonsense about damaging the FM, not the economic case or any of the other ‘ gaming ‘ tactics being promoted as the UK gov game plan to stop indyref. Those are distractions, we know and they know they are easily swatted, and while we congratulate ourselves on easy it is to counter them, the real campaign sneaks along under the radar.
      The UK campaign is a vicious attack on the wellbeing of the people of Scotland, designed to increase poverty, increase infections and cause death, enough harm for indyref to be delayed with the blame firmly laid at the SG door.

    • jfngw says:

      Not confined to the BBC, the STV question at the virus briefing on Monday, he had had a call from a teacher in Falkirk regarding a delay in his test results and couldn’t go back to work. The schools in Falkirk are still off to this week as they had a two week break. Maybe these reporters need to check the veracity of those that call them or are they so desperate for a ‘bad’ story they will just say anything.

      It reminds me of an old joke in ‘Porridge’ ‘get me the Sun, oh and get me something to read as well’. The BBC has sunk so low now that I’m just as likely to believe what’s reported in the Sun as anything on BBC Scotland. This is a channel that will load its programme with unionists (sometimes 100%) even when the support for independence is at 58%.

    • Capella says:

      The English message misses out self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms. That might explain the soaring infection rates in much of the north of England. It could also explain Margaret Ferrier’s confusion about self isolating if she had symptoms. Maybe she was exposed to the English advice while at Westminster.

  138. fionamacinnes says:

    Paul, so glad you are able to communicate and write, so important not to lose that function. Stroke comes as a big shock to all those around as well as you obviously(hence the term stroke). I helped my father after a debilitating stroke and can assure you that the brain’s plasticity is amazing at developing new pathways and a huge amount of recovery can be achieved.Everyone’s recovery is individual but keep positive, do the exercises, and dont tire yourself out.
    As for the crowdfunder – you hardly need to ask. More than happy to help and I cant think of anyone less greedy and more self sacrificing.

  139. malkymcblain says:

    Latest advice from Richard J Murphy…I think he’s on the money…pardon the pun 🙂

  140. malkymcblain says:

    Sorry forgot the link

  141. jfngw says:

    As high noon passes, Boris Johnson’s negotiating team head for Manchester.

    • Alex Clark says:

      No agreement has been reached. Negotiations are over and Westminster have imposed Tier 3 restrictions regardless which will last for 1 month, Bozo to give a 17:00 press conference.

  142. jfngw says:

    Isn’t it strange the only party on the BBC lunchtime update not invited to make a comment on the Scotgov coronavirus briefing is the SNP (possibly also the Greens as I’ve never seen them on it). It is basically a ‘interview’ prompted by questions which seem to just be the party political points the London parties want to make, you would almost think it was rehearsed.

  143. Alex Clark says:

    Polling guru Prof Curtice gives his views on the recent polls showing support for Independence as high as 58%.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      I’m extremely suspicious of his conclusion over currency, I doubt there is a particular worship of the pound, and this appears to be following a pattern of sudden publicity…
      Perhaps it is time to reinvigorate the smackarooney….

  144. Welsh Sion says:

    A nice cheery pic for you all:

  145. yesindyref2 says:

    Coming thick and fast really, with this Infernal Market Bill. This from Lord Hope, the first deputy president of the UKSC:

    The effect of the Bill has been described as a power grab by the Scottish National Party. I am not given to hyperbole – which I thought this was – but now, having read the Bill… I can see why this expression is being used by them“, Lord Hope of Craighead

    Ths significance of course is if anything ends up in the UKSC it gives an indication of what could be the opinion, even though he retired back in 2013, he still has influence – and could be quoted as well.

    • Welsh Sion says:

      Well, strictly not obiter dicta, but with many other retired Law Lords (‘of the English shade’) saying similar things, their comments do have some significant weight. I’m waiting on the comments of Baroness Hale with interest.

      Pass the popcorn, yesindyref2!

  146. Arthur Thomson says:

    Watched Nicola today as per normal. Performance spot on as per normal.

    Consider the symbolism, one wee wummin standing up there day in day out and batting away every despicable attempt to bring her down – standing up day after day for Scotland. All their resources thrown against her. One woman who looks and laughs at all that.

    Cut to the pathetic notions of the Brits as to how to beat her. Lies, lies and more lies. Transparent attempts to undermine, to bully, to deceive and even the snivelling lack of self respect to ask people in other parts of the world to help them to beat her. There are no depths to which they won’t sink. All to no avail. Because she now has the backing of everyone in Scotland who has a spine and a moral compass.

    Enjoy the entertainment value of the Brit circus folks but remember always that from here on in it is heads we win, tails they lose. Their every attempt to counter independence and to destroy the woman who leads us is self defeating. They can’t offer anything positive because they are so mean and their negativity just provides more evidence of their meanness of spirit.

    I hope your day’s been a good one Paul.

  147. grizebard says:

    “To ask people in other parts of the world” from whom they are desperate to escape, and on whom they are trying to perpetrate the same kinds of perfidy as they regularly perpetrate on us. It’s not only self-demeaning, it’s perversely stupid.

    Out of principle, the EU always defers to the interests of its member states (too much sometimes, one may think), but clearly the EU is increasingly detaching itself from any obligation to the UK as time passes, and after the year’s end it will have no obligation whatever. And its sympathies will increasingly turn preferentially towards that part of the UK which might well return to its fold, not the part full of raving arrogant isolationists who still can’t believe that England has no empire. So anyone paid loads of dosh to suggest the Tory UKGov recruit the EU in their aid against independence should be arrested for fraud.

    As far as the EU is concerned, all we have to do is give ourselves a suitable status by which it can engage, and that status is independence.

  148. Hr Anderson says:

    Paul this has got to be the best yet….and given the constraints truly remarkable. Thankyou.
    I hope that our contributions to the “fightin fund” aka the fundraiser will get all that you need.
    Love and good wishes to you and Peter 💕🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  149. Marion Richardson says:

    So happy that you’re on form and very sad to hear about the dug. My sincere condolences. You’re a star, Paul. Keep shining and take it easy! Mx

  150. Marion Richardson says:

    👍 Crowdfund

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