sparing a thought for Michael

it is noe

I’ve been sparing a thought for Michael Gove, The insensate Tory one and not my stroke affected leg, that is. The leg is responding to therapy, Tory Michael, is however beyond help.whether human or divine , he’s currently having some problems setting up his new union unit as the civil service have told him that it’s not the job of the civil service to pump out uncritical pro-Tory British nationalist propaganda in order to achieve the political goal of defeating Scottish independence, That’s what the BBC is for. the news of Michael’s wee setback comes on the same day that a new poll was published showing that support for independence enjoys a healthy 12% lead over the forces of nawbaggery. So that is why, charitable soul that I am, I have spared a thought for Michael from my hospital bed in the stroke rehab ward. because unlike Michael, I do actually have a future to look forward to. Admittedly the thought in question was Mwuahahahahahaha Get it RIght up ye! but, still, it was a thought.”

Michael has been told that he can’t recruit civil servants to work in his new propaganda unit so he’s being forced to look elsewhere such as the fetid pit that is Brit nat social media,for his ‘attack dogs’ which means that we can shortly look forward to a UK Govt press release telling us that Scotland can’t have independence because if we do the entire West Highlands will be clogged up with folk who have got hopelessly lost because of all the Gaelic road signs., and helpfully illustrated with acolourful graph and a photie of Neil Oliver flouncing. although to be fair that’s very photie of Neil ever taken Still, You can understand why the dead leg of politics thought that it was perfectly reasonable to get civil servants working to produce anti independence propaganda and to get Scottish taxpayers to pay for it, that is after all the sole function of the Scotland Office.

Meanwhile in other news, The Observer has reported that the performance artiste whose stage name is Boris Johnson has decided to postpone making a decision on whether the UK will crash out of the EU transitional period at the end of December without a deal until the outcome of the American election is clear. If Trump Wins, Johnson will take it as a victory for the right wing populissm espoused by the more swivel eyed and spittle flecked Brextremists- that is, the political philosophy known as self-serving lying -bastardism, and will take it as a cue to go for what the liars call an Australian style deal, which is  no deal at all.

This means that on Tuesday, when Americans go to the polls, people in England will be watching an election in another country whose outcome will have a profound effect on their futures, but which they are powerless to effect and in which their own interests and concerns do not register at all with the electorate, at least now they now know what Scotland feels like in every British General Election.

When dead leg Gove announced his union unit, he said that Scottish independence and the looming end of the Preciousss Union was the top priority for the British Government. Now we learn that it is mired in confusion and marinated in incompetence just like everything else this Government of Public schoolboy huzzah-muppets does – with the sole exception of making exceptions for one of their own who breaks the rules and corruptly funnelling trouserfuls of cash into the pockets of the pockets of their pals in the form of consultancy fees and private sector contracts, about whichthey display an efficiency which is distinctly lacking in any other of their endeavours, with the possible exception of claiming victimhood.

Part time Prime minister Johnson is doing his disappearing act again, as the second covid wave starts to bite. Not a single mole has been whacked no moon has been shot at, the the Brexit oven is bereft of that supposedly oven ready deal, And Johnson is hiding againNow the Sage committee is warning that Johnson’s tiers aren’t working an we may need a lock down longer and stricter than the first one and we are facing the possibility of thousands more deaths, all due to the incompetence and incoherence of a government led by a clown who is far more interested in having a day off. Nicola Sturgeon hasn’t taken a day off, just sayin’. there is no ‘unionist attack dog under this or any other sun who can make this shit show seem more attractive than independence.

The crowd funder has reached its target, thanks in no small measure to the enormous generosity of an anonymous donor who contributed £20,000. My husband Peter and I will begin house hunting as soon as I get out of hospital, which all going well should be in the second half of November. We would both like to thank all the many people who have given us such incredible love an support during this difficult time. therapy and stroke rehab is hard, but it has been made a thousand times easier knowing that so many people have our backs. There’s a bright future ahead in a new home,and in a newly independent Scotland. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The crowdfunder has reached its target, thanks in no small measure to the enormous generosity of an anonymous donor who contributed £20,000. My husband Peter and I will begin house hunting as soon as I get out of hospital, which all going well should be in the second half of November. We would both like to thank all the many people who have given us such incredible love an support during thu difficult time. therapy and stroke rehab is hard, bu it has been made a thousand times easier knowing that so many people have our backs. There’s a bright future Ahead in a new home,and in a newly independent Scotland. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

ypos, sorry, there’s going to be a lot of them while I learn how to type all over again, please be patient.

I have set up a crowd funder in order to ensure that I have a home that is suitable for my changed needs following my stroke you can donate directly to the crowd funder on gofundme by clicking the following link,

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141 comments on “sparing a thought for Michael

  1. So glad you’ve reached your target Paul. So happy for you and Peter. You can concentrate on getting better now and look forward to house hunting. Take care and keep doing the exercises. X

  2. Janice Gale says:

    Wonderful news Paul, and good news is sorely needed in these dire times. Keep up the good work on the Dead Leg and you’ll be walking out of there by mid November. Glad your mental faculties are as sharp as ever and look forward to further offerings.

  3. weegingerdug says:

    a new wee song from Barcelona based Scots singer songwriter Louis Rive

    Hi Paul,

    Few, if any people have chosen the meandering rail network of West Lothian and Lanarkshire as subject for a song. Inspired by the hilarious lawlessness of a Saturday night train from Bathgate to Glasgow via Airdrie, I wired a wee song together. I thought it might be up your street, celebrating, as it does, a few lesser known corners of the country.

    which is I might add, the railway line that goes past my house

    Wishing you well Paul

    • Capella says:

      Brilliant . Helensburgh immortalised – I’ve never been to Helensburgh. Who was this Helen who had a burgh?

      Great to hear you are fighting fit and not letting the Govians get you down.

      • Craig P says:

        She was the wife of the local landowner, Sir James Colquhoun!

        Now if someone could just tell me who Mary was and why she got a burgh…

  4. sophie grace chappell says:

    I had to learn to walk again after a mountaineering accident in 2008. I did a LOT of physio, much of it to Staying Alive by the Bee Gees. Just saying 🙂

  5. Gregory Nunn says:

    Trump will lose and be leaving the White House by foot (either walking or dragged by) on January 20.
    The thought of being dragged out by his feet gives me a warm glow, actually.
    There is no crisis as some media would have it, but their will be celebrations.
    Biden, the presumptive winner, has previously indicated his support for Scottish independence.
    I sure hope plans are underway to have some chats with his people on the subject, just to nail that down.
    Boris needs a double smack down, losing his IL Duce bobble head twin, and having the next US president tell him that Scotland should be free and independent.
    Winter is ahead, but we can make some cheer.
    Congrats on being able to shop for a new home.

  6. […] Wee Ginger Dug sparing a thought for Michael it is noe I’ve been sparing a thought for Michael Gove, The insensate Tory one and […]

  7. Lilias McKenna says:

    I don’t have spare cash to donate, but if you need help proofreading (not that I’m a professional) I can donate some time to help out.

  8. Golfnut says:

    The 2 sets of uncategorized comments have appeared again. 1st set, 103 comments which look as if they come from a previous thread. 2nd set, 6 comments which relate to this thread

    • weegingerdug says:

      sorry no idea what’s going on there, or how to fix it

      • Golfnut says:

        It’s strange for sure, I might be the only person getting this, just thought I’d make you aware it was happening. Glad to hear your making process.

        • Capella says:

          I get them too. I first clicked on the 103 comments but soon realised I was on the previous thread. I don’t actually see the new thread until some hours after it’s been posted. Something for techy support to look at?

  9. John Rutherford says:

    So chuffed that your crowdfunder has met the target!!!
    A the very best to you & Peter!

  10. Dr Jim says:

    So if Boris’s big brother Donald does OK in America the UK can descend into hell with them

    Isn’t it funny how the Tories keep bleating on about their independent British state reliant on no one while at the same time admitting they can’t make a move unless the right people in America say so, and it kinda points to the fact that it’s England who can’t stand on their own feet without being the dependency

    All real information is that Scotland will not be a part of it (coming soon)

  11. yesindyref2 says:

    I know, I know, and if anyone has a weak constitution look away, but I happened to have this up on the screen for a while the other day while busy with other things and started to notice some things.

    and the problem is, the guy is laughing, but not just the mouth, but eyes as well, in fact the whole face. And yet there’s something as well in those eyes. Gove was in Atlantic Bridge along with Fox, Osborne, Hague, Grayling and Thatcher as first president. Grun had an article on it in 2012 I think, it was dissolved as a charity in 2010 for being too political, but I’ve always been wary about it since – and the people in it.

    Gove has a sense of humour, and that’s actually potentially a strong weapon and defence, so we should not underestimate him. Yeah I know, all this wackiness floating around in the air is catching if we don’t wear masks. It’s a conspiracy!

  12. Alex Clark says:

    Well done on the progress you have been making after the stroke. I’m pretty sure you are a determined character and will give it your all in getting back to as close to full fitness as would be possible. Hard work ahead but you will I’m sure get in there with the head down.

    Great news too about meeting the crowdfunding target due to many many small donations from those who support you and one particularly large donation which was extremely generous, well done to that person and to every small donor too, I’m sure every donation was welcome and appreciated.

    Keep up the good work and the humour in the writing, it always brings a smile to this coupon 🙂

  13. Dr Jim says:

    Number 10 leaks to the press that Johnson is to announce full English lockdown next week and has asked Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford for a meeting to discuss co-operation between the nations

    Notice how Scotland and Wales just became Nations there, I can’t see Nicola Sturgeon going along with this as Scotland’s current case trajectory is beginning to go down, plus we have the lowest numbers in the UK , so here’s hoping she tells him to take an embarrassing TV news hike to himself

  14. malkymcblain says:

    OT but I think this is good advice when talking with No voters. All you have to do is substitute a No voter with a Trump voter. At the end of the day it’s about winning hearts and minds not having an argument…watch.

    • ArtyHetty says:

      In terms of Scotland and debating, ask them questions. Always ask questions. Last time I tried answering the no voters’ questions, in my circle of friends, when I should have been asking THEM questions.

      Paul great news on the fundraiser, you deserve it. You have worked incredibly hard on the blog, and travelled around Scotland and given talks, making positive arguments for why Scotland should go for independence. Giving us all a laugh at times as well, much needed I have to say, and still witty as ever.

      Thank you and good luck with the recovery.

  15. malkymcblain says:

    Can anyone help me with advice on how to attach a picture on the thread? Picture is in my iPhone gallery and I only use my phone when on the web when or following blogs….the picture is a cracker and I thought it may be of interest.

    • Robert Lamont says:

      Malky, unless my recollection is twisted it needs a web address much as your video, so a photo sharing site should do it. Just for S&G, I’ve tried it from Google Photos, no idea yet if it works but, it should be the venturi aerator in my water tank.

      • malkymcblain says:

        Thanks Robert, I did try that but it didn’t work, never mind. The link you posted hit a dead end too but thanks anyway. If I find a solution I can share the picture on another thread it was OT anyway. All the best.

      • grizebard says:

        That method should work, but alas is only accessible to those of us who’ve signed their personal data (if not souls) over to The Great Google Empire.

  16. Bob Lamont says:

    Excellent stuff, and delighted to hear you’ve hit the crowdfunder target, a measure of not just how grateful we all are for your sage commentary but the sort of society we aspire to be.

    The UK’s political shenanigans have certainly become even more a farce, but pardon my scepticism on anything involving Michael Gove, his travails will have been made known because he or someone else sees advantage in it, it’s rarely what’s on the tin with these charlatans…

    Delighted as I am at rising indy support and SG’s competence eclipsing that of #10, it gives no pleasure to observe England’s problems escalate and chickens coming home to roost, in the short term Covid and Brexit, medium term separation of their “colonies”, long term spiralling debt and austerity as the poor man of europe gets a zimmer and talks of whines about WW2.
    When a system is so twisted such as Johnson, Gove, Raab, Hancock, Sunak, Cummings etc. are not only handed power but allowed to abuse it, it is a government not fit for purpose.
    How long it takes England to finally change and survive is up to them, Scotland can only go its own way and show what is possible.

  17. Golfnut says:

    Bit of a red herring regards the civil service. They were fully engaged against Yes in the the Indy 14 ref contrary to their own code of practice, all of the IFS reports were funded and commissioned by Departments and Ministries like the DWP and the Treasury. Hells teeth, they even Civil service staff awards for their contribution to the Better Together campaign. So what’s changed is the question that needs to be asked.

    • Indeed …Golfnut…..I remember those civil service staff based in Newcastle getting that award for their bettertogether work telling lies about how an independent Scotland wouldn’t have enough income to have a social security or free schools or an NHS

  18. andyfromdunning says:

    Craig Murray for president of the SNP, no more drifting along. Plan to be our by the end of 22, not 26 as many at top of SNP say.

    Ask for clause 30, we get no, National Assembly and out, YES.

    • Hamish100 says:

      Are you not a friend of Russell? who despite his bluster really did nothing re Brexit. Still he always wanted to be in charge challenging Alex Salmond as leader many years ago.
      Personally I wouldn’t vote for either, Murray is a loose cannon and Russell should just go into his retirement than what I’ve heard from some mates in Argyll is trying to influence who will follow him. Although this would not be unusual with MSP’s.

    • Dr Jim says:

      There’s no toss up here Michael Russell will win it and Craig Murray will have to find another stunt to pull
      If he was serious about proposing himself for office (which he’s not because he knows he can’t win) he might have thought to keep his mouth shut about the party before he did it, then again that’s why he was never selected as a candidate in the first place, and when he loses he’ll squeal that Nicola Sturgeon and her imaginary cabal kept him out because they’re all bad

  19. deelsdugs says:

    That’s a wow to the crowdfunder Paul! What a relief for you both in such a short time of major lifestyle change.

  20. WendyBea says:

    congratulations on reaching the target for your crowdfunder Paul, it just goes to show the wealth of love and respect that we all have for you. I see that people are still donating, I know that you don’t want to be seen as greedy but can I ask you to leave the crowdfunder running just a wee while longer, I believe that there are still people who will want to contribute if they can. By the way “Mwuahahahahahaha Get it RIght up ye!” made me laugh out loud, keep up the great work.
    Wendy x

  21. Dr Jim says:

    Willie Rennie once again on BBC radio Scotland admits he doesn’t care what the majority of Scotland wants because only Liberal Democrat democracy is real democracy and if Scotland does what he says then “we’ll get federalism and be *allowed* a bigger say on Scotland’s future”

    “In no way ever will I support Independence” says the leader of Scotland’s smallest political party, confirming exactly why the Liberal Democrats are Scotland’s smallest party, and getting smaller and smaller till they’re just a tiny wee dot very far away

    Willie Rennie should change his name to Dougal

  22. Ken2 says:

    Craig Murray tore up his membership. All he ever does is criticise the Party and the people in it.

  23. Welsh Sion says:

    RIP My near namesake (always useful in getting people to get to say my name right) and fellow Scot Nat, Sir Sean Connery.

  24. yesindyref2 says:

    When is the last year Hallowe’en fell on Friday the 13th?

    Is it 1989, 1999 or never?

  25. Ken2 says:

    Sean Connery has died.

  26. Arthur Thomson says:

    So sad for Sean. He didn’t live to see his country free. He was a great ambassador for Scotland. Rest in peace Sean.

  27. Capella says:

    Professor Jason Leitch ha won a Fletcher of Saltoun award for his contribution to science. This is going to annoy all the right people.

  28. Hamish100 says:

    I wonder if some of the Tory hospitality leaders Will head off to England because Scotland won’t allow them to be irresponsible. Off you go ……….oops England is in lockdown. Sorry for the ordinary English folk who have to put up with the buffoon at no’s 10. He could have reacted quicker but couldn’t bare to be seen to copy Scotland or Wales.

  29. Alex Clark says:

    The Bojo show has been delayed, I wonder who’s resigned?

    • Legerwood says:

      It has been delayed again, and again. How typical of this UK Government. They cannot even organise themselves to the point where they can hold a press conference on time.

      This time the FM has to close the Border.

      • Alex Clark says:

        I think they are finding it very difficult to reach an agreement on what has to be said. Someone isn’t happy about the message that will be given and maybe they matter as far as the message goes. If they are not all singing from the same hymnsheet then who will listen to the message?

        Maybe they will get it sorted in the next 15 mins.

        • grizebard says:

          What a total shit show. It’s positively embarrassing. (For the BritNats, that is. For us it’s more outright contempt.)

        • Eilidh says:

          Dominic Cummings hasnt finished typing up what Bojo has to say yet

      • grizebard says:

        I thought that in effect she already had. Or do you mean legislatively? If so, I’m not sure it matters now. That Rubicon has already been crossed with the FM’s statement, no…?

  30. Alex Clark says:

    Westminster government imploding, can’t say I’m surprised. The Supreme Leader can’t have long left now. Cummings that is.

  31. Dr Jim says:

    Torytubby Johnson has lost the crowd because he didn’t follow his own rules and neither did Cummings his family or half the posh lot who don’t believe the rules apply to them so it was inevitable that the people in England would behave like the plebs the Tories believe them to be

    Brexit has a hand in this too, folk can see daily it’s a bad deal getting worse so the majority of the English population just don’t care anymore out of contempt and disrespect for those in power but out of control

    To make a fair stab at holding this virus down you need at least 50% total compliance within a population and a modicum of respect from the people towards those in charge, this must be driving the Torytubbies bonkers because in Scotland Nicola Sturgeon listened to her advisers acted on their advice and where there were transgressions around her she dealt with them in the correct manner and that engenders respect from the public along with her high visibility daily explaining and cajoling the Scottish public to help each other for a purpose

    Now we wait and watch once again as the head Torytubby attempts to explain away his own pathetic uselessness while we in Scotland will have to watch our borders when the English decide to head over them to drink and eat out here because they buggered everything up in their own country when they voted for a clown government for clown selfish reasons that they’re now reaping the consequences being stuck up their Arses for so doing

    I have nothing but contempt for England its behaviour and its choices because it will impact upon Scotland and the people of England just couldn’t care less for anybody else but themselves and has been the case before I was born and my parents before me and their ancestors before them

    England decides Scotland suffers

  32. Hamish100 says:

    Kuenssberg of bbc , will Scotland , Wales etc follow England’s lead? Really?

  33. Alex Clark says:

    Will the press pack attack Johnson for “ignoring the science” in recent weeks?

    Will he even bother trying to answer the questions if they do?

    Probably not, if precedent is anything to go by. We can but hope that he is asked to explain his decisions in the same manner as the FM is subjected to every day.

  34. Alex Clark says:

    Chris Whitty has only just this moment arrived at No 10? I guess that was the reason for the delay, I can’t blame him, I wouldn’t share a podium with the lier Johnson either with my reputation on the line.

  35. yesindyref2 says:

    A Downing Street spokesperson has come out to say that the reason for the delay is that Boris Johnson can’t get hold of Sturgeon to ask what to do. A spokesperson at Bute House said “Now is not the time”.

    Anyways, time for a bit more reality, it’s Hocus Pocus (DVD) time!

  36. P Harvey says:

    I’m watching Boris live and as a Teacher I can say his Chief Scientific officer would fail a first year teaching assessment on the basis of his PowerPoint presentation
    It contrasts so badly with Nicola’s clear, sincere presentation
    They are complete amateurs
    How the English put up with this in unbelievable!
    Thank ‘someone’ we have an exit route!!!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    • Alex Clark says:

      It also looked to me to be at least a week out of date, so when did No 10 see this data is a question I would be asking as a journalist.

  37. Welsh Sion says:

    And so, England reverts to type.

    National lockdown for 4 weeks from Thursday:

    “from Thursday, the basic message is the same: Stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.”

    • ArtyHetty says:

      The A1 will be very busy this week. My family and friends in England will stay put, but as was case in last UK wide lockdown, the air b&b and festival properties owners will likely not stay put. Last UK lockdown those properties around where we live were all fully occupied for the whole of the lockdown, start to finish and you could hardly move for the number of SUV’s. Peoples’ second homes will be fully occupied again. It’s the sense of entitlement and F you Scotland we are travelling into your country anyway, many from the hotspots in England that gets me, I find it abhorrent that people did that and no doubt will do that again, it’s just incredibly selfish. Perhaps this time people will not be so stupid, but I doubt it sadly.

      Unless somehow the border is closed pronto, we might see numbers go up again in Scotland in a few weeks time. Any other country bordering a country that is having to go into full lockdown, would immediately close their border to save lives. Can Scotland do that? Is it a straight out and out reserved power to the English(UK) government? It makes no sense not to close the border for now, except for essential travel.

      • Welsh Sion says:

        Expect similar along the A55 (into North Wales) and M4 (into South Wales) – and hordes attempting to enter their second/holiday homes all over the country.

        Me, I’m staying put and putting as much trust as I can in Mark Drakeford – whether he’s of my political party or not.

        As for the Shadow Health Minister (Tory), does he now support his Prime Minister or agree with the Labour First Minister?

        Quoted before Johnson’s announcement:

        “I stand by my view that the two-week lockdown implemented across Wales was disproportionate and unnecessary for certain parts of our country.”

        • grizebard says:

          Ah, the virus makes easy fools of the arrogant incompetent.

          • Welsh Sion says:

            RTD2 is sticking by the idea that the WElsh lockdown was disproportionate but that Westminster in its wisdom is correct.


            Call the Tories out for what they are:

            • Welsh Sion says:

            • grizebard says:

              The article is interesting, and reflects what is already well-established here, the only difference being that in Wales it’s Labour who are in power and taking heat from Tories who are turning increasingly BritNat oppositionalist to the exclusion of everything else. Mark Drakeford these days seems to have more in common with Nicola Sturgeon than he has with Ricardo Lumpwangler.

              The problem with the Tories both here and in Wales – and their pals in the partisan media – is that every time they insist on the devolved governments slavishly following the English party line, BoJo undermines them by late-adopting the very policies the devolved administrations are already following!

              Spare a thought too though for poor old UK Labour – it’s beginning to succumb from multiple personality disorder!

  38. Jim says:

    That has got to be the most embarrassing press conference ever.
    If the public in England aren’t confused well they they sure as hell are now.
    Now we know why the statement was delayed 3 hours, Bojo needed two patsies and some crayons to make up the graphs.
    He’s such a charlatan that at the end of the statement he blamed the scientists for the doom and gloom.
    He has no doubt just added another 3% to Yes.
    The two biggest clowns ever to become leaders on either side of the pond are imploding and I’m lapping it up.

    • Legerwood says:

      I think it was delayed to allow Cummings to leak all the main points to the Press so that Boris Johnson would not be the sole bearer of the bad news.

      If that was the calculation then it backfired spectacularly because BBC News to fill the time had a series of scientists on who were allowed to speak at length and, not unexpectedly, were forthright in their criticism of BJ and his government.

  39. Dr Jim says:

    They stand at their podiums presenting graphs to a Saturday night English public to whom Strictly come Bake off is difficult enough for them to get their heads around let alone 20 second glimpses of technical data that requires a certain amount of close up observation (not withstanding they are very poorly descriptive graphs in the first place) then the Torytubby in chief bumbles his way through his presentation without actually informing the public of the measures intended to be taken in reality

    From a political point of view this must have added a thousand members to the SNP, because seeing is believing and nobody could be in any doubt they can’t believe a word this clown says because nothing he says means anything in between the atrocious level of bumbling mumbling incompetence of this man

    I’m quite sure these two advisers would be considered very clever people in the eighteen hundreds because that’s where it sounds as though their communication skills were learned but in comparison with Scotland’s medical advisers these guys are positively medieval in their presentations led by Prime Minister Harrumph the Blonde, the incestuous love child of an outcast Monarch who will never be the full eleven pence halfpenny let alone shilling, and when asked about travelling across borders Bonzo the Torytubby just ducked and made up shit to avoid answering the question

    My scorn and contempt for these people is boundless

    • Legerwood says:

      That Presentation will be used for years in Univ departments of Education as a prime example of how not to do a Powerpoint presentation.

      The press conference as a whole will be used on Public Health courses as an example of how not to communicate with people during a pandemic.

      Prof Sridhar was interviewed on BBC News before the Press Conference and was as usual abfine example of brevity and clarity when getting her message across. Note: She was on BBC News not Reporting Scotland but then she is rarely if ever interviewed on the latter.

  40. Capella says:

    Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme for – drum roll – ONE MORE MONTH. That’ll be because England is going into lockdown for ONE MONTH.

    Coherent n’est pas?

    • grizebard says:

      Oho. If the SG had decided that a lockdown was necessary in Scotland when deemed not in England, that coherence would surely {ahem} have worked the other way round too, no? Those wonderful UK broad shoulders and all…

  41. Alex Clark says:

    In the face of an epidemic that has already killed many tens of thousands in the UK and is set to kill many tens of thousands more without strong action to prevent the spread of Covid-19 this is a scandalous opinion piece from the right wing gobshite excuse for a newspaper.

    It is precisely opinions and views such as these that have ensured the UK has had one of the worst death rates per head of population and worst economic fall in GDP in the western world.

    That lot really are the dregs and are a danger to everyone else with their soapbox platform spreading such messages that only works against measures to halt the virus. They should be shut down as a danger to public health.

  42. John MacRae says:

    “Admittedly the thought in question was Mwuahahahahahaha Get it RIght up ye! but, still, it was a thought.”

    And they do say, about this time of year, that it is the thought that counts.

  43. Hamish100 says:

    Just listening to the Welsh minister calmly responding to the bbc interviewer who couches any question around England first and foremost. Clearly points out that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland acted earlier as that was the best response to the evidence seen a few weeks ago- the same evidence the the Tories saw for England ( but from a worst base). Makes all the delay over English regional responses such as Manchester such a waste.
    English Tory papers are apoplectic- bad day for Johnson even worse for English people who are more vulnerable.
    I hope NS sticks it to the Tory and labour journalists next wee who wanted all the pubs reopened, all the care homes reopened not because that was the right thing to do ( who wouldn’t want this) but as a means of attacking the Scottish Government.
    The simple fact is Scotland’s geography is different so we can do things differently. I wonder if the numpty Secretary of State of Scotchland agrees with Johnson or the FM over the border.

  44. Dr Jim says:

    Last nights display was the full dictatorship of Greater England over its provinces of lesser England

    If any of the devolved governments of the other three Nations were to have required a lockdown approach such as the Clown Minister of England requires for England no furlough scheme finances were to be extended to any of the three other lesser England Nations but when the Nation of Greater England is in need the finances are extended immediately to that country without question, the other three lesser England Nations only receive this assistance when the Greater England Nation decides and not as required creating a Monarchy of Westminster

    All hail our benign Monarchs in London for only when they are hungry the rest may eat

  45. Dr Jim says:

    Andrex are definitely missing a trick with their advertising at the moment , they should totally be sponsoring Willie Rennie’s we don’t do Liberal democracy party

    • This never disappointingly idiot little man got his five minutes of nonsense on the ‘new look’ (nae ties) ‘cos it’s the Lib Dem Virtual Conference today, apparently.
      Forget the 56-58% pro self determination he cautions Kerr, what the Scottish citizens really want in a federal Scotland, better skools, mental health, and we’re not really bothered about Brexit, fascist England or Independence.
      This little toady gets paid every week by us mugs.
      He is a prize tool.
      Yet there he is on the telly, in the Dead Tree Scrolls, talking 1950’s p1sh, and Kerr nodding sagely every now and again.
      What will it take for just one of the MSM to declare, you are talking nonsense, Rennie. Interview terminated.

      IT is an outrage that this man and his wee Holyrood gang remain a drain on the Scottish purse.

      • grizebard says:

        Not to worry, Jack. The more this little squit tells us “what Scotland really wants”, the more they draw the exact same conclusion as you.

  46. Capella says:

    I posted an entry on “WHAT CURRENCY WILL YOU USE” over on the Indyref2 Forum. It’s meant to stimulate discussion and prepare us for the inevitable challenge when a campaign gets under way.. The posts so far are basically in agreement that we need our own currency. Does anyone have a different POV?
    Feel free to comment.

    Have a look at Ann’s links too. Includes a Janey Godley Halloween spoof:

  47. vivianoblivian7 says:

    How out of touch is Knight of the Realm, Kier Starmer? His position on managing the Pandemic; “Ideally, yes, and I have said for months that it ought to be a four nations approach.
    “It is for the prime minister to lead on that and get people round the table.”
    Starmer’s position is even more Unionists than that of DRoss.

    How will that play out in North Britain? From the last detailed poll.
    Q. Boris Johnson is not the leader I want for my country. Agree 88%, disagree 12%.
    Q. As a Labour supporter would you be willing to vote SNP. Fair to good chance 24%, slight chance 32%, no chance 40%.

    Events of the past few days really put Neil Findlay and Rudyard Lapwing in untenable positions (for different reasons).

  48. yesindyref2 says:

    This headline in the Herald would bring a tear to a glass e’e:

    “Sir Sean Connery: An advocate of independence who was an ambassador for Scotland on a global stage”

    Reaching out beyong the grave, to further the cause of Independence.

  49. Capella says:

    I posted a comment hours ago but it is in moderation. I don’t want to bother Paul with it so am reposting part of it with only 1 link to see if that helps.

    I posted an entry on “WHAT CURRENCY WILL YOU USE” over on the Indyref2 Forum. It’s meant to stimulate discussion and prepare us for the inevitable challenge when a campaign gets under way.. The posts so far are basically in agreement that we need our own currency. Does anyone have a different POV?
    Feel free to comment.

  50. Capella says:

    Have a look at Ann’s links too. Includes a Janey Godley Halloween spoof:

  51. yesindyref2 says:

    This is funny. On a previously unused twitter account:

    Dr Jim would like that one!

    • Dr Jim says:

      Toodleoo-the-noo! is an anagram for *The noo o Looted* what could he mean?

      Mibbees he was always on our side? Nah!

      • Alex Clark says:

        If he wasn’t on our side at the beginning, maybe he is now. Like the many others who have changed their minds since 2014 and come over to Yes.

  52. Thepnr says:


    O/T I think you would enjoy a Netflix original mini series I’ve been watching. It’s called “The Queens Gambit” check it out, I think it is a great story and great acting. Right up your street, I’d think 🙂

    • Golfnut says:

      Agreed, despite the fact it is set in 60’s America it is not the typical American crap, first class story, first class acting and very well directed.
      Hinterland is another well worth a peek with an underlying story running through the 3 series. If you like Scan noir, the Bridge, you will like Hinterland.

    • Capella says:

      Intriguing! I certainly will check it out. Always on the lookout for a good story and I do like Scandi noir too Golfnut.
      I stopped watching House after three series as it was taking up every evening and became a bit samey. But Hugh Laurie impressed me as I didn’t realise what a good actor he is. And it’s based on Holmes (Home/House) who solved impossible mysteries.

      • Golfnut says:

        Must have look, cheers.

        • Capella says:

          House is on Amazon Prime. I subscribe to them all except the BBC!
          Tonight I might watch The Secrets of the Saqarra Tomb on Netflix – I ‘ve been to Egypt twice and it’s absolutely stunning – even the rubble.
          But I just watched the clip from “The Queen’s Gambit” and it looks like my cup of tea. Thx.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      A good summary from Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, but what makes him think “Plan C” was ever on the flagpole, and the pieces have been moving on the board to enable that end game since 2014?
      Looked at from that angle, EVEL suddenly makes a deal more sense than incompetent elites having a flounce, likewise refusal of a S30, but they needed someone or indeed an entire cabinet of perceived incompetence to make the final push, enter Boris Johnson & Co…

      • Golfnut says:

        It’s not the first time this particular topic has surfaced, EVEL never made any real sense in terms of making the Union parliament work any better, rather it fed or perhaps more correctly brought English Nationalism openly into the Parliament. I don’t believe this idea is far fetched at all.

  53. Arthur Thomson says:

    Once again the FM was on the ball at the covid update. The Brits tried as usual to corner her and trip her up to no avail.

    How is it possible that from a staggeringly high level she just gets better and better?

    Those who are keen to diminish her really should just get a life.

    It helps of course when she is flanked by two informed and solid figures as she was today.

    I hope you are managing to stay strong Paul. We are all rooting for you.

    • Alex Clark says:

      The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Gregor Smith is very impressive in his delivery of information.

      No waffling, just straight to the point, and the manner in how he gets his message across seems so down to earth and is in plain language that even dumb journalists can’t fail to understand.

  54. Dr Jim says:

    How do you make the irrelevant DRoss relevant? well you refuse to make the furlough scheme available to Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland available unless they do as you tell them when you tell them, because despite all the protestations of the politicians representing the other three countries in the UK, Westminster says NO they won’t make the furlough scheme available to these countries and that’s that……but…. once you’ve done that you arrange for the irrelevant DRoss to ask the same question in the House of Commons and Bingo the answer comes miraculously that YES the UK will make the scheme available to the other countries because of the extremely persuasive case made by the *leader* of the Tories in Scotland, and Bazinga you just made the irrelevant DRoss relevant

    I’ll put 5 bob on it right now

    Y’see what was behind that whole plan was to provoke Nicola Sturgeon into taking the bait and become obviously political as the UK are being but she didn’t bite because Scotland’s FM is not a child and if I saw it coming she saw it before I did

    • jfngw says:

      Drat, just posted a similar conclusion. Honest you post wasn’t there when I started typing (I’m slow).

      • Dr Jim says:

        It happens to us all, no worries, of course we still both might be wrong as well in which case I’ll owe everybody 5 bob

  55. jfngw says:

    Are we about to see the furlough scheme extended to countries in the UK outside England when required. It has all the makings of it as the BBC is busy promoting D.Ross and his opportunistic outbursts. Will it be hailed as a great propaganda success for the Tory branch manager and how the Tories can achieve things for Scotland, he will be given BBC airtime to promote this if that’s what happens.

    The only shame is he voted against extending furlough recently, even when Wales needed it. I smell something, and it’s not roses (could be rose food though).

  56. Dr Jim says:

    It happens to us all, no worries, of course we still both might be wrong as well in which case I’ll owe everybody 5 bob

  57. andyfromdunning says:

    I am not a member of the SNP but I have supported them since 2007 and reckon they do a good job of managing civil life in our lovely country. Having said that I have become a bit wary off their independence strategy. I am not saying that they do not wish independence simply that a couple of events have made me question what is going on.

    Firstly, their continued refusal to allow a plan B vote at the party’s conference, this year and last. Surely you need a fall back if your preferred option is rejected. Secondly, they are deliberately hindering the current Clause 30 court case which will if successful allow the Scottish Government to hold a referendum without Westminster’s agreement which would then be binding on Westminster. Why are they doing this.

    They promise a draft bill to hold a referendum just before the May 2021 Holyrood election. Note the word is ‘draft’. Is this just a vote catcher? I hope not. The draft bill will have a process to go through to get onto the statute books. The UK Government will no doubt take it to the Supreme court where they may be able to scupper it in a similar way to the EU Continuity bill of 2018. Nothing is guaranteed. So why are they so against the plan B vote at conference and the court case for a referendum.

    It makes no sense to me. I wish they would come out an answer my concerns and the concerns of those like me who are financially supporting the court case and those within the SNP who want a plan B.

    • Capella says:

      @andyfromdunning – I was a delegate at last year’s conference and Plan B was put to the conference and was overwhelmingly defeated. Chris McEleny put the case himself.

      So, of course it could be voted on again but I believe it would get the same result. The members don’t want it. They accept the view that publicising a Plan B weakens your case. Westminster will ignore Plans B,C,D,E and F if they will ignore Plan A.
      Better to have a plan but keep stum pro tem.

      Same with the S30 court case. The leadership probably knows the answer. What if the Supreme Court rules that Westminster is sovereign? That hands a huge advantage to the unionists. Better for the SG to stay clear of any ruling meantime. If positive – great, if negative – well it doesn’t tie their hands.

      It’s most likely that the judges will not rule on a political matter. They can only rule on the law as written. In the Scotland Act the constitution is reserved.

    • Dr Jim says:

      Publishing a plan B is the same as publishing a losers charter because you’re not convinced of your own actions over plan A, it’s a confidence loser and a sign of weakness

      • Alex Clark says:

        To tell Westminster you have a plan B would guarantee that they would never agree a Section 30 order with the Scottish government. Why would they agree when you have already told them that you don’t expect them to comply with the requests of the democratically elected representatives of the Scottish people?

        You would appear to be throwing in the towel before even stepping into the ring. Accepting defeat on a key issue before testing it to its absolute limit is not the way to go.

        Plan B is there, locked in the cupboard, and will come out if required, in the cupboard it should stay for now because a large part of Plan A is to tell then feck all about Plan B, giving them something else to attack.

        It is for us to be on the attack and an attacker doesn’t give away his secrets but uses them as an element of surprise so as to catch your opponent on the hop. Tell them nothing.

      • grizebard says:


        I just can’t abide this “Plan X” nonsense anyway. It’s not as if people keep little books marked “A” or whatever with a pre-cast set of steps in them that must be rigidly followed without deviation. That’s an infantile view of a complex and evolving situation that demands constant adaptation and (hopefully) an alertness and willingness to exploit propitious circumstances as and when they arise. A grown-up approach, thus.

    • yesindyref2 says:

      “They promise a draft bill to hold a referendum just before the May 2021 Holyrood election.”

      Not quite right, Andy. What Sturgeon as FM did say on 1st September in Holyrood was this:

      “That is why, before the end of this Parliament, we will publish a draft Bill, setting out the proposed terms and timing of an independence referendum, as well as the proposed question that people will be asked in that referendum.

      And then at next year’s election, we will make the case for Scotland to become an independent country, and seek a clear endorsement of Scotland’s right to choose our own future.”

      which is substantially and importantly different. To have the question it needs the EC (Electoral Commission) check it over as it’s not the parliamentary session immediately after the one the previous question was set where an exemption could be made to get the EC for another opinion on the same question. But the EC can be asked to “expedite” their deliberations. Personally I’d give them 10 minutes, but Sturgeon is a bit more diplomatic than me. Remember, the ScotGov does NOT have to follow EC advice, it is only advice. Personally I’d tell them to get

      Secondly, it appears it will have the timing, i.e. effectively date.

      Thirdly, the EU Continuity Bill went through Holyrood in 3 weeks I think it was, it was requested as an emergency bill, and this referendum bill will be similar to the 2013 one, so less debate needed.

      Fourth, the EU Continuity Bill was ruled competent at the time of passing, bar one small and possibly deliberate section.

      Oh, fifth, I think it might be the Court of Session to start with NOT UKSC, same as the Peoples S30 is, and that would be very interesting, as that’s the Scottish court, not the UK one.

      Mmm, sixth – it’s end of “this arliament”, NOT May, and Parliament will be dissolved around the middle of March for the May election.

  58. jfngw says:

    If we are forced into lock down at the whims of Westminster does that leave us a just England’s handmaids, with a sham set of elected officials with no real authority to even take the required steps protect the health of the nation when it is needed.

    I feel a bit scunnered at the implications, how subserviently low are the people of Scotland willing to go.

    • Alex Clark says:

      That’s the real meaning of the “broad shoulders” of the union. Totally worthless, support that doesn’t exist. A sham that exposes the uselessness of being part of a Union that ignores the needs of Scotland and only listens to those in the south of England.

      This though can only increase support for Scotland having the power to run her own affairs, another own goal by the useless Conservative and Unionist party and their pathetic leadership which will further increase support for Yes. A silver lining for this particular cloud.

    • grizebard says:

      I would say that the FM’s description today of that situation has likely added a few more converts for indy rather than deterred anyone. Following on from what Alex says, the “broad shoulders” argument is yet another that has truly crashed-and-burned. They’re running out of ammo for IR2, these BritNats, and everyone increasingly knows it.

  59. Dr Jim says:

    Liz Savile Roberts of Plaid just asked the Clown Minister if he would accept her grateful thanks for adding 2000 new members to Plaid Cymru over the weekend
    You know when England is in trouble when David Davis stands up and asks the Clown Minister to follow Scotland’s lead on dealing with the Corona Virus, and that just happened in the Commons

    • Welsh_Sion says:

      The Chair of YES Cymru emailed me yesterday to say we had broken the 10 000 Members barrier,

      I look on the website 24 hours later and YES Cymru stands at 15,112 Members!

      Abso-bloody-lutely fantastic.

      C’mon, Scotland – Join us:

  60. Did any one notice that the ongoing postponement of the lockdown announcement on 31 Oct coincided with the broadcasting of the Italy v England game on ITV. Unwilling to upset ITV viewers and the Tory rugby crowd!

  61. Dr Jim says:

    Over the course of today’s questioning in the Commons the Clown Minister has visibly melted like the wicked witch of the West as even now some of his own party are attacking him on all fronts not to mention the attacking contributions from the representatives of the colonies of Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland

    As to the furlough scheme the Clown Minister has not given a straight answer all day and seems to be continuously indicating that those of us who don’t live in the country of England *will have had oor tea* or in his words “It’s a UK wide scheme and the responsibility for it is the UK treasury and it will end on 2 December” indicating that if not claimed now by following England’s rules we don’t get it extended if or when when we actually do need it

    • grizebard says:

      It’s not as if our taxes are not contributing to the UK pot. So if the English Treasury keep their greasy mitts on the lot, it’s just another example of neo-colonial plunder. And at a time of duress, for shame.

  62. Arthur Thomson says:

    The Brits have messed up again as per usual. They have shown that England gets what it wants and the rest are an irrelevance in their eyes. Good information for Scotland’s population to know. Of course they might u-turn and compound their folly – or not and compound their folly. Or they might just prevaricate and sow confusion over a period of time -compounding their folly. Everything they touch turns to the proverbial.

    They are going to have a lockdown of sorts. The devil is going to be in the detail. What is their lockdown going to comprise? How much effect is it actually going to have? If course they will lie and obfuscate and look like plonkers again, it is the British way.I

    The Brits are excavating a huge hole for themselves. Are they going to use It to hide the casualties? I thank f..k that I wasn’t around during either of the wars, the utter incompetence of the posh boys must have been terrifying for the common people.

    Anyway, Boris tells me that the world beating British test is going to be rolled out and it will be the game changer. Billions of people will be tested every ten minutes and I presume that will do away with the need for people to isolate. I am so relieved I could almost contemplate going British.

    Who said there would be no pantomime this Christmas?

  63. Dr Jim says:

    My post 1.50pm: goddamn nailed the Bastirts, a fit up from start to finish and it was sussed by Scotguv so didn’t work the way the Enguv wanted

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