walking and chewing gum

There was no landslide against Trump, which was disappointing. There may not be a final result for a week or two. Although at least Biden seems to be ahead, so all is not lost Despite four years during which the mango Mussolini, The Dumpster fire dictator has provided abundant evidence of his selfish stupidity, his compulsive lying, his whining petulance, his reckless disregard for anyone other than himself, his racism, his corruption and lawbreaking, the hard- on he has for dictators, and his utter unsuitability for public office yet, millions of people are prepared to put their mark next to his name on the ballot and say, “yes! I’ll have me four more years of that.

not that things are much better on this side of the Atlantic. in fact , for Scotland they are, in many ways, worse.

Despite the overwhelming evidence of the corruption ,incompetence, and venality of the Conservatives, they still enjoy a lead over Labour in UK wide opinion polls and if there were a General election tomorrow they’d still be returned to power with a majority. We are expected to share a polity with people who have seen for themselves the vile,evil,xenophobic racist,corrupt, lying, conniving multicoloured chaotic and shambolic dipshittery that is the Conservative party presided over by an entitled clown and yet are still saying,”I’ll have me some more of that, and Scotland, you’re going to have some more of that too. This is now the argument for the Union. a vote against independence is a vote to have your government chosen for you by people who don’t care about truth, who are happy to condone corruption and croneyism, who don’t even care about basic competence. who think that compassion and humanity in government is a sign of weakness. All that they seem to care about is two world wars and one world cup, poppies, bunting and up yours Delors. in the space of six short years we’ve gone from’We love you Scotland, stay with us as a beloved partner so togther we can punch above our weight on the world stage to a international pariah , estranged from Europe which is effectively a banana republic, only without the republic, and after a no deal Brexit probably without any bananas as well.

health update: Just a short blog article today because I have been busy with physiotherapy and I am knackered. the good news is that I can now get to the toilet walking with a stick and with just one nurse to assist me instead of needing two of them to wheel me in. Unfortunately this afternoon I was a wee bit careless and had a fall.it was entirely my own fault. Thankfully no damage was done but it was a salutary reminder of my current limitations. I am getting good movement back in my left leg, but have very poor proprioception- which is the awareness that we all normally have of where our limbs are. I have to consciously think about what my left foot is doing and visually check to ensure that it is correctly placed and positioned.This afternoon I got distracted and forgot because I was more interested in gabbing, so my foot wasn’t placed properly, and my knee buckled. I need all my powers of concentration in order to walk with a stick, it’s getting easier the more I practice but at the moment I am quite literally unable to walk and chew gum at the same time. If nothing else this would qualify me for a job in Johnson’s cabinet, however I am not actually a complete and utter selfish and self serving bastard, and that is the main qualification for the job.

The good news is that the doctors have given me a provisional discharge date. All going well, and if I continue to improve and keep the physio happy I hope to be allowed home around the 18th of this month. I’d like to give a huge thank you to all the wonderful staff here at Stobhill hospital, and to all the many people for their incredible outpouring of love and support. It really has given me the strength and resolve to get through this, and to know that no matter how bleak things felt at times, there was light and love waiting on the other side. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

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

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212 comments on “walking and chewing gum

  1. It’s true what ‘they’ say. You can’t keep a good man down. You are an inspiration Paul. We in the independence movement are so lucky to have you. Take care. X

  2. JSM says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a now 60+ Female and commented:
    Keep up the good work, Paul. Both here and with physio.

  3. P Harvey says:

    Hopefully when the postal votes are counted tRump will be out!
    Shortly, I hope Scotland will be independent
    Most importantly, you keep your blood pressure down and focus on your recovery!

  4. barpe says:

    Thanks for your update on how things are going, medically. You definitely seem to be on the road to recovery – for which we all give thanks.

    Your blogs are more important to us all, but your health comes first, so stop worrying about typos – we all know what you are saying.

  5. Just brilliant Paul, stick in there. Nothing else matters. Well, not as much.

  6. The Gillies says:

    Keep up the good work. Remember to do your exercises when yo get home. Magic news.

  7. Great progress to be up and walking about already , great stuff , well done to you.

    Have you seen those new upwalkers advertised on the tv ?
    they look really good probably safer than a walking stick perhaps not roomy enough in hospital to use one but worth a look at .
    Th advert on tv said you could pay it in instalments .

  8. […] Wee Ginger Dug walking and chewing gum There was no landslide against Trump, which was disappointing. There may not be a […]

  9. Bob Lamont says:

    Whatever the US decided tonight is at least thousands of miles away, Scotland is stuck with these Eton etc clowns next door for the foreseeable and the Forres Gimp being inflicted daily, always just out of reach of a 4 by 2. If that plus “sunny uplands” doesn’t drive indy numbers through the roof I don’t know what will.

    Great news on health progress and getting discharged, you’ll have a few more stumbles along the way, but there will be plenty of helping hands available as ever, we’ve got a nation to reestablish…

  10. andyfromdunning says:

    I like it when you meekly describe things so eloquently about numpty political idiots.

    Glad also progress continues for you personally.

  11. Legerwood says:

    Good to hear you are making progress. Slow but sure does it.

    As far as the American election goes I don’t think we will have any nails left by the time they get the final results.

  12. Dr Jim says:

    We fall down so we can learn how to pick ourselves up, you’re doing fine Paul keep it up

  13. Good to hear things are progressing satisfactorily for you, Paul (and a big shout out to Peter as well!)

    If you need any further encouraging and heartening news, YesCymru’s membership has soared from a bit over 8000 last Friday to nearly 14000 now (and it’s still rising by the hour).

    Race youse to the freedom line!

  14. Love and best wishes. Reading your news lifts my spirits- and knowing you are there watching the same crazy nightmares as the rest of us is a comfort. USA and this place- madness and chaos. Keep at it Paul. xxx

  15. Macart says:

    ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with….’ 🙂

    Slow and steady.

  16. malkymcblain says:

    “A banana republic without a republic” 😂
    I see the humour synapses are still firing in yer scone Paul. That has to be a good sign. Keep punching big yin.

  17. Dennis Smith says:

    Remember the words of the old song ‘Sae will we yet’:

    Let the glass keep its course, and go merrily roun’,
    For the sun has to rise, though the moon it goes down.
    Till the house be rinnin’ roun’ about, it’s time enough to flit,
    When we fell, we aye got up again, and sae will we yet.
    ⁠And sae will we yet, &c.

    Even better, listen to the superb version by The Unusual Suspects.

  18. Johnl says:

    Wish ye a the best Pal!. Yer goan thru the mill, an yet still manage tae post a blog!!
    If mair o us had your smeddum, we wid be free a’ready.
    Awe & admiration.
    Kind rgds, & get well soon!
    JR in Kelty.

  19. Petra says:

    Who’s voting for Trump and Johnson? Masochists if you ask me 🤬.

    Great to hear that you are making steady progress Paul and following your doctors / physiotherapists advice other than gabbing too much (who would know it? Trying to convert people?) and being distracted 😀.

    I’ve been involved with a number of people who have had strokes including my own mother who was left with hemiplegia following a brain tumour operation. I noticed that in every case those who attempted to weight bear and walk as often as they could, soon after having a stroke, made the greatest level of recovery maybe due to the activity of standing or walking sending messages to the brain (and vice versa) and strengthening and / or creating totally new neural pathways. My mother’s hand was clenched and her fingers turned into themselves with spasticity and of course she found that more difficult to exercise than her leg. We came up with ideas to help her to weight bear through her hand and arm, such as someone sitting behind her holding her arms out and using their body to help her to lean forward as someone sat in front and opened her hand to press her hand against a hard surface. Standing up and pressing down on a table and so on.

    Everyone (case) is totally unique in relation to the severity of damage therefore techniques used will differ but you’ll get the idea that exercise rewires the brain. This is just a suggestion Paul and at the end of the day your doctor is the person to give you advice, not ME, however I just thought I’d mention this anyway in the hope that it would help if it’s not been recommended to you already. If you are going to do such hand exercises please consult with the experts first.

    And yes a great big thankyou to our fantastic SNHS staff.



    Martin James Keatings Against The Advocate General For Scotland & Others


    • robert graham says:

      Petra re Martin Keatings
      The defendants remember this is in a Scottish Court
      HM Queen Elizabeth II
      I dont bloody think so Dear not on Scotland you Aint

  20. Petra says:

    Our religious leaders in Scotland are thick too.

    ‘SNP MP Kirsten Oswald stunned by Tory’s ‘outrageous’ Brexit claim.’ … Video



    Take Tory advice. Get back down on your knees again Scots as you doff your cap whilst crammed inside your wee box. Get lost Uriah Heep Bowie.You crawl on your belly if you must, but leave us out of it.

    ‘A SCOTTISH Tory MP has been slapped down for allegedly suggesting Scotland should “get on its knees” to thank Westminster for financial support during the pandemic.’


  21. Tatu3 says:

    Great news ‘re your health, getting walking again and a possible discharge date. Slow and steady though

  22. X_Sticks says:

    Great to hear you’re getting on so well. There seems to be a ray of light from across the pond, or at least a dim glimmer from a dodgy ever ready torch, and I’m perversely enjoying how much Johnson (and others) bums must be squeaking right now watching their grand plan going down the plug hole. Trump losing could be the end of Johnson, but it won’t be the end of Scottish independence. We might just get the last laugh with a bit of luck.

  23. Molly McC says:

    Paul, I’m over the moon that you are doing so well!

    Sheer willpower will get you there and you have plenty of that.

    However ….. don’t tire yourself to the point of a setback.

    Dae whit yer telt!


  24. Terence Callachan says:

    Covid 19 Disaster in England
    Track and trace and the advice service for teachers now outsourced to a call centre


  25. Capella says:

    Great to hear about your progress. You have remarkable stamina to carry on blogging while at the same time checking out the shenanigans in the UK and the US. Who needs chewing gum? I would recommend popcorn but I prefer crisps myself. Will we have to call them potato chips after BREXIT?

  26. yesindyref2 says:

    Shhh, don’t say anything yet. Anyways, it’s not our election.

  27. Golfnut says:

    I’m presumimg that when yiy couped owr, you didnay dunt yir heid because that was a fair summary of our southern neighbours political whataboutery. It’s dire and not likely improve anytime soon. When Trump goes, so will Johnson, rumours that Johnson is already preparing to cave in to EU pressure are already circulating. That’s not a cause for rejoicing in Scotland or the RUK, Biden and the EU might force compliance with the GFA, but it still leaves the power grab firmly in place and whatever deals we ge with the EU and America, they will be bad deals for the 90% of the UK population.

  28. Great news you’re beginning to walk now. Continue the physio though when you leave hospital and all the best for the new house. Keep writing, will love it, typos & al!

  29. Petra says:

    ‘Joe Biden ‘poised to support Scottish independence’, professor says.’


    • yesindyref2 says:

      Yes, that from September was interesting in a lot of ways. Biden wouldn’t offer support till after a YES vote, and might even say like “it would be sad to see the UK break up” before the Ref. But in older days US foreign policy would be such that they’d want to be one of the first to recognise our Independence – so as to bring us more into their sphere of influence. They’re not as clued up foreign policy wise as they used to be though, they’ve become very introverted.

      More interesting to me personally, is that this was from Ronald MacDonald – the Glasgow Uni economist and currency guy that said Scotland’s central bank would need all the reserves of the known universe, and USD many squillion qyadrillions, or face a run on our currency. Seems to me he’s realsing we’re offski, and is resigned to it already.

      Which would be good as he probably is slighly competent, and could be the one to help set it up so we haae our own currency from day 1 on a smallish but increasingly used basis, while also enjoying the benefits of sterlingisation for transition and stability – the best of both worlds as you might say. There’/s a few like him I have my beady beady eye on, and it’s interesting seeing how they’re becoming more swicthed on – Bell is another one. After a YES vote, these people really will ensure our success, as they’re from “the other side”.

      Anyways, back to revenge of the sith again. May the force be with you!

  30. Suzy says:

    It was a pleasure to meet you today, worth picking up an extra shift on my day off for! Wish I could have chatted some more. Sorry I kept you gabbing so much you ended up on your arse.

  31. Janet says:

    Continue to get well! There’s work to do!

  32. mumsyhugs says:

    Och Paul – no man chew gum and walk at the same time! Too much like multitasking! 😁

    Big hugs – and remember – one thing at a time please. Xxx

  33. Petra says:

    ‘Uncertainty Reigns as Westminster Fails to Offer Scotland Clarity on Furlough.’



    Check out Ann’s latest links on the Indyref2 site.


    • And, slipped in almost unnoticed amid the quite ridiculous 24/7 coverage of the US Bunfight, further proof, if proof were needed, that the BBC/Sky, and ITN consider England to be the post Brexit 51st State, that the Bank of England has slipped the Banks another £150 BILION in Quantitative Easing,(Print more Monopoly Money to you and me) to see Brexit over the line.

      I expect to get offers for loans/credit cards through the post and car show rooms to ‘slash’ prices perhaps even as precipitously as today, as the Loan Sharks, the Banks and finance houses now that the population of the UK is on its knees due to , oh, let’s pick one of the Free Market Capitalists at random, Ruth Baroness Davidson of Rape Clause’s, mishandling of English Blue Tory botched Covid measures, both medically and economically.
      By next Friday, 12th November, that’s it.
      We are out of the EU on a No Deal deal.
      Yet we Scots continue to do nothing?
      Dross on BBC Scotland yesterday promising what he can’t deliver…
      Yet he and Davidson will feature today on the North Britain Outpost of England’s Propaganda Machine, telling us Scots what’s good for us.

      We are within days of a serious breakdown of society in England, yet what’s happening in USA is more important than the complete disintegration of England.

      Close the border, Nicola.
      Update on my Lidl complaint.

      My written complaint (see previous thread) has been deleted from Lidl’s complaints site.
      It never happened? It was fake news?

      The world of 2020.

      • andyfromdunning says:

        Lidl: Jack write to the MD of the company about your complaint and that the deleted it.
        Let us know how your visit to the local manager goes.

  34. diabloandco says:

    Great to hear things are improving and that you have a guardian angel in Suzy keeping an eye on you.
    Take it easy .

  35. Petra says:

    Sunak is extending the furlough scheme until the end of March.

  36. Welsh Siôn says:

    For a laugh:


    It’s time to abolish Westminster and let the Welsh Parliament run England

    5th November 2020

    (‘Course, it’s Guy Fawkes’ Day, so the REAL answer maybe lies in gunpowder …)

    • Dr Jim says:

      With your post you accurately and rightly pointed out another subliminal piece of propaganda that’s been perpetrated on these islands by England, and that is the phrase *bonfire night*
      It’s *Guy Fawkes* night, an extremely important historical event, and not the secretive agenda to diminish that historical importance by reducing it to an occasion when people just light a fire because it’s light a fire night

  37. jfngw says:

    The BBC think we are dense, they are now in full government propaganda mode regarding furlough, continually playing ‘it’s for the whole UK’ chancellor speech. They think we forget it was only extended when England required it as representations from elsewhere were earlier just ignored.

    And of course if we were independent then we wouldn’t be the position of having to beg for this in the first place. The Tories think they have played a winning hand but in fact have just further exposed their mendacity.

    • Dr Jim says:

      The entire UK noticed that the Westminster government were in fact really the English government and when they pointed that out to the English government the English government slipped on their other bunnet to inform us all that it was all of us who were wrong and that they they English government are the UK government as well and don’t we forget it by jove

      But of course we didn’t, they did

  38. Golfnut says:

    The sudden, not really, extention to furlough comes just after it was too late to save tens of thousands of jobs up and down the uk, predictable, well it was exactly that. I cannot adequately describe my utter loathing and contempt for englands government.

    • ArtyHetty says:

      Same, best not read link to byline times re Wastemonster handing £billions to their dodgy pals re covid…at least maybe not today…

  39. Here we go this is how England’s Westminster wastes your money

    Just look at all the businesses that received millions of pounds from Westminster to do coronavirus work and have done absolutely nothing
    Some were given millions even though they had no employees ?
    Some are newly registered companies
    All have never done this type of work before


    • ArtyHetty says:

      Thanks for the links, TC, will check them out. Feel raging today, at the crap going on re Westmonster, their despicable treatment towards Scotland and the BritNats in Scotland’s parliament, they are all an utter disgrace to democracy and decency. Lying scheming troughers.

    • Petra says:

      That’s a keeper Terence. Any journalist up for asking Rooth the Mooth or DRoss what’s going on, especially when our SNP politicians have to beg for every crumb that’s thrown our way?

  40. yesindyref2 says:

    Why can’t trump go to the white house?

    Because it’s for biden.

  41. Gregory Nunn says:

    I paused for a moment, contemplating the use of a stick in the toilet…then the stick as a walking aid to get to the toilet became apparent to me….
    I am completely baffled by millions of people supporting the riff-raff of the world, the tag- team duo of Trump and Johnson.
    Beaten wives syndrome?
    Samuel Clemens grew to be quite the cynic in his old age, and I am leaning more and more that way, by the hour: “All I care to know is that a man is a human being, and that is enough for me; he can’t be any worse.”
    We will get through this, dragging the misguided with us.
    Best wishes on a continued recovery!

  42. yesindyref2 says:


    Survation result 54% YES, was 53% YES in September, removing 14.3% don’t knows.

    But with don’t knows left in, support for the union is I think lowest ever at 38.5%.

    https://www. survation. com/ survation- scotland- political-poll- november- 2020-3/

    (remove spaces and click on link for excel data tables)

  43. jfngw says:

    I see some with no political nuance are stating they are going to spoil their constituency paper and only vote ISP on the list. They seem unaware that this strategy will almost certainly result in none of their candidates being elected. The lower the number of constituency seats the SNP take the more likely they are to take list seats and the ISP will be frozen out. It’s amazing how some can’t think through the consequences of their action.

    Just to be clear I’m not advocating voting ISP on the list but just the lack of forethought some of their supporters have. They will literally cut off their noses to spite their face.

    • Dr Jim says:

      Aye, that’s the result of the leader of the online Scottish Taliban advising people the only way to get Independence is not to vote for it or draw obscene pictures on the ballot papers, coz that’ll apparently show em

      • jfngw says:

        Yes I saw the photo, I think it was actually a vote for the Tories as that’s where his issue was landing, but that was up to those at the count to decide if was a valid vote for the Tories.

    • grizebard says:

      I seem to remember that the Sage of Bath’s claim was that an alt-indy party was there to support and supplement the SNP, and here we discover (just as I have several times predicted, and not uniquely) how that really works out in practice: it very quickly degenerates into not actually supporting or supplementing at all but in fact acting antagonistically in direct opposition to the universally-recognised flag-bearers of independence.

      It’s divide-and-conquer all over again, possibly even perversely self-created, but in any event monumentally inept. RISE re-arisen having learnt nothing and heading toward the exact same extinction.

  44. Jim says:

    Completely off topic but this means a lot to me.

    I’m delighted to see that the SG is trying to put forward legislation regarding fireworks, which will be restricted as the UK Gov for some reason has retained the rules for letting off explosives by the general public to Westminster.

    At the moment I’m sitting in my house trying to calm our wee spaniel who right now is panting uncontrollably, shaking like a leaf and his heart is going at a thousand miles an hour because outside it sounds like a f………g war zone.

    I served in the fire brigade for 30 years in Glasgow and have had bricks, planks of wood on fire and dog shite thrown at me every year during the ‘Bonfire season’ in the process of doing my job so maybe it has become a war zone.

    This is not just one night on the 5th but goes on for 6 weeks. Supermarkets and other shops begin selling fireworks from the middle of October right through until 2 weeks after the 5th and each consecutive year it gets worse and worse.
    In my day as a child you could get a few sqibs, some sparklers, a roman candle or two and a catherine wheel for your back garden. Now it’s like f……..g Beirut.

    Where is the justification for selling explosives to the general public?
    Is it because we are duty bound to celebrate the thwarting of the attempt to blow the English parliament up in 1605, 102 years before the UK existed?

    Must all our animals suffer intense stress for 6 weeks so that the politicians in Westminster can pat themselves on the back that they managed to foil the destruction of their great pile on the Thames.

    Animals die every year through stress or injuring themselves to such an extent that they have to be put down.
    Every year children are maimed for life in the name of this utterly ridiculous so called festival of saving the Houses of Parliament.
    Think also of war veterans who suffer from shell shock. How must it be for them, cowering in a corner because weans need their fun. Enough I say! Kids can have fun doing all sorts of things without the use of fireworks. Ah! but it’s only one night a year they say, but it’s not, it’s for 6 long weeks.

    I hope the SG can do something within their remit to put an end to this mayhem.

    • ArtyHetty says:

      Yes it’s dreadful for our pets, why people have to set off these things (except maybe at Hogmanay) is beyond me. For some reason this year, hearing them seems utterly depressing, especially in Scotland. However around us in Edinburgh there have been nowhere near as many over the past weeks, maybe one or two. It does sound like a fckg warzone tonight though and our cat is not going to be going outside, he seems quite happy to stay inside.
      I hope your dog is not too scared…is there a kalms type med for dogs?

      • Jim says:

        Thanks ArtyHetty,

        We use a homeopathic remedy for Dougal which works to some extent but to see him as distressed as this breaks my heart.
        I hate this time of year and hope that the SG can get some legislation through within the shackles that’s put upon them.

        • ArtyHetty says:

          Aww that is awful for the dog to be so distressed, it’s quite cruel. I wonder what the SSPCA have to say about fireworks re animal welfare.
          Yes let’s hope these stupid fireworks can be banned for next year. I saw on twitter two houses went on fire, in Motherwell, really bad, because fireworks landed on the roof! Terrible, proof they need banning as of now,

    • Alastair says:

      I thought we were actually supposed to be celebrating the fact that ‘gunpowder’ Guy didn’t manage to assassinate King James I&VI in a catholic plot. The fact that Westminster wasn’t destroyed was incidental was it not?

      • Jim says:

        I think you’re missing the whole point of my post, deliberately or otherwise.
        The sale of fireworks to the public has to be stopped to stop this annual assault on our peace and also for the well being of animals.
        Breach of the peace was an offence last time I looked.

        • Alan Howard Baxter says:

          We must be the only country in the world that celebrates failure! If Gut Fawkes had managed to blow the bastards up that might have been worth celebrating! I actually like fireworks – but only in controlled displays. Sale to the public should be banned forthwith. Our Firefighters attended over 350 incidents last night (in West Scotland alone) I hope – but do not expect – that they were treated with the respect they deserve. If fireworks were banned outright I would not loose any sleep!

    • P Harvey says:


      My dog is the same – a complete nervous reck!
      Herbal Chill Drops from homeopathic pet shop in great western road does the trick
      She is now snoozing in her basket
      The sooner fireworks are banned, the better!

      • Jim says:

        P Harvey,

        Glad to hear that you join with the opinion that the sale of fireworks to the general public has to be banned.
        We also use homeopathic pills for Dougal at this time of year but he still gets really stressed. He would never made it as a gun dog!
        I really hope that the SG can get some traction with this.
        I read recently regarding this that 58% of Scottish people want the sale of fireworks to the general public banned.
        I’m also glad to see that the Co-op and Sainsbury’s have stopped selling fireworks to the public but ASDA have not ( don’t know about Tesco or Lidl and Aldi) and I wrote to them last year asking them to consider their stance on this taken that the riot police had to be deployed in Leeds , where they are headquartered, owing to unsociable behavior during bonfire night.
        I never received a reply.
        Profit over the welfare of people and animals seems to be their stance.

        • P Harvey says:

          Fireworks should be banned on the basis that many – humans and animals are distressed/ TERRIFIED by them
          Plus, why should the fire service be distracted by this.

          • Jim says:

            Midnight now and the bangs are getting louder and more constant.
            This is not families having a firework display for their kids, that happened earlier in the evening.
            This is fucking Neds setting them off now and they don’t give a shit because they’ll be asleep till about 4 o’clock tomorrow.
            I’ve had it up to my back teeth with this bullshit year on year.
            I’m seriously thinking of going round to their houses at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning and banging pots and pans outside their houses to see how they feel.
            The weird fact is I would probably be arrested for ‘Disturbance of the peace’
            Go figure!.

            I guess I’ve became what they call a grumpy old bastard now.
            Long live grumpy old bastards because we can fight back too.

            • Petra says:

              I feel strongly about this too Jim. I could put up with it on one night a year but this is ridiculous, especially when you have no idea when the explosions are going to happen and aren’t prepared for them. I look after two darling Maltese Lion dogs for one of my young relatives and absolutely adore them. One (2 1/2) is a nervous wee wreck at the best of times and the other (1 1/2) is like Dennis the Menace but both are reduced to quivering wrecks with their eyes popping out of their heads in fear. It’s hellish and all my husband and I can do is to put a cover over their ears and hold them close when it starts up, so yeah it impacts on us too.

              This is just one issue that I’d like to see being dealt with in an Independent Scotland, plus the vile OO walks, grouse shooting and a 1000 plus other issues.

              • Jim says:


                Yeah I could put up with it for one night a year also but only if it was an organized display at a set time and you know how long it’s going to last. That way you can at least plan for it.
                They have got to put a stop to selling fireworks to the general public in order to alleviate the anti social behavior that goes with it.

                P.S Glad to have you back after you’re break, you post links to a lot of interesting stuff. keep up the good work.

      • Tatu3 says:

        P Harvey. We live in Extremadura, a pretty remote part of Spain. We also live out in the countryside so fireworks are not a problem. We sometimes see them in the sky above the villages on the horizon, but don’t hear them.
        However our dogs are terrified during thunderstorms, which sadly we can’t ever hope to ban!, and we get quite a lot of them. So having read that you give your dog Chill Drops, we ordered some late last night for our dogs to see if it will help during storms. Thank you

  45. ArtyHetty says:

    Apparently Scotland is an ‘administration’. Commenter on prof John’s site watching BBC noticed Johnson refer to ‘UK and the devolved administrations’. You’ll have had your pretendy wee government and parliament now won’t you, Scotland!
    Article with comment, here.

  46. Welsh Siôn says:

    The latest ‘blue sky thinking’ from a Tory activist in Wales.

    Deluded or what?


    And now Raab has the virus:


    (Pardon me if I quote RSM Williams, Concert Party, Deolai, India, c.1945.)

    Night, all!

  47. Petra says:

    How Westminter managed to GASLIGHT a whole Nation akin to the cruel, lying narcissist’s abuse of his pitiful, confused and downtrodden wife. Then the fog began to lift, the wife started to see the light and she fought back …. like a fiend.


  48. Tom says:


    Long time lurker (though not so much of late, admittedly), always enjoy reading your posts. I got an email from the National today mentioning your fundraiser, and that you’d suffered a stroke, and that the dug had recently passed on. I’m so sorry, mate. It’s a dreadful thing, losing a pet. I’m sure he had a very happy life with you, his best friend.

    Much love from East Lothian – get well soon.


  49. Petra says:

    Just waiting for the men in white coats to take this guy away in a bl**dy straight jacket. Who in the their right mind voted for this guy? In saying that Biden might be sane but ain’t exactly what we’re looking for either.


  50. Petra says:

    Alister Union Jack is now telling us Scots that another Independence referendum will not be held for another 25 to 40 years. Who the feck does he think that he is? Hitler? Message from the Scots, “you’re onto plums.”


    • grizebard says:

      Oh, he’s still alive! He evidently thinks the Tories will be in power in England for a very long time, to make that kind of blithe assertion. Since Scotland won’t be voting for the feckers, all the more reason to get out sooner rather than later!

      Do these empty bluffers ever listen to themselves? To pretend out loud that they don’t give a toss about democracy like this, thereby demonstrating that they believe that Scotland is nothing more than a colonial possession of England? And this from someone whose actual job is supposed to be representing Scotland’s interests in London?

      • Petra says:

        They showed that on the news this morning grizebard (good) and I reckon it would have p*ssed off many people right across Scotland. Who do they think they are? Oh right, our Colonial masters.

    • ArtyHetty says:

      How long does he expect to live? I know there is an elixir for the rich I know but he must be getting on a bit now! Still, maybe he really does have a crystal ball, maybe they all do, these Tories do magic money trees and all that abracadabra stuff all the time, when it suits them.

    • yesindyref2 says:

      Sturgeon is comparing Bobbin Jack and BoJo to Trump:

      “As we’re seeing across the Atlantic just now, politicians who rage against democracy don’t prevail. Let’s not dignify this rubbish. Instead let’s keep making and winning the case for independence. Power doesn’t belong to politicians – it belongs to the people. #indyref2”

      and just watching the TV, Sky is making a big point that the UK Government isn’t agreeing with the Irish guy, in that all votes have to be counted in a democracy. The irony is that Trump is helping to undermine the UK Government – by the media comparing them to Trump. And remember Raab got criticised for not condemning Trump. The media accidentally is on our side for a little bit.

      Note, this isn’t my line; my (unpopular) line is that Trump is justified in getting his lawyers to challenge anything, basically, any decision based on legislation – that is implicit and explicit in the Rule of Law which we should all respect. And votes postmarked day of election but received afterwards are at least in a grey area in Law. I do have my reasons – I have a strong feeling it is precisely the Rule of Law that is going to set Scotland free of the likes of undemocratic Tory Government.

      Media is strange, media in the US is cutting short what Trump says as being false, same as the social media did. It’s a dangerous grey area, even if in this case it’s probably justified. Government by media is not democracy. Still – if we can use it for Indy Ref 2, then God help us, maybe we should.

  51. Petra says:

    Survation:- ”NEW @Survation Poll – Scottish Independence Referendum

    “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

    Yes 54% (+1)
    No 46% (-1)

    1,071 respondents, residents of Scotland, aged 16+, fieldwork 28 Oct – 4 Nov 2020. Changes w/ 2-7 Sep 2020” https://mobile.twitter.com/Survation/status/1324371427764641793


    ‘Sparkling Survation survey sustains the sequence: eleventh poll in a row to show pro-independence majority.’


  52. Petra says:

    ‘Protect Scotland app compatible with English and Welsh app.’

    ”Important step in further reducing the spread of COVID-19. People who have downloaded the Protect Scotland app will now be able to continue using it if they travel to England and Wales, as well as Gibraltar. Scotland has developed its own ‘federated server’ which allows for all proximity apps within the UK, Crown Dependencies and Gibraltar to work with each other for the first time.”..



    Minister for Future Borders & Immigration? Another Westminster duffer! Another reason for us to close our border. Another reason for us to fight for our independence.

    Yvette Cooper:- ”Troubling @CommonsHomeAffs session today. I asked Minister for Future Borders & Immigration what future border security checks will be in Jan if we lose access to the SIS2 criminal database currently used to check everyone. Neither Minister nor officials cd tell us /1.” https://mobile.twitter.com/YvetteCooperMP/status/1324020159854661635

  53. Petra says:

    ‘The Scottish Continuity Bill. Will it work?’



    Check out Ann’s latest links on the Indyref2 site.


  54. Dr Jim says:

    You know the media are a problem when they ask Independence supporters what we are going to do if England decides to *officially* declare itself a dictatorship
    The media should be asking the questions of the government and its representatives in England how they are going to go about legitimising such a position

    Those who support Independence for Scotland have no questions to answer, it’s any person’s perfectly legitimate and democratic right to support any political position they choose without attempted bullying from another state and or using news media to interrogate citizens from a position of hostility, nor is it the media’s job to print or report statements of intent without question of politicians who make such statements, the media’s job is to ask questions, and if they don’t then they themselves are declaring they are no more than pamphlets for politicians in another country whose intention is to impose an ideology on a people who do not want it, don’t and won’t vote for it

    The expressed will of any people in any country must be defended by that country’s media on behalf of the people, not the other way round or the media itself is admitting they are not impartial but an organ of another state ordered to be biased against the people of that state

    The media in Scotland must question not only their own existence and purpose if they do not act in a manner that defends the people and not a particular political viewpoint held in another country that is prepared to remove a people’s right to democracy

    Violence happened in other countries in the past because of media not doing its job, English rule historically is smeared in violence, every country they have ever ruled has ended up in violent protest because they refuse to allow the processes of democracy to take place rather than lose the profit they make
    The price for England doing the same thing in this modern time would be so heavy in world terms that to pursue such a path over Scotland would be a political folly so huge does England want to bear such a political fallout, after all continued trade and good will with other countries is far more important than embarrassing posturing imperialism

  55. Dr Jim says:

    I remember when Scotland voted against a Scottish parliament then Scotland changed its mind and voted for a Scottish parliament, so it seems that democracy was fine in that case and not a soul mentioned time constraints or restrictions or what one politician might have said or didn’t say

    Is the Unionist position that democracy was correct then but not now, if so they must explain this rationale

  56. Dr Jim says:

    England sticks Union Flags on Scottish produce then complains that we’re obsessed by flags

    • Bob Lamont says:

      Indeed, they know full well the Union flag supplanted a Saltire that was already there. What was behind this “Union initiative” were the excellent results from “Brand Scotland”, and to rework the Remington ad, “They were so successful I put them out of business”…
      eg – I live in eastern europe and used to be able to buy Galloway mature cheddar every 3 months or so sporting a Saltire and it broadly went down well across Europe from what I’d heard, despite a huge variety of cheaper cheeses. 3 years later my options are a Kaufland german product sporting a Union flag (go figure) or the LIDL NI product travelling incognito, both poor comparison but a massive hole in the Scottish small and industrial export market… Accident ? I don’t think any are that stupid but the #10 believe they are…
      As an example from europe as the UK marches toward “sunny uplands” there are few better than CHEESE, not the Liz, PAUSE, Truss, PAUSE, GRIN, PAUSE, Stilton variety but thousands of others, in short this initiative was never about promoting UK but strangling Scotland’s commerce, the fleg being the political yet modern equivalent of two fingers.
      Scots can do so much more by keeping local butchers, bakers, farmers etc afloat in these trying times, and it’s also time the big 6 and all the apparatus of the British State were brutally reminded who is in charge, the people..

      • Petra says:

        My latest issue relates to McQueen’s Dairies and First Milk, Bob. I’ve been organising milk deliveries to a number of elderly people and McQueen’s Dairies was recommended to me so I decided to use them, especially as it seemed to be a Scottish company.

        The ”about us” page more or less states that the company originated in Scotland in 1995, spread across Scotland and then ventured south to England over the past 4 years. They say that their ”employees are all local people but each depot is overseen by at least one family member insuring that we never lose the personal rapport that we have always enjoyed with our customers.” That would lead you to believe that the company is still based in Scotland and being run, in the main, by a family living in Scotland. However I’ve had to phone them on numerous occasions (at least 20) and been answered by someone in England. When I asked about that I was told that I was probably just put through to the first available line. When I asked for the Scottish branch number yesterday I was told that they didn’t have it to hand! I’ll be pursuing that again tomorrow.


        I then delved in a little further on the Q&A page to find that they buy the raw milk from a company called First Milk with their Registered Office at Glasgow Airport Business Park, 9, Marchburn Drive, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. I then had a look at their site to find that 2 of the five member farmers are Scottish, they have creameries on the Kintyre peninsula and Isle of Arran, however the the ONLY cheese that they sell is Lake District Dairy and Pembrokeshire mature cheddar.

        I had a look at their annual report and financial statement to find that they had been investing heavily in their creameries south of the border and then …

        ”Scottish Creameries closed:-

        Despite a very active sales process, by the summer of 2019 it became clear that a sale of our Arran Creamery was unlikely, and we regrettably announced the closure of the site. Discussions about the future of Campbeltown Creamery continued but, ultimately, we had to announce our intention to close that site in November. Nothing has changed in respect of our Kintyre farmers’ cooperative membership of First Milk, and going forward we will continue to collect and pay for their milk on the same basis as before. The Campbeltown site was subsequently sold in a post-year end transaction. Whilst this was the end of an era for the Kintyre area, we were pleased to have concluded the sale of our Campbeltown Creamery site to a local business that is committed to investing to secure employment opportunities for the local area for the long-term.”


        In other words, between one thing and another, Scotland is being shafted as usual.

  57. vivianoblivian7 says:

    Early indications that the support for the Scottish Tories is slipping.
    Second YouGov, Westminster voting intention, Scottish sub-sample (field work 4 – 5th Nov) in a row puts the Tories at 16%.
    Full scale Survation, Scottish, Westminster voting intention poll puts the Tories at 18%.
    Up till mid-October the Tories were reliably polling 20%+.
    Whatever your doing Boris, just keep doing it.

    • yesindyref2 says:

      And Alister Jack telling us plebs he won’t allow Indy Ref 2 for 25 or 40 years, now shut up I’m having my tiffin. That’s not going to go down well, apart from with the 7% abolitionists – and perhaps another reason for Conservative support going down down down.

      • Arthur Thomson says:

        I hope Jack gets every opportunity to express his fascist views. He will give succour to his diminishing band of suckers but will break the back of the cringe in ever more Scots. The Brits think that we fear their weasel words – fat chance.

        I keep saying, we are now at the point where heads we win tails they lose. Everything they touch turns to mince. Everything they do to recover just makes more mince.

        I’m glad to say that now is the time for all of us to get behind Nicola, Jeane, Joanna, Philippa, Kate, Lesley, etc. We will be civilised, resolute and intelligent in equal parts in achieving our goal. Jack will disappear back into obscurity where he belongs – twat that he is.

        • Bob Lamont says:

          Aye, rarely better summarised

        • yesindyref2 says:

          I don’t comment anywhere near as much as I used to on MSM, as the Tories are doing a good enough job on their own, so are Labour, the likes of Rennie even for the LibDems – and the wonderfully dumb and extreme below the line commentators. I don’t want to disturb them.

  58. Dr Jim says:

    Kincorth/Nigg/Cove (Aberdeen) by election result:

    SNP – 1661 (47.4% + 6.7)
    Con – 709 (20.2% -1.3)
    Lab – 429 ( 12.2% -5.3)
    Finlayson (Ind) -367 10.5% -04)
    Lib Dem -128 3.6% -1.6)
    Green -58 (1.7% +1.7)
    Other Inds x3 -139 (4% -0.3 vs dif inds)

    SNP and Greens up, all three British parties down along with other *independents*

    Dross will be consumed by Britishness and claim a fantasmagorical reason as to why this just happened I’m sure

  59. Welsh Siôn says:

    This is a good article – and one which should be shared amongst my compatriots … but it also has matters of great interest to SAcots.



    • Dr Jim says:

      Another Westminster wheeze calling a country’s own money being handed back minus what Westminster keeps, a block *grant*

      Since when and who came up with the idea to call it that, and once the people have asked themselves that question then they’ll begin to realise just what kind of machiavellian minded people they’re dealing with who can mentally subjugate a people so much they think they’re being done a favour being *allowed* the use of some of their own money

    • Jim says:

      ” The level of Welsh spending is dependent on English policies” or Scotland or N Ireland and so it has always been and will always continue to be under the current set up.
      All nations send the majority of their tax take to the treasury. Problem is the treasury is under the control of Westminster and whatever London centric English government is in power.
      The spending in London is massively disproportionate to the rest of the UK and they also have the cheek to add a percentage of the cost of their projects to our budgets (based on population share of course) as they class it under ‘National Expenditure’ How kind of them!
      Did the UK Gov pay 90% of the costs for the Queensferry crossing. No, of course they didn’t but we and the other nations get lumped with a percentage cost for Crossrail, Crossrail2, Heathrow 3rd runway, HS2 and all the other vanity products that only serve London.
      All of this has to stop of course but that would entail Westminster realising that they’re are actually places outside London.

    • JoMax says:

      And if you’ll forgive me for repeating something I said in a post a few weeks ago, when we get headlines such as today’s from the BBC “Bank of England boss pledges ‘to do everything we can’ to support the economy”.

      The Bank of England is NOT the Bank of ENGLAND. The Bank of ‘England’ operates as the Central Bank for the whole of the UK. In a way, we can’t entirely blame the hard of thinking south of the border if they think that it’s only England’s money which is ‘supporting’ the rest of us when ‘Bank of England’ is plastered over everything and repeated over and over again. I cannot understand why during 300+ years of a so called union, the Scots (and Welsh) union-supporting politicians did not insist on an appropriate name change at some point. They truly have been brainwashed for centuries to the point where they don’t even notice.

      • Petra says:

        And someone should have blown this bl**dy myth to smithereens over the last 70 years or so JoMax. It’s the Bank of the United Kingdom NOT England.

        Auld Bob Peffers used to go on about this a mile a minute. And hey Bob I hope that you are keeping well X. What an educator, what a man, scunnered right off of WoS. Surprise, surprise. Finished off finally by those that he trusted the most by being stabbed right in the back (and you know who you are … shame on you).

      • Golfnut says:

        It doesn’t really matter anymore what the UK central bank is called, what is relevant is the fact that Scotland is joint owner. During indy1 the SNP made a point of declaring that they would accept part of the UK debt, around £100 Billion, which in real terms represents an insignificant amount for a country that has 55% of the natural assets of the current UK land and sea boundaries while only 8% of the population. How part ownership is dealt with is the real issue for the negotiation team, England will not want Scotland owning part of Englands debt, because it will automatically on day one of independence become a financial asset to Scotland. The fact that Scotland is indisputably an equal partner within the terms of the Treaty of Union, in law, creates a myriad of problems for Westmister both internally and internationally, which is why I believe the SNP actually stated acceptance of debt.

        • Petra says:

          I think that the name does matter Golfnut from the point of view of many people in England, and in Scotland for that matter, believing in the myth that we’re being bailed out by England.

          • Jim says:

            I agree Petra, I think it’s the reason that the general public in England consistently have the view that they subsidise the Devolved Nations.

            • Golfnut says:

              The operative word I think is ‘ anymore ‘, less positive, more counter productive for Scots any how, whatever the English think. Recent events regarding furlough helping that process along.

  60. Welsh Siôn says:

    (Who the *hell* are ‘SAcots’? Well …. I guess you know …. Soz and Lolz)

  61. grizebard says:

    This thread is mature enough that I can presume to add, for those who are interested, a small O/T update on the virus situation to follow on the one I made a couple of weeks ago. The day after I last posted, there was a small glitch sideways in the hospital numbers and most importantly, the nature of the upwards curve changed from exponential to linear, with a daily increase of ~32 per day. An increase still, but not an ever-escalating one. After a week of this, there was another odd glitch, this one slightly downwards, and for a handful of days thereafter, the increase remained linear but at a slightly greater rate of ~35 per day. (Both with a fairly high degree of confidence.)

    However, after the 3rd Nov, the rate slowed noticeably and the number has now even begun to decline, so we may have some grounds for hope that the peak has finally been turned.

  62. yesindyref2 says:

    BBC still claiming there’ll be a recount in Georgia as though it’s certain, and say it as though it would happen straight away. Just ignorance, all they have to do is watch CNN to get more understanding – and competence (even if CNN aren’t perfect either).

    It’s up to the losing candidate to call for a recount, and it seems to me if it ends up somewhere over 300 to Biden, even Trump will accept it. drop his legal actions, and not bother with recounts either. There would be no point, and he might be certificable but not stupid. And recounts can’t be called till 2 days after the result is certified, which for Georgia won’t be till around 20th to 22nd November apparently.

    Some at least of the BBC’s bias is ignorance and institutional stupidity. And that’s been getting truer and truer as they make do with less and less researchers and rely on “over to Northampton to talk to some local experts in your street for free”.

    Umm, was it Andrew Neil their senior person in the US for this election …

  63. Bob Lamont says:

    Slightly off topic, but having been delighted to see Trump’s most recent spouting being cut-off by the networks, this Richard Murphy’s blog-post was never better timed.
    Unfortunately, the UK’s media is generally as corrupt as the politicians whose outrageous lies are no longer a resignation matter, the notion of truth being verified is somewhat fanciful, but how else can trust in media or politicians be restored ?

    • Petra says:

      Hahahah, Rory Stewart’s got the measure of the man.

      ..”Johnson is after all the most accomplished liar in public life – perhaps the best liar ever to serve as prime minister. Some of this may have been a natural talent – but a lifetime of practice and study has allowed him to uncover new possibilities which go well beyond all the classifications of dishonesty attempted by classical theorists like St Augustine. He has mastered the use of error, omission, exaggeration, diminution, equivocation and flat denial. He has perfected casuistry, circumlocution, false equivalence and false analogy. He is equally adept at the ironic jest, the fib and the grand lie; the weasel word and the half-truth; the hyperbolic lie, the obvious lie, and the bullshit lie – which may inadvertently be true. And because he has been so famous for this skill for so long, he can use his reputation to ascend to new levels of playful paradox.”..

      And yes, I (Richard Murphy) am arguing that he should not get a platform for such lies. Then we might get honest politicians again. The cancer of political lying has to stop. And then, of course, every liar could have a platform again – so long as they told the truth. I am not opposed to opinion I disagree with being offered. Far from it: I will always demand that this be allowed. But lies destroy trust. And they have to end.

    • Petra says:

      Interesting right enough Golfnut. Summed up by Martin Hannan saying, ”Forgive the cynical view but that all says “in other words, we’re back in complete charge and will spend what we like on the replacement for Trident with no need for reports to shareholders and that public sort of stuff”, however sad to say for them Independence will scupper that one.

  64. Ken2 says:

    An investment bank is being set up in Scotland.

    Scotland raises £66Billion+ in tax revenues. It could raise even more.

    Scotland gets back £30Billion+ .Grant. Pays £14Billion (UK) pension/ benefits). Pays £4Billion on loan repayments not borrowed or spent in Scotland. £4Billion on Defence. (Not all spent in Scotland).

    £52Billion (on average). £14Billion spent by Westminster. The so called Deficit. Gone from Scotland.

    Scotland could borrow £5Billion to invest in the economy. Pay for itself in growth. Pay £1Billion less on Defence. Loses £3Billion on tax evasion (UK tax laws not enforced by Westminster). £3Billion loan repayment on monies not borrowed or spent in Scotland. £11Billion which could be better spent.

    Scotland could raise £80Billion revenues Like Norway.

    Illegal wars, tax evasion and financial fraud. Westminster policies destroy the world economy. The rest of the UK would be better off if Scotland was Independent. They could have more sensible policies. If they vote for it.

  65. Petra says:

    Are facts and figures (itemised) available in relation to how much we hand over to the Treasury, Ken?

    • Golfnut says:

      macalba site.com was brilliant for figures, he hasn’t posted for a while but the site is/was still there, well worth a visit

    • Ken2 says:

      UK Gov Accounts

      Scottish Gov Accounts

      On the internet. Look them up.

      eg Oil revenues taxes on UK Gov Accounts. Other amounts on Scottish Accounts. Put two together. General information.

      Westminster deciding how Scottish monies are spent. Against the electorate wishes. No taxation without representation.

      Estimation on VAT. Under estimated compared with Ireland etc.

      The Westminster Gov claimed separate accounts could not complied Why? With computers.

      The illegal Barnett Formula. To take revenues out of Scotland. Kept secret under the Official Secrets Act. Thatcher kept it secret and lied about Scottish revenues.Took £Billions out of Scotland. Wasted. The McCrone Report.

  66. Capella says:

    @ Welsh Sion – good news! Wales wins Pennsylvania for Biden:

    • Welsh Siôn says:

      He he he, Capella.

      Consider this, too. Scranton (Biden’s birthplace) is well-known in Welsh history:


      Jones, William D. Wales in America: Scranton and the Welsh, 1860-1920 (University of Wales Press, 1997).


      In the early nineteenth century most of the Welsh settlers were farmers, but later on there was emigration by coal miners to the coalfields of Ohio and Pennsylvania and by slate quarrymen from North Wales to the “Slate Valley” region of Vermont and New York. There was a large concentration of Welsh people in the Appalachian section of Southeast Ohio, such as Jackson County, Ohio and was nicknamed “Little Wales”. The Welsh language was commonly spoken there for generations until the 1950s when its use began to subside. As of 2010, more than 126,000 Ohioans are of Welsh descent and about 135 speak the language,[14][15] with significant concentrations still found in many communities of Ohio such as Oak Hill (13.6%), Madison (12.7%), Franklin (10.5%), Jackson (10.0%), Radnor (9.8%), and Jefferson (9.7%).[16]

      • Capella says:

        Your spies are everywhere 🙂
        A bit like us then.
        There are a lot of Welsh descendants in Patagonia too, says a friend of mine who holidayed there. I was surprised to find a few in Corfu too, with Corfuvians learning Welsh as a second language. Still, good to know they have the opportunity to boot out one vulgar buffoon.

  67. Petra says:

    I posted this ”Letter to Boris Johnson” by a former NO voter on here previously, but doubt that anyone (or few) read it. I think that it’s a brilliant piece of work, inspirational in fact, that deserves to be read by as many people as possible, so I’m now posting it in full. I hope that Paul won’t mind.

    From Scottish poet LJ McDowall.

    ”Dear Mr Johnson

    This letter will never be read by you. If you respond at all, some civil official will respond blandly on your behalf—much as you did recently with Nicola Sturgeon—with a stock reply on how the Scottish people were ‘decisive’ in 2014 about their wish to remain in the UK, and on how we must ‘unite the country’, together with some chipper tag-line about ‘unleashing potential,’ possibly accompanied by a Latin aphorism. Nevertheless, I wanted to explain why you cannot use people like me—we 2014 No Thanks voters—as the reason for refusing to recognise Scotland’s right to continue our national conversation on independence and our right to hold a second referendum. The myth you and yours trot out is that the Scots don’t really want a referendum, are happy with the status quo, and the tens of thousands of independence marchers through our towns and cities are a mob whipped up by the Scottish government who cannot ‘focus on the day job’. I’m here to tell you why that’s a lie.

    I voted No in 2014. I am among the Scots you keep referring to who were—according to you— ‘decisive’. I remember in 2014 swithering in the polling booth. It was anything but a decisive moment. Was I doing the right thing? Could Westminster’s sweet-talking be trusted? Was I choosing fear over hope? But I was convinced by the Better Together campaign. As someone of mixed Scots-English heritage, I didn’t want to throw my vote behind the spectre of Scottish ethnonationalism your propaganda machine had convinced me existed (it doesn’t). I didn’t want to sever Scotland from the European Union, and I believed—hook, line, and sinker—Better Together’s argument that Scotland’s EU membership would be at risk if we left the UK Union. I didn’t want to abandon the poor of England to decades of Tory rule—and Cameron’s austerity policies had already had a severe impact. But most of all, I believed the solemn pronouncements of doom from South of the Border. You can’t go it alone. You need us. You’re nothing without us. Looking back, the Better Together campaign, the whispered promises that things would get better for Scotland if we stayed, that we’d remain part of the family of European nations that make up the EU, that we couldn’t really afford to go it alone, were nothing more than the typical gaslighting of the typical abusive partner in a typically unhappy marriage.

    Like me, Mr Johnson, I imagine you know a thing or two about unhappy relationships. Abusive partners can be heard through solid walls, the screams accompanied by slamming doors and smashing crockery, where the neighbours listen in impotent dismay and hurriedly call the police. I have had to leave an abusive relationship with an ‘alpha male’—the sort you admire so profoundly in your novel, Seventy-Two Virgins, and in your frequent noughties editorial rants in the Spectator on the feebleness of cucked modern British male and about the necessity of keeping single mothers like me in ‘Victorian-levels of destitution’. My own abuser said to me the very same things your party has been telling the people of Scotland. “You’re stuck with me now! You think you can go it alone? You? Ha! You’re nothing without me! Nothing! Gimme your bank card. No, GIVE me it. You stupid dolt, you’re not smart enough to handle your own finances.”

    Later, when the bags are packed and the taxi to the train station booked, there comes the love bomb, and your home is suddenly lit by gas: “Darling, don’t leave me. Think of the kids! I’m sorry, things will get better. I love you, baby. We’re such a great team, you and I. I’ll change, I’m already changing! YOU’RE changing me! Just don’t leave me, darling, we’re so much better together! I’ll give you more powers. How does more devolution sound, hmmm? That’s my girl. I love to see that smile. What? The bank card? We’ll talk about your bank card later.”

    The abuser, of course, never changes. Everything they say is a con to maintain control. Meanwhile, the abused partner is isolated from friends and family, and they lose control over their finances and are disempowered at every turn. And there are so many lies, in a relationship like this. You know a thing about lying as well, Mr Johnson.

    There is no doubt in my mind that Scotland, once an active participant in her vibrant family of European nations, is now shackled to an isolationist, controlling, emotionally and financially abusive partner, unable to interact with her extended European family. Over the last few years, I’ve watched with horror as England and Scotland have chosen very different directions—England abandoning the social contract and degenerating into a petty, squabbling, nativist, authoritarian ethnonationalist state (the very State that I’d hoped to avoid in 2014) where its leaders seem high on the crack-pipe dream of narcissistic imperialism. Condemned by the UN and by the British Medical Journal, around 120,000 of Britain’s elderly, poor, and disabled are dead because of an austerity policy which smacks of Social Darwinism. Hate crimes against LGBTI and disabled people have soared in England after Brexit gave the nativist hard right the go-ahead to be as vile to their fellow human beings as possible. This is your fault. A third of British children now live in poverty—again, your responsibility.

    Meanwhile, despite being hypocritically told they are ‘not doing the day job’, the Scottish Government has bent over backwards mitigating the worst of Tory cuts. They’ve spent tens of millions protecting the most vulnerable Scots—including children like my profoundly disabled daughter—from the Westminster regime who quite clearly wants dead, and as quickly as possible. I shudder to think what my child’s fate would have been had we lived in England. Would she have been one of those forgotten, nameless, 120,000? I was not a fan of the SNP until I contrasted the way they behaved with the leadership of the Tory party over the last few years. The SNP have governed soberly, ethically, and ably, under appalling economic constraints foisted on them by your ridiculous, predatory administration and those of your predecessors.

    I voted “No” in the 2014 referendum, and I voted “no” on the basis of manipulation, gaslighting and lies. I have regretted it ever since because I kept my country in an abusive relationship. This is my responsibility, and I will spend the rest of my life putting right that mistake. Even if the Better Together Campaign had been correct in 2014 (they were not) circumstances for the partners in this Union have fundamentally—and irrevocably—changed since the Brexit Referendum. Equity and law have always recognised the need to revisit a legal issue or an agreement if there has been a fundamental change in circumstances. Relying on the 2014 decision when you’ve altered the course of our relationship with the entire world is an insult to intelligence. You cannot seriously expect Scots (especially as you have no democratic mandate to determine Scotland’s future) to believe that we cannot change our minds when you have behaved in such a reprehensible manner. Cocky, and with a large majority, like all abusive partners the Tory Party dropped the love-bombs and the sweet-talking now it perceives it has the power and the upper hand. You’ve reverted to the ‘you’ve made your bed, now lie on it, I’m in charge’ part of the abuse cycle. Abusers never change.

    I will not let you use my 2014 decision to spin your way to denying the Scottish People the opportunity to change their minds. I was wrong. I was lied to. I was afraid to leave. I am not going to be a cowering timorous beastie any more. I’m going to thwart your best-laid plans, and so will the rest of the Scottish people who are utterly sick of Westminster abuse.

    I want a divorce. I’ve had enough of your intolerable cruelty. We have irreconcilable differences. I want out of this partnership and so do most of the other folks I know who voted No Thanks in 2014. We told you that in the last three General Elections and we’re telling you that now. As much as you would like to control this relationship, Mr Johnson, this is no longer possible. The abuser never changes, and the abuser’s true colours always show in the end. You cannot halt the national conversation on independence no matter how many authoritarian pronouncements you make from the podium. We’re already chosen our route. We’ve packed our bags, and booked the taxi to the train station. We won’t let you isolate us from our European friends and family. We will strive as a nation united by a common bond of justice, inclusiveness and decency to be the best version of ourselves no matter what you do (and I believe you mean to do us harm).

    You have repeatedly claimed you wish to unite the country—by which of course you mean the United Kingdom your hubris and folly has so bitterly divided. You cannot unite the Divided Kingdom, because you have continued English colonial supremacy as the model and forced it on unwilling partners whom you do not consider to be England’s equals. There can be no unity where there is inequality and disrespect. England does not have its partners’ consent to proceed the way it wants. That means this marriage is over, and anything you do to us to force us in line with your agenda is a violation.

    Leaving an abusive relationship, Mr Johnson, is a process, not an event. I know if your jolly carrots don’t work on us, you’ll resort to the bully’s stick, because that’s what abusive partners do. But you cannot stop us suing for divorce. That process is already underway.

    And really, it will be better for the kids if we split up now.”

  68. Petra says:

    A taste of things to come, eh, when Neil launches GB News in 2021?

    ”Andrew Neil has said he is enjoying his “new-found freedom” since leaving the BBC and used his final appearance on the news channel to criticise the SNP.”..



    Mmmhhh poor wee Dougie. Naebody seems to like him 😀.

    ‘Day of despair for Douglas Ross as the Tories go backwards in Aberdeen by-election, and are on course to lose TWELVE SEATS in next year’s Holyrood vote.’

    .”That said, there’s no doubt that the Tories are now performing much more poorly than at the peak of the revival under Ruth Davidson. The new leader Douglas Ross must take his share of the blame for that, because the position seems to have worsened slightly since he took over, and that’s coincided with dire personal ratings for him being reported in a couple of polls.”..


  69. Petra says:

    What a friggin shambles and I’ll bet we don’t know the half of it.

    ‘Trucks to Wales from Ireland will have to drive to England for check-in after Brexit transition.’

    ”Trucks travelling to destinations in Wales from Ireland will need to drive all the way to England for post-Brexit checks before travelling back to Wales, sources have told the Daily Post.”



    ‘Weekly News Review : 31st Oct – 6th Nov.’

    ..”No matter what the result of the American election ends with, it will embolden the likes of Johnson, Gove, Cummings and the rest of their cronies in No10 to continue tearing down the democratic institutions of the UK. What they have witnessed in America is a playbook in action. They see that anything goes, that there is confirmation that truth and political competence no longer matter and that lying and propagandising is a route to keeping power. They are still learning the language of power grabs from the worlds foremost experts in Washington DC. Dominic Cummings will have analysed all of Trump’s successes and failures and will soon start to readjust the strategies to keep this miserable bunch of freeloading incapables in office.”..


    • Welsh Siôn says:

      What a friggin shambles and I’ll bet we don’t know the half of it.


      Keep up on nation.cymru, and you will, Petra!

      Me and my compatriots with Paul’s permission will keep posting on here, too.

      Are you YES Cymru, yet? 😉

  70. Petra says:

    What’s Queen Lizzie1 got to say about this?

    ‘Chagos Islanders Seek Arrest of British Officials for ‘Apartheid’.’

    ..”In the years since, the islands have remained a British colony and Diego Garcia has gone from a tropical paradise with thriving villages and residents whose families lived there for generations, to a military base that has been used to house secret prisons for the CIA. Its detainees are flown there by secret rendition flights. Even America’s newly formed Space Force has found a home there, along with workers for the American multinational firm Serco which was awarded a $57 million contract for “deep space surveillance”.”..

    .”In May, The Observer reported that many Chagossians have been struggling to afford even the most basic provisions such as medicine. When the members of the community contacted the British High Commission in Mauritius to request help, the newspaper claims that the Foreign Office responded by saying “there is no mechanism currently in place to implement a plan for the Chagossian community”.”..



    Janey Godley:- Donald on the phone 2


  71. Petra says:

    ‘This is the list of the SNP’s confirmed constituency candidates for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.’ https://mobile.twitter.com/theSNP/status/1324786810753601537


    Check out Ann’s latest links on the Indyref2 site.


  72. Petra says:

    Mmmhh. A couple of links in moderation, however I’ll repost this one to give you a laugh.

    Trump, is there room for me in Scotland? All together now … NAW.

    Janey Godley:- ‘Donald on the phone 2’


  73. Tatu3 says:

    How will a Biden win affect Scotland? Is Biden pro us being independent? Have he and Nicola met before? If so how did they get along? He seems to be very proud of his Irish roots, and they achieved independence from the uk, as did America.
    Anyone have thoughts on this? Thanks

    • Capella says:

      We’ll find out soon:

    • Petra says:

      I’m sure that one of Biden’s brothers lives in or lived in Scotland and supported Independence, Tatu3.

      Sky is reporting that Joe Biden will be vising the Irish border which will put the wind right up BoJo the clown’s breeks 🤡.

      No trade deal with the UK but maybe one with an Independent Scotland? 😀

      ‘Brexit: Nancy Pelosi says seamless Irish border must not be threatened by UK leaving EU.’

      ..”Reiterating comments she made earlier in the week during a speech in London, she added: “Let me be clear. If the Brexit deal undermines the Good Friday accords there will be no chance of a UK-US trade agreement. I say that hopefully, that we will not have to face that reality, but I say it as a prediction.”


  74. JMD says:

    There’s no real difference between Biden and Trump, only superficial differences in style, presentation, personalities etc. They’re both neoliberals and US exceptionalists. Biden will probably end up signing off on whatever the neocons who will be around him want.

    • Alec Lomax says:

      Biden is relatively sane. That’s the difference.

    • grizebard says:

      Awww, it will certainly not be your wished-for Nirvana, but just try to sell your depressive bleeding heart to all the crowds of young people celebrating the defeat of poisonous ultra-right mendacity, and with renewed hope in a fairer future for all, out on the streets right now in Washington DC, NYC, Philadelphia, Atlanta…

  75. Petra says:

    One on the beak for LBJ 😀.

    ‘WATCH: Nicola Sturgeon quoted as ‘world leader’ in NBC News election report.’



    Because the madman who would have threatened our chances of us getting our independence is gone and another stable, fair-minded man has taken his place, Ruth.

    Ruth Wishart:- ‘Why is Unionist Twitter so insulted by Nicola Sturgeon’s LBC moment?’


    • yesindyref2 says:

      Beat me to it. Very precisely played by Sturgeon, one tweet she wished Amercia good luck which is perfect, whoever won, next one she talked about democracy which made it reasonably obvbious, but not specific to Biden. Hence her recognition on NBC probably. Which is perhaps worth YES votes, but also as much support as we can expect from the USA – and it’s very important the US recognises Independent Scotland. Biden will be far better for that, than Trump. I was worried – last election she backed Clinton, and that is wrong for a leader. This time she got it word perfect.

      Thanks God Biden won, I feel I can say that at last. Indy Ref 2 is now closer.

    • Capella says:

      Boris Johnston notably not congratulating Joe Biden in the first tranche of world leaders (such as Nicola Sturgeon).

  76. yesindyref2 says:

    Oh. I’ve been flicking through the 5xx news channels, and RT is hilarious. Most of the time it’s giving Trump and his allegations space, with Giuliani being given repetitive slots. Now there’s a surprise!

    • yesindyref2 says:

      They’re just been giving some Hungarian Putinesque rigiht-winger 10 minutes to say how Biden did nothing, and the election was fixed, and Trump is his hero.

  77. Arthur Thomson says:

    Biden was asked today if he had a word for the BBC.

    “I’m Irish” he said.

    Short and sweet – unless you’re a Brit.

  78. Skintybroko says:

    All together now

    Donald the President will pack his trunk
    And say goodbye to the White House
    Of he’ll go with a Humpity hump
    Trump Trump Trump

    He is a very bad loser
    They’ll be glad to see him go
    And thank their lucky stars
    They have a president called Joe

  79. Jim says:

    The great orange dope is out but is still tweeting fraud in the count in the hope of inciting all the gun totting white supremacists.
    Think about this, a black man holding a knife, but not threatening anybody, is shot 17 times 2 weeks ago by police on arrival without giving him the chance to put the knife down and yet white Trump supporters can walk about the streets with an assault rifle plus a pistol in their belt and not even be approached by the police.
    Trump has driven the USA to become one of the most racist, xenophobic nations on Earth.
    The USA is the 13th most unequal country in the world in terms of wealth distribution per head of capita.
    So where does that leave us, stuck within a similar scenario, with the xenophobic, racist and elitist brexiteers who will be in charge for the next 4 years.
    We have Bojo the clown, Jack and Gove parroting the same denial of democracy as Trump.
    Labour down south now have a 5 point lead over the Tory’s but that matters diddly squat as they can’t bring a motion of no confidence because the Tory’s will just vote it down, Turkeys don’t vote for xmas, and anyway Labour would deny us that democracy same as the Tory’s.

    The voice of reason has returned in the US and it’s returning in all the devolved Nations of the UK. I believe that people in the Devolved Nations are starting to smell the bullshit and are not prepared to put up with this shitshow any longer. The clamour for Scottish Independence will continue to grow, Independence is growing fast in Wales and it’s only a matter of time that Ireland is re-united
    The end of the United Kingdom is fast approaching much like the former USSR and no matter how long Westminster tries to bury its head in the sand in the hope that it will just go away it’s as plain as the lies that spew from their mouths that it is inevitable.

  80. Ken2 says:

    The foreign wars will start again. The Washington cabal. The arms industry. Mass murderers.

    • yesindyref2 says:

      Pros and cons whichever had won Ken2. But it’s nearly all good news as far as I can see with Biden – GFA is safer if BoJo wants a trade deal, Biden is likely to be more friendly to our Independence, and in time, the tariffs on whisky might be reduced to former levels, I’d guess the Scotch Whisky Association is already sending congrats and lobbyists.

    • Eilidh says:

      They never stopped!!! Remember what Trump did to American allies the Kurds in Syria- abandoned and betrayed them

    • grizebard says:

      (Don’t I recall that you were once one of those NE Trump boosters…?)

      • Alex Clark says:

        Yep, been reading his posts for years and I like them, he is a Trump supporter though or at least was. We all have a choice but I’m flummoxed as to why and only Ken can explain.

  81. yesindyref2 says:

    The NBC5 wouldn’t display in my region whatever that means, but yrtis:


    Note the order of the “world leaders” 🙂

  82. Brian Fleming says:

    I’m surprised you, too, have fallen victim to Trump Derangement Syndrome, Paul. Just wait until the Middle East is again plunged into carnage and Europe flooded with refugees once the great leader Kamala takes the reins.

    • grizebard says:

      Interestingly, it never happens on the right, but there are ever-so-predictably always a few Judah People’s Front types who are visibly dismayed by any progressive step forward, however modest. Not so much “glass half empty” as “not my glass, so yah-boo-sucks”. The poopers at everyone else’s party.

    • Eilidh says:

      When did carnage in the Middle East stop with Trump as President. Have you not notice what they have been doing in Syria for nigh on 4 years. In no shape or form has Trump done anything in that region to help peace. He has caused significant problems with his involvement with Israeli govt and moving the US embassy there just for starters. He is a despicable human being and an utter crook and of course a rabid racist and mysongist and please don’t give me that he is half Scottish crap

      • Alex Clark says:

        Palestine also is further away than ever from a peaceful resolution thanks to Trump’s interference in the region.

    • Terence Callachan says:

      Trump is deranged it’s not a syndrome

    • Alex Clark says:

      Syria and Yemen were both in the Middle East last time I looked. The atrocities being committed in these countries in recent years are like nothing before, and the West under Trump have turned a blind eye. You are a victim of fake news.

      The UK even sells the weapons to Saudi to bomb the poor in Yemen. Open your fucking eyes.

      • Eilidh says:

        Where do you think Saudia Arabia is getting weapons from to fight in Yemen uk and usa among others that’s where. Did you seriously want 4 more years of Trump this planet and my sanity couldn’t survive that

  83. Ellie Fiddes says:

    Glad you are on the mend, keep gaun.

  84. Petra says:

    Guess where the hotspot for Covid 19 is in Argyll and Bute. https://mobile.twitter.com/argyllander/status/1324614763138240512

    • Golfnut says:

      Not exactly top billing for our news networks, remember one of the Moray airbases had a couple of hundred self isolating, downplayed by the media. Surface ship crews will probably be confined to ship but maintainence staff, supplies eff will bring it on board. The main problem for Faslane and Coulport is the external cleaning contracts and of course large numbers of personnel only there for 5 days a week and then back home.

  85. Capella says:

    Posting this tweet for the fun element – What do you have to say to the BBC?
    I’m Irish!

  86. Dr Jim says:

    Successions of Tories lining up to rewrite history already this morning

    Trump? we never liked him really, we were just saying that, politics, it’s what governments have to do, blah blah blah

    If ever there were politicians who could provoke you projectile vomiting it’s the Tories

  87. Petra says:

    ‘Is Scottish independence inevitable?’



    DRoss disnae quite get it, does he 🙄?

    ”The leader of the Scottish Conservatives is calling for a reform of the House of Lords to be fairer to Scots and those from other devolved nations. Douglas Ross said the parliament’s second chamber needed a radical rethink, and a move away from its current London-centric membership.”..


  88. Petra says:

    ‘Scientific breakthroughs on Scottish university campuses.’

    ”Scottish universities are at the cutting edge of scientific breakthroughs and Holyrood features some of the more unusual appliances of science.”..



    ‘The BBC’s ‘impartiality’ gag.’

    ..”But never mind that for now. There’s another story, which should have been front-page news every day for weeks. The story behind the massive failure of Serco’s Test and Trace system during this pandemic has rarely come close to that status, despite the grim effects of its failure. If I were a professional journalist, I would be convincing my editor that this is the only story in town. It literally is a matter of life and death for some, as some of us well know from our line of work.”..


  89. Petra says:

    ‘Biden’s victory just made Brexit far more complicated.’

    ..”Westminster will be unable to find refuge in President Biden to the extent that it may have done in a President Trump. As a no-deal Brexit now appears more likely, so does the break-up of the UK as a result.”



    ‘Joe Biden’s election victory could soon spell trouble for Britain’s ‘mini-Trump’ Boris Johnson.’

    Joe Biden’s election victory is causing concern for some supporters of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    Johnson is not viewed favorably by Biden who once labeled him a “kind of a physical and emotional clone” of Donald Trump.

    Johnson’s past jibes against former president Barack Obama are still remembered by the President-elect, sources on his campaign told Business Insider.

    “Joe has a long memory,” about such things, one Biden campaign source said.

    Johnson’s warm relationship with President Trump and his role as an architect of Brexit could also sour relations between the two countries.”..


  90. Petra says:

    ‘Nicola Sturgeon: Scots should listen to Joe Biden read this Seamus Heaney poem.’

    ”NICOLA Sturgeon has urged people to listen to Joe Biden read out a poem by Seamus Heaney about conflict and reconciliation.

    The First Minister tweeted a link to a RTE news broadcast last night which showed the US President elect reading out the Irish poet’s The Cure of Troy in his campaign video.

    Here are the words from The Cure of Troy which Biden quoted:

    Human beings suffer.
    They torture one another.
    They get hurt and get hard.
    No poem or play or song
    Can fully right a wrong
    Inflicted and endured.
    History says, Don’t hope
    On the side of the grave,’
    But then, once in a lifetime
    The longed for tidal wave
    Of justice can rise up
    And hope and history rhyme.
    So hope for a great sea- change
    On the far side of revenge.
    Believe that a further shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles.
    And cures and healing wells.
    Call miracle self-healing,
    The utter self revealing
    Double-take of feeling.
    If there’s fire on the mountain
    And lightening and storm
    And a god speaks from the sky
    That means someone is hearing
    The outcry and the birth-cry
    Of new life at its term.
    It means once in a lifetime
    That justice can rise up
    And hope and history rhyme.”



    Check out Ann’s latest links.


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