British nationalism can only succeed by making Scotland doubt itself

The Conservatives and their British nationalist allies have been all over the Salmond-Sturgeon affair like an over-excited dug enthusiastically humping a leg. Today in the Scotsman we have the arch-Brextremist frother Brian Monteith assert that Scotland is now a failed state. Which can only mean that Brian doesn’t have a clue what the phrase failed state actually means, and if he did have an awareness that the term refers to countries like Yemen or Iraq where public services and government control had utterly broken down amidst civil war and widespread violence, he’d still obstinately turn a blind eye to the role of the British government in helping to bring this sorry state of affairs about. But then hyperbole and distraction is pretty much all that apologists for the British state have got going for them these days. It’s far easier and more comfortable for them to decry the Scottish government and Thatessempee.

People like Brian would far rather fulminate about Salmond and Sturgeon because it means that they don’t have to talk about their own detailed and carefully thought out plans for a much needed reform of the UK’s constitutions and structures in order to ensure that Scotlands needs can be met and that Scotland has a strong and constitutionally entrenched representation at the very centre of the British Government. This is not unrelated to the fact that no such plans exist.

The closest that there is to a Unionist riposte to plans for Scottish independence is the Labour party’s vague proposal for a commission to be headed by Gordon Brown which would have a bit of a think about some sort of federalism and then get back to us after a couple of years with some proposals that a hypothetical future Labour government could conveniently kick into the long grass before watering them down and then triumphantly telling advocates of greater self-government for Scotland that we can have control over road signs and some carefully delimited tax powers that the Scotland Secretary will gloatingly describe as a trap for Thatessempee. Vow delivered. And that is predicated on the success of the Labour party at the next Westminster General Election. A success which is by no means guaranteed.

Labour can’t make a dent on the Conservatives in opinion polling despite the fact we have a corrupt and chaotic Conservative government which has presided over the deaths of 125,000 people. The next Westminster General Election is still years away and will most likely take place after the expected post-Covid economic rebound when the Tories will seek to take the credit for the feel-good factor and relief that people will be feeling as life returns to normality after the end of the pandemic. It is entirely possible that the UK is facing another decade of majority Conservative rule at Westminster. And even if Labour does somehow manage to return to power, it’s clear it has no real appetite for the substantial constitutional reform which is needed. Party leader Keir Starmer didn’t even think to mention the issue in his recent keynote speech setting out his party’s priorities. The truth is that England has no interest in splitting itself up into artificial federal regions just in order to rescue the Labour party in Scotland from its electoral grave. It’s not going to happen. But even in the unlikely event it did it still would leave Scotland with a Brexit it didn’t want and didn’t vote for.

It’s a moot point whether the existing devolution settlement will survive until such time as the voters of England eventually tire of the British triumphalism and flag waving nationalism of the Conservatives and vote them out of office. The Tories have already set out to undermine and hollow out devolution. They will only redouble their efforts in the months and years ahead.

Meanwhile the big idea to save this so-called union is to plaster union jacks on everything. Apparently the reason that Scotland is falling out if love with the British state is because there are streets in Scotland that don’t look like there’s an Orange walk taking place. The Tories have already insisted that we have to carry driving licences with union flags on them. Now they want all car licence plates to be defaced with them as well. But even that’s not enough. All the projects which receive funding from the capital projects scheme which the Tories are using to by-pass the Scottish Parliament are likewise to be festooned with more union flags than a royal wedding street party in Windsor.

The Tories have nothing of substance to offer Scotland. Apparently Scotland’s desire for meaningful control can be placated with red white and blue window dressing. The Conservatives have no intention at all of surrendering any power or decentralising control from the office of the Prime Minister. They are certainly not going to permit anything that would allow Scotland to achieve a closer relationship with the European Union and they will not countenance any changes in the frankly corrupt influence that the monarchy wields over public policy in the form of the Royal prerogative and the Queen’s Consent.

Thanks to the secrecy afforded to the Windsor clan it has only recently come to light that in the 1970s the Queen successfully he Queen successfully lobbied the government in order to change a draft law so that she could conceal her “embarrassing” private wealth from the public. The Queen’s consent means that the royal family is able to withhold assent to a parliamentary bill. The Windsors have been assiduous in their deployment of their powers and influence in order to protect their massive wealth. They are aided and abetted in this by a media – most notably the BBC, whose coverage of the royal family is toadying, grovelling, and puts North Korea to shame. And should the 99 year old Prince Philip fail to recover from his recent bout of ill health, we can expect an orgy of arse-licking sycophancy combined with furious denunciations of anyone who seeks to limit the powers of the monarchy.

The Conservatives have no answers to the rising demand in Scotland for greater self-government or independence. So instead of trying to formulate some answers to the difficult questions they face, they prefer to distract us with hysterical hyperbole about Scotland being a failed state. That’s far easier and more comfortable for them. The truth of the matter is that the Conservatives don’t give the square root of hee haw about the rights and wrongs of the Salmond-Sturgeon affair. They care only about their own power in Westminster and maintaining it by any means. In pursuit of that goal they will not hesitate to use any excuse they can find to weaken and undermine the Scottish Parliament and to damage Scottish public faith in this country’s ability to govern itself. The Tories are the party of the cringe writ large, and they know that their best chance of retaining power lies in making Scotland doubt itself.

This is your reminder that the purpose of this blog is to promote Scottish independence. If the comment you want to make will not assist with that goal then don’t post it. If you want to mouth off about how much you dislike the SNP leadership ,or about some other issue not directly related to Scottish independence – there are other forums where you can do that. You’re not welcome to do it here.

Meanwhile, in completely unrelated news, my disabled bath lift has been delivered, meaning that this evening, for the first time since I suffered the stroke I will be able to enjoy a wallow in the bath with a good book. You’ve no idea how much I’ve missed that.

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119 comments on “British nationalism can only succeed by making Scotland doubt itself

  1. Janice Gale says:

    Your on form Paul and totally on the mark. About the royals, don’t forget the tendrils that unnoticed and underground strike at the heart of Scotland through Freemasonry! No we cannot tolerate them any more!

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  3. The Gillies says:

    I don’t care, I have voted for the SNP for more than 40 years. I shall continue to vote for the SNP until we achieve our independence. Nothing will distract me.

  4. LAC says:

    This is the only blog that says what the majority of us are thinking. Thank you 👏

    • Me Bungo Pony says:

      That appears to be the very sad and disheartening truth.

    • Alec Lomax says:

      There’s several pseudo indy site owners, who could described as Boris’s little helpers.

      • Donald McKillop says:

        Unfortunately, a certain James Kelly now seems to be heading towards that also.

        • Me Bungo Pony says:

          Perhaps he is just positioning himself so as to still be “relevant” when the SNP is eviscerated, independence is a lost dream and the rest of the “gang” are dancing on the grave of Sturgeon’s political career and independence itself.

          It’s ironic that certain Bloggers were key players in a united movement that almost won independence in 2014, but are now key players in denying us it in 2021. Its soul destroying.

    • Bob says:

      Perhaps a more balanced view is needed here following tomorrow’s enquiry appearance by the FM with new evidence now being published making the understanding of this event crucial. If it is independence we want then nothing but honestly will allow us to move towards May elections with heads held high and the robustness of our democratic institutions demonstrated through transparent action and accountability to the people of Scotland.

      • “If you expect the world to be fair with you because you are fair, you’re fooling yourself. That’s like expecting the lion not to eat you because you didn’t eat him.”

        Bob, we are faced with the most vicious mendacious, imperial brutal regime in modern times; WM under the Red Blue and Yellow Tories who are united in one thing, preserving Scotland as their subjugated colony.
        ‘Nothing but honesty’?

        We bare our souls, let the enemy know our plans and strategies in the forthcoming struggle because we ‘play with a straight bat’ even although they do not?
        We are in a fight for our lives, quite literally. This is where we are at, and England’s Might would crush us like a 18th century crofter.
        What naïve nonsense.
        No more Mr and Mrs Nice Guy.

        • Alex Clark says:

          Sad to say I believe that you are wasting your time trying to convince Bob of anything. Bob’s mind is made up already and he does not support the Scottish government under its current leader.

  5. Ken says:

    The UK is a failed state. Illegal wars, financial fraud and tax evasion. The most unequal place in the world. People are dying because of Westminster policies, the world over.

    Selling illegal arms worldwide. Keeping it secret under the Official Secrets Act. Bribes and corruption. For Westminster and their associates. Cash for honours still on going. The unelected HoL stuffed full of them.

    Getting donations and monies from Saudi Arabia. Another failed repressive state. Unequal and unfair. Obtaining illegal weaponry against International Law.

    Time for a change. The electorate just needs to vote SNP/SNP and vote for Independence.

  6. raineach says:

    I think the apron-plastering is a really daft idea. As soon as you mask the apron on your car with a saltire it’s a clear act of public defiance and shows the weakness rather than the strength of the Union and encourages all Yessers to follow suit. It really makes it easy for people to show their contempt for the union, and I’m sure they will

  7. grizebard says:

    Again well said, Paul.

    Personally I don’t especially care one way or another about the Royals – they are arguably imprisoned in a gilded cage by the totally unreformed dysfunctional antiquity of the British State – but because there are likely sympathisers among those we yet hope to convert to yes, we mustn’t let this become yet another diversional issue onto which the BritNats can latch, as they so readily do. They are like cornered rats and will exploit any opportunity we foolishly offer them (as we have well seen of late).

    Where I do agree is in anticipating that the passing of any of the now-aging senior royals, when it inevitably will occur, will be throughly weaponised by the UKGov and the likes of the “unifying” BBC with a very definite view to diminish support for independence, if we haven’t already achieved it by then. So we had better get a move on soon, and in the meantime, here’s to your ongoing good health, ma’am!

  8. Craig says:

    Excellent blog. You manage to say exactly what I and many others are thinking. Keep up the fantastic work.

  9. Molly's Mum says:

    I have been following The Inquiry closely and I am very upset about it. I have some very strong feelings about some of the current policies pushed by the Scottish Government and so left the Party because I felt I wasn’t being listened to.

    But will I vote for another party on the constituency vote and risk letting in a British Unionist government ?

    No, I won’t, absolutely not – saying to the SNP “I am so upset I have let the tories in, so there” isn’t going to help any of us, not the poor, the unemployed, those with substance issues, the poor achievers in school, the disabled, the homeless……and the Yes voters.

    Many people in England say they voted Brexit as a protest against Westminster ignoring them for decades and we’ve seen where that got them.

  10. James Mills says:

    I understand Paul’s appeal to those who would want to post anti-SNP , anti-Sturgeon views etc

    We have overwhelming evidence on here and some other genuine Indy blogs at the infiltration of the UK dark propaganda units .

    I just wonder , is there an equivalent anti-unionist presence on pro-union sites where gangs of rampaging ‘separatists’ pretend to be died-in-the -wool/ Proud-to-be-British types and attempt to undermine the UK ?
    I know , it’s difficult to undermine the Greatest Union in the history of great unions , but are there unscrupulous Nats making up stories ( call it Fake News ? ) in order to show the UK and its wonderful Government in a bad light ?

    I have heard some of this stuff and it is mind-boggling:

    The PM is a serial liar ;

    Brexit is a shambles ;

    Matt Hancock has been found to have committed criminal offences over NHS contracts ;

    Matt Hancock thinks it is alright to break the law if you are in a hurry ;

    Tory donors with no expertise in PPE got all the best PPE contracts from the Tory Government ;

    The PM is a serial liar ;

    The NHS is covering up stats which show the incompetence of the Westminster Government ;

    The PM is a serial liar ;

    Public money has been misused for political purposes to undermine the SNP Government and Scottish Independence ;

    The Russia Investigation Report is being hidden because it shows the Tories in a bad light ;

    The Chancellor claims that Covid will cause more austerity because it has cost £300 billion in borrowing when it was just a paper transaction with The Bank of England – printing money ;

    Brexit is an even bigger shambles since I started writing ;

    The PM is not a serial liar , he just does not understand the concept of Truth .

    I certainly hope no one is taken in by this Fake News otherwise we might find it broadcast on the admirable and completely neutral BBC .

    • Statgeek says:

      No need to make things up about Westminster. They do their thing right in plain sight, and don’t give two hoots about the fall out. We’ve got a PM with multiple kids (not a great male role model), and no indication he (or his pals) care to obey the law to achieve their ends.

      We’ve got opposition parties that scream about whether NS said this or that, but have no care in the world for all the lies of Brexit.

      It’s all a game to them. No untruths would change that. The only way to beat them is convince enough punters that these politicians are the worst of the pile, and win the election.

  11. We’re in deep trouble. The model for every high street and society across the country is to be based on the highlights of Larkhall and Drongan. Woe, woe and thrice woe. Both of those towns have nationalist parliamentarians, as it happens, despite the colours of the park railings. If that’s the highest bar the tories can set…

  12. Old Pete says:

    Well said Paul. Pity the “Bathman ” and his acolytes are obviously fighting for the red, white and blue side now, in a desperate attempt to slur the SNP and th FM to stop us having any hope of gaining Independence.

    • Stephen McKenzie says:

      Old Pete: I don’t think its even worth it or beneficial to concern ourselves with that Blog anymore and its a damn pity, but they have set their course and let them get on with it.

      However my financial support for the Blog and as per many others, has stopped.

  13. Alba Laddie says:

    Wow…you’re obviously feeling better Paul – this is your best yet since your illness (and keep going, look after yourself)…but back on topic, I watch the daily useful idiots being filleted by Morgan (I know, I know, but I gave up on BBC “news” a long time ago), and they all now seem to have been issued with a butcher’s apron on a pole which is strategically placed behind them for joe public to see.

    I do wonder just how much they pay their strategists and SPADs who advise them that this fleg flagellation and Royal fetishising will win the day for them?

    It would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad to think that some folk might actually fall for this guff.

  14. astytaylor says:

    Thank you, Paul.
    Sharing this far and wide. (Milk and honey on the other side).
    You are probably the most incisive writer in Scotland, regarding the situation.
    (The situation being that the UK is done. Finished. Deceased, etc)
    Thanks again.
    Interested, of Canada…

  15. bringiton says:

    The Tories appear to have gone from one nation under Westminster to accusing Scotland of being a state (albeit failed).
    We cannot fail at being something which we currently are not.
    Westminster is supposed to represent Scotland’s state interests and which it has completely failed to so do (Brexit etc).
    Most Scots now realise that only a government in Scotland will represent our people at state level and if there is any failing to do,we will be the ones to do it.
    If you want to see a state of failure,look no further than Westminster.

  16. Bob Lamont says:

    Good one – “British nationalism can only succeed by making Scotland doubt itself”, and boy have they been trying.
    As to the Windsors it is worth reminding folks the name only came into existence under King George V in 1917 because the German-sounding title was not exactly “British” in the midst of the “War to end all wars”… Even now I doubt Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha would pass muster from Pritti-Apalling Patel as a suitable immigrant were it not for her dubious wealth. Perhaps she might pull on Russian connections if challenged…

  17. andyfromdunning says:

    Thank you Paul.

    Over future weeks when you are luxuriating in your bath with a good book and obviously a glass of something may I recommend a book to you. I have just finished reading Gavin Eslers new book called ‘How Britain Ends’. He explains things well from the view points of Scotland, Ireland and north and south England. His conclusion is that unless Westminster quickly reacts to the needs of the different parts it will be the English and the Westminster elite that breaks up Britain for the reasons your mention above. They have no idea.

    • grizebard says:

      Tory-dominated Westminster is reacting quickly, it’s just that in its exceptionalism and fear of loss of control and self-esteem, it’s doing the diametric opposite of what it needs to do to save its precious Union, with an ineffectual and demoralised Labour on the sidelines mouthing the same old degraded sweet nothings and the LibDems having abandoned every single policy that once made them distinctive.

      We cannot be complacent about the consequences, because the failing beast is wily and still has claws, but the consequences are there for all to see if, like Esler, they care to look. Since there is no likelihood of anything changing here except for the worse, it’s merely a question of time. The sooner and cleaner it happens, the better it will be on both sides.

  18. Capella says:

    The Union Jack will quickly acquire the cachet of the swastika if they plaster it over everything – maybe it already has.

    I watched the evidence session of the Lord Advocate and Crown Agent today at the Harassment Inquiry. Several more planks of the case for the prosecution (of NS) clattered to the ground. The look on Jackie Baillie’s face when they refused to accept her smug smeary reframing of their statements was worth the long wait.

    Nicola Sturgeon is on at 9.00 am tomorrow. Then the committee winds up and tries to put its findings to Parliament by 25th March. After that we are in pre election recess and the purdah period will prevail (except for viewers in Scotland when it will be open season as usual).

    Fasten your seatbelts – it’s going to be a bumpy three weeks.

    The link for the nerds out there:

    • Bob Lamont says:

      “Fasten your seatbelts – it’s going to be a bumpy three weeks” ?

      Ach no, the Kirsty Warks, the Dishonorable Smiths, the Never-hurry-a-Murrays, the Liesman for the County Campbell, they’ve had their day, even the Forres Dump is left floundering while Bowie is figuring out how to ram 50M odd Union flags up Scots’ arseholes and no Vaseline on order…

      There is a chill wind blowing from the North, it’s about to get “bumpy” to the south….

    • Eilidh says:

      I watched this tonight and found it very interesting. It clarified a lot of things re Crown Office involvement with AS case. Jackie Baillie seems to think she is Baillie of the Baillie but the Lord Advocate and Crown Agent were very good at countering her interruptions when they were speaking and her reframing their answers.

  19. Tam the Bam says:

    Scottish Tories have tabled a Vote of no Confidence in the FM.

    *Nicola appears before the Committee tomorrow @ 9.00 am.

    • yesindyref2 says:

      Well, it appears the Greens won’t support such a thing until both inquiries have run their course, and Labour and the LibDems say it’s too soon which clearly it is.

      Douglas Ross has shot his bolt. Oh dear. Not so much a Golden Shot as a …

    • grizebard says:

      That’s probably because the Tories know their “Trial of Nicola” (c) BBC is a complete bust, so the best (for themselves) they can now make of it is a wee bit of inconsequential drama before the whole thing finally shrivels up and dies.

      If Labour and/or FibDems are foolish enough to support this obvious pre-judged deadbeat motion, it will merely confirm they are still bound up inexorably in the toxic (for them) Bitter Together as the Tories’ poodles. And so close to an election at that…

  20. david stuart says:

    im 100% nicola

    tragic if shes brought down

  21. P Harvey says:

    Excellent post again today
    Really focuses the mind on what really matters
    You’ve certainly earned your ‘new bath!

  22. Dr Jim says:

    If anybody’s having difficulty deciding or working out all of these crazy twisty turns accusations and smears there’s an easy equation to apply in how to work out the solution, see below

    There’s an election coming to decide if there’s enough support for an Independence referendum

    There you are solved it in a sentence

    In other news Tory business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng admits Boris Johnson cannot prevent Scotland having a referendum if Nicola Sturgeon has enough votes to win the election in May, and for all the language used by Boris Johnson against a referendum like “Wholly irrelevant” or “Uncalled for” he cannot bring himself to say he won’t *allow* it because if he does he knows support will increase even more and make matters worse for himself
    Johnson can do nothing because he can do nothing, the International community is waiting for Scotland and now that idiot Johnson has separated England from that community he has no friends no allies and no chums in Europe, but we do know that Nicola Sturgeon does have friends all over the place because she made sure very early on that that was a priority for Scotland even to recent support now coming from Angela Merkel’s office in the shape of German MEP David McAlister (despite his name he is German and a confident of the German chancellor)

    The difference between this current FM and all previous FMs is she’s done the homework, she’s made the plans, she did not just sit on her backside enjoying her power and watching the Tories getting stronger and moan about them, she prepared, they know it and that’s why they’re moving heaven and earth to stop her by trying to sew the doubt and twist the truth hoping Scotland will implode and do the job for them

    • Bob Lamont says:


    • John Mclaughlin says:

      Excellent honest post Dr Jim, thank you.

    • P Harvey says:

      Dr Jim 👍brilliant!

    • astytaylor says:

      Aye, well said Dr. Jim.
      Keep yir eye on the ball, Scotland.
      It’s a critical time, and timing can be everything.

      And to make a reply to Tam the Bam (great name, btw), aye, the Scottish Tories and a vote of no confidence in the FM. Lol. That’s only to be expected. Dross, dross, and more dross. The Baroness must be wetting her knickers.

      I predict that Nicola will shine tomorrow. I also predict that Alex and her will patch up their differences, for the greater good, in due time.
      Y’know, to use a fitba’ analogy, I’m sure that there were sparks between some of the great players who have been in the Scottish team over the years, and very strong personalities, but when the chips are down, you have to pull together. (RIP Ian St John.)

      Anyway, all the best from Canada, and see youse later.

      • Tam the Bam says:

        Thats not my name…its what I am!…lol
        …but thanks for your appreciation.
        Have to say though…as regards Nicola and Alex making up?……hmmmmmm
        Difficult to see how thats possible when one half believes the other half was trying to imprison him.
        Then the other half believes he is only pursuing this course through ego..and a wish to destroy the very protege he mentored.
        ……now where did I put that dram? (groan).

        • Petra says:

          ”Difficult to see how thats possible when one half believes the other half was trying to imprison him.”’

          I don’t know that, that is the case at all Tam. Didn’t Alex say that he had no evidence to suggest that Nicola Sturgeon had been involved in the plan to damage him (conspiracy cabal)?

      • Petra says:

        ”I also predict that Alex and her will patch up their differences, for the greater good, in due time.”

        I’d LOVE to see that happen too, astytaylor. If not, when the committee finalises their investigation, let’s see the two of them, if not standing together, singing from the same hymn sheet by shouting at the top of their voices vote SNP for independence, independence, independence (and nothing else). That hopefully will also put a couple of lying, rogue blogger’s gas at a bl**dy peep.

    • jfngw says:

      The ‘two witnesses’ the MSM are now getting excited about are not in fact witnesses as they were not present but are just repeating what they have been told by somebody else, I’m sure that is what is called hearsay and would be discounted in any law court.

      I’ve waded through most of the released legal advice documents, what it reveals is some dubious activity in the British Civil Service and the legal team slowly becoming aware of this.

      • davidwferguson says:

        It does rather beg the question how a middle manager in an insurance company knew details of a process that was so confidential at the time that the First Minister herself knew nothing of it.

    • Petra says:

      Excellent article from Paul. One of his best and a great post from Dr Jim. All in all a fantastic team to be part of.

  23. Tam the Bam says:

    Jackie Baillie was reticent (or well advised) to ‘keep her own counsel’ when interviewed by Krishnan Guru Murthy outside the Parliament this evening.
    The Linesman known as Dross…was champing at the bit and could hold back no longer.He may live to regret ‘jumping the gun.’

    * Is there an election in the near future?

    • Petra says:

      ”Jackie Baillie was reticent (or well advised) to ‘keep her own counsel.’’

      Aye that was a laugh, Tam. ”I’ll wait to hear what Nicola Sturgeon has to say tomorrow”, says she following her bumping her gums at every turn for weeks now at FMQ’s. Stephen Gethins got it right when he said that it seemed strange (or words to that effect) for the Tories to call on Nicola Sturgeon to resign before she even gets the opportunity to have her say.

      And while they bleat on about lies that have (supposedly) been told, breaching of the ministerial code and the loss of hundreds of thousands of pounds, which I’m not playing down, their own leader in London lies through his teeth at every turn, people like Priti Patel just shrug off breaching the ministerial code and their party has ”mislaid” bl**dy £BILLIONS of tax-payers money. Talk about hypocrites of the highest order.

      And don’t get me started on windbag Fraser, Tory MSP, being allowed to have a say about anything at all. The man who has been hanging around for about 22 years now like a bad smell clawing in big bucks for doing nought for the Scots. That’s the Scots that have rejected him at every friggin election since 1999.

  24. Legerwood says:

    From what I could gather from brief reports about the legal advice released tonight the two sets of lawyers, one ‘in-house’ group and one group retained to argue the case in court, were giving conflicting advice. The former seemed to be saying carry on, the latter saying it was unwinnable.

    If this is a correct summary then hardly a knock-out blow.

    As to the Tory move on a vote of no confidence that is designed and timed to put Ms Sturgeon off her stride. I think they are about to find it takes more than that to put this lady on the back foot.

  25. Izzie says:

    I have been a member of the SNP since 1968 seen highs and lows advances and setbacks I will vote for them in May. I will display posters leaflet if allowed and stand duty at the polling station
    I am disappointed that the leadership have got us into this position but the Cause is greater than any individual

  26. Arthur Thomson says:

    Izzie, that is exactly how we win – for ourselves, our children and the generations to come.

  27. Old Pete says:

    What time does Nicola appear tomorrow, 12:30 ? Can’t wait to here her put this to bed. Tories are a joke but so are those former Scottish Independence supporting blogs who desperately want the FM and the SNP hammered at the next election.

    • Capella says:

      9.00 am Old Pete – an early start 🙂

    • Alex Clark says:

      She appears at 09:00 I doubt it will be shown live on the BBC like Alex Salmond’s evidence was so you can watch it here.

      • Petra says:

        ”I doubt it will be shown live on the BBC.”

        Handy for the BBC as that’ll afford them the opportunity to cherry-pick data to suit their agenda just like Sarah Smith who was nearly wetting herself with excitement earlier tonight.

        • Tam the Bam says:

          Budget day for the Beeb tomorrow Petra……Incidentally..would you be in a position to shed any light as to where/how Welsh Sion is?x

          • Petra says:

            No I’m sorry Tam. I started searching for him but that was overtaken by real concerns, and then the unexpected death of my mother-in-law, and now concerns about my husband. I’m on here trying to keep myself busy and my mind off things at home. Capella mentioned linkedIn which I will get back to. I remember him saying that his mother was ill and then at one point that he’d be working abroad. I’m just hoping that he’s lolling around in, say, the South of France whiling his days away 😀.

            • Tam the Bam says:

              Had no idea Petra…..stay strong!xx

            • Legerwood says:

              Take care of yourself and your family.

            • malkymcblain says:

              I just did a LinkedIn name search for “Welsh Sion” with no result. If anyone, maybe Paul, knows his real name then Perhaps let me know and I’ll try again.

              Condolences Petra for your Mother in law and all the best for husband and family.

            • Alan Howard Baxter says:

              Hi Petra. I hope your husband has a speedy recovery from whatever ails him. Your contribution to the cause is outstanding. If more people had your attitude this country would have been independent years ago! Keep Safe Keep Strong

        • Julia Gibb says:

          It is on BBC Parliament channel as was Alex. 9a.m. Start.

          • Petra says:

            Thanks for that info, Julia.

          • Legerwood says:

            Probably an early start so that it does not clash with the Budget later in the day.

            • Eilidh says:

              Isn’t the budget on around lunchtime.I think it likely Nicola will be interagated longer than AS.Tories have some cheek calling for vote of no confidence in her. If the Greens go for that they will be demolished in the election

  28. Glasgow Gowan says:

    Excellent article again Paul.

    The audacity of the Tories.

    Nicola has solid support. The Greens are behind her.

    Nicola is too honest. She should not have renewed Leslie Evans’ contract and given her a pay rise.

    Everyone who lied must not be able to sleep a wink tonight.

    Nicola will reveal the whole truth tomorrow.

    Nicola don’t be shy, name all those who pretended to be behind you but stabbed you in the back.

    The whole of the SNP is behind you Nicola.

    Be at your best tomorrow.

  29. Petra says:

    ”She should not have renewed Leslie Evans’ contract and given her a pay rise.”

    I don’t think that had anything to do with Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Gowan. Wasn’t it the Head of the Civil Service in London that was responsible for that?

    • Alex Clark says:

      Yes, her boss is Simon Case who is also the Cabinet Secretary for No 10. He offers the FM a choice of 3 that are first chosen by him as a selection to pick from. Pay rates and contracts are also down to him and nothing to do with Nicola Sturgeon.

      She can ask for a new permanent secretary of course and will be offered a choice of 3 chosen by the head of the Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary for Boris Johnson in No 10.

      No choice simply because as in most things England will choose what’s best for them and not necessarily the one that is best for Scotland.

    • Golfnut says:

      After the last one ‘ went native ‘, Leslie Evans was so obviously a safe pair hands for the union. I don’t think people realise just how pervasive the tendrils of westminster and the union are. Nicola has to work with this ball and chain attached to her administration while inching towards a referendum and independence. The FM’ s success can be measured by the amount time, effort and sillar westminster has spent on their determination to get rid of her. She is without doubt Scotland’s Bruce.

      • Tam the Bam says:

        Sorry Golfnut….struggling here so would appreciate if you could elaborate…..who was the last one to ‘go native?’

        • Golfnut says:

          Sir Peter Housdon, liblabtory witch hunt against the then Permanent Secretary during AS time as FM.

        • Golfnut says:

          Sir Peter Housden, he was also very publicly reminded who his boss was and it wasn’t the FM of Scotland.

      • Golfnut says:

        Sir Peter Housden, he was also very publicly reminded who his boss was and it wasn’t the FM of Scotland.

  30. Glasgow Gowan says:

    Petra, can you please post a link which confirms that it was not Nicola who renewed Leslie Evans’ contract and gave her a big pay rise?

    Sadly, all the links I have found show that it was Nicola’s choice.

    • Golfnut says:

      Nicola was given three people to choose from by the Cabinet office, they also control contract term and salary.

      • davidwferguson says:

        As you must be perfectly well aware (unless you know absolutely nothing about the process), that condition applied when Evans was originally hired. Evans could not conceivably have had her contract extended and been given a pay rise without the active approval of the FM, as the FM plays an active role in these decisions.

  31. Dr Jim says:

    So if some of you were watching the BBC and Sarah Smith’s reading of the written advice by legal council you may have noticed that Sarah Smith did it again, she altered the words of the article she was reading, I have a fairly large living room of which I was on the other side from the Telly without my glasses on and I could read it, yet Sarah Smith managed to change three pivotal words and she’s right there on it reading it from her screen a foot from her own eyes

    So is Sarah Smith blind?, has difficulty with reading? or is it that she has the prerequisite talent required by the BBC in Scotland in that she’s just a plain old fashioned liar like Nick Robinson
    It would seem that there is no glass ceiling for female journalists if you’re prepared to just stand there and lie through your teeth for the BBC as long as you clear it up later on the Internet with another non apology

    Sky news Sonja Sodha in the press preview reckons Nicola Sturgeon is staying right where she is and going nowhere, in her words, “She’s too important to Scotland”

    As far as her reconciling with the former FM, there’s more chance of spacemen landing in George Square

    • James Mills says:

      Waste of time I know but I ( again ) wrote to the BBC Complaints dept. about Ms Smith’s recent translation of Alex Salmond’s ”not asking the FM to resign” becoming ”Salmond asked for her resignation”.

      I duly received a standard robot reply that ”they are looking in to it ” . Their response is as useful as the report of a large whole appearing on the M8 – ”Police are looking in to it ! ”

  32. Golfnut says:

    Just how low will the tour’s go.

  33. Glasgow Gowan says:

    Alex, any idea which three names were offered to Nicola when the time came for renewal of Leslie Evans’ contract?

    If Nicola chose to renew Leslie Evans’ contract and gave her a big payrise after the government lost the case suggests to me that Leslie Evans must have done a good job.

    Anyway, Nicola is too honest and may have been manipulated.

    • Alex Clark says:

      I researched all of this a long time ago now when Alex Salmond was first accused, I did that because I supported him. It would take me quite a while to go through it all again but from memory, No the 3 candidates were not named, only the winner.

      It is a “winner” in all respects because the Civil Sevice run it as a competition, the best 3 from the competition are then “offered” to the FM as Permanent Secretary for Scotland and that is the choice they have.

      As for remuneration, that is for the “Permanent Secretary Remuneration Committee” who also decide if they should be awarded bonuses or not. It is not in the remit of the FM. Detailed info on this is hard to find which might not surprise you but there was this FOI to the Scottish Government that says something though not exactly what you seek.

      The point is, the head of the Civil Service in Scotland works for the FM but is an employee of No 10. That’s as much as I need to know,

      • Glasgow Gowan says:

        Thanks Alex.

        I still can’t understand, if it is true, why Nicola renewed Leslie Evans’ contract and gave her a pay rise.

        If it is not true, someone please post a reliable link.

        Can Leslie Evans and Liz Lloyd be trusted by Nicola? Did they try to destroy her?

        One day the truth will come out.

        Nicola is too honest and too nice.

    • Golfnut says:

      The lines are blurred for good reason Glasgow Gowan.

  34. Glasgow Gowan says:

    Dr Jim, re Sarah Smith, no one is as blind as one who refuses to see.

  35. Hamish100 says:

    Watching Baillie on the tribunal was cringeworthy.

    Pleased to see that she was sussed out by the lawyers and had to agree that when she received a reply to her question she then changed the question to infer something different.

    Lowest of the lowest

  36. Eilidh says:

    Sarah Smith is a disgrace to journslism. She wouldn’t recognise a fact if it came up and bit her.
    Great post again today Paul
    I had a brief look on the comments section of The National tonight. It was like a feeding frenzy with yoony loonies and trolls. Some journalists on The National not exactly accurately reporting the legal advice to Scottish Govt either

  37. Petra says:

    Well that was interesting. I’ve just had a look at the Mings over Scotland site and reckon that I’ve managed to establish, very easily indeed and for the first time, who Ms H is.

  38. Petra says:

    ‘Alex Salmond’s conspiracy theory about Nicola Sturgeon is built on sand.’

  39. malkymcblain says:


  40. Ken says:

    Now everyone knows who these women could be. It is absolutely despicable. No wonder everyone is raging. Just an absolute disgrace. How they can get away with it. Telling such a bunch of lies. Never were their such self seeking lowlifes. How vicious these people can be. Absolute hypocritical liars.

    If the names come out it could damage the SNP. People will not vote for these liars and their associates. The parties rules have been broken by scurrilest opportunists. Wings has actually done a service.

    They literally lied to get Alex Salmond’s candidacy. 3rd raters. To advance themselves. People have to vote for them to keep out unionists. It is just despicable. Beyond belief. They will get their comeuppance. Now their names are known. Self seeking liars. Out for No 1. To hell with everyone else.

    They are the enemy of Independence. Yet they are in the Party of Independence. They should be chucked out. Holding public office too. It is just beyond belief. Milking the public purse for all it is worth.

    Alex Salmond should either rejoin the SNP. Or start up another Indy Party. He will get much support. Another party is needed in any case. To harvest up the list seats. Stop the unionist parties. Just do it, with a wealth of experience.

    It is just absolutely sick. No wonder people are sick fed up.

    Nicola Sturgeon is still the best leader the SNP has ever had and must be supported in the cause of Independence. She had better watch her step. Surrounded by vipers.

    Hope the band can get back together. After the opportunist intake. 2014. Get back to fundamentals. All welcome. Alex Salmond please come back.

    Nicola must hold out the olive branch now. Or Scotland will lose out. One of the best opportunities Scotland has ever had. Get it done. Over and done with.

  41. Dr Jim says:

    Not much of what’s going on is actually about truth justice and honesty, it’s about retribution revenge and Independence
    Alex Salmond claims it’s about untarnishing his reputation, well, c’mon that’s never happening, the Scottish public especially women aren’t wearing any of that guff, guilty or not guilty the court of public opinion made their mind up on that one quite some time ago, the only people who want the former FM to return to politics are his pals and the media, the reason his pals and supporters want him back is obvious, because they’re his pals but the media want him back for entirely different reasons, Alex Salmond is news and the media need that so they can set about destroying him all over again, and you can bet your Grannies pension and her prize wally dugs on that, they will crucify him

    The opposition want the FM dunfor because they hope that puts and end to Independence, but if they thought it was a slam dunk win for them they wouldn’t have pulled out all the stops threatening John Swinney with votes of no confidence and now they’ve pushed their own nuclear button on a vote of no confidence against the FM before a question is asked or a word is even spoken in the enquiry
    and that’s just an over excited premature ejaculation of obvious desperation to satisfy the public that the only way to avoid a referendum is get her out now, except even though in normal times the public might not be terribly interested in the political to-ings and fro-ings of politicians they aren’t daft so they’ll kinda work it out pretty quick that this is just premature election of publicity stirring to boost their own chances of not losing as badly as they were going to anyway

    What we know for almost 100% sure is that the Greens won’t back this because they’d be nuts to, with Nicola Sturgeon gone they’d have no protection, the Greens would be crushed under the weight of all three English parties no matter how many votes they get in the upcoming election, even with some SNP voters switching their votes to the Green party it wouldn’t be enough to prevent the Unionists slicing them right out of Scottish politics altogether so the Greens need the FM and the SNP in post if only for their own protection and Scotland’s, and if the Greens went along with any of this would Scotland ever forgive them for leaving hanging Nicola Sturgeon out to dry and leaving us to the mercy of the Unionists forever, I doubt it

    What does Alex Salmond get out of this? well he would prevent Independence that’s for sure, he wouldn’t get what he believes to be his party back no matter who he got rid of if he tried that’s for sure because for the party at large there’s absolutely less than no appetite to see him return
    so what’s the upside for Alex Salmond? well nothing really except a return to a neutered Scotland with a neutered future, Scotland’s people are the losers here, but maybe he doesn’t care about that as long as he’s back

    Like Arnold Schwartzenegger’s I’ll be back catchphrase with each new movie he brings out most of us look on and think, he really shouldn’t be back, he really shouldn’t

  42. Ken says:

    That Alex’s pals could have been party to doing this to him is just disgusting. Then hiding behind anonymous enmity is twice as disgusting.

    ‘Feminists’ abusing other women

  43. Petra says:

    ”Wings has actually done a service.” Eh? 🤣🤣🤣


    Phantom Power:-”‘I’ve always thought that the issue of independence was something for the people in #Scotland…it’s up to the Scottish people to decide when and whether they want a referendum’ Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK Govt.”


    Richard Murphy- ”From 1946 to 2021 is 75 years. In 63 of those years the UK government borrowed. In 12 it repaid debt. Total borrowing will have been £2,174bn. Repayments have been £38bn. So, for every £1 borrowed 1.7p has been repaid. In that case what is the debt repayment obsession all about?”

  44. Petra says:

    I’ve been thinking about Jackie Baillie, of all people, this morning and reckon that she’s never worked so hard in her 20 plus years of being a politician. Galvanized by phone calls and advice from people like Broon, Bliar, Starmer and Foulkes, no doubt, and the thought of ending up with her pal in the undemocratic HoL’s, especially as knows that she’ll be out on her erse come Independence Day 😀.


    ‘Open Minds #6: The truth about GERS – Scotland’s annual economic political football.’—scotlands-annual-economic-political-football/


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

  45. Ken says:

    Baillie is an embarrassment. Too appalling to watch. Please make it go away. Get it over. It is just ridiculous, it is just an absolute disgrace. A complete waste of time and monies.

    These people who lied. Are a complete and utter disgrace. Damaged the SNP and Independence. Just out for no 1. Nonentities . Alex actually promoted them. They were out for his job, at a local level. Jennies come lately. Once the names come out, and they will. They will be held to account. Outed. They are not fit for public office as representatives,

    Wings – named and shamed. Got a bit confused as to the outcome. The members will sort it out,

    Not Nicola. The other ones. She was taken in as well by the liars.

    Vote SNP/SNP. Vote for Independence.

    ‘Inquiry’ on.

  46. Ken says:

    C’mon Nicola. Get it over.

  47. Terence Callachan says:

    Westminster employ civil servants in Scotland whos job it is to report to and act on behalf of Westminster even if what they do is detrimental for Scotland.
    Colonialism still lives in the civil service.

    The British State , Westminster , The British Media
    Im not upset that you lied to me , i have got over that

    Im upset that i cannot believe you anymore

  48. Terence Callachan says:

    Both votes SNP
    Does not matter who is in charge
    Scottish Independence is the priority
    Once we untangle our country from Englands clutches Scotland will have a general election just for Scotland no labour party no lib dems no tory party the bettertogether british nationalists and all those good for nothing hangers on LIST MPs will be sacked , gone forever, a new set of political partys just for Scotland who do not have to answer to Westminster or act in Englands interests , they will answer to the Scottish people .

  49. Ken says:

    Losing the will

    Get it over. For goodness sake

    Liars will be held to account in the Court of public opinion.

  50. Ken says:

    Bailie now lying

  51. Dr Jim says:

    Jackie Baillie is receiving outside text messages on the phone at her side

    • Legerwood says:

      That seems to be her modus operandi in these sessions from what I have seen of past sessions. Hardly paying close attention to either the questions asked or the answers given.

  52. Alex Clark says:

    Now we know why so called “witness” statements were released to the media yesterday.

  53. Dr Jim says:

    Murdo Fraser ex lawyer knows that hearsay is not corroboration so he’s making campaign speeches to the public by pretending it is

  54. Dr Jim says:

    The committee has altered its style and approach since they have seen some of the actual evidence now, the FM blew the whole case out of the water in the first fifteen minutes

  55. Clydebuilt says:

    Quote Dr. Jim. Heresay isn’t corrobation

    Murdo Fraser. . . Pringle and Hamilton corroborated Aberdien’s statement

    Telling your mates something isn’t corrobration

    Murder Fraser . . . Who corrobrated the other person version.

    He isn’t that thick

    Trying to be positive MF doesn’t put on a phone voice like that other Tory on the committee

  56. Capella says:

    Well! That was exhilarating. Nicola Sturgeon wiped the floor with them in her closing statement. Is Margaret Mitchell on tablets? Infinite patience needed to follow her long rambling train of thought (to use the word loosely) which turned out to be a PPB on behalf of the scurrilous party.

    Home and dry I would say.

  57. Glasgow Gowan says:

    Thanks for all the information regarding Leslie Evans contract and renewal.

    Of course she is sent here from Westminster.

    If she has misled Nicola, she must be forced to resign.

    Nicola is too nice to sack her.

  58. gullaneno4 says:

    Posts in support of NS on WoS seem to be censored these days.
    So much for free speech.

  59. Ken says:

    Nicola cannot sack her. She can make a request to appoint someone else. It would take as long as letting her contract end. There would just be another 3rd rater. appointed from a Westminster allegiance list. The Lord Advocate same position should go. The poor decision and public monies being wasted are extraordinary.

    A Lord Advocate That does not follow the Law. Extraordinary. A Court system based on malice. Illegal prosecutions, Happening far too often. He should be replaced.

    Nicola has said mistakes have been made that must be rectified. Changes must be put in place. Procedures must be put in place and followed. To ensure an unelected Westminster appointed civil servant can never cause such carnage. Ever. That must happen.

    Another Poll. Independence support increasing.

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