Stepping back from the fray

This election campaign has been the nastiest, the most unpleasant and the most vitriolic that it has ever been my misfortune to experience. What’s made it even worse is that on top of the entirely expected abuse and insults from British nationalists, now it’s also coming from people who are supposedly on the same side.

As a result of ploughing a lonely furrow amongst Scottish independence bloggers and refusing to join in their campaign to unseat Nicola Sturgeon, my integrity and honesty were called into account. Since Alex Salmond launched his Alba party and I laid out my reasons for refusing to support it, the abuse and vitriol has only got worse. I had one charmer attempt to leave a comment on my blog saying, “I wish you had died instead of your dog.” There has been a nasty unpleasant homophobic undercurrent to some of the abuse. I’ve had people making snide and vicious remarks about the disabilities I’ve been left with after the stroke.

I’ve been accused of not really supporting independence and have been called a creep who is only interested in what I can raise through crowdfunding. Yet if that were true I’d have done what all the other bloggers were doing and would be praising Alex Salmond to the heavens while calling for Nicola Sturgeon’s head on a plate. It seems that a lot of people are now so angry and bitter that they cannot accept that someone might have principled reasons for having a difference of opinion – not even about the end goal – but about strategies and tactics for getting there.

I’ve always prided myself on my resilience and my ability to stand up to bullies. Unfortunately I’ve been finding it difficult to accept that since the stroke I no longer have the physical, mental, or emotional resources that I once had and am finding the current atmosphere extremely difficult to deal with. This is being made worse because the stroke has deprived me of the ability to enjoy the pastimes I used to do in order to relax and switch off. I can no longer do the tramway modelling I used to love and don’t know whether I’ll ever again be able to draw any new Gaelic maps.

I’d be lying if I said that the abuse wasn’t getting to me. My health is being negatively affected by the stress and my recovery seems to be going into reverse. I’m losing some of the movement I had regained in my hand and my speech is starting to slur again. I’m not sleeping or eating properly and have constant issues with my stomach and digestion. Every day is a constant battle with fatigue and exhaustion.

For the sake of my mental, physical and emotional well-being I need to step away from the fray, and switch off from all the toxicity, and concentrate on my health and recovery. Hopefully this election will deliver the pro-independence majority we all so desperately need, and then we can get back to making the arguments for independence in the independence campaign that lies ahead instead of trying to tear one another down. I will continue to write for The National but won’t be returning to the blog until after the election is over. Until then I must concentrate on my health and well-being. I’m sorry to let down supporters of this blog at this crucial time, but I hope you understand my reasons.

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.

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955 comments on “Stepping back from the fray

  1. I am sorry that you have experienced such abuse. But I understand why you would want to take a step back. Good health is more important than arguing the toss with uneducated trolls who have no idea of what they are doing. Keep well.

    • macduff says:

      Paul you have been a complete asset to scottish independence , your blogs are just fantastic,no one can match your style of writing , I am saddened to hear you will be taking a step back but I completely empathize as to why ,despite everything you have gone through and are still going through you STILL served us all a completely unselfish act !!!! Please get better and focus on your main priority your health and know that not everyone out here thinks negatively ,you ARE appreciated and will certainly be much missed , Thankyou for all you have done and we will see you back fitter and stronger xxxxx

  2. Louise Dods says:

    So, so sorry to read this Paul. Wishing you all the very best.

    • Linda Lumsden says:

      So sorry to read this Paul but I completely understand why you’re stepping back. Hopefully not for too long. Some people forget how hard you worked prior to your illness, travelling the length and breadth of Scotland to get the Independence message out there. I for one won’t forget…EVER! I wept for you when your first husband passed, likewise your amazing rescue dog (wee ginger). I also wept when you had a stroke. On the other hand I also wept, with joy this time when you remarried. It was partly you who converted me to Indy way back in 2013 and I thank you for that. I will miss your wise words tremendously. You will always be in my thoughts as one of the great exponents of Scottish Independence. Thank you Paul. 💙🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Xxx

      • Carol Mair says:

        Linda, not sure if you are my FB friend Linda Lumsden, but whether you are or not, I totally agree with every word you said.

    • Marie S. says:

      So sorry to hear this, Paul, and to hear of the online abuse you have suffered, it’s absolutely disgusting, you are the only real true indy blogger out there, and it is vitally important that you take this time to heal, emotionally, physically and mentally, I, like many others enjoy reading your blog, as your wise words resonate so strongly with me. Always know, Paul, that we have your back, so get all the rest you need, re charge your batteries, as I look forward to reading your wise words again, whilst on the our road to Independence xx🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿xx

  3. Lynda Williamson says:

    So sorry to hear this Paul, but agree with you entirely about the nature of the debate. Our strength is in young voters and we risk allienating them completely with some of the vicious nonsense that is going around. I’ve come off social media for the time being. Look after yourself Paul, that’s the most important thing to do.

  4. Anne Martin says:

    It makes me very sad to hear that you have been receiving all this dreadful abuse Paul. You do right to step back and concentrate on getting your health and strength back.

    Take care and look after yourself. I look forward to you getting back to your blog after we have hopefully achieved a great result on 6th May.

  5. Cameron says:

    Focus on your health first and foremost. We’d rather see you recovered and happy ahead of the next referendum.

    Get some sun on the face and breathe the good air Paul. We need you.

  6. Janet says:

    You are our light. Wish that you could continue but totally understand. Get well!

  7. Eileen Cameron-Kirby says:

    So sorry to hear about all the abuse you’ve been suffering. You are absolutely right to step back and concentrate on your health. Hope you will soon be back, reinvigorated, to continue the fight for independence.

  8. Craig Law says:

    Thanks for fighting and educating us for as long as you have. There are some horrible elements online where it is easier to be a bully due to anonymity. Fortunately, I think this behaviour is almost entirely confined to social media and is rarely spilling over into the real world.

    Glad you’ve made the decision to put your health first but sorry that you’re in a position where that decision had to be made.

    We’re not all like them Paul. Take care. See you on the other side.

  9. hbtw says:

    Like yourself I cannot understand the vitriol and I wish you all the best in your fight of recovery from your stroke. I wonder how many of the attacks are coming from fifth columnists using sophisticated hacking methods because like yourself I cannot see the point of it. It only does damage to the cause.

  10. son of perth says:

    I am absolutely disgusted at the abuse you have been enduring Paul. I don’t blame you for stepping away as your health comes first. The fact that so called independence supporters are the reason for this makes it all the worse. I too have misgivings about Alba mostly because, despite my earlier admiration for Alex Salmond, I now regard him as too divisive a figure to benefit the cause of Scottish independence.
    Please look after yourself Paul. Trust me, your blogs will be missed.

    • monsieurbunny says:

      You are making the mistake .. I hope that’s all .. of assuming the vitriol is all on one side. I believe statements are required from leadership of both sides to tell the extremists on both sides to calm down.

  11. Richard James Robertson says:

    Paul – sorry to hear this but you are making the right decision.
    The twitter sphere is not a healthy place at the moment, people`s emotions are in hyperspace.
    Take the time you need, we will all be supportive if and when you decide to enter the fray.

    • Morna Kirk says:

      I don’t usually post, but am a regular reader of your blog and National posts. I’m so sorry you are experiencing the truly vile and disgusting comments, especially coming from other independence supporters. I’ve long admired your sense of humour, turn of phrase and fortitude in the face of adversity. I really appreciated your post following the last referendum when we were all so devastated and you managed to make me feel at least hopeful again.
      Like others have stated, I too cried with sadness when news of Ginger and your stroke was shared, and with joy when your marriage was announced. I really wish you well, and that you take all the time you need to recover. We’ll still need your wit and wisdom, but your health is paramount. All the best to you and your husband. Xx

  12. Allan Andrew Dobbs says:

    Get well soon

    • Andrew Symon says:

      Hope you’re able to come back soon, Paul. I hate to think that those who post vitriolic comments will think they’ve gained a victory. Look after yourself.

  13. Laura Dunbar says:

    Look after yourself, Paul. Know that you have the respect, admiration and love of many good people.

  14. Ninian Fergus says:

    I loved reading you on a daily base and will miss you sorely. So I hope you’re back after the successful election! Duncan Spence puts it well by describing your abusers as uneducated trolls. You are a far better person than they are, so don’t let them beat you! Enjoy a recovery to full health: we desperately need voices like yours!

  15. I normally just read and share your blogs, without responding to them. But I needed to add my voice to the others I hope you’re hearing in the midst of all the nasty, and tell you how grateful I am for your words, integrity, and positive fighting for Indy. You have been a guiding light for me and so many others. Take your time, and take care of yourself. We’ll do our best for our common cause, and hope to see you again to celebrate.

    In the meantime, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Donna

  16. All the trolls are coming out of the woodwork… Westminster’s minions in the Department of Dirty Tricks must be sniggering into their G&Ts.

    Concentrate on yourself, Paul. Don’t let the bastards grind you down – Scots of independent mind need you!

  17. Joanne says:

    You have not let anyone down and there are many, many people who agree with everything you are saying in working towards Indy. You come first no matter what. Take care of yourself and we’ll hear from you when this chapter is over.

  18. Brian Powell says:

    Get well again. It is fantastic news that you will still be writing for the National, it would be a major blow to rational thinking in the Ind discussions if you did not want to continue there.
    Though don’t read the comments sections there, it is beginning to fill with the same Albist tendency.
    Fortunately now they have a monitoring policy so the worst is weeded out.

  19. Alistair Donaldson says:

    Your own health is top priority. I can’t say that I’ll not miss your writings, your sanity in our toxic times but you only have one life, so make it as long as possible and take a step back. Thank you.

  20. Boskie says:

    Sorry to hear this I truly don’t believe the true independence supporters are the ones responsible for all your abuse Paul, they seem to be hitting all and everybody that supports independence and trying to get rid of all media support our goals
    Hope you make a speedy recovery

  21. Wilma O’Malley says:

    I’ll miss your blog but put your Health first above all else👍😁 Please look after yourself & thank you for the work you do- it’s appreciated. All the very best. Soar Alba🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  22. Anne Watt says:

    Stay strong Paul. Your recovery comes first.we will miss you but look forward to better times.
    Take care!

  23. Joyce says:

    I’m so very sorry that your recovery has taken a blow mainly because of the abuse you have been subjected to.
    You are not letting your supporters down, Paul.. but your health must come first.
    Of course I will miss your blog, but rather without blog and you recovered… you need to regain your strength now.
    Take care, stay strong, stay safe

  24. salmojohn says:

    I’m really sorry to read this, as an English Scot I’ve found your blog inspirational and fair minded. To me you seem like a really nice person and I’m just so sorry that you’ve been targeted in this way…the toxic atmosphere that has been made worse by the appearance of the Alba party I fear will do the cause of independence for Scotland no good at all….Take care of each other…🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  25. Aileen Ford says:

    Oh Paul, never feel you have let anyone down. Your blog is a wonderful thing but you, Peter & your health are far more important. The truth is that a lot of people agree with you & your way of thinking but are drowned out by the minority of cowardly, vitriolic idiots who wouldn’t dare say to your face what they say online. The Yes movement will keep on fighting, not least against these vile people who can only see their narrow wee point of view. Take care of each other. Thinking of you both. Aileen

    • davidconnelly7 says:

      I am really sorry to hear that the effect of the vitriol is taking its toll on your health. Take care Paul look forward to seeing you again on Zoom or in person and in the National.

  26. Morag Forsyth says:

    Paul, thanks for always being the voice of reason in this toxic turmoil. Will miss your sense of humour and insight and look forward to your commentary post-election. Wishing you a continuing recovery as you settle in to your new place. Take care.

  27. Graham A Fordyce says:

    I hope you know there are far more folk who respect and admire you but don’t feel it necessary to tell you so. Now it’s necessary. Don’t let the bastards get you down. Your contribution is way more important than that of any bullies. Take comfort in who you are and not what they are. My best wishes to you.

    • Izzie says:

      Best comment so far, couldn’t agree more. Graham, you have put in words what I was about to try and write.

  28. Allan says:

    So sorry to hear of the abuse you are receiving on social media Paul
    Your health is the most important thing so take time out to recover
    Look forward to reading your articles in the National

  29. Jude Evans says:

    Your health is way more important Paul. It’s time to hand over the baton…rest well, remember to breathe and remember to look up.

  30. Bob Lamont says:

    An entirely understandable decision, your health comes first…
    See you on the other side of this nonsense…

  31. davejohnstone6ks says:

    Paul, it’s a sad day indeed when people can’t accept their differences. I’ve followed you for many years and you have been instrumental in educating me. I’ve always supported independence and will vote SNP and ALBA at this election but that doesn’t make you a target because you beg to differ. We all want the same thing. I wish you well and hope that your health improves before our real campaign starts because we need you and others like you to keep us informed. My heart felt best wishes to you.

  32. P Harvey says:

    Paul, you have not let down anyone
    Particularly your followers on this blog
    You have educated and inspired us
    Your decision to step back and concentrate on your health and recovery is a brave and correct one
    Rest and keep well Paul – all the best!

  33. Movy says:

    I am so sorry about this and wish you well.
    There seem to be two list camps – genuine independence supporters who may choose to put their list vote to Alba or Green or SNP, and the ‘others’. I think a lot of the others are closet unionist trolls out the box to cause maximum damage at this crucial time. All true independence supporters need to pull together and while recognising our differences get on with it placing our list vote as each of us sees best. Meantime Paul Haste ye back, fully fit.

  34. Pauline Smith says:

    Sorry to hear that due to some spinless wee gnaffs, who forget that you have been all over Scotland, in your own time and at your own expense for the cause, that we are deprived of your blog. Nothing should get in the way of your hard fought recovery and you should rest up and ignore whichever parties see fit to descend into a playground pi**ing match and demean us all.

  35. Alistair Thomas says:

    Look after yourself first Paul. Hope you feel able to rejoin the fray soon.

  36. CageyBee says:

    Paul I am devastated and disgusted in equal measure at the news you have been forced to step away. Devastated because you always managed to boost my mood with your witty blog. Disgusted that brain dead numpties have hounded you in such a manner. I am fully behind you prioritising your health above all other considerations and hope your recovery from the stroke continues apace. We are all, well mainly all, hugely grateful for all the great work you have done over the years and I , for one, fervently hope that you are able to return to blogging sometime in the future.
    Look after yourselves and your health and know you have many supporters who are on your side wishing only the best for you and yours.

  37. Elizabeth Cameron says:

    Look after yourself. You will be missed, but putting up with abuse that is detrimental to your health is not on.

  38. Sean Branney says:

    Disgusted to hear of the abuse you’ve received and saddened that it has had such an impact. Please take care of yourself and may the haters crawl back under the rock from whence they came.

  39. Grouser says:

    No one should be subjected to abuse for any reason. Individuals who resort to abuse do not have an argument to put forward. I don’t always agree with you but you have maintained a reasoned and thoughtful argument which does you great credit. Abuse has no place in a reasonable debate.

    I hope you regain your physical and mental health over the next few months and feel able in the course of time to come back to your blog. Best wishes.

  40. Eleanor says:

    Keep well and take care

  41. Edith says:

    I am so sorry you’ve been having this trouble, your writing has been such a support to so many over the years. You are so right to step back and take time to heal with your husband!!

    Lots of love and support from those who love and value you and your contribution to our independence campaign!!

    Rest well and look after yourself first.

    Edith Reyntiens

  42. I want to give you a hug first of all. Don’t give up on getting better. Keep at it. This has been a terrible year for you and your courage and determination have been an example for fainter hearts like me. Covid is testing us all because it has been grinding bleakness for so long. No wonder it is hard to deal with viciousness.
    The YES campaign needs you so much – urgently- back in top form. For years now your resilience and wit have brilliantly counteracted the cold arrogant unionjackery that is still trying to put Scotland back in its box.
    I am leafleting for the SNP and will do more today even though there is snow. I will work for Alba if they ask. I will help the Green Party. I keep saying I would vote for a neep if it would help Scotland win independence. Most of the YES movement feels the same I am quite sure.
    The unionists- including the queen who apparently “purred” on September 19th 2014- must be loving the divisions and confusion.
    I am angry about those divisions and about what has been done to you because I am frightened for Scotland. There needs to be united leadership- for Scotland is up against it – terribly – with the Power Grab and the worst bunch of vicious, ignorant, thick, racist, cynical, corrupt, anachronistic political thugs ever to be in power in London.
    This is what I have written in anger last week to Alex and Nicola- together- two people I have admired and followed for 40 years. It would have stayed private if I didn’t feel so angry about what has happened to you. I am certain they were both targeted- as dangerous threats to the British State. They are also the people who can fix this- and they must know that Scotland’s hope will be transformed if they do.
    You have moved to what is -in my opinion- the dearest, most beautiful part of Scotland: drive into te hills and see Loch Doon and Mullwharchar- the Dalmellington miners’ hill that Westminster wanted to turn into their High Level Nuclear Waste Dump in 1980; Luce Bay- where Westminster has dumped cluster bombs; Kirkcudbright- where they blasted the shore and seabed with depleted uranium- “remote and expendable” Galloway. That’s where my anger lies- and why I want London Rule wiped out of Scotland. Get angry; get better and fight back! Love you Paul.
    It is absolutely horrifying to see SNP and ALBA at odds with each other. While you let your representatives waste time and space being negative about each other the sleazy Power Grab looms ahead with Gove and Jack about to be installed as Tory Agents in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    “Dear Alex and Nicola,
    Like the rest of the YES movement- I am really frightened for Scotland. You know exactly what the Tories are up to and what their intentions are. How can you waste time apparently hating each other?

    Two people I have admired and followed since I was teenager are letting the Tories away with Brexit, economic disasters the Power Grab against the Environment and Health and Wellbeing – and future- of Scotland and her people.

    Get the election campaign on track! We need to be talking about Brexit, Nuclear Missiles, nuclear dumps, Fracking Privatisation of SNHS Rape Clause and Poverty .

    While you two are hostile- your followers – will stay bogged down in argument.

    Look after Scotland… May 6th is crucial.

    I am going to keep working for SNP and for ALBA – you should be doing the same – simply by speaking to each other and caring enough about Scotland to do what is right- in time.”

  43. Sad but perfectly understandable in the circumstances. I am horrified to see the some of movement we seem to have become in some places. All the best, get plenty of rest, focus on recovery and we’ll see you here again on the other side.

  44. vanilla icke says:

    I don’t often comment on this blog, but I think you’re doing the right thing.
    You’ve put so much work into the cause for so long, now you have to put yourself and your health first.
    Take care and remember there are people wishing you the best.

  45. Reading the comments above I would just like to say that I too am devastated at the abuse you have suffered, you are a beacon of honesty, shining the truth into the dark corners of politics. Your health is the most important thing and I hope that taking a step away from all of the toxicity you are experiencing, will in time allow you to recover and return to us stronger than before. Amidst all of the nastiness and vitriol please do just remember that there are a hell of a lot of us that care about you and wish you the very best. See you on the other side of the election, stay safe xx

  46. Iain says:

    I am very sorry to hear what you have been going through. I will miss my daily read of good sense and fairness very much, but as others have said, your health has to come first. I suppose quite a few from the false flag brigade will be congratulating themselves on silencing one of our best voices, but they shouldn’t uncork the champagne too soon.
    Get well soon and let’s hear more from you after the election.
    Tapadh leat.

  47. Neil Paterson says:

    Sorry you have gone through all of this. Yours is the only blog I continue to read on the subject of Scottish politics. You have already achieved a great deal. Maybe more than you realise. Good wishes to you.

  48. Sorry – I don’t know how to fix the copy and paste that went wrong. This is part of the letter to Alex and Nicola:It is absolutely horrifying to see SNP and ALBA at odds with each other. While you let your representatives waste time and space being negative about each other the sleazy Power Grab looms ahead with Gove and Jack about to be installed as Tory Agents in Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

  49. The Gillies says:

    I am ashamed that you have been treated in such a manner. Your’s was one of the few articles that dealt with Scottish politics in a reasoned and mature way. Be true to yourself and try and ignore the liers and abusers. You know within yourself what is true and not true. Hundreds of people follow your articles and rely upon you to write it as you see it.. Concentrate on your health and do you know, Scotland is going to be independent again!!!

  50. Paul, enjoy your break. Of course we don’t want to fall into the trap of being divided and conquered. All the provocative statements from whatever direction are part of a co-ordinated campaign to do just that and to try to force us to present an unattractive face to indecided votets. As always the only useful endeavour is to communicate to our fellow citizens as yet unconvinced about the benefits of Independence. Use your break to recharge, get well and come back to inspire ys and more importantly those not yet convinced. Never again waste time, or become distressed, on listening to or rrspobding to those who seek to divide or perpetuate endless internal debates. Talk to our fellow citizens. The real, massive majority of the YES movement are preparing to do exactky that after deliver SNP majoritu govt.

  51. Stay strong and safe. Even if you’re the only voice in the wilderness it’s still a powerful voice. The abuse you’ve received is so wrong but it’s getting worse all over social media. The Independence movement has turned into the Worm Ouroboros. The Unionists are laughing all the way to the polls as Indy voters become increasingly vicious with each other and I’m sure there are many trolls, paid hacks etc in there stirring the mix. We have warned all over Indy sites about the black propaganda used before the last referendum yet here we go again and they fall for it. I hope the break helps you mend yourself, Paul, and you’re certainly getting healing prayers from us here. Xxxx

  52. Sal Clynder says:

    Look after your self Paul.
    The people who have unleashed and encouraged the current levels of vitriol and abuse should take a long hard look at themselves. They claim to want independence, but apparently only on their terms.
    The current levels of infighting will not encourage soft no’s to switch to yes, and drags the rest of us down with them. Behaviour I would expect from Britnats and Tories, not from our (previously) inclusive Yes movement.

  53. I am so, so sorry, Paul. That is just an awful account. You must look after your health, first and foremost.

    No one can question your commitment to independence or the breadth of your work to support it, and those doing so, are the real threat, and set out to deliberately hurt and damage it.

    Take good care of yourself.

  54. ravensbhoy says:

    Sorry to hear about all your troubles.
    Take a good break and come back fitter and stronger.

  55. Karen Paton says:

    Please prioritise your health, have followed you for years – always witty and erudite. Was at a National roadshow in Peterhead too, met the gorgeous ginger dug. Aghast at at the amount of vitriol aimed at you and others at the moment, disgusted! Keep well and I look forward to your blog post election.

  56. Hamish100 says:

    I would like to think that some of the abusers on the various sites would stop unfortunately it is a sad fact of life that the inadequates will not. They feel they have some sort of power by their anonymity.
    I feel sad that the some feel to move forward they have to move back into the gutter.

    I hope you take strength that the majority of persons on here support you and the cause of independence.
    I am glad I have never felt the urge to sign unto Twitter keeping to this blog and some other ones that produce information and thought provoking material rather than sounding off with lies and the undermining that has gone on for years.

    If there was some way we could help with the blog I am sure you will find some of your friends here would assist.
    Take care.

    SNP 1 & 2

  57. Bryan Ritchie says:

    Like you I am appalled at the response to an opposing view as espoused by both yourself and others emanating from Alba supporters. That having been said I am certain many of them are not genuine and are a mixture of trolls , plants , and state agents. However there will be bad yin’s within the movement and my erstwhile rose tinted view of Indy supporters has taken a battering recently.
    It seems we are no longer able to retain our memories of just what Salmond said and did,but instead must view him as saintly. Please know that you are not alone and that they are wrong.

  58. Janice Gale says:

    There seems to be an epidemic also of nastiness and vitriol which I thought I had left behind in England but which seems to be endemic in these islands. You must protect yourself Paul but know that there are many more of us supporting your views than those ignorant mouthpieces who want to destroy any other view but their own. We have to be strong to build the kind of Scottish government that debates and considers every aspect of life without prejudice so that fair and equitable laws are made on our behalf. In order to achieve that we cannot allow the ignorant aggressive partisans to win. I look forward to your continued writings and only you know when to come back to this column so take care and be safe.

  59. Naina Tal says:

    Man’s inhumanity to fellow man! Just can’t understand some people. Sad thing is they won’t care you’ve suffered at their hands, some will even rejoice you’ve made this decision, such is their hatred for anyone with a different view.
    The vast majority of people though are thoroughly decent and we just totally abhor the behaviour you just described.
    Paul, take the time to recover properly. That’s more important than anything else. I know you aren’t going to be writing this blog, but can I suggest you stay away from this blog and others, at least for a while?
    I’ll miss your writings dreadfully. You’re a voice of sanity in this maelstrom of abuse and misinformation.

  60. Imogen Morgan says:

    Your support for independence has been wonderful and your resilience remarkable. I’m truly sorry there are selfish unthinking nasty people affecting you. Nicola is the only viable leader for Scotland in the future, ( and AS truth be told is a nasty piece of work) . I wish you well and will miss your wonderful blogs- hopefully not for too long.

  61. Lynn Fraser says:

    Take care of yourself. See you after the election in fighting form. Regards, Lynn.

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  62. Jayne Calderwood says:

    Sorry to hear this but totally understandable. People put their own anger first and rarely pause to wonder how they may be affecting other folk. You have been my voice of reason in all of this nonsense. My dad had a stroke five years ago and it takes so much energy just to concentrate on things that were once so easy. Please be well and I look forward to reading you soon.

  63. Dr Jim says:

    If you can take yourself out of this for the sake of your health I’ve no doubt it’ll be the best thing for you, but I also know it won’t be easy for you to remove it from your mind

    I wish you the health and strength you’ll need to regain your health and strength

  64. Chris Clark says:

    Good luck, Paul. Get well soon and hurry back to give us your wise counsel and delightful wit.

  65. Capella says:

    Completely understand your reasons for taking a beak. Please look after yourself and rest assured we will all still be here when you feel like returning. And thank you so much for providing a space for us to comment.

  66. bringiton says:

    Paul,your health is top priority.
    I too am feeling pretty scunnered by all that is going on just now.
    Take care and we will hear from you in due course.

  67. oldseadog66 says:

    Take care of yourself first and foremost. Your reasoned voice has been much needed and appreciated (especially) in recent times.

  68. Katie says:

    So sorry that you are being subjected to abuse because of your political convictions and lifestyle. All the best while you are staying quiet and look forward to more posts in the future

  69. Elizabeth says:

    Och Paul! That is truly sickening! I’ve no doubt there is abuse from the moronic element of Alba supporters but now that Independence is within touching distance there is bound to be a concerted effort to divide and cause disruption by forces in the pay of UK security services. Over the years your work has been an important part of that positive independence message so I can see why you would be a target of these forces. Take the time to recover your health and come back to the fray when you are ready. Kind regards to yourself and Peter.

  70. carolclark1 says:

    Sorry to hear this Paul, but no one should have to put up with abuse. I wasn’t going to vote at all in the election as I felt that I no longer had anyone to vote for. I will now since Alba came on the scene.

    Just because we have different opinions is no excuse for vile abuse. Other folk have their opinions and are perfectly entitled to have them, whether I agree with them or not is neither here nor there. That is their right.

    I know how you feel as I have really stepped away from it too, I find that it’s not too good for my mental health. You have a great deal more to cope with, so take all the time that you need. Hopefully we’ll all meet up on the other side of this maelstrom.

  71. graemedbruce says:

    Look after yourself Paul. Like many others I’ll miss your articles here.

  72. Rebecca Hislop says:

    Paul, I’m so very sorry that you have had to endure such abuse. I honestly don’t know what is wrong with people who do this! It’s cruel and unnecessary. Please just look after yourself, concentrate on continuing with your recovery. Thank you for your Blogs and we’ll hear from you again when you feel up to it.

  73. deelsdugs says:

    Be kind to yourself Paul. Health and mental wellbeing is so much more important than stupid, senseless ‘keyboard eejits’ who only know how to spew out venom.

    Take care

  74. lilou57 says:

    Paul, I am sorry to hear about the abuse you have faced in recent weeks. It is a sad indictment of our intolerence of other people’s opinions when we resort to abuse instead of debate and sadly social media, with its degree of anonimity makes that so much easier.
    I have not always agreed with your views and in fact for a while simply chose to no longer read your blog. That obviously is my choice, just as writing the blog and expressing your views is yours. And surely that is how it should be. There is no right reason to aim abuse at anyone and to wish on them any affliction.
    Politics and in particular politics on social media is a cess pit at the moment. I think you have made the right decision to step away for the good of your health. You might be surprised at how quickly you start to feel better. I hope so anyway.
    I wish you all the best in your ongoing recovery. With the better weather coming (soon I hope) perhaps you can use the opportunity to get out into nature and let the natural world work its magic.

  75. tom donald says:

    You are a truly talented writer and I look forward to reading your work in the National, and back here in due course. Please look after yourself, health comes first!

  76. solpurpose says:

    Paul, I hope you find the strength to carry on the blog. Your blogs are uplifting and the majority of Indy supporters love to read them. Please don’t give up the public fight, there are many that hold you in high esteem and right now is the time that we need your kind the most
    Don’t let the few bastards get you down!

  77. Andrea Willers says:

    Your health is the most important thing, take care. More people are becoming more aware of Alba’s toxic agenda.

  78. Carsten says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery and wish you will continue your blogs after the election with new strength.

  79. peter e smith says:

    Wow, just wow. Look at the praise and goodwill pouring out of the notes above. You’re a special guy. Don’t forget that. Easy for me to say now, but it’s not so easy when the pelters have ground you to a halt. I think you are a stoic though Paul and you will do an “Arnie” on us. I sure hope so as you are a huge source of inspiration to me – and obviously many, many others. Hope to see you up and writing soon. All the best,

  80. Maggie says:

    Be gentle with yourself, Paul. Time out is what you need. You’ve already done so much for the YES movement. We will miss you, of course! And so will the trolls! But the best thing you can do is ignore them. Just conserve your energies and focus on being well. We need that razor sharp wit in the run up to self determination for Scotland. Chi sinn a rist thu! Slainte Mhor! Beannachd leat.

  81. Mike Lothian says:

    Gutted that you’re leaving, but your health is so much more important. I look forward to reading your blog again when you’re fit and willing

    It feels like you’re the lone voice in the blogosphere that not only says no to Stu but points out how damaging the Alba party could be

  82. ALASTAIR says:

    Very sorry to hear about all the abuse you have been getting.
    Your physical and mental health is paramount and can understand your decision.
    Will miss your wise and balanced comments.
    SNP 1&2

  83. JoMax says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about the disgraceful abuse you’ve been subjected to, Paul. Sadly, it seems to be part of modern life thanks to social media, no doubt partly stirred up by dark forces, too, and the only answer is to withdraw and let them get on with it in their own sad wee world. Eventually they’ll end up talking to themselves and won’t even realise it. You’ve done so much for Scotland and kept us all going while dealing with some horrendous problems of your own over the past few years. You desperately need a break.

    Rest and recuperate and we’ll be waiting for you when you feel like coming back.

    Best Wishes.

  84. andyfromdunning says:

    Read your thoughts later in May. Take care of yourself Paul. Regards to Peter who must be concerned about you. Mind and get that ginger cat.

  85. strathedin says:

    Really sorry to hear this, Paul…tensions and passions are running high right now, although that in no way excuses personal abuse.

    It’s imperative for your own health that you step away from all the negativity and vitriol and give yourself time to heal and recover…I’m sure when you do feel able to return to the fray you’ll be able to give your usual considered wisdom and help us on the way to reclaiming our rightful sovereignty, with all that entails.

    Until then…take care, bide safe!

  86. malkymcblain says:

    Paul I believe that their anonymity betrays them as functionaries of the state. Some may not even be aware they are being manipulated because they’re too feckless to twig. This battle is big very big. There is too much at stake for the UK to not manipulate and divide the movement. It is happening before our eyes right now. You should not internalise the bile and vitriol it’s just the effing britnats trying to take out a rational and respected voice who speaks for the average Jimmy and Sandra and the weans or Alistair and Morag and the bairns. Folk who care not a jot about what’s being said on the blogo and twitosphears. It’s those people who matter and who will decide how Scotland will be. Have faith in them. Rest and switch everything off except Netflix. The election will look after itself Scotland needs you for the indyref campaign fit and well. Looking forward to reading your columns in the National.

  87. Chris Airey says:

    Paul we will miss your straight level headed commentary and I for one fully support your position as regards Nicola. What Salmond is playing at I do not know but it makes me despair for the future of a socially democratic independent country within my remaining years. Are there dark forces behind all this? I do not know. However, take your time, get well, you are needed.

  88. Interpolar says:

    Paul. I would not agree with you on everything, but I would on most things, and I have always found your blog a welcome haven of wit and sanity. And an opinion to always consider carefully, especially when it challenges my views. You have contributed immensely to the independence movement over the last years.

    Alas, we are witnessing what the Scots are so good at and probably the main reason why we haven’t had an independent country all along: scoring points against one another even if it means seizing defeat from the jaws of victory is a hallmark of Scotland‘s self-imposed servitude. How could I ever be a “proud Scot“ as long as this situation persists?

    I will miss you in the coming weeks, but it you are too important as a person to sacrifice yourself to some of the mindless vitriol going on at the moment. Thank you for all you have been doing. And haste ye back after due time to recuperate. Prayers are with you!

  89. fergusgreen says:

    Paul, sending you love and healing. Thank you for being a wonderful human being.

  90. Skintybroko says:

    So sorry to hear about the abuse but not surprised given the nonsense that has been going on in recent weeks. I very much hope you will take the time to recover your enjoyment in life, bring joy to another wee dug as that will go along way to helping you recuperate. Wishing you a long, healthy and happy life.

  91. Duncan says:

    Sir, I would just like to thank you for being brave enough to stick to your position and what you thought was right, alone among the indy blog-world, a bastion of sanity. That’s no easy thing to do, especially in the face of prevailing pressure and aggressive dominant rhetoric. There is no excuse for the other bloggers’ openly-admitted plot to unseat Sturgeon, considering the words of their leader and their official party strategy is “supporting Sturgeon as First Minister”. I don’t believe that Salmond doesn’t know about the kind of things the bloggers are spreading and saying for the record, as he is an eminently smart man and they are posting publicly and openly to their big followings about these subjects. The question then becomes why he lets it go on.

    At any rate, take it easy, please focus on your health.

  92. Pete Wilcox says:

    You do what you need to for YOU, Paul. We’ll await further words of wisdom after the clusterbourach this election is proving to be. Here’s a thing, though – it’s perfectly possible to write whatever you feel, but then turn off comments and completely ignore the critics. Maybe that would be better for your health, in the long run…..

  93. Sheena jack says:

    Dear wee ginger. You have been totally fabulous all this time and we all your fans love you for all your intelligent comments and all your hard work for independence. Really hope all goes well for you, your partner and all who need your astute encouragement. God bless you wee ginger.

  94. LAC says:

    I’m so sorry you’ve had to endure this awful and pathetic behaviour by some. Your blog is the only blog many of us read but I completely understand why you need to step away. Many of us who have said openly on independence forums that we will not vote for Salmond have also been on the receiving end of abuse, online and with some private messaging abuse to my own fb account. All blocked but it reinforces my view that the last party anyone in my home will be voting for is Alba. Take care of yourself, be kind to yourself and hopefully you will feel able to continue after May 6.

  95. Norma says:

    So sorry to hear this, I will miss the wee ginger dug, but your health always comes first. Take care stay safe

  96. UndeadShuan says:

    I have stopped reading the majority of the other indy blogs now, yours was the voice of reason to which you could refer soft no’s and undecided’s to.

    I’m sorry to hear you have suffered abuse, its shocking that some people think its an acceptable practice when they disagree with what you are saying.

    Its very sad that a vocal minority who with their abuse to others may cause us to lose the ability to have another indy ref in the near future.

    Please rest up and recuperate and concentrate on your recovery as your health is more important than anything else.

    If on the other side of the election we still have enough msp’s to get a referendum and when a new referendum is annouced return to this blog then. Only if you feel up to it though.

  97. Neil Logan says:

    So sorry to hear this Paul, but I totally understand your health comes first. I will miss your good sense and fair minded comments. Your blog has been an inspiration to me and many others. Hope you are able to continue your recovery and return to blogging when you are fit and well.

  98. Legerwood says:

    I am really sorry that you have been subjected to such abuse and sorrier still that it has impacted on your health and threatened your recovery. Nothing is more important than your health and, while we will miss your calm words, you have made the right decision.

    Take care.

  99. Andrew Sharp says:

    They say that civil wars are the worst, and at the moment we are seeing people who should know better engaging in personal abuse instead of debate. You have my sympathies, and, having been a candidate for election in the past I know how hurtful that kind of abuse can be. Please take it easy, recharge the batteries, ignore the trolls, and when you can, come back and rejoin the fight for our nation.

  100. Chelle says:

    All good wishes. Will miss your wisdom, but totally understand your decision.
    Much love and solidarity. x

  101. redr0sie says:

    Paul im so sorry to hear that the appalling abuse you’ve been receiving has had such a negative impact on you and your health. I applaud your decision to take a step back, as it can’t be easy for you, being such a dedicated son of a free Scotland, but nothing matters more than your wellbeing. There are some truly toxic characters out there, and its so sad that you have attracted some of them, while doing such an amazing job of promoting Scottish Independence. You will go down in the future history books as a hero of Scotland! Get well and come back to us…

  102. Thomas Dunlop says:

    I am really sorry for this Paul. For what its worth I will defend you to the end. My fear is that if you become silent, it will only encourage cowardly bullies on all sides to attack even more ferociously, looking for some gratification for their anger. Sometimes to, I wonder for the case for humanity if we can just get on and have a sane, normal discussion /argument, without descending into name calling. I do hope you come back soon and find the strength to be the voice of reason

  103. Brian Sinclair says:

    Hi Paul, I always read your thoughts but very rarely comment. You’re a star for Scotland and I echo all the above comments. I hope so much you can concentrate on recovering and start enjoying life with Peter again. Take careX

  104. So, so sorry to read this Paul, but my sympathies lie with you and your efforts to get well again. We’ll really miss your blog, which we need now more than ever, and the eejits + heidcases we can well do without. You must summon up the energy to recover and we fully understand that. See you again when you’re better, and on our way to an #Indy Scotland. Saor Alba. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  105. dorancaird says:

    God Bless Paul. My sincere good wishes. I cannot express how much I will miss your input,but I quite understand. Your piece after 2014, lifted my spirits and I kept thinking of the end of “Consider the Lilies” “But just the same, things came in on the high tide which you could keep when the tide was going out again.” You take care. A stroke wasn’t called “a shock” in the old days for nothing. You are recovering from a shock. Concentrate on yourself. Haters hate. They have little else. Much love and affection.

  106. JSD (Mrs) says:

    Your health comes first! You have to look after yourself. These idiots who think it is clever to insult anyone who dares to be a free thinker are everywhere but what you are enduring is a disgrace. Something has got to be done about this. But you take care and with luck we will all be getting together soon to fight the good fight for independence. Much love xxxxxx

  107. Alec Oattes says:

    So sorry to hear of the abuse you have received, but as others have said, your physical and mental health is most important. Always enjoyed your comments and points of view. Trust you will come back stronger after we win the Election in May.Enjoy the Carrick countryside, in the meantime take care we need you back in fine fettle. Alec fae Ayr.

  108. jfngw says:

    Sorry to see you stepping back, all the best. This was the last blog I now read, the rest have descended into hero worship, awaiting the Salmond friseur salon putsch. If the party is a reflection of its supporters then it is not one I could ever vote for.

  109. CATHY says:

    you’re the best and only blogger I read so I’ll miss you until after the election. Meantime hope your health improves!

  110. Helen says:

    So sorry to hear about this. Please know that for every abusive troll there are hundreds of people who value your stance and your contribution. I don’t have a Twitter account and have never commented on a blog, but had to now as wouldn’t want you to be stuck with the impression that the angry people represent your readership or the wider Yes movement.
    Your health absolutely comes first, look after yourself.

  111. Not-My-Real-Name says:

    Look after yourself….so sorry that you have been undeservedly a target from some especially when you have been such an asset to the independence movement and also when they, who target you, know about your health position and are using it to abuse you.

    Your health must come first……..take a break and get better.

    You can hold your head up high and be proud of your invaluable contribution in the many sublime posts that you have written on this blog that has inspired so many people like me to keep the faith and still have hope that one day we will all live in an independent Scotland.

    Take care……..virtual hugs.


  112. bookie from hell says:

    I’m with you

    you only have to look at unionist press , house of commons ,msm terrified of fm nicola & snp

    wings personal attack for her removal, is insane , which I posted & banned from site

    journalists now saying scots are using voting system to play the game , fix it for independence majority

    ok lets use same voting system as uk general election – reply all quiet

    may 7th/8th/9th as results come in , I hope your back on blog paul


    as the eagles song goes – Take It Easy

  113. Ann Christie says:

    So sorry Paul. The abuse from both sides is completely toxic & I can fully understand why you have to take a step back to recover your mental & physical health. You have to remember that your brain has had a major shuggle & it takes time for it to calm down. At the moment you have to deal with fatigue, disability & your emotions are close to the surface. Take care of you & let whatever happens to both parties happen. They have to find a way to work together as both are necessary for the future of Scotland. Independence doesn’t depend on you alone, so take time, rest, recuperate and come back when you are ready. All the very best.

  114. richard mackinnon says:

    Five weeks and the battles o’er.
    Take strength from the abuse and stay on the field.

  115. Tam the Bam says:

    You take as long as you need Paul…..we’ll hold the fort.

  116. Catherine Kerr says:

    Dear Paul, dreadful treatment of you. Please concentrate on your physical and mental well being. Such a pity, you cannot get a new wee dog, perhaps using a dog walker would help. Glad I can still read you in The National. Get well soon

  117. Wise decision Paul. See you on the other side.

  118. Anna Kennedy says:

    So sorry to hear this Paul – I’m not at all involved in social media for the reasons you describe and that you should be receiving abuse after all you have done for the independence movement and all that you have been through is just despicable – it makes me sick to the stomach. I’m glad that you are going to take time out and focus on your recovery but will miss reading your blog. All the best

  119. You are a much loved and much respected blogger and it is unfortunate that the least educated of people think they have to ram their poisonous venom down the throats of those who put their thinking skills, research skills and articulate communications down so that others can learn and understand a bit more about the subject matter. It was always a concern of mine that you didn’t give yourself more time for brain healing. Your body is being taken care of by medics and physios but only you can pull the plug on brain bombardment from whatever source. It’s a shame that there are so many parasites out there looking for the vulnerabilities in others. They are despicable wasters. I look forward to you coming back stronger and even more resilient.

  120. anna says:

    I am distressed to read about the catalogue of abuse to which you have been exposed. Anyone who engages in such abuse, or incites it, or turns a blind eye to it amongst their followers is no friend of Scotland. And if we aspire to be a better country it will depend on those who seek to shape the debate to insist on it being civil and respectful. Your blog has been a beacon of light in that regard. I hope you continue to make good recovery and I am so sorry that some of those who claim to be independence supporters have impeded it.

  121. Paul, It will take some time to sink in.
    I have seen you in action; you have been tireless in our pursuit of Freedom from this dreadful Union.
    Your health has suffered enough.
    Take time out, but, I can’t comment further until I think this through.

    • Molly McC says:

      Like you Jack…I feel Paul has given more to “the cause” than most.
      Paul your health and well being are worth stepping back for.
      Get well dear friend ….once the Election is over…Independence has taken place…you will be ready to step up again.

      Until then, walks on an Ayrshire beach….rejuvenate, breathe, toes in the sand.

      Come back to us hale and hearty once more. We are here for you.
      Love, Molly

  122. Your health is your wealth and that comes first. Look after yourself mate and look forward to seeing you back after the election. Mrs PC send you her love and good wishes.


    Any chance you could hand the blog over to Macart for a wee while (if he’s willing) like you sometimes did when you went on holiday? Or some other guid scriever? Just a thought to keep the blog turning over.

  123. Eilidh says:

    I am so sorry Paul about the abuse you have had to put up with.You have endured so much in the past 6 months with suffering a serious stroke, the death of your beloved 4 legged friend and all the stress of moving house too and you have made a remarkable recovery from your stroke as well.However that recovery cannot be endangered by putting up with morons sending you abusive comments of any kind. There is no doubt a lot of the nastiness on the Internet in general re Scottish Independence and the election at the moment is from unionist trolls but I came to the conclusion a while back sadly there are some nasty people who supposedly support Scottish Independence. I don’t involve myself with social media other than with friends and barely even look at Twitter these days. Please do not feel you have let us down. I think it is really the best thing for you right now to step away for a while. We know your thoughts on the election and I think you have given us a valuable insight re the party choices and how certain voting patterns could affect things. It really is pathetic that some people cannot respect others have different views from them and that is how a democratic society works I will miss your posts but look forward to reading your articles in The National It is just over a month to the election and I hope you will feel able to start blogging again after that but if it is possible with the software you use maybe it would be wise to turn off the comments facility on the blog at least for a while after you start blogging again. Look after yourself

  124. Alice says:

    Loads of pals Paul ….health is wealth as my mum used to say…You have made a very wise decision difficult although it is….you are a very brave guy ….have been all your life ….this will see you through ….rest up and enjoy your new home ….

  125. Isabel Macpherson says:

    Shocking and senseless behaviour. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Paul 🙏 🤗

  126. Carol says:

    I have also withdrawn from Social media prior to election, all the talk about being a fair society was just that talk, I thought we 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿were better than this, obviously not, like you I’m still hoping for a majority come May, look after yourself & basically 🖕🏻To the bullies & keyboard warriors

  127. ArtyHetty says:

    Take care Paul, so sorry to hear you have had to step back due to the bullies.
    For the gut, squeeze lemon juice, and couple teaspoons olive oil, some good quality honey and cinnamon in warm water, drink in the mornings, definitely helps, been watching online about that etc. Also accupressure, advice online. All the very best, H.

  128. John Docherty says:

    Take care of yourself.
    I’m hoping an invigorating May result will haste you back !
    Soar Alba

  129. cadgers says:

    Stay safe Paul and concentrate on you, I’m sure I’m safe saying we’re all rooting for you.

  130. Garvock says:

    I am deeply saddened by the treatment you have received from people supposedly on the side of independence and am bitterly disappointed you feel the need to step back at such a crucial time in our countries history,your health however must come first we need your strong voice in the months ahead take care and get well with haste Paul I hope some of the haters take a long hard look at themselves.

  131. Ann MacLeod says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this, I have always enjoyed your blogs. I do understand though as your health must come first. Take care of yourself and get your health back as we need you for the campaign Saor Alba 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  132. Izzie says:

    I have already added a comment to a previous reply sending my best wishes. Like many others I will miss you. Personally apart from your blog I steer clear of social media and no longer read comments and find it helpful to my state of mind.
    All supporters of Indy need to never forget three words “Divide and conquer” there are many insidious ways of doing this.
    Look after yourself and haste ye back.

  133. Potter says:

    Take care and haste ye back.

  134. Ronnie Watt says:

    I’m absolutely raging about the abuse you have been receiving
    Hope you get well soon I know it will be difficult for you
    A break from the blog will do you good hopefully
    I will send over some money to help a little bit

  135. Mrs Sheryl Hepworth says:

    Paul, I honestly cannot better all the above posters!! All have said what I was going to say and am delighted that so many of your readers have taken the time to send their good wishes, hopes and prayers to and for you (and Peter). Do exactly what you need to, keep your eyes on the prize of good health again and remember all the love and respect being sent virtually to you. You are a shining light in the Indy world that is being attacked and clouded at this time.
    Take much care of yourself and let Peter spoil you! Be well our warrior and return to your sensible and witty self when you are ready and your fire has been rekindled. Much love and many wishes for your health and do what you are told. XX Sheryl

  136. Ellie Fiddes says:

    I am really saddened by this post, and to hear of the hurts you have taken. I am dumbfoonert by all the almost ubiquitous personal attacks, there is no need for them, people can disagree agreeably. Thank you for all the hard work you have done, your decision is right, take good care of yourself.

  137. Sharon says:

    So sorry to hear that Paul. I’ve been under many stresses at points in my life. Have you thought about seeing a naturopath? They address the whole body, mind and soul. There are lots of supplements you can take to help and meditation/yoga.

  138. Please dont retreat into yourself and let awful people win Rest up and find peace of mind .and take much care

  139. Daisy Walker says:

    Regarding the Fatigue –

    I have a history of Chronic Fatigue, I have found the following information and techniques improved things significantly.

    Dr Ron Davis from Stanford University has made significant break throughs for a systematic approach to identifying the causes, diagnosing and possible treatments.

    His research indicates there can be multiple causes, including various viruses, cancer and major trauma – such as a stroke, for example.

    His research is pointing that the fatigue happens on a cellular level – something to do with the energy tranfer ATP circuit in the cells – hence the reason that exercise can actually set the patient back, rather than assist. The ATP circuit has much to do with Mitochondria.

    I am not a scientist, and the above is my layperson take on it. Details of his work on You Tube.

    Things that are safe and can help renew/increase production of the mitochondria are as follows:

    Vitamin D – there is a website called ‘why scots need vitamin d, written by Doctors – well worth a read’
    Intermittent fasting – for example One Meal A Day – this allows the body to repair on a cellular level – Autophagy. You can eat what you want, and its not calorie restricted… so not as bad as it first sounds. Lots of info on fasting by Dr Michael Chan? Sorry memory blip.
    Cold Showers – introduce this slowly, and couple it with breathing exercises. Wim Hoff Method is well demonstrated on You Tube, as is some of the medical evidence for why it works.

    The good thing about the above, is they are not expensive, and can all be tried from home. And they are all safe.

    Important not to force anything, and when really poorly, consider visiting a reputable Chinese Doctor for accupunture.

    No disrespect to Western Doctors, but when it comes to treating Fatigue they shrug their shoulders and go, ‘could be anything’.

    If you get to the stage where exercise is possible, consider Yoga and or Tai Chi, rather than anything that is more aerobic.

    It’s worth noting, if the above give you noticible improvements – it is not a cure for CFS. Its a hack or a work around, you will likely still get a fatigue kick back – the difference for me is the energised times are genuinely energised, (as aposed to simply a less bad day) and the fatigue down times are less, so its a method for deliberately fitting a life into the condition in a managed way.

    Incidentally I’m not a doctor, the above is just what I have tried and had good results with. Everyone is responsible for their own health and what they do to themselves is their own full responsibility. Not mine.

    Best wishes for your recovery. Kind regards.

  140. Phil Butler says:

    Take care Paul and rebuild your health and strength. Enjoy your new home in a beautiful part of Scotland and the warm weather, when it arrives!

  141. Macart says:

    Just be well Paul.

  142. Ambrose Harper says:

    Health is paramount Paul, without it there is little else. I’m very sorry to hear this news. I’m afraid in all disciplines, the internet is awash with know-alls and arseholes – chuck a stone into any group and you’ll hit one. I do hope that you are heartened by the many positive comments I have read on you blogs. You are good man.

  143. Paddy Farrington says:

    Thank you for all you’ve done, take care of yourself, and come back if and when you are ready. We will miss you!

  144. Alastair Kidd says:

    Just another ordinary guy who is sad to hear of the personal abuse and disheartened b ythe overall “tone” of what is going down – having said that, Onward and Upward – wishing you a speedy recovery!

  145. Art McGuinness says:

    Your priority must be your health. Having had a stroke in the past I understand how frustrating recovery can be. Having ill-mannered individuals slagging you off online will not help.
    We will miss your articles and insight and it is extremely unfortunate that many individuals who are pro-indy spend more time criticising the SNP than criticising the unionists.

  146. Jemma McLaughlan says:

    Your health comes first, take care, and come back when you’re ready

  147. Golfnut says:

    Apple cider vinegar with ( mother ) is an excellent remedy for what is probably a medication induced problem. Many drugs affect the digestive system mainly by killing the good bacteria, poor digestion and lack of vitamin absorption from your normal diet which I presume is pretty healthy one. Bloating, diaorrea, excess wind and lack of energy and
    vitality both mental and physical are the result. A half teaspoon in water 3/4 times a day in water about 30 minutes before food. The with mother bit by the way is the important bit, it’s live gut bacteria and will help replace what you’ve lost and obviously help your gut absorb the vitamins from your food. I’m speaking from personal experience here, not as a medical expert. Don’t buy from the health section in super markets where it is always expensive, buy it n the condiments section.

    Get well soon.

  148. agrubi1 says:

    This is a disgrace Paul and my best wishes go to you and yours. I’m not convinced that all of the nastiness is coming from people who are what they are portraying themselves to be. Nevertheless, it is the dirtiest campaign I have experienced in my nearly 40 years in the SNP, possibly because this is the last throw of the Union dice and the plants, yoons and establishment are desperate. Stay well and safe my friend.

  149. allan ralston says:

    Health first Paul, take care of yourself and know that there are many wishing you well and a wonderful recovery.

    Allan fae Dumfries

  150. mumsyhugs says:

    Aye time to put yourself first Paul. I suspect the vast majority of independence supporters are of the same calm, reasoned approach as yourself and we will prevail over the bigots, cowards and bampots that are currently crawling out of the woodwork and hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. It’s easy for them to be brave when you can’t see their face.

    Take care and don’t worry – we’ll still be here whenever you feel able. Mumsyhugs xxx

  151. Valkyrie says:

    “I’ve been accused of not really supporting independence and have been called a creep who is only interested in what I can raise through crowdfunding.”

    Was it one of Stu’s minions who said that?
    If so… Oh, the irony! hehe.

    But yeah, I can understand totally why you might need to switch off from this for a while, Paul.
    Don’t worry about it. The people who matter will understand! 🙂

    It’s one of several reasons why I refuse to bow to peer pressure and sign up to so-called ‘social’ media. If I wanted to be lied to, have propaganda shoved in my face, and be insulted constantly, I’d talk to Westminster’s hired monkeys and laugh at their feeble attempts.

    Back during the previous Indy campaign, leading up to the referendum in 2014, there was a good friend of mine who was a pretty active campaigner for the cause of independence. Used to be a regular on the “Off Topic” area on Wings actually, before Stu started throwing his toys out of the pram. Still has a couple of the badges from their get-togethers, tossed into a cupboard and gathering dust now.
    Between the No vote back then, the apparent disintegration of the party he campaigned with back then, and the infighting now, he’s pretty much just given up on campaigning altogether.
    How about that? So-called ‘Independence supporters’ were the last straw that managed to break him, where Westminster had failed.
    I can totally understand. And I’d hate to see the same happen to Paul, or anyone else.

    Can’t help but think, maybe that’s the intention.

    Maybe too many of us have succumbed to that “loving the oppressors” mentality and become determined to sabotage the campaign from the inside.
    Maybe those so-called indy supporters are really Trojans and the Alba Party is a huge wooden horse.
    (See, I can do historical metaphors. Nothing is ever new! Humanity no longer has the imagination for anything new, so it’s easy!)
    I kind of hope they are Westminster plants, because then it means our own people aren’t really stabbing us in the back after all. If we’ve sunk that low, then what is the point of independence any more? We’re just joining America and other countries in waiting for society to finally collapse into the set of a Mad Max movie…

    Personally, all they’re doing is convincing me even more to go against them. Still SNP here, 50% for the cause, 50% just to spite those b******s!
    I’ll do my bit. Up to the rest of Scotland whether you do yours or we finally break apart for good.
    That’s where I stand.

    Wishing you all the best Paul.

  152. Alan Howard Baxter says:

    I can’t add any words to those already said so meaningfully and eloquently by the genuine posters on this board, other than to add my thanks for your outstanding efforts in promoting the cause. Your temporary (I Hope) absence will be felt by all who support independence. Rest assured, we will leave no one behind, and look forward to you leading the march from the front once more. Get well, keep safe, and take the heartfelt advice expressed by all on this board………..

  153. Faith Waddell says:

    So sorry to read this Paul. Words fail me at how disgustingly abusive people can be. Take care if your health and yourself til we see you back ((((((((HUGS)))))) xx

  154. Such a shame. Hope you’re back with us soon, Paul. We need you. Your’e the best we have.
    In the meantime, please check out my stories on Indy Tales
    A subtle way to persuade the undecided to vote Yes. Please share.

  155. granda16 says:

    I was going to make a comment along the lines of “I know I’m being selfish, but please don’t stop……”

    Until I started reading the comments, and I felt ashamed. I have enjoyed every single blog you have ever posted Paul, and I can’t think of a single one, where I wasn’t nodding my head as I read it. I have every one of your books. I listened to the talk you gave in Elgin (when Ginger was still with us) and it was THE most inspiring thing I’ve experienced during this Indy campaign.

    You have been a TREMENDOUS asset to the Indy campaign, and you should know that you speak for the majority of yes voters. IMO, reading your blog has done more to convert no voters to yes than any of your less accomplished bloggers have done? I KNOW this, because I frequently reference one of your blogs to my no-voting friends, and a good number have made very positive comments afterwards, along the lines of “I never thought of it that way before”.

    You are a giant among men, my friend, and your voice WILL be missed, but …….. Concentrate on your own physical wellbeing. We love you……

    Nil carborundum illegitimi!!!

  156. bushgeoff says:

    There is absolutely no place for abuse in what should be a respectful conversation between political allies. Keep well Paul.

  157. Ann McKelvie says:

    Bless you Paul, despite your recent health struggles you have been a shining light for me during these times.

    I’d like to say that the people who have been insulting you have small minds, however, that would be too kind …. the size of their minds are so small you cannot even measure them in real terms.

    Please look after your health and know that many good folks are thinking of you and hoping your recovery starts to improve again very soon. I look forward to hearing from you again on the other side of the Election, hopefully our hearts will be lifted when we see the results.

    You have given us clear, sensible thoughts to mull over regarding Independence and set us on a good path, rest easy and come back stronger.

  158. Colin Alexander says:

    @Paul Kavanagh, I hope the break from writing will help you in your recovery.

    I received abusive comments from some of your regular WGD SNP supporters just the other day. The same people used to encourage a pile-on of abusive comments on Wingsoverscotland, to try and silence any dissenting opinion, so I can empathise with you on this.

    So, that’s you Paul and Joanna Cherry both caused real harm by the online abuse. No doubt, there are many other less famous people who get hurt or are afraid to speak because of the levels of online abuse. It’s disgusting.

    Anyway, take care Paul and best wishes for your health and peace of mind. Thanks for all your good work for Scottish independence.

    • Not-My-Real-Name says:

      Colin please read the room….with all due respect this moment is not about you.

      I think your ill judged, and IMO most unwelcome comment, via your second paragraph is perhaps a definition of tis best to say nothing if you have nothing meaningful to say.

      Perhaps you should reread what Paul has written ….your last sentence in your comment is where you should have started and finished……

      Not wanting to begin a tit for tat slanging match as in these circumstances it would be inappropriate….. because today on here, it is for many of us, our way of showing Paul that we empathise, sympathise, understand fully his reasons for taking a break and also that we acknowledge what a great contribution he has made to the Independence movement……and that our thoughts are totally with him at this difficult time.

      Have a nice day Colin……..

    • Hamish100 says:

      You attempt to equate the consistent abuse on wings and debate on here as being equal.

      Poor show.

    • grizebard says:

      “Listen sonny, I knew Jack Kennedy, and you’re no Jack Kennedy” is what comes to mind, “Colin”-come-lately.

    • Alex Clark says:

      Your comment has no place on this blog today.

  159. Jonathan Marshall says:

    Paul disgusted to hear all the abuse your receiving… It is one of the reasons that I disagree with anonymous posters…. Posting under your real name shows that you have no hidden agenda. That said your health comes first make sure your prioritize that, but I hope you can find the strength to keep writing the Independence movement would be a far poorer place without your excellent contributions, and I think in these strange times we all probably need them.

  160. Marion Scott says:

    So sorry you have had to tolerate such abuse. Sending very best wishes for your complete recovery and looking forward to reading the blog again when we are in less toxic waters after the May election. Meanwhile take care of yourself and remember that you have the respect and gratitude of many, many independence supporters.

  161. aranciaca says:

    Wishing you a quick recovery.
    And disagreeing with you on the role of the Alba Party, I have found it especially useful to read what you have to say recently because it challenges my preconceptions.
    So, I’ll look forward to your writing in ‘The National,’ and continue to imagine you being elected as the first President of Scotland.

  162. Robin McHugh says:

    Health and family first and foremost, Paul, some rest and recuperation sounds like a great idea.

    We’re aw sure ye’re no awa tae bide awa!

  163. Sooz says:

    Good decision, Paul. It’s shocking that it had to come to this but your health and wellbeing must not suffer because of people who don’t have the grace to behave better towards you. You’ve done so much. You’ve gone the length, the breadth and the width of Scotland inspiring folk and bringing people in to the Yes family. Time to step back. I want you to know how much I appreciate and respect what you’ve done, and how angry I am that you should be treated so malevolently. Much love.

  164. Wendy says:

    Dear Paul,

    I was very saddened to read this blog of yours and wanted to send you my love and appreciation for everything you have done for the cause of Scottish Independence in the past few years. I was fortunate enough to meet you and Ginger at a fund-raising event hosted by the Glasgow Southside branch of the SNP a few years ago held at Cathcart Bowling Club. Dr. Phillipa Whitford was also a guest speaker that evening. It was a fabulous night.

    I find it shocking that others in Scotland who want the same goal as you and me think that they are in any way justified in sending you vile and despicable messages simply because they prefer to take a different route towards this goal. I know that every political party has its share of nutters and extremists but reading your blog makes me want to have nothing to do with a party which allows its supporters to post such wicked, hateful posts. I am assuming that these horrendous messages are coming from supporters of the new Alba Party or those who support the Wings Over Scotland blogger, Rev. Stuart Campbell. (I have always wondered at his title, because he certainly doesn’t speak in a reverential manner!) The irony of the latter blogger being so hostile towards you now must be more hurtful to you considering how you stood up for him in his court case against Kezia Dugdale!

    Anyway, I wish you all the very best in your continued recovery and new life in South Ayrshire. I will miss your blogs but understand why you need to step back and prioritise your mental and emotional health as well as your physical health at this difficult time.

    Very Best Wishes and Thanks for everything you have stood up for,

    Wendy Highet.

  165. Mark Russell says:

    Sadly, it’s everywhere at the moment – not just in the Indy movement. At the very moment we need to set aside our differences and come together in unity – we descend into anarchy and hatred. Tolerance and reason have evaporated – replaced with bitterness and tribalism; never a healthy union – but in the midst of a pandemic, a catastrophic state of affairs.

    Good luck, Paul and go easy. Best wishes to you both.

  166. iusedtobeenglish says:

    This has made me so angry! The abuse you’ve received and the effects it’s having on you are sickening.

    You must look after yourself, first and foremost. Please take care and build yourself up. Like many others, I don’t post all that often, but I deeply appreciate your writing.

    I want to see you well, but I hate the fact that a load of hateful, fossilised snotballs have beaten you down. Is there anything that I can do to help lift you p?

  167. William Pirrie says:

    Sorry that you are getting so much abuse. I will miss your blog as it was the most calm and sensible on independence. Look after yourself and I hope you will recover and get back to blogging in the near future. Scotland needs you

  168. wm says:

    Sad to hear that you are getting all this treatment. Take things easy and look after yourself we all need you to get better, and continue to lead the way to Indy.

  169. Duncan Ross says:

    This is too depressing for words. Where do I go now for inspiring, insightful, well informed political commentary, delivered with wit and humanity? There’s not much of it about. I feel bereft, but your health comes first. Concentrate on your recovery now. Leis gach deagh dhùrachd.

  170. Clicky Steve says:

    Really sorry to hear this. You are one of the most important voices in the independence community, and nobody should have to deal with that kind of abuse.

  171. Health first Paul.

    I’m beyond angry that it’s come to this, but I’ll save you the hassle of deleting the expletive laden, anti troll diatribe I want to post.

    I hope that the messages are lifting your spirits.

  172. Judy Shand says:

    This is sad news on many different levels Paul. However, I’m glad you’re putting your health first. I hope your recovery continues now that you’re out of this poisonous fray x

  173. Kim says:

    Sorry to hear about the abuse you’ve received and the impact on your health. Take care of yourself Paul and concentrate on being well. All the best, Kim

  174. juliegegan says:

    Oh Paul…cannot believe the abuse you have been getting online. We need your measured reasoning in your blogs that grounds the arguments for Scottish Independence. Perfectly understandable that you need to step away just now. Stay safe and get well. Alba Gu Brath.

  175. Elizabeth Joyce Thewlis says:

    Sorry you have been forced to leave but understand the need to protect yourself from what seems to be dire abuse. It is shameful how people think they can abuse and attack people – where is the respect for each other I thought Scotland was better than this. Thank you for all your blogs. Guid health and hope to see you again in a new and better behaved Scotland.

  176. yesindyref2 says:

    WGD, good for you. I can’t post on the National any more, and it’s truly a relief beyond belief. The anti-Sturgeonists are relentless, even the genuine ones let alone the fakers. I post on the Herald, but can take or leave that. At least the anti-Sturgeonists are mostly Unionists there!

  177. Dave Sullivan says:

    Paul, sorry to hear about the abuse you’ve received. It’s easy to say ignore them but I understand why you want to step away from it all for a while and hope you return to the blog both mentally & physically fitter. I’ve always found ‘ The wee ginger dug ‘informative and entertaining, all the best

  178. Audrey Scotia Walker says:

    Dearest Paul,
    Firstly you, my friend, are a guiding light, a ray of sunshine and a magnificent 🌈 in the Indy grassroots movement. You have maintained your integrity throughout showing you are the thoroughly decent person you are whilst fighting your own personal battles which just highlights your strength of character. Because you have done this certain individuals have turned against you mainly because you are your own person and won’t give up your values to appease people and because you are the type of person they can only dream of ever being, this belittles them, and so they turn on you. However what I have heard today has , not only , been devastating but has filled me with fury. I will not give them or their Party any more oxygen. People want to believe it’s trolls but we know that sadly it’s not.
    Take a break ,from this, Paul then come back even stronger my friend. You are with us and we are with one. And remember for every person, like him, there are thousands , of us, who admire and respect you. You are all that’s good in the Scottish Independence are loved and appreciated. Rest but never give up. We will see you, back with us, when you’re reenergised. Take care my brave friend. Much love Scotia 💙

  179. barpe says:

    I’ve had your blog as my ‘homepage’ ever since hearing you at the Aberdour Hotel in Dumfries many years ago (with Ginger, as well!!). I looked forward to your posts and invariably agreed with them, but there is no way you can accept the level of abuse you get – it would harm anyone’s health, let alone all you have been through.

    Your decision is sound, health ALWAYS comes first.
    Take care and only return when you’re ready.

  180. Gregory R Nunn says:

    Be safe, get healthy.
    Best wishes.

  181. ann cain says:

    So sorry you are receiving this abuse, do what you need to do to look after your health. Trolls are truly reprehensible, and I fear they will only get worse in the run up to the May elections…..the establishment are worried….. and with good cause.

  182. exile says:

    Keep safe and get your strength back Paul. I’m disgusted at what you’ve suffered on social media. Thank you for all you do for Scotland.

  183. Look after yourself, Paul. I am sickened and saddened by the abuse you’ve received – I thought Scots – and particularly Indy supporters – were better than this. Don’t come back into the fray until your health allows – we’ll miss your cogent and trenchant views but you must put yourself and your husband first.

  184. I am so sorry this happened to you, but I agree that you made a good decision to step back. You are a precious soul and I wish you all the best. Beannachd leibh, mo charaid.

  185. Clydebuilt says:

    Very sorry to hear the news Paul. In all my time as a “Nat.” Up untill about Salmond’s interview with “Him” . . . . . I’ve never came across nastiness on our side. I still believe the people propagating the negativity are not nationalists . . . And infact work for the “other side” .
    In my experience people who support Independence have a positive outlook. Isn’t it suspicious that at this cruicial time for our cause all of a sudden people who specialise in nastiness and abuse, untypical of the movement, spring up supporting a “a blogger” who is hell bent on division.

    I hope these thoughts are a comfort to you.

    All the very best Paul

    • yesindyref2 says:

      What is very sad and very noticeable is that in all the time WGD has been being abused by people on his blog, or from his blog, not once has he posted in an article – or below the line – for them to cease and desist. By inaction he condones their attack.

      • yesindyref2 says:

        Shit, by “he” I mean that other blogger of course.

      • Colin Alexander says:

        I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you must have missed it when, at the time of Paul K’s stroke, the vast majority of people on Wings wished Paul well.

        Stu Campbell ripped into the very wee minority of morons who posted abusive remarks regarding Paul’s stroke.

        So, what you are asserting is not correct.

        • grizebard says:

          We don’t need your condescension in defence of SoB, thank-you-very-much, since everything about you is fake, and we no longer give a damn what your current opinion about anything may be. (Tomorrow it will no doubt be different anyway.)

        • Alex Clark says:

          Very magnanimous of you to give him the benefit of your doubt. When were you appointed as judge and jury? It wasn’t by posters here, as I’m sure you can see that your contributions are not welcome. We’ve heard all you have to say already.

        • yesindyref2 says:

          “I will give you the benefit of the doubt that …”

          And I will give you the benefit of the doubt that English is not your first language (perhaps it’s Russian), and you were unable to understand a posting below showing a posting that is STILL ON one of the threads there, without criticism.

          Perhaps you could ask your pal backwards rock if you can use his web crawler database to search it out?

          Anyways, with your “me me me” still going on on this thread, you’re a disgrace.

          • grizebard says:

            (Yes, that web crawler thing of his was creepy, very weird. He was another who liked to sneak a “last word” onto old threads.)

  186. Stewartbfromperth says:

    Most of what I wanted to say has been said so just rest up and come back stronger .Your contributions have been immense so I hope you will make a complete recovery and after the election provided the mindless detractors have not inflicted damage on the amazing progress that has been made post 2014 you will be well enough to use your talents to help the yes movement achieve our ultimate goal.Take care and thank you.

  187. DH says:

    You take care of yourself – I wasnt voting Alba before but the behaviour of the cabal is such that I will actually actively try to persuade people not to vote for it.

  188. arayner1936 says:

    Very sorry indeed to learn that you have been subject to abuse, Paul, and even more more sorry that it is affecting your health and recovery.
    Do take time to heal both mentally and physically as we will welcome your wisdom once the cards fall in May and we know what sort of Parliament we have elcted.
    i have not always agreed with all you say but admire your spirit and I welcome having my own views questioned. I intend to vote SNP 1 and Alba 2 as I strongly feel there is a need for more urgency in getting our freedom than the SNP have shown recently, but that is my own opinion. I can live with almost anything that the people of Scotland vote for – as long as it does not result in a Con/LibDem/Lab pact to freeze out those who support Independence.
    All good wishes and look forward to your return to the fray.

  189. Duncan Currie says:

    I am so sorry to hear this but I can understand your reasons. This division just when the our goal is in sight is very upsetting for us all. To lose a Seasoned Campaigner like you through it make me fear the States divide and conquer tactic will rob us of a Golden opportunity. Health comes first but I hope at some point you feel strong enough to re-join the fray. I feel you were a voice of reason among the clamour.

  190. mr charles m m mair says:

    As one person said to back in the day DON’T LET THE BARR-STARTS GET YOU DOWN I for one think you are first-class a great writer and it’s always a joy to read your blogs…!

  191. Joe McDonagh says:

    I’m so sad and genuinely angry at the despicable people attacking you and forcing you into taking a back step. I’d expect the unionist mob to revel in this sort of crap, though that doesn’t excuse them, but this vitriol coming from folk claiming to be supporters of independence is equally to be condemned. Disagreement and debate on the means is fine but the ends are the same are they not? Your health and well-being has to be paramount and I wish you well in your recovery. I’m going to miss your thoughts and opinions. Take care and my best wishes go to you and yours.

  192. May Mallett says:

    I am sorry to hear about this abuse, I’ve only just found your blog and was liking your tone. Just remember this abuse says more about the people who are doing it than it ever will about you. I hope you get the rest you need and look forward to reading your blogs in the future.

  193. grizebard says:

    Hi Paul, like everyone else, I’m desperately saddened (gutted, actually) about your very understandable decision to withdraw, and even more so because of the main reason for it. Your perceptive and wickedly humorous voice will be greatly missed – it has always been a personal tonic – while you’re taking a very necessary rest. (I only selfishly hope you are able to find someone to stand in for you while you recover – otherwise many supporters like me, already refugees from elsewhere that’s gone gangrenous, will have nowhere else to turn.)

  194. fmg16 says:

    What are these idiots like! It’s disgraceful you are being treated like this. you’re quite right to remove yourself from the fray just now, your health comes first.
    Take care of yourself and I look forward to reading your blog again after an SNP victory

  195. So sorry to hear all this Paul. It’s really disgraceful for people to behave like that! You concentrate on getting yersel better!. All the very best pal!!

  196. Thankyou for your work to support independence which ,for me,is a natural and normal state.I am so sorry to learn about the abuse that you have received.Get well soon.
    Dr Reynolds

  197. Peter B says:

    Dear Paul

    I am angered and disgusted to read how you have been treated. As you say it’s hard enough taking it from the yoons but from fellow Indy supporters is disgusting. I despair at the way people are acting. Yet again it looks like we Scots are going to snatch defeat from victory. If these people do not sort themselves out, and soon, then Indy is lost and the Yoons have won. We will be condemned to Tory rule for ever. I even had a woman who argued with me that I was wrong to not use the postal vote. She was very argumentative and I had to cut her off. Paul please do not turn your back on the YES movement. Your voice is a strong and precise voice that the movement needs more than ever. I understand how you feel and how hard it is for you at this time recovering from your stroke. I hope you get better soon and feel strong enough to give us your wisdom again.

    Yours a follower of Wee Ginger Dug


  198. Arthur Thomson says:

    A sad day indeed Paul. You must be gutted – I know I am. Sometimes we have to take a step back to find a practical way forward but I am surely going to miss your blog.

    God alone knows how much hard work you have put into lighting the path to Scotland’s independence. Your contribution has been enormous. I am glad you are going to continue to write in the National. If it is at all possible, I want your voice to be heard. Yours is the voice of reason and decency.

    Of course, you must look to recovering your health for your sake and ours. Know that we are still thinking of you and wishing you better asap.

    You are a far better person than those who have chosen to be abusive towards you, Paul. Only they know what their motives are but we all know, from their actions, that they are damaged individuals. They are more to be pitied than reviled but i must admit that I find it hard not to wish them ill.

    Like all other genuine Scots, what I will do is CONTINUE to be unwavering in my commitment to promoting Scotland’s independence – just as i know you have and will continue to do as far as your health allows.

    Be safe and strong pal.

  199. Tatu3 says:

    So sorry to hear you’re stepping down for a wee while, but your health comes first. Hope you return soon as I don’t like the bullies thinking they’ve won. Stay safe and concentrate on your health

  200. Alex Clark says:

    What an absolute disgrace that you are not entitled to your own opinion but have to be abused for even having it. It’s utterly disgusting that you have been targeted in this way and especially in the knowledge that you are recovering from a stroke. These bastards that carry out such attacks are vermin and scum.

    If any of them truly are Independence supporters then I do not wish to be associated with them in any way. No one in their right mind would want to be associated with the type of character that can do this. With them supposedly on the side of Independence then who needs enimies?

    You are absolutely right to get away from this for the sake of your health, don’t even think of posting until this nasty election is all over. Take care Paul and come back stronger when the time is right.

  201. gullaneno4 says:

    Good decision Paul.
    Some of the stuff floating around is pretty vile.
    There is even some of it coming from the people who were actually taking umbridge of accusations from the unionists of a ‘divisive’ 2014 Referendum.

    Listen to your body, it generally knows what is best for it and take care.

  202. Kriskinch says:

    So sorry Paul, but understandable. When we do get our independence, you will know that you played a HUGE part in the campaign. Be proud. Now focus on your recovery!

  203. David Thomas says:

    Aye this is all wrong and definitely you must step back and look after your health at all times! Tiredness after stroke is the devil itself as it does affect memory and speech as you suggest. Take care of yourself, the haters deserve not a scintilla of you’re care. All the best, make progress and only progress your goal. 💐

  204. mary mackenzie says:

    Dear Paul, Thank you for your great blogs with all their wit and wisdom. They kept me going cheerfully through all the independence issues. The thing is we can’t really know who is sending you that venom. It’s always been the way ever since Jason and The Golden Fleece, when he flung a stone into the dragon’s soldiers and they started fighting, each one of them blaming the other, until they were all dead. Oldest trick in the book. I am certain that the Unionist dark forces are employing trolls who shock us with their filth and pretend we are attacking ourselves, they will be experts at it. And they have won if we are so hurt that we fall silent. I would like to suggest a counter attack that still takes you out of the firing line but doesn’t muzzle you.
    Employ a robust and cheeky teenager to act as a filter, answering hateful posts with “Thanks stupid boring Unionist troll, now piss off!” And only look yourself at positive and creative posts. It will annoy the hell out of the grisly posters being called Unionist if they are or if they are not and it is possible they will wither away. Pay your filter from a crowdfund which I will be only too delighted to contribute to as I think all the posters who have written to you with love and support on the blog will be too.
    We can win this one, and keep you safe as well.
    Mary Mackenzie

    • grizebard says:

      I love your “cheeky teenager” solution there, Mary. Maybe that’s the answer, turn over the gross troll-filtering and other wearying management stuff to someone else, while maybe still leaving some precious energy for the occasional article…?

    • Valkyrie says:

      Well, I’m not a teenager any more.
      Can definitely still be cheeky though. Happy to volunteer for troll-mocking duties! 😀

  205. Sandy thomson says:

    Rising above it again, I’m glad your here, Sandy Thomson

  206. Sorry to hear this.
    Humble leaders like yourself make the world a better place encouraging collaboration for the good of the collective , you are one of those unsung heroes and are already missed by so many .

  207. Marybel Tracey says:

    If as you say you are stepping back from your blog as a measure of self protection then you are doing the right thing. If this pandemic has taught me anything it is that life is precious. People really matter. I have been forced really to step back from the hurly burly of life and been able to reflect on what really matters and what is really important. Family, peace and tranquility,birdsong, sleep, reading, looking at my stock cupboard, my wardrobe, clearing out, cleaning , letter writing I could go on. And so you who have had a knock to your health you do what is best for you and your recovery. To be still and take time over things that matter and create an oasis in your new home . Best wishes to you and yours.

  208. Geejay says:

    Great to see so many kind words in support one of Scotland’s finest. Some even brought a tear to my old grizzled eye. All the best and see soon.

  209. Ronnie Anderson says:

    Hi Paul its a long time since I posted on here WGD I like yourself get abuse daily for Posting on Yes Groups pages but U & I both know the SIU/Britnat Trolls / & some demented SNP members that are at the shit stirring . I post relevant posts to help INDEPENDENISTAS come to terms with the situation we are now in & ask the Yessers to put aside their hatred no one person or political is worth Uniting the Scottish People to achieve INDEPENDENCE by whatever route . Our children’s futures depend on it Put the dirks down folks Unite and take our Country back . Take Care Paul will catch up soon .

  210. Luigi says:

    Sad to hear you are taking time out at this critical time Paul, but I fully understand, after all you have been through this past year. I wish you a speedy recovery and to see the WGD blog back up and running very soon. I don’t always agree with your analyses, but I appreciate the huge amount of work you have done for the indy cause. I think SNP 1 Alba 2 is a powerful message that many voters will be seriously considering already, but I respect people have differing views – its just a pity that there has been so much fallout but I guess it’s a very emotive topic these days. Take care and all the best. 🙂

  211. lochwest1 says:

    I so enjoy reading you and am sorry you are stepping back but fully understand your reasons. Take care of yourself.

    Kind regards

    Margaret Jacobsen

  212. jfngw says:

    The attacks are concerted, the objective is to hold the balance of power, the supermajority is virtually unachievable. It is the Political Big Short, were you do vote swaps in the belief you are buying a reputable product but find it ends up in meltdown. The finale is you are no nearer independence and the majority of supporters are left dejected (19th Sept 2014, that’s where Alba is taking you).

    • grizebard says:

      Yes, exactly. And if we think it’s bad now, just wait until after the election and the neo-Trumpists look round for someone to blame for the mess they themselves have wrought. Hopefully though the vast majority of sensible ordinary voters will save us from that miserable outcome.

      Everyone, give your fair due in May to the one party which has delivered tangible progress to us all at this very difficult time, and not to snake-oil merchants of any sort who, for all their fine words and promises, have done SFA for you, and never will.

      • Rob Grant says:

        Paul, sorry for the abuse uv suffered by nonentities unknown, Take care and god speed with your recovery. Grizebard I really dont understand where you are coming from with your “were doomed” and your despicable allusion that I, a 60yr old man could be considered a neo-trumpist because I truly believe that Alba is the best thing, politically, to happen here since late 2014. You off course may feel differently as is your right but I feel it would/should be phrased in a more constructive manner. Lastly can you please explain to a fellow Scots Nationalist (snp 1979-ian 2020) why you personally dont want to maximise the YES chances by failing to support the supermajority. I have asked this quite simple question to my many SNP friends and elected officials and an answer there came none. So please as an unelected SNP supporter can you answer?

        • Potter says:

          Och, away ye go ALBA, ye have caused enough damage.

        • grizebard says:

          Because the “supermajority” is a total delusion, and a potentially dangerous one at that. As you will soon discover as a bitter life lesson if you can’t see that for yourself yet. As to the rest, for all your noble sentiments here, one can’t get anywhere good by setting off – as you seem to have already conveniently forgotten – by an attempt by your fellow travellers to overthrow the very popular leader of another party (even!) by means of a vicious lying online campaign of character assassination. One that hasn’t stopped there either, as we can now see. And then have the affront to claim we’re all friends together really, via this shoddy “supermajority” alibi.

          You’ve made your choice, it seems, but we’re all ultimately judged by the friends we keep. Frankly, I would much rather have mine than yours.

  213. JMD says:

    Hi Paul if you see this for what it’s worth I think you your health has to come first, bit of a no brainer really, and hope that your absence will be temporary. In the meantime though PLEASE think about finding a guest writer or two to keep things ticking over.

    If this blog were to disappear because of the actions of few morons and plants it just wouldn’t be right!

  214. Sharon says:

    Rest and take care Paul. I have loved reading your blogs they are truly inspirational and I will miss them. Your wit and wisdom has had me laughing out loud on quite a few occasions. Glad you will still be writing for The National and hope to see your blog back when you are feeling better!

  215. Terence McCusker says:

    I don’t understand how anyone could question your integrity as one of the most prolific and staunch supporters of independence. As for the homophobia, what has that got to do with.. well anything? as the philosopher Taylor Swift said “haters gonna hate”. You know you have more supporters than opponents in the movement and I hope we’ll see you back online soon.

  216. David Hind says:

    All the best Paul.

  217. Lesley Tomlin says:

    How awful that you’ve had to put up with such online abuse after everything you’ve been through Paul.
    Be kind to yourself & take the time you need to make a full recovery, both mentally & physically.
    Take comfort & strength from the positive comments made by those who care about your well being.
    Your followers will still be here when you’re feeling better. Sending healing thoughts your way.

  218. Statgeek says:

    SNP 1 no matter what. Anyone saying otherwise isn’t for Indy. SNP 2 anywhere where SNP likely to drop constituency seats.

    Probably Green, given the story so far, if not SNP. Not convinced or attracted by any others as yet. Not going to turn this into a rant, so will wish you all the best Paul. Some cowards out there fear the power of your words. That’s the only reason they attack you. Who they are doesn’t matter. They are not Indy supporters.

  219. Linda Tollan says:

    I’m so sorry you have had hellish abuse , you are such a fine strong voice on the YES campaign . Look after yourself and I hope you start to feel much better soon. X

  220. Hi Paul, sorry to hear you are getting so much abuse. Your health comes first and you are right to step back at the moment. Hopefully after the election, things will calm down and you will feel able to get back to writing your blogs again.

    Personally I would be reporting this to the Police, you may feel you have enough to deal with just now without going through that, but from a personal safety point of view I feel it would be wise to let the Police know the position you are in.

    Anyway, take care and look after yourself. I hope your break from writing allows your health to improve.

  221. Margaret Lear says:

    Can’t understand how it’s come to this, and very very sad for you – what complete eejits these whadjumaflips – trolls? trugs? – are. You are absolutely right to put your health first; no writer I know of has worked so damned hard in this cause and like everyone else, I’m going to really miss your blog. It’s clear from the comments above, you have mountains of support and we’ll all be here for you when you jump back in. Let’s hope that’ll be after a good majority for independence, with or without Alba but I suspect without. Keep strong, get well, take care of yourself and have some fun xxx

  222. Mary Murray says:

    Paul, I am so so sorry to hear what you have had to endure. Personally, I no longer watch news and avoid Twitter as much as possible, it’s toxic. What the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over.
    Look after yourself, you are more important than you know to the Indy movement.
    Look after yourself, Good folk are scarce.

  223. Thistle says:

    All the best from the Independence Live & Indy Live Radio team Paul. We wish you good health!

  224. Hamish100 says:

    rob says:
    5 April, 2021 at 4:02 pm
    So poor WGD can’t take the abuse and needs a rest. My Arse!. I think he’s got wind that his Saint Nic is not as white as he has been

    This is the sort of nonsense on wings. C’mon Alba supporters tell Campbell to remove the abuse. If not, you are tacitly approving it.


    • grizebard says:

      Indeed. (So best not relayed either, surely?)

      • Hamish100 says:

        Better than keeping it hidden.

        • Eilidh says:

          I think we should leave that blogger and his echo chamber audience to themselves. None of what they post is worth repeating

          • Potter says:

            Indeed , much I’m tempted to launch into a rant about ALBA, now probably is not the time, we see them for what they are, Peace.

        • grizebard says:

          What? Helping propagate the very hate that has led to this? I hardly think so.

          • Hamish100 says:

            They enter this blog without hindrance and then report to their master. Ignoring will not make them go away. Sad but very true. Call them out wherever possible. Either that WGD has to suspend the account to stop the trolls entering or give permission to a trusted friend to held monitor.

            • grizebard says:

              See my comments to Tam below, Hamish. I don’t believe in ignoring them either. They can be unconscionably vile. Yet they also demand our support. It’s just a question of “how best?” to make the necessary challenge, without giving their vileness any unintended assist, that’s all.

  225. semplemacart says:

    I have clicked ‘like’ because I like you and your blog… not because I like the situation described. I cannot understand anyone who would make such a vile comment about you and am truly disgusted that theyn are allegedly on our side 😦 I hope that your recovery gets back on track. I also hope that you feel more support than unacceptable comments. Keeping you and your other half in my thoughts and looking forward to reading your posts again soon x

  226. Mo says:

    Take good care of yourself Paul, rest up and see you in a few weeks time.

  227. Janeymac says:

    So sorry to hear this Paul. I have been an avid WGD reader for many years. Your blog is a constant source of wisdom and common sense. The most important thing for now is for you to concentrate on your health. Haste ye back!

  228. chocolass says:

    Look after yourself Paul,all your pals on Arran are missing you already but your health comes first.
    Cyber hugs to you both,xxx

  229. Juteman says:

    Sorry to hear this Paul.
    Best wishes for whatever you need to do.

  230. Rab1942 says:

    A lot of good souls on here, Paul, wishing you well, to which I add my voice. Ignore the negative, accentuate the positive. Take time to regain your strength and return when you’re better. Best wishes.

  231. Bill says:

    All the very best Paul. See you on the other side. I’ve just been ignoring the worst of them because they are just very ignoreable. Take care of yersel

  232. cluthab says:

    Very sorry to read this Paul, best wishes for getting back on track with your health progress.

  233. Patty says:

    I’m quite heartbroken for you. Of all the bloggers and voices, I have always considered that yours has been, at all times, the one of calm and reason. Bullies will be bullies, it’s what they do. In a selfish sort of way I mourn your retreat, but given what you are dealing with alongside the hurtful vitriol, I understand. As always, there is a time for everything under Heaven. Thank you for all that you have given us. Give us a sign of life now and again so that we don’t worry. Abrazo Grande x

  234. Susan Lloyd says:

    So sorry you’ve had to go through all this on top of your illness. Hope you know without any doubt that most of us support you and your views. I have blocked nearly every other blogger so will miss you but understand your health must come first. Hopefully the election will give us all the result we hope for and we won’t have to listen to the disgusting rubbish spouted anymore.x

  235. I am deeply saddened to hear of the abuse you have been subjected to over recent weeks. It seems all the more ridiculous when so much of it is coming from people who are supposed to be on our side. I suspect most of these abusive accounts are fakers, trolls and paid agents of the UK establishment setting out to put brilliant voices like yours down. They can’t play the ball so they have to play the man. Real independence supporters don’t lose their minds arguing about how we get there. We just want independence as soon as possible. Anyone who is genuine knows how difficult a journey this has been so far and would do nothing to jeopardise that.
    I totally understand you stepping back Paul. I am sad to hear this and you will be missed.
    I hope your health improves over the next few weeks and months and there will be many of us looking forward to hearing from you again in the future.
    Best wishes and take care, Stevie

  236. Clydebuilt says:

    Premier O.
    “Johnnie Walker Wisdom he behaved in a manner that not for once he considered harmful
    Never ever would he have considered his actions wrong”

    So why did he apologise to one of the complainers?

  237. John McLeod says:

    You have been, and always will be, a hero of the independence movement. I look forward to continuing to read your words in the National.

  238. scotiahazel says:

    So sorry to hear of all the abuse you’ve taken Paul. I just want to believe it doesn’t come from our independence supporters, rather from the uk dark forces trying to divide and conquer.

    You’ve been such an inspiration to our independence supporters and I’m going to miss you greatly, as you’ve cheered me up on numerous occasions when I’ve been feeling disheartened about the whole independence situation.

    You’ve made the right decision on taking time out to concentrate on your mental and physical health.

    I wish you and Peter all the best on your new life in a beautiful part of the world.

    Look after yourself. You will be so important in the final fray after we get a majority SNP gov. in May.

  239. Phil says:

    Sensible as always though unfortunate for The Movement. Yours is and will be a trusted voice to bring rationality to the fore.

    Ensure your health improves. Ensure your family and household is well looked after.

    Rise again please as we all have a nation to build here and we will need architects and overseers to analyse the best way(s) forward. We know you have what it takes. Please care for yourself, we will all try our best to see that you get that care, even if it is quietude and time for thought.

  240. Targaid says:

    I’ve been saying for a while that the way Indy supporters have turned on each other is horrible and depressing. Given what happened I can’t say it’s a surprise. Scotland’s biggest problem has always been that we’d sooner fight each other than anyone else. We’re that not the case we’d probably never have ended up in this sham union.
    I’m deeply saddened that someone who has done so much good for the cause has been treated like this. I shall miss your blogs and look forward eagerly to your return but, of course, you must out your health first and do nothing to jeopardize your recovery.

    • grizebard says:

      It’s a pity, not only because of the way it’s all been deliberately fostered, but because of whom it ultimately serves. Differences of approach can never be resolved by mounting a hateful and mendacious online campaign to remove the leader of a party with whom one disagrees. It was this “playing the woman not the ball” by insidious rumour-mongering and vicious online character assassination that has led to the current situation, and it was all quite avoidable.

      We all know though the particular individuals who by their actions and continuing inactions are responsible, and whatever happens, they’ll not be forgotten nor forgiven.

      • Tam the Bam says:

        Grize…..with all due respect…you did say to Hamish dont stoke the fire.

        • grizebard says:

          No, sorry, it wasn’t at all my intent to “let sleeping dogs” lie. I don’t believe in some kind of pusillanimous equalising here for the sake of a false peace. I wouldn’t have objected in the least to Hamish taking righteous objection himself to the noxious statements of some. Au contraire, I would have agreed with him. My reservation was only in the repetition of the actual hateful words themselves (as he has a tendency sometimes to do). Because that – inadvertently, as it may be – promotes the actual vileness nevertheless.

          Whatever I may be guilty of, I do try to avoid straying into hypocrisy, but sorry if this is a fine distinction here that I didn’t make sufficiently clear.

          • Tam the Bam says:

            Em…no you didnt…however many of us have ‘perused Bathistan this day’…and I personally have chronologically listed posters from Bathistan ……(I’m not going to list them Grize…..despite my anger… I will keep that for another day.

      • Colin Alexander says:

        Genuine question: Do you think singling someone out on a forum and branding them a fake and a troll for not using their real name acceptable behaviour, “grizebard” ?

  241. look after yourself

  242. Doug gibb says:

    hi Paul, I am truly sorry you have had to suffer abuse. I may prefer a different route map to independence then yourself, but I believe a true democracy needs people with different opinions to sensibly discuss the best way to make the best place for each and every person that calls the country their home. don’t let the buggers get you down, and fight the good fight. wishing you a successful and optimistic stroke rehab. genuine heartfelt best wishes. Doug.

  243. gabh cùram ort fhèin

  244. jrtomlin says:

    Paul, you would only be letting people down if you did not take care of yourself. I am deeply saddened by what has been happening in Scottish politics, especially the almost unbelievable vitriolic attacks by supporters of a certain popup party. You are right that there is a very disturbing hint of homophobia in some of it.

    So step back and do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself. Not for one second should you think you are letting anyone down.

  245. Kenny says:

    always appreciate your wit and considered opinion. Hope your health improves. Some people are just sad, bitter fucks and a break from their poison will hopefully improve your mental well-being.

  246. Jane says:

    I’m so sorry that it has come to this. As a New Scot, thank you for educating me/making me laugh over the past few years. Long may you continue to do so – but meanwhile, your health is much more important. Give yourself the care you need. See you on the other side,

  247. James Mills says:

    Paul , sorry beyond words to see you go ( temporarily !) but unlike many of the thoughts above who despair at the state of the movement I am not too disheartened .

    Yes , YOU have been targeted by the unionist trolls and the ever more demented from the recently formed ”alternative Independence party ” and for that you have my utmost sympathy .

    I am sure that the vast majority of ordinary people ( who don’t follow blogs – no slight intended to you , Paul ) will be completely unaware of the so called Civil War in the independence movement.

    Barely a few hundred people , I would estimate , are ever involved in blogs and Tweets etc.. so they constitute a tiny fraction of potential voters .

    I imagine that few people outside a handful of bloggers have ever concerned themselves with the ‘angels on the head of a pin ‘ arguments that consume some people to the exclusion of the things that really matter . Ordinary people /voters do not give a sh*t for the minutiae of the politics of blogs – they are too busy with the important matters of living their lives .

    That said , I think it is the fear of the influence that you wield that has inspired this concerted attack to undermine you and get you to withdraw . You have them worried ! And rightly so as your calm , reasoned voice is in sharp contrast to the shouty and too often denigrating vitriol that passes for comment elsewhere ( Yes , you know who you are ! ).

    You have had a very rough time of it lately and I cannot imagine the difficulties that you have and still face , both physically and mentally .

    However , I would urge you not to get too despondent at the seemingly intractable divisions which , we are told , are splitting the Independence movement .
    I do NOT believe this to be the case . I have faith in the people/voters of Scotland to see , at last , where our future lies . And no 77th Brigade , Dark Money-supported SIU or any other clandestine body will be able to divert us from our mission .

    Cheer up and get well soon , Paul ! We need you , we support you , we love you !

  248. Yuki says:

    I am so sorry that you have had to put up with those abusers. You have been one of the most decent and neutral indy blogger we can trust. Your blog has educated and enlightened me. Your health does matter. Your well being comes first. Thank you, just thank you. We will try the best to let you smile on the soil of an independent Scotland. Until then take best care of yourself.

  249. so sorry to hear that you’ve been abused by independence supporters, that’s simply not acceptable.. “UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, WHATSOEVER”
    and I fully understand that you’ve got to out yourself first, (especially since the stroke).. and I’d just like to wish you GOOD HEALTH and a (hopefully) a full recovery.

    take care, my friend, saor alba 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  250. Basketshark says:

    Paul, I never comment normally, although I’ve been reading / lurking for years. But I had to say I’m so upset to hear you’ve been targeted in this disgraceful way, especially after everything you’ve been through in the last few months. Some people are so low. It’s why I don’t stick my head above the parapet much online, but you are made of much sterner stuff. Please look after your health and distance yourself from the nastiness. And know that MANY more of us are in your corner, wishing you the very, very best.

  251. millar421btinternetcom says:

    Sorry to hear this, Paul. Cannot believe you could get such abuse from any true Indy supporter. We all know how much you have contributed. Try not to take it too personally. Remember also that dark forces are now at work. That said your first priority must be your own health and wellbeing. Best wishes.

  252. benmadigan says:

    was shocked to read about the abuse you have suffered while your health was impaired due to your stroke and rehabilitation. Take good care of yourself during your time-out

  253. Glasgow Gowan says:

    Paul, get well and come back soon.

    Nicola needs your support when everyone is out to get her.

    Can Petra not run your blog while you recover?

  254. Tam the Bam says:

    I can tell and understand how many posters are quite obviously shocked and saddened by Paul feeling the necessity to take time out.

    Personally..given his health status…I am in no doubt he made the right call.

    I am also in no doubt that supporters of Paul Kavnanagh and this forum will ..with his consent…keep this fire burning.

  255. Colin Alexander says:

    Some of the people on here condemning online abuse, especially with regard to Wings, seem to have forgotten how they used to behave on Wings.

    Hopefully, Paul’s distress will make you think twice about the potential harm of your own abusive conduct against those who held different points of view.

    • Tam the Bam says:

      Quite honestly Colin..having read your many and varied posts over time…I have no idea who you wish to see governing Scotland .

      But your afterthought regarding Paul’s health really was appreciated.

      • Colin Alexander says:

        Tam the Bam, thank you.

        I want Scotland ruled by the people of Scotland and our parliament and govt SERVING the sovereign people.

        Unfortunately, such views cheesed off the SNP supporters who feel the SNP should not be criticised or held accountable by plebs like me, so some of them think that anyone that criticises the SNP’s administration of British devolution must be branded a Unionist, BritNat, fake or troll.

    • grizebard says:

      I refer you back – as if you really cared – to the several comments upthread that many have already left regarding your typical highly-inappropriate self-centred behaviour. This thread never was, and still isn’t, about you.

    • Alex Clark says:

      Horses for courses, keep that in mind.

    • Potter says:

      Colin the Concern troll, “aye but me”, away back to Wings and gies peace.

  256. Doon Valley Lass says:

    Wishing you and your family all the best.
    Your health is the most important thing and sometimes you just have to pause for a while

  257. You have been a pure asset to our cause, don’t let a few EEJITS upset you, please take time off and only come back when fully ready, take care 🙂

  258. ScotsCanuck says:

    Totally understand your plan to expedite your recovery, Paul …. your health always comes first.

    Your commitment to the cause of Scottish Independence was never in question with the vast majority of your readers (and this one in particular) … you always tried to be fair, balanced and use reason & logic in your analysis of the current political discourse …. I’m saddened by your decision (although I understand) because your posts were ALWAYS the first I logged into … take all the well wishers comments to heart and stay strong …. we’ll get there.

    Soar Alba.

  259. dakk says:

    You are an inspiration Paul.

    Time though to make sure you concentrate fully on your convalescence.

    All the best to you.

  260. Derek says:

    I’m sorry to hear that. I don’t always agree with your viewpoint, but I think that it’s important to read widely and come to your own opinion.

    Most of my internet use tonight has been to do with growing food crops…

    • Tam the Bam says:

      ……and here’s dafty me thinkin aboot an election!…………power to your elbow young man!

  261. Elmac says:

    It has been a difficult few months for you Paul and you must heed what your body is telling you. Rest and recover your strength.

    Your inspiring posts will be missed until your return. I have not always agreed with your angle on some things but the drive for independence is a broad church and you have contributed so much more than most.

    Keep safe and enjoy South Ayrshire in the spring. It is a beautiful part of the world.

  262. yesindyref2 says:

    Apparently, to go on I’m a Nonentity get me out of here, George Galloway demanded his weight in Dreamies but settled for 4%.

    Miaow! Purrrrrrr …

    • Tam the Bam says:

      here was me trying to type a different .take’ on our leader….and….well he wasnt …..there….(yes I know how to .bla bla bla

    • Tam the Bam says:

      Weight you say……lol
      love it Indyref2

      • Tam the Bam says:

        Completely off-topic:

        Any of you guys into Jimi Hendrix?

        I’m an SNP guy but sure we could make this spin>…….lol

        • Dr Jim says:

          In 1971 there were some auditions to join a band following Jimi’s death and a guy from Scotland got the job playing with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding because the band he was in had a roadie who had been married to Noel’s sister so had a slight edge in the selection process but that guy only lasted only six weeks because those guys were fairly heavy drug and drink users and the guy from Scotland was a fitness guy and didn’t even smoke ordinary fags

          That guy was me

          • Clydebuilt says:


            W O W !

            What a post!!!

            I wish I’d picked up the guitar when I was young. I’ve got one now. . . . . But I’m crap.

            • Dr Jim says:

              That’s OK, I’m pretty crap myself now because I stopped playing the guitar almost 35 years ago and took up Cabaret type singing and became Britain’s first Neil Diamond tribute and did that for over a dozen years mostly because at that time there were thousands of Elvis guys going round and I couldn’t do Elvis to save my life but I figured most folk wouldn’t get to see Neil Diamond live so it might work, it did and being him bought me two houses, one in Spain and one here and an invite from him to visit him in his home in Santa Monica I even met some Royals because of it which was a laugh , then I took up keyboards produced and recorded and my wife and I became a duo singing and doing comedy up until we retired, funnily enough at our age we’ve been asked to do it again when Covid is over because there’ll likely be a shortage of club and pub entertainers and everybody who has a venue is wanting to book folk now to do something for them, so even though we’re in our 70s now we’re thinking seriously about some extra dosh if folk don’t mind us fogies singing at them

              Of course it’ll probably be like my Hendrix band experience and last about six weeks if I’m lucky or even if I can stand doing it again, the trouble with the entertainment business is you want to keep right on doing it but it’s the punters who tell you when to stop, entertainment like politics is a fickle harsh business for the young and us oldies really need to stand back from it when we’re old, but like some politicians, we can’t seem to stop even when we’re told to if there’s a buck to be made or some people to hand out applause to you, unfortunately like politicians us entertainers can’t stop showing off either, it’s a disease of the needy to be liked

              • yesindyref2 says:

                Well Dr Jim, I’m guessing you and your wife often sing to each other:

                Money talks
                But it don’t sing and dance and it don’t walk
                And long as I can have you here with me
                I’d much rather be forever in blue jeans

                • Dr Jim says:

                  People tend to think we sing all the time but nope we don’t, it’d be like a mechanic fixing a car in his living room, it’s just a job although it is a kind of all consuming job that when you get the chance you desperately try to not do, for instance I never go to parties because you’re never allowed to just be there like everybody else, folk assume it’s all shiny and show bizzy but like any other job it can be a giant pain from time to time and only the cash makes you do it

                  It not the performing part that’s the problem, show bizz has as much politics surrounding it as actual politics and that’s the bad bit, the business of it is pretty cutthroaty horrible as are very many people in it, even right down to the level of your local Jockstrap Miners club where because most of these places were built by Labour Unions everybody demands a title and respect for it and the backhanders are common knowledge that nobody knows about wink wink

                  And that’s why most of those places ended up closed by the 90s, everybody wants a percentage of somebody else’s work

              • Clydebuilt says:

                Dr. Jim. You must’ve been word class on the guitar . . . . A man of many talents

                😜 . . . WGD has the most talented posters.. . . . ( and Blogger)

          • grizebard says:

            Hidden depths there, Dr.J. {wink}

            I guess when we’re young we tend to assume that older folks have always been “obvious dodderers”, not realising that they’ve usually accummulated their fair share of adventures getting there. And though I was always interested, I’m still sorry I never asked loads more questions when I had the chance.

  263. stuart colligan says:

    You’ve been very supportive to many, over recent years, who’ve undergone less abuse than yourself in our fight to get our country back.

    It makes me feel sick to the pit of my stomach, that it has come to this stage, with your personal trials and tribulations, on top of those you willingly took on board, to fight for Indy. And gain more supporters for Indy.

    Those who are getting to you and doing this, in this way, are scum of the earth low-life’s, I think the rest of us who are still members of the human race, can all agree on that.

    You do whatever you have to, to ensure the best recovery possible, for your own health, the rest of us will still look forward to an occassional wee word once in a blue moon, when you’re up to it Paul.

  264. astytaylor says:

    Take good care Paul, and we’ll see you down the road. All the best.

  265. Take time, rest and mend Paul. Pay no attention. They go low, you, as usual, go high. Your words have helped many thousands of Scots to see the current political trap Scotland is in more clearly. You are an inspiration to us all. It’s now time for You Time… for a bit!

  266. Golfnut says:

    Just in case anyone was under the illusion that Salmonds Alba acolytes see the SNP as anything other than the opposition, a party most have them have spent 2yrs badmouthing with the help of the union brigade.
    Started to get them coming on to my FB friends page, just who exactly bankrolling this outfit.

    I noticed yesterday that a few of them were on here yesterday promoting the AS party second vote bollocks. The system can’t be gamed, if it could the liblabtory party would have done so by now to get the SNP out and kill Indy stone dead.
    SNP 1&2.
    This is a dirty, vicious campaign 2yrs in the making and the only beneficiary will be westminster if they entice votes from the SNP.

    I’m away to the gowf, oh and good morning to you all.

  267. Donald McKillop says:

    I very rarely comment as I live in Australia. I do however, having been born in Glasgow and the line of my family going back to a so many great grandfather George, a farmer born 1725 in Glasgow, believe this lineage gives me the right to have a burning desire to see my homeland independent. Of the three blogs I read every day for my daily doze of independence news, you Paul were the one that most articulated for me the meaning of that. I dropped the wings of a vulture over Scotland many moons ago leaving only your good self and James Kelly’s scot goes pop. It is an immense pity that James seems to have been swayed towards the Bath party, which left only you for me to read. I am very saddened that you have been subjected to this type of disgusting attacks by low epsilon bigots. Please take care and mend and I look forward to your return on the day Scotland becomes a normal country again.

  268. duncfmac says:

    Yes, it is awful what we have become and it is evident across and from all factions, but it is a minority, I keep telling myself. I have been subjected to some very hurtful abuse myself but in the public sphere it must be very difficult to cope with. I sincerely wish you a return to good health and for a level of decency and respect to be front and centre of all political discourse.

  269. gailporte says:

    Oh Paul, I will miss your witty take on Scottis politics but I completely understand. Alba has completely stripped out any humour that was left. I have shut down Twitter and unfollowed loads of the Indy groups. I know how I’m voting so don’t need any more input. Have a good rest and I hope you feel better soon. xx

  270. peeliewallie says:

    Very sorry to hear this. I hope you soon recover completely from the effects of your stroke. In the meantime be good to yourself as that is the most important thing.

  271. malkymcblain says:

    Just thought I’d let you know Paul that I just read your column in the National. Just wanted to say thanks.

    I won’t paste the link because that’s not fair on Calum Baird. You all will need to find it yourselves. 😉 However I’ve pasted my comment in the National below

    Malky / Calum McBlain

    Calum McBlain
    9 mins ago
    User ID: 2058343
    Say it as it actually is. Everyone should take heed of Mr Kavanagh for he states plainly and objectively what the problem is that needs dealing with. All the other noise that fills the Twitosphere and the blogosphere and here in the comments section of the National is pure and simple
    Britnat divide and conquer.

    Stay strong Paul, read some airport novels and watch a lot of Netflix and come back for indyref 2 campaign strong and humorous.
    Edit Delete Report

  272. Kenny Martin says:

    I’m so sorry for you Paul, in fact I’m heartbroken. This is just so hard to read, that someone that I read and follow has had this happen to them and has had such abuse to deal with at a time when all their energies should be on getting themselves better. In a matter of weeks I feel I hardly know the people who I’ve been in communication with, with some great exceptions though. This is just crushingly depressing. Please, please look after No.1 Paul. Get yourself fit and I hope I get to read more of your words when we’re through this, in a free and enlightened Independent Scotland where the troglodytes are back under the rocks they came from and we can embrace the future in a new Scotland.

  273. Old Pete says:

    100% agree with you Kenny and Paul take care of yourself.

  274. Capella says:

    Happy Declaration of Arbroath Day everyone. Even the BBC have heard about it. Short.

    • Clydebuilt says:

      Gary Robertson was talking to a person who is wirking on a Deckaration for this age. . . . GR twice put it to her will it be “a-political” . . . . .

      A declaration for Scotland re infirces tge point that Scotland is a nation. . . . THEY don’t want that!

  275. Isobel Macrae-Wilson says:

    Hi Paul, I am sorry, but not surprised, you are taking time out. You have nothing whatsoever to do right now but get back your equilibrium.
    Your speech will recover, I hope you have contact with some of my former colleagues, the mob of NHS A&A speechies, and sure the glamorous OTs of South Ayrshire will assist with the hand function.
    So, we will miss you, we will wait to hear good things about your improved health, we will keep the fires burning
    on good days, sit outside on a chair by Ginger, on typical Ayrshire days take a brolly!!
    will scan the National with fervour for your writings
    ni’hil illegitum carborundem (or words to that effect) !!

  276. Old Pete says:

    How goes it in “Bathman’s” blog, bet it’s full on ant-SNP ?

  277. Alex Montrose says:

    Sorry to hear your stepping back from the front line, but health must come first, your blogging is a pleasure to read and always gives a good boost to my Indy positivity.

  278. Hamish100 says:

    I see bbc1 Scotland cut short the FM on covid , now we have dross on the tele. Nip to bbc Scotland to see the rest of the covid information. Nothing. Boris Johnson wasn’t cut off by the BBC last night an he is apparently going to be involved in the election.

    Usual double bbc standards.

    • Eilidh says:

      I noticed that too. We had her statement one question from BBC and her answer then that was it. Since then we have had DROSS and Anas Sarwar which I didn’t even bother to listen to then we had Alison Johnson from the Greens. I am guessing Willie Winkie will be next Most exciting imagery has been NHS person commentator in Aberdeen with the nice log burner. Oops I was wrong its Alec Coal Scuttle for the Libdums. Hopefully the whole briefing will be on Scottish Government twitter feed later

  279. russellbruce says:

    Scotland is so much better than where some in the independence movement have moved to and that damages our national reputation not just the polity of independence. I have always valued your contribution to the positive arguments for an inclusive approach to independence where we celebrate differences because democracy requires respect for plurality. Alex Salmond was always noted for encouraging unity and now is the time to call on all his supporters to engage in dignified and respectful dialogue.

    A clear statement of unqualified and continuing support for Nicola Sturgeon would do much to heal divisions not just in the weeks to May 6th but in the events and results that roll out as a consequence of a positive result for the independence of our country.

    Paul, you were a valued colleague in the early days of Newsnet and I wish you good health and a speedy recovery in the hope you can return to writing and feel and know you are in a safe environment

    Russell Bruce
    Editor, Newsnet Scotland

  280. Mark Robertson says:

    Thanks for all your past writings Paul and all your great Energy and optimistic views
    Good luck in the future and look after yourself
    Slainte Mhath ! Mark

  281. Clydebuilt says:

    I heard on last nights CH4 news that the rapid covid testing is going cost

    70% of the NHS budget . . . .

    instant reaction was . . . They are going to do something bad to the NHS . . . . Plus money into grubby tory pockets.

    • James Mills says:

      Rapid testing from the Tories … Cui Bono ?
      So much of the testing ( and Test & Trace ) has been a disaster but still Bungling Boris will attempt to siphon even more Public Funds into the ”greedy capitalist ” hands who are the only people benefiting from Covid !

    • Legerwood says:

      Do you have a link to the report? Would be interesting to see it in its entirety.

    • grizebard says:

      Handy if you live in Moray, at least. Where there is an “Abolish the Scottish Parliament Party” standing in the list, I see. With all-black Union Rag symbol. Far right reactionaries, at a guess, but at least they’re way more honest about their intentions than the Tories are.

      Their presence, like the vile attacks upon our host, only serve to emphasise the enormous significance of their targets to the rest of us.

      • Not-My-Real-Name says:

        grizebard…talking of dishonest….Manky shirt is standing in Glasgow under…wait for it…Independent Green Voice….so not under a Force for Good….but who we all know as really a Force never to be reckoned with as in take serious….how very Manky shirt of him……Independent you say…Green you say….Alistair who you say…..smokescreen I say.

        What is it with being honest that the Unionists find so difficult…rhetorical Q obvs.

        • grizebard says:

          Jeez. What next? I can only imagine he’s going “green at the gills” because he’s becoming increasingly irrelevant to absolutely everyone. Or had a Damascene conversion to right-on politics? (No, I don’t think so either, somehow. Probably trying to pinch what he can from some unwary voters. Though there may be right-wing Unionist Greens, for all I know.)

          • Not-My-Real-Name says:

            Yes grizebard…and there was us thinking his favourite colour(s) were Red …White…and Blue…..ironic he stands on a ‘Green’ ticket (NOT) when he himself pollutes the environment with his toxic presence ……..mind you he agrees with the Tories on the environment in Scotland…as in the Scottish environment being polluted with Union Jackasses everywhere…….. oh dear oh dear…

        • grizebard says:

          I’ve just been checking up on that site (as I guess you’ve already done), and I’ve got some news for you folks out there, good or bad depending on how you see it, I suppose. Now that “Prof Two Jobs” has wisely taken himself out of the running, top of the Tory list here is… Annie Wells. So unless anyone has a yet-to-be-revealed superb whizz for distracting the remaining Tory votes (no, not you, Manky Jaicket), it will be “hello Annie!” for another spell of parliamentary fun to come.

          (Over to you, UKIP and the Black Union Raggists…? {rolls eyes})

  282. Colin Alexander says:

    Having a few Unionists in the Scottish Parliament is useful. Future generations of free Scots can study the history of the British Empire and colonialism by viewing the old clips of Holyrood.

    They can watch in amazement that any Scot in 2021 would demean themselves and their nation in willing colonial subjection to the British Empire rule as a career choice.

    We don’t want more Unionists than necessary though: so

    vote SNP 1 Alba 2.

    • Golfnut says:

      Let’s get this straight Colin, giving your vote to Alba will reduce the number of SNP and Green MSP’s and the number of missing SNP and Green MSP’s will be greater than the number of Alba MSP’s elected if indeed any are elected at all. That would be SNP and Green MSP’s from party’s that have actually worked towards achieving independence.

      • grizebard says:

        He’s not actually giving his vote to Alba, he’s just trying to convince others to do it. (Same old same old, just a different variation this time.) His vote will go straight Labour, I have no doubt about it.

      • Colin Alexander says:

        Based on the 2016 figures:

        South Scotland is the only Region where it *might* make sense for some indy supporters to vote SNP on the List, rather than Alba.

        Everywhere else in Scotland:

        Vote SNP ( constituency vote)

        Vote Alba ( List vote)

        For Scottish Independence
        In 2016:

        SNP: 953,587 List votes = 4 List SNP MSPs

        Main Unionist Parties: 1,079,425 List Votes = 46 List MSPs

        3 SNP List MSPs were elected for South Scotland

        1 in Highlands and islands. (5 Unionists were elected with less votes than it took to elect the 1 SNP MSP


        Check the figures for yourself:

        • The relevant figures to check would be the ones from 6/5/21.

          Only liars or idiots would make the assumption that certainties can be drawn from previous election results, so which are you; liar or idiot?

        • Golfnut says:

          Based on the 2011 figures the SNP gained 16 list MSP’s and formed a majority government, might be a bit harder to find on the bbc though. The 2011 election, famous also for Alex Salmonds demand for both votes SNP. Wonder what changed.

    • P Harvey says:

      SNP 1 & 2

      • Colin Alexander says:

        P Harvey, if you live in South Scotland region, SNP constituency; SNP List vote, is reasonable.

        Everywhere else in Scotland, an SNP List vote is very unlikely to help elect a List SNP MSP but, if it makes you happy, that’s nice for you.

  283. Clydebuilt says:

    Article in today’s National pointing to Ivan McKee’s seat being under threat because a Green is standing in the constituency.

    • Golfnut says:

      Ivan has received little credit and even less publicity from our cringeworthy media regarding the procurement and supply of PPE. Not only did he secure supplies from overseas manufacturers, against a backdrop of westminster making determined efforts to deny access to Scotland, he has overseen the growth and development of a Scotland manufacturing base. Scotland at no time ran out of PPE, we were able to alleviate shortages in the English NHS.
      Even less well known is his heavy involvement in securing help for those afflicted by the westminster ponzi scheme called Green deal finance.
      An excellent MSP and I hope his current constituents have the good sense to see him ‘re elected.

    • grizebard says:

      Yes, maybe the same applies in other Glasgow seats too. Their democratic right, but empty posturing that could also be electoral suicide, since any “bumped” SNP constituency seats will likely bump the Greens right off the regional list and they themselves will end up with nothing.

      I had been thinking of voting Green on the list myself, but no more. Their bad.

  284. Love and best wishes.

  285. Potter says:

    Well it’s all been at bit depressing but I’d thought I’d seen it all now. Alex Salmond there, saying any Brexiteers who visit Peterhead are likely to be chucked in the Harbour. Apparently the ALBA Party have launched an urgent crowdfunder for a westsuit for their candidate on the list in NE, Brian Topping,who campaigned for Brexit.

    • Dr Jim says:

      Maybe if this blustering Tube Salmond knew what he was talking about or who he was talking about he might know that this John Buchan he refers to is actually called Jimmy Buchan one of Ruth Davidson’s Orange buddies and a lifelong Tory who wrote to the other blustering Tube PM Johnson demanding compensation money for his losses but not a reversal of Brexit that he already voted for and would again

      Also this Scottish Trump Johnson Farage version also claimed he wouldn’t have a referendum of the people of Scotland he’d just take Independence whether they liked it or not, I’m sure even Johnson laughed at that one

      Some democrat this crowd eh, vote for Salmond for dictatorship exactly like Trump tried or Johnson is doing right now

  286. yesindyref2 says:

    It’s a bit of a problem at the moment.

    Harvie retweeting Scottish Greens: “We can’t go back to how things were. Social and environmental justice must be at the heart of our recovery.

    Sturgeon retweeting Pirie: “@NicolaSturgeon⁩ outlines how ⁦@theSNP⁩ government will treat everyone with fairness, dignity and respect:
    Double payment of Carers Allowance Supplement this year.
    Improved Carers Assistance payment.
    Replace winter fuel payment.

    Salmond retweets Alba Party: “LIVE at 12 noon: AlexSalmond
    to make a statement on independence and the Supermajority strategy before a private session of the ALBA Party PolicyConference.

    Either the SNP and Greens are working to a well planned tactical timetable, and after the warm and fuzzy general interest stuff will crescendo THEIR Independence message at the appropriate time, perhaps after the Keatings hearing, or Salmond and Alba are wiping the floor with them in the YES movement – and the front page of the National which does after all support Independence not warm and fuzzy. while the SNP and Greens are obliviously congratulating themselves on, errrr, something warm and fuzzy.


    SNP 1 & 2, or SNP 1 and Greens 2. A vote for Alba is a wasted vote.

    • Eilidh says:

      So you think NS should talk about her plans for Independence right now or a lot more in this election campaign . For the average voter that is not what is important right now. People want to know how they will survive the next few months on things like Carers Allowance etc. There is nothing warm and fuzzy about living on benefits.The oversized egotistical windbag Salmond and his bunch of clones are waffling on about his plan for Independence of course he is he wants to get his nose back in the trough again and to talk to his little band of haters The National likes snazzy headlines quell surprise. Are you really suggesting Independence should be the main focus of an election campaign right now. That is one way to frighten off the average voter. AS is playing to the nasty side of the Indy movement that is clear. What other policies does he actually have and who is funding Alba To have a chance of getting another Referendum Snp has to win the election first

  287. Petra says:

    Paul to say that I’m totally devastated to hear how you’ve been treated by a bunch of bullies and the resultant negative impact on your health is an understatement. I’ve been extremely depressed, frustrated and angry since I read your blog. The biased MSM constantly bleated on about the divisiveness of Indyref1 and yet that wasn’t my experience, rather that it was exhilarating and in fact joyful. This time around certain toxic players, BritNats, agents and those closer to home, have become embroiled in trying to destroy our chances of achieving independence, so it makes total sense that they would target you. They would focus on attacking you because you’ve worked your socks off for us and done more to promote independence that the rest of the bloggers, some so-called, put together. You’ve been an absolute inspiration and guiding light for the independence movement and I won’t be on my own when I say that I’ll miss you dearly, even if temporarily. Thousands of others will no doubt miss you too, however this isn’t about us or for that matter independence, it’s about you and Peter now. Take care of yourself Paul. Concentrate on your health and finding some respite and peace of mind and know that we won’t be too far away, ready and waiting, if you decide to return to the ”fray.” All my love and best wishes to you both for the future XX.

    • P Harvey says:

      Entirely agree Petra
      Paul has given house all
      Others must now take up his cause and take it to its final conclusion
      INDEPENDENCE 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

      • P Harvey says:


      • Petra says:

        SNP x 2, P Harvey, because not only does Nicola Sturgeon recommend doing so, but Alex Salmond did too and it worked for him right enough. The media were going crazy about Nicola Sturgeon being so popular and predicted an independence majority before Alex Salmond waltzed back onto the scene, following doing nought for the independence cause in over six years …. rather the reverse, so why on earth would we think of entertaining him now?

  288. Dr Jim says:

    I still don’t know a soul who intends to vote for Alex Salmond’s National Socialist Party it seems it’s always the same Internet couple of hundred showing up on as many sites as they can pumping out the same message, every site you look at appear the same names

    • ArtyHetty says:

      Maybe we should start posting comments about what the English government are getting up to, and what the SNP and any other pro independence parties are saying in their manifesto.

      I want a majority of independence party/parties, there are still too many undecided and soft no voters who need to know what the consequences of not securing independence will be.

      Read, share, discuss, but let’s concentrate on The real issues at hand for the next few weeks, in fact it’s only a month!

    • J Galt says:

      As opposed to what, pumping out the same “Salmond’s an arsehole” stuff, day in, day out, ad nauseam?

      • Hamish100 says:

        J galt
        What? do you think he and his WoS followers should be praised ?
        Read on I think you will see more positivity here than most places.
        SNP1 & 2 or SNP 1 & Green 2 as the next Independence Party.

  289. Petra says:

    Worth watching.

    ‘Deconstructing the Union. Why it Doesn’t Work for Scotland and How it Can be Challenged.’


    ‘There’ll always be a Europe.’

    ..”The Alba party we understand are in favour of joining EFTA and later the EEA.”..

    ..”Anybody who thinks there is an instant and early solution for membership of EFTA is flying a kite into a tornado. The EFTA route also requires international recognition and EFTA members will not recognise an independent Scotland that has not followed a route in accordance with international law to become a sovereign state. EEC membership requires the agreement of all EU and EFTA members.”..

    • Bob Lamont says:


    • Capella says:

      Well, an early morning wake up read!
      I found myself agreeing with part one, how the state manipulates, but not part two, how the Alba Party is the solution.

      Anger in the disaffected, mostly male, part of the independence movement is turned against the female FM and presents AS as the saviour, victim of evil women, and is for sure generated by evil state actors. They prey on the depressed.

      But I will need some convincing that this piece isn’t itself another example of clever mind bending manipulation!

      • grizebard says:

        The answer is there in the website name, I think.

        (We may merely be grateful that no ordinary voter will even attempt to wade through this extensive turgid polemic. Life is far too short. Another portend of Alba heading for the exact same fate as RISE.)

    • Tatu3 says:

      I’ve just read your link, an awful lot of words, saying very little, imo. Then the real point of his waffle comes near the end “Remember, independence is the only reason the SNP exist at all but it’s abundantly clear that a friendly face in the form of The Alba Party is needed to compel them to refocus their efforts on the 701+ years battle for a free Scotland,”
      It is very clear, I think, from all the comments here, and elsewhere, from Alba supporters, that Alba is NOT a friendly face at all. The SNP do not need anyones help to refocus their efforts. I’d say Nicola Sturgeon is totally focused on independence. The whole world, apart from some blinkered Alba supporters, knows this.
      Mr Salmond is only interested in Mr Salmond. He is a total narcissist. And a misogynist. And he is out for revenge on Nicola Sturgeon. He doesn’t care if he scuppers Scotland’s chance at independence, as long as he gets his revenge on the woman that has done so much better than him, and more importantly from his point of view, that everyone loves more than they loved him. He is one angry guy.

  290. douglasclark says:

    Dear Paul,

    Whilst you may have some ‘enemies’, you have far more friends. Frankly, when an issue arises to do with independence, and I’m not too sure, I look to you to sort me out.

    You’ve never let me down.

    Your health comes first. But, quite frankly, if I had the opportunity, I’d undoubtedly vote for you as my MSP. And you’d be up against my current MSP, Nichola Sturgeon. And I’m a Sturgeonista!

    There are some horrible people out there. And there are people who stand behind you, me included. Perhaps we should be more vocal in saying ‘well done Paul’, but we read what you write, agree with it and put it aside. ‘Cause it is – usually- not actually controversial. It is just good sense.

    It is far to easy to read negative opinions as though they represented a majority.

    They don’t.

    Dunno how many posts there have been, but the vast majority want you to get better, and I agree with that.

    Take care.

  291. gullaneno4 says:

    In my old workplace I used to fixate on negative comments until my boss pointed out that we had 14 negative comments per 30,000 customers.
    His general rule of thumb was that 99% of folk were Ok and 1% were arseholes, I tend to go with that mantra.

  292. Golfnut says:

    Brilliant wee catch on twitter.
    Freudian slip hehehe.
    Also note he’s now using Al a ba pronunciation rather than the Scots Alba.

      • Alan Howard Baxter says:

        Good Morning All. I have no idea who the young lady is in the above video clip, but to watch her fills me with confidence in the younger folk of this great Nation (Thanks for posting GNut). The future is in safe hands but only if we ALL give it the best chance of succeeding. There needs to be a massive turn out on 6th May. Place your votes as your conscience dictates. But remember you are not voting for what you want. You are voting for the future of our Children and Grandchildren. Ask yourself what sort of country do you want them to inherit before you place your x. There is only one party that has a chance of delivering an Internationally recognised, legal route to Independence (and I have no doubt they have multiple options up their sleveeve). Then there is another party that wants a piece of the action – this of course could mean anything from genuinely thinking they can help, or just getting a snout back in the trough, or to wreaking some sort of personal vendetta to prove a mute point.

        You know that you know who you need to vote for on the 6th May. Make your votes count. Don’t give the shysters in London an inch. Every vote against one of the aforementioned parties will be seen as a vote to remain in the UK. You may not have noticed that, while we have been bickering amongst ourselves, the deconstruction of Holyrood is already underway. Two new UK Government Buildings completed or underway. The Internal market Bill; the Interconnect for power from Scotland to England; the threat to take the SG to court over the passing of the Children’s Rights amendments. They are not thinking five years ahead. They are thinking 20 years ahead. They want our financial contribution, space, power, and water – oh and somewhere to keep the bombs. We need to think into the future too!

    • Capella says:

      Freud would have a field day with this lot!

  293. Golfnut says:

    The media at it again.

    • Capella says:

      That’s a good example of the lying manipulative MSM, of course. Part one of the gaslightingilligan piece was an account of what the media are for. Described by one who probably knows.

      Part two was the wrong solution IMO. Right diagnosis, wrong remedy.

      The angry brigade sound like incels and bitter divorcees – a furious and frustrated group, specially after a year of lockdown, raging at mummy who isn’t giving them what they want. Daddy will be back soon and sort her out. Freudian.

      All this is orchestrated from a Bath blog which is the mouthpiece of the Alex Salmond party with guest pieces from Kenny MacAskill and Chris MacEleny etc.

      The reason it sounds so Trumpian is probably because it’s the same people manipulating the online environment, the Steve Bannons and Cambridge Analyticas of our day. Divide and conquer tactics.

      The only antidote IMO is to stick to the facts as we understand them and not be sucked into argument or hypnotised by false hope such as supermajorities. A majority is sufficient.

      • Dr Jim says:

        Yeah but Mister Salmond says *she’ll* calm down once he mansplains it to her, well she’s only a woman, can’t be expected to fully understand fings like what us men do eh

        I have lots of words for this man but *unsuitable for public office* is as polite as I can get

      • Clydebuilt says:

        I’m doubting the Cambridge Analytica replacements have enough time to manipulate the vote as much as tgey would like. . . . Definately not as much time as they had during the Brexit Referendum. . . . Is Salmond part of their toolbix

  294. Dr Jim says:

    If anyone needed any proof that Alex Salmonds’ motives are far from genuine or honourable he just confirmed it in an interview with BBC’s Gary Robertson, oh and he lied about the Greens confirming they’re a target for his gaming vote transfer Game of Thrones strategy to destroy FM Nicola Sturgeon

    Slimy isn’t a strong enough word for what he’s up to

  295. Dr Jim says:

    Lorna Slater co-leader of the Greens laughed as Salmond referred to as her *that lady* she’s not alone, he couldn’t refer to Nicola Sturgeon by name either, does he refer to his wife as *her indoors* I wonder?

  296. jfngw says:

    I’m beginning to see the slogan as supermisogyny rather than supermajority, at least one of them is achievable.

  297. jfngw says:

    I see it looks like Iain MacWhirter has tied his flag to the Salmond pole, he’s now calling NS Eva Peron, this is just an up market version of the Jimmy Krankie name calling. I think he sees AS as Che Guevara, I wonder if he still has one of those 1960’s wall posters.

    • Dr Jim says:

      You know when MacWhirter is backing Salmond it’s definitely not about gaining Independence, it’s about the disruption to it

    • James Mills says:

      Eva Peron was LOVED by her people – Peron ( AS ? ) was just the guy on her arm living in her shadow !

  298. georgeaberhonddu says:

    Have just read your post and am saddened that you feel the need to stop writing the blog at this present time.

    Best wishes on your recovery.

  299. Hamish100 says:

    I think the last minute Alba party allowing salmond to take over was planned well in advance. Why form a party and do nothing thereafter? The use of well connected intermediaries is now well recorded. Of course it was formed for a purpose.
    Not unreasonable to say was a front while the parliamentary enquiry was ongoing. Was it always designed for salmond and others?

    Were the opponents of the FM including britnats expecting her to resign, but miscalculated with others that the undermining over the past few years would force her out. They underestimated the FM and the resilience of the SNP majority membership that Independence is for us to win this time.
    Glorious failure is not an option.
    They also miscalculated with the wider public who just want to get on with their life’s and don’t go into the minutia of the wheeling and dealing of political life. There was also a pandemic stealing the headlines.

    The ALBA party appears to some as mysoginist and anti-women to the general public in my view. They look on some of the females on there as tokens, not representatives. They have saw the behaviour against the First Minister and the wild attacks on women’s groups.

    ALBA with the help over their more attack minded zealots have overplayed their hand to the wider audience.
    I await my postal vote.

  300. James Mills says:

    See Kevin McKenna at it again ( in The National ). SNP damned with faint praise comes to mind – as does , ”Is he really paid for this sh*t !” ? ‘

    The man does not appear to have any self-perception ? He chunters on and on about ”the Good Old Days ” in ‘journalism’ where , it appears , people were only interested in what they could get out of it , and were in bed with the main political parties ( Labour ! ).
    He clearly misses those ”Good Old Days ”.

    After waffling and reminiscing for ages he finally makes his SNPBAAAD point . They don’t have an opposition in Holyrood !!!
    Wow – a minority Party for 9 years out of 14 years – and they don’t have an opposition !

    And that we are to infer is the SNP’s fault ?

    Take a look down South , Kevin . Down Westminster way . Do you see any unaccountable party in power there ?
    Is the Scottish Government in ANY WAY comparable to the corrupt circus that is the Tory Government ?

    • Clydebuilt says:

      Last week in the national . . . Michael Fry was stating that Scotland’s record on Covid was Much worse than England’s

    • Dr Jim says:

      Another of the inventions by the opposition is that the SNP only *look* good because everybody else is useless, instead of could it not be that the SNP are better just because they are and not that the opposition has changed to become worse
      The implication being that Scotland couldn’t possibly be Independent because we have such rubbish politicians and it would all be a flop

      This morning *Sir* Tom Hunter he of the big brain (sarcasm) decided that Scotland is lagging behind Norway Denmark and Sweden and how it was imperative we catch up with those countries while leaving out the facts that not only are those countries Independent but they are also countries that most of the rest of the worlds Independent countries *lag* behind

      Scotland is not Independent because England has a chain around one of Scotland’s legs holding us back from taking the steps necessary to achieve that

    • Hamish100 says:

      James, McKenna is labour through and through and you are right the tories in Westminster have been appeased by labour over Brexit, over covid, over nuclear weapons, over individual rights.

      McKenna writing for the herald will become more anti snp in order to entertain his audience. Charloten is maybe too nice. Still he’s got to make a living!

  301. Petra says:

    James Kelly really, really cock-a-hoop about interviewing Alex Salmond. Too bad that he didn’t take the opportunity to ask him pertinent questions and when AS stated that Alba has a one point plan and that the 11 point SNP plan gives opponents something to tear to shreds (or words to that effect) JK should have mentioned AS’s 670 page White Paper. Strange too that this was initially a video, which I watched, but is now a popcast.


    👉 Scotland didn’t vote for Boris Johnson’s Tories.
    👉 Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit.
    👉 Scotland didn’t vote for austerity.

    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scotland’s future must be Scotland’s choice. And nobody else’s.

    🗳 Make it #BothVotesSNP by May 6 to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.

    • yesindyref2 says:

      Let’s hope that the Alba party is only getting polls support at the moment as a protest to put the SNP on its mettle, and in the election they’ll fail completely. Just 2% voted for UKIP, something many of us were proud of Scotland about. And then Salmond can disappear into the obscurity he should be in already saying to himself:

      “Abla was I ere I saw Alba”.

    • Petra says:

      I see that the James Kelly video can be found on the Indyref2 site.

    • Dr Jim says:

      Who knew James Kelly was a starry eyed groupie waiting beside the van

    • grizebard says:

      It’s hardly surprising, I suppose. I have the distinct impression that Salmond has been quietly courting a lot of bloggers – maybe even Paul, though evidently with less success – for quite some time behind the scenes. Then when they turn on Nicola and the SNP, he stands above the fray looking innocent and {ahem} “ready to help”. I believe that a lot of the current unpleasantness can be laid indirectly at the door of this Iago.

      While JK has thankfully avoided contributing to the nastiness himself, his current starry-eyed U-turn from all his previous good sense is puzzling. He’s clearly given up on rational analysis and is now a fully-signed-up part of the Salmond promo squad. I fear he will regret this partisanship and consequent loss of reputation ere lang.

  302. Clydebuilt says:

    The Greens leaving the decision to stand in a constituency up to local branches does ma nut in . . . . Goes to show many of them dont give a Fig about independence. . . . And are happy for Westminister to make environmental decisions for them . . . .

    What sort of Environmentalists does that make them?

  303. Petra says:

    Let’s hope that Colin Mackay does a better job of it than James Kelly.

    Conor Marlborough:- ”BREAKING: Alex Salmond has been offered a one-to-one interview with Colin Mackay as part of a series of leaders interview specials on STV. George Galloway has NOT been offered one. STV says the decision was made “in line with Ofcom guidance.”


    ‘Why the SNP are now the Scottish Inter-National Party.’

    • Dr Jim says:

      Gotta give Colin Mackay credit, when he’s in the mood he’s a cracking interviewer, if he’s not star struck he’ll ask all the right well placed questions, although STVs performance with Katherine Sampson in Portree in faking the vox pop polling results was a *faking* disgrace

      • grizebard says:

        I’m not aware of the issue to which you refer, Dr.J,but is there any “vox poppery” that isn’t randomly erratic and unrepresentative at best, and outright influence-peddling at worst? It’s a TV interview cheap trick that ought to be shunned by any respectable channel, it’s unmitigatingly tainted.

    • yesindyref2 says:

      If the polling data were replicated on May 6 the SNP would win 70 of the 129 MSPs in Holyrood, while the Scottish Greens would take 11 seats – putting 81 pro-independence MSPs in the Chamber, a majority of 23.

      DOMP – 0 seats.

    • raineach says:

      Comes back to my private chats with SNP supporters – not enough will back Alba to make it viable. Once the reference to AS was removed – as it will be on the ballot paper save – just – in the north east, then supports drops alarmingly

      • Alex Clark says:

        There are no names on the regional vote ballot for any party, just the party name.

        • raineach says:

          but the names of the candidates will be visible, and AS will be listed there, or am I wrong? [in which case even in north east Alba will fail

          • Alex Clark says:

            Alex Salmond will not be named on the ballot paper, only the party is listed for the regional vote.

      • grizebard says:

        Yes, I’ve been banging on about this very point for ages, but the Alba-ites simply refuse to hear it, dazzled by their gold fever. For the strategy to have any hope of success, there had to have been a longstanding “big sell” to persuade SNP voters – who are ordinary no-nonsense Scots, don’t forget – about its possible merits, with genuine fellow-feeling behind it. Instead the alt-indy groups – all too predictably – immediately began to undermine their own strategy by high-handedly slagging-off a leadership which is very popular among those selfsame target voters. Now along comes The Bitter Messiah with a very obvious two-faced attitude, simultaneously both friend and foe (depending on whom he’s addressing). The absence of sincerity is palpable.

        And they think this has a hope in hell of succeeding?

        • raineach says:

          well, to avoid any name-calling, Alba’s first test is to persuade independence voters that they can win. At the moment they haven’t got past that basic hurdle. Considerations of whether you like the party are secondary: if they can’t win then it’s irrelevant

          • grizebard says:

            I don’t think the two can be readily disentangled. It’s a potential virtuous or vicious circle. You like the sound of something, you’re willing to listen, and from that acorn a big oak may then grow. OTOH, if you feel you’re being used to try to undermine what you already believe in, the shutters go up, and no amount of reasoning will then work.

            This is Politics 101. Irrespective of motive, if the “story” you’re trying to tell voters is based on nothing but arcane spreadsheet calculations, you’re toast. Yet we are besieged by acolytes attempting that one very thing. They have no appreciation that this has no resonance whatever with the majority of ordinary SNP voters, and time is rapidly running out. It’s positively daft – wishful thinking gone mad.

            [Oh, and I mean the generic “you” here, not you personally, of course.]

  304. Petra says:

    Lesley Riddoch:- ‘Election 2021: This is a proxy independence election … it’s all about the journey, not the destination.’


    One for a laugh 😀.

    ”Galloway’s ‘Fill ma pockets” South of Scotland Crowdfunder is doing better than I expected after being started 6 weeks ago 🤪👍.”

    • grizebard says:

      Do you think MI5 might be willing to chip in a fiver? Or was that the “big stash” in there already? {laugh}

      Oh, and not to forget: who’s bankrolling Alba…?

      • Colin Alexander says:

        SNP MPs Alyn Smith and Stewart McDonald seem to have MI5 as their speed dial besties, so ask them.

        • Bob Lamont says:

          You missed a call…

        • grizebard says:

          The obvious people to “show and tell” are your latest choice of distractionalists. But they aren’t telling, are they, Wormtongue? And we wonder why…

          (…and also who pays you…?)

  305. Petra says:

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

    And Professor John Robertson’s articles on the Talking up Scotland site.

  306. Brian Fleming says:

    Hi Paul. It’s a sad day. As you know, I’ve followed your writings since you were living in Catalonia. You have many times saved my day. Recently I’ve found it harder to read your blog, as I do not share your confudence in Nicola Sturgeon, unfortunately. But just because i disagree with you, does not mean it saddens me any the less if your voice were to disappear from the YES movement. I wish you a speedy recovery. I know what it means to struggle with physical health, although I’ve not (yet) experienced a stroke. I hope you have a great summer and many happy and productive years ahead of you.

    Brian Fleming

  307. yesindyref2 says:

    Oh here, this’ll make you laugh.

    Got my LibDem leaflet last week, in an envelope addressed to me, two sheets of good quality paper (maybe 90gsm), one the one-sided letter “Dear X, The past year has been tough …” with the name of the local candidate, and the other the A4 leaflet.

    This week my wife got an A4 folded and addressed, no letter, no envelope, no candidate name.

    “How come I didn’t get a letter?” she said.

    They can’t even get that right 🙂

    • iusedtobeenglish says:

      I got one ages ago – Can’t remember exactly when
      Single sheet, double-sided, *think* it was A3 – Can’t remember exactly
      Not sure who was on it. Willie Rennie? – Can’t remember
      *Think* there were policies – Can’t remember

      But it was *definitely* LibDem – and well before official campaigning started

  308. Not-My-Real-Name says:

    Douglas Ross was on Radio Clyde on 4th April for a Q & A session from callers.

    Here is a wee taster of some of the things asked and his responses.

    One caller asked what right his party would have to stop another Indy ref , once Covid is over and safe to do so, if majority Indy parties win seats as voted by Scottish public ?

    DRoss answered – First of all we do not know when this Covid Crisis will be over…..we’re still in the middle of this health pandemic.

    (Now is that not strange that he should state that when currently he is asking the FM to speed things up re lifting lockdown. How convenient and very Tory that he should use the Covid card when it suits him and his agenda to stop another Indy Ref…also the FM has made it crystal clear that she will wait until Covid crisis over ,as in some semblance of normality has resumed, BEFORE another Indy Ref is called…..My God he is really all over the place is he not…#UselessDRoss).

    He then said the UKnotOK vaccination program has undoubtedly helped us see a way out of this crisis…..

    (funny that he did not mention the 37 billion Track and Trace in England also helped UKnotOK….probably failed to mention that because it did NOT help and was just another expensive Tory failure implemented by the private sector and headed by the wife of a Tory MP…one Dido Harding who is currently missing in inaction as in out of sight out of mind…. -voter’s minds that is).

    He then waffled on about Scotland’s recovery not recovering for another 3-4 years….cause of Covid…….

    (or rather if the Tories were in charge at Holyrood….never recovering….for sure.)

    (Also Brexit the elephant in the room not mentioned as per Tory HQ instructions…as in another #ToryDisaster)

    (Also Covid recovery now the Tory and other Unionist parties ‘go to card’ for stopping another Indy Ref).

    Another caller involved in fishing industry said he had been a Tory voter all his life but ..’struggling’ to give his vote now because of fishing ‘debacle’….

    (struggling…debacle…oh for God’s sake…even when Tories lie and shaft them they still WANT to vote for them….what a cult the Tories have following them).

    Dross answered – thanks for your support and I understand how difficult this has been….

    (well that’s big of him but then not really helpful NOW is it …but perhaps NOT lying in first place would have been better and then when you are caught lying actually DOING something constructive instead of using excuses..i.e. more lies…by trying to cover up your initial deception would count for a Hell of a lot more to those you deceived Dross)

    He also said that is why he has not tried to minimise the problems you and others are facing….

    (really ?…how could you possibly minimise a crisis, that you DRoss, knew was inevitable for the fisherman post January 2021…..though some of your colleagues did try to minimise it Dross…by more lies and excuses…. teething problems said David Duguid…and paperwork not being done properly by fisherman not ready for end of transition period according to your leader Bojo….but you DRoss say you are apparently NOT minimising issue…probably because you rely on their votes at election Dumbnuts)….

    The Dross said that HE said we HAVE to get a compensation scheme up running….

    (Hmm…compensation versus your livelihood…..Tomato..ToMAYto)….

    Then he said it didn’t go far enough to begin with…

    (So another Tory failure failing to address another problem #ToryDisaster… properly)

    He then said he was now also calling for compensation for the catching sector..

    (What did they miss them out ? very Tory to not consider ALL parts involved or rather impacted by this #Fail Tory policy called Brexit)…

    He also said they can’t just continue to compensate for loss to the sector….

    (no especially when the Tories have to pay their pals and donors for non tendered PPE contracts that said pals and donors have no experience of manufacturing PPE)…..

    He then said we have to get to the root of the problem…

    (Em let me think …is the root of the problem Brexit…just a wild guess…you know us now being out of the EU thus now a third country who no longer have smooth access to single market and customs Union…just a guess THAT may be root of the problem)….

    He then said roots of the problem are added bureaucracy…

    (was that not one of the reasons used to leave the EU in the first place…asking for millions of remain voters oh and leave ones too)…

    He also added red tape too ….

    (see previous on bureaucracy)_

    BTW he said that red tape was not there before Brexit….

    (really ?… the people who voted Leave know that as I believe that was one reason cited for leaving the EU…together with too much bureaucracy that was force fed to voters in Brexit campaign).

    He also said that some of that (red tape and bureaucracy) has started to be streamlined ……

    (However he gave no examples of that…..Typical Tory) ….

    He also said he held another ‘round table’ with the fishing industry….

    (Dross has a round table ?….is it like King Arthurs round table ?)……

    The caller also mentioned he may have to vote for the SNP……

    Dross said the SNP would take us back into the EU….

    (I imagine for this particular caller that might actually offer him some respite from his current Tory inflicted predicament…..and at least allow him to still HAVE a job with his current fishing employer…or if it HIS business allow him to still have one)….

    Then DRoss said over next 5 years we will gain complete control over what we can fish , when and who can fish in our waters….

    (that of course is if we still HAVE a fishing industry though in 5 years time… is it not Dross)…..

    Then he said with the SNP they would hand that straight back to the EU…

    (oh does he mean like when the Tory PM Edward Heath agreed to , as a Tory PM, to shaft the fishermen in agreement he signed …..So DRoss history repeating itself indeed courtesy of the Tory party as in signing up to an agreement that is detrimental to workers involved as opposed to beneficial to them……just to get the deal done for something else the Tories want within the overall deal).

    Caller replied…well Douglas you know that’s not correct as in 5 years time when we are supposed to take back full control you know that Europe has us over a barrel ….

    (really caller ?….I thought that was the Tories …Lol)…..

    Dross then disputed caller’s assertion and went about next 5 years quota increasing and then full control blah blah blah …but he was floundering….unlike the fish who are thriving as THEY are the ones who have taken back control in UKnotOK waters…..Brexit for fish).

    Dross said he would have loved that to have happened quicker i.e. getting more control….

    (but then he has no power or say on HQ’s policies does he as only part time branch manager… he just does what he’s telt and then comes on shows like this to give…excuses…. And blame someone else)….

    He then waffled about the SNP would take fisherman back into the EU…and wait for it ….he actually said “with all the red tape and bureaucracy that would involve”…..

    (so then according to DRoss both ways involve red tape and bureaucracy #confusedDotCom …..big difference though is that one way you get to keep your job and your business, i.e. staying in the EU …the other way (Tory way) you probably lose both…as in the reality now for fisherman… does Dross not do logic ?…rhetorical Q obvs)…

    Then a text q came in asking Dross how would you make Scotland better ? As opposed to negative campaigning…(that he is doing now)

    Dross said he has set out a number of plans….

    (has he ?…are they a secret ?… so far I have not heard anything but his plan to try and stop a second Indy ref…oh and SNPBAD on tap)….

    He went onto list things he KNOWS he will NEVER need to do as knows he will NEVER be in power at Holyrood….so what is the point…he could promise us anything confident in the knowledge he will never need to deliver jack sh*t…..of course in middle of his plans he then went onto his favourite subject SNPBAD which I learnt he has a PHD in….he told the radio presenter that apparently the only reason he talks about independence is because people keep asking him about it…..has he heard himself on radio and TV interviews ?….he needs no prompting to rant about it….it’s his favourite go to anti policy….Dross does know people in Scotland have ears that hear and a brain that can comprehend when he speaks even when he speaks mostly with mega big forked tongue….

    Apparently according to him independence is the big Elephant in the room which he said he cannot ignore…..

    (meanwhile in the land of Brexit… he has quite happy to ignore (not mention or raise as a topic) THAT particular Tory elephant in the room and all of the downsides that has resulted… especially for Scotland and it’s economy and citizens rights to work, travel and live in the EU etc etc …..a Tory policy rejected by Scots via a majority but Dross wants us to move on and forget….oh and suffer….)

    Radio presenter then asked Dross how he would go about restoring trust in politics at Holyrood….

    (yes I know trust and Tories an oxymoron indeed Lol)…

    so Dross said.. “well setting out a positive manifesto”…..

    (what like highlighting constantly the NEGATIVES of another party, as in the SNPBAD, and NEGATIVES of Independence….I looked up word positive and it said “constructive, optimistic, or confident”….so that’s a No then…. as in you have always done the opposite in been destructive, pessimistic and created doubt and uncertainty ….also why on Earth would people trust a Tory manifesto …a TORY MANIFESTO….oh purrrlease….in the name of the wee man…as a WM MP he does know what has been going down (hill) at Tory HQ recently…and in the past)….

    Apparently Dross says trust in politics in recent years and indeed recent months have taken a bash….(he’s going on about the SNP again isn’t he)…

    Meanwhile at WM those paragons of virtue the UKnotOK Tory government have just been whizzo….what….)

    oh yep now he’s saying trust damaged in Scottish parliament with recent inquiries…

    (so yep that him on another destructive, pessimistic rant while trying, and failing, to create more doubt on the SNP…..a subject ,where for Dross , all roads lead to…#SNPBAD)….

    Then he said he would not name names…. but he said that a former minister in Scottish government was taking a salary as an MSP in all but name but never attended parliament and never worked for his constituents…, he said, the Scottish Tories have put forward a Mackay’s law….

    (Thus highlighting the MSP he was talking about was Derek Mackay….so he DID name names then oh dear oh dear…. Nothing personal or politically motivated mind you…jus another #SNPBAD moment courtesy of DRoss)

    (apparently this law is to recall MSP’s to….wait for it…wait for it…who who do not meet their high aspirations…yes you read that right …a Tory …a TORY calling for HIGH aspirations. We are through the looking glass…..again….)

    This was left unchallenged by presenter obvs and hypocrisy re Tory HQ ministers recent shenanigans ….and their obvious LOW aspirations of how to behave as a public servant….NOT)

    (twas ever thus and will forever be however…. I hope though someone at WM introduces the ‘Elphick Law’…..where, when Charlie Elphicke was under investigation for sex assaults against women,…he was suspended by the Tory party during this investigation by police, and then suspension LIFTED so that he could VOTE in a vote TO SUPPORT the Tory party at HOC….then AFTER VOTE the suspension was reinstated……what high aspirations the Tory party meet in HOC…..#Not…there should be a law against it….this is a job for DRoss)….

    Then DRoss said more guff…..but post interview he phoned his boss Michael Gove and asked ….Was I a good boy did I do right…can I keep my new job(s) for a wee while longer pretty please as two salary’s as an MSP and MP are not to be sniffed at you know…I have a family you know…. their on my election leaflets…family man you know….for all to see….blatantly.

    Michael said to him (I am sure) …..your only job is to STOP them getting another Independence Referendum nothing more….so shut it with the policies….do YOUR JOB….or else…..

    Dross then said Yes Master I am your servant and only here to serve you and HQ…..he, DRoss, then probably said… well Michael oops sorry Mr Gove…. I’m away then to iron my Linesman strip……for me other part time job….so Diddly Doodly I’m three jobs Dross that’s me.

    And they all lived happily ever …..Naff…ter…….

    SNP 1 & 2………

    • Tam the Bam says:

      Glad to see you came up for air!

      • Not-My-Real-Name says:

        Glad your glad…..


        • Not-My-Real-Name says:

          * you’re

          • Christos, that cheered me up no end, NMRM.
            I’m baking scones…so eye on the oven,
            I am still keeping my powder dry.
            They will not sap our will.
            I note that the usual suspects do not even have the good taste and manners to read Paul’s quite incredible post and leave it at that.
            The Alba Ally’s Forty Thieves, fat middle aged and elderly men, plus a few token women councillors can ‘demand’ all they like.
            There shall be a majority of SNP Green MSPs…

            Salmond will sit at the back beside Rennie and Lamont and Golden…

            He shall not be involved in the Divorce Team when the time comes.

            His Freudian ‘SNP’…uh..Westminster” slip was not necessary. We all knew his motivation…
            Petulant spiteful old man who refuses to slip away with as much dignity as he has left.. which ain’t much.

            Paul, consider yourself cuddled.

            Yes, I got Sarwar’s ‘Recovery’ leaflet.
            Pleas for Better Together ‘ Johnson’s ‘Build Back Better’…the Red New Labour Millionaire Tory…

            I look forward to the manifesto…

            Printed in Kettering…

            They have never sapped our will..they have strengthened our resolve, and boosted the Green 2 vote…
            Home made fruit scones, orange flavoured butter mmmmm

            Made my afternoon, NMRM. TVM

            • Not-My-Real-Name says:

              Jack…if it made you happy then that makes me happy.


              Yes indeed they will never “sap our will”…..mainly because they themselves are such….Saps….Lol


            • grizebard says:

              “Printed in Kettering…”

              And no doubt paid for by Big Brother down there as well. This is what the Northern Twig-not-Branch really mean by “broad shoulders”. Bought and paid for, unable to stand up on their own two feet.

              Them, not us.

  309. Statgeek says:

    My own calcs on the recent Ipsos Mori poll, down to the regional levels:

    – Small sample sizes at regional levels, so pinch of salt.
    – It’s one poll, and it’s from one polling source
    – The election is a month away

    So all I can take from this is SNP 1/2 in the regions where there’s no clean sweep. Not very scientific, and not kind to the Greens, but I would say SNP 1/Green 2 for the regions where they do get a clean sweep.

    Zero SNP regional seats on this poll, and that’s very telling.

    Alba? No significant sign of them as yet. Arguably splitting the regional Aye vote. Wait and see.

  310. Alex Montrose says:

    I see Prof John has the latest poll up, looking good for the SNP/Greens, both up, the rest down.

  311. Alex Clark says:

    The Ipso Mori poll released today suggests that SNP voters on the constituency vote are giving their regional vote to the Greens in large numbers and in much smaller numbers to the Alba party.

    I suspect this may be as a result of many SNP voters seeing the Greens as a preferred partner in any Independence coalition if the SNP do not gain an overall majority by themselves. There is also likely to be increased support for the Greens from SNP supporters who may worry about the Alba party winning a seat that just replaces a seat already held by the Greens, so are bolstering support for the Greens where they might have won the final list seat at the last election and it could now be under threat.

    The figures today though predict the SNP winning 70 seats which is 5 more than would be required for an overall majority but it would be very foolish indeed to rely on polls alone as evidence of anything.

    • grizebard says:

      The recent carefully-nurtured talk about the Greens possibly joining the SNP in coalition was exactly the kind of officially-sanctioned mutual assistance that is needed to make a possible alignment register with voters.

      This is how real professionals do it, unlike those rank amateurs carping on the sidelines, spinning the exact same wishful-thinking dreams that failed back in ’14.

      • Alex Clark says:

        That’s pretty much how I see it too and it seems to be working if this poll turns out to be close to the final results.

        • Colin Alexander says:

          The Scottish Greens will split the pro-indy vote in 12 constituences where only 1 pro-indy candidate can be elected in each constituency. How is that helping the indy cause?

          Though, I fully accept they have as much right to stand as anyone else.

  312. Alex Clark says:

    The tables from this poll show that 18% of those voting SNP in the constituency vote will vote for the Greens in the list vote, 4% of SNP voters will support the Alba Party.

    This says that 9% of the 11% of the electorate who will vote Green on the list comes from SNP constituency voters. Looks to me pretty much like tactical voting for the Greens by SNP supporters on the list vote.

    • grizebard says:

      With due recognition that polls tend to exaggerate Green support. Apparently. Some people are lead, by the question wording, to believe that they are stating a “second preference”, which of course isn’t possible for Holyrood elections. Except for those (few?) people who still think it anyway, when they cast their “second” {aargh} vote. {shudder}

  313. Alec Lomax says:

    The head honcho in the other place is reduced to referring to the SNP as a cult. Irony aint dead !

    • Dr Jim says:

      Anecdotal evidence so far is that Stuart Campbell and his abusive website is one of the reasons SNP voters are more determined than ever to turn out and vote, that and the online abuse being dished out by supporters of the Salmond party throughout the Internet

      I think the lesson here is Scotland doesn’t like people who bully women and Scottish women will make sure everybody knows it

      • grizebard says:

        Maybe it’s all part of the Great Plan. {laugh}

        (And that’s my wee piece of wishful thinking got out of the way for today.)

      • Alex Clark says:

        The Alba party 3% list vote in this poll is made up of 4% Men and 1% Women

      • Colin Alexander says:

        It’s sad when supposed indy supporters use a tactic straight from the British Imperial Book Of Dirty Tricks: tarring indy supporters with the same brush.

        • Dr Jim says:

          You’re absolutely right and it’s why Campbell and his zealots should be ashamed, yet he’s not

  314. Clydebuilt says:

    Green Party Constituency Candidates.

    The Greens leaving the decision to stand in a constituency up to local branches risks a Pro Independence majority. Splitting the indy vote, with (currently) no chance of a Green win, increases the chance of returning a Unionist MSP

    Obviously certain branches don’t give a fig about independence, and are happy for Westminister to make environmental decisions for them . . . .

    What sort of Environmentalists does that make them?

    Of course any party has the right to stand candidates for election. The point being in Scotland at this time there are concequences.

  315. gullaneno4 says:

    Northern Ireland in Unionist flames again.
    Wales looking well in the way to Independence.
    Scotland nearly there.

    Boris’s Tory Party Brexit seems to be going down a storm

  316. Old Pete says:

    Can’t see the SNP winning 70 constituency seats, they won’t win the border seats for sure.
    So SNP for southern Scotland on both the constituency and list we will probably need at least 2 seats on the list.
    Hope you are all well, not long to the vote and it can’t come quick enough.

    • Alex Clark says:

      Yep, Old Pete, can’t take any chances in the South region, where SNP 1 & 2 is vital to maximising the number of SNP seats and stopping the Tories.

  317. Not-My-Real-Name says:

    Not that long ago the media were calling out the EU for stopping using the AstraZeneca vaccine as being anti British…well as in THEIR interpretation as opposed to REAL reason REAL reason was a response by the EU….to stall roll out of this particular vaccine after finding cases in women over a certain age, post vaccine ,who had suffered blood clots…..but #BrexitMadMedia as per portrayed it as an anti British post Brexit stunt….revenge or something…as in opposite of actual truth.

    NOW today, via a source at MSM, reporting the following …..

    ” Under-30s in UK to be offered alternative to Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine due to rare blood clot risk”

    So are the BRITISH now anti British …..asking for a population who DO NOT identify as BRITISH and are exasperated at all of the antics of those who worship at the alter of a flag that represents nothing more than those who support certain football teams and those who support Brexit and a non Union….and failing Tory policies via failing Tory party…oh and Keir S also hopes his British flag waving party too will get a bounce back…oh and they only worship British made vaccines……..but now only as a vaccine for over 30’s….. what with today’s news release……obvs

  318. grizebard says:

    JK@SGP is suitably encouraged – as indeed we all are – at the continuing majority support for indy revealed by the latest Ipsos-Mori poll, yet he is apparently undaunted that it also places his new champion back down at an irrelevant (yet plausible) 3%: “arguably a pretty encouraging result”. And more arguably not, James. (For the pop-ups anyway.)

    I fear the poor fellow is going to tie himself in knots over this before the election is done.

    • jfngw says:

      If that 3% is concentrated in one region it is 24% they will take seats, I think that’s the logic. I’m exaggerating the effect but you get the gist of it.

      • grizebard says:

        Uhuh. With one particular person very much in mind, no doubt.

      • Alex Clark says:

        I left a link to the tables up thread, Alba support is not concentrated in one region, as Highland has 5% and Mid Scot & Fife 4% the rest on 3% or less. North East Scotland has 3% so Alex Salmond in this poll is not winning a seat.

  319. gullaneno4 says:

    Looks like Wings is now moderating critical comments on Alba’s lack of progress.

  320. denmylne says:

    sorry to hear this paul, look after yourself

  321. Not-My-Real-Name says:

    Just watched the STV News at 6pm..the presenter said…”and now away from politics”….then they had an article on Covid….is she kidding ?…Covid has been THE most politicised issue deployed….courtesy of point scoring Unionists and their politicians…..oh dear oh dear…..

    Do they think we have not been listening to DRoss bigging up the UKnotOK vaccine roll out….’British’ Army helping out Scotland’s roll out as POOR WEE Scotland too stupid to dae it themselves…..

    So nae Scots in the army then Dross ?……..

    Plus….DRoss constantly mouthing off about the might of the UKnotOK during the pandemic…….BBC giving a platform to opposition politicians after FM’s Covid briefings….a platform NOT given to any opposition politicians darn sarf after Boris or any of his cabinet ministers Covid briefings………….

    As George FFFFFoulkes says….aye and they’re doing it deliberately too….oh no…wait a minute…. George is OK with format of Bojo’s briefings it’s just up here he wants…changes….to benefit the Union obvs………… as opposed to benefitting the public Health message….to Hell with that says George……

    “away from politics”….aye right…….oh dear oh dear……#Fail…again.

    • Petra says:

      Did you notice Colin McKay discuss the forthcoming election NMRN? Popularity stats:- Nicola Sturgeon + 24 with Alex Salmond a dismal – 40 odd. The SNP heading for a majority and by the looks of it no seats for Alba?. Did I pick him up wrongly on the latter comment? Either way I can’t wait for him to interview AS as he knows his stuff … what’s actually going on.

      • Not-My-Real-Name says:

        Yes I did notice same as you Petra…..things change I know but Salmond only too aware that if given no public platform then he will remain in obscurity and that will be reflected in votes…thus no seats gained……here’s hoping he is not daft enough to take up Galloway’s offer of a debate with him chaired by Andrew Neil on Spectator TV……as both Galloway and Neil are at it…..some might say Salmond is too…I meanwhile know nothing….Lol

        God almighty Petra why does Scottish politics always have to be so complicated….rhetorical….Lol

        Have a nice evening Petra


  322. Mark Russell says:

    By the time the Scottish election passes, we will be in a very different place – and much of what is being discussed here will become completely irrelevant and a distraction to what will be really important in everyone’s lives. Survival.

    Look beyond these parochial issues and the world is in a perilous state. The horrors unfolding in Brazil will soon be part of all our lives – and yes, the Westminster government are culpable for their ineptitude and negligence – but apportioning blame and fuelling further division won’t help in any way whatsoever.

    We don’t have the time to indulge in ideological and political ambitions. For Scotland to survive as an independent country like NZ and attain some kind of normalcy would require a paradigm shift and impossible restructuring in every aspect of governance and supporting institutions in the required timeframe. About as long it would take to build a new impenetrable wall from Tweed to Solway.

    We are an island governed by an incompetent, corrupt cabal – not just in politics – whose primary motivation is money and power. The problem is everywhere – not just London.

    Somehow – and very quickly – we must rethink everything and focus on what’s really important.

    WGD has always been ahead of the game. He reached the line before everyone else.

    Be kind people. Be understanding and forgiving. There’s a long road ahead.

    Click to access IJCP-9999-e13795.pdf

    • Alex Clark says:

      What has 6 months old research on Covid-19 by Chinese scientists have to do with the forthcoming Scottish parliamentary election?

      This isn’t a “Prepper” blog, it’s a blog focused on politics in Scotland and in particular on Independence and show e might win our Independence. Maybe you posted on the wrong blog in the mistaking belief that someone might care?

      • Mark Russell says:

        I’m reasonably acquainted with Paul’s website, Alex. And the motivation behind it. Unfortunately, like other online blogs, it’s become a receptacle for personal invective that has no place in our present circumstance. The underlying message that Paul has tried too convey throughout – that what our ‘Enlightenment’ pioneers espoused – unity, comradeship, internationalism, identity – are being traduced in the most atavistic manner.

        I don’t care what you think – your prejudice and petty indifference are irrelevant. That you have a keyboard and medium to express it, is to everyone’s detriment, except your own.

        • Hamish100 says:

          Mark, Alex made a reasonable point on an Independence blog.

          Still you state “.. I don’t care what you think – your prejudice and petty indifference are irrelevant. That you have a keyboard and medium to express it, is to everyone’s detriment, except your own.”

          Your good, you read my mind!

          4 weeks to elect a pro independence parliament. SNP 1 AND 2 OR SNP 1 GREENS 2

        • Alex Clark says:

          Pot meet kettle.

    • grizebard says:

      Oh, and beside the dubious relevance, could you also please refrain from embedding a whole pdf file directly into the thread…

    • Aye, right.
      It’s survival with English Imperialism or death?
      It would take us ages to be a proper country?
      Aye, right.

    • Not-My-Real-Name says:

      Hi Mark, you say “much of what is being discussed here will become completely irrelevant and a distraction to what will be really important in everyone’s lives. Survival”.

      What is being discussed on here , for many of us, is actually very relevant to us now and that is why we are focused and determined to highlight them on this Indy Blog which I also believe is a blog committed to Scottish Independence…..and tis done to hopefully ensure our “survival” by raging against the machine that is governments in WM and t’others….different survival I know.

      You say “Look beyond these parochial issues and the world is in a perilous state”

      Many on here are not oblivious to the fact that the world is indeed in a perilous state but if , as you suggest, that we look beyond what you say are ‘parochial’ issues….. then we fail to address the problems that we, here in Scotland, are currently having to endure as a non independent country…consequences that have an immediate and long term impact on the lives of many of our fellow citizens now and will also have an effect on our children’s lives too.

      Also re “apportioning blame and fuelling further division won’t help in any way whatsoever”

      Well when people have been lied to for years, undervalued, ignored, ridiculed, dictated to, overruled by another country, betrayed….via another country’s government abusing their power and influence to maintain the status quo and supress opposition……then I think we are right to apportion blame to those who deserve it………as to newly formed political parties who are unknown political entities then , via past experience, we are right to be suspicious and cynical as to their , perhaps, ulterior motives for seeking election.

      Also as to “Somehow – and very quickly – we must rethink everything and focus on what’s really important”…….

      God forbid that I as an individual should presume to suggest what SHOULD be considered important for others just because I consider it more important.

      You also say “Be kind people. Be understanding and forgiving. There’s a long road ahead”

      Mark…..Being kind, understanding and forgiving is what a lot of people , not all, but a lot of people want to see and be…..but there seems so much that needs to be accomplished against huge odds in opposing the many factions against us achieving Independence and now the new alternative party to the SNP …apparently offering Scots what many Scots see as just a timely (for Unionists) distraction and hindrance to us achieving a majority Indy vote in May through already established Indy parties… this has resulted in many of us feeling (deservedly) frustrated, angry, tired and sick to the stomach of this constant struggle…..enough to make you greet sometimes….or scream.

      Mark….not getting at you or trying to “fuel further division” but writing on this blog and being given a platform to express my opinion has saved me from going completely Gaga (not as in Lady GaGa) at this complete Sh*t show that, is seems, is never-ending ……….but I know it will eventually come to an end…and I want to be part of it when it does and want to play my part in it happening too…..i.e. the part where I try to do my bit in helping Scotland becoming an independent country ……and then where I, and my child, get to live in an independent Scotland.

      Mark I may be going too local for you and not seeing the bigger picture or even your real point……but by saying and doing nothing we cannot save Scotland or more importantly ourselves…….and we sure as Hell cannot then do our part to save the World…..which sometimes I think, because of some people, doesn’t want to be saved…..follow the money always….they who have it have the power……..where as we mere mortals can do only what we think is possible and best for those close to us…for now.

      Sorry if I have simplified or even missed your overall/main point…not intentional….just me putting an alternate point of view over….your sentiment about being kind, understanding and forgiving is a good one……if only everything were so straightforward……alas tis not.

      (Sorry did not read you additional info only read text of your comment).

      Brazil… there’s a story….too long to cover on here….not unique either.

      Have a nice evening Mark


      • Mark Russell says:

        Yep, got that, understand it and agree wholeheartedly.

        But it’s not important anymore. None of that matters.

        You’re all computer literate. Imagine you’ve been working a long time on an important project – something that will make all your dreams come true. Your project is on your laptop – but just before you submit it for consideration, your laptop crashes and doesn’t reboot.

        The computer expert diagnoses the problem – a fatal conflict between the program you used for the project and the operating system. You’re fucked. You can’t restore the program – and the project so dear to your heart is completely corrupted – but unless you delete that app, you lose everything else – your photos, personal memories, emails – everything.

        That’s where we are. That’s where we were last April too. That’s when the dream ended.

        Can we move on? Probably not.

        • Mark Russell says:

          That’s the same analogy I would use with the UK government’s approach to the pandemic. The ‘program’ is our ‘economy’. The fatal conflict is with Mother Nature – our ‘operating system’.

          Go figure.

        • grizebard says:

          Well, for most everyone here, we are moving on. It’s called an election. It won’t solve everything, but ever since the beginning of time that’s just the way it is. One hurdle at a time. The important thing is to realise that some steps may be baby steps in The Great Scheme of Things, but they are important ones nevertheless. Otherwise you become overwhelmed by self-doubt and just give up trying. Which – I hope – is the very antithesis of your message.

          It’s first things first, and May is the essential next step for us. If you don’t/can’t grasp that, you are indeed messaging in the wrong place, for you as much as for us.

          • Mark Russell says:

            “Well, for most everyone here, we are moving on.”

            Really? Where?

            • We are on the road back into the real world, Mark.
              Back into our continent Europe. Free and ‘natural’ as an independent nation, not as an occupied colony of England.

              I happen to believe that anyone who puts themselves before the electorate needs to have earned the right to stand…

              It is an affront to the people of Scotand that Salmond, who has been posted missing for 7 years can saunter up to the plate, invent a new party which has no mandate, no manifesto, fling together a hotch-potch of wannabes and turncoats, financed by god knows whose deep pockets, and expect us to roll over like dying flies, and bow down to the Saviour, on his Second Coming.

              Scotland is not being insular; you are. You are happy to be part of England, the isolated third country, outside Europe..

              I have no time for this arrant nonsense.

              Like Galloway, Salmond knows that he has no chance of causing an upset…but there will be a book deal and a lecture tour in it, and maybe, just maybe, as seat beside Johann Lamont on the back benches…

              You cannot sap the will of the People by implying that if we don’t stick with England, rest our impoverished bones on the broad shoulders of John bull, we shall not survive.

              We’ve had our fill of carpetbaggers, Shell Game con men and Fifth Column Jock Brits.

              Scotland is an outgoing international nation now

              England has withered into a warped parody of itself circa 1955, and but for Covid masking the disaster that is Brexit, there would be even more unrest and riots than there have been up until now.

              Death or Brit colony?
              Or Self Determination?

        • Macart says:

          Too big. You can’t change the world or baser human nature en masse in one revelatory moment.

          However… Saw a comedy flick the other night Evan Almighty. Y’know, Morgan Freeman as God (Natch!). Had a great a great wee message ‘one Act of Random Kindness’ or ARK. Fair struck a chord.

          I’d say the idea you could only change the world one person, one family, one street, one community and one country at a time sounds about right.

          Might be too late in some people’s eyes. Then again it might not. We can only try by fixing what we can fix. Might be if enough of us are successful at fixing the small stuff, then the big stuff… Well you never know.

          One act of random kindness at a time.

          • Mark Russell says:

            That’s the key, Sam. One step at a time.

            You take good care.

            • grizebard says:

              Hmmm. Which seems to be the very inverse of your original message? Where everything everywhere is a big problem, no?

              (Oh, and BTW, “normalcy ” is a uniquely American abomination. Which may possibly explain a high-falutin’ prescriptive approach that seems to stray well away from the immediate next wee-but-not-so-very-wee step for us right here.)

            • Alex Clark says:

              Had a change of heart then and we’re not all doomed after all?

  323. Hamish100 says:

    Scotland is 90 islands which are currently habitable. England has ehh well The Isle of Wight, Canvey island, lindisfarme ( tide dependent) and I’m sure I’ve missed one or two max

    • grizebard says:

      Lundy, Scillies… (And is Canvey a proper island? Or is that the Isle of Dogs, I forget…)

      Then there is Eel Pie Island of fond 60’s memory…

  324. jfngw says:

    Poor old D.Ross, relegated to the linesman’s role in the Tory PPB. Of course the PPB was front by Baroness, and Boris Johnson place woman, Baroness Davidson of Bell End (Worcestershire). This is our future under the union, hand-picked placemen (or women) chosen by the London elite to run Scotland.

    • grizebard says:

      I watched this one, just out of interest. A pathetic reprise of 2016/17, as if nothing has changed in the meantime. (It hasn’t for them, evidently, other than that {sshhh..} baroness-to-be is now off to London, plebs…)

      Both made mention of “rebuilding” post-crisis, but nary a word on how they proposed to do it. Only relentless vapid negativity, clearly aiming to corral the anti-indy vote. (That’s you, Labourites and FibDems. The Tory Party needs you in its hour of need.)

      Oh, and everyone note, the Tories are only concerned about stopping the SNP. No mention of any others. They do seem to mirror-image agree that the also-rans are not merely irrelevant, they’re a potential vote-loser. And vote counts are the name of the game.

      • Dr Jim says:

        Yeah but they’re clearly admitting if the SNP win then there will be an Independence referendum and they can’t stop it, what’s funny though is that it’s possible George Galloway could be assisting in reducing the Tory vote by appealing to the Union zealots who’ve lost confidence (if they ever had any) in the linesman and apprentice Baroness

        Last desperate throw of the dice for the Tories now unless Rape clause Ruth and some burly men run after the vans carrying the postal votes on an intercept mission impossible

        • Dr Jim says:

          I’m still laughing at *Sir* Tom Hunter though trying to make out Scotland’s duff because we’re not as good as Norway or Denmark

          I don’t need to state all the obvious

          • grizebard says:

            Quite. A cutely circular argument that, with a self-derogatory thread running through besides. He could neatly condense it all into “know your place, peons”, though that would obviously be ingraciously received these days.

            We can never have too much of Janey to voice the inner thoughts of these drones.

  325. yesindyref2 says:

    From the tables (thanks Alex), it looks like it’s more like 2.5% than 3% for Alba, and that means a vote for Alba really is a wasted vote. Perhaps they could be persuaded to change it to Green if they don’t like SNP, for another couple of Pro-Indy (Green) MSPs?

    Someone could post that on Wings and SGP …

    • grizebard says:

      {splutter} There goes my newly-poured cup of coffee. They should be so lucky! {grin}

    • Dr Jim says:

      Ooft, hammers and fffffffff offs

    • Alex Clark says:

      I’ve been assured that all Alba supporters on Wings will be voting SNP 1 Alba 2. They have moved on. Alex Salmond said so.

    • Statgeek says:

      It’s 2.51%, but for fun, I allocated the Alba VI to Green to see what the seat makeup would look like.

      Greens get 4 more seats, and Indy parties on 84 seats instead of 80, with majority of 39 instead of 31.

      Tories down 1, Labour down 3.

      • grizebard says:

        Oh, you are naughty! {grin} But nice.

        (Better not tell James. Though maybe he’ll get there in time anyway. Tomorrow is only 4 weeks till The Day. How time doth fly.)

      • Alex Clark says:

        I think the results in this election are going to be a surprise for a great many folk, especially those in No 10 Downing Street.

      • yesindyref2 says:

        4 more seats for Greens!

        Jeez, I knew the Green vote at 12% was close to a bigger breakthrough, but not that it was that close.

        Yes, a vote for Alba really is a wasted vote.

  326. Petra says:

    I wonder what the toxic doughball from Somerset will come up with next, because so far his wee ploy/s don’t seem to be working 😀.

    ‘Scottish independence: Yes support on 52% in latest Ipsos MORI poll.’

    ..”Nicola Sturgeon was the most popular party leader with a net approval of +29.”..

    ..”Alba leader Salmond also had his first outing on the favourability poll and was placed at -55.”

    ..”Independence remains the top issue for Scotland’s voters and an independence ‘supermajority’ at Holyrood looks within the realms of possibility. However, our poll indicates that this may come from an uplift in support for the Scottish Greens on the regional vote rather than for the Alba Party. The Alba Party’s main impact to date may have been to remind pro-independence voters of how to use their regional vote tactically.”..


    ‘Alex Salmond accused of ‘spinning Russian propaganda’ over Salisbury poisonings.’

    ….”Only 3 per cent of voters said they would cast their list vote for Mr Salmond’s recently launched party on the regional list vote – which polling experts believe would leave Alba without any seats at Holyrood.”..

    • grizebard says:

      “Alba leader Salmond also had his first outing on the favourability poll and was placed at -55.”

      Ooh, has anybody dared tell James yet…?

      • Alex Clark says:

        Boris Johnson -36. Douglas Ross -27, Alex Salmond -55, Nicola Sturgeon +29.

        See tables that I posted a link to earlier.

  327. Hamish100 says:

    I had a senior moment I thought I read that Galloway was to remove the scourge of sectarianism. Nope separatism.
    He wants to keep sectarianism I suppose. Helps the tories and the labour over the years with the divide and rule plus some fitba clubs who like to wave foreign flags aboot.

  328. Alex Clark says:

    In other news, the Scottish government has given permission for 12,000 socially distanced fans to attend Hampden in the Euro Championships. Great news.

  329. Hamish100 says:

    Re the Oxford jab. It seems the European nations who raised concerns last week weren’t wrong after all. They weren’t just trying to get poor old Blighty (England down)
    Still better still to get vaccinated than not.

  330. Alex Clark says:

    There are “Independence” supporters that believe we need to obtain a supermajority in this election but that it must have lots of Alba MSP’s and that the SNP must NOT have a majority by themselves so as Alba get to decide everything and pull their strings.

    Then in the same breath they ask SNP supporters to vote for them LOL What planet do they live on?

    • grizebard says:

      Not the only disjunction in their thinking, alas. They evidently can’t see the cracks because they’re dazzled by the pot of electoral gold waiting for them at the end of the rainbow. Just like they thought winning in ’14 was assured, simply because they wished it so very much. They haven’t learnt anything, and are keenly making the same mistakes all over again.

      • Jonathan Marshall says:

        Yep… I thought winning in 2014 was possible, as no Nation on earth would ever vote against its Independence… But then there is Scotland…. After the election I was talking to an English friend and he didn’t seem that surprised his view was the majority of of Scots who would have wanted independence have already left and those who remain are too timid….easily scared… or have too much vested interest like the soft Yes or No voters to want to rock the boat, so they will always vote to preserve the status quo. Fortunately the demographics are against the Union as the young by a large majority want Independence… although the cynical part of me suspects that enough bungs will be slung their way in the coming years to get the required portion of them onside. Anyway we’ll see shortly (within next 5yrs?) if there is to be a different outcome.

    • yesindyref2 says:

      “What planet do they live on?”

      Fourth Kcor from the sun, an ‘airless planet called Colin, on a weird blob called wos.

    • Alex, Salmond knows that he is talking rubbish.
      He doesn’t care. He’s on the telly and in the Dead Tree Scrolls again.
      There will be a majority of pro Self Determination MSPs returned..without Alba or Al-i-ba or Ali Baba or whatever they’re called.

      Auld Eck is a gift from Goebbels for the Brit Nats and their compliant Brit Nat Jock MSM.

      Macwhirter McKenna Taylor Gordon Robertson the Hon Smith and the rest don’t need to talk about the issues…just batter on about the fictitious ‘divisions’ in the Pro Independence movement…
      They don’t need to write anything that matters to Scots..

      None of them mention Brexit Trident Health Police Education The Power Grab UKIM , other than scream SNP Shite and drown out any voices in the Dead Tree Scrolls and in broadcast which advocate Self Determination and returning to Freedom within our own continent Europe.

      Salmond is a sad old Has Been..and it shows.

      Bailie, Lamont, Sarwar Kelly Dross Briggs Wells Smith Fraser Rennie and Tuscany Rumbles will crawl back for another term..and sit on their fat arses doing nothing for their fellow Scots other than scream SNP Shite on cue, in three part Beter Together harmony, as ordered by their English Masters.
      But not for five years this time.

      Their Freeloading days are numbered.

      We leave England behind in a year or so…then, the people of Scotland will be in control of their own destiny.

      • grizebard says:

        One small cheer, Jack: Rumboid at least doesn’t appear to be standing in the NE this time. Probably read the electoral runes. Though unless the Tories in Glasgow really tank or defect en masseto Labour as they do for sundry useless articles in Edinburgh, we may possibly have to endure a return of their sole remaining shiny hope in Glasgow, Annie Wells. (Such high standards they have these days…)

        • Well he was ‘under the weather’ the last few times he hauled himself up at Holyrood, heckling indistinct mumbles over our FM…
          Alex Salmond is going to attempt UDI the day after polling..where is he getting this from?
          Idi Amin? Ian Smith? Robert Mugabi?

          Duggers of a certain age and refinement may recall NIMBAR, the Brit Empire reaction to Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence,(UDI) the first Brit Colony to attempt to throw the Brits out since the pesky Yanks did it in the 18th Century.
          NiMBAR, No Independence without majority rule, was London’s argument that Ian Smith had acted illegally, the Catch 22 of the British Empire, considering that the 5% whites in Rhodesia, ‘ruled’ the colony, on behalf of their Imperial Masters in London.

          So, if we manage to break through the NIMBAR threshold in May, then, surely The London Mob will not stand in our way?

          I cannot believe that anybody is taking Salmond seriously.

          • My Typos get even worse.. NIBMAR, not NIMBAR. No Independence Before Majority Rule.
            I really should do research before I clack away with such misguided confidence that I am smart arse and know everything about anything. Any body would think that I was a Jock Brit Nat hack or broadcaster.

            By happenstance and channel hopping, I accidentally I caught Newsnight’s ‘light touch’ pointless piece on Jockland and its coming plebiscite.

            As always, they despatched poor Lewis Goodall, without so much as a hat scarf or anorak, to the frozen Brit Nat stronghold in the North East of Jockland.

            Stock footage of McCowan’s Highland Toffee Cows, to set the scene for English audiences…Jockland is a big theme park and grouse moor, doncha know?

            They opened with Baroness Rape Clause astride that poor unsuspecting bullock. (What animal has an ass hole half way up it’s back? A Heilin’ Bull)
            Then Cameron and Salmond shaking hands outside Bute House, and signing the Scotland Bill.

            Then Goodall’s voice over observes that Rape Clause won’t be here this year (he obviously hasn’t seen the Blue Tory PPB or leaflets yet) but that the Red Tories have new champion who is ‘doing well in the polls’.Whit?) Footage of the Millionaire Dentists with Sir Keir or is it Kier? and then the ‘interviews’. First a wee Blue Tory chap.

            Then Douglas Lumsden, Blue Tory Spokesman, pooh poohed the Brexit Boris Johnson dilemma facing his party. There were a few ‘hiccoughs’ post Brexit, but that’s over now and Scottish Independence would be a hundred times worse.
            So Brexit is done and dusted, Jocks; the English took Scotland out of Europe. ‘Live with it’.

            Speaking of which, no sign of the Linesman Dross, or Sub Lieutenant (RN Failed) Andrew Bowie, or David Duguid and his pasta shapes EU dilemma?

            Then poor Goodall, the snowswirling around him interviewed one Elspeth MacDonald down at the docks, who has some unidentified role in the Scottish Fishing Association, who ceded that fish folk were angry, but that Brexit was done and dusted and….

            You get the theme here..Brexit is done, Scotland, you have been taken out of Europe by your Imperial English masters..back in your box.

            Then it was the Red Tories spokes person’s turn; one ‘Mercedes Villalba’, (Was this a wind up, I mused?) who prattled on about the bad Nats presenting a ‘binary choice’, and nothing else…See these Brits chuntering on about Indyref2.

            The SNP and Greens are presenting a fully costed range of policies in their manifestos, while the Red Blue and Yellow Tories, and Salmond and Galloway and Bin Head Man have no discernible policies at all?

            Finally, they interviewed the owner of a trendy sandwich shop, English, who spoke for us all apparently, and moaned that we were all exhausted and just wanted to Build Back Better….

            Emily Maitlis assured us that they would be returning to the Jock Election at a later date…
            Brexit is over and done with, Jocks, back in your kennels.

            I don’t think that they realise what’s happening up here.

            • Tam the Bam says:

              NIMBAR?… NIBMAR?…..Oh you mean FUBAR!

              • Great minds, Tam.
                I really must think before I clack.

                Fecked Up Beyond All Recognition.

                England, that is.

                If only we had told them that there would be riots in London Bristol and Belfast….

            • grizebard says:

              Oh, political vox-pops, the penultimate refuge of the broadcasting scoundrel and/or wishful thinker.

              But no doubt the enobled Placemat and her pals will be ever-ready to help the likes of Maitlis explain afterwards how they won, really, honestly they did, whatever actually happened, and English Tories can then continue to sleep soundly in their beds a-night, comforted that the hairy Northern (really – beyond Hadrian – Northern!) hordes are again trounced and this is still the best of all possible Tory worlds.

            • James Mills says:

              Apart from you , Jack ( Blessings be upon you ! ) who else has the strength or inclination to watch Newsnight ?
              This is just a sop to the new Tory Chiefs at the EBC ! Did they not have a large Union Fleg in the studio yet ? It’s coming !!

        • James Mills says:

          This is not just any Annie Wells , this is an M & S Annie Wells !

  331. Alasdair Macdonald says:

    All the best. You have made the right decision.

    We know you as a decent, humane and witty individual, unlike the nastiness which blasts out of other allegedly pro-independence sites.

    Keep well.

    We shall win. VENCEREMOS!

  332. Tam the Bam says:

    Did anyone else catch the verbal spat between Martin Geissler (The Nine) and George Galloway this evening?
    Comedy Gold!….well worth a watch if your in need of a laugh.

  333. James Mills says:

    I saw Galloway on TV this evening ”launching ” his election campaign via a ‘Radio Station ‘ in Glasgow ( so we were told ).
    He sat there with his ubiquitous hat together with an unidentified geezer by his side , looking and sounding like a down-market horse racing commentator from an old 1940’s film noir .

    All that was missing was the fag hanging from his bottom lip – but our ”man of the people ” only smokes cigars , lovingly crafted on the thighs of his revolutionary ‘sisters’ from Cuba , n’est pas !

    He REALLY isn’t fooling anyone with the hat . Just admit you’ve lost your hair , Gorgeous !

  334. Hamish100 says:

    Thought that Geissler was up to the,Galloway tricks. Interesting Galloway main selling point was that his party was full of judges, doctors and a regimental sergeant major if I heard right. In the bbc sitcom Still Game in the mythical Craiglang they are called w******.

  335. Colin Alexander says:

    If any of SNP supporters aren’t prepared to vote Alba, it’s good to see at least some of them recognise the benefit of NOT voting SNP on the List ( unless in South Scotland region).

    At least Green on the List vote is better than the stupid SNP constituency ; SNP List voting advice.

    Except for South Scotland, voting SNP on the List is very unlikely to elect an SNP MSP.
    All it does it allows more Unionists into Holyrood on the List.

    For me, it’s: SNP (constituency) Alba (List) in the Central Belt.

    But, whatever makes you happy.

    • Dr Jim says:

      For people who are constantly giving advice to others you are incapable of taking any in return
      that’s why most people will reject Salmond Campbell and all of your ilk who believe yourselves to be superior, and so superior do you believe that you are you cowardly wait until the last moments of the evening to sneak onto this site when the author is disabled through illness unable to monitor his website as he would normally choose and block you from making these cowardly pathetic attacks

      Like the wee Nyaff in school who starts trouble and runs away we see you, now away and run and hide in the internet like your master Campbell, people know what a contemptible little Nyaff you are as you go about your masters bidding

    • grizebard says:

      “All it does it allows more Unionists into Holyrood on the List.” No it doesn’t, unless your latest decoy is able to attract votes from them, and not only won’t it, it doesn’t even intend to, as it freely admits! It – and you, for your own devious reasons – hope to reduce votes for the SNP. That’s the essence of the flawed strategy, and since it doesn’t diminish the opposition in any way (unlike the SNP, incidentally, which can and does), it can’t possibly do what you persist in falsely claiming here.

      But you know all that, don’t you?

  336. Not-My-Real-Name says:

    Can someone who is on Twitter take a moment to tweet Jackson Carlaw ….let him know that on news programmes this morning some presenters were NOT prefixing the Astra Zeneca vaccine with the word ‘Oxford’….I know this is extremely important to Jackson as not that long ago he was berating SNP politicians on Twitter for not using this prefix when mentioning this vaccine.

    Better still if anyone on Twitter has retained that tweet Jackson tweeted out, as Jackson may now have deleted it , then can they retweet it to him and tell him to get on the case and contact ALL journalists and news presenters to remind them to use this prefix i.e. Oxford when they mention this vaccine.

    After all we cannot have rules for some and rules for others can we…….and at the time it was really important to Jackson….allegedly.

    BTW some were even calling it …..the….AZ Jab….Sacre Bleu…..Jackson will be in meltdown……

    ps. Word is Jackson Carlaw may now not mention vaccines for a wee while…especially THIS specific one…meanwhile once again DRoss is ‘all at sea’…no not talking to if…but as in confused and lost…as he was relying so much on using the vaccination programme to be one of the few…very few…saviours of the Union….as when Tories go low…they go really low….

    My thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with Jackson Carlaw this morning at this difficult time…….. (and embarrassing one….not another one…moment)………

    • Not-My-Real-Name says:

      @ Me @ 8.08am

      BTW below is the Jackson Carlaw’s tweet re ‘Oxford’ AZ vaccine ( obvs Govt. he means in his tweet is the Scottish one) :

      “How petty can this Govt get to omit ‘Oxford’ from the name of the vaccine because it’s in England?

      Narrow nationalism at its worst”………

      Politicising a vaccine….how very Tory….and Unionist this is…….

      Jackson however is reticent on mentioning country of origin of the Pfizer vaccine…as he only wants to mention those vaccines that generate from England…..all part of the plan to save the Union (non)… in the one that is currently falling apart….thanks mainly to ONE part of this (non) Union that is allegedly so desperate to keep it together………ironic or what…..


      • Naina Tal says:

        Noticed lately that Unionists including BBC have dropped “Oxford” when talking about the vaccine. As Jackdaw Carlot says How petty can you get?
        Noticed however someone from EU giving it it’s full OAZ title – Oh and Nicola Sturgeon did as well! Plus ca change!
        (Sorry Donna’s ken how far far a cedilla)
        Yoons setting themselves up again!

        • Naina Tal says:

          Donna’s : dinnae
          Whaur kin ah git a Scots Spellchecker?

        • Not-My-Real-Name says:

          Hi Naina Tal….well if Nicola is (supposedly just) NOW giving the vaccine the required und compulsory Tory full title…that..I am sure…will set them off….into saying the opposite….as in…..why is Sturgeon now calling it the OXFORD Astra Zeneca…..

          That’s how it works see….SNP says Black….all Unionists say White….indeed Tories always excel in exploiting it for undeserved political advantage to them…..always playing politics.

          Also found ANOTHER Tory Maurice Golden doing a similar Carcrash tweet :

          Golden’s tweet was “The rest of the world knows it as the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine. But Scottish nationalism won’t allow anything positive to be accredited to the UK. An all time petty low for this Scottish nationalist government”

          BY UKnotOK Maurice actually means ENGLAND ….but he slipped up there….no coconuts for Maurice…..for sure….apart from getting new boss re new Head cocoNUT aka DRoss….allegedly…

          Someone better tell the Baroness….who asked her to rain on DRoss’s parade…DRoss always the linesman never the Ref….Lol

          Vaccine Nationalism…….endorsed and brought to you by British Nationalists as in the so called ‘Scottish’ Tories…..both Jackson and Maurice’s tweets were in response to a tweet made by the Scottish Govt. Health…..which stated ” The roll-out of the Astrazeneca vaccine is underway in Scotland with patients in Tayside among the first to receive their initial dose. 82 year old James Shaw said he was “delighted” to be receiving the vaccination. @NHSTayside”

          Tories go so low …..they can surely sink no lower….aye right….. 😉

          Oh dear oh dear oh dear…………..Tories gonna Tory

          • grizebard says:

            “DRoss – always the linesman never the Ref” So very tart, but you got to the essence there. Just like Labour, though, who do they have better to replace him? There’s nobody, and like their recent PPB, they have no ideas to offer either.

            Voting for these people is voting for a vacuum.

            • Not-My-Real-Name says:

              Hi grizebard…is that Vacuum….. as in vacuum cleaner… in they suck the life out of you….


  337. Hamish100 says:

    Ross on GMS blaming the snp for the problems of the the fishing.
    Johnson may not come to Scotland due to the covid restrictions!!
    Last time he was her to help vaccinators? A bigger help would not to have shook hands with multiple workers without washing hands prior to catching COVID.
    Weird at one of his covid breaking travel visits I saw him with a guy on a fishing boat bedecked with union flags all smiles.
    Is the boat captain still smiling.

    • Not-My-Real-Name says:

      Hamish…was he,DRoss, asked anything about Northern Ireland and Brexit….indeed ANYTHING about the many disasters resulting from Brexit…..Covid recovery is it…what about Brexit recovery for Scotland…….another disastrous Tory policy imposed upon Scotland by a UKnotOK government it did not vote for……

      I saw this tweet this morning from someone …

      “”If it bleeds, it leads” is an old journalists saying: violent images make it the top story, instantly.

      Unless it’s the BBC, and the violence illustrates the long-predicted outcome of Brexit on the peace process. Then it takes 5 days to get 3rd billing”.

      Another Brexit elephant in the room….that’s why , in Scotland, the Tories, for a majority of Scots, are seen as toxic and DRoss has a minus popularity rating with public……….

  338. Hamish100 says:

    Yes he was asked about Johnson promising there would not be a border down the Irish Sea. Another lie. He avoided the question.

    Still it is interesting that a leader of a Scottish party is not asking for the same benefits NI has over Scotland with the Eu re fishing and food exports.
    Our businesses are at a complete disadvantage.

  339. Dr Jim says:

    My question has always been when Scotland and England *formed* a Union how did England remain an Independent country but Scotland ended up a colony with no authority of it’s own to be then devolved token authority from England if both countries are continuously described as one country whenever it suits England which is the ruling authority

    No country can be described as a country if another country holds authority over it, that’s the description of a colony or territory *belonging* to the ruling country

    No different to the then USSR or then British Empire

    • That hacks in the Jock Brit Nat Dead Tree Scrolls continue to refer to these Brit Blackshirts clearly seen attacking Police and petrol bombing cars and now a ‘bus as ‘Loyalists’ stretches credibility even beyond the Newspeak of 1984.

      There will be a fatality soon, then all hell will break loose.
      But Johnson, the womaniser, racist, immoral head of Baroness Rape Clause’s ‘country’ declared that he and he alone got ‘Brexit done’.

      Meanwhile, we Jocks await the latest Clash of the Morons, Sellick versus Ranjers, next week end, another opportunity for our own version of ‘loyalists to smash up benches, and hurl Buckfast bottles at our own hard pressed Police, the SNP ‘private army, according to Sellick Man Kevin McKenna?

      I know Belfast very well…Sowhat if a few Irish kill each other? Boris Johnson’s Da’s take on this terrible evil eruption, controlled and orchestrated by dark sinister Oligarchy manipulators in London and their puppets in Norn Irn.
      No amount of hand wringing and mock shock by Norn Irn’s politicians fools any of us.
      Stop calling these animals ‘Loyalists’, ‘republicans’, Sellick or Ranjers ‘fans’.
      They are criminal psychopaths.

      • Not-My-Real-Name says:

        “I know Belfast very well…Sowhat if a few Irish kill each other? Boris Johnson’s Da’s take on this ”

        Indeed Jack, it was a quote by one Stanley Johnston the father of Boris Tory PM….so proves the saying “the apple never falls far from the tree”….

        Like father like Son……see it’s the sense of entitlement to think that you can speak in such a contemptible way……that’s what comes with wealth and privilege…where all sense of empathy, compassion and kindness are seen as weaknesses……public school syndrome….public school education that precedes many of those who enter politics especially for a specific political party….no clues to which party…not needed…Politics UKnotOK style.

        This is what the Baroness…soon to become part of that entitled ‘elite’ is endorsing together with the other…. so called ‘Scottish’ …..Tories…..

        If you listen to today’s TV news reports they blame the current troubles in Belfast as not just Brexit related…but also a recent crack down on Loyalist drug gangs…oh and members of Sinn Fein attending a funeral and NOT being prosecuted re Covid rules…….all to confuse viewers and obscure the real reason for current troubles in Belfast….by Unionist Loyalists…..i.e. Arlene ‘Brexiteer’ Foster’s mob.

        • NMRM, our hacks rfefer to the ‘anger’ and ‘upset’ of ‘Loyalists’ over ‘republicans’ breaking Covid lockdown to attend a funeral last year for the present ‘unrest’.

          Well, we know wny they use such limp tepid language. They rely on these morons buying their Dead Tree Scrolls to read bout the latest news of their fitba’ ‘stars’, and to deliver the pearls of wisdom from the sacred lips of Gerrard or whoever is managing sellick this week.
          Thugs and murderers wander abroad, and ‘respected journalism’ describes it as ‘anger’ and ‘unrest’.
          Yet when some idiot chucks an egg at Irn Bru Man Murphy, it is the end of civilisation as we know it.

          The Dead Tree Scrolls have gone the way of gas lamps and blood letting….
          Dead tired old men and women deaf to the curfew tolling the bell…they dare not ask for whom the bell tolls…because it tolls for them.

          When we are Free from the Brit Empire, what then for the nasty little gangs of ‘loyalist’ and ‘republican’ White Trailer Trash?

          Will there be mass migration to Norn Ireland and England to continue ‘the struggle’?

          • Not-My-Real-Name says:

            Indeed Jack…and one Arlene Foster DUP leader and one Lord Nigel Dodds und another DUP pleb , 6 weeks ago, met with “loyalist” paramilitary reps…..oh dear oh dear oh dear…..

            “Loyalist”….as in the ones causing ALL of the trouble in Belfast just now……a meeting, when questioned, that Foster defended having…..oh dear oh dear oh dear……

            Legitimising terrorists Arlene ?……well that’s okay as they are but the ones who defend her cause….the UKnotOK one aka loyal Unionist cause…..oh dear oh dear oh dear…..

            Did she pass on their contact details to Brandon Lewis the Tory Sec of State for Northern Ireland…so that he could maybe meet up with them too…..BTW whose the Sec of State for England ?……..rhetorical question….as they do not need a Sec of State as they control everything…..Sec of States are for what Tories like to call ‘the minion countries’ only ….not for the one who likes to think they are the big boss in charge of UKnotOK……oh dear oh dear oh dear……………

            • They used to be called ‘Viceroys’, NMRM.
              Viceroy Brandon Lewis is on a ‘plane to the Irish Colony as I type….
              Where’s Johnson?

              Remember Lord Battenberg…sorry, Mountbatten of Burma (now Myanmar !) who as Viceroy of India rushed through India’s Independence, while causing up to a million deaths in the ‘Troubles’ which followed when he quite independently created the separate Muslim State of Pakistan, thus rendering millions of non Muslims homeless and the victims of sectarian slaughter in the ensuing factional ‘scuffles’.

              England ensures chaos every time they have to leave one of their colonies.
              We don’t call it the Butcher’s Apron for nothing.

              The week end after next the Billy Boys and Sons of Patrick will take to our streets and impose Terror Lite on us millions of innocent law abiding citizens..and McKenna and Kelly and their hack pals will hush it up.
              As we approach the week end, some one will die in Belfast…

              Yet Dross and Baroness Rape Clause chunter on about Scotland the divided ‘country’ that is not really a country, ‘cos England is the country, Scotland a Region?

    • Not-My-Real-Name says:

      Good question Dr Jim. Well argued.

      Hence their desperation to relegate Scotland to being considered a ‘region’ as opposed to a country within the UKnotOK…..

    • Very different to the USSR Dr Jim.

      Even though chance of it happening was vanishingly small, the republics of the Soviet Union had the right to secede enshrined in their respective constitutions.

      Now I’m sure if they’d tried (under the old guard, especially Uncle Joe) an intervention, and regime change, would’ve been organised; but the right and the mechanism was there.

      It certainly explains why the USSR broke up relatively painlessly; conflicts in the Caucasus excepted.

  340. Jonathan Marshall says:

    That’s not going to convince anyone… insults never work… They tend to just harden opinions.

  341. Jonathan Marshall says:

    Sorry that was for Dr Jim above

    • Dr Jim says:

      If you’re replying to my reply to the Stuart Campbell lackey who appears with his attempts at veiled sarcasm and barely concealed insults on a regular basis pretty much everybody on this particular forum and I’m sure many others knows exactly who and what he is because he’s been at it for years, also you’re completely wrong about insults they do work, Unionists have been using them against Scotland and every other country they controlled and even didn’t control for over 300 years in order to demean create friction and a lack of self confidence within those they meant and mean to control, it’s a well tried and tested means of propaganda, successive England governments built a media Empire to put it to use, and that particular individual has no opinion of his own to change he carries forth the message of his leader like the good little soldier ant he is

    • barpe says:

      So what would be your opinion of these ‘thugs’, then, Jonathon?

  342. Alex Clark says:

    The polls are now coming thick and fast, the Scotsman have a Savanta/Comres poll out today forecasting the SNP 1 seat short of a majority with 64 seats, Greens are on 10, Tories 25, Labour 23 and Lib Dems with 7 seats.

    Now an Opinium poll for Sky news have the SNP on 53% of the Constituency vote and winning 71 seats, Greens are on 6, Tories 27, Labour 21 and Lib Dems with 4 seats.

    The polls are all over the place, on the same day, one poll has the SNP failing to win a majority by one seat and another has them with a majority of 13 seats. It will be very tight on the day so get out and vote, any doubt that you will manage to go to the polls then you can still apply for a postal vote.

    We need to get the voters out in numbers, opponents of Independence will be sure to get their voters out and so must we.

    • Alex, the Dead Tree Scrolls are reduced to ‘Freddie Starr ate my polling card’ headlines these days.

      Any old junk will do, as long as Scotland is shite.

      Who is physically buying any of these rags nowadays?
      When the million quid which the SNP gave the Hackery dries up, when the BBC ‘interns’ money stops, when furlough ends, when the Union is lost, and the Dark Money ends, who’s going to pay McKenna Macwhirter, Toodle Oo The Noo, and the rest of them to churn out the Scotland the Shite guff?

    • Dr Jim says:

      These are very wide differences and one wonders how the polling companies manage to vary their results so much, or are we in that time where poling companies make sure the results they come to are for influencing rather than informing?

    • Statgeek says:

      Comres polls is weird in the South region’s constituencies. It has the Tories taking eight of nine constituencies. Very small sample, so pinch of salt. If it’s a dud sample, there’s 1-3 SNP seats there (but regional list seats change accordingly).

      • Alex Clark says:

        The Scotsman have form when it comes to revealing dodgy poll results. Savanta/Comres haven’t even bothered to tweet the headline results of this poll, fingers were badly burnt the last time.

    • grizebard says:

      Please note, applications for a postal vote for the coming election closed on the 6th, a couple of days ago thus. But applications for a proxy vote, where someone who will be attending in person can be empowered to also vote on your behalf and according to your instructions, are still accepted until 27.April.

      If you haven’t even registered to vote (16-17 year olds are now eligible, among others), you have until 19.April, so if you haven’t already, DO IT. This is your future more than anyone’s.

  343. Alec Lomax says:

    Dearie me, a wee sleekit, coorin’ timrous beastie temporarily shut down Wings. Must have been a Sturgeon agent in disguise.

  344. Clydebuilt says:

    DRoss is telling the electorate to vote for whichever Unionist party has the best chance of defeating the SNP candidate in their constituency.

    It pains me to point out that the SNP are not going to get the number of seats a polling %age would predict.

    The attacks on the First Minister are paying off.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      “DRoss is telling the electorate to vote for whichever Unionist party has the best chance of defeating the SNP candidate in their constituency”
      It simply puts on a formal footing what they’ve contrived to do for years, Forres Gump grows desperate to avoid having only Turdo and Annie Wells as a cabinet.

    • barpe says:

      Clydebuilt, are you just pasting this identical comment on numerous sites today?? To what end?

      • raineach says:

        Predicting a bad event is sometimes held as a form of concern trolling [but I am sure it does not apply in this case]

    • Dr Jim says:

      Kezia Dugdale once made a TV public announcement to do the same thing, it didn’t work then so I guess we’ll wait and see

      Nothing changes

      • Clydebuilt says:

        I fear it’s going to be better organised. . . . Then the Greens are standing in 12 constituencies.

        • grizebard says:

          Yes, their democratic right… to be stupid. They will assuredly fail to win anything there but by risking the SNP being bumped off constituencies and into the lists, they could be endangering their own list seats and end up with less. This is where silly political posturing can lead.

    • grizebard says:

      How pathetic is that, they have absolutely nothing to offer but a pale simulacrum of Bitter Together.

      The thing the list-benders forget, though, is that the list is explicitly designed to counteract the distortions that this kind of “ganging-up” can produce if it is in any danger of working. We have too conveniently forgotten that the constituency ballots have “super-majoritied” the SNP in recent years, but it’s an unstable arrangement that can easily flip.

      The only answer is the obvious one: it’s actual votes that count, not polls, so don’t sit back, dear reader, and think that someone else will take care of business, you have to pile in along with everyone else and make your opinion count, both in your constituency and in your region, and for independence to take another step forward that has to be SNP x2. If everyone did that instead of messing around, we would gain precious seats in both.

      It’s your call. Get out and vote, and make sure that everyone you know does the same. No slackers this time round.

  345. Now that the BBC has stopped reporting Covid Daily updates, because it is looking like too much good news for Sturgeon and her ‘nationalists’, here below is today’s tremendously encouraging news.

    Scottish numbers: 8 April 2021
    364 new cases of COVID-19 reported
    26,582 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results – 1.6% of these were positive
    1 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
    21 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
    174 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
    2,608,831 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination and 500,376 have received their second dose

    But Dross is bringing the World Cup to Scotland….

    • Alex Clark says:

      Yes, the positivity rate of 1.6% is very good news, yesterday it was 1.8%, So too are the hospital numbers which continue to show a steady decline.

    • jfngw says:

      Every news outlet trumpeting the Covid 10,000 number, and this includes deaths which are untested. When England passed the 100,000 of tested deaths, not a word was spoken, the church bells all were broken.

      The media are the Tory party, they must not cause a lack of confidence in a buffoon, they have no such qualms when it comes to the SNP leader and Scotland’s FM. It’s not working, most of the population take the output of these organisations with pinch of salt now, who believes the output of the BBC in Scotland.

      • Stephen McKenzie says:

        jfngw: Thankfully very few actually believe the BBC Scotland output these days.

        All they crave is a position down south where the big programmes and decisions are made.

  346. Alec Lomax says:

    The Herald reports that JIm Sillars is supporting the Alba Party . Quelle surprise.

  347. Clydebuilt says:

    “DRoss is telling the electorate to vote for whichever Unionist party has the best chance of defeating the SNP candidate in their constituency.

  348. Petra says:

    Hahaha. What a plonker 😀.

    Phantom Power:- ”George Galloway can dish it out but can’t take it – here he’s examined on his new found love of Tories and the u-turn on his 2017 statement that denying Scotland an independence referendum would be a democratic abomination.”


    ‘Scottish Tories urge voters to back Alex Salmond’s Alba Party in Holyrood election.’

    • grizebard says:

      Tories back Alba, eh? Hardly news to us here, though it’s good the wider world can also be helped see exactly what’s going on by at least one news outlet able and willing to do it.

  349. Petra says:

    That’s you lot telt 😀.

    Richard Murphy:-


    And telt again.

    ‘We have endless ambition for Scotland on the world stage.’

  350. Petra says:

    Independence ‘irrelevant’ during the pandemic – Sir Tom Hunter.’

    ..”The interview coincided with a new report by Oxford Economics – commissioned by The Hunter Foundation – which argued that radical and ambitious policy changes are required if Scotland’s economic performance is to be transformed within the next 15 years.”..


    Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp:- ‘Tom Hunter’s economic report serves as an argument for independence.’

  351. Petra says:

    By jings what a country. No wonder the Westminster leeches want to cling on and suck the blood, eh water, out of us. With around 9% of the UK population we’ve got ……..

    125,000 Kms of rivers and streams … 31,000 fresh water lochs … 90% of the UK’s fresh water etc, etc.

    Phantom Power:- ”Water will become more valuable than oil as rising demand from people, industries and agriculture puts pressure on supplies.”


    I’m presuming that Rooth the Mooth’s wean isn’t one of the 1.25 million children that are suffering?

    ‘Two-child limit and rape clause policy has harmed 350,000 families and 1.25 million children.

  352. Petra says:

    Just to add the fresh water lakes, or rather in the main reservoirs in England that have to cater for over 55 million people plus businesses.

  353. Colin Alexander says:

    Highlands and Islands Region and South Scotland region are the only places SNP won a List Seat in 2016. The SNP are unlikely to win List seats in all other regions.

    e.g. I vote in a List region where the SNP are likely to win every constituency seat. That means zero List seats for the SNP. If indy supporters in my region vote SNP on the List, Labour and the Tories or LibDems will get the List seats. That’s what happened in 2016.

    I’m not suggesting an anti-SNP strategy.

    I suggest:

    VOTE SNP ( Constituency vote)

    VOTE ALBA ( or Green) on the List

    if you want to maximise the number of pro-MSPs in Holyrood.

    Max the indy MSPs for independence

    • Eilidh says:

      Colin have you not found the way back to Mordor yet. To find the prattt exit take a left along Moron Ave then a right along Bampot Dr then you will find the big door back to the netherworld aka Bathistan.Dont let the door hit your rear on the way out.
      I never believed a word you wrote when I used to read Wings and certainly won’t on this site so imaginary block button pressed. Cheerio

    • grizebard says:

      After the latest polls, I really don’t know why you are still bothering. Somebody must surely be paying you for your efforts, increasingly lame and contemptuously incredible as they have become.


      Save your energy for voting BritNat next month, where you and your parcel of rogues will once again be routinely humiliated by the people of Scotland.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      “e.g. I vote in a List region”- WHICH one ?

      • Colin Alexander says:

        The point is a List vote for the SNP in ANY region in the whole of the Central Belt of Scotland is probably a wasted vote.

        If you live in South Scotland region, it’s reasonably sensible to vote “SNP List” if you like the SNP.

        Less sensible to vote SNP List in Highlands and Island region.

        Probably a total waste of a vote if someone votes “SNP List” in any of the other List regions, such as Glasgow, Lothian etc.

        As some people point out with nasty comments, I don’t like the SNP and didn’t vote SNP in 2016.
        But voted SNP in 2017 and 2019.

        But, on this occasion, even I am saying:

        SNP (constituency vote) Alba or Green ( List vote)

        (except possibly in South Scotland region where SNP ( constituency) SNP (List) does makes sense.

        • grizebard says:

          You still seem to be conservatively labouring under the misapprehension that any of us actually give a toss about whatever your current stated opinion on voting may be.

          What you yourself actually do in the privacy of a voting booth may be different anyway, and is only between you and your conscience.

        • Bob Lamont says:

          You said “e.g. I vote in a List region ” – I asked simply which.

          • grizebard says:

            It’s quite conceivable that he lives elsewhere and doesn’t even have a vote here. There’s not a thing about him that’s straight, and – as you know – you’ll never get a direct answer from him to even an easy-to-answer question like that.

        • I agree
          So do all the experts

          • grizebard says:

            That’s just plain perverse. What “experts”? (Oh, you must mean SoB and JK. {rolls eyes}) This is one mirage followed by another.

            This diversion is going to crash-and-burn, it’s just a shame that gold-fevered devotees like you – egged on by devious schemers – refuse to see the increasingly-obvious. By the time you do, it will be too late, but the rest of us can only hope that the crash will be so hard that it won’t matter a whit anyway.

          • More slavers from Terence.

            Agrees with every post that reinforces his narrow world view, but ducks every question put to him about how or why he’s so convinced.

            So, do tell, Terence; who are “all the experts”?

            Not that I expect an answer, but one lives in hope.

  354. Petra says:

    What you get when you vote for the Tories 🙄.

    Iain Overton:- ”It began with a £350m lie written on the side of a bus. Now it’s come to burning buses on the Shankill.”


    Janey Godley:- ”Scottish Tory’s with their party election broadcast.”

  355. Petra says:

    Check out The National

    And Ann’s latest links on the Indyref2 site.

  356. grizebard says:

    And for good measure I’ll just add in today’s Newsnet article:

    • Bob Lamont says:

      Oh dear, still too much blue there…

      • Dr Jim says:

        And red

      • grizebard says:

        Yes, the Big Scare still works with some, I guess. And we have to recognise anyway that the diehard BritNat tendency among us amounts to 25-30%, they have to go somewhere, and why go for the Labour monkey when you can go for the Tory organ-grinder? Even if that personage is the extremely unlikely linesman-not-referee. (Can anyone imagine him as FM? Really?) But Tory voters are as much into blind negativity as their party, I guess.

        The bottom line though is it’s not opinions that count, it’s feet out the door for a few minutes and votes into the box. GOTV, everyone, got to vote to win.

  357. Dr Jim says:

    PPB for Labour: Anas Sarwar says he’s going to emulate all the great things Gordon Brown did for Scotland

    Well folk my age will know what Gordon Brown did for Scotland alright, and we’re still paying the debt for it, anybody want to buy a school toilet seat for £30.000, not all of them mind, just Fffffng one toilet seat
    Or hospital refurbishment that meant send in the painters
    Or how about telling pensioners they won’t get their pensions in an Independent Scotland
    Or organ transplant surgery will be gone
    Or blood transfusions gone

    So Anas aims to be a liar just like Gordon Brown, what an ambition to return Scotland to the colour Dark Brown
    Maybe Anas is counting on the young folk not knowing what the Labour party were and are, Tory enablers

    • grizebard says:

      These stuck-in-the-past apparatchiks still believe that El Gordo counts for something. My guess is that young voters just go “who he?”

      And as you say, the rest of us know only too well, and go “f*** that”.

  358. Not-My-Real-Name says:

    This from a journalist , Whitehall correspondent at The Sunday Times, who tweeted this today at 6.37pm……

    BREAKING: Treasury publishes Rishi Sunak’s texts to David Cameron

    On 3 April last year Sunak said he’d “try” Cameron later in the evening

    On 23 April, he said he’d “pushed the team” to consider revising Covid loan scheme along lines proposed by Greensill….

    According to Annaliese Dodds:

    “These messages raise very serious questions about whether the Chancellor may have broken the Ministerial Code. They suggest that Greensill Capital got accelerated treatment and access to officials, and that the Chancellor “pushed” officials to consider…Greensill’s requests.

    The Chancellor’s decision to open the door to Greensill Capital has put public money at risk. There must be a full, transparent and thorough investigation into the chain of events that saw Greensill awarded lucrative contracts, the freedom of Whitehall and the right to lend millions of pounds of government-backed Covid loans.”

    Not ANOTHER one … he may have potentially broken the Ministerial code… now there is surely no glass left in the windows of the Tories Glass house…Heavens to Murgatroyd…will it NEVER EVER END….

    Is this the same Rishi Sunak that DRoss was going to have come up to Scotland to help him in his election campaign………….cannae wait………should be as asset to DRoss…..NOT.

    Oh dear oh dear oh dear……….

    • grizebard says:

      Don’t worry, Baroness Placemat, DRoss, Bailey, Cole Scuttle and the BBC will be on the case right away now. Heads must roll…

      …mustn’t they…?

  359. Hamish100 says:

    So labours party political broadcast has Gordon Brown triumphant. Younger voters will ask who is he?
    I think snp should go heavy on the nuclear weapons on the Clyde supported by the tories, labour and Lib Dem’s. The price of the union

  360. Alex Clark says:

    The Tory party once again being shown as the hypocrites they are.

    An MP who was accused of multiple allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards parliamentary staff is facing no further action from his party.

    The Conservatives said they had “strongly rebuked” Delyn’s Rob Roberts for his “unacceptable” conduct.

    But a woman who Mr Roberts had asked to “fool around” with him said it was like “he’s gotten away with it”.

    She said he should have had the whip removed. The party said it did not take decisions on the whip.

    His messaging alone that you can read in the article was more than enough to have him disciplined but instead he has gotten off Scot free. Typical of the Tories though.

  361. Hamish100 says:

    I now wonder if more votes can be gained from pro-Eu supporters as a result of labour and the Lib- dems having now accepted Brexit.
    Is this the bounce to the Greens? Alba seems lukewarm to the Eu.

    • grizebard says:

      Interesting point. It ought to have some effect on pro-EU former-nos, all other things being equal. The SNP certainly deserve their support.

      “Is this the bounce to the Greens?” Polls apparently tend to emphasize the Greens more than the subsequent elections. So could simply be that. We’ll just have to wait and see.

      “Alba seems lukewarm to the EU”. To say the very least! A fortuitous coalescence of view among its rightwing and leftwing extremes. One of those pesky “chafing points” which caused some former-SNP members to quit. Maybe they’re hoping to attract back pro-Brexit former-yessers who are now becoming disillusioned by the Tories. But something of a cognitive dissonance maybe for people in the NE, once the most pro-Brexit area but now perhaps suffering its dire consequences more than most, as the fond illusions evaporate.

  362. P Harvey says:

    SNP 1 & 2
    Independence 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿👍

  363. Old Pete says:

    SNP 1 and 2 in Southern Scotland, then hopefully 65+ SNP seats and Independence 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿👍😊

  364. Petra says:

    ‘Big increase in @theSNP support in the new @SkyNews / @OpiniumResearch poll.’


    I see that The PNR has referred to this poll on Scotgoespop and says, ”The answer is Yes, the Opinium poll published today had voting for 16 to 34 year olds as a group. They were voting 68% SNP on the list vote and 1% Alba.”

    Here’s the link, however I can’t find that particular info.

    • Alex Clark says:

      You need to download the spreadsheet from that link and the data is on the 2nd page after the index with the title. Click that tab and the info is there.

      Q:HeadlineVIReg. Headling Scottish Parliament Voting Intent (Regional)

  365. Petra says:

    ‘Can the SNP win a constituency-only majority?’


    ‘Alba Party could cost SNP its majority, poll suggests.’

    ..”Analysis of the poll projects that if all Alba voters reverted to choosing first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s party, the SNP would have a majority of three MSPs.”…

  366. Petra says:

    ‘Scots language is fighting back from the brink and is now officially recognised on Spotify.’


    ‘Disgraceful Nick Robinson returns to lie in our faces about care home deaths.’

    • Mark Russell says:

      A gallus, tenacious wee lass with a fantastic voice. Every credit to Iona for all she has done.

      • Petra says:

        Yeah, Mark, well done to a 23 year old girl from Huntly. Brilliant 😀.


        ‘Scotland Yet.’

        ”Gie noo a thocht o what we hae in this land o the leal.
        The heilan glen the Doric stream the fertile lowland field
        They seem tae offer different views when looked at from within
        Can strangers be the only eyes tae see it aw as yin

        The choice will be upon us soon tae set oor destiny
        I’ll drink a toast tae Scotland yet whatever yet may be

        Oor mither tongue spoke different weys that past tae present ties
        Each separate and yet entwined that’s where oor real strength lies
        For should ae strand unwind itself the ithers tae forsake
        Then aw would be forever lost for aw the strands wid break

        While we still seek tae blame oor woes and pains on someone else
        We’ll niver hae the strength tae solve oor problems for oorselves
        In truth we focht each ither mair learn this fae oor past
        Then together we can choose for oorselves at last.”

  367. Petra says:

    ‘This Northern Irish caller tells James O’Brien that he fears an even more fractured society due to the violence in Belfast.’


    ‘David Allen Green. The Five Ways In Which Prime Minister Boris Johnson Personally Owns The Withdrawal Agreement And Northern Irish Protocol.’

    • Golfnut says:

      Here’s James O’ Brien ‘s scathing commentary on Johnson, lies and dishonesty regarding brexit. Reality is that it is just one of many examples of tory/ westminster dishonesty and incompetence in government.

  368. Petra says:

    ‘Nicola Sturgeon to press on with indyref2 bill if Boris Johnson says no.’

    ”Nicola Sturgeon has said she will push ahead with legislation to enable Holyrood to hold a second referendum on independence if there is a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament after next month’s election – and if Boris Johnson continues to fail to agree a new vote.”..


    ‘Nicola Sturgeon hits back at Alex Salmond claim she’s been slow on independence.’

    ..”The First Minister said: “I think it is nonsense. I heard that yesterday, I heard Alex say he wasn’t sure why I hadn’t moved quicker in the last five years and it struck me, Alex was First Minister for seven and a half years before there was an independence referendum so I’ve still a bit of a way to go before I get to that point. We have to respect reality in Scotland. We had a referendum in 2014, we then had the Brexit referendum, we have had a pandemic in the last year.”..

  369. Petra says:

    Check out The National.

    And Ann’s latest links on the Indyref2 site.

  370. Dr Jim says:

    It’s Cue the psychics whenever Nicola Sturgeon says she’ll do what she said she’ll do, they line up to to denounce her as a person who doesn’t tell the truth, and their number one proof of this is always the same, *because we know she’s lying*

    Oh well that’s me convinced then when the same names constantly appear to decry everything Nicola Sturgeon says, and if you’re a regular reader of the National newspaper, leading that charge is always Peter A Bell who is a man who even disagrees with himself, if you say *black* Mr Bell will vehemently oppose that and invent shades of grey and brown so he doesn’t have to agree with the folk who say the word *white*

    Then we have the Wingsy jehadis who count the amount of times the First Minister blinks in a day or if she’s had a secret haircut to justify their psychic insight into the FMs mind, or when demanded she refused to don Boadicea armour wave a sword at the Tories and order a military assault on Westminster therefore she must be destroyed as a traitor to the cause of *let’s get Nicola Sturgeon* because we really want the man who Fffffd it up last time because if you want to defeat Boris Johnson you need a man who’s pretty much a carbon copy of him except more Scottishy accenty sounding, who incidentally appears not to want to rejoin the EU which is the very thing that has boosted the call for Scottish Independence, Mr Salmond might want to inform the thousands and thousands of young people in Scotland that he has zero intentions of getting back what was denied to them by Boris Johnson and basically Brexit albeit in a slightly different form would still remain if he was in charge because joining the EEA or EFTA get’s Scotland no seats in Europe, no say on anything in Europe, no participation on any decisions made in Europe

    Alex Salmond needs to come clean to Scotland’s people post Brexit that the thing they voted to remain in is the thing he want’s to ignore Scotland’s vote on, which makes him every bit as much the enemy as Boris Johnson is, Johnson ignored Scotland’s votes as well

    Doesn’t that all sound a bit Labour National Socialist, and didn’t we have that already, and didn’t it ruin Scotland, and once again I remember it because I’m old enough and have seen it all before

    SNP and Nicola Sturgeon 1&2 for a new Scotland and not a rehash of failed stuff we had before

    • Petra says:

      ”And if you’re a regular reader of the National newspaper, leading that charge is always Peter A Bell who is a man who even disagrees with himself, if you say *black* Mr Bell will vehemently oppose that and invent shades of grey and brown so he doesn’t have to agree with the folk who say the word *white*.”

      He seem to have a very skewed approach to achieving Independence. On the one hand he’s been running Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP down to the ground for as long as I can remember and then he tells everyone that the SNP are the only political party capable of getting us our independence and demands that everyone should vote for them 😀. He’s another one who harps on constantly about lost opportunities over the years and yet when asked to name one year in particular, between 2014 – 2020, that he reckons we would have won Indyref2 and he can’t or won’t do it.

      • Dr Jim says:

        As with most of these Nicola Sturgeon detractors they constantly point out their own personal gripes on what they believe is wrong but always omit the amount of things that are right, and always in pursuit of their *principles* the names of previous male politicians come into play who they *believe* could do things better but again omit to mention all of these men have failed, some more horribly than others, and amongst these men not one previous Scottish leader has ever had the respect or confidence that the European community or even the world has for Nicola Sturgeon, it couldn’t possibly be that there are just some men whose noses just can’t stay in joint because there are women making a better job of it now

        Angela Merkel has lived with this shit for a long time and I’m quite sure that very shortly the lady in New Zealand Jacinda Ardern will be targeted by those same people as soon as there’s the slightest error or mistake or even invention of a mistake to *get her*

        Men have had plenty of years buggering shit up yet there are still always men ready and willing to make the same mistakes over and over until they find one that’s OK
        I really don’t care what gender sex or even robotic Labrador dug is in charge of Scotland but one thing I do know Nicola Sturgeon is committed to trying her best and so far that’s been better than OK and better than any previous leader Scotland’s ever had

        Nobody ever expects male politicians to run around sorting everybody’s personal problems, the problem some seem to have with Nicola Sturgeon is that I think they do confuse her with a Mammy and if she can’t be a replacement for one then she’s no good, and as all parents know who do kids blame for everything going wrong in their life from not getting sweeties to not having the right socks washed for going out, it’s always yer Mammy, and I want it now!!! right now!!!