Wee Ginger annual crowdfunder

To say that it’s been a difficult year is something of an understatement. I had a massive stroke which has left me with lasting physical disabilities which might prove to be permanent. As if that wasn’t enough the dug passed away when I was in hospital. Despite everything that was going on I managed to keep the blog going, and moreover was one of the very few pro-independence bloggers who continued to support the two largest pro-independence parties and didn’t go down a rabbit hole of conspiracy theories and attacking the Scottish Government in the lead up to what was possibly the most important Scottish Parliamentary election since the establishment of devolution. Equally I have refused to allow this blog to become a platform for transphobia and homophobia.

This blog continues to support and promote a progressive and inclusive vision of a pro-European independent Scotland which accepts and respects everyone, no matter what their race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. This blog will continue to focus on making the case for an independent Scotland and on criticising and critiquing the true enemies of Scottish self-determination – the Conservatives and the British Government and other apologists for British nationalism.

Due to my fragile health and the disabilities I’ve been left with due to the stroke, I have not been able to maintain the same quantity of output and can no longer commit to publishing a new blog article every day. Since I can no longer drive and have mobility problems and issues with pain and fatigue, I can no longer take on public speaking engagements, even when pandemic restrictions have lifted to make public gatherings possible again.

I have always treated this blog as my main job, and continue to do so even though my health problems have had a significant impact on my output and productivity. Given everything that has happened in the wider independence movement of late, it is all the more important that someone continues to focus on making the case for independence and attacking the parties of British nationalism. We already have an overwhelmingly anti-independence media which delights in attacking the First Minister and the SNP. That’s their job, not mine.

I remain convinced that Scotland will have another independence referendum at some point in the next couple of years. Until then, this blog will continue to publish articles which – I hope – are amusing, entertaining, and which help to educate Scotland on the need for independence. However in order to do so I need to eat and pay my bills. Due to my reduced productivity and the limitations imposed on me by my health, this year I am asking for half the amount I’ve requested in previous fundraisers. I hope to raise £5000 which will go towards supporting myself for the next year.

I’d like to thank all the regular readers and supporters of the Wee Ginger Dug , you have no idea how much you helped me through one of the darkest and most difficult periods in my life. I hope that I can repay you all by continuing to write.

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155 comments on “Wee Ginger annual crowdfunder

  1. […] Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger annual crowdfunder To say that it’s been a difficult year is something of an understatement. I had a […]

  2. Capella says:

    Just chipped in my tuppence worth via paypal. This blog is so vital to the campaign because you refuse to fall down the many rabbit holes of the conspiracy theories that are circulating in the internet. It is so hard to keep the focus on what matters and avoid just sounding off arrogantly about the “right” way to conduct a campaign and the “right ” time to hold a referendum.

    Best wishes Paul and Peter and I hope your health improves every day. We have a bright future to look forward to as long as we keep on working toward the goal.

  3. June-Rose DAVIS says:

    Donated. I’m a Scot living in Paris and really appreciate the Wee Ginger Dug’s blogs. Take care.

    • Welsh_Siôn says:

      Have one on me at the Auld Alliance – it’s where us Welshies used to hang out when I was living in Paris, 1997-2001! 🙂

  4. Bob Lamont says:

    Aye and doubling it for the suicidal penguin fund…

  5. Izzie says:

    Just so glad to have you. Will donate pension day

  6. James Mills says:

    Keep on blogging , Paul !!!

  7. ArtyHetty says:

    Thanks Paul, for all you do for the people of Scotland and against the odds as well. You must miss wee Ginger the dug.

    Just one thing, you should be eligible for PIP…I hope you have applied. It’s about helping you with the extra struggles that impinge on your day to day life, ability and functioning, and doesn’t affect nor is dependant on your income. It’s not yet a ScotGov ‘benefit’ but should be in the near future. There should be advice available at the CAB, or via advocacy in your area.
    All the best to you and yours.

  8. Dr Jim says:

    I’m sure like last time all will be well

  9. Margaret Clarke says:

    Take it easy. You cheer me up every blog and I have friends in Canada who follow you with delight and gratitude. Thank you Paul xx

  10. Alastair says:

    Andy wins!

  11. Donald Cameron says:

    Pleased to donate from a snowy New Zealand. Keep up the good work!

  12. Tatu3 says:

    Donated via PayPal from here in sunny, hot Extremadura. Thank you Paul for your writings. Your blog is a daily read.
    Look after yourself, enjoy your garden in beautiful Ayrshire

  13. Tatu3 says:

    BTW is Petra ok? Not “heard” from her in a wee while

    • Capella says:

      I hope so. she did have some family illness to deal with a while back but i hope things are OK and she pops back soon. I miss her links.
      Don’t forget to check out Ann’s links on the Indyref2 site:

      https://indyref2.space/forum/topic/links-tuesday-29-june-2021/

    • Petra says:

      Hi Tatu I’m just popping in to let you know that I’m fine. Just bogged down with many ”responsibilities” and problems with broadband etc, etc, etc.

      I’ve donated to your fund Paul and hope to see it rise well beyond the £5000 that you require. Donating to keep you, and this site, going is the least that we can do. To lose this key asset to achieving our independence and a haven from the utter madness that’s going on elsewhere doesn’t bear thinking about. So c’mon folks put your money where your mouth is and support this blog. Over and above donating I’d just like to thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for us Paul, especially taking into account the many ”challenges” that you’ve had to face. All my love and best wishes for the future X

  14. Capella says:

    From Ann’s links – New Common_weal Policy Podcast: thecommongreen and markjhooper of banc cambria discuss why big retail banks are pulling out of Scottish and Welsh communities – and how a Community Bank, such as is being planned in Wales, could help change this.

    https://commonweal.scot/common-weal-policy-podcast-episode-89

    Anyone else find themselves living in rural Scotland and all the banks have shut down and left?

    • Legerwood says:

      Capella,
      It is not just rural communities that have lost their banks. Bridge of Allan does not have any banks left and iit is by no means rural. It used to have 4 banks.

      The community bank idea seems like a re-invention of the TSB in it’s original form. Hopefully it will be successful.

      • Capella says:

        I know, Legerwood. I used to bank with The Clydesdale which was the rural NE bank my father started off in in the 1930s. The farmers bank. Every wee village had a branch. Then it was taken over by the Yorkshire Bank which is now Virgin Money. I really don’t want to be a part of Richard Branson’s empire.

    • Bob Lamont says:

      As Legerwood said, there’s the TSB, tragically sold off through greed…

      It’s not dissimilar in concept to the Credit Unions in Ireland, which grew initially in pseudo-competition to the established banks in the 1960s, but offered services the Banks would not.
      They were very popular and flourished as the AIB etc similarly withdrew from High Streets, the only difficulty is getting it started.

      On the Clydesdale, there was also the Bank of Australia phase in it’s slow descent to Branson’s latest…

      • Capella says:

        Yes I remember the Bank of Australia era too.

        It’s a market failure IMO – they can’t/won’t provide the service the public want. I believe they operate like a cartel. National government is supposed to regulate this but, of course, the Tory government under Thatcher initiated deregulation and Labour failed to reverse it. As Varoufakis says – Labour are no longer social democrats.

        Time to reinstate the local savings bank like they have all over Scandinavia, Europe and Switzerland.

      • AAD says:

        Remember Airdrie Savings Bank – a fully funded, successful local bank which served the people of Airdrie and surrounding towns very well. It closed on 28th April 2017 much to my disgust and sorrow.
        It was what banks used to be. It was embedded in the area it served and provided services which were no longer provided by the big banks, e.g. bridging loans.
        One of the main reasons it closed was because it could not afford to install the on line facilities which banking regulations now demand.
        It was a viable institution allowed to go under for no good reason.

        • Capella says:

          I heard about the Airdrie Savings Bank. There must be a way of getting back to normal banking practice. It happens in other countries so it’s not impossible.

  15. Dr Jim says:

    When businesses close in Scotland and no one can see any financial reason for doing so, like Youngs fish processors for example being transferred to Grimsby from Scotland, a country with more fish than half the world in its waters then you begin to understand the real reason behind such decisions, world famous McVities biscuits? they’re in every supermarket and corner shop in the world

    Whether Scotland is Independent or not the powers that be in England will always exercise whatever power they do have over friends and Tory donors to move those companies to England and the government there will pay them to do it

    England doesn’t need Scotlands votes

  16. Dr Jim says:

    It’s official UK government sanctioned *Hate the Germans day today*

    Today “Ich bin ein Berliner” and I bet most of Scotland will be too

    • raineach says:

      I’m backing Engerland. Nothing will boost a Yes vote more than the 24-7 fest of English supremacy that the BBC will disgorge with a victory over what they now call the ‘auld enemy’

      • Dr Jim says:

        Nothing like a bit of reverse psychology for a desired outcome eh, inflate further the already inflated

      • James Mills says:

        ”24-7 fest of English supremacy ” ? I thought it had already started , two weeks ago !!!

        The One Britain , One Nation Government will need to increase the hours in a day to 48 to squeeze in all the euphoria if England actually beat a team of any standing .

  17. Legerwood says:

    Paul, Thank you for the update. Take care.

  18. Valkyrie says:

    You do a great job, Paul.

    Sometimes this blog feels like the last sane voice in an insane world.
    We really need that to keep the rest of us sane right now.

    • ArtyHetty says:

      This blog by Paul is indeed crucial to Scotland. The media, so called, is 100% anti SNP, Scotland’s democratically elected government, and thereby the media, so called, is also anti Scottish and anti the people of Scotland. It’s really very sinister.

      There are other great pro Scotland, pro independnence blogs, like Talking-up Scotland, and also this one;

      https://itisintruthnotforglory.wordpress.com/2021/06/29/not-coming-home-tournament-win-or-not/

      Also this one, some humour added in which is always much appreciated in these dark times.

      https://munguin.wordpress.com/

      In 2014, one thing that shone through for me, as an English born (but lived in Scotland for more years than in England 🙂 ) was the wit of the of the Scottish people, it’s why I like Paul’s blog, satire is often code for the truth and it’s a necessary antidote to the sheer hypocrisy, and the thieving lying and bullying tactics of the anti democracy BritNats in Westminster and their lackeys in Scotland.

      How dare the BritNat bullies in the HOC’s humiliate our SNP MP’s. The contempt for Scotland and Scotland’s democratically elected representatives is an absolute disgrace, but not surprising in the least. It indicates just how the British Nationalists will never accept Scotland as an ‘equal partner’, quite the opposite in fact, they believe they own Scotland. No thanks.

      I just want Scotland to have the last laugh, and to see the BritNats laughing on the other side of their faces, sooner rather than later.

  19. Dr Jim says:

    Covid update @ 2.30pm by Scotlands FM who has to communicate via Twitter because the Great British media don’t advertise or even inform the Scottish public these things are happening

    Perhaps the naysayers in Scotland who don’t watch or don’t listen because they’re just so anti Scotland might listen for once instead of filling up Twitter with stupid questions they know she either can’t answer, has already answered or are Westminster decisions over which she has no control

    Once again we hear today that Sajid Javid is the new UK Health Minister when there is no such position or function within any government of the British Isles, health is devolved to the other three nations so Javid is the English health secretary

    • Bob Lamont says:

      Indeed that final flourish over Javid is well deserved… Oddly he always reminds me of a character in Thunderbirds from my childhood…
      The BBC et al promotion of “Covid in Scotland: New cases pass 3,000 to reach new record high” blares from quarters north whilst Javid demonstrates his ability to “follow the science” by declaring the end of lockdown on the day his boss stated no ifs or butts (including the seemingly over-active one of his predecessor)…
      Never have the differences been so glaring….

  20. Dr Jim says:

    SNP MP Ian Blackford exposes Boris Johnsons lies in the House of Commons and is told off by the speaker of the house for being inappropriate
    It would appear the speaker of the house is doing the same job as the BBC in their answer to Boris Johnsons lies when they said…….

    “The BBC will not expose lies by the Prime Minister as that could lead to an undermining of democratic processes”

    Maybe we could ask the Queen? of course she’s not supposed to be *allowed* to discuss private conversations that might be political, ha ha ho ho ha ha hee hee

    There was a guy in Germany once who had that sort of power and if anyone tried to expose him they were *asked* to commit suicide

  21. Welsh_Siôn says:

    News from the Western colonies:

    Welsh Government granted appeal against Internal Market Act ‘power grab’ court decision

    29 Jun 2021 2 minutes Read

    The Court of Appeal has granted the Welsh Government the right to appeal against what they have called a “power grab” of their powers by the UK Government.

    https://nation.cymru/news/welsh-government-granted-appeal-against-internal-market-act-power-grab-court-decision/

  22. Welsh_Siôn says:

    First Minister has a ‘cunning’ (20 point) plan to ‘save the Union’:

    https://nation.cymru/news/whats-in-drakefords-20-point-plan-to-save-the-union/

    What’s in Drakeford’s 20-point plan to save the union?

    29 Jun 2021 8 minutes Read

    Its becoming “harder to make the case for the union”, Mark Drakeford has said.

    The First Minister made the stark admission in a forward to his plan to save UK from breaking up – Reforming Our Union – which we have summarised in this article.

    ___________

    And the Plaid Cymru response:

    ‘Defending the indefensible’: Plaid respond to Drakeford’s plan to save the UK

    29 Jun 2021 3 minutes Read

    Plaid Cymru has responded to Mark Drakeford’s plan to save UK from breaking up by saying he is “defending the indefensible”.

    The party’s Deputy Leader, Rhun ap Iorwerth said that Labour “will never put Wales first” and accused it of being “stuck in the past”.

    https://nation.cymru/news/defending-the-indefensible-plaid-respond-to-drakefords-plan-to-save-the-uk/

    • Dr Jim says:

      You’d think that if you needed as much as a 20 point plan to save the Union that’s a few points more than anybody should have to think up, and maybe the guys who are forcing a country to think up such a 20 point plan don’t really care about the country who has to do it in the first place

    • Clydebuilt says:

      Drakeford is simply doing what he has to do to stop votes shifting to Plaid Cymru.

      He’s Wale’s version of Gordon Brown.(or Henry McLeish) . . . All supplied by the British Establishment’s Labour Party.

  23. Capella says:

    Notice how “England” morphs into “UK” at the end.
    Translation: Greedy people from Covid infected areas can fly to England without quarantine if it’s to make a few bucks.

    Foreign business leaders will no longer need to quarantine when arriving in England if their trip is likely to have a significant economic benefit to the UK, the government has announced.

    The exemption will be for arrivals from amber-list countries, and only given in exceptional circumstances, the Department for Business (BEIS) said.

    It will balance economic interests with public health safety, BEIS said.

    But some groups said it should include all business travel and key workers.

    The exemption is for executives wishing to travel to England to make a “financial investment in a UK-based business” or for “establishing a new business within the UK”.

    BEIS said: “This exemption is designed to enable activity that creates and preserves UK jobs and investment, while taking steps to ensure public health risks are minimised.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57644437

    • Tatu3 says:

      The way it jumps from “uk” to “England” and back and forth just within six wee paragraphs, says it all really.

  24. Hamish100 says:

    See Prince Willie, I luv the scotch in Scotland today…. Wait a minute he’s at the Engerland game with his wifey and son. C’mon Engerland get stuck into the scotch ehhjjjj German cussins! What a waste of our tax monies.

    • Welsh_Siôn says:

      Now … Do we support the Jerries who could swim or the Jerries who couldn’t and stayed at home?

  25. Capella says:

    “England’s first win over Germany in tournament knockout game since 1966” – apparently. Did I mention 1966? Sorry.

    • Welsh_Siôn says:

      “England’s first win over Germany in tournament knockout game – ever”

      (They were not playing Germany in 1966 – but West Germany. Typical of the BBC to get facts wrong.)

    • Bob Lamont says:

      Can’t help but wonder if somewhere in Germany..
      ” Nobody ever said a bad word about Winston Churchill, did they? No! “Win with Winnie!” Churchill! With his cigars. With his brandy. And his rotten painting, rotten! Hitler, there was a painter. He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon! Two coats! “

      • Welsh_Siôn says:

        “Hitler, there was a painter. He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon! Two coats!”
        __________

        Yes, he applied the final solution …

  26. Hamish100 says:

    King William to be will be pleased

  27. Alex Clark says:

    All the best with the fundraiser, sometimes it might feel as if you are swimming against the tide but you aren’t. You speak for the majority and the election results bear this out, thanks for sticking with it in spite of the abuse you have to put up with from those that think they know better, They don’t.

  28. James Mills says:

    William WAS in Scotland today with his grannie and then appeared at the ENGERLAND game 400 miles away . Presumably he will be back in Edinburgh again tonight .
    That’s a lot of air miles and pollution for a fella who will, no doubt , be front and centre at the big environmental summit in Glasgow .
    Leading by example , eh !

    And the same guy who was jumping up and down when Engerland scored is being touted as the guy to persuade the Scots to remain in the Union !
    Scotland and the Scots are very special to him , we are told .
    But would he have been jumping up and down last week if Scotland had scored against Engerland ?

  29. Pat Harvey says:

    Donated Paul. Your blog is vital to a successful Independence outcome. Don’t berate yourself for the slightly reduced output. Everyone is just grateful & amazed at the quality & truth of it!
    Keep well & REST!

  30. Naina Tal says:

    I don’t post all that often Paul, but I look forward to all your posts as well of course as the BTL stuff of your regular commenters. Increasingly finding this blog as the most reliable source of Indy news and information both above and below the line. I wish you well in your recovery and of course more than happy to donate. Please keep going as long as your health allows

  31. Petra says:

    Haggis_UK:- ”Fay Jone (Tory MP) – With nothing better to do the opposition continues to sensationalise the details surrounding a handful high value contract.

    Mr Speaker – It’s my decision to grant the UQ.. you are now questioning my judgement… Gove should have been here to take questions..” https://mobile.twitter.com/Haggis_UK/status/1409846413920550913

    ………………………………….

    From the place where you aren’t allowed to tell the truth!

    ‘‘That’s a lie!’ SNP chief in fiery Commons exchange over union polling row.’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/snp-blackford-commons-uk-polling-b1874806.html

    • Dr Jim says:

      What a (world) Union we live in where an elected representative of the people cannot point out the lies of another yet the print media can not only point out lies but also invent them, and the TV media can avoid reporting them altogether when it suits them

  32. Petra says:

    LBC:- ”James O’Brien explains why Matt Hancock’s use of a personal Gmail account to conduct government business could lead to a ‘transparency blackhole ahead of any Covid inquiry.” https://mobile.twitter.com/LBC/status/1409460755376840712

    …………………………….

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

    https://indyref2.space/forum/topic/links-wednesday-30-june-2021/

  33. Hamish100 says:

    Listened with interest to the bbc radio Scotland excuses for the bbc England bias and excesses this morning.

    England doesn’t have its own channel the commentator said. Oh yes it does, it’s called the bbc 1, 2 etcetera

    She also stated that England didn’t have “regional” channels. This is not true. The region’s of England have local news programmes on the television daily.

    Maybe we should have bbc world news then the nation of England regions can show English news to their hearts content. The other nations can chose to watch their own programmes and decide their own priorities. Just think no more …. Cricket….

    Still why did bbc radio Scotland tell the lies?

  34. Capella says:

    Excellent analysis of the UK taking the Holyrood Parliament to the Supreme Court to strike down legislation protecting children’s rights. From Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp.

    Nicola Sturgeon has described Alister Jack’s legal challenge as politically catastrophic and morally repugnant

    https://www.believeinscotland.org/whats-behind-westminster-court-bid-to-block-holyrood-child-rights-law/

  35. Skintybroko says:

    @ Welsh Sion – one of yours to be proud off https://twitter.com/brexitbin/status/1409412450013810691?s=24

  36. Dr Jim says:

    Two thousand cases of Covid in Scotland have been found to have originated from London via the football supporters visit there, only a handful have been found to have come from the Glasgow fanzone

    • Bob Lamont says:

      Do bear in mind this is client declared information (as always) against a backdrop of SG advising not to travel. Those figures should be regarded as minimum from London…
      Now they have “Hood” from Thunderbirds as Health Secretary it should all go to plan, or perhaps Alan

  37. Skintybroko says:

    So over 2000 cases but there’s hardly any cases in London with a population 3 x more than Scotland- something doesn’t smell right

  38. James Mills says:

    Wall-to-wall Engerland coverage and euphoria on ONE BRITAIN , ONE NATION TV channels ( SKY news , BBC 1 , BBC 24 , ITV etc..) .

    ”The Country is with you !” ”We are all so proud !” ”Football’s coming home ! ”

    And now the news where you are ?

  39. Welsh_Siôn says:

    And the latest from Western Colonies:

    https://nation.cymru/opinion/why-slapping-a-100-foot-union-jack-on-the-side-of-a-building-is-unlikely-to-help-save-the-union/

    Why slapping a 100 foot Union Jack on the side of a building is unlikely to help save the Union

    30 Jun 2021 4 minutes Read

  40. Alastair says:

    Andy wins again!!!!

  41. Golfnut says:

    Even Buckingham palace hadn’t heard of the newly invented ‘ Royal/Holyrood week ‘

    https://itisintruthnotforglory.wordpress.com/2021/07/01/sleekit/

  42. Golfnut says:

    I remember Gordon Brown doing something similar using Tax, it was a lie then, it’s a lie now.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/215556435841901/permalink/908894866508051/

  43. Golfnut says:

    Boris Johnson may well be an inveterate, compulsive and pathological
    list but he’s a novice compared to the state broadcaster. Lies of omission, just plain lies, misleading and misdirection have been used by the bbc to brainwash the public from the day of its inception.

    • bringiton says:

      People in England knew this about him but still elected him to power and apparently think he is doing a great job.
      What sort of people are they?

  44. Capella says:

    Rory Stewart’s assessment of Boris Johnston:

    Johnson is after all the most accomplished liar in public life – perhaps the best liar ever to serve as prime minister. Some of this may have been a natural talent – but a lifetime of practice and study has allowed him to uncover new possibilities which go well beyond all the classifications of dishonesty attempted by classical theorists like St Augustine.

    He has mastered the use of error, omission, exaggeration, diminution, equivocation and flat denial. He has perfected casuistry, circumlocution, false equivalence and false analogy. He is equally adept at the ironic jest, the fib and the grand lie; the weasel word and the half-truth; the hyperbolic lie, the obvious lie, and the bullshit lie – which may inadvertently be true.

    In a Times Literary Supplement review of Tom Bowers biograpphy which is behond a paywall.
    https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/boris-johnson-tom-bower-book-review-rory-stewart/

    • James Mills says:

      The Speaker in the HoC will always call out lies being voiced in the chamber .

      However he is clearly not doing his job whenever someone addresses the PM as ”Right Honourable ” as , clearly he is NOT honourable in any sense of the word .
      Yet the Speaker does not accuse these MPs of lying !

    • Petra says:

      Rory Stewart knows him so well, eh!

  45. Capella says:

  46. Petra says:

    ”Could you imagine a Scottish Tory arguing for this *as a way to protect the Union* – Professor John Denham, Director, Centre for English Identity and Politics.” https://mobile.twitter.com/RobDunsmore/status/1410190793256615937

    …………………………………

    ‘Scotland has what it takes to be an independent country.

    http://www.facebook.com/303702936957918/videos/212681280546773

  47. Petra says:

    ‘Scotland’s new choice.’

    http://www.centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2021-03/Scotlands-New-Choice.pdf

    …………………………..

    ‘New UK law will grab power from Holyrood to control business subsidies.’

    http://www.businessforscotland.com/new-uk-law-will-grab-power-from-holyrood-to-control-business-subsidies/

    ………………………..

    I’ve been out of he loop recently so may have missed something. I was taking a look at the Scotgoespop site and attempted to post a comment on there to no avail … once again.

    I see that JK’s recent posts seem to have been influenced by the following: ”and brazenly briefing the Sunday Times that there won’t be a referendum this side of the 2024 general election is, to put it mildly, not the way to do that.” Can anyone one tell me who brazenly briefed the Sunday Times?

    • Alex Clark says:

      This was stated as part of a story in the Sunday Times saying polling had fallen for Independence. It was exactly what we have come to expect from anti-Independence paper The Times.

      Privately, many within SNP leadership circles concede that there will not be another independence referendum this side of a UK general election.

      There was no evidence provided to back up this claim or quotes from anyone, not even a Unionist, so you have just to take the Times’s word for what they claim. That’s the “source” for the SGP article.

  48. Hamish100 says:

    My son was seething at a letter from a TU today over apparent bad mouthing of local government workers allegedly by government ministers over a pay claim.

    If true the ministers should apologise. Residential care home and home care workers have worked their butts off. Social work , crisis management, refuse workers all deserve praise.

    If the TU (unison) I believe, is spreading falsehoods then the SNP need to challenge the allegations.

    It is in the government court. Council elections next year. The employees can vote you know!

    • grizebard says:

      Given the “politicisation of everything” in Scotland these days, I now tend to view every official utterance of a trade union sceptically with that in mind. It shouldn’t be so, but rather than simply doing the honest best for their members – as they notably didn’t, for example, in the case of the Glasgow women workers – instead they are far too often industrious busy-bees at promoting inflated grievance stories for their clients the Labour Party. Trouble-making instead of problem-solving. With ordinary people caught in the middle, not knowing the full truth of any matter, and never helped by the journalistically-compromised partisan media.

      And with local elections coming up next year, this organised negativity is only likely to escalate, I fear.

      (Though it does remind us that any government will tend to accumulate reputational damage over a sufficiently-long period in office, no matter how reasonable and effective it may generally be. Which should be a warning to those who seem to think that the independence issue can be postponed by any extent without negative consequence.)

  49. Petra says:

    ‘Codeplay seeks to hire more staff following second deal with US Government.’

    ..”Codeplay Software (Edinburgh) has been selected by the US Department of Energy’s national labs to supply its software to a second supercomputer called Frontier – one of the highest performance computers in the world…”

    http://www.insider.co.uk/news/codeplay-seeks-hire-more-staff-24429041

    ………………………………..

    MSM Monitor:- ”BBC CAUGHT AGAIN. We expose BBC Scotland’s accusation that the First Minister took a ‘softly, softly’ approach to Scottish fans travelling to London for the Wembley game as total fabrication. Suzanne Allan is the reporter. This stuff needs to be exposed.”.. https://mobile.twitter.com/msm_monitor/status/1409901181837709314

    • Hamish100 says:

      Petra

      I’m sure Ms Allan is married to the son of the north Ayrshire labour councillor Gallagher who writes in the herald.

  50. Petra says:

    I emailed the Presiding Officer recently to make a complaint about Murdo Fraser’s comments on BBC Radio Manchester, such as the unelected Fraser having the audacity to undermine the elected FM of Scotland and encouraging people to break the law by travelling to Scotland. This is the reply that I received.

    ”Dear Sir/Madam,

    Thank you for your recent email in which you raise concerns about the conduct of Murdo Fraser MSP on a recent BBC interview.

    I do appreciate your view that Mr Fraser made a number of inappropriate comments. I understand the points you make and your concern at this behaviour, but I am sorry to say that it is not a matter that the Presiding Officer is able to help you with. The responsibilities of the Presiding Officer include investigating complaints about members’ conduct in the Chamber and how members engage with their constituents, I’m afraid that individual MSPs are responsible for the content of their own comments in interviews and therefore the Presiding Officer does not have any oversight role with this. In addition, the Code of Conduct for MSPs, which sets out the standards of behaviour which MSPs have to follow, does not extend to MSPs’ remarks in interviews.

    I appreciate you may be disappointed by this response, but I would suggest that writing to Mr Fraser might be the best way for you to raise your concerns directly.

    Yours sincerely

    Jennifer Bell

    Private Secretary

    Office of the Presiding Officer.”

    ………………………

    ‘Tory MSP Murdo Fraser urges folk in Manchester to break Scottish Covid restrictions.’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URmsoinGcqU

    • Dr Jim says:

      I got the same reply Petra, nice and pleasant but still informing us that Tories can get away with what the hell they like using the media

    • Capella says:

      Murdo Fraser should be arrested for inciting people to break the law. IMO.

  51. Petra says:

    ”Narrative already emerging that NI protocol “nullified” the Act of Union. To be clear, Judge found that modern legislation takes precedent over the 1800 Act of Union & that modern acts of Parliament – not just the Protocol, have conflicted with the 220-year-old Act.”

    ”Er, has anyone told Scotland?” https://mobile.twitter.com/EmmandJDeSouza/status/1410189988105498628

    ……………………………

    ”Bear with me and read this thread on the misuse of the research on mass events. It might seem dry, but it reveals a scandalous misuse of science as a cover for political decisions which is becoming more and more common in this pandemic and which is putting us all at risk.”.. https://mobile.twitter.com/ReicherStephen/status/1409788044933308417

    • grizebard says:

      Yes, my warning bells were ringing when I heard that particular aspect of the judgement the other day. It may be impossible to find anyone in NI whose background enables them to make judgements that are impeccably neutral, but that extraordinary ex-cathedra assertion indicates at the very best an astonishing absence of constitutional awareness on the part of at least one particular jurist there.

      Not entirely surprising though given the notoriously shoddy constitutional position throughout the UK, but that judgement is so wantonly extreme that if upheld, in effect would saw off the distinctive legal branch upon which all his fellow judges are sitting! “England über alles”, in effect. Stormont entirely dispensable.

      Under that same heinous proviso, Scottish judges would never have been able to countermand actions taken in London, as clearly has happened even recently.

      It does though rather remind us that the basic intent of the Unitary Statists here, under pressure from the steady swell of public sentiment towards independence, is to turn their precious Union into a hollow fiction. And reduce Scotland – both in principle and in practice – to nothing more than an English colony. Nothing “Proud Scot” about that. And nothing safe in it for us if we stay.

    • Golfnut says:

      It’s interesting that the reference point used in the tweet was the 1800 ‘ Act of Union ‘, which of course is relevant to the case, but irrelevant to Scotland. The 1800 Act was an internal ( UK )mechanism, not an International Treaty between Sovereign states. Of course Westminster can change or set aside any or all of that Act, it’s within the competence of the union parliament. That doesn’t legally change or alter the Treaty of Union between Scotland and England.

  52. Petra says:

    MSM Monitor:- ”Here’s the extract from the Court document that proves Michael Gove did indeed commission pro-Union research using Covid funds. This is what BBC Scotland is describing as an SNP accusation & Newspaper claim. It is neither. It is demonstrable fact.” https://mobile.twitter.com/msm_monitor/status/1409996849763737602

    …………………………………

    ‘BBC Scotland conceals pro-Union research funded by Covid cash.’

    https://newsnet.scot/commentary/bbc-scotland-conceals-pro-union-research-funded-by-covid-cash/

  53. Petra says:

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

    https://indyref2.space/forum/topic/links-thursday-1-july-2021/

    ……………………………….

    And Professor John Robertson’s blogs on https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/blog-feed/

  54. andyfromdunning says:

    Hello Paul. Happy to help I will donate tomorrow.
    I hope you and Peter are enjoying the new house. Any ginger cat yet?

  55. Dr Jim says:

    I had no idea Rangers supporting trolls were so well educated these days, they have virologists, bacteriologists, biologists, immunologists and every other kind of ologist and they all offer their expert advice daily on Twitter to Scotlands FM and her team of medical and clinical advisors, strangely enough though they never have *health till I die* or *ologists forever* within their profiles

    You’d think such a knowledgeable collection of *ologists* would be supportive of the health and welfare actions taken by the government of Scotland, sadly no

  56. Welsh_Siôn says:

    OK, Scotland, do your bit. THanks in advance.

    https://nation.cymru/news/petition-launched-against-big-union-jack-to-be-stuck-on-cardiff-tax-office/

    Petition launched against big Union Jack to be stuck on Cardiff tax office

    01 Jul 2021 3 minutes Read

    A petition has been launched (https://www.change.org/p/cardiff-council-planning-committee-stop-the-cardiff-hmrc-union-jack-from-flying-498df734-2af7-46ed-b8c9-28e6cc5dc550) against a big Union Jack that is set to be emblazoned on the side of a Cardiff tax office.

    Grassroots pro-independence group YesCymru has called the Chair of Cardiff Council Planning Committee, Cllr Keith Jones, to reverse the decision to give the “advertisement” the go-ahead.

    It says that the huge British flag graphic, which is to be wrapped around the outside of the landmark city-centre building, “does not represent the people of Wales” and branded the move a “blatant political act designed to act as a provocation”.

    • Capella says:

      I’ve signed – although I never sign Change petitions normally, they gather info for the Labour Party. But for Wales I have made an exception 🙂

      What a nerve Westminster has plastering our civic buildings with Union Jacks. I do hope it rebounds and has the complete opposite effect to what they expect. We are being bombarded here in Scotland too with Union Jackery.

      I heard Boris Johnston on PM at 5 PM blustering about the wonderful Nissan battery plant in Sunderland levelling up the North of the country with thousands of jobs – which country ? – and the British car industry. Do they make cars in Wales because they haven’t in Scotland since Thatcher and Michael Edwardes closed the plants down.

      He means, of course, the Nissan plant in the north of England and the English car industry. But he can’t bring himself to tell the truth. Our tax payers’ money is being poured into buying Tory votes in the pork barrel that is Batley and Spens.

      So I signed.

      • grizebard says:

        I’m (alas, still) in the UK, and I’m looking north, and I don’t see a Nissan battery plant. Must surely be in the wrong “country”, then. Though only when it suits him.

        • Capella says:

          He has mastered the use of error, omission, exaggeration, diminution, equivocation and flat denial. He has perfected casuistry, circumlocution, false equivalence and false analogy. He is equally adept at the ironic jest, the fib and the grand lie; the weasel word and the half-truth; the hyperbolic lie, the obvious lie, and the bullshit lie – which may inadvertently be true.
          to quote an impeccable source.

          • Dr Jim says:

            Think for a second if Nicola Sturgeon were to make speeches about making plans for Scotland to be the bestest most world beatingest globalisticist economy in the entire universe, every newspaper and media outlet would be ridiculing her within minutes yet idiot Johnson says all these things with a giant smirk on his coupon, nobody actually believes any of it yet that same media report it all as facts that are going to happen, and they do it without question or bring on experts to confirm how it will be achieved

      • Dr Jim says:

        You’ve gotta laugh though, the British car industry? Nissan Peugeot Honda Toyota and others who buy the engines from BMW, British? I don’t think so

    • Petra says:

      Ignorance is bliss.

      ”Jamie Wallis (Tory MP) – The Union flag has been banned from being displayed, by Tories, by the Welsh Senedd.. Mr. Speaker – That’s enough.. Secretary of state. Oliver Dowden – The Union Flag embodies the emblems of 4 or 3 countries.. #Oops.” https://mobile.twitter.com/Haggis_UK/status/1410612719607107587

  57. STAGE LEFT says:

    Wings Over Scotland RIP. But won’t we need something like it again – and soon?
    https://stageleft.blog/…/01/broken-wings-bath-votes-snp/

  58. dakk says:

    There would be no point if it ended up like Wings did tbh

  59. malkymcblain says:

    OT it seems England can’t be saved. I feel for this English man and his ilk. Thank god Scotland has a sea worthy life boat. Watch.

  60. Golfnut says:

    FFS, the man ENGLAND voted to represent ukok on the world stage. Watch the faces of the UN delegates.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1081934212006008/permalink/1632522963613794/

  61. Dr Jim says:

    When the people of England can’t see that the Tories brought in George Galloway to deliberately disrupt the voting in Batley and Spen so Labour would lose, which they didn’t by the skin of their teeth, England is done for altogether, in Scotland we know what Galloway is but as long as Boris Johnson has England convinced they’re in some kind of phony war with everybody else and they need a Churchill like figure to bring back the glory days of slaughtering the nasty furriners and they still believe Churchill was the good guy that country is plummeting down a huge badly misinformed giant rabbit sink hole

    Galloway ended up with 23% of the vote btw

    If the NO voters in Scotland won’t admit to themselves what’s coming and get with the programme for the future and join us I dread to think what’s next from Mr Johnson and his Empire party
    thankfully there are no chimney’s left to send the kids up but I’m sure they’ll think of something else

    • James Mills says:

      No chimneys ?
      According to Boris Johnson we will ”build back better ” – I take that to mean new chimneys to provide job opportunities for our young people for ”levelling up” , especially in ”the North of our country” .
      Expect a new initiative to ”build back better ” Workhouses .
      Diddy Dido to be in charge of procurement and contracts with her new aide Matt Handcock to ensure that Tory protocols are adhered to at all times .

    • Alec Lomax says:

      George was in Batley and Spen to save the Union……

  62. Petra says:

    ‘Trade union leader says ‘filthy’ Glasgow not fit to host COP26 and backs strike action during climate summit.’

    http://www.insider.co.uk/news/trade-union-leader-says-filthy-24434287

    ……………………………..

    Phantom Power:- ”UK Govt subsidised Nissan £100 million for 1,600 workers – that’s over £60,000 per job. Nissan also insist they’ll be supplying Europe so looks like Tories will be folding to EU on trade anyway. What?” https://mobile.twitter.com/PhantomPower14/status/1410669930962423808

    • grizebard says:

      Whenever I read “trade union leader” these days in a Scottish context I’m always expecting a confected problem to follow. They are as bereft of positivity for their country as their Labour Party fellow-travellers.

  63. Petra says:

    Aren’t we doing well!

    ”Chart showing UK v other countries cases.” https://mobile.twitter.com/IndigoFast/status/1410581985161007114

    ……………………………………..

    ”A German TV documentary on post Brexit Customs chaos in the UK. Not something British TV thinks is of enough interest to cover.” https://mobile.twitter.com/BarumDean/status/1410334896980213763

  64. Petra says:

    ‘NEW: Documents reveal VIP lane for testing contracts.’

    https://goodlawproject.org/news/vip-lane-for-testing-contracts/

    ………………………………………..

    ‘Exclusive: UK government knew Brexit would deepen lorry driver crisis and risk food shortages.’

    http://www.businessforscotland.com/exclusive-uk-government-knew-brexit-would-deepen-lorry-driver-crisis-and-risk-food-shortages/

  65. Petra says:

    MSM Monitor:- ”This is what happens when a BBC Scotland presenter, who’s trying to bolster a political narrative, encounters a professor who’s only interested in facts. Gary Robertson interviewing Prof. Steven Reicher. Robertson’s agenda is transparent.” https://mobile.twitter.com/msm_monitor/status/1410538412445163523

    …………………………

    That’ll go down well!

    Angus Robertson: – ”Good to see Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon join Greta Thunberg, German Chancellor Merkel, UN Secretary General Guterres and many other speakers at the Austria World Summit on #climateaction #AWS21🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇦🇹🌎.”

  66. Petra says:

    “Unconscionable” that Scotland should be dragged out of the EU says Prof. AC Grayling to Pro Europa Brussels #WhitherUK.” Plus full video. https://mobile.twitter.com/HectorMcGilliv1/status/1410273553942028290

    …………………………………..

    ‘Sneering Tory immigration minister Kevin Foster climbs down on student visas without apology – Scotland called for change 5 years ago and lost talent.’ https://mobile.twitter.com/PhantomPower14/status/1410646849216786432

  67. Clydebuilt says:

    Bbc Radio based in Scotland 12.51pm

    Paul mason (A Labour supporter) ” There’s no Future in Scotland untill Independence “

    • grizebard says:

      Good man, Paul Mason. One of the very few journalists – though an Englishman forbye – who has always told it straight about us.

      (Not sure he’s an actual Labour Party supporter these days, though, being a tad more genuinely left. But then with the rotten elections they have in England, how otherwise do such people vote?)

  68. Petra says:

    As they complain (make a meal of) about Scots visiting London and spreading the virus there’s no mention of the potential impact of 42,000 supporters congregating at Wembley.

    ‘England vs Germany Wembley crowd ‘absolutely irresponsible’, German minister claims.’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/england-germany-wembley-crowd-euro-b1876165.html

    …………………………..

    Well done Eilish.

    Eilish McColgan breaks UK all time record.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/athletics/57689775

    • Dr Jim says:

      The timeline of reporting positive Covid testing for the people who travelled to London for the football appears that they were contracting the virus before the game either travelling or mixing with the public in Londons pubs then some during and after the game, so a pretty mixed picture of the where’s and when’s of contraction, but it suits the narrative of blame to pick one event then politicise it for the easier to convince

    • Golfnut says:

      The medical evidence suggests, because of the infection locations that they are much more likely to be linked to certain unruly mobs in Glasgow.

  69. Petra says:

    ”Watch: Jacob Rees-Mogg humiliated after taunting the SNP about Bannockburn.’

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19412337.jacob-rees-mogg-humiliated-taunting-snp-bannockburn/

    ……………………………………..

    Lord Davies shut him up, lol, although that part seems to have been edited out!

    ..”Lord Davies of the Labour party, hit back at Lord Hannan’s comments. He said: “I am proud to be British, to be English and even a bit Welsh so I know that to say we have one language in these islands is the sort of destructive attitude that is driving us apart.” ..

    ‘WATCH: Tory Lord blasted for saying everyone in UK ‘speaks the same language’.’

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19415076.watch-tory-lord-blasted-saying-everyone-uk-speaks-language/

  70. Petra says:

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

    https://indyref2.space/forum/topic/links-friday-2-july-2021/

    And Professor John Robertson’s blogs on https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/blog-feed/

  71. Hamish100 says:

    Queen Victoria and Betty take a tumble in Canada https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57693683

    • Bob Lamont says:

      I couldn’t help but notice how the Beeb slipped in the disconnected connection to the Bristol “Colston” footage, as always promoted as a BLM token despite having infuriated locals even when it was erected and has done in the centuries since…. How disconnected from reality do you have to be to see all through a modern day British Brexit prism of “We won the war..”.

  72. Alec Lomax says:

    Marion Lamont in the Herald btl claims Sturgeon is a global Marxist. What do people like her smoke?

    • Dr Jim says:

      Is that better or worse than a greedy English capitalist

    • grizebard says:

      It’s rightwing fear talking. They are very afraid that without Big Tory Brother in England there to back them up, they will be nothing.

      Doesn’t sit too well though with that proud belief they have – where it suits anyway – of everyone having to take personal responsibility and stand up on their own two feet.

      • Dr Jim says:

        Unionists seek to rename words like democracy as Marxism just as they misuse words like National, there’s not a politician in the entirety of Western Europe who would pin a label like that on Nicola Sturgeon except the loathsome style of British English Nationalist using it as cover for their own extreme right wing propaganda

        I’ve never met anyone so democratically rooted in slightly centre left politics as Nicola Sturgeon

  73. Hamish100 says:

    The herald is now more right wing than the tories 40 years ago.

    Whose bankrolling the 99.9% britnat press in Scotland.

    Must be making a loss.

  74. Tatu3 says:

    Gove is getting divorced! His wife says “climbing that far up Westminster’s greasy pole changes a person”

  75. Petra says:

    Wee Willie Windsor giving the game away.

    ‘British’ royals have only attended England football matches for two decades.’

    ..”Despite their symbolic role at the head of the Union, no member of the royal family has attended a football game played by a home nation other than England this century, according to the official court circular. In fact, members of the royal family have attended more England football games in the past two weeks than they have matches played by Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland combined in the past two decades.”..

    http://www.thenational.scot/sport/19416803.british-royals-attended-england-football-matches-two-decades/

    ……………………………………

    As does BoJo.

    ‘Boris Johnson provokes Twitter storm with giant English flag photoshoot.’

    http://www.thenational.scot/news/19417181.boris-johnson-provokes-twitter-storm-giant-english-flag-photoshoot/

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