Yesterday’s man with yesterday’s answer

The Gordosaur has been at the interventions again. That’s two in the space of a week, so he’s obviously getting as rattled as a pair of Maracas on ¡Mira Quien baila! which is the Spanish version of Strictly Come Dancing. It’s getting to the point where his friends and family will need to mount an intervention to help wean him off his intervening.

Things are definitely changing. Even the right wing Brexity Spectator magazine has published its first pro-Scottish independence article in its 190 year history meaning it has only taken it 190 years to write about an idea that has been around since about the year 840, when according to legend the king of Dalriada, Kenneth Mc Alpine, invited The Pictish nobility to dinner and served them a stabbing and not the tiramisu they’d been expecting for dessert, thus creating the independent Kingdom of Scotland. so it’s only taken the Tory current affairs magazine 1200 years to catch up. There’s that cutting edge Conservative thought for you.

Anyway,in his latest Broontervention Gordie warned that unless something drastic happened, the UK would be consigned to the history books within ten years, and he said that like it was a bad thing. Comments which were received by supporters of independence like what he said was a bad thing because we are all hoping that it will all be over in considerably fewer than ten years.

The drastic action that Gordie was referring to is the dead horse he keeps flogging about federalism and radical change to what passes for a British constitution. That would be the radical reform that he himself vowed to the people of Scotland would be introduced and implemented within two years of a no vote in the 2014 referendum.That was when Gordie swore that he personally was going to hold the feet of the leaders of Labour the Conservatives and the LibDems to the fire in order to ensure that the promise of federalism was kept.But the second that the no vote was delivered Gordie buggered off and couldn’t even be bothered to ensure that his own party honoured his promises, he sat back and said nothing while Labour and the Tories played devolution jenga in the Smith Commission, trying to remove as many of the promised powers as possible without bringing the entire process crashing to the ground.

Gordie now insists that the UK Government should hold citizens’ assemblies, and appoint a Constitutional Convention. Such a convention, Gordie says, should “examine what are not abstract questions of interest mainly to lawyers, but – as we can see from recent events – but also life and death matters that directly affect our daily lives.” So in other words he wants to kick the issue into the long grass, and after a few years a report can be published which will have heavily diluted all of Gordie’s promises of federalism, then a bill will be published, which the Tories and Labour will eviscerate as it passes through the various stages and committees in Parliament. And then finally after a process lasting years Scotland will end up with control over road signs on unlisted roads and a promise of future powers that will have a get out clause the size of a Brexit lorry park in Kent. And all that is assuming that Boris “devolution is a disaster” is prepared to countenance starting the process in the first place. Unfortunately for Gordie there is as much chance of that happening as there is of Gordie admitting that he bears some of the responsibility for the bad faith of the better together parties following the 2014 referendum.
he’s at it again in the Guardian today. Still touting the promises that he broke in 2014 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/20/boris-johnson-blames-devolution-but-in-truth-hes-long-been-hostile-to-scotland#comments
It’s too late, The time for the delivery of Gordie’s UK constitutional convention was in the months after September 2014, but Gordie’s abject failure then means that no one is interested now. We’ve heard all this before and they didn’t follow through. Now there is no chance as the UK has a Prime minister who openly espouses right wing populist English nationalism and who has as much interest in deepening and extending devolution as he does in working for an entire month without skiving off. Worse than that he has a deep antipathy to the existing devolution settlement and presides over a government which has systematically cut the devolved governments out – not merely of decision making processes, but which has failed to ensure that Edinburgh and Cardiff are even kept informed about UK government policies which have a direct impact upon Scotland and Wales. The existing devolution settlement is under threat from this government and its devolution destroying internal markets bill. There is zero chance of federalism. There’s no chance of this scotophobic English nationalist Prime minister surrendering any of the power that he has coveted for so long just to placate Scotland. You’d be as well expecting Aberdeenshire Tory MP Andrew Bowie to stop being insufferably smug. It’s just not in his nature and it’s not in Johnson’s either. Johnson is going out of his way to make things worse . The Conservative Party’s insane, pathological inability to step back from Brexit is driving the breakup of the UK and there’s nothing in Gordie’s proposals that will tackle that issue. Johnson himself has no real interest in Brexit, for him it was only ever a cynical device to get him into power, but now he has got that power, like all autocrats he has no intention of diluting it. Gordon Brown is yesterday’s man peddling yesterday’s solution. Gordie has become a rather desperate old man as he sees the Union to which he has such an unfathomable loyalty unravel. – thanks in no small measure to his own bad faith and broken promises. The British media is equally desperate, so they will keep trotting him out although Scotland has long since ceased to listen. In truth Brown and Johnson share an important characteristic and are more alike than either would admit. Both expended all their energy getting into number10 then didn’t have much idea what to do once they got there. They are both products of a failed and broken political system which is incapable of reform. Scotland has moved on. Johnson Brexit and Covid are the triple toxins that have killed off the UK. The only question left is how long it will take. Certainly a lot less than ten years.

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the priority

Well, now, if nothing else, we know where Johnson and the Tories draw the line. It turns out that there are after all some outrages that they will not tolerate. It’s not the highest death toll from Covid in Europe, They’re fine with that. It’s not that they dole out lucrative contracts to their pals even as the UK suffers the greatest covid related damage to its economy of any state in Europe, they’re fine with that too.
It’s not even the dysfunctional farce that the test and trace system has descended into in England after the Tories farmed out the contract to some of their private sector pals. Nope, that is, apparently, just fine and dandy. No, the real line of outrage that Johnson will not tolerate anyone crossing is calling his girlfriend by a childish school playground name. That’s the moral atrocity that led to the PrimeMalingerer demanding the resignation of self-proclaimed super forecaster Dominic Cummings, who apparently couldn’t forecast that the unstoppable force of his entitled arrogance would eventually collide with the immovable object of old Etonian entitled arrogance. Although given the performance of the Johnson government this year it’s now clear that Cummings would struggle to forecast going home alone in a taxi after going out on a date wearing piss stained jogging trousers.

Immediately following the loss of the guy he’d hired to run the country, The Prime Malingerer did what any resolute great leader would do at a time of national crisis, He buggered off into self-isolation to hide in a fridge because he got exposed to the coronavirus after proving himself incapable of following his own health experts’ advice to hold meetings over Zoom unless a face to face meeting was absolutely essential. Although since we have a government of zoomers you’d have thought that particular piece of advice should have been easy to grasp, even for a prime minister who holds more food and drink than a shopping trolley but who unlike the trolley lacks a mind of his own.

I have just spent over a month in hospital after suffering a life changing stroke and during all that time as I lay frightened and scared and alone in a hospital bed I wasn’t able to see my husband or my mother. But Bozo the Clown can invite a covid positive Tory MP round for breakfast so that they can discuss new ways to screw over the poor and enrich even more of their pals with lucrative contracts which those of us who are being screwed over are going to have to pay for.
We all know that Serco test and trace isn’t working but it’s suddenly working enough to give Johnson an excuse to disappear during the week that he’s supposed to land a Brexit deal. Not that he really needs much of an excuse. If Johnson put even a fraction of the effort into doing his bloody job as he does finding an excuse to skive off, he’d still be widely reviled as an incompetent buffoon, but no one would question his efficiency.

Despite the many crises that the uk is facing, not only is this government pressing ahead with its crazed , divisive and damaging Brexit, it chose to squander even more precious time by devoting the weekend to a schoolboy spat about name calling, egos, and petulant oneupmanship.

And now a series Scottish MPs from this party of greed avarice and right wing xenophobic populist English nationalism have taken to social media to decry calls for another Scottish independence referendum, hypocritically claiming that that their focus is on rebuilding Scotland and healing division, all the while continuing their pursuit of a Brexit that Scotland doesn’t want and deepening the far more significant social divisions between the rich and the poor, the kids with full bellies and those who go to bed hungry. The only reason Scotland needs rebuilding is because the Tories wrecked it with their ideologically driven austerity and their war on the poor. So Douglas Ross and Andrew six chips Bowie, spare us the sanctimonious hypocritical claptrap. We need an independence referendum in order to escape you and yoursocietal wrecking ball of a party for good. You are the divisions we need to heal from. As Barack Obama said, “when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.” or you just give them a softball interview slot on the BBC.

Scotland, not the Tories will decide for itself what its priorities are, and increasingly Scotland is coming to the conclusion that its priority is to ensure that it can protect itself from the callous cruelty, greed and selfish arrogance of the Conservatives, who offer us nothing but misery and grief with a side order of Empire nostalgia, wrapped up in bunting and garnished with a poppy. There’s only one way we can do that and at the same time secure our future as a normal European nation. independence is the priority.

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going home

I was intending to have a wee rant about John Major today, but – bugger that, I have other news, it’s been one month to the day since I had the stroke, and there’s Good news – I am getting home tomorrow, a week early. because they are very pleased with my progress, I’d like to thank all the fantastic staff here at Stobhill, the nursing staff and the physios and the Occupational Therapists, -thank you so much for getting me my life back. I’d also like to thank everyone who has sent a message of support. And huge thanks and appreciation to everyone who has contributed to the crowdfunder to help me find a new home more suitable for my changed needs. Knowing that so many people were rooting for me and wishing me well is what gave me the strength and determination to work hard in therapy and focus on getting better My recovery is due to all of you and I will be forever in your debt. Thank you duggers, you are amazing.

Theyare organising an ambulance crew to get me up the stairs tomorrow, but with a bit of patience and assistance I will eventually be able to manage them myself. I’ll be using a wheelchair for a while as my mobility is still very restricted, but the physio assures me it will only be temporary. Now the next phase of my journey to recovery begins. We will be getting the flat on the market and starting the search for a new home. None of that would have been possible without you. So over the coming weeks and months I will be focussing on making the best possible recovery, because we have a better Scotland to win and I intend to play my part in the campaign ahead. It takes more than a stroke to shut me up!

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British nationalist Trumpery

This week, the Scotland Secretary Alister Union Jack,breezily asserted that his party, which hasn’t won an election in Scotland since the1950s, wasn’t going to ‘allow’ Scotland to have another independence referendum for possibly another 40 years. By which time Alister will be in his late 90s and most of those who voted against independence in 2014 will be as dead as the Johnson government’s claim to be a competent administration already is.

In response to this petulant denial of the right of the people of Scotland to decide their own future Nicola Sturgeon tweeted:
As we’re seeing across the Atlantic just now, politicians who rage against democracy don’t prevail. Let’s not dignify this rubbish. Instead let’s keep making and winning the case for independence. Power doesn’t belong to politicians – it belongs to the people. and this is unarguably true. it matters as little as Douglas Ross’s promises to stand up for Scotland against Johnson if Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond had sworn a solemn vow on the front page of the Daily Record on faux parchment paper that they would not seek another referendum until all the weans that Johnson admits to had weans of their own – which they most certainly didn’t but while certain BBC journalists seem happy to to propagate the myth that ‘once in a generation’ was an actual promise made by the Yes campaign or the SNP? it was not a thing that actually happened. Yet even if it had happened it doesn’t matterbecause no politician in a democracy can bind the hands of the electorate. Yet that is exactly what the Tories are proposing to do, on the basis of a mere six chips seats in the House of Commons they are taking it for themselves the right to tell the people of Scotland what we can or cannot vote for. They are not, as they so misleadingly and mendaciously claim, holding the SNP to account, they are limiting the democratic right of the people of Scotland to choose the form of Government best suited to their needs. And if that is indeed the case then Scotland must ask itself if this really is a union because if we are to be forbidden from asking ourselves if we wish to remain in this so called union then it is not a partnership in any meaningful sense of the term. It is a set of shackles on Scotland’s dreams and aspirations.https://twitter.com/docrobperry/status/1325104687377510402

Surprise Surprise Who should leap to the defence of The Tories denying Scottish democracy but the BBC’s very own, ahem, impartial political editor Laura Conservative sources tell me, Kuenssberg. Well I say surprise, That’s surprise as in The Tories have outraged public opinion again, but to everyone’s surprise Baroness don’t call me baroness Davidson is nowhere to be found. Or surprise as in- to the immense surprise of the viewing public The Prime minister gave a speech during which he told numerous lies, none of which Laura called him out on

The BBC’s ‘impartial’ political editor replied in a way which managed to miss the point entirely, saying: One US politician making wild allegations about fraud is obviously not the same as another in the UK hardening their opposition to another kind of poll taking place which the UK government has the legal right to permit or not. And here we see yet again the BBC uncritically repeating the attack lines of the Tories as though they were established facts. It is not a fact that Scotland can only have another vote on independence with Westminster’s consent. The only fact is that the lawfulness of a consultative referendum without a Section 30 order has never been legally clarified. And it is certainly the case that a Scottish plebiscite election on independence would absolutely be lawful. But you’d never know any of that from listening to the BBC.

it is however a fact that the BBC is to opposition to Scottish independence as Fox News is, or rather was, to Donald Trump.Over the past couple of days even Fox News has been treating Trump’s claims with an appropriate degree of scepticism, We can only dream of the BBC ever doing the same with the anti-independence claims of British nationalism in Scotland.Trump had Fox news, the BBC is ForUKs news.

Mesnwhile the favourit political comic of Tory Brextremism, The Spectator, responded to the legitimate claim that by denying Scottish democracy with a risible piece from Matt Kilcoyne, the deputy director of the Adam Smith Institute which used tactics direct from the Trumpian playbook to assert thait was Nicola Sturgeon who is not so different from Trump. The Adam Smith Institute is of course one of those shadowy right wing ‘think tanks’, which the BBC likes to trot out as neutral and objective whenever it publishes something which The Tories hope is damaging to the independence cause.

The article was exactly like a Trump speech, rambling exercise in self pity and victimhood claiming founded on baseless assertions an lies, such as the following claim”for Sturgeon, there is no societal ill that cannot be blamed on the English. Just recently, she enjoyed claiming, without any evidence, that coronavirus was spread to Scotland in the summer by the plague-ridden English”. This is, as anyone who has been paying attention knows, complete and utter bullshit , The First Minister has resisted demands to close the Border to visitors from England, and has never blamed outbreaks of the virus in Scotland on The English, but that doesn’t suit Matt’s victimhood seeking narrative. Clearly opponents of independence have adopted another tactic from the Trump playbook. They have given up trying to appeal to the middle ground and are now playing solely to their constantly shrinking base

now I am just waiting for a Spectator article from Stephen Daisley telling us why a Biden presidency, Or indeed a two for one offer on square slice in Morrisons means that it’s all over for the SNP – it was over for the Trump Presidency when the election was called for Biden just as Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani was giving a press conference in the car park outside the four seasons landscaping company in Philadelphia. Rudy stood in front of a chemical waste warning sign and uttered baseless lies that the American media has now resolved to ignore. Would that the Scottish media were aswilling to be sceptical of the claims of British nationalism. But no.Today we have the Herald warning us that Scotland can’t get rid of Trident and then go on to join NATO despite the fact that in the late 1970s Spain did exactly what Scotland is being told is impossible. Spain got rid of the American nukes at the U?S base in Rota near Cadiz and a couple of years later went on to join NATO naturally there was no mention of this clearly germane information in the Herald piece, which instead acted as an uncritical platform to amplify the claims of an opponent of independence. 2014 called, it wants its scare story back.

It transpires that Trump wanted the press conference in the four seasons hotel and had already Tweeted out the location when the hotel refused to host the event and Trump’s staff desperately cast about for a way of saving the shameless one’s face. so they settled on the car park of a run down landscaping shop in a seedy part of town, situated between an adult store selling dildos and a crematorium.It turned out t be a fitting end for Trump’s presidency, right next to one place where you can go and get fucked and another where you go when you die. British nationalism in Scotland is going the same way. It has become risible, pathetic and a bit of a joke which is unable to accept that the game is up.

This week I won’t be blogging much as I am getting close to the point where I can be discharged from the hospital so it is really important that I give my full attention and energy to rehabilitation and working with the physios and occupational therapists.

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walking and chewing gum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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last bell for the Tories

It is a singular fact about the mal-administration of the performance artiste whose stage name is BorisJohnson that the arrogance of British Government ministers is inversely proportional to their ability to actually do their bloody jobs. nowhere is this more evident than in the office of the part time Prime minister himself, especially with regards to the great touselled bloviator himself and to his alleged eminence gris Dominic Specsavers Cummings.As opposed to the oleaginous Michael Gove who’s an eminence grease. this mob of arrogant blowhards have now been forced to put England back into lockdown having failed to foresee a second wave of the virus despite everybody and their granny warning them for months that a dangerous second wave was on the horizon, so much for the supposed super-forecasting abilities of Dominic Cummings. it is now clear that Dominic would struggle to foresast a nippy arse after eating a red hot chicken vindaloo. the new lockdown was announced in a shambolic and much delayed press presentation given by Johnson, which if nothing else taught us that we are governed by idiots who don’t even know how powerpoint works and who couldn’t even manage to ensure that their confusing graphs were formatted correctly for the screen. This came as a surprise, even to those of us with a particularly low estimation of this Government’s abilities, because we had all thought that graphs were the only thing that opponents of Scottish independence were any good at.

We also discovered this weekend, as if we didn’t know already, just how this so-called union really works. repeated requests from both the Scottish and Welsh governments and Northern English mayors for an extension of furlough payment scheme to protect jobs and incomes were rebuffed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak when Scotland Wales and much of Northern England needed to go into stricter lockdown. However the second that London and The Southeast of England needed to go into stricter Lockdown, the cash magically became available. For all these years many of us in Scotland had thought that the fact that bad weather only became newsworthy when it affected London even though it was blowing a gale in Scotland was merely a metaphor for the UK. But now we find that it’s actually an operating principle. And on Monday we discovered that the cash would only remain available as long as England needed it. What was that about pooling and sharing? A union isn’t worth the name if the UK is only willing to assist Scotland in a crisis if London and the South of England are experiencing the exact same issue. Shouldn’t it be the job of Alister Jack, ostensibly the voice of Scotland in th British Government, to intercede with the Chancellor to ensure that furlough funds are available for Scotland when Scotland needs them, and not just when London needs them. You would think so, but Alister has other ideas. useless and self-serving oneswhich are about trying to undermine and subvert the democratic will of the people of Scotland but ideas nevertheless,Still we should be thankful for small mercies, all those British nationalist zoomers on social media who were demanding Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation because she’d shut the pubs have all shut up now that England has gone into an even stricter lockdown. Were they not the same folk who were insisting on a UK wideapproach to lockdown. If they were actually sincere then right now they’d be demsnding more severe lockdown measures in Scotand too, but since they’re not doing that it is safe to assume that the only motivation they ever had was trying to score some cheap political points off the Scottish Government in the vain hope of putiing a brake on the increase in support for independence.
Douglas Ross has been strangely quiet about all this, although when I say ‘strangely what I really mean is entirely predictably. given that in every photo that appears of him Douglas looks like he is auditioning for a role as one of the evil Chimpanzees from Planet of the Apes is now reasonable to wonder if, when the Scottish Tories were looking for a replacement for Surname Surname, What they had in mind was someone who combined in equal parts the qualities of Cesar the unprincipled and power hungry leader of the Ape army, and Lee Evans the rubber faced comedian. Because if that is the case they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams with Douglas, whose unprincipled willingness to do anything for power is matched only by his clownish incompetence.Douglas has made a career for himself in football which consists of watching from the sidelines, not getting directly involved and occasionally waving a flag, he’s now hoping to repeat the the trick n his political career too.
Today, Cesar Evans delivered his big speech to save the Union, during which even he managed to sound bored.It was the usual collection of platitudes and blame shifting thst we’ve all heard so many times before he claimed that devolution has been “found wanting” during the coronavirus crisis and the pandemic has “exposed its weakest points. eh naw Douglas, it’s your Tory British government that has been found wanting. the end of his speech was interrupted an alarm bell which still managed to sound more human and engaged than Douglas did. it was the alarm sounding the end of the British state and the end of the Conservatives’ malignant influence in Scotland.

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sparing a thought for Michael

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Douglas Ross’s meal deal

empathy, human decency, and basic self awareness, but no one could ever accuse him of lacking a brass neck, Douglas is the kind of guy who would piss through your letterbox and then chap on your door to ask you how far it went. Yesterday, for reasons of its own, the Scotsman decided to publish an article penned by Douglas – or rather by his press officer which set out in nauseatingly fake blokeish terms how ‘fitba loving Douglas and his Scottish Tories are completely behind the footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to ensure that kids living in food poverty receive free school meals during the holidays, by completely behind he means voting against it when it came to a vote in the Commons, and then adding for good measure that the Scottish Tories will vote against it the next time it comes to a vote, this is a very odd definition of ‘completely behind’, but then I wouldn’t piss through your letterbox and then chap on your door to ask you how far it went. but then what do you expect from a party which trashed the Scotland Act and called it ‘strengthening devolution. The Tories are now deep into Trumpian levels of lying, which ,let’s face it, is the only way that a hungry wean is ever going to get a pork pie out of Douglas Ross and the Scottish Conservatives.I have been suffering from nausea since I had the stroke and Douglas’s fitba metaphor laden I’m a dad schtick almost made me lose my stomach lining. if only Douglas can keep up this level of boak inducing bollocks he could solve the problem of food poverty entirely because everyone who has the misfortune to read it will be far too nauseous to eat. Douglas’s claim to support free school meals is about as convincing as the BBC’s claim to be impartial on the topic of Scottish independence, The BBC seemingly wants us to believe that the reason it hasn’t confronted Douglas over his hypocrisy is because he has just popped out to fry up some fish fingers and chips for the weans.

the Scottish government has already committed to free school meals during the Xmas, Feb and Easter holidays, as well as the additional Scot Child Payment, but Douglas tells us he’s going to pressure the Scottish Government to do something that it is already doing which he didn’t do himself despite claiming that he fully supported it, The truth is that the only thing that Douglas fully supports is desperately lunging at any passing bandwagon in what now appears to be the increasingly vain hope that he can avoid the fate of his predecessor, Surname Surname.
Douglas now says that he abstained on the free school meals vote because it’s an England only issue, although had it been approved it would have produced a Barnett Consequential and delivered extra funding for Holyrood which the Scottish Government could have spent on free schoolmeals for kids in Scotland, mind you, being supposedly England only didn’t stop all his Scottish Tory colleagues from voting against, like Andrew Bowie, who voted against because he’s already got his six chips. And it wasn’t what Douglas was giving as a reason for abstention just after the vote when he claimed it was because he couldn’t get a proxy vote. Douglas was quite happy to vote on England only matters last week when he voted on the minimum length that an English fishing vessel needs to be in order to get an English fishing licence, but now all of a sudden not voting on England only matters is a thing. The kids that Douglas’s party has voted to deprive of school meals might not be able to smell any dinners but they can certainly smell all the shite that passes for his excuses.

the best way you can ensure that Douglas Ross and the Scottish Tories feed hungry school children is, the next time you see one of their lying leaflets full of fake promises and outright lies, is to rip it into tiny pieces, throw it in the composting bin, and use it to help fertilise a crop of potatoes. It’s the only way that wyou will ever get a meal deal from the Tories.

health update, in physio yesterday I took my first faltering steps since having the stroke, there is still a long journey ahead in rehab, but the physio did tell me that I will walk again. I don’t mind admitting that I got a bit emotional because last week I was very worried about whether I would ever be able to walk again. The consultant has told me to expect to remain in hospital for the next two to three weeks, and while there is still a long recovery road ahead, I am making good progress and am determined to do what it takes to make the best recovery possible. I would like to thank everyone for all your messages of love and support, and my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has so generously contributed to the crowd funder, which is now standing atover £29,000 of the £50,000 target. you have all boosted my spirits more than you can possibly imagine, Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

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dead leg’s union units

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hat The Conservatives have realised that Scotland has decided that its future is as an independent country, and secondly that they don’t have the foggiest idea what to do about it. Over the weekend The Times newspaper reported that the big idea is to set up a ‘union unit’ headed by the dead leg of politics, Michael Gove we shouldn’t be surprised since we already knew that the Tories were a bunch of units. What is surprising however is the gobsmacking cluelessness of people who can only succeed in their declared goal of preventing Scottish independence by dint of persuading Scotland that they are more capable, intelligent and clued up than anything that we could provide for ourselves, instead they are delivering a political Masterclass in the dictum that it is far better to keep your mouth shut and risk being thought a fool than to open your mouth and confirm it. Michael Gove may be the insensate dead leg of politics. but he’s still quite capable of putting his foot in his mouth every time he oozes about saving the union. that takes a very special and particular talent for tone deaf stupidity, and unfortunately for th Conservatives it’s the only way in which they are at all outstanding when Better Together told us the UK punched above its weight they were quite right, it’s just that they neglected to tell us that they meant punching itself in the gob. Dead leg Michael has convinced himself that support for independence is on the rise because – get this – the Scottish media does nothing but uncritically pump out ‘SNP propaganda, by which he presumably means that he once witnessed an occasion on BBC Scotland when they actually allowed an independence supporter to speak in a discussion about independence featuring the usual three Tories and Jackie Baillie. But since no one else can recall such a singular event, it may well be that Dead leg’s memory was distorted by some Bolivian Marching powder.

Anyway, risible as it is, DEad leg’s plan to save the precioussss Union with some red white and blue press releases, telling us that the Tories are stealing food from children for their own good, it does at least have the relative merit of not being as far out there in the realms of batshittery as the suggestion from Tim montgomery, the editor of Conservative Home that the best way to get Scotland tofall back in love with the UK would be to set up a ‘Conservative Ministry of social Justice in Glasgow to be headed by baroness don’t call me baroness Rape Clause, Ruth Davidson. apparently Tim was being serious with this idea and wasn’t trying out some of that right wing comedy that we’ve heard so much about of late. although right wing comedy is very much like The positive case for the Union., we keep hearing British nationalists talking about it, but we never actually see it. A Conservative Ministry of social justice is one of those dystopian Ministries that George Orwell would have had in mind if he had lived long enough to write a sequel to 1984. Yesh sure, being lectured to about social justice by an unelected and unaccountable politician who has defended the morally bankrupt rape clause and who represents a party which has just quite literally stolen food from the mouths of hungry children is guaranteed to make Scots who are attracted to the idea of independence sit up and think again, although all it is likely to make them think again is that the Conservatives are vile and nasty hypocrites and the only way that Scotland can make progress to social justice is to put ourselves beyond their grasping clutches for good. The thing is that The Conservatives know full well what they need to do to reverse the rise in support for independence, they need to abandon their extreme Brexit and cease their attacks on th Devolution settlement. But they’re not prepared to do that. There is no place for anything other than a neutered and quiescent Scotland in the Tory vision of Brexit Britain , and because they’re not prepared to budge fom that, they will continue to insult our intelligence by blaming the rise in support for independence on everything except their own selfish and self serving behaviour. These are not political giants here, they are greedy little men and women with no vision, no plan, and no clue. increasingly panicking as they see Scotland slip inexorably out of their grasp. they have made their choices, and now Scotland is making its own. Scotland is choosing a future without the Tories in it, and no number of dead leg’s union units is going to prevent that from happening.

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unfair to scum

it was, I believe, the American author and critic H L Mencken who quipped, in relation to the tabloid press,that no one ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the public, and likewise no one ever went broke by underestimating the self regarding callow cruelty of a Conservative MP. Having being, rightly, heavily and severely castigated on social media following their appalling decision to vote to deprive the poorest children of free school meals.The Tories have reflected and have decided that it’s them who are the real victims here.the poor things, you can’t even steal food out of the mouths of babies these days without someone calling you out for it. It’spolitical correctness gone mad,after all it’s the duty of politicians to take these difficult decisions so that SERCO shareholders don’t suffer and so that the partners and associates of Conservative MPs can continue to rake in millions in consultancy fees. However since a plea for sympathy from aTory MP who has just stolen a hungry wean’s chance of dinner while he himself tucks into a posho six chip fish dinner that is heavily subsidised by the taxpayer is about as likely to succeed as an attempt to get Ruth Davidson to appear in an interview and answer difficult questions about why her Scottish Tory colleagues voted against free school meals just a week or so after promising to guarantee free school meals, the lunch snatchers have decided to try another tactic to divert the well deserved opprobrium which is currently raining down upon their heads. you see, they had to vote against free school meals because they’d only have been used to buy drugs. Now personally I’ve never pitched up at a drug dealer’s house bearing nothing but a Tesco chicken and mayonnaise sandwich, a pack of dried pasta and a pork pie and expected to depart with a gramme of cocaine. And if it had been anyone else who had suggested such a thing I would have scoffed in disbelief, but who am I to contradict Michael Gove’s lived experience? next time there’s s report of a drugs bust on the news we can expect to be told that the polis have seized heroin with a street value of a dozen Scotch eggs and three sausage rolls.

it was Mark Jenkinson, the Conservative MP for Workington, who claimed on social media that in his constituency people were exchanging food parcels for drugs, only now there’s a veritable convoy of drug addicts setting off for Cumbria carrying Greggs meal deals which they intend to exchange for crack. faced with any normal person would have seen as an entirely predictable torrent of ridicule, Mark has been forced to issue a clarification, pointing out that he’d been taken out of context and had only ever said that it was a tiny minority of people who used supplies of free food in order to buy drugs, But Mark’s ‘ clarification’ has only made things worse , because he has in effect admitted that because of the behaviour of a tiny minority he is going to penalise the vast majority of children who are living in food poverty due to the economic and political priorities of this Conservative govern ment, That’s how it works with this government, poverty is held to be the fault of the poor,who are to be collectively punished for the actions of a few. it’s hard to decide whether it’s poor people or people with a drug habit that Mark is smearing by anecdote, but being a Tory the chances are that he doesn’t distinguish between the two, so in order to help him tell the difference, poor people are folk who go to bed hungry and who struggle to keep a roof over their heads because s this government has gutted the social security system and presided over a proliferation of zero hours contracts and gig economy jobs that don’t pay living wage, whereas a person with a cocaine habit sits in the cabinet as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Mark has so far failed to produce any evidence to support his claims, yet he is prepared to condemn an entire generation on the basis of groundless gossip.but then destroying the lives of tens of thousands on the basis of nothing more than spurious evidence free claims is very much this government’s modus operandi and rationale, That is after all what has brought us Brexit. today Tory Mps are in full on victimhood mode because LabourMP ANGELA raynor called those Conservatives who voted to deprive needy children of a free meal ‘scum’. they’re not scum, scum floats to the top, this lot would need the assistance of a ladder in order to get into the gutter. In response to news that some local businesse were going to step in and help the kids that the government has refused to help. Conservative MP for North Devon, Selaine Saxby, has said that she very much” hopes businesses offering to feed hungry children for free “will not be seeking any further government , because she believes that if they are able to give away ood for free that this must mean that the business doesn’t need help to survive the covid crisis. You could not invent a more perfect illustration of the moral bankruptcy of the Conservatives, not only do they refuse to show compassion for those less fortunate than themselves, but they are determined to punish those who do have a grasp of the concepts of decency humanity and compassion. calling Conservative MPs scum is indeed unfair and uncalled for it is unfair to the single celled organisms which make up pondscum. they are for the most part harmless and innocent snd play a,vital role in the ecosystem  you certainly can’t say the same about Conservative MPs. Thatcher starved the miners, this lot of moral vacuums are starving the minors. Meanwhile Priti Patel is set to hand private firms £28 million in government contracts in order to deport asylum seekersfrom m the UK.This government can always find the money to victimise and punish vulnerable, desperate people – especially when that cash goes to line the pockets of their friends but it won’t find the money to feed hungry children ,Cruel Brittania.

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