Acknowledging Scotland’s existence

Wee Ginger Dug

Finally, Theresa May has managed to unite the UK. Everyone thinks her deal is rubbish, even the guy who was supposedly in charge of negotiating it. The Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resigned, so Raab C Brexit is now Raab C Exit. Fellow Brexist Esther McVey has taken time out of her busy schedule of torturing benefits claimants and kicking away the crutches of disable people in order to issue a statement saying that she’s resigning from the government because this deal is unfair and unworkable. So very much like Universal Credit then, but that didn’t seem to exercise what passes for her conscience.

The Brexists have dumped an enormous pile of crap all over the UK, and now they’re walking away whistling that it’s got nothing to do with them. They don’t want to clean up the mess that they have created. And now God knows what’s happening. Will…

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Stopping the spreading rash of Union flegs

Wee Ginger Dug

When I was a kid, the Union fleg was only regularly seen flying on Orange Walks. As a Catholic wean from a family that was partly of Irish descent, it was a flag that said that people like me were not welcome, that we were excluded, that we were regarded as aliens in the land of my birth and my parents’ birth. It was a symbol of hate and sectarian bigotry. It was the flag that the Orange marchers flaunted as they stood outside the church were I made my first communion as a small child, while we cowered within in fear. It was a flag that said that we were powerless, and which was used to assert and reinforce the lower position on the social hierarchy of part of the Scottish population. It was a flag that ruled over the divide and rule of the British state. It was…

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Brexit leadership wants to attack the poorest – not reduce immigration. An open letter to Leavers …

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Dear Leavers,

Polling shows us most of you voted to leave the EU for two main reasons.

Firstly, you wanted to regain sovereignty for Britain, and secondly most of you wanted to see a reduction in the numbers of people from other countries coming into the UK:

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The sad truth is, however, that your leaders – who are now in control of Brexit – have no intention of reducing immigration after the UK leaves the EU:
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And it looks like your leaders have absolutely no intention of regaining sovereignty for Britain either.

Quite the opposite in fact.

They want Brexit so they can sell off large parts of British services and infrastructure to foreign interests outside the EU – particularly in the US and China:

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We also know those who ran the Brexit campaign openly lied to you about spending more money on the NHS if the UK voted to leave the EU.

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A disgrace

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I’ve been following the fortunes of the valiant band of walkers involved in the 500 Miles walk around the country highlighting the cause of an independent Scotland with some interest.

Starting off on the Isle of Skye in mid-September these folk have traipsed around the country over the last few weeks in all weathers, fighting blistered feet and tiredness, but in great spirits, and now have the destination of Edinburgh on the day of the AUOB march very much in sight.

Since last weekend and their run in,at of all places, Stirling Castle, with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) I’ve been grinding my teeth into wee piles of powdered enamel and dentin about the treatment they received.

The very idea that peaceful, law abiding ordinary Scots, people representing me, representing you, can be asked to leave one of Scotland’s foremost historical sites because they are carrying the flag of their country…

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Breaking the glass of the fishbowl

Wee Ginger Dug

So there you go, you write a blog article about the double standards of British nationalism, and how violent metaphors and imagery are the norm for opponents of independence, but if supporters of independence were to use equivalent words or imagery, there would be outrage. And then the very next day the zoomers of Scotland in Union go and like a Tweet from a well known British-nationalist-so-he’s-not-a-nationalist-at-all troll displaying a blunderbuss and the caption that he’s ready for the SNP day of action. Because that doesn’t condone violence at all.  Oh no. It was just banter.

It ought to be superfluous by now to point out that had a similar image been approved by an independence supporting organisation, there would be demands for the police to investigate hate crimes, which would shortly be followed by acres of anguished commentary about the violent evils that Scottish nationalism have unleashed on a…

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Time for the stars to shine

Wee Ginger Dug

Oh dear gods. Oh all the deities that anyone has ever worshipped. Oh anthropomorphised personification of an impersonal and uncaring universe. I’m fed up. I’m fed up with the wibbling wankwits dribbling drivel and calling it wisdom. I’m fed up with the mendacious mouth-breathers. I’m fed up with the self-serving and the selfish stupidity. I’m fed up with the dishonesty, the duplicity, and the deceit. I’m fed up with the arrogance of arsewiping addlebrains. I’m fed up with the harebrained scheming of heartless scumsuckers. I’m even fed up with the artful invention of alliterating insults. It’s that bad. This is what happens when you pay attention to British politics and the British media.

The UK is a mess. If it was a horse it would be shot. If it was a cow it would be the patient zero in a foot and mouth epidemic. If it was an earthworm it…

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Labour rips up the Claim of Right

Wee Ginger Dug

It is being reported today, Sunday, that following Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that he might be prepared to ‘allow’ Scotland to hold a future independence referendum should he become Prime Minister, that the Scottish Branch Office is to press for the inclusion of a clause in the Labour manifesto explicitly opposing another independence referendum. The Branch Office is thought to believe that this would mean that a future Labour government would have a mandate to forbid any future independence referendum and to refuse to give the Scottish Government a Section 30 order, irrespective of any mandate that the Scottish Government has been given by the people of Scotland in a Scottish election and irrespective of the vote share received by independence parties or the number of MPs they achieve. According to Nick Eardley of the BBC, an announcement to this effect will be made at the Labour party conference in Liverpool.

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