The Colonel Boakie March

Source: Wee Ginger Dug The Colonel Boakie March Over the weekend, Ruth Davidson crossed the thin red line between jolly photo opportunities, and dangerously narcissistic attention seeking. She appeared for her adoring public, or at least for her adoring pals in the press, dressed in army uniform as Colonel Ruth of the 32nd Signal Regiment. She was signalling that Scotland is now in the same league as a tin pot authoritarian state whose leaders adorn themselves in medals and braid and fancy uniforms. Still, it did mean that she was able to avoid difficult questions about why her pal […]

Gaslighting Scotland

Source: Bella Caledonia Gaslighting Scotland It’s the marching season in Belfast and Glasgow. The ethno-religious superiority of the Protestants will be on display emboldened by their pact and their raid on the coffers of Westminster. It’s the pinnacle of Britishness, a hyper-nationalism. Let’s hope it goes well. What we have here is the emerging outline of an authoritarian regime based on traditional […]

Theresa, the DUP, and the pipsqueak ‘representing’ Scotland in Cabinet

Source: NewsNet Scotland Theresa, the DUP, and the pipsqueak ‘representing’ Scotland in Cabinet Commentary by Derek Bateman What is a Secretary of State for? Scotland’s was abolished in 1746 when naughty highlanders attempted some pre-emptive devolution but was reinstated towards the end of the 19th century when a visible presence was required – the Duke of Richmond duly came north to shoot grouse. Derek Bateman Then, since the Scottish Parliament, the duties have dwindled almost to nothing, the role being merely to act as cypher between London and Edinburgh. Oddly, you may think, the budget has nevertheless spiralled upwards. […]

Cut and Run

Source: Derek Bateman Cut and Run What is a Secretary of State for? Scotland’s was abolished in 1746 when naughty highlanders attempted some pre-emptive devolution but was reinstated towards the end of the 19th century when a visible presence was required – the Duke of Richmond duly came north to shoot grouse. Then, since the Scottish Parliament, the duties have dwindled almost to nothing, the role being merely to act as cypher between London and Edinburgh. Oddly, you may think, the budget has nevertheless spiralled upwards. Or not oddly at all, as the job has increasingly been to counter […]

Two charged for 100mph Moray dash

Source: Northern Scot Two charged for 100mph Moray dash A PLEA has been issued to road users to drive responsibly after two people were charged with travelling at more than 100mph on a stretch of Moray road.

Lean Bastards

Source: Bella Caledonia Lean Bastards Kate Tempest’s searing opening at Glastonbury is with a listen and a share …  

Not Barnettable

Source: Bella Caledonia Not Barnettable The (notional) Secretary of state for Scotland couldn’t really have been any clearer:   The deal murders devolution as well as the English language with a Scottish Tory saying the extra money for Northern Ireland was “not Barnettable” but that the party’s Scottish MPs would (somehow, improbably) “push for more money”. David Mundell, has previously […]

The unsurprising twist

Source: Wings Over Scotland The unsurprising twist This was David Mundell on Sunday, guaranteeing that any extra money produced for Northern Ireland to secure DUP backing for the Tory government would be matched by more funding for Scotland (as much as £4.5bn under normal Barnett Formula rules, because Scotland has nearly three times the population of the province): And here’s the truth 24 hours […]

Moniaive or Bust

Source: Bella Caledonia Moniaive or Bust Hit’s the nicht afore A’m giein ma brent new lecture Scots Language in Comics (142AD tae 2017) at the Moniaive Comic Festival an hit’s jist dawnt on me, A hivnae mindit tae pick up Susan Rennie’s Scots language Tintin buik: The Derk Isle. Hit’s got ae panel A’m needin fir tae mak ma pynt aboot […]

How is Theresa May still in power?

Source: Bella Caledonia How is Theresa May still in power? Owen Jones interviews Frankie Boyle. On Britain’s faux morality, independence, self-censorship and moral outrage …

Elgin success at piping day

Source: Northern Scot Elgin success at piping day PIPING at Forres witnessed aMoray victory on Saturday as Elgin and District gained first place in the grade 4B category.

Pointless Cruelty is the Tory Policy

Source: Craig Murray Pointless Cruelty is the Tory Policy Today the government publishes to parliament its proposals on the residence rights of EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit. The EU has already , on 12 June, tabled the offer of full continuation of current residence rights to UK citizens in the EU after Brexit. This includes the right for British expats not only to remain in the EU country of current residence, but the right to continue to move residence around the EU. By contrast May’s offer, which was amplified by David Davis with Marr yesterday, is peculiarly restricted. […]

How Our Half Live

Source: Random Public Journal How Our Half Live Tweet Follow @RPJblogBy Jason Michael There are moments in the histories of nations when the veil is torn away, exposing the plans the powerful have in store for the powerless. Grenfell tower is one such moment. Ignoring this would be a greater disaster. Grenfell tower has shone a cold hard light on many of the darkest realities of life for ordinary working class people in the United Kingdom. Our culture, given that it is built on a social hierarchy of wealth and privilege, has for centuries fetishised “how the other half […]

The false flag patriotism of the Tories

Source: Wee Ginger Dug The false flag patriotism of the Tories This blog isn’t patriotic enough. It needs to be published with a red white and blue background and a rousing chorus of Rule Britannia ought to start automatically whenever you load the page. Andrea Leadsom said so. Asking questions about the negative consequences of Brexit means that you’re in cahoots with Brussels and are a purveyor of fake news. Whenever anyone in the British government mentions Brexit, the only appropriate response is to click your ruby red white and blue slippers together and say “There is no place […]

Gordon Wilson

Source: Craig Murray Gordon Wilson I am saddened by the death of my old friend and mentor, and predecessor as Rector of Dundee University, Gordon Wilson. It is nigh on 40 years ago that he converted me to the cause of Scottish Independence (though not then to the SNP), much aided by Edith’s magnificent potted Arbroath smokie. To this day I have never enjoyed a food more. The last time I spoke with him he was criticising a passage from Sikunder Burnes as insufficiently precise in its expression. I think every conversation I ever had with him contained a […]