Happy GERSmas day

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Happy GERSmas day The annual GERS figures are due out on Wednesday 21 August, but I am off to Dundee to speak at a Roadshow event for The National.  I published a version of this blog post last year, but since we’re going to go through the exact same thing this year as we did the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, I thought there was no reason not to publish it again – albeit with… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Happy GERSmas day

The Compliant

Source:: Random Public Journal The Compliant Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael AT SOME LEVEL dominance requires the compliance of the dominated. In every conquest and occupation in human history the success of the occupier has relied to a greater or lesser extent on the compliance and acquiescence of the defeated, of the subjugated. Such compliance is not the same as the wilful assistance of the invader or collaboration for personal or political gain, rather it occurs at a deeper level of the national psyche; it… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Compliant

Get off my f***ing backstop

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Get off my f***ing backstop It’s now clear what Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s game plan is. He’s written a letter to the EU demanding the removal of the Irish backstop but offering no solutions to replace it, all so that he can blame the EU for a refusal to renegotiate the Brexit deal. Then either following a no-deal Brexit, or following the refusal of the Commons to allow a no-deal Brexit, he can call a General Election and blame everyone else for his mess.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Get off […]

The Special Relationship Won’t Save Boris Johnson

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Special Relationship Won’t Save Boris Johnson On 26 July, on the first official phone call between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Donald Trump, both leaders agreed that Brexit offered an “unparalleled opportunity” to strengthen the UK-US special relationship. The conversation followed various exchanges of affection, flattery and praise between both men. Taken together with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s recent trip […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Special Relationship Won’t Save Boris Johnson

Clowning Around at the Edinburgh Festival: Culture and Social Cleansing

Source:: Bella Caledonia Clowning Around at the Edinburgh Festival: Culture and Social Cleansing Edinburgh is buzzing. It’s week three and the kids shows are packed-out, despite the Scottish schools being back from their summer holidays. Funny that. The response to the CITIZEN’s film by Bonnie Prince Bob has been a mixture of vitriol and epiphany, hyper-defensiveness and celebration. 45k people have watched it and it’s garnered over 1000 […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Clowning Around at the Edinburgh Festival: Culture and Social Cleansing

Electoral Commission Obstructionism on Indyref2 is Just a Foretaste

Source:: Craig Murray Electoral Commission Obstructionism on Indyref2 is Just a Foretaste The Electoral Commission has sought to apply the handbrake to the gathering momentum for a new Independence referendum, by a submission to the Scottish Parliament which is a model of bureaucratic obstructionism. This is simply a foretaste of the attitude of the “neutral” and “independent” organs of the United Kingdom state, such as the BBC and Electoral Commission, in the coming struggle for Independence, in which the British state will be using all possible levers to defend its own existence.… Read the full article:: Craig Murray […]

Are You Listening Now?

Source:: Random Public Journal Are You Listening Now? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Back in January when, in clear violation of the Good Friday Agreement, British military personnel were being deployed to search suspected Republican safe-houses in the north of Ireland I commented on social media that, according to the Provisional IRA’s own manual of operations, “British soldiers are now legitimate targets.” This was not mere opinion. This, considering the nature of the armistice, is a simple matter of fact. Brexit threatens to undermine the terms of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Are You Listening […]

The Great British whoopee cushion

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Great British whoopee cushion Politics, like every other specialism, has its suite of technical terminology. For example there’s the sovereignty of crown in parliament, briefing paper, acquis, reserved matter, universal sufferage. To these terms we can now add another, AAAAIIIIEEEEWWWW!!!! This is the screaming sound we’ll all make when Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson takes us all over the Brexit cliff. The scream will shortly be followed by a splat that lasts for many, many, months, the sound the UK’s balloon of grandiose imperial… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Great […]

Raising the state pension age to 75 would exacerbate inequalities and slow the economy

Source:: Business for Scotland Raising the state pension age to 75 would exacerbate inequalities and slow the economy Just when you thought Conservative social policy couldn’t be any further away from the real needs of the population, the presumably ironically named Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a conservative think tank, has recommended that the state pension age (SPA) should rise to 75 over the next 16 years. Under the current law, the SPA is due to […] Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Raising the state pension age to 75 would exacerbate inequalities and slow the economy

The Failures of Fortress Europe

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Failures of Fortress Europe As Europe crumbles under the weight of its colonial and ecological debt – state sanctioned actions – sometimes performed by private actors will become evermore extreme, Layla-Roxanne Hill reports from Fortress Europe. Exiting the Channel Tunnel and arriving into mainland Europe, is a sight which no photo app is able to filter into a social […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Failures of Fortress Europe

Ceist Mhòr an Fhearainn

Source:: Bella Caledonia Ceist Mhòr an Fhearainn Bho chionn bheagan mhìosan a-nis, tha mi air a bhith ag obair air rannsachadh airson sreath do dh’obraichean ealain ùra. Tha riamh ùidh air a bhith agam anns a’ cheangal a th’ againn ris an àrainneachd agus ris an t-saoghal – gu h-àraid a’ coimhead air cho dlùth ’s a tha a’ bheatha ris an […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Ceist Mhòr an Fhearainn

Questions of identity

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Questions of identity For most people who support the idea of Scottish independence, it’s not about identity. Even for those who do prize a Scottish identity, that Scottish identity is not usually an ethnic one. Scottishness is a state of mind. It’s about where you live and how you choose to identify rather than being about where your parents or your ancestors came from. You could say that the difference between the civic nationalism espoused by the great majority of Scottish independence supporters… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Questions of identity

When you’re 74

Source:: Wings Over Scotland When you’re 74 Ah, the good old days of the positive case for the Union. But oh no! Shock twist! Who could ever have guessed? Average male life expectancy in Scotland is 77, so enjoy those two years, lads. (And let’s not even start on the women.) Better together, strong and stable, broad shoulders, best of both worlds, […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland When you’re 74

FCO Speeds Up Planning to Move UK Embassy to Jerusalem

Source:: Craig Murray FCO Speeds Up Planning to Move UK Embassy to Jerusalem Following US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s talks with Boris Johnson and his ministers in London last week, FCO officials have been asked to speed up contingency planning for the UK to move its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with an eye to an “early announcement” post Brexit. The UK is currently bound by an EU common foreign policy position not to follow the United States in moving its Embassy to Jerusalem. As things stand, that prohibition… Read the full article:: Craig […]

Scotland’s golden eagles are dying in agony, all in the name of sport | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Scotland’s golden eagles are dying in agony, all in the name of sport | Kevin McKenna Not even the survival of one of Earth’s most magnificent birds can be allowed to spoil the fun on the grouse moorsSomewhere bleak and unforgiving in Scotland, a golden eagle is suffering an agonising death. The young bird of prey was photographed last week with a metal trap clamped around its leg in the Crathie area of Deeside in Aberdeenshire. The tourist who took this distressing image sent it to the police who expressed serious concerns for the eagle’s welfare… […]