Inappropriate?

Source:: Random Public Journal Inappropriate? Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael LEGALLY SPEAKING, the most Alex Salmond’s opponents can level against him with any credibility is that his behaviour – with his own admission – was ‘inappropriate.’ Now, before any critique of this nebulous term, it is important to acknowledge that there is such a thing as inappropriate behaviour and that people are affected by the inappropriate behaviour of others in the workplace, in public, and even in their private homes. It is in no… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Inappropriate?

On Being Good

Source:: Random Public Journal On Being Good Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael THE CHATTER ON SOCIAL MEDIA from Nicola Sturgeon’s most loyal followers, over the last few days, has been rather disturbing. We now find ourselves – the whole of the independence movement, that is – in the uncomfortable spot where in a judicial review the Scottish government has been found to have acted unlawfully in its handling of complaints against Alex Salmond. It is now accepted and well known that someone in the First Minister’s… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal On Being Good

Reality Bites

Source:: Random Public Journal Reality Bites Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael IN THE OPEN SOCIETY we are each entitled to our own opinions, but one thing we are not entitled to are our own facts. From about the middle of the twentieth century postmodern critiques of social and political structures and of language have emerged from the academy and have percolated through society and culture which have fundamentally challenged our understanding of reality – and the consequences of this have not always been good. René… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Reality Bites

Live Blog: Salmond Gives His Evidence

Source:: Random Public Journal Live Blog: Salmond Gives His Evidence Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael 13:51 Any mention of the remit of the inquiry – the breaches of the Ministerial Code – is conspicuous now only by its absence. It is clear from almost every question from the members that this session is about putting Alex Salmond back on trial. The convener has repeatedly reminded MSPs to stick to the purpose of the inquiry, but this has been roundly ignored. The inquisitors are determined not to stick to the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Live […]

We Have Them Beat

Source:: Random Public Journal We Have Them Beat Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ROSA ZAMBONINI, an SNP staffer, recently shared her frustration at the ‘invisible line’ running through the independence movement which has made itself felt over the past number of months. No doubt she was referring to the yawning chasm between the supporters of Alex Salmond and the supporters of Nicola Sturgeon that has resulted from what Ruth Wishart aptly described as the ‘Sturgeon/Salmond psychodrama’ unfolding at the very heart of Scottish independence politics. It would… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal We Have Them […]

Explain to Me

Source:: Random Public Journal Explain to Me Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael IT IS NOT THE CASE that I am against the Scottish National Party. Certainly, in light of recent developments, of which we are all aware, I have serious misgivings about the current leadership. It looks to me, at least, that a group of senior figures in the party acted to recruit complainants against Alex Salmond and, against the advice of its own legal experts, sought to have him convicted and imprisoned on a catalogue… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Explain to Me

People Have Questions

Source:: Random Public Journal People Have Questions Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael EVERY SO OFTEN someone will drop me a private message on social media asking me to explain things (Correction: My inbox is always packed). Obviously, it is not possible to get back to everyone and so I try to address as many questions as possible in what I publish. But every now and then something stands out. One stood out this afternoon, and I have asked the sender’s permission to quote her here and… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal People Have Questions

Assembly

Source:: Random Public Journal Assembly Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael LOCKDOWN HAS AFFORDED us something altogether quite rare in life – time. As a young student I remember being quite taken with the Protestant theologian John Wesley’s idea of the ‘redemption of time;’ this being the filling of idle moments with study. Perhaps this is the only element of the Protestant work ethic I ever found attractive. Ever since first encountering Wesley, I have been in the habit of carrying a book with me… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Assembly

Bring Out Your Dead

Source:: Random Public Journal Bring Out Your Dead Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ON MY FIRST VISIT TO ROME as a young student I was struck by the ‘Altar of the Fatherland,’ the pristine and towering white marble monument to Victor Emmanuel II on the Piazza di San Marco – probably the largest war memorial I had ever seen. Having learned about ‘Il Duce’ and Italian fascism at school, the scale of this impressive and dominating monument amused me; to the best of my knowledge Italy had… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Bring Out Your […]

What is the Scottish Republic?

Source:: Random Public Journal What is the Scottish Republic? Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael WE HAVE REACHED something of an impasse in the campaign for independence. Regardless of its utterances to the contrary, the Scottish government cannot deliver an independence referendum next year. It can indeed request a Section 30 order from the British government, but it has also created a Catch-22 legal constitutional reality in which London has the power to refuse such a request. Moreover, the Scottish National Party has ruled out any consideration of alternative,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal What is […]

Our Derailment

Source:: Random Public Journal Our Derailment Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael IT IS NO EXAGGERATION to say that the Scottish National Party is in trouble, and with it the cause for Scottish independence. Our independence is, in the long-term, an inevitability; not because of any particular qualities of the independence movement or its leadership, but because the British project has a shelf life and all the signs are showing that the union state is fast coming undone. But this does not mean our independence is… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Our Derailment

The Crypto-Unionist

Source:: Random Public Journal The Crypto-Unionist Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael NOW SEEMS LIKE a good time to explain some of the terminology I have been using of late. In a recent article, Educating Cameron Archibald, I used the term ‘crypto-unionist’ to describe the pro-independence blogger James Kelly, Ross Greer, and Cameron Archibald – people who claim to be on our side in the Scottish independence debate. This does not mean they are unionists or closet unionists as the case may be. It simply means… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Crypto-Unionist

Educating Cameron Archibald

Source:: Random Public Journal Educating Cameron Archibald Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ‘HAVE FUN,’ read the direct message from a colleague on Twitter. He had sent me a link to a tweet from Stirling University’s undergraduate economics, history, political theory, and all things independence wunderkind-cum-guru, Cameron Archibald. This enfant terrible and I have had one another blocked on social media ever since he threw a tantrum when I told him what I thought of his big plan to solve the world’s problems by simply printing more… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Educating Cameron Archibald

Poverty is a Choice

Source:: Random Public Journal Poverty is a Choice Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ONCE AGAIN, an image has gone viral on social media depicting the measly and awful rations local authorities in England have been handing out to children depending on free school meals. Chartwells, part of the Compass Group, the largest foodservice company in the world, has the government contract to provide these kids with school means to the value of £30 a week. Naturally, as we have all seen, the pathetic assortment of processed ‘cheese’… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Poverty is a […]

Losing Our Mojo

Source:: Random Public Journal Losing Our Mojo Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael THERE’S A LOT going on right now. Yes, we are in danger here of making the understatement of the year – and it is still only January. We are in the midst of a global health emergency, and many of us are still in total lockdown and suffering the social and psychological ill effects of physical and social distancing. The British government has come good on its diabolical plan to leave the European Union,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Losing Our Mojo