An Announcement is Imminent

Source:: Random Public Journal An Announcement is Imminent Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THINGS ARE LOOKING UP. At long last, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, has commented on a timeframe for another independence referendum. Responding to a question from the leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie MSP, Ms Sturgeon said that it is now her intention to inform the Scottish parliament on the timing of a referendum in the next couple of weeks, and she added that this would not be derailed in the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal An Announcement is […]

Independence: There’s No Time Left

Source:: Random Public Journal Independence: There’s No Time Left Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT IS WISHFUL THINKING to imagine that the First Minister and the Scottish government are “playing the long game” on independence. It is equally as fanciful to believe they have a masterplan lying on the bottom shelf of a safe waiting to be rolled out when the timing is just right. The fact is that we simply have no evidence to support these naïve assumptions. In reality, given the volatility of the times in… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Independence: There’s […]

In Danger of Losing Independence

Source:: Random Public Journal In Danger of Losing Independence Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael FRUSTRATIONS ARE MOUNTING in the independence movement with the SNP’s continued dalliance with what is fundamentally an English – and therefore foreign – political project. Rather than seeing tonight’s almost unprecedented failure of the British government and the present trajectory of Brexit for what they are; a real and present threat to devolution and the whole campaign for independence, the SNP is continuing to play cross-party collegiate games at Westminster in the hope of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal In Danger […]

Independence: Here’s My Plan

Source:: Random Public Journal Independence: Here’s My Plan Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WITH A FEW NOTABLE EXCEPTIONS, it appears that we Scots are incapable of escaping the fact we have been conditioned into believing we need permission to have what we want. As 29 March draws closer – too close now for comfort – and as we edge perilously close to falling into the Brexit trap, the real concern is that we will not have a referendum in time to save our democracy and secure our… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Independence: Here’s My […]

Scotland is Running Out of Time

Source:: Random Public Journal Scotland is Running Out of Time Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael OUR NEW YEAR IN SCOTLAND certainly hasn’t come with the breeze of fresh optimism for which many of us had hoped. Not exactly the most buoyant of opening lines, I know, but sometimes we just have to bite the bullet. We’re miserable. Across the independence movement, or at least that part of the movement which’s mood I can gauge from where I am, there is a growing sense of foreboding; a feeling that we… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Scotland […]

Alex Massie and Keeping Catholics Out

Source:: Random Public Journal Alex Massie and Keeping Catholics Out Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ANTI-CATHOLIC SECTARIAN BIGOTRY, it seems, is the last line of defence for the union cause in Scotland. Time and again the “Ulsterisation of Scottish politics” – a dog whistle allusion to political polarisation along religious lines – is laid at the feet of the Scottish National Party and the movement for independence, but, and as the record shows, the only people in the British commentariat deploying these quasi-religious themes to advance of their political… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Alex […]

Scotland, It is Time

Source:: Random Public Journal Scotland, It is Time Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael SOON IS A RELATIVE TERM when we discuss the fortunes of nations. No doubt the Irish republican rebels of 1798, even after their defeat and as they stood on the scaffold, said to themselves: Soon Ireland will be free. What we can endure, what we can achieve in our lifetimes is limited by our allotted three-score and ten years. Our lives are short. Soon to us is forced by our mortality to be immediate.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Scotland, It is […]

Independence Road

Source:: Random Public Journal Independence Road Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael OUR UNIONIST FRIENDS think we talk about independence too much. The truth is that that we don’t talk about independence enough. Our political opponents want us to concentrate on the “real problems” facing Scotland, they want that we return from our flight of fancy and re-join them in the “day job” of making our country better. But re-join them? We were never with them. More importantly, they were never with us. They have no… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Independence Road

Mrs Windsor’s Christmas

Source:: Random Public Journal Mrs Windsor’s Christmas Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THERE WAS NO AVOIDING the annual Christmas message from Buckingham Palace this year. It so happened that I was in a place at the time of its broadcast where silent attention for “Her Majesty” is an essential Christmas Day ritual. Everyone had eaten, the post-turkey snooze was over, and everyone was awake and alert for Mrs Windsor’s obviously very expensive pearls of wisdom. Having earned my fag break, I headed through the kitchen and… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Mrs Windsor’s Christmas

Make Scotland a Shelter

Source:: Random Public Journal Make Scotland a Shelter Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IRISH POLITICS HAVE TAKEN a turn for the better in the last couple of years. England’s decision to leave the European Union and its rapid descent into social, political, and economic madness have effected a change in the Irish government that almost a hundred years of independence from England have failed to produce – strong and stable government. Those unfamiliar with the Irish parliament, Dáil Éireann, will not know the origins of its two… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Make Scotland a […]

Stay of Execution

Source:: Random Public Journal Stay of Execution Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THERESA MAY HAS TONIGHT won a challenge to her leadership of the Conservative Party by 200 votes to 117, maintaining the support of just under two thirds of her parliamentary colleagues. According to the current Tory party rulebook, by facing down this backbench rebellion Mrs May has gained for herself a twelve-month immunity from further challenge; meaning – if there is no successful vote of no confidence from across the floor – she will… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Stay of Execution

Britain in Utter Disarray

Source:: Random Public Journal Britain in Utter Disarray Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael GOVERNMENT CRISES DON’T COME WORSE than this without there being an actual failure of the state, and it looks very much as though the United Kingdom is on the verge of a state failure tonight. In less stable countries – and, yes, those do exist (hard to believe as it is) – this is about the point at which we would expect to see a military coup. Thankfully, we are not quite there yet,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Britain in Utter […]

Reading a Troll’s Playbook

Source:: Random Public Journal Reading a Troll’s Playbook Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ONLINE TROLLS HAVE BECOME a ubiquitous feature of the internet. Social media has become the playground of the greater part of the global online community. This is where an increasing number of people gather to interact with family and friends from the comfort of their homes and mobile devices. Sites like Twitter and Facebook have, as a consequence, become the hi-tech marketplace of ideas, it is where millions of people get their news and… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Reading a Troll’s […]

Weaponised Gender Politics

Source:: Random Public Journal Weaponised Gender Politics Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael “I TELL YOU THIS EARLY MORNING,” said the Irish rebel Michael Collins shortly after concluding the Anglo-Irish Treaty, “I signed my own death warrant.” It has become a studied habit of mine never to discuss feminism and gender politics. It has always seemed to me that, as a man and as a man who belongs to not one but two exclusively male institutions, venturing into the world of gender politics is like seeing a… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Weaponised Gender Politics

Brexit: “No Good Brexit”

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit: “No Good Brexit” Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THERE IS NO GOOD WAY to say this, so we might as well just cut to the chase: Brexit, no matter what form it takes, is going to be an unmitigated disaster. Don’t take my word for it. Take the word of the British government, which yesterday published its own 90-page economic review of the horror show that leaving the European Union will be for the United Kingdom over the next 15 years. The… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit: “No Good […]