An Agent of Influence: David Leask’s Job

Source:: Random Public Journal An Agent of Influence: David Leask’s Job Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Rumour has it that David Leask is GCHQ’s man in the Scottish media. It’s only a rumour, but we can be absolutely sure British intelligence has its fingerprints all over the Scottish unionist press. In two separate interviews with prominent independence supporting members of the Scottish media David Leask – a reporter at The Herald – was named in relation to “rumours” of his connection to the British Security Services. One described him as… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Tartan Day in New York

Source:: Random Public Journal Tartan Day in New York Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael On “Tartan Day” we get to see the McDonalds Happy Meal version of Scottish culture paraded through the streets of New York. But so long as Haggisism is to be fetishised by the Yanks we should stop the yoons setting the narrative. “Why is it,” asked Frank – a friend of mine in the Irish civil service, “that unionists always claim ownership of the trappings and history of Scotland?” It was the same on… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Tartan Day […]

Referendum2018 or an Alternative Road to Freedom

Source:: Random Public Journal Referendum2018 or an Alternative Road to Freedom Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael By March next year, if we have not secured another referendum, it will be clear that this movement will have to look for an alternative route to independence. We cannot delay forever and we can’t follow a party that fails to give us what we want. After resetting the decision of the Scottish parliament to seek another independence referendum Nicola Sturgeon told us that we would be hearing more about the Scottish government’s plans… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Referendum Now!

Source:: Random Public Journal Referendum Now! Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael We have come to the crossroads of the Scottish independence discussion and from this point every moment the next referendum is delayed the more we damage Scotland. We know that Scotland’s real tragedy is the union. It is high time the struggle for independence in Scotland made the leap from comforting the afflicted to afflicting the comfortable. We have made the positive case for independence and yet at every turn we have been mired… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Referendum Now!

Pete Wishart and the Maybe Someday Referendum

Source:: Random Public Journal Pete Wishart and the Maybe Someday Referendum Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Now is not the optimum time for another independence referendum says Pete Wishart. We have more support now than we have had in almost three centuries, but now is not the time? I’m not buying this defeatist nonsense. Pete Wishart and I have two very different experiences of Scotland. Responding to James Kelly’s call for the SNP to use the mandate he wrote in this month’s iScot Magazine: “Holding a second referendum only to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Britain and Greater English Nationalism

Source:: Random Public Journal Britain and Greater English Nationalism Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael The bell has knelled for the United Kingdom not because of Irish, Scottish, or Welsh nationalism, but because of English nationalism. The moment England realised it was a nation it was to “repatriate” foreigners. England won’t share its Britain. Britain and invented Britishness predate the rise of nationalism in Europe perhaps by as much as a century. Like the Russian and Austrian empires, Britain was first conceived as a monarchic state polity which sought… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Britain and […]

Israel can’t use the Holocaust as an Excuse

Source:: Random Public Journal Israel can’t use the Holocaust as an Excuse Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Whenever the world reacts to the murder of another Palestinian child by the “Jewish State,” Israel scurries behind the spectre of the Holocaust and claims special victim status. But the Holocaust was never a crime against Israel. Every time another dead Palestinian child; murdered by Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian occupied territories, appears on my news feed I get closer to going full tilt Holocaust denier. In fact, if I am being honest with… Read the full article:: Random Public […]

Democracy is on Life Support in the West

Source:: Random Public Journal Democracy is on Life Support in the West Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Western democracy has been hacked by a ruling élite determined to keep its hands on power in the face of the cyber revolution. They have subverted and broken democracy, and if left unaddressed this will kill our democracy completely. It is simply not possible that I am alone in my misgivings about democracy. It has always struck me that, no matter the country, supposed democratically elected national parliaments and governments never represent the social,… Read the full article:: Random Public […]

Faith without Works is Dead

Source:: Random Public Journal Faith without Works is Dead Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael We are a baw hair’s width from independence. But the road has been long and people are exhausted. We all want a good wee moan, but this is the time to stand up, dust ourselves down, and get it finished. Give me a penny for every time I have heard a scunnered independentista say we can’t do it, that now isn’t the right time, or something similarly defeatist and I would be a wealthy… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Faith without […]

Scottish Independence and Anti-English Bigotry

Source:: Random Public Journal Scottish Independence and Anti-English Bigotry Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Once more I have been called an anti-English bigot for wanting Scottish independence, but this time it has come from someone close. Once again I will stand my ground and say: No, I am a lover of Scotland – not a hater of England. Yesterday on Facebook I received a private message from an old friend; a man I consider to be family, asking me to remove this blog from his timeline. “I see,”… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Scottish Independence […]

Reassessing the Terrain for a 2018 Referendum

Source:: Random Public Journal Reassessing the Terrain for a 2018 Referendum Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael The narrowness of the divide between Yes and No in 2014, the polarisation of Brexit, and events in Catalonia have all changed how the next Scottish independence referendum will be played out. We must adapt to this new environment. Joe Pike’s 2015 tell-all account of the Better Together campaign, Project Fear, opens with an account of a British Cabinet discussion following the 2011 Holyrood election at which the idea of replicating Spain’s attitude to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Police Scotland Just Following Orders

Source:: Random Public Journal Police Scotland Just Following Orders Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Freedom and democracy are by far more important than “the law,” for without freedom and democracy there can be no justice. When Police Scotland arrests a democratically elected politician for the crime of democracy it becomes a criminal. “We can confirm,” tweeted Police Scotland yesterday afternoon, “that we are in possession of a European arrest warrant for Clara Ponsati.” The rest of this announcement went on to outline how our police force will bend… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Police Scotland […]

Hatred Rising: Britain’s Real Toxic Nerve Agent

Source:: Random Public Journal Hatred Rising: Britain’s Real Toxic Nerve Agent Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael The Islamophobic attack on Humza Yousaf by yet another Scottish Labour politician is a symptom of a problem that is spreading right across the United Kingdom. If we do not have the backbone to stop this it will soon become an uncontrollable inferno. Jim Dempster’s comment to Scottish transport officials that they would not have seen Humza Yousaf, the Scottish Transport Minister, “under his burka” will inevitably be leapt upon by the independence movement,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

We Bloody Know Why You Did It

Source:: Random Public Journal We Bloody Know Why You Did It Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Angela Haggerty has decided that enough is enough. Too many people have lost patience with CommonSpace constantly platforming Labour and promoting Jeremy Corbyn, and they are messing up the comments. So she’s shutting them down. So it has finally happened. Angela Haggerty, before cutting and running to take up her place as news editor at the Sunday Herald, announced that “indy media” website CommonSpace would be closing down its beleaguered comments section. According to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

What’s the Russian for ‘Strong and Stable?’

Source:: Random Public Journal What’s the Russian for ‘Strong and Stable?’ Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Russia had until midnight to fess up or face the wrath of the British Empire. But there is no empire and Russia woke up this morning with laughter pains. Sooner or later England will have to learn its place. Midnight has come and gone and still there is no response from Russia to Theresa May’s ultimatum for it to provide a plausible explanation as to why Novichok, an extremely potent military grade nerve agent,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]