Economic Treason …by Appointment of Her Majesty

Source:: Random Public Journal Economic Treason …by Appointment of Her Majesty Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Every passing day more money is being taken out of the economy by the people who make all the rules. It has now reached the point where their greed is costing lives. Is it too late to do something about it? Western society, politics, and the whole economic structure that governs our way of life in the twenty-first century are directed towards a single end, the transfer of wealth from the bottom to the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Tory Sleaze: Just Power Playing with Itself

Source:: Random Public Journal Tory Sleaze: Just Power Playing with Itself Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Anyone shocked by the revelation the British government is riddled with predatory sexual perverts really ought to turn off their television and move to a wood cabin in the Alaska wilderness. Rarely now do the social and intellectual worlds which I inhabit collide. It would be seldom that theological ideas – my misspent youth – inform my more recent political thinking, but when such collisions and intersections happen the outcome is often quite interesting.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Catalunya: The Failure of European Democracy

Source:: Random Public Journal Catalunya: The Failure of European Democracy Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Storm clouds have gathered over Europe. By its brutality and repression in Catalunya Spain has put the new Republic in a position that has often in the past led to armed conflict and war. This is serious. Let’s for a moment imagine a situation in which, after a fair and democratic election, the British government, that of France, or the United States was deposed by an outside force and its ministers imprisoned. There is… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Catalunya: […]

The Boundary to the March of a Nation

Source:: Random Public Journal The Boundary to the March of a Nation Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Looking from the outside in at Britain and what “being British” means for Scotland shows us that there is nothing deterministic of this label. We can chose not to be British. We will always be Scots. “Scotland is British!” If we were given a penny for every time we were told this by some mindless unionist we would be wealthy people indeed. Living as a Scot abroad here in Dublin offers a few insights… Read the full article:: Random Public […]

When Britain Stops Stealing Our Tatties

Source:: Random Public Journal When Britain Stops Stealing Our Tatties Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael British flags have started appearing on everything from potatoes to whisky in our shops and it’s no accident. This is the next phase in the cultural invasion of Scotland and we have to wake up to it fast. Even in the midst of the often bitter cut and thrust of the Scottish constitutional debate on social media Twitter can be a bit of craic. There’s always some wise guy with a witty observation of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal When […]

Twitter Will Not Tolerate Political Tweets

Source:: Random Public Journal Twitter Will Not Tolerate Political Tweets Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Political sleaze stories are news, but bigger news is when Twitter and other social media platforms get involved to help governments bury the stories. This is what’s happening with the 36 Tories scandal right now. There is no doubt the latest Tory sleaze scandal – considering the source of the leaked document containing the names of 36 Conservative MPs and details of their “inappropriate” behaviour was the Guido Fawkes blog – is intended as… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Twitter […]

Sick and Tired of Britain’s November Death Cult

Source:: Random Public Journal Sick and Tired of Britain’s November Death Cult Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Every year poppy fest gets worse. In Britain this cheap little gesture is being used to cover over the sins of an elitist British establishment that profits from war and the international trade in death and suffering. Walking through George Square in Glasgow on Sunday morning, sniffing out a coronary inducing fried breakfast after the night before, I happened across what might only be described as a pop-up graveyard. Row on row of white… Read the full article:: Random Public […]

Welcome to the Catalan Republic Part Two

Source:: Random Public Journal Welcome to the Catalan Republic Part Two Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Catalonia declares independence from Spain, putting paid to the idea that the modern western state is unchallengeable. We have returned to the questions and disputes of the 1930s – tensions long kept on ice. Intelligent people get away with so much on account of our perception of their intelligence. A few years ago – while I was still an undergrad – I became friends with a retired professor of Celtic languages; an exceptionally intelligent… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Ruth Davidson to Boil her Heid on Bake Off

Source:: Random Public Journal Ruth Davidson to Boil her Heid on Bake Off Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Tory leader Ruth – “tank girl” – Davidson is set to appear on an episode of Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off. There’s nothing benign or neutral about this television appearance. It’s a volley in Britain’s media war. “Davidson’s popularity is growing,” writes Caroline Davies in The Guardian. Well of course the Scottish Conservative leader’s popularity is growing. That’s what happens when the establishment media showcases political leaders on popular reality television programmes and… Read the full article:: Random […]

The European Union after Catalunya

Source:: Random Public Journal The European Union after Catalunya Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Its failure to address the crisis in Catalunya has inflicted a serious blow to the European Union. We can no longer afford to be so naïve concerning the agency of the EU in our affairs. It is not a neutral agent, but it still may have its uses. Later this morning Prime Minister Rajoy’s extended deadline will expire. He has given the Catalan president Carles Puigdemont until 10am to clarify whether or not he… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The European […]

ScotRef: It’s Decision Time Scotland

Source:: Random Public Journal ScotRef: It’s Decision Time Scotland Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Devolution won’t survive Brexit. The power grab that we are now about to witness is only the start of a journey that is taking us back to direct rule. It is crucial that the Scottish government acts now on its promise of another referendum. Unionist talking heads on the BBC always return to their frustration that “the nationalists” have the cheek to presume to talk for Scotland. Apparently, regardless of the democratic decision of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal ScotRef: It’s […]

La Violència: Violent Political Policing in a Democracy

Source:: Random Public Journal La Violència: Violent Political Policing in a Democracy Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Nothing is more shocking, more scandalous, and more painful to the free than the sight of a uniformed thug tearing ballot boxes from the hands of slaves. But what this has revealed is a call to arms. The fight for democracy is on. On Sunday the world watched on in shock as the Guardia Civil, Spain’s military police force, brutally cracked down on unarmed civilians in Catalunya as they went to the polls in… Read the full article:: Random Public […]

Damn Right there was a Referendum

Source:: Random Public Journal Damn Right there was a Referendum Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael European democracy has been unmasked by the actions taken by Spain against the Catalan independence referendum, actions ignored and thus permitted by the European Union. This is where the fight for democracy really begins. Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish Prime Minister, addressed Spain on national television last night to reassure the country that the state was secure and to thank the Guardia Civil for the job it had done in Catalunya. He also informed the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Damn […]

Barcelona Standoff: Spain is Not Getting its Way

Source:: Random Public Journal Barcelona Standoff: Spain is Not Getting its Way   Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Mariano Rajoy has instigated a standoff in Catalunya that he must now be realising he cannot possibly win. When Donald Trump tells you your people won’t like their democracy being taken from them, it’s time to reassess your plan. Spain’s central government – without the consent of parliament – has, for all intents and purposes, imposed a state of emergency on Catalunya ahead of the 1 October independence referendum. As Mariano Rajoy’s government… Read the full article:: Random Public […]

British Power: Behind the Scenes of Power in Great Britain

Source:: Random Public Journal British Power: Behind the Scenes of Power in Great Britain Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael British democracy and the institution of its limited constitutional monarchy are fictions. They operate in order to hide the workings of real power, power over which our limited democracy has absolutely no say. Real power in the modern bureaucratic state is always in the hands of unelected civil servants behind the scenes. In the United Kingdom these senior civil servants – the Directors and Permanent Secretaries of the various Ministries and government departments –… Read the full article:: […]