Concerning Tendency

Source:: Random Public Journal Concerning Tendency Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael On Sunday last a number of pro-independence bloggers – myself included – were brought together by Independence Live to respond to a comment made about ourselves and our contribution to the movement by Pete Wishart. ‘A cursory glance,’ he tweeted, ‘at Wings, [Peter] Bell, Barrhead Boy, Jeggit, Lawson and the rest show [sic] an angry and intolerant collective of people who now hate the SNP with little to offer the indy debate.’ Ignoring the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Concerning Tendency

Welsh Independence is Trending

Source:: Random Public Journal Welsh Independence is Trending Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ON SUNDAY the Yes Cymru campaign for Welsh independence shared on social media that it had reached ten thousand members, a number which at first glance – compared to the membership of the Scottish National Party in Scotland – appears quite underwhelming. But this is an unfair comparison, and quite the wrong one to make. Yes Cymru is not a political party. It is an autonomous, non-party, and self-funding organisation dedicated to promoting the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Welsh Independence is […]

‘Who am I to Judge?’

Source:: Random Public Journal ‘Who am I to Judge?’ Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael TRANSGENDER PEOPLE and their experiences as a minority in our society have not featured greatly in my own experience of the world. Over the last few years, however, we have all become aware of a growing debate concerning the rights of trans people, and more particularly where these rights come into conflict – or are perceived to come into conflict – with the hard-won rights of women. This deeply polarising discussion has swept through… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal ‘Who am […]

Going Full Trump Apologist

Source:: Random Public Journal Going Full Trump Apologist Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael VICTORIA JOHNSON, a young American woman, a new Scot, and founding member of the Independence for Scotland Party (the ISP), has published a video on YouTube supporting Donald Trump for re-election. Quite understandably, this apparent volte-face has sent a miniature shockwave through the Scottish independence movement, a movement which has been characterised by civic rather than racial or ethnic nationalism, inclusivity, and tolerance. In response to the video the ISP issued a brief statement… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Going Full Trump […]

Britain’s Undoing

Source:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Undoing Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael GREAT BRITAIN, the political incorporation of England (and England’s Wales) and Scotland under England’s suzerainty, was a move on the part of the Kingdom of England of quite some considerable genius. Making way for a brief period in European history known as l’hégémonie anglaise (1716-35), the eighteenth century architects of the British state – many of who were truly gifted men – had the foresight to understand that the incorporation of Scotland into England… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Undoing

Britain’s Guide to Masturbation

Source:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Guide to Masturbation Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael HIGH CAMP AND PATHETIC, the Proms in the Albert Hall is an annual evening of British nationalistic superciliousness employed by the establishment’s artistic elite and the state broadcaster to inject some hardcore ‘patriotism’ dressed down as musical pantomime into the docile elements of the plebeian class. This is how the English do propaganda. The rest of the world doesn’t understand it. The closest we can imagine is the Waffen SS doing a march past… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Guide to […]

Progressive Politics and Independence

Source:: Random Public Journal Progressive Politics and Independence Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ON SUNDAY LAST our friends at the Edinburgh Yes Hub raised an interesting, if contentious, point on social media. ‘Some so called Yessers or SNP members,’ they tweeted, ‘risk splitting the movement on a few issues.’ The Scottish government’s proposed Gender Recognition Act, the Hate Crime Bill, the recent behaviour of the SNP’s National Executive Committee, and ‘wokeism’ have got independence supporters at each other’s throats, and these are concerns which have very much… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Progressive Politics and […]

Kulturkampf Scotland

Source:: Random Public Journal Kulturkampf Scotland Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ASK ANY CATHOLIC, there are plenty of reasons to be critical of the Catholic Church. ‘It is perfectly possibly,’ said an old friend of mine, ‘to be a good Catholic and a terrible Christian’ – and, bless her, she was right. Some of the harshest and least forgiving criticisms of the Church and its hierarchy come from Catholics themselves; from the clergy and the laity. Yes, children and other vulnerable people were abused by… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Kulturkampf Scotland

Russian Involvement

Source:: Random Public Journal Russian Involvement Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael IN ALL LIKELIHOOD the London government’s decision to release the so-called ‘Russia Report,’ the Intelligence and Security Committee’s report on Russian interference in British politics, is a massive squirrel – a distraction – designed to take the heat off Number 10 as the realities of Brexit begin to hit the ground. Powerful states meddle in the affairs of smaller states, and the United Kingdom and the United States have done and are doing their… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Russian Involvement

George in Galloway

Source:: Random Public Journal George in Galloway Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael SCOTLAND’S FAVOURITE CARPETBAGGER, George Galloway, has announced he will be standing in the next Scottish parliament elections. He intends to win a regional list seat in the South Scotland region as the head a new alliance – ‘An Alliance of all who wish to see the defeat of the SNP and an end to the Neverendum on Scotland’s future.’ Everyone is welcome, of course – everyone who hears the dog-whistles and catches the sly… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal George in Galloway

Gaming the System

Source:: Random Public Journal Gaming the System Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael EVER SINCE THE IDEA was first proposed, that the independence movement adopt a policy of voting for another pro-independence party besides the Scottish National Party in the regional list vote of the next Holyrood elections, leading lights within the SNP and the Scottish Greens have been using the term ‘gaming the system’ to describe the plan. The idea, of course, is to stand one alternative pro-independence party in regions where the SNP and the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Gaming the System

Supermajority: What Can It Achieve?

Source:: Random Public Journal Supermajority: What Can It Achieve? Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael AN IDEA HAS BEEN PUT to the Scottish independence movement ahead of the May 2021 Holyrood elections. Given that the more successful the Scottish National Party is in the constituency (FPTP) vote the poorer it must perform in the regional list (D’Hondt) vote, it is suggested that a pro-independence party run for seats in those regions where neither the SNP nor the Scottish Greens are expected to win list seats. Naturally, this idea has… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Supermajority: What […]

The 2011 Myth

Source:: Random Public Journal The 2011 Myth Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael WITH THE HOLYROOD ELECTIONS on the horizon, the Scottish National Party is asking its supporters and the wider independence movement to give it both their constituency and their regional list votes. Deputy First Minister John Swinney rejected calls from within the party for people to give their regional list vote to another pro-independence party, saying that in 2011 the system worked for the SNP – resulting in an overall majority. Stewart McDonald came out… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The 2011 Myth

Newtonian Political Thinking

Source:: Random Public Journal Newtonian Political Thinking Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael IN A RECENT INTERVIEW for The IndyPram Podcast, the host of the show – Ray James – asked for my thoughts on the current divisions in the Scottish independence movement. Not infrequently do I read of myself described on social media as a ‘divisive’ personality, my opinions on a number of issues and on a few occasions have provoked heated discussion and caused activists to divide into camps. In fact, this is how we… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Newtonian Political Thinking

You Have Two Votes

Source:: Random Public Journal You Have Two Votes Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael BELGIUM IS FAMOUS for producing some of the best beer in the world, and I can personally attest to this – myself and Shane Spelman have drunk a lot of it. And it makes sense that little Belgium brews great beer, because let’s face it – sorry Belgium – the place is boring. It must be the only place where speed bumps are used to keep Sunday drivers awake. King Leopold II is probably… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal You Have Two […]