Boris Johnson’s Cull

Source:: Random Public Journal Boris Johnson’s Cull Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael BRITAIN’S PRIME MINISTER, Boris Johnson, last night put the people of the United Kingdom on lockdown, introducing a sweeping set of measures and restrictions on the population designed to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These measures, unprecedented outside of wartime, are to be welcomed and are entirely urgent and necessary, but it simply cannot go unsaid that these steps have come late – and perhaps too late to avoid a catastrophic loss… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Boris Johnson’s Cull

Britain’s Herd Immunity

Source:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Herd Immunity Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael HISTORY WILL NOT look kindly on Britain’s response to the novel coronavirus, or its premeditated lack of response as the case may be. On Thursday 12 March, as this new and deadly virus – which had already infected over a hundred thousand people around the world and claimed the lives of thousands – continued to spread in the United Kingdom, the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed a bemused public. Alarm bells began to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Herd Immunity

The Bridges Over a Manacled Country

Source:: Random Public Journal The Bridges Over a Manacled Country Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael SCOTLAND AND ITS POLITICS are a great comfort to an author whose attentions are split between two homes on opposite shores of the Irish Sea. While the earth was moving in Ireland as Sinn Féin shook the very foundations of the Free State establishment and sent a shiver of fear over Britain and its political ruling class, I could rest easy – safe in the knowledge nothing much would change in Scotland. Yes, perhaps… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The […]

What Just Happened in Ireland?

Source:: Random Public Journal What Just Happened in Ireland? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Veteran BBC journalist John Simpson took to Twitter this morning to explain the Irish general election in characteristic British style – ‘Tansplaining,’ as we call it in Ireland. ‘So Ireland,’ he said, ‘which has been politically stable for decades, has also succumbed to populism…’ He was, of course, referring to the unprecedented Sinn Féin surge – once the political voice of an armed Republican movement which handed the British Army its arse during Britain’s… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal What Just […]

Our Day Has Come

Source:: Random Public Journal Our Day Has Come Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ‘IT WAS EMOTIONAL,’ said by comrade. I confessed to shedding a tear myself. We never saw it coming. No one saw it coming. Mary Lou McDonald, an unassuming wee woman from Dublin, had led Sinn Féin to its greatest election victory in over a hundred years – a century that has seen Ireland struggle through the darkness of a revolution unfinished and the pain of division, of partition, and of a bloody armed conflict.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Our Day Has […]

The Mackay Affair

Source:: Random Public Journal The Mackay Affair Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THERE’S NO TWO WAYS about it, Derek Mackay’s behaviour was predatory and disgusting. It was right that he resigned immediately from his ministerial brief and that he was suspended from the Scottish National Party. It can only be hoped he has the good grace and the sense to step down as an MSP, and that the police will launch a thorough investigation into his conduct. Over the past six months, by text and private… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Mackay Affair

Brexit Day

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit Day Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ‘BREXIT WILL NOT HAPPEN,’ said a fellow Scottish independentista to me a few months back, before explaining her case in full. Yet, during her informed and passionate explanation, I found my mind wandering to the idea of Chekhov’s gun; the concept – to boil it down a little – which says that if there’s a gun in scene one, someone will be pumped full of lead by scene three. While she set out her… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit Day

Another Disappointment

Source:: Random Public Journal Another Disappointment Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ANOTHER ANNOUNCEMENT from Nicola Sturgeon this morning. Like so many others in the independence movement, I dragged myself to a screen to watch and listen in cautious anticipation of the news we have all been waiting for; a date for the next independence referendum. On getting out of bed, I tweeted that this was either going to be the best Friday or the worst Friday. Hearing that we would be again going to the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Another Disappointment

Section 30 Order Denied

Source:: Random Public Journal Section 30 Order Denied Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael BORIS JOHNSON, the British Prime Minister, today denied the formal request of the Scottish government for a Section 30 order – the transferal of power from Westminster to Holyrood which would allow for another legal referendum on our constitutional future.  Already, the Scottish National Party has rejected calls for a ‘Plan B,’ an option, which if accepted, would give us the opportunity to move ahead on an independence referendum without the consent of the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Section 30 Order […]

No Conflict Without…

Source:: Random Public Journal No Conflict Without… Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael PETE WISHART IS NOT WRONG when he says to the movement that what we need is ‘gentle persuasion’ to win unionists over to the idea of independence. He is simply misguided. On 5 January Stuart Campbell published a short piece on the Wings Over Scotland website in which he provided the data and analysis for something we all already know – that there will be no movement in the polls outwith an official campaign.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal No Conflict Without…

In Bad Faith

Source:: Random Public Journal In Bad Faith Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael How easy it has become through December and the first days of January 2020 to believe the words of 1 Peter 4:7, that the end of all things is near. One little koala bear brought me, brought millions around the world, to tears. As the entire world burned around her, she staggered as though intoxicated back to the forest and to the fire. Shocked, lost, and bewildered, her paws and chest bleeding, her back… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal In Bad Faith

Converting the Converted

Source:: Random Public Journal Converting the Converted Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael CHRISTMAS IS A TIME for family – yada, yada, yada – and so it is, but I decided that this year I would use my festive break as an opportunity to get around Scotland talking to people in the independence movement. If much of the response on Twitter to my tweets is anything to go by, I made the mistake of talking to all the wrong people, because the mood was less than optimistic… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Converting the Converted

Social Media Carnage

Source:: Random Public Journal Social Media Carnage Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT HAS BEEN CARNAGE on Twitter for the past twenty-four hours, but, sure, what would I know – my account was locked for twelve. Our feelings are mixed on the subject of Wings Over Scotland’s permanent ban from the platform, but its deletion is a sign something sinister is happening to the Scottish independence movement on social media, and this I should know – my own account was successfully targeted in a sustained campaign… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Social Media Carnage

Wings Banned from Twitter

Source:: Random Public Journal Wings Banned from Twitter Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT on Sunday news began circulating on social media that the Wings Over Scotland Twitter account had been permanently removed from the platform – a verified account with a following of some 53,000 users. The significance of this loss to the online campaign for Scottish independence should be lost on no one genuinely interested in independence, and when I read the news my heart sank. Shortly thereafter Stu Campbell, the owner of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Wings Banned from […]

Mauled by a Lamb

Source:: Random Public Journal Mauled by a Lamb Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael PRINCE ANDREW’S INTERVIEW with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis was, and I hate to admit it, electrifying viewing. Given that it has topped social media trends for two whole days, there is no denying the fact that this interview has really touched on a nerve right at the heart of British society. In the blue corner, the royal establishment, the Conservatives, and the monarchists are frothing at the mouth; it was a massive mistake, they… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Mauled by a […]