In the National Interest

Source:: Random Public Journal In the National Interest Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael NEVER IN MY LIFE have I felt so much as a quantum of sympathy for the British Conservative Party, its politicians and members, and its selfish and self-serving quasi-political ideology. But earlier today something approaching sympathy was stirred. As the chaos of the morning’s events unfolded; as one Cabinet resignation followed another, knowing the fate of Scotland and our independence was somehow entangled in the events, and watching on helplessly as the last vestiges… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal In the National […]

Brexit: Britain Blinked First

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit: Britain Blinked First Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael STORMONT ASSEMBLY LEADER, the DUP’s Arlene Foster, has learned the hard way – something she must have seen coming – that the British government was always going to put the interests of England before the needs of her fragile Ulster fiefdom. As was only to be expected, Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, fully capitulated to the European negotiating position on Tuesday; delivering a draft proposal to Brussels which effectively moved the United Kingdom’s… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit: Britain Blinked […]

Brexit: Down to the Wire

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit: Down to the Wire Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WE ARE WITHIN REACHING DISTANCE of a deal on Brexit, or so we are told. A draft proposal, which reportedly includes a comprehensive proposal on the Irish border, has been delivered by the British government to Brussels and Dublin. But the problem is that no one as yet knows the details of this proposal – at this stage that includes members of the British Cabinet in London. Here in Dublin the motto of the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit: Down […]

Brexit: The Nightmare Scenario

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit: The Nightmare Scenario Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ON 29 MARCH 2019 – 138 days from now, and in all likelihood without a deal, the United Kingdom will come crashing out of the European Union. One aspect of the People’s Vote campaign – the campaign for a referendum on the final deal – which few are discussing is that there may be no deal to debate. Time will simply run out on the Brussels negotiations and the UK will be out the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit: The Nightmare […]

The Just War Myth

Source:: Random Public Journal The Just War Myth Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael People in the United Kingdom wear the poppy, the symbol of remembrance adopted after the catastrophe of World War I, for many reasons. Chiefly, this is a token of personal and community grief. There was scarce a town or village in Britain and Ireland in 1919 that had not lost some part of the flower of its youth in the greatest armed conflict the world had ever seen. Between July 1914 and November 1918… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Just War […]

Clashing Symbols

Source:: Random Public Journal Clashing Symbols Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THE STATE OF ISRAEL has no right to exist! This is a statement which deeply offends many Zionists and their supporters around the world, but one which is nonetheless true. Whenever the assertion is made that the denial of Israel’s right to exist is a form of hate, I am quick to respond that Israel does not in fact have a right to exist – and this has nothing whatsoever to do with my… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Clashing Symbols

Not Wearing a Poppy

Source:: Random Public Journal Not Wearing a Poppy Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael HOLY AND PIOUS IT IS TO PRAY for the dead (2 Maccabees 12:45). During the autumn of 2015 I had the privilege of working with the In Flanders Fields museum and research institute at Ypres in Flanders, the site of the ghastly Ypres Salient between 1914 and 1918. Together with a number of other Irish postgraduate students I was awarded an academic fellowship by the Irish government, the purpose of which was to begin… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Not Wearing a […]

The Grouse Beater Accusation

Source:: Random Public Journal The Grouse Beater Accusation Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael DAILY RECORD READERS were left under no illusions last week that the independence movement had a real problem with antisemitism. No doubt intended to whip up what was a growing controversy around Gareth Wardell’s article on the Grouse Beater blog into a frenzy, the Scottish unionist-aligned tabloid published a heavily edited piece of Press Association stock copy by Lewis McKenzie in which it claimed Mr Wardell had called GMB union official Rhea Wolfson “the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Grouse Beater […]

What Sort of Person Does That?

Source:: Random Public Journal What Sort of Person Does That? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael EARLIER TODAY SCOTTISH social media reacted to an image of a young blonde woman posing in tactical camouflage skip hat and jacket with the lifeless body of the long-horned feral goat she had just shot and killed on Islay. Larysa Switlyk, an American television presenter and “big game hunter,” has come to Scotland with “Jason” to unwind from her privileged Floridian lifestyle back in the States by killing defenceless animals, some of the most… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal What […]

Nicola Sturgeon did the Right Thing

Source:: Random Public Journal Nicola Sturgeon did the Right Thing Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has pulled out of the November News Xchange media conference because the BBC sprang it on her that she would be sharing the platform with right-wing media personality and erstwhile Trump administration eminence grise Steve Bannon. Commenting on her decision Ms Sturgeon stated on social media: I believe passionately in free speech but as [First Minister] I have to make balanced judgements – and I will not be part of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Nicola […]

Rethinking the Independence Movement

Source:: Random Public Journal Rethinking the Independence Movement Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ERIC RECENTLY BEAT ME at chess. Eric is a sixteen-year-old Maths student of mine, and quite often during our weekly nerd sessions we wrap up with a game of chess. Chess is great for the mind; it develops our logical and strategic thinking, strengthens our powers of concentration, and there is no doubt it is a good exercise for any aspiring mathematician. Until recently I would introduce the match by asking him if he’d… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Rethinking the Independence […]

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Source:: Random Public Journal Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WHENEVER THERE IS THE SLIGHTEST disagreement between pro-independence voices there is an immediate response across social media demanding “unity” and asking the same predictable question: Why can’t we all just get along? Journalists, bloggers, and other writers and content producers in the independence movement are people who often run the gauntlet of being labelled “divisive” for their thoughts, opinions, and comments. In fact, anyone who takes it upon themselves to speak up and speak… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Something Stinks

Source:: Random Public Journal Something Stinks Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael KNOW THE TRUTH and the truth will set you free. This past week has been a revelation. The truth be told, there was a moment when I seriously considered giving up and walking away from the independence movement. Not that I would consider becoming anti-independence – not for a moment, I just thought, after an unsettling glimpse into a particular recess of the movement’s imagination, that perhaps it would be better to leave this… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Something Stinks

No More Wee White Lies

Source:: Random Public Journal No More Wee White Lies Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael It is estimated that over 100 thousand people marched through Edinburgh for independence on Saturday, making it the biggest show of popular support for independence on record. The weather was fantastic and the atmosphere electric. Watching a sea of saltires and Yes flags parading down the Royal Mile, down past the Scottish parliament, and out into the expanse of Holyrood Park in the sunshine was a vision to behold. This was heart-warming stuff. So,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal No More […]

If You Want to Achieve Freedom

Source:: Random Public Journal If You Want to Achieve Freedom Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ONLY A FEW YEARS AGO, after a decade of austerity, in the midst of a housing and a growing homelessness crisis, the Irish government thought it would be a good idea to pay off the state’s massive debts – a crippling EU/IMF €67.5 billion bailout – by introducing a water charge. Rather than making the banks and those who gambled and lost the fortunes of the nation pay for the damage they had done,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal If […]