Brace Yourself, Effie

Source:: Random Public Journal Brace Yourself, Effie Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Reading Effie Deans’ blog, Lily of St Leonards is one of those things we know we shouldn’t do, but – due to our natural morbid curiosity – remains one of those naughty pleasures we often find impossible to resist. We’re all the same. We spend a few minutes or and hour or so doing the things we ought to do online, before getting bored and googling dark and dangerous things. This is the same… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brace Yourself, Effie

Deconstructing a BBC Bad News Story

Source:: Random Public Journal Deconstructing a BBC Bad News Story Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael UNEMPLOYMENT IS OUT OF CONTROL in Scotland. Everyone tuned into the BBC knows Scotland is an economic basket case, incapable of autonomous government without the broad shoulders of the United Kingdom. BBC Scotland’s business and economy editor, Douglas Fraser, revealed today that unemployment in Scotland had increased by 5,000 people from March – taking our unemployment rate to a whopping 4.3 per cent, a whole point-one of a per cent higher than the UK… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Deconstructing […]

Imposed Will

Source:: Random Public Journal Imposed Will Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael SCOTLAND IS NOT GOVERNED. Within the union state of the United Kingdom, led as it is by the overwhelming power bloc of English MPs in the House of Commons – the elected representatives of the English state, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are dominated, and it is in their domination by England that they are ruled. The numerical constitution of the British parliament makes this obvious: In the Commons England is represented by 533… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Imposed Will

Nicola Sturgeon won’t be Meeting Trump

Source:: Random Public Journal Nicola Sturgeon won’t be Meeting Trump Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THERE WAS A TIME when meeting the President of the United States was a photo-op not to be missed by the leaders and politicians of small European countries. Posing next to the “leader of the free world” has always been a sure-fire way of upping one’s political profile and increasing one’s credibility at home. This was certainly what Theresa May had in mind when she welcomed Donald Trump with a fanfare of redcoated toy… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Nicola […]

Not Quite a State Visit

Source:: Random Public Journal Not Quite a State Visit Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael NOTHING SHOWS HOW OUT OF STEP the British government is with the will of the people of Britain quite as much as this state visit from President Donald Trump does. No President of the United States, not even George Washington, has been as unpopular with the public of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland as is the present incumbent of the White House. Even before Air-force One touched down tens of thousands of ordinary… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Not Quite […]

Not Welcome Here!

Source:: Random Public Journal Not Welcome Here! Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael MUCH OF THE CENTRE OF DUBLIN was closed off today on account of a visit to the city by members of the Royal family – namely, Prince Harry and his new wife Princess Harry of Wales (formerly Meaghan), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. There is only one tiny detail in this royal visitation which upsets a great many people in Ireland – myself included: Ireland doesn’t have a royal family. As an independent… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Not Welcome Here!

Brexit: The Headless Chicken Phase

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit: The Headless Chicken Phase Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THERE IS LITTLE POINT commenting on the present chaos in the British government for the time being. We are looking at a situation, after these resignations, that has too many moving parts. It won’t be easy to predict how things will be until the dust has settled – and that may take quite some time. Theresa May’s Lancaster House vision for Brexit is in tatters; serious divisions within the Conservative Party and within her… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit: The […]

Polishing the Brexit Turd

Source:: Random Public Journal Polishing the Brexit Turd Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael BREXIT MEANS BREXIT, said Theresa May on the meaning of Brexit, except that now Brexit doesn’t mean that Brexit anymore – unless of course this Brexit is what she meant all along. Let’s not get too caught up on what all of that means, because, if we have learned anything of the meaning of “strong and stable” under this Conservative government, its means strong means ‘fragile’ and stable is ‘constant instability and flip-flopping.’ At… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Polishing the Brexit […]

JK Rowling’s ‘Blame on Both Sides’ Argument

Source:: Random Public Journal JK Rowling’s ‘Blame on Both Sides’ Argument Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael LATE TO THE PARTY ON THIS ONE. Storms on social media never last too long, but Joanne Rowling OBE’s recent brain fart on Twitter – a warning of the dangers of Scottish nationalism – deserves at least some discussion. In a week where her fellow unionist celeb Katie Hopkins – while “reporting” for the Canadian alt-right “news” channel Rebel Media from Israel; where she actually said the “Muslims are in control” – tweeted a… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Dark Money and the BBC’s Sleight of Hand

Source:: Random Public Journal Dark Money and the BBC’s Sleight of Hand Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THE BRITISH STATE BROADCASTER, the BBC, has been suspiciously reluctant to report any details of the mushrooming Brexit dark money scandal. Since Monday I have been tweeting Gary Robertson, BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland radio anchor, calling him and the rest of the BBC out for covering everything but the scandal – everything from out of control dogs to Siri making an unexpected appearance in the Commons. Rather than presenting news which is actually… Read the full article:: Random Public […]

Brexit and the Bigger Picture

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit and the Bigger Picture Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael BREXIT IS NO ORDINARY POLITICAL EVENT.  The decision of England and Wales to leave the European Union, taking Scotland and Northern Ireland with them as “one United Kingdom,” is an event with both purpose and meaning. Turning to our Classical Greek we may better think of Britain’s departure from the EU as a Καιρός as opposed to a Χρόνος moment; meaning that rather than being simply something that happened in chronological time, it is… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit and […]

Why the BBC is Killing the Dark Money Story

Source:: Random Public Journal Why the BBC is Killing the Dark Money Story Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael BRITAIN’S STATE BROADCASTER, the BBC, has swung into full propaganda mode by meeting the Brexit “dark money” story – quite literally the biggest political story in the world – with an impregnable wall of silence and near comic attempts at misdirection. In Scotland we have gotten used to the aggressive unionist agenda of the BBC and its unwillingness to put anything before the Scottish public that might put the union or the Westminster government… Read the full article:: Random […]

Dark Money

Source:: Random Public Journal Dark Money Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THE SIMPLEST EXPLANATION, says Ockham’s razor, is usually the truth. When we look at what is unfolding to be the biggest political scandal in living memory – the Brexit dark money scandal – we are presented with two explanations; one fantastically convoluted story involving a number of right-wing figures, senior British Conservative politicians , key people in the Trump campaign, the Kremlin, an insane amount of money, coincidence and rank incompetence, and a public… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Dark Money

Hugging the Hateful

Source:: Random Public Journal Hugging the Hateful Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael GILLIAN MARTIN MSP PUBLISHED an article on her personal blog eleven years ago that has returned, as these things often do, to bite her on the bum. She described transgender students – people over whom she was in a position of power – in the most disgusting ways imaginable. She reduced some of the most personal and treasured truths of their beings to worthlessness and shame. Since then she has deleted this horrible post… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Hugging the Hateful

Normalisation

Source:: Random Public Journal Normalisation Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WE ARE LIVING AT A TIME, not of post-fascism, but of pre-fascism. Don’t take my word for it, it was stated emphatically on Tuesday by Fintan O’Toole, perhaps Ireland’s foremost political commentator, in an article for The Irish Times. Everywhere from the Brexit referendum, to the election of Donald Trump, to the movement of right-wing political parties from the fringe to the mainstream across the European Union O’Toole sees a disturbing new trend developing… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Normalisation