The Compliant

Source:: Random Public Journal The Compliant Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael AT SOME LEVEL dominance requires the compliance of the dominated. In every conquest and occupation in human history the success of the occupier has relied to a greater or lesser extent on the compliance and acquiescence of the defeated, of the subjugated. Such compliance is not the same as the wilful assistance of the invader or collaboration for personal or political gain, rather it occurs at a deeper level of the national psyche; it… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Compliant

Are You Listening Now?

Source:: Random Public Journal Are You Listening Now? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Back in January when, in clear violation of the Good Friday Agreement, British military personnel were being deployed to search suspected Republican safe-houses in the north of Ireland I commented on social media that, according to the Provisional IRA’s own manual of operations, “British soldiers are now legitimate targets.” This was not mere opinion. This, considering the nature of the armistice, is a simple matter of fact. Brexit threatens to undermine the terms of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Are You Listening […]

Sectarianism is a Thing Again

Source:: Random Public Journal Sectarianism is a Thing Again Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IN THE LAST FEW DAYS the appearance of anti-Catholic comments and posts of a sectarian nature have become a feature of my social media timeline. Always, the response of the educated is to roll the eyes and allow oneself a sigh before reaching for the block button. It truly beggars belief that even today, twenty-odd years after the end of the Troubles in the north of Ireland, that there are people around us who… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Sectarianism is […]

The Mood is Changing

Source:: Random Public Journal The Mood is Changing Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael BORIS JOHNSON has really touched something in the Scottish national psyche. Theresa May, for all her awkward incompetence, managed somehow – quite inexplicably, considering her appalling record on immigration and her handling of the Grenfell tower tragedy – to keep the lid on the anger bubbling under the surface of British society. But, in his first few days in office, her replacement has lit the touch-paper, changing the mood in Scotland and Wales from… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Mood is […]

Doomed to Failure

Source:: Random Public Journal Doomed to Failure Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael On my last speaking tour around Scotland, at every event, I predicted exactly what Brexit means. This prediction proved to be frighteningly on target. Before taking up his Prime Ministerial office, Boris Johnson was briefed by Britain’s security chiefs on what a no-deal Brexit would cause. All cross-Channel trade would cease, sixty-six million people in the United Kingdom would be faced with dangerous food shortages and left without access to essential and life-saving medicines.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Doomed to Failure

Lancing the Boil

Source:: Random Public Journal Lancing the Boil Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Years ago, close to the last time I would see him alive, I passed my grandfather in the Howard Park. He was sitting on a bench looking more reflective than I had ever seen or remembered him before. The Dundonald Road runs along the back of the Howard Park, and this is where our family GP’s clinic was – maybe still is. ‘Motto’ – as he was affectionately known – had obviously been to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Lancing the Boil

Tommy Robinson

Source:: Random Public Journal Tommy Robinson Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Schadenfreude is a beautiful emotion. Watching Tommy Robinson on video begging his hero Donald Trump for political asylum in the United States almost made the hell that is Brexit worthwhile. Tommy – and he can call himself ‘Tommy Robinson’ if he likes – comes from the same rancid political gene pool as some of the worst racists in the global far-right today, from the same stream that brought us Thomas Mair – the man… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Tommy Robinson

Time to Ban the Orange Order

Source:: Random Public Journal Time to Ban the Orange Order Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael EIGHT MEN WERE ARRESTED on Saturday in Glasgow for sectarian offences after an Orange Order parade of a few hundred persons took place in the city. On the same day somewhere in the region of ten thousand independence supporters marched through the town of Ayr without a single incident. Without fail, whenever and wherever they happen, Orange marches result in heightened tensions, binge drinking, and chauvinistic anti-Catholic hate speech, and violence. Any passing observer… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Time […]

Prioritise Scotland

Source:: Random Public Journal Prioritise Scotland Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ARC OF PROSPERITY BLOGGER Tam Widmann asked in an article on Saturday “what can Scotland do” in a scenario in which powers are stripped from the Holyrood parliament and we are flatly refused a second independence referendum. Both contenders for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, have committed themselves to preserving the union, with Hunt going so far as to say he would refuse a Section 30 order even… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Prioritise Scotland

The Threat to the Scottish Parliament

Source:: Random Public Journal The Threat to the Scottish Parliament Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ONLY A FEW WEEKS AGO, during a talk in the Highlands, Ian Blackford, the leader of the SNP parliamentary group in Westminster, dismissed out of hand the suggestion that the British government would rescind the Scotland Act and close Holyrood – saying the people of Scotland simply would not accept it. The people of Scotland have accepted quite a bit since September 2014. We have accepted being taken out of the European Union against… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The […]

Nigel Farage: The Threat to Democracy

Source:: Random Public Journal Nigel Farage: The Threat to Democracy Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT IS NOT OFTEN SAID, but it was a delight to read Neil Mackay’s article on the threat Nigel Farage poses to democracy in The Herald this morning. “Democracy in Britain is far from in good health,” reads the sub-header, “but if it ever really starts to erode, the threat will come from a kind of Rotary Club fascism. The danger will wear a blazer, not jack boots.” Nigel Farage has been a laughing… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Nigel […]

Robert the Bruce

Source:: Random Public Journal Robert the Bruce Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael CINEWORLD’S DECISION not to show Richard Gray’s Robert the Bruce in its Scottish cinemas raised one hell of a stink in the independence movement. Angus Macfadyen, the actor who played Robert the Bruce in Mel Gibson’s 1995 film Braveheart, who is also the producer and screenwriter of this Robert the Bruce, has never hidden the film’s political purpose – saying he wants it to fuel the cause for independence in his native country. Neither… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Robert the Bruce

Without Reference

Source:: Random Public Journal Without Reference Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ENGLAND IS AN EXTREME EXAMPLE of a narcissistic nation. In the independence movement in Scotland we are well accustomed to the whining. If Scotland decides to leave the union, so we are told, we will be abandoning England to an eternity of Tory rule. After independence, they inform us, we will not be able to use their currency. How many times have we heard it said that independence is nothing other than the political… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Without Reference

The Irish Example

Source:: Random Public Journal The Irish Example Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IN THE COMMENTS to an article I published yesterday on the legality of Scottish independence a dear friend, himself an Irishman living in Scotland, said – as I had referenced the Irish struggle for independence in the piece: “The Irish example is not in fact the one which we should even be thinking of following.” His meaning was simple and clear: Scotland’s journey to self-determination must not be one of bloody violence; a hundred… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Irish Example

No Legal Route to Independence

Source:: Random Public Journal No Legal Route to Independence Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THE PURPOSE OF THE LAW in every state is first and foremost to safeguard the state as it is presently constituted. In the United Kingdom this means the most important function of British law is to preserve the integrity of the state – that is to keep the ruling establishment in power and to keep all constituent parts of the United Kingdom subject to the British state. But many, even within the Scottish independence… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal No Legal […]