Criticism and Negativity

Source:: Random Public Journal Criticism and Negativity Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael TUCKING INTO MY SECOND Croque Madame it occurred to me I had been whining quite a bit for a Saturday. The washing machine has gone on the blink again, forcing me to haul what felt like every item of clothing I own over to the self-service laundry. Nothing, it seems, has been going my way, and the only remedy was to saunter on into Café Delice for some quality nosh and a builder’s brew… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Criticism and Negativity

Two Scottish Independences

Source:: Random Public Journal Two Scottish Independences Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT HAS COME AS A SHOCK to Mhairi Hunter that there are people in the independence movement who choose to employ choice language when speaking to those who oppose independence. Well, Mhairi, welcome to the internet! If the youthful naughty tweets of Mhairi Black – an SNP MP – can be turned against the National Party by unionists online and the British establishment press, what hope do the rest of us have? People will… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Two Scottish Independences

What Working-Class?

Source:: Random Public Journal What Working-Class? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael LISTENING TO BRITISH LABOUR in Scotland, to people like Richard Leonard and Paul Sweeney, one gets the distinct feeling of déjà vu. Their old timey fist banging rhetoric would have us think we are stuck in a Groundhog Day loop somewhere between 1901 and 1950. They sing The Red Flag while reading its lyrics from a pamphlet at conference, hold their closed fists aloft as though they had broken a sweat in their lives,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal What Working-Class?

Update on Scotland’s Future

Source:: Random Public Journal Update on Scotland’s Future Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael YESTERDAY, ADDRESSING HOLYROOD, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out her thoughts on the way forward for Scotland. It fell considerably short of the expectations of many in the independence movement. This was not “the announcement” we were led to believe she would make when she said a number of months ago that she would shortly make an announcement on another independence referendum. Social media has doled out a few slaps in recent weeks to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Update on Scotland’s […]

Britain: Pomp and Pauperism

Source:: Random Public Journal Britain: Pomp and Pauperism Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WALKING THROUGH THE CITY last week I met Teegan. She was sitting on a pile of flattened cardboard boxes, her knees pulled up to her chin, and with a paper cup containing a handful of coins at her feet. Everything about her stopped me in my tracks. She was young, pretty, and had long dark hair. She was completely out of place in what it means in my imagination to be homeless. “Would you… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Britain: Pomp and […]

Some Issues with Fiona Robertson

Source:: Random Public Journal Some Issues with Fiona Robertson Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael REGULAR READERS WILL KNOW I am what you might call a “divisive” person. Some have referred to me as “Marmite,” but I pay little heed to such nonsense. This effort to label people as difficult strikes me as a lazy ad hominem, an attempt to write off the arguments they make on the idiotic basis that the personality of the character making the argument is not to our liking. Not everyone will be to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Some Issues […]

An Attack on Truth Itself

Source:: Random Public Journal An Attack on Truth Itself Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael POLITICISING A PERSONAL TRAGEDY is, generally speaking, frowned upon – and rightly so, but the death of Lyra McKee was a political event; a horrific and senseless murder committed in the name of a cause at the very fringes of Irish politics. Lyra, a talented 29-year-old Belfast journalist, was shot and killed on the streets of Derry’s Creggan housing estate during a standoff on Holy Thursday night between so-called Republican Volunteers belonging to the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal An Attack […]

Another Srebrenica

Source:: Random Public Journal Another Srebrenica Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ON THE COACH TO BELFAST some months ago I had the great misfortune to meet a true anti-Semite. Our departure was at a quarter to four in the morning from Busáras in Dublin and we were the only two passengers. So, naturally, being two fellas waiting on a bus in the middle of the night, we struck up a conversation. The chat at the station was all about Brexit. It was immediately apparent he… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Another Srebrenica

Britain’s Gathering Alt-Right Storm

Source:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Gathering Alt-Right Storm Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WHEN NIGEL LAWSON said in the House of Lords that there is a “real danger that undesirable, but very often understandable, insurrectionary forces will feel they cannot trust the British parliament” if a hard Brexit is avoided, and that as a result “a very ugly situation could well arise,” he wasn’t exaggerating. Generally speaking, the mood across Britain’s populist hard-right has been darkening since June 2016 – and that’s a temperature shift that has continued… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Britain’s Gathering Alt-Right […]

Dangerously Naïve

Source:: Random Public Journal Dangerously Naïve Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael NIETZSCHE NEVER FAILS to unnerve his readers. His nihilistic philosophy of the human condition and the will to power do not make for easy reading. “Uncle Friedrich,” said my Ethics professor, “spells out for us what drives us when we are unencumbered by the gods.” Man, as the final arbiter of his own morality is a monster. He is capable of anything; no achievement and no depth of depravity is beyond him. This was precisely… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Dangerously Naïve

Glasgow Central Station

Source:: Random Public Journal Glasgow Central Station Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael SCRATCH BENEATH THE SURFACE of every great city and you will find hidden the story of the people and the spirit of the people who built it. Rome has its Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano, with its present twelfth century church built atop a fourth century basilica built over a second century Mithraeum. Under la Rue de la Tombe-Issoire in Paris are the catacombs; a home for the dead from the city’s overflowing eighteenth… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Glasgow Central Station

This is Not a Drill

Source:: Random Public Journal This is Not a Drill Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING Europe’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, speaking at a press conference, made it absolutely clear that from the standpoint of the European Union the only deal on offer to the United Kingdom is the deal that has already been negotiated. Europe has said repeatedly that the negotiations are over, and all that remains to be done is for the British government to have this deal passed by the Westminster parliament. Since… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal This is […]

National Pride

Source:: Random Public Journal National Pride Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael It may come as something of a surprise to readers that I am an avid coin and stamp collector – or probably not. As a display of soft nationalism, coins and stamps are fascinating. Throughout history coins, banknotes, and stamps have served a number of purposes over and above their simple functions as units of exchange and payment for postage. What has appeared on them has quite actually stamped on societies an image of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal National Pride

Why Won’t Sinn Féin Take its Seats?

Source:: Random Public Journal Why Won’t Sinn Féin Take its Seats? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ENGLAND’S POLITICAL IMAGINATION never fails to amuse those of us fortunate to have inherited the freedom gained by those brave Irish women and men who kicked Britain’s sorry arse out of most of Ireland. Never in the history of the British state have Irish, Welsh, and Scots voices been welcome at Westminster. Even a cursory look at the arithmetic of the English parliament tells a story; it is an institution in which, even when… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Just Let it Burn

Source:: Random Public Journal Just Let it Burn Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael England is burning. England has been engulfed in a conflagration fuelled by the bitter wax of resentment from a melted empire, from the countless blood red tapers of imperial and colonial outrages committed in every corner of the globe. Once the swaggering bullyboy of the world, the butcher of tribes and tongues and peoples and nations, little England, long smouldering, has burst into raging flames. As its Prime Minister now blames Europe, her own… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Just Let it […]