Independence: Four Years On

Source:: Random Public Journal Independence: Four Years On Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael NOWHERE WAS THE SICKNESS of unionism spelt out more starkly than in The Telegraph newspaper the day after Scotland voted No to independence. On the 19 September 2014, the morning no few independence supporters woke as if to a funeral, the right-wing Conservative paper was breathing a “sigh of relief” as its headline gloated to its readers “Scotland’s No vote: what it means for your money.” The campaign for independence in Scotland brought to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Independence: Four Years […]

Valuing Ruth’s Mental Health

Source:: Random Public Journal Valuing Ruth’s Mental Health Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael SCOTTISH CONSERVATIVE AND UNIONIST leader Ruth Davidson has said in an interview to The Sunday Times Magazine that she has ruled out becoming the next Prime Minister, saying she values her mental health too much. In this interview she revealed that her arms were “crisscrossed with a lattice of self-harm scars” as she described her troubled teenage years as ones plagued with bouts of depression, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide. We have no reason… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Valuing Ruth’s Mental […]

Bodyguard: The BBC and Soft Power

Source:: Random Public Journal Bodyguard: The BBC and Soft Power Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Have you been watching Bodyguard, the six-part miniseries, on the BBC?! This is where the BBC excels. This is television drama at its very best. Sergeant David Budd – played by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden – is 007 for the post-Cold War terrorism generation; the apex of British coolness under pressure, gruff sexiness, and as gritty as a sandwich on the front at Blackpool. There’s nothing this hard-hitting show lacks. In the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Bodyguard: […]

Ireland is a Key to Understanding Scotland

Source:: Random Public Journal Ireland is a Key to Understanding Scotland Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ON HOGMANAY 2014, as the year that saw Scotland split down the middle on the question of independence came to an end, Scottish Labour activist and journalist Aidan Kerr published a blog post describing what he saw as the “Ulsterisation of Scottish Politics.” Over a year later, writing in The Herald, columnist David Torrance capitalised on this term to describe what he saw in essence as an insular politics of conflict in which Scotland –… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Conflict and Independence

Source:: Random Public Journal Conflict and Independence Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael “PEOPLE HAVE SPENT A LONG TIME claiming there’s no civil war in the Yes movement,” tweeted Bella Caledonia, “There really should be.” There is no civil war in the Scottish National Party or in the independence movement, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t machinations afoot trying to provoke one and characters who’d like to see one. No doubt Mike Small reckons he’ll be on the winning side. We can be absolutely certain the British state… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Conflict and Independence

William Wallace is Seven Feet Tall

Source:: Random Public Journal William Wallace is Seven Feet Tall Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT’S AN UNSPOKEN RULE in the movement that we don’t mention Braveheart. Well, when we say “unspoken rule” what we mean is we have constant whining reminders from Mike Small at Bella Caledonia not to mention Braveheart. Apparently it’s historically inaccurate, cringe-worthy, and embarrassing. But we’re just going to go ahead and break that rule. I find, as a general rule of thumb, that it’s best to break all of the rules laid down… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal William […]

Ballymurphy: Yesterday’s News Today

Source:: Random Public Journal Ballymurphy: Yesterday’s News Today Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael I CAME TO IRELAND twenty years ago. As a Scot from an Irish Catholic background, coming to Ireland has always felt like coming home. Scotland will always be home, but so too will Ireland. In the time I have lived here I have learnt so much about my family’s Irish and Scottish roots. Travelling to the townland of Lurgancot in south Armagh I saw the orchards by the banks of the Bann from where… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Ballymurphy: Yesterday’s News […]

Don’t Call Me British

Source:: Random Public Journal Don’t Call Me British Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT HAPPENS WITH SHOCKING REGULARITY that someone will take it upon themselves to educate us in why we Scots are also British. As an independentista I can understand why a unionist would do this. Unionists have an agenda. When they tell us that we’re British they are doing it more to convince themselves they are British, and in doing this they are making a pathetic attempt to protect their precious sense of Britishness. This… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Don’t Call Me […]

Wanted: Two Russian Spies

Source:: Random Public Journal Wanted: Two Russian Spies Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael AS THE US-UK POSITION IN SYRIA deteriorates the British government has launched an international manhunt for two squirrels Russian spies, agents of the Russian intelligence directorate the GRU believed to have carried out the botched novichok attack in Salisbury. According to Theresa May two super-spy elite assassins; Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, sought out every CCVT camera in the UK to pose for holiday snaps, handled the deadliest nerve agent known to man wearing… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Wanted: Two Russian […]

We have a Majority for Independence

Source:: Random Public Journal We have a Majority for Independence Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael MORE PEOPLE IN SCOTLAND support independence than support continued union with England. This was the finding of a poll carried out by Deltapoll for the Best for Britain campaign which found, when the 10 per cent of don’t-knows were removed, 52 per cent of Scots think self-determination is the best option for our nation’s future. What this represents is a seven-point swing in favour of independence since the 2014 referendum and the beginning of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal We […]

Frontline Report: SNP Civil War

Source:: Random Public Journal Frontline Report: SNP Civil War Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT WAS A PICTURE OF CARNAGE. On Friday evening, from one side of Scotland to the other, social media was abuzz with reports of both sides’ opening manœuvres in the bloody #SNPCivilWar. In spite of incessant side-switching, Team B – or possibly Team A (who knows?) occupied Mecca Bingo opposite the bus station in Ayr, later in the night news reached GHQ while everyone was watching a rerun of Love Island that a Buckfast… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Frontline Report: […]

Gerry Hassan’s House Divided

Source:: Random Public Journal Gerry Hassan’s House Divided Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael “THE BIG-TENT BROAD CHURCH Yes movement of [the] 2014 #indyref,” tweets writer, commentator, and academic Gerry Hassan, “was always going to splinter.” His comment came in the wake of the former First Minister, Alex Salmond’s, announcement that he had resigned from the SNP. While he sees the fragmentation of the Scottish independence movement as an inevitability, he questions whether this will come about over partisan disputes between what he classifies as “Salmond loyalists” and… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Gerry Hassan’s House […]

Alex Salmond Resigns his SNP Membership

Source:: Random Public Journal Alex Salmond Resigns his SNP Membership Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THIS IS INDEED THE SORRIEST indictment of where we are as a society, that a man with a decades-long record of unblemished public service feels compelled to resign his membership of the Scottish National Party or face expulsion following two unproven accusations of misconduct. It is utterly irrelevant whether or not these accusations are true. They are as yet unproven, and the assumption of innocent until proven guilty is – or should be –… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Alex […]

Angela Haggerty’s Sacking

Source:: Random Public Journal Angela Haggerty’s Sacking Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT’S TIME TO GET SEXIST AGAIN, and by “sexist” I mean having the bare-faced cheek to criticise a noisome pestilence of a personality in the public eye who just so happens to be a woman. This is, after all, the new definition of sexism in the age of the internet. I should begin by making it clear that I do not dislike Angela Haggerty. So far, I have had the remarkably good fortune of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Angela Haggerty’s Sacking

What’s the Plan for Independence?

Source:: Random Public Journal What’s the Plan for Independence? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT HAS BEEN A WHILE since this site has gotten its teeth into the working out of the idea of independence. The wider context of independence politics means that much of the thinking of the our movement is caught up in the cut and thrust of national and union politics, leaving us little time to focus on the specific questions of independence. In fairness, Brexit and the fallout from the Westminster government’s chaotically inept… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal What’s the […]