Spoilt for choice

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Spoilt for choice Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that she’s in favour of something that this blog has been arguing for a while. That is, even if by some miracle the UK manages to avoid Brexit, Scotland should still hold another independence referendum. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show on BBC1 yesterday she said that “all of the experience of the past three years” and the very real prospect of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister mean that Scotland ought to have another independence referendum.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Spoilt for choice

Fooling us once, twice, three times

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Fooling us once, twice, three times Nigel Farage was in Edinburgh yesterday, and had to have the polis ask McDonalds not to sell milkshakes. Milkshakes have become the new weapon of choice against the pretensions of the extreme right. Throwing a milkshake on a right wing extremist has the same effect as garlic on Christopher Lee in a Dracula movie. He kept coming back for a sequel too. Onieweys, having narrowly avoided milkshakemaggedon, Nige was able to make his speech in front of a few hundred… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Fooling […]

Wee Ginger Dugcast – 17 May 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – 17 May 2019 A slightly belated upload of Friday’s Wee Ginger Dugcast as I have only just got home from doing a talk for the local SNP branch in Alyth. A big thank you to Fiona and Graeme for their hospitality. The editor Callum Baird is on holiday this week, so I chat with The National journalist Stewart Ward about that episode of BBC Question Time and how the BBC is just trolling us all now, the collapse of the Labour and Tory… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

The three sham egos of Brexit

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The three sham egos of Brexit Cheer up. Yes, it’s all a complete mess. Yes, the UK is going to hell in a handbasket. Yes, the Labour and Conservative parties are so consumed by their short term manoeuvring that they don’t care that the entire UK is about to be consumed by the bonfire of Brexit’s vanities. Yes, the bool in the mooth platitudes of Jacob Rees Mogg are hailed as pearls of wisdom. Yes, Nigel Farage the privately educated commodities trader is posing as the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

Preserving our values

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Preserving our values Long long ago, back in the distant days of 2014 when Labour dinosaurs still stalked the Earth, or at least stalked Central Scotland, we were told that Scotland needed to vote to stay under Westminster rule because we benighted Caledonians require the tender mercies of the British state to provide us with the best possible bulwark to protect us from political extremism. The implication was that being lesser and irredeemably parochial beings, Scottish types couldn’t be trusted with democracy, in… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Preserving our values

Wee Ginger Dugcast with Elaine C Smith

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast with Elaine C Smith Elaine C Smith, Paul Kavanagh, and Ginger the Wee Ginger Dug himself in The National’s office in Glasgow. Welcome to the 10 May edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast where Callum and I are chatting with our very special guest, Elaine C Smith. We talk about Voices for Scotland, Elaine’s own journey to Yes, and much more besides. My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices. Containing the best articles from… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast with Elaine C Smith

The value of emotion

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The value of emotion There’s been a lot of justified anger this week. Partly it’s a symptom of an SNP leadership which many feel is at risk of becoming out of touch, managerial, and tone deaf to the sensibilities of the wider independence movement. Partly it’s the febrile atmosphere of Brexit, which has produced a political uncertainty and British government incompetence the likes of which has never been seen in the UK since WW2. Partly it’s the anxiety that the far-right is gaining a… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The value of […]

Some friendly advice to the SNP leadership

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Some friendly advice to the SNP leadership It’s been a long standing policy of this blog that I don’t criticise other independence supporters. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I agree with them. I frequently disagree with the SNP, with the Greens, with other pro-independence bloggers, organisations, or groups. But I usually keep quiet. I keep quiet because it’s important that we remain a united movement, and we don’t alienate one another. However the main reason I don’t advertise my disagreements is because we live in a country… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

A proper conversation about online behaviour

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A proper conversation about online behaviour If we’re going to talk about bad behaviour and abusive and threatening language in online discourse, and what to do about it, we need to do it properly.  That means that we can’t isolate out bad behaviour from independence supporters online and claim that there’s a specific problem proper only to one side in Scotland’s constitutional debate while we ignore everything else that goes on online. Bad behaviour on social media is not unique to independence supporters, nor even to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A […]

The double standards of the Scottish media: Part 7,952

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The double standards of the Scottish media: Part 7,952 Here we go again. More rank double standards from the Scottish media. I don’t listen to BBC Scotland at the best of times, and certainly not in the mornings, and most especially not the morning after a pro-independence march and rally when I’m knackered and my ageing bones are aching and my throat is hoarse from shouting above a sound system blasting out music. Yesterday was a great day. Tens of thousands of independence supporters from all over Scotland came… Read the full article:: Wee […]

What can’t be fixed must be left behind

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug What can’t be fixed must be left behind On Friday we got the results of Thursday’s local elections in England and Northern Ireland, or more accurately, in Northern Ireland and in parts of England. Even so it was the biggest electoral test faced by the Conservatives and Labour since the General Election in 2017. Prior to the vote, Conservative spokesapologists were spinning that they expected the party to lose up to 1000 seats. This was widely seen as expectation management, so that they could spin a catastrophic loss… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

Wee Ginger Dugcast – 3 May 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – 3 May 2019 This week in the Wee Ginger Dugcast, The National’s editor Callum Bard and I discuss the SNP conference, double standards in the Scottish media, the over-rated Ruth Davidson, the English local elections, and tomorrow’s massive march and rally. Tomorrow at the march and rally, The National is giving away 10,000 copies of the paper for free to those attending to mark to huge success so far of their 10,000 steps to independence campaign… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – 3 May 2019

Shut up and go huawei

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Shut up and go huawei Yesterday, Chris Failing Grayling managed to cost taxpayers another £50 million due to his incompetence and hauf-airsed handling of ferry contracts for the event of a no-deal Brexit, taking the total that his uselessness has cost us all to about £3 billion, and he still wasn’t the most hopeless Conservative cabinet minister of the day. That award went to Gavin Williamson, who managed a feat hitherto believed impossible. He managed to demonstrate that he was so spectacularly unfit for office… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Shut up […]

Barking Up the Right Tree – 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Barking Up the Right Tree – 2019 My new book has just been published by Vagabond Voices.  Containing the best articles from The National from 2016 to date.  Weighing in at over 350 pages, this is the biggest and best anthology of Wee Gingerisms yet. This collection of pieces covers the increasingly demented Brexit years, and the continuing presence and strength of Scotland’s independence movement. You can order a book directly from me.  The book costs £11.95 and P&P is an additional £3.50, making a total of… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Talking proper

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Talking proper There’s been an outbreak of pearl clutching in the British nationalist press in Scotland over the past few days. Not because David Mundell and Ruth Davidson have unilaterally ripped up the Scottish Claim of Right and taken it upon themselves to rewrite the political understanding of Scotland’s place within the UK. They’re perfectly fine with that. No, what’s got them worked up into a frothing lather is an off the cuff comment from a former SNP MSP about Scotland’s “proper… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Talking proper