Stranger things

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Stranger things This beautiful poem by John McIntosh was sent to me after John met the dug, and me too, at James Dornan’s fundraising event in Cathcart Bowling Club earlier this month. As today is the anniversary of the first independence referendum, and as we anticipate another, I thought it was the perfect occasion to share it with you. STRANGER THINGS Airson Pòl agus an cù by John McIntosh ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Stranger things

SIC launches a new cross-movement campaign

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug SIC launches a new cross-movement campaign The cross-movement campaign to win a future independence referendum has been announced today by the Scottish Independence Convention (SIC). The SIC has revealed its plans to provide staff and resources for the movement as part of a package that will act as a national campaign organisation. The as-yet-unnamed campaign body will provide the strategic capacity, resources, messaging, media support and liaison to grassroots Yes campaigns across the country to increase support for independence beyond 50%. It is understood a crowd-funder… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug SIC […]

Depression is not just a personal struggle

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Depression is not just a personal struggle I’m not going to criticise Ruth Davidson for speaking publicly about her struggles with mental health issues when she was younger. There was, and is, a veritable epidemic of mental health problems, of depression, of low self-esteem, of self-harm, of self-medication on drugs and alcohol, and of suicidal thoughts, especially amongst young people, and especially young LGBT people. It’s not new. It’s been an issue for a very long time. All that has changed is the willingness of people to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Brexit Day blues

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Brexit Day blues There’s a belief amongst sections of the independence movement that after Brexit happens Scotland will lose its ability to hold an independence referendum and so we need to hold an independence referendum before March 2019, otherwise we’ll never be able to hold one at all. In a similar vein there are those who assert that after Brexit, the UK would never recognise the outcome of an indy vote, and so we need to have one before 29 March 2019 otherwise… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Brexit Day blues

Help Edinburgh Yes Hub

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Help Edinburgh Yes Hub Edinburgh Yes Hub is a community Hub in the spirit of the Yes movement started during the Scottish referendum of 2014. It is non-partisan group of volunteers who seek real progressive politics through dialogue shaped by political and social awareness. The Hub is an incredible resource for the independence movement in Edinburgh and the Lothians. In the three years that the Hub has been open it has hosted 109 speakers, 8 book launches, been used for campaigning by two political… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Help Edinburgh Yes […]

The confirmatory referendum

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The confirmatory referendum Sometimes you can’t help but feel sorry for the Lib Dems. There they are, devoting themselves to a career in politics only to discover that they are less relevant than Sydney Devine in a Lady Gaga soundalike contest. And then a Lib Dem goes and opens their mendacious gob, and immediately any residue of sympathy that you had for them goes the same way as the party’s reputation for telling the truth, flushed down the pan, never to return. Wullie… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The confirmatory referendum

What’s really important

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug What’s really important Never mind a screening of Braveheart, which in the cosmic scheme of things is as important as the crumb content of David Mundell’s beard, there’s stuff happening which really matters. Now, unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the past two years, you may have noticed that the UK is just weeks away from needing to have a deal on leaving the EU that is acceptable to the EU, only with the two main UK parties having spent most… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug What’s really important

The battle of Braveheart

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The battle of Braveheart I try very hard to keep out of disputes between independence supporters. They’re unproductive, all too often puerile, and only serve to benefit opponents of independence. But sometimes you just want to scream at people. There is a strain of puritan middle class self-righteousness within certain sections of the Scottish independence movement which would make John Knox seem like a louche libertine. They say that they want independence in order to improve the lives of working class people in Scotland,… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The battle of […]

11 September, La Diada, Catalonia’s national day

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug 11 September, La Diada, Catalonia’s national day It’s a quiet day in Scottish politics, but a very big one in Catalonia. It’s La Diada today, the Catalan national day. Over half a million people, and possibly as many as one million, are expected to take to the streets of Barcelona in order to celebrate the national holiday and to show their support for Catalan independence. It is one of the biggest pro-independence demonstrations in any European country. In Scotland the independence movement looks enviously at the number… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

More offensive than a Boris Johnson opinion piece

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug More offensive than a Boris Johnson opinion piece The nightmare is chapping at the door. The ultimate worst case scenario, everything that Better Together told us back in 2014 that only a No vote could protect us from is in the street, peering in through the windaes, about to get in. Boris Johnson as Prime Minister presiding over the hardest Brexit imaginable. It’s almost upon us. The next few weeks are going to be defining ones in the history of Scotland. The election of Boris Johnson would be… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

The Sunday National front page

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Sunday National front page This is a shameless plug for the new Sunday National, Scotland’s only pro-independence Sunday newspaper. The first edition of the paper is published today, Sunday 9 September. Edited by Richard Walker, the founder of The National and the man responsible for bringing the Sunday Herald out as a YES supporting publication, the new sister paper to The National promises to be a great read.  The paper includes the brand new Sunday magazine Scottish Life. We need to support the pro-independence… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Sunday […]

There is no cheat mode

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug There is no cheat mode There’s a very interesting, thoughtful, and well-considered blog article doing the rounds on social media, which posits the view that it’s possible that Scotland could become independent if the Scottish Government develops its own written constitution, without any need for a referendum or plebiscite election. It’s a nice idea, but here’s the thing. There is no cheat mode in the constitutional game. There are no short cuts. There are no back doors. There is no magic bullet. The only way… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug There is […]

The Great British kakistocracy

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Great British kakistocracy Theresa May’s government continues to reach new standards. There you were, thinking that David Mundell had smashed all world records for clueless secretaries of state for devolved nations, and was the sole contender for Norman Wisdom political cup, which is the only form of wisdom anyone in this Conservative government could aspire to, and then along comes the Northern Irish secretary Karen Brady going, “Haud ma coat so I can trip up over it.” This week, Karen Bradley admitted that… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Great British […]

The National’s new advert

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The National’s new advert The television advert for The National’s new seven day a week publication has just been released, and for the very first time ever, there’s something that stars the human part of this blog operation, and not the Dug. Well slap me with a saliva covered doggy chew. Actually, the truth is that when the advert was first planned, it was of course the Dug that The National wanted to have a starring role in it. Which is fair enough, he’s… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The National’s new […]

No more business as usual

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug No more business as usual We’re back to political business as usual after the craziness of the summer break. Which in Scotland’s case means that we’re still subjected to a barrage of stories in the media about how crap the SNP are. So it’s not really that different from the diet we were fed over the summer break when politicians got to go off on holiday, or, in the case of Labour politicians, accuse one another of anti-semitism. Labour really enjoys the summer break, because… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug No more […]