Majoritarianism is not democracy

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Majoritarianism is not democracy As over 1 million people took to the streets of central London demanding that Brexit is cancelled, the petition calling on the Westminster Parliament to revoke Article 50 has now surpassed 4.56 million signatures. It’s the biggest online petition ever seen on the official parliamentary petitions site, and it continues to attract new signatures. According to the UK Office of National Statistics, there are 3,925,800 registered voters who are eligible to vote in UK elections in Scotland. The total eligible… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Majoritarianism is not […]

Wee Ginger Dugcast – 22 March 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – 22 March 2019 In this week’s Dugcast, Callum Baird of The National and I discuss the ongoing binfire which is Brexit, the shameful Home Office and the difficulties it creates for those of us who have foreign spouses – a topic which personally affect me of course – and Kay Burley and mansplaining. Warning, at one point I say shite, but in my defence I was talking about what Kay Burley had been saying, so I reckon it was fair comment.

Metrosplaining the euro

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Metrosplaining the euro There was a fascinating development in gender politics this week. We discovered that it’s still mansplaining when a man contradicts a woman even when the woman in question happens to be factually incorrect. This will come as a huge relief to the descendants of Emily Wilding Davidson who now know that their famous suffragette ancestor did not throw herself under King Edward VII’s horse during the Epson Derby in vain. No, she succeeded in establishing the principle that Kay Burley… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Metrosplaining the euro

Nothing has changed. Nothing has changed.

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Nothing has changed. Nothing has changed. Back in 2017 during the general election, when Theresa May announced her U-turn on what Labour had successfully described as the dementia tax, she stood before the assembled press and intoned, “Nothing has changed. Nothing has changed.” We know now that this wasn’t a mere attempt to brush away a politically embarrassing change in course by downplaying its significance, the kind of thing politicians frequently do, it was an insight into Theresa May’s soul. There are abandoned cars with no… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Nothing […]

The security and stability of a constitutional crisis

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The security and stability of a constitutional crisis Well that’s buggered that then. Today in the House of Commons the Speaker John Bercow blindsided Theresa May by telling her in no uncertain terms that her government can’t just keep bringing the same deal back to a vote in parliament in the hope that it will eventually get a different result to the two rejections it has already received. His decision has blown what passed for Theresa May’s strategy out of the water. That strategy was one of taking… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

The BBC’s Pickle Nick

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The BBC’s Pickle Nick It’s now been confirmed what those of us who were paying attention had known all along. During the independence referendum campaign of 2014, senior journalists within the BBC saw their job as being to discourage and belittle the independence campaign, and not as being to report fairly on the biggest constitutional question facing Scotland for three hundred years. During that campaign, the BBC, a supposedly public service broadcaster, wasn’t acting as a public service. It was acting as a state… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The BBC’s Pickle […]

Wee Ginger Dugcast – Friday 15 March 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – Friday 15 March 2019 Welcome to the 15 March edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast, in which The National’s Callum Baird and I discuss Mini reverse lights and their insistence that you’re going to advertise the union fleg, the BBC’s consistent omission of Ian Blackford in particular and the SNP in general, and of course the latest meaningful vote on Brexit that turns out not to have been so meaningful after all.   You can help to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – Friday 15 […]

A matter of self-respect

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A matter of self-respect Another day, another dying of democracy in the House of Commons. What’s the point of parliamentary votes when the government, a minority government at that, feels free to ignore them? But that’s where we are now. Remember, all this mess was created by people who claimed that they wanted to restore the sovereignty of the British Parliament, yet we have a government and Prime Minister which ignore parliament and press on with what passes for their plan. That would be… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A matter of […]

Watering the dead plant

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Watering the dead plant Theresa May didn’t speak in the Commons on Wednesday as the House debated whether to rule out a no-deal Brexit. Her voice had given up on her, which is what happens when you say nothing repeatedly for over two years. The quality of a what a person says is proportional to the amount of time that person listens to the opinions of others, and Theresa May has never knowingly listened to another opinion in her entire life. So instead Michael… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Watering the dead […]

How much longer can we put up with this mess?

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug How much longer can we put up with this mess? Westminster is in chaos after May’s deal suffered another catastrophic defeat. Scotland’s voice is being ignored again. The BBC cut away just as Ian Blackford was starting to speak TWICE in the same day. A UK representative explained to Nicola Sturgeon and Michael Russell that they were “not bright enough” to understand the Brexit deal. We’re being insulted, sidelined, ignored, and taken for granted.  This so-called union and its failing institutions are failing Scotland, even on their own terms.  Remember… Read the full article:: […]

The undead Brexit stumbles on

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The undead Brexit stumbles on When Theresa May finally shuffles off this mortal coil, the autopsy will find “nothing has changed, nothing has changed” engraved upon her heart. Although it will have to be in tiny, tiny, writing. Today in Parliament however, the Prime Minister was trying to persuade MPs that everything had changed, when in fact all that had happened was a cosmetic exercise in trying to bring the Brextremists of the European Research Group and the DUP on board. It was a bit… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The undead […]

Except for viewers in Scotland

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Except for viewers in Scotland Yet again we’ve got a leading Brexist appearing on a politics show on the telly in order to inform us how dreadfully unfair it is of the EU to put conditions on the unicorns and cake that the UK expects from Brexit. This time it’s David Davis, who fancies himself as the Action Man of Brexit, small, plastic, hollow, lacking balls, and a figure of 1960s schoolboy fantasies. Appearing on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, David opined that, “There… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Except for […]

A question of consent

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A question of consent The Labour party’s Scottish branch office has its conference this weekend in Dundee. You can be forgiven for not having noticed, what with so many other vitally important events that are far more newsworthy taking up your attention. Like the two for one offer on toilet unblocker in your local supermarket, or the house across the road getting new curtains in bright red plush velour no less. It’s the talk of the local branch of ScotMid, which is considerably more… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A question of […]

The fait accompli

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The fait accompli There’s been an outbreak of pearl clutching in the pages of the British nationalist press this week as the realisation dawned that Theresa May’s intransigence won’t save them from another independence referendum after all. Let’s get something straight right away. There is a concerted attempt by the British press to characterise an independence referendum held under the auspices of a Section 30 order granted by Westminster as the only legal way to hold a referendum. Any other path to a… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The fait accompli

Journey to Yes #23

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Journey to Yes #23 Jenny says Yes. Jenny Constable is a freelance journalist from Glasgow and a very British family with members from Scotland, England and Ireland. As part of the ‘Scottish Devolution Generation’, Jenny grew up in a Scotland with devolved powers and that valued its place in Europe. Jenny supported Better Together in 2014 believing it would secure more powers and Scotland’s place in the EU. As the Tory UK Govt drags us out of Europe and centralises powers to Westminster, Scotland’s… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Journey to Yes […]