Being taken for a mug

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Being taken for a mug Yesterday we learned about the failure of Donalda McKinnon to restore trust in the BBC in Scotland, and the very same day there was even more evidence why this was the case and proof of BBC Scotland’s failure. The new leader of the Scottish branch office of the English Nationalist Brexit Xenophobe Party, Vacant Carlot, refused to answer questions about his bosses’ new immigration policy. Not a single representative from the political organisation which is devoted to ensuring that Scotland… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Being taken […]

Anger needs no visa

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Anger needs no visa This week we learned two things which are a result of Brexit. Well, I say “learned”. Both of them were entirely predictable. The first is that the British government has decided to adopt draconian immigration laws which will effectively prevent low skilled workers or people who don’t possess fluency in English from coming to the UK, and so putting at risk many economic sectors which have relied upon labour from EU countries. The second is that the EU isn’t going… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Anger needs no […]

The news where the BBC isn’t

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The news where the BBC isn’t There have been reports that the government intends to abolish the TV licence fee and turn the BBC into a commercial organisation. Boris Johnson’s Igor, Dominic Cummings, reportedly has an ideological conviction that the public service broadcaster ought to fund itself through a subscription service, similar to that used by Netflix or Amazon. The revamped BBC would then only be available to those who had paid the fee. The reaction from Scotland has been “meh”. There’s little affection for the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

The double standards of British nationalism

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The double standards of British nationalism I know I was away and wasn’t really paying attention, but wasn’t it announced recently that Boris Johnson was going to lovebomb Scotland this week? Which means, if his previous relationships are anything to go by, he’ll come up here to spill red wine on the sofa and hog the laptop, our neighbours in Ireland will call the police because they’re concerned about the shouting, he’ll deny responsibility for a pregnancy, and then he’ll break up with us by text.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

It’s good to be back

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug It’s good to be back We had a good time away, and it’s a good time to come home. Huge thanks to Ray and Sandra for giving the dug such a great holiday when we were away. It’s still good to be home even though it’s to return to a Scotland whose European identity has been ripped away from it, and which is under assault by an English nationalist government in Westminster which is doing its utmost to render Scotland politically irrelevant. It’s good to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug It’s good […]

The light we shine for ourselves

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The light we shine for ourselves So this is it then. This is the better, safer change they promised us in return for a no vote in 2014. This is that brighter future in a Britain that respects and loves Scotland. This is the equality, the partnership, the leading not leaving. Every one of us in Scotland who is weighed down by a UK passport is losing our European citizenship, despite the fact that Scotland voted to remain a part of the EU by a considerably… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

Blog break

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Blog break It’s time for a break. As you probably know if you’ve seen the wee text along with the most recent dugcast, I’m off on my much belated honeymoon. Americans get seriously crappy holiday entitlement so my husband and I were not able to go away on a honeymoon after we got married in 2018. Due to how the Home Office processes visas, he had to get over to Scotland almost immediately after he was granted his spouse visa allowing him… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Blog break

Dugcast – 17 January 2020 – & an announcement

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Dugcast – 17 January 2020 – & an announcement Welcome to the 17 January edition of the dugcast. In this week’s episode The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss last weekend’s massive pro-indy march organised by AUOB. We discuss Boris Johnson’s entirely predictable refusal to cooperate with a Section 30 order and the possible next steps that can be taken towards independence in the teeth of his refusal. We also chat about the tin ear that Labour leadership candidates have for Scottish concerns and sensibilities, and how within… Read the full article:: Wee […]

The twin cheek of the twin cheeks

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The twin cheek of the twin cheeks “Now is the time to look outwards, paint with broad strokes and set up an international commission, led by and for Scottish people, that seeks to learn from the few examples where at times in modern history the cause of social justice has beaten divisive nationalism.” So said Labour leadership contender Lisa Nandy on Monday. Now if anyone has any idea what she meant, please let the rest of us know because we’re genuinely struggling. What Lisa tweeted is one… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

The Broken Buckle

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Broken Buckle He’s a busy man and talented man is Callum Baird.  When he’s not editing The National, editing the Glasgow Evening Times, and being interrupted by me during the Wee Ginger Dugcast, he’s been off recording his long awaited new album.  Called The Broken Buckle, you can download it from iTunes or Spotify or whatever it is that young people today do for music bah humbug etc etc. In my day we stuck a microphone in front of a transistor radio… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Broken Buckle

The stick to beat the bully

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The stick to beat the bully There’s been a bit of discussion recently about how to circumvent the refusal of the UK government to concede to another independence referendum. Yesterday in the Herald it was reported that Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has suggested turning the 2021 Holyrood elections into an effective referendum on independence. The idea is that the SNP and other pro-independence parties would be using these elections, not to seek yet another mandate for a referendum that Westminster could ignore, but rather to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

We won’t be trapped in the shortbread tin

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug We won’t be trapped in the shortbread tin Well you didn’t need to be Nostradamus to see that one coming. A month on from Nicola Sturgeon’s letter to him, Boris Johnson has finally been arsed to reply to the First Minister’s demand for a Section 30 order for another independence referendum and for the necessary powers to be transferred to Holyrood permanently. As everyone, their granny, and their granny’s cat knew he was going to, he said no. Scotland had its democracy in 2014. Johnson cited what he… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

The wicked word

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The wicked word Almost eight years ago the then Tory MP Zac Goldsmith tweeted about Nick Clegg’s proposals to reform the House of Lords saying, “Seedy lists of party apparatchiks appointed by power hungry party leaders & insulated from any democratic pressure for 15 yrs? No thanks.” Zac, who’s an Etonian posho pal of that other Etonian posho Boris Johnson, was appointed as Secretary of State for the Environment after the fnaughing one won the Conservative party leadership. The Brexit supporting Zac contested… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The wicked word

Alister Jack has killed Scottish unionism

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Alister Jack has killed Scottish unionism The monkey has spoken, although we are still waiting for the organ grinder. Even though Boris Johnson has still not been bothered to reply to the Scottish Government’s demand for a Section 30 order transferring the power to hold independence referendums permanently to the Scottish Parliament, Alister Jack has squeaked up in return for being tossed a peanut in the shape of an interview on BBC Scotland’s Sunday Politics Show. His boss has far more important things to be getting… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Alister […]

Dancing in the rain

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Dancing in the rain Are you still wringing yourself out? I didn’t post on the blog yesterday because I was at the march in Glasgow with some friends. We all got extremely wet, the rain was torrential at times, the wind never stopped. But it was a great day, and fantastic to see such a crowd taking to the streets of Glasgow to demand Scotland’s right to determine its own future despite such atrocious weather. We’re Scottish, rain doesn’t stop us. It’s just for… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Dancing in the […]