Dugcast – 15 November 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Dugcast – 15 November 2019 Welcome to the 15 November edition of the dugcast. This week I am joined by The National’s Stewart Ward and we discuss the developments this week in the General Election campaign. We chat about the SNP’s court case, Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Scotland, Boris Johnson’s disastrous visit to the flood victims in South Yorkshire, the allegations from the Brexit party about Tory dirty tricks, and much more besides. There won’t be any updates to the blog until Monday as I… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Dugcast – […]

The voice that must not be heard

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The voice that must not be heard The SNP is taking ITV to court over the broadcaster’s decision to hold a political debate which can only be described as rigged. The broadcaster is hosting a debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, claiming that these are the only two politicians with a realistic chance of becoming Prime Minister. Yet we do not live in a country with a presidential system, if we did then perhaps there would be some legal means of holding Boris Johnson to account… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Tartan scarf, public schoolboy, or vote for a grown up

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Tartan scarf, public schoolboy, or vote for a grown up Bedecked in a tartan scarf in order to disguise himself as a native, Jeremy Corbyn came to Scotstoun in Glasgow today. It even has Scot in the name, how more Scottish do you want him to get? Not Scottish enough that the Labour party will respect the democratic will of the Scottish electorate if the SNP wins the General Election in Scotland – but tartan scarf! It’s the McCringe tartan, that’s Labour’s clan. Sadly it wasn’t enough for one local… Read the full article:: […]

As others see us

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug As others see us Last night BBC 2’s Newsnight programme concluded its four part look at how Brexit and this election is affecting the unitary state which it pleases opponents of independence to call the Union. Last night it was England’s turn, and the reporter went to Grantham in Lincolnshire, a strongly pro-Brexit constituency in the East of England and the home town of Margaret Thatcher, to ask local voters about their views on Scotland and the other nations in the UK. The segment… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug As others see […]

Don Canleone and the Bru bottle mafia

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Don Canleone and the Bru bottle mafia It’s official people. Satire is dead. It has been killed by Reporting Scotland, who in their efforts to out SNPbad the SNPbaddest of the print media are now reporting old episodes of Seinfeld as news. The story concerned the Scottish Government’s proposed scheme to charge a deposit of 20p on plastic and glass bottles and drinks cans which would be refundable when the drink container was returned to a recycling depot. The idea is to reduce the amount of plastic,… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Outclassing Paul Sweeney

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Outclassing Paul Sweeney Labour’s candidate for Glasgow North East Paul Sweeney, fresh from telling the world that he’s a superior individual who outclasses the other candidates, has decided to tell the rest of us what this general election is all about. Paul knows these things because he’s a superior individual who outclasses everyone else. Contrary to what you or your independence supporting maw might believe, Paul has averred that this election isn’t about Scottish independence. Keep your parochial Scottish issues for your parochial… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Outclassing Paul Sweeney

Rescuing Scotland from Johnson and Farage’s UK

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Rescuing Scotland from Johnson and Farage’s UK Nigel Farage is still tired from all that walking he didn’t do earlier this year on his much touted march on London. Only as far as Nigel was concerned it turned out not to be a long hard slog all the way from the north of England, and more of a short stroll to the first pub en route. This however is probably not the reason why he has decided that he’s not after all going to put up candidates… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

It’s the Scotland Act, not the Boris Johnson Act

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug It’s the Scotland Act, not the Boris Johnson Act According to a clause buried deep within Boris Johnson’s EU withdrawal bill, the law would be changed following the successful passage of the bill to allow the British Government to make unilateral changes to the devolution settlement by way of regulations, without having to seek the approval of the Westminster Parliament. Ministers could make the changes that they see fit by fiat. And not just changes to the devolution settlement as it affects Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, ministers would… Read the full article:: Wee […]

Saying Scotland matters

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Saying Scotland matters Ugh. British politics is a disgusting sewer. It’s just one sleazy accusation after another. It has only just begun, and already this is the most shambolic and the dirtiest election in living memory. We’ve got another five weeks of this, and it’s only going to get worse. These are the high standards of British democracy which opponents of independence tell us that Scotland can only hope to achieve because we’ve got Westminster to tell us what to do. A troop… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Saying Scotland matters

Dugcast – 8 November 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Dugcast – 8 November 2019 In this week’s edition of the dugcast, The National’s Stewart Ward and I chat about the independence rally in Glasgow last Saturday which was organised by The National. We talk about the general election, and how it’s been the most shambolic start to any general election in memory for Labour and the Tories. We also discuss last night’s edition of Question Time from Glasgow, and have the BBC actually been listening to complaints about the audience composition? And I make… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Dugcast – […]

Silence is consent

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Silence is consent I was chatting with my neighbour Jane today. She was telling me that some of the women in her work loathe and detest Boris Johnson – don’t we all – but that they’re not motivated to vote because they think that all politicians are crap. Sadly that’s quite a widespread sentiment amongst working class people in places like the East End of Glasgow where Jane and I live. This area has one of the lowest turnouts for elections anywhere in… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Silence is consent

True colours

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug True colours The Tories are in a mess. Admittedly that’s not news, but when they’ve finally got the general election that they’ve been begging for and are seeking to pose as the party of competent government, it’s not a good look. It started on Sunday when Ross Thomson was forced to stand down as the Tory candidate for Aberdeen South after the local party chairman refused to sign his nomination papers. The refusal came following newspaper reports that the Labour MP for… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug True colours

Finding ourselves

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Finding ourselves Since there’s fireworks going off all over the place and I have to stay indoors with the dog to make sure that he doesn’t freak out, I thought I might as well write another blog article. Dog owners don’t get to have a social life on the 5th of November. So Ginger’s misery is your gain. Actually he copes quite well with the noise, better than any other dog I’ve had, but he does get a bit worried and needs… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Finding ourselves

How do you say ‘buying influence’ in Russian

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug How do you say ‘buying influence’ in Russian Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson doesn’t want us to see the parliamentary report on Russian meddling in the EU referendum campaign and the security threat that the Kremlin represents to elections in the UK. After an 18 month long investigation the report was due to be published this week, but the government has refused to authorise its release. This means that the report will not see the light of day until after the general election – if at all. Is… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

When democracy becomes a sham

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug When democracy becomes a sham Today The National reports that Nicola Sturgeon is calling on the UK media to challenge the refusal of the anti-independence parties to concede to the will of the Scottish people and agree to another independence referendum. Over the past few months we’ve seen numerous media reports about how the Conservatives or the Labour party or the duplicitous Lib Dems plan to maintain their refusal of a Section 30 order, even if the SNP wins a landslide in the General Election… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug When democracy […]