The temple of doom

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The temple of doom It’s being reported today (Sunday) that the British Government finds it “extremely concerning” that MPs are trying to delay Article 50 in order to avoid a no deal. It’s a bit like that scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when our hero and his chums are in a river and about to go over a waterfall. Theresa May would say it’s extremely concerning that people in the boat are looking to see what they can… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The temple of […]

The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast : Jan 18

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast : Jan 18 The second edition of The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast featuring yours truly and Callum Baird, editor of The National. This week we discuss the events in Westminster and the growing impetus for Scotland to have a say on its future. And we also talk about the dog’s bollocks. As you do. You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log into Paypal.com and send a payment to the email… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast : […]

The Ice Queen’s sandcastle

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Ice Queen’s sandcastle After the devastating defeat of the government’s Brexit deal on Tuesday, came Wednesday’s vote of confidence called by Jeremy Corbyn. As expected, those Tories who voted down the central policy of their own government yesterday lined up to support it today. They might hate Theresa May’s deal, but they hate Jeremy Corbyn even more. The government has survived, it’s alive but not living. After the vote, Theresa May came out of Downing Street to address the UK from a podium.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Ice Queen’s […]

The great defeat

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The great defeat After delays, prevarications, and attempts to sideline Parliament, Theresa May finally put her deal to the House of Commons on Tuesday. Theresa May never wanted this vote. She wanted to ram her deal through Parliament without any vote at all. Today we discovered just why she was so reluctant to put the matter to a vote, this Prime Minister who preaches to us about respecting democratic votes. The government achieved 202 votes. Her opponents got 432. The majority by which… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The great defeat

The Great British Pseudocracy

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Great British Pseudocracy Theresa May is currently engaged in a competition with Donald Trump to see which of the two of them can get away with the most lies. If she is in a competition with Trump, she’s narrowly in the lead. It’s the only plausible explanation for the Prime Minister’s curious lack of attachment to reality. It’s either that or she’s a sociopathic liar who has as much respect for the truth as Jacob Rees Mogg does for thrash metal music. Still,… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Great British […]

Scenting blood

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Scenting blood The Scottish media pack has got itself a bone, and it’s going to chew it. And chew it. Lost amonst the vast tundra-like acreage of the Scottish media’s coverage of Alex Salmond, there was an article this week entitled Alex Salmond Is Looking For Blood. And I thought to myself, clearly, he’s not the only one. You could say the same about the vast majority of the Scottish media. Today there was yet another column, this time entitled It’s Not… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Scenting blood

The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast Every Friday I’ll now be doing a podcast for The National which will be published on the newspaper’s site, and which I’ll also be sharing here. So now instead of reading my rants, you’ll get to hear my not-so-dulcet tones every Friday. You can help to support this blog with a Paypal donation. Please log into Paypal.com and send a payment to the email address weegingerbook@yahoo.com. Or alternatively click the donate button. If… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The National’s Wee Ginger Dugcast

An Atlas of Opportunity, putting Scotland at the centre of the map

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug An Atlas of Opportunity, putting Scotland at the centre of the map A review copy of a book was delivered when I was away visiting my husband in the USA over Christmas and the New Year. Unfortunately I didn’t get it sooner, as it would have been ideal for readers to purchase as a Christmas present. Not my copy mind. I’m keeping it. I’ve already had to fight off a relative who said that I should give it to them because I got it for free. I’m talking about the new book… Read the […]

Sock washing and constitutional crises

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Sock washing and constitutional crises So you finally get around to doing the pile of washing that’s been staring at you in the dirty clothes basket since you got back from your holidays, you make a proper dent on the housework, go to the supermarket, all those wee chores that you’ve been putting off, and while you’re doing so there’s an actual constitutional crisis. That’s the safety and stability of the UK for you, you can’t even sort out your dirty socks without British democracy… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Sock washing […]

The problem with Holyrood

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The problem with Holyrood This year the Scottish Parliament becomes 20 years old. For the past 20 years Scotland has had a forum to express its national will, we have seen a parliament restored to our capital city and for the first time in the history of this ancient nation the people have enjoyed the exercise of mass democracy. Scotland has discovered that it is exceptionally good at the democratic process, that our democratic instincts run strong and deep. After all, this is a… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The problem with […]

The year of the making of Scotland

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The year of the making of Scotland Many thanks to Sam for looking after the blog while I was away. Like the British political establishment, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks avoiding work and responsibilities. I went off to the USA to spend Christmas and the New Year with my husband in Connecticut and had a great time with my significant other. But I’m back now, and unlike the British political establishment I am no longer avoiding my work and responsibilities. After spending the past two… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

A two-way street

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A two-way street A guest post by Samuel Miller Respect (Noun) 1. a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. 2. due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. 3. a particular aspect, point, or detail. Lot of talk of respect doing the rounds in 2018. Seems the powers that be may have caught on to the idea that the United Kingdom is anything but united these days. Who knew? Talk of respectful… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A two-way street

Twas the night before

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Twas the night before A guest post by Samuel Miller Righto. I’ve got the same artisanal baps on order that we had last year and Mrs M. will be making what is probably the world’s most potent (lethal) brandy butter to hide the taste of the shops own Crimbo pud. The turkey (small budgie) is being artfully prepared to resemble something larger and more impressive with the use of multiple packets of supasave stuffing and an airpump, so this WILL be quick. Also? There’s… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Twas the night […]

Breaking up isn’t always hard to do

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Breaking up isn’t always hard to do Opponents of independence have got a new argument against independence. It’s not much of an argument, but then the British establishment is increasingly clutching at ever more desperate straws. The argument goes that Brexit has shown how difficult it is to leave a union, and therefore Scottish independence is likely to be even worse as Scotland is small and weak. This argument is very like that other Brexit related argument against independence, which goes that we’d only be swapping control… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Stupid is as stupid does

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Stupid is as stupid does The British government unveiled its new immigration policy today, and as we’ve come to expect from this government it’s petty, cruel, restrictive and nasty. EU citizens will in the future have to earn over £30,000 a year in order to apply for residency in the UK. What the government didn’t say was that UK citizens who wish to reside in the EU will doubtless be subject to similar restrictions in future. Meanwhile all those UK citizens who reside in EU… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Stupid is […]