We stood, and we still stand

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug We stood, and we still stand It’s been five years since Scotland went to the polls in the independence referendum. The poll might have produced a win for no, but the result merely signalled the beginning of the question about Scotland’s place in the world and not the end of it. Five years on and we’re still asking, and the voices calling for Scotland to retake its rightful place amongst the independent nations of the world are louder and more confident than ever. There is a… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug We […]

Grasping at red white and blue straws

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Grasping at red white and blue straws You can take a poll seriously when it has been carried out by an avowedly anti-independence organisation, at least you can when it uses standard methodology and a standard question. However there’s no point in taking a poll seriously when it has been carried out by an avowedly anti-independence organisation using a skewed and misleading non-standard question about independence. Sadly this doesn’t stop large parts of the Scottish media from doing exactly that. Zoomers to the Crown, Scotland in Union,… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

The future of democracy

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The future of democracy I’ve been watching the Supreme Court session on telly. It’s both dry and dull, and intensely gripping at the same time. This is a case with massive ramifications for the UK as whole and for Scotland’s place within it. It’s cannot be stressed enough just how important this case is, it will determine the nature of democracy within the UK. It will tell us whether Scotland’s democratic norms and traditions can be respected within the UK. Brexiters are unhappy, although… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The future of […]

The blawflummer

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The blawflummer It’s keeping me awake, trying to remember which one of the Avengers movies it was where the Hulk was confronted by a tiny number of people booing and ran away and hid. I don’t recall the Hulk ever saying, “You won’t see me when I’m angry.” Still at least we all know now how to get rid of him. Just form a crowd of 50 protesters with some very polite placards. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson likes his macho insults,… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The blawflummer

Two faces aren’t enough for the Lib Dems

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Two faces aren’t enough for the Lib Dems There’s hypocrisy, and then there’s Lib Dem hypocrisy. Or rather, in the words of the party leader Jeauw Sweynsen, heypaughrezeey. The party’s hypocrisy is many layered, complex, and internally lacking in anything that might vaguely resemble consistency, even when you try and listen to it from the back of a room full of people yelling at one another. So it’s rather like their party leader’s accent in that regard. The brand new policy announced by the Lib Dems at their… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

The incredible sulk

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The incredible sulk Hulk angry. Hulk ignore law. Hulk smash constitution. Hulk want no deal Brexit. Lyin Bastert Johnson has now compared himself to the Hulk, warning the EU that “Hulk always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be – and that is the case for this country.” Then he went on to add that the angrier the Hulk got, the stronger he became. We can only assume that the Prime Minister of the UK has been exposed to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The incredible sulk

Fantasy politics and potholes

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Fantasy politics and potholes Ugh. Not again. Can they not just print this speech off on something like one of those Tibetan prayer wheels? It comes round just as often and it would save us all the hassle of having to listen to it again. Yes, Labour in Scotland has dragged the Federalism Fairy out of her grave again. I’d say that they must be desperate, but that’s pretty much the base state with Labour in Scotland these days. This time it was Labour’s… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Fantasy politics and […]

Wee Ginger Dugcast – 13 September 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – 13 September 2019 In this week’s edition of the Dugcast, The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss the fact that we’re going to be on the telly – no, really. This Wednesday and next Wednesday there’s a two part documentary series called The Press which will be shown on BBC 1 Scotland. The programme will follow The National and The Herald’s journalists over the course of a year. Me and dug make a brief appearance too. We also discuss Friday 13th and… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Mendax, mendax, bracae in igne

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Mendax, mendax, bracae in igne The fact that the Prime Minister of the UK was found by a Scottish court to have lied to the Queen has failed to make it to the front page of most British newspapers. Which is fair enough, it’s not the first time he’s lied to a woman, and it probably won’t be the last. More likely it’s not front page news because it was only a Scottish court that found that he’d lied, and not a really important proper… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Mendax, mendax, […]

A drop of Satan’s blood

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A drop of Satan’s blood In a blatant attempt to use bad news to hide more bad news, on the evening that the British Government was reeling from three Scottish judges having called the Prime Minister liar liar pants on fire – I paraphrase – the Yellowhammer Operation document was officially released. The release comes following the defeat inflicted on the Government during the few days when it actually allowed Parliament to sit, and is one of the reasons why it doesn’t want Parliament to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A drop […]

The mess got messier very quickly

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The mess got messier very quickly The mess got messier very quickly. Yesterday the British Government was mired in a political mess, today it’s mired in a legal mess as well. Today all three judges in the highest Scottish court, the Court of Session, have ruled that the prorogation of parliament was unlawful. The case was brought by a group of MPs led by the SNP’s redoutable Joanna Cherry QC, who has been indefatigable in her use of the courts as a means of holding an… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

The mess that’s getting messier

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The mess that’s getting messier If you wanted to describe the multicoloured shambles that passes for British governance these days, you’ll find that you’ve run out of the normal spectrum of colours. We’re now deep into ultraviolet.  Parliament was prorogued by a rogue last night, another little death of democracy in a state whose checks and balances against the overweening power of unscrupulous politicians are weak and often ineffective. Meanwhile the British nationalist trolls are out in force in the comments sections of newspapers, screaming… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The mess […]

Getting punched in the gob by Athena

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Getting punched in the gob by Athena It’s a quiet day in politics today. I say quiet, because all things are relative. Except Iain Duncan Smith, who is absolutely and not relatively a spaffpuffin. Anyway, these days we’re at such a fever pitch of delirium that quiet means the Prime Minister getting telt by the Irish Taoiseach with a nicely placed Classical jibe, losing a second vote on an early General Election, proroguing Parliament in order to escape scrutiny, and airing ways he might be able to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

The widening chasms

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The widening chasms It’s Sunday, and there’s yet more crazy in the ever changing kaleidescope of crap which is British politics. Cabinet Minister Amber Rudd has announced her resignation from the cabinet and from the Conservative party, citing the fact that Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is a lying toad who’s hell bent on turning the Conservative party into a bunch of right wing populist English nationalists. Which the rest of us have already known for quite some time, but thank you for… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The widening chasms

Constitutional vandalism

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Constitutional vandalism We’re well through the mirror now. Today the press are discussing the chances of a British Prime Minister refusing to obey the law and having to serve jail time as a result. This is the crazy that passes for normality in British politics these days. This is because the British Parliament has passed a law compelling the Prime Minister to request the EU for an extension to Article 50, and the Prime Minister has said he’d rather die in a… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Constitutional vandalism