Stepping back from the fray

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Stepping back from the fray This election campaign has been the nastiest, the most unpleasant and the most vitriolic that it has ever been my misfortune to experience. What’s made it even worse is that on top of the entirely expected abuse and insults from British nationalists, now it’s also coming from people who are supposedly on the same side. As a result of ploughing a lonely furrow amongst Scottish independence bloggers and refusing to join in their campaign to unseat Nicola Sturgeon, my integrity… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Stepping back […]

The suspicious case of the vanishing blog

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The suspicious case of the vanishing blog Whenever some think tank or other produces a report claiming that an independent Scotland would be some sort of dystopian nightmare where public services would be slashed to the bone, or that there would be rolls of barbed wire all the way along the border from Gretna to Berwick, it always receives huge publicity in the Scottish press usually accompanied by apocalyptic headlines and a presentation on the BBC by Sarah Smith doing her trying but conspicuously failing not to… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

A significant force or RISE 2.0

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A significant force or RISE 2.0 Yesterday saw the publication of the first full scale opinion poll since the launch of the Alba party giving us all our first opportunity to gauge the possible electoral impact of Alex Salmond’s new party. Fieldwork for the poll, commissioned from Survation for DC Thompson publishers took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week, when media coverage of the new party and the former first Minister’s announcement that he was seeking to return to Holyrood was intense, and the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A […]

The question the BBC and the Tories don’t want to answer

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The question the BBC and the Tories don’t want to answer Because I must have masochistic streak a mile wide, last night I watched what the BBC served up to us with the grandiose title of a leaders’ debate. Or rather, I tried to watch it but then halfway through lost the will to live and switched over to another channel, which proves two things: firstly that I can only have a masochistic streak that’s half a mile wide, and secondly that the BBC is an active participant in the campaign… Read the full […]

The common priority

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The common priority The parties contesting the Scottish elections have started to delineate their pitch to the voters for the Holyrood elections which are now just a few weeks away. Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon gave her first big speech of the election campaign in which she set out some of the key promises and commitments of the SNP should her party be re-elected with sufficient support to form the next Scottish government. Among the most notable promises was a commitment to doubling the Scottish… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The common priority

Putting a stake through the heart of the Tories’ disrespect for democracy

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Putting a stake through the heart of the Tories’ disrespect for democracy I’ve made my views clear about the new Alba party and Alex Salmond’s real motivation for setting it up.  This blog will continue to advocate SNP 1 and SNP or Green 2 in the elections which are just six weeks away now and to provide a space for people who continue to support Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.  But the Alba party has been launched now, it’s a done deal, and whatever our views about the former leader of the… Read the […]

Finding common ground

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Finding common ground It cannot be stressed enough just how important the May elections are for the future of Scotland. If we are all truly committed to the ideal of an independent Scotland and a permanent escape from the appalling realities of Brexit Britain and the cruel, heartless and callous future that Johnson’s right wing English nationalist Conservative party has in store for us, then we must all strive to make the best of the political situation the independence movement is currently in… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Finding common ground

It’s still SNP 1 & 2 for me

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug It’s still SNP 1 & 2 for me It was always obvious that Alex Salmond wasn’t going to stand for one of the existing minor parties. He was always going to set up a new party that he could be the undisputed leader of. We can at least be grateful for the small mercy that he has called upon his supporters to vote SNP in the constituency vote despite the best efforts of some of the more trenchant critics of Nicola Sturgeon who spoke at the launch of… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

‘Nuff said

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug ‘Nuff said Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug ‘Nuff said

The Tories stare into the abyss

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Tories stare into the abyss So that’s Ruth Davidson off to ermine bedecked pastures new. The great renaissance of the Scottish Tories that her many media hypesters claimed that she heralded has proven to be ephemeral. She leaves behind a Conservative party that saccording to the most recent poll is in serious danger of losing a slew of seats at the Scottish election in May and slipping into third place behind the Labour party. This is because whereas Ruth was able to present a veneer… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

A vote of no-confidence in the Tories and their enablers

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A vote of no-confidence in the Tories and their enablers Yesterday it was going to be the Scottish Tories’ big day. It was going to be the day that Douglas Ross secured his position as the unchallenged leader of the Scottish Conservatives and Ruth Davidson triumphantly set out for the House of Lords with Nicola Sturgeon’s scalp under her belt, to be hailed as the saviour of the Union by her Conservative colleagues and ideally placed to slot into a ministerial position in Johnson’s cabinet. But that’s not how it… Read the full article:: […]

Time to move on

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Time to move on It’s over at last. The concerted attempts to remove Nicola Sturgeon from office have failed. Although we can expect another couple of days of headlines and unconvincing outrage from the Scottish Conservatives as they try to pretend that they really do have principles, the real danger to the First Minister’s position passed yesterday, when the independent Hamilton report cleared her of any breach of the ministerial code. There is a further test today, when the Tories press ahead with their… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Time to move […]

Flag-shagging for the Union

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Flag-shagging for the Union In recent months, union flags have been popping up every time some minor British government minister makes an announcement. Tory ministers seem to have more flags than a shoe fetishist has size twelve Manolo Blahniks. One of them, Housing minister Robert Jenrick, didn’t just have a large Union flag on display in the corner of his living room when he made an appearance last week via zoom on the BBC Breakfast Show, he also had a large and conspicuously positioned… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Flag-shagging for the […]

The end of the roller coaster

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The end of the roller coaster It’s crunch time this week. In a few days we will have the publication of the report of the Holyrood committee inquiry into the botched Scottish Government investigation into the complaints made against Alex Salmond. This will be mined extensively for the SNPbad headlines which will doubtless dominate the Scottish media this week. You can also look forward to Ruth Davidson popping up on Sky News and BBC Scotland pretending that she knows what integrity is. This week we shall… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

The two doors

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The two doors We are now aproaching the final end of the Salmond saga which for over a year has obsessed the anti-independence media and that part of the ostensibly pro-independence blogosphere with a pathological hatred of Nicola Sturgeon. About which those of us who want to concentrate on making the case for Scottish independence can only say, “Thank all the gods.” This is a tale which has already consumed far too much oxygen. Although there is still one final report to reach… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The two doors