What the Yes movement is really anti

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug What the Yes movement is really anti A guest post by Ally Farquhar The man with the rapier-like wit, who always sees the big picture, turning political machinations as they relate to Scotland’s future into incisive language we can all understand, is taking a well-earned break with his hubby. Enjoy guys. Meanwhile the dug, we hear, is lording it up in blissful summer luxury (somebody turn him over before he gets sunburnt). As a guest post I thought maybe perhaps it’s time, once again, following Ross Thomson’s throwaway… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Thoughts from afar

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Thoughts from afar A guest post by John Fitzpatrick I haven’t lived in Scotland for over 40 years and now wish I had never left home. I’m ashamed to say that I actually wanted to leave my own country as so many did then. We were brought up to see Scotland as a forgotten corner at the edge of nowhere that no sensible person would choose to stay in. On the other hand we could get out. Nae problem. The world was our… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Thoughts from afar

Wee Ginger holidays

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger holidays I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks, to spend some time with my husband. I’m back on 31 July. Unfortunately Sam Miller (Macart) isn’t able to look after the blog in my absence this time, so neither he nor myself will be doing be any updates to the blog until I get home. The dug has already started his holidays. He’s staying with Ray and Sandra (of Indypram fame) while I am away. Many thanks to Ray and… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger holidays

Pensioning off the pensions scare story

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Pensioning off the pensions scare story During the independence referendum of 2014, there were numerous reports of anti-independence activists who were canvassing on doorsteps, telling elderly people that if Scotland became independent, then they would lose their pensions. This was scaremongering of the very worst sort, an overt attempt to bully elderly people who very often subsist on one of the worst state pensions in Europe, threatening them with losing even the meagre pittance that the British state pension provides. The threat was absolutely, categorically, untrue.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Pensioning […]

Not hating – what really drives the indy movement

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Not hating – what really drives the indy movement The Scottish independence campaign is frequently accused of being motivated by anti-English racism. It’s possibly the most frequently made accusation against independence supporters. As a campaigner for independence, I’ve been called an anti-English racist myself, despite the fact that my late husband was English and I gave up everything to care for him when he was dying of a terminal illness, despite having close family who are English, people who I love deeply. Naturally, I find such an accusation deeply… Read the full article:: Wee […]

The Wee Ginger Book, getting ready for the indy campaign

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Wee Ginger Book, getting ready for the indy campaign As you may already have heard, I’m planning a new pro-independence project. I’m writing a book covering some of the most important topics in the independence debate, and when the book is ready the plan is to crowdfund to raise the money to get it printed so that it can be distributed to Yes groups and local campaigners, who can then give it away for free to the public. Since my blog’s crowdfunder was so wildly successful, I will be… Read the full article:: […]

Wee Ginger Dugcast – 12 July 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – 12 July 2019 Welcome to the latest edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast with myself and Callum Baird of The National. This week we discuss the Tories’ panicked attempts to plaster union flags on things in an attempt to save the union that they themselves have broken, plus we also talk about an exciting project that I’m working on – the plan for a Wee Ginger Book. And now I can reveal that not only will I be doing the book, together with… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Rebellious Scots to shush

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Rebellious Scots to shush Faced with the realisation that they’ve broken the precioussssss union, the Conservatives have now come up with a master plan to save it. They’re going to use tax money paid by Scotland in order to tell Scotland how great it is being ignored by Westminster. That’ll see off those pesky nats, because sticking union flags on things is well known for its power of persuasion. Just ask Tesco. According to reports, Theresa May called a special meeting of the cabinet… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Rebellious Scots to […]

Nationalism and Thatessempee

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Nationalism and Thatessempee How many times have you heard someone say that they’re not going to vote for independence because they “hate that SNP”. Often Thatessempee is spat out as though it was a single word, and a swerrie word at that. Just as frequently you’ll hear people say that they don’t want to vote for independence because they don’t like Nicola Sturgeon, or because they loathe Alicsammin, whose name has also developed a tendency among certain opponents of independence to be spat… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Nationalism and Thatessempee

Money, money, money

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Money, money, money The constant refrain from opponents of independence is – How can Scotland become independent when you don’t even know what money you’re going to use? Eh? Eh? There is an underlying current of belief among such people that Scotland, uniquely among the nations of the world, would be incapable of having any sort of currency at all. And if Scotland does manage to find a currency, then it doesn’t matter what that currency is, it’s going to be a disaster.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Money, money, money

Going to the head of the queue

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Going to the head of the queue It’s a strange and contradictory life being an opponent of Scottish independence. You have to tell people in Scotland that upon independence we’d have to reapply to join the EU and get to the back of a queue behind Albania, Montenegro, and Turkey, and at the same time insist that we’d have the euro as our currency. Apparently Scotland would be lost in the wilderness outside the EU for years and years while we wait for the Turks, the Albanians,… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Comparing like with unlike

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Comparing like with unlike On Saturday night, I had the misfortune to watch the press review on Sky News. One of the guests was a Brexit supporting writer, a woman whose name escapes me, which is a pity because it means that it will be harder to avoid her nonsense in future. It was the usual ill informed guff about Scotland. She averred, with the arrogant certainty that her ignorance is a virtue which only a British nationalist possesses, that support for independence in… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Comparing like with […]

Shout loudly and wave a fleg

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Shout loudly and wave a fleg You can smell the fear. An opinion poll over the weekend gives Boris Johnson the support of over three quarters of members of the Conservative party. Unless something utterly unforeseen occurs, he’s going to become the next leader of the Tories and the next Prime Minister of the UK. Given that Boris Johnson is about as popular in Scotland as a bad case of piles combined with a high chili diet, and given that he’s determined to pursue a Brexit… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Shout […]

Gaslighting Scotland

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Gaslighting Scotland Yesterday it was the Tory leadership hustings in Scotland, when Jeremy C-word and the Blond Bombsite competed with one another to say how much they love Scotland even though they’ve spent the past three years treating it with contempt when they’re not actively ignoring it. Then they competed to show off which one has more testosterone when it comes to telling Scotland that it can’t have another independence referendum. Ever. And then they competed to see who can put the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Gaslighting Scotland

Wee Ginger Dugcast – 5 July 2019

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger Dugcast – 5 July 2019 Welcome to the latest edition of the Wee Ginger Dugcast. This week The National’s editor Callum Baird and I discuss opinion polls and how they work (and why we should regard online “voodoo” polls with a massive sackload of salt), toy dugs, Theresa May’s visit, the Tory leadership hustings in Perth and what questions should be put to the candidates, how Ross Thomson doesn’t reply to The National’s requests for press access to any of Boris Johnson’s events, the success… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]