The EU’s open arms

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The EU’s open arms Scotland’s best chance of getting back into the EU is through independence. Kirsty Hughes, the director of the Scottish Centre for European Relations and an expert on EU matters, has said that the EU would welcome the membership of an independent Scotland but would be far more wary should the UK attempt to rejoin. In other words, if Scotland wants a closer relationship with the EU, as consistent majorities of the Scottish electorate say they would like to see, the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The EU’s open […]

The Tory threat to devolution

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Tory threat to devolution To be a Conservative means never accepting that you’re to blame for anything, ever. Today our part time Prime Minister has provoked anger and upset by claiming that the high death rate in care homes was due to care staff not following procedures. So it wasn’t anything to do with British Government policy which shunted elderly people out of hospitals and into care homes as quickly as possible without testing them for the virus, spreading the infection amongst the most… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Tory […]

The fate of Gaelic is in our hands

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The fate of Gaelic is in our hands Last week a report was published which claimed that Gaelic is rapidly headed towards extinction in its remaining heartlands. This isn’t news to anyone who has been following the linguistic literature on language endangerment. Reports of the imminent extinction of the Gaelic language are not new, in 2000 a study by researchers from the Max Planck Institute in The Netherlands claimed that Gaelic, along with all other minority languages in Europe with fewer than 100,000 speakers, would be extinct by… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

Turning the corner

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Turning the corner We’ve turned the corner. A new opinion poll out this weekend confirms that support for independence is at 54%, meaning that the previous poll showing support at that level was not a flash in the pan. It’s a real phenomenon and not a blip or a statistical outlier. We now live in a Scotland where support for independence is the established will of the people of Scotland. That’s a historic first. Even John Curtis, the world’s only polling expert according… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Turning the corner

Where there’s a will

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Where there’s a will Yesterday the Scottish Government announced that in the previous 24 hours there had been 1 death from covid-19 in the country. There was one death in Wales, and two in Northern Ireland. There were 133 deaths overnight in England. (Source : https://www.travellingtabby.com/scotland-coronavirus-tracker/) If the death rate in England was the same as it was in Scotland at the moment, there would only be about 12 deaths daily from the virus. Instead there are ten times as many. The Scottish Government… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Where there’s a […]

The Dugcast fae the Dughoose – with Andrew Tickell

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Dugcast fae the Dughoose – with Andrew Tickell Welcome to the July 3 edition of the Dugcast fae the Dughoose. This week I am joined online by Andrew Tickell, otherwise known as Lallans Peat Worrier. Andrew is a law lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and columnist for The National. He gives us an explanation of the legal issues around a referendum without a Section 30 order. We also chat about the issues facing British nationalists as they desperately try (and fail) to find a new rationale for the… Read the full article:: Wee […]

The border of human decency

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The border of human decency Scotland, you don’t exist. For years people have been walking around and thinking that they were Scottish, talking with Scottish accents – or trying not to talk with a Scottish accent if you’re Michael Gove – eating potato scones and drinking Irn Bru, arguing about just how crappy BBC Scotland is, living under an ancient and distinctive legal system, voting for a Scottish Parliament, and other assorted Caledonianness. Yet all this time we’ve been deluding ourselves. None of it is… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The border […]

They’re just not that into you

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug They’re just not that into you It’s a hard life being a Scottish Tory. There you are, doing your utmost to be subservient and telling everyone and anyone that Scotland is a pathetic bankrupt mess that depends utterly on the good graces of the British Government in order to be able to wipe its own arse. You go on social media, and share prettily coloured graphs which purport to prove that Scotland is financially worse off than Moldova, only with worse weather. You spend your time… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug They’re […]

Economic stimulus meh

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Economic stimulus meh The part time Prime Minister did some work on Tuesday. He gave a speech in the English Midlands annoucing his big plan to boost the UK economy so it can recover from the effects of the pandemic. Although touted as a big speech, as major announcements, as the British equivalent of Franklin D Roosevelt’s American New Deal in the 1930s, the speech and its contents can handily be summarised in one short word. That word is ‘meh’. The speech promised… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Economic stimulus meh

Keeping us safe

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Keeping us safe A long time ago back in a lost and distant past when people still thought that the British Government was headed by serious people, even if we disagreed with those people viscerally, the notion that the prime aim of that Government was to keep the population safe from threats was widespread – and for the most part unchallenged. It was axiomatic that an independent Scotland would no longer enjoy the protection of the British state, and this was one of… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Keeping us safe

The millstone that is Westminster

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The millstone that is Westminster Scotland is making significant progress in tackling the coronavirus epidemic. For the past three days there have been no reported deaths from covid-19 in the country. It’s a small but very hopeful sign that the efforts of the Scottish Government to get the virus under control are working. We cannot be complacent, although progress has been made it’s fragile and easily derailed. Unfortunately one of the biggest risk factors that Scotland faces in provoking a second wave of virus deaths… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The millstone […]

Better than this

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Better than this Some British nationalists, presumably for the bantz, decided to mount a banner likening Nicola Sturgeon to a Nazi on a fence close to the official residence of the First Minister. Complete with a faux Germanic font and a racist misspelling of English as spoken by the cast playing the Germans in ‘Allo ‘Allo, it was topped off with a photo of the First Minister with a Hitler moustache. It’s the sort of thing you’d only find funny if you have… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Better than this

Dugcast fae the dughoose – with Anne McLaughlin

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Dugcast fae the dughoose – with Anne McLaughlin This week I am joined via Zoom by one of the nicest people in Scottish politics, Glasgow North East MP Anne McLaughlin. Anne won the seat from Labour’s Willie Bain in 2015 on the biggest swing ever recorded in a UK General Election. She lost it in 2017 to Labour’s Paul Sweeney, but regained it in the General Election in December last year. We chat about her experiences as an MP, how things have changed between her first stint in… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

331 stabs in the back

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug 331 stabs in the back What have Scottish Conservative MPs Andrew Bowie, David Duguid, Alister Jack, John Lamont, David Mundell, and Douglas Ross all got in common? There are so many possible answers to that question, none of which reflect well upon the MPs concerned. You could say that they’re selfish British nationalist shills who wouldn’t stand up for Scotland if their mother’s life depended on it, and during the coronavirus crisis it very possibly might. You could say that every single one of them… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug 331 stabs […]

The inevitable no

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The inevitable no Well that didn’t take long, did it. Not even 24 hours had passed since the Scottish Government announced its plan to boost the Scottish economy to assist in Scotland’s recovery from the effects of lockdown, and the British Government refused to consider any cooperation with the extra borrowing powers that the plan required. You’ll have had your economy, Scotland. It came even before Kate Forbes, the Scottish Government Finance Minister, had penned her official request to Westminster with the request… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The inevitable no