This is the state we’re still in

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug This is the state we’re still in This is the state we’re still in. Back in 2014, another age, another era, when the UK could still pretend that it was open and welcoming and respectful of the people who make it up, Scotland was promised that by voting against independence, we could have the best of both worlds. The best of both worlds has turned out to be a choice between irrelevance or perdition.  Even worse, that’s a choice that Scotland won’t get to make themselves.  It’s… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Acknowledging Scotland’s existence

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Acknowledging Scotland’s existence Finally, Theresa May has managed to unite the UK. Everyone thinks her deal is rubbish, even the guy who was supposedly in charge of negotiating it. The Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has resigned, so Raab C Brexit is now Raab C Exit. Fellow Brexist Esther McVey has taken time out of her busy schedule of torturing benefits claimants and kicking away the crutches of disable people in order to issue a statement saying that she’s resigning from the government because… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Acknowledging Scotland’s existence

A very big deal

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A very big deal You can’t turn on the telly today without seeing some eager interviewer standing outside Westminster or Downing Street, sticking their microphone in the face of a random political passer by and asking them about the government’s Brexit deal. The cracks are already showing, not least in the rictus grins of the Conservatives. It’s that uncomfortable smile you get from an actor on a soap opera who knows that their character has been killed off by the writers but isn’t allowed… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A very big […]

Journey to Yes #22 : Clive Ponting

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Journey to Yes #22 : Clive Ponting The latest instalment in Phantom Power’s fantastic Journey to Yes series. Clive Ponting is the original British whistleblower. Long before Assange and Snowden, Ponting leaked details of a cover-up that shook the British political establishment. Working as a senior civil servant at the heart of power, Clive Ponting grew increasingly disgusted by what he saw. The Belgrano affair was the final straw and Ponting’s leaking of documents to MPs sparked a scandal that would lead to his arrest, trial and… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Stopping the spreading rash of Union flegs

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Stopping the spreading rash of Union flegs When I was a kid, the Union fleg was only regularly seen flying on Orange Walks. As a Catholic wean from a family that was partly of Irish descent, it was a flag that said that people like me were not welcome, that we were excluded, that we were regarded as aliens in the land of my birth and my parents’ birth. It was a symbol of hate and sectarian bigotry. It was the flag that the Orange marchers flaunted… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

A draft constitution for the Scottish state

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A draft constitution for the Scottish state The constitutional scholar Dr. Mark McNaught, who is a Professor of Law, Philosophy, and US Civilization at the University of Rennes, is one of those who has been attempting to devise a draft constitution for an independent Scottish state.  Other groups and individuals have also been working on similar projects. This draft is not intended as the last word on a Scottish constitution, it is intended as a discussion document to help promote discussion and debate about the contents of… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

Sold out going in, sold out going out

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Sold out going in, sold out going out Sorry for not having blogged the past couple of days, but I’ve been having internet issues. Virgin Cable’s online service check thingy insists there’s no broadband issues in my area, but I’m constantly getting DNS lookup errors. Fingers crossed it’s sorted now. Onieweys, it’s not like there’s a whole lot going on in the world of Scottish politics. Well, nothing except the usual duplicity, double dealing, and downright deception of the British nationalist parties in Scotland. There’s the Labour party,… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]

The only poll that matters

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The only poll that matters There’s been a bit of gloating from British nationalists this week over the opinion poll that never was. Those nats eh, what are they like. After Channel 4 broadcast its programme Brexit – What the Nation Really Thinks, claims were made on social media that the megapoll conducted for the show was giving a result of 52% in favour of Scottish independence. That turned out to be, to put it politely, misleading. The poll was as misleading as the title… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The only […]

Norway: The Twin Nation

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Norway: The Twin Nation The latest in Phantom Power and Lesley Riddoch’s Nation series. The Norway film tells the story of Scotland’s twin nation. We have the same population, share the oil, gas and fishing resources of the North Sea and have similar geography. But over the last 200 years Norway has withdrawn from a Union with first Denmark and then Sweden and has invested its oil wealth wisely while Margaret Thatcher squandered ours. This much we already know. But did you know Norwegians… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Norway: The Twin […]

If no one is going to save you, you have to save yourself

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug If no one is going to save you, you have to save yourself Well that’s me back from the USA with a ring on my finger. And thanks to Theresa May and her hostile policy for immigration, I’m married with all of the consequences that brings for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, but without actually being able to wake up next to my spouse in the same bed. Or indeed the same continent. Next year we hope to start on the onerous and stressful process of applying… Read […]

Stronger than fear (part 2)

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Stronger than fear (part 2) A guest post by Samuel Miller Yes. The UK is a pretty dark and forbidding looking place just now. And yes, there has been a marked rise in intolerance, societal division, austerity, isolationism and wealth disparity. Seems whichever way you look there’s anger, fear and uncertainty on the rise. As for the government where the buck stops? Probably the most reactionary, inept and dogma driven Conservative government of anyone’s memory. A party and government that has driven a horse and… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Stronger than […]

Buttons up the back

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Buttons up the back A guest post by Samuel Miller It’s a safe bet that the next few days are going to be eaten up with dissection of the latest austerity ending budget. Now stop snorting at the back. And we’ll have no swerry wurds either. It’s not seemly you know. Anyroads. You can get behind the whole budget parade every few months, kick back and let the number crunchers do their thing. Makes for quite the spectacle as, (dependent on the political affiliation),… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Buttons up the […]

Exactly what it says on the tin

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Exactly what it says on the tin A guest post by Samuel Miller This isn’t going to end well you know. Brexit that is. I mean. We are aware that there never was an exit strategy. A plan for removing the UK from the EU. Right? That everything done (or not done) in the past two years has been on the hoof? So far as anyone can see, politics in the UK is currently in a state of complete chaos. Not threatening to become. Not descending into.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

When words fail

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug When words fail A guest post by Samuel Miller Y’know, you read appalling stuff about yer political class every day. Brexit shambles, leadership backstabbery, cash for access scandals, election campaign under investigation because reasons sorta thing. The levels of hypocrisy, cynical abuse of power and public manipulation can leave you speechless. For instance, I read a typically clinical dissection by Wings Over Scotland on the current equal pay dispute going on in Glasgow. Well worth the effort to go read. I can predict… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug When words fail

A better way

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A better way A guest post by Samuel Miller Been quite the autumn so far. Seems everything is going off all at once and it’s coming at you from every direction. That can be frightening. And to be fair, it is. The politics of intolerance, exclusion and isolation seems to be rearing its ugly kisser whichever part of the globe you look at and the UK is no exception. Brexit is proving to be every bit as shambolic and catastrophic as many feared… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A better way