Will You Stand and Be Counted…

Source:: Random Public Journal Will You Stand and Be Counted… Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Denise Findlay I’m listening to the 2014 song Hope Over Fear. We are all seven years older now; that’s seven years of independence campaigners dying without ever seeing independence. Nuclear weapons are still on the Clyde, we are still run by Westminster Tories, but now we are out of the EU and our parliament’s powers are being stripped. We’ve still got tax-payer funded MPs and they are telling us ‘not yet.’ The next chance to choose… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Will […]

Welcome to Foucault World Suckers!

Source:: Random Public Journal Welcome to Foucault World Suckers! Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Roger Anderson BACK IN THE 1980s, as a student, I was introduced to the work of the French postmodernist philosopher Michel Foucault. My lecturer contrasted him with Enlightenment philosopher Charles Fourier, a utopian Socialist thinker who argued that in a perfect world the sea would lose its salinity and become pure lemonade — because everything would be so perfect. A bit crazy you might think, but wait until you meet Michel Foucault! This atomised and idiosyncratic truth is… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Welcome to […]

Midges

Source:: Random Public Journal Midges Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Eva Comrie THE PAST YEAR and more has been dark and painful for most where the dreadful but normal experiences of life have been so difficult to endure; illness, death and funerals devoid of touch, the ability to console, hug and  comfort surrendered as we feared infection and our own mortality. Those days when we feel the greatest need to come together we were obliged to stand aloof with chests and chins stuck out, bravely pretending… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Midges

Three Thousand Tyrants

Source:: Random Public Journal Three Thousand Tyrants Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael At the outbreak of the American Revolution, the Massachusetts royalist clergyman Mather Byles famously remarked that he would rather ‘be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away than by three thousand tyrants one mile away.’ And while I disagree with this reverend gentleman’s politics, the validity of his observation is undeniable. Regardless of the many benefits of social media for popular political engagement, it has dangerously amplified the tyrannical impulses of the populist… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Three Thousand Tyrants

The Spirit of 2014

Source:: Random Public Journal The Spirit of 2014 Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Denise Findlay THE SPIRIT OF 2014! Who can forget that summer of hope, alive with the possibility of a new nation being born? The world waited to welcome us, and when we went to the polls on the 18 September we held Scotland’s future in our hands. If only we had seen that future; Boris Johnston in 10 Downing Street, our European citizenship gone, our parliament’s powers removed. We could have chosen a different and better… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Spirit of […]

Problem Crisis Solution

Source:: Random Public Journal Problem Crisis Solution Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael LAST YEAR, when we first went into lockdown, I reached out to a few friends online inviting them to a game of Diplomacy — a board game created in 1954 by Allen Calhamer and used to teach students history, strategy, geopolitics, and negotiation. Andy, Ron, Roddy, ‘Highlander Patriot’, a couple of others, and myself set our clocks back to the beginning of the twentieth century and played the parts of Germany, France, Italy, Russia,… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Problem Crisis Solution

Salmond Returning to Politics

Source:: Random Public Journal Salmond Returning to Politics Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael Speaking from Aberdeenshire at a two o’clock press conference this afternoon, Alex Salmond — the former leader of the Scottish National Party and First Minister — announced his immediate return to Scottish politics. He announced the launch of a new pro-independence party, Alba, which will field candidates on the regional list vote in the upcoming Holyrood elections on 6 May. Since the end of February Mr Salmond and his team have been liaising with… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Salmond Returning to […]

Follow the Leader

Source:: Random Public Journal Follow the Leader Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ARMY ANTS DO THIS THING. When things go terribly wrong for the colony out on trail, they begin to form a spiralling mass that rotates and rotates until every ant dies of exhaustion. These extraordinary little creatures are blind and so rely almost exclusively on the pheromones left by the ants ahead of them. But when these trails get looped the entire colony finds itself locked in a spiral death march, with every ant… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Follow the Leader

Is Poblachtánach Mé

Source:: Random Public Journal Is Poblachtánach Mé Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ÍASON MÍCHEÁL MAC CANNA is ainm dom. In late September 2014, when I began publishing articles in support of Scottish independence, the fact that I lived in Ireland was a serious issue for unionists online. Ireland, of course, smacks of Catholicism and dangerous Republicanism in ‘North Britain’s’ sectarian imagination, and so, almost immediately, some of the most bigotted and vitriolic unionist trolls began to attack me as a ‘Fenian’ and as an ‘Irish Republican’… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Is Poblachtánach Mé

Untenable Position

Source:: Random Public Journal Untenable Position Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael EVERYWHERE WE LOOK on Scottish social media we see the same tired old refrain, ‘I Trust Nicola.’ I do not trust Nicola Sturgeon, and this should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. But my inability to trust the current leader of the Scottish National Party does not mean that I have given up all hope in the party. Thankfully, as a socialist and a republican, I have never been a member of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Untenable Position

Not a Pretty Picture

Source:: Random Public Journal Not a Pretty Picture Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael SHORTLY AFTER SEVEN o’clock in the evening last night, David Davis stood up in the House of Commons and read into the public record various pieces of evidence pertaining to an alleged conspiracy against Alex Salmond which the Scottish government had successfully fought in the courts to have suppressed and hidden from public scrutiny. After declaring that his intention was to strengthen the Scottish parliament and not bury it, he said that a few… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Not a Pretty […]

Inappropriate?

Source:: Random Public Journal Inappropriate? Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael LEGALLY SPEAKING, the most Alex Salmond’s opponents can level against him with any credibility is that his behaviour – with his own admission – was ‘inappropriate.’ Now, before any critique of this nebulous term, it is important to acknowledge that there is such a thing as inappropriate behaviour and that people are affected by the inappropriate behaviour of others in the workplace, in public, and even in their private homes. It is in no… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Inappropriate?

On Being Good

Source:: Random Public Journal On Being Good Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael THE CHATTER ON SOCIAL MEDIA from Nicola Sturgeon’s most loyal followers, over the last few days, has been rather disturbing. We now find ourselves – the whole of the independence movement, that is – in the uncomfortable spot where in a judicial review the Scottish government has been found to have acted unlawfully in its handling of complaints against Alex Salmond. It is now accepted and well known that someone in the First Minister’s… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal On Being Good

Reality Bites

Source:: Random Public Journal Reality Bites Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael IN THE OPEN SOCIETY we are each entitled to our own opinions, but one thing we are not entitled to are our own facts. From about the middle of the twentieth century postmodern critiques of social and political structures and of language have emerged from the academy and have percolated through society and culture which have fundamentally challenged our understanding of reality – and the consequences of this have not always been good. René… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Reality Bites

Live Blog: Salmond Gives His Evidence

Source:: Random Public Journal Live Blog: Salmond Gives His Evidence Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael 13:51 Any mention of the remit of the inquiry – the breaches of the Ministerial Code – is conspicuous now only by its absence. It is clear from almost every question from the members that this session is about putting Alex Salmond back on trial. The convener has repeatedly reminded MSPs to stick to the purpose of the inquiry, but this has been roundly ignored. The inquisitors are determined not to stick to the… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Live […]