Lording It Over Us

Source:: Random Public Journal Lording It Over Us Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael WHAT DOES IT MATTER that Ruth Davidson has been introduced in ermine to the House of Lords in Westminster? As the leader of the unionist Conservative Party in Scotland she failed to win a single election, as a defender of the union she failed to maintain a majority for the current constitutional arrangement, and as a dyed-in-the-wool loyalist she has failed to preserve Scotland’s affection for the English monarchy. Ruth ‘rape clause’ Davidson has… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Lording It Over […]

Nativism and Nationalism

Source:: Random Public Journal Nativism and Nationalism Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael LAST NIGHT ON TWITTER a friend voiced her concerns about her future in Scotland post-Brexit. Mel, an American living in Edinburgh with her son, said that she is genuinely considering moving to London to escape the hell-scape we all fear Scotland will become while the current Scottish government drags its feet on independence — the only sure way for Scots to protect our place in Europe and to safeguard and determine our own future.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Nativism and Nationalism

Culture Wars: Woke™

Source:: Random Public Journal Culture Wars: Woke™ Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael WE ARE ALL TO SOME EXTENT aware of ‘Woke,’ that nebulous and dangerous other, right now up to its neck in the culture wars being waged in every conceivable arena of social and political conflict in the modern world. Everywhere we see a kickback, be it online or in politics, the Woke — whoever or whatever this represents — appears to be right at the heart of the chaos. The term itself demands a… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Culture Wars: Woke™

What has Gilead to do with Bethel?

Source:: Random Public Journal What has Gilead to do with Bethel? Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael The politics of Scottish independence have become increasingly bogged down in gender politics, with certain factions of the wider independence movement now almost entirely defined by their opinions on women’s and transgender rights. This article does not intend to explore this important discussion. What it hopes to do instead is assess the compatibility of radical feminism — both mainstream radical feminism and ‘gender critical’ radical feminism — as an ideology and the ideology of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal […]

Do Unto Others

Source:: Random Public Journal Do Unto Others Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael AS AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, many moons ago now, I remember being somewhat stumped by the argument advanced by a young Zionist at a Student Union debate over whether or not the university should support a boycotte of Israeli products. Natalie, a young Jewish woman I knew from my involvement in the Jewish Society, was eager to point out our apparent hypocrisy at choosing to single out the State of Israel for sanction for its… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Do Unto Others

Attention Seeker

Source:: Random Public Journal Attention Seeker Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael ‘SOMEONE ON THE INTERNET said something mean about me,’ joked Paul Kavanagh a couple of years ago as he recounted to me his experience of negative comments online. And this is true; no matter what we do or say, there will always be someone lurking somewhere online — invariably hiding behind an anonymous profile — who will go out of their way to say something biting and nasty. Here we’re not talking about trolls.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Attention Seeker

Our Struggle

Source:: Random Public Journal Our Struggle Tweet Follow @Jeggit By Jason Michael IN RECENT WEEKS we have each felt the pain, the betrayal, and the fury that have exploded out of the division and internecine infighting of the last Holyrood election. Whether we sided with Sturgeon and her both votes campaign or with Alex Salmond and the hope of a supermajority, the feeling is no doubt much the same — we imagine that the ‘other side’ has let us down, somehow betrayed the cause of independence.… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Our Struggle