Calling an ambaileans for British nationalists

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Calling an ambaileans for British nationalists It’s a tough gig being a Scottish Unionist, constantly on the lookout for things to feel outraged about that can be laid at the door of the Scottish Government and the SNP, even if what they are complaining about is not actually the responsibility of the Scottish Government or the SNP. Parliament, both the Scottish and British ones are currently in recess for the summer, so it falls to British nationalist zoomers on social media to work themselves up into… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Calling […]

When calling out a liar’s lies is worse than lying

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug When calling out a liar’s lies is worse than lying I had intended to post a new blog piece yesterday (Thursday) but I had a very intensive ( and painful) physiotherapy session which left me wiped out. The physio said I’m an unusual case as I have recovered good movement but sensation and proprioception (awareness of where your limbs are in space) remain very poor. So she did a lot of work aimed at reawakening my numbed side with the aim of retraining my brain so that it remembers that… Read the full article:: […]

Pat McFadden’s nightmare

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Pat McFadden’s nightmare An email to a Tony Blair’s chief of staff Jonathon Powell has been released by the National Archives today, following the rule that government information, including private correspondence is to be published after 30 years. In the email, by Pat McFadden who is now a Labour MP but who at the time was Blair’s special advisor on Scotland, McFadden said that the late Donald Dewar, who was then the Secretary of State for Scotland, believed that the Scottish Parliament would… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Pat McFadden’s nightmare

The shame of British nationalism in Scotland

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The shame of British nationalism in Scotland The comedian Billy Connolly used to quip that in an attempt to avoid answering the loaded question, “Are you a Catholic or a Protestant?” He’d respond that he was an atheist, only to be asked? “Aye, but are you a Catholic atheist or a Protestant atheist?” It seemingly being of huge importance to the questioner to know which god he didn’t believe in the most. Of course in a Scottish and Irish context the concept of a Catholic versus a… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

The Great Wall of Bull

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Great Wall of Bull I’d never heard of Kevin Foster and I’m willing to bet that despite the fact that most of the regular readers of this blog take a keen interest in politics, they’ve never heard of him either. However Kevin is the latest no-mark Conservative politician to come to Scotland to tell the benighted natives some scary stories in the hope that we’ll stop worrying our tiny wee Caledonian minds with thoughts of this independence lark. Kevin is apparently the Parliamentary Under-Secretary… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Great […]

Null points for grace in defeat

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Null points for grace in defeat Well thank all the gods we don’t have to listen to or watch the supposedly British media banging on about an England victory for the next 55 years. Isn’t it really unpleasant being taken out of Europe against your will? Maybe now they understand a wee bit what Scotland felt like. At one point in the match England was 1-0 up. I didn’t see the goal but immediately thought that was no great shame, because if England had won the… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Null […]

Qualifying as Italian

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Qualifying as Italian I don’t usually write about the fitba, seeing as how I’m missing that gene that makes watching twenty-two millionaires ruin a perfectly good lawn into a spectacle that evokes passion, excitement and, depending on the result, ecstasy or despair. This is probably because my dad was a Clyde fan, before he abandoned the team in favour of Celtic when it abandoned Glasgow, so my childhood memories of fitba matches involve being bored witless after being dragged to see Clyde versus… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Qualifying as Italian

The Tories should be careful what they wish for

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Tories should be careful what they wish for Writing in the Times newspaper, Professor of political science Matt Qvortup has warned Boris Johnson of the political dangers of taking the Scottish government to court in order to block a second independence referendum. Qvortup believes that the UK Supreme Court would ultimately rule that an independence referendum without the express consent of the Westminster parliament would be unlawful. He draws a parallel to Catalonia, where the Spanish Supreme Court ruled that the Catalan independence referendum was unconstitutional and against… Read the full article:: Wee […]

The death of devolution

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The death of devolution On Monday Dominic Cummings confirmed something that we’ve all known for quite some time. He said that Boris Johnson is an “unthinking Unionist” who thinks that devolution has been a disaster. Cummings also added that Johnson would like to abolish the Scottish and Welsh parliaments but is held back from doing so for fear of the political consequences. Johnson’s antipathy to the devolution settlement has been obvious for quite some time. Back in November last year Johnson told a zoom… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The death of […]

The language of control-freakery

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The language of control-freakery Last week in the House of Lords the topic of debate was the long-delayed review carried out by Tory peer and former advisor to Margaret Thatcher Andrew Dunlop into the relationships between the devolved governments and Downing Street. Although the review had been commissioned over two years ago and had been carried out by an unelected Conservative politician, the British government sat on the findings for as long as it possibly could. This is because not even a right wing… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The language of […]

Andrew Dunlop’s flat tyre

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Andrew Dunlop’s flat tyre The House of Lords has been debating the Dunlop Review into UK Government Union capability. The review was commissioned by a Conservative government, carried out by a Conservative peer who was once an advisor to Margaret Thatcher, and features contributions from a variety of anti-independence politicians. In other words it’s what a BBC Scotland news manager would consider to be a fair and unbiased look at what passes for a British constitution. Despite being the product of a British nationalist… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Andrew Dunlop’s flat […]

Wee Ginger annual crowdfunder

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger annual crowdfunder To say that it’s been a difficult year is something of an understatement. I had a massive stroke which has left me with lasting physical disabilities which might prove to be permanent. As if that wasn’t enough the dug passed away when I was in hospital. Despite everything that was going on I managed to keep the blog going, and moreover was one of the very few pro-independence bloggers who continued to support the two largest pro-independence parties and didn’t… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Wee Ginger annual […]

The line in the hypocrisy sand

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The line in the hypocrisy sand We’ve had the claim that tens of thousands of people have needlessly lost their lives because of the British Government’s confused and chaotic response to the pandemic. We have seen the UK suffer the greatest economic damage due to the pandemic of any country in Europe. This has been combined with the highest death toll in Europe and a per capita death toll which is one of the highest in the world. We’ve had multiple allegations that valuable government contracts… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

Saving the Union with a cross between C Beebies and a Pyongyang parade

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Saving the Union with a cross between C Beebies and a Pyongyang parade British nationalism has taken a distinctly toe-curlingly creepy and cringey turn, although it could easily be argued that that happened years ago, when Murdo Fraser first got himself a Twitter account and some unknown person – for whom there is surely a special padded cell reserved in the deepest and darkest bowels of Hell – told Annie Wells that she ought to consider a career in politics. However even these mortifications on the body politic are put into the shade… Read […]

Blinking first in the game of referendum chicken

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Blinking first in the game of referendum chicken They’re at it again, you can hear the sound of goalposts being shifted all the way from Westminster to Scotland. The Times newspaper is reporting that “senior Tories”, that would be Michael Gove then, are urging Boris Johnson to change the existing franchise for the next Scottish independence referendum and extend the right to vote to all Scots living elsewhere in the UK. That’s the Tories there, the self -proclaimed scourge of divisive nationalism, wanting to ensure that the franchise… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger […]