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 […]

When “good chaps” go bad

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug When “good chaps” go bad The Tories lost yet another court case this week, after a two year legal battle SNP MP Tommy Sheppard won a ruling that the British Government’s secret polling on public attitudes to Scottish independence should be made public. Yet after The National newspaper contacted the Cabinet Office, headed by Michael Gove, asking to see the documents, Gove refused, saying merely that the British Government would respond to the ruling “in due course”, which is Tory-speak for “Only after you’ve dragged… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug When “good […]

Putting 50p in the Broontervention meter

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Putting 50p in the Broontervention meter It’s reasonable now to make an educated guess about what really happened during Gordie Broon’s super secret anti-independence meeting at Holyrood palace with Will-n-Kate at which they definitely didn’t how very dare you even suggest such a thing trash the convention that members of the royal family don’t try to influence the outcome of democratic votes. Because in the name of all that Nicholas Witchell holds holy, that would be blasphemous. What they were really doing was giving Gordie Broon… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Putting […]

GB News victimhood seeking and the EU

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug GB News victimhood seeking and the EU Whenever you see that Neil Oliver is trending on social media it’s like getting a phone call at two o’clock in the morning. You might not know what it is exactly, but you already know that it’s going to be nothing good. On Friday the bold Neil was all over Twitter, trying to stir up something to allow him to feel victimised before the start of his new show on the British version of Fox News. GB News, headed by… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

The royal warrant on a jar of invisible jam

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The royal warrant on a jar of invisible jam Broontervening is Gordon Brown’s favourite activity these days, apart from hiding in storm drains and handing out balloons to pensioners. It allows him to tell himself that he’s still politically relevant, a delusion in which he’s ably assisted by the Scottish media and especially the BBC. We’ve been hearing a lot about him since the Scottish Parliament election produced a large majority of pro-independence MSPs because the holder of the title of most incompetent and inept Prime Minister before the… Read the full article:: Wee […]

Ramping it up to Desp-con 5

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Ramping it up to Desp-con 5 The Conservatives, and indeed the British establishment in general, are clearly at a loss for ideas when it comes to frustrating the growing demand in Scotland and Wales for independence and calls in Northern Ireland for a referendum on Irish reunification. That’s the only possible explanation for why they’ve ramped the hysterical unionism up to Desp-Con- 5. That’s how desperate the Conservatives have become. Over the weekend it came to light that the British Government’s big idea to frustrate Scottish… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Ramping […]

Visibly producing the appearance of listening

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Visibly producing the appearance of listening Yesterday the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales participated in a four nations summit meeting chaired by Boris Johnson. Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill were also in attendance. The meeting had been called by Downing Street following the results of the elections to the Scottish and Welsh parliaments last month. Feeling the need to look like he was doing something after elections which produced a record majority for pro-independence parties in Scotland, Johnson… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Visibly […]

Charmless and Offensive

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Charmless and Offensive Scotland is easily the least monarchist inclined part of the UK, where the royal events, weddings and general flummery which the BBC is hell bent on force feeding the populace with a sycophantic enthusiasm which puts the North Korean state broadcaster to shame are met with a combination of bored indifference and anger that Bargain Hunt has suddenly disappeared from the television schedules. It should be a warning sign to the British establishment that yer average Scottish punter would far… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Charmless and Offensive

Nationalism and ‘Thatessempee’

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Nationalism and ‘Thatessempee’ This is the fourth in a series of articles looking at the topics which will dominate the coming independence referendum campaign. These pieces are aimed at undecided voters and soft no voters. In this article I look at the claim that support for independence is nationalism and that opposition to Scottish independence is also opposition to nationalism. Nationalism and Thatessempee – Supporting independence doesn’t make you a nationalist, opposing it doesn’t make you a non-nationalist How many times have you… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Nationalism and ‘Thatessempee’

The car wreck of British government

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The car wreck of British government On Wednesday Dominic Cummings, the former senior advisor to the non-performance artiste whose stage name is Boris Johnson and one time motoring auto-optician, gave evidence to MPs sitting on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee about the British government’s (mis)handling of the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic last year. He painted a picture of a chaotic and dysfunctional government which was not only utterly unprepared for the gravity and magnitude of the situation, but which was headed… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The […]

Reasons for independence

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Reasons for independence This is the third in a series of articles looking at the topics which will dominate the coming independence referendum campaign. These pieces are aimed at undecided voters and soft no voters. In this piece I look at some of the reasons for wanting an independent Scotland I want independence because … There are as many reasons for supporting Scottish independence as there are people who support independence. Before I suffered a stroke and before the covid lockdowns I travelled… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Reasons for independence

Null points for Brexit’s brand UK

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Null points for Brexit’s brand UK It was reported at the weekend that the Royal Family are to head a “charm offensive” in order to help head off calls for Scottish independence. If true this tells us two things, firstly that the British government is utterly desperate, and secondly that the head of state will get involved in politics after all. This destroys the traditional argument for a hereditary monarch and only makes it more likely that there will be greater pressure in an independent Scotland… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Null […]

Once in a generation: The electorate can’t be bound by a politician’s rhetoric

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Once in a generation: The electorate can’t be bound by a politician’s rhetoric This is the second in a series of articles looking at the topics which will dominate the coming independence referendum campaign. These pieces are aimed at undecided voters and soft no voters. In this piece I look at the claim that the first referendum was promised to be a “once in a generation vote.” For the past year or more, Boris Johnson has been fnaugh fnaughing his way through Prime Minister’s Questions whenever the topic of another independence referendum is… Read […]

Rebellious Scots to shush: Why Scotland needs another independence referendum

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Rebellious Scots to shush: Why Scotland needs another independence referendum This is the first in a series of articles looking at the topics which will dominate the coming independence referendum campaign. These pieces are aimed at undecided voters and soft no voters. In this first piece I look at why Scotland is justified in seeking another independence referendum. Scotland stands at a crossroads in its history. Soon, the people of Scotland will be asked to choose what sort of country they want this to be, even though the British government… Read the full article:: […]