Archive | October, 2017

Treading a Scottish path

28 Oct

Wee Ginger Dug

The situation in Catalonia is growing dangerous. The Spanish State has been emboldened by the lack of international support for the newly declared Catalan Republic, and it’s quite possible that Mariano Rajoy will take this as a signal that his government can get away with a brutal repression of the Catalan independence movement. It’s all very well calling for dialogue and saying it’s the only solution to the problem. That is a statement of the obvious. However the problem with calling for dialogue is that you need someone to have meaningful dialogue with, and Madrid has shown not the slightest inclination to engage in it. The lack of overt support for the Catalan declaration of independence will only strengthen La Moncloa’s resolve to maintain a hardline stance. (La Moncloa is the seat of the Spanish government.) But equally Madrid’s intransigence will only make the Catalans more determined.

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The Catalan declaration of independence in English

27 Oct

I recognise the new Republic of Catalunya. Peace and love to all.

Wee Ginger Dug

It’s been a huge day in Catalonia, but it’s also a day of immense uncertainty. Rather than pontificate about a situation which is changing rapidly, and which is likely to have seen further developments by the time I got to the end of whatever it was I was writing, a more useful and informative contribution to events in Catalonia for people in Scotland would be to provide an English translation of today’s declaration of independence. This is the full text of the declaration of independence approved today (Friday 27 October) by the Catalan Parliament. The declaration is fairly lengthy and couched in legalese, but I’ve done my best to provide as literal a translation as possible. The original Catalan language text was taken from an article in the Catalan digital newspaper Vilaweb. If you speak Catalan, you can read it HERE.  All translation errors are of course my own.

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Local groups’ conference in Dunblane

23 Oct

Wee Ginger Dug

I don’t usually publish articles which I’ve written for the National on the blog. However the National’s editor Callum Baird has given me permission to republish the article I wrote for Saturday’s edition of the National because it’s important that this gets to as wide an audience as possible.

The core of independence is independence of thought and action. If we want an independent Scotland in which citizens are empowered, in which ordinary people have voices that are heard, we need to put those principles into action in the campaign which achieves Scottish independence. Independence begins with independence of mind, and any independence movement worth its salt seeks to encourage and facilitate the independence of mind and action of the citizens of the country for which it’s campaigning for self-determination. That means we don’t sit back and wait for permission to campaign for another referendum and for an independent Scotland…

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El cop d’estat

21 Oct

Scotland stands with Catalunya in solidarity.

Wee Ginger Dug

Madrid has pressed the constitutional nuclear button and has announced that it’s going to dissolve the institutions of Catalan self-government and impose direct rule. The pro-independence Catalan media is describing it as a cop d’estat – a coup d’etat – against Catalonia by a Spanish government which is already holding two high profile independentistas as political prisoners. Today the streets of Barcelona were filled with half a million demonstrators protesting against Rajoy’s unilateral abolition of Catalan self-government and against the imprisonment of Jordi Cuixart of Omnium Cultural and Jordi Sanchez of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana. Both have been denied bail on charges of sedition for helping to organise October’s independence referendum. Due to the slow and labyrinthine workings of the Spanish legal system, they could be imprisoned for four years before coming to trial.

The Partido Popular minority government in Madrid has announced that the Catalan Parliament will now have…

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Time for a Truly Scottish TV station?

17 Oct

Hopefully, the younger generation will watch TSTV and maybe even get their grandparents to watch with them.

Rock and Rhetoric

One of the most depressing problems of the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum was the mainstream media. With the exception of the Sunday Herald, the mainstream media was blindly supporting the Better Together campaign.  The worst example of this was the supposedly impartial BBC which used every trick in the book to put down the Yes campaign and its supporters.

london calling freebieI could go one forever providing examples of how the BBC used its influence to lie, manipulate and distort the news to suit the Better Together campaign but this has been done by G A Ponsonby who wrote the excellent London Calling: How the BBC Stole the Referendum which chronicles the descent of the BBC in Scotland from a once trusted broadcaster to an organisation so despised that thousands of ordinary Scots marched on its Scottish HQ in protest at what they saw as its anti-independence bias.  This book was the basis…

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Scottish Government will say NO to any power grab in the EU withdrawal bill. Up to 111 powers are at risk. Will it make any difference though?

17 Oct

Talking-up Scotland

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In the bill, as it stands, powers currently devolved to Scotland would be handed back to Westminster from the EU, in the first instance. Westminster would then devolve these again to the Scotland or perhaps they wouldn’t. There would be no guarantees and already we’ve had Michael Gove refusing to guarantee that the current £700 million of funding for forestry, hill farmers and crofters would automatically be devolved. This is only one of many devolved powers in the areas of agriculture, environment and economic planning which the Scottish Government suspect the centralist-minded Tories would prefer to see returned to Westminster. David Mundell has also said that not all powers would be returned to Scotland. It has even been suggested that the ban on fracking in Scotland could be reversed as powers return to Westminster.

The Scottish and Welsh governments seem likely to refuse consent unless the bill is amended to…

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TV Schedule – Monday 16th Oct

16 Oct

New online Scottish TV channel.

SNP Voters are the Light in a Darkening UK

16 Oct

Totally agree, as do most of Indy folk on Twitter and Facebook. Someone’s ego is getting in the way, me thinks.

MacAlba

It’s not often headlines grab my attention and take me aback.  Like many of you in Scotland you will have seen them all and most do not surprise you, however, they will, like me, make you laugh!

Pre-2014 and right through to present day we see the most obscure and wildly inaccurate headlines anywhere, so when one does take me aback, I pay attention to it.

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Good morning – TSTV Viewing schedule

15 Oct

Independence! Nothing less!

15 Oct

Barrhead Boy

This is the slogan that I believe should always be our rallying call.

I know the clever folk think for each election ,each Conference we need a new sound bite, a new strapline, personally I don’t think that is necessary.

I think we should have never stopped using this slogan, you can carry below it a subtext,however this slogan should always be for us the prime focus.

It was an SNP Campaign theme in the 70s, and very successful one it was too.

The 70,000+ that joined the SNP in the aftermath of the Independence Referendum ,or the voters that increased our vote share to 50% +in 2015 GE didn’t do so because of our Housing /Education/Transport Policy.

The reason they joined and voted for us was ,

Independence! Nothing less.

I am what the Unionists term a Fundamentalist, the other ones are called Gradualists.

The Foreign owned Media in…

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