Archive | July, 2018

The propaganda department

31 Jul

Wee Ginger Dug

A report has just been published by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons. The House of Commons report was written by anti-independence MPs, largely from England. It consists of 11 MPs, five of whom are Conservative, five Labour, and only one SNP. The sole SNP MP on the committee is the only MP representing a Scottish constituency. So this is a committee which has no particular insight into Scotland, and no special sympathy for the Scottish Parliament, but even they recognise that Theresa May’s government’s handling of devolved issues in the wake of the Brexit referendum has been woeful. It lays the blame for the acrimony and anger which has been generated firmly at the door of the Conservative government and notes that current inter-governmental mechanisms are not fit for purpose.

Wee Wullie Rennie, remember him? He’s been quoted having a wee ribbit that…

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Brexamageddon and Me (and you)

31 Jul

Butterfly Rebellion

by Katherine Sanders

The last two – no, four – years have been something of a rollercoaster for most folk I know. The febrile, venomous campaigning before IndyRef1 in 2014 raised for the first time the blatant deception we had often suspected by the media and political classes into plain sight. The Vow? The ‘equal partnership?’ The mist and sadness, the flatness of the morning afterwards reflected how everyone I knew felt. The sight, hours later, of Cameron standing in front of 10 Downing Street talking about “English Laws for English People” confirmed what we suspected. Within a day, my No-voting husband felt sickened he had fallen for the lies.

Two years later, we in Scotland saw the same tactics from the Leave teams. Never mind they were supposedly ‘separate’ campaigns – the ECL and parliamentary committee have confirmed that not only were funds illegally shared but their advertising…

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“Good evening. In tonight’s news the SNP….”

31 Jul

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It is stating the blooming obvious but the British Broadcasting Corporation is exactly what it’s title says it is. It is the media organ of the British state.

We should not expect it to be fair or impartial. We should not expect it to be balanced. Its purpose is to protect and promote the interests of Britain and the powers that control the assets, resources and governance of that construct of once disparate, now once more becoming increasingly disparate, countries.

We shouldn’t be surprised or particularly outraged about this fact. That’s how it is, that’s how it has always been since its creation. Until Scotland returns to its rightful state of independence and establishes its own public broadcasting service that is how it will continue. Anything we do won’t change the BBC.

The sitting British government of the time selects the Chair of the Board of Governors of the BBC…

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An Awful State

31 Jul

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By Jason Michael

UNIONISTS IN SCOTLAND WANT to convince us that the SNP has peaked, that the demand for independence is on the wane, and that the independence movement is in dire straits. The complete domination of the media by the Westminster agenda means that this narrative of the death of independence has been sold, repackaged and resold – wash, rinse, repeat – by the mainstream media in Scotland since even before the 2014 referendum. According to the news we shouldn’t be here. We should have dried up and ossified years ago.  As much as I really detest cliché, it has to be said: The reports of our death are greatly exaggerated.

So long as the BBC ignores tens of thousands of independence supporters marching through Glasgow, Dundee, Dumfries, Inverness, wherever, the narrative is safe. Ordinary, politically ambivalent viewers won’t be unsettled in their default, media-programmed unionism…

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31 Jul

Launch 🚀

31 Jul

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Today we launch some new products and we hope that you will help support and share.

Unlike other posts and ads you read on social media this is NOT about getting rich or famous, it’s about charity and helping those who struggle every day with chronic illnesses.

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(Background): For a long time now I looked for little ways to reach out and thank those in my life but there were no cards designed for those with chronic illnesses.

So…

I decided to make my own and I hope that others…

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How I made Britnat trolls work for me

30 Jul

Brilliant laugh! Well done, Paul!

Wee Ginger Dug

I had planned to publish this piece yesterday, but the BBC shutdown of Wings Over Scotland’s and Moridura’s YouTube Channels was too important not to blog about immediately. Quite incredibly, it now transpires that the BBC closed down Stu Campbell’s YouTube channel because he’d published the video of the BBC interviewing Stu Campbell. When she took over as director of BBC Scotland a wee while ago, Donalda MacKinnon spoke about how important it was for BBC Scotland to rebuild trust with its viewers. So how’s that working out, Donalda?

Huge thanks to all my amazing readers who have supported my fundraiser and sent messages of goodwill and support. Due to all the amazing readers of this blog, the target of £10,000 has been well and truly smashed. A total of £20,224 has been raised, including £8,851 donated via the GoFundMe platform, £9,834 through Paypal, and £1,539 directly by cheque, bank…

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Free speech, except for viewers in Scotland

29 Jul

Wee Ginger Dug

The BBC doesn’t exactly have a great reputation in Scotland for fairness and a lack of bias. Trust in the Corporation in Scotland is low, and you’ll be more likely to find someone who thinks that Creationist website demonstrates a proper understanding of the theory of evolution than you’ll find an independence supporter who believes that the public service broadcaster – which we all pay for – gives a fair hearing to the indy movement. Given that, you’d think that the BBC would tread extra carefully in its dealings with the independence movement, and would be particularly careful not to alienate even further that half of the Scottish population which views it with deep suspicion as the propaganda arm of the British state. But no. Instead the BBC has decided to trash its chances of reassuring the half of the people of Scotland who support independence.

Stu Campbell of Wings…

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Memories

29 Jul

I find it really embarrassing when I forget what I was going to say to someone. I think it makes me look stupid but don’t really know if it does or if it’s my imagination.

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This is one of the harder pieces because it is about one of the things that means so much to us as human beings; our memories and our minds.

I have always prided myself on having a reasonable mind and have enjoyed many of the interesting and creative things it has allowed me to do over the years! That’s not to say that it has always been my friend but I believe it has always been my best feature.

But then things began to change…

if I am honest I would have to admit that I have always had a less than reliable memory for things like names, sequences of events and some short term memories. I always thought that maybe I hadn’t used the best concentration at times. Recalling some things could be torturous and made examinations the most difficult things to endure. I developed some techniques and work…

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Westminster is Sovereign. Holyrood is Not.

27 Jul

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By Jason Michael

AFTER A FEW YEARS of Canon Law and a module on International Human Rights Law as part of an MPhil in Race Ethnicity and Conflict I have reached a level of legal understanding. Now I know with absolute certainty I haven’t a clue about the law. But I have a theory (à la Michel Foucault): Law is the narrative of power. It functions, whether separated from or controlled by the ruling establishment, to preserve the status quo; to ensure the basis of the right to rule – or dominate – is maintained. You may, perhaps rightly, consider this a pessimistic appreciation of the law, but the spectacle currently playing out in the British Supreme Court – as the UK government contests the competence of the Scottish parliament to enact the Continuity Bill – makes this difficult to deny. When Richard Keen QC PC (“Lord Keen…

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