Archive | December, 2018

A two-way street

28 Dec

Wee Ginger Dug

A guest post by Samuel Miller

Respect (Noun)

1. a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. 2. due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. 3. a particular aspect, point, or detail.

Lot of talk of respect doing the rounds in 2018. Seems the powers that be may have caught on to the idea that the United Kingdom is anything but united these days. Who knew?

Talk of respectful debate, respecting democratic will, respecting results, respecting agreements and so forth. Especially from politicians and mainly those who don’t seemingly respect anyone or anything very much themselves. We’ve all seen the state of the Commons debates by this point, yes? The braying, howling, arrogant and condescending pie fight at the heart of our system of central government. So, yeah. Respectful. It appears, to any casual observer, yer actual politicians have suddenly…

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Mrs Windsor’s Christmas

28 Dec

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By Jason Michael

THERE WAS NO AVOIDING the annual Christmas message from Buckingham Palace this year. It so happened that I was in a place at the time of its broadcast where silent attention for “Her Majesty” is an essential Christmas Day ritual. Everyone had eaten, the post-turkey snooze was over, and everyone was awake and alert for Mrs Windsor’s obviously very expensive pearls of wisdom. Having earned my fag break, I headed through the kitchen and out the back for a fly puff. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone. All the cool kids were already outside sparking up. Though, strangely enough, we were probably more interested in the Queen’s Speech than were the viewers within. For those watching it, we suspected, it was just tradition. To us outside, it was just hatred – and with good reason.

Let me be clear, I don’t hate Mrs Windsor. I couldn’t care…

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To the victor the spoils……

28 Dec

Worthy winners

27 Dec

Peter A Bell

Ian Blackford had a hard act to follow in Angus Robertson and it would not be contentious to say that, for many in the SNP, his background in the financial industry made him a controversial choice to lead the SNP group at Westminster. I think we can safely say that all such doubts have been dispelled by Blackford’s performance in the role.

It might be argued that Jeremy Corbyn’s all but total abdication of his duty as leader of the official opposition in the British parliament provided Blackford with a relatively easy opportunity to shine. It could equally be said that he had exceptional responsibility thrust upon him and that he has acquitted himself admirably in the face of growing hostility towards SNP MP’s and increasingly bitter contempt for Scotland at the heart of the British political system.

Mike Russell’s appointment as Scotland’s Brexit Minister also raised a few eyebrows…

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Not ‘more’ oil?!

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The Unknown Fire

20 Dec


If you have been chronically ill or have Autoimmune illnesses you will more than likely have a slew of symptoms and challenges that have been undiagnosed for years and May remain that way.

No matter how much we search, or no matter how many doctors we speak to, we often have to face the fact that we may never find answers or relief. It’s one of the hardest facts to accept!

So many of us have faced some very painful and difficult symptoms that we have no answers for and we may have even began to doubt our own sanity. Why are answers so important? Because originally I thought that finding a name would help find relief. But after all these years I have found that answers to don’t come easy and more often than not do not come at all.

Many of my fellow Autoimmunes have been to many…

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Breaking up isn’t always hard to do

20 Dec

Wee Ginger Dug

Opponents of independence have got a new argument against independence. It’s not much of an argument, but then the British establishment is increasingly clutching at ever more desperate straws. The argument goes that Brexit has shown how difficult it is to leave a union, and therefore Scottish independence is likely to be even worse as Scotland is small and weak.

This argument is very like that other Brexit related argument against independence, which goes that we’d only be swapping control from Westminster for control from Brussels and that wouldn’t be independence at all. Serious people who really ought to know better have made this particular argument, but the truth is that if you really don’t understand the difference between the amount and quality of control exerted over a country by membership of the EU with the amount and quality of control exerted over a constituent part of the UK by…

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