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The Cost of the Union

3 Jun


I’ll lay this out as simply and as plainly as I can.

The Union is expensive.

We here about Brexiteers saying the UKs membership is expensive, they have no idea how expensive an unfair union is.

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The John Buchan Way

3 Jun

A Wilderness of Peace

I believe that every Scotsman should be a Scottish Nationalist. If it could he proved that a separate Scottish Parliament were desirable, that is to say that the merits were greater than the disadvantages and dangers, Scotsmen should support it. I would go further. Even if it were not proved desirable, if it could be proved to be desired by any substantial majority of the Scottish people, then Scotland should be allowed to make the experiment, and I do not believe that, England would desire for one moment to stand in the way.
John Buchan, Debate on the Address, 24 November 1932

I’m struck by the changing timbre of UK Government Party in Scotland. Back in the day, the party battled with the SNP over the votes of rural constituencies over who would defend their interests the best from a distant, uncaring, increasingly centralised Westminster: the Opposition Party…

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The Brexit party and Jeremy and the C word

3 Jun

Wee Ginger Dug

Ann Widdecombe, the comedy turn on Strictly Come Dancing and the Brexit Party, was interviewed on Sky News on Sunday morning. In the absence of any manifesto or policies from the Brexit Party, all we have to go on are the pronouncements of party worthies like Anne. And it didn’t make for inspiring listening.

Ann was very keen to tell us that perhaps one day science might produce an answer to the question of whether gay people can be turned straight. Science does actually have a position on so-called gay conversion therapy, and finds that it’s a form of psychological torture. That doesn’t stop Ann, who thinks that the solution for gay people who are unhappy because of their sexuality is for them to have the possibility to change into straight people, and not for homophobic bigots to stop making them unhappy. You know, bigots like Ann who when she…

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Emotionally Vulnerable

3 Jun


I have given much though to this over many years and I am still surprised by how chronic illnesses and health struggles can make us so emotionally vulnerable.

I seem to feel everything so much more deeply since becoming ill that I have had to work hard to build up barriers in order to handle things better. It’s truly difficult to describe how this feels to most people, and sometimes it’s hard to accept myself. Conversely I am actually pleased by how being emotionally open has helped my marriage (and some of my closer friendships). It has given me the ability to offer so much more, and for those precious few, they are able to truly know and see me.

However it is not without its difficulties.

It feels as though my naturally empathic nature had been dialed up a million fold, bought on by the years of pain and…

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