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What democracy is all about

13 Jun

Wee Ginger Dug

democracyissimple“You don’t get a referendum for free, you have to earn it. So if the Greens and the SNP – and the SSP or any other parties who’ve declared an interest in independence – get over the line and make a coalition, make a majority, get the votes in the parliament, then they’ll vote through a referendum, and that’s what democracy’s all about … it is perfectly simple.”
Ruth Davidson, May 2011

Ruth Davidson has changed her tune. If you’re surprised by that you’re probably also surprised that British TV sports commentators keep hyping up the England team and patronising the Scotland team when they notice it at all. After saying that “of course” Westminster shouldn’t block another independence referendum, Ruth is now basing her choice of Tory leadership candidate on the basis of which of them most vehemently refuse to allow Scotland to ask itself about its own future…

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Licensed hostility

13 Jun

Peter A Bell

I seldom comment on particular cases such as the one involving Cyntia Lencinas and her husband Charly Garcia. I have found that it pays to be cautious as there is often some aspect of the story which is not being told. One can all to readily find oneself having defended, or protested on behalf of, someone who may not be as deserving as had been supposed.

It is, however, exceedingly difficult to imagine what as yet unrevealed circumstances there might be which could possibly justify, or even explain, British officialdom’s behaviour in this matter.

The specifics of the Home Office’s treatment of Ms Lencinas may be inexplicable. But it is all to easy to discern the underlying cause. The British government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy was always going to empower those with a hostile attitude towards ‘foreigners’.

Not for the first time in recent years, the British political elite has unleashed…

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Normal Rules Don’t Apply to Them

13 Jun

Random Public Journal

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By Jason Michael

Riding “the Buffalo” back in the mid-1990s – a two-colour Ryobi press, my class-political education began with Mick; a cousin of my faither’s who worked “the Beast” – the massive four-cylinder Komori at the other side of the factory. Michael was an excellent printer, meaning he read the paper for most of the day with an ink stained tea towel hanging out his manky overall pocket. You see, a “good machinist” doesn’t need to be tinkering with his machine. It’s running like a dream, clank-clank-clanking away, churning out tons of printed sheets of SR-A2 paper. It was an entirely different story for me. I was a grafter. I didn’t have a scooby what I was doing. Nothing ever seemed to go right. The anti-offset was blowing in my face, giving me the look of a cocaine baron after a narcotics raid. The aluminium plates were coming…

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On one of the continents, abroad

13 Jun

Wee Ginger Dug

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In an interview today with Tory supporting LBC radio presenter Iain Dale, Esther McVey gave us all a masterclass in political idiocy. Railing against giving foreign aid, she spoke about an airport that can’t be used because it was built in the wrong direction and windshear means planes can’t take off or land safely. What a terrible waste of UK aid money. Money that could be better spent on weapons of mass destruction, tax cuts for rich people, and paying the army to mount barricades against rioters protesting that the supermarkets are empty because of a no deal Brexit.

So where is this airport then, she was asked. “It’s on one of the continents … eh … abroad,” she stated confidently, safe in the knowledge that all foreign aid goes to one of the continents abroad. She might as well have said, “It’s on planet Earth.” Actually she’d have been…

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This Friend Of Mine…

13 Jun

Autoimmunitygirl

A friend of mine is currently supporting their family member through a very difficult health time, which also includes being newly diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. He is doing an amazing job but he is filled with the worries and questions that many good supportive family members have for their loved ones.

I would dearly like to provide all the answers he desperately seeks but there are so many challenges in doing so that I feel as though my help may be proving just as difficult as the disease/diagnosis itself.

Here are some of the hurdles to helping this dear friend.

Firstly, and mostly importantly, is the fact that I am not a doctor and so in any case of someone struggling with symptoms and terrible challenges, although I may identify deeply with the person, I can never assume the role of a doctor. Although I may relate to many…

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