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The inalienable right

8 Jan

Wee Ginger Dug

Boris Johnson has been fnaugh fnaughing his way through Prime Minister’s Questions and refusing to acknowledge that the SNP was given a mandate by the Scottish electorate for another independence referendum. He conceded that it’s up to the people of Scotland to decide whether they wish to remain a part of the UK, but insisted that the right was exercised in 2014 and it was a “once in a generation” vote. We’re going to hear this excuse a lot, because it’s the only excuse the British government has got left.

Boris Johnson can’t plausibly argue that the SNP has no mandate from the Scottish electorate when that party won a larger vote share and a larger share of seats than his Conservative party did in the UK as a whole. He can’t plausibly maintain that there’s no mandate for another referendum when his own branch office in Scotland stood on…

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No Conflict Without…

8 Jan

Random Public Journal

By Jason Michael

PETE WISHART IS NOT WRONG when he says to the movement that what we need is ‘gentle persuasion’ to win unionists over to the idea of independence. He is simply misguided. On 5 January Stuart Campbell published a short piece on the Wings Over Scotland website in which he provided the data and analysis for something we all already know – that there will be no movement in the polls outwith an official campaign. More worrying, however, was the idea shared by Mike Russell recently in the Sunday National, that ‘at the start of this new decade we need to put into the hands of every single member…’ – an idea which, on the face of it, begins to sound like a capitulation, like a long-term strategic plan for the decade ahead. How long, we must ask, before these calls for a calmer, more measured…

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British nationalism’s vested interest in misery

8 Jan

Wee Ginger Dug

Following on from telling us why the SNP winning 81% of Scotland’s Westminster seats in the General Election doesn’t count as a mandate for another independence referendum, British nationalists have found a new straw to clutch at.  You just knew that there was going to be one, didn’t you.  For every number on the bingo card, the callers of the British media have a pithy wee statement about how it’s going to bring about devastation, penury, and disaster. Only they’re not so much pithy as jutht pith.

Immediately after telling us that getting involved in pointless wars in the Middle East is the way to guarantee peace, next up in the British nationalist bingo card of reasons why Scotland can’t possibly have an independence referendum is the warning that if Scotland was to have a vote on whether it wanted to remain a part of Brexit Britain, it would spark…

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