We didn’t need the HMS Defender incident off the coast of Crimea to remind us about the current state of relations between London and Moscow. But, just in case we did, BBC News served up an exclusive fly-on-the-deck report of the British warship being shadowed by Russian aircraft and coastguard ships. Its correspondent, we were … Continue reading Clydeside’s New Cold Warrior
Almost a year ago my first grandchild was born. But there’s a severe danger I won’t be able to celebrate her first birthday. The problem is little Orla’s dad, my middle son, works in Manchester and Nicola Sturgeon isn’t allowing us to get together on her big day. The Covid Queen has decreed that travel … Continue reading Backing Burnham v Sturgeon
If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Greenock Town Hall the second weekend of September, don’t be startled if you see red flags fluttering alongside Saltires on its balconies. Having abandoned the stupid pretence that they are allies not enemies of the SNP, Alba’s interim leaders now look all set to attack the Sturgeonistas on … Continue reading Alex Salmond and Social Justice
The newly revealed plan by the Cabinet Office Minister, Michael Gove, to scrap English Votes for English Laws will be welcomed by fellow Unionists who felt this ‘Evel’ act rubbed salt in Scottish rebels’ wounds after the 2014 referendum. Actually, it was more of a desperate ploy by David Cameron to counter the threat of … Continue reading Gove Set to Deliver Us from Evel
Having long ago forsaken Caledonia for California, I’m sure my auld aquaintance Paul Pender won’t be producing any sequel to his memorable 1990s documentary series about our recurring fate in international football tournaments - Faith, Hope…and Calamity! That said, I can just imagine him propped on a barstool in Joxer Daly’s, nervously stroking a cool glass of locally-produced Chardonnay … Continue reading Time to Summon Smeddum
Could the creators of GB News possibly have fixed on a worse time to launch their channel than at the start of the Euro 2021 tournament? Outwith its strangely dim-lit digital studios, the only flag that isn’t being waved in our faces on these islands at present is the Union Jack, mercifully. Then again, their … Continue reading Echo Chamber for Union Jackasses
Here’s the question we should all be asking at this stage in the Covid-19 crisis - how in the coming months (and maybe years) can we strike a healthy balance between security and liberty? And it needs to be addressed with special urgency in Scotland. Without waiting to see whether vaccines have broken the link … Continue reading Covid Queen’s Medical Martial Law
In 1985, British viewers were glued to what was immediately recognised as much more than a run-of-the-mill television mini-series. The Edge of Darkness was about a widowed police detective called Ronald Craven who suddenly has to investigate the shooting of his daughter, a radical student activist. As he grieves, he is soon drawn into the murky world … Continue reading Scotland’s Real Edge of Darkness
How deeply ironic and disgraceful that a Scottish nationalist blogger needs to appeal to a court in the British capital to delay being put behind bars! Judges at the High Court in Edinburgh today refused leave to appeal the contempt of court finding made against Craig Murray. Thankfully, the UK Supreme Court still allows people … Continue reading Looking to London for Liberation!
Gently probed in a podcast about his sudden conversion to Home Rule, Kenny MacAskill did what I predicted (in a previous post) advocates of ‘independence within the UK’ would do - he quoted Michael Collins’ famous line about gaining “the freedom to achieve freedom”. I could be cruel to the Alba MP for East Lothian … Continue reading Kenny MacAskill and Michael Collins
If you can’t scale the Sunday Times paywall to view its front page splash about Prince William being regularly sent northwards to save the Union, don’t worry. Jaggie has far more connections with courtiers at the Palace than any Murdoch minion and can exclusively reveal the details of this grand plan. Warning: some readers might … Continue reading Rebellious Scots to Clutch
A rebel Scottish blogger could be committed to jail by the middle of next week. Leave to appeal against the eight month sentence served on him in the High Court is expected by his legal team to be refused on Monday, according to the latest post on his own blog. If so, Craig Murray could … Continue reading Completing the Craig Murray Jigsaw
In a recent Telegraph column, the journalistic ghillie Alan Cochrane fired off a few more, poorly aimed, shots at Alex Salmond. The coonsil hoose kid who’ll accompany any Tory grandee on the grouse moors likes to do that. His self-aggrandising diary about the 2014 referendum campaign was titled Alex Salmond: My Part in His Downfall. In similar … Continue reading No One’s Missing Wee Eck?
Less than a fortnight ago, this site warned that our SNP chieftains would be more than chuffed if they somehow managed to achieve ‘Independence Within the UK’. Bring it on, Jaggy argued. By selling their nationalist souls through signing a New Union Treaty, the Sturgeonistas would create a brilliant opening for Alba. Never did I imagine … Continue reading Alba Means Independence in UK?
When I studied at Glasgow University, more than a few of my fellow undergrads used to giggle about what they called the “darkie’s walloper”. Apparently, some extraordinarily large specimen of an African male’s genitalia was on display in the Hunterian Museum. I cannot say whether this was just a Gilmorehill myth because I never felt … Continue reading White Wallopers Rule the Campus
Forget that hackneyed line from G. K. Chesterton about the people of England never having spoken yet. As they mow their manicured lawns, our southern neighbours are finally beginning to find their collective voice. At least they’re starting to mutter quietly about us behind their high garden hedges. A new opinion poll in the Telegraph suggests that … Continue reading The People of England Have Spoken!
Marina and Hyde are the only two reasons I still bother with the Guardian. When it comes to skewering the buffoons who are ruining this country, she is incomparable. But even marvellous Marina suffers from metropolitan myopia, alas. Hence only semi-delight when I read her most recent column headlined ‘A dangerous cult now runs Britain - … Continue reading Johnson and Sturgeon Just the Same
We need to roll up our sleeves and practise the grown-up politics of negotiation, co-operation and consensus building. That was Lorna Slater’s public response, in her kinda cute mid-Atlantic accent, to Nicola Sturgeon’s invitation to snuggle up to her. In private I’m sure this Very Nova Scotian and Patrick Harvie are already giddy at the … Continue reading Nicola’s Gonna Eat Her Greens
We’ve all got our own favourite horror stories about flying with Ryanair, but being suddenly diverted to Minsk (on a flight from Athens to Vilnius) after the plane has been effectively hijacked by Belarusian security agents takes the biscuit. What should most disturb us in Scotland is why this happened - to capture a blogger … Continue reading Scotland’s Becoming Like Belarus
David Martin spent a total of 33 years as a Member of the European Parliament, during which time he might as well (like all MEPs) have been digging the roads for all the political impact he had. But he did say something last week that deserves serious consideration: Mr Martin told the LabourList website that … Continue reading Independence Within the UK?