It says something about the persistence of national identity that the ancient nation of Scotland survived the Union as more than just an annexed territory of England-as-Britain. More than just a premium brand and a tourist destination. More than merely a source of labour, skills and fodder for the British war machine.
It is vital that we properly understand the British establishment in order that we may choose our weapons and formulate our campaign strategy accordingly. At present, the Scottish Government's approach to the constitutional issue assumes that a new referendum will be in all significant ways a repeat of the first one. This is a fatally mistaken idea. Especially when combined with the folly of believing tales of terrified Tories.
Ian Blackford is entitled to state how important it is that the SNP stays in power; if only because the alternative would be one or more of the British parties seizing control - with all the horrors that would entail. What irks is that when it comes to being held accountable for three or four or five or six years (depending on your preference) of inaction on the constitutional issue all of a sudden,
The point is that while political movements are good and essential things that drive worthy causes, they tend not to be good at organising stuff. The bigger and more diverse and, ironically, more successful the movement the more difficult it becomes for any sort of order to be imposed on it such as is required to get stuff done. That is where the property of emergent leadership comes in. The necessary organisation emerges from the movement led by one individual or a small group.
What is the point of asking the people of Scotland what their opinion is when their opinion counts for absolutely nothing?
Good morning, Blog! Mornin'! What shall we write about today? Don't ask me! You're the fuckin' 'creative'! I'm just the medium by which you make your profoundness accessible to lesser mortals. Bit sarky this morning, aren't we? Still with this 'we' shite! There is no 'we'! When it comes to the writing, you're on your … Continue reading Dear Blog…
It's that mindset thing again! Pete Wishart, and even more regrettably Nicola Sturgeon, think it perfectly normal and acceptable that the government of England-as-Britain should be intimately involved in the process by which Scotland exercises its right of self-determination.
Rather than the now routine outrage at some British politician's lies it might have been more interesting and thought-provoking to consider why this phrase is being so enthusiastically weaponised by the British political elite and their lackeys in the British media.
Nothing changes unless lines are crossed. The comfortable and complacent sit on their side of the line condemning as dangerous and heretical reformers who dare to cross the line in search of new and better. Lines must be crossed if there is to be even the possibility of change. In every area of human endeavour … Continue reading To the edge of the world
Every moment of every day is a struggle not to succumb to the hopelessness that threatens to overwhelm and extinguish even the anger at the way members are being treated by party leaders and senior managers.