The claim "the 2014 No campaign ran a strategy that could only ever work once" is dubious at best. Better Together's main weapon was not fear, but doubt. And doubt will always work if the means of generating and aggravating it is available. Having the mainstream media as staunch allies gave the anti-independence campaign a … Continue reading Nothing changes
So, there I was - trudging through the streets of Glasgow in the pishing rain staring at the shamelessly exposed arse of some random dog ahead of me and thinking thoughts. I wondered how long I might have to stare at a dog's arse before being glad to have my eyes poked out by a … Continue reading Contemplations on a dog’s arse
Linger a while over the title of this article. You will surely never have seen its like before. You are unlikely ever to see it again, and certainly not outside the confines of the British media. For the most part, such a statement would be regarded as a contradiction in terms. Few combinations of terms … Continue reading A British Nationalist speaks the truth!
What was problematic with the ballot in the 2014 referendum was, not the Yes or No response required, but the question asked. By asking 'Should Scotland be an independent country?', independence was made the contentious issue.
If Orwell was writing today, Winston Smith would be probably be presenting rolling TV news for the BBC rather than altering old newspaper articles for the Ministry of Truth.
CyberBrit abuse?Project Fear's tactics are not subtle. It's propaganda techniques are pretty crude. The very phrase, "Better Together" is an example of a propaganda technique known as the "Glittering generality". It is a phrase which has a certain primitive emotional appeal but which is ultimately devoid of content. It doesn't represent anything real or present … Continue reading The Cybernat Diversion
Every once in a while the behaviour of the Better Together mob is so infantile that one just can't help being embarrassed on their behalf. A report in yesterday's Herald was one of those occasions (No campaign pounces over MP's claim on currency union). We all know that Blair McDougall and his maudlin minions are … Continue reading Blind to the obvious
It's not difficult to see what is behind the latest inane rant from an increasingly frenzied and incoherent Alistair Darling as he berates unidentified persons for unspecified "online abuse". He is facing crippling, career-ending humiliation over the threat to abolish the currency union and so he is, perhaps understandably, trying to divert attention.It would certainly … Continue reading Silencing the proles
So, here we are! It's 2014! The big one! The year of decision for the people of Scotland.As the turn of the year loomed and in the immediate aftermath of the old year's passing, there was much sombre talk of the seriousness of the issue and of the need for this seriousness to be reflected … Continue reading We need better questions
I don't often comment on polls. I find it a bit of a pointless exercise. Such comments as I see on independence referendum-related polling usually fall into two categories. There's the endlessly analytical poring over the minutiae of the data that looks like a hell of a lot of work only to be rendered irrelevant … Continue reading Looking behind the polls