The Corbyn Effect

 

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Asking for more powers, like this plate of cheese and ‘biscuits’, you don’t get exactly what you asked for

What are we to make of a politicians who thinks Scotland part of England?

In speeches made in Aberdeen and Dundee, Corbyn thinks “It is the right of people to decide what they want to do but the last time there was a referendum I was told by Alex Salmond it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” That is, of course, incorrect.

A man who needs a road map

First of all, someone has to tell Corbyn that Salmond is no longer leader of the SNP. Second, Salmond stated a referendum was once in a generation, a political generation, meaning five years, (not counting the Tory’s EU referendum) but it’s just like a Labour party member to turn a truth inside-out until it clothes his prejudices.

He makes no mention of Scotland’s political deficiencies, or indeed has bothered to meet his Labour party colleagues in Scotland. Scotland is on the outer fringes of Corbyn’s universe, about as far off and as irrelevant to Jeremy’s Englishman ideals as St Kilda.  He refuses or turns his back on questions about Scotland’s constitution, the Barnett Formula, or  the sorry tale of the Smith Commission. Corbyn travels Scotlandshire in his own private bubble.

Heir to, or nemesis of, the Labour party’s fortunes, Corbyn has the looks of a salty sea dog, and the quick temper of a man cheated of his place in a queue for January sales, he is without charisma yet manages to rekindle old beliefs and revive withered rights.

An arthritic rhetoric

He doesn’t like the politics of celebrity, seemingly unknowing his own celebrity gathers adherents by every word he speaks and every meeting he holds. This is perplexing for he talks in platitudes, and generalities. He is not an inspiring orator, or a fluent intellectual, but every now and then drops in good sense, and compassion. He is likeable. Sort of.

In his early days as an MP, Corbyn was arrested for his beliefs, the right to demonstrate against apartheid, unlike his colleague that he won’t condemn, Tony Blair, who has yet to be arrested for anything. On the false cause of Iraq Corby wants to bury the hatchet with Blair … probably in the back of his skull.

On being unsophisticated

There is something attractive in his lack of guile. An inattention to his looks and attire – scruffy beard, and brown jackets with leather elbow patches, give the impression of a man not vain, not self-conscious about his image. He exudes an uncomplicated honesty that catches attention, as if untainted by decades on Westminster’s back benches.

Is aggressive modesty enough?

Arriving long after the SNP made plain its left-wing credentials he offers people hope, but not empowerment. His hope is bureaucratic, one wrapped in renationalisation of the railways, publicly owned; a people’s bank, and so on, and so forth, but not a peep from him about a new Treaty for Scotland, or more powers to give Scotland a chance to develop and grow. In fact, the general perception is that he is against more powers. How that fits in with his expressed view of bringing greater democracy to the ‘north of Britain’ is yet another mystery to add to the list we have already.

He doesn’t like abuse of colleagues. “We don’t do abuse or condemnation,” he says, not clarifying who he means by ‘we’, in effect acting exactly like an internet troll who carries on making communication difficult for the other contributors on the site by ignoring pleas to desist with his annoying repetitious posts.

Two things I have noticed. He is excitable. Under severe questioning that will trip him up sooner or later. And his knowledge of Scotland and its politics, indigenous and reserved, is extremely limited. Both are bound to trip him up sooner or later.

His candour is refreshing. When asked if Tony Blair should be put on trial in the Hague for war crimes he answers immediately, “Yes, if he is guilty of war crimes.” (Is that not back-handed condemnation of a colleague?) No wonder, then, Blair mounts special conferences to declare him chief blot on the landscape. Quelle surprise.

“Even if you hate me, don’t elect Jeremy Corbyn leader of the Labour party!” yells Blair at the cameras, mouth taut in a rictus of anxiety. But each day brings greater and greater turnouts for Corbyn’s speeches, and increases Blair’s alarm for his own safety.

Corbyn’s colleagues and the mainstream media also condemn him for being left-wing. They think him a disaster, downright dirty dynamite. They are in such a panic they are dialling 666 right now, calling upon their tame subterranean leviathan Gordon Brown to leave his wretched slumbers and trundle from his cave into the light to breathe fire upon Corbyn, and incinerate him to a potato crisp. Brown duly obliged.

What strange times we live in.

Labour ask, “Are you now, or have you ever been, a socialist?”

Is he the man to lead Labour back from its self-imposed exile as the party more Tory than the Tories? Well, that’s for English voters to decide. Corbyn does not need Scotland, and Scotland does not need Corbyn. He thinks he needs the votes of Scotland to succeed, a myth he of all people should have scotched years ago.

For Scots he has serious flaws. For all his professed democratic credentials he feels Scotland should be kept in its place as part of the United Kingdom. He is against a second Referendum as if that choice is his to make. That tells us there are limits to his democracy, and we begin to understand why he remains in the Labour party after Iraq, and all the corruption and lies. He is no radical. He is a clubby sort of chap, as any gin quaffing Tory.

He is aware there exist poor people

To his credit he espouses economic solutions that benefit the poor, the disadvantaged, and the masses. That alone would have him hung, drawn and quartered in the modern manner of English zealots, but he has support in high places.

American economist and Nobel prize winner, Paul Krugman, thinks Corbyn’s economic ideas generally sound, and Krugman should know. He was the man who advised Clinton, who fought the worst excesses of American businessmen and banks, and lost, and advised the SNP among others over the economic details of the White Paper.

Krugman thinks the Tories austerity policies, and the same embraced by Labour, are not, as much of the British press depicts them, the only answer to fiscal crisis. Krugman argues there is no fiscal crisis, “except in the imagination of Britain’s Very Serious People”.

Krugman feels as we all do, the whole neo-liberal austerian ideology is based on fantasy economics, and yet all the contenders for Labour leadership other than Corbyn have chosen to accept the that ideology. Krugman compares Labour now with what went on within the Democratic Party under President Reagan and “again for a while under Bush,” that is, accepting the right-wing’s propaganda of what has gone wrong with the world and how only they can fix things by staying in control.

Krugman points out the obvious, “How does that make the Democrat different from the Republicans” And in response we ask, “How does that make Labour different from the Conservatives?” We are faced with the same ideas: big military spending, freedom for bankers and corporations to avoid tax as a legal right, privatisation of everything including privatisation, tax cuts for the rich, benefit cuts for the poor.

What Corbyn offers is hope,  a quality junked by Labour.

Corbyn is doing a good job of reviving old Labour shibboleths after the moral collapse of New Labour and an election that no one could claim was a cast iron endorsement of Tory neo-liberalism and Friedman shock economics. He offers a kind of ‘Return to Start’ for Labour party faithful.

Problem with Labour? Have you tried switching it off and restarting it?

“Let us devolve power across the whole of the UK”, says a Jeremy cheerleader, with a sweep of the hand, as if Scotland’s sovereignty has no meaning, no worth. [My emphasis.]

Corbyn implies he’s more left-wing than the SNP’s left-wing.

To fit into Jeremy’s concept of Scotland it must remain a land of imposed taxation, exploited resources, a tourist venue, England’s playground, patronised, the lives of our soldiers taken for England’s greater glory. He believes in Scotland as the poor relation in the union, which is decidedly odd considering he believes in Irish unification. Dump the Northern Irish who feel British, keep the Scots who don’t feel British.

He has learned nothing from Scotland’s rejection of Labour betrayals. And that means his socialism is permanently on auto-pilot. It is not a philosophy. It is an ideology frayed at the edges. His concern for Scotland is definitely not palliative. It is purely mercenary.

“Proud socialist fighters from the Scottish brigade” sings Jeremy’s ‘socialist’ band of Spain and its civil war, without realising its alternative association, Labour’s lonely branch office in Glasgow.

“We shall fight for the union, for social justice” they wail, Jeremy nodding in approbation sagely, but not the kind of justice Scotland and its people need or demand, not from a diehard British unreconstructed imperialist.

We must follow Jeremy … south, where there is nothing there but myths and madness, and one roomed apartments with toilet at half-a-million pounds.

No thanks.

 

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36 Responses to The Corbyn Effect

  1. BampotsUtd.wordpress.com says:

    Reblogged this on Bampots Utd and commented:

    I have been backing him for a few weeks now, and a must say when he mentioned Alex, and the once in a generation Indy vote, a thought to myself what a bawbag.

    And to see a party vetting socialist members and banning them reminds me of Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller poem and all this while people die of sanctions. Am wondering why he would mention once in a life time vote. Cameron spouted that after indy1 to get us back in the box.

    The snp should just put it in the manifesto for 16se or just declere a UDI in May next year after the 62% poll the other day. You really have to look at the Indy. They cheat at anything and everything democracy is dead.

    Why we have to continue being part of this is madness? They have it in for us big time and where’s the justice for Ruth Davidson opening the boxes? Carmichael 1.5 mil enquiry to the list is endless. It’s a criminal Mafia that has stolen the people’s power.

    Roll on May so we can deliver another political earthquake!

    Jeremy has shot himself in the foot in Scotland. He should have been more democratic and mentioned Indus for the people to decide like Nicola says when asked.

    I do hope he gets in, though, as a can see England needs someone to help their poor, and right now he is there only hope !

  2. Grouse Beater says:

    He had me fooled too … for a while.
    (Thanks for reposting, and more power(s) to your elbow.) 🙂

  3. BampotsUtd.wordpress.com says:

    Hi Grouse

    Am Mick the site host. I’ve been watching the chunky mark vids and follow the people assembly blogs. We’re lucky we have the SNP, a people’s party.

    Until Jeremy came along the English groups were calling for SNP candidates South of the border. We don’t need reminded of helping our brothers and sisters South. We always did this.

    I won’t mention the debt they swap us for our revenues; that’s another story. What I will mention is, our 56 standing against the austerity cuts. That in itself shows us as a whole country who care about the rest of UK. He should have mentioned the Smith Commission robbery, and a whole lot more. There was a lack of elaboration from him on key Scottish issues.

    After hearing that once in a lifetime vote it’s like having a drink thrown over you, when you realise your de ja vou is Cameron!

    Keep up the good work, and don’t forget the momentum is stronger than ever for Indy !

  4. Grouse Beater says:

    You too – and I read your site once a week. 🙂

  5. Thanks for that there read, Grouse Beater. Another unionist donkey’s tail deftly pinned to his bahookey.

    “He thinks he needs the votes of Scotland to succeed, a myth he of all people should have scotched years ago.”

    Maybe not. I suspect that deep down he’d rather deal with the SNP’s fab 56+ at WM, than with the flaky scrapings of the SLab barrel. He doesn’t seem enamoured with Neil Findlay, his ‘Scottish Campaign Manager’, and he’s completely ignored Ken and Kez so far.

    The only trouble with that is he’ll try to avoid a second referendum like the pox.

  6. Grouse Beater says:

    He’s a bit of a curates egg, you could say, Scunterbunnet, or a disappointment. A teacher of old would mark his homework, bottom page right, “Could do better.”

  7. macart763 says:

    A good dissection Grouse and very much in line with my own sense of Mr Corbyn.

    You get the distinct feeling that Scotland’s political landscape is very much an enigma for Corbyn. He neither understands, nor wants to understand what has happened and what is still happening. We are, to all intents and purposes, merely wayward children whose votes should be added to the greater mix of project UK in his eyes. A region that has gone off reservation for some unfathomable reason, ‘and after all we’ve done for them…’ mindset, leaving him bewildered and no too happy. I doubt that he sees Scotland as a country or partner in a bilateral international treaty at all. I think we had our answer to the Corbyn question from his own lips in the Scotland 2015 piece.

    I also agree its worth noting his longevity with Labour in terms of our constitutional question. The ‘PARTY’ right or wrong, through thick and thin, good and bad.

  8. donald says:

    Another cut out hero gets pushed center stage to ‘voice’ the real concerns of the people . They have one for very occasion they stage manage . Bernie Sanders in the US , Corbyn for the laborious party. Somehow pointing out the truth becomes a painful endless repetition . Because politics is an endless repetition of liars . Talk is cheap in Parliament but the price on the street will leave the people starving. Democracy is dead.

    “We sent in the negotiators sire ! ”
    “Ah yes ,any word ?”
    “Yes ,the sack in front of you”
    ” They assured me they had it in the bag !”
    “And so they do Sire, so they do. “

  9. bjsalba says:

    Interesting facts:

    Islington North is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1983 by Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party. At 735 hectares (1,820 acres), it is the smallest UK Parliamentary constituency.

    Ross, Skye and Lochaber is a constituency represented in the of House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Ian Blackford of the SNP. At 12,000 square kilometres or 1,200,000 hectares (4,600 sq. mi), it covers the largest area of any House of Commons constituency in Britain.

  10. And he was doing so well too… 😊

    I had Corbyn down as one of the good guys until his thoughts on Scotland hove into view; same old same old.

    I don’t think he’s a bad guy – England badly needs him but like all Islington Socialists, Scotland as a free-standing entity doesn’t really enter his stream of consciousness beyond a few textbook platitudes.

    I do like the way he is putting the complete shiters up the establishment down there though and showing that whatever threat to their vested interests arises, they have only one tired, visionless playbook with which to tackle it. It’s a bit like some kind of partial flashback to last year in places.

    Like I say; England needs him but we’re doing fine with our own, home-brewed solutions to Permasterity.

    Thanks for another informative piece.

  11. BampotsUtd.wordpress.com says:

    Thanks. Am living prove any1 can blog. lol !

  12. macart763 says:

    Aye, used to live and work not far from there upon a time and he’s been a parliamentarian for a very long time right enough. Worth remembering when push comes to shove. Not only is he no friend of Scottish self determination, I doubt he could even find us without the aid of a map.

  13. Grouse Beater says:

    I knew an unreconstructed socialist, once a member of the communist party, resigned after Poland. Until his death he railed against Westminster politics but never once acknowledged Scotland as a separate country that could shape its own destiny. He grew used to being subservient, shaking a clenched fist at the sky … and living on the edge of Paisley all his days didn’t help.

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  16. Ken MacColl says:

    Sadly, this appears to be the best they have and he appears to know very little about Scotland or the political scenario here.

  17. hektorsmum says:

    Jeremy Corbyn is no saviour of Labour from what I can see, like many I thought he might be good for England, might even get people thinking they had an alternative but I think the brain washing has done it’s job down there to too many people.

    Unlike Max I am no longer sure if he wins he will be any use, he is another of those who lives within the London Bubble and like Macart he needs an escort to find his way North. He regards Scotland as a region of England, so many do, and an unruly one at that.

    He has no knowledge to draw on and no understanding and now with his branch manager Kezia Dugdale, he will never find out, he will continue with the infection of SNPbad when he should have been discovering if he could work with them.

    Hell mind him I say.

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  19. Grouse Beater says:

    I think you’re right, Ken. He comes to Scotland ignorant of the place and asks we migrate to England to help sort out its problems, forgetting our problems are those of a nation subservient to its neighbour, England. We are treated as if Chinese worker building a railway … and indeed we will be contributing to HS2 to Birmingham.

  20. Thepnr says:

    There are a lot of Indy supporters who seem a tad worried that a Corbyn led Labour party will somehow entice ex-Labour voters back into the fold. A good many remaining Labour party supporters also seem to believe that the “Corbyn Effect” will see the prodigal son return.

    If my own opinion is anything to go by then fear not, I am firmly of the opinion that 99.9% of those that switched sides and now back the SNP or other Indy supporting parties will stand their ground.

    Sorry for taking a dump on your blog GB but Maggie once said:

    “If our people feel that they are part of a great nation and they are prepared to will the means to keep it great, then a great nation we shall be, and shall remain. So, what can stop us from achieving this? What then stands in our way? The prospect of another winter of discontent? I suppose it might. But I prefer to believe that certain lessons have been learned from experience, that we are coming, slowly, painfully, to an autumn of understanding. And I hope that it will be followed by a winter of common sense. If it is not, we shall not be—diverted from our course.

    To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the ‘U-turn’, I have only one thing to say: ‘You turn [U-turn] if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.’ I say that not only to you but to our friends overseas and also to those who are not our friends.”

  21. Grouse Beater says:

    Indy supporters who seem a tad worried that a Corbyn led Labour party will somehow entice ex-Labour voters back into the fold.

    I’m sure those who view Labour a quasi-religion will find a path back, but the question remains: presently constituted and riven with differences, are they electable? In addition, Ukip together with the Tories appear to have convinced people immigrants are the cause of our financial woes, a mosque in your locality unacceptable. Does Labour reject that bigotry or court it to win votes?

  22. donald says:

    If you want to destroy a nations identity you attack ,ridicule and undermine its culture . The English Establishment does it to Scotland all the time. But there is another way to break the fabric and that is uncontrolled immigration AKA ‘ If we cant get them out we will breed them out’. With all due respect GB , the UK is a tiny overpopulated Island already bursting at the seems. Are you telling me ,applying your own logic, that you will happily accept in Scotland an army of immigrating English without prejudice ? Have they not done enough damage already ?
    You cant ask for Scottish cultural identity/borders to be respected on the one hand then embrace diversity with the other when it means your people’s jobs and livelihoods are taken by cheap immigrant labour. The film industry included .
    Culture grows from the land that nurtured it. Take the Eskimo to a hot country and he will be dying from the heat . Take an arab to the frozen north and suddenly his traditional dress just wont keep him warm .

    I traveled the world because I love experiencing cultural diversity and living in it. So you cant accuse me of bigotry. But the fact is SNP’s PC platform will not get your people their traditional homes back . Unless YOU drive your elected reps they will sell you out for chump change.
    Your Culture is in Hock to the Brit establishment . So is the Englishman’s . The French are a bit smarter in that regard . They cherish the value of small family farms producing high quality produce . They don’t let it get messed with.

    The Tories are just pandering to British discontent and fear with empty promises of referendum . Its what plot iticians do. No matter what side of the political farming fence you scratch your bum with, the Bankers throw the switch and everybody gets shocked back in to line . Left and right have used uncontrolled immigration to polarize and divide the country. Its rape and plunder . The engine of capitalism.

    The crazy thing is that while Zionist Israel can get away with the most extreme xenophobia imaginable their machinations are destroying every other nations cultural identity , trashing its borders / civility and creating chaos. Or as Loyd Blankfien described it ‘Doing gods work’.

    Do you let people in your home uninvited ? raid the fridge ,sleep on your couch and generally assume its their own ? You have to have limits Grouse . You cant ask for your countries identity to be respected on the one hand then say you embrace assimilation with the EU with the other . One currency , one nation . End of discussion.
    Flags don’t make a nation , the land does and you don’t own it , the banks do.

  23. Grouse Beater says:

    You cant ask for your countries identity to be respected on the one hand then say you embrace assimilation with the EU with the other .

    Assimilation? We traded with the Spanish, French, and Dutch centuries before England locked us in. We are still Scots even if many of our houses have red pantiles on the roof. And I believe some Spanish like whisky.

  24. hektorsmum says:

    The Banks may think they own the land Donald but actually we the people do, we allow them to own the land, we can take it back, something to remember.
    We are not Israel, good heavens we are so generous we gave our country and resources away for the moment, given that the tipping point is closer than the Unionists thought they better hope they win the net time or else.
    I agree with Grouse Beater that we Scots traded both in goods and services all over Europe. Samuel Kerr the Admiral of the Fleet in Russia for Catherine The Great, buried in the High Church in Estonia. We supplied men and ideas to many of the Countries of Europe and it is only since the English started to rewrite history that we are suddenly a poor country. I am looking out over a roof which could have originated in the Low Countries as I type, yes red pantiles.

  25. YESGUY says:

    Good stuff again GB.

    I never really took much notice of JC other than thinking he has an opportunity to open the eyes of the English who are stuck in a world of apathy and blame. His tour of Scotland only proved that he is as out of touch as the rest.

    Glad to see so many questioning this man. He comes across a easy going nice guy (like most salesmen/women). Openly chats away but the idea of democracy extends only as far as the border. We are part of England.

    Chuffed he’s frightening the elite. Also happy about his wee tour here. LIEbour hangerson on will feel they have a saviour in JC while the rest of us watch on , with some pity, at their destruction in the S.E. 2016.

    We cannot wait for Labour to get their act together. if they ever will. We need out of this union quickstyle. Strike while the irons hot and our opposition is weak. kezia Dugdale will end up in knots trying to juggle her Blairite hopes with JC’s “old style” politics. What a shambles eh?

    SNP mandate must have a referendum splashed all over it and we look after the pensioners during the voting.

    Job done.

    Great work GB. Love the reads and the education. At 52 i am rarely surprised by things and have a pragmatic view on just about anything except Scotland and her Independence. It’s nice to read other folks thoughts. keeps me upto speed with events.

    More big fella. 🙂

  26. Grouse Beater says:

    I’m nicely surprised by your age. You write as if about to embark on a great journey, one you’ve planned for years, with a discovery at the end hitherto you surmised as a theory, but someone has told you actually exists. 🙂

  27. donald says:

    I know HM and really there is no argument . Many of my ancestors were sea traders and I have absolutely no problem with international trade on Scotland’s Own terms . Indeed that is the whole point of my argument really though its hard to make without addressing the underlying problems that ham string any sovereign nation. The Crusades for example were a huge racket initiated purely so that the Templar Knights could recover the hidden gold from the temple the Romans destroyed . The Rabbi’s were running a racket too and hoarding the people’s wealth just like every other church in History . Parasites.
    Religion is not about spirituality , its about power and control of trade routes/money.
    I would never dream of comparing Scotland with Israel ! Palestine , yes unfortunately .
    Wherever my ancestors settled we always tried to live in Harmony with the local culture so we could enjoy happy and mutually beneficial trade of goods . That way everyone is happy , no one gets hurt . Indeed , I am a huge believer in healthy trade building bridges to a saner happier world.

    The problem is that the Banks definition of free trade is naked exploitation and rape. Scotland was founded by seafarers . Brave individualists , not simpering conformists . That’s the heart of Scotland’s spirit to me . So I fight for that spirit from the heart . I don’t know any other way .
    We dont need the EU’s grubby fingers in our trading relations or the City of London skimming us broke either. Bureaucracy has suffocated my business . Its just to expensive complying with the endless BS regulations . Its designed that way so the Corps can choke the little guy out.
    Greece is being choked so the Germans can get their hands on the trading ports , simple.

    I know how the Establishment roll’s . I know how they poison everything . Religion is designed to corrupt and poison culture with unquestioning dogma’s and conformity. Tax free protection rackets. What kind of people happily condone female circumcision with a razor blade? Its barbaric. Circumcising defenseless boys at birth ! Can you honestly imagine a more extreme physical trauma ? So yes I do find ‘houses of god’ offensive because they are a shop front for exploitation and evil. Sanctuary only for perverts and poisoners of souls. Every imperialist agenda starts with sending in the missionaries to corrupt the native culture ,undermine the people’s cohesion . Columbus was a thug driven by the greed of inbred spanish kings and queens and their catholic handlers.

    Until we get to the roots of our enslavement ,fear and shame , we cannot free ourselves from their effects . How many grown men are victims of child sex abuse as well as women ? The numbers would horrify you trust me. Just about every Girl I ever dated was abused,usually by close relatives or friends of family. Girls from ‘respectable’ families as well as working class ones . Its endemic.
    I want to see Scotland stand tall on its own terms along with every other nation . Free to express its culture without the meddling of central govts,churches and banks . That’s it .
    Orwell said it best , he warned this would happen and indeed it is coming to pass . The UK is a Police state. Big brother is here .

    If you do own the land HM , and you do in deJure terms , you need to demand your elected reps pursue every legal means to put those fraudulent titles in discovery until they are recovered .

  28. YESGUY says:

    I’ve been on a journey and a half with the YES movement. It’s aged me big time.

    Still on it but sadly my health has gone south. Heart, lungs and arthritus. Passed the cliff edge and am still trying to adapt. But getting there slowly but surely. Got to take things easy and it’s sooooo boring. Ah well , lifes full of wee tests. Adapt and move on I say.

    Politics was never my thing untill recently. Took a while to catch up and realise it effects us all in every way possible. Saw folk from allsorts getting together for the greater good. And felt a wee twinge of pride too that we can work together regardless of any differences.

    Tried not to get caught up on the national thing but in truth I am proud to be Scots. I love this wee place. And abroad as a Scot, not a Brit, I was welcomed everywhere. And I was in some bad places, GB.

    Blogs like yours keep us informed and you keep it simple so even I can keep up. I like the way you write. You have an opinion and give it but encourage others to debate. Thats a wee piece of magic. When I try it all ends up in a riot. 😉

    Blogs like this have replaced the papers. It’s the way things are now.

    I feel auld GB. I am only 52 but body’s had a tough life and it’s caught up with me. I look ok though. Still got my Hollywood looks. (Honest) 😉 just take things very easy now. But I love the young yins. They don’t fall for the party lines and have drive and belief that we can do better.

    You’ll know yourself that the 55-70 y/o are stuck in the britnat bubble. They hold us back.

    Hopefully not for much longer.

    Great blog GB.

    P.S.

    Commenters.- Big thumbs up. Sometimes you guys are better than the article in question. (Sometimes mind.) Makes the place feel like it’s ours. More please..

    Pleasure again GB. 🙂

  29. Grouse Beater says:

    Still got my Hollywood looks.” I like that remark. 🙂

  30. donald says:

    Perhaps my use of the English Language is causing confusion . I was taught to understand the root derivatives of words ,their history , so that I could use them in the proper syntax/context .Dont know that I’m very good at it but I try to keep it brief. Trouble is I then get misunderstood and have to qualify everything, which is Laborious .
    To me assimilation means to surrender/subsume your own culture in someone Else’s and loose your sense of identity/grounding . That’s why I think we need to reference our national identity close to the land so we understand our roots . I dont like unions of any political kind because while they may pay lip service to cultural identity they usually turn it in to a hollow pastiche .

    Coming to your blog has triggered a lot of deep stuff and it shocks me to realize GB how much the loss at the referendum affected me even though I chose to assume the worst .
    I love Europe , I love the diversity of culture and language and I hate to see it swindled by Bureaucrats. Free trade existed long before the EU turned it in to yet another protection racket. Think how much wealthier we all would be if we could trade with whoever without HM customs, VAT, etc bleeding so much out of our pockets and in to war? Its madness . sales tax in particular disproportionately punishes the poor making essentials harder to afford . The rich claim it all back through their business and ‘gifting’ their friends . In OZ we are facing a big hike in sales tax at a time when the rich have never had it so good.

    In Africa the white settlers warned about the dangers of ‘Going black’ So they exported their culture to try and fend off from being affected by the land . Most suffered as a result and hit the bottle hard. Its like the sea . Any sailor will tell you it gets in your blood after a while. It changes you . The way you talk ,walk, love and live.
    We are all mongrels but we all carry in our DNA the memories of many lands too . You cant fight love without going mad . I know , I have tried , we all have. Most Aussies are afraid of the land so they hide in the burbs . Its a primal place ,mysterious and dream like. Harsh and unforgiving if you don’t surrender to its ways.

    I remember a day on Loch Ness . Four of us with our partners soaking up the sun on a glorious day , laughing and loving . An old Scotsman wandered up to chat with us about his beloved land ,told us how once it was all covered in tree’s and teeming with life . Now he said , the lairds have cut it all down for the sheep to graze . You could see the wound in his eye’s, the grief for a land raped for profit. Never forgot that day. My heart breaks for anyone dispossessed of their land . That’s my church , mother nature . Stone columns got nothing on the trees that reach for the sky .

  31. Huw says:

    I do not believe that what was meant by Salmond or understood by anybody was that a generation meant five years. I believe he meant twenty or more years, possibly up to a lifetime.

    However, that wasn’t him setting out how soon any future referendum should happen. Just how long it would be before another shot at independence might be available if it was up to Westminster to decide, which to a great extent it is (but not entirely).

  32. Grouse Beater says:

    Welcome, Huw.
    In a later interview Salmond explained his meaning exactly as I relate it. He added it was his personal opinion NOT that of the SNP. Ever since then, his remark has been attributed to everybody including him, uttered to suit whatever political critic wants Scotland to stay in its box.

  33. Ian Brotherhood says:

    GB –

    IMO, your views on Corbyn seem fair-handed, even generous at times.

    You extend ‘benefit of doubt’ to aspects of his behaviour which others have seized-upon as evidence of him being ‘guilty’ of something-or-other.

    It’s a pity that Jeremy didn’t demonstrate similar empathy with his real/imagined/potential supporters in Scotland.

    I didn’t see him in action at any of his Scottish gigs, but if the reports are accurate it seems he didn’t even bother to rustle-up a fag-packet narrative which would – at the very least – acknowledge that the people of Scotland have been thinking about politics quite intensely of late and deserve to be listened to.

    The whole referendum issue was close to the top (nay the main driver) of the political agenda in the ‘UK’ for almost three years. And yet, coming north of the border now, with the real prospect of becoming Labour leader, he can’t bring himself to address ANY of the issues which drove 45% of us to vote for independence?

    JC, along with all the Browns and Blairs and Milibands, and their ‘Scottish’ comrades, all feel so alien and distant now – guests milling about the house, days after the party finished.

  34. Grouse Beater says:

    I think him an honest man, but he can’t hope to lead ‘Britain’ anywhere unless he understands and acknowledges the Scottish dimension, and advocates some sort of solution. If true to his socialist roots he’d be recommending Home Rule, with absolute concrete guarantees, Iain … and good to hear from you.

  35. Kenzie says:

    I think that what McCart meant but was too polite to say so was that Corbyn couldn’t find his arse using both hands and a map. The man (Corbyn, nor McCart) leaves me distinctly unimpressed.

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