Author Archives: Grouse Beater

SNP’s ‘Wheesht for Indy’

There comes a point when arguing for self-governance, faced by politicians intent on doing nothing much to secure it, told a curious or a querulous nature is a risky thing, you lose the impetus to write anything at all. Is … Continue reading

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Reforming the SNP

We reproduce here the second selected article penned by Dr Roger Mullin, NEC candidate and former SNP MP, selected from five he has published. Readers should refer to his blog to read the others, and this site for the one … Continue reading

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Scotland, Right or Left

‘Scotland, Right or Left’ is a title paraphrased from a seminal essay by George Orwell, ‘My Country, Right or Left’. It used to be a question Scots answered without hesitating – ‘left’, because we invariably elected Labour politicians to Westminster. … Continue reading

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Reforming the SNP NEC

Grouse Beater is republishing the well considered article below written by former SNP MP, Roger Mullin in his blog ‘Independent View’. ¬†He is seeking election to the National Executive Committee. The article explains why he feels the NEC must be … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Central Bank

If there is one thing we can bank on – pun intended – in this self-inflicted struggle to regain our democratic freedoms, being the butt of propaganda and jokes from soldiers of the British state is a certainty. When all … Continue reading

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SNP or Independence?

Readers are forgiven for thinking the title a contradiction. After all, the SNP is the party of independence. Unfortunately, just as a mule is a breed of workhorse but not a Clydesdale, saying you are utterly dedicated to regaining Scotland’s … Continue reading

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Civil Disobedience

A nation betrayed Looked at dispassionately, the poor and the downtrodden of Glasgow and Dundee voted overwhelmingly Yes to improve their lives under an independent Scotland. The well off and the highly influential tended to vote No, and won, thus … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Declaration

“For as long as a hundred of us remain alive, never will we, on any conditions, be subjected to the lordships of the English. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but … Continue reading

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Scots Versus Irish

Listening to Mary Lou Macdonald in a television interview, leader of the Irish social democratic party, Sinn Fein, I was struck by how unselfconsciously she used the phrase English nationalist, rather than¬†British nationalist. She was not, after all, referring to … Continue reading

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Tenet – a review

How grand to see cinemas reopening after months of lock-down, and better still to see small production companies and the major studios show there work on the big screen again, not constrained to a television transmission. There is no doubt … Continue reading

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