Author Archives: Grouse Beater

A Letter to the President

Sending a one-person petition to the President of the United States of America turns out to be an easy affair. The address of the Whitehouse, and how to reach the President in Washington, is all there on the Internet. No … Continue reading

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Independence The Only Option

Kenny MacAskill looks at the collapse of Labour’s vote in Hartlepool once a dyed-in-the-wool stronghold of socialism Labour-style. Paul Williams, the Labour candidate in the by-election, said, “Neither Keir Starmer nor I met antagonism on the doorstep, but people did … Continue reading

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Wings: The Long Goodbye

Stuart Campbell, editor of Wings Over Scotland, the website loathed by the British State and feared by its press core for its analytical skills, pointing out chronic MP hypocrisy, false statistics, GERS, press fiction and fabrications, and eventually the much … Continue reading

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ALBA Takes Stock

Though ALBA attracted almost 41,000 votes in the Scottish election starting from a baseline of a brand new party, and over 5,000 members in a few frantic weeks of canvassing, the policies and ideals of Scotland’s newst independence party were … Continue reading

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Scotland And UK Debt

The debate about how much of the UK’s amassed debt Scotland should inherit as part of an indpendence settlement has raged long and often acrimoniously. “What currency will you use?” as regular a the racist gibe “Scots hate vegetables”. The … Continue reading

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Does Independence Decolonise?

As recently as 2012, to use the term colonial or colonialism was considered an outrageous slur on the relationship England with Scotland. Speak the word and you were brabded someone who ‘hated English people’. In fact, the novelist and illustrator … Continue reading

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The Adoration of Saint Nicola

If my old pal, Frederic Lindsay was still alive, a fine novelist and independence supporter all his days, he would be shocked at the chaotic state the SNP now finds itself in, mired in vainglorious, deeply flawed, divisive policies for … Continue reading

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An Arts Policy For Scotland

While in hospital feeling like death warmed up as consultants around my bed decided which body parts I could do without, Alex Salmond phoned to wish me well, putting the nurses in a tizzy, and to my surprise asking if … Continue reading

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The Irish Experience

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 … Continue reading

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ALBA: Women’s Equality

Women took centre stage at the launch of the ALBA party’s Women’s conference. ALBA released its official policy manifesto on equalities. We attach it below for the benefit of voters, particularly those concerned by the other parties’ positions on women’s … Continue reading

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