Category Archives: Scottish Independence Referendum

Populism and the SNP

The response among liberal governments and their press to the rise of neofascist groups in Europe, England and the USA is to call the development ‘populism’. Fixed in the mind of the electorate, populist is synonymous with hoodlums, thugs, Nazi … Continue reading

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The Wealth of Scotland

Time to spread our wealth among the nation When researching aspects of the Highland Clearances it dawned on me that those dark episodes in our history were the beginnings of capitalism in Scotland. Over ninety percent of Scots lived off … Continue reading

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Vanishing Nationalism

Change without fear January 2019 and Scotland is where it was in January 2014, but in a worse position. All good debates begin with a strong statement. Here is mine: The SNP at Holyrood is afraid of constitutional debate. Over … Continue reading

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Popular Essays – 2018

Gie’s a brek, pal Grouse Beater is taking a winter break. With the possible exception of reviewing the Australian born historian John Guy’s filmed version of ‘Mary Queen of Scots‘ the only reason for this site not to relax over … Continue reading

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Can Nicola Sturgeon Twerk?

This is supposed to be festive time but I can’t think of a grimmer one for many a year. Scotland’s First Minister is treated as if Ada Hegerberg, winner of the first World’s Best Female Footballer Award, asked by the … Continue reading

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England as a Colony

What a strange time we live in. Narcissistic celebrity MPs strut and pose for personal gain. The times are precarious, the scene nauseous, the principal characters repulsive. Tory serial dissembler Boris Johnson describes the United Kingdom as a colony of … Continue reading

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A Declaration of Independence

PREAMBLE Is there a more auspicious time than now to affix a declaration of Scottish independence upon the village marker post?┬áThe line of nations governed by Britain, small, medium and dominions, freed of British authority stretches around the globe; none … Continue reading

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