Sunday 12 May 2013


This is what they want. Yellow trousers explosion in a paint factory shaping the future to a racist, homophobic, isolationist future with no devolution.
This is what we have. Minister for external affairs promoting Scotland and Scottish products in Germany
It's true
We didn't vote for this. Labour and SNP voted against...
That's another thing I can say YES to, although to be fair, only about 625 are actually corrupt bastards.
Compelling cases?
Which wouldn't be stupid if the idiot Cameron isn't demanding that the EU  discuss renegotiations of UK terms in the EU PRIOR to their referendum.
Sums it up perfectly. Why can't the rest of Labour be like these guys? Oh yeah, House of Lords! Silly me.
Sounds like Norway, sounds like a real life for our kids

It's what they seem to want... Good luck to them
Richer and richer and going into killing people when it could be used for keeping people alive.
Bless him. He probably should have stayed with carrier pigeon technology
I've been there and they do it rather well.
Yet I see that 50% of Scots now think that King Charles and Queen Mrs Parker Bowles will be an asset... 
Britain...makes you proud

And to cheer us up...

They know how to build roads in Norway, and of course they can afford them
They know how to make waterfalls in Iceland...
They certainly know how to do that in the City of London
Bitter Together have such compelling arguments all 7 million 463 of them
Handy waste disposal unit
that makes..... 5x days that have passed without me using algebra
People who think that women s place is in the kitchen should remembered that that's where the knives are kept
Stupidity is not considered to be a handicap. Go and Park yourself somewhere else
Humza Yousaf: Minister for External Affairs and Intentional Development, and one of the best and busiest MSPs in parliament and a damned nice guy too.


  1. Replies
    1. You spend too much time watching television Conan. (I had to look Banzai up on Wikipedia, I have to admit.)

  2. You are too young for Commando Comics Tris.

    I learned all my foreign languages from them.

    "Achtung Englander schweinhund" is something I still find useful on the Telegraph comments pages.

  3. He he... Commando comics were produced just down the road from here, Conan, along with the Hotspur and the Victor (and of course the Beano, Bandy, Topper and... oh there was another one for boys. I used to work for DC Thomson :)

    There must be a generation of Scottish schoolboyus who speak a limited amount of German, mainly directed at insulting the English !

    This is a bit more serious reading, but a great piece:

    Achten Sie Labour Wähler. Über was denkst du?

  4. I worry for the future.

    Separation means a leap into the unknown. A vote for no now means the same (thanks to anti-EU Tory antics and UKIP filth).

    I'm increasingly becoming a very very soft 'no'.

    1. Surely the future is always unknown, Dean. In 2006 who could have known what was about to hit the world, or a large part of it. Light touch regulation had been assumed to be working; the end to boom and bust...then bang.

      Of course independence is a leap forward, and when you do that it is exciting and a bit scary, but if you look at the facts, you can see that the chances are that we would be a rich little country with fabulous employment opportunities, and the chance of making some good and progressive policies reality.

      I've always thought that staying in the UK was going to be a continual downward journey, as the dying swan continued to play the part of the big noise, or in Cameron's words, the "junior partner" to the big noise. Spending money on being important is fine, if you have the money to spend. But the UK doesn't.

      Now that there has been a shift to the right in UK politics (and Labour is moving rightwards too), thanks to Mr Farage and the right wing English Tories, the future in the UK seems to me to be even more frightening.

      And for Scotland, the rise of Ukip could be disastrous. They disapprove of devolution and could put pressure on to remove powers from the Assemblies and our Parliament; reduce funding, or even scrap devolution. If they were in government, as people like Rees Mogg are calling for they could overturn Scottish government policies, as Westminster retains the right to do.

      I am frankly terrified of remaining in the UK with such a right wing agenda.

      Mr Farage's world isn't the kind of place I'd want to live.

      I'm happy to see you are taking the arguments on board, Dean. You need to think hard about it, and so does everyone else. A soft no is closer to a soft yes, which is closer to a solid yes.

      The people who are preaching UK the loudest have the most to lose if we split. We have the most to lose if we don't.

  5. tris,

    There is, indeed, no way of predicting the future. You could have Iain M Banks 'post scarcity', or alternatively any dystopian fiction in your head. Nowt is set in stone.

    Against these timescales, our little fracas with the UK is trivial, but still worth fighting for, on the basis that, in the long term we're all deid.

    I would, sort of, prefer it, if I wasn't getting my face stamped into the mud. Saor Alba and all that.

    Your mileage may vary (how old is that?) on definitions of short term and long term.

    1. Hello Douglas. Welcome to the blog.

      No nothing is set in stone, and of course the point is that nothing is set in stone whether Scotland is Scotland, or part of the UK.

      To listen to the No campaign one would think that Independence was the road to poverty, misery and a humiliating return to mother England with our tails between our legs.

      Given the natural resources of the country that suggests to me that the No campaign are indeed BItter Together. Why would Scotts make such a mess of things when so many other countries do not?

      Of course if you call yourself BETTER together, then you must paint a picture of independence that is WORSE than dependency; worse than what we currently face.

      So, I suppose dystopia is your only option. It doesn't get much worse than Cameron, Osborne and Farage. Unless you are going down the road of Mugabe, I guess.

    2. Dean,

      I've just blogged to see if I can convert you from a soft no to a yes.


      That guy in the top picture is wearing my golf waterproof trousers. I wondered where they wear so can you ask him if I can have them back not that I need them here in the Hebrides.

      At first I thought that the road through the islands was North Uist until I realised that the road was not single track!

    3. Right John, I'll ask him. They say he is in Scotland trying to convert us to right wing nuttery, and no Scottish parliament.

      I whip his, sorry your, trousers off him and put them in the post.

      No, on reflection I'll deliver them personally. If it's as beautiful as your mistaking that Norwegian road for our islands suggests, I have to see it. (If I'm not in jail for depanting Cameron's new advisor.)

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