After the unexpected Tory majority in 2015, the narrow UK vote for Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, you will forgive me if I, like so many others, has a healthy scepticism of the polls.
Who of us believes that Labour has their finger on the pulse in Scotland? Strange, is it not, that the Unionists, who's elected representatives are dispersed across three parties, all of whom are struggling, claim that the SNP, who have by far the most MSP's and MP's in Scotland, are out of touch. If Labour are so fond of polls, they would be well advised to try and understand why poll after poll has them languishing so, though it is probably too late for that.
I beg your pardon! Just who do the Labour Party think they are patronising? What bloody minded stupidity is this?
I am a progressive. As far as I can see, it is the United Kingdom that it backwards, bringing back blue passports, the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the days of Downton Abbey, in some sort of sick, twisted Dickensian dystopia. If the likes of Kezia Dugdale are the problem, Jeremy Corbyn perhaps isn't the answer.
Instead of focussing on local issues, all too predictably, the Unionist/British Nationalist parties are determined to turn the forthcoming local elections into a referendum on a second independence referendum. Here, as an example, Kezia Dugdale clearly states that which we already knew: her first priority is the Union.
How depressing that she can't even see the contradiction in her message. It really is high time Davidson, Dugdale, and Rennie, got back to the "day job", of dealing with the here and now, instead of obsessing over an independence referendum that is at least two years away. Perhaps yet another bloody nose at the ballot box will finally see them get "the message" that repeatedly putting Scotland second is electoral suicide.
You literally couldn't make it up. Today we had failed, former Tory Leader, Michael Howard (who still speaks in that bizarre, stilted way, which I always suspected might be an attempt to disguise the fact that he is Welsh, but only makes him sound as creepy as he looks), effectively threatening the Spanish over Gibraltar. Talk of the EU handing Spain a veto over Gibraltar caused the man with "something of the night about him" to invoke the spirit of Thatcher and The Falklands.
On hearing this, my initial reaction was, in the unlikely, unthinkable, event that it came to military conflict, what would the British send? A few destroyers that break down in the wrong water? A misfiring submarine? An unfinished aircraft carrier without any aircraft?
Howard isn't alone in ludicrously irresponsible sabre-rattling, some media outlets quoted comments attributed to retired Rear-Admiral, Chris Parry, on the state of Britain's capabilities in relation to those of Spain. The gist of what he said is that whilst the British are less military might and more morris dancer, it could still outdo a nation of flamenco dancers and bullfighters. Britain, about to flounce out of the EU, an institution set up to prevent European powers from going to war with one another, is already threatening war with another European power. Is this what it has come to? Is this seriously what Davidson, Dugdale, and Rennie think is "better together"?
I don't ever recall the SNP claiming the Saltire as their flag. Meanwhile...
And, whilst we are at it, who's national emblem is the rose?....
Need I say more? No, I didn't think so.
To borrow a phrase, I still believe that oil is a bonus, not the basis for independence. I simply do not accept that Scotland, almost uniquely amongst western nations, couldn't "afford" independence. Nonetheless, it is fascinating to hear someone from across the pond say that without Scottish oil, Little England (his words, not mine) wouldn't have much to sell.
The mainstream media, Unionists, and BritNats, love to tell us that Scotland is a “subsidy junkie”, weighing heavily on the UK’s “broad shoulders”. I for one, never thought for a minute, that the British Establishment is determined and desperate to hold on to Scotland out of benevolence and solidarity, it simply isn’t in their nature. Rather, I suspect they know all too well they can ill afford to loose an “asset” (for that is how the see things) of such economic and strategic importance to them.
There's desperate, there's dishonest, and then there's plain daft. Plain daft is where London Labour's Scottish satellite is at.
I fail to understand how a minority government "forced through a vote". That would be majority government. For a minority administration to get anything through parliament requires a degree of cooperation and/or consensus, in this instance provided by the Greens. In other words, there was a majority in the Scottish Parliament for a second independence referendum, and this was reflected in Tuesday's vote. Nothing was "forced". If anything, the only forcing being done, is by the Tory Government at Westminster, determined to drag Scotland out of the EU against our will, and to make sure we can't do anything about it before it is too late. Labour would realise this if they weren't obsessing over an increasingly unattractive union.
"If we allow Scotland to have another referendum". Says it all, really.
Former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, once known as the "grey man" of British politics, has been having a go at Team Theresa's approach to Brexit, and more significantly, from our point of view, Scottish independence.
Among other things, he said:
Here is yet another English/British politician, after Sadiq Khan, and Jeremy Corbyn, who appears to know nothing about Scotland. If he did, he'd have known that most Scots are comfortable with Scotland being a small nation. We don't have the same craving for status the British Establishment, who are masters of an ordinary, medium sized country, deluded that it is still one of the big boys, a semi-superpower if you like. No, Mr Major, Scotland wouldn't be diminished, we have no pretensions of being any bigger than we are. It is right, however, to say that the rest of the UK would be diminished without us, and that terrifies the British/English elite.
Obviously, there'll be your self-loathing Scots who'll think this a waste of time and money (much how they view Gaelic), and are quite content to see the world through an Anglocentric prism. And, no doubt, there'll be those who say it doesn't go far enough, it's just another outlet for the official British State propaganda broadcaster to do down Scotland. But where do the rest of us stand?