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The Trump Protest in Pictures | Broughton Spurtle
"Irony and understatement were the order of the day." Contains pictures of friends of mine.
drumpf  scotland  edinburgh  politics  protests  photos  news 
july 2018 by gominokouhai
Reality Check: Has the UK's devolution settlement been ripped up? | BBC News
TLDR: Yes. But it's hardly surprising. The powers were always Westminster's to take back whenever they felt like it. Otherwise, devo-max would have been an acceptable alternative to indy. The problem is not that Brexit has provided an excuse for WM to do what WM was always going to do---the problem is the naked contempt with which they've done it. The fact that the whole thing went almost completely unreported until the SNP pulled their little walkout stunt today only serves to underline that.
indyref  independence  scotland  uk  politics  news  analysis  Brexit 
june 2018 by gominokouhai
Ferret Fact Service: A year of fact-checking by the numbers | The Ferret
Go on, see if you can guess which political party told the most porkies. See if you can guess.
lies  politics  journalism  fuckwits  bloodytories  scotland 
april 2018 by gominokouhai
Orange Order in Scotland is on the brink of collapse | Herald Scotland
"[The] Orange Order is in terminal decline and can only survive if it abandons sectarianism"... which would be by disbanding altogether, then.

"The Sunday Herald contacted the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland but did not receive a response." Because everyone there is still trying to figure out how telephones work.
sectarianism  religion  fuckwits  news  scotland 
april 2018 by gominokouhai
Meet the Bartender Making Buckfast Negronis - MUNCHIES
Ahh, Buckfast. For when it's not yet early enough for Irn-Bru.
food  booze  classwar  scotland 
november 2017 by gominokouhai
Scottish bank holidays are the best bank holidays | Link and Lorne - YouTube
Millport: island of dreams.

(I'd point out that Millport's the town and the island is Cumbrae, but then I'd be accused of portsplaining.)
scotland  video  silly 
may 2017 by gominokouhai
The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain | Guardian
"At its core is a message from the state to the individual, saying ‘we actually give a damn about you and we’ll treat you with respect’."
economy  welfare  scotland  basicincome  politics  news  handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW 
january 2017 by gominokouhai
Scotland Threatens to Leave U.K. If Forced Out of Single Market | Bloomberg
That will go down well with the sassenachs. [Aside: "sassy nachos" according to autocorrect.] In b4 "but what's your plan B/C/D/E/F".
scotland  politics  uk  Brexit  europe 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
Pixel Spirits | Crowdfunder
Friends of mine are opening a distillery. I approve of this venture.
booze  crowdsourcing  scotland 
december 2016 by gominokouhai
The Most Completely Insane Thing I’ve Ever Seen In a Cinema. — Medium
"The exec I was talking to sighed, leaned forward, and explained to me that according BBC Scotland that “Scottish people” are more working class and less educated than English people and, therefore, would feel intimidated and patronised if they watched a sitcom that mentioned philosophers, whereas English people can cope with more “cerebral” comedy without feeling as though they’re being made to feel stupid. So if I was going to pitch a script to BBC Scotland then I would have to make sure it was Glasgow, preferably male, centric and with no references to anything that could be construed as “intellectual” or cultured otherwise it would get immediately discarded." This makes a disturbing amount of sense.
scottishcringe  scotland  media  comedy  northofwatford  bloodytories 
may 2016 by gominokouhai
Wordlady: National Glamour Day
TIL: "grammar" and "glamour" (in both senses) are cognate. I feel much more stylish now. And it's all Walter Scott's fault.
words  etymology  grammar  scotland 
march 2016 by gominokouhai
Don't Cringe in my Backyard ¦ Bella Caledonia
"I believe Scotland is a country rich in stories, that we deserve the dignity of a dedicated news service"... "If [Pacific Quay] make the insecure mistake of looking to London for leadership they will fail in their duty to serve Scottish audiences, and those of us that remain committed to the licence fee." All remaining four of them.
news  journalism  tv  independence  scotland  scottishcringe 
february 2016 by gominokouhai
Word Buzz Wednesday: ajockalypse | Wordnik
Hey, look, we helped create a neologism! A neologism that is also a portmanteau and will almost certainly be a malamanteau before very long.
language  news  politics  scotland  bloodytories  fuckwits  writing  incrediblyobscurereference 
may 2015 by gominokouhai
Risk to votes as Scottish minister finds he is missing from electoral register - The National
Dirty tricks might be afoot... wouldn't be the first time. Make sure you're registered.
news  politics  psephology  scotland 
march 2015 by gominokouhai
Born Honest Born Clever « Bella Caledonia
"Scotland is not the part of the UK that has suffered most from London rule. Perhaps we should act to redress that issue. Perhaps we should pay a proportion of our annual ‘direct debit’ payment not to the Treasury but to local authorities in the North of England, Wales, Ireland, Cornwall, the Midlands…" I like the way Robin McAlpine thinks.
scotland  indyref  economics  politics  news  bloodytories 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
Ruth Davidson on same-sex marriage | Herald Scotland
"The Scottish Parliament is not yet 15 years old - still in its adolescence - and it had taken one of the most difficult and sensitive areas of legislation imaginable and shown maturity, courage and care as it sought to extend the rights of individuals". Fantastically pleased about this one.
news  journalism  equality  scotland  politics 
february 2014 by gominokouhai
The Armando Iannucci Shows - Except for viewers in Scotland | Youtube
This (perfectly delivered) gag, the initial premise of which is that technology has already led to the obsolescence of regional television, was first broadcast before the Twin Towers fell. Take that, Better Together.
video  comedy  scotland  tv  politics  indyref 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
If I had the vote I'd grab the chance of Scottish independence | John Harris | Comment is free | The Guardian
"something very exciting is afoot": the first reasonable article about indy in the mainstream UK media, you're not kidding.
handwringingLeftyGuardianistasFTW  news  politics  scotland  indyref  independence 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
Glasgow Ice Cream Wars - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The conflicts, in which vendors raided one another's vans and fired shotguns into one another's windscreens, were more violent than might typically be expected between ice-cream salesmen."
history  scotland 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
Wings Over Scotland | The Great Gingerbread Robbery
In which I suspect that gingerbread is a metaphor for something. Good points here about taxation and the like, as ever, from the Rev: but the bit about gingerbread, and Christmas, and not being able to have a say in what goes on the shelves, strikes a chord.
scotland  politics  indyref  news  independence  economics 
november 2013 by gominokouhai
Flavia D'Avila interview #leavetostay
I know Flavia vaguely. She has built a life here and contributes huge value to the local theatre community. She deserves to stay. Of course none of that means anything to a bureaucrat.
scotland  politics  news  immigration  bloodytories 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
North from here | Wings Over Scotland
How refereshing it is to see an accurate, unbiased, non-hysterical analysis of the possibilities of independence. Apparently the Europeans aren't fashed at all, and they should know a thing or two about being small countries that are doing Quite Nicely Thank You Very Much without being part of the UK.
scotland  politics  europe  indyref  news  independence 
october 2013 by gominokouhai
‘Dirty Money?’ The Tory Millionaire Bankrolling Better Together
Yes folks, it's back! Having been chilling-effected and following the intervention of none other than Aamer Anwar. Now includes a right-of-reply by creepy scumbag Ian Taylor, which, frankly, doesn't help.
scotland  politics  indyref  news  bloodytories 
april 2013 by gominokouhai
Top 10 Unionist Myths - DEBUNKED | Youtube
This video has been posted and DMCA'ed by the No Campaign about a quintijillion times. This version appears to be live at the moment. Watch. Take notes.
politics  scotland  indyref  news  independence  bloodytories 
march 2013 by gominokouhai
Ten Questions For The No Campaign | National Collective
"The question asked in Scotland’s referendum is not about stability – unfolding history is never stable. It is about which future gives us more hope."
scotland  news  indyref  independence 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
UK says no to talks on independence | Scotsman
"In the event of a Yes vote, Moore said the UK government would have to `prioritise' the interests of the English, Welsh and Northern Irish and would be unable to give the Scottish Government everything that it wanted"---so, no change there, then.
scotland  independence  indyref  politics  news 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
Pretending to see the future | Wings Over Scotland
A pound. It'll cost a pound to be rid of the Tories forever. One bloody pound. And somebody thought this presented a convincing case for the No campaign?
politics  news  independence  indyref  scotland 
january 2013 by gominokouhai
The Swinson List | East Dunbartonshire SSP
Jo Swinson calls for a boycott. Neil Scott responds with a list of everything else he's also boycotting. We need more principled, morally upright campaigners. Assuming that they're not too weak from lack of food.
scotland  independence  activism  politics  news 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Whatever Barroso says, voting for independence might be the only way for Scotland to stay IN Europe | Herald
ARGH. I collapsed the waveform some time ago and I may no longer be Schroedinger's Nationalist, but now it seems I'm Schroedinger's EU Citizen.
europe  scotland  independence  indyref  politics  news 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Better Together negativity could backfire, Alistair Darling warned
"Scotland sucks at everything it's ever done or ever will do, and needs England to prop it up. But you shouldn't say so or it will look bad." I particularly like the bit where our southern partners have had 300 years to fix all of these alleged problems but only propose to start doing anything about them /now/.
scotland  independence  indyref  politics  news 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Glenfiddich and Sugar | Edinburgh Eye
@caitlinmoran says "Lord Sugar vs Donald Trump on Twitter is like a 50ft high Mr Burns and a 50ft high Del Boy fighting in the middle of Tokyo #rivetted" and I am forced to agree. This is an epic bitchfight that deserves immortalization. "Without my show you'd be nothing!" declaims Trump to Sugar, presumably while steepling his fingers and stroking his goatee (unhealthily yellow and unnaturally-shaped, no doubt). I owned an Amstrad CPC twenty years before reality television existed.
scotland  socialmedia  drumpf 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Separate Scotland must apply to join EU, warns Brussels | The Scotsman
GODDAMMIT WILL YOU MAKE UP YOUR MINDS. Am I an existing EU citizen with all the rights and protections thus implied, or am I not?
scotland  indyref  independence  news 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Donald Trump's Scottish love affair on the rocks after whisky award slight
Because they gave a "Top Scot" award to someone he doesn't like. FEAR THE WRATH OF TEH DONALD. For reference, Wm Grant & Sons make some lovely drinks and they deserve your support. Grants brands you should support with your money include: Glenfiddich and Macallan (both rather meh), Highland Park (okay), Balvenie (the Double Wood is superb), Innis & Gunn whisky-aged beer, Black Bottle (good-quality blended whisky with a high proportion of malts and Islays), Hendricks gin (not my thing, but if you don't mind cucumber it's outstanding), and Sailor Jerry. None of these drinks are now available in Trump Brand Hotels, which is another reason not to go there.
fuckwits  whisky  scotland  news  drumpf 
december 2012 by gominokouhai
Salmond accused of ‘false statements’ about detention of You’ve been Trumped film-maker Anthony Baxter
Stellar muckraking from the Hootsman once again. Be sure to read the final paragraph. Remember alweays that it's been revealed that the junior treasury minister Michael Portillo carries a sawn-off shotgun to constituency meetings, corners children in parks and chews their cheeks, and has frequent sexual intercourse with stray animals, claiming "As long as it's got a backbone, I'll do it". That story we reported last week and have since discovered it to be untrue.
incrediblyobscurereference  politics  scotland  journalism  news  drumpf 
november 2012 by gominokouhai
Face reality: We could be as prosperous as Norway | Herald
Sounds nice. Except for the bit about the price of beer obviously.
scotland  indyref  independence 
november 2012 by gominokouhai
You can’t fool us with your fiddled figures | The Sun
This from the Sun, a paper not renowned for its incisive analytical content nor for the intellectual prowess of its readership.
indyref  independence  bloodytories  politics  news  scotland 
november 2012 by gominokouhai
Independent Scotland ‘could not be asked to leave EU’
Because the population of Scotland are already EU citizens. At least /someone/ is thinking practically.
independence  indyref  scotland  politics  news 
november 2012 by gominokouhai
While the cause bruns brightly is the party over for the SNP?
Again, I don't give a damn about the SNP, and I frequently have huge problems with their policies. I do give a damn about Yes Scotland. Frankly, two MSPs throwing their toys out of the pram about one fairly minor policy issue which won't even see any resolution for over two years just suggests to me that the SNP is full of fuckin' morons just like all the other parties.
indyref  scotland  independence  politics  news 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Would Tories "Rule Forever" After Independence?
RUK is apparently not as badly off after independence as was thought. Good to know that I wouldn't necessarily be abandoning my friends down south to the wolves. My next concern is who would be likely to rule after independence /up here/.
politics  scotland  independence  indyref 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Local Hero and Donald Trump: 'a malign mix of bullying, muscle flexing and craven politicians'
Bill Forsyth splains why Donald Trump is exactly the cartoon villain he wrote in Local Hero thirty years ago, except stripped of anything resembling humanity. Or narrative value. Apparently, you couldn't make it up.
bloodytories  scotland  politics  news  drumpf 
october 2012 by gominokouhai
Our constitution, July 2012: independence and devolution
I have a blog post brewing on this. Much like Edinburgh Eye, I need to work out what I think.
independence  scotland  indyref 
july 2012 by gominokouhai
Twenty Five Questions My Mother Asks Me About Indepedence Every Time She Phones
"These are my favourite 25 Questions my mum keeps asking me about Indepedence and the answers I don’t give her but think quietly to myself."
politics  scotland  independence 
february 2012 by gominokouhai

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