Author: michaelgreenwell

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 128 – Paul Kavanagh aka Wee Ginger Dug

paul and dugFor the 128th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I went to Wee Ginger Dug Mansions to speak with the writer that also happens to live there, Paul Kavanagh.

Paul has been one of the most insightful, strident and funniest people writing about the Scottish Independence debate for a number of years. He started this at his blog but now writes for The National newspaper and in other places too.

We talked about why Paul thinks that even in this moment of general stramash, the time to start campaigning is now.

Paul lived in Spain for a number of years and has some knowledge of the political situation there and explained why Spain, contrary to the reports we hear, will not stop an Independent Scotland entering the EU, and is in fact making conciliatory noises about it.

We also got onto how and when Indyref 2 is going to arrive.

All that and more, hope you enjoy.

As a final aside, this episode also features a new quiet voice form introduction, given that at the moment of recording it (10 minutes ago), I am/was staying with a friend and I didn’t want to wake his kids up.

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God, Thatcher, Junk Science & An End To Workers Rights

tel.pngAt the moment a lot of people are asking who Andrea Leadsom actually is.

Well, a few folks have been digging around her blog and some of her statements, and it’s possible to see something other than what the Telegraph chose to publish in this piece.

Let’s start with science…

Journalist Frank Swain tweeted a few things from her blog that seem to show she is more than shaky on science matters…


This prompted the following response…sdsdsdFurthermore, she might be one of the alternative “medicine” crowd…


She also seems to have once drawn a link between casual sex and the death of a baby…


Most alarming of all, if true, is this…


On social issues, she doesn’t seem to like the idea of gay people being able to adopt children, at least not before heterosexuals get the chance…


Finally, as Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop tweeted, she seems to be saying here that she wants to get rid of all workers’ rights for a large section of the population…


Universal Stramash

It seems we are in a moment of worldwide stramash.

In such times it is of some comfort to think that some people really do have (or had) an idea what the hell is going on and even though the heads of the brexit campaign might not like to admit it, some of those were actually European or even from other places too.