Open Letter to a Pastor

It’s about time someone said something like this to these Christian fundamentalist lunatics. If you don’t know who is speaking, it is Seth Andrews, former christian, now atheist activist.

Shout out to one of the commenters too, someone called Jim Windsor…

There are two factors that determine how fast a virus such as COVID-19 will spread. These are 1) How dense the population is; and 2) How dense the population is.

The Scottish Independence Podcast 182 – The Clyde-Built Constitution

“A mendacious drunkard’s promise, made to convince his wife not to leave him”, yes you guessed it, The Vow.

However, the 182nd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is, thanks to Independence Live, a talk given by Mark McNaught with an intro by John Drummond (former convenor of the Independence convention).

It’s about the importance of making a draft consitution for Scotland BEFORE a second referendum. It also gets into the problems with the constitutional situation in the UK “Arguably the most incoherent and feudal political system on Earth”.

The project, which seems to be on hold at the moment, can be found at Scottishconstitution.com

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That Didn’t Go Well

With this title, I could be talking about the various strategies the UK govt has so far employed (or not) to combat the virus, 12but in fact, I’m talking about Ben Fogle’s request for everyone to get out and sing Happy Birthday to the Queen on April 21st.

The comments started flying in fast and I’ll give you a selection of the better ones here.

 

Bella Caledonia came straight in with the direct approach.

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As did Irvine Welsh.

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Some took a more academic position.

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Health service workers had other ideas.

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Her Royal Bettyness got involved at a certain point.

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Some wanted to point out the stress of being under lockdown.

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Or the stress of staying with the family all the time.

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After a good bit of this sort of thing, Ben was a little disappointed and said the suggestion had been made by his daughter. Loki didn’t seem to be convinced.

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By now the whole heartwarming story was taking shape.

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And then, sometimes, it helps if you restate the obvious.

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Apparently Scottish and Welsh People Can Just Die

I could write a lot about this but frankly, I’d rather not. We are simply “lesser breeds” as a blogger I know puts it, and therefore to be thrown to the dogs if the going gets tough.

This is from BBC Scotland, not known for being supporters of independence, quite the opposite in fact. Whatever their (institutionally mandated) leanings, they are also not known for being conspiracy theorists…

Questioning the Questioner

During the 2014 referendum campaign, the Better Together campaign, in such a way that it was difficult to decide whether it had been done with a lot of copy and paste or on the back of a cigarette packet in the pub, produced a list of 500 questions. It was co35951f90a020b286c57719638e566eec.jpgmplete with typos and grammar mistakes too.

Some of them were ludicrous, such as “How much would a first class stamp cost in a separate Scotland?”, or “What is the Scottish Government’s strategy for achieving a separate Scotland’s membership of the World Meterological Organisation?”.

As another blogger pointed out, most of them could be answered by “we’ll fill in the application form” or “we’ll do the same as every other country”. However, I took a quick glance at the list again and think about where we are now. Where necessary, play around with the names of the countries and nationalities involved and see where that takes you.

All of the following is their content…

  1. Does the Scottish Government recognise that an independent Scotland would not continue to enjoy a share of the UK European rebate which equates to around £135 for every Scottish household?
  2. How would the Scottish Government fill the financial gap left by the loss of around £135 per Scottish household of the European rebate?
  3. What will happen to contracts involving Scottish legal entities in the rest of the European Union?
  4. What assessment has the Scottish Government done on the impact on whisky producers and other manufacturers if they have to pay import duties to sell their products in other countries during the period in which an Independent Scotland would have to negotiate accession to the World Trade Organisation?
  5. What would be the governance arrangements for the financial services regulator(s), and what degree of independence from government would it have?
  6. What assessment has the Scottish Government made of the likely impact on the cost of mortgage and credit card borrowing from Scottish independence?
  7. How many votes would a separate Scotland have at the Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries if it becomes a separate member of the EU?
  8. What assessment has the Scottish Government made of the speed of EU direct payments, given that at present for new member states direct payments to farmers are phased in gradually?
  9. What assessment has the Scottish Government made of whether a separate Scotland would be able to be part of the Common Agriculture Policy and Common Fisheries Policy and if it accepts it would be required to accept the acquis communautaire in this respect?
  10. What would happen to those areas of Scotland currently covered by mobile telephone masts located in England? How would you ensure people using these masts don’t face international call roaming charges?
  11. Would you have to pay for a separate Scottish passport and how much would it cost?
  12. Charities benefit from access to EU structural funds, if Scotland separates from the rest of the UK what assessment has the Scottish Government made of the impact of independence?

The Scottish Independence Podcast 181 – The Declaration of Arbroath

Obviously you weren’t expecting there would be any UK wide celebrations of The Declaration of Arbroath, were you? Declaration_of_arbroathHowever, the indy movement has stepped up and we’ve had the documentary by Lesley Riddoch and Charlie Stuart, and there will be an illustrated version too.

For my own part, I decided just to read the whole thing, not the few quotes we usually hear, and make it available as audio, so here it is. Obviously I read the translation from the National Library of Scotland, not the original Latin.

Doing it, it was easy to see how it is in part a plea, partly a statement of intent, in one part an offer, and in another part a threat.

A truly interesting document. A pity that no one in British broadcasting seems to think so (I know there are other things going on right now, however if they had had any intention of doing anything it would have been planned and done before the coronavirus outbreak).

As a sidenote, the wikipedia entry seems a bit suspiscious. If you are a wikipedia editor, I believe you could add a good number of “citation needed” points.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 180- All You Ever Wanted To Know About Constitutions But Were Afraid To Ask

The 180th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is, thanks to Independence Live, a talk given by John Drummond (former convenor of the Independence convention).

In this talk he explains to an audience why he thinks it is a pivotal that we have a constitution prepared and ready to go before a second referendum, and not as something to be decided after.

Hope you enjoy.

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