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Bruce Supposedly Vacillated, Not Wallace

The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

(Orwell’s definition of “Doublethink”)

No, not that Wallace.

I couldn’t help being struck by the video that National Collective posted yesterday. It was a video from the run-up to the 1997 devolution referendum. It featured a firebrand who was arguing for more powers for Scotland and hope defeats despair and so on.

Here it is…

Do we or do we not want to bring power and decision-making closer to the people of Scotland? We believe that when you make decisions in Scotland that address Scotland’s needs and reflect Scotland’s circumstances, as well as taking account of the needs and concerns of the diverse communities that make up Scotland, there will be better decisions.

Trust. Trust ourselves to take decisions affecting our schools, our hospitals, our jobs, our housing and how we use the power to tax.

It sounds like a remarkably good speech in favour of independence. “Nothing much has changed” he said, except of course the fact that his party has (at least temporarily) a foot in the door at Westminster. Oh and of course he is Lord Wallace now, safely ensconced in the House of Lords, which of course would in no way affect his policy outlook.

Now I understand that an Independence debate is different from a devolution debate. Nevertheless, if the above is the principle on which he supported devolution, then it is rather difficult not to support independence on that exact same principle.

Wallace (not that one) however, has been less than forthcoming in his support for Scottish Independence. So much so in fact, that he was exceedingly quick to deny that the very Scottish Parliament for which he fought, had the power to hold a referendum at all…

The Scottish government risks flouting a “fundamental principle of democracy” if it stages an “unlawful” vote on independence, the Advocate General for Scotland said today.

Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC restated the UK government’s view that the “Scottish parliament has no power to deliver a referendum on independence”.

In other statements he has hardly welcomed the idea of more power moving to Scotland.

To repeat, I understand that we are talking about two different debates. However, if what he said above is the principle on which he supported devolution, then either he no longer holds that principle dear or he doesn’t understand his own reasoning.



For A’ That 21 – The Ex PM & Libel

BHXR7EaCIAA_ben.jpg largeFor episode 21 of the For A’ That podcast, Andrew and I were joined by Peter Bell.

We talked about the passing of Thatcher from a number of different perspectives including historical revisionism, her legacy (and what should be done about it) and were the parties unseemly or not? Andrew spoke about how Scotland may not have been quite as clearly anti-Thatcher as some would like to have us believe.

The second major story of the week was the legal letters that were sent to the people who run Wings Over Scotland and National Collective. On this we spoke more about what this says about the campaign in general that we have so quickly come to such a situation. This got us talking about donations in general and how parties should manage them.

I also made a nice little intro…

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The Scottish Independence Podcast Episode 16 – Clare Galloway

clareBack after the little break over the period, episode 16 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is here.

This time I spoke to Clare Galloway who is an artist that has been involved in some notable projects, at home and abroad.

About a year ago she wrote an article for Bella Caledonia called Lilliput Nation that began to cause a little bit of a stir and it is fair to say to she is quite an outspoken person, in fact, she says it herself in the interview.

We talked about what she sees as some of the problems in the Scottish psyche and how these might be mended. There is a discussion about what could be seen as a new growth in positivity and creativity that has come with the independence debate. We also talked about her current project in Italy and why it might be easier to do such a thing there rather than in Scotland as it currently is.

Hope you all enjoy

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