Bundesarchiv Bild 183-W0619-307, Bertolt Brecht by Kolbe, Jörg

And I always thought

“And I always thought: the very simplest words
Must be enough. When I say what things are like
Everyone’s heart must be torn to shreds.
That you’ll go down if you don’t stand up for yourself
Surely you see that.”

– Bertolt Brecht, “And I always thought”
[Und ich dachte immer] (c. 1956), trans. Michael Hamburger.
Image courtesy of Bundesarchiv Bild – Bertolt Brecht by Kolbe, Jörg

The prize is a better country for the people of Scotland.
And that’s only 2 days away.




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The prize is a better country for the people of Scotland. And that’s only 3 days away.



Dirty tricks, lies, smears, collusion and corruption. Versus You.

Scotland’s Independence campaign has had (and will have) the full onslaught of the UK establishment ranged against it.

Westminster. Tories. Labour. Lib Dems. Bankers. Big business. BBC. Treasury. Military. Newspapers. Radio. Even UKIP & Orange Order. And a few foreign leaders just for good measure. They all want you to say No.

And yet even the ‘official polls’ say: it’s still neck and neck. 51% vs 49%.

  • There are 4,285,323 registered voters for the Scottish Independce referendum next Thurday. This is an unprecedented 97% of the adult population of Scotland voting for something that really does matter.

That’s four million, two hundred and eighty five thousand, three hundred and twenty two people. Plus you voting.

You. You and the people of Scotland, who should run Scotland. The people of Scotland are sovereign.

  • Scotland can, should and must choose independence.

This act is not just for you and your family, not merely an act for the liberty and democracy of Scotland, but an act which will be a beacon of hope for others across the world who are disenfranchised, dispossessed, in poverty, unwell, victimised homeless, refugees, oppressed, unemployed, cast out or wronged. Les Misérables.

The world is watching Scotland. Scotland is brave. The world is watching you. You are brave.

We can do better than what has passed for being a country up until now. You can do better too.

May your choice be driven by your hopes, and not your fears.

The prize is a better country for the people of Scotland. And that’s only 5 days away.

Nigel Farage

We’re only making plans for Nigel

You can ignore Nigel Farage.

But unfortunately, the voters of England won’t be doing that in the 2015 general election.

This means he might be in the Westminster parliament voting on what he thinks Scotland deserves from the rest of the UK. He might even be in a coalition with the Tories.

So if you really want to be able to ignore Nigel, and be sure your views, values and interests are not ignored, vote Yes on September the 18th.

The prize is a better country for the people of Scotland. And that’s only 5 days away.


BBC reporter caught red-handed manipulating video in Scottish indy campaign

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the BBC!)

Even a hardened old cynic like me is a little bit shocked by this.

The BBC’s Political Editor Nick Robinson edited out an answer by Alex Salmond and told viewers the Scottish First Minister didn’t answer his question:

But Mr Salmond did answer the question. Compare Robinson’s version with this unedited footage of what really happened:

There was a time when a clear case of factual manipulation by a BBC reporter like this would have been a sacking matter at the corporation.

No longer it seems.


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BBC News

Quite ugly again

I don’t know if you spotted it, but David Cameron, Ed Miliband Ed and Nick Clegg all came to Scotland for the day yesterday. Not on the same transport, naturally, and not to the same place. Drip-feeding the media was the name of the game. Fuck the carbon footprint. Dave was in Edinburgh, Ed was in Cumbernauld and Nick went to Selkirk.

They didn’t really say anything new, or promise anything else. Nobody got to ask any questions. Audiences were invited. The usual Westminster version of ‘meet the real voters’ stuff.

And they did repeat the usual stuff.

Here are some, ah, highlights:

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