Friday, November 14, 2014

A #SexySocialDemocracy Top List

I have a new article at the International Business Times, listing the top ten reasons why progressives throughout the UK should always be grateful to Alex Salmond.  You can read it HERE.

I hope you'll cut me some slack here, because I wrote it in an absolutely mad hurry - they wanted it by close of play today, but I didn't even notice the email until well into the afternoon, and I then got distracted by a lengthy Twitter exchange with a chap called Tom Lubbock (more of which later).  So basically what I want to say is - yes, yes, I know I meant 'insidious' rather than 'invidious'.  And ten bonus points if you spot the deliberate grammatical error.  (Fifteen points deducted if you spot more than one grammatical error.)

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  1. wee jock poo-pong mcplopNovember 15, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    "gains has been"?? You wouldn't have got away with that at Inverness Royal Academy! Otherwise, excellent as ever.

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  2. Murdo Fraser attended Inverness Royal Academy too. A fact that I have long found quite delightful, knowing that he consequently must have spent much of his teenage years sporting IRA next to his heart. Didnt exactly bring out the rebel in the boy though.
    Except....

    - to give him some due - he proposed the very sensible notion of decoupling the Scottish Tory Party from the London version a short time of years back. Prescient? Maybe...

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  3. I wonder how 'progressive' you consider his acceptance of money, for the SNP, from Brian Souter, the man who also funded the Keep the Clause 4 campaign and more recently has been a prominent anti-gay marriage campaigner is?

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    1. You don't need to wonder. I answered that question at the time -

      http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/souters-donation-is-no-dilemma.html

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    2. A "Keep Clause IV" campaign would have been interesting, right enough.

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  4. Wee Jock Poo-Pong McPlopNovember 15, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    @Airdforce1: Yes, we used to giggle in Assembly when the Depute Rector (it was that kind of school) urged us all to "Be proud that you're part of the IRA"...Good school though, lucky to have gone there.

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  5. Amazingly enough Brian Souter did nothing wrong in letting the people express their voice on a matter that was being bulldozed through parliament without a manifesto commitment against their wishes.

    Explain why vulnerable children should have been exposed to the kind of propaganda and PC brainwashing that the original Clause was intended to prevent?


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    1. Yeah, it's terrible how the schools are turning all the kids into gays these days.

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    2. As opposed to propaganda which teaches them to bully, threaten, hate and intimidate anyone who is perceived as 'different' from the supposed 'norm'. You obviously think that's okay; as the mother of a child who has suffered years of debilitating illness brought on by persistent daily bullying for somehow being 'different' , resulting in an inability to attend any school at all and no current prospect of gaining any kind of education, I would beg to differ. I suggest you take your homophobic bigotry elsewhere - how about one of the many totalitarian dictatorships around the world; take your pick, I'm sure you'd fit in beautifully to any one of them. And unlike you, I have the moral courage to post under my own name, because I'm proud to stand up for what I believe in.

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  6. James, a well written article with astute observations.

    But its not just progressives that should be thankful, rather its everyone outside the Westminster Bubble who should be thankful!!

    Salmond has made possible what I think the people of England want regardlss of political stripes and thats English rule.

    Self determination for all peoples is a wonderful thing regardless of political stripes. Whats good for Scotland is not necessarily good for Wales or NI or England.

    It is the Westminster Elite that are afraid, very afraid be they progressive or conservative.

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