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Dear Christ, what an utter f**king shambles the tory party leadership has made of this EU referendum.Which, to be fair, is entirely apt since the only reason this EU referendum happened at all was due to the utter f**king shambles inside the tory party over Europe.We're definitely at the popcorn stage now with chaos and panic being the amusingly familiar themes.This is what happens when the westminster bubble believes it's own bullshit. Leave or Stay, the fallout is now guaranteed to be colossal and spectacular. It is crystal clear this was never the 'easy win' the westminster bubble fools thought it would be. Yet again. ;-D
Hello Mick.The people of the UK wanted a say on the EU (have done for years), the tories put it in their manifesto, got elected, and now they are holding a referendum. So, the Prime Minister's side may lose and he will probably have to resign. Big deal. In 50 years or 100 years, people will just remember that Cameron was the PM when Britain left the EU - a positive legacy, I predict. Also, tory unity will be restored post brexit (nothing left to fight over). Aldo
Sorry to have to burst your westminster bubble of ignorance but the incompetent fop Cameron only put it in his manifesto because he was terrified of his own Eurosceptics who ignored Cameron's three line whip AGAINST an EU referendum. And lest you seek false comfort in the remain vote you and the other Cameroons are desperate to get, doesn't matter for Cameron and Osborne. As James says, they're done and reaching the end of the road. The clue was in the complete lack of authority they now have in the tory party and the utter contempt eurosceptics treat them with. Osborne's hilariously stupid Brexit Budget Bluff was immediately called by more than enough tory MPs to now make him a lame duck Chancellor completely at the whims of Eurosceptic tories who are somewhat unlikely to treat a loss with calm equanimity.Meanwhile Cameron having a photoshoot with Clarkson for remain is as unspoofable as Geldof and Farage pissing about in boats on the Thames. No wonder this referendum is a chaotic shambles with those two idiots running things.For that matter the tory right's idea of electable is amusingly at odds with the public's if they think Boris or Gove are voter friendly material or any different to IDS when it comes to being completely incompetent when asked to lead a party.As for Brexit bringing unity, do you expect all those tory Remain MP's and the entire tory establishment to just quit and form another party? Because they are hardly all going to change their minds or sit sulking on the back benches like Heath and Clarke. There's far too many of them for that and they are too well funded by the City to just roll over and play nice. Ask the Blairites what happens next in that scenario.Face the facts, the only absolute certainty right now is tory chaos after the result. On top of that is indeed the unending Labour chaos as the Blairites endlessly run around like headless chickens frantically looking for anyone but Corbyn.Chaos is what was predicted for this shambolic and incompetent tory term at westminster and chaos is exactly what has happened.
In 50 years or 100 years, people will just remember that Cameron was the PM when Britain left the EU - a positive legacy, I predict. Also, tory unity will be restored post brexit (nothing left to fight over).Aldo, you sound very sure about how it's all going to go for someone who, a week or two back, said that there was absolutely no way that Leave would win. Maybe it's time to get out of the prophecy business.
If there is a Leave vote , the political situation inside the UK is going to be very fluid and fast moving. I think Cameron will have to resign , and the only honourable thing to do would be to call an immediate British General Election. Hopefully enough MPs will support such a call so that a vote in the H of C does allow a GE. I don't see morally how the Conservatives could go on to 2020 given that they are split 50/50 on Europe. In such a GE , the SNP should offer to support a Labour Government in return for Full Fiscal Autonomy within the UK . It should also state that in the event that Labour do not agree to that , that if the SNP win a majority of seats in Scotland at such a GE , it will hold a referendum on FFA immediately . In the event that is won , but refused by Westminster , the SNP should further state that it will then hold another referendum on Independence. It will be apparent then to the FFA'ers in Scotland that Westminster will never agree to FFA or a Federal UK ; and I believe that at that stage , a majority will vote for Independence . This should have been the SNP strategy at the last GE and at the last Scottish Parliament Election.
We really only want FFA if we cannot achieve independence.Independence is the BIG prize!
Indeed Gavin . But this is about strategy , and taking the Scottish People ( in sufficient numbers) with us!:-)
FFA and independence are both economic suicide. Besides, the Scots may grow to like the post-brexit arrangement. No one knows quite what it will be like. But if it turns out ok or there is an improvement in our standard of government and quality of life then the Scots will soon forget all about the EU.Aldo
Well obviously , I don't agree with you Aldo. It is important that Scotland stands on it's own two feet , and is not dependent on anyone . She is perfectly capable of doing so . That said , I respect your right to believe in a 'British ' identity ; you are not alone!
Scotland wouldn't be standing on it's own two feet as an 'independent' country inside the EU. We'd have Brussels telling us what to do - and no bargaining power as we are teensy weensy. Scotland independent of the UK and the EU (the Sillars proposal) would leave us completely and utterly isolated. On our own two feet, but screwed. An independent Britain has enough clout to be able to make it - and improve life for all of us. Aldo
The economic problem for the UK , is that it is too big , and not able to respond quickly or flexibly to the rapidly changing economic tides around it ; whether inor out of the EU . It doesn't have a manufacturing base to speak of and has a enormous balance of trade deficit. Scotland on the other hand is small enough to change tack ; and is blessed with an embarrassment of natural resource and a balance of trade surplus. She would survive on her own , whether in or out of the EU. In the event the UK Brexits , if Scotland is still tied to Britannia's apron strings , we are likely to be taken down with a sinking UK , to Davey Jones Locker! ��
Aldo, without Scotland all the fishing waters are closed to eu.Im sure Spain, etc will be happy about that.Eu oil production would also be affected.
"We'd have Brussels telling us what to do - and no bargaining power as we are teensy weensy.Scotland independent of the UK and the EU (the Sillars proposal) would leave us completely and utterly isolated. On our own two feet, but screwed. "Tell that to Norway.
FFA is second best. They had their chance. In your scenario above I would suggest we go with the Thatcher manifesto. We win a majority we sit in Edinburgh.
No matter what way the vote goes, this is going to be the biggest shake-down in UK politics imaginable.Cameroon is surely history. Osborne cannot succeed as PM. The Tories will be split for a generation. Corbyn will carry even more dislike from the "modernisers", in a Party split on policy, ideology, at Westminster and in the country.The SNP, united and with a vision,, have a great opportunity.
Hold a referendum and lose it.Don't hold a referendum and seriously annoy the grassroots SNP support. Rock and a hard place. I'm sure Sturgeon doesn't see it as a great opportunity - a bit like choosing whether to get hanged or shot. Aldo
Surprised Aldo can still post on here. thought he'd been arrested?Britain First are you?
I don't normally agree with Aldo, in fact I think his politics stink. However,reading your comment shows that tact, decorum good taste and common sense don't form part of your makeup. No wonder you chose to remain anonymous.----Hootsman
The Nat sis are right wing and continue with Thatcherite policies. You and Aldo in reality should be bum chums. Vote OOT.
Aldo, why on earth would the next referendum be lost?Sturgeon will choose the timing. The question will choose itself. Westminster will be in chaos for years to come, self obsessed even more than usual. Led by Boris Trump?It may be there will be an offer from a German led EU to Scotland---there will be a price the UK has to pay for walking away----but Scotland will have control of its own destiny.
The Tory Party in Westminster will be absolutely shredded, irrespective of the result and will takes years, if at all, to repair that damage.Looks like Cameron and Osborne will be history and the largest Bullingdon Buffoon in British political history might take charge of them.If that happens, the Tories grip on lasting power, will disappear as fast as their Battle-Bus expense excuses.Whatever the EU Ref result, as more and more commentators are now saying, the biggest upshot will be the demise of the Conservatives.Unalloyed piece of good news for the vast majority of folk on these wee islands.
I always thought you were reasonably sensible. But the demise off the Tories! Even Jim Sillars said most Scots were conservative.
He said that most Scots are socially conservative. Get you facts right. Try to get your spelling right too. If you try a bit harder on these fronts you might in the end construct an argument of some kind instead just spouting bile.
Conservatve is conservative. And do not concern yourself with spelling Nat si.
Hey, GWC, I think I might be your dad.It is hard to tell though because all 25 of us bonked yer maw that night.Just another night at the homeless refuge. Tramp spunk everywhere.
I think having Boris Johnson as PM is enough to guarantee a Yes vote to be honest.
Totally. He's pretty unpopular in England, and Cameron is a hero by comparison north of Gretna.
What happens now depends on how committed those in Scotland and the UK are to voting, the level of postal voting from both sides and the weather in various regions. A higher turnout from Scotland and a strong vote for Remain could still combine to prevent a Brexit, at least not immediately.
Brexit : A Black Swan Event. Discuss.
The Nat sis and Tories are shiting themselves. The EU gravy train should end now. VOTE OUT.
Knickerless fash fish threatening another referendum. She detests the Scots that voted NAW now she is threatening Scots again if we vote to leave this corrupt EU grave train.
I take it all back, guys. I've just reread my comments and have decided to go away and have a good, long think about how I spend my spare time.
Pretend GWC do you have any contribution or a sense of humour. Do you have the bottle tae name yerself shithead. Fuckin fash Nat si.
Please stop impersonating me. As I said, I'm reconsidering all the decisions that have led me to my current, sad state.
I am glad these polls are now heading in the right direction, Scotland should not give away any more of our sovereignty to foreign countries.
James, a simple question. Why do you continue to allow ‘Glasgow Working Class 2’ to comment on your site? Is it because you feel you are upholding a liberal idea about free speech? He, if it is a ‘he’, hides behind a made up username. I am not in principle against anonymous usernames, but it seems unlikely that he needs to use one to protect himself from, say, persecution by an employer. And he is obviously not some shy, sensitive person who might have something interesting to say, but lacks the confidence to put up with possible rejection. It seems more likely that he uses one because he does not want to face up to possible employers, colleagues, friends, family or neighbours finding out that he is the type of person who makes these almost misanthropic comments.Clearly he has issues, which his monotonous and unjustifiable use of the term ‘nat si/s’ bears out. He contributes almost nothing of value and seems intent on drawing attention to himself by making provocative comments just for the sake of it. Yet you allow him to continue to comment. There must be some regular visitors to your site who stop reading the comments and leave your article whenever they see his name.I am almost wholly in favour a liberal outlook which supports free speech even if it causes great offence. But I wonder if you allow too much. Your acceptance of his comments reminds of my time as a teacher. There were always pupils who would say anything to get attention. Some you felt pity for, but others seemed only to be selfish individuals who were willing to take advantage of what they saw as a weak system to annoy other pupils and the teacher (perhaps as a response to unhappiness in their lives outside of school). Many of us argued with management that we were not social workers and could not deal with their complex needs while trying to teach all the other much less vocal pupils in the class. GWC2 is like one of these ‘look at me’, selfish pupils, whom the others were forced to put up with.Obviously there are limitations to the analogy I have drawn here, especially the fact that we as adults can usually choose not to listen to or read the views of people we disagree with or who irritate us. But one thing has always been clear to me. Toleration of deliberately disruptive behaviour in itself is never a virtue.Sometimes the responsible approach to such disruption is a utilitarian one, which sacrifices the one for the sake of the many. I suspect your response - if indeed you do respond - might include the point that he would probably just come back under a different name. This could be true, but then I would say take action again. Maintaining an environment in which people respect each other requires effort. And GWC2 certainly has little respect for others (and possibly himself).
Simple answer to a simple question (and it's the same one I've given several billion times before, although no-one ever seems to take it on board) : It is not possible to ban individuals from commenting on the Blogger platform.My advice is to ignore him.
James you should be conducting a democratic blogg and certainly not giving advise to anyone. Clearly there are some fascists comment on your blogg who wish to silence people they disagree with. However notwithstanding the aforementioned your blogg does give some humour.
Herr Clark, you are clearly someone who likes the sound of your own voice and you have demonstrated this by your long winded above comment. Do keep it short Nat si...!
Is there any way you can sort of, pin a post, regarding this matter? That would allow users to point to that post in response to any complaint we find in the commentary and also allow us to refresh our own memories regarding your position and the detail of that position on this matter; for example, why you haven't chosen to enforce registration etc....
Enforced registration would remove a *lot* of good comments from people. I've been involved in other sites where the move to enforced registration killed them stone dead for discussion.Unfortunately, it also means we have to put up with idiots like 23 here. Everyone knows he's a dumb tory troll, and sometimes we amuse ourselves by baiting him.Sometimes I wonder if he's actually an attempt to prove/disprove Poe's Law, by someone trying to parody a tory.One thing I would ask about is if there's any way to add something like Reddit's upvote/downvote system?
James, I'm sure I'm not the only avid reader of your blog, who inwardly groans when I scroll down and see the dreaded GWC2 troll's garbage? He IS a troll, and There must be many people who dip into your blog and leave quickly when they see the garbage that he posts. Couldn't you conduct a trial for a week or so, deleting all of his posts, and check whether the traffic increases as a result? At the very least, couldn't you at least delete any posts containing the words Nat sis?Alex Birnie
As has been pointed out already, offensive trolling is a criminal offence. I take exception to being labelled in the manner the troll persists in doing.At least investigate prosecution.I offered - and other have too - to put up money for the fundraiser to move the site to a platform which does allow troll blocking. My offer still stands.I really do believe he is employed to fuck up this site. He always posts in the evening. He has a distinct pattern. I think he works backshift at whatever establishment is paying him. He only shows up on this site - of the top pro indy sites.Try at least to have him injuncted. I am willing to contribute to the cost of that.
This is from the "communications act 2003". Sending by means of the Internet a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character; or sending a false message by means of or persistently making use of the Internet for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety is guilty of an offence liable, on conviction, to imprisonment. This wording is important because an offence is complete as soon as the message has been sent: there is no need to prove any intent or purpose.Consult a lawyer and put up the crowdfunder James.
I simply skim past the GWC posts. I have no idea what he's been spouting for the past 6 months or more because I never read his comments.
I am a member of a forum which allows us to 'Ignore' specific posters and over the years I've built up a long Iggy list. Any chance this could be done? There's only 1 poster I'd like to filter out entirely, as people like Aldo have their place.
Thanks for replying James, but your simple answer is unsatisfactory. I've looked at your site many times but if I did see anything about the Blogger platform’s limitations, I had forgotten it. Chris Darroch’s suggestion seems a good one, but I presume it’s come up before and you’ve previously addressed it.One implication of what you wrote would be that, for example, a bunch of schoolkids (or malicious adults) could - as a ‘laugh’ - overwhelm your comments section with vile homophobic comments or violent threats and you would not be able to stop them. I don’t believe that. Perhaps you can delete comments, but it’s too time consuming or it would probably reduce the chances of people interacting on the blog. That I can understand. There would be a trade off calculation to be made between these important outcomes and the slim chance of some posters ‘going ballistic’. But I would still come back to the point I made about the need to put effort into maintaining a respectful environment.Anyway, whatever your reasons, I intend to take your advice and ignore GWC2, but I am going to do it by not venturing into your Comments section. If you always allow the dog to piss in your living room, don’t expect friends to do more than say hello at the front door. So, for my second and last comment on your site let me publicly state how much I enjoy and value your analysis and commentary.
Just keep them around, it's great fun to read their tired pish.I can't be the only one that enjoys it. They are our britnats now.
Love the analogy of the dog piss. I too, offered to help crowd fund a "flit" to a better platform, one where the dog can be kept outside, but it appears that this is not going to happen. I think Ian is right, and my future visits will stop at the front door. James' blog is too good to miss, but on the occasions when I read the comments, I have to put on mental galoshes, so that GWC's pish and shit doesn't stick to my shoes.Alex Birnie
This is precisely why I rarely read the comments any more. Today being an exception (only because the post itself is just numbers atm)
I don't get the big fuss about GWC. His posts would be quite easy to ignore if they weren't followed by dozens of replies complaining that he should be banned.
I wonder how high voter turnout will be? Will turnout be vastly different between England and Scotland?
Dunno, I doubt it'll be that high in England. The out crowd with probably be more motivated to get their vote out down there.Scotland? Who knows. Depends on if people generally see it as another run at indy, similar to the last Hollyrood election.If they do, then turnout will be high, if they don't it'll be low.One good thing about the "neverendum" is that it keeps turnout for elections and referendums high ;)
What utter insular pish on this thread. Out of EU out of Uk that is consistent joined up thinking, Sillars is right how can the Scottish government square this circle, at the very least a brexit would breath life back in to our fishing industry. Wake up and smell the coffee Scotland.
I take the attitude that the less power the tories have, the better for Scotland (and me, since I'm never going to fall into the group that actually benefits from tories being in power).Since everyone is telling me that being a member of the EU is restricting the tories power, I'm voting remain in the EU.As I very much doubt that an independent Scotland would have a tory government, I'm voting yes for independence for Scotland.Seems perfectly logical to me.
The fishing industry thing is a bit of a lie by them though, yes it has suffered, but when Farage sits on the committee for fishing and doesn't bother going to it, then you have the UK Gov giving away our say on it for other deals, notably finance then you get the impression it's not really the EU's fault for the demise of fishing, but the UK govs.
Stuart you completely miss the point like most Yoons. The Eu is not a sovereign parliament. It is an agreed parliament of independent nations. Those nations including the UK are sovereign.The Eu is elected and individual countries send MEPs to it. Scotland is not voting on the Eu, essentially England is deciding for us as they do in all important matters.If an independent Scotland chose to leave the Eu that would be a matter for us. But at the moment we are not voting in or out as Scotland. Sillars is a complete fool. He would rather London had more control untempered by Brussels. Giving more control to London will hurt Scotland not help it.If you think Sillars is right then you need to study history and constitutional law. He has lost the plot if he ever had it. He is no friend of Scotland.Finally I am a Scot and also a European by geography. I want Scotland to be represented in the continent of Europe without an English accent.
Can you give a detailed explanation with evidence that Sillers is not a friend of Scotland? Or are you just anither Nat si windbag?
Dunno, but you sound like a Nazi windbag to me.(See, I can spell it right, unlike you ;-p )
You are Nov 13 as well as others! Yawn.
Has the troll not been revealed as George Foulkes on the saucy syrup yet?
It seems difficult tae getting Nat sis in leather shorts tae engage in politics innatt.
That's a distinct possibility. Note the similarities, inarticulate, pig-ignorant and an all-consuming hatred of the SNP.
I do have a propensity to detest control freaks. Do the Nat sis have any socialists in their ranks? or just obedient wanks.
If not Lord Baron Georgio Von Pensions, could it be FIFI, his old bag carrier?It may be too inarticulate for FIFI, though she did use racy language at times----perhaps Spud O'Murph should be mentioned. He had a very nasty streak!
If anyone should know anything about wankers, it should be you McGibbon. Is it one hand for the keyboard and another for self-gratification ?
Your hand would fall asleep with boredom.
Nice to see Glasgow Working Class 2 still has the time to share her views with other people. I suppose she has employed someone to tend the garden in Langside and clean the house so her time can be better spent pretending she's flying the red flag in Shettleston. Is GWC2 really Margaret Curran?
A Clown can be either sex.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise for any offence my comments may have caused.
I wonder if the ramifications of Jo Cox's murder will impact on the support for either side in the EU Referendum. I think it might well do.Folk are very fickle and it sometimes does not take much - let alone a catastrophe like this - to alter mindsets and influence those who are presently undecided.Time will tell.
If it has swung things for Remain then it ensures an EU 'neverendum' scenario. Since the most pivotal period of campaigning has effectively been cancelled when all the polls were showing the Leave vote winning and gaining ground. Eurosceptic Tories and Kippers will simply try to write off the result as a byproduct of the horrific Jo Cox murder and demand another referendum.The signs are there already that they are preparing to do so if the polls have indeed swung back to Remain.
Full campaigning is due to resume on Sunday/Monday, as far as I am aware, which leaves plenty of time - remembering the old maxim "A week is a long time in politics". But I tend to agree with your basic premise - this EU Ref will NOT end the matter.
Leave might be doing some very low level stuff Sat and Sunday but AFAIK the official Remain campaigns seem to be shut down till Tuesday as Monday is a Westminster recall for tributes to Jo Cox. Need to wait and see tbhThis weekend was a pivotal campaigning period. It was always going to be that way and there was a huge amount of activity scheduled up and down Scotland and of course everywhere else. That's not to validate anyone's pet theory or view over the murder/referendum. It's just to state the obvious.If the official campaigns do indeed start up again on Tuesday then that's only two days of real campaigning till the actual polling day itself. That's an incredibly short and condensed amount of time to deliver what was - on both sides - a carefully choreographed schedule of announcements, doorchapping, leafleting, interviews, advertising, debates and a whole lot else that has basically been totally wiped out by yesterday's appalling and horrific events.I can scarcely imagine anything less conducive to a calm and reasoned approach than having a final chaotic couple of days to hammer both sides main theme home. With almost no rebuttal period where every lie and piece of ludicrous scaremongering can take hold before they are 'corrected'. On both sides.Even if Monday gets added it's still going to be excruciating to have to watch and even less fun to take part in. "Febrile" won't even come close.
The murder is quite clearly a gift to Remain, though it's taboo to say such things.
Really not sure how this will play Keaton. I understand your view, but I am not sure how much the 'normal'(and potential) leave voters will associate the question with what is the actions of an obviously mentally ill UK neo nazi. Remainers may well take that view, but if that view gets peddled too hard (which it may), then it could well end up being seen as the king of outrageous and cynical political establishment smears on a majority of the 'normal' population. Something more likely to anger and divide (depending on your previous held view) rather than encourage movement to one side or the other?I was also sensing, before the murder, the start of a very unpleasant ratcheting up of the 'Nigel Farage' immigrants interview and campaigning attitude. The euphoria of the leave polls inducing the beginnings of a possible Neil Kinnock 'well aaall rightttt!' hubris type moment in the closing stages for Brexit. Calamity!I really think this was the biggest danger to Leave and I also think that the current circumstances will make that almost impossible now, as even Nigel and the loopier side of Leave will be tapping into (and being restrained by) the jointly agreed downbeat funerial flavour of the remainder of the campaign proceedings. If Leave were in fact 10 points ahead, then they may well be able to just about freewheel over the line come Thursday. What do I know though, the Lady Di phenomenon left me cold and excommunicated socially ;-(braco
David it's actually a game changer. Everything is different now. The tragedy may open peoples eyes to how bigoted right wing Britain can be. I suspect a lot of people will drift back to the inclusive EU.
I would not be surprised.
Pot calling kettle black old son. The venom directed at Labour and Naw voters by you Nat sis is every bit as bigoted and hateful as the far right.
We've known for months you aren't Scottish, certainly aren't working class and are a far right tory.Hence why you always get so upset when anyone laughs at the tories on here or mocks the right.How many more months do you plan on making an embarrassing c*nt out of yourself GWC2? Do you even realise how pathetic you look trying to pretend to be Labour or Scottish or working class? For once in your life stop making a complete twat out of yourself and piss off back to Stormfront Lite. That place is full of your sort of self-humiliating 'comedy'. Not that they are any more self-aware than you of course.
He's James McGibbon, a known troll on other sites. I suspect he is Scottish - why would anyone else spend their whole life posting ungrammatical gibberish on a blog about Scottish politics?
He's not Scottish. Using McGibbon as a troll name is no more proof than using Glasgow or Working Class and scots do not refer to themselves as "you jocks" like he has on numerous occasions. Not to mention his very funny attempts at an accent more akin to Russ Abbot than any real Glaswegian.
I thought you Nat sis were the trolls or the resident idiots. My name is Graham after Grahamston.
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/brexit-referendum/poll-british-voters-split-brexit-think-eu-exit-vote-will-n594086Interesting poll by NBC showing a 48/48% straight split for Remain/Leave.Also quoting Ladbrokes as saying their is a 64% chance that Remain will prevail.Not produced by a member of the British Polling Council - but interesting all the same
Thanks for the NBC poll as that's interesting info. Though the betting is reactive and not predictive. Bookies will take more in an hour of the Euro Football betting than they likely will for all the EU ref betting. It's promotional/vanity stuff and no more predictive than the last G.E. or Corbyn to become leader.
n.b.*Polling not really being predictive either but on a snapshot basis it is miles ahead of betting for producing a reasonable facsimile of how things stand.