Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The road to independence for Scotland - and the road to nowhere for Douglas Ross

So a couple of 'quick notes' for you tonight.  I have a new article on The National's website about whether Douglas Ross is likely to keep his promise to Michelle Ballantyne to be "Boris backing, Brexit positive, anti-Nat".  You can read it HERE.  Also, I'm quoted (along with John Curtice and Mark Diffley) in Chaminda Jayanetti's new piece for politics.co.uk entitled 'The road to independence: How Covid and Brexit pushed Scotland from the Union' - you can read that HERE.

108 comments:

  1. Both good reads James.

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    Number of covid deaths since 5th July (daily data):
    UK = 2086
    Scotland = 3

    Per million people:
    UK = 31.3
    Scotland = 0.6

    UK death rate = 56.3 times that of Scotland per capita.

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    1. Does that mean more English are dying and does that please you.

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    2. It means considerably more people in England are dying due to the attitudes and incompetence of their government. I hope my relatives there won't be among them.

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    3. Tell them to stay at home and not get into contact with the contageous English.

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    4. My friends and relatives in England are English, "the contagious English" as you call them.

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    5. That GWC guy is a complete racist. He's saying that English people are contagious, ie more than any other human being!!!??? Why do you let this guy comment on your board, he's obviously anti English. It's not England's fault they have a horrendous government which does nothing to help them!

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    6. Anonymous- 10.13am - he is a lot more than a racist. Just think of every nasty attribute a person can have and GWC has it.

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    7. Very true
      But he knows he’s an idiot

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  2. No arguments from me there. Sadly the tories are masters & the Bread & Circuses. IF covid can be put out of sight ASAP they will come out smelling of roses in the eyes of their party faithful. That 'moving forward' crap I used to here in Team/staff meeting when you pointed out the shite that was decided & did damage done by them before comes to mind! Will not be long before the BBC mention covid less & less. Same as they did with Brexit.

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    1. It's mainly their party faithful that they're killing.

      Covid cases have been steadily on the rise in England for the last month. They locked down to late and unlocked too early; all so the likes of Boris could pay less tax on their huge wealth.

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  3. Has Andrew Wilson elucidated on 'placating the gallery' yet James perchance?

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  4. Skier is in the peanut gallery. Young James is in the mosh pit.

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    1. And GWC thinks he’s in the gods
      But he’s confused

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  5. ScottytheScotinScotlandAugust 4, 2020 at 11:17 PM

    UK continue to report England figures as UK figures. Johnson has made a total bollocks of everything to do with the virus. All he has left is to get his media to try and cover it up as much as possible.

    No regular briefings as previously.
    No comparison graphs between England Wales Scotland N.Ireland and other countries across the world.
    Only basic UK figures now given to hide how bad England is doing compared to Scotland Wales N. Ireland.

    Britnats cannot handle the fact that mother England is being shown to be rubbish compared to Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland. Their brainwashed minds have to believe England is superior in all matters. Evidence to the contrary just explodes their heads.

    England is an Eton mess. England is a bampot Britnat Brexiteer mess.

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  6. Re the comments in your linked articles about popularity of NS vs BJ:

    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

    I think NS simply makes us feel like human beings, living and striving together. That’s a power that many politicians probably wish they had.

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  7. Aye Nicola is doing great, approval ratings much higher than Bozo, but do you think if she would got a better haircut an maybies a tartan jaiket, sorted oot the NEC, revealed a new recipe for haggis, she would draw even the most die hard yoon to the indie cause.

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  8. Well we know where we're going
    But we don't know where we've been
    And we know what we're knowing
    But we can't say what we've seen
    And we're not little children
    And we know what we want
    And the future is certain
    Give us time to work it out

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  9. In an odd sort of way current political developments are making things clearer.
    Johnson and his purged tory party with its self destructive brexit and Covid incompetence underline the uselessness of the UK.

    Sturgeon's government demonstrates that Scotland is well able to govern itself much more competently.

    The SNP NECs self created rammy shows the party, of which I am a member, to be alarmingly similar to the rest in its top level obsessions with self interest and self advancement.

    Conclusions - 1. independence is as ever the best road into the future for our country;
    2. Vote SNP for now but after indy all previous agreements are off.

    Oh, and 3. GWC is a waste of air.

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  10. Stirling councillor Maureen Bennison (Bannockburn Ward) has resigned from the SNP. Ms Bennison, partner of former MP Steven Paterson, claims local bullying, sexism and party infighting. She has accused Alyn Smith of “consistently refusing to condemn the frequent vile abuse spouted on social media” and has claimed both that Steven Paterson was blocked from being chosen democratically and that moves have been afoot to deselect her as a council candidate.

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    1. Big Eater From PerthAugust 6, 2020 at 10:50 AM

      This rips my knitting. I will fight Daddy Bear!

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    2. Please... I beg you... don't hit me!

      https://mobile.twitter.com/bridgesforindy/status/1291477190203277314/photo/1

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    3. Wings Catch o the DayAugust 8, 2020 at 8:36 AM

      "...behaviourists would prefer using Alyn to rodents in their experiments, for there are some things you just can’t get a rat to do."

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    4. https://twitter.com/cultfree54/status/1291974186890670080

      Ooops! Must remember... "Safe pair of hands, safe pair of hands..."

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    5. You fool. Now this has come to the attention of the mighty Mark Smith of the Herald we're all doomed.

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  11. Seems the nats were right that it's mistake to let the UK control Scotland's borders. Unionists now openly admitting this.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-53654644

    Coronavirus: UK made serious mistake over border policy, say MPs

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    1. Must be those English oil workers who are spreading the virus in Aberdeen. Deport them I say send them back.

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    2. Quit it with your anti-English hatred.

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  12. Cases will rise when more social iteration is allowed. Thats how virus is spread. You cant pick up the virus from a person in a pub if the pub is shut. As soon as the pubs open then there is a risk of the virus spreading in the pubs. This has happened all over the world - increased social interaction = increased cases; not a huge shock that it has happened in Scotland as well. Of course masks help stop the level of infection increasing even more, thats the purpose of wearing them.

    Thankfully this increase in infections has not as yet lead to an jump in the number of deaths (34 deaths in Scotland over the last month).

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    1. Majority of deaths increasingly confined to care homes as the virus retreats.

      It's what I've said all along; the better contained the virus is, the more deaths will be confined to the highest risk groups (elderly) in the highest risk setting (close quarters care homes).

      It's the same with seasonal flu.

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    2. Albie drags me oan ti the telly every Friday night. But Ah'm no impressed.

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    3. Is it a flat screen Huawei soaz the Chinks can watch?

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  13. Clearly Sturgeon is racist anti-Aberdonian.

    #closingborders

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  14. Looks like a complete stitch up. Douglas Ross not elected at all, but Carlaw forced out to make room for England's place man.

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    1. He's going to keep his Westminster seat too if he wins one in Holyrood.

      If he becomes an MSP, will he give his salary from Westminster to charity as he won't be able to serve his British constituents properly?

      Personally, if I was a unionist, I'd be fuming if my MP left the 'Great British Mother of Parliaments' for the 'pretendy' one in Edinburgh, and kept milking the taxpayer for it. Shows he doesn't care about the union (even maybe hates working with the English).

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    2. Just think of it as a pre contract agreement.

      Our panel of pundits says that The Linesman will go in with his studs up and leave a trail of blood and bone down the front of the Parliament building.

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    3. ScottytheScotinScotlandAugust 5, 2020 at 7:25 PM

      Skier - you missed the part of the stitch up that includes Truthless Davidson getting a lifetime of luxury in the H.of Lords for agreeing a 9 month stint putting the boot in to Scotland from the front bench in Holyrood.

      Britnats indistinguishable from the Mafia.

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  15. ScottytheScotinScotlandAugust 5, 2020 at 7:20 PM

    As a new British Branch manager for the Tories is appointed in Scotland the face may be different but the song remains the same - Scotland and Scots are shite and only us Britnats are any good.

    Britnats are colonialists. A bunch of disgusting turds.

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    1. Naw it is you pretend Scots most of whom are Irish descendents like Skier who are shite. Only kiddin aboot Skier he changes his nationality on a daily basis for convenience.

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    2. You do not have Scottish nationality GWC; you voted against that in 2014. You are legally no more Scottish than someone from England living in Glasgow; both simply Scottish 'citizens'.

      Independence supporters the most 'proper' Scots because they at least support the existence of a Scottish nationality; something they desire to have, but you oppose existing.

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    3. GWC has descendants from Turkey
      Just like Boris Johnston

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  16. The Dross got a richt fleg last December , only holding Moray by 513 votes , hence he's switching back to Holyroyd and getting top place on the Con list . Looks like he is too feart to fight for the constituency.

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    1. Aye. He's not a proper unionist; won't fight for the union, but will just hand a seat in the Great British dearest special cherished union of Parliaments to the SNP!

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    2. Stop attacking our next FM. Dross and Krystle will make a lovely couple on the steps of Bute House.

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    3. The Nacht Family

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  17. The Scottish Nat si Party Political broadcast tonight was rather onerous. It was not based on an Independent Scotland but moreso on being in the EU and subservient to the EU and its rules. It was very anti USA.

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  18. Will the UK government extend the full furlough scheme or put loads of Scots out of work? Aberdeen is in lockdown; covid is not over.

    BoE suggesting that ending furlough could see 7.5% of Scots out of work.

    That's a lot of Yes votes.

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    1. Well if you have proof and a plan that an independent Scotland could put all those people back to work, then let's hear it. The UK Gov has poured over 30 billion quid so far into this and more to come. You are the world's expert on everything so what is your great alternative plan.

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    2. Erm, this is a reserved matter. It's unionists that need to come up with a plan.

      Why does the UK just not extend the furlough scheme? I thought the idea of being in the UK was so Scottish jobs would be protected. Ending the furlough scheme doesn't do this; it puts huge numbers out of work. How can the economy recover if people are out of work so have no money to spend?

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    3. Yeah but what would be the Nat si alternative.

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    4. I propose to extend the furlough scheme.

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    5. Is this the UK furlough scheme or an imaginary Independent Scotland scheme.

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    6. Either.

      Not doing so will push yes up by another few % as it will be the UK government intentionally making people unemployed.

      This is what you wanted though in 2014.

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    7. The only people a Government can make unemployed is government employees. The private sector would be responsible for their unemployed. How many people would you Nat sis make unemployed if you close the border and stop the 60% trade we do with RUk.

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    8. No. Ending the furlough scheme is the government making people unemployed by withdrawing wage support while covid is on the rise and cities are being locked down.

      Scots are waiting for the uk government to save their jobs as promised in 2014.

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    9. Scottish entrepreneurs should be creating work but most most will leave for other places. The Scottish Gov creates non producers called politicians.

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    10. ScottytheScotinScotlandAugust 6, 2020 at 10:50 PM

      skier says: "Thats a lot of yes votes."

      Well it depends on how many are real Britnat bampots like GWC. The Britnat bampots do not care how poor the UK gov makes them. No free British license fee for the old Britnats. They do not care how often the UK gov humiliates them. They do not care if their masters in England drive them into the gutter, like GWC, as long as they can call themselves the best of Brutish and cry no surrender.

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    11. GWC loves the union or England as he likes to call it.
      Thatcher made U.K. a service provider decimated industry England has little in natural resources
      Most of England’s natural resources are actually Scotland’s that’s why GWC is so desperate to praise Westminster and BJ he thinks he will be rewarded

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  19. English/British nationalist Westminster remains a world-wide laughing stock. Not so funny when their purpose is to drag Scotland down to their xenophobic level.

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  20. Uk economy in its worst state for a century and the uk government is about to put thousands of scots out of work while covid is on the rise.

    So much for better together.

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  21. GOVERNMENT INSIDERAugust 6, 2020 at 10:39 PM

    BOE GUVNER allegedly overheard saying that the Scots should be encouraged to leave the Union. They are a sponging liability and the EU could bankroll them if they were stupid enough.

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  22. Davidson has contributed nothing to the Scottish Parliament for months, happy to collect her pay whilst she waits for an upgrade in the H.O.L.
    On the hoof Ruth will struggle at FMQs while Douglas Ross gets his orders direct from Johnson.
    His stunt in resigning over Cummings fooled a few, but was just a sign that Carlaw was on his way.
    Sleekit doesn't cover it.
    Ross will stay on as MP for Moray.
    Of course he will. Polls show Moray as an SNP gain.
    How he spins this next May will be interesting.

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    1. Krystle KarringtonAugust 7, 2020 at 9:21 AM

      Does anyone know Dross's nickname at Forres Academy?

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    2. Luggie Duggie The Mechanic?

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  23. Readers, we have favoured you again -

    https://wingsoverscotland.com/the-stench-of-rotten-stables/

    This will be of interest to those who enjoy wrestling with bears and performing other Herculean feats.

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  24. It's dirty work, but as an ideologically-unsound "Br"exiteer I've volunteered to cruise the channels of the Daily Mail to bring you facts in hope of redemption:

    "Nicola Sturgeon warned Scottish footballers today that she could halt the return of professional league games if there are any more breaches of coronavirus rules, after Aberdeen players were struck down following an illicit night out.

    The Dons' Scottish Premiership game against St Johnstone in Stirling on Saturday has been postponed after two players were found to have Covid and six more were put into quarantine..."

    (From a journalist rather than a b-t-l-er.)

    I acknowledge your appreciation in advance.

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  25. ScottytheScotinScotlandAugust 7, 2020 at 6:57 PM

    Just why did Nicola Sturgeon give an interview on her 50 th birthday to Dani Garavelli the author of that disgraceful and disgusting article on the Salmond trial? An article full of lies and misleading propaganda that continued to take the side of the proven liars - the alphabet women.

    Why do Independence supporters work with the Britnat media to continue to attack Salmond after he was found innocent? Are they Independence supporters or just Salmond haters?

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    1. Lots of innocent people have been found guilty. Lots of guilty people have been found innocent. Jurys have been known to get it wrong.
      Sad that the Nat sis with their school results have targeted so called deprived areas which were once known as working class areas. Bloody Tartan Tories

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    2. Sure, but the result was still 1:0 to the nats. Great stuff.

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    3. ScottytheScotinScotlandAugust 8, 2020 at 11:26 AM

      GWC - "PROVEN LIARS" - hard of reading are you. The trial proved the alphabet women were lying therefore they are proven liars.

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    4. ScottytheScotinScotlandAugust 8, 2020 at 11:38 AM

      The fact that the Britnat media and scumbag Britnats like GWC are on the side of the alphabet women says it all as to what side the alphabet women are on. The alphabet women and their helpers in the SNP need to be removed asap.

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    5. GWC is a Lib Duh. In the tradition of Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

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  26. The manufactured exam crisis by the Britnat scumbag media in Scotland will now end as England has downgraded results by 40% with no individual appeal compared to Scotland's 25% downgrade with an individual right to appeal.

    What a way to make a living - lie and misrepresent about the country they live in to keep it under the control of another country.



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  27. There goes the Nat sis again mentioning England. They cannae help. Why not compare German or Alabama, but naw have a go at the English. I wonder where this deep seated anti English hatred comes from. It is not from the majority of Scots. Is it the descendents of the Irish who the UK allowed to flee Poverty stricken Ireland after 1922.

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    1. ScottytheScotinScotlandAugust 8, 2020 at 11:32 AM

      "Lie and misrepresent about the country they live in to keep it under the control of another country." - posted by anonymous above.

      He is of course referring to Britnat turds like GWC. There is a word for people like him.

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    2. It would not be the same on here if we did not have the Nat si daily moan and hard done to story. The Scottish Committee for Tales of Woe have been hard at it since September 2014.

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    3. You are English GWC as firmly as I am Irish (which you insist upon calling me).

      Yet you constantly insist you are not English, but Scottish. A 'proper Scot' that is definity not English.

      Why is that GWC? Why do you not want to seen as English?

      Why do you take no pride in your English heritage?

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    4. Come on GWC, 'proper scot' or English? You are half English at least surely?

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    5. How can I be English as I was born in Glasgow Scotland. Both my parents were Scottish. You cannot be half anything. Your problem is you are ashamed to be Scottish and wasted your money on an Irish passport because you want to be Irish but you are Scottish. Even injecting mercury will not help but may give you a wee buzz.

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    6. I thought you said your mother came from England. Or was that your granny? If so, that would make you English too.

      Do you have English heritage, or are you not really British, but just Scottish?

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    7. We did a caravan holiday in Scarborough on one occasion. You sound like a Nazi interrogating Anne Frank.

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    8. I recall you said your gran was English. I'm sure the post can be found, but why search when I can just ask?

      Why so coy? Do you hate the English or something? You seem determined to dissociate yourself from the English, insisting on the purity of your scottishness. As a result, it's hard not to conclude you hate the English, at least deep down.

      If I had an English gran, I'd count myself as part English without any hesitation. I'd even support them at the footie.

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    9. I had an English granny but I was born in Scotland so that makes me a Brit Scot.

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    10. I am Irish through my Irish gran, so Irish and Scottish. That makes you English & Scottish.

      So, you are English, at least in part. Agreed?

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    11. No I am a Brit Scot. I had an Irish grandfather and grandmother but that does not make me part Irish. I do not want to be part Irish or English even if that was possible.

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    12. I'm just curious, then, GWC, if you're so unredeemably Scottish (with British cringe) as you insist, why are you so thoroughly obsessed - as you clearly reveal in almost all your guff here - with Ireland and the Irish?

      Pardon my insensitivity, but I just can't help but burst that rosy little bubble of yours: virtually all of the rest of Scotland, both originals and incomers, actually don't share this peculiar obsession of yours.

      That's what is so odd - for all your protestations, your self-evident obsessions mark you out as anything but a normal Scot.

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    13. So GWC is Irish. Who'd a thunk it.

      You don't even need to apply for citizenship; it's automatic. You are legally Irish. You just need to get a copy of your Irish birth certificate and a passport is with you in a couple of weeks.

      "I do not want to be part Irish or English even if that was possible."

      What's wrong with being English? Don't you like them? Why are you so against being even part English? Is it hatred?

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    14. And you are as English as I am Irish. If you want to call me Irish skier, you are an English WC.

      The way you distance yourself from your English heritage can only be anti-English hatred.

      The fact you constantly call yourself Scottish / a proper scot etc as opposed to British is further evidence of this.

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    15. 50% Irish and 25% English descendant of recent immigrants.

      'Proper Scot'.

      LOL.

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    16. Just because my Scottish granda shagged my English granny does not give me English heritage.
      And how do you get to join the Knickerless Fan Club? Is there a membership fee?

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    17. Anti-English hatred oozing from you. Did you scream 'I'm not fucking English at all!' at your gran?

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    18. You can play for the English international team lol, yet you reject that in favour of Scotland.

      Why? Anti-Englishness?

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    19. "No I am a Brit Scot", GWC / Britain is the area of modern day Wales. What part Wales are you from exactly? Do you describe yourself as Welsh? I don't hear people say they are Brit Caledon, which translates as Welsh Scot.

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    20. Brit Scot Glaswegian. Fae the East End.

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    21. We should just agree that Pictish was a "very corrupt dialect" of Welsh.

      Then everyone would be happy.

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    22. From mainly Irish and English stock GWC.

      Born of recent immigrants to Scotland.

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  28. Big Dieter From PerthAugust 8, 2020 at 3:50 PM

    You haven't seen the new me. I've lost 25kg since New Year. Not ballet dancer slim, I'll grant you. But getting there. I'm a mean machine and I'm gonna trash-talk Daddy Bear at the weigh-in.

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  29. There are just so many things wrong with the actions of some at the top of the Scotgov/SNP but some bloggers just turn a blind eye hoping it will all go away. It won't. Step up to the plate bloggers.

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    1. Big Eater From PerthAugust 8, 2020 at 8:34 PM

      No-one can teach me anything about stepping up to the plate.

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    2. That appals me.

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  30. Ross's achilles heel will be his refusal to take on the SNP face to face in Moray.
    If he stands on the list alone he'll be accused of political cowardice.
    If he stood for a constituency and lost to the SNP the Unionist press would have a hell of a job spinning it.
    Boris/Cummings are clearly not so hot on detail.
    They'll need the BBC to be on their usual game.

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    1. Very good points. Dross is obeying instructions but has left himself exposed, not that that matters to Cummings.

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  31. Skier along with his pseudonyms are resting in his coffin taking stock.

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    1. Still cannae believe you are mair Irish than me.

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