In the recent Scottish referendum 44% of voters said “Yes” to an independent Scotland. In contrast 56% of voters said “No” with the general understanding that this rejection of independence was conditional on further powers being devolved to the Edinburgh parliament and government from their London counterparts. The promise of so-called “devo-max” in return for … Continue reading
“If anyone can the Catalans can” or so goes the saying amongst political activists in those minority communities of the European Union seeking greater autonomy or outright independence from Europe’s major nation-states. Unlike the recent independence referendum in Scotland where there were always doubts about the aspirations of the majority (and where appeals to people’s … Continue reading
Last week, in the wake of the failed referendum on Scottish independence, we witnessed gangs of violent British nationalists (so-called unionists) taking to the streets of Glasgow to bask in the defeat of the pro-sovereignty “Yes” campaign led by the SNP, Scottish Green Party and others. British flags were waved, Scottish flags were torn down … Continue reading
Of all the moronic articles published over the last six days in relation to Scotland’s recent, unsuccessful independence referendum this American example must surely rank somewhere in the top twenty. If proof were needed that most journalists don’t have a clue about the far-away subjects they pontificate on this is it. Todd Brewster writing for Salon under … Continue reading
Taking about broken promises the above image is taken from today’s edition of Britain’s right-leaning Times newspaper. So much for all-party pledges in the wake of Scotland’s “No” vote. However in related news, via Newsweek: “The Scottish National Party (SNP) has doubled its membership since its independence campaign ended in a narrow defeat last Thursday, overtaking … Continue reading
@alextomo 75,000 sign petition for re vote amid vote rigging scandal https://t.co/dqiTcboE4B — deborah butler (@IWILLNOTGOAWAY) September 20, 2014 CCTV confirms an arson attack last might on a generator at the rear of the pro-independence Sunday Herald building in Glasgow #indyref — alex thomson (@alextomo) September 20, 2014 #British #Unionists #Nazi salutes, flares + mounted … Continue reading
Nazi-saluting British unionist and nationalist “No” supporters staging a rally in Glasgow this evening. Reports of violence and arrests already as “Yes” voters warned to stay away. The reality of Scotland rejecting Independence?
Probably way too early for this, and I know many Scots are genuinely heart-broken at the moment, but above is a breakdown of how people voted in Scotland’s referendum on independence. It comes with several caveats given the British nationalist and Tory-leaning source but it provides a useful overview of what might have happened until … Continue reading
Well I’ve waited half the morning to write this post and I’m still unsure of what to say. The feeling of sadness is genuinely overwhelming if only because I have so many Scottish friends and correspondents whose emotional investment in seeing true self-governance and sovereignty for their ancient nation has consumed so much of the last … Continue reading
From Trends Map an incredible graphic displaying early morning tweets supporting the “Yes” and “No” sides in the Scottish referendum. Note the pulsating levels of support from Ireland for an independent Scotland. Fascinating when one considers the age demographic of most Twitter users in both nations. Talk about Gaelic solidarity!
James Connolly, son of Edinburgh and Dublin, with a message at the end of the 19th century for the land of his forebears that is just as relevant at the start of the 21st century for the land of his birth : “The great appear great to us only because we are on our knees. Let … Continue reading