I must admit that I remain quite sceptical about the anti-SNP hysteria convulsing significant chunks of the UK press as they continue to promulgate claims that Nicola Sturgeon’s party will soon crush all before it as Britain’s general election looms, banishing the mainstream British Unionist parties from Scotland for ever and a day – or at least from representing the Scottish constituencies in Westminster for the… Read More Polls Predict 2015 SNP Landslide In Scotland
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… Read More A Referendum Ten Years Too Early?
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… Read More Woe To The Vanquished
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… Read More Scotland Arise
Some recent tweets by @ansionnachfionn on the #IndyRef #BritNats so desperate they referencing #DadsArmy in #IndyRef so #VoteYes for #Scottish FUTURE not #British PAST http://t.co/ljdPnLcr3v — An Sionnach Fionn (@AnSionnachFionn) September 17, 2014 If #UK is a “family” of nations #Ireland was the kidnapped girl chained in the basement! We escaped + so can #Scotland… Read More Tweeting For #VoteYes In The #IndyRef #Scotland
Early yesterday morning Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, held a lengthy Q&A with the Scottish, British and international news media in Edinburgh. It was one of his better performances in the referendum campaign, despite the overt animosity of the visiting contingent of London reporters. So given the comprehensive nature of the event it is quite extraordinary to see how supposedly non-partisan journalists from the major… Read More Lies, Damned Lies, And The British News Media
Last week Wilson McLeod took to the website Bella Caledonia to criticise the glaring absence of the native Scottish (Gaelic) language from the referendum on independence in Scotland. In a well argued piece he attacked the off-hand treatment of Scottish-speaking communities and citizens by the SNP-led “Yes” campaign and the dismissal of their requests for… Read More An Leabhar Beag Gorm, The Little Blue Book
A quick heads-up for a rally by the Welsh Go For It Scotland – Ewch Amdani Alba campaign group in support of Scotland’s bid for independence to be held at 2pm outside the Senedd in Cardiff on Saturday 13th of September. A good showing is expected and it would be great to see a mass… Read More Solidarity From Wales, Go For It Scotland
Until recent weeks the Irish media was relatively quiet on events in Scotland expecting, like most commentators around the globe, for the British Unionist “No” campaign to defeat the SNP-led “Yes” side in the upcoming referendum on independence. That was certainly the given wisdom based upon the confidence of the metropolitan elites in London and the… Read More Scotland Requires Some Gaelic Solidarity
Within the margin of error but given two years of unrelenting attacks by the British political and media establishment it is something altogether remarkable. And even a little bit inspiring. Albain Abú!
The Mirror has an excellent post featuring a recent radio discussion in the United States on Scotland’s upcoming referendum on independence that pretty much nails the negativity and scare-mongering that has driven the British Unionist “No” campaign (not to mention the hypocrisy of Alistair Darling, the Labour figure-head of the cross-party “No” side, who has… Read More Scotland The Brave
Well the verdict is in and it seems that Alex Salmond, the SNP first minister of Scotland, has emerged as the winner from last night’s second TV debate on Scottish independence. While the first contest was generally presented as a victory for Alistair Darling, the leader of the Unionist “No” campaign (partly on the basis… Read More Salmond Hammers Darling In Second TV Debate
Some interesting polling in Britain which shows that the centre-left Labour Party is still in the lead over the governing centre-right Conservatives and right-left Lib-Dems. However despite all the adverse publicity of recent weeks and concerted media criticism the right-wing England-centred UKIP movement under Nigel Farage is not just holding its own with potential voters… Read More Scotland Votes No, Scotland Gets Tory/UKIP (DUP/UUP/TUV) Rule?
There are very few politicians that I actually admire. In general my opinion of those who enter party politics is pretty poor though growing up in Ireland, with its values-adverse, morally flexible and easily purchasable political classes, it is easy to see why. It’s not that Irish politicians are particularly corrupt in the sense of… Read More Nimble Scotland Versus Lumbering Britain
Like myself many readers of An Sionnach Fionn are interested in the upcoming independence referendum in Scotland so I thought I’d post some links to the “Wee Blue Book”, the much anticipated pro-sovereignty fact-guide by the excellent website Wings Over Scotland. By all accounts it has already been a great success and certainly judging by… Read More The Wee Blue Book
The latest TNS BMRB poll in Scotland is showing a small if significant rise in support for the pro-sovereignty Yes side in the run-up to the September referendum on Scottish independence. When “undecideds” are stripped out the anti-sovereignty No vote has dropped to 56% while the Yes vote has increased to 44%, a 3% jump since… Read More Scottish Referendum Poll Shows Yes Vote Gaining Ground
It says much for the fantasy politics of British nationalism that a decision by the English-born children’s author JK Rowling to boost the already hefty warchest of the Unionist “No” campaign with a donation of one million pounds is being heralded by the right-wing press in Britain as “the most significant” celebrity intervention in the referendum… Read More Harry Potter To The Rescue!
Some more good news for the Scottish language (Scottish Gaelic) with the announcement by Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, that a further £2.1 million pounds (2.5 million euros) will be made available to MG Alba, the state-funded media organisation. The group funds Scottish language television and radio programmes in cooperation with the BBC and various… Read More Big Boost In Funding For Scottish Language Broadcasting
There is truly nothing more astonishing in this world than a British nationalist politician who is completely oblivious of his own nation’s history of imperial misdeeds and crimes around the globe. Or worse, actually believes that such things are worthy of veneration because they were committed by the nation of Britain and are therefore above approach… Read More The Forces Of Darkness Gather
Another poll, another rise in support for Scottish independence (and the SNP) with this year’s momentous referendum half-a-year away. From the Scotsman newspaper: “SUPPORT for Scottish independence has reached its highest level for more than six months, according to a new opinion poll. When asked how they would vote if the referendum was held today,… Read More Rising Poll Numbers For Yes Vote In Scotland
In the ongoing war for hearts and minds in Scotland over the question of independence it seems that the British nationalists, the so-called Unionists, are not just losing the struggle but are losing the plot too. We recently had the first truly significant rise in polling numbers from those favouring Scottish sovereignty over continued union… Read More The Hollow Pax Anglia