No Value In Welsh For Tory’s English Candidate

An Bhreatain Bheag - Cymru - Wales

Over the last few decades our Celtic neighbours in Wales have seen the emergence of something approaching a national consensus on the importance of the Welsh language. Though there is still much progress to be made and lots of wrongs to be righted, relatively few people would now challenge the need to facilitate and encourage … Continue reading

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Scottish Democracy Meets X Factor

Saor Albain - Saor Alba - Free Scotland

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

That Pre-Vote Pledge By The British Party Leaders

Saor Alba - Free Scotland

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

British Nationalism, Sorry, Unionism

British Unionist or Neo-Fascist

 

Woe To The Vanquished

Saor Albain - Saor Alba - Free Scotland

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

Tweeting For #VoteYes In The #IndyRef #Scotland

Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond adresses independence rally, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

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 … Continue reading

The Common Struggle

Labhair Gaeilge

Just time to highlight three articles that deserve your attention. The first is “10 Reasons Why Irish Is An Absolutely Awesome Language” from the Czech software engineer Michal Boleslav Měchura of the blogs “Young, Single, Multilingual” and “An Cainteoir Dóchais”. My favourite on the list is also the first: “1. Irish has no words for yes and no  … Continue reading

Too Little Too Late

Albain (Scotland)

John Prescott, A Metaphor For Failed Britain

Scotland, England, Wales

As the referendum campaign on Scottish independence enters its closing days Lord John Prescott, the former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, holder of half-a-dozen senior cabinet posts and deputy leader of the British Labour Party, visited Scotland to drum up support for the Unionist cause. On the back of his hand was written the … Continue reading

Scotland To Say Yes?

Saor Albain - Saor Alba - Free Scotland

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!

Scotland The Brave

Alba Gu Brath - Scotland Forever. Thousands attend Scottish independence rally, Edinbugh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

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 … Continue reading

Scotland Votes No, Scotland Gets Tory/UKIP (DUP/UUP/TUV) Rule?

Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond adresses independence rally, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

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 … Continue reading

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