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Not Hitting The Wall #11

The best readers' comments from the latest Scottish independence blogs.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
21 mins.

Wings Over Scotland | Scooby Don’t


10 February, 2024 at 12:44 pm

“A Starmer gov might do what the Tories do with their ‘top people’ who are unable to get elected, bring them back to political ‘life’ in the HoL”
My “vanished” post from yesterday claims, on good authority, that is precisely the script when Starmer gets elected. I assumed it was blocked because it might have legally compromised our host.

Still, the ascent, pre- 2011, of Hootsmon BTL poster FiFi La Bonbon to the ermine via SLab leadership in Holyrood and the John Smith gig should inspire those here rebuked by Rev Stuart recently.

We can all look forward, I hear, to “Professor” Baroness Dugdale contributing to that surefire cure for insomnia- a debate in the HoL – alongside her old boss, Lord Foo.


10 February, 2024 at 6:16 pm

Antoine Bisset
Ignored says:
10 February, 2024 at 1:22 pm
There is space in the political playground for a conservative party that is not Unionist…

I’m optimistic an Indy Scotland would embrace the whole political spectrum, but troubled that a Scottish “Right of Centre” body of opinion would identify with UK Conservatives. It isn’t just their Unionism that makes them abhorrent to so many.

Similarly however, I feel there is a need to make some provision for the landed gentry and absentee landlords who currently only recognise Scotland as a resource to be exploited or blasted with a shotgun.

These people won’t evaporate post Independence, and if we don’t want echoes of White Farmers in South Africa, I would welcome efforts to instigate discussions and find some method to help people think the unthinkable, and contemplate a life where they put Scotland’s interests first, like a true and normal citizen of Scotland properly would.

Life as a Unionist suddenly without a Union is going to require a degree of re-programming and adjustment. Perhaps, let me stress perhaps there’s a way to make this adjustment a positive and rewarding venture for those in fear of losing all they believe in.

Let them also be heard making the case why an Indy Scotland should embrace elements of their culture which might actually benefit Scotland.

Then again, in the spirit of thinking the unthinkable, History, even from the 12th Century, should warn us that a tr(eacherous) aristocracy has done profound damage to Scotland in the past.

Yet it has also delivered for Scotland too. King Robert Bruce, signatory of the 1291 Ragman Roll pledging allegiance to Longshanks by some accounts was in attendance at Falkirk when Wallace was defeated… yet who else could have forged Scotland into a nation when it was pushed so close to oblivion? With no Robert the Bruce, there could be no Edinburgh/ Northampton Treaty of 1328.

Would the dowager Queen of England have pledged Scotland ” “shall belong to our dearest ally and friend, the magnificent prince, Lord Robert, by God’s grace illustrious King of Scotland, and to his heirs and successors, separate in all things from the kingdom of England, whole, free, and undisturbed in perpetuity, without any kind of subjection, service, claim or demand”., had Scotland been led by no magnificent prince, but a mere commoner or peoples’ assembly instead?

Stuart MacKay

10 February, 2024 at 6:50 pm

Breeks @6:16pm

There’s natural right of centre constituency that is probably a lot better off having nothing to do with UK Conservatives – the self-employed, small business owners, farmers and fishermen. All of these are inclined to small(er) government or at a very minimum, one that delivers value for the money extracted from them. UK Conservatism with it’s top echelons focused entirely on the SE of England have little to offer conservatives in Scotland. It’s about time they grew a pair, found a voice and started holding Holyrood accountable, including the Unionists who have to serve their masters’ interests down south first, and Scotland last.


10 February, 2024 at 6:57 pm

It is time to talk about something important.

“It was on the day that witnesses from Nicola Sturgeon’s private office were due to give evidence as to her own knowledge and involvement, that the Scottish Government suddenly conceded the case rather than have this evidence heard…”
(Craig Murray’s “Sworn Evidence on the Sturgeon Affair”, currently available on his website)

I’m slowly processing the statement as a whole, it’s been a busy week, but it struck me that the above contained new information and raised a few interesting questions. Correct me if I’m wrong;

1) we all knew the Government conceded the case at a time that was convenient for them, this had been suggested elsewhere previously, but doesn’t this give us a much more interesting and specific understanding of why they did so?

2) is this the first time we have heard of the existence of witnesses that could and were willing to implicate Sturgeon on the basis of her “knowledge and involvement” in the alleged conspiracy “designed to generate false accusations” against Salmond?

3) why haven’t we heard more about or from those witnesses? Couldn’t they have gone to a newspaper and made a lot of money with their bombshell information, what would stop them?

4) can we expect those witnesses to give evidence in any future court cases? And if or when they do, isn’t it going to be ‘game over’ for Sturgeon, the SNP, those directly involved, and those who must have known about this and said nothing or helped cover it up?


11 February, 2024 at 5:44 am

Stuart MacKay
Ignored says:
10 February, 2024 at 6:50 pm
Breeks @6:16pm

….. It’s about time they grew a pair, found a voice and started holding Holyrood accountable, including the Unionists who have to serve their masters’ interests down south first, and Scotland last.

I agree, but English / Unionist style Conservatism is so toxic, it routinely “poisons the well” for the right of centre in Scotland.

I’m already falling into the trap myself by describing this as a Left vs Right phenomenon, and thereby adopting the blinkers Westminster Government likes us all to wear.

Scotland’s business orientated community needs to coalesce around something far more wholesome than a paler shade of blue UK Conservative ideology. To my knowledge, no such thing exists… something like a Common Weal trying to develop its own doctrines, but without a Union Jack in sight.

I wonder whether we are coming to the end of the modern insanity of dumbing down and squandering our traditional Trades and Crafts, and betraying our apprentices with anaemic and banal training regimes which leave them under skilled and greatly inferior to tradespeople of former generations.

It’s a tragedy to see what our nation was once capable of doing and compare it to now. We need “old school” competence and expertise to depose and replace “new school” amateurism and banal lack of competence.

Sadly, I fear we will need to witness the demise of NeoLiberalism greed and modern economics first, but I fear we have still got a long way to fall before that happens. Maybe it never will, and we will never again know what a Master Craftsperson is, nor witness the same pursuit of excellence, and love of excellence, the hunger for it, that once existed throughout Scotland.

Concoct a philosophy to resurrect our Traditional Trades and Artisans, and wean our nation off IKEA style garbage and the banal homogeneity of criminally overpriced modern housing, and you’d get my vote.


11 February, 2024 at 7:50 am

Breeks 5.44am:
It’s a tragedy to see what our nation was once capable of doing and compare it to now. We need “old school” competence and expertise to depose and replace “new school” amateurism and banal lack of competence.

So right, Breeks, and in many areas. It can’t just be down to chance or down to lack of money that so much creative expertise has become a thing of the past. Who benefits?

Is it all tied in with incompetence in politics where decisions are made and funding handed out by people with poor understanding of their remit? Is it tied in with lobbying and self-interest where funding doesn’t reach its target but is mysteriously diverted and swallowed up?

Is it down to neglect or deliberate destruction of the nation’s cultural heritage?

Whatever the reasons, there really isn’t time to lose because once the the chain of skill and practical knowledge is broken, the expertise is lost.

Your conclusion hits it on the head. It’s a job for whoever takes the reins politically, before or after independence. But it’s also a job at grassroots, that we don’t stand idly by. The knowledge is there (Common Weal) but it needs political will, determination and integrity and we need to demand these of our politicians.

If it’s a matter of controlling market forces and rooting out this parasitical self-interest that seems to be everywhere, then the right people have to be running the show.

So much that’s good has come out of the pursuit of excellence, and love of excellence, the hunger for it, that once existed throughout Scotland. To breathe new life into it requires us to see what’s going

Robert Hughes

11 February, 2024 at 10:01 am

Check yr man ” Scotsrenewables ” up yonder .

Someone who has been shouting ” Conspiracy Theory ” at anything/everything that challenges his tidy little anally retentive worldview ad nauseam . Wasn’t that long ago he was still defending Sturgeon , long after it should have been apparent to anyone with a few functioning brain cells she was a total fraud .

* Amazing * how all the apologists for the travesty of – actual , unbiased/compromised – * Science * that was the ” Covid Response ” are so willing to believe ANY explanation for the dramatic rise in excess mortality other than what was/is the common denominator – the unrestrained , across-the-board roll-out of these * novel * * vaccines * . These staunch Rationalists will soon be telling us excess deaths are only explicable by recourse to Metaphysics ..eg .. to an Act of God . Def fuck-all to do with the malevolent self-interest of horrors like Fauci , right ?

Of course , given the drooling , ovine compliance of just about every political , MSM , * Health Expert ” and celebrity halfwit source in promoting and emotionally blackmailing the populace into uncritical acceptance of these * measures * , there’s not a chance in hell of the truth about all of that mass – hysterical lunacy emerging . Too much damage done by too many people to too many people for that to happen .

These so-called Inquiries that are taking place are a total farce , resolutely refusing to ask any of the REAL questions eg around irrational shit like mask-wearing , social distancing , the efficacy/safety of MRNA * Vaccines * , and the sheer counterproductive idiocy of prolonged lockdowns . None of this will be even mentioned . In fact , I note the * Inquiry * has been ” suspended ” : wonder why that was ?


11 February, 2024 at 12:27 pm


11 February, 2024 at 11:35 am

…Well MediaBias/FactCheck rates it highly on telling the truth.

The tragedy is, irrespective of whether the Establishment “played it straight” with COVID, public confidence in vaccinations, that is, vaccination protocols which nearly eradicated, or actually eradicated Smallpox, Diphtheria, Measels, Mumps, Rubella etc, have now become mistrusted and large parts of the population are now deeply cynical about vaccinations in general, and the medical industry which profits so much from making them.

It isn’t just medicine. I’m from a generation whose parents and grandparents were directly affected by World Wars, Home defence, and the defeat of “Evil”. These people, myself included, grew up with tremendous empathy for those most afflicted, whether those grieving lost relatives, sweethearts who remained spinsters forever, or those disfigured or maimed by injury or amputation.

My respect for Remembrance Day and wearing a poppy was a given. Yet after two, perhaps three decades of “British” warmongering and political chicanery, and our brave veterans misused as bully boys to force Western supremacy upon others, the British Establishment has utterly destroyed public faith in Remembrance Day, and seen it replaced with cynicism and in many places, outright contempt.

Worse in Scotland, because “their” poppy became tacit approval for Bulldog Britain’s nefarious obliteration of far away governments on trumped up evidence. “Lest we forget” the things we’re too ashamed to admit eh? Keep your poppy.

The same has happened to our News Media. Two or three decades caught shilling for the warmongering class or distorting the truth until it fitted the biased narrative, and suddenly public confidence in news is in a tailspin too.

Is nothing sacred to this rancid Establishment with a voracious appetite to consume all that is good and reputable in the world, and spit it out tainted, corrupted, discredited and reviled?

Stop it with all these amateurish quangos, ombudsmen and toothless inquiries, and bring back the days of professionalism, integrity, and career ending stigma for the rogues and parasites who once upon a time would have found themselves tarred and feathered, or hung from the battlements in gibbets for their misdeeds and t(reachery).

They’ve destroyed our Trades, our heavy Industries, our Education, our Health Service, our Local Authorities, our Public Utilities, our Transport, our Fishing, our markets in Europe… yet the BBC is there to convince us we did this to ourselves.

What’s that? The good “Sir” won’t resign eh? Then fetch the Messenger at Arms and a blacksmith with some shackles… Nobody is untouchable or above the law.


11 February, 2024 at 1:46 pm

“The same has happened to our News Media. Two or three decades caught shilling for the warmongering class or distorting the truth until it fitted the biased narrative, and suddenly public confidence in news is in a tailspin too.”


Its only going to get worse not better, by that I mean the clamp down on alternative news or opinions will dealt with harshly.

Look at Assange who faces his final court appearance this month on whether or not he’ll be extradited to the USA, where he’ll suffer a short painful death.

Assange’s crimes? telling the truth, his Wikileaks site has NEVER posted lies when it posted info, can we say that about the current global MSM? I say no.

Oh and there’s this, hang onto your hats.


“Welcome to the UK where it’s now official government policy that you CAN’T publish “misinformation”, but The Guardian, the BBC, Disney and Netflix CAN…

Yes, it’s true – the recently signed “Online Safety Act” brands the publication of “false information” a criminal offense punishable by up to a year in prison…

…unless you’re an MSM outlet, when it’s totally fine

Think even the corrupt & bloated criminal class that rules over us would never dare be that blatant?

Take a look at section 179 making it illegal to publish false information with intent to cause harm:

Section 179 – False communications offence

30. A person commits the false communications offence if they send a message conveying information that they know to be false, and at the time of sending it they intend the message to cause non-trivial psychological or physical harm to a likely audience (i.e. someone who could reasonably be foreseen to encounter the message or its content) and they have no reasonable excuse for sending the message.

31. This offence is intended to replace the offence in section 1(a)(iii) of the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) the offence in section 127(2)(a) and (b) of the Communications Act 2003, which have been repealed by section 189 of the Act.

32. If several or many people are the “likely audience” then it is not necessary that the person intended to cause non-trivial psychological or physical harm to any of them in particular (or to all of them).

33. Proceedings for the false communications offence may be brought within 6 months of sufficient evidence in the opinion of the prosecutor, and after no more than 3 years after an offence has been committed.

34. This offence extends to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is devolved. It is a summary only offence, which carries a maximum penalty of 51 weeks imprisonment or a fine (or both).

…and then look at section 180, which exempts all MSM outlets from this new law:

Section 180 – Exemptions from offences under section 179

35. This section sets out exemptions for the false communications offence, including an exemption for recognised news publishers and exemptions for holders of broadcast or multiplex licences, and providers of an on-demand programming service. This section also provides that the offence cannot be committed in connection with the showing of a film made for cinema to members of the public.

Welcome to the modern definition of “freedom of speech”, where the MSM are directly and explicitly permitted to “knowingly publish false information with intent to cause non-trivial harm”, and you can be sent to jail for a year for calling out their lies.

Oh, and it looks like our friends across the pond might not be far behind. The Big Tech Senate hearings started yesterday, and social media executives are already throwing their support behind the new “Kids Online Safety Act”.

With the EU’s own Digital Services Act coming into force later this month, and all the focus on “misinformation and disinformation” at Davos two weeks ago, we can see the real crackdown on internet free speech is about to kick into gear.”


11 February, 2024 at 2:23 pm

“There are over 12,000 American troops permanently stationed in England—spread across 11 so-called “RAF” sites.

UK government is refusing to say if the Americans are using their English bases to transfer weapons to Israel for use in the Gaza genocide.”


Recently Washington has decided to redeploy nukes in England again after an absence of them for fifteen years.

RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk is the chosen base.


11 February, 2024 at 2:51 pm

Breeks there’s also this to contend with.

Britain’s 2019 Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act, which Craig Murray knows about, he was detained questioned (you MUST answer all questions) and had his electronic devices taken from him, I think Mr Murray is currently out of the UK as he fears trumped up terrorism charges will find their way to him.

Also Max Blumenthal a respected journalist suffered the same fate on entering the UK.

Then there’s the National Security Act.

You can read about both on here.


Alf Baird

11 February, 2024 at 4:32 pm

Republicofscotland @ 3:38 pm

“realpolitik also shows that we’ll need to take our independence”

Indeed RoS, national liberation is for sure never going to be handed to us on a plate by our oppressor.

Holding onto that reality, the Eva Comrie/Alba/Angus Brendan MacNeil proposal to collapse the colonial administration at Holyrood, hold a Scottish plebiscite election, secure a majority of seats and votes and then declare independence, still represents arguably the the most rapid route to independence.

I’m sure that would enthuse the independence movement somewhat. Sae whit aboot hit, Humza? Are ye for us or agin us? Leeberation noo, afore England taks us Scots intae mair o thair colonial wars.



11 February, 2024 at 7:08 pm

Breeks @5.10pm.


As far as I’m aware 2024 is record year for elections 50 countries are holding them, I think Taiwan on the 13th of January was first up.

The problem for us is that we returned a majority of independence party candidates to Holyrood and Westminster but those MPs/MSPs refuse to fulfill the duty we gave them and that’s to remove Scotland from this union.

I’d wager there’s far more than 53% (last Poll) of people in Scotland that supports independence, but with the current indy party politicians in government at Holyrood actively suppressing the masses desire to dissolve this union, what options does that leave us.

How can we achieve independence when the current party in government talks a good game on it, but isn’t interested in delivering it. At the very least the SNP will be returned to government (a coalition) in 2026, and that will be another five years added on to 2026 taking us up to the 2030’s. Meanwhile more and more folk from South of the border will flood into Scotland to live and take advantage of our services which are getting pretty thin on the ground down South.

Whatever action is taken it will need to be taken in the next few years, to add to our difficulties we are propagandised 24/7 by the foreign media, hell in the South of Scotland Scots don’t even get “so called Scottish tv” they are served by Northern England transmitters.

I really struggle to see where a Scottish indy minded politician who’s radical enough and determined enough to do whatever it takes no matter how ugly it gets to break this rancid union.

Instead of say 50 thousand Scots marching down Glasgow or Edinburgh’s main street shouting for independence those 50 thousand should be demonstrating outside Holyrood and Bute House, and dedicated groups of indy supporters should be protesting outside venues that our FM or MSPs attend, sporadic marches two or three times a year can be easily ignored by Yousaf and his MSPs, but a concerted campaign over a long period cannot so easily be ignored.

Every time Yousaf or a SNP MSP turn around there should be an indy banner of some sorts in his/their faces.

Alf Baird

11 February, 2024 at 11:17 pm

John Main @ 7:14 pm

“neither Scotland nor Indy is helped by the support of people so out of touch with reality”

Denial of oppression is part of the colonial ‘condition’, where people refuse to analyse their situation correctly. You cannot deny the situation in Gaza is a colonial situation. Colonialism is not rocket science; one group seek to take by force the land of another group and to obliterate its people.

There is nothing civilised about colonialism and no human values involved. That is why an oppressed people and all right thinking people stand against it, and seek liberation from it.

Dorothy Devine

12 February, 2024 at 9:39 am

It used to be said that cheats never prosper – we have a whole platoon of lying , cheating politicians who seem to be doing far too well for my liking, while the folk they are supposed to represent struggle.

Wings Over Scotland | In the tropical heat


13 February, 2024 at 3:18 pm

Remember the diversity angle – most jobs these days GUARANTEE an interview to anyone who is disabled, “disabled”, or is just feeling a bit poorly in themselves and needs a hug.

Tell them you have ADD, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, BPD, PTSD, anorexia, bulimia, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, you have special needs can only be interviewed by telephone.

If in person, demand wheelchair access, a support worker, an emotional support animal, and turn up in your motorised wheelchair wearing an oxygen mask.

– if the interview is not going well, say you feel it is not a “safe space” and demand such a thing; the threat of the lawsuit and employment tribunal should always be present.

This guy has the right idea.


Remember actual lying on the CV is okay these days, as everyone does it and it “shows initiative”.

Most corporations have moved away from “competency based criteria” anyway, and you just need to show the right buzzword count.

simpler days –


if you are really serious, cuz sometimes we need the poppy, just tell them you went to Hogwarts


Young Lochinvar

13 February, 2024 at 5:30 pm

Rev, through politeness you omitted to conclude the part on Dugdales court case that she was let off as being legally considered too thick to understand what she was saying..


13 February, 2024 at 6:35 pm

Nice cover letter, however to get the job you’ll need to borrow Ian Murray’s union jack suit and wear it at the interview.
Also you’ll need to pledge your undying fealty to the monarchy, the union, and to keep Scotland under the thumb.

On the upside (if you can call it an upside) doors will open for you, you’ll be most welcome at Queen Elizabeth House, and at the BBC HQ in Finnieston.

You’ll rub shoulders with opposite of the great and the good in Scotland, and find yourself invited to unionist do’s. If you impress the high heid yins, you might even do a Susan Calman and find yourself on telly, and like Neil Oliver doors at the NTS will magically open for you.

But the minute you start talking of the benefits of independence, you’ll be dropped quicker than a Sir Keir Starmer Labour candidate.

Gerry parker

13 February, 2024 at 6:44 pm

As famously said by Sir Humphrey in Yes Prime Minister ( with a look of absolute horror on his face as one of Jim Hackers junior ministers had made a decision)

“ The position is an honorary one, its duties merely ceremonial, and its responsibilities are there to be enjoyed, not exercised !

Alf Baird

13 February, 2024 at 7:24 pm

David Hannah @ 6:50 pm
“More like. The university of Guangzhou…”

Yes, very few Scots academics (maybe 4 or 5) in this joint Glasgow/Strathclyde dept comprising over 100 academic staff, mostly from China, Turkey and Greece: https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/?department=navalarchitectureoceanandmarineengineering

Very few Scots are now educated to be naval architects, which helps explain why we cannae build ferries; but China and Turkey are building plenty of ferries, including several for Scotland.

Does not take a rocket scientist to figure out what is happening here.

Tinto Chiel

13 February, 2024 at 8:51 pm

As Confused suggested, work the disability angle to the max. Ludicrous endometriosis claim plus leg-shaving and Chanel Little Black Number should ensure success.

Claim you wrote biography of Keir Hardie (nobody checks).


Wings Over Scotland | A Hell Of A Decade


14 February, 2024 at 12:15 am

Guid, sharp Rikki Fulton homage. Dinnae quite ken whit tae make ay that, tae be honest. A real mix ay emotions eftir watching it, hert’s a wee bit broken. The sketch is laugh-oot-loud funny, subtly angry, poignant, sad, depressing, resigned, quietly defiant, tattered-saltire-flagwaving, statesmanlike, bloodied…unbowed. Thit it shoulday come tae this. Tragic n disgusting. Cannae wait tae see whit The Man dis wi his failed venomous protege n her twistit manhater alphabetty pals. Bit thir’ll be nae real joy in it fir him, mibbe no even vindication, jist a wee well-aimed-n-deserved slap it the right soor hateful self-serving Machiavellian pusses fir disservices rendered.

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