Because, it seems not unlikely that Ian Dunt is right.

Johnson will be left in a situation where he has to accept the result of the election or say out loud words to the effect of: “Look, you chaps, when I said the will of the British people had to be respected, I didn’t mean the Jocks. I meant proper Brits, old chap, Englishmen through and though, Hearts of Oak and all that stuff, what what.

The Project of Paradoxes: In Search of Dominic Cummings – Part Two – Byline  Times
Hello, handsome.

I know everyone is fed up waiting, but there just isn’t another way and here’s the explanation. The truth is that, in this case, unlike the European one, the Brits really do hold rather a lot of the cards. Not all, of course, because unless Cumming and Gove find a way of interfering with the Scottish elections next year, we have that very important card which they won’t.

Everybody laughs as Michael Gove makes promises – The Daily Belter
The Joker

It’s called the Democracy Card, and it beats the Three of Diamonds, the Death Card and Mrs Bun the Baker’s Wife, hands down, because people respect it.


    1. While the virus is on the up, though, PP, I’m not going out knocking doors or to public meetings or marches.

      It might also be considered irresponsible for the government to be doing that while things are getting worse and they are at the moment.

      It might, too, be asking a lot of Nicola to run this, plus the pandemic response. Unlike Johnson she doesn’t appear to be on holiday half her life and the three day week isn’t her style.

      By the middle of January we may be coping with food shortages

      I’d say that the only way to do this is the legal way. The alternative will be being sent to the international equivalent of Coventry.


      1. The intention isn’t that the referendum be held imminently but that the legislation by drafted and finalised asap. I’m one of those worried by the SNP’s “vote for us and we’ll draft a bill afterwards”. I don’t want my vote for indy being co-opted for policies I disagree with by entrists who care about indy about as much as Johnson does whilst Scotland’s very identity is being erased.

        Your last paragraph worried me. Neither of us are lawyers. I’m not aware, however, of any law forbidding Scotland asking the question. YET!!!

        I’m sure the Regime will try to use English votes for force an indivisibility clause on the rest of the UK though and the SNP shouldn’t be asleep at the wheel.

        UDI is not necessarily illegal if it has democratic backing of the people and was not coerced. If we show we have tried to reach agreement but that we are having our democratic wishes ignored, the international community will bear that in mind.

        Whether a country is recognised as independent depends on a number of things including the standing of the original state. Spain has the EU backing so sorry Catalonia plus you signed up to an indivisible state in the 1970s. The UK however, is very likely not only to be a rogue state soon but likely face EU sanctions and the ire of the Irish diaspora. Real politik means we should take advantage of this.

        I agree with Jake. Nicola Sturgeon need to learn to delegate. Perhaps if she wasn’t so dismissive of some of her colleagues like e.g. Joanna Cherry we could be using ALL the talents of the SNP instead of favouring Sturgeon loyalists.

        Nicola is an excellent FM but if she doesn’t start getting proactive then the Infernal Markets bill will leave her as FM of a toothless tiger and the rest of us as a colonised people. And to paraphrase Renton I don’t want to be colonised by wankers.

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          1. As I understand it, it’s not so much a question of legality as of lawfulness, Tris. Again only as far as I understand it, a §30 order binds both parties – Scotland and England – to respect the results of a referendum. The question of whether the Scottish Government can lawfully hold an independence referendum without a §30 order, i.e., performing an act for which there is no legal provision rather than performing an act which is prohibited by law, is currently before the Court of Session, but no judgment has yet been rendered. I believe, though I may be wrong, that part of the question is whether the Westminster regime may lawfully refuse to grant a §30 order in the face of a democratically expressed demand from the Scottish people for one.

            I believe I’ve said here before that for tactical reasons it would have been better if the action had not been raised, because if the Scottish Government were to legislate for a referendum the ball would then be in Westminster’s court to decide whether it would grant the §30 order as requested, take the political and legal risk of refusing one, or run the further political and legal risk of taking the SG to court to try to prevent the referendum being held.

            That possibility was foreshadowed some time back in something I read somewhere, but unfortunately my memory has failed me: I don’t remember where or when I found it, or whether it was true or not. The idea was that the legislation for the referendum should be passed and a §30 order requested only after that was in place, i.e., reversing the order of play from the way the 2014 referendum was organized. It made sense to me at the time, anyway.

            There must be Munguinites out there who are far more up in these things than I am. I’ve just been sitting back comfortably on my laurels and waiting to see what happens.

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                1. I’m not sure. I thought his function was to rebutt the lies that the opposition come out with. He’s been really low profile and pretty useless at that!


            1. When the S30 request is refused we hold a referendum anyway, without Westminster Agreement and adhere to the result. International Law would back that up if Westminster decided to challenge. Though Westminster has form in ignoring International Law, just ask the Chagos Islanders.
              So the underlying issue is what do we do when Westminster sends in the troops and or militia(yoons)? Again tbey have form here with dressing up troops in police uniforms and attacking peaceful protestors. That is the real question.

              However Northern Ireland might be a bigger problem before then.

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              1. They are in a mess that they don’t know how to get out of, and they aren’t bright enough, or are too frightened to do the things that would sort it.


    2. “Support and promote Martin Keating’s action on Section 30.. He needs your help. You have QCs in your party who are constitutional experts and who went all the way to the Supreme Court over prorogation. You can surely help out a young man who is fighting battles for you.”

      I find this very hard to agree with. The Forward as One campaign is a confused mess. They don’t understand their own litigation and frequently misrepresent it in embarrassing ways that border on negligence. They have failed to understand the consequences of either victory of loss. They have failed to understand the process of litigation. There is a powerful likelihood that the court will not consider a theoretical question about referendums because they would need to consider details of proposed legislation to consider its legal effect. That being the case, the case will be dismissed and £150k will have disappeared on nothing more than frustration. There are good reasons why QCs in the SNP are not shouting about this case.

      “Consider going to the courts yourselves over the Internal Market Bill as a breach of the ministerial code and international law.”

      The ministerial code is not legally binding. The UK is free to breach international law under the principle of unlimited parliamentary sovereignty. All it has to do is accept the consequences.

      “Bring forward your referendum bill.”

      Any referendum will have to now take place after the 2021 H0lyrood elections. It should be legislated by that parliament, not the current one, because it will be the future parliament that will have to deal with the consequences of the referendum so they need to own it.

      You might have worked out I’m not terribly keen on the ISP, who are shaping up to be the populist wing of independence.

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  1. I can see Westminster bringing out a law which makes it “illegal” for Scotland to secede from the UK.
    Jack Straw’s Spanish like “indivisibility of the UK state” statement in 2014 after they got their result.
    This is definitely where the junta in London are heading.
    Scots have no say in England’s union unless England agrees.

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    1. It is already illegal for Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 to secede from our glorious
      And actually to foment secession is both treasonable and very naught .

      The consequences could for such behaviour could / should lead to being hung drawing and quartered at Tyburn or made to watch the collected speeches of Margaret Thatcher whilst swathed in the Flag of our Glorious Union 🇬🇧 .

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    2. Didn’t see your comment before posting but yes that is EXACTLY what they’ll do and unlike Spain they won’t even seek the agreement of all parties. It will be a simple majority of English votes probably of MPs. They’ll be worried that after claiming that Scotland, Wales and NI are drains, the simple folk will believe them if they do it via referendum

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      1. Well, Ok, in normal time with democrats at the wheel, I couldn’t see that happening. However these are not normal times and the English government is not particularly democratic.

        I’d agree with starting to draft a Bill to put to the parliament by all means.


      2. The good thing about the UK constitution is that it doesn’t really matter if such a law exists or not because it can be undone just as easily as it can be done. Such a law would only ever be symbolic.

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  2. OT.

    I want our SNP MPs to be more disruptive. Chant “Liar liar liar” whenever Boris tells yet another major porkie about Scotland. Let that continue until Boris either corrects himself or all the SNP MPs present are individually escorted from the Chamber. There should be a good few sound bites in that for our people, I should think.

    If Boris scuttles off as Ian Blackford rises to speak, instead of staying where he is and going on with what he wanted to say Blackford should trot after the man and speak to his retreating back, ignoring the Speaker, and the rest of the SNP contingent should traipse after them.

    When Boris rises to speak, our SNP MPs could ostentatiously get up en masse and leave with maximum kerfuffle – which is, after all, what almost all the other MPs do when any of the SNP MPs speaks, if their presence is not required for some other reason.

    I’m frustrated because I think the Scottish Government and the SNP need to stop playing Mr. Nice Guy. Being diplomatic and restrained does not get through to the sociopaths in the Westminster regime, or to the Yahoos and howler monkeys on the Tory benches.

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    1. I’d be inclined to stop in the middle of the sentence and remark that the Prime Minister always seems to leave when I stand up to speak. Maybe it’s because I remind him of a particularly bullying master at Eton…

      Then maybe something like… well, Mr Speaker, as I wanted the prime minister to hear what I had to say, but was clearly far to busy to bother listening (after all the bars are open), I suppose I might as well sit down. After all, I’m only representing Scotland… and that’s hardly of any import in this place.”

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  3. Just when you think that they have been as corrupt as it is possible to be…

    ‘No ships’ Chris Grayling to be paid £100,000 to advise ports company

    Grayling, once dubbed the “worst transport secretary of all time”, will collect his six-figure salary for just seven hours of work per week.

    Seriously, I wouldn’t take advice from him on whether to have a meat feast pizza or a cheese one.

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      1. Do you think someone might put me forward for that sort of job too, Niko. £100,000 on top of my MP salary of what is it after all these pay rises, nearly £90,000.

        That’s not a bad income for someone who would find looking after a garden gate an intellectually challenging post.

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  4. I cannot understand people still wanting to find solace in a referendum which will be corrupted by the usual culprits, for gods sake this lunatic and his cowboys are running roughshod over EVERYTHING to do with Scotland yet we are still supposed to play by gentlemen’s rules , they are DELIBERATELY and WILLFULLY breaching international treaties which will be massively destructive to and for Scotland , Joanna Cherry and others have said that doing so breaches the conditions of the Treaty Of Union, if that is so then do as they are doing, declare the treaty breached withdraw our MP’s and reconvene the REAL parliament of Scotland , declare HR defunct as the devolved parliament and declare Scotland as independent

    Stand up to these bullies and show some courage and Scottish determination not continued cowardice , these animals are not infallable

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  5. OT
    Watch out today for the NHS Spitfire flights around Scotland.
    Eventually they’ve brought up the aircraft to Cumbernauld.
    Routing, Cumbernauld, Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness
    then Inverness, Stirling, Glasgow, Paisley, East Kilbride, Cumbernauld.
    Then off to Northern Ireland in the Late Afternoon.

    All part of the war against covid propaganda but a nice looking aircraft, pity about it’s purpose .

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    1. Is it true that the first programme the BBC put out to fill the slot the First Minister’s briefing used to fill was Bargain Hunt: Battle of Britain special?

      I don’t know because I don’t watch TV, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest.

      I’ve hogged quite enough bandwidth recently, so I’ll shut up for a bit.

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      1. I think it was. I do;t have a tv either, but I remember thinking that it was a bit silly to be triumphalist about it.

        I noticed yesterday that it was reported that the BBC had lost a massive number of licence fee payers recently.

        I bet some of these “stars” will be getting worried about their massive salaries.

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    2. Hmmm… It’s all a bit blood and soil and to my mind, pointless.

      I wonder how many people will think… well, I hate being dragged out of the EU and the fact that Dom Cummings has apparently become royal and laws don’t apply to him. I also am pretty hacked off at him and Gove giving billions to their mates (and in Gove’s case an ex girlfriend… imagine that he ever had a girlfriend… and everything about the UK that is totally crap… but hey, look at that plane… and start singing Land of Hopeless Tory.

      But hey, don’t mind me… Military displays have never been my thing. All a bit dictator for me.

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  6. The Westminster Parliament has passed a bill that the SCOTTISH PEOPLE are SOVEREIGN, this was passed unanimously. All the British inclined members left the chamber and did not vote thus abstaining and therefore conceding the vote to the Scottish people. If they had voted against the bill they would have to concede that the ENGLISH PARLIAMENT was NOT SOVEREIGN. These terms were agreed before the Treaty Of the Union of the Parliaments could be signed.

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  7. Perhaps Westminster let the bill pass for many reasons, ignorant behaviour is usually their best excuse,
    But your comments made think about something I posted yesterday,
    That the people and nation of Scotland legally did not join the treaty of the union by default, due to how English and Scottish commissioners went about this,
    It is a well known historical fact the Scottish and English kept the public, the people, in Scotland in the dark about joining the treaty until after it was signed. And then when the people in Scotland learned of the treaty and conditions they started rioting in protest. And England bought its army to the Scottish Borders.
    It does not matter whom signed the treaty on the Scots side, basically and legally the nation of Scotland did not, as they did not know, and were not asked,
    The representative commissioners whom signed the treaty , again were self elected in their arrogance and financial status,
    Not chosen by the nation of Scotland. No one in that treaty represented the nation of Scotland,
    Although that seems so long ago, and surely does not apply to us in this modern era, and supposedly things are done differently now,
    If the treaty, of some kind of the union is still held to be valid from way back in the 1700s by Westminster, then how that treaty was attained should be questioned as to its legal standing and whether they grasped all of Scotland in their hands, or a good few of our treacherous country men only.
    To make the whole nation of Scotland’s people liable to a uphold a treaty, do you not first have the right to vote on it.
    Perhaps Westminster realise that it never grasped all of Scotland in its hands and that a good per portion of Scotlands sovereign Scots, along with the treaty of Arbroath escaped any legal binding to a false treaty.
    It seems that Westminster cannot hold a sovereign Scottish people to the treaty, and could not vote against “that sovereignty” on July 2018.
    I still theorise that the actual ordinary sovereign Scottish people as a nation are not now, or ever were beholden to the treaty of the union,
    And if this is correct, we could never be charged with UDI, nor would the sovereign scot be breaking a treaty,
    however the Scottish government could not follow This same procedure when acting as devolved government due to its position legally,

    But any one person in the Scottish government can, as they too, when acting individually or collectively are recognised by Westminster in their July 2018 bill, that Scots retain their sovereignty,

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    1. Well, I’m not sure about the law on treaties, but if it were contested on the grounds that it was not representative of the Scottish people’s opinion… and if we accepted that the opinion of the people was a necessity for a treaty, would not most treaties made before real representative democracy also be likely to be called null and void?

      It’s an interesting idea.


      1. There weren’t many voters in those days. The Aristos did what suited them and their sporrans. To argue now that what was done in 1707 was illegal is fairly legally moot, but is a good political point. However there was an agreed referendum in 2014 and the Sovereign Scottish Electorate voted “No”, this rather puts a nail in that argument.

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        1. Yes.

          It would be fair to say that the result may have been influenced by lies and that the ground rules were moved by Cameron when he could see he was going to lose (and within purdah.

          But the most important thing, in my view, is that we were told time and time again, even by the likes of Mundell and Her Grace the Duchess of Colonel, that if we left the UK, we would be thrown out of the EU.

          We were told that we wouldn’t be allowed back in and we were told that that would be an economic disaster for us.

          It influenced a lot of people, most particularly those who were EU citizens, or were married to them… or employed them.

          We need to remember too, though that it wasn’t just the Tories that lied.

          My Mum’s friends had Labour people on the doorstep telling them that the day that we left the UK, they would have no pension and that way starvation and destitution lay.

          In more civilised countries, referenda that are won on misleading information…let’s call them lies… can invalidate the result.

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    2. They had no option, they would have broken the terms that were agreed to enable the signing of the Treaty taking place. The tories knew the motion was going to be placed before the vote, I expect they had taken legal advice.

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  8. Tris

    Who knows what will happen, we will have to go through all of the various processes no doubt and when the final legal avenue is closed in the UK we will have no choice to either declare UDI or accept that Scotland ceased to exist and we became England in 1707. The Tories are not giving up without a fight, they are certainly not going to agree to indy2 unless we have some major power on our side like the USA saying no trade if no indy2 or the EU saying the same thing and I am not convinced they would, it will go to the wire and if the SNP refuse to consider something like UDI then we all die British and might as well accept there is no Scotland.

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    1. I wonder if we to have another election on which the things we (all indy partiers) stood on was the ability to have a referendum if we got a majority… adn then Cummings and his team refused, would we be able to use the influence we have with say the Nordic nations to get them to insist that a trade deal of any kind with the UK would be dependent on them being democratic enough to recognise the will of the Scottish people?


        1. Bruce TBPH I don’t want a referendum unless WM have NO say whatsoever in it , as we all know they will do ANYTHING to corrupt it, eg set a level or percentage that must be attained, and as is obvious by what is happening currently re the WA and GFA they will not adhere to the outcome, WE independence supporters have to keep reminding people why they are PERFIDIOUS ALBION they LIE and have no integrity
          IF lizzie signs the internal market bill which breaches international law ,WE have the right to do likewise ,contest the TOU the easiest and most direct route to indy

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          1. If Lizzie signs the Internal Market Bill, we also have the right to depose her.
            The Treaty of Arbroath says that the Scottish people can depose a ruler who does not act for the benefit of the people of Scotland. Last happened in 1689 to James VII, who tried to make Scotland Catholic.

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            1. Oh, yes please.

              If ever there was a waste of space as a head of state, it is a royal who can’t do anything to stop people tearing up democracy.

              She has failed us dismally. Time she was gone and her brood with her.

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  9. Meanwhile in coronavirus news

    which backs up my much earlier posts of

    and the canary’s information today
    referencing that on 19March20 Westminster removed covid-19 as a high consequence infectious disease

    and the CDC admitting that covid deaths are only 6% of the reported number

    and a statistical analysis here

    and the fact that the tests cannot distinguish between flu, measles and ebola, some of the tests even test for chromosome 8 which all humans have, even the Tanzanian President wasn’t fooled

    So why is everyone “in government circles” falling into line with the bullshit

    It easier to deceive someone than to convince them they have been deceived. 🙈🙊🙉
    You have enough evidence now, thats the end of my trying to RED PILL on Covid19 hoax. I’ll go back to watching the BBC they won’t lie to me.😖


    1. Kanga, if you’re using the likes of Sean Hannity as your source of information, you will be seriously misinformed.

      If we look not at the US but, say, Scotland, who do you think would benefit here from either exaggerating the death toll from COVID, or minimizing it?

      The only people who would benefit from playing down the toll would be the Scottish Government, and they’re not doing it, as far as anyone can tell – some initial problems with counting deaths in care homes aside, which the Usual Suspects have made hay with – never mind that the problem was much more significant in England. I think I’ve got that right – if not, I hope that a better-informed Munguinite will correct me.

      The only people who might see some benefit from playing up the toll would be those who’re trying to make the Scottish Government out to be incompetent in handling the crisis (or as bad as the English one). They are in fact trying to do that a bit, but haven’t been very successful at it. They generally fail to point out that the death rates here in Scotland were front-loaded, if I can put it that way: they went down after the English Government unilaterally junked the initial “four nations” approach by relaxing some of the lockdown restrictions without bothering to tell any of the devolved administrations that they were going to do it. Things improved once the Scottish Government went its own way and kept restrictions in place. They’re still not good enough, in my opinion; it would be a great good thing if we could stop the pandemic in its tracks here, as other countries have done.

      In determining the cause of death, we go by the cause of death given on people’s death certificates. What else could we reasonably use? There is likely to be a significant undercount, though, as COVĨD is not just a respiratory illness, it can have (among other things) vascular effects as well, so that people die of heart attacks and strokes and those may be entered as the cause of death. This is more likely to happen when people who have not called for medical attention for the disease die at home without consulting a doctor, or may die suddenly before they show the well-known respiratory problems. This is really very common in the US because of the millions of uninsured people there; it’s less common here, I imagine, but it does still happen.

      We should remember that everybody’s death could be put down to circulatory failure, but that would hardly be useful in charting the effects of disease or analysing the effects of public health measures. If I have diabetes and get run over by a car, the cause of death is that I got run over by a car, not because I have diabetes, even if the diabetes has affected my eyesight and that caused me to step out onto the road in front of the car that ran me down. The same applies if I have diabetes and die of COVID, even though having diabetes increased my risk of dying from it because the diabetes had messed up my immune system.

      We will get a better, but obviously not exact, figure for the number of people this virus has killed by analysing the death rate statistics over the periods involved and comparing them to the year-on-year averages. This will give us the number of “excess deaths”. It’s a tried and tested statistical technique, or rather, set of techniques, and is used also to determine the number of excess deaths caused by heatwaves, for example.

      When people lie or commit crimes, we have to ask ourselves the question which in Latin is “Cui bono?” – meaning “Who benefits?” The prime motives for serious lies and crimes of omission and commission can be glossed as love, lust, loathing and loot, with “lust”including the lust for power. So who benefits from playing down the number of deaths from COVID in the US? I think you’ll find that the man even said so himself to Bob Woodward.

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  10. This guy used to live in East Ren, campaigned for indy, then moved back to native Denmark with Scottish wife and kids after it become clear what Brexit would become. Very interesting piece. One telling bit

    “We shouldn’t forget that the Internal Market Bill will mean that Holyrood won’t be able to do a thing about it – all the relevant legislation will simply ignore devolution and apply directly in Scotland.

    That’s bad enough in its own right, but it will also make it much harder for Scotland to join the EU (or EFTA) after independence. At the moment, joining the EU’s Internal Market would be a piece of cake because Scotland and the rUK still tick all the boxes during the transition period. But every single EU law or regulation that the Tories get rid of after 1st January 2021 will be something that Scotland will need to reintroduce in order to rejoin.”

    We are being hamstrung whilst the SNP sit back and focus on Covid. Well the Tories are multi tasking and if they can manage it!!!

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    1. That is a good point. I’m not saying that the government shouldn’t be working hard on it. I think it would be a mistake to make it look like it was all that mattered. It would hand the Tories a propaganda coup if all the tweets they put out at the moment about the SNP only being interested in independence (ironically, while everything goes to hell in a handcart in England/ Britain because all they worry about is British “independence”).

      The internal marked is an abomination.

      But it proves how utterly undemocratic the UK union is.


    1. Good article, PP – thanks for the reference. I’ve archived it at just in case anyone hits a paywall (subscribe to the paper, please, if you haven’t already!).

      As an added (koff, koff) attraction, there’s a diatribe by some idiot using my name against one of the obnoxious trolls who infest the comments sections of The National. I wish they’d use the Akismet software that keeps MNR free of such eejits and their ravings. Which is not to say that MNR is completely free of ravings. Oh no, and thrice no: I would never go that far, because it might restrict my freedom of speech.

      It occurs to me that there’s no need to specify that trolls are obnoxious. They all are. It’s part of the job description. I do try not to be, myself, hard to believe though that may be.

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    2. Interesting article.
      I find it difficult not to admire Ms Cherry, not least for the fact that she’s sharp, forthright and eloquent with it.
      This paragraph brought a wry smile :

      “This means we should not peril all on persuading Johnson to grant a Section 30 Order. Other options should be explored if not in public then behind the scenes and, although I have not been consulted on these matters, I would be very surprised if this was not happening under the auspices of the leadership of the SNP and the Scottish Government.”


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  11. Listened to LBC snippet yesterday.
    Someone called Christine Jardine was saying that as she was an essential worker she got a test very quickly.
    Maybe that’s why the mogg can have a go at the rest of us non-essential workers complaining about the lack of tests completed.
    He’ll be an essential worker as well, he polishes the green leather in the englander’s parliament.

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  12. Heard the doris tonight on respecting the devolved regions and IF HE decides to go to a nationwide lockdown He’ll explain the details that they will have to follow.
    I am a bit confused as I was brought up to recognise respect was a duel sided requirement.

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    1. Jeeez, good to know we are in such capable hands.


      Talking of competence, I see the morons at the Home Office have managed to wipe all the Grenfell files from the laptop on which they were stored. Yes, they want us to believe that soemnthing THAT important was stored on one laptop, never backed up anywhere, never emailed, never printed out, just in case… and there’s no one in the entire English government who can get them back…

      Maybe there’s someone in another country who knows how that works.


    1. Well at least what can’t be used for car batteries might be of medicinal use to manage and regulate the disappointment of those whose land tenancies do not include mineral rights.
      The laws and fiscal exemptions that apply to Cornwall are the very definition of privilege ( ie privy/private and lege/law).

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  13. It’s amazing what you can find out on Google. Today I learned that Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet was once the captain of the Scottish downhill bobsleigh team; no French person has ever won the Tour De France; and Ingrid Bergman had an affaire d’amour with Sir Alec Douglas-Hume.

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    1. That’s quite a catch for one day.

      Marti was a fine fellow.

      I’m amazed that no français(e) has ever won the Tour.

      I’d have thought that Ingrid Bergman could have done a lot better for herself than Alec Douglas Home. He was an ugly old soul… still looks aren’t everything.


      1. I found it all quite hard to believe but even stranger was that when I discovered that King George 6th had pressured Clement Attlee to have guitars made illegal (!)
        Mind you, hearing some of the horrors that talentless people churn out on guitars, I agree.

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        1. I don’t really remember Alec Douglas-Hume but I remember my parents and grandparents talking about Old Skullhead. Mind you, they used to call Dionne Warwick the Singing Skull.

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          1. He was quite unflattering caricatured in many cartoons of the time. I have vague memories of “Giles” in particular exploiting his gaunt features to great comic effect
            The best one word description of him I came across was “patrician”.
            Eton, naturally. Damn good batsman. What, what.

            Odd fact though… he was for a period of time Prime Minister despite being neither a member of the House of Lords nor an elected member of Parliament. What with what our English neighbours are pleased to call a “constitution” this was even then only “remarkable” in a pub trivia kind of way rather than a ” what the f***, you’re kiddin’ me” thing. Funny lot the English are…one minute there’s regicide and ” Great Protectors” , other-times it’s monarchs that can only speak High German and struggle with more than tourist English now we’re at at time when when an asshole who was born in New York, who for effect styles himself Boris is appointed by a Queen who herself is only in the job because a not too distant ancestor abdicated, an abdication which had sod all to do with him being a Nazi but because an American socialite who’d been round the block once or twice previously and was clearly pleasing to the royal orbs and sceptre but was less so to the self-serving Churchill and a hypocritically pious Church of England whose Bishops haunted the upper chamber of the legislature ( a Church of England you’ll remember that was instituted and established some centuries earlier for no other purpose than to facilitate royal marriages of convenience which were otherwise morally and socially repugnant).

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        2. Speaking as one of the talentless people churning out horrors on guitars, I first picked up a guitar on my 50th birthday but didn’t start seriously practicing till about 5 years ago. I’m now 63 and the horrors I churn out are heard only by myself, my supportive if long suffering wife and an old pal who’s a good guitarist that I sometimes jam with. I am hoping soon to proudly move up from the complete pish to the utter pish category and will bask in the joy that progress brings, having achieved it through many hours of dogged persistence.

          I find my hobby an all round winning situation because I derive a lot of enjoyment from playing and constantly learning, I can take the moral high ground with uncharitable competent guitarists (of which there are very few because it’s a bit of a club and folk prefer to help one another) and lastly, be secure in the knowledge that I’m a damn sight better player than anyone who’s never made the effort.

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