ALL UNDER ONE BANNER, DUNDEE

Poster for AUOB walk in Dundee From Baxter Park leaving 12.45 to Magdalen Green

DUNDEE WEATHER THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Cloudy windy dry & even warmish 17° rising to 19° & feeling 15° rising to 19°.

Before the walk, there’s a 5% chance of rain, but 0% for the walk.

A rather blowy 22-24MPH wind, so the flags should look grand.

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Munguin will be there, of course, along with Tris, his faithful retainer.

Hopefully, we shall see you there.

The march sets off from Baxter Park at 12.45, but the organisers want people there a bit earlier than that. So Munguin may be persuaded to rise a little earlier than his normal noon, and, hopefully,  we’ll be at the pavilion in the centre of the park from around 12.15 to 12.30.

Munguin will be delighted to make your acquaintance if you want to pop over. He’s a bit like the First Minister. He is quite prepared to hug! And, remember, it will be a great honour for you to meet him!!!!!

If you don’t make it to Baxter Park for the march, we may see you at Magdalen Green.

Here is hoping for a good turn out. Dundee was YES CITY in the referendum… let’s show them that we still are.

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At Inverness march a few weeks ago, there was a small band of unionists involved in a counter-demonstration. And I read that Scotland in Union was asking for people to come to a similar demonstration in Dundee. Although Conservative politicians have said that they would not be participating (for obvious reasons), there may be others bussed in by Scotland in Union.

This is completely legitimate. They have as much right to demonstrate for their union as we have to march against it. Let’s treat them with respect, regardless of how they treat us, and not rise to the bait of any provocation, the like of which was seen in Inverness.

AUOB marches, and indeed the independence movement in general, are known for being peaceful and good-natured. This is a great image for our movement.  So smile and be cheerful and let any hate come from them to us, and not in the opposite direction.

A note of caution. In light of the news that British Unionist, Peter Morgan, a regular protester at the independence marches, has been jailed for 12 years for plotting terrorist attacks in Scotland, and a tweet from John Ferguson (below), don’t be backwards at taking photos of anyone making personal threats, and be prepared to report anything like that to the Police.

This makes the threat that I received slightly concerning. It was from one very excitable older unionist woman protester at the Inverness AUOB Indy march when she pointed the finger at me and told me they knew who I was and they would get me’ wonder who they are?

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Have a great day, everyone.

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FOR THOSE WHO COULDN’T MAKE IT…

SO MANY QUESTIONS

Even the Brexit Express says so!

Philip Hammond has reportedly warned that finding the extra money for the NHS (because the Brexit Dividend is fantasy) means taxes will rise and that other areas of government spending will have to be reduced. 

If this is true, then which taxes will rise and what government funded services will we have to do without?

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And, while we are looking at this, what other changes will be made to our lives because of the Brexit Dividend? How will we replace the vastly reduced number of people from all walks of life, who will no longer want to make their homes in the UK? Will it be, as Mr Gauke suggests, prisoners, who fill that gap? Or as Paterson suggests, pensioners.

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We should be in no doubt that a post-Brexit Britain could be a very different place. A place apart. A place that has taken back control maybe. But clearly, as we have seen, that control taken back and kept for a select few in Westminster and Whitehall.

Well, we could write all day on the subject…

But Munguin suggested that you guys might like to do the hard work.

Obviously, this is the answer…

If, by some evil chance, we are still in this union and under this insufferable government with its joke of a prime minister, cabinet and a Secretary of State who was deemed unfit to lead for his government on a debate on devolution, when the cliff edge comes, as it will…

Is bringing the health service funding a little closer to the levels of other western countries a priority for you?

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If so, how should it be funded? Tax rises, so derided by Scottish Tories recently when the SNP did it? Cuts to services, so derided by every opposition party? Increasing our already massive debt burden?

How should we make up the labour shortage? Continue to accept people from the EU (if they are prepared to come to a ”foreign” country)? Look for immigration elsewhere? Make prisoners/retirees/sick people work for their benefits?

And, what taxes should rise? What services should be cut?

A Brexit Dividend may not be measured in cash terms, but as we said, changes are coming!

So what is your Brexit Dividend? What do you want to see happen? What do you dread happening?

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Munguin says Tris can put his feet up for the rest of the day… or rather for 10 minutes, then start sorting out the mess in the grounds of Munguin Towers, devastated for the second time in a week by high winds.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

 

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At least when he’s sleeping he’s not havering more of his right-wing crud.

 

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Should Scotland be an independent country? (STV/IPSOS March 2018)

16-24 YES 58% NO 42%

25-34 YES 61% NO 39%

35-54 YES 51% NO 49%

55+ YES 36% NO 64%

ALL Yes 48% No 52%

OK, 16 to 54-year-olds… it’s down to you to get out, vote and free us from this crap.

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Just because you see them doing something halfway human, don’t assume that they are actually humans. They aren’t.

 

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Gavin: “See you Russians? You should go away… and shut up…

Or I’ll tell my dad.”

Dad: Gavin, take the flags out of your head. You’re supposed to be a big boy now.

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Nine out of ten of them, small European nations.

 

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Interesting that both Ruth and whatsisname (who I assume is a caretaker Labour leader. Come on, he makes Willie Rennie look good!) asked the First Minister to comment on matters which are outwith the competence of the Scottish government today.

Ruth went with the Russians. Not entirely sure that was wise. Firstly because what Russians do in Salisbury, in England has absolutely NOTHING to do with our first minister or our parliament… and, in any case, Ruth appears to have accepted a donation of £15,000 for a Russian to have dinner with her. (It must rile Ruth that a mate of Putin’s paid £30,000 to have dinner with Gavin “go away and shut up” Williamson.)

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Mr Leopard, an associate of Keir Hardy, asked  Nicola what would have been a reasonable question had employment law been in the purview of the Scottish parliament and government, about the pay conditions of people working on an ex-Carillion government project (which, incidentally, she said she would be happy to look into if he would share the details with her).  She invited him to join her in trying to get employment law devolved to Scotland.

They really should be asking questions that have to do with the Scottish parliament. That’s what FMQs is about. Presiding Officer take note.

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Just for a laugh, imagine dressing up AND GOING OUT looking like that. What a bloody state!

 

YOU MAY HAVE MISSED THIS

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Our old mate, Niko, posted on the last article.

I’ve known Niko (as a commentator and blogger) since 2009 when I started the original Munguin’s Republic.

He has always been a staunch unionist. And that was fine. There has been banter back and forth between him and many Munguinites, mostly good-natured… mostly! But no matter what happened he stuck rigidly to his belief that Scotland was better off in the UK.!&2

So, to put it mildly, it was a surprise …well, nay, a shock, when he announced today that he would:

“… take down my beloved Union Flag
roll it up place it in my bottom drawer
FOREVER.

And fly the saltire join the yes brigade
but (never ever the SNP) and walk away
from the Union and never ever look back
ever…”

As I said, in reply to his post… Welcome, Niko. I hope you find a political niche which will reflect your values, whether in Labour for Yes, or the Greens, or another YES group. It’s not that easy to change your mind about something as profound as this and it takes not a little guts to put it out there, especially on a pro-independence blog.

Anyway, you can read all of Niko’s comment on the last post.

The main reasons for his move from No to Yes are laid out there. You may as well read his version as any summary I would make.

If we had voted for independence we wouldn’t be in this mess. And, as Business for Scotland points out in this analysis, we’d be quids in.

Let’s not make the same mistake again. And little by little, step by step, we will get there.

One person moving over from No to Yes is important. We should celebrate it.

INTERESTING POLL

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None of us knows what Brexit will look like.

The referendum question didn’t specify any particular kind of Brexit. So we didn’t choose one. And apart from a few stupid promises, probably on both sides, no one seemed to give much consideration to how things would be if Leave won.

When the votes were cast and the scene was set, Maybot had a blank page to write on.

When asked what Brexit would mean for the UK and Gibraltar, she replied that Brexit meant Brexit, and a few days later she elaborated to tell us that not only did Brexit mean Brexit, but it was red white and blue! She seemed either disinclined or unable to put any more meat on the bones.

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OK, so that was helpful.

If any words could most typically describe the British approach to the whole Brexit situation they would, in my opinion,  be “chaotic”, “incompetent”, “ham-fisted”, “disorganised”, “unclear”, “muddled”, “embarrassing”. “Red”, “white” and “blue” wouldn’t make the top 50!

I have always been sure that, had people even started to understand the complexities of what was voted for, they would not have voted for it. Personally, I had little idea what was coming. Of course, I knew the £350 million a week was nonsense, and I also understood that if all the Europeans went home overnight (or even over a year) the country would grind to a halt. But I had no idea of the complexities.

Just after the referendum, I read Ian Dunt’s book “Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now?” .

Although I thought it might be a bit of an exaggeration and that worst case scenarii were painted, I was a bit shaken by how many normal everyday things would be affected.

Then I was introduced to Terry Entoure’s  blog, and his forensic dissection of various aspects of the process, and I began to worry.

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Both the Tory and Labour parties are split over Europe, and the message coming from them, despite Mrs May’s best efforts to threaten cabinet members with the sack, is confused and unclear,

Hard Brexit or Soft Brexit? Well, they argue about this back and forward but the simple truth as I can see it is that if we have a soft Brexit we will be in pretty much the same situation as we were in before. Simply put, being in the single market and the customs union may be essential for all our futures, but it will involve the UK in agreeing to the ongoing four freedom of movements: Capital, Goods, Services and People.

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If we do that, we really won’t see any difference in our way of life. We will pay Europe to be part of the market, and the union of customs. Our good, services, capital and people will continue to move freely and all that will change is that we won’t have access to EU funding or jobs, and we won’t get a seat at the top table. So we’ll have to take whatever the 27 decide. All that is doable. I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong, but that is more or less what Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein have. (Switzerland seems to have a very complex treaty by treaty agreement. with more or less the same outcome.)

It is, in my view, the best solution. We’ll be worse off, but only marginally.

Hard Brexit is an altogether different prospect with our lives changing massively overnight, and a massive responsibility upon an excruciatingly incompetent government to get systems, regulatory bodies and trade deals up and running as quickly as possible. A recipe for disaster even with competent ministers.

Of course, the kind of people who in the days after the referendum were abusing anyone they thought looked or sounded foreign because…well, why weren’t they gone already? would never be satisfied, but, I thought, that would be a relatively small number.  I mean what sentient person would want the alternative?

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So I got a real shock when I saw this Yougov survey. Sixty-one percent of Leave voters asked if they would still vote for Brexit knowing that it would do harm to the economy, said “yes”. And 39% would still vote yes, even if it would harm their own jobs or those of their family.

Now I’m not convinced that that is actually the truth. A lot of them have just said that because they think that’s how they feel. However, I suspect that if the threat was actual, laid out by their own employers, leaving them subject to the tender mercies of the DWP death squads, rather than randomly proposed by an online, they would have run a mile.

But it shows a scary determination to pursue ‘Brexit no matter what’ path, of which I’m sure private polling will have already informed the UK government.

This doesn’t bode well for the future.

Those of you with access to second nationalities/passports for any reason (claims go back as far as grandfathers, at least in some countries) should be looking into the practicalities of it. Unfortunately, I have no such connections, but if I did I’d be on it like a rash.

Of course we could just vote for independence in Europe.