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The Hardest Vote 308

Posted on May 06, 2021 by

We’d actually planned to leave Chris Cairns’ fabulous cartoon at the top of the front page all day today, but this post is important so we’re putting it in here again (no, Chris, you don’t get paid twice) so we can say this.

Because no matter how much you hate the Unionist parties or certain of their individual MSPs, if you want Alba MSPs elected today there are several seats where you really, really can’t afford to vote SNP on the constituency ballot.

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Honest Jock 87

Posted on May 06, 2021 by

Living In Oceania 255

Posted on May 05, 2021 by

THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM

Chapter I
Ignorance Is Strength

Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered.

Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other.

The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable.

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What Nicola Says 133

Posted on May 05, 2021 by

…about women’s rights after she wins the election:

And what the truth is:

Just hold it in, girls.

This is not a mistake 161

Posted on May 03, 2021 by

The Tories might be evil, but they’re not idiots.

They do think YOU’RE a bit dim, though.

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What it is to be kind 222

Posted on May 03, 2021 by

“Why can’t you just be kind?” is the signature cry of the transcult. Anyone professing a belief in the material reality of biology in 2021 is viciously attacked as a cruel and heartless bigot for refusing to affirm and validate this sort of madness:

(We had to look up “Achillean” too.)

But it’s those who indulge it who are the monsters here.

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The non-useful idiots 266

Posted on May 02, 2021 by

Now, it hasn’t come as any surprise to us that “Bonnie Prince Bob”, who is this week’s darling of the Scottish media and is running for the Edinburgh Central seat against Angus Robertson, is a deeply tiresome faux-revolutionary Bella Caledonia-type poseur straight out of the most insufferable kind of student drama society.

We were already aware of the fact because he’s been morbidly and creepily obsessed with Wings (and in particular my sex life for some unfathomable reason) for years.

Bob is a dedicated self-publicist to whom the election is just an opportunity for a bit of attention-seeking and grifting. He’s raised over £8,000 for unspecified purposes in a campaign that’s being conducted almost entirely online at next to no cost.

But hey, everyone’s got bills to pay, so good luck to him on that. There was a gap in the market for a cross between a slightly less clever pro-indy Neil Oliver and the oblivious wearing-outdoors-accessories-indoors bombast of George Galloway, and he seems to have cornered it with a modicum of aplomb.

His other goals are a bit more suspect, though.

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How it started and how it’s going 279

Posted on May 01, 2021 by

Our always-alert readers will probably have noticed that Nicola Sturgeon’s constant catchphrase this week has been how Yes supporters still need to “build the case for independence”, rather than actually do anything to achieve it.

But the thing is, she’s the leader of the SNP. Building the case for independence is literally her job, and she’s now been doing it for six and a half years. So how much progress have we made?

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A different kind of joke 88

Posted on May 01, 2021 by

Holiday Boy is on holiday. But remember in 2018 when Nicola Sturgeon was going to use next week’s election as a de facto referendum if the UK government hadn’t given her permission for one by now, readers?

It’s almost like you can’t ever believe a word she says.

The Poisoner 257

Posted on April 30, 2021 by

The grim thing is, the Daily Record’s headline isn’t even a lie.

You can check by listening to the interview yourself here, from 2h 10m.

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We have a problem 125

Posted on April 30, 2021 by

It’s pretty stark when you see it laid out like this.

In just four months, the SNP – because if you aggressively assert sole ownership of a political campaign, there’s nobody else you can blame when it goes south – have turned a 10-point lead for independence into a seven-point lead for the Union with the same polling company.

And while that’s pretty brutal in itself, it’s not even the real fly in the ointment.

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Patrick Harvie is a racist 112

Posted on April 29, 2021 by

A strong statement? Here’s the evidence.

He hates women too, but we already knew that.

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