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The Flounce-And-Bounce Counts

Posted on March 08, 2017 by

We haven’t said much about the huge furore whipped up by the Guardian in recent days around spurious allegations of racism/online abuse by supporters of Scottish independence, made first by Sadiq Khan and then by a deranged “Better Together” activist who also thinks all vegans are racist (or something).

Partly that’s because we covered the initial speech by Khan and the fallout from it pretty extensively, and partly because we didn’t want to feed the Guardian’s clickbait.

However, when the activist who was allegedly “hounded off Twitter” in fear for her life – fear caused by supposed comments that nobody has actually seen – miraculously recovered her bravery less than a week later (coincidentally just in time for the launch of her book), we thought it was probably time someone started keeping some records.

Because Claire Heuchan isn’t the first person who’s wept all over a salivating Scottish media about how they were “forced” off Twitter because of supposed abuse from vile so-called “cybernats” only to suddenly bounce back in finest Alan Partridge style when they noticed nobody was paying them any attention any more.


(Perhaps some kind soul could explain Twitter’s blocking facility to them.)

There are, in fact, several precedents, most of whom have sought to make capital out of the issue in one way or another. So for future reference here’s the current league table, ranked in reverse order of the shortest self-imposed exiles from publicity.


5. CLAIRE HEUCHAN (Better Together activist and Proud Brit)


“Forced off” Twitter: 27 February 2017
Return to Twitter: 6 March 2017

Elapsed time: fractionally over six days.

(Just long enough to wipe over 16,000 old tweets, several of which had exposed slightly embarrassing previous opinions for someone aggressively positioning themselves as an anti-nationalist person of colour.)

4. CHRIS DEERIN (Daily Mail columnist)


“Forced off” Twitter: 5 September 2015
Return to Twitter: 19 September 2015

Elapsed time: two weeks

(Deerin subsequently made several claims to be “off again”, but none of them were marked by any discernible break and he now tweets prolifically.)

3. DAVID TORRANCE (ubiquitous pundit)


“Forced off” Twitter: 2 August 2016
Return to Twitter: 2 September 2016

Elapsed time: one month

(Coincidentally just in the nick of time to get back before Twitter would have deleted the account permanently – it allows accounts to be “suspended” by the user for up to 30 days.)

2. STEPHEN DAISLEY (grandchild of socialist)


“Forced off” Twitter: 18 August 2016
Return to Twitter: 4 Feb 2017

Elapsed time: five and a half months

(Daisley’s disappearance from public view was the most-ballyhooed of all, leading to an avalanche of articles decrying in hysterical and luridly paranoid terms the SNP’s fascist, one-party-state suppression of dissent in the Scottish media, a phenomenon which will come as a very considerable surprise to anyone who’s ever read the Scottish media.)

1. NEIL OLIVER (staunch haircut opponent)


“Forced off” Twitter: 17 August 2016
Return to Twitter: none

Elapsed time: permanent

(Weirdly, despite Oliver being a very light Twitter user – around one tweet a day, with the last recorded one being in September 2015 – and there being no actual evidence of his being abused, he’s the only person we can find to have actually flounced without bouncing.)


As we noted some months ago, the formula for this sort of thing is now extremely well established and predictable: write the provocative and usually offensive article/s, receive (or invent) the desired angry response, flounce off claiming victimisation, “silencing” and threats,  trigger series of articles by yourself and/or others attacking the SNP/the Yes movement, leave a pause, then slink back quietly as you always intended to do all along.

It seems only fair we should recognise the most skilled practitioners of the art. Claire Heuchan, young and inexperienced, was just a little too artless – the pause too short, the evidence too suspect, the timing of the return too transparent.


We salute Neil Oliver for carrying the task off with professionalism, although with his income stream being unaffected he had by far the least to lose. We look forward to the next challenge for his title, which we suspect won’t be too long in coming.

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  1. Col says:

    Oh the poor souls.

  2. blackhack says:

    “It’s ma baw an yir no playin” comes to mind

  3. Smallaxe says:

    For every flounce, a Saltire rises, keep it up please, especially the Proud Scot Butt, Nell of the lovely locks Oliver!
    (No typo’s)

    Peace Always

  4. HandandShrimp says:

    I find it quite funny that three of them are journalists….a profession that has little qualms about monstering people generally.

    Not sure Neil counts as a flouncer if he never really used it. It is easy to stop smoking if you don’t smoke.

    The outrageous statement, kick back, flounce (I’m being oppressed look at the oppression inherent in the system) slink back when the fuss has died down seems to be a well worn Unionist strategy to try and gain sympathy for a pish argument…that or they are a shower of fannies….

    …or a little from column A and a little from column B 🙂

  5. Proud Cybernat says:

    Oliver has simply gone ‘undercover’ – check the hair:

  6. Footsoldier says:

    Why don’t we on the Yes side use the same tactics as the Unionists. At the last Scottish referendum I think we were far too slow in using quick soundbites to rebut Better Together claims. The tendency is to respond with reams of figures which is like Greek to many listeners.

    When Scotland’s ever changing deficit is brought up I always say it’s terrible and agree with them but then say 30 years of an oil bonanza under Westminster and we end up with huge debts. UK clearly no good for Scotland, time to get out!

    Yet to hear anyone on the Unionist side with a coherent response to that comment. In fact quoting figures is a waste of time.

  7. Big Jock says:

    Her book sounds like a lot of pish to me. Vacuousness is now a literary art form. She really needs to take a chill pill and embrace independence.

  8. Big Jock says:

    Apparently Oliver is in the process of becoming Olivia in New Zealand. That hair!

  9. Dan Huil says:

    There used to be a comedy character enacted on a radio programme who always used the phone-ins to castigate the show and proclaim he would never ever listen to it again. He phoned-in every day.

  10. Smallaxe says:

    Proud Cybernat:

    Love it, nice touch with the badges.

    Peace Always

  11. Macart says:

    Who knew that if you say something deeply offensive to people, they might just take that offense quite personally and get grumpy with you? Shocker! 😯

    Then, of course, you have the professional insult. Those who intend calculated insult, followed by faux outrage, faux victimhood and faux heroic resurgence to achieve an end goal of either personal advancement or the advancement of their cause.

    That takes a special kind of callous disregard for other human beings.

  12. Brian Powell says:

    I wonder how Neil is getting on in Australia? Is he standing in a billabong staring pensively at a didgeridoo? Before uttering fearfully, ‘Have you seen any SNP round here, they invited me to a Burn’s Supper in New Zealand you know’.

  13. jfngw says:

    I thought Ms Heuchan was in hiding in fear of her life from nationalist and here she is on Twitter revealing she will be in Argyle St.

    Although as the original Guardian article stated she was a Stirling Uni student her location was not particularly well hidden to start with.

    The faux fear of self determinists, it’s everywhere.

  14. Brian MacLeod says:

    We may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.

    In the IndyRef we were polite and considerate and answered the most outrageous statements with considered responses.

    Now I think we should fire back as hard as we can. If it drives posturing celebrities off social media, that’s no loss. They’ll tell lies about us anyway.

    Time to get angry. It makes them nervous.

  15. Clapper57 says:

    The British Brigade seems to be stuck in ‘C’ for contentious and confrontational hence why, in reference to them, we are also stuck in ‘C’ in calling them collectively a bunch of c***s.

    They also venture into ‘V’ for victim assuming it will then lead to ‘V’ for victor but frankly they only end up as a bunch of Vile Vucking Vitches IMHO.

  16. liz says:

    @Footsoldier – it wouldn’t work.

    The only reason it does with the BT lot is that the newspapers pick it up and run with it.

    Plus our favourite ‘BT 4 eva’ person adopts them as her new BFF

  17. Craig P says:

    Give me a real life flouncer – those heroic veterans of false victimhood – Subway Gray, Eggs Murphy or Scottish Pub Farage.

  18. starlaw says:

    Ive been driven of watching Coast by Neil Oliver, I wonder how many more.

  19. Swami Backverandah says:

    That ‘provoke, cry victim, bring in the bullies’, is a classic bait and switch.

    There’s bound to be plenty more where that came from.

    Beware the trap.

  20. Bob Mack says:

    The formula seems to be;

    1. I state my case
    2.You disagree with me .
    3.I feel belittled and abused
    4 I have now become victimised because others disagree with me as well.
    5. I introduce a new issue that is unrelated to the initial criticism of me
    6. I utilise this renewed criticism as a way of making my point

    Nationalism is racist
    “No it isn’t”
    Others join in.
    You belittle my experience.
    “No I don’t”
    Is it because I am a woman?
    “Not at all”
    So, you are a misogynist as well etc etc etc .

    Manufactured to suit.

  21. Graham says:

    Vonny Moyes must surely be in the running as an outsider, she’s just flounced off sourly pouting. With some of these people it seems like pure drama queen pissyhissyfit histrionics: they go all oh-my-giddy-auntie then come back five minutes later, loving the attention and poor-me victimhood their self-imposed anti-social-media ostracism has ‘forced’ upon them(selves). Nothing worse than a Professional Victim. They’re far too narcissistic and attention-whorey to actually stay buried, and love to play the ‘chased away for telling the unpalatable truth’ fake-disgrace card. Hilarious.

    It’s so pathetic it’s actually funny, now. Heuchan is clearly such a reality-cloistered Tory hardcore racist (her vitriolic rants at indy supporters are just self-projection of the most obvious kind) that her inclusion in the hateful-white-Scottish-racists mass debate can only cause harm to the unionist side. Her constant tweets belittling white people, from her affluent Tory tower of powerless power, won’t endear her to many of any party, indyhating or not. She’s a spent force already, a transient novelty act, a two-headed dancing dog, though I wouldn’t be surprised if she tries to make some sort of crap Katie Hopkins-alike bullshit career out of her fifteen tweets of fame. Ludicrous, all-in-all. Next!

  22. thingy says:

    An absolute shower of wallopers*, as my old gran was wont to say. 🙂

    * Includes the self-righteous squad who never fail to get suckered by these clowns.

  23. dakk says:

    ‘8 March, 2017 at 11:32 am
    Apparently Oliver is in the process of becoming Olivia in New Zealand. That hair!’


    That’s what Neil Oliver has his crimper do his roots with.

    His gorgeous smouldering look wouldn’t look right with the dry crinkly grey locks which is underneath his full head tint.

    He’s a fake alright.

  24. Marga says:

    OT so early in the thread, but please forgive the sin as I’m outraged by the following article from yesterday just discovered, by Sean Swan via the LSE, cited by the Financial Times (incidentally a better source on UK politics than many: I get a free daily newsletter called FT UK Politics that lets me read FT articles):

    A democratic outrage: Scotland’s constitutional position and Brexit

    Seems the sovereignty of the Scottish people has disappeared because an English Supreme Court has ruled what everyone already knew, that the people not parliament are sovereign in Scotland. Can the SC just change history like this? It seems Westminster already has.

    Once again, apologies.

  25. Luigi says:

    Seems to me that those talentless wannabe celebrity journos are the ones who stage these ridiculous twitter walkouts followed by near immediate comebacks.

    Looks like a desperate ploy to keep in the public eye.

    “Look at me, everybody. I’m a poor, oppressed yoon under attack”. No wonder they are obsessed with the constitution and Scottish independence. With a raging MSM desperate to use anything and anybody to tar independence supporters, it’s been a nice little earner eh? They wouldn’t want their cash flow to dry up. Heck, they would have to get a real job. 🙂

    Come to think about it, where would those jokers be without us? Apart from slagging Scotland, what else can they do?

    Not a lot, I imagine. 🙂

    These Twitter walkouts are becoming a Badge of Honour among Thieves Yoons. 🙂

  26. @starlaw

    turn off anything with grave robber Oliver and his big pal Snow,

    what a state with their risible big scarves and man bags,

    both trying to diminish and rewrite our history.

  27. Chitterinlicht says:

    Me me me me me me me me ME!!!!!

    (indefinitie period of silence filled by MSM slaverings)


  28. Abulhaq says:

    The crude stereotyping of Scots is normative. It occurs regularly in all of the UK media. The below the line comments are often just racist. After the political Union things were little different. Scots were considered rather untrustworthy ‘allies’ well into the 19th century. As we prepare to dissolve the Union things have just come full circle.

  29. ScottishPsyche says:

    The sheer entitlement of these people who believe they can insult whole groups of people with no comeback. Journalists are the worst – they genuinely saw Twitter as their promotional playground and when people dared to personalise their criticism they ran screaming.

    Vonny Moyes is a joke – ridiculous pseudo intellectual claptrap dressed up as academic rigour. She actually used what she understood her personality type to be as an excuse for being able to defend Heuchan’s naive nonsense. No doubt we will get another article soon boring us all to death about how she feels and boy does she feel more and better and deeper than the rest of us about everything.

  30. David Caledonia says:

    The trouble with the people mentioned is this, they could keep their political opinions to themselves, but these people never do, their egos will not allow them to just go quietly into a polling booth and just simply vote in the secrecy of the little box
    But the most basic flaw in their makeup is that they don’t seem to understand that the people reading their rantings are not stupid, a lot of people like myself have lived through Labour and Conservative Westminster Governments over the decades with rage that their fellow scots cannot see these parties for what they are
    How can people like oliver justify building 2 aircraft carriers costing billions of pounds, while round about them people have to go to foodbanks, does this person not see a problem with things like that, of course people like him are doing ok, they don’t have to work for peanuts or live beside the great unwashed masses that they like to talk down to from their ivory towers
    As for being hounded off twitter, you have to be a bit of a twit to take that media forum seriously in the first place, sure, some girls threatened to kill other girls on there, what did the girls who where being threatened do, they reported some moronic pop star for assaulting them at an airport , hardly a threat that anyone with half a braincell could take seriously, of course they should be prosecuted for making the threats, but don’t hold your breath for that to happen
    As for papers like the guardian, why people even read these purveyers of absolute crap is beyond me, they are not even any good to hang up on a nail in the toilets of this country, i would not use them anyway, i must admit i like a little piece of comfort round about my back door, you see when i was a young boy, we could not afford toilet paper, so my dad brought home some paper from his job, unfortunately my dad was a joiner and the paper he brought home was sandpaper, yes we had it rough allright !

  31. Bob Mack says:


    The Supreme Court did not rule on the sovereignty of the Scottish people as individuals. What they said was that the Scottish people gave their Sovereign power to their representatives who sat in Westminster which is the Supreme power over legislation. Thus the will of the Scottish peple is expressed.

    There are ways to counteract this but it would probably take several pages to write down.

  32. MajorBloodnok says:

    Was wondering if Susan Calman should be on that list. Was she even on twitter?

  33. shiregirl says:

    I wonder how many copies of her book Heuchan will sell….

    From what I have read, based on her recent article, her prose reeks of pseudo intellectual ‘me me me’ vacuousness. I studied feminist research methodology as a small part of my Uni course many moons ago. Can’t remember reading anything like this.

    Also – and I ask this in all seriousness as I would love to know – what is a black radical feminist as apposed to a feminist? Is there a difference?

    And she is doing a PhD …and has time to write a book too. And tweet (and delete tweets) and facebook lots. And do book publicity. Wow.. kudos to Claire – friends undertaking a PhD found it all-encompassing and no time for anything else for several years. Perhaps it depends on the subject matter.

    Stirling Uni must be very proud of a post grad student linking racism with Scottish nationalism. I find it most unbecoming and offensive.

  34. Capella says:

    Perhaps they are building a case for banning all opposition online. The WoS Twitter account was recently suspended.

    Once upon a time, these Establishment hacks could write what they liked and nobody could contradict them. You might write a letter to the editor but there was no guarantee that it would be published and certainly no debate was possible. They had the megaphone. You had no platform.

    How different it all is now.

    How they must wish the Sedition Act was enforceable. How they would love to transport their critics to …did you say Neil the Briton is in Australia? Could he be searching for a new penal colony, a New Botany Bay for cybernats?

    The new social media, particularly WoS, are giving a voice to the previously silenced masses. That is intolerable to those people.

  35. Tam the Bam. says:

    O/T … PMQ’s

    The arrogance of power as evidenced by May’s answer to Angus Robertson on EU residential rights was truly staggering.Are we to believe that decisions made as to the eligibility of applicants for the above is now decided by ROBOTS because of Home Office cutbacks?There’s Thursdays headline for The National!

  36. Truth says:

    Didn’t Susan Calman flounce and bounce as well?

  37. Sarah says:


    Sorry for shouting but we desperately need a national radio station [if we can’t have TV]to counteract the appalling lies and manipulation from the MSM.

    Speaking from complete ignorance on the subject, presumably radio isn’t so expensive to run. Can anything be done? Is anything being done to set up a nation-wide system?

  38. Robert Graham says:

    O/T – Nana thanks for the link to the BBC piece with Jim Sillars .
    I listened with a bit of sadness , what the f/k has happend to him , I was tempted to post a defence of Jim regarding some comments about him i am glad now i never got round to doing it , This short clip removes any doubt ,any ambiguity about whos side he is on now , the part that sticks out was the “grievance” reference that well known Tory Phrase , any respect for him is well gone now .
    At a time when we all need to stick together Jim jumps ship , i am totally lost for words as to why he chooses this time to put the boot in and gift the tories something to crow about .

  39. I think my all-time favourite was alternative comedian Susan Calman, “alternative” of course meaning different from the funny kind.

    Her squealing about non-existent death threats was funnier than anything she ever served up in her acts. Death threats? Get real, hen – hardly anybody’s even heard of you!

  40. heedtracker says:

    Really awful thing about it all, especially latest Heuchan thing, is outfits like the Graun totally black out Scotland from their whole UK output, day in day out. Then they concoct this kind of farce. Its very mad out there in UKOK hackdom.

    Ultimately though, can their, “Scots YESers are racists so start voting SLabour again Scotland to not be racist,” actually work?

  41. One_Scot says:

    Lol, Hammond tells us there will never be another Labour Government.

    Time to get out I think.

  42. One_Scot says:

    Also ‘get all the oil out before Scotland gets their hands on it’.

  43. heedtracker says:

    Comedian Susan Calman’s same BBC Scotland style grad intake generation as future Baroness Ruth Davidson. Its interesting to ponder, if they both ponder, how different their careers have been, starting from very similar points. If they can hold down and back Scottish indy, Davidson’s got a huge career in UKOK politics ahead of her, which is also quite an incentive, to make sure Scotland does not becoming self governing.

  44. Proud Cybernat says:


    I’m still waiting for a Unionist – ANY Unionist – to explain to me the benefits to the people of Scotland of continuing the Union. I’ve been waiting now for years for an answer to that question. Still nothing.

    Just sayin’.

  45. manandboy says:

    Almost everything Richard Hammond has said comes straight from the OBR’s budget forecast for the next 5 years. How on earth can anyone forecast with any accuracy what the future will bring on the eve of Brexit.

  46. ScottishPsyche says:


    I think the point is that Heuchan’s PhD is about black women’s feminist activism and use of digital media. This is where the dishonesty comes in – she is creating the storm which she will then use for her thesis. It is not organic or authentic and seems entirely contrived.

    As for the rad feminism vs ordinary feminism – I believe it involves challenging the ‘patriarchy’ in every area of society rather than relying on legal or political process for equality. It may seem to seek to eliminate the male perspective completely in some areas.

    That was my simplistic understanding but I may be completely wrong. No doubt someone has written a PHD on it.

  47. Robert J. Sutherland says:

    I reckon this phenomenon has a deeper basis. Imagine that you are a (mostly middle-class) progressive Labourite in Scotland with a typical high level of self-entitlement.

    But you can’t help noticing that popular support for your party is seriously slipping in favour of the VSP (Vile Sep Party). Maybe some of your party’s officeholders are more than a little lazy or unimaginative after so many years in Unfettered Charge of Everything, but never mind, you are very confident that your principles are sound – the fact that you’re a supporter of the party that has exclusive rights to those principles proves it. You’re justified.

    Fundamental change isn’t necessary because you already have a handle on things. So the VSP must necessarily be mountebanks who are insincere pretenders to your progressive priesthood. Cultists. How to react, both socially and personally?

    Socially speaking, your opponents can’t be those nice freedom fighters you have supported in faraway places for all those years in the past. Because they are your opponents, for goodness’ sake. Stands to reason. They must therefore be scheming vultures playing on peoples’ cultural history just the same as all those other Nasty Parties who thought and did beastly things in the past. So you don’t have to deal with their self-evident inclusiveness. It must be some kind of mirage, since otherwise your fundamental self-belief would be challenged.

    Something similar happens on a personal level. You indulge in an bout of virtue-signalling on the pages of a helpful Unionist paper or on Twitter. You are an expert at it, after all. It’s your game. But things no longer work out as you planned. You get oodles of criticism, some of which is well-aimed and would unsettle you if you thought about it too much, but thankfully you don’t need to, because you also get a fair scattering of irrelevant personal abuse which, being self-evidently unjustified, removes your need to re-evaluate, and instead simply confirms everything you previously thought about the vile seps and their true nature. Introduce irrelevant right-on peripheral issues to stir things up more and invite another round of complaints of the same variety. This allows you to retreat into your little private wagon circle and get the support of the other wagon-circlers who are doing the very same thing. The mutual reassurance of the True Martyrs.

    You quite like that reassurance, it gives you a good hit. You also get noticed. It feels so good that you want to do it again. No need to think, no need to consider why the support of ordinary people is insidiously but relentlessly slipping away from you, even though it’s constantly niggling away in your subconscious and undermining your self-confidence. No, all too unsettling, instead just one more easy stirring of the vile upstarts to get a pat on the back from Jakey. What’s not to like?

  48. Dr Jim says:

    If Neil Oliver lies down and spreads his hair you can’t see him

    Master of disguise

  49. Andrew Coulson says:

    ‘Wings Over Scotland’ is brilliant!

  50. Robert Kerr says:

    @Robert Graham

    Why now for J Sillars?

    SNP Conference in 9 days time!

    Who does he hate?

  51. call me dave says:

    A £350m bone to the Scottish Government and smaller bones to the other devolved administrations…’Just like that’

    Meanwhile lots and lots of £bs to be spent in England I’ve lost count already.

  52. Ken500 says:

    £350Million for Scotland?

    Scotland has lost £24Billion Oil revenues over the last 6 years because of the mismanagement of the Oil sector.

    Hammond is just a liar. They are borrowing £500Billion for HS2, Hinkley Point, Heathrow and Trident.

    The rest of the UK is borrowing £100Billion a year. Scotland has to pay off the debt.

    The EU costs Scotland nothing and brings benefit. Investment and renewable Grants etc. More than the UK. Westminster takes extra CAP payments intended for Scotland. The EU nearest, biggest market.

  53. manandboy says:

    Hammond is speaking as if the UK is in ‘normal’ mode; giving the impression that everything is as it should be and is under progressive control. He has completely avoided the hard Brexit on our doorstep and the cliff edge just beyond.

    This budget statement is an exercise in fantasy and wishful thinking.

  54. Chick McGregor says:

    Twitter is a cesspool of petulant egotists best avoided IMO.

  55. Ken500 says:

    Wales pop 1.5million – £200Million

    Scotland pop 5.2Million – £350Million

  56. heedtracker says:

    Robert J. Sutherland

    The other side of this is SLabour activists now explainerising that it does not mean YESers or the SNP are racists. Its only that Scottish independence is divisive, that’s what Mayor Khan, Graun etc really mean, you’re not an actual racist (but you are really) if you don’t vote SLabour and NO, forever and ever.

    Win win, vote SLab, buy the Graun, dont be a racist, which you’re not, but you probably are, really.

  57. Luigi says:

    heedtracker says:

    8 March, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Ultimately though, can their, “Scots YESers are racists so start voting SLabour again Scotland to not be racist,” actually work?

    I think we, the YESers have been well and truly written off already. It’s the soft NOs /REMAINERS the red and blue tories are terrified of losing. The tactic seems to be all the YESers are racists, so don’t think about joining them. Ultimately, it won’t work. Sandcastles can only resist the tide for a very short time before they collapse (first big wave, usually). 🙂

  58. Ian McCubbin says:

    3 commnets.
    Children ?!?
    Crying over spilt milk. Ah let’s just open a new bottle then.
    Neil Oliver other reasons but MMS still think SNPbad folk.

  59. shiregirl says:

    ScottishPsyche says:
    8 March, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I think the point is that Heuchan’s PhD is about black women’s feminist activism and use of digital media. This is where the dishonesty comes in – she is creating the storm which she will then use for her thesis. It is not organic or authentic and seems entirely contrived.

    As for the rad feminism vs ordinary feminism – I believe it involves challenging the ‘patriarchy’ in every area of society rather than relying on legal or political process for equality. It may seem to seek to eliminate the male perspective completely in some areas.

    That was my simplistic understanding but I may be completely wrong. No doubt someone has written a PHD on it.

    Thanks ScottishPsyche – I struggle to see how this would be allowed as the basis for a PhD thesis. Surely this, on an academic level is questionable.

    Yes, I admit to googling radical feminism as my old feminist methodology texts are so out of date! Only my opinion, but it appears an angry, volatile and rather misandristic strand of feminism – there appears no balance and low tolerance of any other perspectives other than from fellow radical feminists – or those who agree with them.

    The concerning issue is that if you dared disagree or challenge – with what could you be accused off? Is this fair ? How can balanced political, social and moral discourse take place on a radical feminist foundation? I think this in itself tilts the power balance as people are concerned of being labelled racist, homophobic etc, so they don’t speak out.

    Very interesting!

  60. Gail Hughes says:

    £350 million? That’s barely enough for a red bus for a week.

  61. heedtracker says:

    Luigi says:
    8 March, 2017 at 1:31 pm
    heedtracker says:

    Its even more mentalist considering England voted Leave. We can debate all day just how hard likes of Graun creeps tried to get Scotland to fall into line with England’s Leave, in their Brexit campaigning, especially up on the Buchan coast, where all the millions and millions of Scots fisherman all wanted their UK back, apparently.

    Dirty business, UKOK propaganda. Again its interesting to speculate how much higher the Remain vote would have been, if in fact UKOK hackdom was not trying to get the Scots to vote like the English, especially in Pacific Quay.

    Christ knows, the whole tory BBC Scotland creep show has done its level best to blank out the EU from our national psyche for decades.

    Be great to sit and chat with the likes of BBC Scotland tory yoons and ask them stuff like, “so, future Sir Gordon of Brewer, how’s it really going, UKOK wise, in that giant glass mausoleum of BBC grot and Britishness?”

  62. thankfully I don’t do twitter, there may well be a few people who maybe abusive and that has to be condemned as it does us no favours.

    By the same token, I for one will take the unionists complaints seriously on the subject abuse when they begin highlighting and publicly condemning, their own their own side’s vile and abusive behaviour on the inernet.

  63. stu mac says:


    I don’t personally think Davidson has a huge career in front of her. I think she’s actually gone nearly as far as she can go. She might eventually get a nice sinecure down south, well paid and all that (but don’t underestimate the prejudice both anti-homosexual and anti-Scots that simmers under the Tory party). But outside of Scotland she’d be a nonentity (she is up here now I know but she’s boosted by the media).

  64. Robert Peffers says:

    @Proud Cybernat says: 8 March, 2017 at 12:55 pm:

    “I’m still waiting for a Unionist – ANY Unionist – to explain to me the benefits to the people of Scotland of continuing the Union. I’ve been waiting now for years for an answer to that question. Still nothing.”

    Now you come to mention it.

    I’m still waiting for an answer to a question I asked a Labour Party Guy who was standing on a soap box at Speaker’s Corner at the foot of the Mound one Sunday, way back in 1946.

    I was just a wee secondary school boy back then and I’m sure that particular Labour Party guy is long dead. He never quite got round to answering the question even when I repeated it several times over the years.

    “Aye! Mister, So if the Ingish ir subsidising us in Scotland like whit ye say, why div ye no aa jist get Inglan oot o the Treaty o Union an mak iz aa stan oan wir ain twa feet”?

    There was a brief moment of almost silence after a sharp intake of breath, (remember the SNP were regarded as a lunatic fringe back then), and then he carried on as if no one had said anything.

    Not a single person in the crowd around him dared to interrupt him. Now I wonder what the reaction would be today.

  65. stu mac says:

    @ScottishPsyche says:
    8 March, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    That was my simplistic understanding but I may be completely wrong. No doubt someone has written a PHD on it.

    Now’s your chance! 🙂 🙂

  66. chris kilby says:

    I hear we’re all racists now, Father…

  67. HandandShrimp says:

    The OBR have given Hammond a maybes aye maybes no forecast and Hammond has produced a left hand down a bit, right hand up a bit budget.

    We are treading water until Brexit hits.

  68. galamcennalath says:

    Hammond says

    “by the way, they don’t call it the last Labour government for nothing”

    I agree with home on that point!

    Thing is, if there were a Labour government in WM would it make a lot of difference to Scotland? Brexit wouldn’t be happening, yes, but that would mean we don’t have the best opportunity ever to get out of the UK!

    Labour have a long history of shafting Scotland, perhaps more than the Tories even.

    Which Unionist party put the worst proposals to Smith? Labour.

    Who fcked up our 1979 52:48 win for a parliament? Labour.

    Trident? Labour.

  69. Smallaxe says:

    Robert Peffers:

    Mr Peffers, sir, I would appreciate, if you have the time to look back at my post to yourself @ 1:10pm on Something deep in the gut.

    Thank you.

    Peace Always

  70. Robert J. Sutherland says:

    heedtracker @ 13:26,
    Luigi @ 13:31,

    Yes, the party apparatus is clearly targeting the “soft no’s” with a kind of class slander that won’t work, essentially because it’s manifestly untrue.

    My point was though (if in perhaps a long-winded way) that, besides the apparatchiks whose motives are utterly cynical, many SLab supporters are having to deal with a serious existential challenge right now, and not all are dealing with it very well. Their traumas are surfacing in public in malformed and self-destructive ways.

    All the more reason then to salute those who have already been able to free themselves from the darkness of their self-constructed jail cell and step out into a scary world of brightness. And also in due course welcome those who yet have to take that big-little step, but who will. It can’t be easy.

  71. yesindyref2 says:

    Personally I’m looking forward to the new BBC Series about it:

    “Sherlock Holmes and the Hounding of the Basket-Cases”.

  72. heedtracker says:

    We are treading water until Brexit hits.”

    They know post Brexit recession and slump is coming but they’re calling it all lower growth. Nice tory spin.

    US starting to freak out over their now at risk record £487bn UK investments. No wonder.

    “For decades, the UK has served as a strategic gateway to the European Union for US firms and financial institutions. The primary motivation of many US companies to invest in the UK has not been to serve only the UK market but to gain access to the much bigger EU single market.”

  73. heedtracker says:

    Robert J. Sutherland says:
    8 March, 2017 at 2:01 pm
    heedtracker @ 13:26,
    Luigi @ 13:31,

    Follow next gen SLab dudes, like Dr NO! and WoS regular Duncan. As clear a SLabour bellweather as any, outside of Pacific Quay. Too poor, small and YES is all ideology, who likes ideology?

    Scott Arthur Retweeted
    Scott Arthur? @DrScottThinks Mar 7

    Scott Arthur Retweeted Mhairi Hunter
    Where can I find the nationalist’s new economic argument for Scottish independence?

    Scott Arthur Retweeted
    Duncan Hothersall? @dhothersall Mar 7

    Duncan Hothersall Retweeted Bill Robertson
    Right on cue, the “ideology trumps reality” case. By the way, oil and gas currently costs money. You’ll be wanting to dump it, then.

  74. ScottishPsyche says:

    @stu mac

    ‘Shudders at the thought’. Nah, I’ll stick to my area – the overlap of physical and mental disorders.

    @ shiregirl

    On International Women’s Day, I find myself wondering more and more what this type of research actually achieves beyond seeing their own names in print. Study for the sake of it is a luxury and there are merits in that but as the groups become increasingly exclusive and fractious – one might even say divisive (!) it seems it to devalue and diminish real life struggle.

  75. crazycat says:

    @ Robert J Sutherland at 1.03

    That’s really good! I’ve come across people who fit that almost exactly.

  76. Andy Anderson says:

    Best way to deal with idiotic and sensless poo is to ignore it and the low intellect nutter that wrote it.

  77. call me dave says:

    Stuart Hosie on the budget. You can watch it at 14:12hrs

    2010 National debt was to fall as a share of GDP it didn’t now it’s to peak at £1.83 trillion.

    That’s before the Brexit uncertainty.

    Scotland 80,00 Scottish jobs predicted. And so it goes. 🙁

    Nobody there to hear him most of the MPs are long gone pubs are open only our lot are there.


    Well past time to get out!

  78. sarah says:

    O/T slightly. Is anyone else thinking that since Manx Radio exists could we not have one for Scotland? I mean as opposed [in all senses] to the BBC version.

  79. ScottishPsyche says:


    Loki going on about how much sex people are ‘getting’. He said has a one year old with chickenpox. If Loki is getting a lot of sex just now sure as hell his wife probably isn’t.

  80. yesindyref2 says:

    With 4 males and 1 female being hounded off Twitter this article proves that it’s a disgraceful sexist attack on women.


  81. Proud Cybernat says:

    Racism? I don’t have the time…

  82. Tam the Bam. says:

    O/T..Politics Scotland:

    Fluffy ‘interrogation’ Phase 2…BBC2.

  83. Dr Jim says:

    I’m an International man and today nobody’s visited, nobody’s written, nobody’s phoned, I haven’t even been invited on a march

    All in all a good peaceful day so far, Phew!

    In depth Budget analysis:

    More Tory Shite! the end!

  84. BJ says:

    I was informed today by letter my council tax is going up by 3%!

    “A reduction in Council funding from the Scottish Government means that the council has had to make a number of very difficult decisions and increasing council tax was one of these difficult decision”

    They have the cheek to add “their priority is to do all they can to protect services” after cutting the garbage collection to 3 weeks and they don’t do recycling in this area. One green wheelie bin for 3 weeks household waste. Disgraceful!

  85. BJ says:

    I hope Dick Walsh flounces out the door in May and doesn’t bounce back, ever.

  86. shiregirl says:


    Agree. I find that many feminists now focus purely on patriarchal society and see this as the main issue rather than focusing on structural inequalities that affect women – and men.

    In doing so, some women who previously held feminist views are now actually questioning feminism as it appears unrepresentative and at odds with their beliefs. I can remember reading feminist literature when the hope was to attain equality with men. I find myself looking at what they appear to call ‘radical’ feminism and can only conclude that they wish to be divisive and are polarising men against women rather than tackling inequalities

    I have no idea what this type of social research contributes to society – perhaps this is an issue itself – surely social research at this level should contribute in some way to bettering society as a whole? I used feminist methodology in a healthcare/clinical context to critique research but I find myself wondering what the hell this is all about. Odd stuff.

  87. Sinky says:

    Ian Murray lying again on Politics Scotland at 3.15 as Scotland’s productivety is second highest area in UK

  88. Proud Cybernat says:

    “Ian Murray lying again on Politics Scotland at 3.15 as Scotland’s productivety is second highest area in UK”

    And at 3:17 his lie is all over the net. They just don’t ‘get it’ (the interwebby/ social media thing), do they?


  89. Flower of Scotland says:

    Don’t let these abusive folk put you off Twitter. They would be abusive in other forms of communication as well.

    I love twitter! However I pick who I follow and don’t tweet much just retweet. I’m getting on in my years but Twitter is easy to use. Gives up to the minute news. I follow Wingers and WingsoverScotland and friends of Stu,s and our MPs and MSPs.

    I’ve never been abused on Twitter.

  90. Smallaxe says:

    O/T Help Required:

    Could anyone recommend an experienced civil litigation lawyer as I have just received the latest issue of “Annan & Eskdale in Touch” glossy leaflet (In full colour) through my letterbox?

    This piece of political pornography features, amongst others, photographs of Dave and Ollie Mundell which I was, unfortunately, unable to retrieve quickly enough to prevent my dear wife from catching a glimpse of, resulting in her now having to take refuge in the bedroom, muttering and gnashing her teeth (While they are still in a glass of sterident).

    Also, my beloved Parrot (KEZZY) has drowned herself in her water container and the bouquet of flowers bought for my dear wife to celebrate I.W.D. have wilted.I managed to retain my composure only by the good fortune of being pissed out of my skull, as is my wont on days containing the letter Y. I would be obliged if anyone can assist.Thank you.

    Ps The part about my dear wife’s teeth being in a glass was an untruthful and vain attempt at humour, to lighten this shocking tale.

    Peace Always

  91. Flower of Scotland says:

    Sorry. That looked like an advert for Twitter. I got carried away!

  92. Cymru Rydd says:

    Ken 500- The population of Wales is 3 million not 1.5 million,

  93. jdman says:

    “There used to be a comedy character enacted on a radio programme who always used the phone-ins to castigate the show and proclaim he would never ever listen to it again. He phoned-in every daY”

    Mr Angry from Purley
    on the Steve Wright show. 🙂

  94. frogesque says:

    I am reminded of Violet Elizabeth Bott in the Just William books.

    “I’ll scweam and scweem and make mythelf thick!”

    These tweeters are overlap precious Violets consumed with their own entitlement and self importance (original typo: impotence!)

    Just rip the pure utter pish out of the here today, gone tomorrow prima donnas. They are naebuddies.

  95. stu mac says:

    @Proud Cybernat

    Yes but the people who are clued up enough not to believe everything the BBC spouts are the main internet webby thingy users. There are still too many folk who believe what the BBC/Papers tell them – or if they think there may be an agenda they believe they wouldn’t outright lie and there must be something in it. They either don’t bother or are unaware of using the internet to check things. (Not sure of the grammar of that last sentence). They may be a minority but they are enough to swing things when added to hard core unionists. What can be done? A weekly leaflet listing all the lies (with links to evidence) produced each week by the SMSM?

  96. frogesque says:

    Overlap = overly

  97. Les Wilson says:

    After taking my dogs out this morning to their fav place, on the way home Is switched through the radio channels, and stopped at BBC2 as the News was coming on.

    The budget bla bla, however, it then came on that the UK now owes Brussels £1.5 billion for trades with China involving false bills/ receipts.

    It was a short statement,but I tried to catch it again in later
    News bulletins, across a couple tv news programs.
    Not a word anywhere that I could find.

    It was all, again, the budget,the budget, no mention of the false accounting to the EU. Funny that!,actually, not funny at all, a sign of the times Yoonland.

  98. Clapper57 says:

    @Chick McGregor says:
    8 March, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    “Twitter is a cesspool of petulant egotists best avoided IMO”.

    Hey Chick, I actually think, for some, it is just a platform to say ‘ I am right and you are wrong ‘.

    However were I on twitter and tweeted the above comment I would then be bombarded with tweets contradicting my assumption which would then lead onto my correcting my initial tweet with a comment ‘ or perhaps it is just platform for others to constantly contradict what other people tweet ‘.

    Political tweeters brings out the petulant egotists for sure no more so than on the Unionist side IMO.

    At least Wings Twitter is humorous and certainly deflates many a inflated petulant unionist egotist …..had many a laugh at his tweets and the many Indy twitter Tweet responses.

    Twitter should drain the swamp of Twits tweeting tweets with twat all ta say….#TwitterTwatTweetTwit……

  99. yesindyref2 says:

    Oh god, someone in the Herald posting what a great bloke that Barnett must have been for giving us our own money back. I nearly vomited.

    Here’s how it works.

    A spend of £3.5 billion in England with a population of 54 million results in a £350 million Barnett consequential in Scotland population 5.4 million, £200 million in Wales population 3.1 million, and Northern Ireland £120 million with 1.8 million.

    So for a total spend of £4.17 billion, Scotland gets £350 million.

  100. Nana says:

    @Les Wilson

    Here’s the story Les

    U.K. Faces $2.11 Billion EU Claim Over China Imports Fraud

  101. harry mcaye says:

    jdman says:
    8 March, 2017 at 3:54 pm
    “There used to be a comedy character enacted on a radio programme who always used the phone-ins to castigate the show and proclaim he would never ever listen to it again. He phoned-in every daY”
    Mr Angry from Purley
    on the Steve Wright show.

    Oh, it makes me seethe!
    There’s a fair few Scottish Mr Angrys on Morning Call whenever there is a chance to bash the SNP (ie most days)

    Sid the Manager was my favourite.

  102. yesindyref2 says:

    Oh wow, that’s a pick-me-up for me. One of my products, my own design I get made here in Scotland, worn and bought on Cruising with Jane McDonald. I’d better get even more made for the season 🙂

  103. Les Wilson says:

    Nana says:

    Thanks Nana, as if you don’t do enough already.Looks like it has been hidden by all the Budget stuff. That is how the Yoonland media works.

  104. harry mcaye says:

    Ken500 says:
    8 March, 2017 at 1:26 pm
    Wales pop 1.5million – £200Million
    Scotland pop 5.2Million – £350Million

    Sorry Ken, quick google tells me Wales has a population of 3.06million

  105. heedtracker says:

    yesindyref2 says:
    8 March, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    Oh wow, that’s a pick-me-up for me.

    Show us some more info though!

  106. Nana says:

    Deary me and there I was thinking it was running out.

    They now want to hurry up and drain the lot before we get independence. Get angry people and get posters made of this, what we were told before and what they are now saying.

    They are stony broke.

  107. sensibledave says:

    Proud Cybernat at 12:55 pm

    … wrote “I’m still waiting for a Unionist – ANY Unionist – to explain to me the benefits to the people of Scotland of continuing the Union. I’ve been waiting now for years for an answer to that question. Still nothing.”

    I think your problem is that there are not many Unionists around – other than in Scotland. There are some politicians, party activists and media hungry celebrities that might have a view but most of the 60 odd million people that live outside Scotland are pretty relaxed about the whole “Union” thing i.e. we take the view if a majority want to be in , then fine, if the majority want to leave, then fine.

    A common mistake made by people here on Wings is that those that are not out and proud indy supporters must, by definition, be “Unionists” – wherever they live or whatever their background. Which is a mistake – and one of the reasons why many here are unable to understand what needs to be done to achieve their objectives.

    As usual, when we get to discussions in this topic area, I invite the Rev to tell us how much the good folk “in the sarf” that he works with, and around, spent worrying or caring about the subject of Scottish Independence today?

  108. Dan Huil says:

    Britnats continue to do the most damage to their so-called united kingdom.

  109. John Munro says:

    Rev Stu, can you not spend some time commenting, in your inimitable style, on the truly loony article by far right zoomer, ‘Mad Mel’ Philips in the on-line edition of the Times of 7/03/17?

    For any readers of this site; it is worth looking at the article to get a view of truly world class British/English lunacy. Unfortunately, there is the Times paywall to get through.

  110. Golfnut says:

    The ‘ unionists’ I normally refer to are the ones on Twitter, blogs, newspapers, television and politicians continually spouting pish about an Independent Scotland’s viability. Like many I would love to hear just why Scotland is better roped to Westminster. I personally couldn’t give a monkey’s what Mr Ordinary down south of the border thought.

  111. Robert J. Sutherland says:

    insensibledave @ 16:54,

    This is true, at least in part. Which is what we in the independence movement have been saying for ages: why should we put our future in the hands of a large number of ignoramuses who don’t give a flying fig about us anyway?!

    Although of course there are some in the higher reaches of the English Establishment who, in characteristically self-serving mode, fear the loss of face in the world when even their adjoining home colony leaves them in the lurch.

    Hence the BBC “Scoop”-like parachuting their top man, Auld Nick, into Scotland when the indyref looked like it was going the “wrong” way. As Paul Mason put it: “Not since Iraq have I seen BBC News working at propaganda strength like this.” They are not indifferent because they at least know just how much Scotland is subsidising them, despite their disgraceful public inversions of the truth.

    Either way round, ignorant, indifferent, careless, or in the case of the government, exploitative and interfering, we here in Scotland are clearly better off running our own affairs.

    Which of course then begs the question, just why are you so persistently anxious to persuade us we’re mistaken? =contemptuous laugh=

  112. galamcennalath says:

    John Munro says:

    it is worth looking at the article to get a view of truly world class British/English lunacy. Unfortunately, there is the Times paywall to get through.

    Full article ….

    “World class lunacy” is right. The UK is full of folks with little notion of history. In particular, just how awful the Empire was. If it wasn’t the most evil in history, then I for one find it hard to think of a worse one! Part of this exceptionalist and entitlement myth is to fabricate a noble and ancient history for their Britain.

  113. Richardinho says:

    ‘Unfortunately, there is the Times paywall to get through.’

    I think that should be ‘fortunately’!

  114. bugsbunny says:

    I know that this is twitter related, and this may not be. But wasn’t there a hue and cry about “Ordinary Mum” Claire Lally being hounded on Facebook or something? Whatever happened to her I wonder?

  115. bugsbunny says:


    British Empire was more evil than the Soviet Union. 150 million dead.

  116. galamcennalath says:

    Unionists? I have often opined that there are no Unionists outside Scotland (and NI) because no one else believes there is a Union. There is an overwhelming England which exerts power, influence, and culture over other parts of these Isles. In the minds of most inhabitants the UK effectively becomes a Greater England.

    Some Scots recognise this and believe we can make better choices by ourselves for ourselves.

    Those who oppose Scottish self determination, and live outside Scotland, must IMO do so from imperialistic nationalist reasons, not Unionism.

  117. heedtracker says:

    As usual, when we get to discussions in this topic area, I invite the Rev to tell us how much the good folk “in the sarf” that he works with, and around, spent worrying or caring about the subject of Scottish Independence today?

    They all do really want England to lose control of the Scotland region of greater England sensibledave.

    Its as simple as that. England will be fine sensible, diminished yes, but at the very least, returning to a mid sized northern European power, like say Spain and Italy and it will be good for the English, a last hurrah hot war somewhere maybe, or for sure, those multi billion planeless new giant carriers will have to be used for some such slaughter of peasantry, in some such hot lands, but otherwise sensibledave, England should be just fine being just England.

  118. galamcennalath says:

    bugsbunny says:

    British Empire

    … particularly nasty when it came to India.

    However, countries didn’t even have to be formally part of the Empire to get screwed over, take China and the way opium was offloaded there.

  119. Valerie says:


    Just picked this off the Revs Twitter.

    It’s an amazing work of 32 pages called, Burning down the House.

    A collection of 5 tragic years of Labour led ineptitude. Need to get it shared widely. Also, there is a fundraiser for getting it printed.

    It’s excellent work, worth reading.

  120. Meindevon says:


    Just had a befuddling conversation with an ex pat Scot from fairly well off highland farming stock. The family have moved to Shropsire from Devon and she said the anti Scottish sentiment there is quite scary. (It does happen down here but its fairly subtly done!)

    They were No voters, not keen on the SNP and a close family friend was apparently one of Salmond’s speechwriters who told them Salmond got out after the Ref because he knew Scotland could not afford to be independent due to large debts. They believe that to be the case still. She mentioned Scotland’s debt, Greece and eternal doom all in the same sentence.

    However she admits that Brexit was a shock and will be a disaster for the farming industry. Interestingly she said highland farmers were leavers, Devon framers were remain and Shropshire farmers also leavers.

    I did try to explain the debt rubbish and explained a few things they didn’t know about how the Barnet works. Apparently the NHS in Shropshire is in dire straights.She seemed to think 56 SNP MPs should be doing more but I told her about all the amendments that were voted down including FFA because they will always be outnumbered by rUK MPs.

    I will send her my Wee Blue book and see if she can be persuaded so she can persuade her family in turn. I got the impression they were now very soft Nos after Brexit.

    Can anyone point me to a gdod article that explains how we will not be Greece like…i bet Wings has one but i can’t find it. Thanks

  121. yesindyref2 says:

    It’s the Tobermory one. Not too glamorous, but essential in Scotland in warm wet weather!

  122. Artyhetty says:

    Many people hate twitter, some don’t go near it. I find it usuful for up to date info on what’s going on, politically, scientifically and environmentally. I can see why people avoid it though

    Regards these timewasters, it is all pathetic, and these people are being paid to play the prima donna. They really are quite dull, but they confirm the unionists agenda to demonise the people of Scotland who would quite like to make our own grown decisions, and not be bullied by our big nasty neighbours. God these people are making a good living out of Scottish independence aren’t they, whatever will they do when it really does happen.

    I wonder if that C.Huechans would be a real feminist when the chips are down. Real feminists that I knew in the 80s, spent their weekends at Greenham common, being arrested lots by some not very nice or polite policemen, and then in and out of court, after trying to stop the Nukes. It wasn’t for attention or effect, but for the good of all.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it Huechans, why not get yourself to Faslane to protest the nukes, or join Greenpeace, just do something worthwhile for humanity’s sake, pleeeese.

  123. Al Dossary says:

    Not so happy days for the self-employed courtesy of the budget. After so much trumpeting from the Ruth Harrison party about Holyrood’s failure to pass on the higher 40% allowance, just how are they going to sell a tax grab to their own, self employed supporters.

    The tax increases about to be passed on are eye watering, but not before time to be fair. The tax being legally dodged by some sole traders and small business owners was obscene.

    Hugely OT, but it looks like The Donald and his policy regarding Visas has cost New York a few $ this year. Courtesy of a year working in Iraq, I now have to apply for a Visa in person at the nearest consulate. So much for my visiting Rekyavic on the way back. Perhaps Greece will be more welcoming of our money this year.

  124. Graeme Doig says:


    Been wondering where you were hiding. Good to see you out to play (:

  125. Meindevon says:

    No worries folks I’ve found a few articles by typing in Greece in the search box.

  126. heedtracker says:

    6 pm BBC national tv news gimp very excited as wonder Chancellor borrows, “only” £52bn forecast! Oh its so exciting being a beeb gimp.

  127. Phydaux says:

    These people listed by Stuart are hilarious and so transparent in their faux outrage… grow up FFS and stop insulting people’s intelligence.Although I don’t use Twitter, I can see how much fun it could be, especially for someone as astute, morally courageous and highly skilled as Stuart in debunking their crap.I laughed out loud at Stuart’s tweet about the Mundells, enjoying a kind of wild joy.As others have said, don’t get too solemn.

    Great to see the fundraiser’s spectacular success.Stuart is a priceless resource and, like everyone else, I donated in a heartbeat and again when the Yoons were frothing at the mooths
    in their envy.Heartfelt thanks to all.

    Thank you Nana for all the links you provide… the Ben Griffin video should be compulsory viewing for our young people in particular.I was also heartened to read about the Scottish Govt’s efforts to set up a business hub in Berlin and foster our links with our European friends and allies.See how the German government responded to Fukushima…100,000 Germans immediately took to the streets in Berlin and forced their Chancellor to stop, on the spot, all reliance on nuclear energy.
    Ich bin ein Berliner.

    This quote from Joanna Macy ( a Buddhist scholar and environmental activist ) ” The most radical thing any of us can do at this time is to be fully present to what is happening in the world ” reminds me of how important Nana’s efforts are in keeping us informed and awake and vigilant as we fight like we’ve never fought before for our freedom.

  128. Ken500 says:

    The Tories are borrowing £100Billion a year. Spending it in the rest of the UK. Scotland has to pay loan repayments. They are borrowing £500Billion for HS2, Hinkley Point, Heathrow and Trident. All a total waste of money with more credible alternatives.

    The EU costs Scotland nothing but brings benefits. Investment and renewable Grants. Westminster takes extra CAP payments given to Scotland. Scotland as part of the UK receives the lowest CAP farming payments in the EU. The Union costs Scotland £20Billion a year.

  129. yesindyref2 says:

    Ah, even better, it’s a preview!

  130. Dan Huil says:

    @yesindyref2 7:08pm

    Can I get your autograph?

  131. yesindyref2 says:

    @Dan Huil
    Here you go “X” !

    They’re a really nice couple, amongst my first customers years ago.

    I might have to add that youtube link to my websites …

  132. Nana says:


    Well done. I could have done with one of those when I went camping in Gairloch many years ago. Never again, those midgies were huge with fangs like Dracula.

  133. yesindyref2 says:

    Thanks. Not been as bad for midgies the last 3 or 4 years, too wet, too cold, too windy or too sunny! I’m hoping for some bumper hatches this year 🙂

  134. Rock says:

    They are playing to an audience which they want to make sure remains No, mostly successfully.

    Thanks to this site and its author, folks who read it come to learn the truth.

    I am of the complete opposite view to that of a certain poster who believes:

    “the author of Wings over Scotland is not the messiah and he’s not going to win ref 2.”

  135. Thepnr says:


    Now that was funny. Cheers.

  136. Robert J. Sutherland says:

    When you’re rich and famous in a well-established iScotland, will you still remember your fellow anciens combattants of WoS? =grin=

    Good luck with it anyway. Anything that defeats those annoying little pests. (And for once I don’t mean the two-legged yoon!)

  137. Alastair Naughton says:

    Somebody should maybe have a word with Vonny Moyes at the National, who was putting out a sob-story for her in her column a couple of days ago. While she didn’t mention her by name, she said it was a friend who was apparently “chased” off Twitter by misogynistic bullying after she wrote a piece in the Guarding that was critical of the independence movement. It doesn’t take a genius to work out it’s the same person. It put my back up for the whole of her piece, and regardless of whatever else she might have had to say, I instantly regarded it from the outset with suspicion, so she lost it for me.

  138. yesindyref2 says:

    There’s not a lot of people go around Scotland jumping with joy when they’re about, going “bite me”!

    @Robert J. Sutherland
    You never know. I used to have my own repellent I put together with fresh bog myrtle and other herbs, it really started going well, abroad as well, but the EU put a slow stop to that with its expensive registration I couldn’t afford though trading standards kept me going for a few years longer, little changes to wording, that sort of thing. And in spite of that I voted Remain. For the wife, kids and Scotland, not me so much.

  139. TheWasp says:

    I brought up the Heuchan flounce with a work colleague last evening. She is an EU citizen studying at Stirling University, and has experienced this person at first hand. The way she described Ms Heuchan is as a complete Millie Tant figure, blaming all and sundry for the plight of the poor downtrodden sisterhood, although she isn’t long tearing into ladies who take care of their oxters and such, as they are “just pandering to the male expectations of women”. A thoroughly nasty piece of work apparently.

  140. Ghillie says:

    Claire Heuchan’s racism article offends me as does her apparent diliberate misunderstanding of much of the Independence Movement.

    That said, I am so sad for this young woman, Claire, who seems to be so so bitter.

    Bitter about a people’s wish for freedom and self determination.

    How does that sit with feminism?

    And is it just me, or is Claire Heuchan very unkeen on white people? (Am I allowed to say that?)

    That lassie needs a hug, lots of hugs.

  141. Ghillie says:

    Smallaxe @ 11.23 am

    You win the prize, big hug = ), LOVE this :

    ‘For every flounce, a Saltire rises, keep it up please, especially the Proud Scot Butt, Nell of the lovely locks Oliver!’

    Peace and love to one and all = )

  142. Jack Murphy says:

    “LONDON. A new poll published on Thursday suggests that support for Scottish independence is at its highest for nine months.

    A survey published by Ipsos MORI shows that when asked how they would vote in a referendum on independence for Scotland, those who were certain or likely to vote were split right down the middle:……”

  143. shiregirl says:

    Ghillie says @0609:

    I know. She’s bitter about something. A few friends I have are feminists (circa 1970’s/80’s!) but are fun loving, happy, inclusive people who care first and foremost about gender and structural inequalities, peace and nuclear disarmament. And they shave their legs 🙂 some are married or living with partners. If that is their take on feminism, then fine!

    I remain perplexed at giving yourself a handle or description – as she has: ‘black, radical, feminist’. This, in my opinion is divisive and goes against what feminism is about. Why feel the need to do this? But, each to their own.

    How sad it’s all got very anti-men with the patriarchy to blame for everything, causing some feminist thinkers to rethink their belief systems.

    You are right. Lots of hugs needed. Hugs by the dozen.

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