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A Snapshot of 2021 by Val Waldron

‘Alexa give me a snapshot of 2021 without mentioning Covid’  Can I help? All of the events below were of course shot through with Covid, antivaxxers, restrictions, opposition and media undermining of the Scottish Government health message, oh, and big shouty businesses. It didn’t stop the world from turning though! In Search of Q We […]

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Holyrude Episode 2.4 – Babies & Smol Potatoes

David (Twitter: @DavoMc82), Debra (@HeathPeaPict) and Brian (@WeeSociologist) discuss the latest events in Scottish and UK politics NEWS – SNP MSP admits to attending anti-abortion vigil – Industrial Action during COP26 – Stonewall Under Attack – Conservative MP murdered Music by @HippyMusic Art by @HeathPeaPict And Val Waldron (@ScribblingVal Gives her REASONS FOR INDEPENDENCE

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Raging Not Hating by Val Waldron

No-one deserves or asks for violent death because someone else thinks you don’t deserve to live. If that were the case there would be a death penalty for women who walk home alone at night or for daring to pack up your family and meagre belongings and set out across the channel in a dinghy […]

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Ungagged Scottish Indy Special!

With contributions from our own Val Waldron (Twitter: @scribblingval) and David McClemont (@DavoMc82), plus the Scottish Green Councillor, Marth Wardrop (Twitter: @MarthaWardrop), David Peutherer of Scottish CND (Twitter: @scottishCND), SNP Councillor Graham Campbell (Twitter: @ceeGraham1) and a view from the USA from our George Collins – All held together (and edited by) Neil Anderson (@BikerNeil). […]

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Several Frogs a boiling by Val Waldron

There were many lies told during the indyref campaign. However, ‘Your pension will be under threat’ and ‘The EU will never accept an Independent Scotland’ seem like harmless fibs compared to the filthy Trumpian mire that now passes for discourse in our political lives. It’s that time again, the anniversary of 18th September 2014. Comparing […]

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Why I support trans rights – Part Two

When Ungagged asked me to write about trans rights again I took a deep breath, knowing what the consequences are likely to be for my Twitter notifications! But I wrote about this topic in March 2019 for Ungagged, expressing a wish that the debate would become more respectful. Instead, it has got much worse. See: […]

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Holyrude Ungagged – Episode 11 The Fan Club Dissolves

David (Twitter: @DavoMc82), Debra (@HeathPeaPict) and Brian (@WeeSociologist) NEWS – Willie Rennie Standing Down as Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats – Chaos in Downing Street – GB News continues to decline – Sian Berry stands down as Co-Leader of the Green Party of England & Wales MORE TORY CORRUPTION – Boris Bullingdon Buddy appointed […]

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Holyrude Episode 9 – The Long Sad Rollercoaster

This week David (twitter: @DavoMc82), Debra (@HeathPeaPict) and Brian (@WeeSociologist) discuss NEWS – Are the DWP killing people through systemic failures? – Scotland would vote to keep monarchy after independence, poll suggests – Billions needed to protect Glasgow from climate effects, report says – Labour win Batley & Spen – Mhairi Black Pride speech in […]

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What and who will take us over the line?

We need kindness and compassion. Policies and manifestos are important, but we must use our devolved powers, and our courage to reflect our deeper values. We need a written constitution to underwrite them as a new nation when the time comes. An emboldened UK creeps up behind us as polls settle to pre-pandemic levels. A […]

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When Will It End by Val Waldron

“It’s toxic masculinity. Male entitlement. Men and boys in a sweetie shop, helping themselves, and yet they’re ragin’.  If you’re still thinking “Not All Men!” you are part of the problem.” I needed a news blackout. Waking in the mornings and searching for that elusive cause to my existential angst, the images of a medieval-style […]