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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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Obstacles to Indy

The result is a dumbing down of news, couched in hysteria. A sticky web of hopelessness can engulf us, leading us to believe that it’s essentially all our fault. That we are confused, and we want too much, or we don’t demand enough. The subtext, often with the help of (unannounced) politically motivated contributors and […]

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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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No Country for Yesterday’s Men

Before battles re-commence it’s worth re-visiting the mettle of the woman who stated in her First Minister’s re-election speech ‘I resolve never to shy away from the tough calls.’ We’ve seen that, she’s still standing, and it’s a very hopeful start. We know that there are no real happy endings in life, but when Nicola […]

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The Crass Landing of The Ego by Val Waldron

“…the parallel between QAnon and the more extremist blogger/Salmond support is stark, and should send a warning to us. Keep Alba in our sights, and when we see bigotry challenge it as we would in our workplaces. We can’t in any way endorse a party that is a receptacle for regressive views and policies that […]

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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 […]