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Bad Hair and Bad Faith by Val Waldron

Populism is all pervasive. It’s amusing…has bad hair and tin-foil hats. It has the Flat Earth Society, Covid Deniers and Chemtrails. It also radicalises people to think that transphobia is about women’s rights, that the pandemic is over, that vicious deportation policies are about targeting people smugglers, that the French and other foreigners are responsible […]

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Escape Routes by Val Waldron

We are finally getting to grips with the solid fact of the matter: 2014 cannot be repeated. We need to find another way, or ways to move forward towards independence. On the day of the full release of the Sue Gray report and of Nicola Sturgeon’s marking point as longest serving FM I’ve never been […]

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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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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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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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Holyrude Episode 7: Goalless Victory…

This week… David (DavoMc82), Debra (@HeathPeaPict) and Brian (WeeSociologist) Discuss – Cummings spills more Tory Secrets – GB News off to rocky start – Gov ordered to release secret polling – Shock By-election result – Covid: what’s next? Music by @HippyMusic