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Holyrude Ungagged – Season 6 Episode 11 “Better Late Than Never”

This week Host David McClemont (@DavoMc82) is joined by Val Waldron (@scribblingval) and Cllr Sophie Traynor  (@STrayn0r) to discuss; – The Royals Steal Money From The Dead – The Continuing Tory Circus at Westminster – The Closure of Grangemouth Oil Refinery – The Scottish Parliament Voting For a Ceasefire in Gaza

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Dreaming in Green by Val Waldron

Not a week goes by in Scottish politics when the decision to vote No in 2014 does not rear its ugly head. November 2023, the Scottish Broadcasting Company reports growing unrest south of the border. Massive crowds are gathering daily outside Westminster, demanding an end to Tory rule, following emergency legislation allowing the  General Election […]

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Holyrude Ungagged – Season 6 – Ep4

Neil Anderson @BikerNeil hosts with Val Waldron @scribblingval and Brian Finlay @WeeSociologist. This week’s topic starters; 1) Indy Ref 9th Anniversary & SNP conf motion, 2) Highest Scottish population ‘ever’! And Scots views on immigration, 3) Fergus Ewing MSP & SNP/SGP BHA – acronym heaven 🙂 4) Helix Park – Falkirk 10th Anniversary – Kelpies […]

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Autoimmunity Within the Independence Movement

The obstacles to our independence are not all about media-led rabid unionism, or floating voters. We have a problem within the movement, something really toxic. It resembles a kind of auto-immune disease, a drive to eat away at the host and make barren the soil it depends on; the movement itself.  The dreaded anniversary of […]

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A Stiff Kicking into the Long Grass by Val Waldron

Voters for Forbes or Regan were aware that GRR would be kicked into the long grass, serving as precedent for a power grab at any piece of legislation deemed unpopular    I never found it particularly difficult to understand why the Red Wall had fallen to the Tories in 2019. We’ve been living under the […]

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The Grass was Greener by Val Waldron

As for the grass roots, we pull out the tough old weeds and start again. Pick up our movement from where it left off. It’s already happening along the lines of single issues when it comes to protest against buffer zones, GRR threat, climate change, visiting fascists, immigration raids. No need to carry a saltire […]

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A Hill to Die On by Val Waldron

“The political and media exploitation of an under-resourced NHS and the scapegoating of our Health Secretary for political gain undermines the real need for cross party work towards progress. Let’s hope that the newly formed Long-Covid Inquiry group is well intentioned. We cannot afford to take our eye off the ball when it concerns the […]

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The War in Black and White by Val Waldron

I thought that wars were fought in black and white. That soldiers, sailors, airmen soared into victorious flight or landed on beaches handsome, intact and survived to marry a virgin sweetheart   Who knew how many lived and died waist high in blood, shit and mud, snatched moments of battle-weary sleep beside friends, sometimes just […]