The National Roadshow is coming to West Lothian!


What is The National Roadshow?

“THE National is hitting the road to bring Scotland’s only independence-supporting daily newspaper to our readers in their own local areas – part of a series of new initiatives to celebrate our second anniversary.

Our team is taking the paper to you because we want to meet our loyal supporters in their home towns and give them a chance to have their say on the issues that matter to them – but we could use your help to make that happen.

We want feedback from our National “family” on where you think we should visit and why, and how your local communities can help us organise a meeting and find interesting stories to tell in your area.

Our plan is to set up a live newsroom in a busy local centre where people can come in for a chat with our editor Callum Baird, our reporters and campaign team, find out more about how the paper is run and give us your local story ideas.

Every fortnight we hope to travel to a different location, set up shop during the day within that community and make sure the next day’s paper is packed full of local news – but we are relying on all our readers to get involved.

At night we want to hold an event where local people and activists can come along to meet our editor and our popular columnists like the Wee Ginger Dug. That’s where you come in! We need volunteers in these areas to help us set it up, get the word out that we are coming to town and encourage people to tell us what’s happening in their area.”

  • March 6 2018: Bathgate

The National Roadshow is coming to Regal Community Theatre at 7pm. The Wee Ginger Dug will be there with his human Paul Kavanagh and The National’s editor Callum Baird.

Sources: here and here


Theme for the Early Days of a Better Nation

I heard another version of this song on TrulyScottishTV yesterday, but I think this recording is so beautiful and moving. It also gies the lyrics so ye can sing along (if yer able).

I’m not usually one to get caught up in the ‘new anthem’ debate but I was genuinely moved by these lyrics. This is exactly the Better Nation I’m working towards:

Hairts that open an hauns that feed
Gie the weary warmth an shelter, gie the hungry broth an breid.

Matt Seattle and David Finnie, I think you made a wonderful thing  :’)


Theme for the Early Days of a Better Nation

Skies whaur eagles are at thair ease
Haud a welcome for wandrin geese;
Hairts that open an hauns that feed
Gie the weary warmth an shelter, gie the hungry broth an breid.

Simmer’s hairst is aa gaithert in
Skimmrin salmon lowp up the linn;
Teemin watters an fruitful braes
Sing a sang o peace, a common weal, the dawn o better days.

Will we be blawn by a bitter wind,
Twistit an torn in a irksome spin?
Are we feart o the higher caa
As the promise o a better nation beckons yin an aa?

We’ll no be cairit dounstream again,
Huntit an herrit, tae dream in vain.
Haud the coorse o oor destiny
In the airly days o a better nation: Scotland fair an free.

Lift oor heids, an oor heirts, an hauns
In the airly days o a better nation: fair an free Scotland.

Copyright – Matt Seattle & David Finnie 2014


Bella Caledonia: Songs for Scotland the Album – a downloadable compilation of ‘aspirational’ songs from across the musical spectrum.

Matt Seattle’s inspiring indyref anthem Theme for the Early Days of a Better Nation gets a classical twist – The National newspaper

Songs For Scotland 2 album – part of a wider project to put Scottish culture at the heart of a renewed independence campaign

You have the right, but also the responsibility #Suffrage100

100 years ago today women (aged over 30 – who owned property) finally got the right to vote. It wasn’t the end of the fight but it was the first victory, and the result of years of activism and sacrifice by many brave women. We owe those women a great debt which we can only repay by using the votes they won for us, thoughtfully and responsibly, every single time we have the opportunity.

Separatists and blue passports

This is a very excellent point! They have been allowed to call themselves ‘Brexiteers’, which makes them sound all brave and swashbuckley, but really their mentality is far more Separatist than Indy folk have ever been. We want Scotland to be an active participant in the world. They want to turn their backs and huddle alone on their wee bit of island.

So, I’ll be calling them ‘Brit Separatists’ from now on.

In related news: Not that they’ll use them much, insular creatures that they are, but the Separatists plan on reverting to a blue cover for their passports.

I’m curious why they believe their blue passport to be “iconic”. I did a very quick check online and found that loads of countries have or had blue passports. I remember various EU states used blue before adopting the burgundy of the EU passport. So, it’s not at all ‘iconically British’. It’s just another example of Separatist lies… or is it ignorance? Who knows (or cares)?

To be honest, I’m not that bothered what colour my passport is. I’m more concerned by how well it does it’s job. Like, for example, will it allow me free movement through 27 other European countries? I like when my passport does that. Also, where it says ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland’, I don’t like that on a passport at all! It should ideally say: ‘Republic of Scotland/Alba’. It can be Saltire blue if you like – that’s awfi pretty – but EU burgundy is nice too.

But none of that even matters. What matters is that it won’t be an EU passport, the only kind I’ve ever had. Instead it will be the pathetic symbol of a small, corrupt and degenerate state run by hateful, frightened, insular people. It makes me truly heartsick to contemplate how my world will be changed and diminished…

Anyway, it’s not happened yet and we still have our own referendum to come. Big congrats to Catalunya on their election results by the way!

Parliamentary conduct

This is an old video (2008) but I just now watched it after a friend posted on FB.

It shows former New Zealand MP, Nándor Tánczos, giving his final speech in Parliament. What he says about behaviour in the NZ parliament applies 500 times more to Westminster. That is a SHAMEFUL place. I hate to hear them baying like animals on the benches.

I watch our Parliament for signs it’s going down the same road. Under former Presiding Officer, Tricia Marwick, our Debates were conducted in a relatively respectful and civilized manner. Recently, I fear that some MSPs have been behaving like nasty, embarrassing children in the Chamber. I think Ken Macintosh needs to knock those idiots into shape.

Holyrood is not Westminster. The Scottish people are sovereign and we expect better from our MSPs. They are elected as our representatives and should act in the interest of ALL their constituents – in and out of the Chamber. I’ve seen tweets from unionist MSPs that I consider to be hate-speech. It sickens me these people aren’t in jail, never mind sitting in my Parliament voting on legislation! Can’t you get them sorted Mr Macintosh? (perhaps Mrs Marwick can give you some tips).

Ireland’s border

Quickly posting this short piece from Channel 4 News without comment… except to say, the one Scot featured is a total embarrassment. And that old woman… no, I’ll just leave you to discover the horror of her for yourself…

This post is ranty and full of swears.

During the indyref campaign, and for most of my life, I campaigned for Scottish independence because I believe it is the best thing for the people of Scotland.

These days though, I have this almost hysterical voice in my head that screams: The UK is BROKEN. We’ll all be DESTROYED. RUN THE FUCK AWAY BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Reading this headline just now caused the current rant but I am honestly and literally terrified of Westminster. They’ve always been unaccountable bastards but since brexit they’ve gone into some kind of insane and heinous overdrive. 

The UK has no constitution, the WM government believes itself to be sovereign and soon the protections we had under EU law will be ripped to pieces. The so called ‘opposition’ do nothing to curb the madness, either voting for tory plans or acting like spineless fucks and abstaining.

The only hope I see for a decent future is to get shot of that travesty of a parliament and for Scotland to set up on its own. A future within the UK is bleak and hopeless.

Scottish Independence Convention – Bridges to Indy #Build2Indy

I was at the 2nd Scottish Independence Convention conference in Edinburgh on November the 4th. There were some excellent speakers, loads of ideas, and inspiration. But, rather than writing about it, here are some vids from Independence Live for you to watch yourself…

Dr Iain Black feeding back the results of a recent study commissioned by SIC:

National Treasure, Alan Bissett reading an excerpt from The Pure, the Dead and the Brilliant:

George Kerevan discussing currency options for iScotland:

Craig Dalzell with an informative and (surprisingly) entertaining examination of Public Finances and the Economy:

The always inspiring Lesley Riddoch talking about The Confidence of becoming a Nation:

Full coverage of the conference is still available via Independence Live (please support their work if you have any spare cash). It’s definitely worth watching if you couldn’t be there.

Here’s a report from the event by CommonSpace too: The grassroots view: Indy supporters tell us how Yes can win next time around


A perfect solution?


This is a year old but I missed it at the time. A bit of satire from Germany found on reddit. Bannockbern  😂

Perfect solution after Brexit: Scots and Swiss exchange territory

Edinburgh, Bern (dpa) – It is a historic decision by the governments of Scotland and Switzerland: Later this year, the two countries will exchange their current territories. Thus making Switzerland finally move out of its encirclement by EU countries, while Scotland can move to the heart of the EU after the disappointing referendum in the United Kingdom.

In a rush, both countries have threaded the historic deal this week. It stipulates that within one year 8 million Swiss will move to the north of the British Isles and 5.3 million Scots to the Alps.

“For us Scots that is the best possible solution,” says the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after the final inspection in Switzerland. “We get even higher Highlands than ever and are located in the EU. In addition, we are finally rid of those terrible Englishman in the south.”

There is great satisfaction also with the Swiss. “We never had such easily accessible Alps,” said President Johann Schneider-Ammann. “Even your own seashore is included, and the territory is twice as big. In addition, we finally can have nothing to do with those horrible Germans.”

In the neighboring countries, there is consensus that it does not matter which mountain people with absurd dialect and strange customs live next door.

The project start in earnest later in December for Scots and Swiss when both countries will hand over their respective territories to the other side polished and cleaned. Already National monuments in both places are being dismantled and made ready for transport.

Switzerland pays special attention on the plans for the new capital Edinbürgli and Glasgau (formerly Edinburgh and Glasgow), while the main buildings and monuments for Züroaich and Bannockbern (formerly Zurich and Berne) are provided on Scottish side. Nessie, the famous monster of Loch Ness (future Nesser Löchli) will find a new home in Lake Lucerne (future Loch Fourforest) [this is a direct translation of Vierwaldstättersee – the German name of Lake Lucerne]


The Wee Ginger Dug – king of comedy :)

The always excellent Paul Kavanagh posted this yesterday – and it’s not so much political comment as pure comedy gold. I had to share it. Here’s one of my favourite bits:

“Alex has his own chat show. Kezia’s got I’m a Celebrity. Ruth’s got Celebrity Bake Off. Wullie Rennie is really pissed off, but apparently he’s in negotiations to appear on the front cover of the bus timetable for the number 17 to Kelty.”

…and another:
“Scottish Labour people are stomping about with faces that could fry a punn of mince from halfway across the galaxy” 

…aaaaaand one more:

“…although to be fair even once the results of the leadership election is announced on Saturday it will still only have an interim leader, because that’s the only kind of leader that Labour in Scotland has ever got”


Read the full post in all its glory here:  I’m a Labour ex-leader, get me out of here