“Some things irk me possibly more than they should. This is one of those things. “
“The people of Scotland hold the keys to how they are governed, and no-one else, and every single statement from our leaders must reflect this. The rhetoric should shift away from that of supplication to one of confidence and trust in the people who put them there.”
“ Translation – Agreements must be kept. Perhaps the oldest pillar of international law, and one which the Westminster Parliament was trying to avoid.”
“Whatever transpires, events in America can only further reinforce our belief that Scotland can only flourish by doing what our stateside friends did two hundred and forty-four years ago. And make our own Declaration of Independence. “
“when there’s twelve billion pounds available for Serco but the food cupboard is bare – then we must conclude that we are asking the wrong questions of the wrong people.”
“No great mischief should they fall”, wrote Wolfe, dismissively, of the Highland soldiers at Quebec. Little changes. We are expendable. For Scotland it was ever thus. As a historian you will know this.
So this is a big week for both the farming industry and the health of the nation. A poll shows that around ninety percent of voters want nothing to do with chlorinated chicken or ractopamine pork. There’s a petition to keep standards at least as high as they currently and it has more than a million signatures.
“I think what people sometimes don’t appreciate is that the UK that joined the EEC in ‘75 was a wholly different beast to the one leaving the EU in 2020, because we now have a devolution settlement that is inconveniently getting in the way of the hard Brexit that has been the objective of these disaster capitalists from the start.”
“We genuinely just want to be granted the opportunity to be ordinary and imperfect, just like everybody else.”
“This is about living in democracy that cares about rules. This is about not living in a corporatist state. And if you care about that then you should call for a normal independent Scottish nation. Not in May, but tomorrow.”