Wee thread in lieu of a blog. Firstly, why have I stopped blogging? Mainly because I blogged mainly about the demerits of Scottish Independence. But Scottish Independence is no longer a thing.
In 2014 it managed to scrape together a semblance of coherence. But it still lost. Now, nobody even advances such a pretence. What currency would Scotland use? Don't know. How could we be in the EU and still have an open border with England? Don't know.
How, now, that on any view, we couldn't rely on oil, would we deal the the public spending deficit? Don't know. How do we even get to a referendum against UK opposition? Don't know. What else could we do? Don't know.
The whole thing is incoherent. Yet the livelihoods of many, many people depend on maintaining the fiction that this dead thing is still a thing. Elected SNP politicians from the FM down to the humblest cooncillor. And their staff.
Never mind those careerists who, intent on "a career in politics" may be realising they have hitched their their wagon to the wrong horse at the wrong time. And of course those who simply saw the opportunity to grift.
And that is even before you consider the journalistic corps who have a vested interest in not asking obvious questions.
Because, you see, there will not be a 2nd referendum while the Tories remain in power. And there will not be a 2nd Referendum if Labour is in a position to replace them after a UK General Election. Because why would we need to concede that?
In case the SNP voted with the Tories to bring down a Labour Government? Good luck with that line in the West of Scotland at a subsequent immediate second General Election.
But, of course, if a lot of people want to keep their well (UK Government) paid jobs , then they need to find a way of justifying their existence. Not least to their own rank and file. Who, if told the truth, might decide to get a life.
Stoking grievance appears to be their proposed solution. Which is why, today, the priority of the SNP transport minister was denouncing people on cross border trains not having to put on a face mask at the border.
Rather than, for example, insisting to know how soon people might be able once again to travel by train from Ayr to Glasgow. With or without a mask.

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22 Feb
Have read all the Salmond evidence twice. First of all, since it is careful to identify no complainers, huge questions should arise now about the intervention of wholly SNP publicly funded "Third Sector" organisations who demanded it not be published. Without apparently seeing it
But it is also a legal tour de force. The final paragraph of page 10 would be hugely defamatory if untrue. Except truth is, of course, a complete defence to defamation.
It also leaves Sturgeon in a very difficult position before her evidence on oath after Salmond. Does she continue to lie hoping it would be impossible to prove otherwise? Or does she cash in her chips and go down the "I made mistakes" road
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Really mundane point. The reason there was a strike in Glasgow today was because, in 2006, the GMB insisted on a deal with discriminatorily terms in favour of their male members. Advised by the GMB’s then research officer, @LabourRichard That’s just an unfortunate fact.
That deal was subsequently struck down in the courts. Not on the basis of what the management wanted but on the basis of what the Unions themselves had insisted upon. Whereupon the Unions panicked. For they might be sued for negligence in representing their female members.
Whereupon emerged various Trots, some of them GMB officials, to seize on the idea of a strike involving lots of “salt of the earth” women members. Great images. And to conjure themselves up as AJ Cook on the way to being an Momentum MP.
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