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Jun 16 4 tweets 2 min read
On my way home from work today, I listened to BBC Radio Scotland. On one of their news bulletins, they reported on #fmqt , leading with a recording of a full question Douglas Ross, leader of the small Tory group in the Parliament. The reporter summed up the FM's reply in just a few words. The bias in reportage of the upcoming referendum has begun. (@nwScotty)

@BBCScotlandNews, we have defended you through most of the bbc bias allegations over the past few years, because we believe in public broadcasting free of political and financial
Jun 16 15 tweets 5 min read
Superb to see the Scottish Parliament discuss and pardon the Miners after the aggression of the Tory Party under Margaret Thatcher during 1984-5.

If you doubt the power of a media over packed by the right and underrepresented by the working class, the Photo of miners running fro... Thatcher government's vicious attacks on the Miners, and the propaganda of a quisling press (and I don't use that word lightly), really should be an education. Our present media is as biased, as is the fact that presence on social media can be
Jun 15 9 tweets 2 min read
If you have doubted those who have said that the Tories have been taken by the far right, the suggestion that the UK will legislate itself OUT of the ECHR and force ably remove people and dump them in Rwanda should be a HUGE wake up call.

The Tories are not afraid to provoke outright racism in order to deflect from the billions of pounds of wealth they are siphoning off to their sponsors. The fascism our grandparents fought against in 1936 and 1939-45 landed here, thanks to Cameron, Osborne, Clegg, Gove, May et al. They (and
Jun 5 7 tweets 2 min read
We'll be hearing years from now, how the Jubilee brought the country together. Has beens & cap doffers on stage in front of a crowd of radicalised cultists, cheering a glitzy show of fascist propaganda, dressed up as a tribute to an old lady, whose riches allowed her happiness & contentment few will realise. Money was never mentioned last night. But money from a world of struggle, work, stress, death, suffering in war and terror was what she and her family were thanking us for.

Celebrating Monarchy is really celebrating inequality, and
Apr 14 7 tweets 6 min read
There's no law broken by those seeking refuge. "Illegal" doesn't apply to refugees. It is not illegal to cross borders & requirements for passports & visas are unrealistic for those fleeing war or persecution.

The term "illegal arrival"is part of Johnson/Patel's racist politics. It's probably true as some media outlets are speculating that it is a populist fascistic distraction & that it may even be dropped at some point. But unless it's comprehensively defeated by mass action it's dangerous.

There needs to be mobilisation against it, including
Apr 13 5 tweets 1 min read
I see the Alba Party feel that there is only one aspect of bigotry that should be allowed to be spoken of. Racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Palestinian,anti Irish/anti Catholic bigotry, anti Roma bigotry, sexism, misogyny, AND transphobia all exist, side by side, here in Scotland. ALL of these awful blights on our society coexist. At present, in our Parliaments, one of these groups of persecuted peoples are in tge process of possibly being legislated against- actual legislation being considered to roll back rights. And Alba Party members are
Feb 19 22 tweets 6 min read
Imagine some unionists blaming Yes folk for Division?

This was The Herald after indyref. It has, pretty much, forgotten where the division and viciousness came from. Where the narrative changed.

And of course, this narrative is protected as

annually, these Loyalist groups march with official protection (and with some Councillors and other political and civic leaders in tow). They march through the very streets some of the same people seigheil'd, spat, punched and stabbed.

The links some in the press and politics
Feb 17 4 tweets 2 min read
A few days after the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, and with Jean Charles de Menezes at the forefront of our minds after the resignation of the MET officer in charge of that operation, the Labour Party are being very shit re shoot to kill.

I grew up in Northern Ireland, a place where Thatcher ordered shoot-to-kill. A landscape of drumlins and winding roads with summary justice akin to @2000AD's Mega City One.

The Labour Party rightly slammed this vicious approach to "justice." And cover up after cover up ensued, as did tit for tat murder and
Dec 27, 2021 16 tweets 4 min read
I have seen two distinct negative reactions to the satire of "Don't Look Up."

1 that of people who are old enough to remember and understand the satire explosion of the sixties, seventies and eighties and

2 those who have grown up with a mass media almost devoid of satire/A Image media in which super heroes are seen as superior cinema. (I may be being a little unfair).

I (@nwScotty), enjoyed it. I felt it was a modern remake of Dr Strangelove, with Mark Rylance playing a Steve Jobs Bezos Elon Musk hybrid capitalist with a god complex who doesn't Image
Dec 11, 2021 15 tweets 6 min read
It is extraordinary watching the right wing radicalisation of a small group of Scottish indy supporters connected with Alba Party. Its a kind of uneducated, "nae yin tells me wit tae dae" thing that has led them from supporting doxxing of women who complained of sexual harassment and worse, through prejudice against trans people to their attacks on hugely important updates of sex and gender and relationships education. In all of this, lots of them cannot see the parallels with right wing, misogynist attacks in other countries across the world, and
Dec 10, 2021 12 tweets 3 min read
Not sure about others... but my (@nwscotty) thoughts on lockdowns.

They are shit, but if idiots insist on cutting about maskless, vaccineless and without a care for other's safety, they are necessary. I really don't want to lose any more people I know.

The long and short of it really is, if you are a clown parading about the place spewing your germs as you rant about 5G, microchips and YOUR SELFISH UNCARING RIGHTS, like some sort of toddler lifting his/her burst ball because others in the team are kicking it, you are prolonging preventative
Dec 9, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
“Last week, the home secretary, Priti Patel, added 18 pages to the bill that hadn’t been there when MPs voted for it in July. One provision would stop demonstrators blocking major transport

ft.com/content/36091d… routes: a fair response to Insulate Britain’s campaign. But another would expand the police power to stop and search people ‘without suspicion’. And another would ban named individuals from protesting, if they had previously committed ‘protest-related offences’. This feels
Nov 6, 2021 21 tweets 15 min read
Thread by @nwscotty re the #COP26Glasgow #SchoolStrike2021 in Glasgow today.

I was very emotional for most of the walk from Kelvingrove Park to George Square. I shed a few tears,watching and listening to young people & children who really, cynical oldies NEED to listen to. Let's not be the generation who patronised the we'ans, "awww'd" at their cute signs, and then left them a dying world.

Before I set out, I watched one of the "important people," a CEO of the corporation that owns IKEA, speak of his concerns and his pledges on the BBC, but
Nov 4, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
As a citizen of Glasgow... I agree with @gretathunberg. Cop26 is excluding lots of people lecturing is. Glasgow has been excluded. Low income countries are excluded. Low income families and their representatives are excluded.

I cycled all around Glasgow today, talking to activists who lectured me and i gave them stickers.

The security, although not at Mondays level (the last time I cycled around) is still quite something. I'd recommend anyone who can to take a tour around- Kelvingrove Clyde walkway, Partick, George Square etc. Though today
Nov 4, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Yet Ross is absolutely right. London based NGO's at the very least, should consult Scottish based NGO's and activists.

It's like a political party taking its guidance from another political centre 400 miles away.

@Greenpeace ... from a member... set up an office in Scotland. Why is Scottish Member of the Scottish Parliament @Ross_Greer of the @scottishgreens right to invite @Greenpeace to set up office in Scotland?

Most, by far, of the UK's oil and gas is from Scottish territorial waters.

Scotland is far, far ahead of the rest of the UK in
Sep 23, 2021 26 tweets 9 min read
Thread... Why I am fighting for Independence.

When I first arrived in Scotland, from Northern Ireland in 1993, I looked forward to voting for politics not poisoned by what Church your family went to. John Smith was the leader of the Labour Party and seemed to be a man who Debating at the L Bar... was leading the party in a more pragmatic centre, but leftward direction. Then came Blair. I was a mature student at Stirling Uni. The floor I stayed on in Andrew Stewart Halls was perhaps, quite unusual, as it was very political and a melting pot of class... but
Sep 22, 2021 14 tweets 4 min read
It's no longer Scottish Independence Bampotless Tuesday.

So here is a bampot.

It's really difficult to avoid thinking conspiracy theories about Mel and the accounts agreeing with her.

But let's come from the pov that she believes this shite. I'm not totally familiar with Mel's history. I do remember engaging with her when I ran the SSP social media between late 2011- mid 2015. She was always a bit hyped up about things. Took weird angles. I took it to be that she was a recent Scot and had not lived in Scotland, or North of Watford, during
Sep 20, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Guest Ungagger here in solidarity with prolific tweeter Neil, who gave us live coverage of the latest roaster spectacular 'Failure in Freedum Square'...so that we didn't have to. Thanks Neil 👌. On a serious note though, how sad is the place where we find ourselves now (thread) How many of us looking on remembered 19th September 2014, the invasion of the unionist fash and their violent victory outing in that same square, then the resignation of Salmond as FM and we felt really hammered, bur there was a strong sense of solidarity..
Sep 20, 2021 23 tweets 4 min read
Social media is an amazing place to

1 feel listened to
2 grow a community
3 bring people together

4 sow discord amongst alienated people
5 pull alienated people together in cultist, right wing anger
6 create angry community

It is an incredible space to manipulate. "Thought Reform" is on display on social media, constantly, injected in to movements in order to create discord and splits. To do this, the bad actors need to control the narrative and make people believe sometimes what was the opposite of what they once believed. Edward Hunter
Sep 20, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Wings is also berating ordinary people for having a bit of wit. The grifters Sheridan etc al have leeched off movements now to tge point most people understand their grift. And grassroots really are not transphobic.

These people went out to build a socially Conservative movement and found out that Scotland really isn't as socially right wing as they thought.

What Wings failed to notice was the actual movement flooding the streets on Saturday, giving out well researched and put together literature.

Wings, Salmond, Sheridan Findlay etc al are more
Sep 19, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
The good thing is, that Sheridan and Salmond have exhausted the new following they got post 2014. There is nothing so exhausting than during each time Sheridan (and the everpresent swp) inserts himself into an organisation/movement/campaign, trying to explain to good people just how divisive and awful this man is. Today's debacle on George Square has at last, shown good people who were caught in his gravity have managed to see through him and moved on.

The Indy movement really does not need misogynists or handsy men. It really is rejecting them