Speaking Date Availability 581

I am available again for Yes meetings on 15, 16 and 17 September. Invitations welcome through the contact button above. Happy to go anywhere I can do good. My St Andrews speech a week ago has now had 75,000 views on Youtube.

It is symptomatic of the way this campaign has gone that I can find nothing online from the No camp which has had one fifth as many views, with the solitary exception of the PatronisngBTWoman video, which has massive views from people making fun of it.

Miliband was in Blantyre yesterday where his every bodily function was breathlessly reported by Severin Carrell in the Guardian – but even the Guardian could not pretend his audience in the “Labour stronghold” amounted to more than “dozens”. I am told it was under fifty. Better Together support on the ground has simply evaporated. What they rely on is that the massive output of mainstream media and the authority of the Westminster parties will have sufficient impact on their key demographics – pensioners, and housewives in a 1950’s sense – to shore up a residual no vote of the easily scared. My challenge to people to identify any Better Together gathering of more than 300 has been met with resounding silence.

Television has been wall to wall Miliband lately, and the BBC in Scotland seem to have simply abandoned their obligation to give equal broadcast time and treatment to both sides. Presumably many of the New Labour hacks who control Pacific Quay realise that their behaviour has made a Yes win a career threatening situation for them, so at this stage they see nothing to lose.

If independence is achieved it will be down to a popular movement and not to any politician. Indeed, if one person has to be singled out, I would say the Rev Stuart Campbell has made the most decisive individual contribution in the campaign. If Social media has beaten the mainstream media, the central rock around which millions of flowers have bloomed has been the Wings over Scotland website. This has a significantly larger daily readership than any newspaper in Scotland. The Wee Blue Book I found everywhere, including copies already available in pretty well every pub I entered, as I toured the East Coast. Over 400,000 downloads of the PDF have been made and 250,000 copies centrally printed, as well as a number of private initiatives which had already obtained professional printings from the PDF. Conservatively, there are over half a million hard copies out there, as well as all the reads online. In a population of 5.2 million, that is a major impact.

When we close down BBC Scotland and create a new citizen based, cheaper and more arts-oriented organisation in its place, let’s put Stuart Campbell in charge. Some state-funded drama and arts output seems to me commendable. State funding of pap entertainment is not needed – the private sector can do that perfectly well. State funding of “journalism” which investigates nothing and never challenges the establishment must be stopped.

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  • nevermind, Scotland will be free

    When the jitters hit the establishment, everyone starts to shout here, why should that be?
    Thanks for clarifying this most serene historical moment Craig, although by the looks of it your words were in vain.

    So looking forward to visit an Independent Scotland in future, what delight it must be to organise a future Edinburgh festival without the comical mandates of the BBC, determining who they would like to show, and sod the rest.

    What a delight it will be to tune into a future scottish public/private broadcaster and listen to some news that does not resemble a polished MI turd.

  • fred

    ” I think Scots would have a much dimmer view of restoring (?) descendants of Edward Longshanks than of restoring descendants of Bonnie Prince Charlie.”

    Charles Stewart didn’t have any legitimate heirs.

  • technicolour

    “Closeness to my own opinion is not a measure of merit.”

    Clearly, it depends on what those opinions are.

  • Joe

    “I am given to understand that “Colonel” Khaddafi also supported the IRA (no cheering in the back there!) with money and matériel, thus ensuring that a good many died unncessarily. Semtex and the mainland bombings come to mind.

    It would have been fitting if the object stuck up the arse of the dying Khaddafi had been a stick of dynamite (touch paper unlit).”

    You write as if supporting the IRA was a bad thing. You also appear to be echoing the sentiments of Hilary Clinton.

  • Macky

    I see that by the time I had composed my Post, Craig had posted his little faux naiveté,

    Craig; “Why is everybody so angry?”, followed by ironic;

    “The whole point of this discussion space is to allow people to discuss differing opinions and give new facts”

    Sure Craig, which is why you not only tolerate, but also encourage the most transparent & disruptive of trolls, who actually makes any serious discourse virtually impossible, yes I refer to the Habba-Clown, a vulgar clueless buffoon, who would have been long, long banned from any other blog on the Net, but not yours of course; funny that.

    “Closeness to my own opinion is not a measure of merit”

    You’ve got that right at least, but left baiting coupled with strong Russophobia is guarantee to make even the vilest & most transparent troll, feel right at home here.

    “I can see no reason for all these irrelevant personal attacks on each other”

    Wakey ! Wakey ! Craig, these really only became a problem since you welcomed the Habba-Clown almost 18 months ago, or it is only a problem when the people you detest actually dare to retaliate ?

    Habba-Clown; “Macky thunders” & “if he were to decide all by himself that his presence is no longer desired on this blog!”

    LOL ! Come up from under the table ! You really do turn to jelly when I confront you ! 😀

    “and not anti-Semitism just old fashioned Holocaust denial”

    Well your buddy Craig has conveniently removed any evidence for this to be shown as not just yet another of the never-ending stream of standard troll slurs. Funny how he tolerates very offensive Islamophobia, yet does somersaults over just the merest allegation of anti-Semitism.

    Dreoilin; “But now that Cryptonym has been explained”

    I remember very well how an innocent comment of his, was maliciously interpreted as being anti-Semitic by Resident Dissident, who demanded that Jon act on it. Jon deleted it & ask Cryptonym to re-word & repost to remove any doubt, but Cryptonym preferred to express his disgust at the absurd misrepresentation, and Jon’s typical craven eagerness to obey the obvious agenda of a habitual Smearer, by taking his leave of the Blog.

  • Fedup

    The confessions are coming thick and fast, the Irish Harridan trips up yet again;

    I was not “masquerading as nuid.” I announced the proposed name-change

    Could she be none European? (questionable comprehension abilities)

    Evidently a disguise for an anonymous disguise is her take, which opens up the probability of her nefarious sock puppet activities, as she is protesting too much:

    well in advance, and made sure the mod (and everyone else) was aware of it


    Then the harridan proceeds to denounce yet another “liar” (world is filled with liars, other than dreo, tech col, her cat, villager, Jemand the deviant, self inflicted…….). Indeed an unfamiliar pattern, that zionist scum never use!!

    At least that thread gives the lie to Doug’s stupid allegation that I’m a ‘Zionist supporter’

    Doug is not the only one who accused of being a zionist scum supporter, I had put to you the same charge a good while back. You and your tag mate tech col if not zionist scum supporters are in fact zionist scum enablers.

    As the thread, after thread stands in evidence, given any critical juncture when the zionist scum are driven out of the blog, and marginalised,you and your tag mates storm in and start a warm-up act of holding a dialogue with the zionist scum, all the while you begin your zersetzung operation attacking those whom have been making the zionist scum’s lives a misery and brought about their retreat out of the blog.

    Irish harridan, as you so often state;

    You disgust me. The whole lot of you.

    Mr Dreo reads here. And he thinks that many current contributors are scum

    Clearly the “current” does not include your zionist scum buddies and is referring to those of us, who have seen through your antics and are not fooled by your fake concerns for the Palestinians cause. I put to you you are a zionist enabler, and have been enabling these zionist scum to anchor in this blog and destroy any debate about alternative narrative to the pack of fancy stories and fairytale.

    you are left with not one name, not a single one, of anyone who has been “suppressed and silenced” by us. You’re a liar and a fraud. Like Ben.

    The Irish harridan is clearly on a roll, forgetting that I am not a moderator, to have access to the particulars of those commenting here, and to notice those whom have left and are no longer commenting on this blog, and or the fall in the numbers of those who access the comments section due to the blog comments section becoming an echo chamber for the corporate medjia narrative that is espoused by the self inflicted and the team.

    However this little fact does not get in the way of the disgusting harridan whose years in age have not brought any grace or compassion but bitterness and angst as is the case for any zionist scum supporter. Hence the copious use of; “lies”, “liars”, “fraud” that are levelled at me or anybody else who can see through the infantile charade of zionist enablers engaging in protection of the zionist scum support units operating on this blog.

    Doug with his puerile rubbish, Fedup who is clearly insane, and Macky with her sneers and her Craig-bashing.
    Not a bunch I’d want to call my fans. Ever. Anywhere.

    Add to this list, Mary, Ben, or anyone else who is not on the zionist scum support list.

    Resultant of the zionist enablers efforts, are to be found;

    On the contrary, Craig shows what I feel is excessive respect towards his contributors by putting up with a great deal of nonsense from certain old lags.

    Evidently now an ambassador for Craig, the self inflicted, that often is advising everyone to buy the crap zionistani products or invest in that shitty strip of land, is clearly comfortable to deliver pronouncements on behalf of Craig.

    So happy to have been amoung those who made Craig aware of the filth that had crept onto the threads concerned that I’ve awarded the Habbabkuk GROF* medal to myself and a couple of other contributors.


    GROF – Get Rid Of Filth

    Going so far as setting up the new guidelines of the blog too.

    Fact is unless the fantasies and fairytale concerning WWII are confronted and made transparent, there can be no lessons drawn and the “history shall repeat itself”.

    Macky has clearly pointed out the trends that evidently can explain the shrill cries of megaphoneies and the hasbara brigades operating without any difficulties, and pushing the same nostrum as in the rest of the corporate medjia. After all they have made Craig aware!

    That is why ROS is a none European, I am a Muslim Imam, when Not Muslim Pakistani, or drunk (it must have been halal booze) that is as well as insane, along with others who are liars and fraudsters hiding their IP address and operate from Langley ………..

  • Daniel

    “A picture of a war zone does not make 15,000 deaths.”

    “While the death toll in Libya when Nato intervened was perhaps around 1,000-2,000 (judging by UN estimates), eight months later it is probably more than ten times that figure….If the purpose of western intervention in Libya’s civil war was to ‘protect civilians’ and save lives, it has been a catastrophic failure”:


    In July 2011, British aircraft bombed Libyan state TV killing a number of journalists. This act was condemned as a war crime by Reporters Without Borders, UNESCO and the International Federation of Journalists.

    Prior to Sirte being reduced to a smoking ruin as a result of several weeks of siege, it was a city of 100,000 people. The assault included daily indiscriminate bombing, the cutting off of water, food, medicine and electricity supplies, the shelling of a hospital, widespread looting and massacres. Aid agencies described how the attack had created a humanitarian crisis:


  • Fedup

    Poor sod. His mind is on holiday but his tongue is on overtime.

    Really a convincing rebuttal by a harridan zionist enabler.

  • Les Wilson

    On the question of polls I have read that Westminster has ordered that poll agencies down play the YES result of their polls. I have no reason to think this is not being done, they do not want to look complete pillocks and that is why they have them close but with BT in front.

    Just another part of the Unionist conspiracy against Scottish democracy, they do not want to loose our “assets. However it is as always about them, their standing inthe world etc etc etc…………………..

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