Oscar’s Arrival 189

Nadira and I (supported by Cameron, Emily and Jamie) are delighted to announce the arrival this afternoon of our new son Oscar John Murray. In the best family tradition he milked his appearance, spinning it out for over 48 hours and making it as dramatic as possible. But happily both Oscar and Nadira are now doing very well. I shall see what Nadira thinks on posting a picture, tomorrow after she has rested. I am a very proud father and shall now have a quiet Lagavulin.

It has become a cliche to thank NHS staff endlessly, but we owe the most genuine and heartfelt thanks to the staff at the maternity unit of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, who were simply wonderful, and extraordinarily kind and dedicated.

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  • Donald Blair

    Congratulations Craig & Nadira !!! Welcome to the World, young Oscar John.
    We both have cause to celebrate the Staff at the ERI – I just got discharged on Wednesday after a triple cardiac bypass and young Charlie only survived thanks to 8 days in Simpson Maternity ICU.

  • Carl R

    That’s the best news I’ve had this year. Congratulations to you and your family. I will be raising a glass tonight in celebration.

    Slàinte mhath

  • J

    Off topic but of dire importance:

    Scottish academic David Miller, author of many finely detailed critiques of western propaganda, not least in his fine book ‘A Century of Spin’ is being drummed out of his job at Bristol University by a well orchestrated smear campaign, for daring to criticise Israel and the Zionist lobby. If you’re on twitter and you have appreciated his work, now is the time to stand up for him. Or in any other capacity you have available to you. He’s someone I greatly admire for his fairness and decency, his courage and forthrightness and his skill and clarity as a writer and researcher. Please speak up in his name or be forever silent.

    • Ingwe

      J-David Miller, Ken Loach, Corbyn and many, many others being forced out of public life for daring to criticise Israel’s apartheid policies. It’s the smear politics of the pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian lobby. And the MSM and people with influence do and say nothing. I don’t do Facebook, Twitter or any social media or I would highlight it.

    • Giyane

      If a professor of sociology cannot call out Israeli apartheid sociopaths, who can? A Zionist textbook of Sociology would have to explain how incarcerating Palestinians on a salt marsh while occupying their productive agricultural land is legal or fair.

      Professor Miller is quite right to point out that Israel is the product of an International conspiracy in the First World War , an injustice which is maintained by an ongoing international conspiracy of Zionism.

      That international conspiracy used Brexit as a cover for rigging the UK election in December 2019 and installed a Zionist regime in No 10. Up until now Covid has kept them at bay, but as covid slowly relaxes its grip on Westminster, we see this government’s true colours.

  • Peter

    Decided now was the time to make my first investment in a bottle of Lagavulin (16 yr old) having read about it so often here – I’m more usually a Glenlivet devotee and have more recently been (happily) seduced by the joys of Japanese whisky.

    As you will know, Lagavulin doesn’t disappoint so I raise a glass of the smokey gold to toast you and your family’s good health, happiness and future successes Craig (and also as a salute to Scottish culture).

    I suspect the delayed decision in your own case bodes well as the public awareness of the current mess grows.

    The thoughts, support and best wishes of many remain with you.

    Congratulations once again and thanks for the tipple tip.

  • Andy Trefusis

    Dear Mr Murray, Many congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of Oscar. May he grow up to be a truth teller of the same calibre as his father.

  • extremebuilder

    Congratulatons to you all, long may you prosper and make jolly. Oscar is born and a reggae hero, U roy dies, `twas always thus` , Stay strong my unmet friend, Best love from France x

  • Goose

    Craig Tweets about Stewart Hosie MP, being appointed to the anachronistic Privy Council.

    This, potentially with another independence referendum on the horizon. Members of the Privy Council are appointed for life by the Queen on the Prime Minister’s advice. They take an oath of office and are entitled to be addressed as ‘Right Honourable.’

    The Oath :

    You do swear by Almighty God to be a true and faithful Servant unto The Queen’s Majesty as one of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. You will not know or understand of any manner of thing to be attempted, done or spoken against Her Majesty’s Person, Honour, Crown or Dignity Royal, but you will lett and withstand the same to the uttermost of your power, and either cause it to be revealed to Her Majesty Herself, or to such of Her Privy Council as shall advertise Her Majesty of the same. You will in all things to be moved, treated and debated in Council, faithfully and truly declare your Mind and Opinion, according to your Heart and Conscience; and will keep secret all matters committed and revealed unto you, or that shall be treated of secretly in Council. And if any of the said Treaties or Counsels shall touch any of the Counsellors you will not reveal it unto him but will keep the same until such time as, by the consent of Her Majesty or of the Council, Publication shall be made thereof. **You will to your uttermost bear Faith and Allegiance to the Queen’s Majesty; and will assist and defend all civil and temporal Jurisdictions, Pre-eminences, and Authorities, granted to Her Majesty and annexed to the Crown by Acts of Parliament, or otherwise, against all Foreign Princes, Persons, Prelates, States, or Potentates. And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty, so help you God.


    Quote : Peter Hennessy comments: ‘The Privy Counsellors Oath is not some antiquarian residual, kept for reasons of ceremony and no more. It has life and bite.’ He is right. It is used as the basis for many Privy Council inquiries and for the sharing of information between political leaders of opposing parties. In the 1950s, some Conservative MPs sought to have Aneurin Bevan prosecuted for violation of his PC oath, by reason of his opposition to the Suez invasion.
    The PC website now reveals some sensitivity to any aura of secrecy around its proceedings, with specific reference to the oath. It is suggested that the oath usefully facilitates the conveying of sensitive information between Privy Counsellors upon inquiries, for example into the conduct of the Falklands War and the potential use of telephone tap evidence. The oath is then a disproportionate means of achieving that end. Individual and specific undertakings, together with security checks, upon appointment to any sensitive inquiry, would be equally effective.

    From : The-Constitutional-Role-of-the-Privy-Council-26-January-2009-.pdf

    • Goose

      Don’t understand why the SNP picked Stewart Hosie for their ISC slot – allocated to them by virtue of being the 3rd largest party in the HoC.

      The whole purpose of the ISC is to hold security chiefs to account. The ideal candidate therefore, would be someone who’s highly sceptical, not some unquestioning cheerleader, bound by a collective oath. The ISC itself rarely meets, even less so now given the pandemic. Many view it as window dressing on what’s basically a system without, on-site, independent, expert, technical oversight. Having MPs do oversight is laughable.

  • Neil Donaldson

    Dear Craig and Nadira,
    many congratulations to you both. Especially Nadira, who did all the hard work. My best wishes to you all.
    Kindest Regards, Neil Donaldson.

  • Scott Galloway

    Congratulations! I had no idea yous were expecting, and that really puts your court case treatment in a whole new category of inhumane. But today is a day for good news!

  • Jon Cofy

    Congratulations Craig. There’s a lot of work ahead.

    Meanwhile, Julian – who is an unconvicted innocent man – remains on remand in the high security Belmarsh Prison where he has been for over 500 days. He should be home with his kids, but he was refused bail. There are many terrible things about Belmarsh, not least how cold it has been over the last couple of weeks and that he is isolated in a cell practically all day long.

    However, the most pressing problem for Julian is that conditions in detention continue to obstruct his ability to prepare his legal case, a case on which his life depends. He is denied proper access to his lawyers–his legal team is unable to do in-person visits because of Covid, and there are months of waiting lists for video conferencing. There are delays in legal papers reaching him and the laptop issued by UK authorities for the court case is read-only, it has no text editing programs, and the keys are glued down to prevent him from typing. This makes it all but impossible for him to provide adequate feedback to his team with regards to the materials required for the appeal.
    Assange’s lawyers were granted up to 29 March 2021 to cross appeal. The lawyers should ask the court to order that Julian can video conference his lawyers with a laptop. So easy with skype, webex etc
    Perhaps Lady Dorian will order that Craig can no longer type and glue down his keyboard keys as well. 🙂

    • Giyane

      Jon Cofy
      Laptop with glued- down keyboard.
      Saddam Hussain would imprison people for owning a typewriter. You become your enemies. The USA has become USSR spy capital and Middle East torture capital rolled into one evil, broken sham.

  • Kathleen McKechnie

    Congratulations ! Enjoy the days ahead with your new born son. A special , magic time ☺️.
    Thank you for continuing to fight corruption . Your voice is important and you speak at great risk against the powerful. Respect !

  • Goose

    This v.recent thread by Andrew Neil raises interesting questions about @BBCScotlandNews’ role vis-a-vis that interview with complainant(s) : https://twitter.com/afneil/status/1363134223578783744

    Doubt he’ll get answers, but at least he’s asking questions. I assume it’s related to his GB News venture, which I haven’t followed all that closely. I tend to believe Neil would simply back off if he came close to uncovering anything remotely uncomfortable for the establishment.

    • Goose

      Could be cynical about this and believe the only reason there’s an uptick in interest in this case from previously disinterested establishment journos is because they sense it may throw a spanner in the works of the seemingly unstoppable drive towards independence. Like sharks circling with blood in the water.

      Hard to take Neil seriously as an investigative journalist too, when over the years he’s been such a dogged advocate of establishment lines and narratives; whether on everything related to Russia(even in light of the many OPCW whistleblowers), or on the Labour antisemitism nonsense, inviting the likes of Ian Austin invited on his ‘This Week’ show.

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