The Edinburgh Enigma

The Independence Rally occurred on the 21st of September in our Nations capital gathering 30’000 people from all over Scotland and beyond to march for a fairer Independent Nation.There were people from every political persuasion and many with No Political affiliation but all were marching for the same cause.From young to old and meek to bold all were there to support and endorse their campaign for an independent Scotland
calton hill
You would think a gathering of that multitude and its significance in Scotland’s Tapestry would have a full quota of BBC,STV and Sky mobile units jostling for the best view points and ways to capture the event.
Imagine my surprise when I hear that none of the terrestrial channels are in the press pit or in attendance with any form of coverage?
No mobile units with satellite dishes on top or crane cams being set up at the High street to capture the mass of flags and banners.Neither were there any reporters jostling through the crowds getting interviews from participants and hearing their stories of why they are voting Yes.
Respect to the Russians
Its a strange set of affairs when Russia Today are more interested in our Nations future than the stations who rely on our licenses and viewing figures for advertisers and in turn revenue.There again we have observed and witnessed the lack of impartiality from our terrestrial channels in the past year so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised by the No show.
The Enigma
It wasn’t the lack of attendance that concerned me but what happened later that discombobulated me slightly and made me think someone needs to be held to account over this.
The 30’000 had been reduced to 8000 according to the BBC and STV only broadcast a 30 second sound-byte of coverage on Saturdays short but sweet News broadcast.
Where did the other 22’000 go?Was there a closing down sale at the Harry Potter cloak shop.Did a strange mist come from the Forth and envelope the missing 22’000 in a pea soup like fog?Aliens maybe or did Scotty hit the wrong button and beamed the 22’000 up to the Enterprise?
YES March & Rally for Scottish Independence.  Image by Ivon Bart
Sadly it wasn’t anything half as exciting as the mother-ship theory it was more the case that None of our Terrestrial News networks were there as they had committed the sin of JournoSloth.
Our so-called free press contacted Police Scotland before the march had even started to inquire about”Estimated”numbers coming to the event.Not even the factual numbers after or during the event but the “Estimated” numbers and run with that scoop on our National networks.
YES March & Rally for Scottish Independence.  Image by Ivon Bart
No Newsnight after analysis where the main protagonists can debate the message of the day and No Scotland Tonight special about the Historical day when the people of Scotland marched for self-determination
Nope we got niada,niet and nothing more which meant the people who couldn’t make it or weren’t informed of it didn’t get the chance to view or witness this day of Historical value.Neither did the protagonists of either camp get the chance to debate the days events as both the main channels didn’t deem it worthy of airtime?
How are people supposed to make a reasoned choice about our independence if the three terrestrial news channels misrepresent it and basically have a media blackout on one of the biggest days in Scotland’s rich tapestry?
Cant keep the good people down
Iver Campbell an attendee at the rally said
“Before today I had my doubts but now im positive we will have our Independence”
Which leads me on to say that from all accounts the march and rally was a resounding success and no doubt will be placed in the pages of Scotland’s history.The day where many of Scotland’s Sons and Daughters marched through streets soaked in history to the top of Calton Hill and lit a beacon in the hearts and minds of many.
I salute all who marched and your voices will echo through time

Saor Alba


Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Cameron

Major  Cameron
(Then hides under its bed apparently)

Yesterday our first Minister was sitting down to his Sliced sausage and black pudding rolls in front of the freshly stoked fire at Bute house when he heard the post arrive.
Eck must have thought “Deary me those letters sound laden with weighty intentions” and went to investigate the air of selective indignation emanating from the brown envelope with PM embossed in gold leaf.
YEAR Review Politics 42
I can only imagine the delight of our First Minister when he opened the Envelope and got a waft of trapped Brut
aftershave then read as follows:

Dear Eck
Im a bit feart so if you don’t mind I will decline you’re offer to talk about the issues of Scotland as I only value my opinions old chap.Feel free to debate any member of the NO power party as they can’t answer for me and only I know the plans post 2014 on Defence,welfare and taxation.

Love and hugs

No doubt our Fist Minister chuckled all the way to Holyrood with the Prime Minister’s public capitulation ringing in his mind.

Enter the young pretender
Only in The U.K. political arena would we have a Prime Minister asking a back bencher from the opposite party to defend a constitutional matter regarding the future of a Nation?

Even better his chosen defender of the crown has no power in either Parliament which basically means he’s as much use a chocolate fireguard in the debating arena of Scotland’s future.
“Who is this Debating lyrical genius” I hear you ask?
Is he a fabled Political pied piper who  will sway the crowd with his oratory prowess and almost Jedi like command of the Oral mystic arts?
A man who can charm the birds from the trees and sing honey into mead?

Who is this Titan of Oral Mysticism?

*fanfare and cue “eye of the tiger” to lights,smoke and a few mirrors*

Brave Darling

Aye Dave picked the man who single handedly crashed the economy because he was reading zoo when the bankers started playing top trumps with the worlds finances.Even if the Purple Party were in power Darling wouldn’t be suitable as his only qualification is he was Browns fallguy for 2 years.
Not a great endorsement for issues relating to diplomacy or figures and don’t get me started on his nous for defence matters being part of a government who broke international law.
The main issue though is that he has no political title of note or any sway in either of the two Parliaments and hence no place debating on our Referendum.
Obviously the usual suspects are going
“Why wont Eck debate with Darling?” or “He knows Darling will walk all over him”
Seriously Guys?
By the logic of the BetterTogether mindset we could have a debate with Merkel or Hollande as they are also significant in the independence debate if we are using That line of thought?
Maybe wee Tam the milkman or Bobby the postie would be suitable to debate Trident,welfare and taxation policies with also?If its any Scot like Labour cohorts are saying then anyones up for the job right?

The Prime Minister and the First Minister are both on the Edinburgh Agreement so its they who debate being the two main protagonists.
Prime Minister David Cameron-1380760

BletherTogether and the Bedroomtax

I watched First Ministers Questions yesterday and couldn’t believe my eyes ears or other body parts when Johan Lamont of Purple Labour Scotland Division Stood up and asked her first question
*Drum Roll*
Wait for it,its coming……she asked this
“First Minister why are you letting the people of Scotland down on the Bedroomtax”
To a resounding applause not only from the purple corner but the rest of the chamber?
Why would the SNP applaud you ask?Well I will tell you:
The reason why they applauded is because everyone knew the truth,the real truth and not the hollow indignation truth from the Purple wing of Bettertogether.
I don’t actually think Johan Lamont knew the real truth?
If Johan did she must have had a touch of amnesia or she hadn’t read the script she was handed while running from Waverley Station down to Holyrood for her stooshie with that “Nat virus”(her words no mine)
She had just come back from her jollies down to Brighton at the One Nation purple Jamboree so maybe her mind was on ice creams,candy floss on the promenade and not whether people might have better memories than the average brown trout.
Johann Lamont
Lets say though it was major mistake for the person who presides over the only councils who are evicting for this heinous tax,never mind that New Labour were the party who invented,aided and implemented the dastardly Dickensian policy from Westminster back in 2001 for private tenants.
Not only that but this is the first time Miss Lamont has mentioned the bedroomtax at First Ministers Questions since the Tories run with Labours ever so Socialist policy from the last time they were wielding the “denigration of the poorest” Gauntlet from the corridors of power.
Bedroomtax labour

For a party who are so publicly opposed to the bedroomtax there seems to be a lot of evidence against Lamont’s selective indignation on the matter?
Do they actually think we have such short memories that we don’t remember the First eviction by a Labour led council which graced our front page of the daily record only a few weeks ago?
Aye they are so enraged about it they evict for it.
Johann pinnochio
If the purple party are so against the bedroomtax then why did the majority of Scotland’s Labour MP’s abstain on the vote in the commons?
Were they showing their indignation and outrage to the policy by refusing to vote and showing their opposition by playing a few rounds of golf followed by a dram with a cheeky anti bed tax fish supper?
Or is it that they weren’t interested in fighting it because they knew if they challenged it Dickensian Dave could go
“I’m only polishing your policy chaps”

One Nation—A warning from history


Why we should be concerned about the New Purple Party

When I watched Tony Blair kick clause IV into the history books and when they manhandled the old gentleman at their Conference for being outspoken I truly thought I had seen Labour at its lowest.
Roll forward a few years and several more low points for New Labour under Blair and Brown which inevitably got them ejected from the corridors of power in a landslide defeat in 2010,which no doubt took the wind out the sails of Mandelson not to mention the rest of the champagne Socialists in the right leaning New Labour party.
Johann Lamont

So you can imagine my surprise,shock and a general feeling of nausea when I tuned in to watch Labcon13 at the lovely city of Brighton and Hove and thought I had tuned into Dave’s Dickensian Jamboree?also I was rather shocked to see there was no red rose?Not only that there was no Red(Red was verboten obviously) only a big Blue background with a strange purple St Georges cross on a tory blue background?
What happened to the Red Ed?
If I was an extra in a Warner Bros cartoon a big rain cloud would have appeared with lightning bolts and Boris Karloff music,sadly that’s just my imagination as in reality it was just me and Indydug sitting in an old building in an old town with coffee steaming on the side of my table where the biscuits live.
purple ED

Before everyone goes “Mark yer mad yer aff yer heid” let me say this: 
Political parties and corporations pay people a lot of money to rebrand their new venture or even an old one that needs an image change,from colour to intent it’s all planned to the finest detail.
Every angle is covered and every decision is made to show intent and promote the way us the masses perceive them,especially in today’s world where image is everything to the egomaniacs who like to strut around like peacocks looking for mate.
As you can see the colour purple and the frighteningly inspired One Nation branding exercise by New Labour(Sorry I mean One Nation)Labour is disconcerting to say the least if you actually think about it and what it entails.
Blue and red makes purple remember.
So we have divisive policies mixed with the “My Britain rhetoric” and the odd bit of general denigration of a group of people who’s only crime is they want the right to reclaim their birthright and be in charge of their own affairs..

One Nation Politics is something to be very wary of,if history has taught us nothing else


Becoming the change you want to see

Becoming the change you want to see is a great way to look at life and live in a positive environment even when things are less from perfect.But there again what is perfection?Especially if you contemplate that everyone’s idea of perfection differs slightly,saying that though there is one thing that we probably all agree is a sign of near perfection.
A society that doesn’t put a monetary value over human life is a sign of perfection in my eyes,you know the kind of society that believes in investing in life before buying death is a sign of perfection.
Saying that though we are talking general perfection in a grand scale when we talk of such things or even dream of such things but is it right that we have to dream such things when it’s all possible from our expressions in everyday life.
Someone said once”be the best you can be”and those words resonate with power if you actually take the time to sit down and think about it,obviously im not saying be the best you can be at the detriment of others.
What im saying is quite the opposite in all honesty as what im saying is:Be all you can be by being the “all you can be” to another human being or to a cause you believe in from the core of your being.


For me being the change I want to see is getting out and engaging with fellow humans in my everyday life and leaving a seed,whether that be as little as an act of kindness to a smile and a nod to a stranger in the street-Its all seeds you see and from little seeds big trees grow.
That one-act of kindness or the smile to the stranger can change their life as much as yours because next time you encounter the ship you passed in the night no doubt they will feel comfortable to engage with you in a common discourse as they will remember and think”Oh I remember that person who smiled on that day” or “that’s the person who took the time to help”
With that small act of being human you are truly a human being and what is more human than actually being.