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Who Stole Scotland

This is the title of a grand article by land campaigner Andy Wightman in the day’s Sunday Herald – http://www.heraldscotland.com/. It lays bear the underlying corruption of the land question in Scotland. This should be the start of a debate of just how we are all affected by the landownership question and it leads into further questions of the total complicity in this situation, of the law establishment in Scotland, many of whose members are themselves large-scale landowners, or are happy to take the tainted siller of the lairds, and of course the utterly contemptible refusal of Scottish historians to recognise the underlying realities so well laid out by Andy. To this day local people are still being cleared off Scotland’s rural land while rich people from anywhere in the world are allowed – encouraged? – to play with our soil as they see fit. The obscenity of the development at Menie is a clear example of this and it is all too telling that Trump’s vainglorious plans to create a haven for the super rich are supported by by none other than our First MInister. While like many other Scots I would like to see us independent precisely because we could begin to attack the land question in a free and open manner instead of hiding the truth through the essentially colonial structures that still clutch at the law and other institutions of supposed public benefit in Scotland, this does not mean that I am a member or even a supporter of the SNP. They suffer from the unfortunate fact that – as in all other parties thirled to Westmonster’s (sic) shonky concept of what constitutes democracy – seen cleary at the moment in its true colours to be government by the rich and for the rich – they have too many lawyers in their representative ranks.
The really good news in this is that this informative and accurate representation – however brief – of the horrors of the land question in Scotland – has been published by the Sunday Herald. Letters in support of their position would be a good idea as would be spreading the word to everybody that you know to be at all interested in the future of Scotland, about this article and Andy’s new book. I regulary forget to suggest (urge?demand?) folk to buy my latest book(s) but have no reluctance in pushing Andy’s.
On another but related tack I await further news from my MSP Malcolm Chisholm about the Scottish Government’s response to my concerns anent the arrest and imprisonment of the two journalists at the Trump development at Menie. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/12/film-makers-arrested-donald-trump-scottish-golf-resort#history-link-box

Democracy in Danger

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/12/film-makers-arrested-donald-trump-scottish-golf-resort

This story is absolutely horrific – 2 journalists were arrested by the Fitlike Plod for doing their jobs, They were interviewing people – with permission – o the site of the disgusting new development at Menie when they were told to stop. They were investigating the ‘accidental’ cutting off of water supply to the local residents by contractors working for Trump. They were arrested and charged with breach of the peace – a catch-all offence if there ever was one and had camera, notes etc. confiscated.
This is potentially terrifying as it clearly shows that the local plod are working for the Trump interests, whether or not they are being directed by Trump’s minions or the local council – and you can hardly separate these two. Not only are the local council prepared to sell out Scotland’s soil to the highest bidder they are cleary happy to deploy the law in favour of a profiteering exploiter and against their own constituents. Apart from the national questions regarding the democratic accountability of the police in Scotland that this disturbing case raises it also is a shocking idictment of the position that Aberdeen Council have got themsleves into. Effectively it would appear that the law of the land is, like the Sands of Menie themselves, up for auction to the highest bidder. I have made moves to have a question asked in the Scottish Parliament about this and suggest that everyone gets in touch with their local MSP to demand answers from the SNP adminsitration whose blatant and gut-wrenching sucking-up to Trump and his entourage is in itself a dangerous indictment of the oft-trumpted ‘need for foreign investment’. Profits from such projects leave the country and the only local benefit will be in menial jobs. Add in the polluting effects of milionaires flying in in their private jets if Trump has his way, and you have a perfect storm of idiocy. Green Scotland! Och aye that’ll be richt. Eck the Fish is up to his oxters in this and it is time to remind the SNP that the new Parliament is ours not theirs!

Well the Festival madness lurches towards its close and my liver has survived a free pass to the Writer’s Retreat at the Book Festival! Like many othrs I was not impressed by Caledonia, a real pathetic attempt at dealing with one of the sadder aspects of Scotland’s often tragic hsotry. It seemed to be aimed at an aude ience of Sun reaqders and Big Brother devotees and the utter crassness of playing out at the end of the show with We’re On the Way With Aly’s Army was not only crassly insentive but downright insulting.After all the years of debate abut a National Theatre for Scotland this was shocking.
As usual some of the street performers have been fun but keeping the pubs opme till three is not always a ‘good thing’. For those not siurfeited with culture there is always Monday night at the Windsor where I continue to warble old ditties with my good friend John Greig.
Re the political situation I was speaking to an old friend who had voted Lib-Dem at the last debacle.His comments are unprintable but I am sure you can imagine. THe Bullingdon Berties are showing their true colours and if the social vandalism and buccaneering econimic insanity of this lot is doesn’t give the Scottish people a kick up the arse nothing ever will. Its time we were awa, lads an lasses, time we were awa.

So now we have it. A pair of public school and Oxbridge chaps in charge of British Governance again. Guaranteed ongoing profits for the Arms Manufacturers and other businesses owned by their friends while the mess created by the gangster behaviour of their other buddies n the cities has to be paid for by the poorest in society. So what’s new? What is slightly newish is the meeja’s utter obsequiousness in all of this. Listen to how often they tell you about what the money markets think? Without government taxes there are no money markets but to hear the (public-school Oxbridge dominated) meeja the money markets are an instrument of God’s will. The utter affront to democracy of the privatisation of shared resources developed with public funds and the ongoing commitment to weapons of mass destruction doesn’t even register in the awareness of the meeja. And as for what the true significance of the current stramash in the Gulf of Mexico means for the future of humanity, well, never mind, there’s a World Cup coming up. What is happening in Greece is a straw in the wind and the only response our so called political parties will be able to provide when the wind reaches us, is to arm even more of the police.
I am reminded of a banner from the 1820 Rising –Scotland Free or a Desert – well if Squintneb an the Cleg get their way there will probably be beating jobs on the shooting estates in August at least.
Och aye and for those who are interested my latest books are in the shops
A New History of the Picts and Tales of Whisky both published by Luath Press

And so I return – full of hope for an eventual Spring – the sun is shining and for the first time this year I have been out in sandals (no socks). What I hear you ask, has this to do with the price of mince or any other significant fact. The truth is nothing but it has been a long winter and now just as things begin to improve we are faced with media overkill of the posturings of a set of benighted idiots. Problems with the economy – ditch Trident and the air craft carriers on order. A but what about the jobs? Don’t make me laugh – Wee Gordie is just as keen on protecting the profits of the arms manufacturers as Slick Davie is – no matter how many children are killed, shareholder value rules supreme.
Anyway if there is anyone out there I had a great time last Thursday launching my latest book A New History of the Picts – a very successful night and hopefully tomorrow at the Galgael in Glescae (7 pm) will be as good. This book is an attempt to put together a cohernet narrative that sees the Picts as the indigenous people of Scotland who originally, from the Roman perspective included the Scots of Dalriada, the Gododdin and the Britons of Strathclyde – who were the ancestors of the Hihgland clans and the main building blockof wjat in io time became Scotland. Lots of new ideas but all based on the simple idea that to understand the Picts, the key is kinship not kingship. And the book is a thing of beauty itself.
To keep in the spirit of things old and Scottish I also have another wee book, Tales of Whisky hitting the bookshops, whihc like the Picts’ book is published by Luath Press. HAving spent much of thepast month telling stories and singing songs in scholls the next couple of weeks sees more public gigs. Next Monday, as ever I will be singing in the Windsor Buffet with John Greig and on the 21st will be performing at the opening of an art installation by Dorothy Aitchison at Burnmouth Arts Centre with John Malcolm – Jist Oorsels as we are known (or not).
New courses at Edinburgh Uni’s OLL are the Darker Side of Scottish History and Arthurian Scotland starting next week for any of you who are tough enough!!!!

A Good Analysis

Sometimes the most pertinent political analysis comes from out of nowhere – this one arrived via e-mail from its journey aoaround the ether…
Oxford University researchers have discovered the
heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one
neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called pillocks.
Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert.
However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.
A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2 to 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.
In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganisation will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads,some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons
reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes
Adinistratium (symbol=Ad), an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many pillocks but twice as many morons.

A Good Analysis

Sometimes the most pertinent political analysis comes from out of nowhere – this one arrived via e-mail from its journey aoaround the ether…
Oxford University researchers have discovered the
heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium (symbol=Gv), has one
neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons, and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.
These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called pillocks.
Since Governmentium has no electrons, it is inert.
However, it can be detected, because it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact.
A tiny amount of Governmentium can cause a reaction that would normally take less than a second, to take from 4 days to 4 years to complete.
Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2 to 6 years. It does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.
In fact, Governmentium’s mass will actually increase over time, since each reorganisation will cause more morons to become neutrons, forming isodopes. This characteristic of moron promotion leads,some scientists to believe that Governmentium is formed whenever morons
reach a critical concentration. This hypothetical quantity is referred to as critical morass. When catalysed with money, Governmentium becomes
Adinistratium (symbol=Ad), an element that radiates just as much energy as Governmentium, since it has half as many pillocks but twice as many morons.