Tagged: Scotland


Brexit was a political gambit by Mr Cameron to head off a challenge from the right by UKip/Fearage in the parliamentary election last year. He had to reverse course in a last ditch effort to stave off a disaster that would be an entirely Tory manufactured own goal. Now he’s out of a job.

Plebiscitary democracy has an ignoble history. Brexit is the latest chapter in that history.

Plebiscites are notoriously poor vehicles for democratic decision making and one doesn’t even have to resort to Godwinian references to find examples:

California’s Proposition 13 (1978)
California’s Proposition 209 (1996)
California’s Proposition 8 (2008)

The lot of the working class would still be miserable post-Brexit. Then who would they blame?

The problem for the poor is that the elite wind up winning anyway, no matter what the outcome is/was.

A Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal might be necessary given the extreme propaganda of the Brexiteers.

Once Scotland and Northern Ireland leave, it will be Tiny England.

Brexit remorse has already overcome the leading Leavetariat.

Nicola Sturgeon is the big winner. The fact that she’ll parlay Brexit into a second Scottish referendum makes her the most savvy politician in the UK.

The silver lining for Labour is that Mr Corbyn’s incompetent performance makes him more cullable than ever.


Scotland did well to save itself from self-inflicted disaster. Another Savonarola exits the world historical stage.

Childhood memories of Little Red Riding Hood are difficult to repress.

Do newspaper editors drop football journalists when they produce a patch of lackluster articles.

For Europe to be unified, it needs a common enemy. Either Putin or the USA Ryder Cup team suffice for this purpose.

Lauryn Hill has a track record of being a terrible live performer, appearing to have lost touch with reality.

Hopefully, there will be an homage to Dominique Sanda in the not too far distant future.

For all we know

Freedom is merely formal if it isn’t accompanied by economic security. This is the sober reality facing an independent Scotland.

Plebiscites are questionable as a democratic procedure, especially if the outcome is decided by a simple majority rather than a supermajority (two-thirds).

It’s confirmed: peak (Glenn) Greenwald has been reached.

This is not the first death threat issued by the NRA and not the last.

Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning lived on cheap beer and cigarettes in the 1930s and 40s.

Never say never

Sunday morning political talk shows are reality journalism.

Nothing brings more happiness than a royal baby.

Secessionists don’t think through all the ramifications: Texas, no NFL; Scotland, no currency/security.

Elizabeth I would never have allowed such a schism to be carried off.

Plebiscitary democracy is a questionable form of democracy in action.

Just the same

There’s something to be said for the Miami Vice theory of policing according to which no suspect ever reaches the courtroom.

Mr Putin is the Chichikov of Russian politics.

It’s sad to think the future of Scotland hangs on the outcome of a TV debate. Territorial disputes should be settled the old fashioned way: by cannon, grapeshot, and heavy horse.

Nothing says ‘Merica better than an Uzi-toting 9 year old facing a manslaughter charge.

No robot could be as intelligent as a border collie.

Based on early reports out of London, Kate Bush is the Callas of proggy pop.

Summer breeze

As far as independence movements go, the Scottish independence movement is incompetent.

The POTUS just unleashed the hounds of war.

Despite the treachery around Nigella Lawson, the job of servant has been rehabilitated through costume dramas like Downton Abbey.

Cue “Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction for Ms Kirchner.

Coincidence that Mr Snowden was granted an extended stay just after Russian hackers took down billions of passwords.