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September 12, 2010


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All of them are just political propoganda comics. Under the disguise of "news".

I can only echo all the praise by the previous commentators......a SUPERB piece!!!
BTW, I only buy the Scotsman on the days your column appears in it because most of the time I can't stand the overt ant-SNP tenor of the writing. Unfortunately, The Herald is now even worse than the Scotsman since the ex-Daily Record man and Donald Martin were appointed.
Keep up the good work.

Excellent article!

Is there any chance you could do an article on "Newsnet Scotland" and its attempts to counter the biased Unionist media?

If you mention "Newsnet Scotland" on the BBC's "Blether With Brian" webpage your comments are removed. Free press? Freedom of speech? Worrying!

Excellent article Joan, as usual. What we need now is for the Scottish Government to publish an INDEPENDENCE budget, along side the devolved budget with all its savage cuts, so that the contrast is clear, that BRITAIN IS BROKE, and that we need independence NOW more than ever.
Keep up the good work. Scotland needs more journalists like you to tell it as it is.

Your last two sentences say it all, Joan. More power to your keyboard!

Years ago, I was an ardent Skye bridge scam anti toll bridge campaigner. One eminent Tory politician, Hamilton by name had the crass ignorance/arrogance to call me a luddite and a lunatic!! I took great exception to that ill conceived utterance. Firstly, because I was a professional engineer engaged in the repairing, servicing and maintainence of erm ...machinery which I heaped tender loving care on.
Secondly, being called a lunatic because I strongly disagreed with both Tory and New Labour flagship policies and their application in Scotland and elsewhere *. How dare they presume to dictate policies to the folk in Scotland which goes against what they would wish for themselves and their communities. How dare they treat us with contempt as if we were too wee, too parochial and too lacking in ambition to think and act for ourselves. We're too stupid and immature doncha know. Little childen should neither be seen or heard apparently. Even when those little childen mature, have intelligence and independent thought, deviant from what Westmidden considers to be appropriate to our station in life.How dare they continue with this nonsense in this enlightened age when education is universal in Scotland and folk can think for themselves. Don't they understand contempt breeds comtempt. Aye ...and resentment.

Tom McAlister.

*see George Monbiot's Captive State for short biography and ...list of resentments.

What scotland needs right now is for those of us who want independence, and in particular our elected representatives, to stop being defensive and to stop appeasing the uniuonists. we need to be on the attack constantly to counter their lies.

To give just one minor example, the Dumfries Courier had an editorial on Friday that stated with no hint of irony that the coming custs were being administered by the SNP Government. That sort of lie is nearly transparent but it will fool some. Labour is attempting to blame someone else for everything, even the disaster of the trams in Edinburgh FFS.

Off your knees, Salmond, and start kicking their arses. We know you can destroy them with your eyes shut, so it's time... to attack.

Yes, Yes, Yes.
We are with you.

Good post, I will mention it on my blog.. Cheers

Well said Joan!

Go lassie go!

Great article Joan, but is it only me that despairs of the SNP's publicity unit? Why are they not hammering out the message, for instance, about Edinburgh Trams, which was forced through by the Unionists and is now a huge white elephant. Do we want Iain Gray as FM. I think I would have to emigrate out of embarrasment!

Thats another great article from you joan, brilliant stuff. A point that should be hammered home by the SNP on peoples doorsteps between now and may, and its a very simple and powerfull point, is, when you put your x next to the SNP on a ballot paper you are doing far more than simply voting for a political party, you are stating a belief, you are saying you believe in the PEOPLE of scotland! the unionist partys dont, they constantly tell them it would be a disaster if they ran their own affairs, what a low opinion the have of the people of scotland. believe in yourselfs people! believe.
ps. sorry i missed you in moffat joan, I had to go to glasgow! hope you got on ok.

But how, Marian? I sincerely hope that the SNP have something up their sleeve for the election in May, but at the moment all I see is a fairly naive attempt at consensus-based on the received wisdom that the cuts in public spending we're about to see are A Bad Thing. I don't agree with that, but let's put that to the side for the time being. The SNP ought to be going in hard-for example, by repeating again and again and again that the Labour party wants to increase council tax-let them deny it with any credibility.

Salmond, Sturgeon et al should be attacking the Labour party, not mollifying them-for what? For the possibility of a Lab/SNP coalition next year? That would destroy the SNP. The thought of Labour in government from 2011-2015 makes me shudder...I cannot imagine the economic and social wasteland they'd leave behind.

AS should stand up now and say that the SNP will never, under any circumstances, go into coalition with Labour. As a party, the SNP needs to look like a clear contrast to Labour, not a close relation.

Well put Joan.
I was out delivering my MSP's annual report today and one older guy called out for me to wait as he opened the door. He handed me back the report and I said it was OK it wasn't aflier fr Pizza delivery. 'Don't care!' he said. Itold him what it was; 'Don't care. Don't want it!'. Isn't this just typical of the problems the SNP has in convncing Scts to listen?

I wish this could put on advertising hoardings all around Scotland... so everyone had the chance to read and ponder.

Righteous indignation - love it. We need more of that attitude.


A printed copy of this succinct analysis should be delivered to every household in Scotland.

Positive consensus lies with Soverainers from all political parties and none.


More power to your pen. No chance of getting The Hootsmon to publish thsi I suppose? :-)

Well said, Joan. The Lib Dems in particular are bereft of ideas, and did nothing to counter the economic decline in the Scottish Borders, which saw a huge decline in GVA per capita during their period in office.

However, it is the Gray man's comments that once again demonstrate that Labour are completely out of touch with the aspirations of Scots and use of the term "vanity project" is an insult to Scots that should be noted by the substantial number of Labour supporters who support Independence for Scotland.


Spot on analysis of the quicksand that the unionists are walking upon.

The SNP must pull out all the stops to ensure that it swallows the unionists up completely at the 2011 Scots government elections.

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