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  1. The first two could be turned around after a few years. The third, probably, we would have to live with forever.
  2. A 'Spanish lullaby' but apparently about an isla bonita in Belize.
  3. I quite like the idea of some hapless hack from the Record digging for SNP conspiracy getting hold of this thread and others and starts to wonder what is going on here, trying to trace and link various threads on politics, independence, household repairs, bees (?) and pens and fibre optics, trying to work out an angle on it.
  4. Yes, the Kenmure St action was, I think, a very immediate local grassroots thing and not party political. My memory is hazy but the internet reminds me there was a Scotland Demands Democracy march and a vigil for a Scottish Parliament on Calton Hill. "The main vigil for the Scottish Parliament was set up on Calton Hill after the General Election of 1992, with a pledge to keep it continuously occupied until a Scottish Parliament was achieved. After 1,980 days of continuous occupation its work was done."
  5. England seem to have developed a resilience that serves a team well who would would go far. Spain will know that if they're not two up with a minute to go, they can't rest easy until that final whistle is eventually blown. And they can't rely on England messing up on penalties either.
  6. I see trying to ward off an England victory as a sort of insurance policy, against all the tribal supremacy and derision we'd get if they won. Football rivalry is not cosy, and it cuts both ways, that's fine. But the media forget this when they ask if we want England to win. They want us to be all nice cuddly bunnies and support them, as if implying we'd be bigots not to, but if they were to actually win it, we'd be on the receiving end, treated as losers and mugs, no matter how nice we'd been.
  7. On civil disobedience though, I think things need to be proportionate, and chime with moderate opinion; if you get ahead of the electorate you may be punished for it. I think issues like the Hoyle/Starmer Gaza thing should be more vigorously challenged and disrupted. That is a case where the rules were broken but the establishment parties got away with it. As I see it that's where civil disobedience (or its parliamentary equivalent) can bite and attract attention and sympathy. Even mild mannered unionists and middle Englanders could acknowledge they'd have a point, not just a bunch of Scots with a grievance. The international community would also take note. If they caused a parliamentary blockage for a day or two it could make the international news. Instead, probably most of the public probably not paying attention and simply think Labour want a ceasefire cos they said so and that's what is reported. But it can be hard when sovereignty is nibbled away out of public reach. People marched for a Scottish Parliament, but when the Internal Market Bill came in to undermine devolution, there was hardly a whimper, at least from Labour, and the media. Progress takes some steps forward, and some steps back.
  8. Some good points there, not least the radical flank idea. Seen that way, maybe a problem for the SNP was it became the radical flank on one or two issues that it needn't have; they could have had the Greens as a radical flank on one side and Alba as a radical flank on the other, and the SNP would be seen as the moderate mainstream. I'm not sure though if Alba would necessarily be the vehicle for civil disobedience etc. Salmond seems to want to recreate a conventional political party, and I don't necessarily see him one for manning the barricades or flirting with imprisonment, especially at his age. But in any case, I'd have thought Salmond could have more to offer in a strategic role, he always seems to be thinking about the bigger picture and things like international recognition and EFTA etc, outside the box marked 'British politics'. I think the SNP or at least the independence movement needs more of that. SNP got successful winning British elections but we see the limitations of that now, they got successful winning the British game in the short term but that is turning into a British long term. Salmond would ideally be used for statecraft, and in the international arena his 'local difficulties' and any local unpopularity would not matter. He'd be moving in a world where politicians are 'not angels' either. A radical flank could have been the Scottish Socialists, maybe some day they will resurrect. Or a grassroots movement that is not confined by the rules of the British party game and gets things word of mouth not reliant on mainstream media.
  9. Sure, there are many lessons to learn from SNP failings, and Alba have some ideas worth listening to. But it's kind of ironic to see Alba supporters mocking and deriding Tracey Little on Wings over Scotland Twitter account, triggered by 'that photo', as if scapegoating her for SNP unpopularity. I see that she personally got more votes than all of the Alba votes in Scotland put together. Arguably the finger of blame in Dumfries & Galloway should be pointed at the Greens, whose vote if added to the SNP could have removed the Tories. Even so, the Green candidate, who came sixth, still got more votes than any individual Alba candidate across Scotland. Just sayin'
  10. So, Colombia through to the final, beating Uruguay 1-0 playing half the game with 10 men after a sending off. Looks like there was a rammy at the end of the game, with players jostling and then Uruguay players ploughing into the crowd and brawling with Colombian fans. Apparently something to do with defending their families in the family enclosure.
  11. The point about the 'voluntary union' question is that the unionists insist UK is a voluntary, cuddly family of nations, so desirable that no-one is forced to stay, but in the next breath they deny the right to leave. In a sense it doesn’t matter what the exact proportion wanting out is, it's the principle: just like there's a big difference being in a marriage you couldn't leave, and one you could. Even if right now you're OK with the marriage, if you realised your partner could and would prevent you leaving it might put you off staying. The UK that Scots voted to remain in in 2014 was sold as a voluntary, 'equal' union. If they'd said 'Scotland, you are not a nation, vote to stay a region in a unitary state', it's more likely people would have voted out.
  12. Argentina through to the final, to await Uruguay or Colombia. Could be tasty either way.
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