Amber Rudd, your policies are racist.

Orkney Voles fear deportation lists.

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Orkney Voles concealing their foreign origins to avoid deportation.

The Vole has been trying to mind his own business, pottering around the burrow and scribbling away. “Politics are for humans, you have caused enough trouble. Keep your snout out of things that don’t concern you.”

There I was, chewing the wood lice thoughtfully, when Mrs Vole came into my private chamber, her fur sparkling with rage. She had, despite my best advice, ‘been listening to the news. “They are going to drive out the fulmars she said, foreign birds, coming in here, stealing our cliffs. What are they going to do to us, our family came from Belgium?Its not as if we eat a lot of corn and we never use the NHS – you try making an appointment for a baby vole, they are just not interested. And you just tapping away and making up stories. Shame on you Cedric Vole!”

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David Cameron quits as Conservative MP for Witney – BBC News

Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron stands down as an MP, triggering a by-election in his Oxfordshire seat of Witney.

Source: David Cameron quits as Conservative MP for Witney – BBC News

This makes me very happy.

It made Mrs Vole happy and all the little new voles too.

This has to be the first time that David Cameron ever made me happy.

A Stark Nuclear Warning by Jerry Brown | The New York Review of Books

AS Westminster votes to put the lives of all of Scotland at risk from nuclear accident – read this review of William Perry’s autobiography. This man who was US Secretary for Defence could not be more about the stupidity of nuclear weapons. He argues that we have survived so far by accident. Mrs Vole says that this article is the kind of reason the Internet is not good – it is just bad for the nerves, especially at breakfast.

My Journey at the Nuclear Brink

by William J. Perry, with a foreword by George P. Shultz
Stanford Security Studies, 234 pp., $85.00; $24.95 (paper)

 

I know of no person who understands the science and politics of modern weaponry better than William J. Perry, the US Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1997. When a man of such unquestioned experience and intelligence issues the stark nuclear warning that is central to his recent memoir, we should take heed. Perry is forthright when he says: “Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger.”1 He also tells us that the nuclear danger is “growing greater every year” and that even a single nuclear detonation “could destroy our way of life.”

Source: A Stark Nuclear Warning by Jerry Brown | The New York Review of Books

On this anniversary of the Somme. We will not allow politicians divide Europe and let slaughter happen again.

220px-High_Wood_cemetery,_FranceOn this anniversary of the Somme. We will not let Michael Gove and Nigel Farage  divide Europe and create an atmosphere where this can happen again.

Boris has fallen. The Tories and Labour have imploded. The Liberal Democrats seem organised (both of them) because they have kept their heads down and mouths, shut. Almost sensible

These people matter. They create peace and war. Everyone who reads this will have had their lives shaped by European War, we do not know our relations who fought at Jutland and the Somme, but they were there. All of us have places empty at our tables because of it, cousins who were never born, sorrows that poisoned the lives of our parents and grandparents that lead into another horror, slowly, inexorably. It can happen again, it will happen again, unless we stop it. Us. You and me

We were betrayed then by a bankrupt political class and they are doing ti again, before our eyes, these cold eyed bastards, these evil men who conflate their own ambitions with what is good for all us. Curse them all.

20,000 people died in one day – almost the current population of Orkney.

We will stop our politicians doing this again. We are all types of the ordinary people – we are the farmers, the fishermen, the artisans, the writers, the people who work in coffee shops, the sick, the unemployed. We are the people who make up Britain, Scotland, England,

What this country is like is not up to these fools and idiots who govern from Westminster. It is up to us now. We are the people who really determine matters.  If we offer a cup of tea, the country becomes friendly; a bed for the night, it becomes hospitable.

Every part of me wants Scottish Independence, more than ever. BUT I have lived in England for a long time. I have family, lovers, colleagues, decent people. I will not abandon them to the far right and to Fascism – and make no mistake, the Fascists are back and their fellow travellers.

How we enable them to come here and be safe matters. We created a Scottish Independence movement that is supported by the new Scots who have come here from England. We must go further. I don’t know how yet, but we must think about it on this anniversary of a day when 20,0000 people died.

Come all ye at home with Freedom. Our English comrades are afraid and they need to know we will welcome them here with open arms.

Hamish Henderson in 1997
Hamish Henderson – the poet who wrote the ‘Freedom Call All Ye”

Remembering  the horrors of poverty and fascism Hamish Henderson wrote the great anthem of Scottish freedom – an anthem that combined the hopes of international socialism with the vision of independence.

The song commemorates John McLean, the great hero, who was imprisoned in the dungeons of Edinburgh Castle during WW1 and died as a result of the TB he contracted there, made worse by his giving his coat to a man who did not have one.

“Roch the wind in the clear day’s dawin

Rough the winds in the clear day’s dawning.

Blaws the cloods heelster-gowdie ow’r the bay

Blows the clouds helterskelter over the bay

But there’s mair nor a roch wind blawin

But there’s more than a rough wind blowing

Through the great glen o the warld the day.”

Through the great glen of the world today.

The gist of the song

There is a rough wind blowing across the glens. If you believe in freedom, you are welcome here and we will do what we can to give you homes and food. We were in an Empire that divided the world and now we want to be part of the healing – all races, especially those that cursed us, welcome.

I am hit by the sheer terror that seems to be hitting my friends in England – the liberal, decent people I worked and lived beside for over 20 years – these people are mostly professionals with left wing attitudes, lots of education and huge amounts of skills. All are horrified. I have never known people talk about exit plans and they seem very afraid.

I would like to say that this fear is groundless but with what we have seen happen in our lifetimes, we cannot say that. We have all watched stable democracies, united countries descend into levels of economic anguish and violence that we would have thought impossible. Because of the census, they now know religions and sexuality, ethnicity, all that bastards need to be able to purge and remove.

The abdication of leadership in the English political parties is astonishing. The big parties of Government are in disarray – only the right and far right seems capable of functioning at the moment – it is hard to believe they would not storm home in any election — and in England there is a state that has incomparable data on its citizens and without the discipline of the European courts, can do anything it likes.

Scotland is clear it wants to stay in the European Union – it seems inconceivable to me that they would not take us; we share the values, the beliefs and we want to be in it. Yesterday, many, many of my colleagues in IndyRef reported the same phenomenon; ardent unionists coming up and saying that we have no choice but the SNP now. Good. Now, lets get this country sorted!

There is no shame in people changing their minds when the world has altered. The deal we were offered in 2014, to be an autonomous part of a UK within the EU, is dead. The choice is clear – rule from a resurgent right wing OR to be part of the progressive democracies of Europe. It is one or the other – it cannot be both.  So, no contest.

We have to be clear to our comrades in England and Wales that we will welcome them – not out of charity but because the ones who are in grief now are the best and the brightest. They will take with them their skills, their resources, their openness – these values, wealth and expertise that we need to be strong in the new Europe, whatever shape it takes.

Here,  in the islands in particular, we have the space – our population is a fraction of what it was a hundred years ago. We have the land, buildings that can be rebuilt, hearth stones that can see fire again.

People are starting to use poly tunnels to make land fertile again – the information technology that means networking and distance working is possible. The infrastructure collapses and we just start growing more potatoes, neeps and carrots, not exciting but we will get by.

Above all, we have peace and safety – this we have to share now.  None of this can or will be easy but we can do the nation building again – become something positive and wonderful.

Citizenship

Lots of people are writing about how to get a Scottish passport. Well, there is no such thing. We use the same EU passports as everyone else and are as committed to the free movement of peoples as the rest of the European Union.

in the referendums on our future since 1997, the voting criteria has been that all European Union citizens had a say, and this was extended to those above 16.

In 2014, it was clear that everyone who was on the voting role could become a citizen. I see no reason to think that anything would be different now. To be part of Scotland’s future, we don’t care about who your grandparents were, but about you, and that you are prepared to make the commitment to the country to live here.

The Scottish independence referendum was a festival of politics compared with the horrorshow of Brexit.

Iain Macwhirter

Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to forswear political opportunism and campaign for remaining in the European Union has been vindicated by the horror show taking place south of the border. Never has the gulf in political culture between Scotland and England been so wide as in the past week, as the row over immigration overwhelmed the EU debate – complete with overtly racist imagery in the infamous Brexit poster.

And lest anyone claim this is in itself a racialist comment on the character of English people let me say right away there is nothing in the Scots’ DNA that immunises them from racial intolerance. Indeed, there is evidence the very absence of black and brown faces in Scotland has led to some prejudicial sentiments going unchallenged in the past. No – it is not the English are different, it is that Scottish politics and history are different.

Racism and immigration are not…

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In mourning for Britain. Woe upon us. Help us Europe.

Woe upon us.

Many of us thought this would happen – that the only way we could ensure staying in Europe was to vote independence. This was the huge scare that was held over our heads.

This is the worst day I have seen in politics.

We have seen reckless people destroy our democracy. A minority have threatened the peace of Europe – the consensus that kept that the far-right under  control is now gone – all over the Continent the neofascists will be looking out of their rat-holes and pushing back the tomb stones.

We cannot stay in the United Kingdom. It is not united anymore. Those who told us we had the same values and concerns as people throughout the rest of the country lied – or worse still, they were incompetent.

Now, our future is dependent on the leaders of Europe. Please help us stay. Angela Merkel, please help Scotland, help us work together for a united, free and strong Europe. We have made our democratic will clear, we want to work with you and your colleagues.

Look away now if easily offended… | Scotto Voce

Look away now if easily offended…Posted on 10/06/2016 by David SteeleThe reaction on Twitter last night to Nicola Sturgeon’s appearance on the ITV EU debate was quite telling.  It seems that there are some, actually quite a lot of people in the UK who don’t like to see lying politicans getting owned.  Here’s a lovely sample of the patriotic ‘Brits’ for you to enjoy.  Look away now if you’re easily offended:

Source: Look away now if easily offended… | Scotto Voce