Notes From the Northern Colony

Scotland in the End Times of the UK

Nicola Sturgeon says tomorrow’s election is the most important Scotland has had in decades. While we expect hyperbole from politicians, especially close to an election, she is not exaggerating. It might be the most important Scottish election ever.

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As I have recently written about the 20th Century’s attempt to invade the 21st, it would be remiss of me not to mention another emissary from that period, George Galloway, former socialist and former MP, who now represents reactionaries who want Scotland to stay in the UK, against reactionaries who want Scotland to be independent.

When it comes to disgracing oneself in public, Alex Salmond is a hard man to beat, but Mr Galloway is up to the challenge. Now the leader of the All For Unity party, yesterday he wrote on Tw****r:

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If you are a virus in Scotland, things have been tough since the start of this year, with lockdown making it harder for you to kill people. But tomorrow your life will get easier. Lockdown is ending, Scotland is moving to Level 3. Here are all the ways you can find victims starting tomorrow:

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“Let me sing you some Wet Wet Wet…”

In Craig Murray’s latest post, he laments his irrelevance, and that of his pals from the 20th Century:

“Peter Bell, Barrhead Boy, Robin McAlpine, James Kelly, Jeggit, Stuart Campbell, Iain Lawson, and me – I could go on with a dozen more – these were the writers to whom pro-Independence people turned in their hundreds of thousands to escape from the diet of unionist propaganda they were fed from the BBC and papers. These bloggers and independent journalists were, along with the All Under One Banner marches, the heartbeat of Independence.”

Oh, those were the days. And then he moves from pitiful to insane:

“I regard this election as just the start for Alba. I look forward to participating in democratic debate that shapes its policies.”

This is up there with his recent prediction that Joanna Cherry would replace Nicola Sturgeon as First Minister within a year. Or was it six months?

#craigmurray #albaparty #barrheadboy #robinmcalpine #wingsoverscotland #joannacherry #nicolasturgeon #snp #scottishpolitics #scottishblogs

—GM Stevenson

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Susan Aitken

In the last two days, more than 3500 people have signed the petition to save Maryhill Library. And now Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken claims there are no plans to close it, just to change its location to the other side of Maryhill Road.

On Tw*****, Ms Aitken wrote:

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During lockdown, Maryhill Library has, rightly, been closed. Now Glasgow Life has announced that it will not re-open.

Maryhill Library is a life-saver for some people in this community, one of the city’s most deprived. Children benefitted from story time and homework club. There is a writing group. The library is not a luxury, it is a necessity for so many of us: unemployed people, pensioners, young people, those who cannot afford to buy books and newspapers, people who do not own computers, people who just need a quiet, warm place where they can go to read, write or think. The staff are compassionate and supportive.

Maryhill Library has served the community for more than a century, and it must not be allowed to close now. Please sign this petition. And, if a petition is not enough, I suggest we take non-violent direct action and occupy the library to prevent it being used for any other purpose.

#maryhilllibrary #glasgow #glasgowlife #libraryclosures #scottishblogs

—GM Stevenson

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Spotted near the Halfpenny Bridge this morning. Nice reference to the 1971 novel by Nanni Balestrini.

#glasgow #graffiti #anarchism #socialism #scottishindependence #scottishpolitics #scottishblogs #nannibalestrini

—GM Stevenson

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In the last few weeks, quite a few supermarket trolleys have been strewn around the Wyndford scheme, some arranged so artfully it might be worth applying to Creative Scotland for an award. Presumably they are being taken from the nearby Tesco, but what are those who liberate them doing to bypass the automatic locking of the wheels?

#wyndford #maryhill #glasgow #urbanecology #scottishblogs

—GM Stevenson

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There is a place near the River Kelvin in Glasgow where I like to do walking meditation in the morning. Yesterday, I saw this scarf, neatly tied, hanging from a railing there. At first I thought it might be yet another memorial, but there was only the scarf. I had heard about people leaving scarves and other clothing in public places for whoever needs them, but this was the first I had seen. Before walking on, I bowed to the scarf and to the unknown (to me) person who left it there.

#glasgow #compassion #meditation #scottishblogs

—GM Stevenson

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I have yet to hear from any of the gentlemen addressed in this post, so today I dared to make some of what Andrew Baddon, election assistant to Bob Doris MSP, called “political social media posts.”

#bobdorismsp #patrickgradymp #councillorjohnletford #snp #princephilip #scottishpolitics #scottishblogs #censorship

—GM Stevenson

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