notes from the northern colony


A week into September, I wrote about the cognitive dissonance caused by the Scottish government’s washing its hands of any leadership role in the pandemic. I pointed out that branch meetings of the SNP (of which I am a member) were being held online, but that people were free to gather in clubs unmasked.

Yesterday, with 2262 new cases, and 20 new deaths, also came the news that the SNP’s national conference will take place online, not in person. This, a party spokesman said, is “to keep everyone safe” and “protect the NHS.”

So, the SNP knows it is dangerous to have in-person events, and has, rightly, decided not to have any. But everyone else can…

I have no anlysis to offer about this; the congnitive dissonance is too overwhelming. If there is any logic here, it is dream logic, and the result will be a nightmare.

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Pilate Washes His Hands, painting by Duccio

The Scottish government’s current handling (or absence of handling) of the pandemic has created a terrifying cognitive dissonance.


While I advise against following the leaflet’s advice to “search F******k,” and I find the “End Glasgow Life” slogan unfortunately ambivalent (it sounds like an honest Tory manifesto), I will be at this rally against closures of Glasgow’s libraries and other public venues. We will assemble at St Mungo’s at 12:30pm and head to the People’s Palace half an hour later.


The latest reminder that Scottish devolution is only symbolic:


GM Stevenson, seen from behind, walking on the docks in Reykjavik. Sea, cloudy sky, boatPhoto: daishin

June 17 is Icelandic National Day, commemorating the foundation of The Republic of Iceland in 1944.


As of yesterday, there can be no denying Scotland is an occupied country.


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.


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.


Craig Murray holding two microphones

“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:


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: