Our Imperial Master

Immense effort has been put into the unionist project of framing Scottish nationalism as the product of small-minded and petty Anglophobia. Both the Westminster establishment and the Scottish unionists have attempted, thankfully without much success, to paint the independence movement as a collection of under-educated and impoverished malcontents driven by a common hatred of the English. This could not be further from the truth.

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Master Knows Better

How primitive of us to think that Gàidhlig is part of our heritage, our history, and our culture. We should know by now that only the master really knows our country. Perhaps we should write an apology: Tha sinn duilich gu dearbh, ach tha e àm a ghabh sinn ar dùthcha air ais.

Secure Activism

We are enemies of the state. We are a greater threat to the existence of the state than any Islamist terror network that ever has or ever will exist. Great Britain has been faced with no comparable threat since the Nazi occupation of Europe. We are the advance guard of a movement of about two million Scottish voters. We are the politicised and engaged activists of Scotland’s independence movement, a largely left-wing separatist movement that is continuing to grow in strength and appeal.

Privacy in Our Cyber Spaces

Everyone has something to hide. Mark Zuckerberg can say that privacy is no longer the norm, but in his own private life he contradicts this by the extraordinary measures he and his wife take to keep themselves hidden even from their own neighbours. The things that we hide need not be criminal or immoral or shameful, it is simply the case that we are programmed to have secret and private lives as well as the life we lead in public. The argument that the innocent have nothing to hide begins to crumble when we suggest rigging people's homes with cameras.

Cambridge Analytica Conspiracy

Not so long ago the image of a super-wealthy international villain with designs on global domination was the stuff of fiction, the standard fare of the James Bond novels and movie franchise. A few years ago, with talk of the Carlyle and Bilderberg groups, it had graduated into the sphere of the crackpot conspiracy theorists. But now in the aftermath of Brexit the spectre of the plutocratic puppet master of geopolitics has at last arrived.

An Illusion of Democracy

Governments come and go, but all the while there remains a permanent sub-structure to the state – the bureaucratic state – that remains essentially unaltered no matter which particular political party is in government or which particular personality is head of state or head of government.