Whither the SNP and Scottish independence?

Saturday Night Film

Some of you   may have been aware of  quarrels, discussions

storms in teacups over the summer among supporters of different views of an Independent Scotland

Tiffs among cybernats“, we were told

This interview hints at more fundamental  issues

Are the SNP the equivalent of the Redmond’s Irish Independence Party rather than Irish Republicanism?

Has Westminster blocked two paths to independence –

  1. the gradualist incremental approach. By steadily acquiring more powers for the Scottish Parliament, this was hoped to lead  to de facto independence. However,  the Sewell Convention is worthless and Westminster   refuses to repatriot Brussels powers to Scotland
  2. the Referendum as  the means for self-declaring that Scotland wants to be independent (de iure independence). PM May’s declared “now is not the time” And the SNP appeared to agree.

If so, where does Scotland go now in her quest for independence?

Nicola Sturgeon has set up all the ducks in order to call for Indyref2 as soon as the implications of Brexit (which Scotland did not vote for) are clearer.

Bets are on for Autumn 2018-Spring 2019

But it could be postponed until the end of the Brexit process.

When’s that?

Including the latest UK demand for a time-limited transition period after March 2019?

How long is a piece of string?

IndyRef2 could  even called off if Scotland remains within the Single Market, all the while exiting the EU.

So if the SNP is serious about Independence, is a more radical approach needed?

Is it time for Scotland  to take the gloves off?

 

Brexit, Culloden, Scotland and Ireland

The Brexit Clock is ticking in an ever downward spiral for the UK as it contends with M.Barnier’s team of highly prepared professional EU negotiators.

The British PM is off on yet another walking holiday (in the EU!!!), after dumping loads of unwelcome legislation on a Parliament that was busy packing up for its holidays.

Westminster will only re-convene for a short time in September before junketing off  for another month or so to indulge in  a series of Party Conferences.

PM Theresa May   allegedly  left a message she was refusing to meet with Ms Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister

Presumably she’s still talking directly to  Carwyn Jones (as Wales voted leave). . ..

And to bought and paid for Arlene Foster

She’ll probably say

Lets never mind Catholics, Nationalists, Republicans and Anyone Else who voted remain in Northern Ireland”

To both Scotland and Ireland her message is:

Risultati immagini per we don't care, you don't count

 

So if that ultimate insult to Scotland’s First Minister  really happened  . . .it’s time for a little concert .

Time to get back to our roots.

Time to remember our shared history in Scotland and Ireland

We have been here before – apparent defeat in the face of British  aggression

Query: What is Brexit but an act of aggression against Scotland and Northern Ireland  (which voted against it) and against our gallant allies in Europe?  

Comment: Such a passel of knaves in a nation!!!

Here are two Irish songs written at the time of Culloden.

Recommendations: Skip the background info and words if you want.

Just listen to the songs to appreciate their emotional appeal!!

The first, MO GHILLE MEAR was written by the eighteenth-century poet Seán Clárach Mac Dómhnaill,

Mo Ghille Mear is a traditional allegorical song – similar to the Gaelic poetic form of the Aisling – in which the poet speaks as Ireland and laments the departure of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie).

As is customary, the poetic text portrays the land in decline in his absence. The drum used in this recording is the Irish single-headed frame drum, the bodhrán.This version is sung by the choir of University College Dublin (UCD)

IRISH

Curfá ’Sé mo laoch mo ghille mear ’Sé mo Shaesar, ghille mear,

Ní fhuaras féin aon tsuan ná séan, Ó chuaigh i gcéin mo ghille mear.

Bímse buan ar buairt gach ló, Ag caoi go crua is ag tuar na ndeor Mar scaoileadh uaim an buachaill beo

Is ná ríomhtar tuairisc uaidh, mo bhrón.

Curfá

Ní haoibhinn cuach ba suairc ar neoin Táid fíorchoin uasal ar uaithne sport

Táid saoite suaite i mbuairt ’s i mbrón Ó scaoileadh uaim an buachaill beo Curfá Is cosúil é le hAonghus Óg, Le Lughaidh Mac Chéin na mbéimeann mór, Le Cú Raoi, ardmhac Dáire an óir, Taoiseach Éireann tréan ar tóir.

Curfá

Le Conall Cearnach bhearnadh poirt, Le Fearghas fiúntach fionn Mac Róigh Le Conchubhar cáidhmhac Náis na nós, Taoiseach aoibhinn Chraoibhe an cheoil.

Curfá

ENGLISH

Chorus My dashing darling is my hero My dashing darling is my Caesar I have had neither sleep nor good fortune Since my dashing darling went far away

I am perpetually worried every day Wailing heavily and shedding tears Since my lively boy was released from me

And there is no word of him, alas

Chorus

The pleasure of the cheerful cuckoo at noon is gone

The affable nobility are not bothered with sport

The learned and the cultured are worried and sad Since the lively lad was taken from me

Chorus

He is like Young Aonghus Like Lughaidh Mac Chéin of the great blows Like Cú Raoi, great son of Dáire of the gold Leader of Éire strong in pursuit Chorus

Like Conall Cearnach who breached defences

Like worthy fair haired Feargas Mac Róigh

Like Conchubhar venerable son of Nás of the tradition

The pleasant chieftain of the musical [Fenian] Branch Chorus

 

Our next song is better  known.

Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile  is also  associated with the  cause of Scottish Independence  as it dates  to the 1745-46 Jacobite Rising. It calls the warriors back home in retreat to fight another day.

It became very popular in early 20th century Ireland as Padraig Pearse, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising, changed the words to suit the circumstances.

It was a recurring motif in Ken Loach’s 2006  film “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”  which was set during the Irish War of Independence and Civil war (1919–1923).

IRISH  -‘Sé do bheatha, a bhean ba léanmhar,
Do b’ é ár gcreach thú bheith i ngéibheann,
Do dhúiche bhreá i seilbh méirleach,
Is tú díolta leis na Gallaibh.

Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile,
Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.

Tá Gráinne Mhaol ag teacht thar sáile,
Óglaigh armtha léi mar gharda,
Gaeil iad féin is ní Frainc ná Spáinnigh,
Is cuirfidh siad ruaig ar Ghallaibh.

Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile, (x3)
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.

A bhuí le Rí na bhFeart go bhfeiceam,
Mura mbeam beo ina dhiaidh ach seachtain,
Gráinne Mhaol agus míle gaiscíoch,
Ag fógairt fáin ar Ghallaibh.

Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile, (x3)
Anois ar theacht an tsamhraidh.

ENGLISH: – Welcome oh woman who was so afflicted,

It was our ruin that you were in bondage,
Our fine land in the possession of thieves…
And you sold to the foreigners!

Oh-ro You’re welcome home,
Oh-ro You’re welcome home,
Oh-ro You’re welcome home…
Now that summer’s coming!

Gráinne O’Malley is coming over the sea,
Armed warriors along with her as her guard,
They are Gaels, not French nor Spanish…
And they will rout the foreigners!

Oh-ro You’re welcome home (x3)
Now that summer’s coming!

May it please the King of Miracles that we might see,
Although we may live for a week once after,
Gráinne Mhaol and a thousand warriors…
Dispersing the foreigners!

Oh-ro You’re welcome home (x3)
Now that summer’s coming!

 

 

Remember: This is who we are and who we come from!

 

REFS

https://weegingerdug.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/meeting-with-the-tea-boy/

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/22/uk-brexit-negotiators-powered-by-hope-little-else

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/21/eu-and-britain-fail-to-reach-agreement-on-half-of-issues-in-brexit-talks

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/daily-mail/20160722/281582354983748

arlene, arlene

Risultati immagini per government in difficulties

News of the latest round of Brexit negotiations tomorrow may not be great as  M. Barnier threatens to stall talks until the UK comes up with some feasible proposals.

EU figures in Brussels are “baffled” by how unprepared the British side is.

 

Tory Cabinet in-fighting continues with Ms May stating “No Minister is unsackable” –

Query: including the Prime Minister?

 

Risultati immagini per the straw that broke the camel's back

could well be

Risultati immagini per sturgeon and carwyn jones

 Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon teaming up with Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones to SCUPPER Theresa May’s DUP deal which Ms May described  as just something that “happens in politics”.  .

 

Here’s what some people in Scotland think of our Arlene and the Tory-DUP pact!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Refs

https://archive.is/aJEhm

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/19/theresa-may-no-such-thing-as-an-unsackable-minister

http://www.politico.eu/article/michel-barnier-prepared-to-stall-brexit-talks-over-uk-bill/

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jul/19/theresa-may-no-such-thing-as-an-unsackable-minister

http://archive.is/vJn2G

the great appear great because we are on our knees!

I’m reblogging here an article by Joe Mc Veigh on Jude Collins website

http://www.judecollins.com/2017/07/unionists-gain-irish-re-unification-joe-mcveigh/

“I wonder if they are capable of changing. I wonder if they are serious about building a future together with their neighbours as outlined in various legally binding Agreements”.

Like myself, Joe has his doubts –

Risultati immagini per doubts

Unionist/Loyalist intransigence is very real

The second part of Joe’s article deals with convincing Unionists/Loyalists that they have everything to gain in a Re-United Ireland.
They may well have – but

They don’t want it under any circumstances

Convincing will have no effect.

Sinn Fein and the SDLP are also great at giving advice to Unionists/Loyalists

“the DUP should condemn 11th night bonfires, the UDA and the UVF

And so on and so forth

Advise and Suggest as much as you want –

Risultati immagini per feel free to suggest

Suggestions, recommendations, pleas for rationality, friendly outreach,  have made , and will make, no or a minimal  impact on DUP/Unionist/Loyalist/Orange Order behaviour.

They will in fact just drive them into contrary behaviour patterns and further intransigence.

 

Time to stop, call a halt 

Risultati immagini per call a halt

We have already explained how the Unionists/Loyalists are a tiny minority within the UK 
tiny
They may appear to be a large majority in Northern Ireland but they are not.  

They’re an irrelevance to the bigger picture in three countries but their sectarian bigotry holds us all hostage – never more so than today as they support the May government at Westminster

https://eurofree3.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/answering-the-irish-question/

As James Connolly said

Begging, pleading with Unionists/Loyalists/Orange Order to consider, accept, mitigate their attitude towards the Irish Nationalist/Republican  point of view has got us

 

When Unionists/Loyalists  treat Catholics/Nationalists/Republicans badly,

and do it again and again and again,

and Catholics/Nationalists/Republicans keep waiting and hoping that they will change and treat us well,

or at least not harm us , then we are being abused.

 

Time for Irish men and women to ignore the Unionists/Loyalists/Orange Order

Time to press on regardless for what we want

If Unionists/Loyalists can fit in – fine

If they can’t – they’ll have to learn to

Risultati immagini per like it or lump it

 

PIcs

https://iriansupdate.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/application-of-consumer-neuroscience-to-market-research/

http://www.appalachianmtnroots.com/2017/04/phrases-of-appalachia-like-it-or-lump-it.html

http://slideplayer.com/slide/9897763/