I need to apologise to readers because over the past couple of weeks blog posts haven’t been as regular and frequent as usual, and not because I’m fending off abusive emails from people who are outraged that someone dared to criticise the poppy cult. Well I say “fending off”. What I really mean is blocking their email addresses so that future communications from them will go directly into the trash, and setting up filters to trash emails using certain key words and phrases typical of abuse so that they’ll never reach my inbox in the first place. You’d think from these people that the only enemy that the UK ever fought against was yer actual Nazis. Funny that they claim that Britain only fought wars in order to ensure we all have the right to self-expression and then they’re outraged and angry that anyone actually uses it.
Unfortunately over the coming weeks it’s likely that I’ll only be able to post about two or three times a week instead of posting almost daily as I once did. I’m pretty inundated with other pro-independence stuff. You know, like meeting with my Russian handlers, at least according to the frothing British nationalist Steve Sayers. Apparently I’m eager to work with authoritarian governments which don’t respect the right to self-determination and which enforce oppressive laws which discriminate against LGBTQ people. Who knew? Anyway, the British state is perfectly capable of falling into a moribund disrepute without any assistance from the Russians. It’s been doing a marvellous job of self-harm these past months, and not a Kremlin spook in sight.
But back in the real world, and not the insane fantasy universe of British nationalists (who aren’t nationalists at all because they’re British) in which the British state and its supporters are poor helpless victims, I’ve been doing a lot of pro-independence events of late, some of which involve overnight stays. Since I’ve also got to write for The National, and for iScot magazine, this eats into the time I’ve got to write blog pieces. When the blog started I could post daily because I was a full time carer who couldn’t get out of the house as I was looking after my late partner who was in the final stages of dementia. Now I’m out and about speaking to local groups all over the country, which is great, but it does reduce the available time left for blogging.
On Friday I was in Rothesay, and had to stay overnight because the last ferry is at 7.30pm. Then on Saturday I had to get an early ferry so I could get back to Glasgow in time to feed the dog before taking him to Edinburgh for the afternoon session of the SIC Build Conference. He was deeply impressed. So impressed that he decided to have a snooze on the stage of the Usher Hall. Alex Salmond was very impressed with how the dog sat down immediately on command, although I didn’t want to point out that had more to do with the dug thinking there was the prospect of another bit of chicken kebab rather than the undoubted leadership abilities of the former First Minister.
The Conference went really well, there was a fantastic turn out, and a lot of great ideas came out of it. We’re determined to ensure that the momentum keeps going with the local groups conferences, the first of which is in Dunblane on December 16 and which is now fully booked. There will also be local group conferences in the New Year in Inverness for the north of Scotland, and in Dumfries for groups in the south. I’ll post details of those when they’re confirmed.
The only way that the Build Conference could have been any better would have been if the British nationalists’ favourite Twitter troll Brian Spanner had sent one of his incarnations along. A Brian was present at the last Build Conference in Glasgow in December last year, and I was gutted that he couldn’t take some time out from bravely making anonymous apologies to the women he’s been abusive towards in order to come along to this weekend’s conference in the Usher Hall. It was already an important occasion in the progress of the Scottish independence movement, but if a Brian had returned to it it would have become a truly epic event of global historical importance. It would have been the first time ever that sick had returned to a dug.
This coming week I’m in Cambuslang on Monday 6 November, speaking at an event organised by Cambusland SNP in the Cambuslang Institute at 37 Greenlees Rd, Cambuslang, G72 8JE. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. On Thursday 9 November I’ll be speaking at a showing of the London Calling documentary organised by Clackmannan North SNP at Tillicoultry Golf Club. Then on Friday 10 November I’ll be speaking at the opening of the Yes Hub in Montrose, which is at 10 George Street Montrose at 7.15pm. This is followed by an event at the George Hotel in 22 George St Montrose, DD10 8EW. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. On Wednesday 8 November I’m attending a meeting of the SIC committee to discuss issues arising from this weekend’s conference.
On Saturday 11 November I’ll be at the Yes Bar in Drury Street in Glasgow from 7pm along with Greg Moodie and Chris Cairns for the launch of Chris’s new book of cartoons, Send in the Clowns. The book will be available on the night, and from all good bookshops as of the 11th, and you can also get a copy on Amazon. Buy a copy, cos he’s got a lion called Hamish to support.
Later this month I’m speaking at an event in West Linton on November 22 by a local group interested in Scotland’s future. It’s at the Graham Institute (aka the village hall) starting at 7.30pm. Then on Friday 24th I’m speaking at a St Andrew’s dinner organised by SNP Arran on Saturday 25th November. It’s at the Kinloch Hotel in Blackwaterfoot. The following day, Sunday 26th November I’m speaking at the Three Nations St Andrews dinner at the Mediterrannea Restaurant, 4 Viewfield Place, Stirling FK8 1NQ, starting at 7pm. And the day after, Monday 27th November I’m speaking at the St Andrews dinner in Deeside, at The Boat Inn, Charlestown Road, Aboyne AB34 5EL, organised by Pensioners for Independence and Aberdeenshire SNP. Tickets for this event are available here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-andrews-evening-with-guest-the-wee-ginger-dug-paul-kavanagh-tickets-39020414109?utm_term=eventname_text
Then after all that I’ve got a week’s holiday before ploughing straight back into it all again. There might not be quite so many blog posts as there were when I started this blog, but rest assured that I’m still as committed as ever and working harder than ever before.
Over the past few months I’ve increasingly come to believe that during the first independence referendum we were debating whether Scotland should become an independent country, but now the debate is about when Scotland becomes an independent country. One thing is certain however, it won’t become independent if we sit back on our behinds and do nothing, we need to put the work in. But it’s work that’s going to pay off with the prize of a better country. Let’s get busy.
The Wee Ginger Dug has got a new domain name, thanks to Indy Poster Boy, Colin Dunn @Zarkwan. http://www.indyposterboy.scot/ You can now access this blog simply by typing www.weegingerdug.scot into the address bar of your browser, the old address continues to function, the new one redirects to the blog. The advantage of the new address is that it’s a lot easier to remember if you want to include a link to the blog in leaflets, posters, or simply to tell a friend about it. Many thanks to Colin.
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